Rory Kinnear as Doctor Who? Actor Admits, "I Don't Really Know What It Is"

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 KinnearRory 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."

Despite his obvious talents, Kinnear would have certainly been an odd choice for the Doctor given the BBC's push to make the show more appealing to a younger audience. The departing Smith was perfect, though Kinnear's experienced is rooted in National Theatre productions and serious drama. Next month, he stars in Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (from the writer of Red Riding) about a fictional Kent coastal community that suffers a Dublane-style shooting massacre. 

So if not Kinnear, then who?

Well, the bookmakers have installed British actor Ben Daniels as the new 3/1 favourite for the role. The multi-award winning actor - who's performed across film, television and theatre - recently starred in Kevin Spacey's well received Netflix series 'House of Cards' and the family flick Jack The Giant Slayer. 

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BBC Apologizes for Doctor Who Script Leak 4295097 News

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 CapaldiPeter Capaldi, pictured here on the set of Doctor Who, is taking on the role of The Twelfth Doctor 

Earlier this week Steven Moffat, speaking at London Film & Comic Con, branded the leak of the series eight premiere as "horrible, miserable and upsetting". In total five finish scripts and unfinished scenes from six episodes surfaced online, quickly followed by a rough cut of the season premiere, entitled 'Deep Breath'. 

The BBC also showed appreciation to Doctor Who fans for their devotion to the long-running series in their statement, saying "We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks."

Many took to social media to voice their dismay at the chaos, with Steven Moffat urging fans to fight temptation to read the scripts or watch the rough footage, instead asking them to wait a little bit longer to see the finished product on television at the end of August.

More: BBC Warns Fans NOT TO WATCH Capaldi's Leaked First "Doctor Who" Episode 

However, the world doesn't have much longer to wait to see the completed series in its full glory; the first episode of the eight series airs on Saturday August 23rd on BBC One. 

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 CapaldiPeter Capaldi, pictured here on the set of Doctor Who, is taking on the role of The Twelfth Doctor 

Earlier this week Steven Moffat, speaking at London Film & Comic Con, branded the leak of the series eight premiere as "horrible, miserable and upsetting". In total five finish scripts and unfinished scenes from six episodes surfaced online, quickly followed by a rough cut of the season premiere, entitled 'Deep Breath'. 

The BBC also showed appreciation to Doctor Who fans for their devotion to the long-running series in their statement, saying "We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks."

Many took to social media to voice their dismay at the chaos, with Steven Moffat urging fans to fight temptation to read the scripts or watch the rough footage, instead asking them to wait a little bit longer to see the finished product on television at the end of August.

More: BBC Warns Fans NOT TO WATCH Capaldi's Leaked First "Doctor Who" Episode 

However, the world doesn't have much longer to wait to see the completed series in its full glory; the first episode of the eight series airs on Saturday August 23rd on BBC One. 

20th July 2014
Hermione Norris Excited By 'Doctor Who' Appearance 4191486 News

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 NorrisHermione Norris will guest star in series eight of Doctor Who

The legendary sci-fi drama will be heading to Lanzarote for the episode, which is written by Wallander's Peter Harness. "It's a testament to the quality of Peter Harness's intense and emotional script, that we've been able to attract an actress of the brilliance of Hermione Norris,” showrunner Steven Moffat said.

"And for the first time since 1984, the Doctor Who production team is heading to Lanzarote. The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure - but there have been sinister changes since his last visit,” he added in a statement. 

Norris is also known for her role as Karen in Cold Feet. Her latest part was as Matron Grace Carter in the BBC's First World War drama The Crimson Field. She joins other guest stars Ben Miller, Tom Riley and Keeley Hawes alongside the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will air on BBC One this autumn.

More: Doctor Who and Peaky Blinders triumph at Bafta Craft awards

Capaldi replaced Matt Smith as the Doctor following the 30-year-old’s departure from the show. But Smith hasn’t ruled out returning to the role if the right opportunity came along, confirming that an appearance in a special episode or anniversary edition isn’t beyond the bounds of possibility.

