Tuesday, 15 April 2014

10 Doctor Who Legacy codes up for grabs!

We've teamed up with Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studio, the developers of Doctor Who Legacy, to bring you the chance to win one of ten promotional codes!

On Friday (after the new version of the game has been released on Thursday) we shall be giving away 10 codes for the Meta-Crisis 10th Doctor via our website and Twitter account! We can also exclusively reveal his artwork, colour and abilities which are:

Colour: Blue
Ability: Brilliant!
Ability Description: Reset Gem Board


We're finalizing the ways that we're going to give the codes away so more information about how to be in with a chance of winning will be published on Thursday!

We will also be sending some questions over to the developers about the game for them to answer so if you have any questions you'd like us to ask then please drop us a comment or Tweet us @GallifreyTimes!

You can download Doctor Who Legacy from the App Store here or from the Google Play Store here!

Doctor Who: Robin Hood and the Doctor in Series 8 Filming - 14/04/2014

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for episode three of series eight of Doctor Who. If you don't want spoilers, click away now!

Filming on episode three of series eight of Doctor Who, penned by Mark Gatiss and rumoured to be titled Robots of Sherwood, continued yesterday, and several plot details and characters were revealed on set.

Da Vinci's Demons star Tom Riley, who is guest starring in this episode was on set as famous hero Robin Hood, with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman also present for filming. You can see pictures of the trio here:

Thanks to Ryan Farrell for the pictures.





A video of the filming, also from Ryan Farr, can be seen below:



The episode features a spaceship about to crash into medieval Nottingham, a tournament the Doctor competes in and a golden arrow, according to dialogue overheard.

Robots of Sherwood will air this autumn on BBC One.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Happy 56th Birthday, Peter Capaldi!

Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor himself, turns 56 years old today!

Capaldi's casting as the newest incarnation of the Time Lord was announced last summer - and he made his unforgettable cameo debut in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, before appearing post-regeneration at the end of The Time of the Doctor.

Capaldi is currently hard at work filming his very first series of Doctor Who, Series 8, which will debut in the autumn - and he promises to be a very different Doctor indeed.

From everyone here, we'd like to wish Peter Capaldi a very happy birthday! 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Doctor Who: Print Subscriptions for New Comics Open

There's a brand new range of Doctor Who comic books coming this summer from Titan Comics, starring both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in separate ranges - and print subscriptions for the new comics are now open! Read the press release below from Titan Comics for more details.

Note - print copies are not available in the UK.
Print subscriptions are now open for the two NEW Doctor Who comic series - Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, which hit comic stores on July 23, 2014.  Please note these titles are available in print and digital in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Only digital copies will be available in the UK and Eire. 
 By taking out a print subscription, you will get every issue delivered straight to your door in protective packaging, plus receive discounts off the cover price! Titan Comics is currently offering early bird subscriptions for Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor series and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor series: 
 Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor comic series: Early Bird Offer!
 ·         US Residents: Get 15 issues for $53.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. Plus receive a FREE Tenth Doctor Titan figure! To subscribe click here. 
  •          Canadian Residents: Get 15 issues for $63.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. To subscribe click here,
·         New Zealand and Australia Residents: Get 15 issues for $153.99 – saving 10% off the cover price (includes $100 shipping and handling fee!)To subscribe click here. 

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor comic series: Early Bird Offer!
 ·         US Residents: Get 15 issues for $53.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. Plus receive a FREE Eleventh Doctor Titan figure! To subscribe click here. 
·         Canadian Residents: Get 15 issues for $63.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. To subscribe click here 
,·         New Zealand and Australia Residents: Get 15 issues for $153.99 – saving 10% off the cover price (includes $100 shipping and handling fee!). To subscribe click here. If you take out an early bird subscription now, you’ll guarantee to receive the hotly anticipated first issue!
[Source: Titan Comics]

Happy 63rd Birthday, Peter Davison!

Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor between 1981 and 1984, turns 63 years old today!

Davison was (until Matt Smith) the youngest actor to play the Doctor, debuting in Castrovalva at the age of 29. After his exit in The Caves of Androzani, Davison has stayed in close touch with the show, appearing in many Big Finish audios - and in 2007, he returned alongside David Tennant to play the Fifth Doctor again in charity special Time Crash.

Most recently, Davison directed and starred in 50th anniversary parody The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, alongside former Doctors Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.

From everyone here at The Gallifrey Times, we'd like to wish Peter a happy birthday! We'll eat some celery in your honour.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Doctor Who 2014 World Cup: Knockouts - Round of 16 (5-8)


Welcome back to the Doctor Who 2014 World Cup! Voting for the first four knockout matches, posted yesterday, is underway, and you can vote here.

