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Strax has returned to the airwaves to bring us another field report about the 50th anniversary special.
In the latest video he investigates the “insidious” Zygons in preparation for their return in The Day of the Doctor.
The metamorphic monsters were first introduced in the 1975 Fourth Doctor serial Terror of the Zygons and they will be back on our screens next week to cause more undoubtable shape-shifting mayhem…
In a recent press interview showrunner Steven Moffat explained his decision to bring the foes back for the landmark episode. “Without question, the Zygons are a design classic,” he said. “They are superb. Brilliant from the voice to the appearance. Essentially, we’ve resurrected exactly the same Zygon as Tom Baker fought in the 70s. They are beautiful, and it’ll show that we are looking to the future of Who while also celebrating the legend.”
Please join us as we raise our glasses to wish Paul McGann a very happy birthday!
The actor, who played the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV film, turns 54 today and we hope he enjoys his celebrations.
Check out WhovianNet’s mini-section dedicated solely to his incarnation, including guides, interviews and features, HERE and feel free to leave your own birthday messages for Paul in the comments below…
BBC Four will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by going back in time to see how the legend began!
Later this month the channel will be broadcasting the first ever serial, An Unearthly Child, in its restored entirety.
Written by Anthony Coburn and C. E. Webber, the opening adventure began on BBC One on Saturday 23rd November 1963 and introduced audiences to William Hartnell as the original incarnation of the now iconic Time Lord.
An Unearthly Child airs on BBC Four on Thursday 21st November from 10:30pm. It will be preceded by the premiere of An Adventure in Space and Time, the docudrama telling the story behind the show’s origins, on BBC Two at 9pm. See the full UK schedule HERE.
Peter Davison has admitted that he assumed his incarnation of the Doctor would “be quickly forgotten” when he handed the TARDIS duties over to Colin Baker back in the 80’s.
The actor revealed that he never even imagined he’d still be discussing the role decades later. “I had no idea it was going to be like this,” he explained. “It gradually dawned on me. I went to all these conventions and appearances and Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton would be there. So I realised it would probably stick around for me after I left.”
Although his era in the show was generally a positive experience, Peter also revealed he regrets not fighting to maintain the element of comedy in the show. “We weren’t allowed to put any humour in so that was a great shame,” he said. “I don’t think I fought as hard as I could to get it back again. I suppose it wasn’t a battle that I could win at that point.”
Peter recently suggested the producers “struggled” to write strong female characters.
As previously reported, Puffin will be releasing a paperback anthology of their 50th anniversary e-shorts this month.
Each e-book in the collection has been based on a different incarnation of the Doctor with every adventure written by an exciting name in children’s literature including Michael Scott, Patrick Ness and Richelle Mead.
A paperback anthology compiling all of the short stories will be published on 21st November priced £12.99.
In addition, the series will also be available to download as an audiobook with each of its instalments read by a familiar face from the world of Doctor Who to be priced at £14.99.
A Big Hand for the Doctor by Eoin Colfer – read by Nicholas Briggs
The Nameless City by Michael Scott – read by Frazer Hines
The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick – read by Marcus Sedgwick
The Roots of Evil by Philip Reeve – read by Sophie Aldred
Tip of the Tongue by Patrick Ness - read by Nicholas Pegg
Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead – read by Sophie Aldred
The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman – read by Malorie Blackman
Spore by Alex Scarrow – read by Nicholas Pegg
The Beast of Babylon by Charlie Higson – read by Charlie Higson
The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy – read by Ian Hanmore
Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman – read by Peter Kenny
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Fans waiting for An Adventure in Space and Time don’t have much longer to go as its airdate has been confirmed!
The 90 minute docudrama, written by Mark Gatiss, tells the story behind Doctor Who’s origins by travelling back in time to 1963 to see how the legend was born.
David Bradley stars as William Hartnell, Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert, Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein and Brian Cox as Sydney Newman.
It airs on Thursday 21st November at 9pm on BBC Two. Read its official synopsis below:
This special one-off drama travels back in time to 1963 to see how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen.
Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama, time travel and monsters!
Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Meanwhile, it will premiere on ABC1 in Australia on Sunday 24th November at 8:45pm.
Fifth Doctor Peter Davison has suggested that writers of the Classic Series “struggled” to create believable companions.
The actor who occupied the TARDIS from 1981 to 1984 has claimed that the lack of sexual tension in the early serials is a reason “they never quite mastered the companion idea”.
“I don’t know why they were so obsessive about there being no flirtation,” he said. “I wasn’t even allowed to put my arm around female companions in case it was implied.”
He continued: “They tried for years to make the companions more rounded characters. I don’t think they managed to do it until Rose, when the series came back. I think the idea of some frisson in the TARDIS is fine. I’m envious that the Doctor gets to kiss girls now!”
Do you agree with Peter? Is some flirtation in the TARDIS harmless or harmful? Discuss!
With the 50th anniversary approaching Tom Baker has been reflecting on his own tenure in the TARDIS and has revealed that playing the Doctor felt like being “a messianic figure”.
The actor, who portrayed the fourth incarnation of the Time Lord from 1974 to 1981, has admitted that being cast in the show “was like being reborn” as he had been “going through a bad time of feeling rejected”. “When the opportunity came about to play the Doctor, it was a jackpot,” he said. “I went to work the next morning and suddenly I was famous.”
He continued: “Being the Doctor was a great experience. I used to look at the clock and know at half past four we were going to stop rehearsing. That was a sad moment for me because I wanted to stay in this beautiful, unreal world. Actors want a big audience and to get applause is one thing, but to be adored is something I recommend. Everywhere I went I was like royalty. I have interesting letters from fans who thought I did miracles.”
Check out the full feature interview with Tom HERE. Was the Fourth Doctor your Doctor?
ABC1 has confirmed they’ll be airing An Adventure in Space and Time in Australia on Sunday 24th November at 8:45pm.
The docudrama, written by Mark Gatiss, travels back in time to 1963 to tell the origins behind Doctor Who’s creation and stars David Bradley as First Doctor William Hartnell and Hide guest star Jessica Raine as producer Verity Lambert.
Pictured on the left is Brian Cox as the BBC’s then head of drama, Sydney Newman. A UK airdate is to be confirmed.
Over 40 familiar faces from the Doctor Who universe will be attending the Doctor Who Celebration weekend in London later this month!
The event takes place at ExCeL London on the anniversary weekend (Friday 22nd-Sunday 24th) and will welcome over 20,000 fans to pay tribute to everyone’s favourite Time Lord with a host of special activities including workshops, quizzes and presentations. DoctorWho.tv has now revealed the full line-up of guests from the show’s past and present.
In addition, it has been confirmed that a free simulcast 2D screening of the anniversary special The Day of the Doctor will take place at the event on the evening of Saturday 23rd November. Saturday attendees will be emailed shortly regarding ticket availability.
Will you be attending the Doctor Who Celebration? Let us know in the comments below…
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