Friday, 23 September 2016

Highlights From Class Facebook Live Q&A

This evening, the cast and producer of Doctor Who spinoff Class took part in a live Q&A stream on Facebook. The video is available to watch here, but if you haven't got time to watch it all, here are some highlights.

Firstly, Patrick Ness summed the show up as follows:
Being able to look at the Doctor Who universe from a different perspective. The Doctor’s come to this world and he’s done things in this world, in this school, so what effect does this have on the people he leaves behind?

Class is funny and moving and exciting and scary and sexy and it’s true, I hope, to what teenagers feel their life is like.

Meet the Cast

(L-R) Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah and Fayd Elsayed

Greg Austin (Charlie)
A bit of a weird one. A bit awkward socially. His character wouldn’t normally deal with these other characters, they wouldn’t normally be friends. But in the circumstances they’re thrown together.

Summed up in three words: Quirky, inept and leader.

Fayd Elsayed (Ram)
He’s a caring, loving, cheeky kind of hockey young man. He has a heart of gold that he gets to explore.

Summed up in three words: Caring, passionate and driven.

Sophie Hopkins (April)
She’s got a big heart and she’s got her feet firmly on the ground. She’s got the potential to kick butt. She’s a good egg and she’s selfless.

Summed up in three words: Wise, strong and kick-ass.

Vivian Oparah (Tanya)
She 14 and she got moved into sixth form because she’s got the brains and she’s got the attitude. She’s a bit weary because she’s been moved up, all she really wants to do is make friends. 

Oparah couldn't sum her character up, as she didn't want to give too much away.

Katherine Kelly (Miss Quill)
She’s lots of fun to play, she gets some cracking lines. She should be badass, but she should still be believable that she’s a teacher at a normal school. To the naked eye she’s just a bit of a cool teacher. You shouldn’t think anything different of her.

Patrick Ness added, 'She is a teacher you’d never ever want to have. She’s smarter than you and she’ll let you know it. She’s strict in her rules and sharp tongued and may have an evil streak… may.'


What makes Class different from Doctor Who or it’s spinoffs? 

Derek: Class is the first YA Doctor Who spin-off, it’s a brand new take. It’s very much in the Doctor Who universe, we have awesome monsters and big concepts and we go to wonderful places. But at it’s heart, it’s the story of our gang. Every aspects of their lives we investigate with and that makes it unique, because we see these people in their real lives dealing with the most insane things every single week and still trying to go to the prom and still trying to have relationships and pass their A levels while the most bonkers things happen to them that change their lives forever.

It’s incredibly heartfelt, it’s incredibly urgent, it’s incredibly real and I think it will feel like a very unique but very grounded part of the Doctor Who universe.

What was it like when Peter Capaldi was on set?

Greg: Peter was incredible to work with. We didn’t really notice him, he just kind of crept on. Watching him take the script from the page and transform it into something real is just beautiful to watch. He’s a madman in the best possible sense, he’s a genius.

Sophie: 'The energy was electric. It was like getting a masterclass.'

Vivian: He was really helping towards us and he was so encouraging, it was really nice.

What is it about the show that you think will grasp the people’s attention?

Greg: When we watched a little trailer at the rap party, we thought ‘This isn’t like anything we’ve ever seen before.’ It’s crazy what came out of it… seeing it just blew our minds. It has the heart of Doctor Who but its own thing. You can really feel that Doctor Who inspiration come through.

Can you tell us one truth and two lies about the show?

Vivian: Miss Quill is one of our moms. We all go to prison. Jordan Renzo plays Tanya’s boyfriend.

How dark, tonally, is Class?

Fayd: I’d say it’s very dark. There’s elements of everything. Funny moment,s very emotional moments, there’s bits of everything. It’s dark, but in a beautiful way. 

Vivian: It’s not fake dark.

Sophie: On the first day, there was so much blood we felt sick. It’s something that the Doctor Who world hasn’t really seen before, in terms of how raw it is and how gritty.

How important is it to you that young people of the LGBT community and of different races are represented in Class?

Derek: The answer is vital. Fiction is all about young people being affirmed to be who they want to be, to grow up confident who they are, that they can achieve anything they want. And that’s the heart of what we do, by showing it in a real way - not in a cuddly way.

Vivian: I personally think that minority representation is important. When you’re young, you’re always looking ‘is there someone like me?’ 
It’s good to see yourself and think that I can get into those places.

Fayd: There will be a group of people that will be able to relate to each of our characters personally.

Finally, Fayd expressed his excitement about the show and being part of the Whoniverse:
I’m so excited to share this with the Whoniverse. I know they’re really excited to get new Doctor Who, but genuinely, Class has it’s own tone and its own style, and I feel that everyone who watches Doctor Who - or even if you haven’t watched Doctor Who - you will love Class, because it’s so special.

To view the whole live feed, click here.

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Capaldi To Appear In First Episode Of Class On 22nd October

Following the live stream on Facebook, it has been confirmed that the the first and second episodes of the upcoming Doctor Who spinoff, Class, will be broadcast on Saturday 22nd October.

The BBC have also revealed the titles for the first two episodes, which are For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo.

What's more, the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, will also make an appearance in the first episode.

The episodes will be available to watch on the online BBC Three.
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 504 Collectable Covers

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 504 is out on Thursday 22 September.

The issue, which will celebrate 50 years of the Cybermen, comes with four collectable covers featuring stunning artwork of the different Cybermen from over the years.

The question is, which one will you favour?

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Power Of The Daleks Screening At The BFI

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced a special showing of the first three episodes of the new animated version of The Power of the Daleks.

The screening - which will take place on Saturday 5th November at 1pm at the BFI Southbank in London - will also feature a Q&A session with companion actors Anneke Wills (Polly) and Frazer Hines (Jamie). 
The TARDIS lands on the planet Vulcan where the crew discover a crashed space capsule containing some very dangerous visitors. This classic story containing the historic TV moment when the First Doctor regenerated into the Second is completely missing from the archives, but the audio recording still exists. We are delighted to preview the first three episodes of this specially commissioned, animated version of the story, painstakingly recreated for BBC Worldwide for release on DVD. The first episode was originally broadcast 50 years ago, on 5 November 1966.
Tickets are priced at £22.70 and will go on sale from 11:30am on Tuesday 4th October at 11:30am. The ticket also includes includes a copy of the DVD which will posted once it has been released. For more details, visit the BFI website.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Eccleston Describes His Departure As 'Tragic'

In a recent interview on Melbourne’s 774 ABC, Ninth Doctor actor Christopher Eccleston talked about his time on Doctor Who and gave a little more insight into why he left and how he feels about it looking back.

When asked if he was the man to thank for bringing Doctor Who back, he was very generous to the showrunner:
"The man you have to thank is Russell T Davies. He wrote it and I always feel that the showrunners and the writers are the people that deserve and who own the kudos.

The first series of any show is always very difficult to sell to the audience and I'm very proud that through what was a really badly organised - and certainly badly produced first series... I'm very proud that I managed to find a way through the chaos they imposed and get us picked up."
Host Raf Epstein suggested this is now acknowledged by many, but Eccleston wishes the BBC had acknowledged it earlier:
"They certainly didn't acknowledge it at the time and I wish they would've done because then things would've worked out very differently."
When asked if he had any regrets about not doing more, Eccleston gave a little more insight into the problems he faced:
"There's always regret when you play a role like that. I watched it back and I thought 'Okay, next don't do this, do that, calibrate the performance.

It was kind of tragic for me, that I didn’t play him for longer. He’s a beautiful character and I have a great deal of professional pride and had I done a second season, there would have been a marked improvement in my performance. I was learning new skills, in terms of playing light comedy. I was not known for light comedy and, again, production did not allow for that.

It's very important on a first series that you make a very informed and intelligent choice - even if it means breaking the budget - about getting the first director who is going to set the tone for the season, for the way the actors relate, and that did not happen. Disaster."
However, Eccleston is still proud of the show and spoke highly of his successors:
"The show has survived, thank god. Capaldi and Matt and David are just are just brilliant - and I know how brilliant they are because I've been inside it and I know how difficult it is. It is difficult, because you're doing the same thing in each episode and you've got to keep that fresh. You've got to suggest alien and you've got to suggest human under a very tight schedule."
You can listen to the full interview below:

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Jack Is Back! New Captain Jack Audio Drams From Big Finish

Big Finish have announced a new series of audio dramas to be released in June 1017.

John Barrowman returns as Captain Jack Harkness in The Lives of Captain Jack - four brand new full cast audio adventures written by Guy Adams and James Goss. The stories will follow Captain Jack through different times on different planets battling various enemies including Mother Nothing and the Council Of Three.

Barrowman will be joined by former Doctor Who stars Russell Tovey (Alonso Frame), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) and Katy Manning (Jo Grant). Other guest stars includeAlexander Vlahos (Merlin, Versailles), Sarah Douglas (Superman I and II, Strippers vs Werewolves), Scott Haran (Wizards vs Aliens) and Aaron Neil (Class).

John Barrowman said of his return:
I find it really easy to slip into Captain Jack. There’s a bit of Jack in John and vice versa. What’s great about these stories is that they’re the kind of episode we didn’t have time for on TV – exploring aspects of Jack that you’ve never seen before in a timey-wimey way. And getting to work with Camille was amazing. If you’re a fan of Captain Jack, or Torchwood or Doctor Who, then I say get them.
Producer James Goss added:
We love John. He understands Captain Jack like no-one else, and easily provided the various versions of him – having just spent three days playing Torchwood Jack, he suddenly delivered preppy Time Agent Jack, Satellite 5 Jack, End of Time Jack, and effortlessly locked horns with Jackie Tyler. Watching him together in the studio with Camille was genuinely one of the happiest days of my life. We were so lucky to get John, and can’t wait to get him back.
Below are the four stories and their synopsis:
  • The Year After I Died - Set in the year 200,101, on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks, we see Jack struggling to save humanity from its oldest enemy.
  • Wednesdays For Beginners - Jack and Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri) must unite to rescue the Powell Estate from a force whose name Jackie can never say.
  • One Enchanted Evening - Captain Jack and Alonso Frame (Russell Tovey) have only just met. But why did the Doctor want them to be together?
  • Month 25 - He’s the young star of the Time Agency, and his whole life is about to fall apart. But that’s not going to stop him winning.
The set will be available on the Big Finish website from June 2017.
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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Titan Comics Launches Third Doctor Series

Following their successful series of comics featuring the Fourth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, Titan Comics are now adding the Third Doctor to the line up, with a brand new series starring Jon Pertwee's Doctor.
When something enormous and extraterrestrial crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilise immediately to investigate – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader! But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip their whole world off its axis.
The Heralds Of Destruction is written by  Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics) with artwork by Christopher Jones (Young Justice, Marvel’s Avengers).

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The first issue will be available from Wednesday 14th September, with 5 variant covers and 2 retailer exclusives from Forbidden Planet/Jetpack Comics and Diamond UK.

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Power Of The Daleks To Be Released As Animation

Oh my giddy aunt! BBC Worldwide has announced that 1966's The Power of the Daleks will be released as a new animated version to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first broadcast.

The episode, which was the first full story featuring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, was one of the episodes that was wiped in the archive purge in 1974, with no film remaining. The new black and white animation has been made based on audio recordings of the programme using the original cast, surviving photographs and film clips.

The story is comprised of six half hour episodes, featuring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, Anneke Wills as Polly and Michael Craze as Ben. The episode is notable for featuring the first regeneration - or 'renewal' as it was known back then - of William Hartnell's First Doctor into Troughton's Second Doctor.

The Power of the Daleks is being produced by the team behind the highly successful animation of lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Frazer, which was released on BBC Store in February. The producer and director is Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon. Norton says:
“The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”
Paul Hembury, Executive Producer at BBC Worldwide added:
“Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story.”
The Power Of The Daleks will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5th November at 5:50pm - 50 years to the minute that it was first shown on BBC One - followed by the DVD on Monday 21st November.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Doctor Who To Return In April 2017?

After a long wait and no series this year, fans are no doubt wondering when Series 10 will be airing. Well, according to Peter Capaldi himself, it could be as early as April.

While taking photos with fans during filming on location for episode 3 - written by Face The Raven's Sarah Dollard - Capaldi let slip to one fan:
"We’ll be on at Christmas, and then it starts again in April, I think."
Although there has been no official announcement of when the series is to be broadcast, the BBC previously stated a Spring air date, so April could be likely.

You can view the video, filmed by fan Lucy Crewe, below.

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BBC Tease Announcement At Midnight

The BBC have teased something coming at midnight tonight (6th September) via their Facebook page.

The Doctor Who Fan Show hinted on Twitter to keep an eye on the Doctor Who YouTube channel tonight, so it's likely to be a video.

Will it be to do with Series 10? Could it be another casting announcement or possibly a clip?

Check back here at midnight to find out what the big news is.

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