Doctor Who‘s next season started recording today and with that actor Peter Capaldi takes over the role of the Doctor for his very first story.
In the UK 10.2 million watched the transformation from Matt Smith to Peter on Christmas Day. BBC America were also pleased with their viewing figures for the whole episode. Although the figures are good, many fans where disappointed with the plotting. The general feeling was Steven Moffat had thrown too much into the melting pot for the episode. Lets hope he learns why the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special worked so much better.
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, told of the tease leading up to todays recording, “First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”
While Peter Capaldi is quoted in the press release as saying, “New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”
We have to wait to see if Peter, with Steven’s writing, can bring some gravitas to the show much in the same way John Hurt did in the 50th Anniversary Special.
Doctor Who (2000’s) Series 8 – Filming starts, BBC Announcement
[quote_box_center]The new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepped on set today for his first full day of filming as production begins on series eight of the hit BBC show.
10.2 million tuned in on Christmas Day to get their first glimpse of Capaldi in one of TV’s most iconic roles in the festive special The Time Of The Doctor, which saw Matt Smith hang up his bow tie after four years in the role.
Capaldi was revealed as the Doctor in a live BBC One show in August, after months of speculation about the next Doctor’s identity.
Arriving on set in Cardiff to begin filming, Peter Capaldi, said: “New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, added: “First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”
Accompanying The Doctor on his adventures will be companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman.
The first episode of series eight has been written by Steven Moffat, with the second episode penned by Phil Ford. These are the first episodes that Peter will shoot and they are directed by Ben Wheatley.
Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, said: “Excitement and anticipation fills the air as Peter Capaldi’s Doctor takes control of the TARDIS for the very first time today. It’s going to be one hell of a ride and I can’t wait for the journey to start.”
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, commented: “A new year, a new face, a new Doctor! 2014 has arrived and it’s Peter Capaldi’s time so let the adventures begin!”
Filming is taking place in Cardiff until August 2014. Doctor Who is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, and produced by Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett. It is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.[/quote_box_center]
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor – Ratings, BBC America Announcement
[quote_box_center]New York – January 2, 2014 – Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor delivered record-high ratings for BBC America, bringing the channel’s record-breaking year to a triumphant close.
The Christmas Day special (9:00PM-10:25PM) was the channel’s best ever Live+SD telecast, delivering 2.472 million total viewers and 1,261,000/1.52 A25-54, up 72% from last year’s Christmas special in total viewers and up 56% among A25-54.
The special totaled 3.02 million Live+SD total viewers – combining the 9:00PM premiere with 12:05AM and 3:00AM replays. Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor was Matt Smith’s finale as the Doctor and featured the regeneration into the next Doctor played by Peter Capaldi.
BBC America, SVP Programming, Richard De Croce, said: “Steven Moffat’s first season as showrunner with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor was the first new Doctor Who season to premiere in the US on BBC America.
It feels like yesterday we were launching the first episode at a screening in New York’s East Village. But almost four years on, thanks to the incredible stories, performances and the most passionate fans in the world, both Doctor Who and BBC America have never been bigger.
Matt will forever be a part of the BBC America family and we look forward to teaming up with him again.”[/quote_box_center]