Tuesday, 24 November 2015

As part of the BBC's Christmas programming, they've released a set of photographs including one from this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston.

As this season draws to a close, only a short few weeks later will the (as of yet untitled) Doctor Who Christmas Special will air, seeing River Song reunite with the Doctor. Steven Moffat confirmed to Radio Times earlier this week that it will take place shortly after the 2012 episode 'The Angels Take Manhattan' in River Song's timeline. Is it going to be a sad Christmas?

Doctor Who's Christmas Special will air 25th December 2015, at a time to be confirmed closer to airing.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Last Saturday we attended the Doctor Who Festival, as part of our visit we produced a little tour of event, showing you the various things fans could do over the weekend.

The Doctor Who Festival took place at the ExCeL, London from the 13th-15th November and featured guests like Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez.

You can read our written review about the event, posted earlier this week here.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Planning your Christmas shopping? Get it out of the way early on the BBC Shop and you may be eligible for a free LEGO TARDIS, before official release on 1st December 2015.

The next 100 people to order on the BBC Shop, spending over £200 will get the brand new LEGO TARDIS set worth £49.99. No need to add it to your basket, it'll just be shipped with your order - but be quick - 100 won't last long.

Created by LEGO fanatic and designer, Andrew Clark and selected by the LEGO team at the LEGO fan invention site, LEGO Ideas, the new set features an opening TARDIS, detachable interior console room, the eponymous Daleks or Weeping Angels, Clara and of course the Time Lord himself.

With four mini-figures included, fans can embark on adventures with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor or Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor as well as an assorted inventory of accessories including the Sonic Screwdriver. Measuring over five inches high, six inches wide and nine inches deep, the model TARDIS building set contains 623 pieces.

We've previously reviewed the LEGO TARDIS set - you can see it in the video below:

Legal stuff:

There are 100 Doctor Who LEGO® IDEAS Sets to give away with orders of £200 or more in a single transaction. Offer is available whilst stocks last. One LEGO® Set per household. A LEGO® Set cannot be guaranteed. The first 100 customers to receive the LEGO® Set will be notified via email on Friday 20th November 2015. If you do not receive an email you have not been successful. Orders which qualify for free LEGO® Set are non-refundable but will still qualify for 14 day exchange guarantee. Shipping costs for orders outside of United Kingdom will be additional. The LEGO® Set will be delivered separately to your order. 

Earlier this Autumn, it was announced that David Tennant and Catherine Tate would return to the world of Doctor Who as their characters (The 10th Doctor and Donna Noble) in a series of Big Finish audio adventures - after the company secured the rights to new series characters.

A month later and the internet has the first preview of the dynamic-duo in action. Tennant last appeared in Doctor Who in the 50th anniversary special, 'The Day of The Doctor', while Tate hasn't been in the show (in a companion role) since 2008.

Radio Times have managed to get an exclusive first listen at episode 2 (out of the three commissioned), titled 'Time Reaver', which we have embedded below.


"Calibris. The spaceport planet where anything goes. Where anyone who doesn't want to be found can be lost, and where everything has its price. Where betentacled gangster Gully holds sway at the smugglers’ tavern, Vagabond’s Reach.

The alien Vacintians are trying to impose some order on the chaos. Soon the Doctor and Donna discover why. An illegal weapon is loose on the streets. A weapon that destroys lives… Slowly and agonisingly. The Time Reaver."

Written By: Jenny T Colgan

Cast: David Tennant (The Doctor), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Alex Lowe (Soren), Sabrina Bartlett (Cora), Terry Molloy (Rone), John Banks (Gully), Dan Starkey (Dorn)

The new audio dramas will be released on the Big Finish website in May 2016, and are available to pre-order from today.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Last weekend saw thousands of Doctor Who fans invaded London's docklands for 2015's Doctor Who Festival held at the ExCel Centre.

This was the third official BBC event since the programs reboot in 2005, following the Official Convention in Cardiff (2012) and the 50th Anniversary Convention in London (2013), all of which have been a massive success...

No Doctor Who fan could deny that there was always something to do or see during the course of the day, from props and costumes to look at, stalls to browse and talks/demonstrations to watch - there wasn't a dull moment, and it never fell silent (even at lunch).

Unlike the previous event held here in 2013, it was clear that this was solely focused on Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who era, with the costumes/props and promotional materials reflecting that. Items featured in the costumes/props square included the 12th Doctor and Clara's costumes from the the series opener 'The Magicians Apprentice/The Witches Familiar', Missy's iconic purple victorian outfit and the two Osgood boxes.

The BBC also brought across some of the iconic sets from series 9, including Davros's Sick Chamber (The Magician's Apprentice/The Witches Familiar), Ashildr's Viking village (The Girl Who Died) and Clara's living room (various episodes, including The Zygon Inversion).

Fans who had booked far enough in advance also had the opportunity to meet some of the cast and crew, including Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez, greeting attendees and taking part in photoshoots throughout the day.

It has to be said that the highlight for many at the festival (including myself) was the three panel shows that took part during the day - the most popular being the cast talk featuring: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, Ingrid Oliver and Steven Moffat. Hosted by Doctor Who fan Toby Hadoke, the panel answered various questions about their life on set and the impact the show has had, as well as the usual 'female doctor' and 'favourite episode' questions.

The fans involvement in the event was always going to be something the BBC wanted to push, seeing how much the fans enjoyed cosplaying their favourite characters at the previous events, it became a main focus this time around, with a cosplay showcase even taking place. Even the guests were surprised at how amazing the costumes were - complimenting them throughout the photoshoots.

The whole day (and rest of the weekend) was yet again another success from BBC Worldwide and BBC Events, perhaps...the same again next year? Pretty please.

Satellite Five's video overview of the event will be uploaded soon - keep your eyes peeled!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Second Doctor's history is about to change forever with Big Finish's new Early Adventures release!

Doctor Who: The Early Adventures authentically recreate the earliest years of the classic television series, with narration and a full cast of actors. They're audio adventures in black and white!

After two thrilling adventures with Ben and Polly, the Second Doctor and Jamie's travels continue, with Frazer Hines playing not only Jamie but reprising the role played by the late, great Patrick Troughton. Joining Frazer for the new adventure is Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield, a young girl from 19th century England.

Together, the TARDIS crew will face a dangerous phenomenon on a research station in the far future in Simon Guerrier's Doctor Who: The Black Hole.

"On a research station near a black hole, time keeps standing still. Investigating the phenomenon, the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria discover a power far greater than any of the monsters that have challenged them on their travels... The Doctor's own people. 

With the safety of thousands balancing out the need to flee, and a policeman from his home planet working at his side, the Doctor reluctantly finds himself involved in a race against time. But nothing is ever as simple as it appears. And if you can use the Doctor's compassion against him, you have the makings of a perfect trap…"

Big Finish proudly present Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, David Warner and Rufus Hound in Doctor Who – The Early Adventures: The Black Hole, available to buy and download today.

To listen to a trailer, see the clip below:

Billie Piper has unfortunately had to pull out of the Doctor Who Festival in Australia it has been announced, just four days prior to the start of the event.

BBC has confirmed that Piper would no longer join current doctor Peter Capaldi at the festival due to open at the Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park on Saturday. A spokeswoman for the BBC told Fairfax Media."Unfortunately Billie Piper has had to pull out of the Doctor Who Festival due to filming commitments, although we understand visitors to the festival may be disappointed not to see Billie, we have always been clear her appearance was subject to filming commitments".

Ticket holders were notified of Piper's absence by email on Tuesday.

Billie Piper will now be replaced by actress Ingrid Oliver, who plays recurring character Osgood and has appeared in four episodes since the 2013 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor'.

"This a great addition to a stellar line up, including current Doctor Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat, Sylvester McCoy, Mark Gatiss, Strax actor Dan Starkey and a host of behind-the scenes workshops and activities to ensure a brilliant day out," the statement reads.

Amazon has listed early artwork and product information for Doctor Who Series 9: Part 2 on DVD and Blu-ray. The release contains the last six episodes of Series 9 and is due for release 4th January 2016.

