I was going to post a bunch of links related to the new trailer, but as it turns out, I only have to post one: Doctor Who’s Day Trailer Roundup
Missy’s reaction and of course The Fan Show were key for me. Michelle Gomez is a delight in everything she does, and Christel’s squee level nicely matches my own. But plenty of other stuff at the link looks fun too. And then there’s ANOTHER Fan Show waiting which I haven’t even seen yet: Fanimation
We are rapidly running out of weekends on which to screen “Survival” before the premiere. After such a long wait it’s hard to believe that it’s almost here. Knowing it’s Capaldi’s last makes it bittersweet, but my excitement remains undimmed – as does my intent to watch Rona Monroe’s classic before her triumphant return.
At the end of last month, a new trailer appeared:
Since her introduction Bill has reminded me of Rose, and never more so than in this trailer. The look on her face as she speaks of danger is the same one Rose wears in her first episode, as the Nestene’s hiding place comes crashing down around her. That love of risk. That sensation of aliveness at the edge of death. That youthful invulnerability.
This season is going to be a lot of fun.
*what the TARDIS probably contains.
I have been remiss here of late. Other than the holiday special I have mentioned none of the fun DW related things that have abounded.
Well, maybe not abounded as such…
Ages ago, we finished watching the spinoff “Class.” As of yet the show has no future – it has not aired on actual TV and no second season is confirmed – although the series ended on a hell of a cliffhanger. It was a lot of fun overall: well made, well performed, with no more adolescent melodrama than you would expect from a show about teenagers and rather less than the supposedly grown-up Torchwood. Miss Quill, played by Katherine Kelly, is one of my new favorite characters. She is badass, vengeful, unfriendly, and unkind – the antithesis of the pretty blonde alien. I enjoyed the hell out of her.
Unfortunately our DW meetup group more or less disintegrated toward the end of last year. The organizer came down with a series of malignant viral infections, cancelling first the “Boom Town” and “Bad Wolf” screening and then the series-ending three-parter from “Bad Wolf” through “The Christmas Invasion.” Our S1 rewatch effectively ended with “The Doctor Dances” – not a bad place to stop, of course, but I was looking forward to finishing the season among my nerd horde. Still, we could resume come spring. A new organizer has stepped forward, and he hopes to add more social events as well as screenings to our calendar.
I thought I had posted earlier about a certain writer’s return to the show, but it appears I never finished the post. Ages back – last summer? last fall? it was teased that a classic DW writer would be writing an episode for S10. When I heard, I thought instantly of Ben Aaronovitch. Aaronovitch wrote “Remembrance of the Daleks,” in which Ace defends Coal Hill School with a baseball bat, and “Battlefield,” an Arthurian story with the Doctor in the role of Merlin. Both are strong, memorable stories from a difficult time in the show’s history. Since then, Aaronovitch has created his own ongoing series of novels about a young mixed-race London cop who can see ghosts and who learns how to do magic. The Rivers of London series is great fun and very nerdy – any DW fan will relate to Peter Grant right off the bat.
However, it isn’t Aaronovitch. The returning writer is Rona Monro. Monro wrote the very last aired classic DW story, with the oddly prescient name “Survival.” Since then she has written extensively for film, television, radio, and the stage. Her return, and that of Sarah Dollard, marks the second series in a row in which two (or more? 1 writer may still be TBA) episodes are written by women. Yes, a pittance against the 5 or more male writers appearing every season, but better than the long drought of series 5-8. (Not to mention 1, 2, and the vast majority of classic DW.)
I have not seen “Survival” but I plan to fix that before S10 begins.
On the topic of women behind the camera, I note that the director slot has yet to be filled for episodes 11 and 12 of the new series. Rachel Talalay has admirably taken that role the last two seasons. Dare we hope for three in a row?
Finally, the holidays may be over, but I only recently stumbled across the Doctor Puppet’s latest Christmas special. It’s adorable, as always. Enjoy.
And by “watch it” I mean this latest piece from the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra:
As he does each time, creator Stephen Willis outdoes himself with creative arranging and video effects. Participants get wild with costumes and settings. The music is gorgeous: composer, arranger, and performers are all to be commended.
It’s also a ridiculous amount of fun.
The tribute at the end of the piece is to an orchestra member who passed earlier this year. No group is immune to loss; a group this large, with this age range, even less so. We are grateful to Steve’s family for letting us know – he could have just vanished, as many do – and allowing us to acknowledge him. He played French horn and always wore a tux. His contributions will be missed.
Even insiders can’t say when the Orchestra will return, but if you follow Stephen’s youtube channel, you’ll be among the first to know.
I’ve been seeing bits of this interview all over the place, but I think this is the source:
Capaldi on Newsweek
Diversity makes the article’s headline. Doctor Who is absolutely a show of its time – whatever time that happens to be. Having a companion – and ultimately a Doctor – of color is critical to that expression. I heard a rumor about Rakhee Thakrar making the short list: I’d be thrilled with her, but I’ll be surprised if hers is the only name we hear in the long months ahead before anything becomes official.
(I still think longingly of Alexander Siddig in the Doctor’s role. If Capaldi’s successor isn’t a woman, then I hold out hope for him.)
Capaldi also expresses concern about the BBC’s treatment of its flagship show. Doctor Who does have legs of its own, of course, but even the strongest shows aren’t immune to network abuse. If the air time is constantly tugged around, pushed past the target audience’s bedtime, or otherwise made difficult to follow, eventually people will stop trying. Not everyone has BBC online.
And if all this is connected to the pulling of the show from streaming services? An attempt to use Doctor Who‘s popularity to push the BBC’s own streaming agenda? Then I can’t help but think the entire enterprise doomed to fail.
Finally, Capaldi touches on the possibility of his return for S11. Of course it would be awkward for him to say outright at this stage that he would or wouldn’t be back; suspense like that keeps fans hanging on through the long empty months. But maybe he’s telling the truth, and his mind has yet to be made up. In which case, I’ll be cheering for the persuasive abilities of Chris Chibnall.
Want more from the Doctor’s mouth? Check out The Fan Show‘s latest Doctor double-header: Draw My Life and Capaldi Talks. Enjoy!
In case I haven’t posted it before, here’s the Doctor’s rock-n-roll rendition of his own theme tune:
A number of Donna Noble fans have visited lately, and I just want to make sure you’ve all seen this: