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Saturday, 8 July 2017

A “sneak peek” of Peter Capaldi’s last Doctor Who episode could be coming soon

While there may be no Doctor Who on our screens until December, that doesn’t mean fans have nothing to look forward to in the meantime, with a special panel about the series announced to be taking place at San Diego Comic-con later this month.

Situated in the event’s legendary Hall H (where the biggest presentations traditionally take place) on Sunday July 23rd at 2-3pm (10-11pm UK time), the panel will feature stars Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas and Michelle Gomez along with writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and is sure to reveal all sorts of juicy secrets about the last series and what’s to come for the Twelfth Doctor’s final stand this Christmas.

And most excitingly of all, fans are promised an “exclusive sneak peek” of thst eagerly-anticipated Christmas special during the panel, possibly taking the form of a scene or trailer from the episode which wrapped the majority of its filming yesterday.

Of course, it’s possible that the “exclusive” nature of this preview means that fans not actually attending SDCC might have to wait a little longer to see it themselves (infamously, a trailer for 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor wasn’t available for UK audiences until some time after the convention), but we can hope that we won’t have too long to wait until we see the First Doctor (David Bradley) meet his latest regeneration. After all, in recent years it's become common practice for such previews to appear on YouTube shortly after their Comic-con debut.

The official description of the panel is below:
  • Doctor Who – BBC AMERICA Official Panel
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017
  •  2:00-3:00pm
  • Room: Hall H
BBC Americas’s Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con for the final Hall H panel with star Peter Capaldi. Fans will have an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special – the final special starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and written by Emmy®-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Join Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), writer and actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock) for a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick that will celebrate Christmas in July and share one last look back with fans at their time with the iconic global hit series.

In other words, for Doctor Who fans Christmas is coming early this year.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Friday, 7 July 2017

Capaldi, Mackie, Lucas and more for Doctor Who panel at Comic Con

BBC America have announced a very special Doctor Who panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, featuring the stars of Series 10 and a look ahead to Peter Capaldi’s finale, the 2017 Christmas Special.

Six years ago, Doctor Who was part of the first-ever slate of TV shows to gather with fans in Hall H, when San Diego Comic-Con presented a TV line-up in the 6,500 plus seat venue on Sunday, July 24, 2011.

We have the full details of this year's exciting Doctor Who event below!

Doctor Who – BBC AMERICA Official Panel
Sunday, July 23, 2017: 2-3pm in Hall H


Returning to Hall H on Sunday, BBC America’s bringing its most anticipated Doctor Who panel yet with:

    • Peter Capaldi (the Twelfth Doctor)
    • Pearl Mackie (Bill)
    • Matt Lucas (Nardole)
    • Michelle Gomez (Missy)
    • Mark Gatiss (writer and actor)
    • Steven Moffat (showrunner)


Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the panel will give fans an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special – the final starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and written by Emmy®-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat

Via DoctorWho.TV by Cameron K McEwan

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Classic Doctor Who Panel Will Premiere Reconstructed Lost Episode at SDCC

Without giving too much away, I think it’s pretty clear from the final moments of the Doctor Who Series 10 finale, and the promise of what’s to come in the 2017 Christmas special, that a renewed interest in the classic series is boiling. 

For quite a long while, there weren’t many places to see the classic Doctor Who serials that originally aired between 1963 and 1989. But now, we’ve got BritBox, the streaming service that offers heaps and gobs of British television of the past, including the largest classic Doctor Who catalog anywhere on the net. It’s this classic period in the show’s history we’ll be discussing at the Classic Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017.

That’s right, I did see “we.” Yours truly, Nerdist’s own humble Whovian, Kyle Anderson, will be moderating the discussion into the first 26 years of Doctor Who along with some truly legendary figures in the Doctor Who realm: Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, and Sophie Aldred, who portrayed the Seventh Doctor’s companion, Ace. Believe me; if anybody’s going to have knowledge of the series’ past, it’s these three.

But that’s truly not all! People who attend the panel will get something very, very special: a sneak peek at a newly reconstructed lost episode of the Second Doctor story “The Wheel in Space,” coming soon exclusively to BritBox. As many of you may know, 97 episodes from the 1960s are currently missing. But BritBox will soon have reconstructions, and you’ll get a glimpse if you join us for some good ol’ classic Doctor Who fun.

The Classic Doctor Who panel will take place on Thursday, July 20, at 5:00pm in the Indigo Ballroom in the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. Two Doctors, one companion, lost episode goodness, memories, and one of your favorite Nerdist people (maybe, I dunno), all in one place! It’s bound to be fantastic!

Via Nerdist by Kyle Anderson

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Did the BBC just reveal that Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be Dr Who?

Newsnight appeared to have revealed the identity of the next actor to play Doctor Who during the closing moments of Tuesday's episode.

As Evan Davis discussed Saturday's dramatic instalment of the BBC sci-fi show, he mentioned the rumours that there will be the first female Time Lord.

The 55-year-old said: "If you watched Doctor Who on Saturday, there were some pretty heavy hints that the next Doctor might be a woman."

