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Doctor Who

Doctor Who

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Photo Credit:  BBC
  • Premiered: 
    March 26, 2005
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  • Network: BBC1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of Doctor Who 
  • Subject Matter: Science Fiction
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This sci-fi drama series follows the adventures of a mysterious time-traveler, known simply as ''The Doctor,'' and his companions who risk death and danger battling aliens and monsters as they traverse the spectrum of time. Sci Fi aired the U.S. premiere of this series on Friday, March 17, 2006. Matt Smith takes on the role of the 11th incarnation of ''The Doctor,'' taking over the role from the 10th Doctor, portrayed by David Tennant, at the beginning of Series 5. The 10th Doctor had a group of companions with Rose as the main person in the ensemble. The 11th Doctor had a single companion, Amy Pond, but gained a new companion, Clara, in "The Snowmen" Christmas special, which first aired in the United States on Christmas Day 2012 at 9pm ET. Three months later, Clara Oswald was officially introduced as the Doctor's newest companion when DOCTOR WHO returned for its Season 7 spring premiere on Saturday, March 30 at 8pm ET/PT on BBC America, the first of eight new episodes during which the duo found new adversaries and familiar friends around every corner as they journeyed from the bottom of the ocean in a submarine to the center of the TARDIS and beyond. Plus, the Cybermen made a thunderous return and the Ice Warrior arrived in an unexpected place. The Doctor regenerated in the 2013 Christmas special, DOCTOR WHO: THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR, which premiered on Wednesday, December 25th at 9pm ET on BBC America. In this special, the Eleventh Doctor received a signal that brought him face-to-face with a massed force of the universe's deadliest aliens. What this signal means for his future life is unknown, but when the clock strikes twelve, the Eleventh will be no more. DOCTOR WHO returned for its eighth season on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:15pm ET/PT on BBC America. The episode ushers in a new era for the show as Peter Capaldi steps into the role of the Doctor. Fans first got a glimpse of Capaldi's Doctor in the 50th Anniversary Special, and again in the final minutes of last year's Christmas Special, but the upcoming season premiere marks the first full episode for the Twelfth Doctor. Capaldi will be joined by Jenna Coleman, who returns as companion Clara Oswald, and Samuel Anderson, who joins the cast as Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where Clara also works. DOCTOR WHO returned for its 12-episode ninth season on BBC America on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, launching with a two-parter, "The Magician's Apprentice" and "The Witch's Familiar," written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald. Having the time of their lives, the Doctor and Clara embark on reckless adventures in all of space and time. Michelle Gomez is back as the villainous Missy (aka The Master) and Maisie Williams guest stars. The new season sees the Doctor and Clara going on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Viking villages, a global Zygon uprising, and through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself. Meeting monsters old and new, the Doctor comes face-to-face with Missy, a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire, terrifying ghosts and more. Season 10 of DOCTOR WHO premiered in the United States on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on BBC America. Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor for his last season, leaving the iconic role in the 2017 Christmas special after three seasons. Peter is joined in Season 10 by new companion Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas with guest appearances to come from David Suchet and Michelle Gomez. He has starred alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald, Alex Kingston as River Song, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, as well as Keeley Hawes, Tom Riley, Frank Skinner, Maisie Williams, Joivan Wade and many more. Peter's Doctor has fought Daleks and Davros, Cybermen, Zygons, new monsters like the Veil and old foes the Time Lords. In the season opener, "The Pilot," two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill Potts and a chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a chase across time and space.
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On Sunday, July 16, 2017 The BBC and BBC AMERICA announced to the world that Jodie Whittaker will be the new Doctor Who. She will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi who leaves the show at Christmas. New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall who takes over from Steven Moffat on the next series made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role.

Jodie Whittaker says: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey -- with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It's more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can't wait."

Chris Chibnall, New Head Writer and Executive Producer says: "After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we're excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way."

Peter Capaldi says: "Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker's work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She's going to be a fantastic Doctor."

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer says: "I'm so thrilled that Jodie Whittaker said yes to playing the Doctor. I've been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her. She is an actor of great emotional range and inhabits every role with complete passion and conviction. Just thinking about what she will bring to the Doctor makes me as excited as a kid at Christmas. It's going to be a lot of fun."

13 Need to know answers to questions about the new Doctor Who

1) What does it feel like to be the Thirteenth Doctor?
It's very nerve-racking, as it's been so secret!

2) Why did you want the role?
To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings: what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.

3) Has it been hard to keep the secret?
Yes. Very hard! I've told a lot of lies! I've embroiled myself in a whole world of lies which is going to come back at me when this is announced!

4) Who was the first person you told when you got the role?
My husband. Because I was allowed to!

5) Did you have a codename and if so what was it?
In my home, and with my agent, it was The Clooney. Because to me and my husband, George is an iconic guy. And we thought: what's a really famous iconic name? It was just fitting.

6) What does it feel like to be the first woman Doctor?
It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be. It feels incredible.

7) What do you want to tell the fans?
I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.

8) What are you most excited about?
I'm most excited about becoming part of a family I didn't even know existed. I was born in 1982, it's been around longer than me, and it's a family I couldn't ever have dreamed I'd be part of.

9) How did Chris sell you the part?
We had a strange chat earlier this year where he tricked me into thinking we were talking about BROADCHURCH. And I started to quiz him about his new job in Wales, and asked him if I could be a baddie! And he quickly diverted the conversation to suggest I should consider auditioning to be the 13th Clooney. It was the most incredible chat because I asked every question under the sun, and I said I'd take a few weeks to decide whether I was going to audition. He got a phone call within 24 hours. He would've got a phone call sooner, but my husband was away and there was a time difference!

10) Did he persuade you?
No. There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you're not right for this part, and the part isn't right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.

11) What are you going to wear?
Don't know yet.

12) Is that your costume in the filmed sequence which introduced you as the new Doctor?
No.

13) Have any of the other Doctors given you advice?
Well they can't because they haven't known until now, but I'm certainly expecting a couple of calls -- I've got a couple of mates in there. I'm mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I'm mates with a trio of Doctors. I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let's throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I'm hoping I get some calls of advice.

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