Doctor Who, Series 8 Cinema Screenings, Plus Peter Capaldi’s “No Flirting” Policy

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Following the huge popularity of the worldwide, big-screen broadcasts of last year’s 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”, the BBC has now revealed that the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8 will also be coming to a cinema near you.

Called “Deep Breath”, Peter Capaldi’s first full episode in the role of the Doctor will feature the popular Paternoster trio, Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax, played by Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart and Dan Starkey, respectively. It will also see the return of Jenna-Louise Coleman as companion Clara Oswald.

In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Capaldi discussed his Doctor’s relationship with Clara, explaining that it will be significantly different from that she has had with the character’s previous incarnation, played by Matt Smith:

“There’ll be no flirting, that’s for sure. It’s not what this Doctor’s concerned with. It’s quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, ‘I want no Papa-Nicole moments’. I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant.”

“Papa-Nicole” refers to a series of Renault Clio TV adverts in the 1990s, which suggested a romantic relationship between an older man and a younger woman before revealing that the two characters were in fact father and daughter.

Many fans will be pleased to see the show’s Doctor-Companion interaction return to the more platonic friendship of former years: the Doctor’s first kiss with a companion occurred in the 1996 film starring Paul McGann, and was considered highly controversial at the time. Despite having been created with a US audience in mind and having been badly received by a lot of UK Whovians (including Moffat himself), the film has undoubtedly had some influence upon the “New Who” series headed by Russell T. Davies and later Steven Moffat, with romance having now become a familiar and well-established feature of the show. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of people who remain justifiably troubled by the string of flirtations that has apparently taken place between very young, very ordinary women and a several centuries old alien who is virtually omniscient in human terms. Now it seems Peter Capaldi is amongst them.

That’s not the only thing we can expect to see change in upcoming episodes, either. Capaldi also seems keen to rein in the show’s continually escalating drama, with its often overwhelming combination of complex story arcs, spectacular special effects and apocalyptic storylines:

“It’s going to be a bit different from what we’ve seen over recent years. A bit more gravity. Some situations are more sombre and I think there are more rooted dramatic scenes. Over the past two or three years, which I’ve loved, there has often been a breathless vigour; we still have that attack, but we have another level of drama, another tone. And the scenes are longer.”

Despite his enthusiasm for Doctor Who, Capaldi did admit to being initially hesitant about taking the part:

“I didn’t want to be Doctor Who in a Doctor Who I didn’t like. I had to be convinced the show was going in a direction I was interested in,” he said, adding, “I had to think carefully about the level of visibility. My life was blessed, but as soon as this happened I had paparazzi outside my house. People spoke to me before and recognised me, but nothing like this. I had to decide if I was ready to live with that, because once that genie is out of the bottle, it doesn’t go back in.”

Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 1: “Deep Breath” will be broadcast on TV and in cinemas worldwide on Wednesday 23rd August. For more information about participating cinemas and tickets, visit Doctor Who TV.

Sources: The Guardian | Doctor Who TV

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