What’s next for ‘Doctor Who’ after series 7 and new rumors for the 50th Anniversary Special

By Courtney Rowan

Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2

So, yesterday we learned that Doctor Who will return on March 30, 2013 as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday block. We’ll get 8 new episodes penned by the very best in show writing and in Who legacy. But what happens next? What will the 50th Anniversary hold?

Geeks of Doom has some interesting information regarding the latter half of 2013 and of course, the Anniversary special slated to air in Autumn of this year. At the 2013 London Toy Fair a banner was spotted outlining some of the highlights for the rest of 2013, including:

  • 50th Anniversary Special – 60 minute episode in Autumn of 2013
  • An Adventure in Space and Time – 90 minute drama based on the real-life events encompassing the creation of Doctor Who back in 1963 in Autumn 2013
  • Doctor Who Revisited – Eleven 25 minute episodes looking at Classic Doctor Who, and revisiting each Doctor era

2013 truly is the year of WHO. One other observation, however –

What also captivates me about the banner though is that there is NO mention of a Christmas Special for 2013. This has to be erroneous – it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Doctor Who episode! I mean, Santa I can do without…

Agreed! Christmas just ins’t so without The Doctor.  Hmmmm… they wouldn’t do that, would they?

Head over to Geeks of Doom to read the full details and watch the trailer for the Doctor Who Revisited Specials below:
 


 

50th Anniversary Rumors

I can’t let these slide, and I’m hoping someone will at some time confirm this, but the latest is that all 11 Doctors will be featured in the Anniversary special thanks to some ‘studio trickery’.  Digital Spy posted an article Tuesday that claimed,

An article from the Birmingham Mail claims that current Who star Matt Smith will be joined by his seven surviving predecessors. Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant are all said to be appearing in the November one-off.

In addition, the report claims that the Steven Moffat-penned episode will use “studio trickery” to include appearances from the first three Doctors – played by the late William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.

The BBC is yet to confirm any official plans for the Doctor Who special, which will mark 50 years since the sci-fi drama’s first transmission on November 23, 1963.

I have a feeling we’ll be getting more and more rumors and no facts until we get really close to the air date. Still, it’s fun to imagine all 11 Doctors solving a crisis. I think the term would be, NERDGASM.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one as more and more info is released.  

What are your thoughts for the Anniversary?  Can you live without The Doctor on Christmas?

Source: Geeks Of Doom, Digital Spy, Fanpop

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‘Doctor Who’ Series 7 Part 2 – Returns to BBC AMERICA March 30

By Courtney Rowan

Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 returns March 30th

Who is Clara Oswin Oswald?

Well, March doesn’t seem so far away now does it?

BBC America announced today that Part 2 of Doctor Who Season 7 will premiere on Saturday, March 30 in BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday block, it has been announced, alongside the network’s new original sci-fi series Orphan Black and the comedy-variety chatfest The Nerdist.  And really, who doesn’t just adore  Chris Hardwick? Fingers crossed for more Wil Wheaton!

The upcoming eight Doctor Who episodes will include installments from lead writer Steven Moffat, Neil Cross (creator of Luther), Stephen Thompson, Mark Gatiss, and Neil Gaiman. ALL amazing writers and most of whose work we’ve seen before on Who.

Here’s the latest teaser for Series 7, Part 2:

And just for fun, I absolutely love this picture from filming. She’s going to be a fun one, yeah? MARCH 30th – WOO HOO!
The Doctor and Clara

Source: BBC America

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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 Series 7, Episode 1 to premiere at MGEITF this August

By Courtney Rowan

So when do We get to see it then??

This year at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, or MGEITF (what an crazy acronym, right- does that even count?), which runs from August 23rd to 25th, a very special screening is set to take place: episode 1 of Doctor Who season 7.

According to the Guardian, “The Doctor Who showrunner, Moffat, will give a masterclass on BBC1’s Sherlock, along with his co-creator, Mark Gatiss, and the producer, Sue Vertue, and there will be an exclusive preview screening of the first episode of the next series of Doctor Who.”

If you remember, this is the episode with the Daleks…  all the Daleks.

So, what does this mean for us, the typical viewers, when do we get to see it?

Looking at past history, I’m going to say anywhere in September.  Last year, episode 6.8 Let’s Kill Hitler, was previewed at the same Edinburgh festival, and screened on BBC just a day afterwards, so following that logic, I guess we could be looking as early as the following weekend, which would be August 26th (If it airs in the UK on the 25th).  I’d be perfectly happy with September as well.

So EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And just for fun, here’s some more random Whoness (not sure if this beats the Tesla Coil/Faraday Suit theme, but still awesome):

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New Doctor Who Series 7 Episode Details and other Random Who-ness

By Courtney Rowan

And now back to our regularly scheduled program…

There’s been a ton of news since my last Doctor Who post, so let’s get to it, eh? Possible *SPOILERS* ahead, so if you truly don’t want to know anything about the upcoming series, skip this post!

