Friday, 17 February 2017

Chris Chibnall On Casting The Thirteenth Doctor

Amongst the speculation of who will take on the mantle of the next Doctor, future showrunner Chris Chibnall recently gave some insight into how the casting will take place.

He told the Telegraph:
“We’ll cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn’t go out and cast an abstract idea.”
He added:
“The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we’re going to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part.”
Though there have been many names tossed around by fans and bookies, Chibnall is not giving any hints just yet, although he did tease:
“I can’t confirm or deny any calls, texts, emails or conversations I might have had. I’ve just had the most hilarious text from an actor I worked with a long, long time ago. And no, I can’t tell you who it is...”
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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Doctor Who Magazine #509 Out Now

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, featuring a new image of the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) on its cover, is out now.

As well as a guide to what we know so far about Series 10, the latest issue also features an interview with comedian and actor Rufus Hound. 

Hound chats about his current role as the latest incarnation of the Meddling Monk for Big Finish, as well as his experience filming for his role as Sam Swift in Series 9's The Woman Who Lived:
"All my anxiety dissipated within the first two hours of arriving. I have never worked with a crew that was more like a family. I have never worked alongside actors who took the work seriously, but themselves not terribly seriously, as was true of Maisie [Williams] and Peter [Capaldi], who I spent most of my time with. The director [Ed Bazalgette] was tremendous, the producer [Derek Ritchie] was brilliant. Everybody in make-up and costume were having a right old laugh. All the camera crew and whatever were offering up shots and angles, being creative and given licence to be creative, licence to turn in their best work."
As well as the full interview with Rufus Hound and all the usual news, reviews and previews, this month's Doctor Who Magazine also includes:
  • Ask Steven: Doctor Who's showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ burning questions.
  • Indefinable Magic: We investigate the weird world of the supernatural in the Doctor Who universe…
  • Doom Coalition 4: The Eighth Doctor, River Song, the Meddling Monk and the Weeping Angels all feature in the brand new audio box set Doom Coalition 4! We find out more…
  • Rodney Bennett Tribute: DWM pays tribute to Rodney Bennett, the director who oversaw three very different productions during the early years of Tom Baker’s tenure as the Doctor.
  • Doorway To Hell: The original Master is back! Find out what he’s up to in Part Two of our brand-new comic strip, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
  • The Mutants: In this issue’s Fact of Fiction, the Third Doctor and Jo Grant are sent on a mission that will affect the evolution of an entire planet, as we take a look at this 1972 adventure.
  • The Impossible Astronaut: Space 1969 awaits for the Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song as the Time Team reach the 2011 season-opener in their mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who.
Doctor Who Magazine #509 is available in shops from today (Thursday 9 February), price £5.99.

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Missy Is Returning For Series 10

Yesterday, the BBC announced that Michelle Gomez will be returning in Series 10 as Missy.

The female incarnation of the Master has appeared alongside Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor in both Series 8 and Series 9, so it seems fitting that she should join Twelve for his swansong series.

In true Missy form, the announcement came in the form of a video on social media of the actress painting what looks like a TARDIS.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors Returning in Series 10

Mark Gatiss brought back classic villains the Ice Warriors in 2013's Cold War, and it's now been announced that the Martian foes will be returning in a new episode written by Gatiss in Series 10. Gatiss' episode will be the tenth in the series.

The official account on Twitter revealed the news, alongside a brief video from Gatiss that includes a few hints on the tone of his episode, alongside the announcement that there'll be a new kind of Ice Warrior in the episode. Recent rumours indicate that the episode could take place on their homeland, Mars.
Series 10 begins on Saturday 15th April on BBC One.

[Source: BBC]
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Confirmed Series 10 Broadcast Date

Amidst the shocking news yesterday that Capaldi will be leaving at the end of the year, it was also confirmed that Series 10 will start on Saturday 15th April.

That means there's just over 10 weeks to go. Let the countdown begin!
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Monday, 30 January 2017

Capaldi To Leave Doctor Who After Series 10

This evening comes with breaking news, as Peter Capaldi has just announced that he will be stepping down from the lead role in Doctor Who after series 10.

In an interview on  BBC Radio 2 show with presenter Jo Whiley, Capaldi stated that he will be leaving at the end of the year along with departing showrunner Steven Moffat.

He stated in the interview:
"I feel sad. I love Doctor Who, it's a fantastic programme to work on and it's been a huge pleasure to work with a family... but I've always been somebody that did a lot of different things, I've never done one job for 3 years, this is the first time I've done this and I feel that it's time for me to move on to different challenges... Like everything, you have to be aware of when it's time to move on."
In the official press release from the BBC, he added:
"One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic."
Show runner and Executive Producer Steven Moffat said of working with Capaldi:
"For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peter’s amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard - Capaldi’s not done with you yet!"
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said:
"Peter Capaldi will always be a very special Doctor to me; his adventures through time and space started just as I arrived on BBC One. He has been a tremendous Doctor who has brought his own unique wisdom and charisma to the role. But, it's not over yet - I know the next series is going to be spectacular. He's a fine actor who I hope we work with again when he leaves the TARDIS."
Brian Minchin, Executive Producer, said:
"Peter Capaldi is an extraordinary Doctor and has taken the show to amazing places. Although I'm sad he has decided to move on in 2018 I'm delighted that we have one final series with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I know what they're planning and it's going to be incredible."
Of course the question on everybody's lips is who will play the Thirteenth Doctor, but for now we still have a whole series of Capaldi's Doctor to enjoy. As he reminds us:
"I'm still there. I'm still Doctor Who for a long time."
You can hear the full interview below.

