9 Unique Things Before Christmas

Stolen shamelessly from Metro magazine.

It’s almost been a year since the entire world went crazy for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary and The Day of the Doctor starring David Tennant and Matt Smith.

But a lot has happened in the world of Who between now and then; check out all these utterly unique things that have occurred since November 23, 2013.

Twelve regenerations limit gone

Yup, we all thought this might happen and, thankfully, in The Time of the Doctor Gallifrey popped back through Amy Pond’s crack to give the Time Lord a whole new life cycle.

Though as I said at the time I knew how they were going to do it, since I’m an ubergeek and remember the lines from The Five Doctors about a “complete new life cycle”. :)

Doctor Who: Matt Smith as the Doctor is The Time of the Doctor
The Doctor was given a whole new set of regenerations (Picture: BBC)

Current show runner Steven Moffat recently said it’ll go on for as long as it needs to, with no limits in place. Phew!

Steven Moffat created another new Doctor

The Time of the Doctor again.

When explaining his regeneration cycle to Clara, Matt Smith revealed that the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, was actually his eleventh and twelfth regenerations (John Hurt’s War Doctor being the ninth, as explained in The Name of the Doctor and The Day of the Doctor).

Apparently, he regenerated into himself (in the Series 4 finale) as he had ‘vanity issues’. Confused?

Just remember Gallifreyan Math: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,War,9,10,Vanity (10.5),11,12.

Easy. :)

New longest serving companion

Remember Handles? The Cyber-head?

Matt Smith in Doctor Who the Time of the Doctor
Handels became the longest serving companion (Picture: BBC/Adrian Rogers)

Well, in case you don’t, he became the Doctor’s buddy in The Time of the Doctor and stayed with Matt Smith for around 300 years.

Almost as old as Peter Capaldi.

The Doctor was cry-baby child in a barn

Who would’ve thunk it? Clara discovered the young Doctor unable to sleep in Listen and ended up creating his fear of the dark.

In the young Gallifreyan’s defence, his guardians were hardly sympathetic.

The Moon is an egg

Doctor Who series 9: Kill the Moon
So the moon’s an egg apparently (Picture: BBC)

Perhaps one of the boldest moves ever in Doctor Who. Our orbiting satellite will turn into a gargantuan Space Dragon, after hatching, in 2049 according to the superb story, Kill The Moon.

The TARDIS ended up in a handbag

Without coming over all Lady Bracknell, a handbag???

Addams Family, anyone!

The brilliant episode Flatline saw the TARDIS shrunkified (not for the first time in the show’s history), though its internal dimensions remained the same; allowing for a lot of amusing hand action.

Clara, ever the wag, popped it in her handbag.

The Doctor swears

The psychic paper betrayed the Malcolm Tucker side to the Time Lord in Dark Water, where it included much swearing. He explained, ‘I’ve got a lot of internalised anger.’ I bet you do.

The Master turned into a woman

Michelle Gomez is The Master aka Missy in Doctor Who series 8
The Master is a woman (Picture: BBC)

Technically not that unique, as we had previously discovered in Neil Gaiman’s The Doctor’s Wife that Time Lords could change gender, but it was a first for the renegade Time Lord and former pal of the Doctor.

The sexual chemistry between Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez, however, was nowhere near as Tumblr-breaking as John Simm and David Tennant.

Companion gets their name before the Doctor and face in the credits

The horror! Though nobody believed she actually was the Doctor in the recent finale Death in Heaven, Jenna Coleman got her name before Peter Capaldi’s in the credits along with her own impressive eyebrows.

They weren’t attack eyebrows though, so not as impressive.

And finally, The Doctor got to meet Robin Hood! :)

 

Happy 51st Birthday, Doctor!

It was my distinct privilege that a year ago I was in London for the 50th Anniversary to celebrate the Greatest Show in the Galaxy and now 1 year later I will celebrate again but what a year.
tardis1Yeah, who needs a bucket list when you’re standing on the ACTUAL TARDIS set!

At 5.16pm on the 23rd November 1963 the BBC premiered An Unearthly Child and UK television viewers were introduced to the incredible world of Doctor Who for the first time.

William Hartnell was the Doctor, a strange old man who could travel through time and space in his police box. Little did anyone know that this was just the first incarnation of a character who would go on to be so iconic for over half a century.

