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Old 11-07-2013, 11:54
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http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/doctor-w...th-doctor-more

Just various bits of information. Believe or disbelieve him at your own leisure.

It's certainly well over an hour. You could call it movie-length, yeah.
Excellent.

On the casting the Twelfth Doctor:
There’s a very big range of people who could play it and different ways you could go with it. We must get this right. One false move and the show’s over.
Unless we have an insane plan, we’ll announce a new Doctor within days of finalizing the new Doctor. Because it’s very very hard to keep any kind of a secret [...] I think we’ll go public pretty fast.
So unless he's lying through his teeth, I guess that means Twelve has not been cast yet.

And on the regeneration:
It’ll be the traditional regeneration. You know, the eleventh will fall and the twelfth shall rise. And you’ll see that in the closing moments of the show. I mean, you sometimes sit and think, 'Are there better ways of doing it? Is there a different way of doing it?' But quite honestly what could be better than that?
I suppose that means no tour of all his companions at the end then.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:58
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Watches as paranoid fans begin to claim that Moff is again lying about everything and Matt will regenerate in the middle of a ten minute 50th anniversary special...
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:00
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Best Moffat interview in a long time.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:04
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Watches as paranoid fans begin to claim that Moff is again lying about everything and Matt will regenerate in the middle of a ten minute 50th anniversary special...
Grabs tea & biscuits, sits in comfy chair
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:09
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I'm glad to hear it's over an hour, it's only right IMO.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:23
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The full interview
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:32
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Old 11-07-2013, 13:29
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Thanks.
For anyone worried about Matt having a shaved head in the Christmas special, fear not!

We’re sprinkling fertilizer on his head as we speak. I don’t know. If you care to take a look at “The Angels Take Manhattan” there are a couple of scenes that Karen Gillan came back to do in the graveyard after she’d had her radical haircut and she is wearing what seems like a strategically draped otter on her head.
However, we effect it, the Doctor will turn up in his trademark quiff. We can’t have Matt’s last stand in the TARDIS without his proper look.
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Old 11-07-2013, 13:30
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If he's truly so anxious about not making a 'false move' in casting, it seems likely that a female Doctor is off the table. That would be a move for someone who really doesn't care whether he's remembered as the man who killed the show.

Thanks.
For anyone worried about Matt having a shaved head in the Christmas special, fear not!
He could have a strategically draped Stetson!
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Old 11-07-2013, 14:07
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It's not gonna be a female Doctor.

People need to let it go already.

Good interview and encouraging that the 50th may be more than an hour long.
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Old 11-07-2013, 14:17
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It's not gonna be a female Doctor.

People need to let it go already.

Good interview and encouraging that the 50th may be more than an hour long.
Provided some idiot at the BBC doesn't decide that it would be more productive if Strictly Come Dancing isn't delayed and Total Wipeout of whatever can't be pushed back.
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Old 11-07-2013, 14:34
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Provided some idiot at the BBC doesn't decide that it would be more productive if Strictly Come Dancing isn't delayed and Total Wipeout of whatever can't be pushed back.
Not to mention the big Second Anniversary commemoration of Don't Scare the Hare.
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Old 11-07-2013, 14:46
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Provided some idiot at the BBC doesn't decide that it would be more productive if Strictly Come Dancing isn't delayed and Total Wipeout of whatever can't be pushed back.
As if there was really any substance in that report ............
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Old 11-07-2013, 15:01
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Traditional regeneration? That I would class more of a fall over and lie down glowing type of regeneration, rather than the
more radical, standing up, arms outstretched, head back with bright yellow regeneration energy blasting out type.
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Old 11-07-2013, 15:09
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Moff is again lying about everything and Matt will regenerate in the middle of a ten minute 50th anniversary special.

Not that I'm paranoid fan, or anything.
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Old 11-07-2013, 15:16
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Matt will regenerate in the middle of a ten minute 50th anniversary special.
ten minutes
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Old 11-07-2013, 15:20
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Not to mention the big Second Anniversary commemoration of Don't Scare the Hare.
Hopefully that doesn't happen to be on the same day as the 50th anniversary. Doctor Who would never be able to compete with that.

