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July 28th, 2017
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Peter Davison has quit Twitter as a result of the backlash he received following comments he made regarding the casting of the first female Doctor.

During a recent interview at San Diego Comic-Con, the Fifth Doctor actor affirmed that landing the ionic role is a “fantastic opportunity” for Jodie Whittaker as he urged fans to encourage those who are doubtful to “watch it with an open mind”. However, he also admitted to feeling “a bit sad” that the series has potentially now lost its central role model for boys, who he believes the show is “vitally important for”.

He explained: “I quite like the idea of the Doctor as a boy, but maybe that’s because I’m an old-fashioned dinosaur. It’s irrelevant now. We have a new Doctor so let’s give her our full support.”

An inevitable backlash ensued, with Peter subsequently deleting his Twitter profile due to the “toxicity” of the evolving debate. “The used to be fun,” he wrote in his final post. “Now it’s not. Must dash.”

July 28th, 2017
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Freema Agyeman will be taking to the stage this summer in a West End production of Apologia, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

The Martha Jones actress will star alongside Stockard Channing in the play, written by Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell, which is described as a “compelling, darkly funny and haunting” story of a family and its secrets.

The show runs at Trafalgar Studios from 3rd August to 18th November and tickets are on sale now, here.

July 22nd, 2017
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The BBC have issued an official response to complaints regarding Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the first female incarnation of the Doctor.

The actress was announced as Peter Capaldi’s successor in the iconic role last week, with the news instantly – and inevitably – dividing the fandom and casual viewers alike.

The BBC’s official response reads:

Since the first Doctor regenerated back in 1966, the concept of the Doctor as a constantly evolving being has been central to the programme. The continual input of fresh ideas and new voices across the cast and the writing and production teams has been key to the longevity of the series.

The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.

As the Controller of BBC Drama has said, Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.

We hope viewers will enjoy what we have in store for the continuation of the story.

July 18th, 2017
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Georgia Moffett will be reprising her role as Jenny, the Doctor’s daughter, for a new Big Finish audio series, Radio Times has confirmed.

The character, who was introduced in Series 4, will helm the new adventures alongside her very own companion played by Sean Biggerstaff, who Harry Potter fans will recognise for his portrayal of Oliver Wood.

Recording will take place over the summer with the first release expected later this year.

Are you excited that Jenny is back? No doubt she has been doing an awful lot of running…

July 14th, 2017
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The actor/actress who will be portraying the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who will finally be unveiled this weekend, the BBC has announced.

The identity of Peter Capaldi’s successor in the iconic role will be revealed after the Wimbledon men’s singles tennis final on BBC One on Sunday 16th July 2017. They will make their on screen debut in this year’s Christmas Special.

So, who will it be? Leave your predictions, hopes and dream Doctors in the comments below…

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

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 www.pleasance.co.uk.

July 10th, 2017
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A fresh rumour has surfaced suggesting that two characters will be returning to Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special.

As always with such reports from the Mirror, the news should probably be taken with a pinch of salt until there’s any official confirmation, but it’s not completely out of the question seeing as the festive episode will be both Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s last. The tabloid claims that Jenna Coleman and Pearl Mackie will both be making an appearance, and you can read their full SPOILER-FILLED article here.

A preview of the Christmas Special will be shown at San Diego Comic-Con later this month.

“The original, you might say…” Read the latest on this year’s Christmas Special »

July 10th, 2017
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Filming on this year’s Christmas Special has officially wrapped in Cardiff which means that Peter Capaldi has filmed his final scenes as the Doctor.

Various members of the show’s crew have taken to Twitter to toast the actor, as well as showrunner Steven Moffat, on completing their last episode, which will air on Christmas Day. The accompanying wrap party was “bittersweet” according to casting director Andy Pryor, while series brand manager Edward Russell revealed that the festivities included a video message from Christopher Eccleston. Fantastic!

As confirmed in the closing moments of the Series 10 finale, the festive adventure will star David Bradley as the First Doctor, and recent rumours have suggested that his won’t be the only familiar face returning to bid the Twelfth Doctor adieu. We’ll have to wait and see what other shocks and surprises lie in store, but our first sneak peak of it will be debuted at San Diego Comic-Con later this month (23rd July), so that’s something to look forward to.

Of course, this does mean that the Thirteenth Doctor may have already filmed his/her first scene, as the era of Chris Chibnall begins. But who will it be? As always, only time will tell…

“The original, you might say…” Read the latest on this year’s Christmas Special »

June 11th, 2017
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Patrick Ness has confirmed that he won’t be returning to Class if/when a second series gets commissioned.

The creator of the Doctor Who spin off took to his Twitter to formally announce his departure with “unbelievable regret”, adding that it’s been “the MOST amazing experience” to “make a show he’s so proud of”.

Its future has been in doubt since its underwhelming online debut last year, during which it failed to make the Top 50 on BBC iPlayer throughout its 7 week run.

Its BBC Three premiere was followed by a televisual outing on BBC One where it was given the dreaded graveyard shift and failed to attract more than 300,000 viewers. Patrick noted that he “remains baffled” by the slapdash scheduling, adding: “But I’m not even the littlest bit bitter and I am still so grateful to have had the chance. That’s just TV and how it goes.”

So, it looks like Class really has been dismissed. Do you think the right decision has been made, or were you holding out for a return to Coal Hill? Let us know…

May 25th, 2017
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BBC Worldwide has signed a major new agreement with Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMG Pictures) to boost the Doctor Who brand in China.

As part of the deal, the leading Chinese media company will make the show’s entire revived catalogue – from Series 1 to Series 10 - available across popular TV channels and on demand. The agreement – which extends until Series 15, expected to air in 2022 – also includes a “first look” for Series 11 next year, suggesting that Chris Chibnall’s first series as showrunner will air in China simultaneously with the UK.

It is hoped that the partnership will “increase the Doctor Who fan base in China” as the two teams “explore future opportunities and exchange expertise”. Chinese fans will also be able to enjoy spin offs Torchwood and Class

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