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Peter Capaldi Announces He is Quitting Doctor Who!

Posted on January 31st, 2017 at 7:50 am by    

Hurrah! Let the joyous news be spread…

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi​ is quitting his role in the famous science fiction series, telling the BBC, “it’s time to go.” 

The Scotts Timelord will step down as the 12th actor to lead the British sci-fi Doctor Who at the end of the year. Oo-er!

The 55-year-old star started as the 12th reincarnation of the much-loved time lord in 2014 for the series’ eighth season.

In an interview on BBC Radio 2, he said: “it’s time to move on.”  Capaldi, the 12th actor to play the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through space and time is expected to premiere his last season in April.

He added: “But I’m still Doctor Who. I’ve got a lot to do – we’re doing epic stuff. I’m not done yet.”

Capaldi is the fourth actor to play the enigmatic hero of time and space since the BBC relaunched the series in 2005. He followed in the footsteps of Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith.

And Capaldi isn’t the only person stepping down from the cult TV show this year. Showrunner Steven Moffat will be replaced by Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) for the next season.

The Doctor is a member of an alien race of being called Timelords who travel through time and space in a Tardis, a vehicle shaped like a blue, telephone booth-like police-box.

The character is recast every few season as part of a quirk in which the character dies, then is regenerated in a new body. 

“Doctor Who,” first broadcast in 1963, is one of the BBC’s most popular programs around the world.

Don’t get me wrong… I think Capaldi is a great actor, he was just not the perfect Doctor Who. He was excellent as John Frobisher, a civil servant in 2009’s Torchwood: Children of Earth. In my opinion, he would have faired far better playing the The Master. But then Moffat got it wrong everytime!

Speculation began Tuesday about Capaldi’s replacement, candidates Richard Ayoade (er, NO), Rory Kinnear (Hmmm, not bad), Miranda Hart (er, NOOOOO), and David Harewood (NO, great in CW’s Supergirl, but NOT the Doctor!).

My favorite is Ben Whishaw — who plays Q in the James Bond 007 films – please give him the job!

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The Doctor and River Song Reunite For A Spectacular Christmas!

Posted on September 3rd, 2015 at 9:44 am by    

My favorite Doctor Who character is set to make a spectacular return later this year folks!

British actress, Alex Kingston returns to Cardiff to reclaim her role as Professor River Song for the highly anticipated 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, part of BBC One’s essential seasonal viewing…

It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas… Oo-er!

Day one of filming the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week and is written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).

River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.

Award winning Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance, “To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special.”

She added: “Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!”

Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, adds, Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who – and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song?”

He continued: “The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time…”

The witty line-up of guest cast joining Alex for a magical adventure on the TARDIS will be announced over the coming months.

The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One on Saturday, 19 September with a 12 episode series, followed by the Christmas special on Friday 25 December.

Ooh… I can wait!

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Hayley Atwell Wants to Play the Doctor on Doctor Who!

Posted on August 20th, 2015 at 1:02 pm by    

British star Hayley Atwell has contributed to the long-running debate over whether the Doctor in Doctor Who should be a woman by indicating that she would be keen to play the timelord.

In a Twitter Q&A session the actress, who currently appears as Peggy Carter in the Marvel series Agent Carter as well the Captain America films and Avengers: Age of Ultron, was asked by a fan whether she would like to appear in the BBC sci-fi series. “I’d like to BE Doctor Who,” Atwell replied. Oo-er!

While Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been ambivalent about the prospect of a female Doctor both Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman recently called for a female Doctor at San Diego’s Comic-Con festival last month.

Coleman said at Comic-Con, “I’m sure it will happen at some point. I think it’s just about casting the right actor.”

‘Doctor Who’ author AL Kennedy controversially remarked that she has absolutely no desire for the character to be played by a woman.

I quite agree, I love Hayley Attwell…but ‘our’ Doctor should never be played by a woman!

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Sean Pertwee Excites Dr. Who Fans With Look-a-like Snap of Dad!

Posted on June 25th, 2015 at 6:39 am by    

Sadly the actors who play the Doctor aren’t as long-living as the Time Lord himself. But Jon Pertwee (the man behind the Third Doctor who passed away in 1996) lives on, thanks to his son, Sean, and the resemblance is uncanny!

Fans of hit US show Gotham were left doing a double-take after actor Brit-actor Sean Pertwee who played Alfred Pennyworth in the series posted a picture on his Instagram account – as he is the spitting image of his Doctor Who dad Jon.

A fan-made pic of art placed the hair of Pertwee senior – who played Doctor Who from 1970-74 – onto Pertwee junior, to create the stunning composite.

Michelle Summerfield added: “Omg I had to look twice so much like your dad.”

Lockhelmshores said: “You’re the spitting image of your father! Thought it was him!!”

Other fans have called on Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat or his Sherlock co-producer Mark Gatiss to write an episode, with Sean taking on his dad’s old role, and have him meet current star Peter Capaldi.Pertwee

Tenthdoctor pleaded: “Sean, I don’t know if you know Steven Moffat or Mark Gatiss but a multi-Doctor episode with 3 & 12 NEEDS to happen and you’re the guy to do it!”

Ttony_tf1 added: “You need to be on #DoctorWho asap!!

Christmas special maybe??”

Whilev added: “Please can you be the next Doctor Who? I think Moffat would do an incredible adventure connected with the third Doctor and make an incredible tribute to your father.”

It’s not the first time Sean has invoked the memory of his departed father, previously dressing up as the Doctor for Halloween and totally rocking the cravat/cape (right).

I have to agree with the fans, Sean would make an excellent guest star playing the Doctor… Bring it on Moffat!

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Ex-Dr Who star Karen Gillan’s Saucy Request Confuses US Fans!

Posted on June 17th, 2015 at 2:20 pm by    

Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan confused her fans on her return to the UK, saying she was desperate for “a pile of chips with chippy sauce”… Oo-er…

But followers in the US and the rest of the UK were left confused by the Scot’s reference, as they didn’t understand the mention of the sauce, which is put on chips in Edinburgh with salt.

The 27-year-old star has flown back to Scotland from America, to be a judge at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

The Guardians of the Galaxy actress tweeted: “First thing I’m doing is buying a pile of chips with chippy sauce. Edinburgh folk: you know what I’m talking about.”

But confused follower Dan Slott asked: “Serious question from all the Americans: What’s chippy sauce, please?”

The actress replied: “The greatest sauce in existence.”

Another fan, Brian Mack, asked: “Chippy sauce? You mean vinegar?”

The ingredients of the sauce – which is not commonly sold outside Edinburgh – are not widely known, but one of Gillan’s followers, Al Kennedy, revealed: “Yeah, it’s basically brown sauce (normally cheap off-brand stuff) but watered down with vinegar.”

Gillan was delighted to be back in her homeland. She said: “I can’t tell you how excited I am to be coming home to Scotland.

“I’m real excited to be on the jury for the Edinburgh Film Festival! I’m gonna get to watch so many films! In Edinburgh!”

On her arrival in the Scottish capital, she revealed she still had food on her mind.

She added: “The eagle has landed and had a proper fry up. Good to be home.”

That’s the first thing I do when I land in London… Head straight for the nearest greasy spoon!

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BritWeek Back With a Bang…Celebrating British Contributions in Sci-Fi!

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 at 8:18 am by    

BritWeek officially launched its 2015 Los Angeles program last night at an invitation-only BritWeek Red Carpet Launch at the Consul General’s Residence in Hancock Park.

Billy Zane, filmmaker Amanda Eliasch (pictured)Lady Victoria Hervey (pictured), Jacqueline Bisset, Paul OakenfoldLord Freddie Windsor BritWeek director Sharon Harroun Peirce (pictured) and Co-Founder Nigel Lythgoe kicked off the BritWeek program by celebrating British contributions in science fiction.

Lythgoe told British Weekly, “Every year, BritWeek’s program changes and evolves, but this year it is by far one of the most exciting with something for everyone.”

Of course being a huge sci-fi buff myself I was in my element at this year’s bash, when I arrived as I got to walk into the Tardis, was greeted by a Tom Baker – Doctor Who look-a-like and even I hugged a Dalek…

One-of-a-kind Doctor Who costumes were on display as guests sipped on science fiction-inspired cocktails from No.3 London Dry Gin and Belvoir and snapped pics in Walkers Shortbread’s Star-Trek inspired photo booth.  Sponsors of the event included Battersea Power Station, BBC Worldwide, and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

Sean BorgDesigner Zandra Rhodes told me: “I think it’s wonderful, most of us are people that love being in America and stride across, so it’s really quite wonderful.”

BritWeek is a non-profit organization that hosts a program of events every Spring to promote British creativity, innovation and excellence across multiple categories including, film & television, music, art, fashion, design, retail, sport, philanthropy, business, and more.   The events take place throughout Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, Orlando, San Francisco, and Miami!Max Ryan

Other stars at the Brit Week bash who have made a permanent move across the pond included TV host-turned-realtor Dani Behr, film producer Julia VerdinBen Barnes, Sex and the City 2 actor Max Ryan (pictured), Pacific Rim actor Rob Kazinsky, Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd and his actress wife Alice Evans.

Ioan said of the event: “I think we’ve got so many of us over here in so many different industries. I think it’s great that we celebrate that synergy.”

Visit www.britweek.org for more information.

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Karen Gillan Won’t Have to Shave Her Head for GOTG2!

Posted on April 16th, 2015 at 6:41 am by    

Read-headed beauty Karen Gillan will return for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, but this time she will be able keep her hair according to director James Gunn.

In a recent Twitter-chat, Gunn – the writer and director the first movie – confirmed his treatment for GOTG2 has been completed and that filming will begin in February next year.

He said, “I turned in my treatment. I’m going to meet about it on Friday and we will start working on the screenplay next week.” Oo-er!

Now the hit-movie maker has taken to social media once again, this time to confirm, among other things, that Brit actress Gillan will reprise her role as Nebula – the adopted daughter Thanos – in the sequel to the smash hit comic-book flick.

The former Doctor Who star – who played the bald villainess in the last film – will be pleased to hear that Gunn has come up with a way for her to take on the role without having to shave her head.

In the announcement made by the 44-year-old director it was also made clear that the villain from the first movie – the recurring villain (in the comic books at least) Ronan, who was played by Lee Pace, will not be returning despite being a prominent figure in the comic-books.

He said: “Ronan is a bad guy, we killed him. Not everything is going to happen in the movies the same as the comics.”

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is slated for release on May 5, 2017.

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David Tennant Cast as Marvel Villain in Netflix Series!

Posted on January 28th, 2015 at 7:41 am by    

David Tennant may be best known as a certain Time Lord hero but his next role couldn’t be further away. The Scottish star is coming to the Marvel universe.

The studio giant has cast Tennant as the major villain in its upcoming Netflix original series A.K.A. Jessica Jones.

The Doctor Who and Broadchurch star will play Zebediah Killgrave (also known as The Purple Man). “The Purple Man” has the power to completely control people, making them do whatever he says. Robbing banks is a cinch: the tellers will simply hand over the money. Telling everyone in a fast food restaurant to beat each other to death? That’s more Purple Man’s style.

The official series description: “After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter, ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23) is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City. An enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, Kilgrave’s reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.”

In the comics, Kilgrave can produce pheromones which give him the power to control people’s minds as long as he’s physically nearby.d0570ca49a92485ac8eea8dd572ad446

He also can recover from severe injuries very quickly and is, quite literally, purple. But it’s not clear yet how closely Marvel’s series will stick to the comic version of the character.

“I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said Melissa Rosenberg. “He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He’ll make Kilgrave a truly original villain.”

This isn’t the first time a Doctor Who star has caused trouble in the Marvel-verse. Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston was an evil elf in Thor: The Dark World.

“A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is set to debut in late 2015 on Netflix… I’m loving my Netflix originals!

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