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Why are we gushing about Before the Flood?

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 6:00am

We loved Under the Lake and if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favour and BBC iPlayer it! Next up is the spectacular Before the Flood which begins on BBC One at 8.25pm on Saturday. Are we excited? You betcha. And here are ten reasons why…

The Ghost Doctor – What? What! What?!

The moment we saw the ghost Doctor we were desperate to know what happens next… Have we glimpsed the Doctor’s ultimate fate? And does this make Toby Whithouse a ghost writer? (Badda boom!)

The Fisher King

The blurb for this ep tells us ‘a fearsome alien warlord - the Fisher King - sets in motion a twisted plan to ensure his own survival…’ Fearsome alien warlord? Why, just for once, couldn’t it have been a disarmingly genial alien warlord? Anyway... We think the Fisher King is the monstrous-looking dude in the trailer below and although we’ll be watching from behind the sofa, we can’t wait to meet him. What’s his plan? And is the Doctor really powerless to prevent it?

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Slipknot meets Doctor Who? We’re in! Producer Derek Ritchie explained, ‘We needed an awesome roar for the Fisher King. We asked Corey if he might like to do the honours. He was completely up for it!’ Sounds good to us! No, literally – it sounds good to us…

Far from hum Drum

The Doctor is in dead trouble (we’re hilarious) but Clara and co haven’t exactly checked into a 5 star hotel. They’re trapped in an underwater base that’s got homicidal ghosts on the loose and their biggest hope of rescue has just turned up which would be fab, except it looks like he’s carked it…

So, who’s next?

In the trailer below, Bennett demands to know, ‘So, who’s next?’ With the Doctor and two crew members already turned into ghosts, who’s next in the line? Lunn? Cass? Surely not… Clara?

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Teasing this episode, Steven Moffat threw in the question, ‘Who composed Beethoven’s Fifth?’ So, our question is, what has the crazy-haired German composer got to do with the crazy-eyed ghosts in the 22nd century? We demand to know the score!

Wholly Moley!

It looks like we’ll meet Prentis before he died, which should prove something of a treat. He’s played by the brilliant Paul Kaye (Thoros in Game of Thrones) and is the same species as Gibbis, the Tivolian from The God Complex. He may not have been everyone’s choice as a roomie but he was a fascinating character so we’re looking forward to find out what the deal with Prentis will be.

Amour the Flood

Call us old romantics, but we reckon Bennett lurves O’Donnell and that Cass and Lunn should be an item. Now, in Doctor Who that could spell happily ever after in a cottage in the country or it could mean the kind of plot-line that tugs at your heart and forces you to pretend you’ve got grit in your eye…

Barney with Bennett?

Bennett was one of the Drum’s more timid crew members but he seems to be having a bit of a heated exchange with the Doctor here… What gives? What’s happened between the two of them? We can probably file this under, ‘What on earth has the Doctor done this time?’ and we’re looking forward to finding out!

For Pete’s Sake!

The guy that provided the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace! The actor that played Pete in Shaun of the Dead! And the one who played Denarian Saal in Guardians of the Galaxy! They all provide the voice of the Fisher King in Before the Flood and they’re all the award-winning Peter Serafinowicz! Bring it ownnnn!!!

And finally, here’s Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat introducing the episode… BBC One. 8.25pm on Saturday… We’re there!

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TARDIS - Tales And Round-up Details In Spades

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 8:18am

It’s the stuff you might have missed…

Every week we’re delivering videos, galleries and much more that we hope you enjoy, but if you’re pushed for timey-wimey, here are 5 things you really don’t want to miss!

On the Cards…

If you’re a fan of the cards we saw in Under the Lake, you’re in good company… Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman loved them, too! Check out the video!

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It’s the first Doctor Who spin-off in donkey’s years and it’s Class! Steven Moffat and writer Patrick Ness taught us a thing or two about what we can expect from the Coal Hill School-based show…

Doctor Who Extra: Cass and Lunn

The response to Cass and Lunn was overwhelmingly positive but what did Sophie Stone and Zaqi Ismail think about their roles in Under the Lake?

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A cocktail of trivia, production info and references you may have missed, why not flip open this week’s Fact File?

Arcade of Infinity

The Arcade was launched for the Doctor Who Game Maker! Now you can not only make your own games, you can share them and play other peoples! Rejoice and give the Game Maker a whirl!

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Weekly Challenge: Create a game featuring spaceships!

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 5:23am

For this week’s Game Maker Challenge we’d love to see what ingenious spaceship games you can come up with! To take part in the Weekly Challenge, use the Game Maker to create a spaceship game and publish it to the arcade when you have finished… Next week we will showcase our favourites!

There are a variety of spaceships and crafts available in the Game Maker and to give you some inspiration, here are three games we created... Click on the game names to play.




Check out Strax’s How To Guides to get more great tips for the Doctor Who Game Maker and come back to the website every Monday for our Weekly Challenge Roundup of the best games and the next week’s mission!

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Weekly Challenge Roundup

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 4:25am

Last week we set our first Weekly Challenge for the Doctor Who Game Maker… Create a game featuring Colony Sarff! There have been lots of amazing games featuring Davros’ main henchman and here are some of our favourites - click on the titles to play each game!






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Ask the Experts: Producers Derek Ritchie & Nikki Wilson

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 3:00pm

The episode you just watched (or will see on BBC iPlayer!) was produced by Derek Ritchie who also produced next week’s Before the Flood and adventures featuring Maisie Williams. We’ve persuaded Derek along with veteran Doctor Who producer Nikki Wilson to field your questions for another round of Ask the Experts!

Nikki produced The Waters of Mars back in 2009, before returning to the TARDIS in 2014 to produce Deep Breath and other adventures from Series 8.

Let us know what you’d like us to ask Nikki and Derek on your behalf and we’ll select the best and most imaginative questions then bring you videos of their answers very soon!

Simply email your questions to or tweet your questions to us at @bbcdoctorwho using the hashtag, #AskTheExperts

As always we’re looking for the most interesting and creative questions! It’s essential to avoid talking too much about upcoming storylines… Those secrets will be revealed as more of Series 9 hits our screens!

So, get tweeting or emailing and let us know what you want to know from the producers… What their job entails, what it’s like working with the stars, their fave memories and hopes for the future… You decide… Just let us know!

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Dive, dive, dive! Eight Reasons Why We Can’t Wait to Go Under the Lake!

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 4:45am

Episode 3 of the new series is called Under the Lake and premieres on BBC One this Saturday at 8.25pm. Here are 8 reasons why we can’t wait…

It’s the Clara and the Doctor versus ghosts!

Doctor Who has flirted with ghosts in the past. Think Hide, from series 7, for example. But in Under the Lake, it’s full on undead action with phantoms at large on an underwater base making for a very spirited adventure…

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We’re Game of Thrones fans and so having Paul Kaye on board for the ep is another reason for us to get excited. In Thrones he played Thoros and although we’re not sure about his role in Doctor Who, he seems to be playing a dead guy in a top hat. Oh-Kaye…

Toby Whithouse

It’s by the same writer that gave us School Reunion, The Vampires of Venice, The God Complex and A Town Called Mercy. We couldn’t be happier, unless this one was called The Vampire School Mercy Complex. Maybe next time.

New, New, New!

We love Missy, the Daleks, Davros and Skaro. In fact love is too small a word for it. But Doctor Who always mixes it up well and after a cracking adventure with some familiar foes it’s great to be plunged into a new adventure with new threats and new friends. Which one of these guys do you think will be your fave?

That line!

One of our favourite things about the trailer below was the Doctor’s line: ‘Every time I think it couldn’t get any more extraordinary it surprises me. It’s impossible, I hate it, it’s evil, it’s astonishing… I want to kiss it to death!’ Well, it’s from this episode so at last we’ll get to learn who or what he was on about…

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There’s something claustrophobic and inherently dangerous about a sub-aquatic complex. Yep, setting the action in an underwater base immediately makes this an intriguing story and not just because it gives us an opportunity to make puns about the Doctor being out of his depth…

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We know we’ve already had a little squee about it being a ghost story, but look! These particular ghosts are tooled up and comin’ at ya… Who you gonna call? THE DOCTOR!!!

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Doctor Who Spin Off: Class

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 5:00pm

BBC Three announces Doctor Who Spin Off

BBC Three today announces Class - a new 8 x 45 minute Doctor Who spin off from the acclaimed YA author, Patrick Ness. Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before.

