Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat is always keen to point out that the now 50-year-old sci-fi show is at heart an easy-to-understand saga. But the wily scribe has no problem with having his lead character remind fans — or explain to newcomers — just what the bloody hell the show is all about. Take, for example, the point in tonight’s special Christmas episode, “The Time of the Doctor,” when Matt Smith’s semi-titular, two-hearted hero introduced himself to a couple of strangers thusly: “I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. I stole a time machine and ran away and I’ve been flouting the principal law of my own people ever since!”
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We’re just one week away from Christmas. Which means — more importantly — we’re just one week away from the Doctor Who Christmas Special on BBC America. This particularly eventful yuletide episode will see the final appearance by current Doctor Matt Smith, who will presumably regenerate into Peter Capaldi, as must all British citizens eventually. The trailer for the special is out now, and it promises an appearance by basically every one of the current Doctor’s villains, plus maybe a few more. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY
Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat seems determined to fit as many monsters as is humanly — or Gallifreyanly — possible into this year’s special Christmas show, which debuts Dec. 25 on BBC America. Cybermen. The Silence. A Dalek. A Weeping Angel (or at the very least, a spooky-looking statue): All feature in the new trailer for the episode, which will also see Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor into Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth.
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This November’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary show really will be bigger on the inside — the inside of cinemas, anyway. BBC America announced today that on Nov. 23, the 75 minute-long “The Day of the Doctor” will be screened in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Minneapolis at the same time the special is being simulcast around the world. The screenings will be 3-D with tickets going on sale Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET. READ FULL STORY
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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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.
'Doctor Who' panel at Comic-Con: Trailer for 50th anniversary special shows meeting of David Tennant, Matt Smith
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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
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
'Doctor Who': See Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman in a clip from new episode, 'The Bells of Saint John': EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
How can you see Matt Smith’s Doctor and Jenna Louise-Coleman’s companion Clara being very cute together in the new Doctor Who adventure, “The Bells of Saint John”? Well, you could steal a TARDIS, Doctor-style, and travel forward a week and a half to 8 p.m. ET, March 30, when BBC America will broadcast the episode, the first of eight new Time Lord tales. Or you could watch the exclusive clip below.
It seems like 150 years since we last had the opportunity to watch a new episode of Doctor Who — and in a sense that’s how long it has been given the most recent show to feature Matt Smith’s Time Lord was the Victorian-era set special Christmas episode, “The Snowmen.”
But on March 30 at 8 p.m. ET, Doctor Who will finally return to BBC America and kick off the show’s 50th year with a run of eight shows. In next week’s Entertainment Weekly, we will be marking the start of the second half of the current season — and its big birthday — with a Doctor Who cover story. But right now you can further whet your Who-petite, by exclusively checking out the trailer for the new eight shows. Take a look below and tell us what you think… READ FULL STORY
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