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article imageDoctor Who sets down on the Moon (VIDEOS)

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 4, 2014 in Entertainment
This weekend sees Peter Capaldi entering the second half of his first season, with a sinister story from a newbie “Doctor Who” writer, Peter Harness.
The adventure sees the Doctor return to the Moon, which is under threat of being destroyed, in the somewhat appropriately titled Kill the Moon:
In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle, making a suicide mission to the Moon.
Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma.
When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.
During the show’s long history, the Doctor has visited Earth’s Moon on many occasions; the first of which was during his second incarnation — as played by
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Patrick Troughton (The Box of Delights) — in the second Cybermen adventure, The Moonbase.
A more recent visit was in 2007, during Smith and Jones, the story that introduced Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), a companion to David Tennant’s Doctor.
For filming of the latest Moon adventure, the Cardiff-based production team travelled to Lanzarote, the Spanish island where the four-part 1984 Doctor Who serial Planet of Fire was also filmed.
To Sarn, or not to Sarn?
The story — which featured Peter Davison (The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot) as the Doctor and his companions Turlough (Mark Strickson), Kamelion (a robot voiced by the late Gerald Flood) and, for the first time, Perpugilliam “Peri” Brown — doubled as the volcanic island itself and the planet Sarn.
When publicised earlier this year, the new story was originally titled Return to Sarn. This led to speculation that the Master would be returning to the series, Planet of Fire having featured the Doctor’s fellow Time Lord and arch-nemesis, as played by Anthony Ainley.
With interest in Doctor Who showing little sign of waning, the BBC have continued their blanket publicising of the 51-year-old science-fiction favourite, with details of the next two installments already available.
Mummy on the Orient Express, which receives its television premiere next Saturday (October 11), is also from a new writer to the show: Jamie Mathieson (ALT). The official BBC synopsis for the adventure reads:
The Doctor is on the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future. But a deadly creature is stalking the passengers.
Once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve.
As the Doctor races against the clock he’s seen at his deadliest and most ruthless. Will he work out how to defeat the Mummy? Start the clock!
Already described as possibly one of the scariest episodes of Doctor Who ever, Mummy on the Orient Express will be shown in the UK from 8.35 p.m., the latest time the series has ever been broadcast. As reported earlier in the year, this episode guest-stars the Frank Skinner and also, in her acting debut, the singer Foxes.
Mathieson has also penned the following week’s adventure, Flatline, its synopsis coming courtesy of DoctorWhoTV:
Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension.
But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection?
With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception.
First, though, it’s all hands on deck to try to save the Moon. Written by Peter Harness and directed by Paul Wilmshurst, Kill the Moon stars Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson and Ellis George as,
Courtney Woods (Ellis George) attends Coal Hill School in Season 8 of Doctor Who
Courtney Woods (Ellis George) attends Coal Hill School in Season 8 of Doctor Who
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respectively, the Doctor and his three companions Clara Oswald, Danny Pink and Courtney Woods.
The main cast is joined by guest star Hermione Norris (Spooks) as Lundvik, the leader of the group tasked with destroying the Moon.
Extra Confidential
In the UK, on the BBC Red Button, the adventure is followed immediately afterwards by the seventh episode of Doctor Who Extra, the new making-of documentary series and successor to the popular Doctor Who Confidential.
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