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This Week On Doctor Who – 06 – 12 – 10

June 12, 2010

What lurks beneath the surface? Photo copyright of the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – The Doctor (Matt Smith) sets out to take Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) to Rio, but the TARDIS has other plans and materializes in 2020 Wales, where our heroes stumble upon an operation to drill down into the Earth’s crust. In doing so, however, humankind gets more than it bargains for, and the Time Lord comes face to face once again with an old acquaintance, the Silurians. The Hungry Earth airs Saturday, June 12th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America

The Doctor (Matt Smith), Nasreen Chaudhry (Meera Syall), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Tony Mack (Robert Pugh). Photo copyright of the BBC

Silurian Alaya (Neve McIntosh). Photo copyright of the BBC

Alaya (Neve McIntosh) and The Doctor (Matt Smith). Photo copyright of the BBC

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Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan On The Graham Norton Show

May 7, 2010

Doctor Who's Karen Gillan pays Graham Norton a visit. Photo copyright of So Television

ON May 8th, The Graham Norton Show welcomes Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), who discusses life in the TARDIS and her experience so far with the legendary Sci-Fi franchise. Karen talks about her recent trip to New York City promoting Doctor Who and how shocked she was with the response to the series from American audiences and the lines of people who waited hours to see the premiere episode at Village East Theatre. The actress also talks about her kissing scenes in Doctor Who and says her boyfriend is cool with her “snogging” scenes. 

Also on the show is Hollywood actress Jennifer Lopez, who talks about her glittering career and latest film The Backup Plan. She discusses being a working mother and wants to instill the same work ethics in her children as she had growing up. And staying on the theme of her rom-com, Back Up Plan, Graham had a little fun by combining pictures of himself and Jennifer to see what their children could possibly look like. And QI and Jonathan Creek star Alan Davies is in the comedy chair talking about his career and fatherhood, plus music from Ben’s Brother. The Graham Norton Show airs Saturday, May 8th @ 10:00 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America

Jennifer Lopez, Alan Davies and Karen Gillan. Photo copyright of So Television

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Doctor Who – Behind The Scenes

April 27, 2010

Amy (Karen Gillan) and The Doctor inside the TARDIS. Photo copyright of the BBC

BBC America has released some behind-the-scenes photos taken during the shooting of Matt Smith’s debut as The Doctor. Photos follow – enjoy! 

Shooting a scene inside young Amelia's house. Photo copyright of the BBC

Leading up to the "infamous" fish fingers and custard scene. Photo copyright of the BBC

The final showdown at the hospital. Photo copyright of the BBC

The revamped TARDIS interior; but which door leads to the swimming pool? Photo copyright of the BBC

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Matt Smith Talks About Doctor Who

April 7, 2010

The Eleventh Doctor surrounded by some of his enemies. Photo copyright of the BBC

This is the second of four BBC America press interviews with Doctor Who cast and crew, counting down to the premiere of the show’s new season on BBC America, April 17th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. Enjoy!

IT may be the eleventh time an actor has taken on the iconic role of the Doctor, but Matt Smith hasn’t let that stand in his way of creating his very own vision for the character. Here, he explains what it was like to land the role and talks about his dream trip in the TARDIS.

“It was quite weird news to receive,” says Matt Smith, the youngest actor the play the title role of the hit show, Doctor Who. “I mean, at that point it was a piece of information I couldn’t share with anyone, so it didn’t feel tangible, but needless to say I was very pleased.

“I actually ended up walking around London listening to Sinatra on my iPod,” laughs the 27-year-old as he tries to explain the moment he found out he had won the much-coveted role of the Doctor. “Funnily enough, my mum had texted me to say she thought I should play the Doctor a week before my agent asked me to audition, so she was delighted I got the part. I was also abroad when it was announced on the BBC and my phone went mad – the bill was enormous!”

Matt Smith as the Doctor in his first adventure, The Eleventh Hour. Photo copyright of the BBC

Spanning five decades, Doctor Who has been a part of British culture for nearly 50 years. Since its successful return in 2005, both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant have played the title role and made their own mark on the eccentric Time Lord. Now it’s Smith’s turn to give his own portrayal of the iconic character; a challenge which some young actors may have shied away from.

“I think these things are only as intimidating as you allow them to be,” explains Smith. “It’s a real privilege to join such a successful show; it’s a bit like joining Manchester United [soccer team]. It’s good to be part of something strong and long may it continue. Plus I couldn’t have inherited the role from a nicer man. I guess it’s like anything really, the more you do something the less daunting and intimidating it becomes.”

