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6 historical events the Doctor was present at

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:00am

The Doctor can travel to any point in time and space thanks to his fabulous TARDIS, and has a habit of getting involved in events both accidentally and intentionally!

And thanks to his soft spot for Planet Earth and its inhabitants, he’s had a hand in a fair few historical happenings. So, here are six historical events the Doctor was present at!

1. The Great Fire of London – The Visitation

It’s the time of the Great Plague and the Terileptils are running loose across the English countryside, spreading their devastating virus in an attempt to rid the world of humans. The Doctor chases them to a bakery in Pudding Lane, London, where during the confrontation, the Doctor accidentally drops his torch on a bale of hay, and one of the Terileptil’s weapons malfunctions and explodes. Inevitably, a fire begins, and the rest, as they say, is history!

2. Signing the Magna Carta – The King’s Demons  You must enable javascript to play content require(['smp'], function(SMP) { new SMP({"container":"#smp-14726844066378","pid":"p01l718w","playerSettings":{"delayEmbed":true,"externalEmbedUrl":"http:\/\/www.bbc.co.uk\/programmes\/p01l718w\/player"}}); });

In one of the Master’s more, well, low-key plans, he disguises a metamorphic android named Kamelion as King John in a ploy to prevent the real King John from signing the Magna Carta, thereby destroying parliamentary democracy as we know it. But the Doctor is on hand to stop him!

In a battle of wills over who controls Kamelion, the Doctor is victorious and brings the android with him onto his TARDIS. The Master is foiled and the real King John is able to sign the Magna Carta – huzzah!

3. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius - The Fires of Pompeii

Sometimes the TARDIS can get a bit…wobbly. The Doctor arrives in 79AD, expecting to show Donna the wonders of Ancient Rome. Instead, they land some 150 miles away in the city of Pompeii, the day before disaster strikes. Donna tries her best to persuade the Doctor to save the people of the city, but he refuses, arguing that the destruction of Pompeii is a fixed point in time that cannot be changed.

They soon find out that a fiery alien race of Pyroviles have been building an energy converter in the heart of the volcano, and plan to convert every human on Earth into Pyroviles and conquer the planet. So, the Doctor has a choice to make: destroy the energy converter, which would cause Vesuvius to erupt and kill the Pyroviles and the citizens of Pompeii, or let the Pyroviles take over Earth.

It’s a horrendous situation, but the Doctor chooses the world over Pompeii, triggers the eruption and ensures the survival of the human race. The burdens of a Time Lord…

4. The Moon landing - Day of the Moon

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Apparently, nothing unusual happened during the Moon landing in 1969, so we’re not sure why we’re writing about it…

5. The Blitz – The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances You must enable javascript to play content require(['smp'], function(SMP) { new SMP({"container":"#smp-14726844066389","pid":"p01zxfmx","playerSettings":{"delayEmbed":true,"externalEmbedUrl":"http:\/\/www.bbc.co.uk\/programmes\/p01zxfmx\/player"}}); });

Chasing a metal cylinder (“It’s mauve and dangerous!”) through the time vortex towards Earth, the Doctor and Rose land in the centre of London, right in the middle of the Blitz. Cue raid sirens and bomb shelters, Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade, Captain Jack and a creepy little boy with a gas mask fused to his face.

It’s worth noting that the Doctor, in this story, doesn’t actually get involved with the War, and is instead quite preoccupied with the ‘empty children’ and Chula nanogenes threatening to rewrite the DNA of everyone in London.

6. London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony – Fear Her

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Fear Her was made in 2006 about the 2012 Olympics, but seeing as the 2016 Rio Olympics have just ended, we can now think of the London Games as an historical event (hands up who else thinks the linear progression of time is not fair and is going way too fast).

A young Isolus, separated from its billion-strong family on the journey through space, has possessed Chloe Webber, who is able to make people disappear by drawing them. The Isolus tries to replace its lost familial love, heat and emotion by using Chloe to make every person on Earth disappear and stealing their love and happiness for the Olympic flame. Feeling threatened by the Doctor, Chloe traps him and the TARDIS in one of her drawings, leaving Rose to work out how to solve the situation. She does, in style, and all the missing people are returned, except for the Doctor. Where does he turn up? Only carrying the Olympic torch into the stadium and lighting the cauldron to rapturous cheers and applause! Amazing!

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The latest on Doctor Who series 10

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:50am

Production on Doctor Who series 10 is now in full swing – permission to squee! But since we can’t just jump into a TARDIS and fast-forward to next year to find out what happens in the new series, we can release juicy little sneak peeks of what’s been going on behind the scenes!

Here’s a roundup of all the backstage glimpses you may (or may not) have missed over the past few weeks. Onwards!

Hercule does Who

David Suchet, best known for playing the fictional Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, has snapped up a series 10 guest star role as the Landlord.

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It’s all hands on deck on board the TARDIS! Can you spot Peter and Pearl?

Hole in the wall

What’s happened here?! We can’t say, but it’s sure to be exciting!

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Filming takes you to all kinds of locations…

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Oh dear… Let’s hope the TARDIS isn’t out of action for long!

Bird’s eye view

A side of Peter Capaldi we’ve not really seen before…

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Doctor Who and Class to appear at New York Comic Con

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:15am

Doctor Who and new spin-off Class will appear in panels at New York Comic Con this October. The Doctor Who panel includes stars Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie, as well as Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin. The Class panel includes stars Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah, as well as writer, creator and executive producer Patrick Ness and executive producer Brian Minchin.

Peter Capaldi will make his New York Comic Con debut along with the first ever appearance by new co-star Pearl Mackie, who joins the series as Bill, the Doctor’s new companion. When Pearl joined the cast, Emmy-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat teased “a new voyage is about to begin” and “this is where the story really starts.” Fans will get a sneak peek of what’s ahead including the upcoming Christmas Special this December and hints on what’s in store for Steven Moffat’s final season as showrunner.

There will also be a panel at New York Comic Con for the new series Class, a Doctor Who spin-off set in Shoreditch, London. Four Coal Hill School students who have hidden secrets and desires, navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence. Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. 

Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.  

Find out more information about Class and meet the cast in 360°.

 

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Seeing double: Doctor Who doppelgängers

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 4:00am

This August we’ve dedicated ourselves to investigating those pesky shape-shifting Zygons. The Zygons can mimic the appearance of other living creatures, which can leave you flummoxed as you try to distinguish the original from the Zygon. On a number of occasions we’ve seen people come face-to-face with themselves, as we try to work out who’s human and who’s a metamorphic, sucker-covered alien from Zygor. 

But of course these aren’t the only occasions we’ve seen double in the world of Doctor Who, so here’s a selection of our favourite DW doppelgängers: Zygons, Gangers, androids and more…

The two Osgoods

The two Osgoods in The Zygon Inversion

As far as we’re concerned the ultimate Zygon/human conundrum is the two Osgoods. We first saw two Osgoods in The Day of the Doctor when Zygon invaders impersonated UNIT personnel in order to gain access to the Black Archive and take over the world. To stop the Zygons, Kate Stewart was willing to destroy the Black Archive, taking London along with it, but the Doctor(s) managed to avert the crisis by brokering a peace between the two species. Naturally we thought that was it for the Zygon Osgood and of course we were heartbroken to see Osgood die at the hands of Missy in Death in Heaven.

But death isn’t always final – at least not in Doctor Who – so we were thrilled to see the return of Osgood in The Zygon Invasion. Which Osgood? We still don’t know! But it was great news all the same. This remaining Osgood was instrumental in helping the Doctor prevent a human/Zygon war devised by the rebel Zygon, Bonnie. And by the end of The Zygon Inversion, one Osgood was again two, as a reformed Bonnie became the new second Osgood. Hurrah!

The Daleks' duplicate Doctor You must enable javascript to play content

The First Doctor and his double fight to the death…

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During the First Doctor adventure, The Chase, the Daleks created a robotic duplicate of the Doctor to infiltrate the Doctor’s friends and kill them. However, Vikki overhears this Dalek plan and is able to warn her friends. But when the Doctor and his animatronic double confront each other, there is some confusion over who the impostor actually is… The two Doctors fight while both claiming that the other is the fake. Thankfully Barbara has been paying attention and correctly identifies the Doctor and the robot Doctor is destroyed!

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The Tenth Doctor, Rose and the Meta-Crisis Doctor in Journey's End

What’s better than the Tenth Doctor? TWO TENTH DOCTORS! The Meta-Crisis Doctor was created during a biological meta-crisis in which Donna Noble’s DNA combined with the regenerative energy from the Doctor’s severed hand - which he was handily keeping in a container in the TARDIS control room! But the Meta-Crisis Doctor wasn’t exactly the same as Ten, he was part human - just one heart, no power of regeneration and the ability to age and die like you or me. He was also dangerous, born in battle, full of blood and anger and revenge, so he needed someone to look after him, to keep him on the straight and narrow. And who better than Rose? So the Meta-Crisis Doctor stayed with her in the parallel universe… And they wasted no time in starting their new lives with a kiss on the beach at Bad Wolf Bay, which seemed to us a little insensitive as the real Tenth Doctor was still STANDING RIGHT THERE!

Mickey and Ricky

Mickey and Ricky in Rise of the Cybermen

When the TARDIS landed in an alternate universe in Rise of the Cybermen, Rose and Mickey found a number of things were different from their own world – not least of which was Ricky, Mickey’s parallel world counterpart. Mickey and Ricky looked exactly alike, they had the same unreliable father and the same loving gran (although in Mickey’s reality his gran had died 5 years earlier), but they weren’t the same in every way. Ricky wasn’t as friendly as Mickey, and he’d assumed leadership of The Preachers, a group who recognised the danger of Cybus Industries. In The Age of Steel, Ricky was killed by a Cyberman, as Mickey looked on horrified. Once the Cybermen were defeated Mickey decided to stay on parallel Earth, to look after his beloved gran and take Ricky’s place leading the Preachers.

Meglos

Meglos posing as the Fourth Doctor

The Fourth Doctor got himself ‘a good old-fashioned doppelgänger’ when the Zolfa-Thuran, Meglos took on his appearance in an attempt to steal the Dodecahedron, a mysterious energy providing artefact from the planet Tigella. Meglos trapped the Doctor and Romana in a time loop, while he posed as the Time Lord to gain the trust of the Tigellans and take the Dodecahedron. Once the real Doctor arrived, much confusion ensued and the Doctor was to be sacrificed as a consequence of his supposed betrayal. Throughout the adventure Meglos struggled to keep the Doctor’s appearance, sometimes accidentally showing aspects of his true, cactus-like form. Of course eventually the Doctor escaped death and outwitted Meglos, using the Dodecahedron to destroy Zolfa-Thura and Meglos along with it.

The Eleventh Doctor and his Ganger

The Eleventh Doctor and his Ganger in The Rebel Flesh

The Eleventh Doctor acquired a double when he, Amy and Rory landed on an Alpha Grade industrial facility in the 22nd century. The workers in the acid mining factory used Flesh to create Gangers of themselves to carry out dangerous work on their behalf. While investigating the Flesh the Doctor scanned it and accidentally created a Ganger of his own. Whereas the factory workers were suspicious of their Gangers, the Doctor seemed thrilled to spend some time in his own company declaring “I'm starting to get a sense of just how impressive it is to hang out with me.”

The Doctor and his Ganger worked together to try and keep a peace between the humans and their Flesh counterparts, together they hoped to get all the facility’s inhabitants – both humans and Gangers - to safety. The Doctor and his Ganger had secretly switched shoes to work out if they were truly the same and prove to Amy and the mining crew that the Gangers were legitimate lifeforms. When one of the miners Gangers became deranged, the Ganger Doctor sacrificed himself to give the real Doctor time to escape in the TARDIS with Amy, Rory and the surviving mining crew.

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Romana sees the resemblance between Princess Strella and herself

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In The Androids of Tara we encountered three Romana replicates as well as the original Time Lady herself! While searching for the fourth segment of the Key to Time, Romana was attacked by a native beast and rescued by Count Grendel who mistook her for an android. Why? Because Romana looked exactly like the Taran princess, Strella, and the Count had programmed a robotic duplicate of Strella to kill Prince Reynart, in an attempt steal the throne. However, the Doctor was present when the android Princess approached Reynart and he prevented the assassination. This infuriated Count Grendel, who ordered an android of Romana be made to kill the Doctor. That’s a whole lot of look-a-likes! Ultimateley the Doctor defeated the evil Grendel, who was disgraced and Prince Reynart was free to be with the real Princess Strella.

