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article imageDoctor Who returning to TV screens August 2014

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 25, 2014 in Entertainment
The long-running science-fiction drama series “Doctor Who” — with Peter Capaldi now in the lead role — is set to return to television screens in August, the BBC has announced.
The news was revealed in a teaser trailer for the new season, which has been in production since late 2013. In the closing moments of the trailer, accompanied by a Doctor Who-theme-tune sting are the words, “The new Doctor lands in August.”
The Doctor Who Official Twitter feed, @bbcdoctorwho has since confirmed the return date, with the tweet: “BREAKING NEWS! The new series of #DoctorWho starts August, 2014!”
Capaldi, 56, assumed the role as the TARDIS-time-travelling Doctor of the show’s title in last year’s Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, which saw his predecessor, Matt Smith, quit the role he had played since the beginning of 2010.
Since its return to TV screens in 2005, Doctor Who has, typically, aired in the spring on British TV. However, the show’s current head writer and executive producer is on record as preferring it went later in the year, as was often the case in the 20th century.
With the show having gained world-wide popularity in recent years, it is expected that most countries who currently purchase the series for their own audiences will also broadcast the new season close to that of the UK dates, as has happened increasingly.
Capaldi is the thirteenth actor to have portrayed the Doctor — a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey — in the television series, which was first broadcast in the UK in November 1963.
Doctors, Doctors, Doctors
The first actor to take on the role was William Hartnell (The Army Game), who has since been followed by Patrick Troughton (The Box of Delights), Jon Pertwee (Worzel Gummidge), Tom Baker (Nicholas and Alexander), Peter Davison (Law and Order: UK), Colin Baker (The Brothers), Sylvester McCoy (The Hobbit), Paul McGann (Ripper Street), Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers),
Three Doctors for The Day of the Doctor (Matt Smith David Tennant  John Hurt)
Three Doctors for The Day of the Doctor (Matt Smith,David Tennant, John Hurt)
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David Tennant (Gracepoint), Matt Smith (Lost River), John Hurt (Snowpiercer) and Peter Capaldi (The Musketeers).
While CGI trickery was employed so that all the Doctors could be represented in the anniversary celebrations last November, the surviving actors to have played the Doctor were involved, to varying degrees, in new material, allowing them to take part in four Doctor Who specials: Tom Baker, Tennant, Smith, Hurt and Capaldi appeared in The Day of the Doctor; Davison, Colin Baker, McCoy, McGann, Tennant and Smith featured in Davison’s The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot; and McGann also starred in The Night of the Doctor.
The Doctors by other names
Meanwhile, David Bradley (Broadchurch) recreated Hartnell’s First Doctor role in Adventures in Space and Time, the Mark Gatiss 90-minute special that told the story of the creation and early days of Doctor Who. The film also featured Smith’s Doctor and saw Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9) recreate Troughton’s Second Doctor.
The Day of the Doctor was simulcast in 94 countries — a world record for a television drama — exactly 50 years to the day that Doctor Who first went out in the UK, in 1963.Celebrating its golden jubilee, Steven Moffat’s 75-minute special was the most-watched UK drama of 2013. Last weekend, in London, it picked up the Radio Times Audience Award at the BAFTA awards ceremony, beating stiff competition from TV shows such as Breaking Bad, Broadchurch and Gogglebox.
The upcoming season marks the first new Doctor Who episodes to be broadcast since last year’s Christmas Day special and, more significantly, the first full-length look at Capaldi’s Doctor — hitherto only seen in two brief scenes: a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him in The Day of the Doctor and a short post-regenerative scene with his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) at the very end of The Time of the Doctor.
Doctor Z, Guardian of Paddington
A respected actor of long-standing, prior to becoming Doctor Who, Capaldi was probably best known for playing Malcolm Tucker, the foul-mouthed spin-doctor he created for Armando Iannucci’s TV series, The Thick of It, and spin-off film, In the Loop. Most recently, as well as having parts in films such as Brad Pitt’s World War Z, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Julian Assange/WikiLeaks biopic, The Fifth Estate — in which he played the Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger — and the upcoming Paddington movie from director Paul King (Little Crackers), the Glaswegian actor won plaudits for his portrayal of Cardinal Richelieu in Adrian Hodges’s take on Alexandre Dumas’s legendary The Three Musketeers in the BBC TV drama series, The Musketeers.
Samuel Anderson
Samuel Anderson
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As well as the return of Clara for the new season, the TARDIS crew will also include Samuel Anderson (The History Boys) as Danny Pink and Ellie George, who according to Doctor Who TV, is understood to be playing his younger sister, Courtney, and a pupil at Coal Hill School, where Clara and Danny both work as teachers.
Guest stars already announced include, Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch), Tom Riley (Da Vinci's Demons), Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty), Hermione Norris (MI5) and Frank Skinner (Room 101).
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