Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express Cast List Revealed

The BBC has revealed the cast list for the eighth episode of series 8, "Mummy on the Orient Express." The guest cast includes comedian Frank Skinner and singer Foxes.

  • The Doctor - Peter Capaldi
  • Clara Oswald - Jenna Coleman
  • Gus - John Sessions
  • Perkins - Frank Skinner
  • Captain Quell - David Bamber
  • Maisie - Daisy Beaumont
  • Mrs Pitt - Janet Henfrey
  • Professor Moorhouse - Christopher Villiers
  • Singer - Foxes
  • Foretold - Jamie Hill
"Mummy on the Orient Express" airs at 8.35pm on 11 October on BBC One, and at 9/8 CST on BBC America. The synopsis of the episode can be found here.

[Source: Blogtor Who]
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Doctor Who: Series 7 Part 1 Now Available On UK Netflix

Following its release on the US version of the major streaming site in June this year, Doctor Who Series 7 Part 1 is now available to UK users of Netflix.

This series is of course the last for both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill and includes key episodes such as Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan.

It is currently unclear when The Snowmen, Series Seven Part 2 and the 50th anniversary specials will be added but we will, as ever, keep you updated.
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Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express Broadcast Time Confirmed

The BBC have confirmed that the eighth episode of Series 8, Mummy on the Orient Express, will be broadcast on Saturday 11th October at 8.35pm.

The episode will last for 45 minutes and concludes at 9.20pm. Mummy on the Orient Express, written by newcomer Jamie Mathieson, will air on the same day on BBC America at 9/8C.
The Doctor and Clara are on the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future - but they are unaware that a deadly creature is stalking the passengers. 
Once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock Clara sees him at his deadliest and most ruthless. Will he work out how to defeat the Mummy? Start the clock!
[Source: Digiguide] 
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Doctor Who: Kill the Moon - 10 Exclusive Teasers

The Gallifrey Times have seen Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 7, Kill the Moon, and have put together our 10 spoiler-free teasers!
  1. "Why have you got all these nuclear bombs?"
  2. "How can the moon put on weight?"
  3. "I'm a super intelligent being that travels through time and space. You going to shoot me?"
  4. "Second hand space shuttle, third hand astronauts."
  5. Tumblr.
  6. ''I'll smack you so hard you'll regenerate!''
  7. Vortex manipulators make a return
  8. "What is killing the moon?"
  9. Yo-yos are useful.
  10. "Everything's dangerous. Eating chips is dangerous."
BONUS: Mummy On The Orient Express teaser (highlight to read):

"Those that bear the foretold stare have 66 seconds to live."

Our spoiler-free preview will be up tomorrow, so make sure to keep an eye out for that!
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    Tuesday, 30 September 2014

    New Doctor Who: Kill The Moon Promotional Images

    In need of a new desktop wallpaper? The BBC have released some promotional photos for this Saturday's episode, Kill the Moon. Click to enlarge.

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    Monday, 29 September 2014

    Doctor Who: Two Years Ago Today

    Two years ago today, 29 September 2012, we said goodbye to beloved companions Amy and Rory (played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill). They traveled with the Eleventh Doctor in series five through the first half of season seven (Rory joining up towards the end of the fifth series).

    Despite the marital troubles the Ponds had all throughout series 7A, Amy ultimately chooses to leave the Doctor to be with Rory, stuck in the past when he is touched by a Weeping Angel. It is one of the most heartbreaking companion exits in Doctor Who, but ultimately successful in rounding out Amy's character at the very end.

    Farewell, Ponds.

    Can it be two years already?
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    Doctor Who: Kill The Moon - Official TV Trailer

    The BBC has released the official television trailer for episode seven of Doctor Who Series 8, Kill The Moon.

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

    Kill The Moon will air this Saturday at 8:30pm on BBC One and at 9/8C on BBC America.
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    Sunday, 28 September 2014

    Doctor Who: The Gallifrey Times Team Reviews The Caretaker!

