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This day has been an emotional rollercoaster.
The facts and details of the Christmas episode have been kept strictly secret, and for good reason. Rumors flew that Jenna Coleman was leaving the series just as the new season was a-borning, and her go-to answer for the events of the special was “If you know if I’m staying with the series, it’ll ruin the ending”. A spectacularly surprising cameo, a hilarious guest star, and a plot that keeps unfolding like a fried onion makes for a ripping yarn for the holiday. But for most of the year, we were never sure or not if this was to be Clara’s…
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst
Clara and The Doctor team up again after Santa crashes on her roof. You heard me – Sweet Papa Chrimbo himself appears atop Clara’s home, and before any sense can be made of that, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Peter Capaldi is back as the time-travelling adventurer in this festive special in which he must fend off terrifying creatures attacking an Arctic base.
Miranda is back on screens in the first of this two-part Christmas special, which sadly marks the end of the series forever.
The first episode picks up where the last one left off, with the unlucky-in-love shop owner having received two proposals of marriage - one from dreamboat chef Gary and the other from new boyfriend Mike. Who will she choose, if anyone?
It's Christmas »
Sidney Newman, co-creator of Doctor Who, called for a female Doctor. Patrick Troughton, the Second Doctor, called for a female Doctor. Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Carole Ann Ford, Louise Jameson, Freema Agyeman, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and now Steven Moffat have all called for a female Doctor.
It may seem a bit early to be re-casting the wonderful Peter Capaldi (long may he reign) but the Doctor Who fandom is all about speculation. Before Capaldi was announced, the WhovianFeminism blog listed no less than Forty potential actresses to take the roll. Now with Moffat’s own admission in recent interviews, thinking of candidates for a female Doctor is just the thing to do.
- Joel Cornah
Originally from the planet Mondas, also known as Earth’s long lost twin, the Cybermen are amongst Doctor Who’s most terrifying villains. These former humans shed any vestiges of their flesh centuries ago and now exist as cold, emotionless, robotic soldiers intent on conquering or converting the galaxy. Their first appearance triggered the Doctor’s regeneration from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton and since then they have tackled each regeneration of the Time Lord, with the exception of the Earthbound Jon Pertwee. They were among the Classic Series’ most popular villains, but were they overexposed? And did they retain that terrifying effect on viewers when the show moved to colour?
While the Cybermen remained popular, they certainly lost some of their originality and terror as the show moved into the 80s. The colour-era highlighted the cheap costume designs, such as the spray-painted cricket gloves and flesh that could »
- Russell McLean
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Colin Baker appeared this past weekend at the Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest.
After appearing before a room of fans, where he talked about how he hated the polls ranking Doctors, his issues with the newest season, and how much he loved working with Patrick Troughton on “The Two Doctors”; he took a few minutes to chat with WhatCulture.com’s Chris Swanson.
Me: Thank you for sitting down and interviewing with me! I really appreciate it.
Baker: My pleasure.
Me: Allow me to say that when I’m on panels and people ask my who my favorite Doctor is, it’s a tie between the Sixth and the Eighth. I put that almost completely on the audios, because you have been so consistently fantastic in the audio stories.
Baker: Thank you very much.
Me: So what was it like coming back to the character after all those years, »
- Chris Swanson
Less than four months after Lifetime issued a series order for The Omen TV series entitled Damien, Merlin star Bradley James has signed on to play the title character. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will make his TV directing debut by taking the helm for the pilot episode and serving as an executive producer. The show is slated to premiere sometime in 2015 on Lifetime.
We first reported on the project back in May, when former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara signed on to write the pilot script and executive produce through his 44 Strong Productions company. The six-episode series will follow the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James), the devilish child from the original 1976 film who has grown into an adult, seemingly unaware of the evil forces around him. Damien is forced to confront his past and come to terms with the fact that he is, in fact, the Antichrist, »
From the Macra to The Mysterious Planet, Andrew finds the gold in oft-unloved Doctor Who episodes from across the decades...
