Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat Wins Emmy!

What a week it's been for Doctor Who! A new series got off to a great start with Deep Breath on Saturday, the viewing figures on both sides of the pond making it the most-watched Doctor Who series premiere since "The Eleventh Hour."

And on Monday night, it was more good news for showrunner Steven Moffat: he was awarded an Emmy for Best Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special for Sherlock: His Last Vow, which aired on BBC One in January, and PBS in May.

Moffat quipped:
"Thanks to PBS Masterpiece for suggesting that I prepare something in advance in the event I won, and apologies to the same for not doing that."

Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman also won Emmys, for Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie and Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie, both for "His Last Vow," but were not on hand to accept them.

[Source: YouTube, BBC News]
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NEW Doctor Who: Into the Dalek Promotional Images

The BBC have just released twelve new pictures for the second episode of Series 8, Into The Dalek. As usual, click to enlarge.

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Doctor Who Tops American Cable TV Saturday Night

After his recent whirlwind tour stop in New York several days ago, Peter Capaldi enjoyed another warm welcome in the States this weekend.

Not only did Deep Breath become BBC America's highest rated series premiere, it was the top rated program on cable TV in the US. It drew 2.2 million viewers and nearly half were in the coveted Adults 25-54 demographic. That shows a 46% growth in viewers from The Bells of Saint John in March 2013.

 The Doctor also held reign as the top television show over Twitter and Tumblr, also making BBC America the top mentioned US TV channel.

What do you make of Capaldi's popularity across the pond? Tell us in the comments.
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Doctor Who: Into The Dalek Teaser Trailer

Still calming down after Deep Breath? Well don't get too relaxed. The BBC have released a trailer for Into The Dalek, which you can watch here:

The episode will be broadcast this Saturday at 7:30pm.
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Doctor Who: The Gallifrey Times Team Reviews Deep Breath!

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Deep Breath.

From next week, The Gallifrey Times will be writing spoiler-free previews of Series 8 - but for those who want a spoiler-filled review of episodes, we'll be collecting some of our team's thoughts on the episodes and posting them as a series of mini-reviews each Sunday!

Last night saw the debut of the Twelfth Doctor in Deep Breath - but did Peter Capaldi's first episode live up to the hype? The Gallifrey Times team explain...

Tom (Editor)

Wow, where to start!? Capaldi was absolutely brilliant as The Doctor, a fantastic mix of comedy, darkness, confusion and madness! Jenna also brought a feistier Clara which we haven’t really seen before, I’m starting to feel we’re really getting to know what she’s really like now! As for the plot, although it wasn’t the strongest (it never is in a debut episode), I did feel engaged throughout the episode with the help of comedy from The Paternoster Gang! If I had to choose one thing I didn’t like in Deep Breath, it would be Strax’s sometimes not funny jokes, I feel that he is becoming too much of a comedy character and that’s deriving from what Sontarans are really like! All in all, a great first appearance by Capaldi and I’m excited to see where it goes from here!

Louis (Assistant Editor)

Deep Breath had a lot of high expectations riding on it - and it just about managed to match them. Despite a confused and awkward first act, the episode soon grows into a compelling and thrilling adventure by the conclusion - despite the relatively dull clockwork droid villains, the Half Face Man still proved to be an effective first antagonist for the new Doctor. Speaking of the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi nailed his first episode, and proved that yes, he really is poised to be one of the all-time greats if his good work continues. With an intriguing new arc set up and some proper character development for Clara, Deep Breath is a solid if unexceptional start to a new era.

Owen (TGT writer)

Deep Breath ultimately recreates Doctor Who in an sophisticated yet hilarious manner. The tone in the episode ranges from incredibly witty to scarily dark. From the opener of the series, we can tell Capaldi is going to new heights in the Doctors personality, his character in this episode taking matters into darker hands with slight confusion. "Sorry it's my new hands, I can't tell them apart!"

Steven (TGT writer)

With a "Shush" and a very confused re-introduction to his old friends, the Doctor returns to us, but in a much different incarnation. Gone is the suave, young man. Now we have a sharp older man with "attack eyebrows" Along with getting a handle on his new form, the Doctor must figure out who is harvesting body parts in London. All the while Clara must come to terms with a Doctor she isn’t used to. Deep Breath is a fantastic start to both a new series and a new Doctor; one I look forward to many adventures with.

Ben (TGT writer)

I was still dubious about Capaldi as the new Doctor, but this episode won me over.  Although there were a few disappointments - like the new screechy theme - it was a very enjoyable episode. Strax was on top form and there were a lot of funny moments to balance out the darker tone. I can't wait for the rest of the series

Suman (TGT writer)

Deep Breath marks a definite shift in tone both for the show and the Doctor himself. Capaldi's performance ranges from slapstick humour to intense darkness, all portrayed with great skill and conviction. A promising debut, but we - and Clara - clearly still have much to discover about the Timelord's latest incarnation.

Our spoiler-free preview of Into the Dalek will be up mid-week, and our team's spoiler-filled review will be up next Sunday!
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Steven Moffat On Deep Breath Cameo

WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for Deep Breath. If you haven't seen the episode, click away now!

Matt Smith's cameo in Deep Breath has proved controversial among fans. Some were happy to see Smith again while others felt it unnecessary and undermining Capaldi's Doctor. Steven Moffat has explained his rationale for the cameo, telling Radio Times:
“It just felt utterly right for what we were planning for Peter’s Doctor – and right for Matt’s Doctor that he would think of that as he was just about ready to go out the door. And you think, well it’s never been done before – why not?” 
“I did wonder. I wondered when we sat in the cutting room, ‘Does this seem strange?’ And then you remember you’re making Doctor Who and you go, ‘Yes this does seem strange – that’s absolutely fine!’”
He added:
“We shot that on the set of Time of the Doctor which meant I had to write that scene first and then fill in some gumph about clockwork robots.”
Capaldi himself was happy with Smith's appearance:
“I love Matt, I think he’s fantastic. He had a great kind of wisdom about him; he had this great combination of youthfulness and this very old soul, which is very unique, so I was delighted that he showed up.”

