BAFTAs: Steven Moffat on ‘Doctor Who’ Season Finale, 50th Anniversary, and New ‘Sherlock’ | Anglophenia
Doctor Who was feted with a special 50th anniversary tribute at Sunday’s BAFTA TV awards in London, and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat was on hand on the red carpet, where he chatted with our own Alan Moloney about Saturday’s highly anticipated season finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” the show’s 50th anniversary special, and the upcoming third season of Sherlock, the PBS adaptation he co-created with Mark Gatiss.
Congratulations are in order for David Tennant, who is now an Emmy nominee!
The actor, set to return to his role as Tenth Doctor in the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, received his first-ever Emmy nod today (May 1) when the 2013 Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, and it’s for a part for which he never had to show his face. Tennant is up for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for voicing the character of Huyang on Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
For more details and a clip from his role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, click this here link.
btw, today’s ‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup on Anglophenia includes 25 Who stories that deserve more credit, Five Reasons Why River Song deserves her own spin-off, and an interview with Mark Gatiss about The Crimson Horror.
Oh yeah, and details about these fantastic Doctor Who cookies.
One of the most appealing aspects of Doctor Who is that the reality created within the show is conceptually strong enough to handle the replacement of every single actor in it. This means that fandom and appreciation can be comfortably spread over the entire 50-year run. Second Doctor fans can debate their preferences with Sixth Doctor fans, and no one can be definitively wrong or right.
That said, there are a few good reasons why Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor, often comes out as the most popular of all of the incarnations in the classic series, an affection that sometimes rivals the more recent Doctors too.
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There’s some great info in this week’s Doctor Who’s Day Roundup from Anglophenia.
Go give it a read.
On Tuesday night (February 26) in Liverpool, BBC Worldwide Showcase paid tribute to one of the BBC’s most successful and long-running global franchises, Doctor Who, as the series heads toward its 50th anniversary this November.
Mark Williams (who played Rory’s father Brian in Season 7) hosted the Doctor Who Showcase Symphonic Spectacular, a celebration of Murray Gold’s epic music score for the show. Led by the boyishly Tennant-esque Ben Foster as conductor, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Sense of Sound choir made Gold’s compositions sound even more mythic. The soloists Daniel Keating-Roberts and Elin Manahan Thomas lent their voices to a couple of the numbers; Thomas was particularly moving with her soprano renderings of “Madman with a Box” and the gorgeous “Abigail’s Song.”
Oh America you dark horse you! Fancy keeping something this delightful hidden for so long!
Welcome, to anyone unfamiliar with her work, to the astonishingly nimble fingers of Austin, Texas’s crochet marvel, Allison Hoffman, who trades under the name Crafty Is Cool. Now Allison is not the first person to crochet or knit the cast of Doctor Who (remember the Doctor Who knitting circle part 1?), but she’s done such a bang-up job, it’s hard not to descend into outright dribbling worship….
See more pics over at BBC America
We’re well into the first month of Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary year, and BBC AMERICA is celebrating this milestone with the launch of its Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited series. In its first installment on Sunday, January 27 at 9/8c, the channel will air the 1964 serial “The Aztecs,” which featured First DoctorWilliam Hartnell.
And to honor the 50th, we’re giving one winner a piece of recent Who history — a poster of the Doctor Who Christmas special The Snowmen, signed by starsMatt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, executive producer Caroline Skinner, and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat.
Click through for details on how to enter.
Jessica is playing a character called Emma Grayling, and the culture shock between her day job and the TARDIS was hard to take at first, as she explained to the Radio Times (magazine): “[It was] very different to Midwife. On Doctor Who, it was all mind machines and strobe lighting.
“But it was a magical experience and something I was very happy to do. It’s very different character and genre – you have to throw yourself into it and take it very seriously.
“I hadn’t realised what an institution Doctor Who is. I got offered the part and didn’t think much about it. Then you go on set and you see this blue police telephone box, and suddenly the weight of what you’re doing hits home.”
Luckily, Jessica had worked with Matt Smith already, and he made her feel right at home: “We had done a play reading together. He’s a brilliant actor. He has a very long career ahead of him. I like the fact that he brings a darker edge to the role of the Doctor – it’s not all fun and games.”
