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Sunday, 10 December 2017

David Bradley on playing the First Doctor and imitating William Hartnell

The Game of Thrones and Harry Potter star talks reviving William Hartnell's original role, his time watching the series in the 1960s and future Doctor Jodie Whittaker

“I don’t think it’s too scary for a three-year-old, is it?” David Bradley asks, worried that having watched his appearance in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, his granddaughter might spend the rest of the day hiding behind the sofa.

He pauses, concerned. “It’s the Cybermen… I mean, they freak me out!”

Bradley’s own Doctor Who journey began at a more mature age, when as a 21-year-old he watched William Hartnell emerge from the Tardis for the first time back in 1963.

“You’d have your tea, watch Doctor Who and then go out on the town when you were in your early 20s,” the now 75-year-old actor recalls. “I’d never have dreamt of being in it because at the time I was an engineer.”

“So I would have had to seriously question the sanity of anybody who suggested that it might be a possibility.”

Of course, it was still a long road before Bradley took his first steps into the Tardis. After leaving engineering for drama school in 1966 (coincidentally the same year William Hartnell left Doctor Who due to ill health), Bradley went on to rack up an impressive theatre CV, winning an Olivier Award for a production of King Lear in 1991 and also taking on roles in TV and film.

It was in later life, though, when Bradley became more well-known after being cast as malicious school caretaker Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film series and evil Lord Walder Frey in Game of Thrones – villainous roles that led to his first Doctor Who appearance in 2012, where he played a vicious space trader called Solomon who clashed with Matt Smith’s Doctor in an episode penned by Chris Chibnall (who takes the reins of Doctor Who entirely next year).

“That was going to be my once-in-a-lifetime Doctor Who experience,” Bradley says of Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (above), which at the time he counted as a career highlight. “And then what happens?”

Well, what happened was that while watching the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla in 2012 Bradley found himself tapped on the shoulder by Mark Gatiss, who was working on a drama about Doctor Who’s founding for the series’ 50th anniversary and needed an actor to play the late Hartnell himself.

That story became 2013’s An Adventure in Space and Time, with Bradley’s performance as the sometimes irascible and increasingly frail Hartnell attracting praise – and so when series writer Steven Moffat decided the perfect goodbye to Peter Capaldi’s incumbent Doctor would be to bring back the very first version of the Time Lord, Bradley got the call once more.

“It’s part impersonation, part capturing some of those mannerisms — but not just a direct mimicry,” says Bradley of playing Hartnell’s Doctor, rather than the man himself. “I wanted to make it my own, while honouring his performance.”

The end result sees Bradley’s slightly more serious Time Lord clashing with Capaldi’s ragged, punk-like Doctor, while the current Doctor’s more PC attitude puts him at odds with some of Bradley’s Doctor’s 1960s attitudes.

“There’s a lot of fun to come out of that dynamic, between the two of them,” Bradley says.

“Hopefully, it’s kept a kind of lightness of touch and has a comic energy, although there are sometimes some dark moments in it.”

Of course, the elephant in the room for this year’s Christmas Special is that many fans will be most looking forward to the episode’s final moments, when Capaldi’s Doctor regenerates into Jodie Whittaker’s new female Time Lord — and Bradley, who worked with Whittaker on ITV’s Broadchurch in 2013 (alongside Chris Chibnall, who cast them both) is as excited as anybody.

“When I heard it was Jodie I thought, ‘Well, that’s perfect’ — because she’s got the range and she’s funny,” Bradley says.

“They just need to keep that sense of fun and not forget the comic energy – no matter how dark the situation is in the story. And just enjoy it, and keep that sense of fun. She’s got that, all she needs to do is tap into it, and I’m sure she’ll do the biz.”

For now, though, Bradley gets to enjoy being the Doctor himself – which also means he has the ideal present for his two grandkids.

“I’m looking forward to receiving my figurine, so I can officially say I’m Doctor Who,” he says. “Part of a pantheon. If my grandkids want one I’ll treat them.

“Unless it’s a bit too early to be thrusting replicas of myself at them…”

This interview appeared in a condensed form in the 9th-15th December edition of the Radio Times magazine

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Pearl Mackie's goodbye interview for Bill Potts

“I think one of the best things about Doctor Who is you never really truly say goodbye to it,” Pearl Mackie tells us, a few weeks before she’s due to appear in one of the biggest farewell episodes the BBC sci-fi series has ever produced.

“It sort of lives on forever. I won’t always be the companion, but I will always have been a companion to the Doctor at a certain time. No-one else is gonna be Bill Potts, ever!”

The same can’t be said for her Time Lord co-star. Our conversation is taking place mere weeks before Christmas Day audiences will see current Doctor Peter Capaldi regenerate into the character’s first female incarnation, played by Jodie Whittaker.

“I think it’s fantastic that they’re having a woman as Doctor Who, and I think it’s fantastic that it’s Jodie, I think she’s brilliant,” Mackie says. “Yeah, I think it’s gonna be a great new energy and dynamic for the show.”

But in all the excitement over Whittaker’s arrival and Capaldi’s exit, it feels like Mackie’s own farewell is being a little overshadowed. Normally the official departure of a series companion would inspire a huge amount of attention and coverage from fans and media – the possibility of  Jenna Coleman’s exit was discussed and speculated upon for years before it actually happened – but this year, nearly all the coverage has (understandably) focused on the slightly more momentous fact of Whittaker’s debut or, failing that, the last episode of a long-serving Doctor.

In a way, though, Mackie’s Doctor Who tenure has always been marked by similar upstagings. The 30-year-old actress was cast in the sci-fi series in 2016 at an odd point in its life, a few months after showrunner Steven Moffat had announced he was leaving the programme and handing over operations to Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall.

The last time such a handover was attempted on the modern series (between Russell T Davies and Moffat), the entire cast changed too – so many viewers assumed Mackie was already leaving a year before she’d even started. Throw in lead actor Peter Capaldi’s announcement of his own departure back in January, months before her first episode had aired, and Mackie’s days on the series always seemed numbered.

“I mean I think Bill and Jodie’s Doctor would have had great adventures, but I feel very lucky to have done one series of Doctor Who,” she says when I ask if she had any wish to stick around. “I don’t want to be greedy, y’know?”

It was an inauspicious start, not helped by an introductory video for her character Bill that some fans found annoying (writer Steven Moffat later described it as a “slightly caricatured” version of the final version of Bill) – but then when her first official appearance actually aired in April, Mackie confounded her critics.

Her performance as Bill was near-universally praised, with some calling her the best companion since Billie Piper’s beloved Rose Tyler, and as the series progressed the mood didn’t dampen.

“I think Bill and the Twelfth Doctor’s partnership, it seemed to be so well-received,” Mackie says now. “It was lovely watching it onscreen – it was lovely filming it – but it was really lovely to feel their dynamic and sort of watch them together.

She adds: “And you know, what’s great about the Christmas special is you get to see them together again! One last time.

“It’s so sparky. So… real. It’s great, and I think people will really like how they interact in the Christmas special.”

Exactly how Bill returns this Christmas remains a closely-guarded secret – Mackie will only say “there’s a bit of a mystery” about how she re-encounters the Doctor after being reborn as an immortal creature at the end of the last series – but she’s happy to talk more generally about festive episode Twice Upon a Time, which also sees the Doctor encounter his former self, David Bradley playing original star William Hartnell’s First Doctor.

“David is wonderful, he’s a brilliant actor, and his First Doctor is incredible,” she says. “It’s uncanny!

“I think the interactions between him and Bill are quite interesting, and potentially not what the First Doctor would have experienced before.”

Of Bill herself, she adds: “What kind of journey does Bill go through in her last adventure? Well it’s a very exciting one, and it’s a very snowy one! It’s Christmassy, which is very fun and there being two Doctors, and meeting the Doctor at the point of him not wanting to regenerate is quite exciting.

“And you know, seeing his dynamic with the First Doctor is great. When do you get to see Two Doctors together? That’s fantastic. And when, as a companion, do you get to experience two incarnations of the same person that you know?

“It’s a wonderful kind of finale, for the Twelfth Doctor and for Steven [Moffat] as a[departing] showrunner.”

And post-Who the actor isn’t resting on her laurels, soon to return to the theatre (her main credit prior to Doctor Who was the stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) for a starry production of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party alongside Stephen Mangan, Toby Jones and Zoe Wanamaker (in typical British acting tradition, two of her co-stars are also Who veterans).

“I am going back on stage, yes!” she says of the new project, which runs from January until April at the Pinter Theatre.

“It’s really nice, and we actually had our first day of rehearsals for the Birthday Party yesterday. It’s a brilliant play. Pinter’s fantastic, I think he’s possibly one of the best writers that we’ve produced.

