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 Posted:   Oct 12, 2012 - 6:36 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I assume if one lives outside of the UK the video will not be viewable?

Doubtful...though those of us in the UK may try to assist...

Apparently it was put up on YouTube. smile

 Posted:   Oct 12, 2012 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

I liked the scene, a little disappointing they didn't film it. Or maybe doing a scene where the Doctor comes and apologies to Barry.

 Posted:   Oct 12, 2012 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I liked the scene, a little disappointing they didn't film it. Or maybe doing a scene where the Doctor comes and apologies to Barry.

It was sweet, but it shows the debacle this series was. Shoddy writing so they could force tragic plot devices. This scene would have been far more powerful if it was their son not an adopted child who visited Rory's Father. But they wrote themselves into a corner by saying Amy and Rory couldn't conceive earlier on.

 Posted:   Oct 19, 2012 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

It might seem enshrined in tradition, but the Christmas Special is seldom confirmed to be on Christmas Day itself until just a few weeks before broadcast. This year, however, the BBC have announced some ten weeks in advance that Doctor Who will indeed feature in the line-up for the festive evening, which it hopes will help settle the audience in front of BBC1 with their turkey sandwiches for the duration!

The time of the episode has yet to be announced, but will slot into the usual late afternoon/early evening line-up, which this year includes the Pixar Oscar-winning film Up as well as the usual instalment of Walford mayhem in EastEnders. The prime-time 9:00pm slot this year falls to the popular new series Call the Midwife, which is expected to go head-to-head with the ratings winner of last Christmas, ITV1's Downton Abbey. The main evening viewing on BBC1 is rounded off with The Royle Family at 10:00pm.

The as-yet-untitled hour-long special set in Victorian times will be Matt Smith's third Christmas outing, and sees the debut of Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new regular co-star; the episode also guest stars Richard E Grant. In addition, the episode will see the return of several of the Doctor's compatriots from last year's A Good Man Goes To War, with Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart and Dan Starkey reprising their roles of Vastra, Jenny and Strax respectively. The episode is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein.

 Posted:   Oct 19, 2012 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

If memory serves BBC America broadcast the last two Doctor Who specials 9pm Xmas night. Hopefully that trend will continue.

 Posted:   Oct 19, 2012 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Nice to have early confirmation this time around. Hammers home quite how close we are too Christmas too.

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2012 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The first part of Series 7 is due to be released in the UK on the 29th October, and will come in two flavours. Both versions feature the five episodes shown so far (Asylum of the Daleks to The Angels take Manhattan), the UK mini-episode Pond Life, and also the two special 'prequels' that were originally exclusive to iTunes:
•Asylum of the Daleks: The Doctor receives a message from a mysterious hooded stranger – a woman called Darla Von Karlsen wants to meet him...
•A Town Called Mercy: Civil war has ravaged the Kahler race, but a team of scientists has found an advantage. The Gunslinger is born.
In addition, a limited edition "Weeping Angels" release also contains the documentary The Science of Doctor Who, which delves into whether the scientific concepts of the series live up to reality.

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2012 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Pictures from the shoot show Smith and Coleman - who plays the Doctor's new companion - climb aboard a motorbike and race alongside a red London bus.

Doctor Who will return to BBC One this Christmas, with Coleman making her debut as a regular in the show's 2012 festive special.

The 26-year-old actress made a surprise appearance earlier this year in series seven premiere 'Asylum of the Daleks' - written by Who showrunner Steven Moffat.

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2012 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

I thought Coleman was fantastic in the Dalek episode and I think the dynamic between her and Matt Smith was wonderful.

I know I'm in a minority (probably of one!) but I found the Ponds utterly tiresome. I quite liked Rory when he was on his own but when he was with Amy I just found the entire relationship contrived and too much soap-opera. And Amy herself I just found annoying.

But my main problem is that The Doctor just seemed like a bit of a third wheel around Amy and Rory. Everytime they tried to be romantic or just have a snog, up would pop the Doctor like some time travelling peeping Tom. Perhaps that was the intention but I just found it a bit creepy. Seriously, you could quite imagine a scene in which Rory and Amy went off into the TARDIS for some "alone time" and the Doc rolling out from under their bed saying "oh yes. Doggy style is cool!".

I think it will be refreshing to get back to the singular companion concept and away from Whosenders. And if Coleman's character is as sparky as she was in her debut (albeit I appreciate it has yet to be confirmed she is playing exactly the same character) then it should be a lot of fun.

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2012 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

I know I'm in a minority (probably of one!) but I found the Ponds utterly tiresome. I quite liked Rory when he was on his own but when he was with Amy I just found the entire relationship contrived and too much soap-opera. And Amy herself I just found annoying.

You are not alone Mike. Amy and Rory drove me up the wall for most of their time on Doctor Who, particularly during series 6, where too many of the stories depended on Amy and/or Rory saving the day. The Doctor became too much of a supporting character. For me, it was like watching a Superman show where every episode depended on Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane saving the day. At some point you want to watch Superman be Superman. To be fair I haven't seen Series 7 yet, but I don't have much hope anything has changed.

 Posted:   Oct 21, 2012 - 3:44 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

This has been a disappointingly weak series compared to the last one. There were problems on every level. Feeble stories with poor resolutions. Amy reduced to pseudo-comedic one liners. After how much she'd improved as a character last year this is a particularly annoying regression.

The Dalek story held promise which wasn't realised in the rest of the series. The cowboy episode was an embarrassing low point of amateurish writing. After the cube episode I no longer held any hope.