For the show's fiftieth anniversary, Doctor Who Magazine ran a new poll ranking the 241 stories up to and including The Time Of The Doctor. The Twin Dilemma came last again, having done so in 2009 survey, and though it does have many faults, it isn't completely bad. Colin Baker blazes his way haughtily through it, and the story noticeably lacks energy when he's off screen. Perhaps it might have been marginally better just to have had the Sixth Doctor and Peri go to a Little Chef so he could complain about the service.
In the lower half of the poll (compiled by people rating all the stories out of ten) are some pretty good stories, or at least ones that arguably don't deserve to be there. We've therefore compiled a list »
Following the conclusion of yesterday’s series eight finale ‘Death in Heaven’, the BBC gave Doctor Who fans a sneak peek at Peter Capaldi’s first Christmas Special with a short teaser featuring guest star Nick Frost as Santa Claus, who of course also made a special surprise appearance during a post-credits sequence for last night’s finale. If you missed the Christmas Special teaser, you check it out right here…
The 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special has been written by Steven Moffat, and will see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman joined in the cast by Nick Frost (The World’s End), Nathan McMullen (Misfits), Natalie Gumedge (Coronation Street), Faye Marsay (Fresh Meat) and Michael Troughton (The New Statesman) – the latter being the son of Patrick Troughton, the Second Doctor.
If you’re a fan of Flickering Myth and have a minute to spare, please vote for us in the National »
- Gary Collinson
Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Unless you're a certain Tardis-dwelling Time Lord, in which case the forthcoming festive season is going to be a time of terrifying, slavering beasties. That is one of the apparent takeaways from a teaser trailer for this year's special Christmas episode of Doctor Who, which the BBC has released ahead of tonight's season finale of the long-running British time travel show. In 2014's Yuletide show, regular Doctor Who cast members Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are joined by guest stars Michael Troughton (son of »
- Clark Collis
It’s almost the holiday season, and you know what that means -- a new "Doctor Who" Christmas special. Last year's special introduced viewers to the twelfth doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, so who knows what gift the BBC and wrier Stephen Moffat ("Sherlock") will be giving to fans. A new trailer shows the Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) spending Christmas in the North Pole where they appear to run into a nasty, "Alien"-like creature and Santa Claus himself, played by "The World's End" and "Shaun of the Dead" Nick Frost. Watch it here: Other guest stars include Michael Troughton (the real-life son of the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton), Natalie Gumede ("Strictly Come Dancing"), Faye Marsay ("Pride"), and Nathan McMullen ("Misfits"). The 2014 Christmas Special will air on BBC America. »
- Dave Lewis
"If I am remembered at all, it will be as the swine who rewrote Scott Fitzgerald," said Joseph L. Mankiewicz on numerous occasions, and though he does rate a mention in any Fitzgerald bio for his work revising Fitzgerald's screenplay of Three Comrades, he is also getting a sidebar retrospective, The Essential Iconoclast, at the New York Film Festival. Apart from including his several acknowledged classics, this also shines a light on some of the less celebrated movies in the distinguished Hollywood auteur's body of work.
In particular, The Late George Apley (1947) and Escape (1948) are seldom-screened dramas with suave English leading men, Ronald Colman and Mankiewicz favorite Rex Harrison, both supported by the delightful Peggy Cummins.
The Late George Apley supplements the emotion with a good portion of the wit Mankiewicz was so famous for. I spoke briefly on the telephone to co-star Cummins, best known »
- David Cairns
Arnold arranged a new version of the Doctor Who theme in 2001 for the Eighth Doctor audio dramas from Big Finish Productions.
"It was weird when I did the Big Finish one," Arnold told Digital Spy ahead of his collaboration with Ella Eyre for the Bose Urban Conductor immersive live experience.
He continued: »
Whovians just got an early Christmas present from the BBC.
“I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show,” Frost said in a statement. “The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream ‘No spoilers!’ Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!”
Production has already begun on the episode, which also guest stars Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay, Nathan McMullen and Michael Troughton. Michael Troughton’s father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.
