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Nicole • December 21, 2013

With his debut only one week away, Current Doctor Who and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, have been discussing their thoughts and hopes for Peter Capaldi as he takes his place in the shows history.

When Matt Smith announced his decision to leave the hugely popular BBC family sci-fi entertainment show earlier this year the entire planet felt the sharp grip of disappointment, but cast your minds back to when it was announced he had been given the role in the first place!

Matt Smith, only 26 years of age at the time, was not the people’s first choice as The Doctor, with many people saying he was too young and too inexperienced, but didn’t he just prove everyone wrong?

So, with the public response to his appointment in mind, we can’t help but feel more than a little excited as to what his successor, The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi will bring to the table, especially as when it was announced that he was to be the 12th Doctor the entire world applauded, instantly accepting that he was by far the best man for the job.

But it isn’t just us who are excited to meet the new Doctor, his companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is excited too, as she has been quoted by Digital Spy as saying that the Scottish actor will “take the show in an interesting [new] direction”, adding:

“He’s going to be so different to Matt [Smith]. It will be a different show next year. We have a bit of a gap before we start filming the new series, so I have time to get my head around it all. Me and Peter will get together before Christmas to start rehearsing and the scripts will start coming in. It’s funny as I don’t think he was one of the names that was originally being speculated about,” she said. “It wasn’t until the week before [the official announcement] that his name came up.”

Meanwhile Matt Smith, who will generate into Capaldi in next week’s Christmas Day Special The Time of the Doctor, has also praised the actor, describing his appointment as “incredible” as well as admitting that as a fan he is “genuinely excited” to watch Capaldi in action, adding:

“I had lunch with Peter Capaldi shortly after the announcement and I think he’s just going to be incredible,” said the 31-year-old. “He has the most brilliant ideas. As a fan, I’m genuinely excited to see what he’s going to do because I think he’s going to do something extraordinary.”

However, the How To Catch A Monster star went on to reveal that he may find it difficult to watch a new Doctor in his place, explaining:
“It might take me a couple of weeks to get my head around it. I think it was the same for David [Tennant] and I think it was the same for Karen [Gillan], when she watched Jenna [Coleman] come in. I don’t think it’s easy, but it’s not my show, it’s the fans’ show. So I’ll be a fan and then it will be my show.”

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor is due to hit our BBC1 screens at 7.30pm this Christmas Day.


Nicole • December 20, 2013

Jenna Coleman is going to be all over our TV screens this Christmas. The Doctor Who star has landed a new role on the BBC which couldn’t be more different from her character as the Doctor’s sidekick.

The 27 year old is set to appear in new three-part drama, ‘Death Comes To Pemberley,’ which airs on Boxing Day.

Jenna told Digital Spy: “It’s been lovely…It’s been very liberating. It’s nice to be able to [explore] a completely different period [and] a lovely role.”

‘Death Comes To Pemberley’ is a series set six years after Jane Austen’s ‘Pride And Prejudice,’ it is based on the novel by PD James. Jenna looked gorgeous on set as they filmed the new period drama in York.

Coleman went on to say: “[Austen’s book is] very rich and when something is as rich as that, you can do lots of adaptations and they can be completely different.”

The star recently won a TV Times Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2013. It’s definitely turning out to be Jenna’s year! She joked to Digital Spy: “I’m going to be annoying a lot of people come Christmas…But my grandma will be very happy!”

But don’t worry Doctor Who fans, Jenna will still be starring in the Christmas special and new series of Doctor Who alongside the newest Time Lord, Peter Capaldi.

With Matt Smith’s exit upon us, Jenna Louise Coleman has revealed that the next series of doctor Who will be “different”.

Speaking to Digital Spy, the actress who made her official début on the show earlier this year, said: “It will be a different show next year. We have a bit of a gap before we start filming the new series, so I have time to get my head around it all.”

Jenna who plays character, Clara Oswald on the sci-fi series also told Digital Spy: “Me and Peter will get together before Christmas to start rehearsing and the scripts will start coming in.”


Nicole • December 12, 2013

In the interviews below, its writer – Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat – and its stars, Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Orla Brady share their thoughts about the story, filming the special and saying farewell to the Eleventh Doctor…

Question: How did you find the read-through? Was it emotional?
Jenna Coleman:
It was a very emotional read-through. Just going through the process of saying goodbye was difficult. The script itself is very emotional, but also joyous. But saying those words and saying goodbye was never going to be easy.

Q: Is there a sense from the start of the episode that we’re moving towards a regeneration?
JC: It’s very much an adventure, but it goes off on a different track. People watching will know that it’s Matt’s last episode, but it doesn’t loom over from the start.

Q: We were introduced to Clara as the impossible girl last year. Are we going to find out more about her family background?
Absolutely. I think there had to be a sense of mystery last year to make the plot work. What’s really interesting is that it does feel like we’re starting again and we get to see her home life as well as her life with the Doctor.

