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"...trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the 'Doctor' faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone.
"Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the 'Veil', he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, 'Gallifrey' is waiting..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Doctor Who: Heaven Sent" ...
- Michael Stevens
This Christmas, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will whisk Benedict Cumberbatch’s famed sleuth back to the Victorian era with Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, a one-off festive special that ought to sate our appetites as we endure the long wait for season 4.
Due to premiere on New Year’s Day, the BBC has unveiled a series of character posters for the standalone episode, placing the likes of Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs and Amanda Abbington front and center. There’s even a shot of Cumberbatch’s detective replete with the famous deerstalker hat.
But perhaps the one image to garner the most attention is that of the elusive bride. Masking her face with some rather elegant period garb, the jury’s still out on the actual identity of said Abominable Bride, though early rumors claim that Lara Pulver’s Irene Adler may make a surprise return for the show’s christmas spinoff. »
- Michael Briers
The spoiler-free basics though, are this: the Doctor finds himself alone, trapped, pursued by a fearsome creature, and facing "the greatest challenge of his many lives". If anyone (yes, including us) tries to tell you more about the episode, we'd advise you to smack them with a rolled-up newspaper and run away.
It is safe, more or less, to look at this clutch of new pictures released by the BBC for Heaven Sent, an episode written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay. Peter Capaldi's Doctor is clearly centre-stage in this one...
Steven Moffat thought the 2015 Christmas special would be the last episode of 'Doctor Who' he'd ever write. The showrunner has revealed he decided to bring back River Song (Alex Kingston) for the upcoming episode because he was emotionally drained after saying goodbye to companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and thought this might be his own farewell. He explained: ''We've just lost Clara, so I didn't want to go straight into a new companion. I'll be honest, I brought River Song back in because I thought there was a possibility I'd never write it ['Doctor Who'] again so that's be my goodbye. »
"The special is its own thing," Mr Moffat has said, confirming that The Abominable Bride is an entirely separate entity to the show's established modern day continuity.
You can see a collection of new images from the episode by clicking into the gallery at the top of this page.
Back in February of this year, details on the Sherlock Christmas Special were thinner on the ground than incriminating footprints after heavy rain. We had no title, trailer or synopsis for the Victorian-set episode, just a single image of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman decked out in nineteenth-century clobber.
Armed with only that, it was the task of a group of journalists visiting the set to turn detective and find out what could be deduced about the Special. Facing cast and creators well-used to the ducks and dives of interviews able to reveal almost nothing, below are the results of a rapid-fire interrogation of Benedict Cumberbatch…
How did you respond when they said they wanted to do a Victorian Holmes? »
Two years to the day after the widely watched and celebrated “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special aired, showrunner Steven Moffat is opening up a bit more about the making of that special, which came in a year Moffat has called nightmarish. (The guy was swamped making a lot of TV that year.) In an interview with Radio Times, Moffat revealed that he almost convinced Christopher Eccleston to reprise his role as the Ninth Doctor in that special, which ended up featuring Matt Smith, David Tennant and the newly introduced War Doctor, played by John Hurt. It didn’t come as a surprise that Eccleston — who left the show after one season and has not kept it a secret that he had some level of unhappiness being involved — chose to not partake in the making of “The Day of the Doctor.” And Moffat has said before that he met with Eccleston to discuss the 50th. »
- Emily Rome
Filming on Sherlock’s first Christmas Special, The Abominable Bride, took place at the beginning of this year. Back then, very little was known about the episode, and the BBC was naturally keen to keep it that way.
Prior to visiting the Bristol set in February, we'd been told that the Special was set in the Victorian era, and that was more or less where the certainties ended. The rest was a hotchpotch of rumour, deduction and inference.
If the following cast and creators round-table interviews seem to have a hint of courtroom interrogation or parlour game about them, then, that air of secrecy explains it. Regardless of the constraints on what could and couldn’t be confirmed, »
Face The Raven was certainly a momentous episode and while it wasn’t the penultimate episode of Doctor Who series nine, it followed the grand tradition of stories like Utopia and Turn Left, which started as self-contained episodes before leading directly into the series finale.
Even on its own it stands as a great episode; a Neverwhere-meets Harry Potter secret Trap Street in the heart of London, filled with aliens all seeking sanctuary. The return of Ashildr / Me, more mysterious than ever. The deadly Raven sent to steal your soul when the numbers on your neck counted down to zero. And of course the dramatic death of long-serving companion Clara Oswald a whole two weeks earlier than her expected departure.
And with Ashildr’s trap for the Doctor and Clara’s death there are many questions going into Steven Moffat’s latest series finale. Just what does this »
- Baz Greenland
Writer: Sarah Dollard
Director: Justin Molotnikov
Synopsis: A familiar face calls up the Tardis with a problem: a mystery which leads the Doctor and Clara to a secret passageway, a second familiar face and the end of the road for one of the Doctor’s longest-serving companions.
After last week’s widely vilified misstep, Doctor Who returns to form just in time for the swansong of perhaps the most controversial companion to grace the Tardis since the show returned in 2005. Yes, Clara’s finally dead; or, yes, Clara’s unfortunately dead.
