Steven Moffat has revealed the titles of the first few stories of Matt Smith's era as the Eleventh Doctor.
The series begins with The Eleventh Hour written by Moffat himself and is believed to follow directly on from the regeneration in The End of Time. Episode Two is The Beast Below also by Moffat with Episode Three seeing the return of the Doctor's greatest foe in Victory of the Daleks by Mark Gatiss.
Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat also confirmed a number of guest stars for the new series coming to the UK in the Spring.
Arthur Darvill will join the cast of Episode One as Rory. Darvill was previously seen in Little Dorrit, playing Tip Dorrit in the 2008 series.
Sophie Okonedo stars in Episode Two. She recently seen playing Winnie Mandela in the film Mrs Mandela and has previously starred in series such as Criminal Justice, Father and Son and Clocking Off. Her role as Tatiana, the wife of Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the genocide drama film Hotel Rwanda, earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. For Doctor Who she played Alison Cheney, a companion of the Doctor in the 2003 webcast, Scream of the Shalka.
Bill Paterson joins Episode Three. The Scottish actor's long career features appearances in The Killing Fields, A Private Function, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Chaplin, Richard III, Miss Potter and Creation. His television roles include Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Smiley's People, The Singing Detective and the ITV version of Doctor Zhivago. Science fiction fans will remember him from his two roles in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio dramas: as the Playbeing freighter pilot in the Secondary Phase, and as "rain god" Rob McKenna in the Quandary Phase.
Also in Episode Three is Ian McNeice. McNeice had a memorable role in the award-winning series Edge of Darkness. He has appeared in a number of films, including 84 Charing Cross Road, Day of the Dead, No Escape, From Hell and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, and is well known to TV fans as Baron Harkonnen in the Sci-Fi Channel original miniseries Dune and Children of Dune and the Forum Crier in the HBO series Rome.
Episodes Four and Five see the return of Alex Kingston as River Song. Kingston first played the role in the Tenth Doctor's episodes Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead also written by Steven Moffat. She is best known for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Corday in the NBC television series ER and has appeared in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, A Pin for the Butterfly, Croupier and Boudica.
Episode Ten sees Tony Curran join the cast playing Vincent Van Gough in the Richard Curtis episode. Curran has appeared in many films including Shallow Grave, Great Expectations, Gladiator, The Mists of Avalon and Miami Vice.