When Will We Know There’s a New Doctor?

promsDespite 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.”

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DOCTOR WHO 7.13: “The Name of the Doctor”

namedoctor01“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.
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“She Said, He Said — A Prequel”… at Last

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…

DOCTOR WHO Earns a Prestigious Peabody

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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).

Matt and Jenna-Louise Introduce the Finale

We’re now hours away from the seventh-season finale of DOCTOR WHO, and with an intriguing title like “The Name of the Doctor” how can fans help but be more excited than usual?

Even Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara) and Matt Smith (the Doctor) are totally psyched about it:

Will we learn the Doctor’s name? A large part of me hopes not, but let’s watch and see what happens and how it is handled. Just a few more precious hours to go…

Clara Gets a (Teasing) Letter…

In a real tease of a scene from tomorrow’s season finale of DOCTOR WHO, Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) gets a letter in the mail from a most unexpected source. And no, it’s not from the Doctor!

The coolest thing about this letter from the Victorian age? It had to take the slow path from the 1890s to 2013. Imagine dropping a plea for help in the post and hoping the recipient gets it 100+ years in the future?

I wonder if the “emergency” has anything to do with the Doctor…? We’ll find out tomorrow night at 8 o’clock on BBC America.