Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Doctor Who 2018 World Cup - Series 2 (2006) - Qualifying Round

Welcome back to the Doctor Who 2018 World Cup! Voting is continuing on the first qualifying round, for Series 1, and you can cast your ballots here, but it's time now for the second qualifier, Series 2.

David Tennant's first series as the Doctor saw the re-introduction of the Cybermen, the rise of the Beast and the tragic departure of Rose Tyler. You can vote below for your two favourite stories, and the top three will progress to the group stages:

The poll will be open until Sunday 21st January. The World Cup will continue next Monday with the Series 3 qualifying round - see you there!
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Monday, 15 January 2018

Doctor Who 2018 World Cup - Series 1 (2005) - Qualifying Round

Hello, and a (slightly late) welcome to the Doctor Who 2018 World Cup, the tournament which will find out your favourite episode of the revival era. You can read our introduction of the tournament here.

There will be twelve qualifying rounds, posted twice-weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays - one for each series plus two for the numerous Specials and the top three most voted for episodes from each will progress to the group stages next month. We start our start off our journey once more with Series 1, Christopher Eccleston's first and only series as the Ninth Doctor.

From Autons to Daleks, the Ninth Doctor's life was certainly full of twists and turns, and, though it marked a sea change for the format and style of the show, plenty of fan favourite episodes. You can pick your two favourite stories in the poll below:

The poll will be open until Sunday 21st January. We'll continue with the Series 2 qualifying round tomorrow, where David Tennant's first series will come under your voting scrutiny.
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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Chris Chibnall Discusses Taking Over Doctor Who

Handing over Doctor Who to new Show Runner Chris Chibnall must have been like handing over your child to a new parent for former show runner and writer Steven Moffat. Chibnall has recently shared the experience with readers of Doctor Who Magazine in his first column as show runner, and what words Moffat had for him as he asked him to take on this epic new task.

Chris Chibnall is a 47 year old writer and producer from North West England with a first class honours degree in Drama and an MA in Theatre and Film. He has since gained many accomplishments in his career including his work with Broadchurch, which won him 2 awards and several nominations. The writer is no stranger to the world of Doctor Who having written for 8 episodes of Torchwood (Day One; Cyberwoman; Countrycide; End of Days; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang; Adrift; Fragments; Exit Wounds) and 6 episodes of Doctor Who (42; The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood; Pond Life; Dinosaurs on a Spaceship; The power of Three; P.S) in the past.

The new show runner has been pretty secretive over the direction of series 11 and plans to keep everything very hush hush until the new series airs in Autumn of this year. He seems to be trying to avoid fan and paparazzi spoiler photos flooding the internet like we saw for series 10. However, there was one thing the new man in charge was willing to share with everyone, and that was the words Steven Moffat used when he asked Chibnall to take over what he refers to as "the greatest show on television".
"He [Steven Moffat] said: "I'm sorry, but I'm about to derail your life." As opening gambits go, it's a good one. And, as it turns out, true.

Now, you're probably either excited or worried about the future - maybe both. I think that may be the natural state of being a fan of something, whether in sport or culture: you love this thing so much, like we all do, and you're worried what's going to happen.

If it's any consolation, that combination of excitement and concern is also the natural state of making the show: excited about what you're planning, concerned about how you'll achieve it." - Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who Magazine #521)
 Filming for series 11 has already begun and aside from knowing who is going to be in it, we don't really know much about the story arch or episode details. What we do know is that Chibnall is trying to embrace the idea of change within Doctor Who while still maintaining its ability to remain the same show. This is something Chibnall thinks is just "extraordinary". However, in a show about constant change the question always seems to be "What's next?"
"That's our challenge, and we're loving it. It is so much fun. It's not sure I fully realised how much fun this was going to be. And it's been part of my brief to everyone who's joined: enjoy it, on behalf of every fan, every viewer, every child and every adult who would love to be working on this show. We know how lucky we are. And we're going to relish every moment." - Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who magazine #521)
Chibnall explains that working for Doctor Who is "equal parts thrill, privilege and responsibility". Let us all hope that this recent derailment has put Chibnall exactly where he needs to be. So far it certainly sounds like he has a lot of work on his plate, and a lot of exciting, scary and wonderful times ahead.

