Peter Capaldi about being a Doctor Who fan

Here’s what happened when two Doctor Who fans got together at Comic-Con and chatted about their favourite show. Presented by Christel Dee.

In the interview for the fan show Peter Capaldi talks about the monsters he would bring back and has a fair few ideas (one of them are the Mondasian Cybermen, some of them becoming Time Lords, Axons, Daemons, Zarbi and Menoptera) but when he is asked which episode he would stick in the DVD player on a rainy day, it seems as if his answer might never end, ranging around new and classic Who, taking in his assessment of several of his fellow Doctors and, in the end, covering pretty much the entire Doctor Who back catalogue.

We should either have some of them becoming Time Lords and somehow channelling it so that they have access to time and space. Or I think it would be good if we had “Genesis of the Cybermen”. If we found the Doctor on Mondas itself in an adventure where he discovered the Cybermen actually being created.

Doctor Who Joins LEGO Dimensions, watch trailer

Doctor Who joins LEGO Dimensions, and the first proper look at the video game features every incarnation of the Time Lord ever. Step into your TARDIS and help Batman battle villains on in the Land of Oz. Worlds collide in ways only possible in LEGO Dimensions – coming September 27th 2015, soon after the first episode of the series 9.

Doctor Who, which has never before been in a LEGO videogame, will be playable in the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack with a complete Doctor Who level where the game’s heroes continue their quest while encountering tiny Daleks, giant Cybermen, the Dalek Emperor and other adversaries from the Whoniverse. Also, the Doctor crossing swords with Gandalf, Batman and Doc Brown!

Fans who want more Doctor Who in LEGO Dimensions will be able to purchase the Doctor Who Level Pack which includes an additional mission-based Doctor Who level, along with a LEGO minifigure of the 12th Doctor and LEGO models of the TARDIS and K-9, all playable in the game. When the 12th Doctor is defeated in the level, he returns as the 1st Doctor and then regenerates back up to the 12th Doctor again. The interior of the TARDIS will reflect the corresponding Doctor the player embodies or can be manually selected. There’s even a jukebox inside where players can choose among different versions of the Doctor Who theme music. The TARDIS and K-9 models can each be physically built and then rebuilt twice to do entirely different things in the digital game for massive variety.

There will also be a Doctor Who Fun Pack, which includes a playable Cyberman mini-figure and Dalek model which can be physically built and then rebuilt twice for a total of three different objects.

Cyber Squirrel took Cybermens’ place as the new alien monster

Be afraid….be FURRY afraid! I’m a Cybernut! Take me to your Feeder!

Here’s one little monster who might not end up battling everybody in Doctor Who: the Cybermen, the Daleks, the Weeping Angels: the Cyber Squirrel! The hungry rodent looks as if he’s wearing a fearsome Cyberman head.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEA-s0O_AL0

He clearly wasn’t worried when confronted by one of the Timelord’s most infamous baddies. That’s because every cyberspace in the hollowed-out head was packed with peanuts… and they were rapidly ‘deleted!’

The cyber-nut-ic squirrel was snapped in the back garden of mum Emma Young, 40, mom of two, a huge Doctor Who fan, that created a funny feeder that turns cute visitors of her garden into the Time Lord’s nemesis. She has used several novelty items as bird and squirrel feeders over the years (like the Cybermen and the Dalek).

She made the feeder from an old shower radio, with tasty nuts stuck in the back. Emma patiently waited for squirrels to come and then snapped some hilarious photos.

“My whole family love Doctor Who so I decided to create a sci-fi feeder. I packed a sticky mix of nuts and peanut butter into the head. It was hilarious to see. Well worth all the time and effort”  she said, at her home in Beaulieu, in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire. I had to cover any sharp bits left inside with soft felt, so the squirrels wouldn’t injure themselves. Then I packed a sticky mixture of nuts and peanut butter into the Cyberman head, she added.

Emma spent hours on the project, taking apart a Cyberman shower radio, and removing all the inner workings. Emma, whose husband Mark is a full-time gardener, said that within a day of her hanging up the new feeder, the first of three grey squirrels paid a visit.

The first one was very nervous, she said. But the smell of the peanuts quickly overcame any wariness, and he reached up and got stuck in! Emma said that when the squirrel used its front paws to hold the silver head still, it looked like it was wearing it. It was hilarious to watch, she added. Well worth all the time and effort.

Pictures and video by Chris Balcombe.

As you probably know, the Cybermen first appeared in Doctor Who in 1966, facing first Doctor William Hartnell. They were created by Dr Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis. Since then, they have been popular adversaries, returning to face nearly every Doctor, changing their appearance over the years.

Exclusive Inside Look at ‘Death in Heaven’: Peter Capaldi

Let’s Get an Inside Look at season 8 finale, episode 12, Death in Heaven, with exclusive interview with The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi: with Cybermen on the streets of London and the Missy / Mistress / Master leading them, old friends unite against old enemies, and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role.

Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy? As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.

Series 8, episode 12 – Death in Heaven

It is said that when time travels are involved nobody really dies, that there (almost) always is a way to bring him / her back. But, at least for now, Danny Pink is dead and he stays dead: killed in the previous episode in a car accident, he got into the world beyond (or heaven / hell / Nethersphere / Time Lord database / data cloud) in order to become a Cyberman (he returned in his own body with an update) because of Missy / Mistress / Master’s plans to take over the control over the humans on Earth and to transform them into an army to conquer the Universe with. And, eventually, he was distroyed once more, sacrificing himself for humanity survival. So, at least for now, we can assume with some degree of certitude that Danny Pink is dead. It’s not very certain how this thing will affect Orson Pink’s existence, Danny’s descendant from 22nd century… Clara could already be pregnant with Danny’s son (or she will become pregnant – the miracles of current time technology can make this possible, without being a Time Lord technology), but she did not take his family name.

But let’s start with the beginning… something that can be damn difficult when the early mentioned time travel are involved: yes, as you found out in the previous episode, Master regenerated into Missy, but it’s not clear when / where / how / in what conditions it took place. Or even if it did took place – because Missy could be also a puppet in someone else’s hands, just like she selected Clara Oswald and she made certain that she was staying with the Doctor until now. Yes, Missy / Master is one of Doctor’s childhood friends, and he became one of his greatest adversary / enemy, and their lives paths met over and over again during the last decades of the show. And she / he could appear again because one very simple reason: she disappeared while the Cyberman was aiming his gun at her and the Doctor was preparing to use or he used the device Missy was carrying most of the episode. That device made people disappearing in a cloud of dust or ash, including Osgood. It’s not the first time in the show when people are disappearing in such manner, assumed dead, only to discover later that they were actually teleported somewhere else – do you remember the Jeopardy game Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) was forced to play in one of the episodes?

Yes, Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) andJemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart) return once more in the show, in the middle of necessity state that put their lives in danger. And, to all appearances, Osgood loses her life, and Kate Lethbridge-Stewart is saved in the last moment by a Cyberman that could have been her deceased father, the Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (often called just Brigadier, sometimes Brig, Lethbridge-Stewart or Stewart) that founded United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) and worked with the Doctor in the 1980s. The salute the Doctor addressed to that Cyberman at the end of the episode (the only one time he ever saluted) could be considered a little morbid by some, but not when it comes from the chosen president of Earth. Because yes, in this episode the Doctor is elected the president of Earth in crisis situations (it means the alien invasions, the Cybermen returning, and all sort of thing we are already used to) –  a solution approved by all the nations. One that Doctor hardly accepts and with a lot off scepticism. And only to throw it into Missy’s face, some time later – he never wanted the political power, but he got it, while Missy / Master did everything he could do in order to change the world as he wanted.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, writer Steven Moffat. Producer Peter Bennett, executive producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Chris Addison (Seb), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Lethbridge-Stewart), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Colonel Ahmed), Antonio Bourouphael (Boy), Shane Keogh-Grenade (Teenage Boy), Katie Bignell (Teenage Girl), James Pearse (Graham), Jeremiah Krage (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen).

The next episode in the Christmas special. If at the end of this magnificent episode Clara and the Doctor are getting on their own ways, apparently with no option of getting together again, with all the appropriate lies said between two persons that lived through extraordinary experiences together and suffered lose that only made them to become closer. But she will be at least in one episode, the Christmas special. After that… the bets are open. She could continue her adventures with the Doctor, with or without her child, she could be replaced with someone else. And Nick Frost’s appearance costumed as Santa Clause remind us of Donna Noble’s appearance several years ago. Stick around, interesting episodes will happen.

Series 8, episode 12, Death in Heaven: official TV trailer

“In 24 hours, the human race as you know it, will cease to exist.”

With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies, and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role.

Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy? Until we find the answer, this Saturday, you should know that as the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.

Series 8, episode 11 – Dark water

Tell me, what would make Clara to behave so strange that she tries to blackmail the Doctor in order to help her? What could make Clara and the Doctor to choose a path that bring them to a collision (or, at least, to a meeting) with Missy? You know, that mysterious lady that welcomes the people after that in hell / heaven / underworld / the world beyond, whatever it is / the gatekeeper at Nethersphere. What is the role of the Cybermen in this story with the world beyond death?

The answer is very simple, and you will find it in the first moments of this episode: Danny Pink dies in a car accident. And when the mad man with 2 hearts and a blue box, known as TARDIS, asks you what he can do for you, could you refuse the chance to save the person you love the most? What would you do to assure that goal?

By the way, Nethersphere is a real place, where TARDIS can go, and Missy has stored the souls / minds gathered from the dead people around the globe for several thousands of years in order to give them a new meaning. A new purpose in a brand new life. Don’t let yourselves be fooled by the promises made to these people by the guys hired by these mystery woman (you had the chance to watch them in action in the previous episodes) or the skeletons kept in the transparent sarcophagus, big rooms filled with a special water (the dark water the give in part the name of the episode, because the times are also dusky and desperate) that only let the organic tissues visible, hiding the chassis that was keeping them intact, working and very dangerous in the reprogrammed shape we know as Cybermen. Yes, I was little wrong about Missy’s identity. Being a Time Lord was very clear, but some people said that her identity was also obvious (we had only a few choices). Probably I was missing their logic or I would have preferred somebody else the Doctor’s old and famous foe, the Master. In the moment her official welcoming package offered to the Doctor were a very intense kiss and another 3 kisses on the nose the story becomes not only funny, but also a little frightening. Especially that Michelle Gomez (the actress playing Missy) is perfect for this role. And the game with words from some point is great, but you will have to watch the episode in order to understand what I mean – Dark Water is great and I hardly expect the second part, the next Saturday.

On the other hand, Master has had 7 different versions during the last 4 decades (starting from 1971), Missy / Mistress being the newest one. The only one being a woman. The last one he was seen in the episode The end of time, a story in 2 parts broadcast in 25 December 2009 and 1 January 2010 (the last one we’ve seen David Tennant as the Doctor) and he disappeared – presumed dead – fighting against the other Time Lords that wanted to break the time lock and return into the Universe. Master’s regeneration as a woman will bring a lot of fuel and heat to the idea of Doctor’s future regeneration as a woman, a first in the 5 decade history of the show.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, based on a story by Steven Moffat, producer Peter Bennett, executive producer Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Joan Blackham (Woman), Sheila Reid (Gran), Chris Addison (Seb), Andrew Leung (Dr Chang), Bradley Ford (Fleming), Antonio Bourouphael (Boy), Jeremiah Krage (Cyberman), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Cybermen), Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage).

Next episode in Doctor Who, the last one of the series 8 before the Christmas special, is Death in Heaven. The second part of the cliffhanger that started with Dark Water.

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The symphonic spectacular show

The video is taken by someone in the audience a few months ago, this year, but… the Murray Gold’s captivating musical score for Doctor Who performed live, accompanied by specially edited big-screen sequences featuring all incarnations of the Doctor, as a host of real-life monsters stalk the auditorium will return with a tour in Australia and New Zeeland (tour dates announced) but also in UK (tour dates announced).

The show will be hosted once more by Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, who will take to the stage alongside Daleks, Cybermen and a host of other Doctor Who monsters in this musical celebration of the iconic TV series.

The March of the Cybermen – The Moonbase

Have you missed the classic Cybermen? How much? 😀

The Moon, 2070. Having failed in their attempts to infiltrate the human Moonbase by stealth, the Cybermen launch a frontal attack, in their plan to invade the Earth. This classic cliffhanger from the missing episode three of The Moonbase has been animated (along with the lost episode one) and set to their original soundtrack for DVD release.

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Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013: The first TV teaser trailer

We’ve just watch The day of the Doctor, with great delight, of course, and the first glimpse of this year’s Christmas special were made available by BBC. We’ll have Cybermen, Weeping Angels and Daleks…

In the Time of the Doctor we follow Clara and the Time Lord to a quiet backwater planet in order to learn what some strange signals mean for his very existence. It’s midnight. It’s snowing. It’s Christmas. But there is nothing festive about The Doctor’s expression.

There’s a little more to learn from the 10-second teaser trailer. The Christmas episode, is the Matt Smith’s final appearance as The Doctor, and we will see the time-travellers return to Trenzalore, the site of the Doctor’s tomb and the place The Silents never wanted him to go…

And the Silence will fall…

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The day of the Doctor

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special The day of the DoctorThe title for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special was revealed earlier today, it’s The day of the Doctor.

The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, will join David Tennant and John Hurt as the Doctors. It’s true, we still don’t know which incarnation of the Time Lord is John Hurt, but I think we will found out soon. Both companions Billie Piper and Jenna Coleman will be involved in the story.

The celebratory episode will be feature-length, it was announced to be 75 minutes long, not 90, as many have expected, and it will air 50 years to the day since Doctor Who first hit TV screens, on Saturday 23 November.

The story is also set to feature the return of classic Who monsters the Zygons, as well as Daleks, Cybermen and the Doctor’s allies UNIT.

The image is the official poster of the episode.

Virtual TARDIS hangout with thisisFoxx & LilRedFoxPictures on Playstation Home

The second wave of Doctor Who’s hugely successful range on PlayStation Home has been released and it’s including Daleks, Cybermen, K-9 and more.

You can decorate your personal TARDIS clubhouse space with a whole spectrum of new paradigm Daleks – either as companions that follow you around, or active furniture items – plus the spherical Emperor Dalek from The Eternity Clock.

You can find more information here.

Doctor Who Inside Look: Fast Cybermen in ‘Nightmare in Silver’

Watch an All New Doctor Who Inside Look at “Nightmare in Silver”, the eleventh episode from Doctor Who series 7 – featuring Exclusive Interviews with lead writer & executive producer Steven Moffat and star Matt Smith.

Hear from MATT about “what if the Doctor was a real evil dude,” and from STEVEN about having the Cybermen back: “Apart from that handle head, everything else is up for grabs.”

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Nightmare in Silver: Next Time on Doctor Who, series 7

In the next episode, Nightmare in Silver, the Doctor faces new, even deadlier Cybermen in this action-packed episode by Neil Gaiman.

The Doctor has been talked by Clara Oswald into taking the two kids she looks after, Artie and Angie, for an excursion, a day out, after they blackmailed her. The Doctor decides to take them to Hedgewick’s World, the biggest, best and most wonderful amusement park in the galaxy, a quarter of a million years in the future, because he has a golden ticket and it gets four people in for free, gets you free ice creams and it gets you to the front of any line, which is great because the lines for the Spacey Zoomer can go on for weeks. And that’s where it starts.

Unfortunately, it also starts with them discovering that Hedgewick’s World has been closed for several years and there’s almost nobody on it now except for a small army troop on manoeuvres and a mad old showman named Mr Webley who landed his spaceship there after it closed and is now there with a Cyberman that plays chess. That’s where it begins. This is also 1,000 years after the end of the big human/Cyberman war – where the humans won.

Watch Nightmare in Silver, the new Doctor Who adventure, on BBC One on Saturday 11th May at 7pm, and on:

Saturday 11th May
BBC America — 8/7c
Space (Canada) — 8/5e

Sunday 12th May
ABC (Australia) — 7.30pm
BBC Entertainment (South Africa) — 7pm
BBC Entertainment (Poland) — 6pm

Exclusive animation – The First Doctor Regenerates

With the threat of the Cybermen foiled, Polly and Ben find the Doctor has beaten them to the TARDIS and closed the doors. As they hammer on the door, the controls operate of their own accord and the central column begins to rise and fall….

Chris Chapman, Lead Animator on this sequence, said “We knew that we had to throw everything at this scene and in fact the whole story is historic, with the first appearance of the Cybermen, so we really worked very hard on it. It was a real pleasure. It has definitely made me a fan of Doctor Who.”

More information here.

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Doctor who anime

If you love Doctor Who or/and you anime there are good chances you are going to love this one…

The description of the video says:

ll 13 minutes of the completed fake Doctor Who 80s-style anime. Drawn, animated and partially voiced by myself. Some bits are good, some bits are poor, but on the whole it turned out okay, I think. Enjoy! This is old school Who, so fans of the new reboot show may be confused by the fact that the Doctor is doing martial arts and Cybermen say “excellent.” Watch the classics and you’ll understand. You’ll also become almost instantly more handsome by watching classic Who.

Radio Times and the vote for the greatest Doctor Who monster of all time

Last week the team from Radio Times asked for their readers’ help in deciding a shortlist of the best ever Doctor Who monster. The team maintaining the Doctor Who Facebook page helped spread the word and they’ve got the next list of 10 Doctor Who monsters nominated by the fans.

The list with some description can be found here, don’t forget to vote for your favourite in the poll at the bottom of the page.  You have until Friday at 2pm (that’s tomorrow!) to make your choice…

  • Weeping Angels
  • Daleks
  • The Silence
  • Cybermen
  • The Vashta Nerada
  • The Master
  • Ice Warriors
  • Zygons
  • Sontarans
  • Davros

Doctor Who-Star Trek: The Next Generation – Assimilation 2 #1 review

Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation - Assimilation 2 #1 comic
Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation - Assimilation 2 #1 comic

Do you recognize the characters? Or the scenery? Or perhaps the title and the description of the pictures gives you some useful hints to instantly recognize the Enterprise. Well, Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation – Assimilation 2 #1 hit comic book stands on Wednesday, May 30th!

I did not have the chance to buy it, so I am not writing the review for it. But you can found one over here: http://geek-news.mtv.com/2012/05/29/doctor-whostar-trek-assimilation-1-review/

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Star Trek meets Doctor Who: Forbidden planet, London, Wednesday 30th may 6 – 7pm

Some time ago I wrote about Star Trek meets Doctor Who and the announcement from The Huffington Post about an unholy alliance between “Star Trek’s” Borg and “Doctor Who’s” Cybermen into a story into crossover comics. It was also announced that the story will be published in May, courtesy of an IDW comic book.

Well, as it was later announced here:

Writer TONY LEE will be signing the Forbidden Planet Variant launch issue of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION / DOCTOR WHO – ASSIMILATION at The Forbidden Planet Megastore on Wednesday 30th May from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
The two greatest science-fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history!
When the Federation’s most terrifying enemy strikes an unholy alliance with one of the Doctor’s most hated antagonists, the result is devastation on a cosmic scale! Spanning the ends of space and time itself, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise find themselves joining forces with the Doctor and his companions, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance!

Comic writer Tony Lee’s work includes both the ongoing tenth and eleventh doctor comics and ‘Doctor Who: The Forgotten’ for IDW as well as ‘Rat Trap’, a 5th Doctor adventure for Big Finish. His graphic novel Hope Falls is being developed into a screenplay for Future Films and Danger Academy is currently being developed into a cartoon series for American TV.

For more about our signings please go to: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/

 

The unholy alliance between “Star Trek’s” Borg and “Doctor Who’s” Cybermen

The Huffington Post announces about an unholy alliance between “Star Trek’s” Borg and “Doctor Who’s” Cybermen into a story into crossover comics. The story will be published in May, courtesy of an IDW comic book.

According to a Monday press release from the company, “Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2” will feature “an unholy alliance” between the two villains. This sounds like an excellent idea for a comic book and, not just because two races of relentless, mechanized villains are better than one, but because an on-screen depiction of that kind of epic tale would be unworkable (especially given that “TNG” ended in 1994) and hugely expensive.
So who you gonna call when two mechanical races team up to bring disaster to humanity? Jean-Luc Picard and the Doctor, obviously.

For more information you should go here.

Doctor Who Experience 2011-2012

An event that’s already in progress is the Doctor Who experience. I found about it on Facebook events and it’s an interesting one. The period of the event is from 6th of November 2011, 15:00 until 22nd of February 2012, its location is London Olympia Two.

The description of the event is:

STEP INTO THE TARDIS AND BE PART OF THE ADVENTURE…

The Doctor Who Experience promises to be an unmissable adventure featuring an exhilarating and unique walk-through experience and an awe-inspiring exhibition.

Visitors will be invited to step through a crack in time to become the Doctor’s companion on an adventure. Their challenge will be to reunite the Doctor with the TARDIS whilst fending off threats from a Dalek spaceship and Weeping Angels along the way, before exploring the wonders of Doctor Who at an out of this world exhibition.

Buy your tickets from www.doctorwhoexperience.com or direct from our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/ohd5TU

The Doctor Who multi-sensory Experience is packed with amazing special effects and exclusive filming with Matt Smith and it’s fun for all (family and fansalike). You are invited to join the Doctor on an interactive journey that takes you on a spectacular adventure through time and space. Fly a recreation of the Matt Smith TARDIS and come face-to-face with some of the scariest monsters ever seen on screen including Daleks, Cybermen,Weeping Angels and Sontarans.

The Wooden King and Queen from this year’s Christmas special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe have escaped their doomed rainforest and can now be seen at the Doctor Who Experience.