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The Doctor Who Series 8 Fanfare Begins

30 June 2014

With series 8 of Doctor Who screening in August, there's been a lot of talk about everybody's favourite Time Lord. Australian fans of the show who are eagerly awaiting Peter Capaldi's new incarnation of the Doctor will be happy to know he's headed to our shores in August.

 

Fans of Doctor Who have been hanging out for the new series since last year's Christmas special saw the bow-tie wearing Eleventh Doctor, played by Matt Smith, killed off and regenerated as Peter Calpaldi's Twelfth Doctor. Capaldi is well known for his role as the swearing spin doctor supremo Malcom Tucker in the BBC political comedy The Thick of It, and has also won an Academy Award for his short film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life. After wrapping up eight months of filming series 8, the BBC recently announced that a world tour for fans of the show would take place in early August. The tour will see the new Doctor, his co-star Jenna Coleman (who plays sidekick Lara) and executive producer and lead writer, Steven Moffat travel around the globe attending fan events and media interviews. 

 

The twelfth Doctor's new outfit. Effortlessly cool. (Photo: Steve Brown, Copyright BBC Worldwide)
The twelfth Doctor's new outfit. Effortlessly cool. (Photo: Steve Brown, Copyright BBC Worldwide)

 

Kicking off on August 7 in Cardiff, the tour will travel to London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City and Rio De Janeiro. Exact dates and details are still to be confirmed, but you can keep tabs on any updates by checking out the official Doctor Who website.


With the Doctor Who fanfare well and truly alive at the moment, we've been speculating about the Twelfth Doctor and the new series. We're sure you have as well. Firstly - why did Moffat decide to cast an 'older' Doctor this time around? Moffat says that after the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, was killed off in last year's Christmas special, the show couldn’t have another 'quirky young man' playing the Doctor because Smith had nailed it. "I always thought Matt, while a very young man, had something of the demeanour of a much older man, whereas Peter is a man in his 50s but is terribly boyish and young at times ... Peter Capaldi's Doctor will sometimes remind me he's a big kid at heart," Moffat added in an interview with the Radio Times.


We can't wait to see how 'big kid' Capaldi takes on the Doctor and makes the character his own. We're also interested to see how Moffat incorporates the stellar list of guest appearances announced for the new season. There's British actress and model Keeley Hawes, also known as the voice of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: Legend, who has been slated to play a villain called Ms Delphox; comedian Ben Miller, better known as one half of comedy double act Armstrong and Miller; comedian Frank Skinner of BBC's late-90's talk show The Frank Skinner Show; star of Cold Feet and Spooks, Hermione Norris; Tom Riley, best known for his role in the raunchy 2007 British film I Want Candy; and rising singer-songwriter star Foxes, who sang on Sunrise recently. 

 

Keeley Hawes guest stars in the new series (Photo: Copyright BBC Worldwide)
Keeley Hawes guest stars in the new series (Photo: Copyright BBC Worldwide)

 

Capaldi, Coleman and Moffat aren't the only Doctor Who stars making Australia a destination. Terry Molloy, one of only four actors lucky enough to play the crazed cripple Davros in the history of the show, made appearances at Supanova in Sydney and Perth this month. Molloy signed merchandise and took photos with fans of the Doctor, although unfortunately he wasn't dressed as Davros!

 

Creator of the Daleks and the ultimate disfigured baddie, Davros (Image: Wikipedia Creative Commons)
Creator of the Daleks and the ultimate disfigured baddie, Davros (Image: Wikipedia Creative Commons)

 

While the ABC has confirmed the new series will be screened on ABC TV and iView, specific dates for the first episode premiere have yet to be announced. 

 

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