Drunk Girls Reaction

These girls post videos of themselves reacting to Doctor Who episodes after drinking copious amounts of liquor.  Personally, I’d rather watch the episode sober to enjoy it and I’d definitely not want to put a video of myself out there, but to each their own!:

Smith Talks Regeneration

Another one from Doctor Who TV.  Personally I’d have liked to see the scenes they shot…:

Matt Smith has said that the regeneration fans saw in The Time of the Doctor was very different to other versions he shot.

Speaking at the WonderCon Q&A he said: “It’s very interesting the Christmas episode and particularly the regeneration. We shot so many versions of that.”

He elaborates: “We shot much more brutal, emotional and troubling takes and stories in there. The actual take that is used is an interesting one for me.”

Unfortunately Smith doesn’t go into further details but original reports claimed the 11th Doctor lost a leg at some point.

Smith admits he would have preferred one of the alternative versions: “To be honest, although it’s still a great episode, I think perhaps of what we shot and what was cut I would have chosen differently.”

And just in case you didn’t see the scene:

Gillan Saying Goodbye

From Doctor Who TV:

Karen Gillan has explained how happy she was to make a cameo return for Matt Smith’s final moments in The Time of the Doctor.

Speaking at this month’s Sci Fi Expo panel, she said: “I was so happy! My agent phoned me and said, ‘They want you to come back to Doctor Who,’ and I was like ‘Yes!’ immediately.

“I think part of the reason that Steven Moffat wrote me into that scene was just so that Matt would have me around for his regeneration. And that was the nicest part for me, just to watch him do that, his final moments in the character.”

She later joked about the pair both wearing wigs during filming: “I keep imagining that scene but with both of us bald!”

On the replacement of young Amelia, originally played by her cousin Caitlin Blackwood, she said: “Caitlin was too tall now, so they brought in a girl with really long hair and I just remember feeling so protective over the role that I was like, ‘No. The hair is wrong guys!”

Gillan said she found the experience of seeing Capaldi on set a strange experience: “It’s so weird just watching from the outside all of a sudden. I was thinking ‘This is their TARDIS now’. Then seeing Capaldi walk in the studio was funny because it was really dark inside and light outside so when he walked in the first time he was just this silhouette. I was like ‘Oh my god!’ as he came towards us dressed in the Doctor’s clothes.”

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.

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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.

The Time of the Doctor – Behind the Lens

All right, this made me cry… Something about grown men getting a little weepy just does me in:

The Time Of The Doctor

I’m back!

I spent the holidays travelling, and spent several days without power.  Now I’m back and (for now, anyhow) the power is on.  Bet you know the first thing I did… In case not, I watched The Time of the Doctor.  Now I’ll admit that it wasn’t without issues, but being a month since the last episode I decided to ignore them and just enjoy it.

Although I couldn’t much enjoy losing Matt Smith.  You see, I’ve grown rather fond of him over the last few years.

If you haven’t watched the Christmas special yet, you may not want to read on.  This is going to get somewhat spoilery.  Myself, I pretty much avoided the internet altogether so that I wouldn’t accidently see something episode-related.  And to a certain family member that watched it first: thanks for telling me absolutely nothing.  Yes, I really mean that and am not just being facetious.

Certain things about the episode really bothered me, and it wasn’t even the big stuff.  For example, the Doctor is running around with a Cyberman’s head and an eye stalk, yet there’s no real explanation.

I purposely tried to watch the episode when no one was around because I felt I may get a little weepy.  The regeneration scene was going to be very different from Tennant’s (or so we were told) but I didn’t really want to risk it.  I was doing just fine at the beginning, but when 11 appeared with an older face I started to feel it.  When Clara held onto the TARDIS and turned around to see him I REALLY felt it.  It pulled at my tiny underdeveloped heart strings.  When he began to regenerate… a couple of tears were shed.  But when Amy appeared… I alternated between happy and really sad.  Fantastic to see her appear before he changed, even if she wasn’t really there.  The ‘everything changes’ speech felt more like Matt Smith’s speech than the Doctor’s, much like Tennant’s departing speech.  It also felt like Clara’s tears were actually Jenna Coleman’s tears…

When Capaldi appeared I could see the Doctor in him.  I have high hopes for him when the show returns.  I also really liked that Smith got one last speech in before he went, as well as the fact that they (sort-of) addressed the numbering.  But to be honest, it really felt like he was mostly gone when his face aged.  Maybe because it didn’t really look like him and maybe because of what was done with the character.  His performance was enjoyable though.

The plan is to re-watch the episode soon.  In the meantime, what did you think?

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… and I will miss Matt Smith…

4 Days

My countdown might stop soon… I’ll be travelling…

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