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 28th, 2017
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Peter Davison has quit Twitter as a result of the backlash he received following comments he made regarding the casting of the first female Doctor.

During a recent interview at San Diego Comic-Con, the Fifth Doctor actor affirmed that landing the ionic role is a “fantastic opportunity” for Jodie Whittaker as he urged fans to encourage those who are doubtful to “watch it with an open mind”. However, he also admitted to feeling “a bit sad” that the series has potentially now lost its central role model for boys, who he believes the show is “vitally important for”.

He explained: “I quite like the idea of the Doctor as a boy, but maybe that’s because I’m an old-fashioned dinosaur. It’s irrelevant now. We have a new Doctor so let’s give her our full support.”

An inevitable backlash ensued, with Peter subsequently deleting his Twitter profile due to the “toxicity” of the evolving debate. “The used to be fun,” he wrote in his final post. “Now it’s not. Must dash.”

July 28th, 2017
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Freema Agyeman will be taking to the stage this summer in a West End production of Apologia, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

The Martha Jones actress will star alongside Stockard Channing in the play, written by Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell, which is described as a “compelling, darkly funny and haunting” story of a family and its secrets.

The show runs at Trafalgar Studios from 3rd August to 18th November and tickets are on sale now, here.

July 27th, 2017
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Series 10: Part 2 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on 12th September 2017.

The two disc set – featuring Episodes 6-12 (Extremis to The Doctor Falls) of Peter Capaldi’s final string of adventures as the Twelfth Doctor – is listed at $24.98 SRP for the DVD, and $29.98 SRP for the Blu-ray.

Series 10: Part 1 is available on both formats now, while the complete series boxset is expected to be released on 14th November 2017.

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July 27th, 2017
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Whilst flying the Doctor Who flag at San Diego Comic-Con, Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi chatted to EW about the forthcoming return of the First Doctor.

The original (you might say…) will be coming face to face with his incumbent incarnation in this year’s Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time, which Steven described as an “interesting” dynamic. “He was so different to the man he is now, and to the woman he’s about to become,” he said. “David Bradley is an extraordinary resemblance to William Hartnell. It’s an astonishing recreation of his performance.”

Peter, meanwhile, revealed that the multi-Doctor adventure felt like his journey with the series was “coming full circle” as he prepares to step down from the iconic role in the same episode. He explained: “It’s wonderful for me, because he’s the first Doctor I remember. The show started when I was 5 years old and I have this distant memory of this strange, grumpy but magical man in the TARDIS, and David captures that essence so beautifully.”

One man, one destiny… twice. Watch the Twice Upon a Time Comic-Con trailer »

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.

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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.”

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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…

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