I have to say, I was expecting a Smith/Coleman kiss this episode ... something along the lines of the Ninth Doctor/Rose pre-regeneration smooch? We got a lot of face-caressing and hugs, but no dice on the kiss. Ah well. But in that spirit, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite Doctor Who kisses:
10. 11th Doctor/Amy
Okay, so this one was awkwardness embodied, and it was more than a little cringe-worthy. But you've gotta admire Amy and her chutzpah, right? It's even better when you watch the Doctor Who Confidential for the episode and realize that Karen Gillan "subconsciously" touched Matt Smith's inner thigh during filming.
9. 11th Doctor/River Song
Well, these two have kissed multiple times, but my personal favorite was that flail-inducing first kiss of theirs (or for Eleven, anyway) back in "A Good Man Goes to War."
8. Captain Jack Harkness/Rose
Pretty sure that Captain Jack has excellent chemistry with everyone.
7. 9th Doctor/Captain Jack Harkness
Ditto! Captain Jack's got game. Dang, what will get Stephan Moffat to bring John Barrowman back?
6. 10th Doctor/Donna
The mutual dislike of both parities for this kiss made it one of the best on the show. And hey, it saved the Doctor from being poisoned!
5. 11th Doctor/Victorian!Clara
Alas, the only Eleven/Clara kiss we'll ever get. But still – Matt Smith's flailing is pretty hard to beat (and of course, Jenna Louise Coleman is utterly delightful).
4. 10th Doctor/Cassandra!Rose
David Tennant's post-kiss bliss-stunned discomposure was deliciously funny – as was his little quip ("Yep, still got it"). And that's not even mentioning the fabulousness of Cassandra!Rose's lasciviousiosity!
3. 11th Doctor/Rory
This one certainly wins in terms of shock value. This kiss was improvised, much to an unsuspecting Arthur Darvill's chagrin.
2. 9th Doctor/Rose
Nine is way underrated, in my opinion, and to me this remains one of the most romantic kisses in New Who history.
1. The "Journey's End" Kiss
Nothing short of iconic (it doesn't hurt that David Tennant and Billie Piper's collective chemistry is off the charts).
What are your favorite Doctor Who kisses? Did you have a soft spot for the problematic Queen Elizabeth I? Madame du Pompadour? Rory and Amy? Let us know in the comments!
The Doctor will regenerate on Christmas Day in Doctor Who's annual holiday special, and the fans aren't the only sad pandas losing Eleven. Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) will be the first companion since Billie Piper's Rose to have to get used to a new Time Lord face. (Friendly reminder that the Tenth Doctor dies alone. Happy holidays!) When Christopher Eccleston morphs into David Tennant in the first modern series finale, she is, to put it mildly, skeptical. Even when he proves to her that he is "the same man, always," she isn't sure he'd still want her along. But Clara's got an advantage. Perhaps she won't be as blindsided as her blond predecessor.Don't forget that in "The Name of the Doctor", Clara jumps into the Doctor's timestream to save him from The Great Intelligence. Over, and over, and over again. In all of his incarnations. We know that Oswin the souffle baker and Clara the governess don't have any memory of this, but at least modern-day Clara has some understanding of the regeneration concept.And then there was the 50th Anniversary special, where Clara comes face-to-face with three Doctors at once. She's pretty cool with the whole thing, though clearly Eleven is the Doctor she considers to be hers. She treats the War Doctor (John Hurt) like a friendly uncle and Ten like a particularly flirty friend visiting from out of town. Coleman and Matt Smith have settled in to their chemistry as believable best friends. Whatever Time Lord physiology knowledge Clara has up on her fellow companions, she is still losing someone.
On the other hand, we can't wait to see how the interplay between Clara and our new Doctor, Peter Capaldi develops. The reason that Doctor Who is still going 50 years strong is that it continually, by its very nature, reinvents itself. Clara, like the rest of us, will just have to roll with the punches.
Skyfall star Rory Kinnear has signed on to play enigmatic aristocrat Lord Lucan in a new British TV drama. The actor's two-part project will mark the 40th anniversary of the 7th Earl of Lucan's mysterious disappearance following the death of his children's nanny in 1974.
