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.”

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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.”