New Doctor Who Star To Be Announced Sunday

By Courtney Rowan
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

The new star of Doctor Who will be revealed in a special live program on Sunday, the BBC has announced.

The half-hour show, presented by Zoe Ball, will feature an interview with the new lead, as well as 11th Doctor Matt Smith and executive producer Steven Moffat.

“The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the Tardis,” Moffat said. “For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”

Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, is on BBC One at 7pm on 4 August, which means it will be announced at 2pm on BBC America here in the states.

Read the rest of the story here.

Matt Smith’s final episode will be this year’s Christmas special.

First, we’ll have the 50th Anniversary Special which will be simulcast across the world on November 23rd. In an effort to avoid spoilers and plot leaks, BBC Worldwide is orchestrating a worldwide simulcast in 200 countries, with an expected 100 million viewers.

Set your DVRs now!

Here is the full Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special panel from SDCC 2013:

Source: BBC News

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Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 – New Trailer

By Courtney Rowan

The Doctor (Matt Smith) and his new companion, Clara Oswin Oswald (Jenna Louise-Coleman) are set to return in April.  On Friday, QMX Online, the company behind a number of Who-themed products, posted a sizzle reel that focuses on the new episodes. Let’s see what we can decipher from the new trailer:

“The woman twice dead…”

We took a look at some facts and theories a few weeks ago about Clara, be sure to check them out and let us know what you think.

April seems so far away. Still.  *le sigh*

Win a Signed ‘Snowmen’ Poster!

While you ponder the impossibilty of Ms. Oswald, head over to BBC America for a chance to win a signed Doctor Who Christmas special ‘The Snowmen’ poster, signed by stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, executive producer Caroline Skinner, and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat.

snowmen_poster

Source: ComingSoon.net, BBC America

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Doctor Who 6.13: “The Wedding of River Song” – Prequel AND Trailer!

By Courtney Rowan

Holy nerdgasm alert, fanboys and fangirls!  

Last night’s Closing Time bred not only a ‘next time on’ trailer, but a whole creepy prequel to the Who series finale also.  What a treat for a Sunday morning, right?  Not much else to say about these two, but well…  WATCH!

The Wedding of River Song Prequel

The Wedding of River Song Trailer

Doctor, brave and good,

He turned away from violence,

When he understood,

The falling of the silence…

Doctor Who returns for the finale on Saturday October 1st at 9:00 PM on BBC America with The Wedding of River Song.

Doctor Who 6.11: “The God Complex” Review

By Courtney Rowan

Contains SPOILERS. 

As far as double meanings go, I think The God Complex pretty much nails it. Not only do you have the introduction of the newest creepy Who phrase, “Praise Him”  (still nowhere near as creepy as both,  “Are you my mummy” or “Who turned out the Lights”), but The Doctor pushes Amy to believe that having faith in him as some sort of God is wrong. And in that, saving her life…  again.

Fanboys and fangirls, I bring you The God Complex.  Yet another great installment of Who.  I know you may be sick of me saying how much I love all the episodes, but I just simply do.  This episode was written by Toby Whitehouse (Being Human writer, and Who episodes School Reunion and The Vampires of Venice), which may explain some of its inherent genius.   The Doctor and companions arrive in what seems like a classic 1980’s Hotel full with cassette tape recorders and clear homages to The Shining.  Red Rum, anyone? The concept of every room actually housing your deepest darkest fears, though?  Yeah, that goes beyond anything I’ve ever found lurking in the corners of a hotel room.

Then we meet our Hotel visitors and find out what’s really going on.  And, Rita, brilliant, could definitely be a future companion, Rita.  There’s nerdy guy  – I can’t remember his name, and Gibbis, who I remember because he was introduced in one of the best ways Who does.  I absolutely love it when The Doctor so casually calls out another alien race and their background with no real significance.  Again, this reminds us of how vast the Whoniverse is and how little we actually know about it.  The fact that Gibbis is from Tivoli, a planet that is the most conquered in the Universe and a species that really could have come right out of Douglas Adam’s own mind, is brilliant.  Even funnier is that he works in town planning, where he was in charge of a project to line the streets with trees so invading armies would have shade.  Nice.

But I digress, let’s get back to the meat of the epi.  First we meet Joe (?) who is surrounded by a roomful of dummies.  This elevated the creep factor for me. When they walked into that ballroom and every single dummy stopped and turned at them.  (shivers).  But then Joe is off about how he’s found enlightenment and starts saying “Praise Him”, the story starts to unfold.

As it turns out, they’ve been brought to Hotel Creepy As Hell to face their worst fears, which drives them to rely on their faith, which then leaves people worshiping ‘him’, then be ultimately ‘eaten’ by ‘him’ before leaving them in a worst state than they started…  namely, dead.  So it all comes down to faith.  And in order for The Doctor to save Amy, he has to break her faith in him.  (The Curse of Fenric, anyone?) This speech with Amy, again brings up the emotion that the last few episodes have been driven to and it breaks your heart.  Especially with the shadow of Little Amy in the background.

Forget your faith in me. I took you with me because I was vain. Because I wanted to be adored. Look at you. Glorious Pond. The girl who waited for me. I’m not a hero. I really am just a madman in a box. It’s time we saw each other as we really are. Amy Williams, it’s time to stop waiting.

Ultimately, The Doctor figures out the controls of this hotel in space that is basically a prison.  This poor minotaur has been trapped there and thus just trying to survive and feed, which unfortunately is on our faith.  A great quote again and some foreshadowing from the ancient minotaur,

An ancient creature, drenched in blood of the innocent. Drifting in space through an endless shifting maze. For such a creature, death would be a gift.” Then accept it and sleep well.  (the Doctor starts to walk away) “I wasn’t talking about myself.”

And then we get the end that I honestly was not expecting.  It seems that all his talk to Amy about losing faith in him reminds him that he wants to protect her and so he drops them off at their new home with a new car for Rory and says his goodbyes.  Yeah right…. like that’s going to end it.  I will say that I can see The Doctor’s point of view, but after all that emotion, the drop off was a let down of sorts, no?  Clearly this is where we leave them until they receive the blue postcards in the first episode?  Theory. Well, fact, I think.

I give this episode an 8 out of 10.  It had creepiness, emotion, pushed the story along a bit and well, a bit of homage on several levels.

Two episodes left until the wedding of the year and we get the answers we’ve been waiting for.  Cannot wait.

Doctor Who returns on Saturday September 24th with Closing Time at 9:00 PM on  BBC America.

Doctor Who Episode 6.10 “The Girl Who Waited” Photos

By Courtney Rowan

Saturday’s Doctor Who episode is titled The Girl Who Waited, which gets this fangirl super stoked.  As the writer, Tom MacRae puts it – “This is the one fans of Amy and Rory have been waiting for.”  So, that’s all of us, right?

I’ve got some promo photos to share and an official description. There’s also a teaser video from Karen Gillan (Amy Pond herself) and Tom MacRae (Rise of The Cybermen and The Age of Steel) who wrote this week’s episode. There’s been a lot of really great buzz around this one and I love what I’ve seen so far, especially with these new tidbits out there. Let’s take a look at the pictures first:

Here’s more details on the episode:

Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague – a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day – as the time-travelling drama continues.

The Doctor can use the TARDIS to smash through time and break in, but then Rory is on his own. He must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the alien doctors can administer their medicine.

Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife. Can he rescue Amy before she is killed by kindness?

Karen Gillan and Tom Macrae Tease The Girl Who Waited

So here’s some key phrases that stick out to me from this video:

  • Emotionally intense
  • Much older version of your character
  • Faster Time Stream
  • Accurate portrayal of Amy both young and old

So, how about you Whovians?  As excited about this episode or are you ready to get back to figuring out who that Impossible Astronaut is?

The next Doctor Who episode airs Saturday September 10th at 9:00 PM on BBC America with The Girl Who Waited. 

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who Episode 6.09 “Night Terrors” Review

By Courtney Rowan

“Today we’re answering a cry for help from the scariest place in the universe: a child’s bedroom.”   Yes… yes  that about sums it up, doesn’t it? (Contains Spoilers)

When I said that I suspected that this episode would be one of those ‘hiding my eyes behind a pillow’ episodes, I think I was dead on.  Oh, and dolls are creepy, very creepy, especially when they are life sized and have no eyes.

First, let me say that I truly think that this was a classic Doctor Who standalone episode.  I love when we get these ‘alien of the week episodes’ because it reminds me why I’m a Whovian to begin with.  I hate when people call these episodes filler, because these are the heart of Doctor Who.   Don’t get me wrong I absolutely adore the overarching story lines that Moffat puts together and love to learn tidbits more each week, but these episodes are downright awesome.  I mean, Vincent and The Doctor anyone? It also gives the audience a glimpse into The Doctor’s world and just how much more vast it is than we can actually imagine.  I mean,  we can barely fathom just how old his eyes really are.  There are so many alien races in the Universe and we’ve only scratched the surface.. in 40+ years!

What I loved best in this episode is the way that our scared little boy, er alien, George, experiences every piece of terror in his world.  Seeing and hearing the old woman walk down the hall next to him was a monster.  The sound of the lift whirling and wheezing with evilness and  then shaking his whole room.  Seeing his toys in the dark corners of his bedroom come to life in the shadows.  No wonder he was scared!  Watching this with my little guys (4, 6 and 9) was also pretty damn cool.  I saw my 6 year old bring her hands to her face 3 separate times as she felt George’s terror with him.

The scenes with The Doctor and Alex (George’s dad) were also well done.    There are a few moments when The Doctor is genuinely scared and that draws the audience into his emotion.   Watching Amy and Rory wander though the doll house added an extra level of creepiness, not to mention those dolls!  The sound of the little girl laughing and asking them to play.  Wow.  I will say that Mark Gatiss has redeemed himself in my eyes because of this episode.  Oh and, Jammie Dodgers are our new Jelly Babies then?

The revelation that George is actually a Tenza, an empathic alien who has essentially adopted Claire and Alex as his surrogate parents was pretty clever.   The one complaint I have on this episode is the use of the Perception Filter yet again.  While the concept of the Perception Filter is bloody brilliant, I can’t decide if Moffat and his writing staff overuse this or if it is just something that the audience can assume is a commonplace tool for aliens all over the Universe.  I mean, it always works, but it’s seems to be an easy out.

So overall, a great non-storyline episode.  Classic Who at its best.  Some of my favorite quotes:

“That’s what it’s called. Pantophobia. Not fear of pants though, if that’s what you’re thinking. It’s the fear of everything. Including pants, I suppose. In that case.” – The Doctor

“Because George’s monsters are real.” – The Doctor

Amy: It’s just a dummy!
Rory: This is weird.
Amy: Yeah, says the time-travelling nurse. Yeah, um let’s just leave that for now. Come on.

“You see these eyes, they’re old eyes.” – The Doctor

The Girl Who Waited Trailer

Next week’s episode looks especially interesting as we get to see Amy battling things in what looks like a Wonderland for Alice.  Here’s the trailer:

The Next episode of Doctor Who airs Saturday September 10th at 9:00 PM on BBC America.  Until then, I leave you with these super creepy lyrics from the dolls’ song:

Tick tock goes the clock
He cradled her and he rocked her
Tick tock goes the clock
Even for the Doctor.

*shivers violently*

Doctor Who Episode 6.09 “Night Terrors” Photos

By Courtney Rowan


The upcoming episode of Doctor Who on Saturday night is titled “Night Terrors” and new pictures have been released.  These are super creepy, which of course means awesome.  The episode writer is Mark Gatiss, who wrote Victory Of The Daleks, which is not one of my fave episodes,  but he is also a writer for Sherlock, which I love.  That being said, the villains in this episode seem to be down right scary.  Something about the doll in the corner coming to life to strangle you.. of course in classic Doctor Who fashion, I’m sure they’ll actually be some kind of good entity.  Either way, I have a feeling this will be one of those ‘hiding my eyes behind a pillow’ episodes.

Let’s take a look at the pics:

So, yeah, The Doctor looks genuinely scared.  (getting chills)  Like, I said, pillow over my eyes episode.

Doctor Who returns Saturday night at 9:00 PM on BBC America with “Night Terrors”.