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Doctor Who – Born to Save the Universe

“I’m the Doctor, and I save people!”

The first new trailer for the forthcoming Series 9 has been released by the BBC onto YouTube today. 90 seconds of intriguing glimpses, sounds and quotes (including the one at the top of the page).

We also know when the new series will start, September 19th. This puts it four weeks later than last year and if there are no breaks will mean there is just a three week gap between season finale and Christmas episode this year.

Featuring old enemies and new aliens, as well as an interesting and mysterious encounter at the very end of the trailer, it can be viewed here….

The next ten weeks cannot come quickly enough!

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Companion Trifecta Announced for Fan Expo

Canadian Doctor Who fans are in for a treat this summer as Fan Expo Canada has just revealed that the three most popular new series companions are ALL going to be at the event taking place in Toronto from September 3-6. Billie Piper, Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman were just announced as featured guests. Now that they have the most popular recent companions locked up, will they get a Doctor? They have had some over the years including Matt Smith and Colin Baker. Stay tuned to TIMD for more Fan Expo Doctor Who details as they are announced!

 

Doctor Who Series 9 Set Report Number 2

Special Agent Chamberlain 006 is back, and he has once again been out on the trail of the Doctor Who crew filming in and around Cardiff for Series 9. Last week Agent 006 caught up with them during filming in and around the grounds of Caerphilly Castle. Here is his pictorial report….

A new flag replaces the familiar Welsh dragon. Looks a little like the Royal Beast of Peladon. Alternately, someone mentioned it looks like the Sheriff's standard from Robot of Sherwood.   (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
A new flag replaces the familiar Welsh dragon. Looks a little like the Royal Beast of Peladon. Alternately, someone mentioned it looks like the Sheriff’s standard from Robot of Sherwood.
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

The entrance to Caerphilly Castle, with added smoke effect.   (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
The entrance to Caerphilly Castle, with added smoke effect.
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

Smoke on the water.   (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
Smoke on the water.
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

Effects Guy 1 - “Did we do that?”   Effects Guy 2 - “Just walk away quietly and nobody will notice.”   (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
Effects Guy 1 – “Did we do that?”
Effects Guy 2 – “Just walk away quietly and nobody will notice.”
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

Ogri Eggs?   (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
Ogri Eggs?
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

Peter Capaldi signing autographs for the fans.   (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
Peter Capaldi signing autographs for the fans.
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

Guest Actor Daniel Hoffmann-Gill in costume.  (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
Guest Actor Daniel Hoffmann-Gill in costume.
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

Setting up the camera rig for filming down the well. Possible set-up for later studio green-screen shot?   (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
Setting up the camera rig for filming down the well. Possible set-up for later studio green-screen shot?
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

Our Agent is caught by the Doctor, so poses as an 'ordinary fan' to get an autograph.   (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
Our Agent is caught by the Doctor, so poses as an ‘ordinary fan’ to get an autograph.
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

A special message from the Doctor to the Facebook Doctor Who Missing Episodes Discussion Group.   (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
A special message from the Doctor to the Facebook Doctor Who Missing Episodes Discussion Group.
(Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

 

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As ever we appreciate the efforts of Special Agent Chamberlain 006 in his ongoing mission to find and photograph the Doctor Who production crew going about their filming work. More reports as and when he files them.

Doctor Who Series 9 Set Report

Deep in the heart of urban Cardiff, the production team are hard at work filming the new series of Doctor Who. Today our special agent, known only as Chamberlain 006 and recently parachuted into Cardiff, disguised himself as a local to send us this report from the latest outdoor filming of Series 9….

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The production team began setting up overnight at Lydstep Flats in Gabalfa, Cardiff, creating a staging area about a mile away. Location set-up began before 9am in the area around the flats (previously used as the Powell Estate in ‘Rose’ and more recently as block containing Clara’s flat in ‘Time of the Doctor’) with 2pm. The team remained on site after 5pm, though whether night filming is involved is currently unknown.

Jenna Colman reading her script (Photo - Tony Chamberlain)
Jenna Colman reading her script
(Photo – Tony Chamberlain)

First spotted was Jenna Colman (Clara), who filmed three scenes involving her entering and leaving the building, while donning and removing a motorcycle helmet. Two separate outfits were worn during these scenes.

Peter Capaldi in costume (Photo - Tony Chamberlain)
Peter Capaldi in costume
(Photo – Tony Chamberlain)

Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) arrived and left in costume, though did not film outside. His scenes were presumably inside the building, and possibly also quite short.

Ingrid Oliver arrives (Photo - Tony Chamberlain)
Ingrid Oliver arrives
(Photo – Tony Chamberlain)

Also in costume were Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) making these scenes part of the UNIT episodes, most likely the two part story suggested for episodes seven and eight. Like Capaldi, they did not appear to be filming any exterior scenes.

Jemma Redgrave on set (Photo - Tony Chamberlain)
Jemma Redgrave on set
(Photo – Tony Chamberlain)

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Thanks to our anonymous special operative for that report and the set photos included with it. Great work Tony!

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Meet Ford In Toronto

No, we aren’t talking about Mayor Rob Ford, or even his brother Doug, we are talking about Phil Ford, writer of The Waters Of Mars (the best story during the gap year perhaps) and series 8’s Into The Dalek. Phil will be in Toronto on November 15th appearing exclusively at this DWIN event.

Here’s what they are offering:

Saturday November 15th, join us for Who Party: A Day With Phil Ford. Starting at 12pm at Pauper’s Pub at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst, you can meet the writer of ‘Into the Dalek’, ‘Waters of Mars’ and writer/producer for the Sarah Jane Adventures. We’ll ask Phil what it’s like to write a Doctor Who script, his experiences working with RTD and Moffatt, working on Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. And there’s more! A fan Q&A with Phil, autograph session and a Doctor Who darts competition! 6 hours of fun for the price of seeing Deep Breath in the movie theatre! This is rare opportunity to meet a man who has worked on all 4 shows in the Doctor Who universe without the lineups and hassle of a major con.

So, if you are in the area or willing to make the trek, come on down and have some fun at the Who Party! For tickets or more info check out their website http://www.dwin.org/whoparty/

Series 8 Release Date

R1 fans know just how long they have to wait before they can get their hands on the latest season of Doctor Who. December 9, 2014 is the official release date over on this side of the pond, just in time for Christmas.  No word on special features yet or what it includes,  though I would assume it starts with Day Of The Doctor and includes Time Of The Doctor before moving into Series 8 proper with Deep Breath. Stay tune, more details as they come!

Capalday is coming!

Over the last couple of weeks, the media circus for the launch of Series Eight of Doctor Who has gathered apace, as August 23rd looms. Such has been the level of coverage, it would be quicker for TIMD to report what’s not been reported, but in brief…..

Tour!

Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat have been jet-setting around the globe on their promotional world tour. Here’s Peter and Jenna in Seoul.

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Rumours!

Jenna Coleman is rumoured to be leaving in this year’s Christmas Special. The BBC cannot confirm or deny this, and Jenna herself has been cagey about her future in interviews, stating that she takes it a year at a time. Sound like she’s leaving to you? You decide.

More Leaks!

Following the leak of the Series Eight premiere, Deep Breath in unfinished workprint form, episodes two and three (Into the Dalek and Robot of Sherwood) then leaked to file sharing sites in the same form in rapid succession in the last week. There is talk on forums that episodes four, five, and six have also now been leaked.

We’ve already talked a little about the danger of leaks, after the scripts of the first five episodes recently found their way into the public domain, but, people, just wait. These episodes are unfinished and watermarked. They have unfinished effects, gaps, and they’re in black and white! Much as we abhor a vacuum, Doctor Who starts again on Saturday!

Some of TIMD’s friends have seen Deep Breath already at the Cardiff screening. We’re envious, but from what we hear, what’s coming will be well worth the wait.

Titles!

It’s been revealed that the new titles for Series Eight are based on an excellent fan-made effort by Billy Hanshaw. Speaking at the New York screening of Deep Breath, Steven Moffat said: “Hanshaw created this title sequence, put it up on YouTube. I happened across it, and it was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963. We got in touch with him, and said, ‘OK, we’re going to do that one.’”

The credits also feature a new arrangement of the theme tune by Murray Gold. Billy will receive a credit for his concept in the new series closing credits. You can see Billy’s original below.

More Titles!

The BBC have announced the full titles, plus writing and directing credits for the whole of Series Eight. Interestingly, Steven Moffat has a number of co-writing credits this year, perhaps as a transparency measure by the BBC.

Moffat’s predecessor Russell T. Davies frequently wrote the final draft of other writers’ scripts, but only took credit for this on the 2009 specials. Whether this means Moffat has rewritten other scripts uncredited in the past is unknown, but it’s an interesting new policy. Here are the titles:

Episode 1: Deep Breath
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley

Episode 2: Into The Dalek
Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley

Episode 3: Robot Of Sherwood
Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 4: Listen
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 5: Time Heist
Written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 6: The Caretaker
Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 7: Kill The Moon
Written by Peter Harness
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 8: Mummy On The Orient Express
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 9: Flatline
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 10: In The Forest Of The Night
Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Directed by Sheree Folkson

Episode 11/12 Dark Water/Death In Heaven
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Rachel Talalay

See you on the 23rd!