Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Doctor Who - Crave Online: Piers Wenger on 'Doctor Who'

Source: Crave Online [follow link for complete interview]

Piers Wenger on 'Doctor Who'


One of the executive producers of "Doctor Who" gives us a glimpse of the Christmas special and the upcoming sixth season!

by Blair Marnell
November 30, 2010

Piers Wenger may not be a house hold name here in America, but as the current Head of Drama at BBC Wales, Wenger has an important role in shaping British television. Earlier this year, Wenger and fellow "Doctor Who" Executive Producer Steven Moffat successfully finished their first season together on the show while introducing a new Doctor (Matt Smith), new companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).

With the fifth season of "Doctor Who" currently out on DVD and an all new Christmas special airing next month on BBC America, Wenger recently spoke with CraveOnline about his earliest experiences with "Doctor Who," his favorite moments of the fifth season and what's coming up in the "Who" Christmas special and the brand new season six starting next spring.

... CraveOnline: What can you tell us about the "Doctor Who" Christmas special coming out in December?

Piers Wenger: It's called "A Christmas Carol" and you know Steven [Moffat's] obsession with timelines to drive a story is very well documented. It's based on the iconic Christmas story that does that. It's very much a "Doctor Who" "Christmas Carol." He meets a character named Kazran Sardick played by Michael Gambon who is similar to Scrooge and the Doctor appears to him as the Ghost of Christmas Past and takes him back to his childhood and tries to show him the error of his ways while trying to save Amy and Rory who are trapped on a [space] train...


Source: BBC America


The Doctor Who Christmas Special airs in the United States on BBC America on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25 at 9/8C.


Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser, in a festive edition of the time-travelling adventure, written by Steven Moffat. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs of Christmas Eve?

Matt and Karen return for an all-new Christmas special, along with Arthur Darvill and guest stars Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) and Katherine Jenkins.

Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, confirmed, 'Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favorite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters. And the Doctor. And a honeymoon. And ... oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything!'

It's Doctor Who all Christmas long with a marathon of favorites starting on December 24th at Midnight leading up to the special. BBC AMERICA will also premiere the Doctor Who Prom on Christmas Day, a live concert featuring stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as hosts.

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