Entries from February 2016
February 29th, 2016
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This week welcomes the release of a brand new Doctor Who Magazine and this one promises to take us on a journey back to 1996 to mark the emerald anniversary of the TV Movie.

It’s almost been 20 years since Paul McGann appeared on our screens as the Eighth Doctor, with his feature-length debut adventure premiering on Canadian TV on 12th May 1996. Inside Issue #497, the man himself – Paul McGann – reflects on his inaugural TARDIS journey, which turned out to be his first and only official adventure at its helm as plans for a full series were shelved shortly afterwards.

The movie’s co-stars, Daphne Ashbrook, Eric Roberts and Yee Jee Tso, are also on hand to share their respective memories, and you can take a look at its celebratory cover below. It goes on sale this Thursday, 3rd March, at the usual price of £4.99. Miss it and miss out!

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February 29th, 2016
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Rakhee Thakrar has emerged as the new favourite to be cast as the Doctor’s next companion, according to Radio Times.

As speculation regarding the identity of Peter Capaldi’s incoming co-star continues, the website has suggested that the actress will soon be auditioning for the chance to step aboard the TARDIS for Series 10 in 2017. Rakhee will be familiar to fans of EastEnders, having been introduced as Shabnam Masood in 2014. Her praised portrayal of various hard-hitting storylines landed her a nomination for Best Performance at this year’s National Television Awards.

Rakhee bid farewell to Albert Square earlier this year to take on pastures new, which might just turn out to be a stint in the world’s longest running sci-fi franchise to embark on the trip of a lifetime. Only time will tell, but what do you think of the latest developments in the meantime? Would Rakhee be a good choice? Let us know in the comments section…

Filming on Series 10 – to be Steven Moffat’s last as showrunner – will begin this May.

New adventures. New companion. Same Doctor! Read the latest Series 10 news…

February 25th, 2016
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Classic Series fans will be excited to hear that Katy Manning will be a guest on Linda McDermott’s BBC Radio Merseyside show later today (Thursday).

The actress – who portrayed the Third Doctor’s companion Jo Grant in the 1970s – will be promoting her upcoming event ‘An Evening with Katy Manning‘ which will take place at St George’s Hall in Liverpool next month. If you’d like to attend, tickets are priced £15 (+ booking fee) and are available to purchase at TicketQuarter. Katy will be on air tonight to chat about Doctor Who and her wider career from 10:30pm.

You can listen to BBC Radio Merseyside online and her interview will be on iPlayer shortly after its initial broadcast. Let us know in the comments section below if you’ll be tuning in!

February 21st, 2016
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Admit it. You didn’t know what to think when it was announced that we’ll only be getting one Doctor Who episode this year, did you?

It’s not a bad dream, unfortunately, but in the wise words of the Face of Boe, “you are not alone”. The ensuing tidal wave of rumours and reports has meant that our dear old fandom doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going anymore, and with so much speculation flying all over the place, we thought it appropriate to do a recap of what we definitely do know about Series 10. Which, admittedly, isn’t that much.

What DO we know for sure?

1. Filming Starts in May

Better late than never, right? Although it’s never too late, as a wise person once said. Kylie, I think. Anyway, earlier this month it was confirmed that the TARDIS will officially reopen for business in May when the cameras start rolling on Series 10 in Cardiff, with Peter Capaldi recently revealing that he’s currently preparing – both mentally and psychically – to embark on his third string of adventures. “We make it for nine months,” he said, “so the most important thing is that I’m fit and on top of everything. I’m looking forward to starting.” You’re not the only one, Peter. Where’s a TARDIS when you need one?!

2. But it won’t hit our screens until NEXT Spring

Yeah, so that’s the bad news. Although filming will commence in the next couple of months, it won’t actually hit our screens until next spring, and you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that this means there will consequently be no full series of Doctor Who in 2016. Rumours that the series would be going on another “gap year” first hit the waves before Series 9 had even finished, with reports that fans would be getting a year of “feature-length specials” to tide them over until its full time return in 2017. As it turns out, we won’t even be getting that, with only the now traditional Christmas Special hitting our screens this December. Fa la la la la, la la la la, and all that. It’s gonna be a long year.

3. It will feature 12 Episodes

See, there’s actually nothing to worry about after all. After this year’s Christmas Special, we’ll have 12 brand new spanking episodes to look forward to in Series 10 next year, following the format that’s been in place since Series 8. And then, we can assume, there will be next year’s Christmas Special, too, bringing the grand total of Doctor Who episodes in 2017 up to 13. An unlucky number for some, but definitely not unlucky for Whovians. So rest assured that we’ll be getting just as much as Doctor Who as we’re used to, we’ll just have to wait an extra year for it is all. Swings and roundabouts.

4. It will be Steven’s final series as Showrunner

Whether you’ve loved or loathed Steven Moffat as Doctor Who’s showrunner in chief, it was a genuine shock to the system to us all when it was announced that he’ll be stepping down from his head writing duties after Series 10. He previously confirmed that he had signed up to helm at least one more series during a BAFTA event in May 2015, but it wasn’t until last month that the Beeb officially revealed that the Moff is… well, off. He took over the reigns from Russell T Davies back in 2009 and has described the job as “the best in the universe”.

5. And he’s set to “go out with a bang”

Is there any other way to go, daddio? According to BBC One controller Charlotte Moore, the channel hopes to “bring the nation together for what will be a huge event” when Steven bows out next spring. After rebooting the entire universe, introducing a secret incarnation of the Doctor and reinstating Gallifrey to its former glory (to name but a few), what on Earth will Steven have up his sleeve for Series 10? We dread to think.

6. Peter Capaldi isn’t going anywhere

Hurrah! After surviving billions of years trapped inside a confession dial at the end of the last series, the Twelfth Doctor will be back to fight another day in Series 10… and with a brand new sonic screwdriver in hand. Let’s face it, though, Peter Capaldi is only just getting started, although the man himself has suggested that 2017 might be his “final year” aboard the TARDIS. But let’s cross that bridge when we get to it, eh?

7. And he’s getting a brand new companion

Here we go again! Clara Oswald’s departure at the end of Series 9 means that there’s now a vacancy aboard the TARDIS for another unsuspecting Earthling to step aboard for the trip of a lifetime. Well, they’ll probably be an Earthling, anyway, and a female one at that (that’s always been the pattern, right?), but we do know that it will be “somebody new” who the Doctor has never met before. Better luck next time, Osgood. The identity of the Doctor’s incoming BFF is probably the biggest secret in TV Land at the moment, but you can hazard a guess and leave your hopes and predictions in our dedicated discussion, here.

8. Missy (might) be back!

And it would be about time, too! It’s safe to say that fans haven’t been able to get enough of Michelle Gomez in all her malevolent glory since she was introduced as the first female incarnation of the Master back in Series 8. She was back with an almighty vengeance (to put it lightly!) in last year’s thrilling two-part premiere, and it looks like her reign of terror is still only just beginning, if Steven Moffat’s recent cryptic hint is anything to go by. We “should definitely expect more from her in the future”, apparently, which certainly sounds intriguing. We’re gonna need eight snipers…

9. It’s already signed up two “amazing” writers

Oh Steven, why must you relentlessly tease us so? The outgoing showrunner revealed at the end of last year that he’s already secured the services of two “amazing” writers to lend their creativity to his final series. They’re so brilliant, in fact, that our “brains would explode” if he told us who they are, so it’s probably best if we just take his word for it for the time being. That won’t stop us speculating in the meantime, however, so feel free to place your bets in the comments section below. The possibilities are endless…

10. And let’s not forget those Peter Jackson rumours

Will he be directing? Won’t he be directing? Your guess is as good as ours at the moment, but the Academy Award winning mastermind behind such trilogies as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ dropped his biggest clue yet last November when he posted a cryptic Facebook video message featuring none other than Peter Capaldi himself. The fandom went into an unprecedented frenzy, of course, but three months later and we’re still no closer to actually finding out if he’ll be lending his vision to one of the Time Lord’s televisual adventures or not. And with related rumours dating back to 2012, it would definitely be a long time coming. Would somebody just give the man a damn Dalek already?!

New adventures. New companion. Same Doctor! Read the latest Series 10 news…

February 20th, 2016
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Big Finish have revealed the covers for their highly anticipated Tenth Doctor audio adventures.

Last October it was confirmed that one of the show’s most popular duos – David Tennant and Catherine Tate – would be reprising their respective roles as the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble for three new original audio adventures, which will each be released to buy and download this May. To raise anticipation (which, admittedly, is already through the roof), you can now check out the artwork for each of them below. What do you think?

