Capaldi Completes First Script Reading

tardisThe BBC Tweeted this week that the new star of DOCTOR WHO, Peter Capaldi, has completed the read-through of his first episode he will record as the 12th Doctor. (This may or may not be the first episode of the season; stories often film out of order.)

Yes, I called him the 12th Doctor; I’ll believe he’s No. 14 when I see it on the air.

Auntie Beeb Tweeted:

“Peter Capaldi has just completed his first read through as the Doctor! A new era of Doctor Who is coming…”

For those of who may not know, a read-through is when the entire cast assembles around a table with the director, producers and the writer to read the script through from start to finish, with everyone reciting his/her lines. It’s the first time the cast gets to work together, and the first time the director hears what the ensemble sounds like.

DW read-throughs usually happen very close to the start of filming, so it won’t be long before Capaldi goes in front of the cameras to kick off his era. I’m better production starts right after the New Year.

Amazing, Rare Photos of 1915 Antarctica — in Color!

Did you know there are spellbinding color photographs of Antarctica dating back to the beginning of the last century?

Australian photographer and adventurer Frank Hurley visited Antarctica six times between 1911 and 1932 — most famously as the official photographer on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage aboard Endurance from 1914-’17.

Endurance was trapped in the ice for most of 1915 before finally being crushed that October. Hurley salvaged his photographed plates by diving into slushy ice water as the ship sank, rescuing a remarkable piece of history.

Here is a sampling of what he saved, by way of ShootingFilm.Net:

BBC America Has Exclusive DOCTOR WHO Trailer!

Here’s one case in which it’s good to be an American — BBC America have release its own exclusive trailer for the DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” and it has lots of footage that is not in the two BBC video clips released so far.

Enjoy all the Matt Smith/Jenna Coleman Time Lord-y goodness:

Something I was especially pleased to glimpse here: It looks like we will finally get to see what was waiting inside Room 11 for the Doctor back in “The God Complex.” In that story, the Doctor said it was obvious it was “him.” I wonder if it’s the War Doctor or the 12th Doctor? Based on how 11 felt about the War Doctor before “The Day of the Doctor,” I’m guessing it’s the John Hurt version.

“The Time of the Doctor” premieres on BBC America on Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. ET

Only 14 Episodes for Peter Capaldi on DOCTOR WHO?

capaldieyesPeter Capaldi has not yet debuted as the new star of DOCTOR WHO, so of course it’s way past time that folks started speculating on his departure from the role, right? Instant gratification is never soon enough. I mean, what fandom really wants to know is, “Who’s going to be the next next Doctor?” Amiright?

Website Bleeding Cool claims that Capaldi is only committed to one 14-episode season of DW, which includes a 2014 Christmas Special. Of course Capaldi is free to extend his contract, but… will he?
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Nobody Likes to Regenerate, But…

smithsmilesWith Matt Smith’s Doctor about to regenerate in a matter of days in the Christmas special “The Time of the Doctor,” DOCTOR WHO honcho Steven Moffat describes how he approached the important sequence for the Time Lord he created — no matter which number he is/was.

Moffat told SFX magazine:

“I was trying to think about it from the point of view of what it would be like if someone told you, ‘When you wake up tomorrow morning, you’ll still be alive, but you won’t be the same. You will like different things, you will sound different, you will look different, and have a different temperament.’ That would be utterly terrifying… I think that’s what contemplating regeneration must be like for the Doctor. So there’s an element of that, but because it was played that way the last time [with David Tennant] we wouldn’t play it the same way this time — that would just be wrong.

“There’s a lot of humor in this one, because Matt’s Doctor has been a funny Doctor, and if you’re going to make people miss him then just remind them how funny he is… He should be as he was, and what you will miss is not him crying — I think the danger is if you cry the audience don’t. It’s about ‘This is the last hurrah. These days will not come again.’”

Sounds like this is going to be a very Matt Smith-like changeover — part sad, part funny — and all together fantastic!

Matt Smith IS… the 13th Doctor???

doctormattDespite what he’s said in the very recent past, DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat now insists that Matt Smith is not the 11th Doctor, but rather the 13th and final incarnation of the Time Lord.

Moffat told the Radio Times:

“We’ll find out that Matt Smith is actually the 13th Doctor. Although everyone knows that the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times. The 12-regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology – science fiction is all about rules, you can’t just casually break them. So if the Doctor can never change again, what’s Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas Special?”

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Matt Smith Goes Psycho — ‘American Psycho’

What is former DOCTOR WHO star Matt Smith up to now? He is once again indulging his apparent love of playing crazy murderers by following up the Hollywood movie How To Catch a Monster with a London stage production of American Psycho, a musical based on Brett Easton Ellis’ satirical novel.

The blackhearted book was turned into a 2000 film starring Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) as Patrick Bateman, a 1980s businessman obsessed with the material trappings of success — and no qualms about murdering anyone who doesn’t meet his high personal standards.

The novel was adapted by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa (GLEE), with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. It is directed by Rupert Goold and running at London’s Almeida theater through Jan. 25.

BBC America Misses Matt Smith Already!

I cannot blame the network, because my eyes tear up at the thought that DOCTOR WHO’s Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor will be going away in just over a week from now…

To mark the occasion, BBC America compiled a list of 11 things they will miss about the 11th Doctor. I agree with all of it:

Yep, I knew I shouldn’t have watched it again… the brainy specs! Come back, Pond!

Long-Gestating Sandman Movie Is Back On!

Joseph-Gordon-Levitt-joseph-gordon-levitt-34334769-500-668People have been trying to make a live-action movie based on acclaimed comics god Neil Gaiman’s influential Sandman series for literally decades, but no one has been able to crack the script problem: There’s just too much magic and drama and whimsy and terror and poetry to fit into a two-hour movie.

Well, as of today, actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks he can do it — and is in final negotiations with Warner Bros. to helm the project. JG-L will at least produce, and may also direct and star in the movie as well. There are rumors that he’s confirmed to star and direct, but all JG-L himself will confirm (via Twitter) is that he’s producing, alongside David Goyer. JG-L directed the romantic comedy Don Jon, co-starring Scarlett Johansson, which he also wrote.
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New Terminator Finds Its Sarah Connor


Emilia Clarke

Looks like there’s no going back now for the fifth installment of the Terminator franchise — Terminator: Genesis has a director in Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor, and now it has a leading lady: Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, will portray Sarah Connor, the “mother of the future.”

Perhaps it’s a coincidence, but Taylor has directed quite a few episodes of GoT, so he probably feels very comfortable with her. Clarke, recently seen on Broadway doing a much-publicized nude scene in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s, reportedly beat out Brie Larson in a head-to-head battle that went down to the wire.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back as the Governator Terminator, and the project is looking more and more like a reboot rather than yet another sequel.

Interestingly, Clarke is not the only GoT cast member to play Sarah Connor; Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) portrayed her in the TV series TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES on Fox.