For all of those who live in the UK or have plans to wander that way in November, the Doctor Who Official 50th Celebration Weekend will have Matt Smith in attendance. He’ll be hanging around, doing his thing at signing booths and panels. Which is funny, ’cause I kinda assumed he would’ve had to show up, seeing how he’s the current Doctor and all that. Where else would he be? He may even show up with a fez.
Other things they’ve got planned for the weekend include learning how to walk like a monster with the official Who monster choreographer, Alisa Burke. Also, stunt school, quizzes, theater shows. And mostly just epic nerdery.
Tickets go on sale at 11am July 8th. Although it’s not clear which time zone that is (I suppose it doesn’t matter when you’re a Time Lord), we can safely assume it’s London time… whatever that time zone is called.
When we first heard Matt Smith was leaving Doctor Who, the BBC promised a special goodbye and thank you video, and it turns out Smith filmed it in Detroit, Michigan during a break on Ryan Gosling’s How To Catch A Monster. Watch it below, but you may want to grab a tissue first.
Oh, man, that got me right in the feels. That was so damn sweet!
Many actors have played Doctor Who. Fans will argue who portrayed him best, but most would agree that Matt Smith was certainly the most unique and special. He’s been the perfect mix of all the best qualities of the Doctor that we’ve come to love so far. His nature has been light-hearted, despite the darker themes since Moffat took over as executive producer of the show. He’s been chaotic, and child-like, but always managed to be clever and focused when needed. A mad twinkle in his eye and all the whimsy and the genuine love for other beings. I, for one, think Matt Smith was genetically engineered from birth to play Doctor Who. I really, really liked him and am so sad to see him go.
Thank you Matt Smith for being one of the greatest Doctors and for bringing me nothing but smiles. You are brilliant and will always be my favorite Doctor.
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?
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Above: With Matt Smith about to bow out of Doctor Who, Zzoha and other artists offer a send off. Featured as part of a Doctor Who Fan book, the above is a trippy adventure between the Doctor and Clara. [Deviant Art]
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With the announcement that Matt Smith is departing Doctor Who as of the conclusion of this year’s Christmas special began the speculation about who the 12th Doctor might be. Naturally, the immediate speculation concerned someone famous a la Idris Elba or Benedict Cumberbatch, but the chances of that are relatively nil, and it appears that Neil Gaiman agrees with me.
In a Tumblr post, Gaiman outlined his rationale, and given that he’s actually penned a couple of episodes of Doctor Who I guess we can take his opinion as wisdom. Here’s what he had to say:
“I think that if you’d asked me who should be the 11th Doctor 5 years ago I wouldn’t have listed Matt Smith, because I didn’t know who he was or what he was capable of, and if you’d asked me who should play Sherlock Holmes in a modern day revival around the same time I wouldn’t have said Benedict Cumberbatch, because I didn’t know who he was either.
I actually like it when The Doctor is a relatively unknown actor, or one without one huge role that made them famous. A star, like Sir Ian, brings all the other roles they’ve ever played to the table when they act. Seeing John Hurt as the (Spoiler) at the end of the Name of the Doctor, meant that this was a certain type of part with a certain amount of gravitas, and you understood that John Hurt was bringing everything with it (including being John Hurt), just as Derek Jacobi did as the Master.
But I like to see The Doctor as The Doctor, and an actor who doesn’t bring baggage is a grand sort of thing. A star waiting to happen. So I don’t want to see Helen Mirren or Sir Ian McKellen or Chiwetel Ejiofor, or any of the famous names people are suggesting.
I want to see The Doctor. I want to be taken by surprise. I want to squint at a photo of the person online and go ‘but how can that be The Doctor?’. Then I want to be amazingly, delightedly, completely proven wrong, and, six episodes in, I want to wonder how I could have been so blind. Because this is the Doctor. Of course it is.”
I think it’s hard to dispute anything Gaiman’s saying here, it’s pretty much the same logic they use when casting a newSuperman. The Doctor is The Doctor, and that’s the way it is, which is why the new Doctor isn’t going to be an Oscar-winner, a BAFTA-winner or the star of previous hit series. I guess we’ll find out soon.
In keeping with Whovian tradition, when a Doctor leaves the show, fans must lose their ever-loving minds parsing every moment that preceded the announcement in search of clues while also wildly speculating about the future of the show and who will be the next TARDIS inhabitant.