With audiences growing across the whole world, the show is arguably more successful than ever today and long may it continue.

It’s a show that promotes the “the victory of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism” and for that reason alone has earned every single amount of love that comes its way on this special day…

Exactly 51 years since the hauntingly wacky theme tune first erupted on British televisions, the good Doctor has survived through 14 equally incredible incarnations and shows no sign of slowing down or of declining in quality. Today, join me as I choose 1 moment (And I use that term “moment” very loosely) for each decade of the show’s long history that deserves a heightened respect in Who Appreciation and wish the best television show in the history of the universe a very Happy Anniversary.

The Sixties: “An Earthly Origin”

Where else could we begin our countdown if not at the very start? The Sixties were a time of global change and cultural explosion, but for us today there only seems like one specific moment worth revisiting which is of course November 23rd 1963, in a dirty old junkyard located in Shoreditch, London – where a peculiar looking Police Box was about to be discovered by 2 curious school teachers who decided to follow one of their students home one afternoon…


And so, with ironically quite an “Earthly” origin, an amazing journey in space and time kick started its engines to soon become one of the most ground breaking shows of its time. The Sixties were headed of course by William Hartnell’s era, before both Patrick Troughton had his own equally historic run in the TARDIS, fighting all those who would elect to corrupt and attack the universe… while of course learning, maturing and enjoying every step along the way. Before long the decade drew to a close and with colour TV making its way onto our screens, so did a brand new era of Doctor Who.

The Seventies: “Sarah Jane Smith”

As Jon Pertwee’s and Tom Baker’s respective era’s raged on with a sense passion and charisma never seen by Doctor Who before. At the core of the show’s legacy are companions that both define their respective eras and are perfect examples of humanity that we, the audience, find ourselves forming a natural connection to. Who better then to attribute our second ‘moment’ to today, to the ultimate and quintessential companion of all time: Sarah Jane Smith, played so honestly by the dearly missed Elisabeth Sladen. Sarah Jane totally revitalised the role of the companion, as Toby Whitehouse puts it: “She changed the companion from being a rather helpless hysteric to being a feisty, opinionated, strong equal to the Doctor. And, at the time, you know that was quite an extraordinary thing to do. That was not the role the companions, or women, were meant to be playing. They were meant to be playing the victim, they were meant to be decoration. Sarah Jane confronted that nonsense head on!” And it’s for that that very reason alone the show will forever been in debt to such an inspiring character and an incredible actress who lives on through her amazing work across countless generations of the show.


The Eighties: “Doctor Who’s Survival”

The Eighties is often remembered for one dark day in 1989 where Doctor Who looked as though it had finally run its course and “died”… but I’d like to challenge that description and label the 80’s where Doctor Who SURVIVED. Through constant trails and hardships including a horrifically low budget, a troubled production team and a considerable lack of belief from the BBC, Doctor Who still achieved the impossible in delivering 3 iconic and respected era’s featuring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy respectively, and gave birth to stories still being enjoyed and respected by fans today. Doctor Who should never in my opinions base its success on the number of fans, but on the passion it instils in whomever it’s enjoyed by. Its ability to unite and capture so many people’s adorations and affections even decades after its broadcast is what will ensure that Doctor Who never dies. The eighties may have been a decade where the Doctor was temporarily taken off our screens, but to the very last moments on its final televised story it was exceedingly clear that the motivation and passion of the show to forever survive — be it through the memories of fans or a future revival. The Doctor’s work was far from done.


The Nineties: “Big Finish Productions”

With the dark times restricting audiences from the wonder of televised adventures, it fell to the duty of other media platforms to continue the much loved story of the Doctor’s journey – and none more passionately or successfully as the incredible Big Finish Audios that still continue providing top quality “Doctor Who” stories to this day. Undoubtedly and wrongly one of Doctor Who’s most undervalued formats, the audio adventures is a concept that seems a bit primitive and ‘out of date’ to many people, especially in this “technology centred” day and age. The beauty of an audio story however that it strips the plot bare! There are no special effects to draw your attention away from the narrative, no attractive actor or stunning starlet for you to gawp at through domineering pages of dialogue, and no sets to convince you of a setting. It all comes down to the acting and expression: the pure plot and your imagination are all that’s needed to dream up a world and step into an adventure…and it’s wonderful! Audio stories bring to life the adventures of the Doctor into your mind and in such an intimate way that you can’t help but feel more connected to the story than ever before. It’s a stroke of brilliance that all began with the first Doctor Who Audio story “The Sirens of Time” in 1999, that while not being the strongest adventure opened the door for such a treasured and rewarding relationship between Doctor Who and Big Finish that continues today.


