Tuesday, 6 December 2016

So potentially one of the biggest scenes in this series of Class occurred in the final moments of Class, and no - we're not talking about that final twist with April. We're talking about the reveal The Governors...which despite us having tons of brand new information about them, we know very little at all, in fact, we just have even more questions.

What we know so far? The Governors are a board of individuals who run Coal Hill Academy behind the scenes, employed by a company called EverUpwardReach Ltd. They're aware of the cracks in space and time that appear in the Coal Hill grounds due to previous TARDIS landings and are using this to their advantage.

The Governors are clearly very interested in both Quill and Charlie, and have kept them alive as they are an 'asset', as an example - Dorothea Ames was no longer useful, so she's was killed. They're main intention? To bring about the arrival, which involves the Weeping Angels.

Now here comes the inevitable questions...

What do the Governors have to do with the Weeping Angels?

What is clear is that the Weeping Angels and the Governors are linked, with them trying to bring about their return to this world. But the focus of this isn't really what they're doing together, more 'how'? The Weeping Angels have never had someone work for them previously, they're natural instinct is to send people back in time and feed off their energy so why are they not doing this and instead, snapping the neck of a victim upon command from a 'human'?

Why exactly are they called EverUpwardReach Ltd.?

There's always a reason in the Doctor Who universe, surely this name couldn't be different, especially because it features so prominently at the front of Coal Hill and is explicitly mentioned on the door of M17. Speaking of M17 - the key to the door is MMXVII, which is roman numerals for '2017', could 2017 be the year of "the arrival"?

What does the Arrival Prophecy Tablet predict?

From the perspective of looking at the tablet, it shows The Arrival; an apocalyptic scene of a giant Weeping Angel casting down destruction on 21st century London. The tablet itself is fragmented and looks like it is made of various stones and materials that have been collected and reassembled. But what if the tablet isn't as literal as it appears - as opposed to a giant Weeping Angel, it is a metaphor for Weeping Angels raining down over the city and taking control.

Where is that final piece of the Tablet?

As we all saw, the tablet had one key piece missing - the head of the giant Weeping Angel. Could the Governors be trying to find this final piece and then bring about "the arrival"? It's plausible, and perhaps what a sub-storyline of Series 2 could be about, if there is to be one.

Was there another reason behind removing Quill's Arn?

They cleaned up the death of Mr Armitage (the previous Head Teacher) before Quill got round to the scene, they sent a robot to spy on her, and knew about Charlie being an alien - what else do they know? Could there perhaps be a secondary agenda as to why they removed Quill's Arn from her brain? Is she needed for a bigger picture or were the simply just repaying her a favour?

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Now that we've seen the first two episodes of Class, naturally everyone has questions, some of which we're sure we've all been thinking too. We've compiled a list of our five top questions we're wondering about the future of the series so far.

"Who are The Governors?"

Apparently the Governors wouldn't want an Ofstead inspection, and something makes us think this is for a bigger reason than bad teaching or grades. Something else is going on at Coal Hill, and after the Governors sent in a robot disgused as an inspector, it makes us wonder quite who they are, and more importantly - what they want, and why they spied on Quill?

With ex-Sarah Jane Adventures star Cyril Nri set to appear in this weeks episode "Nightvisting" credited as 'Chair', perhaps he is the Chair of Governors - time will till.

"Will Tanya succeed in hacking into UNIT's files?"

Tanya may have downloaded the file from Reddit, but perhaps there could be more to this than is implied. Is she telling the truth? And is she clever enough to actually get it to work? If the latter is proven correct, the gang would have access to thousands of files on aliens, planets, invasions and more, which would be a great use to them when faced with problems in the future.

"Will there be any students or staff left by the end of the series?"

After the brutual deaths of several members of staff in the first two episodes, and a passing student commenting how "students disappear all the time" in episode one, suggesting disapearences have been going on for months, there must be more to come surely - so just...don't get attached to any characters just yet...

"When should we expect to see The Shadow Kin back?"

With actor Paul Marc Davis listed as having a reccuring role in the series, it is only a matter of time before his character, Corakinus, reappears with the rest of the Shadow Kin. But, it's more a case of how will they defeat them this time, preferably for good, sooner rather than later. And will April get her heart back? Let's hope so.

"Is there another reason behind Coal Hill's building renovation?"

If you'd have looked very closely at the signage in front of Coal Hill, there's a little bit of detail that just stands out as something that's got to be deliberate and a clue; if it isn't i'll eat my hat. As you'll have noticed, Coal Hill has been renovated and turned into an academy since it was on screen last (which for the record, is perfectly normal in modern Britain) but, it has a sponsor: "EverUpwardReach Ltd". Is this something more sinister? They modernised the school, but for what purpose?

