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'Doctor Who' is losing its longtime showrunner Steven Moffatt after series 10.
Peter Capaldi has admitted he's still not sure about his future as the Doctor.
Capaldi returns to BBC screens on Christmas Day and will star in the show’s 10th series next year. But series 10 will be the last to feature showrunner Steven Moffatt and Capaldi is yet to decide wether he’ll also be bowing out.
Peter Capaldi is unsure of his future in Doctor Who
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Hasn't Decided If He'll Continue With Doctor Who
We never expected that from the BBC sci-fi series.
The first teaser for the upcoming 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special dropped on Friday during BBC's Children In Need broadcast. It's been almost a year since we last saw the show; season 10 is yet to arrive on our screens so our next instalment - 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio' - is a kind of continuation from the 2015 Christmas episode.
The Return of Doctor Mysterio features a new hero
The episode appears to continue off from last year's Christmas special 'The Husbands of River Song' and early indications show that we could see the return of the humanoid race the Shoal of the Winter Harmony, as well as River Song's faithful employee Nardole, played by Matt Lucas.
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who' 2016 Christmas Special Introduces A Caped Superhero
The Doctor will guest star in the first episode of the new series.
‘Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi will be appearing in the first episode of spin-off series ‘Class’ it has been confirmed. The series begins on Saturday 22 October, which, coincidently, is exactly ten years since fellow spin-off ‘Torchwood’ began.
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Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Will Appear In 'Doctor Who' Spin Off 'Class'
Eccleston was chosen to be the Time Lord when the BBC brought back 'Doctor Who' in 2005, but he quit after only one series.
Speaking to Australian radio show Drive, on Melbourne’s 774AB last week, the critically acclaimed English actor admitted that he should have stuck at his role as the Ninth Doctor when the BBC revived the cult ‘70s sci-fi drama back in 2005.
Instead, he quit after 13 episodes, and a decade later he revealed that he didn’t really have creative control over the character, with David Tennant then assuming the role for five years until 2010.
Continue reading: Christopher Eccleston Admits "Regret" At Quitting 'Doctor Who' So Soon
Six episodes entitled 'The Power of the Daleks', which were lost eight years after they were broadcast in 1966, are to be restored as animations later this year.
The BBC has announced it will be making an animation of a lost ‘Doctor Who’ story dating from 1966, to be released later this year on the 50th anniversary of their original air date.
‘The Power of the Daleks’ was a story with six episodes that dated from the fourth season of the BBC’s long-running sci-fi series, which featured Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. They were broadcast once in November 1966, but were lost during a purge of the master negatives in the BBC’s archives in 1974.
A handful of clips and stills were salvaged by ‘Doctor Who’ fans, but the complete visual recordings were lost.
Continue reading: BBC To Re-Create Lost 'Doctor Who' Episodes As Animations
Capaldi told fans visiting the set that the tenth series of 'Doctor Who' will be back on the BBC in "April" next year.
Peter Capaldi has broken the silence on when the next series of ‘Doctor Who’ will eventually be broadcast, revealing to fans visiting the show’s set in Cardiff that the BBC sci-fi series will return in April 2017.
“We’ll be on at Christmas, and then it starts again in April, I think,” the Scottish-born actor, 58, told young fans who had assembled on set on Tuesday (September 6th).
Peter Capaldi possibly accidentally let slip the return date for the next series of 'Doctor Who'
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Smith played the 11th Doctor from 2009 to 2013.
’Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has hinted that Matt Smith could become the first Doctor to make a return to the series. Smith left the show in 2013 and was replaced by Peter Capaldi, but according to Moffat the actor wishes he'd never left.
Could Matt Smith be returning to ‘Doctor Who’?
The Mirror reports that Moffat said Smith is “quite open about how much he misses it, and how much he wishes he hadn’t left”. The showrunner admitted Smith’s decision to leave three years ago was a “tough time”.
Continue reading: Steven Moffat Hints That Matt Smith Could Return To 'Doctor Who'
'Doctor Who' showrunner Moffat said that it had happened before the appointment of Peter Capaldi in 2013.
