Doctor Who

April 02, 2015 | 4:47 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’: BBC Worldwide releases a special BitTorrent bundle

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Time flies when you’re a Time Lord. To commemorate the 10 years since the BBC regenerated the “Doctor Who” series, BBC Worldwide has joined with BitTorrent to release an exclusive 10-episode bundle highlighting the British sci-fi show’s best moments, as selected by the “Doctor Who” team. The “Decade of Doctor Who” bundle features an introduction by Peter Capaldi, who currently stars as the Twelfth Doctor. The introductory video, as well as a preview of the episode “Rose,” the first episode of the 2005 revival starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, are available free. “This innovative deal with BitTorrent allows us to directly reach a huge number of consumers and engage with fans on a global and fast-growing digital platform,” said Julia Kenyon, the director of drama brands at BBC Worldwide in a statement. “This deal is the first of […]
March 30, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams joins ‘Doctor Who’ cast

Maisie Williams will guest star in "Doctor Who." (BBC)
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite character Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones,” is headed to the TARDIS. The 17-year-old actress will guest star in the upcoming season of “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Monday, though her character remains a mystery. “It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways,” the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said in a statement. “This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.” The sci-fi adventure series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, returns this fall for its ninth season since rebooting a decade ago. The show centers around a time-traveling alien known simply as […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 12:14 p.m.

Lego to introduce ‘Doctor Who’-themed set later this year

A "Doctor Who" Lego set will materialize this year. (BBC America / Lego)
The Doctor will undergo yet another regeneration — this time, materializing as a Lego character. A “Doctor Who”-themed Lego set will go into production this year, the Lego Group announced Wednesday morning. The concept for the set was chosen after “Doctor Who” fan Andrew Clark submitted a design on the Lego Ideas website, where fans can vote for their favorite ideas to be produced. Clark, who works as a video game artist, offered a design featuring an unfolding TARDIS (the Doctor’s time machine and spaceship) and a range of Doctors, including incarnations played by fan favorites David Tennant and Tom Baker, as well as the current actor, Peter Capaldi. His concept also included several companions and monsters, among them Daleks and Weeping Angels. Lego has yet to release details about which characters and features will appear in the toy set, […]
Oct. 08, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.

‘Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor’: Capaldi’s Doctor comes to comics

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 (Featured image)
The newest incarnation of the Doctor is making his comic book debut this month in “Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor,” a new series from Titan Comics. The first five-issue run is written by Robbie Morrison (“The Adventures of Nikolai Dante,” “2000 AD”) and features art by Dave Taylor (“Batman: Death by Design,” “2000 AD”). In the 32-page first issue, which hits comic shops Oct. 15, Clara Oswald (as played by Jenna Coleman) is getting ready for an evening of grading papers and going out on a date when the freshly regenerated Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi) whisks her to a faraway world where they face down alien flora and fauna. And despite the Time Lord’s new, more serious visage, it seems he still makes time for witty banter, poking some fun at the 11th Doctor’s fashion sense. “You humans […]
Sept. 19, 2014 | 11:56 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’: Nick Frost, Michael Troughton to guest star in Christmas special

Nick Frost, left, will be guest starring in the 2014 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (Los Angeles Times; BBC America)
“Shaun of the Dead” actor Nick Frost will guest star in this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas episode, the BBC announced Friday. “I’m so thrilled to have been asked,” Frost said in a BBC America news release. “I’m such a fan of the show.” Frost will be joined by Michael Troughton (“Breathless,” “The New Statesman”), the son of Patrick Troughton, who portrayed the second incarnation of the Doctor in the late 1960s. Also guest-starring are Nathan McMullen (“Misfits”), Faye Marsay (“The White Queen”) and Natalie Gumede (“Coronation Street”). They will of course be accompanied by Peter Capaldi, the Doctor, and Jenna Coleman, his companion Clara. The Christmas special, to be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios, is directed by Paul Wilmshurst (“Strike Back”), who also directed this season’s seventh and eighth episodes “Kill the Moon” and “Mummy on […]
Aug. 30, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’: Samuel Anderson begins his journey with the Doctor

'Doctor Who' Samuel Anderson (featured image)
Samuel Anderson found out he’d landed a gig on “Doctor Who” the day after Thanksgiving last year. He was hanging out with friends, listening to loud music and generally relaxing when his agent called. He took the call alone on the balcony and found out he was going to play Danny Pink. “I went back inside and told my friends ‘Bloody hell, I just got “Doctor Who,”‘” Anderson said during a phone call from England the day before his first episode, “Into the Dalek” was set to debut. “Just then my phone rang again. It was my agent again, who said, ‘Don’t tell anyone.'” Lucky for Anderson, that momentary slip didn’t hurt him. “My friends are too cool for spoilers,” he said. Anderson wasn’t in the first episode of the new season, “Deep Breath,” but that doesn’t mean his character, […]
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 […]
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