November 8th, 2014
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With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role. Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy? As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.

The Twelfth Doctor faced his greatest challenge yet tonight in the finale of his debut series.

After Dark Water’s momentous cliffhanger, the action showed no signs of slowing down as we dived head first into Series 8’s climactic adventure. In true Steven Moffat style, our heads were left racing before the opening titles had even rolled, and what followed was an epic and life changing battle which saw old alliances uniting against even older enemies…

As the Doctor took to the air in a startling new role, UNIT tried to contain Missy, and Clara Oswald and Danny Pink faced heartbreak as their destiny was determined. Grave sacrifices were made and the Doctor was left questioning his own loyalties in a dramatic showdown, but was Death in Heaven a worthy conclusion to this year’s series? Have the loose ends been tied up for you, or were you unsatisfied with Steven’s script? Rate and discuss below!

And that, Whovians, is that! As far as Series 8 goes, anyway… So. Is it Christmas Day yet!?

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments if you haven’t seen Death in Heaven. You have been warned!

November 23rd, 2014
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Jenna Coleman has been discussing Clara Oswald’s future with the Doctor in a new interview with Digital Spy.

Promoting the complete Series 8 boxset, which is released in the UK tomorrow, the actress revealed that she doesn’t think her character “could go back to just having a normal life again”. The impossible girl was seen parting ways with the Time Lord at the end of the most recent episode, Death in Heaven, but we know she’ll be back at Christmas after she appeared in a preview clip from the special which was shown during Children in Need.

She expanded: “I think she’s addicted to him and the life and the TARDIS, so I don’t think there’s really a way back for her now. She’s had a taste of this life and him.”

It’s not the first time Jenna has remained tight-lipped about her involvement in Series 9, which is expected to begin filming in January. She has previously stated: “If you know I’m in the next series then you’ll know how the story ends. It’s much better if nobody knows.”

“Say something nice” (or not) about the Series 8 finale in our episode discussion!

November 23rd, 2014
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Today is a special day in the Doctor’s personal calendar because it marks the anniversary of his first televised adventure, An Unearthly Child.

On this day back in 1963, at 5:16pm on BBC One, the TARDIS materialised on the small screen for the first time as viewers were given their first glimpse into the weird and wonderful world of the now iconic Time Lord.

51 years and over 800 episodes later, the series is still going strong with an estimated global audience of 70 million.

It’s also been exactly one year since The Day of the Doctor, the momentous adventure which was screened simultaneously on TV and in cinemas in over 90 countries. The 50th anniversary was a remarkable celebration and you can relive all of the festivities here.

The Doctor will be back on our screens next month but see how it all began for him below…

And he hasn’t stopped running since! Here’s to another 51 years, Doctor – we salute you!

November 17th, 2014
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The Director of BBC Television has hailed Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who as an “outstanding” triumph.

In a press release issued today, Danny Cohen added that he’s “very grateful to everyone involved” in the Twelfth Doctor’s debut adventures, which reached new levels of success at home and abroad.

Here in the UK, Series 8 attracted an average audience of 7.4 million viewers across its 12 week run, with an additional 18.9 million requests (1.6m average) on iPlayer.

“This an increase of 39% on the overnight figures reported the day after broadcast. This includes the 9.2m average audience that watched Deep Breath, Peter Capaldi’s debut episode, which is the highest figure for a non-special episode (Christmas/50th anniversary) since the opening episode of series 5 (Matt Smith’s debut) in 2010. These figures show how Doctor Who has consistently achieved big audiences across the last three series – series 7a/7b combined had an average consolidated audience of 7.4m, series 6a/6b attracted 7.5m and series 5 was viewed by 7.3m.”

Meanwhile, in the US, Deep Breath became BBC America’s highest rated series premiere to date, as Canada’s Space marked a 22% uplift in consolidated audience size on Series 7.

“We never take it for granted, but the miracle has happened again – the nation has taken a brand new Doctor to its heart.”

- Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer

The behind the scenes series Doctor Who Extra has had 1.3 million requests on iPlayer.

A huge congratulations to the cast and crew! We can’t wait to see what Christmas brings…

“Say something nice” (or not) about the Series 8 finale in our episode discussion!

November 17th, 2014
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Series 8 may be over but we’re determined to keep the magic of the Twelfth Doctor’s debut adventures alive!

