December 25th, 2015
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It is Christmas Day on a remote human colony, and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas carols and comedy antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax is furious, and his giant robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

Ah, it only feels like yesterday that the Doctor was defying the laws of time and space to save Clara from her untimely but inevitable demise. Ok, so it was three weeks ago. Cut to Christmas Day and our beloved hero is back on TV screens to light up our holidays in his eleventh (count ‘em!) annual festive adventure to date. Where does he find the energy?!

Luckily for Peter Capaldi, a familiar face was on hand this year to help him get his second seasonal escapade off to a flying start. There was a blast from the past (or the present, or the future… to be honest, we don’t know where the hell she’s from anymore!) as he shared the spotlight with none other than River Song herself, who was reinstated to her “kick ass hero” glory after her last appearance as a hologram in 2013’s The Name of the Doctor.

And it was about time, too! Following Series 9’s dark and devastating final episodes (and, admittedly, Series 9 in general!), a light-hearted comedy caper featuring the return of one of the show’s most popular characters was exactly what the Doctor ordered. Even comedic geniuses Greg Davies and Matt Lucas came along for the rip-roaring ride which transported us on board a starliner full of galactic super-villains for a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. Well, it is Christmas. So, that was The Husbands of River Song and this is where you can let us know what you thought of it! Was it a present worth unwrapping, or will you be banishing it to the forgotten realms of Christmas past? Let us know in the comments…

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February 12th, 2016
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Junior doctors across the UK are embarking on their Wear Your NHS campaign and they’ll be pleased to hear that they’ve got the support of TV’s favourite Time Lord himself!

Peter Capaldi has backed the cause which aims to raise awareness of an imposed contract which would not only be unfair to juniors doctors themselves, but pose a risk to their patients, too. To support the protest, get your hands on their t-shirt, as designed by Vivienne Westwood, and share a photo of you wearing it with pride on your social media accounts by using the #WearYourNHS hashtag.

February 11th, 2016
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Maisie Williams, who guest starred in Series 9 of Doctor Who as Ashildr, has revealed who she would like to see cast as the Thirteenth Doctor.

Speaking to the Evening Standard at their British Film Awards, where the Game of Thrones actress was named as this year’s Rising Star, the actress called for a black actor to take on the role of the Time Lord’s next incarnation, citing Idris Elba as her preferred choice. “I’m all for Idris,” she said. “I think he would be really cool. A female Doctor would be incredible, too. I would definitely take it for the team!”

This isn’t the first time that the Luther actor has been put forward to fulfil the guise of scifi’s most iconic hero. Back in 2013 he was a bookies’ favourite to take over from Matt Smith and responded to the press speculation by saying that he was “proud” to even be considered. With rumours that Peter Capaldi will be stepping down after Series 10 next year, Tom Weston-Jones has also recently entered the equation as a potential successor.

February 11th, 2016
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Things have been a little quiet on the Doctor Who front as of late but there’s now light at the end of the tunnel with the confirmation that Series 10 will begin filming in May!

As exclusively revealed by the Radio Times, the TARDIS will reopen its doors in just over two months when production officially commences on Peter Capaldi’s third string of adventures as the Twelfth Doctor, which will also be Steven Moffat’s last as showrunner. The cameras will start rolling considerably later than normal owing to the fact that new full series will be broadcast this year.

Instead, fans only have this year’s Christmas Special in December to tide us over until its full time return to our screens next spring. Read up on the latest news as and when here.

February 11th, 2016
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Just in case US fans haven’t picked up Series 5 of Doctor Who on DVD yet (if not, where have you been?!), you’ll now be able to get your hands on it in two parts.

That’s because Matt Smith’s first string of adventures as the Eleventh Doctor are being reissued across the pond as two separate 2-disc DVD boxsets, in a similar fashion to Series 6, Series 7 and Series 9.

Part 1 – containing The Eleventh Hour to The Vampires of Venice – is released on 15th March 2016, priced $19.98.

Browse the latest Doctor Who products on sale now in our merchandise section…

February 7th, 2016
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You can now apply to be our brand new Doctor Who Fan of the Month.

