Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Join the Doctor Who Infinity community

With the release of Doctor Who Infinity fast approaching, Tiny Rebel Games have opened up a channel for Whovians to discuss the game - and all things Doctor Who - with the makers and fellow fans.

Discord is a digital community available on desktop and mobile where people can chat in public channels and private messages.

Tiny Rebel Games have set up their own Discord account, with multiple channels for general chats, news and teasers for the game.

So, if you want to get exclusive updates for Doctor Who Infinity before anyone else, simply click here and create your account.
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Suzanne says... it's good to be back

Did you think I had nothing more to say about Doctor Who? Sure, it has been a while since I wrote here, but there is always something to say about our beloved Doctor! And after a few months of hiatus, I’m back for Season 2 of those opinion articles. So, what did trigger my return, you might wonder... Well, it’s just that I watched the Charmed reboot trailer and suddenly I felt the urge to share some thoughts with you.

I’m from a generation that was lucky enough to be able to watch some great shows on TV when they were aired for the first time - in my country, that is, so considering it took some of them a few years to reach me, I’m not *that* old! - including The A-team, Battlestar Galactica, Starsky and Hutch, MacGyver, and Charmed to name a few. So, of course, when I came across the news that there was going to be a reboot of Charmed, I was eager to reconnect with the teenager I was back when Charmed was on TV.

But let’s face it: there is a reason why Doctor Who is the only one who can actually stand time travel and make it look so cool. Whatever you might think, a reboot is nothing like a time travel. It’s simply a rewriting of a famous show from the past into a not so famous show in the present. I should know better, having being disappointed by said reboots multiple times already. But call me a hopeless optimist; I always hope to be impressed by a ghost from the past. After all, I’m still half hoping for a Classic Who reboot featuring David Bradley!

So what is the link between a Charmed reboot and Doctor Who?

None really, except for the fact that it helps illustrate how todays pool of ideas for great TV shows is getting poorer by the minute. On one side we have a 55 years old show that still manages to gather fans and on the other side, we have an attempt to reach out to old fans with the hope to gain new ones based on what could be considered today as a “vintage” show.

And now, let me point out something quite interesting about Doctor Who. Back in 2005, a reboot could have been the best and easiest solution to relaunch the show. But instead of rewriting an old show and its stories, instead of disguising it behind some modernity, Doctor Who was converted into a modern show and got to live on, not as a reboot, but as continuity of the show it had been.

And that’s why Doctor Who is so amazing (well, that’s one reason, anyway). It’s the story of a time traveller who managed to travel 55 years accompanied by fans from the earliest days as well as younger (and new) fans who discovered the show in 2005 and after. It’s not a reboot, it’s better than a reboot. It succeeded in doing what reboots were meant to do, while still being an original show that simply adjusted to the expectation of the society and the market as time went by.

So, instead of watching some reboot of a famous show, why don’t you watch an old show that is still very much alive? Who needs a reboot when we have Doctor Who?
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Classic Doctor Who marathon to stream on Twitch

The live streaming video platform Twitch will be hosting a seven-week marathon of classic Doctor Who episodes beginning later this month.

The joint venture with BBC Studios will see Twitch live stream over 500 episodes featuring the first seven Doctors for free worldwide, starting with the show's 1963 debut An Unearthly Child and ending with 1989's Survival, the last adventure of the show's original 26-season run.

Adventures will be shown in blocks, with each block set to be repeated twice - three screenings in total - before the showing of a new block the following day.

In addition to the episodes themselves Twitch will also be hosting a series of exclusive specials from UK digital content creators The Yogscast, with a panel of Doctor Who crew, experts and fans taking a look back at some of the most notable moments from each Doctor's era.

Viewers who subscribe to the TwitchPresents channel will gain access to an exclusive set of classic Doctor Who emojis to use when chatting on the platform, whilst fans in the UK, US and Canada will also get the chance to take part in a weekly giveaway, including a grand prize trip to London Comic-Con.

Nick Coulter, Director of Digital Sales and Business Development at BBC Studios said:
"Doctor Who has a great tradition of pioneering new technologies, from early VHS all the way through to the new digital services of today.

"Twitch is another great example of this, as a brilliant service with over 15 million active daily users, we are thrilled to be able to offer them the chance to indulge in the classic Doctor Who series and celebrate its amazing 54 year legacy of excitement and innovation."
Jane Weedon, Director of Business Development at Twitch said:
"Doctor Who and its clever take on sci-fi exemplifies the type of adjacent content to gaming that has resonated with the Twitch community.

"By presenting this iconic BBC show in a new interactive format, it is a fun new way to bridge several generations of Doctor Who fans, while building a new generation of fans."
The Twitch marathon begins on Tuesday 29th May at 11am PDT/7pm BST, and will run until Monday 23rd July. Full Pacific US and UK timetables can be found via the official Doctor Who site. 