Let’s not all go mad at this news, as it’s quite a private matter for the people involved and personal gossip is probably best left to other (I’m not saying lesser, but, y’know, lesser) sites. But it seems the Tennant/Moffett family is growing larger, to the tune of one extra child.
Head of the household David (as long as his wife Georgia says he is, natch) appeared on Jonathan Ross’s chat show over the weekend and revealed she’s expecting their third child as a family, and second as a couple.
Again, not wanting to make too much of a public fuss himself, he simply said: “It’s lovely, very lovely. It’s exciting.”
So why is it so magical? What makes this time machine better than all the other time machines in time machine history (an unfinished history, written in non-chronological order for obvious reasons)? And can this information be organised into some kind of easy-to-digest list, for Twitter-addled brains to process, one nugget at a time?
I’m so glad I asked….
Read on at Anglophenia
BBC AMERICA is counting down the modern female companions, ranked by YOUR votes, in the new special The Brit List: Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists, premiering Friday, December 21 at 10/9c.
And the new companion, Clara, will be unveiled on BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who Christmas special “The Snowmen,” premiering Tuesday, December 25 at 9/8c.
Before we get into the full glory of this exciting web feature, let’s clear one thing up: if the companion you feel most kinship with is missing from this quiz, we’re sorry. Clearly we couldn’t put all of the companions in, or there’s a very real chance it would become less a fun way to think about your favorite TV show and more of an administrative nightmare, so we picked the six key TARDIS-dwellers of the modern Whovian era: Rose, Martha, Donna, River Song, Amy and Rory.
Each one has a different approach to the bizarre life they find themselves living, and each one has characteristics that help them adjust to the weirdness, the stress and all the running.
But which of these characteristics is the one closest to your own? There’s only one way to find out…
This is the first quiz that told us that we’re not K-9.
Also: this is our favorite bit:
Note: No actual psychology has been used in the creation of this quiz. It’s all done with MAGIC!
This week is a really good one. They feature quotes from Steven Moffat, Jenna-Louise Coleman, a Digital Fix piece on “5 improvements the Doctor could make to the TARDIS”, also, an Eleventh Doctor pillow.
ELEVENTH DOCTOR PILLOW!!!!!
Okay, so this is kind of fun: Anglophenia wants to see your Doctor Who-inspired holiday decorations and in return, they’re giving one lucky winner everything you see in the image above.
Just post a photo of your Whovian-style decorations to your Tumblr blog, tag it #HappyWholidays and sit back and wait to see if you’ve won!
Post photos of your best Time Lord-inspired seasonal decorations on Tumblr under the #HappyWholidays tag, and one lucky winner and a runner-up will receive prize packs, courtesy of BBC AMERICA SHOP, with select items from Anglophenia’s annual Doctor Who gift guide.* Photo submissions will be accepted through Friday, December 14 at 11:59 pm ET.
No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 or older at the time of entry. The giveaway is open to residents in the 50 United States and District of Columbia. See official rules before entering the giveaway.
*Winner’s prize pack will include Sonic Screwdriver Pen, TARDIS Talking Cookie Jar, Lidded TARDIS Mug, Salt and Pepper Shakers, The Fourth Doctor’s Scarf, K-9 Bobble Head, Adipose Stress Toy, and Doctor Who Ornaments (Dalek only).
Runner-up’s prize pack will include TARDIS Talking Cookie Jar, Lidded TARDIS Mug, The Fourth Doctor’s Scarf, and Doctor Who Ornaments (Dalek only).
Anglophenia is giving away Doctor Who downloads from the iTunes store all month and all you have to do is answer questions on their blog:
As we await this year’s Christmas special “The Snowmen,” we’re taking a look back at the year in Doctor Who, which saw Amy and Rory’s TARDIS tenure come to an end. And since our moment of reflection coincides with the season of giving, we’re kicking off six weeks of giveaways, offering you a chance to win weekly Doctor Who downloads from the iTunes store!
This week’s winner will receive Best of Christmas Specials on iTunes. Entry period ends Saturday, December 8 at 11:59 pm ET.
To see if you’re eligible to win, please carefully review the rules. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 years of age in order to enter.