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March 16th, 2017
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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…

POLL: What's your favourite Steven Moffat series opener to date?

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

April 1st, 2016
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Michelle Gomez has been nominated for a BAFTA TV award for her praised portrayal of Missy in Doctor Who.

The actress was introduced as the first ever incarnation of the Master in Series 8 before returning with a vengeance in last year’s Series 9 premiere, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar. Her performance as the renegade Time Lady has been recognised by BAFTA in this year’s Supporting Actress category, in which she faces competition from Eleanor Worthington-Cox (The Enfield Haunting), Chanel Cresswell (This is England ‘90) and Lesley Manville (River).

We’d like to wish Michelle the best of luck! The results will be revealed when the ceremony is broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 8th May 2016 on BBC One. It’s recently been teased by Steven Moffat that Missy will be back for more fun in Series 10.

December 30th, 2015
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Steven Moffat has dropped a cryptic hint to suggest that Missy will be returning to Doctor Who in 2016.

During a Q&A session recently, the showrunner revealed that fans “should definitely expect more from her in the future”, seemingly confirming that the renegade Time Lady will be back to fight another day in Series 10. Michelle Gomez was introduced as the first female incarnation of the Master during Series 8 before making her grand comeback in Series 9’s two-part premiere, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, earlier this year.

Steven also teased that a forthcoming Series 10 episode will be set on “an ancient world”.

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

August 2nd, 2015
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Jenna Coleman has revealed that it “would’ve felt wrong” to leave Doctor Who at the end of the last series.

Although her on screen alter ego, Clara Oswald, parted ways with the Doctor at the end of Series 8’s finale, Death in Heaven, she returned in Last Christmas before stepping back aboard the TARDIS full time for Series 9. The actress told io9 that the temptation to work with Peter Capaldi again was too strong. “Our working relationship is so exciting and it really pushes me,” she said. “Series 8 was about discovering our new dynamic and this year we can take it even further.”

While Steven Moffat has teased that a “complicated” journey awaits the impossible girl in Series 9, which begins on 19th September, Jenna insists that it’s all about the adventure. She explained: “Her perspective has changed after losing Danny. She’s still grieving for him but she’s no longer living the double life between Earth and space. She throws herself head first into the TARDIS to run as fast as she can towards danger. It all gets pretty scary, too.”

Got something to say about Series 9? Get it off your chest in our new discussion…

July 29th, 2015
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The director of Series 8’s finale has responded to complaints regarding its US cinema screenings.

It’s been confirmed that Dark Water and Death in Heaven will be shown on the big screen in 3D in over 700 theaters across America as part of a special one-off event to coincide with the Series 9 premiere in September. However, the BBC received inevitable criticism when they later affirmed that they won’t be hosting similar screenings in the UK. “I saw a lot of disappointed comments,” Rachel Talaley has posted on Tumblr. “So I asked this question in the office today.”

She elaborated: “I was told that the cinemas are the problem. The BBC would love to show it but the few screens that have Dolby Atmos did not ask for it. Fan requests to UGC and/or IMAX might have an effect, but the USA has enjoyed growing success with event cinema.”

Are you a disappointed fan in the UK? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

“Say something nice” (or not) about the Series 8 finale in our episode discussion!

July 29th, 2015
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The Series 8 finale of Doctor Who will enter a new dimension later this year when it heads to big screens across the US, it has been announced.

BBC Worldwide and Fathom Events have organised the special one-off event, hosted by Will Wheaton, which will present last year’s climactic two-part story, Dark Water and Death in Heaven, in 3D and Dolby Atmos in over 700 cinemas across America. In addition, the screening will also include a brand new Series 9 prequel, The Doctor’s Meditation, plus an exclusive interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

It will take place on September 15th and 16th 2015 at 7:30pm (local time) and tickets can be purchased online - here - from Friday (31st July). Let us know if you’ll be going below…

“Say something nice” (or not) about the Series 8 finale in our episode discussion!

July 24th, 2015
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BBC Worldwide is currently working to convert the Series 8 finale – Dark Water and Death in Heaven – into 3D for an individual Blu-ray release, according to reports.

Although it hasn’t been officially announced, rumours suggest that it will be released on 22nd September 2015 to coincide with the premiere of Series 9 on 19th September. It would be Doctor Who’s second 3D Blu-ray release after the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, in December 2013. As always, stick with WhovianNet as we’ll be bringing you the latest developments as and when they occur.

“Say something nice” (or not) about the Series 8 finale in our episode discussion!

June 25th, 2015
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Ingrid Oliver has revealed that she’s still overwhelmed by the fandom’s rapturous reaction to her Doctor Who alter ego.

The actress and comedian made her debut as UNIT scientist Osgood in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, before returning – and subsequently dying – in last year’s Series 8 finale, Death in Heaven. “When I died, I was like ‘Oh. That’s a shame’,” she told the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, on sale today. “I made the decision to go out, and then I got a text from my agent saying, ‘You’re trending on Twitter!’ It was absolute insanity to me.”

Death is not in an option in Doctor Who, of course, as she’ll be back alongside the Zygons in Series 9. She will also join Jemma Redgrave in Big Finish’s forthcoming UNIT spin off.

Are you a fan of Osgood, and are you glad to see her again? Let us know in the comments!

Got something to say about Series 9? Get it off your chest in our new discussion…

June 10th, 2015
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As production on Series 9 continues, the BBC has confirmed the identity of Episode 10’s mystery writer.

Fans were left to speculate who would be penning the episode when a picture of their name was cryptically omitted from a recent picture of the script. Now it has been announced that it is Sarah Dollard whose previous credits include The Game and Being Human. “Getting to play in the Doctor Who toy box is a dream come true,” she said. “It’s an honour to contribute to a show that has brought me such joy as a fan. However, some days I’ve been too excited to sit down and type!”

The episode, which is directed by Justin Molotnikov, is being filmed now and will feature the return of Joivan Wade as Rigsy, the young graffiti artist who appeared in Flatline last year.

The Doctor will return in The Magician’s Apprentice – click HERE for all the latest!

May 18th, 2015
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The official Doctor Who Series 8 soundtrack has been released today (Monday).

Although it goes without saying, Murray Gold delivered yet another spectacular array of musical scores to accompany the long awaited arrival of Peter Capaldi as our titular Time Lord. The soundtrack catapulted the Twelfth Doctor’s first string of adventures into new levels of cinematic scale and his new theme in particular, A Good Man?, helped to set the tone for his era by establishing him as an honourable hero that’s not to be reckoned with. Just look at those eyebrows go!

The brand new soundtrack compiles the highlights – and then some – as it takes listeners on a thrilling journey through each episode, from the Victorian backdrop of Deep Breath to the festive wonderment of Last Christmas. Along the way, fans will recount their visit to Sherwood forest and their heart-stopping encounter with the Mummy on the Orient Express, while the atmospheric tones of Time Heist will set pulses racing all over again.

A special mention to the Doctor Who theme, complete with a mesmerising middle eight, but it all builds up to the climactic series finale, Dark Water/Deep Breath, which was made even more so by Murray’s music. It makes you laugh, cry and send you screaming behind the sofa (usually all at once!), and Doctor Who fans wouldn’t want it any other way.

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