Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Gallifrey Times Team Reactions To New Companion

It's been one week since Pearl Mackie was announced as the new companion, Bill, who will be joining Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor in Series 10 of Doctor Who. However, we here at TGT are still talking about the news and discussing our thoughts on Bill. So, here's some of our initial reactions to the casting announcement:

Ben - Assistant Editor

I had no real expectations for the new companion - I always wish for an alien, but I know that's not very likely - so I was just hoping for somebody different that we hadn't really seen in the show before. I was very excited when I saw the clip of Bill for the first time, as this is potentially the biggest hype we've ever had around a new companion. The character looks like a good contrast for Capaldi's Doctor. Although we haven't seen much of her yet, there are lots of qualities showing already. There's the confidence, the humour and (for want of a better word) hipness, with a striking similarity to Ace I might add. Unlike Clara, who seemed over-knowledgable and unimpressed much of the time, Bill seems to know very little of alien life and is very much the Doctor's side-kick instead of his equal.

My only quibble with the clip was that it was very humour focussed, with a bit of an unrealistic reaction to the Daleks, but I understand this is probably just a light-hearted scene to get us to like Bill, which certainly worked. Finally, the name. Bill. An odd choice for a female character, but I love it. I'm assuming it's a nickname or an abbreviation, but it's definitely different. I can't wait to see Bill in Series 10 and wish all the best for Pearl Mackie as she joins the family and sets off in the TARDIS.

Andrew - Writer

Well I was wrong with my prediction of Frank Skinner (There were some great rumours including Stephen Fry!) But Pearl Mackie looks like an exciting and pretty inspired choice, from that clip we get vibes of Donna Noble/Ace/Rose/Martha/Amy (yes I realise I've just listed virtually every New Who companion) (not including Ace) but basically nothing like Clara. Mostly what I see is the naivety which is maybe necessary to give us new angles on the Doctor and potentially draw in new viewers. I still feel sad that Clara has disappeared for now, although it’s very cool being in her own American Diner TARDIS. Anyway, with Mackie it's great to see the ethnic diversity too. Clara kind of had it all and it was always great to view her as more intelligent than the Doctor. I think the Doctor will be boss again now, but that will trouble him after all Clara taught him. Good luck Pearl Mackie - please help Peter Capaldi’s third Series be as phenomenal as Series 9!

Patrick - Writer

I must admit to being firmly on the fence with the announcement of Pearl Mackie as new companion Bill. This is primarily because, whilst I feel Bill could be a fun companion in the vein of Donna from years past, there was still the lingering feeling that Bill is a model character of a Steven Moffat way of writing that has long since become dated. She is quirky, witty and energetic, all positive traits of much loved Moffat characters such as River Song, but we are entering a Moffat-less era, as such Bill lacks that refreshing quality to be instantly interesting. But of course it is much too early to make a firm judgement based purely on one teaser; it won't be till next year that I can coalesce my thoughts on Bill in the post-Clara age.
So, that's our thoughts on Bill, but what do you think about the new companion? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent Nominated For Hugo Award

The penultimate episode of Doctor Who series 9 finale, Heaven Sent, has been nominated for a 2016 Hugo Award.

Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talaly, the episode featured an (almost) single handed performance from Capaldi and has been highly praised by critics and fans alike.

Heaven Sent is up against Grimm (Universal), Jessica Jones (Marvel Television), My Little Pony (DHX Media) and Supernatural (Kripke Enterprises) in the category for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form). 

Doctor Who has previously won Hugo Awards for The Doctor's Wife, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang and The Waters of Mars. Listen was also nominated last year, but lost out in the final voting.

The winners of the 2016 Hugo will be announced on Saturday 20th August at the MidAmeriCon II Hugo Awards Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Pearl Mackie's First Doctor Who Interview

Pearl Mackie, recently announced as the new companion, Bill, has given her first interview. Speaking to the BBC, she talks about 'first day madness', meeting Peter Capaldi and her hopes for Bill's future. You can watch the interview in the video below.

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Pearl Mackie On Becoming The New Companion

In case you missed the news, Pearl Mackie was recently announced as the new companion, which will be her first major television role. On joining the show, Mackie said:
I'm incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It's such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn't be prouder to call the TARDIS my home!

Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character, I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space. Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in - I can't wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series.

I always loved stage combat at drama school so I can't wait to get on set and kick some evil monsters into the next dimension!

Shooting the trailer was absolutely mental, there were pyro technics and smoke and I met my first Dalek! I'm not sure it will ever become ‘the norm’ seeing crazy monsters on set, but I cannot wait to meet some more! The weirder the better, bring it on!
Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi said:
It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures.
Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat added:
A new face in the TARDIS, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.
Acting Director of Television, Charlotte Moore said:
It's so exciting to be revealing the much anticipated new companion to the nation in such spectacular style. Pearl brings a wonderful energy and lights up the screen. She will captivate Doctor Who fans old and new across the globe.
Finally, Executive Producer, Brian Minchin added:
We’re utterly thrilled to have the hugely talented Pearl join Doctor Who and I can't wait to begin her new adventures in time and space!
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Pearl Mackie Is The New Companion!

It has been revealed that Pearl Mackie is the new companion, Bill, who will star opposite Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor in series 10 of Doctor Who.

An actress from Brixton, Mackie is best known for her roles in the film Svengali (2013) and the TV series Doctors (2014). Most recently, she has been performing in National Theatre's West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

More details on the character to follow. Find out some facts about Mackie on the BBC website.

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Friday, 22 April 2016

BBC Release Doctor Who Series 10 Companion Teaser

Following on from the previous news regarding the incoming reveal of The Doctor's new companion, the BBC have now released a painfully short teaser trailer for this Saturday. The hints on offer are brief to say the least, but it certainly seems like the next person to be running with the Doctor may well be female, but only time will tell. The teaser can be seen below.

The full reveal will air at half time this Saturday during the FA Cup match between Everton and Manchester United at 5.15pm.

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Doctor Who: Titan Comics To Celebrate Cybermen Anniversary

Titan Comics has announced that this year's special Doctor Who event comic will be a five-issue, bi-weekly crossover series featuring all four modern Doctors and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Cybermen.

Written by best-selling authors George Mann (Eighth Doctor, Dark Souls) and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor, Vikings) with art by Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors, Captain America & Hawkeye), Supremacy of the Cybermen will feature the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors along with their comic companions - Gabby, Cindy, Alice, Rose and Captain Jack - as they face off against the Cybermen, who first appeared in First Doctor serial The Tenth Planet in 1966:
Exiled from Gallifrey at the very end of time, Rassilon, fallen leader of the Time Lords, has been captured by the last of the Cybermen. Now, the Cybermen have access to time travel. With it, every defeat becomes a victory. Every foe is now dead – or Cyberized.
Titan has also revealed five variant covers for the series' debut issue, including an art cover by Vitti, a photo cover by Will Brooks, a Cybermen variant by Fabio Listrani, a colouring variant and a blank sketch variant, all of which can be seen below (click to enlarge):

Supremacy of the Cybermen will launch in stores and on digital platforms on Wednesday 6th July, the same day as the previously-announced brand-new Torchwood comic series.

Both launches will also be supported by this year's third annual Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday 9th July. This year's global event is set to be the biggest yet, with new comics and collections, merchandise, variant covers, signings, and events across the globe at comic shops, bookstores, retail chains, libraries, and on digital platforms. New to this year’s event, Doctor Who comics fans can register for an event kit to hold their own reading group parties, and Doctor Who comics fans, retailers, and librarians are encouraged to visit for details to sign-up.

[Source: Titan Comics]
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Thursday, 21 April 2016

New Companion To Be Announced This Saturday!

The BBC have announced that the new companion, who will join Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor in the next series of Doctor Who, will be announced on Saturday 23rd April during half time of the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United.

The Match of the Day Live coverage will start on BBC One at 4.50pm with kick-off planned for 5.15pm. We will keep you updated with further details.
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Doctor Who Series 9 Full Live +7 Figures Released

Though it seems like ages since it aired, Live +7 Figures are finally available for the whole of Series 9 of Doctor Who.

The Live+7 figure is calculated by the BBC to get an accurate estimate of the total unique audience for an episode of a programme. Unlike official BARB figures the Live+7 uses data to include those who watched one of the broadcast repeats of the episode and those who watched the episode on iPlayer all within 7 days of the original transmission.

As figures show, an average of 60% of the audience watch Doctor Who on the day of transmission, either as a Live broadcast or as a delayed viewing. The number is slightly higher for the series finale and the Christmas special. A further 26% of the audience watch the programme, via a recording, within 7 days of the original transmission. Around 11% on average watch on iPlayer, although this dropped to around 5% for the Christmas special. The highest delayed viewing was the Peter Harness episode The Zygon Invasion.

The number watching a scheduled repeat has dropped dramatically this series, from an average of 4% last year, to an average of just 1.3% this year. After the audience of people watching on BBC Three declined, the BBC cancelled the regular repeat on the channel after Before The Flood. The only other repeat was the late night signed version on BBC Two, which had an average of 40,000 viewers. 

Overall, the total Live +7 ratings are down by about 1.5 million compared to the 2014 figures, averaging a total of roughly 6.7 million watching each episode.

The overall chart position for each week ranged from 13th for The Magician's Apprentice down to 30th for Sleep No More, the lowest chart position since the series returned in 2005. The only episode this year to make the top ten was The Husbands of River Song which came in 8th. 

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Torchwood Is Back!

That's right, the Doctor Who spinoff is back, this time in comic form. Titan Comics have announced an all-new Torchwood comic series starring Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper.

The series is written by John Barrowman (Captain Jack himself) and his sister, Carole E. Barrowman, with issues illustrated by Antonio Fuso (Drive, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) and Pasquale Qualano (Batman ’66, She Hulk, Harley Quinn). 
The hotly anticipated Torchwood comic sees Captain Jack return to Cardiff to engage the help of the last person who expected to see him again, Gwen Cooper! A dark technology from a forgotten species has been claimed by a conspiratorial power… and in this collision between an ancient civilization and an all-new evil, the Earth itself may be forfeit! Only Jack, Gwen, and their allies from what remains of Torchwood hold the key to stopping a cataclysmic wave of destruction… On the road, on the run, and under fire – can Jack and Gwen put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwood… before its flame is stamped out forever?! 
The first issue comes with variant covers to collect from artists including Tommy Lee Edwards (Tenth Doctor, Turf), Elena Casagrande (Tenth Doctor, The X-Files), Blair Shedd (Ninth Doctor), and Rod Reis (Doctor Who, C.O.W.L.).

The comic series, will tie in with the new Torchwood audio dramas from Big Finish, will be available in shops from 6th July.
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