Empire feature on Who


The latest issue of Empire magazine has a feature on Doctor Who and an exclusive photoshoot, check out the highlights of the interviews below featuring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat and director Ben Wheatley.

Steven Moffat on Doctor Who Series 7: "Certain things we were doing a little reflexively. Some of the humour was getting a bit glib. One of the hardest things to notice is when your new idea has become your old idea and it's time to get rid of it."

 

Jenna Coleman on Deep Breath: "I saw the first episode and it's amazing how different it feels. It's darker. The limits feel like they're being pushed more in terms of danger and the dread. It's scarier, that's for sure."

On the new series, she adds: "Steven's changed the format quite a lot. We have much longer scenes now. " On Clara, Coleman states: "It's like seeing a control freak out of control. She has a boyfriend and she's a schoolteacher and then she travels around the universe with The Doctor. She's trying to live those lives separately and not let them collide."

Peter Capaldi on his Doctor Who: "He's mysterious. He's more alien than he's been for a while. He doesn't quite understand human beings or really care very much for their approval."


Director Ben Wheatley says of his episodes: "For me, they're back to classic Who, or the mid-Tennant adventures, where you'd tell a story and move on to the next one, less tied up in the machinations of long plot arcs."

The director of the first two Series 8 stories also states about the new Doctor: "Capaldi's his own man but there are elements of Baker and Troughton and Pertwee. He's inherently funny but inherently brooding and complicated, as a performer and a man."


Empire magazine is available now

Entertainment Weekly feature on Who

US magazine Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive feature and photoshoot on Doctor Who. Interviewees include Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Steven Moffat (Showrunner) and Brian Minchin (Executive Producer).

The issue is available now, check out the highlights below. Click on the images for bigger versions.

Executive Producer Brian Minchin says of new character Danny Pink: "He's a teacher at the same school as Clara. Clara decides she's not going to leave her life behind to go travel in time and space. She's starting a relationship with Danny so she's going to keep both lives going at once. 

The TARDIS has some new modifications, featuring bookshelves and array of blackboards (pictured, right).

Peter Capaldi says of The Doctor: "He's more alien than we've seen him in a while, and he is less patient with the foibles of human beings. Somewhere in the regenerative process, human beings have lost their charm for him. But they begin to work their magic eventually."

On his relationship with former Doctor Whos David Tennant and Matt Smith, Capaldi comments: "We text a lot, if there is a problem I need some advice on."

On a return for the Axons, he also adds: "Axons appeared as these godlike creatures, but underneath they were festering bags of flesh. I'd love to see a modern version of that."

Steven Moffat poo-poos a return for the original Cybermen, stating, "We're not bringing those back, because they look like boys with [sweaters] pulled over their heads."


Entertainment Weekly is available digitally and on newsstands now.

Entertainment Weekly feature on Who

US magazine Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive feature and photoshoot on Doctor Who. Interviewees include Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Steven Moffat (Showrunner) and Brian Minchin (Executive Producer).

The issue is available now, check out the highlights below. Click on the images for bigger versions.

Executive Producer Brian Minchin says of new character Danny Pink: "He's a teacher at the same school as Clara. Clara decides she's not going to leave her life behind to go travel in time and space. She's starting a relationship with Danny so she's going to keep both lives going at once. 

The TARDIS has some new modifications, featuring bookshelves and array of blackboards (pictured, right).

Peter Capaldi says of The Doctor: "He's more alien than we've seen him in a while, and he is less patient with the foibles of human beings. Somewhere in the regenerative process, human beings have lost their charm for him. But they begin to work their magic eventually."

On his relationship with former Doctor Whos David Tennant and Matt Smith, Capaldi comments: "We text a lot, if there is a problem I need some advice on."

On a return for the Axons, he also adds: "Axons appeared as these godlike creatures, but underneath they were festering bags of flesh. I'd love to see a modern version of that."

Steven Moffat poo-poos a return for the original Cybermen, stating, "We're not bringing those back, because they look like boys with [sweaters] pulled over their heads."


Entertainment Weekly is available digitally and on newsstands now.

Moffat Talks Capaldi Costume

Current showrunner Steven Moffat has been chatting exclusively to SFX about Doctor Who and the outfit for Peter Capaldi's Doctor. Read what he has to say below.

“He wanted to be quite stark,” Moffat reveals. “Stark and skinny. A stick-insect sort of thing. Clara actually calls him a grey-haired stick-insect at one point. We had some hilarious pictures of Peter just dressing up. It was all coming from him because he’s really into his clothes. I didn’t feel qualified to go and chat too much about it. Certainly the costume didn’t go anywhere until I shut up. The thing I’ve learned about showrunning is you need to know the bits you’re bad at!

“I’ve got certain things that I’ll say – I don’t want anything in that costume that I have to write into the script. I don’t want people saying ‘But why are you dressed as a circus clown?’ I want him to walk into a pub, a restaurant, a space conference, an army base and nobody stares at him.

“There was an issue simply because it’s quite dark as a costume and it’s a show that largely takes place in a tunnel. I kept saying ‘We are going to be able to see him, aren’t we?’ I suppose the red lining helps, when the flaps are open.

