December 25th, 2016
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With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?

‘Tis the season to be jolly and, after his extended hiatus, the Twelfth Doctor returned to our screens tonight to add an extra dose of sparkle to our festivities. It was about time!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been one whole year since we last saw our beloved Time Lord, but thankfully he made up for his absence with an epic adventure which took him to New York City, where a deadly alien threat was lurking in the shadows.. So, what else is new?

Well, it’s not every day that the Doctor teams up with a superhero, and investigate reporter Lucy Fletcher was also on hand to help solve the mystery of the brain-swapping aliens who were poised to attack. It wasn’t just new faces in town, either, as Matt Lucas burst back on to our screens as Nardole and we got our first glimpse of Pearl Mackie in action as Bill Potts in Series 10… but more on that next year! Back to tonight’s episode, and was The Return of Doctor Mysterio an adventure worth waiting for? Rate and Discuss it in the comments!

January 19th, 2017
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A trailer for Billie Piper (Rose Tyler)’s new film, City of Tiny Lights, has now appeared online for our viewing pleasure.

Directed by Pete Travis, the film is set in the multicultural metropolis of modern-day London and revolves around a seemingly straightforward missing person case which launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.

The film not only stars Piper, but also actress Cush Jumbo who played Lois Habiba in Series 3 of Torchwood.

Another familiar face is Danny Webb who guest starred as Mr Jefferson in the Series 2 two-parter The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit. It’s released in cinemas on 7th April 2017.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you looking forward to seeing Billie on screen again?

January 15th, 2017

A brand new issue of Doctor Who Magazine has been released this week to help you get through your January blues.

Inside #508, cast and crew alike, including Katy Manning and Mark Gatiss, share their thoughts on Doctor Who’s “grooviest” decade as they take a trip in the TARDIS back to the 1970s to commemorate the Third Doctor’s era.

Plus, the latest Series 10 news, reviews, competitions and a free Doctor Who & the Daleks comic book. It’s on sale now, at the usual price of £5.99.

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

January 9th, 2017
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Ah, 2017. The year in which we’ll finally get a brand new full series of Doctor Who, after last year’s prolonged hiatus. It’s not all bad news, is it?

The truth is, though, even if Doctor Who isn’t on our screens, its cast members are always popping up in one thing or another. Oftentimes, our favourite stars of time and space bid farewell to the world’s longest running sci-fi series and go on to achieve bigger and better things. In fact, the next 12 months are already bursting at the brim with shows and films featuring our honourable heroes.

For a taste of what’s to come, here are just 5 of WhovianNet’s top picks of things starring Doctor Who actors that you should definitely be watching in 2017. From dramas on the small and big screen, it turns out there really is life after the TARDIS after all… Who knew?!

1. David Tennant in the Final Series of Broadchurch

Everybody loves a murder mystery and they don’t get much better – and not to mention mysterious – than this.

Doctor Who fans know painfully well that all good things must come to an end and 2017 will be the final curtain call for everybody’s favourite detective duo (OK, second favourite – sorry Sherlock and Watson!) as Broadchurch returns to ITV for its third and last series.

David Tennant has established a habit for fronting critically acclaimed dramas but nobody could’ve predicted how much of a storm this particular one would go on to make when it first aired back in 2013. Alex Hardy and Ellie Miller made for must see TV and even Torchwood’s very own Eve Myles joined the party for Series 2. Other familiar Whoniverse faces include Arthur Darvill, Jonathan Bailey and Meera Syal.

If previous series are anything to go by, it’s impossible to predict what Series 3 will have in store, but we’re sure incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall will have some last minute shocks and surprises up his sleeve. As the tagline affirms, “Here we suffered grief and pain. Here we meet to part again”.

It’s gonna be totes emosh.

David’s return in Broadchurch Series 3 is set to air on ITV next month. Series 1 and 2 are available to buy and download.

2. Jenna Coleman in Series 2 of Victoria

Jenna Coleman broke the heart of the nation when she faced the raven at the end of Series 9 (we’re still not over it!), but her fans didn’t have much time to miss her as she was back on our screens before they could say “Run, you clever boy…”.

The actress went from one epic drama to another when she took on the guise of Queen Victoria herself in ITV’s 8-part drama. The series depicted the ups and downs of Britain’s then longest serving monarch (apparently, it isn’t as easy at it looks!) and it proved to be such a hit that it’ll be returning for a second series and a festive special later this year. Because nothing quite says Christmas like a visit to Buckingham Palace. God save our gracious Queen!

