Friday, March 14, 2014

Doctor Who - Series 8 More Casting/Classic Series Repeats

It's not been that long since the casting of Samuel Anderson as recurring character, Danny Pink was announced for the upcoming eighth series of Doctor Who but now some more casting has been revealed for an upcoming episode.

Keeley Hawes, best known for her roles in such dramas as Spooks, Ashes To Ashes, Upstairs Downstairs and recently, Line Of Duty will appear in the fifth episode of Series 8, playing a villainous banker named Ms Delphox, whom the Doctor and Clara encounter when they land on a strange and puzzling planet. I have to admit, Hawes has been someone I've wanted to see on this show for a long while and I am hoping that writer Steve Thompson (who has previous scribed The Curse Of The Black Spot, Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS and various Sherlock episodes) gives Hawes a role worthy of her talent too.

Speaking of Thompson, his episode for the upcoming series certainly seems intriguing alright. Not only do we see Clara dressed up in a suit but it seems that Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch) and various other actors are playing cyborgs in this one as well. I'm oddly optimistic for this one and it seems that Clara isn't the only one with a different look for this episode too.

Peter Capaldi's Doctor also seems to have a slightly different look from the promotional picture we saw of him back in January. This time around he's wearing all black and he pulls it off quite well. It's not too surprising that there will be some variations to Capaldi's costume though. It happened with his predecessors and the basic silhouette for his general look is retained too. The episode being filmed will also be directed by Douglas MacKinnon who has previously directed The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky, The Power Of Three and Cold War.

Elsewhere it seems that Horror Channel have picked up the rights to air thirty Classic Series stories (excluding Paul McGann's TV Movie sadly), starting from Easter with a 'Who On Horror' weekend marathon of episodes from the first seven Doctors. Stories that are expected to air include The Sea Devils, Genesis Of The Daleks and The Caves Of Androzani to name a few. It's been a while since we've had a channel airing some of the Classic Series (excluding Watch and SyFy UK) and with episodes airing during daytime and evening slots, it's nice to see Horror Channel step up to the plate with this.

Keeley Hawes Casting:
Classic Series Repeats:

Series 8 of Doctor Who continues to film with an Autumn airdate expected for BBC1.

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