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December 12th, 2014
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How many sleeps till Christmas? So the countdown begins, but are you counting down to your Christmas dinner or the Doctor Who Christmas special. For me it’s a bit of both, however it’s not Christmas without the usual alien invasion and festive fun that the Doctor brings. With a brilliant amount of festive adventures to choose from, I am struggling to pick a favourite, but one does stand out. The Runaway Bride isn’t exactly festive but it is very fun and brought a lot of joy on Christmas Day.

The Runaway Bride is Donna Noble’s first appearance in Doctor Who, played by the brilliant Catherine Tate. She was first introduced at the end of series two, just after the heartbreaking scene at Bad Wolf Bay. A bride mysteriously appears in the Tardis and, as ever, it is up to the Doctor to discover how she got there and why. Donna is transported to the Tardis on Christmas Eve, her wedding day. This is one of the tenuous links that make the episode Christmasy, “”How come you’re getting married on Christmas Eve?” “Can’t bear it. I hate Christmas”" (The Doctor and Donna, Christmas special series three). The only other link that really makes this episode festive, is the Empress of the Racnoss, has a star shaped spaceship. When the spaceship descends on London a little girl says, “It’s Christmas”. Again it’s quite a small link to the time of year and in theory this episode could have featured at any point of time.

In comparison to maybe a slightly more festive episode, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, is very Christmasy. We have a two different Christmases visited by the Doctor, around the same family. We have the whole family feeling that Christmas brings and the episode is mainly based around bringing a family back together. This episode has more Christmas in it than the Runaway Bride, but for me, the Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe didn’t have me laughing as much as the Runaway Bride did. In the Runaway Bride, we did have the sad moment for example, when Donna picks up Rose’s jacket when she’s in the Tardis, “”She’s gone.” “Gone where.” “I lost her”" (Donna and the Doctor). But other than those few occasions where we are reminded of what the Doctor has just lost, it’s a pretty fun episode.

As a lover of 11, I feel like I can’t discuss Christmas episodes without mentioning The Time of the Doctor. I am still a little bit scared from that episode. Both me and my sister sat there on Christmas Day crying and my mum said, “it’s Christmas, you’re not meant to be crying!” For me that basically sums up that Christmas special. It had that beautiful Christmas feel to it with the snow and beauty of Trenzalore, but having Amy Pond appear at the end with the beautiful, “Raggedy man, goodnight” (Amy Pond) it broke my heart. It is a massive contrast to the Runaway Bride, with its full on alien invasion, star spaceship Christmas to the sadness, for me, of watching a beloved character regenerate, just puts them on opposite ends of the scale.

Comparing the Runaway Bride to David Tennant’s first Christmas special, the Christmas Invasion, again is quite hard to do due to the lacking part of the Doctor. However we do have another lap over of characters, with the return of the pilot fish robot Santas. This time they are under the control of the Emperor of the Racknos. She uses them to bring Donna to her in the underground Torchwood bunker. Most memorably from the scene between the Doctor and Donna in the taxi, “”listen to me. You’ve got to jump!” “I’m not jumping on the motorway” whatever that thing is, it needs you. And whatever it needs you for, it’s not good! Now, come on!” “I’m in my wedding dress!” “Yes, you look lovely. Come one!” (The Doctor and Donna). For me the children in the back of the car that are cheering on the Doctor, kind of make the scene. If I was in their position, I would probably have done the same. When I was sat there on Christmas day first watching this episode, I cheered a little bit when Donna finally made the jump and landed safely in the Tardis.

At the end of the episode we see the Doctor say good bye to Donna. In the typical Doctor and Donna style, it is very untraditional, “”Doctor! Doctor!” “Blimey, you can shout.” “Am I ever going to see you again?” “If I’m lucky”" (Donna and the Doctor). So it all comes together in true Christmas spirit, with a happy ending, Donna deciding to go and see the world, inspired by the Doctor and his life and the Doctor back to the same old life in the Tardis.

Jumping forward slightly to an unrelated note of this years Christmas special, with the few trailers that have been released for Peter Capaldi’s first Christmas special, I think it’s going to be a good one, and possibly the most festive one yet, with an appearance made by Santa himself, played by the brilliant Nick Frost. I don’t really know what this episode will be like, other than what we have seen in the teaser trailers. I like to be surprised when I comes to Who, and especially at Christmas, so I’m avoiding the synopsis that has been released. However from the trailers with Clara and Santa on the roof, it is shaping up to be a good episode, full of the festive fun of Christmas and the usual brilliance of Doctor Who. I am excited to see if Santa is going to help the Doctor or not, could Santa be the bad guy? Who knows, we shall have to wait to unwrap that one on Christmas Day.

The Runaway Bride, although not really very Christmasy, is one of my favourite Christmas specials, purely because I think of it with fond memories and a smile. A smile for both what we see in the episode and the fun we know that is to come for the Doctor and Donna. The Runaway Bride is so much fun and it shows the dynamic between the Doctor and Donna straight away and what their friendship will grow to be, and did grow to be.

Well Merry Christmas to all you Whovians. I hope you all have a good Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Written by Beth Willicome

October 20th, 2014
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BAFTA Cymru has announced a programme of special Doctor Who cinema events which will begin with a world exclusive screening of the Series 8 finale.

In partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and Film Hub Wales, the events will form part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season, giving fans the chance to experience an array of the show’s most iconic monsters by presenting classic episodes on the big screen at selected venues across Wales. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with creative teams who have worked on the series.

The first stop will be a screening of Death in Water, the final episode of the latest series, which will be screened at an event in Cardiff a few days before its premiere on BBC One.

The full list of upcoming events, their venues and accompanying episodes can be found below. Tickets cost £12 (Concessions: £8) and can be purchased from the venue websites.

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven
Tuesday 4th November at 7pm
Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff
www.chapter.org/doctorwho
029 2030 4400

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Monday 1st December at 7pm
Theatr Ffwrnes, Llanelli
www.theatrausirgar.co.uk
0845 2263510

Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem & The Poison Sky
Tuesday 16th December at 7pm
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Denbighshire
www.scalaprestatyn.co.uk
01745 850197

Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead
Monday 12th January at 7pm
Monmouth Savoy Theatre, Monmouth
www.monmouth-savoy.co.uk
01600 772467

Doctor Who: Masque of Mandragora & The Prisoner
Saturday 17th January at 7pm
Theatr Harlech, Snowdonia
www.theatrharlech.com
01766 780667

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
Tuesday 27th January at 7pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
01970 623232

Will you be attending any of these special events? Let us know in the comments section…

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.

See the latest Doctor Who products on sale now via our merchandise section!

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

See the latest Doctor Who products on sale now via our merchandise section!

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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