Traditional regeneration? That I would class more of a fall over and lie down glowing type of regeneration, rather than the
more radical, standing up, arms outstretched, head back with bright yellow regeneration energy blasting out type.
I think when he says "traditional" he means a standard episode in which the Doctor regenerates at the end without a massive farewell tour.
Basically what he's saying is the Doctor will regenerate at the end rather than in the middle or at the start or just before he defeats the main villain/monster.
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Old 11-07-2013, 15:23
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Not to mention the big Second Anniversary commemoration of Don't Scare the Hare.
Hopefully that doesn't happen to be on the same day as the 50th anniversary. Doctor Who would never be able to compete with that.

Actually the anniversary was in April, but they must be working hard to get the special absolutely perfect. If it does air on the same day it may get Doctor Who bumped over to BBC2.
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Old 11-07-2013, 15:28
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I think when he says "traditional" he means a standard episode in which the Doctor regenerates at the end without a massive farewell tour.
Basically what he's saying is the Doctor will regenerate at the end rather than in the middle or at the start or just before he defeats the main villain/monster.
Yes, that's how I read it. Farewell tour or not, he's talking about how the regeneration is handled within the story rather than the visual angle. Not five minutes into the episode, not in a completely different episode entirely, not in secret offscreen. Not a terrible Sophie~Oohie botched regeneration with five arms and horribly disfigured face.
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Old 11-07-2013, 15:59
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This is Moffatt though so probably it'll turn out the Doctor regenerated two years ago, and that he also didn't, and Smith was the tesselector all along but he was also a clone but there was a perception filter and everyone spent every episode lying, including the camera and your eyes.
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Old 11-07-2013, 16:04
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2010 final what was that? ok the wedding was ffine but i was lost
2011 final rubbish zzzzzzzzzz
20112 final v good see moffatt can do it !
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Old 11-07-2013, 16:18
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It's a nice interview. I like it Moffat gives clear answers to the questions that he can and says that he doesn't know or can't confirm about things that aren't finalised yet. Much better than the vagueness of recent PR statements.

It shed's more light on what's been going on over the past couple of years as well and it's reassuring to know that the decreased output isn't down to a cunning plot by the BBC to do away with the show or because Moffat's a lazy so and so and far too busy working on Sherlock anyway but rather seems to be more of an effort to keep Matt as the Doctor for the 50th.

Although I didn't appreciate the rather misleading PR statements and the vagueness was concerning I can at least appreciate the reasons behind it all now.

Interesting to note that Moffat says that part of his efforts to persuade Matt to stay on longer was to give him more time to work on other things, reading between the lines I guess that means that if Matt had stayed on for another series it might have meant another split series spread over two years again!
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Old 11-07-2013, 17:53
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Very interesting interview.

Though I have to wonder whether the reason why my first reaction seeing the answers went somewhat like this: Moffat:50th well over an hour, me: so, yeah, basically it's 61 minutes or something. Moffat: new Doctor announced within days after cast me: they have already cast him, Moffat: Matt regenerating at Christmas, me: so, yeah, a surprise regeneration in the 50th it is, Moffat: the Doctor to have his typical hair for last appearance, me: so the Doctor will get a haircut, Moffat: traditional regeneration at the end of the episode, me: so regeneration within the first 5 minutes right? and so on is more Moffat's fault or whether it's just me being one of those paranoid fans.
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Old 11-07-2013, 18:08
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... and so on is more Moffat's fault or whether it's just me being one of those paranoid fans.
It's Moffatt's fault. It's not just that he likes to wind people up, it's also that his episodes usually have a boy calling wolf aspect to them.
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Old 11-07-2013, 18:24
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It's Moffatt's fault. It's not just that he likes to wind people up, it's also that his episodes usually have a boy calling wolf aspect to them.
Which in turn led to fans developing chicken little syndrome
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