The incubator where the Fans would become the Showrunners…Wicked! :)

The Naughties: “Run…”

After a few doubtful years and times of loss and yearning, Doctor Who returned with a bang to exactly where it had and will always belong: On our screens to be enjoyed by all. Through the show’s constant will to survive and the devotion of people like Russell T Davies, Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper and so many more, 2005 saw the revival of the classic tale, re-paced and refreshed for a new generation and a new, modern audience. Only due the success of Series 1 has Doctor Who spawned almost a further 10 years of greatness, and it’s all due to the intensity of one moment in one episode. I’ll be the first to admit that “Rose” is far from the strongest episode Who has to offer, and further then that has not aged all that well – however there is no disputing how crucial it has been for Doctor Who continued successes. The first episode of the new series expediently brought Doctor Who into the new millennium, giving viewers unfamiliar with the character pretty much everything they needed to know in 45 minutes. But it gave old-school fans plenty to chew on as well. The episode introduced the concept of the Time War, and showcasing a bruised incarnation of the titular Time Lord that was unlike any Doctor before him. Aggressively modern, and character-driven in a way that the series had never been before, “Run for your life” was an ideal jumping-off point for the revamped Doctor Who.


The Twenty-Tens: “The Day of the Doctor”

No… not the episode! Well partly… In a decade that is only just about to reach its half way mark, one would think we’d be quite restricted in a range of Who to choose a decade defining moment from. However, thanks to the efforts of Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, John Hurt and so many more the last 5 years of Doctor Who has seen such a wide array of welcomed and successful development for the show’s existence. I stated earlier that the term “moment” was going to be used extremely loosely, and while I’ve not really adhered to any of my own rules for the first 5 choices, the last is an unquestionable breach as it’s being awarded to the entirety of the 50th Anniversary celebrations. Be it “The Day of the Doctor”, “An Adventure in Space and Time”, “The Night of the Doctor”, “The Light at the End” or “The Fivish Doctor’s Reboot” just to name a few, there was something to suit and please everyone and anyone once the day rolled around. On top of that, the real special moment of the 50th was watching and experiencing such a passion erupt from the fan base. We banded together like never before in support, anticipation and celebration of this wonderful television show we are privileged enough to call our own. It was lying in bed on the night of the 24th of November, reeling from the extraordinary 50th Anniversary weekend that I had never been prouder to call myself a Whovian. Never been prouder to be part of such a massive group of people who are spread across different generations, different nationalities, and different social standards – All united by one constant love for A Mad Man in a Box.

51 Years still going strong, now there seems like only one logical place to look next… where will Doctor Who be this time tomorrow?

This time tomorrow where will we be
On a spaceship somewhere sailing across an empty sea
This time tomorrow what will we know
Well we still be here watching an in-flight movie show
I’ll leave the sun behind me and watch the clouds as they sadly pass me by
Seven miles below ma I can see the world and it ain’t so big at all
This time tomorrow what will we see
Field full of houses, endless rows of crowded streets
I don’t where I’m going, I don’t want to see
I feel the world below me looking up at me
Leave the sun behind me, and watch the clouds as they sadly pass me by
And I’m in perpetual motion and the world below doesn’t matter much to me
This time tomorrow where will we be
On a spaceship somewhere sailing across any empty sea
This time tomorrow, this time tomorrow

Happy anniversary Doctor Who!

Ratings

The BBC has released figures on the performance of Series 8 of Doctor Who, the first series with Peter Capaldi taking up the role of The Doctor.

The series had an average consolidated audience of 7.4m viewers every week in the UK. This an increase of 39% on the initial overnight figures reported the day after broadcast. The 9.2m average audience that watched Deep Breath, Peter Capaldi’s debut episode, is the highest figure for a non-special episode (Christmas/50th anniversary) since the opening episode of series 5 (Matt Smith’s debut) in 2010. These figures show how Doctor Who has consistently achieved big audiences across the last three series – series 7a/7b combined had an average consolidated audience of 7.4m, series 6a/6b attracted 7.5m and series 5 was viewed by 7.3m.

There has been over 18.9m requests to watch Doctor Who series 8 on BBC iPlayer – an average of 1.6m requests for each of the 12 episodes.

In the US, consolidated figures for the first 10 episodes have seen Series 8 experience a 23% uplift in total audience in Live+7 on Series 7. The series 8 premiere was the show’s highest-rated series premiere ever on BBC America, and is the first BBC Worldwide series ever to simultaneously hold the #1 slot in the Main TV Season Charts across all major Electronic Sell-through platforms in the US within 48 hours of episode 1’s release on August 24th 2014.

In Canada, on the Space channel, the first 10 episodes of Series 8 have seen a 22% uplift in consolidated audience size on Series 7.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer said:

We never take it for granted, but the miracle has happened again – the nation has taken a brand new Doctor to its heart.

Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television added:

It’s been an outstanding debut series for Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who and I’m very grateful to Peter, Steven Moffat and everyone involved.

Doctor Who Extra, which offers viewers a behind the scenes look at making one of the nation’s best loved dramas has had 1.3m BBC iPlayer requests and reached 2.4m people on BBC Red Button to date.

So overall, the late time slot just made more people time shift their watching of the program, which is something you can do these days that such a boon to the likes of us old folks who remember the “old days” when there were only 7 channels and if you missed the episode airing on TV you may never see it again, or at least not until someone invents a technology where you get to see it 30-40 years later, that is!

50 Years ago: The Iconic Daleks on Westminster Bridge in Dalek Invasion of The Earth

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ACE!

Today’s blog is an interview with that most modern of Classic Who’s companion’s Sophie Aldred.
I loved Ace, she was a truly brilliant companion and she fit the 7th Doctor perfectly.

Exclusive interview with ‘Doctor Who’ star Sophie Aldred

Sophie Aldred
Sophie Aldred, who played ’80s companion Ace in Doctor Who, stars alongside Carol Cleveland (Monty Python), Tom Price (Torchwood) and Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space 9) in new sci-fi comedy, The Search for Simon.Out on DVD this week, The Search for Simon follows 39 year David’s search for his younger brother Simon, who, at the age of 7 (ish) in 1979, disappeared, due to a perceived alien abduction. After all, his Dad did tell him that he had been.

> Buy the DVD on Amazon.  (I did :) )

CultBox caught up with Sophie for a chat about The Search for Simon, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and more…

Let’s talk about The Search for Simon. For those who haven’t seen it, the marketing builds it as a comedy in the vein of Shaun of the Dead. So how much of it is spoof and how much genuine sci-fi story?

“Oh goodness me. There’s a lot of spoof but there’s a fantastic story as well and actually it’s quite a moving story. I won’t give too much away. But it is plot-driven. It’s not pure spoof. The character of the brother that Martin Gooch plays is very appealing. But the sci-fi elements are very funny as well.”

 

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So the brother who’s missing is Simon Jones, and then acting in it from Hitchhikers is Simon Jones. It sounds a bit meta-fictional. Is that relevant or just a comic twist?

“Oh, I think it’s – there are, if you look carefully, there are so many references. There’s so much in there. It demands viewing a few times, because you won’t get all the references first time through.”

 

Tell us about the character you play…

“My character is a kind of a boss of a secret space organisation. She’s very tough and it was fun to play a character like that. A very high-status boss character. And she gets involved with Simon when he’s on his quest. She was originally conceived as an American, but then we decided that actually she should be English. I think the name came from an ex-girlfriend Martin had.”

 

Does the ex-girlfriend have anything to fear from the characterisation?

“No, no, not at all.”

 

The Search for Simon 

Were you involved early on, in early development?

“I was involved very late on actually. I bumped into an actor who I had seen in a show that Sylvester McCoy was doing. John said to me, ‘I’m working on this project with a friend of mine, Martin Gooch. I think you’d be fantastic for this part. Can I give you Martin’s number?’ He told me a little bit about it, and it was very much towards the end of the filming. And I rang Martin. He sent me the script; I thought ‘What fun!’ and that was it.”

 

The Search for Simon was a crowd-funded production. Do you think that’s the future for independent film-making?

“Well, I think it is a very good method of funding something you want to happen because there ain’t much funding going on these days, and it’s so hard to get distribution and so on. What with all this technology, I think it’s a brilliant way. It’s also incredibly democratic, and it’s a sort of involving process as well. Obviously, you’d prefer to be funded by some large company that’s going to give you lots of money and a massive big budget. But if you’ve got a project that you are desperate to do, then crowdfunding is a great way of doing it.”

 

And I suppose for you – back in the ‘90s, you were making fan-video Doctor Who productions, so this is just the next step?

“Yes, absolutely. It was always thus. People wanting to do it. The actors wanting to get out there and work. I think it is an excellent idea.”

 

Doctor Who Ace 

I wanted to talk about your work as a voice artist, as you are known for Dennis the Menace and Tree Fu Tom. What is it that appeals to you about working in that medium? Is it just a case of using your voice or is there great physicality in being a voice artist?

“I’ve always loved doing voice work. When I was very young, I did a spoof of a radio show with a friend of mine, and we both ended up as actresses. I’d just started doing voiceovers when I got pregnant with my first son, and it seemed at the time like a really good way to combine being a mum and carrying on working. And I really enjoy what I do. In terms of physicality, it depends what you’re doing.

“For example, I’m doing an audio book at the moment, and you can’t be physical doing an audio book because it makes too much noise and the microphone is incredibly sensitive. But for something like Tree Fu Tom or an ensemble recording, there is a greater degree of physicality that you can bring to it.

“Certainly with David Tennant, who did the first series of Tree Fu Tom, he was incredibly physical, and I had to mind his dangling arms.”

 

I reckon all the Doctors have that about them. Presumably acting opposite Sylvester in a recording book, he doesn’t stand still?

“With Big Finish stuff, we’re actually in little separate boxes, and I think I have become more physical over the years. Definitely you get in a little world of your own and you get carried away.”

 

Obviously, you have never really stopped playing Ace. Many of the old companions look at the new parts given to the companions and feel, ‘We’re so envious.’ But presumably you don’t feel that because you were a companion who had backstory and you were given character development?

“I look at the companions now and think, ‘Wow! This is great because Ace paved the way for these women.’ I was incredibly fortunate because in the script editor at the time, Andrew Cartmel that was what he was bringing to Doctor Who, this relationship between the Doctor and the companion which had not really been explored to such great depth.

“The focus was on the companion in many ways as it is now. I just look at it now and think, ‘I wish you knew what happened to Ace!’ I do feel envious because it is such an enjoyable show to work on.”

 

And you could have gone back in The Sarah Jane Adventures if things had been different?

“Exactly, yes. That would have been amazing mainly because I would have loved to have worked with Lis. We knew each other from conventions. We really admired each other’s work, and it would have been fantastic icing on the cake to work with her in an episode, but sadly that was not to be.”

 

The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 1 

Now your eldest son is a teenager and brings friends round to the house, do you ever look at them and think, ‘I’ll nick that for Ace! I’ll use that’?

“Well, actually, he’s a very boringly lovely teenager and so are his friends. There is not the angsty stuff. But it is a completely different world for teenagers now with technology, so it would be a very different kettle of fish now.

“More than that, actually, I used my eldest son a few years ago – he is the model for the voice of Tree Fu Tom. I was playing an answerphone message from him the other day and I thought, ‘My God! I did quite a good impression of him on Tree Fu Tom!’”

 

Last year there was an exhibition of photos of you from the Eighties when you were being Ace. Do you ever look back on photos of yourself and think, ‘Damn, I looked good!’?

“Yeah, I looked back on those photos and thought, ‘Wow, if only I’d appreciated myself at the time!’ And then I’m sure I’ll look back on photos of me now and think, ‘Wow, I wish I’d appreciated myself at the time.’

“I think it’s probably human nature not to appreciate who we are being at any one point in time. But it did pull me up and make me think. I am so glad that that I did those photos and I have those photographs to look back on.”

 

Sophie Aldred, who played ’80s companion Ace in Doctor Who, stars alongside Carol Cleveland (Monty Python), Tom Price (Torchwood) and Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space 9) in new sci-fi comedy, The Search for Simon.

CultBox caught up with Sophie for a chat about The Search for Simon, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and more…

 

When you were working at the BBC, it seemed to be a time of great change, both in the way programmes were made and in challenging the culture of what was acceptable. How much of that were you aware of at the time – of an institution that was trying to turn itself around?

