July 16th, 2017
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After months of speculation, Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who.

As the first female to officially (sorry, Joanna Lumley!) portray the iconic role, the actress will make her debut as the Time Lord in this year’s Christmas Special.

She said: “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with every Whovian on the planet. It’s more than an honour which means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope.”

Her era will be overseen by incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall, who she has previously worked with on his ITV drama Broadchurch. Chris has described Jodie as his “number one choice”, adding: “I always knew I wanted the next Doctor to be a woman. Jodie’s audition blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and she will bring wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

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Peter Capaldi, who will be handing over the TARDIS keys to Jodie in the festive adventure, commented: “Anyone who’s seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she’s a wonderful actress of great individuality. Above all, she has the huge heart to play this special part.”

What a day! Discuss your reactions to the historic news in the comments below…

July 23rd, 2017
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The first teaser trailer for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special has been released online following its debut at San Diego Comic-Con.

The festive episode – which was named as Twice Upon a Time during the cast and crew panel – will serve as Peter Capaldi’s final voyage as the Twelfth Doctor and will guest star David Bradley as the First Doctor and Mark Gatiss as the Captain. Pearl Mackie will also be reprising her role as Bill Potts in the seasonal adventure, which is the last episode to be written by outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat.

“The original, you might say…” Read the latest on this year’s Christmas Special »

July 23rd, 2017
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The next episode of Doctor Who, this year’s Christmas Special, has been named as Twice Upon a Time.

The title was revealed during today’s Doctor Who Q&A panel at San Diego Comic-Con, where it was also announced that Pearl Mackie will be returning as Bill Potts in the festive episode.

In addition to starring David Bradley as the First Doctor (as was confirmed at the end of the Series 10 finale), Mark Gatiss will guest in the seasonal adventure as a mysterious World War One soldier called the Captain.

The special will be Peter Capaldi’s final story in role as the Twelfth Doctor, as well as the last episode to be written by outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat. If all of that wasn’t enough, it will also mark the debut of Jodie Whittaker, who was unveiled as the new Doctor last week.

So that’s two – nay, three – Doctors, the return of Bill (and somebody else, if recent tabloid reports are to be believed…), Mark Gatiss, plus what other last minute surprises Steven has got up his sleeve. Is it December yet? Discuss the latest developments in the comments!

“The original, you might say…” Read the latest on this year’s Christmas Special »

July 23rd, 2017
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The latest Doctor Who Magazine – #515 – goes on sale later this week and inside it’s the end of an epic era as Steven Moffat prepares to bid the Whoniverse adieu with this year’s Christmas Special.

After serving as showrunner since 2009, the Grand Moff looks back on the highs and lows of his tenure in an exclusive and candid interview, before Russell T Davies, Chris Chibnall, Mark Gatiss and more pay tribute to the greatest moments of his momentous era. It’s gonna be emotional, guys! DWM #515 is released on Thursday 27th July, priced £5.99.

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

July 22nd, 2017
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Penguin Random House has renewed their “important and successful” partnership with BBC Books to continue publishing Doctor Who content until at least 2019, it has been confirmed.

As The Bookseller reports, the new two series deal – which includes all formats including non-fiction, fiction, activity, novelty, audio and the annual – will coincide with Jodie Whittaker’s inception as the Thirteenth Doctor, which the head of publishing, Jan Paterson, has described as “an exciting new era” for the show.

He added: “We have a long history of publishing alongside Doctor Who so we are really delighted to be able to continue.”

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

July 22nd, 2017
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The BBC have issued an official response to complaints regarding Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the first female incarnation of the Doctor.

The actress was announced as Peter Capaldi’s successor in the iconic role last week, with the news instantly – and inevitably – dividing the fandom and casual viewers alike.

The BBC’s official response reads:

Since the first Doctor regenerated back in 1966, the concept of the Doctor as a constantly evolving being has been central to the programme. The continual input of fresh ideas and new voices across the cast and the writing and production teams has been key to the longevity of the series.

The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.

As the Controller of BBC Drama has said, Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.

We hope viewers will enjoy what we have in store for the continuation of the story.

