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January 9th, 2016
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The TARDIS has closed its doors for another year but, for the first time since 2009, there will be a vacancy aboard it when they finally reopen at some point in the future.

Jenna Coleman bid farewell to her role as Clara Oswald at the end of the last series which means that the Doctor will have to find another BFF to join him on his universal escapades in Series 10. We already know that the new companion will be “a little more Earthy” than their predecessor, but the identity of the actor/actress who will be taking on the coveted role remains, for the time being, a momentous mystery.

Luckily, Doctor Who fans are very good at speculating. Like, seriously. We deserve a medal. With that in mind, we thought we’d open this discussion to give you a place to share all of your companion theories and wishes, since you’ve probably been thinking about it already. What sort of person should accompany the Doctor through time and space? Are there any actors/actresses who are perfect for the part? And are there any characters we’ve already met who deserve the opportunity? Steven Moffat has already revealed that the show’s new co-star will be “someone new”, but a Whovian can dream, right? Have your say below…

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December 25th, 2015
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It is Christmas Day on a remote human colony, and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas carols and comedy antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax is furious, and his giant robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

Ah, it only feels like yesterday that the Doctor was defying the laws of time and space to save Clara from her untimely but inevitable demise. Ok, so it was three weeks ago. Cut to Christmas Day and our beloved hero is back on TV screens to light up our holidays in his eleventh (count ‘em!) annual festive adventure to date. Where does he find the energy?!

Luckily for Peter Capaldi, a familiar face was on hand this year to help him get his second seasonal escapade off to a flying start. There was a blast from the past (or the present, or the future… to be honest, we don’t know where the hell she’s from anymore!) as he shared the spotlight with none other than River Song herself, who was reinstated to her “kick ass hero” glory after her last appearance as a hologram in 2013’s The Name of the Doctor.

And it was about time, too! Following Series 9’s dark and devastating final episodes (and, admittedly, Series 9 in general!), a light-hearted comedy caper featuring the return of one of the show’s most popular characters was exactly what the Doctor ordered. Even comedic geniuses Greg Davies and Matt Lucas came along for the rip-roaring ride which transported us on board a starliner full of galactic super-villains for a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. Well, it is Christmas. So, that was The Husbands of River Song and this is where you can let us know what you thought of it! Was it a present worth unwrapping, or will you be banishing it to the forgotten realms of Christmas past? Let us know in the comments…

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December 5th, 2015
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If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts…how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?

The TARDIS reopened its doors in September as the Doctor’s past deeds came back to haut him in The Magician’s Apprentice. Now, three months later, TV’s favourite hero has been left betrayed, trapped and heartbroken (and then some!) by a struggle that vowed to take him to the end of time itself. Basically, the Series 9 finale has landed. Doesn’t time fly, eh?

The last time we saw the Doctor in the climactic closing moments of Heaven Sent, he had just managed to escape the grasp of the fearsome Veil (admittedly, it did take him billions of years…) to find himself back where it all began. Where the second sun rises in the south, the mountains shine, the leaves on the trees are silver… and a mythical Hybrid is destined to obliterate the Time Lords out of existence. Well, it’s can’t all be good news, now, can it?

Still, it could’ve been worse. Actually, we take that back. It’s a good job it’s Christmas in a few weeks, mind, because tonight’s episode really was like unwrapping all of our presents at once. With the return of Gallifrey and the Time Lords alike and a host of familiar friends and foes, Hell Bent surely was the Doctor Who episode that many fans have been waiting for. But what did you think of this year’s finale? Were you left satisfied with how the story panned out, or are there still loose ends that have been left untied? Let us know what you thought of Hell Bent and its accompanying shocks and surprises in the comments below…

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November 28th, 2015
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Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

If you’re like us, you’ll still be struggling to accept last week’s tragic events of Face the Raven, but fortunately tonight’s episode was a much more laid back affair, a subtle yet enjoyable escapade to ease us gently back into the wonders of time and space. Yeah, right!

Cut to 9pm and the entire Whovian fandom is spontaneously self-combusting. It’s hard to believe that the Series 9 finale is already here but it all kicked off in Heaven Sent as the Doctor faced the greatest challenge of his many lives. To add salt to the wound, he had to face this final, formidable test all by himself, but it wasn’t as if he was being pursued by a fearsome creature intent on scaring him to death or anything. That would just be too cruel.

Basically, you’re either bowing down to your Steven Moffat cardboard cut out or cursing his very existence right now. The first part of this year’s climactic conclusion was full of its fair share of shocks and surprises which all culminated in that almighty cliffhanger (seriously, it’s had Steven in a “state of panic” for months!) to bring us kicking and screaming into next week’s grand finale, aptly titled Hell Bent. First things first, though (we know, that’s a rare treat in Doctor Who), what did you think of Heaven Sent and all the twists and turns that came with it? Rate and Discuss the first part of this year’s Doctor Who finale, below…

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November 21st, 2015
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The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London. Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive.

After last weekend’s innovative adventure (it was Sleep No More, by the way, just in case you’ve blocked it out of your memory for whatever reason), Doctor Who went back to what we know and love tonight for what’s been one of Series 9’s most anticipated episodes yet.

And, in true Doctor Who fashion, it was one of those anticipated episodes that we literally knew nothing about. Which is, you know, fun. We did know, however, that it would feature the return of two familiar faces in the form of Maisie Williams as Ashildr – who hadn’t seen the Doctor for centuries – and Joivan Wade as Rigsy, who, erm… last saw the Doctor much more recently (last year, in fact). Poor old Rigsy called upon Team TARDIS for help when he discovered a mysterious tattoo counting down to his untimely demise which meant that it was time for our heroes to Face the Raven by journeying to a magical alien world that probably reminded you of Harry Potter. Unfortunately, not everybody would get out alive…

So, that was Face the Raven and this is where you can tell us what you thought of it! There were shocks and surprises around every hidden corner but were you ultimately impressed by Sarah Dollard’s Whoniversal debut? After that cliffhanger, it’s now full steam ahead as we countdown to Heaven Sent, but what will lie in store for the Doctor in the first chapter of this year’s highly anticipated series finale? We have no idea, but we’re terrified already…

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November 14th, 2015
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This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.

So far this series we’ve had Daleks, ghosts, Zygons and the malevolent return of a certain renegade Time Lady (we didn’t forget about you, Missy, we swear!) but tonight Doctor Who stripped it back to the basics to give us an episode that was unlike any we’ve seen before…

Mark Gatiss’ previous contribution to the Twelfth Doctor’s adventures saw our beloved Time Lord locking swords – well, spoons – with Robin Hood himself, but Sleep No More couldn’t have been further away from Sherwood Forest if it tried, and that’s not only because it was based on a Space Station! The terrifying tale was assembled from footage discovered in its wreckage and the result was one of the show’s most innovative, and not to mention pulse-racing, stories to date. See, 52 years later and it’s still full of surprises. Not too shabby, eh?

But what did YOU think of Series 9’s latest offering? Were you hooked from start to finish, or was the style and pace unrecognisable beyond recognition? Now that we’ve entered the final countdown (just THREE episodes left, folks!), what does the imminent future hold for the Doctor and Clara? Spoilers: it’s not rainbows and puppies. In the meantime, you must not share your reactions to Sleep No More by voting, rating and commenting below…

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November 7th, 2015
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Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust. With UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?

Doctor Who’s given us its fair share of cliffhangers so far this year (every single episode, to be precise!) but last week’s was the biggest and most explosive yet. In fact, if you’re like us, which we’re guessing you probably are, then you’ve spent the last 7 days wondering how the hell the Doctor was going to get out of the mind-boggling mess that was the final moments of The Zygon Invasion. Spoilers: He officially kicked Zygon butt. Well, d’uh.

Still, it all looked very hopeless for a scary minute there, didn’t it? As Series 9 continued in The Zygon Inversion, those shape-shifting savages were all over the shop and there was only one man standing in their way of finally claiming world domination. Unfortunately for our beloved Time Lord, though, all of his friends were (presumed) dead which meant that he had no idea who he could even trust anymore. The whole thing was far from ideal.

The friend was inside the enemy and the enemy was inside the friend in tonight’s episode (somewhere in the vastness of time and space, Missy is singing, “I told you so!” right about now!), but what did you think of Series 9’s latest offering? Was it a climactic conclusion or a dizzying disappointment? You can rate & discuss The Zygon Inversion in the comments…

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October 31st, 2015
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The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen – until now! When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?

We’re halfway through Series 9 but, if tonight’s episode is anything to go by, the drama is only just getting started. The Zygons were back with a vengeance… and Osgood was, too!

First introduced in the 1975 Fourth Doctor serial Terror of the Zygons (see what they did there?), the malevolent monsters made their 21st century debut in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, which left all of us wondering how long it would take for them to show their faces again. Not very, as it turns out, as they returned to wreak more havoc for our heroes with UNIT caught right in the middle. To be honest, UNIT usually are.

The return of everybody’s favourite military organisation also marked the unexpected but anticipated comeback of Osgood, played by Ingrid Oliver, who was back to fight another day despite the fact she was mercilessly killed at the end of the last series. Classic Doctor Who. With twists, turns and a spectacular cliffhanger to boot, we just about survived The Zygon Invasion, so what did you think of the episode in question? Was it an enthralling escapade from start to end, or are you having trouble getting your head around its shape-shifting shenanigans? It’s Hallowe’en, but did Doctor Who deliver us a trick or a treat…?

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October 31st, 2015
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Series 9 continues tonight and there’s a familiar foe coming to town as the Doctor and Clara prepare to face The Zygon Invasion.

Amidst the shape-shifting shenanigans, however, there’s also a great mystery afoot. The episode will also mark the return of UNIT, fronted, as ever, by Kate Stewart herself, who will also be joined by her amicable associate Osgood, which is where things get really interesting. That’s because it hasn’t even been a year since she was sensationally killed off by Missy, so how has she died and lived to tell the tale?

There are a manner of explanations, of course, but we’ll probably all be proven wrong. The Seventh Doctor-esque question marks on her lapel are apt, though, as her unexpected yet anticipated comeback has been one of the biggest surprises of the year. But whatever did happen to Osgood? Share your last minute theories by voting and commenting below! The answers – and probably more questions – will be revealed tonight at 8:15pm on BBC One.

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October 25th, 2015
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The Twelfth Doctor encountered The Woman Who Lived last night which means that we’re now officially halfway through his second string of universal escapades.

It all kicked off in September in The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, hailed as the show’s “darkest plot ever”, which marked the grand return of not one but three iconic villains as Missy, Davros and the Daleks shared the screen to give the Doctor a cataclysmic blast from the past. Watch out, Davros, because Missy will scratch your eyes out! Oh, but first she’s going to need eight snipers.

Next up, our heroes journeyed Under the Lake for one of their most terrifying adventures to date and the truth behind the impossible threat was uncovered Before the Flood when the fearsome warlord, Fisher King, set in motion a twisted plan to ensure his own survival.

Last but certainly not least, one of the most anticipated stories of the year – The Girl Who Died – introduced us to the seemingly ordinary Viking girl Ashildr, as played by Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, whose story has seemingly only just begun. She’s watching…

So, there we have it! Six weeks into Series 9 and it’s safe to say that it’s been non stop drama since day one. There’s still lots to look forward to, of course, including the return of the Zygons next week and Clara’s unfortunate but inevitable departure, but for now let us reflect on Series 9: Part 1 and all of the shocks, surprises and sonic sunglasses that have come with it. Has it been a case of time flying because you’re having fun, or are you glad to be halfway out of the dark? Let us know by voting in the poll and commenting below…

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