Friday, 20 October 2017

Matt Lucas discusses possible Nardole return

Love him or hate him, Nardole made a big impact on the show last series and brought a lot of fun to Capaldi's final series. Matt Lucas, who played Nardole, recently discussed the character and his time on the show in a number of interviews.

In an interview for Doctor Who Magazine #518 - now available by the way - Lucas talked about the struggle of filming over nine months whilst simultaneously writing his autobiography, but clearly it was worth it:
"And you only get half an hour for lunch! You start work at 7.30 – and that’s already in costume and make-up. That’s 7.30, on set, rehearsing.

But every day I thought I was so lucky that someone’s paying me to write about my life.

And also, I’m the luckiest man in the world to be an assistant in Doctor Who. So, to be honest with you, even though I was tired, I was never fed up.

I never even made it to the Doctor Who Experience, to my great disappointment.

When I first signed up to do [the 2017 series of] Doctor Who, I originally thought I was just doing another three episodes. Then it kind of grew and grew and grew, until I ended up doing every one.

When I did the book deal, I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll probably have a little bit of spare time on my hands,’ because Nardole is just in it a bit here and there. But I actually ended up being in it far more than I anticipated.

So consequently, my life was: learning lines, saying lines, writing book. Those three things. I’d get up at six in the morning, go to the set, and then I’d get back at 7.30 in the evening. I’d learn my lines, write for a couple more hours, and then go straight to bed."
He also compared the difference between filming a Christmas Special and a regular episode:
"When you’re making the Christmas Special you muck about more!

I mean, you muck about more on camera. I don’t mean off camera. Off camera you just do the same.

Also they’re longer, so there’s more time for a bit of comedy business."
Elsewhere, Lucas revealed in an interview with Den of Geek that his relationship with the show might not be over:
"I’m really glad I did it. No regrets at all, only gratitude. I’m not sure my relationship with the show is over, either. But I can’t really go into great detail about that. It remains a big part of my life, let’s put it that way!"
He also spoke about the unique nature of the Doctor Who fandom:
"There’s something about the Doctor Who fandom… if you watch Doctor Who, you’re a member of the club, if you’re in the show, you’re a member of the club.

We’re all members of the club! It’s an odd group. I don’t think there’s the hierarchy that would often exist: ‘I’m in the show, you watch it’. That doesn’t exist in the Whoniverse. If you watch it, you’re in!"
The Doctor Who 'club' is proud to have Matt Lucas in it and we look forward to potentially seeing more of Nardole in the future.

Matt Lucas's autobiography Little Me: My Life From A-Z is currently available on Amazon and all good book stores.

[sources: BBC and Den of Geek]
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What do fans want to see in Doctor Who series 11?

3,500 fans spoke out about what they want to see in series 11 of Doctor Who in a recent Radio Times poll. Will we see a return of Captain Jack Harkness? Will the 13th incarnation of the Doctor have a male companion? These fans certainly hope so.

Radio Times asked fans if they thought the new Doctor should have a new sonic screwdriver designed for them and a TARDIS makeover.  The fans were overwhelmingly for both of these ideas with 79 percent in favour of a new look for the TARDIS and 68 percent for a new sonic.  It looks like the TARDIS redesign takes priority for these fans.  Each redesign is usually based on the personality of the Doctor who is piloting the TARDIS at that time.  The design really speaks volumes about the Doctor it is designed for.  Since we don't really know anything about number 13 yet, it's hard to say what her version of the TARDIS would look like.  Who knows, maybe we'll get a little more insight during the Christmas special.

Series 10 of Doctor Who had a lot of new monsters introduced which had fans divided between those who liked the new additions to the Whoniverse and those who did not. When Radio Times asked fans if they would prefer new monsters in series 11 or if they preferred the classics it was an almost even split between the two options with 51 percent wanting new villains and 48 percent hoping for classics like the Daleks and Cybermen.

What about bringing back characters from previous story lines? When Radio Times asked which former character the fans would want brought back 30 percent voted for the return of Captain Jack Harkness, played by actor John Barrowman. This is something fans have been asking for a lot since he left the show. The character was so popular he received a spin off show called Torchwood. It sounds like fans just can't get enough of the flirtatious Captain Jack. Another 11 percent of voters said they wanted to see a return of Susan Foreman and 10 percent claimed a preference for River Song.

As for the Doctor's future companions, 63 percent are hoping for a male companion.  There is also a 63 percent desire to see the Doctor have multiple companions joining her in the TARDIS for series 11. Series 10 had a TARDIS team of three with Nardole and Bill helping the Doctor out. The 11th Doctor also had a time with double companions travelling with Rory and Amy Pond.  This seems to be the preferred dynamic for slightly more than half of the fans polled.

