Saturday, 30 December 2017

Doctor Who Roundup - Edition of 30 December 2017

Doctor Who Roundup
A selection of the latest Whovian goodies from around the web



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Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017


Peter Capaldi sends touching Christmas Day letter to worried Doctor Who fan ahead of regeneration

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Doctor Who named the best TV show of Christmas Day 2017 – but the Queen wins the TV ratings battle

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Doctor Who: An Interview With Steven Warren Hill, Co-author of “Red White And Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America”

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GUEST POST – Reification and Cosmic Terror: Revisiting “Rose”

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Doctor Who - Cloisters of Terror

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Friday, 29 December 2017

Peter Capaldi sends touching Christmas Day letter to worried Doctor Who fan ahead of regeneration


Peter Capaldi has penned a touching note to a young fan who was worried about loosing his favourite TV character.

The outgoing Doctor sent a letter to nine-year-old David McGilloway, which he opened up on Christmas Day.

David's dad, Brian, shared the note on Twitter - explaining that Glaswegian Peter Capaldi was his son's favourite Doctor, and he was worried about the changes that were coming on the Christmas special.

His post has since been liked more than 4,000 times with more than 1,500 'retweets'.

Peter Capaldi's time as the twelfth Doctor came to an emotional end on December 25, handing over to the first female actor to take on the role - Jodie Whittaker.

The letter, dated November 23, 1963 (the date of the show's very first episode), reassures young David that the Doctor "never really goes".



He wrote: "Dear David, I hope you are enjoying a very merry Xmas. Xmas is always good fun. Well not always. Not every single second. Regenerating is not completely good fun. And it usually happens about Xmas-time.

"But you know what? Even though it can be a little bit icky (like REALLY bad flu) it has always, always turned out good for Doctor Who."

The letter continues: "The new Doctor becomes your favourite Doctor and the one that goes ... well he never really goes, he is always there, somewhere in time and space and if you think about him hard enough you'll see him and he'll see you.

"It's like the doctor says, everything ends and it's always sad. But everything begins again and that's always happy. Be happy.

"So have a brilliant Xmas, a happy New Year and a wonderful life - I'm sure you will."

Via: The Daily Record

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Doctor Who Roundup - Edition of 26 December 2017

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Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017


SPOILERS! The Twelfth Doctor Regenerates – Peter Capaldi to Jodie Whittaker

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Shooting The Regeneration

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thumbnail Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay take us through the very last moments of the Twelfth Doctor.


The Twelfth Doctor's Final Story, Regeneration & More in The Aftershow from Doctor Who: The Fan Show

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Doctor Who - Twice Upon a Time

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Shooting The Regeneration


Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay take us through the very last moments of the Twelfth Doctor.

The Twelfth Doctor's Final Story, Regeneration & More in The Aftershow from Doctor Who: The Fan Show


Christel Dee talks to Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and David Bradley about the Twelfth Doctor's last adventure, his final scene and the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor.


SPOILERS! The Twelfth Doctor Regenerates – Peter Capaldi to Jodie Whittaker


The time has come. Let the regeneration begin… 


TWICE UPON A TIME:
The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.

Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story.

An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era.But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning...

Twice Upon A Time is written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay, and executive produced by Brian Minchin. The 60 minute special guest stars Mark Gatiss as The Captain and Nikki Amuka-Bird as the voice of the glass woman, and will see Peter Capaldi’s Doctor regenerate into the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker).

Here’s why the Captain’s identity in Doctor Who is so special

The Captain’s identity in the Doctor Who Christmas special has been kept secret since the episode title was announced.

But we’re guessing the big reveal caused excited gasps across the nation – well, in the Whovian households anyway.

As the Doctor returned Mark Gatiss’s mysterious character to the trenches – although moving the timeline hours ahead to reach the 1914 Christmas truce – the Captain revealed his name to be Captain Archibald Hamish Lethbridge-Stewart.

Cue squeals from the fandom.

For newer fans of Doctor Who, here’s why that little reference was so special.

The Captain identified himself as the grandfather of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, aka the Brigadier.

The Brigadier was one of the co-founders of UNIT, or the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (later Unified Intelligence Taskforce), and went on to become not only one of the Doctor’s greatest allies in defending Earth, but one of his best friends.

The Brigadier, played by Nicholas Courtney, appeared in 23 stories in the original run of Doctor Who, making him one of the most frequent recurring characters in the series, while he made an appearance in The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2008.

Lethbridge-Stewart also appeared as a Cyberman in the Capaldi episode Death In Heaven in 2014

Following Courtney’s death in 2011, Lethbridge-Stewart’s death was announced in the Matt Smith episode The Wedding Of River Song, with the Doctor learning of his old friend’s passing after calling a nursing home.

