Thursday, 20 November 2014

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2014: Santa Is A 'Christmas Hero'

Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has shed some light on how the character of Santa Claus will be portrayed in this year's Christmas special.

The comments were made during a Q&A session as part of the Series 8 DVD launch earlier this week, where Moffat said:
“Santa could never be evil, for heaven’s sake! Santa is both real and a Christmas hero. 

“No no, don’t worry any parents who were worried about that. Santa is presented, as he is in real life, as a great Christmas hero.”
He then went on to talk about the casting of Nick Frost in the role, claiming:
“He actually is the real Santa. He’s been faking it up until now. For the first time he’s allowing the natural colour of his beard to show through.

“You could figure it out, you know, Nick Frost, Nicholas Frost – you see?”
Viewers caught a first glimpse of Frost's Santa at the end of the Series 8 finale Death in Heaven, whilst a special preview clip featuring the character alongside the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) aired last week as part of the BBC's Children in Need appeal night.

This year's Doctor Who Christmas special will air on Christmas Day on BBC One - watch the teaser trailer here!

[Source: Doctor Who TV]
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Doctor Who: Series 8 DVD Launch Q&A Clips

The BBC has released two clips from the recent Series 8 DVD launch event in London. The special event was hosted by Frank Skinner and attended by a number of fans who won a BBC Worldwide competition. The event featured a Q&A with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat, along with Michelle Gomez and Samuel Anderson.

Capaldi revealed that he once turned down the chance to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie, a part which instead went to Paul McGann:
"I loved the show so much that I didn’t want to have anything to do with it, unless it was me. I didn't want the disappointment of going for something that I would never get."


Additionally, Michelle Gomez discussed her experience of being cast as Missy, and the big reveal of the character in Dark Water:
"When my agent called to say that I would be taking on this role, I couldn't quite get my head around it. I thought, being the first female Master is up there with being Hilary Clinton running for female president! It's that big in my household."


More clips from the Series 8 DVD launch are expected to be released soon, so stay tuned!

[Source: Doctor Who News]
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Peter Capaldi Confirmed For Series 9

The 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi's debut series has come to an end, yet already discussions have been raised as to whether his time in the TARDIS will be as short as Christopher Ecclestone's way back in 2005. After all, both debuts received critical acclaim yet ultimately the Ninth Doctor's era ended after just one series. Anyone fearing an early exit for Twelve can now rest easy.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Steven Moffat provided confirmation of Capaldi's return at a recent event celebrating the release of Series 8's DVD:

"Yes, he’s confirmed,”
Short but sweet. Hold on to your hats folks. The Doctor will be returning in 2015, attack eyebrows in tow.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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Monday, 17 November 2014

Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi Removed Scenes Seeking for Audience Affection

Peter Capaldi said, in his interview with Mark Gatiss at the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, that he is not particularly interested in the audience liking his Doctor.

The actor said:

I think we’d all agreed that Matt [Smith, previous Doctor Who] had been so wonderful and so delightful that the only thing you could do was to try and make a contrast with that.
Because Matt was so beloved and so open, I felt I had to be a bit more closed. I think Steven and myself had a hand in how far we could go with that.
Capaldi stated he often tried to remove 'weepy' moments from scripts which may cause the audience to show affection towards his character.

He also admitted that the scheduling (working every day for eight months) was not easy and sometimes ideas simply dried up.

[Source: Metro]
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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven - Final UK Viewing Figures

The consolidated viewing figures for the Series 8 finale, Death in Heaven, have been released.

The episode had 7.60 million viewers after a week of timeshifting - that's a rise of 2.15 million on the initial overnight viewing figure of 5.45 million. That's the second highest rating this series, and 150k up on last year's finale, The Name of the Doctor. As always, the figure does not include those watching on iPlayer on computers or tablets.