Smith admits, however, that his first day of filming, which took place on a beach in wet and windy conditions, was both daunting and challenging.

“It was very tough because we were up against the tide and could only film until 3 p.m.,” reveals the actor. “It felt like being in a twilight zone because there were so many people watching and dozens of paparazzi around! It was nice that Karen Gillan [who plays the Doctor’s new companion, Amy Pond] was there as well, though,” he continues, “because we were both going through the same experience. We were also surrounded by Doctor Who fans and every time I had to nip to the toilet they followed me. I’ve now learnt this is the norm on Doctor Who.”

Central to the story is the TARDIS, which transports The Doctor across time and space to a wonderful array of worlds and universes. The TARDIS is a living creature and regenerates along with the Doctor in the opening episode of the new series. The details of the new TARDIS will remain an onscreen surprise for viewers, but Smith confesses he was like a boy in a candy store when he first set foot in it.

“It’s like a Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche all molded into one!” exclaims the excited actor. “It’s so incredible because the TARDIS is an icon of our cultural history and suddenly I’m the one who’s flying it. I am quite clumsy, though, so I kept breaking parts of the console and the poor production team had to keep fixing it,” chuckles Smith. “But the TARDIS is a magic concept and it provides a constant source of wonderment and adventure for both the Doctor and the viewers.”

The Doctor (Matt Smith) meets his new companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). Photo copyright of the BBC

There have been 10 previous incarnations of the Doctor, each with their own traits and quirks, but what can viewers expect from this bow tie wearing Doctor?

“He’s still the same man, but I think my Doctor is a bit more reckless; he’s a thrill seeker and addicted to time travel,” reveals Smith. “The Doctor is the mad buffoon genius who saves the world because he’s got a great heart, spirit and soul, but he also doesn’t suffer fools. I hope all of these things come across, but I think I’ve also injected a bit of my own personality into the role. I also helped choose the Doctor’s costume which was great fun. Steven Moffat [series executive producer] is very keen that the outfit isn’t seen as the overriding factor of the Doctor’s personality, but we still needed to find something that felt right. We tried on lots of things but kept reaching a dead-end. We dismissed a number of items including a long leather coat, a long blue coat and some short punky stuff! But then one day I brought in my braces and a tweed jacket and it went from there. Soon we had the whole outfit, although something still felt like it was missing and I asked if I could try on a bow tie – at that point the execs all bowed their heads in concern, but luckily when I tried it on we agreed it worked and it has sort of become the signature of my Doctor now.”

Joining the Doctor on his adventures throughout time and space is new companion Amy Pond, played by redheaded beauty Karen Gillan, and Smith admits the pair of them found it difficult to remain serious when filming scenes together.

“I always used to look forward to us being in make-up together because we would just make each other crack up. I think that’s important because it forms part of the energy of the show,” explains Smith. “I also think the Doctor and Amy share a sightly mad relationship; she’s a handful and he likes the fact that she challenges him and can sometimes act a bit bonkers. The way they are introduced to each other is truly magical and they form a deep affinity for one another.”

Throughout this series, Amy and the Doctor go on some truly extraordinary adventures.

“I loved filming the vampire stuff in Croatia, which doubled for Venice,” notes Smith. “I had to climb a huge bell tower with a rain machine pummeling water at me. It was freezing cold but I absolutely loved it! I also enjoyed filming part of episode 10 when I was yanked through the air on a harness after being hit by an invisible monster. However, my favorite scene to film was in the first episode when I ate fish fingers and custard with the character of Amelia. Luckily, they were actually breaded cakes so it wasn’t quite as bad as it sounds. I had to eat a lot of them, but it was an enchanting scene, so it was worth it.”

Young Amy/Amelia (Caitlin Blackwood) and The Doctor (Matt Smith). Photo copyright of the BBC

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Steven Moffat Talks About Doctor Who

March 31, 2010

Matt Smith as The Doctor in The Eleventh Hour, written by Steven Moffat. Photo copyright of the BBC

THE Doctor has regenerated into a brand-new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover, as Doctor Who returns for a new rebooted series from the BAFTA-winning writer Steven Moffat (Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Tintin, Jekyll, Coupling). With his time machine, the TARDIS, wrecked and the sonic screwdriver, his most crucial device, destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world, and only Amy Pond to help him. The new season opener of Doctor Who, entitled The Eleventh Hour (written my Moffat), premieres Saturday, April 17th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America. The opening episode will be an extended version with limited commercial interruption. 

This new era of the BAFTA-winning series, which delivered record ratings for BBC America earlier this year, continues the tradition of rebooting with new lead actors and creative team. Steven Moffat, creator of some of the most frightening and award-winning Doctor Who episodes to date – including the BAFTA-winning episode Blink, which starred Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan – takes over as lead writer and executive producer. 

