Last Christmas Synopsis

With less than a month to go, the BBC has released the official synopsis for this year’s Christmas special.:

The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!

Is it just me, or does that sound like the end of Clara to you?  I find it strange that the companion would be in the Christmas special as the Doctor has typically been without her/him for most years in recent memory, but if they’re doing away with Clara this may be an interesting time to do it.  Thoughts?

Christmas Special Preview

This appeared on BBC’s Children in Need special!  I’m going to do some digging and see what else I can find…


A little late, but I’m sure this idea could be adapted for next year…


Capaldi In Costume

I’d seen this before and thought it was photoshopped, but it actually is an official picture!  It’s Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on set for Series 8.


And from the BBC:

The BBC has issued the following press release:

The new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepped on set today for his first full day of filming as production begins on series 8 of the hit BBC show.

10.2 million tuned-in on Christmas Day to get their first glimpse of Capaldi in one of TV’s most iconic roles in the festive special ‘The Time of the Doctor’, which saw Matt Smith hang-up his bow tie after 4 years in the role.

Capaldi was revealed as the Doctor in a live BBC One show in August, after months of speculation about the next Doctor’s identity.

Arriving on set in Cardiff to begin filming, Peter Capaldi said:

“New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, added:

“First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”

Accompanying the Doctor on his adventures will be companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman.

The first episode of series 8 has been written by Steven Moffat with the second episode penned by Phil Ford.  These are the first episodes that Peter will shoot and are directed by Ben Wheatley.

Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, said:

“Excitement and anticipation fills the air as Peter Capaldi’s Doctor takes control of the TARDIS for the very first time today. It’s going to be one hell of a ride and I can’t wait for the journey to start.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, commented:

“A new year, a new face, a new Doctor! 2014 has arrived and it’s Peter Capaldi’s time so let the adventures begin!”

Filming is taking place in Cardiff until August 2014.  Doctor Who is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, and produced by Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett.  It is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.

Bits and Pieces

If you haven’t already heard (and you probably have) we’re going to get an uninterrupted run of Doctor Who for Series 8.  That’s the first time since 2010.  Here’s the kicker – it doesn’t start until AUTUMN!  So we’re going straight through from Christmas until… what… October?  Maybe the tail end of September, if they’re not counting the 2014 Christmas special as part of the 13 episodes we’re getting.

So let me wrap my head around this.  We get a new Doctor at Christmas (Capaldi) when we say goodbye to Smith, then we don’t see him again for 9-10 months?  Wow.  Just… wow.  I hope this doesn’t drive away newer fans.  If you’re thinking you’ll be bored, don’t forget to come back here to visit.  I’ll find you some content!

Something else to ponder: Moffat has confirmed that Matt Smith’s Doctor is, in fact, the 13th Doctor.  That means that Tennant’s meta-crisis Doctor and the War Doctor count, making “11” actually “13”.  I’m not sure yet if this will change our numbering, but for now I’ll be sticking with the old structure until we hear something official from the BBC.  A month or so ago Moffat was telling us that the numbering wouldn’t change and that we’d still be calling Smith “11”.  He likes to lie to us and wind us up, so I take what he says with a grain of salt.

You can’t see me, but I’m waving my fist in the air screaming “MOFFAAAAT!”.  Nah, that doesn’t work as well as “Barrowman!”…

All right, that’s my rant for the evening.  I know I don’t do much these days except repost stuff I find but I’m hoping that after the holidays are over we’ll be able to get a bit of original content up.  In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the whole numbering scheme and large break between episodes?


Fan-made poster for 2014