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Lineup of Series 11 directors revealed

With the countdown to the long awaited Series 11 now down to its final 5 months, information regarding the new series is starting to surface.

The next major milestone in the build-up to Series 11 has now been reached with the official confirmation of who will be behind the camera for each episode of Jodie Whittaker's debut series.

The major talking point of the lineup is that all 4 directors are new to the show. Bookending Series 11 will be Jamie Childs, who previously worked with Whittaker on her debut reveal trailer back in 2017.

The 3 other directors include Mark Tonderai (Luicifer; House at the End of the Street), Sallic Aprahamian (The Dumping Ground; Wolfblood) and Jennifer Perrott (Doctors; Home and Away; The Raven).

This fresh lineup of directors continues the trend of a complete overhaul of Doctor Who's production, with Chris Chibnall as the new showrunner, alongside an entirely new executive production team in Matt Strevens and Sam Hoyle.

Source : The Doctor Who Companion
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Doctor Who Infinity: The Orphans of the Polyoptra trailer

Tiny Rebel Games have released the trailer and synopsis for the second story in the Doctor Who Infinity game.

The story is written by Gary Russell and is rather a special story as he has said it is his last time writing for Doctor Who in any form. The art is drawn by David Roach and colored by Dylan Teague. The voice over was recorded with Katy Manning and directed by Gary Russell.
The story, as told in flashback by Jo Jones to her nephew in the style of a classic Doctor Who 4-part story arc, begins at the height of World War 2 as the Third Doctor and Jo Grant find themselves trapped in what appears to be a German bombing in a small mining town.

Here they meet a young orphan girl and her strange companion, who are not at all what they appear to be, and who desperately need their help to travel back to 1842, to a time when the local children still faced the treacherous danger of daily work in the mines.
Check out the trailer below:

You can also check out our preview of the first two stories here and our interview with Tiny Rebel Games here.

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Russell T Davies & William Russell finally meet

This former Doctor Who show runner and former Doctor Who classic companion actor no longer have access to the TARDIS but they can still travel via train! It just goes to show what a small world it really is when Russell T Davies, the former writer and show runner of the reboot, happened to be riding the same train at the same time as the actor who played Doctor Who's first ever companion from the classic series.

Russell T Davies is best known by Whovians as the man who brought Doctor Who back to our television screens with the series reboot that premiered in the early noughties. The 55 year old Welsh screenwriter and television producer was over the moon earlier this week when he happened upon another Doctor Who legend purely by chance while riding the train.

Davies was honoured to meet 93 year old English actor William Russell who played the first Doctor's companion, Ian Chesterton in the classic Doctor Who series in the 1960s. The two had never met previously.

Davies took several selfies with the actor to upload to his Instagram. The first few appear to be taken while the actor was unaware. However, the third selfie shows the two happily smiling for the camera.

One has to wonder if they talked about Doctor Who and what stories the two may have shared. It is a shame that we may never know. However, it is great to see that even people who have been deeply involved in the series can still be star struck when they meet the classic cast and crew.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

B&M announce new Doctor Who 5" figure sets

For fans of Character Options' range of Doctor Who figures, B&M has recently become the go to place, with reasonably priced sets of figures from both eras of the show. And now we have some more to look forward to soon.

The next wave of 5" figures have been announced, including the Fourth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors in new attire, some alternate versions of previous companions and the much anticipated, brand new Bill Potts figure.

Here is the full line up:

12th Doctor Set

  • Missy as seen in the Series 10 Episode Extremis
  • The 12th Doctor as seen in the Series 9 Episode Face the Raven
  • Bill as seen in the Series 10 Episode The Pilot

11th Doctor Set

  • Clara as Oswald Oswin from Asylum of the Daleks 
  • The 11th Doctor as seen in The Snowman 
  • Amelia Pond as seen in Lets kill Hitler 

1970’s Doctor Set

  • The Brigadier as seen in the 3rd Doctors 1st Season
  • The 4th Doctor as seen in Talons of Weng Chiang
  • Auton Mark II as seen in The Terror of the Autons

Third Doctor & Tardis Set

  • Third Doctor as seen in The Time Monster
  • Tardis (Non Electronic) with black base

Eagle eyed collectors may notice that some of these are repaints or make use of old figures. For example, the Brigadier and Auton both make use of the Captain Jack body, but we're not complaining, they look great!

The figures will be available in July with an estimated price of £17 each.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who Series 11 'feels incredibly epic'

Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker has been talking about the upcoming eleventh series of Doctor Who, describing her experience on it as 'absolutely incredible'.

