Anticipation has reached fever pitch in the UK as viewers prepare for the final episode of the current series of Doctor Who. [Do not read further if you do not want to be spoiled!]
Tonight sees the UK screening of The Big Bang, which is written by Steven Moffat (Jekyll) and stars Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor.
The episode is the second of a two-parter that sees the Doctor and his companions – Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), River Song (Alex Kingston) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darville) – pitted against virtually every alien monster the Time Lord has ever faced in the show's 46-year history.
At the end of last week's episode, The Pandorica Opens, the Doctor was left trapped in the Pandorica, a prison fashioned for him by his enemies, while his companions were left dead or dying as the universe was about to be destroyed.
Expectations are running high the finale, which, Metro suggests "could be one of the finest episodes since the show made its comeback in 2005".
Moffat, who is the show's head writer and executive producer, as well as the writer of tonight's episode, has spoken exclusively to the Coventry Telegraph ahead of broadcast.
The Doctor is trapped inside a prison from which even he can't escape. Amy Pond is dead. Rory is plastic. River Song has been blown up in the Tardis, which has been blown up and destroyed every sun in the universe.I think any other hero would be in a pickle but I think The Doctor can take it.
I really do think episode 13, the episode we'll see on Saturday, is a story only Doctor Who can do - no other show could have come close to a story like this. That's what is exciting about it.
Meanwhile, during a TV interview, Smith revealed that someone from the Doctor's past would be making a surprise appearence. He told Ths Morning, "There's an important character coming back but I can't say who but it is very significant – it's a cracker!"
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Smith took over the role of the Doctor from David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord for five years from 2005 to New Year's Day, 2010. He is the third actor in the title role since the show returned in 2005. Christopher Eccleston had played the ninth Doctor for 13 episodes in 2005 before being replaced by Tennant.
The young actor, who was just 26, was a virtual unknown when he was cast in the role, Now, he's known round the world. In an interview published in the current issue of Radio Times, Smith says, of his future with the BBC Wales-produced science-fiction drama: "I'll shoot the next series of Who and then take it from there."
Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, Torchwood) oversaw the progrsamme as head writer from 2003 to the end of Tennant's era. Davies has since moved to the US to develop programmes for BBC America, including a fourth series of Torchwood.