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▶ Working with Catherine Tate – Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration Panel Teaser – YouTube   Leave a comment


As part of the series’ 50th anniversary celebrations,producer Phil Collinson, second assistant director Steffan Morris, and mother to Donna Noble actress Jacqueline King discuss the joys of working with Catherine Tate on Doctor Who.

Steven Moffat: Creating the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode was “monstrously stressful”   Leave a comment

I don’t think I’ve ever worked on anything that was as difficult, terrifying and as much of a responsibility as writing the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. I wanted everybody to love it. I knew that was impossible, but I wanted people – from those who had never seen it, to the absolute diehard fans who hate every episode I’ve written – to love it. So it was monstrously stressful and very hard: the uncastable cast, the impossible brief, the unwritable script…

I can remember sitting with my wife saying, “I can’t tell if it’s good any more, it could be rubbish – I’ll have to leave the country. I’ll have to fake my own death.” And then going for a meeting with the producers the week I was meant to hand the script in, and we were still trying to assemble the cast. We all just sat there, thinking, “This is impossible, this can’t ever work!”

All of these problems, of course, had been 50 years in the making. There was, I reasoned, only one story to tell if the Doctor was to meet himself – this had to be the day when he saved himself. And in the whole history of Doctor Who, there was only one day he needed saving from.

There was a tremendous crime committed during the Time War that the Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith Doctors have all referred to, but we’ve never seen it played out or seen the consequences of it. When we got John Hurt, with that extraordinary voice, I knew we could make his Doctor face that day – the most terrible day of his life. We would finally witness that moment.

By the time we discover him, the John Hurt Doctor has been fighting the Time War for centuries. He doesn’t call himself the Doctor, and doesn’t behave like him, either – this is our hero as a dark and battle-hardened general. I think it’s nice for a hero to have a dark chapter, although it’s a chapter we will probably never see again because that somehow isn’t Doctor Who.

Of course the Doctor is always capable of darkness – he makes terrible decisions throughout the show – but this war involved the deadliest of decisions because the stakes were so much higher. The Doctor is a good man, always doing things for a good cause, but at this point he is no longer the happy-go-lucky wanderer; he’s a dark warrior. The Doctor has always been able to solve problems. Here he admits defeat, saying, “I’m going to have to descend to the level of my enemies in order to fix this.”

Once we’d decided on getting more than one Doctor involved we wanted David back. David’s Doctor was struggling to move on from the Time War, Matt Smith’s Doctor had sort of got over the Time War so, add a mysterious Doctor who’s about to commit the crime to which his two future selves have slightly different attitudes, and you have a very complicated, and exciting, scene to write!

The hardest challenge of all was having the Doctor meet himself. For a start, he knows everything he is going to say. If you met yourself you’d probably find yourself slightly dull. And the Doctor can never be boring because most of all he hates being bored. The Doctor is an explorer, a bit of an adrenaline junkie, desperately hungry for new experiences. The universe is so huge and inexhaustible that he can’t bear to sit still. There’s no part of him that thinks that he’s a hero, there to promote justice in the universe. He just stumbles into situations by accident and, because he’s a decent and kind man, always tries to help. But really, all he’s after is new experiences. If you could talk to him he would say, “So many stars, so many planets, so many things to be understood – how can anyone bear to sit down?” He would ban the whole idea of chairs from the universe.

The moment that revealed most about the Doctor during this episode was when John Hurt’s Doctor says to his future selves, “What made you so ashamed of being a grown-up?” They both look at him… it’s him! They don’t want to be like him, and have rejected every single thing he’s like. At which point a lot of things become clear. You suddenly see David and Matt as men trying to repress the memory of the brutal old warrior they once were, and puppying around the place in order to prove that they’re charming and lovely and more human than ever, almost as a denial that they’d ever done anything so dark.

But now all that is over. In Matt Smith’s final episode he spent a thousand years on a planet watching everybody else age to death, while he ages very slowly. The Doctor is being taught a lesson. He’s not a human being, however much he larks around pretending he is. He is different and it’s time to stop play-acting. He goes back to being the trickier version of the Doctor, the fiercer alien wanderer. He’s not apologising, he’s not flirting with you – that’s over. That’s what the Doctor was like after the Time War but he’s not like that any more. He’s gone back and he’s changed it. Now he can go back to being a bit more Time Lordy.

Enter Peter Capaldi. There is something about Peter’s demeanour, his eyes, his attitude – he’s tremendously bright and that comes out on screen. When you choose a Doctor, you want somebody who is utterly compelling, attractive in a very odd way. None of the Doctors are conventionally attractive, but they’re all arresting. Handsome men don’t quite suit. Matt Smith’s a young, good-looking bloke from one angle but is actually the strangest looking man from another. You need that oddity; you need somebody who is carved out of solid star, really. Doctor Who is a whopping great star vehicle, despite the fact it changes star every so often. And so it really is built around the abilities, the charm, the magnetism of a succession of different actors. I’ve cast Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and John Hurt, but the truth is, they all cast themselves – the easiest thing to spot in the world is sheer brilliance.

I always thought Matt, while a very young man, had something of the demeanour of a much older man, whereas Peter is a man in his 50s but is terribly boyish and young at times. I like the Doctors to have mixed messages about what age they are – you can’t really pin them down. The Doctors are all the same Doctor really, at the end of the day, but you can slide the faders up and down. And to emphasise the senior consultant over the medical student for once reminds people that he’s actually a terrifying old beast. Typically, Matt’s method would do that, too: occasionally just turn cold and you’d think, “You’re not really a puppy are you?” Just like Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will sometimes remind me he’s a big kid at heart.

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor is nominated for the Bafta Radio Times Audience Award. Tune into BBC1 at 8:00pm on Sunday to find out who wins.

via Radio Times

Matt Smith & David Tennant: Our Doctors’ Differences – The Day of the Doctor – Doctor Who 50th – BBC – YouTube   Leave a comment


Matt Smith & David Tennant on working together and the differences between their Doctors, behind the scenes of The Day of the Doctor – the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special.

Posted December 9, 2013 by Whoogle News in 50th Aniversary, WhoTube Video's

Behind the Lens – The Day of the Doctor – Doctor Who 50th Anniversary – BBC – YouTube   Leave a comment


As Doctor Who celebrates 50 years, we go behind the lens on the year’s most anticipated television drama. Voiced by the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, we catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. It’s a rollercoaster ride and a time to celebrate. Features Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt, as well as lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, discussing their 50th Anniversary experiences.

The Reunion: Doctor Who – YouTube   Leave a comment


Sue MacGregor reunites five people who created and starred in the first series of a television landmark, Doctor Who. Fifty years later, those who crammed nervously into the BBC’s Lime Grove Studios in 1963 recount the triumphs and disasters that ushered in the longest running science-fiction series in the world.

When Canadian TV executive Sydney Newman was drafted in to revitalise the BBC Drama department in the early 1960’s, his idea for an ageing time-traveller who would illuminate both human history and Alien civilisations struggled to be successfully realised.

After a number of other directors refused to work on the project, a 24 year-old Waris Hussein took the job. The only Indian-born director within the BBC at that time, he felt the stern gaze of the ‘old order’ upon his work.

The first episode was recorded on the day President Kennedy was assassinated and transmitted the next day, despite concerns that the show might be postponed.

Doctor Who was played by the British actor William Hartnell. His sharp, sometimes grumpy demeanour came out of his increasing difficulty in learning the scripts, but the audience immediately took him to their hearts and the series had nearly six million viewers by Christmas.

Joining Sue MacGregor is Waris Hussein, the director of the episode, Carole Ann Ford who played the Doctor’s granddaughter and companion Susan, William Russell who played the Doctor’s right hand man Ian Chesterton, actor Jeremy Young who was the first Doctor Who enemy Caveman Kal, and television presenter Peter Purves who travelled with William Hartnell in the mid 60’s as companion Steven Taylor.

Produced by Peter Curran
Series Producer: David Prest
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

▶ Lindalee & Fans Review “The Day of the Doctor” – Doctor Who 50th Episode – YouTube   Leave a comment


While normally Lindalee can be found on her review set following each new Doctor Who episode, this time around, she found herself amidst tens of thousands of fellow Whovians at the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the show. Having watched the 50th episode on location in London, what better place and with who else better than the fans themselves to get their takes on the historic episode. Along the way, she also ran into some classic Doctor Who villains and a guest appearance Dan Starkey who plays “Strax” on the hit BBC show.

Posted November 28, 2013 by Whoogle News in 50th Aniversary, WhoTube Video's

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‘The Day of the Doctor’ Reviews and Extras   Leave a comment

\’The Day of the Doctor\’ has now been aired in the UK, here is round up of the reactions and reviews from around the web, for those of you who haven\’t seen it yet beware as this will all be considered SPOILERS.

via TARDIS Newsroom: ‘The Day of the Doctor’ Reviews and Extras.

Posted November 24, 2013 by Whoogle News in 50th Aniversary