Much like the near-vanilla release of Series 9: Part 1, it contains only the episodes (7-12) and Doctor Who Extra, which is uploaded weekly online - it is however expected that the complete series 9 boxset will contain many more special features when released later in the year.


  • The Zygon Invasion
  • The Zygon Inversion
  • Sleep No More
  • Face the Raven
  • Heaven Sent
  • Hell Bent

Doctor Who Series 9: Part 1 is available to buy on DVD and blu-ray at bbcstore.com
Doctor Who Series 9: Part 2 is available to pre-order on DVD and blu-ray at amazon.com

HMV have announced three new Doctor Who DVD boxsets, featuring classic stories from the third, fourth and fifth Doctor. Each DVD boxset focuses on a different Doctor and features three stories their tenure, including their first story.

Introduction to: The Third Doctor - Spearhead from Space, The Dæmons, The Time Warrior
Introduction to: The Fourth Doctor - Robot, Genesis of the Daleks, Pyramid of Mars
Introduction to: The Fifth Doctor - Castrovalva, Earthshock, The Caves of Androzani

Each set is priced at £14.99 and is due to be back in stock online within the next week, exclusive to HMV. Click here to be taken to be the HMV store.

Synopsis: "The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London. 

Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive."

Writer: Sarah Dollard
Cast: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
Guest cast: Maisie Williams, Joivan Wade, Naomi Ackie, Simon Manyonda, Simon Paisley Day, Letitia Wright, Robin Soans, Angela Clerkin, Caroline Boulton,  Jenny Lee.

"Face The Raven" airs Saturday 21st November at 8:10pm, BBC One.

The BBC has released promotional photos from this weeks episode of Doctor Who 'Face The Raven'. Airs Saturday 21 November, 8.10pm on BBC One.

Synopsis: "The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London. 

Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive."

Writer: Sarah Dollard
Director: Justin Molotnikov
Producer: Nikki Wilson
Cast: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
Guest cast: Maisie Williams, Joivan Wade, Naomi Ackie, Simon Manyonda, Simon Paisley Day, Letitia Wright, Robin Soans, Angela Clerkin, Caroline Boulton,  Jenny Lee.

'Face The Raven' will air Saturday 21 November, 8.10pm-9pm on BBC One and will then be available on BBC iPlayer.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Doctor Who's Series 9 two-part finale promises to be an emotional one, and given that companion Clara Oswald (played by Jenna Coleman since 2012) is leaving - we know everything is at stake.

BBC Press Releases now have given us a small glimpse at the finale, detailing synopsis' for both episodes and images. The following information contain spoilers which some people may wish to avoid:

Episode 11 - Heaven Sent:

Writer: Steven Moffat, Director: Rachel Talalay, Producer: Peter Bennett

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

Heaven Sent will air on BBC One, Saturday 14 November at 8.05pm until 9pm.

Episode 12 - Hell Bent:

Writer: Steven Moffat, Director: Rachel Talalay, Producer: Peter Bennett

If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts...how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?

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During this weekends Doctor Who Festival, Steven Moffat gave us a little more insight into just exactly why the 12th Doctor looks like not only Roman Caecilius, seen in 2008's Fires of Pompeii, but Torchwood's John Frobisher. According to the The Girl Who Waited, the Doctor chose the face of Caecilius to remind him that he should aways try to save people, no matter what the consequences, but we were still left wondering...what about his civil servant Frobrisher?

We now have an answer - thanks to a solution devised by ex-showrunner Russell T Davies: at the  Doctor Who Festival, Moffat explained that, "When I first cast Peter Capaldi as the Doctor I remembered that Russell had said to me that he had a plan to account for the fact that Capaldi turns up in both Doctor Who and Torchwood in different parts. So I wrote to him to ask, 'look, what's the plan? And does it fit?' He said, 'yes! I've worked it out!'

"He said that it's about, as the Doctor says, asserting his right to save people. His plan was that in the Torchwood episode – which we couldn't really reference as it would have been difficult in that scene – is that the Doctor asserts himself over time by saving Capaldi's character in The Fires of Pompeii and time re-asserts itself by ending that bloodline in the Torchwood episode [when Frobisher is forced into suicide]. And the Doctor says, 'to hell with you time!' And takes that face and brings it back again. It's the Doctor's eternal battle with doom and destiny." 

