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September 1st, 2014
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If you spend more than ten minutes on any Doctor Who forum (or the comments section of any Whovian’s facebook status) it usually degenerates—like the age-old ‘that’s what Hitler did’ devolution—to a slanging match about the merits of Steven Moffat. The basic opinion being that he’s not much good, and bring back Russell T. Davies before the whole show goes down the toilet.

Firstly, arguments like that are usually exceptionally whiney, being mostly perpetrated by the guys who made it through the wilderness years with no show at all, but now seem to be arguing they’d rather now watch every week than have the show as Moffat is running it. Which it patently totally rubbish. It’s just that Who fans like to argue.

The basic firing line up against Moffat is a combination of over-complicated plots, ‘clever-clever’ dialogue, thinly written supporting characters, misogyny and turning the Doctor into a giggling child. Go through those one by one, and you might have an example for each, but that doesn’t really mean that it’s a statement that can be made about the whole of Moffat’s era at once.

I’m a huge prior fan of both Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat. Queer as Folk was a defining part of my TV adolescence, and Davies’ The Writer’s Tale is one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. As it happens, I saw him in the crowd at a very large public event this weekend and experienced a ridiculous burst of hero worship, and am kicking myself for not having the nerve to approach him. What Davies brought to Doctor Who was the same thing he’s brought to everything else he’s written—a human connection that completely refuses to deal in archetypes. Only Davies would ever have though to slam Doctor Who into the genre of British council estate soap so thoroughly as to create something like Rose and her family, but its undoubtedly that aspect of the rebooted Who that bought it the love it achieved from the mainstream and turned it back into an unassailable institution. Davies’ stories were powered by sentiment and emotion, and it’s never cleared in the finales of his era’s various major characters: Nine’s jubilant regeneration, Rose’s tearful departure, Ten’s sorrowful tour of those he loved.

And in the middle of Davies’ series of human ties and the rise of the underdogs, Stephen Moffat turned up to give us four gems of twisty-turny plotting, slick scares and iconic soundbites. The episodes were uniformly considered highlights of their series, and given his success with previous shows Coupling and Jekyll I couldn’t have been more excited that he was taking over. He was the natural choice.

The problem comes with an audience that seemed to expect that Moffat was going to carry on the series in exactly the way that Davies has. Which ignores a few patently obvious facts: firstly, that any showrunner is naturally going to make their mark on the show, and secondly that Classic Who itself was a show defined by very obvious eras of storytelling. Is it any surprise that Moffat turned out as series that turns on his original calling cards?

Where Davies’ Doctor Who powered on humanity, Moffat’s powers on mythology, hanging itself on the feeling that the Doctor has lives for ages upon ages, seen many wonders, building every character into something significant: The Madmen with a Box, The Girl Who Waited, The Impossible Girl. With that kind of framework, he infused his iteration of the Doctor with the feeling of a dark fairytale, fed from the stories that infest our childhood. If you want to see it done well, look at A Christmas Carol. If you want to see it down half-well, look at The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe.

And he did it really well, for the most part. Individually, on an episode by episode basis. The difference is, unlike Davies’ series which had Moffat’s clock-puzzle episodes to vary its tone, Moffat doesn’t swing some of his off-episodes into that sort of salt-of-the-earth drama that Davies’ excelled at. Instead we get weak episodes like The Rings of Akhaten and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. As Moffat said himself, they got really good at doing something at failed to notice we’ve got tired of it.

And he does seem to have learned from it, if our Capaldi Doctor and freshly-rewritten Clara seems to be anything to go by—shedding the trappings that were both his signature and a thorn in the side of fans, and moving into something a bit different. Of course, it’s Into The Dalek that’ll give us a sense of where the whole series is going, which by the time you read this, you’ll already have seen. Fingers crossed, eh?

April 8th, 2014
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Ben Miller will be guest starring in Series 8 of Doctor Who as “a storming villain”, the BBC has confirmed today.

