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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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!  

I never know why, I only know who...

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The Angels Take Manhattan… and My Heart

By Courtney Rowan

What an odd feeling to sob during Doctor Who, yet twice in the Moffat era this has happened. Once with Vincent and once when Amy and Rory left to live their lives.

There are SPOILERS from here on out, so either watch the episode or proceed with caution!

I laughed, I cried, I was angry and I was confused. I feel like if I don’t have 3 out of 4 of these emotions each week, I’m not really watching a Matt Smith Who episode.

After we got through that opening sequence, which I should point out seemed to be an awful waste of time seeing as it was the last of The Ponds; how dare you waste screen time, Moffat?! We opened to a pretty relaxing episode of Doctor Who – Amy, Rory and The Doctor, relaxing in Central Park reading papers and books and drinking coffee. We learn The Doctor really doesn’t like endings and that his companions getting older does bother him. What could go wrong? Rory goes to get more coffee and the confusion and heartbreak begins.

What book is the Doctor reading, though (and aloud most of the time, apparently)? Not just any paperback, although no surprise he liked the cover… he’s reading a book by Melody Malone – a private detective with ice in her heart, and a kiss on her lips. Yowza! What sets things off is while the Doctor is reading aloud he notices the author mentions a ‘skinny guy’ who has gone to get coffee for Amy and The Doctor. HUH?

Oh, this is Doctor Who with Stephen Moffat writing, save some ‘Huh?’s’ for later, dear.

Poor Rory is swept back to 1938 by the newest evil breed of angel – a cherub. A baby Weeping Angel. Seriously? I’m already deathly afraid of statues… But, to Rory’s surprise, his daughter is there to rescue him, Dr. River Song, Professor now, naturally.

The timey-wimey elements of this episode were done brilliantly. And I absolutely adored Rory, both old and young. The revelation that it was Rory in that room and the paradox needed to fix it made for a very compelling and dramatic scene for The Ponds. When Amy tells Rory that it is ‘together or not at all’, I was slayed. And adding the humor to Rory’s yet again, death scene, was clever. Finally, an admittance to the audience that Moff gets it.

I have to bring up the Statue of Liberty angel, because well, it was the Statue of Liberty. It was fun and I know why Moffat included her, but I just didn’t buy it and don’t think it worked the way he expected. Of course, that may be a very American thing to say. Perhaps, overseas they don’t realize that that Statue never has a moment when someone isn’t looking at her. Technically, in a city that never sleeps, there is no way in HELL she would be able to traipse around without being noticed. But, it was fun.

Husband – Run, Husband – Shut UP!

I absolutely loved the way River and The Doctor were together this episode. When he fixes his hair and checks his face in the mirror before going to see her, well, it may have been the cutest moment ever on Who. And River’s quote:

“When one’s in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a 12-year-old, one does one’s best to hide the damage.”

I know their relationship is confusing and a bit of a pain point for some fans, but it’s really innocent and endearing. I am curious about the bit with him using his regenerative powers to heal her wrist, either he can do that all the time and just doesn’t unless he REALLY loves someone, or it is something Moffat is going to have to explain. Good on River for yelling at him for it. I’m filing this under ‘things that make me yell Moffat with my fist defiantly in the air’.

Now, for the sadness

So, the paradox trick works. And can I just say that the cinematography while Amy and Rory are falling was absolutely beautiful. That shot of Amy’s red hair streaming around above her while they fell from grace made a huge impression on me. That is the scene that I will go back to when I think of Amy and Rory.

The real sadness (and my inevitable sobs) begins when they are in the graveyard and I see Rory’s name on that gravestone. I realize that his death is fixed. It was there before. It is there again. And then, here comes that stupid left over Angel to send Rory to his eventual death. Oh, Amy! I’m sorry, Amelia. I’m so sorry. (nice Tennant nod there!).

Then this:

Amy: That gravestone, Rory’s, there’s room for one more name, isn’t there?
The Doctor: What are you talking about? Back away from the Angel. Come back to the TARDIS. We’ll figure something out.
Amy: The Angel – would it send me back to the same time, to him?
The Doctor: I don’t know. Nobody knows.
Amy: But it’s my best shot, yeah?
The Doctor: No!
River: Doctor, shut up! Yes! Yes, it is!
The Doctor: Amy…
Amy: Well, then. I just have to blink, right?
The Doctor: No!
Amy: It’ll be fine. I know it will. I’ll- I’ll- I’ll be with him, like I should be. Me and Rory together. Melody?
The Doctor: Stop it! Just- Just stop it!
Amy: You look after him, and you be a good girl, and you look after him.
The Doctor: You are creating fixed time. I will never be able to see you again!
Amy: I’ll be fine. I’ll be with him.
The Doctor: Amy, please, just come back into the TARDIS. Come along, Pond, please.
Amy: Raggedy man, goodbye!
The Doctor: No! [Sobbing]

And then this:

The Afterword.

“Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.”

And then, we’re left with this… The Doctor and River.  Always, there will be The Doctor and River.

“Whenever and wherever you want.”

 

The Doctor will return Christmas Day. Here’s the teaser:

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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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