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May 13th, 2015

BAFTA New York and BBC America will be hosting a special celebration to commemorate 10 years of Doctor Who, it has been confirmed.

Tomorrow (14th May), 220 industry professionals will attend a screening of the acclaimed Series 8 episode Listen which will be followed by a Q&A with its writer, and series showrunner, Steven Moffat.

The event will honour a decade of the revived series which marked its 10th anniversary on 26th March 2015.

Doctor Who has been enjoying growing levels of success in the US. The most recent series, Peter Capaldi’s first in role as the Twelfth Doctor, broke ratings records on BBC America by becoming their highest rated season ever with an average audience of 2 million viewers.

April 5th, 2015
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Doctor Who has received a coveted nomination at this year’s honourable Hugo Awards.

Series 8’s critically and fan lauded Listen, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, is shortlisted in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category alongside respective episode’s of The Flesh, Game of Thrones, Grimm and Orphan Black.

The winners will be revealed at the annual ceremony on 22nd August 2015 at the Sasquan convention in Washington.

A Hugo Award is a particularly prestigious accolade as it’s voted for by members of the World Science Fiction Convention. Previous wins for Doctor Who include The Waters of Mars, The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang and The Doctor’s Wife. Fingers crossed!

September 29th, 2014
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We’ve now reached the halfway point of Peter Capaldi’s debut series as the Twelfth Doctor and it’s safe to say that he’s definitely been keeping himself busy since our last series recap!

In Episode 4, Listen, we finally discovered what scares the grand old man of Time and Space when ghosts of past and future crowded into his life, and Clara realised just how dangerous allowing herself to get distracted can be when a date with new beau Danny Pink proved to be a timey-wimey affair which took them to the end of the universe itself…

Next up, Doctor Who met Ocean’s 11 as our heroes faced a Time Heist in the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. On the run from the terrifying guilt-detecting Teller, the TARDIS team fought their way past deadly security and came face to face with the powerful Ms Delphox who was harbouring an almighty secret of her own. They weren’t in it alone, though, as they invested in the help of Psi, a cyber-augmented gamer, and beautiful mutant human Saibra, and, according to the results of our Poll, the majority of you would enjoy having the latter’s shape-shifting ’superpower’!

In his most recent adventure, the Doctor went back to school as he became The Caretaker to overthrow a ploy from robot Skovox Blitzer to destroy all humanity. Two worlds collided for Clara Oswald as her best friend met her boyfriend and it wasn’t long before tensions reached boiling point. Meanwhile, Missy returned to add another cog to our wheel of speculation

Feel free to share your own highlights and low points of the series so far in the comments…

September 21st, 2014
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The final UK rating for Listen has been revealed.

Peter Capaldi’s fourth adventure as the Twelfth Doctor was watched by an official audience of 7.01 million viewers on BBC One, which is once again another considerable increase from its initial overnight of 4.8 million.

The consolidated figure accounts for those who watched the episode within the first 7 days of its transmission. Listen proved to be a huge success among critics too, with the Guardian hailing it as “one of Moffat’s best ever scripts”.

The latest figure also means the new series has yet to dip under the official 7 million mark.

Unravelling the Time Heist – click here to rate & discuss the bank of Karabraxos…

September 19th, 2014
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The results of our Week 4 poll are as follows…

Have you ever dreamt there’s something under your bed?

Yes. (68.2%)

No. (31.8%)

Feel free to discuss the outcome in the comments below. The new series continues tomorrow in Time Heist.

September 14th, 2014
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Just under 5 million viewers tuned in for Listen on BBC One last night.

The unofficial overnight figures reveal that the latest episode was watched by 4.8 million viewers, making Doctor Who the second most watched programme of the day with a total TV audience share of 23.5%.

Doctor Who was once again beaten to the top spot by The X Factor which brought in 8.5 million to ITV. The final rating will be released next week.

“What’s the footstep following, but never passing by?” Click here to Listen again!

September 13th, 2014
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When ghosts of past and future crowd into their lives, the Doctor and Clara are thrown into an adventure that takes them to the very end of the universe. What happens when the Doctor is alone? And what scares the grand old man of Time and Space? Listen!

