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Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Doctor Who scraps annual Christmas special for the first time since 2005 -- but there will be a New Year's Day special
Source: The Daily Mirror
Producers reportedly ran out of ideas for Yuletide storylines.
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Britain's Dancing with the Stars pays homage to Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who
Journalist Stacey Dooley dressed as Whittaker's Doctor while recently competing on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Jodie Whittaker reveals the black-and-white photo she found on Google Images that helped inspire her Doctor Who look
“The main journey of it came from a photograph that I found of a woman in trousers, (suspenders), and a t-shirt, walking with purpose," she says in a new Doctor Who video, in conversation with costume designer Ray Holman. "And I loved it and it felt timeless,” Whittaker said in the video. “It felt intriguing and kind of open to interpretation and I really love that. And it was neither male or female which was really important to me.” ALSO: Torchwood's John Barrowman would be open to returning to Doctor Who.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Doctor Who's Rosa Parks episode brought the franchise back to its educational roots
When Doctor Who launched in 1963, it was intended to be an educational show for families as much as a it was a sci-fi drama. The TARDIS was supposed to provide a window into human history. So Sunday's Rosa Parks episode was in line with Doctor Who's original mission.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Doctor Who delivered with a Rosa Parks episode that was hard to pull off
Source: The A.V. Club
"I’m not sure Doctor Who has ever faced a higher level of difficulty than it did with 'Rosa,'" says Caroline Siede of Sunday's powerful and emotional episode that left viewers in tears. "I was incredibly nervous heading into this episode because there were so many ways it could fail. It could fall back on the sanitized myth that Rosa Parks was just an old woman who was too tired to give up her seat. It could inject wacky alien hijinks into a politically charged moment of history. Or, worst of all, it could rob Rosa of her real-life agency by presenting the Doctor as some kind of inspirational influence on her actions. But writers Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall are incredibly smart about how they structure the episode. 'Rosa' isn’t about the Doctor and her companions changing history, it’s about them guarding the timeline so that Rosa’s heroism itself can change the world."
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who wax figure is a dead ringer
Check out the lifelike wax replica unveiled by Madame Tussauds in Britain's Blackpool.
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 9:10PM EDT
BBC America releases high quality photos inside Doctor Who's new TARDIS console room
The new TARDIS contains a biscuit dispenser at Jodie Whittaker's request.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Doctor Who unveils trippy new title sequence
The kaleidoscopic new title sequence is the creation of John Smith, a visual effects artist, who created his own opening for Doctor Who as a 16-year-old fan then posted it on YouTube. Eight years later, he was tapped to design a real sequence for Doctor Who.
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 7:53PM EDT
BBC pledges to bring more female stories to TV following the success of Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who
Source: Digital Spy
"45% of the dramas we've commissioned at the BBC in the last two years are from female writers… It's not 50:50, yet, but it's more than double where we were in the past," says Charlotte Moore, the BBC's director of content. She adds that we're "just at the start of a very long journey to address a huge historical failing of female voices."
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
Doctor Who gets the "Honest Trailers" treatment
While mocking the modern version of the BBC franchise, the Honest Trailer on Doctor Who manages to educate newcomers, explaining the Doctor's many companions and enemies.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who debut captures 1.4 million American viewers
While that's up from Peter Capaldi's final season, it's down 38% from his debut in 2014. Whittaker's BBC America numbers are still higher than the premiere of David Tennant and Matt Smith's Doctor Who seasons.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
BBC America study: Female superheroes can boost the confidence in girls
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
BBC America partnered with the Women's Media Center for its "SuperPowering Girls" study that was timed for Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who. It found that better onscreen representation of female superheroes can allow young girls to see themselves as leaders and heroes.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
What made Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who debut so impressive was that it was an extremely typical episode
"When Whittaker’s casting was announced, legions of Whovians made both their excitement and displeasure known," says Caroline Framke. "To some, this female Doctor is way overdue; to others, it represented a concession to wokeness by denigrating a classic character. 'The Woman Who Fell to Earth' doesn’t spend too much time trying to justify its existence to the latter camp, which is smart. Anyone who made up their mind based solely on her casting is unlikely to change it. But the script from new showrunner Chris Chibnall nonetheless squeezes in a few canny moments to acknowledge the shift, wink at the show’s past, and ably make its case. As the episode itself stipulates — both implicitly and even a little explicitly — it doesn’t actually matter what form the Doctor takes. The Doctor is an alien time traveler whose life spans thousands of years, regenerating when one form wears out like a snake shedding skin. The real question isn’t 'why does the new Doctor have to be a woman?', as some have gotten stuck on, but 'why has the Doctor always regenerated into a white British man?' If nothing else, the previous casting has showed a remarkable lack of creativity for a series that’s long prized itself for its incredible intergalactic imagination."
- The new Doctor Who plays it safe with too little dramatic tension -- perhaps a woman should've wrote it
- Jodie Whittaker is remarkable, but her first episode was not
- Whittaker's Doctor is energetic and full of heart
- Showrunner Chris Chibnall's Doctor Who puts the focus back on the humans
- Whittaker absolutely owns the part from moment she leaps into the frame
- The writers tried to minimize the impact of her sex change while also working to self-reflexively address it
- Whittaker gets a Doctor Who Barbie Doll
- When showrunner Chris Chibnall first pitched Doctor Who to Whittaker, she says "it was a complete curveball because we were just chatting as friends"
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who British premiere beat the openers for both Peter Capaldi and Matt Smith
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"The Woman Who Fell to Earth" was watched by 8.2 million on BBC One Sunday night. Capaldi's debut in 2014 attracted 6.8 million viewers, while Smith delivered 8.0 million for his 2010 debut. ALSO: Some American viewers struggled with the Yorkshire dialects on the new Doctor Who.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who "feels like a different Doctor — friendlier, less angsty, more of a straightforward action hero"
Source: The New York Times
It's too early to tell based on the first episode what kind of stamp Whittaker will put on her version of Doctor Who, says Mike Hale. New showrunner Chris Chibnall "clears the decks," says Hale, adding: There is, in comparison to recent seasons, scant reference to the show’s mythology, as if Mr. Chibnall is consciously distancing himself from it. The Tardis, the Doctor’s time-and-space ship disguised as a police box, does not appear, and there is, for all intents and purposes, no travel in either time or space. Beyond any momentary quirks, though, there are deeper changes in style and spirit that are likely to be more permanent. Mr. (Steven) Moffat’s Doctor Who was like an hour spent hanging out with clever undergraduates whose imaginations were on overdrive, saturated in both canonical and pop culture and enamored of wordplay and brain teasers. It was frosted, sometimes too heavily, with moral dilemmas, light conundrums and the kind of romanticism associated with ancient British universities. It could leave you cold or drive you crazy, but there wasn’t much else like it on television...This Doctor Who feels like a lot of other TV shows, not just in its writing but in its pacing, its cinematography, its use of music. When the scary monsters appear, you could be watching any other well-made but conventional science-fiction or horror show. Or a police procedural, for that matter. Everything about the show is more ordinary, which may have to do with levels of inventiveness but also feels like a choice. Mr. Chibnall has eased off the throttle, lowering the sensations per minute."
- How Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who could change the way women are portrayed in sci-fi
- Whittaker had to stop calling The Doctor a "he": "Women are not a genre, we're just the other half of the population. I'm guilty of this as well because when I first started to audition, I kept calling the Doctor a 'he' — it was just this automatic thing. Now it's second nature to me: the Doctor is the Doctor without either/or, but you can't help but associate it with that because that's how it's always been known."