Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has quit. Appearing on a BBC Radio 2 show with Jo Whiley, the Doctor Who star took fans by surprise as he announced that he would be exiting the show after the upcoming Series 10.
Firstly, John was shot – with a tranquilizer. Which you would have known if you were paying attention at 6 minutes 36 seconds into the episode, when he advises Mycroft that Eurus shot him, and Sherlock dismisses it as “only with a tranquilizer”.
More than that, though, I was quite disappointed by the death of Mary Watson – it was difficult not to view that as a misstep, albeit one which would clearly have significant repercussions for the rest of the series, again establishing a brand-new status quo for Sherlock moving forward. You can tell it’s a concept Moffat and Gatiss are aware of – there’s a knowing nod to the idea in The Six Thatchers, with Mycroft looking forlornly into a fridge and then closing it shortly after Mary’s (apparent) death.
Ahead of Sherlock’s return tonight, I thought it’d be appropriate to take a look at his other return – his return from the grave – and why I felt it didn’t quite work. In 2012, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss presented The Reichenbach Fall, a loose adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes story The Final Problem. It presented a fairly unambiguous depiction of Sherlock’s suicide, indicating he was quite dead – this, of course, wasn’t the case.
Not since Matt Smiths departing episode, the supremely disappointing and turgid The Time of The Doctor, have I liked an episode of Doctor Who less. It’s a simple story about a bland white dude whose accidentally given super-like-powers by The Doctor’s incompetence and grows up to become New York superhero The Ghost.
Ahead of Sherlock’s return on New Year’s Day, a new trailer has been released, revealing a few interesting new details. The ending of last year’s The Abominable Bride made it obvious that Sherlock would begin to explore its eponymous character’s drug use and abuse, an idea that series creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss had previously made a conscious choice to avoid. There’s no sign of Moriarty here – the focus is very much on Toby Jones’ new villain, one Culverton Smith.
Set in New York, the episode sees The Doctor teaming up with a masked superhero and a journalist to stop a deadly alien threat. Almost like a Lois Lane type character, Lucy is surprised to learn that the superhero is real. Until now, there have only been rumours of the existence of a masked vigilante roaming the streets of New York.
This episode will also see the return of Nardole (Matt Lucas), ahead of his role as a recurring guest star throughout series 10. Admittedly, I’ve got some concerns here - Nardole’s previous appearance in The Husbands of River Song was far from a persuasive case that he should join the show full time, and this clip wasn’t exactly a compelling argument either.
During an interview with GQ Magazine, Benedict Cumberbatch hinted that the upcoming Series 4 might be the end for the long-running ‘Sherlock’. The 40-year-old British actor made a name for himself as ‘Sherlock’ - the modern-day version of the legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes. Of course, Cumberbatch isn’t the only one to hint at an impending end for ‘Sherlock’ with showrunner Steven Moffat admitting that he doesn’t know what will come of the show after Series 4.
Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has furiously hit back at John Barrowman’s claims that he’s blocking the return of Torchwood to our screens. Barrowman has previously said that “certain egos” are preventing the show’s BBC return, and despite the fact that he wasn’t mentioned by name, Moffat reacted angrily. “You may be aware that John Barrowman has been saying, publicly, that I’ve been blocking a new series of Torchwood,’ he said.
At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, a trailer for the fourth season of the acclaimed BBC show Sherlock was released. Sherlock season 4, set to be transmitted in early 2017, boasts a series of exotic locales, an appearance by Toby Jones, and perhaps most excitingly of all, an episode directed by Rachel Talalay. It seems, then, that Benedict Cumberbatch’s time is going to be stretched quite thin – indeed, he began filming Doctor Strange the day after having finished with this year’s Sherlock filming.
Award winning star of stage and screen, Toby Jones, will be bringing to life one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s finest villains, according to Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat. Jones will star in Episode 2 of Series 4, which finished filming last weekend, and says he’s excited and intrigued by the character he’ll be playing, a tropical diseases expert called Culverton Smith. Smith, described as small, frail and twisted - body or mind, I’m not sure - featured in Conan Doyle’s short story The Adventure of the Dying Detective (sounds a tad ominous, don’t you think?) and recognises the threat our hero is to his dastardly scheme, whatever that turns out to be.
Michelle Gomez has confirmed that she will return to Doctor Who, reprising the role of Missy for the science fiction programme’s tenth season. Gomez revealed the news at MegaCon in Orlando this weekend, however there isn’t yet an official statement from the BBC. The end of the story saw Missy surrounded by Daleks, facing imminent death - of course, there’s no doubt that she escaped this predicament in her own inimitable style.
In the end, of course, Peter Capaldi took on the title role, and he’s done a fantastic job. The following fan trailer casts Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer in the role of the Thirteenth Doctor - it wouldn’t be her first time playing a traditionally male role, after her stellar turn as Moriarty in CBS’ Elementary. Seems like she’s a real possibility for the role then! While I don’t want Peter Capaldi to vacate the role any time soon, I’d absolutely love to see Natalie Dormer portray the Time Lord.
In a special announcement on today’s Match of the Day, the BBC have revealed who is to play the Doctor’s new companion in Season 10 - Pearl Mackie! Mackie also works as an acting coach for children, where she’s said to have “vibrant optimism”, and is skilled at “mixing maturity with immaturity” - both key attributes for a Doctor Who companion! A scene featuring Peter Capaldi alongside Pearl Mackie showed the Doctor and his new companion, Bill, up against the Daleks - you can see that scene below, here.
Earlier today, the Radio Times revealed that filming for the new Doctor Who spinoff, entitled Class, will begin filming in April, for a release on BBC Three later this year. It’s also been revealed that Peter Capaldi will guest star in the series; all in all, it’s some very exciting news.
Described as being akin to Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the Whoniverse, this spinoff series has just begun filming, and is set to be released later this year on BBC Three, with another broadcast on BBC One shortly afterwards. It’s an eight part series, written by esteemed YA author Patrick Ness, and will also feature a guest appearance by Peter Capaldi. Today we’ve had our first official news about the project since it’s first announcement, including some teasing details from Patrick Ness, as well as information about the cast themselves.
With Jenna Coleman now joining Billie Piper and Catherine Tate in the land of assistants of old, Doctor Who fans are eagerly awaiting news of the Time Lord’s next companion. The Twelfth Doctor himself Peter Capaldi has hinted that casting is under way for a new companion and they will be vastly different from Jenna’s Clara Oswald. Speaking to Radio Times, Capaldi said: “We’ve just had some brief talks about it, we haven’t actually chosen someone yet — that I know of.
Doctor Who fans have been dealt a double blow as the BBC has announced it will push back the next series to 2017 following show boss Steven Moffat’s decision to quit the hit drama. Moffat took the reins of the TARDIS from Russell T. Davies in 2010 and ushered in a new era for Doctor Who with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall has already been announced as Moffat’s successor, taking over the show in 2018.
It’s been reported by the Radio Times that Steven Moffat, showrunner of Doctor Who since 2010, will be stepping down after the conclusion of the tenth season of Doctor Who, to be replaced by Chris Chibnall. Chibnall, of course, was showrunner for the wonderful Broadchurch - incidentally starring former Doctor Who star David Tennant - which has been met with much acclaim over the course of its run on ITV. Chibnall also has previous experience with Doctor Who, having written for both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, as well as being the primary writer for Torchwood in its first two seasons.
With a little under a week to go until this year’s Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song, I thought now would be a good time to post my annual retrospective on the series, and try to collect my thoughts on the show across this past year.