Welcome to the Kasterborous Klicker-our brand new, weekly article which shall be released every Friday. Every week, we shall sum up all of the news, opinions and videos from the past seven days in the doctor who universe.
Jodie Whittaker reveals how she helped design her doctor who costume
When new Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker’s costume was revealed last year it drew a lot of attention, from those who obsessively counted its apparent references to the classic series to fans desperate to work out how they could replicate it for their next comic-con trip.
And now, the Time Lord herself has revealed that she actually had a major role in designing the Thirteenth Doctor’s signature look, working closely with costume designer Ray Holman (who also put together costumes for Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi’s Doctors over the years) to nail the costume.
“Ray and myself designed the costume from scratch,” Whittaker told Doctor Who Magazine in a new interview.
“We’re old friends, because we did five years of Broadchurch together, and it’s an incredibly collaborative relationship, really creative.
“He was able to take a sometimes bizarre explanation from me and then offer up exactly what I was trying to articulate. I’d have an idea and then he’d take it to the next level. My acorn of an idea would turn into an oak tree as soon as Ray got hold of it.
“We started in August, and it went on until October,” she continued. “The very first meeting we had about the costume was all very secret and incognito.
Jodie Whittaker’s full Doctor Who costume“As we were talking I was completely distracted by the colour of the wallpaper behind us. I told Ray I absolutely loved that colour, and that’s the colour of the trousers. It’s petrol!”
And Whittaker also had some bad news for cosplayers keen to pick up their own version of her outfit in the shops – despite its fairly normal appearance everything was custom-made, so fans may be hard pressed to replicate the look easily.
“For me, none of it is [high-street available],” she said.
“I did try on a T-shirt that was off the peg and I really liked it, but there were elements of it that didn’t quite work. It kind of went through so many forms in Ray’s workshop – he cut it to the right shape and put the print on the front.”
Oh well – these days, we reckon the fans are canny enough to make their own versions without TOO much difficulty.
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 this autumn, while the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is on sale now
RIP Peter Wyngarde
The actor Peter Wyngarde has died at the age of 90.
Peter Wyngarde was best known for playing Jason King, the bestselling novelist turned sleuth who appeared in the British television series Department S and Jason King, inspiring the Mike Myers character Austin Powers. He appeared in the 1984 Doctor Who story Planet of Fire playing Timanov the devout religious leader of the planet Sarn.
Peter Wyngarde's origins are shrouded in mystery with the actor himself giving different accounts of his parents and birthplace. He is believed to have been born in France in the late 1920's, with 1927 being the most authoritative date. He grew up in the far east and during World War II was interned in the Lunghua internment camp in Shanghai, set up by the Japanese for European and American citizens living in the city.
After the war, he sailed to the United Kingdom on the Cunard White Star Line vessel the Arawa, arriving in Southampton at the age of 18.
After briefly studying law he joined an advertising agency and in 1946 won his first professional role in the theatre. One of his earliest roles was a production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham.
His first television appearance was a bit part in the 1949 production of Dick Barton Strikes Back. He soon graduated to leading roles playing John the Baptist in the 1956 version of Jesus of Nazareth and Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities.
In 1959 he played Lt Jan Wicziewsky in South one of the earliest gay-themed British TV dramas. the play came just two years after the Wolfenden Report, when homosexuality was still very much a taboo subject, making Wyngarde’s impassioned performance all the more extraordinary.
In 1969 Wyngarde won the role that would make him a household name in the espionage series Department S. He played the suave womaniser Jason King, a character so popular that he was spun off into his own action espionage series Jason King, which ran for one season of 26 fifty-minute episodes. The series enjoyed global success with Wyngarde briefly becoming an international celebrity.
During the seventies, he has a succession of smaller roles on television. in 1973 he played the King of Siam in a revival of the musical The King and I at London's Adelphi Theatre. In 1980 he appeared as the masked character Klytus in the film Flash Gordon.
In 1984 he made his appearance in Doctor Who playing Timanov. He wanted to play the part in heavy disguise but was persuaded by producer John Nathan Turnerto show his face.
Wyngarde virtually retired from acting after a throat infection forced his withdrawal from a stage production of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. His public appearances were mainly restricted to Memorabilia events.
Peter Wyngarde died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on 15 January 2018.
Source/Doctor Who News
Jodie Whittaker: Series 11 will blow your mind
We have a long wait until Jodie Whittaker’s first Doctor Who series airs on BBC1 this autumn, but it seems like the new version of the BBC sci-fi series will be worth it – at least according to Whittaker herself, who teased some seriously mind-blowing storylines in a new interview about her role as the Thirteenth Doctor.
