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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Peter Capaldi cried when announcing his Doctor Who exit

Back in January when Peter Capaldi announced he was leaving Doctor Who, there was shock, consternation and even a few tears among the sci-fi series’ fans, with many devastated to see their favourite Doctor vworping off into the sunset.

And now it’s emerged that Capaldi himself was just as emotional when first revealing the news, with the Scottish actor apparently fighting back tears as he appeared on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show to make the announcement all those months ago.

“That was one of the funniest, most extraordinary moments I’ve ever had on air I think,” Whiley, who is presenting a special behind-the-scenes broadcast about Capaldi’s final episode next month, told RadioTimes.com.

“The fact that he chose to come on our show – and I remember saying to my producer, ‘Peter just wants to come on the show and talk about Doctor Who? That’s great, but any idea why? Bit random, but brilliant. I love him, and I love Doctor Who, it’s fantastic!’

“And then he came and sat there and kept saying all the time ‘When am I finished? When do you want me to leave?’ Obviously he was just trying to work out when within the hour he should drop the bombshell.

“And then he just kind of casually let it into the conversation. I remember just trying to compute – ‘did you just say what I think you just said? Are you actually leaving?’

“And his eyes were just brimming with tears, and it was obviously a hugely big deal for him. A very emotional experience to tell everyone that this was it, that this was his time to move on. And I felt really privileged that he decided to do it on the show.”

Capaldi’s tribute to Doctor Who on Whiley’s show was clearly heartfelt: “One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best,” he told Whiley.

“From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

And as the big moment of his exit approached, you might have expected Capaldi to get all the more upset – but when Whiley caught up with him again on the final filming days of upcoming Christmas special Twice Upon a Time (when his Doctor will regenerate into Jodie Whittaker’s incarnation) she instead found him in a MUCH more chipper mood.

 “I think he’s past that now,” Whiley told us.

“I got the impression that dropping the bombshell and telling everyone that he’s leaving was the difficult bit, the really really difficult bit. And actually acting it out, he was being the actor, and he wanted to do it to the very best of his abilities.

“I think it was kind of the relief of announcing he was moving on – and it was all about giving the viewers the best that he could, just making the best exit, and making that show just right for the viewers.”

Though of course, Whiley admitted she might not have seen Capaldi during his most emotional moments.

“Maybe at the very end of the day after we’d left, I’m sure when they finally went to say goodbye to each other it was emotional,” she suggested.

“But [when we were there] it was more about doing the job very well, doing Doctor Who justice.”

From what we’ve seen so far, it seems like they’re doing a pretty good job – and we’re well prepared for our very own crying fits this 25th December.

The Jo Whiley – Access All Areas Doctor Who Special airs on BBC Radio 2 from 8 to 10pm on Thursday 21st December

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Friday, 24 November 2017

Doctor Who Roundup (24th November 2017)

Included in this edition: Children in Need clip from the upcoming festive episode 'Twice Upon a Time', Celebrating 54 years of Who, Doctor Who composer Murray Gold has left the show, plus even more from the Whoniverse...

Doctor Who star Tom Baker is back as the Time Lord

Doctor Who star Tom Baker has reprised his role as the Time Lord – to re-shoot part of a story which was halted in the 1970s due to strike action.

Doctor Who: Shada was a run of episodes meant to mark the end of the 17th series, but the studio scenes were never completed.

The actor, 83, has returned to film part of the 1979 story, which was abandoned because of a strike by electricians.

The new scene sees Baker at the console of the Tardis in his famously long coat and stripy scarf.

Filmed at BBC Television Centre earlier this year, it combines original live-action footage with new animation as well as Baker’s cameo.

Baker was the Fourth Doctor and his appearance is his first in the role in 36 years.

In the new scene, he voices words from Douglas Adams’s original script and wonders aloud: “I expect that sometime in the future – in about 200 years’ time – someone will meet me and say is that really the Doctor? He seemed such a nice old man.”

Of the cameo, the actor said: “Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in the studio.”

He said: “When I was doing Doctor Who it was the realisation of all my childhood fantasies … so I took to it like a duck to water and I still do.

“I loved doing Doctor Who because it was life to me…. My real life was really rather drab… I used to dread the end of rehearsal…”

Baker added: “I never left (Doctor Who) and that’s why I can’t stay away from it.”

The star played the Doctor between 1974 and 1981 and has not appeared in the role since, aside from a brief cameo as part of Children in Need.

Doctor Who: Shada is being released as a digital download now, and on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday December 4.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Free screening of the Doctor Who Christmas special

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a free screening of the Doctor Who Christmas special before anyone else.

Starting in Hartlepool and finishing just before Christmas in Bradford, there are eight locations across northern England so plenty of chances to enjoy this most eagerly-awaited festive television show.

And this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, will see Peter Capaldi joined by David Bradley who plays the First Doctor, while Pearl Mackie returns as companion Bill Potts and Mark Gatiss guest stars as the Captain.

Lucky ticket applicants will be able to enjoy a sneak peek of this hotly-anticipated show in advance of the television premiere on BBC One on Christmas Day. You'll also get the chance to take photos on the BBC’s red carpet with famous props from the programme.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up below for up to four tickets and your chance to take a selfie with a Dalek and catch Peter Capaldi as the Doctor for the last time in this special festive episode.

Tickets will be allocated via a random draw with 75% going to local postcodes ** and 25% to the rest of the UK.

The deadline to apply for tickets is 11pm on Sunday 3 December.

Please note: Anyone with a mobile telephone, camera or recording equipment will be required to hand this to a member of BBC staff for safekeeping throughout the screening. This is to ensure no clips of the show are leaked ahead of the broadcast.

Admission to this screening is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
No age restrictions
Maximum of 4 tickets per request

Thursday14 December 7.00pm: Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre
 75% of tickets will be allocated to the following postcodes: TS16, TS17, TS18, TS19, TS20, TS21, TS22, TS23, TS24, TS25, TS26, TS27, TS28
Friday15 December 7.00pm: The Guildhall, York
75% of tickets will be allocated to the following postcodes: YO1, YO7, YO8, YO10,YO11, Y012, YO13, YO14, YO15, YO16, YO17, YO18, YO19, YO21, YO22, YO23, YO24, YO25, YO26, YO30, YO31, YO32, YO41, YO42, YO43, YO51, YO60, YO61, YO62, YO90, YO91

Saturday16 December 7.00pm: Jubilee Church Hull
75% of tickets will be allocated to the following postcodes: HU1, HU2, HU3, HU4, HU5, HU6, HU7, HU8, HU9, HU10, HU11, HU12, HU13, HU14, HU15, HU16, HU17, HU18, HU19, HU20
Sunday17 December7.00pm: St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle
75% of tickets will be allocated to the following postcodes: NE1, NE2, NE3, NE4, NE5, NE6, NE7, NE8, NE9, NE10, NE11, NE12, NE13, NE14, NE15, NE16, NE17, NE18, NE19, NE20, NE21, NE22, NE23, NE24, NE25, NE26, NE27, NE28, NE29, NE30, NE31, NE32, NE33, NE34, NE35,NE36, NE37, NE38, NE39, NE40, NE41, NE42, NE43, NE44, NE45, NE46, NE47, NE48, NE49, NE61, NE62, NE63, NE64, NE65, NE66, NE67, NE68, NE69, NE70, NE71, NE82, NE83, NE85, NE88, NE92, NE98, NE99

Monday18 December7.00pm: The Middlesbrough Empire
75% of tickets will be allocated to the following postcodes: TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4, TS5, TS6, TS7, TS8, TS9, TS109, TS11, TS12, TS13, TS14, TS15

Tuesday19 December7.00pm: Dock 10, MediaCityUK
75% of tickets will be allocated to the following postcodes: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M8, M9, M10, M11, M12, M13, M14, M15, M16, M17, M18, M19, 20, M21, M22, M23, M24, M25, M26, M27, M28, M29, M30, M31, M32, M33, M34, M35, M38, M40, M41, M43, M44, M45, M46, M50, M60

Wednesday20 December7.00pm:  Durham School
 75% of tickets will be allocated to the following postcodes: DH1, DH2, DH3, DH4, DH5, DH6, DH7, DH8, DH9, DH97, DH98, DH99

Friday22 December7.00pm:  Old Odeon, Bradford
75% of tickets will be allocated to the following postcodes: BD1, BD2, BD3, BD4, BD5, BD6, BD7, BD8, BD9, BD10, BD11, BD12, BD13, BD14, BD15, BD16, BD17, BD18, BD19, BD20, BD21, BD22, BD23, BD24, BD97, BD98, BD99

Apply for tickets here: BBC Shows and Tours

Doctor Who 2017 Christmas special: BBC Radio 2 goes behind the scenes

Fans hoping for even more Doctor Who this Christmas are in luck, because a one-off BBC Radio 2 special is coming to lift the lid on upcoming festive episode Twice Upon a Time and the final scenes of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor.

Recorded on location during the last days of filming, the Access All Areas Doctor Who Special will be presented by Jo Whiley and features interviews with the episode’s actors and crew including showrunner Steven Moffat, Pearl Mackie, David Bradley and Peter Capaldi himself.

“We were really lucky to be on location when they were filming the final scenes of the Christmas Day Doctor Who special,” Whiley (whose radio show was where Capaldi chose to announce his exit from the series in January) told RadioTimes.com of the upcoming broadcast, which can be heard on BBC Radio 2 a few days before the episode airs (Thursday 21st December, to be precise).

“So we spent the day with the cast, and it was all very emotional.

“It just felt like a real privilege that we were there to watch some of the most emotional scenes that people will see play out on the Christmas Day Doctor Who. To see the chemistry between all the different characters, to watch the Doctor as he nears the end of this incarnation.

“It’s fantastic, just to hear all the various members of the cast telling us about the things that had happened beforehand, and the story behind it all. It’s just going to be such a huge emotional climax on Christmas Day, when people watch the whole thing.”

An official synopsis for the radio special (which will also feature an interview with already-departed series 10 companion Matt Lucas and material from the Doctor Who archive) can be read after the jump.

As Peter Capaldi calls time on his adventures in the Tardis, Jo has exclusive access to the Doctor Who team. She catches up with the stars of the series on the set including Pearl Mackie, David Bradley, exec producer extraordinaire Steven Moffat, and the Doctor himself. Plus, Jo hears from outgoing companion, Matt Lucas, and digs into the BBC Doctor Who archive.

There will be stories from behind the scenes including how Matt approaches being recognised by fans, the radical ways in which Pearl’s life has changed, Pele’s reaction to signing a Brazil shirt for the Doctor and how Doctor Who has always been with Peter Capaldi – from dressing up as a Dalek as a child, to karaoke singalongs to The Killers all in the name of getting into character…

Plus, Radio 2 listeners will find out which member of the team has a penchant for Chas and Dave!

“We did a really really long interview with Peter; we got him to choose lots of songs and bits of music that he loves, and he’d thought it all through,” Whiley added.

“He’s such a music fan that he’d been agonising over what songs to play. So, we get to hear the Doctor’s musical passions. We spoke to Matt, we spoke to Pearl, we spoke to various members of the Doctor Who team. We speak to all the cast who are involved.”

According to Whiley, fans have plenty to look forward to when the full episode finally airs on Christmas Day.

“The thing that struck me the most about the day was that it was such an epic production,” she said. “It’s going to look incredible.

“They actually treated us to watching back some of the filming that they’d done a couple of days beforehand; the scale of what they’ve done, the directing is incredible.

“They wanted to give people the best possible send-off with the grandest story; they wanted to give the viewers something to remember him by, and the greatest Doctor Who Christmas Day special that they possibly could watch.”

Sounds like the perfect present to unwrap this 25th December, then.

The Jo Whiley – Access All Areas Doctor Who Special airs on BBC Radio 2 from 8 to 10pm on Thursday 21st December

Via: Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Actor Rodney Bewes has died

Rodney Bewes has died aged 79, his agent has confirmed.

The actor had a career spanning six decades and is best known for playing Bob Ferris in sitcom The Likely Lads.

His agent issued a statement saying: "It is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear client, the much-loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning."

The statement paid tribute to the actor, calling him a "true one-off" and a "brilliant storyteller".

"He had a funny anecdote for every occasion. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. We will miss him terribly."

Bewes was originally from Bingley in Yorkshire but moved to Luton as a child.

Despite childhood asthma keeping him house-bound until the age of 12, he achieved his first role at the age of 14 and went on to study drama at RADA.

He gained fame in the 1960s and 1970s playing Bob Ferris in the BBC sitcom The Likely Lads, and in its sequel, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? - which drew audiences of up to 27 million.

In 1984, he became a member of the Doctor Who cast during Peter Davison's run as the Time Lord, portraying a humanoid named Stien in Resurrection Of The Daleks.

He died six days before he would have celebrated his 80th birthday.

Bewes is survived by his four children - Billy, Joe, Tom and Daisy - and his two grandchildren, Oscar and Eliza.

Via: BBC News

DVLA woo Doctor Who fans with the latest number plate sale

The DVLA is calling out to Doctor Who fans as it promotes its latest number plate sale, offering ‘Who 63’ for sale to Whovians with deep pockets.

Whatever your opinion on personalised number plates, it’s big business not just for purveyors of registration numbers, but for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) too.

Each year the DVLA holds sales to flog number plates no longer, or never in, circulation to raise a few bob, with prices ranging from a few hundred pounds to over £500k for ’25 O’.

So with the latest number plate sale due to run from 22-24 November, DVLA are promoting it with what they think is the perfect plate for a Doctor Who fan – or Whovian – with the sale of ‘WHO 63’.

