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As the Doctor Who crew returned to Comic-Con in San Diego for its third year, the thousands of fans in attendance at the Hall H panel were treated to a first look at the 50th anniversary episode, alongside the show’s actors Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman and its executive producer Steven Moffat. Whovian Craig Ferguson moderated the panel, bantering with the audience of proud geeks with “who’s taking care of your cats while you’re here?” and navigating through the upcoming episode’s trailer.

Also on hand were David Bradley and Mark Gatiss, the star and writer, respectively, of An Adventure in Time and Space, the upcoming BBC program that looks at the origin of the series in 1963. What can you expect in the rest of this momentous year for the show? The trailer explained we’d see the Doctor’s “darkest days” and showed a whole lot of Ten/Eleven shenanigans, along with appearances from Rose Tyler and the Daleks.

When we spoke with Jenna and Matt, they confirmed the anniversary episode would include three doctors: Ten, Eleven, and the Doctor we were introduced to at the end of the most recent episode, “The Name of the Doctor,” as played by John Hurt, and Steven assured us that all plotlines around this mystery Doctor would be wrapped up within the episode.

Read on for highlights from the panel and our interviews with the group.

Favorite moment from filming the show

Jenna Coleman — “I love the TARDIS on a cloud [from the 2012 Christmas episode “The Snowmen”]. It’s so fairy tale.”

Which show character (other than their own) they’d love to play

Matt Smith — “Probably the Master.”
JC — “I’d play Strax.” Yes, the potato one!
Steven Moffat — “I’d want to be the Doctor.”

On the type of relationship the Doctor has with Clara

MS — “Clara’s different to Amy — she challenges him in a different way. He has more chances of snogging Clara.”
JC — But then again . . . “He’s kind of asexual.”

The difference between US and UK fans

MS — “You’re louder!”

How the show changed their lives

MS — “It changed everything. It changed my life and my family’s life. I’m proud and grateful to be a part of it. I also just wanted to say thank you for all your support and encouragement.”
JC — “It’s changing every day, at quite a fast rate. I kind of just get filled with the magic of it all. It’s been so great to see people on the street as Doctors and Claras; it’s really rewarding.”

Describing all Doctors, not just Eleven

SM — “He lives in the moment all the time. He never really looks back . . . I think he’s every age at once . . . Matt has done the best at combining the old man with the child. He [the Doctor] doesn’t know he’s the hero — he’d be quite surprised to know there’s a show about him.”

Could the Doctor ever be a woman?

SM — “Within the narrative of Doctor Who, it is possible that he’d be female.”


Nicole   /   07.19.2013   •  

Chatsworth House: Death Comes to Pemberley cameras take over home
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Derbyshire’s Chatsworth House is under the spotlight again as it becomes the setting for new BBC period drama, Death Comes to Pemberley.

The story is a continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and stars Matthew Rhys as Mr Darcy, who says he will be portraying a very different character to Colin Firth.

Producer David Thompson said the crew had to be careful with the valuable artefacts around the historic house while Paul Hayes from Chatsworth House it was great for visitors to see the film crews in action.

It will be screened in December.


Nicole   /   06.08.2013   •  

Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman has admitted filming her final scenes opposite Matt Smith will be an emotional experience.

“I don’t even want to pick up that script just yet!” she said in one of her first interviews since Smith announced he was leaving the BBC show.

She insisted she has no idea who will play the next Doctor.

The actress was speaking after meeting The Queen at the official opening of the BBC’s Broadcasting House.

Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s assistant Clara, said it was “such an honour” to meet Queen, and that she was the only person who did not try to quiz her about the identity of the next Doctor.

“Everybody else in the building has asked me who the next Doctor is, and I can tell you honestly we don’t know. It’s going to be a long, long search. But yes, I’m being asked that question a lot.”

She confirmed that filming on Matt Smith’s final story will not begin until the autumn. The special episode, which will be broadcast at Christmas, is also expected to introduce Smith’s successor. She said she has no preferences for what kind of actor will be cast.

“I am completely open, and I have lots of confidence in [head writer] Steven [Moffat] and all the team. And I’m sure they’re very much across it. But we shall see. I just can’t think about it yet. I think because we’ve [Matt and I] got so much left to [do]. We haven’t even begun our goodbye yet. So, I suppose that’s all I can think about at the moment.”

Since Matt Smith announced that he was leaving the BBC One show after four years there has been a large amount of speculation about his replacement.

At the moment the BBC will only confirm that the search for the 12th actor to play the Time Lord is now under way. When and how the new Doctor’s identity will be revealed is likely to depend on when an actor is chosen.

With filming for the Christmas special not beginning until the autumn, a casting announcement may not need to be made until late summer, or even later. When Matt Smith was chosen as the 11th Doctor, the news that someone had been cast and their identity was successfully kept secret for weeks.


Nicole   /   06.07.2013   •  

The 27-year-old star will of course miss Matt Smith when he leaves the show at the end of this year, but is also looking forward to the next Time Lord

“I am excited for the new Doctor, but it’s so far off in the distance,” she told Mandrake at the Glamour Women of the Year awards “We have so much still to get through including the goodbye.”

And when asked if she would have a preference to the next Doctor Who being male or female, Coleman replied: “I’m sure whoever they pick will be amazing.”

Smith will be leaving the hit BBC show at Christmas, as he focuses on his Hollywood career.


Nicole   /   06.02.2013   •  

Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman has admitted that it will be “very difficult” to say goodbye to Matt Smith. The BBC confirmed yesterday (June 1) that the actor will leave the role of the Doctor after this year’s Christmas special

“I could not have imagined coming into the show without Matt as my Doctor, holding my hand, really, quite literally. I totally lucked-out in having a creative, generous, clever, and lovely fella to work alongside day after day,” Coleman said.

“I feel so privileged to have been part of Matt’s reign, to have to been companion to what is and what I think always will be one of our greatest Doctors. He is so in love with the show, he works tirelessly hard, surprises me every day, always creating and discovering something new about the Doctor. A true gent, a leading man and a very special friend. I know it will be a very difficult goodbye for me, but I for one can’t wait to see where his career takes him next.”

Coleman will continue to appear alongside the new Doctor when the show returns in 2014.

She added: “Of course with the same welcome I was brought in with, I look forward to welcoming the next Doctor. But it’s not over ’til it’s over. See ya at the big 5-0!”