There was a tweet earlier from someone claiming to know a bunch of the episode titles from upcoming Series 8 episodes. I have no verification on any of these except that many have reported episode three to be Robots of Sherwood. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine on the authenticity of these.
Alright, so Steven Moffat just confirmed that Ben Miller will be appearing in an episode written by Mark Gatiss.
Here’s what Moffat had to say:
“Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it’s about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!”
So he’s going to be the bad guy. Now, if we are assuming that they are talking about the only Gatiss story that we have heard anything about so far, episode three, then what can we take from this? Previous reports state that the episode could be titled Robots of Sherwood and feature characters from the Robin Hood legend, so… Is Miller going to be a classic Robin Hood bad guy? Or an alien playing the part of one?
Doctor Who Day Of The Doctor has been nominated for a BAFTA this year. It’s up for an audience award meaning that we get to vote for the winner. Other shows in this category are Breaking Bad, Broadchurch, Gogglebox, The Great British Bakeoff and Educating Yorkshire. You can vote at the Radio Times website.
The show is also up for a Craft award. It has been nominated for Special, Visual and Graphic Effects. Before you start celebrating a win, you should know that Who has been nominated for the last seven years in this same category but failed to take home the prize each and every time.
In other BAFTA news, An Adventure in Space and Time has been nominated in the Best Single Drama. This award will be announced May 18.
So there you have it, head over to the radio times and vote for Day of the Doctor and keep your fingers crossed that the awesome special effects team can finally get some recognition this year.
Welcome to April. If you were too busy to check these stories out as they happened, here’s a quick rundown on what you might have missed. Follow @troughtonsmydoc to get updates as stories are posted!
Glyn Jones Passed Away
A writer and actor for Doctor Who, Glyn passed away a few days ago.
Happy Fish Fingers and Custard Day!
It’s been four years since Matt Smith debuted as the mad man with a box. Here’s a reminiscence on that fateful day!
Our newest segment where Al Miller talks about podcasts that he likes. Here’s his first about Podshock. Want to know more about Al? Check out his introduction.
So Tired, Tired of Waiting, Tired of Waiting for … Who?
We have become accustomed to getting New Who every Easter weekend, but that’s not to be the case this year. And we’re tired of waiting.
April 1st Brings Out The Fools
Did you skip your online time April 1st? Trying to avoid heartbreak and agitation? Here’s the best of the Doctor Who related April Fool’s jokes.
Okay, it has been incredibly slow the last few days, so to pass the time check out our Omni When Poll. When do you think the next announcement will be.
The DWMEDG on FB has almost reached a milestone. The group is sitting at 580 members. Haven’t joined in on the discussion yet? Why not?
And finally we have series 8 spoilers, spoilers spoilers. Nothing really major, just writers, episode names, that kind of thing.
Where were you four years ago today? Probably glued to the tv just like I was. After all it was the debut of a new Doctor. We mark the anniversary of Matt Smith’s first episode today and I hope you will indulge me as I reminisce for a moment.
I’ll start by saying that I was a big Tennant fan. The day that his final episode aired, I walked around in a state of dread befitting someone who actually lost a loved one, not merely mourning the changing of a fictional character. The End of Time was a bit of a disappointment for me, but that’s neither here nor there. What does matter is that I thought nobody could ever replace him. He was going to be The Doctor. The definitive article, as his most popular predecessor once said. Fans of the classic series may love to argue and discuss who’s their favourite from the first of the Doctor’s eight regenerations, but there was no doubt in my mind that Tennant was going to be the New Who Doctor that went down in history as the most beloved.
So with great trepidation I sat on the couch as The Eleventh Hour started. I had already seen some stills from it online and was in a foul mood. That new companion was dressed like a police officer. That’s ridiculous, she’s going to be arrogant and bossy and hard to get along with. I just knew that I wasn’t going to like her. And Matt Smith? Seriously, I have socks older than him. How can he possibly be better than Tennant?
The show started up and I was immediately hooked. Just from that opening scene with young Amelia Pond and the crack in her wall. The slapstick comedy of the Doctor walking into a tree. Fish fingers and custard. By the time we moved forward and got to the real gist of the story I was already warming up to the new guy. What sealed it for me is Steven Moffat’s writing. You can complain all you want about his jiggery pokery later on in the series, but he writes one hell of a heroic Doctor. Just look at the “is this planet protected?” speech from the end of the episode. When we see all the previous incarnations of the Doctor flash across the screen and then Smith steps through the hologram of Tennant to introduce himself as the Doctor? BAM! I jumped off the couch, fist pumping the air. That’s one hell of an introduction. From that moment Matt Smith was my favourite New Who doctor and he has been for the last four years. Oh and that annoying police officer companion? Yes she was arrogant, bossy and hard to get along with, but that didn’t stop me from loving her and her husband.
So what did I learn from my Tennant to Smith experience? Not to prejudge what will come. Maybe Capaldi will blow away Smith, you never know. Looks like we will find out in this fall.
Doctor Who Magazine, out today, has confirmed that Gareth Roberts will be writing the 6th episode of Series 8. Roberts isn’t one of the more prolific writers for Who, having only penned four episodes in the past 6 years, including The Lodger and Closing Time during Matt Smith’s tenure. Guest cast for episode six includes Nigel Betts and Edward Harrison.
Spoilers abound from here on out, so this is your last chance to stay unaware.
We’ve already reported that Mark Gatiss is to write two episodes for Doctor Who and here’s some info on one of them. The third episode of the series, it’s rumoured to be called Robots of Sherwood and feature Tom Riley and Ian Hallard. Hallard’s character is apparently Alan-a-dale, one of the Merry Men.
Riley had this to say on twitter: