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March 27th, 2017
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Russell T Davies is this month’s guest on Attitude magazine’s Heroes podcast.

The landmark series is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales and the former Doctor Who showrunner chats to editor-in-chief Matt Cain about the representation of gay men on TV.

As well as helming the 21st century revival of Doctor Who, Russell also achieved critical acclaim for his 1999 series Queer as Folk, followed by the more recent Cucumber in 2015.

You can listen to the full interview – which includes such stories as Russell’s accidental drug overdose - here. Please be advised that the podcast contains adult language and themes.

Thanks to Bradley for the news!

March 26th, 2017
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It has been confirmed that a brand new Doctor Who panel show will be airing alongside Series 10 in Australia.

Aptly entitled Whovians, each half-hour edition of the switchover programme will be aired on Sunday nights at 8:30pm on ABC2 and iview, immediately after the latest episode of Doctor Who on ABC.

Hosts Rove McManus, Tegan Higginbotham, Adam Richard and Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell will be dissecting the TARDIS action with a live studio audience and celebrity guests.

“I have been a fan of Doctor Who for as long as I can remember, so you can imagine how pleased I am to be hosting a show about it,” said Rove. “Whether it be the classic era that dates back over 50 years or the modern series with its own decade-long legacy, I’m excited to talk about my favourite show with like-minded individuals whilst being paid to geek out.”

Doctor Who Executive Producer, Brian Minchin, added: “It will be the perfect companion for the thrilling new series of Doctor Who on ABC and I am sure it will delight Australian fans.”

For the chance to be part of the live studio audience, email drwho.audience@abc.net.au.

March 18th, 2017
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It has been confirmed that Series 10 will include a three-part adventure, with Episodes 6-8 forming one linked story.

Toby Whithouse, who has returned to the show to write the third part, told Digital Spy: “Steven’s done the first one, Peter Harness did the second and I’ve done the third. It’s set in modern day, but if I told you more, Steven would come around and kick me in the shin!”

It is thought that the episodes will introduce a new villain, the Monks, who have been spotted in the recent trailer.

Are you intrigued by a three-parter, or do you like every episode to be a standalone story?

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

March 18th, 2017
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Matt Lucas has suggested that Doctor Who will be involved in this year’s Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day will take place next Friday, 24th March, with a night of fundraising festivities on BBC One. Responding to a fan query on Twitter, the actor – who will be returning as Nardole in Series 10 – revealed that his character might “possibly” be making an appearance during the telethon. Whether that’s in the form of a special sketch, trailer or something else entirely is yet to be revealed, but thankfully we haven’t got long to wait to find out.

Doctor Who has a long time association with Comic Relief, including the 2011 mini-episode Space and Time and the iconic Curse of Fatal Death, starring Rowan Atkinson, in 1993.

March 17th, 2017
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Sacha Dhawan has responded to recent speculation that he is in the running to become the Thirteenth Doctor.

The actor – who Doctor Who fans will recognise for his portrayal of the show’s first director, Waris Hussein, in the 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time – told Radio Times that he feels “honoured” to even be considered. “That alone is good enough,” he said. “But oh my God, I would absolutely love to do it. Who wouldn’t? It’s Doctor Who! It’d be incredibly nerve-wracking, though. It’s quite a lot of pressure. But I think I’d bring something exciting to it.”

The Thirteenth Doctor is expected to make his/her debut in this year’s Christmas Special. Other rumoured names include Kris Marshall, Tilda Swinton and Tom Weston-Jones.

Should the next Doctor be a female? Join the debate in our dedicated discussion…

March 16th, 2017
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If you need something to keep your withdrawal symptoms at bay until Series 10 hits our screens, look no further than this range of original audio adventures featuring the 12th Doctor.

The first story, The Lost Angel, was released in January, while The Lost Planet landed earlier this month. Further instalments - The Lost Magic, The Lost Flame, Death Among the Stars and Rhythm of Destruction – will follow in May, July, September and November, respectively. Each story is read by a former Doctor Who cast member/guest star and features two new companions, Brandon and Alex.

The Lost Angel
Written by George Mann & Cavan Scott
Read by Kerry Shale – OUT NOW

All Alex Yow wants is to become a photo-journalist and break her first story. All Brandon Yow wants is for his sister to keep out of trouble and come home. But that’s not going to happen, because Alex has taken a picture of a statue. A statue that can move.

A statue that makes people disappear. A statue that is hunting them down.

In upstate New York, the Doctor is chasing weird energies that should not exist. Teaming up with Alex and Brandon, he discovers a powerful force enslaved to another’s will. Who controls the lonely assassin that prowls the streets? What secrets are the residence of Rickman hiding? And will Alex and Brandon survive the night of the Weeping Angels?

The Lost Planet
Written by George Mann
Read by Nicola Byrant – OUT NOW

The TARDIS is under attack. Alien plants have taken root in its corridors, strange flowering tendrils that threaten to rip the Doctor’s ship apart. New companions Brandon and Alex venture into the heart of the TARDIS to discover the source of the infestation.

Instead they find a secret door, and a forgotten world. The Doctor has unfinished business with the Arborites, living trees with long memories. Centuries ago he fought to prevent a galactic catastrophe – but now his past has come back to haunt him in ways he never thought possible.

Can the Time Lord rescue his young friends before they are destroyed by his past mistakes, or will Hirolth rise to leave utter devastation in its wake?

Browse the latest Doctor Who products on sale now in our merchandise section…

March 16th, 2017
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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
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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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Steven Moffat has explained his decision to leave Doctor Who after 8 years as its showrunner.

His last full series as its lead writer begins on Saturday 15th April, before his final episode airs on Christmas Day. Speaking to World Screen, he admitted that he’s secretly surprised he’s managed to last this long, given the show’s “monstrous workload”. “This is the longest I’ve ever done anything,” he said. “I was one of the writers when it came back, getting on with other shows, and then I took over and it became a full-time job. I’m astonished at how long I’ve been doing it.”

He continued: “I’ve been looking after and worrying about Doctor Who for years now, plus Sherlock on top of that. You’re never more of a writer than when you write something new, you try something different. I miss all of that. I’d like to go and find a new thing to fail at!”

Speaking of his successor, Chris Chibnall, he affirmed: “He is an experienced showrunner, so he doesn’t need any of my advice. He has his own ideas about how to do Doctor Who.”

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.

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