Since the fifth season of Doctor Who, fans have been wondering what is going to happen next in the continuing saga of the world’s beloved Time Lord.
Recently, one of the co-executive producers of the hit show, Piers Wenger, was interviewed by Crave Online and gave us all a slight peek into The Doctor’s future.
As readers know, we will be seeing The Doctor appear next in his Christmas special, which will air on Christmas Day in the United States on BBC America, and the same day in the United Kingdom on BBC. The special, A Christmas Carol, will be a story driven by the classic tale by Charles Dickens.
He will meet a Scrooge-like character named Kazran Sardick, played by Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1). Wenger said The Doctor appears to him as the Ghost of Christmas Past and takes him back to his childhood and tries to show him the error of his ways while trying to save Amy and Rory who are trapped on a [space] train.
Now, if that wasn’t enough to get a Whovian excited, Wenger went on to tell about the upcoming sixth season of the show. According to him, the season opener will be a two-part story, filmed here in the United States. He told about the show going on the road. I’m particularly dying to see that one. I think it’s going to be the most ambitious season opener that ‘Doctor Who’ has seen for the last five or six years.
Frankly, that is quite a build up, considering two previous opening episodes, The Christmas Bride and Voyage of the Damned, the latter being one of the best openings to date in this writer’s opinion. However, if there is one thing that the show has managed to do over and over again over the years is to keep raising the bar and finding ways to top the previous years.
Needless to say, the question about River Song came up. Wenger reported that we will have to wait for the resolution of that one. No. We’re probably not finding that out quite yet, but stay tuned. I think you’ll get really great clues in the coming season. Talk about dangling a morsel in front of hungry folks!
He then commented about the fact that the next season will be split in two, much like Syfy does their shows. Responding to the interviewer who remarked that we would have seven episodes in the spring, then six more in the fall and the 2011 Christmas special, Wenger commented, That’s right, yes. You’re never more than three months away from the next ‘Doctor Who.'”