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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 ->

November 3rd, 2016
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The BBC has confirmed that a preview of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special will be premiered during their annual Children in Need telethon on Friday 18th November 2016.

The first teaser for the festive episode – entitled The Return of Doctor Mysterio – was debuted at New York Comic Con last month, however this is likely to be a full-length clip or its pre-titles sequence. The show has a longstanding association with the charity, which in previous years has included mini-episodes and a TARDIS tea party. You can find out more about their fundraising festivities here.

The Return of Doctor Mysterio sees the Doctor and Nardole team up with an investigative reporter and a masked vigilante to defend New York from a terrifying alien invasion. It will air on BBC One on Christmas Day and you can read up on all the latest news about it here.

October 9th, 2016
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Steven Moffat has intriguingly confirmed that one of Series 10’s writers will be a blast from the past for Classic Series fans.

Speaking to press, including CBR, at the New York Comic Con over the weekend (where a first look preview of this year’s Christmas Special was debuted), the outgoing showrunner teased that a writer from the show’s original run will be back to contribute a script for Peter Capaldi’s third string of adventures, to air in 2017. “It will be the first time ever,” he said. “Deal with that!”

He also revealed an episode title (presumably Episode 4), The Haunted Hub, which has been written by Mike Bartlett. Steven explained: “It’s a brilliant script. He wrote Doctor Foster and put the next series on hold for a couple of weeks so he could write Doctor Who.”

So, which Classic Series writer would you like it to be, and what are your first reactions to ‘The Haunted Hub’ title? Discuss the latest developments in the comments section below…

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

October 7th, 2016
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Christmas has come early for Doctor Who fans today as the BBC have given us our first taste of what lies ahead in this year’s long awaited festive adventure!

As previously reported, the seasonal escapade will feature the reintroduction of Matt Lucas as Nardole, exactly one year after his understated debut in The Husbands of River Song. The anticipated adventure now also has a name too, with its intriguing title – The Return of Doctor Mysterio – alluding to Justin Chatwin’s guest role as a superhero called Grant. It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Ed Bazalgette.

And that’s not all! We’ve also been treated to a first look preview (they really know how to spoil us, eh?) which was delivered in the form of a special montage made up of clips and behind the scenes footage. It is guaranteed to leave you feeling all warm and tingly inside!

The episode – aptly billed as a “heroic special” – will be set in New York as the Doctor joins forces with an investigative journalist played by Charity Wakefield. Adetomiwa Edun, Logan Hoffman and Aleksandar Jovanovic also star. Let the countdown begin! Just 78 days to go…

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

October 6th, 2016
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The brand new Doctor Who spin off Class is just around the corner and the BBC have added to the anticipation by releasing the official plot details for Episodes 1 and 2.

Entitled For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo, both episodes will be released online on BBC Three on Saturday 22nd October 2016, with a special cameo appearance from Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor himself in the eagerly anticipated premiere. Basically, it’s all pretty exciting stuff! Read below to find out what lies in store as the new term at Coal Hill School kicks off…

We can expect loads of Class related goodness over the weekend (including a trailer!) as the cast will be participating in a Q&A panel at New York Comic Con tomorrow (Friday).

Episode 1 – For Tonight We Might Die
Saturday 22nd October 2016, BBC Three

It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from the monstrous Shadow Kin, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.

Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as ‘The Doctor’: to guard against the creatures of nightmare, who want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

And this incursion is only the beginning…

Episode 2 – The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo
Saturday 22nd October 2016, BBC Three

Following the tragic events at the Prom, a devastated Ram isolates himself from the other three as he struggles with his new reality. Desperate to hold himself together on the football pitch, when he thinks he witnesses someone getting skinned alive he’s convinced he’s cracking up.

But when Tanya, Charlie and April are all confronted with the same thing: a horrific, monstrous, skin-peeling dragon, they know that they’re under attack. The gang must pull together to fight against the monster, and try to keep Coal Hill safe.

Get to Class! Read all the latest developments about Doctor Who’s new spin off…

August 19th, 2016
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Following its disappointing lack of precence at San Diego last month (there’s always next year…), it has been announced that the Whoniverse will be setting its sights on New York Comic Con instead!

As part of BBC America’s takeover on Friday 7th October, both Doctor Who and its upcoming spin off Class will be getting their own Q&A panels at the event. The Doctor Who panel will include Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin who will be presenting an exclusive preview of this year’s Christmas Special and beyond.

Meanwhile, the stars of Class – that’s Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah – will join its creator and writer Patrick Ness and executive producer Brian Minchin for their first ever panel to discuss the highly anticipated series which will finally be hitting our screens this autumn. The 8 part drama is set at Coal Hill School where dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space. There may be some familiar faces too…

Tickets for New York Comic Con are on sale now. Let us know if you will be in attendance!

December 31st, 2015
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And just like that, the end of 2015 is nigh.

It only feels like yesterday that we were welcoming in the new year, with Peter Capaldi’s second string of adventures as the Twelfth Doctor ahead of us, but time really does fly when you’re having fun because the TARDIS has just closed its doors on yet another epic series which can only be described as one of the biggest and most ambitious to date.

So, what next? Well, before we look to the future, it’s time to get nostalgic as we take a trip into the recent past.

2015 has been another fantastic year for Doctor Who and its fans and, although the series didn’t actually return to our screens until September, there was still plenty to keep our Whovian minds occupied in the meantime. Don’t believe us? Check out the first installment of our Year in Review, highlighting the biggest and most memorable news stories from January through to June, and see for yourself! There was definitely plenty to talk about.

January (WhovianNet news posts: 13)

Fresh from their New Year festivities, it was business as usual for the Doctor Who cast and crew in January as production officially commenced in Cardiff on Peter Capaldi’s second string of adventures as the Twelfth Doctor. Starting as they meant to go on, the first Series 9 episodes to be filmed were billed as “one of the scariest adventures yet” – Toby Whithouse’s Under the Lake and Before the Flood – as Doctor Who continued its reign of world domination with the announcement that Series 8 had secured record-breaking international ratings throughout 2014.

Meanwhile, Tenth Doctor star David Tennant was awarded a Special Recognition gong at the NTAs for his contributions to the stage and screen, and Torchwood fans were given a late Christmas present when it was announced that the BBC were planning a new range of audio adventures featuring Jack and Gwen, nearly 4 years since their last televisual outing in Miracle Day. But more on that later…

February (WhovianNet news posts: 16)

Romance was in the air in February with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and Doctor Who fans young and old had already fallen in love with the long awaited LEGO set, which was finally unveiled at the start of the month. Unfortunately we’d have to wait until Christmas to get our hands on it, but there was still plenty to keep our minds occupied the meantime with Doctor Who’s various social media accounts teasing us with sporadic behind the scenes previews as the new series continued to take shape.

Acclaimed Blink director Hettie MacDonald returned to helm filming of this year’s two-part premiere in Tenerife where she was welcomed on set by another familiar face, Michelle Gomez, who was to make her already anticipated return as Missy following her surprise introduction as the first female incarnation of the Master in Series 8. There were certainly good times ahead!

March (WhovianNet news posts: 13)

March was a special month for Doctor Who fans as it marked the 10th anniversary of the revived series. As WhovianNet visitors chose Series 4 as their favourite NuWho series to date (with, it has to be said, a landslide majority of the vote!), the show’s incumbent stars, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, attended the read-through for Episode 5 which was to guest star Game of Thrones alumni Maisie Williams as the titular ‘Girl Who Died’. Let the speculation begin!

Meanwhile, Big Finish’s license to produce Doctor Who audios was extended to 2020 as they announced Paul McGann’s latest return in Doom Coalition, a 16-part adventure which vowed to push the Eighth Doctor to his limits. Blimey.

April (WhovianNet news posts: 40)

WhovianNet kick started the month with our April Fool’s prank as we “exclusively” revealed that outgoing One Direction star Zayn Malik had been cast as the new Doctor Who companion. Gotcha! Elsewhere, the long-standing rumours of a Doctor Who movie were reignited when showrunner Steven Moffat affirmed that he was “reasonably confident” that the Time Lord will make it to the big screen one day, complemented by leaked emails between Sony and the BBC which exposed plans to bring the Time Lord to the big screen “within 8 years”.

As Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston shed further light on his infamous departure after just one series at the helm of the TARDIS, Doctor Who added yet another trophy to its now over-flowing cabinet when it was awarded a prestigious BAFTA for the Best Special, Visual & Graphic Effects. Meanwhile, BBC Worldwide signed a new partnership deal with FX to secure the Time Lord’s imminent arrival to over a million homes across India. Doctor Who was well and truly taking over the globe!

May (WhovianNet news posts: 39)

In the month that Fifth Doctor Peter Davison pondered a sequel to his acclaimed ‘Five-ish Doctors’ 50th anniversary spoof, it was also announced that the dreaded Zygons would be making a comeback in Series 9 alongside Ingrid Oliver as fan favourite Osgood. Most peculiar, since she died at the hands of Missy in the last series. Elsewhere, BBC Worldwide officially launched their new online web series, The Fan Show, fronted by YouTuber Christel Dee, and there was yet more Stateside success for former companion Karen Gillan who landed her latest movie role in The Big Short alongside Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. She’ll always be Amy Pond to us!

Meanwhile, the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular hit the road, selling out arenas across the country, as the celebrations continued across the pond when BAFTA commemorated 10 years of revived Doctor Who at a special event in New York, where showrunner Steven Moffat announced that he’d be returning to helm Series 10 in 2016. You all had something to say about that, to put it lightly.

June (WhovianNet news posts: 29)

Doctor Who’s involvement in the forthcoming LEGO Dimensions game was announced at the start of the month, as Big Finish confirmed that they’d also be expanding their own universe with new audio spin offs starring River Song, Winston Churchill and a host of other familiar friends and foes. Meanwhile, Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith joined the cast of a new Netflix original, The Crown, as the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Royal festivities continued as the Queen’s Birthday Honours included an OBE for Steven Moffat who was awarded the prestigious accolade for his ongoing services to drama.

The Minions invaded the TARDIS (let’s face it, it was only a matter of time…), old school fans were reassured by the news that the BBC were “hoping” to release more Classic Series adventures, and BBC America finally got the ball rolling by airing the first official teaser for Series 9, albeit it a very short and uneventful one. The Doctor was on his way!

What were you highlights from January-June 2015? Let us know in your comments below and stay tuned for Part 2 of our Year in Review, coming very soon!

June 16th, 2015
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WhovianNet was thrilled to get the opportunity to catch up with Michelle Gomez recently about all things Doctor Who and her latest project, Heather’s American Medicine!

The comedy web series stars the Missy actress as Heather, a neurotic agony aunt who tries to pull her punches as she deals with requests for advice. And Michelle has certainly been keeping herself busy over the last few months. After being introduced as the first female incarnation of the Master in Series 8 of Doctor Who, she’ll be back with a vengeance in Series 9 in which she looks let to “surprise everyone”.

In the meantime, we chatted to Michelle about playing her new agony aunt alter ego, her Missy musings and how she feels about taking to the stage later this year as the host of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in New York. Check out our full Q&A below…

Q. Hi, Michelle! What can you tell us about Heather’s American Medicine in a nutshell?
A. Heather is a deluded ambitious agony aunt who is out to solve the world’s problems using some good old fashioned common sense.

Q. How did your involvement with the web series come about?
A. My friend Jesse Cleverly and I have always wanted to work together, so we cooked her up over a series of web chats and decided to launch her online.

Q. What initially interested you about the series?
A. The big draw for me was the freedom. We seem to have lost the freedom of speech so it’s all too easy to offend these days. We wanted to shine some light on the social restrictions of being politically correct all the time.

Q. What’s the best thing about working on an online series, as opposed to one for TV?
A. The best thing that working online affords you is the opportunity to take more chances. Most TV is designed by committee.

Q. What are your favourite things about playing Heather?
A. My favourite thing about Heather is her conviction – even when she’s talking b*llocks!

Q. From one formidable lady to another. What was your reaction when you found out you’d be playing the first female incarnation of the Master in Doctor Who?
A. Disbelief! Actually, I still can’t quite believe it. I also love that no one seems to have batted an eyelid about the gender leap.

Q. So you’ve been pleased with the response that Missy has had from the show’s fans thus far?
A. I’ve been beyond thrilled with the response. It’s all a bit surreal, really. I mean, who would have thunk it!? The Master is a woman! Love it.

Q. Missy will, of course, be back in Series 9. Were you happy to be asked back, and is there anything at all you can tell us about her anticipated return?
A. Yes, I was very pleased to be asked back, and no, I can’t tell you a goddamn thing. Spoilers!

Q. Are you excited about hosting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in New York later this year?
A. You bet I’m excited and… err, a little nervous! That is a big stadium so I’ll definitely be washing my hair for that night.

Q. Finally, have you got any other upcoming projects you can tell us about?
A. Look out for ‘The Brink’ on HBO, which starts airing here in the US on 21st June. It’s a political satire starring Tim Robbins, Jack Black and some other guy called Rob Brydon. But they might have cut his part by now.

You can now subscribe to Heather’s American Medicine over at Wildseed Studios.

May 31st, 2015
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WhovianNet attended the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Birmingham this week. Here is our review of what was the musical extravaganza to end them all…

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular made its long awaited UK debut this week after receiving critical and fan acclaim in Australia and New Zealand. As soon as the show begins you can’t help but wonder why it’s taken so long to reach the Doctor’s home turf, but fans can rest assured that it’s definitely been worth the wait. And then some!

Doctor Who devotees haven’t exactly been stuck for choice when it comes to stage extravaganzas celebrating the music and monsters of TV’s favourite Time Lord. Fans young and old have descended on the Royal Albert Hall year after year for the praised Doctor Who Proms and in 2010 a menagerie of the show’s iconic adversaries hit the road for Doctor Who Live: The Monsters Are Coming.

The Symphonic Spectacular, though, is something new. Although it follows the now familiar format of the show’s soundtrack being accompanied by video montages of the Doctor’s most memorable moments (while a host of aliens invade the audience, naturally!), this is solely a celebration of Murray Gold’s music and it doesn’t get much better than hearing his mesmerising melodies being performed by a live orchestra in all their glory.

Murray’s music really is the beating heart(s) of this show. Audience members are taken on a thrilling journey through time and space as they’re reminded just how much of an impact his compositions have had on the series since its return to our screens in 2005. His scores add another dimension to our hero’s ongoing extra terrestrial escapades and it wouldn’t be the Doctor Who we all know and love without them.

The only problem is, there just isn’t enough of it! As always whenever the Doctor is concerned, time flies when you’re having fun and it feels like it’s over before it’s even begun. With over 10 years of beloved music on Murray’s reputable résumé, it was always going to be hard to narrow it down into a limited two hour performance. The final running order perfectly channels the power of his music, though, with a focus on the Twelfth Doctor’s recent adventures  - through electrifying tracks such as A Good Man? and Death in Heaven Suite - with a handful of blasts from the past for the older generation to enjoy, too (most notably Fifty – This is Gallifrey and the anthemic Vale Decem).

The biggest blast from the past of them all is, of course, the magnificent Peter Davison, who hosts the proceedings with the usual wit and charm that fans have come to expect from the real life alter ego of their hero’s fifth incarnation. All in all, the Symphonic Spectacular is a love letter to fans and the audience appreciation for the Doctor is tangible, as it is on stage from those bringing the show to life. The atmosphere in the arena was electric and, as it reached its breathtaking climax with a rendition of the universally adored theme tune, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Congratulations to Murray Gold, Ben Foster, Peter Davison, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, soloist Elin Manahan Thomas and everyone else who was involved in the production of the Symphonic Spectacular. Its next stop is New York in October, and it’s safe to say that US fans really are in for a treat!

Did you go to a Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular this week? Share your reviews below…

May 18th, 2015
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Steven Moffat has admitted that he’s set himself a “ludicrous challenge” in Series 9.

Speaking at a recent BAFTA event which was held in New York to celebrate 10 years of the revived series, the showrunner revealed that he’s in a constant “state of panic” regarding Episode 11, the penultimate episode of the upcoming series. “When you see it, you’ll realise just how ludicrous a challenge I’ve set myself,” he said. “Dear God. Even now, I’m sitting here and thinking, when I get back tonight, could I just try another way of doing it?”

It was recently confirmed that Steven will be staying on for at least another year, helming Series 10. The news was met with a mixed response and you can read our round up here.

Filming for Series 9 is currently underway. It’s scheduled to air on BBC One in the autumn.

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