In an interview for the BBC programme’s official magazine this week, Moffat said that the flagship show had “no excuse” not to offer more diversity in its casting, and that the recent announcement of stage actress Pearl Mackie – whose father is from the West Indies – as the Doctor’s companion was made after they had failed in their original intention.
Steven Moffat, the lead writer and showrunner of 'Doctor Who'
The theatre actress replaces Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald.
Newcomer Pearl Mackie has been unveiled as the new assistant in BBC series ‘Doctor Who’. Mackie will play Bill, the companion of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, with her first episodes set to air in spring 2017. The announcement was made yesterday, during the FA Cup semi-final match.
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who': Pearl Mackie Revealed As The Doctor's New Companion
Working from a script written by young adult author Patrick Ness, 'Class' is coming to BBC Three in late 2016.
British actress Katherine Kelly, formerly a star of ‘Coronation Street’ and more recently of BBC drama ‘The Night Manager’, has been cast in the forthcoming ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off series called ‘Class’.
Kelly is joined by four newcomers, according to the BBC’s casting announcement made on Monday (April 4th), in the form of Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins, Fady Elsayed and Vivian Oparah. They will play sixth formers at Coal Hill School, set in modern London.
‘Doctor Who’ aficionados will know that Coal Hill School has a special part in the series’ mythology, as it was the setting for the first ever episode back in 1963.
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who' Spin-Off 'Class' Adds Katherine Kelly To Cast
The actor says he was frustrated over the show’s changing time slot last year.
‘Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi has hit out at the BBC, claiming they take the show for granted. Speaking to Newsweek, Capaldi addressed the show’s changing time slot last series’, which saw it behind pushed back for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, saying he felt it made it harder for them to attract and keep family viewers.
Peter Capaldi feels the BBC has ‘neglected’ ‘Doctor Who’.
“It does frustrate me,” Capaldi said. “If you’re going to have a family show, I think you have to build up a little ritual around it—and that ritual usually starts with having it on at the same time [every week]. Even I didn’t know what time it was on because it got later and later and later.”
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi: 'The BBC Takes 'Doctor Who' For Granted'
Who will replace Clara Oswald?
‘Doctor Who’s’ Peter Capaldi has revealed the show is looking for someone ‘different’ to take over from Jenna Coleman as the Timelord’s companion. Coleman, who played Clara Oswald in the BBC series, departed in December and her replacement has still not been found.
‘Doctor Who’ are looking for someone 'different' to be the Timelord’s new assistant.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Capaldi said: "We’ve just had some brief talks about it, we haven’t actually chosen someone yet — that I know of. Perhaps someone has been chosen but I would expect that I would meet them before we finalised all that."
The actor is reportedly set to leave the series when Chris Chibnall takes over as showrunner.
After the departure of showrunner Steven Moffat was announced last week, ‘Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi is reportedly also planning his exit from the series, finishing his run in late 2017. Capaldi is said to be stepping down as the Time Lord so new showrunner Chris Chibnall can chose his own Doctor.
Is Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor running out?
A source told The Mirror: “Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven Moffat leaves. They’ve been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor.”
Continue reading: Will Peter Capaldi’s Time As 'Doctor Who' Be Up After 2017 Series?
The long-serving showrunner has stepped down and will be replaced by ‘Broadchurch’s’ Chris Chibnall.
‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has stepped down as the show’s lead writer and executive producer after six series in charge. According to the Radio Times, Moffat will hand over to ‘Broadchurch’s’ Chris Chibnall at the end of the next series, scheduled to be in 2017.
Steven Moffat is to step down as ‘Doctor Who’s’ showrunner.
The BBC will air Moffat’s final 12 part series in spring 2017, but he will also helm a Christmas special later this year. Chibnall’s debut series will then launch in 2018. It’s unclear wether Moffat’s Christmas special will feature the Doctor’s new companion, but sources say Jenna Coleman’s replacement will definitely appear in the spring 2017 series.
Continue reading: Steven Moffat's 'Timey-Wimey' Has Run Out On 'Doctor Who'
The final episode of the period drama pulled in the festive viewers on ITV.
