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With Steven Moffat’s final full series as showrunner now just under a month away, we’re going back to where it all began (for him, at least) as we embark on a mission to discover his best series opener to date.
It only feels like yesterday that the Eleventh Doctor was crash landing in Amelia Pond’s garden, but The Eleventh Hour – Steven’s first episode at the show’s helm – will mark its 7th anniversary next month. The episode kick started a whole new era, and it’s safe to say that the Moff’s series premieres have been getting bigger and better ever since.
Where do you even start when it comes to Steven’s series openers? Over the years they’ve taken us to the shores of Lake Silencio in Utah (thus beginning one of the most mind-bending story arcs in Who history), Victorian London and even inside the Asylum of the Daleks itself. Say what you like about Moffat, but he definitely knows how to kick off a new series with a bang, and he is about to do it one more time when the Doctor returns to our screens on 15th April in The Pilot, with his next companion, Bill Potts, in tow. Get in!
Before that, though, let’s get nostalgic as we take a fond look back at his past premieres. Which has been your favourite? Let us know by voting in the poll below (and for the sake of continuity, we’ve included the mid-series premieres too!) and explain your choice in the comments. The results will be revealed ahead of the premiere of Series 10, so get voting…
The latest special edition of Doctor Who Magazine is now on sale to add to your collection!
The official series ‘companion’ covers the Doctor’s epic 2013 televisual adventures, including the 2012 Christmas Special, The Snowmen, from The Bells of Saint John to The Name of the Doctor, and all the shocks in between.
Compiled by Andrew Pixley, the guide includes unpublished photos and fascinating facts about Series 7: Part 2.
Doctor Who Magazine: The Official Guide to the 2013 Series is on sale now priced £6.99.
To build up to the Eleventh Doctor’s regeneration, we asked you to vote for his all time greatest moment.
On Christmas Day we revealed the winner as THIS moment from The Rings of Akhaten so we recently caught up with the man behind it, writer Neil Cross, to find out more about his inspirations behind the now iconic speech.
It’s made a lasting impression on the fans and discover how the scene made it to the screen below!
Big thank you to Neil for his time. Keep up to date with him on his official website, here.
“I have seen things you wouldn’t believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken, knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze!”
- The Eleventh Doctor in The Rings of Akhaten
The Doctor said it best, as he usually does: “We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay, that’s good – as long as you keep moving, as long as you remember all the people that you used to be.”
What helps me remember all the people I used to be is Doctor Who. My love for the Doctor allows the child I was and the man I’ve become, and all the people in between – the punks and the goths, the would-be writers, the bridegrooms, the young fathers – to see the universe through the same eyes, to find terror and wonder in equal measure.
I think of watching the Third Doctor on my nan’s black and white TV, curled up on her fake fur coat. I think of stumbling round the ugly concrete local shops in Stockwood, South Bristol, chanting “I AM A DALEK”. I think of lying in the darkness as a teenager, tormented by my own imagination: half-hoping, half-terrified that I’d hear the grinding of the TARDIS as it materialised on the pavement outside. I think of watching with my wife and sons as the Tenth Doctor told us he didn’t want to go… and how we wept, because we didn’t want him to go either.
Really, that’s where the final speech in The Rings of Akhaten comes from. It was my love letter to him, to all those moments.
I’m touched and flattered and really quite unbelievably proud that this speech has been chosen by visitors to WhovianNet as their favourite of the Eleventh Doctor’s tenure. But, proud as I am, it’s not really a compliment to me: it’s a compliment to the Doctor, as incarnated by the astounding Matt Smith.
So thank you, visitors to WhovianNet. And thank you, Doctor.
And thank you, Matt. None of us will forget when the Doctor was you.
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As epic and trendsetting (Fez owner, we’re looking at YOU!) the Eleventh Doctor’s era has been, it hasn’t been without a fair share of heartbreak…
And we recommend you get your tissues at the ready as we enter the final leg of our #TopTenOfEleven countdown!
In at 5 is that gut-wrenching moment the Doctor had to lose his best friends after a climactic showdown with the Weeping Angels in The Angels Take Manhattan (2012).
After a skyscraper sacrifice in New York, Amy was faced with a final life-changing choice which saw her leave her TARDIS days behind her to spend the rest of her life with Rory. And so the raggedy man was left alone again. And the nation wept. And wept. And wept.
Follow the latest #TopTenOfEleven developments here and on our Twitter @WhovianNet.
The actress will be back in Saturday’s landmark episode as Kate Stewart, the Brigadier’s daughter, who was introduced in The Power of Three last year. “So, what can I tell you about the 50th anniversary? Well, practically nothing,” she admitted. “But I come across a Dalek. There was no acting required. It was a scarifying moment! I work with more than one Doctor too.”
She also confirmed it would be “wonderful” to reprise the part alongside Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. She explained: “The community of Doctor Who fans have been very kind to me. The Brigadier was such a beloved character so I think people were open to his daughter making an appearance and, hopefully, making some more appearances in the future…”
Jemma has previously teased the episode is both “funny” and also “breaks your heart”. She featured in a scene from the special which aired during Children in Need last week.
The Day of the Doctor premieres globally on TV and in select 3D cinemas this Saturday.
Christmas has arrived early for Doctor Who fans in the UK today as the Complete Series 7 box set is available NOW to buy on DVD and Blu-ray!
Series 7 was as epic as they come as we waved goodbye to old friends, hello to some brand new ones (in Clara’s case – more than once) and saw the Doctor forced to face up to his greatest secret. Oh, the drama!
You can relive it all, from start to finish, with this fantastic 5 disc set which is packed with special features.
Buy the DVD and Blu-ray on Amazon.co.uk and post your reviews of the boxset below.
Who’loween is on its way and to celebrate we’re launching a new competition to give YOU the chance to show off all your Doctor Who inspired costumes and pumpkins!
If you’re attending a party or going trick or treating dressed as a character/monster from the series send us a pic of you in costume to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet it to us using the hashtag #DWCostumes.
The best costume will win a copy of the Series 7 soundtrack.
Similarly, we want to see all of your Doctor Who themed pumpkin carvings! Take a clear close-up photo of your creation and email it to email@example.com or use the #DWPumpkins hashtag. The winning design will also receive a Series 7 soundtrack.
Open worldwide, the closing date for image submissions will be Saturday 2nd November.
Courtesy of Silva Screen WhovianNet has got three copies of the new Series 7 soundtrack to give away!
The album includes a host of Murray Gold’s musical scores, as heard throughout the Doctor’s latest string of adventures, including Goodbye Pond, The Long Song and Remember Me. Read our full review of the soundtrack HERE.
You’ll have THREE chances to get your mitts on a copy over the coming weeks, and here’s your first one!
Simply answer the question below to be entered into the prize draw – the closing date is Wednesday 23rd October and please ensure your email address is correct. Best of luck!
Sorry, this competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!
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