Class airs weekly on BBC Three, avaliable via the BBC iPlayer in the UK. Episodes become avaliable to watch from 10am Saturday.

Amazon has listed the DVD and Blu-ray release for the new Doctor Who spin-off 'Class', with the retail price of £19.97 for DVD and £24.99 for Blu-ray. Due for release on 2nd January 2017, the boxset with consist of all eight episodes.

It isn't currently known if the release will contain any extras, such as cast interviews, behind-the-scenes videos or deleted scenes. When clarification comes, this post will be updated.

“Time has looked at your faces now. And time never forgets…”

It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from deadly monsters, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.

Like all teenagers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence. And this incursion is only the beginning…

Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, under the watchful eye of Physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as The Doctor: protect Coal Hill and guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

You can pre-order the DVD here, and the Blu-ray here.

From the world of Doctor Who comes the 'Mindgame Saga' which includes Mindgame and Mindgame Trilogy, featuring actors and characters from Doctor Who.

In Mindgame, a classic “prison cell” drama from the late '90s, three diverse life forms are mysteriously transported to a cell somewhere in time & space and forced to fight. A human played by Sophie Aldred ('Ace' in Doctor Who), a Sontaran and a Draconian (played by Miles Richardson).

Mindgame is the first and only time Sontarans (first featured in the Jon Pertwee Doctor Who story The Time Warrior) and Draconians (also first seen in a Jon Pertwee story Frontier in Space) meet.

The two-disc set also includes Mindgame Trilogy, the sequel to Mindgame, in which we find out what happened to the three combatants after the battle!

 From the pen of Doctor Who writer and Script Editor Terrance Dicks! Directed by Keith Barnfather (Downtime, Daemos Rising).

DISC 1 -

MINDGAME: The classic prison cell drama. Three warriors are forced to fight by an evil alien intent on testing the combat skills of creatures from our dimension. Can they trick him and escape back to their own timelines?

MINDGAME TRILOGY: Continuing the individual stories of the three warriors;

BATTLEFIELD written by Terrance Dicks. Field-Major Sarg is in trouble. Trapped, wounded and alone on a battle-scarred planet, he is forced to accept he may die … but at least it will be a glorious death – or so he hopes;
PRISONER 451 written by Miles Richardson. To be or not to be, that is the question! On trial for subversion, Commander of Brigade Merc faces the ultimate penalty;
SCOUT SHIP written by Roger Stevens. A dying ship drifting in space. The human mercenary pilot faced with certain death. Time may be relative… but it still runs out!

DISC 2 -

EXTRAS: Mindgame Saga Retrospective (NEW), Making of Mindgame, Making of Mindgame Trilogy, Mindgame & Mindgame Trilogy Slideshows, Mindgame script (including missing scenes).

Mindgame Saga is avalaible on 2-disc DVD from 14th November 2016 and can be ordered from Amazon now.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat discuss the upcoming Christmas Special of Doctor Who in this new video from BBC America. Take a watch to see how it will not only capture the spirit of a superhero movie but also our annual Who Christmas instalment.

This Christmas the Doctor teams up with a comic-book superhero in New York for a heroic special written by Steven Moffat, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio". Doctor Who will return on Christmas day as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), teams up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player), and a superhero (Justin Chatwin) to save New York from a deadly alien threat.

Charlie Brooker, writer and creator of hit dystopian anthology Black Mirror has revealed he almost wrote a story for Doctor Who after being recently being1 approached by production bosses.

Brooker confessed while speaking to The Independent the he didn’t have the time to contribute to the new series which is set to be screened in April 2017, according to Peter Capaldi. "I was approached for Doctor Who and I just didn’t have time. It was really annoying. I was really busy and they haven’t asked me again since. It was a bit like the Home Office asking you to do something," Brooker said.

With Black Mirror described as "a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected" it seems like we'd of been in for a treat with Series 10 of Doctor Who. Fingers crossed that the bosses manage to snatch him up for Series 11, maybe?

Black Mirror debuted recently on Netflix with a third series, the first since the show’s move from Channel 4. While Doctor Who returns 25th December for a Christmas Special titled "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".

After the announcement of the Class tie-in novels last month, and the series starting to air last week - it's almost time for the physical and digital release of the novels, and the final information has been released.

Information had previously been held back to avoid spoilers about characters that debuted in the first two episodes of the series.

BBC Books will publish the three novels Thursday 27th October 2016 – Joyride by Guy Adams, The Stone House by A.K. Benedict and What She Does Next Will Astound You by James Goss - that follow Patrick’s vision for the series and provide a thrilling extension of this new fictional universe.

"Poppy is a quiet girl, right up until she steals a car and drives it through a shop window. Max is a nice guy, but then he kills his whole family. Just for fun. Amar always seems so happy, so why is he trying to jump to his death from the school roof?

