Moffat’s Discarded 10th Doctor Arc

10dyingJust a few short hours away from the season eight premiere of DOCTOR WHO and executive producer Steven Moffat‘s introduction of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, I thought it might be fun to look back the abandoned plan Moffat had for series five if David Tennant had decided to stay on for another year.
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Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gillan = Goddess

As if playing my favorite DOCTOR WHO companion for three years wasn’t enough, Scottish actress Karen Gillan will stake her claim to the title of Queen of the Universe by starring as bad-girl Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens today.

Allow me to help her make her case: Gillan also has a TV series debuting this fall, SELFIE, which is a modern twist on Pygmaion/My Fair Lady, and co-stars John Cho. She starred in the creepy flick Oculus and the rom-com Not Another Happy Ending. And she is also very (very) beautiful, as she proves in this month’s Esquire magazine. Here’s a sample:

When DOCTOR WHO executive producer Steven Moffat cast Karen as Amelia Pond, the 11th Doctor’s first companion, he said of her: “funny, talented, attractive… basically, she’s Scottish.” And I don’t think that assessment can be improved upon.
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DOCTOR WHO’s Karen Gillan Stars in New U.S. Sitcom

Karen Gillan — best known right now for playing Amy Pond, the former companion of the 11th Doctor on DOCTOR WHO, but soon to be seen as the villainess in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie – has the lead role in the new sitcom SELFIE, coming to ABC this fall.

SELFIE is a rather broad retelling of My Fair Lady, but with Karen as Eliza Dooley who hires Henry Higgins (John Cho) to remake her image after a social media disaster. Take a look:


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Matt and Karen: Feels From the First Time

firstpicYeah, because I like to torture myself, I decided to finally post this image of the former stars of DOCTOR WHO — Matt Smith and Karen Gillan — that was taken the first time they both appeared in character and in costume as the Doctor and Amelia Pond waaaaay back before series five began filming. Karen would later swap out the pale blue sweater for a brilliant red version as location shooting got under way for “The Time of Angels,” the very first episode they did together (though not the first broadcast). Oh, the feels…

Karen Gillan’s Romantic Romp

This post is a little different: a look at a trailer for a romantic comedy. But this rom-com is special, because it stars the adorable Karen Gillan, best-known to the world as DOCTOR WHO’s Amelia Pond.

Karen left the series last year to strike out on her own, and the result is Not Another Happy Ending, in which she plays Jane Lockhart, a best-selling debut novelist who suffers writer’s block on her second novel.

Next up for Karen is next year’s release of the horror film Oculus (with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Katee Sackhoff), and she is just about to start shooting Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, in which she was cast against type to play a villainess! (Word is circulating that she will play the bounty-hunting angel Angela, but that character is not part of the Guardians mythos.)

Not Another Happy Ending premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 30. Hopefully will get an American release, even if it’s just on Blu-ray.

No Ponds for DOCTOR WHO’s 50th — Or Ever Again!

DOCTOR WHO S11.3Well, Steven Moffat, the show-runner (and de facto Lord President of all things DOCTOR WHO) has finally spoken definitively about the possibility of Amy and Rory Pond (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) returning for the Time Lord’s 50th anniversary story. And his answer is a simple No.

As the creator of Amelia Pond and Rory Williams, Moffat had every right to be their destroyer, and destroy them he did. He both killed them and didn’t kill them the same time by going back to the Weeping Angels’ roots: the Angels sent Amy and Rory into the past and them “live themselves to death.” So they lived full lives and yet died before their time — at the same time. It was the ultimate case of a creator having his cake and eating it too; killing his darlings without murdering them.

So when asked about bringing them back already, Moffat was clear and unambiguous:

“You could never eliminate the possibility of dream sequences and flashbacks, but will the Doctor see them again? No. When I was first talking to Karen and Arthur about it, we said, ‘Let’s make it the proper ending.’ Bringing back things just gives you sequel-itis. Just end it and get out. Heaven knows if they’ll appear in some form of flashback — I have no plans to do that, I have to say — but the story of Amy and The Doctor is definitively over.”

So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth: No more Ponds.
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Blink to the Future?

This is an amusing little animated mash-up of DOCTOR WHO and the Back to the Future franchise. It doesn’t really make much sense, but the cartooning style is fun and dynamic, and the little touches – like the Adipose, the (I suppose) Judoon Biff, “Auton Detailing,” the “Save the Clock Tower” badge on the Angel and the absolutely badass final image of the TARDIS team on the train (with K9 motoring alongside) goes a long way toward salvaging the whole enterprise.

Neil Gaiman Talks About the Doctor’s New Companion

With excitement (and hype) building for the DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special, let’s see what one of the best writers in the world thinks about the Doctor’s new assistant!

We all know that Neil “I’ve won almost every award under the sun” Gaiman has scripted the 12th episode of the current season, “The Last Cyberman,” but you may not have realized that back when he was actually penning the script, he was writing for a new companion that had not even been cast yet. So how did he do it?

Gaiman kept in constant contact with show-runner Steven Moffat. “Steven sent me his ideas and the beginnings of scripts,” Gaiman said. “Once the auditions started, he even sent me videos.”

Ah, so that’s the secret: Get the scoop directly from the character’s creator. So, what sort of character is Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s Clara? How does she differ from other recent assistants?
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P.S.: A Letter From DOCTOR WHO’s Past

Just in case you didn’t cry every tear out of your body for the next six months while watching the fall finale of DOCTOR WHO, “The Angels Take Manhattan,” a couple of weeks back, the BBC has generously released a version of an unused scene from Chris Chibnall’s script that acts as a sort of coda to the story. And hits you in the gut, just like the rest of the tale of the Fall of the Ponds.

Entitled “P.S.,” the scene tells us what ultimately happened to Amy and Rory, and how they explain it to Brian — via a messengered letter. The clip is shown with production art, since it was never filmed. And the most special treat here is that Arthur Darvill actually recorded the voice-over for Rory’s letter in character, giving us one last chance to hear from Mr. Pond-turned-Mr.-Williams-again. Darvill’s contribution lends authenticity to the scene, as well as a ton of emotional heft, so the whole thing might even bring a tear to your eye — or so I’ve heard has happened to other people.

This must be included on the series seven Blu-ray/DVD compilation — and wouldn’t it be wonderful if somehow a live-action version of the scene could be shot? It already has Darvill’s voice-over and touching music; all it would need is Mark Williams and an extra to top it off.

Takes Some to Know One: Companion Advice

Here’s a bit of practical advice from former DOCTOR WHO companions Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill (ex-Amy and ex-Rory) to the incoming companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman. I like that Karen and Arthur weren’t silly or sarcastic – but also at a loss for words to describe the experience. Which I believe. I mean, how would you tell someone to prepare to play a companion on DOCTOR WHO? Maybe, brush up on a field guide to dinosaurs? I’d probably say, “Ask the costumer for sneakers!”

We have to wait until Christmas to see Coleman in her new(?) role, and whether she took the advice of the Ponds Williamses.