Former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston and Sir Michael Gambon will also appear in the drama, which is based on John Pearson's book The Gamblers.
Filming will begin in London in August, according to the BBC.
The actor, who bears a striking resemblance to Lennon in the film, admits he didn't need to do much research for the role - because he has read so many books about his musical hero.
Eccleston says, "Whenever anything came out I bought it, read it, even the s**t stuff like the (Albert) Goldman book.
"I identified with him (Lennon) because I think he's so flawed, with this compulsion to show the dark side of himself... It was an incredibly intense experience playing him."
And the actor came to a new understanding about his hero while making the film, which chronicles Lennon's love affair with Yoko Ono and the last days of the Beatles.
He tells Britain's Mojo magazine, "I'm not sure he ever recovered from the Beatles breaking up."
And he adds, "What a gift, to have tried to be him... It's like a piece of performance art... I love him."
Joining Eccleston in the film is Naoko Mori as Ono and Andrew Scott as Sir Paul McCartney.
Having recently moved to England from America with his large family young Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) is finding it difficult to adapt. But it isn’t so much the culture shock or calling his mom “mum” that’s giving him trouble—it’s the fact that he is a warrior and doesn’t yet know it. He is tipped off to the weirdness after witnessing two policemen hot on his trail for purchasing what he thought was a pendant for his sister (Emma Lockhart) morph into black crows. That pendant turns out to be one of six crucial “signs” in need of finding and Will turns out to be the last of the Old Ones fit for the job—as he is informed by fellow Old Ones Merriman Lyon (Ian McShane) and Miss Greythorne (Frances Conroy). Will’s success is mankind’s only hope of warding off the evil Dark whose goal is to defeat the Light and steal their free will; it’s your classic battle of Dark vs. Light. With each passing day Will becomes more adept at sensing new signs but he only has five days to do so before the nefarious Rider’s (Christopher Eccleston) skills reach their peak which will be bad news for everyone. If there were never a Daniel Radcliffe by whom all fantasy-protagonist performances are now measured youngster Alexander Ludwig (of The Sandlot 3 fame) might not seem so stiff—fine inept. But in The Seeker Ludwig struggles with the already tenuous special-effects sequences let alone with trying to carry the movie to franchise-dom. While it’s rare to find the young actor whose charisma trumps his inexperience—a la Radcliffe or even Macaulay Culkin circa 1990—Ludwig comes off more like a kid in a candy store than on a movie set and no editing-room fixes can help. Elsewhere the actors’ stakes are lower and the results mixed. McShane utterly incapable of a bad performance is leaps and bounds above all of his numerous costars. It’s too bad the former Deadwood actor starring as the most vocal of the Old Ones didn’t rub off on any of his younger costars; it’s also too bad he accepted a role well beneath him much like August’s Hot Rod was. McShane’s fellow Old One and HBO casualty Conroy (Six Feet Under) shares a similar venerability but she ditches it the second she wields a sword in a vain attempt to go medieval on our collective heiny. We could’ve used more of Eccleston (28 Days Later) as his wry alter-ego doctor but he spends most of his scenes obscured as the villainous Rider. In most modern fantasy flicks the grand-scale action scenes are where the magic’s at with their bank-breaking special effects and/or productions; in The Seeker such scenes expose the movie as a thrift-shop version of its more deep-pocketed genre brethren (i.e. Narnia Potter Lord of the Rings). It’s not only that the look of the action is less imaginative but also its conception: Each time Will must retrieve one of the signs there is seemingly no difficulty in doing so and thus zero suspense—like a bad video game. That could be because director David L. Cunningham (TV movie The Path to 9/11) seemingly wants the movie to play out like a video game instead of like Susan Cooper’s beloved novel The Dark Is Rising whose story was somewhat tweaked by screenwriter John Hodge (Trainspotting). On the bright side the lush snow-covered English village in which the movie is set is rich and evocative. In fact everything looks great and will keep viewers’ attention throughout the early part of The Seeker. But unlike its aforementioned contemporaries the movie takes a nosedive when it’s supposed to most enthrall us.