Monday, 22 December 2014

Doctor Who: The Snowmen Watch ThrWHO Tonight!

You voted it your favourite Christmas Special this month - and tonight, you can watch The Snowmen and chat live with TGT staff and readers!

A special Christmas edition of our Watch ThrWHO, live interactive discussions of Doctor Who episodes, is happening tonight - and we'll be watching the 2012 Christmas Special, The Snowmen.

The chat will open at 7.30pm GMT/2.30pm Eastern Time/11.30am Pacific Time, and we'll be pressing play on the episode at 8pm GMT! Anyone can join in, so please come along and chat about the episode while you watch!

NOTE - Due to copyright reasons, we can't host a stream of the episode on TGT - but you can watch with us on DVD, Netflix US, Amazon Instant and (UK only) BBC iPlayer (link here).
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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Doctor Who: Moffat Defends "Beautiful" Episode In The Forest Of The Night

Doctor Who fans couldn't seem to agree on much this season, but there was one thing most polls were consistent on: "In the Forest of the Night" (episode 10) was the weakest story of the season. "Forest," Frank Cottrell Boyce's Doctor Who writing debut, explored what would happen if the forest reclaimed the earth overnight. Many viewers disparaged the episode for its "silly" storyline, overuse of the children characters, and scientific inaccuracy.

At the time that this article is being written, the episode has a rating of 6.4 on IMDb, the lowest of any Doctor Who episode since 2006's "Fear Her" (6.2). It also has the dubious distinction of being the second-lowest rated episode since the show's revival in 2005 (behind only "Fear Her").

However, Steven Moffat has a different take on the episode. When asked at the recent premiere of the 2014 Christmas special, "Last Christmas", which series 8 episode was his favourite, he said:
"I think I’d give a shout out to an episode that I think will grow in stature over the years because it’s so beautifully and elegantly written, In the Forest of the Night.

There were people who thought it was maybe scientifically inaccurate – they’re wrong, I checked with the scientists – and any piece of television that includes the line of dialogue ‘catastrophe is the metabolism of the universe’ as a part of popular entertainment has to be… a beautiful episode!"
Do you think he's right? What did you think of "In the Forest of the Night" when it aired, and has your opinion changed upon rewatching it? Tell us in the comments!

[Source: Radio Times]
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Doctor Who: The Christmas Cup - The Results

Over the past few weeks you've been voting for your favourite Doctor Who Christmas Special before Last Christmas comes around - and a hard-fought final, the winner has been crowned!

First up, here's the runner-up of the competition:

RUNNER UP - 2013 Christmas Special: THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR


It appeared to be a nailed-on favourite, winning the elimination round easily and cruising towards the final - but in the battle of the Matt Smith/Jenna Coleman Christmas Specials (a strangely specific pair of finalists) in the final, The Time of the Doctor came unstuck. Though it rallied a little in the final few days, it wasn't enough, leaving Matt Smith's final episode as the runner-up with 38.1% of the vote, leaving the winner:

WINNER: 2012 Christmas Special - THE SNOWMEN


A dark horse throughout the competition, The Snowmen got off to a relatively weak start in the first round and almost crashed out against The End of Time in the quarter-finals. However, it picked up in the final rounds where it mattered, and triumphed in the final against The Time of the Doctor with 61.9% of the vote, making the 2012 special the winner of our Christmas Cup! How appropriate Jenna Coleman's first episode winning will be will be revealed on Christmas Day in Last Christmas... Has Clara's first Christmas won just before her last? Five days to go...

Thanks to everyone who voted in this competition! 
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Friday, 19 December 2014

Doctor Who: Last Christmas - Spoiler-Free Reviews Round Up

It's just six days at the time of writing until this year's Christmas Special, Last Christmas - and the embargo on spoiler-free reviews for the episode has now lifted, so reviews for the festive episode are now coming in thick and fast. We'll be rounding up all of the spoiler-free reviews of the Christmas Special here, and updating as more come in.

You can click on the links in the titles for the full reviews:

Updated with new reviews on 22nd December.

Blogtor Who
But, other than that, Last Christmas is a hugely satisfying story and a cracking festive outing (certainly one of the best Doctor Who specials). The ending will have some in tears and others beaming with joy and excitement. I can’t imagine anything better for Christmas Day. 8/10
Den of Geek
Last Christmas is really quite an ambitious Yuletide episode of Doctor Who. It's a notable step up from last year's, and it manages to pack together ongoing material, the elements for a standalone story, and no shortage of Christmas trimmings, Doctor Who style.
Sci-Fi Bulletin
There are plenty of surprises as the episode progresses, and at least one major movie influence which hasn’t been mentioned yet (unsurprisingly, as it would give the central conceit away). It switches tone in a way we’ve not seen done with quite so much panache since the Russell T Davies era, and it’s a relief to say that it works well. 9/10
Radio Times
One of the most pleasing things about Last Christmas is its compact, self-contained nature. It is complex in its own way but it restricts itself to a handful of supporting characters.
Metro
Moffat has described the episode as being like Miracle on 34th Street meets Alien. However, its central concept is reminiscent of a more recent movie, as well as being another variant on that most traditional of Who tales: the base under siege.
Mirror
Many people doze after their Christmas dinner but this episode should ensure sweet dreams for most Who fans.
Doctor Who TV
While this seems like an episode that really shouldn’t work on paper when you look at the ingredients, it does somehow come together to form one of the best Christmas specials yet. 9/10
Cult Box
Like all good Doctor Who stories, this juggles the mundane with the frivolous, the fantastical and the sci-fi – and also takes a moment or two to register just how much fun it’s having in the process. 4/5
Warped Factor
Last Christmas is scary, exciting, emotional and ambitious. It will leave some weeping tears of Christmas joy, and others just weeping. It's one of the very best Christmas specials the show has given us over the last decade, and is the perfect closing chapter for series 8.
Sole of Sci-Fi
There are scenes that are packed with emotion, without spilling over into gloopy sentimentality. The relationship between the Doctor and Clara is especially sweet with a wonderful pay-off.
There Goes The Day
Not the greatest Christmas story ever told, nor the best Who outing (though definitely one of the better advent adventures for him), this does allow a somewhat more even keel from which to launch the next season. 4/5
Watch this space for more reviews as we get closer to the special on Christmas Day at 6.15pm. 
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Thursday, 18 December 2014

First Series 9 Episode Title Revealed

At a press screening of Last Christmas, held at the BFI in London, Steven Moffat revealed the title of the opening episode of Series 9, which will be The Magician's Apprentice.

The series begins filming in early January.
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Neil Gaiman Unavailable For Series 9

Neil Gaiman, writer of The Doctor's Wife and Nightmare in Silver, has stated that he will not contribute a story to Series 9 due to other commitments, but is still determined to write for Capaldi's Doctor.

Gaiman told Radio Times:
"I’m not writing for Series 9 right now, just because of ridiculous work commitments I’m trying to get out from under. I am determined to write for Peter Capaldi. As long as Peter is Doctor Who, I will write for him. And every time I’m in the UK, I go and see the Doctor Who people. I go see [producer] Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat, and none of us are going to let me go off the boil.”
He added:
“The problem for Doctor Who for me is it’s an enormous time commitment, partly because you’re reinventing an entire world with every episode. And you’re trying something that’s never been done before with every episode. Then you write it, then you give in a script, then they tell you how much it would actually cost to shoot your script as written. Then you write a different script, then they tell you how much that script would cost, but they tell you you’re in the right direction. Then it’s the third script…” 
“How Steven Moffat does it and Sherlock, and retains his sanity, I do not know. I just look at him and I am in awe. Here’s me going, ‘Look at me! I am so proud of myself! Every two or three years I do an ep of Doctor Who!'”
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Doctor Who: The Doctor Crowned Best Sci-Fi Character

Since August, the public have been voting on a poll set up by the BFI to find the greatest science-fiction character of all time.

The Doctor beat Alien's Ripley to the top spot in the grand finale by  a very close 110 votes.

Many other characters from the Doctor Who universe including, Captain Jack, River Song and Sarah Jane Smith made it into the Top 100. BFI also notes that the Master/Missy is the only character on the list to be both male and female.

Full statistics and the top 100 can be found here.

[Source: BFI]
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Doctor Who: Steven Moffat Not Ruling Out Returns For River Song And Captain Jack Harkness

There is still a glimmer of hope for fans who want to see River Song or Jack Harkness (or both!) make a return to Doctor Who. Steven Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine earlier this year that River's story with the Doctor was
"probably done. Not that we saw all of it, but I never thought we should see all of it."
However, Moffat said in an interview with Zap2it this week that the possibility for a return still exists. He says:
"[Their stories are] never, ever closed off. It's all about 'Do you have a story that's worth it?' Unless you've got a story that is absolutely informed and invigorated by their presence, just bringing a character back in an ordinary story won't do. Both River Song and Jack Harkness are massive characters in Doctor Who mythology. Their returns would have to be seismic, not routine." 
Captain Jack Harkness's last appearance on the show came in the closing minutes of 2010's "The End of Time, Part 2," while River Song was last seen making what appeared to be her final goodbye to the Doctor in 2013's "The Name of the Doctor."

What do you think? Should River and/or Jack return? If so, should there be a very, very good reason for it, or would you like to see them regardless? Tell us below!

[Source: Radio Times]
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Freema Agyeman On Potential Return To Doctor Who

Freema Agyeman, best known among Whovians for her role as the Tenth Doctor's companion Martha Jones, has spoken about a potential cameo appearance in the show. Agyeman, who appeared on the show's third season as well as made appearances in its fourth season, "The End of Time Part 2" special, and spin-off series Torchwood, says:
“It’s something I would consider, but if I’m honest, I’d only really do it if there was some sort of development of the character… I loved the show – it’s brilliant – but I thought there were more things we could have done with Martha. She was this strong woman, but I thought we got bogged down in the love story side of things.”
However, Agyeman would have a lot of catch-up work to do if she were to return to the show: she has not watched it for years! She says,
“I actually don’t watch Doctor Who. I’m one of those actresses who doesn’t watch a lot of TV, to be honest. I mean, I loved spending time on the show, but I probably haven’t watched it for the last five years… I love the concepts of the show and I still go to conventions and stuff. People ask me things about the show but they’re shocked to learn that I don’t know much about it. I watched the years before and after I was on it, but I haven’t continued watching it.”

How would Martha Jones get on with the Twelfth Doctor? Would Freema Agyeman returning to the show, even in a single episode cameo feature, be something you would like to see? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Kasterborous]
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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Doctor Who: The Christmas Cup - The Final

Welcome back to the Doctor Who Christmas Cup! Last week's semi-finals both went down to the wire - with the finalists only just making it through.

The nine Specials we began with have now been whittled down to the final two - the two most recent Christmas Specials both starring Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman: The Snowmen and The Time of the Doctor.

You can select one of the two stories in the poll below, and the winner will take home the (virtual) trophy:



Voting closes on Friday 19th December, so get your votes in before then! We'll wrap up the competition with an announcement post next Saturday - and you can also head over to our Facebook page for the third-place playoff between The Christmas Invasion and A Christmas Carol.
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Friday, 12 December 2014

Doctor Who: Last Christmas - New Preview Clip

The BBC has released a new preview clip from this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, Last Christmas.

The clip features the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) watching on as Santa (Nick Frost) and his elves (Dan Starkey, Nathan McMullen) make a rather unique entrance...



The clip also features a brief glimpse of some of the aliens appearing in the episode as well as guest cast members Natalie Gumede, Michael Troughton, Maureen Beattie and Faye Marsay.

