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DOCTOR WHO news round-up: Smith on Capaldi, more War Doctor, What Amy did next, Torchwood? & more...

It's time for another gathering of Doctor Who nuggets all presented together in one handy to, digest!

First up, it's Peter Capaldi and series 8. The BBC is said to be not just "thrilled" but also "delighted" with the way Capaldi's debut season is coming together. According to the Radio Times a source within the corporation says the BBC believe that Peter Capaldi's performance has "echoes of Jon Pertwee" and that he will "make one of the best Doctors ever" - to be fair, they were hardly likely to say "he's gonna be a stinker!"

The whole article is quite vague but includes some information on the Doctor/Clara dynamic. It's apparently "sizzling", which sounds a little weird. The Radio Times 'source' goes on to say:
"He is the oldest Doctor and there is a sense he is more distanced from his assistant, more of a mystery He is perhaps less a mate, and someone she looks up to. She has to try and gauge him – but dramatically it’s very satisfying and onscreen they work very well together."
I'm not sure if I'd say that was sizzling! Still, I can not wait for Capaldi to make his on screen debut, I have no doubt he will be awesome.

It seems as if Capaldi and series 8 has the Matt Smith seal of approval. Whilst speaking at the Calgary Eypo, Smith said "I rang Steven Moffat up the other day and found out everything about the new series. It sounds really good! I was really jealous actually." Smith went on to talk about his departure from the show "You never really think you’re going to leave and then it comes and you’re like ‘Oh no. What am I doing? Why have I left?’ There’s a lot of that."

But Matt Smith certainly hasn't sat around doing nothing since leaving the series. As you no doubt know by now Smith is set to star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new Terminator trilogy - you can read more about that here.

It's not only Smith who has gone on to pick up some very high profile 'gigs' after leaving Doctor Who. Karen Gillan, Amy Pond herself, is doing very nicely thank you. Her new US sit-com, Selfie, has just been picked up by ABC to join the 2014/15 TV line-up. Nice!

As previously reported, a new Doctor Who hardback novel will be released next month which will be set during the Time War and before The Day Of The Doctor. We've now got a synopsis for the story...
"The death of billions is as nothing to us Doctor, if it helps defeat the Daleks.”
The Great Time War has raged for centuries, ravaging the universe. Scores of human colony planets are now overrun by Dalek occupation forces. A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold but in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor’s TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox.
As the Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape, Dalek patrols roam amongst the wreckage, rounding up the remaining civilians. But why haven’t the Daleks simply killed the humans?
Searching for answers the Doctor meets ‘Cinder’, a young Dalek hunter. Their struggles to discover the Dalek plan take them from the ruins of Moldox to the halls of Gallifrey, and set in motion a chain of events that will change everything. And everyone.
An epic novel of the Great Time War featuring the War Doctor as played by John Hurt.
The hardback is released on July 31st, pre-order here.

Russell 'Tussle' Davies had something to say about that moment in the Eighth Doctor TV movie, the one where the Doctor claims he is half-human on his Mother's side!!!
"I don’t like the half-human thing. He certainly isn’t half-human, but it’s less interesting to say it simply doesn’t count. I always wanted to put in a line where someone says to the Doctor ‘are you human?’ and the Doctor says ‘no, but I was once in 1999. It was a 24 hour bunk.’ Part of the reason I never put that in was it was a bit too self-referential but also I thought I’m spoiling the TV movie if I do that. In that time, like it or not, the Doctor was half human. Everything in that story says he was half human, so you can’t not count it. I don’t think we can ignore it."
It is a bit bonkers, but it's never overly bothered me. I've always put it down to post regeneration madness.

Any excuse to run this picture!
John Barrowman has been promoting his return to Arrow as Malcolm Merlyn, and during a recent interview he was asked about the possibility of more Torchwood or if he feels he has finally said goodbye to the character of Captain Jack
"I'm never going to say never. Who knew they were to bring "Doctor Who" back 10 years ago? We never know what's going to happen. Liz Sladen, who we call the matriarch of our ship and who is no longer with us, once said to me, "John, I never knew when I was playing Sarah Jane 30 or 40 years ago that I would be back playing Sarah Jane again." You never say never in the world of "Doctor Who."
It's not my decision. It's Russell Davies' decision. It's the BBC's decision. I know the BBC gets inundated by emails and requests to bring "Torchwood" or Captain Jack back. If I'm ever asked, I would do it at the drop of a hat. Captain Jack is a character who changed television history in the sense of the kind of hero he was. He also changed my life, and changed a lot other people's lives, because he was the first openly sexual character on television, who fell in love with who he fell in love with.
Even now, a 7-year-old boy came up to me in Glasgow. He actually thought I was Captain Jack, but he thought Captain Jack was up in Scotland to film a game show. That, to me, is a thrill. The run has kind of calmed on Jack, but he's still liked all over the world. And I love that."
Come on RTD, let's have a proper British made series 5 of Torchwood. Hurry up and do it soon before JB actually starts looking like the Face Of Boe..

Finally, we're on the lookout for 2 additional Doctor Who contributors to join our happy little band of geeks. If you've got a decent knowledge of Who, feel you can put together an article of between 500 and 1500 words, and would be interested in guest 'blogging' about once a month (or more) then please contact us at - we're especially looking for someone with a passion for 80s Doctor Who, is that you?

Sources: Radio Times, MSN, Toby Hadocke's Who's Round, Comic Book Resources

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