From the Doctor Who Blog:
Pond Life is the new mini-adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces! It picks up the story of the Ponds and follows their lives in the way that only Doctor Who can, culminating in a cliff-hanger that leads us into Asylum of the Daleks.
Directed by Saul Metzstein (Dinosaurs on Spaceship/A Town Called Mercy), the first part of Pond Life will premiere on the BBC Doctor Who site at noon (UK time) on Monday (27 August). Part 2 – 5 will be released daily at noon throughout the rest of the week and the omnibus edition will be available online and on the BBC’s Red Button on Saturday, 1 September – the day that the new series returns with Asylum of the Daleks!
Pond Life’s writer, Chris Chibnall (42, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood) commented, ‘It opens with the Ponds at home and gives us an insight in to just what happens when the Doctor drops in and out of their lives,’ and Caroline Skinner, Executive Producer, described it as ‘beautiful, heartfelt and wickedly funny… a truly heart-warming piece about our best-loved companions and their madcap relationship with their raggedy Doctor.’
In the video above, Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Caro Skinner discuss Pond Life and you can watch Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill introducing the mini-adventure now!
Here’s everything that happened today.
The broadcast premiere of Doctor Who Series 7 was announced in the UK to be Saturday, September 1 at 7:20p:
Followed by an announcement by BBC America stating a start date of Saturday, September 1 at 9/8c:
The Canadian broadcast premiere was also revealed to be September 1, 2012 at 9p ET on SPACE.
The Australian premiere will on September 8th at 7:30p on ABC1. Australia also gets a repeat airdate Tuesdays at 9:30p on ABC2. UPDATE: Aussies can watch Doctor Who online via iview the same weekend as the UK and the US!
The BBC America Tumblr made the announcement via a gif:
The UK announced a 5-part Doctor Who prequel focusing on the life of The Ponds to debut Monday, August 27th. It is titled “Pond Life”.
We have yet to recover.
The UK also posted a video of Karen and Arthur setting up Pond Life. The also seem to have an idea for a theme song.
And lastly, for those in the NYC area, BBC America is giving away tickets to the Saturday US premiere screening of Doctor Who Series 7: Asylum of the Daleks. Click through to enter. The screening is to be followed immediately by a Q&A with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Executive Producer Caro Skinner.
So that’s it. If you take nothing else away from this post let it be that the premiere of Doctor Who Series 7 IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY!!!
We’ll have more news in the coming days so be sure to follow the Doctor Who Tumblr — YOU WILL DASH IT ON YOUR LOVEBOARD!!!
Promo shot from Doctor Who Series 7
Most of these images you have probably seen if you’ve watched the Doctor Who Series 7 Launch Trailer but they’ve just been released embiggened by the BBC.
There are more images posted to the Doctor Who Tumblr so come by to see the rest.
If you’re clever (and we know you are) you may figure out what’s going on in these temptingly awesome yet spoilery pics from the first three episodes of Doctor Who Series 7.
We’ve hidden them behind a ‘Read More’ so click through if you’d like to see them.
If you’d like to see the other new photos released today including the main art of The Doctor, Amy, and Rory from Series 7 Episode 1 and the amazing movie-like poster image for Asylum of The Daleks, visit the Doctor Who Tumblr page.
When Steven Moffat said that each episode would feel like a mini movie, he wasn’t kidding.
The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year.
An Adventure In Space And Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who - first broadcast on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest-running science fiction series to date, the special one-off 90-minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.
Written by Mark Gatiss, it is executive produced by current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner. The single drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson Controller, Drama, and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two.
Mark Gatiss said: “This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original. And how an actor - William Hartnell - stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I’ve wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who’s 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true.”
Steven Moffat, Executive Producer, said: “The story of Doctor Who is the story of television - so it’s fitting in the anniversary year that we make our most important journey back in time to see how the TARDIS was launched.”
The production and transmission schedule will be confirmed next year, along with casting.
Cult British sci-fi show Doctor Who is to get a boost for its upcoming seventh season as key cast Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will take to the stage for a Q&A following a preview of the first episode at the British Film Institute’s Southbank center.
The actors will be joined on stage next week at the event by award winning writer Steven Moffat and executive producer Caroline Skinner at the one-off event hosted by broadcaster Richard Bacon.
The British Film Institute event will play host to series seven’s debut episode, Asylum of the Daleks, a return of the Doctor’s deadliest foe.
The BBC caused a fanboy and girl frenzy on the web with a fresh trailer for the new season during the Olympics last week.
It included glimpses of episode content including a story set in the Wild West and one that sees the Doctor and Amy rock up in Times Square, New York.
Filming of 2012’s Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show.
Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady.
On joining the show, Richard says: “I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I’m honoured to be in the Christmas Special.”
Tom Ward, who has starred in BBC One’s in Silent Witness as Harry Cunningham since 2002 also joins the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. It will be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studios.
Doctor Who is coming soon to BBC One, BBC America, and SPACE and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.
Rupert Graves is going to be in an episode of Doctor Who this season. Benedict Cumberbatch is in the new Star Trek Movie. Christopher Eccleston is gonna be the villain in Thor 2.
It’s like everyone accidentally walked into the wrong classroom and are too British and polite to leave the lecture.
Coming this fall to BBC America, BBC One, and SPACE
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