The group stages are finished and it's time for the first of the concluding knockout rounds of the World Cup - the round of 16! The top two stories from each group have progressed and each winner has been drawn against a runner-up from a certain group to make eight head-to-head matches.

Today, voting for the final four matches kicks off. The most voted story from each match will progress into the quarter-finals, and the stories will eventually be whittled down to our final two, with the winner being crowned World Cup champion!

Only the best stories have made it this far - so choose carefully! You can choose your one favourite story from each of the four matches here.

Match 5

Match 6

Match 7

Match 8

Voting closes on Friday 18th April, so get your votes in before then - and come back next Saturday where the remaining eight stories will go head to head in the quarter-finals for a place in the semis!

Classic Doctor Who on the Horror Channel - Trailer

Friday, 11 April 2014

Doctor Who 2014 World Cup - Knockouts - Round of 16 (1-4)

Welcome back to the Doctor Who 2014 World Cup! We're back after our week off last week - in the meantime, voting for the Group Stages continued, which saw several surprise exits and victories. You can see the complete results for each group over on our World Cup page, as well as fixtures for the remaining rounds.

The group stages are finished and it's time for the first of the concluding knockout rounds of the World Cup - the round of 16! The top two stories from each group have progressed and each winner has been drawn against a runner-up from a certain group to make eight head-to-head matches.

Today, voting for the first four matches kicks off. The most voted story from each match will progress into the quarter-finals, and the stories will eventually be whittled down to our final two, with the winner being crowned World Cup champion!

Only the best stories have made it this far - so choose carefully! You can choose your one favourite story from each of the four matches here.

Match 1

Match 2

Match 3

Match 4

The final four matches of the round of 16 will be posted tomorrow at 8pm BST. Voting closes on Friday 18th April, so get your votes in before then!

Doctor Who Nominated For Freesat Award

The 50th Anniversary episode, Day of the Doctor, has been nominated for a Freesat award. The awards, produced in association with TV Times, celebrate various shows that are produced for free TV in the UK, and are judged by a panel of experts from the industry. 

Doctor Who is nominated in the 'Best of British' category amongst the following shows:

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor - BBC One
Sherlock – BBC One
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV
Downton Abbey – ITV

The winners will be announced on the 17th June 2014.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Doctor Who: Ben Miller to Guest Star in Series 8

Filming for episodes three and six of series eight of Doctor Who is continuing - and after the announcement of Da Vinci's Demons star Tom Riley for episode three, the BBC have announced another big-name guest star for the third of the autumn series.

Ben Miller, star of The Armstrong & Miller Show (partner of The Doctor, the Doctor and the Wardrobe and Sarah Jane Adventures actor Alexander Armstrong), ITV's Primeval and the BBC's recent Death in Paradise, has been announced for a guest appearance as a villain in a Mark Gatiss episode - almost certainly episode three, which is currently filming.

Miller said of his casting:
‘As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming.’
Head writer Steven Moffat also provided his thoughts:
‘Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it's about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!’
Episode three of the current run has been rumoured to be a Robin Hood-themed episode titled Robots of Sherwood.

[Source: BBC]

Monday, 7 April 2014

The Day of the Doctor and An Adventure in Space and Time Nominated for BAFTAS

The nominations for the 2014 BAFTA Television Awards have been announced, and there's two Doctor Who-related nominations in the list.

90-minute Mark Gatiss-penned drama on the origins of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time, picked up a nomination for Best Single Drama, up against The Wipers Times, Complicit, and Black Mirror: Be Right Back.

And most excitingly, 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor picked up a nomination for the Radio Times Audience Award, which, unlike the rest of the categories, is voted for by the public - so you can vote for The Day of the Doctor right now at the Radio Times. Voting closes Thursday 15th May.

The Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards 2014 will be held on Sunday 18th May, and will be broadcast on BBC One.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Doctor Who: Moffat on Clara and the TARDIS

Throughout Series 7: Part 2, we saw that the Doctor's new companion, Clara, had a slightly prickly relationship with the TARDIS - with the ship even shutting her out at one point, and though Clara's identity may have been revealed, it appears her relationship with the TARDIS, and its lack of trust of her, will be resolved in Series 8.

Writing in Doctor Who Magazine, Steven Moffat teased further answers on the matter in the new series, stating:
“As the Type 40 bad girl made clear in The Doctor’s Wife, she doesn’t like him bringing home strays. The TARDIS, as we know, likes to fire her pet Time Lord at interesting moments in history and watch the fireworks. Anyone less mad than the Doctor might have noticed by now the TARDIS navigation always works perfectly when the crisis demands, but never when he fancies lunch, or tea and biscuits at the Eye of Orion.
“Now those pesky humans who keep following him home are usually content to stumble about, saying: “It’s bigger on the inside.” and remain sufficiently in awe of the Police Box magic never to question it. But clever, sceptical, hard-to-impress Clara might just cause trouble. It’s almost like it’s all building to something… Oh! What’s this I’m writing today?”
How do you want to see this plot point resolved? Comment below!

[Source: Doctor Who TV] 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Moffat Explains The Doctor’s Tomb

In the production notes of the latest Doctor Who Magazine, showrunner Steven Moffat has tried to clear up an unresolved issue from the Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor.

In DWM, a reader asked whether the Doctor's tomb, as seen in The Name of the Doctor, could still exist if he had prevented his own death. Moffat replied with:
“I’ve often wondered about that. Fortunately, late one night, the Doctor turned up in person and explained it to me."
He then went on with a tongue-in-cheek message from the Doctor:
“THE DOCTOR: Changing time is tricky. It’s a bit like a detective story: so as long there isn’t an actual body, you’ve got a certain amount of wiggle room – for instance, if the body has, rather conveniently, been burned on a boat in Utah.
“Here’s the thing: I can change the future so long as the future has not already been established as part of my own past. I can’t rescue Amy and Rory because I already know that I didn’t.
“But what do I know about Trenzalore? There’s a big monument that looks very like my TARDIS. There’s a temporal fissure leading to my timeline. Maybe it’s my grave. Maybe, one day, it’s my burial ground. Maybe it is something else entirely, and we got it all wrong. Don’t know. Don’t plan to find out for as long as possible. The main thing is, Clara still jumped into my time stream, and ended up helping me through all of my life. All that is established, unchanged – but there’s wiggle room!”
So that's cleared it all up... sort of.

Matt Smith On Eleven's Regeneration

Matt Smith, who played the Eleventh Doctor until he regenerated in the Time of the Doctor, has spoken about his regeneration sequence.

During the WonderCon Q&A, Smith said:

“It’s very interesting the Christmas episode and particularly the regeneration. We shot so many versions of that.”
“We shot much more brutal, emotional and troubling takes and stories in there. The actual take that is used is an interesting one for me.”

Smith admitted he would have preferred one of the alternative takes:

“To be honest, although it’s still a great episode, I think perhaps of what we shot and what was cut I would have chosen differently.”

Though there were no details on what the different versions involved, original reports suggest that in one take the 11th Doctor lost a leg.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Doctor Who Series 8 : Further Details

Block Three of shooting Doctor Who : Series 8, began March 20th and more details about the episodes in that block are being released. The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed further details about the writers and guest stars in upcoming episodes in Series 8 (Episode 3 and 6) Both episodes are being directed by Paul Murphy.

Mark Gatiss will be back to write, once again. Gatiss’ has written a long list of episodes in Doctor Who which include The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot’s Lantern, Victory of the Daleks, Night Terrors, Cold War and most recently, The Crimson Horror. Episode 3 will be written by Gatiss. his next story will be with Peter Capaldi, The 12th Doctor and will feature guest stars including Tom Riley, Trevor Cooper, Ian Hallard, David Benson, Roger Ashton-Griffiths and Sabrina Barlett.

Gareth Roberts, who previously wrote The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Planet of the Dead (co-write), The Lodger and Closing Time will return to write in Series 8, Episode 6. The newly announced guest stars include Nigel Betts, Edward Harrison, Andy Gillies, Ellis George and Jimmy Vee.

Series 8 will broadcast in Autumn.

[ Source : Doctor Who TV ]

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Doctor Who 2014 World Cup: Group Stages (5-8)

Welcome back to the Doctor Who World Cup! Voting for the first four groups, posted yesterday, is underway - and you can vote here.

The qualifiers are finished and it's time for the group stages! The top four stories from each qualifier have gone through into the Group Stages. From there, all 32 episodes have been randomly selected into 8 different groups.

Today, voting for the final four groups kicks off. The top two from each group will progress into the knockout rounds. Eventually, two stories will reach the final, with the winner being crowned World Cup champion!

9 weeks of voting have decided these stories - but remember - only two stories from each poll will reach the knockouts. Now, it's down to you. You can vote for your one favourite story from each of the four groups!

Group E

For one time only, the polls will be open for two weeks, closing on Friday 11th April. Because of this, there won't be a poll next week - but the World Cup will be back on Saturday 12th April with the very first knockout round, the round of 16, where the sixteen remaining stories will go head-to-head for a place in the quarter-finals.

Doctor Who Actress Kate O'Mara Dies, Aged 74

It is our sad duty to report that actress Kate O'Mara died earlier today (30th March 2014) aged 74 following a 'short illness'.

