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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A previously unpublished interview with Deborah Watling from 1990.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

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Steven Moffat hints at dark times to come in Doctor Who 2017 Christmas special

Peter Capaldi’s final ever episode was never expected to be particularly merry, but does outgoing showrunner Moffat have even more sinister plans up his sleeve?

It was always fair to assume that the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special wouldn’t be the most merry of festive episodes, with the upcoming Twice Upon a Time set to feature the “death” of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor (before regenerating into Jodie Whittaker’s new incarnation) and the end of a seven-year era in Doctor Who history.

However, it’s now emerged that the episode could be even darker than we expected, with the episode’s writer Steven Moffat (who departs as showrunner alongside Capaldi this December) hinting that there could be some nasty times ahead for the Time Lord.

Speaking at a panel at the London Screenwriters’ Festival, Moffat was asked how he and Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss (also present with producer Sue Vertue) balanced the Baker Street sleuth’s selfish tendencies with his essentially good nature – and his answer included a fascinating Doctor Who tidbit for attentive fans.

“Why would Superman be good? Because kindness stops you being lonely, would be the answer,” Moffat said. “That’s what that’s about, for Sherlock Holmes.
“He’s good because for all he protests about it, there are people he cares about.

“So, kindness is what makes a unit of us. So if you are sane and rational, kindness is by far the best path. There isn’t anything rational about being vile and awful and evil. It’s not actually a good strategy.”

He then added cryptically: “Prepare for that to be contradicted on Doctor Who on Christmas Day…”

Now, we’re not sure whether the “vile and awful and evil” comment refers to some dark, utilitarian idea enacted by the Doctor in the episode, the successful evil plans of his enemies or even his own ruthless nature when it comes to telling the story of such a crucial episode.

But whatever the truth, it sounds like the Twelfth Doctor’s final stand is definitely going to be one of the darker offerings on TV this festive period. Yes, even more so than The Snowman.

Via Radio Times by Paul Jones

Monday, 11 September 2017

Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie panel at Rose City Comic Con 2017

The 12th Doctor and Bill Potts' 2017 panel from RCCC in Portland Oregon.

Thanks to Caterpillarthezebra for the videos.

Any Doctor Who fan worth the name has a pick for their favourite Doctor, with different incarnations of the Time Lord adventurer inspiring fierce loyalty in Whovians depending on their age, personality or (probably) fashion sense.

So it’s no surprise to learn that current series star Peter Capaldi has his own pick for the Doctor to beat all Doctors – even if his particular favourite might be a little unusual given that few have seen her onscreen at all…

“Jodie Whittaker!” Capaldi said when asked about his favourite Doctor at Portland’s Rose City Comic-Con, with his selection of the upcoming first female Doctor (taking over the TARDIS keys from this December’s Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time) drawing cheers from the crowd – even as Capaldi admitted he hadn’t actually seen Thirteen in action yet (unlike departing showrunner Steven Moffat). We’re guessing he just has a good feeling about her.

Still, when Whittaker does take over Capaldi made it clear that she’ll be taking on a role and a half, with the Scottish actor waxing lyrical about the joys of being a part of the BBC sci-fi series later in the panel.

“It’s just an amazing experience, because all the time you are the Doctor you are the centre of all this attention, this warmth and so to have that in your life is extraordinary,” Capaldi told the crowd.

“I feel it’s just a very, very special privilege and position to be in. It’s life-changing. It’s wonderful to be the Doctor. You are Doctor Who – for a while.”

Companion Pearl Mackie (who returns as Bill Potts this Christmas and joined Capaldi onstage) added: “It’s so amazing.

“And I think one of the best parts of it is that every episode is kind of a different genre, while still having monsters and things like that. It’s just wonderful.

“One day you’re on a different planet fighting emoji robots, the next day you’re in a full Victorian period costume on ice.

“It’s insane. Every day was so different, and so new. It’s basically the best show on TV.”

We’re sure many fans would be inclined to agree – though that didn’t stop the crowd at the panel also asking the pair which OTHER shows they’d like to see crossing over into the Doctor Who panel, with Mackie suggesting Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Capaldi going for something a little more deadly.

“Well I’d like to see Game of Thrones,” he said. “I think the Doctor would be like ‘White Walkers? What White Walkers? Where are they, these White Walkers? Point me at the White Walkers.’”

Sounds like just the thing to finally stop the Night King in his tracks. Hopefully Capaldi’s new favourite and the Doctor Who writers are taking notes for season 11…

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Farewell to the 'Doctor Who Experience'

After five years the Doctor Who Experience has closed its door's for the last time in Cardiff, on Saturday 9th September.

Here is a selection of videos from various sources to commemorate it's sad demise.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

BBC Three boss confirms Doctor Who spin-off Class is done

It's been an open secret for a while, but BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh has now confirmed that Class won't be returning.

The Doctor Who spin-off launched in late 2016, with creator/writer Patrick Ness announcing in June that he wouldn't be "writing any more... even if a season 2 moves ahead."

Speaking today (September 7) at a BPG (Broadcasting Press Guild) event, Kavanagh said: "No, [we're not bringing it back]. There was nothing wrong with it – I thought Patrick did a great job, he explored an amazing world.

"In honesty, it just didn't really land for us on BBC Three. Things sometimes don't, and I've got to make decisions about what we're going to do from a drama point of view.

"There's always times when you do something and you have to decide that it's not going to come back. Class is just one of those things."

Series star Greg Austin – who played Charlie – had previously told Digital Spy that there was story potential for more Class.

"There's a long way for these characters to go," he said. "By the end of the series, there's some big choices that have to be made... that leave a lot of room for a lot of big consequences. That's all I'm going to say!"

It is, of course, a period of transition for Doctor Who – showrunner Steven Moffat and current lead Peter Capaldi will exit the show this Christmas, to be replaced by Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor, in 2018.

Via Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

Louise Brealey has “asked a million times” for a Doctor Who role

Let’s be honest – many an actor would love a guest spot in Doctor Who, saving the galaxy and travelling with the Doctor for an episode or two and then basking in the glory of their Tardis data core wiki entry for the rest of their careers.

But one might assume a Sherlock star with a direct line to departing Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat (he writes both series) would have a better chance than most in securing themselves such a part, especially considering how many stars of the BBC detective series (including Rupert Graves, Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel, Lindsay Duncan, Phil Davis, Gemma Chan and frequent Who writer Mark Gatiss) have popped up in the Whoniverse over the years.

However, according to Louise Brealey (who plays pathologist Molly Hooper in Sherlock and stars in new Channel 4 comedy Back tonight), her association with Moffat and Gatiss hasn’t managed to land her a ticket to the Tardis – despite her very best efforts.

“I’ve asked them a million times!” Brealey told RadioTimes.com when asked if she’d consider a Doctor Who role. “Absolutely.

“I’ve said ‘Look, I’ll be a Dalek….nothing. Absolutely nothing. Furious,” she joked, hilariously. “Not asking any more.”

And indeed it could be that she’s now missed her chance, with her direct connection to Doctor Who management – in the form of Sherlock co-creator Moffat, who has been Doctor Who showrunner since 2010 – set to end in this year’s Christmas special.

“I know, he’s gone!” Brealey agreed. “Blown it. Who’s the next one? I’m gonna start currying favour with them.”

However, before she got Chris Chibnall on speed dial Brealey went on to make clear that there were no hard feelings over her Whoniversal rejection.

“Please don’t say I’m absolutely furious that Steven hasn’t given me a part on that show,” Brealey laughed.

“If you put it, you have to say ‘she joked, hilariously.’ (And we obliged…)

“I asked to be [in it], just because, you know – it’s Doctor Who,” she concluded. “But it’s OK. I’m not losing sleep over it.”

We’d say this is the perfect opportunity for Chris Chibnall to finally right a terrible wrong, and allow Louise Brealey the Doctor Who role of her dreams. After all, if she can’t get herself onto the Tardis data core, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Peter Capaldi had a VERY nerdy complaint about the return of the Mondasian Cybermen

We all know pretty well by now that Peter Capaldi is a massive Doctor Who fan, with the current Time Lord known for his membership of fan clubs, love of obscure classic series trivia and habit of writing letters to Radio Times about the sci-fi series decades before he was ever cast in it.

So when one of his favourite foes from the 1960s, the original design for the cyborg Cybermen known as the Mondasian Cybermen, was brought back for the two-part finale of the latest series, you’d expect Capaldi to be thrilled.

Instead, however, the actor apparently had a very nerdy complaint related to design differences in the new Mondasian Cybermen when compared to their 1960s counterparts, obsessively nitpicking in a manner that only further confirms his Whovian credentials.

“Steven and Peter both feel strongly about how they remember these things,” Rachel Talalay, who directed the two-part finale featuring the Cybermen, explained to the This Week in Time Travel podcast. “So they were both involved and had thoughts.

“Peter called me after the first Mondasian incident and said, ‘Why is it they have gloves on their hands, when one of the great things about them was that they had bare hands?’”

And if you look closely at photos of the two types of Cybermen, you can just about see he’s right – the original Mondasian Cybermen do indeed have some very human hands when compared to the surgical gloves of the new versions.

But as Talalay went on to explain, there was actually a very good reason for the change – and apparently, it all comes down to the fact that they had to turn companion Bill (aka Pearl Mackie) into a Cyberman for a large portion of the two-part episode.

“I explained that the Pearl Mondasian, we would have an issue with skin colour,” Talalay recalled.

“And therefore that given in the [original series] black-and-white version you couldn’t really tell if they had skintone gloves, it seemed like we could get a scarier feel and something more artificial by putting the gloves on them.

“But it was partially an issue because of skintone,” she concluded.

Talalay, who also revealed in the interview that they had to change the look of the partially converted “patient” Cybermen at the last minute due to their chest units looking like breasts, went on to discuss her interest in reviving parts of the classic series, which required some re-watching due to her lack of familiarity with the classic series.

“I didn’t live in the UK!” she said. “I was aware of it and we were there in the UK a couple of times. When I was 14, 15 and 16 we lived in the UK and I had a Tom Baker period. But I wasn’t weaned on it.

“So a lot of the passion of it has been to go back and actually learn the things [Capaldi and series showrunner Steven Moffat] grew up with. Because I had Star Trek growing up in America.”

Clearly, based on the triumph of World Enough and Time and the Doctor Falls, Talalay’s homework was time well spent.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Monday, 4 September 2017

Peter Capaldi drops huge BOMBSHELL about return

The 59-year-old actor hinted that this could be it for his Doctor and that fans may never seen him returning again in a possible special - much like the 50th anniversary special which saw David Tennant reprise his role as the 10th incarnation of the Gallifreyan.

Speaking at San Francisco Comic Con recently, the Scottish star was asked if he would ever considering going back to the role of the time traveller after his official last episode Twice Upon A Time.

“I think when you should go, you should go,” the Thick of It actor said, he went on to say: “Even when I was a kid I believed [the Doctor] was this weird and wonderful thing, so if he kept showing up all the time in Big Finish or in multi Doctor stories he was more available.”

He added: “I don’t know. Maybe. But not for a while.”

While it seems that he hasn’t ruled it out completely, Peter’s word seemed to be pretty final about playing the Doctor.

Peter will be departing the TARDIS on Christmas Day but not before he embarks on an adventure with David Bradley, who will portray the original Doctor in the festive episode that will take the Time Lord back to the beginning.

The Yuletide instalment will also see Jodie Whittaker make her debut as the first female Doctor and the 13th Time Lord.

There has also been speculation about the new companion after it was revealed that Pearl Mackie would be leaving as plucky assistant Bill Potts.

Some reports suggested that The Chase host Bradley Walsh could be taking on the part, however the rumours have since been quashed.

Via the Express by Neela Debnath

Peter Capaldi hints Jenna Coleman may return to Doctor Who after all

For the last few months rumours have swirled that erstwhile Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman will be making a guest turn in this year’s Christmas special, with the Clara Oswald actor (currently portraying the titular queen in ITV’s Victoria) apparently set to cameo as part of the farewell to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor.

Since then, RadioTimes.com has learned that Coleman was at least approached to consider to such a cameo – and now Capaldi himself seems to have hinted that his former companion could be returning for his final bow. This is getting very interesting…

Speaking at San Francisco Comic Con this weekend during a special Doctor Who panel, Capaldi was asked by a young fan if viewers would ever see Clara again – and rather than shrugging the question off, Capaldi appeared to judge his words carefully, before replying: “I think you may.”

