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Doctor Who Season 8 Preview Shows Off New Footage And Capaldi’s Inner Child

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Season 8 of the BBC’s venerable sci-fi adventure Doctor Who kicks off a little less than two weeks from today—okay, it’s exactly two weeks from tomorrow, premiering on Saturday, August 23. They’ve been building up to Peter Capaldi’s 12th version of the Time Lord from Gallifrey for so long that it’s easy to forget that this will be our first real introduction to him. He popped up in the Christmas Special at the end of last year, but that was little more than a brief cameo. This new video unveils a handful of short new bits of footage from the upcoming season, and probes Capaldi’s mind about his character and his feelings on taking over such a popular, beloved character.

This footage comes from Doctor Who TV, and shows off a few new snippets. There’s nothing super exciting, but you do get a sense of the dynamic between the Doctor and his latest travelling companion Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman). We’ve known for some time that this incarnation of the character is supposedly going to be a darker version, or as they say in this video, “less light, more shade.” That fact definitely comes across in a couple of these clips.

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Doctor Who Premiere Pics Are Full Of Victorian Charm And Scowling

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Who1After Guardians of the Galaxy releases this weekend, the next big geek milestone on our calendar is the August 23 premiere of Doctor Who’s eighth (modern) season, with Peter Capaldi officially making the role of the time lord his own. Having read the first five scripts for the season, we can safely say that Capaldi’s Doctor is very different from David Tennant and Matt Smith’s portrayals of the character: colder, more alien, more temperamental. And as showrunner Steven Moffat has said several times now, don’t expect him to be swapping flirtatious banter with Clara. Half the time he wanders off, you’re left wondering if he’ll come back for her at all.

The season premiere episode is titled “Deep Breath,” and here’s the official synopsis:

The Doctor has regenerated and now Clara has to deal with the fact that her best friend appears to have changed completely… Meanwhile the newly regenerated Time Lord must face a terrifying monster as the Twelfth Doctor’s era begins in dramatic style!

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The Day Of The Doctor Gets A Lego Makeover

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It’s been some eight months since Whovians the world over thrilled to the epic Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. That’s enough time that it shouldn’t be super fresh in your mind (unless, like me, you’ve been marathoning back through the Matt Smith years before Peter Capaldi takes the stage on August 8). And it’s also enough time to grow just a bit wistful and nostalgic about it, which makes this the perfect time to revisit the Day of the Doctor…in Lego form!

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Gallery 1988 Show To Spotlight Little Golden Books Versions Of X-Files, Dredd, And More

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BTTFYou might not recognize the name “Joey Spiotto,” but there’s a good chance you’ve seen and admired his work at some point. We’ve featured his brilliant “Little Golden Book” riffs on pop-culture staples such as Alien and Shaun of the Dead several times here on GFR over the years, but he just keeps putting out more awesome stuff. Now a bunch of that awesome stuff is set to be gathered together under one roof for an art show beginning this Friday, August 1 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles.

Spiotto’s “Little Golden Books” pieces are like artifacts from a far superior alternate universe, one where your children can thrill to the cheerful adventures of cartoon-ified alien facehuggers, or a day in the life of precocious, cuddly versions of Pulp Fiction’s hitmen Vincent and Jules. (Just don’t ask about the sign on the front of Jimmie’s house.) I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love to be kicked to death by Alex from A Clockwork Orange if he looked this adorable?

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Doctor Who S8 Premiere Hits Theaters And Peter Jackson May Still Helm An Episode

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CapaldiLast November, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their beloved sci-fi adventure Doctor Who, the BBC released the accompanying special, The Day of the Doctor into movie theaters worldwide. With the upcoming debut of season eight, they’re trying to recapture the financial success of that endeavor, and will screen the first episode of Peter Capaldi’s reign as Time Lord in a similar way. Showrunner Stephen Moffat has also confirmed that he has been talking with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to helm a future episode.

The eighth series of the modern incarnation of Doctor Who is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, August 23, with a feature-length episode entitled “Deep Breath.” If you’re super excited and don’t think such an epic adventure can or should be contained on your television, you can also march yourself down to your local metroplex, plunk down a few hard-earned dollars, and watch this episode on a giant movie screen for one day only.

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Get Your First Look At Every Episode Of Doctor Who Season 8

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CapaldiAs of today, we’re exactly one month away from seeing new episodes of BBC’s long-lived sci-fi adventure series Doctor Who. Between the 50th anniversary festivities last year, and the fact that the upcoming season eight introduces us to Peter Capaldi’s twelfth incarnation of the Time Lord—he popped up in the last holiday special, but this is our first proper meeting—Whovians the world over are getting pretty pumped up. We don’t know a whole lot about the new chapters, but now we’ve got little nugget that provides a bit of insight into each of the dozen new episodes.

We’ve heard promises from the folks involved that these new episodes will usher in a darker, more serious version of the two-hearted Doctor from Gallifrey, and the trailers and teasers that we’ve seen only drive home this point. And with a director like Ben Wheatley—most known for his pitch black genre-bending films like Kill List and A Field in England— at the helm for the first two episodes, it’s hard to imagine anything else. (Those of you in the mood for more adventures of the previous two Doctors should check out the newly released comics, one each for Doctors number 10 and 11.)