‘Doctor Who’ season seven to begin in August, says Matt Smith

Actor lets slip that the show will return next month, but the BBC has yet to confirm the date

Matt Smith has revealed that season seven of Doctor Who will begin in August.

The actor made the announcement this weekend (July 14) at a panel hosted by TV Guide magazine at the Comic-Con festival in San Diego. However, the BBC has yet to confirm the exact broadcast date for the season’s opening episode.

The episode, titled ‘Asylum Of The Daleks’, will receive its first public screening at London’s British Film Institute on August 14. Later that month, the episode will also be shown during the Edinburgh International TV Festival, which takes place from August 23-25. Doctor Who‘s season six opener was screened at the same festival last year – and premiered on TV the very next day.

Yesterday (July 15) at Comic-Con, Doctor Who‘s executive producer Steven Moffat revealed further details about season seven. Episode two will be called ‘Dinosaurs On A Spaceship’, while episode three will be a “full-blooded Western” with the title ‘A Town Called Mercy’. Moffat joked: “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.”

Current Doctor Who companions Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will make their final appearances at some point during season seven, while a new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, will make her debut in this year’s Christmas special. Last month, the first official picture of Smith and Coleman together was released.

Season seven will also feature a guest appearance by Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachael Stirling. The pair will play a “mother and daughter with a dark secret” in an episode written by Mark Gatiss, who also works with Moffat on Sherlock.