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New clip for Twice Upon a Time released for Children in Need
Moffat says Netflix approach to show would work
Steven Moffat has said he thinks that one day Doctor Who could follow the Netflix “binge” TV model, whereby the BBC would “drop” a whole new season on iPlayer to view at once rather than airing them weekly.
Posed the scenario by Digital Spy, he replied: “Can I conceive a future where this happens? Yes.”
“I would listen to wiser heads. I think television is changing massively. I think the idea of dropping a whole series and letting people find it, letting people watch it and binge it – I think it’s coming. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.
“People are showing a marked preference for bingeing, we all are. I just binged my way through The Good Place. I just absolutely adored that. It just ran out instantly and I’m very resentful I have to wait now!”
He added: “I think the day is coming, I don’t see how it can be stopped. Because the audience are actually in control and the audience are demonstrating a preference.
“I think TV scheduling is going to disappear.”
Indeed, the BBC has started experimenting with the idea of late on iPlayer for certain TV shows, so it certainly doesn’t seem out of the question for Doctor Who to take the next step.
Source/Doctor Who TV
DWM #519: Out now
Issue #519 of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with the newFirst Doctor, David Bradley.
Four years ago he played William Hartnell in BBC Two’s An Adventure in Space and Time. Now David Bradley is returning as the First Doctor himself for this year’s Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time…
“I was playing the guy who was playing the Doctor, but now I’m the Doctor… It’s absolutely thrilling.”
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE…
John Smith hired for latest season of Doctor Who
At some point, every fan harbours a secret desire to work on their favourite TV show or film – but when it comes to Doctor Who, it seems like the dream could actually come true.
From high-profile longtime fans like writers Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies and stars David Tennant and Peter Capaldi to the motion graphics specialist whose viral video inspired the current opening credits sequence, all sorts of Whovians have found their way on to the show over the years – and now another has joined their ranks.
Remember ‘John Smith’, the mysterious YouTuber whose videos of Sherlock/Doctor Who crossovers, Tardis journeys and rain-themed series fan trailers lit up the internet? Well, it turns out he’s been hired on the show properly now, working on episodes of the previously-broadcast series 10 and this December’s Christmas special.
“I did the black hole in World Enough and Time,” Smith (not his real name) told the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine “and now, with the Christmas Special, they’re trusting me with a whole lot more. It’s been a literal dream come true.”
Smith had previously worked on the series by designing special ‘Time for Heroes’ promos prior to the airing of series 10, but his new official projects are even more impressive, including a much-discussed shot from the first Twice Upon a Time trailer that sees footage of First Doctor William Hartnell morph into actor David Bradley (who takes over the role from the late Hartnell for the festive episode).
“All I was given was the original shot of Hartnell,” Smith said, “and a matching shot of Bradley delivering the same lines. However, there were quite a few differences – delivery, head positions and movement, background – so I knew immediately that a normal morphing transition wouldn’t work.”
However, he had an idea of how he could still pull the tricky idea off…
“About a year ago, I did a simple GIF of Daniel Radcliffe’s face seamlessly turning into Elijah Wood’s and back again – which got featured on [US talk show] Conan during an interview with Wood!” Smith recalled.
“So I was familiar with certain techniques where, if you change each facial feature one by one, you can get one person to look like another, with only a few subtle adjustments. But I’d never done it with moving footage before, and had no idea whether it’d actually work.
“So, one facial feature at a time, I gradually turned Bradley into Hartnell, and it wasn’t until I replaced his eyes that it all clicked into place. Even though it looks like Hartnell at the beginning of the shot, it’s still Bradley’s performance and movement, and the ‘modifiers’ are slowly decreased until Bradley looks like himself.
“I still don’t think I’ve quite nailed it,” he concluded, “but I’ve got a few weeks before I need to hand in my final work, so I’ve constantly been making tweaks to get it looking as good as possible. But I’m immensely proud of that shot, mostly since it seemed so impossible at first glance.”