Most of us will know O'Mara for playing the renegade Timelord, The Rani, in The Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani, but she was also known for playing Cassandra 'Caress' Morrell in US soap Dynasty and roles in such shows as Howard's Way, Triangle, Bad Girls and Absolutely Fabulous. Her career spanned six decades, until her final role as Mrs Simmonds in a 2012 episode of Benidorm.

Her agent, Phil Belfield, said:
"She was extraordinary, she had so much energy and vitality with a love for theatre and acting. 
A shining star has gone out, and Kate will be dearly missed by all who knew and have worked with her."
Former Doctor Who co-stars have also tweeted about the loss, with Colin Baker tweeting:
"Oh my goodness. Kate O'Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A delightful, committed and talented lady and actress. We are the poorer."
And Bonnie Langford tweeting:
"So sad to hear that the wonderful Kate O'Mara has gone. Treasured memories."
Our thoughts are with Kate's family and friends at the difficult time.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Doctor Who 2014 World Cup: Group Stages (1-4)

UPDATE: The closing date for voting has been brought forward one day to Thursday 10th April, with the Round of 16 coming on Friday and Saturday instead.

Welcome back to the Doctor Who World Cup! Last week's poll saw The Day of the Doctor smash  into victory and you can view all the results as well as the stories that have currently qualified on our World Cup page.

The qualifiers are finished and it's time for the group stages! The top four stories from each qualifier have gone through into the Group Stages. From there, all 32 episodes have been randomly selected into 8 different groups.

Today, voting begins on the first four groups!. The top two from each group of four stories progress into the knockout rounds, beginning with the round of 16 on Saturday 12th April. Eventually, two stories will reach the final, with the winner being crowned World Cup champion!

9 weeks of voting have decided these stories - but remember - only two stories from each poll will reach the knockouts. Now, it's down to you. You can vote for your one favourite story from each of the four groups!

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D
The final four groups will be posted at 6pm tomorrow. For one time only, the groups will be open for voting for two weeks, with voting closing on Friday 11th April. 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Mark Gatiss To Write Two New Episodes

It has been confirmed by the man himself that actor and writer Mark Gatiss has been commissioned to write two new episodes for Doctor Who.

Gatiss has written a number of episodes over different seasons, including The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot's Lantern, Victory of the Daleks, Night Terrors, The Crimson Horror and Cold War, as well as the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure In Time And Space.

Gatiss confirmed the news via Twitter, posting the following tweet:



He also recently told Digital Spy that new Peter Capaldi's debut episode would be "exciting and disturbing."

[source]

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Adric Returns In New Big Finish Audio

Matthew Waterhouse, who played companion Adric during the 80s, is set to make his Big Finish debut this summer, reuniting him with Peter Davison as The Doctor, Janet Fielding as Tegan and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa in The Fifth Doctor Box Set. The five-disc set consists of two new four-part adventures and an 60 minute documentary, including interviews with the cast which reveals why Waterhouse has decided to return to Doctor Who. The CD is out in August.

Producer David Richardson said:
"I’m very proud of these stories. They are two top-notch scripts, and very different in style, content and tone – yet both of them fit perfectly into Season 19. I think Doctor Who fans are in for a treat…"
Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris
"Shortly after surviving the perils of Logopolis, Castrovalva and the machinations of the Master, the new Doctor and his new crew could be forgiven for wanting to take a breather from their tour of the galaxy. But when the TARDIS lands in a strange and unsettling environment, the urge to explore is irresistible... and trouble is only a few steps away.
The world they have found themselves in is populated by a wide variety of the strangest people imaginable - a crashed spacecraft here, a monastery there, even a regal court. And not everyone they meet has their best interests at heart.

With the TARDIS stolen, and the very environment itself out to get them, the travellers face a extremely personal threat. They'll have to work as a team if they want to get out alive... but can you really trust someone you barely know?"

Guest cast: Rickett (Robert Whitelock), Magpie (Phil Mulryne), Perditia (Camila Power), Javon (Bethan Walker)
Iterations of I by John Dorney

"The house on Fleming's Island had been left to rot. Ever since a strange and unexplained death soon after it was built, and plagued with troubling rumours about what lurked there, it remained empty and ignored for decades until the cult moved in. As twenty people filled its many rooms, the eerie building seemed to be getting a new lease of life.

But now it is empty again. The cult found something in its corridors... and then vanished.

Trapped on the island one dark night, the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric look into the building's mysteries, its stories of madness and death. Their only chance is to understand what terrible thing has been disturbed here... before it consumes them utterly."

Guest cast: Jerome Khan (Joseph Radcliffe), Robert DeValley (Andrew Macklin), Aoife Dineen (Sinead Keenan), Donal Dineen (Teddy Kempner), Imogen Frazer (Allison McKenzie)

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