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Nine Christmas-related things you (probably) didn’t know about Doctor Who…

BBC - Doctor Who - Sun, 12/04/2016 - 5:37am

...can you supply the tenth?

1. The Unquiet Dead (set during Christmas, 1869) was initially entitled, ‘My Name’s Dickens... Charles Dickens’!

2. Dreaming of a Red Christmas? The November 2009 adventure, The Waters of Mars, was originally intended to be a Christmas Special and a few seasonal references survived, such as Bowie Base’s crew preparing for Christmas dinner. Its working title was the festive, Red Christmas.

3. Justin Chatwin plays The Ghost in The Return of Doctor Mysterio and he’s no stranger to superheroes… His very first onscreen appearance came in the pilot episode of Smallville, the US series that covered the early years of Clark Kent/Superman – one of the characters that inspired The Ghost!

4. Doctor Who was the first TV drama granted permission to film on top of the Tower of London. The scenes formed an important part of The Christmas Invasion and were shot in a sunny July, 2005!

5. What did you think of the Christmas Special, Miracle on Bannerman Road, from The Sarah Jane Adventures? Never heard of it? That’s because although the story was originally planned to round off the show’s fourth season, sadly it never made it to the production stage. The adventure would have riffed off Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and there was even talk of Tom Baker (seen below with Matt Smith) appearing in it!

6. And talking of Specials that never made it – Expelliarmus! Doctor Who’s former head writer and exec producer, Russell T Davies, wanted J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter books, seen below) to appear in a Christmas episode… The adventure would have seen the imagination of ‘good old JK’ not just become real, but transformed into a world that the Tenth Doctor would have to battle through!

7. Sheila Dunn played the wonderfully named Blossom Lefavre in the very first Christmas Special back in 1965. Sheila was the daughter of Bill Dunn, the famous engineer who designed the bulletproof engine of the plane seen in Victory of the Daleks – the Spitfire! Sheila returned to Doctor Who in The Invasion and Inferno (as seen below) and later found fame playing the mother of Harry Hill!

8. Douglas Camfield, who directed the 1965 Christmas Special, had wanted it to be Doctor Who’s first cross-over ep featuring characters and places used in the BBC police drama, Z Cars. But that show’s producer, David Rose, didn’t find the idea arresting (ouch!) and vetoed it!

Above: A moment from Z Cars - It Never Rains.

9. What do the evil genius Professor Kettlewell (from Robot) and the Doctor’s daughter (from err, The Doctor’s Daughter) have in common? Both were played by actors – Edward Burnham and Georgia Tennant, née Moffett – who were born on Christmas Day.

Have you got a tenth top trivia fact about the Doctor Who Christmas Specials? If so, tweet it using the hashtag #DWXmasFacts and we’ll retweet a few of our faves!

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The Return of Doctor Mysterio: What We Know So Far!

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 7:51am

This Christmas a certain Time Lord swings back into action and guess what… We can’t wait! Here’s what we know about the highly anticipated Special – so far! Contains minor spoilers. Obvs.

Unless you’ve been trapped in the catacombs of Ribos for the past few months, you’re probably aware that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special is called The Return of Doctor Mysterio! The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is joined once again by Nardole (Matt Lucas) and the episode is written by Steven Moffat who gave us a hint about what to expect… ‘I’ve always loved superheroes,’ he revealed, ‘and this Christmas Doctor Who dives into that world!’

Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black) stars as The Ghost and commented, ‘Working with the amazing people at Doctor Who has been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I've ever had the pleasure of being involved with.’ Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall) is on board as journalist Lucy Fletcher and you can see them all in action in the clip below…

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The cast also includes Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman. We also know it’s a 60 minute spesh directed by Ed Bazalgette who was previously at the helm for The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived.

Judging by the clip above, the Christmas Special is set in the present day and it’s been confirmed the plot involves New York being under threat from a deadly alien menace. We’ll keep you updated as more information comes in but for now, here’s another sneak peek into The Return of Doctor Mysterio…

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The Return of Doctor Mysterio: The Sneak Peek!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 9:47am

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Doctor Who’s relationship with Children in Need stretches back to 1983 and this year we were treated to a special preview clip from the Christmas Special!

What can we say about the sneak peek? Well, the Doctor is on top form and up to his attack eyebrows in trouble – no change there, then... Great to see Nardole back and we’re super-intrigued (no pun intended!) about The Ghost – the caped figure who can fly, withstand bullets and fire off a few wisecracks in case his arrival wasn’t memorable enough! We’re also looking forward to finding out more about Lucy Fletcher, the journalist who seems astonished by the fact she’s honest with the Doctor… How is she tied in with The Return of Doctor Mysterio?

We’ll be looking into the Christmas Special very soon but for now, enjoy the preview clip and if that’s not enough, check out what happened when the universe of Doctor Who collided with the world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them…

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The 2017 Series… Returning Writers, Cast Updates and More!

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:56am

Back for the new series...

Next year’s series of Doctor Who has reached its fourth recording block, with Episodes 5 and 9 going shooting in Cardiff during November. The BBC Wales production team has revealed to DWM some exclusive news about these two episodes.

The writer for Episode 5 is Jamie Mathieson, who has previously written three episodes of Doctor Who: the DWM season-poll-topping Mummy on the Orient Express (2014), Flatline (2014) and (with Steven Moffat) The Girl Who Died (2015).

Jamie's first episode was the thrilling, Mummy on the Orient Express.

An excited Jamie tells DWM, “I’m back baby, and beyond stoked to be once again putting words in the mouths of the TARDIS crew. So what can I tell you? Well, my episode this year is very, very scary. Like, seriously so. ‘Let’s go behind the sofa and just stay there until it’s over’ scary. It’s got more shocks and tense scenes than anything I’ve ever written. And that’s coming from a man who once wrote an episode of My Parents Are Aliens. It’s also a taut thrill ride, a gag fest, a pitch black satire and, for the first time – [notices Steven Moffat approaching with cosh marked ‘no spoilers’] – I’m writing for Bill and Nardole!”

The guest cast for Jamie’s episode includes Kieran Bew, Justin Salinger, Peter Caulfield, Mimi Ndiweni and Karen Brayben.

Episode 9 of Doctor Who’s 2017 series is written by Rona Munro, author of the very last Doctor Who story of the show’s original 26-year run – the seminal and highly acclaimed 1989 Seventh Doctor adventure Survival. Since then, Rona has gone on to become one of the most successful writers working in the industry, with countless theatre, television and radio credits to her name.

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Watch a moment from Rona's first Doctor Who adventure: Survival.

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Speaking to DWM, Rona reveals, “Writing Survival was my dream job, but it was a mournful time in the show’s history. This has been a very different experience. There’s more of everything; people, resources, confidence, success... but the same constantly renewing and indefinable wonder that is Doctor Who. When I was very small and watching the First Doctor, I had a special cushion known as ‘Rona’s Doctor Whocushion’. I would hide my face in it when the Daleks or other monsters appeared on screen! The Eaters of Light is my version of other stories that have haunted me for almost as long.”

Joining the regular cast for Rona’s episode are Rebecca Benson, Daniel Kerr, Juwon Adedokun, Brian Vernel, Ben Hunter, Aaron Phagura, Sam Adewunmi and Billy Matthews.

Once these episodes are in the can, the series reaches the mid-point of shooting, with Episodes 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 still to go before the cameras. The new series of Doctor Who – starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill and Matt Lucas as Nardole – will hit TV screens in spring 2017.

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Doctor Who on Children in Need: Five Fave Moments!

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 11/16/2016 - 6:23am

On Friday (Nov 18th) you’ll be able to catch an exclusive preview clip from this year’s Christmas Special – The Return of Doctor Mysterio! It’ll be shown as part of the BBC’s Children in Need night and continues a tradition that’s seen Doctor Who supporting and appearing in the charity’s big evening for over 30 years!

So we dipped into the TARDIS archives and present five of our favourite times that Doctor Who has materialised on Children in Need…

Time Crash! (2007)
The Tenth Doctor met the Fifth Doctor in the special minisode that showed both of them doing what they do best – showing off, trading quips and saving the universe! But it was also a lovely nod to the show’s past. ‘You know,’ the Tenth Doctor told his Fifth incarnation, ‘I loved being you… You were my Doctor!’

