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It’s so very nearly time to meet the newest Doctor. Peter Capaldi makes his bow this Saturday, August 23 at 8/7c on BBC America with “Deep Breath,” the first episode of Doctor Who Season 8. And ahead of this week’s premiere, look who’s back on the cover of TV Guide Magazine:
The issue hits newsstands Thursday, August 21.
If you’ve somehow missed it, here’s the trailer for “Deep Breath” (which is written by showrunner Steven Moffat) once again:
Steven also wrote a dedicated synopsis for each of the forthcoming episodes, as available in the current issue of Radio Times:
Here’s what he had to say about “Deep Breath”:
“Who frowned me this face?”
In London of the late 1890’s, swashbuckling detectives Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax are summoned from Paternoster Row to the banks of the Thames, for a big surprise, and then an even bigger one. A new Doctor is in town, with mayhem in his wake. As Clara struggles to recognize the man she thought she knew so well, killers are stalking the capitol. A slaughterhouse restaurant and a buried space ship, lead the Doctor into a confrontation with a long forgotten foe … but how far is this new man ready to go to protect his friends?
And for a closer look at the episode, new “Deep Breath” photos have been added to BBCAMERICA.com’s official Doctor Who Season 8 gallery.
The Twelfth Doctor has also been surprising viewers of BBC One in the U.K. by making brief interruptions to the channel’s idents:
And as if that wasn’t enough to get excited about, the BBC press office are whipping up anticipation for the second story, by releasing this synopsis for “Into the Dalek”:
A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… With the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side. Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, “am I a good man?”
Episode two is written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat and directed by Ben Wheatley—and introduces Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink—and will air on Saturday, August 30.
• The rest of the season’s episode titles have also been revealed, and they look like this:
Episode 3: “Robot Of Sherwood” (written by Mark Gatiss)
Episode 4: “Listen” (Steven Moffat)
Episode 5: “Time Heist” (Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat)
Episode 6: “The Caretaker” (Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat)
Episode 7: “Kill The Moon” (Peter Harness)
Episode 8: “Mummy On The Orient Express” (Jamie Mathieson)
Episode 9: “Flatline” (Jamie Mathieson)
Episode 10: “In The Forest Of The Night” (Frank Cottrell Boyce)
Episode 11/12 “Dark Water” / “Death In Heaven” (Steven Moffat)
As if there could possibly be anything else happening in Doctor Who this week… well, there’s been plenty. Here’s the roundup:
• The Doctor Who World Tour continues its globetrotting odyssey. First they went to Sydney…
…and then took a trip to NYC.
• Check out our interview with Peter Capaldi on the blue carpet from the World Tour fan screening event in New York. He speaks eloquently about Doctor Who as a commentary on our times:
• Jenna Coleman chats about Clara’s evolving relationship with the Doctor—and how much she personally adores Peter Capaldi.
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• Steven Moffat discusses what we can expect in Season 8:
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• And our video of the cast and crew meeting fans at the event:
• And our collection of 25 tweets from the fan screening event.
— anglophenia (@anglophenia) August 14, 2014
• Plus there was this Q&A for the New York fans:
• In Mexico City, this is the welcome Peter and Jenna got:
• And here’s a roundup of everything else that happened, including some inspired cosplay:
* Facebook users can even see Peter introducing himself using the title of the show from the 1960s and ’70s—Doctor Misterio.
• We’ve put together a guide to where you can find almost every episode of both Classic and New Who available for streaming, should you feel the need to catch up on some old material before the new season starts.
• And to help you zero in on some specific episode choices, here’s our look at episodes that show the many different moods of the Doctor.
• An interview with Peter Capaldi in which he says, “Mark Gatiss had made this thing called An Adventure in Space and Time and he’d invited me to the set back in January. I went down and it was fantastic: saw the old TARDIS, met all the actors, got my photograph taken with Doctor Who. And Mark said to me ‘How would you feel about being Doctor Who?’ And I said, ‘I think that ship’s sailed, don’t you?’ And he said ‘Oh, I don’t know…’
• Here’s the Daily Mirror, meanwhile, with their pick of seven Matt Smith episodes they suggest are worth watching again as one last farewell to the Eleventh Doctor.
• Jenna Coleman is in the rare position of getting to be a companion to not one, but two Doctors, and she’s given an interview to the U.K.’s Independent newspaper in which she compares them. “I always thought Matt Smith was so young-looking but had this older, wiser quality about him, whereas Peter is almost the opposite,” she says. “Somehow he has this energy that is younger. Visually, obviously, it is very different.”
• The fact that Peter Capaldi has made not just one, but two previous Whoniverse appearances has been on many people’s minds as he prepares to take up the role, and Den of Geek are another site who’ve published an article looking back at previous actors who’ve played multiple roles on the show.
• If you’re in or near to the city of Beacon, NY, then what better way to celebrate the dawn of a new series than by going out for a Doctor Who-themed meal? The Pandorica restaurant, recently discovered by a user on Reddit, allows you to do just that. Run by an ex-pat Londoner, its menu is divided into “Spoilers” and “Sweeties”, and yes, they do serve “fish fingers” and custard (although thankfully there’s no fish in them).
• It’s been a good week for fan-made videos. First there was this utterly delightful cartoon concept:
• … and then we learned that Doctor Who shares more in common with Guardians of the Galaxy than just Karen Gillan. It turns out they both work really well with “Hooked on a Feeling” playing over them:
• Actor Michael Simkins visited a small Doctor Who convention in Slough, U.K., last week, and wrote in the Daily Telegraph about just how enjoyable he found it to spend a weekend surrounded by fellow fans.
• The Daily Express have taken the time to salute the genius minds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and their work on the original Doctor Who theme tune.
• Metro, meanwhile, chip in with a list of five things they think Doctor Who fans will be looking forward to on Saturday.
• And finally, the Radio Times combine two of our favorite things, by looking at the history of connections and crossovers between Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes.
Elementary, my dear Doctor! TTFN!
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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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