Things were looking grim for DOCTOR WHO’s Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) at the cliff-hanger ending of “The Zygon Invasion” this weekend, and no matter if the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) can rescue her this time, we fans know the Impossible Girl is not long for the Whoniverse.
It’s just a question of when, not if.
And, of course, how Clara will go.
Executive producer Steven Moffat told the audience at the recent MCM Comic-Con in London: “Jenna actually asked me, ‘could you just not have the new one come in while I’m still there?’”
Remember that Coleman’s initial appearance came as a total shock — playing Soufflé Girl in “Aslyum of the Daleks” — many months before she was expected to debut in the Christmas special.
CBS’ upcoming SUPERGIRL series will be dipping into comic book lore and adapting four-color characters for the small screen. Among them will be the complicated evil-turned-good android Red Tornado — whose powers are about what you’d expect from his name.
Now we have our first look at the live-action Red Tornado, and I can tell you… well, he’s red. I’m really concerned about the… texture of this synthetic life form. Are the designers trying to make it look like he’s covered in some kind of rough fabric? Is it supposed to be cardboard? Specialized body armor? Is it supposed to look like his parts are cheaply spray-painted?
When the Zygons return — and they will, later this season, in a two-parter penned by Peter Harness — the story will be a sequel to their last appearance, in the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.”
Called “Invasion of the Zygons” and “Inversion of the Zygons,” the story will take place in Mexico and London.
Peter Capadi shared some teasers about his Doctor’s first run-in with the shape-changers:
“This one’s quite dark. One of the things the show hasn’t done in its current invention is to reflect current events very much but I think this one does. It’s a good thing. You’ll see some fundamentalist arguments – it’s very interesting to play with that.
“We had a great scene: We chased a Zygon around a supermarket. He hid among the pizzas. This is what we do, this how we roll — we get Zygons into a supermarket and chase them.”
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.”
It’s possible that TV’s former Hannibal Lecter, Mads Mikkelsen, could play the Big Bad in Marvel’s Doctor Strange opposite Benedict Cumberbatch‘s mystic hero — according to Variety, that is.
The showbiz bible says Marvel Studios is in talks with the actor, a veteran of several villainous roles, including the James Bond film Casino Royale. Mikkelsen’s exact role remains under wraps, but sources say he will be an antagonist.
In addition to Cumberbatch, the film also stars Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, with Scott Derrickson directing.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, the protector of Earth against magical threats. Swinton’s Ancient One is Strange’s mentor, while Ejiofor’s Mordo is a fellow student who turns on the Ancient One and Strange.
Filming begins later this year. Doctor Strange will premiere Nov. 4, 2016.
The new season of DOCTOR WHO will see the return of some alien species not seen since Russell T Davies‘ reign on the show: the rhino-like Judoon and the fish/turkey hybrid Hath.
The Judoon debuted in series three’s premiere episode, “Smith and Jones,” which also introduced the 10th Doctor to Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). The rhino soldiers and their trademark barking, untranslatable language last appeared in the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) story “A Good Man Goes to War.”
The Hath were introduced in series four’s 10th Doctor story “The Doctor’s Daughter,” and a representative of the species was glimpsed in David Tennant‘s final story, “The End of Time.”
DOCTOR WHO returns Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.