Entries from May 2015
May 31st, 2015
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Rufus Hound has revealed that it was a true “punch the air” moment when he landed his guest role in Series 9.

The actor and comedian will star in Episode 6, The Woman Who Lived, as a character called Sam Swift and hopes that it will mark the first of many appearances. “I was in the pub drinking a pint of proper beer when I found out,” he said. “I’ve actually filmed my bit now, and it was just everything I dreamt it would be. When that comes out in October, I hope that people like what I did so much that they start a campaign for me to regularly be in it!”

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

May 31st, 2015
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WhovianNet attended the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Birmingham this week. Here is our review of what was the musical extravaganza to end them all…

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular made its long awaited UK debut this week after receiving critical and fan acclaim in Australia and New Zealand. As soon as the show begins you can’t help but wonder why it’s taken so long to reach the Doctor’s home turf, but fans can rest assured that it’s definitely been worth the wait. And then some!

Doctor Who devotees haven’t exactly been stuck for choice when it comes to stage extravaganzas celebrating the music and monsters of TV’s favourite Time Lord. Fans young and old have descended on the Royal Albert Hall year after year for the praised Doctor Who Proms and in 2010 a menagerie of the show’s iconic adversaries hit the road for Doctor Who Live: The Monsters Are Coming.

The Symphonic Spectacular, though, is something new. Although it follows the now familiar format of the show’s soundtrack being accompanied by video montages of the Doctor’s most memorable moments (while a host of aliens invade the audience, naturally!), this is solely a celebration of Murray Gold’s music and it doesn’t get much better than hearing his mesmerising melodies being performed by a live orchestra in all their glory.

Murray’s music really is the beating heart(s) of this show. Audience members are taken on a thrilling journey through time and space as they’re reminded just how much of an impact his compositions have had on the series since its return to our screens in 2005. His scores add another dimension to our hero’s ongoing extra terrestrial escapades and it wouldn’t be the Doctor Who we all know and love without them.

The only problem is, there just isn’t enough of it! As always whenever the Doctor is concerned, time flies when you’re having fun and it feels like it’s over before it’s even begun. With over 10 years of beloved music on Murray’s reputable résumé, it was always going to be hard to narrow it down into a limited two hour performance. The final running order perfectly channels the power of his music, though, with a focus on the Twelfth Doctor’s recent adventures  - through electrifying tracks such as A Good Man? and Death in Heaven Suite - with a handful of blasts from the past for the older generation to enjoy, too (most notably Fifty – This is Gallifrey and the anthemic Vale Decem).

The biggest blast from the past of them all is, of course, the magnificent Peter Davison, who hosts the proceedings with the usual wit and charm that fans have come to expect from the real life alter ego of their hero’s fifth incarnation. All in all, the Symphonic Spectacular is a love letter to fans and the audience appreciation for the Doctor is tangible, as it is on stage from those bringing the show to life. The atmosphere in the arena was electric and, as it reached its breathtaking climax with a rendition of the universally adored theme tune, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Congratulations to Murray Gold, Ben Foster, Peter Davison, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, soloist Elin Manahan Thomas and everyone else who was involved in the production of the Symphonic Spectacular. Its next stop is New York in October, and it’s safe to say that US fans really are in for a treat!

Did you go to a Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular this week? Share your reviews below…

May 31st, 2015

Our brand new Fan of the Month has been revealed!

Flying the flag for Whovians around the world for May is Elaine, aged 40, from London, who put herself forward for the coveted title because she’s been following the Doctor’s adventures since the 70s, after falling in love with K-9.

She spends all of her spare time marathoning her favourite episodes and her personal record is 11 solid hours of watching back to back Doctor Who. The Doctor would be very proud, Elaine! Read her full Whovian profile here.

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

May 29th, 2015
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The cast and crew read through for Episode 10 took place in Cardiff yesterday as production on Series 9 continues.

The official Doctor Who Twitter has teased fans with a behind the scenes picture of the script which, rather intriguingly, has had the identity of its writer blurred out. They elaborated: “We can’t tell you more at this stage, but will do soon…”.

New series writers confirmed thus far include Steven Moffat (naturally), Toby Whithouse, Jamie Mathieson, Mark Gatiss, Catherine Tregenna and Peter Harness.

The Doctor will return in The Magician’s Apprentice – click HERE for all the latest!

May 29th, 2015
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Freema Agyeman is featured in a new teaser for an upcoming Netflix original.

Sense8, written and produced by the creators of The Matrix trilogy, will be available to stream globally from 5th June 2015 and follows the lives of eight seemingly random people across the world who suddenly become linked mentally.

The Martha Jones actress plays Amanita in the 12 part series and you can check out a preview of her character in action in the trailer below.

Are you looking forward to seeing Freema in her latest role? Let us know in the comments!

Freema has previously revealed that “it’s never a closed door” when it comes to Martha.

May 27th, 2015
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The new edition of Doctor Who Magazine goes on sale this week and the dreaded Daleks have invaded it just before it’s gone to print.

The persistent pepperpots have appeared in 92 stories to date and the issue has a rundown of them all with a complete and in-depth history of their ongoing Earth invasions.

Also inside, a long lost interview with former Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner reveals what he thought about fans and his final series.

Doctor Who Magazine #487 is published tomorrow (Thursday), at the usual price of £4.99.

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

May 27th, 2015
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Peter Capaldi will be making his San Diego Comic-Con debut this year, it was confirmed today (Wednesday).

The Twelfth Doctor actor will take part in a Doctor Who Q&A panel on Thursday 9th July 2015 alongside his co-stars Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez and executive producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin.

“Tales of Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known sci-fi production world,” Peter said. “It has become a fabled kingdom, and one I am thrilled to be heading for.”

Doctor Who last appeared at Comic-Con in 2013 but there was controversy when the BBC didn’t publicly release the first 50th anniversary trailer after it was screened at the panel.

May 25th, 2015
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The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular has finally landed in the UK with the first show stopping performance taking place at London’s Wembley Arena last Friday (23rd May).

Hosted by Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, the tour will be hitting the road this week to bring a celebration of Doctor Who’s music and monsters to arenas across the country. It will be calling at Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow and you can see ticket availability for each of the venues here. Check out a selection of images from the first show, and let us know if you’re going, below.

With thanks to House PR/Press Association.

May 21st, 2015

The longlist for this year’s TV Choice Awards has been revealed and once again there’s plenty of Doctor Who to go around.

The series itself is in the running for Best Family Drama while its stars, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, are up for the Best Actor and Best Actress gongs for their portrayals of the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald, respectively.

You’ve got until midnight on Friday 5th June 2015 to support them, here, before the final round of voting opens.

Doctor Who won an Outstanding Contribution award in 2013 to mark its 50th anniversary.

May 20th, 2015

Four lucky readers of Doctor Who Comic UK will have the chance to win a Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver in the upcoming issue.

The winners will be amongst the first in the world to own the screwdriver which will be revealed to the public by its developers, The Wand Company, at this year’s San Diego Comic Con in July.

Full details can be found in Doctor Who Comic UK Issue #4 which is published tomorrow (Thursday) priced £3.99.

With thanks to Titan Magazines.

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