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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Jenna Coleman has been asked to return for the Doctor Who Christmas special

RadioTimes.com understands that the former companion has been given the option to make a comeback this December

Ever since it was announced that Pearl Mackie and Mark Gatiss were returning to Doctor Who for Peter Capaldi’s final episode this Christmas, many fans have wondered if we’ll be seeing other familiar faces join the Twelfth Doctor for his last journey.

Most specifically, Whovians have mused about whether Capaldi’s former companion Jenna Coleman could be making an appearance, with rumours swirling for months that the Clara Oswald star could be popping into the series for a last goodbye.

Well now it looks like there is a chance her character could make a comeback.

RadioTimes.com understands that Coleman has been asked to appear in the festive special, and while there’s no official word on whether she has taken up the offer there’s certainly a decent possibility that she’d be up for one last Yuletide adventure.

After all, the appearance wouldn’t necessarily have to be a long one – her predecessor as companion, Karen Gillan, came back for a one-line cameo in Matt Smith’s last story as the Doctor in 2013, so perhaps Coleman could have a similarly brief role. And given her character’s importance to Capaldi’s years on the show, it would be a fitting send-off for the Twelfth Doctor.

On the other hand, there’s her commitment to ITV’s Victoria, which will also air a special on Christmas Day after a full series begins this autumn. While an appearance in both shows is eminently possible, it might be that Coleman will choose not to compete with a series in which she plays the lead role.

As usual, only time (and relative dimension in space) will tell.

Via Radio Times

Jodie Whittaker wanted to say sorry to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for those Doctor Who rumours

While the vast majority of the world failed to predict that Doctor Who’s next lead Time Lord would be Jodie Whittaker, a fair few people did get one thing right about Peter Capaldi’s successor – they were pretty sure it was going to be a woman, with Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the frame for weeks as bookies’ odds shortened.

Now, of course, we know that Waller-Bridge wasn’t destined to be the Thirteenth Doctor after all, and Whittaker has revealed that she felt awful about all the media attention that followed her.

“It was just amazing that Phoebe Waller-Bridge had all that and she dealt with it all so amazingly and gracefully,” Whittaker told Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2.

“And at no point could I just text her and go, ‘I’m so sorry’ – because I was under the radar the entire time until the last few days.”

As Whittaker explained, she didn’t even tell close family members about the role – which must have led to some awkward dinner table conversations later on…

“I told my husband, that doesn’t count does it, and I told my Mum,” Whittaker recalled. “And then my Dad was FURIOUS!

“It was a full military operation, I basically whispered for three months. It was getting really tedious that even in my own kitchen I was still talking like that. If the window was open I’d get like, ‘what have I said, what have I said?!'”

Oh well – now that the veil has lifted, we’re sure Whittaker can square things with Han Solo star Waller-Bridge and swap sci-fi tips.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Hello Tweetie (15th August)

Matt Smith sang Doctor Who theme for Jodie Whittaker on voicemail

Matt Smith has revealed that he sang the Doctor Who theme tune to Jodie Whittaker in a voicemail message before she was announced as the new Time Lord.

Smith, who played the 11th Doctor in the BBC series from 2010 until 2013, has also said he knew that Whittaker would be playing the 13th iteration of the character just three days before it was announced.

In a video posted on Twitter from a panel at Boston Comic Con, Smith said: “When I found out about Jodie, I rang her, and she didn’t pick up the phone.

“It was before the announcement so I just left a message, going do-do-do-do…”

Smith sang part of the Doctor Who soundtrack for the audience, before adding: “And I just did the whole song so she must have been going, ‘What the hell is going on?’. I said, ‘it’s Matt – call me.'”

He said he can relate to the pressure that Whittaker might be under following the announcement last month.

Smith said: “I remember that feeling of being, I don’t know, judged before you’d done anything.

“And only in the world of Doctor Who does that happen. Once you’re part of the family, you’re in, but then it’s like you’re an alien.”

Smith said that people would shout at him to not “break” Doctor Who, adding that in England there is a “a lot of hysteria that surrounds” the announcement of a new Doctor.

“It makes like the Six O’Clock News, and all the big news shows. It’s a very strange feeling.”

He said he discovered that Whittaker would be the new Doctor “only three days before” after asking BBC insiders for the information.

“I was like, ‘you have to tell me, who is it, I have a right to know!’ It’s essentially me.”

Broadchurch star Whittaker, who is taking over from Peter Capaldi, is the first woman to be taking on the role of the Doctor.

Via York Press

Monday, 14 August 2017

Victor Pemberton – Doctor Who writer and inventor of the sonic screwdriver has died aged 85

Pemberton was one of a select few to have written for and appeared in Doctor Who.

In 1967, he appeared in Patrick Troughton story 'The Moonbase' as the scientist Jules Faure, who ended up being converted into a Cyberman.

Shortly afterward, Pemberton was hired as assistant to Doctor Who's story editor Peter Bryant, script-editing classic serial, 'The Tomb of the Cybermen'.

He was responsible for writing one of the story's most famous scenes, in which the Doctor (Troughton) comforts his companion Victoria (Deborah Watling).

Pemberton would later return to the series as a freelancer writer, scripting the 1968 story, 'Fury from the Deep'.

Now lost save for a few film clips and audio recordings, 'Fury' is famous for Pemberton's invention of the sonic screwdriver, with the gadget remaining a part of Doctor Who to this day.

Outside of Doctor Who, Pemberton wrote for such series as Timeslip in 1971 and Ace of Wands in 1972. He returned to Who in 1976 to pen the audio adventure Doctor Who and the Pescatons, starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen.

Pemberton grew up in Islington, London, and lived for many years in Essex. In later life, he lived in Spain, where he wrote a number of novels.

His life partner was the British actor, producer and writer David Spenser, who himself died in 2013.

Via Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Peter Capaldi says any actor playing Doctor Who has a "responsibility" to the fans

The Doctor Who fandom is one of the most passionate and opinionated out there – and, as he prepares to leave the series, Peter Capaldi has insisted that any actor playing the Doctor has "a responsibility" to its followers.

Capaldi himself spent time on his final ever day of filming meeting fans, and told Digital Spy that he doesn't consider the extracurriculars of playing the Doctor to be any kind of hassle.

"I think that there is clearly a responsibility, which is very easy to address, because people don't really ask very much of you," he said. "They just like you to show up, and smile at them, and be nice. And actually that's an incredibly pleasant place to be, on the other side of that.

"As a kid, I liked Doctor Who, so I wouldn't have liked to have met Doctor Who and found them to be rather unpleasant, or preoccupied with other things. And it doesn't take much to be friendly. So I just try to be friendly to them, that's all."

It's nowhere in the contract, but series boss Steven Moffat agreed that there is "emphatically" a responsibility to playing the Doctor, one that "goes on for the rest of [the actor's] life".

"You will always be an ambassador for the show,"
he said. "I remember us saying that when Matt Smith took over – 'You have been rude to your last taxi driver... and we don't mean for the next three years, we mean for the rest of your life!'

