Two versions of the Doctor — the 12th (Peter Capaldi) and the First (recreated by David Bradley) — team with returning companion Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Mark Gatiss‘ Captain to battle a brand-new threat that has frozen time in “Twice Upon a Time,” this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special.
Thanks to the annual charity appeal Children in Need, the producers of DOCTOR WHO have in years past given fans advance looks at several Christmas Specials, and this year was no different. Today gave us a peek at “Twice Upon a Time,” the final story of Peter Capaldi‘s absolutely stellar run as the 12th Doctor and prelude to Jodie Whittaker‘s debut as the 13th.
In this unique regeneration story, the current Doctor encounters the First Doctor, as played by the brilliant David Bradley, who does an uncanny job of recreating the character as played by the wonderful original actor, William Hartnell, who sadly passed away in 1975.
In this all-too-brief snippet, the First Doctor realizes he’s talking to his future self… well, one them, at least:
Alert the Fashion Police! The 13th Doctor has a costume — and it will give her sixth persona’s notorious eyesore a run for its sartorial money!
Now, unlike Colin Baker‘s deliberately offensive multicolored suit, Jodie Whittaker‘s ensemble is not designed to assault the senses and offend the sensibilities — but it will take some getting used to. On the plus side, the newest Doctor’s threads do pay tribute to many of her previous selves and their… uh, questionable tastes.
It appears the newly regenerated Time Lady will be in a nostalgic mood, because the outfit she eventually puts together clearly pays tribute to just about all of her previous selves.
Let’s start with the T-shirt. While reminiscent of the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), its brown tint and colored-stripe pattern it immediately call to mind the endless scarf worn by Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.
Jodie Whittaker, the newly crowned 13th Doctor, gave her first interview to Blogtor Who! Here are the highlights from her comments.
On being the first female Doctor:
“It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.” Continue reading
The 13th Doctor on DOCTOR WHO will be portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, best known to American audiences from BROADCHURCH.
Whittaker, the first woman to ever play the role, takes over from Peter Capaldi, who played the 12th Doctor for three seasons, culminating in the just-concluded 10th series.
While DOCTOR WHO fans have known since January that Capaldi would not be returning for the 11th season, word that the identity of the next Doctor would be revealed today only came on Friday, via a wordless video from the BBC.
DOCTOR WHO returns to BBC America with its traditional Christmas special on Dec. 25.
Ron Howard, who has taken over as director of the troubled untitled Han Solo… er, solo film, has already leaked more teaser material about the Star Wars standalone project than the previous directing duo, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, did during their tenure helming the project, which is great, but his latest teaser may not have the effect intended.
Earlier today, the Oscar-winning director tweeted the above image from the film’s set. It was intended as a sneak peak at Lando Calrissian’s wardrobe, but the most prominent garment is absolutely unmistakable!
Can I guess whose closet it is? Yup! It must belong to the Sixth Doctor!
No one else in all of time and space could have a fashion sense that questionable!
Colin Baker‘s sartorial assault on the senses was his Doctor’s trademark! Am I sensing an intergalactic copyright lawsuit against Lando actor Donald Glover?
Rest assured, the Doctor has never relied upon frivolous lawsuits, and doubtless he isn’t about to start after some 2,000 years. But the costume similarity is clear, and now you won’t be able to unsee it! Clashing colors FTW!
The Han Solo movie — assuming it gets finished and gets an official name — will be released May 25, 2018.
The Sixth Doctor‘s crusade against couture is available on DVD and online services including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and Vudu as part of the “Classic Series.” The modern, rebooted DW, which began in 2005, is only available on Amazon Prime.
We are now just one month away from the return of DOCTOR WHO. After more than a year off the air — not counting the Christmas special one-off, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” — it’s been a long, lonely wait for a full season of episodes.
Now, at last, we have a full trailer for the 10th season of the revived series, with the tag line “A Time for Heroes.”
While I am not thrilled with the companion situation — Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) do not fill me with anticipation — the stories look like they could be interesting.
Check out this trailer for some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it clues as to what’s coming up:
If he has to go, then he might as well go out in a blaze of glory, battling his favorite baddies.
I’m talking about Peter Capaldi, who is leaving the title role of DOCTOR WHO at the end of this, the 10th season of the revived series. A lifelong Whovian, Capaldi has long maintained that his favorite monsters were the Cybermen — specifically the original Cybermen, the ones that appeared in First Doctor William Hartnell‘s final story, “The Tenth Planet.” The Cybermen have reappeared many times over the ensuing 50+ years, but they never looked the same again.
The look of those cybernetic refugees from Mondas — Earth’s twin planet which was knocked out of orbit when our moon was formed — was dictated by the budget constraints of the 1966 serial, thus the silver jumpsuits and ski masks. Continue reading
New DOCTOR WHO showrunner Chris Chibnall – whose work won’t be seen until after Steven Moffat‘s upcoming 10th series has run its course – has his own ideas about how to cast the next Doctor, and it has nothing whatsoerver to do with what former stars, fans or bookmakers want.
“We’ll cast the role in the traditional way: Write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn’t go out and cast an abstract idea. The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we’re going to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part.”
Translation: Chibnall isn’t going to cast someone and write to fit the actor; he’s going to create a character and then hire the right person to play that role.
I totally agree that he’s doing it the right way. The actor must suit the role, not vice-versa.
Peter Capaldi‘s third and final season as the 12th Doctor will end with this year’s Christmas Special, in which he will regenerate into the 13th Doctor.
We have New York Comic Con to thank for our first look at this year’s DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, to be called “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.” This clip features a look at some of the key characters, including the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his new companion Nardole (Matt Lucas), as well as behind-the-scenes snippets.
The soundtrack underlying the clip includes the return of Murray Gold‘s “I Am the Doctor” theme music composed for Matt Smith‘s 11th Doctor!
One of the questions I can’t wait to see answered: Why is Nardole dressed like the Celestial Toymaker?
The Christmas special airs… you guessed it, on Christmas Day on BBC America.
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