The full list of both overnight and final viewing figures for each episode of Series 8 can be seen below:
  1. Deep Breath - 6.8 million (overnight), 9.17 million (final) 
  2. Into the Dalek - 5.2 million (overnight), 7.29 million (final) - 
  3. Robot of Sherwood - 5.22 million (overnight), 7.28 million (final)
  4. Listen - 4.81 million (overnight), 7.01 million (final)
  5. Time Heist - 4.92 million (overnight), 6.99 million (final)
  6. The Caretaker - 4.89 million (overnight), 6.82 million (final)
  7. Kill the Moon - 4.82 million (overnight), 6.91 million (final)
  8. Mummy on the Orient Express - 5.08 million (overnight), 7.11 million (final)
  9. Flatline - 4.60 million (overnight), 6.71 million (final)
  10. In the Forest of the Night - 5.03 million (overnight), 6.92 million (final)
  11. Dark Water - 5.27 million (overnight), 7.34 million (final)
  12. Death in Heaven - 5.45 million (overnight), 7.60 million (final)
The final series average was 7.26 million. 
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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven - Poll Results + Full Series 8 Leaderboard

For the past week you've been voting in our two polls for Death in Heaven - our 'rate the episode' poll and our Question of the Week poll. We've now closed both polls and you can view the results below:

First up, our rate the episode poll. It wasn't quite as positive as part one (view those results here), with a slightly more mixed reaction. Despite that, nearly half the voters still gave the series finale full marks:
  • Absolutely amazing - 46.62%
  • Very good - 25%
  • OK - 12.84%
  • Not too great - 8.78%
  • Awful - 6.76%
It's the final episode, so we have the final places for our Series 8 leaderboard, showing how TGT voters ranked the episodes. Death in Heaven didn't quite reach the heights of Dark Water, narrowly slotting in at number eight:

All scores are average scores, out of 5.
  1. Listen - 4.54
  2. Flatline - 4.48
  3. Mummy on the Orient Express - 4.47
  4. Dark Water - 4.43
  5. Deep Breath - 4.20
  6. The Caretaker - 4.0
  7. Time Heist - 3.9595*
  8. Death in Heaven - 3.9594
  9. Into the Dalek - 3.87
  10. Robot of Sherwood - 3.66
  11. Kill the Moon - 3.53
  12. In the Forest of the Night - 3.35
It came in a third of the way through the series and has held on ever since - Steven Moffat's Listen is your Series 8 leaderboard winner, with Flatline and Mummy on the Orient Express taking silver and bronze. The series finale, when ranked together, averaged 4.19/5. 

*The score is different to what was previously reported, as Time Heist and Death in Heaven came down to a difference of just 0.0001.

Death in Heaven's Question of the Week asked: 'Whose situation is worse?' - the Doctor's or Clara's, as the series ended? Was the failure to find Gallifrey worse, or was it Clara's loss of Danny forever? It was Clara who came out with the majority in the end:
  • The Doctor - 38.46%
  • Clara - 61.54%
That's it for Series 8, but we'll have a special Christmas mini-tournament starting next week, voting for your favourite Christmas Special.
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Friday, 14 November 2014

Doctor Who: Christmas Special 2014 - New Clip

The clip from this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special that aired on Children in Need tonight has surfaced online courtesy of Combom, and you can watch it below:

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Doctor Who: Steven Moffat on Series 8 Ratings

Steven Moffat took part in a Royal Television Society panel on Tuesday, and one of the questions asked was on the subject of ratings in Series 8 and a possible drop in ratings. Moffat dismissed these claims of a ratings drop, saying:
“The figures are the same – they’re just the same. If by ‘ratings’, you mean the number of people who watch the show… they are the same. The headline – boring though it is – is that they’ve barely changed since Doctor Who came back.”
“Since Matt Smith took over Doctor Who – the time I’ve been doing it – the number of people that watch the show on iPlayer has trebled. The way people watch it has changed. People watch it on catch-up to a much greater degree, but there is no drop-off in the ratings. For the record, if our overnights were our final rating, that would still count as a hit. I would be working hard, even as a Scot, to be disappointed!”
Series 8 has achieved an average rating of 7.23 million after 11 episodes (the addition Death in Heaven final rating on Sunday will likely boost this figure a little) - that's a little down on Series 7's overall average of 7.45 million, but up on the 2013 series alone (Series 7 Part 2), which achieved an average audience of 7.11 million. 

