Doctor Who: Behind The Scenes Of Season 5

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

doctor who premier Doctor Who: Behind The Scenes Of Season 5

For the past six months, journalist Neil Midgley followed around Steven Moffat, Matt Smith and the rest of the Doctor Who crew as they began to film the newest series. From the first table read where Moffat tells the 58 members of the cast and crew that “this will be the most scrutinized hour of our television lives” to the filming of the twelfth episode, he saw it all.

This is the first time fans get a real sense of the new stories, new doctor, new sonic screwdriver and new TARDIS. Above all else, we find out that Maffat’s goal for the new season is “for it not to be sh-t.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself.

The article itself is extremely in-depth – like a literary version of Doctor Who Confidential - and a must-read for any Doctor Who fan. So, in order to save space, I’ll just post some of the highlights here.

Matt Smith’s version of the Doctor

Smith is certainly his own Doctor. Less prickly than Eccleston and without the slapstick of Tennant, he brings an air of muddled intensity that’s a bit reminiscent of, say, Tom Baker (though without the stripy scarf).

Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) describing her connection to the Doctor

They’re two of a kind. They’re both a bit lost. Because Amy has no parents, she’s this Scottish girl in an English village. So they’re both lost souls that have found each other. And they both have a sense of adventure about them, and I think that’s what the Doctor loves about Amy. She has that spirit in her, and that fire. She keeps him on his toes.

A new sonic screwdriver (Tennant’s will be destroyed in the first episode)

It’s a very shiny metal toy with a green light and, when Smith flicks his hand, metal claws that pop out at one end.

The redesigned TARDIS

It must be three times the size of Tennant’s, on multiple levels with staircases in between. Less grubby than its predecessor, with a transparent plastic floor on the main level, its walls are resplendent with polished copper and its central column features a blown glass decoration that could be straight from Tales of the Unexpected. There are old car seats and downstairs – downstairs! – a swing. With a nod to Paul McGann’s Tardis, the central column features an old TV screen on an extendable trellis. It also has a 1980s-style computer keyboard, and a His-Master’s-Voice style trumpet speaker.

If you found any of the above interesting, I encourage you to read it in its entirety. The behind-the-scenes look as well as the intimate interviews with the cast and crew should easily put anyone with concerns about the new season at ease.

Looking back now, I don’t know why I was so hesitant of the upcoming season. Sure, there’s a new cast a crew, but it’s being spearheaded by Steven Moffat – one of the best writers Doctor Who has ever had. Instead of working with what was already there, he was given the opportunity to choose his Doctor, his companion and tell his stories… and have a TARDIS with a swing set (nobody’s perfect).

While I’ve yet to see any of the new season, I firmly believe that it will be as wonderful as all of the past episodes – even if there are Daleks.

matt smith doctor Doctor Who: Behind The Scenes Of Season 5

What do you think of the sneak peek of season 5? Happy that there’s now a swing in the TARDIS? Sad to see the sonic screwdriver go?

Let’s hear it!

Catch the fifth season of Doctor Who when it premiers April 4 on BBC One (UK), April 17 on BBC America (US) and April 18 on ABC (Australia).

Care to talk more dual-hearted time travelers? Hit me up on Twitter @anthonyocasio

Source: Daily Telegraph

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  1. It's Doctor Who, I've watched all the ones I could so far, I guess I'll watch this season too.

  2. They lost me a couple of years ago — they brought back the Daleks and Cybermen too often and they became “fall back” characters when it seems like they couldn't think of anything else. And the Master? That was the jump the shark moment. Took classic TV villains and completely ruined their aura of invincibility.

  3. I think this will be the real test for new series vs. old series fan. I will admit, that I'm a new series girl. I came on board with Christopher Eccleston and, while I have seen episodes of the older series, I can't quite wrap my head around how this show stayed around to be brought back with my Doctor (then again I'm also American and didn't have TARDIS as a pop culture vocabulary word growing up :) ).

    So with Moffat showing a lot of thorw backs by the descriptions above, this is going to determin whether today's audience are “Doctor Who” fans for life. I'm willing to give Matt Smith a chance because I was so heartbroken when Eccleston left and I hated Tennant and his new teeth. That hatred lasted until less than ten minutes into “Christmas Invasion.”