Whichever way you look at it, it’s hard to fault the show for finally giving a companion a clear-cut exit – this is the first New Who companion to actually, properly die – and it seems fitting that it should have happened to Clara, »
- Chris Wharfe
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
9.10 Face The Raven
If the ongoing grumble this series of Doctor Who has been about Clara not really convincingly finding a place within it, Face The Raven doesn’t half give her a fitting farewell. I found Donna Noble’s departure close to heartbreaking, but what was particularly of note here, appreciating how few companions have been killed in the line of time-travelling duty, was that Clara ultimately knew it was coming.
Is Clara dead for good? Who knows. Doctor Who certainly has form in bringing back deceased characters, and it's not as if there haven't been other versions of her dotting around. But right here, right now, Clara is dead. It’s no secret that Jenna Coleman has left the show. »
Nothing like getting the gang back together after a successful entry. That seems to be the case for the Mission: Impossible franchise, and that includes doing something they’ve never done before.
Variety reports Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed this year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, is in talks to return in both capacities for the sixth entry. If McQuarrie agrees, he would be the first director in the franchise to return for a second entry.
On top of bringing McQuarrie back, Variety adds that stand-out Rebecca Ferguson could also be coming back for the next movie after the studio signed her for an option. Paramount is looking to turn around the next Mi film after Rogue Nation was such a runaway hit.
- Zach Dennis
Conventions are nothing new in the world of film & TV, but lately they seem to be springing up left, right and centre. The newest addition to the roster is the Doctor Who Festival, which came to the ExCeL centre in London last weekend.
The cast and crew came out in force for three days of Q&As, talks and shows. Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver all made an appearance, alongside showrunner Steven Moffat and writers Mark Gatiss, Catherine Tregenna, Sarah Dollard, Peter Harness, Toby Whithouse and Jamie Matheson.
Aside from the Q&As, there were opportunities for photographs with the cast (which obviously sold out straight away), an interactive drama school where fans could learn how to direct an episode and even act like a monster, special effects demonstrations and – of course – plenty of props, costumes and even a set or two from the latest series. »
- Chris Wharfe
The BBC has released a tidy pile of brand new pictures from Doctor Who series 9 episode, Face The Raven...
Now that Sleep No More is, er, no more, it's time to move on to the next episode of Doctor Who series nine: Face The Raven.
"The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London. Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr (Maisie Williams)! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive."
You can see the preview teaser for the Justin Molotnikov-directed episode, »
Is Face The Raven any good? Yes, yes, yessity-yes. Here's our spoiler-free review of the next Doctor Who series 9 episode...
Today, the BBC has cost me 40p. In that time, I've listened to a bit of radio, caught up with the news at the BBC website. And then?
I watched Saturday's Doctor Who.
Good grief. In a series that's not been afraid to take twists, turns, to go off in precisely the opposite direction that people were expecting, Face The Raven has again demonstrated the confidence and talent that's fuelling modern day Doctor Who. It does feel like we take a lot of this for granted, but there are several flat-out exquisite moments in this episode - not least Peter Capaldi giving his work in The Zygon Inversion a run for its money - that surely deserve at the very least a lot more respect. Some thunderous applause would help, »
Two time crossed lovers reunite this Christmas when River Song steps back into the Doctors timeline. When David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor first met River, she’d already lived through an entire romance. However this time, the tables are turned. “That’s how the Christmas special begins,” showrunner Steven Moffat revealed to fans at the London Doctor Who...
The post Christmas Special: River Won’t Recognise the Doctor appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Andrew Reynolds
Steven Moffat has vowed the new 'Doctor Who' companion will be a ''brand new character''. The showrunner is yet to start his search for Jenna Coleman's replacement after she announced she would not be reprising her role as Clara Oswald next year, but he is certain the Time Lord's new Tardis traveller will be a completely fresh character. Speaking at the 'Doctor Who' Festival at London's ExCel Centre over the weekend, Moffat revealed: ''I think I'm prepared to say it will be a brand new character. It will not be someone you've already seen, because bringing a new character for the companion »
Here’s an interesting one – Michelle Gomez has landed a guest role in Gotham season 2, and she’ll make her debut pretty soon. Her character is called ‘The Lady,’ and she’ll arrive on American screens tonight (Monday the 16th of November), in an episode entitled A Bitter Pill To Swallow.
Place your bets now, then – which ‘lady’ from Batman lore could Michelle Gomez be playing (Phantom Lady, Lady Shiva, Lady Lunar?!), or do we think that this will be an entirely new character invented for the show? Guesses on the back of a postcard/in the comments section, please.
More Gotham season 2 news as it happens. »
Mark Gatiss had just finished the first draft of his new Sherlock episode, when he settled down with a bunch of assembled interrogators - ourselves included - to talk about his new Doctor Who episode, Sleep No More. Here are the highlights of that chat...
On how it was originally a two-parter:
I started it [that way], that was my plan. I plotted it, the whole thing. But the more I thought I about it, when I came up with the found footage idea, I thought it's not going to sustain over two. It just won't.
Steve[n Moffat] agreed, and it crunched down. The great thing about a two parter is that you get a cliffhanger and you can spread things, in quite an old fashioned way. What I did do was an early »
There's a spoiler for Sleep No More in this story.
Last night's episode of Doctor Who, Mark Gatiss' Sleep No More, has ignited a fair amount of discussion already, if the comments below our review are anything to go by. We'd argue it's not an entirely successful episode of the show, albeit with interesting ideas bubbling away.
"Steven's asked me if I'd write a sequel to this one, which I find in a 'yeti' way very exciting", he told us.
He added that "there's a bit of a history of groupings. There's two Mara stories in Peter Davison's time. »
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