Doctor Whooligan: Season Seven News, Colin Does Panto, Moffatpalooza, Audio News, Piper On The Move, Matt Smith On 50th Anniversary

We have hit the fall break before the Christmas Special and I cannot help but feel a renewed sense of energy is emerging in the show. Team Moffat has hit the ‘refresh’ button and are taking the show in a new direction which, while being important to the show commercially, is not necessarily all that Earth shattering for longtime fans.

As a  Who fan for three decades I know changes happen all the time in the program but this one was different. The Ponds had a massive fan base. and at times it was like they had their own show. However those who are worried about not having them around anymore should remain calm and give it a chance.

After all a lot of people were concerned about Matt Smith when he started and look at how popular he is now. So please give JLC and the crew a chance to develop the show and explore new areas of time and space. Companions and characters come and go in the Whoniverse, They are not all as sad as this departure, but most of the time the show rebounds with an exuberance and renewed creativity that takes it to another level.

So as the show again stands at a crossroads I am very eager to see just what happens next and where Matt Smith is taking the character in the future.

I am very excited about the new companion. I think they are going to do some different things with her and really make the stories go in a completely different direction. In many ways the program is regenerating into something else.

SEASON SEVEN NEWS

Matt Smith and David Tennant recently hung out in London. Digital Spy has a picture and some information.

Link to Digital Spy:  http://www.digitalspy.com/celebrity/s7/doctor-who/news/a410271/the-two-doctors-together-matt-smith-david-tennant-unite-picture.html

The first story after the Christmas Special is rumored to be called The Bells of St. John. Link: http://doctorwhotv.co.uk/series-7-part-2-opener-title-revealed-40366.htm

Den Of Geek has some interesting thoughts on Season Seven: http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/doctor-who/22674/is-this-the-recurring-theme-of-doctor-who-series-7

Doctors alums Michelle Tate and Devon Back will guest star in Season Seven.

The Christmas Special is set in the 1890s and it is possible that Clara could ‘die’ at the end. This is based on filming reports which claim a tombstone with her name on it have been seen on set.

Stephen Thompson has written Episode 11 with Holby City star Ashley Waters guest starring. Mat King is making his directing debut.

Karen Gillan was on Conan O’ Brien last week. She talked about Doctor Who and showed Conan how to insult people in Scottish.

Watch it here: http://teamcoco.com/video/karen-gillan-interview-9/27/12

MATT SMITH TALKS ABOUT 50TH ANNIVERSARY

So it appears that Matt Smith knows a bit of what is going on for next year’s anniversary. When filming commences in the spring it looks like it will be a very exciting  event.

His interview in with the Waikato Times has been picked up by many sources. During that interview he discussed what he hoped would happen next year.

I hope that we mark it in the best way possible and we honour the people who have been in the show before us and we make it as grand and brilliant and inventive and as much an occasion as possible. What that is, I may have an idea, but I can’t tell you I’m afraid….

Links:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/7695727/Doctor-Who-for-Waikato 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/20/doctor-who-steven-moffat-matt-smith_n_1899478.html

SMITH WANTS TO FILM DOWN UNDER

Matt Smith has suggested that production filming be taken to Australia or New Zealand next. He even has gone so far as to suggest that let Peter Jackson have a go at directing Doctor Who.

Link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv/7719708/Doctor-Who-edging-closer

THE POWER OF THREE FINAL RATINGS

Those that need to do the math have done so and given us the final ratings number for Episode Four.

An estimated 7.67 million people tuned into The Power of Three for the week of September 23rd making it the thirteenth most watched show of the week. This is great news for BBC since  the final number of viewers are higher than the one originally released.

These numbers include those who tuned in when the episode first aired as well as those who recorded Doctor Who and watched it within its first week of broadcast. Repeat screening and downloads are not calculated in these ratings.

 THE ANGELS TAKE MANHATTAN RATINGS

The Angels Take Manhattan had a favorable Appreciation Index score of 88, AI measured by gauging the response of the viewing audience, Basically the more the episode is enjoyed by a pool of 5000 the higher the Appreciation Index score is.

Overnight ratings for Episode Five indicate that 5.9 million people in Britain watched the episode which made it the 2nd most watched program of the day for Saturday.

Final ratings will be released next week.

MOFFAT ON NEW COMPANION

It looks like things with the new companion will be different and much different then we had with the Ponds. Show runner Steven Moffat spoke with the Daily Record about Jenna-Louise Coleman’s arrival in the series and the plans they have for her character.

Looking ahead to Doctor Who with the new companion, we’ll be telling a very different story. You probably already know that from Jenna’s surprise appearance at the beginning of this series. But there are lots more twists to come. He’s never met a girl like this one.

Link: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/incoming/show-must-go-on-despite-the-tears-1349350

It looks like The Mof has a master plan with Clara as a character and knows how her arc will play out over the second half of the season. As usual mum is the word on details.

MOFFAT ON PONDS EXIT

After last week Steven Moffat had some explaining to do as fans wondered why he wrote the Ponds out in the manner that he did. He spoke to The Radio Times about bidding farewell to the Ponds.

http://1923.radiotimes.com/news/2012-10-03/doctor-who—steven-moffat-why-the-ponds-had-to-die

ALEX KINGSTON  INTERVIEWED

Alex Kingston was interviewed by The Daily Beast. She spoke about her career, Upstairs Downstairs and Doctor Who.  She next will be seen on television in the new season of  NCIS as a character named Miranda Pennebaker. Her episode will air during the crazy November sweeps.

Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/25/alex-kingston-on-doctor-who-downton-abbey-and-upstairs-downstairs.html

DESTINY OF THE DALEKS AUDIO

Season 17′s Destiny of The Daleks is being released on audio via Audio Go. The audio, narrated by Lalla Ward will be released on November 4th in te UK. It originally aired in September of 1979. Terry Nation wrote the story.

The CD features the original audio from Terry Nation’s entire story with new linking narration provided for the release.  As a bonus there also is   an  interview with Lalla Ward (Romana) where she reflects on her time on Doctor Who. Also included as a bonus are PDF scans of the original shooting scripts.

Synopsis:

Having returned to their home planet Skaro, the Daleks are excavating their former city – but for what? The Doctor and Romana soon find themselves caught in the middle of a war between two different races.

THE ROSEMARINERS

Big Finish has released a new 2nd Doctor audio as part of its Lost Stories line. This adventure stars Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury as Jamie and Zoe with David Warner appearing a s a guest star. It is based on a script from Donald Tosh and directed by Lisa Bowerman.

Big Finish Synopsis:

The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe find themselves on an almost deserted space lab. Earth Station 454 is being closed down, mothballed, its staff relocated. Years of research and co-operation are coming to an end and only distinguished xeno-botantist Professor Arnold Biggs remains on board.

But is there more to the closure than meets the eye? For the operation is being supervised by the Rosemariners of the planet Rosa Damascena. Their terrifying Commander, Rugosa, seems to have something to hide. Who is he? What do the Rosemariners want with the scientists? And what is the secret of Rosedream?

In a world where no one is quite what they seem, and deadly plants lurk around every corner, the Doctor will have to use all his ingenuity just to stay alive… just to stay himself.

BILLIE PIPER COMING TO AMERICA

Former companion Billie Piper and her husband Lawrence Fox will be moving to Los Angeles soon. Piper is currently on stage in Our Boys with Arthur Darvill in London.

The couple is moving to LA in hopes of taking their careers to the next level. She and her husband are both hoping to get more work in American television and film. Piper is next appearing onstage  in The Effect from November 6th to January 23rd  January 23rd of 2013.

COLIN FOR CHRISTMAS PANTO

Sixth Doctor Colin Baker has signed on for a holiday panto.  He will play Nurse Nellie in Chris Jarvis’ production of production of Sleeping Beauty at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre.

Link: http://www.whatsonstage.com/features/theatre/london/E8831348509691/Bournemouth’s+2012+panto,+Sleeping+Beauty+launch+party!.html

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Next time: Chicago TARDIS, Hurricane Who, DVD news, audio news and more on Season Seven.

 

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