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Fuelling rumours that the job is becoming all too much for Steven Moffat (don’t you think he looks tired?) the Doctor Who showrunner has taken time out from his busy Doctor Who Series 9 pre-production schedule to pass comment on the results of a recent Radio Times poll which requested votes on Doctor Who Series...
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- Christian Cawley
Show’s lead writer, Steven Moffat, says he felt no need to seek permission from makers of 1979 film for Christmas Day special
Terrifying sci-fi chiller Alien is an unlikely inspiration for a festive family TV treat. But the monsters in the Christmas edition of BBC1’s Doctor Who bear more than a passing resemblance to the “facehuggers” from the classic horror film.
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- John Plunkett
"There is actually an old comic strip with William Hartnell meeting Santa," Moffat explained. "So I've always wanted to see that. I've always wanted the two of them face-to-face!"
Speaking at a screening of the festive episode on Wednesday (December 17) night, the showrunner also reflected on the recent eighth series of Doctor Who.
He suggested that the episode 'In The Forest of the Night' - which received a mixed reaction from critics - will "grow in stature over the years".
"It's so beautifully and eloquently written," he said, describing writer Frank Cottrell Boyce as an "absolute genius".
"[But] I honestly think whatever one's going out »
The title of Doctor Who's ninth series premiere has been revealed.
The ninth series of Doctor Who will then begin filming in January, for broadcast in late 2015.
The BBC has refused to confirm whether or not Coleman will reprise her role as Clara for the next series.
Doctor Who: 9 things that series 9 must deliver
Current "Doctor Who" show runner Steven Moffat has revealed that he is open to having two key characters he introduced to the world of 'Who' back on the show - Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Professor River Song (Alex Kingston). He tells Zap2It:
"It's never, ever closed off. It's all about 'Do you have a story that's worth it? Unless you've got a story that is absolutely informed and invigorated by their presence, just bringing a character back in an ordinary story won't do...
Both River Song and Jack Harkness are massive characters in 'Doctor Who' mythology. Their returns would have to be seismic, not routine. Sometimes you have to know when a story's over, you do. One of the things you always want to say is 'leave them wanting more.'"
These days Barrowman and Kingston are recurring guest stars on The CW's "Arrow," playing »
- Garth Franklin
This year's Doctor Who Christmas Special is a surprisingly scary festive tale with an exemplary cast. Here's our spoiler-free review...
Tradition once upon a time apparently suggested that the Doctor Who Christmas special was a slightly softer beast than usual. That it was put together fully in the knowledge that it'd be watched by people who had consumed no small amount of food, and in many cases also enjoyed a beverage or two. A beverage with a percentage figure on the side of the bottle. As such, with one or two notable exceptions, the specials have had a slightly different feel.
Last Christmas, though, could effectively be classed as episode 13 of the series just gone. That's what it pretty much is of course, but specifically it's a lot less standalone than we've had in recent years. That's not to say it doesn't work as a one-off episode, but it's also »
Whoa, whoa, whoa! This isn’t how the internet works! Praising someone or something? Get outta town! But, as you may recall, we ran a little feature a while ago focusing on what Whovians owe Steven Moffat for. We included making Big Finish as canon as it gets, great storytelling, and casting Matt Smith as the Doctor. Turns...
- Philip Bates
At the press screening of Last Christmas yesterday, Steven Moffat revealed the title of a Series 9 episode. He’s pleased to present… The Magician’s Apprentice. The episode, expected to be the first of the next run of episodes, begins filming in January, but aside from that, we know very little! It’s probably written by Moffat, and...
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- Philip Bates
Whatever else it's brought with it, 2014 has been an exemplary year for television. There's so much good stuff around that keeping on top of it has become a job of work. How many of us have started silently dreading hearing enthused recommendations from pals about new series? Who else has developed a nervous tick whenever they hear the words "Have you been watching...". There's simply Too. Much. TV.
Too much, however, is better than not enough. Too much enables debate, and better than that, it enables the ultimate geek pursuit: list-making. A fortnight ago, we asked our writers to nominate their favourite television episodes of the year and have been busily collating their votes and happily clicking Excel buttons ever since.
Here are the results: Den Of Geek »
Doctor Who showrunner reveals he was given a Dalek last year as a present from his wife
Not only does the sci-fi showrunner have to put up with wall-to-wall Who trailers in the lead-up to the traditional Christmas special, he even gets Doctor-themed presents from his family.
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With the Christmas special just around the corner, everyone seems to be talking about Doctor Who in the press at the moment.
Today, oddly enough, we’ve stumbled upon two quotes which have literally nothing to do with the festive special, but are rather interesting anyway…
“The thing about Clara is she thinks the show is called Clara. She really does. She has no idea she’s number two in the credits, which is why we did that joke in Death in Heaven. She’s got a high opinion of herself, not in a conceited way, but in a correct way. She knows she’s extremely clever and capable, and she doesn’t »
To some, his words are the very bane of souls. To others, everything he says is a clue and a map to where our good Doctor is headed next. More tightly packed than the curls on our current show runner’s head, the Kasterborous News Blast is bursting with new commentary from the infamous Steven Moffat!...
