(‘The Fades’ trailer above, interview link below.)
If you want to see what new Series 7 Executive Producer Caroline Skinner’s work looks like, check out ‘The Fades.’ (BBC America, Saturday 9/8c.) It’s freaky and creepy and funny and Rated M for Scary (and actually really freaking good, imo.)
And the io9 article on Caroline is definitely worth a gander:
Caroline Skinner has become one of the most important people in British television science fiction and fantasy, almost overnight. She produced The Fades, the horror-fantasy series which took Britain by storm, and which hits BBC America this Saturday. And now she’s the new executive producer of Doctor Who, replacing Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.
Before working on The Fades, Skinner had a long track record on other sorts of television shows, including the BBC’s versions of Bleak House and Jane Eyre. She worked on The Fades from the beginning, developing the original pilot and then spending a year turning that into an actual series. And once she finished work on The Fades, she went over to Doctor Who, where she took on a role which lead writer Steven Moffat described as the “Prime Minister actually running the whole thing.”
Learn the inside story about episode 11’s haunted hotel that Matt Smith calls “a wonderful & clever idea,” and see why Steven Moffat finds hotels “quite frightening… and properly Doctor Who.”
If you haven’t seen ‘The Girl Who Waited’ DO NOT WATCH THIS. In fact, do not read any more of this post after this sentence. Stop. Now. We said stop.
Learn the inside story about Karen Gillan’s remarkable transformation into ‘Old Amy’ in the Tom MacRae-penned episode, from monster-movement classes to voice coaching to “ninja-style” fight sequences. See why Matt Smith calls her performance “one of the greatest… to date” and Steven Moffat say s “it’s an immaculate piece of acting.”
*Spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen Let’s Kill Hitler*
Relive the heart-warming origins of Amy & Rory’s romance and swoon at the charming moment when Amy finally wakes up to the future Mr. Pond’s secret love for her.
— Beth Willis mentioned the fez to Piers and I before he even wrote it. He said, “I’m thinking of putting Matt in a fez in episode 13.” And of course both Piers’ and my jaws hit the floor and went “A fez? You’re kidding me, you’re going to put Matt in a fez? If we put Matt in a fez, Matt will never take the fez off. He will want to wear the fez for the whole of the next series. It will be glued to his head. He’ll be wearing it, you know, with his own clothes. It will be a nightmare.” And he said, “No no, I’ve got a cunning plan; as soon as he’s got the fez I’m going to kill the fez.”
It all started with the chanting. Then the clapping and stomping. Next the sonic screwdrivers were raised high into the air, their squiggly squeaks resounding throughout Hall H, which was filled to its 6,500-seat capacity.
In the back of the room, you could see young Nick Pickett, founder and president of his Doctor Who club at Marshall Middle School in San Diego, standing proudly alongside the more than six-feet tall orange Dalek that his schoolmates helped to build. Costumes included TARDISes of all colors, a gallery of Doctors since 1963, and more. It was a gigantic party, pep rally, and media event all wrapped into one.
Stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were joined by writer Toby Whithouse and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis for the Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic-Con. BBC America unveiled a brand-new trailer, which went over gangbusters, as well as an premiere date for the fall season (August 27) and a sneak peek at Toby’s upcoming episode, “The God Complex.” (Which looks amazingly wacky, with hotel interiors, fish bowls, hair dryers, and people being tied up.)
Listen you lot, you’re all whizzing about this summer, still posting, still being the best fandom, it’s really quite impressive….
The question of the hour is who’s going to Comic-Con 2011?
Answer: The Doctor and Amy are….
BBC AMERICA’s DOCTOR WHO & BEDLAM SET FOR COMIC-CON 2011
Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Karen Gillan to make their first appearance
“Stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make their first Comic-Con appearance for a panel and Q&A with Doctor Who writer Toby Whithouse (Being Human creator) and executive producers Piers Wenger and Beth Willis. They’re bringing with them, exclusive new footage from the new episodes airing later this summer on BBC AMERICA.”
Click through to read the full post along with scheduled time and dates.
Q: How would you play an evil version of the Doctor? What sort of hat would an evil Doctor wear?
Matt: An evil version of the Doctor, that’s a very good question. Well, hopefully, I may have got to play an evil version of the Doctor — for a bit, briefly — in season six somewhere. And what sort of hat would an evil version wear? Probably a trilby and a dark cape or a cloak or something. And how would I play him? I don’t know. I’d play him like a mixture between MacBeth, Einstein and Hannibal Lecter. With a bit of Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther in there somewhere.
BONUS EPISODE for the Whovians! This is the 40-minute Q&A following sneak preview screening of the first two episodes of Doctor Who series 6 to a packed movie theater of Who fans in NY on April 11, 2011. The panel consisted of Steven Moffat (head brainiac), Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Alex Kingston (River Song), Toby Haynes (director), Piers Wenger (EP), Beth Willis (EP).
Special thanks to the BBC for making this happen! (You in particular, Devin Johnson) The new series of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, April 23rd at 9/8C on BBC America!