Danny Pink returned and the scare factor was cranked up to a whole other level as the new series of Doctor Who continued, but was Listen an adventure that was worth tuning in for?

Tonight’s episode was another Steven Moffat spooktacular as he proved once again that the most ordinary of situations can often be the most terrifying. As the Doctor and Clara were thrown to the very end of the universe, ghosts of past and future crowded into their lives, and the grand old man of Time and Space found out what it’s really like to be on your own.

Our latest installment of TARDIS action proved to be a gripping affair filled with timey-wimey twists and turns, and, unlike every door in your house for the foreseeable future (DON’T open the door…), our discussion is now open for you to share your thoughts…

We look forward to hearing your reactions and don’t forget to check out our interview with the director of the episode, Douglas Mackinnon, and vote in this week’s homepage poll.

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments if you haven’t seen Listen. You have been warned!

September 13th, 2014
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Earlier this week we caught up with Douglas Mackinnon, the director of several Doctor Who episodes including Listen, which premieres on BBC One later today.

Douglas told us about how he originally came to be involved with the series and shared some of his favourite memories from behind the scenes. Read his responses below and don’t forget (not that you would, of course!) to tune in to his latest offering on BBC One at 7:30pm tonight…

Q. Hi there, Douglas! Firstly, when did you first realise you had a passion for directing?
A. When I couldn’t see that there was anything else in the world that I could do.

Q. Are there any directors that have particularly inspired you, both in your life and your career?
A. John Ford. Billy Wilder. Jenny Gilbertson. Anyone who steps up and directs, really.

Q. Your first contribution to the Doctor Who universe was the 2008 Sontaran two-parter, The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky. How did your involvement with these episodes come about, and were you already a fan of the series?
A. I’ve been a fan of the series since my childhood, and I’ve been a fan of sci-fi since forever. I love Star Trek, I love Asimov, Arthur, Marvel… But I’d also directed Russell T Davies’ first grown up telly series, the first two episodes of The Grand.

Q. Each episode of Doctor Who is a blank slate in terms of setting, theme and genre. Is this a prospect that is particularly exciting or daunting for you as a director?
A. It’s only ever exciting, and never daunting. It’s a privilege.

Q. What are your favourite memories and moments from working on Doctor Who? We know it’s probably difficult to choose!
A. There’s a big, black, soft leather sofa in the dubbing suite where I get to see my complete episode for the first time – totally completed, when all the pictures are done, and all the sound is done. I also love the moment you get a script for the first time and get to read what you’re going to do, and I love the email or the phone call from someone asking, “Would you like to do another episode?” I love working with the cast and crew, and I love sitting down and watching one of my episodes going out for the first time, knowing that the audience is watching along out there. Oh, and my first day on the TARDIS, with David. He came up and said, “We’ve all been where you are now. You’re eight but you also have to be a grown up. I’d start with a wide shot”.

Q. Drawing from your own experiences, what is the one piece of advice you would give to any aspiring directors reading this?
Make things, don’t just talk about making things.

Q. Finally, have you got any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
I’m waiting for that call…

New series, new Doctor, new adventures. Click here for all the latest on Series 8!

September 13th, 2014
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The new series of Doctor Who has seen its fair share of drama already and tonight it’s high time to crank it up a notch as the Twelfth Doctor’s adventures continue.

In our latest visit to the TARDIS, the Doctor and Clara find themselves at the end of the universe when ghosts of past and future crowd into their lives. But what happens when the Doctor is alone?

Get ready to Listen at 7:30pm on BBC One and join us after – from 8:20pm – to have your say in our discussion.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the latest trailers, picture and previews and read our exclusive interview with the episode’s director, Douglas Mackinnon, here.

New series, new Doctor, new adventures. Click here for all the latest on Series 8!

September 12th, 2014
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It’s Friday which means a brand new Doctor Who episode is now just a day away – and you can watch a preview clip from it right here!

In Listen, the Doctor and Clara are thrown into an adventure that takes them to the very end of the universe when ghosts of past and future crowd into the their lives. But what really happens when the Doctor is alone?

Find out tomorrow night on BBC One at 7:30pm. Something tells us this is gonna be a spooky one…

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