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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

2015 Christmas Special - River Song to Return!

The BBC have confirmed that Alex Kingston is to reprise her role as River Song in the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, read on for further details:

Alex Kingston returns to Cardiff to reclaim her role as Professor River Song for the highly anticipated 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, part of BBC One’s essential seasonal viewing.

It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.

Day one of filming the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week and is written by lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).

River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.

Award winning Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance, "To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!"

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, adds, "Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time..."

The witty line-up of guest cast joining Alex for a magical adventure on the TARDIS will be announced over the coming months.

The 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special will broadcast this December, while series nine commences on Saturday 19th September on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time to be confirmed.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Mission Dalek - Details

BBC Digital have unveiled a new Doctor Who story competition featuring the Daleks, read on for further details:

Mission Dalek - tell the Time Lord’s Greatest Tale!
The Doctor is about to face his oldest and greatest enemies… the Daleks.

Lost in space and time without his TARDIS, the Doctor is trying to make contact. The only clues as to where he is are in his 2000 Year Diary, located in the TARDIS Core. Use these clues to create your very own #MissionDalek adventure to tell us how the Doctor comes face-to face with the Daleks once again.

Unleash your digital creativity! Be it video, animation or image editing... Use the range of clips and images we’re supplying or create your own story from scratch. Throw in animation! Voice overs! Cosplay! Go bananas! Just tell your story digitally.

Mission Dalek is your chance to create brand new adventures for the Doctor! It’s an opportunity to bring battles with the Daleks to life and share all those brilliant, bonkers ideas you’ve had about Doctor Who! And on top of that, it might just propel you into the Time Lord’s real world where you’ll encounter Daleks and meet the Doctor himself - Peter Capaldi!


So, what do you need to know?
Mission Dalek is part of the BBC’s Make it Digital season and we’re inviting you to use your imagination and digital skills to create an adventure for the Doctor. We know many Doctor Who fans make amazing videos or are fantastic at cosplay and love to get involved in a million marvellous ways. For those guys, this is a chance to hone and harness your passion and showcase your digital skills to the universe!

But what if you’ve never dabbled in digital, never shot a video or made up a story?
DON’T WORRY! We’re here to help with loads of down-to-earth videos offering top tips from the Doctor Who team as well as a range of digital tools to get you started. We would LOVE you to take your first steps with us and the Doctor... to unleash your creativity and to have as much fun as humanly possible as you make it digital!

What next?
Easy as pie! Just visit our gleaming Mission Dalek site where you’ll find all the info you’ll need about what sort of adventure we’re after, how you can make it, and what prizes you can win! It’s all there. Right now. Wow. It’s a roller coaster, isn’t it?

For more details of Mission Dalek, click here, the compeition closes on midnight on 9th September.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 490

Panini have issued the cover and details of the next edition of Doctor Who magazine:

In DWM issue 490, Steven Moffat previews the new series of Doctor Who:

"Why not start with a blockbuster?" says Steven of the two-part opening story, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar. "Why leave it till the last two weeks? So yes, it’s like starting with a finale, and having a big, grand, movie-sized story, as opposed to a 45-minute story."

What does Steven like about the longer format? "It allows you to play with certain things," he replies. "There's a kind of scale that you can attain in a two-parter, that you can't have in 45 minutes. It's a scale that we're not used to at the moment, as we haven't done two-parters for quite a while. And in a way, it's sort of advertising the fact that we've got two-parters back this year. We do things in that first episode that I would say are very 'two-parter-y'."

Also inside this issue:

He's mad, bad and dangerous to know… and now, DWM has discovered the secret diary of the Master, which reveals the insane thinking behind his... er, her every scheme!

Why does nearly everyone in Doctor Who speak English? Steve Lyons investigates the mystery of universal translation throughout the history of the series - and comes to some intriguing conclusions...

Showrunner Steven Moffat answers more readers' questions - and presents a brand new scene which explores what the Doctor called himself during the Time War...

The Fourth Doctor and Romana encounter creatures with a thirst for blood - and an ancient enemy of the Time Lords - as the The Fact of Fiction explores the 1980 story State of Decay.

Clara has a shocking reunion with her boyfriend in the brand-new comic strip adventure, Spirits of the Jungle, by Jonathan Morris, illustrated by John Ross.

Novelist, fan girl, and mum Jacqueline Rayner celebrates the joy of a new Doctor Who trailer in her regular column, Relative Dimensions.

The Time Team embark on a marathon viewing session as they sit down to watch David Tennant's swansong as the Doctor: The End of Time.

DWM takes a look at a landmark new series of books, which begins in September: Doctor Who The Complete History.

DWM talks to the people involved in the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases, including Dan Starkey, James Goss and Gary Russell.

The Watcher examines some of the many unanswered questions in Doctor Who and celebrates a feisty equine talent in Wotcha!.

All the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.

Issue 490 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from tomorrow until 15th September priced £4.99.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Series 9 - SFX Magazine Preview

The latest edition of SFX magazine features an episodic guide to the ninth series of Doctor Who with Steven Moffat, you can read it below:

Episodes 1 & 2
"This is the opening two-parter. It features lots of Daleks and this time we mean it! Clara receives a mysterious summons and has to team up with Missy to search for the Doctor in a very, very old place."

Episodes 3 & 4
"This two-parter is written by Toby Whithouse and features an underwater base plagued by creeping ghosts and an island that is about to be submerged in water. But who or what is doing this and how can the Doctor stop it? It’s very scary, atmospheric and claustrophobic, much like some classic episodes."

