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BBC Names 11th Doctor [Update] January 3, 2009 3:12 pm

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Update: BBC has released video of Matt Smith reacting to the news that he’ll be the next Doctor. Watch it below.

The original article follows below.

The 11th Doctor will not be Patterson Joseph, and nor will recently rumored film actor Chiwetel Ejiofor take on the role. Instead, BBC has settled on relative unknown, and now youngest Doctor ever, Matt Smith. The 26-year-old actor will take on the iconic role by the show’s fifth season, which kicks off in 2010 and will likely be in the next Christmas special.

David Tennant, who plays the current Doctor, will still star in the 2009 TV specials.

Source: BBC


David Tennent Leaving Doctor Who After 2009 Specials October 29, 2008 8:58 pm

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The rumors about whether or not David Tennent will be leaving Doctor Who can now cease.  BBC has confirmed that the actor will indeed be leaving the series at the end of the 2009 specials.

Tennant made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards.

“When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me,” he said.

“Now don’t make me cry,” he added. “I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don’t take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you’ll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair.”‘I’ll miss it’

In an exclusive interview with BBC,Tennant said that three years was “about the right time” to play the role.

“I think it’s better to go when there’s a chance that people might miss you, rather than to hang around and outstay your welcome,” he said.

Russel T. Davies, the show’s executive producer who will be stepping down as showrunner when the fifth season returns in 2010, said the following about Tennant stepping down:

“I’ve been lucky and honoured to work with David over the past few years – and it’s not over yet, the Tenth Doctor still has five spectacular hours left!

“After which, I might drop an anvil on his head. Or maybe a piano. A radioactive piano. But we’re planning the most enormous and spectacular ending, so keep watching.”

Steven Moffat takes over as showrunner for the fifth season in 2010.  BBC has not announced who will replace Tennant, but rumors are swirling around the net that has Paterson Joseph as a possible replacement.  Others rumored include David Morrisey, James Nesbitt and John Simm.

Source: BBC

Doctor Who Preview Will Be Shown During Children in Need Special October 27, 2008 12:49 am

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The yearly charity event Children In Need will have a special treat for viewers this year.  The first two minutes of the Doctor Who Christmas special, titled “The Next Doctor”, will be shown on the BBC special this November 14th.

Source: BBC

Comic-Con 2008: “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood” + Torchwood Star Up For Role as Captain America? [UPDATE] July 24, 2008 11:55 pm

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UPDATED 7/25/2008 AT 12:15PM: The trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas 2008 special that was screened at the panel has been leaked on YouTube.  Check it out at this link, or embedded after the jump.


Writers Julie Gardner and Steven Moffat were in attendance today at the Doctor Who panel.  Here are some highlights courtesy TVSquad:

  • Series 5’s premiere was being written on the plane over by Steven Moffat.
  • Steven Moffat is hilarious. When asked about writing for the show: “I decided to give up a life of friends to write for it” and “a life of virginity has kept me pure.”
  • Gardner asked Moffat about the first time writing “INTERIOR: Tardis” in a script. Moffat said it was like giving him “an enormous toy to play with.”
  • Some highlights were shown from episodes Steven Moffat wrote. One was an episode about a spaceship from the 51st century stalking a woman from 18th century, ‘Blink’, an episode about “The Library,” though not an episode about “The Empty Child,” which Moffat wrote and he was disappointed wasn’t shown.
  • An attendee mentioned attending a reading by Niel Gaiman where she asked him if he’d write an episode of Doctor Who with Moffat, to which he said “would be nice.” Moffat replied with the same “that would be nice.” So who knows? Hell I’d start watching this show if that happened!
  • Lots of questions were asked that could be big spoilers, and Moffat simply wouldn’t say a word about them or would jokingly whisper the answer to Gardner. There was one mention of one character having met more than one of the Doctors before, but I’ll have to go back to listen to that again.
  • When asked about whether he had a hard time getting into the country for Comic-Con, Moffat joked, “Yes! I don’t know if you know this about your country, but you hate us!”
  • We were treated to an extended trailer for the 2008 Christmas episode, featuring the return of the Cybermen.

There was also a panel for the Doctor Who spin off Torchwood, where it was revealed that the series was just this morning given a green light for a third season.  It will air first in the U.K., followed by a US release shortly thereafter.

Also, Steven Moffat gave an interview with ComingSoon.net.  Click here to read it.

Also, John Barrowman, star of Torchwood, was just asked at the panel forthe show if ther was any possibility he would be playing Captain America in the upcoming film The First Avenger: Captain America (May 6, 2011).  Here’s what Barrowman said (via ComingSoon.net):

He smiled and gave the stock answer that he’d love to play the character and that Captain America has always been his favorite comic book superhero. Clearly, though, the notion did not take him by surprise and he ended up admitting there had been discussions with his agents and meetings on that very issue.


Tennant May Not Be Leaving “Doctor Who” Afterall June 29, 2008 1:21 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in BBC, Casting, Doctor Who, News, Sci Fi, Television.

For quite some time, it’s been reported that the current Doctor of “Doctor Who”, David Tennant, would be leaving the show (including on this site).  However, it turns out that he may be staying.  According to reports, BBC is rumored to be offering Tennant a new contract worth £1.3 million, or about £100,000 per episode (about $2.6M or a shade under $200,000/episode) to carry on as Doctor Who.  In addition, he could be offered other drama projects in an attempt to keep him on board.  More after the jump.


Moffat Named new showrunner of Doctor Who May 21, 2008 3:18 pm

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Writer Steven Moffat has been named the new lead writer and executive producer of the BBC drama series Doctor Who.  Moffat, who has written several episodes of the show, will replace Russell T Davies early next year when he steps down.   Davies has been the showrunner of the series since it was revived in 2005.  Doctor Who will be taking a break for a year in terms of its episodic nature, airing a few movies before it returns in 2010 for its fifth season.  For more information about this news, head here.

Source: guardian.co.uk

SCI FI Channel Picks Up Fourth Season of “Doctor Who”, Plus Brings Over New Series ‘Sarah Jane Adventures’ February 4, 2008 3:00 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Doctor Who, News, Sci Fi, Television, The Sarah Jane Adventures.
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The SCI FI Channel is continuing with its broadcasting of the UK series Doctor Who, acquiring the fourth season of the hit show.  The network has also picked up the show’s new spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures.


“Doctor Who” Taking A Break September 4, 2007 10:22 pm

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BBC has announced that their hit series Doctor Who, will be taking a break during 2009 (between seasons 4 and 5) as the series will not air week-to-week.  Instead, the series will have three specials and then return with a full season in Spring 2010.


Tennant Back For Entire Fourth Season of “Doctor Who” August 24, 2007 11:52 am

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Contrary to tabloid reports that suggested Tennant would leave the new BBC hit Doctor Who after the third season (article on that here), showrunner Russell T. Davies has confirmed that the actor will portray the character for the entire duration of the next season.


“Doctor Who” Season 3 on SCI FI April 23, 2007 4:04 pm

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The SCI FI Channel and BBC Woldwide announced today that the US network continue airing the highly successful british series Doctor Who. The third season of the show will debut on SCI FI in July 2007.


Doctor Who gets a Fourth Season March 24, 2007 11:41 pm

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BBC has announced that they are renewing their hit Doctor Who series for a fourth season.


David Tennant Talks “Doctor Who” Season 3 January 25, 2007 3:00 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Doctor Who, News, Sci Fi, Science Fiction, Television.

Sci Fi Wire recently conducted an e-mail interview with the Doctor, David Tennant in which he discusses the third season of the hit BBC show.