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Speculation surrounding Doctor Who’s companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, looks likely to continue right up until the traditional Christmas special of the BBC sci-fi hit show next month. The actress has long been rumored to be departing the show and not feature in the new season next year. Showrunner Steven Moffat told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month that while Peter Capaldi was aboard as the lead for next season, she had yet to sign up. Read more 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat Talks Ratings, Season 9 Responding to U.K. tabloid rumors that emerged on Friday
- Alex Ritman
Ah, now here’s some welcome news! Torchwood scribe, Catherine Tregenna will, according to her online CV, be writing for Series 9 of Doctor Who! Tregenna will be the first female writer since Helen Raynor, who wrote the slightly-wonky Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), and the far-more-enjoyable The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008). People have been giving showrunner, Steven Moffat...
- Philip Bates
Watch a BBC America teaser for the special below:
Doctor Who: 9 things that series 9 must deliver
Meanwhile, comedian Jack Whitehall has told Digital Spy that he would love to play a "Gruber-esque" villain in the series.
Watch a clip from 'Last Christmas' below: »
The stand-up and Fresh Meat actor described the BBC sci-fi show as a dream job, and pointed out that Moffat had clearly already seen his acting skills because he had cast a number of his co-stars in series 8.
Jack Whitehall: I hope the BBC doesn't turn its back on young viewers
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"I'd like to play a villain. »
| We have no context for the above image, so feel free to speculate away. All we do know is that it's from next year's Sherlock special, which will be followed by 3 more brand new episodes at some point. The pic was accompanied by the hashtags #221back #Sherlock #notkidding. Here's what the show's co-creator Steven Moffat had to say about what's the come. "A special, plus a new series of three episodes — it's a record-breaking run! Of course, it's far too early to say what's coming, but we're reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you'd expect." »
The game is afoot! The BBC has officially revealed their plans for the return of Sherlock in a new special that they will be developing. They released the photo above featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson. What makes this photo so intriguing is the way they are dressed in period clothing. No reason is given to why that is, but it’s a fun tease of what could come. It came with the following caption: "#221back #Sherlock #notkidding".
Currently known only as “Sherlock Special,” the upcoming episode is being written by series creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, and it will supposedly air in late 2015 as a Christmas special. An image of the script they are working one was shared on Facebook, and Freeman teased it in an interview with The Mirror, in which he said,
“Steven and Mark have had a great idea [for] what they can do next, »
- Joey Paur
Now that the latest series has reached its dramatic conclusion (hands up if you’re still recovering from the finale!), the attention of Doctor Who fans has now swiftly turned to the upcoming series as speculation about who will be writing for the Doctor’s next string of adventures begins.
It is already known, of course, that showrunner Steven Moffat will be back to oversee the timey-wimey proceedings for what will be his fifth series at its reigns. As such, he’ll be contributing the majority of the episodes, and, as the man in charge, he’s also responsible for hand picking the other writers who will have the privilege of leaving their mark on the Twelfth Doctor’s second series. Just think of him in his office sitting on a throne made of Dalekanium, only he’s stroking a life size figure of K-9 instead of a white fluffy cat… »
- Dan Butler
Join Digital Spy's TV Editor Morgan Jeffery for a blog delving into the very best in science-fiction, fantasy and cult television.
9 Things that Doctor Who series 9 must deliver
Doctor Who has only been off our screens a little while and already we're dreaming of the next series. Christmas is coming, of course, but Steven Moffat and company are by now well underway on work for the ninth full series since 2005.
Beyond Moffat's continued involvement (and Peter Capaldi's), details are scarce about what to expect from the next batch of episodes. So while we're still able to indulge in rampant speculation, here are 9 things we want to see when the Doctor returns to our screens.
