Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Season 7 Premiere Screening In London. Tonight.

Asylum of the Daleks

Tonight, in front of a specially invited audience at the British Film Institute, the opening salvo of Doctor Who Season 7 – “Asylum of the Daleks” – will be shown for the first time. To celebrate this, Doctor Who‘s executive producer Caro Skinner has taken over the official Doctor Who twitter account for the day, so you can keep up with how it’s all going.

Tweet #2 was: “Unfortunately this may be my last tweet of the day as I’ve just exploded with excitement.”

But what it all means is that the new season is upon us. Let’s watch that trailer again, shall we?

Of course, we’re busily getting prepared for Season 7, while Matt Smith has already been given tips on how Season 8 is going to pan out, and apparently it’s going to be hard going for anyone of an easily-upset disposition.

Matt Smith told the Sun he plans to stay on as the Doctor until 2014 at least: “When Steven [Moffat] was going to pitch the next season to me not long ago, he said, ‘Are you ready to cry?’”

“His first episode sounds great. It hasn’t been written yet but the idea is as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven. So there’s a lot to look forward to.”

Not the least of which is the 50th anniversary in 2013, and Matt is once again sure that Steven won’t let the fans down:

“We want to do 50 years – and everyone that’s been associated with the show – justice. We want to go, ‘Look, world, here is Doctor Who. It’s 50 years old, a science fiction show, still going and going from strength to strength.’

“Steven will do something brilliant. He’ll do something grand, or maybe something very simple, but he’ll come to it as a fan.

“He’ll go, ‘What would I want to see?’”

Meanwhile, at Comic-Con, we spoke with Matt about where Doctor Who fits alongside The Rolling Stones and the James Bond film series, two UK institutions that will celebrate 50th anniversaries this year. Matt’s well-considered answer below:


Here’s what else is going on in time and space this week:

• Speaking of the 50th anniversary, one of the most exciting news stories of the week concerns the new docudrama commissioned by BBC Two. It will be called An Adventure in Time and Space, and will explain how the show got started, from the earliest ideas to the casting of William Hartnell as the First Doctor to the invention of the Daleks. And it’s being written by Mark Gatiss. What better way to get into classic Who than to start at the very beginning?

And in the meantime you can always enjoy a home-edited tribute to all eleven Doctors, like this one, made as an acknowledgement of the Facebook fan site Doctor Who and the TARDIS reaching 100,000 likes:

• It’s been another busy week at Anglophenia, especially as we ran our phenomenally successful poll to find out who you believe to be the greatest woman of Doctor Who. It was a close call, the final result being a pitched battle between Rose Tyler and Sarah Jane Smith (and the results weren’t the same on either side of the Atlantic, but in the end, a victor emerged.

And her name is…here.

• We asked The Nerdist host Chris Hardwick about his favorite female companions at Comic-Con in July. And during our interview, one of his picks made a guest appearance:


• We also had a bit of think about why the Weeping Angels are as scary as they are, for the Rogues Gallery, and we’ve managed to come up with a list of seven points. The eighth being “because *shudders*”, and therefore not really worth saying.

• And we investigated the full career of Arthur Darvill, as represented by a shocking paucity of YouTube clips, for Life Outside The TARDIS. Luckily the ones from his time on the Sooty show are still around. And a costumed drama moment in Little Dorrit.

• The Angels’ first appearance, in Blink, is coming up as a firm favorite in our competition poll for #newtoWHO. To enter, and win a full download of Doctor Who Season 6, just suggest the episode you would want to start with, if you could be #newtoWHO again.

• The official Doctor Who Facebook page shared this with us: “Did you know that fake UK banknotes for TV must conform to strict Bank of England guidelines? So for the 2006 Christmas Special (The Runaway Bride) the Doctor Who production team made their own ’10 Satsumas’ notes featuring the Tenth Doctor!”

• Love this, well done, !

• Do you have a question for Steven Moffat or Caro Skinner? The Doctor Who official site is running a new feature called “Ask The Execs” where you send in questions and they, y’know, answer them. Here are the full details on how it works.

• Oh and don’t forget to watch The Nerdist‘s Chris Hardwick in The Timey Wimey of Doctor Who, BBC AMERICA’s original special premiering this Saturday (August 18) at 9/8c.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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