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Well, When Exactly Do You Mean? Meet Your New 'Doctor Who' Villain (and a New Companion)

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | March 13, 2014 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | March 13, 2014 |


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It feels like forever since we said goodbye to Matt Smith and got a little peek at Peter Capaldi’s Twelve, but in actuality, it’s not even three months yet. And a-hankering, we are. Spies have caught a few filming photos, and some charming tidbits such as how Capaldi rode a mechanical horse because he’s afraid of real ones.

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We’ve had a look at his ├╝ber-cool duds:

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And here’s the latest news: Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald won’t be Twelve’s only companion; Samuel Anderson (Gavin & Stacey, The Doctors, Emmerdale) will join the TARDIS party as Danny Pink, Oswald’s colleague and teacher at Coal Hill Secondary School. The school has been seen in several Who episodes, including “An Unearthly Child” and “Remembrance of the Daleks.” (Anderson and Coleman have worked together previously on Emmerdale.)

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Finally, the gorgeous and talented Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Upstairs Downstairs, Ashes to Ashes, The Avengers, MI-5) will play a villainous banker called Ms. Delphox, who hides a dark secret. DUN DUN DUN. Oh, who cares who she plays…as long as she shows up wearing these glasses. Librarian fantasies, engage (oops, wrong show).

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Of course, it wouldn’t be Moffat’s Doctor Who if there wasn’t some terrible rumor lingering in the background, so I may as well uncover it here. Grain of salt and all that…

The Mirror claims they’ve heard Peter Capaldi will only be around for one series; that he’s essentially a transition to “an even more radical choice.” The whole piece reads very cloak and dagger (we read: speculative), so, let’s hope speculation is all it is. I’m all for radical choices, but I’m also positively excited and delighted for Capaldi—I’d like to see him hang around a bit.

Wait, wait, wait! Bonus rumor time!

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The Mirror is calling out EastEnders’ Steve John Shepherd for the role, while Doctor Who TV thinks it could be Charles Dance; that’s quite a spread. I don’t think I can sleep anymore.

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Cindy Davis, (Twitter) has already waited too long.


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