Episodes 5 & 6
"Those two are exceptional! Doctor Who meets Game of Thrones! Well, only because Maisie Williams is in them. The first part features Vikings fighting mercenary robots (and a dragon!) and the second one sees a group of Highwaymen dealing with a Norse god."

Episodes 7 & 8
"This one is written by Peter Harness and The Day of the Doctor acted as a prologue to it. In it, the Zygons made peace with the Humans, but not every Zygon decided it was okay so they’ve been raising an army, silently and now they’re rising against UNIT! We’ve been planning this forever and Osgood is in it! But how is that possible you’d ask? Missy killed her! Who knows? Well, we know."

Episode 9
"This is a very unique Doctor Who story from Mark Gatiss. It wasn’t possible to do such an episode ten years ago, when the show came back and Mark has been rewriting it over and over again to make it perfect. It’s a beautiful story, very eerie and special, I think it’s going to be an instant classic."

Episode 10
"An episode which leapt out as 'why haven’t we done this already? This is so Doctor Who we should be doing this immediately'. And when Sarah Dollard walked in with the finalised script, it was even better! Really, this is going to be a fan-favorite, everyone will want to rewatch it."

Episode 11 & 12
"A challenge. I won’t say anything else because it would be too spoilery, but when you’ll watch it, you’re going to ask how exactly the Doctor and Clara are going to pull it off."

Series nine of Doctor Who commences Saturday 19th September on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Series 1-4 Blu-ray Boxsets - Covers & Details

BBC DVD have issued the covers and details for the release of the first four series of Doctor Who onto Blu-ray for the first time:

All 13 episodes from the first series of the relaunched sci-fi adventure drama, written by Russell T. Davies and starring Christopher Eccleston as the legendary Time Lord.

In this series, the Doctor meets new companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) while saving her from the living-plastic Nestene Consciousness, before taking her on adventures through time and space, where she meets Charles Dickens (Simon Callow), tries to save her father from dying when she was a child, and helps the Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) battle the evil Daleks and save the world.

Rose / The End of the World / The Unquiet Dead / Aliens of London / World War Three / Dalek / The Long Game / Father's Day / The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances / Boom Town / Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways

The 2005 Christmas special and all 13 episodes from the second series of the relaunched sci-fi adventure drama, starring David Tennant as the latest incarnation of the legendary Time Lord.

In this series, the tenth Doctor takes companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) to New Earth and struggles to overcome the effects of regeneration. In the opening Christmas episode London is deluged by Santa Claus impersonators and Christmas trees intent on malice. Mankind is threatened by a planetary invasion and there’s only the Prime Minister to battle it out.

The Christmas Invasion / New Earth / Tooth and Claw / School Reunion / The Girl in the Fireplace / Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel / The Idiot's Lantern / The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit / Love & Monsters / Fear Her / Army of Ghosts / Doomsday

The 2006 Christmas special and all 13 episodes from the third series of the relaunched sci-fi adventure drama, starring David Tennant as the latest incarnation of the legendary Time Lord.

In this series, the Doctor is joined by new companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) as he encounters old enemies including the Daleks and the Master (John Simm), takes Martha to Elizabethan England to meet William Shakespeare (Dean Lennox Kelly), and battle the deadly Weeping Angels in one of the show's most acclaimed episodes.

The Runaway Bride / Smith and Jones / The Shakespeare Code / Gridlock / Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks / The Lazarus Experiment / 42 / Human Nature / The Family of Blood / Blink / Utopia / The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords

The 2007 Christmas special and all 13 episodes from the fourth series of the relaunched sci-fi adventure drama, starring David Tennant as the latest incarnation of the legendary Time Lord. 

In this series, the Doctor is joined by new companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) as the pair venture through time and space, visiting ancient Pompeii and the planet of the Ood while also meeting the mysterious River Song (Alex Kingston) in The Library, now overrun by the carnivorous Vashta Nerada.

Voyage of the Damned / Partners in Crime / The Fires of Pompeii / Planet of the Ood / The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky / The Doctor's Daughter / The Unicorn and the Wasp / Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead / Midnight / Turn Left / The Stolen Earth / Journey's End

All four Blu-ray boxsets feature the same extras as their DVD releases and are on sale from 31st August priced £29.11 each.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Series 9 - Second Trailer


The BBC have issued a second trailer for the forthcoming ninth series of Doctor Who, you can watch it above. Doctor Who returns on Saturday 19th September on BBC One and BBC One HD, a time is to be confirmed.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Doctor Who Magazine - The Music of Doctor Who

Panini have issued the cover and details of a new one-off edition of Doctor Who magazine: 

For the first time in the 36-year history of Doctor Who magazine - an entire issue devoted to the music and sound design of Doctor Who!

From Delia Derbyshire’s groundbreaking experiments in the Radiophonic Workshop, to the acclaimed performances of Murray Gold’s orchestral scores at the Royal Albert Hall, The Music of Doctor Who explores one of the most celebrated and mysterious sonic landscapes in television history.

"We think this Special Edition is unprecedented in its scope and detail," says editor Marcus Hearn. "Writers such as Mark Ayres and Andrew Pixley have contributed a fresh insight to an aspect of the show’s production that’s been overlooked for too long."

Highlights of the issue include:
  • Interviews with Tristram Cary, Dudley Simpson and Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll.
  • Contributions from David Arnold, Neil Brand and Steven Moffat.
  • Sections devoted to every composer to have worked on the programme.
  • The strange world of library music.
  • The history of the Radiophonic Workshop.
  • The complete guide to pop music in Doctor Who.

The Music of Doctor Who is on sale from 13th August priced £9.99.