DOCTOR WHO Director Says Things Are Getting Darker With A More Classic Series Vibe
Filming for Doctor Who series 8 is well underway. Peter Capaldi has been spotted out and about in his dashing new costume, and filming for the new Doctor‘s introductory episode is reportedly near completion.The man helming the first two episode of the new series is Ben Wheatley. Wheatley (probably best known to American audiences for the “U” section of ABCs Of Death) is hard at work bringing Capaldi‘s first two adventures to life, but he took time out of his schedule to speak with i09 about the gig. While he didn’t give any details about the stories, he did confirm some things Steven Moffat and a few others have been saying about the show’s new direction and vibe.
A regeneration not only gives us a new Doctor, it usually gives us a show with a new direction and tone. It has happened with every new Doctor and it will undoubtedly continue on for as long as there is Doctor Who on TV. Wheatley was asked what it was like working with an actor as he tries to discover what his mannerisms will be like for the remainder of his time on the show. Each Doctor has their own quirks and calling cards, and Capaldi is settling on what his will be. The director said working with someone like Capaldi was much easier. In fact he pushed his agent to get him a shot at working on the show:
With someone like Capaldi, he’s a massive Who fan. He knows Who inside out. And everything he does is very, carefully planned and thought about. I remember when they first started talking to me about doing it, and I was very nervous for just those reasons. How do you shape this performance?
But then when I heard who was going to do it — when they told me it was Capaldi, [I thought] that’s not really a problem. He’s so good. I was relieved, pretty much. It would have been a very different situation if it had been another kind of Matt Smith character. A guy who you don’t know. Molded from the start. But with Capaldi, you look at his career and you look at his performances they are all so brilliant, and all so different as well. It was a lucky break for me, I think that.
It was something I sought out. I got my agent to kind of badger them about doing, because I was a fan as a kid. But also because my kid was a fan of the show and I wanted to make something that he could see, for a change. That was it. And it’s been very geeky indeed. Going into the TARDIS, I held the Sonic Screwdriver the other day, and that was a particular thrill. All sorts of stuff. Also stuff I can’t talk about, that’s been very, very exciting for me.
Capaldi has played many different types of roles, but he’s always a striking and intimating figure when he’s on the screen. His general style, mixed with the fact he’s older than the more recent Doctors, made some think we could see a revival of the Classic Who style. Steven Moffat said it would definitely have more of an old school vibe than the previous seasons, and Wheatley says he thinks it feels like the Tom Baker years:
Oh yeah, Doctor Who is pretty dark, I think. Generally it’s dark, it’s always been dark. Even in the more modern ones. If you look at the Tom Baker stuff, it’s especially dark. When he leaves Leela — who’s a very beloved assistant — he just laughs after it. There’s none of the [breaking down and crying]. He just laughs, and “on to the next one,” you know. It’s a bonkers show. It’s a monster. To have a unity that runs eight years [of the new series]… it’s pretty crazy. They’ve done everything, they’ve tried all sorts of stuff. It seems to me the episodes that we’re doing now seem more like classic Who. We’re going back to that style. But you’ll have to wait and see.
Peter Capaldi looking like a crazy magician with stories featuring a Classic Who (or even Tom Baker) vibe is an incredibly exciting prospect. The new series will be starting up late this fall and, luckily, won’t feature a two part season. We’ll get our 12 or 13 episodes of Capaldi Who over the course of 12 or 13 weeks. Wheatley has a unique style that should make for some very interesting episodes. What do you think about the director’s comments?
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Source : i09