This year, DOCTOR WHO’s contribution to the annual Children in Need telethon is a clip from the upcoming 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor,” and as such, it is a bit spoiler-y.
So, if you want to know absolutely nothing about “The Day of the Doctor,” do not play the clip; simply take my word for it that it’s intriguing, and Matt Smith is in fine 11th Doctor form with Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s Clara and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart. But if you simply cannot resist and don’t mind a mild spoiler or two, then… Allons-y!
Yes, the Doctors will return on Nov. 23, just over a week from now!!
As we all saw (and if you didn’t, you’re a bad Whovian; consider yourself unceremoniously banished to E-Space) in the brilliant “The Night of the Doctor,” the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) regenerated into the character played by John Hurt — dubbed the War Doctor in the credits — during an in-continuity minisode that also saw the return of the Sisterhood of Karn.
My No. 1 fear — actually, my only fear, really — about DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat inserting a previously unknown Doctor into continuity was that it would screw up the order of the Doctors, forcing us to retroactively renumber the Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith incarnations as the 10th, 11th and 12th Doctors, respectively. I found that prospect revolting and unnecessary.
Remember last year, when Angelina Jolie started working on that movie about Sleeping Beauty as told from the point of view of the “Big Bad,” the Evil Queen? Well, now we get a taste of that work in the first trailer for Maleficent.
Angelina really looks the part, and although she doesn’t get to do much here, Maleficent does come across as very creepy. I’m not sold on about Elle Fanning‘s pseudo-British accent as Princess Aurora, the soon-to-be Sleeping Beauty, but the rest of the production looks quite good.
Maleficent opens May 30, 2014.