The wait is almost over. The second part of the thrilling new series of Doctor Who begins on 27 August 2011.
The rules have changed, and the game is deadlier than ever. Out in the universe, where the earthly rules of time and space do not apply, Amy and Rory know only too well that their baby daughter needs them. For Melody Pond is destined to become River Song, mysterious archaeologist and convicted murderer – the woman who killed the best man she ever knew…
The Doctor leads Amy and Rory across centuries and galaxies in a desperate search for baby Melody, but a terrible and inescapable date looms large. At 5.02pm on 22nd April 2011, the Doctor will die. These are his last days, and the quest for Melody his final mission.
The search will result in a crash landing in Thirties Berlin and will bring them face to face with the greatest war criminal of all time. And Hitler. Old friendships will be tested to their limits as the Doctor suffers the ultimate betrayal and learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all.
This new teaser of the second part of DOCTOR WHO Season Six suggests that in addition to inadvertantly (or not) saving Adolph Hitler’s life the Doctor’s other adversaries, including the Cybermen, Weeping Angels and the new menace of The Silence will be seen again.
At Comic Con actress Karen Gillan, who plays companion Amy Pond, confirmed she’ll be back with Doctor Matt Smith for the seventh season of the revived BBC sci-fi series.
Additionally, writer/producer Steven Moffat told the BBC’s official WHO website that the new executive producer of the show will be Caroline Skinner.
“The exec joining me on Doctor Who is Caroline Skinner – fresh from the wonderful Five Days, and still finishing up on a brand new show called The Fades (a fantasy horror series, written by Jack Thorne – I’ve seen episode 1, and it’s BRILLIANT.) Somewhere between me laughing in a basement and choosing planets to invade, and Marcus Wilson raising armies, there has to be a Prime Minister actually running the whole thing. That’s the job Piers Wenger and Beth Willis have been doing so wonderfully for the last few years. Now that Piers is off to movie land, that’s the furnace Caroline will be walking into.”
DOCTOR WHO returns to BBC AMERICA on Saturday, August 27th at 9:00 PM /8:00 Central with Let’s Kill Hitler, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Richard Senior.
In honor of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2, the Cinefantastique Podcast crew takes a look at sequels that surpass their predecessors, including TOY STORY 2, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, and BATMAN RETURNS. Joined by special guest Andrea Lipinski (formerly of the Chronic Rift podcast), the regular CFQ crew of Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski also take a look at superheros on screen this year and give a run down of this week’s home video release, including the director’s cut of LIMITLESS (featuring an alternate ending on Blu-ray), the most recent season of DOCTOR WHO (starring Matt Smith), and TEKKEN, a DTV title based on the popular games by Namco.
Doctor Who News reports that the BBC science fiction series probably will NOT have a full 13-episode run in 2012, as previously announced.
Apparently, BBC1 Controller Danny Cohen announced that DOCTOR WHO will return in “a curtailed form”.
At present, it appears that the 13 episodes and a Christmas special will be produced, but that the premeire will delayed until Fall, rather than Spring 2012, and only six or seven episodes will air.
Other shows of the 14-episode commitment will be shown in 2013, as part of the show’s 50th Aniversary.
DOCTOR WHO Writer/Producer Steven Moffat is reported to have said via Twitter: “Dr Who: misquotes and misunderstandings. But I’m not being bounced into announcing the cool stuff before we’re ready. Hush, and patience.”
The BBC has renewed DOCTOR WHO for the 2012 seson, promising 14 new episodes (presumably 13 regular 7th season programs and a Christmas Special).
Matt Smith WILL return as The Doctor.
In the meantime, the mid-season cliffhanger airs this weekend here in the USA. A Good Man Goes To War aired in the UK last weekend, so look out for spoilers online.
DOCTOR WHO airs Saturday at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) on BBC America.
Here’s a clip from Saturday’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, The Doctor’s Wife.
The Doctor’s Wife was written by fantasy/comics scribe Neil Gaiman (SANDMAN) .
The Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard planet sitting upon a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe, populated by a very strange family, as the time-travelling drama continues.
The Doctor, Amy and Rory are given the warmest of welcomes by Auntie, Uncle and Nephew. But the beautiful and insane Idris greets them in a more unusual fashion—what is she trying to tell the Doctor? As the Doctor investigates, he unwittingly puts his friends in the gravest danger.
Also starring Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Suranne Jones as Idris. Directed by Richard Clark
DOCTOR WHO airs Saturday at 9:00 PM ET/PT on BBC America.
The Official BBC Doctor Who site is featuring an interview with series producer Steven Moffat.
Asked how season six of the revived DOCTOR WHO will differ from last year, they recieved an intriguing reply.
“Well, we’ve moved through the funfair a bit— we’ve done the rollercoaster, now we’re on the ghost train. Last year, in a way, was all about saying, don’t worry, it’s still him, it’s still the same show, nothing’s really been lost. Losing a leading man like David Tennant is seismic —unless you gain a leading man like Matt Smith.
It’s been the biggest joy to see him stride in and just claim that TARDIS for his own. But now he’s really here, and the part is his, and the bow tie is cool, he’s ready to lead us places we didn’t know existed. Last year we reassured you – this year, to hell with that, we’re going to worry the hell out of you. How well do we really know that man, or what he’s capable of? We’re putting the Who? back in the Doctor.
Oh, there’s a big story being told this year, and major mysteries from the very off. As ever, in this show, the stories all stand alone, and every episode is a perfect jumping-on point for a new viewer. But at the same time the over-arching plot will be a bigger player this year. More than hints and whispers— we’re barely ten minutes into episode one before our heroes face a dilemma that they’ll be staring at months from now. And there will be no easy answers.”
Questioned whether there will be new monsters, the writer/producer responded that there will be, indeed.
“They’re … scary. Very scary. And, ohh, I don’t want to say more —there’s the Silence in 1 & 2, the Siren, in episode 3, the Gangers in 5 & 6, all these are more than just freaky costumes and masks; there are SCARY ideas here. And just wait till you meet Idris in episode 4.
… But it’s not JUST scary – it’s funny and moving and revelling in its own insanity too. “
Asked how the characters have evolved, Steven Moffat replied:
“The big difference, I suppose, is how long the Doctor is hanging around in the lives of his Companions. His normal MO is get them while they’re young, and leave them while they’re young too. He’s careful to put them back where he found them, before he screws up their lives. But here he is, married couple on board—and much as he loves them both, he does wonder if it isn’t time he got out of the way. Before something really BAD happens.
Regarding the mid-season break, which will end in a cliff-hanger, the producer emphasized a difference.
“Normally our cliff-hangers are lives being threatened. With this one, three lives are changed FOREVER.”
BleedingCool reports that on the cover of this week’s Doctor Who Monthly, it’s revealed that one of this season’s four main characters will die in this year’s opening adventure.
Accoring to the the magazine’s Twitter feed, producer Steven Moffat said:
“We’re not lying, we’re not cheating: one of those four people is going to die! When I came up with this heart-wrenching twist, I thought ‘We’ll kill off one of the leads in the season opener.’ It lures you in.”
My guess, based on the series promo trailer, is that it’s the Doctor himself, killed by one of his companions — but there’s a twist, of course.
DOCTOR WHO premeires April 23rd at 9;00 PM/8:00 Central on BBC AMERICA with part one of a two part adventure, The Impossible Astronaut.
Note the magazine lists companion Rory Williams as Rory Pond, likely a joke refering to gag about the balance of power in the married Amy Pond and Rory’s relationship.
In this behind the scenes footage by “Timeboyy”, Matt Smith’s Doctor seems to have discovered a robotic Cybermat — a kind of spy/killer device of the cybernetic Cybermen, in a British shop with returning guest star James Corden as Craig Owens (Season Five’s The Lodger).
It’s for the sixth season two-part episode entitled The House of Fraser.
According to DoctorWhoTV, it’s rumored that the seventh episode will feature the Cybermen capturing the Doctor, freezing him and taking him away. This will be a mid-season cliff-hanger break, a first for the series.
When the series returns after a hiatus, the episode will begin wil the Doctor’s companions, Amy, Rory and River Song, searching for him.
Not confirmed, but it does fit in with writer/producer Steven Moffat’s announced plans for a dramatic mid-season finale.