“Yeah, I think that was on the cards. Certainly Producer Choice had just come in, and everybody was having a good old moan about this and that and the other. I look back now and I just consider myself so fortunate that I was working there when the BBC was the BBC and all the different departments were working together.

“If a costume didn’t work, you could just nip upstairs and get a new one… And the most amazingly skilled people behind the cameras with the most incredible training. So yeah, I do look back on it with great fondness and I was gutted when TV Centre closed down because it was just such an amazing place to work.”

 

Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy

 

I wondered if you could reflect on what your friendship with Sylvester McCoy has meant in your life…

“Oh my goodness. Well, he will always be somebody incredibly special in my life. We share the same birthday and we often celebrate it together, even now. I don’t know, I think we just really get each other, and whenever we’re together, we just enjoy each other’s company. He taught me so much about working. He taught me to really question what was going on around me, both in terms of acting and TV, and also in terms of the world.

“He’s very politically-minded. He’s deliberately doing a play up in Glasgow at the moment because he wanted to be in Scotland when the Referendum was taking place. He’s constantly questioning the world, a bit like a curious child. He’s constantly finding out about stuff and that’s really rubbed off on me, I think.”

 

Lastly, if you could say why people should go out and pick up The Search for Simon DVD, what would the sales pitch be?

“First and foremost, it’s a really cracking story. It’s a moving story which you won’t expect. You’ll be surprised by some of the people who pop up in it. You’ll be surprised by the quality of it considering it is made on such a tiny budget. And above all, it will be just a really good rip-roaring watch. It’s beautifully acted and pretty well produced for the budget.”

 

A Few Questions

Digital Spy was in attendance for a panel packed full of interesting soundbites – you might have already heard that Peter Capaldi once turned down an audition to play the Doctor, but here’s 8 more wonderful titbits from the day.

Doctor Who‘s Michelle Gomez: “I would love to come back”

1. Before filming began, Steven Moffat enacted the entirety of series 8 for Peter Capaldi – in his kitchen

Doctor Who series 8 DVD launch

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“I sat down with Peter and did the whole series – and we more or less stuck to my stand-up routine,” the showrunner revealed. “It was the most hugely entertaining evening – he did the whole season for me in his kitchen,” Capaldi grinned. “I wish I’d filmed it.”

2. Moffat still finds the experience of making new Doctor Who terrifying

Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman in 'Doctor Who'

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“Each time you make a big shift, which we did this year, then you’re properly worried,” Moffat admitted. “It’s like being the curator of the crown jewels or something.

“At the same time, you have to shut that off in your mind – you’ve got to treat it like you own it, even though you don’t. You have to be bold with it – if all you’re ever doing is tending to the upkeep of the monument, then it’s not going to be a proper TV show.”

3. Moffat is responsible for even more Doctor Who than you might think

Doctor Who series 8 DVD launch

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In addition to the four adventures he penned alone, Moffat was credited as co-writer on three more episodes this year. “I’ve written loads of Doctor Who that my name’s nowhere near and quite right too, because what I am doing is engineering rather than authorship,” he explained.

“But particularly in the early days of the new Doctor, we were trying very hard to establish a new tone for the show… so I got quite heavily involved in the first few scripts.”

He went on to admit that it can be quite galling when your work is attributed to another writer: “I remember once reading a review of a Doctor Who episode which listed a whole lot of really funny lines, saying, ‘This is the kind of thing we haven’t had since Moffat took over!’ – I wrote every single one!”

4. Neither Moffat nor Capaldi agree that this series of Doctor Who has been darker

Doctor Who s08e11, 'Dark Water'

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“We never said it [would be darker] – we never said it at all,” insisted Moffat, while a baffled Capaldi added: “I don’t know what they’re talking about. People say, ‘Oh, it’s very dark this year!’ What does that mean? We haven’t put the money in the meter?”

5. One popular fan theory about the 50th anniversary special is utter cobblers

Doctor Who 50th - Jenna's hand

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Once Missy was revealed as a new incarnation of The Master, one Doctor Who fan came up with a bonkers but compelling theory that we’d already witnessed her escape from Gallifrey.

Could the hand seen above be evidence of Missy clawing her way to freedom? Apparently not. “It’s my hand!” revealed Jenna Coleman, with Moffat quipping: “We don’t employ different people to be her appendages!”

6. Samuel Anderson didn’t know that Danny would die ’til the ‘Death in Heaven’ read-through

Doctor Who series 8 DVD launch

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“I got that script on the day of traveling down to do the readthrough,” Anderson revealed, before refusing to rule out an eventual return to the series. “Orson’s still alive – there’s always Orson!”

“I walked into that readthrough and there was Ingrid [Oliver, who played Osgood] and Sam,” Moffat recalled. “I thought, ‘Oh yeah, I just killed them – I’d better go and say hello’.”

7. Doctor Who‘s Santa is a “Christmas hero”

Doctor Who Christmas Special

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This Christmas, the Doctor will meet Santa (Nick Frost) – but for anyone concerned that this festive figure will be exposed as an alien, or a robot, you can relax.

“Santa could never be evil, for heaven’s sake!” gasped Moffat. “Santa is both real and a Christmas hero; any parents who are worried about that, Santa is presented as he is in real life – a great Christmas hero!”

8. Next series, Capaldi wants a run-in with some old-school Cybermen

Doctor Who - 1966's 'The Tenth Planet'

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The panel climaxed with a spectacular exchange between Capaldi and Moffat, that culminated in the latter lamenting: “No women are ever going to talk to us again!”

The geek-off between these two lifelong Who fans concerned the mythology of the Cybermen, with Capaldi keen to reintroduce the more primitive version of the monsters from Mondas who debuted in 1966′s ‘The Tenth Planet’.

“I do love them,” he admitted. “The ones in ‘The Tenth Planet’ were more Frankenstein creatures with human hands – and the phrase ‘Mondasian Cybermen’ sounds fantastic!”

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I have no Doubt

Nov 19

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For all those who still think Jenna Coleman could be back for Series 9 (and a lot of it is the BBC publicity machine)n take a look at this:

Jenna Coleman

http://indianacomiccon.com/profiles/JennaColeman.html

Showing for a weekend appearance at a Con in Indiana during filming?

I think not.

IMHO.

 

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Hearthrob Doctor

Nov 18

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For all those people who thought casting an older Doctor would kill off the boy-toy, boyfriend Doctor crowd apparently they were wrong.

Daily Mail:

Peter Capaldi ‘can’t believe’ his sex symbol status.

The 56-year-old actor, who plays the Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who, admitted that he has struggled to understand why fans of the cult TV show find him so desirable.

But they might be heartbroken to hear that the only love in his life is his wife, Elaine Collins.

He said: ‘I genuinely can’t believe it. The only person that I want to love me is my wife and that’s the only person that I love. But if people enjoy my profile in the privacy of their own home, well then…’

 

The modest actor also suggested that his fans are so excited to meet him because the role of the Doctor has belonged to so many famous actors, including Tom Baker and his predecessor Matt Smith.

Peter said: ‘You get met with so many smiles but really it’s because of the part. In a way they meet Matt and Tom.

‘It’s a little exposing, and some days you feel vulnerable – but it’s been fabulous.’

Mobbed: He said, ‘I still have to go and do the shopping, and have to do my MOT and all that dreary stuff, but the other stuff is just absolutely extraordinary.’

“I have barely had time to seen my wife and daughter. I catch up with them and they tell me what plumbing needs doing. Trying to find your way through this maze can be quite difficult.”

Capaldi has also revealed he once turned down the chance to audition for the central role – because he was convinced he had no chance.

The actor said he was asked by his agent to try out for the Doctor when show chiefs were casting for a 1996 movie, which saw Paul McGann take the role.

But speaking for the first time about the missed opportunity today, he said he could not have coped with the disappointment if he had tried and failed.

But he admitted on Monday at the DVD launch of the eighth series of Doctor Who: “I knew I wouldn’t get it. I loved the show so much that I didn’t want to have anything to do with it unless it was going to be me.

“I just didn’t want to have the disappointment to go through all the palaver and the jumping through hoops for something I would never get because I knew it was an American pilot and they would go for somebody who was well-known and Paul was and he was fantastic so I said ‘No, I won’t come along’.

“I said to my agent: ‘Tell them thank you very much but I don’t want to go along’.”

All Things in good Time,  my Lord. :)

 

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Roundels!

Nov 17

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After inheriting Matt Smith’s TARDIS for a series, Peter Capaldi thinks it’s time for a new look.