Jenna’s performance received particular praise, so much so that she’s nominated at this year’s National Television Awards, where the series itself is also up for Most Popular Period Drama. Whovians, you know what to do…

Victoria returns for its second series later this year. Series 1 is available to buy and download.

3. Matt Smith in Series 2 of The Crown

If you’ve already binge-watched this epic new Netflix series, then you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. If you haven’t (where the hell have you been?!), then you’ve still got plenty of time to catch up before the already eagerly anticipated second series drops in November.

In a nutshell, the series depicts the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the Eleventh Doctor actor completes the royal line up as her honourable husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetites, the first series has just won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, which is basically like a televisual knighthood. There was a Best Actress gong for its leading lady, Claire Foy, too, so you’re in good hands. Maybe Matt will be able to take home a prize for Series 2…

Series 2 of The Crown will be released globally on Netflix in November. Series 1 is available to stream now.

4. Freema Agyeman in Series 2 of Sense8

From one Netflix hit to another! It really is the place to be at the moment, isn’t it?

If you’re a fan of the Matrix trilogy, you’ve no doubt already jumped on the ever growing Sense8 bandwagon (it was written and produced by the creators of the Keanu Reeves helmed franchise), but it’s never too late to join the party, especially as its second series is just around the corner.

The ambitious sci-fi drama follows the lives of eight strangers across the world who suddenly become linked mentally, but there’s at least one familiar face in the ensemble as Freema Agyeman plays series regular Amanita who is about as kick ass as they get. Plus, her hair is purple. What more could you possibly want?!

Viewer discretion is advised…

See Freema in Sense8 Series 2 when it’s released globally on Netflix on 5th May 2017. Series 1, and the 2016 Christmas Special, are available to stream now.

5. Karen Gillan in the new Jumanji

It’s been hard to keep up with Karen Gillan since she bid farewell to the TARDIS back in 2012. After deciding that one formidable fantasy franchise just wasn’t enough, she took on the role of malevolent mercenary Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (she’s the blue one!) and somehow found the time to front her own US sitcom along the way. Because why the hell not?

This year, though, it’s all about reinvention. The Amy Pond actress has joined the cast of the upcoming Jumanji continuation which will introduce the iconic 1995 adventure, starring the late Robin Williams, to a new generation. And let’s face it, all of its existing fans are pretty damn excited, too.

If that wasn’t enough, she’ll be co-starring alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Nick Jonas in the fantasy adventure, in which her character, Martha, will be transformed into an amazonian warrior when she’s sucked into the game for those who seek to find a way to leave the world behind. And yes, there has already been controversy about what she’ll be wearing in the jungle (see above). It’s like 2010 all over again…

Karen returns to the big screen in Jumanji on 22nd December 2017.

Which of the above are you most looking forward to? And are there any other TV series or films starring Doctor Who actors that you’re excited to watch this year? Let us know below!

January 9th, 2017
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After premiering n BBC Three last year, Class will get its televisual debut this week as it sets its sights on BBC One.

The 8-part Doctor Who spin off will be aired in double bills every Monday from 10:45pm, kicking off at the beginning (it’s a very good place to start!) with For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo tonight.

If you’ll be tuning in for the first time, or watching it all over again, don’t forget to check in with us in our Discussions dedicated to each episode.

It is still available to watch online, and the DVD and Blu-ray will be released next week.

January 5th, 2017

The National Television Awards shortlist has been revealed.

Although nothing or no one specifically Doctor Who related has made the cut (which is fair enough, really, seeing as there was no series last year!), former companion Jenna Coleman has landed a nomination in the Drama Performance category for her royal portrayal in the ITV drama Victoria, while the show itself is in the running for Period Drama.

Voting is now open and the results will be revealed during the live ceremony on Wednesday 25th January on ITV.

January 5th, 2017
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The final rating for last year’s Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, has been revealed.

The festive episode was watched by an official audience of 7.83 million viewers in the UK, giving the show its highest audience since 2014, when Last Christmas had 8.24 million.

Although it’s a leap from the overnight, Doctor Mysterio has become the second least watched Doctor Who Christmas Special, however it was the 8th biggest show of the week.

The seasonal adventure will be released on DVD & Blu-ray on 23rd January 2017.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Click to Rate and Discuss The Return of Doctor Mysterio!

January 1st, 2017

Now that it’s past midnight in the UK (if you’re somewhere else in the world, you may need a TARDIS to catch us up!), we’d just like to wish a very Happy New Year to all of our visitors.

Although there was no full series of Doctor Who to occupy our minds in 2016 (it’s been like 2009 all over again…), it still turned out to be a pretty exciting 12 months for our fantastic fandom, and you can take a look back at all of the biggest stories to hit the headlines in our Year in Review. Be sure to let us know your personal highlights in the comments!

