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March 11th, 2017
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Hex – who WhovianNet visitors voted as their favourite Big Finish companion – will be returning in two brand new audio adventures later this year, it has been confirmed.

Shadow Planet by AK Benedict and World Apart by Scott Handcock will be released on CD and for download in June and will feature Philip Olivier’s character alongside Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred as the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

You can check out the cover artwork and synopses for both of the full cast audio dramas below.

Shadow Planet by AK Benedict

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World Apart by Scott Handcock

If you’re reading this, it’s too late.

There’s no way off this planet.

You will never escape Nirvana.

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March 11th, 2017
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With the brand new series of Doctor Who now just over a month away, anticipation for our beloved Time Lord’s grand televisual comeback is well and truly reaching fever pitch.

While his latest string of adventures remain an enigma wrapped in a mystery (what else is new?), there’s already lots for us to be excited about, including an incoming companion, the return of friends and foes alike, and the added sense of impending doom as a result of it being both Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s final full series at the helm of the TARDIS. Deep breaths, everybody, we’re in this together…

Because we never need an excuse to remind ourselves of the good times that lie ahead, here are 5 things we’re most looking forward to in Series 10. 5 things for the 5 weeks that remain. See, it’s exciting and topical. The best kind of countdown. You can thank us later.

1. “I’m Bill. I serve chips.”

Oh, but Bill, you’re so much more than that! Exactly what we’re not sure yet, but it’s safe to say that her life will change in unimaginable ways when she finally steps aboard the TARDIS to see the universe anew on 15th April. And she wouldn’t miss it for the world. Even if it kills her. Whatever that means…

Seriously, though. It doesn’t get much more exciting than kicking off a brand new series with a brand new companion to boot. Well, apart from kicking off a brand new series with a brand new Doctor, but we’ll get to that next year. For now, welcome aboard, Bill Potts!

2. “The bitch is back.”

Missy’s words, not ours! Although the full extent of her involvement in the new series remains to be seen, we know that she’ll definitely be back to rule another day (or at least try to…) in the two-part finale.

She was last seen in The Witch’s Familiar, in which she had a very good idea, so we dread to think what she’s got up her sleeve this time round. Missiles, probably.

3. Out with the new, in with the old…

That’s right, folks. The Mondasian Cybermen are BACK! First introduced in The Tenth Planet, the metal monsters have come a long way since their initial encounter with the First Doctor, so we’re looking forward to seeing them stripped back to basics in this year’s series finale. It’s Peter Capaldi’s dream come true, and it’s probably yours, too.

It’s the opposite of an upgrade, but it’s certainly a *stomp* in the right direction. Did you see what we did there?

4. Guessssss who’sssss back…

Yup, Missy and the Mondasian Cybermen aren’t the only familiar foes heading back to our screens in Series 10. The Ice Warriors -last seen in Cold War – will also be back. This time, though, with a twist. Love a twist.

According to writer Mark Gatiss, there will be something different about the reptilian rascals this time round, as “a new kind of Ice Warrior” is unleashed unto the world. Make of that what you will…

5. Shocks and surprises and twists, oh my!

If we’ve learned anything from Steven Moffat’s tenure thus far, it’s that it’s impossible to predict what he’s got in store. As his final full series as showrunner, though, this year the stakes are higher than ever. No doubt he’ll leave us shaking our fists in a combined outburst of rage and contentment. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. #BringItOn

What are you most looking forward to in Series 10? Let us know in the comments.

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March 6th, 2017
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Just in case Steven Moffat’s final series as showrunner wasn’t sounding exciting enough already, they’ve just dropped the bombshell that he’s bringing back the Mondasian Cybermen, too. Be still our beating Whovian hearts.

Of course, the metal monsters are no strangers to the revived series, having been familiar – *ahem* – foes since their comeback in Series 2. Thus far they’ve been 2.0 versions from a parallel universe (with other tweaked variations thereupon…), but this time it’s out with the new and in with the old as the genuine articles are back to fight another day.

And we’re pretty damned excited. But of course, the news of their comeback begs the all-important question: what the hell is going on?! They first appeared in the First Doctor’s last serial The Tenth Planet, in which they attempted to take humans to their home planet of Mondas for conversion, and something tells us that this will still be high on their agenda…

But let’s not forget that Missy will also be back in the finale – has she formed an allegiance with the Cybermen? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time, and we bet her plan is even more devilish this time round, after her first attempt at world domination went down like a lead balloon. What’s more, the last time we saw her she did say she’d had a clever idea…

So, what’s it all about? There’s still a while before we find out (the episodes in question are still being filmed), but we’d love to hear your initial thoughts and theories. Their return is a dream come true for Peter Capaldi, but are you as excited to be welcoming them back? We dread to think what they’ll have in store, but it’s the series finale – and Steven Moffat’s last ever one – so it is safe to assume that it will all well and truly hit the fan. Bring it on, Moff.

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March 6th, 2017
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It has been confirmed that the Doctor will be facing a blast from the very distant past in Series 10 when the Mondasian Cybermen return for the grand finale.

Filming has now begun on Episodes 11 and 12, directed by Rachel Talalay, which will mark the first time the original metal monsters have been seen on screen in over 50 years.

Written by Steven Moffat, the climactic two-parter will also guest star Matt Lucas as Nardole and Michelle Gomez as Missy alongside Pearl Mackie as companion Bill.

Are you excited to see the Mondasian Cybermen again? The new series begins 15th April.

Watch the BRAND NEW Series 10 trailer! You won’t want to miss it for the world…

January 15th, 2017
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A brand new issue of Doctor Who Magazine has been released this week to help you get through your January blues.

Inside #508, cast and crew alike, including Katy Manning and Mark Gatiss, share their thoughts on Doctor Who’s “grooviest” decade as they take a trip in the TARDIS back to the 1970s to commemorate the Third Doctor’s era.

Plus, the latest Series 10 news, reviews, competitions and a free Doctor Who & the Daleks comic book. It’s on sale now, at the usual price of £5.99.

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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 21st, 2016
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A brand new audio adventure exploring one of the biggest ‘What Ifs…?’ in Doctor Who history will be released to coincide with the show’s 53rd anniversary later this week.

Ken Campbell was the Time Lord who almost was when he lost out to Sylvester McCoy for the role of the Seventh Doctor back in the 80s, but here the actor finally claims the helm of time and space in an original, fan-made episode, written by long-time fan Tom Calderbank, that introduces a brand new companion, a new villain and the TARDIS’ elusive Eternity Room…

The Lost Doctor will premiere online for free on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 and we’ll let you know where you can listen to it on the day. In the meantime, please help to spread the word about a truly unique Doctor Who fan project which brings Ken Campbell’s eccentric incarnation-that-could-have-been to life. There’s always room for another Doctor!

Join the conversation on Twitter and across social media with the hashtag #TheLostDoctor.

November 20th, 2016
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A brand new Doctor Who Magazine materialised this week and its cover star is none other than Patrick Troughton himself as the issue celebrates 50 years of everybody’s favourite cosmic hobo, the Second Doctor.

Patrick’s first full-length serial, The Power of the Daleks (which, coincidentally, has just been released as an animation), aired half a century ago this month, so it’s as good a time as any to look back on an historic era that went on to change everything viewers thought they knew about TV’s beloved Time Lord.

Also inside Issue #506, Russell T Davies reveals fascinating new facts about The End of the World, plus all the latest Series 10 news, reviews, competitions, comics and more!

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November 19th, 2016
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Some intriguing Series 10 updates have been revealed in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine as filming on its fourth block (Episodes 5 and 9) commences in Cardiff.

Firstly, the fifth episode is written by Jamie Mathieson - whose previous timey-wimey credits include Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline and The Girl Who Died – and will guest star Kieran Bew, Justin Salinger, Peter Caulfield, Mimi Ndiweni and Karen Brayben. The Doctor will get a blast from the past in Ep 9, meanwhile, as Classic Series writer Rona Munro returns with a brand new adventure.

Rona, whose involvement in the new series was recently teased by Steven Moffat, wrote the iconic Seventh Doctor serial Survival which was the last story aired as part of the show’s original 26-year run following its cancellation back in 1989. Her Series 10 episode will guest star Rebecca Benson, Daniel Kerr, Juwon Adedokun, Brian Vernel, Ben Hunter, Aaron Phagura, Sam Adewunmi and Billy Matthews. What do you think of these updates?

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

November 2nd, 2016
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Following on from the success of their Audience with Louise Jameson back in July, Fab Café will be hosting another event for Doctor Who fans later this month.

Eric Saward, who worked as a script editor on the series in the 1980s, will be taking part in a Q&A on Monday 28th November 2016. As is common knowledge, this particular era of the show was turbulent to say the least, and Eric will be on hand to answer audience questions and share his personal experiences of working on the series in the lead up to its historic cancellation in 1989.

Tickets for the event, priced £7, can be purchased here. Let us know if you’ll be attending!

Thanks to Michael for the news!

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