“How lucky am I to play this part?” Whittaker told Doctor Who Magazine in their latest issue.
“There is no other job in the world like this, where you can see so many different worlds, meet such amazing characters and speak such extraordinary dialogue.
“When it’s all put together in one series I hope it will blow the audience’s minds as much as it blows mine when I read each new script.”
She added: “It’s never going to feel like [other jobs], because it’s this job and it’s amazing. It’s a world away from any part I’ve played before.”
However, at the time of the interview in mid-December Whittaker said that her day-to-day life hadn’t changed much, with the real start for her Doctor (the first female incarnation of the face-changing Time Lord) coming in the Christmas special that aired later that month.
“Is life different? I’m not yet the Doctor, so I suppose all that excitement and craziness kicks in at Christmas when the handover happens,” she said.
“At this moment in time, my life outside the job is essentially the same. I’m filming all day and going home at night.
“The world of Doctor Who is the job I’m on, so that’s very new, but all the external things that come with playing the Doctor haven’t really kicked in yet, so it’s been a kind of nice slow burn.”
Hopefully, now that the pressure is on Whittaker’s still having fun with her new role. We have serious, mind-blowingly high hopes for these new episodes.
Over 11 hours of content due for series 11
When Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who companions were announced to the world last year, new showrunner Chris Chibnall also dropped another tantalising piece of information – the official structure of the new series.
Season 11 of Doctor Who will consist of one 60-minute opener followed by nine 50-minute episodes, making a total of ten parts.
Although that makes each instalment at least five minutes longer than in previous runs some fans, used to 12-13 entries in recent years, grumbled at the reduction in episodes.
But perhaps things aren’t as bad as they at first seemed. Because some new information has emerged suggesting that there might actually be more Doctor Who this year than we were expecting.
In an official advert inside industry publication Toy World Magazine, BBC Worldwide has placed a full-page tease (on page 69) for future Doctor Who tie-in merchandise that promises “More than 11 hours of new content in Autumn 2018,” far more than we were expecting.
Even allowing for the fact that the series 11 premiere will run for a full hour, the amount of time allocated for the new episodes is only eight and a half hours, so where are the other two and a half or so coming from? The BBC are remaining typically tight-lipped – but there are a number of possible answers.
For example, it could be the case that this extra time includes a Christmas special, the likes of which Doctor Who has aired yearly since the series returned to TV in 2005. Now, there had been some speculation that there would be no festive episode this year due to it not having been mentioned in the series announcement, but for production reasons Who-letide adventures are sometimes included as part of the series order for the following year, which could explain its absence from discussion thus far.
So maybe an hour-long Christmas special is coming after all. Then again, that still wouldn’t account for all the extra time, and its arguable whether an air date of 25th December would count as coming in “Autumn 2018”.
So what else could account for the extra time? Certainly, some of it could come from an extended series finale, which isn’t a rule (and wasn’t suggested in the initial announcement) but has become fairly common in recent years. Alternatively, the number of episodes or their length could have changed somehow, which is technically possible but seems extremely improbable.
More likely, the 11-plus hours includes the likes of tie-in online videos, be they short “prequel” scenes setting the tone of the episode, spin-off sketches like the Pond Life miniseries that accompanied the 2012 series (and, perhaps not entirely coincidentally, was written by Chibnall) or perhaps even behind-the-scenes offerings in the vein of Doctor Who Confidential and Doctor Who Extra.
If we had 15-minute behind-the-scenes videos for every single episode that would provide more than the missing two and a half hours. It could even be that tie-in YouTube series like the Doctor Who Fan Show (which interviews cast members and writers after the episodes) count towards this runtime, all adding up to the series length we were expecting but with a few online accoutrements.
Of course, until more announcements are made we can’t know for sure one way or the other – but in our heart of hearts, we know we’re all secretly hoping there’s a secret extra episode hidden in there somewhere. After all, only Doctor Who could have a series that’s secretly bigger on the inside…
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 this Autumn
Time Shadows: Second Nature
A new unauthorized Doctor Who short-story anthology, Time Shadows: Second Nature, has been published by Pseudoscope Publishing.
All sale proceeds from the project will be donated to CODE, which advances literacy and learning in Canada and around the world
The publication is a follow-up to the first Time Shadows, which has raised over USD $1,100 for charity to date. Second Nature features all televised Doctors up to the Twelfth Doctor, across 23 stories, including an epic, multi-part framing story.
Everywhere he goes, the Doctor is confronted by mysteries and marvels, danger and delight.
Along the way, the Doctor encounters a medieval knight in a supermarket; some time-displaced Vikings; a weapon from the Time War; a stain on his office carpet, which poses a threat greater than Bill can imagine; and so much more.
He brings hope to the oppressed; he never gives up and never gives in. To the Doctor, that is Second Nature.
The anthology is edited by Stephen Hatcher, with a foreword by John Peel.
It features stories by Violet Addison & David N. Smith, Simon Blake, Simon A. Brett, Ian K. Cimm, Kate Coleman, Paul Driscoll, Ian Farrington, David Gibbons, Michael Gilroy-Sinclair, Grace Haddon, Stephen Hatcher, Roger McCoy, Mark McManus, Greg Maughan, Stuart S. Roth, Jenny Shirt, Dale Smith, Paul Sutton, Daniel Tessier, Nick Walters, Joshua Wanisko, Paul Williams and Anthony Wilson.
Cover art is by Iain Robertson. Illustration by Paul Cowan.
Ordering information for Time Shadows: Second Nature is available from the Pseudoscope Publishing website
Source/Doctor Who News
Steven Moffat reveals his alternative plans for doctor who
Doctor Who retirement seems to suit Steven Moffat. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him as relaxed as he is in this interview with the Doctor Who Fan Show, and with it comes the old wry Moffat wit – plus some amazing tidbits from his time in charge.
For instance, on the failed attempt to replace the ‘old’ copper coloured Daleks with larger multi-coloured models, he’s brutally honest about the failings.
“It was a salutary lesson,” he says. “The fault lies entirely with me, not the brilliant team who made the new Daleks. They were beautiful in many respects. But it was my mistake, and a completely unnecessary one… Now if you’ve seen those actual props, they’re gorgeous. If you see them on stage or in real life. Where they don’t look good is on television, the only place it matters that they look good!”
“It was a fascinating lesson I never forgot. We made the Daleks huge. Why? We make the Daleks huge and you just move the camera further away, and you make the Doctor smaller.”
He goes on to explain that the fault was in focussing on the wrong things in his first year as showrunner.
“We put so much thought and effort into our first block, episodes that I think stands up to this day – I took my eye off the ball of my block two episodes. I shouldn’t have been on that set, I shouldn’t have been giving endless notes on rushes that were unnecessary. I should have moved my attention to block two, taken a look at those Daleks’ camera tests. Most of the things I’m unsure about are in that block two, when most of my attention was on beginning. Beginning is easy, it’s keeping going that’s hard.”
Of course, that beginning might have been very different, if David Tennant had decided to stay on.
“David was going through the now-to-me very familiar angst about leaving, [but] it would definitely have been his last one.”
To that end, the plot would have been close to what turned into Matt Smith’s debut, with some significant differences.
“My version of that series would have been the David Tennant Doctor crashing into the back garden about to regenerate, and little Amelia would help him back to the Tardis and fly off.
“And then she’d meet him later, but he’d have no memory of that, because we’d come to realise that was the Doctor from the future and we’d make our way through the series to the point where the Doctor gets back to that.”
It’s an interesting ‘what-if’ for fans to ponder, and Moffat was keen to push back on the idea that every new showrunner must change everything just for the sake of it.
“Frankly if David and Catherine [Tate] had wanted to continue, I wouldn’t have [changed everything], it would have been the same design for the Tardis [etc]. Because there’s no way that version of the show was worn out.”
The rest of the interview, which covers everything from social media to the 50th anniversary, is well worth a listen. You can view it in the videos section below.
Welcome to the new section of the Kasterborous Klicker introduced this week-the second week of the said article. Every week, we shall be revealing the public's and the staff's opinions on a chosen doctor who subject.
In today's edition of the opinions section, we look at your opinions on whether references to the past should be light or strong in the Chris Chibnall era.
63% of people revealed they wanted subtle references (41 people)
37% of people revealed they wanted strong references (23 people)
There should be slight references to the past, like in the RTD era, however they should not be as strong as the Steven Moffat era. The amount of references in the past few years have become ridiculous at points.
Every week, we shall select a number of important videos from the last week or so that you may have missed from the doctor who universe, including official, fan made and opinion videos.
Steven Moffat joins Christel Dee in the second part of his three part interview with the fan show as he discusses all about the Matt Smith era of the show.
Reminisce on one of the finest scenes in the Pilot where the twelfth doctor gives a speech about what life really means.
Watch Mojo UK present their top 10 list of the greatest doctor who fan theories from both classic who and new who.
That's it for this edition of the Kasterborous Klicker! You can join us again for another update on Friday 26th January.
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