The simulcast of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special show “Day of the Doctor” is now just over a month away — unless, of course, you’ve popped ahead in your TARDIS to the future (in which case, NO SPOILERS!) Regardless, the BBC has just released the first batch of photos from the show, which feature current Doctor Matt Smith, former Doctor David Tennant, “mystery” Doctor John Hurt, Jenna Coleman, and Jemma Redgrave who plays the Brigadier’s daughter Kate Stewart.
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How crazy is the next season of Doctor Who going to be? Earlier this year, it was announced that the 12th Doctor will be played by Peter Capaldi, best known for his foul-language-loving character Malcolm Tucker from the incredible British sitcom The Thick of It. Now Ben Wheatley, the director of such entertaining but extremely violent films as Kill List and Sightseers, has told Screen Daily that he is to oversee the first two adventures of the new season, which will be broadcast next year.
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Couches of the world, prepare for young Doctor Who fans around the globe to hide behind you next month — all at the same time. The BBC announced today that on Nov. 23 it will simulcast the beloved science fiction show’s special 50th anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor,” in at least 75 countries, including the U.S., where it will be shown on BBC America. Meanwhile, details of 3-D screenings in select cinemas here will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Fans just got another reason to never leave their computers: Hulu announced today Doctor Who, Top Gear, Sherlock, Luther, and other top BBC programs will be available on Hulu Plus in the fall.
Hulu Plus is the pay-per-month streaming service of Hulu.com. The site announced that certain episodes of all the shows will be free, as is their usual model.
Classic shows such as Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Upstairs, Downstairs, and Wallander will also be available. More shows will roll out through the end of the year, eventually leading to over 2,000 episodes of BBC Worldwide titles to stream.
“Hulu has enjoyed a strong collaboration with BBC Worldwide North America, from international co-productions to breakthrough exclusive shows that have been embraced in the U.S. by extremely passionate audiences,” said Andy Forssell, acting CEO and Senior Vice President of Content for Hulu in a release. “By adding this expansive collection of premium BBC Worldwide programming, Hulu Plus solidifies its role as a top streaming platform for the best British programming available in the U.S.”
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On those rare occasions when current and past stars of Doctor Who filmed episodes together the air has sometimes turned a tad chilly. But “Tenth Doctor” David Tennant says there were no such problems when, earlier this year, he and his TARDIS successor Matt Smith shot this November’s special 50th anniversary show.
'Broadchurch': Creator Chris Chibnall and star David Tennant talk about their crime drama phenomenon
When the crime drama Broadchurch was screened on the U.K.’s ITV network this spring, it swiftly became a bona fide national obsession as viewers tried to figure out who killed an 11-year-old boy named Danny Latimer in the titular seaside town. Needless to say, Broadchurch creator-writer Chris Chibnall was thrilled by this development — even if it did make getting home more difficult during the show’s eight-episode run. “One night I went out to a screening of The Shining at an old hotel,” says Chibnall, who lives in Bridport, where many of the show’s coastal exteriors were filmed. “I was walking back in the dark and I rang a taxi firm and said, ‘Could you come and pick me and my wife up?’ The guy on the other end went, ‘No problem at all, Chris. Just tell me one thing: Who did it?’”
Welcome your new Time Lord!
BBC announced today that Peter Capaldi, best known for his role as foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker on BBC comedy series The Thick of It, has been cast as the 12th Doctor. He was the favorite leading up to the announcement, made today on a live program.
He replaces Matt Smith, who announced two months ago that he intended to leave the series. Smith is expected to make his final appearance on Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas special.
Last week, Smith spoke about his time on the 50-year-old show to press during the Television Critics Association press tour. “I feel very proud to be a part of such a wonderful legacy,” he said. “The thing about [the Doctor] is he always looks forward. The show will get bigger and better and carry on without me”
Earlier this month, Smith, Who companion Jenna Coleman, David Bradley, and Mark Gatiss stopped by EW’s studio at Comic-Con. That interview is below: READ FULL STORY
UPDATE: Thursday’s announcement is that an announcement is coming! The new Doctor Who will be revealed Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on BBC America. See the full press release below, along with our original report and a trailer for Sunday’s announcement.
Is the BBC about to name the new star of Doctor Who? According to the website of U.K. magazine the Radio Times, at 7:01pm ET, the BBC will make what it is described as a “time-and-space-shattering announcement” about the British science fiction show, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Of course, the announcement could be that the producers have decided to repaint the TARDIS red, but it seems more likely that we will soon learn the identity of the actor who has been cast to replace Matt Smith, or at least the means by which we will find out (one widely reported rumor is that the BBC plans to reveal the actor’s identity on a special live show to be broadcast this Sunday).
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More than perhaps any scripted drama on TV, the nature of Doctor Who is forward-looking renewal, embracing the sort of periodic cast upheaval that other shows strive to avoid at all cost. For actor Matt Smith, who is preparing to shoot his final episode as the Time Lord, stepping off the cult hit is an unnerving prospect.
“I feel very proud to be a part of such a wonderful legacy,” Smith said Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. “The thing about Doctor Who is he always looks forward. The show will get bigger and better and carry on without me … we shoot nine to 10 months a year, the show has come to a natural tipping point … it’s at the top of a cycle … it’s a good time of me and the show … it was a hard choice. I’ll miss it.”
Smith pointed out, however, that “just because I’ve done Doctor Who doesn’t give me a divine right to walk into any other jobs,” adding: “I’ll ponder it and sometimes think, ‘I’ve made a huge mistake. What am I doing?’”
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Dan Harmon drew from many inspirations for his upcoming Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty. Among them? A certain beloved Time Lord.
“For me, the influences are more in British sci-fi stuff that I grew up reading — like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy also there’s a heavy dose of Doctor Who in there,” he said during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour.
Rick and Morty follows a slightly sociopathic grandfather and his less-than-intelligent grandson as they have insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.
Harmon’s moment to talk about the series came among a flood of Community-related queries today during the panel. For the record, he talked about returning to Community (again) saying, “If I had not gone back after being invited back, the worst-case scenario is 30 years of wondering what would have happened had I gone back. If I go back, worst-case scenario is one sh–ty season.”
Rick and Morty premieres in December on Adult Swim. Community returns midseason.
Summer is typically a pretty quiet time for TV fans, but July is full of television news, thanks to last weekend’s Comic-Con and today’s kickoff of the Television Critics Association Press Tour.
As entertainment reporters (including EW’s Inside TV team) settle in for two weeks of TCA presentations, we’re looking forward to the new and returning shows we didn’t catch up with down in San Diego, plus reminding you of all the great news we scooped up during our Comic-Con interviews. Stick with EW.com through Aug. 7 for everything you need to know about these shows and more:
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'Doctor Who' panel at Comic-Con: Trailer for 50th anniversary special shows meeting of David Tennant, Matt Smith
The project: BBC’s Doctor Who
The panel: Matt Smith (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), showrunner Steven Moffat, producer Marcus Wilson. Plus — from upcoming docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, which depicts the making of Doctor Who‘s first episodes: star David Bradley (actor William Hartnell, who played the first Doctor), writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss, who also writes for Doctor Who
Footage screened: Everyone obsessively counting down to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special got exactly the footage they’ve been dying to see: Smith and David Tennant, together at last. The crowd went nuts when the fan-favorite 10th Doctor appeared onscreen, but the volume level went even higher in Hall H when the two Doctors appeared side-by-side. There are some amusing in-sync moments — like Tennant and Smith crossing their legs at the same time — and they face off with their respective sonic screwdrivers. Of course, the 10th Doctor has an opinion about the TARDIS’ updated interior: “Oh, you’ve redecorated,” he says brightly, then, face souring, “I don’t like it.” Fans also saw a few glimpses of Billie Piper as Rose and of at least one foe the Doctors will face in the special: Daleks!
Two additional treats for the audience: A charming trailer for An Adventure in Space and Time and the song-and-dance cold open of a Smith-featuring episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson — the Scottish-born talk show host moderated the panel, which closed with his ode to the show about “the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.”
Snap judgment: Hall H was electrified throughout the panel for the sci-fi series, which continues to find a growing audience stateside. Cosplayers depicting the Doctor and girls in TARDIS dresses were legion in the crowd, which was also was sprinkled with fans who raised their own sonic screwdrivers in the air to welcome the panelists. Ferguson’s energy and quippy comments only added to an already lively and delightful panel, which also served as a goodbye to Smith, who recently announced that he’s coming to the end of his time as the Doctor.
The big revelations: With the script for the Christmas special not yet complete, and the search for Smith’s replacement still ongoing, teases for what’s ahead were in short supply. Ferguson did ask Moffat that big question of who will play the 12th Doctor, but there’s no news to report in that department yet. So aside from the footage screened, the panel featured no details on the Christmas or anniversary specials — although Smith did pitch where he’d like to shoot his final episode: “I would like to go on record and say I really want to shoot the Christmas special in America,” he said. “Is this a maybe? Can I get a definitely maybe?” he said, turning to his producers. Alas, he didn’t get his definitely maybe, but perhaps Comic-Conners saw the beginning of the negotiation process for getting the Doctor back on American soil.
Thought-provoking insights about the Doctor from Moffat: The showrunner is a lifelong Doctor Who fan. He knows this character really well. So anytime Moffat eloquently discusses what makes this guy tick is a real treat. One observation: “The doctor should be mysterious. He hasn’t told you everything. He’s gone 50 years without introducing himself properly.” Also: “There’s only one Doctor. He has lots of different faces, but he’s always the same. He lives in the moment all the time. He never really looks back. He’s a creature of the moment, right now. As a time traveler, I suppose everything is happening to him at once anyway. The other thing is that I also think he’s different ages at once. He’s a child, he’s a stroppy teenager, he’s a middle-aged bore, he’s a grumpy old man — all at once, all those things at the same time. And the actor that has done that the best to date is Matt.”
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