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After a long time we have waited (it seems to have past only 8 months and change from the Christmas special episode, bur for some people they seemed like years), a Doctor Who world tour to promote the new series (with the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, his companion, Jenna Coleman – Clara Oswald, and the executive producer, Steven Moffat), the first episode of season 8 was broadcast last night. With success: the BBC1 audience between the hours 19:50 and 21:10 was an average of 6.8 millions people with a spike to 7.3 millions. Without including the viewer from other parts of the globe, the ones watching through internet (BBC iPlayer) or the ones that have downloaded the episode from the torrents.
As you have probably expected, the Doctor Who universe changed with Peter Capaldi’s appearance. And the one worried about how he was going to perform his role have no reasons to be afraid: he is an extraordinary Doctor. Even if during a big part of his first episode he is lost in space and time, still suffering the effects of the regeneration that transformed the Matt Smith’s character into the new Time Lord. Or maybe that’s why he is making such a big impression? Anyway, as you have (again) probably expected, Doctor’s relation with Clara, his companion, changed: now he is a new man, that reacts different, and she, a control freak, has some problems with that. His dark side started to emerge, preparing you (at least in some part) for what’s going to happen next. Matt Smith’s surprising cameo at the end of the first episode (the part has been recorded when he still was the Doctor and it was added to the new episode) of series 8 clarified (if it was ever needed) the continuity between Matt and Peter.
The action is happening in Victorian London, where we meet again Madame Vastra and her wife, Jenny Flint, but also the Sontaran commander Strax, a dinosaur and some robots that use human organs as spare parts. You should remember the episode 4 of series 2, The Girl in the Fireplace (20 October 2006), with the robots with clock mechanism from the SS Madame de Pompadour, the spaceship built in the 51 century, that did the same thing. Of course, the Doctor could not stay aside to let them do it, as he could not stay aside back then – even if he changed his face twice and have lived some centuries. Some time ago you were told don’t blink!, now you are told to keep your breath from very similar reasons: to survive, and to survive with all your organs inside your body. And that’s all I can tell you about the action in this episode, for additional details just watch the episode.
Directed by Ben Wheatley, writing credits: Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Michelle Gomez (Missy).
If you are speculating or guessing who is Missy and why is she calling herself The Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere or why she welcomes people to “Heaven”, well, let’s speculate / guess further. Maybe we’ll find some answers in the next episodes of series 8 that she is Rani / Master / Doctor’s daughter / any other character you can think of.
The next episode is Into the Dalek: a Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship and only the Doctor can salve them. He is facing his greatest enemy with Clara by his side.
Meantime, let’s watch the Lead Writer & Executive Producer Steven Moffat talking about the phenomenal imagination of Whovians in their fan art, fiction, videos, title sequences and how he thinks the show actually makes people more creative at BBC AMERICA’s U.S. Premiere Screening at NYC’s Ziegfeld Theater on the Doctor Who World Tour.
The TARDIS crash lands in Parliament Square! And the Doctor and Clara made an unexpected appearance in Parliament Square in London this morning – surfacing something odd that had become buried underground…
Don’t forget and be prepared! Doctor Who returns with Deep Breath in cinemas and on TV worldwide from tomorrow, 23rd August.
You can catch the best bits from the Doctor Who World Tour fan event in Rio de Janeiro, filmed on the 18th August at Vivo Rio.
You know that this was an adventure of a lifetime, right?
On the very last leg of the tour, the YouTube TARDIS materialises in Rio de Janeiro. As Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman admire the view from under the Christ the Redeemer statue, they reflect on their whirlwind tour of the world.
2 days ago David Ellison challenged Matt Smith to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Matt has made a donation and accepted the challenge, and now nominates James Cartwright (@jame_cartwright), Lily James and Karen Gillan (@karengillan2), to participate and raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease, a condition that attacks the spinal cord.
The Doctor Who YouTube team might not have had a TARDIS, but they did have a nifty little drone camera, which came in very handy when Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman went for a photo shoot at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. The drone camera even managed to capture a Cyberman trying to upgrade unsuspecting tourists.
To celebrate the TARDIS touching down in Sydney, Australia, ABC and BBC Worldwide ran a unique competition to gave fans the chance to win tickets to the Australian fan event. They have already showed their love, so it wasn’t too hard: to do this they asked the fans to show how they #hearthearttheDoctor through video, art, photography, writing or however else they best felt expressed their feelings. The team was not disappointed… the result is the next video.
The winning entry was Edward Felix, but Crispy Pro impressed the UK Doctor Who team so much that we asked him to come along to the event to do some guest You Tubing.
This is for the Australian fans, by Australian fans – thanks for your enthusiastic love and support for the show.
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffats’s penultimate stop on their tour of the world takes them to Mexico City, where they had to deal with the Mexican wave and the largest ever screening of the new episode, Deep Breath, was held for 3,000 very noisy Whovians!
Peter and Jenna reflect on their journey so far and how hard they’re going to find it going back to “normal” life. They also talk about all the incredible fans they’ve met along the way, and some of them in Mexico City tell us why they love Doctor Who.
Just a few days before broadcasting the first episode of the season 8, the cover for issue #477 of Doctor Who Magazine has been revealed. The magazine is previewing the first four episodes of series 8 and it’s on sale Thursday 21 August 2014, priced £5.99.
Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara, Doctor’s companion) were treated to a deafening reception by over 3000 Mexican Doctor Who fans when they stepped out of the TARDIS and onto the stage of the Teatro Metropólitan, Mexico City.
You must have remembered that the Doctor can’t land in New York anymore, not after that sad business with the Ponds. But a little temporal instability wasn’t going to stop Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and Jenna Coleman from meeting American Doctor Who fans!
Enjoy the best bits from the Doctor Who World Tour fan event in New York City, filmed on the 14th August in the Ziegfeld Theatre which is a Bow Tie Cinema. Bow Tie cinemas are cool.
In case you weren’t sure, Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman did rock New York City in the Doctor Who World Tour in the latest stop before Mexico City. You can watch Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman during an iconic photoshoot at the top of the Rockefeller Center, and listen them speaking about the rousing reception they were given by American fans at the US premiere of series 8, “Deep Breath”, at the Ziegfeld Theater.
The Doctor Who world tour reached Australia! Hosted by Crispy Pro. They take a look behind the scenes at the hugely successful Sydney Q&A session, meet some amazing Aussie fans and get a quick peek into Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi’s dressing rooms.
The Sydney fans were lucky enough to see a special preview of the first episode of series 8 – “Deep Breath” and they welcomed the stars of the show with some brilliant costumes and a lot of screaming!
The next stop on the tour is the Big Apple – New York.
In Sydney, this happened. Goose. Bumps: theTwelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi receives a standing ovation from Australian fans when he appears on stage at the State Theatre, Sydney – the fourth stop on Doctor Who: The World Tour.
Over 2100 fans shook the famous theatre to its foundations when the actor made a theatrical entrance on stage for a Q&A session with Adam Spencer.