May 25th, 2017
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Series 10 continues this weekend as the countdown to armageddon begins in The Pyramid at the End of the World.

It’s basically the end of the human race as we know it. Fear not, though, as we’re here to help you prepare for doomsday with our 10 exclusive teasers – including one red herring – for the upcoming episode. What can you deduct, and which do you think is the lie?

The episode airs on Saturday at  7:45pm on BBC One.

  1. If last week’s episode confused you, the first minute of this one should help clear things up.
  2. Nardole isn’t just sexy, you know. He’s excellent at hacking into CCTV cameras, too.
  3. Bill’s second – well, first – date with Penny gets rudely interrupted.
  4. Check the time on your phone. Tick tock goes the Doomsday Clock…
  5. A familiar face from UNIT makes an unexpected appearance.
  6. “I wouldn’t have even voted for the President. He’s ******.”
  7. Move over, Bill. It looks like the Doctor has just found himself a new companion.
  8. “The end of your life has already begun.” Oh, Doctor. Say it isn’t so!
  9. The Monks are back, but they’ve really been here all along…
  10. Another week, another cliffhanger. And this one is a doozy.

Never judge a book by its cover… Click here to rate the latest episode, Extremis »

May 25th, 2017

BBC Worldwide has signed a major new agreement with Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMG Pictures) to boost the Doctor Who brand in China.

As part of the deal, the leading Chinese media company will make the show’s entire revived catalogue – from Series 1 to Series 10 - available across popular TV channels and on demand. The agreement – which extends until Series 15, expected to air in 2022 – also includes a “first look” for Series 11 next year, suggesting that Chris Chibnall’s first series as showrunner will air in China simultaneously with the UK.

It is hoped that the partnership will “increase the Doctor Who fan base in China” as the two teams “explore future opportunities and exchange expertise”. Chinese fans will also be able to enjoy spin offs Torchwood and Class

May 21st, 2017

This week has seen the launch of an official 360° Doctor Who mobile arcade game which gives fans the chance to pilot the TARDIS through the time vortex.

Doctor Who Time Vortex 360 can be accessed for free on smartphones and tablets via the BBC Taster site and puts players at the helm of the Doctor’s iconic spaceship to avoid an array of hazards and obstacles that emerge from the future in front of them, as well as threats evading from the past. An endless runner, the difficulty increases the longer you play, and you can preview it in the player below.

Will you be checking out the new game? Let us know what you think in the comments…

May 21st, 2017
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It only feels like yesterday that Bill Potts was stepping aboard the TARDIS in The Pilot, but time really does fly when you’re having fun because we’re already halfway through the brand new series.

We’d say that we’re halfway out of the dark, but something tells us that things are going to go from bad to worse for Team TARDIS as we approach the grand finale, The Doctor Falls, especially if the events of last night’s episode, Extremis, are anything to go by, and who knows what further shocks and surprises will be unearthed along the way…

While we twiddle our thumbs and wait for the adventure to continue in The Pyramid at the End of the World next weekend, now is the perfect time to reflect on the first half of Series 10 and discuss your favourite moments so far. We’ve encountered living puddles, rampant robots, a Thames-dwelling serpent, killer woodlice, the walking dead and even the Pope himself has made an appearance. Amidst the chaos, Bill has become a bonafide time travelling hero and Nardole has proved himself to be secretly bad ass, too. Although there’s nothing secret about that, baby doll. But what’s been your favourite episode of the bunch?

Vote in our poll below and let us know what you’ve loved/loathed in the comments section!

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May 21st, 2017
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The BBC Media Centre has released the official synopsis for Episode 8 of Series 10, The Lie of the Land, which will air on Saturday 3rd June.

The episode is written by Toby Whithouse, directed by Wayne Yip and guest stars Michelle Gomez as Missy.

The world is gripped by a mass delusion and only Bill Potts can see the truth. When even the Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it’s up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can’t do that, she may just have to kill her best friend…

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May 21st, 2017
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Episode 4 of Series 10Knock Knock - was watched by an official audience of 5.73 million viewers in the UK, the final BARB ratings have confirmed.

A considerable rise from its initial overnight figure of 4.32 million, the episode aired on Saturday 6th May and was the 21st most watched programme of that week, and the 7th most watched on BBC One.

The new series continues next weekend (Saturday 27th May) in The Pyramid at the End of the World.

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May 21st, 2017
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4.16 million viewers tuned in for Extremis on BBC One last night, according to the initial overnight ratings.

The latest Series 10 episode – which featured the highly anticipated return of Michelle Gomez as Missy – was watched by a 22.7% of the total television audience, making Doctor Who the third most watched programme of the day, behind Pointless Celebrities (4.52 million) and Britain’s Got Talent (9.13 million). The final consolidated rating, including those who recorded it and watch in the next 7 days, will be released next week.

Never judge a book by its cover… Click here to rate the latest episode, Extremis »

May 20th, 2017
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Series 10 continues next week as the Doctor, Bill Potts and Nardole journey to The Pyramid at the End of the World.

There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday.

As our heroes face an alien invasion unlike any other, the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. But before conquest can begin, the aliens need the consent of the human race…

The Pyramid at the End of the World will air on Saturday 27th May at 7:45pm on BBC One.

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May 20th, 2017
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In the Haereticum – the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy – there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth?

Series 10 marked its epic halfway point tonight (time flies when you’re having this much fun!) and things went from bad to worse for our heroes as they faced the mystery of the Veritas. They say you should never judge a book by its cover…

…but if you were to sit down and give this one a read, the consequences would be pretty dire indeed. It didn’t take the Doctor & Co very long to figure that one out, of course, but that was just the tip of the iceberg when they realised that nothing was as it seemed within the confines of a forbidden library hidden deep beneath the Vatican. Confused? You will be.

Amidst all the Monks and mayhem, Missy was also back as the Doctor’s oath was finally explained, but was her return – and the subsequent culmination of the Vault mystery – worth the wait? And what did you think of the rest of Extremis? The series has definitely been stirred into an interesting new direction, but is it the direction you were hoping for? Lets us know by rating and discussing the latest episode in the comments section below…

You can read what WhovianNet thought of tonight’s episode in our advanced preview here.

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

May 20th, 2017
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Series 10 continues this week as the Twelfth Doctor’s final string of adventures reach their dramatic halfway point in the aptly-titled Extremis. It’s all guns blazing for our heroes as they unravel a brand new conundrum in the first instalment of what already looks set to be a thrilling three-part adventure, as well as a defining chapter of the closing Moffat/Capaldi era.

And a Moffat script it most definitely is. As with most – if not all – of his episodes, you wouldn’t even have to see his name on the opening credits to know that this was the outgoing showrunner embracing the extremities (see what we did there?) of his ever expansive element. The pre-titles sequence alone, which, as all good pre-titles sequences do, takes place “a long time ago…”, has his unique style and tone written all over it, and you’ll understand what we mean by that when you see it. As is now wholly expected after his eight years at the show’s helm, what comes next is a far-reaching foray of madcap Moffat mayhem interwoven into the realms of sheer, science fiction fantasy. The story takes us from present day Earth to the Vatican to the Pentagon and back again but, inevitably, not everything is as it seems. By which we mean, absolutely nothing is as it seems. Steven sure likes to keep us on our toes, doesn’t he?

At this point, though, we wouldn’t have – nay, want – it any other way. The end of Steven’s tenure might be nigh but his latest script is as fresh as it is familiar, however we couldn’t help but pick up on a distinct “Sherlock-y” vibe, particularly in certain aspects of the Doctor’s dialogue and characterisation, lurking in the shadows as the lines between the Moff’s two formidable franchises become arguably and increasingly blurred. Saying that, it still feels like a quintessentially Doctor Who adventure, and a bloody good one at that. There are twists, turns, mid-directions, scares (the Monks are truly terrifying), shocks and everything else in between, with the majority of the action taking place within the confines of a seemingly forbidden library (not tot be confused with the Library featured in Series 4, however a certain beloved character who was introduced in that iconic two-parter does play an important part in this episode). Harry Potter, eat your heart out…

And that certain boy wizard gets a special mention from Bill, too, who once again brings her personable Potts perspective to add a touch of honourable humanity to the alien mystery that surrounds her. That is, after her date gets rudely interrupted by the leader of the Catholic Church. We’ve all been there, right? Speaking of Bill, Pearl Mackie really gets the chance to shine with Matt Lucas throughout this episode, as her on screen alter ago and Nardole establish themselves as a deliciously dynamic duo in their own right. With the Doctor (literally) tied up with other things, Bill and Nardole carry the story off in their own direction and it’s wonderful to see the companions being entrusted with the responsibility of conducting their own investigations, especially when their chemistry is as endearing as Pearl and Matt’s.

And then there’s Missy. Unless you’ve been living inside a Vault for the last year, you’ll know that the bitch is finally back in this episode, and you’ll no doubt be pleased to hear that you won’t have to wait very long at all for her to grace our screens once more. Her inclusion in the story is told in the form of a series of flashbacks running concurrently with the Doctor’s present day dilemma (another classic Moffat motif) and, while the circumstances of her latest comeback don’t allow her to be as over the top and maleficent as her previous appearances, we do get to see a whole new side of the renegade Time Lady which Michelle Gomez delivers with an air of heartbreakingly sinister poignancy. By the end of the episode, the Doctor and Missy’s rocky relationship has taken on a whole new life of its own. With Michelle recently suggesting that she’ll be departing Doctor Who alongside Peter, combined with the imminent return of John Simm as her character’s previous incarnation, we’re now even more intrigued to discover how her arc will develop throughout the remainder of the series in the build up to the grand finale and the Twelfth Doctor’s forthcoming regeneration.

As you can probably gather from all of the above, there is an awful lot to be crammed into this 50 minutes. For all its scale and scope, however, it is essentially setting up the events to come, as well as serving as an enjoyable standalone adventure. Just as you start to get your head around what the hell is even going on, the plot is turned upside down which makes this slow builder an exhilarating ride nonetheless. There is a lot to be said for its ambitious narrative structure, brought to life by Daniel Nettheim’s dramatic direction, which wouldn’t feel out of place as a finale. In fact, if Series 10 had been split into two parts, Extremis would have made for a marvellous mid-series conclusion. Thankfully, though, the show will go on next week. If this episode is anything to go by, the second half of this year’s series will be in a completely different league than the first. And the first has been pretty damn good. If they can maintain the momentum, Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat will definitely be going out on a high. But is there any other way to go, daddio?

Oh, and we finally discover what’s inside the Vault this week, too, so be sure to share any of your last minute theories in our discussion, here. What, you mean you haven’t figured it out yet…?

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