The final ever episode of ‘Downton Abbey’ was the most watched programme in Britain on Christmas day, bringing in a big win for broadcaster ITV. The victory marks the first time in 15 years that ITV has beaten the BBC to claim the highest rated Christmas Day show.
'Downton Abbey' was the most watched programme this Christmas.
The programme averaged a massive 6.9 million viewers, when it aired on ITV at 8.45pm. In the episode, viewers said their goodbyes to the Crawley family and their servants after six seasons. The usually unlucky in love Lady Edith finally got her happy ending, as she wed Bertie Pelham, while servants Anna and Mr Bates welcomed their first child.
Continue reading: Downton Abbey Wins Christmas Day Ratings War
There's just too much choice this year.
We don't want to advocate spending Christmas in front of the telly as opposed to catching up with your family, but it'll be hard to resist with the array of entertainment on offer during the holidays. Record everything if you must, but definitely don't miss out.
The Doctor and River Song meet again
What show: 'Doctor Who'
Who stars: Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston
Which channel: BBC One
What time: 5.15pm Christmas Day
What it's about: All we know so far is that the Doctor is alone now that Clara's dead, though apparently not for long because he's about to bump into his elusive wife River Song, who has a mission of her own she really needs his help with.
Continue reading: From Doctor Who To Downton Abbey: Here's Your UK Christmas TV Schedule
'Doctor Who' fans have been left salivating at the possibility of Peter Jackson directing an episode, thanks to a video featuring The Timelord visiting the director’s home.
If Peter Jackson hasn’t signed up to direct an episode of ‘Doctor Who’ then he’s just trolled the entire fanbase of the BBC sci-fi series. In a video posted to the director’s Facebook page on Monday, Jackson appears to tease the idea he could helm a ‘Doctor Who’ episode, when he receives a visit from the Doctor himself.
Could be Peter Jackson soon direct an episode of ‘Doctor Who’?
In the clip titled, ‘Home Invasion’, Jackson is seen sitting at a table with his daughter Katie surrounded by his Oscars. “Hey dad, Steven Moffat’s trying to email you,” Katie says. “He’s always emailing me,” Jackson responds.
Continue reading: Could Peter Jackson Be About To Direct An Episode Of 'Doctor Who'?
The writer has been accused of making the show more ‘misogynist’ since he took over from Russell T. Davies in 2010.
‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has spoken out over claims that the show has become ‘misogynist’ since he took over as lead writer. In a survey carried out last year by group of US university students, it was found that women on the show had less speaking time and fewer speaking roles under Moffatt.
Peter Capaldi in 'Doctor Who'.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Moffatt said it was a “complicated issue”, adding: “The general point being made by these people is correct. We need better female role models on screen.” However the writer said he doesn't understand why his show is the one being single out as ‘misogynist’.
You might be still crying for Clara, but you're really excited too, right?
Christmas Day will see thousands of families gathering on the couch in front of the television in the evening for the eagerly anticipated new episode of 'Doctor Who'. The Doctor is struggling to come to terms with the death of Clara, but his wife seriously needs his help.
Husband and wife are reunited in the first look at the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special
Yes, the December 25th episode brings with it a lot of twists and turns and some thrilling guest appearances. Here's what we know so far about the show:
Continue reading: 6 Things We Know About The 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special
Peter Capaldi is headed to the Doctor Who festival.
Peter Capaldi [L] and Jenna-Louis Colman [R] in Doctor Who
The sci-fi festival - held between November 13-15 - will offer fans the chance the see how the show is created as well as getting up close to series eight and nine props. They will also be able to interact with Doctor Who himself and the show's creator.
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Himself Attending 'Doctor Who' Festival In London
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith could be taking a role in JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith could be taking the lead role in the much-anticipated film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The Harry Potter spin-off is due to start filming in London this summer, and the 32-year-old actor is the favourite to play the lead role of 'magizoologist' Newt Scamander, according to The Sun.
Matt Smith has a number of projects set for release in 2015
Jk Rowling has penned the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her book, and the author's 'exciting' script has gone done well with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who told IGN it's 'filled with all the hallmarks of her incredible imagination.'
Continue reading: Matt Smith Could Be Starring In Fantastic Beasts
A new 'Doctor Who' game is part of the BBC's 'Make it Digital Initiative'.
A new online 'Doctor Who' game will teach children the basics of computer coding and programming. Aimed at six to 12-year-olds, the game is voiced by the current doctor Peter Capaldi and features the fearsome Daleks - who turn goodies.
Peter Capaldi [L] and Jenna-Louise Coleman [R] filming Doctor Who
The puzzles are lined to Key Stage 2 and 3 learning outcomes, with players starting the game as the Tardis materialises during a pursuit through space, according to the BBC. On freeing his old enemy, a Dalek, from the Cybermen, the Doctor finds himself taking his new ally on a mission to save the world.
Continue reading: New 'Doctor Who' Game Will Teach 6-12 Year Olds Computer Coding
Nick Frost is jumping aboard the Tardis in the Christmas episode of Doctor Who.
Nick Frost, the actor and screenwriter known for his work with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, will star in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, the BBC has announced today. Frost will be joined by Natalie Gumede, 'Glue' actress Faye Marsay and 'Misfits' star Nathan McCullen.
Nick Frost signing copies of 'Paul at HMV. Remember 'Paul'?
Further details about the characters are being kept under wraps though it is known that filming on the Christmas episode is underway in Cardiff.
Continue reading: Nick Frost "Thrilled" To Be Starring In Doctor Who Christmas Special
Matt Smith has joined a stellar British cast for the comedy-horror.
Matt Smith has signed on to star in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'
The project has been in development for years and will finally go into production on September 24. A comedy-horror spin-off of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice, Zombies stars Liz Bennett (James) who is pressurised by her family to marry into a wealth home but rebels against the social requirements of Victorian England. Instead, she sets out to help defend the English countryside against a plague of horrifying zombies.
Continue reading: Matt Smith Signs On For 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'
The actor was approached in the mid '60s to play the Doctor, but turned it down because he was too busy
The huge-voiced actor Brian Blessed could have been the second Doctor in the the mid '60s
Blessed told the Radio Times that he was approached and asked to step in as William Hartnell’s replacement in the mid-1960s. If he had said yes, Blessed would have been the second incarnation of the Doctor, but instead that role was taken by Patrick Troughton in 1966.
Continue reading: Brian Blessed Reveals He Turned Down The Chance To Play Doctor Who
Much of TV is now a geek's dream, we look at the shows loved by both geeks and the wider mainstream.
Geeks: once the deeply awkward and much-maligned members of society- ridiculed by Jocks and long stereotyped on TV and film as socially inept weaklings with a love of bow ties, thick-rimmed glasses and high-waisted slacks. But oh how things have changed. Ever since Adam Brody’s intensely loveable Seth Cohen appeared on screens in the mid noughties as the lonely, quick-witted, Death Cab For Cutie loving geek on The O.C, the tables have been well and truly turned. ‘Geek Chic’ prevails, the once laughable clothing choices of society’s most brainy and introverted have been re-appropriated by the masses. Everyone is falling over themselves to replicate a look that twenty years ago would have posited the wearer of such garments as a human punch-bag for meat-headed bullies.
Adam Brody has been credited with helping makes geeks cool through his O.C character Seth Cohen
In the world of TV, sci-fi shows such as Star Trek and Stargate are geek staples but the recent role reversal of geeks as the cultural vanguard posits fantastical shows that would have more likely been derided several years ago as universally acclaimed hits. Game Of Thrones is arguably the biggest TV show in the world whilst The Big Bang Theory, which maintains the long-held geek stereotypes has made veritable superstars of its cast. Here then, is a list of those geeky TV shows that we just can’t get enough of.
Continue reading: The Geek TV Shows We're Not Afraid To Love
The BBC have apologised to Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat for the disasterous leaking of scripts and footage from the new series earlier this month.
The leak is believed to have originated from a BBC Worldwide office in the US, and delivered a blow to the production team who have worked hard to keep the debut of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor under wraps.
In a statement issued on Thursday, BBC Worldwide addressed the matter, stating "the mistake was damaging" but thanking Moffat and the Doctor Who production team for all their hard work in creating the upcoming series.
Peter Capaldi, pictured here on the set of Doctor Who, is taking on the role of The Twelfth Doctor
Continue reading: BBC Apologizes For Doctor Who Script Leak
Norris will join the show in its eighth series
Hermione Norris has spoken of her excitement at the opportunity to star in series 8 of Dr. Who. Best known for portraying MI5 agent Ros Myers in the spy drama Spooks, Norris described the show as “iconic”, according to The BBC.
"It's exciting to be part of such an iconic show, and one that my kids can watch!" Norris said of appearing in Doctor Who.
Hermione Norris will guest star in series eight of Doctor Who
Continue reading: Hermione Norris Excited By 'Doctor Who' Appearance
Given what we've seen the Doctor do in the past, this is just the icing on the cake
With Doctor Who currently enjoying the break between Christmas Special and new series, there’s not much else to do turn our attention to the filming of said series; and with a new Doctor at the helm, the gaze is only intensified.
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on the set of Doctor Who in Cardiff
And it’s with this intensified gaze that we happen upon Peter Capaldi riding a mechanical horse in his pyjamas – a sight that, if we’d witnessed during his Thick of It days, may have been disconcerting.
Say hello to the Twelfth Doctor: Peter Capaldi
There was a lot of promise surrounding the Christmas episode of Doctor Who and when it aired on BBC 1 on Christmas Day it very much lived up to the hype and expectation buzzing around the show and the exit of the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. The exit of Smith also meant one other thing, the regeneration of the Doctor into his twelfth form: enter Peter Capaldi.
The Doctor had business to attend to before he could bow out
The Christmas special - called 'The Time of the Doctor,' in relation to the fiftieth anniversary episode 'The Day of the Doctor' - was full of action and packed in plenty of entertainment in the lead up to Smith's eventual bow out from the show that launched him to stardom. The episode featured Daleks, Time Lords, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, a town called Christmas and more and even Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), the Doctor's former assistant, made an appearance in the show to say farewell the Eleventh Doctor.
Continue reading: Matt Smith Bows Out Of 'Doctor Who' In Dramatic Christmas Special
Like The Doctor, Capaldi has been toiling for a thousand years, give or take.
Look at us, Peter Capaldi hasn’t filmed a single scene as Doctor Who and we’re already talking about his ‘life before Doctor Who’. In Capaldi’s case, though, the examination of circumstance prior to his recent ‘promotion’ in the acting world is a story worth telling.
See, actors’ lives are normally eulogised, even in movies, played by actors themselves, as things of beauty; the fast cars, champagne, glitzy premieres and mansions are all part of the job. And this is true, but only for George Clooney, really, and that’s mainly to do with his beard.
Even the reverse fortunes actors face is romanticized: living in squalor, scraping up enough money for a bottle of wine and a bus ticket to the next audition. It’s all made to look like the most glamorous thing ever, and not a nice man and woman thinking about selling their moderately nice house because of a money shortage.
Get to know your new Doctor
Peter Capaldi was revealed as the new Doctor Who last night – the 12th Doctor to step inside the Tardis and have a stab at saving the globe. It’s an interesting choice considering his age recent work and recent work, but generally, it’s been a popular one.
Peter Capaldi will make a brilliant Doctor
"It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer, but it's been so fantastic," he said after the news was revealed on a live BBC One show.
Continue reading: Get To Know Your New Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi
We'll all find out tonight so this can stop, until next time.
So, months of fervent rumour mill-turning, rumours that he might finally be a woman and even a fleeting moment where we thought Matt Smith might actually carry on, and here we are: the identity of the next Dr. Who will be revealed on Sundat at 7pm. And Peter Capaldi is the favourite.
The talented Mr. Capaldi
That’s right, Malcolm Tucker, to all your Thick of It fans, will effectively be starring in a kid’s show for adults. Some might not be able to watch for fear that their 9-year-old will suddenly hear the kind of language that made him famous on The Thick of It, while some think he’s suited perfectly.
Continue reading: A 'Who’s Who' For Who Will Be The Next 'Doctor Who' – Peter Capaldi?
Will he? Won't He? I mean, he will, but, will he? Yeah he will. Shame.
It would appear as though Matt Smith is getting cold feet about leaving his role as Dr. Who. The British star, 30, was speaking at the TCA "Doctor Who" panel when he admitted to feeling nervous about his impending exit.
“I have pondered [the decision to leave] on several occasions and thought I’ve made a huge mistake,” Smith said. “What am I doing? Don’t leave! I’m slightly in denial about Matt leaving,” Coleman said. “But we have quite a lot to do yet.” (L.A Times)
Smith is still set to play the Doctor in two episodes: a 50th anniversary special and the traditional Christmas episode. “It’s important we give Matt the sendoff he deserves,” producer Marcus Wilson said. “The 50th anniversary is our most ambitious episode yet, then we need to top that to give Matt a proper sendoff.”
Continue reading: Smith On Dr. Who Exit: "What Am I Doing? Don’t Leave!"
Doctor Who fans at the San Diego Comic-Con said goodbye to Matt Smith as The Doctor. Further information on the 50th anniversary special of show (due to air in November) was also released.
Doctor Who fans bade Matt Smith farewell at the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. This reincarnation of The Doctor announced in June he would be leaving the show. He will continue in the role until the Christmas special, whilst his assistant, Jenna Coleman, will continue in her role as Clara Oswald.
Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Stephen Moffat at 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, New York.
When Smith took to the stage a number of fans shouted in unison "thank you Matt!" In response to his fan's Smith, on his role as The Doctor, said "it changed my life and my family's life, and I'm proud and grateful to be part of it."
Continue reading: Matt Smith's Last Comic-Con As Doctor Who
It's less 3D and more HD for the BBC
The BBC are ringing the changes; shortly after dropping their 3D programming for the foreseeable future, they’ve decided to expand their HD capabilities. Specifically, there will be HD versions of BBC News, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC – all of which will be available over rooftop aerials via Freeview receivers as well as satellite and cable services.
"BBC One HD and BBC Two HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I'm delighted that we're able to follow this with the launch of five new subscription-free BBC HD channels by early 2014," said the BBC's director general Tony Hall. "These new channels will allow us to showcase more of our programming at its very best."
BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV HD and Channel 4 HD are the only channels available on the Freeview service at the moment, with many more accessible on TV rival Sky. The news comes after the tax-funded corporation decided suspend their 3D programming for a while.
Rory Kinnear admits to never having watched an episode of Doctor Who.
Rory Kinnear is unlikely to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who, claiming he isn't exactly sure what the long-running sci-fi show is. Early this month, several bookmakers stopped taking punts on the Skyfall actor to become the new Time Lord, though Kinnear's team maintained radio silence.
Rory Kinnear Says He Knows Nothing of Any Talks To Join Doctor Who
Now - apparently bemused by the speculation - the theatrical actor tells The Independent that he's never watched an episode of the BBC show and does not believe he'll be offered the job. "I don't where it came from and how these things evolve", he explained, "I haven't been and I am totally certain that I will not be asked to be the next Doctor Who. If I was an actor who was really longing to play Doctor Who, then this would be torturous, but it's a programme I've never watched, so I don't even really know what it is."
The race for the new Doctor really is wide open
Matt Smith announced last week that he is to step down from the role that made him a household name, leaving the door open for the 12th Doctor in the show's 50 year run to step into Smith's shoes. As the 11th white actor to play the Time Lord moves on to bigger things, there is a strong demand from the public for the next Doctor to break the mould a little a bring in the first female or ethnic actor to take on the role.
The man behind the momentous return of the show, Steven Moffat, has already green-lit a change from the norm and the mounting pressure to introduce a bit of diversity on the show may prove too much for the people in charge of casting at the BBC. Still, a quick look at the odds for the next Doctor seems to indicate that things won't change too much at all, with the top odd all being designated to various white, male actors.
The top three tips for the next Time Lord are Cutting It star Ben Daniels, Irish actor Damien Molony (of Being Human fame) and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, with former Doctor Who sidekick Billie Piper and Kinky Boots star Chiwetel Ejiofor the favourite non-white males to take up the mantle. Neither of these two make much sense though, as having a former sidekick regenerate as a Doctor would be too weird even for the Doctor, whilst Ejiofor is frankly too good and too established an actor to make the move to television when he should really be one of the main names to take up Daniel Craig's place as James Bond or being offered Oscar-worthy roles instead.
