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.
It appears that DOCTOR WHO’s Matt Smith could not resist getting his kit off one last time before his Doctor dies in this week’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor” — as these photos attest.
Since show-runner Steven Moffat has been promising that there will be callbacks to all of Matt’s seasons as the Doctor, this is obviously a reference to the Doctor’s shower scene in “The Lodger” from series five. What is Clara (Jenna Coleman) pointing at?
Would 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.
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In celebration of Geek Week on YouTube, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman teamed up to deliver 10 amazing facts about DOCTOR WHO.
Most of these facts will be well-known to seasoned fans, but the entertainment value lies in watching Matt and Jenna attempt to say their lines at the breathless, breakneck pace demanded. It’s amazing what a wonderful rapport the pair developed in such a short period of time — and, of course, Matt’s goofball persona makes me sad that he is leaving so soon…
The first half, facts 10-6:
And the top five:
“What I did, I did without choice, in the name of peace and sanity.”
“But not in the name of the Doctor!”
— The Doctor and… the Doctor?
At last, the Doctor’s greatest secret is revealed. Not his name, or the reason he left Gallifrey — but rather that he has been hiding an entire persona, apparently even from himself.
That never-before-seen face (John Hurt’s face, to be precise) was hidden way down deep at the bottom of the Doctor’s mind, and now Clara knows about it. The reveal of a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor has shattering repercussions — only the very least being the potential renumbering of the faces we’ve already seen.
DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat created a prequel to the hotly anticipated series seven finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” but it was only available on the BBC’s official page, so not everyone saw it.
Now that it has been posted to YouTube, more people can see it — but I wish it had been available in advance of the episode, because watching it would certainly have tamped down any expectation of learning the Doctor’s true name. Instead, this vignette makes clear that the Doctor’s greatest secret is at stake. And we all know what a whopper that turned out to be!
Nevertheless, this is a nice character piece for the Doctor and Clara, and Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman really get a chance to shine, so enjoy…
The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication presented a Peabody to DOCTOR WHO this week, recognizing its ageless contribution to television — which seems particularly appropriate this year, as the show celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The citation read:
“Seemingly immortal, 50-years-old and still running, this engaging, imaginative sci-fi/fantasy series is awarded an Institutional Peabody for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.”
The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement in the broadcast arts and it is the most highbrow, distinguished and prestigious award in American media. It was accepted Monday night (May 20) on behalf of the program by executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat as well as stars Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara).