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It’s the question that’s dominating Whovian discussion all over the world, and just about every other discussion, too.
Following last month’s shock announcement that Peter Capaldi will be leaving Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special, our attention has already turned to who will or might be cast as his successor, despite the fact he’ll be sticking around for another 13 episodes.
And, of course, amidst the flurry of potential candidates, the inevitable debate has once again been sparked…
Should the Thirteenth Doctor be a female? Well, Ladbrokes certainly seem to think so – they currently have 7/2 odds on it being Oscar winner Tilda Stinton, and the campaign for a Time Lady has recently been backed by former companion Billie Piper who thinks sticking with tradition would “be a snub”. But what do YOU think? We’d love to hear your opinions on the matter at hand, so vote in the poll below and be sure to join the friendly debate in the comments section. Hopefully it will give us an idea of the general consensus, if there even is one! Either way, it’s a topic that will keep us all talking for the foreseeable…
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We’re now officially 9 weeks away from the arrival of Series 10 of Doctor Who, which will officially kick off on BBC One on Saturday 15th April 2017.
That’s the first – if not the most important – thing we know about it; it’s air date, which the BBC has announced a lot earlier than usual to ensure that anticipation can reach an all time high as we eagerly await the Time Lord’s momentous return. It makes sense, really, seeing as he’s only appeared on our screen once in the last 14 months (not including his cameo in Class), so it’s about time he was back for good.
Capaldi’s comeback will be bittersweet this time around, of course, as it’s been announced that he’ll be handing over the reigns to the TARDIS in this year’s Christmas Special. Series 10 will be our last chance to enjoy a full series of his angry eyebrows, but you’ll be happy to hear that it’s already shaping up to be one of the best string of adventures yet. Here’s why…
Same Doctor, new companion!
It’s hard to remember a time when Pearl Mackie wasn’t being described as the “incoming companion”, and when Series 10 finally hits our screens on 15th April, it will nearly have been a whole year since her announcement during the FA Cup semi-final (and we’re still not over how random that whole thing was!).
It feels like we know her so well already, though, owing to the fact that she was introduced to us in the form of a specially recorded scene, and the first Series 10 trailer reformed that she’s in for one hell of a ride. She’s cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in. Oh, and she serves chips. Bill Potts is ready. Are you?
All good things must come to an end
And Doctor Who fans know that better than most. We’ve already mentioned that Peter will be handing over the keys to the TARDIS this December (because nothing says festive spirit like getting your heart ripped to pieces on Christmas Day…) and, for the sake of our own emotional stability, we won’t bring it up again. Probably.
Peter won’t be the only one on his way out this yuletide season, though, as Steven Moffat will also be putting his unique creative stamp on the Whoniverse for the last time.
The 2017 Christmas Special will be his final episode as head writer and showrunner, and a little bird (ok, it was the raven that killed Clara – he’s actually quite nice, when you get to know him…) told us that he’s got some pretty big stuff planned for his final series.
Looking at everything he’s done to the series during his tenure thus far, we would expect nothing less. Bring it on!
Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer…
Part of the unequivocal joy of watching each new series of Doctor Who is meeting the menagerie of malevolent monsters that the universe has to offer, and Steven has never been one to do this by halves.
His imagination (which, quite obviously, has no bounds) has plucked up a host of formidable foes over the year and this looks set to continue in Series 10 as the Doctor and Bill will be coming face to face with some of the darkest forces that the show has ever seen. Unless they put it on at 6:30pm again.
Seriously, though, if tabloid reports are to be believed, a Thames-dwelling snake monster, giant woodlice and killer robots with emoji faces are just some of the bodacious baddies that our honourable heroes will be encountering in the new series. By the sounds of it, they’ll have an awful lot of running to do. Well, duh…
…especially the old ones!
Because the past is never out of sight for too long when the Doctor is concerned. It won’t just be new foes that will be doing their best to send us screaming behind the sofa in Series 10, as we’ll be reunited with some old ones, too!
As confirmed in Friends from the Future, the Daleks will be back ‘n’ bad at some point or another (but at this stage, they’re basically a given), and it’s just been confirmed that the Ice Warriors will also be making a comeback for the first time since their original NuWho debut back in Series 7.
And then, of course, there’s Missy. The Time Lady we all love to hate has once again set her sights on destroying the Doctor’s life, and seeing as this is the Twelfth Doctor’s final series (damn, we brought it up again – sorry!), the chance that she may/may not be playing a part in his impending regeneration is a fact that leaves us feeling particularly uneasy, to say the least. Only time will tell, of course. It always does…
And it’s just as exciting behind the camera…
With the Doctor’s 2017 on screen shenanigans shaping up to the biggest and most explosive to date, it seems that Steven Moffat has been pulling out all the stops behind the scenes, too. Well, he was never going to go out quietly, was he?
Things are looking very exciting indeed in the writing department, with regular contributors such as Mark Gatiss, Toby Whithouse and Jamie Mathieson all confirmed to be returning. Fresh from killing Clara in Series 9, Sarah Dollard will also be back to pen another adventure, while Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Mike Bartlett have also put pen to paper to help us see the universe anew. Classic and NuWho are also set to collide in a way never seen; Rona Munro, who wrote the 1989 serial Survival, has returned to write an episode of Series 10.
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Ok, so Peter Capaldi hasn’t even left yet, but it’s practically impossible to avoid all of the ongoing speculation surrounding his successor, so we thought we might as well get involved!
Besides, it’s been a hot topic of conversation since before his departure was even announced, with Tom Weston-Jones emerging as a very early favourite to take over the TARDIS back in January of last year. Now that Peter’s exit is an undeniable reality, though, the time has come once again to put forward who you think would make for a reputable replacement.
And where do you even begin? In the build up to the Thirteenth Doctor’s unveiling, it’s safe to say that every name under the sun will be put forward as a potential candidate, and it would seem that the sky’s the limit when it comes to predicting an incoming Time Lord.
Don’t worry, though, because here is where you can discuss and dissect your pick of dream Doctors, from the realistic to the downright bonkers. Whether it’s wishful thinking or if you genuinely believe your choice has got what it takes to become our latest defender of the universe, let us know who has already got your vote in that there comments section below.
Should the new Doctor be an established actor or a relatively unknown? Do you agree with Billie Piper that a female Doctor would be a “timely” move, or has the franchise fixated a televisual tradition that should never be broken? Whatever you’ve got to say, here is the place to say it! There are exciting times ahead. On Christmas Day 2017, he/she’s a-comin’!
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Ah, 2017. The year in which we’ll finally get a brand new full series of Doctor Who, after last year’s prolonged hiatus. It’s not all bad news, is it?
The truth is, though, even if Doctor Who isn’t on our screens, its cast members are always popping up in one thing or another. Oftentimes, our favourite stars of time and space bid farewell to the world’s longest running sci-fi series and go on to achieve bigger and better things. In fact, the next 12 months are already bursting at the brim with shows and films featuring our honourable heroes.
For a taste of what’s to come, here are just 5 of WhovianNet’s top picks of things starring Doctor Who actors that you should definitely be watching in 2017. From dramas on the small and big screen, it turns out there really is life after the TARDIS after all… Who knew?!
1. David Tennant in the Final Series of Broadchurch
Everybody loves a murder mystery and they don’t get much better – and not to mention mysterious – than this.
Doctor Who fans know painfully well that all good things must come to an end and 2017 will be the final curtain call for everybody’s favourite detective duo (OK, second favourite – sorry Sherlock and Watson!) as Broadchurch returns to ITV for its third and last series.
David Tennant has established a habit for fronting critically acclaimed dramas but nobody could’ve predicted how much of a storm this particular one would go on to make when it first aired back in 2013. Alex Hardy and Ellie Miller made for must see TV and even Torchwood’s very own Eve Myles joined the party for Series 2. Other familiar Whoniverse faces include Arthur Darvill, Jonathan Bailey and Meera Syal.
If previous series are anything to go by, it’s impossible to predict what Series 3 will have in store, but we’re sure incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall will have some last minute shocks and surprises up his sleeve. As the tagline affirms, “Here we suffered grief and pain. Here we meet to part again”.
It’s gonna be totes emosh.
David’s return in Broadchurch Series 3 is set to air on ITV next month. Series 1 and 2 are available to buy and download.
2. Jenna Coleman in Series 2 of Victoria
Jenna Coleman broke the heart of the nation when she faced the raven at the end of Series 9 (we’re still not over it!), but her fans didn’t have much time to miss her as she was back on our screens before they could say “Run, you clever boy…”.
The actress went from one epic drama to another when she took on the guise of Queen Victoria herself in ITV’s 8-part drama. The series depicted the ups and downs of Britain’s then longest serving monarch (apparently, it isn’t as easy at it looks!) and it proved to be such a hit that it’ll be returning for a second series and a festive special later this year. Because nothing quite says Christmas like a visit to Buckingham Palace. God save our gracious Queen!
Jenna’s performance received particular praise, so much so that she’s nominated at this year’s National Television Awards, where the series itself is also up for Most Popular Period Drama. Whovians, you know what to do…
Victoria returns for its second series later this year. Series 1 is available to buy and download.
