Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Doctor Who: Peter Davison On Whether The Doctor Should Be Played By A Woman

The question of whether or not the Doctor should be played by a woman in the future has divided some Doctor Who fans for years. Some say that the show has lasted fifty years on its own without a female Doctor, and that there is no reason that tradition should be upset. Others think that a radical change would be good for the show. The issue has come up more and more often recently, especially with the casting of Michelle Gomez as the Master/Missy. Is it time for the Doctor to be a woman, too?

Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison was asked this question this week in an interview with ABC News Australia. Davison said:
"I speak now as a fan who grew up watching it: I have trouble with the idea of a female Doctor, only because I reckon if you're born on Gallifrey a man, you're probably a male Time Lord."
Davison expressed that this was his personal opinion, but went on to explain why he thinks it wouldn't work. He said that the strong female companion and troubled Doctor combination has been integral to the success of the new series.
"It seems to me if you reverse that, if you have an uncertain, fallible female Doctor with a really strong male companion, you've got more of a stereotype than anything else."  
Peter Davison played the Doctor from 1981-1984. He is currently in Australia to narrate the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, which played in Adelaide on 24 January, and will tour Perth, Sydney, and Auckland, over the next two weeks.

[Source: ABC News Australia]
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IndieGoGo Campaign For New K9 Book

An IndieGoGo campaign is currently trying to raise funds to publish a book about the Doctor's robot dog, K9. The project is being led by Paul Tams, co-creator of the K-9 series. The book will look at the character's adventures in Doctor Who, K-9 and Company, The Sarah Jane Adventures and the eponymous K9 series.

Paul Tams says:
It's amazing there has never been a book dedicated to the full story of K9; his adventures in Time and Space and beyond and the making of the TV shows in which he appeared. We aim to correct this oversight and present an amazing volume of features, photos and behind the scenes information. We also aim to have several new stories and comic strips from classic writers including his original co-creator Bob Baker himself. 
The book will become a lasting tribute to the people who created, acted alongside, designed and built K9 throughout the years and an insight into the world of TV production. Plus a look behind the scenes at plans for K9's further adventures on screen!
You can help fund the book on the project's IndieGoGo page here. There a number of exciting perks for those who donate.

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Doctor Who All Stars: Qualifying Rounds - Eleventh Doctor (2010-13)

Welcome back to Doctor Who All Stars! Last week's Tenth Doctor qualifier saw David Tennant romp to victory while Catherine Tate, Bernard Cribbins and Elisabeth Sladen filled out the rest of the qualifying places.

A quick recap. There will be four qualifying rounds posted weekly - one for each modern Doctor's era, consisting of eight actors from that Doctor's era picked by TGT. The top four most voted actors from each qualifier will progress to the knockout stages in February. We're continuing the qualifiers today with Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, who served in the TARDIS for 44 episodes between 2010 and 2013.

Matt Smith's three years as the Doctor saw a plethora of supporting characters, including two companions, a certain archaeologist and a motley gang from Paternoster Row - but who's your favourite actor of the Eleventh Doctor's era? You can vote below for your two favourite actors from the Eleventh Doctor's era!

Note: While the Paternoster Gang also popped up in the Twelfth Doctor's era, they've been placed here due to their more frequent appearances in Matt Smith's era. Fellow era-straddling actors Jenna Coleman (Clara), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) have been held over until next week.

The poll will be open until Friday 30th January, so make sure to vote here before then! Next Saturday will see the final qualifier, as the current Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, will be voted for. 
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Thursday, 22 January 2015

NTAs 2015: David Tennant Given Special Recognition Award

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant received the Special Recognition award at last night's National Television Awards.

The actor, who was clearly taken by surprise by the honour, had been up on stage with Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman earlier in the evening to present the Drama Performance award, which was won by former Big Finish Eighth Doctor companion Sheridan Smith (Lucie Miller) for her portrayal of a young Cilla Black in Cilla.

Tennant's Special Recognition award was presented to him by Scottish band - and Tennant's friends - The Proclaimers, and was preceded by a video package featuring clips of some of Tennant's many roles over the past 20 years as well as tributes from colleagues past and present including Olivia Coleman, former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and former companions Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble).

While accepting the award - which he dedicated to his dad - Tennant said:
"As tonight proves, TV – and TV drama in particular – is in the midst of a golden time. To be the tiniest cog in that is something I'm terribly proud of. But I'm just a hired hand so anything I've achieved is because talented and clever people have been talented and clever enough to give me jobs. 

