It has been a busy week. Colin Baker has been busy, filming is underway for Neil Gaiman’s script, even after a copy was left in a taxi. Plus David Tennant has a new gig.
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2012
As we get closer to the holidays this would be a good time to check in on what we know about this year’s Christmas Special.
It will air in the UK and North America on Christmas Day.
It is set in Victorian England.
It has the working title of The Snowman.
It is rumored that some alien menace inhabits a Snowman.
Richard E. Grant is one of the baddies.
Tom Ward plays a character named Captain Latimer
The Doctor is seen wearing a top hat and a little different jacket.
The Doctor is not in great shape after the Ponds departure.
A prequel for the Christmas Special will air as part of Children In Need 2012 on November 16th. The BBC press release for Children In Need described what fans can expect:
Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith, will also bring viewers an extra special ‘prequel’ to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for Children in Need, and an exclusive preview trailer of the Christmas special including the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion.
As stated before Clara will be in the episode but not necessarily the same one we met earlier in the season.
Some location filming was done in a cemetery.
Strax, Madame Vastra and Jenny are all returning.
RACHAEL STIRLING ON DOCTOR WHO ROLE
Guest Star Rachael Stirling was interviewed by the Sky Tyme and Wear about her role as Ada in The forthcoming The Crimson Horror.
We filmed Doctor Who in the summer, which was amazing. It’s a juggernaut, I got to see all sorts of secret things I can’t tell you about or I’ll have to shoot you! Working with my mum was funny – I think it was a good experience for both of us, we really loved it; I was very proud of her and she said likewise, and that something we’ll always remember. Working with Matt was gorgeous, he’s brilliant, he’s got that wonderful energy, I think he’s a really admirable, brilliant man!
Stirling guest stars in Episode Eleven with her mother, Dame Diana Rigg.
MATT SMITH ON TYPECASTING
Matt Smith was interviewed by Collider this week where he discussed several interesting topics, including being typecast.
There are bigger things to worry about…If people want to typecast me they can, I can sit and have me egg sandwich and not really give a damn about it. It’s up to others.
I take it year by year, you know? See what comes. I love working for Steven Moffat. I love making the show, it’s unlike any job I’ll ever have.
Read the interview here: http://collider.com/matt-smith-doctor-who-season-7-interview/207189/
GAIMAN OFFICIALLY RETURNS TO DOCTOR WHO
Both the BBC and BBC America released press releases this week to announce that Neil Gaiman has again written an episode of Doctor Who. There has already been a script read through for the story and filming began this week in Castell Coch and Forest Fawr Country Park.
Gaiman’s script is rumored to be called The Last Cyberman.
Ryan Farr (Timeboy) has tweeted from the set saying that the Cybermen in this story have a more retro look reminiscent of the Troughton era. Reports indicate that Clara beats one of them with some sort of mace.
Healthy Towers has pics of the new Cybermen: http://healthytowers.tumblr.com/
In addition to having Gaiman aboard, Warwick Davis fulfills his dream of appearing in the show. Jason Watkins (Being Human) has also been announced as a guest star. The long rumored appearance from Tamzin Outhwaite was also confirmed.
Steven Moffat commented on Gaiman’s return:
Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing….And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it’s no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick.
TENNANT FOR CLONE WARS
David Tennant is guest starring on Clone Wars this weekend. The former Doctor will voice a droid named Huyang, Don’t be surprised to see him come back to the series as the crew and Mr. George Lucas were happy with his performance.
David’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is entitled, A Test of Strength. It will air on Cartoon Network this Saturday night (November 10th) at 9:30am EST.
COLIN BAKERS IN REALITY TV SERIES
Ironically the actor who starred in a Doctor Who episode (Vengeance On Varos) with the nightmarish world of reality TV as a theme has signed on as a guest for the UK reality TV show, I’m A Celebrity-Get Me Out Of Here. The series begins on ITV on November 11th.
Baker commented on why he accepted the invitation to be on the show.
My children decided I should do this. They are fans of the show and the programme is on incessantly every year. They told me I had to go on and they are so excited. My family are ridiculously delighted that I am going – “can’t wait to see you chomping on a giraffe’s buttock” – there’s no sympathy at all, it’s all “ooh can’t wait, can’t wait!
Now I am about to go in the jungle, I wouldn’t say I am excited. It’s a mixture of intrigue, a feeling of resigned and interested to see how I am going to react. I haven’t a clue as I have not done anything like this ever before. For me, this is pushing back the boundaries. I think I’ll be able to deal with anything that comes up in the jungle: after all, I’ve met aliens from the planet Zog, and I have encountered the fans of Doctor Who conventions – all of whom are wonderful but can be a bit alien! There is one trial in particular that I’m terrified by, and I’m not going to tell you what it is – do you think I’m stupid or what?!?!
COLIN BAKER SOUNDS OFF ON JIMMY SAVILE SCANDAL
Later in the week Colin Baker commented on the recent plight of Jimmy Savile.
THE REIGN OF TERROR ON DVD
The restored version of William Hartnell’s The Reign of Terror has been cleared for DVD release in the UK by the British Board Of Film Classification.
Written by Dennis Spooner, this 1964 six-parter is set around Revolutionary France and helped set the bar for early historical stories. It also allowed William Hartnell to stretch his acting chops a by playing two different characters.
The story is mostly intact in the BBC archives except for episodes four and five which have been animated for this release.
Above is a photo from the episode. Below is an animated still from the restoration.
Here is a list of extras for the DVD:
Don’t Lose Your Head: The Making of The Reign of Terror
Doctor Who: The First Doctor Returns
Reign Of Terror Trailer
More info on this release is forthcoming.
BARROWMAN ON RETURN TO DOCTOR WHO
Despite appearing as The Well Dressed Man in Arrow this week , John Barowman is eager to put his jacket back on and return as Captain Jack Harkness.
Barrowman was interviewed this week by TV Choice. He was asked about returning as Captain Jack for the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who.
I haven’t heard anything. There was a rumour online that said I’m not able to do it because of my schedule. But, actually, I haven’t been asked. So it’s nothing to do with my schedule. And to be honest with you — I have time. I’ve always said, if they come to me and ask me to do Doctor Who or Torchwood ever again, I would do it at the drop of a hat.
MCGANN IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 454
Fans of the Eighth Doctor will be excited to see the latest issue of DWM which features an interview with the versatile Paul McGann.
The issue also features an interview with Arthur Darvill, new series news, DVD reviews, a look at The Gunfighters. This issue hits the stand on November 15th.
Next time..More news, audio and DVD updates.