"And I remember Matt himself saying, 'Imagine how awful it would be if somebody had to carry the memory that Doctor Who was rude to them. You would remember it on your deathbed, you'd still be thinking about that!'

"So you have to be Doctor Who forever... and nobody who's played the Doctor has ever thought, 'Am I contractually obliged to do this?' – no, it's a role for life."

Read the full article on Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Hello Tweetie (10th August)

Steven Moffat reveals the classic Doctor Who monsters he wishes he'd "done more with"

As he prepares to depart Doctor Who this Christmas after a seven-year stint, series boss Steven Moffat has admitted to two big regrets.

Moffat told Digital Spy that there are two monsters he wished he'd featured more – one of his own creation, and one a classic menace from the 1970s.

"I wish I'd done more with the Autons," he said. "I really like them."

Robots resembling shop-window mannequins, the Autons did appear in series 5's finale 'The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang', but haven't featured on the show as a major villain since 2005's 'Rose'.

"I think I should've done some more with The Silence," Moffat added. "That was a good idea that I didn't revisit, and I don't really know why I didn't.

"But I did 42 episodes, I co-wrote more again, probably the same again re-wrote, so I think really I've covered everything. I think it was time to get rid of me!"

Looking back over his time on the series, Moffat cited "all the shows we made around the 50th [anniversary]" as his proudest achievement.

"There was some phenomenal television there – I can now say that. 'The Day of the Doctor', An Adventure in Space and Time, Peter Davison's lovely film, 'The Night of the Doctor'... all the stuff we did was brilliant.

"We carried off that 50th, we absolutely nailed it. No-one thought we would and we did, and it was great and I'm incredibly proud of that. It was hell [at the time], it was living hell, but it turned out great."

And while we'll be sad to see him go, Moffat insists he's feeling "fine" about leaving Doctor Who after so long.

"I haven't experienced the melancholy, partly because I'm still on the job, still doing it, and the other thing is, honestly, when we stopped shooting the Christmas special... I hadn't known how stressed I'd been since 2009.

"When that all lifted from me, I just thought, 'I don't feel like I've got my head in a vice anymore!' - I'm not scheduling my entire life to death, in order to be able to do the work I've got to do. So at the moment, I'm just quite happy.

"I'll be sad, I'm sure, in the future, but right now, bloody hell, is this how the rest of you live? How marvellous!"

Via Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

David Tennant says Jodie Whittaker’s gender will be “irrelevant almost immediately” when she starts Doctor Who

After briefly touching on the topic last month at San Diego comic-con, former Doctor Who star David Tennant has finally spoken at length about the casting of Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker, the first female actor to take on his former role.

Speaking to Stephen Colbert on the Late Show in the US, the Tenth Doctor actor addressed the slight backlash from certain fans disappointed by Whittaker’s casting, saying that such strong reactions “[happen] every time” due to the passionate nature of the fans, and predicting that Thirteen’s gender would become old news pretty quickly.

“Do you know, whenever the Doctor changes there’s a backlash, because that’s a character people love,” Tennant explained. “So people get very affectionate about the Doctor they knew.”

Asked if such a reaction had accompanied his casting, he added “Oh, sure!”

“They were like ‘Who’s the weaselly-looking guy? Who’s this? I like the last guy. This is not gonna work for me – this show is dead to me. I resign from the internet. Send!

“There was a lot of that. And that happens every time, and that’s because it’s a show that has a lot on enthusiastic followers.”

Still, Tennant said he was confident that his former Broadchurch co-star Whittaker would be great in the role, and that the character’s gender would soon be forgotten – at least as a point of contention, anyway.

“Sure, Jodie is from a different gender than anyone who’s gone before, but that will be irrelevant almost immediately when she takes the part,” he said.

“The Doctor can be whatever he needs to be. It’s about finding the right performer at the right time – and that’s Jodie without a doubt.”

Fingers crossed that when the Thirteenth Doctor is revealed on Christmas Day, the fans will feel the same.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

PETA urge Doctor Who to make the Doctor vegan

Alas, it could be the end of fish fingers and custard – because animal rights organisation PETA has released an open letter to new Doctor Who boss Chris Chibnall asking that the next Doctor (played by Broadchurch’s Jodie Whittaker) be portrayed as a vegan.

“We at PETA – like so many devoted Doctor Who fans worldwide – are excited to see Jodie Whittaker step into the Doctor’s shoes,” the letter from PETA director Elisa Allen begins.

“But before she begins to navigate her way through space and time, we have a request we hope you’ll consider: make the character vegan.”

The letter, which you can read in full here, goes on to lay out the reasons for the change, suggesting that the series’ “central message of love for life in all its forms” is incompatible with a hero who eats meat or meat by-products.

“Eating dead animals simply doesn’t fit with the Doctor’s moral compass since, as Christopher Eccleston so aptly said, the show has ‘the central message of love for life in all its forms,” Allen continues.

“Not only is switching to a vegan diet infinitely kinder to animals, it’s also one of the best ways to protect planet Earth, as animal agriculture is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

“Considering all the benefits that eating vegan has for a person’s heart, it’d be doubly beneficial for the Doctor!

“Vegan foods really have come a long way since the nut cutlets of the Sixth Doctor’s time – there are tasty options readily available to suit every appetite (even if that’s for faux-fish fingers dunked in soya custard),”
the open letter concludes.

“We hope the new Doctor will join us in taking a stand for animals and inspire others to switch to a healthy, Earth-friendly, life-saving diet.”

So will the Doctor be going full vegan in 2018? Will Jim the Fish finally be safe from Time Lord snacking? Or will the Tardis still have a secret supply of beef jerky somewhere? The ball’s in your court, Chris….

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Jodie Whittaker's reaction to landing the 'Doctor Who' Role on the 'Lorraine' show

Jodie Whittaker chats to Christine about her new drama 'Trust Me' and recounts the moment she found out she was the new Doctor Who!

After the announcement that Peter Capaldi was departing Doctor Who in January, media pundits and newspapers spent months trying to discover the identity of the next Time Lord, to no avail.

But now, of course, we know the new face in the Tardis will be first female Doctor Jodie Whittaker – and the Broadchurch and Trust Me star has finally opened up on the pressure of keeping her Who identity secret for all those months.

“I didn’t know details but I knew there was going to be an attempt at a really brilliant reveal,” Whittaker told Christine Bleakley on ITV’s Lorraine.

“I have got super bad paranoia, so I was like, ‘Did I tell you that? Sorry. Was I supposed to tell you that?’ You know that awful thing of ‘Was I supposed to tell you that?’

“Obviously I’ve had five years of Broadchurch to know, ‘OK, I’m not sure if I told you that, but if I did, don’t tell anyone…’ I also had a massive panic about it as I was a bit like ‘I can’t remember what I was told I’m not allowed to say’…”

“There was just this thing of, in July this will happen and if we could get it to be this really amazing moment… and also for me I got to live a pretty anonymous life until then,” she added. “So it was within my benefit to have that reveal happen.”

And so Whittaker embarked on a campaign of secrecy, screening calls from new Doctor Who showrunner Chric Chibnall, telling nobody but her husband (actor Christian Contreras) about the job and even keeping discussion of the part down to whispers in her own home. 

“I was just lying left right and centre,” she explained.

“Talking to my agent and [showrunner] Chris Chibnall, obviously we were speaking a lot, I’d get so paranoid if my phone was on the table and his name would ping up and I’d be like ‘Well, people won’t associate it with that as people know we’re friends from Broadchurch.’

“You just become a massive narcissist,"
she went on. "Like, ‘Everything’s about me… everyone is looking at me all the time.

“I think I was incredibly melodramatic the whole time. I talked like this [in a whisper] in my flat for months.”

Still, in the end the secrets paid off, and fans were truly surprised when Whittaker appeared as the next Doctor under that hood. Probably worth the odd missed call and scratchy throat, right?

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Monday, 7 August 2017

Hello Tweetie (7th August)

How Jodie Whittaker 'missed' fan reactions to Doctor Who role

Jodie Whittaker says she didn't see people's reactions to her becoming the first female Doctor Who, because she's not on social media.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music in her first broadcast interview since her casting was revealed, she said: "This will be a blessing and a curse.

"I've missed a lot of the fun stuff and probably the bad stuff."

The Broadchurch star also praised fans of the sci-fi series as "the most amazing, creative people".

And she said she had spoken to the actors who have previously played The Doctor - although she didn't ask for advice.

"The overwhelming sense was this is such an exciting journey," she said.

"It's to be enjoyed. There's no advice you can do - no person plays this part the same. What a freeing thing it is."

The reaction to Whittaker's casting was mostly positive - but a sizeable minority protested that the Doctor shouldn't be played by a woman.

The actress said she managed to avoid most of the commentary.

"I'm not on any type of social media," she told Shaun Keaveny. "The only time I see anything is if mates screen grab and send something to me."

She said she had seen "an amazing video" of a young girl's reaction, as she watched the trailer revealing the Doctor's new identity.

Whittaker also admitted the role "was not in the realm of possibility" when she was growing up and that getting the part was "incredibly emotional".

The 35-year-old, who's previously starred in Broadchurch, said that when she found out her audition had been successful: "I didn't faint - I played it really cool and cried."

She added she was looking forward to the "freedoms and fun" and the "scale of the storylines" - especially as she is going to be working with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who is the new Doctor Who showrunner.

"I already know Chris - I already know how incredible he is. The direction he's going to take it is going to be amazing. I get excited by it," she said.

"I don't even know what the journey is. Every script I read will be brand new. This certainly is very different."

And in an interview with BBC News, the actor said she felt "relief" at the news of her role being "public knowledge".

She added that she'd had "a lot of fantastic advice" about the attention she would receive as The Doctor.

"I'm lucky because I've had a body of work, so it's not like going from anonymous to recognised.

"I've worked with David (Tennant) and other people who've been part of the Doctor Who journey.

"I knew there'd be an interest in me going to the shops - I hope it dies down as it's very boring!"
'Celebrating differences'

She said it was "really exciting" that the Doctor is now female.

"We can celebrate differences. I hope my gender isn't a fearful thing. In this (Doctor Who) world, there aren't rules."

Whittaker is also going to be seen in new BBC One series Trust Me, which starts on 8 August.

She stars as Cath Hardacre, a nurse who loses her job after she turns whistle-blower - and then steals her friend's identity as a senior doctor in an Edinburgh hospital.

Via BBC News

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Jodie Whittaker plans to have a good rest before filming Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the first-ever female Doctor Who was one of TV’s best-kept secrets – for an impressive five months – until it was officially announced on 16 July.

Indeed, when TV Magazine went to meet the actress back in June at an exclusive preview of the BBC’s gripping psychological thriller Trust Me, she was keeping very tight-lipped about her huge new role as the Time Lord.

“I’m not doing anything at the moment,” claimed Jodie when we wondered what was next on her agenda after the lead role in Trust Me.

“I should play it really cool and be like: ‘I’m doing this, this and this.’ But you know what? I’m not doing ’owt.

“I can’t be bothered to be sneaky or tactical about it. I’m not naive, I’m very lucky that I’ve worked for the last year solidly. So I’m taking a well-earned couple of months off.”

It turns out Jodie had only let the truth slip to one person after landing the coveted role: her husband, American actor Christian Contreras.

Naturally, TV Magazine is thrilled by the casting of a woman in the role and can forgive her little white lie. It’s possible that we won’t even see her as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor until autumn 2018, as she’s said to start filming next year, so she truly is “taking a couple of months off”.

Read the full article by at The Sun

Friday, 4 August 2017

Steven Moffat reveals how Doctor Who's Christmas specials almost disappeared forever

Steven Moffat has confirmed he stuck with Doctor Who through the end of 2017 to save the show's annual Christmas special.

Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall is set to replace Moffat as showrunner for the next full series in 2018, but neither writer had originally planned to write this year's festive episode.

"There was one big glitch, which was Christmas," Moffat told Digital Spy. "I was going to leave at the end of series 10 – I had my finale planned and what I wanted to do with it. I had a good notion of that.

"Then I learned at a drinks event somewhere that Chris didn't want to start with a Christmas, so at that point they were going to skip Christmas. There'd be no Christmas special and we would've lost that slot."

Moffat suggested that, if Doctor Who had skipped Christmas in 2017, it might never have got its much-coveted December 25 slot back.

"Doctor Who would've lost that slot if we hadn't [done a special] because Christmas Day is now so rammed. So I said, probably four glasses of red wine in, 'I'll do Christmas!' and then had to persuade Peter [Capaldi] that's how we were leaving.

"Then I had to work out how you could get mortally injured in one episode and spend an hour regenerating on Christmas Day, which I hopefully have done!"

But while a changeover of showrunners is an epic event for fans, Moffat further admitted that handing the reins over to Chibnall is "incredibly prosaic" in many ways.

"It's like handing over any job," he insisted. "Though Chris was incredibly, and is incredibly, fastidious about not wanting to seem to lurk behind me, ready to knife me in the back!
Chris Chibnall

"I never felt that – he was absolutely welcome to be there any time he wanted, I had no problem with it all. He's a good friend."

Thanks to The Moff, Doctor Who will return to BBC One this Christmas with 'Twice Upon a Time', in which our current Doctor (Capaldi) goes on one last adventure, teaming up with his very first incarnation (David Bradley).

Via Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Bill Potts’ return to Doctor Who “can be done” according to Stephen Moffat

Writer will “park” character after Christmas special, leaving the possibility of a comeback…

In a new interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Stephen Moffat has talked a little about winding up his time on the show, and what that means for some of the key characters of his tenure.

He came out fervently against killing off companions – something he has avoided during his time in charge of the show – saying:

“It’s wrong! I’m not even that crazy about it when they did it with Adric [in 1982’s Earthshock]. I don’t think that’s the story. I’m sorry, it’s a children’s programme. And explicitly, the companions are like Doctor Who’s children. Or his grandchildren. They’re in his care, and lovely old Doctor Who is opening the TARDIS doors and saying, ‘I will always look after you.’ Get it right – that’s the story.

