via Bleeding Cool:
As it happens, the introduction of Amelia Pond was not contingent on the arrival of the Eleventh Doctor. Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Steven Moffat has explained what his basic story arc for series five would have been if David Tennant stayed on and Matt Smith not been recruited.
Here’s his explanation:
I only had the roughest idea. Had David stayed for one final year, it would certainly have been his last, so my pitch was that it would start with the Tardis crashing in Amelia’s back garden – as now – and a terribly battered and bruised Tenth Doctor staggering out.
Amelia finds him, feeds him fish custard (no that was for Matt, it would have been something more Davidy) and generally helps him. But we, the audience, can see he’s in a truly bad way. Dying maybe. Eventually he heads back to his TARDIS, and flies off.
But when he returns – many years later for Amy – he seems perfectly fine, and indeed doesn’t remember any of those events…And of course over time, we realise what we saw was the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, about to regenerate. Events that we return to in Episode 13…
One of the most interesting things about this are the implications for the relationship between Eleven and Amy, even Rory and River.
Either Eleven would never get to meet Amy and Rory, which would most likely have changed the River Song storyline profoundly, or he’d meet them after they already knew Ten.
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine hits the shops next week (Thursday 4 April), and features full previews of next few episodes of Series 7 – and writer Mark Gatiss tells DWM how excited he was to bring back one of Doctor’s Who’s iconic monsters in Cold War:
“The Ice Warriors are back where they belong and I’m absolutely thrilled! Whilst absolutely respecting the source, the source has huge gaps in which you can invent. I was talking to a couple of members of the crew, and they had no idea the Ice Warriors were an old monster. It’s very powerful. You don’t need to know they first appeared in the 60s.
“I thought, ‘Why don’t we put the Ice Warriors on a sub?’” Mark continues. “And suddenly it all clicked! The submarine set is amazing. Fantastic! The moment it’s all lit and full of steam, it’s incredibly believable.”
Doctor Who Magazine is available from all good newsagents, or you can subscribe here.
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lifeiscandy asked: I would like to know is a way for people who live far far away from UK and USA to buy the Doctor Who Magazine?
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The Christmas edition of Doctor Who Magazine hits the shops today, featuring an exclusive interview with Jenna-Louise Coleman on her debut as Clara.
Also out now is ‘The Doctor Who Companion: The Eleventh Doctor Volume Six’ which gives you an in-depth look back at series 7 part 1, featuring behind the scenes, deleted scenes info and hundreds of facts about the series.
Okay, here’s the real cover of DWM 454 – as sent to the printers last week, and on sale from Thursday 15 November.
karen gillans first and last issue of doctor who magazine
According to Doctor Who Magazine, he has a new Who story to tell, and it’s going to appear in the second half of Season 7.
The existence of a second Gaiman script has been the subject of feverish internet conjecture for weeks, since Neil himself (who tweets under the name @neilhimself) mentioned that he was writing something Whoish back in September. And now it’s confirmed.
Other writers for the last eight stories of Season 7 include Neil Cross (the creator of Luther), Mark Gatiss (Steven Moffat’s Sherlock co-creator), Stephen Thompson (another Sherlocker, who also wrote The Curse of the Black Spot), and of course Steven Moffat.
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