Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth & Journey’s End - BFI Southbank Q&A.
David Tennant’s turn as the Tenth Doctor marked the second series since the show was revived for modern audiences. Tennant joins Catherine Tate, director Graeme Harper and producer Phil Collinson on stage to share stories from behind the scenes.
The special episode will be shown in approximately 30 cinemas in Germany and up to 50 cinemas in Russia. The celebrations will cross time zones travelling over the equator to New Zealand and Australia where fans will have a choice of 106 cinemas across both countries to view the episode in 3D on the big screen on Sunday, 24th November, following the simulcast TV broadcast earlier in the morning.
American and Canadian cinema screenings will be announced later this week by BBC America.
David Tennant has spoken about leaving the role of the Tenth Doctor behind, and admitted he had some concerns about the 50th Anniversary.
At the Tenth Doctor BFI event last weekend, Tennant said: “Part of me would have stayed doing it forever. But it’s one of those things where you just have to take a deep breath and think: ‘If I don’t leave this show now, people will resent me still being there in 25 years.’”
Tennant spoke about reprising the the role for ‘The Day of the Doctor’ and admitted that he had a few worries.
In an extract from ‘The Doctor: His Lives and Times’, Tennant says: “I thought, ‘Oh this’ll be great’. As the day approaches, I then think , ‘What if Matt [Smith] feels like I’m stepping on his toes?’ Or, ‘What if I can’t remember how to do it? Surely I’m too old to be doing this now?’
“The first day, Matt wasn’t there. So the first day it was just me. It was like, ‘Oh yeah, I sort of remember this.’ Then the next day it becomes something different again because we were together. Mind you there’s not as many lines to learn when there’s two of you.”
Speaking about how the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors get on: “They switch between praising each other’s ingenuity to trying to undermine it at every opportunity. You sort of switch from being quite pleased with yourself to being infuriated at your own inadequacies, and I guess that’s kind of writ large, isn’t it, if you meet yourself.”
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, ‘The Day of the Doctor’ will air on Saturday, 23rd November on BBC One (UK) and BBC America (US). Full worldwide times are yet to be confirmed.
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary docudrama ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ will premiere at the BFI on Tuesday, 12th November.
The 90-minute BBC Two production has been written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough, and stars David Bradley as William Hartnell.
The event will start at 8:20pm and a question-and-answer session with a special guest panel will also be held, with the names of those taking part yet to be confirmed.
Tickets will be allocated by two separate ballots via the members’ section, with one ballot for BFI Champions, opening on Monday, 30th September, and another ballot for members, which will open on Tuesday, 1st October. Champions can enter both ballots. The ballots will close on Friday, 4th October and will be run over the weekend of 5th and 6th October, with all entrants being notified on Monday, 7th October as to whether or not they have been successful. All tickets reserved for Champions and members via the ballots will be held for claiming by them until 8:30pm on Friday, 11th October, and any that are unclaimed by then will be released for public sale on Saturday, 12th October.
Although it will undoubtedly sell out to Champions and members, as has been the case with all previous events in the season, returns and stand-bys will be a strong possibility, so keep checking with the BFI.
BBC Two broadcast date is yet to be confirmed.
Doctor Who: Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways - BFIQ&A
Doctor Who returned to our screens after an absence of almost 10 years, reinvented for a modern audience with Christopher Eccleston in the lead. Producer Phil Collinson, director Joe Ahearne and actor Bruno Langley discuss relaunching the Doctor’s career.
Christopher Eccleston has paid tribute to Doctor Who in a special message read out to the audience at the BFI’s retrospective of the Ninth Doctor’s era.
The event is the latest in the BFI’s “Doctor Who at 50” year long celebrations for the 50th Anniversary, looking back at each era of the show. The Ninth Doctor event, held yesterday (24th August) at BFI Southbank in London featured a screening of the final Eccleston story ‘Bad Wolf’ / ‘The Parting of The Ways’.
The event panel included Joe Ahearne (Director), Phil Collinson (Producer) and Bruno Langley (Actor). Although Eccleston did not attend, he sent a written message which was read to the audience by Justin Johnson, the BFI host.
Christopher Eccleston’s message reads:
“I love the BFI. I love the Doctor and hope you enjoy this presentation. Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series. He understood the tone the show needed completely – strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances, missus.”
“If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special, I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and – providing the Daleks don’t bring theirs – I, the ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it.”
The BFI has also confirmed that Paul McGann and David Tennant will appear live on stage for the look back at their retrospective eras as The Doctor.
The Tenth Doctor event on Sunday, 29th September will include a screening of the Series 4 two-part finale epiosdes, ‘The Stolen Earth’ and ‘Journey’s End’, while the Eighth Doctor screening of the 1996 TV Movie will be held on Saturday, 5th October.
David Tennant and Paul McGann to appear live on stage at the BFI.
To whoops of excitement at the tribute to Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, the British Film Institute ended weeks of speculation by announcing that David Tennant and Paul McGann will appear in person at their celebratory events in a few weeks’ time.