In an explosive return to the UK from the world tour, the Doctor – Peter Capaldi – and his companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, made a surprise appearance this morning at the site of a specially constructed crash-landed TARDIS on London’s Parliament Square.
Ahead of the eighth series returning to BBC One this weekend, the theme of the crashed time machine was in keeping with the feature-length opening episode, entitled Deep Breath, which sees the Doctor arrive in Victorian London to find a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions.
In front of the TARDIS and through the debris of dinosaur bones, the show’s transmission date can be seen emblazoned in the grass – Saturday 23rd August. Deep Breath airs at 7.50 PM.
Doctor Who’s companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is set to leave the hit BBC show.
The actress, 28, is believed to be quitting her role as the Time Lord’s assistant in a sensational Christmas storyline.
Her exit could bring an end to her 18 months as Clara Oswald, creating a vacancy for another sidekick to star alongside new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.
Yesterday a source said: “The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which is being ironed out.
“By the time she leaves she will be one of the longest-standing companions ever. She has been absolutely brilliant in the role, but everyone agrees it is a part that should change after a period.”
The source added: “It was very much a mutual decision.
“It’s important to keep the series moving and fast-paced, and the time is just starting to feel right and the feeling is that it could be a perfect Christmas storyline.”
The Doctor’s “companion” has become a key part of the success of the iconic sci-fi series, which returns to our screens on Saturday.
There have been almost 60 since the launch in 1963.
Other stars who have occupied the role include Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, Catherine Tate as Donna Noble and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler.
Speculation had been rife among the show’s fans about whether Jenna’s character Clara would have a romantic liaison with new star Capaldi, 56, who takes over from Matt Smith.
However boss Steven Moffatt dismissed the suggestion but hinted that Clara’s relationship with the Doctor is set to change dramatically with Peter Capaldi’s arrival.
He explained last month: “He’s not as immediately approachable and he’s not necessarily looking for your approval.
“I would like to restore the sense that when he says, ‘Wait here, I’ll be back’, you really hope he’ll be back, but you’re not absolutely convinced. What he’s not doing is reassuring you very much.”
And he added that the impact on his companion would be clear, explaining: “From a Doctor she could sort-of control because he had a crush on her, she’s landed with a Doctor who barely registers that she’s a girl.
“They’re great friends and all that but she has to be his human interface with everybody else.”
Adding that the series will become “more serious”, he said: “One of the watchwords we have this year is there are consequences for choosing to live like this.
“It’s not a fairy-tale – we want to make it feel that these adventures can hurt.”
The BBC refused to comment on Jenna-Louise’s exit.
via Mirror Online.
The latest stop on the Doctor Who World Tour was New York City. We caught up with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman during an iconic photoshoot at the top of the Rockefeller Center, and spoke to them about the rousing reception they were given by American fans at the US premiere of series 8, “Deep Breath”, at the Ziegfeld Theater.
Yes, yes. We know. The Doctor can’t land in New York anymore. Not after that sad business with the Ponds. But a little temporal instability wasn’t going to stop Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and Jenna Coleman from meeting American Doctor Who fans!
Catch the best bits from the Doctor Who World Tour fan event in New York City, filmed on the 14th August in the Ziegfeld Theatre which is a Bow Tie Cinema. Bow Tie cinemas are cool.
Doctor Who’s whirlwind global tour landed in New York City today with Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman, and new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
After a press event where a Cyberman came by to delete people upon request, the press were treated to a screening. We can’t reveal details just yet (if for no other reason than Steven Moffat jokingly threatened to take our children hostage if we did), but I can tell you nine days from now fans are in for a hell of a ride.
Here are the top non-spoilery facts we learned today.
1. There is a new title sequence created by a fan
The new title sequence is a huge departure from anything we have seen so far. The audio is the familiar da-da-da-da, only with a stronger baseline and less techno-glitz. It’s definitely a case of less is more. The imagery has a steam-punk feel with gears of clockwork dominating as the TARDIS swirls through the Time Vortex.
2. Peter Capaldi draws you in without over selling it
Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara, said it best when she said she was drawn to Peter Capaldi’s performance not because he runs around the TARDIS flapping his arms and saying, “look at me.” His Doctor is quieter and more internal than recent incarnations. He draws you in and you want to know more because you want to know him on a personal level. Jenna stated, “the room comes to him, he doesn’t go to the room.”
3. Nods to other Doctors
There will be nods to other Doctors from time-to-time. In the episode that is coming up on August 23, there are two nods: one to a classic Doctor and one to a more modern one. Nonetheless, there will not be any ongoing quirks or ticks from previous Doctors that Capaldi will regularly incorporate into this performance. His Doctor is his own man.
