The new season of DOCTOR WHO will, unfortunately, be indulging in a trend that I greatly dislike: the “found footage” gimmick. The ninth episode will be told entirely in “old phone and camcorder footage.”
Ugh. I am not looking forward to artificially grainy images and bouncing, shaking camera shots.
Shot in the style of movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, the episode will involve “the Time Lord’s followers filming their attempts to fight a monster,” the Daily Star reported.
Executive producer Brian Minchin teased: “We’re considering not even having opening titles and just running the footage.”
The Doctor has traveled alone many times before — but never before has DOCTOR WHO featured a story in which only the Doctor appears.
That will change in the upcoming ninth series: The penultimate episode will feature Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and no one else; no co-stars, no guest cast, nobody for the entire 45 minutes!
Executive producer Brian Minchin said: “Doctor Who has always been about taking risks. It’s never sat down and done a normal episode. It’s always done something extraordinary. Our audience likes to be challenged.”
Written by showrunner Steven Moffat, Episode 11 has been described by director Rachel Talalay as, “One of the most complicated and different episodes that I’ve ever done.”
Moffat called the story “a ludicrous challenge.”
Oh, we were thisclose to making it to the new series of DOCTOR WHO… thisclose, I tell ya, to beginning a new season without the traditional “Is the star leaving after this series?” non-story.
But, alas, we now have our first official “Is Capaldi out?” story.
Britain’s Daily Mirror tabloid asked the reigning Doctor, Peter Capaldi, if he has plans to exit the series. Peter replied:
“I sort of enjoy this position I am in with a kind of deep Scottish melancholy, because I know it has to end one day. I will cross that bridge when we come to it, which may be sooner rather than later.”
It sounds to me like he’s riffing on the reputation of Scots being morose, but of course The Mirror took this to mean Peter does not plan a long tenure. (Still, he won’t be the actor with the shortest tenure, since his two series still beat Christopher Eccleston‘s one.)
And don’t worry, folks, the annual “When will Clara really leave?” sweepstakes is still ongoing…
The BBC have released a few new pictures to promote the debut episode of DOCTOR WHO’s ninth series, “The Magician’s Apprentice.” The images feature the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Missy (Michelle Gomez).
the 12th Doctor
Doctor & TARDIS
DOCTOR WHO returns Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
Matt Damon is furiously trying to science himself off Mars after being left behind by his grew — who then try to rescue him at great personal risk — in the new thrilling trailer to The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott. Think of it as “Saving Cmdr. Watney.”
The Martian opens Oct. 2.
Watch this trailer for Victor Frankenstein, yet another bash at the horror classic — but this one has moved the pieces around a little, including elevating Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) from a hunchbacked, bit-playing assistant to an equal partner with the good doctor (James McAvoy).
This clip also has a Young Frankenstein reference worthy of Mel Brooks himself, so this movie probably has a great sense of humor!
Trivia time: Where my horror aficionados at, the ones who know the name of the put-upon assistant in James Whale‘s original Frankenstein?
Victor Frankenstein opens Nov. 25.
Trivia answer: Henry Frankenstein’s assistant was called Fritz in the 1931 classic.
Tom Baker, already am unrivaled genre legend for portraying the Fourth (and arguably most famous) Doctor on DOCTOR WHO, is about to join the Star Wars universe in an as-yet undefined capacity.
While signing autographs at the Day Of The Doctors convention in Slough, England, last week, Baker said:
“I’m going to be in this new Star Wars thing, you know? I’m going down to record some voices for this new character they’ve created for me, very soon.”
It sounds like his character will either be for an animated property, such as Star Wars Rebels, or it could be a computer-generated character for one of the main movies or the innumerable live-action spin-offs planned.
Whatever his role, it’s sure to be epic!