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Series 10 Deleted Scenes Released Online by BBC America

If you haven't picked up the DVD or Blu-Ray of Doctor Who series 10 yet, you can still watch the deleted scenes online thanks to BBC America.

Recently BBC America has added what they are calling 'Extra Scenes' on their website. These are the deleted scenes from the various episodes. Just click the episode you want to see scenes for and from there click the extra scene you would like to view. They have deleted scenes for episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of series 10 available.

Many fans find themselves wishing some of these scenes had been left in the episodes. What are your thoughts? Do you think they would help or hurt the story? Which deleted scenes are your favourites?

During this time of longing in the Doctor Who community when we have to wait for months before getting to watch the new series, this is the perfect time to catch up on the little bits they left out of the last series. Think of them like little snacks to hold you over until supper.

You can watch a full compilation of the available scenes in the Youtube video below. Don't forget to get your copy of Doctor Who series 10, now available on Amazon, The BBC Shop and your local retailer.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Tale of Tom Baker & The Very Long, Very 'Who' Queue

During a panel at Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans (USA) David Tennant recalled a moment from his childhood while meeting the legendary Tom Baker that could only be described as a glimpse into his future. Is it just a small world or is there truly such a thing as fate? Or is Tom Baker just really a Time Lord?

The 46 year old Scottish actor who played the tenth Doctor was more than happy to answer fan questions last weekend while seated in a comfortable chair on a simple but cozy stage setting, overlooking the excited audience before him. After congratulating him on his ginger hair which he claims he will only have for another two months or so, it was time to get down to business. The questions asked spanned from "What's the most Scottish thing about you?" to "Do you wish Jessica [Jones] would have tried harder to rehabilitate Kilgrave?"

When asked what it's like to be so involved with a program he watched as a child, the actor reminisced a bit, much to the crowd's delight.
"I had a poster of Tom Baker on my wall, signed on the bottom. He came to John Menzies, which is a bookshop in Glasgow. He came to John Menzies, in 1970-I’m-not-quite-sure-what, I went along and got the Doctor Who Monster Book which had a poster in the middle and Tom Baker signed it." - David Tennant
A lovely memory, to be sure. However, what came next seems like an amazing coincidence. He continued, "Also in the queue that day, I have since found out, was [former show runner] Steven Moffat, would you believe? Also getting something signed."

Image Sources: [Left], [Right] Baker at John Menzies, Glasgow 1970s

Is that coincidence not amazing enough for you? Wait, there is more to come.
"I only recently found out that there was somebody who missed it, who came too late with his book and didn’t get it signed that day [...] Peter Capaldi turned up late. So yeah it’s quite weird that three of us, for whom Doctor Who has ended up being quite a large part of our life, were nearly in the same queue." - David Tennant
The actor finished his thought by expressing how odd it felt to go from being a child fan, having books and posters, to being part of Doctor Who, playing the lead role, and having "a responsibility for in some sense". He expressed, "it’s quite surreal and it keeps being quite surreal. Even now it’s quite surreal."

Tennant isn't the only one to remember being in queue for Tom Baker. In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine (#510) Steven Moffat also recalled the extraordinary event that took place that day.
"John Menzies, Glasgow, the 1970s. My friend Billy McColgan and I joined a massive queue, and waited for hours. And then in a swirl of hat and scarf was the real, actual Doctor Who. When my turn came, our conversation scintillated along the following lines: "What's your name?" "Steven." "Have a badge, Steven." He handed me a Target Books badge, which I treasured for most of that week, and signed my copy of Planet of the Spiders, which I have to this day. I put my signed picture of Jon Pertwee inside it, and that's where it remains. Years later I discovered that a little David Tennant was also in that queue, and that after the event dispersed, and Doctor Who flew off in his TARDIS, there was some scary Scottish shouting and skidding through the door, with a general air of being Far Too Late and a pair of terrifying eyebrows, came Peter Capaldi." - Steven Moffat
We still don't know former Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi's accounts of the day. Just what made the actor late on that magical day? What matter of great importance had kept him from meeting the world's favourite Time Lord? We may never know!

[Sources: David Tennant News ,  DWM #510 , Radio Times]
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New Missy short story collection coming soon

A collection of all-new stories featuring the first female incarnation of the Master, Missy, will be released next month.

Doctor Who: The Missy Chronicles, published by BBC Books, will feature brand new tales of Missy's exploits from authors Cavan Scott, Jacqueline Rayner, Paul Magrs, James Goss, Peter Anghelides and Richard Dinnick:
Know your frenemy.

‘I’ve had adventures too. My whole life doesn’t revolve around you, you know.’

When she's not busy amassing armies of Cybermen, or manipulating the Doctor and his companions, Missy has plenty of time to kill (literally). In this all new collection of stories about the renegade Time Lord we all love to hate, you'll discover just some of the mad and malevolent activities Missy gets up to while she isn't distracted by the Doctor.

So please try to keep up.
The Missy Chronicles is available to pre-order now ahead of its release on February 22nd, 2018.

[Source: Doctor Who]
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Doctor Who Magazine #521 details revealed

Details for this month's issue of Doctor Who Magazine have been released.

The latest edition of the magazine features an exclusive interview with cover star and new Doctor Jodie Whittaker, who made her Doctor Who debut in last month's Christmas special Twice Upon a Time.

The actress discusses her regeneration scene, as well as working with costume designer Ray Holman on her Doctor's new look, unveiled to fans a couple of months back:
“The very first meeting we had was all very secret and incognito. As we were talking I was completely distracted by the colour of the wallpaper behind us. I told Roy I absolutely loved that colour, and that’s the colour of the trousers.”
The new issue also features Chris Chibnall's first column for the publication as showrunner, in which he looks forward to a new era for the show:
“What’s evident is Doctor Who’s extraordinary ability to embrace change while remaining exactly the same show that people love.”
As well as the usual news, reviews and features, this month's issue of Doctor Who Magazine also includes:
  • Rachel Talalay: The director of Twice Upon a Time on the filming of Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker’s regeneration scene.
  • Twice Upon a Time: Exclusive set report and unseen images from the 2017 Christmas Special.
  • Who is John Smith?: The fan turned visual effects pro who worked on the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures.
  • Dudley Simpson: Tributes to the composer who wrote some of Doctor Who’s best-loved scores.
  • TARDIS Building: A first-hand account of how the 1960s TARDIS prop was recreated for Twice Upon a Time.
  • Meet the Dr Men: Writer and illustrator Adam Hargreaves explains how his Mr Men entered the world of Doctor Who.
  • The Face of Evil: The Fact of Fiction explores the 1977 story that introduced the Fourth Doctor’s companion Leela.
  • The Phantom Piper: Part Three of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill.
Doctor Who Magazine #521 is on sale from tomorrow, Thursday 11th January, priced £5.99.

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]
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Eighth Doctor returns to Big Finish in Doctor Who: Ravenous

Big Finish has announced a new series of audio adventures starring Eighth Doctor Paul McGann.

Doctor Who - Ravenous will follow on from the momentous events of Doom Coalition, and will see the Doctor joined by Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) as they hunt for their lost friend Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan) and attempt to stop homicidal Time Lord the Eleven (Mark Bonnar).

Producer David Richardson says:
“Once again we have an over-arching storyline that will encompass four box sets of four stories each, but it’s somewhat looser in structure than Doom Coalition. There will be standalone stories that have nothing to do with the overall arc – but along the way we’ll be teasing and building to something bigger further down the line." 
The first of four box sets, out in April 2018, will feature four brand new adventures for the Eighth Doctor:

1. Their Finest Hour by John Dorney
2. How to Make a Killing in Time Travel by John Dorney
3. World of Damnation by Matt Fitton
4. Sweet Salvation by Matt Fitton

This initial set of stories will see the Doctor cross multiple timelines and encounter familiar friends and foe alike, with Ian McNiece (Victory of the Daleks) once more reprising his Doctor Who role as Sir Winston Churchill and a return for the Kandyman, originally defeated by Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy in The Happiness Patrol.

Richardson says:
“I was really eager to bring back the Kandyman, but I thought that this time we could return to Graeme Curry’s original vision for the character. This Kandyman is a saccharine scientist in humanoid form – and you’ll discover the reason for the difference within the story. He’s played by Nicholas Rowe – whose recent work includes Da Vinci’s Demons and The Crown.”
The second box set of Doctor Who - Ravenous will follow in October 2018, with the third and fourth sets completing the Eighth Doctor's latest saga in 2019.

Doctor Who - Ravenous is available to pre-order now from Big Finish; each box set is available to order individually whilst all four are able to be pre-purchased together as a bundle.

[Source: Big Finish]
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Fan Favourite Doctor Who Writers Bowing Out for Series 11

Mark Gatiss and Sarah Dollard, who have written some of the most memorable episodes of Doctor Who since its 2005 reboot say they won't be writing episodes for series 11. Whittaker's Doctor will likely have her adventures written by an all new staff of writers. At least for now...

Gatiss is known for having written nine episodes of Doctor Who, including Victory of the Daleks; The Crimson Horror; and The Unquiet Dead, but he isn't being kicked to the curb by the new show runner. He explained, "Chris Chibnall very sweetly emailed me and said he'd love me to continue because I'm a big part of the Doctor Who family, which I was very touched by". The writer humbly declined the offer but does this mean we will never get another Gatiss episode? Gatiss says, "At the moment, I don't know. Never say never. But I've had such a brilliant time and I feel very blessed to have worked on it for 10 years. It might just be time for someone else to have a go".

Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss
The former Doctor Who writer expresses how this is not a bad thing for him, saying "That's just like being 8 years old and sitting in front of the TV again, and not knowing anything, which in this day and age is a very unusual situation". He added "Yes [it's strange] but it's nice".
"I'm just very excited about not knowing anything and it's been a very long time since I've been able to say that, literally, when it starts, I won't know a thing about the new approach – the music, the title sequence, the inside of the TARDIS, the stories, the writers. I don't know anything!" - Mark Gatiss

However, this doesn't mean we will never see another episode penned by the former writer. Gatiss suggests, "I'd just like to enjoy it and have a proper break, and maybe, if Chris wants me, I might do something".
"There always used to be a cliché about writers being Who-ed out [...] As a teenager, I used to think, 'This will never happen!' But of course it's true. Certainly, I think everyone benefits from a bit of rest." - Mark Gatiss
Sarah Dollard, another popular Doctor Who writer, is also bowing out for Series 11. Dollard is known for writing Face the Raven and Thin Ice. In a recent interview with Rogues Portal she admitted she is just too busy at the moment.
"I am properly sad to be saying goodbye to Twelve and Bill, but I’m delighted that the Doctor is finally presenting as a woman and I know Jodie Whitaker will be brilliant. Rachel Talalay has told me some deliberately vague yet still very exciting things about her take on the character, so I’m doubly excited.
I won’t be on S11 due to workload/schedule clashes this past year, but I had a really great chat with Chris about his plans. So hopefully, I’ve left the door open for a possible return in the future. It would be an honour to work with him and write for Thirteen." - Sarah Dollard
It looks like these writers are leaving for now but are willing to possibly return at some point in the future to write some more adventures in time and space for everyone's favourite Time Lord. It will be interesting to watch the new series with a completely new cast, crew and writers.  We really don't know what to expect!

Pearl Mackie, Sarah Dollard and Peter Capaldi (Photo From Sarah Dollard's Twitter)

[Sources: DigitalSpyRogues Portal , Twitter]
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Jodie Whittaker on keeping her Yorkshire accent

On sale later this week, the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine features an interview with Jodie Whittaker, during which she talks about keeping her Yorkshire accent and why the decision was quite so important.

Whittaker says:
"All the Doctors' voices have been different. They had several dialects and I knew there was no rule where you had to talk in a certain way. My hearing was with my accent and at no time did anyone tell me to do it differently. In fact they said, 'Use your voice.'

"In a strange way I do not even know if this was a decision ... I think it happened before I was even chosen!"
Doctor Who Magazine #521 is on sale from this Thursday (11th January), priced £5.99.
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