The Doctor Who star was speaking to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba on the red carpet ahead of last night's BAFTA Television Awards, where she enthused about her time filming on the show so far:
"It's like nothing I've ever done before, it's absolutely incredible... I must smile every single morning knowing I'm going to work to do it. I'm very lucky, it's brilliant."
Questioned on the show's new cinematic feel, she said:
"It feels incredibly epic, and the ambition is wonderful and something that we're all fighting every day to have the energy to back it up with."
In a separate interview with Capital FM's Roman Kemp, Whittaker discussed last year's reveal of her landmark casting as the show's first female Doctor, which was in the running for an award as one of Virgin TV's Must-See Moments of 2017:
"I think the magic of the Doctor Who series as a phenomenon is to keep their fans engaged and to keep everyone guessing what direction it's going to go in, and really trying to be secretive in the best way and that, as a reveal, was amazing 'cos no one had any idea."

Although the Thirteenth Doctor reveal ultimately lost out to David Attenborough's Blue Planet II, Whittaker still made it up onto the BAFTA stage alongside Doctor Who co-star Bradley Walsh to present the first award of the night for Best Drama Series (which went to Peaky Blinders).

Before taking to the stage Walsh posted a video on Instagram of himself and Whittaker waiting backstage, with the pair in high spirits even if they did disagree on how to pronounce 'BAFTA':

Whittaker and Walsh will be joined for the eleventh series of Doctor Who by fellow newcomers Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, with the show set to return with ten new episodes this autumn.

[Source: BBC]

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

River Song faces four Masters in new Big Finish audio series

Having encountered several Doctors on both screen and audio, River Song is now meeting multiple incarnations of a different Time Lord... the Master!

The fifth series of The Diary of River Song audio dramas by Big Finish will see Alex Kingston's River Song face four versions of the Master in a new series of adventures.

The titles of the four stories have been released by Big Finish:
  • The Bekdel Test by Jonathan Morris
  • Animal Instinct by Roy Gill
  • The Lifeboat and the Deathboat by Eddie Robson
  • Concealed Weapon by Scott Handcock
Of course the most exciting part of this news is that Eric Roberts will be reprising his role as the Master for the first time in 22 years, having played the villain in the 1996 TV Movie. Michelle Gomez will return as Missy while Geoffrey Beevers and Derek Jacobi will play their incarnations.

Producer David Richardson is also clearly very excited:
It’s a medley of Masters! In previous box sets River has been travelling back through the Doctor’s incarnations. This time around she is meeting some of the Masters – and we have some amazing firsts in this box set! Yes, it’s the first time Eric Roberts has returned to the role since the TV movie in 1996, and the first appearance of Michelle Gomez as Missy in a Big Finish production. With Derek Jacobi as the War Master and Geoffrey Beevers as the decayed Master, it’s an unmissable line-up!
Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs added:
This is something we’ve been so incredibly excited about for so long. It’s been thrilling enough for us to work with Alex for all the River releases, but to put her against the Doctor’s former best friend turned archenemy is not a little mind-blowing. Fantastic that we’re getting an opportunity to work with Michelle again, after her first appearance (at Big Finish) with Sylvester McCoy back in 2007! But somehow strangely incredible that Eric Roberts is back from the 1996 TV movie. It’s frankly ‘clash of the icons’ in a really mind-blowing box set.
Fellow Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery also commented:
Working with Eric was a complete joy. Firstly, he is such a nice man and so easy to communicate with. Secondly, he likes to work and he likes to work fast. Scenes whizz by and we are all enjoying yourselves so much that you forget you are directing an Oscar nominee with over 450 movies under his belt (which should be intimidating – but isn’t). He’s very down to earth – no ego or vanity involved. I hope we work together again soon!

Having Michelle Gomez return to Big Finish is wonderful – a lovely lady, who was magnificent as Missy in the past couple of seasons of Doctor Who. I can’t wait for everyone to hear her and Alex Kingston together!
The Diary of River Song: Series 5 will be released in January 2019 and is available to pre-order now at £23 (CD) or £20 (download) from the Big Finish website here.

The Diary of River Song: Series 5 can also be purchased as a bundle with The Diary of River Song: Series 4, which will be released in August 2018, at the price of £45 on CD and £40 on download.

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Doctor Who / Casualty crossover was originally planned for Series 10

Doctor Who has been no stranger to crossovers in the past. In-universe, The Doctor has crossed over between Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, yet, as reported by Doctor Who Magazine, one of British TV's most enduring shows was set to become canon in the Whoniverse, but was ultimately left on the cutting room floor.

The final part in the 'Monk' trilogy of episodes, The Lie of the Land, was reportedly set to contain a scene in which the world of Casualty makes reference to the Monk's invasion of Earth, thereby tying the two universes together. In the scene, actors Amanda Mealing and Tony Marshall, portraying their Casualty characters, praise the Monks for saving someone in an accident, stating "Praise be to the benevolence of the Monks". This all takes place in Casualty itself, cementing the show's broadcast as part of Doctor Who's world.

It is unknown why the cameo was ultimately cut; perhaps it took away from the intended tension of the episode or simply couldn't fit into the runtime, but whatever reason it may have been, it sees the BBC continuing to tie Doctor Who into greater parts of British culture, such as cameos by real-life presenters and personalities like Hue Edwards and Brian Cox in series past.

Source: Digital Spy

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