The news that Matt Smith is to leave his role in Doctor Who at the end of 2013 has already prompted speculation on the identity of his replacement.
A host of names have been suggested in Sunday’s papers, among them Idris Elba, Dame Helen Mirren and John Hurt.
Also included in their list: David Harewood, Rupert Grint, Russell Tovey, Ben Whishaw, Billie Piper, Colin Morgan, and Tom Hiddleston
We have to say that the speculation so far on the twelfth doctor Tumblr tag has been smarter and more well considered and a lot more entertaining than what we’re reading in the press.
So keep it going.
In case you missed Saturday’s news, The BBC has announced that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four years on the show.
The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit show. Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas special. During his time as the Doctor, Matt has reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role. Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series and premieres as part of the channel’s Supernatural Saturday programming block.
Matt quickly won over fans to be voted Best Actor by Readers of Doctor Who Magazine for the 2010 season. He also received a nod for his first series at the National Television Awards, before winning the Most Popular Male Drama Performance award in 2012. Matt has played one of the biggest roles in TV with over 77 million fans in the UK, US and Australia alone!
Matt Smith says: “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.
Having Steven Moffat as showrunner write such varied, funny, mind-bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.
The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!
It’s been an honor to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him - sometimes literally - his behavior was always worthy of the Doctor.
But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt - bow ties were never cooler.
Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now - all unknowing, just going about their business - is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!”
Having starred alongside three different companions, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and most recently Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Matt’s Doctor has fought Daleks and Cybermen, as well as Weeping Angels in New York. Regularly heard shouting ‘run’ and ‘Geronimo’, through Matt’s Doctor fans have been introduced to a new culinary combination - fish fingers and custard!
Matt’s spectacular exit is yet to be revealed and will be kept tightly under wraps. He will return in the unmissable 50th anniversary episode on Saturday, November 23, 2013.
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Ever since the release of these amazing Dalek cups:
… we, the adipose of the Doctor Who Tumblr, have had a dream to create THE GREATEST TITLE FOR A TUMBLR CONTEST IN ALL OF TIME AND SPACE.
Today we get to realize our dream with…
The Doctor Who Tumblr Tumbler Tumblr Contest.
We’ve been given a dozen Doctor Who Dalek and TARDIS cups to give away courtesy of the fine folks at BBCAmericaShop.
We want you to make your own homemade Dalek and TARDIS fan art. Make it using household items, drawing and painting, arts and crafts, whatever. In exchange, we’re going to reblog our favs and give away Doctor Who tumblers to users on Tumblr via the Doctor Who Tumblr.
This, we believe, will be the crowning title-related achievement of this blog.
Let us explain via this exciting powerpoint presentation:
So enough about the title. Here’s what to do:
1. Make your own Dalek or TARDIS. It can be physical or digital. Just be creative. And have fun.
3. We will pick twelve (12) entries at random to receive a TARDIS or Dalek tumbler courtesy BBCAmericaShop.
Because of reasons beyond our control, the contest portion is only open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States including the District of Columbia. Read all of the official terms and conditions here.
However, like all of our “contests”, the best part is browsing the tag and seeing everybody else’s work. Anybody and everybody can make their own Dalek or TARDIS for the tag as we’ll be reblogging some of our favorites no matter where they’re made.
It all starts today, now, Saturday, June 1. You have until next Saturday, June 8 at midnight Pacific Time to post your entry.
WE’RE SO EXCITED TO SEE YOUR ENTRIES!!!
When I was a kid, I used to run home from school to watch my favorite TV shows. One of them, was this British television program that ran on WTTW, (the PBS station in Chicago). It was a quirky science fiction show about a time traveller called the Doctor. He and his companions whisked around space and time in a blue phone booth looking thing called a Police Box.
The year was 1980. The show was called Doctor Who, and I, was hooked.
The Doctor at that time was played by an actor named Tom Baker, who wore a ridiculously long scarf. I decided I needed a long scarf too. I wrote a letter to some long forgotten address I obtained, and received a knitting pattern for the scarf. I somehow talked my grandmother into making one for me. It was awesome. Even though I was ridiculed mercilessly by my peers for wearing it, my love for the 4th Doctor and his adventures never diminished.
Well, it just so happens that 2013 is the 50th year anniversary of Doctor Who. It’s the longest running science fiction television series in the world.
This is my homage to those days from my youth. Days that were filled with countless hours spent watching Doctor Who and pretending that I too, could travel in space and time.
Just an update on the Doctor Who Tumblr Asked For My Autograph poster project…
We’ve received close to 10,000 of your autographs which is awesome.
We now have to turn all of those images into a collage which is a different kind of awesome.
We’re hoping to have it together and ready to go for something we’re doing mid-July. More updates to come.
Also: according to you, on a scale of 1 to 10 the awesomeness of the word ‘Raxacoricofallapatorius’ is valued at 9.73.
Karen Gillan, who starred as Doctor Who’s companion for several seasons on the hit BBC show, is joining the cast of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy.
The movie is in casting mode, with Glenn Close joining the roll call earlier this week. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana andDave Bautista lead the cast of Marvel’s space adventure movie, which has Lee Pace and Michael Rooker as villains.The movie is barreling towards a late-June shoot in the U.K. with James Gunn behind the camera.
Details for Gillan’s role were not revealed, although it is known she will play the film’s lead female villain.
From the site:
River Song made her first appearance five years ago today, leading an expedition to The Library where she found the Vashta Nerada, Donna Noble… and the Doctor. Although he didn’t have a clue who this charismatic archaeologist was, she certainly knew him, recalling days he had yet to live with an affection that indicated they would become more than just traveling companions.
In the half decade since that first encounter River has appeared in over a dozen episodes and we’ve seen glimpses of her whole incredible life. The troubled childhood where she became one of Kovarian’s pawns; the early Leadworth days with her mum and dad – Amy and Rory; her battles side-by-side with the Eleventh Doctor as together they fought Weeping Angels, the Silence and the Great Intelligence; the romance, the ‘wedding’ and even what the Doctor described as their first date… a jaunt to Berlin with a plan to kill Hitler!
River Song was the brainchild of Steven Moffat who described her as ‘funny, flirtatious [and] mad’. River’s crazier qualities have ensured she’s been a brilliant and unpredictable factor in the Doctor’s adventures but she also has a softer side that must have touched the Time Lord’s hearts. “When one’s in love with an ageless god who insists on the face of a twelve-year-old,’ she once confided, “one does one’s best to hide the damage,” later telling Amy, “Never ever let him see you age. He doesn’t like endings.”
But today we salute River Song, also known as Melody Pond, also known as Mrs Robinson and frequently known to spread complete and rather wonderful chaos!
We’ve assembled some of our favourite River quotes, unveiled a new gallery devoted to her, created some spot-the-difference puzzles and even created a new quiz so you can find out how much you know about the daring Doctor Song!
TUMBLR!!! SEARCH!!! FOR!!! DALEK!!!
inspired by this:
THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ON TUMBLR
SEARCH FOR AND TRACK THE THINGS YOU LOVE. HERE’S HOW!
- ENTER A SEARCH TERM IN THE “SEARCH TAGS & BLOGS” BOX AT THE TOP OF YOUR DASHBOARD.
- HIT ENTER OR CHOOSE FROM OUR MENU OF SUGGESTED TAGS.
- CLICK THE “TRACK” BUTTON!
- CLICK THE SEARCH BOX TO VIEW ALL YOUR TRACKED TAGS!
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Tomorrow - Friday, 31 May, 2013 - is the fifth anniversary of River Song’s very first appearance in Doctor Who. The buccaneering archaeologist made her debut in Silence in the Library, crashing into the Doctor’s life with a flirtatious smile and a soon-to-be trademark, ‘Hello, sweetie!’
And so tomorrow we celebrate half a decade of River. We’ll have a special quiz that we promise not to call ‘name that Song’ plus wallpapers, some of our favourite River quotes, exclusive ‘spot the difference’ games, a new gallery and more.
Don’t forget, BBC iPlayer users can still catch River’s most recent appearance in The Name of the Doctor and if you want to get ready for tomorrow, why not download one of our new River Song wallpapers now?
We’ll also be supporting #River Song Day here on the Doctor Who Tumblr. Details in a bit.
Vengeance on Varoswill represent the Sixth Doctor’s era next month in BBC America’s _Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited_ celebratory season.
A documentary entitled _Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited - The Sixth Doctor_ will air on Saturday 29th June at 7.30pm ET/PT, followed by an omnibus edition of the adventure, which was written by Philip Martin, directed by Ron Jones, and originally broadcast in two episodes in January 1985 as the second story in Season 22.
The documentary will see Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker, both his companion actors Nicola Bryant and Bonnie Langford, and current lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, among others, examining the Sixth Doctor’s adventures and discussing his famous foes, including the universe’s most slippery businessman, Sil, who made his first appearance - of two so far - in the story.
The Doctor visits the planet Varos to obtain the rare ore Zeiton-7, vital to the functioning of his TARDIS. But Varos is a dangerous place, where rebels are tortured on live television and executions are used to win votes from the public. Trapped in the dreaded Punishment Dome, the Doctor and his companion Peri must fight for their lives - and save the starving population from the machinations of the villainous reptilian Sil.BBC America is paying tribute to the programme’s 50th anniversary by showing a story per Doctor per month.