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Deborah Watling (1948 – 2017)

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:05am

We’re sad to report the death of Deborah Watling who played Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor in the late 1960s.

Deborah joined Doctor Who in 1967’s, The Evil of the Daleks and featured in classics including The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Ice Warriors. She left the TARDIS in 1968, bowing out in Fury from the Deep, although she remained closely identified with the show and made cameo appearances as Victoria in specials including Dimensions in Time.

Away from the world of Doctor Who Deborah starred in the David Essex movie, That’ll be the Day (1973) and her TV work included Rising Damp, Danger UXB and Doctor in Charge.

But to fans of the Doctor, she will be remembered forever as the brave and compassionate orphan, Victoria Waterfield, and Deborah made no secret of the affection she held for the role and the show. ‘I have said this before and it is true, Pat [Patrick Troughton – the Second Doctor] became like a second father to me both on the show and after I left...’ she once recalled. ‘The other person on the show at the time was Frazer Hines playing the part of Jamie. He and I became like brother and sister. We had such a great rapport, and even today when we meet up at Doctor Who events things haven’t changed.’

You can see Deborah Watling as Victoria in a scene from The Tomb of the Cybermen.

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Interview with Costume Designer Hayley Nebauer

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:23am

Doctor Who has a look like no other show in the world. And the clothes worn by the Doctor, his companions and the characters they meet all add to the visual impact of the Time Lord’s adventures. Sometimes the costumes are overtly brilliant – eye-catching and instantly arresting. But often they subtly enhance the stories, revealing more about the characters than we may appreciate.

Series 10’s brilliant Costume Designer was Hayley Nebauer and we’re delighted that Hayley agreed to discuss her work on Doctor Who, individual costumes and the advice she’d give to anyone hoping to become a Costume Designer…

Q: Which was your favourite Series 10 costume for the Doctor?

Hayley Nebauer: It was his costume from the start of episode 6 (Extremis) and episode 8 (The Lie of the Land), with the broken grey linen frock coat, I thought it summed him up well, quite rock ’n’roll, with a feel of the classic, historical-based Doctor’s tailoring that many of the Doctors have had, but like it had been on adventures around the universe and was quite representative of his character.

Q: Which was your favourite costume for Bill this series?

HN: Her episode 6 look, the patchworked khaki/ camo dress. Interestingly, this dress was made from pieces taken from lots of different camo and military costume items I had left from other films, so it is essentially recycled clothing!

Q: How would you describe the Doctor’s look in Series 10 and how did you go about creating it?

HN: I started with Peter, I talked to him about his looks in series 8 and 9, what he and the former costume designers (Howard Burden and Ray Holman) had been developing in his look, so that where we began extended from this. From here, I tried to loosen his look up further, so it seemed less like he was a man who was dressed immaculately and more like an adventurer who had been around the universe a few times, things were more worn out and aged, but he layered them up, enjoying all the textures of his layers.

Suited and booted: The Doctor's Thin Ice attire.

Layers for the Time Lord...

Q: How much time do you research something like the diving suits in Thin Ice and how much of the design is artistic licence?

HN: I put a lot of time into researching something like the diving suits... there is a museum in London where you can see examples of real ones, I looked into the history of their creation, construction and materials... once I know about the real diving suits, I then choose which parts of the facts we follow and what we choose to do differently, to serve the story.

The Doctor took the plunge with this glorious diving suit in Thin Ice.

Costume design isn’t always about doing things in a historically correct way, it is about supporting the story and character – our episode was set in 1814 but the suits like the ones we used weren’t invented until 1837, so we took some licence, doing something that was based on this (and always remembering, the Doctor has a TARDIS, so not everything has to come from the time and place where the story was set!)

Like the original suits, ours were handmade in real metal, copper and brass, with waxed double layered suits and rubber seals around the neck etc. I love doing the research, but I also love just doing what feels right for the story, above all.

More costumes from Thin Ice: The 'Frost fair kids' rocking the London look, 1814 style!

Q: What advice would you give to anyone wanting to be a Costume Designer?

HN: Learn about how things are made, you will be a much better designer if you understand how your costumes are to be put together, it helps you narrow down all the small choices that make the big difference in the outcome of the costume.

