‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Mark Gatiss on the Doctor, the Time Lords and Gallifrey

The Doctor and the Doctor in front of 'Gallifrey Falls/No More'

The Doctor and the Doctor in front of ‘Gallifrey Falls/No More’

Here’s a poser to set your Who’s Day off to a quizzical start. Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss was recently asked if he thought the rest of the Time Lords should make regular return appearances, now it has been established that Gallifrey is still out there somewhere.

“Every time you go back to Gallifrey, it starts to make the Time Lords a bit too domesticated,” he told fans during a BBC Worldwide event in Brazil. “I know that’s why Russell T Davies came up with the whole idea of the Doctor being the last one because eventually if you see them so often they become a bit like a bunch of MPs, whereas if you talk about them as this amazing, powerful force, they’re much more exciting.”

We shall have to see how events pan out.

While we’re waiting, here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:

• Several Doctor Who titles have been nominated in various categories of the Home Media Magazine awards.

  1. “The Day of the Doctor” is nominated for Best 3D Disc and Best Sci-Fi.
  2. Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Bluray Gift Set is nominated for Best Complete TV Series Set
  3. Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series is up for Best International TV
  4. “The Tenth Planet” is nominated for Best Restoration.

All you have to do is get over to their awards page and vote!

• Oh and if you’re missing any of these titles from your collection, you can find them at the BBC Doctor Who Shop in the United States, BBC Shop in the U.K., and the Doctor Who 50 Store in Australia.

• Speaking of awards, both Doctor Who and  An Adventure in Space and Time has been nominated in the BAFTA Craft awards.

“The Day of the Doctor” is nominated in the Special, Visual and Graphic Effects category (more on this below), while Doctor Who at the Proms is on the Entertainment Craft Team shortlist.

An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss’s affectionate dramatization of the early days of Doctor Who, is up for awards for costume design, editing and make-up & hair design.

Doctor Who Magazine’s Dalek cover art breakdown:

• There’s a fantastic interview here with Doctor Who visual effects boffin Will Cohen of Milk VFX, with particular focus on their work on the 50th Anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor.”

• Here’s a clip of them hard at work:

• The unsung heroes of the Matt Smith era.

• Did you ever find yourself hiding behind the couch through an episode? Well, WhatCulture took a look at ten of the scariest Doctor Who episodes. Make sure you have a blanket to hide under!

Dorset is getting its very own TARDIS-styled police box phone booth.

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• Eighth Doctor Paul McGann thinks Peter Capaldi may turn out to be the best Doctor yet. “I think he’s a brilliant choice. I honestly think, knowing Peter as I do, that he could well turn out to be the best of the lot. I really do.”

Read more of what the former Doctor had to say about the upcoming one here!

Steven Moffat is equally enthusiastic, especially after having seen some of Peter’s first episodes. And he’s emphatic that Peter brings one special quality in particular: “Scottishness. I think that’s the main thing.

“I mean watching him, and I just watched episode two actually, you don’t go around thinking this is an older bloke as the Doctor, particularly.

“You just think my God, he’s Scottish. And doomed dialogue doesn’t half sound great in Scottish. You say the world’s about to end in a Scottish accent, and you really believe it.”

Kind of makes you want to go back and watch some Tenth Doctor episodes with David Tennant’s natural accent dubbed in, doesn’t it?

• Look at this beautiful piece of fanart titled, “Mirror” by SheWolf294:

Legacy, the fan-made Torchwood sequel film, has launched its official page on Facebook.

• Let us finish with something enigmatic. Janet Fielding is someone well known to fans of classic Doctor Who, as she played Tegan Jovanka, the self-styled “mouth on legs,” and companion to the Fifth Doctor.

The other day, she posted this picture on Twitter. What could it all mean?

 

Who knows? Literally.

TTFN!

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.

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