Friday, 24 October 2014

Doctor Who: Radio Times In the Forest of the Night Poster

Today Radio Times released the latest in a series of posters in correspondence with the current series of Doctor Who. This poster focuses on In the Forest Of The Night as seen below.

In the Forest of the Night air this Saturday at 8:20pm.

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Doctor Who: In The Forest Of The Night - New Preview Clip

The BBC has released a new preview clip for this week's episode of Doctor Who, In the Forest of the Night.

The clip features a confused Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) getting to grips with a surprising new situation with the help of schoolgirl Maebh (Abigail Eames).

In the Forest of the Night airs tomorrow (Saturday 25th October) at 8:20pm on BBC One and at 9/8C on BBC America - for a taste of what to expect check out our spoiler-free preview!
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Doctor Who : Death In Heaven : Synopsis Revealed

The BBC have released the official synopsis for the concluding episode of Series 8, and second half of two part finale, "Death in Heaven". If you don't want to be spoiled, click away now!

With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role. 
Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy? As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.

Series 8 is coming to a conclusion. Who is Missy and what are her plans?

Let us know in the comments how excited you are for "Death in Heaven"

"Death in Heaven" broadcasts on 8 November on BBC One (broadcast time TBA).

[Source : Doctor Who TV]
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Doctor Who: Dark Water Cast List Revealed (SPOILERS)

WARNING: This post contains mild spoilers for Dark Water. If you're staying spoiler-free, click away now!

The Radio Times have revealed the cast list for part one of the two-part series finale, Dark Water - and the list reveals some returning characters, such as Clara's grandmother from The Time of the Doctor, as well as some new faces. You can have a look at the cast list below:

  • The Doctor - Peter Capaldi
  • Clara - Jenna Coleman
  • Danny - Samuel Anderson
  • Missy - Michelle Gomez
  • Gran - Sheila Reid
  • Seb - Chris Addison
  • Dr Chang - Andrew Leung
  • Fleming - Bradley Ford
  • Mr Armitage - Nigel Betts
  • Woman - Joan Blackham
  • Boy - Antonio Bourouphael
  • Cyberman - Jeremiah Krage
  • Voice of the Cybermen - Nicholas Briggs
Dark Water airs on Saturday 1st November at 8.15pm on BBC One.

[Source: Radio Times]
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Doctor Who: In the Forest of the Night - Spoiler-Free Preview

Doctor Who: Series 8, Episode 10
In the Forest of the Night

Written by: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Directed by: Sheree Folkson

Broadcast Date: Saturday 25th October at 8.20pm on BBC One

Reviewed by Louis Rabinowitz for The Gallifrey Times

The Gallifrey Times have seen In the Forest of the Night and have put our spoiler free preview together.

The past two episodes of Series 8 have stuck firmly to the 'old school Who' remit - with creepy new monsters, a distinguishable threat and a generally large focus on the Doctor. This week's episode, In the Forest of the Night, couldn't be more different - and while the difference from the general tone of the series is often refreshing, the episode often comes unstuck in exploring the plot.

In the Forest of the Night certainly has a strong concept - in one night, trees overtake the Earth. It's an ambitious idea and the TV budget often holds the execution of the concept back - but overall it's an idea that's represented well visually, and fits nicely into the fairytale atmosphere of the episode. There's even a small throwback to the Russell T Davies days with a set of amusing news reports which at least lends some global scale to the events, but the whole concept feels perhaps a bit too large for TV.

The execution of the idea is somewhat mixed too - there's some lovely ideas and moments in there, but for every strong emotional moment there's an irritating moment where the plot goes off the rails. There's not much of a sense of threat either - while In the Forest of the Night clearly feels more child-friendly than recent episodes and therefore is somewhat justified in dialling down the threat level, it does often feel a little lightweight and inconsequential for chunks of its runtime; and when the threat does present itself, it's fairly standard and you'll have seen it plenty of times in science-fiction and in the show itself before. It's not the most 'plotty' of episodes, and the lack of any real threat robs the episode of any urgency.

There's plenty of strong material in the episode, however. The child actors are surprisingly good (if not particularly noteworthy) - there's a few moments where the children can get a little grating, but overall they're an endearing bunch who get a handful of genuinely amusing lines. Cottrell Boyce clearly has a talent for writing children, as they're far less irritating here than you'd expect - and Abigail Eames, who plays a key part as Maebh, is surprisingly strong; in an episode with several child actors, Eames stands out as the strongest performer.

After a few episodes with fleeting appearances, Samuel Anderson returns here in a slightly bigger part than usual as Danny Pink. Danny doesn't play an especially huge role in the story (save for one slightly improbable moment), but Anderson remains a solid performer - and the gulf between Danny and Clara's outlooks on life is highlighted in an interesting way that serves to flesh out Danny as a slightly more unique character. Whether Danny will play a large role in the finale is yet unknown, but Anderson cements himself here as a strong part of the ensemble.

Outside of the strong character work, however, In the Forest of the Night can be a little shaky. The third act in particular is poor, with a cheap resolution and a slightly clumsy eco-message - while Cottrell Boyce is to be commended for tackling important issues in Doctor Who in a way that hasn't been done since Vincent and the Doctor's take on mental illness, eco-messages are hard to pull off and there's a noticeably clunky moral to the story.

Overall, In the Forest of the Night is something of a heavily flawed masterpiece - there's some great character moments and in parts it's excellent, but the aimless plot and awkward resolution pull the episode down to 'average' level. It's an episode that'll heavily divide fandom - but with the two-part finale on the way, it's still a decent filler before the storm...

The Gallifrey Times Rating: 7/10
Thanks to the BBC for providing an advance copy for review.
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Doctor Who: Dark Water Broadcast Time Confirmed

The BBC have confirmed that the eleventh and penultimate episode of Series 8, Dark Water, will be broadcast on Saturday 1st November at 8.15pm on BBC One.

The episode will last for 45 minutes, and will conclude at 9pm. Dark Water, the first of a two-part finale written by head writer Steven Moffat, will air on the same day on BBC America at 9/8C.
In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn up. 
Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming. 
“Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.
[Source: BBC]

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Doctor Who: Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood & Listen - Live +7 Viewing Figures

After last month's release of the Live +7 viewing figures (including all viewings on all platforms a week after broadcast) for series opener Deep Breath (10.76 million) Live +7 figures have now been released for episodes two to four.

Into the Dalek had 8.26 million Live +7 viewers, which includes 400,000 repeat viewers, 2.21 million timeshift viewers and 500,000 unique viewers on iPlayer, on top of the overnight figure of 5.16 million.

Robot of Sherwood had 8.25 million Live +7 viewers, which includes 440,000 repeat viewers, 2.03 million timeshift viewers and 510,000 unique viewers on iPlayer, on top of the overnight figure of 5.26 million.

Listen had 7.80 million Live +7 viewers, which includes 370,000 repeat viewers, 2.14 million timeshift viewers and 480,000 unique viewers on iPlayer, on top of the overnight figure of 4.82 million.

Further Live +7 figures are expected to be released next month for more Series 8 episodes.

[Source: Doctor Who News]

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New City Of Death Novelisation Writer Announced

Gareth Roberts, writer of numerous Doctor Who books and scripts, announced on Twitter that he is no longer working on a novelisation of the 1979 Doctor Who serial City of Death. The book will instead be written by author and former Doctor Who website editor James Goss, whose previous works include the Twelfth Doctor novel The Blood Cell and the Tenth Doctor audio book Dead Air. Goss is also one of the first authors to write a novel for the Twelfth Doctor, with the recent The Blood Cell.

City of Death is one of the most watched stories in the programme's history and a firm fan favourite. The story was originally written by producer Graham Williams and script editor Douglas Adams, based on a story idea by David Fisher. Because of rights issues, a novelisation of the story was never produced during the original Target Books run.

In October last year, it was announced that Roberts would finally write a novelisation for the story - following the success of a novelisation of Shada - and would be due for release this year. There is currently no information on when Goss's version of City of Death will be available.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Doctor Who: New In The Forest Of The Night Promotional Photos

The BBC has released a batch of promotional photos from this Saturday's upcoming episode "In the Forest of the Night." This episode will see the Doctor, Clara, Danny, and a group of schoolchildren in the middle of London, which has been reclaimed by the forest.

The synopsis for the episode reads:
One morning, in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet.

Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived…



"In the Forest of the Night" airs Saturday, 25 October at 8.20pm on BBC One and at 9/8 CST on BBC America.

[Source: Blogtor Who]
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Doctor Who: See Death in Heaven Early!

Film Hub Wales and BAFTA Cymru have organised six Doctor Who related events across Wales between November 2014 and January 2015 in association with BBC Cymru Wales.

Tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 concession and the included events are as follows:

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven
Tuesday 4th November 7pm
Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff
029 2030 4400

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Monday 1st December at 7pm
Theatr Ffwrnes, Llanelli
0845 2263510

Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem & The Poison Sky
Tuesday 16th December 7pm
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Denbighshire
01745 850197

Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead 
Monday 12th January 7pm
Monmouth Savoy Theatre, Monmouth
01600 772467

Doctor Who: Masque of Mandragora & The Prisoner 
Saturday 17th January at 7pm
Theatr Harlech, Snowdonia
01766 780667

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
Tuesday 27th January at 7pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
01970 623232

Each event has a specific theme, focusing on a particular creative department in the production team.

[Source: Doctor Who TV]
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Doctor Who: In The Forest Of The Night - Official TV Trailer

The BBC has released the official television trailer for episode ten of Doctor Who Series 8, In the Forest of the Night.

This follows the episode's next time trailer which first aired on Saturday following Flatline, and which can be seen here.

In the Forest of the Night will air this Saturday at 8:20pm on BBC One and at 9/8C on BBC America.
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Doctor Who: Flatline - Appreciation Index Score

Doctor Who: Flatline had an Appreciation Index score (AI) of 85.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

The score of 85 is around the general average for Doctor Who AIs over the past nine years, and is considered 'excellent'. Flatline achieved the joint highest AI of the series so far - and you can see the AIs for the rest of the series below:
  1. Mummy on the Orient Express & Flatline - 85
  2. Into the Dalek & Time Heist - 84
  3. The Caretaker - 83
  4. Deep Breath, Robot of Sherwood, Listen & Kill the Moon - 82
[Source: Doctor Who News]

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New Doctor Who Game: The Doctor and the Dalek

The Doctor and the Dalek
The BBC have announced plans to release a new online game for children as part of the BBC's Make It Digital initiative to introduce computer skills to the younger generation.

The Doctor and the Dalek  - which was commissioned by BBC Learning, developed and produced by BBC Wales and Somethin’ Else in association with BBC Future Media - will feature the Twelth Doctor, voiced by Peter Capaldi, in a new story written by Doctor Who writer Phil Ford (Into The Dalek, The Waters of Mars).

The game will be puzzled based, with the player controlling a Dalek and solving puzzles to gain powers such as flying, helping the Doctor to rebuild the Dalek. The puzzles are all linked to a new computing curriculum, designed to help children pick up basic programming skills as they play. The game covers several topics including combining instructions to accomplish a goal, using variables to alter behaviour, repetition and loops and logical reasoning. These skills are integrated into the game, keeping it fun as well as educational. There will also be resources from the BBC and third parties available to help parents and teachers to ensure that the children get the most out of the game.

Danny Cohen, BBC Director of Television, said:

“The Doctor and the Dalek is a brand new Doctor Who story and a fantastic game, voiced by the wonderful Peter Capaldi. It’s an excellent example of how a hugely popular BBC show can give fans something extra, whilst also introducing wider audiences to increasingly important skills, such as coding and programming.”

Sinéad Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, added:
“We’re really excited about the launch of The Doctor and the Dalek as not only is it a really entertaining platform game for kids to play but it’s also a great introduction to some key principles of computer programing. Every puzzle has a strong link to the KS2 or KS3 computer science curriculum. So we think it’s going to be a really valuable tool for students, parents and teachers.”

The Doctor and the Dalek will be available to play for free on the CBBC website from Wednesday 22nd October.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Doctor Who: The Gallifrey Times Team Review Flatline

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Flatline.

Last night saw Clara and the Doctor battle the two-dimensional Boneless - but what did our team make of it? Read on to find out!

Ben (Video & Digital Media)

Flatline, to me, felt like a mix of scariness and silliness. On the one hand you've got the brilliant idea of 2D aliens and the amazing effects that bring them to life so well. Then you've got the Doctor stuck in a mini TARDIS with his hand poking out. Although it was a very good episode and Clara once again shone, there were too many little bits that niggled me, like the terribly choreographed 'accidentally dropping the TARDIS down a hole' routine and the dodgy effects when we see the Doctor's face through the mini TARDIS doors. I would have liked to have seen the 2D alien idea explored more, as this is a great idea that moves away from my pet hate of humanoid shaped aliens. However, aside from these little foibles, Flatline was a well written, well directed episode with one hell of a teaser at the end. 7/10

Patrick (News)