It might not quite be the ‘WHO 1’ famed for being on John Pertwee’s Doctor Who car, but it does denote the year Doctor Who first aired (1963) and will go under the hammer almost exactly 54 years to the hour Doctor Who first aired at 5.15pm on 24 November 1963.

But it’s not just Doctor Who fans being enticed to buy a new number plate, with Manchester football fans wooed with ‘M17 CTY’ and MA17 ‘UTD’, and potential buyers who are desperate to tell the world their name (or an approximation) with ‘DOU 9G’ and PA11 DDY’, amongst others.

John Davies, DVLA’s Personalised Registrations Sales Manager, said:

    "2017 has been yet another incredibly successful year for the sale of personalised registrations. We have experienced auctions with sales of over 99.5 per cent which clearly shows that the popularity of personalised registrations with motorists continues. With the range we are auctioning at Wychwood Park I am sure that success will continue."

The DVLA Number Plate Auction is at Wychwood Park in Crewe from 22-14 November 2017.

Via: Cars UK

Doctor Who theme's co-creator honoured with posthumous PhD

The under-appreciated electronic music pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme is to be honoured posthumously with a doctorate from her hometown university as the programme gears up for the debut of its first female lead.

Largely ignored in life and barred from working in studios because she was a woman, Delia Derbyshire, will be awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University on Monday.

Mostly unknown and uncredited during her lifetime, she created a new wave of sounds and arrangements in music during the 1960s and 70s, and paved the way for more women to work in the music production business.

Born in Coventry in 1937, Derbyshire’s unique sonic palette was shaped by sounds of the Blitz and the air raid sirens that surrounded her as a child. Highly academic, she won a scholarship to study maths and music at the University of Cambridge, where she immersed herself in sound.

After graduating, Derbyshire struggled in what was predominantly a man’s industry, being told by Decca Records that it did not employ women in its studios. She turned to teaching but refused to give up and eventually found work as a trainee studio manager at the BBC.

It was here, in 1962 that she gained access to the experimental Radiophonic Workshop, developing an entirely new type of music by playing notes on tape and then speeding them up or slowing them down.. She went on to transform a written score by Ron Grainer for a new TV series, Doctor Who, into an iconic piece of electronic music.

Due to BBC policies at the time, Grainer – unwillingly – is still officially credited as the sole writer.

Derbyshire stayed at the workshop for 10 years, recording sound for Inventions for Radio and Cyprian Queen – all in the days before modern synthesisers and machines. She was later approached by Paul McCartney to work on a backing track for the Beatles hit Yesterday.

But despite her talent and credit from her peers, Delia failed to gain widespread recognition during her lifetime, eventually becoming disillusioned with the industry and finding work as a radio operator in Cumbria. She later worked in a museum in the area, before taking up a position in a bookshop in Northampton where she met her partner, Clive Blackburn.

She died aged 64 in 2001, and has since been widely acknowledged as a pioneer in electronic music, having inspired the likes of the Chemical Brothers and Sonic Boom.
Delia Derbyshire

Mark Ayres, a composer and sound designer at the Radiophonic Workshop, said: “Any composer of my generation with an interest in electronic sound and music cannot fail to have been influenced by Delia’s talent. It is very fitting that Delia is receiving this posthumous honorary doctorate from Coventry University. Delia was proud of her roots in the city and deeply affected by the damage wreaked upon it during the second world war, though much inspired by the sounds she heard around her during that time.”

Blackburn, Derbyshire’s partner of 21 years, said: “Delia would be really excited by the developments in electronic music. Digital technology is finally catching up with what she managed to achieve manually in the 1960s using the most rudimentary of equipment.”

Coventry University will launch a series of school workshops in Derbyshire’s name on Friday to try to inspire a new generation of children – especially girls – to pursue maths and music. Linked to a touring play about her life, Hymns for Robots by Noctium Theatre, the partnership project will share the story of Derbyshire and her creations at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Via:The Guardian

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Doctor Who composer Murray Gold has left the show

Composer Murray Gold will be departing Doctor Who following this year’s Christmas special…

As part of the shake-up behind the scenes of Doctor Who, we understand from multiple sources that composer Murray Gold has left the series. Gold has been doing the music for Doctor Who since the show returned to our screens in 2005. It’s unknown who will be taking over composer duties for series 11.

The reasons for his departure are not clear, although it seems that new showrunner Chris Chibnall wants to bring in a lot of his own team behind the scenes. It’s likely that Gold’s departure is a consequence of that, and from what we understand, he was happy to remain with the show if wanted.