    I'm betting that many fans heard it was amazing during the first season but didn't start watching until the second. They haven't had their hearts broken before by the change of one Doctor for another (although there was enough grief at the end of Series Four to last a lifetime). I think they all just need to give him an episode or two to find his footing.

  4. I would love to have a season w/no daleks, or at least one where when he rids the world of them the doctor admits they will be back. But yeah I've been all for this year and being open minded about it b/c of Moffat. Blink is some of the best writing I've ever seen on tv. That episode was phenomenal. As were his others. So Bring it on!

  5. I agree about “Blink.” That was phenomenal. I remember thinking I kind of don't like it because the Doctor is hardly in it but I dislike Martha so much that I really didn't care. And then I just got sucked into Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow. Oh how I would've loved Sally Sparrow to be a companion!

    You hardly ever saw how other people were affected by the Doctor. There was “Blink” where he might run into you before he actually meets you (a theme also used in “The Silence in the Library”). And there was “Love & Monsters” where people who have been affected by the Doctor get together. If that one didn't touch every Who fan out there than I don't know what will.

  6. Yeah I definitely hope to see more about how the Doctor effects people. He is this good man who leaves in his wake death and destruction. When you truly glimpse what is beneath his jovial exterior is when you learn the most about him. He knows this info about himself but to survive he has to keep it under the surface. He has to cope some way. Anyone would. It makes him the most human of anything about him. Pain.

  7. I agree about “Blink.” That was phenomenal. I remember thinking I kind of don't like it because the Doctor is hardly in it but I dislike Martha so much that I really didn't care. And then I just got sucked into Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow. Oh how I would've loved Sally Sparrow to be a companion!

    You hardly ever saw how other people were affected by the Doctor. There was “Blink” where he might run into you before he actually meets you (a theme also used in “The Silence in the Library”). And there was “Love & Monsters” where people who have been affected by the Doctor get together. If that one didn't touch every Who fan out there than I don't know what will.

  8. Yeah I definitely hope to see more about how the Doctor effects people. He is this good man who leaves in his wake death and destruction. When you truly glimpse what is beneath his jovial exterior is when you learn the most about him. He knows this info about himself but to survive he has to keep it under the surface. He has to cope some way. Anyone would. It makes him the most human of anything about him. Pain.

  9. I'm ancient enough to remember the crushing disappointment of seeing Tom Baker metamorphose after seven years (!) into Peter Davison, who looked as though he'd wandered cluelessly off a cricket pitch. For me it was all downhill from there until Eccleston, so Matt Smith's going to have to be truly appalling to top that.

    If you enjoyed the last two episodes of Series 4, I'd recommend giving “Genesis Of The Daleks” a whirl ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GG6TpvptA4 ). Classic.

    Good news about the extended TARDIS interior: it's about time (no pun intended). Kiddie-swing: derisive comments looming? Well, if Tom Baker was never without a pocketful of jelly babies, I see no reason to begrudge Matt Smith's Doctor a swing set in the privacy of his own home…

  10. I'm ancient enough to remember the crushing disappointment of seeing Tom Baker metamorphose after seven years (!) into Peter Davison, who looked as though he'd wandered cluelessly off a cricket pitch. For me it was all downhill from there until Eccleston, so Matt Smith's going to have to be truly appalling to top that.

    If you enjoyed the last two episodes of Series 4, I'd recommend giving “Genesis Of The Daleks” a whirl ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GG6TpvptA4 ). Classic.

    Good news about the extended TARDIS interior: it's about time (no pun intended). Kiddie-swing: derisive comments looming? Well, if Tom Baker was never without a pocketful of jelly babies, I see no reason to begrudge Matt Smith's Doctor a swing set in the privacy of his own home…

    • i think your right he should at least try to live up to him.

  11. dr who is great but its just that matt smith doesnt have the action and adventures as good as david tennand he needs to boost up his energy just like david tennand but i did like the tardis in 1970 its just getting to modern but the doctors spost to be what 9000 years old.

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