Pausing to collect his thoughts, he went on: “I’LL see her again. You may see her again too. But I won’t tell. It’d spoil things.

“You may see her. She’s still there. Everyone in Doctor Who is still there.”

Of course, it could be that Capaldi was speaking generally, and not ruling out a return for Coleman at some point far in the future. He could even have been speaking about the emotional connection all actors have to the long-running BBC sci-fi, and not about a particular actor’s return at all.

But given the context and content of his comments, we’d say it’s not too big a leap to think that he was dropping hints for eager fans that they might have even more to look forward to in this December’s special. Watch this space (and time)….

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Whooverville 9 - The Videos

The event featured guests, photo opportunities, cosplaying, a dealers room and autographs.

Here's a selection of videos taken at Whooverville 9 in Derby

Videos courtesy of  Tim Dury 

Jacob Dudman narrates the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor Chronicles for Big Finish

Due for release in April 2018, actor and impressionist Jake Dudman will be taking the reins and narrating tales from the Tenth Doctor’s time. Allons-y!
Announced on SciFi Wales this weekend, the new narrator of the Tenth Doctor Chronicles may already be familiar to YouTube Doctor Who fans.

Jacob Dudman, known online for his impressions from the world of Doctor Who amongst others, will be breathing life into the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in Big Finish’s Tenth Doctor and Eleventh Doctor Chronicles. You can see Jake’s take on Matt Smith’s Doctor (with Jon Culshaw playing the Curator) below: 

The first of the Chronicles will be released in April 2018, with Jake narrating adventures from David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor era.
Co-starring with him is Jacqueline King, reprising her role as Sylvia Noble, and he will also be reunited with partner in crime, Jon Culshaw.
The first two adventures directed by Helen Goldwyn, are:
Back Track by Matthew J Elliott
Wild Pastures by James Goss
Further details on other adventures coming soon. 

We chatted to producer Scott Handcock about these exciting upcoming tales: “As the Short Trips range has demonstrated, there’s plenty of room for narrated stories alongside the full-cast releases, so we’re thrilled to be tackling the Tenth Doctor era in the latest set of Chronicles releases – and with a new narrator in the form of Jacob Dudman!

“Fans may already know Jake from his impressions of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, which of course he’s great at, but we also really put him through his paces in the audition. Audiobooks generally require a very specific set of skills – far more than just capturing a single voice – and we’re thrilled to say Jake’s performance blew us away. He developed an instant rapport with director Helen Goldwyn, and executive producer and Ninth Doctor narrator Nicholas Briggs felt more than confident in handing over the reins for the next few sets! We’ve got a really exciting variety of tales in store for both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear Jake and Helen’s work.”

You can pre-order these adventures now at £23 on CD or £20 on download. Or you can save money with a bundle. Order the Tenth Doctor Chronicles, the Eleventh Doctor Chronicles and the Ninth Doctor Chronicles (narrated by Nicholas Briggs) as a bundle for £55 on download or £66 on CD. Each CD purchase unlocks a download exclusive which works with the Big Finish app.

Via Big Finish

Steven Moffat drops hints about Jodie Whittaker’s first Doctor Who scenes: “She’s given us the Doctor we’ve always known”

While we’re still just under four months away from seeing Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who, a select few have now seen her Time Lord in action after she filmed the regeneration scene a few weeks ago.
Based on the reaction of outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat (who will be replaced by Chris Chibnall this December) we have plenty to look forward to, with the screenwriter dropping hints about what to expect in a short commemoration video message given to digital artist and colourist Stuart Humphryes (who works restoring classic Doctor Who episodes among his other work).

“Doctor Who has an amazing future, and I’ve seen part of it,” Moffat said on Humphryes’

“I’ve seen Jodie’s first scene as the Doctor, and trust me we are in for a thrill ride. She is already brilliant.

“In such a tiny moment, she’s given us the Doctor we’ve always known, but in, to say the least, a new way. We are in for a very exciting run.”

However, Moffat was also keen to stress that we had plenty to enjoy BEFORE then too, with Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s final episode Twice Upon a Time currently in postproduction.

“Doctor Who has a very exciting present, because we’re still working on the CHRISTMAS present that is… that’s a very bad joke isn’t it? That is the Christmas special, where David Bradley returns as the First Doctor,” he said.

“He exquisitely recreates William Hartnell’s wonderful performance from all those years ago. A recreation of such beauty and precision that it would be worthy of Babelcolour itself.

“And of course you’ve got Peter Capaldi in his very last go as the Doctor. He’s going to break your heart! Your heart is going to be in pieces by the end of this.

“Only Jodie Whittaker will be able to cheer you up again,”
he concluded.

Sounds like a very sad and very happy 25th December awaits us.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Jodie Whittaker on Becoming Doctor Who: 'The Rules Went Out the Window'

How the British actress became the first female to play the iconic TV part – and why the Time Lord's gender is irrelevant

"I'm the type of person that you'd walk past and go, 'I think I went to school with her,' or 'I know her and I can't quite place it.’" says Jodie Whittaker, calling from the kitchen of her London flat. "It certainly isn't, 'I know her full name, and I can tell you who she is.'"

For the British actress, that's probably about to change. On July 16th, it was announced that she would be playing the next Dr. Who – the 13th incarnation of the time-traveling alien, and the first female to ever take on the iconic role since the debuted in 1963. "I remember walking through London after that going, 'What the f***?!?'" she says, recalling a coffee date with Dr. Who showrunner Chris Chibnall – the one in which he had asked her if she would consider auditioning for the part. "I was like, 'I want to audition now!'" she says. "As a young girl, I did not think that 'Time Lord' would ever be on my CV."

Whittaker – who grew up hooked on Eighties movies ("I’m from that Spielberg era of wonderful make-believe") in Huddersfield, a Yorkshire town in the north of England – had already made a name for herself in a number of feature films (from Venus, opposite Peter O'Toole, to the cult sci-fi flick Attack the Block) and the breakout BBC hits Broadchurch and Black Mirror. Still, she had to fight for the part, going through multiple rounds of auditions. And Whittaker says she was heartened by the fact that the casting search was not a scattershot one. "I have no idea who, but I know I was up against other actresses," she claims. "It was very much that [Chibnall] was auditioning people for the first female Doctor."

Then, this past March, Whittaker found out that the role was hers. "The morning of the reveal" – which, she notes, is always a moment of fanfare in the UK – "I was just walking about my street, thinking, 'Oh, this is so weird. Right now, I’m completely anonymous. I’ve got four hours’ time.'"

Since then, she has already been hailed as a feminist icon and become the target of Internet trolls who view her casting as a form of sacrilege (i.e. "Nobody wants a TARDIS full of bras"). "I’m playing an alien," Whittaker scoffs, "and gender is not a part of that." In fact, to her mind, the genderlessness of the role only makes the iconic part more feminist. "A moment like this of being the first woman cast as something," she says, "it makes you really think about your sex, whereas actually what you want to do is play a part where your gender is irrelevant. I am a woman, so I don't need to play that. And so for me, this was the most freeing experience because there's no right or wrong way to do it. The rules went out the window.'"

Via Rolling Stone by Alex Morris

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Peter Capaldi on his last day filming Doctor Who: “Tomorrow I’ll be a nobody”

Nicholas Briggs recounts the Doctor's emotional last day

Poor Peter Capaldi. One day you’re ‘Doctor Who’. The next, you’re just ‘Who?’

Capaldi has always had a wry view of his own lifespan on the show – he used to joke with journalists about eventually having the ‘Hartnell conversation’ and being shown the door. That self-deprecating side was on full display during his last day of filming.

“Peter is a very level-headed sort of chap,” Nicholas Briggs – who voices the Daleks and many other monsters– told Doctor Who Magazine...

“He was lots of fun all day, saying things like, ‘And tomorrow, I’ll just be a nobody again.’”

Nevertheless, not everyone could contain their feelings, with Briggs himself bursting into tears watching the rehearsal. He spoke for many fans when he reassured Capaldi “that would never happen. Not once you’ve been the Doctor. You’re the Doctor forever.”

And by the end of the day, even the Doctor himself would have been overwhelmed with emotion.

“It was only after the final take on the final shot, when all of us just went onto the set and crowded round him that he showed his emotions. As he thanked us all, there was a slight in his voice, which he steadfastly bore down on and eliminated. We had a huge hug.”

Via Radio Times

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Jared Garfield will play a classic Doctor Who companion in the Christmas special

It looks as though a familiar face has been cast in the Doctor Who festive special, as a character from the show's 1960s era.

Jared Garfield – best known for playing Nathan Nightingale in Hollyoaks – is listed as playing Ben Jackson in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine.

The character of Ben – a Royal Navy seaman – was a companion to the first Doctor (William Hartnell) and the second (Patrick Troughton) and was played by the late actor Michael Craze from 1966-67.

David Bradley is playing the first Doctor in 'Twice Upon a Time' – and his companions Ben and Polly will also appear in the episode.

Garfield will play Ben, while Lily Travers (Kingsman: The Secret Service) will replace original actress Anneke Wills as Polly.

'Twice Upon a Time' will revisit the end of the first Doctor's era, as he encounters our current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) as both near their own regeneration.

For the first Doctor, that means becoming Patrick Troughton's second Doctor... and for the 12th, it means Jodie Whittaker's first female incarnation.

As series boss / writer Steven Moffat explained: "It's the 12th Doctor saying to Number One, 'Listen, you have to [change] or all of this stuff won't happen!' and the 1st Doctor saying, 'Well, what about you?' – they go off on a crazy adventure with Mark Gatiss and Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and decide whether or not they're going to carry on... which of course, they are!"

Doctor Who will return to BBC One and BBC America this Christmas for Capaldi's (and Moffat's) swansong, before returning with a new Doctor and a whole new team in 2018.

Doctor Who Magazine issue 516 is out this week.

Via Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

Russell T Davies says Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who casting makes him “look old-fashioned”

The news that Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the first female Doctor in Doctor Who has been welcomed around the world, with many fans praising the show’s new direction as a progressive and interesting way to refresh the series.

And a lot of the credit for the move is going to new series boss Chris Chibnall, who has taken a step apparently never considered by his predecessors – a fact that former showrunner Russell T Davies is happy to acknowledge.

“I simply didn’t think of it,” the screenwriter (who rebooted and ran the series from 2005-2010) explained in a new interview with Doctor Who magazine when asked whether he thought of adding a female Doctor to his notably progressive era on the series.

We did a very, very good job in 2005 but it was a different world back then.

“What Chris Chibnall is brilliantly doing is making me and Steven Moffat look old-fashioned. We look like the past. And that’s exactly what we are – we are the past.”

And Davies said that he felt very positive about the show’s bright new future, with Whittaker impressing him in her TV appearances thus far.

“I don’t know Jodie, but whenever I’ve seen her interviewed on breakfast TV or whatever, she’s been really funny and vivid, not just spouting PR lines,” he said. “And that’s rare. That excited me.

“Someone who’s got an incredibly strong self is going to fit the Doctor perfectly.”

We’d say that’s quite the seal of approval from ‘Doctor Who’s past’ – and to think, it didn’t even need a TARDIS to get here.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Former Doctor Who boss Russell T Davies says casting a female Doctor isn’t a “big political strategy” 
Hearing that the BBC sci-fi series was bringing in the first female Doctor, they suggested the move was an attempt to tick boxes and be politically correct rather than for genuine storytelling purposes, and they signalled their disapproval to incoming series showrunner Chris Chibnall (who cast Whittaker) accordingly.

However, one of Chibnall’s predecessors has now poured cold water on such claims, with Russell T Davies (who revived and ran Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010) refuting the idea that there was some grand conspiracy behind the move.

“This isn’t some big political strategy by the BBC,” Davies said in an interview for the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (now on sale).

“This is one man, Chris, moving into the big chair and deciding that’s what he wants to do.”

Imagining the excitement that will generated by the upcoming change from Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor to Whittaker’s incarnation, he added: “There will be some kids sitting down on Christmas Day who don’t follow the news – and the Doctor will change into a woman and they won’t know.

