Doctor Who

Harry Potter Actor to Play William Hartnell for Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Film

It’s a big year for Doctor Who fans around the world – the iconic sci-fi series is turning 50 this November. Many plans are currently under way to celebrate this momentous occasion – including a new TV special based on the series’ origins.

An Adventure in Space and Time is set to dramatize how Doctor Who first got started way back in 1963 and explore the many personalities who were involved in bringing the show to life. The feature length biopic will be penned by current Who writer and general fanboy (as well as Sherlock co-creator) Mark Gatiss, who has called his involvement in the project “quite simply a dream come true”.

Actor David Bradley – though if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll know him better as Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch – will star as William Hartnell, the actor who was the first to take on the role of the mysterious Time Lord known only as the Doctor. Hartnell played the First Doctor until 1966, when his deteriorating health and occasionally fractious relationship with the Doctor Who production team lead to his exit from the show. (His departure from the show served as the catalyst for the idea that the Doctor could regenerate, and Hartnell become Patrick Troughton in the fourth episode of serial The Tenth Planet.)

Get your first look at Bradley in character, as well as a peek behind the scenes of the new special.

It’s Official: Doctor Who Series 7 Returns on March 30 on Both Sides of the Pond

It’s official: the second half of Doctor Who Series 7 will premiere on March 30 on both BBC One and BBC America. This means that we’re only a couple of months away from finding out answers to some of the questions posed by Christmas special The Snowmen - most importantly, just what exactly is going on with the mysterious identity of new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman’s character. (Is she reincarnating through time? A particularly pretty robot? An alien? Who knows, but here’s hoping the twist is an interesting one.)

The back half of Series 7 will be comprised of eight episodes, which will include installments from several fantastic writers, including showrunner Steven Moffat, Sherlock scribe Stephen Thompson, Luther creator Neil Cross, and (amazing) fantasy author Neil Gaiman, who penned unforgettable Series 6 episode The Doctor’s Wife, which is maybe my favorite thing this show’s ever done.

Watch the New Teaser Trailer for the Second Half of Doctor Who Series 7

Another Christmas has come and gone and with it another Doctor Who Christmas special featuring a new companion, creepy monsters and the Doctor in a snazzy new outfit. Regardless of your thoughts on The Snowmen (and personally I am squarely middle of the road on it), it’s almost impossible not to see the “Coming Soon” trailer hyping the series’ return for the back half of Series 7 and not get excited.

Stuffed full of a tremendous amount of monsters, some fabulous guest stars (Hi, Celia Imrie!) and the ongoing mystery of the identity of the Doctor’s new companion Clara (Is she replicating? Reincarnating? An alien?), the BBC’s newest Who trailer is certainly compelling. It’s got an air about it that says we’re really building to something, which is nice to see – so I hope that means the Clara revelation will be worth the what! (Fingers crossed this impending character twist will end up making more sense than that whole River Song/Melody Pond thing.) At any rate, it’s definitely worth a watch (or three) for yourself!)

New Preview for the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special, The Snowmen!

We’re just 12 days out from Christmas but, definitely probably possibly just as importantly, this means that we’re also just 12 days away from the premiere of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen!

We got our first sneak peek at the Who holiday installment during the BBC’s annual Children in Need charity telethon, but now the “official” trailer has arrived, which features some new footage and a longer look at our titular Snowmen villains.

The Snowmen will also be our first “official” introduction to new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman who will be attempting to fill the shoes of previous TARDIS residents Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. If her surprise appearance in Series 7’s Asylum of the Daleks was any indication, she’s going to do better than fine here in her new gig. (I’m still rabidly curious to find out how this new girl Clara Oswin is connected to the Oswin Oswald we met on the Dalek ship, but it’s probably best not to get our hopes up that that is going to be addressed in any meaningful way in the holiday episode.)

All that said – if you ask me just from the roughly two minutes of footage between these two trailers, The Snowmen already looks miles better than The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe from last year. Richard E. Grant looks appropriately evil and villainous – and he’s not even the episode’s biggest guest star. That’s because the Snowmen are being voiced by none other than Sir Ian McKellen! It’s really like Santa is bringing me an episode featuring pretty much every one of my favorite flavors of geek in one big, fabulously nerdy ball. Best present ever! (Well, almost. Throw Benedict Cumberbatch in there, Santa, and I’ll be happy forever. Just so you know!)

Amazing Internet Things: Listen to “I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek"

Yes, this is a real thing. It’s a bit hard to believe – and yet, it’s pretty awesome that it even exists, because it's possibly the kitschiest piece of music ever made. (It's almost up there with the whole Leonard Nimoy "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" thing, if you ask me. Though it lacks the star power.)

In 1964, a band from Newcastle called The Go-Go’s – most definitely not the same group as the American all-girl band famous for hits like Vacation and We Got the Beat – recorded one song. This song was a Christmas ditty meant to capitalize on the popularity of Doctor Who’s now infamous enemy, the Daleks, who were apparently quite the thing at that time. (Remember, the show had only premiered the year before!)