Looking to the future, though, it’s business as usual in 2017 as we enter Steven Moffat’s final year as showrunner. Series 10 will hit our screens in the spring and we can’t wait to see what shocks and surprises it has in store. 2017 is also a big year for us, as WhovianNet will be celebrating its tenth year online. That’s a whole decade of bringing you the latest Doctor Who news, discussions and more. Gosh. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?!

Thank you for sticking with us throughout 2016 and stay tuned as we bring you the latest news in the build up to Series 10. Here’s to 2017, and seeing the universe anew… Cheers!

December 29th, 2016

With the new year just around the corner, it’s a great excuse to get nostalgic as we take a fond look back at the timey-wimey thrills that the last 12 months have brought our way.

And let’s be honest, it wasn’t looking good. 2016 began with the Earth-shattering announcement that we would only be getting one Doctor Who episode and, faced with the concept of another dreaded ‘gap year’, we were left wondering how the hell we were going to manage without a full series…

Somehow, though, we made it through the darkness.

Despite the lack of on screen action, 2016 has still been a brilliant year to be a Doctor Who fan. We got a brand new spin off, Class, as another one, Torchwood, turned 10 years old, and even the Eighth Doctor came along for the festivities as the 1996 TV Movie marked its 20th anniversary. Series 10 began filming in Cardiff with a new companion, Pearl Mackie, and… well, why don’t you take a trip down memory lane to remember the rest of the best?

January (WhovianNet news posts: 28)

After Doctor Who bid farewell to 2015 with the bittersweet tale of The Husbands of River Song, fans were left to anticipate the brand new adventures that 2016 would have in store.

Going into the new year, we didn’t actually know when the Doctor would be back on our screens, but all of our questions were soon answered when, on 22nd January, it was announced that Steven Moffat would be stepping down from his role as showrunner – to be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall – after Series 10. But guess what else? It was also confirmed that Series 10 wouldn’t be airing until 2017, meaning that only one episode, the Christmas Special, would be airing in 2016. It was going to be a long year…

Also in January, resurfacing rumours abound that Peter Capaldi would too be stepping down after one more year in the TARDIS, as Tom Weston-Jones emerged as a very early favourite to be cast as his successor. Meanwhile, John Hurt was Doctor Who Magazine’s new year cover star to promote the forthcoming War Doctor Big Finish audio adventures. And we thought we’d never see him again after The Day of the Doctor!

February (WhovianNet news posts: 18)

Love was in the air in February with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and Cupid certainly worked his magic for fans of Lucie Miller when it was confirmed that Sheridan Smith would be reprising her role as the popular Eighth Doctor companion for a new Big Finish audio adventure. Welcome back, Lucie!

Elsewhere, Peter Capaldi was making the most of his extended break from filming by travelling to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees on behalf of the UN Refugee Agency, while back on home turf he lent his hand to the junior doctor’s Wear Your NHS campaign. You can always count on Capaldi.

Following Jenna Coleman’s departure in the last series, everybody was talking about the identity of her replacement, with EastEnders actress Rakhee Thakrar already being hotly tipped to take on the prestigious companion role. As always, only time would tell…

March (WhovianNet news posts 16)

It only felt like yesterday that our impossible girl, Clara Oswald, had bid adieu to the TARDIS (her final series landed on DVD and Blu-ray this month), but there was hardly any time to miss her as her real life alter ego wasn’t off our screens for long. On 27th March, ITV debuted the trailer for her first post-Who project, Victoria, in which Jenna was to take on the guise of Britain’s then longest serving monarch.

Back in the Whoniverse, the series went and broke another Guinness World Record when 492 cosplaying Whovians descended upon a Mexican convention to partake in the largest gathering of fans dressed as character’s from the same show. Which is a real thing, apparently. This fandom never ceases to amaze us…

Meanwhile, River Song was back (again!) as Big Finish revealed that she’d be teaming up with not one but two Classic Doctors in a new audio range and, with the anticipated new spin off, Class, just around the corner, speculation was rife that the Time Lord’s current incarnation himself was set to make an appearance. Well, he’s never been one to miss out on a party…

April (WhovianNet news posts: 25)

Speaking of Class, we got the first episode title back in April when its star Katherine Kelly – whose character name was also revealed as Miss Quill – treated her Twitter followers to a behind the scenes picture of a script. OK, so the title, ‘The Prom’, had changed by the time the episode transmitted, but it was still exciting at the time.