Some of the students of Coal Hill School are not themselves. Some of them are dying. Ram has just woken up in a body he doesn't recognise, and if he doesn't figure out why he may
well be next."

"There’s an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They’ve heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you’ll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming. 

Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There’s a mystery there, and she’s going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realises that there’s a presence in the house. One that wants her.  Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghost."

"At Coal Hill School, things have started to get public. Kids have become obsessed with a website that demands you perform risky stunts, or tell it your most painful secrets. And Seraphin, everyone’s favourite vlogger, wants you to get involved. All in the name of charity.

At first people just get hurt. Then their lives are ruined. Finally, they disappear. As April’s fragile group of friends starts to fracture, she decides she’s going to uncover the truth behind this site herself. Whatever it takes, whoever she hurts, April’s going to win. 

But then, to her horror, she wakes up and finds her whole world’s changed. What she does next will astound you."

BBC Books will publish these novels on the 27th October and will be avaliable from all good book and online retailers.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Today the BBC have released images from this weeks episode of 'Class', the new Doctor Who spin-off. Images from episode 3 'Nightvisiting' give us only a slight indication at what's to come, but from what we can see, those once thought lost seem to have returned...

Class Episode 3 will be online on BBC Three, available on the BBC iPlayer from 10am on Saturday 29th October 2016.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

BBC Books are set to publish three companion novels that tie into the first series of Class, the new Doctor Who spin-off, created and written by award-winning and bestselling Young Adult author Patrick Ness.

Airing commences on Saturday 22nd October on BBC Three, the new Doctor Who spin-off show is set at Coal Hill School, which has a special significance for Doctor Who fans: it’s not only the primary school where the Doctor’s most recent companion, Clara Oswald, taught but it featured in the very first Doctor Who episode in 1963. Class centres on the adventures of an all-new group of students at Coal Hill, and will have the action, heart and adrenaline of the very best YA fiction - dangers breaking through the walls of time and space, a darkness coming to a London unprotected, a new group of heroes to root for, and new villains to hide from behind the sofa.

BBC Books will publish three novels – Joyride by Guy Adams, The Stone House by A.K. Benedict and What She Does Next Will Astound You by James Goss - that follow Patrick’s vision for the series and provide a thrilling extension of this new fictional universe.

BBC Books Senior Editorial Director, Albert DePetrillo said "Patrick Ness is simply one of the finest writers working today – in any genre – and his new television series has all the hallmarks of his dazzling fiction. Class is a hugely exciting new brand for the BBC list, and we’re delighted to be working with Patrick and the production team at BBC Wales on these official tie-ins."

The three Class novels will be published 27 October 2016.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Two iconic new series Doctor Who Props have surfaced on the UK eBay website. The pieces in question are from the 2006 series featuring David Tennant and Billie Piper and co-incidentally, both have been made into action-figure form at a later date.

The first piece of from the first two-parter of Series 2, and is featured in 'The Age of Steel' which saw the return of the Cybermen for the first time since the series had come back to TV. The prop itself is incredibly wide and still features working lights 10 years later! But, unless you carry £10,000 in your back-pocket, you might have to let this one go to someone else. You can see the item here.

The second piece is smaller, but during the show it was "bigger on the inside", featuring in the Series 2 finale 'Doomsday' the prop in question is the Genesis Ark, which despite opening up on screen, in reality only the back panel opens up so the operator can get in and out. Perhaps considered more memorable and iconic, this prop also costs £10,000.

But, there is one way we might be able to see these items in person again... The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay is full of props from the classic and new series, is there a chance we can lobby them to get their hands on these, somehow. We'll see...

You can book tickets to the Doctor Who Experience via their official website here.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

In the coming weeks until the official launch of the Doctor Who spin-off 'Class', the BBC will be releasing promotional material for the series including promotional Facebook videos and images.

Below are two videos released over the weekend as part of the initial press release launch.

Patrick Ness Introduces Class
Exciting. Scary. Sexy. Patrick Ness introduces Class…
Posted by Class on Saturday, September 24, 2016

Introducing Miss Quill
The teacher you never, ever want to have. Patrick Ness and Katherine Kelly get us acquainted with Miss Quill…
Posted by Class on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday, 24 September 2016

The wait is finally over! BBC Three have confirmed the new Young Adult drama, Class, written by Patrick Ness, will drop its first two episodes on BBC Three on Saturday 22 October.

Coal Hill acts like a beacon across all of space and time to any being who might want to use it for mischief….you’ll have to be on your guard.

Class drops on BBC Three, Saturday 22 October with the first episode "For Tonight We Might Die" and second episode "The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo".

