Sunday, 3 May 2015

Torchwood: New Original Audio Drama Coming This Autumn

Spin-off show Torchwood left our screens four years ago with the mini-series Miracle Day - and while a TV comeback might not be happening, Torchwood is returning this autumn in another form.

Big Finish, the company responsible for dozens of audio dramas starring cast from the classic series (and the upcoming audio drama UNIT: Extinction, starring Kate Stewart) have announced that they're picking up the Torchwood baton, with a brand new series of audio dramas starring John Barrowman starting this autumn.

Here's the press release that broke the good news:
Big Finish proudly presents John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood – an all new series of audio dramas based on the fantastic Doctor Who spin-off series. 
Torchwood, the intrepid team of alien investigators, returns in a series of six audio productions, as part of a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide. 
Once again, the Torchwood team will be led by the irrepressible Captain Jack, as played by John Barrowman – who broke the news of the series return on his radio show on Sunday evening. 
The new series of audio dramas will each focus on different members of the Torchwood team, exploring the impact that a mysterious event has on them. Starting off the range will be John Barrowman, who stars in The Conspiracy, a deadly thriller by David Llewellyn, which is released September 2015. 
Torchwood creator Russell T Davies says: “Torchwood has been to the Moon, and America, and the Himalayas, but now I think it’s finally coming home, to the brilliance of Big Finish.” 
“What’s great about Torchwood is that it is as unstoppable as Captain Jack and just as persuasive,” says producer James Goss. “Torchwood has been a ratings success on nearly every BBC channel, and it’s one of the few UK series to translate to America. It’s already been a series of iPlayer-topping audio plays, and we are thrilled to continue it. It’s just so exciting to be starting off the range with a drama starring John Barrowman – he leapt at the chance to display a whole new side to Captain Jack.” 
Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says: “It’s fantastic that we will be bringing Captain Jack back to life (for perhaps the thousandth time!) with Big Finish. There are many new Torchwood tales to be told and I can’t wait for Jack and his team to defend the Earth once again. I am very grateful for the continuing faith that both the BBC and Russell T Davies have shown in us and very excited to enter into a new world for Big Finish.” 
Executive producer Nicholas Briggs says: “Torchwood is something we’ve wanted to do for ages. It has great characters and there are many stories to be told. Our mission is to bring a whole new series of dramatic adventures to life. We’re starting off with these more intimate, focused releases and will then move on to bigger casts and even wider scope. We’re very much looking forward to working with all the cast and it’s been such a pleasure liaising with Russell T Davies about this. He couldn’t have been more supportive and helpful. Our Torchwood producer, James Goss, has really hit the ground running and his tangible enthusiasm is already proving rather an inspiration to us.” 
Additional cast members for the series will be revealed later. 
Torchwood: The Conspiracy will be released in September 2015, with the remaining five instalments following monthly from January 2016. 
You can pre-order all six release now, both individually, or as part of a subscription.
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Doctor Who: Time Heist Watch ThrWHO Tonight!

Season 3 of our Watch ThrWHO, live interactive discussions of Doctor Who episodes with TGT staff and readers, continues tonight with Time Heist!

The chat will open at 7.45pm BST/2.45pm Eastern Time/12.45pm Pacific Time and we'll be pressing play on the episode 15 minutes later. This will be the last one for a few weeks, so make sure to come along if you can!

The live chat can be accessed directly or on TGT tonight from 7.45pm.

NOTE: Due to copyright reasons, we can't host a stream of the episode on TGT - but you can join us on DVD, Amazon Instant, Netflix US and more!
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Saturday, 2 May 2015

New Book: The Scientific Secrets Of Doctor Who

BBC Books have announced that they will be publishing The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who, a new book described as 'the first official guide to the science of Doctor Who'.

The book, which will be released in June, has been written by Doctor Who novelist Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

The full description of the book is as follows:
The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who 
by Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula 

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, and science fiction tales. But how much of the science is real? And how much is fiction? 

Weaving together authoritative scientific discussion with a series of new adventures by acclaimed Doctor Who writers including Jenny T Colgan, George Mann and Jacqueline Rayner, Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula explore the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more. From the dawn of astronomy and the discovery of gravity to the moon landings and string theory, the authors show how science has inspired Doctor Who, and how, on occasion, life has mirrored art, such as the 1989 discovery of 'ice-canoes' on Triton which were featured in the 1973 episode The Planet of the Daleks

For example, did you know...
  • The creation of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet in 1966 was prompted by two American neuroscientists who argued that astronauts' bodies should be adapted to suit the conditions of space.
  • The failure of Beagle 2 to land on Mars on Christmas Day 2003 influenced the loss of Guinevere One at the start of The Christmas Invasion.
  • The many parallel universes that feature in Doctor Who, from Inferno to Rise of the Cybermen are inspired by a reaction to the Schrodinger's Cat theory: that a new universe is created for each different outcome.
  • The startling resemblance between Amelia Pond and the Twelfth Doctor and two characters from The Fires of Pompeii isn't simply due to the actors returning to the series: it might be grounded in science as well.
  • Time Lords aren't the only beings able to regenerate - when the turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish gets ill, old, or faces danger, it can return to its childhood state as a polyp.
The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who will be available to purchase in both hardcover and e-book form from 4th June 2015, and is currently available to pre-order from Amazon and a variety of other retailers.

[Source: Doctor Who News]
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Friday, 1 May 2015

Doctor Who: Expect a Different Missy in Series 9

After her explosive entrance last year, Missy was confirmed to be sparking more flames when she returns to Doctor Who in the Series 9 premiere,  The Magician's Apprentice. However, similarly to the Twelfth Doctor, who Peter Capaldi recently mentioned as to be "different" in Series 9, it now seems that Michelle Gomez's version of the Master will also be having alterations as the new series continues production.

Doctor Who producer, Brian Minchin teased to SFX Magazine about Missy's change in direction:
Missy is brilliant, and having seen her in the finale we just couldn’t wait to work with Michelle again. Steven had the perfect story. It’s not going to be Missy as you expect her to be. Steven likes to surprise everyone and he’s going to do that with this opening. Missy has an awful lot of sides to her and we’re going to see some new ones in this series. We also learn a bit more about her relationship with the Doctor…
No surprises that Steven Moffat will, again,  be surprising us with some epic revelations, but Minchin also revealed his inspiration for these miraculous changes...
That character, if you get it right, does put a different light on the Doctor.... I was looking back at the old Jon Pertwee/Roger Delgado ones and what’s fascinating about that is that they only ever play it as friends. They never, ever play it as enemies at all. They’re just two gentlemen having fun with each other. The Doctor’s best friend is a murdering psychopath, that’s actually quite fun.
We'll see how this will effect the show's ever-changing dynamic when Doctor Who, Series 9 premieres in Autumn.

[Source : Radio Times]

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Kate Stewart To Return In Series 9

The BBC have confirmed that Jemma Redgrave, who plays UNIT's Chief Scientific Advisor Kate Stewart, will be returning for episodes 7 and 8 of Series 9.

Daughter of UNIT legend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and fan favourite, this will be the character's fourth appearance, after The Power Of Three, The Day of The Doctor and Death in Heaven.

Redgrave recently attended a read-through for her episodes and clearly enjoyed it:

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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Capaldi's Alternative Doctor Who Faces To Be Explained In Series 9

Peter Capaldi's great affinity with Doctor Who has been mysteriously apparent in the show, even before he took on the main role of the Twelfth Doctor.

We've seen Capaldi blend in with the Doctor Who universe twice before - once in 2008 as Roman Merchant Lucius Caecilius Iucundus, in the 10th Doctor episode The Fires Of Pompeii, and secondly in a 2009 edition of Torchwood, Children Of Earth, in which he played Government Secretary John Frobisher.

Doctor Who fans have often mused whether there will be any connection acknowledged now in the Twelfth Doctor's storyline. The wish to know may soon reach a pleasing conclusion. Show-runner Steven Moffat has been speaking very frankly about how the unanswered questions are going to be explored in Series 9. In the most recent Doctor Who Magazine a fan asked Moffat whether the multiple Capaldi appearances would finally be explained, to which he replied:
Yes, we're coming back to that idea. In fact we'll be shooting the scene in question really quite shortly...
This of course begs the question as to just how the puzzle will unravel! Last year Steven Moffat spoke on the same subject and implied former Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies held clues to the mystery. In a 2014 interview with Nerd3, Moffat said:
We are aware that Peter Capaldi’s played a part in Doctor Who before and we’re not going to ignore the fact, I’ll let you in on this. I remember Russell told me he had a big old plan as to why there were two Peter Capaldis in the Who universe, one in Pompeii and one in Torchwood. When I cast Peter, [Russell] got in touch to say how pleased he was, I said 'Okay, what was your theory and does it still work?' and he said 'Yes it does, here it is'. So I don’t know if we’ll get to it… we’ll play that one out over time. It’s actually quite neat.
Furthermore, if we remember back to Series 8 opener, Deep Breath, we saw a scene of the Doctor speaking to himself in the mirror, saying:
Why this one? Why did I choose this face? It's like I'm trying to tell myself something
More comments by Moffat in 2014 extended upon this theme and he referenced a Second Doctor episode, The War Games
The big fun question is, we know that the Doctor when he regenerates, the faces, it’s not set from birth, it’s not that he was always going to be one day Peter Capaldi. We know that’s the case because in The War Games he has a choice of face and all that. We know it’s not set so where does he get those faces from? They can’t just be randomly generated because they’ve got lines and they’ve aged... so where did that face come from?
The answers surrounding Capaldi's multiple faces linked to Doctor Who are just one of the hot topics eagerly anticipated in Series 9!

