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Introducing a new Doctor is always something of a gamble in the “Doctor Who” universe, but producers have made a savvy choice in Peter Capaldi as the 12th incarnation of the iconic time (and space) traveler. Already a seasoned pro and recognizable smallscreen star in the U.K. thanks to Armando Iannucci’s “The Thick of It,” Capaldi couldn’t be more different from the star-is-born discovery of predecessor Matt Smith, rendering comparisons between the two futile at best. This strategic about-face proves its worth in the season premiere — titled “Deep Breath” and written by showrunner Steven Moffat — especially in the immediate rapport Capaldi strikes with sparkling cast holdover Jenna Coleman. Fans shouldn’t fret, the Tardis remains in good hands.
As risky as it sounds to swap out a lead actor on a successful series, the built-in reset button isn’t just a part of “Doctor Who” mythology (the »
- Geoff Berkshire
Doctor Who returns for American audiences on BBC America beginning Aug. 23 at 8pm Et. The start of a new Doctor Who season would already be cause for celebration among fans, but this one is particularly special as it begins the stint of award-winning actor Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. In the season premiere, “Deep Breath,” written by Steven Moffat, the Doctor lands in Victorian London and finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly combustions. He and Clara (a returning Jenna Coleman) embark on a mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy. BBC … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Tourists visiting London's Parliament Square got more than they bargained for this morning (August 22), as the Tardis crashlanded in front of Big Ben.
The Tardis was made to look as if it had risen from the ground in the Square, surrounded by rubble and dinosaur bones.
The duo recently arrived back in the UK after a Doctor Who world tour, in which they visited five continents in 12 days.
Peter Capaldi recently denied rumours that Coleman may leave the series during this year's Christmas special.
He said: "I've read she may be leaving at Christmas, but I don't even know if she'll get to Christmas, you'll have to watch it and see what happens."
Showrunner Steven Moffat has also spoken about the show's new opening titles, which were inspired by a fan's online creation. »
The new-look opening credits will debut at the beginning of tomorrow night's (August 23) series eight premiere 'Deep Breath'.
Speaking to TV Guide, Moffat said that he was "proud" of the creative response that fans have to Doctor Who, which he added is "unique" to the sci-fi series.
"It has turned people into actors, it has turned people into writers, it has turned people into scientists. That's an extraordinary thing. And that title sequence which I'm so proud of is a result.
"That's online Doctor Who. That's the real part of it, that's the real story," he concluded.
The new title »
Ahead of the series eight premiere of Doctor Who tomorrow evening, the BBC has announced that it is launching a companion series entitled Doctor Who Extra, which will air exclusively on BBC iPlayer. The episodes will run for 10 minutes each, and delve behind the scenes of each episode from the eighth series, with “unparalleled access” to Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, showrunner Steven Moffat and guest stars such as Frank Skinner, Keeley Hawes, Michelle Gomez, and Ben Miller.
“Doctor Who Extra is much more than a ‘making of’ show as we follow Peter Capaldi every step of the way throughout the creation of his first season as the Doctor,” reads the official BBC announcement. “Over the course of 12 programmes, we trace the highs and lows of Doctor Who’s most ambitious run of episodes yet, getting the inside take on [season eight] from the people who made it. Packed with emotion, »
- Gary Collinson
With Doctor Who returning to our screens tomorrow, here’s a news update…
There’s now only one day between us and Doctor Who series eight opener, Deep Breath. Following on from his kidney-discussion-heavy appearance in 2013 Christmas special The Time Of The Doctor and a cameo for his furrowed-eyebrows in The Day Of The Doctor, we’re on the cusp of finally seeing Peter Capaldi’s Doctor helm his first full episode. We are, understandably, hugely excited.
Naturally, news has been rife about the show this week, with the suggestion that Chris Addison’s role in the series finale could be that of a new full-time companion becoming an incredibly hot rumour. Addison and Capaldi had great chemistry in The Thick Of It, which we’d be very happy to see more of in Doctor Who.
Additionally, Danny Cohen, the big cheese of BBC TV Drama, has voiced his support »
/tvshows/doctor-who/332337" target="_blank">Doctor Who debut on Saturday (8/7c, BBC America) when he officially takes over Time Lord duties as the Twelfth Doctor. Capaldi's dark, dangerous Doctor stands in stark contrast to the young, quirky men who proceeded him, but don't expect showrunner Steven Moffat to go out of his way to endear you to the new Doctor's style.
"It's just fun when the Doctor's new," Moffat told reporters during the New York stop of the Who World Tour...
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- Sadie Gennis
According to the U.K.’s Radio Times magazine, while at the a panel on Thursday for the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival, Cohen was asked if he hopes to see a woman take on the famed role, to which he replied, “I hope so.”
Some fans of the show called for a female lead after the previous incarnation of the Doctor, Matt Smith, announced he was leaving the show in June 2013. Helen Mirren announced her desire to play the character in 2011, saying, “I would like to play the new female ‘Doctor Who.’ I don’t want to be just his sidekick.”
The show’s exec producer and head writer Steven Moffat has said in the past that he is not opposed to the idea of a female Doctor, »
- Kevin Noonan
With the Doctor Who series 8 opener coming to cinemas tomorrow night, Mark asks whether more TV could be screened as cinematic events...
If you're a Doctor Who fan lucky enough to see 50th anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor in a cinema last November, you probably saw it the way it was meant to be seen. With a giant “Woo” moment coming approximately every ten minutes, it has the air of a story that is too big for your living room. It may still have been a feature-length episode, but it's one that was meant to be watched surrounded by other fans.