"So to anyone who's ever given me a shot, thank you very much, and anyone who's ever let me into their living room on the telly, it's a real honour and a privilege to get to do that, so thank you."
You can watch David Tennant's NTA win in full in the video below - the full ceremony will also be available for the next 30 days on ITV Player:

Tennant, of course, played the Tenth Doctor between 2005-2010 before returning just three years later for the show's 50th anniversary special. Speaking backstage to Digital Spy after the awards, however, Tennant hinted that any future return to Doctor Who would not be as quick as his last one:
"I think you have to ration these things. It's probably got to be at least 10 years before that happens again, I think." 
David Tennant is currently starring in the second series of Broadchurch on ITV alongside Olivia Colman and fellow Doctor Who alumni including Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), Jonathan Bailey (Time Heist) and Meera Syal (The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood).

Doctor Who - which sadly did not fare as well as Tennant at this year's NTAs, losing out on the Drama award to Downton Abbey - is currently filming its ninth series which will air this Autumn on BBC One.

[Source: Radio Times]
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Doctor Who: Blink Director Returning for Series 9

The next new director has been announced for Doctor Who Series 9.

Returning for the first time since 2007, Hettie MacDonald, who directed hit favourite Blink, is to return to Doctor Who.

It is currently unknown how many episodes Hettie MacDonald will be involved in but it is thought she will be part of the previously announced filming in Spain.

[Source: Blogtor Who]
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Doctor Who: Netflix Renews Deal For Streaming BBC Shows

You may have recently heard that streaming service Netflix's deal with the BBC was due to expire at the end of the month, meaning that all the BBC's shows on Netflix would leave the streaming service - including Doctor Who.

Thankfully, Netflix have renewed their deal with the Beeb, meaning that several of the BBC shows on Netflix will stay, including Doctor Who and Sherlock - so you can hold off the pre-removal binge watching session for now.

18 collections of classic Doctor Who and the revival series up to and including The Time of the Doctor are available for streaming on US Netflix, with the revival series up to The Snowmen plus several classic serials streaming on Netflix UK.

[Source: Huffington Post]

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Russell T. Davies: "I Would" Pen A Doctor Who Movie

It seems Doctor Who is on Russell T. Davies' mind lately. Just two weeks ago, he told the Radio Times that he is not interested in returning to the show, but would rather focus on his own projects. However, over the weekend, Davies spoke with BBC Radio 2 on the potential for another Doctor Who movie. He says:
“I think it should be in the cinemas immediately. It would be glorious. Imagine queuing up at the cinema to go and see a Doctor Who film.”
Not only that, but Davies also named someone with experience of the show whom he thinks should write it: him! When asked, he said:
“Yes please. If we could get the lawyers and contracts flying now. You know I would do that because I think there’s a big leap to be made.”  
[Source: Doctor Who TV]
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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Doctor Who All Stars: Qualifying Rounds - Tenth Doctor (2005-10)

Welcome back to Doctor Who All Stars! Last week's Ninth Doctor qualifier saw Billie Piper snatch victory while John Barrowman, Christopher Eccleston and Penelope Wilton also got their tickets to the knockout stages - a massive thank you to all those who voted, with the poll reaching over a thousand votes!

A quick recap. There will be four qualifying rounds posted weekly - one for each modern Doctor's era, consisting of eight actors from that Doctor's era picked by TGT. The top four most voted actors from each qualifier will progress to the knockout stages in February. We're continuing the qualifiers today with the longest-lived Doctor of the post 2005 era - David Tennant's Tenth Doctor.

David Tennant's four years in the TARDIS saw two major new companions, the re-imagining of a classic foe for the modern day and a classic fan favourite character return (among a whole host of high profile guest stars) - but who's your favourite actor of the Tenth Doctor's era? You can vote below for your two favourite actors from the Tenth Doctor's era!

The poll will be open until Friday 23rd January - so please vote here before then! Come back next Saturday for the Eleventh Doctor's qualifier, where Matt Smith's three years in the TARDIS will be voted for...
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Friday, 16 January 2015

Radio Plays In The Works For Doctor Who Spin-Off Torchwood?

Dedicated Torchwood fans have been calling for the show to return for nearly four years. Created in 2006 by then-Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies, the show ran in tandem with Doctor Who until Torchwood ended in 2011. John Barrowman, famous for his portrayal of Captain Jack Harkness in several Doctor Who episodes during Davies's tenure, reprised his role in the show, often cited as an "adult" version of Doctor Who, in which members of the Torchwood team investigate alien threats.

During a press conference for Arrow, a series on the American CW Network that Barrowman is currently appearing in, he revealed that there are finally plans for more Torchwood, but as radio plays, not a new television series. He says:
“We’re doing three or four radio plays for the BBC for Torchwood. My sister and I are discussing the possibility of writing one of them.
But will Torchwood ever return to television, as many fans hope? Barrowman says:
“I’m full-time with Arrow now. It’s not a question of me not wanting to do it, it’s a question of the BBC wanting to do it, or others wanting to do Torchwood. I know the fans are out there so I think they’d be silly not to.”  
The project is still assumed to be in the early stages of development, and a spokesperson for BBC Worldwide has said that it is yet to be officially confirmed.

