Jan. 07, 2014 | 4:42 p.m.
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. 26, 2013 | 7:30 a.m.
“Times change, and so must I.” Thus spoke the 11th Doctor, as played by Matt Smith, moments before the time-traveling extraterrestrial shed his appearance and regenerated in a new form — this time played by Peter Capaldi. (Fans who missed the Christmas episode, beware — there are spoilers ahead.) The passing of the Doctor mantle came during the final moments of “The Time of the Doctor,” the show’s ninth Christmas special since its 2005 revival and the 800th episode in its 50-year history. Smith’s 11th Doctor spent most of the episode protecting the town of Christmas on the planet Trenzalore, and aging significantly in the process. After delivering his swan song aboard the Tardis, the 11th Doctor quickly morphed into the 12th. Viewers didn’t have much time to see Capaldi in action, as his arrival was brief and hectic: Upon regenerating, […]
Dec. 25, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.
On Christmas Day 2013, Peter Capaldi will take over for Matt Smith as the star of “Doctor Who,” the phenomenal BBC sci-fi series about a traveler in time and space. (It airs here on BBC America.) At some point in the holiday special “The Time of the Doctor,” Smith’s Doctor will regenerate into Capaldi’s — same character, new body — and the era of the 12th Doctor will begin. Capaldi is best known to Americans, which is not to say well known, as the F-bombing spin doctor in Armando Iannucci’s political comedies “The Thick of It” (BBC series) and “In the Loop” (film spinoff) and, reaching back through the foggy mists of time, for Bill Forsyth’s gentle comedy of Scotland, “Local Hero.” At any rate, he is better known to us than were immediate predecessors Smith, David Tennant and Christopher […]
Dec. 24, 2013 | 11:59 a.m.
Matt Smith wraps up his tenure as the star of “Doctor Who” in the show’s Christmas special Wednesday evening. “The Time of the Doctor,” which airs at 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, marks Smith’s departure from the long-running British sci-fi series after three years playing the time-traveling alien. Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, best known from his work on the comedy series “The Thick of It,” will be taking Smith’s place in the TARDIS and is expected to make his debut in Wednesday’s episode. Smith, who took over from David Tennant in 2010, has seen the show skyrocket in popularity, especially in the United States. His time as the ever-regenerating hero was marked by complicated puzzles of time and space, alien quirks such as a fondness for fish fingers and custard, and insisting, despite raised eyebrows from his accomplices, that “bow […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Dec. 18, 2013 | 5:05 p.m.
A new trailer for the “Doctor Who” Christmas special is out, teasing Matt Smith’s final episode as the show’s star. The trailer, released Wednesday, features Orla Brady as mysterious villainess Tasha Lem, a figure from the Doctor’s distant past. “The Time War will begin anew,” she declares. “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 trailer also shows the Doctor crashing a Christmas dinner, presumably that of companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). The episode also brings together a plethora of classic “Doctor Who” aliens, including Daleks, Cybermen, the Silence and the Weeping Angels. Other guest stars include Rob Jarvis and Tessa Peake-Jones. “Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed […]
Dec. 14, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.
The 11th Doctor’s companions try to persuade “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith to stay just a little longer in a new take on Frank Loesser’s classic winter carol, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The “Regeneration Carol” fan video, from comedy and musical troupe Not Literally, features Smith look-alike Matt Elliott as the Time Lord while actresses dressed as Amy Pond, Clara Oswald and River Song serenade him, begging him not to regenerate. “It’s time to run and remember,” croons Clara. “How bittersweet this December,” the Doctor responds. “You’ll be the same Doctor inside,” River reassures him. “Maybe I’ll be ginger this time,” he says, perking up. The real-life Smith is wrapping up his time on the TARDIS, ending his “Doctor Who” tenure with this year’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor.” PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, best […]
Dec. 11, 2013 | 10:48 a.m.
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 […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 3:44 p.m.
“Doctor Who” stars David Tennant and Billie Piper reflect on returning to the series in a bonus clip from the home video release of “The Day of the Doctor,” out Tuesday. The clip, which was screened in theaters after showings of the 50th anniversary special, features a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the actors on the “Day of the Doctor” set. Tennant, who reprises his 10th Doctor role in the special, confesses that he had harbored some hope to return to the series but never knew for sure whether he’d get the opportunity. PHOTOS: Sneak peek at ‘The Time of the Doctor’ Christmas special “It’s been vaguely talked about very casually for probably a couple of years now,” Tennant says in the video (watch it below). “So when people think I’ve been lying in every press interview I’ve done for the last […]
Dec. 04, 2013 | 6:23 p.m.
New images from this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special have been revealed, offering a glimpse of Matt Smith in his final episode as the show’s eponymous protagonist. The special, which airs on BBC America at 9 p.m. PST on Dec. 25, is titled “The Time of the Doctor” and follows the Time Lord and his latest traveling companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) in their last adventure together. “Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor,” reads the episode’s official description. “Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.” PHOTOS: Hero Complex Geek Gift Guide 2013 The […]