Archive for ‘7. Kill the Moon’
October 24th, 2014
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The future was looking bright for Clara at the end of our last Series Round Up, but things suddenly took a turn for the worst for our impossible girl…

As we boldly entered the second half of the series and the Twelfth Doctor’s debut adventures continued in Kill the Moon, the drama was cranked up to a whole new level as our heroes found themselves on a suicide mission to the moon. Waiting for them there was a mining base full of vicious creatures which looked like spiders but weren’t. This is Doctor Who we’re talking about after all!

But that wasn’t the only thing the lunar surface had in store for the Doctor and Clara, as the latter received the shock of her life when she turned to her best friend for guidance. Aided by Courtney Woods and captain Lundvik, and with the fate of the world quite literally in her hands, Clara was forced to make an impossible decision. It was a choice which had serious ramificaions and one which would seemingly mark the end of her travelling days for good…

When the Doctor returned the week after to face the Mummy on the Orient Express, we all sat with baited breath to see whether or not Clara would also be on board. It turned out that she couldn’t stay away for long and so she was back to help a ruthless Doctor take on the horrifying creature which was stalking passengers and giving them just 66 seconds to live. Assisted by Frank Skinner as Perkins, the TARDIS team managed to stop the clock…

Clara discovered a new menace from another dimension in the most recent adventure, Flatline, which defied the realms of relatively itself. With the Doctor trapped inside a turbulent TARDIS, Clara got the chance to step into the Time Lord’s shoes as she went against an enemy that existed beyond human perception.

The action continues tomorrow night in In the Forest of the Night on BBC One at 8:20pm. Check out our previous series round ups here and don’t forget to add your theories to our ever turning wheel of Missy speculation

October 12th, 2014
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Just under 7 million UK viewers tuned in to Kill the Moon on Saturday 4th October.

The final ratings for the seventh episode of Series 8 have been revealed, confirming that the adventure was watched by an official audience of 6.91 million on BBC One.

Once again it’s another considerable leap (a giant leap for mankind, you might say!) from its initial overnight of 4.82 million which shows that millions of viewers are choosing to watch it within the first week of its transmission.

“Are you my mummy?” Let’s hope not! Click here to rate this weekend’s episode.

October 10th, 2014
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The results of our Week 7 poll are as follows…

Did Clara make the right choice in Kill the Moon?

Yes. (72.3%)

No. (27.7%)

Discuss the outcome in the comments below. The new series continues tomorrow in Mummy on the Orient Express.

October 5th, 2014
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Nearly 5 million people tuned in to Kill the Moon on BBC One last night, according to the overnight ratings.

The latest episode of Peter Capaldi’s debut series as the Twelfth Doctor was watched by 4.82 million, making Doctor Who the third most watched programme of the day with a 21.5% share of the total TV audience.

Once again, the Time Lord lost out to Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor which brought in 8.84 million and 7.18 million viewers to their respective channels.

Take a small step for Whovian kind and rate Kill the Moon in our discussion, here!

October 4th, 2014
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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.

The new series continued tonight as the Doctor boldly went where he’s never been before…

In our latest installment of timey-wimey action, the fear factor was pushed to a whole new level when our heroes found themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon. But this time it wasn’t the Judoon waiting for the Time Lord on the lunar surface, as the TARDIS team came face to face with corpses, spiders and a terrible dilemma. Standard!

Joining the Doctor and Clara on their lunar adventure was guest star Hermione Norris as Lundvik, but the shock of a lifetime awaited Clara when she turned to the Doctor for help…

Its writer Peter Harness told WhovianNet that the episode would “polarise people to a degree”, but were you left shocked by the Doctor and Clara’s mission to Kill the Moon? Take one small step for Whovian kind and share your thoughts in the comments below…

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments if you haven’t seen Kill the Moon. You have been warned!

October 4th, 2014
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The new series of Doctor Who continues tonight as the Doctor and Clara embark on a mission to Kill the Moon.

