It’s too bad that a Paul McGann led Doctor Who wasn’t this popular back in 1996. The Fox Network produced TV Movie Doctor Who, which was the sole appearance of McGann as the Eighth Doctor, has been long treated as canon, but the actor’s appearance in last week’s webisode “The Night of the Doctor” has at least one fan wondering if maybe there shouldn’t be more McGann. (more…)
November 23rd is less than two weeks away, and in these 11 days leading to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary we here at Nerd Bastard’s want to share with you a few of our favorite Whovian things. Today is the eighth day in our countdown, which is fitting considering yesterday’s surprise return of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann is the 50th anniversary prequel minisode, “The Night of the Doctor”. It was the first onscreen appearance of the Eighth Doctor since the 1996 television movie which introduced him. Between then and now the Eighth Doctor has starred in dozens of Big Finish audio dramas, cementing himself as one of the most beloved Doctors. (more…)
As our own Sarah Moran observed this morning, if you haven’t had a chance yet to see the new Doctor Who pre-“Day of the Doctor” minisode, “Night of the Doctor” then drop what you’re doing and watch it now. Good, so now that you’ve watched it, read below to learn what mastermind Steven Moffat has to say about that blast from the past, and how and why he thought it was a good idea to bring this person back to the TARDIS after all this time. (more…)
Hold on to your butts, Whovians, this prequel mini-episode, “The Night of the Doctor” is going to put one hell of a grin on your face! It’s exactly the kind of thrill only something as monumental as the 50th anniversary can deliver. And at only about seven minutes long it’s just a taste of what’s to come. (more…)
New Rumors Paul McGann Filmed for ‘Doctor Who’ 50th; Plus, Anniversary Special Getting Simultaneous, Worldwide Broadcast
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. Never before has one program garnered so much suspicion, speculation, and rumor. At one point every former, living Doctor was returning, next every Doctor would be CGI’d, then it became simply no “Classic Doctors” will appear. This constant rumor mongering is fueled by fans’ desire to see their favorite Doctor in action again, but every once in a while a source pipes up with something that could actually come true.
That’s the way of it with this latest murmuring the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, may have indeed filmed something for the 50th anniversary. Ever since the not-quite-good-enough-to-earn-a-season-order 1996 TV movie, McGann’s continued the adventures of the Eighth Doctor in Big Finish’s audio dramas. Above you can see his updated, less Edwardian, and decidedly more Nine-ish look, from his latest audio adventure, Dark Eyes.
Bleeding Cool is also reporting they received a tip a 50th anniversary, prequel mini-sode has been filmed. This little mini-sode would contain the regeneration from McGann to John Hurt’s Doctor. And remember how we all began suspecting Hurt was playing some kind of Doctor because his outfit looked like an amalgamation of Eight and Nine’s? Yeah… s’all coming together now.
The Eighth Doctor’s recent wardrobe change for the audio drama covers is making more sense. The Doctor ditches most of the Edwardian dress, but keeps the waistcoat, and adds the leather jacket. Then he regenerates and we’ve got John Hurt running around, doing something despicable during the Time War, and wearing the waist coat/leather jacket ensemble because IT’S WAR! You don’t have time to change outfits! During the Time War, Hurt regenerates into Nine, who keeps the leather jacket because it’s what’s best suited for his dark and moody soul. What do you think? Could I have nailed it?
Yes, it’s directionless speculation, but if it means a return for McGann as The Doctor, in a some visual capacity, I’m all for it. Speaking of the anniversary special, BBC announced the special will broadcast around the world simultaneously on November 23rd,
It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international Doctor Who fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK. We’ll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November.
So, an 8pm screening in the U.K. means a 3pm show time in the U.S. for the east coast, and a 12pm showing for the west coast. Not so bad, but it’s worse for Australians who’d have a 6am show time to look forward to, eek! But for Whovians, any time is the right time for the 50th anniversary special.
Still months to go before November, but maybe we’ll see that prequel minisode beforehand? If it happened at all. Do you think it did?