The actor and comedian will tackle Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as an original adversary in a forthcoming episode, which is now being filmed and has been written by Mark Gatiss.

“I’m a committed Whovian so I cannot believe my luck,” he said. “My only worry is that they will make me leave the set when I’m not filming.”

Steven Moffat added: “With Peter in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa – plus, it’s about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!”

Ben’s comedy partner Alexander Armstrong appeared as Reg Arwell in ‘The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe’ and he was heard as Mr Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Are you excited about Ben’s new Who role? What sort of villain do you think he will be…?

New series, new Doctor, new adventures. Click here for the latest on Series 8!

January 2nd, 2014
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The final viewing figure for the latest Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, has been revealed by BARB.

The special, which marked the climax of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, was watched by an official audience of 11.14 million on Christmas Day.

Doctor Who was the second highest rated programme of the day behind Mrs Brown’s Boys. The figure also makes it the 5th most watched Doctor Who Christmas Special to date.

The Time of the Doctor is released on DVD/Blu-ray on 20th January. Pre-order it HERE.

Doctor Who Christmas Specials Viewing Figures To Date

  1. Voyage of the Damned (2007) – 13.31 million
  2. The Next Doctor (2008) – 13.1 million
  3. A Christmas Carol (2010) – 12.11 million
  4. The End of Time, Part One (2009) – 12.04 million
  5. The Time of the Doctor (2013) – 11.14 million
  6. The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011) – 10.77 million
  7. The Snowmen (2012) – 9.87 million
  8. The Christmas Invasion (2005) – 9.84 million
  9. The Runaway Bride (2006) – 9.35 million

Click HERE to review the Eleventh Doctor’s final adventure in our discussion…

With thanks to @DWMtweets.

December 19th, 2013
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The Time of the Doctor will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK next month as part of a boxset compiling all of the Eleventh Doctor’s Christmas Specials.

This year’s festive outing will serve as the centerpiece of the 2 disc set, which will go on sale on 20th January 2014.

Plus, Matt Smith’s previous yuletide adventures A Christmas Carol, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe and The Snowmen will also be included alongside a host of extras.

Bonus features are Behind the Lens, Farewell to Matt Smith and Tales from the TARDIS.

Pre-order DVD | Blu-ray on Amazon.co.uk

The Time of the Doctor will air on BBC One at 7:30pm on Christmas Day – 6 days to go!

“You will die in silence, Doctor!” See the latest The Time of the Doctor trailer.

With thanks to DoctorWho.tv.

September 26th, 2013
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As previously announced, Silva Screen will be releasing a Christmas Specials soundtrack next month (21st October).

The album will feature music as heard in the last two festive episodes, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe (2011) and The Snowmen (2012), and it will come with a reversible booklet to display a respective cover for each.

It’ll be the ninth compilation release of Murray Gold’s Doctor Who scores, the most recent being the Series 7 album.

Check out the covers and track listing for the new soundtrack below. What do you think?

Tracklisting as follows:

The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe
1. Geronimo
2. Dressed In A Hurry
3. Bumps
4. Ditched At Sea
5. Madge’s Theme
6. Armchair Waltz
7. I Know
8. Quite A Tree
9. Into The Present
10. Baubles
11. The King
12. The Queen
13. Interrogation
14. Lifeboat
15. You’re Fired
16. Flying Home For Christmas
17. Safe Landing
18. Never Alone At Christmas
19. Friendship
The Snowmen
20. A Voice In The Snow
21. What’s Wrong With Silly
22. Psychotic Potato Dwarf
23. Remember The Worm
24. Clara Who
25. Clara In The TARDIS
26. Governess Clara
27. Hello Mates
28. One Word
29. Sherlock Who
30. Antifreeze
31. Clara Lives
32. Whose Enigma

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September 15th, 2013
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Silva Screen have announced they’ll be releasing a Doctor Who Christmas Specials soundtrack next month.

The album will feature music as heard in the last two festive episodes, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe (2011) and The Snowmen (2012), and it will come with a reversible booklet to display a respective cover for each.