[Source: RadioTimes]
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Doctor Who: Series 9 To Have Twelve Episodes

BBC Books has issued a press release revealing that series 9 will have twelve regular episodes and a Christmas special, just as there was last year. The two-parter "The Girl Who Died" and "The Woman Who Lived," episodes 5 and 6 of the new series, is currently being filmed.

The exact airdate of series 9 is still to be determined, but it will premiere sometime in the autumn.

[Source: Blogtor Who]
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Doctor Who Reaches Further Into India

An agreement between BBC Worldwide and the Indian TV channel FX will enable a further million homes in India access to all of New Who (Series 1 to Series 8) and will also include the upcoming Series 9. Star India owns the FX channel, and a company spokesperson announced:
We are very excited to be bringing Doctor Who to our viewers in India. Doctor Who is distributed to over 200 territories across the world. We are very happy India will now be part of this global sensation and we’re sure that the series will resonate with our viewers.
Myleeta Aga, General Manager of BBC Worldwide in India, spoke of how big a step this is:
This partnership marks a milestone for us. It will be the first time Whovians in India will be able to participate in the global Doctor Who phenomenon. And it is also the first time we’ve concluded a major deal with Star India.
We’ve seen an increasing interest in British drama from our partners in the last 12 months or so. Viewers now recognise the originality of British drama, and this has caused a surge in interest in our drama series like Doctor Who. We are very glad to be working with Star India to bring this very iconic series (including series 9 which is currently being filmed) to viewers in India.
Brian Minchin, Executive Producer of Doctor Who. recalls the early history of the show, mentioning Indian born director Waris Hussein. Minchin says:
We are delighted that Doctor Who is going to hit the screens of FX. We’re hugely proud of the show and the Doctor’s adventures in time and space. Hold on tight - there are thrills and wonders ahead! 51 years ago, the very first episode of Doctor Who was directed by Waris Hussein, born in Lucknow. I like to think we’ve finally come full circle with the new modern series launching in India on FX.
The first broadcast will be shown on 15th May 2015.

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Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular: US Concerts Announced

The popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will be heading to the United States for the first time in October this year.

There will be two performances on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, just a day before the New York Comic Con kicks off at the city's Javits Center.

The US concerts will follow several highly successful tours in Australia and New Zealand in recent years as well as the first UK tour, which will visit six cities this May.

Both US shows will be hosted by Michelle Gomez, who was introduced to Doctor Who last year as Missy, the latest incarnation of the Doctor's arch-nemesis the Master.

Gomez, who will be making a return to the show in Series 9, comments:
“I was a big fan of Doctor Who before I joined the cast, and I love Murray Gold’s powerful and emotional soundtracks for the series. This live show has been a big hit with fans of the series in other countries, and I know that Doctor Who fans in North America have been waiting for their turn to see it. I’m so excited to be presenting the first-ever American performances, and to be doing this in the city that has become my home. I can’t wait ’til this fall to see how the amazing U.S. audience reacts to the show being staged in the Big Apple. I’m honored to be a part of it.”
The show will feature composer Murray Gold's music from the past ten years of Doctor Who, which will be performed by over 100 musicians and singers under the baton of conductor Ben Foster. The music will be set to a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the television series, whilst fans can expect to see some of the Doctor’s most fearsome adversaries live on stage including Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon, Whispermen, and more.

Tickets for the US concerts will be available from 10am on Friday 8th May 2015 via both the venue box office and the official website.

[Source: Doctor Who News]
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Cover For Doctor Who Magazine #486 Revealed

The cover for the upcoming edition of Doctor Who Magazine was released today. The cover features Sylvester McCoy, who played the Seventh Doctor from 1987-1989. He later returned as the Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who movie. A larger version of the cover may be seen below.

Doctor Who Magazine #486 will be available this Thursday, 30 April, for £4.99.


[Source: Doctor Who TV]

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