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Friday, 20 October 2017

Doctor Who Roundup (20th October 2017)

Another selection of Whovian news and more....

Did Matt Lucas just hint at a Doctor Who return for Nardole? Pearl Mackie picks up PinkNews award for show's 'groundbreaking' LGBT storylines Is Annabel Scholey the 13th Doctor's New Companion? - Geek.com Matt Smith reportedly returning for 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Doctor Who: Matt Smith back for Christmas? 'No comment' from Beeb over Doctor Who and the Bluebell Railway Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi Spotlight Panel - NYCC 2017 Doctor Who Magazine 518 - Cover and Details Multiple companions and the return of Captain Jack! What Doctor Who fans want from series 11 The Evil of the Daleks | 'Doctor Who' Overview David Tennant Says He's Always Happy To Return To Doctor Who NOW OUT: The Web of Insanity Torchwood Retro Reviews: Cyberwoman (2006) TIBERIAN THOUGHTS - Tales of Metal Men 'Doctor Who': 10 Things You May Not Know About 'Let's Kill Hitler' | BBC America Doctor Who - Auton 2: Sentinel - Review of Death More Doctor Who by MsWillowbayOrElse! Matt Lucas on fame and Doctor Who conventions - The Graham Norton Show: 2017 - BBC One 'Doctor Who' Comic Twofer Features River Song, Fourth Doctor - Geek.com Matt Lucas Accidentally Embarrassed a Fan at Comic Con - The Graham Norton Show Vintage Season Box Sets For The First Dr WHO Doctor Who: Thoughts on a Female Doctor... WOTAN coffee table book is required! A Chronological Timeline of Doctor Who Part 1 - Pre Universe to BC Dr Who fan builds his own Tardis and places it proudly on show at his Grantham home David Tennant reportedly shooting new film in Surrey Selected Pages From The New Dr WHO Hardback - Chumbley I Can Doctor Who Better Than You Matt Lucas interview: Doctor Who, hair, sexuality, Statham Matt Lucas: 'luckiest man' in the world to be in Doctor Who Rose Tyler Sends Donna Noble Back In Time - Turn Left - Doctor Who - BBC David Tennant and Billie Piper explain why they're returning to Doctor Who Classic Doctor Who stars Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton to make B'ham appearance Steven Moffat set to guest on Room 101: tickets available! Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor Festive Finale To Screen In US Cinemas Whovian Reviews on Flipboard WhoPods on Flipboard

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Pearl Mackie picks up PinkNews award for show’s ‘groundbreaking’ LGBT storylines

Sci-fi series Doctor Who won an Ally Award at tonight’s PinkNews Awards for its long-standing LGBT inclusiveness.

Pearl Mackie, who starred as Peter Capaldi’s companion Bill Potts in the most recent series of the show, picked up the award, accompanied by exec producer Brian Minchin.

Mackie’s character Bill was the first main companion on the sci-fi series to be openly gay, with the show featuring her romance with doomed pilot Heather (Stephanie Hyam).

Doctor Who has featured a string of one-off and recurring LGBT characters since its return to TV in 2005, under successive showrunners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat.

In 2005 it introduced the fan-favourite omnisexual character Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, who recurred across several seasons of the show and starred in spin-off Torchwood.

The show also featured a married interspecies lesbian couple – lizard woman Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her human wife Jenny (Catrin Stewart), who were a same-sex couple living in Victorian England.

But Mackie’s character was the first fully-fledged companion on the show who is gay.

Speaking to PinkNews, she said: “It’s lovely to be able to accept this award on behalf of Doctor Who.

“Last year I never fathomed coming to any awards ceremony, so I feel quite honoured to even have been invited, let alone for Doctor Who and the character of Bill. It’s testament to how well she was received and how well people responded to having an out lesbian on a mainstream TV show.

“It’s genuinely been amazingly positive, especially going around the world and meeting people. I met a couple of young girls who were BAME, and talked to me about how watching Bill on Doctor Who enabled them to come out and feel comfortable with their own sexuality. For me that’s a massive achievement.

“The thing that I liked most about Bill was that she wasn’t grappling with her sexuality, she didn’t need to come out, it wasn’t an issue! It was always just about, I’m gay and happy and this is who I am, this is who I like and this is who I’m in love with.”

She also spoke about the show’s use of time travel to explore attitudes in other time periods – debating sexuality with Roman soldiers and facing racism in Victorian England.

Mackie said: “It’s always interesting thinking about the past. We always think that we’re making massive changes, but you look at Roman times and you think, ‘well, actually, maybe they had a better idea of it, there!’

“There’s many different eras in time that have expressed different attitudes, and it’s nice to show people that we’re not the only people who thought that and we quite a long way to go.”

Of the PinkNews Awards, she said: “It’s phenomenal to be in a room with such influential people. I was sitting there with Jeremy Corbyn, thinking, ‘this is amazing!’.

“It’s really important that so many people are such advocates of LGBT rights.”

Doctor Who exec Brian Minchin told PinkNews: “I’m really proud for everyone involved in the show – all of the actors and all of the writers. And I’m proud of the BBC, because to put LGBT+ representation at the heart of the BBC One schedule is no small thing!

“We’re saying it’s part of everyone’s lives and should be right at the heart of our dramas and Saturday night TV.”

He added of the LGBT-inclusiveness: “I think it’s naturally part of Doctor Who as a show now.

“Doctor Who is really unique – the lead character is kind of asexual, and he’s always drawn people from all walks of live.

“So much of TV has a guy as the lead and he’s got a gun and is trying to shag all the women. Doctor Who’s never been like that. I think that counts for something.

“And when Doctor Who came back with people like Russell T Davies and Phil Collinson and John Barrowman, it was people who grew up watching Doctor Who who wanted to put their mark on it and show what they loved about the show.”

Mackie said previously: “It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st Century.

“It’s important to say people are gay, people are black.

“I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important.

“[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character – it’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with.”

Of her reaction to finding out about the character, she said: “I was like, ‘Yeah, okay, cool’.

“I mean, there’s so many elements to Bill, there’s so much to dive into as an actor, that her sexuality is quite far down the list of things that I’ve thought about.

“For me, I think representation is really important. You know, it’s 2017, so it’s about time for a gay main companion, really.”