Steven Moffat says, “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we're bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain - but with monsters!”

On his first television series, writer Patrick Ness says, "I'm astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. There's so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. I can't wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels."

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three adds, “We’re excited to give Patrick Ness this opportunity to work with us at BBC Three and the Doctor Who family. Patrick understands young audiences and I’m delighted he will use his incredible skills as a storyteller to delight audiences on BBC Three. BBC Three will always innovate and offer opportunities for brilliant new talent."

Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, adds, “I am thrilled that Patrick Ness is writing his first drama series for BBC Three. The combination of Patrick and Steven Moffat, is an exciting partnership that has created a brilliant Doctor Who spin off for our BBC Three audience.”

Class is executive produced by Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three and Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning.

An 8 x 45 minute series produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC Three.

The series will film in and around Wales from Spring, 2016 and be on air next year.

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Weekly Challenge: Create a game featuring Colony Sarff!

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 8:55am

The ARCADE is now live in the Doctor Who Game Maker so you can share your amazing games with the rest of the world! And as everyone loves a mission, each week we are going to set a Game Maker Weekly Challenge where we will be looking for games created with a specific theme… This week’s challenge is to create a game featuring Colony Sarff!

At the end of each challenge we will showcase our favourite games on the Doctor Who website and feature them in the Game Maker arcade. To take part in the Weekly Challenge, use the Game Maker to create a game featuring Colony Sarff and when you have finished your game, publish it to the arcade… It’s that simple! If you want to show off your published game to friends and family, you can get a direct link to your creation in the MAKE GAMES section of the Game Maker.  

Colony Sarff is classed as an ENEMY in the Game Maker, but you can actually make a game where you control Colony Sarff as a PLAYER… And you can even set him to fire snakes! To set Colony Sarff as a PLAYER go to the player selection screen and click SHOW ALL. You will then be able to select and control Colony Sarff. To make him shoot snakes you just need to add a BLAST component! 

Check out Strax’s How To Guides to get more great tips for the Doctor Who Game Maker and come back to the website every Monday for our Weekly Challenge Roundup of the best games and the next week’s mission!

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Peter Capaldi Meets the Mission DALEK Winners!

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 4:50am

The winners of our recent Mission DALEK competition visited the TARDIS yesterday (Thursday, 24 September) where they met the Doctor himself – Peter Capaldi!

Peter chatted, signed autographs, had photos taken with the successful entrants and expressed his delight at the standard of all the videos, remarking on what an inventive, creative bunch Doctor Who fans are!

As well as talking with Peter, the visitors met the man who designed the current TARDIS set, Michael Pickwoad, and were shown around the studios by Doctor Who producer, Derek Ritchie. The day ended with a trip to the Doctor Who Experience, hopefully rounding off what had been a great Doctor Who experience for everyone!

Mission DALEK was part of the BBC's Make It Digital season which is all about inspiring you to get creative with digital technology. Check out their site for great advice, inspiration and tips on how to get involved… and get digital!

Finally, massive thanks again to everyone who got involved with Mission DALEK and you can enjoy the winning entries online, now!

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Ten Reasons why we can’t wait for episode 2…

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 7:05am

The Witch’s Familiar is on BBC One on Saturday at 7.45pm. Here are a few reasons we can’t wait for it!


The last time we saw the Doctor he was on the ancient battlefields of Skaro, Dalek-gun in hand and a very nervous young Davros in front of him. The fact that the Doctor has just barked, ‘Exterminate!’ can’t have done the kid’s nerves any favours…

We want to find out what’s happened to Clara...

She can’t be dead! Can she? Well, we’ve seen her in trailers for the series and she certainly looked alive but on a show as timey-wimey as Doctor Who you can take NOTHING for granted!

That Doctor/Davros face-off…

We know the ep is ramping up to a big Doctor/Davros confrontation and judging by the clip below it’s going to be emotional…

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The Daleks are out in force and oh my (Time) Lord there’s a real mix of the little monsters with even the Special Weapons making an appearance! After the episode finishes we’ll be asking you to vote for your fave so get ready to select your number one Dalek!

What’s Davros up to?

