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Arise, Sir Doctor...

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 8:22am

John Hurt, who so memorably played the War Doctor in 2013, has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours.

John Hurt first appeared in Doctor Who during the final, electrifying moments of The Name of the Doctor before making a cameo appearance in The Night of the Doctor. He later starred alongside Matt Smith and David Tennant in the show’s 50th anniversary special, the feature-length adventure, The Day of the Doctor. The veteran actor received his knighthood for services to drama after a career lasting more than five decades.

James Corden, who played Craig in The Lodger and Closing Time, is awarded an OBE for services to drama and said he was ‘thrilled, overwhelmed and honoured to be recognised in such a way’, adding ‘My mum is already fretting about what to wear!’

Meera Syal has also been recognised in the New Year Honours and becomes a CBE. Well-known to Doctor Who fans for playing Dr Nasreen Chaudhry in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood, she’s recognised for services to drama and literature.

Congratulations to John Hurt, James Corden and Meera Syal!

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The Welsh Connection: 5 Factoids about the Doctor and Wales

BBC - Doctor Who - 2 hours 34 min ago

How many do you know?

In our St. David’s Day special we take a walk on the Welsh side and pick out a few Who connections to Wales… We start with the Daleks…

Terry Nation, the man who invented the Daleks, was born and grew up in leafy Llandaff. Years later it doubled for Leadworth in The Eleventh Hour.

The Masque of Mandragora (1976) was filmed in the world-famous village of Portmerion, in North Wales. In that adventure it doubled as 15th century San Martino.

Cardiff became ‘the home of Doctor Who’ in 2004 when BBC Wales began producing the show. This pic shows (r-l) John Barrowman, Noel Clarke and Billie Piper outside Cardiff’s Millennium Centre, on location during the shoot for Boom Town.

Over the years, Wales has doubled for Gallifrey, Italy, Scotland, New York and (above) New Earth. This shot shows Billie Piper and David Tennant at the Gower Peninsula during the shoot for the series 2, back in 2005.

Time Lord on Tour! There was only one place to start the Doctor Who Tour, 2014: Wales! This shot shows Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman with Cardiff Castle in the background.

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Amazing Grace: Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

Art Trap Productions - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 12:20am

The anxiously anticipated day started off very exciting. I was with my good friend, Chase Graff, though at that time he went by the name Charlie and we were sitting on a sidewalk patiently waiting on this early June day. It was the fourth of June thirty-three years ago… the year was 1982. We were first in line for the long awaited sequel to Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In hindsight, it is hard to believe that it was less than three years that had passed since the original Star Trek movie then. We were there before the theater opened  for business that day waiting. When the puzzled manager came to the theater, he was surprised to find us there so early waiting. He asked what we were waiting for and we jokingly said Das Boot, which was the other film playing at this cinema at that time. Long waits didn’t bother us because we were able to talk about everything under the sun. Though on this day, I imagined the topic was mostly on Star Trek perhaps and the rumors surrounding this particular movie. There was this talk that the character Spock would die in this movie. This couldn’t be so, we thought. Spock was our favorite character, after all. What would Star Trek be without Mr. Spock?

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What is Doctor Who All About? We Explore This in Doctor Who: Podshock 324

Art Trap Productions - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:24pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 324
Running Time: 1:47:47

We explore what Doctor Who is really all about, plus news, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford and Kyle Jones.

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324 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:58am

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 324
Running time: 1:47:47

We explore what Doctor Who is really about, plus news, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions.

This podcast is made possible in part by and is brought to you by Podshock Supporting Subscribers and from donations from listeners like you.

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Your Friendly Neighbourhood Doctor!

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:09am

The Tenth Doctor's adventures continue on BBC Three

As the Tenth Doctor's adventures continue on BBC Three, five more episodes are now available to watch on BBC iPlayer for a limited period. They include his first meeting with Martha, a brush with the Bard and the return of the Daleks!

In The Runaway Bride, the Empress of the Racnoss spins a web of fear at Christmas and in Smith and Jones, the Doctor is introduced to Martha, meets a Judoon platoon on the moon and finds that sometimes, the lady is a vamp. The following episode,The Shakespeare Code, sees the Time Lord battle the Carrionites and meet the world's most famous playwright, whilst Martha discovers she could easily pick up the Bill.

There are more jams for the time travellers in Gridlock and in Daleks in Manhattan, watch out for Andrew Garfield - the young actor who plays Spidey in the new Spider-Man blockbuster!

For more information and to watch the episodes, visit BBC iPlayer .

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Top 5 Missy Moments!

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:16am

We’re celebrating the return of Michelle Gomez with a look at 5 of our favourite Missy moments! If we’ve missed one of your fave scenes featuring the Doctor’s ‘old friend’, tweet us at @bbcdoctorwho to let us know which you think should have made the cut!

Missy Moment #1
Michelle Gomez was already brilliant as Missy in her very first appearance as the character… Her intro scene came at the end of Deep Breath where she greets Half-Face Man (who we all thought was a goner) and talks about the Doctor in ways that had us wondering where she’d flown in from…

Missy Moment #2
She didn’t even speak in The Caretaker but she’s a chilling presence in ‘heaven’, calmly watching what happens when a dead man wakes up after death-by-Blitzer. At this point she’s still a total mystery and when Chris Addison’s Seb asks the new arrival, ‘Any questions?’ there were plenty we wanted answering!

Missy Moment #3
The Missy-snogs-the-Doctor moment in Dark Water. The kiss is striking enough but second time around we enjoyed Clara’s priceless reaction…

Missy Moment #4
Missy can be fantastic fun but she’s not joking when she calls herself the Queen of Evil. The scene where she offs Osgood is a fantastic moment of drama with ‘Say something nice!’ fast becoming the grimmest catch-phrase we’ve heard in years.

Missy Moment #5
The Doctor’s epic confrontation with Missy in the graveyard… So many good moments in this scene that it’s hard to pick just one, but the terrifying Time Lady tempting the Doctor with an army of Cybermen is the kind of twist that only Doctor Who can pull off, so it makes our top 5!

Don’t forget, tweet us at @bbcdoctorwho if you think we missed out a Missy Moment that should have made the top 5!

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Michelle Gomez Returns To Doctor Who

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:32am

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Michelle Gomez arrives in Cardiff this week to re-join the Doctor Who cast and reclaim the role of ‘Missy’ for series 9. She joins Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) for the opening episode of the series.

Speaking in Cardiff, Michelle Gomez said:

“Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I'm delighted to be putting my Lippie back on. I'm positively dying to see the Doctor again!”

The second two-part adventure to be filmed, ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’ and ‘The Witch’s Familiar’, is written by the show’s lead writer Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink, the Hugo Award-winning Doctor Who episode).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said:

“Everybody hide - Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”

Having filmed ‘The Day of the Doctor’ in the series’ 50th anniversary special and ‘Dark Water’ and ‘Death in Heaven’ in series 8, Jemma Redgrave returns to the guest cast for series 9, alongside the Laurence Olivier Award nominee and film, television, radio and stage actress Kelly Hunter.

A familiar theatre and television actress and one of the UK’s most proficient performers, Clare Higgins also joins the guest cast for the opening of the series. Jaye Griffiths has been gracing our screens in some of the nation’s favourite TV programmes such as Silent Witness and Casualty and also takes up a guest role in the opening episode.

Other guest stars confirmed for the new series include Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Demi Papaminas.

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One and will be back on-air this Autumn.

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Dalek Creator Terry Nation and Mark Strickson Interviewed in Doctor Who: Podshock 323

Art Trap Productions - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:11am

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 323
Running Time: 0:59:22

Interviews with writer and creator of the Daleks, Terry Nation, and actor Mark Strickson (Vislor Turlough in Doctor Who), and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani.

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323 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 1:36am

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 323
Running time: 0:59:21

Interviews with writer and creator of the Daleks, Terry Nation and Mark Strickson (Turlough in Doctor Who) and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani.

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions. Interview segments courtesy of Chuck Rabb of the Chuck Rabb Show.

This podcast is made possible in part by and is brought to you by Podshock Supporting Subscribers and from donations from listeners like you.

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Valentine’s E-cards and Wallpapers

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 8:23am

If you’re running late with your Valentine's cards don’t worry, we have a great selection of e-cards for you to share with someone close to your heart(s)!

Simply click on either the 4x3 or 16x9 version of the image you love, then right click and select ‘E-mail Picture’. You could also just ‘copy' the image and ‘paste' into an email! Or if you don’t want to share and would prefer to just stare at these lovely images every time you turn on your computer, just right click and save the images to use as wallpapers!

Roses are red... 16x9 / 4x3

Racnoss are red... 16x9 / 4x3

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Filming begins on Block 2

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 7:59am

We’re delighted to reveal that filming has started on block 2 of the new series of Doctor Who!

Hettie MacDonald, who directed the Weeping Angels’ chilling debut in Blink, returns to Doctor Who and shooting for the block began today, 12 February. Filming for the new series started in Cardiff in January and the Doctor and Clara will be back on BBC One in Autumn, 2015.

Read more about the new series…

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Doctor Who: Podshock 322 Reviews 'The Sea Devils'

Art Trap Productions - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:28pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 322
Running Time: 1:55:59

We review The Sea Devils, the 1972 Doctor Who adventure starring Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, and Roger Delgado, plus news, your feedback, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Lee Shackleford and Kyle Jones.

