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March 16th, 2017
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With Steven Moffat’s final full series as showrunner now just under a month away, we’re going back to where it all began (for him, at least) as we embark on a mission to discover his best series opener to date.

It only feels like yesterday that the Eleventh Doctor was crash landing in Amelia Pond’s garden, but The Eleventh Hour – Steven’s first episode at the show’s helm – will mark its 7th anniversary next month. The episode kick started a whole new era, and it’s safe to say that the Moff’s series premieres have been getting bigger and better ever since.

Where do you even start when it comes to Steven’s series openers? Over the years they’ve taken us to the shores of Lake Silencio in Utah (thus beginning one of the most mind-bending story arcs in Who history), Victorian London and even inside the Asylum of the Daleks itself. Say what you like about Moffat, but he definitely knows how to kick off a new series with a bang, and he is about to do it one more time when the Doctor returns to our screens on 15th April in The Pilot, with his next companion, Bill Potts, in tow. Get in!

Before that, though, let’s get nostalgic as we take a fond look back at his past premieres. Which has been your favourite? Let us know by voting in the poll below (and for the sake of continuity, we’ve included the mid-series premieres too!) and explain your choice in the comments. The results will be revealed ahead of the premiere of Series 10, so get voting…

POLL: What's your favourite Steven Moffat series opener to date?

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The Doctor is BACK on 15th April – check out the BRAND NEW, full-length trailer…

March 12th, 2017
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Class is set to make its official debut in the US next month but fans in the UK have already been there, bought the t-shirt (though perhaps not the DVD) and… well, you get the idea.

It premiered online on BBC Three last year before airing in double bills during BBC One’s ‘graveyard slot’ (which is basically when the entire nation is asleep) in January, and it’s far from overwhelming inception into the mainstream public consciousness has left its fans – affectionally known as the ‘Classmates’ – wondering what, if anything, the future holds for their honourable heroes of Coal Hill Academy…

And let’s face it, it’s not looking good. Rumours are already abound that the show has been axed indefinitely, and even its cast members have been actively encouraging their social media followers to support a fan made petition calling for a second series. Its creator and writer Patrick Ness has persistently falsified claims that Class has officially been dismissed, though it’s likely that they’ll be holding off until after its BBC America broadcast to decide.

Whatever lies ahead for Charlie and the gang (and after that series finale, we’d certainly be intrigued to find out…), let us know if you think Class deserves a second outing in the poll and comments below. Perhaps you think its televisual journey is over but you’d like to see it continue in the form of original audio and comic books? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

POLL: Should Class return for a second series?

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The first episode of Class, For Tonight We Might Die, airs on BBC America on Saturday 15th April 2017 at 10/9c, immediately after the Doctor Who Series 10 premiere at 9/8c.

March 8th, 2017
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Bill Potts hasn’t even made her official on screen debut yet (Friend from the Future notwithstanding…), but already fans are speculating about her departure.

It’s nothing personal, Pearl. We’re just weird like that.

We can sort of be forgiven in this instance, however, as her intriguing monologue in the recently released Series 10 trailer has definitely left us with cause for concern. She’ll step aboard the TARDIS to see the universe anew on Saturday 15th April, and she wouldn’t miss it for the world…

Even if it kills her. Now, Doctor Who fans are known for reading too much into things, but it looks like that’s exactly what Steven Moffat wants us to be doing. Is she foreshadowing the tragic events to come, or is it another momentous Moffat red herring to throw us all off the scent? Let us know what you think of these developments in the comments section below…

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

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.

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

February 19th, 2017
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It’s the question that’s dominating Whovian discussion all over the world, and just about every other discussion, too.

Following last month’s shock announcement that Peter Capaldi will be leaving Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special, our attention has already turned to who will or might be cast as his successor, despite the fact he’ll be sticking around for another 13 episodes.

And, of course, amidst the flurry of potential candidates, the inevitable debate has once again been sparked…

Should the Thirteenth Doctor be a female? Well, Ladbrokes certainly seem to think so – they currently have 7/2 odds on it being Oscar winner Tilda Stinton, and the campaign for a Time Lady has recently been backed by former companion Billie Piper who thinks sticking with tradition would “be a snub”. But what do YOU think? We’d love to hear your opinions on the matter at hand, so vote in the poll below and be sure to join the friendly debate in the comments section. Hopefully it will give us an idea of the general consensus, if there even is one! Either way, it’s a topic that will keep us all talking for the foreseeable…

Should the Thirteenth Doctor be a female?

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February 9th, 2017
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Ok, so Peter Capaldi hasn’t even left yet, but it’s practically impossible to avoid all of the ongoing speculation surrounding his successor, so we thought we might as well get involved!

Besides, it’s been a hot topic of conversation since before his departure was even announced, with Tom Weston-Jones emerging as a very early favourite to take over the TARDIS back in January of last year. Now that Peter’s exit is an undeniable reality, though, the time has come once again to put forward who you think would make for a reputable replacement.

