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Finally, it appears the new Doctor Who companion has been cast – and Jenna Coleman’s replacement could be someone Peter Capaldi has worked with before…

“We will have a new companion, and I’m excited because obviously I know who this person is,” Capaldi told Brazilian website Omelete, reportedly adding that the actor joining him in the TARDIS is someone he has worked with in the past.

However, Capaldi said it was likely to be a very different relationship to that between the Twelfth Doctor and Coleman’s Clara Oswald and that the new arrival will know “very little about the Doctor”.

“Clara had prior knowledge of the Doctor,” said Capaldi. “It was conceived as a human connected to your timeline, and so had access to the cosmic nature of the Doctor. She understood a little about how he was. And as she was already with [Eleventh Doctor] Matt [Smith], she knew the Daleks and the TARDIS. Now we have someone who knows very little about the Doctor.”

14 in 10

So, this confirms that – after the 2016 Christmas special – Doctor Who series 10 will consist of the standard-issue 13 episodes.

The Radio Times is reporting exclusively that Doctor Who series 10 will begin filming this May. Using some fag-packet maths then, a typical nine-month run should take it all the way to early 2017.

It’s currently understood that outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat will remain in place for a further fourteen episodes, including twelve episodes of season ten and the 2016 and 2017 Christmas Specials, before new head honcho Chris Chibnall steps in in 2018.

Additionally, “senior show sources” are reportedly yet to select who will be travelling with Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS as the Doctor’s Companion. “It is understood auditions for Jenna Coleman’s replacement have still not begun”, says the RT.

Doctor Who Magazine has asked Steven Moffat if he’ll present a plethora of two-parters again this time around, as served him pretty well in season 9. “Something else will happen [in series 10],” he said in response.

The Moff explained that “each year, we try to do something different – almost out of perversity, to make things more difficult for ourselves – so that we’re not getting into a groove, we’re not becomingly boringly expert at it, because there’s nothing so boring as when you get slick.”

“I was very happy to get rid of two-parters when I did, and [in series 9 I was] very happy to bring them back,” he added, leaving us to wonder what he’ll change this year.

And now, Peter Capaldi has discussed his own wishes for his new co-lead. Specifically, he isn’t particularly keen on having a male companion.

“With the best will in the world, I don’t want a bloke,” he told Radio Times, “because I’m frightened that they’ll give him all the action and I’ll be standing around spouting scientific gobbledygook… ‘Oh, Peter’s not up to chasing those Zygons down the corridor, let the chap do it.’ And that would be awful. I want to chase the Zygons!”

“I just think that combo of the slightly strange and alien Time Lord with the intelligent, enthusiastic and inquisitive girl is a good combo. I don’t know why – but it just seems to work,” he added.

Whether Capaldi gets his wish or not, we’ll keep you up to date as we hear more on Doctor Who series 10, and the incoming new companion.

Additionally Doctor Who Magazine #496 is now on sale. I know I just got mine in the mail yesterday.

Doctor Who Magazine 496 (Credit: Panini)

Sir John Hurt is appearing at Gallifrey One in LA this weekend.

SQUEE!

 

No Surprises

BBC bosses expect Peter Capaldi to leave Doctor Who after the next series – when writer Steven Moffat also steps down.

The 57-year-old’s tenure as the 12th Doctor is likely to end in 2017.

When new chief Chris Chibnall, who created Broadchurch, begins a new era in series 11, it is thought he will also get to choose his own Time Lord.

A source on the BBC show said: “Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven leaves.

“They’ve been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor.

“They hope he will be able to find someone who can have the same impact as Matt Smith did when Steven Moffat kicked off his run as executive producer.”

The move would mirror what happened when Russell T. Davies – who brought the sci-fi series back in 2005 after 26 years – departed at the same time David Tennant left as the 10th Doctor.

A BBC spokesman said Capaldi was signed up for the 2017 series but beyond that said: “We don’t discuss contracts.”

“There will come a time when this is over. But I knew that when I started.

“I was thinking about my regeneration scene from the outset. That’s my terrible melancholic nature.

“When you accept the job you know there’ll come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.”

(The Mirror)

 

 

NO Big Surprise

BBC bosses expect Peter Capaldi to leave Doctor Who after the next series – when writer Steven Moffat also steps down.

The 57-year-old’s tenure as the 12th Doctor is likely to end in 2017.

When new chief Chris Chibnall, who created Broadchurch, begins a new era in series 11, it is thought he will also get to choose his own Time Lord.

A source on the BBC show said: “Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven leaves.

“They’ve been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor.

“They hope he will be able to find someone who can have the same impact as Matt Smith did when Steven Moffat kicked off his run as executive producer.”

The move would mirror what happened when Russell T. Davies – who brought the sci-fi series back in 2005 after 26 years – departed at the same time David Tennant left as the 10th Doctor.

A BBC spokesman said Capaldi was signed up for the 2017 series but beyond that said: “We don’t discuss contracts.”

This should come as any great surprise. I thought this was likely already, even before 2016 was put off until 2017.

The history of the show, and showrunners, generally says this was inevitable.

New Producer (old school term) at Hartnell Regeneration, Troughton and Pertwee.

Then it gets murky after that until 2010 when The Moffat Era began with the wholesale clean out of the Davies Era.

But the point is that is not uncommon for things to radically change when the man at the top changes.

If Capaldi wasn’t signed for Series 10 I’d think he’d could leave in the 2016 XMAS special still but new showrunners like to start fresh.

Though that does make the companion situation interesting.

Maybe now they opt for a 2009 style companion-for-the-episode instead of casting one for the series.

Or they’ll cast a one season companion like  Donna or Martha.

But Capaldi leaving is not a shock. It’s sadness because he is a FANTASTIC Doctor. But this I think was inevitable in the end.

moffat

 

Series 10 Hype

It begins.

“Doctor Who” mastermind Steven Moffat has hinted at mind-blowing new writers for the next season of the show. Discussing preparations for next year’s 10th season, Moffat said of the potential new writers, “If I told you their names, your brain would explode.”

“We’re already moving,” said Moffat of the new season. In fact, he said “We’ve had meetings today with two writers who’ve never written ‘Doctor Who’ before.” Moffat wouldn’t name names for fear of brain-explosion, saying only that they are “brilliant, prominent and amazing writers.”

“It’s going to be amazing,” he promised.

At a question-and-answer session with the audience of children, press and other invited guests, Capaldi was asked to name his favourite episode of his most recent season. “They all have extraordinary things in them,” he said, adding he is “very conscious that one’s time as Doctor Who is finite, so every episode is very special.”

Moffat noted that sentiment was “so Scottish: an equivocation followed by a certainty of mortality.”

Asked the same question Moffat replied, “I only care about the one that was next and the one that was last, that’s all I ever think about… I care profoundly and tragically and tear-inducingly about all of them. You know how they say Doctor Who fans are really sad? I’m the really sad one.”

Asked about his complex plots, Moffat joked, “It’s not that complicated, really — if you’re having trouble following it ask a 12-year-old!”

“One of the things we have to keep in mind is that ‘Doctor Who’ is for everyone, but we all know it belongs to children,” said Moffat. “And we have to keep in mind that they are far more intelligent than we are or ever will be. They can watch ‘Doctor Who’ at its most complex while while tweeting their friends and emailing her friends and playing ‘Angry Birds’ and doing their homework — apparently — so you have to raise it up to meet their level of expectation. Look at the doorstep books they’re reading! Children are not cheap little mini versions of us, they are not our pets, they’re our replacements and they’re definitively better than we are so we have to keep up with them with really complicated television.”

While we don’t know anything about the new series yet, Capaldi has teased fans that “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson could be involved. Capaldi and Jackson appeared together in a video skit suggesting that the Kiwi director could work on the show.

And we could see a return for one item that divided opinion among fans: the Doctor’s sonic sunglasses. “I think the sonic shades are fun,” said Capaldi, “and the sonic screwdriver’s fun, and a sonic hearing aid might be useful… There’s room for all kinds of sonic devices!”

Returning for More in 2016

Two new reports this week appear to confirm that Doctor Who exec Steven Moffat and star Peter Capaldi will both be back next year.

Peter Capaldi joined the show as the Twelfth Doctor in 2013 and his second season is currently airing on BBC One.

Season 10 will be Steven Moffat’s sixth season as showrunner.

Speaking to Observer.com, Moffat commented: “I’m just embarking on the new [season] and it’s terrifying. I have to make all that again.”

Revealing what he’s most proud of on Doctor Who recently, he added: “We got some new writers in who I thought were really great. Jamie Mathieson and Peter Harness, and thank God for voices of new people writing. I love that, having new writers this year. Sarah Dollard, Cat Tregenna, so it’s always good getting people who are new to the show.”

Doctor Who Peter Capaldi Steven Moffat

The Mirror reported this weekend that Peter Capaldi has agreed to stay on for “at least one more [season]”.

He has apparently agreed to “a new one-year deal with a further one-year option”.