4. Don’t worry… things will blow up
Steven Moffat assures fans that there will still be plenty of explosions and chase sequences despite the fact that Peter Capaldi is older than recent Doctors. In speaking about the magic of the character, and why the Doctor is timeless, Moffat stated, “The Doctor doesn’t know he’s a hero. He’s just a man who can’t drive a time machine properly.”
5. The fanboy moment
Every Doctor has a moment when his inner 10-year-old boy comes out. According to both Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat, it was when after a chase sequence through an airshaft, Peter Capaldi popped his head out and said with great enthusiasm, “CYBERMEN!” (Capaldi adored that moment, “when else do you get to do these things!”
6. Talking to Daleks
… is harder than you’d think. Nick Briggs does the voice off camera, the motion operator is off to another side, and then there’s the actor in the Dalek contraption who Capaldi rehearses with before hand when he isn’t in costume. It all came together for Capaldi when Briggs did the voice. Incidentally, Peter Capaldi did a spot on, spontaneous imitation of Nick Briggs’ Dalek voice that was so good the audience broke out in applause. It caused Moffat to quip, “Well, we could save a lot of money there. Budget cuts and you have double duty.”
7. Filming locations
This series is pretty much limiting itself to outer space and the U.K. Jenna Coleman stated, “We’re very domestic, actually.” Moffat isn’t ruling out travel in the future, but it’s not happening in the current series.
8. On the various fan responses
Unsurprisingly, Moffat is not a wild Twitter fan. He shared a tip he received from Gale Ann Hurd (executive producer of The Walking Dead): “You can’t mistake Twitter with the voice of the fans.” On the other hand, he loves fan ideas when it comes to well executed and thought out creativity rather than a 140 character comment. An example: He used fan talent that was pointed out to him on YouTube to do their new title sequence which he felt was better than anything they had come up with in-house (see below). Jenna Coleman also spoke up about loving the art that the fans come up with and the costumes.
9. On adjusting to each other
Jenna Coleman says the look of disbelief on her face when Clara sees the Doctor in action for the first time in the debut episode is real. She watched Peter Capaldi “throw 1,000 things at the wall” in his performance and was amazed at the creativity. Peter spoke about them getting to know each other as people just as the Doctor and Clara are on screen, and he thinks it works to their advantage.
10. On living the dream
Peter Capaldi has been a Doctor Who fan since he was a 5 years old. He credits previous Doctors like William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee for having more influence on him wanting to be an actor and his acting style than English actor Laurence Olivier ever did. It’s obvious that he can’t wait to explore more of the Doctor – his face lights up every time he talks about it.
Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor when Doctor Who returns on Saturday, 23 August with a feature-length episode called Deep Breath. In this interview, Peter discusses the iconic role, working with Jenna Coleman and filming his incredible first series…
Question: Can you describe your emotions on the first day when you stepped on set as the Doctor?
Peter Capaldi: I was frightened and excited. My first proper day was stepping out of the TARDIS into a brand new world, which was exactly what was happening to me. Of course being inside the TARDIS you’re just inside a big box really. It’s not bigger on the inside, it’s just a prop and you’re in there with Jenna and a prop man who you’ve never met before. It was all a bit cosy. But it is frightening because you have to take on the challenge of this role, but at the same time it’s exhilarating because you are getting to step out the TARDIS as Doctor Who, and that’s an iconic role and a great position to be in.
Q: How are you feeling ahead of the new series starting?
PC: Apprehensive, excited, and keen.
Q: What have fans got to look forward to this series?
PC: They can look forward to some scary episodes, and some funny ones, and a Doctor who is difficult to keep up with, and who is more alien than perhaps we’ve seen for a while.
Q: Since the show returned in 2005 have you always hoped the role would come your way?
PC: I was always interested but I never thought they’d come to me. So I was always interested because I liked the show very much, and I loved Chris (Eccleston), David (Tennant) and Matt (Smith). All of them I think have been fabulous. But I was always interested in being in it. I was always hoping someone would call me and say ‘What do you think of coming and being in an episode? – but I never thought they would think of me as Doctor Who.
Q: Have you received any advice from any of the other Doctors?
PC: Yes Matt and David. We are often in touch, they have been very good. David did take me for a coffee before it had been announced, and he just pointed out to me that I would become more visible and that my life would change in some way.
Q: You are a big Doctor Who fan. Is that an added pressure or an advantage?
PC: Both. It does add to the pressure because you’re hugely aware of how well the role has been played by previous incumbents, but at the same time you have a sort of relationship with it that that doesn’t have to be acted. It’s a knowledge and a closeness to it that takes you a long way down the road. You almost instinctively know what it is. You can recognise what it is and what it should be, because it’s in your DNA.
Q: Have you tried to take any mementos from on set yet?
