Friday, 22 May 2015

Doctor Who: New Director for Series 9 Confirmed

With filming well underway on block four of Series 9 (episodes seven and eight), it appears that a new director is on board for one of the final couple of blocks.

A listing on director Justin Molotnikov's CV indicates that the director is on board to direct two episodes set for broadcast this year. Molotnikov is a BBC veteran, having directed several episodes of two other past BBC family genre shows, Merlin and Atlantis (pictured to the right).

Molotnikov will likely be directing the next block of series nine, which will start filming later this month or in early June.

[Source: @GirlyLetters]
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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Doctor Who: All of Series 7 Now Streaming on Netflix UK & Amazon Instant Video UK

Good news for binge watchers - after a long wait, the complete Series 7 is now available for streaming in the UK on both Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. Previously, only the first six episodes (from Asylum of the Daleks to The Snowmen) of the season were on both sites.

Eight new episodes originally shown in 2013 that were previously unavailable have now been added to the catalogue - from The Bells of Saint John to season finale The Name of the Doctor. The two specials that followed Series 7, The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor, haven't been added yet, despite having been available for streaming since last year on Netflix's US service.

We'll keep you posted on any further news about the addition of the 2013 specials and Series 8, which is streaming now for Canadian viewers on Netflix.
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Moffat On The Doctor's Love And The Show's Success

Steven Moffat has recently shared some fresh views on Doctor Who in an interview with Jaci Stephen at a New York Bafta event.

He talks of his renewed belief in the staying power of the show, admitting first that when he initially took over from showrunner Russell T Davies, half way through the modern era of Who, he had expected he would be responsible for the period leading up to when the show might be phased out again. He explains:
I'll be honest, I thought when I took it over, and it was more or less said to me – I took over about half-way through the ten years [of nuWho] – I thought I was there to preside over the gentle, respectable and decent decline, because that's what happens to shows that run for a long while.
He goes on to mention how this might be typical of other big BBC productions:
They don't just plunge off a cliff, but they go gently down. Every big show gets slightly less big, that's a reality.
Moffat however is very firm in stating:
As an entity Doctor Who will go on forever. I think it will go off from time to time but then it will just come back 
Looking back to when Doctor Who faded away for some considerable time following 1989, Moffat jokes:
If axing it for 15 years didn't work I'm not sure what could kill it!  
Steven Moffat's thoughts steer onto a more raunchy aspect of Doctor Who, and he takes a cheeky stance as he alludes to the Doctor's feelings towards some companions, not least Clara. He says:
We're in a very different place with the Doctor and Clara in the modern series, it's been a while since I've seen the early stages of the Twelfth Doctor trying to pretend he doesn't fancy Clara
Again he jokes about the reverse psychology tactic of the Doctor, highlighting the Twelfth Doctor's attitude of:
Oh you're ugly, disgusting, stop looking so good!  
Moffat becomes more serious in saying:
In truth, I think in most cases with the Doctor his tragedy is he always loves them more than they love him. That's his story. He's always besotted with them even though he's trying to pretend that he isn't
In any case it feels like Doctor Who's showrunner is sufficiently in tune with the audience in seeing the deeper facets of love that are apparent with the Doctor and who he chooses to travel with.

In regard to Series 9 filming, Moffat admits he's finding it tough work as he reveals:
I've got a script where I've set my self a ludicrous challenge. When episode 11 comes up in the next series of Doctor Who, you'll see just how ludicrous a challenge I set myself. I'm in a state of panic about it!
The fun will all begin again in the Autumn!

[Source: Radio Times]
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Doctor Who On Longlist For TV Choice Awards 2015

Doctor Who features in three categories in this year's TV Choice awards longlist.

Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi is nominated for Best Actor, putting him up not only against former Doctors David Tennant (Broadchurch) and Christopher Eccleston (Safe House), but also former Master John Simm (Prey).

Co-star Jenna Coleman, meanwhile, is up for Best Actress alongside several past Doctor Who actresses including Keeley Hawes (The Casual Vacancy) and Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey).

The show itself has been nominated for Best Family Drama alongside a collection of other popular BBC dramas including Call The Midwife and Casualty.

Voting for the TV Choice Awards 2015 longlist is now open here and will close at midnight on Friday 5th June.

The awards ceremony will take place on September 7th at The Hilton, London, hosted by comedian and actor Lenny Henry.

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Two Doctor Who BBC Audio Productions Released This Month

On the 21st of May BBC Audio are releasing two highly anticipated titles, one an adaptation of a rare Douglas Adams script City Of Death and the second a Mark Gatiss Third Doctor adventure Last of the Gaderene. We previously wrote an article about Douglas Adams' City of Death which you can read here. Mark Gatiss' 'Last of the Gaderene' was first published in 2000 and re-appeared in 2013 as part of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary celebrations. The details for each of these BBC Audio releases are as follows:

City of Death

Written by Douglas Adams, adapted by James Goss, read by Lalla Ward

Released 21st May 2015
The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris - a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. But the TARDIS arrives in 1979, a table-wine year, whose vintage is soured by cracks in the very fabric of time itself. 
Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth. 
Aided by British private detective Duggan, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni - all twelve of him - if the human race has any chance of survival. 
Lalla Ward, who played Romana in the TV series, reads this novel by James Goss, based on the original 1979 serial, written by Douglas Adams under the pen name David Agnew.
Last of the Gaderene

Written by Mark Gatiss, read by Richard Franklin
Released 21st May 2015
Richard Franklin reads an original novel by Mark Gatiss, featuring the Third Doctor as played on TV by Jon Pertwee.

The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious, and when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at UNIT.

The Doctor investigates – and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way…

Richard Franklin, who played UNIT’S Captain Mike Yates in the Doctor Who TV series, reads this exciting original adventure by Mark Gatiss. 
Another old title, Paul Cornell's Human Nature will be released by the BBC on the 20th of August. Additional Doctor Who book adaptations are to be released by BBC Audio later in the year, including:

  • The Massacre (11th June)
  • Doctor Who and the Ark in Space (16th July)
  • The Two Doctors (3rd September)
  • The Curse of Fenric (5th November)
  • K9 and Company (3rd December)

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Doctor Who: Steven Moffat To Stay for Series 10

Speaking in New York on Friday, Steven Moffat confirmed that he is staying for Doctor Who's tenth series.

The series, set to broadcast in 2016, will see Moffat spend his sixth year as show runner and his eleventh year writing for the show.

Meanwhile Moffat has written Series 9's two part opener among other episodes set to broadcast this autumn.

What do you think about Steven staying for another year? Tell us in the comments!

[Source: Blogtor Who]
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Friday, 15 May 2015

Zygon Two-Parter Promises Big Cliffhanger

In a recent interview, writer Peter Harness spoke about his upcoming series 9 two parter.

He told Digital Spy:
“It’s a bit unbelievable to be bringing [the Zygons] back again – and also Osgood as well, another fan favourite.
I tried to do the biggest cliffhanger I possibly could.”

He also spoke about what it was like writing for two firm fan favourites:
“It’s a privilege to be telling a story about those two, and I think it’s quite an exciting story as well. Unfortunately I’ve got two fan favourites in my hands now, which can only set me up to disappoint people!”
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Doctor Who: Rufus Hound On Potential Female Doctor

Rufus Hound recently told the Radio Times his opinion on whether or not the Doctor should ever be played by a woman. The comedian just wrapped a guest role on the show, playing a character named Sam Swift in episodes five and six of series nine, "The Girl Who Died" and "The Woman Who Lived." Hound believes that the recent return of the Master in female form has created the potential for the Doctor to be played by a woman someday, too. And Hound already has his eye on a role for himself. He said slyly,
“She’d need a companion.”
The comedian also discussed his time filming on the show, and how he could hardly contain his excitement. Hound said of the first scene he filmed on Doctor Who:
“Suddenly it was the Doctor talking to me and I sort of went . . .” [Hound pulled an excited face]
Although the two-parter is now finished filming, Hound will surely recall his time on Doctor Who for years to come!

Doctor Who returns with a run of new episodes this autumn.

[Source: Radio Times]
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Titan Comics Launches Doctor Who Summer Event

Fans of both comic books and Doctor Who are in for a treat this summer. Publishers Titan Comics will be beginning a special summer series featuring the Tenth Doctor onwards, which Titan recently confirmed will also include the War Doctor.

Wednesday August 12th will be the release date for the opening installment, kickstarting the global Doctor Who Comics Day on August 15th  and will continue to September on a weekly basis. The series will feature the writing of Paul Cornell, scribe of Father's Day, Human Nature and Family of Blood from the TV universe.

Source: Doctor Who News
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BAFTA To Celebrate A Decade Of Doctor Who In New York

A special screening event celebrating 10 years since Doctor Who was revived and went into production at BBC Wales will be held tomorrow (14th May) in New York.

The anniversary celebration will be hosted by BAFTA Cymru in partnership with BAFTA New York, BBC America and Cardiff Business Council, and will offer 220 industry guests a big-screen showing of Series 8's Listen, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the show's current lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, who said:
“I loved Doctor Who on screen, long before I ever worked on it, just as I loved New York in the movies long before I ever got to go there. It will be a pleasure to combine both fantasies.”
Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru, said:
“We are very excited to be co-hosting this celebratory event in New York, which will be an opportunity to showcase the talent, skills, locations and innovation of the Welsh creative industries talent working on the Doctor Who series in Wales. 

“With millions of fans around the world, and significant viewing figures in the US on BBC America, we felt the 10 year anniversary was a great occasion to toast the team behind the franchise, and offer US industry practitioners an insight into the way the series has developed, as well as an overview of the creative industries sector in Wales.”
Charles Tremayne, Chairman of BAFTA New York, said:
"Doctor Who is such an iconic part of British television culture that it’s always a privilege to celebrate it’s enduring success here in New York. The last 10 years since the re-launch in Cardiff have been among the most memorable of its many years on air. Apart from some great backstage stories, it will be great to hear from Steven how they keep Doctor Who so fresh and part of the zeitgeist around the world."
Preceding the screening, Cardiff Business Council will host a reception to promote the capital city as the gateway to Wales, a country that has seen significant increases in production of film, television, games and commercials in recent years.

Cardiff Business Council Chairman Nigel Roberts said:
“Cardiff is an international Capital City and we are delighted to take our place on the world stage at every opportunity to promote our Capital City Region and the whole of our country, Wales.

Creative Industries forms a big part of our successful economy and we want Cardiff to be like the Doctor ‘at the centre of the universe’! We are proud to be the home of Doctor Who and we are looking forward to meeting with the movers and shakers of New York at this prestigious event.”
Ken Poole, Head of Economic Development for the City of Cardiff Council and Director, Cardiff Business Council, said:
“Working with our partners in the Business Council, the Council is committed to raising our international profile to instigate investment to the Welsh Capital. We have an excellent track record in attracting the creative industry to Cardiff, with the success of the Doctor Who Experience, Sherlock, Torchwood and Casualty, as well as the recent news that Pinewood has set up in Cardiff. 

“The creative industry is the fastest growing sector in Wales. Around a third of all Welsh creative industry jobs are based in Cardiff, with over 6,000 jobs in the capital. We will continue to embrace every opportunity to show what Cardiff has to offer, further establishing the fastest growing European Capital City on the world stage.”
The event will be one of 60 that BAFTA Cymru will be hosting in 2015 as part of its year-round programme of screenings and learning events.

For information regarding BAFTA Cymru membership and events programme please see

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