Moffat, who was visiting the U.S. to bring “Doctor Who” and his other show “Sherlock” to Comic-Con, spoke about the challenges posed by the impending transition between Matt Smith and the next Doctor. The new actor will star opposite Jenna Coleman’s character Clara, the Doctor’s traveling companion, as well as several other characters who already have been introduced.
With a familiar cast of characters and an established writing team, Moffat said, the new Doctor will be part of a “substantially different” landscape than the one outgoing star Smith faced when he landed the role.
Murray Gold interview: Doctor Who music, Matt Smith, 12th Doctor, Regeneration & more…
Composer Murray Gold has been one of the very few constants since the return of Doctor Who in 2005. His work on the world’s greatest show has been sublime, constantly delivering memorable themes, beautiful soundscapes and heartbreaking melodies each week. I caught up with Murray on the eve of his return to the Royal Albert Hall for the Doctor Who Proms and chatted all things Who, from series one to series eight…
What were your feelings when you hear Matt was leaving Doctor Who?
I thought, ‘Well that means a lot of work!’ [Laughs] I thought, ‘Oh my god, are we really not going to hear I Am The Doctor again?’ [Laughs] I instantly began to think. ‘Could we use it for the next one as well?’ Does it maybe capture something eternally Doctorish, does it have to not be there ever again until Matt appears again, as hopefully one day he will, on some new version of the multi-Doctor story. Are we never going to hear I Am The Doctor again until the 60th? [Laughs]
If we don’t, then what follows it has to be stronger. I think that, in a way, I Am The Doctor is stronger than the themes Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant had. So, I was thinking those thoughts. [Laughs]
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Comic Con News: Mark Gatiss & David Bradley Talk Doctor Who
Mark Gatiss has been feverishly working on the Doctor Who special An Adventure in Space and Time. The story will dramatize the events surrounding the creation of the world’s longest running science fiction series.
It’s not been announced exactly when the story will air, but it’s been hinted that we’ll see it before the 50th anniversary episode. Showing how Doctor Who began would be an excellent way to put the 50th into perspective.
Gatiss wanted to tell the story of the creation of Doctor Who. He’d heard so many anecdotal stories, but he wanted to get to the facts and dramatize the story of how this show came to be. He’s always had an eye for historical detail as has been evidenced in his past Doctor Who stories, many of which take place in Earth’s past, so it’ll be exciting to see all the little details that will surely be in this special.
David Bradley, who will be playing William Hartnell in the special, tells how Hartnell was also a stickler for detail. Hartnell insisted on knowing what each control on the TARDIS console was supposed to do. He knew children were smart enough to catch if he pushed a different button to do the same thing in a different episode. The man respected the intelligence of his audience and even though they were children he knew never to underestimate them.
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David Tennant On Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary
When SFX catches up with him, it is on the Stirlingshire set of his upcoming comedy of errors,What We Did On Our Holiday, which sees him appear opposite comedy legend Billy Connolly and former Bond babe Rosamund Pike.
Naturally, though, we could not help but ask the performer about his comeback toWho-lore with the upcoming50th Anniversary Special, in which he returns to the role that made him a household name…
So how does it feel to be back in the role that made you a sci-fi icon?
“Well it is all done – I’ve filmed everything. Now I just have to wait for everyone to see it. But, yes, it is lovely to have returned to something that meant so much to me and that was such a happy time. I am grateful that it was a happy time again. There is always that danger of going back to something and it does not turn out quite how you remember it, but that was not the case with this…”
Was it easy enough for you to slip back into the role?
“Kind of. When there is more than one of you, as is the case this time, it becomes a slightly different character. The Doctor tends to lead every scene he is in and when you are sharing that out it becomes slightly different. You have a new relationship with that aspect of the character and that gives you fresh challenges to work on. But it was really good fun actually – and that was a big part of what I enjoyed about this.”
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Yesterday, you got up in front of a million people and said, “You’ll forget about me.” What did you expect the reaction to that remark to be like?
Come along, Pond
From Matt’s interview at San Diego Comic Con with IGN