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- Nick Kitchen
Gaiman previously wrote a pair of episodes, 'The Doctor's Wife' and 'Nightmare in Silver', for the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith).
The writer recently explained that he is currently too busy to make the "enormous time commitment" necessary to write for Doctor Who.
"I'm not writing for series nine right now, just because of ridiculous work commitments I'm trying to get out from under," Gaiman told the Radio Times. "I am determined to write for Peter Capaldi.
"As long as Peter is Doctor Who, I will write for him. And every time I'm in the UK, I go and see the Doctor Who people. I go see [producer] Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat, and none of us are going to let me go off the boil. »
The Doctor has been voted the greatest sci-fi character of all time in a BFI poll.
Thousands took part in the survey, with the Time Lord beating Alien's Ellen Ripley to the top spot by just 110 votes.
2001: A Space Odyssey voted greatest sci-fi movie of all time
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader from Star Wars came in third place, while Kerr Avon from the 1970s BBC series Blake's 7 came in fourth.
Star Trek's Spock is in tenth place.
19% of votes were cast for alien characters, while humans received 67% and robots/computers received 14%.
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In the world of Doctor Who fandom, the name Steven Moffat lives in infamy – and rightfully so. After all, under his current leadership as the Doctor Who showrunner, the series is practically living in plot holes so big it could tear the fabric of the universe apart. Continuity? Forget about it! The next episode sure did. Watch another TV show. Ain’t getting one here. Not even close. These are the things in the show that non-fans point out every time it’s argued that “Doctor Who sucks!” And it is so true how can we possibly talk back?
The problem is, he is way too ambitious in his stories. He puts way too many big ideas on a canvas that it turns into a cluttered mess. And, as time has gone by, it’s become a cluttered mess he seemingly has no intention of cleaning up. »
- Jon Garcia
2014 was a strong year for television, both at home and abroad, but now is the time to narrow down our favourites to only the choicest cuts.
Our countdown of the best TV shows of 2014 continues today with 15-11 - check back tomorrow (December 18) when we'll have numbers 10-6.
Additional material by Tom Eames
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 20-16
Digital Spy's best TV shows of the year 2014: 25-21
15. Mad Men
Season 7, Part 1 of Mad Men should have been incredibly frustrating. Inspired by Breaking Bad, the show decided to have it final run split into two parts over two years and it originally sounded like an excuse to eke out the Don Draper franchise for another 12 months. We couldn't have been more wrong.
Allowing Matthew Weiner the chance to dive further in the dark psyches of the show's key players - Don, Peggy, Roger - the »
In the world of Doctor Who, almost any character from the show’s past could make a return with the right amount of narrative trickery and, ahem, timey-wimey stuff. However, we haven’t seen River Song since 2013, or Captain Jack since 2011, despite the fact that both characters have been known to time-travel a fair bit.
So, has Moffat closed the lid on those characters, or is he open to returns from Alex Kingston and John Barrowman? Well, a mix of the two it would seem – there are seemingly no immediate plans, but if the story was right, The Moff would be up for it.
“It’s never, ever closed off,” Mr Moffat told Zap2It. “It’s all about ‘Do you have a story that’s worth it?'”
“Unless you »
Moffat has now addressed the fates of the popular Doctor Who characters, suggesting that the idea of Captain Jack and River Song appearing again is "never, ever closed off".
"It's all about, 'Do you have a story that's worth it?'" he told Zap2it. "Unless you've got a story that is absolutely informed and invigorated by their presence, just bringing a character back in an ordinary story won't do."
The writer went on to say: "Both River Song and Jack Harkness are massive characters in Doctor Who mythology. Their returns would have to be seismic, not routine."
Moffat went »
Doctor Who is a series which is acclaimed for its time and space defying plots and since its revival back in 2005, one of its most unique selling points has been its inclusion of ‘story arcs’ which have tied narratives and even whole series’ together.
It all started with Bad Wolf in Series 1 and since then the writers’ have become much more ambitious when it comes to planting the seeds for stories yet to come. Just look at Steven Moffat, for example, whose time as showrunner thus far has been a rollercoaster of timey-wimey treats and pay offs. Whether it’s been Saxon, the Silence or, most recently, Missy, there’s always something to encourage the more avid Doctor Who viewer to dig a little deeper and get more from their favourite show that meets the eye.
It’s important that the underlying arc should never detract from each standalone adventure, »
- Dan Butler
Airing both in the Us and UK on Christmas Day, in Doctor Who: Last Christmas, it’s Christmas in the North Pole and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) are joined by Santa Claus (Nick Frost) and some grumpy elves for an all-new adventure. It is the tenth Christmas special since the show’s revival in 2005, and the first full Christmas special to feature the Twelfth Doctor. During this interview with press to promote the upcoming special, showrunner Steven Moffat talked about why Doctor Who and Christmas have a special relationship, the challenges of plotting and planning a Christmas special, why it took so long to use Santa Claus as a plot point, how Nick Frost came to be cast in the role, the Doctor’s view on Santa Claus versus Robin Hood, getting more clarity on where the relationship between the Doctor and Clara stands now, »
- Christina Radish
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