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?’”
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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.”
The handsome was on display Thursday afternoon at Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors Comic-Con panel, moderated by Lynette Rice. Squeals from the audience were expected, of course, but even the panelists seemed completely delighted by each others aesthetics. “I just wanted to speak for the fans and say, ‘Tyler, you are so sexy,’” said Grimm’s David Guintoli to Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey. Twice.
Okay, so it might have been tongue in cheek. Still, these guys know how to work a room, even if they do get paid to brood, as Guintoli said. Take a look at some of the best moments from EW’s panel with Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), David Guintoli (Grimm), and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). READ FULL STORY
Doctor Who star Matt Smith isn’t done playing the Doctor just yet. He’ll appear in the upcoming 50th anniversary special — alongside previous Time Lord David Tennant — before he films a sure-to-be-wrenching exit in the 2013 Christmas Special. Nevertheless, Smith did film a nice message for Doctor Who fans which feels like a farewell. (He recorded it in Detroit, where the actor is currently filming Ryan Gosling’s How To Catch A Monster.) Intriguingly, the video features prominent use of word cards. Watch the video: READ FULL STORY
The Doctor is out. Or at least he will be soon.
The BBC announced today that Matt Smith will leave Doctor Who after four years on the long-running program. Smith, who arrived on the show in 2010, will part ways with the TARDIS at the end of this year after starring in the 50th Anniversary special in November. According to the BBC, he’ll also regenerate one last time for this year’s Christmas special.
“Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show,” Smith said in a statement. “I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience.”
Smith continued, “The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet.” (Read his full statement here.)
Steven Moffat, the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, also released a statement in which he thanked Smith for his work as the Time Lord. “Bow ties were never cooler,” he said. Moffat’s already looking to the future, though, as the quest to find a new Doctor gets underway. “Now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now – all unknowing, just going about their business – is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!”
What say you, Whovians: Are you sad to see Matt Smith go?
'Doctor Who' stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman talk 50th anniversary special script -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Here at Entertainment Weekly we hope that between last week’s Doctor Who cover story and the assorted, Time Lord-related EW.com exclusives over the past few days (see below), we have properly prepared you for the second half of the show’s current season, which debuts on BBC America at 8 p.m. ET this Saturday. But perhaps you still have questions. Questions like, “Is 2013 really going to be the best year in the history of the show?” “What does Matt Smith think about the script for this fall’s 50th anniversary special?” And “Who are Smith and Jenna Louise-Coleman’s dream guest stars?”
If so, we heartily recommend you check out the exclusive video below, filmed during our cover shoot, in which the Doctor Who stars ruminate on these issues and more. READ FULL STORY
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