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Award-winning children’s novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce confirmed as Doctor Who writer

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 5:05am

Children’s novelist and writer for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony Frank Cottrell Boyce completes the line-up of writers for series 8 of the hit BBC One show Doctor Who.

Cottrell Boyce’s episode for the eagerly-anticipated eighth series will feature a cast of child actors including Harley Bird, the voice of household favourite Peppa Pig, alongside Abigail Eames (Harry and Paul, The Crimson Field), Ashley Foster (The Woman in Black) and Jaydon Harris-Wallace (CITV Text Santa).

Also known for films such as 24 Hour Party People and Millions (directed by Danny Boyle), Cottrell Boyce says: “Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there’s nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: ‘Interior … TARDIS’.”

“I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode - partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, says: “Frank's script is pure magic - and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius!”

The episode will be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova, Hit & Miss), and produced by Paul Frift (Escape Artist, Best Possible Taste, Restless).

Other writers confirmed for the eighth series are Mark Gatiss, Phil Ford, Gareth Roberts, Peter Harness, Steve Thompson and Jamie Mathieson.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday 23rd August.

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The Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File Ebook is Here!

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 8:01am

 

UPDATE: The Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File is now only available from BBC Worldwide.

Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File is a brilliant ebook full of fantastic clips, photos, facts, games, a thrilling new adventure and much more, all about one of the Doctor’s greatest foes – the Cybermen! It’s available for iPads, Kindle Fires and Android tablets and it’s free in the UK until 23.59pm, 31 July, 2014.

Created by the BBC and distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide, Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File is the ultimate interactive history of one of the Doctor’s most famous foes. Every version of the Cybermen is brought to life using clips, photos and in-depth information. The interactive ebook also includes a brand new, exclusive story written by Joseph Lidster entitled Cybermen: Status Update which is narrated by Nicholas Briggs - the voice of the Cybermen since Doctor Who’s relaunch in 2005.

The Cybermen Monster File also features galleries and the real life story behind the metal monsters. There are interactive sections on the world of the Cybermen where everything from Handles to Cybermats and the CyberKing is investigated as well as quizzes about the Time Lord’s old enemies.

The ebook will be released globally and will be available for free in the UK only for 30 days, after which it will be available to buy on iTunes, Android stores, the Kindle Fire App and Google Play.

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Michelle Gomez to star in Doctor Who

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:58am

Michelle Gomez (Bad Education, Green Wing) will join the cast of Doctor Who playing the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere when the series returns on 23 August. 

Speaking about the role, Michelle Gomez said: "Well of course Peter Capaldi is our next Doctor, which makes complete sense. I'm thrilled to join him. Well, you would be, wouldn't you?" 

Lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, added: “I've known Michelle for years, and I'm thrilled to welcome her to Doctor Who. She's everything we need - brilliant, Scottish, and a tiny bit satanic.” 

Filming is well underway for Series 8 of Doctor Who. Guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will air on BBC One this Autumn include Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.

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BBC One Confirms The New Doctor Lands On Saturday, 23 August

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:39pm

The BBC has today confirmed the much-anticipated eighth series of the hit sci-fi drama Doctor Who will land on BBC One on Saturday, 23 August. 

The feature length premiere episode entitled “Deep Breath” will see Peter Capaldi take on one of TV’s most iconic roles as the Twelfth Doctor, alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara. 

An exclusive 15 second TV teaser showing a first-look glimpse of the new Doctor and Clara aired this evening on BBC One at 8.00pm confirming the date… You can see it right now!

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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 27th June 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:19am

Another round-up of all the latest Doctor Who news, reviews and tidbits of interest from the Whoniverse....


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Workshop: The Art of Mobile Photography

Art Trap Productions - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:36am

I’m pleased to announce a new summer workshop on mobile photography titled (fitting enough), The Art of Mobile Photography.

It is often said that “the best camera is the one you have with you.” In today’s world, that most likely means your mobile phone. The art of making images is less to do with the gear and more to do with the photographer. The core basic principles of photography apply whether you’re shooting with a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera or your mobile phone’s camera (i.e. iPhone, Android, etc.). In this workshop, we will explore those principles and what you can do to make better images without spending a great deal money and have fun in the process.

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After Being Stuck in Time-Loop, Doctor Who: Podshock 304 is Here Reviewing 'The Claws of Axos'

Art Trap Productions - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 9:28pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 304
Running Time: 2:03:54

After being stuck in a time-loop, we review the Doctor Who story, 'The Claws of Axos' starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor and Katy Manning as Jo Grant, plus news, your feedback, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper and Ian Bisset

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304 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 5:26pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 304
Running time: 2:03:54

We review the Doctor Who story, 'The Claws of Axos' starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor and Katy Manning as Jo Grant, plus news, your feedback, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, and Ian Bisset.

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

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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 20th June 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:24am

Have you been Whoogled? Find out in the latest roundup from the world of Doctor Who, with the latest news, extras and reviews to name but a few of the links that can be found here....


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Twitter Commentary for The Day of the Doctor

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:09am

The Day of the Doctor was one of the biggest episodes in Doctor Who’s history and it’s repeated tonight on BBC Three at 7.45pm. For the first time ever we’ll be providing a special twitter commentary for the adventure as it’s broadcast, bringing you a broad range of photos, facts, related links and much more to accompany the screening.

We hope it will enhance your enjoyment of The Day of the Doctor but equally we aim to make sure the tweets will be enjoyable and fun, even if you’re not watching the episode.

If you’re not already following the official Doctor Who twitter account, check it out at @bbcdoctorwho and hit ‘follow’ to make sure you’re up-to-date with all the latest news, new series info and lots more.

Tonight’s twitter commentary will be a first so after the event we’d love to know what you thought of it. You can either tweet us or drop us a line at thedoctor@bbc.co.uk Tell us what you think we get right and where we could improve with twitter commentaries.

But for the meantime, don’t forget to follow us on @bbcdoctorwho so you can enjoy the twitter commentary for the awesome epic that is The Day of the Doctor!

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Julie Gardner and John Barrowman Awarded MBEs

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 9:37am

As we reported over the weekend, one of Doctor Who’s former executive producers, Julie Gardner and John Barrowman (Captain Jack in Doctor Who and Torchwood) have both been awarded MBEs in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Julie said she was honoured by the award and commented, ‘I have filmed all over the world. But the talent, stamina and sheer fun of the writers, cast and crews I’ve worked with in Wales is beyond compare. I am lucky; I get to keep this award. But I am accepting it for all those brilliant people who have made my job such an absolute joy, and for my dad who will be the talk of Glynneath. My proudest achievement has been to successfully bring Doctor Who to Wales. From there, through Torchwood, Casualty and Da Vinci's Demons, Wales' position in the global television industry goes from strength to strength. I am hugely proud to have been a part of that journey and will work hard so that this is just the beginning.’

John said, ‘I can’t tell you how honoured I am to get this MBE, to be recognised by Her Majesty and also by the United Kingdom because that’s where I can consider my home.’ He added, ‘I am chuffed… Thank you very much, everybody! And to the fans: this is also for you guys. It’s amazing! Thank you!’

You can read about other recipients on BBC News and to find out more about the British Honours system visit the BBC’s Guide to the Honours.

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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 13th June 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:23am

A round-up of all the latest Doctor Who news, reviews and tidbits of interest from the Whoniverse...


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Awards Success for Peter Capaldi

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 8:20am

The first Royal Television Scotland Awards were presented earlier this week and we’re delighted to confirm that Peter Capaldi was one of the winners!

The RTS website explained, ‘The RTS Scotland Award is for the outstanding contribution to television in Scotland and beyond. RTS Scotland is delighted to announce that the recipient of this year’s award is Peter Capaldi. An acclaimed writer, performer and director, Peter has achieved phenomenal success at home and abroad. Original, memorable, engaging and definitive – his contribution to television has been exceptional, and the committee feel he is a worthy and much deserved winner of this inaugural award.’

Congratulations to Peter Capaldi who stars as the Doctor when Doctor Who returns to BBC One this August!

 

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Doctor Who Wins Banff Awards!