3. Matt Smith in Series 2 of The Crown
If you’ve already binge-watched this epic new Netflix series, then you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. If you haven’t (where the hell have you been?!), then you’ve still got plenty of time to catch up before the already eagerly anticipated second series drops in November.
In a nutshell, the series depicts the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the Eleventh Doctor actor completes the royal line up as her honourable husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetites, the first series has just won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, which is basically like a televisual knighthood. There was a Best Actress gong for its leading lady, Claire Foy, too, so you’re in good hands. Maybe Matt will be able to take home a prize for Series 2…
Series 2 of The Crown will be released globally on Netflix in November. Series 1 is available to stream now.
4. Freema Agyeman in Series 2 of Sense8
From one Netflix hit to another! It really is the place to be at the moment, isn’t it?
If you’re a fan of the Matrix trilogy, you’ve no doubt already jumped on the ever growing Sense8 bandwagon (it was written and produced by the creators of the Keanu Reeves helmed franchise), but it’s never too late to join the party, especially as its second series is just around the corner.
The ambitious sci-fi drama follows the lives of eight strangers across the world who suddenly become linked mentally, but there’s at least one familiar face in the ensemble as Freema Agyeman plays series regular Amanita who is about as kick ass as they get. Plus, her hair is purple. What more could you possibly want?!
Viewer discretion is advised…
See Freema in Sense8 Series 2 when it’s released globally on Netflix on 5th May 2017. Series 1, and the 2016 Christmas Special, are available to stream now.
5. Karen Gillan in the new Jumanji
It’s been hard to keep up with Karen Gillan since she bid farewell to the TARDIS back in 2012. After deciding that one formidable fantasy franchise just wasn’t enough, she took on the role of malevolent mercenary Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (she’s the blue one!) and somehow found the time to front her own US sitcom along the way. Because why the hell not?
This year, though, it’s all about reinvention. The Amy Pond actress has joined the cast of the upcoming Jumanji continuation which will introduce the iconic 1995 adventure, starring the late Robin Williams, to a new generation. And let’s face it, all of its existing fans are pretty damn excited, too.
If that wasn’t enough, she’ll be co-starring alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Nick Jonas in the fantasy adventure, in which her character, Martha, will be transformed into an amazonian warrior when she’s sucked into the game for those who seek to find a way to leave the world behind. And yes, there has already been controversy about what she’ll be wearing in the jungle (see above). It’s like 2010 all over again…
Karen returns to the big screen in Jumanji on 22nd December 2017.
Which of the above are you most looking forward to? And are there any other TV series or films starring Doctor Who actors that you’re excited to watch this year? Let us know below!
Now that it’s past midnight in the UK (if you’re somewhere else in the world, you may need a TARDIS to catch us up!), we’d just like to wish a very Happy New Year to all of our visitors.
Although there was no full series of Doctor Who to occupy our minds in 2016 (it’s been like 2009 all over again…), it still turned out to be a pretty exciting 12 months for our fantastic fandom, and you can take a look back at all of the biggest stories to hit the headlines in our Year in Review. Be sure to let us know your personal highlights in the comments!
Looking to the future, though, it’s business as usual in 2017 as we enter Steven Moffat’s final year as showrunner. Series 10 will hit our screens in the spring and we can’t wait to see what shocks and surprises it has in store. 2017 is also a big year for us, as WhovianNet will be celebrating its tenth year online. That’s a whole decade of bringing you the latest Doctor Who news, discussions and more. Gosh. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?!
Thank you for sticking with us throughout 2016 and stay tuned as we bring you the latest news in the build up to Series 10. Here’s to 2017, and seeing the universe anew… Cheers!
With the new year just around the corner, it’s a great excuse to get nostalgic as we take a fond look back at the timey-wimey thrills that the last 12 months have brought our way.
And let’s be honest, it wasn’t looking good. 2016 began with the Earth-shattering announcement that we would only be getting one Doctor Who episode and, faced with the concept of another dreaded ‘gap year’, we were left wondering how the hell we were going to manage without a full series…
Somehow, though, we made it through the darkness.
Despite the lack of on screen action, 2016 has still been a brilliant year to be a Doctor Who fan. We got a brand new spin off, Class, as another one, Torchwood, turned 10 years old, and even the Eighth Doctor came along for the festivities as the 1996 TV Movie marked its 20th anniversary. Series 10 began filming in Cardiff with a new companion, Pearl Mackie, and… well, why don’t you take a trip down memory lane to remember the rest of the best?
January (WhovianNet news posts: 28)
After Doctor Who bid farewell to 2015 with the bittersweet tale of The Husbands of River Song, fans were left to anticipate the brand new adventures that 2016 would have in store.
