Peter de Jersey has said he would like to see Gallifrey and the Time Lords return to Doctor Who.
Peter (pictured on right-hand side) portrayed the Time Lord Androgar in 50th Anniversary Special, ‘The Day of the Doctor’.
Speaking to Flicks and the City, he said: “It was too exciting and a great honour [to be involved in the 50th]. I was thrilled with the way it all worked out and working opposite Ken Bones [Time Lord General] was great.”
He added: “Now that myself and Ken Bones are on Gallifrey and frozen in time I hope very much that someone might unfreeze us one day so we can join forces again.”
On the casting of Peter Capaldi, he said: “I’m immensely looking forward to Peter. It’s a great idea to go with someone of Peter’s stature and age. He is timeless and a fantastic actor. After the great work that Matt Smith did, you need to shake it up a bit.”
Doctor Who Series 8 will air in August 2014 on BBC One.
‘Birth of the Doctor’, by DameEleusys.
Mark Gatiss has said The Doctor finding Gallifrey could make the Time Lords “too domesticated”.
Speaking on a Q&A panel in Brazil, Gatiss said: “Every time you go back to Gallifrey, it starts to make the Time Lords a bit too domesticated.”
“I know that’s why Russell T Davies came up with the whole idea of The Doctor being the last one, because eventually if you see them so often they become a bit like a bunch of MPs, whereas if you talk about them as this amazing, powerful force, they’re much more exciting.”
Speaking on whether he’d like to write a story featuring Gallifrey, he said: “I don’t know if I would want to do one.”
“I think the way the Time Lords were represented in ‘The End of Time’ and ‘The Day of the Doctor’ was very exciting because we’re seeing them in a crisis and they’re trying to come up with different ways of saving themselves.”
He added: “I suppose if The Doctor ever does find Gallifrey again, then we might find out more. Who knows…”
NASA has confirmed the discovery of a real-universe analogue of Gallifrey, the home planet of the Time Lords in Doctor Who.
According to a recent article, NASA came across what it calls a “transiting circumbinary multi-planet system” – in layman’s speak, “two worlds orbiting two suns” – using its Kepler planet-hunting telescope, and the Register likens to “Doctor Who’s Time Lord homeworld, Gallifrey.”
The new system, which has been named Kepler 47, has two stars circling each other every 7.5 days. One of them is similar in size to our sun, whereas the other is approximately one third its size.
Doctor Who fans have started a petition to rename the newly discovered planet, named “HD 106906 b” to Gallifrey in honour of the show.
You can sign the petition here.