Lastly 68 percent of fans said they are hoping for more travelling through time and space, with less time hanging around modern day Earth. Don't tell that to the Third Doctor!  But I am sure that whatever the writers decide for series 11, fans everywhere will be happy to have more episodes of Doctor Who to watch. For now all we can do is wait and speculate.

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William Russell to appear at Time Eddy III

William Russell, who played companion Ian Chesterton; Eric Roberts, who played the Master; Matthew Waterhouse, who played companion Adric; and Katy Manning, who played companion Jo Grant, are all appearing at this year's Time Eddy III convention in Wichita Kansas, USA.

Wichita's Time Eddy convention wanted to end its three year run with a bang and they certainly have not disappointed. Though Sylvester McCoy was intended as their original lead guest, his recent cancellation hasn't caused too hefty of a blow for the Kansas based Doctor Who convention. They still have several amazing Doctor Who actors booked, as well as composer Dominic Glynn and author Amy Shira Teital.

Actor William Russell, who turns 93 in November, had the pleasure of working along side of the legendary William Hartnell who played the beloved first incarnation of the Doctor. He has more recently played a minor role in An Adventure in Space and Time, the 2013 biological film based on the creation of the Doctor Who television series.

Russell is truly a rare treat for Doctor Who fans. This is especially the case for American fans, as the actor has only ever appeared at an American based convention once before. This may be these fan's only opportunity to nab the actor's autograph for their collections. Not to mention the amazing chance to hear stories told by one of the actors who has been with the show from the very beginning.

Fans from all over the United States and Canada are coming together for this year's gathering on Friday, Oct. 20th. Tickets are still available for purchase via the Time Eddy website here.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Pearl Mackie collects LGBT award for Doctor Who

Actress Pearl Mackie picked up an Ally Award at last night's PinkNews Awards in recognition of Doctor Who's 'groundbreaking' LGBT storylines.

Doctor Who has featured a variety of LGBT characters since its 2005 return, including omnisexual Torchwood lead Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) as well as married lesbian couple Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint.

The most recent series of Doctor Who saw the introduction of Mackie's Bill Potts, the show's first openly-gay regular companion. Bill's appearances in the show's tenth series were bookended by the exploration of her relationship with student turned alien pilot Heather (Stephanie Hyam).

Mackie told PinkNews:
“It’s lovely to be able to accept this Award on behalf of Doctor Who.

“Last year I never fathomed coming to any Awards ceremony, so I feel quite honoured to even have been invited, let alone for Doctor Who and the character of Bill. It’s testament to how well she was received and how well people responded to having an out lesbian on a mainstream TV show.

“It’s genuinely been amazingly positive, especially going around the world and meeting people. I met a couple of young girls who were BAME, and talked to me about how watching Bill on Doctor Who enabled them to come out and feel comfortable with their own sexuality. For me that’s a massive achievement.

“The thing that I liked most about Bill was that she wasn’t grappling with her sexuality, she didn’t need to come out, it wasn’t an issue! It was always just about, I’m gay and happy and this is who I am, this is who I like and this is who I’m in love with.”
Mackie collected the award along with Doctor Who executive producer Brian Minchin, who said of the accolade:
“I’m really proud for everyone involved in the show – all of the actors and all of the writers. And I’m proud of the BBC, because to put LGBT+ representation at the heart of the BBC1 schedule is no small thing!

“We’re saying it’s part of everyone’s lives and should be right at the heart of our dramas and Saturday night TV.”
Minchin also commented on the show's long-standing LGBT inclusiveness, saying:
“I think it’s naturally part of Doctor Who as a show now.

Doctor Who is really unique – the lead character is kind of asexual, and he’s always drawn people from all walks of life.

“So much of TV has a guy as the lead and he’s got a gun and is trying to shag all the women. Doctor Who’s never been like that. I think that counts for something."
Pearl Mackie is due to bow out of Doctor Who at Christmas as part of this year's festive special, Twice Upon A Time. The episode will also see the show bid farewell to Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and welcome successor Jodie Whittaker as the first female incarnation of the Time Lord. 

[Source: PinkNews]
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

David Tennant: Doctor Who is 'always a very fond thing to return to'

David Tennant has been looking back on his time with Doctor Who as part of an exclusive interview in this month's edition of Doctor Who Magazine.

The actor played the Tenth Doctor between 2005-2010, before returning for a special appearance alongside fellow Doctors Matt Smith and John Hurt in 2013's 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.

On his feelings towards the show today, Tennant says:
“I always feel fond towards it. I always feel like it’s a happy place to be. Obviously a day like this brings it all back a little more keenly, but it’s always a very fond thing to return to, the world of Doctor Who. It’s always very welcoming, and friendly, and familiar. I suppose I don’t feel detached enough from it to feel sentimental, really. Maybe if I’d been completely banished from it for ten years...?

"But of course it never quite goes away, does it? There’s no escaping it, nor would I want to, really.

"Because Doctor Who sort of runs through my life like a stick of rock. It’s sort of always bubbling under, and you know it always will.”
Tennant also reflects on one of his lines in the anniversary special - 'never cruel or cowardly' - describing it as a 'mission statement' for the Doctor:
“We can all have mottos that we live by; it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re entirely faithful to them. It can be who you aspire to be. It doesn’t mean you can’t be inconsistent sometimes. That’s what makes any character and any person interesting – their inconsistencies, the little flaws in the weft of their character.

I don’t know if the Doctor always needs to be consistent to that, but I think broadly speaking he is. At least, he tries.”
Tennant was speaking to the magazine ahead of next month's release of a brand new set of audio adventures from Big Finish. The new audios will also see the return of Billie Piper, who says of reprising her role as companion Rose Tyler:
“It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it.”

As well as the usual news, previews, reviews and competitions, this month's issue of Doctor Who Magazine also features:
  • Sylvester McCoy Interview: The second part of our interview with Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects back on Doctor Who's 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future.
  • Matt Lucas Interview: DWM chats to Matt Lucas about his new autobiography Little Me: My Life from A-Z which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor Who.
  • Camille Coduri Interview: Camille Coduri’s Jackie Tyler joins the Doctor and Rose for The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume Two.
  • White Witch of Devil's End: We find out how a project to make a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 TV story The Dæmons came about.
  • TARDIS Shed Of The Year: DWM meets Paul Foden, the man who recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year with his TARDIS-replica shed.
  • MatildusThere’s a brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus; a one-parter written and illustrated by Scott Gray.
  • The Time Team: The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Rebel Flesh.

Doctor Who Magazine #518 will be on sale from tomorrow - Thursday 19th October - priced £5.99.

[Source: Doctor Who/DWM]
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Suzanne says… this might be emotional blackmail

With some classic episodes lost or missing, Doctor Who has become some sort of a television legend. Not every show has its own Indiana Jones travelling the world looking for tapes of the missing episodes! Reconstruction works based on audio and stills also gave a scent of “lost treasure” to Doctor Who.

But as many have pointed out, it’s not enough. Fans want closure. They want the serials to be complete one way or another. When Power of the Daleks came out last year, it was very interesting to see classic and modern Whovian share a bond over an animated serial. Animation might very well be the solution to all those heartbroken Whovians, who dream to see their favourite TV show complete.

While an animated series might feel like a dream come true, let’s not forget that money rules our society. Animation works cost a lot of time and money and it seems clear to me that the BBC has no intention in pulling the resources to animate each and every missing episodes.

The way I see it, it’s all about “give to get”. Give us an animated series and we will happily buy not one but two versions so that you get money out of it. I still remember the marketing success of Power of the Daleks. Issuing two DVDs, one in black and white and then, a few months later, a colourised version, was as bold as it was insulting. This was clearly a way to get twice the money on one single serial! For once, I considered myself lucky to be colour-blind as I saved money on the colourised version…! Some forgiving Whovians claimed that it was a way to get funding for future animated episodes…

With the news of Shada being completed with animated sequences to fill in the gaps, who isn’t tempted to think that way too? Providing that Shada encounters the same success Power of the Daleks did then we might get another animated version of a missing serial.

As I’m writing those lines, this feels like emotional blackmail… “Buy the DVDs or we don’t give you closure.”

I would rather believe that Whovians infiltrated the Doctor Who department at the BBC and have the power to make animated versions happen. Sure thing, there would be commercial and financial expectations, but at least we would look up to those powerful Whovians and support them. Mind you, I would even buy the colourised version of Power of the Daleks if that was the case!

As romantic as this all sounds, let’s just be realistic and enjoy what we get. We are getting Shada and this is one happy news that we should cherish before thinking about what will come next.
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Doctor Who Magazine issue 518 features David Tennant

David Tennant fans will be pleased to see he has been chosen as the featured actor gracing the cover of issue 518 of Doctor Who Magazine, available October 19th.

This issue of Doctor Who Magazine features exclusive interviews with actor David Tennant, who played the lovable tenth Doctor; Billie Piper, who played companion Rose Tyler; and Matt Lucas, who played comical companion Nardole.

Doctor Who Magazine is the Official magazine of the BBC television series.

Doctor Who Magazine can be purchased from most UK newsagents and from the iTunes store. Subscriptions can be obtained at Doctor Who Magazine's official website.
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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Signed script for Christmas special being auctioned off!

