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.
Between the France/Germany World Cup match and the BBC News, the BBC releases a new 20 second trailer for the upcoming Season 8.
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.
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.
BBC announces a major, worldwide publicity tour to launch the new series of Doctor Who and introduce the world to the new Doctor – Peter Capaldi. The tour is scheduled to begin in the UK on August 7th and finish in Brazil on August 19th. The tour will take Capaldi, Jenna Coleman (the Doctor’s current companion) and Steven Moffat (executive producer and lead writer) across seven cities in five contininents in 12 days. There they will attend fan events, special screenings and interviews.
This tour is the largest ever promotional undertaking in the Doctor Who history and comes right on the tale of the 50th anniversary.
The first trailer for Season 8 of Doctor Who is shown on BBC One. The trailer shows fans the first glimpse of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor since the momentary flash that was featured in the 50th anniversary special. The end of the trailer announces the series will return in August.
In a picture released by the BBC, fans get a glimpse of the costume that will define Capaldi’s time on the show. He is shown to be sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt and black Dr. Marten shoes. The costume was created by designer Howard Burden. Commenting on the look, Capaldi says:
He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.
Filming on Season 8 of Doctor Who officially begins with Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning:
Excitement and anticipation fills the air as Peter Capaldi’s Doctor takes control of the TARDIS for the very first time today. It’s going to be one hell of a ride and I cant wait for the journey to start.
Along with the announcement of filming, the first image of Capaldi with co-star Jenna Coleman is released. Filming will continue in Cardiff until August 2014.
In The Time of the Doctor, the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special, the Eleventh Doctor’s story comes to an end. According to Smith, there were many different versions of the final regeneration shot.
I did loads of really different takes. So I was quite surprised to see that was the take they used, ’cause I thought that they might go with something else, because we did a lot of different takes and we did a lot of different versions of that ending, and a lot of them were really troubling, and I quite liked them.
Doctor Who is the second most watched program of the entire day across all channels in the UK, with the final 5 minutes (the regeneration from Smith to Capaldi) receiving the largest peak viewers of the day with 10.2 million. It is also shown in the United States on BBC America, where, with 2.47m viewers, it achieved the highest ever audience figures for the channel, beating the previous record set just over month beforehand with The Day of the Doctor.
The Day of The Doctor, a special 50th anniversary episode, brings back fan favorites from the series including David Tennant, Billie Piper, Tom Baker, Joanna Page, Jemma Redgrave and introducing John Hurt as the mysterious “War Doctor”. The special is broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries, and is shown concurrently in 3D in some cinemas. It achieves the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama
BBC releases a mini-episode, The Night of the Doctor, which is the first in a loose trilogy building up to the Eleven Doctor’s regeneration and the show’s 50th anniversary special. The episode features Paul McGann – the Eighth Doctor who was only seen once in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. In the episode, he is forced into an artificial regeneration, rendering himself into the War Doctor (John Hurt).
The episode receives over 2.5 million views within the week of its release. McGann’s reprise performance was met with acclaim; fans of the episode campaigned for the BBC to grant the Eighth Doctor his own spin-off series, with one petition on Change.org accumulating over 15,000 signatures.
BBC Worldwide releases nine recordings from the 1960s featuring missing episodes of Doctor Who that were recovered in Nigeria, Africa. 11 episodes were discovered (nine of which were missing) by Phillip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, by the tracking records of overseas shipments made by the BBC containing tapes for transmission. The episodes were remastered and released for download on ITunes.
After four years on the show, BBC announces that Smith will be leaving Doctor Who. His regeneration is slated to take place on the Christmas special as the actor takes his final bow and a new one steps in. Reflecting on this decision, Steven Moffat comments:
The Doctor can be clown and hero – often at the same time – and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him – sometimes literally – his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor.
Great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break as we say goodbye to number 11. Thank you Matt – bow ties were never cooler.
BBC Cymru Wales confirms that Caroline Skinner has decided to step down as Executive Producer of Doctor Who. Caroline joined the show in 2011 as the Executive Producer alongside Steven Moffat and is now set to join BBC Drama Production in London.
It has been an honour to have been a part of Doctor Who, and a privilege to have worked with Steven Moffat and Matt Smith on this extraordinary show…I’m leaving Doctor Who in fine form, with the new series starting at Easter and the fantastic plans for the 50th Anniversary already underway.
The BBC unveils the new TARDIS interior for the show’s 50th anniversary year. The TARDIS interior has changed a number of times over the years, most significantly when Who relaunched in 2005 with a grander organic look, but this new design harks back to the minimalist style favoured by the show before it was cancelled in 1989.
The new TARDIS design will be seen in action for the first time during the Christmas special episode – The Snowmen.
Sladen dies of cancer aged 65. The BBC says:
It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC’s The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning.
Having been such a huge part of my childhood, she was everything you hoped she would be when you met her. She was extraordinary.
John Barrowman wrote a brief blog post stating
I loved my time on the Tardis with her. I am proud to have worked with such an icon of the sci-fi world. Your Doctor Who family are very sad and will miss you and your beautiful smile. She was a delight. Can’t tell you how sad I am.
Russell T. Davies said
I absolutely loved Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith, the world was lucky to have Lis.