The Brigadier was also mentioned numerous times during the 50th anniversary episode, and lives on through his daughter Kate Stewart – UNIT’s Chief Scientific Officer, played by Jemma Redgrave, who has appeared alongside Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.

Twice Upon A Time, the Christmas special, saw the Captain accidentally frozen at the point where he and an enemy soldier faced off in the trenches.

However, the Doctor – both Capaldi and the original Doctor, played by David Bradley – managed to save them both by fast-forwarding to the Christmas truce in an emotional scene.

The special was Capaldi’s final episode as the Doctor, with the Time Lord regenerating into Jodie Whittaker – the first ever female Doctor.

Via: Metro News

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Doctor Who Roundup - Edition of 24 December 2017

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Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017


The Doctor Who Yule log video has a few hints for the Christmas Special, If you stick around long enough

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Peter Capaldi explains why he calls his character Doctor Who

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Peter Capaldi shares hope for his Doctor Who legacy

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Doctor Who is dead – long live Doctor Who!

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We go on set of Peter Capaldi's last Doctor Who episode

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Doctor Who Yule log video has a few hints for the Christmas Special, If you stick around long enough

It’s that time of year when YouTube gets drowned in epic-lengthed videos of various, crackling fireplaces, and this year, even the Doctor Who channel is getting in the festive spirit. But at least this Yule Log also has a few extra glimpses at Peter Capaldi’s swan song, too.

Yes, among the lovely, seasonal music from Doctor Who’s soundtrack and the TARDIS snowglobe that we really wish was an actual thing, this Yule Log video from BBC America is less about the fireplace and more about the occasional glimpses the snowglobe gives you into “Twice Upon a Time,” sneaky snippets of clips that have already been seen or been shown off in trailers.



It’s a fun way to get people to stick around for an otherwise uneventful and relaxing holiday video—but come for the clips, stay for the holiday spirit it conjures up for you.

Via: io9

Friday, 22 December 2017

Peter Capaldi explains why he calls his character Doctor Who

Nothing has made hardcore fans grimace more than hearing their televisual hero referred to as "Doctor Who" because, as we all know, his name is The Doctor. Except that, according to Peter Capaldi, his name is actually Doctor Who too.

The ultimate fanboy, who has been watching Doctor Who since the early 1960s, has settled the age-old debate about the Time Lord's name. So, now fans can stop complaining once and for all.

In Radio 2's Access All Areas on Thursday (December 21), Capaldi cheekily explained to Jo Whiley why it's perfectly acceptable to shout out to 'Doctor Who' if you're ever looking to hail a ride in the TARDIS.

"We can get into a fight about whether he's called The Doctor, or Doctor Who," the actor joked. "The reason I call him Doctor Who is because when you're in the street, people don't shout out, 'There's The Doctor!' They go, 'Hey, Doctor Who!' That's his street name. His street name is Doctor Who."

But of course, neither The Doctor or Doctor Who are the character's birth name — it's a Gallifreyan title like, well, The Master! As for the character's given name, Peter Capaldi has quite a fun explanation.

"I also know his real name," he teased. "It's not pronounceable to humans. It's a frequency that can only be heard of people with good heart. If you haven't heard it Jo [Whiley], I can't help you there."

Let's just hope Jodie Whittaker is keeping track of all of this useful information about what you can and can't call The Doctor — sorry, Doctor Who — since she'll be taking over the role in just a few days' time.

Via: Digital Spy

Doctor Who Christmas special for Bradford Odeon cinema

A Doctor Who special will be the first screening at Bradford's disused Odeon cinema for 17 years.

The Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, stars Peter Capaldi with David Bradley as the First Doctor.

The old cinema will host two separate showings exclusively for fans who won tickets in a BBC ballot.

Film expert David Wison, of Bradford Unesco City of Film, said Friday's screening would be a "big day for the building".


He said the Doctor Who team chose the unlikely venue because they wanted "interesting spaces" for screenings.

Almost half of the chosen audience of 600 will be from Bradford postcodes, BBC organisers said.


The former Odeon cinema is being rebuilt as a 4,000-capacity music and events venue in a £15m restoration project and will be run by the NEC group.

Lee Craven of Bradford Live, the body behind the redevelopment, said: "People will have to walk through some of the original 1930s building via the restaurant to get to the bingo hall to watch the screening."

He described the cinema as "derelict chic" and "almost a time machine with the building having gone through all sorts of reincarnations".

"People will be surprised how good a condition it is in", added Mr Craven.

'Like stepping into Narnia'

The city centre cinema opened in 1930, was converted into three smaller cinemas and a bingo hall in 1969 and has been derelict since closing in 2000.

