August 7, 2013 |
This just goes to show that if you give "Doctor Who" fans something they want to see, they'll come out for it, even on a Sunday afternoon in August. BBC America's "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" -- a 2 p.m. special formally introducing Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the next star of the perennial sci-fi series -- was the No. 1 telecast Sunday across social media (not including sports). It didn't do too badly in the TV ratings, either. "Doctor Who Live" scored 895,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen.
August 6, 2013 |
There is a new Doctor nearly in town: The 55-year-old Scots actor Peter Capaldi, best known this side of the Atlantic for Armando Iannucci's BBC series "The Thick of It" (loosely the model for HBO's "Veep") and film spinoff "In the Loop," and, going back some, for Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero," has been named as the next star of "Doctor Who," succeeding current Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. (If you aren't familiar with the franchise, every new Doctor is identical with the last; only the actors change.)
August 5, 2013 |
On Sunday night, when Scottish-born actor Peter Capaldi was revealed to be taking over the magic screwdriver to portray Doctor Who in the cultishly popular BBC sci-fi series of the same name, many American fans greeted the news with some confusion. Doctor who ? Replacing Matt Smith, the on-call Doctor since 2009, Capaldi arrives as the oldest actor to portray the Time Lord since William Hartnell first embodied Doctor Who on British TV in 1963. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Moviegoing audiences may have most recently caught Capaldi, 55, portraying a medical professional with a different relationship to the Hippocratic oath -- an actual doctor for the WHO -- a World Health Organization medic in the Brad Pitt zombie thriller “World War Z.” And American audiences will have further chance to acquaint themselves with the Scottsman's on-screen mien through his high profile supporting roles in such films as the Wikileaks biopic “The Fifth Estate” and the Angelina Jolie fairy tale fantasy “Maleficent.” But Capaldi -- who won a 1995 Academy Award for live action short for “Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life,” which he directed - - casts a long shadow in British film.
August 4, 2013 |
And the new Doctor is ... Peter Capaldi. The 55-year-old Scottish actor will assume the beloved "Doctor Who" role from Matt Smith. The much-anticipated announcement was made Sunday during a live presentation, "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" on BBC America and BBC One. A gaggle of interviews with Smith and lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat comprised the half-hour special before the big reveal was made -- wreaking havoc on Twitter....
July 25, 2013 |
The 12 th Doctor in “Doctor Who's” 50-year history still hasn't been selected, but if the search keeps going, it's always possible Matt Smith may change his mind. Smith, who plays the 11 th Doctor on the long-running fantasy series, arrived alongside current companion Jenna Coleman and producer Marcus Wilson at BBC America's TCA panel on Thursday morning. And lots of questions revolved around Smith's decision earlier this year to step down from the role after four years.
July 3, 2013 |
No, this photo isn't from some horrfying alternate reality. It's our reality, but don't worry. The Daleks haven't actually taken the royal family hostage. Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, paid a visit to the Wales set of "Doctor Who" on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Doctor. And apparently, the prince revealed himself to be quite the Whovian himself, at least according to Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor. "Showing them how to fly the TARDIS was a real treat and something I never thought I would be doing when I first took the role," Smith said.