Well, there’s now photographic proof that one of the characters/monsters Peter Capaldi‘s 12th Doctor was rumored to encounter in series eight of DOCTOR WHO is definitely happening!
If you don’t want to know who/what it is, then move along to something else. If you do wish to know, then make the jump — but beware: SPOILER!
It’s become a sort of game with the upcoming season eight of the rebooted DOCTOR WHO: How many minutes does it take before that latest actor cast is tipped as playing “the new Master” (or, for the ladies, “the new Rani”)? It’s probably down to a delay of mere seconds now.
So along comes the newest guest star of the season Ben Miller, a veteran of PRIMEVAL and DEATH IN PARADISE (on which he played a policeman), who has a beard (in some photos) — and is actually referred to as being cast to play a villain! Ta-dah! Meet the new Master.
Well, maybe not so fast. But then again, see what executive producer Steven Moffat had to say about the casting of Miller:
“Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it’s about time Ben Miller was in DOCTOR WHO!”
So Miller is playing a baddie — and a “storming” one at that. Could he be the Master? Yes.
But what does Miller himself have to say about the role? The actor told the BBC Doctor Who website:
“As a committed Whovian, I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they’ll make me leave the set when I’m not filming.”
So. Could Miller be the playing the latest incarnation of the Master? Of course he could be. But is he? That information, we will not know for a while.
True, she hasn’t really been filming the new season of DOCTOR WHO for very long, but Jenna Coleman is not letting anything slip about the nature of Clara’s relationship with the new incarnation of the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. However, her reticence on that topic led her to confirm just the tiniest morsel about the story in the premiere episode:
“We pretty much pick up where we left off at Christmas and we carry on the story straight away after the regeneration so we’re dealing with that for the first episode.”
So, as suspected, the season eight premiere will pick up exactly where the Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” left off: With Clara confronting the new Doctor in a crashing TARDIS. And somehow that TARDIS makes landfall in Victorian England.
But why not let Jenna tell it?
Series eight of DOCTOR WHO will see Keeley Hawes playing evil banker — is there any other kind? — Ms. Delphox in episode five later this year. Apparently, she really enjoyed the experience, saying:
“I had such a lovely time on DOCTOR WHO. Can’t really call it ‘work,’ it was absolutely lovely. My favorite part was something I thought I’d never get to do — when the camera shakes [does a shaking motion]. You know, that kind of cheap effect! [Laughs] With the new Doctor! With Peter Capaldi — who is brilliant. And the lovely Jenna Coleman. They were so welcoming. It’s quite nerve-wracking, going on to a big show like that. They were absolutely delightful.”
Some sneaky set photos from filming the eighth series of DOCTOR WHO have given us a close look at the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) wearing a different costume — a long lab coat with pens in the breast pocket (probably a disguise) — and using what has been described as a new sonic screwdriver, although the close-up image shows it to be essentially identical to one used by his 11th incarnation. And then there’s that new monster, which looks to me like a giant mechanical owl!
The only difference I can (almost) perceive in the sonic is that it may be all gold in color instead of having a silver cylinder — but that can be put down to the low lighting of the photos.
As for the new monster, it’s being referred to as an alien, and I’m going to call it the Owlbot until someone tells me different — or I think up a better name. (But, seriously, I’m not gonna improve on Owlbot. Who could?)
Keeley Hawes has been hired to play Ms. Delphox in the fifth episode of DOCTOR WHO’s upcoming eighth rebooted series. Don’t worry, this isn’t actually a spoiler. Well, unless you count rampant uninformed fan speculation as spoiler material.
Ms. Delphox is described as a “powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret” who the Doctor and Clara meet on a “strange and puzzling” planet.
That’s right, Peter’s Capaldi’s 12th Doctor will be going up against a fierce female antagonist. Cue fevered Rani speculation/outrage in… 3… 2… 1.
Anyone who might still be wondering if DOCTOR WHO is in the right hands for series eight can breathe a sigh of relief, because 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi has just demonstrated that he is worthy of the mantle by reassuring a young fan worried about the changeover.
On location, Peter was introduced to a young autistic girl in a Dalek costume who was concerned about losing Matt Smith. Peter gently explained that Matt (and Jenna Coleman) had endorsed him, and put the little girl at ease:
“Matt was really nice to me, as Jenna was, too. They were both very welcoming to me when I came into the TARDIS. Matt said to me to look after DOCTOR WHO, and he gave me his watch and he said that in his own way he was happy that it was me that was coming in. So I will do my very best to be as much fun and as friendly as he is… I will be different. [Matt and Jenna] say it’s OK for me to be the Doctor. I hope that you think it would be OK for me to be the Doctor, too… I might be a bit noisy at first!”