The Robes of Death? Striking costumes for the meddling Monks...

Simple and sinister - the look of 'the Patients'.

Bill's lush costume from Thin Ice.

Big thanks to Hayley Nebauer!

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13 Questions for the Thirteenth Doctor

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:37am

We interviewed Jodie Whittaker about taking on the role of the Doctor…
1) What does it feel like to be the Thirteenth Doctor?
It’s very nerve-racking, as it’s been so secret!

2) Why did you want the role?
To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings: what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.

3) Has it been hard to keep the secret?
Yes. Very hard! I’ve told a lot of lies! I’ve embroiled myself in a whole world of lies which is going to come back at me when this is announced!

4) Who was the first person you told when you got the role?
My husband. Because I was allowed to!

5) Did you have a codename and if so what was it?
In my home, and with my agent, it was The Clooney. Because to me and my husband, George is an iconic guy. And we thought: what’s a really famous iconic name? It was just fitting. 

6) What does it feel like to be the first woman Doctor?
It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible. 

7) What do you want to tell the fans?
I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.

8) What are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about becoming part of a family I didn’t even know existed. I was born in 1982, it’s been around longer than me, and it’s a family I couldn’t ever have dreamed I’d be part of.

9) How did Chris sell you the part?
We had a strange chat earlier this year where he tricked me into thinking we were talking about Broadchurch. And I started to quiz him about his new job in Wales, and asked him if I could be a baddie! And he quickly diverted the conversation to suggest I should consider auditioning to be the 13th Clooney.

It was the most incredible chat because I asked every question under the sun, and I said I’d take a few weeks to decide whether I was going to audition. He got a phone call within 24 hours. He would’ve got a phone call sooner, but my husband was away and there was a time difference! 

10) Did he persuade you?
No. There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.

11) What are you going to wear?
Don’t know yet.

12) Is that your costume in the filmed sequence which introduced you as the new Doctor?

13) Have any of the other Doctors given you advice?
Well they can’t because they haven’t known until now, but I’m certainly expecting a couple of calls – I’ve got a couple of mates in there. I’m mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I’m mates with a trio of Doctors. I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let’s throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I’m hoping I get some calls of advice.

Jodie Whittaker Biography

Jodie Whittaker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005 with a gold medal in Acting. Since then she has worked continually in Film, Television and Theatre. Her TV credits include the critically acclaimed ITV drama 'Broadchurch' (for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for the RTS Television Awards), Emmy award-winning 'Black Mirror’, Sky 1’s 'The Smoke', BBC’s 'Cranford’, in which she starred opposite Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton, 'The Night Watch'(BBC), 'The Accused'(BBC), and 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' (BBC).

Jodie has recently finished shooting 'Journeyman' written and directed by Paddy Considine as well as the lead in the new BBC drama series ‘Trust Me’. Her other film credits include 'Venus', (which earned her nominations for 'Best Newcomer' at the 'British Independent Film Awards', 'Best British Newcomer' at the 'Critic's Circle Awards' and 'Best Actress in a Motion Picture' at the 'Satellite Awards'), 'Attack the Block', 'One Day', 'Black Sea', 'Good Vibrations', 'St.Trinian's', 'Get Santa' and most recently 'Adult Life Skills' which she Executive Produced as well as starred in which received a number of BIFA nominations.
Jodie made her professional theatrical debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in ‘The Storm’. Other theatre credits include playing the title role in 'Antigone' at the Royal National Theatre, 'Bash' at the Trafalgar Studios 'Awake and Sing' and 'Enemies' at the Almeida, both directed by the then Artistic Director, Michael Attenborough.

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Introducing Jodie Whittaker - The Thirteenth Doctor

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 11:03am

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Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the Thirteenth Doctor.

The identity of the new Doctor was revealed exclusively on BBC One and on social media around the world after the Men’s Wimbledon Final on Sunday 16th July.

She will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi who leaves the global hit show at Christmas.

New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall who takes over from Steven Moffat on the next series made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role.

Jodie Whittaker says: “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

Chris Chibnall, New Head Writer and Executive Producer says :
“After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

Peter Capaldi says : “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says :
“Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker - and have lots of fun too!”

Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama says : "Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor."

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer says : "I'm so thrilled that Jodie Whittaker said yes to playing the Doctor. I've been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her. She is an actor of great emotional range and inhabits every role with complete passion and conviction. Just thinking about what she will bring to the Doctor makes me as excited as a kid at Christmas. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Photographer: Colin Hutton © BBC

Jodie Whittaker Biography

Jodie Whittaker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005 with a gold medal in Acting. Since then she has worked continually in Film, Television and Theatre. Her TV credits include the critically acclaimed ITV drama 'Broadchurch' (for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for the RTS Television Awards), Emmy award-winning 'Black Mirror’, Sky 1’s 'The Smoke', BBC’s 'Cranford’, in which she starred opposite Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton, 'The Night Watch'(BBC), 'The Accused'(BBC), and 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' (BBC).

Jodie has recently finished shooting 'Journeyman' written and directed by Paddy Considine as well as the lead in the new BBC drama series ‘Trust Me’. Her other film credits include 'Venus', (which earned her nominations for 'Best Newcomer' at the 'British Independent Film Awards', 'Best British Newcomer' at the 'Critic's Circle Awards' and 'Best Actress in a Motion Picture' at the 'Satellite Awards'), 'Attack the Block', 'One Day', 'Black Sea', 'Good Vibrations', 'St.Trinian's', 'Get Santa' and most recently 'Adult Life Skills' which she Executive Produced as well as starred in which received a number of BIFA nominations.

Jodie made her professional theatrical debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in ‘The Storm’. Other theatre credits include playing the title role in 'Antigone' at the Royal National Theatre, 'Bash' at the Trafalgar Studios 'Awake and Sing' and 'Enemies' at the Almeida, both directed by the then Artistic Director, Michael Attenborough.

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Bill’s Best Bits!

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 9:07am

Got the post-series blues? Missing the Doctor, Nardole and that chip-serving, world-saving, time-traveling marvel - the brilliant Bill Potts? Well, you’re not alone!

We can’t go back in time to 23 April, 2016 to enjoy Bill’s introduction in Friend from the Future, but luckily, we don’t need to! All her adventures with the Doctor are available on BBC iPlayer until the end of July, 2017. But if you’re wondering which ones to watch again, here are six of our favourite moments with Bill that might help you decide! And if we’ve not mentioned your fave Bill moment or episode, let us know on the official Doctor Who Twitter feed!

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Friend from the Future
It was the first time we met Bill and frankly, she had us at ‘Why do they keep saying exterminate?’ She made her mark from the get go with her cheeky humour, constant questions, sass and style! Friend from the Future was later revealed to come from her first adventure with the Doctor: The Pilot. Welcome aboard, Ms Potts!

The Doctor took Bill to London, 1814…

...where she found out more about monsters, the Doctor and herself.

Bill on Thin Ice
Bill’s first trip into the past was the joyous Thin Ice. Her delight at the Frost Fair, warmth towards the homeless kids and her compassion for the creature under the Thames made this episode a fantastic adventure for Bill. We also loved her gradual understanding of the Doctor. ‘No time for outrage?’ she mused at one point. ‘You've never had time for anything else, right?’

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Date Night!
Okay. Spoiler alert. This wasn’t the real Bill, but we reckon that hilarious date scene in Extremis is one of Bill’s funniest moments! Pearl Mackie and Steven Moffat look back on the whole thing in the video above and you can enjoy the episode here!

Bill's mum goes viral as her daughter liberates humanity!

Bill Saves the World!
Bill broadcast ‘a glimpse of freedom’ and rescued her planet from the Monks. Result! And moments later, in one the series’ most touching scenes she asks the Doctor why he bothers with humans. ‘In amongst seven billion,’ he tells her, ‘there’s someone like you. That’s why I put up with the rest of them.’ You can watch The Lie of the Land now!

"My friends have always been the best of me..." - The Doctor

Bill Saves the Doctor!
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What do you think? Exciting, wasn’t it?

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Bill helped in the Doctor’s victory and a familiar face returned…

Bill and Heather: Off to See the Universe!
Bill and Heather are reunited and leave the TARDIS to explore the cosmos together. In a heart-melting scene, Bill tells the seemingly lifeless Time Lord, ‘I’m never going to believe you’re really dead… It’s a big universe, but I hope I see you again…’

Well, you can see the Doctor and Bill again right now! Every episode from series 10 is available on BBC iPlayer until the end of July, 2017! Enjoy!

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The Doctors will return at Christmas!

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:47am

It’s been confirmed that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special will be a multi-Doctor adventure featuring the current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the First Doctor (David Bradley).

The latest series finale saw the Doctor badly injured but determined to hold back the regeneration process that would both save him, and change him forever… Alone in the TARDIS, he poignantly declared, ‘I don’t want to change again. Never again! I can’t keep on being somebody else…’ Stepping out of the famous blue box into a bleak, snow-swept landscape, he fell to his knees, fought off the shimmering regeneration energy and repeated his vow, ‘I will not change!’

As the regeneration glow died away he spotted someone approaching through the swirling blizzard. ‘I’m the Doctor!’ he called out.

The mysterious figure replied, ‘You may be a doctor, but I am the Doctor! The original, you might say!’ The following moment the current Doctor looked stunned as he realised he was face-to-face with his first incarnation! The First Doctor, offering him a half-smile and… And the story will continue at Christmas!

As previously announced, the next episode will serve as Peter Capaldi's farewell to the series, and will feature the debut of the next Doctor.

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The Finale Countdown - Doctor Who Concert and Live Q&A Panel with Pearl Mackie and Steven Moffat Announced

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 7:49am

Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: 24th June, 2017.

For the first time an audience will experience the premiere of a new Doctor Who episode set to its score performed live by the original orchestra.

Episode 11, World Enough and Time, will be shown on the big screen at Wales Millennium Centre, as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs Murray Gold's music, conducted by Alastair King.

This will be followed by an exclusive Q&A panel with Pearl Mackie who plays Bill Potts and Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

The evening will be hosted by Jason Mohammad (Final Score, Match of the Day, BBC Radio Wales, and presenter from several episodes of Doctor Who!), and promises monsters and surprises. Fans will be invited to submit questions for both Pearl and Steven through the BBC’s official Doctor Who website and social feeds.

Free tickets are available via a random ballot – T&Cs plus more details on how to apply here (Please note this giveaway has expired and we're no longer accepting applications). 

For those unable to attend in person, audiences can tune into the live Q&A with Pearl and Steven straight after World Enough and Time airs on BBC One, when it will be live streamed on the BBC One Facebook page and it will be available on demand via the Doctor Who YouTube Channel and the official Doctor Who website at a later date. 

The production is staged by BBC Studios and BBC Cymru Wales.

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We have 15 pairs of tickets to the Doctor Who Finale Countdown Concert in Cardiff on 24 June to give away!

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 7:34am

On Saturday 24 June 2017, episode 11 of the current series of Doctor Who will be screened at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre. The National Orchestra of Wales will provide a live accompaniment to the screening which will be followed by an on-stage Q&A with some of the team behind the show, including Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) and lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat.

Please note if you win tickets, you must be able to attend the event in Cardiff and that travel/accommodation expenses are not included.

Giveaway details / Terms and Conditions (Please note this giveaway has expired and we're no longer accepting applications).
The giveaway starts at 3pm, Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 and finishes at 3pm, Wednesday, 14 June, 2017. Entries made after this time will not be counted. Entries are limited to one per Twitter handle. Additional entries will not be counted.

Fifteen winners will be selected at random from all entries. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets for the event.

You will be contacted by DM just after 3pm tomorrow (14 June, 2017) if you are successful, so keep an eye out! (This also means you must be following @bbcdoctorwho)

If you do not reply within the time specified in the DM we will offer the tickets to another entrant selected at random.

Entry is open to all UK residents aged 16 years or over at the point of entry (including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), except BBC employees or those of its affiliates and their close relatives or any person connected to the competition. Proof of identity and eligibility may be requested.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

You must be available for the event in Cardiff on Saturday, 24 June, 2017. Doors open at 5pm and check in closes at 5.30pm. Travel and accommodation are not included.

Event details
Please take a few moments to read all the information carefully and bear in mind that by accepting a ticket you're agreeing to our terms and conditions. We want coming to see a BBC show to be an exciting and unique experience, so here are a few things to help you enjoy it.

1. Winners will be emailed a ticket which they should print and bring to the event. Your name will be on the guest list at the Wales Millennium Centre. Mention that you won the Twitter Giveaway. If you're not sure what to do when you arrive, speak to staff at the Wales Millennium Centre who'll be happy to help you. You will need photo identification.

2. At some venues you'll need to go through airport styled security checks. Please do not bring sharp implements such as penknives, forks etc. Bring as little as possible with you so we don't keep you waiting and remember that you won't be allowed to take photos or use recording equipment in the studio.

3. If you need help with access please let us know as soon as possible by calling 0370 901 1227. Please be aware smoke effects, strobe lighting, lasers and loud noises may be used in the studio.

4. As part of our audience you'll make a major contribution to the show. To make sure everyone has a great time we'll ask people to leave if they interrupt or disrupt the show or behave in a way likely to cause damage, injury, nuisance or annoyance. The BBC reserves the right to refuse admission.

5. Now and again we have to cancel or change bookings. If this happens, we'll do all we can to give you plenty of notice, but we can't be held responsible for any expenses you have in getting to us.

6. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. If you look underage it is important that you bring proof of age with you to ensure you get in.

7. The event will be streamed live and may also be recorded and broadcast at a later date (in part or in its entirety).

8. Tickets cannot be sold or exchanged.

We hope you enjoy the show!

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New BBC 360° mobile game lets Doctor Who fans pilot the TARDIS through the vortex

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:00am

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Doctor Who fans can pilot the TARDIS on its most exhilarating journey yet as it careers through the depths of the space time vortex in the BBC’s first ever 360 arcade game, Doctor Who Time Vortex 360.

Fans simply need to visit the BBC Taster site using their smartphone or tablet and by physically moving their mobile device through 360 degrees, they will be able to fly the TARDIS within an increasingly turbulent time vortex.

As they speed through time, players will tackle hazards and obstacles emerging from the future ahead of them, but in a unique and literal twist will sometimes need to physically turn themselves to look backwards in time in order to evade threats emerging from the past.

Jo Pearce, creative director, BBC Digital Drama, said: “The beauty of this game is that you can use your mobile phone to fly the TARDIS wherever you are. Digital innovation is at the very heart of Doctor Who – this 360 degree game allows people to navigate the TARDIS through time and space like never before.

“We’ve seen a lot of innovation recently in the 360 and virtual reality space, but the majority has focused on ‘experiential’ video-based experiences. This game, however, brings together the worlds of casual, arcade-style gaming and 360/VR to create a fun Doctor Who experience that people can easily pick up and play, wherever they are.”

The game is an endless runner, which gets more and more difficult the longer people play, taking them on a visually intense journey through the iconic vortex from the show's opening credits. Using the device's accelerometer, the game is controlled by physically moving around, even giving the player the ability to turn around and travel backwards in time.

Designed as a mobile-first experience for the BBC by Goodboy Digital, the game combines cutting edge HTML5 and WebGL using PixiJS v5.0 to create a breath-taking journey that works on a wide range of hardware.

The game is available to play on BBC Taster, where fans can rate the game and provide feedback.

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Enjoy Doctor Who with Immersive 3D Sound!

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 7:20am

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Update! You can enjoy the special binaural version of Knock Knock on BBC iPlayer now! And learn more about this amazing surround sound edition below...

Get ready for Adventures in Space and Time with a special 3D sound mix for headphones – it’s virtual reality for your ears!

The binaural edition of episode 4 delivers a 3D surround soundscape for anyone wearing headphones, placing the audience at the heart of the action! In other words, pop your headphones on and as you enjoy the adventure you’ll have sounds seeming to come at you from all directions, just as though you’re right there with the Doctor and Bill as they try to survive this spooky story!

Want to give it a quick try right now? The preview clip at the top of the page is from the binaural version. So, grab some headphones, double-check you’ve got them on the right way round (it really matters when listening to this immersive sound mix!) and click play. Great, isn’t it? And yes. Spooky, too…

And don't forget, BBC iPlayer users can now enjoy the whole of this brilliant adventure – featuring David Suchet as the sinister Landlord – with an amazing 3D audio mix... Click here to access that version!

