The Eleventh Doctor (2010-2013)
Season Thirty-One (2010) Season Thirty-One (2010): Fairytales
First appearances of Amy, Rory and Dorium Maldavar.

Special (2011): Home For The Holidays
First appearance of Madge.
Special (2011)
(2010-11) Specials (2010-11): In The Deep Midwinter
Season Thirty-Three (2012-13): The Impossible Girl
First appearances of Clara, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and the War Doctor.
Season Thirty-Three (2012-13)
Season Thirty-Two (2011) Season Thirty-Two (2011): Death Comes To Time
First appearances of the Silents, Madame Kovarian, Vastra, Jenny and Strax.
Specials (2013): The Golden Age
Including the 50th anniversary special.
Specials (2013)

Season Thirty-One (2010): Fairytales

The Doctor
The Eleventh Doctor

Matt Smith played the Doctor from The End Of Time in January 2010 to The Time Of The Doctor in December 2013. He returned for Deep Breath in August 2014. He also appeared in Death Of The Doctor, part of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Companions and Recurring Characters

Amy Pond met the newly-regenerated Doctor when she was seven years old; he later returned to save the adult Amy from the insidious Prisoner Zero.

Amy was played Karen Gillan from The Eleventh Hour in April 2010 to The Angels Take Manhattan in September 2012. She returned as a regenerative image for The Time Of The Doctor in December 2013. Amy Pond as a child was portrayed by Caitlin Blackwood on a recurring basis from The Eleventh Hour to The God Complex in September 2011.

Amy Pond

Rory Williams was Amy Pond's fiance and later husband. He helped the Doctor and Amy defeat Prisoner Zero and later accepted the Doctor's invitation to join them aboard the TARDIS.

Arthur Darvill played Rory regularly from The Eleventh Hour in April 2010 to The Angels Take Manhattan in September 2012.

Rory Williams

Winston Churchill was twice the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and also possessed a direct line to the TARDIS.

Ian McNeice played Churchill on a recurring basis from The Beast Below in April 2010 to The Wedding Of River Song in October 2011.

Winston Churchill

The kind of man who could acquire any item or piece of information for anyone -- as long as the price was right -- Dorium Maldovar was nonetheless a reluctant ally of the Doctor.

Simon Fisher-Becker played Dorium on a recurring basis from The Pandorica Opens in June 2010 to The Wedding Of River Song in October 2011.

Dorium Maldovar

The Production Team

A new era for Doctor Who dawned as Russell T Davies, the man who had brought the programme back from oblivion, departed after six years. He was replaced as executive producer and showrunner by Steven Moffat. Executive producer Julie Gardner also chose to move on; her replacement as Head of Drama at BBC Wales, Piers Wenger, similarly took over her role on Doctor Who. In addition, Wenger brought Beth Willis aboard as the programme's third executive producer. Tracie Simpson remained as producer, alternating in those duties with former first assistant director Peter Bennett. In addition, Patrick Schweitzer -- normally the show's line producer -- shared Simpson's producer credit on The Vampires Of Venice and Vincent And The Doctor, which were filmed in Croatia.

The Stories
The Eleventh Hour
The Eleventh Hour by Steven Moffat, directed by Adam Smith
In the English village of Leadworth, a young Scottish girl named Amelia Pond is frightened by a strange crack in her bedroom wall. When the newly-regenerated Doctor crashlands in her back garden, he discovers that the crack is actually a fracture in space and time, through which an alien criminal has escaped. Before the Doctor can recapture Prisoner Zero, he's forced to leave to stabilise the TARDIS, and accidentally delays his return by twelve years. Now, with the help of the grown-up Amy, the Doctor has to deal not only with Prisoner Zero, but with its ruthless jailers as well.
Two years after defeating Prisoner Zero, the Doctor returns to finally fulfill his promise to take Amy with him.
The Beast Below
The Beast Below by Steven Moffat, directed by Andrew Gunn
Hundreds of years in the future, the population of Britain has fled an Earth ravaged by solar flares, aboard the mammoth Starship UK. But the Doctor and Amy discover that something about the enormous vessel is very wrong. The ship moves even though its engines aren't working, whole sections are closed off under mysterious circumstances, and the sinister robotic Smilers punish the disobedient. The Doctor finds himself assisted by an enigmatic female vigilante, while Amy learns the truth at the heart of Starship UK... but it's a truth that she can't bear to remember.
Victory Of The Daleks
Victory Of The Daleks by Mark Gatiss, directed by Andrew Gunn
Prime Minister Winston Churchill summons the Doctor and Amy to Blitz-torn London. The British forces are at their lowest ebb, but a scientist named Bracewell has come to Churchill with an amazing invention: powerful miniature tanks he calls “Ironsides”. The Doctor, however, recognises the Ironsides for what they really are: the Daleks. With a Nazi bombing run closing in, and Churchill convinced of the Ironsides' benevolence, the Doctor must learn Bracewell's secret and uncover the Daleks' plans.
The Time Of Angels / Flesh And Stone
The Time Of Angels / Flesh And Stone by Steven Moffat, directed by Adam Smith
A message left on a museum artefact brings the Doctor to the rescue of River Song, at a point in time before his first encounter with her, but after her first meeting with him. River is helping the militant Father Octavian investigate the Byzantium, a spaceship smuggling a dormant Weeping Angel. By the time the Doctor, Amy and River catch up to the vessel, however, it has crashlanded atop a ruined temple, and to reach it, they must traverse a mortuary labyrinth filled with crumbling statues. Too late, the Doctor realises that the Weeping Angel is not alone -- and that he has walked into a trap.
The Vampires Of Venice
The Vampires Of Venice by Toby Whithouse, directed by Jonny Campbell
The Doctor escorts Amy and Rory on a date to sixteenth-century Venice. No sooner have they arrived, however, than they become embroiled in the mystery surrounding an enigmatic school for young women run by the powerful Rosanna Calvierri. Those accepted to the school become mysteriously changed, shunning the daylight and professing not to know their former acquaintances. The Doctor begins to suspect that there are vampires on the loose in Venice -- but could the truth be even more sinister?
Striving to prevent Amy's adventures from breaking up her engagement, the Doctor invites Rory to join them aboard the TARDIS.
Amy's Choice
Amy's Choice by Simon Nye, directed by Catherine Morshead
The Doctor, Amy and Rory are confronted by a cryptic figure who calls himself the Dream Lord. The Dream Lord has caused the three time travellers to flit back and forth between two different realities -- one in which they're stranded aboard a crippled TARDIS, the other in which Amy and Rory have settled down in Leadworth and are about to become parents. In both cases, the trio face a mortal danger... but they first have to deduce which is the true reality, or risk becoming trapped in the dream for the rest of their lives.
The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood
The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood by Chris Chibnall, directed by Ashley Way
The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Amy and Rory to the tiny Welsh village of Cwmtaff in the year 2020. There, a drilling project seeks to burrow deep beneath the surface of the Earth. Strange craters have begun opening up near the drill site, however, dragging people into the ground -- and Amy becomes the latest victim. Investigating, the Doctor realises that the drill has awakened a tribe of Silurians from their aeons-long slumber. Believing themselves to be under attack, the Silurians are now on a war footing, preparing an offensive against the human race.
Rory is shot saving the Doctor's life, and is then wiped from existence by the mysterious cracks in time and space.
Vincent And The Doctor
Vincent And The Doctor by Richard Curtis, directed by Jonny Campbell
At an exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Doctor and Amy discover a disturbing image hidden in one of his paintings. Travelling back to Provence in 1890, they discover that Van Gogh is plagued by a ferocious monster called the Krafayis that only he can see. As the time travellers struggle to deal with an invisible monster, they must also navigate the tortured artist's swings of mood, knowing full well that, within two months, he will have taken his own life.
The Lodger
The Lodger by Gareth Roberts, directed by Catherine Morshead
A strange force affects the TARDIS, stranding the Doctor on modern-day Earth while Amy is trapped in the rapidly deteriorating time machine. The Doctor traces the mysterious influence to a seemingly ordinary home in Colchester, where the mysterious occupant of the top-floor apartment lures people up the stairs, never to be seen again. Fortunately, the downstairs tenant, Craig Owens, is advertising for a roommate. The Doctor answers Craig's ad -- and proceeds to turn the young man's life upside-down.
The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang
The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang by Steven Moffat, directed by Toby Haynes
A message transmitted down through history draws the Doctor and Amy to England in AD 102. There they find River Song waiting for them, with a warning that a legendary prison called the Pandorica, hidden beneath Stonehenge, is about to open. But the Pandorica is actually a trap set for the Doctor by a legion of his oldest enemies. And meanwhile, a mysterious force has seized control of the TARDIS, setting in motion an explosion which threatens to destroy the entire universe. With the Doctor imprisoned in the Pandorica for eternity, will silence fall across all time and space?
Revived by the Doctor's reality reboot, Rory rejoins his new bride, Amy, and the Doctor in the TARDIS.

Making History

2010 saw almost everything about Doctor Who change. A new production team was in place behind the cameras, a new regular cast appeared on television screens, and even elements such as the logo, the TARDIS console room and the police box shell itself were revamped. Nonetheless, Doctor Who retained much of its popularity, even as Moffat pushed the programme in new directions with a storyline stretching beyond the confines of a single season.

Specials (2010-11): In The Deep Midwinter

The Production Team

Tracie Simpson and Peter Bennett left Doctor Who after Season Thirty-One, to be replaced with caretaker producer Sanne Wohlenberg. For the Comic Relief special Space / Time, Wohlenberg was joined by Annabella Hurst-Brown.

The Stories
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by Steven Moffat, directed by Toby Haynes
Amy and Rory's Christmas honeymoon is interrupted when the spaceship on which they're vacationing suddenly plummets through a maelstrom of fog to the planet below. Miserly Kazran Sardick possesses a machine that can control the fog and save the vessel, but he refuses to comes to its aid. Determined to rescue not only his friends but all four thousand people aboard the ship, the Doctor travels back in time on a mission to change Kazran's life for the better... but only if he can navigate the shoals of bitterness and heartbreak which have made Kazran the man he is today.
Space / Time
Space / Time by Steven Moffat, directed by Richard Senior
Amy distracts Rory while he's helping the Doctor repair the TARDIS, causing the time machine to materialise inside itself. Time and space start to behave in mysterious ways, and the three travellers realise that they may be trapped within the ship for all eternity.

Making History

On March 18th, 2010, at the press screening to launch the new season, Piers Wenger confirmed that the tradition of the Doctor Who Christmas special would continue into the era of the Eleventh Doctor.

Doctor Who also resumed its strong connection with the BBC's charity telethons. This time, a special two-part mini-adventure would air during the Comic Relief appeal on March 18th, 2011 -- offering the dual appeal of raising funds for a worthy cause and starting the countdown towards the new season...

Season Thirty-Two (2011): Death Comes To Time

Companions and Recurring Characters

A key figure in the religious order known as the Silence, Madame Kovarian sought the Doctor's death, and chose to act against him by kidnapping the pregnant Amy Pond.

Frances Barber played Kovarian on a recurring basis from Day Of The Moon in April 2011 to The Wedding Of River Song in October 2011.

Madame Kovarian

Madame Vastra was a Silurian who was reawakened in the 19th century and, following the Doctor's example, became a renowned private investigator known as “The Great Detective”.

Neve McIntosh played Vastra on a recurring basis from A Good Man Goes To War in June 2011 to Deep Breath in August 2014.

Madame Vastra

Jenny Flint was Madame Vastra's maid, as well as her partner -- in both her personal and professional lives.

Catrin Stewart played Jenny on a recurring basis from A Good Man Goes To War in June 2011 to Deep Breath in August 2014.

Jenny Flint

Commander Strax was a Sontaran nurse who died fighting for the Doctor at the Battle of Demons Run, but was subsequently resurrected and joined Madame Vastra as her butler.

Dan Starkey played Strax on a recurring basis from A Good Man Goes To War in June 2011 to Deep Breath in August 2014.

Commander Strax

The Production Team

Sanne Wohlenberg remained with Doctor Who for just the first production block of Season Thirty-Two (consisting of The Doctor's Wife and Night Terrors). Marcus Wilson then took over the reins of the programme on an ongoing basis.

