Doctor Who Returns This August

Doctor Who Returns This August

Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi will begin his run as everyone's favorite Time Lord this August.

Though we've seen a few glimpses of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, we finally have a date for when we'll get to see Capaldi running the show in season 8. As we might expect from something as timey-wimey as Doctor Who, the date isn't exact, but a new teaser trailer promises an August premiere. The 15-second trailer gives us the briefest possible glimpse of the new Doctor with the TARDIS appearing to explode around him. Does this mean we'll see another TARDIS redesign in season 8? Though the show does love to shake things up with each new Doctor, we'll have to wait until August to find out for certain.

We expect another 13 episode season - if the series follows its typical 12 episodes plus a Christmas special format - featuring Capaldi as the Doctor with Jenna Coleman continuing as Clara Oswald. We'll also see some faces old and new, including the return of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax along with the addition of Danny Pink (played by Samuel Anderson) as one of Clara's co-workers.

August is still a long ways off, but if you just can't wait Humble Bundle is currently offering a great Doctor Who comics bundle that will help you while away the hours before the Doctor returns to your television screen once more.

Source: BBC America

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Uuuuuggghhh Just stop trying to make Clara interesting she really isnt! Thee's no bloody flaw to work with, none of the sarcastic wit of Donna nor the intellect of Martha or (I can't believe I'm speaking highly of Rose) Rose's down to earth level-headedness.

Although at least she isn't Amy... Okay fine Moffat I'll give her another try just PLEASE let someone else write women for you because you aren't very good at it.

(Sorry.)

vallorn:
Okay fine Moffat I'll give her another try just PLEASE let someone else write women for you because you aren't very good at it.

And while you're at it let someone else write the entire show for you.

i think the TARDIS has basically already been redesigned for him in the last season of Smiths run.

to do again so soon after...would raise eyebrows with BBC accountants if nothing else...and the current aqua/neon control room is very "retro" while at the same time it has very visibly Gallifreyan detailing...two things i think are going to be very important in relation to this new Doctor and his story.

Capaldi is a life long fan...he's gonna want a control room that looks like a "retro" Who control room.

as for the Gallifreyan detailing...well the Time Lords are back aren't they ? and more than that i expect The Doctor to actually be called to work with them much like he has been before many in the past.

Why the sillhouette? We know it's Peter Capaldi and we know what he looks like as the Doctor.

vallorn:
Rose's down to earth level-headedness.

Wot. When was Rose level-headed? She was less grounded than a Pete and Pete villain.

Although at least she isn't Amy...

Again, wot....Amy was more or less Rose done proper.

Sleekit:
i think the TARDIS has basically already been redesigned for him in the last season of Smiths run.

to do again so soon after...would raise eyebrows with BBC accountants if nothing else...

Once every four-ish years seems enough, anyway.

I'm more curious as to whether or not he gets a new sonic screwdriver. I've really come to identify the last one with Smith's run.

Zachary Amaranth:

Sleekit:
i think the TARDIS has basically already been redesigned for him in the last season of Smiths run.

to do again so soon after...would raise eyebrows with BBC accountants if nothing else...

Once every four-ish years seems enough, anyway.

I'm more curious as to whether or not he gets a new sonic screwdriver. I've really come to identify the last one with Smith's run.

oh i think all the actors get a personal screwdriver now don't they ?
it's kind of a thing that they've adopted that at the end of their run they get to keep it afaik.

edit - actually...i think i may have seen a picture of it...hang on...

image

notice not green like smiths but aqua/teal like the new console...

also there is a video...but im not posting that here...just google "capaldi doctor screwdriver"...it's very clearly different in the video...whereas the lighting in that pic doesn't show it as clearly...

Sleekit:
oh i think all the actors get a personal screwdriver now don't they ?
it's kind of a thing that they've adopted that at the end of their run they get to keep it afaik.

