Series 8 To Be Darker, Return to Classic Roots

Ben Wheatley, who is directing the first two episodes of Series 8, has stated that Peter Capaldi’s debut will return Doctor Who to its classic roots.

When Wheatly spoke to io9, he said:

“Doctor Who is pretty dark, I think. Generally it’s dark, it’s always been dark. Even in the more modern ones. If you look at the Tom Baker stuff, it’s especially dark. When he leaves Leela — who’s a very beloved assistant — he just laughs after it. There’s none of the [breaking down and crying]. He just laughs, and “on to the next one,” you know. It’s a bonkers show. It’s a monster. To have a unity that runs eight years [of the new series]… it’s pretty crazy. They’ve done everything, they’ve tried all sorts of stuff. It seems to me the episodes that we’re doing now seem more like classic Who. We’re going back to that style. But you’ll have to wait and see.”

When asked about Peter Capaldi as The Doctor he said:

“With someone like Capaldi, he’s a massive Who fan. He knows Who inside out. And everything he does is very, carefully planned and thought about. I remember when they first started talking to me about doing it, and I was very nervous for just those reasons. How do you shape this performance? But then when I heard who was going to do it — when they told me it was Capaldi, [I thought] that’s not really a problem. He’s so good. I was relieved, pretty much. It would have been a very different situation if it had been another kind of Matt Smith character. A guy who you don’t know. Molded from the start. But with Capaldi, you look at his career and you look at his performances they are all so brilliant, and all so different as well. It was a lucky break for me, I think that.”

Wheatly elaborated on how he got the job directing the first two episodes saying:

“It was something I sought out. I got my agent to kind of badger them about doing, because I was a fan as a kid. But also because my kid was a fan of the show and I wanted to make something that he could see, for a change. That was it. And it’s been very geeky indeed. Going into the TARDIS, I held the Sonic Screwdriver the other day, and that was a particular thrill. All sorts of stuff. Also stuff I can’t talk about, that’s been very, very exciting for me.”

The Twelfth Doctor’s Costume Revealed

Full Picture Here – The BBC has just released the first image of Peter Capaldi in his costume as the Doctor. So what do you think?

Press release:

The Doctor has a new look as Peter Capaldi’s era officially begins. In a picture released today by the BBC, Capaldi can be seen in the costume that will define his time as the Twelfth Time Lord in one of TV’s biggest roles. Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden.

Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi said: “He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.” While lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat added: “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over – Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!”

Filming for episode one of series 8 began earlier this month, after 10.2 million tuned-in on Christmas Day to get their first much-anticipated glimpse of Capaldi’s Doctor. Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, commented: “Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is officially recorded in history today with the unveiling of his new costume. It’s sharp, smart and stylish – The Twelfth Time Lord means business.”

The 12th Doctor

Photos of Capaldi filming Series 8

Series 8 of Doctor Who continued filming on Monday evening in Cardiff at Mount Stuart Square. Peter Capaldi was on set filming a scene on horseback though the streets of a  Victorian town. He wasn’t in his yet-to-be-revealed costume though, instead he was sporting Victorian pajamas.

Pic by Ryan Farrell

Pic by Ryan Farrell

Pic by Fangirl Quest

Pic by Fangirl Quest

Capaldi on the stunt horse:

Capaldi’s stunt double riding the horse:

More pictures can be seen HERE courtesy of Doctor Who TV

Writer Phil Ford Teases Series 8 2nd Episode

Writer Phil Ford has publicly annouced his upcoming episode for Doctor Who Series 8. Ford co-wrote David Tennant’s episode ‘The Waters of Mars’ as well as many episodes of the Doctor Who spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures and recently announced that he is writing the script for episode two of Peter Capaldi’s debut series.

Ford was quoted saying:

“I’m over the moon in a TARDIS! And I don’t know how I’ve managed to keep quiet about it for so long! It’s a huge honour to write for Doctor Who at any time, to be writing Peter Capaldi’s second adventure is that to infinity! I can’t wait to get on to set!”

Ford only gave three words describing the episode, “Behind enemy lines.”

The Time of the Eleventh is Over, Long Live the Twelfth

Well its happened, the clock has struck twelve, Silence fell and the time of the Eleventh is over. The Time of the Doctor may not have been what all Doctor Who fans hoped for, but I feel it was fitting end to Matt Smith’s time as the renegade Time Lord. There were a lot of loose ends that needed to be tied up and Steven Moffat did it beautifully.

