Find out why Doctor Who’s Executive Producer & Lead Writer Steven Moffat is scared to be invisible – and what WHO monster he’d bring to a party. Plus, what he really thinks about American chocolate… on BBC America.
The new issue of DWM is out today with two covers, featuring all the news about the recent discoveries of The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, and an interview with the man who found them, Philip Morris.
The magazine also includes An Adventure in Space and Time preview; Waris Hussein interview; feature on Sydney Newman; Genesis of the Daleks feature; Welcome to Tickle Town Part 2; and Steven Moffat writing about Matt Smith’s last day in the TARDIS.
The big news from tonight is the Peter Capaldi’s introduction as the Twelfth Doctor. He should be replacing Matt Smith on Christmas special episode, when the Eleventh Doctor will regenerate from one reason or another.
The future Time Lord was among the guests on tonight’s show – Doctor Who Live: The Twelfth Doctor – who also included guests as the fifth Doctor Peter Davison, fellow Who alumnus Bernard Cribbins and celebrity fans Daniel Roache, Rufus Hound and Liza Tarbuck.
There were contributions, too, from Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, and former companions Anneke Wills, who played Polly, Katy Manning, aka Jo Grant, Janet Fielding, who was Tegan, and Bonnie Langford, known to fans as Mel.
Well… there are 2 problems about this new Doctor.
the Doctor Who episode named The fire of Pompeii
The Doctor Who’s spinoff, Torchwood
The actor Peter Capaldi appeared in both. So… In Torchwood the Doctor and Peter Capaldi’s character never met (as far as I remember), but David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) saved Peter Capaldi’s character and family from the vulcano’s killer breath.
There are 2 options about the tonight announcement:
it’s a hoax. A part of Steven Moffat’s lies, a trial to save the show and the surprises he’s preparing for us for the end of the year.
it’s for real, and Steven Moffat will have some explaining to do. 😀 A very very very good reason why the new Doctor is identical to the previous characters.
Doctor Who made a presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 these days. You couldn’t get into Hall H for Doctor Who’s packed-house 50th Anniversary Panel Hall H and are you interested to find out more?
Well… Watch the highlights now and get all the scoop from stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, Executive Producer & Lead Writer Steven Moffat, producer Marcus Wilson, writer Mark Gatiss and “An Adventure in Space and Time” star David Bradley.
Discover why Steven Moffat thinks The Doctor would be shocked to find out there’s a show about him, and what other Doctor Who characters MATT & JENNA would want to play.
Plus, find out Mark Gatiss’s favorite memory from season 7, and whether they’ll ever shoot more episodes in America.
And you don’t want to miss Matt Smith on how Doctor Who has changed his life, and his parting thoughts on his last Comic-Con as The Doctor.
I think that many of the ones expecting the final episode of series 7, The name of the Doctor, were in some degree dissapointed about the way Steven Moffat has chosen to solve the Clara Oswald’s mystery. Last week, since the release of the last episode, Nightmare in Silver, a lot of ideas about her identity appeared: she was the Doctor and River Song’s daughter, she was a future incanation of the Doctor (the 12th or the 13th), she was some lost Time Lord from the old series (especially that Steven Moffat said that Clara and the Doctor have met many times in his past), etc. You can search for these ideas, unless you already had some of these them (or similar). But, eventually, the impossible girl was a regular human girl, as you all know – the Doctor studied her life closely.
But how she got to be that special? Not only for the Doctor, but for the entire Universe? Let me tell you, but for this I have to start with the beginning: a convict in the Victorian England told Madame Vastra that the Whispers have spoken about the greatest Doctor’s secret, the one he will take to the grave, and that it was found. Worried, Vastra and Jenny make a conference beyond space and time summoining Strax (left on vacantion), Clara Oswald from 2013, and River Song. The deceased River Song, the one saved by the Doctor as software in the Library’s database (the episodes Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead). The general conclusion, just before being attacked by the new monsters (first time presented in this episode), the Whisperes, is that they have to get to Tranzelor.
Everyone return to his own reality: Vastra to Jenny’s dead body, Strax to the place he was spending his free weekend – they get captured by the Whisperers… and the Great Intelligence impersonated by the same doctor Simeon you could watch in the Christmas special episode. Or almost the same: the Great Inelligence used only his image. Probably you remember that Strax was a nurse at some point, he was recruted along with Vastra, Jenny, Dorian and many others to save Amy Pond and her daughter in the episode A good man goes to war. That knowledge help Strax to save Jenny, but they were of no use when all 3 of them are in danger to lose their lifes, several minutes later.
Clara, along with River Song’s ghost, returns home, meet the Doctor and she tells him about the conference, the message and the trip they have to make to Trenzalor. The expresion “to keep a secret to the grave” has a new meening: the Doctor’s grave is on Trenzalor, the Time Lords’ and their TARDIS-es planet-cemetery. Everybody dies, even the aliens with regenerative powers, and one of the problems about the time travels is that the travelers are put (sometimes) in the situation to visit their own grave. Hardly, Clara, the Doctor and the TARDIS get there, meet their friends and they are almost put to death in order to make the Time Lord to speak his name loudly in order to open his grave to all the visitors.
Do you really think that was a body inside? After the Doctor changed so many bodies during his long life in order to survice? I am letting you find out alone what was in the grave. I only can say that the Great Intelligence’s plan for revenge was to kill the Doctor in all the moments of his life, and the access to his remains was necessary for that action. To save the Doctor Clara accepts to break her being into millions of pieces all along the time and space – the entire Universe. She was always present in Doctor’s life, helping and saving him in ways he would never have suspected until now.
It was an excellent episode, showing the vulnerabilities of a man who’s name alone made entire armies to run away. River and Doctor’s love endures even after her death, and their story will continue further – it remains to watch it how. And John Hurt’s appearance in the end was sensational, he is that incarantion that will betray the name of the Doctor by taking tough decisions necessary to peace and sanity – probably of the entire Universe.
The next episode will be released in November 23drd, 50th anniversary from the release of the first episode of Doctor Who, and it’s created special for this. And, as it is said, it will be extraordinary. 😀
Director: Saul Metzstein, writer and producer: Steven Moffat.
Cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswald), Richard E. Grant (The Great Intelligence), Samuel Irvine (Messenger Boy), Alex Kingston (River Song), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Nasi Voutsas (Andro).
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.”
Go inside the Doctor’s relationship with Madame Vastra, Jenny & Strax – and discover what classic British comedy Matt Smith based his relationship with Strax on, and what led Steven Moffat to create such a unique character.
“I think those three should have their own show… They are just brilliant.”
BBC Cymru Wales has announced that Brian Minchin is to be the new Executive Producer of Doctor Who, alongside showrunner Steven Moffat.
You may have noticed him before, because he is not new in the field: he has previously worked on Wizards Vs Aliens, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood to name but a few. For now (as it is said in the announcement) Brian Minchin is an Executive Producer in BBC Wales drama, currently working on The Game, a new Cold War spy thriller from Toby Whithouse for BBC One, and Wizards Vs Aliens, Russell T Davies’ hit show for CBBC. He has also worked as BBC Executive Producer on Dirk Gently and Being Human.
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, adds: “When I first took over Doctor Who, Brian was there as script editor, and in the most difficult time of a new Doctor and a new era, was completely brilliant. We lost him to producing The Sarah Jane Adventures at the end of our first run. Rising talent keeps rising, is how I comforted myself back then – but now I am beyond happy that Brian has risen all the way back to Doctor Who, in his new role of Executive Producer. I look forward to getting hopelessly lost in space and time with him.”
You can find more information about Brian Minchin here.
It should be interesting to see his support on Doctor Who series, especially because it’s a special year, with the 50th anniversary and all other good stuff… 😀
Watch and enjoy an All New Doctor Who inside look at the New TARDIS – featuring Exclusive Interviews with Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman and lead writer & executive producer Steven Moffat.
“It’s a time machine, be more impressed!”
Take it from the Doctor – and get the exclusive scoop about the all new redesigned TARDIS flying across all of Space & Time this Spring. Find out how long JENNA was shooting before she got to work on it – and how STEVEN looked back to Classic WHO for inspiration to the new design.