A BBC source is quoted as saying: “Peter has made it clear he is happy playing the Doctor for as long as the BBC – and viewers – want him … Peter is keen to complete three years playing the Doctor to round off his storylines. That will take us until the end of next year. After that, who knows?”

Saddle us with a Female Doctor perhaps? 😦

Change, My Dear

I fear there is a drastic change coming to Doctor Who.

We have had 10 glorious years of NuWho, but that may well change completely.

As I speculated recently I think it entirely possible that after this year, the show could be off the air.

Or it will be off until, say 2017 or 18 and then re-booted entirely with a new Showrunner, New Doctor and New Companion.

But it makes so much money for the BBC and is so much more high profile than 30 years that they can’t just axe it without trying to soften the blow and let fandom down softly.

Or not.

But they promised a Series 10 already, you say.

I say, it’s a TV network, one under tremendous economic and political pressure.

What if “Series 10” is a series of specials like in 2009?

What if they air it in 2017 or later??

The BBC however told Metro.co.uk that it is ‘too early to confirm the schedule for future series at this point’.

The BBC has been poking around the issue of late. Reports about “doing more episodes” in one go, so they can spread them out over a longer period of time, and now reports of moving the show to just “specials” as an ‘event’ TV style are all cost cutting measures but meant to not incur the full blown wrath they received 30 years ago when they attempted to cancel the show outright (then succeed 4 years later).

“Worried BBC chiefs are considering scrapping next year’s series of Doctor Who and screening feature-length specials instead,” says the report.

“The cult show has hit a crisis period,” it continues. “Viewing figures have plunged below four million.” That bit, er, isn’t entirely accurate.

But inter-office politics are not stopped by truth. I did a blog on this recently.

“Last week they announced a spin-off series, Class, aimed at teenagers, to try to find a new army of Doctor Who fans.” That bit’s true.

The newer, cheaper, “Doctor Who”-Lite?

“Sources say they are also weighing up the drastic step of ­axeing the 12-series run planned for 2016. Instead they would film a couple of Sherlock-style feature-length specials plus a Christmas episode.”–Den of Geek.

That quite a change for many of us who have bask in the sun of the Greatest TV Show in History.

Nothing could ever stop it.

EXCEPT a TV NETWORK!

Especially, one under extreme pressure financially and politically.

So the winds of change are blowing. The BBC is searching for an answer.

And we fans, are consumers, not bean counters.

The product will likely change drastically, and many people can frightened of change.

I don’t want it to go!

I want it to be on every year for the rest of my life.

But I’m not in control of that.

And, the moment may being prepared for…

Future War

I am not a fan or rumor mongering. But I find the possibility of the following to be true, interesting.

Private Eye, the British satirical magazine, really has become a font of knowledge for the inside goings-on at the Doctor Who production offices.

Satire has a layer of truth in it. I know, I love satire.

Doctor Who fans are just over a month away from an explosive new season of the show—but apparently that might be the last drip of new episodes we get for a while, with a rumor claiming that the show won’t be returning in 2016. At least for a full season.

The rumor comes from British satirical magazine Private Eye, known for its commentary on the goings-on behind the scenes at the BBC. Their latest issue reported today that with Steven Moffat busy with his other series, the monstrously popular Sherlock, the BBC staff have been informed not to expect a tenth season of Doctor Who to air next year.

Could that be why the BBC announced the renewal of Doctor Who so early? They wanted the fans to know that if it goes “on haitus” like it did in 1985 that it doesn’t mean cancellation. Or it could have been a political move, like in 1985’s “hiatus” that lasted 18 months and would have been indefinite except for pressure from many quarters.

So is history about to repeat itself?

The BBC is currently “under attack” according to many by the Conservative tories in power right now to be less of a Governent entity and to survive on its own merits.

Steven Moffat ripped the British government Saturday during “Sherlock’s” TCA panel, calling the potential for the BBC’s pulled public funding “vandalism of the worst kind.”

“I think what’s going on is outrageous. It’s absolutely terrible and wrong and ill conceived,” Moffat told a Beverly Hilton ballroom full of TV critics. “It staggers me that we’ve got a government [that] got elected, and decided that the main problem with Britain is our national broadcasting. Does anybody think that?”

“They must have something more important to do,” he continued. “The trouble is, it’s an oddity — the BBC — to say the least. It’s an extraordinary oddity that it’s so good. You don’t ordinarily have a national broadcaster that is that amazing.”

The British government is currently considering yanking public funding from the famed BBC, instead potentially insisting on a subscription fee to keep the TV model specifically afloat. The radio arm is more likely to stay focused on public programming and thus less likely to be abandoned by the government.

