Articles tagged with ‘Doctor Who’

John Simm’s ‘The Master’ Returns to Doctor Who!

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 at 7:21 am by    

John Simm is returning as The Master in this Saturday’s Doctor Who, and I can now we reveal more about his return and provide readers with a brief rundown on the history of the evil Time Lord… Who-er!  

Doctor Who’s tenth series has been called one of the show’s best in recent history, many fans thoroughly enjoying Peter Capaldi’s final outing as the iconic Timelord.

The BBC has released the trailer for ‘World Enough and Time’ — the eleventh episode of the season — featuring Simm’s Master’s return. “Give us a kiss,” the newly goatee’d character says after a montage of clips heavily featuring Michelle Gomez’s incarnation of The Master. 

I must quickly point out though, there’s a welcome return for two classic foes of The Doctor when the two-part series finale kicks off this weekend.

It will see the Doctor and Bill played by Pearl Mackie facing the original and menacing Mondasian Cyberman, while Missy meets The Master, played again by John Simm for the first time since 2010. 

The Doctor and co arrive on a huge spaceship that’s 400 miles long and 100 miles wide and about to be sucked into a massive black hole. Viewers will find out far more about The Master’s earlier history with The Doctor over the two epsiodes, and The Master is in particularly menacing form. 

 “Thanks to the power of time travel I’m back as The Master,” said John Simm. “It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for fans to see what The Master gets up to.”

The shock return inevitably means the Master comes face to face with Missy, even though they’re the same person. As fans will know, Missy is a later incarnation of the Time Lord after he regenerated into her.

As both are time travellers, it’s led to the two incarnations finally meeting up, something which executive producer Steven Moffat, who’s written this adventure, had been keen to make happen for a long time, “I’d always thought it would be fun to have a story where two versions of the Master meet,” he said. “It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash between characters, and it’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role.”

Can’t wait to watch!

John Simm can be seen back in Doctor Who on BBC1 and BBC America this Saturday.

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Karen Gillan the Latest Big Name to be Awarded a Tennent’s ‘Golden Can’!

Posted on May 11th, 2017 at 8:11 am by    

I’ve said it time and time again, that ever since her first appearance as Amy Pond in Doctor Who back in  2010, Karen Gillan is a girl going places!

Not content with starring in just one Hollywood blockbuster – the Scots lass currently has TWO big screen movies running at the same time – The Circle featuring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks as well as playing Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 alongside Chris Pratt. 

And if that wasn’t enough, the actress, who recently finished her directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning now joins the ‘who’s who’ of Scottish cultural legends by scooping a Golden Can Award. Oo-er!

The hand-crafted Golden Cans specially created by Tennent’s acknowledge those who have had an outstanding impact on Scottish life and culture.

Karen, joins Irvine Welsh, Biffy Clyro, Mogwai, Jackmaster, Franz Ferdinand and Hudson Mohawke in the Golden Can hall of fame. 

The actress said: “Big thanks to Tennent’s Lager for choosing me as the next recipient of the Golden Can. I’m proud to join such a prestigious list of Scots, and can’t wait to see who’s next. Cheers!”

Alan McGarrie, Head of UK Brand Marketing at Tennent’s, said: “We created the Tennent’s Golden Can Award to recognised Scottish cultural legends and nobody would argue the Karen is a worthy recipient.

“Whether she’s travelling through time saving the galaxy (or just trying to take it over!) she’s always flying the flag for Scotland and helping prove we’ve got all bases covered when it comes to big screen talent.

“Our Golden Can hall of fame is filling up nicely, and we’ll be handing out more awards over the coming weeks and months. Let us know on social media who you think should be next.”

As I said, I have always been a big fan of Karen’s… Well done missy!

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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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