By applying to be our new Fan of the Month, you can relive the twists and turns of this year’s TARDIS tales by sharing your views on Missy’s shock reveal, the momentous finale and what the future holds for Clara.

The winner will take pride of place on the site and have their very own Whovian profile featured for the world to see. The closing date for entries is  Sunday 30th November.

Fan of the Month has been running since June 2008 and currently features over 70 profiles.

November 16th, 2014
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Natalie Gumede has revealed that filming this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special “was a completely new realm” due to its heavy use of CGI.

The actress will guest star in the festive episode, the first trailer for which was aired after Death in Heaven, and told Radio Times that the role presented new challenges for her as an actress. “I just kind of sat at the sidelines in awe of all the special effects,” she said. “Normally you’re on a set and you’re on a street or in a kitchen in a house, but this time we were on a spaceship!”

She continued: It was a complete eye-opener and it’s made me a fan of Doctor Who. I have a new found respect for actors acting opposite CGI in rubber costumes and masks or against nothing, just a green screen. It’s s really challenging to make it real and human.”

November 16th, 2014
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The results of our Week 12 poll are as follows…

Was Death in Heaven a worthy conclusion to Series 8?

Yes. (61.7%)
No. (38.3%)

Discuss the outcome in the comments below. Thank you to everyone who voted in our Polls this series.

November 16th, 2014
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The official rating for this year’s Doctor Who finale has been revealed.

Death in Heaven, which was first broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 8th November, was seen by 7.60 million people in the UK, making it the 5th most watched finale of the revived series so far.

A considerable leap from its initial ‘overnight’ of 5.45 million, the consolidated figure includes those who watched the episode within the first 7 days of its transmission.

Doctor Who Finale Ratings 2005-Present

  1. Series 4 (2008): Journey’s End – 10.57 million
  2. Series 3 (2007): Last of the Time Lords – 8.61million
  3. Series 2 (2006): Doomsday – 8.22million
  4. Series 6 (2011) – The Wedding of River Song – 7.67 million
  5. Series 8 (2014) – Death in Heaven – 7.60 million
  6. Series 7: The Name of the Doctor (2013) – 7.45 million
  7. Series 1 (2005): The Parting of the Ways – 6.91million
  8. Series 5 (2010) – The Big Bang – 6.7 million

Peter Capaldi’s debut series as the Twelfth Doctor averaged 7.4 million viewers in the UK.

“Say something nice” (or not) about the Series 8 finale in our episode discussion!

November 15th, 2014
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All good things must come to an end and, in true Doctor Who fashion, the latest series reached its dramatic climax last weekend in a momemtous two-part extravaganza which sent the Whovian community into overdrive.

Before the Doctor and Clara faced an impossible choice at the hands of evil mastermind Missy (see what we did there?), they found themselves In the Forest of the Night as acclaimed writer Frank Cottrell Boyce made his Doctor Who debut in an adventure which marked the final days of humanity. Or so we thought, anyway!

Next up, as the finale began, the Doctor and Clara found themselves in Dark Water when plans were drawn up in the Nethersphere. Clara faced heartbreak and the Doctor finally came face to face with Missy as a catastrophic cliffhanger sent mighty shockwaves through the stratosphere. With Cybermen on the streets of London, the drama was notched up to a whole new level and old friends united against old enemies as our heroes faced Death in Heaven. As the Twelfth Doctor battled his greatest challenge, sacrifices had to be made…

“Say something nice” (or not) about the Series 8 finale in our episode discussion!

November 14th, 2014
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The Twelfth Doctor briefly returned to our screens tonight in an exclusive clip from his upcoming yuletide adventure.

In this year’s Christmas Special, our Time Lord will be joined by Nick Frost as Santa Claus who was on hand earlier this evening to deliver an early present for Doctor Who fans.

The preview, which you watch in the player below, was shown as part of BBC One’s Children in Need fundraising festivities. Don’t forget to donate as every penny goes towards changing the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK.

“Who you gonna call?” Check out the first trailer for this year’s Christmas Special!

November 14th, 2014
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Please join us as we raise our glasses to wish Paul McGann a very happy birthday!

The actor is best known in the Doctor Who universe for playing the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie. After a short-lived tenure on the screen, he reprised the role in the Big Finish audio adventures and made a shock return for the 50th anniversary in The Night of the Doctor.

He turns 55 today and we hope he enjoys his celebrations. Feel free to post your birthday wishes below.

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