That DOCTOR WHO executive producer Steven Moffat lies — for the good DOCTOR WHO and its fan base — is not in dispute; but would he wrangle a classic Doctor to fib about his participation in “The Day of the Doctor”?
We’re all familiar with Moffat’s denials about the involvement of this or that character/actor in this or that story, but this report is a little different, in that it claims someone is participating, instead of the usual is not taking part line.
While this report has not been confirmed by the BBC, it does come directly from the actor involved, so I will hold the info until after the cut in case anyone wants to remain pure and unspoiled in every way for the 50th anniversary story.
Strax has filed another field report for the Sontaran military, this time looking at the Doctor’s once and future frenemy, Queen Elizabeth I.
For some reason, I never tie of Strax’s (Dan Starkey) inability to differentiate between human “boys” and “girls.” I chuckle every time. SONTAR HA!
The Doctors (Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt) will next encounter Good Queen Bess (Joanna Page) in “The Day of the Doctor,” the DOCTOR WHO 50th anniversary story, to be simulcast globally on Nov. 23.
It would appear that the BBC does have something of a sense of humor after all, releasing this parody video starring the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, just days before the DOCTOR WHO 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor.”
David poking fun at the “cheap” production values of the anniversary story is, of course, perfectly appropriate when viewed in the context of the show’s long-running (and richly deserved) reputation for wobbly sets and cut-rate visual effects because it’s a wink and nod to longtime fans who weathered the primitive years to get to the state-of-the-art version of the series we see now.
However, as far as the cheapness of the production goes, one thing was always perfectly clear: Whether the producers had $1 or $10 to make a show in any given week, DOCTOR WHO was put together with more love than almost any other show on TV. That love infuses every frame of the series, from the opening image of “An Unearthly Child” to the stuffed giant rat of “The Talons of Weng-Chiang” to the assembly of monsters in “The Pandorica Opens.” DOCTOR WHO has always been made with as much love as can be packed into the small screen. Luckily, our televisions are bigger on the inside, too.
This year, DOCTOR WHO’s contribution to the annual Children in Need telethon is a clip from the upcoming 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor,” and as such, it is a bit spoiler-y.
So, if you want to know absolutely nothing about “The Day of the Doctor,” do not play the clip; simply take my word for it that it’s intriguing, and Matt Smith is in fine 11th Doctor form with Jenna-Louise Coleman‘s Clara and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart. But if you simply cannot resist and don’t mind a mild spoiler or two, then… Allons-y!
Yes, the Doctors will return on Nov. 23, just over a week from now!!
The good stuff just keeps coming as the BBC ramps up the excitement for the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO. Here’s a whole bunch of episodic and promotional photos for “The Day of the Doctor”:
And let’s not forget the fun photos we’ve already seen — or all the terrific trailers we just got, too. It’s a good time to be a Whovian — and about to get better!
The 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO story, “The Day of the Doctor” will be simulcast around the world on Nov. 23, and that means we in the USA will be able to watch it at 2:50 p.m. ET on BBC America.
To promote the event, BBC America has its own version of the trailer. It’s shorter, edited in a different order, and contains at least one new scene. as far as I can tell:
Mark your calendars and #SaveTheDay
Well, the BBC and Steven Moffat certainly made us wait long enough — but the patience of DOCTOR WHO fans has been richly rewarded, with three — count ’em, three — mind-blasting trailers with footage from the 50th anniversary story, “The Day of the Doctor.” Each one contains different scenes and they get progressively longer and more awesome and altered my consciousness and really, why are you reading this instead of watching?!?!?!?!
First, a very short teaser, “That’s Not Possible”:
Next, a 40-second clip:
And now the piece de la resistance, the 1:20 extended trailer!
If just the trailers melted my brain like a peek into The Untempered Schism, what will happen when the story itself actually airs? I may end up in a madhouse, like some gibbering H.P. Lovecraft character…