It’ll be a big year for Doctor Who, no question. Celebrating its 50th anniversary the BBC promises great things and there’s nothing greater than a Doctor Who convention. Believe me, I’ve been to one. Held at ExCeL in London on the show’s anniversary weekend, November 22nd-24th, The Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend will have tickets available for 15,000 lucky fans. Which I’m sure will sell out unbelievably fast.
Amanda Hill of BBC Worldwide said,
We cannot wait to welcome Doctor Who fans from around the world to London in November. It’s going to be a spectacular weekend! Generations of fans young and old have been captivated by the Doctor and we’ve seen the show go from strength to strength, enjoying something of a global march over the past few years attracting new followers from Turkey to Brazil to South Korea. 2013 is an opportunity for fans around the world to come together and celebrate the glorious past, present and future of Doctor Who.
I’m already searching for cheap airfare, what about you? Do you want to go? Stupid question. Do you think you will go? Hopefully we’ll get more details soon, like guests, itinerary, ticket prices, booking information, etc. For one, if there’s no attempted reunion of all the living Doctors, I’ll be pissed. I would also call bullshit if they didn’t plan on screening the anniversary special, in 3-D no less. But I’m sure plans for that are already in the works.
Speaking of the anniversary special, we haven’t heard anything definitive about what it’ll involve other than to expect it to blow our minds. Series producer, Caro Skinner, doesn’t have any details to share either but she does promise, “It. Will. Be. Big.” In the latest Doctor Who Magazine, Skinner teased,
Marcus Wilson and I spend most of our time saying to one another: ‘Oh, good God, Steven Moffat’s imagination is AMBITIOUS.’ ‘Wow, we’ve got a lot of work to do.’ ‘And how exactly are we going to do that?’ ‘And that?’ ‘And, oooh, that?!’
See? No details whatsoever, but her excitement is clear. Here’s hoping we’ll all feel the same way come November. What we can confirm is the special is expected to begin shooting this month. So maybe we’ll be able to garner some details from any sneaky set reports that leak out.
Doctor Who will be back on our TV screens sooner than you know it, premiering on BBC America March 30th at 9pm EST.
If you’re a Whovian with a hankering for less Weeping Angels and Silence, and more classic Doctor Who villains, you’re in luck. Talking with SFX producer Caro Skinner has confirmed the classic monsters, the Ice Warriors, are indeed returning. They’ll appear in the Mark Gatiss-penned submarine under siege episode, the ninth of Series 7 Part 2.
We’ve got the most fantastic episode by Mark Gatiss where we are bringing back the Ice Warrior… on a submarine! It’s a really wonderful kind of ‘bunker’ episode, and a classic monster which Mark has brought his own inimitable twist to.
We wanted to bring them back because they’re wonderful! In the mix of stories that we were planning for this year it felt as if doing something very bold with a monster that hadn’t been seen for a while would be really cool. Mark is an enormous fan of the Ice Warrior stories and came up with the idea. The sense of a monster of that scale and that size trapped in a really small, contained environment such as a submarine was a really brilliant story to be able to tell. And obviously we’ve had a huge amount of fun going back to the traditional designs and recreating them, bringing the Ice Warriors back to life again.
They were such a beautiful original design, and are genuinely really scary in terms of what they look like as they’re coming towards you in that armour. Letting a huge Ice Warrior loose at the heart of a classic Hunt For Red October style submarine movie was exactly the kind of story that the Doctor should get mixed up in.
They’ve got really scary voices as well. I spent quite a lot of time on set trying to hiss like an Ice Warrior…
I’m really excited to see their new design. Frightening and imposing they may have been in the 60s, but today, like a lot of classic Who monsters, they’d be laughable.
Excited for the Ice Warriors? Any other classic monsters and villains you’d like to appear in the current series?
Perhaps it’s the flavor of the month for name film directors, or maybe the suddenly outpouring ofDoctor Who love is timed to this week’s departure of The Ponds from the series, but a new name has emerged from the vortex, and it seems his heart’s desire is to direct The Doctor and an adventure in the TARDIS too.
Interestingly, this revelation comes as Rian Johnson is doing promotion for his latest film Looper, which is a sci-fi film about hit men who are hired by the mob from the future to kill marks sent back in time. Answering questions on one of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything,” Johnson was asked if there was any TV series he might be interested in directing an episode of. Johnson has previously lensed episodes of Breaking Bad and Terriers, but he had a rather surprising answer for the forum:
I’d love to do a Game of Thrones.
But what I’d really kill to try, although it would be terrifying because I’m such a big fan of it? Doctor Who.
Johnson joins Peter Jackson in the ranks of big name directors outed as Who fans itching to direct an adventure of everyone’s favorite Time Lord. And the feeling seems to be mutual as Who executive producer Caro Skinner responded to Jackson’s spontaneous declaration of Who love earlier this week:
It is beyond wonderful that Peter is a fan of the show and it’s beyond flattering that he’d even think about it… I’m absolutely sure that we couldn’t afford him but, you know, we can always negotiate. His enthusiasm is just fantastic of course.
How about you Bastards? Do you want to see a Johnson directed Who?
This Saturday we say goodbye to The Ponds and we’re all expecting a tearful goodbye, and the BBC won’t let us to forget it! I know I’ll be broken up when I watch Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill exit the TARDIS for the last time – however that comes to be – but even I’ll admit they really are laying it on thick with this new video. It’s a compilation of short interviews with them, Matt Smith, Caro Skinner, and Steven Moffat about the upcoming mid-season finale, “The Angels Take Manhattan.”
I wouldn’t consider any of this too spoilery, unless you’re shocked to hear The Ponds are leaving and that Moffat’s a mean man who finds pleasure in frightening and scarring young children! Okay, he’s not that malicious, but he does admit this episode was so sad it even made his son, who apparently never sheds a tear at TV, cry a little.
Really, Beeb? Did we need the slow pan of still photos coupled with the sad music?
Do you think you’ll let a few salty tears leak out when The Ponds say goodbye this weekend? Doctor Who airs this Saturday on BBC, BBC America, and Space.
We’ve got a little over a week before Doctor Who is back on TV and we can bask in the comforting glow and hum of the TARDIS. How are you spending your time until then? Watching your own Who marathon? Sifting through all available promo pics, teasers, and cast interviews for any clue as to what’s happening this season? Yeah, me too. Most of my friends think I’m suffering from some kind of condition. They’re probably right.
But whatever, they just don’t understand! Here’s what I found as I scoured the interwebz for any and all Who news, firstly being the awesome variant, Hastings exclusive cover to IDW‘s Doctor Who #1 seen above (click to embiggen). Get it? The Doctor is cosplaying as himself! Basically. There’s the Fourth Doctor’s scarf, the Fifth’s pants, the Seventh’s sweater vest, the Third’s frilly-cuffed shirt, and Ten’s coat. Amy can be seen wearing the outrageous coat of the Sixth Doctor and the vest and silky scarf thing of the Eighth. Rory’s got everything else. I wonder if we’ll see past Doctor’s outfits make appearances in the 50th?