The Stories
The Impossible Astronaut / Day Of The Moon
The Impossible Astronaut / Day Of The Moon by Steven Moffat, directed by Toby Haynes
Amy, Rory and River are summoned to the Utah desert, where they witness the Doctor's murder at the hands of an astronaut who rises from a lake. They learn that this is a future Doctor, whose final message directs them to travel to 1969 with a younger version of himself. There they meet ex-FBI agent Canton Delaware III and President Richard Nixon, who is being haunted by phone calls from a mysterious child, warning of alien invasion. But the aliens are already on Earth, unable to be captured by human memory -- and even the Doctor's companions are not immune.
The Curse Of The Black Spot
The Curse Of The Black Spot by Steve Thompson, directed by Jeremy Webb
The Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves aboard a pirate ship in the 17th century. The ship has been becalmed for days, marooned in waters that seem to be haunted by a Siren -- a beautiful but demonic woman who comes for those who are sick or injured. She sings a mournful, unearthly melody, and her arrival is presaged by the appearance on the victim's skin of a livid black spot. When Rory is cut, he is marked as the Siren's next victim, and it's up to the Doctor and the reluctant Captain Avery to unearth the creature's true nature.
The Doctor's Wife
The Doctor's Wife by Neil Gaiman, directed by Richard Clark
The Doctor receives a distress call from an old Time Lord friend, summoning him to a place beyond the universe. Clinging to the hope that there may still be Time Lord survivors, the Doctor pilots the TARDIS through a rift, only to find his time machine suddenly lifeless. Landing on a sentient planetoid called House, the Doctor discovers that he has been lured into a trap. But as House tries to devour the TARDIS -- and Amy and Rory along with it -- the Doctor finds an ally in Idris, a woman with whom he shares a deep, personal and unexpected connection.
The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People
The Rebel Flesh / The Almost People by Matthew Graham, directed by Julian Simpson
A solar storm forces the TARDIS to land on a tiny island on 22nd-century Earth. There, a factory pumps out acid so corrosive that disposable, artificial humans are created to do all the work, taking the form of the real employees who control their doppelgangers remotely. These “Gangers” have all the memories of the real humans, but lose their sentience once the connection is broken... until the solar storm causes the Gangers to stabilise. Now the Doctor finds himself desperately trying to stop war from breaking out between the humans and their Ganger selves.
A Good Man Goes To War
A Good Man Goes To War by Steven Moffat, directed by Peter Hoar
Months ago, a newly-pregnant Amy was kidnapped by the Headless Monks and their agent, the ruthless Madame Kovarian. Now she has given birth to her daughter, Melody, who is to be taken away so that she can be used as a weapon against the Doctor. But the Doctor and Rory have called in favours and gathered a strike force to rescue Amy and Melody. Only River Song refuses to heed the Doctor's summons. She knows that this is the day of the Doctor's greatest victory, and his greatest defeat... and the day that he will finally learn who she is.
Let's Kill Hitler
Let's Kill Hitler by Steven Moffat, directed by Richard Senior
The Doctor returns to Leadworth to update Amy and Rory on his search for their daughter, Melody, only to have the TARDIS hijacked to 1938 Berlin by Amy's friend Mels. But Mels is really a future version of Melody, regenerated and brainwashed by the Silence into making an attempt on the Doctor's life. And even as the Doctor hovers on the brink of death, a new threat appears: a shapeshifting Justice Vehicle, sent back in time and tasked with prosecuting Melody Pond for her ultimate crime -- the murder of the Doctor.
Night Terrors
Night Terrors by Mark Gatiss, directed by Richard Clark
The Doctor receives a plea via his psychic paper from a little boy on Earth: “Please save me from the monsters.” He, Amy and Rory follow the distress call and meet Alex, who explains that his son George is seemingly afraid of everything -- especially the cupboard in his bedroom. The Doctor tries to help, but quickly realises that there really is something strange lurking in George's cupboard. And this mysterious force has already trapped his companions in a macabre dollhouse, stalked by sinister toys who seek to transform Amy and Rory into their own kind.
The Girl Who Waited
The Girl Who Waited by Tom MacRae, directed by Nick Hurran
The TARDIS lands on a planet ravaged by a plague which is fatal to beings with two hearts. With the Doctor consigned to the Ship, his companions become separated across two time streams which move at very different rates. When the Doctor manages to synchronise the streams, Rory finds himself confronted by an Amy who has waited thirty-six years for rescue. As the Doctor tries desperately to put things right, a still-young Rory finds himself confronted by an embittered Amy who may no longer want to be saved.
The God Complex
The God Complex by Toby Whithouse, directed by Nick Hurran
The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Amy and Rory to what appears to be a hotel on Earth in the 1980s. But the rooms and corridors in this hotel move about, and the doors and windows open onto walls. Soon they encounter a small band of human and alien survivors, and learn that somewhere in the hotel is a room containing each person's darkest fear. Once they find it, they will inevitably begin to worship a mysterious entity which stalks the hotel, killing those who praise it. One by one, the hotel claims its victims... and even Amy cannot resist its lure.
Closing Time
Closing Time by Gareth Roberts, directed by Steve Hughes
Having left Amy and Rory behind for their own safety as he prepares for the end of his life, the Doctor pays a visit to Craig Owens. Craig is now a father, struggling to bring up baby Alfie, and barely aware of the strange events unfolding around him. People are going missing, unexplained electrical surges plague the neighbourhood, and a mysterious silver rat stalks the local shopping mall. Almost despite himself, Craig helps the Doctor uncover the Cybermen and their Cybermats at work. But is this an invasion, or something else?
The Wedding Of River Song
The Wedding Of River Song by Steven Moffat, directed by Jeremy Webb
The Doctor is destined to die on the shores of Lake Silencio, Utah, at 5.02pm on the 22nd of April, 2011. However, River Song refuses to let history play out as it was intended, and inadvertently fractures time in the process. The Doctor now finds himself on an Earth where all history is happening simultaneously, and only a special few -- including Amy and River -- remember time as it was meant to be. But even as the Silence spring their final trap, the Doctor knows that in order to stop time from disintegrating, he must still die at Lake Silencio...

Making History

Season Thirty-Two saw a wholesale change to the Doctor Who broadcast schedule, with transmission being split into two halves to avoid the summer months, when ratings traditionally dropped due to the sunny weather. This was not novel for Doctor Who: in the past, some seasons had taken an extended hiatus during the Christmas period. But the length of the break -- eleven weeks -- was unprecedented, as was the fact that the gap was integrated into the storyline, with A Good Man Goes To War ending on a major cliffhanger.

Special (2011): Home For The Holidays

Companions and Recurring Characters

Madge Arwell once rescued a gravely-injured Doctor. Several years later, he attempted to return the favour by visiting Madge and her children during a time of great personal crisis.

Madge was played by Claire Skinner in The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe in December 2011.

Madge Arwell

The Production Team

Beth Willis left Doctor Who after two seasons, and was succeeded in the role of executive producer by Caroline Skinner.

The Story
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe
The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe by Steven Moffat, directed by Farren Blackburn
Just days before Christmas 1941, Madge Arwell's airman husband is lost over the English Channel. Dreading to tell the truth to her children, Lily and Cyril, Madge takes them out of London to an old mansion house owned by a distant relative. The caretaker of the estate turns out to be the Doctor, whom Madge rescued from a crisis years earlier. He plans to ease Madge's heartbreak by giving Lily and Cyril the merriest Christmas ever. But when he opens a portal to a wintry alien wonderland in the far future, the Doctor inadvertently places all of them in terrible danger.

Making History

At the Edinburgh International Television Festival on August 28th, 2010, executive producer Steven Moffat confirmed that there would be a 2011 Christmas special.

Season Thirty-Three (2012-13): The Impossible Girl

Companions and Recurring Characters

A nanny from modern-day London -- and later an English teacher at Coal Hill School -- Clara Oswald was brought into the Doctor's life as part of Missy's schemes, and later found herself scattered throughout the Doctor's timestream as a result of the machinations of the Great Intelligence.

Clara was played by Jenna Coleman (originally credited as “Jenna-Louise Coleman”) from The Snowmen in December 2012 to Hell Bent in December 2015. She also portrayed another version of Clara, called Oswin Oswald, in Asylum Of The Daleks in September 2012, and returned as a Testimony simulacrum in Twice Upon A Time in December 2017.

Clara Oswald

The daughter of Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart became UNIT's Chief Scientific Officer, and renewed her family's close bond with the Doctor.

Jemma Redgrave played Kate on a recurring basis from The Power Of Three in September 2012 to The Zygon Inversion in November 2015.