Peter Capaldi will join the cast of exciting new talent in the opening episode of the series, For Tonight We Might Die. Coal Hill School holds some very dark and deadly secrets in its shadows… but who will survive?

Commenting on his involvement with the new Doctor Who spin-off series, Peter Capaldi, says: "The Doctor Who family is growing, and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class in to the Whoniverse."

It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them. And this incursion is only the beginning.

Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly), are charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

Patrick Ness has created intriguing and complex characters that have to navigate their way through more than just teenage hormones, exams and detention. Joining them as series regulars are Jordan Renzo, Pooky Quesnel and Nigel Betts. The first two episodes also feature Ben Peel, Anna Shaffer, Paul Marc Davies, and Shannon Murray.

YA writer and Class creator Patrick Ness, says: "At last, we can tell you a little more about Class! Though there are still many, many secrets to come. Many. Like, a lot. But of COURSE, the Doctor is in episode one! That’s how these things are done. Truly, though, I can't wait for everyone to see the show; we've worked so hard and I'm so proud of it. Soon, soon..."

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, says: "We know lots of BBC Three fans are Doctor Who fans so Class on BBC Three is a perfect fit. It’s nice to be back as part of the Doctor Who family."

From Writer Patrick Ness, Director Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who), Producer Derek Ritchie, and Executive Producers Patrick Ness, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the BBC Studios Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide.

Yesterday the BBC released the official final press release for the Doctor Who spin-off 'Class', as a side-article to that news, we are pleased to announce that you could be in with a chance to watch the world premiere in London before it is released online on BBC Three.

Class World premiere will take place on Thursday 20 October, and the exclusive event will be hosted by Radio 1Xtra Breakfast DJ A.Dot, and will be followed by a Q&A with lead cast Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins, Fady Elsayed, and Vivian Oparah, and writer and executive producer Patrick Ness.

The event will be taking place at the Rich Mix Cinema in Coal Hill School’s hometown of Shoreditch, ahead of the BBC Three premiere on Saturday 22 October.

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.

Tickets will be allocated by random draw. You can register at any time until 4pm on Friday 7 October. You can apply for a maximum of one pair of tickets. Multiple applications will be deleted.

Apply for tickets here.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The classic story 'Power of The Daleks' featuring Patrick Troughton’s debut as the Doctor is to be released later this year as a digital download on BBC Store and on DVD.

It's one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.

BBC Worldwide has today announced after much previous speculation of the release that a brand new black and white animation based on audio recordings of the programme using the original cast, surviving photographs and film clips will be released 50 years - to the minute, after its only UK broadcast on BBC One.

The six half hour episodes feature the regeneration of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks is being produced by the team behind the highly successful animation of lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Frazer, first released on BBC Store in February this year. The producer and director is Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.

Charles Norton says, "The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest."

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says, "Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story."

Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5th November followed by the DVD on Monday 21st November.

Pre-orders of the DVD will be available on Amazon and HMV shortly, with a RRP of £20.42.

On Saturday 5th November there will be a special screening of episodes 1-3 at the BFI Southbank, London which will also include a Q&A with Anneke Wills, Charles Norton and Frazer Hines. Further information will be available from Monday 19th September.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Since it's announcement last October, we've had casting announcements, filming reports and general information about the new BBC Three, Doctor Who spin-off 'Class'. In this article we'll collate all of the info possible (including some spoilers) relating to the series and any prominent rumours.

Class; A Doctor Who spin off from the acclaimed Young Adult author, Patrick Ness. Class is a Young Adult series airing on BBC Three Online, set in contemporary London. "Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected."


  • Greg Austin as Charlie (main cast)
  • Fady Elsayed as Ram (main cast)
  • Sophie Hopkins as April (main cast)
  • Vivian Oparah as Tanya (main cast)
  • Katherine Kelly as Miss Quill (main cast)
  • Nigel Betts as Mr. Armitage (recurring)
  • Paul Marc Davis as Shadow Leader
  • Anna Shaffer as Rachel 
  • Cyril Nri as Chair
  • Jami Reid-Quarrell as Paul Smith

Writer (Episodes 1-8): Patrick Ness
Producer: Derek Ritchie
Director (Episode 8): Julian Holmes

Airing: October 2016 (Confirmed by Empire Magazine and Doctor Who Magazine, autumn earlier confirmed by BBC) on BBC Three's new online channel then later airing on BBC One.

The series will consist of 8 x 45 minute episodes. Other than Episode 1, titled "The Prom", no other episode titles have been revealed.

Confirmed other information:

  • Keeping with the modernisation of the UK education system, Coal Hill School is now Coal Hill Academy.
  • Greg Austin's character Charlie will be a gay student who is in a relationship.
  • The TARDIS was seen on set outside of the Coal Hill Academy (Filming dated April 2016).
  • Real life issues such as emotional and sexual relationships will be dealt with.
  • One part of Coal Hill Academy will be named the 'Barbara Wright Building'.

