Entries from November 2016
November 29th, 2016
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The BBC has confirmed that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, will be broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5:45pm.

It will be an early start for the Time Lord as he joins forces with a superhero for an epic festive adventure in New York. Check out the episode’s newly released synopsis below, and watch a preview clip from it here.

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?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio… »

November 27th, 2016
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Daniel Nettheim – the director of last year’s The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion two-parter – will be returning for Series 10.

The news was confirmed by the man himself who took to his Instagram at the end of last week to post a tantalising picture of the TARDIS as filming on his block commenced in Cardiff. Look at it all lit up like a Christmas tree!

His previous credits include Hyde & Seek, Humans, Glue and White Chapel. Welcome back, Daniel!

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

November 27th, 2016
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Two more countries have announced cinema screenings of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

As previously confirmed, the festive episode will get a two-night theatrical outing in the US after its premiere on BBC America, and now fans in both Canada and Australia will be able to enjoy the seasonal escapade on the big screen, too. The special events will take place in Canada on Boxing Day and 28th December 2016, and on Boxing Day in Australia, the same day as it will premiere on ABC at 7:30pm.

Tickets are now on sale and you can find your nearest participating cinema using the links above. Let us know if you’ll be attending one of the cinema events in the comments below!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio… »

November 26th, 2016
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With the gang trapped in detention and out of the way, Miss Quill accepts Dorothea’s astonishing offer: to help remove the Arn from her head, and to reclaim her freedom.

As Class reached its penultimate episode, there were shocks and surprises waiting behind every metaphysical corner when Miss Quill reaffirmed that she is war itself. To put it lightly.

But just who is she when she’s free? The latest episode – The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did – gave us all the answers as Miss Quill went AWOL with our Classmates stuck in the world’s most death-defying detention. Things weren’t exactly rosy for their teacher, either, as she put her trust in Dorothea to help remove the Arn once and for all…

And man, did things get gruesome! Now that you’ve all had a chance to watch it, feel free to let us know what you thought of the episode and its accompanying thrills below. As we prepare for the grand finale, what do you think lies in store? After that huge cliffhanger, it’s impossible to predict, but go ahead and have a go anyway. After all, it’s more fun that way.

November 23rd, 2016
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Today, 23rd November, is a particularly poignant date in the calendar of a Doctor Who fanatic, as it marks the official anniversary of their favourite show!

Doctor Who first aired on this day 53 years ago as the landscape of television changed forever when William Hartnell introduced the nation to a mysterious Time Lord called the Doctor in An Unearthly Child. Over half a century later (time certainly flies when you’re having fun!), Whovians are eagerly anticipating his return in the Christmas Special next month, which quite simply can’t come soon enough.

So, Doctor Who, a very Happy Birthday to you, and a sincere thank you from us for all the memories thus far. You are, quite literally, out of this world. It’s been the trip of a lifetime.

November 23rd, 2016
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The BBC have released a new still from this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

The latest image – below – features the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, alongside guest star Charity Wakefield as investigative journalist Lucy and Matt Lucas as returning companion Nardole. There’s plenty more where that came from in this preview clip, and don’t forget to check out our list of 5 things we’re looking forward to about the episode, which will premiere on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio… »

November 23rd, 2016
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To coincide with Doctor Who’s 53rd anniversary today, an exciting fan-made audio adventure has been released with the promise of minting a brand new Time Lord from the universe next door.

As we reported earlier this week, The Lost Doctor features Ken Campbell as the incarnation who never was in an original episode that also introduces a new companion, a new villain, and the TARDIS’ Eternity Room. It’s definitely worth a listen and you can check it – for free - here. Please let us know what you think and help to spread the word!

November 23rd, 2016
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Peter Capaldi is featured on the latest issue of Radio Times, on sale now, which looks ahead to this year’s must see Christmas TV highlights.

Of course Doctor Who is at the top of that list, with the show’s eagerly anticipated – and long overdue – comeback in The Return of Doctor Mysterio on Christmas Day. Not only does the Twelfth Doctor take pride of place as the issue’s cover star, but inside there’s an exclusive interview with the actor, as well as the chance to win an exclusive Doctor Who illustration drawn by the man himself.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio ->

November 22nd, 2016
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We’ve reached the penultimate episode but the end of Class is still far from in sight as Miss Quill gets down to some serious business with a little help from the school headmistress… and all she has to do is believe. Be warned, though, because she’ll pluck the eyebrows from your screaming face. But just who is Miss Quill when she’s free…?

Well, she’s war itself, of course, but that much was established all the way back in Episode 1 (remember that? It feels like a lifetime ago…). Just how far this once great and powerful leader would go to retain her freedom is what makes this episode such a thrilling ride from the get-go as it quickly becomes apparent that she would quite literally die to reclaim what she feels is rightfully hers. She’s pre-warned that she’ll end up either dead or free, but it’s a risk that she’s obviously willing to take. At this stage, what has she got to lose?

After forcing Charlie & Co into a a spontaneous detention to keep them out of the way (although as we saw in Detained last week, being locked in a classroom was hardly a walk in the park for them…), Miss Quill and Dorothea join forces and, before she knows it, she’s being “buzzed atomically” to an extraordinary world by the means of a mysterious alien device that even its owner doesn’t completely understand… which isn’t exactly the sort of thing you want to hear from the designated driver, especially if they’re a learner.