'To days to come...'

'All my love to long ago...'

The Great Detective (2012)
Things were looking bad for the Doctor in 2012. He’d lost the Ponds and had ‘retired’, sulking about Victorian London wearing a grim expression and a rather fabulous hat. But things were looking good for Doctor Who fans on Children in Need night that year as this special minisode, The Great Detective, caught up with the Time Lord and his old friends, Vastra, Jenny and Strax…

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The Five Doctors (1983)
Doctor Who first got involved in Children in Need back in 1983 when the show’s twentieth anniversary special was broadcast on the charity’s big night. The Five Doctors featured Cybermen, a Dalek, a Yeti, old companions and (yep, you guessed it), five – count ’em – five Doctors! What a way to make an entrance…

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Splendid fellows... All of them!

Meet the Tenth Doctor! (2005)
We’d glimpsed the Tenth Doctor at the very end of The Parting of the Ways, but a brief scene shown during 2005’s Children in Need properly introduced David Tennant’s take on the Time Lord. Ahh, memories… Allons-y!

New Doctor... New teeth!

'Hold on tight - here we go!'

Dimensions in Time (1993)
Okay. It was a bit nuts. Lots of returning Doctors, companions, the brilliant Brigadier and a bunch of familiar foes who are (Albert) squaring up to each other in EastEnders’ Walford. And if that wasn’t crazy enough, there was a bit of timey-wimey action going on as we zipped back and forth between 1973 and 2013. Sample dialogue from the Fourth Doctor: ‘…a renegade Time Lord known only as the Rani… She hates me. She even hates children!’ Come on… Where’s your sense of humour?!

And Coming Soon…
We nipped forward in time and had a gander at the exclusive The Return of Doctor Mysterio clip that’ll be shown on BBC One on Friday! And yes, we can confirm it’s now one of our fave Children in Need moments…

Find out more about this year’s Children in Need!

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5 times Daleks have broken our hearts…

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 11/09/2016 - 5:31pm

We’ve already seen Bill introduced to the Daleks and loved her reaction to Doctor’s oldest enemies! And how do we feel about them? Well, we can deal with the Daleks trying to exterminate anything that moves and we’re fine with them zooming through the air like they’re trying to collect frequent flier points. But please, for the love of the Doctor, no more breaking our hearts! Here’s a roll call of heart-breaking moments so far…

The whole Oswin is a Dalek thing

We liked Oswin. A lot. The whole soufflé, cheeky, helping the Doctor thing was ace. Then it turns out she’s a Dalek. A Dalek in a red dress. Didn’t see that one coming.

Exterminating Lynda with a ‘y’

She was so sweet. Then she was so dead. Lynda with a why, why, why?

Shooting the Doctor in the middle of his big reunion with Rose

We’d waited ages for them to get back together, only for a Dalek to ruin it with the biggest gooseberry moment in world history. Thanks for that.

Shooting Captain Jack

It was back in the days before Jack kept coming back to life so when he was shot, we’ll admit it – it hurt.

Rusty

He pointed out the Doctor’s faults (surely that’s Clara’s job?) and then went off to fight his fellow Daleks, alone. Can’t help feel sorry for that old Rusty rebel.

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BBC Children in Need to preview Doctor Who Christmas Special

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 5:00am

BBC Children in Need will play host to an exclusive clip from this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special on the charity’s annual Appeal night, Friday 18th November.

The sneak peek will see the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi and Nardole, played by Matt Lucas, team up with an investigative reporter played by Charity Wakefield and a masked vigilante played by Justin Chatwin to defend New York from a terrifying alien invasion before the full episode, ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’, airs at Christmas.

Written by Steven Moffat, they will be joined by Adetomiwa Edun, Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman.

The exclusive clip will form part of BBC Children in Need’s Appeal Show on Friday 18th November, 7pm, BBC One whilst the 60 minute special will air later in the year at Christmas.

The programme is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark).

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Experimental Doctor Who Don’t Blink game goes live!

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 8:38am

If you like to try something a bit different and think you’re brave enough to take on the Weeping Angels, we have a Halloween treat for you!