So where to start… when last we left our heroes, we found out that Arthur Weasley Mark Williams will be on an episode this year. I can now confirm it will be Episode Two, for which the writer is Chris Chibnall. This episode will also star Rupert Graves, who you will most likely recognize from Sherlock on which he plays DI Lestrade.  It will be part set in Ancient Egypt and features Queen Nefertiti, Rory’s dad, and robots. This episode, According to Doctor Who Magazine, will have one of the biggest sets ever constructed for the show.

Episode One

This will be a Dalek story, but with a bit of a spin, apparently.  It will be featuring Daleks from many different eras of the show. Check out the pic below tweeted from Steven Moffat.

Moffat says the first episode will be a bit like the movie Die Hard and teased the title as [Spoiler] of the [Spoilers]. Most likely it will be “[Something] of the Daleks” given the title tradition and the fact they feature. Part-set in Ancient China with The Doctor is given a task to complete by the Chinese Emperor. According to Caroline Skinner, it will feature “Every Dalek known to man.”

Episode Three

Okay, this episode is already my fave because it guest stars Farscape alum, Ben Browder!! (severe fangirl attack.)  On top of that, the episode writer is Toby Whitehouse. This is the ‘gunslinger’ episode featured heavily in the Series 7 trailer released. Whithouse spoke to BBC America about this episode:

“My episode is in a genre I’ve never written before — frankly, no one has written in that genre for quite a while now. But I absolutely love it. Steven gives me a one-line pitch, and then I’ll go away and put together a story and so on. And he gave me a great one-line pitch for this, so I’m really excited about it. Doctor Who is always a joy to write. It never gets boring, it never gets dull, it never gets routine. It’s an incredibly difficult show to write because it’s remarkably complex, but it also has to have such momentum and pace. And within that there has to be room for character and humour and so on. It’s always a huge challenge but always extraordinary fun. That’s why I keep going back.”

Excited?? Yeah, a little.

Episode Four

Not really much to discuss here except that it is written by Chris Chibnall as well.

Episode Five

This is the one… the final goodbye for Amy and Rory. I know I’m going to cry, two reasons; first I’m going to miss these companions immensely and second – the Weeping Angels scare the shit out of me. Yes, Weeping Angels will be back for the parting of the Ponds.  Also, they were recently spotted filming in a Welsh graveyard were the main three characters and Alex Kingston once more reprising her role as River Song.  Oh, and the writer – Steven Moffat, who has made this statement, “Not everybody gets out alive – and I mean it this time!” Calling it now – Amy is out.  I’m mentally preparing and stocking up on tissues for this one already.  Check out this pic below:

In terms of other casting news for this episode, Mike McShane has revealed, via his Twitter account, that’s he currently filming Doctor Who and that he’s appearing in the fifth episode. His role is unconfirmed.

Episode Six – The Christmas Special

And here is where we get our new companion (pictured below). Welcome, Jenna-Louise Coleman! This episode is also written by Steven Moffat, who says this about this new time traveler, “The Doctor is going to meet someone very new in the very last place he could ever have expected…” I’m excited for the change, but she has huge shoes to fill in place of the Ponds.

Random Who-ness

A couple last things to share. So, driving home from work yesterday I see this in front of me:

What? What? WHAT?! This cannot be a coincidence, although I’m surprised that the 2 of the 100 Whovians in the States live somewhere near me. (I thought the “My other car is a TARDIS’ bumper sticker on my car was already Whovian enough.) I think I now need to upgrade my Whovian Status with an “AL0NS-Y” plate.

Last thing I want to share is actually a video my 10 year old Whovian son found on YouTube.  I loved Rose, I loved 10 and I love 11. I just thought this was a beautiful way to remind the fans that nothing is ever forgotten in the Whoniverse. So, for all you shippers out there – enjoy this one!

So what do you think of how Series 7 is shaping up so far? I’m curious for your opinions in the comments!!

Sources: Doctor Who TV, SFX and Den Of Geek

Doctor Who Series 7 First Official Image and a Weasley!

By Courtney Rowan

Well, fanboys and fangirls, it’s been much, much too long, but I promise I have regained some consciousness and am back! My long pause, you’ll have to excuse, was due to the birth of my baby girl, Melody Rose. (Bonus points for getting the name reference – shouldn’t be hard.)

I make my triumphant  delayed return with some news of Doctor Who series 7! The BBC has released new information in regards to the upcoming series:

“‘Doctor Who’ series seven will consist of fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.”

With those fourteen episodes, the BBC further states that,

“Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when The Doctor meets a new friend. Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year.”

Are you excited yet??!!

Also some cool guest star news released as Mark Williams, best known for his role as muggle-obsessed Arthur Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ films, has been seen on set. The BBC has also confirmed that Williams’ ‘Harry Potter’ co-star David Bradley, who played Argus Filch, will also be appearing in ‘Doctor Who’ this time around. Finally, Rupert Graves, (‘Sherlock’) has also been officially announced as a guest.

Here’s a few other images from shooting released as well:

According to Doctor Who TV, news is that Doctor Who Doctor Who will return with “at least” 14 episodes from Autumn 2012. When they asked Steven Moffat himself some details he said,  “I’ll just say it’s at least 14 episodes. Obviously we start in the Autumn so the Christmas special is part of the run.”

Geronimo!!!!!!!!

Source: sciencefiction.com