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This season of Doctor Who is definitely one that grew stronger the longer it went on. Much of that was in allowing Peter Capaldi to grow more comfortable in his role as the Twelfth Doctor, and for him and Jenna Coleman to find their rhythm as Doctor and companion. But there were also the slowly developing threads linking The Doctor, Clara, Danny (Samuel Anderson), and eventually, Missy (Michelle Gomez) that once fully exposed made series 8’s finale so powerful. (more…)


Lately, all the buzz has been on the filming of Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary – which they’ve been doing quite publicly – but there’s still plenty of Season 7B ahead of us! Only two episodes have aired thus far – our reviews: “The Bells of Saint John” & “The Rings of Akhaten” – and already the mystery behind Clara, the “impossible girl,” is building. In a recent interview with TV Guide, Jenna-Louise Coleman teases all those little coincidences surrounding Clara. Like the birthday on Victorian Clara’s tombstone being November 23rd, which also happens to be the date of Who‘s anniversary. Coincidence? Not likely,

In the Christmas episode, I didn’t know why that was the case. But again, we will find out by the end of this series. But it’s really exciting — [the season finale] is phenomenal.  My spine was tingling when I read it. Again, I’m teasing your so badly here, but there’s the beginning opening sequence, which [is]  kind of building up into the 50th. It’s just huge.

So clearly, Clara and her impossibility is somehow linked to Who‘s 50th. That’s an interesting twist. Coleman also commented on Clara’s relationship with the TARDIS, which if you’ll remember from “Akahaten” seems to be off to a rough start,

The TARDIS and Clara have a relationship. Actually I don’t think we’ve talked about this in interviews before. It’s something that’s running through the series. Instead of it being like, “Does so-and-so like Clara?” The TARDIS and Clara have a bit of a face-off. So, the Doctor is obviously bringing back somebody new. I think we’ve done a whole additional content scene of me talking to the TARDIS, and the TARDIS is making fun of Clara. They kind of have an argument. They’ve got a relationship individual to the Doctor where they have a dialogue.

I definitely noticed the TARDIS was a little cold with Clara, not letting her inside without The Doctor for instance. I think the TARDIS senses something about her, recognizes that the same girl appearing in three separate times isn’t right. What do you think? Does the TARDIS know something’s wrong with Clara? Is that how she connects to whatever’s going down in the 50th?

Hit the jump for two clips from this week’s episode, “Cold War,” featuring our first footage of the new Ice Warriors, as well as the official synopsis for the fifth episode, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.”



Not having to sleep much, The Doctor (Matt Smith) is always finding ways to busy himself while his companions slumber away. In next weekend’s Season 7B premiere, “The Bells of St. John,” things aren’t much different with new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman). Though I’ll admit this clip doesn’t make it clear she’s on board with the whole traveling all of space and time in a rickety, old TARDIS just yet.

I wonder if this is the motorbike we see him and Clara on when they’re zooming through London? We’ll find out when Doctor Who returns on March 30th at 8pm EST on BBC America!

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In about a month we’ll all be settling in around our televisions after a long day of festivities, food, and family to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special. There’s no denying it’s become tradition for plenty of people on either side of the pond. And something extra special about this year’s Christmas special is its introduction of The Doctor’s new companion, Clara played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Or is it her second introduction after a brief stint as a now-deceased-Dalek by the name of Oswin Oswald? That’s one of the many mysteries Coleman teased in her first interview with the American press.

Talking with Entertainment Weekly, Coleman discussed the usual trial of filling the shoes of The Doctor’s last companions – the much beloved Ponds – as well the Oswin/Clara conundrum. The whole interview is available at EW, but here are a few particular snippets I wanted to pull out.

Amy and Rory were so beloved. Has it been daunting to fill their shoes?

It’s strange, actually. I watched the five episodes that went out recently as we were filming. It was strange to watch their goodbye as I was doing the beginning — and interesting to see where it left the Doctor as well. There’s no way to consider it other than something totally different. You fill somebody else’s shoes by trying to do the same thing — and I don’t think that’s a healthy way to look at it. It’s a whole new story, it’s a whole new character. It changes the Doctor and you’ve got to go on that journey and also go on your own journey with it, as well.

I’m sure she’ll be fine. Every companion’s role in their first episode is to not only differentiate themselves from the former companions, but prove why they’re worthy to be traveling with The Doctor. If Clara is anything like Oswin, she’ll be perfect. And speaking of Oswin, Coleman reveals to EW that is wasn’t intentionally planned for her to be Oswin, but rather it was a part of Steven Moffat‘s impromptu, mad genius,

It’s interesting actually — I think I can tell you this — that that was never the initial plan either, to have me be Oswin. That was part of a genius plan that Steven came up with half way through the audition process. That was already written but not written for what was to be the new companion. I was auditioning for the companion and then I got all these sides and I was like, “Who’s Oswin? They clearly don’t know what they want, they obviously don’t know what they’re looking for. They just want people to show them different things and see.” This is what I assumed when I was auditioning, not realizing that it’s basically Steven’s mad genius again.