“For those kids it will be as mysterious and as exciting as it was in 1966 when William Hartnell changed into Patrick Troughton. The programme has never been that original since.”

And considering all the other callbacks the Christmas special is including from that first regeneration story, we’d say it’s a legacy Doctor Who fans are very aware of. Fingers crossed Jodie Whittaker makes just as big an impact this December as Troughton did back in 1966 – even if a few fans do take a while to get used to it.

Via Radio Times

Doctor Who Magazine 516


Jodie Whittaker shares her feelings about becoming the Thirteenth Doctor…

Jodie says: “Chris [Chibnall] wouldn’t have cast me as the Doctor because he wanted me to repeat anything that had gone before. And I think as a fan you don’t want to watch something that’s an imitation of something that’s gone before. Or what would be the point of recasting?”


DWM asks what the arrival of Jodie Whittaker means for the future of Doctor Who.

We go inside the workshop of Millennium FX, with previously unseen designs and photographs from the making of the 2017 series.

Former showrunner Russell T Davies talks about his illustrations for BBC Books’ collection of Doctor Who poetry.

Nicholas Briggs reveals the secrets of giving voice to the Mondasian Cybermen.

Legendary Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin discusses his surprising links to the Doctor Who theme.

Take a fresh look at the 1964 classic The Aztecs in The Fact of Fiction.

We pay tribute to the late Trevor Baxter, who played Professor Litefoot in 1977’s The Talons of Weng-Chiang, with contributions from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin, Lisa Bowerman and more…

A brand-new comic strip adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill.

An exclusive extract from Red, White and Who, the forthcoming book about the history of the series in the United States.

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

Doctor Who Magazine 516 is on sale from Thursday 24 August, price £5.99.

Steven Moffat has seen Jodie Whittaker’s first scenes in Doctor Who – and he had an unusual reaction

If you think you’re excited to see new Doctor Jodie Whittaker in action, you’ve got nothing on departing series showrunner Steven Moffat.

In fact, the writer (who departs the BBC sci-fi series this Christmas after seven years at the helm) is so pumped to see the new Time Lord take to the skies that he’s been going over all the released information like the most fanatical of fans – albeit with slightly better show connections than your average Whovian.

“Jodie Whittaker – what an amazing, thrilling, brand new choice,” Moffat says in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, on sale from Thursday.

“Like all of you, I’ve been poring over every picture, examining every performance, searing her into my brain. I see her face when I close my eyes. I now think she’s been the Doctor for 20 years!

“Remember that little announcement film? Fills me with nostalgia.”

However, being part of the Doctor Who family for a while longer (as well as the man in charge of Whittaker’s debut episode, Christmas special Twice Upon a Time) Moffat also has a better inside track that the rest of us – including a sneak pick at Thirteen’s newly-filmed introductory scenes.

But surprisingly, the screenwriter was keen to keep his mind unspoiled, deciding that interfering in new showrunner Chris Chibnall’s new era was very much not the Done Thing.

“Her very first performance as the Doctor is in the can,” he said. “And here’s the thing. The rushes were sent to me! The new Doctor in action for the very first time. Oh, the temptation.

“But I steeled myself,”
he went on. “Not my Doctor, not my show, not any more. Strictly Chris’ business. It was time to be an industry professional, respectful of his colleagues, not a drooling fanboy. Never, in all my years, has me self-discipline been so tested.”

Moral superiority confirmed, Moffat added: “She was great, by the way.”

Well, that’s very good to hear – and if we’re honest, who among us in his position wouldn’t have sneaked a peek themselves?
Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Is Bradley Walsh the new Doctor Who companion...?

News is going out that Bradley Walsh is the next companion, as yet not confirmed but here's the latest news starting with the Mirrors post as they started it all

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Rachel Talalay talks about the end of a Doctor Who era, and what comes next

Den of Geek talked to director Rachel Talalay about the end of a Doctor Who era, and what comes next.

Rachel Talalay is one of the most exciting directors working in TV tonight — on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The Canadian-based American director has helmed episodes of Sherlock, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, but we have seen her pop up the most often behind the camera on Doctor Who.