If you fancy taking pride of place on WhovianNet with your very own featured profile, head over to the application form and fill in the questions we’ve provided. February’s hot topics include the departure of Steven Moffat, Chris Chibnall’s appointment as showrunner and your hopes for the next companion. The winner will be revealed on Sunday 28th February 2016, and we wish the very best of luck to all entrees. Remember that unique submissions stand out!

Fan of the Month has been running since June 2008 and currently features over 80 profiles.

February 6th, 2016
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Matt Smith has revealed that he owes “a great debt” to Doctor Who fans for supporting his subsequent success.

The actor bowed out as the Eleventh Doctor in 2013 and has since gone on to enjoy a string of high profile roles, including his latest appearance in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, released in cinemas this week. Promoting the film, the former Time Lord affirmed that he isn’t “trying to actively shed” his association with the world’s longest running sci-fi franchise. “Doctor Who was always going to sit on my ether for a bit,” he said. “But it’s something that I’m very proud of.”

He continued: “The Who fans are wonderfully loyal and that character was a fantastic part, one that has been played before but allowed me to reinvent. So I will be forever grateful.”

You will also be able to catch Matt on Netflix later this year when he takes on the guise of Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in the original 10-part period drama “The Crown”.

February 6th, 2016
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The Series 9 boxset will be released in the UK next month and fans can now pre-order a limited Blu-ray steelbook if you’re looking for something that little bit extra special.

Only on Amazon, the release will boast exclusive artwork by Alice X Zhang whose work was personally selected by Peter Capaldi to feature on the cover. The contents of the discs remain the same as the original boxset, which includes over four hours’ of extras such as documentaries, deleted scenes, commentaries and more. It goes on sale on 7th March 2016, and you can take a closer look at what’s inside here.

Click here to Rate and Discuss last year’s epic series finale… the long way round!

Thanks to BBC Worldwide.

February 4th, 2016
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Peter Capaldi recently travelled to Jordan to meet a mere handful of the 630,000 Syrian refugees who are living in camps, towns and cities.

The Twelfth Doctor actor is a proud supporter of UNHRC – the UN Refugee Agency – which is the world’s leading organisation dedicated to saving lives and protecting human rights. Thanks to ongoing generous donations, the charity is currently providing care for over 55 million people in over 125 countries who have been forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution.

Watch a short film documenting Peter’s eye-opening journey in the player below, then click here for further coverage including galleries and their upcoming virtual reality experience.

Thanks to UNHCR.

February 4th, 2016
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Thanks to our friends over at BBC Worldwide, we’ve 5 (count ‘em!) copies of The Husbands of River Song to give away!

Last year’s Christmas Special was the greatest present of them all as it marked the long awaited return of everybody’s favourite “kick ass hero”, as played with enough power to blow the cosmos apart by Alex Kingston, and we’re keeping the festivities alive a little bit longer (hey, this is a Doctor Who gap year after all!) by offering 5 of our readers the chance to get their hands on the episode in all its Blu-ray glory. You’re worth it, sweeties!

So, to be in with a chance, simply answer the question below before the competition closes at 12pm GMT on Friday 12th February 2016. Please ensure that the email address you provide is correct, as we’ll use it to contact you if you’re one of the lucky winners. Only one entry per email address will be counted as an entry, so there really is no point entering more than once (so please don’t), and we won’t share your information with any third party. Now that all the boring stuff is out of the way, get entering and good luck!

Sorry, but this competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide.

January 31st, 2016
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The War Doctor returns in the forthcoming issue of Doctor Who Magazine as his real life alter ego, Sir John Hurt, spills the beans on his new Big Finish adventures.

Inside the magazine, the veteran star of the stage and screen – who guest starred in the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor back in 2013 – exclusively reveals what makes his secret incarnation of the Time Lord tick, and how it was his wife who convinced him to take on one of the most iconic roles on British television. And let’s just thank our lucky stars that she did!

All of that plus the latest news, reviews, competitions, features and much more! Doctor Who Magazine #496 is published on Thursday 4th February, at the usual price of £4.99.

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