Later this year we will say goodbye to the twelfth Doctor. Sometime around Christmas, in a blinding golden flash the combat eyebrows and Scottish brogue will be gone and replaced with someone new. Our guitar wielding punk rock alien savior dressed as a rock and roll magician will move on to his next regeneration (possibly ginger we don’t know yet, but I mean he could be ginger next, right?) But let’s not focus on that just yet because with series 10 really just begining we have a lot of Peter Capaldi‘s tenure as Doctor Who to enjoy.
This weekend, the good Doctor is visiting the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expoand if I do say so myself he’s in fine form and shows no signs of slowing down just yet. However, as the hundreds that attended his panel made clear, we are already starting to prepare for his 4 years of saving the universe to draw to a close. Here’s a few highlights. (more…)
The reveal of the next actor to steer the TARDIS always brings about speculation about what kind of Doctor they’ll make. Will he be kind? Sympathetic? Cranky? Boisterous? There’s a lot of ways Peter Capaldi could play the Twelfth Doctor, but the main thing showrunner Steven Moffat is looking to achieve is something different.
In the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine (via Doctor Who TV), Moffat shares a few hints at what we can expect of Capaldi’s Doctor,
Well, the tally came in on who shall be the 12th, and the new Doctor is (in case you’ve been living in a van down by the river and missed it) Peter Capaldi. But, along this long and hard road, many were routing for a female Doctor to take the stage. Not only has showrunner Steven Moffat expressed his interest in bringing one of the fairer sex to the role of Doctor, there was also plenty of talk from him about his new Doctor being “something different”. So why no lady Doc? Well, Moffat has something to say about that and you can check it out below.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Moffat had these words to share with us:
“It’s absolutely narratively possible [that the Doctor could be a woman] and when it’s the right decision, maybe we’ll do it.”
“It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it.”
“Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this – were women. [They were] saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!'”
So the end result – no female Doctor.
Personally, I’d love to see a female Doctor emerge and have the same crazy adventures as the penised one does. Well, sort of… I’d rather Moffat introduced a female Time Lord into the mix via the regular Doctor Who series and then spin her out to her own series. Think of it, two Time Lords, two series, two chances to see the exploits of the Doctor Who universe. And half of it a female lead. This is a win-win for everyone.
Are you listening Moffat? Take the money and run, bitch! I will happily embrace a shorter wait between my Doctor Who fixes and, well, I’m guessing that at least 90% of Doctor Who fans are with me on this one. What say thee, oh Nerd Readers?
Thanks to blastr for loving us like only they can.
We’ve been waiting months for the official announcement and now, it is here. The face of the 12th Doctor is known and we here at Nerd Bastards are pleased to give you a big fat picture of his mug. Get ready folks, cause this guy is going to be taking control of the T.A.R.D.I.S. for the foreseeable future:
Well, it looks like the bookmakers were right, because Mr. Peter Capaldi IS the new Doctor Who!
For those of you unfamiliar with your new Doctor, Peter Capaldi has an acting career spanning more than three decades, his most recognizable work probably being his role as Malcolm Turner on The Thick Of It. He also happens to be the ripe age of 55, which makes him a much older Doctor than recent converts to Doctor Who may be used to and a full 25 years older than the Doctor we’re saying goodbye to, Matt Smith. Some may also recognize Capaldi from the show itself, as he had a small role in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”.
Whether he was your pick for The Doctor or not, Capaldi definitely has a lot to bring to the role. Now let’s just see how he measures up.
A live broadcast hosted by Zoe Ball this Sunday will reveal the actor who will portray the twelfth incarnation of the Gallifreyan Time Lord known across space and time as simply, The Doctor. Showrunner Steven Moffat and 11th Doctor Matt Smith will be joining Ball on the special–along with whomever’s going to be playing the new Doctor.
The announcement is scheduled to air at 7pm, Sunday August 4th in the UK… and 11am PDT and 2pm EDT in the States.
The remarkably secretive casting process was done under the code name of Whodini, and apparently even the crew and other staff working with the soon-to-be 12th Doctor didn’t know what was going on.
Currently, an episode of Celebrity Mastermind is scheduled for that particular time slot on BBC One–most likely this will be preempted.
Furthermore, MSN UK just released this tweet regarding the announcement:
#DoctorWho fans. There will be an announcement at midnight. That’s all I’m saying…
At the moment we’re drifting in the void awaiting new Doctor Who. The 50th anniversary special will air on November 23rd, followed by the Christmas special on Christmas Day, and Series 8 is expected to begin late summer 2014. At least that’s what showrunner Steven Moffat revealed in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly all about Comic Con.
The interview, available online as well as in print, covers just about everything you’d want to pry from the mind of The Moff. In it he discusses the search for the next Doctor, when we’ll see the new Doctor, when he knew Matt Smith was leaving, the length of the 50th anniversary special, what is was like having Matt and David Tennant work together, just everything! Though, any real spoilers are cleverly hidden by Moffat’s usual knack for misdirection and tight lips.
Below the cut we’ve got the highlights, gathered by the ever vigilant Doctor Who TV. Expect mild spoilers, with a chance of, “OMG! CAN’T WAIT!”
