Doctor Who news update
You know me; I can’t go too long without checking up on what is happening with Doctor Who, now I will share with you what I know. The new Doctor is Peter Capaldi. I think we all know this already, but if you didn’t there you go. He is going to be awesome; I’m quite excited about that. We did have the reveal of his first costume. There were mixed feelings, most saying it was too plain and lacked much of the quirky spunk of the The Doctor. I disagree, well no, I don’t, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Capaldi is a very surprising performer. He doesn’t need a fancy costume or anything to stand out. Just trust me, it will seem very natural and a perfect fit for him.
Filming of the first episode began with little fanfare, and news from the sets has been very quiet. Really, we know next to nothing about what is happening with filming right now. There is some speculation about weaving Capaldi’s characters from The Fires of Pompeii and Torchwood into the story and tying them together. There are a few ways they could do that, it will probably come down to an old Time Lord trick, I look forward to seeing what happens there.
Steven Moffat said in an interview with Nerd³, he 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 adds: “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?”
We know the first episode will feature The Paternoster Gang, Vastra, Jenny and Strax. I am always pleased to see those names come up. There has been no official announcement on scriptwriters this season, but rumor has it Neil Gaiman is eager to write a new adventure for The Doctor.
Now for some real news, the first major casting announcement since Capaldi, Samuel Anderson will be joining the cast of Doctor Who.
Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey) is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in the new season, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor to millions of viewers. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches when the series returns to BBC AMERICA later this year.
On joining the show Samuel Anderson said: “I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honor to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!”
While Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: “For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the first Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first season of Doctor Who!”
Filming recently began on episode four of the new series, which will co-star Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode five, co-starring Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch, Groove High), and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).
And now I get to do some speculation. There is definitely going to be a relationship between Clara and Danny Pink, that nature of that relationship is unknown, naturally. I speculate they will attempt to capture the same type of dynamic they had with Amy and Rory. However, I believe the intention is to go with the type of relationship we first saw with the first companions Barbara and Ian, who were also teachers at Coal Hill School. I could go on, but really, my wild guesses, which usually turn out correct, would just spoil the fun, so I’ll keep those to myself. Just know that when it turns out I was right I kept that information from you for your own good. You’re welcome.
Finally, Titan Comics recently acquired the Doctor Who licence from IDW and will be releasing two new titles feature the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors which will be released on July 23rd. Check out the issue #1 covers for both series by Alice X. Zhang.
DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #1
THE TENTH DOCTOR IS BACK, IN AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! NEW COMPANION! NEW HORIZONS! UNFORGETTABLE NEW FOES! ALLONS-Y!
Eisner Award-winning writer Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite artist Elena Casagrande (Angel, Suicide Risk, Doctor Who, Star Trek) take control of the TARDIS for their first five-issue arc with the Tenth Doctor! And don’t miss the second arc, by fellow series architect Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, Nikolai Dante, The Authority)!
DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #1
THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR RETURNS IN AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES, WITH A TIME-TWISTING LEAP INTO THE UNKNOWN! GERONIMO!
Series architects Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard, Mighty Avengers, Trifecta) and Rob Williams (Revolutionary War,Ordinary, Miss Fury, The Royals: Masters of War, Trifecta) kick off a whirlwind adventure through eternity for the Eleventh Doctor, with artist Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante, Grindhouse, Doctor Who)!
Doctor Who will return to the BBC around August, although exact airdates have not yet been announced. The 13 episode season is planned to be a strait run, meaning it will not be split in two, as the past several seasons had been. This is extremely pleasing to me. Not that I don’t think it’s a useful tool to stretch a show, I feel it is frequently abused. Now we all have to wait for production to complete. for now, have a picture of The Doctor on a horse.