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The Doctor's Sporting Skills!

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 4:00am

The Doctor loves the Olympics - so much in fact, that he watched the 1948 Games twice! And he even got to carry the Olympic torch at London 2012 - all the way back in 2006. Although the Doctor doesn’t always seem like a natural sportsman, he has over the centuries thrown his hat into the ring and participated in a number of sports and games.

So, as the 2016 Olympics kick off, here’s our guide to the Doctor’s sporting prowess…

Archery

The Doctor first showed off his archery skills in the Fourth Doctor adventure The Face of Evil, when he used a crossbow to shoot through a rope and save himself from a Sevateem trap. When Leela enquired on where he learned to shoot like that, the Doctor replied “In Switzerland. Charming man. William Tell, he was called.”

In Robot of Sherwood, the Twelfth Doctor, fuelled by bravado, cut in on an archery contest between the Sheriff of Nottingham and Robin Hood. After the Doctor ‘won’, he and Robin continued to engage in a game of one-upmanship, with both archers demonstrating immense skill before they were arrested by the Sheriff’s robotic guards.

Unfortunately the Doctor was later forced to admit he’d cheated, using a special arrow with a homing device… Maybe William Tell’s tutelage wasn’t that great after all?

Cricket

Cricket = Fifth Doctor. Simple as that. No other Doctor was as associated with a sport as Five and cricket. In fact, he loved it so much that his outfit of choice was basically a set of cricket whites!

The Doctor was (happily) roped into playing a match in Black Orchid, where he showed off his skills and won the game in style for Cranleigh. He’d also usually have a cricket ball tucked away in his pocket, and it came in handy in Four to Doomsday when he needed that extra bit of momentum to propel him from the Urbankan spaceship to the TARDIS! And the Tenth Doctor (disguised as John Smith) bowled a brilliant ball to save a mother and her child from a falling piano in Human Nature.

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Ok, so if cricket makes you think of the Fifth Doctor, then Venusian Aikido should conjure up velvet suits, bouffant hair and a yellow car named Bessie! The Third Doctor was a Doctor of action, never shying away from a good car chase or swordfight with his best frenemy, so it made sense that he was a skilled martial artist, too! He’d often face his enemies in hand-to-hand combat, choosing to subdue them or render them unconscious, rather than the more deadly, weapons-based methods of UNIT and the Brigadier.

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In The Lodger, the Eleventh Doctor was trying his best to be a ’normal bloke’, so when his new flat mate, Craig, asked if he could make up the numbers for a pub league football team, he agreed. He thought he was good at football, although he didn’t seem 100% sure which sport football was. But it turned out he was right! He scored a number of goals and was instrumental in the King’s Arms’ victory.

Chess

We’ve seen the Third, Fourth, Seventh and Eleventh Doctors dabble with chess – sometimes to simply pass the time and sometimes to cunningly gain a tactical advantage over an adversary. Most recently the Eleventh Doctor showed a penchant for the game. In Nightmare in Silver, the Cybermen attempted to upload and incorporate the Doctor as a Cyber-Planner. While fighting the Cyber-Planner within his own head for control of his brain, the Doctor suggested a game of chess – winner take all. But the game was just a distraction, buying the Doctor just enough time to modify an anti-cyber hand-pulse, apply it to his cyber circuitry and eliminate any trace of the Cyber-Planner from his mind!

The Eleventh Doctor was also remarkably adept at live chess – a variant of the game where the pieces were electrified, the voltage increasing with each move. In The Wedding of River Song, the Doctor played a match against Gantok. He expertly outwitted his opponent until Gantok’s only possible option was to move his queen, now charged with 4 million volts, which would certainly result in death! The Doctor was however playing for higher stakes, and agreed to concede the game in exchange for information on the whereabouts of Dorium Maldovar… Checkmate!

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Missy/The Master’s most diabolical schemes, ranked!

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 5:30am

For centuries, Missy/the Master has been concocting the most evil and malicious schemes, and for centuries, the Doctor has been foiling them. Most of the time, you could argue that they’re only coming up with these diabolical plans just to get their best friend’s attention. But there’s no denying that Missy/the Master really does have an evil streak, and genuinely enjoys creating as much chaos and destruction as they possibly can.

But which of their devious designs has been the most malicious? We’ve taken a look at some of Missy/the Master’s most diabolical schemes, and ranked them from evil to really, really, unspeakably evil!

Destroying the World Peace Conference to trigger a nuclear war – The Mind of Evil

Trapped on Earth with no TARDIS dematerialisation circuit, the Master had to stave off boredom and keep himself entertained somehow. And what better way than to release a nerve gas missile at the World Peace Conference, killing political and military leaders, destabilising all major world powers and triggering a nuclear war that would destroy the Earth!

The Doctor foiled his plan, of course, but it was better than sitting in his parked TARDIS twiddling his thumbs. And the Master got his dematerialisation circuit back, so off on lots of evil adventures he went!

Rank: Evil.

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For the people he’s terrorised, one Master in the whole of space and time is more than enough. So, imagine the combined atrocities of 7 billion Masters… Yikes. The End of Time Part 1 saw the entire human race turned into, well, a Master race when the Master managed to replace (almost) every human’s genome with his own Time Lord DNA. Cue a heck of a lot of maniacal laughter…

Rank: Pretty evil.

Summoning ‘the Devil’ aka Azal – The Daemons

The Master went a bit dark magic in The Daemons, and thought it was a good idea to summon ‘the Devil’, which was actually an alien named Azal, from the planet Daemos, who had been influencing human history through the ages in an experiment to see whether or not humanity was worthy of existence. The Master wanted to acquire Azal’s destructive powers in order to, you’ve guessed it, have dominion over the universe, but Azal offers them instead to the Doctor, who declines (of course). Gutted.

Rank: Really evil.