PC: No I haven’t, I don’t need any mementos – I’m Doctor Who!
Q: What has been the best thing so far about being the Doctor?
PC: It’s working with all of these gifted people, because the crew, the designers and the cast are all so good at what they do. To be working with people who are so great at their jobs is a wonderful thing, and it’s a highly imaginative place to be in the studio when this is all going on. It’s fabulous from the point of view that you’re doing things you would never have done in other television shows. There isn’t another television show like it, where the central character can be blown up, or materialised underneath the sea or be in outer space. So to turn up every time you start a new episode and be submerged in a totally new world is certainly one of the best things about it. To be able to have the privilege of looking after this character for a while is the best thing about it for me. It’s that you’ve been given this very precious thing, and it’s your responsibility to try and keep him aflame until the next person comes along. You’re looking after the character and it looks after you too.
Q: Has there been a sequence you’ve particularly enjoyed filming?
PC: I’ve just been filming a sequence in which I have to be suspended on wires, 20 feet in the air for a whole day, and people kept worrying about me and saying ‘Are you OK? Are you alright?’ But it was fantastic! It was like being nine years old. To be carted up into the air on wires to pretend to fly, I was Doctor Who and Superman. It was absolutely brilliant. You know you’re safe and everyone is there looking after you. Where else is a man of my age going to be attached to wires and flung around a room? I think being on the wires is great fun.
Q: How do you feel about being the joint oldest Doctor?
PC: I think you learn to pace yourself and you recognise the dangers. Everybody counselled me about how physical the role is, but that’s great! It’s like exercise, you don’t have to go to the gym. You just come and play Doctor Who and run up and down corridors being chased by monsters, and run away from explosions. It keeps you fit, but obviously when you’ve been around the block a little bit like I have, you can actually say ‘I’m not running over that thing over there, that looks too dangerous.’ You can pace yourself more, and that’s what I’ve done. So touch wood we’re nearly there, and I’m surrounded by a great team who look after me. I think too much is made of my age, who cares? Doctor Who is over 2000 years old…
Q: What sort of response have you had from Doctor Who fans so far?
PC: My relationship with fans, either when I’ve met them or when they’ve written to me, that’s all been wonderful and kind and positive. It’s a delightful thing when people are pleased to meet Doctor Who, because Doctor Who is far more interesting than I am. So I get his smiles. The welcome look on people’s faces is because they’re meeting Doctor Who, not me. The fans have been wonderful, those that I’ve met. I’m not a creature of the internet, so I’m not out there finding out what people are saying, but I hope we will meet a lot more people. Especially with the world tour I’m going to meet lots of people. But genuinely the fans I have met have been very positive and a great support to me. That’s lovely. I know what Doctor Who fans are like because I am a Doctor Who fan myself. They’re good people.
Q: Are you looking forward to the audience reaction?
PC: It depends what it is. That’s the truth. It depends if they like me or not. The thing I do know because I’m a fan of Doctor Who is that if there are a lot of people who don’t like me, there will also be some people who really like me, and that’s quite a nice feeling. That’s the nature of the show. People will take sides.
Q: How has it been having Jenna on set to share the experience with?
PC: She’s great. Jenna has been absolutely brilliant. I think she’s wonderful in the show, and she’s my favourite companion. She’s been so welcoming to me and so warm. I couldn’t have wished for anyone better to welcome me to the show. She’s just been delightful to work with, so I hope we can carry on doing that.
See Peter Capaldi in the latest trailers and teasers!
Jenna Coleman first appeared in Doctor Who in September, 2012 and as companion Clara Oswald she’s stood up to Cybermen, sunk in a submarine and been caught in the epic Time War. But now she might just be facing her biggest challenge yet as she comes to terms with having a new Doctor… In this interview, Jenna Coleman talks about what’s in store for Clara, shooting the new series and, of course, Peter Capaldi…
Question: How is Clara feeling about having a new Doctor?
Jenna Coleman: For Clara it unbalances her and throws everything up in the air. She has gone from feeling safe – in moments of danger the Doctor would catch her – and thinking she had it all sussed, then suddenly this new guy has come along who she can’t quite access in the same way. He’s removed, he’s not as patient, and he’s much more alien and enigmatic. It’s really hard for her. Her best friend is a changed person, and it is a very difficult for her to accept that and move forward.
Q: What is Clara’s relationship like with the Doctor?
JC: It’s interesting because it’s a really changed dynamic. It’s very funny, there’s a lot of bickering. There’s no one that can wind her up as much as this Doctor can, because he’s just a loose cannon. He has this mad curiosity. It puts Clara out of her comfort zone and totally out of control, so we see the control freak in her really ramp up. What I think is really good about it is it’s an unlikely friendship. Even if she wanted to leave she can’t, because she’s bonded to him. He absolutely infuriates her. He annoys her. No one else can wind her up quite like it – but she just loves him. The friendship is strange and charming.
