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Was amazing to be in the same room as the Doctor. Didn't get a chance to ask a question - 6 people were chosen from questions that I guess were submitted beforehand but we didn't get there early enough to do that. On Clara they showed her final scene on the big screen which I wasn't really ready to go through again so soon! Am on my phone on my brothers couch now so I'll post more about it when I get home in couple of days.


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Does anyone here watch The Walking Dead? I really like it but I find it one of the most consistently frustrating shows around. There will be the odd brilliant episode or two in a row, followed by the most mundane and ridiculously boring episode to completely derail any tension that had built up. The last few weeks (including this week's good episode) are a case in point, though at least we've come back to some excitement. Maybe it's better suited to binge-watching a boxset than waiting for each episode to air week after week.

I've read the comics up to roughly this point - given that Glenn is still around, I'll be interested to see if they stick with his ultimate comic arc or try something completely different...

Lots of loose threads currently dangling that have been waiting to be tied up for a while now. Next week looks like it may be a pure zombie-instigated bloodbath, but given that it's the last episode before Xmas then I wonder if we will get any answers to some of those threads (such as the Wolves, the other mystery group that appeared with Darryl last week, etc).
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Got a chance to post more about the night with Capaldi now.

Full house with lot's of people dressed up. Most impressive I saw was a girl in our row dressed as the tardis, complete with light on top of her head (glad I wasn't sitting behind her). I had a Doctor Who t-shirt with Capaldi on the front.

Format was some Australian guy interviewing him and I guess most of it was scripted as they would have done the same thing at the Sydney Dr Who festival last weekend.

Some interesting bits I can remember:

On getting the part: He got a call from his agent asking how he'd like to be the next Doctor and he went along to Moffat's house for an audition which turned out to be a regeneration scene. He thought he would probably be one of many but it turned out it was just him as Moffat really wanted him, but it had to go through so many levels even as far as the Director General of the BBC having to sit down and watch his audition, so it took a long time from audition to getting it. While he was in Prague filming The Musketeers he got a call from his agent saying simply "Hello Doctor." He wasn't allowed to tell anyone and while he was being put into costume the costume guy commented "you seem to be somewhere else today My Capaldi." As he couldn't say anything he spent a few days walking around Prague humming the classic theme tune. He hadn't been on a lifelong crusade to get the part like the media said, it just sort of happened. When asked if he ever thought of not taking it he said only for about 10 seconds when he thought of how much extra attention he'd get from the press but DOCTOR WHO.

On his role in the Pompeii episode: He got sent a script and said "I have to do it" without even looking at it. His wife said "you're a professional actor, you have to at least read it."

On how big Dr Who is worldwide: He didn't realise quite how massive it is. On the tour they did for last season they went to (I think) Korea and when they got off the plane it was like they were the Beatles.

On funny moments on set: He was filming Mummy on the Orient Express  while Jenna was filming Flatline separately since he was not in Flatline much and she wasn't in Mummy that much. She sent him a video of her singing "All by myself" as a joke so he and the crew sent her back a video singing "Thank you for being a friend" from the Golden Girls. They showed the video of this on the big screen and it was like a terrible karaoke video where none of them knew the words.

On Moffat: He has a full size Weeping Angel in his garden so he can tell whether his visitors are Whovians, as they immediately run the other way! At the Sydney festival there was a Doctor Who themed pub quiz so he, Moffat and Mark Gatiss entered as a team called "The Last Time Wasters" assuming they would easily win but they came third. They showed video of them finding out they'd lost and he said Moffat was pissed off, going around for an hour after saying "I can't believe I got that one wrong." Said Moffat even got some questions wrong about scripts he had written!

On filming highlights: The standout was the first time he worked with the Daleks in Into the Dalek. This short guy who goes inside the Daleks came up to him and said in a very posh voice "would you like to rehearse the scene?" "But there's no dalek." "Well I'm the same height as a dalek so just pretend." Then the guy who does the Dalek voice turned up and they rehearsed the lines. They they got a dalek, connected up the lights and the voice box and did it for real "and it was Fabulous!"

On the guitar: He was given the job of buying the Doctor's guitar so he went to some famous guitar shop in Soho and tried them all, then went with what he thought it would look like if the Doctor designed one not knowing what a Fender Stratocaster looked like (what he got is actually a Yamaha). He learned to play the middle part of the theme tune that's not in the current one so that's what he plays.

On the sonic glasses: It was because he doesn't have his own screwdriver yet and was using Matt's. Hinted that "fans of the sonic screwdriver should not despair."

On how hard the role is physically: Told how he met up with Matt Smith for some advice and Matt turned up on crutches saying "this show mate, it ruins you." Then he got the exact same knee injury and had surgery 4 weeks ago. He demonstrated how it happened by running across the stage and quickly stopping and turning around.

On Clara's death: He said she was originally leaving last season and then again in the Christmas special but he and Moffat kept managing to convince her to stay so several episodes had to be rewritten. But this time she had to leave as she's is doing the Queen Victoria thing. On her departure he said something along the lines of "what happened was not a lie, the story is the story but the Doctor won't let it rest and cannot accept that's the last time he will see Clara." Possibly hints she may appear in some form in the season finale.

On the next episode: It's unique that it only features the Doctor and is a very scary episode.

He also showed how much of a Doctor Who geek he is with a lot of knowledge of classic episodes. One moment that stoodout was a boy who got picked to ask a question said he was dressed as "the 4th Doctor, specifically from the episode with the Mona Lisa" to which Capaldi immediately said "City of Death."

Those are the main bits I can remember.
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Got a chance to post more about the night with Capaldi now.

Full house with lot's of people dressed up. Most impressive I saw was a girl in our row dressed as the tardis, complete with light on top of her head (glad I wasn't sitting behind her). I had a Doctor Who t-shirt with Capaldi on the front.

Format was some Australian guy interviewing him and I guess most of it was scripted as they would have done the same thing at the Sydney Dr Who festival last weekend.

Some interesting bits I can remember:

On getting the part: He got a call from his agent asking how he'd like to be the next Doctor and he went along to Moffat's house for an audition which turned out to be a regeneration scene. He thought he would probably be one of many but it turned out it was just him as Moffat really wanted him, but it had to go through so many levels even as far as the Director General of the BBC having to sit down and watch his audition, so it took a long time from audition to getting it. While he was in Prague filming The Musketeers he got a call from his agent saying simply "Hello Doctor." He wasn't allowed to tell anyone and while he was being put into costume the costume guy commented "you seem to be somewhere else today My Capaldi." As he couldn't say anything he spent a few days walking around Prague humming the classic theme tune. He hadn't been on a lifelong crusade to get the part like the media said, it just sort of happened. When asked if he ever thought of not taking it he said only for about 10 seconds when he thought of how much extra attention he'd get from the press but DOCTOR WHO.

On his role in the Pompeii episode: He got sent a script and said "I have to do it" without even looking at it. His wife said "you're a professional actor, you have to at least read it."

On how big Dr Who is worldwide: He didn't realise quite how massive it is. On the tour they did for last season they went to (I think) Korea and when they got off the plane it was like they were the Beatles.

On funny moments on set: He was filming Mummy on the Orient Express  while Jenna was filming Flatline separately since he was not in Flatline much and she wasn't in Mummy that much. She sent him a video of her singing "All by myself" as a joke so he and the crew sent her back a video singing "Thank you for being a friend" from the Golden Girls. They showed the video of this on the big screen and it was like a terrible karaoke video where none of them knew the words.

On Moffat: He has a full size Weeping Angel in his garden so he can tell whether his visitors are Whovians, as they immediately run the other way! At the Sydney festival there was a Doctor Who themed pub quiz so he, Moffat and Mark Gatiss entered as a team called "The Last Time Wasters" assuming they would easily win but they came third. They showed video of them finding out they'd lost and he said Moffat was pissed off, going around for an hour after saying "I can't believe I got that one wrong." Said Moffat even got some questions wrong about scripts he had written!

On filming highlights: The standout was the first time he worked with the Daleks in Into the Dalek. This short guy who goes inside the Daleks came up to him and said in a very posh voice "would you like to rehearse the scene?" "But there's no dalek." "Well I'm the same height as a dalek so just pretend." Then the guy who does the Dalek voice turned up and they rehearsed the lines. They they got a dalek, connected up the lights and the voice box and did it for real "and it was Fabulous!"

On the guitar: He was given the job of buying the Doctor's guitar so he went to some famous guitar shop in Soho and tried them all, then went with what he thought it would look like if the Doctor designed one not knowing what a Fender Stratocaster looked like (what he got is actually a Yamaha). He learned to play the middle part of the theme tune that's not in the current one so that's what he plays.

On the sonic glasses: It was because he doesn't have his own screwdriver yet and was using Matt's. Hinted that "fans of the sonic screwdriver should not despair."

On how hard the role is physically: Told how he met up with Matt Smith for some advice and Matt turned up on crutches saying "this show mate, it ruins you." Then he got the exact same knee injury and had surgery 4 weeks ago. He demonstrated how it happened by running across the stage and quickly stopping and turning around.

On Clara's death: He said she was originally leaving last season and then again in the Christmas special but he and Moffat kept managing to convince her to stay so several episodes had to be rewritten. But this time she had to leave as she's is doing the Queen Victoria thing. On her departure he said something along the lines of "what happened was not a lie, the story is the story but the Doctor won't let it rest and cannot accept that's the last time he will see Clara." Possibly hints she may appear in some form in the season finale.

On the next episode: It's unique that it only features the Doctor and is a very scary episode.

He also showed how much of a Doctor Who geek he is with a lot of knowledge of classic episodes. One moment that stoodout was a boy who got picked to ask a question said he was dressed as "the 4th Doctor, specifically from the episode with the Mona Lisa" to which Capaldi immediately said "City of Death."

Those are the main bits I can remember.


Funny he mentioned that about the screwdriver, because a picture from Hell Bent leaked. And its the new screwdriver.
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Also after the intermission he came out wearing the glasses while the guitar music played.


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The Doctor went to Hobbiton today:

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Meh finale, first half an hour and the Ashildr bits were good. The ending was terrible.
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Steven Moffat has officially stepped down as showrunner of Doctor Who. Chris Chibnall, writer of Broadchurch, will take over in 2018 for Series 11. There will be no series of Doctor Who this year,  with only an Xmas special being broadcast in December. Doctor Who returns next spring.
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Steven Moffat has officially stepped down as showrunner of Doctor Who. Chris Chibnall, writer of Broadchurch, will take over in 2018 for Series 11. There will be no series of Doctor Who this year,  with only an Xmas special being broadcast in December. Doctor Who returns next spring.

Thanks for the update Connor. It's time for a fresh voice so I think this is a good thing in the long run. I wasn't hugely impressed with Chibnall's episodes though, except maybe that one about the boxes, however he can create coherent and successful long-form drama with multiple narrative strands which is a good thing for a showrunner and something that I've always thought Moffat lacked and that got exposed when he kept trying to do arc-narratives but couldn't maintain it.
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Thanks for the update Connor. It's time for a fresh voice so I think this is a good thing in the long run. I wasn't hugely impressed with Chibnall's episodes though, except maybe that one about the boxes, however he can create coherent and successful long-form drama with multiple narrative strands which is a good thing for a showrunner and something that I've always thought Moffat lacked and that got exposed when he kept trying to do arc-narratives but couldn't maintain it.

I thought 42 from Series 3, the episode with the spaceship hurtling towards that alien sun with the phrase 'Burn with me' was Chibnall's most impressive contribution. He practically showran Torchwood too. Excited to see what his vision of the show is and what he does with it. I'm hoping Capaldi stays on for at least Chibnall's first series, but nothing is yet confirmed about him.
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I thought 42 from Series 3, the episode with the spaceship hurtling towards that alien sun with the phrase 'Burn with me' was Chibnall's most impressive contribution. He practically showran Torchwood too. Excited to see what his vision of the show is and what he does with it. I'm hoping Capaldi stays on for at least Chibnall's first series, but nothing is yet confirmed about him.

I didn't watch all of Torchwood - it was on at a time when I didn't have a TV and still had dreadful dial-up internet so iPlayer wasn't an option. I'll take a look at it again.

Have some vague recollections of 42 - that was Tennant's Doctor and Martha? I'll look at it again. Was unimpressed with the dinosaur/space ship episode.

Disappointed though that there won't be a series this year.
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I didn't watch all of Torchwood - it was on at a time when I didn't have a TV and still had dreadful dial-up internet so iPlayer wasn't an option. I'll take a look at it again.

Have some vague recollections of 42 - that was Tennant's Doctor and Martha? I'll look at it again. Was unimpressed with the dinosaur/space ship episode.

Disappointed though that there won't be a series this year.


Yeah Tennant and Martha. Had some great moments in it. A very watchable episode.

I'm disappointed too, but I suppose the show was in desperate need of a short break. There will be constant filming updates etc. coming through from April/May time so its not like we are getting the cold shoulder from Doctor Who for an entire year.

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