he BBC has announced the names of two new Doctor Who episodes which will air as part of the show’s seventh series.
Requiring one of the largest sets to date to house the prehistoric creatures, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship will follow the equally epic Asylum Of The Daleks, which kicks-off the show’s highly anticipated return this autumn and features an array of Daleks.
Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy and Arthur Darvill as Rory, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship will also co-star Mark Williams from the Fast Show as Rory’s dad, Brian and Rupert Graves from Sherlock.
The episode was written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Saul Metzstein.
It’s also been confirmed today that episode three, filmed on location in Spain, will be a western entitled A Town Called Mercy. Written by Toby Whithouse and again directed by Saul Metzstein, the episode co-stars Adrian Scarborough and Ben Browder.
Steven Moffat, Head Writer and Executive Producer, said: “Dinosaurs On A Spaceship – what more do you need! The Doctor will come face to face with some of the most monstrous creatures evolution has ever produced, on some of the most monstrous sets we’ve ever built. We took one look at Chris Chibnall’s brilliant script and said to ourselves ‘We’re going to need a bigger corridor’.
“And Toby Whithouse’s A Town Called Mercy takes us into a genre Doctor Who hasn’t attempted since the Sixties – it’s a full blooded western. We knew from the start we need some serious location shooting for this one, and given the most iconic American setting imaginable, there was only one place to go – Spain.”
The show returns with a run of five followed by the Christmas special and a further eight episodes in 2013.