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Doctor Who: Question of the Week - Deep Breath (SPOILER ALERT)

WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for Deep Breath. If you haven't seen the episode, click away now!

We're introducing a brand new weekly feature for Series 8 - every week, alongside our usual after-episode poll, we'll be asking you about the biggest question each episode raises, and releasing the results the following week.


To kick off the feature, we're looking at Deep Breath - and the ambiguous fate of the episode's villain, the Half Face Man. At the episode's conclusion, we saw the robot impaled on the top of Big Ben - but we weren't shown how he got there. Did the Doctor push him to his death, or did he jump willingly? Leave your thoughts in the poll below!

We'll be revealing the results of this poll, along with the results of our traditional poll (which you can vote in here), on Saturday 30th August. We'll have a brand new poll for Into the Dalek next Sunday!
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Doctor Who: Into the Dalek - BBC America Trailer

BBC America have released a new trailer for the second episode of Series 8, Into the Dalek, which you can watch below. Get ready to travel into darkness...

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Doctor Who: Deep Breath - Overnight UK Viewing Figures

The overnight UK viewing figures for last night's Doctor Who series opener, Deep Breath, have been released.

The episode had 6.79 million viewers on average, and a share of 32.5% of the overall audience, and the episode peaked with 7.3 million. That's the highest figure for a series opener since 2010's The Eleventh Hour

Doctor Who was the most watched programme of the day, easily beating second and third placed shows Casualty and Tumble.

The consolidated viewing figures will be released next week, where Doctor Who will rise considerably in the ratings.

[Source: Doctor Who News]

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Doctor Who: Into The Dalek Next Time Trailer

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New: Deep Breath - Behind The Scenes Photos

The BBC have released some behind the scenes photos from the making of Deep Breath. Click on an image to enlarge it.

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Doctor Who Extra: Deep Breath (Behind The Scenes)

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Episode Discussion & Poll - Doctor Who: Deep Breath

Deep Breath has just finished in the UK, and the Twelfth Doctor's era is underway! We invite you now to share your opinions to share your views of Peter Capaldi's first episode in The Gallifrey Times' Episode Discussion & Poll.

You can vote in our poll below and the results will be revealed on Saturday 30th August.

As always, you can comment below by logging in using a variety of services including Facebook and Twitter!

You can also discuss the episode on Twitter by using the #TGTDiscuss hashtag or by tweeting us @GallifreyTimes or of course share your views on our official Facebook page! You can also chat live with fans and us in the chat box in the sidebar!

If you've not yet seen the episode, we recommend that you don't take part or look at the comments below until after you've seen it!

Thanks and we look forward to hearing your views on Deep Breath!
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Doctor Who: Steven Moffat 'Proud' Of New Titles, Praises Online Fans

Doctor Who's executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat has been speaking about the creation of its new title sequence and the importance of the show's online fan community.

The show's new opening credits are inspired by the work of motion graphic designer Billy Hanshaw, who created his own fan version of the title sequence and posted it on YouTube where it quickly gained a large amount of views and positive feedback:

The video soon came to the attention of Moffat and the BBC, who then contacted Mr Hanshaw with an offer to work with the show's producers to create the new-look titles. Mr Hanshaw, who currently works as a freelance animator for advertising but hopes to move into film and television, spoke to BBC News about his disbelief when executive producer Brian Minchin got in touch:
"I had to pinch myself because I didn't know if it was really happening. It's one of those stories about people putting something on YouTube - it's usually a musician this happens to. They put a performance on there and they get picked up by a label. It's a similar kind of story. I thought, these things don't generally happen."
Mr Hanshaw collaborated with the BBC's visual effects team to create the final result, which keeps his initial concept but with a few tweaks:
"There's a genius stroke that they've pulled. I can't tell you what it is, but it gets me every time I've seen it. It's wonderful and it's a little diversion from what I've done, but it works so beautifully."
Speaking to TV Guide, Moffat said that fan interaction with the show was 'important' and 'unique':
"The most important thing is that [there is] an extraordinary creative response to Doctor Who that is almost unique to Doctor Who, and that's all we should look at. It has turned people into actors, it has turned people into writers, it has turned people into scientists. That's an extraordinary thing. And that title sequence which I'm so proud of is a result. That's online Doctor Who. That's the real part of it, that's the real story."
Catch the new title sequence when Doctor Who returns with Series 8's feature-length opening episode Deep Breath tonight!

[Source: BBC News, Digital Spy]
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Doctor Who: Capaldi Swears with Delight!

Speaking to the New York Daily News Peter Capaldi claimed to have sworn with delight upon seeing the Daleks for the first time! The new Doctor also said that filming with his metal nemeses was probably his favourite piece of work for the series.

Both Capaldi and Jenna Coleman also once again spoke about the Doctor and Clara's relationship this series with Coleman saying:

He saves the world, and he's full of joy and enthusiasm and curiosity in all the same ways, but he doesn't have the patience anymore, and he's unapologetic.
With Capaldi concurring:

They sort of hurt each other in a way I haven't seen them do before and they can't understand why.
There is now only 1 hour 50 minutes until the Doctor returns to our screens in Deep Breath and the Daleks will return in episode 2 this year: Into the Dalek.

[Source: Digital Spy]
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Series 8: Into The Dalek