Sci-fi series Doctor Who won an Ally Award at tonight’s PinkNews Awards for its long-standing LGBT inclusiveness.

Pearl Mackie, who starred as Peter Capaldi’s companion Bill Potts in the most recent series of the show, picked up the award, accompanied by exec producer Brian Minchin

Via PinkNews

Did Matt Lucas just hint at a Doctor Who return for Nardole?

The Twelfth Doctor seemingly said goodbye to companion Nardole in the series 10 finale, but now actor Matt Lucas is dropping hints that his time on Doctor Who might not be quite finished.

Nardole was last seen choosing to stay behind on the Cybermen's colony ship in 'The Doctor Falls', in hopes of staving off the evolution of the metal monsters. But was that really a suitable end?

Seemingly not, because Matt Lucas has dropped a hint to Den of Geek that he may have a future in Doctor Who, even as showrunner Steven Moffat and star Peter Capaldi depart.

"I'm not sure my relationship with the show is over," he hinted, before quickly adding: "But I can't really go into great detail about that. It remains a big part of my life, let's put it that way!"

Hmmm, since we already know that Pearl Mackie will return as Bill Potts for the Christmas special 'Twice Upon a Time' and there are whispers of a Jenna Coleman cameo too, perhaps we'll have some 'End of Time'-style cameos from all of the Capaldi-era companions?

Or maybe Matt Lucas will be continuing the role in some of Doctor Who and Big Finish's audio adventures, like David Tennant and Billie Piper have recently done? Only time will tell…

Lucas recently expressed hopes that those Doctor Who fans who were originally sceptical of him joining the show full-time were proved wrong by the end of Nardole's arc.

"My job was just to keep my head down and just do the best I could do, and I either prove them right or wrong," he explained to Digital Spy.

"I hope.... I get the sense that people – not everyone – but I get the sense that some of the doubters, in the end, appreciated what I contributed to the show."

Via Digital Spy by Justin Harp

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Doctor Who Magazine 518 - Cover and Details


Over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, David Tennant and Billie Piper reunite for a series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose…

David tells DWM, “It’s always a very fond thing to return to, the world of Doctor Who. It’s always very welcoming, and friendly, and familiar.” (David Tennant)

Billie tells DWM, “It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it.”

The second part of our interview with Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects back on Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future.

chats to Matt Lucas about his new autobiography Little Me: My Life from A-Z which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor.

Camille Coduri’s Jackie Tyler joins the Doctor and Rose for The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume Two.

We find out how a project to make a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 TV story The Dæmonscame about.

DWM meets Paul Foden, the man who recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year with his TARDIS-replica shed.

There’s a brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus; a one-parter written and illustrated by Scott Gray.

The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Rebel Flesh.

PLUS! Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.

Doctor Who Magazine 518 is on sale from Thursday 19 October, price £5.99.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Doctor Who Roundup (13th October 2017)

This weeks choice bits from the Whoniverse...

The abandoned Doctor Who classic Shada is to be brought to life in a brand new animation Doctor Who Series Ten - DVD and Blu-Ray Steelbook due for release on the 13th November Changes to new Doctor Who series starring Jodie Whittaker revealed as show bosses plot "fresh and brilliant" revamp? Peter Capaldi from Madison Square Garden at New York Comic Con Peter Capaldi discovered next 'Doctor Who' is female while trying on trousers Could one of these actors be the new Doctor Who companion? The Hope of Doctor Who (World Mental Health Day) RIP Stage Doctor, Trevor Martin Peter Capaldi shares Doctor Who memories at NYCC, says series is 'in really good hands' with Jodie Whitaker Did you spot the Doctor Who writer's cameo in the Christmas special trailer? Watch-Along with Chris: Love & Monsters Homeschooling with Doctor Who 'Doctor Who' Christmas special to screen in theaters What is Classic Doctor Who? - The Classic Era Explained The Whovian Perspective: Not My Doctor - Geeks WorldWide Doctor Who Blue Peter 1971 Interrogating Catrin Stewart | Interview | Oz Comic Con Donate An Item to the Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Dr. Who and the Daleks - Review Sophie Chats about a lot of things... Doctor Who Soundtrack (Duo accordion cover version) EternalSound 'Doctor Who' Underrated Villain of the Week: Smilers - Geek.com Doctor Who: Modern Series Ranking Series 1-10 William Shatner has got his hands on Peter Capaldi's last ever Doctor Who script - and he's auctioning it off for charity The Tenth Doctor Repeats Sky Silvestry - Midnight - Doctor Who IN PRINT - 119 Tom Baker - Private Signing Matt Lucas: 'Losing my hair at the age of six shaped my life' Matt Lucas talks ahead of Birmingham show WhoPods on Flipboard

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Doctor Who Series Ten - DVD and Blu-Ray Steelbook due for release on the 13th November

BBC Worldwide have released details on the release of Series 10, Peter Capaldi’s final series as the Doctor, as a complete set, available on Monday 13th November. 

"A Time for Heroes"
Peter Capaldi embarks on his thrilling final chapter at the Twelfth Doctor; joined by new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and returning favourite Nardole (Matt Lucas).

Fantastic adventures and terrifying monsters await the team of heroes as they journey through space and time in this latest instalment of the globally-renowned drama.

Expect laughter, danger and exhilarating escapades in this final season under the helm of lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

The DVD and Blu-ray will include the following...

The Return of Doctor Mysterio
The Pilot
Thin Ice
Knock Knock
The Pyramid at the End of the World
The Lie of the Land
Empress of Mars
The Eaters of Light
World Enough and Time
The Doctor Falls

Doctor Who Extra: The Return of Doctor Mysterio
The Doctor: A New Kind of Hero
Knock Knock binaural sound
Becoming the Companion
Out of This World
…Who’s There?
Rona Munro – A Modern Classic
The Finale Falls
Inside Looks
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentaries
Doctor Who: The Fan Show – After Shows
Doctor Who: The Finale Countdown

Order the DVD here
Order the Blu-ray here
Order the Steelbook here

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The abandoned Doctor Who classic Shada is to be brought to life in a brand new animation

An abandoned Doctor Who classic is to be brought to life in this brand new animation, starring Tom Baker and written by Douglas Adams.

Penned by legendary Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy author and Doctor Who writer Douglas Adams (City Of Death, The Pirate Planet), the story was set to be the Season Seventeen finale but strike action at the BBC in November 1979 meant the studio scenes were never completed and the adventure was abandoned.

Now, thirty-eight years on, Shada is to finally be completed – combining the original, remastered footage, with brand new colour animation for a feature-length production.

"Delicate matter, slightly. It's about a book..."

Chris Parsons is happily engrossed in studying post-graduate physics at Cambridge, when one day he finds an old book, sitting on a dusty shelf in an ageing professor's library. Written in a language nobody can read and made of a paper that can't be torn, this is no ordinary book. And when it enters his life, everything changes for young Chris Parsons.

Soon finding himself aboard an invisible space-ship, chased by monsters made of molten rock; aboard an alien prison on a distant planet and attacked by a horde of mind-control zombies. Chris also meets a strange man with a very long scarf who claims he can travel through time and space... in a police box.

It's going to be a busy day for Chris Parsons.

An abandoned Doctor Who classic is brought to life. Starring Tom Baker and written by Douglas Adams, this is “Shada” for a modern audience, with footage upscaled to high definition, and incomplete footage now completed using high-quality animation.

The new feature-length production incorporates all of the live-action scenes from 1979, together with new animated material. Shada finds the Doctor in Cambridge working alongside companion Romana and retired Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, to defeat the evil alien Skagra who is attempting to steal the secrets to the prison planet, Shada.

Doctor Who: Shada is being produced by the team behind the highly successful and critically acclaimed animation of lost Doctor Who episode, The Power of the Daleks. The team have had access to nearly seven hours of raw footage from the original 1979 Shada shoot from which they are editing the new production from scratch, with all the original film negatives re-scanned in full HD and digitally remastered.

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says: "Fans loved The Power of the Daleks, so we’re delighted to be able to complete and bring them another lost Doctor Who classic."
Shada will be released as a digital download on Friday 24th November, and on DVD and Blu-ray and a Steelbook Edition on Monday 4th December.

Blu Ray/DVD - Bonus Material
  • Taken Out of Time (25' 39")
  • Now and Then (12' 45")
  • Strike, Strike, Strike! (27' 50")
  • Studio Sessions - 1979 (44' 38")
  • Dialogue Sessions (14' 16")
  • Model Filming (04' 36")
  • Deleted Scenes (01' 22")
  • Title Sequence Films (TBC)
  • Live Action Reference Footage (02' 48")
  • 1979 Gallery (04' 50")
  • 2017 Gallery (02' 52)

Shada in Cinemas: On Saturday, December 2, 2017 there will also be a special screening of Shada at BFI Southbank, London, UK. Tickets for BFI members will be available from November 7, and for the public from November 14. Further information on the screening will be available soon.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Peter Capaldi discovered next ‘Doctor Who’ is female while trying on trousers

Peter Capaldi found out that the next “Doctor Who” titular star was a female when he was trying on a pair of trousers. The departing Twelfth Doctor revealed he got a hunch about his successor’s gender days even before he was supposed to know.

At the New York Comic Con on Friday, the 59-year-old Scottish actor said he accidentally learnt of the big surprise ahead of time while at his favourite clothing shop in London. The shop is also where his character’s costumes are from.

“And they said, ‘We just got a call,’ they said, ‘from the Doctor Who office, saying, “Can we have a pair of [Capaldi’s] trousers, but with a waist size thirty?”’” he told the audience. “And I thought, ‘I’m finished, I don’t need any more trousers!’ – because Doctor Who wears Paul Smith trousers, for the fashionistas among you – so they were obviously looking for a pair of trousers for the new Doctor Who to wear. And I thought, ‘Well, that can’t really be a man with a 30-inch waist. That must be a lady then!’”

That lady was Jodie Whittaker, who was revealed to be the Thirteenth Doctor in July. She moved to Cardiff, where the show is filmed, in a place close to Capaldi’s. However, she was forced to avoid him at first to keep the identity of his successor a secret even from him. Capaldi was confirmed of his hunch only a few days before Whittaker’s announcement.

Whittaker, 35, is the first female Doctor in the show’s history. She is expected to wear Capaldi’s clothes just once when Twelve regenerates into Thirteen. And then she would have to find her own signature costume.

Capaldi’s last appearance as the Doctor will be in the Christmas Special. Twelve will need help from One (guest star David Bradley) to come to terms with his regeneration. According to outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat, Twelve and One are both refusing to regenerate, so they need each other to accept that they will have to give up their current bodies for their next incarnation.

Via International Business Times by Anne Lu

Changes to new Doctor Who series starring Jodie Whittaker revealed as show bosses plot "fresh and brilliant" revamp?

Doctor Who will have fewer episodes when Jodie Whittaker takes over the lead role next autumn.

The BBC1 series will run for 10 weeks rather than the usual 12 or 13, but each programme will last a full hour instead of 45 minutes.

The changes are part of a revamp by incoming show boss Chris Chibnal.

Excitingly Chibnall – a lifelong Doctor Who fan - has also ordered a new-look police box, a redesigned TARDIS control room and an updated sonic screwdriver.

One insider explained: “It is traditional for new showrunners to come in and shake things up to stamp their mark on the show and Chris is not doing things by halves.

"Expect something fresh and brilliant, with more of the stories travelling backwards in time, to interesting historical eras, as well as forwards.”

Previously, the series featuring Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith all lasted for 13 episodes, plus a Christmas special.

This then dwindled to 12 episodes plus a festive edition under Peter Capaldi.

His swansong as the 12th Doctor will come this Christmas when he regenerates into Jodie during the last two minutes of action.

It is unclear where the new BBC1 series will be scheduled on Saturday evenings however, as an autumn outing will again set it on a collision course with Strictly Come Dancing. Fans, many of whom are primary school kids, prefer to watch the show in its traditional teatime slot rather in peaktime.

The last series, in 2016, aired in the springtime to avoid Strictly altogether.

Via The Mirror by Nicola Methven

Sunday, 8 October 2017

RIP Stage Doctor, Trevor Martin

Trevor Martin, who played the role of the Doctor in the 1973/4 stage play Doctor and the Daleks in Seven Keys to Doomsday, has passed away.

