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The World Doesn't End Because the Doctor Dances

A Few Lucky People Are Going to See New Who In August; Could a Widespread Premiere be Far Behind?

Bleeding Cool brings a tiny molehill of Doctor Who news that’s ripe for mountain making: Steven Moffat is going to be making an appearance at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, where he’ll be delivering a masterclass on Sherlock with co-creator Mark Gatiss, but also, tantalizingly, he will apparently be showing the entire first episode of Doctor Who Series 7 in an exclusive preview screening.

When is the EITF? August 23rd to August 25th.

Assuming that the official series premiere will take place not too far afterward, that’s a bit earlier than I’d expected the show to happen. A “fall” premiere to me could mean as late as October or November, so to see indication that it’ll actually be September, even early September, possibly even the last week in August, well. That’s pretty exciting news for a fandom that’s been waiting a year since the end of the last season, and going on six months since the last Christmas special.

The new season will also see the appearance of a new companion, and no, it’s not going to be me or you, but rather Jenna-Louise Coleman in an as-yet-unnamed role. Fortunately for the rest of us, Moffat himself outlined what it takes to be a companion to Doctor Who Magazine:

What is the base group of people who would run away with the Doctor? They’re all going to be a bit mad. A bit dislocated. Not happy with where they are. Are they yearning for outer space? They’re going to be people who feel like they can take on the Doctor, who’s quite an intimidating sort of person. So, they’re going to be feisty—they’re going to be all those things. He sort of defines the people who are going to travel with him. The distinction comes very much from the various actors and actresses. So, you know, they’re the ones who create the differences between them. But you are always going to have the same sort of person, just because it’s the same man choosing them, and it”s the same person being chosen…

I think the function of a companion is pretty simple. I don’t think that’s very difficult. It’s just a question of who credibly is going to agree to go in the TARDIS? Who’s going to do it? Is it going to be a mother of 15 children? No. Is it going to be someone in their 60s? No. Is there going to be a particular age range? I mean … who’s going to have a crush on the Doctor? You know, come on! It’s more than a format. It’s evolved from good, dramatic reasons.

(via Blastr, Bleeding Cool, Nerdbastards.)


  • Stephanie Hull

    “Is it going to be someone in their 60s?”

    Clearly, Moffat’s forgotten about Wilfred T. Mott.

  • Psychotronic (Michael F.)

    The premiere of the second half of Doctor Who series 6 “Let’s Kill Hitler” aired on August 27th 2011 in the UK and US, so it’s highly probable that the new season may start on August 25th or September 1st. That’s my educated guess at any rate.

  • Chris Miller

    Its going to be a fall premier because they essentially want to do almost a full year of material leading up to the 50th anniversary. Now if only they could bring Star Trek back to TV maybe they could revive the planned crossover that Russell wanted to do.

  • Ashly Pacheco

    I agree!  
    Moffat’s terms for a companion make me uncomfortable, but I can’t exactly figure out why.  I think, as far as companions, I always was fond of the idea that anyone could travel with the doctor.  The mom of three could be yearning for an adventure, Martha had adventure thrust upon her, and they don’t need to have a crush on the doctor.  Yes, Wilfred!  How could he forget Wilfred!  It seems to me everyone’s got a bit of the madness, so to speak, and it should be the Doctor’s job to bring it out.

  • Sarah

    The Doctor’s companion is supposed to be the audience surrogate. So why is it, out of all of the latest companions, the one I, a 22 yr female soon-to-be college grad, identifies with the most is Donna Noble? Catherine Tate was in late30s/early 40s when she traveled in the Tardis. Simply, I’m loud, a little rude, and wouldn’t travel with the Doctor because of a crush. Bring on planets, the past, everything and everywhere!
    Moffat, age don’t mean a thing. It’s about personality. I cannot connect with Amy for the life of me and Karen Gillan is 24. She just annoys me. Love Rory though. 

  • Anonymous

    What the…15 CHILDREN?! Seriously?

  • Anonymous

    All of this. Tate was the best companion, and I think River’s popularity proves that the show (and the fandom) has room for an older woman. I understand betting on a younger surrogate to trap the younger audience, but a 1103 year old alien should NOT be running around with a college girl.

    Tongues will wag!

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  • Blaise

     Totally agree! I didn’t like Amy at all, though I loved Rose. I also wish Steven Moffat was never allowed to use the word “feisty” again.

  • Fraser McFarlane

    I understand that a Mum, or a person in their 60s might not work, but to have the companion ALWAYS be a 20-something girl from 21st-century England is getting really boring.  I don’t count River Song as a regular companion and Rory came with Amy.  How about a male companion?  How about an alien?  How about someone from the past, or future?  For the love of god, just something DIFFERENT.