There’s been no official confirmation of this story from the BBC, but we first heard the rumour a couple of months ago, and since then, we have established that it’s true. It’s just coming to light now courtesy of a tabloid rumour in the Mirror today.

Murray Gold’s last episode will be the Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time.

Via CultBox

Friday, 17 November 2017

Children in Need clip from the upcoming festive Doctor Who episode 'Twice Upon a Time'

The BBC have released a clip from the Christmas episode 'Twice Upon a Time'

The First Doctor Enters The Twelfth Doctor's TARDIS - Christmas Special Preview

Please donate to Children in Need via the link below..


Doctor Who Roundup (17th November 2017)

Another selection of Whovian links for your entertainment...

Whovian News
New Promotional Images for 'Twice Upon a Time' Bradley Walsh confirms new Doctor Who will begin filming 'this week'
Whovian Miscellany

Another Doctor Who fan has been hired to work on the series BBC Breakfast: Naga Munchetty forced to awkwardly recover after Doctor Who technical gaffe Doctor Who costume designer explains how to dress a Time Lord There's a crucial detail about Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who costume that everyone missed The First Doctor feels "great horror" when meeting Peter Capaldi's Doctor in the Doctor Who Christmas special Bradley Walsh didn't even have to audition for his Doctor Who role Should the Thirteenth Doctor keep Jodie Whittaker's Northern accent? Peter Capaldi visited the Sherlock set in full Doctor Who costume Here's what Doctor Who fans think the 13th Doctor's first words should be 'Doctor Who' Underrated Villain of the Week: Pyrovile - Geek.com Doctor Who inspired loo makes all your TARDIS dreams come true 'Doctor Who': 10 Things You May Not Know About 'Closing Time' | BBC America Is #DWSR worth your time anymore? From TARDIS To MCU: 9 'Doctor Who' Actors That Played Comic Book Characters WhoTube
Doctor Who on Remembrance Sunday Top 10 Doctor Who Cliffhangers Doctor Who - Bradley Walsh Talks About Being Cast In Doctor Who The 13th Doctor's Costume & TARDIS REVEALED! Our thoughts! Daleks and Marxism What is Shada - Doctor Who 12th Doctor Rock Theme (Series 8 Theme Recreation for A&V Artwork) Doctor Who The Wheel in Space Episode 1 Animated CGI Reconstruction
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Whovian Twitterverse

Dressing for the occasion

The 13th Doctor gets a costume, a moment of inspiration

Hello Tweetie (13th November)

Another selection of Whovian tweets for you to enjoy

mixital on Twitter

✨New #DoctorWho fanfiction writing challenge!✨ Write and share a story where the Doctor finds a different way to travel: https://t.co/zW42ZnvJnc #fanfic #amwritingfantasy

Hello Tweetie (16th November)

Another selection of Whovian tweets for your perusal

Blast from the Past

"Burn With Me!" - 42 - Doctor Who - BBC
Outside the TARDIS

Bradley Walsh Teases a Collaboration with Stormzy! | This Morning Scott Fredericks has died Actor Keith Barron dies aged 83 Like the Tardis in Brixton - Dr Who companion opens rebuilt school
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

New Promotional Images for 'Twice Upon a Time'

The BBC has released a few more images for 'Twice Upon a Time'

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.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Doctor Who Magazine 519 - Cover and Details


Four years ago he played William Hartnell in BBC Two’s An Adventure in Space and Time. Now David Bradley is returning as the First Doctor himself for this year’s Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time…

“I was playing the guy who was playing the Doctor, but now I’m the Doctor… It’s absolutely thrilling.”


Sir Derek Jacobi talks to DWM about bringing back his version of the Master for Big Finish’s new
series of audio adventures.

DWM meets Jared Garfield and Lily Travers, the actors playing Ben and Polly in Twice Upon a Time.


In a previously unpublished interview from 1997, Michael Craze reflects on the time he spent playing
Ben Jackson in Doctor Who from 1966 to 1967.

In what turned out to be his final interview, Trevor Martin discusses playing the Doctor in the stage
play Seven Keys to Doomsday. Elsewhere in this issue DWM pays tribute to his long career.

Costume designer Hayley Nebauer explains how she created the First Doctor’s 2017 look.

BBC Audio is reviving stories from the Doctor Who annuals. Readers Peter Purves and Matthew
Waterhouse are in the studio…

What’s so special about the 23rd of November? And what else has happened on Doctor Who’s big
day? DWM investigates…


A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in part one of The Phantom Piper, written
by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2011’s The Almost

Uncovering the details hidden in the 2007 episode The Lazarus Experiment.


DWM’s brand-new column begins…

Previews, book and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more.

Doctor Who Magazine 519 is on sale from Thursday 16 November, price £5.99.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Bradley Walsh confirms new Doctor Who will begin filming ‘next week’

Bradley Walsh has confirmed that the new series of Doctor Who will begin filming ‘next week’.

The new companion was appearing on Sunday Brunch on Sunday morning when he spoke about his new role, which will air on screen in 2018.

‘That starts next week, sometime,’ he revealed before admitting that he is very excited.

‘I watched it as a young boy… when it was in black and white and very provocative. And I remember being bought a dalek, driving my mum and dad mad… and now 50 years later I may get to play with real daleks!

Doctor Who - Bradley Walsh Talks About Being Cast In Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the 13th Doctor, and she will be joined, for the first time, by three companions, Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole.

Walsh will board the TARDIS in the role of Graham, while former Hollyoaks stars Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole will play Yasm and Ryan respectively.

Jodie, who is taking over the role from Peter Capaldi, said: ‘I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!’

Bradley added: ‘I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor.

‘Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan.

I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!’

Via The Metro  by Rebecca Lewis

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Scott Fredericks has died

The actor Scott Fredericks has died. Scott was best known to Doctor Who fans as 'Boaz' in 'Day of the Daleks' and 'Max Stael' in 'Image of the Fendahl'. He also played the strategist 'Carnell' in the Blakes 7 episode 'Weapon' written by Chris Boucher, a role he later reprised in the audio series 'Kaldor City' - a DW/B7 cross over.

Scott was well known for playing very Germanic characters, probably due in part to his appearance, and was in fact cast as a Nazi in the 'Dad's Army' film released in 1971 (one of the airmen who took siege in the Town Hall). In fact, Scott was Irish and spent many of the last few years in Arklow on the east coast and then Co. Sligo further west.

Scott was a guest at a number of DWAS events, most recently the launch of the 'Day of the Daleks Special Edition DVD' in 2011 at Riverside Studios. He was not well at this point and made a great effort to be with us, his only condition being that we did not make him fly over on Ryan Air!
Scott worked on many TV shows during his career including 'Crossroads', 'Dixon of Dock Green', and 'Triangle'. Later he was a regular cast member on the RTE series, 'Fair City'.

His obituary from Irish Equity can be viewed here and you can see a video of part of his 'Day of the Daleks' panel at the DWAS You Tube channel.

Via DWAS Online by Paul Winter

Friday, 10 November 2017

Doctor Who releases new Christmas special cast photos for Children in Need

The annual Children in Need campaign is always a big night for Doctor Who fans, with the live broadcast traditionally including a preview clip or sketch related to the upcoming Christmas special the next month.

Happily, this year will be no exception, with a clip from upcoming festive episode Twice Upon a Time set to air during the earlier part of the broadcast (7-10.00pm) on Friday 17th November – and now the series has released a collection of new character images to mark the event, featuring Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie’s Bill Potts and David Bradley’s First Doctor larking around with Children in Need mascot Pudsey.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton


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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Jodie Whittaker’s new Doctor Who costume and TARDIS have been revealed

Just a few weeks after Jodie Whittaker’s Tardis team was revealed, yet more details of her new Doctor have been unveiled – the brand-new costume and TARDIS exterior that will feature in her first series next autumn.

A far cry from the black hoody seen in Whittaker’s announcement video, the new outfit is a typically colourful and eccentric look for the Doctor (with boots and braces Matt Smith’s incarnation would appreciate), while the Tardis seems to have had a bit of a makeover itself.

Gone is the St John’s Ambulance logo that’s appeared on the right-hand door since 2010 (having appeared on the original 1960s TARDIS as well), while the colour of the iconic “Pull handle to open” sign has inverted to a darker shade.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Third Doctor and Jo vs. the Meddling Monk from Big Finish

The ultimate showdown is coming out in March 2018 with Volume Four of The Third Doctor Adventures, where the Third Doctor and Jo take on the Meddling Monk!

Tim Treloar and Katy Manning return to play the Third Doctor and Jo Grant, with Rufus Hound reprising the Meddling Monk. Rufus has previously played the role in The Early Adventures: The Black Hole, Doom Coalition 4 and two Short Trips – The Blame Game and How to Win Planets and Influence People.

The Rise of the New Humans by Guy Adams will be the first of two adventures in The Third Doctor Adventures Volume Four. Investigating a mysterious death, the Doctor and Jo are drawn to a research facility on Dartmoor called the Allingham Institute. What developments has Dr Kurdi pioneered? And who is the Chief Administrator?

