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.
Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd(Compliance), former Dr. WhoChristopher Eccleston andAmanda Warren (The Closer) are set to star opposite Justin Theroux in Damon Lindelof’s HBO drama pilot The Leftovers, directed by Peter Berg. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s 2011 book, the project takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same.
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“Speculation around the identity of who will be next to step in to the TARDIS is rife,” a statement read.
“The search has only just begun and all will be revealed over the coming months.”
A list of high profile names have been linked to the role after current doctor, Matt Smith, announced he was leaving the show.
Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman has admitted filming her final scenes opposite Matt Smith will be an emotional experience.
“I don’t even want to pick up that script just yet!” she said in one of her first interviews since Smith announced he was leaving the BBC show.
She insisted she has no idea who will play the next Doctor.
The actress was speaking after meeting The Queen at the official opening of the BBC’s Broadcasting House.
Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s assistant Clara, said it was “such an honour” to meet Queen, and that she was the only person who did not try to quiz her about the identity of the next Doctor.
“Everybody else in the building has asked me who the next Doctor is, and I can tell you honestly we don’t know. It’s going to be a long, long search. But yes, I’m being asked that question a lot.”
Jenna Coleman was presented to Her Majesty The Queen today when the major new extension of the BBC’s Broadcasting House was officially opened.
The Queen, who previously re-opened the refurbished old Broadcasting House in April 2006, toured the new building including the BBC Newsroom at the heart of the complex. The Director of Television, Danny Cohen, introduced The Queen to a selection of BBC presenters including Sir Bruce Forsyth and David Dimbleby. Jenna Coleman, who returns as Clara in the Doctor Who anniversary special in November, had the honour of meeting The Queen, appropriately enough by the TARDIS!
The Queen first toured the old Broadcasting House in 1939 while still Princess Elizabeth, with King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, and a highlight of her latest visit was her unveiling of a contemporary commemorative plaque embedded with the iconic image of the early BBC microphone.
When asked who should become the Twelfth Doctor, former Doctor Who companion Arthur Darvill says: “I think they should go for someone older.” The affable Darvill was discussing Matt Smith’s successor backstage at New York’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, where he recently took over one of the leading roles in the award-winning Broadway production Once the Musical. But Darvill didn’t express specific preferences for a replacement actor for the Time Lord role — and he’s undecided on gender. (via
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via Den of Geek:
The firm, who has been making Doctor Who action figures and toys since the show burst back onto our screens all those years ago, has just announced its latest range of products. So we thought we’d tell you about them. Well, more to the point, show you.
There are two new playsets. One is Cold War Time Zone, and the other is Dalek Invasion Time Zone. The two work independently, but can also click together, should you so wish.
There’s the new range of action figures. These are now 3.75” in height, and the first releases at that size are the Doctor, Clara, an Asylum Of The Daleks Dalek, a Nightmare In Silver Cyberman, an Ice Warrior, a Weeping Angel, and Matt Smith’s Doctor.
All available via the BBC Shop.
The re-colored version of Mind of Evil is now available on DVD.
Doctor Who’s Jenna-Louise Coleman on the Nerdist Podcast - Excerpt: The Nerdist on BBC America (by Nerdist)
From their Kickstarter page:
We’re sending a TARDIS into space!
November 23, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and we’re extremely excited. So excited, in fact, that we almost don’t know what to do… almost. Actually, we know exactly what to do: We’ve built a replica TARDIS and we’re sending it into orbit. Yes, really! We’re not talking about sticking a little, plastic TARDIS on top of a model rocket and shooting it really high into the sky (although that would be wicked cool). And we’re not going to tie a TARDIS to a weather balloon (which, by the way would also be pretty flippin’ awesome). No, we’re putting a TARDIS into the payload bay of a real, actual, honest-to-goodness, rocket, and launching it into a Low Earth Orbit.
Low Earth Orbit is where satellites need to be to actually “orbit” the Earth, not just fall back down. So, we’re talking about sending this thing, really, really, high… space high. The international space station is in Low Earth Orbit. Seriously. The guys on the International Space Station will be able to look out their windows and say: “Check out that police call box floating by.”
The news that Matt Smith is to leave his role in Doctor Who at the end of 2013 has already prompted speculation on the identity of his replacement.
A host of names have been suggested in Sunday’s papers, among them Idris Elba, Dame Helen Mirren and John Hurt.
Also included in their list: David Harewood, Rupert Grint, Russell Tovey, Ben Whishaw, Billie Piper, Colin Morgan, and Tom Hiddleston
We have to say that the speculation so far on the twelfth doctor Tumblr tag has been smarter and more well considered and a lot more entertaining than what we’re reading in the press.
So keep it going.
In case you missed Saturday’s news, The BBC has announced that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four years on the show.
The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit show. Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas special. During his time as the Doctor, Matt has reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role. Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series and premieres as part of the channel’s Supernatural Saturday programming block.
Matt quickly won over fans to be voted Best Actor by Readers of Doctor Who Magazine for the 2010 season. He also received a nod for his first series at the National Television Awards, before winning the Most Popular Male Drama Performance award in 2012. Matt has played one of the biggest roles in TV with over 77 million fans in the UK, US and Australia alone!
Matt Smith says: “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.
Having Steven Moffat as showrunner write such varied, funny, mind-bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.
The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!
It’s been an honor to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him - sometimes literally - his behavior was always worthy of the Doctor.
But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt - bow ties were never cooler.
Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now - all unknowing, just going about their business - is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!”
Having starred alongside three different companions, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and most recently Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Matt’s Doctor has fought Daleks and Cybermen, as well as Weeping Angels in New York. Regularly heard shouting ‘run’ and ‘Geronimo’, through Matt’s Doctor fans have been introduced to a new culinary combination - fish fingers and custard!
Matt’s spectacular exit is yet to be revealed and will be kept tightly under wraps. He will return in the unmissable 50th anniversary episode on Saturday, November 23, 2013.