With filming for the eighth series of Doctor Who underway, the entire world is constantly on ‘Capaldi Watch’ – Including us!
Fans of the epic BBC family sci-fi series will know that last Christmas Day, 11th Time Lord Matt Smith took his final bow as the iconic Time Lord and regenerated into the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
This was actually Capaldi’s second appearance on the show, having had his eyes feature at the end sequence of last November’s worldwide premier of the shows 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, in a scene showing all 13 Time Lords to date.
Then of course he appeared at the end of the 2013 Christmas Day Special, The Time of the Doctor, following Smith’s regeneration, but in series 8 we will finally see the Thick Of It star’s full Doctor Who debut.
And, with reports flocking in regarding the actor’s first episode, which is being filmed out and about in a Victorian style Cardiff city, we can already tell that he is going to be quite different from his predecessors.
It has already been reported by show producers that Capaldi’s character will be slightly madder than Smith’s Doctor, and a video we posted yesterday of him riding a mechanical horse wearing nothing but a nightgown certainly leant strength to that theory – And there are some still shots available too.
The first episode, which has yet to be given a title, is being directed by A Field in England filmmaker Ben Wheatley, and is due to be broadcast later this year.
Meanwhile, we have bad news for any Doctor Who gamers out there – Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is being shut down next month!
Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is a role-playing game for multiple players’ online, created for the Adobe Flash platform and developed by Three Rings Design.
The game was released in March 2012 for Doctor Who fans to enjoy and play each other at, online for free, with each player being able to control their own character and Tardis and they complete challenges set by The Doctor in a bid to save the universe from a collection of baddies.
Some of the tasks involve players solving puzzles on their own, whilst in over adventures they can be paired up with other game controlled characters or those being played by real-time players depending on preference to complete the tasks.
Sounds like a lot of fun, but unfortunately, as has been the case in other attempts to bring The Doctor into the world of gaming, Doctor Who: Worlds in Time has not been as successful as anticipated forcing game runners to make the decision to shut it down on February 28, less than two years after its launch, with microtransactions having already been suspended in preparation.
A statement on the game’s website reads: “The Worlds in Time game will cease operation on February 28, 2014.”
Doctor Who is expected to return later this year with its eight series, which unlike previous years will run through without a break – Watch a clip of Peter Capaldi riding the mechanical horse through Victorian Cardiff below: