July 14, 2014 | 11:51 a.m.

‘Doctor Who': First look at the new season

Peter Capaldi will have his first full adventure as the Doctor on Aug. 23 when the new season of “Doctor Who” premieres. And from the looks of the first full-length trailer for the season, this could be one of the darkest iterations of the Doctor yet. The new trailer, which premiered Sunday during the BBC One’s airing of the final game of the World Cup, shows a lot of shots of the Doctor looking menacing or shot in silhouette. And his costume looks as dour as a funeral director’s. There are no wacky bow ties or fezes for this Doctor. Instead, we’re given such menacing lines as the Doctor asking his companion, Clara (Jenna Coleman), “Tell me, am I a good man?” Clara’s response isn’t so reassuring: “I … don’t know.” Along the way, the new season promises more Daleks […]
June 27, 2014 | 2:16 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ sets return date on BBC America

'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi (featured image)
“Doctor Who” has finally set a day to return to his regular adventures. The new Doctor played by Peter Capaldi has been glimpsed here and there, but fans will finally get to see him in his first adventure on Aug. 23. That’s the day the new season, the eighth since the series was revived in 2005, returns to BBC America. Capaldi will be joined by returning companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, and a new character, Danny Pink, played by Samuel Anderson, who is a teacher at the school where Clara works. Pairing the Doctor with a couple of schoolteachers recalls the first “Doctor Who” adventures back in the early 1960s, which featured the Doctor (William Hartnell), his granddaughter (Carole Ann Ford) and her two schoolteachers, played by Jacqueline Hill and Ian Chesterton. Interestingly, Capaldi, who is 56, is about […]
March 04, 2014 | 1:58 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ clip: Steven Moffat on Matt Smith’s final alien battle

“The Time of the Doctor” is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, bringing Matt Smith’s farewell performance in the “Doctor Who” Christmas special to home video. Hero Complex readers get a peek at a clip from the bonus features, which provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Wooden Cyberman — a more organic variation of the classic “Doctor Who” metal-man — and the stuntwoman who debuted the alien in the special. In the clip, lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat also talks about the plethora of aliens, including Daleks, Weeping Angels and the Silence, that battle the Doctor in the special. “We’ve had a lot of returning monsters in this one,” Moffat says in the video (watch it below). “I want it to be a grand-standing battle for the Eleventh Doctor’s final moments. It doesn’t take just one monster […]
Feb. 24, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.

New ‘Doctor Who’ companion? Samuel Anderson joins Season 8 cast

'Doctor Who' Samuel Anderson (featured image)
The Doctor might be getting a new companion. Samuel Anderson, who was in a brief scene in the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor,” will be playing a new recurring character in the show’s eighth season. Anderson is set to play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill Secondary School and colleague of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), according to BBC America’s blog. The school has been a recurring setting for “Doctor Who” since the classic science-fiction adventure series’ first episode, “An Unearthly Child.” In the 1963 episode, the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan Foreman attends the Coal Hill School while the Doctor (William Hartnell) repairs the TARDIS, and two teachers discover their secret. The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) revisited the school in 1988’s “Remembrance of the Daleks,” and last year’s anniversary special revealed that current companion Clara Oswald […]
Jan. 27, 2014 | 12:54 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ first look: Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor costume revealed

'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi (featured image)
Say goodbye to the bow tie. Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor has a new look, seemingly inspired by the costumes of classic “Doctor Who” actors. BBC America on Monday unveiled the first photo of Capaldi’s costume — a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, white shirt and black Doc Marten shoes. Gone are previous “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith’s purple coat and bow tie. Costume designer Howard Burden has “woven the future from the cloth of the past,” Capaldi said in a news release. “Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100% rebel Time Lord.” The new look is in keeping with many critics’ hopes that Capaldi’s tenure will restore some gravitas to the ever-regenerating character. “He offers a range of new tonal possibilities, some of which are also old possibilities. […]
Jan. 07, 2014 | 4:42 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ filming begins, Peter Capaldi takes the TARDIS reins

