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Read what Steven Moffat had to say about series 8 at the same event, here.
Since wrapping on Doctor Who episodes Deep Breath and Into The Dalek, director Ben Wheatley has been busy making his latest feature, an adaptation of J.G Ballard’s High Rise. Until now, his filming schedule on High Rise precluded any appearances at the the public events surrounding Deep Breath, so it was a genuine treat to see him talk at this week’s Rts Doctor Who: Anatomy Of A Hit event. Along with Steven Moffat, Millenium FX artist Rob Mayor and Who producers Brian Minchin and Nikki Wilson, Wheatley shared his experiences of making Peter Capaldi’s first full episodes as the Doctor…
On how he became involved in directing Doctor Who »
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, »
Series 8 is finally upon us, and it heralds the triumphant appearance of a new Doctor. Despite the new face, it’s still obvious that number 12 is the same man we’ve all come to know and love over the last 50 years. One of the highlights of a regeneration episode is to see what the new incarnation is like, what his likes and dislikes are, but at the same time waiting for that one defining moment where is no doubt in mind that the essence of the Doctor hasn’t changed at all. This is crucial when introducing a new Doctor, but when it’s played correctly, the audience comes to love his new self for being the same but also different.
The Twelfth Doctor’s introduction in Deep Breath is a prime example of this principle. He was new; he was muddled; he was undeniably Scottish—but by the end of the episode, »
- Paula Luther
You felt it when 2,000 Whovians cheered and applauded. You knew when the unstoppable force of Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat stood for a standing ovation, and when they were pulled left, right and centre outside for autographs and pictures. You knew it when people cheered Capaldi’s name for just coming up on the screens.
HeyUGuys were lucky enough to attend the very first screening of Deep Breath in Cardiff, this episode is the series 8 opener and the full debut of a certain new Doctor. The first point on a whistle stop world tour of the new episode, St. David’s Hall was rammed with hardcore fans dressed as their favourite Doctors, companions, even the Tardis. There were age-old fans and 4-year olds dressed in Fezs and bow ties, wielding their trusty Sonic Screwdrivers. There were 18-24 year olds – seemingly »
- Ross Keniston
4 items from 2014