Not wanting to be left out in the cold, we invited Nerdbastards and Blastr contributor Matthew Jackson to join us for a special Bastard Bonus Cast that is extra special and a bonus for you, our sexy and flexible listeners. The show is called: “What’s Next for Doctor Who?” and not “What is Doctor Who?” which is a show where Jeremy yells about two hearts while he stands in a closet that he swears is bigger on the inside.
Here is what you get when you choose to press play on this show, “The Bastard Bonus Cast: What’s Next for Doctor Who?”
– Matt Smith’s Legacy as The Doctor
– The Future of Doctor Who and Matt Smith’s Career
– Steven Moffat’s Time as Showrunner
– And Our Picks for The Next Doctor and the great debate about changing the Doctor’s race and/or sex.
In breaking news straight from the BBC, Matt Smith is saying goodbye to Doctor Who after four years with the program. His last adventure as the Eleventh Doctor will be this year’s Christmas special. Of course, before then it’s the highly anticipated 50th anniversary special airing on November 23rd. Here’s Smith’s official statement,
Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.
Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.
The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!
It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.
Moffat also made a statement,
Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him – sometimes literally – his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor.
But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt – bow ties were never cooler.
Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now – all unknowing, just going about their business – is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!
Surprising, but somehow not entirely shocking news. It’s been rumored for some time Smith would exit with the 50th anniversary, sending the show into its next 50 years with a new Doctor. And it seems, that’s basically what’s happening, though The Doctor’s 12 regeneration will come at the end of the Christmas special as opposed to the anniversary special.
For me, I’m sad to see Smith go, but I’m already excited about the prospect of a new Doctor. I still firmly believe Smith’s first season as The Doctor is the best of series since it returned in 2005. What Smith pulled off I thought was impossible. He followed David Tennant and managed to make Doctor Who even more popular during his tenure in the TARDIS. But all good things come to end, right? And nothing is ever more exciting than the search for the next Doctor!
Sorry to see Smith moving on? Share your favorite Eleventh Doctor moments in the comments below. And, who’d you like to see as the next Doctor?
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Over the weekend, the BBC announced the (obvious) continuation of the hugely popular Doctor Who series and confirmed the purchase of an eighth season of the iconic British sci-fi show.
We’re delighted to confirm a new series of Doctor Who has been commissioned and the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, has revealed he’s already plotting a brand new run of adventures for the Doctor.
Steven Moffat remains the driving creative force behind the series with Matt Smith returning as the good Doctor. There’s been a lot of talk about Peter Jackson directing an episode, but without a confirmation from the BBC we can only cross our fingers and hope.
The BBC also reminded everyone about the 3-D anniversary special airing on November 23rd.
Your calendars should already have a big red circle around 23 November because that’s when the TARDIS returns in the frankly Earth-shattering adventure that celebrates half a century of Doctor Who. This 3D special stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman with David Tennant and John Hurt, seen briefly at the end of The Name of the Doctor. Billie Piper returns alongside Jemma Redgrave, Joanna Page… and the Zygons!
The BBC also took this opportunity to plug the early days of Who docu-drama, An Adventures in Space and Time.
An Adventure in Space and Time, the brilliant drama written by Mark Gatiss that looks at the genesis of Doctor Who. If this video location report is anything to go by, we’re in for a memorable insight into the show’s origins.
Where do you think Doctor Who‘s going next? What did you think of the Season 7 finale? Read our review.
Yowzah! What a finale! Hope you don’t mind going absolutely bonkers waiting until November 23rd, amirite? For an episode that suffered an awful lot of hype, “The Name of The Doctor” no only withstood it, but completely twisted our expectations. Like a good episode of Steven Moffat-penned Doctor Who should. Moffat has stumbled in the past and I’ll be the first to admit he’s the king of convolution, but in this finale he managed to not only rewrite all of Who history, but at the same time, leave it completely untouched. An impressive feat, indeed. I’m sure most you of sat there, staring at your television screen, mouth agape, just stunned as the credits rolled. And there’s no better compliment than our stunned silence.
But I’ve had time to sit and digest, and I’m not one for keeping quiet. First off, Clara, the “impossible girl.” The mystery surrounding her has hung like a shadow over this entire season. From the moment she appeared in “Asylum of the Daleks” – another absolute shocker that left us all scratching our heads and wondering how and why the new companion was appearing now, before The Ponds had even made their exit – to her role in “The Snowmen”, all the way to this opening montage. What a way to start! It’s a sequence I know Classic Whovians will be picking over again and again. It’s a sequence I made sure to watch more than a few times, because holy shit! There’s Clara and the First Doctor, and the Sixth, and the Fourth, the Fifth, the Second, the Third, and the Seventh! I mean, how is this possible!?