This time around the big bad of Thor’s second solo feature, Thor: The Dark World, is Malekith the Accursed, brought to life by former Time Lord, Christopher Eccelston. He’s a nasty dark elf hell bent on either controlling or destroying Midgard. Not really sure which. The trailers don’t give much insight to the dude’s motivation, and neither does this clip. (more…)
Moffat on Monsters & Billie Piper; Plus Eccelston Promises to be Back for ‘Doctor Who’ 100th Anniversary
Showrunner Steven Moffat has been known to catch some flak for his insistence on using new Doctor Who monsters over the classics. The Weeping Angels, for instance, have appeared almost as often as the Daleks or Cybermen. But speaking at Edinburgh Fringe Moffat revealed,
I always think it’s probably true the first anything or anyone appears on Doctor Who is their best story, and Doctor Who is never more Doctor Who than when everything is brand new on it, a new monster and the Doctor doesn’t know what’s going on. When you bring back a monster it’s automatically a sequel, and sequels are never quite as good. On the other hand, it’s part of the ecology of Doctor Who that he encounters the same monsters and that hit monsters and hit characters do come back, so it’s just when you have a good idea for a plot.
I wonder if he believes this logic holds true for The Weeping Angels? We can all agree “Blink” was by far their best appearance and “The Angels Take Manhattan” their worst. Here’s hoping they hold off on the Angels for a little while and give us more original monsters, with still a few classics thrown in here and there.
Do check out Geek Chocolate’s entire write-up from the panel because Moffat has more to say about new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, the fate of Romana, and the Doctor’s daughter, Jenny. Definitely worth a read!
While still in Edinburgh at an Ad-Lib event Moffat just couldn’t stop talking, this time about Who companion Billie Piper,
The latest Thor: The Dark World trailer hit the other day and, if you ask me, it’s looking pretty good so far. Now, just in case you needed a little help understanding what was going on in the trailer (or are just interested in some of the behind-the-scenes chatter), some of the cast and crew of Thor 2 have gotten together and made some comments about a few of the shots we saw. Check out the images and what people had to say below. <after the jump>
But, before everyone gets their hopes up too high, it’s not in the 50th Anniversary episode and it’s not as if he’s coming back to provide new material. Yup, this season on Doctor Who we’ll get recycled-Eccelston dialogue. Umm, hooray? I guess when the guy decides not to join in for the 50th hoopla but fans still demand his inclusion someway, somehow, this what ya get.
The sort of Christopher Eccleston, audio only, cameo will come in next week’s episode, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.” What will he say? “The assembled hordes of Genghis Khan couldn’t get through these doors, and believe me they’ve tried.” Yup, it’s from Eccelston’s very first episode, “Rose,” and it appears the TARDIS is cycling through past memories in order to express herself. The line’s heard when the salvage crew that captures the TARDIS, sending it into lock down with Clara trapped inside, try and break in.
It’s a nice gesture, and maybe it’ll make Nine’s fans smile, but really, too little too late. Unless hearing these past voices from the TARDIS prove to be important, which it very well could. What do you think of this development? Pandering or is there some significance?
There are a lot of Whovians who like to shit on the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccelston. You’ll often hear complaints about his short tenure as The Doctor, that his take on The Doctor was too angry, and when he left he burned bridges with “senior people” of Doctor Who‘s production. Personally, I like to remind people that without Eccelston we wouldn’t be enjoying the successful series of Who we are today, but it’s often hard to change a fan’s mind once it’s been made. So maybe this will.
In a recent interview with Red Carpet News, Eccelston made a few comments that have us questioning his earlier denials he’d have nothing do with Doctor Who in the future. In particular this response when asked about wanting to be involved, “Would I like to be involved? If I told you that, I’d have to shoot you.” Hmm. Sure, he was asked if he’d like to be involved as opposed to are you involved but it’s a different response from his earlier, “No. Never bathe in the same river twice,” comment.
Check out the whole interview below,
What are guys thinking? Is he likely to return for the 50th? It seems almost a given David Tennant is returning as he’s almost confirmed it himself, it’d be nice to see Eccelston return, too. Something like a reunion of the reboot Doctors would be nice, don’t you think?
Source: Doctor Who TV
These aren’t our first photos from the set of Thor: The Dark World, but they offer our first look at Malekith the Accursed and his army of Dark Elves. That’s former Doctor, Christopher Eccelston under all that armor and two-toned face makeup. I can barely recognize him! Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is here too, wearing his full Asgardian armor and looking a little worse for wear. I’m guessing it’s been a tough day introducing Elves to the business end of Mjolnir.
Check out a few of the shots here in our gallery, and see more at Splash News courtesy of photographer Paul Hennessy.
What do you think of Malekith and his Elves? I must admit they look a little silly, but they’re not really meant to be seen in such harsh daylight without any CGI, I’m sure. In fact it looks like Eccelston has a couple black dots on his face which is commonly seen on actors who will require some post, CGI work. Wonder what they’ll be adding in digitally?
Are you guys pleased with what you’re seeing here?
Thor: The Dark World releases November 8, 2013.