Australian cinema outing for Twice Upon a Time
This Christmas will see the Doctor Who Christmas Special shown in cinemas around Australia on Boxing Day:
BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand and Sharmill Films are giving Doctor Who fans a special gift this Christmas with an event screening of this year’s Christmas Special Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time. The epic finale to the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who will be coming to Australian cinemas on Boxing Day, featuring the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss(Sherlock) and David Bradley (Game of Thrones). The event will also introduce the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), who is the first woman to take on the role.
The cinema event will also feature two exclusive bonus pieces, taking audiences behind the scenes to the filming of this holiday special and celebrating the tenures of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Steven Moffat as showrunner and lead writer.
Fans throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the event in select cinemas through Sharmill Films. Information on participating cinemas and purchasing tickets for Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time can be found here.
Louise Hill, Live Entertainment Executive, BBC Worldwide ANZ, said:
Doctor Who fans love watching the show on the big screen and with Peter Capaldi regenerating into the first female Doctor, this promises to be an iconic episode.
Jacinta Palmer, Marketing Manager of Sharmill Films, said:
There’s nothing quite like the big screen experience, and we’re thrilled to give fans the opportunity to bid farewell to the fantastic Peter Capaldi in cinemas nationally, and to usher in Jodie Whittaker’s hugely anticipated debut as the 13th Doctor.
As well as this great chance for fans to come together and watch Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Timeon the big screen, the episode will also be available on ABC iview immediately after the UK broadcast and will air on ABC at 7.30pm December 26th. Straight afterwards fans can join Rove and his guests for a special regeneration episode of WHOVIANS, 8.30pm ABC COMEDY.
Source/Doctor Who News
RIP Keith Barron
The actor Keith Barron has died at the age of 83.
Keith Barron played the character Striker, one of the Eternals in the 1983 Fifth Doctor story Enlightenment. He is best known for playing David Pearce in the 1980s Yorkshire Television sitcom Duty-Free.
Kethe Baron was born in Mexborough, South Yorkshire in 1934. His career started at the Sheffield Repertory Theatre, where he also met his wife, Mary a stage designer.
His television career began in the early 1960's when he played a number of small roles before playing Detective Sergeant Swift in the Granada TV series The Odd Man and its spin-off It's Dark Outside.
His main break came in 1965 when he took the title role in two Wednesday plays, written by Dennis Potter, Stand Up, Nigel Barton and Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton, which detailed the character's journey from his childhood in a small mining community to winning a scholarship for Oxford and eventually becoming an MP.
In 1967 he played Jim Dixon in BBC Two's The Further Adventures of Lucky Jim, a comedy set in the swinging student world in London. He appeared in Jackanory, A Family at War, Love Story and No Strings. In 1974 we made a memorable appearance in Upstairs Downstairs as Gregory Wilmot, a love interest for Jean Marsh's Rose.
Many other roles followed and in 1979 he played Tim Hart in Telford's Changealongside Peter Barkworth. The same year he appeared in the ITV drama Prince Regent as Whig statesman Charles James Fox.
In 1983 he was asked at short notice to take on his one Doctor Who role, as Striker in Enlightenment. The role was originally to be played by Peter Sallis, who had to drop out when industrial action delayed production.
He played the Narator in West Country Tales and Daniel Ford in Leaving, before taking on the role that he is probably best known for, playing David Pearce in Duty Free.
Other roles included parts in Haggard, Take Me Home, Take Me Home, Room at the Bottom, Late Expectations, The Good Guys, All Night Long, Take Me, NCS Manhunt, Where the Heart Is, Dead Man Weds, The Chase, Law & Order: UK, DCI Banks and Casualty. He had a regular role in the soap Coronation Street playing George Trench.
Barron is survived by his wife, Mary, to whom he was married for 58 years, and his son, Jamie, also an actor.