Kate Lethbridge-Stewart

One of the children for whom Clara was caring when she met the Doctor, Angie Maitland discovered the truth about her nanny's time-travelling adventures. She and her brother Artie used the information to pressure the Doctor into taking them for a trip to the future aboard the TARDIS... which inadvertently thrust them into a confrontation with the Cybermen.

Eve De Leon Allen played Angie on a recurring basis from The Bells Of St John in March 2013 to The Name Of The Doctor in May 2013.

Angie Mailand

Angie's younger brother was Artie Maitland, who accompanied his sister, Clara and the Doctor on their journey to Hedgewick's World of Wonders in the distant future.

Kassius Carey Johnson played Artie on a recurring basis from The Bells Of St John in March 2013 to The Name Of The Doctor in May 2013.

Artie Maitland

The Production Team

Piers Wenger departed the BBC -- and Doctor Who -- to become the senior commissioning executive for Film4, leaving Doctor Who with just two executive producers. For the last four episodes into production, script producer Denise Paul was promoted to full producer, with Marcus Wilson earning a series producer credit on these stories.

The Stories
Asylum Of The Daleks
Asylum Of The Daleks by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran
Their relationship in tatters, Amy and Rory suddenly find themselves kidnapped by the Daleks and reunited with the Doctor. They have been brought together by the Emperor Dalek, who requires them to infiltrate a prison planet called the Asylum which houses the insane outcasts of the Dalek race. A spaceship has crashed there, offering a means of escape for the millions of inmates. Furthermore, one passenger survived the accident: a brilliant computer hacker named Oswin, for whom the Doctor may be the only salvation from a world of crazed Daleks.
Dinosaurs On A Spaceship
Dinosaurs On A Spaceship by Chris Chibnall, directed by Saul Metzstein
In 2367, Earth's security forces are on high alert as an unidentified spaceship hurtles towards the planet. The Doctor assembles a team to investigate, including the legendary Queen Nefertiti, a big game hunter named Riddell, Amy, Rory... and, inadvertently, Rory's father Brian. Materialising aboard the mystery ship, they're surprised to find it populated by dinosaurs. With time running out before the ship is blasted out of the sky, the Doctor must confront a vicious criminal named Solomon, as the lives of his companions and the dinosaurs hang in the balance.
A Town Called Mercy
A Town Called Mercy by Toby Whithouse, directed by Saul Metzstein
The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Mercy, a frontier town in the Old West being terrorised by a murderous cyborg. The cyborg is searching for Kahler-Jex, an alien surgeon who took refuge in Mercy after his spaceship crashed in the desert nearby. The townsfolk -- led by their marshal, Isaac -- are determined to safeguard Kahler-Jex, but supplies and morale are beginning to run low. And, as the Doctor uncovers the sordid history between Kahler-Jex and the cyborg, he begins to realise that, sometimes, the line between victim and monster is very blurry indeed.
The Power Of Three
The Power Of Three by Chris Chibnall, directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Amy and Rory awake one morning to find that the entire Earth is overrun with little black cubes. The Doctor is already investigating, suspecting an alien invasion, but the cubes are featureless and inert. Even the assistance of Rory's father, Brian, and UNIT's Kate Stewart -- the daughter of the Doctor's old friend, the Brigadier -- brings the Time Lord no closer to solving the mystery. And as the Doctor's stay stretches into weeks and then months, Amy and Rory are forced to confront their own future as adventurers in time and space.
The Angels Take Manhattan
The Angels Take Manhattan by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran
A restful stop for the TARDIS crew in modern-day Central Park becomes a crisis when the Weeping Angels send Rory back to 1938. A pulp detective novel suddenly begins narrating Rory's fate, providing the clues that the Doctor and Amy need to come to the rescue. Reunited with River Song, they discover that the Angels have overrun New York City and are using it as an incubator for temporal energy, with Rory caught in the centre of the trap. Only a paradox will defeat them, but to create one, the Doctor may find himself separated from Amy and Rory forever...
The Weeping Angels send Amy and Rory back in time, beyond the reach of the TARDIS.
The Great Detective
The Great Detective by Steven Moffat, directed by Marcus Wilson
London in 1892 is protected by three mysterious detectives: the Silurian Madame Vastra -- the so-called “Lizard Woman of Paternoster Row” -- as well as her wife Jenny and the dimwitted Sontaran Strax. It is also home to a fourth enigma: the former traveller in time and space known as the Doctor. But, unlike Vastra, Jenny and Strax, the Doctor is no longer interested in defending the Earth...
The Snowmen
The Snowmen by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein
The Doctor has retired to 1892 London. Despite the protests of old allies such as Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax, he is determined to keep out of mankind's affairs. However, a governess named Clara has stumbled upon a plot which only the Doctor can unravel, involving the death of her predecessor in ice and the sinister Dr Simeon, who controls monsters made of sentient snow. And there is another mystery afoot: Clara is the spitting image of Oswin Oswald, whom the Doctor saw die in the Dalek asylum...
