Change – Twice upon a time trailer

This Cristmas we will say goodbye to the current Doctor Peter Capaldi and the very first one, played by David Bradlay. And this is beautifully-made fan trailer for this 2017 Christmas special “Twice Upon a Time”, put together by ADmiralPRESENTS.

2016 Christmas special episode closer look

What did Peter Capaldi, Charity Wakefield and Justin Chatwin think when they first read the script for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special episode, The Return of Doctor Mysterio?

How hard is it to play two different characters and maintain their separate identities? Listen Justin Chatwin, Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat telling you all about secret identities.

2016 Christmas special episode: The return of Doctor Mysterio

The only episode (special or not) for the year 2016 was broadcast last night. After River Song’s dead (Clara is only a distant memory, so unclear she is not even mentioned) and an absence of 24 years, the Doctor returns to Earth, and for the first time he has to compete with another type of super-hero for the people’s hearts. Or, with other words, this is how Superman’s story would look like when she is told by a British fellow.

With the Doctor as a secondary character, because his presence is necessary to offer support for the hero and context to his story. Superheroes does not exists on Doctor Who universe (ok, ok, maybe with the exception of this Christmas special episode), but the cartoons with them do exist. To find out how they created this exception you will have to watch the episode.

The 10th series of new Doctor Who will return to British television screens next year. Nardole returned to the Christmas special episode (and his resurrection is interesting) and he is something more the the idiot robot from the previous episode – the character has an unexpected insight, can pilot the TARDIS and will be appearing in several episodes from the new series.

The episode was directed by Ed Bazalgette, the story written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Justin Chatwin (Grant Gordon / The Ghost, Charity Wakefield (Lucy Fletcher), Adetomiwa Edun (Mr Brock), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Dr Sim), Logan Hoffman (Young Grant), Daniel Lorente (Teen Grant), Sandra Teles (Reporter), Tanroh Ishida (Operator), Vaughn Johseph (Soldier).

The Husbands of River Song extra – Christmas 2015 special episode

Alex Kingston about returning as River Song and why she loves it.

This year the Christmas presents galore! Alex Kingston and Matt Lucas swap pressies and tell us about festive Doctor Who fun!

This could be one of the creepiest things ever: Greg Davies gazes into the face of a ghastly future…

But even so, Greg Davies is delighted to be playing Hydroflax!

Anyway… you should watch out! There are monsters in the shadows of Doctor Who sets, as Greg Davies found out!

Doctor Who, Christmas special episode 2015 – The husbands of River Song

Or Doctor and River Song’slast aventure (a sort of, because she gets into the Library – episode 8, season 4 – and dies in the second part of the story sacrificing herself to save the Time Lord she loved), or the last 24 years night for the favorite Time Lord and his wife. Name it as you want, all the variants are good.

But this does not mean that this Christmas special episode is River’s last adventure along Doctor’s side – she has kept meeting with the Time Lord in the wrong order for 200 years (you should already know enough details about that) not to offer her a chance to continue their adventures in the right order. Jenna Coleman left recently the show, and Clara Oswald has her chance (a small one, but it’s there) to come back in Doctor’s life, sometime in the future. River was already saved (in electronic format, as a part of the database of the Library), she can easily come back in some form or another – nothing lasts forever, everything changes, and any additional information about the Executive Producers’ plans for her are probably secret.

The action was pretty bad: they wanted to be action packed and funny, but they didn’t make it quite right. They put the accent on funny discussions, the actors seemed sometime not realistic, but they had some good moments: the one when Riven realizes that the man standing next to her is the one she was searching the entire episode, and their connection in that very moment was just great, even if it wasn’t quite good before. If you want to relax a bit and just to have some fun than it’s a good story, but you shouldn’t expect too much from that.

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon, written by Steven Moffat and Toby Whithouse (character “Kahler”).

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Alex Kingston (River Song), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Greg Davies (King Hydroflax), Phillip Rhys (Ramone), Rowan Polonski (Flemming), Robert Curtis (Scratch), Anthony Cozens (Concierge), Chris Lew Kim Hoi (Alphonse), Nicolle Smartt (Receptionist), Liam Cook (King Hydrofla’s Body), Nonso Anozie (Hydroflax – voice).

The husbands of River Song preview & introduction

“Are you the surgeon?” – Nardole (Matt Lucas) and the Doctor are on a mission in this Christmas special episode.

The Doctor reunites with River – the moment when Nardole introduces the Time Lord to River Song. This should be interesting! Very interesting! Tell me, do you thing that the Doctor will tell her who he is? When?

Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston introduce ‘The Husbands of River Song’.

Alex Kingston and Matt Lucas swap pressies and tell you about festive Doctor Who fun!

Sprout Boy meets a galaxy of stars on Christmas 2015 on BBC One

Including Peter Capaldi as the Doctor! An unloved sprout finds friendship with BBC One stars, from Doctor Who to Sherlock. The Christmas 2015 Doctor Who special episode is The Husbands of River Song, it will begin at 5.15 pm and it will run for 60 minutes.

The highlights on this Christmas: River Song returns to Doctor Who, Poldark’s Aidan Turner discovers a murder, Sherlock and Watson go back to their Victorian roots.

Christmas special episode insider: behind the effects

Let’s get an inside look at the special effects, and the process behind creating them with Prosthetics Designer Rob Mayor for BBC America.

Part one: “We’ve all got a common affection for the show, which I hope shows through.”

Part two ‘Dream Crabs’: “You’ll see the most Christmassy thing of all are the dream crabs. In the script they’re described as a gelatinous blob with claws.”

Christmas special episode insider: The Doctor vs. Santa Claus

Get an inside look at the relationship between The Doctor and Santa Claus in the Doctor Who Christmas special episode 2014: Last Christmas, with exclusive interviews with the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, for BBC America.

“The Doctor is really annoyed. He doesn’t like the way that Santa begins to cross the line.”

“We’ve all got a common affection for the show, which I hope shows through.” – Rob Mayor

Series 8, Christmas special episode – Last Christmas

Come on, it’s Christmas, the North Pole, who you gonna call?

The ones who have watched special Christmas episode preview know that the Doctor and Clara arrive to a research base i North Pole and there are some problems involving everyone’s survival. And Santa Clause, with his reindeers and elves, appear. Actually they not only appear, they storm in the scenery. Twice, every time with very good reasons.

This year Christmas special episode is one of the most… confusing episodes of Doctor Who I’ve ever watched, 60 minutes as elaborated as it can be – and it’s on purpose. But, in the same time, it’s one of the best episodes, having a dream inside of dream inside of dream. And it continues like this for 5 level of dreams – everything but the last scene of the episode is not real, it never happened. Or maybe not even that is real, it remains to be seen. This episode succeeds in surprising you several times during the crazy race in waking yourselves up and beat the creature putting your lives at stake – some telepathic monsters called Dream Crab that feed with human minds and looks a lot like the creatures from the Alien series. So let’s start from the beginning.

It’s the North Pole, it’s Christmas Day. You’re dying. Who you gonna call? Just one last time, huh? One last Christmas, as if your lives depended on it. Please! Ho-ho-ho!

The answer is quite simple: you call the man that everybody knows. No, not the Doctor, although he would not say “no” to such thing. Or almost sure he would not refuse. But sometimes even the Doctor need help from father Christmas / Santa Claus. If you still believe in Santa Claus or father Christmas you don’t need more explication. If you don’t believe, well, you may not get your most desired gift next year. Don’t tell me you are all grown up or too mature to expect such gifts or to refuse them because I don’t believe it. And if Santa Claus would surprise you with such gifts, your inner child would be so happy, just like the times he was expecting impatient the arrival of the man dressed in red that comes down the chimney or gets inside through the cracked window if the fireplace is unavailable.

Don’t ask me to tell you the story of this episode – it’s too complex and I should start from the end to the beginning to make sense, and doing that I will spoil the surprises (especially the big on in the end) and I don’t want to. I’ll tell you only some short conclusions about the reasons this is the last Christmas.

  • it’s the las chance Clara and Danny Pink can say goodbye. Because Danny appears again in the show, even if he’s only a part of a dream.
  • it could have been the last episode for Clara and the Doctor traveling together, The episode is also about they, not only about Clara and Danny – they get over the lies said in the last episode, Death in Heaven.
  • it could have been Clara’s last episode – she could have dies because of Dream Crabs or because of old age, but (at least this time) she survives.
  • every Christmas is the last Christmas.

Yes, Clara Oswald will accompany the Doctor in the ninth series – the name of the first adventure is The magician’s apprentice. You can never say what other people are thinking and that could get some surprise and twists in the season 9 – if Clara will stay until the end of the season she will outrun Amy Pond as the number of episodes (36 to 33) as Doctor’s companion.

Inspiring sources for this episode: Alien series, the movies The Thing from Another World and Miracle on 34th Street. They can be found on Shona’s Christmas list 😀 (but for this you have to watch the episode to its end).

Directed by Paul Wilmshurst, based on a story by Steven Moffat, the producer is Paul Frift, the executive producers are Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Nick Frost (Santa Claus), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Dan Starkey (Ian), Nathan McMullen (Wolf), Faye Marsay (Shona), Natalie Gumede (Ashley), Maureen Beattie (Bellows), Michael Troughton (Professor Albert).

Last Christmas Preview

In the North Pole the Doctor and Clara are joined by Santa Claus’ familiar figure… and his reindeer! 11 more days to Christmas. You can also get a special Sneak Peek at the 2014 Christmas Special, when the Doctor lands in the North Pole on Christmas Day.

“This is the North Pole. We don’t want any trouble here.” – Santa Claus.

Two heroic icons – the Doctor and Santa – along with Clara Oswald, are thrown together in one of the Time Lord’s most incredible adventures yet!

The title of Doctor Who’s 2014 Christmas special episode is Last Christmas

The title has been revealed: the story is written by Steven Moffat and is entitled “Last Christmas”. Nick Frost is Santa Claus, with Nathan McMullen and Dan Starkey as his elves Wolf and Ian are joining the Doctor and Clara.

The first question is, a last Christmas for who exactly? Claras’s last adventures along the Doctor? Doctor’s last Christmas? Trapped on an Arctic base, the Doctor and Clara are under attack from terrifying creatures… who are you going to call? Santa Claus!

Until we get an answer, let’s enjoy some promo art (the source) for this episode.

2014 Christmas special episode promo art landscape
2014 Christmas special episode promo art landscape
2014 Christmas special episode promo art portrait
2014 Christmas special episode promo art portrait

BBC Children in Need exclusive preview of the Doctor Who Christmas Special

Santa Klaus has come early in Romania (the elected president is Klaus Iohannis, from the German minority), but we all have to wait one more month (actually 5 weeks or so) until the other Santa Clause meets the Doctor. Let’s watch an exclusive preview of the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special, first shown on BBC Children in Need’s Appeal Night. And yes, Clara Oswald is back. For how many episodes I don’t know… but I think we’ll find out soon. And the Doctor seems to be against Santa Claus, or his impersonator, or whoever Nick Frost seems to be.

2013 Christmas special episode, The time of the Doctor

Do you remember the first question? The one that’s hidden in plain sight, the oldest questiobn in the Univers, the one in it’s name the Silence acted to kill the Doctor and to stop him to reach Trenzalore.

Doctor: “Who wants me dead?”
Teselecta: “The Silence”
Doctor: “What is the Silence? Why is it called that? What does it mean?”
Teselecta: “The Silence is not a species; it is a religious order or movement. Their core belief is that silence will fall when the question is asked.”
Doctor: “What question?”
Teselecta: “The first question; the oldest question in the universe. Hidden in plain sight.”
Doctor: “Yes, but what is the question?”
Teselecta: “Unknown”

To the end of season 6 he was told what the question was, the one in the title of the show: Doctor Who?

