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September 14th, 2014

John Hurt is to be honoured by the Shakespeare Theatre Company for his contribution to classical theatre in America.

According to Broadway World, the actor, who appeared as the War Doctor in last year’s 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, is one of three stars of the stage and screen to be recieving the coveted accolade – the other two being Stacey Keach and Diana Rigg.

Diana Rigg is also a former Doctor Who guest star having played Mrs Gillyflower in The Crimson Horror.

The awards will be presented on 5th October 2014 at a ceremony in Washington D.C where the Shakespeare Theatre Company is based – congratulations to all for their achievements.

August 22nd, 2014
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On the eve of Peter Capaldi’s first full-length adventure as the Twelfth Doctor, join us for a Flashback Friday as we relive his debut scene in last year’s 50th anniversary special

In the climactic moments of The Day of the Doctor, the Time War was raging and the Doctors faced their greatest challenge yet as they united to save Gallifrey from the grasp of the Daleks.

Luckily Matt Smith’s Doctor had his previous incarnations to lend a hand (11 pairs of them, to be precise!) but the nation gasped as someone else made an unannounced appearance at the party – just over a month before his expected arrival in the Christmas Special! Better early than late, right?

Of course this isn’t the first time Peter has popped up in the series as in 2008 he portrayed Caecilius in the Series 4 episode The Fires of Pompeii. We’ve been told that his striking resemblance to our new Doctor “is certainly addressed” in the new series. Clone? Long lost twin? Only time will tell…

The feature-length Series 8 premiere Deep Breath airs tomorrow at 7:50pm on BBC One.

August 16th, 2014

Doctor Who Magazine are remembering the Year of the Doctor in their latest special – and oh, what a year it was!

In their official guide to Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, delve behind the scenes of the show’s most iconic year to date with in-depth articles covering the far-reaching festivities including The Night of the Doctor, which marked the shock return of Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, and the feature-length 3D spectacular The Day of the Doctor. Plus, An Adventure in Space and Time and The Five(isn) Doctors are covered, too!

Doctor Who Magazine – The Year of the Doctor is out now, priced £5.99.

A limited edition 50th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray collector’s set is released next month.

July 27th, 2014
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A limited edition collector’s set compiling all the highlights of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations will be released this autumn.

The 4-disc set will bring together The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor as well as the rest of the accompanying landmark festivities such as The Night of the Doctor and An Adventure in Space and Time. The acclaimed ’spin off’, The Five-ish Doctors, will also be present on the DVD.

In addition, the set will include a host of never before seen special features including “an exclusive cut” of the 50th anniversary special’s read-through and deleted scenes.

Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition

Released on DVD & Blu-ray on 30th September 2014

May 18th, 2014

It has been a night of success for Doctor Who which won the Radio Times Audience Award at the BAFTA TV Awards!

The coveted title was awarded to the show’s acclaimed 50th anniversary spectacular, The Day of the Doctor, and it holds a particular significance as it’s the ceremony’s only category which is voted for by the general public.

We’d like to wish a big congratulations to the whole team for their deserved accolade. Here’s to the next 50 years!

May 7th, 2014
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Fans who wanted to have more from the War Doctor in The Day of the Doctor will be pleased to hear he’ll be starring in his very own novel!

Engines of War, written by George Mann, will be published this summer and looks set to be an “epic” original adventure featuring the forgotten incarnation of our beloved Time Lord as portrayed by John Hurt in the 50th anniversary special. It will be released on 31st July 2014, and you can pre-order it for a discounted price on Amazon HERE.

Not much is known about this book yet, but we can safely assume that it’ll give a further insight into the War Doctor’s involvement in the Time War. And if the cover – below – is anything to go by it will also contain lots and lot of Daleks! Will you be reading the book?

“The death of billions is as nothing to us Doctor, if it helps defeat the Daleks.”

The Great Time War has raged for centuries, ravaging the universe. Scores of human colony planets are now overrun by Dalek occupation forces. A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold but in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor’s TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox.

As the Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape, Dalek patrols roam amongst the wreckage, rounding up the remaining civilians. But why haven’t the Daleks simply killed the humans?

Searching for answers the Doctor meets ‘Cinder’, a young Dalek hunter. Their struggles to discover the Dalek plan take them from the ruins of Moldox to the halls of Gallifrey, and set in motion a chain of events that will change everything. And everyone.

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April 28th, 2014

More celebrations are in order for Doctor Who, which was a deserved DOUBLE award winner at last night’s 2014 BAFTA Television Craft Awards!

The series reigned supreme in two of the five categories for which it was nominated – firstly last year’s acclaimed 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor triumphed as a result of its Special, Visual & Graphic Effects, while An Adventure In Space and Time was awarded for its Make Up & Hair Design.

Congratulations to the cast and crew, including Danny Hargreaves, SFX Supervisor, who tweeted to say: “Thanks to all the amazing fans who have helped us on this journey!”

With thanks to the BBC Doctor Who Blog.

April 19th, 2014

The list of nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards has been released and the odds are definitely in the Doctor’s favour!

Doctor Who has claimed four of the six positions in the ‘Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form’ category with The Day of the Doctor, The Name of the Doctor, An Adventure in Space and Time and The Five-ish Doctors Reboot all in the running against episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Orphan Black’. ‘The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who’, meanwhile, is also up for the ‘Best Graphic Story’ prize.

“For Doctor Who to receive three Hugo nominations in its anniversary year is completely thrilling,” showrunner Steven Moffat has commented. “We are all over the moon. I am particularly pleased about The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, as that was my acting debut – I remain available for any parts that require a black jumper, and slightly unrealistic hair…”

The annual Hugo Awards is science-fiction’s most prestigious ceremony and the winners, voted for by members of the World Science Fiction Convention, will be unveiled on 17th August 2014 at Loncon 3 in London – best of luck to the cast and crew of Doctor Who!

April 17th, 2014
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The praise keeps coming for The Day of the Doctor which has now been nominated for a ‘Best of British’ gong!

The category is part of the Freesat Awards 2014 and will reward “the absolute best programme or series on the UK’s free-to-air TV channels’. No competition, really!

With three Doctors, iconic British landmarks plus a record-breaking global TV simulcast, the historic 50th anniversary episode is definitely worthy of this coveted title.

The winner, chosen by industry experts, will be announced at a ceremony on 17th June.

The Day of the Doctor’s also shortlisted at BAFTA for the Radio Times Audience Award.

“No more” waiting! Rate and discuss The Day of the Doctor with fellow fans…

With thanks to the BBC Doctor Who Blog.

April 16th, 2014

Tom Baker has been chatting about the impact that Doctor Who continues to have on his day to day life.

The actor, who played the Fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981, told TV Choice that it’s an association that never leaves you. “It’s a pretty daunting thing,” he explained. “All this time has passed. And it almost makes me immortal, that fans will still stop me in the street. They’ll say, ‘You were really influential in my life’, and I like that a lot – if they say it nicely enough, I offer them money. Not advice, but money.”

He made a surprise return, as the enigmatic ‘Curator’, in last year’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor – a cameo, he admits, he “did contemplate not doing”. “I was asked by Caroline Skinner, who was the producer,” he said. “She was a persuasive girl and always very charming about it. She said I could tamper with the script, so I said yes. Typically of the BBC, nobody knows who the Curator is. He could be anything! With Doctor Who, you’ve really got to be able to suspend your disbelief a bit, haven’t you…?”

The interview was to promote the repeats of the Classic Series on the Horror Channel (Sky 319) which start on Friday 18th April with the first ever serial An Unearthly Child.

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