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And Now it’s Time for One Last Bow.

Clara “And now it’s time for one last bow. Like all your other selves. Eleven’s hour is over now. The clock is striking twelve’s”

Doctor Who fans rejoice! After the snippets of the Christmas Special, “The Time of the Doctor”, that have littered the general BBC One Christmas trails, it’s high time that Doctor Who got one of its very own. And here it is. Time to say Goodbye to Matt and Hello to Peter.


50th Anniversary Retrospective: “The Day of the Doctor”

Doctor “I could retire and be the curator of this place.”
Curator “You know, I really think you might.”
Doctor “I never forget a face.”
Curator “I know you don’t. And in years to come you might find yourself…revisiting a few. But just the old favourites, eh?”


Whenever I watch Doctor Who, it has almost entirely been from the sofa of whichever house I happened to be living in at the time, although I do have memories of my childhood viewing technique of lying down on the floor, elbows under my head, with chin perched on my hands. Most of the time, viewing was a solitary experience. My parents, to this day, don’t really get it, and my brother was never a fan. I married in 2002 (during the wilderness years), over a year before the show’s triumphant return was even announced and nearly three years before “Rose” was broadcast. My wife had no idea what she was getting into, but she has enough taste in good television to sit and enjoy the new show with me. Having said that, I’m still not sure I could convince her to sit down and watch “Image of the Fendahl” or “The Romans” or somesuch. Given all this, it was beyond my comprehension to think that I would be watching the 50th anniversary special by leaving the “Official 50th Celebration” at the Excel with a bunch of other fans, many of whom were in Doctor Who costume, getting a cable car across the River Thames to the O2 arena, where we would watch the episode with 775 other fans on a screen 22-metres wide in glorious 3D. Not only that, there were more than 1,500 cinemas worldwide showing the same thing at the same time as it was simulcast in 94 countries and dubbed or subtitled into 15 other languages, watched by nigh-on 13 million people in the UK and who knows how many elsewhere. Not bad for kid’s show. But what to make of it all? The brief was not exactly a simple one: write an episode of the greatest television show that the world has ever seen that celebrates its dazzling, fifty-year heritage; that impresses dedicated fans of all ages as the centrepiece of the anniversary celebrations; that appeals to a large slice of an audience who have a take it or leave attitude to the show (the fools!); and paves the way to securing another half-century of Whovian goodness. It would not have been many people’s first response to this challenge, which had indeed been laid at the feet of Steven Moffat, to say, “Right. Let’s bring back the Zygons”. Continue reading

“Fires of Pompeii” – Review: Redux

Lucius “Who are you?”
The Doctor “I am… Spartacus.”
Donna Noble “And so am I.”

The Fires of Pompeii

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. And this tale of Donna’s first trip back in time in the TARDIS is now noteworthy for two of its cameo appearances. Not only do we get Karen Gillan (future companion) putting in a appearance, akin to Freema’s turn in “Army of Ghosts” / “Doomsday”, but we also get a future Doctor with Peter Capaldi’s first dip into the Doctor Who universe as Caecilius (akin, I suppose, to Colin Baker’s Commander Maxill in “Arc of Infinity”). Just from the pre-credit sequence, you could determine that, if nothing else, we were in for a visual treat with The Fires of Pompeii as the sets at the Cinecitta Studios in Rome were sumptuous and gave a depth and richness to the exterior shots that was a cut above 95% of any other dramas you care to mention. The other hints from that sequence of what was in store, came from the dialogue between Tennant and Tate, here we had the snappy dialogue and shared punchlines for the inevitable Latin gags that were evenly distributed between the two protagonists. The odd thing about the those first few minutes was that the mini-cliffhanger only served to reveal that they were not in Rome and that the mountain was about to blow its top… I think we got that from the title. Continue reading

Peter Capaldi IS the Doctor

Is there a Doctor in the house?


So, a week or so back, there was an announcement about a pilot for a new BBC TV show about celebrating the history of various telly programmes and the pilot was going to be focussing on Doctor Who. A general request went out saying that if any fans wanted to be in the audience (dressing up optional), then you could apply for tickets. In a seemingly unrelated and thoroughly innocuous event, an edition on Celebrity Mastermind was announced in the schedules for 7pm on Sunday 4th August. History, and heavy trails over the last 48 hours, has now revealed that this was a pretty effective ruse dreamt up by insiders at the Beeb to produce a live show in which the casting for the twelfth Doctor would be announced. And bookies favourite over the last four or five days at least, Peter Capaldi, got the gig.

I genuinely could not be more thrilled: he’s been excellent in everything I’ve seen him in and he most definitely has that essential Doctor-ish quality. And, it would seem, I am not alone. On a poll on Gallifrey Base, fans have been asked to give a simple “Thumbs Up”. “Thumbs Down” or a “Don’t Know Yet”… as I type the voting is standing at 88.59% thumbs up. That’s what I call a solid response from a notoriously fickle and hard-to-please audience. And here’s a bit of Twitter commentary too….

Alastair Campbell: “Very grateful for all the congratulatory tweets re my new role as Dr Who, however undeserved. Good luck to Peter Capaldi”

Simon Mayo: “Oh the sweet joy of being younger than Dr Who”

John Hurt: “Congratulations to Peter Capaldi and to the BBC. Another splendid Doctor!”

Richard E Grant: “Bravo on the brilliant BBC choice to Tardis the talents of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Dr Who!!”

Katy Manning: “Well I couldn’t be happier with the choice ! Peter Capaldi takes the baton xxxx”

Karen Gillan: “CAPALDI! Superb choice. Swear I’ve seen him in Pompeii…”

Colin Baker: “Delighted to hear Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor, very good choice. Another Scot eh? Nice to have a more mature Doctor too. Bring it on!!”

Armando Iannucci: “There can’t be a funnier, wiser, more exciting Time Lord than Peter Capaldi. The universe is in great hands.”

Bonnie Langford: “Have to break my #twittersilence to congratulate Peter Capaldi on his new role. Xx”

Graham Linehan: “Well done to Peter Capaldi. He will make scary things scarier and funny things funnier.”

John Barrowman: “Peter Capaldi good choice and good actor. Also he’s #Scottish. Can’t go wrong:) welcome to the #DoctorWho family :)…” 

Mark Gatiss: “Thrilling, moving, beyond exciting. Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Peter Capaldi is the PERFECT choice. Welcome, Doctor!”

Freema Agyeman: “Peter Capaldi! The show is in safe hands. Great choice”