Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world’s favourite space-and-time-travelling adventurer with the latest range of TITANS from the BBC and Titan Merchandise – a multiverse of figures to collect!
This 11 character 50th Anniversary set is based upon the BBC’s unique hit TV show and includes ALL numbered Doctors to date – from 1963’s First Doctor to 2013’s Eleventh Doctor!
Each figure is 3″ blind-boxed and comes with a character specific accessory.
PLUS: Hidden chase figures for you to hunt and collect!
These great figures are supplied as a 20 figure ‘Counter Display Case’. Guaranteeing you’ll receive ALL of the core 11 TITANS designs in each wave and up to two of the rare chase figures.
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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.
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
To mark the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, I present every story ever transmitted plus all the spin-offs and character returns in other visual media.
50 Years of Doctor Who compressed into thirteen minutes.
A big thank you to those who so kindly contributed to this video – to David J Howe, Richard Bignell, Simeon Carter and to Robert Haynes & Quinton Kyle Hoover, all of whom have helped to make this video complete.
Also a massive thank you to the very talented John Guilor, Peter Walsh and Jonathon Carley, who gave their time and vocal talents so generously for the benefit of all fans.
Happy 50th birthday Doctor Who!
For the first time since “The Tenth Planet” (with William Hartnell as The Doctor), the TARDIS arrives in Antarctica, this time on November the 23rd, 2013 for the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who”!
This is a compilation of actual video shot in Antarctica on the 23rd of November, 2013, with an actual TARDIS model. This also may be the first time a TARDIS has ever physically been on the southern continent, and is at the very least the first documented video of a TARDIS in Antarctica.
Ed & Cynthia Justus of Hawai’i, USA, orchestrated the effort as a unique way to make sure that the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who” was being celebrated all over the world, literally.
The only added special visual effect is for the time vortex, otherwise everything seen here is completely unaltered video (hence the string), using only a fade effect to bring about the TARDIS materialization.
Please enjoy and share with your fellow “Doctor Who” enthusiasts! We hope it at the very least makes you smile or chuckle, for what it’s worth. Thank you to all that helped with and participated in this video, and also in celebrating the 50th anniversary of such a remarkable show.
Happy 50th Anniversary, DOCTOR WHO!
Watch EXCLUSIVE interviews with stars MATT SMITH & DAVID TENNANT, and Lead Writer & Executive Producer STEVEN MOFFAT on DOCTOR WHO as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
Part of DOCTOR WHO Takeover Week, leading into the 50th Anniversary Special “The Day of The Doctor” *** SAT NOVEMBER 23 at 2:50pm ET *** on BBC AMERICA. #SaveTheDay
Tonight, immediately before and after the brilliant Atlantis (BBC One, 8.25pm) there will be ‘stings’ for The Day of the Doctor that reveal the ident which will be used for the episode, plus a hashtag that (hopefully!) you’ll soon be very familiar with…
We recently announced a raft of programmes that will be help celebrate the Doctor’s anniversary but stand by for several surprises en route to the 50th… One of them is a brand new trailer, specially written and shot for The Day of the Doctor. It’s never been seen before and is currently in post-production. Bold, brilliant and unexpected, it promises to be an ideal way to look forward to the big day – 23 November.
We’ll bring you that trailer as soon as we can, but in the meantime, here’s a shot from behind the scenes of its production. And don’t forget to catch the stings tonight on BBC One around Atlantis! If they’re on a little late for you, don’t worry, we’ll have them right here on the official site so you can watch for weeks after they air!
via BBC – Blogs – Doctor Who