The Toclafane – The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords

The Toclafane were a race of human cyborgs from the year 100 trillion, the end of the universe. The Master, rising to the height of power as Prime Minister Harold Saxon, brought the Toclafane back to 2007 Earth through a time rift to slaughter their ancestors and secure the Master as ruler of the planet.

But, we hear you ask, how could the Toclafane, the remnants of the last humans in the universe, continue to exist if their ancestors were destroyed? Because that cunning Time Lord created a Paradox Machine out of the Doctor’s TARDIS, which he stole at the end of Utopia, that was able to sustain the two time paradoxes. Now that’s clever and evil.

Rank: Fiendishly evil.

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Ok, so, we’re going to try to explain the basics of Logopolis as simply as we can. Logopolis is a planet inhabited by genius mathematicians who, for centuries, have been computing and applying their calculations to slow down the onset of entropy that would have caused the heat death of the universe. The Doctor visits the Logopolitans to ask for their help in fixing his TARDIS’s chameleon circuit, but the Master’s hot on his heels, ready to cause some chaos.

He kills a few of the mathematicians, thinking that this would only put a spanner in the Logopolitans’ TARDIS calculations. Hoo boy, big mistake. The universe starts to crumble, instead. Realising his error, the Master and the Doctor work together to try to stop the acceleration of entropy, but just as they are about to succeed, the Master holds the Doctor at gunpoint and broadcasts a message to the cosmos: submit to his will or he will let entropy destroy the universe. Talk about turning a mistake into a tactical advantage!

Rank: Maniacally evil!

Turning the dead into Cybermen – Dark Water/Death in Heaven

Think destroying the universe by accelerating entropy is pure evil? Well, imagine all your ancestors and departed loved ones resurrected as emotionless metal killing machines, bending to the will of a madwoman. Now, imagine all of the friends the Doctor has lost in all his days of walking the Earth coming back as Cybermen: Amy, Rory, Reinette, Pete Tyler, Joan Redfern, Harriet Jones, Vincent Van Gogh, and of course the Brigadier. That’s pure nightmare fuel, and the worst part is that Missy genuinely thought this was a good idea for a birthday present/olive branch… Awkward.

Rank: Really, really, unspeakably evil!

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The latest on Doctor Who series 10

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 5:19am

The new series of Doctor Who has been in production since June, with block one just coming to an end - insert your favourite time pun here! There's been plenty going on behind the scenes with the cast and crew hard at work; we can't show you everything, you'll have to wait until series 10 hits our screens for that, but we can provide the occasional sneak peek...

Here's a roundup of what's been happening on Doctor Who series 10 production over the past few weeks!

 

A new beginning

New companion Pearl was very excited on her first location shoot.

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Peter took a break from filming to sign autographs for fans.

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Matt Lucas gave us a sneak peek of his first day of filming.

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There were hugs on location in Cardiff.

Pearl running towards Peter

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Someone scribbled our favourite acronym on a blackboard.

The rumour mill…

Ralf Little addressed the Doctor Who rumours.

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YES! The TARDIS back in action.

Adventures in time and Spain

Peter and Pearl travelled to Valencia to film episode 2.

Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie take selfie in Valencia

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Clapperboard in Valencia

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We can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead in block 2!

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Can you guess the Doctor Who emoji episodes featuring Missy/the Master?

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 7:00am

Three Doctor Who episodes, each told in emojis - can you decipher them? Here’s a hint: they all feature that Time Lord gone bad, Missy/the Master!

Answers are at the bottom of the page!

If you'd like more Doctor Who emoji episodes, head this way!

1. 2. 3.

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                                                  Answers: 1 - Utopia. 2 - Death in Heaven. 3 - The Daemons.

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From Arizona to Valencia: 11 foreign locations Doctor Who has filmed in!

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

The Doctor has been to countless destinations in his TARDIS, both on Earth and elsewhere in the cosmos. And Wales has done a first class job of morphing itself into a range of different locations, from London to New York, Krop Tor to the Oodsphere, and New Earth to the end of the universe.

But now and again, the Doctor Who team have had to look a bit farther than the UK for their alien landscapes, and this week, the production team have been filming episode 2 of series 10 in the sensational setting of Valencia! So, let’s take a look at some of the other foreign filming locations since Doctor Who returned in 2005!

Rome

Parts of The Fires of Pompeii were filmed in the Cinecittà Studios in Rome. A fire damaged parts of the studio on the day the production team visited for a pre-filming recce, but luckily the blaze didn't affect anything needed for the shoot! Phew!

Dubai

David Tennant and Michelle Ryan travelled to the United Arab Emirates when the rolling dunes of Dubai stood in for the desert planet of San Helios in Planet of the Dead!

Croatia

The small medieval village of Trogir in Croatia doubled expertly as both Venice in The Vampires of Venice, and Arles, in the French region of Provence, in Vincent and the Doctor!

Utah, USA

The first episode of series 6 sees the Doctor summon Amy, Rory, River and Canton to Lake Silencio in Utah, USA. So, off to Utah the production team went! The Lake Silencio scenes in The Impossible Astonaut were filmed at Lone Rock, and Amy’s capture scene in Day of the Moon was filmed in the Valley of the Gods.

Arizona, USA

Remember when Rory was captured by Canton and his men in Day of the Moon? That scene was shot at the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, USA!

Spain

To get the Wild West feel of A Town Called Mercy, the episode was shot in Mini Hollywood and Fort Bravo in Almería, Spain! And, whilst the production team were in España, the snowy exterior scenes of Asylum of the Daleks were filmed in the mountains, showing how versatile the country can be for different locations!

New York

The most recent episode to film in the Big Apple was The Angels Take Manhattan, the last adventure for the Ponds. But before that, we had the Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks, and although none of the main action was filmed in New York, the pick-up shots were!

Lanzarote

The volcanic slopes of Lanzarote were the perfect stand-in for the rocky, desolate lunar landscape in Kill the Moon!

Tenerife

Need a perfect location for a stand-off between the Doctor’s companion and the Doctor’s best frenemy? Where better than Tenerife! The island also doubled for the wastes of Skaro in both The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar!