You can also check out the videos below to find out more about the binaural process and what preview audiences said about the experience of Doctor Who in 3D sound!

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Doctor Who Fan Fiction: Your Chance to get Involved!

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:16am

The universe of Doctor Who is an infinite expanse of exciting adventure. And now you can join in and let your creativity shine by writing and sharing stories on the Doctor Who Fan Fiction site. It features advice from the show’s Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, and you’ll find – and get the chance to join – a supportive, creative community.

When you’re writing a Doctor Who story, you’re in charge. You can finally make all the fantastical adventures that you always wanted to happen! Will the Doctor be at the far edge of the universe or traversing the London sewers? What foe will cause the peril? And how will the story resolve? Write great stories that make the readers desperate to find out what happens next!

A good outline can really help when writing fan fiction. A dramatic arc usually features:

· A beginning - setting up the scenario and character motivations.
· The opening conflict - an occurrence that sets the Doctor off on a quest.
· The middle - the core of the quest where the story is fleshed out and the stakes are raised.
· Everything is lost - the lowest point before the story resolves.
· The end - The story comes to a resolution where the Doctor triumphs

Get writing your stories now on the Doctor Who Fan Fiction channel on Mixital. Some of the best stories will be featured, so give it a go! Good luck!

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Tackle time and space with Doctor Who and the BBC micro:bit

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:00am

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From Monday 24th April, Doctor Who will be taking over schools across the UK in a special Doctor Who and the micro:bit mission… The Daleks want to destroy the universe with a Reality Bomb and the Doctor needs your help if there's to be any chance of stopping them!

Children up and down the country recently helped the Doctor save Earth from a supernova shock wave in our Doctor Who and the micro:bit Live Lesson, but he now needs our help once again. The Doctor will set three weekly missions that will challenge 11 to 13 year olds to use their courage, inventiveness and Key Stage 3 computing skills to save the universe from this new threat.

The missions will go live on 24th April, 2nd May and 8th May, with teacher resources and lesson plans available in advance. The micro:bit is fun to use both in and out of the classroom - designing code and building gadgets are great ways to build a better understanding of ICT and electronics as well as giving computational thinking skills a boost.

Check out the Make It Digital website to get all the information and teaching resources for Doctor Who and the micro:bit and make sure you're prepared to help the Doctor save the universe!

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The TARDIS has landed on Twitter!

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:30am

Series 10 of Doctor Who starts on BBC One at 7.20pm this evening and to celebrate we have a special surprise involving everyone's favourite blue box… The TARDIS can now materialise on Twitter with our brand new hashflag!

For those not in the know, a hashflag is a special emoji that appears in a tweet if you use a specific hashtag. So if you want to make your posts a little more timey-wimey, add the following hashtags and the TARDIS will make an appearance…


The TARDIS hashflag will be available to use throughout the whole of the new series!

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John Simm to return as the Master in Doctor Who

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:45am

John Simm will return as the Master to battle the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.

John Simm says: “I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back. It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what the Master gets up to in the next series. “

Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer, says: "Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who but you'll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what the Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor. It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash."

John Simm was last seen as the Master on New Year’s Day 2010. Viewers will have to wait to see exactly when and how the Master will return to the new series, which starts on Saturday 15 April at 7:20pm on BBC One.

As previously announced, Doctor Who series 10 will also star Michelle Gomez as Missy – a later regeneration of the Master. Other returning foes include the Daleks, the Ice Warriors and – returning for the first time in over 50 years – the Mondasian Cybermen. An exciting line up of new faces and adversaries will debut across the series, including adorable-but-deadly Emojibots and David Suchet as the Landlord.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One with episode one The Pilot at 7:20pm on Saturday 15 April.

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Doctor Mysterio Makes it through to Final of the Hugo Awards!

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:22am

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced and we’re delighted that the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, is represented in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category.

The Return of Doctor Mysterio was Peter Capaldi’s third full Christmas Special as the Doctor, and his second alongside Matt Lucas as Nardole. The episode was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Ed Bazalgette.

The prestigious Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the influential science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. The 2017 Hugo Awards will be presented on Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention.

Good luck to all this year’s finalists!

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