When Doctor Who returns to BBC America on March 30th, the Doctor (Matt Smith) kicks off this new run of adventures through space and time by searching for his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman), a mysterious girl that he’s already lost twice. Together they find themselves battling monsters on distant alien planets, trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chasing terrifying ghosts, delving into the heart of the TARDIS, facing the Crimson Horror in Victorian Yorkshire, and coming face-to-face with an army of upgraded Cybermen. The action grows and the Doctor’s oldest secret threatens to be revealed, as the world’s longest running science fiction series builds toward its highly anticipated 50th anniversary in November.
During this recent interview to promote the upcoming episodes, executive producer/lead writer Steven Moffat talked about what Jenna Coleman brings to the series, what made Clara the right companion for the Doctor, his favorite upcoming episodes, which monsters were the most fun to write, the impetus for bringing the Ice Warriors back, his approach to writing characters as iconic as the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes (he’s co-creator on Sherlock with Mark Gatiss), the biggest challenges and surprises in this set of upcoming episodes, what makes Doctor Who so universal, and the fact that he’s pretty confident that they’ll be able to deliver something great for the 50th anniversary. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
This is a question I’ve never had a chance to ask anybody before: what’s it like being on a stamp?
It’s a great privilege that the nation will be licking the backs of our heads. It’s an amazing thing – I’m really proud to be part of it. It’s cool. it’s something that I can show my grandkids.
You’ve got Jenna joining as Clara. What new colours does she bring out of your Doctor?
I think that essentially she allows him to complete his grieving period, as it were, over the Ponds. Not that he’ll ever forget the Ponds but she gives him his mojo back somehow, and his spirit of adventure, and allows him to go right, you’ve got to look forward. Importantly, she gives him something to be curious about, because she is this impossible girl and he doesn’t really understand how or why or what context she exists in. I think she ignites his curiosity. And with the Doctor that’s the thing that keeps him flying around.
This is a brilliant, fun interview. Click through for the rest.
MATT Interviews JENNA: DOCTOR WHO
It’s Question Time with Jenna and Matt!
In this Exclusive BBC America Video, now it’s new companion JENNA COLEMAN’s turn in the hot seat, as the Doctor, MATT SMITH, takes over Interviewer duties.
Don’t miss the return of DOCTOR WHO with All New Episodes Saturday March 30 at 8/7c on BBC America. Immediately followed by the World Premiere of New BBC AMERICA Original Series ORPHAN BLACK at 9/8c and the new season of BBC AMERICA Original Series THE NERDIST at 10/9c.
Jenna Coleman interviews Matt Smith.
Also: it can finally be revealed that we feed Matt Smith bagels with salmon and eggs.
All New Doctor Who Insider: Meet Jenna!
Let’s all welcome JENNA (Emmerdale, Captain America: The First Avenger) to the DOCTOR WHO family, eh?
Discover the first episode JENNA watched - right before auditioning! - and the unforgettable way MATT greeted her the first time they met.
And hear from STEVEN about the “very brilliant and new” chemistry between the Doctor and his new companion!
Get ready for the return of DOCTOR WHO with an all new DOCTOR WHO INSIDER, featuring World-Exclusive Interviews with stars MATT SMITH & JENNA COLEMAN and Lead Writer & Executive Producer STEVEN MOFFAT - then, don’t miss the Premiere SATURDAY MARCH 30 at 8/7c Presented by Supernatural Saturday on BBC America.
Immediately followed by the World Premiere of New BBC AMERICA Original Series ORPHAN BLACK at 9/8c and the new season of BBC AMERICA Original Series THE NERDIST at 10/9c.
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.
See a video interview with Doctor Who’s 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) and companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) talking about the cult hit’s rabid viewers and what they love about the fanbase. It’s an exclusive interview that accompanies Entertainment Weekly’s cover story delving into the latest new season of the hit British series Doctor Who, on newsstands Friday! Check back on EW.com daily for more exclusive content, videos, and stories about Doctor Who as the sci-fi show heads premieres new episodes starting March 30.
You have to ‘like’ the Entertainment Weekly Facebook page in order to watch the video but it’s well worth the click.
“What [Moffat’s] written is just spellbinding. It’s one of the best [episodes] ever, ever, ever.”
“Oh but you need to update it.”
BBC: You are bringing back a couple of classic monsters with the Cybermen and Ice Warriors, are there any new ones to look out for?
Steven: Plenty of new monsters! Watch out for the Spoonheads, the Whispermen, and - my favourite - the Vigil. Oh and Neil Gaiman has done something horrible with the Cybermen!
It’s a great Q&A. Blogtor Who has audio of the event here.
On March 1, Steven Moffat was a guest of Trinity College, Dublin and took part in an interview and Q & A session - listen to it in the player below. In it he talks about Press Gang, Sherlock, Tintin and, of course, Doctor Who.
When asked about the return of River Song in the upcoming series, Moffat said, “Yes. She will certainly be in this series,” whilst also saying, when prompted, “Is there more to come about, as it were, Trenzalore and the battle in the Doctor’s future that led to the attempts on his life in the past? Is that what you’re asking? Yes.”
On the possibility of Russell T Davies of writing a story for the show, the current showrunner said, “He won’t write one for me.” The writer also states that he would happily have a Neil Gaiman story every year, discusses the lack of female writers on the show and outlines what he thinks would happen should The Doctor and Sherlock ever meet. The topic of a female Doctor also arises - “more people are saying yes - which I find fascinating.”
Actor Matt Smith has promised the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be “the biggest and the best”.
The celebratory one-off November 3D episode begins filming in April and Matt said on tonight’s Jonathan Ross show that he is already excited.
Time Lord Matt said of the special episode: “It will be undoubtedly the biggest and the best. And it will be one of the most exciting years for the show.
“With 3D, Steven (Moffat) is so clever. He doesn’t just throw things at the screen, I’d get bored then.
“I have read the script and Steven is on fine form. It won’t disappoint.”
Richard Bacon broadcast his BBC Radio 5 Live show from behind the scenes at Roath Lock Studios today, with exclusive access to the Doctor Who set and an interview with the Doctor’s new assistant – Jenna Coleman.
Jenna talks to Richard about her role as Clara Oswald, discusses her secret code name and talks about the first time she saw the TARDIS. Richard and Mitch Benn, even take a peek at the TARDIS themselves and get a lucky escape when they encounter a Dalek on the loose at the studios! You can check out the BBC Radio 5 Live gallery of Richard Bacon on the Doctor Who set and listen to the full broadcast of the show.