The overnight audience for Series 8 has averaged 5.17 million, well down on Series 7's average overnights of 5.5 million - but the timeshift (recordings of the episode watched up to seven days after the episode) average has increased to 2.08 million (after 11 episodes) from Series 7's average of 1.9 million. iPlayer figures have not been released for the series yet.

[Source: Doctor Who TV]
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Missy Will Appear In Doctor Who Series 9

This article contains spoilers from the finale "Dark Water/Death in Heaven." Please click away now if you have not seen it yet.

Michelle Gomez confirmed in an interview with Doctor Who Magazine (Issue #480) that her character will reappear next season, saying:
“Yes. Yes is my answer. I’ll be back.

Can I say that? Am I allowed? If not... well, I guess we'll have to see how she's received..."
FINAL SPOILER WARNING

With the reveal at the end of "Dark Water" that the mysterious Missy is, in fact, the Master in female form, Michelle Gomez became the seventh person to take on the infamous role of the Doctor's arch-nemesis. Gomez says of the decision to change the Master's gender:
"Everything about making the Master [into] the Mistress kind of ups the ante. It makes everything that little bit more dangerous. It blows open this Pandora's box."
Issue #480 of Doctor Who Magazine will be available from Thursday, 13 November (£4.99).

[Source: Radio Times]
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Doctor Who Christmas Special: New Photo

The BBC has revealed a new image from this year's Christmas special, featuring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Nick Frost as Santa Claus. Click on the image to enlarge it.



A preview of the episode will be shown during Children in Need this Friday night, 7:30pm on BBC One.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Doctor Who Star David Tennant To Appear On The Late Late Show Tonight

David Tennant will be appearing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight at 12:35am/11:35pm CST on CBS in the US. The appearance was originally scheduled for 6 November, but had to be rescheduled for an unknown reason.

Tennant, perhaps best-known for his portrayal of the Tenth Doctor from 2005-2010, will be appearing to discuss his current role in Gracepoint, a 10-episode miniseries currently airing on FOX. Gracepoint is an American remake of last year's ITV series Broadchurch, also starring Tennant.

But Craig Ferguson, himself a self-professed Doctor Who fan, is no stranger to Doctor Who actors, frequently inviting them on the show as guests. In recent years, the Late Late Show stage has welcomed the likes of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, James Corden, and Peter Capaldi. Ferguson was also good friends with current Doctor Peter Capaldi in their younger years, the two of them members of Scottish punk band Dreamboys.

Ferguson will be bowing out of hosting duties for the show in December. The new host will be James Corden, known for playing Craig Owens in 2010's "The Lodger" and 2011's "Closing Time."

[Source: David Tennant News]


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Doctor Who: Death in Heaven AI Score

The final episode of the series, Death in Heaven, had an AI (or Audience Appreciation Index) score of 83.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

On Sunday, three programmes scored higher than Doctor Who, pushing the show into 23rd place for the week. Final figures and chart position will be released next week.

The score is relatively low for this series, but still a good score. The AI scores for all episodes this series are as follows:

Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline & Dark Water - 85
Into The Dalek & Time Heist - 84
The Caretaker and In The Forest Of The Night, & Death in Heaven - 83
Deep Breath, Robots of Sherwood, Listen & Kill the Moon - 82

The Sunday repeat of Death in Heaven on BBC Three had an overnight estimate of 0.20 million viewers, a 0.8% share of the audience.

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Cover For Doctor Who Magazine #480 Revealed

The cover for issue 480 of Doctor Who Magazine has been revealed. The cover features Michelle Gomez's Master (aka Missy) - inside, there's an interview with Gomez about her appearance as the Doctor's greatest foe in the recent series finale.