The show then cut to a clip of Phoebe Waller-Bridge being asked in a YouTube interview if she was...


The Fleabag actress and current favourite for the role coyly replied: "I'm not allowed to say anything about that one way or the other…

"It would be cool, but I'm doing other stuff," Phoebe teased.

The 31-year-old has topped bookies' lists for weeks after being recommended by former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan, who starred as Amy Pond between 2010 and 2013.

Phoebe had previously shunned rumours, telling Express.co.uk: "I am not going to be the first female Doctor.

"It's the end of the rumours. Not that I know of!" she defended.

However, as Evan rightly points out, Joanna Lumley had previously played the Doctor in a Comic Relief sketch, so she could technically still play the eponymous Time Lord, just not the first ever female.

Via The Express by Helen Daly

Phoebe Waller-Bridge exterminates Doctor Who rumours

 

The Fleabag star's theatre company took to Twitter to deny speculation she will take over from Peter Capaldi

It looks like Phoebe Waller-Bridge won’t be Peter Capaldi's replacement in Doctor Who after all.

The Fleabag creator may be far too busy shooting the new Han Solo Star Wars film and preparing for new show Killing Eve to star in Who, but on Tuesday BBC’s Newsnight resurfaced the rumour with footage of a recent interview in which the actor was unable to confirm or deny involvement in series 11 of the sci-fi show.


Via The Radio Times  by Thomas Ling

Steven Moffat explains why the Doctor is "horrified" by his upcoming regeneration


To regenerate or not regenerate? That is the question currently at the at the heart of Doctor Who. And while we know Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will change into another carnation of the Time Lord come the Christmas special, it’s a change the character himself is doing all he can to avoid.

But why? What reason did our screaming Gallifrayean hero have to extinguish his regeneration energy in the snow during the series 10 finale? Why is The Doctor refusing to regenerate?


Well, as departing Who showrunner Steven Moffat explains, regenerating is a process a tad more painful than ‘man flu’, as The Doctor previously suggested in series 9 finale Hell Bent. "The turmoil of regeneration, while it extends your life, does sacrifice parts of you that you want to keep. It’s too radical a change,” Moffat explained in a behind-the-scenes video. “What [The Doctor] is saying is that actually, I can’t keep on being somebody else.

“He’s gone past his original regeneration cycle and here he is contemplating it again. He’s been the Capaldi Doctor for a long time and he’s just saying ‘let me be me'. That was what Bill was saying [in The Doctor Falls] – if I can’t be me then I don’t want to live.”


Moffat also added that rather than being just reluctant to make the change, The Doctor is plain terrified of the process: “He’s frightened and horrified that yet again he has to do this ghastly thing where he won’t know what he looks like, won’t know how he sounds, what’ll he’ll end up with.”

Well, Whovians are somewhat stuck in the same boat/Tardis at The Doctor – despite some rumours, the fandom isn't yet sure what form the Time Lord will next take. When will we found out? Keep your glowing yellow fingers crossed it's soon.

Via Radio Times  by

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies 'schemed' to end Doctor Who series 10 with a pregnant Missy

The Doctor Who series finale had many shocking moments, from brutal battles to old faces returning. But it could have been so, so much more melodramatic, if Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies had had their way.

The wicked idea began when Moffat contacted his old boss to tell him that John Simm’s version of the Master would be returning.

“I wrote to Russell and said look I’m going to bring back one of your characters,” he revealed on the Doctor Who aftershow, “do you want the spoiler or not? And he said ‘OK tell me, tell me, tell me.’”

“I said OK, it’s John Simm’s Master.”

Davies was apparently pleased with the idea. Very pleased. A bit too pleased.

“He’s going ‘oh my God the dialogue! Oh god how brilliant. Oh my god…they’re going to, aren’t they?”

Thankfully, Moffat demurred on the dirty stuff (yes, we all thought of the same ‘Master’ joke) but the discussion sparked the idea for a silly, possibly show-ending prank.

“I said Russell it’s a children’s show, it’s not Cucumber, we can’t do that. But we concocted this whole scheme that I’d cliffhanger out of my era on Doctor Who – handing over to Chris [Chibnall, the incoming showrunner] – with Missy telling the Master and the Doctor that she’s pregnant.”

Yes, the former and current Doctor Who showrunners conspired to end the series on an EastEnders worthy reveal, just to mess with the incoming boss. The Master shooting himself in the back suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.

“Over to you Chibs,” Moffat giggles. “Sort that one out!”

Of course this never made the final draft, with Moffat describing it as  “only email lunacy.” In fact he doubts whether even the Master is vain enough to become his/her own parents.

“I think the Master and Missy, I’m not sure about their flirtation, whether it’s just showing off.”

Well, that's one way to describe it.

Via the Radio Times

Doctor Who series 10 finale included an incredibly subtle tribute to Russell T Davies – did you spot it?

In amidst all the death, Cybermen attacks and almost-regenerations (for both the Doctor and the Master) in the Doctor Who series 10 finale, you’d be forgiven for missing one of the subtler Easter Eggs inserted by outgoing series showrunner Steven Moffat.