We have just launched the Doctor Who Don’t Blink mini-game, which is an experiment for BBC Taster to see whether your webcam can successfully detect eye movements and be used as a game controller. We thought the Weeping Angels were a perfect fit for this! We’re also interested in finding out whether you would enjoy more, short, fun branded mini-games.

It’s a fun game, but it’s not for the faint hearted!

You’re alone in the attic of an abandoned house and the Weeping Angels are coming for you. The aim is to survive until the Doctor can send the TARDIS to save you. To help, he’s rigged up your webcam to CCTV around the house so you can watch the Angels. They can only move when you’re not looking at them so, whatever you do, don’t blink! Your webcam should detect when you blink or look away. 

We can’t wait to see what you think. Does your webcam detect your eye movements? Do the Angels approach when you blink? Can you win the game if you hold your stare?

Have a play and, if you like it, rate it and challenge your friends to try it too.

This pilot works on Chrome 48.x or higher, Firefox 43.x or higher, Windows 10 Edge on desktop only.

Play 'Doctor Who Don't Blink' now on BBC Taster!

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'The Moonbase' is Reviewed in Doctor Who: Podshock 337

Art Trap Productions - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 11:16pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 337
Running Time: 2:02:55

The second ever Cybermen story in Doctor Who, the second Doctor classic, 'The Moonbase' is reviewed, plus news, feedback, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

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337 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:44am

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 337
Running time: 2:02:55

The second ever Cybermen story, the classic second Doctor story,'The Moonbase' is reviewed, plus news, feedback, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

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

This episode is also brought to you by Audible. Visit http://podshock.net for the link to your FREE audio-book download with free trial.

Do you need the MP3 file format? Get our MP3 version of this episode using our MP3 dedicated feed at http://www.gallifreyanembassy.org/podshock/podshockmp3.xml.

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Doctor Who Superhero Adventure for Christmas Day

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 2:49pm

This Christmas on BBC One, the Doctor teams up with a comic-book superhero in New York for a heroic special written by Steven Moffat, titled ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’.

The family favourite will return on Christmas day as the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, teams up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player) and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat. Steven Moffat, Writer and Executive Producer, said:

“I’ve always loved superheroes and this Christmas Doctor Who dives into that world. My favourite superhero is Clark Kent. Not Superman, Clark Kent.”

 

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Grant will be played by Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, War of the Worlds). He comments on joining the Doctor Who team for the special:

“Working with the amazing people at Doctor Who has been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with.”

Matt Lucas (Nardole) will also be joining the cast of the special with Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman.

The 60 minute Doctor Who Christmas Special will air on BBC One and is written by Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, Produced by Peter Bennett and Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark), it was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios.

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5 times the Doctor nearly settled down to the 9-5

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 7:00am

Today is the second anniversary of The Caretaker, in which the Doctor takes a job as, well, a caretaker at Coal Hill School. However, he spends most of his time planting alien detectors and gatecrashing Clara’s English lessons than actually cleaning or caretaking (which shouldn’t really surprise anyone)!

And seeing as the Doctor’s got over 2000 years on the clock and countless adventures under his belt, it’s no surprise that now and again he slows down a bit and gets a 9-to-5 like the rest of us non-time travellers.

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Our favourite Time Lord also took the role of Caretaker in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. After Madge Arwell helped the Doctor back to his TARDIS after crash-landing on Earth, he decides to give her and her children a very special Christmas to repay her for her kindness. Of course, his best-laid plans go slightly pear-shaped (or should we say, humanoid-tree-shaped), but it all ends happily with the safe return of Madge’s fighter pilot husband Reg for the most magical Christmas the Arwells have ever had.

Shop assistant

The Doctor was only stopping by for a social call, that’s all, honestly! He was done noticing things, and he definitely didn’t notice the electrical fluctuations around Craig Owens’s house and all the local people going missing. And he was just living in the moment when he got a job in the local department store to investigate a strange silver rat with glowing red eyes…!

