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 Posted:   Dec 19, 2012 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2012 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Oh no! Hollywood teal!

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2012 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Spoiler free preview.

 Posted:   Dec 19, 2012 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Apart from the teal, I like the new look. Very retro and fitting I think for going into the 50th anniversary.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BBC have announced that the first of the eight episodes that comprise the second part of Series Seven will premiere on BBC One from Saturday 30th March - back in its 'traditional' Easter weekend slot! Though Doctor Who Magazine had already reported that the series would be on during April, this is the first time the BBC themselves have confirmed the date of a regular series of episodes so far ahead of its intended schedule - normally it is only announced a few weeks beforehand.

The time of broadcast has yet to be confirmed.

Both BBC America and SPACE (Canada) have confirmed that they, too, will launch the second part from the 30th March; no announcements have been made for the series to premiere in the other main countries as yet, though based on recent years they are likely to be close to transmission of the series in the United Kingdom.

 Posted:   Feb 12, 2013 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The Ice Warriors will be returning to Doctor Who this year, it was announced today.

 Posted:   Feb 12, 2013 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Also announced was that the Doctor will go 3D for its celebration

 Posted:   Feb 26, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Doctor Who's Steven Moffat has admitted that he was initially unsure about bringing back the Ice Warriors.

The classic Who monsters will return in a 2013 episode penned by Mark Gatiss, but Moffat revealed in a new interview that he had long considered the Martian race to be "rubbish" villains.

"It was Mark Gatiss's idea - it was very much his pitch," the sci-fi drama's showrunner said in an interview conducted at the Gallifrey 2013 convention in Los Angeles.

"He'd been pitching for Ice Warriors for a while [and] I wasn't tremendously persuaded, I'll be honest.

"I thought they were maybe the default condition for what people thought of as rubbish Doctor Who monsters - they moved very, very slowly and spoke in a way that meant you couldn't hear a word they said."

Moffat explained that he was eventually turned around when Gatiss pitched a number of "really stormingly good ideas" for the creatures' comeback.

"It's an absolute cracker of an episode," he said of the instalment, which is currently titled 'The Cold War'.

Doctor Who will return to BBC One with a new eight-episode run from Saturday, March 30.

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2013 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BBC have confirmed that the second half of Series Seven (termed 7B) will premiere on the 30th March with The Bells of St John, a story written by Steven Moffat and directed by Colm McCarthy. Moffat said:

It's the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what's going on! We're up in the sky and under the sea! We're running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There's new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor's greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn't already our most exciting year it would be anyway!

The episode itself is described as:

Set in London against the backdrop of new and old iconic landmarks, The Shard and Westminster Bridge, 'The Bells of St John' will also establish a new nemesis, the Spoonheads, who will battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi.

To tie in with the series return, they have also released a promotional image featuring the Doctor and Clara 'crashing' through the Shard in London:

Both the portrait and landscape versions offer tantalising glimpses of some of the enemies the couple will face in the coming eight weeks ... including the new-look Ice Warriors which have been confirmed as appearing in the third episode. Writer Mark Gatiss said:

I've always loved the iconic Ice Warriors and have been badgering to bring them back for ages. And now they're on a ssssssubmarine! With Russians! I'm a very happy anorak right now.

The episode features guest star David Warner, and resident voice actor Nicholas Briggs has confirmed that he will be bringing the Doctor's old adversary to life

 Posted:   Mar 5, 2013 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The Ice Warriors unveiled.

 Posted:   Mar 13, 2013 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BBC has announced that Doctor Who's Executive producer Caroline Skinner is leaving the show to join BBC Drama Production in London.

Skinner will leave at the end of the current series. She took over the executive role for the production of the 2011 Christmas episode, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe and has been responsible for 15 episodes of the series.

