Thanks to Doctor Who Magazine, we have a collection of amazing images from inside the 11th Doctor’s new TARDIS. And we’re asking all the Doctor Who fans out there to help us label the proper knobs and buttons….
See the images and help out io9 here.
Very spoilery (not just for the Christmas Special but the rest of Series 7) but good interview with Doctor Who Executive Producer Caro Skinner.
Unless you’re the type that cringes when we post a new promo pic (your imagination is so grand that it fills in the entire plot!) this is a good spoiler-free review that’s worth checking out.
We’ve seen the new Doctor Who Christmas special that stars the dazzling new companion, Clara. What did we think? here is our entirely spoiler free review.
We’ve been sworn to secrecy and cannot share anything at all about the giant, massive reveals in this episode. So we’ll just say this: There are some enormous, huge moments that hit fast and hard, right away. Hopefully these first few revelations will leave you just as they left us: mesmerized.
So let’s get to what we can talk about. The Christmas special picks up almost immediately after the little prequel that was screened during the recent BBC charity event. So if you haven’t seen it, now’s the time….
If you haven’t seen the prequel, watch it here.
And then go read this review.
We forgot to queue this up last week (bad Queuevians!) so we’re posting it now. From the team at io9:
Whatever Steven Moffat and company have planned for 2013 won’t be the first grand birthday celebration Doctor Who has enjoyed. So now, let’s take an authoritative look at every previous anniversary special. Strap in, this will be a strange and sometimes underwhelming ride. Featuring multi-Doctor hijinks, renegade Time Lords, a surprising amount of Nazis, hastily forgotten webcasts, and even the occasional crossover with long-running British soap operas. Let’s dive in….
When it comes to Doctor Who in the 1960s, people don’t usually think of it as having especially artsy direction. There were some cool scares, and a few really iconic scenes here and there — but for the most part, directors were working with cameras the size of woolly mammoths, on sets the size of matchboxes. But there’s one director from the early years of Doctor Who who really stands out as making adventurous choices and using inventive camera angles: Michael Ferguson.
Ferguson only directed four stories: “The War Machines, “The Seeds of Death,” “The Ambassadors of Death” and “The Claws of Axos.” But those first three stories, in particular, really bear his unique visual stamp. In “War Machines” and “Ambassadors,” in particular, he takes stories where there’s a lot of slow build-up, and he manages to make it look really tense and thrilling — by shooting people from below so they’re looking down at something, or by making the oh-so-slow advance of the war machines or the alien astronauts look more paranoia-inducing with tight angles and the occasional fish-eye lens….
(‘The Fades’ trailer above, interview link below.)
If you want to see what new Series 7 Executive Producer Caroline Skinner’s work looks like, check out ‘The Fades.’ (BBC America, Saturday 9/8c.) It’s freaky and creepy and funny and Rated M for Scary (and actually really freaking good, imo.)
And the io9 article on Caroline is definitely worth a gander:
Caroline Skinner has become one of the most important people in British television science fiction and fantasy, almost overnight. She produced The Fades, the horror-fantasy series which took Britain by storm, and which hits BBC America this Saturday. And now she’s the new executive producer of Doctor Who, replacing Piers Wenger and Beth Willis.
Before working on The Fades, Skinner had a long track record on other sorts of television shows, including the BBC’s versions of Bleak House and Jane Eyre. She worked on The Fades from the beginning, developing the original pilot and then spending a year turning that into an actual series. And once she finished work on The Fades, she went over to Doctor Who, where she took on a role which lead writer Steven Moffat described as the “Prime Minister actually running the whole thing.”
Producer Marcus Wilson revealed in the latest Doctor Who Magazine that two classic monsters will return in season seven. And while the Daleks have to be considered almost a dead certainty for one of those two slots, especially considering they had only a very brief cameo in the last series, it’s anyone’s guess what the other monster will be.
Many people would assume that the hero of Doctor Who is the time-traveling main character, played by the rakishly British Matt Smith. But it’s not so. The real stand-out hero of the new series is the steadfast (and studly) Rory Williams. And we’ve got the video collection to prove it. Watch the evolution of the show’s true hero, in our collection of the sexiest moments featuring Rory, played by Arthur Darvill.
Click through for the video.
Q: How would you play an evil version of the Doctor? What sort of hat would an evil Doctor wear?
Matt: An evil version of the Doctor, that’s a very good question. Well, hopefully, I may have got to play an evil version of the Doctor — for a bit, briefly — in season six somewhere. And what sort of hat would an evil version wear? Probably a trilby and a dark cape or a cloak or something. And how would I play him? I don’t know. I’d play him like a mixture between MacBeth, Einstein and Hannibal Lecter. With a bit of Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther in there somewhere.
And why it could be the episode to show your friends to get them hooked on Who.
Basically: Saturday. will. be. epic.