“If I’m able to continue working onstage and in front of a camera, and behind a microphone, for the rest of my career, then lucky me.”

Still, no matter what else she works on going forward, Mackie is certain that Doctor Who will always hold a place in her heart.

“One minute you’re on a flipping hill in the middle of the Welsh countryside, shivering, huddled inside the Tardis for warmth, and the next you’re in the studio, on a wire being flown horizontally,” she says.

“And there’s a wonderful kind of familial feeling about Doctor Who. Meeting previous Doctors and previous companions, while they’ve done many many things since being on Doctor Who, they still talk about it and they still feel like a part of it. And even though you’ve never met you have that thing in common, and you can talk about it.”

Now, she’s just waiting for the day her casting in the series starts to feel real…

“I’m still waiting for that!” she laughs. “Getting the job and not being able to tell anyone, and then going and filming the little trailer in secret, and then going and doing it, and being kind of thrust into this amazing juggernaut of all of space of time – it’s so big, it doesn’t ever really seem real.

“I don’t know when it’ll feel real. I think maybe watching the Christmas special.”

She laughs again.

“It still feels like a dream – I’ve said that a couple of times before I think. I haven’t woken up yet. Nice dream though!”

For more exclusive Doctor Who Christmas content, including behind-the-scenes pictures of Peter Capaldi’s last day on set, check out the legendary Radio Times Christmas issue, on sale in certain areas now and nationwide from Tuesday 12th December

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Friday, 8 December 2017

Doctor Who Roundup (8th December 2017)

Included in this edition: The new Twice Upon a Time trailer and news, Jodie Whittaker's Doctor will have a Yorkshire accent, Pearl Mackie was originally not going to return, Plus even more from the Whoniverse...

David Bradley's First Doctor return was an idea by Peter Capaldi

When it was revealed earlier this year that David Bradley was bringing the very first incarnation of lead character the Doctor back to Doctor Who, fans were brilliantly surprised – and now it’s emerged exactly where the idea for the casting coup came from.

You see, while it now seems obvious that Bradley should be the one to revive William Hartnell’s Doctor (he played Hartnell on TV in for 2013’s An Adventure in Space and Time, after all), the thought had to come from somewhere – and it was series lead Peter Capaldi who apparently lit the spark in head writer Steven Moffat’s mind.

“I was at New York Comic Con and someone was asking me about the War Doctor in [50th anniversary special] The Day of the Doctor,” Moffat recalled on the set of the upcoming Christmas special, where Bradley’s First Doctor appears.

“I was talking about maybe the biggest contrast you could have between Doctors, because they are all the same person and obviously there is a limitation.

“I said, ‘Well the ideal one you want to do is William Hartnell meets the current Doctor, because that’s such a colossal difference; he’s so different by that stage. Imagine how that lovely sweet old man, who isn’t the least bit crotchety when you go back and look at him, would react to discovering he’s this buccaneering space hero with the ego the size of a planet. How’s he going to react? What’s he going to say? But we can’t do it because William Hartnell’s dead.’

“Peter said ‘We can get David Bradley,’ and I thought ‘Oh yeah, actually we could. We could absolutely do that.’ So we did.”

And Bradley was extremely happy to get the call, as he later explained to us.

“When we were doing [An Adventure in Space and Time] Mark [Gatiss] did say ‘Wouldn’t it be great to find some old lost episodes and do them?’ ‘Yeah it would. It won’t happen but it would be nice,’” he recalled.

“But I never thought for a moment that I’d be asked to actually do an episode, let alone the big Christmas one.

“When I was just playing Hartnell I couldn’t say I played Doctor Who, I played William, I played the actor, playing Doctor Who.

“But now I can say I’ve been the Doctor,” he concluded. “And there’s a figurine coming up to prove it!”

And all that momentous merch is thanks to the outgoing Twelfth Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. Even when he’s leaving, he can’t help making the series great

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

New trailer for Twice Upon a Time and more Images

The BBC has just revealed a new trailer for the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

What would Steven Moffat do differently?

This December’s Doctor Who Christmas special will see the departure of current Doctor Peter Capaldi, with many fans already struggling with the complex emotions brought up by his impending exit – but he’s not the only titan of the BBC sci-fi series stepping down, with longtime series writer and showrunner Steven Moffat also saying his goodbyes in Twice Upon a Time.