Tennant and Eccleston used the same model, except Tennant used the BBC shop toy or some such. Smith's was the first new screwdriver (unless you count River's), so there isn't a given pattern.

notice not green like smiths but aqua/teal like the new console...

also there is a video...but im not posting that here...just google "capaldi doctor screwdriver"

I don't really count a lighting change as a different version, but cool. However, it looks green in some of the pics online and a couple of sites are describing it as green. I guess I'll wait and see how it looks in the show itself, but it looks like superficial changes at best.

Are they ever going to address what happened at the end of the last season? When Clara stepped into the Doctor's timeline and was sent somewhere? How did she and the Doctor leave that place? What happened to the bad guys who had cornered them there? Seriously, that really made me mad how they just acted like nothing had happened in the 50th and the X-Mas episode.

Honestly, while I liked Matt Smith's run, I dont think Moffat has been as good a showrunner as Russell T. Davis was. Maybe it's time for someone new to take the wheel?

Mcoffey:
Are they ever going to address what happened at the end of the last season? When Clara stepped into the Doctor's timeline and was sent somewhere? How did she and the Doctor leave that place? What happened to the bad guys who had cornered them there? Seriously, that really made me mad how they just acted like nothing had happened in the 50th and the X-Mas episode.

Honestly, while I liked Matt Smith's run, I dont think Moffat has been as good a showrunner as Russell T. Davis was. Maybe it's time for someone new to take the wheel?

The power of love I suspect. Or the Human spirit. Or the Magic screwdriver. Fuck it, I'm not even sure why the timelords helped out Smith in his last episode. Last time they showed up they were trying to destroy the universe, and considering they've been time locked or in stasis, when did that change? My vote goes to the screwdriver. Nevermind the amount of paradoxes that came about due to the 50th anniversery episode.

vallorn:
Uuuuuggghhh Just stop trying to make Clara interesting she really isnt! Thee's no bloody flaw to work with, none of the sarcastic wit of Donna nor the intellect of Martha or (I can't believe I'm speaking highly of Rose) Rose's down to earth level-headedness.

Although at least she isn't Amy... Okay fine Moffat I'll give her another try just PLEASE let someone else write women for you because you aren't very good at it.

(Sorry.)

Rose was pants! She certainly wasn't level headed, half the time she cried or freaked out. Clara's alright, shes nothing special, but not everyone needs to be flawed, sometimes curiosity works too. I'd go with Amy over Rose any day of the week, Rose is what makes it so hard to watch the seasons with her in them, I'm not even sure what she was doing in the 50th anniversary episode, there was no reason for her to be there at all. And not just because I dislike her, there was no in universe reason for her to be there.

vallorn:
Uuuuuggghhh Just stop trying to make Clara interesting she really isnt! Thee's no bloody flaw to work with, none of the sarcastic wit of Donna nor the intellect of Martha or (I can't believe I'm speaking highly of Rose) Rose's down to earth level-headedness.

But...she's "feisty" and says the hero is wonderful. That's how you write a good female character, right?

Can we get someone to come on and rein in Moffat's writing?

He setup so many plot points, that he didn't know what to do with them and just brushed them aside in the season finale, with no payoff.

y'know for all the talk of female characters i have a very strong suspicion, that along with the Timelords being back and probably giving the Doctor missions in some way (which is huge part of classical Who season arcing that has been locked off since the relaunch) Romana may show up during this Doctors tenure as a companion...

she would be afar better companion fit for an older doctor than...a pretty (and perhaps a little too) young thing...

she's also his equal...better in fact...technically...

All you people hating on Moffat are going to be in for a disappointment. Moffat has got viewing figures up in the states and seeing the trailer has been played on BBC America but not on the BBC in the UK, thats were the priority is. Moffat is running two of the 3 biggest and most successful shows that the BBC has and he isn't going anywhere in a hurry.

albino boo:
All you people hating on Moffat are going to be in for a disappointment. Moffat has got viewing figures up in the states and seeing the trailer has been played on BBC America but not on the BBC in the UK, thats were the priority is. Moffat is running two of the 3 biggest and most successful shows that the BBC has and he isn't going anywhere in a hurry.

It doesn't really need to be advertised in Britain though, I mean Doctor Who gets in the papers here, it's part of our culture. Besides it will be on BBC UK, it just hasn't been aired yet.

