We’re about half way through the second half of Doctor Who‘s seventh season, and this weekend we get one of the series’ most anticipated episodes, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.” There was one clip earlier this week of Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) doing her best impression of an all too curious cat, and today there’s another clip, this one of The Doctor (Matt Smith), plus an episode introduction. Give ‘em a watch,
Below the cut we’ve got a new poster and synopsis for Neil Gaiman‘s Cybermen story, “Nightmare in Silver“, a look at a new Doctor Who box set celebrating each Doctor’s regeneration, and some speculation about who John Hurt is playing in the 50th Anniversary special.
Damn, do these new Cybermen look cool! And these are said to be the original Cybermen, those we’ve seen thus far have been the one’s from that parallel Earth. Click it to for a bigger version. Besides this week’s episode, I’m definitely most pumped for Gaiman’s second Who story. Here’s the latest synopsis,
Hedgewick’s World of Wonders was once the greatest theme park in the galaxy, but it’s now the dilapidated home to a shabby showman, a chess-playing dwarf and a dysfunctional army platoon.
When the Doctor, Clara, Artie and Angie arrive, the last thing they expect is the re-emergence of one of the Doctor’s oldest foes. The Cybermen are back!
Artie and Angie? Who the hell are they? New companions? Hmm, guess we’ll have to keep watching to find out. This is also the episode where Warwick Davis is guest starring, but he’s playing a guy called, Porridge, so he’s neither Artie or Angie.
And if you’re a big Who fan – something I’m assuming anyone still with me here definitely is – then take a look at this beautiful new DVD box set. It includes the regeneration episode/serial of each Doctor, and in particular the newly restored through animation long lost finale to the First Doctor’s story, “The Tenth Planet.”
This beautifully-packaged limited edition coffee table book-styled collectors’ album is every Doctor Who fan’s dream possession. Individually numbered and boasting six DVDs with over 1000 minutes of Doctor Who footage, it brings together every Doctor’s regeneration episode: from the first Doctor, exhausted from battling the Cyberman, to Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor suffering from radiation unleashed by the Great One (a giant spider); and from the spectacular transformation of the Ninth Doctor to David Tennant’s emotional farewell as the Tenth. The album is adorned with superb photography from across the era and features detailed and informative accounts of every regeneration. And if that wasn’t enough, new to DVD is The Tenth Planet featuring the Doctor’s first regeneration – beautifully restored with the missing fourth episode now brought to life with stunning animation. Utilising the original soundtrack, off-screen photographs and a short surviving sequence of the Doctor’s regeneration the episode has been now reconstructed in animated form, incorporating the restored version of the surviving sequence.
The box set releases on June 10th.
And speaking of regenerations, Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool has been doing a little speculating about John Hurt’s role in the 50th Anniversary episode. This could be a little SPOILERY which is why I left it for the end. So if you don’t want to hear anything about the 50th, it was nice of you to stop by. But if you’d like to hear what his theory is, first take a look at this picture,
This is Hurt on set in costume – also notice Ten and Eleven in the background, SQUEE! – and Johnston wants you to pay close attention to Hurt’s jacket. His costume jacket, not the puffy blue one keeping him warm. Looks a lot like the Ninth Doctor’s jacket, right? We know Christopher Eccelston isn’t appearing in the 50th, but at one point he was rumored to be and there may have been a role for him in the original draft. So the theory is this: What if Hurt is playing The Doctor. I know, you’re all like, “Whaaa?” Here’s Johnston to explain,
Here’s how it could conceivably play out. Between the Eighth and the Ninth Doctor, there was another Doctor who we previously have had no knowledge of. He’s played by John Hurt, he fought in the Time War and he regenerated into the Ninth Doctor… who promptly forgot about him. And who is now actually the Tenth Doctor. Which makes the current Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor.
Which means that the next look of the Doctor, rumoured to be seen at the end of the Christmas Episode as actor Matt Smith may be leaving the show, would be the Thirteenth Doctor. As fans of Doctor Who lore know, that would mean he’s the Last Doctor.
There’s a good chance this is completely bogus. Definitely that bit about the Last Doctor because I’m pretty sure they’ve decided to ignore the whole ‘a Time Lord has only 12 regenerations’ clause from Classic Who. Otherwise though, this might be just the crazy, epic story Steven Moffat‘s going for with the 50th. It’s an interesting theory, dontcha think?
Doctor Who airs Saturdays at 8pm on BBC America.