Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman Talk ‘Doctor Who’ at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. [Repost]

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman share behind-the-scenes stories. Capaldi revisits his Malcolm Tucker days.

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Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman amuse the crowd during the Q&A, Awesome Con, Washington, D.C. Credit: Pat Cuadros

Doctor Who fans converged on Washington, D.C. for Awesome Con on earlier this month to see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. The U.K. actors were interviewed by Kristen Page-Kirby, the Senior Arts Editor for the Washington Post Express. The half hour panel also featured a Q&A with the audience.

“I’m not sure how successfully Clara was able to wipe [the Doctor’s] mind,” Capaldi hinted about future episodes. He stopped mid-sentence before giving away anything else. Though Clara has left, it remains to be seen where these leftover pieces, if any, will take the Doctor. Continue reading “Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman Talk ‘Doctor Who’ at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. [Repost]”

TV Review: Clara and the Doctor ‘Face the Raven’

After heavy losses, what’s next for the Doctor?

Joivan Wade, Peter Capaldi, and Jenna Coleman
The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) want to clear Rigsy’s (Joivan Wade) name. Photo: BBC Worldwide Limited

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

The latest episode of Doctor Who takes the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) to the hidden streets of London, where aliens reside somewhat peacefully away from the world. Lording over them is none other than Me/Ashildr (Maisie Williams) as an enforcer. Sentencing for crimes is rather strict, resulting in a tattoo that counts down to zero. At zero, the Raven comes in for the kill. Continue reading “TV Review: Clara and the Doctor ‘Face the Raven’”

‘Doctor Who’ Brings Maisie Williams on for ‘The Girl Who Died’

Puppetry and baby talk win out in an intriguing installment.

Clara (Jenna Coleman), the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and Ashildr (Maisie Williams).
Clara (Jenna Coleman), the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and Ashildre (Maisie Williams). Photo Credit: BBC Worldwide Limited

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

The Vikings are Coming!

It’s another multi-episode story arc for Doctor Who, as viewers are introduced to Ashildre in “The Girl Who Died.” The offbeat and “strange” Viking girl is portrayed by Maisie Williams from the hit series Game of Thrones, a casting decision that’s generated buzz for months. Williams is neither the Doctor’s granddaughter nor someone else from his past. That revelation may leave some viewers disappointed, but I regard this weekend’s chapter as a strong venture onto some new ground. Continue reading “‘Doctor Who’ Brings Maisie Williams on for ‘The Girl Who Died’”

Looking Ahead to San Diego Comic-Con: Thursday Edition

Comic-Con will be in full swing come Thursday, July 9. If you were fortunate to snag a badge to the biggest convention in San Diego, which panels should you attend? Let’s run through a few must-sees:

“Hand of God”

In this Amazon series, Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Hellboy”) plays a corrupt judge who may be “in the midst of a religious epiphany” after a family tragedy. It’s now a question of whether he’ll continue along the same course or try to do the right thing. It’s a full panel with Perlman, Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”), Garret Dilahunt (“Justified”), Andre Royo (“Happyish”), Alona Tal (“Supernatural”), Julian Morris (“Pretty Little Liars”), Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Criminal Minds”), and Elizabeth McLaughlin (“Betrayal”). From the trailer, could it potentially fill the void left by the cancellation of Kelsey Grammar’s “Boss” a while ago?

“The Player” Sneak Peek and Q&A

This new NBC drama premieres in the fall. It’s no surprise that the high stakes chase after criminals feels somewhat like “The Blacklist,” because the same executive producers are on the project. Philip Winchester plays successful security tester and agent Alex Kane, whose life is turned upside down by the death of his wife. His adversary and quasi new employer is the enigmatic and smooth Mr. Johnson, portrayed by Wesley Snipes. Catch this sneak peek and the ensuing discussion!