That’s not really been explained yet, has it? Or did he REALLY just fancy a chat with the Doctor?


Again, we guess she must have survived. I mean, dying is very much for other people, but we’d like to know how she got out of being exterminated? Any ideas? Maybe ‘apparently’ getting killed was all part of her Master plan?

The Next Time bit

Are we allowed to admit this? That the moment one episode finishes we LOVE the sneak peek of the following adventure. We’re really looking forward to ep 3 - Under the Lake - and want to learn more about this dude…

Time Flight (of Stairs)

Talking of ‘Next Time’ trailers we love this look ahead and we’re mad to know what’s happening on the stairs… Why’s the Doctor wearing a different costume? Who’s shooting him? How does he get out of this scrape? Possibly by making his escape one step at a time. (Ouch. Sorry).

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Colony Sarff is one of those monsters that we instantly liked/hated and we’re curious to know if old snake face will play in any part in Davros’ machinations. We asked him what his ‘dark lord’ was up to, but he wouldn’t tell. In fact, he made no bones about it - he’s not a Grass Snake.

It’s an episode of Doctor Who!

Okay, we admit it. We always look forward to EVERY episode of Doctor Who. So maybe ignore the above. There’s a new episode of Doctor Who? Hey, we’re in. Anyone who phones us for the 50 minutes following 7.45pm on Saturday, well, let’s just say THEY WILL BE EXTERMINATED!!!

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Jenna Coleman is Leaving Doctor Who

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 2:55am

It’s been officially confirmed that Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald, will leave Doctor Who during the new series which starts tomorrow, Saturday 19 September.

However, it’s not been revealed exactly when Clara leaves and the question many are already asking is how will she part company with the Doctor?

Jenna Coleman made her Doctor Who debut on 1 September, 2012 as Oswin Oswald in Asylum of the Daleks. She returned on Christmas Day of that year, playing Clara and remained with the Eleventh Doctor from the following episode, The Bells of Saint John, onwards. She stayed on board the TARDIS for all of Peter Capaldi’s episodes to date and after filming for the last series finished, Peter commented, ‘Jenna has been absolutely brilliant. I think she’s wonderful in the show, and she’s my favourite companion.’

But Series 9 sees the Impossible Girl’s departure although the how, why and when are all questions we’ll have to watch the new adventures to find out…

Whatever happens, we’ll bring you the inside info first but for the time being we’ll prepare to say goodbye to Clara and good luck to Jenna. We’ll miss them both.

Clara’s best moments!
What’s happening with the Doctor and Clara in the new series?
Why Clara has the BEST life!

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Mission DALEK: The Winners… And More!

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 6:01am

We set you Mission DALEK – you chose to accept it!

Thousands of you got involved with Mission DALEK and we received hundreds of entries to the digital creativity competition. Knowing what an inventive, creative lot Doctor Who fans are, we expected a high standard of clips but the judges were blown away by just how brilliant your stories were!

How does the Doctor end up facing the Daleks again? YOU CAN SEE THE FIVE WINNING ENTRIES HERE!

One of our judges, Doctor Who producer Derek Ritchie, told us, ‘we were very impressed by the fantastic standard of entries, and the variety of digital creativity on show – animation, cosplay, digital art, the inventiveness of Doctor Who fans knows no bounds!’

If you missed out on the Mission DALEK competition you can still learn about the art of making videos with our ‘how to’ guides that remain on the site and the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative is ongoing – find out more, now.

Also, why not try the fantastic, brand new Doctor Who Game Maker? You can create awesome new games which you’ll be able to share with the world very soon!

Finally, HUGE thanks to everyone who got involved with Mission DALEK. We picked 5 ‘ultimate’ winners but there were hundreds more people we salute for their stunning efforts. So now the Doctor’s story moves on from Mission DALEK… Where to? Find out on Saturday, 7.40pm on BBC One!

See the winning entries…

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Make Your Own Doctor Who Game!

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 6:22am

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the Doctor Who Game Maker! It’s fun, easy to use and best of all, it gives you the chance to manipulate the Doctor Who universe like never before, letting you create your own action-packed games featuring the Doctor, Clara and a huge range of other heroes, monsters and worlds from the series.

Try it now!

