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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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Game of Thrones Star to Guest in Doctor Who!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:01am

Having landed back in the UK fresh from touring the US, today Maisie Williams sets foot on the Doctor Who TARDIS to take up a guest role in the hit BBC One show that returns to our screens this Autumn.

Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as beinga three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

On her first day on set Maisie Williams said, “I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added, “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Bursting with drama, wit and heart, the show continues filming with two period adventures - ‘The Girl Who Died’ written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and ‘The Woman Who Lived’ by Catherine Tregenna. Starring Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), the duo continue to time travel through epic adventures Directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC One’s 18th Century drama Poldark).

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound who recently appeared in the series Cucumber also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

Doctor Who has had a decade of success since its re-launch and is one of BBC One’s most highly regarded dramas. The much-loved brand is already a phenomenon delivering on a global scale, with the last series’ (series 8) consolidated average at 7.4 million.

The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One this Autumn with further casting to be announced in due course.

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A decade of Doctor Who

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:30pm

26th March 2005. A momentous day for Doctor Who. A new Doctor. A new Companion. And what a fantastic journey they’ve taken us on! We’ve spent the day celebrating the very first episode of the new era, ‘Rose’, and we’ve had an amazing response from fans across the globe.

Peter Capaldi is, of course, one of those fans. And he kicked the day off by recalling just how he felt when he sat down to watch the episode. An immensely personal video, and yet somehow Peter has captured the very same thoughts and emotions that we all experienced.

We published a very popular infographic revealing 5 things you never knew about Rose. Lots of you pointed out that you knew *almost* all of them…

In case your memory needed jogging, we also linked to a clip of the Doctor introducing himself to Rose and some galleries– behind the scenes shots (we hope the quality of our photography has improved over the last 10 years…), some TARDIS concept art, and some grabs from the episode.

Peter Capaldi celebrated 10 years at the Doctor Who Experience here in Cardiff (there’s a picture from the party at the top of this page). The highlight of the celebration? Peter led the audience from the Starlight and Ty Hafan charities, and a local primary school, in a rendition of Happy Birthday, and cut a cake shaped like a Cyberman!

But the day was not really about us – we had some lovely comments from you which we’ve reflected in our social media summary of the day. So perhaps it’s right that we leave it to a fan, @mightbeclara, to sum up what Doctor Who has meant to them: ‘thank you DW for shaping me and my childhood, and teaching me the value of friendship, courage and adventure.’

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Philip Madoc (1934 - 2012)

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 4:57am

Philip Madoc (1934 - 2012)

We're sad to report that Philip Madoc, the brilliant Welsh actor who shone so brightly in several Doctor Who adventures, has passed away.

Philip was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His early roles included Brockley in the 1966 movie Daleks' Invasion of Earth 2150AD and Eelek in the Second Doctor adventure, The Krotons. In 1969 he made a lasting impression as the War Lord in The War Games, a part which demonstrated his ability to invest villainous characters with an understated but powerfully chilling quality.

He returned to Doctor Who in 1976, delivering a totally different but equally transfixing performance as the wonderfully monstrous Mehendri Solon in The Brain of Morbius. Two years later he was back as Fenner in the Key to Time story, The Power of Kroll.

Aside from his work on Doctor Who, Philip's credits include an array of TV favourites including The Saint, The Avengers, UFO and Dad's Army. He also received critical acclaim as the lead in The Life and Times of David Lloyd George and as DCI Noel Bain in the long-running series, A Mind to Kill.

But for Doctor Who fans, he will forever be the mad, murderous scientist playing the perfect foil to the Fourth Doctor and the sinister, spell-binding War Lord in the Second Doctor's swansong adventure. Much admired by fans of Doctor Who and great British drama in general, he'll be missed and remembered with enduring fondness.

You can read more about Philip Madoc, including tributes from those who knew him, here .

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Do You Have the Write Stuff?

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:00am

What is it with the Doctor and writers? He’s helped out a few in his time – from writing the first draft of Hamlet because Shakespeare had sprained his wrist, to solving a (Doctor) whodunit for Agatha Christie!

But how many of the Doctor’s writer friends do you recognise? Check out pics of them taken from their encounters with the Time Lord then scroll down to find out if you were right!

Number One

Here’s a young writer the Doctor met during the events of Timelash. We’re not surprised the two of them got along as they shared many of the same interests and the author later became famous for novels including The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. But who is he?

Number Two

She’s been called the Queen of Crime, invented characters including Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot and the Doctor called her ‘the best-selling novelist of all time’. But who is she?

Number Three

This old mate of the Doctor’s is better known for leading his country during World War II, but in 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Can you name him?

Number Four

The Doctor’s friendship with this playwright and poet stretches back centuries but last time we saw them meet, this world famous writer had just completed one of his acclaimed works – Love’s Labour’s Lost. Are you lost for his name or can you identify the ‘Bard of Avon’?

Number Five

This Doctor called himself this writer’s biggest fan when they met in Victorian Cardiff and he later used an idea from one of stories, A Christmas Carol, to save Amy, Rory and ultimately Kazran. He’s most famous for works such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations… But who is he?

Number One was H.G. Wells.

Herbert George Wells (usually known as H.G. Wells) has been hailed as ‘the father of science fiction’ for his hugely popular, ground-breaking stories. Find out more about Wells and his work!

Number Two was Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was the Queen of Crime and is pictured here at the recording of an early Hercule Poirot drama. Like good mystery? You can investigate Agatha now!

Number Three was Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill is best remembered as the wartime Prime Minister who outwitted the Nazis but he was also a prolific writer. His six volume history of World War II is seen as one of the definitive accounts and he also found time to keep a detailed diary and dabble in poetry! Want to access a fascinating collection of videos and articles about Churchill? Oh, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…

Number Four was William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (seen here in a moment from The Chase) is usually regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s most celebrated dramatist. 2016 is the 500th anniversary of his death and yet his stories remain popular across the planet. Find out more about the Bard!

Number Five was Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens created some of literature’s best-known characters and is acclaimed as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His books have been made into several Hollywood movies and A Christmas Carol alone has spawned over a dozen film adaptations. He was a novelist, writer of short stories, performer and social critic… But who the Dickens was he really?

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The Welsh Connection: 5 Facts about the Doctor and Wales

BBC - Doctor Who - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:00am

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.

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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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