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July 10th, 2017
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This month has seen the release of the limited edition Series 2 Blu-ray steelbook featuring stunning artwork by Lee Binding.

The 3-disc set – which may just been one of the most beautiful things we have ever seen – features all 14 episodes from David Tennant’s acclaimed first series as the Tenth Doctor, from The Christmas Invasion to Doomsday (which, coincidentally, marked its 11th anniversary last Friday…), and comes with 4 bonus art cards. Will you be adding it to your collection? Let us know in the comments below!

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May 2nd, 2016
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Billie Piper has been reflecting on her tenure in the TARDIS during a recent interview with Digital Spy.

It has been almost 10 years since the actress bowed out as Rose Tyler at the end of the Series 2 finale, Doomsday, but she revealed that the show’s presence in her life is still as strong as it was a decade ago. She said: “I meet fans at conventions and a lot of them are like, ‘I would watch Doctor Who as a baby with my Mum and Dad’ and I’m thinking, ‘Jeez! I don’t need to hear that!’. Some of them are named after Rose and are now 10 years old. It’s insane.”

She has made multiple returns to the series since her original exit, firstly in the Series 4 finale and then once again in 2010 to bid David Tennant’s Doctor farewell in The End of Time, Part Two. Most recently, she reprised the role for the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, back in 2013. “It’s nice,” she affirmed. “It’s great that Rose lives on.”

Can you believe that it’s nearly been 10 years since Doomsday?! Time certainly does fly…

August 16th, 2015
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Series 1 to 4 of Doctor Who will be making their way to Blu-ray in the UK later this month.

Although they’re already available in the format as part of the previously released Complete Series 1-7 collection, this is the first time that fans will be able to purchase each individual series in their fully remastered 1080p high definition glory.

The boxsets will be available to own from 31st August 2015, including all the special features that were included on each of their original respective DVD releases.

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April 15th, 2015
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Disney XD has acquired the rights to repeat David Tennant’s episodes of Doctor Who, it has been announced.

The US cable channel, aimed at 6 to 14 year olds, launched in 2009 and is home to top rated animated shows including Star War Rebels and the Marvel animated series.

It begins airing Series 2 through to Series 4 with a special screening of New Earth on Saturday 9th May, before a marathon kicks off on Saturday 13th June featuring 8 episodes a day for a whole week.

The episodes will also be available to watch via the Watch Disney XD app from 14th June.

May 17th, 2014
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Cinemas across the US will be screening a theatrical cut of Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel next month as part of a two-night event celebrating David Tennant.

The 2006 two-parter, in which the actor starred as the Tenth Doctor, will be shown on the big screen, in selected theaters nationwide, on Monday 16th June.

The screenings will include an exclusive interview with David in which he looks back on his tenure in the TARDIS.

This event is being organised by Fathom Events and you can find a list of its participating chains, and book tickets to your local screening, here. And the celebrations will continue the following evening with a 3D presentation of Wings, the groundbreaking documentary about birds which David narrated. Let us know if you’re attending one of the screenings!

March 27th, 2014
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Two new boxsets featuring David Tennant’s first Doctor Who series will be released in the US over the coming months.

Series 2: Part 1, containing The Christmas Invasion to The Age of Steel, will be available from 8th April while Series 2: Part 2 – with The Idiot’s Lantern through to Doomsday – is expected to follow suit on 13th May.

The 2-disc sets will have a SRP of $19.96 each and will sport “all new bonus material”, which certainly sounds intriguing!

Will you be investing in these repackaged Series 2 DVD collections? Let us know below…

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October 28th, 2013
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We are thrilled to be able to bring you 5 exclusive questions with award-winning actress Zoë Wanamaker!

Star of the stage and screen, we chatted with Zoë about her guest role in the classic Doctor Who episodes The End of the World and New Earth as Lady Cassandra O’Brien.Δ17 (that’s Lady Cassandra for short!).

Zoë shared her memories of playing the self-proclaimed last human and also gave some tips for aspiring actors.

Thanks to Zoë! Visit her official website here and follow her Twitter @ZoeWanamaker.

Q. Hi, Zoë. So when did you first realise you were interested in acting and what would you say are the main differences between performing on the stage and in front of a camera?
A. I was very young, about 10 years old, when I first realised I was interested in acting. I would say the main difference between performing on stage and in front of the camera is the time constraints. There’s a lack of rehearsal time for film and TV.

Q. How did your role in Doctor Who as Lady Cassandra come about and
what was it about the role that appealed to you?
A. I don’t really know how Lady Cassandra came about but I used to watch Doctor Who when I was a child. I thought Lady Cassandra was very funny, but also at the same time she quite a manipulative character.

Q. Cassandra prided herself in being “the last human”. Would you go as far as her to preserve your humanity?
A. Ooh, I don’t think so! Definitely not, no!

Q. What was your reaction when you were told that Cassandra was being brought back and that you’d get to appear on screen as her in physical form?
A. I was really delighted when I was that told Lady Cassandra was coming back, especially as her physical form could change whenever she wanted it to. That’s every girl’s dream! It was also exciting because I was only ever actually on set for the second episode.

Q. What advice would you give to any aspiring actors out there?
A.I would tell aspiring actors to find another passion that will pay your rent and keep you warm, but if you still want to became an actor then read as much as you can and definitely see as much of the arts as you can.

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October 8th, 2013
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We’re excited to be able to bring you an exclusive interview with Doctor Who guest star Andrew Hayden-Smith!

Andrew Hayden-Smith first appeared in 2006’s Rise of the Cybermen & The Age of Steel two-parter which marked the big return of the Cybermen. As part of our retrospective Tenth Doctor festivities he talked exclusively to us about his memories of working with the metal monsters, meeting the fans and how he thinks his alter ego, Jake, will be getting on over on that parallel universe…

Thank you to Andrew for answering our Q&A’s! Follow his Twitter @AndrewHaydSmith.

Q. Hi, Andrew. So how did your guest role in Doctor Who come about?
A. I was working as a CBBC presenter when my producer, a big Doctor Who fan, suggested I contact the show about a cameo role. I did and coincidentally, Russell T Davies had noticed me on TV before and in an article I’d done recently for Attitude magazine. Within a couple of weeks, I was sitting in front of the casting director, Andy Pryor, and the director of my episodes, Graeme Harper, reading for the part of Jake. It was a Friday so I had the whole weekend to think about how the audition had gone. Then on the Monday, my agent called and told me the part was mine!

Q. What was it about the character of Jake that appealed to you?
A. Jake’s an action hero, and which twenty something lad is gonna say no to that!?

Q. Were you already a fan of the series?
A. I’d caught a bit of the new series with Chris and Billie and thought it was brilliant. Being at CBBC when it aired, we knew there was a huge buzz among the viewers about it. I remember watching some of Sylvester McCoy’s episodes when I was a kid and being quite scared by it.

Q. What was it like to go up against the Cybermen, one of the show’s most iconic foes?
A. I couldn’t have asked for a better villain to go up against. They’re one of the Doctor’s most feared enemies so I was thrilled to hear I was going to be battling against them in a big two-part episode.

Q. Not only that, but you also returned in the Series 2 finale for the Daleks vs Cybermen battle. What was it like to be involved in the historic meeting of two of Doctor Who’s most famous adversaries?
A. It was as exciting on set, as you’d imagine. Seeing Daleks and Cybermen resting in between takes with their helmets off is quite a bizarre experience but certainly one that I’ll always remember.

Q. What are your memories of being on set and are there any funny stories from filming you can share with us?
A. I had a lot of scenes with Noel Clarke (Mickey/Ricky). He was great to work with and made me feel very welcome and part of the team. He’s a very down to earth guy and we had a lot of laughs during filming. I always remember him taking his costume back to the wardrobe lady at the end of the day. I wonder if he did that on Star Trek!

Q. Since you appeared in the series you’ve attended various conventions and events around the world. What have been your experiences of meeting with the fans?
A. Doctor Who fans are the best and most loyal fans of any show out there, I’m sure of it! I’ve been to LA, Chicago and all over the UK to meet people who love this brilliant show and I’m always amazed by their enthusiasm.

Q. You recently took part in the Doctor Who themed special of Pointless. What was that like?
A. Pointless was great fun. I was up there with some real Doctor Who legends. Just a shame my Spanish wasn’t up to scratch!

Q. What advice would you give to any aspiring actors out there?
A. I was very lucky when I was picked to join the cast of Byker Grove. I was 12 years old with very little acting experience and so for me it was a case of learning on the job. That was the great thing about that show – it gave real kids a break into the industry who might not have otherwise been given the chance to. Here I am, 18 years later still working in the industry and I’ll always be enormously grateful to Byker Grove for that. So for me it was a case of being in the right place at the right time.

Q. What do you think Jake is up to these days?
A. I’m sure he’s still defending the universe – and loving every second of it!

Q. Finally, have you got any current or upcoming projects you can tell us about?
A. I’m currently having lots of fun presenting The Hub for ITV’s This Morning. As a presenter, it’s a dream job for me.

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June 8th, 2012
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This time next week The Crash of the Elysium will reopen its doors for a limited run at its new home in Ipswich.

Ahead of its big launch, here’s our quickfire interview with its writer, Tom MacRae, who tells us more about what fans can expect from the interactive show.

The adventure will be at the New Wolsey Theatre, as part of the Ipswich Arts Festival, from 15th June to 8th July. To find out more, and to book tickets, click here.

You can read our Q&A with Tom below – big thanks to him for answering our questions!

Q. Have you always been interested in writing?
A. Yes – I have always loved imagining stories and making thinks up, long before I realised it could be your job.

Q. What advice would you give to any aspriring writers out there?
A. Just keep working hard, write every day, and learn how to touch type!

Q. How did you first come to be involved with Doctor Who?
A. I was asked to come on to the second series of the show. It was quite easily the best invitation I ever got!

Q. What brought you to The Crash of the Elysium?
A. Punchdrunk, who produced the show, got in contact with the BBC via the Manchester International Festival, to talk about doing a Doctor Who show. The bosses at Doctor Who asked me if I would work on the show with Punchdrunk as a writer/creator. It didn’t have a name or a story then, though. We had to come up with all of that. So there was no such thing as The Crash of the Elysium at the time. It evolved over many months and lots of discussions.

Q. How did writing it differ to writing an actual episode? Did you approach it any differently?
A. It’s completely different, because the children who go round each show are the lead characters, and yet they don’t know the story or any dialogue, or even what’s in the script. When we do Doctor Who on the telly, the actors at least get to read a script a first – with Crash the lead characters just dive right into it!

Q. Were you pleased with the end result, and was it what you expected it to be?
A. It’s quite honestly the best thing ever. I completely love it.

Q. What can fans expect from the show?
A. The most exciting 60 minutes OF THEIR LIVES.

Q. You wrote The Girl Who Waited for Series 6 of Doctor Who. Were you pleased with how the episode was recieved?

A. I was beyond thrilled. The reviews were so good I nearly cried reading them! And it’s been nominated for a big award for it in the US, the Hugo.

Q. You were also responsible for bringing the Cybermen back in Series 2. What was it like to be in charge of such an iconic villain?

A. It was a lot of pressure but also a huge lot of fun. It was a real honour.

Q. Finally, do you have any Doctor Who projects lined up for the future?

A. Spoilers!

Stay tuned for more exciting news about ‘The Crash of the Elysium’ over the next week!

February 3rd, 2012
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Tune into BBC3 over the weekend, as they’ll be continuing their repeats of David Tennant’s first series.

Tonight on the channel, the Doctor, Rose, Mickey and Sarah Jane investigate a London school being haunted by strange, bat-like creatures in School Reunion from 7pm, followed by an attack from sinister clockwork killers in The Girl in the Fireplace at 7:45pm. Tomorrow night, at 7pm, the TARDIS is trapped on a parallel Earth, and just in time to witness the Rise of the Cybermen. Prepare to be deleted!

You can catch up with the early adventures on BBC iPlayer. Feels like only yesterday…

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