And where do you even begin? In the build up to the Thirteenth Doctor’s unveiling, it’s safe to say that every name under the sun will be put forward as a potential candidate, and it would seem that the sky’s the limit when it comes to predicting an incoming Time Lord.

Don’t worry, though, because here is where you can discuss and dissect your pick of dream Doctors, from the realistic to the downright bonkers. Whether it’s wishful thinking or if you genuinely believe your choice has got what it takes to become our latest defender of the universe, let us know who has already got your vote in that there comments section below.

Should the new Doctor be an established actor or a relatively unknown? Do you agree with Billie Piper that a female Doctor would be a “timely” move, or has the franchise fixated a televisual tradition that should never be broken? Whatever you’ve got to say, here is the place to say it! There are exciting times ahead. On Christmas Day 2017, he/she’s a-comin’!

December 25th, 2016
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With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?

‘Tis the season to be jolly and, after his extended hiatus, the Twelfth Doctor returned to our screens tonight to add an extra dose of sparkle to our festivities. It was about time!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been one whole year since we last saw our beloved Time Lord, but thankfully he made up for his absence with an epic adventure which took him to New York City, where a deadly alien threat was lurking in the shadows.. So, what else is new?

Well, it’s not every day that the Doctor teams up with a superhero, and investigate reporter Lucy Fletcher was also on hand to help solve the mystery of the brain-swapping aliens who were poised to attack. It wasn’t just new faces in town, either, as Matt Lucas burst back on to our screens as Nardole and we got our first glimpse of Pearl Mackie in action as Bill Potts in Series 10… but more on that next year! Back to tonight’s episode, and was The Return of Doctor Mysterio an adventure worth waiting for? Rate and Discuss it in the comments!

October 9th, 2016
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Grant, the star of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special!

But just who exactly is Grant? All we know thus far is that he’s played by Justin Chatwin, which admittedly isn’t that much to go on. Oh, and if the brief glimpses of him in the recently released preview of the episode are anything to go by, he sometimes goes by the alias of ‘Doctor Mysterio’ for currently unknown reasons that will all become clear on Christmas Day. In the meantime, though, all we can do is speculate. Luckily, that’s something we can do very well…

So, let us know all of your theories and thoughts regarding the enigmatic Doctor Mysterio and his role in the festive jaunt. We know there’s only so much to talk about at this stage, but we’re positive your overactive imaginations will be able to think of something. Go wild.

Above - Justin Chatwin as Doctor Mysterio in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio –>

April 6th, 2016
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Admit it. You didn’t know what to think when it was confirmed that we won’t be getting another full series of Doctor Who until 2017. In fact, we’re still not over it.

The announcement that the show will be going on another “gap year” sent shockwaves throughout the stratosphere of the fandom (it’s like 2009 all over again!) and our first thought was how the hell we’re going to survive more than 12 months without a visit from TV’s favourite Time Lord. Well, in the wise old words of the Face of Boe, we’re hear to tell you that you are not alone.

We’ve still got this year’s Christmas Special to look forward to, of course, which is certainly something to cling on to (and never, ever let go), but the fact of the matter is that 2016 will be the first time in 7 years that a full series hasn’t aired. It wasn’t the best news, to say the least, but what if it doesn’t have to be as bad as it sounds? Every cloud has a silver lining, after all, and Whovians are renowned for making the best out of a bad situation.

With no full series hitting our tellyboxes this year, now is as good a time as any to revisit the Doctor’s past escapades. You’ve over 700 to choose from, so you’re not exactly going to be spoilt for choice, but why not narrow it down even further and go back to the episodes you’ve unashamedly forgotten? Let us know your most underrated Doctor Who episode in the comments below and we’ll open up a poll with some of the most popular suggestions. They deserve some recognition, too. You can also tweet us @WhovianNet!

January 24th, 2016
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Change is a-comin’ to Doctor Who after the announcement that Chris Chibnall will be taking over the showrunning reigns when Steven Moffat hands over the keys to the TARDIS after Series 10 in 2017.

As with the Moff back when he was revealed as Russell T Davies’ successor, Chibnall is no stranger to the Time Lord’s world, having previously written such classic episodes as 42 and The Power of Three. He also contributed to Torchwood, with acclaimed stories like Countrycide, Fragments and Exit Wounds rounding off his already reputable résumé.

And let’s not forget Broadchurch, Chibnall’s BAFTA award-winning crime drama, featuring Tenth Doctor David Tennant, which will be returning to ITV for its latest series next year…

So, what have been your favourite Doctor Who/Torchwood Chris Chibnall moments so far? He has certainly paid his dues, so let us know your picks of his best bits in the comments section below. One thing is for sure, the future of Doctor Who just got very, very exciting!

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