Darker Things To Come

Steven Moffat hints to SFX at the kind of Doctor we’ll be seeing Peter Capaldi play…:

“I think it feels more serious,” he reveals in the new issue of SFX. “One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this. It’s not a fairytale. If you have people back home, if you run away it’s going to have an effect on them. And it’s not necessarily always going to be lovely. And does the Doctor make you better?

“We want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt…”

Moffat also gives an insight into Capaldi’s take on the Doctor.

“He’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval. I would like to restore the sense that when he says ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’ you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced… What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.”

And the Doctor’s new persona will have a major impact on his relationship with companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman.

“From a Doctor she could sort of control, because he had a crush on her, she’s landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she’s a girl. They’re great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”

You can read more from this interview – including Steven Moffat’s exclusive episode-by-episode preview of the new series – in SFX 251 on sale this Wednesday.

Deep Breath Screening

Series 8 Episode 1 (Deep Breath) is due to be screened in London.  The press release is as follows:

Deep Breath, Peter Capaldi’s first full episode as the Doctor, will be screened to fans at the BFI Southbank on Thursday 7 August at 6.30pm, ahead of the BFI’s next major season – Sci-fi – Days of Fear and Wonder.

The screening of the feature-length series 8 premiere will be accompanied by a panel Q&A with cast and production team members.

Tickets will cost £16 / £12 concessions (BFI Members pay £1.50 less).

Tickets to this event will be balloted to ensure the fairest allocation of tickets possible. Fans can apply for up to two paid tickets online before the ballot closes 8.30pm on Sunday 20 July.

All applicants will be informed if they’ve been successful by Thursday 24 July. Any unclaimed ballot tickets will go on general sale at 11.30am on Monday 28 July. Find full details at bfi.org.uk/southbank