Twice Upon a Time, which will be shown on BBC One on Christmas Day, also has Pearl Mackie returning as Bill, the Doctor's companion, and guest star Mark Gatiss as the Captain.

Mr Wilson, who is to attend the screenings, said the audience would be facing the same stage The Beatles had appeared on.

As for the special screening it was "almost as through we are drawing back a dusty, velvet curtain, blowing off the dust and stepping into Narnia", he added.

Other venues chosen to host special screenings of the special include St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle, Durham School and Hartlepool Town Hall.

Via: BBC News

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

This Doctor Who Facebook lens lets fans experience Time Lord regeneration

It's the end ... but the moment has been prepared for.

Peter Capaldi's run as the Doctor will finish after this year's Christmas episode of Doctor Who. Capaldi passes the reins to Jodie Whittaker, the first woman cast in the role. Now, just days before the special airs, the folks at the BBC are helping fans get ready for the transition with a Facebook lens that gives a taste of what it's like for the titular Time Lord to regenerate.

Regeneration, of course, is what happens when the Doctor grows too old or is mortally wounded, triggering a process in which his (or her) entire body transmogrifies into a completely different person. Practically, it means the show has a built-in reboot mechanism, letting the BBC keep the franchise going as long as it wants, bringing in new casts and production crews on a regular basis.

On the show, a regeneration usually kicks off with the Doctor's skin starting to glow, getting brighter and brighter beneath his clothes until he's totally engulfed in light. The light slowly fades, revealing a totally new person (or the same one, in at least one case).

That's pretty much what the Facebook lens does to you: First it shows the Doctor's TARDIS appearing behind you. An eyebrow-raise kicks off the regeneration light. Nodding your head makes it brighter, then it suddenly fades, revealing ... well, you. Likely unchanged.



Still, fun stuff. You can try it for yourself by launching the Facebook camera in the top-left corner of the app, tapping the "magic wand" icon, and looking for the Doctor Who logo among the goofy holiday icons and lenses for Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Justice League, and others. Or just click here.

Any developer can create a lens with the Facebook AR Studio and submit it for Facebook's approval, though some businesses may pay for targeting. The BBC says the regeneration lens is available worldwide.

Via: Mashable

Peter Capaldi suggested last minute change to final Twelfth Doctor appearance

This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special is a particularly momentous episode, serving as the goodbye for Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor as well as the introduction for Jodie Whittaker’s new Thirteenth Doctor.

So it’s no surprise to learn that Capaldi himself was very keen to get his character’s exit just right – even if that meant forcing some very last minute changes.

“We’re all very concerned about how the Twelfth Doctor leaves us,” Capaldi told BBC presenter Jo Whiley in a new interview, which airs on BBC Radio 2 this Thursday 21st December. “We’re hypersensitive about trying to make it the best we possibly can.”

And so when Capaldi found himself unhappy with one of his last moments in the role, he turned to episode writer (and departing showrunner) Steven Moffat, who took unusual steps to fix the problem.

“I had sort of expressed a little discomfort about one of the scenes leading towards the end – and he rewrote it,” Capaldi recalled.

“He rewrote it completely, and quite brilliantly, overnight. Which is fantastic. The downside is I had to learn it overnight!”

Capaldi says that while he did have a little influence in how the Twelfth Doctor’s final moments came to the screen, the overall story is all down to showrunner Moffat.

“I had an idea about the attitude that the Doctor should have about it happening,” Capaldi said of the regeneration story. “But the details of it, and the actual concept of it, is all him. And he’s smarter and cleverer and funnier, so he’s the right person to do it.

“I trust Steven – Steven’s got better ideas than I would ever have, so I would never say to Steven, ‘I think this is what should happen’.”

Capaldi added that his relationship with Moffat will be one of the things he will most miss once his time on the series comes to an end.

“He’s one of the wittiest, funniest people I’ve ever met,” the actor told Whiley. “I think Steven could have easily been a stand-up comedian in another life.

“One of the most entertaining things that I’ll always remember about Doctor Who is that at the start of each season, he asks me round to his house and he will tell me what’s going to happen to the Doctor.

“He will go through all 12 episodes, just himself in his kitchen describing it all, and he’s absolutely hilarious.

“It’s doubly hilarious as you go on; obviously some of the episodes don’t turn out quite as well as he described them, or have a little less money, or are a little less focused. But he’s just a brilliant brilliant writer.”

Happily, audiences still have one last hurrah from both men to enjoy this Christmas Day – and you can hear more on Whiley’s special Doctor Who broadcast this Thursday 21st December at 8pm on BBC Radio 2.

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton