This poster is gorgeous and terrifying all at once for me! Oh Raggedy Doctor!
US fans – it is official! Matt Smith’s final episode, ‘The Time of the Doctor,’ will premiere December 25 at 9/8c on BBC America.
Okay, so I posted an Easter Egg look in November but this video, totally blows away my post. You should really watch this one if you’re a Whovian. Brilliant! There’s a lot of stuff covered in this with details beyond the Easter Eggs such as David Tennant owns a copy of every piece of clothing he ever wore on Doctor Who and actually had to wear some of his personal items in this episode because the costumes could not be found for it.
And this is only Part One!
Well here is a Christmas treat – albeit quite a dark one – instead of the 12 days of Christmas, Radio 4 are doing the six nights of ‘Neverwhere’, which was a hit for BBC Radio 4 Extra & BBC Radio 4 the earlier this year. Originally broadcast across the two networks, this will be the first time that every episode of the hugely popular series by Neil Gaiman will be on BBC Radio 4.
I knew we had commissioned something special when I visited the readthrough – Dirk Maggs (director) and Heather Larmour (producer) were presiding over a gathering of actors which had more star names than a Hollywood red carpet on Oscar Night – at one end of an enormously long table sat Star Trek’s Khan, Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays The Angel Islington, at the other end was Lord of the Rings’ Saruman, Christopher Lee, who at 90 was making his radio drama debut playing the The Earl of Earl’s Court and sandwiched in between were X Men’s James McAvoy, playing our hero Richard Mayhew; Homeland’s resident baddie David Harewood (Marquis de Carabas), Game of Thrones’ not to be wholly trusted Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer plays Door), the even less to be trusted Maggie in BBC1’s current hit The Escape Artist, Sophie Okonedo (Hunter), Buffy’s Watcher Rupert Giles, Anthony Head (Croup), as well as Johnny Vegas, Bernard Cribbins… even author Neil Gaiman was playing a part.
The Time Lord has conquered the box office.
A special nationwide 3D screening of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary TV special “Day of the Doctor” grossed a stunning $4.8 million at the U.S. box office.
What makes this particularly impressive: That’s from one night. The 75-minute “Day of the Doctor” screened in 660 theaters as a one-night-only special event Monday and averaged $7,155 per location, with 320,000 tickets sold. Granted, the tix were $15 a pop, so that certainly helped.
In fact, the BBC’s cult favorite show was the No. 2 movie in America on Monday, behind only The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Its gross is nearly as much as The Wizard of Oz in 3D made during its entire run earlier this year ($5.5 million). And it was more than indie fav Much Ado About Nothing ($4.3 million) or bomb The Fifth Estate ($3.3 million).
And don’t forget: This screening was two days after the episode had already premiered on BBC America, so most fans had already seen it. On limited Saturday screenings, the show racked up $204,000 in the U.S. box office and $2.9 million at the UK box office.
“It’s incredible that Doctor Who has made history once again, setting record numbers across the board on BBC America, in social media, and now in theaters. It’s a testament to the fans and their dedication for Doctor Who,” said Soumya Sriraman, EVP Home Entertainment and Licensing, BBC Worldwide North America.
Doctor Who wasn’t too scruffy in the TV ratings either. A total of 2.4 million viewers watched the special’s first telecast at 2:50 p.m. ET on Saturday, breaking BBC America’s ratings records. That total rose to 3.6 million once including the show’s encore.
We can reveal that this year’s Christmas special will be called ‘The Time of the Doctor’ and the Doctor must sacrifice everything to save a town called Christmas from his greatest enemies…
And if that wasn’t enough to whet your festive appetites, you can also watch the 10 second teaser trailer from the weekend here: