Doctor Who roundup: midnight screenings, new trailer, fan titles, World Tour and departure rumors


Aug. 23 is almost here — and that means the new season of Doctor Who is fast approaching. BBC America, of course, is pulling out all the stops.

There’s actually quite a bit to report. Here are some of the new developments:

It’s about time.

Details are now (finally) available on the Stateside big-screen debut of Doctor Who’s season premiere with new title star Peter Capaldi — but don’t count on necessarily finding a theater near you for the midnight showings. A wider release comes two days later, if you can hold your “Breath” that long …

There was a new trailer for “Deep Breath” in the last week.

Can anyone make out what Twelve says at the 0:10 mark, after he says “The question is …”?

The series’ new title sequence is getting fan-powered facelift.

Executive producer Steven Moffat saw Billy Hanshaw’s work online and dubbed it “the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963,” when the series began airing. What you see below is NOT the final product, but rather the fan tribute that inspired it. I think I caught a fleeting peek at the final titles online earlier in the week, but the link has vanished back into the Time Vortex — suffice it to say I really, really liked it. The inspiration is rough, but I think a great many Doctor Who fans will be tickled with the ultimate result.

Capaldoc takes Manhattan!

Capaldi and co-star Jenna Coleman are currently on the Doctor Who World Tour ahead of their big debut as the TARDIS team, and they recently hit the Big Apple. I hope they were careful to avoid statues … The Doctor Who News Page has a full report on their New York state of mind.

Christmas farewell?

The UK’s Mirror, citing unnamed sources, says Coleman is departing the series at the end of the year. And this right as BBC America aired “The Ultimate Companion,” which was hosted by Fifth Doctor Peter Davison and explored how she is in many ways considered to be the perfect assistant for the Doctor. The special also looked at past companions, and included visits with Capaldi himself as well as Nicola Bryant (looking great, by the way), who played Peri alongside Davison in the ’80s. Capaldi should be around for a while, though; he’s a well-known Doctor Who fanboy, and a second season with the actor has already been confirmed.

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