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Keeley Hawes to Guest Star on ‘Doctor Who’ in Series 8

With filming underway on Series 8 of Doctor Who, more and more details about Peter Capaldi’s inaugural turn in the TARDIS are starting to emerge.  We already know that Samuel Anderson is set to have what looks to be a fairly significant guest role as a colleague (and potential new secondary travelling partner possibly?) of current companion Jenna Coleman.

Now the BBC has announced that Upstairs Downstairs and MI-5 star Keeley Hawes is set for a guest role in the new season. She’ll be playing a character called Ms. Delphox, who is described as “a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret”. She is also interestingly enough, a banker, because obviously that’s what we all think of immediately when it comes to Doctor Who villains. 

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Another New Face in Peter Capaldi’s TARDIS? Samuel Anderson Joins ‘Doctor Who’

It looks like Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi won’t be the only new face on our television screens when Doctor Who returns for Series 8 later this year.

The BBC has announced that actor Samuel Anderson will be joining the cast as “recurring character” Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill Secondary School and colleague of companion Clara Oswald. Anderson has done quite a bit of British TV, including a stint on popular soap Emmerdale opposite current Who companion Jenna Coleman as well as roles in Gavin & Stacey and The History Boys. 

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A New 'Doctor Who' Era Has Begun: Your First Official Look at the Twelfth Doctor

A new era of Doctor Who is upon us: The new Doctor has arrived. Filming has officially been under way on Peter Capaldi’s tenure in the TARDIS for a couple of weeks, but initial reports still featured Twelve supporting predecessor Matt Smith’s Eleven get-up.

Fans around the world have been eagerly anticipating the reveal of Capaldi’s official Twelve costume, as the Doctor’s wardrobe tends to say quite about about the state of the character. (For example: Compare Christopher Eccleston’s leather jacket ensemble as Nine with David Tennant’s flashy Ten coat.)

Rejoice - the wait is finally over. The BBC released the first official photo of Twelve’s new look today, and it’s rather fantastic. Though, sadly, it looks like we’ve officially said goodbye to bowties and fezzes for the time being.

Get a look below. 

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The Clock is Striking Twelve: Peter Capaldi’s First Day on ‘Doctor Who’

Production on Series 8 of Doctor Who officially kicked off in Cardiff, Wales yesterday – with a brand new Doctor. The time of Peter Capaldi is here.

We got our first glimpse of Twelve at the very end of Christmas special The Time of the Doctor, but since he got to utter all of two lines, fans everywhere are very eager to see what the new Doctor is going to be like. And, just as importantly, what he will wear.

(I know there is a not-insignificant internet argument going currently about the proper way to title Capaldi's Doctor, given that apparently John Hurt's War Doctor AND Ten's meta-crisis clone copy are supposed to be counted as "official" regenerations. Or at least so Steven Moffat says. Or something. However, as I refuse to address Christopher Eccleston's Doctor as anything but Nine, we're just going to tough it out with actual actor equals number titling. Just so you guys know.)

The BBC released the first official photo of Capaldi on set with returning companion Jenna Coleman yesterday – but before you get too excited about that, he’s still wearing the purple jacket and waistcoat combination of former Doctor Matt Smith, so clearly his first scenes are also Twelve’s first scenes. We still have no idea what his own iconic outfit’s going to look like and probably won’t for a few weeks at least. Sigh.

But, still, new Doctor Who photo!  A new season is officially under way! Take a look at a larger version of Capaldi’s First Day below, and get a few fun quotes from the lead parties and other new tidbits

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Saying Goodbye to Eleven: Go Behind the Scenes of Matt Smith’s Emotional Final Moments in ‘Doctor Who’

It’s been a bit over a week since Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor aired – the episode in which we bid a fond farewell to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, said hello to Peter Capaldi’s Twelve, and were basically left flailing in anticipation for Series 8, which is a tremendously long eight months away, at best. Yikes.

While opinions about Smith’s swan song are decidedly mixed – for me, The Time of the Doctor hit several really nice emotional beats, almost all of which were derailed in various places by a draggy plot that was alternately dull and confusing – most everyone can agree that the actor did some truly wonderful work in the episode. And it’s going to be weird having a new face driving the TARDIS after all this time, no matter how accomplished an actor is picking up the sonic screwdriver. So it’s okay if you’re still in a little bit of mourning at the moment.

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Preview ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special ‘The Time of the Doctor’

"And now it's time for one last bow, like all your other selves. Eleven’s hour is over now. The clock is striking Twelve's."