“I wondered what I’d be like in the final days as I fell from grace into the archives – but I’m just really quite enjoying it,” Moffat told RadioTimes.com and other journalists on the set of the special earlier this year.

“I am enjoying talking to the new lot. I was here talking to them yesterday and they are all so excited and kind of nervous and that’s lovely. Predictably I’m quite liking that, for the first time in about ten years, I don’t have a deadline.”

However, the coming conclusion to Moffat’s era at the helm of Doctor Who has also left him reflective on what might have been – and the screenwriter now says that if he had his go at the top job a second time, he’d probably do things a little bit differently.

“I’d be less visible probably,” Moffat said, explaining that his unusually public persona (for a writer) often left him uncomfortable. “I haven’t really enjoyed that very much. I mean I’m saying that at a press round table, it’s too bloody late now!

“I never really thought about it [in the beginning], I just assumed I had to do what I was told, as far as all the publicity was concerned.”

And of course, when it came to wrangling his stars, Moffat found that he often ended up having to take part in press events anyway.

“I’d always be trying to convince Matt Smith or Karen Gillan back in the day to turn up somewhere or to do some interview,” he said. “If I don’t do it and say ‘Well you go ahead and do it’ then it doesn’t look very good.

“But being visible as a writer is not…. we are not designed by nature to be seen by people, let’s be honest. We should be concealed as far as possible.”

Still, now Moffat can look forward to some well-earned time off away from the limelight as his successor Chris Chibnall steps up – and so far, the handover between the two has been fairly rosy.

“I told him everything we were doing and talked him through it,” Moffat said.

“I talked him through the whole finale a bit before I wrote it just to make sure I wasn’t bumping against anything he was about to do. Which I wasn’t.

“The whole year he’s been getting every draft of every script that’s been going on so he can see what really happens. But he’s still doing the job so thank god.”

And happily, Moffat still has time to warn Chibnall away from over-visibility in the top job. Expect all future Doctor Who interviews to be conducted from a secret bunker at the heart of BBC Television Centre.

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Twice Upon a time - Image Gallery

The BBC have released a batch of promotional images for the Christmas Special.

David Bradley: Shooting Capaldi’s final Doctor Who scenes very touching

Doctor Who actor David Bradley said he and Peter Capaldi became emotional shooting the actor’s final scenes as the Time Lord.

The 12th Doctor and the First Doctor (played by Bradley) come face to face in the BBC show’s Christmas special, which is Capaldi’s last stint in the Tardis before he hands over the role to Jodie Whittaker.

Bradley said of one scene: “There was one moment where me and Peter just looked at each other in the middle of this scene and it was like, who was gonna well up first?”
He said of Capaldi’s last scene: “Well, it was very touching, from promising beginnings, when we’re suspicious of each other and I say, ‘Who are you?’ and he says ‘I’m the Doctor’ and I say, ‘No, you may be a doctor but I’m THE Doctor.’

“And so there’s a bit of a frisson between them before we’ve both realised that we’re actually both one and the same person.

“And, we kind of encircle each other occasionally about, ‘How do you feel about this, how do I feel about this?’ and he’s rather, the 12th Doctor, is rather shocked at this old guy that comes in with all his 1960s sensibilities, and his non-PC attitude to things like, ‘This Tardis, this is a bit dusty, where’s Polly, it needs a good spring clean’ and Peter says, ‘You can’t say that!’ ‘Why? Why?’.

“Because he’s from that era, and there’s a few of those.”

Bradley, who has taken over the part of the first Doctor from late actor William Hartnell, continued: “For me the comic energy between them is a lot to do with these two different worlds they’re both coming from.

“There’s a kind of mutual respect by the end, and acknowledgement.”

Bradley previously worked with Whittaker on Broadchurch and said he was “delighted” when he heard she had been cast as the first female Doctor.

He said: “I have to say, as we saw in Broadchurch, she’s got this emotional reserve that is kind of like, there’s no limit to it, she just tells it like it is.

“She’s capable of great emotion and passion and at the same time, anybody who’s hung out with her for a while, which I did, knows that she’s also got a wicked sense of humour, and she’s just got that kind of playfulness.

“I think she’s got all the skills that are needed.

“Because I think the Doctor basically, he’s got this child-like quality, curiosity about the universe and everything in it, and that sense of fun, and playfulness. And he gets it wrong sometimes, he’s not perfect, sometimes he gets them into deep water, and nearly kills himself and everybody else with him, so he’s not the lone ranger, he’s not perfect, which makes him very vulnerable, and to me that makes him human.

“I think Jodie will be fantastic.”

Via: The Press Office

Doctor Who Christmas special 2017: Pearl Mackie was originally NOT going to return

The return of Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who this Christmas was welcome news when it was announced over the summer.

Fans were delighted to find out that Bill Potts would get one more adventure with Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor after previously seeming to leave the BBC drama forever in series 10 finale The Doctor Falls.

In Christmas 2017 special Twice Upon a Time, Bill apparently plays a crucial central role –but according to episode writer Steven Moffat that wasn’t always the case, because in early drafts of the Christmas special, she wasn’t included in the story at all.

“[Bill’s involvement] came to me later on actually,” Moffat told RadioTimes.com and other journalists on the set of Twice Upon a Time during the final days of filming.

“I was just starting into the script and we had Mark [Gatiss’s] character and we didn’t have Bill and I was thinking, ‘It’s just proof of format again.’ You need someone to whom to explain.

“Not to explain it to the Doctor; that’s not what the companion does at all. The companion makes it fun.”

Moffat went on to give some examples of this “fun” from the finished episode, in which Mackie’s Bill apparently has some entertaining interactions with David Bradley’s First Doctor…

“The speed with which, to give one thing away, Bill figures out that this daft old brush is the Doctor is humiliating for the current Doctor,” Moffat told us. “He’s horrified that she gets it so fast.

“Those scenes and just Bill’s perspective on it [were essential]. And I got so in love with and used to writing that voice in the show that I missed her, and I just wanted her to walk in and say, ‘Hey why is that Tardis so much smaller?’”

Mackie herself was certainly happy to get the call, with the actress singing the praises of the episode’s storyline and her mysterious return.

“I’m pretty excited,” the London-born actress said. “They gave me a call and said, ‘Do you want to come back?’ Yeah!

“There’s a little bit of a mystery surrounding it, but it’s nice. Bill’s back in full Bill mode to a certain extent. You get to see a bit of the whole ‘Bill and the Doctor’ rapport again, which is very fun.”

“It’s a wonderful Doctor Who story and it’s a wonderful Christmas story,”
she went on.

I think it’s going to be so joyous for everyone to watch – and it’s really funny as well, which is great. You need that on Christmas Day after a few glasses of wine, don’t you?

“It plays very well as a sort of standalone, even if you’ve not seen the full series – or indeed if you’ve not seen anything else of Doctor Who either. Which is nice! There’s jokes in it, there’s fun for kids, and there’s fun for adults. I think it’s going to be great.”

Sounds like the perfect festive treat AND the perfect send-off for Bill. What more could you ask for under your Christmas tree?

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

By eck! Jodie Whittaker's Doctor will have a Yorkshire accent reveals Doctor Who showrunner

Poor old David Tennant. The actor had to ditch his silky Scottish tones to play the thoroughly English tenth Doctor during his run in Doctor Who, but all his time-travelling successors have since been allowed to freely retain their own homegrown dialects (including Peter Capaldi with his thick Highlands accent).

It looks like the BBC is continuing to have fun with multi-accented Time Lords, too, as Jodie Whittaker - making her grand debut as the thirteenth Doctor this Christmas - will be holding on to her distinctive Yorkshire accent as the first female incarnation of the sci-fi icon.

The news comes by way of an exclusive interview with showrunner Steven Moffat in the new issue of SFX magazine, as he prepares to depart the show alongside Capaldi. Speaking to SFX, Moffat reveals that fans will quickly get over the Doctor's new female appearance and soon be asking another question...

“You’ll spend more time in that first episode reacting to her accent than her gender," explains Moffat. "It’ll be, 'Oh, what a big fuss... oh, she’s funny, isn’t she?... Yorkshire? Why’s she got a Yorkshire accent?' That’s going to be it.” Adding that Whittaker is “a fireball of mischief and humour and energy” he's certainly got everyone excited about the new Doctor.

We’ll see if Moffat’s predictions are correct soon enough when Twice Upon a Time airs on the BBC on December 25.

You can read Moffat's entire interview in the new issue of SFX magazine as part of a 24-page Doctor Who special feature, packed with behind-the-scenes insights into the Christmas episode, alongside interviews with Peter Capaldi, David Bradley, and more. Never want to miss an issue? Subscribe now and get up to 35% off in our Christmas sale.

