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Peter Capaldi clocks in to Entertainment Weekly

Doctor Who is once again gracing the cover of one of America’s biggest publications – Entertainment Weekly.

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EW said:

Does this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly defy the laws of physics by being bigger on the inside than it would appear from looking at its exterior? Fans of the British science fiction show Doctor Who may well think so. For this week’s cover story, senior writer Clark Collis travels to the UK to meet with Peter Capaldi, the new star of the now 51-year-old time travel saga, and to find out what fans can expect from the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America on Aug. 23. “He’s more alien than we’ve seen him for a while,” says the actor, speaking about his version of the eccentric Time Lord. “He is less patient with the foibles of human beings.”

Thankfully, the whole Who team were patient with EW‘s probing about the new, hush-hush season. In addition to Capaldi, Collis also spoke with the actor’s costar Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat who tackled such burning as questions as “Will Capaldi’s previous appearances in the Who universe be referenced this season?” and “What will happen in the two-part finale?” Collis even got to drive the Doctor’s bigger-on-the-inside time- and space-ship the TARDIS and did so without busting anything which, according to production designer Michael Pickwoad, makes him a more careful temporal navigator than previous Who star Matt Smith (“He was very good at breaking things”). We also persuade Capaldi to talk about the old monsters he’d like his Doctor to face and offer a sartorial breakdown of the Time Lord’s many looks through the show’s half-century history. Never seen Doctor Who (and feel a bid daunted by that history)? Then feel free to peruse our guide to how you can get into Who.

The issue is out Friday 1 August.

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NumberNine
NumberNine

I like the black board! I hope Capaldi uses that in the show

Polyphase
Polyphase

I find it strange that since AOTD & The Snowmen they've mainly dressed Jenna in quite masculine outfits, ties on girls are wierd. Loved the red dress :)

Like the blackboard, suits the Doctor perfectly


Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

That second pic is my new phone background! It just screams "Doctor Who" and a new era. Capaldi's subtle smile, the bold colours in the wonderful, dark TARDIS, Jenna looking... well, I'm a 15 year old guy so I'm kind of lost for words.

DaftDalek
DaftDalek

The first picture (after the cover) shows that no matter how dark the Doctor is, he is always the Doctor. Just look at Peter's face!

TheTardisIsCrashingAgain
TheTardisIsCrashingAgain

I think that picture with the blackboard will sum up the 12th Doctor in one picture. These pictures are by far the best of Capaldi and Coleman so far.

I hope that the last picture will be on the cover of the series 8 DVD.

LGwalchmai95
LGwalchmai95

This may get said a bit too often these days but I'm going to say it anyway. Jenna Coleman is so utterly beautiful! She's just the definition of the word, and then she's the nicest person you could ever hope to meet so she's just awesome! Extremely excited to see more from Jenna and Clara in Series 8, Jenna's a great actress and Clara's a great character!

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Jenna + shirt + tie = Merry Christmas


XD

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Also, is that a very subtle smile we see in the second picture? Looks like it to me.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

The Doctor seems to have got a blackboard in the TARDIS. Now he can truly explain the dynamics of time and space to his companions.

Whovian64
Whovian64

Is it just me or does the console look darker and gray.

TardisBoy
TardisBoy

These promo images are amazing! Loving the chalkboard, I can't wait to see that in action. And of course, Jenna looks beautiful as always. Made her my avatar too! :)

supermoff
supermoff

Nice update! Jenna looks utterly gorgeous and looks amazing in uniform! 

Lemonhead118
Lemonhead118

I was enjoying the lack of the sonic in recent promo pics. Oh well. Suits him actually - would be better if it had a red end 

JFrance
JFrance

Peter Capaldi's costume is bang on. Its very Doctor-y. 

TheOncomingStorm
TheOncomingStorm

Awesome. I mean, it's pointless to me, I'm in the UK, but still... awesome.

YouveBeenDuplicated
YouveBeenDuplicated

I just love the image of Matt Smith trouncing about the TARDIS set, flapping his hands around and constantly breaking stuff...

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

Man is there anything he has not been on the cover of this week :)

DaftDalek
DaftDalek

Whoa that's a big "WHO". Just like the show itself! :)

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

I'm glad they're still using Matt's sonic (since I love the design), but man, it looks so out of place with Capaldi XD

Mati C
Mati C

Awesome cover! What's with the ring? I've just noticed it.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

Launching S8 in summer is an unusual time, but it does mean that Doctor Who has all the summer to itself in terms of publicity! Start the new series in September, and there will be other returning shows fighting for the front covers.

JordanBiffle
JordanBiffle

Are they already changing the TARDIS? I can't help but notice the sticker that says so.

supermoff
supermoff

Doctor Who is on the face of so maby magazine covers, a true testament to how amazingly huge it's become! Go Doctor Who! :D

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I prefer this photo to some of the others, as it makes him look a bit 'weird' rather than just plain 'scary'!

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

From all these publicity shots, I'm beginning to get the idea that the main villain of this series will be the dreaded 'just off screen'-azoid, because that's where Capaldi always seems to be reaching towards.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Why would I buy the magazine when I know that this very website will post all the highlights and important news the very next day? Also, I don't live in America.

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

@Mati C  There was a ring made specially for him to wear over his wedding ring, to hide it.

Theta Sigma
Theta Sigma

@Mati C Its Peter Capaldi's own, he never takes it off for any role he plays, thats why i love him!

ConradWesleyClough
ConradWesleyClough

@JordanBiffle I think they are adding some bookcases and such around the upper tier. but it will essentially be 11's TARDIS from the end of his run with some cosmetic changes, not a total make over like between 10 and 11

supermoff
supermoff

@JordanBiffle Well they're treating it as new, but it's just a change in the lighting and some other little things they've done. It's still essentially 11's second one with some minor alterations :)

LucasW
LucasW

Yeah... If Capaldi is as scary and angry in character as he is in publicity photos, then he won't be anything like what we recognise to be The Doctor. Seriously, crack a smile! No matter how dark things get, the Doctor always manages to have a twinkle in his eye; but all of the interviews and press releases (and all the other stuff to promote the series) are going on about how dark and angry the new Doctor is. I'm a tiny bit worried that it will get pushed too far. However, Moffat is a great writer and Capaldi is a great actor, so I'm sure they'll get it right. (I hope so anyway...)

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

@LucasW to be fair, most of the Doctors, including the previous ones, didn't exactly smile at the camera for covers...

Ottoman14
Ottoman14

@LucasW You're basically judging him by the standards of 10 and 11. Judge him by the standards of ALL the Doctors, and Capaldi isn't exactly 'scary and angry'

LucasW
LucasW

But how many scowled? :)