Doctor Who

The Best of Red Nose Day 2013: The Office, The Vicar of Dibley and More!

The BBC’s annual Red Nose Day charity telethon to benefit Comic Relief took place yesterday (March 15) and, just like every year, there were many hilarious gags and skits featured, all for a good cause. While my favorite Red Nose Day sketch of recent years is still probably the amazing Uptown Downstairs Abbey, there were some real winners this time around as well, most notably the returns of both The Office and The Vicar of Dibley, and a particularly hilarious mashup of Call the Midwife and Doctor Who.

Watch clips from my three favorite bits under the jump.

New Doctor Who Companion Jenna-Louise Coleman Sticking Around for Series 8

Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will be the latest companion to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor full time when Doctor Who returns for the back half of its seventh season on March 30, is apparently going to be sticking around the TARDIS for a while. Coleman has confirmed that she – and her alter ego Clara/Oswin Oswald – will be returning for Series 8.

Coleman revealed this news during an interview on Radio 5 Live with Richard Bacon. Unfortunately, she also confirmed that we might be waiting a bit to see Series 8 because the show will take a four month filming break following production on the 50th anniversary special (whatever that turns out to be) in order to accommodate Smith’s role in upcoming film How to Catch a Monster. Filming on the new episodes will resume in September, likely on the Christmas special episode for 2013 – so it seems a safe guess that we probably won’t see any of the actual Series 8 episodes before 2014.

Rumor Has It: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Speculation Runs Wild

We all know that the second half of Doctor Who Series 7 will premiere on March 30 on both BBC One and BBC America, let’s be real Whovians, what we really want to know is what exactly is going on with plans for the series’ landmark 50th anniversary this year?

As expected, this is an extremely popular topic among fans of the show, and while plenty of people seem to have loads of opinions about how they think everything out to be handled down, but there’s not much official information out there, as (unsurprisingly) this everything’s being kept under incredibly tight wraps by the folks at the BBC. If you can dream it as a possible anniversary scenario, though; there’s probably been a rumor that that’s what’s going to happen this year. The basic situation is – no one really knows anything for certain and since the internet abhors a vacuum, everyone has a theory about everything.

But what do we know?

Harry Potter Actor to Play William Hartnell for Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Film

It’s a big year for Doctor Who fans around the world – the iconic sci-fi series is turning 50 this November. Many plans are currently under way to celebrate this momentous occasion – including a new TV special based on the series’ origins.

An Adventure in Space and Time is set to dramatize how Doctor Who first got started way back in 1963 and explore the many personalities who were involved in bringing the show to life. The feature length biopic will be penned by current Who writer and general fanboy (as well as Sherlock co-creator) Mark Gatiss, who has called his involvement in the project “quite simply a dream come true”.

Actor David Bradley – though if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll know him better as Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch – will star as William Hartnell, the actor who was the first to take on the role of the mysterious Time Lord known only as the Doctor. Hartnell played the First Doctor until 1966, when his deteriorating health and occasionally fractious relationship with the Doctor Who production team lead to his exit from the show. (His departure from the show served as the catalyst for the idea that the Doctor could regenerate, and Hartnell become Patrick Troughton in the fourth episode of serial The Tenth Planet.)

Get your first look at Bradley in character, as well as a peek behind the scenes of the new special.

It’s Official: Doctor Who Series 7 Returns on March 30 on Both Sides of the Pond

It’s official: the second half of Doctor Who Series 7 will premiere on March 30 on both BBC One and BBC America. This means that we’re only a couple of months away from finding out answers to some of the questions posed by Christmas special The Snowmen - most importantly, just what exactly is going on with the mysterious identity of new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman’s character. (Is she reincarnating through time? A particularly pretty robot? An alien? Who knows, but here’s hoping the twist is an interesting one.)

The back half of Series 7 will be comprised of eight episodes, which will include installments from several fantastic writers, including showrunner Steven Moffat, Sherlock scribe Stephen Thompson, Luther creator Neil Cross, and (amazing) fantasy author Neil Gaiman, who penned unforgettable Series 6 episode The Doctor’s Wife, which is maybe my favorite thing this show’s ever done.

Watch the New Teaser Trailer for the Second Half of Doctor Who Series 7

Another Christmas has come and gone and with it another Doctor Who Christmas special featuring a new companion, creepy monsters and the Doctor in a snazzy new outfit. Regardless of your thoughts on The Snowmen (and personally I am squarely middle of the road on it), it’s almost impossible not to see the “Coming Soon” trailer hyping the series’ return for the back half of Series 7 and not get excited.