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We’ve not had the pleasure of seeing Gallifrey very often in Doctor Who, but the end of Heaven Sent and much of Hell Bent was set on the Doctor’s home planet. A very special location was needed for this important setting, and Fuerteventura was the perfect place!

Valencia

We can’t wait to see how Valencia fits into the Doctor Who universe in series 10!

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Everything we know about *that* orange spacesuit!

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:20am

It’s Space Exploration Day – created to commemorate the first manned lunar landing which happened on 20th July 1969 and to celebrate humankind’s incredible achievements of space exploration.

We all know that every space explorer needs a spacesuit, even an ancient, two-hearted alien. So we’re taking a look at that iconic orange spacesuit that just keeps cropping up…

The Tenth Doctor debuted the spacesuit in The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit

The Doctor first donned the spacesuit in The Impossible Planet, to travel from the relative safety of Sanctuary Base 6 down to Krop Tor. The suit in its original form bore the Sanctuary Base 6 logo and had a distinctive yellow helmet. When the Doctor returned to the TARDIS after the dramatic events of The Satan Pit - he was still wearing the spacesuit and so it joined him on some of his further adventures…

The orange spacesuit returned for The Waters of Mars

We get our next glimpse of the orange spacesuit during The Waters of Mars, when the Doctor uses it to take a stroll across the surface of the red planet. Adelaide Brooke, captain of Bowie Base One is initially suspicious of the Doctor and confiscates his spacesuit. However the suit is returned to him as the crew lose control of the base and Adelaide tells the Doctor to return to his ship and save himself. Typically the Doctor doesn’t do as he’s told and does his best to save the crew, damaging the helmet of the spacesuit in the process.

The Eleventh Doctor suited up in Hide

In Hide we got to see the Eleventh Doctor give the spacesuit a whirl, when he travels to the beginning and end of the Earth to take photographs and solve the mystery of a haunted house. The suit’s been somewhat modified, the SB6 logo has gone along with some of the black straps but the helmet’s visor has been repaired!

When it comes to the spacesuit Clara thinks the colour's ‘a bit boisterous’ and says it makes her eyes hurt, which disappoints the Doctor who believes the colour brings out his eyes.

The Doctor, Clara and Courtney wore the iconic spacesuits in Kill the Moon

The Twelfth Doctor gets his go in the suit in Kill the Moon, when he takes Clara and Courtney Woods on an impromptu trip to the Moon… and he even has a couple of spare spacesuits for his fellow travellers!

Clara in The Girl Who Died

Clara gives her orange suit another outing in The Girl Who Died when she begins the adventure floating in space while helping the Doctor protect the Velosians from ‘four and a bit battle fleets’. There’s no time to change before Clara and the Doctor are captured by Vikings and taken back to their village! As it turns out she doesn’t look that out of place once a technologically advanced army are beamed down from the sky in search of a fight!

The Tenth Doctor in slightly different spacewear

We know what you’re thinking… You think we’ve forgotten about 42! We haven’t, it’s just - is it the same spacesuit? We’re not so sure – it’s a similar colour and style but it has no SB6 logo, some of the details are not quite the same and the helmet is quite different.

And seeing as Martha and the Doctor were cut off from the TARDIS for most of the episode, we think perhaps this isn’t the Doctor’s trusty spacesuit.

Orson Pink's spacesuit looked surprisingly familiar

But let’s not forget Orson Pink!

Eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that in Listen, not only did Colonel Pink’s suit look similar to the Doctor’s favourite orange number BUT it also had the SB6 insignia! Why? We don’t know… in fact it’s one of the many things we just don’t know about the mysterious Orson Pink.

In conclusion, it’s clear we love the orange spacesuit – it’s a classic look that transcends regenerations! But have we seen the last of it? We certainly hope not!

 

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Send us your questions for The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: The Master Edition!

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

This Monster Month, we’ve been looking at that lover of chaos, the Master! And since the questions that you fabulous fans submitted for The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz were so awesome, we thought, why not give it another go with the Doctor’s best frenemy!

So, from Delgado to Gomez, send us your questions about the Master!

We’re looking for one question per entrant and as the quiz is multiple choice, you will need to provide one right answer and two wrong answers. We will be picking a selection of your questions, so they can be as easy or as hard as you want - just try to think originally and creatively!

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 20 July, at 23:59 BST and the chosen questions will be released in The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: The Master Edition on Friday 22 July, so keep an eye out on the official website and Twitter account.

Email your submissions to thedoctor@bbc.co.uk with the following details:

• Your first name

• Your age (no age limit, but if you’re under 16 please check with a parent or guardian before emailing)

• Where you’re from (nearest town or city)

• Make sure the subject of your email reads ‘Fan Quiz’

• Your question, followed by 3 multiple choice answers (1 right, 2 wrong, and please specify which answer is the right one!)

• There is no limit on question length, but answers should be no longer than 45 characters (including spaces)

So, get your thinking caps on and send us your best Master questions! Good luck!

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The Many Faces of the Master

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:30am

Ah, the Master. The star of July's Monster Month. They go by many names, from subtle to obvious (Reverend Magister wasn’t really fooling anybody, was it), and surely even they have lost track of their number of regenerations. They’ve been the Doctor’s best frenemy since their Academy days, and no matter where or when the Doctor goes, the Master is sure to be close behind.

But for those of you who aren’t familiar with this Time Lord gone bad, here’s a quick guide to the many faces of the Master!

The Master of Class

This Master appeared to be a true gentleman; suave, classy, well-dressed, but incredibly cunning and was never afraid to get his hands dirty. His nefarious schemes involved their fair share of disguises and hypnotism, but at the heart of them all, he really just wanted to share a cigar and a good chat with his oldest friend.

Most important story: Terror of the Autons

What to look out for: Nehru jackets or on-point black suits, with an evil moustache-and-beard combo to boot!

The Master of Decay

Yikes, was this a low point for the Master! Having used up all of his natural regenerations, he refused to give up on life even though his body was crumbling and decaying. This Master was especially full of hatred and spite, and was absolutely desperate to either find a new body or to stop his own from falling to bits.

Most important story: The Deadly Assassin

What to look out for: the crumbling’s a bit of a giveaway…

The Master of Disguise

This incarnation of the Master stole the body of Nyssa’s father, Tremas, and went on to terrorise the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors (as well as the First, Second and Third in The Five Doctors)!

He took on many different disguises during his time, some worse than others (we’re looking at you, Sir Gilles Estram), and was just as nefarious as he had always been.

Most important story: Logopolis

What to look out for: this Master had a penchant for elaborate disguises, but the evil snicker of "heh heh heh" is your biggest clue.

The Master of Survival

An interesting version of the Master, he was executed by the Daleks on Skaro for being so incredibly evil, and before his death requested that his ashes be taken back to Gallifrey by the Doctor. But, of course, the Master always finds a way to stay alive. His consciousness survived in the form of a snake-like morphant creature, which then took over the body of American ambulance driver Bruce. This body didn’t last very long, but in its short time was just as flamboyant, ruthless and evil as ever.

Most important story: Doctor Who

What to look out for: dressing for the occasion. Also, snake-ness.

The Master of Camouflage

This Master spent almost all of his life not actually knowing he was the Master. Running away from the horrors of the Time War to the wastes of the Silver Devastation, the Master disguised himself as a human child and grew up to become the kindly Professor Yana. This friendly and caring old man was willing to sacrifice himself so that the last surviving humans could reach Utopia, but this amiable benevolence wouldn’t last long. Opening the mysterious fob watch he was found with as a child, he assumed his true form as the Master, killed his long-term assistant Chantho and locked himself in the Doctor’s TARDIS. As personality changes go, this one was pretty extreme…

Most important story: Utopia

What to look out for: a fob watch.

The Master of Madness

The Time War must really have affected the Master because this incarnation is the most unhinged he’s ever been (up until Missy). Similar to the Tenth Doctor, he’s charming, charismatic and bounds about the place like a puppy; yet at the same time, he’s cruel, sadistic and shows both psychopathic and sociopathic tendencies. And after his resurrection, this madness was amped up to even higher levels.

Most important story: Last of the Time Lords/The End of Time - Part 2

What to look out for: his looks vary from head of government formalwear to recently-resurrected casualwear.

The Mistress of Evil

And so, we come to the most recent incarnation of the Master: Missy! Now, if you thought the previous Master was mad, you’ve not met Missy yet. Hilarious, sadistic and completely unpredictable, Missy is like a cat that plays with its prey before it decides to eat it. If she catches you, make sure to say something nice in the hope that she might find some iota of goodness and let you go (although, in all honesty, that will probably never happen and you’re pretty much doomed, sorry)…

Most important story: Death in Heaven

What to look out for: Victorian dress and a lot of purple.

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9 outrageously awesome Doctor Who facts!

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:30am

In the extremely unlikely event that you needed to be reminded of how amazing Doctor Who is, both on and off screen, we’ve compiled a list of nine awesome Doctor Who facts to keep you tied over until the next series!

Ticket to ride the TARDIS

In the season 2 story The Chase, Vicki and the Doctor use the Time/Space Visualiser to tune into the Beatles playing ‘Ticket To Ride’ on Top of the Pops in 1965. The original video of that performance has since been lost, so the only remaining footage is the one that features on Doctor Who!

Life in the Whoniverse

Georgia Moffett and husband David Tennant’s children were destined for a life of time travel, with both their dad and their granddad (Peter Davison) having previously assumed the role of the Doctor!

Verity Lambert

She was, of course, the first producer to work on Doctor Who, but did you know that she was also the first ever female television producer to be employed by the BBC!

15 year old Peter Capaldi loved Doctor Who!

In 1974, a Glasgow-based Capaldi penned the Radio Times to congratulate them on an ‘excellent’ feature they published on Doctor Who. 40 years later, he himself made the Doctor excellent!

Safety in Transit

You might already know that ‘Torchwood’ is an anagram of ‘Doctor Who’ but did you know why? Back when the series was first produced the production team wanted to keep the tapes nice and safe during transit, so they switched around the letters a little bit and it later became an obvious title choice for a spin-off series!

Location Repetition

The Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay has featured in a number of Doctor Who episodes, from posing as a feline-friendly hospital in New Earth to being the perfect location for the Master to give his Prime Minister’s speech. Whatever it’s being used for, it’s definitely the perfect place to stop and recharge your sonic screwdriver!

Asteroid 3325

A small, dark asteroid, lovingly named Asteroid 3325, was discovered on the outer region of the asteroid belt in 1984 and was later given the name 3325 TARDIS for its... well, connections to time and relative dimensions in space!

But that's not the only Who-named hunk of space rock out there. Lalla Ward, who played the second Romana, has the special honour of having Asteroid 8347 named after her!

President Kennedy

The 35th President of the United States was shot the day before the first ever episode of Doctor Who was aired in November 1963. Because of this, it had to be repeated on the following Saturday before the screening of the second episode.

Famous faces

There have been many recognisable guest appearances over the years, from bands and musicians to scientists and comedians. Some of them include: Davina McCall, Sharon Osborne, McFly, Simon Pegg, Barbara Windsor, Anne Robinson, Maisie Williams and The Streets’ Mike Skinner.

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8 Great Rory Moments

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:00am

Rory Williams, he’s a swell guy, don’t you think? We love Mr Pond here at Doctor Who HQ, so as it’s Arthur Darvill’s birthday, we thought we’d commemorate it with a look back at eight great Rory moments!

So, here we go…!

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He’s a smart one, that Rory!

That time he punched Hitler in the face

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KO!

When he cut off his ponytail in Amy’s Choice

OK, we know it was technically a dream ponytail and therefore not real, but still – he sacrificed those luscious locks for the woman he loved! A grand gesture, indeed!

When he guarded Amy in the Pandorica for 2000 years

Rory Williams: making all other boyfriends/girlfriends/partners look bad since 102 AD.

When he failed to be cool when meeting his baby daughter for the first time

Crying Roman with a baby, definitely cool.

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A Crowning Moment of Awesome.

That time he died twice in the same building on the same night

And created a paradox that wiped out the Weeping Angels in Manhattan. Who else could do that?

