Doctor Who

It’s Official: Matt Smith to Leave Doctor Who Later This Year

Well, Whovians, it looks like we’re getting a regeneration for Christmas.

The BBC announced today that Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith will hang up his sonic screwdriver following Doctor Who’s 2013 Christmas special.

Rumors about the possibility of Smith’s departure have been swirling for some time, but now it’s all properly official, it almost feels a bit unreal.

Smith, who has been playing the Doctor since 2010, shared some thoughts about his time on the show in a statement. “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show,” he said. “I'm incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.”

More after the jump.

David Tennant and Billie Piper Set to Return for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special!

You probably don’t need to read this blog post, given the fact that it’s likely you have already seen the massive online celebration or heard my tremendously loud shrieks of joy, but just in case, here we go. It’s officially official – we’ve got our first bit of absolutely true and confirmed news regarding the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary and it couldn’t be more exciting for Whovians everywhere.

The BBC announced over the weekend that Tenth Doctor David Tennant and former companion Billie Piper are both set to join current stars Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman for the celebrations surrounding the show’s fiftieth year on the air. Tennant played the Doctor for three full seasons and several specials, and was last seen on the show in early 2010. Piper was the original companion when Doctor Who returned to televisions for its 2005 reboot and starred alongside both Tennant and Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston for two series. To say I am over the moon with joy about this news is possibly the understatement of the year. (The only thing that could possibly make me happier is an announcement that Eccleston is also returning, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up about that.) More after the jump.

Rumor Has It: Will Doctor Who Fans Get a Regeneration for Christmas?

Another new series (well, half-series) of Doctor Who is almost upon us, so it seems about time for another rumor about star Matt Smith leaving the show to crop up. This isn’t anything new – it certainly feels like we’ve had at least three or four separate trips through this particular rumor mill since Smith took over the TARDIS – but it seems worth chatting about a bit, if only because everyone’s answers on the subject seem extra vague this time.

For this particular trip round the rumor track, the Sun has reported that Smith is set to depart his Doctor Who role this Christmas, As with just about everything that originates The Sun, let’s take this with approximately a boulder of salt. (They’re not exactly as bad as the Daily Mail, rumors-wise, but they aren’t that far off either.) But, let’s be honest, if there were a perfect time for a regeneration, it probably would be either right around the 50th anniversary or just after, wouldn’t it? Let's discuss.

Watch the Prequel Clip for Doctor Who’s “The Bells of Saint John”

Doctor Who returns to kick off the back half of its seventh season next weekend on both BBC One and BBC America and – has seemingly become tradition over the past few outings – a new mini-prequel has been released that gives us a glimpse of what’s been happening during the gap since The Snowmen aired in December. Written by showrunner Steven Moffat, the clip features a moment in the Doctor’s search for Clara and the secret of who or what she is.

Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith is at his quirky, adorable best in this clip, though it’s likely many will guess where we’re going with this two-minute snippet before it gets there, it’s still pretty fun.

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.

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