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Old 03-03-2010, 17:26   #1241
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I hope they don't cock up the weeping angels. The doctor tussling with one of them in the trailer doesnt fill me with hope. That CAN'T happen.

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Only Vampires in Venice sounds a bit naff
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Sounds interesting if you consider the part of the vampire myth which says they can't cross running water or something like that.
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its series 5/31. end of. and

really looking forward to this now, after the disappointment of the specials last year. roll on Easter

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I'm very much looking forward to the new series, I'm not expecting a massive change from the RTD era, but my interest has seriously waned (bar a few standout eps) for the last couple of seasons and specials. Too much running around and shouting for me generally.
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A couple of nice new pictures of karen here:

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Nice, though if she's anything like Carey Mulligan then she'll be hooking up with Shia Ledouche within the year.
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Interview with the new Dr

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On me Head!(pics from episode 11 of the new series - see The Doctor have a kickabout with Corden's character while both are dressed in strips with 'Kings Arms' on the front.)

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Doctor Who Tour:
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The 11th Doctor embarks on his maiden voyage... with a whistle-stop tour presenting five regional premieres across the UK
Belfast, Inverness, Sunderland, Salford, Northampton

Doctor Who will begin an exciting national tour across the UK in March, introducing the new Doctor to fans of the series in five different locations spanning the length and breadth of the British Isles.

The tour will introduce the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, and his Companion, Karen Gillan, to fans of the BBC One show and offer them a unique chance to meet the stars.

Each location will also host a regional premiere of episode one, The Eleventh Hour, for local children, working alongside BBC Outreach to enable kids to get a first look at the new Doctor in action.

Matt and Karen will travel around the UK on a specially themed Doctor Who tour bus, featuring the new TARDIS logo and iconic imagery.

BBC Outreach proactively takes the BBC into specific communities and sections of society, and has been integral in organising and supporting the tour.

The focus of the tour is to reach relatively under-served communities by the BBC.

The Doctor's maiden voyage will commence on 29 March in Belfast, and then travel to Karen Gillan's home town, Inverness, for a screening on 30 March.

The bus will then move on to Sunderland that afternoon and Salford on Wednesday 31 March before finishing later that day in Northampton – Matt Smith's hometown.

Following the tour, from 1 to 3 April, the BBC will also hold events for three days at selected BBC Big Screens across the UK giving Doctor Who fans in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Plymouth and Swansea the chance to interact directly with the show in their home towns.

The events will feature exclusive footage – including the chance to see the Doctor Who trailer in 3D – and giveaways, and fans can also get their photo taken tumbling through the giant vortex.

Visitors will be able to meet some of the scariest monsters that have had viewers watching from behind their sofa for generations as well.

Piers Wenger, Executive Producer, and Head of Drama, BBC Wales, said: "This is a great opportunity for the new Doctor and his Companion to interface directly with the people who matter most to Doctor Who: the fans.

"The chance to visit them in their hometowns will ensure that the 11th Doctor's maiden voyage is an utterly magical one."

Alec McGivan, Head of BBC Outreach, added: "Outreach is all about getting face to face with people so they can get involved and experience the BBC in a different and exciting way – we're delighted to be able to take one of the BBC's best loved brands out to its audience."

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Belfast!

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Press Launch was yesterday so expect a few tidbits to come out over the next few days.

Trailer for Episode 1 will be on Saturday and you will be able to view the 1st minute of the episode on the "Red Button" (and maybe online) from the 28th March.

Anyway here are a few bits and bobs:
Who's the new Doctor?

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Who Fever Begins
There was a screening of “Eleventh Hour”, the first full episode of Matt Smith-era Doctor Who, in Cardiff tonight. Of course, SFX was there and we’ll have a report for you tomorrow, but in the meantime, there’s a new clip from the episode on the BBC website, at the end of a great little interview with a manic Matt Smith. There’s also a non-spoilery review of the episode by the BBC’s Entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba here.

Also, according to Gallifrey Base, executive producer Piers Wenger confirmed that there will be another Matt Smith season of Doctor Who in 2011, and a 201o Christmas special, which will begin filming in July.
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Just What the Doctor Ordered (The Sun)
TV BIZ was invited to a sneak preview of the new Doctor Who last night - and we went along with only one question.

Is the new kid on the Doc any good?

Well yes, thank goodness.

The Time Lord as played by youthful Matt Smith, 27, is still bonkers - but much less so than the version of predecessor David Tennant.

His jokes are less laboured. And Matt's Doctor is definitely more "street" than any of the time travellers of the past.

At one point in the first episode he declares "Who da man?" - proving his slang is up-to-date, even if his clothes are from 100 years ago.

Amazingly, he already feels comfortable in the role - so much so that you get the strange feeling that the new Doctor IS Matt Smith.

The actor attended last night's screening of episode one alongside co-star Karen Gillan, 22, who plays new sidekick Amy Pond.

A crashed Tardis was set up outside the Cardiff venue to get the atmosphere right.
New show boss Steven Moffat ensured the first episode introduced the new star with fireworks.

Matt starts out as the 11th Doctor by pranging a burning Tardis into a suburban back garden - narrowly avoiding impaling himself on Big Ben - sometime in the 1990s.

He then comes face to face with a little girl called Amelia Pond.

She asks: "Who are you?", hoping he's come to fix the crack in her wall.

He replies: "I'm the Doctor. Don't ask stupid questions and do everything I tell you."

But his priority turns out to be filling his face with an assortment of food, none of which the Doc seems to like.

Amelia, we soon learn, turns out to be the infant edition of his soon-to-be new sidekick, Amy.

Fast forward 12 years and the Doc is back at the house with Amy now apparently a copper.

Well, she's not - we learn she is a KISSOGRAM.

But there's no time for flirting.

It turns out that the crack Amelia (now Amy) was worried about was a door to a prison holding a man whose escape leads the scary Atraxi to declare they will incinerate all human life.

Cue a mad dash to save the world... in just 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, trashing the Tardis in Tennant's last episode has meant the blue box has got a makeover.

It is now THREE times larger inside.

All in all it is a strong - if at times baffling - opening story that rattles along at breakneck speed.

It won't let down the fans, or casual viewers looking for something more challenging than another Saturday night gameshow.

Future episodes will see the Doc take on a whole new bunch of terrifying enemies including the Smilers.

The episode will be shown on BBC1 at Easter.
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Doctor Who will return for a sixth series in 2011, it has been confirmed.

Executive producer Piers Wenger also announced a Christmas special for this year, penned by showrunner Steven Moffat.

Matt Smith will be returning for his second full series as The Doctor.

Shooting on the special and the 13-episode sixth run will begin early July in Cardiff. Filming on the fifth series wraps this Saturday ahead of transmission on BBC One at Easter.
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Ten Teasers from Episode 1

Whilst we're not adverse to dropping a few cheeky spoilers here and there at TV Towers, we wouldn't want to ruin the new series of Doctor Who completely.

So, to whet your appetite for the show's return this April, we've put together 10 cryptic clues about the first episode.

1. The newly regenerated Doctor's first words to Amy are: "Can I have an *****? All I can think about is **********. I love **********."

2. One character asks Santa to send them something most unusual.

3. The Tardis has, or had, a swimming pool. And a library.

4. Amy Pond is handy with a cricket bat.

5. Several familiar faces make a cameo. Including 10 previously seen on Doctor Who. And Sir Patrick Moore, who thinks Amy's gran is a fox.

6. The Doctor is referred to as "raggedy", "magic" and "a disappointment".

7. The Doctor inadvertently comes across something inappropriate when he commandeers a laptop for some high-tech world saving via Twitter.

8. A fire engine makes for an interesting, and innovative rescue vehicle.

9. The Shadow Proclamation gets a mention.

10. The Doctor bares all to Amy. And we don't mean his soul.

Doctor Who returns to BBC1 / HD on Sat 3 Apr.
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Matt Smith is a Time Lord for the Twitter generation, but he still has his monsters, as revealed in a special preview of his first episode

Easter, we have been told for centuries from the pulpit, is a season of regeneration. The BBC presumably intends no blasphemy in choosing Easter Saturday for the first proper appearance of the regenerated Doctor Who, aka the actor Matt Smith, seen briefly at the very end of David Tennant’s final outing in the part at Christmas. By that curious time travel sometimes available to the select few, yesterday journalists and the Welsh ruling classes were delivered unto Cardiff to see Smith’s debut a fortnight early.