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 7:31am

It’s been a great week for Doctor Who over at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada. The show won the 2014 Rockie Award for the ‘Best Science Fiction and Action’ programme before triumphing in the prestigious ‘Best Scripted’ category.

The jury who vote for the awards comprises hundreds of media executives from around the world and nominees are also drawn from across the globe. So it’s particularly fitting for the show to win the awards in the week that it’s announced that a Doctor Who World Tour will begin this August.

Last month Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor scooped a BAFTA Television Award and earlier in the year the show found success at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards. The Doctor returns to BBC One in August and you can catch the teaser trailer for the new series now!

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Doctor Who to Begin World Tour in Cardiff and London this August

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:05am

Following on from the huge success of The Day of The Doctor, the 50th anniversary special that was watched by over 12 million viewers across BBC One and BBC iPlayer, anticipation is building for the arrival of the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, who will touchdown in the TARDIS this August on BBC One.

Fans in the United Kingdom will have a chance to see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in exclusive events in Cardiff and London on the 7th August before they jet off on a world tour to promote the show.

Peter Capaldi, speaking ahead of the tour said: “It’s fantastic that so many people across the world love Doctor Who. After 8 months solid filming deep in the world of monsters, Jenna and I are thrilled to be heading for the Planet of Fans.” 

Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat added: I’ve always thought we'd all be a lot safer if the Doctor conquered the world, instead of the Daleks. Now with Jenna and Peter leading the charge, it looks like it's going to happen. I'll be bringing up the rear to handle the exposition scenes, and maybe carry some bags.”

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director BBC Cymru Wales said: "Where better to start the World Tour than the Doctor's home for the last decade? The sight of the TARDIS and marauding aliens is now a familiar part of Welsh life - though they still scare the life out of the traffic wardens. There is a real sense of excitement and anticipation about the new series – and I know Peter and Jenna are going to be a breath-taking new team. Roll on August!"

Filming is well underway on the new series, with guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman including Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.

Doctor Who is made by BBC Cymru Wales.

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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 6th June 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:58am

A mega round-up of news, reviews, pictures, podcasts and videos from the world of Doctor Who for the discerning Whovian...


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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 30th May, 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:47am

A round-up of all the latest Doctor Who news, reviews and tidbits of interest from the Whoniverse....


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Steven Moffat Discusses Peter Capaldi and the New Series

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:56am

Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, recently appeared at the Hay Festival and discussed the new series and how Peter Capaldi became the Doctor.

He also touched on the process of casting Peter Capaldi and revealed, ‘To keep it completely secret I got him around to my house and we auditioned him there… I wrote these daft little scenes for him. And he carried them off. And, of course, he was brilliant, because he’s Peter Capaldi and he’s always brilliant!’

He also offered a tantalising glimpse into what we have to look forward to in the new series, commenting, ‘We haven’t made much of change to Doctor Who since it came back in 2005… I just felt it needs to be a bit more different now. It’s needs to be surprising again!’

You can find out more in this clip from his fascinating interview.

The new Doctor lands on BBC One in August, 2014 and you can watch the latest ‘teaser trailer’ now!


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Foxes to Appear in New Series of Doctor Who

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 2:26am

British singer-songwriter Foxes will perform a track and appear in the new series of Doctor Who, which lands this August on BBC One.

Foxes, speaking about her casting said: ‘I can't believe I’m actually going to be in an episode of Doctor Who! Especially as it all came about from a chance meeting. I was playing a gig and got chatting to the show’s production team who’d been watching my performance. I was telling them how much I loved Doctor Who and next thing they invited me to be on it. I couldn’t think of a better place to make my acting debut than on one of the UK’s most iconic shows!’

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said: ‘We are completely thrilled that the amazingly talented Foxes is joining us on board ... well, you'll see. Let’s just say, the Doctor is finally catching up on his phone calls.’

Grammy award-winning Foxes has recently been on tour in the UK, supporting her album Glorious, which recently debuted top 5 in the official album chart. This follows on from her three hit singles - Youth, Let Go For Tonight and Holding Onto Heaven.

Guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will air on BBC One this August, include Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.

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