“Doctor Who” Q&A The stars of “Doctor Who” are coming to Comic-Con! It’ll be Peter Capaldi’s first appearance at SDCC this summer. He’ll be there along with Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, and Steven Moffat. Missy is due back for Season 9, but I wouldn’t expect Steven Moffat to be forthcoming with spoilers. Will Peter Capaldi share any surprising facts and possibly outdo last year’s reveal about how he turned down a “Doctor Who” audition years ago?

“Sherlock”

Later on Thursday afternoon, Steven Moffat will address another segment of the BBC America fan base: the “Sherlock” fans! Will there be any more light shed upon the Victorian special? Also joining him are executive producer Sue Vertue and Rupert Graves, who plays DI Greg Lestrade.

While there’s a plethora of things to do at San Diego Comic-Con, you’ll miss out if you don’t put these panels as a priority. For a complete list of Thursday’s programming, visit the SDCC website. Check back soon and we’ll run through Friday’s program schedule.

Awesome Con Recap: Alex Kingston Teases Potential Return to ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Arrow’

“I see a Weeping Angel in one of the lines!” Kingston exclaimed. She later turned down a “hug of apology” from that Weeping Angel.

Alex Kingston's Q&A takes top spot on my list of best panels at Awesome Con. Photo: Pat Cuadros
Alex Kingston’s Q&A takes top spot on my list of best panels at Awesome Con. Photo: Pat Cuadros

(6/2/15 Update: Sharper Photo from Robbie Hott)

There’s nothing more alarming than a schedule change when you’re already at a convention. “Doctor Who” fans know the feeling all too well, as Awesome Con had recently cancelled the Friday evening “Pond Family Reunion.” Imagine my consternation when a good friend caught up to me at the beginning of what I believed to be the Arthur Darvill line.

“Darvill is at 2:30,” he told me.

“What?” I said.

“They switched Alex Kingston and Arthur Darvill’s time slots on the app. Both are still ‘Doctor Who’ panels, he added.”

Alex Kingston shares non-spoilers, hair advice, and great stories. Photo: Pat Cuadros
Alex Kingston shares non-spoilers, hair advice, and great stories. Photo: Pat Cuadros

That was good news indeed, unless for some reason, you don’t particularly like either one of the actors. Kingston was already famous in the 1990s for her portrayal of Dr. Elizabeth Corday in the hit drama series, “ER.” More recently, she’s played River Song on “Doctor Who” and Dinah Lance in “Arrow.” The panel was aptly moderated by Count Gore de Vol, who referred to the celebrated actress creatively as the “more important doctor:” a reference to her character’s archaeology degree. Save for a couple of questions from the Count, the entire hour was dedicated to inquiries from the audience, complete with fezzes and bow ties. Continue reading “Awesome Con Recap: Alex Kingston Teases Potential Return to ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Arrow’”

Awesome Con Sure to Impress with ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Teminator,’ William Shatner, and More

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Awesome Con in Washington, DC. The convention, which spans three days, originally promoted the arrival of all three members of the Pond family: Rory, Amy, and River from “Doctor Who.” Sadly, Karen Gillan had to bow out of her slated appearance, but it should still be a great time with Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston on hand for their respective panels, autograph sessions, and photo-ops. Perhaps the biggest question for “Who” fans is whether or not River Song will return, this time opposite Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor. Continue reading “Awesome Con Sure to Impress with ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Teminator,’ William Shatner, and More”

Neil Gaiman Discusses his Writing, ‘Doctor Who,’ and More in DC

I wager that you’ll be utterly mesmerized within the first five minutes of one of Neil Gaiman’s speaking engagements.

Neil Gaiman stopped in Washington, D.C., this past weekend at DAR Constitution Hall. When he stepped up to the podium and said a quiet “Hello,” I was rather struck by his soft-spoken demeanor. Yet the author from the U.K. has quite an arresting and endearing stage presence: captivating the audience as he filled the ensuing ninety minutes with jokes, poignant personal anecdotes, and a small selection of excerpts from his books. I wager that you’ll be utterly mesmerized within the first five minutes of one of Neil Gaiman’s speaking engagements. Continue reading “Neil Gaiman Discusses his Writing, ‘Doctor Who,’ and More in DC”