Nov. 22, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.
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.
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.
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 […]
Oct. 25, 2013 | 3:26 p.m.
Excited to see “Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor,” the highly anticipated “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special, on the big screen? You’re not alone. Tickets for the upcoming theatrical screenings of the 75-minute anniversary special went on sale Friday morning, and stateside fans of the landmark English series seemed eager to snap up seats for the events, set for Nov. 23 and Nov. 25. As our sister blog Showtracker reported Thursday, “Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor” will screen in select movie theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Minneapolis Nov. 23 in RealD 3D, coinciding with a worldwide simulcast of the special in 75 countries, including the U.S. GRAPHIC: Meet the many faces of ‘Doctor Who’ Orchestrated by BBC Worldwide, the simulcast and screenings were part of an effort […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 12:15 p.m.
PBS Masterpiece has revealed the long-awaited U.S. premiere date for “Sherlock” Season 3. The Golden Globe-nominated BBC series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will return Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET), following “Downton Abbey’s” time slot. Dates for the show’s U.K. premiere have not yet been announced. Based on the classic mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, the series stars Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as the brilliant, socially inept detective and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) as his long-suffering roommate and co-sleuth. PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch’s career in pictures The series has been on hiatus since January 2012, and fan anticipation has been growing after Season 2′s cliffhanger finale. In that episode, “The Reichenbach Fall,” Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The […]
Oct. 15, 2013 | 6:11 p.m.
The first photos for “The Day of the Doctor” are out, offering a glimpse of the highly anticipated “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special. The images (check them out in the gallery above) feature outgoing “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith (who plays the 11th incarnation of the Doctor), along with his popular predecessor David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) and newcomer John Hurt. Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in May’s season finale, though fan speculation abounds as to whether Hurt’s character is a previous iteration, a future iteration or an alternate-timeline version of the time traveler, or else another character altogether. The special also stars Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s current traveling companion Clara Oswald, and Billie Piper, who portrayed fan-favorite traveling companion Rose Tyler, the first female lead after the show’s 2005 reboot. The newly released images from the […]
Sept. 10, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.
A newly unveiled poster for the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special reveals its title – ”The Day of the Doctor” — and offers a glimpse of the much-anticipated episode. “The Day of the Doctor” will be a feature-length episode, clocking in at 75 minutes, and is slated to air Nov. 23. In an effort to avoid spoilers and plot leaks, BBC Worldwide is orchestrating a worldwide simulcast in 200 countries, including the U.S. The special stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and newcomer John Hurt. GRAPHIC: Meet the 11 Doctors Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in May’s season finale. Fan speculation abounds on whether Hurt’s character is a previous iteration, a future iteration or an alternate-timeline version of the time traveler, or else another character altogether. Smith and Tennant, of course, played the 11th and 10th incarnations […]
July 21, 2013 | 7:41 p.m.
“Doctor Who” fan excitement over new footage was tempered by sorrow over the departure of lead actor Matt Smith during the show’s 50th anniversary panel at Comic-Con International on Sunday. When Smith, who has played the show’s titular time-traveling alien since 2010, took the stage, a group of audience members shouted in unison, “Thank you, Matt!” The outpouring of love continued during the Q&A portion of the panel, as fan after fan — many wearing the character’s trademark tweed jacket and bow tie — praised and thanked Smith. “I’m going to cry when you leave,” one woman said. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Smith will end his “Doctor Who” run with the upcoming Christmas special, the BBC announced this year. Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat said Smith’s replacement has yet to be cast. Smith thanked the audience […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:40 p.m.
Season 3 of the hit BBC series “Sherlock” will feature Dr. John Watson’s wedding, with Sherlock Holmes serving as best man, the show’s creative team revealed Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Based on the classic mystery stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Golden Globe-nominated BBC series stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as the brilliant but socially inept detective and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) as his long-suffering roommate and co-sleuth. The show’s third season, set to premiere on PBS in the U.S. in early 2014, is highly anticipated after last year’s season finale, in which Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly (and inexplicably) alive. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “There really are only a few ways you can fall from a roof and […]
June 01, 2013 | 5:35 p.m.
Matt Smith is leaving “Doctor Who” after four years of portraying the time-traveling hero on the long-running British sci-fi adventure series. Smith, the 11th actor to portray the wandering Time Lord from Gallifrey, will leave the role following the show’s 50th anniversary special in November, BBC announced Saturday. The character will regenerate in the Christmas special. “‘Doctor Who’ has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke,” Smith said in a news release. “I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.” Although Smith’s fans will be sad to see him go, it’s the show’s ability to continue transforming itself over time that has helped it remain fresh and compelling for multiple generations of viewers. GRAPHIC: Meet the 11 Doctors “The beauty of ‘Doctor Who’ is its incredible flexibility, anchored by […]