I called it. I knew once filming began for Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary special we’d see photos leaked from the set; they just came little sooner than I would have thought. And now we know why the Beeb announced David Tennant, Billie Piper, and the Zygons’ involvement seeing as their traipsing around South Wales for all to see. Below you can check outa few images shot on set from both The Daily Mirror as well as a few amateur paparazzi,

There’s even more at Doctor Who TV. Judging from costumes and the few set pieces there’s speculation this scene takes place in medieval or even Elizabethan England. The Elizabethan thing is even more likely if you check out what Joanna Page is wearing. That plus her curly red hair and you’ve got a very convincing Elizabeth I, dontcha think? Could this be where everything began for The Doctor and Good Queen Bess? Also, you’ll note the TARDIS is on set and with Tennant there but no Matt Smith I’m beginning to think this is the Tenth Doctor proper, not his meta-crisis clone, TenToo.

Hit jump for those Season 7B leaked synopses, plus an introduction to this week’s episode, “The Rings of Akhaten” from Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

The plot blurbs for the remaining episodes of Season 7B come from BBC South Africa. Why they haven’t been officially published in the U.K. or U.S., I don’t know, but I believe they can be taken as credible,

The Rings of Akhaten: The Doctor whisks Clara off to the planet Akhaten, where the inhabitants are holding a ceremony that demands a sacrifice…

Cold War: On a damaged Russian submarine in 1983, a frozen alien warrior is waking up – just as the TARDIS materialises.

Hide: Something terrifying is hiding in Caliburn House, and the Doctor finds himself part of the ghost hunt.

Journey to the Centre of the Tardis: The Tardis has crashed, Clara is lost inside, and the Doctor has 30 minutes before his ship explodes!

The Crimson Horror: Something ghastly is afoot in Victorian Yorkshire, as bodies are found with their skin a waxy, glowing red.

Nightmare In Silver: Hedgewick’s World of Wonders: the perfect theme park day out – and ground zero for a deadly silver resurrection.

The Funeral Of River Song: Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him towards the one place in all of time and space that he should never go.

All right, maybe not that last one, but if it is real it’ll serve as a nice parallel to the Season 6 finale, “The Wedding of River Song.” And doesn’t it read like a good lead-in for the anniversary special?

Finally here’s Smith and Coleman chatting a bit about, “The Rings of Akhaten”, airing this Saturday on BBC America at 8pm EST.

Sources: Doctor Who TV (2), Bleeding Cool

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  • Tom LaSusa

    If Page is playing Elizabeth, and we get an explanation of her animosity towards the Doctor (and possibly the maybe-marriage), then this begs the question where in the 10th Doctor’s time period is this happening? If Rose is with him, then its obviously his first year. However we don’t discover Bess hates the Doctor until “the Shakespeare Code” which is after Rose is gone and Ten is with Martha. Yes, I know…wibbly wobbly stuff happens all the time. Still, one would hope for a little continuity here and there.

    Honestly, I know alot of fans are clamoring for the return of Rose…but I would have loved to have seen Donna back. I think she was far the superior companion. And her story’s end was far more tragic. I’d love to see the 11th Doc wince knowing what’s in store for Donna and not being able to say/do anything about it.

    • sarahthisis

      The Tenth Doctor being seen with his TARDIS raises a lot of questions since I know many, myself included, thought he’d be playing TenToo. Which also means this is the Rose that traveled with him, not the one who appeared later for Journey’s End.

      And I think we all want Donna to get that happy ending, guess there’s still a chance of a cameo!

  • Nick VanGiesen

    The title of the Series 7 finale, “The Funeral of River Song”, has been changed to “Name of The Doctor”. Steven Moffat said it will “Change the course of the show”. “There’s going to be a revelation,” he told the Radio Times. “I’m not teasing, you’re about to learn something about the Doctor you never learned before. And I think you’re in for a shock. The episode is full of secrets and surprises that have never been answered in the course of Who, including the Doctor’s greatest secret. We’ll also find out what it is that makes his new companion Clara so impossible – and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far.”

    I can’t wait for it!