Moffat’s Discarded 10th Doctor Arc

10dyingJust a few short hours away from the season eight premiere of DOCTOR WHO and executive producer Steven Moffat‘s introduction of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, I thought it might be fun to look back the abandoned plan Moffat had for series five if David Tennant had decided to stay on for another year.
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Matt Smith Loved Series 5 as Much as We Did

pandoricaThe outgoing 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, talked to Wizard World Comic Con, according to DoctorWhoTV, and talked about his favorite time on DOCTOR WHO.

“For me, the best storytelling was in series five. It had great adventure and great clarity and I loved that whole idea about the Pandorica and the Big Bang. It was the one I connected with most. Looking back I think some of my best work was in my first series because I was actually taking real risks and that was a real moment.”

Matt was also partial to the speeches his Doctor got to make in series five, citing his favorite: “I think it has to be when I talking to the spaceships in ‘The Pandorica Opens.’”

When asked about series six, Matt said:

“I think in terms of revelations, River being Amy’s daughter was a bit ‘What the hell?!’”

I have to agree with him there; the River reveal was a bit out there — no matter how much groundwork was laid. I think my biggest problem with River’s parentage was/is that I don’t believe that’s what Steven Moffat had in mind when he came up with the character. I cannot believe that he said to himself, “This River gal will some day turn out to be not only the Doctor’s wife, but the daughter of a couple of his future companions!”

The Grand Moff may be a master planner — see Amy’s arc — but I doubt he’s that good!

Coming Attraction: “Victory of the Daleks”

Eye see you, Doctor!

The next episode of DOCTOR WHO for us in the States is called “Victory of the Daleks.” Here is a link to a set of video previews hosted by the good folks over at Blogtor Who.

In addition to coming attractions, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, the Doctor and Amy, do a little intro to the story.

As I mentioned last week, be careful if you wander off at Blogtor Who, as spoilers abound…

The 11th Doctor Changes his Clothes… sort of.

Feeling blue, Doctor?

New photos from the filming of Series 5 of DOCTOR WHO have come to light, and they show the Doctor… well, some folks might consider that a spoiler, so I’ll refrain from describing the activity in detail, but let’s just say he’s doing something that’s popular in the U.K., and he seems to be having fun.

I was looking at this particular image of 11th Doctor Matt Smith, and something about it seemed…off. And not just because the Doctor does not look happy to be on the ground. Finally I figured out what bothered me about it: Look at the Doctor’s shirt, suspenders and tie. They’re blue. I think his trousers might also be bluish, but it is difficult to discern here. In the initial images from location filming and the first and second trailers, we have seen the Doctor wearing a reddish shirt/braces/tie combo with what appear to be black pants. This seems to indicate that just like his predecessor, this incarnation of the Doctor likes to mix up his sartorial choices — within certain parameters.

I really like this Doctor’s professorial appearance, which I have curiously seen described as “geography teacher” instead of “science teacher” for some strange reason. David Tennant‘s 10th Doctor often traded his tie for layers of T-shirts/shirts, so I really hope 11 doesn’t lose his tweedy jacket and bowtie. No matter what the color.

How long until April 17?

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DOCTOR WHO gets U.S. airdate: April 17

Gillan and Smith filming

Great news for us here in the States: Series 5 of DOCTOR WHO will be shown on BBC America April 17, which is just two weeks after it begins airing in the UK (April 3) on BBC One. The Matt Smith and Karen Gillan 11th Doctor/Amy era will kick off with a hourlong episode called “The Eleventh Hour,” so look for a 90-minute broadcast here to allow for commercials.

Believe it or not, I was so excited about this information that I thought I had already posted about it! But at least I did post about the trailer for Series 5. Anybody who doesn’t get BBC America has just over a month to convince their cable companies to carry the channel.

ETA: Some new episode titles have been confirmed thanks to Doctor Who Magazine:
4. “The Time of Angels”
5. “Flesh & Stone”
6. “Vampires in Venice”