If you are a Whovian you should hurry to get this weekâ€™sÂ Radio Times (the magazineâ€™s available to buy now from all good newsagents priced Â£1.60.) because it includesÂ an exclusiveÂ Doctor WhoÂ wall chart and aÂ double-pageÂ guide to every episode from the second part of series 7 by Steven Moffat. That guide contains airdates,Â guest star information, detailed plot synopses and a lot of other things.
Also youâ€™ll be able to readÂ Matt SmithÂ andÂ Jenna Louise-Colemanâ€™s thoughts about the relationship between the Doctor and his companion as it will grow and develop on screen over the coming weeks.
They say in this article that youâ€™ll be able to brighten up your bedroom (and possibly give yourself nightmares) with our jumbo wall chart, which profiles all the latest Who villains like the Ice Warriors, the Vigil and the Whispermen in graphic detail.
As a part of the usual secrecy around new Doctor Who episodes, the executive producer Steven Moffat has been talking into an article published on Radio Times about the precautions he is taking to ensure that plot details of the show’s 50th anniversary aren’t leaked in advance:
â€œThereâ€™s one length Iâ€™ve gone to, which I think is a really good security measure â€“ I make sure I donâ€™t get a script. Because I will lose it. So I forbid people to hand me one. Itâ€™s just on my computer at home under lock and key,â€ he revealed.
â€œWell, you cultivate the habit of giving nothing away,â€ said Matt Smith who joined Steven Moffat. â€œAnd then itâ€™s quite nice. Youâ€™re sat on all this information and people are genuinely intrigued. Itâ€™s one of the responsibilities of being in this show. You have to discrete about what you tell people, but you have to give people enough. But the show is based on impact and delivering it on a Saturday night to people in their homes.â€
â€œYou wonâ€™t be disappointed,â€ said Matt SmithÂ in reaction to seeing the script. â€œI read it and I clapped at the end. I think itâ€™s hilarious and I think itâ€™s epic and I think itâ€™s vast. Iâ€™m telling you nothing more. But you will not be disappointed. I think itâ€™s going to be the biggest, the best, the most inventive, the most exciting year for the show. The script delivers on all those points that you want it to for where the show is at this time. Itâ€™s brilliant.â€
Speaking at the press launch for the new series, which begins on Saturday 30 March, the 30-year-old actor added: â€œIt somehow manages to pay homage to everything and look forward. And I think thatâ€™s the genius of it.â€
Tom Spilsbury, the Doctor Who Magazine editor,Â said on Twitter to say that filming on the 50thÂ anniversary episode is due to begin in April. Filming was supposed to start today, but the schedule was altered.
Do you remember Clara’s short trip into the TARDIS? It happened on Christmas, in the episode called The Snowmen. None of us could see the interior of Tardis, beyond the main console room, at least not yet, but that’s going to change soon.
â€œWeâ€™ve built the rest of theÂ Tardis!â€ saysÂ Doctor WhoÂ showrunnerÂ Steven MoffatÂ of upcoming episode Journey to the Centre of theÂ Tardis.
“The idea is in the title; weâ€™re going to journey to the centre of theÂ Tardis. Weâ€™ve got some great visuals for that,â€ he revealed at this yearâ€™s Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles.
Ashley Walters, who guest stars in the episode, backed Moffat up when Radio Times last spoke to him, saying “in our episode it’ll be the first time people get to see so much of the Tardis.â€
The new interiors will be the work of production designer Michael Pickwoad, whose retro revamp of theÂ TardisÂ control room got a positive reception when it wasÂ unveiledÂ in December.
Series seven ofÂ Doctor WhoÂ returns about a month from now, with an Easter special on Saturday 30 March. The Journey to the Centre of theÂ TardisÂ is expected to come fifth in the run of these new episodes, which would mean an air date of 27 April.
Steven Moffat talks about Ice Warriors, Doctor Who 50th anniversary and plenty more in this interview piece filmed for this year’s Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles where it was screened on Sunday 17 February.
Radio Times proudly announces that the Doctor will begin his search for new companion Clara Oswin Oswald this Easter Saturday, 30 March 2013, on BBC1.
As you remember, Jenna-Louise Coleman’s character died in Asylum of the Dales… and The Snowmen.
