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Frank Skinner to Appear in New Series of Doctor Who

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:56am

We’re delighted to confirm that the BBC has issued the following press release:

Comedian and TV host Frank Skinner to guest star in the new series of Doctor Who…

Room 101 host Frank Skinner is the latest name confirmed to guest star in an episode of the new series of Doctor Who this Autumn.

Skinner says: “I love this show. I subscribe to Doctor Who magazine, I’ve got a TARDIS ringtone, a five-foot cardboard Dalek in my bedroom and when I got the call saying they wanted me to read for the part, I was in the back of my tour bus watching episode three of The Sensorites. I am beyond excited.”

He is currently touring the UK with his stand-up show Frank Skinner: Man In a Suit, alongside presenting the Saturday Morning Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio. Skinner previously appeared in the one-off Doctor Who 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, says: “It's no secret that Frank’s been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while. He’s been volunteering to be “third monster on the left” as long as I’ve been in this job. But now, in Jamie Mathieson’s sparkling script, we finally have a part that can showcase all of Frank’s famous wit and charm. Hopefully he’ll get out of my garden now.”

The episode is written by Jamie Mathieson (Being Human, Dirk Gently), directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Combat Kids), and also stars David Bamber, Daisy Beaumont, Janet Henfrey and Christopher Villiers. 

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

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Hermione Norris to Guest Star in New Series

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:58pm

The BBC has issued the following press release:

Hermione Norris to guest star in Doctor Who opposite Peter Capaldi when Doctor Who returns this Autumn.

Speaking about her casting, Hermione Norris said, ‘It’s exciting to be part of such an iconic show, and one that my kids can watch!!!’

Norris has recently been starring in The Crimson Field on BBC One, and is no stranger to solving mysteries having played Ros Myers in the BAFTA award-winning drama Spooks. Prior to that she starred in comedy-drama Cold Feet.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said, ‘It's a testament to the quality of Peter Harness's intense and emotional script, that we've been able to attract an actress of the brilliance of Hermione Norris. And for the first time since 1984, the Doctor Who production team is heading to Lanzarote. The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure - but there have been sinister changes since his last visit.’

The episode is written by Peter Harness (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Wallander), produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Combat Kids). The episode also stars Ellis George, Tony Osoba and Phil Nice.

Other guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will TX on BBC One later this year, include Ben Miller, Tom Riley and Keeley Hawes.

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Doctor Who Double at the BAFTA Television Craft Awards!

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 9:43am

The BAFTA Television Craft Awards took place last night (27 April) in London with the world of Doctor Who winning in two categories.

The Day of the Doctor triumphed in the ‘Special, Visual & Graphic Effects’ category whilst An Adventure in Space and Time was given the award for best ‘Make Up and Hair Design’.

The annual BAFTA Television Craft Awards seek to recognise the behind-the-scenes professionals in TV production and new media, with categories covering make-up, editing, lighting and special effects. Big congratulations to all last night’s winners and nominees!

Doctor Who has also been nominated for a BAFTA Television Award with The Day of the Doctor in the running for the Radio Times Audience Award category, meaning you get to decide who wins… You can find out more about those awards, including how to vote!

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Multiple Hugo Award Nominations for the Doctor!

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 3:23pm

The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot have all been nominated for this year’s Hugo Awards.

All three have been nominated in the ‘Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form’ category and the winners will be announced on 17 August at the 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony. The Name of the Doctor was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein and The Day of the Doctor, also penned by Steven Moffat, was directed by Nick Hurran. The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot was written and directed by Peter Davison and featured a number of well-known faces from the world of Doctor Who including Steven Moffat, several former Doctors and Jenna Coleman.

Commenting on the nominations, Doctor Who’s head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said, ‘For Doctor Who to receive four Hugo nominations in its anniversary year is completely thrilling. We are all over the moon. I’m particularly pleased about The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot as that was my acting debut. I remain available for any parts requiring a black jumper and slightly unrealistic hair.’

We’re also delighted that An Adventure in Space and Time – the one-off drama written by Mark Gatiss that examined the origins of Doctor Who - also received a nomination in the ‘Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form’ category. And ‘The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who’, written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Jimmy Broxton, was nominated in the Best Graphic Story field.

The prestigious Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the influential science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. Best of luck to all this year’s nominees!

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Day of the Doctor Nominated as the Best of British

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:00am

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor has been nominated in the ‘Best of British’ category in the Freesat Free TV Awards. This latest accolade makes it a great month for the 50th anniversary special which received a BAFTA TV nomination earlier this week! The Freesat Awards’ ‘Best of British’ category exists to celebrate ‘the absolute best programme or series on the UK’s free-to-air TV channels’. The winner will be decided by a panel of industry experts and announced at a ceremony on the 17 June, 2014. Good luck to everybody involved!

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor has been nominated in the ‘Best of British’ category in the Freesat Free TV Awards. This latest accolade makes it a great month for the 50th anniversary special which received a BAFTA TV nomination earlier this week!

The Freesat Awards’ ‘Best of British’ category exists to celebrate ‘the absolute best programme or series on the UK’s free-to-air TV channels’. The winner will be decided by a panel of industry experts and announced at a ceremony on the 17 June, 2014.

Good luck to everybody involved!

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