Going into the 2013 Christmas special, Steven Moffat had a lot to do, such as figuring out how the Doctor ended up on Trenzalore, why “silence will fall,” and how to get around those pesky regeneration restrictions. It’s like Moffat enjoys creating problems just so he can to solve them later. Some may think that Moffat created a simple solutions to all these questions but his method was actually quite clever, and it cleans the slate rather nicely for Peter Capaldi to step into the Doctor’s shoes.

***SPOILERS***

Here is a list of all the loose ends that were wrapped up in The Time of the Doctor:

  • The cracks in the Universe are the Time Lords trying to get out of the pocket universe and back into ours.
  • Madame Kovarian’s sect of the Papal Mainframe  blew up the TARDIS to prevent The Doctor from ever reaching Trenzalore.
  • “Silence Will Fall” is the promise made by the non-Kovarian sect to not let the Doctor speak his name, as it would bring back the Time Lords and relaunch the Time War with the Daleks.
  • The Silence are priests of the Papal Mainframe, and are genetically designed to make confessors forget once they have confessed.

Paul McGann: “We can always come back”

Paul McGann may not be appearing in the 50th anniversary special, but he is still hopes that the Eighth Doctor will return to TV some day. While speaking about The Day of the Doctor, McGann told Flicks and the City:

“I was a bit dismayed because I always wanted to be in a 3D anything — even like Jaws 3D! I’d love to have been in any old rubbish. So I was bit gutted when I heard that’s what it was going to be like.

“There’s no McCoy… there’s no, you know… we’re not in it. Nor are we in the Christmas special let me tell you. I don’t think so anyway! Not unless they are going to shoot it next week.”

He also added:

“There’s all kind of rumours and counter-rumours and everything doing the rounds. One gets tired trying to refute things on Twitter and the like. Take it from me, I’m not in it.”

However, he does hope to return one day:

“The thing about Doctor Who of course is that if not now, then maybe some other time. That’s the beauty of it. We can always come back.”

McGann also commented on Peter Capaldi’s casting: “I think it’s in great hands… and hopefully he’ll swear like a trooper, like Malcolm Tucker!”

Watch the full interview below:

Moffat discusses Capaldi’s Outfit and Regeneration Limit

During an interview with Radio Times on October 13th, Steven Moffat stated that Peter Capaldi is in the process of searching for his 12th Doctor’s attire.

Moffat said: “I think actually right now – I think literally right now. [Peter] was texting me ‘I’m out with [the wardrobe stylist] at the moment, it’s going quite well’ and some descriptions of clothes I did not understand. If it’s not a suit…”

He also added: “He likes his clothes. he’s got very strong opinions about clothes, he’s very dashing.”

Moffat’s input on Capaldi’s attire will be minimal though: “I’ll just let them get on with it and it’ll be ‘yes’ or ‘no’ a the end. Matt [Smith] said ‘I should be a boffin, I think I need to go with the bow tie’ and I said ‘No, absolutely not, you’re not wearing a bow tie – that’s a cartoon idea of what Doctor Who is… Oh, you are going to wear a bow tie – you look incredible in it. And from that moment on he suddenly came to life, and he put the tweed jacket on and suddenly he’s leaping round the room with a biro pen and that was it – he was the Doctor.”

Moffat also decided to tease Whovians with a cryptic statement regarding the Doctor’s regeneration limit:

Moffat today confirmed of the Doctor, “He can only regenerate 12 times”, while simultaneously suggesting there has been a miscalculation of how many regenerations he has actually been through.

“I think you should go back to your DVDs and count correctly this time,” said Moffat, “there’s something you’ve all missed.

The Paternoster Gang will return in Series 8

According to DoctorWhoTV:

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.”

Alex Kingston Hints At River Song Potentially Returning to Doctor Who

Alex Kingston appears to have teased fans once more about an appearance from River Song.

Speaking in a video with BBC America, she said: “I look forward to sharing more of [River] with you in the future, but… spoilers!”

Rumours have circulated that River will appear once more in Matt Smith’s final episode during the Christmas special, although there is the possibility that her character also carry over to Peter Capaldi’s series? With Moffat still in charge it most certainly is not out of the question.