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The Day of the Doctor draws closer and we’ve a few new photos that give us a glimpse into this very special adventure…
Sonics at the ready!
The Tenth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor are face-to-face at last...
Joanna Page (front) stars as Queen Elizabeth I.
Matt Smith is the Eleventh Doctor!
David Tennant is the Tenth Doctor!
The Zygons are back!
The Queen takes a stroll.
Doctors United: Saturday, 23 November on BBC One.
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Update! We’re delighted to confirm that both trailers have materialised on this site… Watch them now!
The Day of the Doctor premieres on BBC One a fortnight tomorrow, at 7.50pm on Saturday, 23 November… and this weekend we’re releasing two trailers for this special anniversary adventure!
You can see the first sequence of clips from the episode in a trailer that airs tomorrow, just before Atlantis at approximately 8pm, on BBC One. We’ll have it right here for you here immediately afterwards because we hope you’ll want to watch it again (and again!) without delay!
And to really make this a special weekend we’re also releasing a second trailer on Sunday. Versions of this trailer have been seen at industry events but this is the first time it’s been released in its finished form, complete with the kind of special effects that help make The Day of the Doctor so epic.So, if you want to see action from the 50th Anniversary Special, be sure to visit the site on Saturday, just after 8pm and again on Sunday! Can’t wait? Then check out interviews with Steven Moffat and the cast or enjoy our gallery of images from the episode!
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We’ve intercepted Strax’s latest field report - an update on the Doctor’s old enemies – the Zygons!
These monstrous shape-shifters first battled the Doctor in The Terror of the Zygons, an adventure referenced by Strax in the video above. You can watch them in action in this clip from their debut story or check out our Zygon galleries!
You can find out more about The Terror of the Zygons in that story’s fact file or remind yourself of the episode where they ruined an anniversary break the Doctor had prepared for Amy and Rory…
The Zygons return in The Day of the Doctor: Saturday, 23 November on BBC One.
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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special materialises on BBC One two weeks on 23 November – that’s only two weeks on Saturday! The BBC has just released a press release containing details of the episode plus interviews with Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman and Joanna Page. Here’s the press pack in full:
The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th Anniversary Special: in 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan
England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.
The Day of the Doctor is written by Steven Moffat; directed by Nick Hurran; executive produced by Steven Moffat and Faith Penhale and produced by Marcus Wilson. It stars Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt.
INTERVIEW WITH STEVEN MOFFAT – LEAD WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Question: What is it like being the writer for the Doctor Who 50th special?
Steven Moffat: Since I was a little boy, the idea of writing a Doctor Who story at all was remarkable enough to me. But writing the 50th special was exciting and terrifying - everything that showbiz should be.
Q. So where did the story for ‘The Day of the Doctor’ come from?
SM: I didn’t want this to just be a celebration of 50 years of the past. I wanted it to be a celebration of the mythology of the legend of the Doctor and all that entailed. This should be the first step on the next journey, guaranteeing the 100th anniversary. The story focuses on the most important thing that ever happened to the Doctor. We very rarely do that in Doctor Who as it’s usually about the people the Doctor meets or the companion that travel with him. This time it’s different.
Q. ‘The Day of the Doctor’ welcomes back the shape-shifting Zygons, a monster we haven’t seen since the 1970s. Why did you decide they were the ones to bring back?
SM: The Zygons without question are a design classic. They are superb; brilliant from the voice, to the appearance. Essentially we’ve resurrected exactly the same Zygon as Tom Baker fought back in the 70s. They are beautiful, and it’ll show that the special looks forward to the future of Doctor Who and also celebrates the legend.
Q. At the end of the last series we were introduced to John Hurt as the Doctor. What does John bring to the role and can you tell us anything about his Doctor?
SM: With John Hurt we have serious acting royalty and that was the intent of John’s character. John is one of the most distinguished film stars of British origin, one of the most distinguished actors this country has produced and has now become part of Doctor Who mythology.
Q. There have been Doctor Who anniversary specials before, which are so well loved. How do you think this one will be remembered?
SM: There’s only really been one anniversary special before and that was for the 20th anniversary with ‘The Five Doctors’. ‘The Three Doctors’ wasn’t an anniversary special as it was one year to early, but we remember it that way. I adored ‘The Three Doctors’, it was brilliant, an accidental piece of magic. I also loved ‘The Five Doctors’. I did think that was the one where possibly the desire to celebrate overwhelmed the desire to tell a story. But I can’t really begrudge it that!
Q. ‘The Day of the Doctor’ will be the first time we see Doctor Who is proper 3D. Did you write the script with 3D in mind?
SM: My first impulse was if we’re going to do 3D it had to be part of the plot. We actually have to make 3D part of the story and if at all possible, to try and make 3D a bit scary. I wouldn’t say it’s in every scene, but there is an element of the show that exploits the fact of 3D.
Q. The 50th special will mark the return of David Tennant to the role of the Tenth Doctor, starring opposite the Eleventh, Matt Smith. How was it having two Doctors on set?
SM: It was eye twisting at times. You don’t quite realise how these two men have become hard wired into your brain as the Doctor. Matt and David got on so well and their interaction on screen is a sublime double act. Matt said to me, “It’s a bit like Laurel and Laurel. It’s like Hardy didn’t turn up”. They are absolutely great together. Sometimes very, very, different, other times in moments they choose together they are exactly the same.
