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article imageDoctor Who crash lands in Parliament Square ahead of TV return

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 23, 2014 in Entertainment
With a crash landing of the TARDIS in London's Parliament Square yesterday, the first-ever Doctor Who World Tour came to a fittingly dramatic end, just in time for this weekend's Season 8 TV premiere.
Heralding a brand-new season of Doctor Who, the long-running science-fiction drama series returns this evening (Saturday, August 23) with a feature-length installment, Deep Breath.
Prior to that, as part of the BBC's most comprehensive publicity of the series to date, members of the Doctor Who cast and crew have been taking part in a 12-day tour that took place in seven cities across five continents.
Time and Relative Dimension in Space
As previously reported, the tour began on August 7 in two of the UK's capital cities Cardiff in Wales — where production of Doctor Who has been based since 2003 — and London in England. The time-travelling bandwagon then headed out to Seoul in South Korea; Sydney in Australia; New York in the United States; Mexico City in Mexico; Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; before returning to London yesterday.
As can be seen from the photograph above, a specially mocked-up crash site, complete with the Doctor's space—time ship, the TARDIS, was placed in Parliament Square, which is situated at the north-west end of the British seat of government, the Palace of Westminster in London.
Though based in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, for more than a decade, Doctor Who has had a long association with London: prior to ceasing regular TV production in the late 1980s, the science-fiction drama series was based in London, for many years being produced at the iconic BBC Television Centre. The series returned their briefly, in 2011, for a Children in Need minisode starring Matt Smith, and again, in 2013, for the Mark Gatiss-scripted drama, An Adventure in Space and Time, which starred David Bradley as William Hartnell playing the First Doctor.
Deep Breath is the first full adventure for Peter Capaldi, who took over the lead role of the Doctor from Matt Smith eight months ago, in the 2013 Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor.
Written by Doctor Who's head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, and directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List), the 80-minute episode — set in Victorian London — sees the new Doctor and his erstwhile travelling companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), team up with the three members of the Paternoster Gang: Madam Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey).
Deep Breath will be broadcast on television and in selected cinemas in countries throughout Australasia, Europe, North America and Latin America.
Season 8 will run for twelve weeks in total, then take a short break till Christmas, when it will return for its now-traditional Christmas Day special. Each episode will be accompanied by a making-of episode of Doctor Who Extra — otherwise known as Doctor Who Confidential.
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