Martin reprised the role when Big Finish commited the play to audio in 2008. He had previously played a Time Lord in the serial The War Games. Talking to David Richardson in 2003, Martin noted,  “We’d already had three different Doctors, who each had their own approach. So provided one played it — I was going to say seriously! — without sending it up, it was up to you really. You were your own Doctor.”

He was a stalwart of stage and screen, with other genre credits including the voice of a beast in Krull and Professor Capra in the Big Finish 7th Doctor audio Flip-Flop.

Martin guested at the Capitol convention, and a DVD of an interview carried out there is being released shortly on the Myth Makers label from Reeltime Pictures.

Via Sci-Fi Bulletin

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Peter Capaldi from Madison Square Garden at New York Comic Con

The changing of the guard is upon Doctor Who once again. This Christmas marks the finale of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as the Doctor, in ‘Twice Upon A Christmas’. He will be replaced by Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to assume the role. But for now, Capaldi is still the Doctor, and he greeted his fans at a panel at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

After a video retrospective of Calpaldi’s three seasons on Doctor Who, he came out to a huge ovation, scored to ‘Bang a Gong (Get It On)’ by T.Rex. Capaldi arrived on stage in sunglasses, one of the trademarks of the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor.”

Capaldi started with his first day on the series in 2013, taking the place of Matt Smith to become the 12th Doctor. It would be four months before filming started for the 2014 season. “They don’t pay you for the regeneration,” Capaldi chuckled, referencing the process as to how the Doctor changes appearance, indicating a new actor in the role. He remembered first stepping into the TARDIS set: “Me, Jenna [Coleman], and a bloke with a smoke machine.”

The subject went into the actor’s appreciation of Doctor Who, going back to its debut in 1963. He remarked about wanting the Doctor to encounter Mondasian Cybermen (the series’ original version of those foes) during his tenure. Steven Moffat, the show’s long-time executive producer who is also departing, said that would be stupid, but they would come up in the latest season finale. Capaldi didn’t know whether he had changed Moffat’s mind, or if was part of a plan.

He also met Rachel Talalay, who would go on to direct his favorite episodes of his run. Capaldi who play the part of guide to those playing the Doctor’s newest companions; Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) and Matt Lucas (Nardole). Capaldi likened working on the series as “being in a television factory” in the best way possible.

The subject moved to Capaldi’s final episode, ‘Twice Upon a Time’, where he acts alongside David Bradley, who plays the first incarnation of the Doctor. To Capaldi, Bradley manages to invoke the spirit of William Hartnell, the man who first played the Doctor.

As to why he was leaving the series, Capaldi talked about not wanting to know how to play the role, that he felt that he needed to constantly work at being the Doctor. He was frightened about “getting the hang of it.” He called his last day on set as “quite fun,” acknowledging that the regeneration was part of playing the Doctor. While he is done with the role in front of the camera, Capaldi noted that he had to perform voice recordings for the finale.

To the amusement of the audience, Capaldi revealed how he was tipped off to an actress taking his place. He frequents Paul Smith, a fashionable high-end fashion shop, and he found out that the show requested his trousers at a waist size 30. Continuing the lighter note, Capaldi spoke with Whittaker before the official announcement, finding out that they lived close to each other, and that she had been going to the same coffee bars as him for three months without him noticing. He hoped that fans would embrace her as the Doctor.

At this point, audience members asked their questions. The first centered on possibly returning to The Thick Of It, where he was famous for playing the antagonistic and foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker. He quipped about how the role might be outdated, adding, “Politics aren’t fun anymore.”

The next question came from a fan who remembered Capaldi’s role in Lair Of The White Worm. He asked the actor what monsters he had wanted to see on the show during his run. Capaldi responded with the insect-like aliens from “The Web Planet,” as he found the idea of them to be imaginative.

When asked about his favorite episode during his run, Capaldi brought up ‘Heaven Sent’, which centers mostly on the Doctor being alone, which was a first for the series. He answered another question about what his ideal episode would have been, imagining a ’60s adventure with Jimi Hendrix, with the monsters being literal “flower children.” He added that the Doctor would have introduced Hendrix to the wah-wah pedal.

Capaldi continued answering questions. What would be the Doctor’s advice to humanity today? “Get it together!” He talked about his “fear is a superpower” speech from the latest season, which echoed a William Hartnell story. He also mentioned that he would be signing autographs at the Javits Center. “I don’t have any money now,” he quipped to the audience’s amusement.

The subject turned to Capaldi’s hair during his tenure, which grew upwards as he played the role. He talked about being pressured to keep it short, but liked it to be bigger over time. He joked about a possible story where the Doctor would have to fight that hair.

The panel ended with a montage of fans around the world paying tribute to Capaldi’s Doctor, with fan art thrown in for good measure.

Via Bleeding Cool by Rich Johnston

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Is Mark Gatiss playing the man who invented the blue Police Box in the Doctor Who Christmas special?

The Captain could be a real-life historical figure responsible for inspiring the Tardis design

It’s fair to say that Doctor Who fans have plenty of big questions about the upcoming Christmas special Twice Upon a Time.

Questions like: ‘How will Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor regenerate? What will new Doctor Jodie Whittaker be like in action? How will the return of Pearl Mackie’s companion Bill be explained? And why is the First Doctor back anyway?’

But equally intriguing is what you might call a second-tier mystery: who is the character played by longtime series writer (and sometimes actor) Mark Gatiss, a First World War soldier described only as “The Captain” who appears to be trapped in a single moment of time in the special’s previously-released trailer.

So far, nothing else has been revealed about his identity, leading some fans to question whether he could be a younger version of classic series ally the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtenay) or even some sort of Time Lord himself (the definite article name is certainly bang on).

But now, a few Whovians think they may have cracked who Gatiss is supposed to be portraying – and if they’re right, it’s a character with incredibly specific ties to the origins of Doctor Who.

You see, a little while ago some historically-minded fans noted one of Gatiss’ lines in the trailer – “These Police Boxes, they’re ever so good, aren’t they?” – and it set their minds a-whirring back to another First World War soldier with an eye for square, blue constructions.

His name was Gilbert MacKenzie-Trench, a surveyor and architect working for the Metropolitan police, known for designing police stations, residential buildings and other constructions throughout the 20th century, and who fought in the First World War in his late 20s and early 30s. As you can see in this colourised picture (restored by Petra Caroline), he even looked a little like Gatiss does in the official images (and footage) released from Twice Upon a Time thus far. Note the similar left parting in particular…

‘But what does any of that have to do with Doctor Who?’ you may rightfully be asking. Well, among all his achievements MacKenzie-Trench is probably best known for one of his smaller designs – the blue Police Box, adopted from 1929 (other less official versions had existed before this) and spreading across the UK over the following decades.

