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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!

Categories: Doctor Who

The Doctor and River Song Reunite For A Spectacular Christmas

BBC - Doctor Who - 8 hours 47 min ago

Alex Kingston returns to Cardiff to reclaim her role as Professor River Song for the highly anticipated 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, part of BBC One’s essential seasonal viewing.

It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.

Day one of filming the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week and is written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).

River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.

Award winning Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance, “To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, adds, “Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time...”

The witty line-up of guest cast joining Alex for a magical adventure on the TARDIS will be announced over the coming months.

The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One on Saturday, 19 September with a 12 episode series, followed by the Christmas special on Friday 25 December.

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The Doctor and Clara: 7 Sensational Hero Moments

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:10am

We’re loving the fact that in the latest trailer, the Doctor and Clara seem to be closer than ever. But let’s not forget they formed a great team in the last series... And so, to keep us going until they return on 19 September, here are some of our favourite hero moments with the Doctor and Clara…

The Restaurant at the End of the Episode…

The Doctor was all over the place after recently regenerating and Clara was up to her eyebrows in trouble, alone and terrified. But there was one person she knew she could rely on… This action-packed scene emphasized that the Time Lord may have looked like a completely different man… but his heroism remained unchanged.

Caring and Sharing

We love this scene! Yes, it’s funny and the Doctor’s on top form. But it also shows how much he needs Clara as he prepares to go into the Dalek…

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The Doctor and Clara can go anywhere in time and space and it’s been great joining them as they’ve embarked on adventures with familiar figures from history. When the Doctor took them to Sherwood Forest to meet Robin Hood, Clara’s joy was a treat and the Doctor’s gradual change towards the outrageous outlaw, helped in part by Clara, was great to see. Just watch out for those arrows, Doctor!

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Sometimes the Doctor and Clara save planets, defeat dictators or battle for justice across the galaxy. But on another evening, they did something just as important for Rupert Pink… They helped out a little boy who was scared of the monsters… When the boy who became Danny needed a friend, these two best friends were there for him.

Mummy on the Orient Express

Let’s be honest, Clara thought the Orient Express would be the end of the line for her and the Doctor, but she saw how determined he’d been to save the passengers and how he’d put his life on the line (thank you) for their safety… It convinced her to stay with the Time Lord, although her boyfriend wasn’t exactly tinkled pink by the idea…

Flatline

With the Doctor trapped in the TARDIS Clara had to think outside the box to defeat the sinister, 2-dimensional invaders. They still managed to make a great team and it was only thanks to Clara that the Doctor was able to banish the Boneless.

Dark Water

Yes, we love the scene immediately following Clara’s ‘dream sequence’ where the Doctor reveals how much he cares for his companion. But right after that there’s another great moment where the two friends prepare to find Danny. Both of them aware of the dangers but willing to go to hell together, rather than let the other one down. ‘Chin up, shoulders back!’ the Doctor says to Clara, before adding, ‘Let's see what we’re made of, you and I.’ We think we already know the answer to that one: something pretty special.

Return to the Doctor and Clara’s previous adventures or look forward to the new series now!

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This Week on Who… Mission DALEK is HERE , why Remembrance of the Daleks is ace and can you guess the guest?

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:25am

Check out Doctor Who's social media highlights - the best of this week's news and photos from our Twitter and Instagram accounts!

  We were *squeeing* with excitement to finally unleash Mission DALEK!

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You can keep up with the latest news by following the official Doctor Who Twitter account, and go behind the scenes with the official access-all-areas Doctor Who Instagram account.

Categories: Doctor Who

11 Reasons Why Remembrance of the Daleks Rocks!

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:40am

Today (20 August) is the birthday of Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, aka the Seventh Doctor and his companion, Ace, so what better time to remember Remembrance of the Daleks? If you’re fascinated by the Doctor’s oldest foes or you just love a cracking adventure, it’s definitely one you should check out. So, what it makes it, so, err… ace?

You’ll believe a Dalek can fly!

Before Remembrance we had to put up with endless jokes about how the Daleks couldn’t get up stairs… Then came this…

…and suddenly fans could shake their heads and point out that Daleks could el-e-vate!

Kick Ass Companion

New companion Ace was instantly in her element, taking on a Dalek with a baseball bat, lugging around nitro-9 ‘grenades’ that the Doctor used to explosive effect and in this scene, taking out one of the metal monsters using a bazooka…

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Wait a minute! That reminds us of someone…

You were born to serve the Daleks!

This scene still typifies everything that the Daleks were about and it’s even got an evil little girl and TV legend George Sewell. Her last line is fantastic!

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They squabble and bicker but the bond between them is unbreakable. Just like Clara these days, Ace doesn’t always understand the Doctor, but she knows he’s always got her back.

Pacey Plot

The plot moves faster than an upgraded Cyberman (or a Raston Warrior Robot for all you 80s fans out there!) and is more explosive than nitro-9, as Steven Moffat reflects in this video…

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The Doctor became darker and more cunning in this adventure. He still liked a laugh but you remember the Doctor playing his cards close to his chest in Mummy on the Orient Express? He was more like that. Except he wasn’t making ‘Are you my mummy?’ jokes which in retrospect, was a missed opportunity.

Dalek Action!

If you’re going to wheel in the Daleks, it’s great to give them plenty to do! Remembrance had them running amok, well, gliding amok as they engaged in civil war, battled humanity, tried to get their grubby protuberances on some Time Lord tech, and repeatedly tried to take out the Doctor. No. Not like that.

A galaxy of stars!

An awesome guest cast included Pamela Salem (middle, photo below) as Professor Rachel Jensen…

And Karen Gledhill (right in this pic) as her assistant, Allison Williams.

Together with Group Captain ‘Chunky’ Gilmore, played by Simon Williams…

They formed an intrepid trio helping the Doctor as he fought not just the Daleks, but the evil Ratcliffe (below, right), played by the marvellous George Sewell.

Sign of the times

Remembrance’s writer, Ben Aaronovitch, returns the Doctor’s oldest foes to their right-wing roots and even has them forge an alliance with Ratcliffe’s fascist organisation. Remembrance of the Daleks is at its heart a roller coaster of adventure loaded with wit and some genuinely wow action sequences, but now and again it pauses to reflect some of the viler elements of 1960s Britain. In one scene, Ace finds a sign in a B&B window which advises potential clients, ‘No coloureds’. Her repulsion is deftly conveyed by actor Sophie Aldred who captures her character’s horror and sadness at the message.

Davros!

The old boy shows up in episode 4, giving the Doctor a great excuse to mock his creations and their quest for, ‘Unimaginable power! Unlimited rice pudding, et cetera, et cetera!’

The Special Weapons Dalek

There’s something appealing about using the word ‘special’ to describe one of these killing machines. Just don’t tell the other Daleks we think it’s special. They’ll get en-vi-ous!

Remembrance of the Daleks opened Doctor Who’s 25th season. You can enjoy more videos from the adventure, take a look through galleries and find out the facts behind the story… It’s all on our Remembrance of the Daleks pages!

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We invite you on a mission… Mission DALEK!

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 8:17am

Mission DALEK is your chance to create brand new adventures for the Doctor! It’s an opportunity to bring battles with the Daleks to life and share all those brilliant, bonkers ideas you’ve had about Doctor Who! And on top of that, it might just propel you into the Time Lord’s real world where you’ll encounter Daleks and meet the Doctor himself – Peter Capaldi!

So, what do you need to know?

Mission DALEK is part of the BBC’s Make it Digital season and we’re inviting you to use your imagination and digital skills to create an adventure for the Doctor. We know many Doctor Who fans make amazing videos or are fantastic at cosplay and love to get involved in a million marvellous ways. For those guys, this is a chance to hone and harness your passion and showcase your digital skills to the universe!

But what if you’ve never dabbled in digital, never shot a video or made up a story?

DON’T WORRY! We’re here to help with loads of down-to-earth videos offering top tips from the Doctor Who team as well as a range of digital tools to get you started. We would LOVE you to take your first steps with us and the Doctor… To unleash your creativity and to have as much fun as humanly possible as you make it digital!

What next?

Easy as pie! Just visit our gleaming Mission DALEK site where you’ll find all the info you’ll need about what sort of adventure we’re after, how you can make it, and what prizes you can win! It’s all there. Right now. Wow. It’s a roller coaster, isn’t it?

FIND OUT MORE!
VISIT THE MISSION DALEK HOMEPAGE NOW!

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12 Things We Learnt from the New Trailer

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:25am

Here are 12 things we gleaned from the new trailer along with a few questions we want answering…

The Doctor and Clara are closer than ever.

