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…..
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. 😉
First off, the first teaser for Series Nine! And it reveals . . . well, basically nothing. It’s the TARDIS, and the sound of the sonic screwdriver. But it is nice to be reminded that it’s coming back. 😉
And then this: the LEGO Group seems to be taking a page out of the BBC’s book, and releasing a similarly nonspecific teaser for the first Doctor Who LEGO set! It shows us . . . well, still almost nothing. We have a very closeup glimps of the Twelfth Doctor minifig, a la “Day of the Doctor”, though it appears to be CGI and not an actual minifig. Most exciting bit? It says the set will be coming this year! Start your Christmas list!
It’s a great interview; definitely read the whole thing. But I’ll just quote a few gems from it:
On learning that he’d gotten the part of the Doctor: “I finally got on the phone to my agent and she said, “Hello Doctor…” and I couldn’t tell anyone. I had to just stand in a corner and scream, and then I was walking around Prague singing the Doctor Who theme tune to myself.”
On the physical side of the role (though he assures fans he’s handling it fine and enjoy the hell out of it): “I took Matt Smith to lunch before we started and he came in on crutches. I said, “What happened to you, mate?” and he said “It’s this show, it’s this show…” I was just – he’s younger than me, what am I going to do?”
On being in a flying rig for a stunt: “It was like being nine, because you don’t normally get to play Doctor Who and Superman at the same time.”
He also discusses being a sinister butter salesman, visiting the set of “Adventure in Space and Time”, Malcolm Tucker, and winning an Oscar in a category he didn’t even realize existed (short film direction — which makes him the first Oscar-winning Doctor).
Peter Capaldi Talks Doctor Who
It’s getting closer and closer, and now the excitement will really start to build!
Thanks to Doctor Who TV. 😉
Also, Doctor Who TV has a spoiler-free review of the premier episode, which was previewed at Cardiff. Do read it; it sounds very promising!
“Deep Breath” is the title of the upcoming feature-length Series Eight premier of Doctor Who, which will introduce us to the Twelfth Doctor. And the BBC has released a new picture for us, as August gets a teensy bit closer. 😉 Clara is clearly slipping right into the Victorian look, while the Doctor appears to be between costumes still….
Entertainment Weekly: First look: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in ‘Doctor Who’
August seems to be when the next season of Doctor Who will start, although of course the Beeb isn’t being that specific. In the meantime, all us frustrated fans have to content ourselves with whatever we can glean off of YouTube. But some fans of course have to take matters into their own hands. Behold, a fanmade trailer for Series Eight! (The only one I could find that didn’t have a lot of swearing harvested from Capaldi’s other work.)
And Neon Visual is back with another stunning fan-made intro sequence:
And since Neon Visual is awesome, check out also this fantastic one he did for John Hurt’s War Doctor: