Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars – and amongst them, the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
“And now it’s time for one last bow like all your other selves. Eleven’s hour is over now, the clock is striking Twelve’s…”
“If you want my life, come and get it!” shouts the Time Lord as the siege of Trenzalore begins. And then we hear those four words, delivered by a Dalek: “The Doctor is regenerating!”
Could that be a slight note of panic in its voice…?
Do you remember? Christopher Eccleston had just regenerated into David Tennant… and after smelling the tea and waking up, the Doctor reintroduces himself to everyone. But who is he? Is he Ginger? Is he funny? Sarcastic? Sexy? Right handed? Left handed? A gambler? A Fighter? A coward? A traitor? A liar? A nervous wreck? Toying with both friends and foe about his identity, he shuts down the Sycorax blood control of mankind, then challenges the Sycorax leader.
Soon, just few weeks from now, we will get through something like this all over again…
Yes, yesterday was indeed the day of the Doctor. It was the 50th anniversary from the broadcast of the first episode, thing that happened almost unnoticed because of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assasination one day before. But a hard start did not stoped the people from the BBC to produce episode after episode, and now, 5 decades later, to produce n episode about the first 3 years of the show and the first Doctor, William Hartnell. An adventure in time and space was broadcast Friday, 22th of November, and it can be describe in one single word: memorable. The British work made the idea to endure and to become a world wide phenomenon.
Last night BBC and some cinemas around the world broadcast the special episode the Day of the Doctor, an episode well done. The history from the Doctor Who Universe says that once there were a temporal war between the Time Lords and a race called the Daleks that burned everything in its way in the universe. The war ended in the moment the Doctor eliminated both rases along with his home planet, Gallifrey, into an attempt to save the rest of the Universe. To do that he stole a weapon called the Moment, something so powerful its operating system became sentient, and the Time Lords could not used it even in the last moments of the war, when the odd were against them. Who could use a weapon of mass destruction that could became his/her judge of the war crimes?
That moment was probably the worst moment in Doctor’s life, so bad that he overlooked or even forgot some things. The John Hurt’s incarnation was considered that Time Lord that betrayed the name of the Doctor.
The day of the Doctor returns to that moment in time and space, bringing along several incarnation of the Time Lord: John Hurt, David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor). 3 Doctors working together, 3 times greater nightmare to their enemies, including the Daleks. The current companion, Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Billie Piper (known as Rose Tyler or Bad Wolf) are also present. But Tom Baker too, the Forth Doctor, at the end of the episode.
I am not telling you the details of the great story written by Steven Moffat, it has too many turns (more or less unexpected) in the action. If I am starting to write the good or the best stuff that appeared in the episode I will only take you the pleasure and the surprise of watching the show. All I can tell you is that the Zygons, shape-shifting creatures that return in this episode of Doctor Who, provide an important item that help saving the planet Gallifrey and its natives from destruction. So that the Doctor will be able to return home some time in the future.
A crashing spaceship, a desperate pilot and an ancient world all lead the Doctor towards a terrible choice in this 50th anniversary mini episode… The eighth Doctor, Paul McGannm seen only once before in 1996 outing Doctor Who: The Movie, stars in the mysterious mini-episode The Night of the Doctor.
The short film starts with McGann’s Doctor hurtling through space in a doomed ship accompanied by a woman called Cass.
The Bringer of Darkness, the Oncoming Storm, the Doctor, the Warrior – A Time Lord! The 50th Anniversary features Matt Smith, David Tennant and a mysterious incarnation played by John Hurt. Only one appears in the mini episode, The Night of the Doctor. But which one?
As you may already know from the trailer, Brian Cox takes a trip with the Doctor and challenges the science of the TARDIS.
For one night only, Professor Brian Cox takes an audience of celebrity guests, including Charles Dance and Rufus Hound, and members of the public on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Drawing on the latest theories as well as 200 years of scientific discoveries and the genius of Einstein, Brian tries to answer the classic questions raised by the Doctor – can you really travel in time? Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastical as the TARDIS?
Presenter Brian Cox
Participant Matt Smith
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen
Producer Milla Harrison-Hansley
Participants: Charles Dance, Rufus Hound, Al-Khalili, Dallas Campbell
BBC Two Thu 14 Nov 2013 21:00 and Fri 22 Nov 2013 23:05
Derek Landy, the author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series talks about writing for his favourite Doctor (the Tenth) in his new Doctor Who short story The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage. In the tale the Doctor helps Martha battle fictional characters from her childhood.
Derak Landy discusses how Doctor Who traumatised him as a child, and how he worked to make this story different from the Second Doctor adventure The Mind Robber.
