This waiting for the new season of Doctor Who is like waiting to get to the fireworks factory, but since we’ve all been good little Whovians these last few months, we’re getting our first peak at season 8 of the show, and of the Twelfth Doctor in action. I say peak because that’s all you’ll get, it’s the new Doctor’s silhouette – AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF AN EXPLODING TARDIS!!! Ahem. I mean an exploding TARDIS makes sense because the last time we saw it, it was crashing. The ongoing adventures of The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) are certainly getting off to an incendiary new beginning, which will pick up from the Christmas special on BBC this August. Ready to get teased? (more…)
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.
Oh, did I say leaving? I meant Matt Smith confirms he’ll be staying on through at least the 2014 season of Doctor Who. Silly me. April Fools.
Anyway, yes, in the latest issue of Radio Times, Smith has confirmed he’ll be The Doctor for 2014, saying, “I’m attached to the show for the next year and I take it year by year. I think that’s the only way you can take it.” Which means he’ll survive through the 50th Anniversary special unlike all those rumors claiming otherwise. Smith will finish Season 7B, star in the anniversary special, the Christmas special, and continue on to Season 8. What’ll happen after that is anyone’s guess as nothing’s been confirmed.
I’m excited to hear Smith is sticking around for another season, are you? Or were you really hoping that headline wasn’t just another April Fools’ joke?
Jenna-Louise Coleman Confirms Clara is Back for ‘Doctor Who’ Season 8, But Sylvestor McCoy Hasn’t Been Asked Back for 50th
Expect much of Clara as we now know she will survive this coming season of Doctor Who as well as the 50th Anniversary special and the Christmas special. During an interview on Radio 5 Live with Richard Bacon, Jenna-Louise Coleman confirmed we’ll be seeing Clara in the series’ eighth season, which will air in 2014, hopefully early 2014, after the Christmas special. She also mentions Doctor Who will take a four-month filming break to allow Matt Smith to come to America and film How to Catch a Monster. They’ll resume filming in September.
Doctor Who TV has kindly uploaded her entire interview, listen below. Coleman confirms Season 8 around the 12:56 mark.
But we’re kind of getting ahead of ourselves, there’s still lots of Who to come in 2013. Like that 50th anniversary special we’ve heard hundreds of freakin’ rumors about. Well, those holding out for the BBC to call upon all the surviving Doctors to make appearances, it’s looking pretty unlikely. Colin Baker has denied he’s returning, Peter Davison has confirmed he’s received no calls, and now Sylvestor McCoy has only more of the same. McCoy told IGN,
The other day I was with Tom Baker, Peter, and Colin – the 20th century Who-ers, and Tom asked ‘Well, little man, have you heard anything?’ and I told him ‘No, I haven’t heard anything.’ So none of us have heard anything.
It seems there are no plans to involve these past Doctors in the anniversary special. I’m not ruling out either of the reboot Doctors, Christopher Eccelston and David Tennant, though they too seem kind of unlikely at this point. Filming for the anniversary special is set to begin anytime now, so you’d figure we’d know something more definitive by now if they were involved. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to hear those classic Doctors together again, they’re still reuniting for Big Finish’s audio anniversary special.
If they’re not looking to involve past Doctors or companions, what do you think they have in mind for the 50th? Remember, they’ve promised, “It. Will. Be. Big.,” so it better be something good.
Source: Doctor Who TV
Doctor Who turns 50 this year, and while we all know season 7 starts up again in a couple of weeks, we’re still not sure what other sorts of plans that the producers, the BBC and Steven Moffat have up their sleeves to celebrate.
In an interview recorded for Gallifrey One, the annual Doctor Who fan convention, Moffat talked about what’s coming up in the second half of season 7, the anniversary plans for the series, and he answered some fans questions about the writing, directing and production of the show. Unfortunately, the embedding was disabled, so you’ll have to click over to You Tube to watch the full 15 minute interview, but first some highlights.
On the matter of the party planning for Who’s 50th year Moffat says don’t believe the rumor mill. There will be more than one, 60-minute special to celebrate, including the balance of season 7, the Adventures in Time and Space bio-pic film that will bow sometime in the fall, and the usual Christmas special on December 25th.
“Doctor Who – the 50th – is approaching us with various different things – a lot of different things going on. Don’t believe the nonsense about one sixty-minute film, that’s complete nonsense.”
*Moffat called the 3-D for the 50th anniversary special, “a proper old headache”
*The eagerly anticipated return of the Ice warriors, Moffat calls “an absolute cracker of an episode”
*Despite rumors, a return of the Master is not “off the table”
*Moffat has already begun to make plans for season eight
*”The offer is continually made” for Russell T. Davies to return as a writer, although he keeps politely declining
*”Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” is happening, and it’s happening this season. The title of the episode if also to be taken literally
In other Moffat news he confirmed that Sherlock’s new season is “gearing up for production very, very soon. Next month.” So if you’re a fan of that series, there’s something else to look forward to this year from your British Broadcasting Corporation.
Source: Screen Rant
Oh sure, he reigns supreme now, standing high above us all on Nerd mountain following the success of The Avengers (meh), but like all of us, Joss Whedon has regrets.
For instance, there is that time he wore that salmon and grey colored henley jersey shirt for 14 consecutive months, the time he didn’t blame more people for the failure of Alien: Resurrection, the time he turned down an Indecent Proposal-style offer that could have gotten Firefly a back 9 (Robert Redford was inexplicably powerful at Fox in the early aughts, but I’ll never know why he craved Alan Tudyk in that way) and apparently, that time that he wasn’t able to sell the Buffy animated series.
Here’s what Whedon had to say on the non-life of the Buffy-toon during a Q&A at the Director’s Guild:
“We got to do almost everything we wanted to do. The only thing we didn’t get to do is an animated version, which was a delight for us because the writers themselves were working on it. We wrote seven scripts … it was ‘what could we not do [on the regular series].’ They were really fun to write. We could not sell the show. We could not sell an animated Buffy, which I still find incomprehensible.”
Thankfully for Whedon and us, he has continued the Buffy story into the comic book realm with Dark Horse’s Buffy series. Within those pages, Whedon and his shiny cohorts have been able to take Buffy to the limit without the bounds of a TV budget.
Whedon even got to pay homage to the dashed cartoon in the 20th issue of Buffy Season 8, “After These Messages… We’ll Be Right Back”. Written by Jeph Loeb (who worked with Whedon on the Buffy animated series and who is now working with him on the SHIELD pilot) and partially drawn by Eric Wight, the sorta-one shot cuts into Buffy’s dreams as she remembers the comparatively calmer days of season one, so if you really want the scoop on what the Buffy Animated Series would have felt like, go pick up the comic and find out.