    WARNING: This post contains spoilers for The Caretaker.

    Last night saw the Doctor go into deep cover in Coal Hill and finally come face to face with Danny Pink - but what did our team make of it? Read on to find out!

    Louis (Assistant Editor)
    The Caretaker was another solid entry into Series 8 - there were plenty of flaws, but the strengths far outweighed them. Like Gareth Roberts' previous scripts, The Caretaker is laugh-out-loud funny, once again taking advantage of the comedic strengths of Peter Capaldi - but there's some great character development in there too. The Doctor/Danny dynamic may be a little overly harsh at times, but it's intriguing seeing a more flawed side of our new Doctor - and some more exploration of what it means to be a companion. The Skovox Blitzer was sadly a bit of a missed opportunity - but with an intriguing early bird cameo from Chris Addison at episode's end, The Caretaker remained another entertaining entry in one of the most solid series yet. 8/10

    Owen (News and Previews)

    The Caretaker is The Doctor roaming around a school criticizing pretty much everyone he meets (whilst trying to save the universe, of course) and this works amazingly. Fun, hilarious and lovable, the episode sparks off of subjects that have been delved into before but the three-way character terror that happens makes it unique and interesting. In comparison to our favourite Caretaker, The Skovox Blitzer roams (literally) about doing not much, and is seen as a plot device rather than anything near scary. Danny shows us he's not a pushover (compared to our previous male companions) and creates a perfect rival for The Doctor (apart from obviously, The Doctor wins). Overall, The Caretaker is personally, the funniest of Series 8 so far but won't stand out compared to some of the original thrillers yet to come. 8.5/10

    Ben (Video & Digital Media)

    Episodes where The Doctor pretends to be 'normal' are always fun, and The Caretaker was no exception. The Doctor's attempts to blend in provided the humour, while Clara's relationships added the drama. Although I've not really warmed to Danny Pink - nor Courtney Woods for that matter - the idea of his military background putting off The Doctor is a brilliant idea that's well played out. To me, we didn't see enough of Skovox Blitzer for him to be that much of a threat, but it was a pretty impressive villain all the same. The introduction of [spoiler] as [spoiler] is also very tantalising, as we're being drip fed new information about the series arc, which is posing more questions than answers at the moment. 8.5/10

    Andrew (News)

    This episode really shook me, I thought it had everything and is on a par with Deep Breath and Listen. The Caretaker is fast paced, very funny and I think essentially concentrates on a lovely emotional undercurrent between the Doctor and Clara. I felt a dawning realisation that the Doctor truly had been in love with Clara, both in his former incarnation and possibly even up to the point at which he meets Danny (whom I think finally came alive as a strong character, Samuel Anderson being given the chance to show his quality). Capaldi excels in portraying anger, humour and, most touchingly, sadness. Once the Doctor defeats his foe (Skovox Blitzer) his melancholy and loneliness are strongly re-established, whilst Clara is left suffering the agony of mixed emotions. 9.5/10

    Suman (News)

    Clara's two lives were bound to collide eventually, and The Caretaker wisely devotes the bulk of its time to both her predicament and the fallout. The dynamics between the Doctor, Clara and Danny, thanks to stellar performances and a strong script, make for compelling viewing with a healthy mix of dramatic tension and comedy. The obligatory sci-fi threat consequently acts almost as a subplot, meaning that the Scovox Blitzer, although well-executed, does nevertheless feel underdeveloped. Chris Addison's surprise cameo is a real treat after the recent absence of the Missy arc, and with this plus Danny's ultimatum to Clara surely destined to come back to haunt them, the second half of this series is shaping up to be something potentially very special indeed. 8/10

    Patrick (News)

