The Scoop – July 29, 2013
This week, The Scoop has big Doctor Who news, Joker venom might be real, a new Star Wars series is coming and what to expect next season on Game of Thrones. More after the jump!
Well, big Doctor Who news!!! We….don’t have a new Doctor! BUT some audition scripts for The Twelfth Doctor (including the post-regeneration scene) have surfaced. Here’s my favorite bit:
THE DOCTOR: Are you wearing a smell?
CLARA: Do you mean perfume?
THE DOCTOR: Yes, I suppose it could be perfume.
There are three in total and you can check them out here. Honestly, they’re pretty generic. And they read like Matt Smith to me.
Moving on, the BBC has released three images from the big 50th anniversary special airing on Saturday, November 23rd, including that groovy little Dalek in flames just above. Also, to avoid spoilers sweetie, the BBC will be broadcasting the special at the same time all around the world, so those of us in the US can expect the special at 2pm EST and 11am PST.
Speaking of the 50th Anniversary episode, rumor has it that Paul McGann (you may know him as Luther’s BFF), who played the Eighth Doctor in a 1996 TV movie, may have filmed some new scenes for the special. Allegedly, John Hurt’s character (who may or may not be The Valeyard) is not a future Doctor, but someone between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors so this could make sense.
OH, hang on there’s more!
One of the things that annoyed me about the last season of Doctor Who was that there was no resolution to any of the wonderfully built mysteries from Matt Smith’s earlier seasons. Like, what happened to The Silence will fall when the question is asked and all that jazz? Well, obviously Steven Moffat listens to Fan Bros and heard me complaining about all this and decided it was time to set the record straight for my sake: the Christmas episode will answer most of these lingering questions!
Here some other stuff we can expect to happen before we say goodbye to Eleven via the brilliant folks at io9, who caught up with Mr. Moffat at SDCC:
- Okay, first thing’s first: The Valeyard. In “Trial of a Time Lord,” The Valeyard put The Doctor on trial and tried to steal his remaining lives. The Valeyard is a dark character and even Moffat wasn’t sure if he’s a Doctor, so they decided to create a hidden part of The Doctor’s life, which will allow them to explore a really dark side to The Doctor, which we would otherwise never ever see.
- Will stepping into The Doctor’s time stream have an effect on Clara? Well, she knows The Doctor better than anyone now (including River Song) and has seen things that The Doctor hasn’t even seen yet so we can expect a change in their relationship since there’s no more mystery about who Clara is. I only wonder, does she know The Doctor’s name?
- And have we said our final goodbye to River? Probably. Moffat does feel as if he’s completed her story and that we got a perfect goodbye in “The Name of The Doctor.” BUT if the right story idea comes to him, we could see River again, especially since we tend to see her out of sequence and it’s been implied that she’s met more than The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.
Lastly, Jenna-Louise Coleman confirmed that she will be back as Clara for Season Eight and Steven Moffat has said an older Doctor is a possibility. Still no word on gender though. So is it November yet?
Oh hey, in creepy cool news: Joker venom is sort of a real thing! Okay, that’s more creepy/sad news. Smile-mask syndrome is a form of mental illness popping up in Japan that stems from the constant suppression of emotions with a fixed smile. Makoto Natsume a professor and psychiatrist in Japan began to notice a trend in his patients: they would constantly smile, even when describing some of the worst things that had happened to them. But here’s the kicker. When asked about it, the patients had no idea they were smiling. Ahhhhhh. Apparently, the service industry in Japan requires workers to hold permanent smiles and workers are trained on the correct way to smile. Natsume believes that constantly suppressing emotions (not only negative emotions) causes depression and social isolation. I’ll remember this next time some jackass on the street tells me to smile.
George R.R. Martin spoke with E! about some of the things we can expect in Season Four. Spoilers I guess, but not really so get a life, okay?
Martin mentioned we will see a big battle, new characters like Prince Oberon Martell and The Red Viper of Dorne and also what will happen to Tyrion, Cersei, Jaime and the remaining Starks. Oh and then he said this:
“We have another Royal Wedding, this one is not red; this one is a different color.”
Probably the greatest thing of all (maybe this makes up for him slaughtering ALL of your faves?) is that George R.R. Martin was surprised by all of the reaction videos to the Red Wedding:
“The thing that did startle me that I did not expect was the fact that the book readers, so many book readers not just one or two but evidently hundreds, set up cameras to capture the grief, shock and surprise that their loved one, their mothers and brothers and wives and husbands and children had when they watched the Red Wedding.”
At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2013, Lucasfilm released the logo, art and some details about Star Wars Rebels, the follow-up series to Clone Wars. The series, which takes place between Episodes III and IV, will be taking inspiration from the original trilogy according to executive producer Dave Filoni. During this time period, which spans nearly two decades and has never been explored before on screen, the Empire is tightening it’s control over the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights. Star Wars Rebels will premiere during Fall 2014 on The Disney Channel.