Source/Doctor Who News
Steven Moffat and RTD return to pen new novels
Though Steven Moffat may be exiting as Doctor Who showrunner this Christmas, that doesn’t mean he’s done with the wonderful world of the Whoniverse.
RadioTimes.com has learned that the screenwriter is teaming up with former Who boss Russell T Davies and novelists Jenny Colgan and Paul Cornell to write a series of Doctor Who novelisations.
Based on the iconic Target novelisations that retold classic Doctor Who episodes from the 1970s to the 1990s, this new ‘Target Collection’ will be published by BBC Books and Penguin Randomhouse, and will see Davies and Moffat adapt one of their own episodes each while Colgan adapts the first full episode featuring David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Cornell adapts Peter Capaldi’s final episode.
Davies will adapt Rose, the very first episode of the revived Doctor Who, which aired in 2005 and introduced the world to Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler and Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor. Meanwhile, frequent Who novelist Colgan is penning the novelisation for Davies’ 2005 festive special The Christmas Invasion, the first full outing for Tennant’s popular Tenth Doctor which saw the Time Lord face off against the Sycorax.
Following on from this, Moffat is set to adapt one of his own episodes – 2013 50th anniversary spectacular The Day of the Doctor, which united Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors with John Hurt’s previously-unseen War Doctor.
And old series hand Cornell, who wrote Doctor Who episodes Father’s Day, Human Nature and the Family of Blood (the latter two-parter based on his own 1995 tie-in novel Human Nature) as well as numerous novels and other spin-off media based on the series, will adapt upcoming Christmas episode Twice Upon a Time, which airs this December and serves as both Moffat and Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who swansong.
All four titles will be released on the 2nd April 2018, and short summaries of each (recovered from Penguin’s Australian website and confirmed as genuine by RadioTimes.com) can be read below.
DOCTOR WHO: ROSE (TARGET COLLECTION)
By Russell T Davies
The story that relaunched Doctor Who for the 21st century, novelised by show-runner Russell T Davies from his original script.
Meet the new Doctor Who classics.
“Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!”
In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move – and kill – are taking up key positions, ready to strike.
Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She’s about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe – a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.
DOCTOR WHO: THE CHRISTMAS INVASION (TARGET COLLECTION)
By Jenny T. Colgan
The Tenth Doctor’s first adventure, novelised by bestselling author Jenny T Colgan
Meet the new Doctor Who classics.
Earth is under attack by power-hungry aliens. This is no time for the Doctor to be out of action.
When a British space probe is intercepted by a sinister alien vessel on the eve of Christmas, it marks the beginning of an audacious invasion of the Earth by the Sycorax – horrifying marauders from beyond the stars. Within hours, a third of humanity stands on the brink of death with not a single shot fired.
Our planet needs a champion – but the Doctor is not fit for service. He’s just regenerated, delirious in a new body and a dressing gown. Forced into his battered shoes is his friend, Rose Tyler, a girl from a London council estate. Will she save the world from this nightmare before Christmas – or see it destroyed?
DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR (TARGET COLLECTION)
By Steven Moffat
The spectacular 50th anniversary episode with the iconic War Doctor, novelised by showrunner Steven Moffat from his original script
Meet the new Doctor Who classics.
When the entire universe is at stake, three different Doctors will unite to save it.
The Tenth Doctor is hunting shape-shifting Zygons in Elizabethan England. The Eleventh is investigating a rift in space-time in the present day. And one other – the man they used to be but never speak of – is fighting the Daleks in the darkest days of the Time War. Driven by demons and despair, this battle-scarred Doctor is set to take a devastating decision that will threaten the survival of the entire universe… a decision that not even a Time Lord can take alone.
On this day, the Doctor’s different incarnations will come together to save the Earth… to save the universe… and to save his soul.
DOCTOR WHO: TWICE UPON A TIME (TARGET COLLECTION)
By Paul Cornell
The Twelfth Doctor’s dramatic final adventure, novelised by Paul Cornell
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