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Doctor Who: Big Finish Wins BBC Audio Drama Award

Big Finish has won the award for Best Online/Non-Broadcast Drama at the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards.

The winning drama is Absent Friends, the opening installment of Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 3. Written by John Dorney, the audio play stars Paul McGann, Hattie Morahan and Nicola Walker, and is directed by Ken Bentley.

Producer David Richardson says of the win:
"I’ve always been very proud of Absent Friends - I thought John’s script was exceptional, and Paul, Nicola and Hattie and the whole cast performed it just beautifully. Benji Clifford and Jamie Robertson did such gorgeous sound design and music, and Ken’s direction (as always) was note perfect. It has always felt like a magnificent team effort.

"I was pleased for John most of all. We all put everything we can muster into these productions, but he went one step further and channelled his grieving and his loss for his late father. The result was a script that left me sobbing after I first read it, and - from what I’ve seen - that’s how everyone else has reacted to it too."
The BBC Audio Drama Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise the cultural significance, range and originality of audio drama, on air as well as online, and credit the creativity of the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work within the field. This year's ceremony took place last night in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London, and was hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and Director of BBC Radio Bob Shennan.

[Source: Big Finish]
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Saturday, 28 January 2017

John Hurt Dies At 77

It was only days ago that we were celebrating his 77th birthday, but today we sadly report the terrible news of John Hurt's passing. Hurt announced in June 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and during his treatment he admitted he'd made his peace with potentially dying:
"I can’t say I worry about mortality, but it’s impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it. We’re all just passing time."
With a career spanning six decades, Hurt played a number of famous roles. To some he was Ollivander, the wand maker from Harry Potter; to others he was John Merrick, aka. the Elephant Man; but to Doctor Who fans he will always be remembered as the War Doctor.

Hurt became famous for his many on-screen deaths - perhaps his most famous in Alien when the alien bursts out of his chest - and said himself:
“I think I’ve got the record. It got to a point where my children wouldn’t ask me if I died, but rather how do you die?”
We were so very lucky to have such a distinguished actor play a character that changed everything for the 50th Anniversary special and even luckier that he continued to play the character in audio dramas.

Today is a sad day and our thoughts are with his family at this time.
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Friday, 27 January 2017

Whovians Amino Review

A few months ago, someone tweeted us a link to something called Whovians Amino. We were as clueless as you no doubt are right now. However, when we clicked through we discovered it was an app with a whole community of Doctor Who fans from across the world being creative, sharing their views and proving just how inspirational Doctor Who is. A few of us at TGT set up accounts and now, a few months in, I'd like to tell you more about what Whovians Amino app is all about.

Firstly, what is an Amino? It's essentially a social media for a specific fandom. There are hundreds of Aminos for just about anything you can think of - Harry Potter, Lego, DC Universe, Little Mix and Grand Theft Auto. There's even a few President Trump Aminos, but let's not go into that!

The main core of the Amino is blog posts. You can write about whatever you want (what you thought of Earthshock, a new sonic you just bought, why Adric is your favourite companion, etc.) and include images and videos within your post. You can also create polls and questions to get people's opinions on things. Just like any other social media, people can like and comment on your post.

You can also follow users and they can follow you. There are public and private chats, where groups of Whovians can gather to talk about topics, participate in role plays or just hang out. If that wasn't enough, you can also win prizes on there too! Every week there are fun challenges set to write or create something and the winner gets a prize.

As with any social media, there are some people on there posting the same old memes and disagreeing with people's views, but the Aminos are managed by a team of curators who do a great job at keeping this to a minimum.

So how is this any different from Facebook or Twitter? Well, let me give you an example. I recently posted a photo of a Lego K9 model I'd made on Twitter and 1 person liked it. I posted it on Whovians Amino and over 200 people liked it and 39 people commented on it. The reason: everyone on there is a Doctor Who fan!

There are currently just under 80,000 members on Whovians Amino and every single one of them is a Doctor a Who fan, so it is a great opportunity to meet likeminded people and make friends with people who love the same things as you.

Since I joined, I have made a number of new friends from other countries and amassed a following of people who genuinely like the creative things I do around Doctor Who. As such, I would highly recommend Whovians Amino (and Amino in general) to anyone out there who wishes to find an active part of a fandom and share their passions with others.

You can download the Whovians Amino app from the App Store or Play Store and find the Whovians Amino here. There are several other Doctor Who Aminos available for you to check out, including:
If you do join, say hello and let us know what you think of the app on here, Twitter or the app itself. I am on Whovians Amino as TGT Ben and you can also find our Associate Editor Louis and writer Andrew. 
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Whoopi Goldberg Is 'Dying To Do Doctor Who'

Doctor Who has always attracted a lot of big names, from Michael Gambon to Kylie Minogue, but there are still plenty of celebrities out there wanting to take a trip aboard the TARDIS.

In a recent interview with The Sun, American actress Whoopi Goldberg spoke about her love of British television: 
"I always hope when I come to England the BBC will say, ‘Hey we want you to do something.’ I would love that. You have a different quality now on television. The way you guys have always done shows has always been the smartest and we’ve finally just figured it out."
She then revealed that one of the shows she would like to work on is Doctor Who:
"I like the idea of doing things the way y’all do them, you do some really fun stuff like Black Mirror or, you know, I’m still dying to do Doctor Who."
You may remember back in 2011, Matt Smith previously said in an interview with BANG Showbiz:
"Whoopi Goldberg would be a great companion wouldn’t she? Yeah, she’d be great."
So could we expect to see Goldberg as a new companion? Or maybe she could be a Zygon in disguise or a member of the Gallifreyan High Council? Only time, as always, will tell.

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