It’s a truism that every scrap of information about DOCTOR WHO spawns a myriad of questions and even more speculation; nothing is too insignificant to drive fandom into paroxysms of fantasy repercussions. Strap yourself in for these nuggets about the new season!
Consider these two photos from the pending prequel to series nine, “The Doctor’s Meditation,” scheduled to be shown at 3D screenings in movie theaters of the series eight finale “Dark Water”/”Death in Heaven” here in the USA on Sept. 15 and 16.
The first shot features Daniel Hoffmann-Gill as Bors, who reappears in the series nine opener, “The Magician’s Apprentice,” alongside Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, who is holding a chalice. No biggie.
Or is it?
I was thrilled when the Doctor called in his past (and future) incarnations to help save Gallifrey in the DOCTOR WHO 50th anniversary story “The Day of the Doctor,” but I was also disappointed that the sequence was so brief. Well, that problem has been solved by enterprising an enterprising YouTuber.
Yes, thanks to some clever splicing and re-editing, we have a meatier sequence of the Doctor helping himself! GALLIFREY FALLS NO MORE!
DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat confirmed to Doctor Who Magazine that the original plan for the 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor,” had Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor wiping out Time Lords and the Daleks to end the Time War — a job that eventually went to the newly created War Doctor (John Hurt).
But even in the beginning, Moffat knew there was a good chance his plans would have to change due to Eccleston’s famous reluctance to revisit the role:
“I was pretty certain Chris wouldn’t do it, although he did agree to a couple of meetings. So, instead, we had the challenge and excitement of introducing a BBC audience to a brand-new Doctor.”
Christmas is now less than one month away, and that means we are creeping ever closer to Matt Smith’s final story as the star of DOCTOR WHO, which makes me so sad I can barely stand to type it. The title of Matt’s swansong as the
11th 12th 13th Doctor has been unveiled: “The Time of the Doctor.” And, along with that name comes a rather intriguing poster.
First things first; the official BBC synopsis describes the plot thusly:
“Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them — the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.”
I would like to think the planet in question is Trenzalore, because while Earth certainly is a backwater world in an unfashionable arm of Mutter’s Spiral, it is far (very far) from quiet, subject as it is to repeated (almost nonstop) alien invasions and visits from the Doctor.
As we all saw (and if you didn’t, you’re a bad Whovian; consider yourself unceremoniously banished to E-Space) in the brilliant “The Night of the Doctor,” the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) regenerated into the character played by John Hurt — dubbed the War Doctor in the credits — during an in-continuity minisode that also saw the return of the Sisterhood of Karn.
My No. 1 fear — actually, my only fear, really — about DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat inserting a previously unknown Doctor into continuity was that it would screw up the order of the Doctors, forcing us to retroactively renumber the Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith incarnations as the 10th, 11th and 12th Doctors, respectively. I found that prospect revolting and unnecessary.
“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…
Erstwhile Fifth Doctor Peter Davison made a few cryptic remarks this week that have folks
speculating hoping he will make a surprise appearance in “The Day of the Doctor,” DOCTOR WHO’s 50th anniversary story. And then he said something not-so-cryptic.
According to a website called Female First, Davison said:
“I’m making an appearance somewhere over that period of time but I can’t reveal in what. I can’t reveal anything specific about it. I’m not allowed to. It is a big year for the show and we’re all doing our bit for it. Trust me.”
Well, when a Doctor asks you to trust him, it’s a good idea to trust him. Even though the Doctor lies. Also: Run.