Category Archives: New series

Vacancy in the Tardis?

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Jenna Coleman will be leaving her role during this years Christmas special. Coleman has been playing Clara Oswald for the past 18 months. Their sources have stated:

“The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out.”

“It was very much a mutual decision.”

“It’s important to keep the series moving and fast-paced, and the time is just starting to feel right and the feeling is that it could be a perfect Christmas storyline.”

So a week before we get to see Capaldi’s debut episode we already know that his companion in leaving at the end of the season. What do you think about the news? Will you be sad that she’s gone? Or are you excited to see who comes next?

Deep Breath Screening Live Tweet

Well we are less than 24 hours away from the premiere of Deep Breath tomorrow in Cardiff.  Several of the admins from the Doctor Who Missing Episode Discussion Group on Facebook, and good friends to boot, procured tickets for the show a few weeks ago and will be at the screening. They will be doing a non spoilery live tweet of the events taking place before, during and after the screening .

So if you are like me and unable to make it out to the screening, but you want to get all the news as it’s happening, (non spoilery of course) give them a follow on twitter and stay tuned because it all starts in less than 24 hours.

Moffat: More Online Doctor Who

During an interview with SFX magazine, Moffat talked candidly about the prequels and minisodes that have been a staple of his tenure:

“I think we now have to accept that online stuff isn’t a spin-off anymore. We used to treat it as a spin-off that maybe some people would watch… But then you suddenly realise something like ‘Pond Life’, which we took much more seriously, had an audience of over six million. You think oh wait, that’s a TV show! That’s just a TV show and a lot of our audience make no distinction between that and the TV show. Same with ‘The Night of the Doctor’.”

Further insight on the Night of the Doctor:

“What I think is quite exciting about all that stuff is you’re allowed to do a six minute episode. I actually think ‘The Night Of The Doctor’ is one of the best ones we’ve done, and I don’t think it would be improved by being 45 minutes long. What more storytelling do we need? Arguably always the problem with the regeneration show is everybody’s just waiting for the bit when he dies and regenerates – so why don’t we just do that bit? You don’t feel that you’re short-selling it at all.”

No more prequels or minisodoes though…

“We’ll certainly do some more. We’ll do more prequels and stuff. I’ve been in to talk to the channel controller of iPlayer and say ‘We need proper money for it’, and they’re very keen. And we don’t call them prequels, we don’t call them minisodes, we just call them Doctor Who. That’s all they are. As I say, why not do an episode that’s ten minutes? Or an episode that’s half an hour? It depends what it suits.”

I can’t wait to see what sort of Doctor Who online episodes we get in the future! You can read the full interview on the SFX website or in their latest issue.

Series Eight takes over the press: Capaldi, Coleman, Moffat, Gatiss, Wheatley, Minchin speak

As July ends and August begins, the publicity campaign for Series Eight continues in earnest, with a variety of interviews and in-depth features published in The Sunday Times, Empire, SFX, and Entertainment Weekly over the last week. Here are some choice cuts from the above, which are all available now.

On the show’s direction:

Steven Moffat: “It was time to change. Certain things we were doing a little reflexively. Some of the humour was getting a bit glib. One of the hardest things to notice is when your new idea has become your old idea and it’s time to get rid of it.” (Empire)

Peter Capaldi: “We still blow a lot of shit up. That’s very important, but it’s going to be a bit different from what we’ve seen over recent years. A bit more gravity. Some situations are a bit more sombre and I think there are more rooted dramatic scenes…. we have another level of drama, another tone. And the scenes are longer.” (Sunday Times)

Jenna Coleman: “It’s amazing how different it feels. It’s darker. The limits feel like they’re being pushed more in terms of the danger and the dread. It’s scarier, that’s for sure. A producer once told me this is the hardest job because you’re creating characters and telling stories while always on the run. But Steven’s changed the format quite a lot. We have much longer scenes now.” (Empire)

Ben Wheatley: “For me, they’re back to classic Who, or the mid-Tennant adventures, where you’d tell a story and move on to the next one, less tied up in the final machinations of long plot arcs.” (Empire)

On the New Doctor:

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Capaldi: “He’s more alien than we’ve seen him in a while, and he is less patient with the foibles of human beings. Somewhere in the regenerative process, human beings have lost their charm for him. But they begin to work their magic eventually.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“It can become a kind of franchise where it’s not a real character at all but just an amalgam of elements that people think are Doctor Who: a scarf, a bow tie… I wanted to be the actual Doctor Who. (Empire)

Wheatley: “Capaldi’s his own man but there are elements of Baker and Troughton and Pertwee. He’s inherently funny but inherently brooding and complicated, as a performer and a man.” (Empire)

Mark Gatiss: “I’ve seen quite a bit of him and he’s absolutely fantastic. Peter’s just got this amazing, fierce, funny, slightly alarming quality to him – he reminds me a lot of Alastair Sim, actually. You’re not quite sure where you stand with him; he’s very funny, but he’s got this glint in his eye and I think it’s a terrific run of episodes.”

“The brilliant thing about Doctor Who is that it’s always changing like the central character – not just the face of the actor, but the direction of the show. David and Matt were both wonderful, but both were very human Doctors and I think it’s time to remind people that the Doctor isn’t always like that. He’s that sort of Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee and even Christopher Eccleston style actually: it’s someone who’s not immediately going to be your best friend and can be quite abrupt and rude.” (Islington Herald)

Capaldi’s casting

Capaldi:“I wouldn’t have thought it would be me – because of my age. I would have thought they were automatically heading younger. I’m technically too young for the part, because he’s over 2,000 years old.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Moffat: “I did say, ‘No, we probably won’t end up with another quirky young man. I didn’t think there was any space around Matt to have another Doctor of that kind, because he sort of sums up what you could do with that. I very very quickly, very quickly just thought about Peter. There is no right age to be the Doctor.” (Entertainment Weekly)

On Clara’s relationship with the Twelfth Doctor:

Coleman: “With Matt’s Doctor [Clara] felt quite safe, really, she knew she’d be caught if she was in danger, but this guy is a lot less human-friendly and a lot less patient. He’s more removed and inaccessible. You can’t quite access him in the same way.” (Empire)

Capaldi:“There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure. It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole mo–ments.’ I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.” (Sunday Times)

On Clara, and Danny Pink:

Coleman: “It’s like seeing a control freak out of control. She has a boyfriend and she’s a schoolteacher and then she travels around the universe with The Doctor. She’s trying to live those lives separately and not let them collide.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Brian Minchin: “He’s (Danny) a teacher at the same school as Clara. Clara decides she’s not going to leave her life behind to go travel in time and space. She’s starting a relationship with Danny so she’s going to keep both lives going at once.” (Entertainment Weekly)

On Capaldi’s costume:

Moffat: “He wanted to be quite stark, stark and skinny. A stick-insect sort of thing. Clara actually calls him a grey-haired stick-insect at one point. We had some hilarious pictures of Peter just dressing up. It was all coming from him because he’s really into his clothes. I didn’t feel qualified to go and chat too much about it. Certainly the costume didn’t go anywhere until I shut up. The thing I’ve learned about showrunning is you need to know the bits you’re bad at!

“I’ve got certain things that I’ll say – I don’t want anything in that costume that I have to write into the script. I don’t want people saying ‘But why are you dressed as a circus clown?’ I want him to walk into a pub, a restaurant, a space conference, an army base and nobody stares at him.

“There was an issue simply because it’s quite dark as a costume and it’s a show that largely takes place in a tunnel. I kept saying ‘We are going to be able to see him, aren’t we?’ I suppose the red lining helps, when the flaps are open.

“I think there’s always something a little bit formal about the Doctor. Oddly enough in this series, for whatever reason, he seems to be wearing different outfits far more often than the Doctor normally does. He’s got his basic outfit but he’s in a spacesuit in one of them, and he’s a caretaker in another one and then he’s all dressed up in a later episode. He does vary it a bit. And he mixes up the basic costume, hugely. We’ve tended to see the white shirt version in public but actually the one I like best is when he wears the jumper under his coat. I think he looks like a submarine commander, like an old sailor or something. It makes him all rugged and handsome!” (SFX)

Jenna Coleman on Series Eight guest stars:

Keeley Hawes

“She’s great. She’s playing this naughty but nice, really sexy villain who kind of kills you but with a sweet smile.”

Foxes

“She’s really cool, I know her personally as well. I don’t actually know how much I can say about it but it’s a very clever way in which she is brought in and—what can I say?—there’s music!”

Frank Skinner

“He is a huge, huge, huge Doctor Who fan. We’d do scenes between me and Peter and then you’d often just see Frank basically soaking it all up and just really really enjoying being on the TARDIS and the whole experience. It was funny to have a proper, proper fan who really does know everything about Doctor Who folklore.”
(Entertainment Weekly)

Capaldi’s monster wish list:

Capaldi: “Axons appeared as these kind of god-like creatures, but underneath they were festering bags of flesh. I’d love to see a modern version of that. I’d also like to see—this is really one for geeks—the return of the Mondasian Cybermen. They came from the planet Mondas and first appeared in The Tenth Planet. They were absolutely terrifying, with cloth faces. That was really creepy.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Moffat:“I always thought the Axons had a natural resemblance to a BAFTA. “We’re not bringing those [The original Cybermen] back, because they look like boys with sweaters pulled over their heads. But Peter and I are not having a fight about which Cybermen are better.” (Entertainment Weekly)

On rumours of the return of The Master:

Moffat: “There’s always that rumour. It didn’t come from us.” (Entertainment Weekly)

50th Anniversary Box Set announced.

After months of rumour, this month’s issue of Doctor Who Magazine confirms the release of a limited edition 50th Anniversary Box Set this Autumn.

The box contains Matt Smith’s final three episodes as the Doctor, Mark Gatiss’s excellent An Adventure in Space and Time, Peter Davison’s comedy short The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, as well as a wealth of related programmes broadcast by the BBC around the 50th anniversary, and online extras like The Night of the Doctor.

In addition, previously unseen behind the scenes footage is included.

This set looks to be the last word on the 50th anniversary festivities, the only thing missing, sadly, is Matthew Sweet’s excellent Culture Show documentary You, Me, and Doctor Who.

The release will be limited to runs of 4000 on DVD and 6000 on Blu-Ray, and is available from September 8th. More details when we have them.

Full details:

The Name of the Doctor
The Night of the Doctor
The Day of the Doctor
The Time of the Doctor
An Adventure in Space and Time
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide
The Science of Doctor Who
Doctor Who Proms 2013
The Last Day
The Day of the Doctor Readthrough
The Day of the Doctor Cinema Intros
Deleted Scenes
Behind the Scenes action
BBC America Documentary: Tales from the Tardis
BBC America Documentary: Farewell to Matt Smith

Series Eight Trailer and lots of leaks…

Last night,  in the middle of their coverage of the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, the BBC debuted the first full trailer for Doctor Who Series Eight.

And, what a trailer! At just over a minute long we see glimpses of Daleks and their saucers,  a Tyrannosaurus Rex,  various unnamed new creatures,  all manner of explosive chaos going on, a veiled Vastra, and of course, the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, who he promises to take “into darkness”……….

It’s obvious from this trailer that Peter Capaldi is going to make one hell of an impact as the Doctor, cutting an imposing figure and looking absolutely right in the role. We at TIMD are excited. Roll on August 23rd and Deep Breath.

And on that subject, if you’re reading this you’ll no doubt be aware of two major  leaks relating to Series Eight in the last week; firstly the scripts of the first five episodes have found their way onto the web and rapidly circulated, and then, unfinished monochrome work prints of the first two episodes found their way to torrent and file sharing sites.

Our advice is to avoid these leaks, and don’t be tempted to download them.  Don’t spoiler yourselves with a month to go. Don’t be tempted to read, or to watch the unfinished episodes, which are missing FX sequences and aren’t ready yet. Of course, fandom abhors a vacuum,  and waiting for the Doctor can be a long slog at times, but it’s not long to go, and we at TIMD think that what’s coming is going to be pretty special.

So, take a deep breath until Deep Breath, watch the trailer again, and let us know in the comments below if you spot anything we haven’t. To paraphrase a friend of ours, good times are coming.

Frank Cottrell Boyce confirmed for Series Eight

After months of rumours suggesting his possible involvement, the BBC has confirmed that the as-yet unfilmed episode ten of Doctor Who series eight will be written by acclaimed children’s novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Cottrell Boyce’s past work includes the films Welcome to Sarajevo, 24 Hour Party People, Millions, and A Cock and Ball Story, as well as numerous children’s novels and scripts for TV. He is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Danny Boyle on the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

Cottrell Boyce is quoted by the BBC Press Office as saying: “Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there’s nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: ‘Interior … TARDIS’.”

“I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode – partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real.”

The BBC have also revealed that the episode, which goes before cameras after the two part series finale, will feature a cast of child actors, and be directed by Sheree Folkson and produced by Paul Frift.