That is interesting. But I’m still confused, is there any connection between the girl with the souffle and Coleman’s companion, Clara?

So, you played an ultimately deceased Dalek on that show and now you are about to debut (again!) on the special Christmas show as the Doctor’s assistant. All of which obviously raises about a thousand questions. Is this a subject that is going to be addressed in the Christmas episode?
Uh… mmm… no. We’re going to have what has been referred to as a “soft mystery.” For me, filming, I’ve been totally oblivious to Oswin and the “Asylum of the Daleks.” I really have had to erase it from my memory. Yeah, Christmas is it’s own episode.

Oswin was a Dalek. Can you tell us whether your companion is human? Not all of the Doctor’s companions have been.
That’s why it’s so difficult [to talk about it]. Because of the way it started with Oswin, it’s really difficult to say much: where she’s from, what period she’s from, what planet she’s from, even.

It’s not often an actor can’t even reveal what planet their character is from.
Exactly, yeah. I know. Doctor Who’s the worst for it, isn’t it?

Gah! Why must they be so secretive!?! Chances are this is going to turn into a whole a lot of nothing with there being no connection, whatsoever between Oswin and Clara. But then why do they keep teasing us? Y’know, like Matt Smith and Coleman did in their intro for the Christmas special trailer,

The Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Snowmen,” airs December 25, 2012 on BBC America, BBC ONE, and SPACE.

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Yesterday we shared some new details about Neil Gaiman‘s upcoming Doctor Who episode for Series 7 Part 2, most importantly the return of the Cybermen. Well guess what? Had we just waited a day we would have learned lots more as someone, hopefully not Mr. Gaiman himself, left a copy of the script in the backseat of a Cardiff cab! The finder and, surprisingly, not keeper made a post to Facebook which then ended up on Reddit trying to get the BBC’s attention in order to return the script. That’s a standup citizen. Most would have easily succumbed to temptation, scanned and shared it by now.

But, at least we learned some things, like the official title being, “The Last Cyberman,” which many had already guessed based on the clues given on Gaiman’s blog. We can also confirm Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s companion is named Clara, as we’ve long suspected. And guest star Warwick Davis‘ name is Porridge. Really? Poor guy can’t catch a break with character names, can he?

Now, if you’re looking for a few more details about, “The Last Cyberman,” and specifically what the Cyberman will look like, turn to ever reliable Doctor Who on set reporter, Timeboy. Those visiting the set are being asked not to take photos or video so all we have are these reports,

Very similar to the Cybus ones, but they have tighter armour and Tomb of the Cybermen-like faces!!! Really shiny. The armour is like slim-fitted rubber, similar to the new Sontarans, but silver. Guns fixed on arms, and the leader has an extra gun.

They’re walking softly, slowly, and quietly, like the Hartnell/Troughton era Cybermen

The Cybermen have a cool chest plate, with a camera iris thing in the middle, like this, but closed… Cool slot-like mouth and a more blank, fitted headpiece. And dare I say it, as close to cloth faces as would work in 2012.

Click for a rough sketch of what they look like (by Gabundy).

Hmm, so they’re called the last Cyberman but it sounds like they look more like the first Cyberman. What do you think it means? Coming from Gaiman I’m sure it’s not as simple as The Doctor meeting with the last of the cybernetic race, so what’s the twist?

Sources: Bleeding Cool, Doctor Who TV

Matt Smith Talks Companion Dynamics

The first five episodes of Doctor Who have come and gone, and it’s a long wait until the Christmas special arrives.  Still, the changing of the guard is done, with the Ponds saying goodbye and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) set to make her entrance.  In a recent interview, Matt Smith had some words of praise for his new co-star as well as a few things to say about the shifting relationship between The Doctor and his companions and how it will be a different game with Clara as opposed to Amy and Rory.

Or, in his own words:

Jenna is pretty smoking. She is doing really great, coming into something so big she has done so well.

I think people are going to really like her. She works incredibly hard and is incredibly detailed. She is a joy and I lucked out again.

I look back to my first day and I was like a rabbit in a headlights. She is much more assured than me. But I have tried to help her into the process of making the show.

It is a big lifestyle change. She will be a fantastic companion.

I was thinking about it the other day and Rory used to take care of Amy quite a lot, so the Doctor became a weird old grandfather.

He was ostracised in some way. So it is nice having a different dynamic.

That is what is exciting about the show, you kind of get a first episode again. I think all these stories come to the end of their cycle.

The Ponds had a wonderful time.

Though no definite air date for the Christmas special has been announced, it is likely to be… well, right around Christmas, of course.  This Nerdbastard can’t wait to see what Clara will bring to the table.


Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

Only yesterday we were sharing a collection of set pics from the brilliant Ryan Farrell, who’s been all over the Doctor Who set gathering intel for internets. Today’s there’s a bit more to share about episode nine of season seven titled, “The Crimson Horror.”

Guess what? Plenty more spoilers here. Avoid if need be.

First we’ve got video of the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Jenny (Catrin Stewart), yes she is indeed reprising that same role, searching for his missing companion, Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

What can me made out of the dialogue is Jenny telling the Doctor, Clara is dead and that Mrs. Gillyflower (Dame Diana Rigg), the “ice lady” was responsible. The Doctor responds with saying it isn’t that simple and the “the process is reversible.” We’re also assuming this has something to do with the creepy factory in town, run by Mrs. Gillyflower, which we’ve just learned is a matches factory bearing the sign, “Brightwell and Hyman – Quality Matches.”

Hmm, what is writer Mark Gatiss planning?

Our second video shows the Doctor and Clara talking to, or maybe interrogating, Brendan Patricks‘ character, Edmund.

All right, so much of this has been confirmation of what we told you yesterday, here’s the newest  and most spoilery bit. Look who’s back,

Ah-ha! Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) is returning, along with Jenny, and could very well be seen hookin’ up with Clara as the rumors suggest. Sure, she denied it in an earlier interview but she also denied her return to the show and look! She’s right there! Liar, liar, pants on fire…

And she isn’t the only returning alien. Does this guy look familiar?

It’s Dan Starkey, reprising his role as the Sontaran Strax, last seen as a nurse now it seems a butler.

There’s a lot of bits here to piece together, and if even if we did I’m sure we’d be completely wrong, but what do you think “The Crimson Horror” will be all about? And how about the return of Madama Vastra and Jenny?

Thanks again to Ryan Farell for doing the work of 10 Whovians, great job!

Source: Bleeding Cool

We know next to nothing about Doctor Who‘s newest companion, the possibly named-Clara played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Grand Maester Steven Moffat is keeping mum about things, as usual, but what the Daily Star – I know, real reputable “news” source – is reporting might give us a little more insight.

Apparently, in the second half of season seven, the chunk airing in 2013, we’ll see the return of Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and she’ll be sporting a major crush on Clara. That’s right, the Doctor’s new companion might be a lesbian. That is she accepts Vastra’s affections, and who wouldn’t? I don’t know if you remember the Silurian, but she was awesome and kicked much ass in the season six episode,”A Good Man Goes to War.” She and her girlfriend, Jenny, were seen living in Victorian London before answering the Doctor’s call to arms. They were so popular despite their little screen time fans demanded the pair get their own spinoff, which sadly never happened.

“Moffat loves to shake up the show,” an anonymous source told the Daily Star. “What better way than a lesbian storyline.”

What better way, indeed. I love the idea and hope it’s true, though I will miss Jenny. If Clara does accept Vastra’s affections it’s unlikely she’ll also have a thing for the Doctor, which will be a very welcome change of pace. Basically, if this lesbian plot line gets Madame Vastra back on Doctor Who, I’m all for it. What do you think?

Source: The List via Blastr

Things continue to line-up for Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary next year with new slipping that one of the new year’s episode will feature the return of a Who-enemy not seen on screen since 1974: The Ice Warriors.

From the storyline of the same name, the Ice Warriors are a reptilian-like race from Mars, faced off against the Earth-bound Third Doctor played by the late John Pertwee. Now, according to a source for the Daily Star, the Ice Warriors will be one of the first bad guys faced by the new team of The Doctor and his latest companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in one of the seventh series episodes scheduled for broadcast in 2013.

Here are the words direct from the Daily Star:

They are making their return in 2013—the 50th anniversary of the show which now stars Matt Smith, 29. The Ice Warriors will be among the first creatures encountered by the Time Lord’s new companion, played by Jenna, 26, following her arrival in the Christmas Day special.And the episode will be penned by Sherlock star Mark Gatiss, 45.

A source said: “Who fans have been crying out for the return of the Ice Warriors. Now they’ve got their wish. “It’s going to be an exciting year with the 50th anniversary celebrations.”

The Ice Warriors have briefly been mentioned in the modern incarnation of Who. The Tenth Doctor, in the 2009 special The Waters of Mars, believed that it may have been the Ice Warriors that froze the Flood on the red planet and evacuated, leaving the zombifying water to be discovered by humans centuries later.

But either way, it’s another sign that 2013 is shaping up to be a family reunion year on Doctor Who. We’ve got the Ice Warriors joining the Yeti and the Zygons amongst the returning villains, and the constant references to the possibility of return visits by companions and past Doctors (including the previously reluctant Tom Baker).

Hopefully the production team can do a bit of an update on the Ice Warrior costume because those old ones look like Godzilla wearing welding goggles.

Source: Blastr