A trailer for the series is due to be coming some time this month as part of the pre-airing promotional material for the series, as well as new promotional images and information about the key characters. This is expected in the later half of the month.

Update: Filming wrapped on September 2nd 2016.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

After much speculation, Head-Writer and Showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that new companion, Bill (Pearl Mackie), is from the present day, not the 1980's as a lot of fans had previously speculated.

"I know there are rumours about her being from the 1980s, but she isn't," Moffat told Doctor Who magazine. "She's just wearing what young people are wearing now. I know that because Pearl chose her outfit herself."

Moffat went on to add that Bill has the "irreverence and cheek to ask all the questions you're not supposed to ask on Doctor Who", elaborating that her first meeting with the Doctor will be "very unusual".

See the video below to hear how Pearl Mackie reacted to her first day on set filming her introduction scene special:

Ever since new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie) debuted in a brand new specically filmed scene last month, fans have been after recreating that already iconic look - and now you can!

According to Steven Moffat, actor Pearl Mackie selected the costume herself, starting with a simple light blue denim jacket from Topshop and expanding with patches, we have a break down just on what patches exactly they are and where you can order them from.

Since we originally went tracking down the patches, the supplier, Kleins, have helpfully put them together in one category on their website, with the total the price of £22.30.

Unfortunately though, we can't help you with that limited edition Prince t-shirt, we've seen them sell for hundreds, and they're not even the exact same as the one featured!

Included on the jacket:

  • Rainbow (1.25")
  • Toy Robot
  • Wow! symbol
  • Day of the Dead Skull
  • A '?', '&' and '!' (placed upside-down)

Click here to be taken to Kleins website, and we'll update you very soon with our finished attempt.

In the meantime, we have the a denim jacket we've put some the accurate badges on and some similar placeholder ones which you can view here.

To see Mackie's debut in the role of Bill in the special scene, see the video below:

Last week we saw Camille Coduri was in the recording studio with John Barrowman, but we were left with answers at what exactly what happening - was Camille even going to play her previous TV role of Jackie Tyler? Well - it looks like we have an answer!

Jackie Tyler IS back. During Big Finish's latest podcast a snippet was broadcast that gave an insight into a conversation between the pair, with them discussing Rose (Billie Piper's) travels with the Doctor.

Quite where this fits in with Big Finish's releases we aren't sure - Are we to expect another spin off from Doctor Who - "The Jackie Tyler Adventures"? Or something more like a Doctor Who story? John Barrowman's tweet in the studio hints towards the latter.

To listen to Big Finish's podcast, click here. With the snippet avaliable to hear from approximately 49 minutes in, although we would suggest listening to the whole thing to hear what else they have upcoming.

John Barrowman has recently been recording for several other Big Finish audio's, including a brand new Torchwood audio series - Outbreak, due for release November 2016.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Steven Moffat, current Head-Writer and Showrunner of Doctor Who has admitted that Lenny Henry's complaints about the lack of diversity in the BBC helped shape his decision on casting Pearl Mackie as the new companion and why it was so important that he got it right.

Moffat said "I’d been listening to what Lenny had been saying. We decided that the new companion was going to be non-white and that was an absolute decision because we need to do better on that. We just have to. I don’t mean that we’ve done terribly – our guest casts are among the most diverse on television, but I feel as though I could have done better overall". Lenny Henry claimed back in 2014 that he "rarely saw a black face" on British TV and in dramas and outed a proposal to the BBC to encourage more productions to use black and ethnic minority actors.

While speaking to Doctor Who magazine in their 500th issue, Moffat also confirmed that he didn’t see any reason for why the Doctor should also not be plated by an actor of ethnic minority.

Pearl Mackie is currently appearing in the West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time until June 18th.

See Mackie's introduction as 'Bill', the new companion, in the specially filmed scene below:

Back in autumn of last year, unexpectedly we got a DVD release of the Doctor Who(ish) spin-off Downtime, which featured characters like Sarah Jane Smith and The Brigadier (played by Elisabeth Sladen and Nicholas Courtney, respectively) and linked in with the Second Doctor serials 'The Abominable Snowmen' and 'The Web of Fear', now we have another - Daemos Rising!

Daemos Rising is the 2004 direct sequel to Downtime, but also to the Jon Pertwee era Doctor Who story The Daemons.

In the film, Cavendish is broken by his experiences in Downtime and hides away in a country cottage where he becomes absorbed by the occult. Kate Lethbridge-Stewart of UNIT travels to see him after an appeal for help and together they battle the resurgent evil Daemons from the story of the same name.

