Anglophenia breaks down the most recent gallery of preview pics from The Time of The Doctor
There are two designs that the team behind Doctor Who got absolutely right from the very start, that continue to work in the same way – with relatively minor alterations – as they always have. One is the Daleks, and the other is the TARDIS interior.
As we head towards the broadcast of An Adventure In Space and Time, in whichDoctor Who is conjured up from nothing, using just the imaginations of some highly-skilled TV professionals – the miracle of the original TARDIS set becomes more and more remarkable. But what is it about that set that makes it so appealing, given that TV spaceships seem to come and go with warp speed and never leave much of an impression?
Well here are some of the elements, common to almost every TARDIS, that make it so unique.
A hexagonal plinth for a dashboard
Other spaceships have a control area that resembles that of a car or a plane. The drivers sit in a chair in front of a screen and you can see where you’re going. The TARDIS doesn’t even have a front, let alone a windscreen. So the console can be approached from any angle. Sometimes lots of people fly the TARDIS, sometimes it’s just the Doctor, but there’s already a sense that this is technology that is beyond our own, made by people who don’t need to see where they’re going. Plus the hexagon thing is compellingly geometric without being square.
Buttons and switches and knobs
No one ever knows what the buttons and switches and knobs on the TARDIS console actually do. And as such, no one really knows what the TARDIS is capable of. This means it can sometimes contain holograms, can obey voices, can dispense sonic screwdrivers, can open the doors if the right person clicks their fingers outside, and can even bar the wrong people from coming in. Even when she is entirely made up of bits of old Earth technology, as the Eleventh Doctor’s first console was, the TARDIS is an unknowable beast, and that’s the way we like her.
The moving column
Because how else can you tell if you’re moving, in a ship with no windows? Something has to represent travel and so the TARDIS has a column that goes up and down. It starts when the ship takes off and it stops when it lands. That is what it is for, a kind of space-time reverse indicator light that looks like a time piston. But there’s an extra element that makes it truly otherworldy…
Alex Kingston’s response to winning the Anglophenia Fan Favorite’s Tornament
The big news: after a men’s final populated by former winners, there will be a brand-new champion in this year’s Anglo Fan Favorites women’s tournament. Two first-time finalists will vie for the ultimate title – Woman of 2013.
We have the wild card-turned-frontrunner Alex Kingston, who plays River Song on Doctor Who. It shouldn’t be that shocking that she’s popular – after all, she’s Whovian royalty in her role as the Doctor’s wife, and she’s a very familiar face to global audiences from her years as Dr. Elizabeth Corday on ER.
What a performance by her fans, the mighty, mighty Kinglets, a group we didn’t know existed until this year. Consider us now educated: they are as strong as 10,000 River Songs with regenerative powers intact. In this year’s semis, they built a massive lead early on against Helena Bonham Carter, no small feat considering HBC’s enviable following. Sure, Kingston’s lead eroded significantly over the weekend, but they still managed a commanding victory.
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Anglophenia’s Anglo Fan Favorites tourney is in the semifinal round and look who’s made it —
River Song Alex Kingston.
Meet this year’s wild card. No Doctor Who actress has ever made our Final Four — until now. Alex Kingston, who plays River Song on the series, has been carried through this year’s tournament on a wave of renewed fan love, and her Kinglets are out for blood. Their dismantling of 2011 finalist JK Rowling in this year’s Round of 16 demonstrated their fearlessness, and they are going to need every ounce of that courage to take on Ms. Bonham Carter.
The rules remain the same: each week you’ll vote for winners in a round of matchups, narrowing down the field until we have one woman left — the Anglo Fan Favorites Woman of 2013. Each round is re-seeded so that the previous round’s top vote-getter faces the woman advancing with the lowest vote total. Vote hourly to make sure your favorites move on to the next round.
Semifinals voting ends Thursday, September 26 at 11 am ET.
Jenna Coleman (Clara) has been making the interview rounds, talking about the buzz around the set while filming the upcoming 50th anniversary special, which brings back David Tennant and Billie Piper. She told Zap2It: “Because it’s 3D, the way of shooting is totally different. The cameras are a lot bigger. It takes a lot more time with set ups, and actually filming the show. Also, just having so many people on set. It’s such an ensemble cast, with the three Doctors, with Billie Piper, myself, lots of different characters.”
She’s still got at least one more series of Doctor Who to come, but Jenna Colemanis already exploring life outside the doors of the TARDIS, as she’s been stepping before cameras on location in Yorkshire over the last week for her latest project Death Comes To Pemberley.
Based on crime author P.D. James‘ 2011 novel of the same name, Pemberley is a belated sequel to Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice, set some years after the marriage of Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy, in which the characters are drawn into a complex murder mystery. Jenna is playing Lizzy’s younger sister, Lydia Wickham, alongside Watchmen star Matthew Goode as her husband – with both characters integral to the whodunit plot.
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Before anyone panics, Benedict Cumberbatch has made our Round of 16 in our tournament of Anglophile fan favorites. But the odds-on favorite to winning it all was less than one percentage point from being out in the first round, which would unquestionably have been the greatest upset in the three years we’ve run this feature.
Our takeaway? Never underestimate the enduring devotion of Richard Armitage fans, who have, each year, impressed us with their amazing mobilization in support of their hero. They almost pulled off the unthinkable in testing the Cumberbabes. So there’s no shame for Armitage in his defeat: he’ll be a formidable presence for years to come.
Cumberbatch was our top vote-getter of last week, which means, according to our rules, he faces Andrew Garfield, who had the lowest vote total of Round 1′s winners. Does the Spider-Man star have the fan support to make this battle competitive, or will he be trounced? Meanwhile, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Martin Freeman, and others have all moved on the Round of 16. (Irishman Andrew Scott squeaked by John Barrowman in another nail-biter.)
Which eight will advance to next week’s quarterfinals? That’s up to you. As always, spread the word, call in reinforcements, and most importantly, VOTE!(Round 2 voting closes Thursday, August 8 at 11 am ET.)
Matt Smith, set to film his last episode as the Doctor, offered fans a sincere “Thank you for your support” today at Doctor Who 50th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con. It was a bittersweet farewell tour for an actor who has won many fans in his four years on the long-running series.
The festivities played to a packed house in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, a 6,500-seat venue. Smith did a balletic leap onto the stage destined to made into a thousand animated GIFs. And he was joined by his companion Jenna Coleman, executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat, and producer Marcus Wilson. As the panel was also a celebration of An Adventure in Space and Time — BBC AMERICA’s upcoming dramatic film depicting the behind-the-scenes early days of Who — writer Mark Gatiss and actor David Bradley were on stage as well.
Craig Ferguson, Scottish funnyman, host of CBS’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a lifelong Whovian, moderated the proceedings, kicking things off with River Song’s trademark “Hello, sweeties.” The panel was dotted with dollops of Ferguson’s brand of cheeky humor. “The people waiting for the Sons of Anarchy panel are very confused right now,” he said…
For the second year in a row, BBC AMERICA held their official Doctor Who meetup at San Diego Comic-Con, gathering a crowd of devoted fans under one roof for a bit of controlled mayhem. People lined up as early as seven hours ahead for the mid-afternoon event at Block 16, a roomy, multi-tiered bar not far from the convention center, which had a stage and full movie screen that allowed for performances and an astonishing video mash-up of 50 years of Doctor Who from DJ Eclectic Method.
Almost every word Matt Smith utters these days makes news, and he had no lack of press coverage after the first day of his final Comic-Con as the Doctor onDoctor Who. We were there as Matt owned the stage at Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors panel, which included Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), fellow Londoner Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), David Guintoli (Grimm), and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).