1. More Missy
Post-grand reveal, did anyone else feel that the manic Missy - though magnificently portrayed by Michelle Gomez - ended up a little neglected in a finale episode that also had to resolve a Cyberman Invasion of Earth, »
He’s faced festive assassins, a lethal Christmas tree and even carnivorous snowmen. And just when you thought Doctor Who was starting to run out of ideas for something to keep your mind off the mince pies, showrunner Steven Moffat brings Peter Capaldi’s curmudgeonly Time Lord face to face with the jolly sack lugger himself, Santa (played by Nick Frost). But what is the Special going to be called this year? Moffat has revealed the legend – Last Christmas. Whether this is directly tied to the much-wept-over Wham hit remains to be seen, but even the iciest of Capaldi’s critics are surely looking forward to his run in with the jelly-bellied childrens’ hero.
Being busy little helpers in the background are Dan Starkey »
- Steve Palace
Narrowing down the talents and charms of one Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch to just five is no easy task. Though it may seem like the 38-year-old Brit actor has only recently come on the scene, thanks to his sit-up-and-take-notice, pitch-perfect performance as Sherlock Holmes, dedicated fans know better. Though he's undoubtedly experiencing the kind of golden moment most actors would gladly give their right arm (and possibly a leg) for, the London-born, recently engaged thesp has been a jobbing actor for more than a decade and a critically-acclaimed one for almost as long.
From his BAFTA-nominated performances in "Hawking" (2004) and "Small Island" (2009), to charismatic but smaller turns in Starter For 10 (2006) and Atonement (2007), Cumberbatch was already making a name for himself before he was approached to audition for the titular role in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's modern BBC look at Conan Doyle's famous detective. The role marked »
- Emma Badame
Back in June, Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman sent the show’s fans into a flurry of excitement when he revealed some rather important news: the next instalment of the popular series would be a one-off Christmas special. Now, granted, unleashing this during the summer might have implied that it was headed to screens this coming December, but alas, we’ve got a whole year to wait for Watson and Sherlock’s next jaunt.
To tide millions of fans over, the BBC has graciously debuted two images via its Twitter feed this morning. And they’re rather unusual. For most Sherlock die-hards, it’s a given that the next season of the show will carry on the story left off in season three with the crime-fighting duo pitted against the dastardly Moriarty. So imagine the general feeling of flabbergastedness caused by these two new pics.
#221back #Sherlock #notkidding pic.twitter.com »
- Gem Seddon
Fans who are still reeling from Sherlock's Season 3 finale back in January have a long wait ahead before Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) return to the small screen. BBC announced in July that production will begin this coming January on a Christmas special airing in late 2015, followed by three new Sherlock Season 4 episodes, presumably airing in early 2016. To help fans cope, BBC One has released a new photo of Holmes and Watson back together again.
The Season 3 finale, "His Last Vow", ended with a cliffhanger that teased the return of Jim Moriarty, played by Andrew Scott. Star Martin Freeman revealed earlier this year, before the Season 4 renewal was announced, that a one-off special is coming. However, we still don't have any plot details for the Christmas special or the new season thus far.
Along with this new image, BBC One also revealed the script cover page »
There has been a rising tide of backlash against sci-fi favorite “Doctor Who” for years now. Complaints have centered around the show ostensibly being about the journeys of female companions, yet with little to no actual women with boots on the ground in production. This leads to all kinds of problems, the least of which is sexist comments by showrunner Steven Moffat about the roles of women as characters and fans. When you’ve got Neil Gaiman nicely pointing out the skewed gender dynamics behind the camera, you know you’ve reached backlash zeitgeist. With that in mind, CultBox announced Catherine Tregenna has been hired by “Doctor Who” to write an episode for Series 9. This makes Tregenna first female writer on the show in six years, and the first period during Moffat’s tenure as showrunner. Her writing credentials are impeccable. Tregenna’s most instantly recognizable credit to Americans audiences »
- Donna Dickens
Get excited, Sherlock fans - the Christmas special may not be airing until 2015, but the creators of the show have shared a first look at both Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (John Watson) from the new episode. Sue Vertue, a producer on the show and wife of cocreator Steven Moffat, was the first to share teases of the upcoming special, including a shot of the draft script written by Moffat and his fellow cocreator, Mark Gatiss (aka Mycroft Holmes). According to reports, the cast and crew won't begin filming on the special until early January, and the episode itself won't air in the UK until Christmas Day 2015. However, the cast and crew will also be working on the highly anticipated fourth season through 2015, meaning that more new episodes should be hitting the airwaves in 2016. »
‘Tis the season to give thanks — and not just because of the national holiday/food-a-thon taking place this Thursday.
