Monday, 30 January 2017

Peter Capaldi announced live on BBC Radio 2 that the 10th series of Doctor Who will begin airing Saturday April 15th 2017.

Doctor Who Series 10 will star Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) and Matt Lucas (Nardole) in leading roles throughout the series and will also feature a number of guest-stars including: David Suchet and Mina Anwar. Michelle Gomez is also set to return as Missy.

During the same interview he announced that he will be leaving Doctor Who at Christmas, citing that "this will be the end for me".

See the trailer for Doctor Who Series 10 below:

Peter Capaldi has confirmed on BBC Radio 2 that he will be leaving the role of the 12th Doctor during the Christmas 2017 episode. He announced the departure by revealing that "It (the next series of Doctor Who) will be my last…I feel it’s time to move on."

Peter Capaldi went on to say: "One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic."

Peter Capaldi took over the role from Matt Smith in 2013, after having a cameo appearance in the 2013 50th Anniversary Special "The Day of the Doctor" and previously appearing in Doctor Who in the 2008 episode "The Fires of Pompeii". The tenth series of Doctor Who will begin to air in April and Capaldi will be joined by newcomer Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and Matt Lucas as Nardole.

Peter Capaldi's final series also marks writer and executive producer Steven Moffat's last, so promises to be unmissable event television.

Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer said: "For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard - Capaldi’s not done with you yet!"

See Capaldi's stand-out performance (so far) as The Doctor in the video below:

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Mark Williams, who appeared in Doctor Who Series 7 as the father of Rory Williams, Brian, is set to appear at London Film & Comic Con Sunday 30th July 2017.

On the big screen, Williams appeared in six of the Harry Potter films. On TV he has appeared on the BBC series Being Human, Father Brown and Still Open All Hours.

Tickets are available for entry and photoshoot sessions, while autographs will be available on the day. Photoshoot tickets will be priced at £20, which entry tickets vary depending on ticket type. You can book here.

Other actors from Doctor Who currently set to appear at LFCC include: Matthew Waterhouse, Sylvester McCoy and Nicola Bryant. More guests are to be announced.

It's official! The UK has chosen it's 2017 Eurovision entry and this year, it's someone someone you may recognise - singer and actress Lucie Jones. Lucie Jones previously made it to the live finals of X Factor in 2009 and had a role in the Doctor Who spin-off series Sarah Jane Adventures story 'Lost in Time'.

She battled it out on the event's 90-minute selection show on Friday which was hosted by Mel Giedroyc and broadcast live on BBC Two. She's also spent some time on the stage, starring in roles such as Victoria in the musical version of American Psycho in the West End and Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde. She also spent time touring China as part of the cast of Ghost The Musical.

You can hear the current version of the Eurovision entry, performed by Lucie Jones, although it should be noted the arrangement of the original song could be changed prior to the night of Eurovision.

Character Options is proud to unveil a range of new Doctor Who figures and accessories for 2017. The new collection will be available from mid-spring and debuted at the Toy Fair earlier in the week.

Heading up the range is a number of articulated figures that will be perfect for collectors. Set in the classic 5.5 inch scale each replicates some of the series' favourite characters, past and present.

The Tenth Doctor in Tuxedo, is packed in collectors packaging and not only comes with a figure and a Sonic Screwdriver but for fans is one of the most requested alternate outfits; perfect to recreate scenes from "Rise of Cybermen" and "Voyage of the Damned".

Another Figure in the series is the Twelfth Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi, in his Ninth Series hoodie and checked trousers outfit. This item also includes a new head sculpt and his brand new Sonic Screwdriver just in time for Series Ten! For serious collectors needing every variant, there is also the Twelfth Doctor in his Hoodie and Black Jumper outfit, a 5.5 inch figure not to be missed.

Added to this is the favoured Tenth Doctor’s Sonic with lights and sounds. For those that did not collect it first time round now’s the time to add to your collection.

Fans of the Tenth Doctor will also be keen to get their hands on The Ninth and Tenth Doctor’s TARDIS Playset. With its motorised time rotor and pulsating lights this is the ultimate playset and has an illuminated console with six control buttons, removable floor panels and flip up console panel.

