A New Way to Travel With the TARDIS

A Whovian calling himself “John Smith” has created a very impressive fan video depicting a brand-new vision of DOCTOR WHO’s TARDIS dematerializing and taking off. Check it out!

Yes, instead of the TARDIS simply fading from view, the world around it disappears and merges with the Time Vortex, and when the capsule rematerializes, the new location appears around it, rather than the TARDIS fading into view. A masterful inversion!
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Doctor Who Series 8 Debuts… When?

At last, the BBC has released a teaser trailer for the eighth series of the revived DOCTOR WHO, and while it runs just about 15 seconds, we do get to see a new logo and — more importantly — a confirmed start month for the Peter Capaldi era on BBC One and BBC America: August.

There is not much more than a brief, dramatically backlighted glimpse of the 12th Doctor in an exploding TARDIS console room, but at least it’s something.

It is believed (but not certain) that the 12- or 13-episode series will run uninterrupted by a hiatus like the one that seemed to dull viewer response last season.

Tiny Teaser Clip for ‘Day of the Doctor’

Short and sweet: This little snippet from Saturday’s “Day of the Doctor,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO, works for me because it serves as shorthand for the relationship between the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

Why is the Doctor reading Advanced Quantum Mechanics? Well, there is a policebox-shaped TARDIS on the cover, so… maybe he wrote the book? #SaveTheDay

Moffat Hints at Smith/Capaldi Regeneration

mattxmasThe DOCTOR WHO moment we are all waiting for — or, in my case, dreading just a little because I love the 11th Doctor — the Time Lord’s regeneration, will take place in the 2013 Christmas Special, and executive producer/writer Steven Moffat dropped a few hints about how it will go to Doctor Who Magazine.

“Pretty soon [Peter Capaldi] will arrive and he’ll be whisked off to begin the trip of a lifetime, probably wondering what it will be like, where it will take him, and how long it will last. And about then, Matt Smith will be standing in his TARDIS for the very last time, with his eyes on the studio door – because about to step through is a Scottish actor, dressed as him.”

So, the Doctor will regenerate in the TARDIS once again. And what happens in Capaldi’s first scene as the Doctor?

“It’s utterly bonkers! He still thinks he’s Matt Smith, but he looks like he’s Peter Capaldi. He’s adjusting to who he is. It’s a transitional phase.”

Sounds like fun. I just wonder if that “bonkers” scene appears in the Christmas show or if we have to wait until the fall of 2014 to see it!

An Ode to the TARDIS

Here in the USA, we’re just a few hours from venturing deeper inside the Doctor’s wonderful and amazing ship, the TARDIS, than ever before thanks to this week’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS.”

To celebrate, the BBC has put together this wonderful clip package that highlights the TARDIS’ role in the show over the past 50 years. It’s really wonderful to see all the incarnations of the Doctor expressing his love for the machine — the very best spaceship/time capsule in the entire universe… of fact or fiction!

Matt Smith Introduces Tonight’s DOCTOR WHO

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

Journey to the Center of the TARDIS Gallery

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.

Blink to the Future?

This is an amusing little animated mash-up of DOCTOR WHO and the Back to the Future franchise. It doesn’t really make much sense, but the cartooning style is fun and dynamic, and the little touches – like the Adipose, the (I suppose) Judoon Biff, “Auton Detailing,” the “Save the Clock Tower” badge on the Angel and the absolutely badass final image of the TARDIS team on the train (with K9 motoring alongside) goes a long way toward salvaging the whole enterprise.

The TARDIS Changes (And I Don’t Like It)

tardisorangeinsideYesterday was a dark day for this DOCTOR WHO fan, because there has been a change in the series that I really do not like at all. Not one bit, actually. Such occurrences have been few and far between since the series relaunched in 2005, but now is one of those times. I do not like the new TARDIS interior.

I can see what was intended – a shout-out to the olden days of the classic series, and that’s admirable, but it reminds me of one the (negative) hallmarks of the classic series: It looks cheap.

Now, I’m sure that was at least part of the intention – to make the new console room remind folks of the old, low-tech-future version of the control room, but it just… makes me cringe. The bare floor especially cries out cheap (looking like the floor of the studio), as does the dinged-up gray “metal” of the main console, looking like the pieces were salvaged from some BBC junk room. The simplified allotment of oversized controls is very “Tom Baker,” isn’t it?

I’ve hidden the new image beyond the jump in case you don’t want it to be ruined spoiled…
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