First it was speculation about the new face, then the new threads and now finally, new episodes – albeit with not so much a pinch of salt, more a giant flaming comet of salt hurtling towards us through the dark recesses of space direct from the planet Spurious.
Quoting the oft misunderstood work of the ‘insider source’ who’s knowledge and wisdom are match only by his total transparency, Comic Book Movie have what appears to be a (very) provisional and quite possibly spoilery rundown of potential episodes taken from the Doctor Who Anniversary Zone site.
8.1 ‘The Twelfth Keeper’ The Doctor Battles the clockwork droids in Victorian England whilst also uncovering the truth behind ‘Jack the Ripper’. Whilst Clara meets a very familiar face. 8.2 ‘Across the Stars’ On a scientific way station in the year 3056 Clara and the Doctor uncover a DNA experiment that’s about to go very wrong. 8.3 (Unknown) 8.4 ‘TBA’ Said to revolve around the assassination of JFK 8.5 ‘The Cult of Ra’ An Egyptian set episode 8.6 (Unknown) 8.7 (Unknown) 8.8 (Unknown) 8.9 ‘TBA’ Said to be set on a forest world. Maybe the River song episode 8.10 ‘The Ghosts of Pompeii’ The Doctor and Clara travel to Pompeii to try and solve the mystery of his latest incarnation. The episode sees the return of the Pyrovile and fan favourite who appears in a cameo. 8.11 ‘TBA’ The Doctors quest to find Gallifrey is over. 8.12 ‘Master and Commander (rumoured)’ The return of the Master and consequently the Time Lords. Its believed the Master is now the president and will be played by esteemed British actor Charles Dance.
We’ve had a few Doctor Who leaks over the years, from fakes on IMDb (Norman Lovett as Davros in 2005's The Parting of the Ways, for instance) to the casting of Peter Capaldi last year. The odd script has gone missing, in the meantime, and some badly kept secrets (John Simm as the Master, for instance) have kept us intrigued.
This weekend, however, it transpires that an online poster is claiming to have photographed two pages of a script from Doctor Who Series 8. How genuine the images are we cannot say, but they’re interesting enough to take a look at.
The problem for you, dear reader, is finding them.
Since filming began earlier in the year it’s been rumoured that Peter Capaldi will face the Daleks in Series 8. The Star are today reporting this, although apparently it wasn’t always the plan due to how frequently they have appeared of late.
Peter Capaldi will fulfil a lifelong dream of fighting the Daleks in his first series as the new Doctor. BBC bosses originally wanted the 2014 series of the Time Lord’s adventures to be “exterminator-free’’. The Daleks featured in both last November’s 50th anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor and also the Christmas special The Time Of The Doctor. So TV chiefs reckoned they should disappear for a while to allow the new Doc to tackle a new batch of monsters. But Capaldi, 55, who admits he is massive fan of the show, told producers it had been his childhood dream to fight the iconic pepperpot villains – and he has got his wish.
There are no actual details on when exactly, but previous reports said it’ll be sooner rather than later. Episode 2 could be a likely candidate. Writer Phil Ford previously gave us the clue “behind enemy lines.” Could he have been referring to the Daleks?
Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in series 8, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor to millions of viewers for the first time. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches.
On joining the show Samuel Anderson said: ‘I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!’
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: ‘For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!’
Filming recently began on episode 4 of the new series which will co-star Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5, co-starring Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch, Groove High), and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).
While all eyes have been on brand new male companion Samuel Anderson (The History Boys) who’ll be playing Coal Hill School teacher Danny Pink – there were a couple of new names added to the illustrious list of guest stars to grace Doctor Who.
As the next block of filming commenced it was confirmed that episode 4 of the new series will co-star Robert Goodman – a one-time London tour guide and magician in the world famous Hamley’s toy store in London’s Regent Street – who’s appeared in the like of Game of Thrones, Ripper Street and, more importantly, various credited roles including Hyperion III Officer, Loader and Crew Member in the Sixth Doctor saga Trial of a Time Lord.
He has also appeared in other Doctor Who serials such as Full Circle, Arc of Infinity and Nightmare of Eden in various uncredited roles, including wearing the Mandrel monster suit.
Two more names confirmed to co-star in episode 5 are Jonathan Bailey – perhaps most famous for his role as Olly Stevens from Broadchurch, who’s also appeared in Five Children and It, Groove High and, more importantly, The Bill – and Pippa Bennett-Warner – who can currently be seen somewhere in The Smoke, and also appeared in this week’s Death in Paradise and, has history in Holby City.
As if you needed another reason to love new Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi; here’s something that will melt the hearts of fans everywhere.
While filming Doctor Who Series 8, the Twelfth Doctor took the time to reassure a little autistic child dressed as a Dalek that it would be okay for him to be the Doctor now.
The clip, posted by a fan to YouTube, was soon turned into a series of GIFS; leading to the aunt of the concerned young girl to post this explanation on her Tumblr page:
Hiya, the little girl in the dalek outfit is my niece, she’s autistic and was finding it difficult coming to terms with the regeneration as Matts doctor is her imaginary friend, she was worried PCap wouldn’t want to play with her. We are very ecstatic that he took time to reassure her. He’s brilliant!
Upon discovering just how far this adorable, touching video had spread, the girl’s mother then posted this entry on her own blog, taking the time to thank the kind-hearted cast and crew of the show for reassuring a little girl that her imaginary friend still wants to play with her:
Next thing a man walks over to us and says to Roxann hello what’s your name, she didn’t answer so I did he then asked how old she was and she whispered 5. He said well im the director and would you like to come with me. We followed him and he called Peter over. Peter and Jenna where lovely and so understanding. Even though Roxann wouldn’t look at them or talk…which is due to her autism. She took everything in that was being said to her by peter. We spent about 10mins with them and I can not express how over joyed and thankful I am to the crew for making both my daughters dreams come true.
As many of our regular readers will know, DWO is a spoiler-free site, and we very rarely post news items based around rumours, but we're hearing from several sources about some possible episode titles for the upcoming Eighth Series of Doctor Who.
Series 8 of Doctor Who will air in August / Early September 2014.
Sean, son of Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, has said how his Musketeers co-star Peter Capaldi, will be “stupendous” as the Doctor. While filming the bloody period drama in Prague last Autumn he said,
I think he’s going to bring some real gravitas and weight, which only comes with age. Taking nothing away from Matt [Smith], who I thought was great, I just think he’ going to [be] stupendous.
And it turns out that Capaldi was known to Sean and indeed his father before. In the interview Sean talked about how John was “very fond” of Peter, that the Pertwee household were “delighted” at his casting and that he was,
…an extremely lovely gentleman. He was very kind to my family when my father passed away, he was big fan of my dad’s actually.
It’s no surprise that Capaldi – a fan since his childhood (and with some fan-boy articles under his belt, no less) held Jon Pertwee in high regard. And much comment has been made on the similarity between his and Pertwee’s costume (flashes of red lining anyone?) But it’s heartening to hear such warm things said of Capaldi in return. He consistently comes across as a complete gentleman and more than able to take on the mantle of childhood hero from our erstwhile Eleventh incarnation.
Speaking of which, what do you think about Sean Pertwee’s comment on gravitas? Many thought Smith wouldn’t be able to hold his own on screen being the freshest face in the role so far, but he surprised his detractors with some heavy-duty on-screen presence and powerful speeches.
I think it's all there in Sean's comment. The gravitas he speaks of does usually come with age, and if whipper snappers like Tennant, Smith and Davison (the very first of the young Doctors) can do it, Capaldi should have no trouble.
There's a pic of Pertwee the Younger on one of the sites at the moment, from the forthcoming Gotham, along with a statement of how he's looking more like his dad the older he gets. Well, I don't know if you saw him in The Musketeers last Sunday, but I have NEVER seen him look more like Jon. The fuller than usual head of hair really gave him the look. If it had been silver/blonde it could have been his double.
I'm very much looking forward to what I hope will be a more no-nonsense portrayal. Pertwee had it, and Eccleston had it. And we know Capaldi is a Pertwee fan, and since Matt Smith channeled a little Troughton in his version maybe it's not too much to guess a similar thing might apply. I hope he puts his own stamp on it really, which is the idea. Pertwee and Eccleston for me are the most 'their own' Doctors. The one thing Capaldi's age does is put him a step away from the last two boy Doctors for starters.
The BBC have confirmed the actor Tom Riley is to appear in the third episode of the new series of Doctor Who.