That one worked out pretty well for BBC Worldwide - the special screenings took £6m globally in its opening weekend. That's not bad considering it only showed on Saturday evening and Sunday morning in most cinemas. Having proven a viable strategy, the BBC are doing the same »
This weekend, Doctor Who fans will finally get to see the first episode of the new series and decide for themselves what Peter Capaldi brings to the role of the Doctor. To whet your appetite for what Steven Moffat and the Doctor Who team have in store, the official Doctor Who Facebook page has announced the list of episode titles for the series and there are mentions of Daleks, robots, time (unsurprisingly!) and death. There is also one episode called The Caretaker, though whether that has anything to do with the nickname the Doctor was given during his wartime Christmas adventure remains to be seen.
Here’s the full list:
3 – Robot Of Sherwood (by Mark Gatiss)
4 – Listen (by Steven Moffat)
- Amanda Keats
What a trip! In advance of the new season of Doctor Who, stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, along with executive producer Steven Moffat, have been traipsing across the globe to interact with fans of the show, hitting seven cities on five continents. With their last stop in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, they have traveled
- Rebecca Crockett
The extensive Doctor Who promotion tour has come to a close in Rio de Janeiro.
Over 11,000 fans were treated to previews of 'Deep Breath', episode one of the upcoming eighth series, in Cardiff, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City and finally Rio de Janeiro, with Q&A shows at each venue.
The trio travelled over 35,000 miles travelled in total, and took part in six photo shoots, including at Cardiff Castle, South Korea's Bosingak Bell, New York's Top of the Rock, Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Rio's Christ The Redeemer.
Capaldi's debut as the new Doctor will air this Saturday, August 23 at 7.50pm on BBC One. »
The Doctor and his adventures in space and time return to television (and Cineplex theatres!) this month with a brand new Doctor helming the Tardis – In the Loop and “Thick of It”’s Peter Capaldi.
The Scottish actor is a lifelong fan of BBC’s science fiction classic, Doctor Who, and he couldn’t be more excited to play the Twelfth Doctor: “Every day is full of moments that you go, ‘Oh, wow! I’m the Doctor. This is amazing!”
Whether you’re a Whovian or Who-illiterate, make sure to grab your ticket for “Deep Breath,” the premiere episode of the next season of Doctor Who – in select Cineplex theatres on August 25 and August 30!
But first, here’s an »
- Sasha James
The guide consists of a key quote and basic teasing description of each of the episodes to come. The Radio Times (via Blogtor Who) has now published his guide for this year:
1. Deep Breath
"Who frowned me this face?"
A slaughterhouse restaurant and a buried spaceship lead The Doctor into a confrontation with a long-forgotten foe...
2. Into The Dalek
"Imagine the worst thing in the universe, and then don't bother because you're looking at right now. This is evil refined as engineering."
In the dying days of a bitter war, a beleaguered army has one last hope: a Dalek so damaged it has become good. But can it be trusted? To find out, a miniaturised team, led by The Doctor and Clara, embark on »
- Garth Franklin
Doctor Who Confidential is returning. Sort of.
The show appears to have been given a second life under the new guise of Doctor Who Extra, which will be exclusive to iPlayer.
Doctor Who re-viewed: 11 Doctors, 11 debut adventures
BBC Three companion show Doctor Who Confidential, which brought viewers behind-the-scenes action from the sci-fi series, was dropped in 2011 due to budget cuts and a focus on original commissions.
A new 10-minute BBC iPlayer and Red Button show will go behind the scenes on each episode of Doctor Who series 8...
Salve to the wound fans suffered when the excellent Doctor Who Confidential was taken off our screens in 2011 is the announcement that a new weekly show promises to go behind the scenes on Doctor Who series eight, following "Peter Capaldi every step of the way throughout the creation of his first season as the Doctor".
Doctor Who Extra will comprise twelve ten-minute episodes, one for each episode of the new series, "getting the inside take on series eight from the people who made it". It will be available to view on BBC iPlayer and via the Red Button after the broadcast of each new adventure.
Digital Spy presents Doctor Who Week - seven days of special features celebrating the return of the world's favourite sci-fi series, and the arrival of a brand new Doctor - on August 23.
We've known he was coming since August 2013 - and he's officially been our Doctor since Christmas - but in a mere three days, Doctor Who fans will finally get the chance to size up Peter Capaldi's debut as a new, "more mysterious" Time Lord.
Between 1963 and 2014, the show's had 11 stabs at introducing a new Doctor - so before Steven Moffat's 'Deep Breath' is unveiled to the general public, let's take a look back at those other attempts - from the awesome to the audacious to the seriously misjudged.
An Unearthly Child
Aired November 23-December 14, 1963
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Ausiello: Tara’s spirit will loom large throughout the final 13 episodes, but Maggie Siff won’t be embodying that spirit. Asked if the actress might appear in a recreated flashback or as a vision to her widowed hubby, series creator Kurt Sutter tells me, “I’ve never done flashbacks or dream sequences on this show. They tend to pull me out of the reality of a show like this. »
Written by showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List), the feature-length ‘Deep Breath’ sees Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor making his first appearance alongside Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswaled, and features the return of the Paternoster Gang – Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) – in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London. The episode airs this Saturday on the BBC, and will also be showing in cinemas.
The post New images from Doctor Who series 8 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
As the Doctor Who World Tour continues around the globe, in preparation for the season 8 premiere, a steady stream of new series details are being left in its wake. For weeks, fans have been scraping together minor pieces of information to speculate on what showrunner Steven Moffat and his new Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, have in store for Doctor Who season 8 – that is until BBC began unloading official details: a Deep Breath premiere synopsis and trailer as well as a full list of episode titles for the upcoming series.
The release of a complete season 8 title lineup (along with their respective directors and writers) is especially interesting – since the network typically unveils those details throughout ...
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- Ben Kendrick
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