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Waiting for Christmas: Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Trailer Is Out!

At ComicCon, the BBC premiered the trailer for this year’s Christmas special, and Peter Capaldi’s swansong.  The title is “Twice Upon a Time” and it’s a bona fide multiple Doctor adventure — the Twelfth, of course, but also the First, as portrayed by David Bradley.  We know very little, except that it’s set in World War One and something is wrong with time — also, neither incarnation of the Doctor wants to regenerate (confirming that for One, it’s happening alongside the events of “The Tenth Planet”, a clever use of the fact that the First Doctor was oddly absent for much of that serial, due to William Hartnell’s illness).  It will also feature yet another performance from Mark Gatiss, and a previously-kept-secret final appearance by Pearl Mackie as Bill!  I am so excited and so thrilled, and I love this trailer.  Now I just have to wait five months…..

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Yes, it’s true: Peter Capaldi is moving on

It’s never easy, letting a Doctor go . . . whether they’re in for a year (Eccleston), two seasons (Colin Baker), the typical three, or the marathon seven that Tom Baker had, it’s still not easy to see them go.  But!  At least we get to find out while we still have a whole new season of Capaldi ahead of us!  That makes it a bit easier.  And he’s getting a new companion, who I hope can stick around to bridge into the new Doctor and the new showrunner for Series 11.

So what do we have to look forward to, in Capaldi’s final season as “Doctor Eyebrows”, as my youngest daughter calls him?

  • the new companion, a girl named Bill
  • Bill, who is apparently a Prince fan
  • And we have two companions!  Nardole is staying on after the last Christmas special, which means we have the first male companion since Rory, and the first non-human companion (unless you stretch and count River Song) since Turlough in the early 80s.
  • the Movellans appear to be back! for the first time since “Destiny of the Daleks”, featuring Tom Baker and Lalla Ward in 1979 — if you’re not a classic Who fan, they’re beautiful androids who are completely opposed to the Daleks — and everybody else.
  • there have been rumors (sparked by a teasing remark by Peter Capaldi) that Clara is back in some form — however, Jenna Coleman says she did not record anything as Clara, and ruled out a cameo as well, so it sounds like something more oblique
  • Missy is back, however!  The latest deliciously evil incarnation of the Doctor’s Time Lord nemesis will return.
  • The Ice Warriors are also back, again written by Mark Gatiss, and apparently featuring a new type of Ice Warrior — intriguing!
  • Alas, Peter Jackson directing still appears to be a pipe dream, unless they’ve managed to really shock us all with some amazing secret shooting

So, there are some nice juicy hints in there!  What more may be waiting for us?

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The best thank-you a comic book author could ever get!

Rachel Stott draws for Titan Comics’ series of Twelfth Doctor comic books, and her work is really amazing.  So amazing, in fact, that she’s got some high-profile fans.  One of those fans sent her an amazing thank-you note, with an original hand-painted scene of the Twelfth Doctor hopping across the rings of some distant planet, while the TARDIS stands in the distance.  The fan in question was none other than Peter Capaldi.  Check it out; this is really beautiful.  😉

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Peter Capaldi is awesome, part eleventy: visiting Syrian refugees

Lots of celebrities get to have photo ops and such with refugees.  Aid groups often encourage it, because it can get some more attention to their project, by attracting the notice of the celebrity’s fans.  And the celebrities usually get a chance to look heroic out of the deal.  Peter Capaldi has now had his turn doing so, and in keeping with everything we’ve learned about the man so far, did so with amazing grace.  Watch this video, and hear him speak with awe about the incredible dignity and courage of the refugees, as they hold to their humanity even as they flee the country where they’ve spent their entire lives, the land they love, but the land they can no longer stay in for the sake of their children.

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Peter Capaldi speaks out for the lady costars

We all know there’s a bit of a problem with sexism in the film and television industry.  It’s not like the industry goes out of its way to hide it or anything; just look at how James Bond is paired up with a different voluptuous young lady every movie, with this being presented as perfectly normal and to be expected.  Daniel Craig has himself spoken out about this as well, saying he regards Bond as a misogynist for how he treats women.  And he’s right, yet somehow this was seen as a bit startling, this acknowledgement that how women are portrayed in action movies is very unfavorable to them, deliberately and consistently putting them at a disadvantage.  It is a problem so pervasive we even see it on the evening news, where middle-aged male anchors are almost universally paired up with much younger female anchors.  It’s a problem that isn’t going to go away unless more people start calling attention to it.

Peter Capaldi spoke out on this a little bit in a recent interview, and I love him for it, because it’s something that needs to be said.  He stood up for his costar, Jenna Coleman, refusing to do a photoshoot that followed the old cliche of dominant male action hero + sexy submissive female, and went on to discuss the lunacy of how young women are paired with older men in all these dramas, and then when the younger women aren’t younger anymore they can’t find work.

“It’s ridiculous that we get these old guys with young women draped round them. When I started Doctor Who and we were doing photoshoots we’d be asked if Jenna could just lie down there while I, you know” — he leaps up and acts out a young woman sprawled coquettishly about while he gets to stand and look powerful over her. “I had to say, ‘Look, that’s just not what we’re about. The relationship between my Doctor and his companion is one of deep love. But it’s a strange sort of platonic bond. It becomes clearer and more moving as this particular series goes on.”

Capaldi saves his most Tucker-esque sneer when discussing sexism in the industry. “Of course it’s sexist. Most of my peers have partners their age, so if we have a dinner party with a bunch of actors, the wives or partners are largely the same age. Then you see your friends on screen and they are suddenly with some extraordinary young lady who wouldn’t be at the dinner party. It’s ridiculous.

“It is true that women reach a certain age when people decide that they’re not useful anymore as actors. There are a few significant theatrical roles that they might be viable for. That’s not fair, it’s not right, it’s not a proper reflection of what goes on in life.”

The whole interview is well worth a read here, at the Evening Standard, with plenty of other observations on the acting life, Doctor Who in particular, and his aspirations beyond.  It closes with a truly delightful mental image appropriate for the recent Halloween holiday:

Capaldi recalls that a few nights earlier, on Halloween, young trick-or-treaters who came to his house were spooked when Doctor Who greeted them. “In a few years’ time, once I’ve left the show, I’ll miss it so much I’ll be coming to the door in my costume.”

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Is it just me, or is this a better Doctor Who theme?

Last weekend, for “Before the Flood”, the Doctor Who team swapped out the theme song on a one-time-only basis.  And it is awesome.

How awesome?

Well, this is as far as I know the first time they’ve let the star actually play it for the theme.  Yes, that really is Peter Capaldi making the music, and it is wonderful.  😉  I’m only sad that apparently this is a one-time thing and not something they’re going to do throughout.  Because honestly, the Doctor Who theme is a lot better with electric guitar.  😉  Even if it’s just adding chords over Murray Gold’s existing arrangement of Ron Grainer’s original tune; it really does add a lot, and I think part of it is because it calls back to the more analog way that electronica was made back in 1963.  Less of the digital synth feel this way.  Whatever the case, it’s awesome, and you should enjoy it.

Radio Times: Peter Capaldi plays electric guitar over Doctor Who opening credits

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San Diego Comic-Con Doctor Who Panels!

This post will be brief, as I have a bit of a headache.  But this is too awesome not to share. First, the Doctor Who panel, with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, and Stephen Moffatt, moderated by Chris Hardwick of the Nerdist:

And then this: unveiling the Doctor Who starter pack for LEGO Dimensions.  You get to find out what Peter Capaldi really thinks of his minifig’s hair.  😉

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