Behind The Lens

This was aired in the theatre after The Day of the Doctor.  I wasn’t expecting it, so it was a nice surprise:

#SaveTheDay Video

The last video is up on the SaveTheDay website!

Click HERE to watch it

Joanna Page Interview #SaveTheDay

A clip from the interview we’d posted about before:

TV Guide’s Ode To The 50th #SaveTheDay

Sorry for all the posts tonight but sometimes I just can’t help but overload.  This week will be especially bad if I have time.

TV Guide is doing a special tribute to the 50th.  They even have a preview up!  I’ve got to think that after this people will start asking Moffat’s kids a lot of questions.  If you’re trying to avoid spoilers you may want to skip this one:

Can you keep a secret? Probably not as well as Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat’s two sons, Joshua, 13, and Louis, 11. These days, nearly every television producer, director, writer, actor and caterer is apprehensive about revealing details and plot points from unaired episodes of their shows. But Moffat is the master. He even gave one of the series’ characters the catchphrase “No spoilers.” He purposely misleads the press. “I lied my arse off,” Moffat told 6,500 attendees at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con regarding the content of an upcoming episode. He also runs a tight spaceship: Nondisclosure agreements are as ubiquitous as silver alien masks on the British science-fiction show’s set.

Joshua, however, is the first to read his dad’s scripts. Louis helps vet Moffat’s monsters. This past June, Matt Smith, who currently plays the time and space traveler known only as the Doctor, revealed he’s leaving the show at year’s end. Nearly all of England spent the summer guessing the identity of his replacement as soon-to-be next Doctor Peter Capaldi ate dinner (cooked by Moffat) at the family’s house. And when it comes to the hush-hush mysteries of Doctor Who‘s breathlessly anticipated 50th-anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor? “My sons know pretty much everything,” Moffat says proudly. “They’re very good at keeping secrets. They just don’t tell people. They just don’t talk.”

Fifty years is a record-breaking run for a sci-fi series — but longevity (and continual reinvention) is in Doctor Who‘s DNA. The BBC debuted the show during teatime on November 23, 1963, and over the next three years, 12 million Britons watched the hoary First Doctor (William Hartnell) fight intergalactic beasties. Then heart disease forced Hartnell to quit. So Who‘s writers gave the Doctor’s alien race, the Time Lords, the ability to regenerate into entirely different beings. On an October 1966 episode, Hartnell’s Doctor fainted and transformed into the sprightlier, slightly shorter Second Doctor, played by raven-haired Patrick Troughton.

Doctor Who aired for 23 more years, returned as a TV movie in 1996, then upgraded to a proper series again in 2005, starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor. When Smith inherited the role from David Tennant in 2010, he became the 11th actor to portray the Doctor on television full-time.

Historically, Who anniversary episodes are romps — inflated, silly adventures whose plots are excuses to wrangle several of the Doctor’s incarnations into one episode. When Two and Three (Jon Pertwee) argued in 1973’s The Three Doctors, they summoned One to referee. In the 1993 special Dimensions in Time, a rogue Time Lady tried to trap all the Doctors in present-day London. Doctors Three through Seven (Sylvester McCoy) resisted — with help from the cast of the BBC soap opera EastEnders. “Fans love it when the Doctors meet. It’s a groovy thing to happen,” Smith says. “The Doctors are like, ‘You’re the Doctor? You’re not the Doctor!’ It’s funny and ridiculous.”

The Day of the Doctor unites Smith’s baby-faced Eleven and Tennant’s quirky Ten with the well-worn War Doctor, played by John Hurt — but it’s not the traditional jaunty Who-versary. It’s the most significant day of the Doctor’s life, the one he claims to have been running from for 900-plus years. And it will leave a major footprint on the show going forward. “Most Doctor Who stories aren’t about the Doctor,” Moffat says. “They’re about people he meets, monsters he defeats and plans he spoils. But this is the Day of the Doctor. This one will stick with him and change certain ways he thinks.”