The Bells Of Saint John
The Bells Of Saint John by Steven Moffat, directed by Colm McCarthy
All over the world, people are being found dead, slumped next to their computers. What no one realises is that the victims' minds are being harvested, uploaded through an insidious new wi-fi network run by Miss Kizlet on behalf of a mysterious client. Using mobile robotic servers called Spoonheads, Miss Kizlet's reach extends virtually everywhere -- and to almost everyone. Her latest victim is a young nanny named Clara Oswald. But, fortunately, Clara is the same woman the Doctor has already seen die twice... and he's determined not to lose her a third time.
Eager to unravel the mystery of Clara's existence, the Doctor invites her to join him in the TARDIS.
The Rings Of Akhaten
The Rings Of Akhaten by Neil Cross, directed by Farren Blackburn
The Doctor takes Clara to a market in the system of rings surrounding the planet Akhaten, the gathering place for the people of many worlds. All of them harbour a belief in the godlike “Grandfather”, who must be appeased with song and story. Central to these rites is the Queen of Years, a role currently filled by a frightened young girl named Merry whom Clara befriends. But when the Queen of Years' ceremony goes wrong, the Doctor's intervention reawakens an ancient power -- forcing both time travellers to risk the things they treasure most.
Cold War
Cold War by Mark Gatiss, directed by Douglas Mackinnon
The year is 1983, in the midst of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The TARDIS materialises aboard a Russian submarine carrying Professor Grisenko, who is returning to Moscow with a creature he has discovered entombed in a block of ice. Against Grisenko's wishes, however, the creature is freed... and turns out to be Grand Marshal Skaldak, an Ice Warrior who has lain frozen for five thousand years. When the Russians react with fear and hostility, Skaldak declares war on the human race -- and the Doctor must stop him from taking control of the sub's nuclear arsenal.
Hide by Neil Cross, directed by Jamie Payne
The Doctor and Clara travel to Caliburn House in 1974. The owner of the estate, Alec Palmer, is investigating the Witch of the Well, a ghost which has stalked the halls of Caliburn House for centuries -- and whose legend dates back to before the mansion was even constructed. To assist him, he has recruited an empathic telepath named Emma Grayling, who can sense the ghost's immense loneliness. The Doctor discovers that the Witch of the Well is a mystery which transcends time and space -- and that the ghost is not the only thing haunting Caliburn House.
Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS
Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS by Stephen Thompson, directed by Mat King
Aware that his companion is uncomfortable around the TARDIS, the Doctor sets the Ship into a low-power mode to help Clara get accustomed to her new home. However, this inadvertently leaves the TARDIS vulnerable to an intergalactic salvage vessel, whose attempts to seize the time machine critically damage the interior. With time and space running amok inside the TARDIS, the Doctor is forced into an uneasy alliance with the salvage team in order to rescue Clara, and keep his ship's engine from exploding.
The Crimson Horror
The Crimson Horror by Mark Gatiss, directed by Saul Metzstein
In 1893 Yorkshire, Mrs Winifred Gillyflower and her disfigured daughter warn of the impending doomsday, and recruit followers for a community they have established called Sweetville. But something strange is afoot in Sweetville: no one who moves there ever returns, and corpses have been found floating downriver, their skin turned a hideous red. With the body count rising, Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax are asked to investigate Sweetville. But they soon discover that the latest victim of the so-called “Crimson Horror” is none other than the Doctor himself.
Nightmare In Silver
Nightmare In Silver by Neil Gaiman, directed by Stephen Woolfenden
When she isn't travelling in the TARDIS, Clara is a nanny to Angie and Artie. And when her two charges figure out that Clara has become a time traveller, the Doctor agrees to take them on a trip to the future to visit Hedgewick's World of Wonders. Unfortunately, when the TARDIS lands, they discover that the legendary theme park has been all but abandoned. Lurking in the shadows are the universe's last Cybermen, who see the Doctor as the final hope for the survival of the Cyber race. Soon, the Time Lord finds himself duelling with the Cyber Planner for control of his very mind.
The Name Of The Doctor
The Name Of The Doctor by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein
The Great Intelligence kidnaps Vastra, Jenny and Strax in order to lure the Doctor to Trenzalore -- the planet which, at some point in his future, will become his last resting place. There, the Doctor's timeline is laid bare, enabling the Intelligence to travel back and undo every good deed and heroic act the Doctor has ever accomplished. Soon, Jenny is dead and Vastra is menaced by a newly warlike Strax. It falls to Clara to sacrifice herself in order to restore her friend, save the universe... and uncover the Doctor's darkest secret.

Making History

Like Season Thirty-Two, Doctor Who's thirty-third season saw its broadcast split in two halves, with five episodes airing in the autumn of 2012 and eight in the spring of 2013. As a result, the 2012 Christmas special, The Snowmen, fell in the middle of the season, as did The Great Detective, a prequel story transmitted as part of the BBC's Children In Need charity appeal. Season Thirty-Three also marked the first season of Doctor Who to be comprised entirely of self-contained episodes, although some plot threads continued to bind the individual stories together.

Specials (2013): The Golden Age

Companions and Recurring Characters

A UNIT scientist working under Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, Petronella Osgood also harboured a degree of infatuation with the Doctor in all his many incarnations. Osgood was a key part of the truce which was brokered in order to allow twenty million Zygon refugees to live in secret on modern-day Earth. She and her Zygon duplicate lived in harmony, neither acknowledging which was the human and which was the alien. When one of the Osgoods was murdered by Missy, the truce was destablised but -- thanks to the Doctor's intervention -- peace was restored and there remain two Osgoods working at UNIT and honouring the Time Lord's example.

Ingrid Oliver played Osgood on a recurring basis from The Day Of The Doctor in November 2013 to The Zygon Inversion in November 2015.


The Production Team

Caroline Skinner left Doctor Who to join BBC Drama Production in London. She was replaced on an interim basis for The Day Of The Doctor by Faith Penhale, BBC Wales Head of Drama. The new permanent executive producer was Brian Minchin, who came aboard in time for The Time Of The Doctor.

The Stories
The Day Of The Doctor
The Day Of The Doctor by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran
On the last day of the Time War, a man who refuses to call himself “The Doctor” is faced with an appalling choice: in order to end the bloodshed, he must use an ancient Time Lord weapon to slaughter billions. Elsewhere, the Tenth Doctor hunts Zygons in Elizabethan England, while in the present day, the Eleventh Doctor and Clara investigate a mystery at an art gallery. All of these events become intertwined, leading three incarnations of the same Time Lord to confront the most terrible moment of their lives.
The Time Of The Doctor
The Time Of The Doctor by Steven Moffat, directed by Jamie Payne
A message echoing through all of time and space emanates from the farming village of Christmas on the planet Trenzalore. With the assistance of Clara and Tasha Lem, pontiff of a mysterious religious order, the Doctor discovers that the signal is a message from Gallifrey, coming through a crack in time from another universe. Soon Trenzalore is under siege from massed hordes of the Doctor's worst enemies, as the spectre of the Time War is raised anew. Years pass into centuries, and it seems that the last days of the Doctor's final life are destined to be spent saving Christmas...
As the Doctor's final seconds tick away, the lost Time Lords bequeath him a new cycle of regenerations.

Making History

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, a special episode was filmed in 3-D and simulcast to almost one hundred countries around the world, including numerous movie theatres. The Day Of The Doctor focussed on the Eleventh Doctor (with Clara), the Tenth Doctor and the War Doctor, but featured cameo appearances by Tom Baker and Peter Capaldi, and used archival footage to represent every Doctor. A month later, The Time Of The Doctor drew the curtains on the both the anniversary celebrations and the Matt Smith era. Smith's departure had been announced on June 1st, 2013.