Q. And seeing Billie and David on set together how was that?
SM: Seeing Billie and David standing on set together was quite epic. Billie told me that as she is very good friends with both Matt and David, she felt quite torn and divided. She didn’t know how to deal with both of them at the same time, so if she was talking to one she would stroke the arm of the other.
Q. And finally, where will you be watching the episode on 23 November?
SM: I’ve got two impulses. One is to watch it at home with my friends, particularly friends who made the show. My other impulse is to go out and join the party. But it’s a difficult one. When Matt and I watched ‘The Eleventh Hour’, we watched it many times before it went out. Then came the faithful day, the 3rd of April 2010. Matt came round to my house, my parents and his parents were there to watch the episode go out and have our future decided. Everyone sat down, but Matt and I couldn’t stay in the room. So I might be watching it peering round my kitchen door with Matt.
INTERVIEW WITH MATT SMITH – THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR
Stepping back on to the TARDIS for his penultimate ride, Matt Smith takes on the role of the Doctor in his greatest adventure yet. Here he talks about being part of the epic 50th adventure.
Question: What is it like starring in the 50th anniversary special, one of the biggest years for the show?
Matt Smith: It’s a thrill to be in the 50th anniversary. I feel very proud to be part of it and it’s a credit to everyone who started the show back in the 60s that it’s come this far. It’s a great format and a great idea.
Q: ‘The Day of the Doctor’ marks the return of David Tennant and Billie Piper, and we get the revelation of John Hurt’s Doctor. What was it like working alongside them all?
MS: It was a joy to work with David, Billie and John Hurt. I’ve worked with Billie before and I’d obviously seen all of David’s work, especially as the Doctor. He’s a brilliant actor and a brilliant Doctor. It’s quite strange, I always sort of get that surreal thing of looking and David and thinking, ‘Oh my God, there’s Doctor Who’. And John is acting royalty. Another wonderful Doctor and again, a good bloke. I think looking back over my tenure on this show one of the great privileges has been the quality of actors that you get to work with.
Q: Was there any kind of competitiveness between the different Doctors and companions?
MS: No we’re not competitive, I mean there’s a funny bit in the script between the 10th and 11th Doctors comparing Sonics, so there’s competitiveness in the story, but not off screen. We just had a laugh and it was exciting to see David back in the pin striped suit and the Converse. John only has to move his eyes and he flaws you and Billie’s, Billie. I adore Billie, so we had a great time.
Q: Were there any moments when you were standing on the floor waiting for action to be called and thinking ‘Oh my goodness, I’m actually doing this’?
MS: Of course, there’s always those moments in Doctor Who when you’re going, ‘Wow we’re doing Doctor Who and there’s David Tennant over there and John Hurt over there and Billie over there and there’s a Redgrave over there’. There are a lot of those moments when you make this show. But I think the wonderful thing was there was great down time. I just enjoyed spending time with David and obviously for me as well as I am about to leave the show, it was really interesting to talk to him about that experience and his experience on the show, because it is a very individual experience playing the Doctor. It was quite nice to go, ‘What was that bit like for you?’ and it was just sort of enlightening really.
Q: Moving on to stunts, some pictures have been published of you hanging from a TARDIS in front of crowds in Trafalgar Square. What was that like and did you need to be convinced to go up there?
MS: I was hoisted up over 90 feet, double Nelson’s Column, hanging on a wire under the TARDIS. They used the biggest crane I think they had ever brought to Trafalgar Square. I really had to persuade them to let me go up, but I had the most wonderful view of London. It was raining and really windy, but I loved it and would do it again. It was one of the rare brilliant opportunities that you only get with Who.
Q. As well as being shown on BBC One, ‘The Day of the Doctor’ will be available in 3D to those with a 3D TV and in some cinemas. What was it like filming in 3D?
MS: The rigs for the cameras are much heavier and poor Joe, who is our wonderful cameraman, had a very tough time of it. It was like having a 6-year-old or 7-year-old child on your shoulder all day. There’s just a lot more time, the technical process of filming everything is more laborious.
But also there are a lot of plusses and I’m really excited to see how Doctor Who lends itself to it, because I think as a show and a format it really suits the idea of being shot in 3D. I think it’s good for a show like Doctor Who to be at the forefront of technology and that’s what we’ve always been.
It’s always been at the front of the advancement in film and even with the wobbly sets, at least they were having a go and I think it’s a good step forward. It’s an evolution.
INTERVIEW WITH DAVID TENNANT – THE TENTH DOCTOR
Last seen in his pin stripe suit and Converse trainers in 2010, David Tennant returns as the Tenth Doctor in the 50th anniversary special. Here he talks about rivalry between the Doctors and coming back to the show.
Question: What is it like being part of the 50th in one of the biggest years for the show?
David Tennant: It’s very exciting to be around for the big celebration episode. I think since I left the expectation had been that I’d end up in this special, because there is a precedent for old Doctors coming back for a visit around the anniversary time. I was thrilled because it’s a huge thing for Doctor Who and it’s a huge thing for television in general. So few shows run beyond a few series and 50 years’ worth is quite a legacy, so I’m very honoured to be part of that.
