Sunday, 17 December 2017

Doctor Who: Second Twice Upon A Time preview clip released

This article contains details about Twice Upon a Time that some readers may wish to avoid.

The BBC has released a second preview clip for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time

Peter Capaldi's final adventure sees his Twelfth Doctor join forces with his very first incarnation, played by David Bradley - but as the clip shows, it's not just the Doctor that there are two of...



An initial preview clip for the festive special aired during this year's Children In Need appeal night, whilst a brand new trailer for the episode was released earlier this month.

Twice Upon a Time airs on Christmas Day at 5:30pm on BBC One.
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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Pearl Mackie: Twice Upon a Time is 'pretty epic'

Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie has described this year's Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, as 'pretty epic'.

The actress, who will be leaving her role as companion Bill Potts during the special, was speaking in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out today.

Commenting on Bill's final adventure, Mackie told the magazine:
“It is, yeah. It’s pretty epic.

"I think it’s going to be quite emotional. It’s definitely going to tug on some heartstrings, for sure. It was quite emotional at the end of Series 10, to be honest, but this is something else.

"There are a lot of ups and downs for the Doctor, and it’s quite a journey for him. It’s going to be interesting to see how people respond.”
Also departing the show following the Christmas special is showrunner Steven Moffat, who penned the episode - although he revealed to DWM that Bill wasn't originally slated to appear in the special:
“I was 20 pages in to the script, and I thought, ‘I need Bill here. There isn’t a witness for this. The Captain [played by Mark Gatiss] isn’t quite right as the witness. I want to hear what Bill would say.’ I needed that voice back in the show. I just did.

"I missed her terribly. I missed the way Bill reacted to things. Also, if the Twelfth Doctor’s got someone as forthright and irreverent as Bill, you really want the First Doctor to meet her! [Laughs]”
Moffat also reflected on the closing moments of Twice Upon a Time, which will see the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) regenerate into a new incarnation played by Jodie Whittaker:
“I must be honest, everyone’s watching for the last minute, and people are going to absolutely love Jodie. Then they’ll notice that, at the same time, they miss Peter, but it’s not like it’ll be a grieving process. Or rather, with a new Doctor, it’s always grieving and falling in love simultaneously.”

As well as exclusive interviews with Moffat, Mackie, Twice Upon a Time guest star Mark Gatiss and a preview of the upcoming Christmas special, this month's festive edition of Doctor Who Magazine also includes:
  • Earl Cameron: Actor Earl Cameron – 100 years old this year! – recalls playing astronaut Glyn Williams in the 1966 story The Tenth Planet.
  • Phillip Hinchcliffe: The legendary Doctor Who producer explains how the series’ feature-length omnibus repeats were created in the 1970s.
  • Paddy Russell: A tribute to the late Paddy Russell, Doctor Who's first female director and one of British television’s pioneers.
  • Inside ShadaThe team behind the new version of Shada reveal how Douglas Adams’ ‘lost’ 1979 story was finally completed.
  • Daniel Hill and Olivia Bazalgette: Actor Daniel Hill and production assistant Olivia Bazalgette tell DWM how the filming of Shada marked the beginning of their long relationship.
  • Shada on location: Memories of the making of Shada from special effects assistant Steve Cambden, along with rare and previously unseen images from the 1979 location shoot.
  • The Fact of Fiction: This issue’s festive Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Christmas Special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.
  • The Phantom Piper: Part Two of the Doctor and Bill’s latest comic strip adventure, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
Doctor Who Magazine #520 is out from today, priced £5.99.

Twice Upon a Time airs on Christmas Day at 5:30pm on BBC One and at 9/8c on BBC America.

[Source: Doctor Who/Doctor Who Magazine]
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All-female Doctor Who short story collection coming soon

Puffin Books has announced the upcoming publication of a new Doctor Who short story collection exclusively penned by female authors.

The Day She Saved The Doctor will star companions Rose Tyler, Clara Oswald, Bill Potts and Sarah Jane Smith in four brand new adventures celebrating the impact that the Doctor's female friends have made throughout the show's history.

The new Doctor Who story collection - which will fittingly be released on International Women's Day in March 2018 - is the first to feature solely female authors. Making their Doctor Who writing debuts are comedian Susan Calman and novelist Dorothy Koomson, with stories from established Doctor Who authors Jenny Colgan and Jacqueline Rayner completing the collection.


The new set of stories will come only a few short months after Doctor Who introduces its first female incarnation of the Doctor, with Jodie Whittaker set to take over the role from departing Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi in the closing moments of this year's Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time.

The Day She Saved The Doctor is available to pre-order now ahead of its release on 8th March 2018.

[Source: Doctor Who]
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Cast list for Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time revealed

With just under two weeks until the Christmas Special and the regeneration of the Twelfth Doctor, the Radio Times have revealed the official cast list for Twice Upon a Time, including three Doctors and a transparent foe:

  • The Doctor - Peter Capaldi
  • The Doctor - David Bradley
  • The Captain - Mark Gatiss
  • Bill Potts - Pearl Mackie
  • The Glass Woman - Nikki Amuka-Bird
  • Polly - Lily Travers
  • Ben - Jared Garfield
  • German soldier - Toby Whithouse
  • The Doctor - Jodie Whittaker
Twice Upon a Time airs at 5.30pm on Christmas Day on BBC One.