Speaking about her departure Skinner said
It has been an honour to have been a part of Doctor Who, and a privilege to have worked with Steven Moffat and Matt Smith on this extraordinary show. I have hugely enjoyed my time in BBC Wales and would like to thank Faith Penhale, and our wonderful production team for their unending commitment and brilliance. I will miss them all enormously, but I'm leaving Doctor Who in fine form, with the new series starting at Easter and the fantastic plans for the 50th Anniversary already underway. I am delighted to be now returning to BBC Drama Production in London as an executive producer, and the new opportunities and projects that will bring.
The current Head of Drama at BBC Wales, Faith Penhale, will be undertaking the role of executive producer on the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, due to be screened in the Autumn. Penhale paid tribute Skinner's work on Doctor Who
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Caroline for her contribution to Doctor Who since taking on the role in 2011, on behalf of both the BBC and the show. She leaves the show in good shape - there's a brilliant new series starting on Easter Saturday that will see the official arrival of the Doctor's new companion! And the 50th Anniversary plans are on track to deliver audiences an unmissable event! I wish her all the very best for the future.
Skinner will continue working on BBC Two's one-off drama An Adventure In Space and Time which forms part of the BBC's celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary.

The recruitment process for a new executive producer for the 34th series of the show will start shortly.

 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BBC have released a new trailer to promote the forthcoming return of Doctor Who to BBC One on 30th March 2013, featuring a number of guest stars, villains and monsters to appear over the course of the eight weeks.

The trailer premiered on BBC One Wales before the Six Nations rugby match between Wales and England, and was broadcast in all regions this evening after Pointless Celebrities.

BBC America are also to broadcast a trailer for the series tonight - this features different scenes to the one by the BBC, and can currently be viewed online via Entertainment Weekly.

 Posted:   Mar 23, 2013 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BBC have released a new trailer dedicated to The Bells of Saint John, which premieres on BBC One next Saturday at 6:15pm. The trailer was broadcast on the channel before the Pointless Celebrities Doctor Who special tonight.

 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 5:39 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Some fans in America have been enjoying the Doctor Who series finale early due to a mistake in the American distribution of the Series 7 Blu-rays's.

The Name of the Doctor, which concludes the current series of the show, is due for transmission next weekend in the UK, North America and Australia. The episode is included in the Series Seven - Part Two Blu-ray, which was due to be released on 28 May.

However a distribution error has meant some copies of the discs have already been sent out in North America giving some fans a sneak preview of the final episode.

Doctor Who's brand manager, Edward Russell, has appealed to fans who have seen the episode to keep the show's secrets until it is broadcast at the weekend. On twitter he said
Production error in US means DW bluray shipped early. Let's hope no one spoils it for those who want to enjoy it together on Saturday. This is like a Doctor Who version of the Dunkirk spirit! I know some folk want to boast, but it's so much better if we all watch together.

 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Yes - just heard about this tonight!!!!!!!!! Don't know whether to search or wait!!!

 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Yes - just heard about this tonight!!!!!!!!! Don't know whether to search or wait!!!

I'm doing my best to avoid any spoilers. Though this has been a disappointing series. Clara and the Doctor just don't seem to have the kind of connection other companions have had. Plus they've hardly explored Clara's big mystery. I thought they would slowly unravel her story. What have we learned about her in the last six or so episodes? Not much. I'm like, whats the point?

 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

I've enjoyed the series but yes they have really failed to explore Clara at all. Its basically do adventure and then "ooo an impossible girl" at the end. Rinse Repeat.

 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

I've been under the impression that Clara's mystery will be unraveled more slowly, certainly not by the end of her first half-season - and maybe not fully explained until the end of her tenure on the show. So I'm not too frustrated by that. I like her chemistry with the doctor, and think she's a good companion thus far.

 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Update Monday. The BBC have now added on Twitter: "Steven Moffat has promised if fans help keep the finale’s secrets, we’ll release a special video featuring Matt and David right after the ep!". This was also detailed via their Facebook page:

We understand that a small number of US fans have received in error their DVD edition of Series 7 Part 2 early. We respectfully ask those fans not to divulge information or post content publicly so that fellow fans who have yet to see the episodes do not have their viewing pleasure ruined.

If everyone keeps the secrets safe until next Saturday we will release a special new clip featuring material of the Tenth AND Eleventh Doctor!

 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I assume the cat is already out of the bag so the plea will fall on deaf ears. You really can't expect society as a whole to respect the wishes of the creators. (Sadly) Same kinda fiasco happened when BSG was aired in UK first with the US months behind. Jerks went on the Sci Fi boards and spilled all the beans. Funny how its happening in reverse now.

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