It’s not the mean-spirited kind of story where you’ve proved the ‘grittiness’ of real life. It’s not real life – it’s Doctor Who.”

When talking specifically about the future of last season’s companion, Bill Potts – who we’ve already seen will return in the upcoming Christmas special, he holds firm to the same line.

“I actually tried to find ways to give everybody closure,” he says, “but simultaneously park them somewhere. You want something that feels like an end. That’s right and proper. Love triumphs over all. As it always must, whatever any fool says. But there’s enough in there that if anyone wanted to pick her up again and use her again, then it can be done.”

So there. There’s still a chance we’ll see Bill Potts and the 13th Doctor together at some point. Sooner, rather than later, we hope.

Presumably, given his attitude on the matter, the same will apply to Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald, who has also been rumoured to be making a cameo appearance in Peter Capaldi and Moffat’s swan-song instalment.

Via Cult Box

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The London Film and Comic Con with the Who Addics

Matthew, Jacob & Liv of the 'Who Addics' travelled down to London for their first ever London Film & Comic Con! 

Here are the vlogs'...

Hello Tweetie (2nd August)

Freema Agyeman would “never say never” to a Doctor Who return

Former Doctor Who companion Freema Agyeman has revealed that she’d be open to returning to the BBC sci-fi series, with the TV and theatre actress saying that she felt there was “more to explore” with her character Martha Jones (who last appeared in the series in 2010, after first starring in 2007).

“I had a really great time on the show, I really loved the character, it brings so many people so much joy,” Agyeman told RadioTimes.com. “So never say never! I feel like there was more to explore with Martha, definitely, but I don’t know what form that would take.”

“I know I kept doing audiobooks until after I’d even left the show. So I don’t know – it could be case of maybe one day, maybe one day soon, maybe one day in 30 years time. We will wait and see.”

Martha fans should probably keep their eyes (and ears) peeled for future audio and televisual projects, then – though of course, viewers recently got to see Agyeman back in the main series anyway, with the actress cropping up in a montage of previous companions during a scene late in series 10 finale The Doctor Falls.

It was, however, an appearance that Agyeman herself was unaware of until the story aired...

“I didn’t even know about that!” she told us. “It was only on Twitter that I saw all of this stuff, and I thought ‘Oh gosh, what’s that all about?’

“That’s the world of Who, isn’t it? It’s kind of incredible how 10 years down the line, people do still want to talk to you about it, and those connections will never go.

“It’s such a gift really, to be part of something that is such a happy show. You know, and all the opportunities that it affords you later on. That association is not one that I ever feel I want to disassociate myself from.”

Read the full article over at Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Read Steven Moffat’s final words about ‘Doctor Who’

We’re all stories in the end.
And Steven Moffat’s story will be repeated for years to come.

The Doctor Who head writer and showrunner—for only one more episode—already said goodbye to his cast and crew. But last week, he bid adieu to fans in his final Doctor Who Magazine column (reprinted on the alphacentauriiswatchingyou Tumblr blog).

“The fact is, I have no more news for you. Barely any secrets to keep,” he wrote. “One more special on Christmas Day, and I’ll be gone before the end credits.”

Known for complex storylines and lengthy monologues, the lifelong Whovian in 2004 signed on to the BBC’s Doctor Who revival. He earned three consecutive Hugo Awards (“The Empty Child”/”The Doctor Dances,” “The Girl in the Fireplace,” “Blink”), and one more nomination (“Silence in the Library”/”The Forest of the Dead”), before replacing Russell T. Davies as executive producer.

Nearly a decade later, Moffat revealed plans to depart the long-running show in December.

“I first wrote Doctor Who in 2004, and I very much hoped I’d get to write it again. Then I wrote more, and then so much more, until I thought it might go on forever,” he said in DWM.

It turns out forever is about 12 years—fittingly, the same number Doctor with whom Moffat will end his Who career.

“Even I don’t care about me—this is all about Peter Capaldi,” the Scotsman said of the show’s star.

“I saw him at the end, you know. The very last shot you see of him as the Doctor is in fact the very last thing Peter did on the show,”
Moffat continued. “Just as popping out the TARDIS and confusing Strax was the very first thing he did in ‘Deep Breath,’ all those centuries ago.”

Reading Moff’s last words—reminders of space and time gone by, whispers of new adventures to come—it’s hard not to wax nostalgic.

“It was funny, that last day. I was in the studio for most of it, which is the first time I’ve ever managed that on Doctor Who,” he wrote, musing over former responsibilities like planning, writing, and casting. “But now, with my time on the show winding down, with desks falling empty, and computers falling silent, and endless rounds of goodbye drinks, there’s nowhere else for me to be.”

Two weeks ago—after Moffat filed his farewell column (in which he cheekily plays a scene between himself and tight-lipped director Rachel Talalay)—the BBC announced Jodie Whittaker will replace Capaldi in this winter’s finale.

Taking on the role of the first female Doctor, Whittaker reunites with Broadchurch boss Chris Chibnall for Doctor Who‘s 11th season, scheduled for 2018.

Via Geek.Com by Stephanie Mlot

Will we see the First Doctor regenerate into the Second in the Doctor Who Christmas special – and who will play him?

David Bradley is no stranger to Doctor Who. In 2012 episode Dinosaurs on a Spaceship he played ruthless merchant Solomon and a year later, for the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations, he starred as William Hartnell, the First Doctor, in An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss’s drama about the genesis of the show.

But now Bradley can legitimately “join the ranks of the legends”, having appeared as the actual Doctor in actual Doctor Who, popping up at the end of the series ten finale and set to appear alongside Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi in his last ever adventure this Christmas.

“It’s something that I never imagined when I did my Dinosaurs on a Spaceship about five years ago,” said Bradley, speaking at London Film & Comic Con at the end of July. “I thought ‘wow, that’s the Tardis, wow, that’s the police box, well this is my Doctor Who experience and that’s gonna be it but that will be fine’. And then eventually Space and Time came up, but after that I still couldn’t call myself the Doctor – I was William Hartnell and his version of the Doctor – but I was told that [after the Christmas special] I can now join the ranks of the legends.”

But could another actor also be joining those legends in the Christmas special? We know Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will regenerate in the episode but based on what we’ve seen in the trailer, so could Bradley’s.

Although unconfirmed, everything points to the initial setting for the episode being the South Pole in 1986, the scene of Hartnell’s last outing, The Tenth Planet. The First Doctor’s speech at the start of the trailer is from that story, the blizzard conditions fit, it features companion Polly, and the title, Twice Upon a Time, sounds very much as if it could hint at a return to a moment the Doctor has lived through before. Add to that the fact that the trailer shows that telltale golden glow emanating from the First Doctor’s hands and it looks as if we’re in for the show’s first double regeneration.