Peter Capaldi will bid us all farewell as the Doctor regenerates into his 13th incarnation played by Jodie Whittaker in this year's Christmas special. However, the script for this historic episode, complete with signatures from Capaldi, Moffat and others,  is going up for auction this Sunday compliments of the well known Whovian and former star of Star Trek, William Shatner.

The script was donated by Mark Gatiss, who will also be playing a role in the episode. Gatiss has added his signature to the cover of the script along side his fellow actors'. This would truly be a prize in any Whovian's collection. The proceeds for this auction will go towards charity.

The details for this auction item can be read below.
Peter Capaldi Final Doctor Who Shooting Script - Signed
From the long running British Science Fiction Series Doctor Who comes this amazing item: the last Peter Capaldi Doctor Who Script signed by Mr. Capaldi. Steven Moffat, Mark Gatis, Nick Briggs, David Bradley (portraying the first Doctor Who as noted), Pearl Mackie and Director Rachel Talalay A note on this auction: Due to the nature of the item and it's contents, the script is embargoed until after the episode airs on December 25, 2017. After the airing, the script will be shipped to us from the UK and will then be made available to the lucky high bidder.
Please Note: Your bids represent amounts for the items only. We use a third party shipper who will be in touch if you are the successful bidder to offer shipping at an additional cost. Again bids are for items only: not shipping.
 The auction was announced by Shatner via his Twitter feed on Thursday the 12th of October. However, don't think you can get this script before the special airs! To avoid spoilers and potential plot leaks the item will not be received by the winner until after Christmas.
The auction this Sunday starts at $50 and has an increase set at $10 increments. Shatner's Charity Horse actions have been running annually since 1990. The proceeds from these auctions go towards many charity organisations such as Ahead with Horses, a group that helps handicapped children and The Blind Children Center. So why not help out and bid on this amazing once in a lifetime collector's item?

You can see the listing and make your bid at the Silent Auction Pro website here.

[Sources: RadioTimes , SilentAuctionPro , Twitter]
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Friday, 13 October 2017

Pearl Mackie answers fan questions at German Comic Con

Before we see her give her final farewell in Twice Upon a Time, Pearl Mackie, who plays the 12th Doctor's companion Bill, visited fans at German Comic Con on October 1st. Greeted with cheers and applause the actress took questions from the audience to give a little insight into her views and experiences in working on Doctor Who.

The 30 year old actress got her big television break in 2014 when she played Anne-Marie Frasier in Doctors, a long running soap opera that airs on BBC One. However, she is best known by the Whovian community as Bill Potts, the spunky, question asking companion of the 12th Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi.

Mackie appeared lovely as always when she took the stage wearing a burgundy form fitting dress, a black leather jacket and a pair of black trainers. Seated comfortably in a chair decked out in comic book images beside the panel moderator the actress was all smiles as the floor opened up for questions.

When asked by a fan how long the Doctor Who actors had to rehearse each episode Mackie replied "It takes about two and a half weeks to film an episode -- two and a half to three weeks." Continuing, "We rehearse every morning really. We sort of go through the scene, Peter and I and the director." She explained that during the scene rehearsal they "play around with it" until it feels right "and then they turn the cameras on." She admitted that they "don't get much rehearsal time" but since they are able to experiment with the scenes for each take they are "always rehearsing but also always performing as well."

When asked what the best bit about filming series 10 was Mackie said "I think the best bit about it was working with Peter. He's amazing." She continued to praise the actor explaining that she felt "lucky to work with him" and calling him "an incredible Doctor Who." This notion seemed to please the audience who cheered loudly in approval.

One audience member asked what companion Mackie would choose if she had been the Doctor.  "That's a tough one," Mackie admitted as she pondered the question before deciding on the panel moderator who seemed thoroughly thrilled with her choice. He even suggested that as her companion he would be her slave, making her coffee every morning, among other chores.

One fan asked if she thought Bill should meet Captain Jack Harkness and Mackie responded "Who wouldn't want to meet Captain Jack?"

Not all questions asked of the actress were Doctor Who related. When one fan asked what Disney character Mackie would like to be she responded "Moana" with absolutely no hesitation at all.

You can see the full Q&A session below.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

TGT Podcast Episode 2 - Killer Tree & Cuppa Tea

With the recent news about Mark Gatiss and Toby Whithouse's appearances in Twice Upon A Time being widely discussed, our podcasting pair are feeling quite festive.

In this week's podcast, we're revisiting the first Christmas special, The Christmas Invasion, which one of us had never seen before.

The episode is also quite Jackie Tyler centric, with news of her Big Finish adventures and a parody from Ben aptly called Jackie.

So, get the kettle on and your headphones ready, and join the fun with our latest podcast.

We'll be back in a fortnight with more news, views and going off on random tangents.
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