DVD Extra Include:

  • Retrospective 
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Cast and Crew
  • Creative Feature
  • Guy Leopold Speaks!
  • Kents Cavern
  • Making Music
  • Slide Show

Fully Digitally Remastered for 2016 including an additional 16:9 Widescreen version of the feature for the first time. And including new Special Features, it's set for release on 18th July 2016 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon now.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Doctor Who's baddest bitch will be back in Series 10 according to actress Michelle Gomez!

Over this weekend Michelle Gomez, who plays has played Missy in the past two series of Doctor Who, took part in a panel at the MegaCon convention in Orlando and revealed that she'll be taking up the role at least once more in Series 10, due for broadcasting in 2017.

Previously announced casting for Series 10 revealed that Peter Capaldi will continue to play the titular role of the Doctor and will be joined by new companion 'Bill' played by Pearl Mackie.

Question is: What mayhem will she cause for the Doctor this time? And, how exactly did she escape the Daleks? Only a years wait until we find out...

See Gomez's last appearance as Missy in the short scene below:

Monday, 9 May 2016

The Monster Factory’s new Doctor Who desk tidy is set to take stationery into another dimension! The eye-catching penholder is an official replica of the 12th Doctor's TARDIS.

Do you dread those long, dreary days in the office fielding emails, fiddling with spreadsheets and brainstorming novel ways to unjam the printer? Whether it’s wading through revision or spending endless hours watching the spinning wheel of death on your laptop screen, you are not alone – even Time Lords have to do their admin! At last something has come along to relieve the tedium of everyday life on Earth. Before you run out of the door screeching ‘exterminate!’ at Keith in Accounts, let the TARDIS desk tidy whisk you away on a journey through space and time.

You may not have a plucky companion, but you can have the ultimate accessory. The official Doctor Who stationery holder is a perfect replica of the police phone box that has carried the Time Lord to every time and dimension in the galaxy. The TARDIS has been made to the same exacting standards that the Doctor would expect – the wooden tidy is durable and detail-rich, with a hinged door and roof. Just like the cavernous original, the TARDIS is bigger than it appears, with plenty of rooming for hiding pens, pencils and sonic screwdrivers.

The TARDIS Desk Tidy is available for pre-order now from The Monster Factory for 15th June Delivery with an RRP of £19.99. To see more, full sized images, you can do so by clicking the link above.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Mark the date in your diary - this Saturday, (just three days from the posting of this article) we will officially know who the next Doctor Who companion is - as confirmed by the BBC.

The new Doctor Who companion will exclusively be revealed on BBC One's Match of the Day Live, during the half-time of the FA Cup Semi-final. The Match of the Day coverage will start on BBC One at 4:40pm, with a kick-off planned for 5:15pm, with would mean that half time would take place from 6pm (if you wanted to skip the football) - but we'd suggest tuning in from 5:55pm, just incase. 

The news will then be posted on the Doctor Who official website and the social media accounts associated. 

Now, we already know that the new companion is going to be a female, after Peter Capaldi previously had commented he wouldn't want a male companion, and then further let slip that the role has been cast to a woman already, but the question on everyones lips is who is it going to be?

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

This seems to be it - the last leg as they say, almost five years after Torchwood last aired, the last fully dedicated Torchwood convention is hitting London's Heathrow at the end of April 2016.

Starfury is holding their final Torchwood convention: Miracl3 Day at the Renaissance Hotel, Heathrow, London from the 29th April-1st May 2016, with guests from the TV Show like Eve Myles, Gareth David Lloyd and Arlene Tur. The event enables fans to meet a selection of the cast and crew of the series, as well as create a fantastic social environment for fans of the show. Featuring:

  • opening and closing ceremonies
  • guest talks
  • photo and autograph sessions
  • cosplay opportunities
  • competitions
  • night parties

Weekend ticket prices £95 for regular adults, and £160 for Gold adult tickers. For full details including other guests and booking information, see their website here.

Here's a video of their last Torchwood Convention:

Monday, 4 April 2016

“Time has looked at your faces now. And time never forgets…”
What if your planet was massacred and you were the sole survivor?
What if a legendary figure out of space and time found you a place to hide?
But what if the things that want to kill you have tracked you down?
And worst of all, what if you haven't studied for your A-Levels…?

On the first day of term, BBC Three today announce the stars of the Doctor Who spin-off series Class - exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

Like all sixth formers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow - and possibly the end of existence.

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.

Award winning YA writer and Class creator Patrick Ness, says: “We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show. And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager and Mr Selfridge, just wait until you see her here.”

Steven Moffat, Class and Doctor Who Executive Producer, says: “There’s nothing more exciting than meeting stars that nobody’s heard of yet. We had the read through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them. Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy - it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”

Class is a Young Adult series set in contemporary London. It is scary, funny, and as painful and sharp as youth. It will also shine a light on a whole new corner of the Whoniverse.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, adds: “I can’t wait for Class to arrive on BBC Three. BBC Three will always back best young British talent.”

From writer Patrick Ness, director Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who), producer Derek Ritchie, and executive producers Patrick Ness, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the BBC Cymru Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide, starts filming today and will premiere on BBC Three this year.


Monday, 14 March 2016

Doctor Who returned to our screens over 11 years ago, in that time we've had 9 full series and countless special episodes and spin-offs, but now it's time for us to order them...the question is, where would you place each series?

From Eccleston, to Tennant, to Smith, to Capaldi: read on to find exactly what we placed where and why, some may even shock you. 

10. Series 3

Just because something is the lowest, doesn't mean that it's bad. Doctor Who series 3 was hit-and-miss, more so than any other series. With probably the weakest companion introduction, Martha Jones is thrown into the world of the Doctor while at work, much like the previous companion (Rose Tyler), there's a certain level of attraction on her behalf towards him which just gets in the way of the character, although in the finale there is a certain level of redemption. The first few episodes are very weak with stories that just don't seem to stick, it's not until the later half of the series, such as Human Nature/The Family of Blood that we see some really good stories and character development.

Stand-out episodes: Utopia/The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords
Stand-out guest star: Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow - Blink)

09. Series 6

Series 6 is widely regarded as the series where it was a bit...off, but that's not entirely the case. Sure, it was more River Song orientated than the majority of us would have liked but that's not a reason to disregard those stories or the entire series. With gems like The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, focusing on an alien race that you can't remember, another thought-provoking concept from Steven Moffat, to the emotional and romantic The Girl Who Waited (featuring Karen Gillan in two roles), it's a beautiful series with very few episodes that we would rate less than 3/5.

Stand-out episode: The Girl Who Waited
Stand-out guest star: Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian - various episodes)

08. Series 8

Series 8 was always going to be rough, with the general public initially sighting Peter Capaldi as being too old to appeal to a young and modern audience but looking back on the series now, we can all see how wrong we were. Starting with a feature-length opening episode with already established characters, it allowed for a smoother transition for the audience from the bubbly Matt Smith to slightly darker Capaldi. 

As the series progressed there was very little progression with the character of the Doctor, more development instead took place with companion Clara Oswald. This series also saw the re-introduction of The Master, in a new-form going by the title of Missy - something which we welcome with open arms as Michele Gomez has proven herself to be an amazing incarnation. It isn't a series we would use to introduce people to the show, but it's one that we would suggest they watch (almost) every episode of it, but we'd suggest they skip In the Forest of the Night.

Stand-out episodes: Dark Water/Death in Heaven
Stand-out guest star: Michele Gomez (Missy - various episodes)

07. Series 7 (and 2013 Christmas Special)

Before this series even started, we knew of the imminent departure of companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, which sort of over-shadowed the first part of the series, and the second half the series focused more on solving the mystery of The Impossible Girl, Clara Oswald. This doesn't however over-power or divert from any of the stories in Series 7.

There are some gems in this series, and controversially we seem to like the one's that everyone hates: The Power of Three is amazing, taking place over the course of what seems to be two to three years, we see the Pond's grow up surrounded by a quiet invasion and we don't get all the answers...and that's okay, we like that. A Town Called Mercy, The Rings of Akhaten, The Crimson Horror, all fantastic stories that helps series 7 get it's place, but there are some unfortunate stories that just...sunk, like Cold War and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. It was a mixed bunch, but the majority of the series was really impressive!

Stand-out episode: The Bells of Saint John
Stand-out guest star: Rachael Stirling (Ada - The Crimson Horror)

06. Series 9

Series 9 was a tricky one to place, we felt like it should be placed higher but when we compare the content between this and what's ahead, it unfortunately fell short. There are some amazing stories in this series with some amazing guest stars but there's just something that didn't click between the stories, that made each two-parter seem like it was plucked from different series' and re-written for these characters.

The series opener for Series 9 is one of the strongest, with Missy coming straight back and the return of classic villain and Dalek creator, Davros in one of the most thought-provoking and emotional stories we've ever seen the Daleks involved in, for a short amount of time, we actually felt sorry for Davros and felt uncomfortable when they both were laughing together - that's a rarity in Doctor Who these days and it's something we'd love to feel again. Every story had it's merits, and only one fell sort (Sleep No More), but the finale (and the kind-of prequel Face The Raven) was one of the best stories we had seen...and there wasn't technically any monsters at all, and for a sci-fi show that's a rarity.

Stand-out episodes: Heaven Sent/Hell Bent
Stand-out guest star: Maisie Williams (Ashildr/Me - various episodes)

05. Series 2

Series 1 was the first series we saw, but Series 2 has a special place in my heart. It was the series that got me hooked on Doctor Who. There's emotion, there's heartbreak (multiple times), there's Earth, there's the first alien planet of the new new series (see what we did there?). The dynamics between the 10th Doctor and Rose is something different to the 9th Doctor, there's a glint in here eyes and a level of love for each other that makes the series finale even harder to take in - who knew the Daleks and Cybermen could cause a relationship break down, that'll be soon sorted by Catherine Tate?

The pivotal moments in the series perhaps in the two-parters, where there is enough time for character development and there are hints towards the future. The Age of Steel sees the departure of Mickey Smith, the first time in the series since its return that a companion had left, preparing us for Rose to leave later in the series. The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit was also a fantastic story, dealing with the concept of the devil, throwing in a new (and constantly returning) species of alien called the Ood and a black-hole and you have a ticking-time-bomb of adventure which at a young age, was pretty frightening. 

Stand-out episodes: Rise of the Cyberman/Age of Steel
Stand-out guest star: Sophia Myles (Reinette - The Girl in the Fireplace)

04. Series 4 (and 2009 Specials)

There is no denying the chemistry between The Doctor and Donna, it's what makes series 4 so bubbly and exciting - they keep each other on their toes and we finally start to think that the Doctor may have met a woman who can keep him in line with her questioning his morals at several points.

Each episode takes us on an adventure of exploration, from the past-time travelling adventures like The Unicorn and the Wasp, to the futuristic Midnight - every episode had a different feel, but the dynamic between The Doctor and Donna bounded them together more than any other series or the two main roles have before or arguably since. This series also technically included the 2009 specials, which allowed us not only to say goodbye to David Tennant, but all those characters from his era, and to head-writer and show runner Russell T Davies, it was one hell of a ride, and we we're glad to be there with every character as we said goodbye to the 10th Doctor.

Oh, and this series had Kylie Minogue guest-star, what more could you want?

Stand-out episode: Turn Left
Stand-out guest star: Alex Kingston (River Song - Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead)

03. Series 1

2004 brought amazing news to Doctor Who fans, and when the first new series in over 15 year arrived, it was just as amazing as we had hoped. Sure, there are a few episodes that looking back on now, the humour was either mis-judged or overpowering but you can't deny the stories are amazing.

Our first proper adventure takes us to a space-station in the year Five-Billion to see the Earth burn as the sun expands, not bad for a first date. Soon enough we're back on Earth for the Slitheen invasion (and Margaret's follow-up attempt later in the series), we see a gas-mask plague take over London and we see the return of the Doctor's arch enemies - The Daleks, with a whole fleet armed to the teeth, the threat felt very real in series 1 and watching it back, it still does.

The one thing that we like most about series 1 compared to other series' is that we don't actually leave Earth - there isn't a single story that isn't either set on, or above Earth and that, perhaps, is what makes this series feel most real...oh, and Christopher Eccleston makes an amazing Doctor, that too.

Stand-out episode: Rose
Stand-out guest star: Annette Badland (Margaret Blaine/Blon Fel-Fotch various episodes)

02. Series 5

"You've got a real time machine" - in a sense, Series 5 was risky, perhaps riskier than Series 1. The biggest (on a worldwide scale) Doctor had just bowed out of the show and no one truly new what the reception would be to a much younger and crazier Doctor. Throughout this series, there isn't a single episode that we'd skip, with the nerve-wracking The Eleventh Hour, to mysteries like The Beast Below and Amy's Choice, and then finally the climatic The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, it is the perfect series that brings us a new Doctor, two new companions and a new TARDIS and even a new (bigger) sonic screwdriver - bravo Steven Moffat!

One thing that makes this series stand above any of the others is the dynamics between the cast, linked with the brilliant writing. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan get on so well off-screen that on screen there isn't any doubt that they play best friends (and future family members). Throw a series arc in there and you've got the greatest series, from the worlds best science fiction show. 

Stand-out episode: The Eleventh Hour
Stand-out guest star: Tony Curran (Vincent van Gogh - Vincent and The Doctor)

01. 50th Anniversary Special - The Day of the Doctor

We couldn't throw this in and classify this as a Series 7 special because it's an iconic celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who, and it's every we'd have wanted. The amount of times we've watched this special episode and spotted something new is unbelievable, the level of detail and dedication that went into this episode should be commemorated. Every Doctor was involved somehow, even the future 12th Doctor, references to past companions and old title sequences, old monsters but new stories. This special was fantastic and is deserving of a category of it's own, it is the story of the Doctor, his home, his war and his guilt - and it's a journey we were all proud to be a part of in 2013.

Thank you, to everyone and anyone involved. You made that day Doctor Who Day, and left us with a legacy to carry on for many years to come.

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