And of course, the blue Police Box that he designed later became famous worldwide when it was adopted as the outer appearance of the Doctor’s Tardis, with the character’s time-travel capsule becoming stuck in that camouflage form after visiting the 1960s.

Just think about it. The historical MacKenzie-Trench becoming inspired to create the real police boxes after encountering the Tardis would be a VERY Doctor Who idea (rather like Agatha Christie getting her ideas from the Tenth Doctor and Donna in The Unicorn and the Wasp), and yet another way for departing showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat to pay tribute to Doctor Who’s history in his last hurrah.

And given that the little we’ve glimpsed of Gatiss’s character sees him expressing admiration for the police boxes of both Time Lords (notably, he seems most enamoured with the more 1960s version piloted by David Bradley’s First Doctor), it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to imagine that Doctor Who is pilfering from real history to create a neat little circularity to the series’ origins.

Then again, it could be that we’re wrong and we’ve spent a whole morning researching the history of police boxes in the UK for no reason. Either way, we’re pretty happy with how we’ve spent our time.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A new Doctor Who attraction could be coming to Cardiff

There could soon be good news for Doctor Who fans mourning the loss of a Cardiff Bay attraction.

The Doctor Who Exhibition closed its doors in September despite more than 12,000 people signing a petition against its closure.

Campaigners said the venue brought tourism, provided jobs and provided an economic boost for the area.

But a senior councillor has now revealed that a new Doctor Who attraction could come to the city.

Cabinet member Russell Goodway has also said that discussions are ongoing about the future of the building in Cardiff Bay to find a future use.

Coun Goodway said that if a new lease is secured a “number of potential leisure-based uses” would be considered by the council.

In response to a written question by Lib Dem Councillor Emma Sandrey, Coun Goodway said “discussions had been ongoing with BBC Worldwide to secure a replacement Doctor Who related attraction in the city”.

Now he says he is ready to share proposals about that new attraction with councillors.

He told councillors he has agreed to involve Lib Dem Councillor Rodney Berman and leader of the opposition Conservative Adrian Robson to be involved in those discussions.

“I can confirm that my officials have now indicated that they are in a position to share proposals and a meeting will be arranged shortly".

Coun Goodway also said that there could be a new use for the building which housed the exhibition in Cardiff Bay.

“In terms of the former Doctor Who Exhibition building in Cardiff Bay , discussions are ongoing with both Igloo, the land owners, and Welsh Government, with a view to agreeing an extension of the lease arrangements following the expiry of the original five year lease.

“If a new lease can be secured, there are a number of potential leisure based uses for the building that the administration will consider. I will make a statement in the near future regarding the financial impact on the council of the original decision to bring the Doctor Who Experience to Cardiff Bay”.

At the time the closure was announced, BBC Worldwide said that the exhibition had “enjoyed a fantastic five-year run in Cardiff Bay but, sadly, our five-year sub-lease from Cardiff council will come to an end in summer 2017.

“As to opening somewhere else, we are not sure yet.”
In response, Cardiff council said the land was owned by the Welsh Government and their development partner, Igloo Regeneration.

“It was leased to the council for five years to enable its relocation from Olympia to Cardiff on a temporary basis.

“It has always been the intention for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing Porth Teigr regeneration project.

“The agreement was always intended to be for five years only, reflecting the nature of the attraction.

“The decision to close the Experience at the end of the lease next summer has been mutually agreed by all parties involved, including the operators BBC Worldwide.”

Cardiff council was asked for more details about the new plans hinted at by Coun Goodway but said it was unable to comment.

Via Wales Online by Ruth Mosalski

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

UK Offshore Wind gets Doctor Who onboard

Actors Peter Capaldi and Emma Thompson have emerged as the famous faces supporting an offshore wind campaign in the UK, launched by a coalition of companies and civil society organisations including Greenpeace, WWF and the Marine Conservation Society.

The move involves posters placed on Westminster tube station walls and ticket gates with the message that electricity from offshore wind is half the price it was just two years ago.

Launching the campaign in Westminster tube station, Peter Capaldi (Dr Who, The Thick of It, Local Hero) said: “Great Britain is the world leader in a technology which can generate huge amounts of energy without using any fuel. It’s safe, secure, zero-carbon and economical. In fact it’s halved in price in just two years. That’s 50% off. It’s a great deal. And it may just save the planet. The future of energy in the UK is offshore wind power.”

Emma Thompson, who visited an offshore wind farm to help launch the campaign, said: “It’s the most fantastic deal for the UK and it’s creating thousands of jobs in regions where unemployment has been, of late, very high. It’s the best news I’ve had in years. It’s creating jobs, it’s regenerating coastal areas, and it’s providing clean, beautiful green energy for us, our children and our grandchildren.”

Together with the campaign launch, Greenpeace released results from a YouGov poll it commissioned, which shows that offshore wind is by far the most popular large scale technology for the UK’s energy future, three times more popular than nuclear and twenty times more popular than gas. The results were consistent over age, sex, class, party allegiance, and the poll even united leavers and remainers, Greenpeace stated.

Jonathan Cole, Managing Director for Offshore Wind at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “With more than 50% cost reduction in recent years, offshore wind is becoming the lowest cost way to decarbonise our electricity sector and keep the lights on in the UK.  When you also consider that offshore wind will support tens of thousands of high quality jobs in the parts of the country that need them the most, it begins to look like a great deal for everyone. The industry and government need to continue to build on this momentum and really unleash the power of offshore wind in the UK.”

Matthew Wright, Managing Director for DONG Energy UK, said: “Offshore wind presents a massive opportunity for the UK. Costs are falling rapidly, long-term and highly-skilled jobs are being created across the north of England and the UK supply chain is going from strength to strength. The industry has already come such a long way and we truly believe it can become the backbone of the UK’s energy transformation. We’re seeing the benefits of commitment to this technology by successive governments and what’s so exciting is that there’s still a lot more to come.”

Via Offshore Wind Biz

The Doctor and Missy team up for first story in new game 'Doctor Who Infinity'

Tiny Rebel Games, the team behind the hugely popular Doctor Who: Legacy, have today announced an exciting new release, Doctor Who Infinity.

Launching worldwide in Spring 2018, the game will feature five original stories from an incredible team of major British Doctor Who writers and internationally renowned UK-based comic book artists to illustrate the stories.

Follow news about the game at www.tinyrebelgames.com.

Doctor Who Infinity builds ambitiously on the addictive puzzle gameplay of Doctor Who: Legacy to immerse players in comic book style puzzle adventures. Each story-based adventure has its own unique art style and author.

Doctor Who Infinity will be released both on PC and on major mobile platforms.

The Dalek Invasion of Time

The opening story will be The Dalek Invasion of Time written by George Mann (author of numerous Doctor Who audios, comics and novels) and art by Mike Collins (who worked on storyboards for Doctor Who Series 9 and 10).

The Dalek Invasion of Time will see the Twelfth Doctor and Missy team up against Skaro’s famous monsters, the Daleks.

This new game is being funded as a joint effort between the Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget and British game publisher/developer Double Eleven Limited.

It is being developed in close collaboration with Seed Studio along with a broad team of UK-based talent including well known Doctor Who actors, writers, and artists. Cardiff-based award-winning audio designer and composer Stafford Bawler will be providing audio direction for the game.

Susan Cummings, Executive Producer for Tiny Rebel Games, says:
“I think Doctor Who fans everywhere are going to be amazed with how we have taken everything we have learned from making the award-winning gameplay of Doctor Who: Legacy and brought it to the next level in every way imaginable.”
Doctor Who: Legacy, released in 2013, quickly became one of most popular Doctor Who games of all time with over 2.5 million players and broadly spans the history of Doctor Who with every Doctor, hundreds of allies, companions and monsters and includes extended universe content from Big Finish, Titan Comics, and BBC Books. Still popular four years later, the game continues to add new content weekly and has well over 120 hours of gameplay.

Doctor Who Infinity will be live globally on PC, iTunes, and Google Play in Spring 2018.
Follow news about the game at www.tinyrebelgames.com.

Via Doctor Who TV by Cameron McEwan

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Is Doctor Who recreating more classic scenes for the Christmas special?

This December’s Doctor Who Christmas special is set to be momentous for a number of reasons, with Twice Upon a Time serving simultaneously as Peter Capaldi’s final adventure as the Doctor, Steven Moffat’s final writing credit and Jodie Whittaker’s first appearance as the Thirteenth Doctor.

But of course the episode will also have the distinction of hosting the return of the very first incarnation of the Doctor, originally played by William Hartnell in the first 1960s episodes of the show and now taken over by David Bradley (after the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones star previously played Hartnell in 2013 making-of drama An Adventure in Space and Time).

And it’s the original Doctor’s inclusion that raises some of the most interesting possibilities about the upcoming episode. Since Bradley’s involvement was announced it’s been revealed that at least some of the action is taking place during Hartnell’s final episode The Tenth Planet, with the episode trailer depicting sets and characters from the episode.

Even more interestingly, the opening scene of the Twice Upon a Time trailer morphs between archive footage of Hartnell and new colourised footage of Bradley, leading many fans to wonder whether the finished episode will feature more recreations of the classic (and partially lost) episode – speculation only fanned by episode director Rachel Talalay in a recent interview.

“I feel like I’m an expert in the Tenth Planet! I think I’ve watched Tenth Planet more than anybody,” Talalay told the This Week in Time Travel podcast earlier this month when asked about her expertise classic-era Cybermen for the series 10 finale.

And then, she added an enticing postscript.

“Sections of it I’ve watched over and over again for reasons that will become clearer over Christmas,” she said.

“And also different reconstructions and the animated reconstructions. So yeah – I’ve watched sections of it a LOT.”

So could this suggest Talalay has been poring over these classic scenes so she can accurately recreate them just like Hartnell’s speech from the trailer? Will we see more morphs from the original episode to brand-new footage, or was that technique only intended for a one-off promotional shot? And generally speaking, will we spend this Christmas enjoying sections of the First Doctor’s final hours lovingly reimagined on screen, or watching a story that largely ignores the earlier one altogether?

Frustratingly as ever, we can’t know for sure until nearer the time. But we reckon old series fans like Moffat and Capaldi would be loth to miss out on the chance to pay tribute to a truly classic episode of Doctor Who – and even if they did go in a different direction, there are doubtlessly legions of fans who could stitch together the two stories for fleeting online acclaim.

One way or another, we’ll almost definitely see these two separate estranged figures brought together – and in the end, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Friday, 22 September 2017

Bessie arrives at Beaulieu's National Motor Museum

The iconic car from the tales of the Time Lords is now on show at the National Motor Museum in the New Forest.

Doctor Who’s much-loved car Bessie, which was a favourite with millions of viewers for its futuristic features in the Seventies, has been put on show in "On Screen Cars" at the Beaulieu museum.

The Earth-based transport for Jon Pertwee’s third Doctor was a bright yellow vintage car replica which starred in many episodes of the cult sci-fi show across two decades.

The car first appeared in the Doctor Who and the Silurians episode in 1970 when the Doctor was stranded on planet Earth and exiled by the Time Lords without the use of his Tardis.

After a string of appearances in the show, Bessie’s last hurrah on the small screen came in 1993 with the charity special episode Dimensions in Time.

Bessie may look like a vintage car, but in reality is a 1954 Ford Popular 103E, fitted with a fibreglass tourer body made by Siva Engineering of Dorset.

Bessie joins the prestigious line-up of motoring stars in "On Screen Cars" at Beaulieu alongside the likes of Del Boy's Reliant Regal Supervan and Mr Bean's green Mini.

Via the Bournemouth Daily Echo

Thursday, 21 September 2017

John Challis was once considered for the title role

John Challis is best known to audiences worldwide as Boycie in Only Fools & Horses. And he’s currently touring the UK with his entertaining one man show, where he recalls stories from his career, and takes questions from the audience.

He was in the Midlands last night, and his show covered his appearance in the Doctor Who six-parter The Seeds Of Doom, starring Tom Baker. Challis’ affection for Doctor Who shone through, and when quizzed by a member of the audience later in the evening as to what roles he always coveted but never got, Challis admitted “I always wanted to be Doctor Who”.

He added, though, that “I think I was somewhere in the running at one stage”, although he didn’t elaborate on just when that was. His Who appearance was before his career began to take off with Only Fools & Horses, so he would have been pretty much unknown when Jon Pertwee left the TARDIS, and it’s more likely he was being considered when Tom Baker finally quit the role. From how Challis talked, he didn’t seem to get especially close to the role, just that he was aware he was considered for it.

But his affection for the show was certainly helped by a trip to Boston in the 1970s. He was performing in theatre there, and was one day told that dozens of people were at the stage door waiting for him. Puzzled, given that his profile as an actor was low at this stage, he went to investigate. It turned out to be the local branch of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, and The Seeds Of Doom has just been on local television!

Challis’ tour continues, and you can find details on where to see him next, here.

Via CultBox

Russell T Davies has called the apparent backlash over a female Doctor Who "outrageous"

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Jodie Whittaker would replace Peter Capaldi to become the 13th and first ever female Doctor during this year's Christmas special.

Following the announcement, there was a lot of praise for the decision, with a number of famous faces coming out in support of the refreshing and progressive change.

The decision did prompt some criticism, however, from certain sections of the fanbase, but according to former showrunner Russell T Davies, the naysayers were few and far between.

Speaking to Frank Skinner on his special Absolute Radio podcast, Davies said: "I am on a book tour for this Doctor Who book, so last night there were 200 fans with no doubt [Whittaker will be brilliant].

"I am really tired of the objections. It's outrageous to me, you meet these fans and they are very, very happy that this is happening.

"Maybe 10 people online with different aliases are spouting saying you've ruining the programme and it's all that gets reported."

Elsewhere in the interview, Davies was asked how he felt about some of his narrative choices being retroactively changed by Steven Moffat during his time as showrunner, specifically relating to Gallifrey's salvation in 'The Day of the Doctor'.

"When you leave Doctor Who, you have to take a deep breath and think it's all up for grabs now, it's all there to be rewritten," he mused.

"It was interesting. I love that episode. It wasn't so much the Time Lords disappearing, it was all the Daleks shooting themselves.

"It was like, couldn't any of them [have] missed?"

Skinner quizzed Davies about how he felt when Steven Moffat re-engineered the Time War narrative that he’d written into the show when he brought it back. Was, Skinner asked, Davies in any way “miffed” that an important piece of Doctor Who lore was reworked?

“When you leave Doctor Who, you have to take a deep breath and think it’s all up for grabs now, it’s all there to be rewritten”, Davies said.

“But not retrospectively, surely?” asked Skinner.

“You’re very clever”, laughed Davies. “It was an interesting evening”, he said of the night Day Of The Doctor premiered. “But I love that episode”. 

With a grin on his face – and it’s important to note that there was no criticism being aimed – Davies laughed that “it wasn’t so much the Time Lords reappearing, it was all the Daleks shooting themselves. Couldn’t any of them dodge that?!”

Davies also admitted that since he left Doctor Who, his mind hasn’t come up with one story in the series he’d want to tell. “A year before I knew I was leaving, my mind had moved onto other things”, he said.

Via Digital Spy by Louise McCreesh

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Doctor Who Magazine 517

Thirty years after he first appeared as the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy reflects on the role that changed his life…

“We didn’t know that we were breaking rules. And I think we were also blessed by the fact that we didn’t have all that baggage of the past to get in the way…”
“We didn’t know that we were breaking rules. And I think we were also blessed by the fact that we didn’t have all that baggage of the past to get in the way…”

DWM remembers the late Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor’s companion Victoria from 1967 to 1978, with contributions from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Frazer Hines.

A previously unpublished interview with Deborah Watling from 1990.

Remembering the late Doctor Who writer and story editor Victor Pemberton.

An interview with original American Doctor Who superfan Gail Bennett.

This month’sFact of Fiction explores 1968’s Fury from the Deep, the last story to feature Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield.

Part Three of our brand-new comic strip adventure, The Parliament of Fear, featuring the Doctor and Bill; written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Mike Collins.

The composer recalls writing and recording the score for 1989’s

The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Doctor’s Wife.

PLUS! Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.

Doctor Who Magazine 517 is on sale from Thursday 21 September, price £5.99.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Official synopsis for the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas special

Up until now the BBC has been diligently silent on what exactly is going to happen in the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special.

Outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat has merely hinted that the last episode featuring Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will be ‘dark’ in tone, while the short teaser trailer (below) has shown Mark Gatiss’s character ‘The Captain’ seemingly stuck in time, the Twelfth Doctor trying to come to terms with the First Doctor, and the return of Bill Potts.

But now, there is a great big bundle of new information to digest, thanks – slightly unexpectedly – to the BBC Shop.

The American online BBC store has published its listing for the Blu-Ray DVD version of this year’s Christmas special Twice Upon A Time. While the DVD won’t be available until 20th February 2018, well after the episode has first aired on TV, the BBC is offering it up for pre-order very early.

Included in the listing is the first official synopsis for the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas special.

Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. And a British army captain seemingly destined to die in the First World War, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story. 

This is the magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure. 

He must face his past to decide his future. And the Doctor will realise the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment. It’s the end of an era. 

But the Doctor’s journey is only just beginning. 

Via Radio Times by James Gill

Friday, 15 September 2017

Pearl Mackie leaps from Doctor Who to Harold Pinter

For her first role since travelling through time and space in Doctor Who, actress Pearl Mackie will jump back 60 years to appear in Harold Pinter's 1957 play The Birthday Party.

Mackie currently plays Doctor Who's companion Bill Potts, but will leave the show after the Christmas special.

Then, from January, she will be seen as Lulu in The Birthday Party.

She will appear alongside Toby Jones, Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.

The play will be directed by Ian Rickson and will run until April.

In an interview with BBC News, Mackie says she's been struggling with how the character - and the things she goes through - will fit with her own feminist ideals.

She also talks about her departure from Doctor Who, says she wants to tell more political stories in the future - and says Capaldi's successor Jodie Whittaker will be "phenomenal".

What attracted you to The Birthday Party?

It's a wonderful play. I've always loved Pinter and got to grips with it at drama school. Pinter's so brilliant. The text is so rich and there's so much that isn't said. His characters are so weird and hard to figure out.

The characters are very real while also being slightly surreal. Lulu is one of those - I don't quite know if she knows what she wants.

Who is Lulu?

She's a young woman who lives in this seaside town a little way out of London. It doesn't say much about her background but she seems like she wants to escape the humdrum life that she has.

She gets very enamoured by one of these macabre visitors that come to the visiting house. Quite interesting things stem from that. The guy she becomes very enamoured with is Stephen Mangan, so it should be really fun to play around with that with him.

She wants to escape her humdrum life - are there any similarities with Bill?

It's a different kettle of fish. You have to look at the context of the play. It was written 60 years ago. When Ian [Rickson] and I discussed it, we said we'd like to explore the character with [us] both having modern feminist ideals.

You have to explore that and be true to the play as it was written. There are some quite dramatic things that she has to undergo.

It's very, very different, for her, wanting to escape than for Bill.

Did the things Lulu goes through give you pause for thought because they conflict with your modern feminist ideals?

Yes, definitely. I struggled with these incidents and how we portray it in a way that isn't giving it a seal of approval while also being true to the play. It's going to be really exciting to explore how we do that.
What types of roles have you been offered since leaving Doctor Who?

One of the incredible things about being part of such an incredible show as Doctor Who is it does open so many doors. The things that I've been looking at have been very wide ranging on many levels.
How has Doctor Who changed your life?

I don't think I've seen the full extent of how it's changed my life as yet. It's definitely changed my life in terms of career prospects, which is very good.

And I do get recognised more on the street now, which is also quite nice because people tend not to stop you if they don't like what you've done. That's very positive and everyone seems to have been very enthusiastic about Bill and the whole series, so it's been a wonderful experience.

One of the great things about Doctor Who is it doesn't really ever leave you. You're part of this incredible alumni for the rest of your life. It was such a wonderful opportunity and will always have a very special place in my heart.

Were you disappointed to find out you would be leaving?

Well, you know, that was quite early on - I knew that, really. But I was very excited to do this series and have this journey as Bill, and have this amazing relationship that Peter's Doctor and Bill had.

They had a very special chemistry and relationship, and while it's always interesting to add a different dynamic to that, it was wonderful to have been able to explore that for what it was.

What stories would you like to tell in the future?

Thought-provoking stories. Stories that are relevant in our political climate. Stories that are fantastical. But as long as the story grips you and makes you think, then that's the kind of story I'd like to tell.

What are your thoughts on Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who?

I think she's going to be phenomenal.

Who would you like to see as a new companion?

No idea. There are so many actors. No-one thought it would have been me before I got the part.

Via BBC News by  

David Bradley returns to the TARDIS in Doctor Who – The First Doctor Adventures!

Materialising in time for the New Year, The First Doctor Adventures features David Bradley reprising his role in a new set of stories for a very familiar, yet very new, Doctor.

Following his stellar portrayal of William Hartnell in BBC Two’s An Adventure in Space and Time, David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Broadchurch, Captain America) is set to star as the First Doctor in this year’s BBC One Doctor Who Christmas Special alongside Peter Capaldi. And now Big Finish Productions, in arrangement with BBC Worldwide, are giving this reimagined First Doctor another chance to explore the cosmos!

Joining David Bradley are his co-stars from An Adventure in Space and Time reprising their roles as the iconic first TARDIS team. Jamie Glover (Elizabeth, Waterloo Road, Holby City) plays Ian Chesterton, Jemma Powell (Alice in Wonderland, Angel, Foyle’s War) plays Barbara Wright, and Claudia Grant (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) plays Susan – the Doctor’s granddaughter and the original ‘Unearthly Child’.

“The adventures of the First Doctor are all about discovery,” says script editor and writer Matt Fitton, “finding out what this infinite universe contains, and also who our fellow travellers are. As we journey with Ian, Barbara, Susan and the mysterious Doctor, we come to see what they are capable of when confronted with the strange, the unjust and the dangerous.”

Executive producer Nicholas Briggs: “Having worked with David twice now on TV, it’s great to be working with him again. Matt and his team of writers have come up with such a beautifully authentic set of scripts. We forget how different Doctor Who was, back in those early days – and here it all is, painstakingly recreated. I find that rather thrilling.”

Nick adds: "What's fascinating about the cast and their performances is that they're not impersonating William Hartnell and his TARDIS crew. They're playing those parts as written in the scripts. No one can replace the brilliance of those original performances. What we're presenting here is a kind of reinvention of that era, completely in the spirit of the original. They are new but entirely faithful interpretations of these characters."

“I’ve always been a great admirer of David Bradley’s work”, says executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, “and thought that he was an excellent choice to play William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time. After his brilliant performance, we immediately thought about bringing David in to play the First Doctor for Big Finish – it took us a while – but we got there in the end! I’m so looking forward to seeing David in the Christmas Special and then listening to his further adventures with us.”

This series of adventures pays homage to the beginning years of Doctor Who, and each of the four episodes in each story will be given an individual title. Two of the four stories are historical, focusing on tales from Earth’s history pre-1963. Back in its first few years, Doctor Who was intended to be an educational programme using time travel as a means to explore scientific ideas and famous moments in history, while still captivating the minds and imaginations of generations to come.

Not only will the Doctor be exploring our history, but he will also encounter strange new life forms – the Dalmari and the Ashtallans.

And in a Big Finish exclusive, the First Doctor will encounter his greatest foe, the first incarnation of fellow Time Lord, the Master, played by James Dreyfus.

Available in December, the stories in The First Doctor Adventures - Volume 1 consist of:
  • 1.1 The Destination Wars by Matt Fitton
  • 1.2 The Great White Hurricane by Guy Adams 
 And to follow in July 2018, Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures – Volume 2:
  • 2.1 The Invention of Death by John Dorney
  • 2.2 The Barbarians and the Samurai by Andrew Smith 

Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures – Volume 1 is available for pre-order now at £23 on CD or £20 on download from Big Finish and will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £35 on CD or £30 on download.

Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures – Volume 1 can also be purchased as a bundle with Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures – Volume 2, to be released in July 2018, at the price of £45 on CD and £40 on download (all CD purchases from the Big Finish website unlock a download exclusive from the Big Finish website and app).

Via Big Finish

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