'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi (featured image)
Filming has begun on the new season of “Doctor Who,” starring Peter Capaldi as the show’s eponymous time traveler. Capaldi, who took over as the Doctor from Matt Smith in last year’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” is shown donning Smith’s purple tweed frock coat and waistcoat, though no bow tie, in a newly released photo from the film’s set (check it out above). “New job, first day, slightly nervous,” Capaldi said in a BBC news release. “Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.” Although the Scottish actor, best known for his role as a foul-mouthed government official in the political comedy “The Thick of It,” has appeared as a minor character in a previous “Doctor Who” episode (“The Fires of Pompeii”) and in “Torchwood” miniseries spinoff “Children of Earth,” Capaldi […]
Dec. 11, 2013 | 10:48 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special trailer, images show aliens galore

(BBC America)
A new trailer for the “The Time of the Doctor” is out, teasing a “Doctor Who” Christmas special jampacked with some of the Doctor’s most famous foes. The trailer, released Wednesday, and new still images (check them out in the gallery above) show a plethora of aliens, including Daleks, Cybermen, the Silence and Weeping Angels, not to mention a villainous-looking woman (Orla Brady) who declares to lined-up troops, “The siege of trenzalore has now begun!” Trenzalore was teased throughout Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor and eventually revealed in last season’s finale as the site of the Doctor’s grave. PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith The 30-second teaser begins with a voiceover by Clara (Jenna Coleman) — a little rhyme that hints at Smith’s impending departure from the show. “And now it’s time for one last bow, / like […]
Nov. 22, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary hype: Pre-show, Google Doodle, more

Matt Smith, left, David Tennant and John Hurt in "The Day of the Doctor," the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special. (BBC)
The “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special is out in theaters Saturday, and Whovians across the globe are celebrating the BBC series’ milestone. In addition to receiving a limited theatrical release, the feature-length special “The Day of the Doctor” will be simulcast worldwide on TV in more than 75 countries, including the U.S. The special is set to premiere on BBC America at 11:50 a.m. PST. The event is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the long-running science-fiction show’s anniversary, with a special panel at Comic-Con International this summer; the release of “An Adventure in Space and Time,” a film about the show’s inception and the first actor to play the Doctor, William Hartnell; a slate of commemorative TV specials about the show and the various actors who have played the time-traveling alien; and a series of live events in the U.S. […]
Nov. 21, 2013 | 12:50 p.m.

‘Doctor Who': For Matt Smith, it’s been a ‘nutty and silly’ ride

Click through the gallery for Times photographer Al Seib's portraits of "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith in Beverly Hills on July 24, 2013. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
It’s difficult to separate “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith from the larger-than-life role he’s inhabited for the past 3-1/2 years. Even out of costume, the 30-year-old actor radiates the exuberance and twinkly eyed curiosity that are the hallmarks of his character, the ever-regenerating, time traveling alien protagonist in the world’s longest-running sci-fi TV series. But his time in the role is about to run out – Smith will leave the series this year to follow a new career path that will take him to Hollywood; he recently acted opposite Christina Hendricks in the Ryan Gosling-directed thriller “How to Catch a Monster,” due out in 2014. The 55-year-old Scottish actor Peter Capaldi will take his place as the BBC show’s leading man. “I’d have very happily done another year,” Smith said, propping his boots up on the coffee table in a […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 12:18 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ Blu-ray exclusive clip: Behind the scenes with Smith

"Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7" limited edition Blu-ray gift set. (BBC Home Entertainment)
A new “Doctor Who” Blu-ray set including all seven seasons of the rebooted series hits shelves Tuesday, featuring seasons 1 through 4 in high definition for the first time. Those seasons, featuring ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston (“Thor: The Dark World”) and 10th Doctor David Tennant (“Broadchurch”), have been remastered at 1080p; later seasons, featuring 11th Doctor Matt Smith, were created in high definition. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a clip from the collection’s 120 minutes of new bonus features. GRAPHIC: Meet the 11 Doctors In the video (watch it below), Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat and other “Doctor Who” notables offer a behind-the-scenes look at the “Doctor Who at the Proms.” The Blu-ray set includes the full 90-minute concert, hosted by Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) and performed by the London Philharmonic […]
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