Q: Would you say the tone of the show has changed this year?
JC: It feels different. The pace is different, and the tone. It’s definitely darker, but again I think it’s because the Doctor is much more removed and not as accessible to humans. The show feels complex, and the Doctor is complicated. He’s this heroic figure but he can’t quite accept he’s a hero. It’s also the Doctor getting to know himself again as well as the audience, and Clara, getting to know him. There’s definitely this element of beginning again as there always is with a regeneration. He’s much more of a tough cookie, and there’s fierceness to it now I think. Peter is just so dynamic as well, he’s a firecracker. That is really interesting for Clara, because when they go on these adventures – yes it’s fun and it is full of adventure – but actually it is dangerous as well. The risk-taking is heightened.
Q: What is in store for Clara this series? Do we learn anything new about her?
JC: You see a lot more of her home life. We see how she lives her life, and how she lives a double life. Spending time at home, being a teacher and living a normal life, and then very separately sneaking off and having these mad, wonderful, magical adventures with the Doctor. Actually, it is quite exhausting for her. She’s trying to keep a lid on it, and she arrives back at school soaking wet with seaweed on her shoulder for example, and she has to explain that. It’s a theme throughout the series, lying and why we lie, lying to protect someone you love. It’s this web of lies that she gets herself tangled in.
Q: How have you found working with Peter?
JC: It’s been a joy. He’s so funny and so generous. That’s one of the things from day one on the shoot. He was looking after me on his first day, which I just think is testament to the type of man he is. He is the epitome of grace. He is that kind of man that takes care of all of those around him. Despite all of that, he’s just so skilled and so brave and bold in the choices that he makes, and really clever and dynamic. What I love about him is that he’s so prepped and immersed in the job, but then at a moment’s notice he’s not afraid to abandon any plan and try something else. He’s a really fearless actor that’s very generous to those around him. We just have such a laugh as well. We’ve laughed the whole way through the series together.
Q: Did you find yourself showing Peter the ropes?
JC: There’s silly basic things you can do like “there’s the canteen”. Silly things like that. What I really wanted to do was be as open as possible to change from the start, and also just make him feel supported and that he could try anything. I’d be up for trying anything. It was about being totally open with each other and trying to get that relationship as soon as possible so that we could get the best out of it. Also to allow him to really be able to explore, because that’s the kind of actor he is. He’s very explorative on set as well, so just being as responsive as I could to that so he could explore and find his Doctor. It’s been amazing to watch actually, especially watching episode one, and to see where he’s got to now having just finished the series. It’s a massive growth.
Q: What can you tell us about Clara’s relationship with Danny?
JC: She meets a man called Danny Pink – a teacher – who’s charming and lovely. He’s that perfect boyfriend really and is very supportive, but he doesn’t know anything about this double life she lives. She tries to hide it from him whilst at the same time falling in love. She becomes very torn between the two. It’s almost as if she’s having an affair, without having an affair, but the lying becomes more and more. Basically she’s trying to manage the two, and have these two men in her life. It becomes quite a hurtful thing and quite a hard thing for her because she’s totally torn between the two, and trying to have both at once without being able to do it successfully.
Q: What’s it been like working with Sam Anderson?
JC: It’s been great. He’s a dream. I think he’s going to be really popular in the show. He’s very laid back, very cool and collected, and he plays the trumpet in-between takes as well on set! He’s lovely. I do feel sorry for his character though, as he’s got this girlfriend who is completely stressed every time she appears after coming back from being with the Doctor.
Jenna Coleman returns as Clara in Deep Breath on 23 August… See a trailer for the adventure now!
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat will all attend the Leicester Square premiere of Doctor Who series eight.
Zoe Ball will host the August 23 event, comprised of a special screening and question and answer session.
The session will be streamed live to participating cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
As well as the exclusive Q&A session, the event will feature a never-before-seen video from an upcoming Doctor Who DVD release and behind-the-scenes footage from series eight opener ‘Deep Breath’.
“A year has passed since one of the most truly exciting and indeed most covert of my professional engagements – introducing Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor,” said Ball.
“Like all Doctor Who fans I am ticking off the days until his first appearance as the Twelfth Doctor and so am overjoyed to be hosting the Q&A with Peter, Jenna and Steven and continuing adventures with our favourite time traveller.”
Tickets for Doctor Who: ‘Deep Breath’ in cinemas – including a limited number for the Leicester Square event – are on sale now across the world. Participating cinemas and further details can be found at doctorwho.tv/watch/cinema.
via Digital Spy.