It’ll be the ninth compilation release of Murray Gold’s Doctor Who scores, the most recent being the Series 7 album.

The ‘Doctor Who: Christmas Specials’ soundtrack will be released on 21st October 2013.

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July 26th, 2013
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The Complete Seventh Series of Doctor Who will be out on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 28th October.

The 5 disc set brings together all 13 episodes from the latest series so Whovians will be able to relive the Doctor’s epic adventures from start to end, from the terrifying encounters in the Asylum to the climactic events at Trenzalore.

The DVD set will have a RRP of £51.05 while the Blu-ray will cost £57.18. Will you be adding it to your collection?

2011’s Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, will not be present on the set. The BBC told WhovianNet: “We’d previously released the episode separately so decided not to include it.” It will however be on the US version, out 24th September.

UPDATE: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe and its prequel are now included!

Special features include:
* Behind the scenes featurettes for every episode, including: The Making of the Gunslinger, Creating Clara, Doctor Who in the US, Last Days of the Ponds, The Science of Doctor Who, The Companions, Doctor Who at Comic Con
* Pond Life mini-episode
* Prequels to episodes: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, Asylum of the Daleks, The Snowmen (x3), The Bells of Saint John and The Name of the Doctor (x2)
* Audio commentaries for The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide and The Crimson Horror

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Thanks to BBC Worldwide for the details!

July 16th, 2013
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It has been confirmed that the Complete Series 7 box set will be released in the US on 24th September.

The Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray sets will be priced at $79.98 and $89.98 and will include the whole of Series 7 plus the 2011 festive special The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe.

While all the UK details are still to be announced, the list of bonus features on the US version has been revealed and we can assume they’ll be the same, or similar, on both.

Extras will include audio commentaries, “behind the scenes features” for every episode, prequels, plus additional specials including Doctor Who in the US, Last Day of the Ponds, Pond Life, The Science of Doctor Who, The Companions and Doctor Who at Comic Con.

We will of course keep you updated as more UK/US details come through – stick with us!

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March 11th, 2013
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A special Doctor Who edition of Pointless will be shown on BBC One next week, it has been confirmed.

The themed episode of the game show will bring together an array of faces from the show’s history as they battle it out to score the least points possible. Host Alexander Armstrong who has guest starred in The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe and as the voice of Mr Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures, will also be accompanied by the Doctor’s loved canine companion K-9 in the studio.

The special airs Saturday 23rd March at 7pm. See the stars who’ll be taking part below.


Above - Sophie Aldred, Frazer Hines, Nicola Bryant, Louise Jameson, Bernard Cribbins, Andrew Hayden Smith, Sylvester McCoy and Jacqueline King take part in Pointless.

December 6th, 2012
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Christmas is a time for presents, turkey and mistletoe – and over the years another festive tradition has formed!

Every Christmas Day, millions of people gather around their TVs to enjoy the latest Doctor Who Christmas Special so as we await this year’s yuletide helping of TARDIS action we want to know what’s been your favourite to date.

The festive fun began back in 2005, when Rose Tyler and a fresh faced Doctor saw The Christmas Invasion

A year later it was The Runaway Bride, and Planet Earth was in danger of a Christmas roasting once again – this time at the hands of the spider-lady Empress of the Racnoss. Then, in 2007, the Doctor checked into the Voyage of the Damned with Kylie Minogue!

Christmas 2008 marked the return of an old enemy, as the Cybermen stalked the snow of Victorian London – but just who was The Next Doctor? It was a case of The End of Time in 2009, and the end of an era, as the Tenth Doctor’s epic final adventure began…

We had a brand new Doctor join us in 2010. He took us on a journey to the deepest part of winter, to Sardicktown, to experience A Christmas Carol, while in 2011 he returned a favour by helping a family in need in The Doctor,  The Widow and The Wardrobe.

So, what has been your favourite seasonal adventure so far? Have your say in this poll!

The Snowmen premieres on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5:15pm. Watch the trailer!

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