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.

A “Name of the Doctor” Gallery

Here are the images the BBC has released to promote the series seven finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” airing this weekend.

None of these photos is a spoiler — unless you haven’t seen the “Next Time” trailers for the upcoming episode, in which case, I strongly advise you to avert your eyes!

Catch the finale at 8 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.

“The Name of the Doctor” — Next Time Trailers

We’re down to one last precious episode in series seven, and by all indications it’s a doozy! “The Name of the Doctor” promises to reveal the Time Lord’s greatest secret. I’m just wondering if we fans are jumping to conclusions when we assume that big secret is his name. Still, I love the way Dr. Simeon (Richard E. Grant) challenges him: “What is your name?”

Anyway, to get you psyched for the big show, let’s look at the episode trailers, beginning with the BBC’s “Next Time” tease…

And, for the home team, the BBC America trail…

Is it Saturday night yet?

DOCTOR WHO 7.12: “Nightmare in Silver”

silveraMission: Accomplished. Cybermen: Upgraded.

In order to lure noted fantasy author Neil Gaiman back to write another episode of DOCTOR WHO after his Hugo-winning story of last season, “The Doctor’s Wife,” show-runner Steven Moffat asked Gaiman if he would like to make the Cybermen scary again.

Neil did; and then he did. Make the Cybermen scary again, I mean. And he did it, rather simply and realistically, by following a “natural” trend in technology: getting faster, better and smaller. The Cybermen have gained the ability to adapt on the fly; they can move faster than the human eye can follow; and the once-fearsome Cybermats have been shrunken down to tiny Cybermites. And worse, the Cybermites can be thrown at you! And then they crawl all over you and attach themselves to your face. Yuck!
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DOCTOR WHO 7.11: “The Crimson Horror”

crimson1It was only a matter of time until Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax made another appearance on DOCTOR WHO and, given their tie-in to the mystery of Clara from Christmas, that time was going to come sooner rather than later.

Yorkshire, 1893. Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) investigate when the latest victim of “the Crimson Horror” is discovered to have an image of the Doctor (Matt Smith) burned into his retina. The trail leads to Sweetville, a Utopian society operated by Mrs. Gillyflower (Diana Rigg), which accepts only exemplars of the human form. Jenny infiltrates the society and discovers the Doctor chained in a secret room, his skin turned crimson and waxy, just like the deceased victims of the Crimson Horror.
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DOCTOR WHO 7.10: “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS”

journey01You might call this “Inside the Spaceship — the Extended Cut,” because at last DOCTOR WHO explores more of the Doctor’s wondrous stolen vehicle than ever before. On the (slightly) downside, this story was a pretty much what I was afraid it would be: a travelogue of the TARDIS, providing teasing glimpses of the interior over the course of a narrative concerned with other matters.

Inside the spaceship: The Doctor (Matt Smith) wants to help smooth relations between Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) and the TARDIS by teaching his new companion how to fly the ship, so he puts it in “Basic Mode.” Almost the instant Clara touches the controls, the TARDIS is rocked by power loss, explosions and music is heard. Outside, the TARDIS grasped by gigantic metal magno-grab arms and cast onto a pile of debris aboard a salvage ship run by the Van Baalen Bros: Gregor (Ashley Walters), Bram (Mark Oliver) and the android Tricky (Jahvel Hall). As the Doctor frantically tries to regain control, Clara asks if there’s a way to fix the damage. “Oh, yes, big, friendly button,” he tells her. Then the console explodes. Something rolls toward Clara and she picks it up, but it’s too hot to handle and she drops it. Aboard the salvage ship, the Van Baalens think they have a derelict escape pod, but Tricky spots two feet in the junk pile — which belong to the Doctor. He blames them for breaking his ship, and then realizes Clara is trapped inside. He enlists the brothers to help search for her, promising them the salvage of a lifetime.

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A Pensive Clip From ‘Nightmare in Silver’

This Saturday, DOCTOR WHO fans are in for a treat: another story from the pen of renowned fantasy author Neil Gagman, the writer who gave us “The Doctor’s Wife.”

In this story, Warwick Davis plays Porridge, and in this clip he gives Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) a little history lesson.

“It’s hard to fight an enemy that uses your armies as spare parts,” Porridge pointed out. That’s pretty potent stuff if  you think about it.

And we do need something to help us get over the next couple of days until we can watch “Nightmare in Silver” Saturday at 8 p.m. on BBC America.