It’s Here! ‘The Night of the Doctor,’ Starring… Paul McGann!

“The Night of the Doctor,” the minisode prequel to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor,” has been released online and it is just terrific! Do yourself a favor and watch it right now!

Wow! The return on the Sisterhood of Karn from “The Brain of Morbius” and the surprise appearance (and regeneration) of a classic Doctor! Have you ever been more ecstatic that executive producer Steven Moffat lies?!?!?!

We’ll discuss the implications of this prequel in another post. For now, I’m just going to watch it again. And again. And…

More and More New ‘Day of the Doctor’ Episode Photos!

The good stuff just keeps coming as the BBC ramps up the excitement for the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO. Here’s a whole bunch of episodic and promotional photos for “The Day of the Doctor”:

And let’s not forget the fun photos we’ve already seen — or all the terrific trailers we just got, too. It’s a good time to be a Whovian — and about to get better!

BBC America Has Its Own ‘Day of the Doctor’ Trailer

The 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO story, “The Day of the Doctor” will be simulcast around the world on Nov. 23, and that means we in the USA will be able to watch it at 2:50 p.m. ET on BBC America.

To promote the event, BBC America has its own version of the trailer. It’s shorter, edited in a different order, and contains at least one new  scene. as far as I can tell:

Mark your calendars and #SaveTheDay

John Hurt’s Doctor Is No Newbie Time Lord

DOCTOR WHO Executive Producer/Lead Writer Steven Moffat is opening the vault of secrets about the 50th anniversary story a little more as ‘The Day of the Doctor” creeps ever closer…

Moffat recently addressed John Hurt‘s incarnation of the Doctor — from his persona to his apparent age to his multilayered costume — with SFX:

“I always think that the clown and hero are different levels in the Doctor — there is no completely straight Doctor. The folk memory of [William] Hartnell is he’s a cranky old man, but when you watch him he plays the Doctor as a stroppy child; very twinkly. And he’s not crotchety, he’s sulky, the way that an infant would be. Ian and Barbara are sort of his parents, indulging him to go and behave himself a bit better. The Doctors are always like that. He’s either an extraordinarily youthful old man or an extraordinarily old young man. He’s always both.
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‘Day of the Doctor’ Trailer Set for Tomorrow!

The BBC has confirmed that a new official trailer for “The Day of the Doctor” — one that contains actual footage from the 50th anniversary story itself — will premiere tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. on BBC One.

No word yet on whether our friends at BBC America here in the colonies will simulcast the trailer, as they did the announcement of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.

The Beeb also released four more new images from the anniversary story, including Joanna Page playing Queen Elizabeth I. Remember when David Tennant’s 10th Doctor told Ood Sigma that he married Good Queen Bess way back in “The End of Time Part 1”? And how she hated him and ordered her guards to kill him in “The Shakespeare Code”? Sounds like fun!

Strax Assesses the Zygons

DOCTOR WHO’s Strax has filed yet another field report (via the BBC) with his superiors on Sontarr, and this one evaluates the Zygon threat to Earth expected in the 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor.” This is also helpful for any fans not lucky enough to have seen the 1975 Fourth Doctor classic, “Terror of the Zygons.”

Also, Strax (Dan Starkey) gets in a nice plug for the tourist trade of… er, “Scotchland.”

What Happens on ‘The Day of the Doctor’?

cleanartWould you like to know the plot of the DOCTOR WHO 50th anniversary story? Of course you would! And if you don’t, then you should not make the jump and instead skip this post and move along.

“The Day of the Doctor” will run about 76 minutes and be simulcast around the world on Nov. 23, exactly 50 years to the day after the very first episode was broadcast. It will also be seen in 3D in movie houses around the planet.

Okay, leave now… or make the jump… Spoilers!!!!
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UPDATED! Before ‘The Day of the Doctor’ Comes the Night…

dayofthedoctorHQWhen the DOCTOR WHO anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor” is released on DVD, there will be even more Matt Smith and David Tennant material to love: a mini episode called “The Night of the Doctor,” with a running time of 6:54 has been approved for inclusion on the home release.

The question now is, will we see this material before the home release, which is slated for Dec. 2? And if we do get to see it, then when? I’m thinking that a very good place for that mini episode to air would be the annual Children in Need special. It airs on Nov. 15, just a week before the actual Nov. 23 anniversary itself, so the timing would be perfect.

ETA: Hang on! This just in! Another mini episode, this one titled “The Last Day” and clocking in at 3:57 has ben announced! So that’s two mini eps related to “The Day of the Doctor”! No official word on when either one will air.

Steven Moffat: John Hurt — FTW!

What he did he did without choice, in the name of peace and sanity. But what did he do? He upstaged his co-stars!

We’ve heard that Matt Smith and David Tennant got on like a house afire while making the DOCTOR WHO anniversary story “The Day of the Doctor,” but how did newbie John Hurt fit in?

According to executive producer and writer Steven Moffat, as quoted by Radio Times, the Hurt Doctor stole the show:

“It was great fun. You’d have David and Matt, they’d be leaping around the set and doing every form of physical comedy with each other – and, you know, slightly competing about who could be slightly more insane than the other – and then John Hurt would come along and do this [tiny movement] with his eyes and you go ‘That’s it – he’s got the scene now, hasn’t he?’

John was delightful – delightfully grumpy in every single way. During our last meal [while filming] he got grumpy about the fact that he liked the wine! He’s not actually grumpy, he’s actually a really, really lovely man.”

Trailer Teases DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Without Showing Anything

The BBC has finally released a trailer that (barely) hints at the 50th anniversary story of DOCTOR WHO, “The Day of the Doctor.”

Clocking in at just over 1 minute in length, the clip contains no footage from the special episode, but rather is a retrospective on the 50-year history of the show, using CGI to depict key characters, scenes and objects from throughout the mythos, ranging from the First Doctor to various sonic screwdrivers and monster and friends and allies – all while reigning 11th Doctor Matt Smith recites a cryptic soliloquy.

Two things I found particularly interesting about this clip: The Doctor mentioning “an impossible day” (Steven Moffat loves his “impossible” theme), and at the end, when the camera zooms away from him, the Time Lord appears to be in the American West again. Does that hint at another visit to Lake Silencio?