In the 50th year of the show, Doctor Who bosses could have a surprise move lined-up for the next Time Lord
Matt Smith announced this week that he will step down from his role as the current Time Lord on the ever-popular and long-running BBC series Dr Who following the airing of this year's Christmas special. Needless to say, the show's producers are currently compiling a list of potential replacements for Smith, however there is word that they may make a surprise casting choice by hiring the first female Doctor the show has seen.
Producer and head-writer Steven Moffat will look to put his ever-lasting stamp on the show he helped return to the public zeitgeist, by introducing the historic character development. The Mirror reported the potential casting decision on Sunday (June 2), following the news the Smith was due to leave.
The paper alluded to a comment made by Moffat at the Edinburgh TV Festival in 2012 when he discussed the unpredictability of the Doctor and that having a female Time Lord is a very feasible idea. He said, “It is a part of Time Lord lore that it can happen. Who knows, the more often it is talked about the more likely it is to happen some day.”
William Hussein is critical of the sexual tension in the modern series of Doctor Who
The original director of Doctor Who has criticised the modern day version of the programme for its new-found sexuality. William Hussein worked on the original version of the show, when William Hartnell played the Time Lord. In an interview with BBC Radio 4, he said “There is an element now, and I know we're living in a different era, of sexuality that has crept in.” As the show approaches its 50th anniversary show, Hussein questioned the need for a sexual slant on the show, saying “Why bring in this element when in fact you needn't have it there?”
The Time Lord is currently played by Matt Smith, who has been in the role since 2010. He is now joined by a new female companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman. Hussein is clearly not enamoured with the sexual tension between the two actors and explained that it had never been necessary in the earlier series of the show, when the likes of Peter Purves and Carole Ann Ford graced our screens. “The intriguing thing about the original person, was that you never quite knew about him and there was a mystery and an unavailability about him… Now we've just had a recent rebirth and another girl has joined us, a companion, she actually snogged him.”
The aforementioned Time Lord of yore, Peter Purves was in agreement with Hussain, as well, stating “The original series was so simple. They were very straightforward, nice linear stories that one could follow.”
Continue reading: Original Doctor Who Director Slams Modern Show's Sexuality
The tenth Time Lord will join his successor on screen for anniversary episode
David Tennant will lead a stellar cast for the forthcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. The former Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page will also join the cast, as will Billie Piper, who was once a Doctor Who star herself. Current stars Matt Smith, John Hurt and Jenna-Louise Colman will all appear in the special episode which is due to start filming this week, according to The Daily Mail.
Joanna Page recently gave birth to her first child and it’s not clear which role she will take, though she attended a recent read-through for the forthcoming special. Back in 2010 when it was rumoured that she may appear in Doctor Who, Joanna commented “I think I’ve got to be the only Welsh actress who has never been in Doctor Who so if someone would like me to be in Doctor Who I would love the part.”
Both the 10th (David Tennant) and 11th (Matt Smith) Time Lords will appear in the show, which will be screened in cinemas in November, according to the report. The show’s producer Steven Moffat is working hard to ensure that the content of the anniversary programme stays under wraps. “One length I've gone to which is a really good security measure - I make sure I don't get a script, because I will lose it. I forbid people to hand me one. It's on my computer under lock and key.” Matt Smith explained “It's about looking back and forward at the same time, a bit like the Doctor does. It's about celebrating everyone that's been involved with it, all the wonderful actors that have taken part before me, and it's also about looking forward.”
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Dalek designer, Raymond Cusick, has died, in the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who
The designer of Doctor Who’s most famous cyborgs, the Daleks, has died, at the age of 84. Raymond Cusick, from Horsham, West Sussex, created the pepper-pot villains and also developed their sinister gliding motion. Despite the fact that the armoured cyborgs have become an integral part of the Doctor Who legacy – along with their notorious catchphrase “exterminate!” – Cusick has previously revealed that the process of designing them wasn’t exactly an easy one.
