This week has seen a plethora of news about what lay ahead for Doctor Who. Fans have received their first indication that the 50th Anniversary Special is indeed going to be a big deal. Plus there is more casting to report for An Adventure In Time And Space.
A VERY CROWDED TARDIS!
If the news from The Mirror is true (it’s The Mirror after all) then it will be a very crowded TARDIS for the 50thAnniversary Special.
(picture courtesy of sciencefiction.com)
The script for this special is still being written and plot details are also still getting sorted out but it looks like all of the surviving Doctors will play some role in the special via cameos. The production team is also working on using Tron-like special effects to incorporate William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton into the story.
A lot of the information in this story has been previously speculated by fan writers, bloggers and news sources for sometime so it seems like there is some truth in it. We all await confirmation from Steven Moffat with great anticipation.
PUT YOUR GLASSES ON FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The Fiftieth Anniversary Special, airing on November 23, 2013, will be filmed in 3D and shown on the big screen!
BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson announced the news.
From the BBC Press Office.
As part of the BBC’s blockbuster celebrations to mark the Doctor turning 50, fans will be able to see the Time Lord and his adventures like never before – in 3D! It’s a nationwide celebration of both Doctor Who and the BBC because I think they are so synonymous. We will be doing a big Doctor Who special in 3D which is very exciting and feels very innovative. We will be doing it on cinema screens as well. We are working out the logistics of that at the moment because we need to make sure the main BBC One experience remains absolute value for money for the audience.
2013 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ANNOUNCED
While no official confirmation of Season Eight happened this week it was confirmed that there will be a Christmas Special for 2013. As of now no casting or plot information is available.
Steven Moffat will again be scripting. It will most likely lead into Season Eight.
There is going to be a Season Eight, do not fret.
ICE WARRIORS RETURN MADE OFFICIAL
The return of the Ice Warriors in Season Seven was confirmed this week in an interview with SFX by Caroline Skinner. In the interview she confirmed what has been speculated for some time; they will be returning in Mark Gatiss’s submarine story which guest stars David Warner and Liam Cunningham.
We’ve got the most fantastic episode by Mark Gatiss where we are bringing back the Ice Warriors… on a submarine! It’s a really wonderful kind of ‘bunker’ episode, and a classic monster which Mark has brought his own inimitable twist to.
The Second and Third Doctor each had two onscreen adventures with The Ice Warriors. They debuted in The Ice Warriors in 1967 but have not been seen onscreen since The Monster Of Peladon in 1974.
Apparently the only thing worse than snakes on a plane is Ice Warriors on a submarine…
Despite missing Episodes two and three Patrick Troughton’s The Ice Warriors is coming to DVD in August. As of now it appears to be s DVD release of the 1998 VHS version.
BFI SCREENING UPDATE
The British Film Institute announced that the next story to be shown in their continuing anniversary celebration will be Tom Baker’s The Robots of Death on April 2oth at 2pm.
Originally airing in 1977 it was the fifth story of Season Fourteen. Guests for this event have yet to be announced.
THE DOCTORS REVISITED: TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN
One of the best Doctor Who episodes of the 1960s is coming to BBC America on February 24th. The screening is part of The Doctor’s Revisited series which is celebrating fifty years of Doctor Who by screening episodes from each Doctor along with a documentary about their era on the show. This episode offers a great opportunity for those who have not seen Patrick Troughton in action as the Second Doctor .
Tomb Of The Cybermen opened Season Five in 1967. It is widely regarded as the best of the intact Second Doctor stories. Sadly a great portion of the Troughton era was wiped by the BBC.
Here is the BBC America press release about The Doctors Revisited.
BBC AMERICA is counting down each Doctor in new specials leading up to the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. In February, the special celebrates the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, who brought a new energy to the series and his most iconic foes, the Cybermen. Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, executive producer Caroline Skinner, Tenth Doctor David Tennant, Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman revisit the Second Doctor’s work. Joining them are the Second Doctor’s companionsFrazer Hines, who played the fearless Jamie McCrimmon, and Wendy Padbury, who played the mathematical scientist Zoe Heriot. Following the new special, BBC AMERICA airs the chilling classic Patrick Troughton episode, Tomb of the Cybermen. Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited – The Second Doctor premieres Sunday, February 24, 8:00pm ET/PT.
Whovians are gathering en masse to Los Angeles this weekend for Gallifrey One, North America’s largest Doctor Who convention. Gallifrey 2013 features and amazing list of guests including Freema Agyemen, Sylvester McCoy, Frazer Hines,Peter Purves and Mark Strickson,
Although Gallifrey 2013 is sold out, you can still get information on all their happenings via their website and social media.
AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME CASTING
As filming continues more casting news has emerged for Mark Gatiss’ upcoming television drama, An Adventure In Space And Time. First Ian Chesterton is returning…kind of. Former companion William Russell will have a cameo role as an unspecified character named Harry. As of now he is the only confirmed actor from that era to appear in the special.
The Holby City and Waterloo Road star has been cast as the pretend William Russell in the production. He is the son of actor Julian Glover who appeared in two classic era Doctor Who serials, The Crusade and City Of Death.
Joining Glover is Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill who played Barbara Wright.
Powell has previously been seen in The Hole and Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.
Production is underway with recent filming happening in London at the Rivoli Ballroom and the BBC Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush.
NEXT PRODUCER CHOSEN?
Nothing lasts forever. With that in mind Tor.com speculates that an heir to The Moff Empire may already be in the wings.
Hypothetically it could be possible that the Moffat era ends after the 2013 Christmas special and the next producer takes over them. But again, this is all speculation.
Next time…The Second Doctor, DVD releases and more news!