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March 25th, 2017
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WhovianNet recently caught up with Paul McGann to talk about his new play, Gabriel.

As previously reported, the Eighth Doctor actor is about to embark on a UK tour of the production, which tells the story of a family held captive in Nazi occupied Guernsey in 1943 who encounter a terrifying German officer, Von Pfunz.

Paul chatted to us exclusively about the show, his character and, of course, the conversation inevitably turns to Doctor Who. Well, it would’ve been rude not to!

Q. Hi, Paul! So, without giving too much away, what can you tell us about Gabriel?
A. Its story takes place over four days in 1943 on German occupied Guernsey. A mother, Jeanne, tries to shield both herself and her family from the dangerous attentions of a newly arrived German officer.

Q. And what can you tell us about your character, Commander Von Pfunz?
A. Some recent experience in Poland has affected him deeply and made his behaviour unpredictable. Awkwardly,he takes an instant shine to Jeanne who doesn’t know how best to fend him off without provoking the worst and putting herself and her family in danger.

Q. What was it about the play and your character that attracted you to the project?
A. It’s the first one I’d read set in the wartime Channel Islands. I suspect it captures some of the febrile atmosphere and peculiar traumas the islanders must have experienced. My character, Von Pfunz, like most good ones, is a bit cracked.

Q. What do you think it is about this particular era of history that continues to enthral audiences of all ages across various platforms?
A. Perhaps it’s something to do with it being in living memory, so not quite over. Or how it shapes national myths. There’s a British one where we alone in Europe resist the German invader. In fact, as described in Gabriel, British territory was taken and held for five years.

Q. Stories set during the War have a universal appeal, but would you say Gabriel is aimed at any audience in particular?
A. No, I think it’ll appeal to pretty much everyone. It’s a proper thriller!

Q. Does taking a production on tour present any new challenges, advantages or disadvantages?
A. I’m not really the right person to ask, as I’ve never toured before. I’ll soon find out, though!

Q. What are the main differences between performing on stage and in front of a camera?
A. On stage you’re sort of visible head to foot so you really have to give it all you’ve got, whereas on camera it’s just picking the right face to pull. I really ought to write a book.

Q. The Doctor Who Movie turned twenty years old last year. Does it feel that long ago, or does it feel like no time has passed at all?
A. Oh, it feels like twenty years. The blink of an eye.

Q. Did you ever think that your association with the series would still be growing so strong over two decades later?
A. Certainly not before the series came back in 2005. After that it took on a life of its own.

Q. Big Finish aside, what was it like to reprise the role on screen for the 50th anniversary, and would you be interested in starring in a full-length multi-Doctor TV episode?
A. It was one of the happiest jobs. A guaranteed hit, and working with people who loved it and who knew what they were doing. What’s not to like? And yes, of course I’d be interested in a multi-Doctor episode, for the same reasons.

Q. Who would you pick as Peter Capaldi’s successor?
A. I’m not sure. But whoever it is, I’d hope he or she cherished it like Peter has.

Q. Finally, have you got any other projects coming up that you can tell us about?
A. A film short, Perplexed Music, which my brother Mark and me want to shoot in England in the Summer. He’ll direct and I’ll act. He’s also written the story, based on a Cristina Rossetti poem. As you do.

Gabriel is touring in UK theatres from Tuesday 28th March. Read more about the play, find your nearest venue and buy tickets here. Thanks to Paul for his time!

March 24th, 2017

If you haven’t got that Friday Feeling yet, this awesome artwork of the Thirteen Doctors – sent in to us by @RossHitchin on Twitter – should do the trick. Gotta paint ‘em all…

March 19th, 2017
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The build up to Series 10 is now in full swing and, like Bill Potts stepping aboard the TARDIS to see the universe anew, we wouldn’t want you to miss it of the world.

Not one second of it, in fact, which is why you can read up on the latest news and pre-Pilot action by clicking here. Have a gander at our Discussions, too, which are a great place for you to share your excitement and anticipation. Look ahead to the return of the Mondasian Cybermen, and let us know what you think lies in store for our new companion. Has her fate already been sealed?

If lists are your thing, check out our 5 things we’re most looking forward to in Series 10, and our latest poll invites you to vote for your favourite Steven Moffat premiere to date as he prepares to kick off a brand new series with an almighty bang for the last time.

We’ve also added a countdown to the home page (never could resist a ticking clock!), and there will be plenty more where that came from as our coverage continues. Be sure to stick with WhovianNet for all the developments as and when, and share in the journey with over 30,000 fellow fans by following our Twitter, @WhovianNet! It’s almost a time for heroes…

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

March 17th, 2017

Fridays on WhovianNet shall hereby be known as Fan Art Fridays (because why the hell not?) and kicking off the festivities is this brilliant painting of the Second Doctor which was sent in by @WHO37podcast on Twitter…

March 15th, 2017
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A brand new Doctor Who trailer dropped on Monday (if you haven’t watched it yet, where the hell have you been?!) as a much needed reminder that we’re now just one month away from Series 10. Get in!

Peter Capaldi’s third and final string of adventures as the 12th Doctor will kick off on Saturday 15th April in The Pilot, which will introduce Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts.

The new preview boasts an array of clips from the upcoming episodes, but it’s always worth digging a little deeper…

As such, join us as we take a closer look at the trailer and its accompanying thrills. Aside from the obvious (Missy, Daleks and Mondasian Cybermen), it included plenty of other truly awesome stuff to get excited about, so here’s our round up of the best and most intriguing bits. Let us know your theories and what stood out for you in the comments section below!

Above – The Doctor’s going to be *very* busy when he returns with a bang next month…

Above - Luckily, he’s about to meet a brand new mate to help share the load. It’s Bill Potts!

Above – The Daleks will also be back on 15th April. Well, it was only a matter of time, eh?

Above – So, this is new. A *human* saying Exterminate? She’s called Heather, apparently…

Above – The sonic sunglasses are back (YAY!) in this scene from Ep 7. Sunglasses are cool.

Above – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s a space station – and a bloody impressive one!

Above – Here’s Bill getting emosh. Don’t cry, Bill! It will be 15th April before you know it…

Above - We wouldn’t want to bump into these Monks in a dark alley. Or anywhere, really…

Above – Another moment from Ep 7. As if a *barrier* is ever going to stop Team TARDIS…

Above – Bill ready for action in Ep 5. But what has shocked her? Probably something alien.

Above – Why didn’t anybody tell us that it was ‘National Bring Your Robot To Work Day’…?!

Above – An Emojibot from Episode 2. Friend or foe? You gotta admit, it *is* kinda cute…

Above – OK, maybe we spoke too soon. You never know, it might just be misunderstood…

Above – Look! It’s David Sachet as the Landlord in Episode 4. It’s time. But time for what?

Above – It looks like something has riled the Doctor here. Just look at the eyebrows gooo!

Above – I spy with my little eye… something from Episode 3. And it’s looking right at you…

Above – “Nice here, isn’t it?” Nardole looking on the bright side. How long will *that* last?

Above – That’s just creepy. Looks like Steven’s pulling out all the stops for his last series.

Above - We didn’t know how much we needed Nardole in a spacesuit in our lives until now.

Above – It’s a Monk! It is also weird to see a corridor that the Doctor isn’t running down…

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

March 12th, 2017

WhovianNet spent the weekend at MCM Comic Con in Liverpool and it’s safe to say that a great time was had by all!

As always, Doctor Who fans didn’t disappoint with their ever creative cosplaying efforts, and we had a great time chatting to our fellow Whovians who had dressed to impress as their favourite Doctors, companions and villains.

Conventions are always a great place to remind us how fantastic our fandom is, so a huge thanks to everyone who stopped to chat to us and pose for photos.

Special thanks to @TheDogtor, @Grandpa_Pixel and @Ruth_C_AB for the pictures!

Were you also at the event? Let us know below, and tweet us your pics at @WhovianNet!

March 11th, 2017
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With the brand new series of Doctor Who now just over a month away, anticipation for our beloved Time Lord’s grand televisual comeback is well and truly reaching fever pitch.

While his latest string of adventures remain an enigma wrapped in a mystery (what else is new?), there’s already lots for us to be excited about, including an incoming companion, the return of friends and foes alike, and the added sense of impending doom as a result of it being both Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s final full series at the helm of the TARDIS. Deep breaths, everybody, we’re in this together…

Because we never need an excuse to remind ourselves of the good times that lie ahead, here are 5 things we’re most looking forward to in Series 10. 5 things for the 5 weeks that remain. See, it’s exciting and topical. The best kind of countdown. You can thank us later.

1. “I’m Bill. I serve chips.”

Oh, but Bill, you’re so much more than that! Exactly what we’re not sure yet, but it’s safe to say that her life will change in unimaginable ways when she finally steps aboard the TARDIS to see the universe anew on 15th April. And she wouldn’t miss it for the world. Even if it kills her. Whatever that means…

Seriously, though. It doesn’t get much more exciting than kicking off a brand new series with a brand new companion to boot. Well, apart from kicking off a brand new series with a brand new Doctor, but we’ll get to that next year. For now, welcome aboard, Bill Potts!

2. “The bitch is back.”

Missy’s words, not ours! Although the full extent of her involvement in the new series remains to be seen, we know that she’ll definitely be back to rule another day (or at least try to…) in the two-part finale.

She was last seen in The Witch’s Familiar, in which she had a very good idea, so we dread to think what she’s got up her sleeve this time round. Missiles, probably.

3. Out with the new, in with the old…

That’s right, folks. The Mondasian Cybermen are BACK! First introduced in The Tenth Planet, the metal monsters have come a long way since their initial encounter with the First Doctor, so we’re looking forward to seeing them stripped back to basics in this year’s series finale. It’s Peter Capaldi’s dream come true, and it’s probably yours, too.

It’s the opposite of an upgrade, but it’s certainly a *stomp* in the right direction. Did you see what we did there?

4. Guessssss who’sssss back…

Yup, Missy and the Mondasian Cybermen aren’t the only familiar foes heading back to our screens in Series 10. The Ice Warriors -last seen in Cold War – will also be back. This time, though, with a twist. Love a twist.

According to writer Mark Gatiss, there will be something different about the reptilian rascals this time round, as “a new kind of Ice Warrior” is unleashed unto the world. Make of that what you will…

5. Shocks and surprises and twists, oh my!

If we’ve learned anything from Steven Moffat’s tenure thus far, it’s that it’s impossible to predict what he’s got in store. As his final full series as showrunner, though, this year the stakes are higher than ever. No doubt he’ll leave us shaking our fists in a combined outburst of rage and contentment. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. #BringItOn

What are you most looking forward to in Series 10? Let us know in the comments.

Watch the BRAND NEW Series 10 trailer! You won’t want to miss it for the world…

February 19th, 2017
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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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February 11th, 2017

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.

February 9th, 2017
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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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