August 23, 2014

Dr. WHO - Season 8 - Episode 1

OK, Whovians, your long wait is over.
Tonight, BBC America will broadcast the first episode of the new season of the classic science-fiction showDoctor Who. It will introduce Peter Capaldi, 56, as the latest incarnation of the Doctor.
For those new to the 50-year-old series, the Doctor is an alien, a Time Lord, who travels in a time machine (TARDIS) disguised as a 1960s British police box, sharing his adventures with a number of companions — men, women and others. Those adventures can go forward in time to the death of the universe, or back in time to the days of the dinosaurs.
The new season starts with a Tyrannosaurus rex stalking past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London. The magic of Doctor Who is that the most improbable of events can happen at the same time.
The show was first broadcast in 1963, starring William Hartnell. When he retired three years later, the Doctor was “regenerated” (or replaced) by a new actor, Patrick Troughton, thereby allowing the popular show to continue.
The Doctor has regenerated 12 or more times, depending on how you count them.
Confused? So are many fans.
It is part of the Doctor Who legend that the character could regenerate only 12 times.
In the Christmas 2013 episode, however, the Doctor was granted extra regenerations, and a new count was started.
The regenerations have extended the longevity of a series that has grown in popularity during the past decade.
Last season ended in a burst of glory when Smith, the youngest actor to play the Doctor when he took over at 26, handed over the character to Capaldi.
Series writer Steven Moffat will introduce the start of the fresh season in a way that helps new viewers catch up (or be sucked into) the show.
Stick with it. Doctor Who can be a treat to watch even if you don’t know the back story or haven’t seen any of the other episodes.
Or, as one of the characters says, “Well, then. Here we go again.”
watch season 8 episode one HERE
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

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