Going into the new year, we didn’t actually know when the Doctor would be back on our screens, but all of our questions were soon answered when, on 22nd January, it was announced that Steven Moffat would be stepping down from his role as showrunner – to be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall – after Series 10. But guess what else? It was also confirmed that Series 10 wouldn’t be airing until 2017, meaning that only one episode, the Christmas Special, would be airing in 2016. It was going to be a long year…
Also in January, resurfacing rumours abound that Peter Capaldi would too be stepping down after one more year in the TARDIS, as Tom Weston-Jones emerged as a very early favourite to be cast as his successor. Meanwhile, John Hurt was Doctor Who Magazine’s new year cover star to promote the forthcoming War Doctor Big Finish audio adventures. And we thought we’d never see him again after The Day of the Doctor!
February (WhovianNet news posts: 18)
Love was in the air in February with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and Cupid certainly worked his magic for fans of Lucie Miller when it was confirmed that Sheridan Smith would be reprising her role as the popular Eighth Doctor companion for a new Big Finish audio adventure. Welcome back, Lucie!
Elsewhere, Peter Capaldi was making the most of his extended break from filming by travelling to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees on behalf of the UN Refugee Agency, while back on home turf he lent his hand to the junior doctor’s Wear Your NHS campaign. You can always count on Capaldi.
Following Jenna Coleman’s departure in the last series, everybody was talking about the identity of her replacement, with EastEnders actress Rakhee Thakrar already being hotly tipped to take on the prestigious companion role. As always, only time would tell…
March (WhovianNet news posts 16)
It only felt like yesterday that our impossible girl, Clara Oswald, had bid adieu to the TARDIS (her final series landed on DVD and Blu-ray this month), but there was hardly any time to miss her as her real life alter ego wasn’t off our screens for long. On 27th March, ITV debuted the trailer for her first post-Who project, Victoria, in which Jenna was to take on the guise of Britain’s then longest serving monarch.
Back in the Whoniverse, the series went and broke another Guinness World Record when 492 cosplaying Whovians descended upon a Mexican convention to partake in the largest gathering of fans dressed as character’s from the same show. Which is a real thing, apparently. This fandom never ceases to amaze us…
Meanwhile, River Song was back (again!) as Big Finish revealed that she’d be teaming up with not one but two Classic Doctors in a new audio range and, with the anticipated new spin off, Class, just around the corner, speculation was rife that the Time Lord’s current incarnation himself was set to make an appearance. Well, he’s never been one to miss out on a party…
April (WhovianNet news posts: 25)
Speaking of Class, we got the first episode title back in April when its star Katherine Kelly – whose character name was also revealed as Miss Quill – treated her Twitter followers to a behind the scenes picture of a script. OK, so the title, ‘The Prom’, had changed by the time the episode transmitted, but it was still exciting at the time.
The biggest story of the month (and, admittedly, the one we should’ve started with), was the long awaited unveiling of Pearl Mackie as the brand new Doctor Who companion, Bill. Never one to make a Doctor Who announcement quietly, the BBC opted to reveal the news in the form a specially recorded scene which was premiered during the FA Cup semi-final on 23rd April for some reason. Still, fans were overjoyed to have one of their first (and last) Doctor Who doses of the year, and they even threw in a Dalek for good measure. Because why the hell not?
Meanwhile, fans were saying lots of nice things about Michelle Gomez when her praised portrayal of Missy landed her a prestigious BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Spoilers: she didn’t win), as David Tennant and Catherine Take took over DWM to coincide with the release of their new Big Finish audio series. The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble also had a new novel coming out, too. It was like 2008 all over again…
May (WhovianNet news posts: 19)
John Barrowman got tongues wagging (which, we know, is so unlike him!) in May when he revealed that he was about to return to Cardiff for some Doctor Who/Torchwood related shenanigans, which turned out to be the recording of a new Big Finish adventure co-starring Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler.
Christmas also came early for fans when Character Options unveiled the brand new Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver toy (it lit up and everything!) and Michelle Gomez sent the forums into meltdown when she let slip during a convention Q&A that Missy would be returning in Series 10. DWM also celebrated its landmark 500th issue by giving readers the chance to vote for their favourite cover.
June (WhovianNet news posts: 11)
We’d reached the halfway point of the year and there wasn’t a Doctor Who episode in sight, but thankfully the cast and crew had begun working their little socks off in Cardiff as the cameras finally rolled up on Series 10.
To mark the auspicious occasion, the Doctor’s incoming BFF was pictured on location as it was announced that she’d be joined in the TARDIS by Matt Lucas (reprising his role as Nardole from the 2015 Christmas Special), and Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Sarah Dollard were confirmed as the first writers.