DORIUM: “On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature may speak falsely or fail to give answer, a question will be asked. A question that must never, ever be answered.”
THE DOCTOR: “Silence will fall when the question is asked”
DORIUM: “Silence must fall would be a better translation. The Silence are determined that the question must never be answered. The Doctor must never reach Trenzalore.”
THE DOCTOR: “I don’t understand? What’s it got to do with me?”
DORIUM: “The first question. The oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight. Would you like to know what it is?”
DORIUM: “Are you sure?”

If you haven’t watch the yesterday episode, yet, let me tell you its most important aspect: it’s not only Matt Smith closing as the Doctor, an epic one, and a ending of 12 regeneration cycle (the Doctor should have died on Trenzalore, as you already know from The name of the Doctor), but it’s the moment a lot of pieces of the puzzle known in different episodes from several seasons get together in a coherent story. It’s one of the most beautiful aspect of temporal travels: you find out the reason of  various events only in the final, when you have to find out, and the forces that will bring to experients in the past are already in motion.

Why 12 regenerations? Everyone knows, or at least everyone knew until The day of the Doctor, that Matt Smith was the eleventh Doctor. Because that Lord of Time played by John Hurt was not considered to be a Doctor, at least not by many for a long time, but he consumed a regeneration. Also, the tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant) regenerated once, when he was wounded by a Dalek, dar he kept his face. That’s why the Doctor should have die on Trenzalore, defending the village called Christmas – the man who stayed for Christmas – during several hundred of years of conflict, but it did not happen this way.

But let’s start with the beginning: a strange signal was send from some planet to the rest of the Univers, it reached the most distant stars. Nobody knew what it was, but it succeded in frightening a lot of people… and everyone came, trying to find out its meaning and source. Among them there were old enemies (to each other and the Doctor), as Daleks, Cyberman, Sontaran and many others… but in the beginning they did not fight each others. Tasha Lem was Mother Superious to a religious order, Papal mainframe, the first one that arrived to the planet, and she decided to isolate it – not even the TARDIS could land without her approval. If you still remember, you have watched her soldiers (some warrior priests, the Clerics) in action in 2 previous episodes, The time of angels and Flesh and stone, and the creatures known as Silence were some genetical modified priests to make people forget their confessions as soon they move their eyes somewhere else. Also, mentions to the religios order and its leader appear in the episode A Good Man Goes to War, when it is said that colonel Manton had her approval to reveal the identity of the Hooded Monks. Some of the member of this religious order traveled back in time in Doctor’s personal history, they tried with no succes to stop him to get to Trenzalore. The result was the creation of River Song, Doctor’s wife, the explosion of the TARDIS and the creation of that cracks in time and space that helped transmitting the signal that brought them here.

When they realized the the Time Lords were sending the signal, the same Time Lords saved by the Doctors (David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt) in the previous episode, broadcat at 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the half curious, three quarters frightened gathering of ships and creatures start a siedge that last about 3 centuries: they can not allow the Doctor to speak loud his name and bring his race back, and he can not let the ones from the orbit to destroy the life on the planet Trenzalore.

I let you find the the details of the siedge and how it turned into a real war (that lasted some further time) on your own. Into the final the dying Doctor get an unexpected present from the Lords of Time: a new cicle of regenerations. In the period of the siedge and the war he became an old fellow, the present reset him.. before transforming into the new Doctor (Peter Capaldi) he gets a surprise visit: Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan), his former companion.

It was a pretty good episode – it brought together several stories and elements from Doctor’s history into something coherent. But, from several points of view, it was a little superficial. It could have insisted on several aspects of war, the factions or Tasha Lem’s position and relation with the Doctor, so my evaluation is 7 of 10.

Director Jamie Payne, writer: Steven Moffat.

Cast: Matt Smith (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Dan Starkey (Sontaran), Nicholas Briggs (vocile Daleks / Cybermen), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek 1), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek 2), Ken Bones (voice), Orla Brady (Tasha Lem), Mark Anthony Brighton (Colonel Albero), James Buller (Clara’s dad), Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Aidan Cook (Cyberman), Tom Gibbons (young man), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Sonita Henry (Colonel Meme).

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