‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Steven Moffat Promises Something a Bit Different

Steven Moffat at the Hay Festival (Rex Features via AP Images)

Steven Moffat at the Hay Festival (Rex Features via AP Images)

This week’s round-up of Whovian effluvia begins with an interesting thought: Steven Moffat has promised some fairly strident alterations to Doctor Who, once Season Eight gets underway in a couple of months.

Speaking to the BBC’s Alan Yentob at the Hay festival recently, he explained that a few shake-ups are just about due, adding, “We haven’t made much of change to Doctor Who since it came back in 2005.”

“It’s been the same show. It’s maybe amped some things up and lowered some other things, but it’s basically the same. I just feel it needs to be different, and it needs to be surprising again.”

Here’s a clip from that conversation, in which he also explains exactly how Peter Capaldi was cast as the Doctor:

Let’s not be too worried, however. So long as there’s an eccentric genius flying a blue phone box through the universe, it’ll still be Doctor Who.

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

• Pop star Foxes has been confirmed as a special guest for Season Eight. Not just acting, but singing too.

• Last week we suffered a near-total wig-flip over The Hillywood Show’s Rocky Horror parody of the Tenth Doctor’s tenure in the TARDIS. This week, the toupe is spinning once again over this comparison video, which shows just exactly how close to the original shots Hilly and her crew managed to get. It’s eerily good:

Jake Dunsbridge‘s Matt Smith impression is remarkable:

Mark Gatiss says Frank Skinner’s appearance in Season 8 came after a LOT of beseeching looks and puppy-dog eyes: “He must be over the moon—he’s been dropping enough hints! He’s the number one fan. He’s the Doctor’s stalker.”

• Doctor Puppet has also made an enigmatic teaser trailer…

• …to match the current Doctor Who teaser trailer, as expertly enhanced by this Tumblr gif:

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• This beautiful teaser, made by the genius YouTuber John Smith, who also created the Doctor Who short “Stone”

• Metro has eight questions about Season 8.

• Classic Doctor Who episodes will air on Retro TV in the U.S., starting this summer. “Retro TV will be showcasing the series’ classic run, featuring the first seven incarnations of the Doctor: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy,” a press release revealed last week.

• The Doctor Who theme played on several cellos, by the Doubleclicks:

And to end, two moments where classic Doctor Who meets the modern era. Following Colin Baker’s rendition of the speech in “The Rings of Akhaten” and Sylvester McCoy’s rousing account of the speech in “The Pandorica Opens,”, here’s Paul McGann reading of the monologue at then end of “The Day of the Doctor”:

And here’s Peter Davison reading The Eleventh Doctor’s remembrance speech at the end of “The Big Bang.”

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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