"Remarkably there's a level of genetic throwback in that thousand years to make them identical!"

Doctor Who Series 9: Part 1, featuring The Woman Who Lived is available to buy on DVD and blu-ray at bbcstore.com

Saturday, 14 November 2015

During today's Doctor Who Festival at the ExCeL in London, head writer Steven Moffat revealed information about the dynamic between River Song (Alex Kingston) and The Doctor (Peter Capaldi).

Unfortunately for The Doctor, Christmas time will bring the day that his wife will not know who he is. Reflecting the scenes from Series 4's episode 'Silence in the Library', the opening scenes of the Christmas special will show the two characters meet, but Kingston's character not know the man standing in front of her. 

To find out how both characters will deal with this tune in to see Doctor Who on Christmas Day 2015. Doctor Who Series 9: Part 1 is available to buy on DVD and blu-ray at  bbcstore.com

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Holy Mother of Wow.

If there were fans out there still waiting for Peter Capaldi’s ‘Do I Have The Right? Speech, or his ‘Akhaten Speech,’ or his ‘It Is Protected Speech’ or his ‘Turn of the Earth Speech,’ we’re guessing they’re now more than satisfied.

The ‘Not On My Watch Speech’ will, in all probability be the culmination of any compilation of Peter Capaldi’s best bits. After all the funny bits and the put-downs and the shuttity-up and the scene of him in Davros’ chair, years from now, they’ll show that speech as the fundamental identifier of who not only the Twelfth Doctor is, but who all the 21st century Doctors actually are.

There’ll be more like this in a little while, I’m afraid. Writing in the immediate aftermath of an episode that makes your eyes blurry and your hands shake tends to lead to hyperbole, but for now, let’s at least try and be a little objective.

The start of the episode took us startlingly back to Christmas and Dream Crabs – the reality not real, the looking through TVs to find a window to the world, and again, Clara got a chance to prove how special she is, reaching out to influence events and save the Doctor, the Impossible Girl doing her job one more time. But we see the plane explode, and cut to credits. High-class pre-crediting, Messrs Harness and Moffat. The Zygon plans rapidly advance but when Bonnie does her mojo on the scruffy guy, we’re not immediately sure what those plans are. Could it be that they’re going to literally invert? Make humans into Zygons so they can see how humans treat people who are different from them? Is that the Inversion of the title? We hope so at that point, it makes an elegant storytelling sense. More elegant, as it turns out, than Bonnie’s strategy, which is merely to ignite war, by unmasking every Zygon in the world, showing the Zygons how the humans really are, and inspire a war to end all wars.

There are some gorgeous touches along the way – the Doctor’s Union Jack parachute paying homage to fellow British legend James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, ‘I’m old enough to be your Messiah,’ the point of the First Doctor portrait, Basil and Petronella, Osgood’s continuing strength in highly trying circumstances, Ingrid Oliver adding massively to the coolness of the peacekeeper and would-be companion, the fabulous sonic specs discussion, and an absolutely powerhouse double performance by Jenna Coleman – if she has to leave, there are worse seasons to go out in than one that allows her this chance to play both Clara Oswald and Bonnie, and here she brings genuine menace to the Zygon leader – doing scenes with yourself can’t be easy, but Coleman completely knocks it out of the park in this episode, giving Bonnie a slightly posher, slightly more camp tone than normal Clara.

Kate being the actual Kate is almost surprising, and the reason for it is utterly sublime. For fans who felt it was a cop-out that Harry Sullivan wasn’t named in the last episode, not only do we hear him named, we get a fantastic Revenge of the Cybermen reference to boot. Happy now, Classic fans?