It requires no technical knowledge, no download and works on desktop and tablets meaning you can get creative whenever and wherever you want! The Game Maker allows you to build something simple in minutes before moving onto more complex ideas as you get the hang of it. You’ll also be able use the arcade feature on your mobile so you can play games on the go. But be careful… It’s addictive!

Within minutes you can create a fun game from scratch, or use one of a selection of templates to help get you started! Templates include classic game formats with a Doctor Who twist, such as platform games, puzzles and racers. There’s a vast range of assets on offer to help you create your own unique games – including stunningly designed environments, monsters new and old, friends, foes, and spaceships from across the galaxy.

The Doctor’s old Sontaran friend, Strax, is on hand to offer advice with a range of helpful guides that show you how to get started, change the games’ physics to make things fly, animate objects and even add special effects. And there’ll soon be an Arcade area letting people play games made by users from around the world!

Jo Pearce, Creative Director, BBC Cymru Wales Interactive, said: “The Doctor Who Game Maker rounds off a big year for Doctor Who as part of Make it Digital. Our Doctor and the Dalek game introduced our audiences to coding basics, Mission Dalek competition encouraged fans to create stories using digital technology, and now we’re giving fans the chance to make their own games. It’s hugely exciting and we can’t wait to see what people come up with.”

Launched as part of the BBC’s Make it Digital season, the Doctor Who Game Maker gives young people the chance to get creative with digital technology and introduces them to game design. The Game Maker was produced in collaboration between BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Digital, Aardman Animations, Aerian and BBC Connected Studio, and is built using the BBC’s new mixital technology.

Try it now… Game on!

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The Magician’s Wallpaper!

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 6:01pm

The Doctor, Clara and Missy will be back on our TV screens on 19 September in The Magician’s Apprentice, but you can conjure them onto your computer screens now by downloading this 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.

The Magician's Apprentice Wallpaper... 16x9 / 4x3

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10 Reasons Why Clara has the BEST Life!

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:00am

Sure, Clara gets to see alien civilisations, battles hideous monsters and helps to save the universe on a fairly regular basis… But here are 10 reasons why we reckon Miss Oswald has the best life…

If she has a dodgy date she can go back in time and make it better…

Travelling with the Doctor didn’t always make things easy between Danny and Clara but on occasions, having a time machine at her beck and call came in useful. You might say the TARDIS helped her out, time and time again. (See also: Cooking a turkey for Christmas dinner).

She gets to play with the Sonic Screwdriver.

Come on. Who wouldn’t want to mess about with a piece of the Doctor’s coolest alien tech?

She never knows what’s going to happen next…

One minute she’s in a school storeroom, the next she’s in a Dalek! Clara could be popping out to meet a friend and the next moment find herself robbing a bank on another planet and when her phone rings it could be her dad…Or maybe it’s the guy in front of her calling from the past when he had a different face! Clara never knows what’s going to happen next and we love the fact that in the new series she embraces this sense of adventure… We can’t wait to see where it takes her!

She gets to rock looks like this…

From fab frocks to serious space suits the TARDIS wardrobe has provided Clara with loads of outstanding outfits!

She gets to wind the Doctor up…

He’s the Doctor. He’s a Time Lord. He’s from the planet Gallifrey in the Constellation of Kasterborous. He’s over two-thousand years old and he’s the man… Actually, he’s the man who it’s quite fun to wind up, which Clara enjoys doing whenever she’s gets half a chance. Whether she’s pretending his beloved TARDIS is a snog box or cheekily calling herself the Doctor, she treats the Time Lord as an equal and is always up for pulling his leg.

She meets the Doctor’s friends.

Normally meeting your friends’ friends can be a bit of a bore but you have to pretend to like them and fake a ‘so what?’ attitude even if they say something crazy. ‘You don’t like Doctor Who? Really?’ (Translation: ‘You don’t like Doctor Who? Are you insane?’) But meeting the Doctor’s friends means hooking up with characters like Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Just watch out for flying newspapers, eh Clara?

She works at Coal Hill School.

The London secondary has had its share of unique pupils from the irrepressible Courtney Woods to a certain Susan Foreman who just happened to be the Doctor’s granddaughter… It’s been invaded by a deadly Skovox Blitzer and Daleks and its staff members have included Clara herself, Danny Pink, an undercover Time Lord plus two of his first traveling companions – Ian and Barbara. So, it’s fair to say Clara – always in a class of her own – has picked a school where things are never dull!

