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Thursday, 22 June 2017
When we'll see his replacement simply isn’t clear but many rumours have suggested that Capaldi would depart before the Christmas special. The actor himself even hinted the regeneration scene has already been filmed.
However, a new piece of information suggest that a new actor won't replace Capaldi pre-Christmas. Why? Because nobody's made the Thirteenth Doctor’s outfit yet.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Ray Holman – Doctor Who costume designer and the man who’ll help craft the Thirteenth Doctor’s look – suggested work wouldn’t start on the new Doctor's outfit until after the festive special has finished filming.
“I think they’ll need me after the Christmas show,” he said. “As soon as that’s finished in the autumn I will start talking to Chris [Chibnall, series 11 Doctor Who showrunner] – once I know who they’ve chosen to be the Doctor.”
Asked what plans he had for the new costume, Holman replied: “I know there’s a lot of speculation about who the next Doctor is, but until that person is cast there’s no point in me thinking about it.”
So, there's no new outfit designed and no casting decision made. Pretty conclusive evidence that Capaldi will be flying the Tardis until the Christmas special, right?
Perhaps not. It’s possible that the new Doctor has been cast, with the regenerated Time Lord making their first appearance in the series 10 finale and simply wearing Capaldi’s costume for the entirety of the Christmas special. There’s no reason why he needs a new outfit designed, right? It's feasible, but it’s not how previous Who regenerations have gone down before.
Read the full story at Radio Times
The BBC have released the following introduction videos...
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
The BBC have released the following images for Episode 11: World Enough and Time
Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake?
Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy...
Monday, 19 June 2017
Peter Capaldi on leaving Doctor Who: "I want to always be giving it my best and I don't think if I stayed on I'd be able to do that"
"I love this show, but I've never done anything where you turn up every day for ten months," says Capaldi in the new issue of Radio Times magazine. "I want to always be giving it my best and I don't think if I stayed on I'd be able to do that. I can't think of another way to say, 'This could be the end of civilisation as we know it.'"
Capaldi adds that the cyclical structure of Doctor Who means that it is not necessarily something that an actor seeking new challenges would want to work on indefinitely.
"With episodic television of any genre, the audience wants the same thing all the time," he says. "But the instinct that leads the actor is not about being in a groove."
Read the full interview with Peter Capaldi – as well as his co-star Michelle Gomez and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat – in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, on sale from Tuesday in shops.
Via Radio Times
Panini UK has announced Doctor Who Adventures has gone on hiatus, effective immediately, although we’re told it may be re-launched with the arrival of a new series lead in 2018.
The company has published over 20 issues of the title, taking it over from Immediate Media. However, recent ABC sales data has indicated numbers have been disappointing and a far cry from the title’s early success.
The decline in sales in recent years has in part been attributed by some to the erratic schedule of the show in recent years.
(The Audit Bureau of Circulation twice yearly, February 2008, report gave the Doctor Who Adventures title a circulation figure of 150,763 a rise of some 44 per cent on the previous six months, making it one of the top performing titles published in the UK, and positioned it top in the children’s sector, and the 52nd top title overall from all categories).
The full statement from Panini, posted on the company website on 16th June 2017, is as follows:
We are pausing the publication of Dr Who Adventures magazine and will not be publishing regular issues in the near future. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyalty to the magazine, which we greatly appreciate and we hope that you have enjoyed the title as much as we have. Current subscribers will be contacted in due course with regards to refunds.
First published by BBC Magazines, from Issue 248, Doctor Who Adventures – whose frequency has varied throughout its shelf life since it launched in 2006 – was published under licence from BBC Worldwide by Immediate Media. The title was aimed squarely at younger Who fans with a mix of comic strips, features and text stories, supported by a range of cover mounted gifts.
After Issue 363, DWA was relaunched with a new issue 1, published by Panini edited by Jason Quinn. The lead strip was drawn by Russ Leach and written by several creators, including former Doctor Who TV series script editor Andrew Cartmel and Tommy Donbavand.
We’re sorry to see the title go. The mix of fiction – who couldn’t like a talking horse as the Doctor’s companion? – and features were great fun. Sadly, the title’s demise seemed almost inevitable when it went bi-monthly, despite the start of a new Doctor Who TV season.
Let’s hope that as hinted, Doctor Who Adventures may yet return when the show itself regenerates with a new Doctor next year.
Via DownTheTubes.Net by John Freeman
Sunday, 18 June 2017
Simm will return to Doctor Who as the Master for the first time since New Year’s Day 2010, when he was responsible for the regeneration of the Tenth Doctor. This time the Master will come face-to-face with Missy, his later regeneration, and battle the Doctor during the series’ two part finale which begins next weekend.
The episodes will also feature the return of the Cybermen - including the original Mondasian Cybermen, for the first time in over 50 years - plus Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in an epic adventure that will change Doctor Who forever.
Doctor Who’s series finale begins with episode 11, World Enough and Time, at 6:45pm on Saturday 24 June on BBC One. It concludes on Saturday 1 July with episode 12, The Doctor Falls – an extended, 60 minute episode.