- Maane Khatchatourian
In a statement, Frost says: "I'm so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I'm such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream 'No spoilers!' - every day on set I've had to silence my internal fan boy squeals."
Showrunner Steven Moffat adds: "Frost at Christmas - it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the Tardis."
- Garth Franklin
How’s this for a slice of fried gold? The BBC announced today that actor Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End) will guest star in this year’s special Christmas episode of Doctor Who, the production of which has now begun.
“I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show,” Frost said in a statement. “The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream ‘No spoilers!’ Every day on set I »
- Clark Collis
We're not even at the half-way stage of Doctor Who series 8 yet, but already, we're looking ahead to the Christmas special. It's been filming over the past couple of weeks, albeit mainly behind closed doors. As such, details of the guest stars this year has been thin on the ground.
Until now, at least.
Three names have now been confirmed. Firstly, there's Nick Frost, who needs little introduction. Nor, to fans of Misfits, will Nathan McMullen. And in a lovely touch, Michael Troughton, the son of second Doctor Patrick Troughton, has also been added to the cast. Troughton's book on his father's life is well worth picking up.
Steven Moffat has penned the script for this one. It will screen, as you might have guessed, on December 25th. Here's the picture that the BBC Tweeted, »
You will remember Harry Melling as the obese and cruel Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, but you may not recognise him today.
The 25-year-old actor has appeared in a number of iconic stage plays on both sides of the Atlantic, and is about to go on tour with a brand new production titled The Angry Brigade by James Graham.
Digital Spy caught up with Melling to see what he has been up to since waving goodbye to Dudley back in 2010.
"I come from quite an actor family so I definitely grew up watching theatre from a young age, and always knew there was something magical about that. And always knew that I wanted to be involved in that.
"But saying that I think that screen work is equally as magical, but just in very different ways really. At »
Robot Hood, Robot Hood, riding through the glen,
Robot Hood, Robot Hood, and his band of men…
Clara wants to meet someone legendary, The Doctor tells her they’re all made up, so when he actually shows up, The Doctor is convinced he’s a…
Robot Of Sherwood
By Mark Gatiss
Directed by Paul Murphy
Clara admits she’s always wanted to meet Robin Hood, who The Doctor waves off as merely a legend. But as we’ve learned, one does not simply tell Clara Oswald she can’t have something, so off they go to Sherwood. The Doctor is shocked to discover Robin Hood show up and attempt to appropriate his conveyance. The Doctor is naturally convinced this is all a trick or plot of some type. He is at once right, and wrong. There is a plot, but it’s on the part of the (also real) Sheriff of Nottingham, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Warning: contains a spoiler for An Adventure In Space And Time.
Mark Gatiss is a busy man but polite to a fault. He agreed to squeeze in a chat with us after a lengthy round of Us phone interviews on the eve of broadcast for his seventh Doctor Who episode, Robot Of Sherwood ("It'll just be nice to talk to someone who doesn't say Rah-ban Hud!"). Half an hour before the scheduled time, he calls to say that he's finished with the Americans but would I mind waiting twenty minutes while he has his tea? Take as long as you like, I say, thinking a) how rare it is for 'the talent' not to communicate their running-late apologies through a PR, b) for 'the talent' to apologise for running late at all, »
Writers: Mark Gatiss
Director: Paul Murphy
The Story: In a sun-dappled Sherwood Forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes actually exist?
After Dinosaurs, deranged Cyborgs and battle-damaged Daleks, this week’s Doctor Who brings us to the slightly more light-hearted setting of Sherwood and it’s seemingly fictional inhabitants. The first two episodes of Doctor Who‘s ‘Capaldi-era’ have so far given the refined Scotsman a fantastic start as the twelfth incarnation of the last Timelord. However, the third episode in the rebooted show’s eighth series reigns in the darker tone of the first two, and trades it for a swashbuckling Saturday night adventure story.
Although this drastic shift in tone may seem slightly jarring to some, »
- Ben Read
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