Monday, 2 March 2015

New Doctor Who Umbrellas From Lovarzi

The good people at Lovarzi - who have previously brought us such gems as the Fourth Doctor's trademark scarf and the Seventh Doctor's inimitable jumper - have announced two new officially licensed Doctor Who umbrellas. The press release stated:
Our best-selling Fourth Doctor Scarf keeps the winds at bay. Our Fifth Doctor Jumper will make sure you're toasty. And now, our new Doctor Who umbrellas will keep you dry whether you're on Marinus, sheltering from the siege of Trenzalore, or under the Earth's overcast skies. All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was... Where do you want to start?

The Automatic Open and Close Folding Umbrella utilises Time Lord technology: it's bigger on the inside! All you have to do is push a button on the handle and the 21"/53.3cm canopy opens out. Made with a high quality fibre glass frame, aluminium shaft, and comfortable plastic and rubber-coated handle, the umbrella shows the TARDIS on an alien landscape, evocative of the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, and comes in a specially-made carry case.

This 1960s Police Box is an iconic, beautiful design: an instantly-recognisable image that conjures up dreams of all time and space. That's why our second exclusive umbrella displays the TARDIS with pride across its 23"/58.4cm canopy! Opening at the touch of a button, the Stick Umbrella is made from durable fibre glass, with a luxurious rubber-coated handle.

Both are ideal for keeping the rain off fans new and old – plus, of course, their companions!
The umbrellas will be available from 10 March for £34.99 and can be pre-ordered now.

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Click here to pre-order the Time Lord umbrella, or click here for the TARDIS umbrella.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Doctor Who: BFI To Host Verity Lambert Tribute Event

The British Film Institute has announced a special tribute event to honour Verity Lambert, the first producer of Doctor Who (1963-1965). Lambert was a pioneer for women in British television and, following her departure from Doctor Who in 1965, she went on to become one of the most successful producers in British television of her time.

This event was announced as a part of BFI's Women in Film season, and will be a 90 minute panel hosted by Richard Marson. Marson has also written a biography of Lambert, titled Drama and Delight: The Life of Verity Lambert. 

The panel will be held on Wednesday, 1 April, at 6.10pm at the BFI Southbank. Guests include Joanna Lumley and Lynda La Plante. Tickets will be available on the website beginning 10 March.

[Source: Doctor Who News]
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Friday, 27 February 2015

New Video: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman Filming On Location

The BBC have teased another from location filming, with a brief glimpse of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, shooting an episode directed by Hettie Macdonald, which is likely series opener The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar.


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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Doctor Who: Series 9 Filming Continues In Spain

WARNING: This post contains possible spoilers for the opening two-parter of Series 9 - please click away if you wish to avoid any details from current filming!

The BBC has today revealed that filming for the next series of Doctor Who is currently taking place in Spain, confirming previous reports that filming would take place in the country again this year.

Earlier this afternoon the official Doctor Who Twitter account posted the below location picture:


Other filming pictures have also surfaced showing both the location - the Teide National Park, Tenerife - in more detail, as well as a glimpse of Michelle Gomez as Missy, who was confirmed to be returning for Series 9 last week (click pictures to enlarge):




Finally actor Ben Freeman, who is currently filming for another project near the Doctor Who set, managed to grab a picture with the show's stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, as well as giving us a first look at what could possibly be a new alien for Series 9:

The episodes currently filming will together form the opening two-parter of Series 9, The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar. Both episodes have been written by the show's executive producer Steven Moffat and are being directed by Hettie MacDonald, who previously directed Blink for Series 4.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Doctor Who: Listen Nominated For Bram Stoker Award

Doctor Who's Listen, penned by the show's executive producer Steven Moffat, has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.

The annual Bram Stoker Awards are presented by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for superior achievement in dark horror and fantasy writing, encompassing several categories such as novels and short stories as well as screenplays and non-fiction. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Moffat's fellow Doctor Who writer Neil Gaiman.

Although Listen's nomination for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay marks the first time an episode of Doctor Who has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, Moffat has achieved great success for his writing for Doctor Who elsewhere, garnering multiple nominations and wins at the Hugo Awards as well as a BAFTA Special Award for outstanding creative writing contribution to television.

Lisa Morton, HWA president and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner said of the nominations:
"This year’s nominees have not only penned remarkable works, they have raised the bar for exceptional writing and have helped shape the continuing evolution of the genre."
This year's recipients of the Bram Stoker Awards will be announced during a special ceremony as part of the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday 9th May 2015, and will also be live-streamed online. Tickets for the event and presentation are available at www.whc2015.org.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Faye Marsay On Potential For Doctor Who Return

Faye Marsay's character Shona quickly became a new fan favorite in December's Christmas special, "Last Christmas." Rumors began to swirl around the internet that she might be the next to step inside the TARDIS after Clara's exit. But whether as the new companion or as another guest spot, would Marsay like to return as Shona?
"Definitely! I loved working with the people. They're wonderful to work with and incredibly talented. And Peter Capaldi! God, I fancy him so much. He's amazing! The people, the production and the crew are the nicest people. And again, being really sycophantic, it's a really nice set up they have in Cardiff, and really good people who care about the show. I would definitely go back and do more Doctor Who."
Certainly fans would be delighted to see Shona back. Is Marsay dropping a hint she WILL be back? Unfortunately, not as yet. She says,
"Whether they'd have me back, I don't know! No-one's rung, so I've got to let it go and be thankful I was in it in the first place!"  
So, no news for now. But we can keep our fingers crossed for another adventure with the Doctor, Clara, and Shona in the future!

