Thursday, 18 December 2014

Title Revealed for Episode 1 of Series 9

At the BFI Press Screening of "Last Christmas" this evening, the title of episode 1 of Series 9 was revealed as...

"The Magician's Apprentice".

You can almost hear the creaking of the internet as wild theories and deductions start to spew forth.  It does rather lend itself to the obvious possibility though...

Friday, 12 December 2014

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

"Last Christmas" - Peter Capaldi Interview

The BBC Media Centre have issued their "press pack" for "Last Christmas" which features interviews with Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Nick Frost.  The Peter Capaldi interview is reproduced below with links at the end to read the other interviews:

Everyone will be pleased to see the Doctor and Clara brought together again for this Christmas special. What does bring them together?

A terrifying festive dilemma forces the Doctor back to Earth to help Clara. Then a story unfolds which is quite unexpected – I can’t really say more than that.

How does filming the Christmas special differ from the series?

It’s all very festive and even though you’re shooting in October it does lull you into the festive spirit, because there are lots of Christmassy things around. There are snow machines all the time which is lovely but they’re noisy like lawnmowers or concrete mixers. We have Christmas lights, polystyrene icebergs - which is classic piece of set dressing on Doctor Who. There’s a roast dinner going on in Clara’s house and a big Christmas tree. There were also lots of tangerines!

What was your reaction to Nick Frost being cast as Santa? What sort of Santa does he play?

I was delighted when Nick was cast, I’m a big fan of his. I love Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead. He’s actually quite a traditional Santa but with a comic undertone. He is the real Santa – he’s not a robot or an alien, but he is a little bit cantankerous. He’s a little bit like the Doctor and at first they don’t really get on together.

How do the Doctor and Clara become involved with Santa?

Santa appears on the roof of Clara’s house and only the Doctor knows the danger of it.

What can viewers expect from this episode?

It’s both really scary and really festive. It manages to be quite frightening and still have Santa Claus in it. It is extremely Christmassy but there is a plot line in it that is quite dark and I think Steven (Moffat) has done a brilliant job at balancing those two things. It’s perfect for Christmas viewing – it supplies everything that Doctor Who should supply at Christmas. It’s scary but it leaves you feeling warm and cheerful.

What have been your fondest memories of your first year as the Doctor?

It’s difficult to say what specific moments were significant to me because the whole thing has just been amazing. So many things have been fantastic. The first time you go onto the set, the first time you meet a Dalek or even the first time the TARDIS wobbles when you shut the door. I know it won’t last forever so I’m just enjoying it all.

The show is now a global phenomenon – how was it to see the reactions of fans in different countries earlier this year? What is it about your Doctor that you think they’re enjoying?

It was extraordinary to see how popular the show is all over the world. I’ve had the great benefit of riding the wave of success that Matt (Smith), David (Tennant) and Chris (Eccleston) had started. I myself was fascinated by what made the show so popular abroad. To me it seems a particularly British thing. However, it seems that the themes of escapism and adventure are universal. Fans of Doctor Who are usually so warm-hearted and creative. It’s quite moving to see how much they love it. You don’t realise when you’re making the programme that it’s reaching out to so many people in Latin America or Asia or Australia. Obviously the character is so popular now and the concept is so clever, so I think that is what they’re responding to rather than me.

What will you be doing this Christmas and is there anything you want from Santa?

I’ll be watching the Christmas Special and I want a tangerine and a Doctor Who annual because that’s what I had as a kid.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Video - "Terminator: Genisys" - Official Trailer and Poster

Here it is - the first full trailer for "Terminator: Genisys" which has been released a couple of hours early.  Although there's a serious lack of Matt Smith (but see below for screencap) in this one (which was to be expected as his role in the first film is relatively small), it's really a pretty exciting trailer:

Missed seeing Matt?  Well take a look in the background of this cap:

 Also, here's a first look at the poster:

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Video - "Terminator: Genisys" Trailer Sneak Peek

Skydance Productions have released a short "sneak peek" of the trailer for "Terminator: Genisys".  The full trailer will be released tomorrow but this is more than enough to whet the appetite.  Personally, I've loved all the Terminator films - yes, I even enjoyed "Terminator: Salvation" - so I really can't wait for "Terminator: Genisys"... especially now that Matt Smith is in it:

Video - Peter Capaldi Answers Fan Questions...

At the recent Series 8 DVD/Blu-Ray launch, Peter Capaldi sat down and answered fan questions straight from the "TARDIS Tin":

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Promotion Starts for Matt Smith's "Terminator: Genisys"

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have released a "living one-sheet" promo for "Terminator: Genisys" - and the trailer will be released on Thursday:

Now, with Matt's role in the first film said to be relatively small (but increasing to a major role in the 2nd and 3rd films), I'm not going to hold my breath for a glimpse of him in the upcoming trailer. would be rather nice to see him...

"Last Christmas" - UK Air Time Revealed

The BBC have confirmed that "Last Christmas" will air on BBC1 on Christmas Day at 6.15pm - quite an early time considering the air time of Series 8.

At 60 minutes long, "Last Christmas" is sandwiched between "Strictly Come Dancing" and "Miranda".

Monday, 1 December 2014

Video - Peter Capaldi Interview - BBC South East Today

Peter Capaldi was interviewed by BBC South East Today during his appearance at Project MotorMouth at the weekend.  Peter talks about "Last Christmas", Conventions and Project Motorhouse:

Photos - Peter Capaldi - Project Motormouth

Peter Capaldi attended his first Doctor Who convention yesterday at Project MotorMouth.  He signed autographs, posed for photos and chatted on stage with Janet Fielding, where he revealed he was about to fly to Malawi for Comic Relief.

Below are selection of photos by Sandra Franklin Photography - follow the link to view the full set on the Facebook page.  Definitely worth giving her a follow actually - either on  Facebook or Twitter - for some great Who related photographs.

Grateful thanks to Sandra Franklin Photography for giving permission to post these photos here.