Thursday, 30 March 2017

Doctor Who: The Pilot - Official BBC Synopsis

The BBC have released the first official synopsis for the opening episode of Series 10, The Pilot, revealing some brand new details about what to expect from the season premiere.

WARNING: The synopsis contains mild spoilers some may want to avoid.
A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined - but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?
The Pilot airs on Saturday 15th April on BBC One, with the UK time to be confirmed next week.

[Source: BBC]
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

New Doctor Who Panel Show 'Whovians' For Australian TV

Australian broadcaster ABC has revealed that a brand new weekly panel show based around the world of Doctor Who and its fans will air from next month to tie in with the upcoming tenth series of Doctor Who.

Whovians, billed as 'a show by Whovians but one that won’t exclude the rest of humanity', will be filmed in front of a live studio audience and will air on ABC2 and iview directly after each episode of the latest series has been broadcast on ABC.

The half-hour show will be hosted by award-winning presenter and comedian Rove McManus, who will be joined by other self-confessed Doctor Who enthusiasts Tegan Higginbotham, Adam Richard and Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell as well as a roster of celebrity guests. Each week McManus and his team of superfans will dissect the latest episode as well as take a fond look back at the extensive history of the show, which has been on Australian television screens for over fifty years.

Whovians host Rove McManus said:
“I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for as long as I can remember so you can imagine how pleased I am to be hosting a show about it. Whether it be the classic era that dates back over fifty years or the modern series that has created its own decade-long legacy, it’ll be nice to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite TV show with like-minded individuals and be paid to completely geek out. You might say I’m so excited that I too feel like I have two hearts beating in my chest - and yes, it’s references like that which prove I’m the right guy for the job."
Doctor Who executive producer Brian Minchin added:
Whovians will be the perfect companion piece for the thrilling new series of Doctor Who on ABC. It’s fantastic to have this exciting new program to delight Australian fans.”
Whovians will air weekly at 8:30pm on ABC2 and iview from Sunday 16th April.

Fans can apply to be part of the studio audience by emailing [email protected].

[Source: ABC]
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Monday, 27 March 2017

BBC Live Lesson Takes Children On An Educational Adventure

'The Doctor needs your help… The Daleks have engineered a supernova of epic proportions that has damaged the TARDIS, and now the devastating shock wave is heading to Earth. Only the combined power of a million micro:bits can save the TARDIS, the Doctor and the world!'

On Tuesday 28th March, the BBC are holding a live stream of their interactive lesson featuring the Doctor, which will be streamed to classrooms across the UK via the Live Lessons website.

Using a BBC micro:bit - a small device which enables students to write code and create interactive creations - students will help the Doctor defeat the Daleks and save Earth in a brand new 50 minute adventure.

This lesson, which focusses on 'computational thinking skills', is aimed at 11-13 year olds and features guest experts from the fields of web search and computer gaming. The lesson will continue on Monday 24th April, with more linked projects and another adventure with the Doctor.

Doctor Who and the micro:bit Live Lesson live stream will take place at 11am on Tuesday 28th March. For more information, visit the website here.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

The World Of Hargreaves At The Doctor Who Experience

To celebrate the launch of the new range of Doctor Who books from Adam Hargreaves, The World of Hargreaves will be holding an event at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff on 22nd April.

Due to be released in April, the new books by Adam Hargreaves - son of the Mr. Men and Little Miss creator, Roger Hargreaves - feature adventures for each Doctor in the classic Mr. Men style. The first four to be released will be Doctor First, Doctor Fourth, Doctor Eleventh and Doctor Twelfth.

The event, which will run from 11am - 3pm on 22nd April, will feature a range of activities, showcase how the books were made and offer exclusive treats for visitors.
  • Live drawing and signing by the illustrator and author of the books, Adam Hargreaves.
  • Bring yourself into the World of Hargreaves and Doctor Who with special backgrounds in the photo booth!
  • Displays and original drawings of the books.
  • EXCLUSIVE world-first reveal of the next four Doctor Who meets The World of Hargreaves books!
  • EXCLUSIVE world-first premiere of a very special video made by a very special guest…
There is no additional cost to attend the event, all those attending the Doctor Who Experience that day will have access. You can purchase tickets for the Experience from here.

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Doctor Who: Sacha Dhawan Would 'Absolutely Love' To Play The Doctor

Sacha Dhawan (Sherlock) has revealed that he would be interested in taking on the role of The Doctor once Peter Capaldi steps down from the role at the end of this year.

The actor is one of several to have been linked to the role in recent weeks, with other rumoured names including Tilda Swinton, Olivia Colman and Kris Marshall.

When asked by Radio Times if he'd consider playing The Doctor's next incarnation, Dhawan replied:
“Oh my God, I’d absolutely love to. I SO would love to.

“I’ve worked with [Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss] quite a lot, and I think I’d bring something really exciting to it. It’d be incredibly nerve-wracking to do to be honest. It’s quite a lot of pressure.

“When the list came out, I was so honoured really that I was even considered. And that alone was kind of good enough. But who wouldn’t want to do it? It’s Doctor Who.”
If cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, Dhawan would be no stranger to the world of Doctor Who, having previously starred as director Waris Hussein in Mark Gatiss' 50th anniversary docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time.

However, despite his eagerness to take on the role, Dhawan believes that in fact it's now time for a woman to play The Doctor:
“I think generally with Doctor Who, whether it’s of race or of gender, I think it’s time that we celebrate that it should maybe be something different."

“I don’t know what the answer is – I guess it’s the right person for the job. But I think it’s time to flip the character on its head slightly – and I feel that’ll very much happen this year, whether or not it’ll be someone of race or gender.

“I personally think maybe it should be a female now. I’m keen to see what the Beeb do.”
Doctor Who returns for Peter Capaldi's final full series with The Pilot on Saturday 15th April on BBC One.

[Source: Radio Times]
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Doctor Who: Three-Parter For Series 10

The upcoming tenth series of Doctor Who will feature a three-parter, it has been revealed.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, writer Toby Whithouse said:
"Mine is the third part of a three-parter – Steven [Moffat]'s done the first one, Peter Harness did the second and I've done the third.

"It's set modern-day... and I think anything more than that and Steven will come round and kick me in the shin!"
The three-part story, which will take place across episodes six, seven and eight of the new run, will feature creepy new monsters in the form of The Monks as well as the return of Missy (Michelle Gomez).

Doctor Who returns with series opener The Pilot on Saturday 15th April on BBC One.

[Source: Digital Spy]
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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Gallifrey Times Visits The Doctor Who Experience

With the Doctor Who Experience set to close this summer, we sent our Assistant Editor on a trip to Cardiff to visit the Experience. 

Opened in July 2012, the Doctor Who Experience is located on Cardiff Bay, surrounded by countless Doctor Who and Torchwood filming locations and situated near the Roath Lock studios. For a Doctor Who fan, it's the perfect location.

With a bit of time to kill before my allotted entrance time, my friends and I had a wander round the bay, pausing momentarily to witness Ianto's Shrine - a fan-made tribute to the Torchwood character that died on screen in 2009's Torchwood: Children Of Earth - is an impressive sight. With dozens of heart felt messages and drawings from the fans, it's amazing to see just how much of an impact the character had.

Anyway, onto the Experience. The foyer itself was enough to get me excited; with Gallifreyan symbols everywhere, staff dressed in Time Lord robes, a life size Lego Dalek and handprints from several of the cast, I knew I would not be disappointed by what was to come.

We queued in the 'Gallifreyan museum' area - where there were several Gallifreyan robes and props - until it was time to start the tour. A woman in a red Gallifreyan robe greeted us and straight away we were into the interactive adventure. I cannot say too much about the adventure for fear of spoiling it for anyone who is yet to go, but for the children and overgrown children (or 'adults') in the room, it was great fun.

Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor appeared on screen to inform us his TARDIS was under attack and he needed our help. The woman in red held an impressively choreographed dialogue with the Doctor, making it feel like it was all taking place in real time. The Doctor was his usual brilliant self, spouting gibberish and cheekily insulting random people in our group. We were taken through a few rooms with surprises in each one. The impressive sets, combined with enthusiasm of the woman in red and the Doctor on screen, made the whole thing believable, to the point where I was actually scared of what was going to happen next - and I don't scare easily! However, I must add that there were a few missed opportunities in the adventure that possibly could have heightened the experience - extra scares and thrills - but I think it was pitched just right for kids. I even got to fly the Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS - or rather play with some controls on the fenced off control panel, but still, it was amazing just to be on the set.

After the interactive adventure, we were allowed to roam free in the museum. The first floor held three TARDIS sets (Ninth Doctor, Fifth Doctor and the one from An Adventure in Time And Space) which were amazing to see in real life. It was a shame we couldn't get up close enough to touch them, but obviously they need to keep the props safe and clean. There was also a section on Delia Derbyshire and the work of the Radiophonic Workshop, which is always interesting to learn about. Finally, next to Bessie was parked was a green screen photoshoot area where you could have your photo taken on a number of backgrounds, with a variety of props and accessories to make the photo even more fun.

Upstairs was where the museum really came alive, with a huge room full of costumes and props from every era of the show's long history. The Twelfth Doctor's era in particular is well represented and the recently restored Mandrel and Morbius costumes were also great to see.

There were several variations of Cybermen and Daleks. In real life the classics look just as impressive as the modern versions. However, they didn't seem quite as menacing off-screen.

Looking at the costumes close up allowed me to see details that I hadn't seen on screen - such as the inside of the Dalek gun - and really proved how much effort goes into making the show. It also intrigued me to see how poorly constructed the classic costumes were in comparison. When you think of how slick and realistic the creatures look on the show today, it's interesting to see the cobbled together lid of Davros's dome or the flimsy material of the Sontaran's outfit.

There was also great joy in listening to everybody wandering around, discussing their favourite monsters and quizzing each other on what each monster was called and what episode it was from. Obviously, I was doing the same, making a beeline for my favourites and regaling my friends with pointless trivia about whatever alien they were looking at - come on, it's what we fans do!

You can always tell a good museum by its gift shop, and the Doctor Who Experience gift shop was a thing of beauty. With an impressive range of clothing, prints, toys, collectibles, DVDs and the obligatory self-branded stationery, I'm not ashamed to say that I lost a lot of money in that place.

But even then, after an exciting interactive adventure, an inspiring museum and a well stocked gift shop, there was more! Just before the exit was a room that held an exhibition of Target novel artwork and Doctor Who Magazine covers. I'd wanted to see this when I heard about it, but I'd forgotten it was there.

Overall, I think you can gather from this review that I really enjoyed my time at the Doctor Who Experience. It was a fan's dream, with a great deal of nostalgia presented in a fun and exciting way. I highly recommend that you visit the Experience before it sadly closes.

For more information on the Doctor Who Experience, visit the website here.
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Monday, 13 March 2017

Doctor Who: Series 10 - New Trailer Released

The BBC has officially released a new trailer for the upcoming tenth series of Doctor Who.

The 60-second trailer features Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor, new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and returning character Nardole (Matt Lucas) alongside a whole host of new aliens and guest stars, as well as giving us a sneak peak at the returns of Missy, the Ice Warriors and the Mondasian Cybermen.

Doctor Who returns with Series 10 opener The Pilot on Saturday 15th April on BBC One.
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Doctor Who Series 10: Episode 1 Title And New Pic Revealed Ahead Of New Trailer Tonight

The BBC has officially revealed the title of the first episode of the upcoming tenth series of Doctor Who.

Previously rumoured as A Star In Her Eye, episode one will in fact be called The Pilot, and will feature the debut of Pearl Mackie as new companion Bill Potts following last year's introduction in special clip Friend From The Future

The BBC has also released a new promotional picture featuring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor alongside Mackie as Bill and Matt Lucas as returning character Nardole (click to enlarge):

The new information comes ahead of a brand new 60-second Series 10 trailer, which will air tonight during half-time of tonight's live FA Cup quarter-final match between Chelsea and Manchester United on BBC One as well as being released online.

Doctor Who returns with Series 10 opener The Pilot on Saturday 15th April on BBC One.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who]
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Kris Masrhall Responds To Rumours That He Will Be The Thirteenth Doctor

Ever since it was announced that Capaldi will be stepping down as the Doctor at the end of 2017, there has been lots of talk about who his successor might be. Peoples of the internet and bookies alike have been tossing around names of likely candidates. One name that kept cropping up was Kris Marshall.

After the actor announced his exit from Death in Paradise, many people working at the rumour mill saw this as a sign that the actor was freeing himself up to take on the role of the Thirteenth Doctor.

After weeks of speculation, Marshall has finally spoken about the rumours. In an interview with the Herald Sun, he said he was “very flattered to be considered by the good public” as the next Doctor, before adding “I wouldn’t put any money on it yet.”

However, he did agree that it was more likely for him to become the next Doctor than the next James Bond.

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