Producer David Richardson tells us what to expect from this next chapter of adventures for the Third Doctor: “Volume Four is something of a real fan pleaser, I think. We have Rise of the New Humans which pits the Third Doctor and Jo against the Meddling Monk – who is so sublimely played by Rufus Hound. And then we have… ah, wait and see…

“The second story will be announced in a few weeks’ time, but let’s just say it features an enemy that listeners have been asking for since The Third Doctor Adventures started!”

To be released in March 2018, The Third Doctor Adventures Volume Four is available for pre-order at £25 on CD or £20 on download. Don’t forget that all CD purchases unlock a download exclusive from the Big Finish App and the Big Finish website.

Via Big Finish

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

New Doctor Who Christmas special scene to be unveiled on Children in Need

While we still have a couple of months before we see this year’s eagerly-anticipated Doctor Who Christmas special (featuring the debut of new Doctor Jodie Whittaker), fans won’t have to wait too long before they get to see a little bit more of Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s final stand – because a special “sneak peek” of Twice Upon a Time is coming to TV next week.

RadioTimes.com has confirmed with the BBC that the clip will air on BBC1 during Friday 17th November’s Children in Need broadcast, and will take the form of a scene from the final episode rather than a special one-off scene created specifically for Children in Need, as has sometimes been the case.

The clip is set to air during the earlier part of the Children in Need broadcast (7:30-10:00pm), and continues a tradition stretching back to 2005 when fans got their very first look at David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor in action for that year’s broadcast. Since then, the series has almost always produced a one-off sketch or preview clip associated with the Christmas special for fans to enjoy during the charity event, so it’s great to see the tradition continue.

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Currently, it’s unclear exactly what the content of this new scene will be, but it seems likely the first-look footage will involve Capaldi and David Bradley’s First Doctor, with the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones star taking over the iconic role from late original actor William Hartnell (who played this first incarnation of the Time Lord in the 1960s).

Whatever the footage ends up being of, though, we’re sure it’ll be just the thing to whet fans’ appetites for the full Christmas meal this December. We’re starting our own Doctor Who advent calendar early this year…

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Monday, 6 November 2017

The end of Torchwood from Big Finish?

The alien occupation will come to a head in the final volume of Torchwood – Aliens Among Us 3, out in February next year.

The third and final volume of the new series of Torchwood – Aliens Among Us, sees the team facing their biggest threat so far. (And if you’ve heard the epic cliffhanger to the second volume, you’ll know what and who that is!).

“As if things weren’t bad enough for Torchwood, now they’ve got that to deal with!” says producer James Goss. “The twist was Russell (T Davies)’s suggestion – but it’s not all about that. We’ve got Joseph Lidster’s take on vigilante groups, Helen Goldwyn’s story about a quiz night run by a religious maniac, and we’ve got exploding ramblers!”


James continues: “We’ll see Captain Jack’s (John Barrowman) plans fall horridly apart, Gwen (Eve Myles) and Rhys (Kai Owen) go on a blood-soaked double date with Mr Colchester (Paul Clayton) and his husband Colin (Ramon Tikaram). Orr (Samantha Béart) tries to solve the internet, Andy Davidson (Tom Price) gets asked out for dinner, and Terence Hardiman (from the BBC's The Demon Headmaster) plays a character called Escape.”

The four tales in this finale come from writers Tim Foley, Joseph Lidster, Helen Goldwyn and producer James Goss.

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Torchwood are in trouble. Terrorist attacks are rocking the city. Control of the police has been ceded to Cardiff's alien masters. And it looks like it's all been arranged by Captain Jack Harkness.
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"I know what you've done. I know what you'll do."
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5.11 Escape Room by Helen Goldwyn
Gwen Cooper, Rhys Williams, and the Colchester-Prices go to try out an escape room. They've heard a lot about them. Especially this one.
People keep going into the game and not coming out. But Torchwood will be fine. After all - partners can trust each other. Can't they?

5.12 Herald of the Dawn by James Goss
It all starts normally enough. A car park full of ramblers is incinerated by a thunderbolt.
But the next day it's clear there's something very wrong. Something's changed. Something's coming. It's the end of the world. And that's what Torchwood are best at.

Aliens Among Us Part 3 is available for pre-order on CD at £28 or on download for £25, and will be released in February 2018. Aliens Among Us Part 1 and Part 2 are also available here.

Or why not save money by getting all of Series 5: Aliens Among Us in a bundle for £75 on CD or £60 on download.

Via Big Finish

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Doctor Who composer Dudley Simpson has died

The sad news that composer Dudley Simpson has died aged 95

Dudley Simpson (4 October 1922 – 4 November 2017) was an Australian composer and conductor.