She has the best boyfriend break-up story.

Agreed, it’s a bit sad – Danny getting turned into a Cyber soldier and then dying, but look on the bright side. Next time someone asks why she isn’t with her boyfriend any more she can kill the question with, ‘He died to save me and the whole of our planet before sacrificing himself AGAIN so a little kid could be reunited with his parents.’ Say what you like, but it certainly beats, ‘We’re on a break.’

She gets to meet her heroes!

Imagine having a best friend who could introduce you to anyone throughout human history. When Clara asked to meet Robin Hood she was in Sherwood Forest in two shakes of a Doctor’s spoon. Sweet.

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Her best friend is the universe’s greatest hero… Whatever face he wears, he always has her back…

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The Doctor Who Game Maker launches on 15 September!

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 1:30pm

If you love online games or have ever wanted to create and share your own Doctor Who game, stand by for some great news!

The Doctor Who Game Maker launches on 15 September and is designed to help you create brilliant games using a huge range of heroes, monsters and worlds visited by the Doctor. The variety of games you’ll be able to make and play is enormous. From the simple to the staggering, the only limits are your imagination and ambition.

Or if you’d prefer to simply enjoy other people’s games – no problem! You can battle foes like the Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans and attempt to guide the Doctor through encounters with Missy and new enemies that make their entrances in the imminent series.

If you’re up for making your own games you’ll find it’s much easier than you think and incredibly rewarding! Video tutorials featuring the Doctor’s Sontaran ally, Strax, will help make the build process easy-to-understand and fun and once your games are online you can challenge your friends to try them… And give theirs a whirl!

The Doctor Who Game Maker is part of the BBC’s Make It Digital campaign and goes live on 15 September on this site:

We can’t wait to see what you think of it!

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Ask the Experts: Production Designer Michael Pickwoad

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 6:51am

Michael Pickwoad is the Production Designer for Doctor Who, responsible not just for the sets of the show, but the look of much of the Doctor’s world. This is your chance to ask him anything you’d like to know!

Simply email your questions to or tweet your questions to us at @bbcdoctorwho

A highly respected, BAFTA-nominated Production Designer, Michael joined the Doctor Who team back in 2010, receiving his first credit on the show for his work on A Christmas Carol. Since then he has designed everything from a pirate ship to a time ship; the Dalek asylum, Orient Express in space, Trenzalore, Missy’ s ‘heaven’ and a whole lot more. Perhaps most famously he designed the current version of the TARDIS interior and we’re about to see more of his stunning work throughout series 9…

Let us know what questions you’d like us to put to Michael and we’ll select the best and most imaginative and put them to him. We’ll bring you videos of his answers very soon!

As usual, here’s the bit we must emphasize: we’re looking for the most interesting and creative questions! It’s essential to avoid talking too much about upcoming storylines… Those secrets will be revealed when Series 9 hits our screens!

So, get tweeting or emailing and let us know what you want to know from the man who designs alien worlds…

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Star Interviews and More about the New Series!

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 6:05pm

We’ve got four great new interviews with the Doctor Who team! Get the low down from Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Michelle Gomez (Missy) and Lead Writer & Executive Producer, Steven Moffat.

It’s all ahead of Doctor Who’s return on Saturday, 19 September. The show storms back onto our screens with The Magician’s Apprentice, the first episode of a two-part adventure. Want to know more? Who wouldn’t? Luckily, the following details about it have just been released…

“Where is the Doctor?” When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible…"

The second episode hits our screen the following Saturday (26 September). Called The Witch’s Familiar, the following details have just been released about it:

"Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?"

Dalek city! Evil empire! Greatest temptation! What?! We can’t wait!

Don’t forget, you can read interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat and why not check out the trailer for episode 1, now!

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Peter Capaldi Interview

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 6:04pm

On Saturday, 19 September, Peter Capaldi returns for his second full series as the Doctor. Here Peter reflects on his favourite moments, his feelings about the Time Lord’s latest adventures and what we have to look forward to in the weeks ahead…

Question: Coming back to film your second series, how has the atmosphere been on set?