I have been a staunch defender of the Matt Smith incarnation of The Doctor. Series 6 with the Ponds, for me, was a stellar season with great episodes and really emotional storylines.

However I have to agree with you about season 7. It started well with the Daleks and then...well...went nowhere. And Amy & Rory's goodbye episode??? I found that to be extremely disapointing.

I thought the season 6 episode "The God Complex" when The Doctor tried to make Amy see him for what he really was and then dropped Amy and Rory off at their new house far more emotional and a much better send off than the one they ended up with.

 Posted:   Oct 27, 2012 - 4:40 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2012 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The title of this year's Doctor Who Christmas special will be revealed tonight during the Children In Need telethon on BBC One.

As previously reported, the fund-raiser will be showing a bespoke storyline as a prequel to the special, as well as giving viewers a sneak preview of the special itself.

Now, in addition, the official site said today that the story title would be revealed and a glimpse would be given of what the Doctor will be facing in the Christmas episode.

The Children In Need broadcast begins at 7.30pm, with the prequel scheduled to air between then and 8pm and the trailer set to go out at some point between 8.30pm and 9pm, although these timings may change.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2012 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The 2012 Christmas Special Trailer.


 Posted:   Nov 17, 2012 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC America have published a press release for this year's Christmas Special, which will be broadcast on the channel on Christmas Day at 9:00pm ET/PT.


Announced today, the title of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special is The Snowmen. A new companion, a new look for the Doctor, plus a new monster will all be introduced in this movie-scale episode. Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman as new companion Clara, The Snowmen follows their adventures as they embark on a mission to save Christmas from the villainous Doctor Simeon (Richard E Grant, The Iron Lady, Dracula) and his army of icy snowmen. This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special premieres Tuesday, December 25, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA.

A sneak peek was released earlier today, during the broadcast of the BBC Children in Need special, revealing a new costume for the Doctor. Additionally, a special prequel was released showing the impact of the loss of the Ponds, with old friends Vastra, Strax and Jenny trying to persuade the Doctor not to give up his adventures.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, said: "The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favorite things - but this year it's different. He's lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he's not in a good place: in fact, he's Scrooge. He's withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it's time to return to the good fight. Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman..."

Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, commented: "For this year’s Christmas special we have the wonderfully villainous Richard E Grant as Doctor Simeon. As well as lizards, Victorian assassins and deranged warriors from the future, who all return to convince the Doctor that he should board the TARDIS again and save the world. Add to that Jenna-Louise Coleman and so begins the Christmas Special 2012. I hope everyone enjoys it!"

The BBC Cymru Wales produced series will return to BBC AMERICA on December 25 and an additional eight epic episodes will premiere in the spring.

The BBC have also published a press release for the Special, though unlike the United States the time of transmission has yet to be confirmed.

 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I guess the Christmas Radio Times must be out in blighty. big grin

The BBC have now confirmed the line-up for Christmas Day on BBC One, with the hour long Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen to broadcast from 5:15pm - the earliest the show has been scheduled since its return in 2005 (and also the time when original series premiere An Unearthly Child was scheduled back in 1963).

The afternoon will see the film Shrek Forever After following The Queen's Speech at 3:10pm; the animated film Room on the Broom then follows at 4:35pm, with the News and Weather at 5:00pm. After Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing kicks off at 6:15pm, with a festive Call The Midwife at 7:30pm, an hour long Eastenders at 8:45pm, and evening prime-time finishing with The Royle Family at 9:45pm.

ITV1's schedule sees Doctor Who pitted against You've Been Framed (5:00pm), Emmerdale (5:30pm), and Paul O'Grady's For The Love Of Dogs (6:00pm). Meanwhile, Downton Abbey will go head-to-head with Eastenders at 8:45pm.

 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I guess bow ties are not cool anymore. frown

 Posted:   Dec 5, 2012 - 10:13 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Good to see that ITV wasn't really trying to compete against Who.

 Posted:   Dec 7, 2012 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

As with last year, the BBC are to present a number of special linking trailers to mark its festive programming on BBC One this Christmas. Introduced by a teaser trailer last week, this year sees comic actor Rob Brydon and his able assistant (actress Sarah? Alexander) producing BBC One Christmas in a series of adverts created by Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R and directed by David Kerr through Red Bee Media.

The series is reported to involve Matt Smith, as well as David Walliams, Miranda Hart, the cast of Call The Midwife, Lee Mack, Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, the cast of EastEnders and Pudsey the dancing dog.

Episode One - broadcast tonight on BBC One just before Eastenders and not on the 8th December as originally expected - does not feature Smith himself, but Doctor Who is represented instead in the form of the TARDIS being mistaken for a dressing room by Mrs Brown (Brendan O'Carroll from the BAFTA-winning sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys).

 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

roll eyes

BBC America is to broadcast a special programme on the 21st December to look at the Top Five of several favourite Doctor Who topics:

The Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists:

What's your Top Five Doctor Who companions? Your Top Five Scariest Monsters? Your Top Five Guest Stars?

Don't miss as BBC AMERICA's pop culture correspondent ASHA LEO is joined by special guest Captain Jack Harkness himself, JOHN BARROWMAN (Torchwood, Doctor Who), to countdown the rankings in these and other heated polls.

Watch the World Premiere of the All New Special
Friday Dec 21 at 10/9c *** only on BBC America.

Rankings are based on votes from readers of's Anglophenia blog.

The Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists is a show in the channel's The Brit List series, which explores the shared British and American pop-culture.

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