Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Doctor Who: The Magician's Apprentice Worldwide Broadcast Times

As Doctor Who fans worldwide anxiously await the first episode of series 9, BBC Worldwide has released a host of premiere dates and times for various countries.
United Kingdom - BBC One - Sat 19 Sep 2015 - time tbc

United States of America - BBC America - Sat 19 Sep 2015 - 9:00pm EDT - (2:00am BST)

Canada - SPACE - Sat 19 Sep 2015 - 9:00pm EDT - (2:00am BST)

Asia Pacific - BBC Entertainment - Sun 20 Sep 2015 - 10:00am SGT - (3:00am BST)

Australia - ABC - Sun 20 Sep 2015 - 7:40pm AEST - (10:40am BST)

Europe (Benelux) - BBC First - Tue 22 Sep 2015 - 9:00pm CEST

Finland - YLE2 - Mon 28 Sep 2015 - 6:00pm EEST

New Zealand - PRIME - Sep 2015 - date tbc

South Africa - BBC First - Sat 24 Oct 2015 - 6:00pm SAST

Germany - FOX - December 2015 - date tbc - (dubbed into German) - Subtitled English version coming to iTunes Germany on 20th September

India - FX - "coming soon in 2015" - date tbc

Italy - RAI4 - Early 2016 - date tbc - (dubbed into Italian)
[Source: Doctor Who News]
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Doctor Who: Christmas Specials Boxset Coming Soon

We saw some major news about the next Doctor Who Christmas Special today as River Song was confirmed to return for 2015's festive episode (see here for more details) - and some more Christmas-related news has now been released.

Amazon have officially listed a special 'gift set' of all the previous Christmas Specials, released in time for this year's instalment - previously, the Christmas Specials were only on sale as part of a series boxset or as individual releases, so this is the first chance to pick all the Specials up in one release. The listing states:
For the first time on one complete set, own every Christmas special from the new generation of Doctor Who. David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi all take starring turns in eleven exhilarating Christmas specials that set the Doctor rushing to save the world from an array of dastardly foes including the Master, the Cybermen and even Santa Clause himself.
TVShowsonDVD, who first reported the listing, have speculated that the 11 mentioned specials will comprise every special from 2005-2014, including both parts of The End of Time, and that's pretty likely to be the case.

The boxset will be released on 24th November in both DVD & Blu-ray (you can pre-order it here). There's no news on a UK release as of yet, but it's likely that the gift set will be released in more places than just the US.

The Christmas Specials boxset isn't the only new series DVD coming in November - Amazon have also listed 'Series 9 - Part 1' for release. That DVD will include the first six episodes of Series 9, from The Magician's Apprentice to The Woman Who Lived, and will be released on 3rd November, with a Part 2 release and complete boxset likely following just before Christmas. Series 9 - Part 1 can be pre-ordered on DVD and Blu-ray here.

[Source: TVShowsonDVD]
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Doctor Who Christmas Special: River Song Returns!

Alex Kingston is to return to our television screens as Professor River Song for the highly anticipated 2015 Christmas Special, as revealed today in an exciting announcement from the BBC.

A short snippet of plot information about the upcoming Special teases us with the Christmas setting and the reunion of River and the Doctor:
"It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas."
Filming for the Christmas Special is scheduled to begin this week (September 1st onwards), written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

The enigmatic River Song first appeared on our television screens in the 2008 two-parter Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead, and has since featured in 15 episodes to date. Alex Kingston shared her surprise and enthusiasm for being invited back onto the show after her apparent farewell in The Name of the Doctor:
"To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday's read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!"
Steven Moffat also shared his views on bringing back the character:
 "Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it's a matter of time..."
A witty line-up of special guests will be joining Alex Kingston and Peter Capaldi for a Christmas adventure in the TARDIS, and details will be announced over the coming months. Doctor Who is returning to our screens on Saturday 19 September for the highly anticipated ninth series, followed by the Christmas Special on Friday 25 December.

River Song has often divided fan opinions over her appearances in the show. Are you excited to see Alex Kingston returning? Do you think her apparent farewell in The Name of the Doctor should've been her last episode? Let us know what you think in the comments section!

[Source: BBC]
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Doctor Who Magazine: 500 Issues Celebration

Doctor Who Magazine (DWM), the long running publication which has covered all things Doctor Who since the Tom Baker era, will celebrate 500 issues next year.

To commemorate the event, 10th Planet Events and Big Finish have teamed up with DWM to put on a convention in Windsor on the 28th of May next year.

Already announced guests include: Sophie Aldred, Dez Skinn, Tom Spilsbury (DWM's current editor), Peter Ware (Deputy Editor) and Nicholas Briggs.

All pre-order details and final arrangements will appear soon, full details and guest list can be found here.

[Source: Tenth Planet Events]
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The Underwater Menace DVD available to pre-order

In a shocking turn of events 'The Underwater Menace', the 1967 story featuring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, has now been listed to pre-order at and is scheduled to be released this year after all.

We previously reported that the release had been cancelled following animation company Qurios being liquidated in 2014. Qurios, who had provided the animated episodes for 'The Ice Warriors' release, were also due to create animations for 'The Underwater Menace' too and it is currently unknown if the missing episodes 1 and 4 will be available as animations on the DVD release.

