Saturday, November 23, 2013

Blogtor Who Guide to Doctor Who Series 8


Included here, for your delectation, is a round~up of all the news and info on Doctor Who Series 8. Please note, NO plot spoilers will be included here. This page will be updated as and when stuff happens!
LAST UPDATE: July 25
• DVD and Bluray released in the UK on Nov 17 - details HERE.

• First official promo pic of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman HERE.

• First promo pic of Peter Capaldi in his new costume HERE

• Series 8 will see the introduction of recurring character Danny Pink, played by Samuel Anderson. First pic and details HERE. He revealed that he will have a little sister, played by Ellis George.

• Team Vastra (Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey and Catrin Stewart) will return for at least one story, using sonic devices designed by winners of a Blue Peter competition. Watch the winning entries HERE. They are involved in the first episode to be filmed in 2014 (which will also be the first to air).

• UK singer Foxes to appear in Ep 8 - details HERE.

Murray Gold returns as the show's composer.



• Writer Chris Chibnall (Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, The Power of Three) would like to write for Doctor Who Series 8, see HERE. As would The Thick of It creator Armando Ianucci, see HERE.

Alex Kingston has hinted at a return.

• Clockwork Droids, first seen in The Girl in the Fireplace, are set for a return as are The Daleks.

• Steven Moffat chats about Capaldi as the Time Lord: "fiercer, madder, less reliable Doctor." Read more HERE.

• Producer Brian Minchin talks about Series 8 HERE.

• Filming pics have revealed a new alien - see HERE.

• Ep 3 star Tom Riley says Capaldi will "completely revitalise" Doctor Who. Interview HERE.

• Steven Moffat describes Capaldi as "terribly boyish and young at times". Read the interview HERE.



DEEP BREATH
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Sees the return of Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Features scenes in their own era. Has a running time of 75 minutes.

Receives world premiere in Cardiff on Aug 7, screens in London later that day.
Episode will also screen in cinemas worldwide from Aug 23 - details HERE.

First official promo pic from ep HERE.
Promotional pics HERE.
Collection of pics from filming HERE.
More pics of Capaldi filming HERE.
Pictures of Capaldi and Jenna Coleman filming HERE and HERE.

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "What if your best friend was somebody else? It's really about Clara trying to cope with that - and whether or not she even likes who he is, mixed in with a truly terrifying monster."

More pics HERE

EPISODE 2
Written by Phil Ford
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Features the Daleks, Steven Moffat says in DWM 476: "What's the most dangerous place you put the Doctor, we wondered. And then we put him there. Oh, it's a proper blockbuster, this episode. So many explosions that Peter Capaldi came in on his day off to watch the Daleks blowing up."
Includes the word, "lasagne".

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "It's actually quite a gritty Dalek adventure. We go without question into the most dangerous place in the universe - the last place The Doctor should be, and you will know that by the end of the pre-titles..."

EPISODE 3
Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Paul Murphy
Stars: Ben Miller (Primeval) Tom Riley (St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold), Trevor Cooper (Revelation of the Daleks), Ian Hallard (An Adventure In Space & Time) and Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Game of Thrones) amongst others. Hallard is playing a character called "Alan-a-dale" - possible Robin Hood themed ep? Currently filming (April 14).

Check out a gallery of pics HERE and HERE and HERE.
Check out some footage of filming HERE

Steven Moffat says in DWM 476: "A glorious heart-filling, action-packed romp, with a truly stellar guest performance from Tom Riley - it's like all of summer in 45 minutes, with sword fights."

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "It's The Doctor meets Robin Hood. And it's about being a hero. The Doctor's going through a period of his life where he's worrying about whether he counts as a good man... It's very, very funny."

Includes the word, "vegetables".



EPISODE 4
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Filming began on this in Feb. Starring Robert Goodman (Game of Thrones).

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "A complete departure for me in terms of writing Doctor Who. A tiny guest cast, no CGI. It's the story of a date and The Doctor having what appears to be a mild nervous breakdown. There's a little germ of Coupling in it. It's actually quite a scary one. I sometimes wonder: "What does The Doctor do when there's nothing going on? Does he go and find something to poke a stick at?" Of course he must. Essentially it's downtime for The Doctor. But don't worry, it involves a monster."

EPISODE 5
Written by Steve Thompson
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Starring Keeley Hawes (Ms Delphox), Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch), and Pippa Bennett-Warner (Death in Paradise) join the cast. Filming began on this in Feb. See a picture of Keeley Hawes as Ms Delphox HERE. See some filming pics HERE. Hawes talks about filming HERE.

Steven Moffat says in DWM 476: "I think this episode has the best pre-titles of the lot."
Includes the word, "shelf".

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "It's like a heist movie done with Doctor Who. It's got a cracking monster in it."

EPISODE 6
Written by Gareth Roberts 
Directed by Paul Murphy
Stars Nigel Betts (Emmerdale), and Jimmy Vee (Voyage of the Damned) amongst others. Finished filming on April 12.

Steven Moffat says in DWM 476 that this episode is similar to The Lodger featuring "our hero bumoing into the real world," and a "cool robot".

Includes the word, "wink".

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "An absolute hoot of an episode with some seriously surprising bits in it. If you did know somebody like The Doctor, and you did think it was okay to slip away with him, what effect would that have on your life? What would that do to the people around you?"

Courtesy of DoctorWhoFilming
EPISODE 7
Written by Peter Harness
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst
Stars Hermione Norris (The Crimson Field), Ellis George (who plays Danny Pink's sister), Tony Osoba (who will be familiar to fans having starred in Destiny of the Daleks and Dragonfire) and Phil Nice (who had a small part in Torchwood: Miracle Day).

Filming in Lanzarote and sees The Doctor returning to the scene of an old adventure - but there have been sinister changes since his last visit. Details HERE.

Check out some pics from the production camp at El Cuervo volcano in the Timanfaya National Park HERE.

Check out some great filming pics featuring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman HERE.
Great gallery of filming pics featuring the cast on Port Talbot beach HERE.

Steven Moffat says in DWM 476: "This is Doctor Who at its most intense and dramatic, with scares and huge ideas, and probably my most single favourite scene in the whole run this year. Peter is about to remind you that The Doctor isn't a hero every day - brace yourselves."

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "Proper drama, with monsters..., there's a callback to a past episode. Sort of."

Includes the word, "Tumblr".

EPISODE 8
Written by Jamie Mathieson 
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst
Stars Frank Skinner (The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot), David Bamber (The King's Speech), Daisy Beaumont (Star Stories), Janet Henfrey (The Curse of Fenric), singer Foxes and Christopher Villiers (Emmerdale).

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "Brilliant idea for a monster. It look stunning, in a very glamorous way. And it has Foxes singing. There's a callback to something from Matt's first series. Sometimes I play a long game."

May include the word, "rhetorical".

EPISODE 9
Written by Jamie Mathieson 
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "It's a horror story. It starts off with a very cute idea and becomes really quite frightening by the end. A scary one."

May include the word, "rhetorical".

EPISODE 10
Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Directed by Sheree Folkson
Features a cast of child actors including Harley Bird, the voice of household favourite Peppa Pig, alongside Abigail Eames (Harry and Paul, The Crimson Field), Ashley Foster (The Woman in Black) and Jaydon Harris-Wallace.

The last episode of Series 8 to be filmed.

Steven Moffat says in DWM 476 that it's "already a classic".

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "It's a beautiful script; it's really lyrical and poetic, and boldly so. Heartfelt, eloquent and quite, quite different. The main visual idea of it is so clever. I think it's going to be a stunner."

Includes the word, "supposed".


FINALE - EPISODES 11 & 12
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Features the return of the Cybermen and Osgood (The Day of the Doctor) and Kate Stewart (The Power of Three). Also stars Michelle Gomez as Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere and Sanjeev Bhaskar. One of the episodes is currently called Death In Heaven and features scenes outside St Paul's in London.

Exclusive set report from Blogtor HERE.
Exclusive interview with Jemma Redgrave HERE.
Gallery of filming pics HERE and HERE.
Actress Michelle Gomez joins cast as the "Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere" - pic HERE.

In SFX 251 Steven Moffat says, "Quite a strong emotional story to this. It's about Clara and The Doctor and the fact that the way they interact might not be healthy for everyone around them."

At London Film and Comic Con, Steven said he had the most fun ever writing the script for this one.



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3 comments:

Lucas W said...

Clockwork droids? That's... Interesting.

Anonymous said...

Osgood and Lethbridge Stewart, not interesting.

Anonymous said...

get rid of vestra and strax...they have ruined both sontarans and silurians...and hope the cybermen delete osgood and the brig's daughter as well, please...