Series 7 of Doctor Who is expected to air on BBC One throughout 2012 and 2013. The BBC announced the news of the new series, which will contain fourteen episodes, on the official Doctor Who site on 8 June 2011. Series 7 will begin its run in the Autumn of 2012 with five regular stand-alone episodes and a Christmas Special. It will then be followed by the remaining eight episodes in 2013. 
It has been announced that the Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith will return for the full series. Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond, will return for the series, as will Arthur Darvill as Amy's husband Rory Williams. This series will see the departure of both Amy and Rory after an encounter with the Weeping Angels in episode five. A new companion portrayed by Jenna-Louise Coleman will be introduced in the Christmas Special.