Crash-landing on the lunar surface, our heroes find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack and a terrible dilemma. For Clara, the shock of her life awaits when she turns to the Doctor for help.

The adventure begins at 8:30pm on BBC One and in the meantime you can check out the latest previews and read our exclusive interview with its writer, Peter Harness.

Join us and take a giant leap for Whovian kind to discuss tonight’s episode from 9:15pm.

October 3rd, 2014
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The adventures of the Twelfth Doctor continue this weekend which means we can expect things to get progressively darker as we approach the series finale.

In Kill the Moon, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a suicide mission to the Moon, and, if what we’ve seen of it so far is anything to go by, it looks set to be one of their scariest escapades to date.

You can check out the latest previews below and don’t forget to read our exclusive interview with its writer Peter Harness.

  • Preview Clip #1: “When I say run, run!” – The Doctor and Clara find an alien on the moon, and it’s far from friendly… This clip was originally shown during Peter Capaldi’s recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show.

Caretaker who? Click here to rate & discuss Episode 6 with your fellow Whovians!

October 1st, 2014
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“It features the return of an old friend from the Doctor’s past…”

The Doctor and Clara embark on one of their most dangerous adventures yet in this Saturday’s episode, Kill The Moon, and we were thrilled to get the chance to speak to the man behind it, Peter Harness!

Peter spoke exclusively to WhovianNet about his first foray into the Doctor Who universe, which will see our heroes get caught up in a suicide mission to the Moon. As he told us, there are plenty of surprises in store…

Q. Hi there, Peter! So, when did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?
A. I don’t know, really. Probably before I knew that there was such a thing as being a writer, certainly long before I realised you could actually do that as a job. For as long as I can remember I’ve been writing stories and plays, and episodes of Doctor Who. But I guess I must have made some kind of decision to try and make a go of it, professionally speaking, sometime in my early twenties. For a while, I’d thought that I’d be an actor instead. I did a lot of acting at university and before, but when the time came, I just didn’t really bother pursuing that, and I guess that’s when I realised that my heart must be in writing.

Q. And are there any writers that have particularly inspired you, both in life and in your career?
A. Yes, lots of them. Probably too many to mention. Dennis Potter was one of my big inspirations, and remains so. I think I’ve always wanted to write for television, above and beyond anything else, and he was really the person who proved that you could do that and still be taken reasonably seriously. Terrance Dicks, of course. Like he did a lot of other people, he gave me a real love of books and of reading, which is one of the things that most writers need. Susanna Clarke, who wrote my favourite book, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and who is, in addition to that, a wonderful person who I’ve been very privileged to work with and gotten to know. And Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat, without whose genius I wouldn’t be talking to you. But beyond that, if I started listing all of the writers that I love and who’ve inspired me, we’d be here all night!

Q. How and when did your involvement with the new series of Doctor Who come about?
A. I’ve been desperate to write for Doctor Who for years, but I’ve always been a bit shy about putting myself forward. However, I guess I’ve told so many people and gone on about it so much, that eventually the producers got to know and asked me to come and pitch some ideas. I was enormously nervous when I went to meet them, and had about five or six different ideas, none of which they particularly went for. And Kill The Moon, which had just suddenly popped into my head on the plane back to England the night before. Thankfully, they liked it, and I spent a little bit of time developing the idea for Matt Smith’s Doctor before I had to go and write something else. But they were still keen on the idea when I finally surfaced again, a couple of years later, so I got to write it for Peter Capaldi instead.

Q. So you were already a huge fan of the series?
A. I’ve always been a fan of Doctor Who, for as long as I can remember. In fact, I think some of my first memories are of watching Doctor Who. Davros’s big blue bulb lighting up in “Destiny of the Daleks”, and Julian Glover ripping his rubber face off in “City of Death”. It’s had a huge, pretty much immeasurable effect on me. I loved it when I was three years old and I’ve never stopped.

