Friday, 29 July 2016

Joss Whedon Would Write For A Female Doctor

Acclaimed director Joss Whedon - best known for the recent Marvel Avengers films - was recently asked by a fan during a Q&A session at Nerd HQ 2016 whether he would consider writing an episode of Doctor Who. His answer was:
“I’m not sure... I’d have to do a lot of research. Like watch 40 years of television. I’ve seen some of it... It would be very daunting to follow in the footsteps of Moffat and the guys."
However, he then went on to tease:
"Check back with me when The Doctor is a she... or Idris Elba.”
You can watch the full answer in the video below

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Ralf Little Denies Rumours Of Appearing In Series 10?

We previously reported that Royale Family star Ralf Little would be appearing in Series 10 of Doctor Who. Today the actor has released a video explaining that this was just a rumour and 'categorically' denies them. As ever in Doctor Who, things aren't always as they seem. Check out the video below to make your mind up on the story:

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Doctor Who Magazine #502 - Cover And Details Released

The cover and details for the upcoming issue of Doctor Who Magazine have been revealed.

Featured on the latest cover are Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor - complete with new blue-lined coat - alongside Series 10 newcomers Pearl Mackie as new companion Bill and Matt Lucas, reprising his role as Nardole from last year's The Husbands of River Song.

This month's issue includes an interview with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, who reveals what it was like to work on his final series of the show:
"When I agreed to do one more run, I thought, 'Sod it, I’m not doing the march to the scaffold.' I want it to feel like a brand new show. I want it to feel like Episode 1 of a new series. I want to leave like it's all just beginning."
The magazine also carries an interview with casting director Andy Pryor, who talks about the aspects of Pearl Mackie's performance that helped win her the part of Bill:
"Pearl has this sort of boldness, and an ability to tap into the humour of the part without making it an overtly comic performance. From the word go, she made the part her own. She found things in the part that none of us had envisaged, and she made Bill a rounded person."
Other features in this month's issue of Doctor Who Magazine include:
Concept Art DWM comic artist Mike Collins reveals the secrets of his work storyboarding TV Doctor Who!

Marvel Files A fascinating insight into the early correspondence between Doctor Who Magazine and BBC Enterprises

The Pestilent Heart Part 2 of a brand-new comic strip adventure, The Pestilent Heart, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Mike Collins.

Relatively Speaking Jacqueline Rayner bows out with her final Relative Dimensions column.

Time Team The Time Team attempt to distinguish dream and reality as they watch the 2010 episode, Amy’s Choice.

Frontier In Space War breaks out in space, in this issue’s Fact of Fiction, which covers the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Frontier in Space. 

Following on from last month's issue, the magazine will also come with four more art cards and the second part of a huge multi-Doctor poster, as well as the usual news, reviews and competitions.

Doctor Who Magazine #502 will be on sale from this Thursday (20th August) for £5.99.

[Source: DWM]
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Ralf Little To Guest Star In Doctor Who Series 10

The Royle Family star Ralf Little will be making a guest appearance in Series 10 of Doctor Who.

The actor - best known for playing Anthony Royle in the hit sitcom - began filming his scenes today in Cardiff opposite Peter Capaldi and new companion Pearl Mackie. Details of his character have not yet been revealed by the BBC.

Little has previously appeared in the Doctor Who universe as part of the Adventure Games series of video games, providing the voice for Guy Fawkes in Doctor Who: The Gunpowder Plot.

Other guest stars already confirmed for the show's upcoming tenth series include Matt Lucas - who will be reprising his role as Nardole from last year's Christmas special The Husbands of River Song - and Stephanie Hyam.

Doctor Who will return this year for a Christmas special, with Series 10 due to follow in 2017.

[Source: Digital Spy]
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Tennant And Moffat Receive Honorary Doctorates

After years of playing a fictional Doctor, David Tennant is now a doctor for real! The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow has awarded the Tenth Doctor actor with an honorary doctorate for drama.

Tennant studied at the Conservatoire between 1988 and 1991 when it was called the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He said of his doctorate:
I'm honoured and rather humbled to be here - it's all quite overwhelming but lovely to be back. It evokes some very vivid memories. It was a very important time for me. I don't think I would have survived without my time here - for me it was essential. Three years of getting to practice in a safe environment. I was quite young, quite green, and I did a lot of growing up here and learned an enormous amount. They were very formative years that I look back on very fondly.

Meanwhile, Executive Producer Steven Moffat has also received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said:
Steven is quite simply one of the country’s greatest screenwriters and through his work on both the small and big screen he has brought joy to millions of viewers worldwide.
He is a further example of success from our wonderful town of Paisley in a long line of truly successful people brought up in the town.

Steven is great role model for anyone, not just our students, and demonstrates that your path in life will be determined by your own passion for the things you believe in and that anyone can have success if they work hard.

Steven is a hugely deserving recipient of this Honorary Doctorate and we are delighted to honour him in his home town.
Moffat's graduation ceremony took place at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church in his home town of Paisley on Tuesday 5th July. Moffat said:
It's always a joy to go home - but to go back to Paisley to receive a doctorate feels like I finally made it. I feel very honoured, and more importantly very happy.

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Tom Baker's Final Interview In Doctor Who Magazine - Available Today

Following on from their much celebrated 500th issue, the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine is dedicated entirely to the Fourth Doctor and the actor who played him, Tom Baker.

The magazine includes what Tom Baker has dubbed his 'final interview', during which he discusses life, death and his Doctor Who life. Here is an extract from the article with some words of wisdom from Baker:
“Life is too short to be dull. Be interesting. Because not very much else matters does it? In large areas of our lives, hardly anything matters at all. I mean, nothing can beat being with loving friends, and a few wines, and a few beers, and a few lies, and a few yarns. And to still be adored after 40-odd years… yeah that’s the life. Maybe I’m the longest-serving actor, in the whole history of actors, who’s actually still, 40-odd years later, adored for the same part and enjoying it in the same way. When I get sent messages from middle-aged men… or from the wives of middle-aged men, who say, ‘Tell Mr Baker he cannot imagine how important he was to my beloved husband when he was a boy’… it moves me deeply to think about it. I was just going to work. I didn’t know, to begin with, how far-reaching this role would be. I was aware of the excitement, and the generosity, and the affection of the fans, but how could I ever have dreamed of all this?”
The interview extravaganza is split into seven parts with contributions from friends and colleagues:
  • The Unbreakable Tom Baker
  • The Insatiable Tom Baker
  • The Impeccable Tom Baker (with June Hudson)
  • The Irrepressible Tom Baker
  • The Unstoppable Tom Baker (with Louise Jameson, John Leeson and Geoffrey Beevers)
  • The Unforgettable Tom Baker
  • The Irreplaceable Tom Baker
DWM 501 also includes the first part of the new comic strip, The Pestilent Heart, news from filming of Series 10 and other regular features.

The collectable souvenir edition - available from today (Thursday 30th June) for £5.99 - comes with four art cards, two classic mini-posters, and a giant multi-Doctor poster.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Doctor Who: Supremacy Of The Cybermen - New Artwork

Titan Comics has released a first glimpse at some of the artwork from its upcoming Doctor Who event comic, Supremacy of the Cybermen.

The five-issue, bi-weekly crossover series, featuring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of the iconic Cybermen:
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.
The new artwork, which can be seen below, is taken from Issue #1 of the series (click to enlarge):

Supremacy of the Cybermen is 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).

The comic series will launch in stores and on digital platforms on Wednesday 6th July, ahead of this year's Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday 9th July. 

[Source: Doctor Who News]
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Doctor Who: Matt Lucas Starts Series 10 Filming

As filming continues this week for Series 10 of Doctor Who, returning cast member Matt Lucas has today shared a video from his first day on set.

It was recently announced that the comedian will be returning to the show as Nardole, who first made an appearance in last year's Christmas special The Husbands of River Song.

Lucas describes himself as 'ecstatic' and 'very excited' to be back on Doctor Who in the teaser video, which you can see below:

As well as the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole, the opening episode of Series 10 - currently filming at Cardiff University - will also feature the introduction of the Twelfth Doctor's new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie), who last week shared her own excitement as the cameras started rolling.

Doctor Who will return with a Christmas special this year, followed by Series 10 in 2017.

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Vote For Doctor Who In TV Choice Awards 2016

Vote For Doctor Who In TV Choice Awards 2016
It's that time of year again and the shortlists have been announced for this year's TV Choice Awards.

Doctor Who is in the category for Best Family Drama, up against Call The Midwife, Casualty and The Durrells.

Peter Capaldi is also nominated in the Best Actor category opposite Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager) and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders).

Voting is open until Friday 8th July and you can vote on the TV Choice website here.

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Doctor Who Clothing Range Wins Retailer Award

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Doctor Who has won many awards in its long history and not just for the television show. American clothing/accessories store Hot Topic have won the Licensed Program: Retailer Award for their licensing programme for its Doctor Who range in this year's International Licensing Awards, held by the International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association - an award they previously won in 2014.

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The company has created a number of Doctor Who themed products, including coats and dresses, t-shirts and jewellery. In late December they launched a new limited edition fashion collection of nine items featuring imagery such as the TARDIS, sonic screwdriver and Weeping Angels.

You can browse Hot Topic's range of Doctor Who products on their website here.

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