There's also a feature on the Twelfth Doctor, a tribute to recently deceased Trial of a Time Lord actress Lynda Bellingham and the regular features of the magazine.

The 480th issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out this Thursday (13th November) and will cost £4.99.

[Source: Doctor Who TV]
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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Doctor Who: The Gallifrey Times Team Review Death in Heaven

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Death in Heaven.

Last night saw the deaths of two beloved characters, two very important lies, a separation and Santa Claus (?) in the Series 8 finale - but what did our team make of it? Read on to find out!

Tom (The Boss)

Death in Heaven had a good mix of Cyberman action and character development with Clara and Danny specifically. Although the plot was a little weak and basic in my opinion, it was still good to watch and it felt like we finally got a serious episode after the jokes and fun that The Doctor and Clara had in the rest of Series 8. The comedy was replaced with brutalness with the lovely Osgood departing the show along with Danny Pink. The Doctor and Missy's relationship was an interesting, and at times entertaining, one and I'd like to see her again in the future (but maybe not at the end of nearly every episode). I'm really interested to see what's in store for the Christmas special after this dark finale. 7/10

Louis (Assistant Editor)

Death in Heaven proved to be a satisfying, masterfully (I'm sorry) done finale to a strong series. Michelle Gomez was terrific as the Master; utterly insane and aware of it, making this new Master one of the most entertaining villains for ages. If this is Gomez's only story in the role, then I'll certainly Missy (I'm really sorry) her. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman were also reliably terrific, especially in the heartbreaking final scenes between the Doctor and Clara. The Master's plan was a tad weak and the conclusion with Danny was a little fudged, but Death in Heaven was certainly one of the show's strongest finales nonetheless. That, and a touch of frost (I'm really, really sorry) with a gloriously insane mid-credits scene with Santa Claus. Onto Christmas, which appears to feature Santa versus xenomorphs at the North Pole. 8.5/10

Ben (Video and Digital Media)

The trouble with series finales is that they rarely live up to expectations. Death in Heaven was no exception. With the amazing reveals of cybermen and Missy's identity in Dark Water, it looked like the finale was going to be 'epic'. However, whilst there was plenty of action, the plot fell dry. The solution to the cybermen's plans - Missy giving the Doctor a remote control - was a huge anticlimax. Missy's sudden death was a waste of a good character (although we all know she'll come back) as was the quick revelation of the location of Gallifrey and the equally quick truth. The Cyber-Brig was a nice touch - but it felt a bit forced to me. However, Death in Heaven was not without its moments. The sad loss of Osgood, the creepy cyber-Danny, the deranged Missy, as well as the excellent work by all cast and crew. Overall I'd say Death in Heaven was a generally good episode, but after promising so much it was rather disappointing. 7/10

Owen (Instagram & News)

Hey Death in Heaven you so fine you blow me mind, hey Death in Heaven! Does that sum it up? Subtly beautiful, outrageously dark, with acting that could win Oscars, the episode concluded Series 8 in a well developed, interesting (but not wibbly) emotional way, as well as leading us onto to what (looks like) a very 'Frosty', epic Christmas episode. 9/10

Harris (News)

Death in Heaven was an excellent way to conclude what has been one of the best series since Doctor Who’s revival. All of the main stars shine all the way through, putting in some of their best performances for anything, let alone the show itself. A story which barely needs its first part to stand up as a great episode apart from the introduction of characters and the shock opening titles leave a lot to anticipate as the show progresses. Osgood’s ‘death’ is heart breaking and in the time when you think Kate is dead too radiates vibes asking for the end of UNIT! Of course the nod back to the Brigadier is a lovely touch and once again reminds us of the programme’s rich history. Then Santa shows up… Until he asks what the Doctor wants for Christmas it almost works so it’s a good job the trailer makes up for it! 9.5/10

Patrick (News)