Q: What is it like working with Matt and Jenna, was there any rivalry or competitiveness between the two sets of Doctors and companions?
DT: It’s funny, I think people almost expected Matt and me to be at loggerheads, but we’ve really enjoyed it. I guess when you‘ve played a character for a long time you kind of feel like you know how they’ll react in most situations. It’s delicious to be handed a situation that’s completely new and a character meeting a version of himself is not something that you come across in a lot of drama. So to get to play that with someone as talented and as quick and brilliant as Matt is nothing short of jolly good fun.
Q: You’ve probably seen some of the previous anniversary specials, but how do you think this one compares to them?
DT: It’s very hard to be objective about something you’re in, especially when you set it up against things that you experienced as a child. But I certainly remember when ‘The Five Doctors’ was on, it was electrically exciting. That was of course in the day when we didn’t even have a video player. You couldn’t revisit things, so the chance to see old Doctors that I had never seen on the telly at all, acting with the current was fantastic. I hope that this will have some of that buzz for today’s generation.
Q: Do you still watch Doctor Who?
DT: Of course, I watch it every time it’s on along with the rest of the nation.
Q: How did you find filming in 3D compared to 2D?
DT: Our job as actors remains the same really, but you’re aware that there’s a whole extra layer of technical stuff that has to be dealt with and the cameras are bigger. We shot a lot on this hand held camera, which was quite trying for Joe our intrepid camera operator who has this enormous thing that he has to lug around and navigate around the set; he did it brilliantly. But it causes some headaches for the camera teams and for the post production side of making it. We’re not doing too much novelty weaving into the lens for the 3D effect, but it gives it an extra zing.
Q: What was it like working with Billie again?
DT: It’s always lovely to see Billie and to be on set with her is a particular joy. She’s one of my favourite actresses and one of my favourite people, so I was very happy to be in the same room as Billie.
Q: Where will you be watching the episode?
DT: Wherever I am in the world and whatever I’m doing, I’m sure I will make time for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special.
Q: During filming did you ever have a pinch yourself moments thinking, ‘God I’m back’ or anything like that?
DT: I think the thing with filming Doctor Who is that there is so much excitement around it and there’s so much enthusiasm for it that often the lead up to getting here is more of a delight then shooting it. Because once you’re on set there’s a script and there’s lines and you’ve got to get the scene shot and they’re the pressures that filming always has. Really, you’re just trying to film the scenes the best you possibly can, so you sort of put aside the idea that you’re making something that is a moment in television history. The pressure of that would sort of paralyse you really.
INTERVIEW WITH JENNA COLEMAN – CLARA OSWALD
Back in the TARDIS, Jenna stars as companion to the Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith. Having met more Doctors than any other companion, this time she comes face-to-face with more than one Doctor at once.
Question: What is it like starring in the 50th special, one of the biggest year’s for the show?
Jenna Coleman: It’s fantastic. I feel really spoilt to be honest and lucky to be in the show in the first place, but also to have come in at this time. Whilst we were filming it felt very celebratory and special. Working with David, Billie and John, I feel really pleased to be part of the whole thing.
Q: What was it like working with David and Billie, was there any competiveness between the different Doctors and companions?
JC: I think there’s a competitiveness in them that kind of brings out the best in the Doctor. You see it on set that they are so totally different Doctors, but they just complement each other. They make fun of each other mercilessly.
Q: What were your thoughts when you first heard about John’s character?
JC: So not only do we have David back, we also have John Hurt starring as the Doctor, which is massively exciting. And again the three of them complement each other totally, and it utterly works. It’s great to see all of them together.
Q: There are some big stunts in this episode. What was it like filming in the TARDIS dangling from a crane in front of crowds in Trafalgar Square?
JC: It’s one of the major stunts that we did and one of the big opening sequences at the beginning of the episode. We actually filmed it in a couple of stages including at St. Athens airfield where me and Matt were in the TARDIS being swung from side to side. Then in the second half, we were actually lowered down into Trafalgar Square. I think it will be quite an iconic image, it certainly felt like that on the day. Although I didn’t get to the do the really high stunt in Trafalgar Square, which I was devastated about and was kind of stood around begging people to go up, but I got to do the end of it.
I am quite scared of rollercoasters, but when you’ve got a camera pointing at you and loads of crew then you kind of just tend to be really brave. That’s one of the thrills of the show.
Q: What differences did you find filming in 3D compared to 2D?
JC: Loads of differences. Well for a start the cameras are massive, so you kind of can’t miss them and they’re really heavy for the poor camera operators. The framing is quite different and when the
Doctor points you can kind of really react to it. I just think the show lends itself so well and there are so many moments in it that will work really well in 3D. On the first day I saw Matt in the TARDIS in 3D and it felt like the world was coming right out at you.
INTERVIEW WITH JOANNA PAGE- QUEEN ELIZABETH I
Welsh actress Joanna Page takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth I and talks here about playing the monarch with an accent and filming romantic scenes on top of a mountain in Neath.
Question: What’s it like being part of the 50th, one of the biggest years on the show?