The actor played Leonardo da Vinci in Da Vinci's Demons, the American historical fantasy drama series which presented a fictional account of Leonardo da Vinci's early life. Other roles include playing Romeo in St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold alongside David Tennant, Raymond Boynton in Agatha Christie's Poirot: Appointment with Death, Dave Beethoven in the BBC's Freezing and Dr Laurence Shepherd in Monroe the ITV British medical drama series.
The new edition of Doctor Who Magazine reveals that joining Riley in the episode will be actor Trevor Cooper, who last appeared in Doctor Who in 1985 when he played Takis in the Sixth Doctor story Revelation of the Daleks. Other guest stars include Ian Halland, who played director Richard Martin in last year's docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time; David Benson, who played Noël Coward in the 1998 comedy Goodnight Sweetheart; Sabrina Bartlett, who plays Hannah in Channel 5's Suspects; and Roger Ashton-Griffiths, best known for numerous film roles, including Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm and Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.
The episode will be written by Mark Gatiss, who recently confirmed he has been commissioned to write two new episodes. It will form part of the third production block of the series, directed by Paul Murphy, whose work includes Wizards vs Aliens, Trollied, Casualty, Waterloo Road and Grange Hill.
The second episode of the third production block is episode 6, which will be written by Gareth Roberts, whose previous stories include The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Planet of the Dead, The Lodger, and Closing Time as well as a number of episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Guest stars in episode 6 include Nigel Betts, who played Eddie Hope in Emmerdale, Edward Harrison, who has appeared in many stage roles as well as appearing in Doctors; Andy Gillies, who appeared in Love Soup, Ellis George and Jimmy Vee, a veteran of Doctor Who whose previous roles include the Graske, the Moxx of Balhoon and Bannakaffalatta in Voyage of the Damned.
The readthrough for the episodes took place on Thursday 20th March in Cardiff, with recording now taking place.
Former Primeval and Death in Paradise star Ben Miller has been cast as an unnamed villain in Doctor Who Series 8 in the episode written by Mark Gatiss.
Speaking on the BBC Doctor Who website, the actor – who has worked with Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi previously – observed:
As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they’ll make me leave the set when I’m not filming.
Miller famously quit the apparently cushy job of spending half the year in the Caribbean for Death in Paradise last year (prompting speculation he may have been cast as the Twelfth Doctor), but was adequately replaced in surprisingly competent manner by Kris Marshall, guaranteeing the show a fourth series. Meanwhile Primeval fell foul of the ITV commissioner’s sword in 2010 following the channel’s inability to offer it any support.
(Miller’s comedy partner Alexander Armstrong is probably best known for Pointless these days, although he appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures as the voice of Mr Smith, and in 2012 Christmas special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe as Reg Arwell.)
Says Steven Moffat of the casting:
Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it’s about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!
While Moffat heavily indicates that Miller is playing a villain, the big question is, what sort? We’ve had months of speculation concerning the return of the Master, after all.
Jenna looking her usual stunning self in period dress, heading some very spoilery photos. I'm rather excited by this, an sf take on an eighties classic version of a certain English legend, If the episode has even a tiny bit of the quality of the original, I'll be extremely happy.
And with the exception of 'Victory' of the Daleks I like every one of Mark Gatiss's episodes, so the omens are good...
Oh that's a pity. I always thought Ben Aaronovitch wrote one of the best Who stories of McCoy's era.
Last week at while speaking at a Islington’s Archeology and History Society event former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Carmel (1987-1989) mentioned the dreaded omnirumour stating:
They found some episodes in Nigeria, and there’s rumours of more to come. I think we might get all the missing Troughtons. There were rumours for years that there was a cache in Australia, they are now actively going around the world to find them.
Far more tantilising was the prospect of what came next as he went on to mention Remembrance of the Daleks writer and bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch saying that “He has written a Doctor Who story, ready to go”.
This, it would seem is not the case and Andrew has since written on his Facebook page about how out of control the rumour mill had gotten with what was actually said.
Both are, I’m afraid, wild exaggerations — an example of “Chinese whispers”. I said that there is a good chance that more lost episodes will be found and I hope they will find them all. As for Ben, I merely said he has a great idea for a Doctor Who story (which he does). But no one has asked him to work on the show. Sorry to disappoint.
Alas, it seems we are not going to be getting an Aaronovitch script in series eight, but on the plus side we now know that should he be asked he has one lined up and ready to go.