And all those times that he died and then came back to life, which happened at least, like, 5 times

Except when it didn’t… :(

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What we know about Nardole

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:45am

We’re delighted to announce that BAFTA Award winner Matt Lucas is returning to Doctor Who for series 10. Matt will reprise his role as the hapless Nardole, who first appeared in the 2015 Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song.

We met Nardole in the year 5343 in the human colony, Mendorax Dellora. He was employed by River Song (“Doctor Song to you. Sometimes Professor, but mainly Doctor”) but didn’t appear to be all that capable. When he was sent to meet the surgeon contracted to remove King Hydroflax’s head, he instead returned with the Doctor… close enough!

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Having survived the crash of the Harmony and Redemption on Darillium, Nardole and Ramone were working at the restaurant by the Singing Towers – well, Ramone was working, Nardole was enjoying some ‘me time’ – a prospect that he and River agreed was quite a challenge.

But hang on… last time we saw Nardole, he’d been ‘uploaded’ to King Hydroflax’s robotic body and was sharing it with Ramone! So how will the Doctor and Nardole meet again? We’ll just have to wait and see!

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Matt Lucas to join Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie for Doctor Who series 10

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:30am

Squeak! Squeak! Squeak! The bumbling duffel-coated Nardole, is back!

Following his hilarious appearance in The Husbands of River Song, Matt Lucas returns to Doctor Who from the opening episode of series 10 which starts filming next week in Cardiff (Monday 20 June).

Commenting on his return to Doctor Who, Matt Lucas, said:

“I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures. I loved acting with Peter and I’m excited to work with Pearl.”

Bringing her energy and zest to the show, Pearl Mackie embarks on her first week of filming as she takes up the role of the Doctor’s companion. In her first major television role following her West End appearance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, she’ll be bursting on to screens in the opening episode.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added:

“Delighted and slightly amazed to be welcoming Matt Lucas back on to the TARDIS - and this time it’s not just for Christmas, he’s sticking around. One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space.” 

Stephanie Hyam will play a guest cast role in the new series and is recognised for her performance as Lily Clarke in Jekyll & Hyde. She’s also appeared in Peaky Blinders, Murdered by My Boyfriend, and Sherlock.

The opening episode of series 10 is written by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat,executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Lawrence Gough. The second episode in the new series has been crafted by award winning screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

Block 2 writers are Sarah Dollard (writer of acclaimed episode Face the Raven) and Mike Bartlett (multi award winning Doctor Foster).

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales produced drama for BBC One. It will return in December 2016 with a Christmas Special, followed by the new series in 2017.

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The Doctor vs Davros: 5 Great Moments

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:00am

This Monster Month of June is dedicated to that mastermind gone mad, the creator of the Daleks himself: Davros! Despite his madness, Davros has always brought out the philosophical side of the Doctor, and each meeting, while perhaps not action-packed in the traditional sense, is full to the brim with moral quandaries. And despite their obvious antagonism towards each other, Davros and the Doctor have one of the most interesting relationships in the history of Doctor Who.

So, let’s look back at some of the Doctor’s and Davros’s most important scenes…

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“That power would set me up above the gods, and through the Daleks, I shall have that power!”

The first appearance of Davros in Doctor Who, Genesis features the Fourth Doctor on a mission from the Time Lords to prevent the creation of the Daleks, thereby saving countless lives in the future. Before resorting to more genocidal means (the “Do I have the right?” scene), the Doctor first tries to reason with Davros, to persuade him to abandon his scientific experiments of Kaled mutation.

In one of the most famous scenes in Who history, the Doctor asks Davros a hypothetical question: "Davros, if you had created a virus in your laboratory, something contagious and infectious that killed on contact, a virus that would destroy all other forms of life... would you allow its use?" Davros muses on this question, before losing it completely in his excitement of having that much power at his disposal. It’s in this scene that the Doctor and the audience find out just how unhinged this mad scientist is, and that appealing to his sense of reason and empathy isn’t likely to work. Ever.

Resurrection of the Daleks

“You hesitate, Doctor. If I were you, I would be dead.”

“I lack your practice, Davros.”

“You are soft, like all Time Lords. You prefer to stand and watch. Action requires courage. Something you lack.”

This next meeting (their third) features another opportunity for the Doctor to eliminate Davros. They talk, of course, but when it becomes apparent that Davros is his same-old homicidal self, the Doctor realises there’s no hope and aims a gun at him. Davros then admits that he made his Daleks too ruthless, and says that he wants to make some modifications to his creations, to program them for such emotions as compassion. But, as the Doctor works out… only to make the Daleks more efficient killers.

In another desperate attempt at preserving his own life, Davros proposes that he and the Doctor join forces and work together, which the Time Lord flat out refuses. The Doctor hesitates to shoot Davros, and loses his chance when a firefight breaks out in the corridor outside the laboratory. We’re pretty sure the Doctor would never have pulled the trigger, but seeing the Fifth Doctor, a kinder and more sensitive incarnation of our hero, tempted by such a violent and destructive act is quite shocking, and reminds us just how dark the Doctor can get.

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“The Daleks shall become Lords of Time! We shall become all-“

“Powerful! Crush the lesser races! Conquer the galaxy! Unimaginable power! Unlimited rice pudding! Etcetera, etcetera!”

In Remembrance, we see the Daleks split into two rival groups: the Imperial Daleks, following the Dalek Emperor, and the Renegade Daleks, with the Dalek Supreme as their leader. Both factions are searching for the Hand of Omega, a powerful Gallifreyan device that the First Doctor had hidden on 1960’s Earth for safekeeping.

The Seventh Doctor meets Davros halfway through Part 4, where he is revealed as the Dalek Emperor and revels in his triumph at acquiring the Hand of Omega. The mad scientist then announces his intent to destroy Gallifrey and the Time Lords, a precursor to the Time War. The Doctor mocks Davros and his loud rhetoric (“Unimaginable power! Unlimited rice pudding!”), which really boils Davros’s blood (assuming he has any!). In a fit of rage, he decides to use the Omega Device on Skaro’s sun to bring about destruction to the enemies of the Daleks, but unwittingly plays right into the Doctor’s hands. Skaro’s sun turns supernova, destroys the Dalek’s home planet, and the Hand then annihilates the Dalek forces orbiting Earth – all part of the Doctor’s plan. Davros escapes (again) and lives on to mull over just how cunning and ruthless the Doctor can be when you get on his bad side.

