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July 16th, 2017
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It only feels like yesterday that Peter Capaldi was being sworn in as the Twelfth Doctor, but time really does fly when you’re having fun because it’s already over three years later and his successor is about to be unveiled…

The Thirteenth Doctor will be officially announced after the Wimbledon’s men’s singles final on BBC One this afternoon, and as always WhovianNet is here to keep you up to date with all of the latest developments as and when they occur. Get involved with the festivities in the comments below or via the hashtag #WhovianNetLive.

The Chris Chibnall era is about to begin as Number 13 is revealed unto the world!

3:55pm: The game is over! The #13thDoctor is imminent. Get ready, folks. Time and space is about to get a new face… #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

3:38pm: What are you doing to pass the time until the #13thDoctor reveal? It’s like waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve… #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

3:12pm: Is this how time normally passes? Reeeeally slowly. It’s like watching a tennis match. Oh, wait… #13thDoctor #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

2:48pm: Peter Capaldi was snuck into the studios dressed as a Dalek for his reveal. We wonder what disguise – if any – 13 has been given? #DoctorWho

2:29pm: Still love this quote from Peter Capaldi, from his live reveal. And yes, *that* typo still haunts our nightmares. #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

“#DoctorWho is still with us because of every single viewer who’s taken it to their hearts. It belongs to all of us.” – Peter Capildi #DrWho

2:27pm: #DoctorWho doesn’t make announcements half-heartedly. Who could forget Peter’s live reveal as 12? #WhovianNetLive

2:16pm: Keep your #13thDoctor predictions coming! We wonder how they’re feeling, knowing their life is about to change… #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

2:11pm: .@TimelordLibrary’s dream #13thDoctor is Gillian Anderson, while @steveashfield is rooting for Rory Kinnear. #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

2:00pm: Giveaway time! Follow us & tweet your dream #13thDoctor w/ the hashtag #WhovianNetLive for chance to WIN Series 10 Part 2 on DVD! #DoctorWho

NB: If you’re not on Twitter, you can still enter by commenting with your dream 13th Doctor below! Please ensure your email address is correct, as this will be used to contact you if you’re the winner.

1:47pm: Welcome to the followers who’ve joined us for the #13thDoctor reveal! Warming the cockles of our Whovian hearts. #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

1:41pm: Who’s it gonna be? #ICYMI, here’s our list of the most popular contenders –> #13thDoctor #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

1:14pm: As it stands, Kris Marshall, Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Jodie Whittaker are the top #13thDoctor favourites. Discuss. #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

1:02pm: So, let’s kick off the festivities with a poll. It’s an age-old question, but should the #13thDoctor be a female? #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

1:00pm: And we’re off! Any hour now, he/she is a-comin’… We’ll be covering it all here and at #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

July 12th, 2017
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WhovianNet recently caught up with Ingrid Oliver to chat about her upcoming one woman show, Speech!.

The actress will be riding solo at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next month as she introduces audiences to her catalogue of politically-charged characters, including a drunk Washington staffer and a patriotic actress accepting her Oscar.

We chatted to Ingrid ahead of the production, as well as about her portrayal of fan favourite Osgood in Doctor Who, and her thoughts on a female Doctor…

Q. Hi, Ingrid! In a nutshell (and without giving too much away), what can you tell us about Speech!, and where did inspiration behind it come from?
A. Speech! is a series of characters that explore different sides of the political spectrum. Some characters are political with a big P and some with a small P so there’s something for everyone. I’m fascinated by the divisiveness of the current political climate and I’ve always been interested in exploring all sides of an argument, so that’s how the show came about. It allows me to say some quite outrageous things because I’m using a character’s voice to say them.

Q. Speaking of the current political climate, did you write it with a particular target audience in mind?
A. I haven’t written this show with an audience in mind. I’m just exploring the things that are interesting to me. Hopefully they will also be interesting to my audience. I think if anyone has been as fascinated by recent events as I have, they would be interested in some of the things I bring up in my show.

Q. What are the most exciting and/or scariest aspects of performing in a solo show, especially one that is made up of your own material?
A. What if I forget my lines? What if I get ill? What if they hate me and they’re stuck with me for an hour?! These are all the thoughts that have been running through my head for the last month. But similarly, if it goes well, I get all the glory. Me. It’s mine. All mine.

Q. When did you first realise that you had a knack for comedy?
A. It took a while. I went to school with a lot of funny girls. I was friends with Lorna Watson (my double act partner) and Katherine Parkinson who were both in my year, but I never felt as funny as them. When I left school, I realised that I had been the third funniest person in a group of girls who were disproportionately funny. Which is still quite funny. Actually, scrap that. Rebecca Currie was the funniest girl in our year and she didn’t even go into comedy, which is a travesty. So after her, I was the fourth funniest. And probably not even that, to be honest.

Q. Of all of the characters that feature in the show, do you have a favourite to play?
A. There’s a particularly hateful LBC Radio DJ that is a lot of fun to do because I get to say the most horrific things. It’s always fun playing a villain. Just ask Michelle Gomez.

Q. Speaking of strong female characters, Doctor Who fans will, of course, recognise you as Osgood. How did your role in the series come about?
A. I simply auditioned for it. I stole my boyfriend’s thick, black glasses for the casting because I felt that they were what Osgood would wear, pretending I needed them to read. When I got the phone call saying I’d got the part, they asked if I could bring the glasses. I’m still not sure to this day if it’s my acting that got the part, or my boyfriend’s Ray-Bans…

Q. What was it like to make your debut in such an iconic episode as the 50th anniversary special, and did you know that you’d be back?
A. The 50th anniversary was one of the most incredible things to be a part of. I have so many separate and distinct memories from it. Filming in Trafalgar Square, filming at the Tower of London, wearing the Tom Baker scarf, acting with Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt AT THE SAME TIME. One of my favourite off-set memories is sitting next to John Hurt at dinner and him berating me on my choice of wine. “Oh my dear, you must NEVER touch a Sauvignon. Ghastly stuff.” And no, I had no idea at the time I’d be back.

Q. Osgood has had some great comedy moments but have you enjoyed exploring other aspects of her character, especially in the Series 9 Zygon two-parter?
A. It was lovely to explore Osgood more fully in the Zygon Invasion/Inversion. I was so grateful to be brought back and be allowed to do that. Also, getting the chance to do one on one scenes with Peter was wonderful. He really makes you up your game because he’s just an incredible actor. I learnt a lot from him. It’s funny, because I know Peter Harness who wrote the episodes, and I joked with him about putting in a huge dramatic monologue for me as well as a make-over scene. He didn’t do either. Sadly.

Q. You’ve most recently reprised your role as Osgood for Big Finish audios, but would you like to return on screen?
A. Is the TARDIS bigger on the inside? Yes. Of course I would.

Q. Do you think it’s time for a female Doctor and if so, who would be your top pick?
A. I would love to see a female Doctor. I’d go for someone like Helena Bonham Carter or Tilda Swinton. Or Jennifer Saunders. I’d bloody love that. I think the world is ready.

Ingrid Oliver performs her one woman show, Speech! at Pleasance: That from 2nd-27th August at 4.30pm. For tickets call 0131 556 6550 or visit

April 24th, 2017

A special charity event will be held in Cardiff this summer to mark the 10th anniversary of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The Attic will take place at the Cardiff University Students’ Union on Saturday 29th July 2017 and will be attended by various guests related to the CBBC series, which ended in 2011 following the passing of Elisabeth Sladen. The event will also include an auction of rare merchandise, props and more, with proceeds donated to Ty Hafan, a hospice which provides support to life-limited children and their families.

Tickets are now on sale, with prices ranging from £30 (adult), £15 (child), £80 (family) to £150 (VIP). You can donate to Ty Hafan directly, and find out more about their work, here.

March 27th, 2017
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This year’s BFI & Radio Times Television Festival will include a Doctor Who panel on Sunday 9th April 2017.

Executive producer Brian Minchin will be joined by Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie for the Q&A as they look ahead to Steven Moffat’s final series as showrunner and the global phenomenon he leaves behind. It will also debut “sneak preview clips” from Series 10, which begins the following weekend, on Saturday 15th April.

Tickets for the event have now sold out.

March 19th, 2017
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New Zealand is the latest country to confirm a cinema outing for the Series 10 premiere.

According to Flicks, The Pilot will be shown on the big screen in select venues on 16th April 2017, with full details to be revealed shortly. Similar events have already been confirmed for the US and Australia, and this one will also be followed by the bonus featurette, ‘Becoming the Companion’.

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

March 16th, 2017

Writer and director Dan Freeman has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support his new play.

The premise of the production – entitled A Joke - is that an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a joke, and the production is reaching out to Doctor Who fans as it will star Seventh Doctor actor Sylvester McCoy.

They hope to launch the play at this year’s Edinburgh Festival by reaching their target of £7,000 by Monday 20th March 2017. Every little helps!

March 16th, 2017

Matthew Waterhouse – who played the Doctor’s companion Adric in the 80s – will be appearing on stage in Flanaganza in London next week.

The production, taking place at Slam in King’s Cross from 19th-21st March (Sunday-Tuesday), is billed as “a fab night of shorts written by Alan Flanagan”, a writer whose previous credits include the Dark Shadows audio range for Big Finish.

If you’re in the mood for an evening of sci-fi, comedy, drama and more, tickets cost £10 and are on sale here.

Thanks to Alan for the news!

March 16th, 2017
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Doctor Who fans in Australia will be able to enjoy the Series 10 premiere, The Pilot, on the big screen as part of a special one-off event next month.

The anticipated episode will be given a cinematic outing on 16th April 2017 and you can find your nearest participating venue here. The screening also includes a bonus featurette documenting Pearl Mackie’s inception as the new companion, featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.

A similar event is also taking place in the US.

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

March 12th, 2017

WhovianNet spent the weekend at MCM Comic Con in Liverpool and it’s safe to say that a great time was had by all!

As always, Doctor Who fans didn’t disappoint with their ever creative cosplaying efforts, and we had a great time chatting to our fellow Whovians who had dressed to impress as their favourite Doctors, companions and villains.

Conventions are always a great place to remind us how fantastic our fandom is, so a huge thanks to everyone who stopped to chat to us and pose for photos.

Special thanks to @TheDogtor, @Grandpa_Pixel and @Ruth_C_AB for the pictures!

Were you also at the event? Let us know below, and tweet us your pics at @WhovianNet!

March 10th, 2017
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The first episode of Class will be screened alongside the Series 10 premiere when it hits cinemas across the US next month.

As previously reported, the Doctor will return to the big screen in select theatres as part of a special two-night event organised by Fathom Events on April 17th/19th. In addition to the first episode of Series 10, fans will also get to enjoy the first installment of the YA spin off, For Tonight We Might Die, as well as an all-new feature, Becoming the Companion, documenting Pearl Mackie’s journey to the screen as Bill.

Tickets are now on sale so click here to find your nearest participating cinema and reserve your seat. Both Series 10 and Class will premiere on BBC America on Saturday 15th April.

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

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