Meanwhile, in the same month that Penelope ‘Harriet Jones’ Wilton (yes, we know who she is…) was knighted by the Queen, there was a social media frenzy when Karen Gillan, Billie Piper and Michelle Gomez collectively got with the times by finally joining Instagram. Better late then never eh, girls?
July (WhovianNet news posts: 11)
July saw David Tennant become a fully-fledged doctor (no, seriously!) when he was the recipient of an honorary acting degree awarded by his old drama school in Glasgow. His career reached its peak, however, with the announcement that he’d be appearing in the upcoming season of Family Guy as part of a light-hearted parody entitled ‘Doctor Who Farted?’. Whoever smelt it, dealt it.
Outside of Quahog, filming on Series 10 was in full swing as production continued in Spain (but first, let them take a selfie…), and The Royle Family star Ralf Little became the latest actor to be signed up for a guest stint in the new adventures.
Meanwhile, Torchwood fans were given new hope when John Barrowman revealed that he was in talks to bring the spin off back to screens (nearly 1,000 – a whopping 98% – of you gave that a big “hell yes!” in our accompanying poll) and Matt Strevens, producer of the 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, was appointed exec producer of Series 11 of Doctor Who as the creative team for Chris Chibnall’s 2018 adventures began to take shape. Because they’re nothing if not organised.
August (WhovianNet news posts: 8)
With her anticipated return to the small screen as Queen Victoria imminent, Jenna Coleman was popping up here, there and everywhere throughout August as she promoted the show in a vigorous string of interviews and press junkets, which basically became conversations in which she was continually forced to deny her return to Doctor Who. It would’ve been rude not to ask.
Meanwhile, the 20th anniversary of the Doctor Who TV Movie was commemorated with the announcement that it would finally be making its way to Blu-ray, while, amid rehashed rumours that Series 10 would be filming in Vancouver, Hercule Poirot himself – veteran actor David Suchet - stepped in front of the cameras in Cardiff to shoot his guest stint as the mysterious Landlord. It was already shaping up to be one hell of a series!
September (WhovianNet news posts: 8)
September was all about celebrating the past (because, let’s face it, not an awful lot was happening in the present…) as DWM dedicated their cover to the Fifth Doctor to coincide with Peter Davison’s most candid interview ever, while, in an equally candid interview, Christopher Eccleston reflected on the “tragic” circumstances that led to his untimely departure as the Ninth Doctor after just one series. Basically, it was a disaster (his words, not ours!).
The big story of the month, however, and the news that made Classic Series fans both young and old weep tears of joy and jubilation into their TARDIS handkerchiefs, was that the missing 1965 serial The Power of the Daleks was being RESTORED (sort of) as a black and white animation. Hurrah! What’s more, it was to be released on the 50th anniversary of its original transmission, so it was all very nostalgic and exciting. Oh, and four new audio adventures featuring Captain Jack were announced, but what else is new?
October (WhovianNet news posts: 34)
It was time to go back to school, specifically Coal Hill, in October as Class finally opened its doors, premiering online on BBC Three with a double-whammy of drama on Saturday 22nd October. A new chapter had officially begun!
While Doctor Who fans got to know their next generation of honourable heroes, it was business as usual at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff as filming continued on Series 10, which was to feature the return of a Classic Series writer…
We finally got a taste of what was in store when a first look preview of this year’s Christmas Special – named this month as The Return of Doctor Mysterio – was posted online on 7th October, with an epic new poster to boot, as the BBC surprised us all by revealing Justin Chatwin as its leading guest star, one whole week after the news had been leaked by British tabloids. Oops.
Torchwood turned 10 years old (not that DWM paid any notice…), the Weeping Angels reigned supreme – again – in our annual Who’loween Spooktacular, and the BBC announced a new range of Doctor Who books based on the Mr. Men franchise, because apparently there isn’t any fictional universe the Doctor can’t co-inhabit. Not that we’re complaining, of course.
November (WhovianNet news posts: 36)
In the same month that Doctor Who celebrated its 53rd anniversary, fans were introduced to a brand new Time Lord from the universe next door when Ken Campbell stepped aboard the TARDIS as The Lost Doctor in a fan-made audio project, released online for free in November.
Meanwhile, over at Coal Hill Academy, things went from bad to worse for Charlie and the gang but, as the mid-series trailer affirmed, it was all about to change…
Speaking of trailers, we got a brand new one for the Christmas Special in the form of an exclusive clip which was aired as part of Children in Need in BBC One and, having been off air for almost a year, the BBC were making no secret of the fact that Doctor Who would return on Christmas Day at 5:45pm. That was Christmas Day, 5:45pm. 5:45. Christmas Day. Do you need to write it down?
