After three months of waiting, it’s back! Doctor Who kicked off its second half to Season 7 last night with a cracker of an episode. “The Bells of Saint John” is a fun, uncomplicated, to the point adventure with plenty of humor and just a hint of mystery. Still searching for ‘the woman twice dead’, The Doctor happens upon her in modern day London after she places a call to, “the best helpline in the universe,” – him. There’s something in the Wi-Fi and it’s uploading people; they’re getting stuck like flies in the world wide web.
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!
Only earlier today we learned John Barrowman would not be appearing in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, and as it seems, is setting a precedent for no previous Doctors or companions to appear at all. With filming on the verge of starting all anyone wants to know is how Steven Moffat plans to honor the show’s illustrious history and still deliver one hell of an adventure. Anniversary specials in the past have suffered from hinging too much on cameos and fan service without much notice given to crafting a genuinely good story. Moffat is hoping to avoid that by focusing more so on a good Doctor Who drama rather than a celebration.
He, Matt Smith, and Jenna-Louise Coleman chatted with Digital Spy about just that,
And later on, Smith talked with SFX where he elaborated a bit more on how epic this anniversary special is going to be,
I’ve read the first draft. I think the whole of this season leads brilliantly up to what will be the biggest event in the history of the show. I say that with no hesitation, really. He’s on top form and has delivered a thoroughly exciting, epic, vast science fiction script. It’s really exciting.
We start shooting that very soon, and there’ll be a lot of surprises coming your way, let me tell you. A lot. It’s one of those scripts that you read and you go “Whoa, here we go… what’s he done? What has he done with it?” You wouldn’t really want anyone else writing it, would you? He’s a proper fan, and, to my mind, one of the greatest science fiction writers around.
It’s about celebrating everyone that’s been involved with it, all the wonderful actors that have taken part before me, and it’s also about looking forward and saying “What can we do next? Where can we take it?
And speaking of how he feels to be The Doctor for the 50th,
I feel in a very privileged position, having had people like David and Chris, Tom, Patrick, Jon, William Hartnell… great, great actors behind me. And to be part of a show that’s still going, that has an audience of about 77 million now worldwide. I love this show, and I’m really honoured, actually, without sounding too [luvvie voice] ‘Oh, how important, what an amazing thing, I am the incumbent Doctor, what a privilege, rah!’ I mean it genuinely. It inspires a humility, I suppose, because it’s about all of us who got it here, do you know what I mean? Yes! Fifty years!
Fifty years in one incredible accomplishment, especially for an oddball program like Doctor Who! I’m excited for whatever Moffat has cooked up, and feel confidant it’ll be the right blend of celebration and setting the pace for Who’s next 50 years. At least I hope so. You hear me, Moffat? Do. Not. Disappoint. Us.
Already looking like it won’t disappoint in the Series 7 Part 2, Season 7B opener, “The Bells of Saint John.” Check out the latest trailer from the BBC, featuring a smidgen of new footage,
“The Bells of Saint John” airs this Saturday on BBC America at 8pm EST!
In one week Doctor Who will be back on our screens and we’ll begin unraveling the mystery surrounding The Doctor’s (Matt Smith) latest companion, Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman). We’ve met her two times already, once as the souffle baking Dalek, Oswin, and again as the 18th century governess, Clara. And both times she died. Hey, third time’s the charm, right?
Released today is this very short prequel, a prelude more like, to the Series 7 Part 2, Season 7B opener, “The Bells of Saint John,” airing next Saturday at 8pm EST on BBC America. Written by, of course, Steven Moffat, the short does a real nice job establishing the mood of The Doctor. He’s depressed is what he is, having lost The Ponds only to lose Clara, again! So he sits on swing, feeling sorry for himself, only to be helped out of his funk by a precocious little girl.
The current Entertainment Weekly features a ton great Doctor Who stuff, not least of which is an essay from Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson expressing his love of the series as well what he’d take as payment to direct an episode. That’s right, Peter fuckin’ Jackson has interest in directing an episode of Doctor Who. Last fall was when we first heard this, and since then it’s been nothing but coy “maybes” from Jackson and Who showrunner, Steven Moffat. Almost like they’re hiding something, hmm…
Anyway, in EW Jackson has again expressed interest in directing an episode of Who, writing,
They don’t even have to pay me, but I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint).
See, he needs a gold one to go with his pair of silvers, pictured above. He’s kind of a Whovian, having been a fan for years, watching the series almost since it began broadcasting.
Of course, EW couldn’t let this go without asking Moffat to comment on the development, to which he said,
You’d never get any information like that out of me!
We’re theoretically on board for anything provided we’ve got a great story.
Okay, that’s better you snarky, British bastard. What do you think guys? Could we see a Jackson directed episode of Doctor Who in the near future? Say, before Moffat and Matt Smith leave? Is this something you’d even been excited about?
All right, on to the next bit of Doctor Who news, which is a little spoilery. It seems the BBC have inexplicably released a spoiler for “The Bells of St. John.” Oops. It’s a casting reveal slip-up. Not as bad as say, had they let it out Jenna-Louise Coleman was appearing in “The Asylum of the Daleks,” but something I’m sure was meant to be a surprise. Hit the jump to find out!
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!
Yesterday we shared the new, exhilarating trailer for Doctor Who Series 7, Part 2, Season 7B. Or, DW7.2/7B as we’re affectionately referring to it around the Nerd Bastards’ offices. Anyway, today we’ve scrounged up two clips from the season premiere, “The Bells of St. John,” written by Steven “The Moff” Moffat and airing on BBC America 8pm EST, March 3oth. But first, Matt Smith has been teasing the living hell out of the upcoming 3D 50th anniversary special, all without revealing anything of note! I see The Moff has taught him well.
It sort of does what it says on the tin. You won’t be disappointed! I think it’s hilarious, I think it’s epic and I think it’s fast, and I’m telling you nothing more – but you will NOT be disappointed. I think it’s going to be the biggest, best, most inventive and most exciting year for the show and I think this script delivers on all those points that you want it to for where the show is at this time, it’s brilliant.
Adding to the mystery, new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman said,
It pays homage to the last 50 years of the show and kind of really celebrates that, but at the same time as looking forward.
And directly from Moffat,
We’re not kidding, we are actually going to do it, we’re going to reveal his biggest secret.
That’s the answer to the ultimate question, right? Doctor Who? I can’t imagine what they could dream up as an answer that wouldn’t disappoint fans at least a little? No pressure guys, but it’s a pretty big question.
Hit the jump for another clip from “The Bells of St. John,”
Just released by the BBC is this new image and title of Doctor Who‘s season opener, “The Bells of St. John.” The episode will serve as our official introduction to Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s companion, Clara, after we’ve already sort of met her twice last season. “The Bells of St. John” is being billed as a, “modern day urban thriller” and will air on March 30th. It will also feature a bevy of London landmarks like The Shard and Westminster Bridge, and will introduce us to new Who villains, The Spoonheads. No joking, that’s their name, and they’re connected to whatever monsters are lurking in the wi-fi.
Steven Moffat also teased us a little more about what we’ll be seeing this season, saying,
It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!
Okay, most of this we already knew but that bit about, “the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed,” what’s that about!? Is it the answer to the ever present question, Doctor Who? Will we learn his name!? Technically, River still needs to learn his name in order to whisper it in the ear of the 10th Doctor back in “The Forest of the Dead,” is that what we’ll see? Oh, so many questions!
What do you think his biggest secret is? And what do you think of what’s coming this season? Can March 30th come any sooner!?
UPDATE: Got a better, hi-res version of the above image, click it to embiggen, and I’ve noticed they’ve hidden the monsters in the shards of glass. Look! Ice Warriors!