BBC One dropped a gourmet treat onto TV lover’s computer screens on Tuesday when it tweeted the following first-look photo at Sherlock‘s forthcoming Season 4 special, along with a trio of hashtags: “#221back #Sherlock #notkidding.”
In July, co-creator Steven Moffat confirmed that a three-episode Season 4 was in the works — along with a 90-minute special that would begin shooting in January 2015, for possible broadcast next Christmas.
Season 3 of Sherlock concluded with the face of the crime-fighting duo’s presumed-dead nemesis Moriarty »
The forthcoming return of Sherlock has been teased in a new picture.
Vertue did not reveal any more information as to why the pair appear this way, but suggested that the outfits feature in the upcoming episode, using the hashtag "#notkidding".
Sherlock will return with a one-off special in 2015, with filming expected to begin in January.
This is what we've been doing today! Later on a pic of Sherlock and John as they'll appear in the Special #221back pic.twitter.com »
The boys are back! And they’ve dressed up for the occasion too. Yes, while we’ll all have to be frighteningly patient for the return of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the next special and series of Sherlock, the Beeb have taken pity on the Cumber Collective and the Free… masons? By releasing a new pic of the leads in costume.And how about those costumes? Either Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be going back in time for the new special, or there are some period garb adventures afoot. What larks!So far, that’s about all we know of the new one-off special, written by series co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, aside from the BBC tweeting a picture of the special’s read-through script, which clearly belongs to Gatiss, so if anything else leaks, we know who will be getting a visit from the security squad. »
With exactly one month to go until the Doctor’s tenth (can you Adam and Eve it?!) annual festive adventure, the BBC has set tongues wagging today by revealing its intriguing title, and we’ve even been treated to a sparkling new poster image – above – too!
We now know that the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald will return to our screens in Last Christmas, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst, which is set to air in the show’s traditional Christmas Day time slot as the centrepiece of BBC One’s yuletide festivities.
Confirmed guest stars for the special include Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz’s very own Nick Frost, who was introduced in the closing credits of the Series 8 finale, Death in Heaven, as Father Christmas (no, seriously), as well as Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen, who will seemingly be playing two of Santa’s devoted elves, »
- Dan Butler
Released this month, the collector’s edition Sherlock series 3 DVDs are crammed with nerd succour, from the episodes one and three commentaries by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Una Stubbs, to behind-the-scenes featurettes, falling-over and dancing outtakes, footage from episode read-throughs, a deleted scene in which Lars Mikkelsen licks Benedict Cumberbatch, technical special effects gubbins, clips from the only existing television interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and - we almost forgot - the series itself.
For Sherlock fans who haven’t yet had the pleasure, we’ve ploughed through all the bonus material on the discs, turning up the odd bit of trivia treasure as we did so. Find out below about Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's plans for Sherlock to teach Mary the violin, Benedict Cumberbatch »
We've had the John Lewis advert, the supermarkets are filled with Quality Street tins and Bob Geldof has gathered together a load of popstars to sing about Africa. There's no point hiding and denying it, Christmas is very nearly here.
Even if you're a festive grinch, one of the best parts of Christmas is that it means a bumper selection box of great telly. The BBC has released first look pictures today of its seasonal highlights, and here are 14 picks of what you can look forward to over the holidays.
3. Esio Trot
Another of Roald Dahl's classics gets adapted »
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