The biggest story of the month (and, admittedly, the one we should’ve started with), was the long awaited unveiling of Pearl Mackie as the brand new Doctor Who companion, Bill. Never one to make a Doctor Who announcement quietly, the BBC opted to reveal the news in the form a specially recorded scene which was premiered during the FA Cup semi-final on 23rd April for some reason. Still, fans were overjoyed to have one of their first (and last) Doctor Who doses of the year, and they even threw in a Dalek for good measure. Because why the hell not?

Meanwhile, fans were saying lots of nice things about Michelle Gomez when her praised portrayal of Missy landed her a prestigious BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Spoilers: she didn’t win), as David Tennant and Catherine Take took over DWM to coincide with the release of their new Big Finish audio series. The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble also had a new novel coming out, too. It was like 2008 all over again…

May (WhovianNet news posts: 19)

John Barrowman got tongues wagging (which, we know, is so unlike him!) in May when he revealed that he was about to return to Cardiff for some Doctor Who/Torchwood related shenanigans, which turned out to be the recording of a new Big Finish adventure co-starring Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler.

Christmas also came early for fans when Character Options unveiled the brand new Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver toy (it lit up and everything!) and Michelle Gomez sent the forums into meltdown when she let slip during a convention Q&A that Missy would be returning in Series 10. DWM also celebrated its landmark 500th issue by giving readers the chance to vote for their favourite cover.

June (WhovianNet news posts: 11)

We’d reached the halfway point of the year and there wasn’t a Doctor Who episode in sight, but thankfully the cast and crew had begun working their little socks off in Cardiff as the cameras finally rolled up on Series 10.

To mark the auspicious occasion, the Doctor’s incoming BFF was pictured on location as it was announced that she’d be joined in the TARDIS by Matt Lucas (reprising his role as Nardole from the 2015 Christmas Special), and Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Sarah Dollard were confirmed as the first writers.

Meanwhile, in the same month that Penelope ‘Harriet Jones’ Wilton (yes, we know who she is…) was knighted by the Queen, there was a social media frenzy when Karen Gillan, Billie Piper and Michelle Gomez collectively got with the times by finally joining Instagram. Better late then never eh, girls?

July (WhovianNet news posts: 11)

July saw David Tennant become a fully-fledged doctor (no, seriously!) when he was the recipient of an honorary acting degree awarded by his old drama school in Glasgow. His career reached its peak, however, with the announcement that he’d be appearing in the upcoming season of Family Guy as part of a light-hearted parody entitled ‘Doctor Who Farted?’. Whoever smelt it, dealt it.

Outside of Quahog, filming on Series 10 was in full swing as production continued in Spain (but first, let them take a selfie…), and The Royle Family star Ralf Little became the latest actor to be signed up for a guest stint in the new adventures.

Meanwhile, Torchwood fans were given new hope when John Barrowman revealed that he was in talks to bring the spin off back to screens (nearly 1,000 – a whopping 98% – of you gave that a big “hell yes!” in our accompanying poll) and Matt Strevens, producer of the 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, was appointed exec producer of Series 11 of Doctor Who as the creative team for Chris Chibnall’s 2018 adventures began to take shape. Because they’re nothing if not organised.

August (WhovianNet news posts: 8)

With her anticipated return to the small screen as Queen Victoria imminent, Jenna Coleman was popping up here, there and everywhere throughout August as she promoted the show in a vigorous string of interviews and press junkets, which basically became conversations in which she was continually forced to deny her return to Doctor Who. It would’ve been rude not to ask.

Meanwhile, the 20th anniversary of the Doctor Who TV Movie was commemorated with the announcement that it would finally be making its way to Blu-ray, while, amid rehashed rumours that Series 10 would be filming in Vancouver, Hercule Poirot himself – veteran actor David Suchet - stepped in front of the cameras in Cardiff to shoot his guest stint as the mysterious Landlord. It was already shaping up to be one hell of a series!

September (WhovianNet news posts: 8)

September was all about celebrating the past (because, let’s face it, not an awful lot was happening in the present…) as DWM dedicated their cover to the Fifth Doctor to coincide with Peter Davison’s most candid interview ever, while, in an equally candid interview, Christopher Eccleston reflected on the “tragic” circumstances that led to his untimely departure as the Ninth Doctor after just one series. Basically, it was a disaster (his words, not ours!).

The big story of the month, however, and the news that made Classic Series fans both young and old weep tears of joy and jubilation into their TARDIS handkerchiefs, was that the missing 1965 serial The Power of the Daleks was being RESTORED (sort of) as a black and white animation. Hurrah! What’s more, it was to be released on the 50th anniversary of its original transmission, so it was all very nostalgic and exciting. Oh, and four new audio adventures featuring Captain Jack were announced, but what else is new?