    The Caretaker's greatest achievement has to be its incredibly wide spectrum of emotions on show. Everything from the joy of seeing The Doctor gallivanting around Cole Hill School, to the heartbreak of losing Clara to Danny. This episode tackled and raised emotions I did not anticipate from the previews, which in turn is the excellence of The Caretaker. The niche 'Doctor on Earth' plot element had the potential to overshadow and dilute other areas of the episode, but much to Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat's credit, the pull of the episode is evenly balanced with Clara and Danny's own lives throughout the storyline. At its core, this episode belongs to them. Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson continue to form a wonderful partnership, and with Danny's arrival in the TARDIS, the opportunity for him to stand alongside the likes of Mickey, Rory and Captain Jack has arrived. The villain, whilst one dimensional, carries one of the greatest designs in Doctor Who history. Mass Effect fans will see the resemblance to one of its best loved characters. Topped off with another hint to Series 8's story arc (and a pleasantly sinister Chris Addison), Peter Capaldi's debut series just gets better and better. 10/10

    And the average score is 8.75/10, up on last week's episode. Our spoiler-free review of Kill the Moon will be up mid-week, with our team's spoiler-filled review coming Sunday!
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    Doctor Who: The Caretaker - Question of the Week

    WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for The Caretaker. 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 six, The Caretaker, we're looking at Danny's reaction to his discovery about Clara's travels in the TARDIS. Clara kept the Doctor and her activities secret from Danny (something Danny wasn't happy about) - but was she right to do so? Should she have told Danny about the Doctor and the TARDIS? Leave your thoughts in the poll below:

    We'll be revealing the results of this poll, along with our rate the episode poll (vote here) on Saturday 4th October. We'll have a new poll for Kill the Moon next week!
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    Doctor Who: Time Heist - Final UK Viewing Figures

    The consolidated viewing figures for episode five of Series 8, Time Heist, have been released.

    The episode had 6.99 million viewers on average after a week of timeshifting - that's a rise of 2.07 million on the overnight viewing figure of 4.92 million. That's nearly identical to Listen, and sees the fifth two million plus timeshift in a row.

    The figure does not include those watching on iPlayer on computers or tablets - Doctor Who was number one on iPlayer for two days after transmission.

    [Source: Gallifrey Base]
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    Doctor Who: The Caretaker Behind The Scenes Images

    The BBC have release some exclusive images, including behind the scenes shots from The Caretaker and production artwork for the episode. Click on an image to enlarge it.

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    There is also a gallery of behind the scenes photos of Skovox Blitzer, which you can view here.

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    Doctor Who: The Caretaker - Overnight UK Viewing Figures

    The overnight UK viewing figures for last night's episode, The Caretaker, have been released.

    The episode had 4.89 million viewers on average and a share of 21.8% of the overall TV audience - that's almost exactly the same as Time Heist. The episode aired in a later timeslot than usual, and clashed with ITV's The X Factor for the full runtime.

    Doctor Who was the third most watched programme of the day, behind Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.

    The consolidated viewing figures will be released next week, where Doctor Who will rise considerably in the ratings.

    [Source: @TVRatingsUK]
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    Saturday, 27 September 2014

    Doctor Who: Kill the Moon - Next Time Trailer

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    Doctor Who Extra: The Caretaker (Behind the Scenes)

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    Episode Discussion & Poll - Doctor Who: The Caretaker

    The Caretaker has just finished in the UK - and we invite you now to share your thoughts in The Gallifrey Times' Episode Discussion & Poll!

    You can vote in our poll below and the results will be revealed on Saturday 4th October:

    You can comment below using a variety of services including Disqus, Facebook and Twitter!

    You can join in the conversation on our Twitter and Instagram accounts now - we'll be retweeting your opinions on Twitter - so make sure to share your opinions and tweet them to us!

    If you've not yet seen the episode, we recommend that you don't take part or look at the comments below until after you've seen it. While we will attempt to keep our Twitter and Instagram spoiler-free, we cannot guarantee all opinions will be spoiler-free, so please do not click on the links above if you don't want to be spoiled.

    Thanks and we look forward to hearing your views on The Caretaker! Our Question of the Week poll and team review will be up tomorrow.
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    Series 8: Kill the Moon