Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is notoriously elusive, but in an interview with Vulture on Wednesday, he was surprisingly forthcoming. In preparation for next Tuesday's Christmas special, "The Snowmen," Moffat spoke a bit about the second half of series 7, which is slated to kick off in April.
For one thing, Moffat confirmed that series 7 would continue to be marketed as a movie-a-week format. "We're really pushing that very hard," he said. "It's nearly killed us doing it. We're convalescing. But wait until you see the range."
What range is he talking about? Moffat spilled the beans on quite a few of the episodes' premises, throwing out tantalizing hints but not quite going into specifics. "We've got the best alien planet we've ever done. We've got a submarine. Seriously. There's even a proper modern urban thriller in London."
These hints only really confirm previous rumors, but coming from Moffat's mouth makes it gospel. The "best alien planet" is the episode confirmed to be written by Luther creator Neil Cross, while Sherlock scribe Mark Gatiss will pen the submarine episode.
As for the much-anticipated Cybermen episode, written by the beloved Neil Gaiman, well, Moffat had some hints about that, too: "I wanted to make [the Cybermen] creepier, and a bit more active. I thought we had gone as far as we could with the stumpy Cybermen. I wanted to do the colder, deadlier version and I was interested in Neil giving it a ghost-story feel. Neil's a good ghost story writer."
You can read more of the interview with Moffat here. Doctor Who's Christmas special will air on Christmas day on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. Series 7 will resume with its second half in April.