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This week, the clues have started to arrive in earnest, teasing ahead to this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” and creating an air of mystery and anticipation. And as you’d hope, some of the them are a little bewildering too.
First, there were the posters depicting the Doctor walking around with a Cyberman’s head in his hand.
This lead to series of forensic examinations, looking for clues and Easter eggs. Take a look here for the poster above.
And then there’s this one too.
Some of the BBC One Christmas trailers then showed Clara attempting to pass the Doctor off as… well take a look:
And then a whole gallery of images emerged, which featured the Doctor waving around a Dalek’s eyestalk (see above), the return of the Anglican marines from “A Good Man Goes To War,” and, most startlingly of all, this:
What can it all mean? Well, a very merry Christmas, for one thing.
Here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:
• Steven Moffat has confirmed three things about Season Eight. There will be no break halfway through, there will be at least twelve episodes and you’ll be able to see it in late summer/early fall 2014.
• “The Day of the Doctor” is out in a Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD pack or DVD today (December 10). Bonus features include the Doctor Who Explained special; the minisodes “The Night of the Doctor” and “The Last Day;” a behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast and Steven Moffat; the Comic-Con trailer, and the 50th anniversary tribute teaser.
Plus: a guide to Whovian gift-giving for the holiday season.
• Peter Capaldi is too young to play the Doctor, he says:
• BBC One controller Charlotte Moore has seen his first few scenes, and she’s keen.
• Take a look at ten times the Doctor has been the villain, thus crushing our hearts and reminding us of the importance of the companions and how sometimes they’re there to protect the Doctor from himself.
• A Radio Times interview with Matt Smith, in which he says: “I’m a firm believer in the parallels between sport and acting. Practice is important. Frank Lampard practices sprints his entire career. An actor might work on his voice. But then it’s about expression in the moment – preparation and dedication are fine, but you have to deliver spontaneously.”
• A look behind the scenes at the making of The Day of the Doctor, with the cast, crew, and narrator and Sixth Doctor himself, Colin Baker.
• Watch as this science teacher goes through and lists all 240 Doctor Who stories to raise money for Children in Need.
• Paul McGann also made a behind the scenes video, from the set of “The Night of the Doctor”:
• Fun fact: Mark Gatiss asked Rachael Stirling to be in Doctor Who on stage in the middle of a play, says Stirling. He then wrote “The Crimson Horror” for her!
• Who wants to learn how to make TARDIS macaroons?
• With Gallifrey no longer destroyed, the opportunity to bring back some Time Lords and Ladies is open. Here’s a list of the some WhatCulture would like to see and the actors who should reincarnate them.
And finally, let’s go out with a song.
In all the kerfuffle around the 50th anniversary, this moment may have been overlooked, but it’s worth revisiting now. This happened on November 23, the 50th anniversary itself, in the Town Hall in New York. Amanda Palmer is singing “Say Hello,” by Allegra Rosenburg, which was inspired by “The Doctor’s Wife,” written by Neil Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman, the Palmer’s husband, is also onstage, because this is “An Evening With Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman” and he has to hold cue cards. A task in which he is more than ably assisted by none other than Arthur Darvill:
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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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