The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage is available to pre-order now from these retailers: Amazon (UK | US) and iBookstore
I’ve just found out about a petition created by fan club NY Sci Fi & Fantasy on Change.org to help mark the 50th anniversary stateside. It’s called Petition to light up the Empire State Building TARDIS blue on November 23rd to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who! and it wants to bring NYC to The Doctor to celebrate.
It’s the first time a science fiction show lasted 50 years, that’ a landmark occasion. The Doctor has visited New York City many times over the years and the fun club wants to celebrate this. They are attempting to partner with the Empire State Building (www.esbnyc.com) to light it Tardis blue for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary.
Their petition has so far collected more than 15,300 signatures from across the world. Their target is 25,000 names.
Are you interested to participate?
Let’s light up the ESB TARDIS blue on November 23rd to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who!
Sir Derek “Del” Jacobi chats on BBC Breakfast about playing The Master and The Doctor (though he seems to have forgotten Scream of the Shalka and Deadline). The date of the interview is September 16, 2013.
After materialising in the village of Lannet in Lancashire, the Doctor, along with local barmaid Alison and her boyfriend Joe, find themselves up against an underground alien force called the Shalka, who, as part of their preparation for an all-out invasion of Earth, are stripping away the ozone layer from the planet. Produced to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the TV sci-fi series in 2003, this six-part animation features Richard E. Grant as the voice of the Doctor, with Sophie Okonedo as Alison.
I must admit that the people involved in developing Doctor Who know how to keep people’s attention to a high level: the search for the new Doctor, the actor who’s going to replace Matt Smith, is over, and they are ready to reveal it to everybody interested.
They created the teaser trailer in order to present the following event: in a special one-off live television event on BBC One this Sunday 4th August at 7pm, the next Doctor will be exclusively revealed to the world.
Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the show’s host Zoe Ball will unveil the 12th Doctor in the first ever interview in front of a live studio audience set against the backdrop of a swirling vortex, amongst Daleks and the TARDIS.
The half hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans.
You can find more information about Matt Smith and Steven Moffats’ interviews on the subject here.
The intense speculation about the identity of the new Doctor got higher and higher since Doctor Who announced his leave from the show, back in June. You don’t have to wait to much to find out, so keep your fingers crossed.
The Doctor (Matt Smith) with a lot of less hair than usual and his assistant Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) at the BBC Proms. Fans were treated to chills, thrills, scares and some familiar faces last weekend as Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Peter Davison and Carole Ann Ford each took to the stage for the Doctor Who prom.
The concert was a celebration of the show’s 50 years of music, we could all saw various Murray Gold pieces from the recent series’ of the show as well as tributes to composers from the classic era. Opening with The Mad Man In A Box from series five, villains such as the Judoon, Cybermen and the Silurians descended upon the Royal Albert Hall for the eleventh Doctor’s signature tune I Am The Doctor.
You can find more information about the concert here.
On 3rd of July 2012 prince Charles and his wife Camilla took a royal visit to the home of Doctor Who to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary.
In this first video prince Charles voices Dalek and tries to say Exterminate! while touring the Doctor Who set at Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff. Charles tried his hand at being a sci-fi baddie during a visit to the BBC’s studios and uttered the Daleks’ famous “exterminate” catchphrase – leaving the show’s writer Stephen Moffat thoroughly impressed.
He said: “I haven’t thought about how I could weave a meeting between the Doctor and the royal family. But Prince Charles’s attempt at being a Dalek was great.
“There would be a part in the show for him if he wanted it.” Report by Ashley Fudge.
On the other hand, Matt Smith, the outgoing star of the sci-fi series Dr Who, says prince Charles could replace him as the next Time Lord. Prince Charles and Camilla were given a tour of the Doctor’s time machine, the Tardis, by the show’s current stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.
Matt Smith said: “Who knows, but look, he’s doing a good job of [being the Doctor] it now with a bit of a snow blast and he certainly knows his way around the Tardis, so who knows”. Report by Sarah Johnston.
Do you remember Clara Oswald entering the Timestream in order to save the Doctor? That’s why she was the impossible girl: she broke in many pieces, a million of unsuccessful copies. Mystery solved, but potentially creating a lot of other problems.
“Beware these BAFTA creatures!” Yesterday the Doctor and Clara found a BAFTA in the TARDIS – which caused some confusion for the Doctor…
On the other hand… BAFTA celebrates 50 years of Doctor Who.
Television awards ceremony from the Royal Festival Hall in London, hosted by Graham Norton, who is also nominated for entertainment performance and entertainment programme for The Graham Norton Show.
The awards are kicked off with all the glamour from the red carpet as the stars arrive for this, the most prestigious TV awards ceremony of the year. The action continues inside as this year’s recipients of the BAFTA masks are announced.
Nominees include Steve Coogan, Sienna Miller, Ant and Dec, Miranda Hart, Sheridan Smith, Alan Carr, Olivia Colman and Hugh Bonneville, along with programmes including Homeland, Twenty Twelve, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! the Olympics and Paralympics.
Presenter: Graham Norton, producer: Zoe Cook, executive Producer: Katherine Allen
Do you remember the scenes from The power of three? The Doctor and Amy are summoned to the UNIT headquarters under the Tower of London where a Kate Stewart shows them several cubes under investigation, every single one behaving in a different fashion. The Doctor recalls his friendship with Kate’s father, Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
In the next episode, Nightmare in Silver, the Doctor faces new, even deadlier Cybermen in this action-packed episode by Neil Gaiman.
The Doctor has been talked by Clara Oswald into taking the two kids she looks after, Artie and Angie, for an excursion, a day out, after they blackmailed her. The Doctor decides to take them to Hedgewick’s World, the biggest, best and most wonderful amusement park in the galaxy, a quarter of a million years in the future, because he has a golden ticket and it gets four people in for free, gets you free ice creams and it gets you to the front of any line, which is great because the lines for the Spacey Zoomer can go on for weeks. And that’s where it starts.
Unfortunately, it also starts with them discovering that Hedgewick’s World has been closed for several years and there’s almost nobody on it now except for a small army troop on manoeuvres and a mad old showman named Mr Webley who landed his spaceship there after it closed and is now there with a Cyberman that plays chess. That’s where it begins. This is also 1,000 years after the end of the big human/Cyberman war – where the humans won.
Watch Nightmare in Silver, the new Doctor Who adventure, on BBC One on Saturday 11th May at 7pm, and on:
Saturday 11th May
BBC America — 8/7c
Space (Canada) — 8/5e
Sunday 12th May
ABC (Australia) — 7.30pm
BBC Entertainment (South Africa) — 7pm
BBC Entertainment (Poland) — 6pm
“Yes, I’m the Doctor, you’re nuts, and I’m gonna stop you.”
“In the wrong hands, that venom could wipe out all life on this planet!”
Do you know about the not scientific proved story that the retina from a dead man’s eyes keeps the very last thing he had seen before dying? The medicine says that things can’t happen, at least in normal conditions. In the victorian times, in Yorkshire the year 1983 (the very next year after the events in the Christmas special episode, The snowmen, from London), started to appear dead man in the canals with a strange spect: scarlet-red skin, almost shining, and with the images from the moment of dead imprinted on the retina.
The Doctor and Clara arrive in Yorkshire by accident (they wanted to get in London) and become interested by the mystery. They discover that it was about some poison and the Sweetville mill, managed by Mrs. Gillyflower, is somehow related to that deaths. They try to get inside the society presided by the old lady and her silent partner, Mr. Sweet, and they disappear from the face of the Earth – at least from the point of everyone else. It’s not something unusual: about everybody accepted in the group disappeared without trace… or they were found dead in mysterious circumstances.
Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax get involved in the story when the brother of a deceased reporter shows them the pictures he has taken… the Doctor’s image was very clear in the reporter’s eyes, so they go to solve the mystery and save the Doctor. Jenna gets inside the mill and finds the prisoner – a waste of the process that transformed the normal humans into scarlet dead corps. The only reason he was still alive (beside his internal alien chemistry that made him partially immune to the virus) was the attachment Ada Gillyflower (the blind daughter of the old lady responsible for everything) felt for him – she preferred to keep a monster as companion instead throwing him into the canals, along with the rest of the waste.
The Doctor is saved, along with Jenny they save Clara, and the team reunited (Vastra and Strax join them) try to save the world one more time: the Sweetville is the Winifred Gillyflower trial to save the most beautiful and the most intelligent from an disaster she was intending to do. She and the very old leech (the reptilians had very similar problems about 65 million years ago) was bound into a symbiotic creature – its red colored venom was produced in industrial quantities to transform and kill people.
I let you to discover yourselves how they finished their adventure. I only have to mention that Strax was funny as usual, but he did his job: he saved his team twice in this episode. The most cool scene from the show was in the end of the episode, when the children Clara is taking care about show her some old images (from 1970s’ and from 1983, but also a picture from Victorian London) and they blackmail her promising they would tell their father that their nanny was a time travel unless she was going to take them along in her next adventure. So, in the next episode the Doctor will have more companions than before… in an amusement park pillaged by Cybermen…
The director is Saul Metzstein, and the writer is Mark Gatiss.
The cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswald), Jack Oliver Hudson (Urchin Boy), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Diana Rigg (Winifred Gillyflower), Dan Starkey (Strax), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Rachael Stirling (Ada Gillyflower).
If I have to describe this episode of Doctor Who I would say it’s intense. Very intense. The fans that watched the series 7 so far noticed by now that the Tardis and Clara did not understood too well… Or, at least, not as the Doctor would have liked… teasing from one girl to another being something normal lately (the last few episodes). That’s probably why the Tardis was impersonated by a woman last season, in The Doctor’s wife.
So the Doctor let Clara pilot the Tardis once, a test to make them deal with each other, a mistake that let some scavengers recovering lost abandoned ships to target the blue box that was apparently lost in space and to take it out. The 3 brothers Van Baalen from the salvage ship get the damaged Tardis inside and try to get inside. The succeed only when the Doctor convince them to save Clara, trapped and in danger, offering them the most valuable salvage of their lives.
Doctor’s power of persuasion is matched only by the lies he uses to force the Van Baalen brothers to do their best in saving Clara: he stars a false auto destruct mechanism setting it for one hour, then it reduce the time period to 30 minutes because of the protests. He would reduce it again to 15 minutes if his new prisoners would protest again. The danger is not small: the toxic gases and fire fill entire Tardis sections, unknown creatures (at least in the beginning) hunts the people inside. Even the self destruct was false, the Tardis engine overloaded and it was about to explode (as the Doctor discovered to some point). That’s why I said the episode was very intense (and funny from time to time, especially because of Clara): the heroes does not stay for a moment, many times the action does not stop and it’s very alert, and the surprises are not just a few.
The references about the interior of the Tardis are many spread all over the last 7 series, the library being somewhere next to the pool, the old control rooms being kept in storage, safe, etc. In this episode we did not get to the pool, but we visited (with Clara’s help) the building sized library. The Time Lord’s companion find out the name of the Doctor, preparing so the season 7 finale (The name of the Doctor), but she might not remember this essential element to the end of the episode. The solution found to solve the problems is rather familiar to the ones watching the 5 series and know about the cracks in time through the moments in the time, present and future are leaking.
I don’t want to insist about another details, it remains for you to watch the episode to find them out. But the solution to solve the problem is very simple and elegant, allowing space for mystery and other questions.
Director Mat King, writer Stephen Thompson, producer Marcus Wilson, executive producers Steven Moffat şi Caroline Skinner.
Cast: Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswald), Ashley Walters (Gregor Van Baalen), Mark Oliver (Bram Van Baalen), Jahvel Hall (Tricky Van Baalen).
If you love the ghost stories you will love episode 9, season 7 of new Doctor Who series. It does not have the name Hide for nothing: the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) get to Caliburn House where the supernatural investigator Professor Alan Palmer (Dougray Scott) and his “emotional psychic” assistant Emma Grayling (Jessica Raineas) try to gather information about the ghost haunting the mansion. The historical data gathered about the Witch of the Well covered a few centuries when the Doctor and Clara dropped in.
More: besided the 3 human occupants and a Time Lord there were a creature inside the mansion, passing almost unnoticeable from one room to another. It frightened the Doctor and his companion in their trial to know the house and find the ghost.
In this episode everyone has his/her own agenda: the professor Alan Palmer wanted to find out more about the life beyond because of his experiences in the war, when he killed and people died because of him. The Doctor wanted to ask Emma Grayling about his current companion, the mistery girl that died twice and still was beside him. Clara had something against the TARDIS that did not accepted her easily, taunting her any time she could. Emma was in love with the professor and, as any love story, that was blocking her native empathy and she could not feel professor’s feeling toward her.
All these stories are around the ghost in the Caliburn House and the successful trials to contact her. The TARDIS offered the Doctor the possibility to recognize in this ghost another temporal traveler that got stranded into a pocket Universe – a bubble inside our own Universe, but almost apart from it. It was needed a strong medium in order to make a connection between the two Universes and to save the captives from the smaller one.
No, the plural is not a mistake. Because there were 2 prisoners: a beautiful dark time traveler woman named Hila (Kemi-Bo Jacobs) and the partner of the creature I’ve mentioned before. But I am letting you discover yourselves how the situation was solved and how the love stories were continued. I’ve already said to much, so I can mention only one element: there is a surprise I’ve not mentioned.
Written by Neil Cross. Cast: The Doctor (Matt Smith), Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), Alec Palmer (Dougray Scott), Emma Grayling (Jessica Raine), Hila (Kemi-Bo Jacobs), The Crooked Man (Aiden Cook).