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 NorrisHermione Norris will guest star in series eight of Doctor Who

The legendary sci-fi drama will be heading to Lanzarote for the episode, which is written by Wallander's Peter Harness. "It's a testament to the quality of Peter Harness's intense and emotional script, that we've been able to attract an actress of the brilliance of Hermione Norris,” showrunner Steven Moffat said.

"And for the first time since 1984, the Doctor Who production team is heading to Lanzarote. The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure - but there have been sinister changes since his last visit,” he added in a statement. 

Norris is also known for her role as Karen in Cold Feet. Her latest part was as Matron Grace Carter in the BBC's First World War drama The Crimson Field. She joins other guest stars Ben Miller, Tom Riley and Keeley Hawes alongside the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will air on BBC One this autumn.

More: Doctor Who and Peaky Blinders triumph at Bafta Craft awards

Capaldi replaced Matt Smith as the Doctor following the 30-year-old’s departure from the show. But Smith hasn’t ruled out returning to the role if the right opportunity came along, confirming that an appearance in a special episode or anniversary edition isn’t beyond the bounds of possibility.

12th May 2014 3990837
Ben Miller to Face Off Against Peter Capaldi in 'Doctor Who' 4144599 News

Ben Miller is to play a villain on Doctor Who, facing off against Peter Capaldi in the forthcoming season. Miller, best known for his comedy work opposite Alexander Armstrong, will appear in an episode penned by Mark Gatiss set to air later in 2014.

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"As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures," the actor and comic said, "My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming."

"Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode," said lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

"With Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it's about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!" he added.

Miller, 48, has also starred in BBC One's Death in Paradise and appeared in the ITV sci-fi series Primeval, both of which appealed to viewers and critics alike. He also provided voice work for the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures

Other stars joining Miller in the next series of Doctor Who include Line of Duty's Keeley Hawes and Tom Riley, of Da Vinci's Demons.

Capaldi - best known for playing the belligerent spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker on The Thick Of It - was named as Matt Smith's successor in 2013. He made his first appearance during the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor in November 2014, taking over the role during the Christmas Day special The Time of the Doctor. 

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Ben Miller is to play a villain on Doctor Who, facing off against Peter Capaldi in the forthcoming season. Miller, best known for his comedy work opposite Alexander Armstrong, will appear in an episode penned by Mark Gatiss set to air later in 2014.

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"As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures," the actor and comic said, "My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming."

"Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode," said lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

"With Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it's about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!" he added.

Miller, 48, has also starred in BBC One's Death in Paradise and appeared in the ITV sci-fi series Primeval, both of which appealed to viewers and critics alike. He also provided voice work for the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures

Other stars joining Miller in the next series of Doctor Who include Line of Duty's Keeley Hawes and Tom Riley, of Da Vinci's Demons.

Capaldi - best known for playing the belligerent spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker on The Thick Of It - was named as Matt Smith's successor in 2013. He made his first appearance during the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor in November 2014, taking over the role during the Christmas Day special The Time of the Doctor. 

More: Keeley Hawes to go up against Doctor Who

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8th April 2014 4105584
Samuel Anderson Cast in 'Doctor Who', But Who Will He Play? 4083370 News

The History Boys actor Samuel Anderson is to play a companion of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in the new series of Doctor Who. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, where Oswald also teaches.

Samuel AndersonSamuel Anderson Is Joining 'Doctor Who'

The eight series of the much-loved BBC show will also introduce Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the latest Doctor.

"I was so excited to join Doctor Who, I wanted to jump and click my heels but I was scared I might not come down before filming started," Anderson said of his casting.

"It's a quintessential part of British culture and I can't believe I'm part of it. It's an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can't wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo."

Anderson also starred in Gavin & Stacey and on the soap opera Emmerdale, playing police offer Jason Kirk from 2007 to 2009. However, he is probably best known for playing Crowther in Alan Bennett's hit play The History Boys at the National Theatre and in the movie adaptation, with James Corden.

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Creator Steven Moffat added, "For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it's the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi's first series of Doctor Who!"

