Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who‘s Day roundup, a gatheration of Gallifreyan bits and bobs from the internet.
And we begin this week with a celebration of the Doctor Who TV movie, which appeared on TV screens 20 years ago, in May 1996. Starting with these 20 amazing facts.
The fascinating thing about the Eighth Doctor is that, despite only appearing in this one adventure, which did offer a few controversial story elements that hadn’t appeared in Doctor Who before, Paul McGann went on to appear in over 70 Big Finish audio adventures, far more than other Doctors managed in their TV incarnations. In some respects his is a better understood era than those of his heirs and predecessors.
The regeneration scene bears repeating too:
Here’s Paul McGann’s audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor:
And of course, he made his return in the surprise special, “The Night of the Doctor,” offering long-term fans the chance to see one of the Doctor’s missing regenerations, and firmly cementing the Eighth Doctor (and his audio companions) within the canon of the TV show:
• And look, here’s the original casting list for the Eighth Doctor, including the names of Christopher Eccleston AND Peter Capaldi.
20 years ago this very day, the TVM aired in the UK. Here's one of the earliest casting documents for the Doctor. pic.twitter.com/encaydlCaH
— Richard Bignell (@NothingLane) May 27, 2016
Here’s what else is going on in space and time this week:
• Russell T Davies says his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has “a buzz” of Doctor Who:
— BBC One (@BBCOne) May 30, 2016
• Doctor Who: The Fan Show celebrates the 500th issue of Doctor Who Monthly:
• And look, here are the other 499 too!
• And these lovingly rendered spoof covers:
— WhoSFX (@WhoSFX) May 25, 2016
• Always a pleasure to see Oods get down:
• 10 things you may not know about “Rise of the Cybermen,” including a football chant:
• The Nerdist commemorates Memorial Day:
— Nerdist (@nerdist) May 30, 2016
Doctor Who cupcakes pic.twitter.com/smp0hNEn8V
— Geekly (@Geeklyrocks) May 31, 2016
• The credits of Doctor Who, as if Doctor Who were House M.D.:
• Fans of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy celebrated Towel Day on May 25, as did Whovians, who know Douglas Adams worked as script editor during the Fourth Doctor era:
— BBC Genome (@bbcgenome) May 31, 2016
• Bow ties are cool:
• Steven Moffat doesn’t like to be too definitive with stories concerning the Doctor’s early days: “It’s funny, writing stuff about the Doctor’s past. You always have to leave options—you can’t be definitive. Or at least that’s how I feel about it. I like the audience to have a choice. If, in ‘Listen,’ you’re happy that the little boy in the bed is the Doctor, then great. But if you’re not, that’s fine too. I keep saying, Head Canon is important, because that’s where the show really happens: in the hearts and minds of all the people watching.”
• Rachael Stott imagines a more alt-Doctor:
— Rachael Stott (@RachaelAtWork) May 25, 2016
• Billie Piper and John Barrowman, unconventional conventionists, go to Florida:
Come to the joint photo op with me and this animal 12.15pm Orlando time xx pic.twitter.com/44OPdW1hWz
— Billie Piper (@billiepiper) May 28, 2016
• When Christel met Ace:
— Christel Dee (@CaptainChristel) May 28, 2016
• Karen Gillan has noticed a thing:
How weird is it that liquid comes out of our eyes when we are upset or really happy.
— Karen Gillan (@karengillan) May 30, 2016
• And finally, how about something slightly mesmeric to end this week? Here’s a supercut of every TARDIS take-off and landing since 2005, don’t leave home without it: