Thursday, 14 June 2018

James Peaty signing Road to the Thirteen Doctor: Tenth Doctor at London Megastore

The 10th, 11th and 12th Doctors are continuing their adventures as part of the Road To The 13th Doctor mini-series, a series of short stories paving the way for Jodie Whittaker's debut later this year.

James Peaty, author of the 10th Doctor's instalment in the mini-series, will be signing copies at Forbidden Planet's London Megastore on Wednesday 11th July between 6-7 pm.

In this opening short story, The Tenth Doctor encounters a lost spaceship whose crew is being absorbed by mysterious ghostly creatures. The Doctor of course jumps in to save the day, but the crew might not be as trustworthy as they seem.

Source: Forbidden Planet
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Tenth Doctor and Rose audio available as limited edition vinyl record

Big Finish have announced that the Tenth Doctor audio drama Infamy of the Zaross will be available for the first time on vinyl record exclusively at HMV from Saturday 16th June.

The adventure features David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Billie Piper as companion Rose, and Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler. 
When Jackie takes a trip to visit her old friend Marge in Norwich, she finds her holiday immediately interrupted in the worst way possible - an alien invasion! The infamous Zaross have come to take over Earth. Or have they? 
HMV will be stocking a limited number of copies of the exclusive record, which comes on yellow 180gm heavyweight vinyl. It will also only be available in a select 750 stores.

The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 2, was released in November 2017 and includes Infamy of the Zaross, as well as two further Tenth Doctor adventures. CDs and downloads are available from the Big Finish website.

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TGT Podcast #11 - R.I.P. Clive

It's that time again, when Andrew and Ben sit down and talk about all things Doctor Who in a new episode of the TGT podcast.

This month, Ben finished reading the new Target novelisation of 2005's Rose, so we decided to rewatch the episode and compare them in our regular episode discussion. In doing so, we also remember the unsung hero from Rose, Clive Finch, who was cruelly taken from us.

We also have a guest speaker, Ifan, who talks us through some of the science and math behind the black hole in the Series 10 episode World Enough And Time.

There's also the latest news highlights and a new song, so plenty to enjoy in this month's episode of our podcast.

And here it is:

Thanks for listening and we'll be back next month.
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Doctor Who archivist knows where some missing episodes may be

During the 1970s, the BBC wiped several episodes of Doctor Who from their archives and they were thought lost forever. While some have been recovered, there are still 97 missing episodes in total. But one archivist reckon's they're still out there waiting to be found.

BBC Doctor Who archivist Paul Vanezis recovered four missing episodes in the 80s, and in an interview on the Radio Free Skaro podcast, he revealed he knows where some others may be hidden.
"There is absolutely no question that there are missing Doctor Who films out there with private film collectors I know some of these collectors, and at some point they may be interested in handing over their films. But they’re not the kind of people that you should be pressuring to hand things over."
That might prompt you to think that these collectors are mean for not letting people see their beloved episodes, but Vanezis doesn't see it that way:
"There’s been a lot of criticism of film collectors by people who should really know better. Without them, these things would have been lost or destroyed years and years ago and the fact that they have survived and survived in good condition is because people have cared for them. We might not like it because we can’t see them but it’s not really for us to criticise them for preserving this material. one day we will get to see them."
Although Vanezis seems pretty confident that he knows the whereabouts of lost episodes, he makes it clear that it's only a small number:
"I don’t want to make this sound like there are lots of tins of missing Doctor Who out there that I know about. You know, we’re talking about one or two episodes. But they’re there and if something happens at some point in the future for them to be revealed then great."
So, we live in hope that one day Vanezis, or another hero, will find at least some of the missing episodes.

You can hear the full interview on the Radio Free Skaro podcast here.

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Doctor Who panel announced for San Diego Comic-Con 2018

BBC America has announced that this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego will feature a Doctor Who panel with the stars of the upcoming eleventh series.

Making their first-ever panel appearance ahead of the show's return later this year will be Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker and two of her fellow newcomers to the show, Mandip Gill (Yasmin) and Tosin Cole (Ryan).

The panel, moderated by comedian and Doctor Who fan Chris Hardwick, will also feature behind-the-scenes insights from new series showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens.

Previous Doctor Who panels have offered attendees an exclusive look at upcoming series of the show, but it is as yet unknown whether a preview of the new series will be premiered at the convention.

This year's San Diego Comic-Con will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from 18th-22nd July. Details on exactly when and where this year's Doctor Who panel will take place have not yet been released.

Doctor Who Series 11 is currently filming and is due to air this autumn on BBC One and BBC America.

[Source: BBC America]
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The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures In The Future out now

The latest issue of The Essential Doctor Who - a range of special editions from the makers of Doctor Who Magazine - is out from today.

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future explores landmark episodes of the television show set in the future, meeting the talents who brought them to the screen.

This essential guide to the Doctor's greatest futuristic adventures is packed with features exclusive to the magazine, including a wealth of previously-unseen images.

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future is out in stores from today, Thursday 14th June, priced £9.99. A digital edition of the special issue is also available from

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]
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Friday, 8 June 2018

Georgia Tennant talks about bringing Jenny back

Georgia Tennant has reprised her role as the Doctor's daughter, Jenny, in a new series of Big Finish audios. And she's clearly very excited to be back.

Georgia Tennant appeared in just one episode of Doctor Who, 2008's The Doctor's Daughter, opposite her now husband, David Tennant, as the Doctor's genetically manufactured daughter, Jenny. Despite only having one appearance, the character became a fan favourite. In an interview with Radio Times, she spoke about her surprise at this:
"I’ve always been aware of what Doctor Who brings to it, and what you then carry on throughout your life, but because it was just one episode I thought ‘Oh…that’ll just come and go.’ But it hasn’t, and everyone’s so lovely."
At the end of the episode, Jenny survived and it was left open for her to make a possible return - something fans have been hoping for for 10 years. Originally, the character was slated to die at the end, but Steven Moffat revealed that it was him who convinced Russell T Davies to keep her alive:
"Apparently it was me that kept her alive, because I said – when I heard about the idea – ‘Oh don’t kill her at the end, that’s the Star Trek thing to do.’ So he kept her alive just because I said that.

"And I wrote to him after and said, ‘Well I didn’t know that I did that,’ and he said, ‘Oh it doesn’t matter, Steven, she flew straight into a moon!’"
However, we're glad he made the suggestion, as now Jenny is back and Tennant is clearly very excited to be returning. She explained Radio Times one of the reasons why she wanted to come back:
"Everyone’s wanted me to do this, and at conventions everyone’s been like ‘Why don’t you come back and do something?’ And you know, obviously they never asked me on the TV show…"

"There’s only so many stories you can tell. It’s difficult to tell [fans] about your character when your character hasn’t existed before that point. It’s very difficult to come up with anecdotes.

"I just felt that I needed to give everyone a break and stop talking about it. But now, I’m going to have LOADS of stuff to talk about, so they’re going to have at least another 10 years of me banging on. So that’ll be fun for everyone."
The character has also grown since her first appearance, and Tennant thinks the gap has helped develop the character:
"She’s got much more of a personality than she had, I think, in the TV show.

"Because we’ve had time to sort of create that. Which is nice. And in herself, she has had time to create her own personality. She’s gone on."
In an interview with Digital Spy, she explained why there needed to be a gap between the TV appearance and doing the audio dramas:
"Enough time needed to have had passed after the TV episode, so that I felt like I could put my own mark on her. Because obviously she was effectively born at the beginning of the TV episode, so by the end of it, she's not formed a massive personality.

"I wanted to make sure that I could create a well-rounded, interesting, fun version of her that I would be happy to commit to. It's a slightly weird thing in that you're reprising a role, but actually you're sort of creating it fresh, because she wasn't particularly fully-formed [on television]."
Tennant also spoke about her experience recording the new audio dramas:
"I've enjoyed it much more than I thought I was going to enjoy it. The pressure that I felt back then has lifted, and I've just had a bit of a laugh!"
As well as starring as Jenny, Georgia Tennant is also an associate producer on the series, advising on story ideas, scripts and casting:
"It's a power thing! They didn't at any point say, 'Step back, madam!' so that was good."
Although the series focuses on Jenny, her famous father does get a mention:
"[The Doctor] gets referred to every now and again. But Jenny is very much a separate character in her own right."
And it seems that fans are just as excited as Tennant is for the return of Jenny:
"I only saw positive things, which is good – I didn't delve into the depths of the internet to find the negatives! But the fans are really excited to see what she's been up to. And that's really nice. There's no fans quite like the Doctor Who fans!"
Jenny: The Doctor's Daughter is available to buy from the Big Finish website now.

[sources: Radio Times, Digital Spy]
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Earn hands on experience working on Doctor Who

Many fans dream of one day working on Doctor Who. That dream can become a reality, but act fast! This is the last chance to put your hat into the ring for the BBC Studios' seven week training and development opportunity in working on Doctor Who. 

This exclusive opportunity is aimed toward people with limited experience who have an interest in working in television drama. This training session is based in Cardiff and is designed for an Assistant Producer, a Content Producer, as well as a Senior Content Producer. These individuals will assist in the digital output supporting Doctor Who.

This will be a three month contract to the lucky few who are chosen. However, all applicants must submit their applications by Wednesday, the 6th of June.

For the full details please contact Hannah Williams at [email protected]

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Monday, 4 June 2018

Big Finish: New First Doctor Adventures coming soon

Big Finish has released a new trailer and cover art for the second volume of The First Doctor Adventures, out next month.

The new trailer, available to listen to through Big Finish, teases the continuing audio adventures of the First Doctor (David Bradley), granddaughter Susan (Claudia Grant), and companions Ian (Jamie Glover) and Barbara (Jemma Powell).

The second volume of adventures will feature two new stories starring the original TARDIS team:

2.1 The Invention of Death by John Dorney
After an experimental flight, the TARDIS crew find themselves on one of the strangest worlds they have ever encountered.

Alien life takes many forms, and on Ashtallah the travellers find all their preconceptions tested.

But this world is about to make a discovery – and it could mean the end of everything.
2.2 The Barbarians and the Samurai by Andrew Smith
In 19th Century Japan, Westerners are forbidden. So when the TARDIS arrives near Lord Mamoru’s castle, the daimyo’s Samurai are soon on their trail.

Uncovering secrets at court and treachery in the ranks, the Doctor and his friends are drawn into intrigue. And, as a battle begins, they are caught in the middle.
Both writers are featured in this month's edition of Big Finish's in-house e-zine Vortex, with Dorney teasing a new alien species and Smith's extensive story research revealed.

The first volume of The First Doctor Adventures, released last Christmas, saw the First Doctor and crew travel back to New York circa 1888 as well as encounter the very first incarnation of the Master, played by James Dreyfus. Prior to its release, executive producer Nicholas Briggs reflected on bringing new adventures featuring the original TARDIS crew to audio:
"What's fascinating about the cast and their performances is that they're not impersonating William Hartnell and his TARDIS crew. They're playing those parts as written in the scripts. No one can replace the brilliance of those original performances. What we're presenting here is a kind of reinvention of that era, completely in the spirit of the original. They are new but entirely faithful interpretations of these characters."
Volume Two of The First Doctor Adventures is available to pre-order now ahead of its July 2018 release from Big Finish at £23 on CD or £20 on digital download. Both volumes are also available to purchase as a bundle for £45 on CD or £40 on download.

[Source: Big Finish]
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Every Doctor Who episode since 2005 returning to iPlayer

With a few months still to go until Series 11, fans will no doubt be rewatching episodes to pass the time away. But what if you don't have the DVDs? Well, the BBC have just announced something that will solve that issue.

As of today, every episode of Doctor Who since 2005 will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer - including all 10 series and all the specials, as well as the mini-episode The Night of the Doctor

The BBC have previously done this with shows like Our Girl and The Bridge, not only allowing fans to revisit their favourite episodes, but also to draw new viewers in and binge watch a whole series. Of course, Doctor Who has several 'eras' with different Doctors, so new viewers will be able to watch from Series 1 and see Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi playing their respective Doctors.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC, said: 
"We’re reinventing the BBC for a new generation and BBC iPlayer is key to that. Bringing back these series of Doctor Who is just part of our offer this summer giving viewers the chance to uncover or rediscover the Doctor’s previous adventures. You can also watch the World Cup live in UHD, catch-up on the latest stories unfolding in Albert Square and binge-watch box set drama like Our Girl or comedy like This Country. BBC iPlayer will have something for everyone."
What better way to spend your summer than to relive the Doctor's adventures all over again.

[source: BBC]
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