‘Who’ News! Expect Lots of Monsters for 50th, Tennant: “It’s Strange to be Back”, Smith & Coleman Introduce “Hide”
This is the year of Who. The show’s reached its greatest popularity, ever, and is steadily approaching its 50th anniversary. We’re currently in the middle of Doctor Who Season 7B, or Series 7 Part 2 to you Brits, and the anticipation is building with each episode. Who is Clara, this “impossible girl,” and how does she connect to the series’ golden anniversary? That’s the big question, at least it’s my big question. There are no coincidences, Victorian Clara’s birthday was November 23rd for a reason, I just know it! It’s either that, or Steven Moffat is an even bigger troll than we imagined.
Here’s what we know for sure about Who‘s big 5-0, it’s going to be epic. Recently Doctor Who writer Robert Banks Stewart teased Digital Spy about the baddies we’ll see in the 50th,
The Zygons are in there with all the others – particularly the Daleks and the Cybermen. [But] nobody yet knows what the plot of the 50th will be – Steven Moffat and his team in Cardiff, they are quite rightly keeping it all secret.
Except when they’re filming in front of hundreds of tourists at Trafalgar Square. Then it’s no so secret. But what other Who monsters and villains do you want to appear in the 50th? They only just reintroduced the Ice Warriors, I think they’ll likely show up again.
Definitely appearing in Who‘s 50th will be the Tenth Doctor – or is it his meta-crisis clone? – and Rose (Billie Piper). Hit the jump to learn how David Tennant feels about being back in the TARDIS.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the desire for Peter Jackson to direct an episode of Doctor Who. We’ve been hearing it from Matt Smith. From Jackson, himself. Hell! Even Steven Moffat expressed interest in the idea. So why hasn’t it happened? Maybe they all just need a bit more nudging.
At the recent Lords of Time convention in Auckland, New Zealand three former Doctors, Colin Baker (Sixth), Sylvester McCoy (Seventh) and Paul McGann (Eight) all gave their support for Jackson to direct an episode,
Baker: I could only think he would make an epic Doctor Who story. I would like to be cast, not as the Doctor, even if it’s inside a furry suit. Maybe I could be a villain.
McCoy: He knows what he’s doing. If he was in charge of the budget he’d most likely want to film it on the moon and has the ability to do it. If he was using the resources of Weta they would make some amazing magic.
It’s really exciting and would be great fun and Peter Jackson has been a fan of Doctor who for years. I have been told that he’s got my Doctor Who costume, he’s also got my Radagast the Brown costume and I’m hanging on to my own clothes because he’s not getting his hands on them I can tell you.
McGann: I think he would be above trying to make anything trendy. The story would be strong. He would be ideal to make it he’s above the kind of pressure, who could lean on him. He would make the best thing we have seen.
Could this rousing approval and yearning for Jackson to direct an episode from not one, not two, but three former Doctors be what’s needed to jump start some serious talks?!? No. Definitely not. You’re mad if you think the Beeb gives a shit about what these guys say. As long as they’re not badmouthing current Who. But! That doesn’t mean their comments aren’t important. If the desire for Jackson to direct and episode of Who becomes strong enough through the fanbase, just maybe there’s a chance. Though slim, I’ll admit.
I’m a supporter of Jackson having the chance to direct an episode of Doctor Who. Are you?
How Sontaran Strax Survived The Battle of Demons Run, Another “Bells of St. John” Clip, and More ‘Doctor Who’ Bits
As if you haven’t been following along, Doctor Who returns this weekend for the second half of its seventh season. (Psst, we threw together a collection of Doctor Who fan art in celebration. Fan art is cool.) With the season premiere practically upon us we’ve been inundated with Who news, like this new poster for “The Bells of Saint John,” above. Click it to check out the full version. In addition to the poster, the Beeb’s released an additional clip in where The Doctor (Matt Smith) makes a wardrobe change,
Of course he keeps his bow tie in a special box. Oh Doctor. Anyway, were you a little confused to see Sontaran Strax (Dan Starkey) reappear with Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and Jenny (Catrin Stewart) in last year’s Christmas special, “The Snowmen”? Yeah, me too, he died valiantly in battle – like any Sontaran would want – on Demons Run in “A Good Man Goes to War.” So, how’d he turn up in 19th century England? Hit the jump to find out!