Death In Heaven stands as the culmination of all the darkness that has built up in Peter Capaldi's debut series as The Doctor and it spills over in Doctor Who's most disturbing episode. Every inch of DIH is soaked in blood and twisted malice, all oozing from a phenomenal Michelle Gomez as Missy/The Master. In Gomez's Master we have madness and evil distilled into its purest form, a villain the show has sorely missed since the return of Davros in Journey's End, one who has no qualms murdering anyone who blocks the path to their ultimate goal. For Missy, this is control of Earth through the conversion of the dead into Cybermen, DIH's secondary antagonist. Or is it? The eventual twist is darker than any murderous spree the writers could conjour, much to the effect of the finale's sickening tone. The scenes with Samuel Anderson as Danny will forever be burned in my mind as some of Who's finest. In truth, I believe Danny will and should be commemorated in all his glory. Director Rachel Talalay potrays him with humility, compassion and honour, much like the rest of DIH. Her work here is grim and is wielded with precision, but take it from me: the scenes intended to pull at our heartstrings are executed with care, equally as gripping as those dripping in sorrow. Whether or not this is indeed the end of Clara's time in the TARDIS (that is dubious at this point), Peter Capaldi has ended his starter series with aplomb, in a finale that takes the show to its darkest point. What lies ahead is sure to be in the blind fury of our beloved Time Lord. 9/10

Suman (News)

The first series finale from Steven Moffat not to feature his characteristic 'timey-wimey' storytelling, 'Death in Heaven' nonetheless delivers an suitably epic and visually stunning closing episode, its relative simplicity in what is still a pretty macabre plot allowing the complexities of each character to come to the fore. Michelle Gomez's Missy is delightfully bonkers, and her on-screen rapport with the consistently excellent Peter Capaldi is a joy to watch. Danny's redemption and heroic send-off serve to draw a line under his character whilst firmly tugging at our heartstrings - certainly not the only time that happens in this episode! - but Clara and the Doctor's apparent farewells, whilst similarly bittersweet, are not as neatly tied up. Although some plot elements could perhaps have done with being expanded on, 'Death in Heaven' still manages to fully justify its extended running time, providing a jam-packed conclusion to what has been an incredibly strong, thought-provoking and above all highly enjoyable series. 9/10

Andrew (News)

Death in Heaven explored an insane desire by the Master to regain lost kinship with the Doctor. Missy’s warped scheme to ultimately gift the Doctor an army was something that shook the Doctor to the core, paralysing him rather than empowering. The agonising exchanges in the graveyard between the Doctor and the scarily transformed Danny were very uncomfortable, again Danny undermining the Doctor for keeping his hands free of blood. I wasn't greatly impressed by the portrayal of Missy, but the evocative acting between Samuel Anderson and Jenna Coleman more than made up for this. The Doctor conclusively chooses to grant his position of total power to a soldier, Danny, who had mocked his speech on emotional pain enabling the feeling of another affected heart. Capaldi’s powerful display of rage against the Tardis is a distressing sign of the Doctor’s self hatred as he pours out more darkness. In contrast Danny’s sacrifice in paying his debt to the war torn child was a magical touch of warmth allowing bitter sweet closure for Clara… 9/10

And the average score is 8.5/10. That's the last of our team reviews this series, but you can join us for a particularly Christmassy team review of the Christmas Special this Christmas.
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Doctor Who: Death in Heaven - Question of the Week

WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for Death in Heaven. 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.

FINAL SPOILER WARNING

For the series finale, Death in Heaven, we're looking at the final moments of the finale, where the Doctor and Clara parted ways after both lying about their situations - the Doctor about finding Gallifrey, and Clara about Danny surviving. Both were in a pretty bad place at episode's end; but who was in a worse situation when the credits rolled? Was the Doctor's failure to find Gallifrey worse, or was Clara's final separation from Danny the worst of the two? Leave your thoughts in the poll below!




We'll be revealing the results of this poll, along with our rate the episode poll on Saturday 15th November. This is the final Question of the Week of the series, but you can join us for some festive poll action with our special Question of Christmas on Boxing Day! Nothing says Christmas like a poll.
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2014 Christmas Special