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Attention, Whovians—the Doctor is in!
Photo Credit: Jeff Riedel for EW.
Doctor Who on the cover of Entertainment Weekly!
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.”
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. [x]
This copy will be on stands Friday, August 1st, and you can purchase it online here. If you live in Canada or elsewhere outside the United States and would like to place a back issue order, please call 1-813-979-6828.
ANNOUNCING. DOCTOR WHO: THE WORLD TOUR
BBC AMERICA and the BBC Worldwide announced today that for the first time ever, the iconic sci-fi series, Doctor Who, will launch a global world tour to introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor.
The tour launches in the UK on August 7 and finishes in Brazil on August 19. On Thursday, August 14, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will appear together for the first time in the US when they arrive in New York.
The trip will see Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, and the show’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat*, visit seven cities across five continents in 12 days to take part in a series of media and fan engagements to publicize the upcoming season to a global audience.
(Due to production commitments, Steven Moffat will be unable to attend to the entire tour. His schedule will be confirmed soon.)
Peter Capaldi on his excitement ahead of the tour: “It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After 8 months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.”
Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat adds: “I’ve always thought we’d all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks. Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it’s going to happen. I’ll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.”
Richard De Croce, SVP, Programming for BBC AMERICA says: “It’s a new beginning for one of the most popular series in the world and we couldn’t be more excited to have the Twelfth Doctor live in New York to promote the long awaited return of Doctor Who on BBC AMERICA. It’s going to be epic.”
The tour will kick off in Cardiff, Wales before taking in London (UK), Seoul(South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
More details of the itinerary will be available soon at www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour as well as reports from the tour as it happens.
Doctor Who’s STEVEN MOFFAT Answers 3 Questions (by BBC America)
Standing in front of the stage where only minutes before Peter Capaldi had been revealed as the Twelfth Doctor, Moffat appeared amazingly relaxed considering the situation but also somewhat excited that he could finally talk about one of the most highly prized secrets of the year.
He revealed that Peter Capaldi was not a name he had expected to be thinking of following Matt Smith’s decision to give up the Tardis but one that he kept on coming back to. Moffat even consulted his Sherlock producing partner Mark Gatiss who affirmed his belief that Capaldi would have what it takes to step into television’s longest running science-fiction franchise.
Calling the man best known for his role as government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker “famously brilliant,” Moffat said he had everything that matters to take control of the TARDIS: “He’s got that look, he has those Doctor eyes.”
Watch the highlights now and get all the scoop from stars MATT SMITH & JENNA COLEMAN, Executive Producer & Lead Writer STEVEN MOFFAT, producer MARCUS WILSON, writer MARK GATISS and “An Adventure in Space and Time” star DAVID BRADLEY.
Discover why STEVEN thinks The Doctor would be shocked to find out there’s a show about him, and what other Doctor Who characters MATT & JENNA would want to play.
Plus, find out MARK GATISS’s favorite memory from season 7, and whether they’ll ever shoot more episodes in America.
If you expected Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Sue Vertue to give up the goods on how Sherlock survived his multi-story plummet in Season 2′s finale, I have a skyscraper in London to sell you.
During their first-ever panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday (July 18), the trio were predictably coy about the plot point that has engendered months of feverish speculation. But they feel that all of the hullabaloo over Sherlock’s fall is misplaced. “There really are only a few ways you can fall off a roof and survive,” said Gatiss. “It’s not black magic.” No, the true can’t-miss moment in the premiere will be when Sherlock and John Watson finally reunite, which Moffat calls a “showstopper.” Set to air some time in 2014, Episode 1 of Season Three will be called “The Empty Hearse,” a play on Doyle’s story titled “The Empty House.”
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2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors. This month, it’s Seventh Doctor SYLVESTER McCOY!
Don’t miss the Premiere of the seventh DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Seventh Doctor story “Remembrance of the Daleks” Saturday July 27 at 7/6c only on BBC America.
Take an in-depth look at the seventh incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord - who played the part from 1987 to 1989 and reprised the role in 1996’s “Doctor Who: The Movie.” With exclusive interviews with lead writer and executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, Seventh Doctor companions Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Bonnie Langford (Mel Bush), and McCOY himself, examining the darker side of the Seventh Doctor, viewing some of his surreal adventures and discussing his most scientific foe, The Rani.
Then, in the Seventh Doctor story “Remembrance of the Daleks,” the Doctor and his companion Ace arrive in 1960s London, where they are caught up in a fierce battle on Earth between two violently opposing factions of Daleks, who will stop at nothing to destroy one another.