All items listed for release 28th February, they are available to pre-order now from Forbidden Planet. Figures priced at an RRP of £9.99 and the TARDIS console playset priced at an RRP of £49.99.

Legendary actor of both TV and Film, John Hurt has died aged 77.

John Hurt had a long career spanning over six decades, staring in films such as "The Elephant Man" and the blockbuster film "Alien". In recent years he appeared in the Harry Potter film series as wandmaker Ollivander and also starred in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: "The Day of the Doctor" as The War Doctor.

His TV roles also included Caligula in the BBC’s 1976 miniseries "I, Claudius", "Labyrinth", the Kiefer Sutherland series "The Confession" and most recently, the European crime drama "The Last Panthers."

Hurt had battled with both cancer and an intestinal complaint in recent years.

Doctor Who Showrunner (2005-2010), Russell T. Davies acknowledged his death on Instagram with a dark-lit image of the actors figurine.

You can see the actors Top 10 scenes as The War Doctor in the video below:

Friday, 27 January 2017

BBC Books are due to re-release a 2016 story featuring The 10th Doctor and Donna (as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate) titled "In The Blood". 

"All over the world, people are venting their fury at one another on social media. Dropping their friends, giving vent to their hatred and everyone behaving with incredible cruelty. Even Donna has found that her friend Hettie, with her seemingly perfect life and fancy house, has unfriended her. And now, all over the world, internet trolls are dying...

This is unkindness as a plague. From the streets of London to the web cafes of South Korea and the deepest darkest forests of Rio, can the Doctor and Donna find the cause before it's all too late?"

Doctor Who Magazine called the adventure "a pacy, witty, global thriller", citing how perfectly author Jenny T. Colgan captures the dynamic between the Doctor and Donna perfectly to how we saw them on TV almost 10 years ago. 

Hitting shelves and online stores 23rd February 2017, priced at £8.99. The book is available for pre-order now on Amazon

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Daleks are known for exterminating, exterminating and the occasional offer of tea, but recently they were closer than ever to breaking into the music industry, but not how you probably think...

Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood has revealed that he originally wanted to create the artwork for the band’s latest album 'A Moon Shaped Pool' with use of a Doctor Who Dalek. 'A Moon Shaped Pool' was released by the band in May 2016, with its artwork created by Donwood, who has worked with the group since 1994.

Speaking to Creative Review, Donwood explained: "It’s normally about two years to make a Radiohead record. The first things we were talking about were trying to get away from narrative and figurative art, to try and do something that was more to do with chance and happenstance."

"I had this idea of a painting Dalek that instead of exterminating people would squirt paint…. But unfortunately our technical skills weren’t up to the job of constructing a Dalek."

The album artwork for the album can be seen below, created without the help of a Dalek.

Radiohead: 'A Moon Shaped Pool' (2016)

'Twas December 2016 when we learnt the surprising but never the less welcome news that the Prime Minister of the UK, Theresa May enjoys to watch Doctor Who. Now current Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi has admitted he was surprised to learn of her love for the show, and offered has offered her advice.

Capaldi told The Andrew Marr Show's Sophie Raworth: "That was quite a surprise that she was so keen on it. So I hope she takes this message of tolerance and kindness and compassion to heart."

We hope that the Prime Minister tunes in when Doctor Who returns this year. Doctor Who will return to our screens in Spring and will star Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and Matt Lucas as Nardole.

You can watch the trailer for the new series below:

The partnership between Funko and historic brand PLAYMOBIL, one of the most cherished names in collectibles history, is due to hit shelves 28th February 2017 with a launch series of 12 figures.

Featuring iconic characters from a variety of TV and Film franchises, including Doctor Who, Back to the Future and Ghostbusters. Modelled in the classic Playmobil style these figures stand 6” tall and come with accessories. As PLAYMOBIL’s first official licensee, Funko will have therefore have the opportunity to bring new and beloved characters to PLAYMOBIL’s nostalgic frame.

During the initial launch range, two figures from Doctor Who are included: The Fourth and Eleventh Doctor's, two of the shows most iconic (played by Tom Baker and Matt Smith respectively).

Both are available for pre-order in the UK and US now from various retailers.

UK: Forbidden Planet, Zavvi
US: Entertainment Earth
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