I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek is completely silly, and not even a particularly good song, but the lyrics are hilarious, complete with a representation of Daleks that is off base enough to make one wonder if any of the band members ever actually watched Doctor Who. Take a listen for yourself!

Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special 'The Snowmen' Trailer and Prequel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, almost. We’re a little bit over a month away from this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special and the “official” introduction of brand-new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Finally, we get our first look at the trailer for this highly anticipated episode, as well as a prequel clip meant to bridge the gap between The Angels Take Manhattan and this year’s holiday installment, titled simply The Snowmen. The new footage premiered during BBC’s annual Children in Need charity telethon and it seems safe to assume that the internet is already rife with speculation and chatter about what this all means for the future of our favorite Time Lord.

Click through for your first look at The Snowmen, and get those holiday countdown calendars ready. BBC America is once again day and dating the Christmas special with the UK, so we’ll only have to wait a mere five hours more than our friends across the pond. Huzzah!

Amazing Internet Things: Doctor Who Credits Done Sherlock Style

We are currently smack in the middle of the Darkest Timeline - shoutout to NBC’s comedy Community for that incredibly apt concept – wherein there are no new episodes of either of my two favorite shows airing anytime in the near future. I mean, only one of them is even filming at the moment. Despair! Even in the best of best case scenarios, Doctor Who will return next Spring and Sherlock looks likely for next Fall (though that’s if we’re lucky). It’s a difficult time, to put it mildly.

Consequently, I am currently suffering massive withdrawal and, sadly, there is barely even any new news on either series to keep my spirits up. And, no, pictures of Who filming randomly around London don’t count. (Mostly because I am not there to stalk watch.) So, as always, I end up trolling around the internet looking for interesting tidbits about either property – and my best finds are generally when I stumble across something that takes the two things I love the most and smooshes them together, like this excellent credits sequence.

Some enterprising YouTube fan has managed to recreate the Doctor Who credits in the style of Sherlock opening titles and you might be surprised by how well it actually works like this. (Though I suppose after having just had two season finales in a row where people jump off buildings, well, I think these shows have a bit more in common than you’d think.) It’s worth a look!

Storyboard Clip Shows What Happened to Rory’s Dad and the Ponds on Doctor Who

The BBC has released a special “unshot” scene from the Doctor Who mid-season finale, The Angels Take Manhattan. Called simply “P.S.,” this special four-and-a-half minute scene was written by Chris Chibnall and features only storyboard images and some voiceover work from Mark Williams and Arthur Darvill as Brian and Rory.

The attempts to answer the question voiced by many fans after the episode ended – what happened to Rory’s father after the departure of the Ponds and did anyone ever get any closure? It does a remarkably good job at it, too.

It will also probably make you cry so, you know, get some tissues handy.

A Tiny, Tiny Tease for Doctor Who’s Christmas Special

Doctor Who just wrapped an emotional – if, in my opinion, uneven – first half of its seventh series with the departures of companions Amy and Rory, played Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. Gillan and Darvill now hold the title of longest-running companions in the “New Who” era (i.e. post-2005) and no matter how you may have felt about the particulars of their characters – some people (coughmecough) may have loved Rory and not been wild about Amy, who knows – their exit was handled well and very affecting.

But, this is Doctor Who, which thrives on change and (dare I say it) regeneration – so we won’t have too much time to be sad about the Ponds’ exit before a new companion will arrive on the scene. This time around, it’s Jenna-Louise Coleman stepping into the TARDIS to play a character that is pretty shrouded in mystery (particularly if you take Asylum of the Daleks into consideration. Timey wimey!)

Following the conclusion of The Angels Take Manhattan on Saturday, the tiniest of tiny teaser trailers aired for the upcoming Christmas special, in which Coleman makes her debut, in what appears to be (very, very interesting) Victorian dress. Click through to take a look for yourself and let the speculation as to who this character might be commence!

See the Full Q&A with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan From the Doctor Who NYC Screening!

The weekend before the Doctor Who premiere, a special fan screening of the Series 7 premiere, Asylum of the Daleks, was held in New York City. Not only did those folks lucky enough to attend get to see the latest episode a week before everyone else in the world, they also got to take part in a panel Q&A session with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Executive Producer Caroline Skinner afterward.

Honestly, I was hoping for more discussion from Who folks about the giant twist that features in the Asylum episode, because I just need to talk this to death personally, apparently, and it only gets one question here. Nevertheless, it’s still a fun little segment and Smith, Gillan and host Chris Hardwicke from The Nerdist are as charming and adorable as ever.

Click through and give it a look for yourself. WARNING: Don’t watch this if you haven’t seen the Series 7 premiere yet. It will spoil you for something that, I promise, you are better off finding out for yourself.

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