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322 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 9:52pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 322
Running time: 1:55:59

We review 'The Sea Devils' starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor and Katy Manning as Jo Grant, plus Doctor Who news, your feedback, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions.

This podcast is made possible in part by and is brought to you by Podshock Supporting Subscribers and from donations from listeners like you.

Get the DWP Podcast Companion App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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BBC releases The Doctor and the Dalek coding game for tablets

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:00am

The BBC today launched 'The Doctor and the Dalek' for tablets and released four new levels across all platforms. The game is available freely online now and later today from Google Play, Apple and Amazon app stores.

Voiced by Peter Capaldi, The Doctor and the Dalek follows the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor as he is thrown into a dangerous quest with the most devious of his enemies in a stand-alone story from Doctor Who and Wizards vs Aliens TV writer, Phil Ford. The game forms part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative - which aims to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, digital technology and programming - and introduces players to fundamental coding principles as they help the Doctor on his latest adventure.

The new levels bring the Doctor and the Dalek’s adventure to its conclusion, having landed on the old Gallifreyan ship, the Starbane. The pair continue their quest to destroy a powerful weapon, the Orb of Fates, before it falls into the wrong hands. And the Doctor has even more tricks up his sleeve to power-up his companion, including full flight ability, spreading fire and even faster speed. But can the Doctor trust his unlikely ally as the Dalek regains its strength?

To unlock these capabilities players need to solve a series of coding puzzles for the Doctor, linked to the new computing curriculum. These focus on Boolean logic, introducing ‘if’ statements with a range of variables that gradually increase in complexity as users become more advanced. The BBC has also released updated resources for parents and teachers to help children get the most out of the game at home and in the classroom.

Jo Pearce, Executive Producer BBC Doctor Who Interactive, said: “The Doctor and the Dalek has had a great response from children, parents and teachers. The one overriding request was for a tablet version. The new levels, with our updated resources from BBC Learning, allow children to take their skills a little further… and help the Doctor save the universe!”

The Doctor and the Dalek was commissioned by BBC Learning, developed and produced by BBC Wales and Somethin’ Else in association with BBC Future Media.

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We Catch Up With Your Feedback in Doctor Who: Podshock 321

Art Trap Productions - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:27pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 321
Running Time: 1:30:56

We review your recorded feedback from the last several months, the latest Doctor Who news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani.

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321 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 7:11pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 321
Running time: 1:30:56

We review your feedback from the past several months, plus the latest Doctor Who news, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions.

This podcast is made possible in part by and is brought to you by Podshock Supporting Subscribers and from donations from listeners like you.

Get the DWP Podcast Companion App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Do you need the MP3 file format? Get our MP3 version of this episode using our MP3 dedicated feed at http://www.gallifreyanembassy.org/podshock/podshockmp3.xml.

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Filming Begins on Doctor Who, Series 9

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:41am

Filming has begun in Cardiff for series 9 of Doctor Who and includes a star-studded guest cast. The new series will be back on BBC One in Autumn 2015.

The episodes currently being filmed are written by Toby Whithouse (The Game, Being Human), produced by Derek Ritchie and directed by Daniel O’Hara (Silent Witness 2015, The Game, Being Human).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, 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!”

On set filming for the new series, 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.”

Paul Kaye who played Thoros of Myr in the third series of Game of Thrones joins the Doctor Who cast for the two-part episode. A comedian and actor, Paul is also well-known for being the voice of Vincent the fox on the puppet-based BBC comedy Mongrels.

Commenting on his role, Paul 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!”

Also starring in the episodes will be Morven Christie who recently played the role of Amanda in the crime drama Grantchester and featured in Death in Paradise (2014) and Twenty Twelve.

Arsher Ali who played the part of Malik Suri in the critically acclaimed The Missing (BBC One) takes up a role in the guest cast alongside Colin McFarlane who appeared in EastEnders as part of the Who Killed Lucy Beale? storyline.

Recognised for her theatre and TV performances, actress Sophie Stone appears in the show for the first time. Sophie was the lead actress in the play Woman of Flowers and has appeared in Midsummer Murders and Casualty.

Also joining Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and confirmed for roles in the double episode are Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson and Neil Fingleton.

Further guest cast for series 9 will be released over the coming months. Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.

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Doctor Who: NTA Nomination – Voting Open in the Final Round

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:12am

The final round of voting has opened for this year’s National Television Awards and Doctor Who has been nominated for Best Drama. All NTAs are decided by members of the public so to help make your favourite show scoop an award, vote now!

Doctor Who won the award for Best Drama in 2014 and it faces stiff competition once again from other shows in this category. You can cast your vote until noon on Wednesday, 21 January, 2015, and the results will be revealed at a ceremony at the 02 London, later that day, with the event broadcast live on ITV from 7.30pm.

To find out more or to vote for your favourites, visit the National Television Awards homepage.

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