Of course, that glimpse could be as much as we’ll ever see – perhaps we leave the First Doctor at that point. But if so, why blow it in the trailer?

And if we do see it through to its conclusion, that means a new (or perhaps old) face for the Doctor.

So who could it be?

Gatiss’s League of Gentlemen co-star Reece Shearsmith played Second Doctor Patrick Troughton in a brief appearance in Space and Time, so does that mean he’ll follow Bradley into Who canon? I don’t think so, and I hope not.

Bradley earned his place on Doctor Who partly because he looks a lot like Hartnell did at that age and partly thanks to an uncanny performance as the Doctor in An Adventure in Space and Time (during the Comic Con session he was asked to read the First Doctor’s farewell speech again and was so bang on that it sent shivers down my spine).

I'm not criticising Shearsmith's performance (there wasn't enough to criticise) but he looks nothing like Troughton. He lacks the hawklike features, and his relatively slight frame in an oversized jacket, along with that unconvincing mop-top wig, combined to make him look more like a clown than a Doctor.

Beyond that, though, transferring one actor from a drama about Doctor Who to the show itself is just about acceptable, but doing it with two feels like smashing the fourth wall to bits and I have a feeling that’s a sentiment departing showrunner Steven Moffat might share.

So if we do see the Second Doctor, I don’t think it will be Shearsmith.

On one hand, the prospect of having a new actor play Troughton’s Doctor is quite exciting, even if it would set a record for the shortest stint ever as the Time Lord (unless series eleven is going to take a very unusual turn and follow the adventures of both the Thirteenth and Second Doctors – ha! I wonder if that would placate the fans who are still struggling to accept a woman in the role).

Patrick Troughton's actor son Michael would no doubt be happy to pay tribute to his dad in a one-off appearance, and he certainly has Patrick's nose and mouth, even if he is fuller-faced. Could he step in?

More likely, it seems to me, we’ll glimpse the real Troughton’s face surrounded by regeneration energy as Bradley changes – much as we did when John Hurt’s War Doctor became Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth.

That’s easy enough to do with CGI these days – Eccleston wasn't involved in The Day of the Doctor, they just used old footage. Hell, maybe the BBC will even up the budget for Moffat and Capaldi’s last episode (after all, it is Christmas) and give us a few moments of Troughton in action, post-regeneration.

When I asked David Bradley about all of this, he was understandably guarded. “As far as I know you don’t see anything like that," was his initial reaction, but he quickly followed it up by suggesting there could be something to hide, even if it's not Reece Shearsmith. "I mean, I don’t know what’s a spoiler," he said. "Even if I knew I couldn’t really say. But I never saw Reece.”

Of course, two Doctors don't need to be in the same room in order to shoot a regeneration scene – by all accounts, Peter Capaldi filmed his departure long before Jodie Whittaker shot her arrival (if she's even done it yet) – so there's no reason that Bradley would have seen Shearsmith anyway. But I want to believe he's not involved so that's what I'm going to read into Bradley's words.

As for how much of the First Doctor's regeneration we'll get to see, well it would seem strange if an adventure that looks set to recreate scenes from Hartnell's final episode (which currently remains lost) did not include the most significant moment in Doctor Who history – the introduction of the very idea, regeneration, that means the show is still going half a century later.

There would be a pleasing symmetry to it, too. Two Doctors, the first and the latest, two regenerations, two departures – for Capaldi and Bradley – and a neat signing off for Steven Moffat, creating yet another of the big moments that have become a mark of his time in charge of Doctor Who, in an episode that increasingly looks as if it is going to be chock full of them.

Via Radio Times by Paul Jones

Torchwood - Series 5 - cover art and synopses revealed

Coming soon, the fifth season of Torchwood - and Big Finish can reveal the artwork and synopses for these exciting episodes!

Today we are excited to reveal more details and episode synopses for Torchwood Series 5 - Aliens Among Us, the official continuation of Torchwood from Series 4 - Miracle Day.

5.1 Changes Everything by James Goss

Tyler Steele has washed up in Cardiff looking for a fresh start. A disgraced journalist, he’s looking into the Red Doors movement – are they really behind the terrorist attacks on immigrants? Who is stirring up the racism and hatred in the city, and what does outsourcing contractor 3Sol have to do with it? Tyler finds out that Torchwood - a secret organisation that everyone thought long gone - is back in business. Tyler realises that this is the second chance he's been looking for, and he'll do anything to be a part of it.

5.2 Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy by James Goss

Has Cardiff really been invaded by aliens? Tyler thinks he’s found a lead – the daughter of the mysterious Ro-Jedda is getting married and has booked a private party. If Torchwood can infiltrate it, there’s a chance they’ll end up closer to the truth. Free bar, canapés, and the chance to find out what’s really going on. What could possibly go wrong? Soon Torchwood are on the run for their lives, and learning more than they ever wanted to about alien life.

5.3 Orr by Juno Dawson

Vincent Parry is the most successful property developer in Cardiff. A while ago he made an agreement with the mysterious Ro-Jedda, and it is an arrangement he has come to bitterly regret. Something has to be done – but it’s going to cost him everything he loves. With time running out for Cardiff, Torchwood encounter an alien who knows them only too well.

5.4 Superiority Complex by AK Benedict

Poverty and homelessness are on the rise in Cardiff. The streets are full of the desperate and the dispossessed. So, of course, it’s the right time to open a 7-star luxury, all-inclusive hotel. And, naturally, the hotel is for aliens only. As the humans stand outside the gates and look hungrily in, there’s one thing that makes them smile. Someone is murdering the guests.

Starring John Barrowman, Paul Clayton, Alexandria Riley, Jonny Green, Sam Béart, Kai Owen and Eve Myles, with writers James Goss, Juno Dawson and AK Benedict, directed by Scott Handcock and produced by James Goss, don't miss this exciting new series, available for pre-order at £28 on CD or £25 on download.

Or save in a bundle. Pre-order the whole series (part 2 out in October and Part 3 out in February) as a bundle, for £75 on CD or £60 on download.  

With the anticipation for this upcoming series, we talked to the producer of this series, James Goss to see what gossip and information we could get in the upcoming series, its characters and all things Torchwood.

Big Finish (BF): James Goss, how are you doing? We are here to talk Torchwood: Series 5 - Aliens Among Us, part 1 and we’re very excited

James Goss (JG): I’m very excited too!

BF: We’ve just listened to episode 1, called Changes Everything, which is a clever reversal on the pilot episode of Torchwood, Everything Changes. And with the Torchwood team returning to Cardiff after the events of Miracle Day, is it a regression back to the early days of Torchwood?

JG: It introduces Torchwood to someone who has no idea what Torchwood is. And whereas in the first episode of Torchwood you got to discover Torchwood through the eyes of someone you love, this is discovering the world of Torchwood through the eyes of someone who makes you wince. Tyler Steele is the anti-Gwen, which is why it’s so good to pair him up with her. You can tell Gwen immediately gets the measure of him, but at the same time you look at Tyler and go “You’re Horrible! I wouldn't mind a go, but you’re HORRIBLE”.

BF: Amazing! And why did you move the series back to Cardiff? After Miracle Day, did it feel like the natural thing to do?

JG: The home of Torchwood has always been Cardiff and will always return to Cardiff - that’s where it started, and that’s where it feels most at home. Miracle Day told a brilliant story all over the world, but the best scenes were set in a kitchen in Swansea. Well, apart from Lauren Ambrose fighting Eve Myles in a lift...

And Cardiff is great! In the world of Torchwood, it's like Gotham. It's been through so much… it seems foolish to say “Here’s Torchwood in its new base of Northampton" - “I look forward to the episode where they go to Kettering”. Cardiff is Torchwood and it’s brilliant.

BF: Plus, the Rift is there.

JG: Yes! There is no Rift in Northampton*

BF: Should there be?

JG: Nooooo.

BF: How involved was Russell (T Davies, creator of Torchwood)? We’ve mentioned before that Russell oversaw it and loved it. But to what level do we get Russell’s input in this new series?

JG: Russell has managed to be the most enthusiastic back seat driver imaginable. When we started we had meetings with Titan so that their comic series will tie up with this new series (which it will). We told Russell our plans and he said: "This is all lovely, but how about..." It's brilliant, as we're able to email writers with a document about the series and they go “Wait - this document is written by Russell!".

Some of the thoughts that Russell had are things we would never dare do. Big Finish normally (rightly) has a custodial duty to the brands it licences - take them interesting, amazing places but, at the end of the day, return them to the garage without a scratch. With Aliens Among Us, Russell’s approach is “Drive it off a cliff! Bring them back, kill them off...” Some of the stuff to come is really shocking.

This series is ambitious, even by Big Finish's standards! This is a full series of 12 hour-long episodes, and Russell has been instrumental in creating all the fun bits of the puzzle. He’s been so hands on. Answering emails, discussing casting options with Scott… he went to see one of the cast in a play they were touring in, and told us “Oh yes, great choice”. It’s amazing to have Russell over our shoulders. Amazing and scary.

BF: You mentioned “Bring them back” there… Anyone we should… look out for?

JG: Well, someone is coming back from the dead. There’ll be a few familiar faces…

BF: So, spoiler-free for BF listeners, please… Tyler Steele. Who is he? What does he do? What’s his motivation? And who’s going to shag him first?

JG: Tyler is dreadful! He’s a journalist in disgrace who’s come to Cardiff as a last resort and clearly, he’s set his sights low. He’s not Clark Kent, planning on having an exciting career in journalism or a Pulitzer Prize - his highest ambition is a 5,000-word essay on Buzzfeed. And he encounters Torchwood because he’s actually very good at his job. Torchwood discover him, realise he’s onto something and they work with him. Along the way, Tyler discovers that Torchwood aren’t insane, there really are aliens in Cardiff.

BF: These new characters, Orr, Mr Colchester, Tyler, are they a mix of Russell’s and your ideas, or do the actors also help bring them to life as well?

JG: The actors have a lot of input. But most of it comes from Russell. Orr (in the third episode), is the kind of character only Russell could create. It’s been brilliantly written by Juno Dawson, an excellent writer who was so enthusiastic about Orr that you could only say “Juno, have at it.” Episode 3 is bizarre, it’s delightful and Orr, as played by Sam Béart, is disturbingly unique.

BF: A lot has happened since Torchwood started on screen in 2007 and to Torchwood now in the modern day. Has Torchwood completely changed?

JG: Yes. Austerity hit Cardiff. The entire Welsh property market collapsed. Aliens Among Us’ is set against the backdrop of this. A city that’s just getting back on its feet, and in Aliens Among Us there’s a strange reason why the Cardiff property market is going through a boom. The city's become worried about immigration, refugees, about people who aren't like them. And Tyler has found that something is behind all of this, stirring this up for reasons of their own.

The writers have really delivered. AK Benedict has one with an all-inclusive luxury hotel. You hear about luxury hotels in third-world countries where impoverished people with no clean water peer through the fence at rich holidaymakers eating pineapple by the pool.

We also hear a lot about a group called Red Doors. It was inspired by a story from Manchester, where the front doors of asylum seekers were accidentally painted red, causing a massive increase in hate crimes.

And, worryingly Captain Jack discovers dating apps. A man with a Vortex manipulator and dating apps... How's that going to work out? Badly and messily.

BF: Since Torchwood came to Big Finish, all the stories have stood alone, are there any essentials for listeners before starting series 5?

JG: You can start from scratch with Series 5. But, if you want to listen to Torchwood stories that are relevant, we’ve been slowly telling the story on how Gwen has been restarting Torchwood, you can listen to More Than This, Forgotten Lives…

BF: And Juno Dawson and AK Benedict’s fantastic Torchwood stories!

JG: Yes! Juno’s The Dollhouse - a hilariously feminist retelling of Charlie's Angels, and AK Benedict’s The Victorian Age, which is utterly charming - Captain Jack and Queen Victoria go hunting monsters together!

BF: Amazing! But with series 5, is this the end of the Torchwood monthly releases?

JG: No, the regular range has a short hiatus so we can focus on series 5, but then the regular range kicks off again, with a special guest and an old flame returning… Our first release is the funniest, naughtiest, most 18+ thing that Torchwood has ever done. Not to be listened to with children.

Thanks, James Goss! Get ready for Series 5, which Changes Everything...

*Big Finish cannot confirm nor deny the existence of a Rift in Northampton

Via Big Finish Productions

Monday, 31 July 2017

Jenna Coleman weighs in on new Doctor: ‘I Can’t Wait to Hear Her Speak’

The Whoniverse is rallying behind the newest Doctor, even former companions who are flying through the universe.

At the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday morning,  Jenna Coleman weighed in on the news that Jodie Whittaker will become the first-ever woman to play the lead on the BBC’s long-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who.”

“Oh, I love it,” she said via satellite. “I think it’s genius. I think she’s brilliant and lovely.”

Coleman had played companion Clara Oswald on the series alongside Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor and later, Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor. She left the show in 2015.

Coleman added, “I can’t wait to hear her speak. I want to hear the voice. I think it’s very exciting times.”

After leaving “Doctor Who,” the actress signed on to play the young Queen Victoria in Masterpiece’s “Victoria.” The second season will return in 2018.

Whittaker, who starred in “Attack the Block” and “Broadchurch” prior to receiving the iconic role of The Doctor, will be joining the series during the upcoming Christmas Special, “Twice Upon a Time.” The Radio Times reports that the episode will feature some sparring over “casual chauvinism” between the 12th Doctor and the first (played by David Bradley), which should make for an intriguing counterpoint to the Doctor’s latest regeneration.

“Doctor Who” will return this Christmas on BBC America.

Via IndieWire

Hello Tweetie (31st July)

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Lost Doctor Who Classic Shada to be BBC Worldwide’s Next Animation Project

News has emerged that following 2016’s animation of the missing 1966 Doctor Who story The Power of the Dales, BBC Worldwide’s next animated project will be the legendary lost Tom Baker story Shada.

As fans will know, Shada was set to be the final story in the Fourth Doctor’s sixth season in early 1980, but was abandoned partway through recording due to strike action in the TV studio. With only the exteriors and one of three studio sessions completed, the story was only around 50% finished, and a number of attempts to remount the final studio sessions failed.

One of the reasons Shada is still held in such high regard is that it was then-script editor Douglas Adams’ final work on the series. As a six-part story, it would also have been his longest Doctor Who serial.

Shada has since appeared on VHS and DVD in an incomplete version, and as a novel, an audiobook, an online animation (with the Doctor recast as Paul McGann), and in an unofficial animated version from Ian Levine, completing the story utilising animated segments and voice recordings from most of the extant cast but – significantly – a voice artist’s impression of Tom Baker rather than an appearance from the actor himself. Levine’s version was offered to BBC Worldwide some years ago but declined.

All that could be about to change, with BBC Worldwide set to release their latest version this November.

According to actor Daniel Hill’s Spotlight account, he is credited with an appearance in “Doctor Who – Shada” for “television”, under the joint directorship of Pennant Roberts (the serial’s original television director) and Charles Norton – the director in charge of Worldwide’s Power of the Daleks project. The reference to “television” might be an indication of another North American TV broadcast for the serial.

Indeed, Hill himself tweeted on June 27th of this year: “fantastic time recording for SHADA 2017”, following this up on July 3rd with “v exciting ready in November apparently”. Hill was, of course, cast as the character Chris Parsons in the original production.

All of which pretty much confirms this as the follow-up to The Power of the Daleks. And although fans of the missing 1960s episodes will no doubt be disappointed at the news, the audio track for this new version will effectively comprise brand new “old” Doctor Who, whereas the soundtrack recordings for the missing black and white serials have already been released often several times over. With Tom Baker’s involvement an almost certainty since he’s finally become one of the “Big Finish Doctors”, the key question that now remains is, will this be a full animation of the entire story (perhaps the most likely option if a broadcast is indeed the intention), or a part animation of only the missing segments? Time, as they say, will tell.

Via Starburst

An unexpected event in the Doctor Who Christmas special left David Bradley and Peter Capaldi “almost blubbing”

What could David Bradley be talking about? In a session at the London Film and Comic Con, the actor who plays the First Doctor in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special talked about a scene from the episode that he says left both himself and departing Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi close to tears – and that somehow came as a surprise to them.

It apparently involves some unexpected events that took place around them as they were filming, which seems pretty unprecedented in the world of scripted TV, and makes it sound as if they deliberately had a surprise sprung on them.

What it might be who can say, but the fact that the special is likely to end with Capaldi’s farewell and regeneration and perhaps Bradley’s as well means something emotional isn’t too much of a surprise – but the fact that they didn’t know it was coming certainly is.

What can it all mean? Here’s what happened in David Bradley’s own words, so you can judge for yourselves…

“There’s an event towards the end of [the Christmas special] that happens and when it happened, well, we just did a take and neither Peter nor I expected it.

“There was no CGI involved, it was all happening and we were both almost blubbing by the time that the take ended. I can’t say, I’m not going to say, what it was but it was quite an event and we weren’t prepared for all the things that were going to be going on around us as we were doing our dialogue.

“And as I say to you, we got quite lumpy. They’ve kept that out of the trailer but it takes it all to another dimension…”

A multi-Doctor episode, a regeneration, the introduction of the first female Doctor, a farewell to Peter Capaldi – and now this. It’s pretty clear this is going to be a very special episode of Doctor Who – and it’s going to get emotional…

Via Radio Times by Paul Jones

David Bradley: there’s “a lot of conflict” between the two Doctors over “casual chauvinism” in the Doctor Who Christmas special

The First and Twelfth Doctors may have to work together in the Doctor Who Christmas special but they're also going to find themselves clashing – over the original Time Lord's outdated views about women.

"What we did emphasise [about the First Doctor] was the old fashioned nature and how he is from the 60s," revealed David Bradley, who plays the part opposite Peter Capaldi's more enlightened incarnation.

"He goes into the Twelfth Doctor’s Tardis and says ‘it’s a bit dusty around here, it’s in an awful state isn’t it? Where’s Polly? Shouldn’t she give it a spring clean?' And then Peter’s saying ‘you can’t say that’.

"[The First Doctor] brings all his 60s sensibilities, what’s lovingly called casual chauvinism," said Bradley, speaking at the London Film and Comic Con. "He’s just talking [as if] the [companions] are there just to help out, and do the dusting and do all the domestic chores – his attitudes to a lot of things come right from the 60s, so there’s a lot of conflict between Hartnell’s Doctor and Peter’s Doctor about how things have changed in the last 50 years... we had quite a bit of fun with that."

We can only hope that the First Doctor is around long enough to see who the Twelfth regenerates into...

David Bradley was speaking at the London Film & Comic Con

Via Radio Times by Paul Jones

Sacha Dhawan "never auditioned for Doctor Who" – but he wants to replace Jodie Whittaker

Since Jodie Whittaker was unveiled as the 13th Doctor, all talk has been about her pioneering position as the first woman in the role.

But in the run-up to the announcement there was also much discussion about the possibility of the show casting its first non-white Doctor, with Sacha Dhawan rumoured to be one of the frontrunners.

Dhawan, who had a major role in the most recent series of Sherlock, and also fronted co-creator and sometime Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss's MR James ghost story The Tractate Middoth, has always been very enthusiastic about being associated with the part of the Doctor – but he has now admitted that he did not get as far as auditioning for it.

"I never auditioned for Doctor Who," revealed Dhawan, speaking at the London Film and Comic Con. "I think because I'm associated with Sherlock and the Doctor Who world someone must have thrown my name in the hat. It was really nice, Mark Gatiss messaged me 'I've just seen this on Twitter', to the point where I was calling my agent saying 'have I got an audition for this?' No."

Dhawan is remaining upbeat about one day landing the role though, and is already considering the prospect of being Whittaker's successor, adding "hopefully when Jodie finishes, I'll get considered."
In the meantime, he's very pleased about her land-mark casting – even if he does have one regret...

"I'm really happy, it's great. I always said it would be nice to have a female Doctor and also I know Jodie as well and she's just fantastic and perfect for it.

"I'm actually gutted because before they made the announcement I heard it was gonna be Jodie and when she was announced I was 'damn, I should've put a bet on!'"

Sacha Dhawan was speaking on a panel at the London Film and Comic Con

Via Radio Times by Paul Jones

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sylvester McCoy admits he wasn't ‘keen’ on a female Time Lord

Sylvester McCoy has opened up about the first female Time Lord, saying that he wasn’t initially “keen” on the idea.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk today at the London Film and Comic-Con, the 73-year-old said that it “seemed a bit odd”, however he changed his mind shortly after it was revealed Jodie Whittaker had been cast.

He explained: “It seemed a bit odd. But once it was announced, I got my head around it and then I got rather excited about it and I sent her [Jodie] a message saying, ‘Well done,’ and I said, ‘One small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind’. Because I think it’s very important.”

When asked what advice he would give to the in-coming Time Lord, Sylvester said: “Don’t read or listen to the negative stuff that will come. It comes to every Doctor.”

The actor continued: “Every new Doctor has to go through a negative cloud because a lot of the fans - not all but some - are quite conservative, they don’t like change, and because she is a woman that’s quite a dramatic change.

“So just put your head down, learn the lines and try to bump into the monsters.”

The Scottish actor played the seventh incarnation of the Time Lord between 1986 and 1989 before the show was cancelled by the BBC.

Via the Daily Express by Neela Debnath

Invasion of the Dinosaurs with CGI

You Tuber themindrobber has produced an incredible clip from the famous Jon Pertwee story, you know 'the one with the dinosaurs'.

Hello Tweetie (28th July)

Series 11 not likely until autumn 2018

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (issue 515) is out now, and in it has seemingly come some confirmation that the show is taking a slightly extended break before its next series.

It had been rumoured for some time that there was going to be an 18 month gap between the start of series 10 and the first episode of series 11 of Doctor Who, to give incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall the space he needed to get things in place.

Doctor Who Magazine reiterates that Steven Moffat hadn’t expected to stay on for series 10, but did so when it became clear that Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch commitments meant he couldn’t take over the show until 2017 at the earliest. But it’s the telling phrase, when it notes that Moffat agreed to stay to ensure we didn’t get a three year gap between series of Doctor Who: “the alternative might have been to have had no Doctor Who at all between Christmas 2015 and the autumn of 2018”.

The last series of the show started in the spring, and series 9 before that kicked off in September of 2015. It does all suggest that, for the time being at least, Doctor Who is on an 18 month cycle.

Official confirmation hasn’t been forthcoming, but given that Doctor Who series 11 isn’t due to start filming until later this year, it seems likely we’re looking at an autumn start for the next run.

Via CultBox by Martin Prince

The 13th Doctor has already met the Daleks - four years ago

Well this is all rather timey-wimey. We were only introduced to Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker this month and yet it turns out she had already met her arch-nemeses the Daleks four years ago...

In this interview on the red carpet at the 2013 Bafta TV awards, an appropriately blonde Whittaker can be seen alongside Broadchurch co-star Andrew Buchan as a Dalek drifts into view behind her.

But the Time Lady and the tinpot terror are giving each other a bit more respect than usual, with the Dalek flicking its eye-stalk towards her before calmly turning in the other direction, while Whittaker doesn't turn around but does mention in passing that she's "starstruck" to be in her enemy's presence.

Could a female Doctor mean the start of a new era of improved Doctor-Dalek relations? And more to the point, could this be where Chris Chibnall first got the inspiration for casting his Broadchurch star in Doctor Who?

Via Radio Times by Paul Jones

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Who's at The Playhouse

WHO'S AT THE PLAYHOUSE is a one day event celebrating DOCTOR WHO and his robot companion K9.

Sunday 1st October 10.30am - 6pm 2017
Prices from: Tickets: Full: £45 Child/Senior: £25

Meet the stars of DOCTOR WHO in non-stop day of stage interviews, celebrity autograph panels and photograph sessions on what will be the 40th anniversary of K9’s first appearance on Saturday 1st October 1977!

PETER DAVISON & COLIN BAKER, the Fifth & Sixth Doctors, lead our line-up of DOCTOR WHO stars appearing on stage, joining them are a wealth of guests celebrating K9’s fortieth anniversary, including LOUISE JAMESON, who played the Fourth Doctor’s savage sidekick Leela, and K9 ‘himself’ in the guise of the man who has played the robot dog’s voice for four decades, JOHN LEESON!

STOP PRESS: Visual Effects Designer MAT IRVINE, actor JEMMA CHURCHILL (The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, Big Finish) and K9 himself will now be attending too!

Ticket price includes:

- Entry to the WHO’S AT THE PLAYHOUSE which includes non-stop celebrity interviews with Q&A’s from 10.30am to 6pm.
- Access to the Celebrity Autograph Panel, where you can meet the stars of DOCTOR WHO!
- One FREE autograph from each guest on Celebrity Autograph Panel
(Does not include Special Guest Celebrity’s Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Louise Jameson or John Leeson or sponsored guests)
- Event Entry Badge
- Limited Edition Souvenir Poster
- Access to Exclusive Merchandise Discounts available on the day.
- £2.00 OFF admission to an exclusive event: JOHN LEESON: A DOG’S LIFE Sun 1st Oct at 7.30pm

John Leeson retraces some of his steps across a freewheeling and multi-faceted career, including finding himself best known as the voice of K9 after nearly 40 years in the DOCTOR WHO dog house!

Special Guest Celebrity Autographs

- Peter Davison autograph: £20.00 each
- Colin Baker autograph: £20.00 each
- Louise Jameson autograph: £10.00 each
- John Leeson autograph: £10.00 each

- Additional autographs from all other guest celebrity’s: £10.00 each

  Special Guest/Celebrity Photographs – get your picture taken with our celebrity guests
- Professional photograph with Peter Davison autograph: £15.00 each
- Professional photograph with Colin Baker: £15.00 each

- Professional photograph with all other guest celebrity’s: £10.00 each

Tickets available from: http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/whos-playhouse

For all the latest guest announcements and news, please visit: www.whosattheplayhouse.co.uk

Terms & Conditions Apply. All guests appear subject to professional commitments.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

John Barrowman has appendix removed

The former 'Doctor Who' star was taken to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, for emergency surgery after he collapsed in agony earlier this week.

Taking to his Instagram account after the operation yesterday (25.07.17), he said in a short clip: "I feel like I have been hit by a car. I'm just sore all over and my voice is sore because of the tube going down my throat. The staff in the surgery knew who I was, they were fans which was kind of funny. I was just lucky my appendix didn't burst, they caught it in time. I was in a lot of agony yesterday. I knew something was up, I felt really bad."

Although he's in a bad way, the 50-year-old actor - who also starred in the spin-off 'Torchwood' - has assured fans he's on the mend and will be back home "soon."

He added: "In the surgery they made three incisions on my belly and then did it by laser. I'm just glad it went well and hopefully I should get home soon."

And two hours later, John appeared to be in brighter spirits as he posed for a photograph of him in his TARDIS socks that had been knitted by a 'Doctor Who' fan.

He accompanied the shot with the caption: "Got my fan made #TARDIS socks on keeping my feet warm in the hospital. JB (sic)"

Via The List

An Audience with Katy Manning

Room 5064 Productions are holding 'An Audience with Katy Manning, famous for her portral of the Third Doctors companion Jo Grant.

It will be held on Sunday the17th Sep at 2:00pm - 5:00pm at the Fab Café Bar in Manchester.

Join them for 'an unforgettable afternoon with real Doctor Who royalty, Katy Manning - expect clips, treats and all the usual goodies from us.'

Admission includes one free autograph with further autographs available for an additional £5 charge. 

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