Q. Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about your own episode, Kill The Moon?
A. I’ll tell you that it’s quite scary. At least, I hope so. And that I think it’ll polarise people to a degree. And that it features the return of an old friend from the Doctor’s past. And that there’s a throwback to “Blink”. If you can spot it.

Q. Each episode of Doctor Who is a blank slate in terms of its setting, themes and characters. As a writer, is this a prospect that is particularly exciting or daunting?
A. It’s very liberating. It means that it’s very easy to come up with potential ideas for Doctor Who stories, because basically any story or character can be given a Doctor Who twist, and is usually all the better for it. The most worrying thing about writing Doctor Who, first time round at least, is the anxiety about whether you can actually do it. Better writers than me have tried, and not managed to get their head around it. So I was very, very relieved that I found that I could actually do it, that I could write a Doctor Who story, with all the Who-ness, but which still felt like me, too. I was expecting them to turn round at any moment and tell me I wasn’t up to the job. I still can’t really believe that it’s actually been made. Maybe it hasn’t. Maybe they’ll just show the test-card instead.

Q. Are there any skills and experiences, both professional and personal, that you found yourself drawing upon whilst writing this episode?
A. God, that’s a difficult question! I suppose there were loads. But I’ve never been on the Moon or met any giant spider creatures, so I guess I had to imagine that bit.

Q. What was it like to write for a Doctor that had yet to appear properly on screen?
A. I didn’t start writing it entirely blind, because they’d just started shooting when I began writing my script. So as I was writing, I was seeing the odd scene from “Deep Breath”, and maybe “Listen”; and really, Peter Capaldi’s Doctor was already beginning to take shape. So I wrote with his take on it, and his voice, very much in mind; and as I went through the various drafts of my script, Peter’s Doctor was busily crystallising and coming into being down in Cardiff, and I was very much writing alongside of that.

Q. What would you say are the main factors that have contributed to Doctor Who’s ongoing success?
A. I think the incredible openness of the central conceit – that you can go anywhere in time and space, and tell a totally different genre of story every single week. The character of the Doctor himself, his benevolence, his twelve-sided uniqueness as a personality. The frequent changes of personnel both on and off screen, and the commitment and love that all of the people who have worked on it over the years have always brought to it. All of these things keep it fresh and alive and new.

Q. Finally, have you got any upcoming projects that you can tell us about?
A. Yes. My next thing up is a seven-part series for BBC One, based on Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. It’s a period drama, set in the 1800s, with lots of fantastic special effects, about the return of magic to England, and about the two magicians who bring it back. I’ve written the scripts, and the fantastic Toby Haynes (who directed The Pandorica Opens and the following run of stories) has directed it. And he’s done a magnificent, towering, inspired job. It’s been a huge project and a gargantuan effort to bring it to the screen, but it’s nearly done, and should, with any luck, be on some time in the new year. And I hope people will enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

New series, new Doctor, new adventures. Click here for all the latest on Series 8!

September 30th, 2014
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The BBC has released new images from Kill the Moon.

It’s safe to say that dark times lie ahead for the Doctor and Clara in this particular episode as they find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon.

Facing corpses, vicious spider-like creatures and a terrible dilemma, Clara gets the shock of her life when she turns to the Doctor for help. The adventure premieres on Saturday at 8:30pm on BBC One and you can keep up to date with all the developments here.










Check back at midnight tonight for our exclusive Q&A with writer Peter Harness.

September 27th, 2014
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Series 8 continues next Saturday as the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a suicide mission to the Moon.

In Kill the Moon by Peter Harness, our heroes find a mining base full of corpses and vicious spider-like creatures when they crash-land on the lunar surface, and Clara gets the shock of her life when she turns to the Doctor for help.

The episode, directed by Paul Wilmshurst and guest starring Hermione Norris, airs on Saturday 4th October at 8:30pm on BBC One. Watch the trailers below!

New series, new Doctor, new adventures. Click here for all the latest on Series 8!

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