I think Doctor Who would've gotten the same amount of popularity in the states regardless of who was running it, it was gaining steam before Moffat, Moffat just happens to be in charge when it became big state-side. Plus Americans are sort of...sticklers for the sort of stuff Moffat writes, the human spirit, love etc.

Plus as much as I love Sherlock and the way he's done it, he does sort of have a cheat sheet in that department, seeing as most of the stories have already been written and he just needs to adapt them.

I'm more interested in when Season 7 is coming to Netflix, honestly. Need to catch up and I really want to see "Angels take Manhattan" and "Day of the Doctor".

elvor0:

It doesn't really need to be advertised in Britain though, I mean Doctor Who gets in the papers here, it's part of our culture. Besides it will be on BBC UK, it just hasn't been aired yet.

I think Doctor Who would've gotten the same amount of popularity in the states regardless of who was running it, it was gaining steam before Moffat, Moffat just happens to be in charge when it became big state-side. Plus Americans are sort of...sticklers for the sort of stuff Moffat writes.

Plus as much as I love Sherlock and the way he's done it, he does sort of have a cheat sheet in that department, seeing as most of the stories have already been written and he just needs to adapt them.

The BBC needs money. It wasted 100 million on failed IT system and has vast management structure that is overpaid and given reducanies that in some cases went way beyond what their contracts said. They have also been damaged by the Savile/Lord McAlpine disaster. The licence fee is up for renegation in the next parliament, and whoever wins the next general election, they won't even get an inline with inflation increase. This means that the BBC has to make money abroad just to have the same budget. Moffat has increased viewing figures in the States since he took over running Dr Who. More bums on seats watching BBC America means more money to the BBC. The BBC is not going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg to revert to the RTD style which has less viewers and therefore brought in less money.

The only good "main" companion was Donna.

The rest were relatively pants.

vallorn:
Uuuuuggghhh Just stop trying to make Clara interesting she really isnt! Thee's no bloody flaw to work with, none of the sarcastic wit of Donna nor the intellect of Martha or (I can't believe I'm speaking highly of Rose) Rose's down to earth level-headedness.

Although at least she isn't Amy... Okay fine Moffat I'll give her another try just PLEASE let someone else write women for you because you aren't very good at it.

(Sorry.)

I couldn't agree more with your assessments of all the companions :P

Amy grew on me, but it took a very, very long time to do so.

Hell, I still miss Donna.

Let the flaming begin!

Well it's about damn time. I was beginning to wonder if the show was ever going to resume.

Daystar Clarion:
Can we get someone to come on and rein in Moffat's writing?

He setup so many plot points, that he didn't know what to do with them and just brushed them aside in the season finale, with no payoff.

Also second. So much wasted potential from River Song to Trensalor. Old age, Moffat? Really?

albino boo:
-snip-Moffat has increased viewing figures in the States since he took over running Dr Who. More bums on seats watching BBC America means more money to the BBC. The BBC is not going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg to revert to the RTD style which has less viewers and therefore brought in less money.

Viewing figures have increased while Moffat was running the show, it didn't just suddenly become a thing when Moffat took over, figures for Doctor Who had been on the rise in the US since the reboot, they've just now reached levels where it could be considered mainstream. Still, less than England (1.55 Million versus 6.4 in the UK).

There's nothing to say Moffat is directly responsible, and didn't get handed an already rolling ball. True, there's nothing to say that he in't directly responible either, but if figures were already rising, it stands to reason that they would continue to rise, regardless of if he or someone else took over. There were less viewers for the RTD era, because it was still small and gathering a following at that point, minus old school fans.

Not too thrilled about Clara hanging around, she's been a pretty dull companion so far. Lovely but dull. I was hoping that with Capaldi, they'd shirk off all of the messy plots from the Matt Smith era but I guess not.
I'm also not sure how the dynamic is going to work considering Capaldi's age.

I'm glad to see Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax back. I actually really enjoy their scenes so I hope Moffat doesn't drive that into the ground like he did River Song, bow-ties and fish custard.

