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August 6, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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.)
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November 24, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. Before we begin, I should say that there will be a lot of spoilers ahead and also not a lot of technical explanation. The 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” the world's longest-running science-fiction series - in this timeline and universe, at least - has come and gone, leaving in its wake “The Day of the Doctor,” a brand-new episode full of old friends and fresh possibilities to dream on and discuss. The next-to-last episode to feature Matt Smith in the ever-revolving, ever-evolving role of the regenerating, time-space-traveling Time Lord, it also offered a brief glimpse of his successor, Peter Capaldi - the 12th or 13th Doctor, depending on how you figure it. PHOTOS: A first look at 'Day of the Doctor' It was simulcast Saturday in 75 countries around the world and shown theatrically (in 3D)
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August 5, 2013 | By Chris Lee
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.
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November 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Immediately following the worldwide simulcast of the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special episode, "The Day of the Doctor," which brought Tenth Doctor David Tennant side by side with Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, and included a brief glimpse of Smith's own coming-soon successor Peter Capaldi and a cameo by Fourth Doctor Tom Baker, the BBC posted another anniversary program. Equally wonderful in its way, written and directed by Fifth Doctor Peter Davison (the cricket-and-celery Doctor)
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August 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
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....
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December 2, 2009 | By Lisa Rosen
The Queen's English takes a drubbing in Armando Iannucci's "In the Loop," and her government workers don't fare much better. The film is a scathing political satire. It's also somewhat of an extension of "The Thick of It," Iannucci's BBC program that has aired six episodes and two specials over the last four years. A new season is running now. The film raises the stakes, and even crosses the pond, when a hapless government minister (Tom Hollander) makes an offhand on-air comment that suddenly fuels the case for backing a U.S. war in the Middle East.
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November 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Immediately following the worldwide simulcast of the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special episode, "The Day of the Doctor," which brought Tenth Doctor David Tennant side by side with Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, and included a brief glimpse of Smith's own coming-soon successor Peter Capaldi and a cameo by Fourth Doctor Tom Baker, the BBC posted another anniversary program. Equally wonderful in its way, written and directed by Fifth Doctor Peter Davison (the cricket-and-celery Doctor)
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July 24, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Despite a pedigree like so many British prestige projects -- award-winning actors and writers, topical subject matter, BBC roots -- "In the Loop" is no precious show dog. It's a snarling, frothing little beastie straining at its leash. In fact, when someone in the film uses the word "purview," signature character Malcolm Tucker, the prime minister's communications chief, launches into one of his trademark expletive-laced tirades: "Where do you think you are, in some sort of regency . . .
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May 1, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Veep", HBO's comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a fictional U.S. vice president, has been awarded a third term -- er, season. Louis-Dreyfus last year won an Emmy for lead actress in a comedy for her role in the series, now in its second season. The show co-stars Tony Hale , Anna Chlumsky and Kevin Dunn. On "Veep," Louis-Dreyfus plays Vice President Selina Meyer, a manic, self-absorbed leader who is all but shunned by the president. In addition to starring, the former "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" star is a producer on the series, which mixes physical and verbal comedy as well as political satire.
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October 7, 2013 | By David Ng
Patrick Bateman, the homicidal Wall Street executive of Bret Easton Ellis' ultra-gory novel "American Psycho," was memorably played by Christian Bale in the 2000 movie adaptation. For the coming stage musical version, producers have cast another British actor -- Matt Smith, the most recent star of the enduring BBC television series "Doctor Who. " The "American Psycho" musical is set to debut at London's Almeida Theatre in December. Duncan Sheik has written the music, while playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has penned the adaptation.
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November 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The Day of the Doctor" (BBC America, Saturday), "The Night of the Doctor" and "The Last Day" (online, at your will), "An Adventure in Space and Time" (BBC America, Friday). "Doctor Who," the television show/British national monument about an alien gadabout who travels all of creation, from end to end and first to last, in a living blue police call box, turns 50 Saturday. It will be marked properly, not with a look back (though there have been those as well) but with an actual, brand new, extremely special episode, "The Day of the Doctor," whose particulars are being kept very secret, except for the bits that aren't.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By David Ng
Patrick Bateman, the homicidal Wall Street executive of Bret Easton Ellis' ultra-gory novel "American Psycho," was memorably played by Christian Bale in the 2000 movie adaptation. For the coming stage musical version, producers have cast another British actor -- Matt Smith, the most recent star of the enduring BBC television series "Doctor Who. " The "American Psycho" musical is set to debut at London's Almeida Theatre in December. Duncan Sheik has written the music, while playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has penned the adaptation.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Scott Collins
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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.)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Chris Lee
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
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....
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Scott Collins
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. Before we begin, I should say that there will be a lot of spoilers ahead and also not a lot of technical explanation. The 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” the world's longest-running science-fiction series - in this timeline and universe, at least - has come and gone, leaving in its wake “The Day of the Doctor,” a brand-new episode full of old friends and fresh possibilities to dream on and discuss. The next-to-last episode to feature Matt Smith in the ever-revolving, ever-evolving role of the regenerating, time-space-traveling Time Lord, it also offered a brief glimpse of his successor, Peter Capaldi - the 12th or 13th Doctor, depending on how you figure it. PHOTOS: A first look at 'Day of the Doctor' It was simulcast Saturday in 75 countries around the world and shown theatrically (in 3D)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Veep", HBO's comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a fictional U.S. vice president, has been awarded a third term -- er, season. Louis-Dreyfus last year won an Emmy for lead actress in a comedy for her role in the series, now in its second season. The show co-stars Tony Hale , Anna Chlumsky and Kevin Dunn. On "Veep," Louis-Dreyfus plays Vice President Selina Meyer, a manic, self-absorbed leader who is all but shunned by the president. In addition to starring, the former "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" star is a producer on the series, which mixes physical and verbal comedy as well as political satire.
NEWS
December 2, 2009 | By Lisa Rosen
The Queen's English takes a drubbing in Armando Iannucci's "In the Loop," and her government workers don't fare much better. The film is a scathing political satire. It's also somewhat of an extension of "The Thick of It," Iannucci's BBC program that has aired six episodes and two specials over the last four years. A new season is running now. The film raises the stakes, and even crosses the pond, when a hapless government minister (Tom Hollander) makes an offhand on-air comment that suddenly fuels the case for backing a U.S. war in the Middle East.
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