Doctor Who News Roundup: Peter Jackson On Directing An Episode, EW Covers And Lots More
We’re firing up the TARDIS and going off in search of some news about the return of series 7 and beyond. We’ve traversed the time stream pulling together some of the most interesting bits of Who information we could find. Peter Jackson named his price for directing an episode, EW revealed their Doctor Who-centric covers to their latest issues, some synopses for the upcoming episodes have been revealed, and the cast and crew talk about what’s coming up.
Our first stop sees Peter Jackson naming his price to direct an episode. The legendary director is a huge Whovian, owning many props from the show including 7th Doctor Sylvester McCoy’s actual costume. Steven Moffat and Jackson both have been talking a lot more recently about Jackson directing an episode. In the latest issue of EW, Jackson names his price- one big piece of gold:
They don’t even have to pay me. But I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint).
Speaking of EW, they recently unveiled their new covers for their latest issue celebrating Doctor Who. The one with the sonic screwdriver even got the gif treatment.
SFX ran down some of the highlights of the Q&A panel that took place after the press screening for the return episode, The Bells of Saint John. You can read the full rundown by clicking here, but a few of the highlights:
Matt Smith on the 50th Anniversary Special which will begin filming soon:
I read it and I clapped at the end. I think it’s hilarious and I think it’s epic and I think it’s vast. You will not be disappointed. I think it’s going to be the biggest and the best and the most inventive, the most exciting year for the show, and this script delivers on all those points that you want it to, for where the show is at this time. It’s brilliant. It somehow manages to pay homage to everything and look forward and I think that’s part of the genius of it. We’re upping the scale of everything. It’s 3D. I won’t say anything about the length, but there’s just a bit more bang for your buck.
Steven Moffat teased a lot of stuff, including The Doctor’s greatest secret being revealed. A few of his more substantial quotes-
On resisting the Ice Warriors:
Oddly enough I slightly resisted them. I was slightly worried. First of all, I don’t think we still have to go into the back catalogue of the old show anymore. Originally we did that to affirm that this new thing really was that old thing. Now that both shows are sort of merged together no one really bothers to make that distinction between them anymore. And I always thought they were slightly rubbery, slow-moving, and you can’t hear what they’re saying – and that’s kind of the archetypal slightly silly monster. But then Mark [Gatiss, writer of episode three], during a phonecall which was meant to be about Sherlock, started pitching me a couple of very, very clever ideas about what we can do with an Ice Warrior, and I went for it at that point. But we were very concerned that the design hasn’t been seen enough to be updated, in a way, so it’s a super-version of the original. Sometimes you think a design should be upgraded because it’s so familiar – that one slightly less so. You will be seeing an Ice Warrior in a familiar form, but with at least one big surprise…
On the episode set entirely in the TARDIS:
You will go to the heart of the TARDIS. You will see more of the TARDIS, more properly, than you have ever seen before. I remember years ago when I was a kid there was a little article in the Radio Times saying ‘In this week’s episode the Doctor dodges the Sontarans through the many rooms of the TARDIS.’ [that’ll be “The Invasion Of Time” episode six]. I could not wait for Saturday. But there was a problem with the scenery or something and they shot it all in a disused hospital. And it was so disappointing! And that day I thought, ‘One day I will do what I can to get into television and do it properly!’ And that worked out… There’s more than a swimming pool. Wait til you see it.
And our final stop on the tour through time and space sees DoctorWhoTV.Co revealing four episode’s synopses:
The Bells of Saint John
The Doctor’s search for Clara Oswald brings him to modern day London, where Wi-Fi is everywhere. Humanity lives in a Wi-Fi soup. But something dangerous is lurking in the signals, picking off minds and imprisoning them. As Clara becomes the target of this insidious menace, the Doctor races to save her and the world from an ancient enemy.
The Rings Of Akhaten
Clara wants to see something awesome, so the Doctor whisks her off to the inhabited rings of the planet Akhaten, where the Festival of Offerings is in full swing. Clara meets the young Queen of Years as the pilgrims and natives ready for the ceremony. But something is stirring in the pyramid, and a sacrifice will be demanded.
The Doctor and Clara land on a damaged Russian Submarine in 1983 as it spirals out of control into the ocean depths. An alien creature is loose on board, having escaped from a block of Arctic ice. With tempers flaring and a cargo of nuclear weapons on board, it’s not just the crew but the whole of humanity at stake!
Clara and the Doctor arrive at Caliburn House, a haunted mansion sat alone on a desolate moor. Within its walls, a ghost hunting Professor and a gifted psychic are searching for the Witch of the Well. Her apparition appears throughout the history of the building, but is she really a ghost? And what is chasing her?