BBC Releases New, Shorter Series 8 Trailer

News Blast: Leaks, Christmas… and Tom Baker: The Movie!

Get set for an invaluable, indefatigable, incomparable Kasterborous News Blast! Today we bring news of villainous vestments, winter with Wilmhurst, lamentable leaking, blending with Baker Street and a Baker biopic!

Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Masterful Get-Up

You know how a photo can sometimes say so much more than the moving image? That’s very much the case with this snap of John Simm playing the Master in The Sound of Drums way back in Series 3.

The Master

Jolly nice coat he’s got there, eh? Now, where have we seen one of those…? What? What? WHAT? This surely means one of three things. 1. The Twelfth Doctor is a frugal fellow who’s not averse to wearing hand-me downs. 2. BBC budget cuts are having more of a impact than we thought. 3. The new Doctor’s costume is a none-too-subtle hint that he’s not really the Doctor at all! Gadzooks!! Can it be?!

(With thanks to Pengo Jackso)

Christmas with Paul

As we all eagerly look forward to Series 8 debuting next week, the ever fluid world of Doctor Who moves on apace. Plans are kicking in for the 2014 Christmas special with the appointment of Paul Wilmhurst to direct what will be the tenth (count ‘em) festive episode.

Wilmhurst has helmed episodes 7 and 8 of the next series and has an extensive CV, including Strike Back, Da Vinci’s Demons and Law and Order:UK. Soon be Christmas!

(Via DWTV.)

Episode 2 Leaks…


Perhaps the most tiresomely predictable news of the day is that the second episode of the upcoming run has emerged online (big sigh). Hailing from the same source as the unauthorised copy of Deep Breath, the episode is apparently in the same unfinished state, with music and effects missing.

Oh, and it’s in black and white. Seriously, don’t bother with this one…

Killjoys Blocking Crossover

The prospect of a Doctor Who-Sherlock crossover has reared its head again, with Steven Moffat suggesting that he’d be all in favour.. .if it weren’t for those pesky colleagues of his setting their jaws dead against it.

“Look I’m going to come clean on this: I would,” revealed Moffat. “Go speak to Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue, okay? They’re all in the way. I’m not the killjoy, it’s that lot. It’s probably not going to happen.” The showrunner went on to credit Mark Gatiss for making the eminently sensible point that this kind of thing is always better in your imagination than in reality. For what it’s worth, my money’s still on a Comic Relief or Children in Need skit in a year or two…

Casting Call for Tom Baker – The Movie!

Planet of Evil

Award for most fun item of the day has to go to the news that The Letter, a low budget take on Tom Baker’s time as the Doctor, has put out a call for actors to do a day’s filming in an intriguing range of roles. If you fancy yourself as Barry Letts, Lis Sladen or Nick Courtney this could be your chance to shine. Badging itself as the story of “how a chance letter to the BBC when working as a builders labourer lead to him becoming the most iconic Doctor Who,” the producers promise food, lifts and a deferred profit share to their cast. Let us know if you get the call!

What are your thoughts on today’s news, dear readers? Think Doctor #12 is actually the Master? Think anyone watching the leaked episode 2 should be sacrificed to the Daleks? Think you might try out for a role in Tom Baker: The Movie because there are sure to be jelly babies on set? Let us know in the usual manner (commenting below, not shouting from a street corner)…


has watched Doctor Who since those great big spiders did for Jon Pertwee, and it's way too late to stop now. When he's not at his job working for a charity he spends his time following Hull City's fortunes, listening to Bruce Springsteen and wondering why it took thirty years too long for Doctor Who action figures to come along. Recent viewing: caught a dubbed version of Cold War on holiday in Italy. The Italian Ice Warrior was eccellente...

'News Blast: Leaks, Christmas… and Tom Baker: The Movie!' have 9 comments

  1. August 14, 2014 @ 11:15 am Doomedrider

    The Master and the Doctor are just the same person working from each end of one Time Lord’s regenerative cycle – River Song style but in one body. The Master was actually the original (he’s the only one we’ve seen as a boy, all the Doctor’s tales have been anecdotal and could easily be about the Master). He eventually regenerates into the Hartnell’s Doctor, tries to go incognito, gets a family, but the High Council discovers him and be flees.

    Or something…

    I suspect the Master is the one who’s been leaking all the episodes, actually. It’s exactly the kind of underhand trick he’d do to get at the Doctor while secretly taking over the BBC.


  2. August 14, 2014 @ 12:50 pm sw

    Why make a fuss, it’s not as if there is only 1 red lined coat in all of time and space!


    • August 18, 2014 @ 7:45 pm James Mclean

      Fuss or fun speculation? You decide – which clearly you have! ;-)


  3. August 14, 2014 @ 1:00 pm FrancoPabloDiablo

    All very interesting reading. But more importantly, thank you for introducing me to the word ‘indefatigable’ :)


  4. August 14, 2014 @ 2:05 pm opopt2

    Seen the first and second epps of series 8 now.
    Enjoyed them immensely for what they were, and it has only made me all the more keen to see those episodes refined.
    All this rubbish about not watching them is silly, watch them if you want, don’t if you don’t. But they are fascinating to see the stages of work they do, and only makes me appreciate the show more.


    • August 14, 2014 @ 7:28 pm calliarcale

      I’m disinclined to watch them in unfinished state until after I’ve seen the finished efforts; I don’t like to see the man behind the curtain until after the house lights have come up at the end of the show. ;-) Plus, I honestly don’t have the time right now. But I find your review very reassuring, so thank you for checking them out!


  5. August 15, 2014 @ 8:02 pm teddybowties

    Hrm, my suspicious mind loves an obvious fashion statement, especially when worn by Our Dear Obnoxious Sovereign and his Angry Consort, Grandfather Time. I am STILL of the opinion that the Master has switched places withe the Doctor. This could mean MAJOR positive character development for the man, finally gtting what he’s always wanted, and then, shining like a star instead of being evil. Oh, that is sooo AWESOMEEEE! this, in fact, could be Beeyootiful.


    • August 15, 2014 @ 8:04 pm teddybowties

      and if I AM right, i like to think the Doctor allowed it to happen, betting on the Master’s better nature. FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC!!!


      • August 15, 2014 @ 8:43 pm Rick

        I don’t mean to be rude, but that’s ridiculous.


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