Also in November, the British press got their devilish mitts on some intriguing spoilers for Series 10, at the same time as they claimed the show would be getting a “major shake-up” – new Doctor et al – in 2018. It was confirmed by official sources that Series 9 director Daniel Nettheim would be back to call the shots in 2017, and you know that Classic Series writer that Steven Moffat teased last month? Turns out it’s none other than Rona Munro, who penned the “last ever” Doctor Who serial, Survival, back in 1989. Which is pretty damn cool if you ask us. Is it 2017 yet?!
December (WhovianNet news posts: 18)
Not quite, but it’ll be here before you know it. We had Christmas to get through first and, with the season of tinsel, turkey and goodwill to all men finally upon us, the Doctor’s grand comeback in The Return of Doctor Mysterio was just around the corner.
The episode premiered on Christmas Day (at 5:45pm, if you didn’t get the memo…), with 5.68 million viewers tuning in to see our beloved hero take on a band of brain-swapping aliens in New York. If that doesn’t make you feel festive, we don’t know what will.
With the Doctor back where he belongs, it’s full steam ahead for Series 10 next year, which was previewed in this action-packed Coming Soon trailer which aired after the Christmas Special. We certainly have lots to look forward to, not least the return of Missy, as documented by the woman herself via the means of an obligatory set selfie. Toby Whithouse is back to write an episode, too, and we can’t wait to find out what other shocks and surprises lie in store. New series… new companion… same old Doctor!
And that was 2016! What have been your Who highlights of the year? And what are your hopes for 2017 and Series 10? Let us know… oh, and Happy New Year!
We’d just like to wish all of our visitors a very Merry Christmas!
We hope that you have a safe and happy holiday and enjoy whatever it is you’re doing to partake in the festivities.
Let us know what Doctor Who treats you find underneath your tree in the comments below, and don’t forget that the greatest present of them all will be ready to unwrap later tonight as the Doctor finally bursts back on to our screens in The Return of Doctor Mysterio at 5:45pm on BBC One.
2016 has been another great year in the world of Doctor Who (albeit one with no series…), and we’ll be looking back at the highlights in our annual Year in Review next week. In the meantime, be sure to join us for our Christmas Special discussion from 6:45pm tonight and be merry, joyful and eat your satsumas. Oh, and don’t do anything the Doctor wouldn’t do!
It’s Christmas Eve which means that the Doctor’s long awaited comeback in The Return of Doctor Mysterio is just around the corner!
The arrival of a Doctor Who Christmas Special is always an auspicious occasion (especially when it’s the only new episode of the year!), and to help us prepare for its premiere, we embarked on a mission to rank the previous festive episodes from best to not-so best, and the results are in!
Check ‘em below, and thanks to everybody who voted.
11. The Next Doctor (1%)
2008 was an epic year for Doctor Who so it was only fitting that it culminated with the return of one of the show’s most iconic adversaries, the Cybermen. The stomping metal monsters were the least of the Tenth Doctor’s worries, though, as his arrival in a snowy Victorian London also brought him face to face with a man who was claiming to be one of his future incarnations. The one, the only and the best. Or was he?
Well, no, as it turns out, but just over 13 million viewers tuned in to find out whether or not Russell T Davies had managed to hoodwink an entire nation again after the Doctor’s botched regeneration in Journey’s End earlier that same year. Oh, the feels. In fact, we needed a whole gap year to recover…
10. The Time of the Doctor (3%)
Matt Smith crash-landed on to our screens as the Eleventh Doctor in Spring 2010 but, after what can only be described as one of the show’s most ambitious and epic tenures to date, timey-wimey was finally up for our Fez wearing, fish fingers and custard eating incarnation on Christmas Day 2013 when he bowed out in spectacular style to an audience of 12.1 million viewers.
It was the end of an almighty era which also served to bookend the year’s far-reaching 50th anniversary celebrations with the arrival of a brand new Doctor in the form of Peter Capaldi. But do you know what? We’ll always remember when the Doctor was Matt. Goodnight, raggedy man.
9. The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (3%)
Suffice to say, 2011 was a tough year for the Eleventh Doctor. It all kicked off when he was shot dead at Lake Silencio and things then went from bad to worse (and not to mention confusing!) when he was summoned to investigate his own death. He was also reunited with River Song, who would later be revealed as Amy and Rory’s daughter as well as the impossible astronaut behind his untimely demise. Series 6 was a rollercoaster to say the least.
You can’t blame him, then, for wanting to restore his faith in the universe by sharing a little joy, and that’s exactly what he did in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe when he journeyed back to 1938 to give Madge Arwell and her children – plus the 10.77 million viewers watching at home – the best Christmas ever. What would we do without him?
8. Last Christmas (4%)
Not to be confused with the classic Wham! hit of the same name, although the 2014 Christmas Special was such a madcap adventure, that pretty much anything goes.
It’s not every day that the Doctor comes face to face with Santa Claus himself but he here was in the actual North Pole and, well… it all got a bit weird after that, didn’t it? Still, it ended with the most magical of sleigh rides over a snowy London town, so who cares if it was all happening inside their heads? Besides, stranger things have happened. The perfect Christmas adventure.
7. The End of Time, Part One (4%)
Doctor Who has established a habit of breaking our Whovian hearts during the festive period (but it’s the season to be jolly, God damn you!) and we all needed a stiff drink – or five – to help us pick up the pieces back in 2009 when the Tenth Doctor embarked on his final journey.
Ok, so it really hit the fan in part two on New Year’s Day, but Russell didn’t shy away from giving us all the feels (and then some!) on Christmas Day as the Master returned and our hero accepted the inevitability of his unavoidable fate. Also… Wilfred Mott. Need we say more?
6. The Runaway Bride (7%)
The Tenth Doctor had just said a heartbreaking farewell to Rose Tyler but his tears weren’t even dry before he was thrown head first into his next adventure, featuring Catherine Tate in a wedding dress. Because Christmas.
The ensuing drama made for one of the most epic adventures to date as the Doctor raced to get Donna Noble to the church on time. Her happily ever was over before it even began, however, after it was revealed that this fiesty temp from Chiswick had been caught up in a sinister web of deception. Enter the Empress of the Racnoss. Oh, Donna. Fortunately for her, though, her trip of a lifetime was only just beginning…
5. Voyage of the Damned (10%)
Nobody has ever been fortunate enough to take a peek at the Doctor’s Christmas list but we’re sure that a yuletide romp (no, not like that…) with an acclaimed pop princess would take a pretty high spot. Well, he should be so lucky – lucky, lucky, lucky – back in 2008 when he joined forces with Kylie Minogue for an epic, festive adventure aboard a spaceship replica of the Titanic. You couldn’t write it, but thank God Russell T Davies did.
The dynamic duo was to be short lived, of course, as the would-be companion ended up sacrificing herself to save the world. It was certainly fun while it lasted, though, and the episode still stands as one of the most watched of the revived series, with 13.31 million viewers to its name. We just can’t get it out of our head.
4. The Husbands of River Song (11%)
Steven Moffat gave Doctor Who fans one of the greatest presents of them all last year when he finally introduced River Song to the Twelfth Doctor. While the story itself is an enjoyable enough ride, it’s the final moments that have no doubt resulted in this episode reaching such a high place in the countdown.
After River’s initial debut – and subsequent demise – back in 2008 (wait, has it really been that long?!), we finally got to witness their bittersweet farewell on Darillium. It was the momentous moment we had all been waiting for and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as they both lived out their happily ever after. You know, in timey-wimey sort of way.
3. The Snowmen (14%)
We found ourselves back in Victorian London on Christmas Day 2012 (the Doctor just can’t stay away, can he?!) when Jenna Coleman’s second introduction as Clara Oswald was upstaged by a band of sinister Snowmen who sounded a lot like that grey, bearded wizard guy from Lord of the Rings. Raymond Briggs’ Snowman was way cuter.
Still, it all added to the festive fun, and even Strax, Jenny and Vastra came along for the ride as a chilling menace threatened Earth. Not everybody would live to tell the tale, but things got rather confusing when it was our new companion who paid the ultimate price. Again. Oh well, there was always next year.
2. The Christmas Invasion (15%)
Taking second place is the one that started it all as David Tennant stepped aboard the TARDIS for his first full-length adventure as the Tenth Doctor… which he spent most of in bed. He had just regenerated, though, so we’ll let him off (this time…), but his untimely recovery meant that there was nobody around to defend planet Earth from the ensuing threat of the sinister Sycorax. Typical.
He came through to save the day (satsuma and all) in the end, of course, and, as the first Doctor Who Christmas Special, the episode kick started a televisual tradition that, over a decade later, is now impossible to imagine the festive season without. And an average of 12 million viewers would tend to agree. Amen to that.
1. A Christmas Carol (28%)
In at first place is the episode that taught us that when you’re alone, silence is all you know… unless you have Katherine Jenkins singing to you through a sonic screwdriver in the middle of a snowy town on Christmas Day. We’ve all had that dream, right?
A Christmas Carol basically sums up everything that a Doctor Who Christmas Special should be about. There’s a heartwarming story, a lonely old miser seeking redemption (who just so happens to be Albus freakin’ Dumbledore!), a shark sleigh ride and Karen Gillan in a police uniform. What more could you possibly want on Christmas Day? Steven Moffat, we salute you.
Today, 23rd November, is a particularly poignant date in the calendar of a Doctor Who fanatic, as it marks the official anniversary of their favourite show!
Doctor Who first aired on this day 53 years ago as the landscape of television changed forever when William Hartnell introduced the nation to a mysterious Time Lord called the Doctor in An Unearthly Child. Over half a century later (time certainly flies when you’re having fun!), Whovians are eagerly anticipating his return in the Christmas Special next month, which quite simply can’t come soon enough.
So, Doctor Who, a very Happy Birthday to you, and a sincere thank you from us for all the memories thus far. You are, quite literally, out of this world. It’s been the trip of a lifetime.
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The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner which means that the Doctor’s grand return is finally a mere stone’s throw away. And it’s about time, too!
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been one whole year since we saw our beloved Time Lord in action (not forgetting his appearance in Class, of course, which was a much needed dose of Capaldi). He lit up our telly boxes last Christmas Day, in The Husbands of River Song, which was followed by the Earth-shattering announcement that there would only be one Doctor Who episode in 2016…
And folks, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel as that episode is nearly upon us! As we know, this year’s Christmas Special is entitled The Return of Doctor Mysterio and it will guest star Justin Chatwin as the titular superhero who will join forces with the Doctor to save New York from a deadly alien threat. While we don’t know that much about the episode, here’s 5 things that we’re looking forward to about this year’s festive adventure…
1. Guess who’s back, back again…
Guess who?! The fact we’ve had no full series of Doctor Who this year has made us even more excited for the Christmas Special (if that was even possible…), so it goes without saying that the Doctor’s comeback is the only present we’re looking forward to unwrapping this season. And the socks. You’ve gotta love the Christmas socks.
Here he is getting up to no good (no, not like that!) with Charity Wakefield who will be playing investigate journalist Lucy Fletcher in the episode. Oh, and he’s holding chopsticks. It’s going to be a very merry Christmas.
2. Christmas in New York
If growing up watching Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf taught us one thing, it’s that there’s room for everyone on the nice list. Missy will be thrilled.
Oh, and that there’s no place like New York at Christmas, so finding out that The Return of Doctor Mysterio will be set in the Big Apple made us as giddy as one of Santa’s elves after one too many hot cocoa. We’ve all been there.
Snow and lights and trees… It’ll be the stuff that dreams are made of. Let’s just hope there are no Weeping Angels lurking in the shadows…
3. A Nardole’s for life, not just for Xmas
Although, admittedly, we have only ever seen him at Christmas. For now, at least. The tradition that dates back all the way to… erm, last year… continues in 2016 as the Christmas Special will welcome the return of Matt ‘I Want That One’ Lucas as Nardole.
Whether you loved him or hated him in The Husbands of River Song, it’s only fair that we give him a second chance. It is Christmas, after all. Oh, and he’ll be sticking around for Series 10 as well, so you better get used to him now. Ho ho ho!
4. A Spacey-Wacey Superhero Mystery
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Justin Chatwin as Doctor Mysterio, although nothing is ever as it seems in a Doctor Who Christmas Special…
Just take Last Christmas, for example, in which the Doctor and Clara encountered Santa Claus himself (and in the actual North Pole, no less!), before it was revealed that it had all been a dream. One day… *sigh*
So, although it would appear that the Doctor Who and Marvel universes are about to collide, we’re sure that Steven Moffat has come up with some sort of timey-wimey, spacey-wacey twist that will both enthral us and leave us sobbing into our empty Celebrations boxes until New Year’s Eve. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
5. A Series 10 Trailer?!
Not that we’re wishing the Christmas Special away already, but it’s hard not to get excited about the fact that, for the first time in forever, we might actually be about to get a Christmas Special which ends with a teaser of what’s to come…
The Husbands of River Song didn’t have one, Last Christmas didn’t have one, The Time of the Doctor didn’t have one… so it’s safe to say that a good old fashioned Christmas ‘Coming Soon’ trailer is more than well overdue.
Series 10 has been filming since May and, with nearly half of its episodes in the can, there’s more than enough footage to fit into a tantalising trailer. It would be the cherry on top.
And let’s not forget…
…all of the festive fun and unadulterated cheer that a Doctor Who Christmas Special brings to our Whovian hearts!
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