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article imageDoctor Who’s magic number ‘7777’

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jan 13, 2011 in Entertainment
Episode 7 of the new season of the BBC’s long-running science-fiction TV drama series Doctor Who has just commenced filming in the UK – and it will be the 777th episode to be produced.
The relevance of “7777” was pointed out by Doctor Who’s current showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock) during messages he posted to the social micro-blogging site Twitter.
On his Twitter feed, Moffat asked if fans knew what the number “7777” referred to, before replying: “Episode 7 of the new series is the 777th episode of Doctor Who. Oh, and we just started shooting it.”
Two new seasons of Doctor Who are due to air during 2011. The first will comprise seven episodes and will begin broadcasting around Easter in the UK and US. According to the BBC, episode 7, written by Moffat, will end on a massive cliff-hanger. Viewers will then have to wait till the autumn (fall) – to the six-episode second season – to see how the storyline is resolved. Doctor Who will then return again for its traditional Christmas Day special.
Doctor Who is the world’s longest-running science-fiction TV series. It began in 1963, when it starred William Hartnell (The Army Game) as the Doctor. To date, eleven actors have played the lead role. The current, Matt Smith (Christopher and His Kind) took over the role from David Tennant (Single Father) at the beginning of 2010. The series also stars Karen Gillan (Outcast) and Arthur Darvill (Little Dorrit) as the Doctor’s companions, Amy Pond and Rory Williams.
Doctor Who recently completed filming in Utah, USA, for a two-part story also written by Moffat.
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