Via: GamesRadar+

Monday, 4 December 2017

Steven Moffat praises new show boss for casting female Time Lord

Outgoing Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat said he has no regrets about not introducing a female Doctor into the series sooner.

Moffat, 56, admitted he could have replaced Matt Smith’s Doctor with a woman but said he did not because he became “obsessed with seeing Peter (Capaldi) in the Tardis”.

This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special will mark both his and actor Capaldi’s departure from the popular BBC sci-fi series.

Viewers will also be hoping to get a glimpse of the first female Time Lord, played by Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, who was brought on board by the show’s new frontrunner, Chris Chibnall.

Referencing a 1999 Comic Relief spoof in which he cast Joanna Lumley as a female Doctor, Moffat told the Radio Times: “I did (cast a woman), although if we’d replaced David Tennant with a woman it wouldn’t have worked. It was too early.

“We could have replaced Matt Smith with a woman, given that his Doctor was more sexless and less of a lad, but then I got obsessed with seeing Peter in the Tardis. No regrets about that!”

Executive producer Moffat also hailed Chibnall for his decision to cast Whittaker, saying a female incarnation of the Doctor would work as “now is the time”.

“More and more of the audience were asking for it. It is absolutely the right choice.”

Moffat revealed he recently met Whittaker and described her as “a fireball of mischief and irreverence. I think she’ll be brilliant as the Doctor”.

During this year’s Christmas special, titled Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time, the Time Lord is joined by Mark Gatiss, Pearl Mackie as his assistant Bill Potts, and David Bradley, who reprises his role as the First Doctor.

The BBC has not yet confirmed if fans will get a glimpse of Whittaker’s reincarnation, with the last few moments of the episode being kept a surprise until the Christmas Day broadcast on BBC One.

“We could have replaced Matt Smith with a woman, given that his Doctor was more sexless and less of a lad, but then I got obsessed with seeing Peter in the Tardis. No regrets about that!”

Executive producer Moffat also hailed Chibnall for his decision to cast Whittaker, saying a female incarnation of the Doctor would work as “now is the time”.

He told the magazine: “It was [incoming showrunner] Chris Chibnall, and only Chris, who made the really big decision, and all credit to him. It’s going to work, I know it is.

“More and more of the audience were asking for it. It is absolutely the right choice.”

During this year’s Christmas special, titled Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time, the Time Lord is joined by Mark Gatiss, Pearl Mackie as his assistant Bill Potts, and David Bradley, who reprises his role as the First Doctor.

The BBC has not yet confirmed if fans will get a glimpse of Whittaker’s reincarnation, with the last few moments of the episode being kept a surprise until the Christmas Day broadcast on BBC One.

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times.

Via: York Press

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Lens change to make Doctor Who more filmic

Series 11 of Doctor Who is being shot using Cooke and Angenieux anamorphic lenses for the first time as the show’s production team move to make the show look more filmic.

Bristol’s Films at 59, the company that supplies equipment to BBC Studios for production of the sci-fi drama, is making available Cooke anamorphic Prime lenses and Angenieux Optimo anamorphic zooms that will be used with Arri Alexa XT and Alex Mini cameras.

According to Films at 59, director Jamie Childs and director of photography Dennis Crossan want the lenses to bring an increased cinematic look to the show which went into production at the end of October.

Films at 59 hire client manager Dave Wride said: “The BBC have made a monumental leap here to enhance the look of Doctor Who and I’m sure the fans will not be disappointed with the distinctly cinematic results that this lens and camera combo will afford them.”

Series 11 of Doctor Who will be the first to feature Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and will also star Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Whittaker will be the Thirteenth Time Lord, taking over from Peter Capaldi who leaves the show at Christmas.

Series 11 will also be the first for new head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who takes over as show runner from Steven Moffat.

Via: Broadcast Now

Friday, 1 December 2017

Doctor Who Roundup (1st December 2017)

Included in this edition: Twice Upon A Time: The Doctor Who Christmas Special Synopsis, Who fans are experiencing some very complex emotions ahead of the Christmas special, Peter Capaldi cried when announcing his exit...

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Twice Upon A Time: The Doctor Who Christmas Special Synopsis

The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley - Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) 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...

