It’s mere weeks until Matt Smith bids a fond farewell to Doctor Who but we couldn’t let him go without one final hurrah – and a Radio Times cover, of course. This week’s magazine marks Matt’s 13th appearance on the cover as the Doctor, matching the record held by his predecessor, David Tennant. And just in time for the arrival of the 13th Doctor. Neat, eh?
And there are plenty more Doctor Who treats in store this week. For those of you who enjoyed our exclusive message from Matt Smith to celebrate the Doctor’s 50th birthday, we’ve got another from the doors of the Tardis plus a sneak peek behind the scenes on our cover shoot. Download the Blippar app and point your phone at the magazine to unlock all the exclusive content.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got Matt Smith’s final interview reflecting on his last days as the Time Lord and revealing his Hollywood hipster ambitions. One man who predicts a long and successful career for Smith is Steven Moffat who praises his lead Doctor Who actor – along with his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch – for their wise career choices.
The Radio Times is celebrating the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary with not one, but 12 covers.
Inside includes ‘Why you can’t destroy the Doctor’ written by Steven Moffat, retrospectives of each Doctor, interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, an extra shot from ‘The Day of the Doctor’, interviews with famous Doctor Who fans.
Of the six winners, only Blue Peter and Doctor Who are still on the air, with both running for several decades.
The full schedule comprised the following programmes:
"It’s a pretty good representation," said Boyd Hilton, TV critic from Heat Magazine. "They’re all solid, hugely influential shows."
"Doctor Who is absolutely unique. It’s an incredible achievement that it’s lasted for 50 years and been entertaining families for that long."
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Doctor Who: read the fan letter bookies’ favourite Peter Capaldi wrote to Radio Times aged 15
Yesterday, Peter Capaldi’s name entered the frame as the 2-1 favourite to play the next Doctor, the 12th or possibly 13th Doctor (depending on how we’ll factor John Hurt’s incarnation into the official sequence).
How likely is such a high-profile casting? Despite Steven Moffat’s wish for an older Time Lord, the former The Thick of It star’s availability and how much dosh such a top-drawer actor might cost the BBC, the most important factor that could swing it is that – like David Tennant before him – Peter Capaldi is a Doctor Who fan. And I mean a HUGE Doctor Who fan.
He was a key figure in the world of fandom in the 1970s, even pre-dating the formation of DWAS (the Doctor Who Appreciation Society) in 1976. Aged 15, he pinned his colours to the mast in thisletter published in Radio Timesin February 1974.
Click here to read the rest and see the letter!
New Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi to replace Matt Smith as the Twelfth Doctor
Peter Capaldi is the twelfth Doctor.
After months of feverish speculation, the actor, best known to viewers as the star of The Thick of It, was unveiled as Matt Smith’s replacement during a live BBC1 programme this evening.
In a recorded interview prior to the big reveal, Smith said of his sucessor “If I was gonna pick someone… I’d pick him…
"If I had to give him a message, I’d say ‘You’re gonna have to work hard, buddy’.
"I’m excited because I know what’s coming and he’s gonna have a blast."
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In a moment of pressure, he doesn’t hesitate to identify River as “an ex” and, later, she and we realise the depth of his feelings for her, the pain he suffers. “You’re always here to me,” he tells River. “And I always listen and I can always see you.” He opens his heart and for once seizes the chance to kiss her, even though she is now only “an echo”.
Alex Kingston and Matt Smith play these scenes with convincing tenderness.
Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman will star in a special mini episode of Doctor Who – a prequel to the series seven finale – available to watch via the BBC’s interactive (UK-only) Red Button service.
Shot in a dreamlike style and set in a dusty old museum, He Said, She Said will see the Doctor and companion Clara talking directly to camera as they reflect on how little they really know about one another.
The three-minute prequel will first become available to watch following the penultimate episode of Doctor Who series seven on Saturday 11 May. Viewers will be able to access it between 7:40pm and 12 midnight by pressing the red button on their remote controls and selecting Doctor Who. They can then watch it again each evening right up until the final episode airs on Saturday 18 May on BBC1 – and the Doctor and Clara’s secrets are finally revealed…
"It is strange being back in the same suit, but it also feels very familiar and comfortable," said Tennant, who is currently starring alongside another Who alumnus, Arthur Darvill, in ITV’s Broadchurch. “There’s nothing quite like Doctor Who. It has a wonderful excitement about it. I always had happy times there.”
Tenth Doctor Tennant will join his successor Matt Smith, along with former companion Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper, on the celebratory episode, which marks this year’s Who half-century in November.
"It’s lovely to be around Billie again, even though I see her all the time anyway," Tennant told TV & Satellite Week.
Mark Gatiss does go on. He’s been on at me about the Ice Warriors since I took over the show. And, frankly, I’ve been disappointing him. I just wasn’t that thrilled about unearthing yet another old monster. I slightly felt we’d done all the good ones. But then, as I was sitting in my garden on the phone to Mark about Sherlock, he started pitching this story. An Ice Warrior! On a nuclear submarine! Under the polar ice cap. That would have been enough for me to say, “yes, please!” but then he had one more idea that made my hair stand on end.
It’s not for me to tell you what your favourite episodes will be, but this is one of mine.