After her early reticence last series, Clara is now definitely embracing the Doctor… That hug in the TARDIS says it all.

Monsters!

Doctor Who means monsters, right? But in this interview exec producer Brian Minchin promised more new monsters than returning foes, and judging by the trailer, he was spot on! Look at these beauties…

Daleks!

Okay, is that REALLY a Special Weapons Dalek we can see - left of screen - at 45 seconds in? But hold the phone – check out the shot below… That’s one of the so-called 60s Daleks isn’t it? Nearest the door at the back. And there’s another old school Dalek on the upper level… What’s going on? Vision impaired! We cannot see what is happening!

The TARDIS looks better than ever…

We glimpsed it in the first trailer but now get more of the TARDIS interior. We love those new round things. But… What are the round things? No idea.

Osgood Grief!

Is that Osgood? Looks to us like she’s in a war torn area, a little like the one we saw Danny Pink fighting in during last year’s finale. Be careful, Osgood! We don’t want to lose you… again!

Missy

Great to see she’s as bananas as ever. Laughing at the Dalek. There’s confidence. Or insanity. Or insane confidence. Woo!

Missy vs the Daleks

Actually, this proves that Missy comes face-to-eyestalk with the Daleks. They forged an alliance once before, but surely after the Time War, she couldn’t be working with them again?

Amazin’ Morphin’ Maisie…

Different looks for the Game of Thrones star… Or should that be Game of Thrones Stark?

Ready, Aim…

Love this shot (geddit?) but what’s going on? A bazooka? Could this be from the Viking episode? Surely it couldn’t mean… No. Surely not.

Fire!

There’s a dragon! Now, that’s how you do a dragon.

The Doctor’s new(ish) look…

There’s the hoodie thing going on and we’ve already clocked the red velvet jacket, but aside from all that, he just looks more relaxed, doesn’t he? I mean, as relaxed as you can be when you’ve got a cosmos to save.

The whole thing!

The whole trailer oozes excitement, fun, friendship and action. And that’s no surprise but great to see that this series looks like it’ll ramp up all the things we love about Doctor Who… Born to save the universe… And make Saturday nights the best night of the week!

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Speculation on the New 2015 Series and Reflecting Back on 10 Years of Podshock in Doctor Who: Podshock 329

Art Trap Productions - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:40pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 329
Running Time: 2:09:28

We speculate on the new 2015 series (AKA "Series 9") of Doctor Who, reflect back on 10 years of Doctor Who: Podshock, plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Ian Bisset, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

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329 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:16pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 329
Running time: 2:09:28

We speculate on the new 2015 series of DOCTOR WHO, reflect back on 10 years of Doctor Who: PODSHOCK, plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Ian Bisset, 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.

This episode is also brought to you by Audible. Visit http://podshock.net for the link to your FREE audio-book download with free trial.

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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10 Missy Moments

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:03am

The woman in the shop suggested we celebrate the imminent return of Missy with a look at some of her best moments, and who are we to argue? So, in no particular order, here are ten moments from Missy and Michelle Gomez that we are absolutely loving…

Her first appearance…

If we arrived in the afterlife and found Missy waiting, we wouldn’t be able to decide whether we’d landed in heaven or hell…

Announcing her return…

“I’m back!” And not a moment too soon!

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She didn’t even say a word but should have been put on trial for theft. Our verdict? Guilty! She totally stole this scene.

Making her (Book) Mark…

Michelle Gomez channelled Missy in this short video for World Book Day. And the guy on the back of her hardback looks very familiar…

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That moment in the trailer was a gif waiting to happen. It was a gif horse. It was the gif that kept on giving. It was… Okay. We’ll stop now.

Missy as companion…

This video doesn’t feature Missy but we loved Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin discussing introducing her as a companion, and particularly enjoyed Brian’s take on the question… What do you think? Missy as a companion?

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The Doctor was horrified but it was typical Missy – just paying lip service to what he wanted...

The epic confrontation during Death in Heaven

Mr Pink went into battle one last time and helped defeat Missy in an episode we wanted to call, A Good Dan Goes to War. But no-one asked us. Typical.

Killing Osgood

Missy can lull you into a false sense of security with her charm and poise, before she reminds you that she’s really not as (Os)good as you’d like her to be…

Her next scene

Okay, this is a bit of a cheat but we’re looking forward to her being back so much we’re willing to bet her return will be a corker. Oh, Missy, you’re a mad, murderous monster with hearts of evil but hey, we miss you.

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Reece Shearsmith Joins Doctor Who as a Star Guest

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 7:30am

Actor, comedian and award winning writer Reece Shearsmith joins Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) as he takes-up a guest role in a special episode of Doctor Who, returning to BBC One this September.

WATCH THE VIDEO: REECE SHEARSMITH ON STARRING IN DOCTOR WHO!

Reece has previously played Patrick Troughton in a docu-drama about the conception and making of Doctor Who, in An Adventure in Space and Time, and returns to Cardiff for a part in an adventure written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Justin Molotnikov and produced by Nikki Wilson.

Most famously known for his work as part of The League of Gentlemen along with fellow performers Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and co-writer Jeremy Dyson, Reece comments on his casting for the hit show:

‘I am absolutely thrilled to be filming Doctor Who as Mark Gatiss has written a fantastic role for me in a very scary episode. It has been so exciting to be part of a very singular episode - which, I can say with authority will be unlike any previous episode of Doctor Who. It’s a joy to play a part in the show - certainly a badge of honour.’

Mark Gatiss, writer of the episode, added:

‘I’m delighted to be writing again for Peter and Jenna’s brilliant TARDIS team and very excited about this particular story. It’s been brewing in the dark recesses of my mind for a while now! I’m also chuffed to bits to finally welcome my old friend Reece Shearsmith onto the show. He’s been badgering me for ten years!’

Reece will be joined by Elaine Tan (Eastenders, Entourage), Neet Mohan (All in Good Time, Desert Dancer), Bethany Black (Cucumber, Banana) and Paul Courtenay Hyu (Dalziel and Pascoe, Coronation Street).

Other guest cast for the new series, launching on Saturday 19 September, include Michelle Gomez, Maisie Williams, Rufus Hound, Ingrid Oliver and Rebecca Front.

Doctor Who has had a decade of success and is one BBC One’s most highly regarded shows. 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.

Doctor Who series 9 is shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock studios and is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.

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Series 9 Wallpaper

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:59am

It was great to hear so many people loved the new series 9 image and we were inundated with requests for high resolution versions of the shot. So here you go!

The Doctor and Clara will be back on our television screens from 19 September but you can have them on your computer screens right now by downloading the image and setting it as your wallpaper!

Just click on the required format of the version you prefer and when it opens, right click to save the image or set it as your wallpaper.

Series 9 Wallpaper… 16x9 / 4x3

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Born to Save the Universe!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 6:01pm

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday, 19 September and this stunning new image gives us a sense of the action and adventure that series 9 will deliver.

It shows the world’s greatest heroes in explosive form, dashing from danger but - knowing those two – running headlong into more trouble!

You can watch the trailer for the new series or read everything you need to know about the Time Lord’s forthcoming adventures now!

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Ask the Experts: Send us your questions for Rachel Talalay!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:03am

Rachel Talalay directed last year’s Dark Water and Death in Heaven and returned to helm this year’s series finale. What questions would you like us to ask her for you?

Simply send your questions to TheDoctor@bbc.co.uk or tweet your questions to us at @bbcdoctorwho

But here’s the bit we can’t stress strongly enough: we’re looking for the most interesting and imaginative questions! It’s essential to avoid questions about upcoming storylines… Those secrets will be revealed when the episodes hit our screens. Instead, we’d love questions that only Rachel can answer… It could be about her best moments on set, favourite (or least favourite!) memories, monsters, earliest recollections of the show, stepping inside the TARDIS for the first time… You decide!

But you must act now! We’ll be interviewing Rachel very soon so get us your questions to us as soon as possible!

Categories: Doctor Who

This Week on Who… Ask the Execs, Friendship Day and the Doctor Dances!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 8:41am

Check out Doctor Who's social media highlights - the best of this week's news and photos from our Twitter and Instagram accounts!

  We were *squeeing* with excitement to finally unleash Mission DALEK!

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/626848762263150593

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50 Reasons Why We’re Looking Forward to the New Series!

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:25am

There are less than 50 days to go until the new series and here are a few of the things, people (and monsters!) we’re looking forward to! In no particular order – oh, all right, apart from #1 and #2 – our fab 50 is as follows…

The Doctor

We’ve got a Doctor’s appointment on 19 September and everybody’s invited!

Clara

The time-traveling teacher is going all out for adventure in the new series… What could possibly go wrong?

The sonic screwdriver

It’s not sonic! It’s not a screwdriver! But we love it. Them. We love them! Except Jackson Lake’s. That was rubbish.

The Vikings are Coming!

The Doctor apparently locks horns with the ancient warriors as we know one episode features a Viking village… But where? Lots of planets have a Norse.

Rigsy!

The brilliant Joivan Wade returns as the graffiti artist who saved the day with spray in Flatline.

The big stunts

Those action sequences that you have to watch with a cushion under your chin because they are so jaw-droppingly brilliant.

Daleks

Merciless monsters with hate in their hearts and extermination on their minds. What’s not to love?

Clare Higgins

She was fab as Ohila in The Night of the Doctor… Will she be playing her again? Who Karn say?

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The new series looks more cinematic and more epic than ever before. Okay, we would say that, but can we hold up the trailer as Exhibit A? See what we mean?

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We’ll have videos, interviews, loads of behind the scenes stuff and a galaxy of goodies to get you closer to the action. Make us your homepage and delete every other site from your browser history. Do it now and do it forever.

The Doctor playing the guitar!

The axe man cometh! Well, the axe Time Lord if we’re being pedantic.

The Music

If you’ve any doubt that Doctor Who has the best theme ever, well, you just don’t know the score…

Kate Stewart

Her name is Kate, Kate, Kate! We think she’s great, great, great!

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More two-parters means more cliff-hangers. Like coat hangers except you hang cliffs on them. Not really.

That red jacket

How cool does the Doctor look in his new clobber? Do you think the costume department would mind if we borrowed it? Ha! No, really, do you think they’d mind?

Missy

She’s back! She’s bonkers! She’s brilliant! Adding Michelle Gomez to ANYTHING instantly makes it better: fact!

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Sure, you’re going to have to put up with someone, somewhere making another ‘let’s just let Zygons be Zygons’ pun but it’ll be worth it. Believe us.

The TARDIS’ wheezing groaning sound

Vworp! Vworp! Enough said.

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Okay, we’re not going to start reeling off the crew but we must give a special hats off to Hettie who returned to helm the new series’ opening two-parter. The last episode she directed was a little adventure called Blink…

New monsters!

It’s great hooking up with old foes but there’s nothing quite like meeting new monsters. That first reveal. The first evil smile. The first time they try to kill the Doctor. Ahhh, it’s all lovely.

Doctor Chang moments

Those tiny wee moments that that are inexplicably brilliant, like when Missy shouted, ‘Doctor Chang!’ and then we had to keep re-watching it because it was better than an hour’s worth of most other TV shows. ‘Doctor Chang!’ Ha ha! ‘Doctor Chang!’ Never gets old.

Rufus Hound

Rufus is playing Sam Swift in the new series and we love the fact he couldn’t hide his enthusiasm at this read-through…

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The press release promised ‘terrifying ghosts’ in the new series, which certainly raised our spirits. (Sorry).

Finding out who Maisie Williams is playing.

We have to wait until episode 5 to meet her but frankly she’s a-Maisie-ing.

The (slightly) new look TARDIS interior.

He’s had that place redecorated. We don’t like it. (Actually, we do. We’re just quoting).

Kelly Hunter

She played the Shadow Proclamation boss back in series 4 and although we’re not sure if she’s breaking out the red contact lenses again, she’s fab and we’re looking forward to seeing her returning to the show.

Getting VERY excited on Saturday, 19 September

On the day itself, could you send us a magic fast forward button that can zip us along to the start of the episode, please? Or a TARDIS. Either is good.

Seeing Clara meeting up with Missy

Missy may be the self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Evil’ but she’d better be on guard when she collides with Clara… She turned her boyfriend into a Cyberman. You don’t forget stuff like that. Not even between series.

The trailer thing for the following week’s episode

We can’t be the only ones who watch these about 17 times, right after they’re online, can we? Can we?

Osgood

She died, didn’t she? Well, we’re glad it doesn’t seem to have slowed her down.

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Always fun getting the coolest new lines into conversations and passing them off as your own. Unless you’re Steven Moffat, and then they are your own. Dunno if that makes it more fun or less fun. We’ll ask him.