With an opening line like that, you almost don’t need to bother with making the rest of an actual trailer, but, we’ll certainly watch it anyway if you do.

Yes, the trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas special, called The Time of the Doctor, but better known as The Episode Where Matt Smith is Leaving, has arrived, and it’s pretty fantastic.  This episode marks the end of Smith’s run as the Eleventh Doctor, and the dawn of the Peter Capaldi era, and that transition seems to be a fairly major plot point in this episode.

Watch for yourselves below and then let’s engage in some rampant speculation shall we?

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First Photos from 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special 'The Time of the Doctor'

It’s a bit of a bittersweet time to be a Doctor Who fan. We’re all still basking in the joy generated by the fantastic 50th anniversary celebrations and looking forward to the bonus of another new episode airing at Christmas. Yet, the excitement is also tinged with a hint of sadness, as the arrival of the holiday special means that we’ll be officially saying goodbye to Matt Smith and his Eleventh Doctor. Oh, and we’re also all pretty excited to see incoming Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi at the same time. Like I said, it’s a complicated time to be a Whovian.

But, let’s focus on the joy for now, at least – and the excitement that comes with new Who goodies to share. BBC America has helpfully released some new photos from the upcoming Christmas special, entitled The Time of the Doctor.  The episode will air on Christmas Day in both the UK and the US, which means that us Americans will only have to manage to avoid the internet for about 5 hours. Whew.

The synopsis for The Time of the Doctor is as follows: Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor.  Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

Take a look for yourselves below.

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‘The Time of the Doctor’: Get Details on the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special

Following on the heels of the mega-successful Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations, it’s time to turn our attention to the next big deal for Whovians around the world: this year’s upcoming Christmas special, when we say goodbye to Matt Smith and his Eleventh Doctor. Fiftieth anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor left fans everywhere giddy, crushed a Guinness World record and was a smashing box office hit at movie theaters around the globe. How is the Christmas special going to be able to top that? Who knows, but we can wait to find out.

The first details surrounding Smith’s swan song were released by the BBC this week, and, if the title is anything to go by, seems to be drawing a lot of threads together as the Eleventh Doctor’s story draws to a close. The Christmas special will be titled The Time of the Doctor and the first bit of official artwork has been released. 

Get all the latest below.

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Even More 'Doctor Who' Goodies: Watch a 50th Anniversary Behind the Scenes Clip and a Christmas Special Teaser

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more Doctor Who-related goodness after the magical 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, well, guess what, the BBC seems bound and determined to spoil us all, with a continued flood of video goodies sure to make all Whovians pretty happy.

Even after we got a whale of an episode for the 50th already, the fun doesn’t stop there. There’s a new behind-the-scenes clip and a deleted scene from the anniversary special itself, as well as our first (incredibly brief) look at the upcoming 2013 Christmas special – also known as the episode where Matt Smith hangs up his sonic screwdriver and we say goodbye to the Eleventh Doctor.

Basically, this is a really good week to be a Doctor Who fan.

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Happy Birthday, 'Doctor Who': Nine Must-Watch Episodes for Its 50th Birthday

It’s a big weekend for Anglophiles everywhere. Doctor Who, the iconic British science fiction series that follows the adventures of a time-traveling alien, his wide variety of ever-changing companions and a blue police box celebrates its fiftieth anniversary on November 23.  Fans the world over are beside themselves with excitement, eager to see the new broadcast special The Day of the Doctor and share their love for the show with the world. Yours truly is no different, so forgive this bit of egregious sentiment on this significant occasion in the life of my personal favorite show.

There are, at the moment, 738 episodes of Doctor Who in existence. That’s a total of 239 different stories, if we count the way that classic Who used to break its episodes into several parts during a singular adventure.  I haven’t even seen all those episodes, so please be aware that it’s highly likely this is the most biased post ever written. I make no claim that this list comprises the best episodes of Who all-time, merely my personal favorites. Argue with me! Tell me what I should pick instead! Recommend me episodes of older Doctor’s I’ve not yet seen! That’s what birthdays are for, after all: remembering.

Oh, and if you haven’t guessed this yet: There are nine episodes in this list, because Nine is my Doctor, and, well, if you’re going to be sentimental, that’s what birthdays and anniversaries are ostensibly for, right? (Thanks for changing my life, Christopher Eccleston, just by the way.) Because Doctor Who is the best show in the world, to me, and I’m so proud of this bit of history that it’s making this weekend.

Happy birthday, Doctor. Here’s to 50 more fantastic years.  

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