However, luckily for you (and us) the Who boss recently revealed one more secret about The Doctor Falls – and it turns out it’s related to his predecessor in the top job Russell T Davies, who revived and ran the BBC sci-fi series from 2005 to 2010.

“When people want to exaggerate a number, they always have a favourite number,” Moffat told The Doctor Who Fan Show. “Russell always uses 57, always 57.

“I once eventually said to him, ‘Do you have a preference for Heinz products?’ – he didn’t even know what I was asking him – ‘Because it’s always 57! Even in scripts, if you’re exaggerating, you always say 57. That’s your go-to.'”

Accordingly, then, when Moffat had to choose a floor number for the colony ship solar farm that would host the Twelfth Doctor’s last stand, he knew exactly what to go for – the sort of number that RTD himself would approve of.

“It’s Floor 507 in tribute to Russell,” he concluded.

Of course, it’s also possible that the number has ANOTHER secret meaning, given the regeneration-heavy content of the episode – 507 was previously cited by Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor (almost certainly in jest) as the potential number of regenerations for a Time Lord during a guest appearance in spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Accordingly, when this number appeared in some promotional materials for the latest series fans suspected a regeneration tease, which they eventually received. But was floor 507 also a callback to this moment or just a coincidence, given that it was 57-loving Davies who wrote the original Matt Smith gag?

We may never know – or at least until the next post-episode discussion hits YouTube.

Via Huw Fullerton for the Radio Times

Doctor Who - Series 10 - Deleted Scenes


Many thanks to Steward Seyfried for the following BBC America deleted scene videos.











Monday, 3 July 2017

John Simm agrees that his Doctor Who return should've been kept a secret

John Simm has agreed with many fans that his return to Doctor Who as The Master this series should have been kept under wraps.

News of Simm's return delighted fans when it was announced a few months ago following a leak – though given that he returns in disguise in the penultimate episode of series 10, it didn't come as a massive shock when the eventual reveal happened.

Many fans noted that had it not been known that The Master was back beforehand, it would have made the reveal a massive surprise.

Now Simm himself has weighed in on the matter, arguing that it was wrong to let the cat out of the bag so early.

"I'd never been given the opportunity to use prosthetics and sort of hide underneath this brilliant face that they gave me," he told Doctor Who Magazine of his disguise as Razor in 'World Enough and Time'. "That was just so good. I could really play with that.

"So I was a bit disappointed when they let it out that I was coming back. Because the audience is obviously going to guess that that's me, aren't they?"


This weekend, series 10 wrapped up with the shock return of the First Doctor (played by David Bradley).

Now outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat has teased the upcoming Christmas special and Bradley's incarnation of William Hartnell, who originally played the first Time Lord.

"We're at this moment filming the Twelfth Doctor and the First Doctor meeting," Moffat said. "I can say right now I've just been on the set of the First Doctor's TARDIS, which has been beautifully created over there.

"David Bradley's creation of William Hartnell is so eerily perfect, it could fool you. I've just been watching a scene in the other studio where he is so perfectly William Hartnell, you could be convinced it's him."

Doctor Who Magazine issue 514 is on sale now

Via Digital Spy

Former Doctor Who companion to return in Christmas special for Capaldi's departure?

The Mirror has some good news for Doctor Who fans still reeling from the emotional series finale on Saturday.

When the Steven Moffat era comes to an end after seven years with the Christmas special, the Time Lord will bid a final goodbye to Clara Oswald as well as Bill Potts.

Their source reveals: “ Jenna Coleman has agreed to film something new as Clara. It’s become a tradition now for the companions to reappear as the Doctor regenerates and Jenna isn’t letting the side down.

“It’ll help to give Peter the send-off he deserves after three years.”

Jenna, 31, will soon appear in the second series of ITV’s Victoria alongside her real-life beau Tom Hughes, who plays Prince Albert.

Her mini-comeback comes after Billie Piper returned as Rose Tyler to say goodbye to David Tennant in 2009 and Karen Gillan came back as Amy Pond to say ta-ra to Matt Smith in 2013.

Pearl Mackie ’s reign as Bill Potts appeared to end on Saturday, as she chose to explore the universe with her watery love from the first episode , starry-eyed Heather, having spent most of the episode trapped in the body of a Cyberman.

Bill is expected to appear “in some form” during the Christmas special along with Matt Lucas as Nardole but neither will return for the next series under new showrunner Chris Chibnall.

The source says: “Bill and Nardole are due to get brief appearances but they could be clips or flashbacks from earlier episodes.

“Fans should accept this weekend’s finale was their big swansong.”


Looking ahead, there could be huge changes for Doctor Who.

Rumours abound that the entire production could be quitting Cardiff for Manchester.

Insiders report that Chibnall, famous for writing Broadchurch, is keen to put a new stamp on the pro­­gramme with a Doctor and companion of his choosing.

He is also planning to run an American-style writers’ room, where a team of scriptwriters get together to pen the various episodes in collaboration.

Via the Mirror