Here’s what we know for sure. The special will resolve questions the series has been setting up since Smith’s first full-length episode, “The Eleventh Hour.” “The Doctor doesn’t even tell you his name,” points out Moffat. “What other secrets does he keep?” Hurt’s grizzled soldier is an altered version of the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann), and this is the only time we’ll see him. The action is spread over at least two worlds and three time periods: Elizabethan England, contemporary London and the Doctor’s home planet, Gallifrey, during the Great Time War between the Time Lords and their nemeses the Daleks. (Off screen, between the 1996 movie and the 2005 reboot, the Doctor stopped the carnage by incinerating the entire Dalek army and all his fellow Time Lords. He’s been having a difficult time with that.)

In 1562, Ten gets frisky with the Virgin Queen (Joanna Page) and complains about how Eleven redecorated the TARDIS, the Doctor’s signature spaceship that resembles a blue 1950s police call box. “It’s amazing how Ten and Eleven are almost total opposites, but also very similar,” says Jenna Coleman, who plays the Eleventh Doctor’s traveling companion, Clara Oswald. “They’ll spar, and then they realize they actually get on, and then they argue. It’s a person arguing with himself.”

Outside the TARDIS, Tennant and Smith got on like Gallifrey on fire. “There are not many people in the world who know what it is to play the Doctor and to live the part of the Doctor,” explains Smith. “What was pretty exciting is that David got that.” Remembers Coleman: “They ended up getting on so well, I was like, ‘Hey, guys, can I get a bit of attention?'”

More 50th Photos

Have you seen the new photos from The Day of the Doctor yet?  If you don’t want to, look away NOW


Really ready?

Okay, here they are!







This one makes me kinda giddy:





More 50th Photos

More photos from The Day of the Doctor have been released!



This one makes me happy:


Do you see it!  It’s the SCARF! Did the 4th Doctor regenerate into a woman? 😉


Joanna Page Interview

The Radio Times also interviewed Joanna Page:

Joanna Page has revealed just how much she wanted to appear in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode.

She had just become a mum when she got the offer to play Elizabeth I in the feature-length special, but that didn’t stop the 35-year-old actress from making her Doctor Who debut. Oh no.

“I’ve always wanted to be in it so I was so excited,” she told Radio Times during an interview about new ITV period medical drama Breathless. “You don’t expect when you’ve just had a baby for someone to phone and go: ‘Do you fancy playing Elizabeth I?'”

The Who fan didn’t even let a recent c-section hold her back from appearing in anniversary special The Day of the Doctor. “I was recovering from a caesarean but I still got on the back of a horse with David Tennant,” said Page.

But it seems she and her husband [actor James Thornton] were keen to ensure filming didn’t interfere with baby Eva’s needs.

“Just as we were about to ride off my husband drove up because Eva needed feeding: I had to jump off the horse and rip open my bodice. Fortunately, David [Tennant]’s a dad so he’s used to it!”

Read the full interview with Joanna Page in this week’s Radio Times magazine, on sale from Tuesday

Happy Birthday David Tennant!

David Tennant is 42 today.  And (since he’s a fan-boy) what better way to spend it than filming the 50th Anniversary special with Matt Smith?

Birthday Tennant

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There were also some more photos from yesterday’s filming:



TWO Doctors!

If you’re looking to avoid 50th Anniversary spoilers, look away now!

From @HWBCymru, this photo is from today’s filming:

FINALLY we see Tennant!  I’m so excited!

50th Filming

Tennant told TV & Satellite Week “It is strange being back in the same suit, but it also feels very familiar and comfortable.  There’s nothing quite like Doctor Who.  It has a wonderful excitement about it.  I always had happy times there and it’s lovely to be around Billie again, even though I see her all the time anyway.”

You’re right, David, it IS exciting.  And this year it’s more exciting than ever.  And you look pretty happy in between filming:


Robert Banks Stewart (a Doctor Who writer) told Digital Spy that we can expect more baddies in the anniversary special.  “The Zygons are in there with all the others – particularly the Daleks and the Cybermen”.  “Nobody yet knows what the plot of the 50th will be.  Steven Moffat and his team in Cardiff, they are quite rightly keeping it all secret.”

That’s minus the (purposely?) leaked tidbits and photos we’ve been getting.  I’ll admit it’s enough to keep ME interested.

This photo is a slightly wider angle than the first, and I see a Zygon!


And one more, Joanna Page in costume today:


Another 50th Anniversary Article

The Guardian has written yet another article on the 50th Anniversary special.  It doesn’t seem to have any information we haven’t already seen, but the comments below it are somewhat worth a giggle:

Billie and David