Episode 3 had already been released in 2004 as a part of the 'Lost in Time' set but since the second episode was returned to the BBC in 2011 fans across the world have been excited to see an episode thought lost forever. Anneke Wills, who played companion Polly in the story, confirmed via her Facebook account back in March that an audio commentary and documentary were recorded back in 2013. Even the cover art had been designed as seen in DWM 488 but that design is not confirmed for this release. There had been plenty of support from fans imploring BBC Worldwide to release the episode with an online petition gaining over 2,750 signatures submitted in May. It now seems that the supporters will get their wish and finally be able to own 'The Underwater Menace' on DVD for the first time on October 26th 2015.

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New Series 9 Promotional Photos

The BBC have released a few more promotional images of the Doctor and Clara ahead of the upcoming new series, which starts with The Magician's Apprentice on Saturday 19th September. Click on an image to enlarge it.

Capaldi Doctor and Clara series 9

Capaldi Doctor series 9 promotional image

Capaldi Doctor series 9 promotional image

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Doctor Who: Special Screening of The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar

The official Doctor Who Twitter account posted earlier today that there will be a special preview screening of the two-part premiere of series 9 in Cardiff on 10 September. The BAFTA Cymru website offered this information on the event:
BAFTA Cymru presents an exclusive preview of the new series of Doctor Who.

The two-part story stars Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez and was filmed in Cardiff earlier this year.

Directed by Hettie McDonald, Produced by Peter Bennet and written by Steven Moffat, this is the only screening of both episodes ahead of their transmission on BBC One in September.

The double-bill screening will be followed by a panel Q&A session with Peter, Jenna and Steven, joined by Executive Producer Brian Minchin. Hosted by broadcaster Jason Mohammad.

Please note tickets are only available through this site and we request that you do not contact the BAFTA Cymru office when tickets have all been sold.

Tickets will be available to purchase from 17:00
Unfortunately, as of the time of this writing, the special preview screening is sold out.

[Source: Doctor Who TV]
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Doctor Who Nominated In BAFTA Cymru Awards

Doctor Who has received five nominations in this year's British Academy Cymru Awards, which honour excellence in broadcasting and production in film and television in Wales.

Peter Capaldi features in the Actor category for his performance in Dark Water, whilst co-star Jenna Coleman receives her Actress nomination for her performance in Kill The Moon.

The show is also up for three technical awards - Editing (Will Oswald, Dark Water), Special and Visual Effects (Last Christmas) and Titles and Graphic Identity for Doctor Who's revamped titles sequence first introduced in the Series 8 opening episode Deep Breath.

The full list of nominees for the categories in which Doctor Who is nominated is as follows:
ACTOR sponsored by AUDI
  • Richard Harrington – DCI Tom Mathias in Y Gwyll/Hinterland – Fiction Factory / S4C
  • Peter Capaldi – The Doctor in Doctor Who: Dark Water – BBC Wales / BBC One
  • Rhys Ifans – Captain Cat in Dan y Wenallt – fFatti fFilms / S4C

  • Jenna Coleman – Clara Oswald in Doctor Who: Kill the Moon – BBC Wales / BBC One
  • Mali Harries – DI Mared Rhys in Y Gwyll/Hinterland – Fiction Factory / S4C
  • Rhian Morgan – Gwen Lloyd in Gwaith/Cartref – Fiction Factory / S4C

EDITING sponsored by Gorilla
  • John Richards – Da Vinci’s Demons - Adjacent Productions/Phantom Four Films / FOX
  • Will Oswald – Doctor Who: Dark Water – BBC Wales / BBC One
  • John Richards – Jack to a King: The Swansea Story – YJB Films Ltd

SPECIAL AND VISUAL EFFECTS sponsored by University of Wales Trinity St David
  • A Poet in New York - BBC Cymru Wales/Modern Television / BBC Two – Bait Studio
  • Da Vinci’s Demons - Adjacent Productions, Phantom Four Films / FOX – Production Team
  • Doctor Who: Last Christmas – BBC Wales / BBC One – Production Team

  • Doctor Who: Deep Breath – BBC Wales / BBC One – Production Team
  • Jack to a King: The Swansea Story – YJB Films Ltd – Bait Studio
  • Y Gwyll/Hinterland – Fiction Factory / S4C – Sarah Breese

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at St David's Hall, Cardiff on Sunday 27th September.

[Source: BAFTA Cymru]
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Doctor Who: Series 9 Prequel Photos

Two sneak peek photographs from the series 9 prequel The Doctor's Meditation have been released. The photos show Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Daniel Hoffmann-Gill as Bors, who will also make an appearance in the series 9 opener episode, The Magician's Apprentice.

The photographs serve as a promotional teaser for BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events, who have teamed up to bring Dark Water / Death in Heaven to the big screen at selected cinemas across the United States. The never-before-seen prequel will be shown along with an exclusive interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, hosted by Wil Wheaton. Details about the cinema screenings and where to purchase tickets can be found in our previous report.

Unfortunately the BBC have not revealed whether the prequel will be made available online, but stay tuned and we will keep you updated!

[Source: DoctorWhoTV]

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Doctor Who Featured In Edinburgh International Television Festival

Doctor Who has been announced as one of several shows set to be featured at the Edinburgh International Television Festival from August 26th- 28th. An exclusive screening of The Magician's Apprentice will be presented alongside a Q&A with showrunner Steven Moffat ahead of Series 9's opening on September 19th.

Sherlock will also be featured at the festival, with Martin Freeman  joining Mark Lawson to discuss his work on the hit BBC show whilst also touching on how he made his name in The Office to his upcoming role in Captain America: Civil War.
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Series 9: The Magician's Apprentice