He was the Principal Conductor of the Royal Opera House orchestra for three years, although he is best known for his work as a composer on British television, especially his long association with the BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who, for which he composed incidental music during the 1960s and 1970s.

Among his early television work was the music for Moonstrike (1963). Simpson was also responsible for the theme music for The Brothers (1972), The Tomorrow People (1973), Moonbase 3 (1973), The Ascent of Man (1973) and Blake's 7 (1978). He also composed music for several plays from the BBC Television Shakespeare series.

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Simpson's first work on Doctor Who was during William Hartnell's era as the First Doctor in Planet of Giants, in 1964, but he is primarily associated with the programme in the 1970s. He also appeared on screen as a music hall conductor in the Fourth Doctor story The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977) at the invitation of Philip Hinchcliffe who was the series producer at the time.[2] Simpson had to be paid a special fee for this appearance, as he was a member of the Musicians' Union and not Equity.

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When John Nathan-Turner became producer of Doctor Who in 1980, he decided that the music needed to be updated, and took Simpson out for a meal telling him how much he appreciated his work on Doctor Who but that it would no longer be required as he intended to have the BBC Radiophonic Workshop provide music from that point. Simpson's last broadcast work on Doctor Who was for The Horns of Nimon.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The first female Doctor Who director Paddy Russell has sadly died

Paddy Russell, who has died at 89, was a television maverick, establishing herself as a director on some of the BBC’s most popular early dramas at a time when it was almost unheard of for a woman to assume such a role.

It was an achievement matched only by Julia Smith, who went on to co-create and produce EastEnders.

In a career spanning 40 years, Paddy’s name was to be seen on programmes as diverse as Doctor Who and Yorkshire Television’s Calendar. It was in Yorkshire where she spent the second half of her professional life, living in Oxenhope, on the moors beyond Keighley, and working on prime-time entertainment shows including 3-2-1 in its early days.

It is for her work on Doctor Who that she is perhaps best known, but the series was a relatively small part of her drama portfolio, which ranged from the classics – Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Honoré de Balzac’s Pere Goriot – to audience-pullers like Z-Cars, Within These Walls and, later, Emmerdale Farm.

Originally an actress, she moved into television floor management and production, working with the renowned director Rudolph Cartier on national viewing events such as The Quatermass Experiment and the 1954 production of George Orwell’s 1984, both expanding the horizons of the then-new medium of television.

In Cartier’s experimental and partly improvised Holocaust drama Doctor Korczak and the Children in 1962, which was shot with neither sets nor costumes, Paddy appeared on screen and instructed the actors on the characters they were to inhabit.

She worked with at least three Doctor Whos – William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, the last of whom she described as “desperately difficult to work with” – but she was as formidable as any actor. When told in the 1950s by BBC managers that they were reluctant to hire her as a floor manager on the grounds that a woman couldn’t control a studio like a man, she told them curtly that she had no intention of trying to do so.

Among Doctor Who aficionados, her name is spoken with some reverence, and two of her stories, Pyramids of Mars and Horror of Fang Rock, are considered classics of the genre. Her ability to stand up to Mr Baker, who had a fearsome reputation among directors, helped her get the best out of him, despite their frequent clashes.

She was attuned to the benefits of having a forename that was not gender-specific, and recalled with some glee the reaction of a crew waiting on set for their new director before, as she put it, “a little girl in a short blue dress” came down the steps. Jaws dropped around the studio, she said.

Patricia “Paddy” Russell was born on July 4 1928 in Highgate, London, to a family that had been employed in shipping for two generations. During the Second World War, the family moved to Hertfordshire, although Paddy had already experienced rural life as an evacuee to the West Country with her convent school. After she sneaked out of the dormitory at the stately home where they were billeted, to play with the notoriously ferocious estate horses, the Reverend Mother asked her parents to come and take her home. The blitz was less dangerous than the horses, they felt.

Against her family’s wishes, Paddy went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the training came in handy when she worked on live opera broadcasts, many done from Alexandra Palace, of which Paddy was one of the last survivors.

Subsequently she branched out to work as a freelance, and it was one such engagement that brought her to Yorkshire Television in the 1970s, initially to work a sitcom called My Old Man, starring Dad’s Army veteran Clive Dunn.

Her reputation preceded her, and she remained a formidable presence at YTV, not least when required to train new directors – whom she kept in check with a voice described by one former colleague as a mixture of Gold Flake and gin.

At home, she became involved with cat rescue and protection, and her home was never short of its complement of felines, whose welfare was often given priority over her own.

Her final days were clouded by illness, but she retained a fierce intelligence and wicked sense of humour.

She is survived by her brother, Chris.

Via the Yorkshire Post