Have a look at the making of the Christmas Special 2013, the last go-round for Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor — and the first proper look at Peter Capaldi’s number Twelve.
Raggedy man… good night.
And ‘good night’ we say — to the Eleventh Doctor, to the raggedy man, the madman with a box, to fish fingers with custard. But even as we say good night, we say hello — to the Doctor. The same man, who will never forget who he used to be. Still is. Always will be. Just with new kidneys. Continue reading →
And now it’s time for one last bow
Like all your other selves
Eleven’s hour’s over now
The clock is striking Twelves
Last night, when only fearless nightbloggers and Australians were awake, the BBC One Twitter handle confirmed the title and a teeny tiny synopsis for this year’s Christmas Special, and Matt Smith’s last adventure as the Eleventh Doctor.
BBC One (@BBCOne) November 26, 2013
In #TheTimeOfTheDoctor, Clara&The Doctor must go to a quiet backwater planet to learn what some strange signals mean for his last existence.—
BBC One (@BBCOne) November 26, 2013
Matt Smith: “It’s like Laurel and Laurel. It’s like Hardy didn’t turn up!”
Written by Peter Davison, this spoof reboot features Davison himself, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann. The above is the youtube trailer, but you can watch it in full length here, on the BBC website. Enjoy!
Even after saving Gallifrey, the threat of Trenzalore still looms large — and Eleven now has everything to lose.
As Google unveils its largest ever doodle to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, we meet the designer Matthew Cruickshank who created it.
In this clip, Mark Gatiss and the actors involved with the making of the show back then and now take us behind the scenes of the anniversary docudrama about the genesis of Doctor Who.
Another BBC Red Button feature will amuse fans on Saturday night, directly after The Day of the Doctor: according to the RadioTimes, Peter Davison has written a spoof, featuring fellow past Doctor Who actors Colin Baker, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, along with Jon Pertwee’s son Sean and Olivia Coleman (Broadchurch).
Behind the scenes, Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Billie Piper, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat talk a teensy bit about the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor.
What a corker! There we are, getting to actually see Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor again — once more onto the breach!
The Last Great Time War has been raging for so long that the entire Universe has been affected, and much of it destroyed. The Eighth Doctor has been staying away, keeping out of it, wanting no part of the bloodshed. But he must — for he’s the only one who can end it. This confirms what this Anniversary Special will be about: the big mystery, the one that was only touched upon in The End of Time, explained enough but never quite. Introducing John Hurt as “the War Doctor” also means that the count will remain the same. He’s an anomaly, a triggered regeneration brought on by the Sisters who guard the flame of eternal life. They granted the Doctor a boon, something to make it through before regularly regenerating into Nine (Christopher Eccleston). We see a young John Hurt in the reflection, confirming his status as an anomaly, a Doctor that will age before regenerating.
As with every long-standing mystery, there is trepidation when writers undertake the resolution of those mysteries, and I know that the fandom is embroiled in debate about this as we speak. Personally, I like this. I love that we got to see Paul McGann reprise his role, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the three Doctors, 8.5, Ten and Eleven, make this terrible decision together that will finally end the Time War. Eight chose to be a warrior for this, because that’s what he never wanted to be, but has to become if he wants to get through this and save the Universe. It also explains just how much of that is going to linger in Nine when he first meets Rose. Ten said it, he was born from blood, anger, and revenge — and this is how it starts.