Jamie Mathieson is the one to watch. With the uniqueness and solid writing of Mummy on the Orient Express under his belt, Flatline held particular expectations to maintain the momentum of the series. Safe to say it delivered, not just as a superb episode, but as one of the best of a continuing excellent debut series for Peter Capaldi. Flatline's standout element, namely Clara taking on the role of The Doctor, is balanced beautifully with The Doctor's very own issues inside the TARDIS. Neither one is overshadowed, even when Jenna Coleman gives one of her greatest performances, embodying the idea of a female Doctor to perfection yet remaining grounded and delightful to watch. Mathieson also does a fantastic job of building the episode around an urban, grounded setting, in vain of RTD days of old. Grittiness is a core ingredient of Flatline, and it is hard to think of a better example of the blending of this and the fantastical magic of Who. The monster of this week's episode, The Boneless, whilst being one of the creepiest and most intriguing of the series so far, suffers equally with the same lack of depth as most of Series 8's villains, but Mathieson does a great job of establishing them as a new force in The Doctor's world. Missy's mind blowing appearance at the apex tops what is an excellent episode as we head towards the finale. Here's hoping Jamie Mathieson becomes a staple of series to come. 9/10

Harris (News)

Another brilliant episode from Jamie Mathieson! Flatline is this year’s Doctor-lite episode but at no point does it feel like it. Clara and the Doctor both get their usual screen time and use it to full effect with the best Doctor and companion chemistry I’ve ever seen. The tale itself is scary and gruesome, fitting within the dark times brought on by Capaldi’s Doctor. Supporting characters do feel a little underdeveloped however and Rigsy’s decision to sacrifice himself seems a little out of place. Other than that Clara is clever and sassy without the Doctor about and the episode is full of great humour. 9/10

Suman (News)

Flatline is a highly enjoyable blend of humour and horror courtesy of Jamie Mathieson, whose strong script sparkles with witty dialogue and inventive concepts. Dimensions are effectively played with in various ways as the shrinking of the TARDIS leads to some brilliant sight gags whilst seamless execution of visual effects and artwork succeed in making the Boneless equally chilling in 2D and 3D. The Doctor and Clara's role reversal, meanwhile, is initially lighthearted, particularly once Clara gains her very own 'companion' in the engaging and likeable Rigsy. By the end of Flatline, however, it turns into something more unsettling, as just when the Doctor's words and actions firmly cement him as being 'the man that stops the monsters', Clara's overeagerness to 'be' the Doctor - despite emulating some of his more negative aspects in the process - is forebodingly coupled with the enigmatic Missy's approval. 9/10

Andrew (News)

A second watching of Flatline helped me enjoy the episode more, in particular noticing the deepening and darkening chemistry between the Doctor and Clara. Clara showed she knew more about how he works than maybe he was comfortable with and by the end of the episode the Doctor almost seemed defeated as he stood embarrassed at the fact she heard him acknowledge her worth as someone able to show leadership and initiative despite his absence. Indeed Clara pretty much ran the show in this role reversal, the Doctor, being essentially trapped and helpless in a dying Tardis, needing her to take his place and return him to a position of control. The issue of the Doctor lying in order to inspire hope was highlighted, and yet the Doctor was unsettled by how Clara had lied to Danny, in an unusual balancing of loyalties, to help her continue a relationship with the Doctor. He left Clara looking confused by saying her effectiveness didn't stem from goodness - perhaps emphasising a tension as maybe their minds do indeed lack harmony7.5/10

The average score from our team was 8.3/10, slightly down on last week. Our spoiler-free review of In the Forest of the Night will be up mid-week - and instead of a team review, Sunday will see our team's theories on Missy as we head into the finale!
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Doctor Who: Flatline - Question of the Week

WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for Flatline. If you haven't seen the episode, click away now!

We're introducing a brand new weekly feature for Series 8 - every week, alongside our usual after-episode poll, we'll be asking you about the biggest question each episode raises, and releasing the results the following week.


For episode nine, Flatline, we're looking at the question; is the mysterious Missy 'the woman in the shop' (the unknown figure that gave Clara the Doctor's phone number back in The Bells of Saint John?

Missy was seen watching Clara and proclaiming she'd 'chosen well' at the end of the episode - so does this confirm that Missy was indeed the woman who brought Clara and the Doctor together (she was also implied to be so in Deep Breath) - or is there another force who brought the two together? Leave your thoughts in the poll below!

We'll be revealing the results of this poll, along with our rate the episode poll, on Monday 27th October. We'll have a new poll for In the Forest of the Night next week!
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