‘Technophobia’ by Matt Fitton

When the Doctor and Donna visit London’s Technology Museum for a glimpse into the future, things don’t go to plan.

The most brilliant IT brain in the country can’t use her computer. More worrying, the exhibits are attacking the visitors, while outside, people seem to be losing control of the technology that runs their lives.

Is it all down to simple human stupidity, or is something more sinister going on?

Beneath the streets, the Koggnossenti are waiting. For all of London to fall prey to technophobia…

‘Time Reaver’ by Jenny T. Colgan

Calibris. The spaceport planet where anything goes. Where anyone who doesn’t want to be found can be lost, and where everything has its price. Where betentacled gangster Gully holds sway at the smugglers’ tavern, Vagabond’s Reach.

The alien Vacintians are trying to impose some order on the chaos. Soon the Doctor and Donna discover why. An illegal weapon is loose on the streets. A weapon that destroys lives… Slowly and agonisingly.

The Time Reaver.

‘Death and the Queen’ by James Goss

Donna Noble has never been lucky in love.

So when, one day, her Prince does come, she is thrilled to have the wedding of all weddings to look forward to. Though the Doctor isn’t holding his breath for an invitation. And her future mother-in-law is certainly not amused.

But on the big day itself, Donna finds her castle under siege from the darkest of forces, marching at the head of a skeleton army.

When it looks like even the Doctor can’t save the day, what will Queen Donna do to save her people from Death itself?

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February 16th, 2016
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The Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald will embark on one last adventure in this original audio story released this spring.

Written by George Mann, The Memory of Winter takes place in 15th century France where our time travelling heroes meet a band of soldiers protecting a mysterious woman. Joan of Arc is troubled by voices telling her things she shouldn’t know about, including information concerning the Doctor’s own people, the Time Lords. Compelled to discover where she’s getting the information from, the Doctor and Clara are soon drawn into danger. Just another day in the office, then!

The Memory of Winter – read by Kate Stewart actress Jemma Redgrave – will be available to download and buy on CD from 7th April 2016. Will you be adding it to your collections?

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February 16th, 2016
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Please join us as we raise our glasses to wish Christopher Eccleston a very happy birthday.

The actor, who was responsible for bringing the Time Lord into the 21st century with his praised portrayal of the Ninth Doctor in Series 1, is 52 today, and we hope his celebrations are as fantastic as he is!

Feel free to post your own birthday messages for Chris in the comments below, and don’t forger to let us know your favourite Ninth Doctor moments, too!

February 15th, 2016
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Doctor Who has made the Top Ten list of programmes that viewers loved on BBC iPlayer in 2015, it has been revealed.

Last year the on demand service added a heart button feature encouraging audience members to “share the love” for their favourite programmes, with Series 9 of Doctor Who finishing in a respectable fourth place behind EastEnders, The Next Step and Match of the Day. It comes as yet another amicable achievement for Peter Capaldi’s second string of adventures, which averaged 6.03 million television viewers across its 3 month run. All hail the Doctor!

Click here to Rate and Discuss last year’s epic series finale… the long way round!

February 14th, 2016
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Sheridan Smith will be reprising her role as Lucie Miller for a new Short Trip audio adventure, it has been confirmed.

Big Finish revealed the news live on stage at Gallifrey One 27 this weekend and the announcement is bound to excite long term fans of the popular Eighth Doctor companion who made her last appearance in To the Death back in 2011.

The new story, The Curse of the Fugue by Alice Cavender, pitches Lucie and the Doctor into events at an old people’s home during Britain’s Winter of Discontent.

“I’ve missed Big Finish, and I’ve really missed playing Lucie,” Sheridan said. “Those years of playing her with Paul McGann were so much fun, so I am very grateful and happy to be back in the studio. The fans have been great, they’ve really taken to her. I’ve missed her!’

The Curse of the Furgue will be available to download in April, priced £2.99. Don’t miss it!

February 12th, 2016
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Junior doctors across the UK are embarking on their Wear Your NHS campaign and they’ll be pleased to hear that they’ve got the support of TV’s favourite Time Lord himself!

Peter Capaldi has backed the cause which aims to raise awareness of an imposed contract which would not only be unfair to juniors doctors themselves, but pose a risk to their patients, too. To support the protest, get your hands on their t-shirt, as designed by Vivienne Westwood, and share a photo of you wearing it with pride on your social media accounts by using the #WearYourNHS hashtag.

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