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10 tantalising titbits about the next episode of Doctor Who

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1 Part of the plot might remind old-school fans of “The Daemons”.

2. One of the main characters has a learning disability.

3. The returning aliens have a dangerous new ability.

4. The Doctor has a new accessory which makes Matt Smith look very cool.

5. Two authors are quoted: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Julia Donaldson.

6. After an exchange with Rory, Amy takes her engagement ring off.

7. Both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have more than one role. Well... kind of.

8. Someone new takes a trip in the TARDIS. Well... kind of.

9. We learn something about the doctor’s culinary abilities.

10. At one point, the Doctor does something that cats sometimes do. But without puking on your carpet afterwards. And no, it’s not licking his own bottom.

Deputy Editor, SFX

Ian Berriman has been working for SFX – the world's leading sci-fi, fantasy and horror magazine – since March 2002. He also writes for Total Film, Electronic Sound and Retro Pop; other publications he's contributed to include Horrorville, When Saturday Comes and What DVD. A life-long Doctor Who fan, he's also a supporter of Hull City, and live-tweets along to BBC Four's Top Of The Pops repeats from his @TOTPFacts account.