Speaking at An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and Friends about the prop reuse including the Sonic Screwdriver: “I have to say, the BBC are very responsible with license payer’s money. So they feel if they’ve spent a certain amount of money on a certain amount of props, then they won’t get rid of those props until they’ve been used. This applies equally to the TARDIS. It’s essentially Matt’s.”

Capaldi’s preference is for a more retro flavoured design: “Roundels. I like the old Sixties roundels. That was the coolest look and I think it’s also appropriate for the way this Doctor dresses.

“It’s got a sort of Edwardian look about it  – not the actual console – it’s the bits and pieces lying around. Cricket bats, maps and odds and ends and things. There’s a Jules Verne quality to it – I would like to make it more Bauhaus.” (an art movement)

Commenting on the lack of new sonic screwdriver for Capaldi’s Doctor, writer Gatiss quipped, ‘I amazed they’ve missed the marketing opportunity!’ To which Peter disagreed, ‘Well I think we should side step the marketing opportunities. I don’t think we should be too focused in that direction.’

I say, Bring Back the Roundels! :)

 

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Don’t Stop Me Now

Nov 16

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I think if you want a succinct metaphor for Series 8, turn to Foxes.

“Don’t Stop Me Now”

Tonight, I’m gonna have my self
a real good time, I feel alive
and the world is turning inside out yeah
and floating around in ecstasy

TARDIS addiction anyone? Adventure junkies.

so don’t stop me now
don’t stop me ’cause
I’m having a good time
having a good time

I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky
like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I’m a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I’m gonna go oh oh there’s no stopping me

I will burn the candle at both ends to keep going.

I’m burning through the sky yeah
two hundred degrees
that’s why they call me Mr Fahrenheit
I’m trav’ling at the speed of light
I’m gonna make a super sonic man out of you

I’m going to make a Doctor out of Clara but it’s going to burn away who she was forever. She becomes The Doctor in the last episode, sort of.

Don’t stop me now
I’m having such a good time
I’m having a ball
Don’t stop me now
if you wanna have a good time
just give me a call  (Even if it’s because of a “Mistress”)
Don’t stop me now
Don’t stop me
I’m having a good time
I don’t wanna stop at all

Robin Hood, anyone.

I’m a rocket ship on my way to Mars
On a collision course
I’m a satellite, I’m out of control
I’m a sex machine ready to reload
Like an atom bomb
I’m bout to oh oh oh oh oh explode

Or a Moon Egg.

I’m burning through the sky yeah
two hundred degrees
that’s why they call me Mr Fahrenheit
I’m trav’ling at the speed of light
I’m gonna make a super sonic woman of you

Or at least a great Liar, like me. Sometimes the only choice you have is a bad choice.

Don’t stop me now
I’m having such a good time
I’m having a ball
Don’t stop me now
If you wanna have a good time
Just give me a call
Don’t stop me now
Don’t stop me
I’m having a good time
I don’t wanna stop at all

mmmmm
mm mm mm
mmmmm
mmmmm
aahhh aahhh aahhh

So Clara is coming back after her “goodbye” for one more time, because you just can’t stop her, or The Doctor.

And we all have a real good time. :)

We forget too frequently, in these days of sophisticated Internet debate, that Doctor Who has always been a rather daffy if brilliant fantasy. While remarkably consistent in a lot of ways over 50 years, it has never seemed more than five minutes away from breaking one of its own previously established conventions. It does not strive too hard for canonicity; rather, it strives to awaken childlike wonder in its audience, and spin stories that fire our imaginations. (Mashable)

So don’t stop me now. :)

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Ho Ho Ho?

Nov 15

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Is that just a bit creepier and dark?

Dark Santa! coming to you this Christmas.

(partisan political joke deleted) :)

IO9:”…and it’s basically proof that Peter Capaldi can bring 1000 percent more razor-sharp menace to anything, even just a conversation with Santa Claus on the rooftop. Even just debating the merits of the tangerine at the bottom of the stocking.

Also, you have to love Capaldi’s final rejoiner: “Happy Easter.” That’s telling him.”

In this Corner, The Time Lord from Gallifrey (can’t say “last” anymore with Missy running around)–The Doctor and in the opposite corner, That Saint of your Childhood, the bringer of gifts both good and bad- Saint Nicholas!! (aka Santa Claus)!

<<Bell Rings>>

Coming to a TV Channel near you on Dec 25th and it’s not Pay per View either… :)

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