Peter Capaldi reflects on leaving Doctor Who as his final moment approaches, alongside Mark Gatiss and Toby Whithouse. There are just few days left until the magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s journey, and we will all sees the Time Lord teaming up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.
Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story. An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning.
Mark Gatiss talks about the emotions on set during filming and about working with Peter Capaldi for his last episode. He told BUILD about the final outing for Peter and filming the 2017 Christmas special episode.
If you already watched the previous episode (Under the lake) you already know the first part of the story: the Doctor and Clara are brought by the TARDIS to a underwater base set for exploring oil, people are dying one by one and they transform into criminal ghosts. At the end of third episode the Doctor and 2 companions travel back in time, before the dam being destroyed and before the lake covering the nearby town, just in the moment of the arrival of the alien ship that started all the problems you already know.
The episode is quite predictable, especially because some elements could be guessed deducted quite easy because of the Doctor’s ghost appearance, and the new elements that you descover now does not influence the result too much. More: you are given the key element of the action in the beginning of the episode, so you can relax, watch the action unfolding and the confrontation between the Doctor and The Fisher King.
The good thing is that action is not slow, it keeps you alert even if you already know some of the key elements and you find out about everything you need from the beginning. More: you could become curious to find out how the characters discover the unknown elements of the puzzle and how they solve their problems. Or how they can create exactly the future they wanted in order keep their personal past unchanged. The two episodes succeed in creating a circular story that can only be developed with time travels.
In this episode the action is jumping from the year 2119 to 1980, during the cold war, into a training town for learning people to live in Russia. The alien ship had just arrived, and Prentis, the Tivolian that became the first ghost, was still alive. The two energy sources were on the ship, also the Tivolian’s master, The Fisher King. But he wasn’t exactly dead, and from this moment you have to watch the episode to find out for yourselves the rest of the story.
On the other end of time stream, on the base into the future, Clara is behaving very much alike the Doctor. And, at least in some degree, she knows about this transformation and that huge gap between the others (the old Clara) and the current Clara.
Directed by Daniel O’Hara, written by Toby Whithouse. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Arsher Ali (Bennett), Morven Christie (O’Donnell), Neil Fingleton (The Fisher King), Zaqi Ismail (Lunn), Paul Kaye (Prentis), Sophie Leigh Stone (Cass), Colin McFarlane (Moran), Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Peter Serafinowicz (The Fisher King – voce), Corey Taylor (The Fisher King).
The next episode of series 9 is The girl who died. With some weird vikings and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from Game of Thrones).
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Meet the Fisher King: Peter Capaldi talks him and Game of Thrones.
Jenna Coleman talks about the Sonic Shades – the Doctor’s wearable technology!
What’s it like playing a Tivolian on Doctor Who? Paul Kaye tells us all how is playing Prentis.
Slipknot on Doctor Who set: Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame visits the TARDIS and lends his roar to the Fisher King!
Strictly come ghosting: behind-the-scenes at Before the Flood ‘Ghost Camp’!
Why is Clara like the Doctor? Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat discuss the development of Clara.
Peter Capaldi tells you what it’s like to become a monster, a ghost!
A town covered by water after a damn broke, an underwater base built near by, on the bottom of the lake, to explore some oil, and than abandoned, an alien spaceship found after mapping the area and then brought inside the base.
Are these reasons good enought to bring in the Doctor? Yes and no. Let’s add a new reason: the dead people are transforming into ghosts and try to kill the living near them. But not before accomplishing some necessary conditions: they had to gather information to send a message.
Now that’s enough to call the Doctor? Or for the TARDIS to get him there for no apparent reason and for no request from the Doctor – a habit you found out about in the episode The Doctor’s Wife: the Time Lord arrive not only where he wants, but also where he needs to be. He and the people depending of his help. And the base from under the lake, 3 days after the alien ship was brought inside, is the exact place and time for Doctor’s and Clara’s presence.
Clara. The impossible girl that is more and more like the Doctor is always prepared for adventures and she take control of the action when she has to. Too much active, she wouldn’t return home for a break (but, wait, after Danny Pink’s death she does not need that) and you should start thinking about that. I am curious to find out how all this action will end for Clara – it is already known that she’s leaving the TARDIS for good sometime this season, and her departure will be memorable.
Returning to the base on the bottom of the lake – the Doctor, Clara and the survivors of the initial team succed in trapping the ghost trying to solve the mystery of the alien spaceship and its user (who’s body is recovered and got back). Suspended between life and dead, he / she / it left behind a message that force the visitors to act even after death. The action take place in the year 2119 and it’s continuation happens a few hundreds of years earlier.
The episode os ok, it has a good atmosphere, it has humor, it’s a classical Doctor’s adventure when he has to solve a crises, but it could be better: some of the characters could be used more, and the case of the ghosts look a lot like the chase from Alien 3. Considering the final (you will have to find it by yourself) it’s easy to guess understand that the inhabitants of the alien spaceship is the Doctor itself, even if the original owner was somebody else.
Written by Toby Whithouse, directed by Daniel O’Hara, produced by Derek Ritchie. Executive producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Colin McFarlane (Moran), Sophie Stone (Cass), Zaqi Ismail (Lunn), Morven Christie (O’Donnell), Arsher Ali (Bennet), Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Paul Kaye (Prentis).
The next episode, the second and final part of the story, is Before the flood.
Do I have to remind you that Ben Browder is going to guest star this week in Doctor Who?
I hope not! I hope you are already ready for the show and you are expecting it!
The actor known for his roles in Farscape and Stargate SG-1 willÂ play the cowboy Isaac in Wild West adventure A Town Called Mercy, the episode that’s going to be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday.
“It’s amazing thatÂ Doctor WhoÂ can attract these international stars,” Doctor Who writer Whithouse toldÂ SFX. “He was fantastic. I was really, really pleased that we got him because it’s an odd part – that character Isaac.
“Ben has this rather beautiful innate nobility that he manages to just convey, very simply and very economically. It was absolutely how I saw the character, so I was really thrilled with him, and delighted with his performance.”
Toby Whithouse also joked that he had avoidedÂ Doctor Who‘s previous jaunt to the Wild West – 1966’s William Hartnell adventure ‘The Gunfighters’.
Doctor WhoÂ continues this Saturday (September 15) at 7.35pm on BBC One. In the US, the series airs on BBC America.
As announced on the official site, filming the season 7 of Doctor Who will start tomorrow in Cardiff and somewhere in Wales. There were announced a lot of surprises, as usual, especially itâ€™s already been confirmed that Toby Whithouse and Chris Chibnall are writing episodes for the new series of Doctor Who.
The first director to shout ‘action’ will be the award-winning Saul Metzstein whose previous credits include Micro Men (starring Alexander Armstrong and Martin Freeman), the critically acclaimed Late Night Shopping and BBC Wales’ Upstairs Downstairs. For the very first time, Doctor Who will be produced at the new BBC Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff, whichÂ officiallyÂ open in March. The production team includes Steven Moffat (Executive Producer and lead writer), Caroline Skinner (Executive Producer) and Marcus Wilson (Producer).
The new series will see Matt Smith return as the Doctor in what Steven Moffat has described as ‘the biggest, the best and the most ambitious season we’ve ever made’. Karen Gillan (Amy) and Arthur Darvill (Rory) are both back, for what will be their final voyage with the Doctor – a thrilling rollercoaster ride which will culminate in a heart-breaking farewell to the Ponds. But there will be more shocks, surprises and adventures to come when the Doctor meets a new friend, in the last very place he could ever have expected…