Great interview with Doctor Who Executive Producer Caro Skinner about the show’s connection to the U.S. and the “big” episodes of Series 7…
Q. In years past, “Doctor Who” attracted a devoted cult following in the United States, but now the show seems to be breaking into mainstream consciousness. What does success in America mean to the health and profile of the franchise back at home?
A. Well, it’s a thrill, for a start: Last year we were top of the U.S. iTunes, which Steven and I were so delighted by. “Doctor Who” is one of the most quintessentially British ideas; for anyone in the U.K., you’re kind of born with “Doctor Who” in your DNA, to a certain extent. Obviously we work very hard to reach out to the U.K. mainstream audience, but the fact that it’s cutting through in the U.S., where there isn’t that context, is just phenomenal.
One of the things that was so exciting about shooting over here was that you very much felt from the reaction that we were getting – and from the viewing figures and the download figures – that it’s not “‘Doctor Who,’ that quintessentially British show that we import”; it’s just “Doctor Who,” and everybody knows what it is as a show in its own right.
Couldn’t score a ticket to BBC America’s U.S. Premiere Screening of DOCTOR WHO in NYC last weekend? Don’t worry - here’s your exclusive access inside the historic Ziegfeld theater for all the WHO excitement!
Get up close and personal with stars MATT SMITH (The Doctor), KAREN GILLAN (Amy Pond) and Executive Producer CAROLINE SKINNER as they hit New York - in time-traveling DeLorean cars!! - and joined hundreds of die-hard Whovians for a special screening of season opener “Asylum of the Daleks” and a Q&A with Nerdist host CHRIS HARDWICK.
Then, don’t miss the Broadcast Premiere *** Saturday Sept 1 at 9pm/8c *** on BBC America.
We spot a few familiar Tumblr faces in there (and not just Doctor Puppet)
I think it’s really sad that we don’t have Confidential any more because the fans are fascinated with the making of Doctor Who and the personalities involved.
We will be doing lots of content that will be in smaller chunks on the site. It won’t be related to the Confidential brand because it was a BBC decision to let that go. But we have a team of people on set coming up with some really fun features.
Our favorite bit from the NYTimes writeup on the WHOyorkcity premiere:
That “Doctor Who” has outgrown its cult-classic status since its 2005 reboot has been increasingly evident, not least in post-broadcast sales: According to a BBC America spokeswoman, the show was the most-downloaded series on iTunes in 2011, eclipsing popular favorites like “Mad Men” and “Glee.” Its devoted fandom was evident in the delighted shrieks that greeted the sight of David Tennant, Mr. Smith’s predecessor as the Doctor, and Burn Gorman, a star of the “Doctor Who” spinoff series “Torchwood,” in a preview trailer for the BBC mini-series “Spies of Warsaw.”
From the Doctor Who Blog:
Pond Life is the new mini-adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces! It picks up the story of the Ponds and follows their lives in the way that only Doctor Who can, culminating in a cliff-hanger that leads us into Asylum of the Daleks.
Directed by Saul Metzstein (Dinosaurs on Spaceship/A Town Called Mercy), the first part of Pond Life will premiere on the BBC Doctor Who site at noon (UK time) on Monday (27 August). Part 2 – 5 will be released daily at noon throughout the rest of the week and the omnibus edition will be available online and on the BBC’s Red Button on Saturday, 1 September – the day that the new series returns with Asylum of the Daleks!
Pond Life’s writer, Chris Chibnall (42, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood) commented, ‘It opens with the Ponds at home and gives us an insight in to just what happens when the Doctor drops in and out of their lives,’ and Caroline Skinner, Executive Producer, described it as ‘beautiful, heartfelt and wickedly funny… a truly heart-warming piece about our best-loved companions and their madcap relationship with their raggedy Doctor.’
In the video above, Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Caro Skinner discuss Pond Life and you can watch Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill introducing the mini-adventure now!
Steven Moffat and Caro Skinner discuss the Weeping Angels, joining Doctor Who and more!
From the BBC Doctor Who Blog:
Many thanks for all your questions for Doctor Who’s Executive Producers. We put a number of them to Steven Moffat and Caro Skinner on Tuesday on the run up to the Asylum of the Daleks premiere and we’ll be bringing you a video featuring several of their replies early next week.
However, over the course of Tuesday, Steven and Caro did provide answers to some of the most popular questions and we can bring you their responses now.
Quite naturally, a lot of people want to know when Asylum of the Daleks will be broadcast. The answer, given on Tuesday was ‘soon’. No transmission date has been absolutely confirmed as yet, but as Steven Moffat commented, ‘We wouldn’t be doing the press launch if it wasn’t soon.’ The moment a date has been confirmed for the new series, we’ll let you know!
Another popular question was how many adventures are in the pipeline and Steven and Caro confirmed that we’ll have five episodes starting later this year: Asylum of the Daleks, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Power of Three and The Angels Take Manhattan. Amy and Rory bow out in the last of these and we meet the Doctor’s new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, in the Christmas Special. After a break, there will be a further eight episodes in 2013 plus a drama about the genesis of Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss.
Many people wanted to know what else was planned for 50th anniversary but Steven and Caro were remaining tight-lipped about this at the moment!
Doctor Who : Reactions to ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’
Steven Moffat, Caro Skinner and the stars of Asylum of the Daleks discuss the episode.
When Steven Moffat said that each episode would feel like a mini movie, he wasn’t kidding.