Brace yourselves, Whovians: Long-running cult obsession Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Aug. 23 with a new star, Peter Capaldi, and a new attitude. Compared with Matt Smith’s previous Doctor, Capaldi’s lead character is “a lot fiercer,” says Jenna Coleman, who plays his traveling companion, Clara Oswald. “This man is a total adrenaline junkie.”If you don’t count John Hurt’s one-and-done performance in last year’s 50th-anniversary special, Capaldi is the 12th actor to play the show’s Doctor, a two-hearted alien who travels through space—and time—in his ship, the TARDIS, and periodically regenerates his outward form. The announcement that Capaldi would replace Smith was simulcast last August on Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. For the most part the casting was received warmly by fans thanks to Capaldi’s Who-tastic résumé, including an appearance in a 2008 episode of the show and in the 2009 spin-off miniseries, Torchwood: Children of Earth. As one EW.com commenter wrote at the time, “If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you already know him.”The Scottish actor—whose other credits include World War Z and The Fifth Estate—then made the briefest of cameos in the anniversary show before debuting properly at the end of the 2013 special Christmas episode. His first official ep—the feature-length season premiere titled “Deep Breath”—is set in Victorian England and promises the return of the so-called Paternoster Gang, a trio of detectives made up of the dome-headed alien Strax (Dan Starkey), the lizardlike Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), and her human wife, Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).
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On those rare occasions when current and past stars of Doctor Who filmed episodes together the air has sometimes turned a tad chilly. But “Tenth Doctor” David Tennant says there were no such problems when, earlier this year, he and his TARDIS successor Matt Smith shot this November’s special 50th anniversary show.
“I suppose you’d expect me to say we’re new best friends and I love him like a brother,” the Scottish actor tells EW. “But that is sort of how it was. I had a fantastic time and that wouldn’t necessarily have been the case. I’m coming back onto a show that’s effectively somebody else’s show and used to be mine and that’s potentially quite a weird situation to be in.”
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Yesterday, you got up in front of a million people and said, “You’ll forget about me.” What did you expect the reaction to that remark to be like?
The handsome was on display Thursday afternoon at Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors Comic-Con panel, moderated by Lynette Rice.
Take a look at some of the best moments from EW’s panel with Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), David Guintoli (Grimm), and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).
Matt Smith at the Entertainment Weekly Brave New Warriors Panel at SDCC 2013
Doctor Who and Orphan Black on the cover of the special San Diego Comic-Con edition of Entertainment Weekly
Here Is The Doctor Who @ San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Superpost.
So here it is, a list of everything Doctor Who at San Diego Comic-Con 2013. We’ve got the big Doctor Who panel in Hall H, we’ve got exclusive Doctor Who merchandise at the BBC America booth (#3629), and (most excitedly) we’ve got the second annual Whovian party that we like to call the Doctor Who Fan Meetup.
Here are the full details:
BBC America’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary
Sunday, July 21, 12:30-1:30pm
BBC America presents the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary panel featuring Doctor Whostars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, An Adventure in Space and Time star David Bradley, and award-winning writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss. The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will premiere November 23, on BBC America. As part of the celebrations in November, An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who, with David Bradley starring as the first ever Doctor, William Hartnell.
Matt Smith will appear on Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors
Thursday July 18, 4:45pm - 5:45pm
A new generation of heroes has revitalized television. These daring, dauntless young actors have fans swooning and critics raving. Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey(Teen Wolf), and David Giuntoli (Grimm) discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set.
BBC America Presents The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Fan Meetup
Saturday, July 20, 2:00-4:00pm
Block No. 16, 344 7th Ave, San Diego
Join us Saturday for a celebration of the Doctor Who community at the second ever Official Doctor Who Fan Meetup at Comic-Con. There will be Cosplay! There will be contests! and (of course) a roving Whovian photo booth! For details, check out the Official Doctor Who Tumblr.
A Conversation with Doctor Who @ Nerd HQ
Saturday, July 20, 2:00pm
Petco Park, 7th Ave and K Street, San Diego
Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat stop by NERD HQ to talk all things Doctor Who ahead of the 50th Anniversary Special premiering November 23, 2013 on BBC AMERICA.
Matt Smith to appear on the Nerdist Podcast Live
Saturday, July 20, 9:30pm
Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave, San Diego
The Doctor, one more time before regeneration, back with Chris, Matt, and Jonah… yeah, one for the highlight reel. DO NOT MISS IT.
New and exclusive merchandise at the BBC America Booth (#3629)
Fans of Doctor Who will find an assortment of contemporary and classic licensed merchandise at Comic-Con, available at the BBC AMERICA booth, in addition to officially licensed Doctor Who partners’ booths. The BBC AMERICA booth will also offer fans several product launch exclusives that will be announced later this week.
Liveblogging, Livetumblring, and Livetweeting all of Comic-Con
The Doctor Who Tumblr, the Anglophenia Blog, and @BBCAmerica on Twitter will continue their tradition of liveblogging Doctor Who and the entire BBC family of programming at Comic-Con! Follow us on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook for real time updates and announcements from Doctor Who, Orphan Black, and more!
“Doctor Who is proof that inventive writing and inspired acting can not only help Geek TV transcend production values but also render them irrelevant.”
(via Entertainment Weekly)
Reblogging for the DW quote.
Smith & Coleman
And so it’s come to this: a battle of America vs. England, teenagers vs. adults (slash immortal Time Lords), powerful fandom vs. powerful fandom.
Shippers, on your marks… get set… VOTE!