[Source: Radio Times]
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Doctor Who Series 9 Confirmed for Autumn

Peter Capaldi's second series of adventures has now solidified its much expected airing period. The BBC has announced that Series 9 will begin in the Autumn, much like its predecessor.

This airing season confirmation follows a slew of information that has been released regarding Series 9 in recent days, with actress Sophie Stone's role in the series being revealed and a two parter beginning filming penned by Doctor Who veteran Toby Whithouse.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Toby Whithouse Two Parter Begins Filming

Filming for Series 9 is now officially underway and the BBC are have been releasing some details. The cast and crew have also been on hand to talk about filming for the new series.

The two-parter episode currently being filmed in Cardiff has been written by Toby Whithouse, produced by Derek Ritchie and directed by Daniel O'Hara.

Showrunner Steven Moffat said:
“An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action - for one of our scariest adventures yet!”
The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, added:
“The adventures begin again for myself and Jenna and I’m delighted to be back filming my second series of Doctor Who.”
Comedian and actor Paul Kaye, best known for playing Thoros of Myr in the third series of Game of Thrones, has joined the show for the episode. Talking about his role, Kaye said:
“As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who, they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking for Davros’ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present TOTP back in the mid ‘90’s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double. 
“Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat, best 50th birthday present ever!”
The episode boasts an impressive cast list, with guest appearances from Morven Christie, Arsher Ali, Colin McFarlane, Sophie Stone , Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson and Neil Fingleton.

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Doctor Who: Earth Conquest On BBC3 This Friday

Doctor Who: Earth Conquest, the 50-minute documentary compiling highlights from last year's World Tour, will be shown on BBC3 for the first time this Friday, 16 January at 7.00 p.m.

Earth Conquest has previously only been available as an extra on the series 8 DVD. The documentary shows clips from each stop on the 12-day tour: Cardiff, Wales; London, England; Seoul, South Korea; Sydney, Australia; New York City, USA; Mexico City, Mexico; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Each stop on the tour included a preview screening of the first episode, "Deep Breath," and a Q&A with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat.

Will you be tuning in to Earth Conquest, this Friday at 7.00 pm on BBC3?

[Source: Radio Times]
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Doctor Who: A Return to Spain?

It has been hinted that Doctor Who may be returning to Spain this series.

Following visits to Spanish territory for Planet of Fire, The Two Doctors, Asylum of the Daleks, A Town Called Mercy and most recently Kill The Moon it seems the production team will return to the country for filming on this year's run of episodes.

Ali Asad, cinematographer, is working on two episodes of this series and said this on Twitter:

Going to Spain on a location recce for the DR.
[Source: Blogtor Who]
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Doctor Who: Sophie Stone Joins Series 9

WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers for Doctor Who Series 9. 

Actress Sophie Stone has been cast in Series 9 of Doctor Who.

According to her Spotlight profile, Stone will be appearing as the character Cass in either one or both episodes directed by Daniel O'Hara for the upcoming series.

Stone was the first deaf person to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), and has since performed on stage with companies including the National Theatre and Deafinitely Theatre. Stone has also appeared in television shows including the BBC's Casualty, Holby City and Mapp & Lucia as well as ITV mini-series Marchlands.

Series 9 of Doctor Who began filming in Cardiff earlier this month, and is due to air later in the year on BBC One.

[Source: Twitter]
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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Russell T. Davies: Doctor Who Can Never Be Cancelled

Doctor Who fans everywhere know the name Russell T. Davies. Davies, of course, was the man responsible for reviving Doctor Who after a sixteen-year television hiatus. He brought the Ninth Doctor and Rose to our screens, inspiring a new generation of Whovians. He was the showrunner from 2005 to 2010, straight through the Tenth Doctor's tenure, arguably one of the best Doctors of all time.

Since the show has survived a sixteen-year hiatus, coming back stronger than ever, and with the use of social media making an impact on how fans communicate and express their love for Doctor Who, Davies believes that nothing can destroy it now. He says:
“It’s now impossible for it to ever be axed. It’s certainly heading that way. Could you imagine if it was axed now? There would be uproar in the streets. Twitter would be set on fire.

Who would have thought? If you look at the last ten years: ten years of rock solid ratings! It’s bizarre to an old-school Doctor Who fan like me; it’s success continues to be extraordinary.

Also, there is a current generation who will keep it alive in a generation’s time. As long as there’s an audience, that audience will grow up loving it and want to make their own and it’s self-perpetuating."
The tenth anniversary of Doctor Who's revival will be on 26 March, 2015. Davies and Steven Moffat say there are no plans in the works for an anniversary celebration so close on the heels of the fiftieth special in 2013.

[Source: Radio Times]
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Series 9 Filming