Joanna Page: It’s amazing being part of the 50th anniversary. I just remember getting an email asking if I’d play Queen Elizabeth I, which in itself I couldn’t believe because she’s so iconic, even in the history of Doctor Who. I’ve always wanted to be in Doctor Who and now to be in it and playing Queen Elizabeth I is absolutely fantastic, so exciting.
Q: And what did you do when you first found out about the news?
When I first found out about the news I phoned my mum and my dad and obviously, told my husband and then I sat down and read the script, because I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I just couldn’t believe that they had sent it to me as it was like gold dust. There were all these rumours in the papers about what’s happening, and so and so is coming back and I just thought I’m actually going to know what happens. I’ve never done a job where you have to keep a secret before and it’s been really difficult, but also really exciting because you know and no one else does.
Q: You’re playing royalty; can we expect a Queen Elizabeth with a Welsh twang?
JP: Well it’s very funny being one of the most well-known Welsh people and having to stand up and say, ‘How dare you, I’m the Queen of England’. That did make me laugh, but no, I’m playing her with an English accent. But John Hurt said she actually wouldn’t have had a very English accent, because there were so many different influences.
Q: What was it like working Matt, David, Billie and Jenna?
JP: It was quite scary working with Matt, David, Billie and Jenna because they’re iconic and they’re these major characters that I’ve watched and are part of Doctor Who history. It’s really funny acting with them because you look at them and they’re almost like cartoon characters because you see them so much and you’ve watched them and you believe them.
It’s just been fascinating and working with the two Doctors is brilliant because it’s the same character, but seeing how the two boys just play them completely differently and how they work off each other it’s really funny. After reading the script and then hearing it all in the read through it just all came to life and I thought, ‘Wow this is going to be fantastic’.
Q: There’s a little bit of romance between Queen Elizabeth and the Tenth Doctor. What was is it like filming those scenes?
JP: Filming the romantic scenes were quite difficult because my first day was on top of a mountain in Neath. It was absolutely freezing, it was blowing a gale and David, the Tenth Doctor and I, are having a picnic. So I’m lying across him and he probably couldn’t breathe, because I’ve just got this massive costume on, and he’s feeding me grapes as I’m just desperately shivering. You’ve got to try and play it romantic and relaxed, when actually you’re freezing cold. I think our lips were turning blue and I stopped feeling my hands. The next day, because it had been so cold with the wind my hands were bright red and all blistered because they were so chapped. So everyone is probably jealous, thinking she gets to kiss the Tenth Doctor and it’s all romantic, but it’s not; my lips were numb and my hands were chapped.
Q: Where will you be watching the episode?
JP: I’m going to be watching the episode in my living room. My husband has been asking for ages if we can buy a 3D TV and I said no, but now after putting on the glasses myself, it’s fantastic so I’ve said we have to get a 3D TV. So we’ll be watching it in the living room with all of my family round and then I’ll probably go to the cinema and watch it as well.
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BBC News has interviewed the Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker, who discusses everything from the fiftieth anniversary special to playing the iconic Time Lord.
The much-loved actor, who played the Doctor for seven seasons, talked about The Day of the Doctor, saying, ‘I hope it's going to be terrific… It's such a landmark. It'll be a big, emotional thing, but I don't know what they'll do - I'll make an exception and watch that.’
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Acclaimed actor David Bradley plays William Hartnell, the First Doctor, in An Adventure in Space and Time, the brilliant drama that explores the origins of Doctor Who that will premiere soon on BBC Two. Here David talks about Hartnell himself, the portrayal of an actor he greatly admired and discussed transforming himself into the Doctor…
A popular screen star, well regarded by his peers, William Hartnell was born in St Pancras, London in 1908. He appeared in numerous plays, films and TV shows, often playing the ‘tough guy’ role as typified by his character in the comedy ‘The Army Game’, which ran from 1957 to 1961 just prior to Doctor Who. When he was first approached, Hartnell was widely reported to have been unconvinced by the role of Doctor. ‘It has to be said’, explains David, ‘after some initial reluctance to do something for children’s TV I think he was quickly convinced that it was the right thing for him to do. He felt quite insecure about it as it was new territory for him, but once he started he embraced the whole idea of the part.’
An Adventure in Space and Time tells the story behind the beginnings of Doctor Who and the team of personalities behind it. Known as a perfectionist Hartnell was widely regarded as cantankerous by colleagues. But as David explains the script for ‘Space and Time’ reveals a full picture of Bill, including the good and the bad. ‘I know he had a reputation at times for being cantankerous and rather difficult and one has to play that’, says David. ‘It was clear from research and hearing his colleagues talk about him that he was a perfectionist. He demanded a lot of himself and he expected everyone around him to show the same level of commitment.’
Hartnell played the role from 1963 until 1966, creating the template for the character of the Doctor, which has since been played by 10 other actors. He embraced all that embodied the show, as David explains, ‘He was invited to school fetes in the full outfit and I thought how brilliant and touching that was. It’s clear that he absolutely loved it and found it very hard to let go. That’s an element that Mark Gatiss brings out in the script’, he concludes.
Deteriorating health led Hartnell to finally retire from the role, but as his illness worsened, so too did his relationship with the production team of Doctor Who. ‘I think maybe when people joined the show later’, explains David, ‘different directors and different actors, if they showed a lack of commitment then it would upset him and he would let people know that’s how he felt. There are moments of sadness in ‘Space and Time’ where he becomes aware that he hasn’t got the strength to do it anymore.’
David grew up with the show (‘I remember Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee best’) and recently starred opposite current Doctor Matt Smith. Does he see any of Hartnell’s characteristics in Smith? ‘I really admire him as a Doctor’, says David, ‘he’s got that curiosity and that slight eccentricity that the part requires, not in the same way as Bill Hartnell, but I think some of those characteristics have gone all the way through everyone that's played the Doctor’.
So how would David sum up his experience
taking on one of TV’s most iconic roles? ‘It’s been one of those great jobs and
an experience I’ll always remember. We’re honouring something that’s been part
of television history for 50 years and I hope I’ve done justice to an actor
that I admire greatly’, he concludes.
An Adventure in Space and Time is coming soon to BBC Two but you can read an interview with its writer, Mark Gatiss, now!
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An Adventure in Space and Time premieres on BBC Two on Thursday, 21 November at 9pm. It’s a brilliant one-off exploring the origins of Doctor Who, written by Mark Gatiss who recently shared his thoughts about the drama, the people involved, and what he thinks the audience will make of it…
can viewers expect from this drama?
Mark Gatiss: Principally, it's the story of how Doctor Who was created, so we concentrate on the very beginnings and the first few episodes. There are lots of treats for the fans but it's also the story of William Hartnell, the first Doctor and how the part transformed his life.
Q: Why did you want to tell this story?
MG: I'm a life-long Doctor Who fan and the origins of this beloved show have always fascinated me. But, above all, I wanted it to strike a chord on a human level. These were brilliant, complex, talented people making something revolutionary. And, in William Hartnell, we have the very affecting story of a man redeemed by the role of a lifetime who then, sadly, had to let it go. I think we can all relate to something like that in our lives.
Q: What was the casting process like? Did you set out
to find such good lookalikes?
MG: I'd had David Bradley in mind for some years but it wasn't simply a question of a good likeness! David is such a fine and delicate actor, I knew he'd find something wonderful in the part. With everyone else, I stressed that we must first and foremost get the right people for the job. But it turned out the right people also bear the most amazing resemblances to the originals! Costume and make up, of course, played a huge part in that.
Q: Could you
explain a little bit about the research process?
MG: Doctor Who is probably unique in terms of TV shows in that its history has been exhaustively researched for years. Happily, this means that there are lots of interviews existing with people who are no longer with us. I'd wanted to tell the story for years – I sort of grew up with it. How no-one wanted the Daleks. About the first episode going out just after JFK was shot. But I wanted to get deeper than just the details of production and find the human story. I conducted new interviews with a lot of the original cast and crew. They were all hugely enthusiastic and very helpful.
Q: Did you
uncover any facts or information that you didn’t previously know as a Doctor
MG: A few bits and bobs but, as I say, most of it is very well documented now! It was very touching, though, to talk to people about a part of their loves that was often very happy and to discuss people long gone.
Q: There were
so many people involved in the show’s beginnings, why did you decide to focus
on the four central characters of Hartnell, Newman and Lambert and Hussein?
MG: I had to focus it down. Simple as that. This is a drama not a documentary and though it's extremely painful to have to leave out some people who played a huge part, it makes dramatic sense. You simply can't do everyone justice in 90mins. For instance, the story of how Terry Nation and Ray Cusick created the Daleks is almost a film all on its own! Jeff Rawle plays Mervyn Pinfield, who was the Associate Producer, and his character sort of absorbs several others including Donald Wilson and the brilliant David Whitaker – the first script editor - whose contribution was immeasurable.
Q: Set in the
1960s the drama brings to life that era through the costumes, hair and make-up
and the sets, including the first ever TARDIS console. What was it like being
MG: It was extraordinary. To see the original TARDIS recreated genuinely took my breath away and everyone who came to the set had the same reaction. It was frequently quite uncanny. We used some of the original Marconi cameras and, on the black and white monitors, seeing David, Jemma, Jamie and Claudia was like looking back through Time. Spooky and very moving.
what do you hope audiences take away from ‘Space and Time’?
MG: This is my love-letter to Doctor Who! In this 50th anniversary year, I hope fans will enjoy and be thrilled by it and all the kisses to the past it's laden with. But my greatest wish is that it appeals to people who know very little or nothing about Doctor Who and see the struggle of talented people (almost) accidentally creating a legend!
An Adventure in Space and Time is coming soon to BBC Two but you can catch up with David Bradley – who plays William Hartnell, the First Doctor – now!
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The vote to discover Doctor Who’s ultimate villain has now closed and we’d like to say a huge thank you to the many thousands of you who voted. The winner and runners-up will be announced during BBC Three’s ‘Doctor Who: Greatest Monsters & Villains Weekend’ which begins on Friday, 15 November at 7pm.
The fantastic foes that have gone up against our time-traveling hero in his first-half century are a huge part of Doctor Who. By turns scary, funny, iconic, thrilling and on occasions charismatic, they help define the show’s enduring appeal and fifty years after the Daleks were created, the monsters of Doctor Who remain an integral part of what makes the series so special.
Doctor Who: Greatest Monsters & Villains Weekend will be a marvellous salute to those baddies who have blighted the Doctor’s life and added so much excitement to ours! We’ll be bringing you more information nearer to 15 November, but in the meantime, thanks again for voting!
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Exciting news! The BBC has issued the press release below, detailing a very special trailer. You can see it on BBC One tonight at approximately 8.20pm – that’s right after Strictly Come Dancing and just before Atlantis. The amazing trailer will be available to watch on this site, immediately after its BBC One premiere.
The press release reads:
A specially created trailer celebrating the last 50 years of Doctor Who will air tonight on BBC One, as an exclusive image is revealed today featuring the 11 Doctors.
Travelling through time fans will be taken on a journey from the very beginning using state of the art technology. The special trailer is set to show all of the Doctors as they first appeared on screen, including William Hartnell in high res colour for the very first time, as celebrations ramp up to the 23 November.
A huge moment for the BBC, the 50th celebrations will culminate with the special episode, ‘The Day of the Doctor’, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt. A whole range of shows have also been commissioned across TV and radio to mark the anniversary.
The minute long trailer will air after Strictly Come Dancing tonight on BBC One and will be also be available on www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho
Notes to EditorsThis trailer does not include any actual footage of the 50th anniversary episode.
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The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, will premiere on BBC One on 23 November. But there will be many more shows celebrating the Time Lord’s half century!
Over the past few weeks we’ve released several ‘sneak peeks’ into The Day of the Doctor, including a recent gallery, an awesome poster and even sets of wallpaper to make sure your computer screen looks ready for the big day! And don’t forget we’ve behind the scenes videos of filming at the Tower of London and in Trafalgar Square. Plus, if you want to remind yourself of where we left our hero, you can always view the gripping final moments of The Name of the Doctor.
Other shows marking the 50th anniversary include An Adventure in Space and Time, a marvellous drama written by Mark Gatiss that tells the story of the origins of Doctor Who. You can see a video looking at the making of this special that stars David Bradley (Solomon in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship) as William Hartnell, who played the First Doctor back in the 1960s.
BBC Three will be showing ‘Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend’ which will reveal the show’s ultimate villain. Don’t forget you can have your say by voting now for which baddies you think should scoop the title! And for those less familiar with the show, ‘Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide’ will introduce fans and viewers to a wealth of archive material and act as a guide to the Time Lord’s world.
The Culture Show’s ‘Me, You and Doctor Who’ (1x60mins), explores the cultural significance of the BBC’s longest running TV drama and in another one-hour special, Professor Brian Cox will take an audience on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, trying to answer the classic questions raised by the show – can you really travel in time? Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastical as the TARDIS?
CBBC brings us a 12 Again Doctor Who special with well-known faces including Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor), Dan Starkey (Strax), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Louise Jameson (Leela), Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Warwick Davis (Porridge) and fans Chris Johnson and impressionist Jon Culshaw sharing their memories of watching Doctor Who when they were young. Meanwhile, two live Blue Peter specials will see presenters Barney, Lindsey and Radzi joined by aliens and monsters that have sent so many of us scurrying behind the sofa during the last five decades.
BBC Radio 2 will ask ‘Who Is The Doctor?’ in a 90-minute documentary featuring newly recorded interviews and exclusive archive material. David Quantick presents ‘The Blagger’s Guide to Doctor Who’ and over on BBC Radio 1 a 60-minute documentary looks at music inspired by the Doctor. Meanwhile Radio 4 Extra travels back to 1963 with a three hour special programme, ‘Who Made Who?’, to look at the world that inspired the television series. Additionally, the station will broadcast readings and dramas featuring the Doctor and his companions.
Finally, Graham Norton will be broadcasting his weekly Radio 2 show live (Saturday 23 November, 10am) from the Doctor Who Celebration in London. In a special three-hour show, Graham will take a ride in the TARDIS and will also be chatting with some of the series’ stars and fans.
There will also be special content across this site and on the iPlayer… so stay tuned!
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Voting has opened and we want you to settle the big question: Who is Doctor Who’s Ultimate Villain? Your selection will go towards finding the definitive answer and the winner will be announced in the ‘Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend’ on BBC Three in November, as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Doctor Who.
Vote now! Or if you can’t decide which of the Doctor’s enemies deserves the title, watch clips, check out galleries or get more info on all ten of the nominees: Cybermen, Daleks, the Silence, the Master, Silurians, Ood, Judoon, Ice Warriors, Weeping Angels and the Clockwork Droids.
If you want to rally support for the villain you feel should win, why not tweet #SupportThe… followed by the name of the nominee you’re behind and let us know why you’re backing that baddie!
Will the winner be one of the Time Lord’s older foes or a more recent addition to Doctor Who’s rogues gallery? A humanoid horror or a more alien-looking foe? You decide!
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Who is the ultimate Doctor Who villain? The vote to find out opens later today and we can now reveal the full line-up of nominees. The first nine, as previously announced, are: Cybermen, Daleks, the Silence, the Master, Silurians, the Ood, Judoon, the Ice Warriors and the Weeping Angels.
The tenth and final nominee first appeared in 2006 and although the Doctor has complemented many of his enemies, he’s seldom been so enthusiastic as he appeared with these foes. ‘Oh, you are beautiful!’ he told one. ‘No really, you are… you’re gorgeous! Space-age clockwork! I love it! I've got chills!’ They are, of course, the Clockwork Droids!
The droids were elegant pieces of technology but utterly terrifying, conforming to the notion of everything we find scary by either hiding under a potential victim’s bed or advancing on their prey with an unnerving, unswerving relentlessness.
The Clockwork Droids believed they needed the brain of Reinette (aka Madame de Pompadour) to fix the ship named after her: the SS Madame de Pompadour. They had already used body parts of the vessel’s crew to effect repairs and had no problem stalking Reinette, spreading terror in 18th century France or going up against the Doctor if it meant achieving this aim. They proved themselves to be creepy clockwork killers and they are the tenth and final nominees!
You can find out more about the Clockwork Droids and the adventure they appeared in – The Girl in the Fireplace.
Voting opens later today and we want your vote with the overall winner being revealed in the ‘Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend’ on BBC Three in November, as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Doctor Who!
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It’s almost time to vote to establish once and for all: who is the ultimate Doctor Who villain? So far we know eight of the ten nominees: Cybermen, Daleks, the Silence, the Master, Silurians, the Ood, Judoon and the Ice Warriors.
The ninth nominee first appeared in 2007 in a thrilling episode that provided some classic water-cooler moments… In the intervening years they’ve become firm foes with the Doctor, returning to cause terror and heartache everywhere from Manhattan to the ‘Maze of the Dead’. They are the Weeping Angels!
The Tenth Doctor once described the Angels as ‘The only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely’, noting they zap their victims into the past, reflecting, ‘The rest of your life used up and blown away in the blink of an eye. You die in the past, and in the present they consume the energy of all the days you might have had, all your stolen moments.’ But Weeping Angels have been known to use more physical ways of destroying and then use their dead victims to communicate with the living.
They employed this technique on Alfava Metraxis where they also used sneaky techniques to confuse their opposition, messing with Amy Pond’s consciousness to make her believe her hand had turned to stone, for example. But they do have a weakness. The Doctor once observed that Angels have a defence mechanism: they are quantum locked. This means that they can only move when no other creature is looking at them. As soon as they are seen, they instantly turn to stone and cannot be killed. So, if you ever encounter a Weeping Angel, keep them in sight at all times and above all… don’t blink!
You can find out more about the Weeping Angels and see how they first appeared in our Angel gallery. You can also watch clips from their latest adventure or enjoy some memorable moments, photos and more from older episodes including The Time of Angels, Flesh and Stone and their debut story: Blink. Or if you want to show your support for them, simply download our Weeping Angels mask and wear it with pride!
Who will be the final nominee? Find out tomorrow, shortly before voting opens!
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Doctor Who has been nominated in the Best British TV Show category for BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards!
The winners will be announced on 3 November at a special awards event at Wembley Stadium that will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 1. However, voting closes at midday on Saturday (19 October).
For more information and to vote for your favourite show dimply visit the Teen Awards homepage.
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We want your vote so we can finally find out, who is the ultimate Doctor Who villain? Later this week we’ll be asking you to select who you think that accolade should go to and on the run-up to the start of voting we’re revealing the ten contenders. The winner will be revealed in the ‘Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend’ on BBC Three in November and so far we know seven nominees: Cybermen, Daleks, the Silence, the Master, Silurians, the Ood and the Judoon.
The eighth nominee first appeared in 1967 and fought the Second and Third Doctors before melting from our screen until the most recent series where the Eleventh Doctor once again had to deal with this Martian menace… They are the Ice Warriors!
This striking, militaristic race hail from the planet Mars but have twice attempted to conquer Earth. On both occasions the Second Doctor was able to foil their plans and so when they met the Third Doctor many years later and explained they had renounced violence, he was a little wary… It emerged that Ice Warriors were favouring collaboration over conquest but before long a faction returned to their old ways, spreading death and destruction on the planet Peladon.
Most recently, the Eleventh Doctor encountered the renowned Ice Warrior Skaldak on board a Russian submarine in the early 1980s. He was able to persuade the Martian not to destroy the vessel but it was touch and go for an agonising period of time… For their devious meddling in the affairs of Peladon and their attempts to invade Earth, the Ice Warriors become nominees for the title, ‘Doctor Who’s ultimate villain’!
You can find out more about the Ice Warriors and see how they’ve evolved in our exclusive Ice-gallery! You can also watch clips from their first adventure or enjoy some memorable moments, photos and more from classic stories including The Seeds of Death, The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon. You can also check out their most recent encounter with the Doctor in Cold War or if you want to show your support for them, simply download our Ice Warrior mask and wear it with pride!
Only two more contenders to go and tomorrow we’ll be bringing you the ninth monster or villain to be nominated!
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Later this week we’ll be asking you to vote for who you think is the ultimate Doctor Who villain. You’ll be able to choose from a list of ten nominees and we’ve already announced six sinister enemies who have made the final cut: Cybermen, Daleks, the Silence, the Master, Silurians and the Ood.
As we can see from that list, villainy can take many forms, from the warmongering Daleks to the charming but deadly Master. Today’s nominees would probably not consider themselves villains but have demonstrated a callous disregard for human life and a ruthless resolution to carry out their orders whatever the consequences. The Doctor called them, ‘Great big space rhinos with guns’ and they are… the Judoon!
The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones encountered a Judoon platoon on the moon where the Doctor explained, ‘They're like police. Well, police for hire,’ before adding they could be considered to be ‘interplanetary thugs’. Certainly, on that occasion these towering alien creatures showed human life meant nothing to them and they were quite prepared to see a hospital-ful of people die in order to carry out their orders.
The Judoon may be stupid but they are dangerous foes. Single-minded and armed with deadly weaponry they were amongst the alien hoards that ganged up against the Doctor in The Pandorica Opens. For all these reasons the Judoon become our seventh nominees in our quest to find the ultimate Doctor Who villain!
You can find out more about the Judoon, and revisit their debut story, Smith and Jones. You can also enjoy exclusive content around their adventures with (and against!) the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in The Stolen Earth and The Pandorica Opens.
Tomorrow we’ll be bringing you the eighth monster or villain to be nominated and remember to revisit the site so you can discover the complete top ten contenders… and then vote for the one you think is Doctor Who’s ultimate baddie! The winner – as voted for by you - will unveiled in the ‘Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend’ on BBC Three in November, as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Doctor Who!
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It’s been announced that the award-winning Ben Wheatley will direct the opening two episodes of series 8.
Ben commented, ‘I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who. I've been a fan since childhood (Tom Baker is my Doctor if you are asking). I've been watching the current run of Doctor Who with my son and have discovered it all over again. The work that has been done is amazing.’
Ben’s previous credits include movies such as Down Terrace, Sightseers and A Field in England and he told us, ‘I'm really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor.’
But before series 8 we have two epic adventures to look forward to, starting with The Day of the Doctor on 23 November…
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Just over a week ago we announced that we want your vote to help definitively discover, who is the ultimate Doctor Who villain?
We’re revealing the top ten contenders over the course of ten days and following the full line-up of nominations, we’ll ask you to vote on this site to decide the outcome with the winner being revealed in the ‘Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend’ on BBC Three in November, as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Doctor Who!
So far the nominees have been Cybermen, Daleks, the Silence, the Master and Silurians. Today’s addition to that list first appeared on our screens in 2006 in one Doctor Who’s scariest stories – The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit. They are the Ood!
Ood are not monsters. They are a peaceful species, intelligent and intuitive who proved to be staunch allies of the Doctor, even helping the Tenth Doctor as he struggled to return to the TARDIS and regenerate in The End of Time.
But when Ood are taken over and controlled by external forces they can become monstrous creatures, acting against their instinct with lethal intent! It is the Ood in this state that receive the nomination of Doctor Who’s ultimate villains. We’re talking about the sinister red-eyed Ood of The Satan Pit; the instruments of evil who turned on the humans of Krop Tor and called themselves, ‘the Legion of the Beast’. These are the Ood we are nominating but as always, the choice will be yours!
You can find out more about the Ood, watch moments from their first adventure or enjoy some memorable moments, photos and more from their later stories including Planet of the Ood, and The End of Time.Tomorrow we’ll be bringing you the seventh monster or villain to be nominated and remember to visit the site over the next few days so you can discover the complete top ten contenders… and then vote for the one you think is Doctor Who’s ultimate baddie!
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It will soon be time for you to vote in order to find the definitive answer to the question, who is the ultimate Doctor Who villain? We’ll be asking you to choose one winner from a list of ten contenders and we’ve already announced four of them: Cybermen, Daleks, the Silence and the Master.
The fifth contenders, announced today, are an intelligent race from the planet Earth. A species that went into hibernation when they believed their environment was in danger, intending to sleep until their world recovered and became habitable again. But the disaster they anticipated never happened and as they lay dormant, humanity rose… When they finally awoke they hatched a plan to destroy the ‘stinking apes’ that now claimed ‘their’ planet. They are the Silurians!
The Silurians made their debut in 1970’s Doctor Who and the Silurians, one of the show’s first adventures shot in colour. Although they could be ruthless and arrogant in their disregard for other life forms, some members of Silurian society wanted peace with mankind. Yet time and time again the two races have squabbled and fought. There has been bloodshed suffered by both sides but the Doctor has always striven for peace and understanding, exemplified by Madame Vastra and her friendship with the Earth girl, Jenny Flint.
Silurians have helped the Doctor, forming an alliance with the Time Lord during the Battle of Demons Run. But on other occasions they have opposed him and sought to wipe out humanity and even joined forces with the Daleks, Cybermen and other familiar foes. And so their inclusion in the list of Doctor Who’s top ten villains is certainly justified. But are they the ultimate villains? That is for you to decide…
You can find out more about the Silurians, watch clips from their first adventure or find out what happened when the Fifth Doctor encountered them in the year 2084. We’ve also got clips and photos from more recent episodes including The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood.
Tomorrow we’ll be bringing you the sixth monster or villain to be nominated and remember to visit the site over the next few days so you can discover the complete top ten contenders… and then vote for the one you think is Doctor Who’s ultimate baddie! The winner – as voted for by you - will unveiled in the ‘Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend’ on BBC Three in November, as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Doctor Who!
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