Peter Capaldi: It’s been lovely to be back and everything’s been very positive. I think everyone’s been happy to be on set in Cardiff and the scripts are very good and strong. Everyone’s become enthused with the spirit of adventure that runs through the scripts, it’s been exciting!

Q: How are you feeling about this new series? What can viewers expect?

PC: I think they’ll find a lot of thrills, lot of mystery, a reckless Doctor in pursuit of adventure. It’s… hopefully full of spectacle and adventure - it’s not a sitting back, domesticated, reflective series, it’s the Doctor and Clara roaring through time and space in search of thrills. So I think it’s great, it should be a fun watch for audiences at home.

Q: Can you tell us about the opening episode?

PC: The opening episode of the new series is fabulous - the story is going to take us across the Universe into all types of dark, terrifying and funny places. It’s a particularly epic one to start, with lots of old favourites, Missy and the Daleks are returning and particularly for those who are nostalgic with the Daleks of the 60s, there are some special surprises in store.

Q: Has the TARDIS changed?

PC: There’s been a few changes in the TARDIS. As we came to know my Doctor a little bit more, we needed to reflect that more in the environment that he lived in. I don’t think my Doctor fits in with the whole idea of Edwardian time traveller, there’s a kind of resurge of that in the look of the TARDIS as it was, so I wanted to make it a little sharper. There are a few more elegant, 60s, classic design things knocking around as opposed to Edwardian or Victorian.

Q: How has the dynamic changed between the Doctor and Clara since series 8?

PC: I think the Doctor and Clara are really having a good time. They’ve had some conflicts and challenges, but generally if you can weather the storms, you often find that your relationship is much stronger. That’s certainly the case with the Doctor and Clara.

They’re very bonded, they’re like a little gang. The Doctor has realised that he’s 2,000 years old and life is short, he wants to enjoy himself and enjoy having Clara around. She’s very good at trying to help him. He’s still rather impatient with human beings, which some people take as being socially inept, but he just can’t be bothered with them, he has better things to do. But she helps him a lot more, she tries to improve his manners and social skills. But they are very deeply bonded, it’s a very curious relationship, it doesn’t really have an equivalent in television. It’s a non-romantic, but deeply bonded pairing which is strangely full of affection, it’s more deeply felt than simple romantic relationships.

Q: What is his relationship like with Missy in the opening episodes?

PC: I wouldn’t say their relationship has changed since he saw her last. Missy’s role is slightly different, but you’ll have to wait and see!

Q: With a wealth of different sets and filming days on locations, would you say they enhance the look and feel of the episodes?

PC: I think the design of the show is always really, really important and it gives a great cinematic feel to the show. It expands it, makes it not simply domestic, but quite cosmic and big. It’s good to have spectacular sets and locations, because it adds more physical texture to the show and opens it up more, it’s all pretty cinematic.

Q: Have you got any favourite moments from playing the Doctor?

PC: For me, obviously to get to play the Doctor, the whole things is a delight. Some of my favourite moments are when we reveal something of the Doctor’s more alien nature. For instance, in ‘Kill the Moon’ when he’s able to look into time and read it, and communicate that, I think that was fun to do.

Q: What was it like to battle Daleks from the different decades in episode 2? Any favourites?

PC: I don’t have a particular favourite, but I do like to see the little old ones, they’re very sweet as they’re quite small. But actually they’re still strangely brutal, nasty little pieces of work, but are rather handsome and classy. They were great fun and do what is expected of them, you get a whole group of them together in the opening episode. I think we had about 20 of them in the studio so that was very exciting. Once you had them all moving, it was very funny watching Hettie (Macdonald) directing them, because she was directing them like actors - ‘you’re getting upset at this moment, have a look at your friends’ - and they’d look at their friends and then she’d say - ‘you need to look nervous now’ - and they’d actually be able to convey nervousness - it was actually very, very clever. It was like being in a Dalek theme park, with a free ticket, so that was fun.

Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor on Saturday, 19 September. You can watch the trailer for episode 1 now!

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Jenna Coleman Interview

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 6:03pm

On Saturday, 19 September, Jenna Coleman returns as Clara Oswald in the new series of Doctor Who. Here Jenna shares her feelings about everything from her character’s development to hanging about (quite literally!) on location…

Question: How are you feeling about this new series?

Jenna Coleman: Really excited, a lot of the stories are very self-contained two-parters, it’s a lot more space bound and it’s all about adventures and time travelling. The amazing benefit of doing them, is not only do you get more time to explore the story but also at the end of the first part you get to create a huge cliff hanger. Clara and the Doctor are really united, they’re strong together and are just enjoying travelling and doing and seeing as much as possible. It’s very adrenaline fuelled and full of reckless adventure, with them throwing themselves head first in to it.

Q: Clara seems to be more determined and focused on time travelling, do you see that she’s moved on since the last series?

JC: In a way she’s cutting ties with earth more and more. Since losing Danny I think her perspective has changed on life and in a way she’s lost fear of her own mortality a bit. When that happens there’s a sense of freeness. She doesn’t fear her own mortality anymore going in to adventures, so there’s nothing holding her back. So when that happens it can be quite dangerous, as much fun as it is, but I think there’s definitely something in that for Clara, she’s losing herself in the position.

Q: It seems like the Doctor and Clara are more alike than ever before… would you say that’s true?

JC: There’s an ease between them, a shorthand, and she is becoming more and more like him. I think they’ve always been a lot more similar than perhaps other Doctors and companions have been. I think she quite wants to be like him, but the more time they spend together the more doctorly I suppose she’s getting and more independent of him. There are quite a few stories in this series where you see us parting ways, where we’re covering different bases and then you see us coming back together, they’re a proper team. I think they’ve been through so much together, they know each other so well that they’re entwined.

Q: Working with guest cast in each block, how does the dynamic change on set for yourself and Peter?

JC: The two of us are always behaving as stupidly as we do, and it’s been lovely having Michelle back, she’s always a laugh. Maisie is wonderful, I was a really big fan of hers before she came to Doctor Who, she fits right in so it’s been really great having her join us. One of the most wonderful things about the show is every episode feels so different, it feels like a whole new show in a way.

Q: What has been your favourite episode from this series and why?

JC: Episode 11 will be really unique and the Viking episode was so much fun to film. The scripts for episodes 7 and 8 are really strong, Peter Harness has done such a good job with those. They feel like quite different Doctor Who episodes - tense, they feel very relevant, provoking, and clever.

Q: You have great looks this series - do you have any input in to what you wear?

JC: Practically with Doctor Who there are so many different looks, my idea for Clara is very much a school teacher who rides a motor cycle, in a retro 60s style but also sci-fi. The aim was to merge all those elements together for Clara’s look.

Q: In episode 1 the Doctor is lost and you’re contacted by your greatest enemy, Missy. How do Clara and Missy work together to save the Doctor without killing each other?

JC: I think it’s because the peril that the Doctor’s in is so great that the only thing to do is to put differences aside and work together. I think in a way, Clara’s quite fascinated by Missy, but disgusted at the same time. That’s partly to do with how Michelle Gomez plays her, she’s so magnetic that you can’t help but like her, even though you’re supposed to hate her. It’s one of the really clever things she does. Clara and Missy actually end up getting on, but remembering they don’t like each other again.

Having two females that are very close to the Doctor is interesting for Clara to witness, because the Doctor and Missy are enemies, but they are also very ancient friends. They have a past and history that they cannot even touch upon, or even understand how you can like or be in love with somebody that has repeatedly tried to kill you throughout time and space.

I also think it’s interesting for Clara to operate under a female Time Lady, she’s so used to running with the Doctor that to be with a Time Lady is quite a new experience for her. Somebody who is so maniacal is quite fun. You think you’re safe and within 30 seconds you’re literally being pushed down a cliff.

Q: You’ve done a few stunts in the series - can you tell us about them?

JC: I’ve done a lot of hanging upside down this series - upside down on a cliff in Tenerife was new, but surprising, it looks so easy but it’s not at all. It was tricky because we could only do it in minute spurts, filming the scenes. I also had a scene where I was hanging outside of the TARDIS too, so it seems to be one of my specialities this series!

Jenna Coleman returns as Clara in The Magician’s Apprentice on Saturday, 19 September. You can see her talking more about Clara’s ‘look’ and the trailer for the series’ opening episode is available now!

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