Talalay has been the director for the two-part finales of Doctor Who Season 8, Season 9, and Season 10. She will be returning for what will be Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat's final episode (at least for now): the 2017 Christmas special.

We talked to Talalay, a long-time Whovian herself, about her Doctor Who legacy, the differences between directing on The CW vs. on Doctor Who, and her excitement about Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor.

What is it about Doctor Who that has made you want to come back to direct so many times?

Talk to any kid dressed in a bow tie, fez, duster, velvet jacket, or pointing a sonic screwdriver, ready to take on the universe. That's the lure of the Doctor. For 53 years and 5M more.

Can you talk about the differences between directing an episode of Doctor Who vs. directing an episode of The Flash or Supergirl? It seems like you might have more creative freedom in the former.

I very much enjoy and appreciate the CW shows (I've done Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash) but they are not like Doctor Who mini-films. The whole process is so different, I work on a CW episode for about 20 days. On Doctor Who, I am involved for months through the final broadcast show.

Doctor Who creates a new world every episode, be it comedy, horror, past or future. The CW shows strive for some consistency through the episodes. Doctor Who excels in variety. As a director, the variety makes returning more exciting.

I have tried to give each episode a different style that worked with the script. For instance, the Doctor Who episode "Heaven Sent" was Citizen Kane meets German Expressionism.

In Harry Potter, "the Wand chooses the Wizard;" in Doctor Who, the "words and worlds choose the style."

Jumping off of that, you have directed some of the most important episodes of the Capaldi-era of Doctor Who. Episodes that were not only visually-impressive, but helped inform larger Doctor Who mythology — i.e. the workings of the confession dial or the genesis of the Cybermen.

Can you talk about what it’s been like to make such meaningful contributions to the 50+-year history of Doctor Who, a show of which you yourself are a fan. How do you hope Doctor Who fans will remember your contribution to the Capaldi era?

Epic. I'm making Doctor Who — those are shiver-y words.

I can't really talk about how I will be remembered, I want to do a great job and make inspiring episodes.

Michelle Gomez reminisced during our roundtable interview at Comic Con about you, Peter, and her all starting in Doctor Who on the same run. What was it like to be able to follow through on the Doctor/Missy, a relationship that you helped form, in “The Doctor Falls” and “World Enough and Time”?

Gomez and I created a bond on S8, so it was delightful to get back with her and finish her (if indeed she really is done, which is never a fait accompli in Doctor Who mythology).

I adored working with both Masters as unpredictable mirrors of each other in Season 10. I delighted in their complexity, humor and even cruelty.

Gomez is just brilliant, she always has her unique spin on the work. We have a shorthand, which includes her raising her hand, which means 'let me do it again because I know what it needs.' And then she hits every beat that I was going to speak to her about. But if I want her to try other things, she will and that will blow my mind as well. That’s awe.

She and Peter love to experiment and to challenge each other. Every version is magnificent but completely different. I add a few thoughts, but it’s mostly them. With actors this brilliant, I try to give them the space to do their best work and let the sparks ignite.

Read the full interview by Kayti Burt on the Den of Geek site here

Friday, 18 August 2017

The new Doctor reacts to her gender shift

Doctor Who broke casting barriers last month when it announced that the role of the Time Lord will be going to a woman, actress Jodie Whittaker. How will The Doctor react to being a woman? And how will others react to her?

YouTuber OnlyLeigh—who collaborates with famed YouTube series How It Should Have Ended—answers these questions in her video, “New New New New Doctor.” Here we see the Doctor navigate her new state, starting with her disappointment over the color of her hair. (“I’m still not ginger!”)

Doctor Thirteen gets input from Missy, a Dalek, and her former companion Bill. The response from Missy and the Dalek are as funny you’d expect. But it’s Bill who brings the drop-dead hilarity. This video is a must-watch for fans of the ever-evolving 54-year-old BBC show.

While you’re at it, check out OnlyLeigh’s other videos, which include A Stranger Things Christmas and Gravity (Done in 60 Seconds).

Via Scify.com

Thursday, 17 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via Radio Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Matt Smith sang Doctor Who theme for Jodie Whittaker on voicemail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via York Press

Monday, 14 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

Saturday, 12 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full article on Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

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