Stuffed full of a tremendous amount of monsters, some fabulous guest stars (Hi, Celia Imrie!) and the ongoing mystery of the identity of the Doctor’s new companion Clara (Is she replicating? Reincarnating? An alien?), the BBC’s newest Who trailer is certainly compelling. It’s got an air about it that says we’re really building to something, which is nice to see – so I hope that means the Clara revelation will be worth the what! (Fingers crossed this impending character twist will end up making more sense than that whole River Song/Melody Pond thing.) At any rate, it’s definitely worth a watch (or three) for yourself!)

New Preview for the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special, The Snowmen!

We’re just 12 days out from Christmas but, definitely probably possibly just as importantly, this means that we’re also just 12 days away from the premiere of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen!

We got our first sneak peek at the Who holiday installment during the BBC’s annual Children in Need charity telethon, but now the “official” trailer has arrived, which features some new footage and a longer look at our titular Snowmen villains.

The Snowmen will also be our first “official” introduction to new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman who will be attempting to fill the shoes of previous TARDIS residents Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. If her surprise appearance in Series 7’s Asylum of the Daleks was any indication, she’s going to do better than fine here in her new gig. (I’m still rabidly curious to find out how this new girl Clara Oswin is connected to the Oswin Oswald we met on the Dalek ship, but it’s probably best not to get our hopes up that that is going to be addressed in any meaningful way in the holiday episode.)

All that said – if you ask me just from the roughly two minutes of footage between these two trailers, The Snowmen already looks miles better than The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe from last year. Richard E. Grant looks appropriately evil and villainous – and he’s not even the episode’s biggest guest star. That’s because the Snowmen are being voiced by none other than Sir Ian McKellen! It’s really like Santa is bringing me an episode featuring pretty much every one of my favorite flavors of geek in one big, fabulously nerdy ball. Best present ever! (Well, almost. Throw Benedict Cumberbatch in there, Santa, and I’ll be happy forever. Just so you know!)

Amazing Internet Things: Listen to “I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek"

Yes, this is a real thing. It’s a bit hard to believe – and yet, it’s pretty awesome that it even exists, because it's possibly the kitschiest piece of music ever made. (It's almost up there with the whole Leonard Nimoy "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" thing, if you ask me. Though it lacks the star power.)

In 1964, a band from Newcastle called The Go-Go’s – most definitely not the same group as the American all-girl band famous for hits like Vacation and We Got the Beat – recorded one song. This song was a Christmas ditty meant to capitalize on the popularity of Doctor Who’s now infamous enemy, the Daleks, who were apparently quite the thing at that time. (Remember, the show had only premiered the year before!)

I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek is completely silly, and not even a particularly good song, but the lyrics are hilarious, complete with a representation of Daleks that is off base enough to make one wonder if any of the band members ever actually watched Doctor Who. Take a listen for yourself!

Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special 'The Snowmen' Trailer and Prequel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, almost. We’re a little bit over a month away from this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special and the “official” introduction of brand-new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Finally, we get our first look at the trailer for this highly anticipated episode, as well as a prequel clip meant to bridge the gap between The Angels Take Manhattan and this year’s holiday installment, titled simply The Snowmen. The new footage premiered during BBC’s annual Children in Need charity telethon and it seems safe to assume that the internet is already rife with speculation and chatter about what this all means for the future of our favorite Time Lord.

Click through for your first look at The Snowmen, and get those holiday countdown calendars ready. BBC America is once again day and dating the Christmas special with the UK, so we’ll only have to wait a mere five hours more than our friends across the pond. Huzzah!

Amazing Internet Things: Doctor Who Credits Done Sherlock Style

We are currently smack in the middle of the Darkest Timeline - shoutout to NBC’s comedy Community for that incredibly apt concept – wherein there are no new episodes of either of my two favorite shows airing anytime in the near future. I mean, only one of them is even filming at the moment. Despair! Even in the best of best case scenarios, Doctor Who will return next Spring and Sherlock looks likely for next Fall (though that’s if we’re lucky). It’s a difficult time, to put it mildly.

Consequently, I am currently suffering massive withdrawal and, sadly, there is barely even any new news on either series to keep my spirits up. And, no, pictures of Who filming randomly around London don’t count. (Mostly because I am not there to stalk watch.) So, as always, I end up trolling around the internet looking for interesting tidbits about either property – and my best finds are generally when I stumble across something that takes the two things I love the most and smooshes them together, like this excellent credits sequence.

Some enterprising YouTube fan has managed to recreate the Doctor Who credits in the style of Sherlock opening titles and you might be surprised by how well it actually works like this. (Though I suppose after having just had two season finales in a row where people jump off buildings, well, I think these shows have a bit more in common than you’d think.) It’s worth a look!

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