Another week, another movie-style adventure and another big gallery of stills for this week’s DOCTOR WHO.
But this isn’t just any old story; this week’s entry, “Nightmare in Silver,” was penned by prolific and universally respected fantasy author Neil Gaiman, who wrote the Hugo Award-winning “The Doctor’s Wife” for season.
Watch Gaiman do his bit to rehabilitate the Mondasians at 8 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.
ETA: Sorry about messing up the gallery, folks, but it’s fixed now. I uploaded 20 different photos, just to make it worth your while to revisit.
The BBC released a bunch of photos promoting this week’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, so once again I have culled my favorites for your edification.
Here’s the BBC synopsis:
There’s something very odd about Mrs. Gillyflower’s (Diana Rigg) Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) go missing, it’s up to Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) to rescue them before they, too, fall victim to the Crimson Horror!
Watch it at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
The best part of this clip is the pseudo-newsreel feel; the sepia tone and ersatz scratches on the image — just like old film stock.
“The Crimson Horror” features Dame Diana Rigg facing off against Matt Smith‘s Doctor, and it looks very atmospheric. Just look at the Doctor and Clara arriving in a foggy street in Yorkshire in 1893! I question the wisdom of putting two scary episodes so close together, but all I’m really looking for is a cracking good story, so…
The clip makes a couple of fun references to an old companion longtime fans will remember:
“The Crimson Horror” will air Saturday night at 8 o’clock on BBC America.
It really is bigger on the inside!
Matt Smith (the Doctor) tells us what to expect in tonight’s episode — and why he thinks it’s a winner. (As if the clips we’ve seen haven’t been enough to stoke the fires.)
I really hope this turns out to be a crackerjack episode, because this story is going to be remembered by fans and become series cannon — until another story picks up the premise of the looking at the TARDIS’ interior.
One thing does concern me: In all the publicity I’ve seen for this episode, no one has mentioned the Sontaran patrol that took off into the depths of the TARDIS in the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) classic “The Invasion of Time” and was never seen again. Are those clones still inside?
Perhaps we’ll find out tonight at 8 o’clock on BBC America…
The BBC has released 32 new photos to tease this week’s new episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS.” A lot of them are lovely pics, so I decided to take a selection of my favorites and make a little preview gallery of my own. Although we have no sense of context, I’m told that these photos are spoilery.
Here is what the story is about:
A spaceship salvage team drags the TARDIS on board, sending its systems into meltdown. As the Doctor marshals the motley salvage crew outside, he realizes Clara is still trapped within his malfunctioning ship, pursued by a dangerous group of ossified monsters. He has just 30 minutes to find Clara and save his TARDIS before it self-destructs.
Watch DOCTOR WHO this Saturday at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
To help get us all fired up for Saturday night’s big episode, which finally centers on the TARDIS herself, here are some video clips.
First, the “next time” trailer from our own BBC America:
Here is the BBC One clip, which is always a bit different from what we see here in the colonies:
Somewhere, Philip Hinchcliffe and the late Robert Holmes are smiling.
Former DOCTOR WHO producer Hinchcliffe and story editor Holmes (famous for their scary Fourth Doctor horror collaborations, like “The Horror of Fang Rock”) surely would have been proud to have produced “Hide,” the truly terrifying ghost story current producer Steven Moffat seems to have been looking for since he took over. Thank Neil Cross – creator of hardboiled cop show LUTHER and scripter of the unjustly pooh-poohed “The Rings of Akhaten” – and director Jamie Payne for this moody instant masterpiece.
DOCTOR WHO viewers have already experienced “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” so why not an “Ice Warrior on a Submarine”? Following a pair of run-ins with both the Second and Third versions of the Doctor, the Martians have not been seen on TV screens in 39 years.
The Ice Warriors are a reptilian race who were forced to become cybernetic to survive when Mars began to get cold. The giant green armor helps the Ice Warriors to live and fight, and while the carapaces may not be sleek and sexy or as menacing as a Cyberman, the Ice Warriors are definitely cool.
I’ve been telling people for a while that the 11th Doctor can be positively mad sometimes, and here we get an episode in which the Doctor is literally barking!
We also get important information about the origin of Clara Oswald: She is… well, nothing special. Which is interesting, because the Clara we know is far from ordinary. It’s not every day we meet a barmaid/governess/soufflé chef/Dalek who has died onscreen twice, right?
Curious, the Doctor (Matt Smith) follows Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in the past and discovers that her parents met cute (her father, blinded by a falling leaf, stumbled into traffic and her mother saved him) and her mother died young, when Clara was a teen. Clara keeps the leaf in her book, 101 Places to See, which belonged to her mother.
The BBC have released the movie poster-style images for the remaining widescreen episodes of series seven — save for the still-secret finale.
There looks to still a lot of adventure and fun in store as the Doctor (Matt Smith) tries to solve the puzzle of Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s Clara, the “girl twice dead” who is traveling with him now.
My favorite by far is the teaser for “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS.” But there’s a lot to be said for the shiny Cyberman in Neil Gaiman‘s “Nightmare in Silver.”
What do you think?