DOCTOR WHO fans are not the only ones who will be fidgeting while waiting for series 10 to hit the air — the 12th Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi is itching to get into his third series as well, saying:
“Next year’s a different thing, and it’s quite interesting and challenging, and scary. I’ve only done two series, but I’m amazed at how fast it’s gone. I’ve done 26 episodes now, you know. And every time you’ve got through a season, and you’ve discovered all these things about this new Doctor, it’s sort of scrapped and you start again. You have to come to it afresh and find new things — but that’s quite challenging and interesting. So I’m fascinated to know where we’re going to go. Because in some ways [the Doctor is] much more amenable, but in other ways he’s even darker. So I think that makes for a very interesting character.”
It’s no secret that showrunner Steven Moffat really loves the annual DOCTOR WHO Christmas specials, so bringing back the Doctor’s wife, River Song (Alex Kingston), and pairing her up with his latest incarnation must have been even more fun for the Grand Moff than usual.
He teased this year’s special:
“We’ve shot that one with the 12th Doctor. That’s been a riot to do. And that’s been sort of a big fun chase episode, really. Just Mr. and Mrs. Who battling their way past nonsense, and that’s been great fun. They’re lovely together; they are. Alex is always great value. It’s time we saw her back being a kick-ass hero instead of playing mums and sisters and all that. It’s a waste of her.”
The official BBC tease of the special:
It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveler River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.
The as-yet untitled 2015 Christmas special will air on… (wait for it…) Christmas Day on BBC America.
The Doctor and River Song are forever meeting each other in the wrong order — and now it’s time for the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to run into his wife at a strange time, when he crosses time streams with River (Alex Kingston) in this year’s DOCTOR WHO Christmas special.
But this time, the Doctor has the advantage — because she doesn’t recognize his 12th face!
“That’s how the Christmas special begins,” showrunner Steven Moffat told the London Doctor Who Festival. “She doesn’t know it’s him! It’s an opportunity for the Doctor to find out the terrible truth: What his wife gets up to when he’s not looking. No one should ever go through that!”
Moffat added: “The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time …”
Romana and Romana II
With the end of the ninth season of DOCTOR WHO approaching — as well the imminent departure of Clara (Jenna Coleman) — a lot of folks think it’s time to shake the trees and talk about turning the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) into a woman for his next incarnation.
During the DOCTOR WHO panel at London’s Comic-Con, executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat was asked if the Doctor could regenerate into a woman. He replied:
“Yes [Long applause]. But there is no vacancy. I’m being really explicit in my answer here because I gave this answer once in San Diego. I was asked if the Doctor could ever be a woman and I said ‘I think there’s a subtext in the show, maybe you should read it.’ And I turned and gestured to Michelle Gomez sitting next to me as Missy, and everyone laughed. This was reported, widely, as me saying the Doctor would never be a woman. So let me just make this very, very clear: There is no vacancy, and it may never happen. However artistically it could work. Commercially, the audience would go with it, we’ve proven that with Missy. And that’s why we did it, frankly. Yes, it can happen. It doesn’t need to happen, but it can, absolutely.”
The final two episodes of this season of DOCTOR WHO — “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent” — will run longer than the standard 45-minute episodes in England, with “Hell Bent” adding a whole 20 minutes! “Heaven Sent” will boast about 10 minutes more than usual.
BBC America has not released any information about the run times of the final two episodes here in America, where stories are typically trimmed to make room for commercials.
“Heaven Sent” will premiere on Nov. 28, and “Hell Bent” wraps up series 9 on Dec. 5.
“Hell Bent” will be the longest episode of DOCTOR WHO since Peter Capaldi’s debut story, “Deep Breath,” which ran 76 minutes.
This week’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Face the Raven,” is shaping up to be a landmark, with the
certain potential end of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for good!
Let’s take a look at some (non-spoilery) new art from the story:
Oh, and, as you no doubt know by now — from her photos above and her voice in the trailer, Maisie Williams is back as Ashildr. Something inside me wants her to be really, really evil. In fact, I want her to be responsible for Clara’s demise. That would be something unique: a companion snuffing a companion!
“Face the Raven” will air Saturday at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
the 12th Doctor
If you liked the way “The Zygon Invasion” and “The Zygon Inversion” pretty much directly tackled issues about integrating immigrants (some willing, some not) into societies and the use of terrorism to pursue minority interests, you’ll be happy to know that DOCTOR WHO may not be finished tackling controversial real-world issues.
The newly confirmed 10 series may see a return to one of the show’s favorite themes, environmentalism — see “The Green Death” and, yes, “Terror of the Zygons” from back in the 1970s.
Frequent scriptwriter and Friend of Moffat Mark Gatiss — who wrote this week’s “Sleep No More” and counts Season 10’s “Green Death” among his favorite stories — recently revealed that he is a fan of what he called “warn about the future” stories and would love to do a story about — fracking!
In case you’ve never heard about it, “tracking” is a way of extracting natural gas from the ground by drilling deep and injecting a high-pressure water mixture into the rocks to release any gas inside. The fluid pumped down there is a mixture of water, sand and chemicals that is injected into the rock at high pressure.
DOCTOR WHO star Peter Capaldi and show runner Steven Moffat set up tonight’s nail-biter, “Sleep No More”…
And here’s a new, creepy clip teasing what’s coming…
This week’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Sleep No More,” is unusual because it uses the “found footage” style of storytelling, as explained in this preview clip:
The official synopsis for the episode is brief: “This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.”
The episode was written by Mark Gatiss and stars his former LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN compatriot Reece Shearsmith (Shaun of the Dead).
BBC next time trailer:
The 2015 DOCTOR WHO Christmas special will be shown in U.S. movie theaters on Dec. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
And — in a gesture that Santa Claus would love — the events will also feature an exclusive interview with Alex Kingston (River Song) and a 15-minute “making of” behind-the-scenes featurette starring Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) and executive producer Steven Moffat!
Tickets for the screenings can be purchased online beginning tomorrow, Nov. 13, by visiting the Fathom Events website or participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations can be found on the Fathom Events site.
Here is the official synopsis of the special:
It’s Christmas in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveler River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time!