1st look at returning Doctor Who monsters the Ice Warriors + more

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Mar 1, 2013, 9:33 AM EST

The BBC has announced the return of Doctor Who for March 30 with a thrilling first-look picture.

Not only are the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jeanna Louise Coleman) riding down the London Shard (as per filming reports last year), if you look closely at the image, you can make out a number of Who monsters in the glass fragments, some new and some old.

The press release reports:

Written by Steven Moffat, ‘The Bells of St John’ will mark the official introduction of the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Having already made two appearances last year, the opening episode will be the first time fans get to see the Clara that will accompany the Doctor across the series’ eight adventures.
Set in London against the backdrop of new and old iconic landmarks, The Shard and Westminster Bridge, ‘The Bells of St John’ will also establish a new nemesis, the Spoonheads, who will battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi.
Steven Moffat, executive producer and lead writer, said: “It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!”
Featuring a movie a week from a ghost story to an underwater siege to a period drama, the new series will also introduce new monsters, as well as bringing back fan favourites the Ice Warriors and Cybermen. Meanwhile the series’ stellar list of guest stars include: Celia Imrie; Richard E Grant; Warwick Davies, Jessica Raine; Dougray Scott and Tamzin Outhwaite, as well as for the first time on screen together, mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling.

Now, back to our picture.

Our colleagues over at Doctor Who TV have blown up some of the shards, which feature … the Ice Warriors! This is our first look at the classic Who monsters for decades, and they haven’t changed that much—unlike the Silurians, who got a fresh new revamped look for the new series.

We also get a first look at a few other monsters: some that could be from that alien-planet story, one from Mark Gatiss’ "Crimson Horror" episode (the scary white one with the teeth and no eyes), as well as “Spoonheads,” which filming reports have revealed are little robots that our favorite Time Lord ends up investigating.

And lookee here. We’ve got ourselves a Cyberman, too! Those are all pretty darn cool-looking monsters, and Doctor Who season seven, part two, can’t come soon enough.

So what do you guys think of all the new and returning monsters on Doctor Who?

(via Doctor Who TV here and here)