More or less confirmed by Moffat earlier in the year, Neve McIntosh has spoken briefly about the return of Madame Vastra and the Paternoster Gang in Peter Capaldi’s debut series next year.
McIntosh told the Daily Record: “It will be sad not to be working with Matt again but I’m really looking forward to Peter taking over and seeing what he does with it.
“We’ll be helping the Doctor more, but I can’t say anything else.”
McIntosh also says that she would like the show to be ‘edgier’: “The sexual themes in Doctor Who should be talked about more and embraced more. It could be edgier and more dangerous.”
On the endlessly discussed Paternoster spin-off, she said: “We can do so much in Victorian times, it’s got that steampunk edge to it. Think how freaky that era was with the Elephant Man and all that and just add us into the mix, with time travel and all sorts of weird, wonderful stuff.”
The National Media Museum is going to be invaded by Doctor Who fans. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, the museum is opening up its doors for Doctor Who Family Fun.
The exhibition will be a host of activities for Whovians of all ages. Visitors will be able to create a light-up TARDIS, a moving Dalek, or make their own Doctor Who monster to take home with them. The exhibit will also feature a behind-the-scenes film showing how Doctor Who is made.
The episode ‘Nightmare in Silver’, featuring Matt Smith taking on the Cybermen, will also be shown for visitors.
The whole family will be able to participate in a Doctor Who trivia while the children are making their own monsters.
The museum’s learning program coordinator Elaine Richmond said: “We hope families will join us this half term to help keep the Museum from the clutches of the dreaded Daleks. We’re very excited about this event and promise a lot of Doctor Who-themed fun and activities in anticipation of the 50th anniversary episode next month.”
The Doctor Who Family Fun takes place at the National Media Museum, Bradford from October 26 to November 3.
It must be getting old really quick for Paul McGann to have to deny rumors about making an apperance in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, but it doesn’t help that the majority of these rumors come directly from his personal Twitter feed.
Last night, Whovian excitement was stirred up with a tweet from the McGann himself saying: “Spent forty minutes this pm having to imitate Matt Smith’s dramatic delivery in VO. You have been warned….”
However, he quickly followed up the tweet with an explanation: “I should explain. It was by way of an aural experiment to find out how similar we might sound. We didn’t. And he’s better looking too.”
McGann already denied involvement when asked directly: “No, I’m not in the 50th, though plenty of beautiful and talented people are.”
Guess we’ll have to wait 50 days until we know for sure…
“You’re going to get every kind of retrospective in the world when it comes to the 50th and you’re not going to be short. To make this show just a walk-down, just a tribute to the past, a backward glance, would be like one of those end of year shows: ‘That was the year that was! Look back and feel slightly old and sad.’ Don’t do that! Of course it’s a celebration of the legend of Doctor Who, but more importantly it’s ensuring there’s going to be a 100th anniversary.
He adds: “It’s a hugely important story to the Doctor. That was my mission statement. Very, very rarely in Doctor Who does a story matter to him very much at all. Obviously he runs around, defeats mutants, meets a space badger, saves a civilisation, causes epiphanies to happen to everyone he meets, rushes back to the TARDIS and forgets everything about it. If you asked him he might have a vague memory of the badger, and that’s it.
“My intent was to move it forward, to have a show that’s equally about the next fifty years of Doctor Who. Attaching the word fifty to anything… I almost tried to rip the logo off saying ‘Why is that good?! That show you’re watching is really old!’ Why is that a good thing to say? It’s about proving we’ve got many, many more stories to tell, and in a way, being able to say the story really starts here. People ask me how am I going to please the regular audience and I say I’m actually on a recruitment drive to get the people who’ve never watched it before to watch Doctor Who. That’s what matters. There are some people out there who’ve never watched it before, God help them. You want them to think, ‘Oh I’ve been missing out, I’m going to join in now.’
“If you’re going to celebrate Doctor Who, you’re celebrating the Doctor – well, why not tell his story? What’s it like for him? What’s it like being him, what defines him, what defines what he is? How do you make that might moment in his life? What would be the Doctor’s most important day, what would be the show that would change him as a person for ever, alter the course of his life?
“That’s what’s big enough to do for the 50th, rather than just a parade of the greatest hits. Never mind that space badger one; this is the adventure that he really remembers, and thinks, ‘That was the day everything changed.’”
Doctor Who head writer Steven Moffat noted that even though Peter Capaldi has appeared in previous episodes of the show, those appearances will not be ignored once he takes over as the new Doctor, hinting they might serve a plot points for future episodes.
During an interview with Nerd³, Moffat said: “We are aware that Peter Capaldi’s played a big old part in Doctor Who and Torchwood before and we are not going to ignore the fact.
“I remember Russell [T Davies] told me that he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldi’s in the Who universe: one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood. When I cast Peter and Russell got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said, ‘Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?” and he said, ‘Yes it does. Here it is…’
“We’ll play that one out over time. It’s actually quite neat.”
He also added: “The face is not set from birth. It’s not like he was always going to be one day Peter Capaldi. We know that’s the case because in The War Games he has a choice of faces. So we know it’s not set, so where does he get those faces from? They can’t just be randomly generated because they’ve got lines. They’ve aged. When he turns into Peter he’ll actually have lines on his face. So where did that face come from?”
Doctor Who may have not lasted fifty wonderful years if the plot device of Time Lord regeneration was not created. Patrick Troughton played the second incarnation of the nortorious Time Lord and he will be featured in a 50th anniversary docudrama titled An Adventure in Space and Time by Reece Shearsmith of the League of Gentlemen.
When William Hartnel began to suffer from poor health in 1966, the idea to have the Doctor regenerate gave the show the ability to recast their star character. This was a risk however, as viewers might not accept that the Doctor could change in appearance and personality. And even if they audience accepted that idea, would they like the new Doctor? It was an incredibly big gamble and that’s why fans often say Patrick Troughton had the hardest job as the new Doctor.
The Doctor’s first regeneration is a tremendous sight to see and Troughton appears along with the sound of the Tardis materialising. There was some initial backlash at first. Fans of the show missed the Doctor they had already come to know and love. It’s truely is a testament to Patrick Troughton’s skills as an actor that he was able to be such a successful Doctor.
Patrick Troughton added his own personal touch to the character. The Doctor was no longer a grandfatherly gentlemen that Hartnell’s Doctor was, and became a more playful man with a mop of dark Beatles hair that fit perfectly with the era of the 1960’s. The new Doctor brought a more enthusiastic and energetic quality to the role. Troughton’s three year run as the Doctor thoroughly established Doctor Who once more as a family favourite but took the show into new territory.
The prominence of historical stories lessened and futurist stories became a stronger theme both on Earth and elsewhere in the universe. The Cybermen returned and became much more menacing than previous encounters. The organization UNIT as well as Brigadier were introduced doing battle with Yeti and other fearful creatures. The Time Lords were also introduced for the first time in his final story, The War Games, where they punish the Doctor for his interfering in the affairs of alien races and sentence him to regenerate again and be exiled to Earth.
Patrick Troughton was a trailblazer for every new Doctors that followed and he remains a fan favourite. He returned to the show three times in the Three, Five and Two Doctors stories and attended Whovian events for almost twenty years after leaving the rold. He passed away while at a Doctor Who convention in America at the age of 67 in 1987. His legacy as the Doctor is immense and it’s hard not to see similarities between Troughton and eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. Between the bow ties, hilariously expressive face or the rediculous way they run it’s clear that 2 and 11 are both cut from the same Time Lord cloth.