“I think there’s always something a little bit formal about The Doctor. Oddly enough in this series, for whatever reason, he seems to be wearing different outfits far more often than The Doctor normally does. He’s got his basic outfit but he’s in a spacesuit in one of them, and he’s a caretaker in another one and then he’s all dressed up in a later episode. He does vary it a bit.  And he mixes up the basic costume, hugely. We’ve tended to see  the white shirt version in public but actually the one I like best is when he wears the jumper under his coat. I think he looks like a submarine commander, like an old sailor or something. It makes him all rugged and handsome!”


Read more from Steven Moffat in the new issue of SFX, on sale now with a choice of five exclusive collectable Doctor Who covers.


Capaldi gets EW cover!

The latest issue of the US magazine Entertainment Weekly, out Friday, has a very special Peter Capaldi cover and feature inside. Check out the deets below and click on the image included for a bigger version.

Does this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly defy the laws of physics by being bigger on the inside than it would appear from looking at its exterior? Fans of the British science fiction show Doctor Who may well think so. For this week’s cover story, senior writer Clark Collis travels to the UK to meet with Peter Capaldi, the new star of the now 51-year-old time travel saga, and to find out what fans can expect from the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which premieres on Aug 23.

“He’s more alien than we’ve seen him for a while,”
says the actor, speaking about his version of the eccentric Time Lord.
“He is less patient with the foibles of human beings.”

Thankfully, the whole Who team were patient with EW‘s probing about the new, hush-hush season. In addition to Capaldi, Collis also spoke with the actor’s costar Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat who tackled such burning as questions as “Will Capaldi’s previous appearances in the Who universe be referenced this season?” and “What will happen in the two-part finale?” Collis even got to drive the Doctor’s bigger-on-the-inside time- and space-ship the TARDIS and did so without busting anything which, according to production designer Michael Pickwoad, makes him a more careful temporal navigator than previous Who star Matt Smith (“He was very good at breaking things”). We also persuade Capaldi to talk about the old monsters he’d like his Doctor to face and offer a sartorial breakdown of the Time Lord’s many looks through the show’s half-century history. Never seen Doctor Who (and feel a bid daunted by that history)? Then feel free to peruse our guide to how you can get into Who.

For more on Doctor Who, pick up a copy of this week’s Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday.

Empire magazine feature

The latest issue of film magazine Empire has a special Doctor Who feature and exclusive photoshoot. Check out a snippet below, the magazine is on sale on this Thursday (July 31).

Showrunner Steven Moffat and his new star are promising to take the show into little darker realms, paring it down to its key essence and stripping it of frippery and flirting. "It can become a kind of franchise where it's not a real character at all", cautioned Capaldi, "but just an amalgam of elements that people think are Doctor Who: a scarf, a bow tie... I wanted to be the actual Doctor Who."

Elaborating on the kind of man this new Doctor will be, Capaldi stressed his enigmatic qualities:
"He's more alien than he's been for a while. He doesn't quite understand human beings or really care very much about their approval."
Jenna Coleman agreed:
"With Matt's Doctor [Clara] felt quite safe, really. She knew she'd be caught if she was in danger, but this guy is a lot less human-friendly and a lot less patient. He's more removed and inaccessible. You can't quite access him in the same way."
Cold fish or not, fans should feel in safe hands, because Capaldi has solid Whovian bona fides. "Doctor Who was a part of being a kid in the '60s with The Beatles and Sunday Night At The London Palladium and smog and bronchitis and all that stuff," he enthused in Empire. "I think it's part of my DNA."



For more from Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat pick up the September 2014 issue from Thursday July 31.

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Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to Europe

Vision Nine and BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce the UK and European premiere of the hugely popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at six major city venues in May 2015.

The live show, which was a sell-out on its world premiere in Australia, will enjoy a limited run of twelve UK performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.

It features over 100 performers and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the TV series.  Music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.


The show features a host of The Doctor’s famous adversaries including the iconic Daleks and Cybermen, the spine-chilling Silence and many more fan favourites. The live monsters provide a dramatic contrast to the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold, who has been responsible for composing music for the series over the last eight years, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor.


The show will also feature Murray’s latest score and footage from the forthcoming Series 8, which will be broadcast around the world later this summer (starting August 23).

The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. Tickets will go on general sale via the event and box office websites at 9am on Friday 1 August 2014, 2014, with prices starting at £20 per person – www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com


Fans will discover the identity of the guest presenter for the UK shows in early 2015.

UK DATES & VENUES
SSE Arena, Wembley, London - May 23, 2015
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff - May 25, 2015
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham - May 26, 2015
First Direct Arena, Leeds - May 27, 2015
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle - May 28, 2015
SSE Hydro, Glasgow - May 29, 2015



The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular was first presented in Melbourne, Australia in February 2012, it went on to play a further nine sell-out performances at the Sydney Opera House in December 2012 receiving praise from the Australian media and fans alike. The Herald Sun called the show “Evocative and thrilling in equal measure” whilst the Sydney Morning Herald said: "The whole experience brought unalloyed pleasure that in some cases amounted to a religious rite”.

The show has continued to draw record figures in Australia and most recently thrilled over 34,000 fans across three cities in New Zealand.  


Tickets will go on general sale via the event and box office websites at 9am on Friday 1 August 2014, 2014, with prices starting at £20 per person – www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com

Photos courtesy of Lucas Dawson and Joseph Byford

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