We’re well into the first month of Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary year, and BBC AMERICA is celebrating this milestone with the launch of its Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited series. In its first installment on Sunday, January 27 at 9/8c, the channel will air the 1964 serial “The Aztecs,” which featured First DoctorWilliam Hartnell.
And to honor the 50th, we’re giving one winner a piece of recent Who history — a poster of the Doctor Who Christmas special The Snowmen, signed by starsMatt Smith and Jenna Coleman, executive producer Caroline Skinner, and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat.
Click through for details on how to enter.
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.”
Let’s not all go mad at this news, as it’s quite a private matter for the people involved and personal gossip is probably best left to other (I’m not saying lesser, but, y’know, lesser) sites. But it seems the Tennant/Moffett family is growing larger, to the tune of one extra child.
Head of the household David (as long as his wife Georgia says he is, natch) appeared on Jonathan Ross’s chat show over the weekend and revealed she’s expecting their third child as a family, and second as a couple.
Again, not wanting to make too much of a public fuss himself, he simply said: “It’s lovely, very lovely. It’s exciting.”
So why is it so magical? What makes this time machine better than all the other time machines in time machine history (an unfinished history, written in non-chronological order for obvious reasons)? And can this information be organised into some kind of easy-to-digest list, for Twitter-addled brains to process, one nugget at a time?
I’m so glad I asked….
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BBC AMERICA is counting down the modern female companions, ranked by YOUR votes, in the new special The Brit List: Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists, premiering Friday, December 21 at 10/9c.
And the new companion, Clara, will be unveiled on BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who Christmas special “The Snowmen,” premiering Tuesday, December 25 at 9/8c.
Before we get into the full glory of this exciting web feature, let’s clear one thing up: if the companion you feel most kinship with is missing from this quiz, we’re sorry. Clearly we couldn’t put all of the companions in, or there’s a very real chance it would become less a fun way to think about your favorite TV show and more of an administrative nightmare, so we picked the six key TARDIS-dwellers of the modern Whovian era: Rose, Martha, Donna, River Song, Amy and Rory.
Each one has a different approach to the bizarre life they find themselves living, and each one has characteristics that help them adjust to the weirdness, the stress and all the running.
But which of these characteristics is the one closest to your own? There’s only one way to find out…
This is the first quiz that told us that we’re not K-9.
Also: this is our favorite bit:
Note: No actual psychology has been used in the creation of this quiz. It’s all done with MAGIC!
This week is a really good one. They feature quotes from Steven Moffat, Jenna-Louise Coleman, a Digital Fix piece on “5 improvements the Doctor could make to the TARDIS”, also, an Eleventh Doctor pillow.
ELEVENTH DOCTOR PILLOW!!!!!
Okay, so this is kind of fun: Anglophenia wants to see your Doctor Who-inspired holiday decorations and in return, they’re giving one lucky winner everything you see in the image above.
Just post a photo of your Whovian-style decorations to your Tumblr blog, tag it #HappyWholidays and sit back and wait to see if you’ve won!
Post photos of your best Time Lord-inspired seasonal decorations on Tumblr under the #HappyWholidays tag, and one lucky winner and a runner-up will receive prize packs, courtesy of BBC AMERICA SHOP, with select items from Anglophenia’s annual Doctor Who gift guide.* Photo submissions will be accepted through Friday, December 14 at 11:59 pm ET.
No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 or older at the time of entry. The giveaway is open to residents in the 50 United States and District of Columbia. See official rules before entering the giveaway.
*Winner’s prize pack will include Sonic Screwdriver Pen, TARDIS Talking Cookie Jar, Lidded TARDIS Mug, Salt and Pepper Shakers, The Fourth Doctor’s Scarf, K-9 Bobble Head, Adipose Stress Toy, and Doctor Who Ornaments (Dalek only).
Runner-up’s prize pack will include TARDIS Talking Cookie Jar, Lidded TARDIS Mug, The Fourth Doctor’s Scarf, and Doctor Who Ornaments (Dalek only).
Anglophenia is giving away Doctor Who downloads from the iTunes store all month and all you have to do is answer questions on their blog:
As we await this year’s Christmas special “The Snowmen,” we’re taking a look back at the year in Doctor Who, which saw Amy and Rory’s TARDIS tenure come to an end. And since our moment of reflection coincides with the season of giving, we’re kicking off six weeks of giveaways, offering you a chance to win weekly Doctor Who downloads from the iTunes store!
This week’s winner will receive Best of Christmas Specials on iTunes. Entry period ends Saturday, December 8 at 11:59 pm ET.
To see if you’re eligible to win, please carefully review the rules. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 years of age in order to enter.
So, here’s the deal. All you have to do is answer the following 10 questions as honestly as you can, and then we’ll tell you if you made it to the end of your prospective trip aboard the TARDIS with your wits, looks and body intact.
Note: no actual psychology has been used in the creation of this quiz. There again, Time Lords aren’t really real either.
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If you’re not in the holiday spirit just yet, this may get you in the mood. David Tennant (Doctor Who) stars in Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, the sequel to Nativity (2009)originally starring Martin Freeman. The film premieres in London on Tuesday, November 13.
As we know, Freeman is tied up with Sherlock and The Hobbit. While he will be missed, we welcome Tennant to take on the dual-role as the unsuspecting teacher Mr. Peterson who, with his class, goes up against his golden boy twin brother (also played by Tennant) in the primary school ‘Song for Christmas’ competition. Mr. Peterson isn’t alone in his quest with his lovely wife, played by Gavin and Stacey’s Joanna Page, in his corner. As well, the delightful and hilarious Marc Wooton (Nativity) makes his return as the good hearted but sometimes menacing teaching assistant Mr. Poppy.
We’re doing a fun thing with Anglophenia and the Doctor Who Facebook Page this year. Here’s how to take part:
There are two personality quirks that unite all eleven Doctors to date. One is that they all share a whimsical sense of humor (although some are less keen to display it than others), and the other is their respective tempers. Every Doctor loses his rag from time to time, as indeed you would if you’d been forced to bear witness to all the things he has.
But they all do it in different ways. So, as we have already celebrated the Doctor’s funny bone, here are 10 angry moments from 10 angry Doctors (in reverse order), to give his grump muscle a little workout:
Are you ready to land the TARDIS on TV Guide (#LandTARDISonTVGuide)? Doctor Who is nominated in TV Guide’s Fan Favorites Cover Poll, and you can help make some history by voting regularly.
With the upcoming Christmas special, we’re ushering in a new era of Who with a brand-new inhabitant to the TARDIS. If Doctor Who does take its rightful place in time and space on TV Guide’s cover, what questions would you ask of stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman (a.k.a. the Doctor’s new companion)?
Given the impressive range of abilities displayed by the male traveling companions of the Doctor, it’s startling to consider that Rory Pond (né Williams) had any ground left to break. But he did: first companion to die more than once, first companion to turn bumbling inefficiency into a battle plan, first companion to live for over 1,000 years, and the first to father a child within the TARDIS.
For the actor playing him, these moments of newness can’t have been that big a deal, as he has to play Rory as if everything is a first, which of course he does. However, all credit to Arthur Darvill, whose last appearance as the Last Centurion is this Saturday, for not only playing wide-eyed innocence, but also comedic huffiness at being perpetually ignored, desperate loyalty to the willful Amy, and of course, lots and lots of death scenes.
We like Fraser’s Anglophenia recaps. Even though we watch each episode four times during the week we still end up missing small things that Fraser catches. Four for you, Fraser.
So this is a yarn, a story handed down from a grandmother to a grandchild, and it concerns a spaceman who has seen too much. Is it the Doctor? We shall see.
Meanwhile, a man has fallen from the sky, a robot has been shot, and a cyborg cowboy with a voice like Marvin the Paranoid Android is on the prowl. He shoots the man, but his quest is not quite over, there’s still one more person to hunt down. Is it the Doctor? It IS the Doctor.
Then the actual Doctor, Amy and Rory have turned up in a Wild West town, name of Mercy, which is surrounded by a ring of stones and lumps of wood. Can’t be anything significant, right?