December 25th, 2014
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Two heroic icons – the Doctor and Santa – along with Clara Oswald, are thrown together in one of the Time Lord’s most incredible adventures yet!

Christmas Day is here again but so far there’s been one rather important present missing from the festivities. That all changed tonight when the Twelfth Doctor returned to light up our screens in his debut Doctor Who Christmas Special – it was like he’d never been away!

He hasn’t really been gone that long, of course, but any length of time away is too long whenever our beloved Time Lord is concerned. He was back with festive bells on in Last Christmas, though, which proved – if anyone even had any doubt after 10 years of them – that a Doctor Who yuletide adventure really is the greatest gift of all. They’re usually full of seasonal cheer but this one was even more so as it featured none other than Santa Claus himself who joined forces with the Doctor for an adventure in the North Pole. Just ’cause.

Described as “The Thing meets Miracle on 34th Street”, Last Christmas was pretty much as Christmassy as it gets but was it worth unwrapping? Rate and Discuss it in the comments below and let us know what you thought of the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special, the twists and turns, the monsters, the guest stars and the festive fun and jollity in between…

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

March 29th, 2015
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April is almost upon us but there’s still enough time for our latest Fan of the Month to march – *ahem* – forward.

Flying the flag for Whovians around the world this month is Hunter, aged 16, from New York who put himself forward because Doctor Who has taught him to be more optimistic and hopeful about life. He says: “Thanks to the Doctor, I am the dreamer of improbable dreams.”

We know that the Doctor would be very pleased to hear that and you can check out Hunter’s full Whovian profile here.

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

March 28th, 2015
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Big Finish have announced Doctor Who: Doom Coalition, a “breathtaking” new audio series featuring the Eighth Doctor, which will be launched in the autumn.

Paul McGann will be back as his incarnation of the iconic Time Lord who will be pushed to his limits when he is recalled to Gallifrey by the Time Lords. The 16 part adventure, spanning 4 boxsets, will also star Nicola Walker as companion Liv Chenka while Mark Bonnar will lend his voice to a mysterious new foe known only as The Eleven. Hattie Morahan will also join in episode two as new companion Helen Sinclair.

“Doom Coalition is unlike anything we’ve attempted before,” said director Ken Bentley. “It’s on a scale that we hope will satisfy loyal listeners. It’s also a new standalone adventure so it’s a great place to start if you’re listening to Doctor Who on audio for the very first time.”

Doom Coalition: Part 1 is released in October 2015 and its three subsequent installments will follow suit throughout 2016 and 2017. It forms part of Big Finish’s extended licensing deal which guarantees the production of their new Doctor Who audios until “at least” 2020.

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March 27th, 2015
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Big Finish have today announced that their Doctor Who license has been extended which means they will continue to release tie-in audio adventures until “at least” 2020.

The company has been producing Doctor Who stories since 1999 and BBC Worldwide have given them the green light to extend their ever growing range of original Classic Series escapades for another five years.

They are already planning new stories for 2017 and 2018 and later this year they’ll be launching a new UNIT spin off.

Fans can look forward to more stories featuring the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors as well as The Fourth Doctor Adventures which are also set to continue. A new era awaits for the Eighth Doctor, too, as he faces the Doom Coalition in the follow up to Dark Eyes.

Are you excited that Big Finish is here to stay? Let us know in the comments section below!

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March 26th, 2015
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Doctor Who Magazine is celebrating the 10th anniversary of NuWho by honouring the trip of a lifetime with four collectible covers featuring each of the show’s modern Doctors.

Issue 485, released next Thursday (2nd April), is joining the festivities as it looks back on 10 years of time and space with the man behind its return, Russell T Davies, who shares brand new information about bringing the Doctor back to our screens. The revived show’s first director, Keith Boak, also looks back on the process of bringing Rose to life and a guest star from every Ninth Doctor episode is interviewed.

Meanwhile, the Twelfth Doctor and Clara visit Antarctica in Blood and Ice, the first part of a new comic adventure, showrunner Steven Moffat answer readers’  questions and there’s all the latest news, previews, reviews, competitions and so much more. Miss it and miss out!

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March 26th, 2015
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Doctor Who Legacy has launched a new 8-bit pixelated adventure, Bigger on the Inside, to celebrate today’s 10th anniversary of NuWho.

As part of their festivities, they’ve very kindly given us an exclusive code for WhovianNet readers as part of their online ’scavenger hunt’ for each of the Doctor’s costumes.

The code for the Sixth Doctor’s costume is 6237-7228-5725-2474 and it expires at 10,000 claims or at the end of the weekend. Have fun!

March 26th, 2015
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WhovianNet readers have named Series 4 as the greatest series of NuWho to date!

Last month we opened a poll to determine the best series of the last decade to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the revived series. And oh, what a decade it has been!

The first episode, Rose, aired exactly 10 years ago today, on Saturday 26th March 2005, and everybody’s favourite Time Lord has been running ever since. It’s been the trip of the lifetime and we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

2008 was a momentous year for the show. The fourth series welcomed back Donna Noble as the Tenth Doctor’s full time travelling companion and together they faced the likes of the Sontarans, the Vespiform and the Vashta Nerada. This series also introduced River Song as well as Jenny, the Doctor’s daughter, and it all culminated in one of the most epic stories in the show’s history when the Doctor’s allies joined forces to conquer Davros and the Daleks.

It’s fitting, then, that you’ve named it the best series of NuWho to date, with a landslide 32% of the final vote. In at second place was Series 2 with 16%, followed by Series 8 in third place with 15%. A huge thank you to everybody who voted. Are you pleased with the results? Have your say below and join us we wish NuWho a very happy 10th anniversary!

March 26th, 2015
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Yes, it really has been that long! Doctor Who returned to our screens exactly 10 years ago today, on Saturday 26th March 2005, and nothing was ever the same again.

It’s safe to say that reinventing the series for a 21st century audience was an almighty risk for the BBC, and that’s not to mention Russell T Davies who quite literally put his entire career on the line. It all paid off, though (and then some!), as TV’s favourite Time Lord was welcomed back with opens arms and the show has been going from strength to strength ever since. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!

Over 100 episodes, four Doctors (plus a secret one nobody knew about!), a plethora of companions and a menagerie of monsters, both new and old, later, it truly has been the trip of a lifetime and we wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Here’s to the next 10 years!

What are your memories of the last 10 years of time and space? Share ‘em below and join the conversation on Twitter using the #10YearsOfNuWho hashtag. It’s only just beginning…

March 19th, 2015
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The Doctor Who cast and crew attended their latest read through today (Thursday) as work on Series 9 continues.

The show’s official Twitter has confirmed that filming on Episode 5 will be commencing shortly but nothing else about the episode, including its writer or director, has been revealed (and don’t bother trying to zoom into the script on the picture below either – we’ve already tried and failed!)

Production on Peter Capaldi’s second series commenced in January and thus far four episodes have been completed.

These comprise of the currently unnamed Episodes 3 and 4 (a two-parter written by Toby Whithouse which has been described as “one of the scariest adventures yet”) and the two-part premiere, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, penned by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie MacDonald. Filming for the season opener has recently been taking place in Tenerife and it will feature the return of Michelle Gomez as Missy.

The Doctor returns in The Magician’s Apprentice… Click HERE for the latest news!

March 14th, 2015
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Mark Gatiss has confirmed that he’s “in the midst” of writing an episode for the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

While he remained tightlipped about what his latest offering will have in store for the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, he did reveal that it’s been “a tough nut to crack”. “I’m delighted with how scary it is though,” he told the Telegraph.

His previous contributions include Robot of Sherwood and Cold War. He’s also appeared on screen, too, most notably as Lazarus in Series 3’s The Lazarus Experiment.

Filming for Series 9 is currently underway. It’s scheduled to air on BBC One in the autumn.

The Doctor returns in The Magician’s Apprentice.. Click HERE for the latest news!

March 13th, 2015
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Red Nose Day is upon once again which means that the nation will be coming together to raise lots of money for disadvantaged people living in the UK and across Africa.

The Doctor is no stranger to the fundraising festivities and the show’s incumbent Time Lord, Peter Capaldi, recently travelled to Malawi to see how the continuing funds are helping to transform the lives of families who are living in desperate poverty. Read his Africa Diary here and the full story will be aired during the Comic Relief telethon which airs tonight (Friday) from 7pm on BBC One.

Doctor Who has a long standing association with Comic Relief and in recent years its charitable contributions have included the Space & Time mini-episode in 2011 and 1993’s Curse of Fatal Death, starring Rowan Atkinson, which you can watch in the player below.

Don’t forget to donate what you can and you can read how else you can get involved here.

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