Steven Moffat

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 […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 12:32 p.m.

‘Sherlock’ Season 3 trailer teases tension, reunion with Watson

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in the TV series "Sherlock." (PBS)
A new trailer for “Sherlock” Season 3 offers a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch’s consulting detective — alive and well after faking his death in last year’s season finale. The one-minute trailer, released Sunday, also shows a mustachioed Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), sharing a bed with Mary Morstan, the character’s wife in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories about the pair of private eyes. Incidentally, Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington plays Morstan, who makes her debut in the upcoming season. Fan anticipation for the Golden Globe-nominated show’s return is high after the cliffhanger in Season 2’s finale, “The Reichenbach Fall,” in which Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The mystery of his survival will be unraveled quickly in the new season, co-creator Steven Moffat told Comic-Con […]
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 […]
Aug. 05, 2013 | 2:47 p.m.

Peter Capaldi as ‘Doctor Who': A return to distinguished tradition?

Glasgow-born actor and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi, as he appeared in London in this file photo dated May 12, 2013. Capaldi was named as the next star of the long-running TV series "Doctor Who." (Dominic Lipinski/AP Photo)
PERSPECTIVE And as the world (or one obsessed subset thereof) watched, the name of the person to play the Twelfth Doctor — though not, of course, the name of the Doctor, which shall remain unspoken — was revealed. Peter Capaldi, the bookmakers’ choice by a wide margin, will take over for the retiring Matt Smith, the Doctor since 2010. Smith’s Doctor will regenerate into Capaldi’s — same character, just a different body — this Christmas. The new star of “Doctor Who” 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.” He is, at any rate, better known […]
Aug. 04, 2013 | 12:45 p.m.

‘Doctor Who': Peter Capaldi is revealed as the new Doctor

Peter Capaldi will play the 12th version of Doctor Who (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
It’s official: Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new Doctor. The 55-year-old Scottish actor is by no means a “Doctor Who” discovery along the lines of the most recent Time Lord, Matt Smith. In fact, the new Doctor already has his own following from the British political satire “The Thick of It” and the big-screen spinoff “In the Loop.” In both the series and the film, Capaldi played a foul-mouthed political spin doctor named Malcolm Tucker. But fans worrying that this casting means the Doctor is about to go down an adults-only path should relax. As Capaldi reassured fans just moments after the announcement of his casting: “Malcolm has been banished from the mirror by this new Doctor, who wouldn’t put up with Malcolm’s language.” The big reveal was made during a live telecast on Sunday hosted by British […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 5:23 p.m.

‘Sherlock’ Season 3 trailer teases Benedict Cumberbatch’s return

Benedict Cumberbatch’s prickly private eye Sherlock Holmes is back from the dead in a new trailer for Season 3 of “Sherlock.” The 26-second clip, released Friday, teases Sherlock’s reunion with each of his friends. Not that he would deign to call them his friends. The Season 3 debut, “The Empty Hearse,” is still months away — it’s slated to premiere on PBS in the U.S. in early 2014 — but fan anticipation is high after last year’s season 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 mystery of Sherlock’s survival will be unraveled in the season 3 premiere, co-creator Steven Moffat told Comic-Con International attendees during the show’s panel presentation, promising a “rational explanation.” PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch’s career in pictures […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 11:05 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ casting: Steven Moffat says, ‘You know it when you see it’

"Doctor Who" has clocked more than 50 years, transporting fans through time and space on remarkable adventures. Here's a look back at the Time Lord's regenerations over the years. (BBC)
“Doctor Who” lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat excels at keeping secrets. Case in point: The identity of the next actor to portray the Doctor, the perpetually regenerating time traveler hero in the long-running BBC show. When Matt Smith, who plays the current incarnation of the Doctor, announced in June that he would be leaving the sci-fi adventure series at the end of this year, Moffat began fending off questions about who would replace the “Doctor Who” star. “I have lied my arse off for months,” Moffat admitted during the show’s Comic-Con International presentation in San Diego last month. Now, with the casting announcement slated for Sunday, the only thing fans can expect is the unexpected. “You want people to be shocked when the name comes out,” Moffat said, sipping a cup of coffee in a San Diego hotel lounge. […]
Aug. 01, 2013 | 4:27 p.m.

‘Doctor Who': New Doctor will be revealed in live Sunday special

BBC will unveil the new star of “Doctor Who” on Sunday during “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor,” a live television program on BBC America and BBC One. The half-hour program, which will air at 11 a.m. PDT, will feature interviews with outgoing “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith, executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat, as well as special guests, including previous Doctors and companions. The show will also spotlight moments from the “Doctor Who’s” 50-year history. The identity of Smith’s replacement has been a closely guarded secret, and Moffat has admitted to lying outright in order to keep it. “Amongst all the speculation and betting, there has been lots of fun and intrigue at work as we’ve been using the codename Houdini as a decoy,” said Ben Stephenson, controller for BBC Drama Commissioning, in a news release. “It’s the biggest […]
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