The official full length TV launch trailer – Doctor Who Series 8 2014 – BBC One – YouTube

Added to calendar. I will probably do the same thing I did with Matt Smith. Watch the first couple of episodes to decide whether or not I like Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, then decide whether or not to stay watching thereafter.

via The official full length TV launch trailer – Doctor Who Series 8 2014 – BBC One – YouTube.

Doctor Who: Steven Moffat clears up the whole Doctor regeneration problem… sort of


Confused about the Doctor’s regenerations after watching The Day of the Doctor? Steven Moffat has sought to clear up any misunderstandings.

So, when John Hurt was introduced as the Doctor earlier this year it caused a problem among fans. Which Doctor is he?

When we saw eighth Doctor Paul McGann regenerate into John Hurt in Night of the Doctor it confirmed he was the ninth Doctor – moving former ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston to the 10th Doctor. David Tennant became the 11th Doctor and Matt Smith formerly the 11th became the 12th.

Or not. Because John Hurt is the War Doctor – and thus outside the numbering, apparently. But, actually not really.

Oh, dear.

Speaking at the Doctor Who Official 50th Celebration at London’s ExCeL Moffat cleared the whole thing up… sort of.

‘He has no more ever called himself the 11th Doctor than he would call himself Matt Smith…

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Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is ratings triumph as The Day of the Doctor pulls in 10.6million viewers

*Anything* is better than X-Factor.


Doctor Who marked its 50th anniversary in style with a ratings triumph, pulling in 10.6million viewers and easily beating The X Factor in the Saturday night battle.

The Day of The Doctor saw current Time Lord Matt Smith joined by his predecessor David Tennant, with John Hurt joining the cast as the War Doctor.

With an average audience of 10.2million, the special was the fifth most-watched episode since the show was rebooted in 2005.

REVIEW: The Day of the Doctor was perfect Doctor Who

Doctor Who was only beaten by fellow BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, which managed to pull in an average audience of 10.6million and peaked at 11.7million.

Both easily triumphed over ITV rival The X Factor, which could only manage 7.7million as it marked its tenth anniversary.

The Day of the Doctor also managed to set a world record for the world’s largest ever simulcast of…

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15 nostalgic classic Doctor Who hat-tips in the Day of the Doctor – what did you spot?


The Day of the Doctor was delightful. It moved the Doctor Who myth forward and included plenty of nostalgic hat-tips to the past. Writer and showrunner Steven Moffat is a fan at heart too and gave us plenty to chew on in the 50th anniversary special.

Looking back past 2005, here’s a little list of nostalgic snippets that will evoke memories of Doctor Who for fans of the show from 1963 to 1989.

1. Opening credits

Roll back to 1963 and this is what we would had seen at the very start of Doctor Who. Ron Grainer’s theme set by BBC Radiophonic Workshop doyenne Delia Derbyshire still sounds amazing. The swirling graphic remains magical and weird too. What a perfect start.

2. Coal Hill School

Where it all began. Now I. Chesterton is the chairman of governors and W. Coburn, the Headmaster. A certain Ian Chesterton was one of the…

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Doctor Who: Next Doctor Peter Capaldi still hasn’t chosen his outfit, reveals Steven Moffat


New Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, who takes over from Matt Smith at Christmas, still hasn’t chosen the Doctor’s outfit yet despite filming starting in January.

The show’s executive producer Steven Moffat revealed that the 12th Doctor’s attire would probably be a last-minute decision.

‘Everyone is pretending that it won’t be a heart stopping, last minute decision but I tell you that it’s going to be that,’ said Moffat during a panel at the Doctor Who Official 50th Celebration, alongside current Doctor Matt Smith.

‘The bowtie, which was Matt’s idea arrived out of nowhere literally at the 11th hour. We were shooting [Matt’s first episode] in about three days and I thought it was the worst idea in the world. Then he slapped it on and he was the Doctor,’ said Moffat.

‘I’ve still got photos on my phone of Matt going from sulking about his costume to leaping around…

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The Day of the Doctor was perfect Doctor Who – Steven Moffat pulled a blinder


Imagine you had 400 years to make the most difficult decision of your life. Imagine your future self could guide you towards making the right choice by showing you the consequences of the path you chose, even before you made it.

And then imagine, even if you’d made a wrong choice long, long ago, that you could make it right with hindsight.

And you’ll have help from your friends too. Two great women. One who understands all of time and space and another who has known you all your life. That’s The Day of the Doctor.

Anniversary multi-Doctor stories do not have an auspicious history in Doctor Who. The Three Doctors 10th year special was only saved by Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton joshing, with a stern William Hartnell literally looking down on them.

The Five Doctors was a forgivable fond fanfest in 1983.

Let us not talk about Dimensions…

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