[Source: Radio Times]
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Doctor Who Magazine Christmas cover revealed

The cover for this year's Christmas edition of Doctor Who Magazine has been revealed, featuring the departing Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.

Issue 520 of the magazine will preview Capaldi's final episode, Twice Upon a Time. The Christmas Day special will see his Doctor hand over his TARDIS key to successor Jodie Whittaker following an adventure in which he joins forces with his very first incarnation, played by David Bradley.

The magazine also contains an exclusive interview with Twice Upon a Time writer and outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, as well as chats with Christmas special co-stars Pearl Mackie and Mark Gatiss.

Also included in this month's issue are a look at the Fourth Doctor adventure Shada - released earlier this month after being completed with animation - the DWM Christmas quiz, and a free massive double-sided poster/wallchart.

Doctor Who Magazine #520 is on sale at all good newsagents from Thursday 14th December, priced £5.99.

[Source: Twitter]
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Saturday, 9 December 2017

TGT Podcast Episode 6 - Doctor Mysterio's Marvellous Sushi

As the Christmas Special draws ever closer, we revisit the last Christmas special to prepare ourselves. But Andrew and Ben both have differing opinions on the episode.

In this episode, we discuss The Return of Doctor Mysterio, Andrew covers the latest news about Series 11 and the Christmas Special, and Ben creates a theme tune for a fictional Doctor Mysterio superhero cartoon.


Thanks for listening and we'll be back soon with a festive episode!
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Friday, 8 December 2017

Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi farewell special to air in US

A special retrospective marking Peter Capaldi's exit from his role as the Twelfth Doctor will be aired this Christmas on BBC America.

Doctor Who: Farewell to Peter Capaldi, narrated by Doctor Who and Torchwood actor Colin McFarlane, will feature archive footage and interviews looking back at Capaldi’s era as the Doctor – from his very first script read through to his very last.

The special, which will air immediately after this year's Doctor Who Christmas special Twice Upon a Time, will also see outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat reflect upon his time as a writer and executive producer, revealing some of his best and worst moments from his tenure as well as his favorite episodes.



Peter Capaldi's final episode will see his Doctor team up with his very first incarnation, with David Bradley taking on the role originated by William Hartnell. Also making her final Doctor Who appearance will be actress Pearl Mackie as companion Bill Potts, whilst the momentous special will also welcome in Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.

Twice Upon a Time will air in the US on Christmas Day at 9/8c on BBC America.

[Source: Deadline]
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Doctor Who: New Twice Upon A Time trailer released

This article contains details about Twice Upon a Time that some readers may wish to avoid.

The BBC has released a new trailer for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time.

The new trailer for Peter Capaldi's swansong focuses on his Twelfth Doctor and David Bradley's First Doctor, who are set to join forces in this year's festive special:


Also featured in the new look at the Christmas special is companion Bill Potts, with the episode marking Pearl Mackie's final Doctor Who appearance. The special is also set to guest star Mark Gatiss as The Captain and introduce Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.

The new trailer follows a preview clip released as part of this year's Children in Need appeal, and a first-look teaser which originally premiered at this summer's San Diego Comic Con. Promotional images for the special were released both last month and earlier this week.

Twice Upon a Time airs on Christmas Day at 5:30pm on BBC One.
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

New Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time promo photos

The BBC have released a number of promotional photos for the upcoming Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time, featuring Peter Capaldi, David Bradley, Pearl Mackie and Mark Gatiss. Click on an image below to enlarge.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Carey Mulligan said 'No' to being the Doctor's companion

Blink is one of the most popular, well known and quoted of the modern Doctor Who episodes. However, when Carey Mulligan who played Sally Sparrow was asked if she wanted to be a companion she declined.

Carey Mulligan is a 32 year old actress from Westminster who is well known for her parts in such big films as Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby. Though in 2007 she was ever so briefly part of the Whoniverse as she played a very down to Earth young woman named Sally Sparrow in a single episode of Doctor Who entitled Blink. It was no small role, considering she ended up almost single handedly saving the tenth Doctor and Martha, who was his companion at the time. You would think such an impressive feat would warrant Sally a seat on the TARDIS. However, Steven Moffat, who wrote the script for Blink, recently explained why that never ended up happening.

The producers were really taken by the actress and offered her a more long term position on the show, asking Mulligan, 'Do you want to be the next companion?' However, despite the actress being reportedly ecstatic about having been cast on the show, Moffat suggested, ‘I don’t think she was much of a fan, or anything'. The actress declined the offer and went on to do other things in her career. Perhaps the long term commitment to Doctor Who would have conflicted with her being available for other jobs at the time.

When asked if anyone had ever tried getting her to come back to the program, Moffat explained, 'No. I know it’s a no'. He went on to suggest, 'does that character become more special because you never see her again? She just passes through the Doctor’s life.'

One can not help but wonder what it would have been like, had she accepted the offer. What sort of companion would Sally have been? What sort of adventures might she have had with the Doctor? Let us know what you think!

[Sources: Doctor Who Confidential S2E10, MetroRadioTimes ]

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