Twice Upon A Time is written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay, and executive produced by Brian Minchin. The 60 minute special guest stars Mark Gatiss as The Captain and Nikki Amuka-Bird as the voice of the glass woman, and will see Peter Capaldi’s Doctor regenerate into the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker).

Via: BBC Latest News

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Matt Smith wants to come back and star with Jodie Whittaker

If the upcoming departure of Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi is teaching us anything, it’s that it doesn’t really matter who’s actually piloting the Tardis in the TV series at any one time – once you’ve played the Doctor, you’re the Doctor for life, and so Capaldi’s incarnation will never truly leave us.
And of course, that’s ALSO true for every Doctor that came before him – which makes us all the more excited to hear that Capaldi’s predecessor Matt Smith is considering returning to the series in “a few years” in the new era of Jodie Whittaker’s upcoming Thirteenth Doctor. Truly, Doctors never die – they just retire for a bit.

“Why not? I’d come back,” Smith told MTV. “Yeah, if the timing was right.

“I think we’ve gotta give a few years to Miss Whittaker to get the Tardis under her belt, as it were, and then yeah – one day.”

He added: “Look, I’ll be back one day – when I’m old and grey. Which isn’t far off…”

In the meantime, though, Smith said he had just one piece of advice for Whittaker, which he’d actually passed down to Capaldi already – though we’re not sure if it’s a tip that new series boss Chris Chibnall would entirely appreciate.

“Yeah, I will tell Jodie what I told Peter – listen to no-one,” Smith said. “Listen to no-one!”

Hopefully Doctor 13 can remember that wise counsel in the time until their Doctors can meet again. Anyone booked a venue for the 60th anniversary in 2023 yet?

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Peter Capaldi cried when announcing his Doctor Who exit

Back in January when Peter Capaldi announced he was leaving Doctor Who, there was shock, consternation and even a few tears among the sci-fi series’ fans, with many devastated to see their favourite Doctor vworping off into the sunset.

And now it’s emerged that Capaldi himself was just as emotional when first revealing the news, with the Scottish actor apparently fighting back tears as he appeared on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show to make the announcement all those months ago.

“That was one of the funniest, most extraordinary moments I’ve ever had on air I think,” Whiley, who is presenting a special behind-the-scenes broadcast about Capaldi’s final episode next month, told RadioTimes.com.

“The fact that he chose to come on our show – and I remember saying to my producer, ‘Peter just wants to come on the show and talk about Doctor Who? That’s great, but any idea why? Bit random, but brilliant. I love him, and I love Doctor Who, it’s fantastic!’

“And then he came and sat there and kept saying all the time ‘When am I finished? When do you want me to leave?’ Obviously he was just trying to work out when within the hour he should drop the bombshell.

“And then he just kind of casually let it into the conversation. I remember just trying to compute – ‘did you just say what I think you just said? Are you actually leaving?’

“And his eyes were just brimming with tears, and it was obviously a hugely big deal for him. A very emotional experience to tell everyone that this was it, that this was his time to move on. And I felt really privileged that he decided to do it on the show.”

Capaldi’s tribute to Doctor Who on Whiley’s show was clearly heartfelt: “One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best,” he told Whiley.

“From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

And as the big moment of his exit approached, you might have expected Capaldi to get all the more upset – but when Whiley caught up with him again on the final filming days of upcoming Christmas special Twice Upon a Time (when his Doctor will regenerate into Jodie Whittaker’s incarnation) she instead found him in a MUCH more chipper mood.

 “I think he’s past that now,” Whiley told us.

“I got the impression that dropping the bombshell and telling everyone that he’s leaving was the difficult bit, the really really difficult bit. And actually acting it out, he was being the actor, and he wanted to do it to the very best of his abilities.

“I think it was kind of the relief of announcing he was moving on – and it was all about giving the viewers the best that he could, just making the best exit, and making that show just right for the viewers.”

Though of course, Whiley admitted she might not have seen Capaldi during his most emotional moments.

“Maybe at the very end of the day after we’d left, I’m sure when they finally went to say goodbye to each other it was emotional,” she suggested.

“But [when we were there] it was more about doing the job very well, doing Doctor Who justice.”

From what we’ve seen so far, it seems like they’re doing a pretty good job – and we’re well prepared for our very own crying fits this 25th December.

The Jo Whiley – Access All Areas Doctor Who Special airs on BBC Radio 2 from 8 to 10pm on Thursday 21st December

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton