Interview Paul McGann on Peter Capaldi and 50th Anniversary

Paul McGann talks about his memories of being the 8th Doctor, wearing a wig, how he wanted to wear a leather coat, what he thinks of the new generation of Doctors, the 50th Anniversary special, why Peter Capaldi will be a great Doctor, appearing on the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary stamp, starring as the Doctor in audio plays, and the Ministry of Chance audio plays and feature film with Sylvester McCoy.

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Karen Gillan: not in the 50th Anniversary special, but writing a film

Karen Gillan says she is a lot like her character in her new film Not Another Happy Ending. The 25-year-old actress and former model admitted to being neurotic, emotional and a bit clumsy, just like Jane Lockhart, the part she plays in the rom-com. Karen said that she missed being Doctor’s Who sidekick Amy Pond, but still kept in touch with soon-to-be ex-Timelord Matt Smith. She was sporting a shaved head, part of the requirements for playing the part of Nebula in the upcoming Marvel Comics superhero movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Karen Gillan will not be in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, she will just watch it. The 50th anniversary will unite Matt Smith and Jenna Colman with former Doctor and companion David Tennant and Billie Piper.

Also, the former Doctor Who companion announced she is drafting a script to her very own movie… after playing a novelist in Not Another Happy Ending. She also admits the profession is close to her heart.

John Hurt Interview: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, Hercules and Only Lovers Left Alive

Enjoy this John Hurt Interview: the great actor will be acting in Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, Hercules & Only Lovers Left Alive. Too bad he can’t say more about his role as the Doctor…

John Hurt Interview: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, Hercules and Only Lovers Left Alive

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David Tennant talks about Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, Radio 2 Interview, April 2013

A radio interview with a picture of David Tennant in order to be on Youtube. Enjoy. 🙂

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Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann confirm Doctor Who 50th anniversary special non-involvement

Doctors number 6, 7 and 8 appeared on the morning chat show Mornings on Channel 9 Australia on April 9. They were here for a Doctor Who convention: Lords of time.

Former Doctor Who stars Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann have revealed that they definitely won’t be appearing in the BBC sci-fi drama’s upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, largely because they’re in… the wrong hemisphere.

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On location at the Tower of London – Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Special

Doctor Who location report from yesteday with Jenna-Louise Coleman, Jemma Redgrave and the newly-confirmed cast member Ingrid Oliver, they were treated to a rare appearance by the British sunshine.

You may remember Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, head of scientific research at the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT). She was confirmed to appear in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, along with the Zygons. Her character followed in the footsteps of her celebrated father Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart and he will by taking these old enemy in the anniversary special episode.

The Brig led UNIT against the alien invaders in Fourth Doctor serial Terror of the Zygons, while his daughter Kate was introduced after his death, in series seven episode The Power of Three.

Filming on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special started this month,  this week production travelled to the historic Tower of London, which aficianados will recall has previously served as an HQ for Earth defence force UNIT. The special episode is expected to air in November, half a century to the month after the first ever episode was broadcast.

Ingrid Oliver can be seen shooting scenes in a stripy scarf reminiscent of Tom Baker’s fourth reincarnation of the Doctor.

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`The roots of evil` by Philip Reeve

`The roots of evil` by Philip Reeve is the fourth book in the series of stories celebrating the Doctor Who 50th anniversary. It feature the Fourth Doctor and Leela, they are visiting an immense tree space station known as Heligan Structure… something asleep for centuries, dreaming of vengeance against a mad man with a blue box. It’s obvious that the Time Lord and Leela are unwelcome guests, at least when the tree awakes.

The short ebook will be available from April 23. You can pre-order from Amazon (UK | US) and iTunes (UK | AU)


The Zygons are returning to Doctor Who 50th anniversary special

the Zygons return for Doctor Who 50th anniversary specialThey might have passed unnoticed by the new Whovians, the one that did not watch the old series. They were among the races rose against the Doctor in The Pandorica Opens, but they where threatening Earth in the Fourth Doctor adventure, Terror of the Zygons. At leas that’s what BBC is saying here when they are announcing the Zygons’ return to Doctor Who 50th anniversary special.

The source of the image is, of course, Facebook. Fell free to follow them.

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David Tennant, Billie Piper and John Hurt confirmed for Doctor Who 50th anniversary

It’s official: David Tennant, Billie Piper and John Hurt will appear in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode.

We all known the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, his companion, they last appeared in the show or January 2010 finale The End of Time, which saw the Time Lord begin his regeneration into Matt Smith’s eleventh incarnation.

The acclaimed actor John Hurt will take on an as-yet-unnamed role in the celebratory episode, which is set to screen later this year.

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Matt Smith’s interviews about the new series 7 episodes and Doctor Who 50th anniversary

Doctor Who will return to the screens this Saturday, with the Easter Special episode, so the actors and the trailers are in everyone attention. SFX, for example, buzzed the Eleventh Doctor himself, Matt Smith and started talking about Ice Warriors, Neil Gaiman, the big five-o and what it’s like to be a first class kind of chap…

This is a question I’ve never had a chance to ask anybody before: what’s it like being on a stamp?

It’s a great privilege that the nation will be licking the backs of our heads. It’s an amazing thing – I’m really proud to be part of it. It’s cool. it’s something that I can show my grandkids.

Would you feel a bit self-conscious, sticking it on a gas bill?

No, absolutely not. Take that, gas man! And give me some money off!

So the new series – we’ve seen the promo poster of you riding that great big bike. Are you good with bikes or was it a world of terror for you?

It was very exciting. I am innately very clumsy, and my mother has always forbidden me from getting a motorbike. I’ve driven mopeds before, abroad and stuff, without her knowing – well, now she knows. But that’s like a big old Harley looking bike, and I wouldn’t know where to begin… It was amazing filming those scenes. It was on a rig, and we got to sort of travel round London. Car rigs are different because you’re in a car, but being on a bike it’s like you’re on a sort of fairground ride. It was a really crisp, sunny day and we kept going around Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge and it was just one of those days where you think ‘This is a very privileged place to be for a day at work.’

The rest of the interview is here… Enjoy reading it.

Meantime, or something like that, Matt Smith has also talked to the people at Radio Times and, accordingly to the interview posted today, he has once again increased the hype ahead of the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, calling it the biggest event in the history of the show. He also described Steven Moffat as one of the greatest science fiction writers around.

“I’ve read the first draft,” said Smith. “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. [Steven Moffat is] on top form and has delivered a thoroughly exciting, epic, vast science-fiction script. It’s really exciting.”

Shooting on the episode was originally slated to begin on Monday 18 March but has now been pushed back until April. Smith says he’s looking forward to filming a host of suprises and big Doctor Who moments scripted by showrunner Moffat.

The rest of the information is here.

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John Barrowman may appear in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary show

Radio Times says that the actor John Barrowman has revealed that he is in discussion to take part in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.

I haven’t had any information up until just about right now – and all I can say to you is that we’re discussing things… that’s a total exclusive! You guys are the first to ever hear it.

Even yesterday I was giving interviews and I was saying I have heard nothing, and now I can give you a little bit of an exclusive. I’ve heard something!

More information can be found here.

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Nicholas Briggs will play Peter Hawkins, the original Daleks actor in Doctor Who 50th anniversary drama

The Whovians know or noticed Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Dalek since 2005, the voice of the Cyberman and Nestene Consciousness, but also from Torchwood.

Briggs will play Hawkins in An Adventure in Space and Time, a one-off drama wthat follows the people who brought the first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child, to TV screens in 1963. Hawkins is credited with creating the Daleks’ instantly-recognisable croaky voices with actor David Graham, and voiced several characters in the early Doctor Who series, including Daleks and Cybermen.

You can find more information about the subject here. The news was first announced on Twitter: #DoctorWho Just did my Peter Hawkins cameo today. Beyond exciting…

Nationwide celebration with lots of aliens and Daleks

Of course, it’s all about Doctor Who 50th anniversary.

BBC head of drama Ben Stephenson has some words about the half-century celebrations, even if the details were not revealed. Speaking at a BBC drama launch, Stephenson also revealed plans to broadcast the 50th anniversary special in 3D, on both TV and in cinemas. “It’s very exciting and feels very innovative,” he said.

More information over here.

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The British Film Institute’s Doctor Who at 50

Radio Times proudly announced that Saturday was a big day for Doctor Who (as well for the programme and fans) as the British Film Institute (BFI) launched Doctor Who at 50, its year-long celebration of the Time Lord. This year it’s the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, so from now on every month BFI will be screening a classic story for each Doctor and reuniting many luminaries from the world of Who.

To kick off, it was right back to the very beginning, to An Unearthly Child, the atmospheric four-part serial that launched the series on BBCtv in November and December 1963. And it was amazing how many guests were able to attend, people directly involved on that programme or with the era of the first Doctor, William Hartnell. They included (pictured above) William Russell and Carole Ann Ford (companions Ian and Susan) and Jeremy Young, who played the first villain.

These were some of the hottest tickets in the BFI’s history, quickly selling out. I snapped up four on the day of release for myself and three friends: TV producer Richard Marson, überfan Ian Levine (who secured several guests for the BFI) and Waris Hussein, director of An Unearthly Child. In the event, Waris was offered his own tickets and Ian invited his cousin Shirley Cooklin to join us.

You can read more about the event over here.

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Doctor Who 50th anniversary: All the surviving Doctors will take part in a very special adventure

Radio Times announced that a new Doctor Who 50th anniversary adventure will bring together all the surviving Doctors along with a number of their original companions, according to writer and director Nicholas Briggs.

Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann are explicitly confirmed for the 100-minute-long audio story The Light at the End, while Briggs has hinted that remaining Doctors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and incumbent Matt Smith are “behind the project”, and that the Time Lord’s first three incarnations, originally played by the late William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, could also feature.

Meanwhile, the multiple Doctors are not the only characters returning for the adventure. Listeners can look forward to “appearances from some much-cherished old friends from the TV series” as well as several of the original actresses who played the Time Lord’s companions.

Louise Jameson will reprise her role as leather-clad barbarian Leela (although listeners will just have to imagine that outfit) who travelled with fourth Doctor Tom Baker, while Sarah Sutton will return as scientist Nyssa, who crossed over between Baker and Peter Davison. Her successor Nicola Bryant, aka American student Peri, will be joined by Sophie Aldred as Sylvester McCoy’s streetwise companion Ace and India Fisher as Edwardian adventurer Charley Pollard, who accompanied Paul McGann’s eighth Doctor in a series of BBC radio plays produced by Big Finish.

Last, but not least, the Doctor’s arch-enemy the Master is back to “create mayhem”, voiced by Geoffrey Beevers who played him in the TV series as a decaying husk at the tail end of his final regeneration.

Due for release in November, the audio production comes as a standard two-disc pack, as well as a limited edition five-disc set, complete with two hour-long documentaries plus an extra adventure, The Revenants, performed by William Russell, star of the very first Doctor Who TV story.

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Billie Piper won’t return as Rose Tyler for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary

Some time ago there was a rumor that Billie Piper will return this year for the 50th anniversary, but it was just a rumor. Nothing real, at least not yet.

Billie Piper says she “has not been asked” to take part in any Doctor Who 50th anniversary episodes, pouring cold water on the idea that her character, former companion Rose Tyler, might return to the show.

Matt Smith set the rumour mill turning this summer when he said: “If I wanted a companion from the past I would say Rose because I am good friends with Billie.”  But speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Piper, who first appeared as the Doctor’s companion in 2005 when the series returned with Christopher Eccleston, laughed Smith’s comments off as a joke.

“No.  I’ve not been asked.  I think Matt Smith said something in passing or in jest like, ‘That would be nice,’ and it became something, but no.” She said.

The source is Radio Times.

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary limited edition version of Monopoly

Doctor Who monopoly box
Doctor Who monopoly box

I have never been a good Monopoly player, not even when I was a child, but when I found out about Doctor Who 50th Anniversary limited edition version of Monopoly released by Winning Moves I became interested. About the information, of course. 😀

“Celebrate 50 years of the world’s favourite Time Lord with this very special edition of Monopoly!,” says the press release. “Featuring all eleven doctors, the best-loved companions and of course, the monsters and baddies from across space and time, from the Brigadier and Captain Jack to Jo, Susan and Ace. Play with extra special Doctor Who tokens, including the Doctor’s scarf, designed just for this edition! It’s an adventure like no other as you revisit 50 years of this amazing show!

Doctor Who monopoly
Doctor Who monopoly

It’s available to buy from 28 August, but you can pre-order now.

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Doctor Who: “50th Anniversary” – Ultimate Cinema Trailer (1963 Onwards)

As I understand, this trailer was created by one of the fans of the series. Anyway, it’s a great job!

Music: “The Fight Will Be Your Own” – Steve Jablonsky

“The Battle” – Steve Jablonsky

“Its Our Fight” – Steve Jablonsky

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John Barrowman on Doctor Who 50th anniversary and Torchwood 5

I am not a big fan of Torchwood, but I watched it with pleasure. I am curious and I wanted to know what the show has to offer: it is good, but not close to Doctor Who (from my point of view).

The next video is the perspective of John Barrowman about the Doctor Who 50th anniversary and Torchwood 5th season. I did not now about the new Torchwood series, but it looks interesting enough to watch it (if and when it’s going to be released).

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