Series nine of DOCTOR WHO — the second for Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor and the last for Jenna Coleman as Clara — returns tonight with the first installment of a two-parter, “The Magician’s Apprentice.”
This is the official episode synopsis:
“Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara, survival seems impossible.”
“The Magician’s Apprentice” airs tonight at 9 on BBC America.
“The Magician’s Apprentice,” the debut episode of the ninth season of the revived DOCTOR WHO, and the second starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, premieres tonight at 9 o’clock on BBC America.
If you’re not already practically vibrating while waiting for the show to start, here are some intriguing photos to get you in the spirit.
These images remind of the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) performing for the Gods of Ragnarok in season 24’s “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy,” don’t you think?
If you’re not foaming at the mouth for the debut now, I can’t do any more for you…
Former DOCTOR WHO co-star Jenna Coleman, who had played Clara, assistant to the 2,000-year-old Time Lord on the 52-year-old BBC series since 2012, will play a long-lived character herself, Queen Victoria, in VICTORIA, an eight-part ITV drama about the British monarch.
“I am delighted to be cast as Queen Victoria in this ambitious drama of her life. She is a vivid, strong, inspirational and utterly fascinating woman in British history and I can’t wait to tell her story.”
Interestingly, Coleman played a version of Clara who existed during the Victorian era as a barmaid/governess.
Coleman, who confirmed her departure from the TARDIS this morning, will portray the queen from age 18 — when she ascended the throne — through her marriage to Prince Albert.
VICTORIA, recounting the life of the second-longest-serving monarch (behind the still-sitting Queen Elizabeth II), will begin filming in October.
Coleman’s final season as a series regular on DOCTOR WHO begins tomorrow at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
Jenna Coleman confirmed this morning on BBC Radio 1 that she is leaving DOCTOR WHO this season.
“I have left the TARDIS,” Coleman told host Nick Grimshaw. “It’s happened. I filmed my last scene.”
Coleman confirmed that Clara’s exit has “been in the works for a very long time.”
DOCTOR WHO returns to screens around the planet Saturday evening, so of course it’s time to step up the speculation about when it’s all going to spiral into entropy.
Mysterious “sources” — those things multiply like adipose, don’t they? — claim to know what will happen in this year’s Christmas Special, and what will happen is very… weird.
If moviepilot.com is to be believed — in which case, SPOILER! — the 12th Doctor will encounter “a Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come” in the form of his next incarnation and sexy companion!
It has already been widely rumored that Jenna Coleman’s Clara will not be in the 2015 holiday episode, making plenty of room for the return of River Song (Alex Kingston). The story will have the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and River fighting an alien menace in the far future.
And that’s where our heroes get a glimpse of the 13th Doctor: very young, wearing a blue suit and matching pea coat as well as sunglasses. The actor is said to be just 20 years old! Supposedly his new companion will be played by model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne!
Capaldi would then not have a 10th season, but rather a David Tennant-like succession of three hour-long “specials” throughout 2016 before leaving the role on New Year’s Day 2017.
Can you say Oodshit?
My sister Michele asked me this morning what the mood was in New York City on the anniversary of the terror attacks. I’m sure she wasn’t expecting the rant I texted her, stream-of-consciousness style. But I realized it was a pretty good summary of how I feel about 9/11 so many years on, and I figured it was time to update my original Sept. 11 post, so I decided to share (and amplify) my thoughts…
The city typically feels sad on this date, but it’s not an ominous thing. There’s a real sense of community on the surface that is usually only a subtext among the denizens of NYC. There is a sense of community loss. It’s usually much quieter on the streets — though nothing like the eerie silence that dominated on the afternoon of 9/11/01
The hustle of Grand Central Terminal is much more hushed, even among the throngs of tourists, who somehow seem to perceive the public mood. There’s a genuine pall over the entire island of Manhattan, and an almost palpable longing. It’s hard to articulate, but it’s a longing for what the world was like before the World Trade Center towers fell.
The very first promotional image for PREACHER, the TV series based on the subversive Vertigo comic book series, has been tweeted by executive producer Seth Rogan!
Seth accompanied the image with this caption: “Preacher is coming to AMC! @evandgoldberg @SamCatlin123! The beginning is nigh!!!”
Rogan and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End) will write and serve as executive producers, while Sam Catlin will be the show-runner.
Written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon, the Preacher comic book series from Vertigo (home of The Sandman) told the story of Rev. Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher who lost his faith and is possessed by the supernatural entity called “Genesis” who grants him the power of the Word of God, with which Jesse can compel anyone to do his bidding. Jesse learns that God has left heaven, so Jesse sets out to make God answer for abandoning his creation. Meanwhile, a group of angels summon the immortal Saint of Killers to stop Jesse and reclaim Genesis.
That upside-down church image makes a whole lot of sense, doesn’t it?
The first international trailer for “The 5th Wave,” an alien-invasion thriller starring Chloë Grace Moretz, shows a lack of creativity — which strongly suggests why it’s being released in January, the traditional dumping ground for movies studios have absolutely no faith in. Let’s see why…
Yep, this one is just packed to the brim with dystopian YA novel and alien/zombie apocalypse cliches. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along, right to Netflix. Sorry, Chloë, you deserve better.
The film is based on Rick Yancey’s YA novel, and Moretz plays Cassie Sullivan, a teenager struggling to survive in a world devastated by multiple waves of an alien invasion that have knocked what’s left of humanity back to the Stone Age. On the run and desperate to save her younger brother, she teams up with a young man who may become her final hope. Can you guess which wave of the alien invasion is due up next?
The film opens Jan. 15.
When the time comes for Steven Moffat to step down as lead writer, executive producer and show runner, will the moment be prepared for?
Well, that depends on how you interpret what Steven Moffat has had to say on the topic.
At this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival, Moffat was asked if he was “grooming somebody else to take over” in the future.
Moffat replied: “Am I grooming people? I didn’t expect it to go so dark.”
Then he was asked: “Are you just making sure everyone else is a little bit shit so you look good?”
A special, stand-alone THE WALKING DEAD story will be broadcast online during the upcoming sixth season of the hit AMC horror series.
In the special, airline passengers will face a walker attack at 35,000 feet aboard a passenger jet. The story is set during the FEAR THE WALKING DEAD timeline, and one of the survivors of the in-flight attack will go on to star in FEAR THE WALKING DEAD’s second season, according to Entertainment Weekly.
While it will debut online, the special will be broadcast on AMC in chapters alongside the main show.
The sixth season of THE WALKING DEAD debuts with a 90-minute episode on Oct. 11.