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: New Companion, New Theories – Who is Clara Oswin Oswald?

By Courtney Rowan

Clara Oswin Oswald

Minutes after ‘The Snowmen” ended and we were all able to gather our jaws off the ground and start to think about what had just occurred, the main question on every Whovian’s mind was the same as The Doctor’s, I presume… Who are you, Clara Oswin Oswald?   I’ve seen some great theories going around and the Houston Press has gathered what they think the top 10.  Meanwhile, Den of Geek has gathered 9 things we know about Ms. Oswald.

I’ve gathered what I think are the best of both here for you, but head over to both to check out the full lists for yourself… and more importantly, what are your theories?  We’ve got until April to discuss this!!!

So first, facts.  Den of Geek has gathered 9 things we know… Here’s a few that I think are key:

8. She lives a double/triple/n-ple life: 

Before we even wade into the multiple era versions, the Clara we meet in The Snowmen already leads a double life. Initially, we meet her as Clara the barmaid from The Rose & Crown, before she dons a higher neckline, clips her vowels, and becomes Miss Montague, the governess of Darkover House (which, incidentally, seem to have about as much luck with governesses as Hogwarts does with Defence Against The Dark Arts teachers).

Asylum of the Daleks saw Coleman’s character similarly split, though this time as a psychological coping mechanism rather than an act of spirited social climbing. First presented as a shipwrecked Junior Entertainments Officer with a taste for Bizet and baking, it was revealed by the end of the episode that Oswin not only hadn’t evaded capture by the Daleks, but had in fact been transformed into one of them. So that’s at least four identities for the new companion – soufflé girl, Dalek, Barmaid, and Governess, to which we can add the modern day ‘Clara’ glimpsed next to her former self’s headstone in the teaser trailer for coming episodes.

2. Clara was born on the 23rd of November:

Which, as eagle-eyed viewers have pointed out, is the date that Doctor Who first premiered on the BBC 49-and-a-bit years ago, back in 1963. What was it that the Doctor tells Amy in The Pandorica Opens? Never ignore a coincidence, unless Steven Moffat put it in, in which case he’s probably just messing with us (not the Doctor’s exact words, but you get the gist).

We’re privy to the date of Clara Oswin Oswald’s birth thanks to her headstone which also bears the inscription “Remember me, for we shall meet again”. This pithy little motto recalls the many appearances of the ‘remember’ motif in this and recent episodes. We saw snow and ice that remembers, and the memory worm in the Christmas Special. The Doctor instructed Amy and Rory in Asylum of the Daleks to “make them remember you”, and Oswin instructed the Doctor (twice) to “run, run you clever boy, and remember”. So here’s another question to add to our growing list: who chipped that cunning, theme-tying-in message on Clara’s headstone?

1. She’s not possible:

But then again, neither was that astronaut.

To quote another character Steven Moffat has taken onto his roster in recent years, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”. That might work for flappy-coated rationalists, but it certainly doesn’t apply to the world of Doctor Who, a universe where we’re asked to believe at least six impossible things before breakfast.

Read all their facts over and then draw some conclusions…

Onto theories then…

Okay, I feel like I have to include #10, because its what I’ve seen the most, the rest peaked my interest ever so:

10. Oswin is a regenerated River Song. Probably the most standard theory is that Oswin has some sort of connection to River, even possibly being another incarnation of the half-Time Lady. Problems with this include the fact we know River used up all her regeneration energy to restore The Doctor in “Let’s Kill Hitler” and the Daleks are unlikely to have transformed a Time Lord into one of them. Then again, these were insane Daleks, so there’s that.

6. Oswin is the heart of the TARDIS. Her sudden and brazen kissing of The Doctor as Clara, as well as her remarking that the TARDIS is smaller on the outside rather than bigger on the inside could be clues to this. It’s sort of unlikely, though, knowing what we do of the way the TARDIS works. She could be the heart of another TARDIS.

3. Oswin is the new Master of Fiction from the Second Doctor serial “The Mind Robber.” Trapped in a world of fiction being forced to create, Oswin is using her appearances as a recurring character to call The Doctor for help in fictional stories. She mentions being an entertainment manager in the asylum, and the birthday on her tombstone is the same as the television show itself, November 23. Considering that Neil Gaiman, the king of fiction in fiction is coming back to write next season this isn’t outside the realm of possibility.

Read all their theories and let us know what you think!

Souffle Girl

So, there you have it… something to gnaw on until April comes along.  Until then, here’s some other fun Whovian stuff to peruse.

Matt Smith to read poem for Disney Junior’s Series, ‘A Poem Is…’

Smith is among many stars who will be/have read poems for Disney Junior’s series called ‘A Poem Is…’.  Matt Smith will be reading a poem called, “Once They All Believed in Dragons” by Jack Prelutsky.  You can view it now on BBC America’s website along with others read by famous British actors such as Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Kenneth BranaghCatherine Tate, Richard E. Grant and more.  

One more thing for the road

Who better than to interview Steven Moffat that his own son??  Just watch for fun…

April, get here soon, you sow!  

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Full Length Trailer for Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special – The Snowmen

By Courtney Rowan

The latest full-length trailer for BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who Christmas special “The Snowmen” was released today.

We also got confirmation that after this episode, the next one would be in April 2013.

Ugh… so long. In the meantime, soak as much Doctor as you can.

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Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special News!

By Courtney Rowan

This weekend we got two great Who things – the Children In Need Christmas Prequel and the actual Christmas Special Trailer, both in excellent form!

The episode will be called The Snowmen, here’s a newly released image of The Doctor looking very grumpy indeed.

First we saw the Prequel…

Then we got the trailer…

Some interesting thoughts on these…

  • He’s wearing Amy’s glasses in the prequel. OMG my feels.
  • I LOVE Madame Vastra
  • MOONITES!!!
  • Is Clara actually Oswin? That couldn’t be, right? RIGHT?

MOFFAT!!!

So, until Christmas Day then?

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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