Capaldi Co Prepare For The End of So Many Eras on Doctor

first_img Only six sleeps left until the most anticipated event of the year: the Doctor Who Christmas special.“Twice Upon a Time” (airing Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. EST on BBC America) promises to be an emotional hour for fans of Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.After four years and countless adventures, the Scotsman in January announced plans to leave the TARDIS after season 10—which concludes with Monday’s festive chapter.“There comes a time when it’s time. And I think it’s time,” Capaldi mused in a behind-the-scenes look at his regeneration episode. “So, that’s OK. I feel good about it.”Written by exiting showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay, the yuletide epilogue also marks the end for long-time executive producer Moffat, superfan Mark Gatiss, and my favorite Cyberman, Bill Potts.“It’s the end of so many eras, and you couldn’t help but feel that,” Gatiss said of the final installment.The mustachioed actor, writer, and producer plays The Captain, a mysterious World War I soldier, in “Twice Upon a Time.”Despite appearing in two episodes (“The Lazarus Experiment” and “The Wedding of River Song”) and penning nine scripts (including this year’s “Empress of Mars”), this is Gatiss’s first trip in the TARDIS.A very touching casting call came earlier this year from friend and frequent collaborator Moffat.“Steven took me aside and said … ‘I’m writing a part you’d be perfect for in Peter’s last story, and I want you to be there when I go,’” he reminisced. “Which is a Doctorish line in itself and made me well up.”(Me, too, Mark. Me, too.)Mark Gatiss as The Captain, with Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi (via BBC)“One of the amazing things about Doctor Who is that it’s sci-fi, but it has that humanity to it,” Mackie said in a statement. “It has human relationships and interactions, with the added excitement of the monsters, the amazing sets, and the wonders of exploring all of time and space. This episode has all of that in a really big accessible adventure for all ages—plus the regeneration.”My attempts to avoid spoilers ahead of the Christmas Day showing mean I have little to share about the upcoming episode. What I (and most fans) do know is that it reunites OG companions Ben Jackson (Jared Garfield) and Polly (Lily Travers) with the First Doctor (David Bradley as William Hartnell).And probably features the reappearance of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).“I think the message is that if there’s life, there’s hope—just keep going,” Bradley, who steps into the late Hartnell’s shoes for a second time, said of Monday’s episode, dispensing the best moral of 2017.Seeing double as David Bradley steps back into William Hartnell’s shoes to portray the First Doctor, alongside Capaldi’s Twelfth Time Lord (via BBC)Remember to stock up on tissues—particularly those planning to watch BBC America’s exclusive Doctor Who: Farewell to Peter Capaldi. Scheduled to follow Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Time Lord Lady, the retrospective features archival footage from the actor’s first and last table reads, as well as new interviews with cast and crew.“Doctor Who has taken me on an amazing journey. Now that it’s coming to an end, I wish the Doctor all the very best for the future, and the past, and everything in-between,” Capaldi said. “Time I was off.”Leading up to the festivities, BBC America will air a seven-day, 24-hour Doctor Who “full takeover marathon,” highlighting the Tenth (David Tennant), Eleventh (Matt Smith), and Twelfth Doctors.*Mild spoilers*Bill is back—”but she’s not quite all she seems,” teased Mackie, who called her character’s return “a total honor,” made even more exciting “that it’s for a Christmas special.”She also hinted at a new villain—”a lady who’s made of glass”—and some old foes, “to make Christmas even more exciting.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img

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