The new season of Doctor Who has almost completed filming and is expected later this year. 

The History Boys actor Samuel Anderson is to play a companion of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in the new series of Doctor Who. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, where Oswald also teaches.

Samuel AndersonSamuel Anderson Is Joining 'Doctor Who'

The eight series of the much-loved BBC show will also introduce Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the latest Doctor.

"I was so excited to join Doctor Who, I wanted to jump and click my heels but I was scared I might not come down before filming started," Anderson said of his casting.

"It's a quintessential part of British culture and I can't believe I'm part of it. It's an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can't wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo."

Anderson also starred in Gavin & Stacey and on the soap opera Emmerdale, playing police offer Jason Kirk from 2007 to 2009. However, he is probably best known for playing Crowther in Alan Bennett's hit play The History Boys at the National Theatre and in the movie adaptation, with James Corden.

Peter CapaldiPeter Capaldi Is The New Doctor Who

Creator Steven Moffat added, "For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it's the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi's first series of Doctor Who!"

The new season of Doctor Who has almost completed filming and is expected later this year. 

24th February 2014 3969073
All's Normal In Doctor Who Land - Peter Capaldi Is Riding a Mechanical Horse in Pyjamas 4025626 News

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 ColemanPeter 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.

In the context of Doctor Who, it’s rather mundane. Capaldi took some time to speak with fans, pose for photographs and sign autographs. He was also required to ride a real horse, as well as a mechanical one, but his stunt double soon stepped in because he’s "afraid of the horse and the horse knows it".

There’s been no official work on when the new series will air, but previous ones have kicked off in the summer time – usually August – so it’ll likely debut then. Fans of the franchise are eagerly waiting a lengthier look at their new Doctor after he debuted in the Christmas Special.

“I was five when the show started. I don’t remember Doctor Who not being part of my life, and it became a part of growing up, along with The Beatles, National Health spectacles, and fog. And it runs deep. It’s in my DNA.”

Showrunner Steven Moffat recently revealed that both the eight and the ninth seasons will air in single runs of 13 episodes. "We're not going to do splits [in series eight]," the boss told Doctor Who magazine. "And the same format will repeat exactly the following year like that - so it will be the traditional form."

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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 ColemanPeter 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.

In the context of Doctor Who, it’s rather mundane. Capaldi took some time to speak with fans, pose for photographs and sign autographs. He was also required to ride a real horse, as well as a mechanical one, but his stunt double soon stepped in because he’s "afraid of the horse and the horse knows it".

There’s been no official work on when the new series will air, but previous ones have kicked off in the summer time – usually August – so it’ll likely debut then. Fans of the franchise are eagerly waiting a lengthier look at their new Doctor after he debuted in the Christmas Special.

“I was five when the show started. I don’t remember Doctor Who not being part of my life, and it became a part of growing up, along with The Beatles, National Health spectacles, and fog. And it runs deep. It’s in my DNA.”

Showrunner Steven Moffat recently revealed that both the eight and the ninth seasons will air in single runs of 13 episodes. "We're not going to do splits [in series eight]," the boss told Doctor Who magazine. "And the same format will repeat exactly the following year like that - so it will be the traditional form."

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15th January 2014 3985035
Matt Smith Bows Out Of 'Doctor Who' In Dramatic Christmas Special 4007533 News

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.

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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.

Of course it was Capaldi that people wanted to see more than anything else and whilst his appearance was brief and came only at the end of the episode, he still managed to make a considerable impression on the Whovians tuning in on the day. As the Doctor’s iconic bow tie fell to the floor after he had regenerated, out stepped Capaldi from the TARDIS and it instantly seemed as though that none of the Doctor's trademark wit has been replaced along with Smith.

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It was a festive episode, but not one without drama and action

“Just one question,” ask the new Doctor to Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), as the TARDIS span wildly out of control. “Do you happen to know how to fly this thing?"

The regeneration wasn't quite as emotional as the heart-wrenching farewell to David Tennant's Tenth Doctor, but it still maintained a heavy sense of gravitas and might have brought a few tears to some Whovian's eyes.

