It’s sad to realize there are only two more episodes of Doctor Who left this season. I mean, where did the time go!? I feel like we just met Clara, again, and now we’re already to the finale! Ugh, even with a time machine time passes too quickly. Well, prepare yourselves, because we’ve got plenty of news in this edition of Who News! in hopes of alleviating some post-Season 7B depression.

First, what do you think of the new TARDIS? I love the design because I’m a sucker for anything retro and the new console room pays homage to the TARDIS console of old in many ways. In the latest Doctor Who Magazine they shared these wonderful shots of the new console, up close and in detail, revealing each individual panel,

I particularly like how bleak it looks, this is a dark time for The Doctor, and I dig all the Gallifreyan symbols.

Lots more below the cut, including Billie Piper talking – as little as she can – about the 50th anniversary, Neil Gaiman on Clara and her relationship with the TARDIS, and more rumors about John Hurt’s mysterious role in the anniversary special.

This weekend’s episode, “Nightmare in Silver” is Neil Gaiman‘s second contribution to Doctor Who after last’s season spectacular, “The Doctor’s Wife.” That episode introduced us – or reintroduced us – to the TARDIS as a machine with a mind all of its own, with some very definite opinions. In an interview with The Mary Sue, Gaiman divulged what thinks of the TARDIS and hints, just a little, about her relationship with Clara,

The Mary Sue: The TARDIS was certainly always an entity before you gave it form and life in your last episode of Doctor Who, and I feel like in this half of the season specifically we’ve heard both the Doctor and Clara talk about the TARDIS more as if it was a person. Specifically a person who doesn’t care for Clara whereas she actually talks to it and some of the other companions didn’t do that. I was wondering what your thoughts were on how the TARDIS has been used since you gave it a voice and a person.

Neil Gaiman: You know, I don’t really think I did bring much…I grew up definitely considering the TARDIS a character in Doctor Who and the only really constant, not just companion, but character. In some ways more consistently there even than the Doctor because the TARDIS didn’t really change the way that it looks. It was still this wonderful blue box that was bigger on the inside, even if the inside has changed a little. And from a very early episode, I think it was called “Edge of Destruction,” it was obvious the TARDIS was sentient. I used to love the way that the Doctor would talk to the TARDIS and call her “old girl,” and things like that. So, when I wrote “The Doctor’s Wife,” I didn’t think that I was doing anything particularly, either odd or out of canon, or anything like that in giving the TARDIS a personality.  And I think in truth, the TARDIS, you know, people playing on that and going, “Ok well…” I think mostly what I did was remind people that the TARDIS is also a living entity. If they’d forgotten.

I love the idea of a TARDIS who doesn’t particularly like a Companion, just in the same way that there were Companions…Leela springs to mind, the old Tom Baker Companion after whom the character on Futurama was named, who the TARDIS really liked. It was always sort of part of the script, for reasons never adequately explained, the TARDIS liked Leela a lot.  So if she doesn’t like Clara [pause] that’s something that may or may not ever be explained, it may get deeper, it may not. But I like that. I like the fact that the TARDIS is a character.

Note the pause in Gaiman’s second paragraph, where he’s specifically referencing Clara. The Mary Sue points it out as a moment where he might know something we don’t about Clara, but he doesn’t want to let anything slip. Do you agree? Think they’ll be something revealed about Clara and the TARDIS this week?

Besides the finale, of which I expect big things, I am most excited for this one. I mean, Cybermen! And these are the real deal Cybermen, not some parallel universe’s Cybermen. Check out a gallery of images from “Nightmare in Silver”, an introduction from Gaiman and Matt Smith, plus a couple clips!

Do those Cybermen look cool or what!? And man, does this episode looks like it’s a love letter to the Second Doctor story, “Tomb of the Cybermen.” I’m stoked!

“Nightmare in Silver” airs this Saturday on BBC America at 8pm and will feature guest stars Jason Watkins and Warwick Davis.

All right, on to the SPOILER-filled part of Who News!, so turn back now if you’d like to learn absolutely nothing about the upcoming 50th Anniversary special.

No more spoilerphobes? Okay, first we’ve got Billie Piper chatting a little about coming back to film the special. It’s a red carpet interview and it’s clear she is absolutely terrified of letting anything major slip. But, she does manage to share this rather general statement about what we can expect from the anniversary special,

I feel, it’s like going home, and it’s a real gift that show. Obviously it’s such a special one because it’s the 50 year celebration. It’s very much for the fans and you really feel that on this particular episode.

You can watch the interview, but all you’ll garner is how uncomfortable Piper seems talking about it. And I don’t blame her, Steven Moffat runs a very tight ship.

On to the really speculative, spoilery bits. Yesterday we reported on the possible slip-up John Hurt made when discussing his role in the anniversary special. He hints at playing an aspect of The Doctor, and that coupled with his interesting attire has us all wondering if he’s actually playing THE Doctor, like a lost or forgotten regeneration.

Today, the Sun – note, not the most reputable of news sources – is claiming an insider source has given them more details on Hurt’s role. Here’s their “exclusive” scoop,

John will play the real Ninth Doctor. Christopher Eccleston has always been thought of as the Ninth Doctor but now that John has been revealed as the Ninth Doctor, it shuffles Eccleston’s Doctor to be the Tenth Time Lord, Tennant the 11th and Smith the 12th.

It also means the Doctor’s time is running out as he can only regenerate 12 times.

Steven loves a complex plot and there will be plenty of surprises along the way.

The reason the Doctor has forgotten his ninth incarnation will become clear but it’s to do with the Time War and his shame over his behaviour in it.

Tennant and Smith’s Doctors will at first refuse to accept Hurt is them — until their sonic screwdrivers confirm it and announce, ‘He’s us. He’s the ninth us’.

John was given a very familiar look that goes half way between two regenerations.

Personally, I wouldn’t read into this too much. Almost everything they say is exactly the same as the theory that’s been buzzin’ around ever since we saw Hurt on set, and could easily be the same unfounded conclusions we’ve all drawn. What do you think? Is the Sun just blowing more smoke around or have they got a real confirmed story?

Sources: io9, The Mary Sue, Doctor Who TV (2)(3)(4)(5)(6)

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