Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and his onscreen companion Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) will be live on stage for a one-time-only fan event in Mexico City at the Teatro Metropólitan on Sunday, 17 August and in Rio de Janeiro at the Vivo Rio Auditorium on Monday, 18 August.
Following on from last year’s smash-hit 50th anniversary celebrations for Doctor Who, BBC Worldwide is thrilled to be bringing the stars of the show to Mexico and Brazil as part of a major global tour to launch the latest series and introduce fans to the new Doctor.
Fans will be able to see the stars for an exclusive Q&A, where they will be given the opportunity to put some of their own questions to the talent.
Doctor Who: The World Tour will see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman circumnavigate the globe, visiting seven cities across five continents in 12 days. The tour will kick off in Cardiff, Wales on August 7, before heading to London (UK), Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), New York (US), Mexico City (Mexico) and finishing in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
“Doctor Who has one of the world’s most dedicated and active fans who have helped a great deal to popularize the show in Latin America. We are excited to bring Doctor Who: The World Tour to both Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. This is a unique opportunity for the fans in these cities to see for the first time the main cast of the series and have a memorable experience”, says Fred Medina, executive vice-president and managing director, BBC Worldwide Latin America and US Hispanic.
BBC Worldwide Latin America will soon be providing more details of the events including times and access to tickets through the BBC Entertainment Facebook page and BBC HD Facebook page.
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Critically-acclaimed live music concert, Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is set to make its UK premiere at six major cities in May 2015.
The live show, which was a sell-out on its world premiere in Australia, will enjoy a limited run of 12 UK performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.
It features over 100 performers and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the TV series. Music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
Tickets will go on general sale via the event and box office websites at 9am on Friday 1 August 2014, with prices starting at £20 per person.
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The show features a host of the Doctor’s famous adversaries including the iconic Daleks and Cybermen, the spine-chilling Silence and many more fan favourites. The live monsters provide a dramatic contrast to the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold, who has been responsible for composing music for the series over the last eight years, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode The Day or the Doctor.
The show will also feature Murray’s latest score and footage from the forthcoming series 8, which will be broadcast around the world later this summer. The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who.
Fans will discover the identity of the guest presenter for the UK shows in early 2015.
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular was first presented in Melbourne, Australia in February 2012, it went on to play a further nine sell-out performances at the Sydney Opera House in December 2012 receiving praise from the Australian media and fans alike. The show has continued to draw record figures in Australia and most recently thrilled over 34,000 fans across three cities in New Zealand.
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Paul Stuart: Today, I have an appointment with the Doctor. It has been a year since Peter Capaldi was revealed as the Twelfth Time Lord and this is the first interview he’s given anywhere in the galaxy. Not only that, he has promised to put on his Doctor’s uniform — just for us.
In anticipation, I arrive a whole hour early. He arrives exactly on time, as time lords should, and just walks in. No Tardis. No theme tune. Not even any dry ice. He is wearing a T-shirt and jeans, and his skin is so pale, it’s almost translucent. He’s hugging his ribs like he’s been fighting Daleks since January (which, technically, he has).
“Are you injured,” I ask, because it won’t do either of us or the BBC’s multimillion-pound franchise any good if he needs to regenerate before he’s even begun. “No, I’m just happy to be here,” he says. “Really relaxed.” He shakes my hand for as long as he appeared in the Christmas special (20 seconds), before floating off to the window to look out across sprawling St Mary’s cemetery. We have dragged him from his home in Crouch End, northeast London, to a studio in Kensal Green, northwest London, but, it transpires, this is where he first lived when he arrived in the capital as a penniless Glaswegian actor. His skin is translucent with wonderment. He’s hugging his ribs nostalgically.
So the first thing to note is that Capaldi is nothing like Malcolm Tucker, the spin doctor who first made him a household name turning the Whitehall air deep blue in The Thick of It. He is a will-o’-the wisp, gentle and soft-spoken, small for his 5ft 9in, almost entirely non-sweary. And if he’s pleased to be hanging out in a remote part of London this morning, he’s absolutely beside himself with his new life as a time lord.
“When I was Doctor elect, before it was announced, I used to go to Forbidden Planet [a sci-fi superstore in the West End], and just hang around,” he volunteers. “It would amuse me that people wouldn’t know they were standing next to the next Doctor Who. That’s all past now. I can’t do it any more.”
When I ask how it felt on his first day on set, his eyes mist up. “I had to step out of the Tardis into a new world,” he says, fiddling with an uncooperative coffee percolator. “And because, obviously, in real life [spoiler alert] the Tardis is not inside an actual police box, you’re just in this big cupboard. There are quite a few people in there, so you get quite cosy and there’s no fan or anything. But you have to be the Doctor. All the other stuff you put on the back burner, because it’ll just mess you up.” The percolator explodes, as percolators do — a time lord who can’t even pour his own coffee, he laughs to himself.
Being the Doctor (not making coffee) is a challenge for any actor, but for Capaldi it’s bigger because he is an aficionado. Make the mistake of asking him a simple Top Trumps question — are Daleks better than Cybermen? — and what feels like a whole morning can slip by on the answer. Because, you see, it depends whether you’re talking about the Mondasian Cybermen, which came from the planet Mondas, circa 1966, or those that arrived from a parallel universe in 2006.
“There is a conflict among fans,” Capaldi says gravely, “but I’m trying to get the Mondasians back.” Which doesn’t answer my question, but in case there are lots of different types of Dalek as well, I move on.
His earliest memories are of Daleks emerging from the water in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), and it’s a bad idea to sully them with talk of toilet plungers and wobbly sets. “Everybody slags it off now,” he says, “but these programmes weren’t made to be viewed over and over again. When you just consumed them in that way, at the time, they were magical.”
Of course, back then, Daleks couldn’t go up stairs, so there was no need for Capaldi, age five, to hide behind the sofa in his third-floor tenement (his Italian father ran the ice-cream parlour on the ground floor). Instead, he built sets from shoe boxes, collected autographs — he ticked off three of the first four Doctors (William Hartnell was ill, so he got his wife’s autograph instead). He wrote fan mail to the producers; they sent back old scripts — “It was like being allowed inside the Magic Circle, the point I knew I wanted to be part of this world.”
His mother helped, sending him a Doctor Who annual every year. When I ask how long into adult life this continued, he starts laughing. Then he’s laughing so much that he starts struggling for air. Eventually, just at the point when I’m thinking I should call for help, he regains control: “By the time the show came back [in 2005], she must have thought I was too old. But I suspect it will start again now.”
Capaldi comes at a good time for the programme. Since its recommissioning after a 16-year hiatus, the Doctors have been regenerating into ever-younger lunchbox candy. Christopher Eccleston (41), David Tennant (34), then Matt Smith (28). With it, the plot lines, much to the chagrin of die-hard Whovians, have become more Twilight. There has been flirting and smooching. There has been a will-they, won’t-they dynamic between the Doctor and his sidekick, Clara. We were one nibble short of a hickey.
Following the age trajectory, the next Doctor would have been 23, and all would have been lost. Or, to be terribly 21st century, he could have been a she. Or Idris Elba — a favourite, although he may have been the unnamed black actor who turned down the role last time. Instead, the BBC went for a TV geriatric. Capaldi, 55 and counting, is joint oldest time lord with William Hartnell.
In the translucent flesh, he looks a good 30 years younger than Hartnell, thanks largely to the fact that he gave up alcohol years ago (and Hartnell liked a drink). But he’s still old enough that the BBC has a chiropractor on speed dial. More awkwardly, he’s old enough to be Clara’s father. This regeneration lark can have disturbing Freudian implications. So will the relationship with Clara, played by 28-year-old Jenna Coleman, continue to be romantic?
“There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure,” he says. “It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments.’ I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”
What will there be, then? Is the 12th Doctor an old codger like Hartnell? Will he be a more modern fiftysomething, a time lord who can work an iPad? Executive producer Steven Moffat has said he’ll be older, trickier, fiercer. Mark Gatiss, the best writer on the show, says the new doctor “has a madness in his eyes”.
“All that’s true,” says Capaldi, “but he’s also joyful. One thing the show does well is balance the epic and the domestic. You can go from the edge of the universe to a pedestrian precinct. This Doctor loves watching stars being born in Andromeda; he’s also thrilled to see litter blowing across the supermarket car park at dawn.”
So who has he based his mad-eyed, fierce, joyful litter-watcher on? It was widely assumed that his Malcolm Tucker had been forged in the same fires as Alastair Campbell, but Capaldi later revealed the inspiration came from Hollywood’s “malevolent forces in Armani suits”. So what about the Doctor? “There was a large selection of people,” he says. “I won’t name names, because it’s more fun for people to spot them. I have a book, though. I started to collect images and quotes from people I thought were Doctor Who-ish. They might have a turn of phrase or a certain look that works… so I brought these things together.”
The book is kept under lock and key. After the first five scripts of the new series were inadvertently leaked at the start of the month, he’s not taking any chances.
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In the midst of the Time War, the Daleks surround the planet Gallifrey with their saucer ships and battle hardened Patrol Ships pummelling the surface. The War Doctor – an hitherto-unknown “hidden” incarnation of the Doctor, decides to trigger an ancient weapon of mass destruction called “The Moment”, which will destroy both the Time Lord and the Dalek races completely.
The Eleventh Doctor advises of plans to place Gallifrey in stasis and hide it outside of regular time and space. As the Daleks surround the planet ready to obliterate it, the three Doctors reveal they have recruited their past selves, and as well as a future incarnation, the planet is dematerialised to safety as the Daleks annihilate themselves in their own crossfire.
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At 56, he is the oldest Doctor Who since William Hartnell, and it seems bosses at the BBC are somewhat concerned.
Peter Capaldi, the 12th Time Lord, has revealed that the corporation has a chiropractor on call should he injure himself during any particularly vicious fights with Daleks.
He has been battling the cyborgs since January ahead of the new series of Doctor Who which is set to air on the BBC in August.
Despite his good health – he gave up drinking years ago – bosses are sufficiently concerned to have the chiropractor at the end of the phone and a paramedic on site.
His predecessor, Matt Smith, was 28, whereas other recent Doctors include David Tennant, 34, and Christopher Eccleston, 41.
Because of his age Capaldi has refused one of the perks of being the Doctor, telling producers he would not flirt with his much younger female sidekick Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, 28.
But he confessed his refusal had initially caused some tensions with bosses.
Speaking about the new series to the Sunday Times, he said: “There’s been no flirting, that’s for sure.
“That’s not what the Doctor’s concerned with.
“It’s quite a fun relationship (between the Doctor and Jenna).
“I did call [the BBC] and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments.’
“I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”
Capaldi, who made his name as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, is referring to the long-running 1990s Renault television advert featuring a father and daughter, ‘Papa’ and ‘Nicole’.
Many comparisons were made between Tucker and Alastair Campbell although Capaldi disputed claims he based the spin doctor on Tony Blair’s aide.
He said inspiration for the new Doctor came from “a large selection of people.”
“I won’t name names,” he added.
“It’s more fun for people to spot them.”
A BBC spokesman denied that having a chiropractor available had anything to do with Capaldi’s age, and said that all his predecessors had been given the same treatment.
In a statement they said: “Being the Doctor involves lots of stunts and action sequences, including hanging from harnesses for long periods of time. All our Doctors have found chiropractor appointments helpful. “