DOCTOR WHO Revisited: COLIN BAKER - June 29 BBC AMERICA
Don’t miss the Premiere of the sixth DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Sixth Doctor story “Vengeance on Varos” Saturday June 29 at 7:30pm ET only on BBC America.
Take an in-depth look at the sixth incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord - who “turned [the Doctor] into this grand-standing showoff.” With exclusive interviews with lead writer and executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, Sixth Doctor companions NICOLA BRYANT (Peri Brown) and BONNIE LANGFORD (Mel Bush), examining the Sixth Doctor’s adventures and discussing his famous foes.
Then, in the story “Vengeance on Varos,” the Doctor visits the planet Varos to obtain the rare ore Zeiton-7, vital to the functioning of his TARDIS. But Varos is a dangerous place, where rebels are tortured on live television and executions are used to win votes from the public. Trapped in the dreaded Punishment Dome, the Doctor and his companion Peri must fight for their lives - and save the starving population from the machinations of the villainous reptilian Sil.
The stretch of time between the announcement of a retiring Doctor Who actor and that of their replacement is a fevered one indeed. Every possible human entertainer with a face is examined by fans as a potential new Time Lord, then given the imaginary walkaround and twirlabout in a fanciful frock coat, and set to virtually run down a make-believe metal corridor to see if they leave the right kind of Gallifreyan chaos in their wake.
That’s what the past week has been like. Some truly bizarre names have already been thrown out there, including Tom Cruise and Simon Cowell. Then, over the weekend, two rumors erupted over the internet, the first claiming it was a three-way tie between Domhnall Gleeson, Daniel Kaluuya and Dominic Cooper, the second claiming Rory Kinnear had definitely got the job.
Samuel West threw his hat into the ring, claiming he had always wanted to play the Doctor, “and Hamlet. And I’ve done Hamlet.”
Radio Times had a poll, which Colin Morgan won.
And Neil Gaiman has expressed a wish that the next Doctor should not be an actor we’re already familiar with.
Meanwhile, Steven Moffat is quoted in the Radio Times as saying, “I haven’t a clue who it is, we’ve barely started.”
Read on for more.
I remember years ago … in the Radio Times there was a little article saying, ‘In this week’s episode the Doctor dodges the Sontarans through the many rooms of the TARDIS.’ I could not wait for Saturday. “But there was a problem with the scenery or something and they shot it all in a disused hospital. And it was so disappointing. And I thought that day, ‘Some day! Somehow, I will do what I can to get into television and do that properly!’ And that worked out. So Michael Pickwoad [Production Designer] goes mad and gives us the TARDIS and gives us all manner of things.
You will go to the heart of the TARDIS. You will see more of the TARDIS more properly than you’ve ever seen it before. It’s all that stuff. The moment I got that title and gave it to Stephen Thompson, who wrote it, it was just the title alone gets you.
Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Steven Moffat attend 72nd Annual George Foster Peabody Awards (May 20, 2013)
Well, that was unexpected.
So… The Way Station, the bar with the TARDIS, is about 4 blocks from my apartment and I go there several times a week generally. I have friends there and usually, during the week it’s quiet(ish) enough for me to sit in my “nook” (back next to the TARDIS) and write.
On Sundays they show movies or TV shows and when Doctor Who is airing, they show the previous night’s episode. Today they were showing last night’s season finale… aaaaand we had some surprise visitors.
Holy cow did everyone’s teeth hit the floor.
I really hope everyone was on their best behavior and Matt and Steven didn’t feel too overwhelmed. Also, apologies to Sue Vertue on behalf of the fan who forgot herself and basically followed Sue into the TARDIS/bathroom. We are all beside ourselves to host you at our favorite bar and hope we weren’t too much for you. But then, I suppose, if you decide to visit a known Doctor Who bar when they are showing the season finale in order to watch the screening, I imagine you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Anyway, thank you so much for coming. It’s personal things like this that make such a HUGE fandom feel so small and special.
Steven Moffat says thank you to the crowd at The Way Station (by filthysize)
I had heard via The Way Station FB, and through various Twitter sources, that there was a chance that Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue would be at the bar tonight to watch the finale of this latest series of “Doctor Who.”
There were three officially scheduled showings: 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5:00 PM. But then it was suggested by the lovely folks at The Way Station that they could maybe do a 6:30 showing as well (5:00 and 6:30/6:45 are more their usual screening times). Sue Vertue then asked if there was in fact going to be a 6:30 showing.
So I planned my day.
Michael is psyched to sit with sue, Steven Moffat and Matt SMITH at the Doctor Who season finale today at The Way Station
Steven Moffat signed the inside of my TARDIS
DOCTOR WHO Revisited: PETER DAVISON - May 26 BBC AMERICA
2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors. This month, it’s Fifth Doctor PETER DAVISON!
Take an in-depth look at the fifth incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, played by the youngest actor in the part until current Doctor Matt Smith debuted in 2010. With exclusive interviews with lead writer and executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, Tenth Doctor DAVID TENNANT, Season Six guest star HUGH BONNEVILLE (Downton Abbey), Fifth Doctor companions SARAH SUTTON and MARK STRICKSON, and DAVISON himself, examining one of the most dramatic departures from the series to date and discussing the return of the two popular foes, the emotionless Cybermen and the ever-deceitful Master.
“I was probably the first Doctor who’d actually watched the series when he was growing up.”
Then, in the story “Earthshock,” a conference to unite military powers against the Cybermen is about to take place, but the Cybermen plan to interrupt it and destroy the Earth. The Doctor must race against time to stop his enemies at any cost…
Don’t miss the Premiere of the fifth DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Fifth Doctor story “Earthshock” Sunday May 26 at 8/7c only on BBC America.
DOCTOR WHO Inside Look: “The Name of the Doctor” Season Finale - BBC AMERICA
***SPOILER ALERT. Read below ***
Watch an All New DOCTOR WHO INSIDE LOOK at “The Name of the Doctor” - featuring Exclusive Interviews with lead writer & executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT and stars MATT SMITH and JENNA-LOUISE COLEMAN.
If you haven’t seen “The Name of The Doctor” yet, you may want to skip this video, add it to your ‘Watch Later’ list, and watch the episode first.
Hear from MATT on what makes the Whispermen “the monster of the season” and why death is never truly permanent in the world of DOCTOR WHO.
Plus, STEVEN on fun in such a twisty, dark episode: “It’s all about death and fear and all those things, but it must seem fun.”