Last Christmas will air on Christmas Day at 6:15pm on BBC One.
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Doctor Who: The Mystery and Fate of Orson and Osgood

Speaking in Doctor Who Magazine this month, Steven Moffat has answered a few questions left over from Series 8 of Doctor Who.

The first, posed as to the true fate of Osgood, has revealed that she is in fact, dead. Fans had speculated that the Osgood seen in Death in Heaven was in fact the Zygon copy introduced in last year's The Day of the Doctor but the lead writer has rebuffed this saying that a Zygon would never die that easily.

Moffat was also quizzed on how Orson Pink, as seen in Listen, could exist following Danny's death. The writer said:

Well, I can think of several explanations, but the obvious one is that Orson comes from another branch of the family. He knows about Danny's heroic sacrifice , because Clara got in touch with the Pink family after the events of Death in Heaven (because you would, wouldn't you?), and told them what he did, and why. And she gave them the little soldier, as a keepsake of a great man and a great soldier - and because she knows the toy soldier has to remain in the Pink family line.
Although he did say that nothing is set in stone until it appears in the show (and sometimes not even then!) and Moffat has been known to lie before.

[Source: Radio Times]
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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Doctor Who: Last Christmas - TV Trailer

The BBC have released a brand new trailer for Last Christmas with new footage, which you can check out below:

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Doctor Who Attractions Could Feature At New UK Theme Park

Doctor Who could be one of the BBC shows set to feature as part of a new UK theme park.

The Kent-based London Paramount Entertainment Resort, due to open in 2020, will feature attractions based on some of the broadcaster's biggest programmes after BBC Worldwide signed a deal with London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), the company behind the theme park.

This news follows a similar deal between BBC Worldwide and Merlin Entertainments, which saw the launch earlier this year of CBeebies Land at Alton Towers featuring attractions and rides based on popular children's shows such as Postman Pat and In the Night Garden.

Stephen Davies, Director of Live Events at BBC Worldwide, said:
"We're always looking for opportunities to extend fans' enjoyment of their favourite shows and the idea behind this resort is a really exciting way of celebrating the very special place the BBC has in British culture." 
LRCH has also reached an agreement with Paramount for the new resort, meaning that themed lands and rides based on Mission: Impossible and Star Trek could find themselves alongside those not only from Doctor Who but also other successful BBC shows like Top Gear and Sherlock.

Director of LRCH, David Testa, said:
"We are delighted to bring the world's leading public service broadcaster on board this project. 

"The BBC has played an instrumental role in shaping the British entertainment industry for nearly a century, creating some of the most iconic and cherished characters on TV and radio.  

"It seems only right therefore that its programmes will be present at the new London Paramount Entertainment Resort, which will combine the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture."
Although it is not yet known which BBC shows and characters will be included as part of the resort, Doctor Who has certainly marked itself as a contender following enormous global success in recent years - last year's anniversary special The Day of the Doctor achieved a Guinness World Record for the largest ever simultaneous transmission of a television drama, while the latest series of the show launched with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman undertaking a worldwide tour across seven countries in August this year.

[Source: BBC News]
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Steven Moffat on 'Capaldi Moments'

Showrunner Steven Moffat has spoken out about the levels of surprise in the show, explaining his rationale behind them and why he won't be so focussed on them next year:

In an interview with SFX, he said:
"I was looking for the Capaldi moments every episode, saying 'We need a Capaldi moment, that moment where he's not Matt Smith, he's not David Tennant, where he's a dangerous, unpredictable, volatile character'." 
He continued: "Because that slaps the audience awake, in a way. The longer you do a show the cosier it gets, the cosier it gets the nearer to death it gets. You really have to say to people 'Pay attention. He's far more unpredictable than that'. 
"So now, having done that, and having blasted our new Doctor at them, we can go other places with him. We don't have to work at that anymore because people just accept him."
He added: 
"I won't be looking for the Capaldi moment next year because the whole show is a Capaldi moment."

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Christmas Special: Last Christmas