“If we switch it off, we won’t know how to put it back on again,” Moffat opined, calling the BBC “a beacon and an icon.” He added: “And everything … will be less good.”

“To damage that for temporary political gain is vandalism of the worst kind,” he concluded.

So Private Eye alleges:

The report also alleges that the decision comes from an ongoing tussle between the BBC and Steven Moffat, who is under pressure from the corporation to stand down from Doctor Who and commit his time to Sherlock, instead of attempting to manage two of the BBC’s most popular dramas at the same time.

Private Eye have a proven track record of Doctor Who rumors, accurately reporting on the departure of former producers as well as the show’s previous scheduling decisions. It’s interesting to note that the report also says that there is no “full” series planned, leaving the potential open for a series of specials (similar to the show’s hiatus in 2009, following the departure of both David Tennant and Russell T Davies) or even as was the case with seasons 6 and 7, the option of a split series—an unpopular move—with some episodes airing in 2016 and the rest airing in 2017.

Whatever the case is though, it seems like there’s a good chance Doctor Who fans might be spending a good chunk of next year twiddling their thumbs in anticipation

Since I have held the belief for many decades about TV, specifically US TV, that the program is just there to take up the space between the commercials and whatever fills that more successfully and profitably is what we’ll get then the BBC may be headed in that direction in some form or fashion which mean Doctor Who is even more “just a commodity” than it is now.

Make no mistake, it is a profit machine now. And its profits that really matter.

What’s going on is a culture war between the old BBC ideals and the new 21st Century realities. And they clash. HARD.

And the outcome will effect our favorite program’s future.

It could also be a power struggle between Moffatt and the BBC interlaced with the politics of money.

Remember Phillip Hinchcliffe? Remember John Nathan-Turner??

It would not be the first time the BBC and the Head of Doctor Who clashed.

The future is unknown.

But like The Doctor, we have to have hope that he will triumph once again.

We’ll just have to wait and see. Maybe until 2017.

Hope for the best. Prepare a LONG winter.

Inevitable?

Doctor Who will be back for a tenth series, the BBC has confirmed.

Series nine of the phenomenally successful sci-fi show, starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, will start on September 19.

The BBC appeared to announce details of the sci-fi show’s return in their Worldwide Annual Review, which was published earlier this month.

However, there was no great fanfare with the announcement – in fact, it was discreetly tucked away on page 32 of the document.

The organisation’s formal projection listed ‘investments in ‘The Musketeers’ S3 and ‘Doctor Who’ S10′ as under review, which is considered a green light for production.

Series 9, 10 & Moffat

Just a short hint at the future of Doctor Who here: Mr Steven Moffat – showrunner since Matt Smith’s first full series, series 5 – will officially stay with the show until series 10, at least. 

It’s not surprising that the BBC wants Moffat to stay, seeing as his reign has seriously broadened the show’s American success and turned Doctor Who into one of the broadcaster’s biggest exports. Moffat also successfully steered the good ship Who through the big fiftieth anniversary year, including the overseeing of The Day Of The Doctor and The Night Of The Doctor, as well as finding time to make his cameo in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (which gifted us with an image of him which we endeavour to use in every news story about him ever).

The news of his contract extension came at an event in New York, where he simply said he had ‘just signed up for another year.’

Of course, there will be those who take this news negatively, but it’s impossible to deny Moffat’s role in securing the future of Doctor Who.

More Doctor Who news as it happens. Or, y’know, slightly after it happens.  (Den of Geek)

But W=will he end up being John Nathan Turner in the end, a burnt out shell hate by “the fans”?
I just worry that his “upping the gae” every year will lead to things that should not be done so he should leave before his ego goes there.
Moffat: “I’ll be honest, I thought when I took it over, and it was more or less said to me – I took over about half-way through the ten years [of nuWho] – I thought I was there to preside over the gentle, respectable and decent decline, because that’s what happens to shows that run for a long while.”
He might still get his wish…
Action! Peter Capaldi hit Barry Island beach on Monday with a patriotic parachute to shoot scenes for the ninth series of Doctor Who

n between takes the actor, who is back for his second series as the Time Lord, was spotted chatting to co-star Ingrid Oliver.

The 37-year-old comedian and actress is reprising her role as UNIT scientist and Time Lord superfan Osgood for a two-part episode, despite being murdered by Missy (Michelle Gomez) in the series eight finale.

Daredevil: While he didn't actually leap out of the sky, the parachute sequence looks to be part of an exciting new storyline for the 12th Doctor
Let Zygons be Zygons??