Entries from September 2016
September 10th, 2016

After a short hiatus (hey, even the longest-running sci-fi shows in the word have ‘em!), our Fan of the Month is back!

Flying the flag for Whovians around the world this September is Jackie from Canada, and we’re delighted to bring you an extra special interview in which she chats to us about her brand new novel, London Belongs to Me, ahead of its worldwide release next month.

The book tells the tale of Alex Sinclair, a twenty-something from Florida who moves to London to follow her dreams.

It just so happens that Alex is a self-confessed Whovian and Anglophile, and Jackie tells us how her own love for TV’s favourite Time Lord inspired her story about a girl who uses the power of fandom to connect with the big, bad world around her. You can read our full Q&A with Jackie right here and pick up a copy of her book when it’s published on October 14th.

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

September 10th, 2016
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Christmas has just come early for fans of Captain Jack as the irreplaceable Earth defender will be returning to the airwaves in four brand new audio stories from Big Finish.

The aptly titled Lives of Captain Jack looks set to chronicle his long existence with a series of original adventures which will take us from the year 200,001 – and the immediate aftermath of his immortality – to the Powell Estate in 21st century London. Our hero will meet some familiar faces along the way, including Russell Tovey as Alonso and Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler (so that’s what they were doing!).

The boxset, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available to buy and download in June 2017. You can read a little more about each story below. Are you excited that Jack’s back?

1. The Year After I Died by Guy Adams
Set in the year 200,101, on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks, Jack struggles to save humanity from its oldest enemy.

2. Wednesdays For Beginners by James Goss
Jack and Jackie Tyler must unite to rescue the Powell Estate from a force whose name Jackie can never say.

3. One Enchanted Evening by James Goss
Captain Jack and Alonso Frame have only just met. But why did the Doctor want them to be together?

4. Month 25 by Guy Adams
He’s the young star of the Time Agency, and his whole life is about to fall apart. But that’s not going to stop him winning.

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September 8th, 2016

Christopher Eccleston has described his brief Doctor Who tenure as “tragic” whilst admitting that he would’ve liked to have played the iconic role for longer.

The actor bowed out as the Ninth Doctor back in 2005 after helming the show’s critically acclaimed comeback to our screens. While he has since remained tight-lipped about the reasons behind his impromptu exit after one series, he has previously revealed that he “didn’t enjoy” the atmosphere behind the scenes, a sentiment he has expanded on during a recent interview with Australian radio show Drive.

He explained: “The first series of any show is always difficult, but it’s important that you make an informed and intelligent choice, even if it means breaking the budget, about the first director. They are the one who is going to set the tone for the entire series, and the way the actors can relate. That unfortunately didn’t happen for me, and it was a disaster.”

However, he affirmed that he will always be ”very proud” of his association with the series, harbouring “regret” that it ended so soon. “It was ultimately a badly organised and badly produced series,” he said. “But I made it through the chaos, and the show has survived.”

What do you make of Chris’s latest comments? Do you wish his Doctor had stayed longer?

September 7th, 2016

After a frenzy of speculation, it has today been confirmed that The Power of the Daleks restoration rumours are true!

The 1966 adventure - the first full story to feature Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor – currently only survives in the form of audio recordings and stills, however fans will soon be able to enjoy the serial in all its glory as the BBC will be releasing all six episodes as a black and white animation. It will be available to buy on the BBC Store at 5:50pm on Saturday 5th November 2016, exactly 50 years to the minute since its original BBC One transmission.

It will then materialise on DVD on Monday 21st November 2016. In addition, its arrival will be marked with a special screening at the BFI Southbank on 5th November, where the Second Doctor’s companions Anneke Wells and Frazer Hines will be participating in a Q&A alongside the animation’s director and producer, Charles Norton. Tickets go on sale soon.

The master negatives of the serial were destroyed in an archive purge back in 1974. Over 90 classic serials remain missing, however we all live in hope that they are still out there…

Thanks to bbcstore.com.

September 4th, 2016
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Patrick Ness has taken to his Twitter to reassure fans that more Class news can be expected “soon” after filming on the Doctor Who spin off wrapped earlier this week.

Aside from the initial casting announcement when production began back in April, the BBC have since revealed next to nothing about what lies ahead in the 8-part drama, although its cast and creator have been busily keeping us up to date with various updates, teasers and an abundance of behind the scenes pictures from the studios in Cardiff. Thank God for social media!

Still, with the series expected to hit our screens next month (it will premiere on BBC Three and BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US), it looks like a flurry of tantalising pre-launch tidbits is just around the corner. Expect trailers and pictures and episode titles* (oh my!), and we’ll be bringing you the very latest developments as and when. Who’s excited?!

* Ok, we already know the first episode title, thanks to this set picture. Only 7 more to go!

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September 4th, 2016
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While we await the imminently teased Class announcements, it appears that we may have been given our first look at its official logo!

What we can assume to be the show’s iconic typeface is featured on the covers of three tie-in novels which are now available to pre-order on various online retailers. Billed as gripping new adventures to accompany the on screen drama, the stories are titled What She Does Next Will Astound You by James Goss and Joyride by Guy Adams, with the third book and author still to be revealed.

You can check out the artwork for the first two – as well as the logo – below. And yes, that does look like the crack in the universe! What’s the crack, we wonder? Only time will tell…

The 8-part series premieres on BBC Three online, BBC One and BBC America next month.

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September 3rd, 2016

Autumn is just around the corner and there still isn’t a Doctor Who episode in sight (gap years really are the worst, aren’t they?), but luckily Doctor Who Magazine is on hand to keep our withdrawal symptoms at bay.

Their latest issue (it’s #503, for those of you who are keeping count) is on sale now and inside there’s an exclusive chat with its cover star Peter Davison who looks back on his tenure as the Fifth Doctor in his most revealing interview to date. Plus, Steven Moffat discusses Series 10, including the return of Nardole, and there’s the latest news, comics and more!

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September 3rd, 2016
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September might mean that it’s time to go back to school (farewell summer…) but it’s already the end of term for the cast and crew of Class who have now finished principal production on the highly anticipated Doctor Who spin off.

To mark the completion of filming, which began back in April, the BBC have released a new first look image from the series which depicts Katherine Kelly and Sophie Hopkins as Miss Quill and April. The drama has been both created and written by Patrick Ness who told the latest issue of Empire that audiences shouldn’t mistake it for “a young show”.

“It’s in the same vein as Buffy,” he explained. ”Adults watch that because it’s a great show, but the POV and the agency are all teenage, and that’s what we wanted to do with Class.”

Above – Katherine Kelly as the “powerful” Miss Quill and Sophie Hopkins as April in Class.

The 8-part series premieres on BBC Three online, BBC One and BBC America next month.

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