The Day of the Doctor was a huge hit in UK cinemas over the weekend, with the feature-length Doctor Who episode the third biggest grossing film at the box office. The film – which was screened in 3D – earned £1.8m ($2.91m), with only The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Gravity grossing more.
According to Variety, it’s also the most successful piece of “alternative content” to ever screen in the UK.
Ben Wheatley will direct the first two episodes of BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.
The director, known for his unsettling, macabre and darkly-comic style in films such as Sightseers and Kill List, confirmed the news to ScreenDaily.
Wheatley will direct the episodes for series eight through December and into the new year for transmission in autumn 2014.
It will see the filmmaker direct Peter Capaldi, the Thick of It star who was confirmed in August to take the role from outgoing Matt Smith.
“I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan since childhood (Tom Baker is my Doctor if you are asking),” Wheatley told Screendaily. “I’ve been watching the current run of Doctor who with my son and have discovered it all over again. The work that has been done is amazing. I’m really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor,” .
One of the UK’s most distinctive film voices with a large cult following, Wheatley’s attachment will likely excite fans of the director and the classic British series.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology has a fantastic article about the restoration of classic episodes of Doctor Who for the 50th celebration:
When it came to preparing a VHS release of ‘The Daemons’ (1971) in the early 1990s, the only broadcast-quality source available for all but one of the episodes was a set of monochrome 16mm film negatives.
However, according to Steve Roberts, who was a senior post production engineer for BBC Post Production & Graphic Design, two fans of the series convinced the broadcaster to fund a novel way to ‘recolour’ the serial. Ralph Montagu, a graphic designer at the BBC, and James Russell, an equipment designer at Rank Cintel (which produced film-to-video converters), were aware that another fan had arranged for a colour transmission in Los Angeles in 1978 – seven years after it first broadcast in the UK – to be recorded off air on a U-matic format video recorder. Admittedly, the transmission used the lower-resolution NTSC format standard to the US, but at least it was in colour.
"I’d contacted the BBC’s archive selector in 1992 to ask if he would allow me access to the black-and-white 16mm film prints and off-air NTSC colour copy of the story in order to see if I could combine them into a broadcastable colour version," says Steve Roberts. The archivist put Roberts in touch with Montagu and Russell. "After viewing their test, I could see lots of ways to improve the process, so we collaborated on a full colour restoration of ‘The Daemons’ for BBC2 transmission, and two more stories for VHS release."
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.
Peter Jackson has exclusively confirmed that he is still interested in directing an episode ofDoctor Who. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker has also named his fee: a Dalek. The offer came in the course of Jackson’s appreciation of the British science fiction showthat appears in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Jackson is a diehard Who fan who has been watching the 50-year-old series almost since it began broadcasting and who first expressed his willingness to direct an episode last year. In the EW article, he reveals that he met current Who executive producer Steven Moffat over Christmas and assured him he wasn’t joking. “They don’t even have to pay me,” Jackson writes. “But I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint).” Jackson already owns two used-on-the-show Daleks — the most famous of the Doctor Who monsters — which you can see in the photograph above.
"I’m not handsome enough to be James Bond. Maybe a villain though. Start campaigning now. I don’t think I could be James Bond though. I’d edge on the camp dangerous side I think. Javier Bardem was amazing. I thought Skyfall was a sumptuous film.”
"Start campaigning now."
"Doctor Who" star Matt Smith is ready to cross the Atlantic to make his U.S. acting debut, taking the male lead in the Ryan Gosling-directed pic "How to Catch a Monster."
Pic currently stars Christina Hendricks and Eva Mendes, and will mark Gosling’s directing debut.
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce on behalf of Marc Platt Prods., along with Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner, and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via the Bold Films banner.
Story is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city and centered on a single mother of two being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Production is set to start this spring.
The UTA and Troika-epped Smith has starred in a handful of BBC and British productions but never a stateside movie.
His third season of playing the Doctor recently wrapped and he also recently directed the short film “Cargese” for Sky Arts series Playhouse Presents.
One of the most anticipated performances in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is Sylvester McCoy’s turn as the wizard Radagast the Brown. Though the character did not appear in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Radagast is a key player in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. McCoy, who has been acting on the stage and screen for more than 45 years, joined “The Hobbit” after finishing a Royal Shakespeare Company tour of “King Lear,” acting opposite Gandalf actor Ian McKellen. McCoy is perhaps best known for his role in “Doctor Who.” Hero Complex chatted with McCoy about wizards and Timelords.
As originally reported by Deadline, Eccleston is officially joining next year’s Asgardian sequel Thor: The Dark World. And as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige hinted back in May, Eccleston will be playing a new villain drawn from Thor‘s comic book mythology: Malekith the Accursed.
Malekith was created by the great Thor writer-artist Walt Simonson back in the ’80s. He rules the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, one of the Nine Realms mentioned in the first Thor movie. Svartalfheim could be the “Dark World” of the sequel’s subtitle (although there’s another theory that the “Dark World” refers to the Asgardian underworld.) In his original comic book incarnation, Malekith allied himself with Thor’s brother/nemesis Loki and wound up controlling the Casket of Ancient Winters, an object of immense power which can bring down the infinite cold of yet another Realm: the frigid Niflheim. (Don’t worry, all these names will sound awesome when Anthony Hopkins says them.)It’s unclear how much of Malekith’s original story will be present in The Dark World. The character was actually an envoy for one of the great Big Bads in Thor’s history: the fire demon Surtur, a creature so massively powerful that he seems more like a potential threequel villain.
They’ve both been known to wear bow ties and they’re both (in their own inimitable ways) pretty good with the ladies, but according to Skyfall director Sam Mendes, James Bond and the Doctor have something else in common.
"I mentioned the word in the press conference, ‘regeneration’ rather than ‘evolving,’" said Mendes, describing the way new actors of varying ages - and each with their own personal take on 007 - have stepped into the role of Bond over the years.
”I feel it’s like Doctor Who - there’s a geek answer - I was brought up on the idea of Doctor Who, who at the end of his final episode, he dissolves and a new actor pops up,” the director told Collider.
"He regenerates and it’s a whole other character: sometimes it’s an old man, sometimes it’s a young man, but he just changes. I’ve always loved that idea."