But first! Check out this officially released image of David Bradley as the First Doctor, William Hartnell, for the BBC‘s other anniversary special, An Adventure in Space in Time, chronicling the early days of Who and written by Mark Gatiss.
Uncanny, isn’t it!? The more we see from this docu-drama, the more excited I may be for it over the show’s proper anniversary special. Okay, that’s a lie, I’m out of mind with excitement for the 50th anniversary special, but I’m totally stoked for this, too.
Which puts them right on track to beat the paparazzi scramble that will inevitable occur when filming for the Christmas special begins. Since learning the Christmas special would be current Doctor, Matt Smith‘s last stint on Doctor Who the buzz around who’ll be cast as the 12th Doctor has been at a fever pitch. Within days of his departure announcement dozens of names were thrown around. From the very unlikely – Helen Mirren became a popular choice – to possible, relative unknowns like Daniel Kaluuya or Domhnall Gleeson.
Today The Radio Times, which has a very chummy relationship with the Beeb having been owned by them until 2011, are reporting the BBC will announce the new Doctor in August or September. And this leads me, and likely everyone else, to make a guess the role of the 12 Doctor in the Christmas special may be more than a closing moments regeneration. That’s something they can film in secret, on a closed set. But what if the regeneration happens in public? That would explain the early announcement, allowing the Beeb to control the story before fans are able to snap a few pictures on set.
How do you think the upcoming regeneration will play into the Christmas special? And do you think the BBC will surprise us with their choice for the new Doctor, or will they continue to play it safe? And by safe I mean another young, white guy.
There was a great disturbance in the Force last week for the Doctor Who fandom. Matt Smith announced that the Doctor Who Christmas special would be his last time appearing as the much beloved Time Lord. As can be imagined, this sparked a ferocious debate among fans on who should replace him.
Over the weekend there was a rumor a British newspaper would be outing the news on Smith’s replacement. The BBC was then said to be announcing this casting on Saturday night to preempt whichever paper it turned out to be. They quickly squashed that rumor,
Next up was The Sunday Telegraph reporting that Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) was the next Doctor. It is interesting this news was not put on the front page, makes me wonder how confidant the paper is with the news. Looking at the front page for that day there were plenty of stories that could have been bumped for a front page spot.
Here’s what the Telegraph had to say:
“He has been offered the part and we are waiting to hear if he will accept,” says my man in the Tardis. “He is the perfect choice.”
Liz Buckley, a friend of Kinnear’s family tweeted this,
As always, you have to take each bit of news or Internet rumor with a huge grain of salt, until the BBC officially announces the casting it’s all just smoke and mirrors. The casting smokescreen sounds about right to me. Hey, Kinnear could be on a short list and he is a favorite among some of those pundits making lists of casting possibilities.
There are still many fans hoping the Doctor will regenerate as a woman. What do you think?
So… take this next one with a big helping of skepticism. It seems, if the rumors are true, that the new Doctor will be announced by the BBC sometime soon. They will, in fact, be telling us who to expect to see in the T.A.R.D.I.S. within the next two days. Along with this rumor of the imminent arrival of the 12th comes a short-list of folks who may be top of the heap in securing the role. Again, it’s all hearsay at this point, but check out the list below (after the jump) and see what you think.
Unsurprisingly, ever since the announcementMatt Smith‘s leaving Doctor Who all anyone can talk about is who’ll be his replacement. There’s all sort of rumors ranging from the next Doctor being older, maybe younger, no longer white, and possibly a woman. Of course, it’s all hearsay as I’m sure eve the BBC doesn’t know who’ll be the next Doctor. Or, do they?
All right, so yesterday the Radio Times ran a story stating there could be an announcement of who is the next Doctor by next month, because it’ll be impossible to keep things secret while filming the Christmas special. And this is Radio Times, not The Sun or Daily Mail, they’re not printing total bullshit just to drive up their numbers. If an official announcement is only a month away, surely the role already is cast, right?
Then there’s this from one Mr. Wil Wheaton, who on his Tumblr wrote,
Am I the only person who knows who has been cast as the next Doctor, and who has known this was coming for several weeks? I figured that if it filtered down to me, it must be common knowledge among people who matter.
…now I feel kind of special. Yay me.
The post was in response to a quote from an article naming actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the running favorite for Doctor Who. He apparently has very good odds, coming in at 7/1. Back in 2011 when Ejiofor was asked if he’d ever be interested in playing The Doctor he responded,
Yes, of course. It’s always good to be asked to come back to London and do great stuff not only in television but in theatre and film too.
And while a little vague, still an affirmative. But what does Wheaton’s cryptic confession and the good odds for Ejiofor have to do with one another? Other than both appeared on Wheaton’s Tumblr? Absolutely nothing, but it’s interesting nonetheless, no? Could Wheaton’s response mean Ejiofor is a likely candidate, or that he isn’t?
I certainly think Ejiofor would make an excellent Doctor and his casting would comply with wishes of those, like myself, who’d like to see someone other than a white male as the Time Lord. What do you think? Is Ejiofor someone you’d like to see the BBC consider? Does Wheaton actually know who’s been cast? Meaning, have they already cast Smith’s replacement?