Steven Moffat has promised us that Matt Smith’s regeneration will have a very different feel than David Tennant’s… It certainly looks that way:

And before the Christmas Special, don’t forget to watch Farewell To Matt Smith:

Moffat In Doctor Who Magazine

Steven Moffat talked to Doctor Who Magazine about what would have happened if Christopher Eccleston had returned for the 50th anniversary.  Doctor Who TV shared some of the details:

It’s no secret that Christopher Eccleston was initially approached about returning for The Day of the Doctor. Of course he ended up turning it down.

In the latest DWM, Moffat confirms that Eccleston would have filled what became John Hurt’s role: “Yes, but I was pretty certain Chris wouldn’t do it, although he did agree to a couple of meetings. So instead we had the challenge and excitement of introducing a BBC audience to a brand new Doctor.”

Asked if it would have been Eccleston ending the Time War instead: “Yes, but do you know, I was always nervous of that one, because it doesn’t fit with [2005’s] Rose at all.

“[Eccleston] is a brand new Doctor in Rose, he’s absolutely, definitely new. It couldn’t have been is who pushed the button in the Time War, cos that’s a new man, very explicitly, in that episode. I also had trouble, I have to be honest, imagining it being Paul McGann’s Doctor.

“So all of this led me to the idea that if you’re going to sell to the Not-We audience a Doctor who essentially they haven’t seen before, then you have a freer hand than saying it has to be one of the ones you’ve already had. And it was predicated in getting an enormous star to be able to do it. We got John Hurt, so that was cool! Think of the fuss it’s created for us!”

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?'”

50th Spoilers

… maybe…

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Zone is reporting this synopsis of the 50th anniversary (look away now if you don’t want to know!)

‘The Doctor and Clara are still trapped in the Doctor’s timeline. The only way to escape is through a doorway hidden at the Citadel on Gallifrey….
The Doctor breaks the lock concealing the Time War and recruits the help of his Tenth incarnation, Rose Tyler and ‘The Other Doctor’ (Played by john Hurt) to help navigate through the horror of the war.’

They’re saying it’s from a “new source” that has been “right on several occasions” but has not been verified (as if you can verify rumors!).


Season 1 of New-Who, episode 6.  The TARDIS arrives in a museum with old foe in glass boxes (like a Cyberman and a Slitheen arm).  Rose and the Doctor suddenly find themselves surrounded.

A shot of a helicopter flashes by.  Normally not worth mentioning, but the copter name is “Bad Wolf One”.

Next we see a quick point of view look through a Dalek’s eyestalk, then back to our Doctor.  A collector has found him trespassing in his personal museum.  For some odd reason, he wants to show him his only living specimen, while leaving Rose with some of his staff.  Only he doesn’t know what he actually has… the Doctor does, though.

As soon as the Doctor introduces himself to the darkened room, the Dalek flips and the Doctor realizes what he’s locked in with.  Luckily it’s unable to attack him.  In another dark scene for the Doctor, he torments the Dalek, telling him his race is dead.  Then, when questioned, he tells him the Time Lords are also dead.  They each realize they are alone and there’s a moment of sadness before the Doctor decides to take out his anger and kill the Dalek.  The collector (Henry) steps in to save it, but only with the hopes the Dalek will speak to him.

Rose makes friendly with Henry’s cataloguer Adam, because you know that will end well.  They decide to patch into the coms system in the Dalek’s room, just in time to see someone torturing it.  Rose freaks out and goes running towards danger.

This is the first time we’ve seen the Daleks in New-Who.  Henry and the Doctor have a chat about the time war, and Henry realizes he has another alien.  Cut scene to the Doctor chained up.  He’s being tortured and he’s terrified that the Dalek will get out and kill them all.

Meanwhile Rose and Adam go to talk to the Dalek.  As soon as she says Doctor the Dalek plays to her sympathies.  She touches it, giving it the time energy it needs to regenerate itself and escape.  Henry releases the Doctor after being convinced it’s his only chance of survival.

The Dalek passes by the guards and sucks the energy and all the data from the internet through a control panel (interesting concept).  It then starts dissolving bullets fired at it and shooting down everyone in its path.  Kids show?  Really?  The stack of bodies suggests otherwise.  This was mainly done to show the New-Who fans that Daleks are scary and really, REALLY dangerous.  The Classic-Who fans already knew this.  This is the same reason they showed it levitate.

