Earlier this week, in our column detailing the titles expiring on Netflix Instant in January, many of you were probably disappointed to discover that most of your favorite BBC shows (and some you maybe didn’t know about) were leaving the streaming service at the end of this month. But you can all rest easy now, as Netflix has revealed that their deal with the BBC will remain firmly in place, and shows like ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Luther’ aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Excited though we are for ‘Doctor Who’ to send off 2014 with its annual Christmas special, this year’s featuring Nick Frost as a sinister-seeming Santa, we can’t shake trepidation over recent rumors that “Last Christmas” would prove the…well, last for Jenna-Louise Coleman’s Clara. Now, the BBC has stepped in to address the departure, while another rumor suggest Clara will be around a bit longer.
‘Doctor Who’ must seemingly always contend with rumors of its current cast departing, and though Peter Capaldi has been confirmed at least for a second year as the regenerating Time Lord, less certain is the fate of Jenna Coleman’s Clara. Certainly not helping matters is the official title for the 2014 Christmas special, which along with a new poster, teases that someone will be having their “Last Christmas!”
Though not even yet Thanksgiving, ‘Doctor Who’ already has us in the Christmas spirit with the season 8 finale tease of Nick Frost’s take on jolly old St. Nick, er…Father Christmas, Santa, what-have-you. In any case, why wait until the big day when we have our first sneak peek of the 2014 Christmas special, featuring Clara and the Doctor facing off with Santa Claus himself!
We've known for some time that 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'The World's End' star Nick Frost would lock wits with 'Doctor Who' for the 2014 Christmas special, but who knew his role would be so...jolly? Watch the Doctor enlist Santa Claus' help in defeating some icky aliens in the first teaser trailer for 'Doctor Who''s 2014 Christmas special!
'Doctor Who' has played host to a number of impressive guest stars over the years, increasingly moreso recognizable to the the show's international fanbase, and it seems Christmas has come early for loyal viewers. While the new season under Peter Capaldi continues each Saturday, the longrunning BBC sci-fi classic has added 'Shaun of the Dead' star and frequent Simon Pegg collaborator Nick Frost to its 2014 Christmas special, along with two others.
It’s safe to say that ‘Doctor Who’ has never been more popular, with each successive season in the modern era of the program adding fans at what feels like an almost exponential rate. The globalization of its fan base took the world by storm and the show by surprise; with the BBC happily capitalizing on what was once merely the passion of British audiences and small, cultish followings outside of England. But, in the aftermath of the latest season premiere, ‘Deep Breath’, it’s worth asking this question: While we know how those promoting the show feel about its amazing explosion in popularity, how does ‘Doctor Who’ itself feel about it?
It was recently announced that Jenna-Louise Coleman is leaving 'Doctor Who' later this year, following the annual Christmas Special. At that point, she'll have played the role of Clara Oswald (in some iteration) for 25 episodes, making her one of the longest-running companions of the eponymous Doctor. This position has traditionally been filled by a younger white woman, though the Doctor has occasionally taken on a male companion, but while the modern version of the series has seen some diversity, Clara's exit provides an opportunity for showrunner Steven Moffatt to once again pair the Doctor with a companion who subverts expectations.
The BBC's longrunning 'Doctor Who' will land in a brand-new era on August 23 with the official season 8 premiere of Peter Capaldi's tenure as The Doctor, but very little else looks to have changed. The network has revealed a brand-new trailer for the season premiere "Deep Breath," and if dinosaurs and the Paternoster gang don't get your 'Who' fandom in motion, there's always robot Victorians and nightshirts!
The good 'Doctor Who' may not have landed at Comic-Con 2014 last week, but Peter Capaldi and Jenna-Louise Coleman will be everywhere in the next month as fans prepare for the global season 8 premiere on August 23. To boot, we've got brand-new photos of the new 'Doctor Who''s first "Deep Breath," along with a synopsis, and details of fan screening events!