Shouting at the telly

E.g. ‘It’s a trap! It couldn’t be more obvious if it had THIS IS A TRAPPETY TRAP TRAP TRAP TRAP written in red letters across it!’ That kind of thing.

The moment you have no idea how he’s going to get out of it this time…

Like in Dark Water where Clara threw away the final key. Or in Death in Heaven where he fell out of the plane. Damn, we’re going to have to watch both those episodes again, now…

The scares

One of the great things about the show is that it’s scary, in a good way. Doctor Who without scares is like fish fingers without custard. Why would you?

The Hoopla

We adore the big build up to the new series… The interviews, videos, preview clips, pics and the whole launch hoopla... Or should that be (Doctor) Who-pla?

Rebecca Front.

She’s just great in everything, isn’t she?

That scene in episode 5…

So we can finally find out what Steven was discussing here…

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There’s a great mix of writers for the new series. Who veterans like Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse, Jamie Mathieson and Peter Harness alongside newbies including Sarah Dollard and Catherine Tregenna. Talk about the write stuff…

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We love a bit of action with Kate and company – it’ll be great to be re-unit-ed with them. See what we did there?

Ingenious Deaths…

How will Doctor Who serve up new and wonderful deaths this year? We’re dying to find out!

…and even more ingenious resurrections…

Like Missy and Osgood. How did they survive? Not that we’re complaining, mind.

The spaghetti thing

OK. Far too early to start wondering about the finale but director Rachel Talalay told us, ‘Episode 11 is one of the most complicated and different episodes I’ve ever done… It just has my head in spaghetti!’ Looking forward to finding out why…

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We’re massive fans of Jaye Griffiths. Fantastic actor. Megawatt smile and it’s great to see her in Doctor Who – at last!

The humour

Looking forward to more of the Doctor’s one-liners and Clara’s put-downs. You know, for a show about the universe being plunged into mortal danger, it fits in a lot of laughs.

Seeing the Doctor develop…

Peter Capaldi had a storming first series as the Time Lord but according to Steven Moffat he’s even better this time around, turning in an ‘extraordinary’ performance. If anyone can dial brilliance up to eleven out of ten, it’s Peter Capaldi. Can’t wait to see where he takes the Doctor…

…and Clara, too!

Discussing Clara’s future, Jenna revealed that Danny’s death has ‘changed her whole perspective on life. She’s no longer got the ties to Earth that she had before. She just wants to be in the TARDIS and just wants to hang out with the Doctor and just wants that to be her world...’

The darkness…

Jenna Coleman has also revealed we can expect some darker episodes… If that means more adventures like Midnight or Listen, we’re happy.

Paul Kaye

Loved him in Game of Thrones and Humans and he described working on Doctor Who as a ‘dream’. Good man!

Gadgets and other cool stuff…

Recent adventures have given us an anti-grav motor bike, an invisibility watch and a sonic hat pin. What will series 9 deliver? The campaign for sonic pyjamas starts right here.

New Adventures…

Sounds obvious but worth reminding ourselves what it’s all about… Fun, drama, escapism… The best hero in the cosmos and the brilliant Clara teaming up to enjoy what exec producer Brian Minchin called their ‘glory years’. The new series of Doctor Who starts Saturday, 19 September! We can’t wait!

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This Week on Who… One Small Step for Man, One Giant Hurrah for the TARDIS!

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 6:37am

Check out Doctor Who's social media highlights - the best of this week's news and photos from our Twitter and Instagram accounts!

  We celebrated the anniversary of 1969's lunar landing…

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15 Reasons why the TARDIS is Frankly Magnificent

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 7:53am

In no particular order, here are 15 things we love about the famous blue box…

Size matters…

It’s bigger on the inside. Or smaller on the outside. Take your pick.

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It’s got the ultimate built-in wardrobe that’s chocka with awesome clothes. And, no. We don’t talk about the Sixth Doctor’s jacket.

That wheezing/groaning noise it makes.

That sound brings hope wherever it goes. Well, we like to think so.

It’s TARDIS blue.

It’s got a gorgeous paint job. If it ever changed colour we’d feel, err, blue.

It can go anywhere in the universe…

You thought your bus local bus route was pretty extensive? Pah!

It was in Doctor Who from day one.