After killing the soldiers the Dalek talks to the Doctor via video screen.  It tells him he’d make a good Dalek due to his hatred and want for it to die.

That didn’t stop him though.  With Henry’s help he sealed off the bulkheads, leaving Rose trapped with the Dalek.  Rose said her goodbye to the Doctor and he heard an extermination shot.  He began screaming at Henry for causing it, then we see Rose.

The Dalek couldn’t kill Rose because it received feelings through the DNA transfer.  It felt fear and realized it was contaminated.  It held her hostage to open the bulkhead, knowing that the Doctor would do it because of his feelings for Rose.

The Doctor sorted through a stack of uncatalogued weapons while Rose tried to reason with the Dalek.  She discovered it wanted its freedom, and so she walked it out.  When they saw sunlight there was a melancholy moment where it opened its case to feel the sunlight.  The Doctor arrived to kill it and Rose talked him down.

The mutated Dalek asked Rose to order it to die, but she couldn’t do it right away.  Once she realized it was no way for a Dalek to live, she gave the order and it self-destructed.  Guess we finally know what those balls on the side of the case are for.

I get the purpose behind the episode, since we’ll see the Daleks a lot more later on, but there was just too much feely going on.  I mean, evolving the Daleks?  No thanks.  They make better mindless killers.

Henry was quickly disposed of by his female assistant, who decided to fill the place in with cement.  That left the Doctor and Rose to jump into the TARDIS with Adam and move on.

Fan Made Trailer

This is awesome.  That is all.

50th Teaser

All right, so those lucky buggers at ComicCon got to see a brand new trailer for the 50th anniversary.  They all got threatened and things, and so far I haven’t been able to find a copy online, though the BBC promises we’ll see it “soon” (whatever THAT means).  Thankfully, io9 shared a description.

SPOILERS!  Don’t read on if you don’t want to know.

The trailer starts out on a haunting, dark note — Matt Smith is walking in the TARDIS, while in voiceover he says, “I’ve had many faces. Many lives. I don’t admit to all of them. There’s one life I’ve tried very hard to forget.” And we glimpse the Doctor talking to Clara about his greatest secret.

And then — what looks like the Time War, between the Daleks and the Time Lords! Seriously. Daleks blowing up, flames everywhere, everything going to Hell. And in the middle of all the carnage, John Hurt as the non-Doctor, looking resolute. “Great men are forged in fire,” he says. And then something about being the man who lit the flames.

And then, we get Tennant and Smith. Tennant, in his TARDIS, yells “Allons-y,” while Matt Smith, in his, yells “Geronimo!”

Rose pops up and warns that “the moment is coming.” And John Hurt’s non-Doctor says that he is ready for what’s going to happen.

And then: the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors comparing their sonic screwdrivers, as Tennant looks possibly a bit jealous of Smith’s screwdriver. And then a shot of both of them wearing clever glasses, while Smith wears his fez and they look delighted with their cool gear. And then a glimpse of Rose, looking excited.

Oh, and the TARDIS being airlifted down to Trafalgar Square with the Doctor hanging down from it.

Smith is in the TARDIS, when he says, “I remember this. I pretty much remember.” And we see twinkly lights traveling across the Earth.

David Tennant and John Hurt are inside Matt Smith’s TARDIS. “Oh, you’ve redecorated. I don’t like it,” Tennant says, channeling Patrick Troughton in “The Three Doctors.”

A title appears: “This fall, the Doctor will face his darkest day: Himself.”

And we see Zygons, plural. Busting out of a glass case. And then some more shots of Daleks blowing up and being torn apart and generally being Da-wrecked.

Inside the TARDIS, Tennant tells Smith, “For once, I would like to know where I’m going.” Smith responds: “No, you really wouldn’t.”

And then, someone says, “I’m looking for the Doctor.” And the camera pans around to show Hurt, Tennant and Smith, with the two Doctors trying not to look at their unacknowledged predecessor. Tennant shrugs and says, “Well, you’ve certainly come to the right place.”