Q: From a few pictures that have been released there are some of you cooking Christmas dinner. Have you ever done that in real life?
My mum does the Christmas cooking. It couldn’t be any other way.

Q: Are you looking forward to filming next year with Peter?
It will be a different show next year. We have a bit of a gap before we start filming the new series, so I have time to get my head around it all. Me and Peter will get together before Christmas to start rehearsing and the scripts will start coming in. I think when I came in I think there was just a week off in production where Arthur and Karen left, so that would have been a strange shift. This episode is very much about Matt and the Eleventh Doctor and Clara and the Eleventh Doctor and their last adventure together. I have no idea where we’re going to next series!

Q: Where will you be watching the special this year? Will you be at home?
Yeah I think so. Last year the whole family got a cottage together where mum still did the Christmas cooking. We’ll definitely all be together.

Q: What was your reaction when you heard the next Doctor was Peter Capaldi?
It was kind of that moment ‘of course, makes sense’. It’s funny as I don’t think he was one of the names that was originally being speculated about and it wasn’t until the week before that his name came up. He’s going to be so different to Matt and take the show in an interesting direction.

Q: When were you told?
Matt and I were told together during the Royal visit to Roath Lock studios. We could tell something was going on and we managed to pin the producers down and get it out of them!

Q: How hard was it to keep the secret?
I think I’ve learnt my lesson in that the best thing to do is not to tell anybody and then you don’t have your own paranoia that you’ve let something out.

Q: What will you miss about working with Matt?
Everything! When you’re reading a scene with him he can turn anything on its head. He’s so inventive, clever and very funny. There’s just so much that I’ll miss about him.


Nicole • November 25, 2013

After a spectacular night of global celebration for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven Moffat was presented with the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama, following a global campaign from BBC Worldwide that saw The Day of the Doctor broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents.

The award was presented by to Steven ahead of his first panel appearance today (November 24th) at the Doctor Who Celebration, a special three-day event spanning the anniversary weekend at London’s ExCeL. Cast members Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman were also in attendance along with thousands of fans from across the world.

On receiving the award, Steven Moffat says: “For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!”

Tim Davie, CEO BBC Worldwide (the BBC’s commercial arm) says: “We knew we were attempting something unprecedented in broadcast history, not only because Doctor Who is a drama, unlike a live feed event such as a World Cup football match or a Royal Wedding, but because we had to deliver the episode in advance to the four corners of the world so that it could be dubbed and subtitled into 15 different languages. If there was any doubt that Doctor Who is one of the world’s biggest TV shows, this award should put that argument to rest – and how fitting for it to receive such an accolade in its 50th year.”

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, who presented the award, added: “Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people.”

In addition to the TV broadcast, over 1500 cinemas worldwide, including in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia, will show the episode in spectacular 3D with over half a million tickets sold.

In the run up to the 50th Anniversary, fans of the show across the world have been out in full force to be part of a global event. In Sweden and Norway where the programme has no client broadcaster, fans successfully petitioned to get their local cinemas to screen the episode. Similarly, fans in Argentina pushed a major cinema chain into showing the special simultaneously. In the US, an initial 10,000 cinema tickets sold out in 28 minutes without any marketing or advertising and in Germany, Cinemaxx, one of the largest cinema chains reported that the special had been the fastest non-movie pre-sale in their history.


Thanks to Sandi for her help with the photos!

Nicole • November 24, 2013

Jenna-Louise Coleman wishes she could have done her own stunts for the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary.

The brunette beauty – who plays the Timelord’s companion Clara – envies her co-star Matt Smith as he was able to do more of the physical work in filming as time constraints meant body doubles had to be drafted in for most of the spectacular stunts in ‘The Day of the Doctor’.

Discussing a scene where Matt hangs over Trafalgar Square in London, she told SFX magazine: “I did a bit of it – we filmed in the first half of it and we actually got swung on the crane from side to side, and I was fully harnessed and belted in. Apparently it was a time issue with us all doing our own stunts. But I wanted to – when else are you going to do that in Trafalgar Square?”

The episode sees past stars David Tenant and Billie Piper – a former Timelord and companion Rose Tyler – return to the BBC One show, and Jenna admits she enjoyed working with them as it meant she and Matt got to spend longer with them than they usually do with co-stars.

She said: “I like having the big ensembles because often it’s me and Matt and people come and go away every two weeks, so it was nice to have people around for a longer period of time.”

Billie filmed her last ‘Doctor Who’ scenes in 2007, though she made a brief return two years later, and Jenna-Louise thinks it was probably “strange” for her to come back at first.

She said: “I think it must be very strange for her to come back to Cardiff [where the show is set] after so long but to be honest, David had spoken to her and he said something like, ‘She’s verging on giddy’, so I think she’s pretty excited to be back.”