Secrecy surrounds Doctor Who like no other BBC programme and the media last night were encouraged to observe a vow of omerta regarding the details of the episode, entitled The Eleventh Hour in honour of the eleventh Doctor. That, The Times, decided still left room to praise it and particularly the performance of Matt Smith. At 27, he is the youngest actor to land the part, although the show’s new lead writer and producer, Steven Moffat, has always insisted that Smith won it despite, rather than because of, his youth. What was crucial was that by the end of episode 1 we stopped thinking of him as young, for the Doctor is, as we all know, an alien born many Earth centuries ago.

What is clever about Moffat’s script as well as Smith’s interpretation is that it allows the new Doctor to grow within his first hour’s outing. He starts as a raggedy-clothed, tatty-shirted doctor, a tie barely secured around his neck. His actions are jerky, almost like a newborn’s. He is a forehead-slapping, apple- munching, fishfinger-and-custard- chewing adolescent, still finding his place in his new body. By the end the Doctor is almost debonair in a tweedy jacket and tightly wrapped bow-tie. “They’re cool,” he says of the neckware and my bet is that by Christmas they will be, too, even in necktie-free Britain.

The actors who have played the Doctor have all brought something to the part. William Hartnell, the original, cast in 1963, played him as a censorious Victorian older than his 55 years. His successor, Patrick Troughton, was a cosmic hobo. For many, none has surpassed Tom Baker, a genuine eccentric who in the late 1970s took the plots seriously but never himself so.

In the revived series post-2005 under Russell T. Davies, Christopher Eccleston regionalised the Doctor, and David Tennant brought an angsty arrogance to the part. Others took something from the role, namely authority. There was nothing lordly, and very little timelordly, about Sylvester McCoy.

Smith is undoubtedly aristocratic, a prince rather than a lord of space and time, but one in no doubt of his lineage — briefly referred to last night in the briefest of romps through the previous ten Doctors. But what he does bring to the part is indeed his youth. He is comfortable with Google and Twitter, and is not going to run short of breath amid all the rushing around that the modern Doctor Who plots require.

Whereas Tennant incorporated the misery of eternity into the part, Smith’s Doctor is not afraid to go “Wow!” when he sees what has happened to the inside of the Tardis. It is, incidentally, geometrically arranged in greens and reds with a retro look that incoporates a Seventies digital clock, a gramophone horn and (oh dear) a pair of hot and cold taps. Boys of all ages know that wow feeling when they first charge up their new smartphone.

Karen Gillan, as the new companion Amy, compensates for the Doctor’s relief last Christmas on discovering he is not ginger, by being a vivacious redhead, a girl still and with a girl’s innocence and sexiness — and manifesting an obvious crush on her new man. Yet she too grows up by the episode’s end.

Again Moffat tackles the question of youth in this pilot by presenting her first as an eight-year-old and then 10 years later. It is an episode rightly much concerned with time, flitting around the decades but also presenting the bulk of the action in as near as dammit real time. Connoisseurs — if not the Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and the former first minister Rhodri Morgan, who were among the VIP guests — will also enjoy it that the Paisley-born Moffat chose to set his debut episode in a Scottish rather than a Welsh village.

The monster, as viewers will discover at Easter, is a very large eye, a metaphor surely for the immense scrutiny this regenerative episode will attract. Moffat was nervous before the screening, although “this”, he said, pointing to his glass of red wine, was helping. He gives his new Doctor the line, “I am still cooking.” There will be critics, of course, but it looked well done to me.

The new series of Doctor Who starts on BBC One on Saturday, April 3
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The Doctor's 11th incarnation is 'boy-racer in geography-teacher elbow patches', writes Dan Martin

Where Christopher Eccleston played the role of timelord like a tortured war veteran, and David Tennant veered between big-hearted goofiness and pained introspection, Matt Smith puts a new spin again on the role of planet Gallifrey's most famous export.

Tonight, after one of the longest handovers in television history, the world finally got a first glimpse of the new Doctor in action: part preppy public-school head boy; part gung-ho adventurer and part "nutty professor" – a boy-racer in geography-teacher elbow patches.

The Eleventh Hour, Smith's first full episode in the role, picks up directly after Tennant's swansong The End Of Time, and features the eleventh Doctor crash landing on earth and plummeting straight into a new alien threat while coming to terms with his new body.

He immediately comes face to face with new companion Amy Pond. It gives little away to state that the relationship between the Doctor and his companion operates in a radically different fashion to any that viewers will have seen before.

Smith puts in a commanding performance as the Doctor, with as much chaos running through his body as is unfolding around him in the fictional English village of Leadworth.

Certain elements, of course, remain the same as throughout the series' entire history – he never uses weapons, and he is rarely quite as in control of his time machine as he claims to be.

But if he has not yet had time to get used to the life of a timelord, Smith has certainly had time to adjust to life in the public eye. The level of interest in the show and the fear of leaks meant the BBC had to announce Smith's casting on a TV special in January last year, despite Tennant still having a year left to go in the role.

Just as much scrutiny has been placed on Stephen Moffat, who takes over from Russell T Davies as executive producer and lead writer. A lifelong fan, Moffat was responsible for writing some of the most acclaimed episodes from the Davies era, with stories such as The Girl in the Fireplace and Blink earning him a reputation as writer of "the scariest stories".

Moffat has refreshed every aspect of the show, which returned in 2005 after a 16-year hiatus. As well as a new Doctor and companion, the new series boasts a refreshed HD shooting style, a new logo, remixed theme music and a redesigned Tardis interior.

The Guardian was granted a tour of the new-look time machine, a chaotic steampunk-inspired set housed in South Wales' Upper Boat studios, where the series is filmed. Moffat explained: "At the end of the last story, the Tardis was exploding, so it rebuilds itself around the new Doctor. And because the Doctor is completely mad, it builds itself around his madness."

The new time machine is certainly different. Nearly twice the size of the previous interior, hexagonal and circular "roundlets" sit inside the bronze and concrete walls of the Tardis. It also sits on three levels, and for the first time has a doorway leading towards other rooms.

At the centre is a console now made up of bric-a-brac – a typewriter, a 1980s touchphone, a gramophone speaker, a petrol pump, taps, dials and pistons all surround a central "time rotor" made of blown glass.

Moffat explained the clash of ancient and modern by explaining that, because it is a time machine, "there is no such thing as modern to the Tardis," and that it complements the 11th Doctor in being "elegant, but kind of a mess".
And the Independent have a report on the fact that they could not go?:
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Doctor Who is due back at Easter, with a new Doctor, Matt Smith, but, frankly, so what? It's all getting very self-congratulatory now – and if you want grown-up sci-fi, head to Sky1's Caprica, says Gerard Gilbert

Icouldn't make it to Cardiff this week for the press launch for the new series of Doctor Who, but then, although mildly intrigued, I'm in no desperate hurry to make the acquaintance of the Doctor's latest incarnation. With his long, ascetic face, rather like Mervyn Peake's sketches of Steerpike in his Gormenghast novels, the 27-year-old Matt Smith has all the makings of an interesting Time Lord. And, after all, this revived version of the venerable BBC1 classic, with both David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston, has a good track record with its principal casting. I can well imagine that he will continue the vein of English (even the West Lothian-born Tennant spoke with an English accent) eccentricity that has permeated the show since its inception. However, on the whole, I increasingly can't be bothered with Doctor Who.

The energy and enthusiasm that Russell T Davies has injected into the dormant franchise since 2005 has won nothing but praise, awards and a large following of dedicated fans, and I count myself among the initial admirers – not least in resisting what you might call a glossy Americanisation of the property, and in retaining the show's essential, and very British, spirit. See the 1996 television movie, with Paul McGann's Doctor, to see how it could have been modernised, but happily wasn't. However, I'm no longer so sure that it's the unalloyed triumph that an increasingly self- congratulatory BBC would lead us to believe.

For while Davies has done well to regenerate the programme's left-field sense of humour – a spirited larkiness that has been there at least since Tom Baker inhabited the Tardis – it is tending to overpower everything else these days. The banter is becoming a tad remorseless, if you ask me, and is not being balanced out by the fear. Where is the tension and terror that's being undercut by all this insouciance and whimsy? Does anybody watch Doctor Who any more from behind the sofa, a de rigueur viewing position in my childhood?

All too often, this current incarnation seems to rely for excitement on that most tedious of dramatic devices – the chase – and every time he gets cornered, the Doctor pulls out his sonic screwdriver. Our eponymous hero should be able to get himself out of scrapes with the power of his intellect, not just with this magic wand. How is this sonic screwdriver supposed to work, anyway? And as for that so-called "psychic paper", in which people's thoughts can be transmitted to a credit card-sized screen – Steve Jobs, eat your heart out, but don't expect it on the high street in any millennium soon.

There is a distinction in science fiction between "hard sci-fi", with its rigorous attention to scientific detail, and "soft sci-fi", with its more social or philosophical concerns, but Doctor Who must be in a squishy class of its own. I don't know enough science to call it "bad science", but even with my humanities background it looks supremely dodgy. Rather like the new breeds of alien, in fact. The old ones, such as the Daleks and Cybermen, are great, because essentially they are Nazis. The new ones, such as the Slitheen (sort of malign, obese versions of Spielberg's ET), the Ood (take a close look at the head of your prawn, next time you barbecue one), and the Hath (half-human, half-fish creatures), look like guests at a Monsters, Inc fancy-dress party. If this is the best that evolution can come up with, then Darwinism needs a radical rethink.

Mind you, forget the horror; these days, Doctor Who is almost a romcom. Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies has never been afraid of confronting taboos – but a romance between the Doctor, a 900-odd-year-old man, and his assistant, a teenage shop girl? To put it another way, Christopher Eccleston is old enough to be Billie Piper's father, and while I can see that paternalism doesn't appeal to today's younger generation, the earlier programmes would never have entertained an emotional/sexual attachment between the Doctor and his assistants.

But these reservations are almost beside the point. My main problem with Doctor Who is that it isn't really science fiction – not in the serious sense of the term. It's man against monsters for the imaginative enjoyment of children, rather than the exploration of deeper, grown-up themes as pioneered by the likes of Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke or Ursula K Le Guin. It's all a bit panto, to be honest. I can see the appeal for children and young teenagers, and for their parents glad to have something to watch together, but for everyone else? Fortunately there is an alternative – and its name is Caprica.

Currently showing on Sky1, Caprica is a prequel to Battlestar Galactica – a sci-fi drama whose devotees believe it to be an even greater television show than The Wire. BSG, as it's known to the faithful, concerned a group of humans from a faraway colony who, having been attacked by a cybernetic race known as the Cylons, take to their spaceships in search of a fabled mother planet called Earth. It was a wonderfully rich, textured and holistic saga that can also be viewed as a wry commentary on the war on terror, as well as the inability of the human race to pull together even in extremis. A sort of sci-fi noir, Caprica is set 50-odd years before the events of Battlestar Galactica, and explores how the human colonists first developed the Cylons – as physical embodiments of virtual-reality avatars. And you don't need to be a BSG fan to follow Caprica.

Unlike Doctor Who, where the acting can be patchy, this series is strongly cast in depth. Eric Stoltz takes the lead role, as the wealthy scientist/industrialist and the creator of the Holoband, a device that allows wearers to enter virtual reality – a place where he can meet the avatar of his dead daughter, a rebel on an affluent planet (imagine ancient Greece crossed with Fifties America), who is blown up by her suicide-bomber boyfriend. Esai Morales plays the father of Battlestar Galactica's Admiral William Adama (here still a boy), whose wife and daughter have been killed in the same bombing.

Caprica delves into some pretty meaty themes, from religion and racism to terrorism and what it means to be human, while it directly addresses current developments with the internet and its virtual worlds. It's light years more ambitious in scope than Doctor Who, and it's still not too late to catch.

What does the future hold for Doctor Who? Is it unfair to compare a show aimed at a Saturday teatime family audience with one hoping to inherit Battlestar Galactica's sophisticated brand of sci-fi geek? The hopeful development for Tardis fans is that Doctor Who is now in the creative hands of Steven Moffat, who has succeeded Russell T Davies as its lead writer and executive producer. Moffat has penned some of the most bold and imaginative Doctor Who storylines (he wrote the excellent 2008 double episode "Silence in the Library"/ "Forest of the Dead") – indeed, Davies has said that although he always rewrote other episodes, he always left Moffat's well alone.

If anyone can take the series to a different level, then it is Moffat. We shall see. In the meantime, there is always this consolation. Whatever wrong turns Doctor Who takes in the future, it's unlikely ever to be as crummy as Torchwood.

'Doctor Who' returns to BBC1 on 3 April. 'Caprica' continues on Tuesdays at 9pm on Sky1
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Besides, i would rather watch Dr Who then Caprica, far more entertaining
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What's up with that article about Caprica? They're two completely different shows with two entirely different goals. There's room for more than one type of sci-fi on telly.

Trailer looks great. The allied Dalek is all kinds of awesome
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A good trailer but what on earth was up with the audio mix? I know people have criticised the new series for overly loud music but this was ridiculous. Could barely pick out what the Doc was saying...

That aside, it did look pretty awesome.
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