Miss Quill goes with it, though, and if you’ve been waiting for the chance to delve deeper into her ever malevolent mind, then this episode is guaranteed to be right up your street. Not only is her name in the title, which is usually a tell-tale sign that she’ll play quite a big part in it, but the story itself is solely dedicated to her mission. We learn lots about her species, too (including their far from conventional birthing and celebration traditions), but it is ultimately reaffirmed that she does actually possess quite a lot of compassion after all. You know, in a weird, genocidal sort of way. Plus, she is quite the screamer…

And then it comes hunting. They’re not alone, though, as we’re also introduced to Chiki Okonkwo as Ballon, a shapeshifter who is enigmatic by design but joins the operation on a journey for his own kind of redemption. Whovians will punch the air with glee when it’s revealed what old school adversary he was masquerading as on Earth, which comes as a nice little reminder that, despite how bonkers this show seems to be getting, it is still taking place under the same umbrella as the Doctor Who universe that we all know and love (which is, in itself, pretty bloody bonkers!).

Ultimately, The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did is an adventure that showcases just how weird and wonderful Patrick Ness’ imagination can be when it’s really given the platform to let loose. The episode has one of those “it’s not really happening but they are really experiencing it” sort of vibes, which brings with it a side to Miss Quill that is both enthralling and terrifying in equal measure. We already knew that she was a force to be reckoned with but even she is full of surprises as the episode builds up to its climactic conclusion, which makes for one of the most spectacularly gruesome sequences of the series so far, followed by what is sure to be lauded as one of Katherine Kelly’s defining Quill performances.

We mentioned the nod to the Doctor Who mythology but this episode builds upon Class’ established narrative and adds another level of depth and drama to continue its rise as a fully-fledged franchise in its own right. After the events of this episode, the pieces have been perfectly aligned for what looks set to be the Earth-shattering finale to end them all. And just when you think it’s over, one of the biggest bombshells comes along to hit you right in the face. And we have no idea what to expect next. Bring it on.

The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did premieres on Saturday at 10am on BBC Three.

November 21st, 2016
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The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner which means that the Doctor’s grand return is finally a mere stone’s throw away. And it’s about time, too!

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been one whole year since we saw our beloved Time Lord in action (not forgetting his appearance in Class, of course, which was a much needed dose of Capaldi). He lit up our telly boxes last Christmas Day, in The Husbands of River Song, which was followed by the Earth-shattering announcement that there would only be one Doctor Who episode in 2016…

And folks, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel as that episode is nearly upon us! As we know, this year’s Christmas Special is entitled The Return of Doctor Mysterio and it will guest star Justin Chatwin as the titular superhero who will join forces with the Doctor to save New York from a deadly alien threat. While we don’t know that much about the episode, here’s 5 things that we’re looking forward to about this year’s festive adventure…

1. Guess who’s back, back again…

Guess who?! The fact we’ve had no full series of Doctor Who this year has made us even more excited for the Christmas Special (if that was even possible…), so it goes without saying that the Doctor’s comeback is the only present we’re looking forward to unwrapping this season. And the socks. You’ve gotta love the Christmas socks.

Here he is getting up to no good (no, not like that!) with Charity Wakefield who will be playing investigate journalist Lucy Fletcher in the episode. Oh, and he’s holding chopsticks. It’s going to be a very merry Christmas.

2. Christmas in New York

If growing up watching Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf taught us one thing, it’s that there’s room for everyone on the nice list. Missy will be thrilled.

Oh, and that there’s no place like New York at Christmas, so finding out that The Return of Doctor Mysterio will be set in the Big Apple made us as giddy as one of Santa’s elves after one too many hot cocoa. We’ve all been there.

Snow and lights and trees… It’ll be the stuff that dreams are made of. Let’s just hope there are no Weeping Angels lurking in the shadows…

3. A Nardole’s for life, not just for Xmas

Although, admittedly, we have only ever seen him at Christmas. For now, at least. The tradition that dates back all the way to… erm, last year… continues in 2016 as the Christmas Special will welcome the return of Matt ‘I Want That One’ Lucas as Nardole.

Whether you loved him or hated him in The Husbands of River Song, it’s only fair that we give him a second chance. It is Christmas, after all. Oh, and he’ll be sticking around for Series 10 as well, so you better get used to him now. Ho ho ho!

4. A Spacey-Wacey Superhero Mystery

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Justin Chatwin as Doctor Mysterio, although nothing is ever as it seems in a Doctor Who Christmas Special…

Just take Last Christmas, for example, in which the Doctor and Clara encountered Santa Claus himself (and in the actual North Pole, no less!), before it was revealed that it had all been a dream. One day… *sigh*

So, although it would appear that the Doctor Who and Marvel universes are about to collide, we’re sure that Steven Moffat has come up with some sort of timey-wimey, spacey-wacey twist that will both enthral us and leave us sobbing into our empty Celebrations boxes until New Year’s Eve. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

5. A Series 10 Trailer?!

Not that we’re wishing the Christmas Special away already, but it’s hard not to get excited about the fact that, for the first time in forever, we might actually be about to get a Christmas Special which ends with a teaser of what’s to come…

The Husbands of River Song didn’t have one, Last Christmas didn’t have one, The Time of the Doctor didn’t have one… so it’s safe to say that a good old fashioned Christmas ‘Coming Soon’ trailer is more than well overdue.

Series 10 has been filming since May and, with nearly half of its episodes in the can, there’s more than enough footage to fit into a tantalising trailer. It would be the cherry on top.

And let’s not forget…

…all of the festive fun and unadulterated cheer that a Doctor Who Christmas Special brings to our Whovian hearts!

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