Not surprisingly, Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor crushes the competition, with William Hartnell’s original Doctor in second place. It’s also interesting to see how Matt Smith almost spent as much time in the role as David Tennant, given that Tennant still feels like the most prevalent nu-Doctor by far.
Doctor Who is once again featured on the cover of one of America’s biggest publications, Entertainment Weekly, which also has a feature story on the programme including interviews with incoming Doctor Peter Capaldi, co-star Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat.
Does this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly defy the laws of physics by being bigger on the inside than it would appear from looking at its exterior? Fans of the British science fiction show Doctor Who may well think so. For this week’s cover story, senior writer Clark Collis travels to the UK to meet with Peter Capaldi, the new star of the now 51-year-old time travel saga, and to find out what fans can expect from the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America on Aug. 23. “He’s more alien than we’ve seen him for a while,” says the actor, speaking about his version of the eccentric Time Lord. “He is less patient with the foibles of human beings.”
Thankfully, the whole Who team were patient with EW‘s probing about the new, hush-hush season. In addition to Capaldi, Collis also spoke with the actor’s costar Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat who tackled such burning as questions as “Will Capaldi’s previous appearances in the Who universe be referenced this season?” and “What will happen in the two-part finale?” Collis even got to drive the Doctor’s bigger-on-the-inside time- and space-ship the TARDIS and did so without busting anything which, according to production designer Michael Pickwoad, makes him a more careful temporal navigator than previous Who star Matt Smith (“He was very good at breaking things”). We also persuade Capaldi to talk about the old monsters he’d like his Doctor to face and offer a sartorial breakdown of the Time Lord’s many looks through the show’s half-century history. Never seen Doctor Who (and feel a bid daunted by that history)? Then feel free to peruse our guide to how you can get into Who.
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly hits newsstands Friday August 1st.
Peter Capaldi on “more alien, less human-friendly” Doctor
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are interviewed in the upcoming issue of Empire Magazine and provide some thoughts on the new Doctor.
Capaldi on stripping Doctor Who down to its essentials:
“It can become a kind of franchise where it’s not a real character at all, but just an amalgam of elements that people think are Doctor Who: a scarf, a bow tie… I wanted to be the actual Doctor Who.”
Expanding on his Doctor:
“He’s more alien than he’s been for a while. He doesn’t quite understand human beings or really care very much about their approval.”
Jenna Coleman adds:
“With Matt’s Doctor [Clara] felt quite safe, really. She knew she’d be caught if she was in danger, but this guy is a lot less human-friendly and a lot less patient. He’s more removed and accessible. You can’t quite access him in the same way.”
This month’s Empire is on sale Thursday the 31st of July.
(via Empire Online)
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Peter Capaldi is interviewed in today’s Sunday Times and provides some interesting insight into Doctor Who Series 8.
Despite being a life-long fan Capaldi said he needed to be convinced before accepting the role:
“I didn’t want to be Doctor Who in a Doctor Who I didn’t like. I had to be convinced the I show was going in a direction I was interested in.”
Speaking about the Doctor and Clara’s relationship, he says:
“There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure. It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no. I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments.’ I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”
Capaldi says the costume took a long time to choose:
“I tried on everything anybody suggested. We’d go to a costume house and have huge, exhausting sessions of getting dressed up. It’s fine for about 15 minutes, but by the time we’ve done 3.5 hours, it’s like, get me out of this. The most ridiculous outfit, the one I loved, I looked like Count Arthur Strong with a real, old cardigan.”
His thoughts on the costume they finally settled on:
“I think it’s quite a hard look. I always wanted him to be in black — I always just saw the Doctor in dark colours. Not tweed. Matt’s a really young cool guy — he can wear anything, but I wanted to strip it back and be very stark.”
In response to criticisms of recent stories becoming too ‘over the top’:
“We still blow a lot of s*** up. That’s very important, but it’s going to be a bit different from what we’ve seen over recent years. A bit more gravity. Some situations are more sombre and I think there are more rooted dramatic scenes. Over the past two or three years, which I’ve loved, there has often been a breathless vigour; we still have that attack, but we have another level of drama, another tone. And the scenes are longer.”
The Sunday Times have made a snippet of this interview available online, which features Peter Capaldi’s reaction when asked at what age his mother stopped buying him the Doctor Who Annual:
The full interview - in which Capaldi also explores his early career, including The Thick of It and his time in punk band The Dreamboys with chat show host Craig Ferguson - is available from newsagents for £2.50 or online with a subscription, with a 30-day trial for £1 available for new subscribers.
Series 8 of Doctor Who will begin on Saturday 23rd August with the feature-length episode Deep Breath, but some fans will be able to catch Peter Capaldi before then during the Doctor Who World Tour, which kicks off in Cardiff on Thursday 7th August.
(via The Sunday Times)
Doctor Who Series 8 Premiere Gets Worldwide Cinema Screening
BBC Worldwide has announced that the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8 - Deep Breath - will be screened in cinemas around the world from 23rd August 2014.
BBC Worldwide is delighted to announce that the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8 – Peter Capaldi’s debut season in the iconic role – will be screened in cinemas around the world from 23 August 2014.
This year’s screenings follow the success of the global cinema release of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor which was screened in over 1500 cinemas around the world, allowing fans to come together to watch the show like never before.
Doctor Who makes a spectacular return to the big screen in the feature-length premiere episode of Series 8, Deep Breath. Directed by acclaimed director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang - Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) – in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.
Steven Moffat comments, “Last November the Doctor didn’t just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too. And like the show-off he is, he can’t resist another go - one taste of the silver screen is never enough. On August 23rd the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware - Capaldi is coming to get you!”
Doctor Who: Deep Breath will be screened in participating cinemas around the world from 23 August, 2014. More information will be released by BBC Worldwide and participating cinema chains over the coming weeks.
Please note: Not all participating cinemas will be airing the episode on August 23rd and in North America fans will be able to attend encore screenings on August 25th.