At the British Film Awards, Williams says she’d like to play Dr Who if Elba does not take the role.
Yes it would be cool but right now I’m locked into some other things. I think a female doctor would be incredible. I think a black doctor would be incredible. I’m all for Idris Elba – but if not I’ll take it for the team and do it!
Williams is slated to guest star in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.
I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who, as it’s such a big and important part of British culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.
We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. 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. 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.
Contrary to recent incarnations in which The Doctor has flirted with his companions and developed romanticized relationships with them, Capldi says there will be no flirting in the new series.
There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure.
The first full trailer for season 8 of Doctor Who is released. The trailer was first broadcast by BBC during the half-time interval of the World Cup finals.
Entertainment Weekly presents a first look at Capaldi in the first episode of season 8 – Deep Breath. He is shown in ragged clothes alongside of Coleman. Fans speculate that this is either a disguise or the fore-runner to what will eventually become the Doctor’s permanent costume. Of the premier, Moffat says:
It’s a big introduction—he’s the new Doctor. There’s no point pretending that it’s not the most interesting, dynamic thing that you’ve got to sell in that first episode. It’s going to be about ‘What’s he like? How’s he different?’ I suppose it feels a bit like a character piece, but there’s plenty of action and nonsense and jeopardy, as there ever is in Doctor Who.
The BBC begins an investigation into five unfinished Doctor Who scripts that were leaked onto the internet that are are reported to have originated from a BBC Worldwide office in the US.
We deeply regret this and apologise to all the show’s fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series. We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches.
BBC Wales announces that the world premiere of season 8 will take place in Cardiff on August 7 at St. David’s Hall. BBC Wales Director, Rhodri Talfan Davies:
Doctor Who is getting even bigger and even better – and it’s a real thrill that the show’s fans here in Wales will be the very first to see the new Doctor at this very special premiere screening. Doctor Who has been made in Wales for almost ten years – and we’re so proud of its worldwide success.
Tickets will be available to the public from St David’s Hall Box Office beginning July 7th.
Between the France/Germany World Cup match and the BBC News, the BBC releases a new 20 second trailer for the upcoming Season 8.
Despite speculation and rumor of a potential spin-off of Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor, the actor states that it is not currently in the works nor is it likely to take place.
We’ve got a new Doctor now. Capaldi’s begun his tenure and he could be there for 10 years or more. Peter should be given a clear run without any talk of me or anybody else…I’ll probably never come back but if I did I wouldn’t mind at all if it was like the last time. Five minutes every 15 years or something, I come in and steal the glory.
The BBC reveals that the Cybermen are to return to the 8th season of Doctor Who. The show’s official Twitter account tweets a behind-the-scenes picture showing Gomez with Capaldi in Cardiff and Cybermen behind them. It is believed they were shooting scenes for the Series 8 finale.
The picture is tweeted again a few hours later with the words: “In case you missed it … Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez and some familiar faces, earlier today!”
Gomez will join the Doctor Who cast as the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere. On this casting, Moffat says:
I’ve known Michelle for years, and I’m thrilled to welcome her to Doctor Who. She’s everything we need – brilliant, Scottish, and a tiny bit satanic.
Gomez will appearing in the first episode when the series returns on August 23rd.
The BBC confirms that Season 8 of Doctor Who will air on BBC One on August 23rd, 2014. The premiere feature-length episode will be entitled Deep Breath.