Capaldi Future

Peter Capaldi has been talking about his future in Doctor Who and has revealed he hasn’t decided yet whether to stay on for a fourth series.

Talking to Wales Online the actor was asked about his plans for the future.

I’ve been asked to stay on and I haven’t made my mind up about that yet, mainly because I don’t want to have to make that decision. I’m trying to avoid it!

Capaldi returns this Christmas in The Return of Doctor Mysterio, followed by a twelve part series, to be shown next Spring. Next year’s Christmas special will be the last story under the aegis of current show-runner Steven Moffat.

New showrunner Chris Chibnall will take over for the 2018 series, but Capaldi has not yet decided whether to stay for the transition.

Doctor Who does take a lot of time, but it’s a wonderful use of it. It’s special. I’m lucky enough to be in touch with other Doctors, and we all agree how extraordinary it is to be in this position. To decide to leave is a tough decision for everybody. [It was] very tough for Steven, so I’m just putting it off for as long as possible.

Capaldi has already been seen in 28 episodes of Doctor Who, with another 13 in production.

In comparison, Matt Smith has, so far, appeared in 46 episodes and David Tennant in 49. All have a long way to go to catch the record of the longest-serving Doctor, Tom Baker, who has ranked up 174 episodes.

Pearl Harbor Day

So let’s all watch “Victory of The Daleks”.

(and remind ourselves just how much in common it has with “Power of The Daleks”)

Then watch “The Empty Child/Doctor Dances” for a fantastic WWII story.

And finish it off with Rory punching Hitler and River running wild in Nazi Germany in “Let’s Kill Hitler”.


Weeping Moffat

Class Restriction

FYI: I was write up a review of Season 1 of Class when i have the time to catch up and watch all the episodes.

Whether there is a Season 2 is unknown, the ratings I saw weren’t good.

Doctor Who Watch: Ratings for the new Doctor Who spin-off Class have been disappointing. This should not be a surprise to anyone, considering the way that it was released.

Suppose, for a moment, that one was creating a new television show. Ideally, one would want to make the show as visible as possible, especially if it is a spin-off of an already popular program. Prime time slots, network coverage, and advertisements trumpeting the coming episodes would be expected.

Well, that has not been the case with the Doctor Who spin-off Class. It has seen “disappointing” ratings, not even making the top fifty on-demand programs for its first four weeks. Instead of initially being broadcast on television, the episodes were released on BBC Three, a website. Supposedly, the plan is for them to be aired on BBC One at some point soon. They were also shown in Canada and Australia.

 U.S. NEXT YEAR, for heaven sake!

Somehow, a Doctor Who spin-off being made available to a limited audience and then failing to reach its ratings projections is seen as a surprise. Perhaps the expectation was that being a part of the Doctor Who brand would be enough to overcome that problem, and lead to online ratings gold. Furthermore, the quality of Class is certainly not the issue, having received mostly positive reviews.

It’s Torchwood meets Buffy (from the 2 episodes I have seen).

This is where the axiom of best laid plans would come in, but that would be far too much of a credit to the strategy given for Class. Considering that Doctor Who is a worldwide phenomenon, making it so that people everywhere cannot immediately watch one of its spin-offs is a strange decision. Likewise, waiting until sometime in the spring to air these episodes on BBC America will hurt any hype surrounding the show going forward.

I already have it. Why would I want to watch it again on BBC America in 6 months!😦

If the idea was to get the new streaming online market going and get people to watch it that way, torrents work against that, you know.🙂

It likely also hurt the show in the markets in which it was already released. Online buzz matters, regardless of location.

Class has a chance to be a valuable part of the Whoniverse. Indeed, the BBC appears to be banking on its success, with three novels set to come out. Add in a cliffhanger ending to the Series One finale, and there seem to be big plans for the program.

However, those plans will not come to fruition if Class continues to be so very restricted. To achieve the goals that they have for this show, and to make it a visible part of the Whoniverse, it needs to be more accessible. That includes making it available to be viewed worldwide.


Class Spoilers



Series 10 Updates

Don’t Blink

If you like to try something a bit different and think you’re brave enough to take on the Weeping Angels, we have a Halloween treat for you!

We have just launched the Doctor Who Don’t Blink mini-game, which is an experiment for BBC Taster to see whether your webcam can successfully detect eye movements and be used as a game controller. We thought the Weeping Angels were a perfect fit for this! We’re also interested in finding out whether you would enjoy more, short, fun branded mini-games.

It’s a fun game, but it’s not for the faint hearted!

You’re alone in the attic of an abandoned house and the Weeping Angels are coming for you. The aim is to survive until the Doctor can send the TARDIS to save you. To help, he’s rigged up your webcam to CCTV around the house so you can watch the Angels. They can only move when you’re not looking at them so, whatever you do, don’t blink! Your webcam should detect when you blink or look away.

We can’t wait to see what you think. Does your webcam detect your eye movements? Do the Angels approach when you blink? Can you win the game if you hold your stare?

Have a play and, if you like it, rate it and challenge your friends to try it too.

This pilot works on Chrome 48.x or higher, Firefox 43.x or higher, Windows 10 Edge on desktop only.

Xmas Synopsis

The 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special will air at 5:45pm and focus on “brain-swapping aliens”…

We’ve known for a while now that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special will pit the Doctor against a superhero. The hour-long seasonal spectacular, penned by Steven Moffat and directed by Poldark regular Ed Bazalgette, is going by the title The Return Of Doctor Mysterio.

Now we know exactly what time to put the brussels sprouts aside and tune in for some timey-wimey goodness. reports that The Return Of Doctor Mysterio will air on BBC One at 5.45pm this Christmas day.

No Time announced on Christmas Day by BBC America yet.

They’ve also shared the synopsis, which reveals a little about the baddies of the episode and the names of the supporting cast…

This Christmas sees the Doctor join forces with a masked superhero for an epic New York adventure.

With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Justin Chatwiw (Grant), Charity Wakefield (Lucy), Tomiwa Edun (Mr Brock), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Dr Sim) and Logan Huffman.


The latest edition of the Radio Times, out today, features an interview with Peter Capaldi in the lead up to this year’s Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

The interview covers a variety of his views, including on being an older Doctor and how he sees the character. Commenting about how some feel that the show has now become too complicated for younger viewers, he said:

The thing about Doctor Who is the constitution of the audience. It covers a huge age range, so you have to entertain little kids and you have to entertain hipsters and students, and middle-aged men who should know better. So sometimes there is a kind of metaphysical and intellectual aspect to it, which is more to the fore than other times. But generally we just blow up monsters. There are some moments when you feel, that’s a little bit silly, or that’s a bit mawkish or whatever, but then you realise, that’s for children. You would be a fool not to play to them, because it’s their show.

The magazine also features a competition to win the piece of artwork below, taken from their Capaldi photoshoot; readers will need to answer four questions, with the first appearing in this week’s and the rest over the next threw consecutive issues.

Radio Times (26 Nov - 2 Dec 2016) (Credit: Radio Times)