What becomes clear is that this is Who at its very best. Who that yes, delves beneath the surface of our own world through the medium of science fiction. The scruffy guy is the innocent that is killed in any war, the bystander who has no truck with extreme ideas – the collateral damage when immoveable positions, when closed minds clash, and this story makes him matter, even before that scene. Ohhhh, but that scene. That scene takes Who at its very best, and then kicks it up a whole other notch you never even realized was there – at least not any more. Once in a very rare while, Who outdoes itself. ‘Do I have the right?’ as a pinnacle point of Genesis of the Daleks. That scene, right here and now in 2015 – going from relative quiet, through humour, through allegory, through actual debate and engagement with ideas, and the beautiful connection between extremist groups and tantrumming children, between Kate’s ability to make hard decision and the screaming, burning children our push-button society doesn’t see. It’s ‘A plague on both your houses,’ but with passion and power and pain and forgiveness from a man who’s done impossible, terrible things. It’s Who that makes your chest tight, your pulse race and your brain boggle. It’s Who bringing genuine perspective, genuine vision to the minds and hearts of Who fans, who maybe will question their news reports a little deeper tomorrow, and for the rest of their lives.

Peter Harness had a mammoth job to do in this Zygon two-parter. He had to deliver a powerful sequel to the original Terror of the Zygons, and a powerful sequel to The Day Of The Doctor. An impossible task, surely? But Harness and Moffat together delivered not only both of those things – and without armies of Zygons or CGI Skarasens. Just people in a room. Just powerful, clear, wonderful writing, and performances, from Capaldi, Coleman, Oliver, and Jemma Redgrave. Not only those things, but a two-parter that earned itself the title Best of the Series So Far, in a Series that started with the best Dalek story in recent history. The idea of an Instant Classic is frequently overused, but with The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion, Harness and Moffat have delivered exactly that – the kind of story that will stand the test of time, and be indicative of the series, the character, the mindset of a whole era.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

BBC Worldwide are thrilled to announce that Jenna Coleman is now confirmed as attending both Saturday and Sunday of this year’s official Doctor Who Festival.  This will be the last chance fans will see Jenna in the official Doctor Who universe before her exit as the much loved Clara Oswald.

Doctor Who Festival is the only official event this year to include appearances from Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver as well as Executive Producer Steven Moffat. An event for fans of all ages, the Festival offers a fantastic opportunity to get the inside track from the cast and crew of Doctor Who in this extravaganza of immersive and interactive opportunities.

We are also pleased to announce that Mark Gatiss will be joining the Festival for all three days, as well as joining the team from Millennium FX each day in its theatre show, revealing to guests how they create and build many of the monsters on Doctor Who. Mark and the team will take an in depth look at the new monsters that appeared on the screens for Series 9.

As well as Mark Gatiss and MFX, theatre shows will also include Meet The Cast and Meet The Writers panels, featuring all seven Series 9 writers over the three days.

  •   The daily Meet The Cast panel will see Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver discuss their experiences behind the scenes on the set of Doctor Who.
  •   The minds behind Doctor Who will be quizzed in the Writer’s Panel; Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sarah Dollard, Toby Whithouse, Catherine Tregenna, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson will talk through the development and design of some of the show’s favourite characters and compelling storylines over the three days.
  •   Special Effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves and his team at Real SFX reveal what happens on a typical day’s filming and wow fans with their impressive live show.
  •   Fans of the show can also enter the Doctor Who Festival Cosplay Showcase and be put to the test in the Fan Challenge.
  •   Photo opportunities with Jenna Coleman are now on sale. There are also photos with Ingrid Oliver, Michelle Gomez, Mark Gatiss, Danny Hargreaves and Nick Briggs still available for purchase via the website. Photos opportunities with Peter Capaldi are now sold out.
  •   Visitors will experience what it’s really like to be on the Doctor Who set in front of and behind the camera in the Drama School and Production Village featuring Big Finish, Nick Briggs and Douglas MacKinnon, giving ticket holders the opportunity to learn voice acting from the voice of the Dalek himself and discover how to act with CGI.

Two of the iconic sets from Series 9 will be on open display to all ticket holders, including Davros' Sick Chamber, and the set of Clara’s Living Room will be available to ticket holders for photo opportunities.

For further details on the activities at Doctor Who Festival, visit www.doctorwhofestival.com
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