I'm trying to remain optimistic but I recently re-watched season one through to season seven and the last season was definitely an effort to watch. Still, there's always hope.

elvor0:

albino boo:
-snip-Moffat has increased viewing figures in the States since he took over running Dr Who. More bums on seats watching BBC America means more money to the BBC. The BBC is not going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg to revert to the RTD style which has less viewers and therefore brought in less money.

Viewing figures have increased while Moffat was running the show, it didn't just suddenly become a thing when Moffat took over, figures for Doctor Who had been on the rise in the US since the reboot, they've just now reached levels where it could be considered mainstream. Still, less than England (1.55 Million versus 6.4 in the UK).

There's nothing to say Moffat is directly responsible, and didn't get handed an already rolling ball. True, there's nothing to say that he in't directly responsible either, but if figures were already rising, it stands to reason that they would continue to rise, regardless of if he or someone else took over. There were less viewers for the RTD era, because it was still small and gathering a following at that point, minus old school fans.

Since Moffat has taken over Dr Who's viewing figures have increased by 51% and is now the most watched programme on BBC America. In any job if the key number sales double under you management you get the credit. Hard numbers are the only thing that counts in real world, not the amount of forum posts. If forum posts translated into bums on seats the firefly movie would have broken box office records.

advertising money from BBC America in the states (which i suspect is vastly overstated) or not the BBCs and Moffats primary obligation is to the licence fee payers (aka the British public) NOT any external audience their output may manage to pick up in foreign territories.

if it ever became apparent a show, any show, was being "made for export"...the British public would react extremely negatively and the show would likely get canned...the BBCs isn't anywhere near as beholden to bottom line as a US commercial stations hence why some of best ever shows only ran for 2, 3 or 4 series...its a completely different operating environment and the BBC has no qualms about canning what is supposedly "a top show" especially in the face of public anger.

Clarkson only just kept his job recently by the skin of his teeth (and Top Gear is far more externally popular than Who that makes a ton of money), Ross lost his and the whole of BBC3 was just recently scrapped.

the BBC can be fucking brutal (mostly due to the way its structured).

when push comes to shove the BBC Trust (which is the top of the tree and represents the licence fee payers) doesn't give a monkeys about the BBC Executives (which is responsible for operational management) financial...wishes.

basically: it's NOT a company.

And we'll finally discover if the thing making the entire series completely unwatchable and unbearable was Matt Smith, or Moffat getting totally complacent again and running his show right off a cliff the second he thinks he can't be fired.

vallorn:
Uuuuuggghhh Just stop trying to make Clara interesting she really isnt! Thee's no bloody flaw to work with, none of the sarcastic wit of Donna nor the intellect of Martha or (I can't believe I'm speaking highly of Rose) Rose's down to earth level-headedness.

Although at least she isn't Amy... Okay fine Moffat I'll give her another try just PLEASE let someone else write women for you because you aren't very good at it.

(Sorry.)

I was going to get after you for hating on Clara until you mentioned Amy. I've watched Doctor Who spanning old and new, and Amy was the worst companion, well, it is more of a twofer, Amy and Rory.

They were on the show for far too long, and horribly damaged it. (Them being tied to the whole who is River Song story arch, with the moronic time baby thing.)

I mean come on, who the hell comes up with the logic that sex between to people of the same species in a time machine creates a baby of an entirely different race. Boiling it down, that would be like, a cat and a cat in a cupboard with radiation in it equals a puppy.

Really, there were only a handful of episodes (can count them on one hand, maybe a bit on the second hand if I let my standards go just slightly) in the seasons with Amy and Rory as main companions, that were actually good episodes, and those were only because they let The Doctor actually feature more as the main character(as he should be).

Zachary Amaranth:

Although at least she isn't Amy...

Again, wot....Amy was more or less Rose done proper.

Sleekit:
i think the TARDIS has basically already been redesigned for him in the last season of Smiths run.

to do again so soon after...would raise eyebrows with BBC accountants if nothing else...

Once every four-ish years seems enough, anyway.

I'm more curious as to whether or not he gets a new sonic screwdriver. I've really come to identify the last one with Smith's run.