Humans come and go but the Doctor and the TARDIS are joined at the (s)hip.

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Pretty much every other spaceship ever has a flight deck. They are so last century. No, the TARDIS has a console room and it’s beautiful.

It can change the weather…

So the Doctor wants to show off and make somewhere look more Christmassy? Snow problem!

The cloister bell.

The bell that tolls to denote imminent doom. Every other ship has an annoying, blarey alarm that makes you want to punch whoever designed it (not really) but the TARDIS has a classy warning… If you’re heading into unspeakable danger, at least do it in style.

It’s a bit of a diva…

Sure, it gave Clara a hard time and was pretty petulant in The Doctor’s Wife but we love a bit of sass. A ship with no attitude? Where’s the fun in that?

Roundels

Not got a clue what they’re for, but we love ’em.

It has these hologrammy things that can talk to you.

And when you least expect it they look you in the eye, give a killer line and send shivers shivering down your spine. ‘Have a fantastic life…’

It has a swimming pool

Insert your own joke here about TARDIS intruders being out of their depth.

It doesn't always take the Doctor where he wants to go…

But it always takes him where he needs to go.

By the way, did we mention it also travels in time?

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20 things we learnt in the past fortnight…

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:19am

The past couple of weeks has seen Doctor Who-land hit by a hurricane of information. The latest trailer, behind the scenes videos, interviews, Comic Con and press releases have been a great source of info about the new series and the people that make it, so we rounded up 20 of our fave facts from the fortnight…

1. There’s a global Zygon uprising in the new series. We know nothing more about it at this point, except it sounds epic. And awesome.

2. We learnt when Peter Capaldi truly felt he was the Doctor. ‘I think it was when they threw a rubber spider in my face and said, Fight it!’

3. Steven Moffat thinks Horror of Fang Rock is ‘really cool’. (He’s dead right. It’s brilliant).

4. The Daleks are back! We’d known about Missy and the Zygons returning to menace mankind again, but the trailer gave us a brief sneak peek of the exterminators! Eek!

5. Rachel Talalay, who directed Dark Water/Death in Heaven, is also helming eps 11 and 12 of the new series. In this video she told us, ‘these episodes [the series 9 finale] are completely different to what I did last year…’

6. The Doctor plays the guitar!

7. For Jenna Coleman, one of the best things about being Clara… is Peter Capaldi. ‘I just want to say how much I love Peter Capaldi,’ she told the Comic Con audience, with Peter sat right beside her. ‘One of the best bits about doing the job is going to work every day in the TARDIS with this guy!’

8. The Doctor looks great in shades. Okay, we might have suspected it, but the trailer delivers the proof. Doctor + shades = good look.

9. The new series features deadly mercenaries called the Mire, creepy underwater bases and Viking villages.

10. Peter Capaldi believes the Doctor wants to keep it in the family. ‘He loves traveling with Clara… The special bond he has is with Clara but I think he’d like to see his granddaughter again.’

11. According to Michelle Gomez, Missy’s perfect day would start with a cup of tea and possibly a small croissant. Then she’d slap Wonder Woman across the face.

12. According to Jenna Coleman, Clara’s perfect day would involve teaching Jane Austen, saving the world, having a cup of tea with the Doctor and getting an early night.

13. In the new episodes, Clara will help the Doctor ‘interact’ with humans, helping the Time Lord brush up on his social skills.

14. Steven Moffat has no problem (in theory) with a Doctor Who / Sherlock crossover. Cue lots of crossover puns / bad gags. We’ll start you off with it being set on (Tom) Baker Street…

15. You shouldn’t call the Doctor a guy. ‘The Doctor’s mysterious!’ Peter Capaldi stressed. ‘He’s a Time Lord! He’s not a guy!’

16. The TARDIS has got some cool, new roundels.

17. The orange space suits are back! First seen in The Impossible Planet. Last seen in Kill the Moon. The ultimate onesies make a welcome return!

18. There’s something going on between the Doctor and Maisie Williams’ character. When she shows her face the Doctor reacts with an aghast, ‘You?’ and she replies, ‘What took you so long, old man?

19. ‘Episode 11 is one of the most complicated…’ director Rachel Talalay revealed. ‘I can’t tell you anything about it except but it’s completely different and it just has my head in spaghetti!’

20. And finally, now we all know what we’ll be doing on Saturday, 19 September…

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