For new audiences, Steven Moffat says, “Doctor Who is the adventures of an entirely mysterious stranger from outer space and with a time machine that can go absolutely anywhere. It’s literally a television show set in everyplace in the universe, every point in history and in every style and genre. It’s all the other shows in one. You don’t have to watch the rest of television – this is it.” 

The reboot series has the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his new travelling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), together exploring 16th century Venice, France during the 1890s and the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space. But the Doctor’s enemies are never far behind, including old nemeses, the Daleks and Weeping Angels, along with new foes such as alien vampires, humanoid reptiles and a silent menace that follows the Doctor and Amy wherever they go. 

Fans will have a chance to see the premiere early as BBC America will present special screenings of the series at WonderCon in San Francisco on April 3rd, and C2E2 in Chicago on April 16th. Ahead of the U.S. premiere broadcast, the BBC America Original, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide, delivers an all-access look inside the universe of the hit drama series. It airs Saturday, April 17th @ 8:00 p.m. EST/PST. 

The following is a BBC America Q &A with Steven Moffat, the first of four behind-the-scenes chats that SciFiAndTvTalk will be running over the next three weeks as we count down to the new season of episodes. Enjoy! 

Steven Moffat is a BAFTA-award winning writer whose career in television has spanned more than 20 years and produced some of the UK’s best-loved television dramas in that time. But more than that, he is a Doctor Who fan who has just been handed his dream job – in charge of this iconic drama series. 

“I supposed I could say the reason I started working in TV is because I was such a huge fan of Doctor Who,” explains Moffat. “I was absolutely fascinated and thrilled by the new show. I wanted to know how the TARDIS disappeared, how all the special effects worked and why the Doctor changed. As a viewer, you want to know why he looks different; it’s a show that compels you to look behind the scenes. In fact, over the years I think I’ve bought every single issue of Doctor Who Magazine since it launched” 

But there was a long period when Doctor Who was not on the screen; did Moffat ever worry that he wouldn’t get the opportunity to achieve his lifelong ambition and write for the show? 

“I tumbled through the door of children’s TV, became quite a cool children’s TV writer for about 48 seconds in 1989 and they basically axed Doctor Who that day!” says Moffat with a chuckle. “After 26 years, just when I thought I’d finally get to write for the show, I missed out by an afternoon.” 

What was the transition like to lead writer and executive producer? 

However, fate was obviously on Moffat’s side and in 2005, Doctor Who was resurrected and has become one of the biggest shows on UK television under the guidance of Russell T. Davies. “The transition has been strange and has lasted a long time for me, since I first got an e-mail from Russell about the job, in fact,” explains the Paisley, Scotland-born writer. “We’ve been saying goodbye to each other for two-and-a-half years now – we’d really better stop before one of us drops dead in a desperate bid for closure. I hugely enjoyed working with Russell and every time I came back to Doctor Who during those years it was an absolute treat. I knew this job was going to be difficult; I was never under any illusion about it. I could see that Russell was getting tired and he has acknowledged that he is a workaholic. I’ve managed to become a workaholic, but it never sits quite easy for me.” 

The actual moment of regeneration was, of course, the pinnacle of that transition, and Moffat’s first chance to write for the new Doctor. 

“It was Russell’s courtesy to allow me to write Matt’s first scene when the regeneration happened and he was adamant about that. He’s a fan like I am and he’ll always be motivated by that. He wouldn’t like to think as a member of the audience that the old writer had written the new Doctor. In our heads, that’s where the new era begins. That’s what matters to us. 

Doctor Who has already had multiple incarnations on television, so casting the perfect actor for the lead role presented some interesting debates. 

“I had a clear idea, which actually turned out to be the absolute opposite of what we ended up doing – which always happens when you get the casting right,” reveals Moffat. “I actually remember at the beginning of the process when I got a little bit cross while looking at the list of actors as it was full of people in their twenties. I said to everyone that we couldn’t have a Doctor who is 27. My idea was that the person was going to be between 30 – 40 years old, young enough to run but old enough to look wise. Then, of course, Matt Smith comes through the door and he’s odd, angular and strange looking. He doesn’t come across as being youthful at all, but in the most wonderful way.” 

Alongside the new Doctor is a brand new companion, played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan. What was it about her that made her perfect for the role? 

“The challenge was casting the companion is that there are only so many people that would actually go through those blue doors. It has to be someone who loves adventure and doesn’t quite feel at home with where they are,” explains Moffat. “They have to be a feisty, fun-loving and gusty person – and now we’ve got Karen Gillan. She was just exactly right for the role, despite inhabiting Amy Pond in a way that was quite different from how I originally wrote the part.” 

An inevitable question that will be asked of the new series is how it differs from those that have gone before. 

“I’ve never done anything differently, at least not deliberately,” says Moffat. “I just try to think of all the best and maddest Doctor Who stories I want to watch, and get them made – there are worse ways to make a living. You could say that I’m more into the clever plots; I like the big twists and the sleight of hand. I like playing around with time travel, but I don’t think it should be at the front of Doctor Who in every episode. However, I do think it should happen more often and reinforce the fact that he has an odd relationship with time. For example, no one is ever dead to him. He can’t say, ‘I knew Winston Churchill.’ He’d say, ‘I know Winston Churchill.’ Everyone in the whole universe is still alive to him and he has no sense of time passing. I find that all fascinating. If you look at the stories I’ve written so far, I suppose I might be slightly more at the fairytale and Tim Burton end of Doctor Who, whereas Russell is probably more at the blockbuster and Superman end of the show.” 

Despite the lengthy transition, there finally came the day when all of the hard work was realized; the first day of filming for the new series. 

“By accident it was the most magical beginning. We went down onto this perfect, white beach,” reveals Moffat. “The TARDIS and our two main characters were there and we could just see that blue rectangle facing us. It was like a stamp stuck on a picture, it was so perfect! I remember walking down to the beach and thinking this is properly magical; we’re not starting with some secondary characters that end up getting killed by an electric slug or something. We’re actually starting with the Doctor and his companion stepping out of the TARDIS talking to River Song [Alex Kingston].” 

Moffat has, in the past, described the TARDIS as the best storytelling and plot device that there is, but if he had his own, where would he choose to go? 

“I have no real desire to go anywhere else because I’m genuinely happy with my life the way it is at the moment. I’d probably like to go to the future but stay away from libraries in case I found out when I died; that would be a bit miserable. I’d like to see what the toys and gadgets are in the future and all the fun I’m going to miss out on. But most of all, I’d like to know who’s playing the Doctor!” 

As a lifelong Doctor Who fan, who is Moffat’s favorite Doctor? 

“The one with two hearts who travels in the TARDIS…and word on the street is he’s never looked finer.” 

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Jonathan Ross Welcomes New Doctor Who Matt Smith

March 29, 2010

Doctor Who's newest Time Lord, actor Matt Smith, chats with Jonathan Ross. Photo copyright of Hot Sauce

ON the April 2nd episode of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross (10:00 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America), Jonathan Ross welcomes the star of the new era of Doctor Who, Matt Smith, who discusses becoming the Doctor. “My Doctor is clumsy, a little reckless, but becomes more assured as the series develops.” Matt reveals that he had to keep the big news of landing the role a secret, “I couldn’t tell anyone for three months,” and says, “To my mind, it’s the best part in British TV history.” The actor also discusses the advice he took from David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor), “I spoke to David briefly and he said, ‘Enjoy the ride.'”

Matt also reveals exclusive details to Jonathan about the legendary TARDIS, “It’s bigger on the inside, has different levels, other rooms including a library, and is a different shade of blue outside.” And when asked about his Doctor Who experience, Matt says he’s here to stay – “I hope to do at least another year; it’s a wonderful part and I want to keep it up.” And there’s an exclusive sneak preview of the Doctor’s encounter with vampires.

To watch the new trailer of Doctor Who, which premieres April 17th on BBC America, visit –  http://bbcamerica.com/doctorwho

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BBC Unveils New Logo For New Doctor

October 6, 2009

A first look at the new Doctor Who logo, which will accompany Matt Smith’s debut as The Doctor in Spring 2010, has been unveiled and can be seen at www.bbcamerica.com/doctorwho. The logo is the eleventh to be used onscreen in the show’s history.

Accompanying the logo at BBCAmerica.com is an animated insignia of the show’s initials, which will be used as branding for the new series in conjunction with the logo.

About the new logo, Steven Moffat, the show’s new Lead Writer and Executive Producer said, “A new logo. The eleventh logo for the eleventh Doctor – those grand old words, Doctor Who, suddenly looking newer than ever. And look at that, something really new – an insignia! DW in TARDIS form! Simple and beautiful, and most important of all, a completely irresistible doodle. I apoligise to school notebooks everywhere, because in 2010 that’s what they’re going to be wearing.”

The new series of  Doctor Who will premiere in Spring 2010. The final three episodes featuring David Tennant will be broadcast later this year with the existing logo onscreen.