Their meeting also features a gem of a burn by Davros: “Ah, Doctor, you have changed again. Your appearance is as inconstant as your intelligence!”

Remembrance was to be the last appearance of the Daleks until the 2005 episode Dalek, and the last appearance of Davros until…

The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End

“How many have died in your name? The Doctor. The man who keeps running, never looking back. Because he dare not, out of shame. This is my final victory, Doctor. I have shown you… yourself.”

Davros returns, after 20 years off our screens! And the Doctor is just as surprised as we are to see him. Assumed to have been lost at the Gates of Elysium in the first year of the Time War, Davros is back with a vengeance. His plan to steal 27 planets to create a Reality Bomb and wipe out all matter in all dimensions is truly deranged, and even the Doctor seems shocked at the extent of Davros’s madness.

When Martha threatens to destroy the Earth and Captain Jack threatens to wipe out the Dalek Crucible, Davros taunts the Doctor about how he brings out the best and the worst in people – the Doctor fashions his friends into weapons and many of them have died in his name, and so shows him that, in a way, he isn’t so different from Davros himself.

But while the Meta-Crisis Doctor has no qualms about killing every single Dalek in the invading fleet, the Doctor again tries to save Davros from a fiery end onboard the exploding Dalek Crucible. Davros, in total anger, refuses this offer of help, and names the Doctor ‘The Destroyer of Worlds’. Ouch.

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“Which side are you on? Are you the enemy?”

“I’m not sure that any of that matters. Friends, enemies. So long as there’s mercy. Always mercy.”

And now we’ve come full circle. In a fabulous nod to the classic "Do I have the right?" scene in Genesis of the Daleks (above), the Doctor encounters a young Davros on a ruined battlefield on Skaro, pleading for help. Initially the Doctor is keen to lend a hand, but as soon as he learns the boy’s name, he scarpers as fast as he can, leaving Davros to the mercy of the hand mines. Thousands of years later, a dying Davros appeals to the Doctor’s compassion (a good tactic) and summons him back to Skaro to meet for the last time. The evil genius once again tempts the Doctor to commit genocide against his creations, the difference this time being that this decision would be made out of choice rather than necessity. Of course, the Doctor refuses, as he always has done.

Their conversations in The Witch’s Familiar are full of regret and sadness – the Doctor can see that Davros truly is close to death and takes pity on him, giving him a tiny burst of regeneration energy so that Davros can see the sunrise one last time. Obviously this has all been a particularly cruel trap to snare the Doctor and steal his regeneration energy, although the Time Lord of course anticipated this and turned Davros’s plan against him, in a rather ‘revolting’ way.

Davros is clearly back to his old scheming ways, but even manipulating the Doctor’s compassion against him isn’t enough to outsmart our favourite Time Lord. In fact, it made his compassion stronger, as the Doctor corrects his mistake from the beginning of The Magician’s Apprentice and saves the young Davros from the battlefield, teaching him the importance of mercy as they walk hand-in-hand back to the boy’s home.

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Send us your questions for The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz!

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 6:30am

UPDATE! PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS HAS NOW CLOSED!

But you can play The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: Part 1 - Modern Who and The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: Part 2 - Classic Who NOW!

 

Do you consider yourself a super fan of the genius from Gallifrey? Are you an expert of inter-galactic time travel? Whether you’re an old-school Hartnell supporter or a hardcore Whouffaldi shipper, we want to know what you think should be Who-wide trivia.

We call on you, our dedicated fans to relive over 50 years of Doctor Who heritage by emailing us your questions (details below). Remind us of long forgotten monsters like Axons, Wirrn and the Zarbi as well as the show’s actors, locations and anything else you can think of. With your collective knowledge we will test young and old with a quiz that every Whovian should take.

We are looking for one question per entrant and as the quiz is multiple choice, you will need to provide one right answer and two wrong answers. We will be picking a selection of your questions so they can be as easy or as hard as you want, just try to think originally and creatively. 

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1 June, at 23:59 and the chosen questions will be released in The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz on Thursday 2 June, so keep an eye out on the official website and Twitter account.

Email your submissions to thedoctor@bbc.co.uk with the following details:

• Your first name

• Your age (no age limit, but if you’re under 16 please check with a parent or guardian before emailing)

• Where you’re from (nearest town or city)

• Make sure the subject of your email reads ‘Fan Quiz’

• Your question, followed by 3 multiple choice answers (1 right, 2 wrong, and please specify which answer is the right one!)

• There is no limit on question length, but answers shouldn’t be longer than 45 characters (including spaces)

Good luck and get thinking!

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Doctor Who former Senior Camera Operator Alec Wheal passes away

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:21am

Alec with colleagues, 3rd from right.

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of former Senior Camera Operator, Alec Wheal. Alec worked on the majority of Doctor Who stories between Destiny of the Daleks and the Greatest Show in the Galaxy. He was regarded by many as an unsung hero of the show and he remained a fan of Doctor Who until the end.

Alec was a highly skilled camera operator who adapted to the ever changing needs of the TV studio environment and was much loved by the Doctors and companions who worked with him.

Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison said "As the senior Cameraman, Alec Wheal was the rock of the studio recordings of Doctor Who, both during my time, and throughout the seventies and eighties. We developed an understanding, so that in those moments of panic as the clock ticked round to ten pm the end result was always as good as it was”.

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9 life lessons from Doctor Who

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:30am

The Doctor, being an immortal Time Lord and all, has been around the block probably more times than he can count. For over 2000 years, he’s been navigating his way through all sorts of situations, from the mundane to the fantastical to the, well, slightly ridiculous. So it’s not surprising that he’s picked up a few valuable life lessons along his many and varied travels.

Here are 9 noble rules to live your life by, according to the Doctor (and one from Rose!):

Lesson 1: Run like hell, because you always need to. Lesson 2: Laugh at everything because it’s always funny. Lesson 3: Never be cruel and never be cowardly. And if you ever are, always make amends.

https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/715284552072224768?lang=en

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/732996067273375744

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/717791218000912385?lang=en

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/705042367112466432?lang=en

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