We won't get to see whether Capaldi has learnt to control the TARDIS for some time either, with the next season of Doctor Who airing on BBC1 some time in 2014.

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The Silents also featured in the episode

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.

Doctor Who
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.

Of course it was Capaldi that people wanted to see more than anything else and whilst his appearance was brief and came only at the end of the episode, he still managed to make a considerable impression on the Whovians tuning in on the day. As the Doctor’s iconic bow tie fell to the floor after he had regenerated, out stepped Capaldi from the TARDIS and it instantly seemed as though that none of the Doctor's trademark wit has been replaced along with Smith.

The Day of the Doctor
It was a festive episode, but not one without drama and action

“Just one question,” ask the new Doctor to Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), as the TARDIS span wildly out of control. “Do you happen to know how to fly this thing?"

The regeneration wasn't quite as emotional as the heart-wrenching farewell to David Tennant's Tenth Doctor, but it still maintained a heavy sense of gravitas and might have brought a few tears to some Whovian's eyes.

We won't get to see whether Capaldi has learnt to control the TARDIS for some time either, with the next season of Doctor Who airing on BBC1 some time in 2014.

Dr Who
The Silents also featured in the episode

27th December 2013 3966749
Doctor Who Producers Defy The Impossible For Christmas Special 'The Time of the Doctor' 3971491 News

Following a baffling turn of events for the Doctor in the 50th anniversary episode of BBC's 'Doctor Who' entitled 'The Day Of The Doctor', producer Steven Moffat intends to drop another bombshell on Whovians this Christmas.

Matt Smith Day of the DoctorMatt Smith in 'The Day of the Doctor'

The long-running sci-fi show's Christmas Special has now been given a title: 'The Time of the Doctor'. Rather ambiguous as usual, but with recent developments being revealed by producers, its set our minds racing. 'The Day of the Doctor' saw the Matt Smith incarnation of the Doctor meet his predecessor David Tennant as well as John Hurt who became the 'forgotten' Doctor that neither incarnation ever spoke about. Together, however, they resolved the 21st Century Doctor's darkest regret and saved his planet Gallifrey from total destruction.

If that left you fans thinking you knew the Doctor a little better, think again. Despite the fact that it has been revealed that Peter Capaldi is set to become the next face of the Doctor (this is indisputable given that we saw a flash of him on the anniversary episode), Moffat has revealed that Matt Smith is in fact the thirteenth Doctor. This is significant particularly because it has been well-known for thirty-odd years that he can only regenerate twelve times and thus have only thirteen faces.

With John Hurt now counting as the predecessor to Christopher Eccleston, you'd think that would make Matt number twelve, but no; when David Tennant first appeared on the show he lost a hand and subsequently re-grew it with his regenerative power. So how can Peter Capaldi become the fourteenth Doctor?

Doctor WhoMatt Smith [L]. David Tennant [Centre] and John Hurt [R] in 'The Day of the Doctor'

It has also been revealed that the Doctor will return to Trenzalore; the final series 7 episode saw him visit there for the first time and we discovered that that's where his grave lay. It's all rather death-orientated, but surely they can't be thinking of killing him off anytime soon? He'll have a lot to avoid in order to survive, however, as it looks like it will be monster madness with the return of the ever-present Daleks, the Cybermen, the Silence and the Weeping Angels.

Following a baffling turn of events for the Doctor in the 50th anniversary episode of BBC's 'Doctor Who' entitled 'The Day Of The Doctor', producer Steven Moffat intends to drop another bombshell on Whovians this Christmas.

Matt Smith Day of the DoctorMatt Smith in 'The Day of the Doctor'

The long-running sci-fi show's Christmas Special has now been given a title: 'The Time of the Doctor'. Rather ambiguous as usual, but with recent developments being revealed by producers, its set our minds racing. 'The Day of the Doctor' saw the Matt Smith incarnation of the Doctor meet his predecessor David Tennant as well as John Hurt who became the 'forgotten' Doctor that neither incarnation ever spoke about. Together, however, they resolved the 21st Century Doctor's darkest regret and saved his planet Gallifrey from total destruction.

If that left you fans thinking you knew the Doctor a little better, think again. Despite the fact that it has been revealed that Peter Capaldi is set to become the next face of the Doctor (this is indisputable given that we saw a flash of him on the anniversary episode), Moffat has revealed that Matt Smith is in fact the thirteenth Doctor. This is significant particularly because it has been well-known for thirty-odd years that he can only regenerate twelve times and thus have only thirteen faces.

With John Hurt now counting as the predecessor to Christopher Eccleston, you'd think that would make Matt number twelve, but no; when David Tennant first appeared on the show he lost a hand and subsequently re-grew it with his regenerative power. So how can Peter Capaldi become the fourteenth Doctor?

Doctor WhoMatt Smith [L]. David Tennant [Centre] and John Hurt [R] in 'The Day of the Doctor'

It has also been revealed that the Doctor will return to Trenzalore; the final series 7 episode saw him visit there for the first time and we discovered that that's where his grave lay. It's all rather death-orientated, but surely they can't be thinking of killing him off anytime soon? He'll have a lot to avoid in order to survive, however, as it looks like it will be monster madness with the return of the ever-present Daleks, the Cybermen, the Silence and the Weeping Angels.

26th November 2013 3969073
Millions Are Gripped And Records Are Broken As The 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special Premieres 3969009 News

Doctor Who has landed itself in the Guinness World Record books after the show's fans tuned in to the special 50th anniversary edition of the show in their millions, with fans from almost 100 countries watching the Saturday (23 Nov.) night bonanza. The special, titled 'The Day of the Doctor,' aired on the BBC in the UK and averaged over 10 million viewers in its homeland, but that figure didn't reflect the huge amount of foreign viewers who tuned into the show too.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith starred in one of his last appearances as the Doctor

The highly-anticipated episode, which starred current Time Lord Matt Smith alongside two previous Doctors in David Tennant and John Hurt, was simultaneously aired in 94 countries around the world so that all fans could all follow the story 'live.' The viewing figures gathered by the BBC and the Guinness World Records do not take into account the millions who are estimated to have tuned in via online streaming, which are predicted to have made the final figures even more impressive.

The one-off anniversary episode thrilled fans as it including the Doctor's iconic nemesis's the Daleks and the body-shifting Zygons, however, in an imaginative plot, it was the Doctor himself who may very well have been the episode's main antagonist. The storyline saw Hurt's version of the Doctor coming to terms with the fact that he had committed mass genocide in order to halt a 'Great Time War",' as the feature-length episode saw him dwelling on the decision with the two future versions of himself.

The show also saw the return of former star Billie Piper and there was even a cameo from former Doctor Tom Baker as well as Matt Smith's replacement, Peter Capaldi.

Jenna-Louise Coleman
Sidekick Jenna-Louise Coleman was much more helpful than the returning Piper

Tim Davie, from BBC Worldwide, said at the presentation of the Guinness World Record certificate, "We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a royal wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages. If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world's biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest".

Being screened in more than 1,500 cinemas and on various TV networks across the globe, 'The Day of the Doctor' now holds the Guinness World Record for 'the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama' and as series writer Steven Moffat said at the handing over of the honour, "For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he's gone and done it himself!"

David Tennant
David Tennant was back with his sonic screwdriver

Doctor Who has landed itself in the Guinness World Record books after the show's fans tuned in to the special 50th anniversary edition of the show in their millions, with fans from almost 100 countries watching the Saturday (23 Nov.) night bonanza. The special, titled 'The Day of the Doctor,' aired on the BBC in the UK and averaged over 10 million viewers in its homeland, but that figure didn't reflect the huge amount of foreign viewers who tuned into the show too.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith starred in one of his last appearances as the Doctor

The highly-anticipated episode, which starred current Time Lord Matt Smith alongside two previous Doctors in David Tennant and John Hurt, was simultaneously aired in 94 countries around the world so that all fans could all follow the story 'live.' The viewing figures gathered by the BBC and the Guinness World Records do not take into account the millions who are estimated to have tuned in via online streaming, which are predicted to have made the final figures even more impressive.

The one-off anniversary episode thrilled fans as it including the Doctor's iconic nemesis's the Daleks and the body-shifting Zygons, however, in an imaginative plot, it was the Doctor himself who may very well have been the episode's main antagonist. The storyline saw Hurt's version of the Doctor coming to terms with the fact that he had committed mass genocide in order to halt a 'Great Time War",' as the feature-length episode saw him dwelling on the decision with the two future versions of himself.

The show also saw the return of former star Billie Piper and there was even a cameo from former Doctor Tom Baker as well as Matt Smith's replacement, Peter Capaldi.

Jenna-Louise Coleman
Sidekick Jenna-Louise Coleman was much more helpful than the returning Piper

Tim Davie, from BBC Worldwide, said at the presentation of the Guinness World Record certificate, "We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a royal wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages. If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world's biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest".

Being screened in more than 1,500 cinemas and on various TV networks across the globe, 'The Day of the Doctor' now holds the Guinness World Record for 'the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama' and as series writer Steven Moffat said at the handing over of the honour, "For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he's gone and done it himself!"

David Tennant
David Tennant was back with his sonic screwdriver

24th November 2013 3966746
Matt Smith's Doctor Who Regeneration is "Traumatic," Says Jenna Coleman 3960764 News

Matt Smith's Doctor Who regeneration scene with Peter Capaldi is "brutal" and "traumatic," according to actress Jenna Coleman. Smith makes way for the 12th Doctor Capaldi during the Doctor Who special on Christmas Day.

Matt Smith Doctor WhoMatt Smith Regenerates Into Peter Capaldi On Christmas Day

Coleman spoke about the regeneration during an appearance on ITV's Daybreak this morning (November 19).

"I knew it was going to be sad, but it was really traumatic," Coleman said. "It was very emotional and overwhelming," she explained.

"It's a strange thing [but] it's the nature of the show," she added, "Matt leaves, Peter arrives in his costume and the scene carries on. You just keep going - that's the show."

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor will air on BBC one on Saturday (November 27) whilst being simulcast worldwide and screening in cinemas around the globe.

Jenna ColemanJenna Coleman [L] as the Doctor's Assistant

Capaldi, 55, was the big-favourite to take over from Matt Smith when the young star announced his departure from the show earlier this year. Recently, show boss Stephen Moffat let slip the details of the Scottish actor's contract, saying he will star in two series of six episodes each - a new deal will depend on his popularity.

Should Capaldi move on after just two seasons, he will match the quick-fire Doctor Who stint of Christopher Eccleston - something that frustrated fans.

On why the team choose The Thick of It actor - who is considerably older than Smith - Moffat said: "We couldn't have had another quirky young man because Matt had nailed the part.Peter's already a bit of a national treasure, an incredibly skilled, fine actor.

Matt Smith David Tennant John HurtMatt Smith [L], David Tennant [C] and John Hurt [R] in The Day of the Doctor

As most people have realised, the moment you think of him in the part, you find it hard to think of anyone else," he explained, according to the Express. 

Before Peter Capaldi's reveal, the 30th anniversary show will feature the return of the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, former assistant Rose, played by Billie Piper and veteran actor John Hurt. 

David Tennant Doctor WhoEverybody's Favourite Doctor Who, David Tennant

Matt Smith's Doctor Who regeneration scene with Peter Capaldi is "brutal" and "traumatic," according to actress Jenna Coleman. Smith makes way for the 12th Doctor Capaldi during the Doctor Who special on Christmas Day.

Matt Smith Doctor WhoMatt Smith Regenerates Into Peter Capaldi On Christmas Day

Coleman spoke about the regeneration during an appearance on ITV's Daybreak this morning (November 19).

"I knew it was going to be sad, but it was really traumatic," Coleman said. "It was very emotional and overwhelming," she explained.

"It's a strange thing [but] it's the nature of the show," she added, "Matt leaves, Peter arrives in his costume and the scene carries on. You just keep going - that's the show."

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor will air on BBC one on Saturday (November 27) whilst being simulcast worldwide and screening in cinemas around the globe.

Jenna ColemanJenna Coleman [L] as the Doctor's Assistant

Capaldi, 55, was the big-favourite to take over from Matt Smith when the young star announced his departure from the show earlier this year. Recently, show boss Stephen Moffat let slip the details of the Scottish actor's contract, saying he will star in two series of six episodes each - a new deal will depend on his popularity.

Should Capaldi move on after just two seasons, he will match the quick-fire Doctor Who stint of Christopher Eccleston - something that frustrated fans.

On why the team choose The Thick of It actor - who is considerably older than Smith - Moffat said: "We couldn't have had another quirky young man because Matt had nailed the part.Peter's already a bit of a national treasure, an incredibly skilled, fine actor.

Matt Smith David Tennant John HurtMatt Smith [L], David Tennant [C] and John Hurt [R] in The Day of the Doctor

As most people have realised, the moment you think of him in the part, you find it hard to think of anyone else," he explained, according to the Express. 

Before Peter Capaldi's reveal, the 30th anniversary show will feature the return of the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, former assistant Rose, played by Billie Piper and veteran actor John Hurt. 

David Tennant Doctor WhoEverybody's Favourite Doctor Who, David Tennant

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The Doctor will be needed more than ever next week when Daleks invade Buckingham Palace in a special reception to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of the legendary sci-fi drama. Doctors past and present, who will join the Countess of Wessex at the Queen’s pad for the special celebration, will attend the festivities.

BBC Dr. Who DalekRun! The Dalek's are coming!

It’ll be every Dr. Who fan’s dream, as the Time Lord’s TARDIS will make an appearance, as well as numerous props and costumes worn in the seminal BBC show. The special 50th anniversary show will see old and new Doctors star, while a host of new faces are set to feature.

A TV drama about the early days of the show called An Adventure In Space And Time will come before the anniversary special, on November 23rd. The special will also herald the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s time as The Doctor, while signalling the end of Matt Smith’s excellent run as the adored character.

He was a left-field choice – he’s best known for his role as the spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick of It.

Another special will see Capaldi’s first full episode as the Doctor: the Christmas Special. Showrunner Steven Moffat has been moved to defend the casting choice as Capaldi’s age gets thrown into question.

DaleksThe destructive race are back!

"There's a lot of talk about 'kids will not understand an older Doctor. Let's just get a couple of nonsenses out of the way. One: how many young Santa Clauses have you seen?” said Moffat. "And two: do you think to an eight-year-old that Matt Smith looks young? I was a school teacher at the age of 24, which is even younger than the lovely Mr Smith, and they all thought I was ancient."

The Doctor will be needed more than ever next week when Daleks invade Buckingham Palace in a special reception to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of the legendary sci-fi drama. Doctors past and present, who will join the Countess of Wessex at the Queen’s pad for the special celebration, will attend the festivities.

BBC Dr. Who DalekRun! The Dalek's are coming!

It’ll be every Dr. Who fan’s dream, as the Time Lord’s TARDIS will make an appearance, as well as numerous props and costumes worn in the seminal BBC show. The special 50th anniversary show will see old and new Doctors star, while a host of new faces are set to feature.

A TV drama about the early days of the show called An Adventure In Space And Time will come before the anniversary special, on November 23rd. The special will also herald the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s time as The Doctor, while signalling the end of Matt Smith’s excellent run as the adored character.

He was a left-field choice – he’s best known for his role as the spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick of It.

Another special will see Capaldi’s first full episode as the Doctor: the Christmas Special. Showrunner Steven Moffat has been moved to defend the casting choice as Capaldi’s age gets thrown into question.

DaleksThe destructive race are back!

"There's a lot of talk about 'kids will not understand an older Doctor. Let's just get a couple of nonsenses out of the way. One: how many young Santa Clauses have you seen?” said Moffat. "And two: do you think to an eight-year-old that Matt Smith looks young? I was a school teacher at the age of 24, which is even younger than the lovely Mr Smith, and they all thought I was ancient."

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