Category Archives: Series 8

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/

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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!

Capaldi Marco Polo Introduction Debunked?

For the last little while there has been this rumour going around that Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have recorded an intro for the missing story Marco Polo.

The scene features the pair of them in front of a blackboard full of writing (now released as a promotional shot, though at the time of the rumour it hadn’t been publicly released) with both in character, the Doctor explaining to Clara and the audience about who Marco Polo was. The idea behind it being that an introduction featuring the Doctor might entice new series and younger viewers to purchase the story.

Then the rumour exploded with more details, Tennant and Smith had recorded intros together and separately, Dan Starkey had recorded an intro as Strax. A couple hours later those with sources back tracked on their info and said it was all for the new series. Well, most of it. The consensus remained that an intro for Marco had been recorded.

Fast forward to today. The BBC announces their new Doctor Who: Extra companion programme. Apparently the show will

“take a quick dip into the archive for every edition, reflecting on how Doctor Who’s history is echoed in this current series.”

And I immediately thought that this would be the perfect explanation for the blackboard and whatever scene was recorded. Maybe something in the new series will tie into Marco? It makes more sense to me than it being an intro to a previously missing story. I guess only time will tell though. Stay tuned, we only have to wait 12 weeks to know if that ‘Marco intro’ was for one of this Extra segments.

Doctor Who Extra

Well, Steven Moffat already promised us more online content and now we have an announcement regarding Doctor Who: Extra. It is going to be a ‘companion’ show that will be ten minutes in length and be available each Saturday after the broadcast of the featured episode. But it isn’t just going to be a making of type show. According to the Gallifrey Gazette:

Casual viewers will enjoy the fun, fast pace and lighter side of Doctor Who Extra but there’s plenty for fans, too, as we take a quick dip into the archive for every edition, reflecting on how Doctor Who’s history is echoed in this current series.

It sounds pretty awesome to me. I can’t wait to see how/if they tie any of the new episodes in with classic series episodes!

On the other hand, the Radio Times has an editorial regarding the length of Doctor Who: Extra.

However good it might be  and sources close to the show assure me the team have spent a great deal of time and effort getting it right – it still won’t be the full-fat Confidential-style show that fans crave (and that was voted the best ever BBC3 show in a 2011 RadioTimes.com poll).

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!

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.