Little else is known about the Doctor Who Easter specialÂ episode, other than that it will be penned by showrunner Steven Moffat, is directed by Colm McCarthyÂ and kicks off a run of eight installments that will conclude series seven.
The main question is… Can you wait until the end of March?
What would be your decision if you could decide how (who) you would be from one moment to the future. There is an article on Radio Times that says that Steven Moffat would rather be the Doctor than Sherlock. Considering that he is the lead writer for both characters that’s going to mea something.
Time Lord or detective? Ok, itâ€™s not quite Sophieâ€™s Choice but asking Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Steven Moffat to decide between the two characters who have defined his career is still a tough one.
â€œI think Iâ€™d want to be the Doctor because heâ€™s gonna live a lot longer â€“ obviously thatâ€™s a tremendous advantage,â€ said Moffat. â€œAlsoâ€¦ I think the Doctor is fundamentally quite happy and I think Sherlock Holmes isnâ€™t as content â€“ somehow heâ€™s striving for something he wonâ€™t have. I think, probably, in the dark of night, the Doctor is probably slightly happierâ€¦”
The Snowmen, the Christmas Special episode, had just been released yesterday… There is available a session ofÂ Questions and Answers with Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Steven Moffat about the episode and Doctor Who.
You may have watched the Doctor Who prequels or sneak peek from Graham Norton Show… anyway, here it is a new peek from the tomorrow episode: The Snowman. It contains interviews with Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) and his new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara), and the Executive Producer/Lead Writer Steven Moffat.
Discover what a Christmas Special is like for a character who “every day… wakes up like it’s Christmas.”Â And find out how the Doctor has changed since he lost the Ponds in “The Angels Take Manhattan” and what shakes him out of “Scrooge-mode”!
It does not seems too much since the Tardis design has been changed… It happened when the transition between the Tenth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor happened, when the Doctor and Amy Pond first met.
Well, it seems the time to some new changes. “On Christmas Day, the Doctor will usher you into a brand new world,” Steven Moffat told in a Radio Times interview.Â “[There’s] aÂ brand new Tardis:Â Same old police box, of course, but when you open those magic blue doors…” announces Moffat in the Christmas double issue of Radio Times magazine. ”
The lighting unit from above the Tardis console is adorned with symbols from the Time Lords’ Gallifreyan “alphabet” and is a darker, more serious-looking proposition to its predecessors (perhaps in keeping with the Time Lord’s post-Pond mood at the start of the Christmas episode).
Moffat said: “When you have a genius designer like Michael Pickwoad, and an opportunity like the Tardis, you’d be mad not to bring the two together.”
Pickwoad’s is the third design since Doctor Who relaunched in 2005. Both previous versions were by Edward Thomas. The classic 1963 original was by Peter Brachacki.
Over here there are more information about theÂ double issue of Radio Times magazine, the Christmas special episode and other interesting stuff.
The race called Daleks first appeared 49 years ago when the TARDIS visited a strange and sinister planet known as Skaroâ€¦ their homeworld.
To celebrate the Doctorâ€™s oldest alien adversaries the Doctor Who team from BBCÂ have begun a short series of videos which feature Doctor Whoâ€™s lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, discussing Daleks’ history. He selects a number of stories that are amongst his favourites and the most significant Dalek adventures, beginning, appropriately enough, with the Daleksâ€™ debut from December, 1963.
We all know Steven Moffat for the role he plays (behind the scenes) in Doctor Who series, but he is also known as the creator of Sherlock series.
Sherlock creator Steven Moffat has been handed the top prize at this year’s Writers’ Guild Awards.
Moffat, who also oversees Doctor Who, was honoured with the special award for outstanding writing.
Accepting the award, he told the London ceremony: “Write what you love. I’ve never loved anything as much as Doctor Who and Sherlock.”
You can find more information about who won what prices over here. I believe you are also interested in something that appears in the same article:Â Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, written by Phil Ford, took the prize for best children’s TV script for its episode The Curse of Clyde Langer.
Â Matt Smith visited the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff for the first time this month and unveiled new exhibits from series 7 (the first 5 episodes you already know), as well as literally cementing his place there along with Steven Moffat!
You will recognize in the video the Jenna-Louise’s shirt from The Asylum of the Daleks or the robots from Dinosaurs on a Spaceships, or Davros…