July 18th, 2017
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Georgia Moffett will be reprising her role as Jenny, the Doctor’s daughter, for a new Big Finish audio series, Radio Times has confirmed.

The character, who was introduced in Series 4, will helm the new adventures alongside her very own companion played by Sean Biggerstaff, who Harry Potter fans will recognise for his portrayal of Oliver Wood.

Recording will take place over the summer with the first release expected later this year.

Are you excited that Jenny is back? No doubt she has been doing an awful lot of running…

July 18th, 2017
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The specially recorded scene announcing Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor has so far been viewed over 16 million times online, it has been revealed.

Following its televisual debut after the Wimbledon’s Men’s final on Sunday, which was seen by 4.6 million viewers, the historic clip has been watched 9.8 million times on the BBC One Facebook, with an additional 2.5 million views on the show’s official Twitter account, making it the most successful Doctor Who related tweet all of time.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “To see the overwhelmingly positive response to the news that Jodie Whittaker will star as the Thirteenth Doctor, and that the reveal has had over 16 million views online so far, is phenomenal. It is exhilarating to see the series engaging on so many levels and I can’t wait to see her in action on BBC One at Christmas.”

Jodie has said that playing the first female Doctor will be “completely overwhelming”.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide.

July 16th, 2017
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The BBC have released a new interview with Jodie Whittaker to accompany her reveal as the first female incarnation of the Doctor.

The actress was announced as the Thirteenth Doctor in a new clip which premiered on BBC One earlier today (Sunday) and has described landing the iconic role as “an unbelievable opportunity” which still feels “completely overwhelming”.

You can read the full Q&A with our brand new Doctor below and discuss the breaking news in the comments.

Q. What does it feel like to be the Thirteenth Doctor?
A. It’s very nerve-racking, as it’s been so secret!

Q. Why did you want the role?
A. To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings: what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.

Q. Has it been hard to keep the secret?
A. Yes. Very hard! I’ve told a lot of lies! I’ve embroiled myself in a whole world of lies which is going to come back at me when this is announced!

Q. Who was the first person you told when you got the role?
A. My husband. Because I was allowed to!

Q. Did you have a codename and if so what was it?
A. In my home, and with my agent, it was The Clooney. Because to me and my husband, George is an iconic guy. And we thought: what’s a really famous iconic name? It was just fitting.

Q. What does it feel like to be the first woman Doctor?
A. It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.

Q. What do you want to tell the fans?
A. I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.

Q. What are you most excited about?
A. I’m most excited about becoming part of a family I didn’t even know existed. I was born in 1982, it’s been around longer than me, and it’s a family I couldn’t ever have dreamed I’d be part of.

Q. How did Chris sell you the part?
A. We had a strange chat earlier this year where he tricked me into thinking we were talking about Broadchurch. And I started to quiz him about his new job in Wales, and asked him if I could be a baddie! And he quickly diverted the conversation to suggest I should consider auditioning to be the 13th Clooney.

It was the most incredible chat because I asked every question under the sun, and I said I’d take a few weeks to decide whether I was going to audition. He got a phone call within 24 hours. He would’ve got a phone call sooner, but my husband was away and there was a time difference!

Q. Did he persuade you?
A. No. There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.

Q. What are you going to wear?
A. Don’t know yet.

Q. Is that your costume in the filmed sequence which introduced you as the new Doctor?
A. No.
Q. Have any of the other Doctors given you advice?
A. Well they can’t because they haven’t known until now, but I’m certainly expecting a couple of calls – I’ve got a couple of mates in there. I’m mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I’m mates with a trio of Doctors. I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let’s throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I’m hoping I get some calls of advice.

July 16th, 2017
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It only feels like yesterday that Peter Capaldi was being sworn in as the Twelfth Doctor, but time really does fly when you’re having fun because it’s already over three years later and his successor is about to be unveiled…

The Thirteenth Doctor will be officially announced after the Wimbledon’s men’s singles final on BBC One this afternoon, and as always WhovianNet is here to keep you up to date with all of the latest developments as and when they occur. Get involved with the festivities in the comments below or via the hashtag #WhovianNetLive.

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