According to the Daily Mail, Cusick said that the original Daleks “rattled like an old biscuit tin” and pneumatic wheels had to be added to them to stabilise them. The ‘pepper pot’ design had been decided on after he was showing one of the programs special effects experts, Bill Roberts, how he envisioned the Daleks moving around: he picked up a pepper pot and moved it around the table, explaining “it’s going to move like that – no visible means.” Mr Cusick died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday evening, his daughter confirmed. He is survived by two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Cusick’s death comes in the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who. A planned Doctor Who movie, reportedly entitled An Adventure In Space and Time will detail the origins of Doctor Who, according to Entertainment Weekly. League of Gentleman actor Reece Shearsmith has been cast in the role of Patrick Troughton. Fellow LoG star Mark Gatiss is onboard as the screenwriter.
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The advent of on demand services are slowly revolutionising audience experiences of media consumption, whether it be radio, television or films, iPlayer, Netflix, 4oD and TeVo are all part of the revolution.
iPlayer is currently the biggest on demand service in the UK and in its 5th year is available on over 650 devices and other platforms, making it the most accessible, plus with over 200million requests in just a month during October, it's a clear success. Now that it's available directly on televisions as well as on laptops, phones, tablets and through games consoles, figures are only expected to rise. The Christmas period saw it become even more popular.
As the BBC reports, January 1st this year saw over 6.7million requests for shows, the high of the season. All together though, from December 22nd- January 1st the online service provided audiences with 77million views.
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The Doctor Who Christmas special - set to air on Christmas Day - features new music, new titles, a new costume and a sleek new Tardis, according to The Guardian. Writer Steven Moffat has promised plenty of surprises in the forthcoming episode, which stars Matt Smith's new sidekick Jenna-Louise Coleman.
"They [the new episodes] are immense, they are considerable and they will be full of tremendous surprises," said Moffat at a special preview of the Christmas episode, "We're not going to tell you [any details] but I promise we're going to take over television, trust me." It appears to be an ambitious instalment of the long-running drama - a 60 minute special featuring a seasonal splash of romance and Richard E. Grant, among others. Set in Victorian London, the episode follows the Doctor as he grieves the loss of Amy and Rory, though meets Clara (Colman) - his new companion. "I felt like I was on a blind date for a while . it's like putting two people together, 'Oh I know someone you'll really get on with - now go on and save the world," the former Emmerdale actress said of joining the cast. In other Doctor Who news, Moffat ruled out that Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock would ever share screen time with the Time Lord, "The doctor would just be furious because there would be someone else clever and tall in the room, and that's his job.Can you imagine it? They'd just stand there and sulk at each other," he said.
Doctor Who: The Snowmen airs on Christmas Day, 5.15pm, BBC1.
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Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he can't remember anything from his quad bike accident in 2003 which left him in intensive care in a UK hospital.
The former Black Sabbath frontman is a guest on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross tonight on BBC1 and discusses the accident with Ross, which occurred just days after his last appearance on the show.
"I can't remember what happened, my heart stopped twice, the first thing I remember was seven days later but I was only going at three miles an hour. I always used to say I'm going to die by the time I'm 40, I always thought something like that would happen to me," Ozzy said.
Ozzy, 58, also spoke of his two children, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, who were thrust into the spotlight during their teenage years on the TV reality show which was filmed at the Osbourne's home.
"Overnight they were celebrities and didn't know how to handle it. [Now] Jack's great, he goes round and lectures in schools, tells them his story, young people can relate to him," the rocker said.
"At the beginning [the TV show] was great fun but then it got really tiring. You'd get a creepy feeling there was a camera around you all the time even when there wasn't."
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's home in Buckinghamshire was burgled in 2004 and Ozzy tackled an intruder who managed to get away with a valuable quantity of jewellery.
"I sleepwalk a lot, I was naked," the rocker said. "There was this guy bent down. I thought 'am I dreaming?' Like a fool I ran at him and then thought 'now what', so I just let him go."
Also appearing on the chat show tonight are Doctor Who star Freema Agyeman and presenter Justin Lee Collins.
The programme will be shown on BBC1 at 22:35 BST.
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