Thursday, 25 May 2017

Doctor Who: This Week's Episode Edited After Manchester Attack

The BBC has confirmed that this Saturday's episode of Doctor Who, The Pyramid at the End of the World, has been edited for reasons of sensitivity following the recent Manchester bombing.

According to RadioTimes.com, a piece of dialogue making a general reference to terrorism as part of a wider discussion has been removed from this week's episode as a mark of respect to those affected by Monday's events.

A representative from the BBC told the website:
"Following the tragic events in Manchester, we have made a small edit to this week's episode of Doctor Who."
It is understood that The Pyramid at the End of the World remains otherwise unchanged and will air in its originally scheduled slot.

The decision marks the second time that an episode of Doctor Who has been edited in recent years in response to significant current events; a potentially distressing scene was cut from the finale of series 8's Robot of Sherwood as it was due to be broadcast in the aftermath of similar real-life events.  

The Pyramid at the End of the World airs on Saturday 27th May at 7:45pm on BBC One.

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Doctor Who: The Empress Of Mars - Official Synopsis

The following article contains details about The Empress of Mars that some readers may wish to avoid.

The BBC has released the official synopsis for The Empress of Mars, the ninth episode of the currently-airing tenth series of Doctor Who.

The Empress of Mars is written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Wayne Yip.
The Doctor, Bill and Nardole arrive on Mars, and find themselves in an impossible conflict between Ice Warriors… and Victorian soldiers. As the Martian hive awakens around them, the Doctor faces a unique dilemma - this time the humans, not the Ice Warriors are the invaders. When Earth is invading Mars, whose side is he on?
The Empress of Mars airs on Saturday 10th June on BBC One, broadcast time to be confirmed.

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Doctor Who: Introduction To The Pyramid At The End Of The World

The BBC has released two introduction videos for this week's episode of Doctor Who, The Pyramid at the End of the World.

The first of these videos sees executive producer Steven Moffat discuss what's in store for the Earth following the revelations in Extremis:



The second features Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie on what awaits their characters in the latest episode:



A preview clip for The Pyramid at the End of the World can be seen here, whilst trailers for the episode can be found here.

The Pyramid at the End of the World airs on Saturday 27th May at 7:45pm on BBC One and at 9/8c on BBC America.
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Gallifrey Times Team Reviews Extremis

The Doctor is blind! After last week's shock ending, we couldn't wait to see how the Doctor got on in this week's episode, Extremis. What did our team think? Did they see eye to eye? Or were they blinded by Moffat's overwhelming script? Let's ditch the puns and find out...

Ben (Assistant Editor)

As the series goes on, it seems to be delivering a new gem every week, barely faltering under the pressure of it being Moffat's final series. As such, Extremis features a lot of Moffat's trademark complexities, switching between the Vatican, the vault and the simulated worlds throughout the episode until they all come together for the resolution. Although this may be hard to follow (I missed the the few minutes the first time I watched it and subsequently had no idea what was going on with Missy throughout) it's rewarding for those who have followed series 10, tidying up a few loose ends in the process.

When broken down, this episode is essentially a standard Doctor Who episode - we have seen many 'dream' worlds in the show - but the idea of this being a practice run for an invasion is a clever twist and the extra elements of the Doctor being blind and Missy's backstory for being in the vault raises it above the norm and presents an interesting story with lots going on. From the drama of the Doctor giving up part of his life for a brief moment of vision, to the pope popping in during Bill's date (which had me laughing out loud) this episode had it all.

While the stories this series may be varying incredibly, one thing that is definitely consistent is Matt Lucas's performance as Nardole. While I wasn't sure about the 'comic relief' character at the start of the series, I can't help but enjoy him more and more, as he goes from witty sidekick to total badass in under 45 minutes. Likewise, Capaldi is really impressing as he nears his final episodes. Despite being the Doctor for over two series, he is still proving he has more to give, with a very believable blind Doctor facing new problems in this episode. Bill was also good and Missy showed a new side to her character in her (albeit brief) appearance) but for me Capaldi and Lucas dominated proceedings.

Though there were a few issues - like why security at the Pentagon is so lax - and the 'it's not real' world felt a bit of a cheat, the episode was a strong offering from Moffat that showcases the talent of both his writing and the actors in it. I'm excited to see what happens next with the monks and how (or if) the Doctor gets his sight back.

Suman (news)

Extremis, coming as it does at the halfway point of series 10, manages to accomplish several things at once. Not only does the episode tie up several loose threads from the first half of the series whilst laying the foundations for what is to come, but it also throws the so-far comfortable run of self-contained, textbook Doctor Who stories completely off-kilter with its determination to stretch the very fabric of the show to its limits.

That Extremis pulls all of this off so successfully is due in no small part to its writer. In Extremis Steven Moffat gives us not one but two finely crafted stories, deftly interweaving two seemingly unconnected strands into one glorious whole and in the process showing us, once again, just what he is capable of when unconstrained by the story demands of a series opener or finale.

For the brilliance of Extremis lies not only in the stunning simplicity of its core concept – the ‘practice run’ before the aliens launch their big invasion – but in the way that it chooses to present this concept to the audience. Glitching effects pre- and post-titles are our only clues that all is not as it seems; otherwise, we are left to unravel the gripping Dan Brown-esque mystery of the Veritas at the same time as its characters, ensuring that the episode’s shocking twist has just as big an impact on the audience as it does on its characters.

As Extremis is keen to stress, however, the Doctor is always the Doctor, even when he’s a simulation. Peter Capaldi plays an absolute blinder (sorry) as a Doctor desperate to battle on with a disability which could not be any more ill-timed, adding yet another layer to the top of some already very intricate storytelling. In his absence Nardole and Bill form an engaging double act, equally skilled at portraying humour through their banter or horror as they’re faced with the prospect of mass suicide and the chilling ‘shadow test’ at CERN.

Extremis also sees the always welcome return of Michelle Gomez as Missy, more toned down than in previous appearances but no less compelling in her brief time on screen. With the clues that have been dropped along the way the revelation of what – or who – the Vault contains may not come as a complete surprise, but is nevertheless told in an intriguing way and dovetails neatly with the conclusion of the Veritas storyline to put all the necessary pieces in place for the next couple of episodes.

Importantly, Extremis manages to neatly dodge the ‘it was all a dream’ copout. It may have been a simulation, but the consequences for the Doctor and Earth are very real, and with a set-up as complex and inventive as Extremis, it only remains for us to wait and see if the rest of the story matches up to its strong beginning.
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Doctor Who Comics Day: Multi-Doctor Story Details Revealed

Titan Comics has announced further details for this year's special event comic series for Doctor Who Comics Day 2017.

Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension crosses over all four ongoing Titan Doctor Who series, featuring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. The event will begin a new era for Titan’s Doctor Who comics, and will find all four Doctors playing their part to battle The Void:
The Void has always existed: “No place. The silent realm. The lost dimension.” But the Void is no longer empty. The Void is hungry, and devouring our universe – through time and space. Now, the four Doctors must join forces to save…everything!
The series will launch on Wednesday 30th August 2017 - just days ahead of Doctor Who Comics Day - with a super-accessible Alpha issue from writers George Mann (Eleventh Doctor), and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), with art by Rachael Stott (Twelfth Doctor) and Rod Fernandes.

The Alpha issue will be released with three special covers - an embossed foil TARDIS cover, a photo cover from Will Brooks and a multi-Doctor mash-up by Rachael Stott and Luis Guerrero. All three covers can be seen below - click to enlarge:


The launch of Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension is set to be followed up with a Ninth Doctor special continuing the adventure in the same week, written by Cavan Scott with art by Adriana Melo and Marcus Lesko. A cover for the special from Will Brooks can be seen below:


Further details on the series are set to be released in the days and weeks to come, including reveals as to special guest characters, all-new writers and artists making their mark on the storyline.

This year's Doctor Who Comics Day - the fourth such event held by Titan Comics - is on Saturday 2nd September. Fans and retailers can register here to sign up your store or library, or to register for an event kit to host your own reading group event.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World - New Photos

The BBC have released a number of promotional photos for this week's episode, The Pyramid at the End of the World. Click on an image to enlarge it.

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