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March 16th, 2017
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If you need something to keep your withdrawal symptoms at bay until Series 10 hits our screens, look no further than this range of original audio adventures featuring the 12th Doctor.

The first story, The Lost Angel, was released in January, while The Lost Planet landed earlier this month. Further instalments - The Lost Magic, The Lost Flame, Death Among the Stars and Rhythm of Destruction – will follow in May, July, September and November, respectively. Each story is read by a former Doctor Who cast member/guest star and features two new companions, Brandon and Alex.

The Lost Angel
Written by George Mann & Cavan Scott
Read by Kerry Shale – OUT NOW

All Alex Yow wants is to become a photo-journalist and break her first story. All Brandon Yow wants is for his sister to keep out of trouble and come home. But that’s not going to happen, because Alex has taken a picture of a statue. A statue that can move.

A statue that makes people disappear. A statue that is hunting them down.

In upstate New York, the Doctor is chasing weird energies that should not exist. Teaming up with Alex and Brandon, he discovers a powerful force enslaved to another’s will. Who controls the lonely assassin that prowls the streets? What secrets are the residence of Rickman hiding? And will Alex and Brandon survive the night of the Weeping Angels?

The Lost Planet
Written by George Mann
Read by Nicola Byrant – OUT NOW

The TARDIS is under attack. Alien plants have taken root in its corridors, strange flowering tendrils that threaten to rip the Doctor’s ship apart. New companions Brandon and Alex venture into the heart of the TARDIS to discover the source of the infestation.

Instead they find a secret door, and a forgotten world. The Doctor has unfinished business with the Arborites, living trees with long memories. Centuries ago he fought to prevent a galactic catastrophe – but now his past has come back to haunt him in ways he never thought possible.

Can the Time Lord rescue his young friends before they are destroyed by his past mistakes, or will Hirolth rise to leave utter devastation in its wake?

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December 29th, 2016
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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!

December 25th, 2016
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With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?

‘Tis the season to be jolly and, after his extended hiatus, the Twelfth Doctor returned to our screens tonight to add an extra dose of sparkle to our festivities. It was about time!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been one whole year since we last saw our beloved Time Lord, but thankfully he made up for his absence with an epic adventure which took him to New York City, where a deadly alien threat was lurking in the shadows.. So, what else is new?

Well, it’s not every day that the Doctor teams up with a superhero, and investigate reporter Lucy Fletcher was also on hand to help solve the mystery of the brain-swapping aliens who were poised to attack. It wasn’t just new faces in town, either, as Matt Lucas burst back on to our screens as Nardole and we got our first glimpse of Pearl Mackie in action as Bill Potts in Series 10… but more on that next year! Back to tonight’s episode, and was The Return of Doctor Mysterio an adventure worth waiting for? Rate and Discuss it in the comments!

December 18th, 2016
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Toby Whithouse has revealed that he’ll be writing an episode for Series 10 of Doctor Who, to be aired in 2017.

The man himself took to his Twitter page earlier this week to formally announce the news, which is also confirmed in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, on sale now.

His previous episodes include School Reunion, A Town Called Mercy and, most recently, last year’s Under the Lake/Before the Flood two-parter. He also penned the 2006 Torchwood episode Greeks Bearing Gifts.

Other confirmed writers for Series 10 thus far include Jamie Mathieson, Sarah Dollard, Rona Munro, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Mike Bartlett and, of course, outgoing showrunner Mr Steven Moffat. It’s shaping up to be quite the series! What do you think of the line up?

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

December 18th, 2016
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With Christmas just around the corner, its accompanying issue of Doctor Who Magazine, #507, is now on sale to help make your festivities that extra bit special.

Inside, they’re counting down to the Time Lord’s long awaited televisual comeback with a bumper 100-page issue featuring an exclusive preview and new interviews with the cast and creatives of The Return of Doctor Mysterio. It also comes with a free double-sided poster featuring artwork from the episode, which lands on BBC One at 5:45pm on Christmas Day. Just what you need to cover up that crack in your wall…

There’s all of that plus the latest Series 10 news, competitions, reviews, comics and more. Doctor Who Magazine #507 is on sale now, priced at £5.99. It’s the perfect stocking filler!

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December 4th, 2016
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The BBC have released their seasonal showreel previewing the highlights of their Christmas televisual highlights, which of course includes the long awaited comeback of Doctor Who in The Return of Doctor Mysterio!

Everybody’s favourite Time Lord will be back where he belongs on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5:45pm and the trailer features a handful of new clips from the episode which will see our hero joining forces with an investigative journalist to save New York from an alien threat. ‘Tis almost the season, folks, and we cannot wait!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio… »

December 3rd, 2016
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A brand new Doctor Who episode means an accompanying iconic image and this year’s Christmas Special now has one of its very own!

As you’ll know by now, Peter Capaldi will be back on our screens in The Return of Doctor Mysterio on Christmas Day at 5:45pm on BBC One, with Matt Lucas returning as Nardole for a festive adventure in New York City. The episode guest stars Charity Wakefield as Lucy Fletcher and Justin Chatwin as The Ghost, both of whom also feature in the newly released poster, which you can see for yourselves below.

And if you like your iconic images with extra fanfare (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), there is also this motion version to add to the anticipation. It’s going to be a very merry Christmas!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio… »

November 29th, 2016
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The BBC has confirmed that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, will be broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5:45pm.

It will be an early start for the Time Lord as he joins forces with a superhero for an epic festive adventure in New York. Check out the episode’s newly released synopsis below, and watch a preview clip from it here.

With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio… »

November 21st, 2016
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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!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio ->

November 19th, 2016
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As promised, a brand new clip from this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special – The Return of Doctor Mysterio – was premiered during BBC One’s Children in Need telethon last night.

‘Tis (almost) the season to be jolly as the sneak peek gives us a taste of what lies ahead when the Doctor returns to our screens next month. As previously revealed, he’ll be joining forces with an investigative journalist and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat, and Nardole is back, too! Check out the preview in the player below…

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Everything you need to know about Doctor Mysterio ->

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