We all know that this season will be Peter Capaldi's final season playing the Doctor on Doctor Who, which leaves a big question unanswered: who will play the 13th Doctor? It seems that the role may have already been cast!
Fans of Doctor Who pit Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat against one another quite often, but this is the first we're seeing of the two pitting themselves against each other. It's like Day of the Doctor but nobody has any fun catchphrases.
Russell T. Davies stepped down as showrunner for Doctor Who five years after ushering the series back into the public consciousness in 2005. And hey, someone realized 2015 is the 10th anniversary of that relaunch so why don't we see what he has to say about that...
Oh man, you're telling me, I still get so frightened how so many of his female characters act exactly the same as each o—oh, oh, wait, you mean for his monsters and stuff! Yeah, that makes sense too. They're pretty scary.
For her Media Research Methods course, Rebecca Moore and several other students did a bunch of observation and data analysis right along the lines of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Except instead of focusing broadly on television and movies, with is difficult and expensive enough, they narrowed their focus to Doctor Who, and even further to the first six seasons of the show's modern run. Specifically, Moore, et al., were focusing on a few quantifiable attributes of the treatment of female characters, in order to confirm or deny more anecdotal claims that the show's depiction of gender has become less progressive since the ascension of current show runner Steven Moffat.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Torchwood: Miracle Day was BAD. But that doesn't mean I don't want them to try and make magic again, and it seems actors John Barrowman and Eve Myles agree.
If you haven't seen the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, then you might want to stop reading because we're going to get a bit spoilery.
Ok, still with us? As you know, "The Day of the Doctor" revealed Gallifrey and the Time Lords weren't actually destroyed at the end of the Last Great Time War. It just looked that way. In fact, they were banished to a pocket dimension and have been there since. The Doctor now has the possibility of finding his people and bringing them back. Recently, Doctor Who writer/actor Mark Gatiss said this might not be a good idea. He's not alone. Several creators and fans think the Time Lords bring a set of story problems that aren't worth the trouble and that previous showrunner Russell T. Davies did a good thing by eliminating them in the modern Doctor Who show that began in 2005.
We'll get to why the return of the Time Lords could be a good thing but first, here are some reasons why the heroic Doctor himself may not want to bring back the society he turned his back on so many centuries ago...
Steven Moffat made some big moves in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. Big moves which included the canon-altering inclusion of the thought-dead Time Lords. While fans had mixed reactions to the idea, it seems frequent Moffat collaborator Mark Gatiss falls squarely on one side of the fence.
This year, the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor," introduced us properly to the War Doctor. This previously unknown incarnation of the hero, played by John Hurt, wore an outfit combining elements of the Eighth Doctor's with the leather jacket of the Ninth, plus a belt taken from a woman named Cass whom the hero had previously failed to save. "The Day of the Doctor" also featured another version of the hero who had previously only appeared in the novel Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (AKA Amy Pond).
Over the years, there have been other interesting alternative takes on the Time Lord scientist of the planet Gallifrey. So this time around, we're looking at the "what could have been" and "almost were" versions of the Doctor, along with costumes the character has worn in licensed media. Fan-films and the like aren't included or we'd be here forever, even if we had a time machine.
It was Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper who reintroduced me to Doctor Who as an adult so it's safe to say I have a certain affinity for them. So I was interested to hear both were getting attention recently. Hit the jump to find out what Eccleston had to say about anniversary celebrations and what Steven Moffat thinks about Piper's Doctor Who legacy.
According to a new interview with Mark Gatiss at Paris Comic Con, there could have been a live action Doctor Who episode, if 2005 to 2010 showrunner Russell T. Davies had followed through with the idea. Of course, the idea for a Tennant-era live episode never took off, and now we are left to contemplate what could have been.
Gatiss claims that he remembers Davies suggesting a live episode, like television shows from ER to 30 Rock have pulled off, while David Tennant was the Doctor. However, given the difficulty of attempting to pull together all the show's science fiction elements live, including the Doctor's confusing, wibbly-wobbly techno-babble, Davies gave up on the idea.
We already pretty much knew John Barrowman was not going to reprise his role of Captain Jack Harkness for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary but we have to admit, we were still holding out hope. And we aren't the only ones.
Your mileage may vary but I really hated Torchwood: Miracle Day. It took what was once a really unique sci-fi show with interesting characters and turned it into a bland U.S. extension with awful character development. If you found yourself thinking the same, you're not alone. Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall thinks he knows why it didn't work.
Russell T. Davies has already made it clear he'll not be involved in the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, saying "I think I'd be like the ghost at the feast. What would I do - turn up and make the tea? I have asked current boss Steven Moffat not to tell me what they are planning." But it turns out he was interested in returning to Who in a different capacity—only he was turned down.
We previously showed you a teaser trailer for ex-Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies new series Wizards vs. Aliens but this is the first time we get to see said aliens in action. We also heard Gwendoline Christie, Brienne from HBO's Game of Thrones, was set to make an appearance. What we didn't know until now is Christie is one of the aliens! Watch the newest clip then hit the jump to see her in all her alien glory!
When we first found out ex-Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies was working on a new children's show called Wizards vs. Aliens, we were thrilled. We love his work and were looking forward to his next big project. Phil Ford (Doctor Who writer and head writer for The Sarah Jane Adventures) co-created the new series about an ordinary boy who finds out he and his family are wizards. Sounds a bit like Harry Potter of course, until you throw in the aliens who've landed on Earth. As if all of this wasn't enough to get me to tune in this Fall, I just found out Gwendoline Christie, Brienne from Game of Thrones, plays a role! Now we've got our first idea of what all the action will look like and I can't wait to watch the first episode.