October (WhovianNet news posts: 34)

It was time to go back to school, specifically Coal Hill, in October as Class finally opened its doors, premiering online on BBC Three with a double-whammy of drama on Saturday 22nd October. A new chapter had officially begun!

While Doctor Who fans got to know their next generation of honourable heroes, it was business as usual at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff as filming continued on Series 10, which was to feature the return of a Classic Series writer

We finally got a taste of what was in store when a first look preview of this year’s Christmas Special – named this month as The Return of Doctor Mysterio – was posted online on 7th October, with an epic new poster to boot, as the BBC surprised us all by revealing Justin Chatwin as its leading guest star, one whole week after the news had been leaked by British tabloids. Oops.

Torchwood turned 10 years old (not that DWM paid any notice…), the Weeping Angels reigned supreme – again – in our annual Who’loween Spooktacular, and the BBC announced a new range of Doctor Who books based on the Mr. Men franchise, because apparently there isn’t any fictional universe the Doctor can’t co-inhabit. Not that we’re complaining, of course.

November (WhovianNet news posts: 36)

In the same month that Doctor Who celebrated its 53rd anniversary, fans were introduced to a brand new Time Lord from the universe next door when Ken Campbell stepped aboard the TARDIS as The Lost Doctor in a fan-made audio project, released online for free in November.

Meanwhile, over at Coal Hill Academy, things went from bad to worse for Charlie and the gang but, as the mid-series trailer affirmed, it was all about to change…

Speaking of trailers, we got a brand new one for the Christmas Special in the form of an exclusive clip which was aired as part of Children in Need in BBC One and, having been off air for almost a year, the BBC were making no secret of the fact that Doctor Who would return on Christmas Day at 5:45pm. That was Christmas Day, 5:45pm. 5:45. Christmas Day. Do you need to write it down?

Also in November, the British press got their devilish mitts on some intriguing spoilers for Series 10, at the same time as they claimed the show would be getting a “major shake-up” – new Doctor et al – in 2018. It was confirmed by official sources that Series 9 director Daniel Nettheim would be back to call the shots in 2017, and you know that Classic Series writer that Steven Moffat teased last month? Turns out it’s none other than Rona Munro, who penned the “last ever” Doctor Who serial, Survival, back in 1989. Which is pretty damn cool if you ask us. Is it 2017 yet?!

December (WhovianNet news posts: 18)

Not quite, but it’ll be here before you know it. We had Christmas to get through first and, with the season of tinsel, turkey and goodwill to all men finally upon us, the Doctor’s grand comeback in The Return of Doctor Mysterio was just around the corner.

The episode premiered on Christmas Day (at 5:45pm, if you didn’t get the memo…), with 5.68 million viewers tuning in to see our beloved hero take on a band of brain-swapping aliens in New York. If that doesn’t make you feel festive, we don’t know what will.

With the Doctor back where he belongs, it’s full steam ahead for Series 10 next year, which was previewed in this action-packed Coming Soon trailer which aired after the Christmas Special. We certainly have lots to look forward to, not least the return of Missy, as documented by the woman herself via the means of an obligatory set selfie. Toby Whithouse is back to write an episode, too, and we can’t wait to find out what other shocks and surprises lie in store. New series… new companion… same old Doctor!

And that was 2016! What have been your Who highlights of the year? And what are your hopes for 2017 and Series 10? Let us know… oh, and Happy New Year!

December 26th, 2016
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An unofficial audience of 5.68 million viewers tuned in for The Return of Doctor Mysterio on BBC One last night, according to the initial overnight ratings.

The Doctor’s grand comeback had a 27.1% of the total television audience, making the festive episode the 7th most watched programme of Christmas Day on British TV.

The final, consolidated figure – which will add those who watch it within the first week of its transmission – will be released in 7 days.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Click to Rate and Discuss The Return of Doctor Mysterio!

December 25th, 2016
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The Doctor made his grand comeback to our screens in The Return of Doctor Mysterio tonight but there was further excitement in store as we were also given our first preview of next year’s adventures!

Series 10 – to be Steven Moffat’s final as showrunner – will air in the spring and will introduce Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, who takes pride of place in the action-packed trailer.

It looks like 2017 is going to be one hell of a ride, and you can see what lies ahead for yourself in the player below.

What do you think? What stands out? What are your first impressions? Be sure to share all of your reactions and anticipation in the comments! Get ready to see the universe anew…

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