Really, at this point, I don't care if Clara isn't an amazingly written. Amy brought the show down, down to where I couldn't watch the show for some time, and I actually had to do my best to stomach watching the episodes to catch up when I found out Amy and Rory wouldn't be companions anymore.

They were the reason I actually hated Matt Smith as The Doctor for sometime. When they were around, it was the Amy and Rory show. The reason Matt's style took time to grow on me was that Moffat had practically sidelined him. In terms of screen time and story importance, when Amy and Rory were around, The Doctor was a secondary character. Heck, at some points it actually felt like The Doctor was in the companion role.

On the TARDIS part, I really hope they get rid of that god awful medical emblem on the front of the TARDIS. It's like they had a new designer come in that knows nothing about the show and old police public call boxes and that new designer said, "Well, deerruh, he's a 'doctor' so he should have a medical emblem on the front of his box."

Ever since I saw that medical emblem placed on the front, I've looked extensively to find some historical fact that some police public call box somewhere had a medical emblem on it, but I could find a single scrap of evidence. For me, that would be the only reason for that emblem to be on the box.

Toadfish1:
And we'll finally discover if the thing making the entire series completely unwatchable and unbearable was Matt Smith, or Moffat getting totally complacent again and running his show right off a cliff the second he thinks he can't be fired.

Matt Smith was fine. The problem was that it took two and a half series for him finally to be focused on as the main character(like The Doctor should be).

During those two and a half series, it was let's focus on all the mischief and problems Amy and Rory get into... What? You thought the show Doctor Who was suppose to have The Doctor as the main character? Problem?

Yes, it was a problem. It showed that Moffat is only good at writing one-off stories, and not series long story arcs.

I've noticed a pattern with him. The big series long story mysteries always center around the female companion. Series 5, Amy was part of the big plot of how the universe was collapsing/being destroyed. Series 6, the convoluted point that River Song is Amy and Rory's Time Lord daughter(facepalm).

Even with Clara, Series 7: Why is there a version of Clara in all time periods. Granted that wasn't bad, because they didn't write her as a character that overshadowed The Doctor taking the place of the main character. Matt Smith finally got to play a main character in series 7.

Daystar Clarion:
Can we get someone to come on and rein in Moffat's writing?

He setup so many plot points, that he didn't know what to do with them and just brushed them aside in the season finale, with no payoff.

In some respects, I think someone has been. Look back on Series 5, 6, and a third to half of series 7. When he took over, Moffat and his writing staff started treating the companions as the lead/main characters over The Doctor. Through that time period, very very gradually over that time period, you can see more and more The Doctor, as the main character, episodes popping up.

With the first section of series 7, the fog was clearing up, and in the second half, it felt like it was gone, and I was finally watching Doctor Who for the first time in years.

Really, Moffat's seeming love affair with the Amy and Rory, is what almost killed the show, at least for me. Before he took over, I couldn't miss a show, I had to see it right when it aired, and I did my best to find and watch every old series Doctor Who episodes I could get my hands on. Then, as series 5 rolled on and out, the time between when a new episode aired and the time I actually watched it, got longer and longer.

Close to the point of the longest gap, that was when I stopped using a Doctor Who gif avatar. I decided to create a more appropriate gif avatar that conveys my rage at stupid threads and posts instead of my love of Doctor Who. Of course re-watching Scrubs for the millionth time during that period, helped influence the change.

Hmmm, maybe I should find a way to replace the JD heads with Moffat heads....then it would Whack-A-Moffat.

Sonic Doctor:

Toadfish1:
And we'll finally discover if the thing making the entire series completely unwatchable and unbearable was Matt Smith, or Moffat getting totally complacent again and running his show right off a cliff the second he thinks he can't be fired.

Matt Smith was fine.

Apart from how he kept the exact same expression no matter what emotion he was trying to convey (did the guy get a botched Botox injection or something?), had worse delivery than William Shatner, tried to play a hybrid of quirky and real that ended up giving us both boring AND unsympathetic, and kept coasting on the great things of other doctors instead of doing anything impressive up until I just gave up. But apart from that, he was fine.

 

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