It’s 12 February 2013, a hectic day at TV Centre, and it’s looking touch and go whether there’ll be time for RT’s interview Jessica Raine. I’m twiddling my thumbs in one of a suite of rooms on the fifth floor, which the Adventure in Space and Time team have re-dressed to suggest 1960s production and design offices. Then suddenly, there she is, walking in, radiant and chic, her hair freshly coiffed, in character as Doctor Who’s original producer Verity Lambert. Before we start, Jessica notices my copy of that week’s Radio Times – she’s on the cover for the latest series of Call the Midwife. “Oh my God. Oh I wanna read it now. We can’t do the interview!” she jokes….
From the episode description:
Clara and the Doctor arrive at Caliburn House, a haunted mansion sat alone on a desolate moor. Within its walls, a ghost hunting Professor and a gifted psychic are searching for the Witch of the Well. Her apparition appears throughout the history of the building, but is she really a ghost? And what is chasing her?
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Hide premieres Saturday, April 20, 2013 on BBC America, BBC One, SPACE Channel. It’s Australian TV premiere is Sunday, April 21 on ABCTV.
In case you missed it earlier, the name of the first episode of Doctor Who Series 7.2 is titled ‘The Bells of St. John’ with a new nemesis: The Spoonheads. From the BBC America press release:
Following a record-breaking year, fan favorite Doctor Who returns with a modern day urban thriller, The Bells of St. John, written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock). Set in London against the backdrop of new and old iconic landmarks – The Shard and Westminster Bridge – The Bells of St. John introduces a new nemesis, the Spoonheads, who battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi. The premiere will be followed by seven epic episodes written by Steven Moffat, acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Beowulf), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Neil Cross (Luther) and Stephen Thompson (Sherlock).
The Doctor (Matt Smith) is joined by his new companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) for the latest set of incredible adventures through space and time. The duo finds new adversaries and familiar friends around every corner as they journey from the bottom of the ocean in a submarine to the center of the TARDIS and beyond. The Cybermen make a thunderous return and the Ice Warrior arrives in an unexpected place.
Steven Moffat, executive producer and lead writer, said,“It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!”
Also appearing this season are guest stars Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives, Mission: Impossible II), Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Richard E Grant (Iron Lady, Dracula), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, Law & Order: UK). Additionally, mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) and Rachael Stirling (Tipping the Velvet) will appear on screen together for the first time. Doctor Who premieres Saturday, March 30, 8:00pm ET as part of Supernatural Saturday.
And if you haven’t seen it, we just posted the first poster art for Doctor Who Series 7.2!
BBC AMERICA is set to premiere An Adventure in Space and Time, a film drama about the creation of Doctor Who, as part of the channel’s celebration of the long-running sci-fi series’ 50th anniversary. Frequent Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss has already been announced as writer, and he’s also serving as executive producer alongside current Doctor Who execs Steven Moffat andCaroline Skinner. The film is a co-production between BBC AMERICA and BBC Cymru Wales and will air later in 2013.
Doctor Who first hit the BBC airwaves on November 23, 1963, and an impressive cast has been assembled to play the personalities behind the show’s earliest days. David Bradley, best known as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies, has taken on the role as actor William Hartnell, who played the series’ very first Doctor. Call the Midwife star Jessica Raine, already cast in the Season 7, Part 2 premiere of Doctor Who, is set to play producer Verity Lambert, and the great Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, Adaptation.) is on board as Sydney Newman, BBC’s then-Head of Drama. Meanwhile, The History Boys‘ Sacha Dhawan will play Waris Hussein, director of Doctor Who‘s premiere episode, “An Unearthly Child.”
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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.”
It’s been confirmed that the mighty David Warner is returning to the world of Doctor Who and stars in an episode of the new series.
David’s previous credits include The Omen, Titanic and Star Trek VI but Doctor Who fans will remember him as the voice of Lord Azlok in the animated Tenth Doctor adventure, Dreamland.
Also confirmed for an episode of Series 7 is ‘Game of Thrones’ star Liam Cunningham and ‘Call the Midwife’ star Jessica Raine. More details to come.