UNIT scientific adviser

The Doctor was exiled to Earth at the end of The War Games with a defunct TARDIS, and spent almost half of his third incarnation working with UNIT as a scientific adviser. He worked closely with fellow scientist Liz Shaw, UNIT operative Jo Grant and of course the Brigadier, although at times, he and the Brig didn’t quite see eye-to-eye on certain things (the end of Doctor Who and the Silurians springs to mind).

Call centre employee

Filling in for Craig after he’d touched the ‘dry rot’ on his ceiling and fallen ill in The Lodger, the Doctor was rocking the phone lines at his new housemate’s call centre job, blowing raspberries at ‘rude Mr Lang’ and according to boss Michael, was brilliant at the planning meeting. Not bad for someone who ‘had some time to kill’!

Teacher

“So… physics. Physics, eh? Physics. Phyyyyyysics. Physics. Physics. Physics. Physics. Physics. Physics. Physics…

I hope one of you is getting all of this down.”

Can you guess what subject the Doctor taught while undercover at Deffrey Vale School in School Reunion? That’s right, Art! :)

Just kidding, it was Physics, obviously! Although he didn’t really get up to much teaching in between investigating the super-intelligent pupils and the strange, new faculty staff…

He was pretty laidback in School Reunion, but we can’t really say the same for his teaching tenure as the ‘human’ John Smith in the 1910’s in Human Nature/The Family of Blood (think learning by rote, the cane, and giving a student permission to beat a fellow pupil for being “deliberately shoddy”. Not nice.)

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Cast of Class to appear in Live Stream on Friday 23 September

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 8:00am

The cast of Class will appear in a global Class Live Stream on Friday 23 September, so put it in your calendar now! The Live Stream will be available on the Class official Facebook page and will start at 4:30pm BST.

Radio 1Xtra DJ A.Dot will host the Class Live Stream and will be joined by exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah, as well as Class producer Derek Ritchie. The Live Stream will also be available on the BBC Three YouTube channel.

Post your questions for the Class cast and Derek on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat by responding to the official Class social media channels or use the hashtag #AskClass. 

The official Class social media channels are:

Class is a YA series that will premiere on BBC Three this Autumn - please note it is not suitable viewing for younger audiences. 

Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who Universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. All the 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.

Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.

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Doctor Who spin off series Class launches social channels

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:00am

The brand-new Doctor Who spin off series Class, set in the legendary Coal Hill School, has launched its social media channels, so you’ll never be late for class again!

Class is a YA series that will premiere on BBC Three this Autumn and will feature more mature themes than Doctor Who - please note it is not suitable viewing for younger audiences.

Starring exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah, as well as the brilliant Katherine Kelly, Class centres on four Coal Hill School students as they face their own fears and navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence.

You can catch all the latest Class news and photos on:

And don’t forget to follow BBCClass on Snapchat for exclusive behind the scenes videos with the cast!

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Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.

Head this way for more info on the brand new series set in the universe of Doctor Who, and click here to Meet the Cast of Class in 360°.

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The ABCs of Doctor Who

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 6:00am

It’s September, and you know what that means: back to school!

So, if the summer holidays have left your brain a little bit mushy and you need a jumpstart to get you back into action, here are the ABCs of Doctor Who!

A is for Amy, the girl who waited.

B is for Bill, the girl to come.

C is for Cyberman, prepare for deletion!

D is for Dalek, “Exterminate!” …RUN!

E is for Earth, the Doctor’s favourite planet.

F is for the Flood, the water of Mars.

G is for Gallifrey, planet of the Time Lords.

H is for Home, a blue box amongst the stars.

I is for Ice Warrior, prepare to ssshiver!

J is for Judoon, great big space rhinos!

K is for Kate, following her father’s lead.

L is for the Library, with its deadly shadows…

M is for Missy, say something nice!

N is for Nardole, what’s happened to his head?!

O is for Oswald, Clara and Oswin!

P is for Prentis, a ghost, now that he’s dead.

Q is for Quantum Shade, inescapable death.

R is for River, “That’s Professor Song to you!”

S is for Silence, and silence will fall…

T is for TARDIS, a beacon of hope in blue.

U is for UNIT, five rounds rapid.

V is for Vastra, of the Silurian race.

W is for Weeping Angel, don't even blink!

