Matt Lucas on fame and Doctor Who conventions

Matt Lucas is talking about being famous, the conventions and is enjoying being unconventional, as usual, during the The Graham Norton Show. Graham Norton was joined by Jane Fonda, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston and Matt Lucas.

Doctor Who Magazine issue 518

This issue chat with David Tennant and Billie Piper because the theth Doctor and Rose are back: over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, they are back for a series of audio adventures.

“An audio recording’s very different to filming a bit of TV – but the vibe is the same, and the characters are the same.” (David Tennant)

“It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it.” (Billie Piper)

Matt Lucas talked with the DWM team about his new autobiography, which he wrote while playing Nardole in the tenth series of Doctor Who.

In the second part of DWM interview, the Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future.

Doctor Who Magazine 518 was on sale from Thursday 19 October, price £5.99.

Doctor Who Magazine issue 518

Doctor Who at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Peter Capaldi takes a bow: in this highlight from the Doctor Who Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, he delights the audience with a heartfelt speech about his co-stars.

He also gets standing ovation and gives a speech.

Stephen Moffat says that backlash to Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the new Doctor is fake news, not true.

In this highlight from the panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, showrunner Steven Moffat explains the difference between ‘The Doctor’ and ‘Doctor Who’.

Comic Con 2017 panel news, season 10 & highlights

Full interview with Peter Capaldi & Steven Moffat on IMDb at Comic-Con.

Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Michelle Gomez and writer Mark Gatiss open up about the first female doctor, “Broadchurch” star Jodie Whittaker, and the upcoming Christmas special.

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 12 – The Doctor falls

About 20 years ago, in another science fiction series, Dellen was tested just to convince Kosh that she was the right person in the right place in the war that was following. The inquisitor wanted to know if the Minbari ambassador was ready to fight and die, even alone and without anyone knowing about that. Delenn passed that test with Sheridan’s help, and later they would become one of the most interesting couples in Babylon 5.

The last episode of season 10 reminded me about the episode from 2 decades ago: the Doctor also passed the test, and, further more, he also needed his friends to survive a war he mostly won.

The children he protected from the Cybermen were saved, with Nardole’s help – he stayed there to took care of them. Bill Pots became the Cybermen, with the personality mostly intact, and she stood next to the Doctor until the end. She had an unexpected help to save herself and the Time Lord, and after that she continued her trip through the Universe, as Clara Oswald and Ashildr did in the last series finale. I don’t think we’ll see them (too soon) in Doctor Who.

Master-Missy’s suicide was one of the strangest moment in the series (at least the new ones), and not such unexpected. Missy won’t return, but we could meet again the Master: he was considered gone / dead / without return before but he found his way back to stand with / against the Doctor.

The Time Lord wins the battle, but not without self sacrifice, and the regeneration started in spite his opposition. The Doctor falls only to meet the first Doctor, the original one: David Bradley, the one who played William Hartnell in the anniversary episode An adventure in space and time.

Some would say that episode directed by Rachel Talalay based on a story written by Steven Moffat is an emotional episode, others would say it’s the best episode for Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s departure (they will leave the show after series 10 / Christmas special episode). And they would not be (very) wrong.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), John Simm (The Master), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Rosie Boore (Gazron), David Bradley (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen – voice), Simon Coombs (Rexhill), Stephanie Hyam (Heather), Briana Shann (Alit), Samantha Spiro (Hazran).

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 11 – World enough and time

What do you think that could happen if you try to change a psychopath murderer to change? Does she / he deserve to give him / her a chance because you are very old friends or everything is already lost and you only can lock him / her somewhere (in a vault, for example), throw away the key and then leave without looking back?

The best part of time travel stories is that you can combine the old and the new, and they could coexist (sort of, depending of the rules of the story) in the same space-time continuum. This episode is only the first part of the story, and its final will make you hardly wait the next part.

To give Missy a chance a signal requesting help was randomly chosen, so the Doctor, Missy, Nardole and Bill get trapped into a 400 miles long and 100 miles wide near a black hole.

After Bill is shot with the Doctor standing there, almost helpless, her body is taken to be repaired. She expects her friends to save her, but they get there too late because of the temporal difference between the different parts of the ship.

The Mondasian Cybermen (the characters created by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler several decades ago) return, but only one is presented in full gear – and it looks much better (and maybe frightening?) that the more modern version of cybernetic humans. Some people could say that the title of the episode is wrong, perhaps it should be Genesis of the Mondasian Cybermen instead of World enough and time.

John Sims returns to Doctor Who as the Master, and the perspective of him and Missy standing next to each other, separated only by the Cyberman he created, is not pleasant of all.

The timing of the episode directed by Rachel Talalay and written by Steven Moffat is great, but some elements still remain to be revealed in the second part of the story.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen – voice), Paul Brightwell (Surgeon), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Oliver Lansley (Jorj), Alison Lintott (Nurse), John Simm (The Master).

The twelfth & final episode of series 10 is The Doctor Falls: the Mondasian Cybermen are on the rise. It’s time for the Doctor’s final battle.

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 10 – The eaters of light

Peter Capaldi returns home, and the Romans soldiers return in a brand new Doctor Who episode, no matter that the Doctor and his companions arrive to Scotland after the ninth legion was massacred. The disappearance of the trained 5,000 soldiers from Roman surviving archives is still debated, but there are possible explanations and books about that period.

Bill Pots (Pearl Mackie) had read some time ago a book about that period (probably The eagle of the ninth written in 1954 by the writer Rosemary Sutcliff), so she has a theory about what happened there, and the Doctor owner of a time machine try to show her she was wrong.

The trio (The Doctor, Bill and Nardole) got to highlands of Scotland and they started walking in different directions: Bill was searching the Romans, the Doctor and Nardole found the Picts (the well-armed natives, ancestors of scots). The disappearance of ninth legion could not have an entirely human explanation (a fight between invaders and natives and the massacre of the Romans by the Picts), so the new Doctor Who monster appears and kills again. And the few Roman survivors, young enough to consider them almost children, have to unite their forces with the native survivors of the same age to trap the creature and make it leave.

The help from the time travelers is welcomed, but, eventually, it’s not their fight to finish.

The fans of Outlander, the series of books and the show based on them will be glad watching this Doctor Who episode and the common elements of the two stories. It’s one of the Peter Capaldi’s last adventures as the Doctor Who: there are only 2 episodes until the end of series 10, a story in 2 parts, and after that Peter will leave the show. We may wait until the Christmas special episode for the conclusion, but the result is already known.

Directed by Charlie Palmer, written by Rona Munro. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Rebecca Benson (Kar), Daniel Kerr (Ban), Brian Vernel (Lucius), Rohan Nedd (Simon), Ben Hunter (Thracius), Sam Adewunmi (Vitus), Billy Matthews (Cornelius), Aaron Phagura (Marc), Jocelyn Brassington (Judy), Lewis McGowan (Brother).

Next episode, the eleventh of series 10, and the first part of the finale is World Enough and Time: friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy…

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 9 – Empress of Mars

If you love Jules Verne’s stories you will also love the ninth episode of series 10: a group of British soldier from Victorian time arrived to Mars. In the year 1881. And the Doctor gets into it after NASA’s rover discovers the message these soldier let behind under the ice cap on the pole, a century and some years later: God save the queen. The Doctor soon find out that an Ice Warrior took the British soldiers with him from Earth to help him reach the Ice Warrior queen’s sarcophagus (the Ice queen is a first in the show).

The soldier in red quicky become an invading force, a doomed one as long as the native’s technology is much more superior than the invading one. And the Doctor have to save both sides from certain death: the old war, from so many years ago, let Mars without atmosphere and Ice Warriors could hardly restore their civilisation on the surface.

Bill’s role was not important, almost decoratif. No trace of her personality was obvious, as a part of certain fact: she was only a woman between mail warriors (including the Doctor).

Directed by Wayne Yip, written by Mark Gatiss. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Richard Ashton (Friday), Ian Beattie (Jackdaw), Anthony Calf (Godsacre), Lesley Ewen (Coolidge), Bayo Gbadamosi (Vincey), Ian Hughes (Knibbs), Ferdinand Kingsley (Catchlove), Adele Lynch (Iraxxa), Glenn Speers (Sgt Maj Peach).

Next episode, the tenth of series 10, it’s “The Eaters of Light”: a long time ago, the ninth legion of the Roman army vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army. In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world…

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 8 – The lie of the land

The last part of the trilogy with alien monks that had to be invited to rule the planet is a little strange, but it works somehow with the Doctor’s way. It’s strange that he work with the enemies for 6 months, fighting on the other side, or he had to test Bill in such a manner that she almost killed him, but after the moment of regeneration he comes to his senses and he starts doing his job – to try to save the world. Sort of.

In a world with the history rewritten to allow actions without boundaries for some people, in which the people not submitting to rules are thrown into prison, how could you fight against the abuse of power? Who could help you do that?

Eventually Bill is the key to solve the problem, and Missy’s advices only confirm that. Doctor’s cruel test, which could have a very different output, assured him that Bill was not under the monks control, but it was only the first step: only the person that accepted the aliens has the power to make them leave Earth. Not even the Doctor could do that, but he helped Bill with pictures that made her create the imaginary relation with her mother.

The most interesting moment of the episode is the one Missy is showing her emotions.

Directed by Wayne Yip, written by Toby Whithouse. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Beatrice Curnew (Group Commander), Emma Handy (Mother), Jamie Hill (Monk), Solomon Israel (Richard), Rosie Jane (Bill’s Mum), Stewart Wright (Alan).

Next time, it’s “Empress of Mars”, the ninth episode of Series 10: The Doctor, Bill and Nardole arrive on Mars, and find themselves in an impossible conflict between Ice Warriors… and Victorian soldiers. As the Martian hive awakens around them, the Doctor faces a unique dilemma – this time the humans, not the Ice Warriors are the invaders. When Earth is invading Mars, whose side is he on?

Series 10, episode 7, The pyramid at the end of the world

The story that started with the last week episode, Extremis, continues with something interesting: a 5,000 years old pyramid suddenly appears into a war zone, between the Russian, American and Chinese armies. And the Earth’s president, the Doctor, is called to solve the mistery. Last week the Pope from Vatican appeared into Bill’s house, along some cardinals, and now she and her friends are visited by the Secretary General of the UN – a very good moment to joke about orange president we all know.

The blind Doctor needs Nardole’s help to interact with the monks just to find out that the world is about to end because of a mistake whose effect will get out of control. And the alien monks can save the planet, but with one condition: to be accepted, to be asked to rule the planet as thei like.

But the saviors you invite in your home can be worse than the monsters they save you from, so watch what’s next. The story is not over yet, the third part is next, but for the moment the danger is gone, and the Doctor recover his sight just the see the monks accepted by the favourite earthling. Only for saving him.

Written by Peter Harness, Steven Moffat, directed by Daniel Nettheim. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny), Tim Bentinck (Monks (voice)), Andrew Byron (Ilya), Daphne Cheung (Captain Xiaolian), Rachel Denning (Erica), Tony Gardner (Douglas), Nigel Hastings (The Commander), Jamie Hill (Monk), Togo Igawa (Secretary General of the UN), Eben Young (Col Don Brabbit).

The eight episode of series 10, The Lie of the Land, is the last part of the story: the world is gripped by a mass delusion and only Bill Potts can see the truth. When even the Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it’s up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can’t do that, she may just have to kill her best friend…

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 6 – Extremis

Ok, Missy is returning just to be executed. Sort of. By the Doctor. And the Doctor has to get her body into a vault and to protect it for a millennium because of the possible relapses. Sort of.

But the relation between Master / Missy and the Doctor is not quite so simple, and things can always turn to unexpected. The good part is that the identity of the creature inside the vault is now clear (it’s not a surprise – the fans have guessed it since last week), the less than good part is that your favorite Time Lord could let her out soon, depending the circumstance.

Earth is threatened by another invasion, a special one: this time the aliens are using simulations to study the reaction of the being on the surface. For the people inside the projections (something similar with the holodeck from Star Trek) there is no hope and no chance of escape, and that’s why when finding the Truth (one of the books hidden in Haereticum, one of secret archives inside Vatican) they prefer the non-existence. Or suicide, or erasing themselves from the system – tell it how you want.

Extremis is one of the best episodes of the series, and it’s the first one in a three parts story. it’s the moment when the Pope from Vatican requests a private audience from the Doctor and ask for his help about a text called the Veritas (the truth): all the people that have read it (while translating or after that) killed themselves. The text was online, being send by email to several institutions around the globe, and the Doctor had to decipher it and stop its effects before becoming viral.

Find out more watching the story written by Steven Moffat and directed by Daniel Nettheim. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira), Corrado Invernizzi (Cardinal Angelo), Joseph Long (The Pope), Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny), Ivanno Jeremiah (Rafando), Francesco Martino (Piero), Alana Maria (Pentagon Woman), Laurent Maurel (Nicolas).

The Pyramid at the End of the World is the seventh episode of Series 10. Synopsis: A 5,000 year-old Pyramid stands at the center of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face an alien invasion unlike any other, and before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race…

Series 10, episode 4 – Knock knock

A cheap rent into a big house with big rooms? Who could refuse something like this when you don’t have too much money to spend? Does it matter that the building is old and not well maintained, or that it’s haunted or that people are disappearing without a trace during the night? Does it matter that the walls are eating humans instead of dinner or that the landlord is a strange untrusting fellow?

The fourth episode of 10th series is closer to a horror movie than the everyday Doctor Who episode, but the story also have some emotional moments: the reasons things were put into motion, 7 decades ago, bringing mother and child to the current situation. The story has a logic of its own, it works in some degree, and you may compare it (more or less realistic) withe the popular episode from 2007, Blink.

Long story short: Bill is moving in a strange new house with some mates. David Suchet changed from Hercule Poirot, the detective created by Agatha Cristie – the Doctor met her a few seasons ago – to this strange character that shows the students their new home. The first and only night they are spending there is a frightening one (they don’t need the Doctor’s help to be terrified but he is offering gladly his support), and things became unpleasant. People are missing (almost) without a trace, they become food for the creatures from inside the house, and you have to find out alone how they are getting out from that trap.

The identity of the creature in the vault is another mystery, one will find out soon. Probably it’s connected with Master / Missy and John Simm‘s return in this season – it would be a reason good enough for the Doctor to stick around all the time and to stop the prisoner to escape.

Directed by Bill Anderson, written by Mike Bartlett. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Sam Benjamin (Estate Agent), Mandeep Dhillon (Shireen), Mariah Gale (Eliza), Alice Hewkin (Felicity), Tate Pitchie-Cooper (Young Landlord), Ben Presley (Paul), Colin Ryan (Harry), Bart Suavek (Pavel), David Suchet (The Landlord).

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered – and the dead are still walking! In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all…

Doctor Who series 10 episode 3: Thin ice

In the previous episode Bill wanted to get into the future, now she and the Doctor get into the past, in 1814 London. And the episode 3 starts from the moment the previous one finishes, with an elephant and an entire fair on the frozen surface of Thames.

Historically speaking, Thames has frozen 23 times starting the XIVth century (and the ice was thick enough for the people to walk over it). The year 1814 was the last one when this has happened, something that was a reason good enough to be used as background for several episode during the last decade of new Doctor Who.

But a huge creature hunts under the ice, and every time someone gets under it (with or without the fishes with lights) he / she becomes food for something else. More: the one that Doctor calls Tiny or the Monster of Loch-Less or Not-so-tiny mermaid has been kept captive for decades, feeding with people from London for the benefits of others.

One of the children that have stolen the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver becomes food for fishes, a motif good enough for Bill to ask the Doctor about his 2,000 years story and the deads that hunts him after so many wars and adventures. The 10th episode of series 10 is a good motiv for the Doctor’s memorables speeches, even if it’s a shorter than the on from episode 10, series 9, The Zygon Inverson.

The Doctor and Bill borrows some diving suites in order to get on the bottom of Thames, under the thin ice, to discover more about the creature and how it got there. But you have to find out the details alone, watching the episode.

Directed by Bill Anderson, written by Sarah Dollard. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Nicholas Burns (Sutcliffe), Asiatu Koroma (Kitty), Peter Singh (Pie-man), Simon Ludders (Overseer), Tomi May (Dowell), Austin Taylor (Spider), Ellie Shenker (Dot), Kishaina Thiruselvan (Harriet), Badger Skelton (Perry).

In the next episode, Knock knock, Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak, and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it?

2016 Christmas special episode: The return of Doctor Mysterio

The only episode (special or not) for the year 2016 was broadcast last night. After River Song’s dead (Clara is only a distant memory, so unclear she is not even mentioned) and an absence of 24 years, the Doctor returns to Earth, and for the first time he has to compete with another type of super-hero for the people’s hearts. Or, with other words, this is how Superman’s story would look like when she is told by a British fellow.

With the Doctor as a secondary character, because his presence is necessary to offer support for the hero and context to his story. Superheroes does not exists on Doctor Who universe (ok, ok, maybe with the exception of this Christmas special episode), but the cartoons with them do exist. To find out how they created this exception you will have to watch the episode.

The 10th series of new Doctor Who will return to British television screens next year. Nardole returned to the Christmas special episode (and his resurrection is interesting) and he is something more the the idiot robot from the previous episode – the character has an unexpected insight, can pilot the TARDIS and will be appearing in several episodes from the new series.

The episode was directed by Ed Bazalgette, the story written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Justin Chatwin (Grant Gordon / The Ghost, Charity Wakefield (Lucy Fletcher), Adetomiwa Edun (Mr Brock), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Dr Sim), Logan Hoffman (Young Grant), Daniel Lorente (Teen Grant), Sandra Teles (Reporter), Tanroh Ishida (Operator), Vaughn Johseph (Soldier).

Filming series 10

They started filming about two weeks ago. The weather was on their side: it started snowing in June!

Matt Lucas returns to Doctor Who show and and gives you a sneak peak of his first day of filming. That happened a week ago.

The Husbands of River Song extra – Christmas 2015 special episode

Alex Kingston about returning as River Song and why she loves it.

This year the Christmas presents galore! Alex Kingston and Matt Lucas swap pressies and tell us about festive Doctor Who fun!

This could be one of the creepiest things ever: Greg Davies gazes into the face of a ghastly future…

But even so, Greg Davies is delighted to be playing Hydroflax!

Anyway… you should watch out! There are monsters in the shadows of Doctor Who sets, as Greg Davies found out!

Doctor Who, Christmas special episode 2015 – The husbands of River Song

Or Doctor and River Song’slast aventure (a sort of, because she gets into the Library – episode 8, season 4 – and dies in the second part of the story sacrificing herself to save the Time Lord she loved), or the last 24 years night for the favorite Time Lord and his wife. Name it as you want, all the variants are good.

But this does not mean that this Christmas special episode is River’s last adventure along Doctor’s side – she has kept meeting with the Time Lord in the wrong order for 200 years (you should already know enough details about that) not to offer her a chance to continue their adventures in the right order. Jenna Coleman left recently the show, and Clara Oswald has her chance (a small one, but it’s there) to come back in Doctor’s life, sometime in the future. River was already saved (in electronic format, as a part of the database of the Library), she can easily come back in some form or another – nothing lasts forever, everything changes, and any additional information about the Executive Producers’ plans for her are probably secret.

The action was pretty bad: they wanted to be action packed and funny, but they didn’t make it quite right. They put the accent on funny discussions, the actors seemed sometime not realistic, but they had some good moments: the one when Riven realizes that the man standing next to her is the one she was searching the entire episode, and their connection in that very moment was just great, even if it wasn’t quite good before. If you want to relax a bit and just to have some fun than it’s a good story, but you shouldn’t expect too much from that.

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon, written by Steven Moffat and Toby Whithouse (character “Kahler”).

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Alex Kingston (River Song), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Greg Davies (King Hydroflax), Phillip Rhys (Ramone), Rowan Polonski (Flemming), Robert Curtis (Scratch), Anthony Cozens (Concierge), Chris Lew Kim Hoi (Alphonse), Nicolle Smartt (Receptionist), Liam Cook (King Hydrofla’s Body), Nonso Anozie (Hydroflax – voice).

The husbands of River Song preview & introduction

“Are you the surgeon?” – Nardole (Matt Lucas) and the Doctor are on a mission in this Christmas special episode.

The Doctor reunites with River – the moment when Nardole introduces the Time Lord to River Song. This should be interesting! Very interesting! Tell me, do you thing that the Doctor will tell her who he is? When?

Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston introduce ‘The Husbands of River Song’.

Alex Kingston and Matt Lucas swap pressies and tell you about festive Doctor Who fun!