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July 22nd, 2017

Penguin Random House has renewed their “important and successful” partnership with BBC Books to continue publishing Doctor Who content until at least 2019, it has been confirmed.

As The Bookseller reports, the new two series deal – which includes all formats including non-fiction, fiction, activity, novelty, audio and the annual – will coincide with Jodie Whittaker’s inception as the Thirteenth Doctor, which the head of publishing, Jan Paterson, has described as “an exciting new era” for the show.

He added: “We have a long history of publishing alongside Doctor Who so we are really delighted to be able to continue.”

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July 18th, 2017
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The specially recorded scene announcing Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor has so far been viewed over 16 million times online, it has been revealed.

Following its televisual debut after the Wimbledon’s Men’s final on Sunday, which was seen by 4.6 million viewers, the historic clip has been watched 9.8 million times on the BBC One Facebook, with an additional 2.5 million views on the show’s official Twitter account, making it the most successful Doctor Who related tweet all of time.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “To see the overwhelmingly positive response to the news that Jodie Whittaker will star as the Thirteenth Doctor, and that the reveal has had over 16 million views online so far, is phenomenal. It is exhilarating to see the series engaging on so many levels and I can’t wait to see her in action on BBC One at Christmas.”

Jodie has said that playing the first female Doctor will be “completely overwhelming”.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide.

July 16th, 2017
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After months of speculation, Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who.

As the first female to officially (sorry, Joanna Lumley!) portray the iconic role, the actress will make her debut as the Time Lord in this year’s Christmas Special.

She said: “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with every Whovian on the planet. It’s more than an honour which means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope.”

Her era will be overseen by incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall, who she has previously worked with on his ITV drama Broadchurch. Chris has described Jodie as his “number one choice”, adding: “I always knew I wanted the next Doctor to be a woman. Jodie’s audition blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and she will bring wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

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Peter Capaldi, who will be handing over the TARDIS keys to Jodie in the festive adventure, commented: “Anyone who’s seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she’s a wonderful actress of great individuality. Above all, she has the huge heart to play this special part.”

What a day! Discuss your reactions to the historic news in the comments below…

July 16th, 2017
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It only feels like yesterday that Peter Capaldi was being sworn in as the Twelfth Doctor, but time really does fly when you’re having fun because it’s already over three years later and his successor is about to be unveiled…

The Thirteenth Doctor will be officially announced after the Wimbledon’s men’s singles final on BBC One this afternoon, and as always WhovianNet is here to keep you up to date with all of the latest developments as and when they occur. Get involved with the festivities in the comments below or via the hashtag #WhovianNetLive.

The Chris Chibnall era is about to begin as Number 13 is revealed unto the world!

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1:14pm: As it stands, Kris Marshall, Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Jodie Whittaker are the top #13thDoctor favourites. Discuss. #WhovianNetLive #DoctorWho

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July 16th, 2017
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After weeks and months of fevered speculation, it’s hard to believe that we’re now just hours away from finding out the identity of the Thirteenth Doctor.

Now that Peter Capaldi has filmed his final scenes for this year’s Christmas Special, the new Chris Chibnall era is about to mark its first milestone with the announcement of its honourable hero. And as first milestones go, this is a pretty big one. It’s the most closely guarded secret in TV, but who is about to take over the mantle of TV’s favourite Time Lord? Here’s our list of the most popular candidates…

Kris Marshall

Well, we might as well start with the most obvious. You’d have to have been living under a rock to not know that Kris Marshall has been front-running the race since betting was suspended on him back in March. All he did was quit his leading role in Death in Paradise – which he starred in for three series – at the same time that Peter Capaldi announced his departure (coincidence?), and all of a sudden it was common knowledge – albeit the type that isn’t based on any actual facts – that the My Family star was taking over the TARDIS. He denied it, of course, but actors lying about their involvement in Doctor Who is basically rule one.

Tom Weston-Jones

Speculation about who will take on the guise of the Thirteenth Doctor has been rife since Peter revealed that he was stepping down, but the rumours have actually been flying a lot longer than that.

Back in January 2016, Tom Weston-Jones emerged as a very early favourite to take over the show’s reigns from its incumbent incarnation, who was at that point yet to even confirm his exit. Why waste time, eh?

Not much has been heard from the Dickensian actor since, but we’re still keeping an eye on him…

Idris Elba

Because let’s face it, which role isn’t Idris Elba in the running for? His name is guaranteed to pop up whenever a new Doctor is waiting in the wings (or whenever there’s a vacancy in any other show/film ever), so it’s no surprise to see him back on the board this time round. He has secured the support of Series 9 guest star Maisie Williams, who reckons the Luther star would bring a “really cool” vibe to the temperament of TV’s favourite Time Lord. He might just have bigger fish to fry, though, if these ever persistent Bond rumours amount to anything. Franchises, eh? You can’t front ‘em all.

Tilda Swinton

While the call for a female Doctor is by no means a new notion, the campaign certainly seems to have intensified for Number 13. It’s an unlucky number for some but it definitely wouldn’t be for Tilda Swinton (erm, that’s the Academy Award winning Tilda Swinton to you), who has been feverishly flying the flag to become the first ever female Doctor – whether she wants to be or not. She’s got Ingrid Oliver’s blessing, and Billie Piper has also gone on record to state that casting anybody but a female would “be a snub”. Wow, Billie. Tell us what you really think, why don’t you? Jokes. She’s Rose Tyler and she can say whatever she bloody wants, you hear me?!

Damien Molony

No stranger to the reputable realms of cult TV fantasy, Damien Molony is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Hal Yorke in the BBC Three series Being Human. The show gave him plenty of things to get his teeth into (ICYMI, he was a vampire), so much so that creator Toby Whithouse thinks he has more than paid his dramatic dues to take on the mighty Time Lord baton, describing him as a “terrific” actor. Toby, who is a frequent Doctor Who writer, has also named Chiwetel Ejiofor as his second choice. But if he returns to pen an adventure for Series 11, will he be writing for his dream Doctor? Time will tell. It usually does.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Having just finished filming the upcoming untitled Han Solo film, due to hit cinemas next May, it looks like Phoebe Waller-Bridge has set her sights on conquering another formidable sci-fi franchise, now that she’s been bitten by the bug. That is, if the recent claim that she’s been cast as the Thirteenth Doctor isn’t just another case of clickbait…

The actress received a flurry of bets to her name back in April and her proposed casting was even picked up on a recent episode of Newsnight which suggested that she had “accidentally outed herself” during an online interview. Oops.

Sacha Dhawan

If you recognise Sacha Dhawan, it’s probably because he contributed to the 50th anniversary festivities back in 2013 when he portrayed Doctor Who’s first ever director, Waris Hussein, in the docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time. Having already left his mark on the Whoniverse, he might just be about to take over the whole show, but he’s just as “honoured” to have even be considered. “It’s quite a lot of pressure,” he said earlier this year. “But I think I’d bring something exciting to it.” It’s better to have been rumoured to be the next Doctor, than to never have been rumoured to be the next Doctor at all. They say that, right?

Jodie Whittaker

Last but by no means least is a relatively late entry to the race, but a serious contender nonetheless.

Like, a seriously serious contender. In fact, Jodie Whittaker is currently the bookies’ joint favourite to take over the role, which puts her neck in neck with Kris Marshall as far as the whimsical world of betting is concerned.

It’s worth pointing out that she’s worked with Chris Chibnall before, too, having starred as the formidable Beth Latimer in his acclaimed crime drama, Broadchurch. But is she about to be entrusted with the keys to the TARDIS?

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

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…

April 2nd, 2017
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Move over Kris Marshall, Tilda SwintonTom Weston-Jones and <insert latest rumoured actor/actress’ name here>, there’s a new Thirteenth Doctor favourite in town.

As BBC News reports, the most recent name to enter the running is Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is known for her previous roles in Broadchurch, Glue and the 2016 comedy Fleabag, which she also wrote. She is also set to star in the currently untitled Han Solo film, which means that she probably won’t have time to commandeer the TARDIS, too. But hey, you just never know with these things…

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

March 20th, 2017
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Toby Whithouse has revealed his ideal candidate for the 13th Doctor in a new interview with Digital Spy.

The writer, who recently confirmed that he’s penned the final instalment of an upcoming Series 10 three-parter, suggested that Being Human actor Damien Molony would be “terrific” as Peter Capaldi’s successor in the iconic role. “He’s a fantastic actor,” he said. “He would be my choice, or Chiwetel Ejiofor.”

He added that while it will be “a real shame” to see Peter go, he fully understands his decision to vacate the TARDIS.

He explained: “He’s been absolutely incredible as the Doctor, and he’s just the loveliest guy you’ll ever meet. He came on to the show to work with Steven Moffat, so I get it. But he’s an amazing ambassador. It’s something that’s been so important to him his whole life, so he understands the importance of the show and appreciates how treasured and loved it is.”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Are you familiar with Damien Moloney’s work? Do you agree that he would make a terrific Time Lord? Share your thoughts in the comments…

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

March 17th, 2017
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Sacha Dhawan has responded to recent speculation that he is in the running to become the Thirteenth Doctor.

The actor – who Doctor Who fans will recognise for his portrayal of the show’s first director, Waris Hussein, in the 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time – told Radio Times that he feels “honoured” to even be considered. “That alone is good enough,” he said. “But oh my God, I would absolutely love to do it. Who wouldn’t? It’s Doctor Who! It’d be incredibly nerve-wracking, though. It’s quite a lot of pressure. But I think I’d bring something exciting to it.”

The Thirteenth Doctor is expected to make his/her debut in this year’s Christmas Special. Other rumoured names include Kris Marshall, Tilda Swinton and Tom Weston-Jones.

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

March 4th, 2017
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An intriguing development in the ongoing 13th Doctor saga has surfaced today as bookies have suspended bets on Kris Marshall being cast as Peter Capaldi’s successor.

The actor – who will be best known for his roles in My Family and Death in Paradise (the latter of which he has just left… coincidence…?!) – is currently the new favourite to take over the TARDIS after “a surge of punters” backed him as the next Time Lord. Such a spike usually suggests some sort of insider knowledge, which is certainly interesting. Especially as we’ve been told that “nothing has yet been decided”

Hmmm. The plot thickens. Who even knows what to think anymore?! But let us know how you reckon Kris would fair as our honourable hero in the comments, just for the hell of it…

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