X is for X-tonic rays, keep them off your face!

Y is for Yana, he’s the Master – who knew!

Z is for Zygon, he looks just like you!

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6 Doctor Who stars who showed up early

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:00am

On 1 September 2012 Jenna Coleman unexpectedly made her Doctor Who debut in Asylum of the Daleks. We knew that Jenna would be joining the Doctor but we hadn’t expected to see her quite so soon.

But Miss Coleman isn’t the only Doctor Who star to jump the gun and turn up a little early… So, here’s our guide to the actors whose first Doctor Who appearances were ahead of their time.

1. Jenna Coleman as Oswin

In Asylum of the Daleks Jenna played Oswin Oswald, the junior entertainment officer of the Starship Alaska, which had crashed on the Dalek Asylum. When the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory were sent to disable the Asylum’s impenetrable force field, Oswin took a break from baking soufflés and listening to Carmen to help them find a safe path through the most insane Daleks in the universe.

Unfortunately for Oswin, she soon discovered that during her stay at the Asylum she’d been converted into a Dalek but had been able to resist her Dalek conditioning. She was able to lower the Asylums defences so that the Doctor, Amy and Rory could escape and the planet could be destroyed, but not before wiping all information about the Doctor from the Dalek data banks. What a hero!

2. Peter Capaldi as Caecillius

All the way back in 2008, Peter Capaldi guest starred as Caecillius in The Fires of Pompeii. Caecillius was a marble merchant who was saved from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius by the Tenth Doctor. Many years later the Twelfth Doctor, fresh from his regeneration commented that he was sure he’d seen his face before… But it wasn't until he helped the Viking villagers in The Girl Who Died, that he realised he’d chosen that face to remind himself to save people.

3. Karen Gillan as the Soothsayer

The Fires of Pompeii was also the first episode to feature Karen Gillan, a whole two years before she first appeared as Amy Pond. Karen played the Soothsayer who was the first of the Sibylline Sisterhood to see the TARDIS, whose arrival in Pompeii had been foretold in prophecy.

4. Freema Agyeman as Adeola Oshodi

Freema Agyeman is best known in the Doctor Who world as Martha Jones, but she first turned up as Adeola Oshodi in Army of Ghosts. Adeola worked at Torchwood Tower and when she snuck off for a romantic rendezvous with a colleague, she was upgraded by the Cybermen. The Doctor Who production team were so impressed by Freema’s performance as Adeola, they offered her the opportunity to become the Doctor’s new companion and cast her as Martha Jones. The strong resemblance between the two characters was explained in Smith and Jones when Martha mentioned that her cousin Adeola had worked in Canary Wharf but didn’t return home after the Cybermen attacked.

5. Colin Baker as Commander Maxil

In 1984 Colin Baker materialised on our screens as the flamboyant Sixth Doctor, but this wasn’t his first time portraying a Time Lord as he’d already graced Gallifrey with his presence as Commander Maxil in Arc of Infinity. Maxil was a member of the Gallifreyan Chancellery Guard and was sent to intercept the Fifth Doctor when he was recalled to his home planet. Believing the Time Lords might try to kill him, the Doctor did his best to evade the Chancellery Guard. However Maxil, dedicated to completing his task, found the Doctor and shot him – thankfully, he did not shoot to kill.

6. Lalla Ward as Princess Astra

Before she was the second Romana, Lalla Ward was Princess Astra of Atrios aka the sixth segment of the Key to Time! When the Fourth Doctor and Romana travelled to Atrios in The Armageddon Factor in search of the final segment of the Key to Time, they were shocked to discover it was in fact a human being – Princess Astra.

Astra fulfilled her destiny by transforming into the sixth segment and the Key to Time was finally complete. However the Doctor soon realised the Key was too powerful to be entrusted to any one being, and that Astra would be forever imprisoned within it, so he scattered its segments across the universe, returning Astra to her human form.

Later when Romana regenerated she chose the appearance of Astra saying she “thought it looked very nice on the Princess”.

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6 historical events the Doctor was present at

BBC - Doctor Who - 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-14811048043393","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-14811048043408","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

BBC - Doctor Who - 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

BBC - Doctor Who - 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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