Longtime Whovians have been clamoring for a multi-Doctor story ever since Doctor Who returned in 2005. It’s been a tradition of the series to bring together as many past Doctors as possible into one story to face a threat only multiple Doctors could thwart. Honestly, they’re usually pretty weak episodes, but you can forgive a lackluster premise because, “OMG. Second and Third Doctor banter! And the Fifth Doctor being chastised by the First Doctor, even though the First Doctor is younger but looks older!”
Yeah, there’s a lot of ridiculous fun surrounding a multi-Doctor story, and though it seems unlikely we’ll see such a reunion on TV we are for sure getting a reunion of Doctors 4-8 from Big Finish Audio! In an adventure titled, Doctor Who: The Light at the End, the Fourth (Tom Baker), Fifth (Peter Davison), Sixth (Colin Baker), Seventh (Sylvester McCoy) and Eighth (Paul McGann) Doctors will reunite for a 100-minute story. It’ll be the most Doctors ever assembled! Quite the fitting tribute to the series’ 50 years, don’t ya think?
Nicholas Briggs, writer, director and executive producer, had this to say about the momentous project,
We wanted to do a proper, fully-fledged multi-Doctor story for this very special occasion, and it’s wonderful that all the surviving Doctors threw themselves behind the project so enthusiastically. That’s not to say the first three Doctors don’t appear – we wanted to pay homage to the whole history of the classic series.
The Light as the End will deal with the possible destruction of all The Doctor’s incarnations, and will also feature more than a few past companions: Leela (Louise Jameson, 4th Doctor companion), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton, 5th Doctor companion), Peri (Nicola Bryant, 6th Doctor companion) Ace (Sophie Aldred, 7th Doctor companion) and Charley Pollard (India Fisher, 8th Doctor companion) are all returning.
November 23rd 1963 proves to be a significant day in the lives of all eight Doctors…
It’s the day that Bob Dovie’s life is ripped apart…
It’s also a day that sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events which forces the first eight incarnations of the Doctor to fight for their very existence. As a mysterious, insidious chaos unfolds within the TARDIS, the barriers of time break apart…
From suburban England through war-torn alien landscapes and into a deadly, artificial dimension, all these Doctors and their companions must struggle against the power of an unfathomable, alien technology.
From the very beginning, it is clear that the Master is somehow involved. By the end, for the Doctors, there may only be darkness.
As of now it’s pretty vague, but no less exciting. If you haven’t checked out any of Big Finish‘s audios before, do it! They’re fantastic! And provided a much needed dose of Who during the years the show was on hiatus.
What do you think? Is this the kind of production you were looking for to celebrate Doctor Who‘s big 5-0?
Many of us are familiar with Janet Fielding for playing the Fifth Doctor’s companion, Tegan Jovanka. Recently she was diagnosed with cancer and Peter Davison is rallying the troops to cheer her up. See, she’s been an avid spokesperson for the the charity Project Motor House which seeks to turn an “old motor museum” into a cultural center for the downtrodden community of East Kent. Here’s their official proposal,
For more than two years, a group of residents has been working on a plan to save the derelict West Cliff Hall (aka ‘the old motor museum’) and turn it into an exciting mixed use venue where people of all ages can enjoy themselves and where Thanet’s young people can be introduced to a business culture and get the hands-on experience they need to feel confident about starting their own businesses. We intend using low carbon techniques to renovate the building and foster interest in the burgeoning low carbon economy of East Kent.
To help with Project Motor House, Davison has devised Project Motor Mouth in honor of Fielding with all the proceeds from the event gong to the charity. And he’s enlisted some pretty big names to help out. In addition to Davison, former Doctors Colin Baker, Sylvestor McCoy, Paul McGann, and David Tennant will all be making appearances as the one day event. The booking of Tennant is especially noteworthy because he so rarely makes convention appearances. But could he really say no to his father-in-law? Didn’t think so.
You can visit their website for more information, but to no surprise the event is already sold out. Still, how swell of all those Doctors coming to together to help out not only Fielding, but the community in East Kent.