The year of the Twelfth Doctor has also been the year of incredible ratings for BBC America. Doctor Who finished 2014 with its highest rated season ever including over 2.3 million viewers on Christmas Day for the special “Last Christmas” episode.
Peter Capaldi debuted as the newest regeneration of the beloved Time Lord alongside returning companion Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. Together the duo brought in an average 2.035 million viewers in Live+3, meaning those ratings also include DVR views. Capaldi’s first Christmas Special more than doubled the viewership of his predecessor’s first such episode, “A Christmas Carol,” in 2010. The Twelfth Doctor’s “Last Christmas” was the #1 show in all of Primetime television, excluding sports.
Series 8 added fresh new twists and turns to the Doctor Who mythos including a reappearance by The Master, but not as we’ve ever seen him before. Michelle Gomez starred as Missy, a female regeneration of the Doctor’s old frenemy . Samuel Anderson also had a touching and integral turn as Clara’s boyfriend Danny Pink.
“Last Christmas” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on February 17. Doctor Who will return for another full season in 2015.
Christmas started early today as the BBC released a hand full of images and promotional art from the Doctor Who Christmas Special episode The Time of the Doctor. As viewers of the show are aware, this episode marks the last for Matt Smith as his Doctor will be seen to regenerate into Peter Capaldi’s incarnation at the end, foreshadowed by the tagline “A Change Is Going To Come…”. There is nothing spoilery in the below images so feel free to view them without ruining the story.
The Time of the Doctor is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Jamie Payne. Jenna Coleman returns as companion Clara Oswald. Also starring are Mark Brighton, Sonita Henry, Orla Brady, James Buller, Tom Gibbons, Shelia Reid, Jack Hollington, Rob Jarvis and Tessa Peake-Jones.
It will air on the BBC in England and BBC America in the States on Christmas Day.
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Everyone is just catching their breath after the big Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations, but the BBC remind us that there is more to come. On Christmas Day the annual, now-traditional special episode will air and this one will be dramatically more special than the previous years.
“The Time of the Doctor” as it is now titled will see current Doctor Matt Smith saying goodbye to the role he has occupied since the first day of 2010. As the episode closes we will see the eleventh (Twelfth? Thirteenth?) Doctor regenerate yet again and Peter Capaldi will assume the part.
Recent interviews with showrunner Steven Moffat seem to hint that the previously established twelve regeneration limit will come to head as we now know that there was a previously unknown regeneration in the form of John Hurt’s “War Doctor” and it appear that the “diverted regeneration energy” brouhaha from 2008’s “Journey’s End” still decreases the count by one.
However it plays out, we only have a few short weeks until “The Time of the Doctor” and the answers to some long-standing questions. In the meantime, check out the trailer below and look for all the hidden Easter Eggs in the official poster above.
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During an agonizingly drawn out live announcement Sunday, it was finally revealed that the Twelfth Doctor is Scottish actor Peter Capaldi. He will step into the TARDIS this Christmas when current Doctor, Matt Smith, exits the show.
“Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege,” Calpaldi said. “Like The Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says, “It’s an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!”
A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Capaldi appeared in the fourth season episode “The Fires of Pompeii” and had a recurring role in Torchwood: Children of Earth. He is perhaps best know for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy, The Thick Of It. He recently starred in World War Z and will be seen as Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC AMERICA and BBC One drama series The Musketeers, which will launch in early 2014.
The Scotsman had in fact emerged as a favorite in all of the pre-announcement hype. Other actors fans speculated about included Idris Elba, Ben Daniels, Daniel Rigby, and a few female stars as well. Smith squashed any hopes of a Lady Time Lord when he said during the live show, “If I had to pick somebody, I’d pick him. I know what’s coming and he’s going to have a blast.”
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