[Source: Radio Times]
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Screen Nation Award For Doctor Who's Samuel Anderson

Samuel Anderson, widely known for his role as Danny Pink in Series 8 of Doctor Who, has been named the winner of the 2015 Screen Nation Film and Television Awards for his performances in Doctor Who and Trollied, a British sitcom centered on characters and their lives in a supermarket, broadcasted on Sky 1.

The ceremony celebrates the work of those of African descent
conducting their craft in the film, television and digital media industry.
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Friday, 20 February 2015

Doctor Who: New Multi-Doctor Story Coming From Titan Comics

Titan Comics announced this week that they will be releasing a special multi-Doctor adventure later this year. This story will see the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors teaming up, though no details on the storyline for the special adventure have yet been released.

This multi-Doctor story will replace the currently running comics for those Doctors in the month it is released, and the three Doctors will be joined by their current comics companions: Gabriella Gonzalez (Tenth Doctor), Alice Obiefune (Eleventh Doctor), and of course, Clara Oswald (Twelfth Doctor).

Paul Cornell has been tapped to write the five-part adventure. Cornell has previously written episodes of Doctor Who (2005's "Father's Day", and 2007's "Human Nature/Family of Blood") which have both been nominated for Hugo Awards.

The identity of the artist, along with the storyline, is currently unknown. The series will launch on 12 August (ahead of Doctor Who Comics Day on 15 August), and run through the end of September.

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Doctor Who: City of Death on May 21st

BBC Books has confirmed that James Goss' novelisation of the 1979 episode of Doctor Who, City of Death, will be published on 21st of May.

The synopsis for the book, which was written for TV by Douglas Adams with a story from David Fisher, is as follows:

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris – a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years. But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks – not in their wine glasses but 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, whose speciality is thumping people, 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. 
But then, the Doctor’s holidays tend to turn out a bit like this.

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Series 9 Opener Details Revealed


We reported earlier that Michelle Gomez will be reprising her role as Missy in the new series. Further details have since emerged.

Missy will feature in the Series 9 two-part opener, the episodes of which have been confirmed as being called The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar.

On her return to Doctor Who, Gomez said:
Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I'm delighted to be putting my lippie back on. I'm positively dying to see The Doctor again!
Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat commented:
Everybody hide - Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.
The premiere will also see the return of Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, appearing with UNIT in the current block directed by Hettie MacDonald. 

The episodes will also feature Kelly Hunter (who previously played the Shadow Architect in The Stolen Earth), Clare Higgins (Ohila in The Night of the Doctor) and Jaye Griffiths. 

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Missy Confirmed To Return To Doctor Who!

Warning: This article contains spoilers.

The BBC have announced that Michelle Gomez, who was revealed as Missy (aka. The Master) at the end of Series 8, will return to Doctor Who in the forthcoming series.

The news came via this video:



Though there are no details as to what episode(s) she will appear in, but more teasers will surely follow. The first of which is this exclusive photo which was tweeted by the BBC accompanied by a word single word... 'back!'



So, what do you think of the news? Will you be pleased to see Missy return? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Doctor Who: Return to Coal Hill School

During filming for the second block of this year's Doctor Who, crew have been spotted filming at Tonyrefail School, the location used for Coal Hill School since 2013's The Day of the Doctor.

Hettie MacDonald, who is helming block two, was seen directing Jenna Coleman as she peers from a window of the building. The episode is thought to be, Steven Moffat written series opener, The Magician's Apprentice.

Clara's motorbike, also seen in The Day of the Doctor, was also seen on set.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Doctor Who: Last Christmas Now Available In The US


The wait is over for Doctor Who fans in America: the 2014 Christmas special "Last Christmas" is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. The DVD and Blu-Ray only contain a 10-minute behind-the-scenes featurette as a special feature.

The BBC Doctor Who Shop provides this brief summary for the episode:
Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and companion Jenna Coleman are joined by Doctor Who fan favorite Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) in this extra special Doctor Who special! The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an arctic base and under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!

Starring:

  • Peter Capaldi
  • Jenna Coleman
  • Nick Frost

Written by:

  • Steven Moffat

Director:

  • Paul Wilmhurst 


The DVD is available from the BBC Shop for $12.98. The Blu-Ray is $16.98.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Doctor Who: Filming Begins On Block 2


The BBC has released a photo today of filming for series 9, confirming that block 2 of the series is well underway. As previously revealed, director Hettie McDonald (director of 2007's perennially popular "Blink") has returned, and is helming the episode currently being filmed. A larger version of the thumbnail image can be found below.







But what IS that going on in the background? Good luck to you as you wait with the rest of us to find out in autumn...

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Big Finish's UNIT: Extinction with Kate Stewart

Big Finish has joined forces with BBC Worldwide in a licensing deal which will allow the audio company to access content from the modern series of Doctor Who for the first time ever.

Jemma Redgrave, who plays Head of Scientific Research at UNIT, Kate Stewart, in the television show has already confirmed to be on board the project titled UNIT: Extinction.

Other cast members are yet to be announced for the first of four box sets which sees the Unified Intelligence Taskforce battle the Nestene Conciousness and it's army of Autons.

The box set is released in November 2015 and following box sets can also be pre-ordered. Any pre-order of the first set will receive a free copy of Nicholas Courtney's (who played The Brigadier in Doctor Who) memoirs, A Soldier in Time.

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Series 9 Filming