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This month’s issue of Doctor Who Magazine is full of new info about the series’ eventual return, including when to expect that return. April 2013 is the date, err, month, we can expect to get the second half of Series 7. Here’s hoping it’s early in April because four months is a long time to wait between now and then.

In addition to the reveal Doctor Who returns properly in the Spring – don’t forget the Christmas Special! – there’s also a list of teases about the upcoming episodes. Collected by Doctor Who TV, be wary, what’s below should be considered SPOILERS.

706. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Colm McCarthy.
A proper urban thriller, starring a man in a frock coat and a bow tie and quiff from space!

707. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Farren Blackburn.
Set on an alien planet, an “epic, overwhelming, boiling, red-orange planet”. The brief was: “You know how the Doctor always promises amazing, awesome wonders to his companions, then gets them stuck down a tunnel being attacked my mutant slugs. Let’s deliver some awesome and amazing!”

708. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon.
Mark Gatiss is about to explode fanboy hearts. This is a cracker of an episode, in the grand tradition.

709. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Jamie Payne.
Spooky and clever and even a little bit romantic.

710. Written by Stephen Thompson. Directed by Mat King.
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS! Will do what it says on the tin.

711. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Saul Metzstein.
A title to die for. Tread carefully, there are some dreadful things in there!

712. Written by Neil Gaiman. Directed by Stephen Wolfenden.
Gaiman’s new spine-chiller. You already know there are Cybermen – what you don’t know is there is something else. A Cyber-something else. They are disgusting.

713. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Saul Metzstein.
“One that will thrill you a bit, and worry you more. Yes, I think you’ll be just a tiny bit worried where we might be going with this one. I’d say more, but then you’d be less worried, and frankly, what’s the point in that?” Vastra, Jenny and Strax return.

I’m very interested in episode eight, written by Mark Gatiss. What could they mean, “explode fanboy hearts“? I’m excited, but also dreadfully worried. And the finale!? I just know it will end with fans screaming, “MOFFAAAAT!”

This issue of DWM also included a few bits about the 50th Anniversary. What they can confirm is this, they will be filming the special in April as well. So we’ll have Who on the screen plus any leaked info we can garner about the special, that’s fun. There’s also this promise the episode will be, “A love letter to the fans, and an absolute romp and a thrill to the casual viewer.” That’s a tough order, I sure hope they pull it off.

Which of the above episodes are you most excited for? What do you think they really have in store for the 50th? Will it be able to please fans, new and old?

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