January 30th, 2017
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It has been confirmed that Peter Capaldi will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year.

The announcement was made by the man himself during an appearance on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show earlier tonight (Monday), before an accompanying press release affirming the details of his exit was released online. After Series 10 airs this spring, the Time Lord will regenerate into the Thirteenth Doctor in this year’s Christmas Special, which will also be the last episode to be written by outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat.

“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best,” Peter said. “From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity and generosity points to a brighter future ahead. I cannot thank everyone enough. It has been truly cosmic.”

As Steven also prepares to bid farewell to the “best job” he’ll ever have, he reassured fans by teasing that the Twelfth Doctor’s “greatest adventures are yet to come”, adding that, “Capaldi’s not done with you yet!” He continued: “Knowing that I’m leaving in the company of the best, kindest and cleverest of men makes the saddest of endings a little bit sweeter.”

So, there you have it! After a frenzy of speculation, the Twelfth Doctor’s time is running out. Will you be sad to see Peter go, or has his Doctor run his cause? And who should be his successor? Share your initial reactions to this breaking news in the comments below…

March 27th, 2017
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This year’s BFI & Radio Times Television Festival will include a Doctor Who panel on Sunday 9th April 2017.

Executive producer Brian Minchin will be joined by Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie for the Q&A as they look ahead to Steven Moffat’s final series as showrunner and the global phenomenon he leaves behind. It will also debut “sneak preview clips” from Series 10, which begins the following weekend, on Saturday 15th April.

Tickets for the event have now sold out.

March 27th, 2017
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Russell T Davies is this month’s guest on Attitude magazine’s Heroes podcast.

The landmark series is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales and the former Doctor Who showrunner chats to editor-in-chief Matt Cain about the representation of gay men on TV.

As well as helming the 21st century revival of Doctor Who, Russell also achieved critical acclaim for his 1999 series Queer as Folk, followed by the more recent Cucumber in 2015.

You can listen to the full interview – which includes such stories as Russell’s accidental drug overdose - here. Please be advised that the podcast contains adult language and themes.

Thanks to Bradley for the news!

March 26th, 2017
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It has been confirmed that a brand new Doctor Who panel show will be airing alongside Series 10 in Australia.

Aptly entitled Whovians, each half-hour edition of the switchover programme will be aired on Sunday nights at 8:30pm on ABC2 and iview, immediately after the latest episode of Doctor Who on ABC.

Hosts Rove McManus, Tegan Higginbotham, Adam Richard and Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell will be dissecting the TARDIS action with a live studio audience and celebrity guests.

“I have been a fan of Doctor Who for as long as I can remember, so you can imagine how pleased I am to be hosting a show about it,” said Rove. “Whether it be the classic era that dates back over 50 years or the modern series with its own decade-long legacy, I’m excited to talk about my favourite show with like-minded individuals whilst being paid to geek out.”

Doctor Who Executive Producer, Brian Minchin, added: “It will be the perfect companion for the thrilling new series of Doctor Who on ABC and I am sure it will delight Australian fans.”

For the chance to be part of the live studio audience, email drwho.audience@abc.net.au.

March 25th, 2017
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The latest issue of Empire Magazine went on sale this week and inside there’s an exclusive exit interview with Peter Capaldi to coincide with the start of his final full series as the Doctor, which begins on BBC One on Saturday 15th April.

The article is complemented by two exclusive images from Series 10, which they’ve subsequently posted on their website. The first is of the Doctor emerging from the TARDIS to confront the Daleks, while the second features the Time Lord alongside Matt Lucas as Nardole, who appears to be brandishing the Fourth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver…

New adventures. New companion. Same Doctor! Read the latest Series 10 news…

March 25th, 2017
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Three pictures from the Series 10 premiere surfaced online recently, and the BBC have now released high-res versions!

The episode – The Pilot – airs on Saturday 15th April (that’s three weeks today, people!) and will formally introduce Pearl Mackie as the Doctor’s new companion, Bill Potts.

Bill is featured in the three new images, two of which also include Peter Capaldi (with a Friend from the Future vibe), while the third is her on what looks like a night out with her friends. But her life is about to change…

New adventures. New companion. Same Doctor! Read the latest Series 10 news…

March 25th, 2017
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WhovianNet recently caught up with Paul McGann to talk about his new play, Gabriel.

As previously reported, the Eighth Doctor actor is about to embark on a UK tour of the production, which tells the story of a family held captive in Nazi occupied Guernsey in 1943 who encounter a terrifying German officer, Von Pfunz.

Paul chatted to us exclusively about the show, his character and, of course, the conversation inevitably turns to Doctor Who. Well, it would’ve been rude not to!

Q. Hi, Paul! So, without giving too much away, what can you tell us about Gabriel?
A. Its story takes place over four days in 1943 on German occupied Guernsey. A mother, Jeanne, tries to shield both herself and her family from the dangerous attentions of a newly arrived German officer.

Q. And what can you tell us about your character, Commander Von Pfunz?
A. Some recent experience in Poland has affected him deeply and made his behaviour unpredictable. Awkwardly,he takes an instant shine to Jeanne who doesn’t know how best to fend him off without provoking the worst and putting herself and her family in danger.

Q. What was it about the play and your character that attracted you to the project?
A. It’s the first one I’d read set in the wartime Channel Islands. I suspect it captures some of the febrile atmosphere and peculiar traumas the islanders must have experienced. My character, Von Pfunz, like most good ones, is a bit cracked.

Q. What do you think it is about this particular era of history that continues to enthral audiences of all ages across various platforms?
A. Perhaps it’s something to do with it being in living memory, so not quite over. Or how it shapes national myths. There’s a British one where we alone in Europe resist the German invader. In fact, as described in Gabriel, British territory was taken and held for five years.

Q. Stories set during the War have a universal appeal, but would you say Gabriel is aimed at any audience in particular?
A. No, I think it’ll appeal to pretty much everyone. It’s a proper thriller!

Q. Does taking a production on tour present any new challenges, advantages or disadvantages?
A. I’m not really the right person to ask, as I’ve never toured before. I’ll soon find out, though!

Q. What are the main differences between performing on stage and in front of a camera?
A. On stage you’re sort of visible head to foot so you really have to give it all you’ve got, whereas on camera it’s just picking the right face to pull. I really ought to write a book.

Q. The Doctor Who Movie turned twenty years old last year. Does it feel that long ago, or does it feel like no time has passed at all?
A. Oh, it feels like twenty years. The blink of an eye.

Q. Did you ever think that your association with the series would still be growing so strong over two decades later?
A. Certainly not before the series came back in 2005. After that it took on a life of its own.

Q. Big Finish aside, what was it like to reprise the role on screen for the 50th anniversary, and would you be interested in starring in a full-length multi-Doctor TV episode?
A. It was one of the happiest jobs. A guaranteed hit, and working with people who loved it and who knew what they were doing. What’s not to like? And yes, of course I’d be interested in a multi-Doctor episode, for the same reasons.

Q. Who would you pick as Peter Capaldi’s successor?
A. I’m not sure. But whoever it is, I’d hope he or she cherished it like Peter has.

Q. Finally, have you got any other projects coming up that you can tell us about?
A. A film short, Perplexed Music, which my brother Mark and me want to shoot in England in the Summer. He’ll direct and I’ll act. He’s also written the story, based on a Cristina Rossetti poem. As you do.

Gabriel is touring in UK theatres from Tuesday 28th March. Read more about the play, find your nearest venue and buy tickets here. Thanks to Paul for his time!

March 24th, 2017

If you haven’t got that Friday Feeling yet, this awesome artwork of the Thirteen Doctors – sent in to us by @RossHitchin on Twitter – should do the trick. Gotta paint ‘em all…

March 20th, 2017
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Toby Whithouse has revealed his ideal candidate for the 13th Doctor in a new interview with Digital Spy.

The writer, who recently confirmed that he’s penned the final instalment of an upcoming Series 10 three-parter, suggested that Being Human actor Damien Molony would be “terrific” as Peter Capaldi’s successor in the iconic role. “He’s a fantastic actor,” he said. “He would be my choice, or Chiwetel Ejiofor.”

He added that while it will be “a real shame” to see Peter go, he fully understands his decision to vacate the TARDIS.

He explained: “He’s been absolutely incredible as the Doctor, and he’s just the loveliest guy you’ll ever meet. He came on to the show to work with Steven Moffat, so I get it. But he’s an amazing ambassador. It’s something that’s been so important to him his whole life, so he understands the importance of the show and appreciates how treasured and loved it is.”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Are you familiar with Damien Moloney’s work? Do you agree that he would make a terrific Time Lord? Share your thoughts in the comments…

Should the next Doctor be a female? Join the debate in our dedicated discussion…

March 19th, 2017
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Red Nose Day is back this month and so is their auction, which is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for Doctor Who fans.

Seriously, it’s the stuff that Whovian dreams are made of.

In the not too distant future, seven Doctors – Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi – will be sitting down for a full English breakfast at The Wolseley in London, and there are four unreserved seats up for grabs…

Two of them will be claimed by the highest bidders, while the other two will be picked at random from a prize draw of ticket holders, for those of us who don’t have a spare £10,000 (and then some!) lying around. A single ticket can be purchased now for £5, with multiple packages on offer to increase your odds. All of the money will go towards Comic Relief and its associated charities to help people who are living difficult lives across the UK and Africa.

Good luck to those who will be bidding, and may the odds be forever in your favour if you’ll be entering the raffle. Red Nose Day is on Friday 24th March. Find out more about it, here.

March 19th, 2017
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The build up to Series 10 is now in full swing and, like Bill Potts stepping aboard the TARDIS to see the universe anew, we wouldn’t want you to miss it of the world.

Not one second of it, in fact, which is why you can read up on the latest news and pre-Pilot action by clicking here. Have a gander at our Discussions, too, which are a great place for you to share your excitement and anticipation. Look ahead to the return of the Mondasian Cybermen, and let us know what you think lies in store for our new companion. Has her fate already been sealed?

If lists are your thing, check out our 5 things we’re most looking forward to in Series 10, and our latest poll invites you to vote for your favourite Steven Moffat premiere to date as he prepares to kick off a brand new series with an almighty bang for the last time.

We’ve also added a countdown to the home page (never could resist a ticking clock!), and there will be plenty more where that came from as our coverage continues. Be sure to stick with WhovianNet for all the developments as and when, and share in the journey with over 30,000 fellow fans by following our Twitter, @WhovianNet! It’s almost a time for heroes…

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