It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times: The BBC is releasing a lot of video teasers for “The Day of the Doctor,” DOCTOR WHO’s 50th anniversary story — but they are all so short!
Anyway, here are two new clips that feature companions Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), along with the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) and the War Doctor (John Hurt). I prefer the lighthearted Clara piece, but there’s an interesting sense of dread in Rose’s clip.
As always, a SPOILER warning. Theses videos are exceedingly brief and innocuous, but still, sensitive viewers might consider them unacceptable spoilers, so view at your own risk.
Clara and the 11th Doctor:
Rose and the War Doctor:
By now you should know “The Day of the Doctor” will be simulcast around the globe this Saturday. #SaveTheDay
Short and sweet: This little snippet from Saturday’s “Day of the Doctor,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO, works for me because it serves as shorthand for the relationship between the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman).
Why is the Doctor reading Advanced Quantum Mechanics? Well, there is a policebox-shaped TARDIS on the cover, so… maybe he wrote the book? #SaveTheDay
This year, DOCTOR WHO’s contribution to the annual Children in Need telethon is a clip from the upcoming 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor,” and as such, it is a bit spoiler-y.
So, if you want to know absolutely nothing about “The Day of the Doctor,” do not play the clip; simply take my word for it that it’s intriguing, and Matt Smith is in fine 11th Doctor form with Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s Clara and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart. But if you simply cannot resist and don’t mind a mild spoiler or two, then… Allons-y!
Yes, the Doctors will return on Nov. 23, just over a week from now!!
Well, the BBC and Steven Moffat certainly made us wait long enough — but the patience of DOCTOR WHO fans has been richly rewarded, with three — count ’em, three — mind-blasting trailers with footage from the 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor.” Each one contains different scenes and they get progressively longer and more awesome and altered my consciousness and really, why are you reading this instead of watching?!?!?!?!
First, a very short teaser, “That’s Not Possible”:
Next, a 40-second clip:
And now the piece de la resistance, the 1:20 extended trailer!
If just the trailers melted my brain like a peek into The Untempered Schism, what will happen when the story itself actually airs? I may end up in a madhouse, like some gibbering H.P. Lovecraft character…
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.
Okay, leave now… or make the jump… Spoilers!!!!
The BBC have release a few new photos from “The Day of the Doctor,” and they sure will do their job of getting fans excited about DOCTOR WHO’s 50th anniversary story!
The new images feature Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, David Tennant as the 10th Doctor, and John Hurt as the ? Doctor, as well as Jenna-Loiuse Coleman as Clara and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart.
As if you need to be told, “The Day of the Doctor” will debut all around the globe on Nov. 23, 50 years to the day after the first episode aired.
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:
Despite the hopes of some, there was no announcement of a new Doctor this past Saturday at the Doctor Who Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London, but there was some pretty good music.
So, what does show-runner Steven Moffat say about when the 12th Doctor will be announced? This:
“Unless we have an insane plan, we’ll announce a new Doctor within days of finalizing the new Doctor. Because it’s very, very hard to keep any kind of a secret. The last time, when we chose Matt, we had to hold over on that one, because there was a Christmas Doctor Who special called ‘The Next Doctor,’ for which Russell T Davies was playing the game of pretending it was going to be David Morrissey. So we couldn’t deflate that…but I think we’ll go public pretty fast.”
“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…