Doctor Who

Aug. 26, 2014 | 11:29 a.m.

‘Doctor Who': ‘Deep Breath’ set for Blu-Ray release Sept. 9

Peter Capaldi poses for a photo in New York on Aug. 13. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
“Deep Breath,” the feature-length “Doctor Who” season-premiere episode that debuted on BBC America on Aug. 23, will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 9. Directed by Ben Wheatley, the episode was written by current “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat and set the Doctor and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), on very familiar territory in Victorian London — the city is threatened first by a rampaging T. Rex and then by repair bots run amok, harvesting human organs for their own purposes. The installment marked the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as the cosmic time-traveler, though the Scottish actor, best known for his role as a foul-mouthed government official in the political comedy “The Thick of It,” is no stranger to the “Doctor Who” universe. He appeared in the 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii” alongside the 10th Doctor, […]
Aug. 25, 2014 | 5:21 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ midnight screening brings out the Doctors

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman greeted the crowds at the "Doctor Who" season premiere screening in London. (Justin Tallis / AFP / Getty Images)
On Saturday night, the Doctors descended on Burbank. At the AMC Burbank 16, “Doctor Who’s” most loyal fans gathered for a special midnight screening of the eighth-season premiere, “Deep Breath.” It was their first chance to see the latest Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, in action. And it was definitely one of the most dapper late-night movie crowds in recent history. Many fans arrived dressed as their favorite Doctors — there were bow ties and fezes in honor of Matt Smith, pinstripes and sneakers for David Tennant and even a long, colorful scarf or two to acknowledge Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor. They came from far away — Matt Borcky, dressed as Smith’s Doctor, and his three friends drove 100 miles from Bakersfield just for the screening. Yes, they could have just watched it at home when it aired on […]
Aug. 14, 2014 | 5:03 p.m.

‘Doctor Who': ‘Deep Breath’ trailer gives just a peek at the future

Peter Capaldi plays the 12th Doctor in "Doctor Who." (BBC America)
Attention, Whovians. A trailer teasing the return of “Doctor Who” is making the rounds online, and although it might be brief, it does offer a few tantalizing hints about “Deep Breath,” the installment that kicks off the run of new episodes on BBC America later this month. Judging from the clip, the upcoming season looks to include all the classic bits of Doctor-ana: historical English setting (in this case the Victorian era), alien evildoers and a newly redesigned TARDIS, among them. Check it out below. Set to premiere Aug. 23, “Deep Breath” was written by “Doctor Who” executive producer Steven Moffat and directed by Ben Wheatley (known to indie film enthusiasts for such projects as “Kill List” and “Sightseers”). The episode will mark the proper beginning of Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor and kicks off the eighth season […]
July 31, 2014 | 1:46 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’: Season 8 premiere, ‘Deep Breath,’ set for big screen too

Ready to see “Doctor Who” on the silver screen? With anticipation building for the show’s imminent return, the newest Time Lord will also be getting a celluloid coming-out party with a screening of “Deep Breath,” the premiere episode of the new season, in select theaters. The episode will mark the proper beginning of Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor and kicks off the eighth season since the series revival in 2005. Fans in 12 soon-to-be-announced cities will be able to catch a special midnight screening of the episode on Aug. 23, shortly following the 8 p.m. premiere on BBC America. Then on Aug. 25, the celebration goes nationwide with two showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in more than 500 select movie theaters around the country.  It won’t be the first time an episode of the fan-favorite series has […]
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 […]
June 17, 2014 | 4:36 p.m.

‘Doctor Who': Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi makes comics debut

'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi (featured image)
While Peter Capaldi has already made his “Doctor Who” television debut as the Twelfth Doctor, he’ll be making his inaugural comic appearance this fall: Titan Comics has shared the upcoming covers that feature the latest Time Lord. As reported earlier this year, Titan Comics has taken over publishing rights to the series from IDW Comics, which had published “Doctor Who” tales in North America since 2008. In July, Titan will publish Tenth and Eleventh Doctor editions, with the Doctor as portrayed by David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively, in the long-running science-fiction television series. “Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor” No. 1 will hit stores Oct. 1, with Capaldi on the regular cover, and will be penned by writer Robbie Morrison (“Drowntown,” “The Authority,” “
2000AD,” “Nikolai Dante”) and artist Dave Taylor (“Batman: Death by Design,” “2000AD”). As with the Tenth and […]
May 02, 2014 | 10:09 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith set for key role in ‘Terminator’ reboot

“Doctor Who” star Matt Smith is set to do some time traveling of a different order. The English actor is joining the cast of the upcoming “Terminator” reboot, playing a new character with a strong connection to John Connor in the film, set to be directed by Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World”). The new “Terminator” film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy, with “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor, the iconic heroine brought to the screen in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action flick and 1991 sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, the new film also will star Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee, with original “Terminator” actor […]
April 12, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Oculus': Karen Gillan on ‘Doctor Who,’ horror, action hero boot camp

Karen Gillan is photographed in Los Angeles April 2, 2014. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
In her childhood years in Inverness, the quaint Scottish city nestled miles away from Loch Ness in the country’s picturesque highlands, Karen Gillan developed a bit of an obsession with darkness – perhaps a natural reaction to growing up in a place with limited sunlight and the mythical presence of monsters nearby. As a young girl, she’d watch episodes of “Tales of the Unexpected” with her mother and films such as Wes Craven’s satiric “Scream” with her friends. “One time, my friend came over to my house dressed in the ‘Scream’ costume and jumped into my room and it was the scariest moment of my life,” Gillan recalled recently over a cup of English breakfast tea at a West Hollywood hotel. “I’ve always been a horror film fan.” So, when director Mike Flanagan approached Gillan about starring in his time-bending […]
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 […]
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