Friday, 31 March 2017


The new series of Doctor Who will see the Time Lord joined by his first openly gay companion.

Bill Potts's sexuality will be revealed pretty much straightaway - in her second line of dialogue in fact.

Pearl Mackie plays companion Bill in Series 10 and told the BBC "It shouldn't be a big deal in the 21st Century. It's about time isn't it? That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show." She added: "It's important to say people are gay, people are black - there are also aliens in the world as well so watch out for them."

"I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important." Mackie then added that"[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character - it's something that's part of her and something that she's very happy and very comfortable with."

Gay and bisexual characters have of course featured in Doctor Who before, such as Captain Jack and River Song, but this is the first time the Doctor's companion has been openly gay.

The actress, who was performing in the West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the time she was cast, said the role of Bill was "the biggest job I've ever done".

"Looking at previous alumni, it's only done wonderful things for their careers - Matt Smith is phenomenal in The Crown, Jenna Coleman has just gone on to do Victoria and Billie Piper is doing incredible things," she said. "For me if I even get to do [a small amount] of those kind of things it would be incredible. It's an amazing platform for me and it opens a lot of doors that wouldn't necessarily have been open before - it's very exciting."

See the trailer for Series 10 below:
 

Saturday 22nd April 2017 sees the return of the TARDIS Set Tours at The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.

Running until Sunday 21st May, this is your possibly your final chance to step onto the actual set used in the filming of Doctor Who since 2012. Currently The Doctor Who Experience is scheduled to close permanently this summer.

Tickets go on sale to pre-existing ticket holders on Tuesday 4th April and on general sale on Friday 7th April. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly judging by previous sales, so booking early is recommended. Click here to be taken to The Doctor Who Experience website.

See the TARDIS set in action in the video below:


BBC Books to release Doctor Who: Myths and Legends - the very first book of illustrated Time Lord mythology.

Written by Richard Dinnick

"For thousands of years, epic stories have been passed down from Time Lord to student, generation to generation. The truth of these tales was lost millennia ago, but the myths and legends themselves are timeless.

These are the most enduring of those tales. From the princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, to the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, these stories shed light on the universe around us and the beings from other worlds that we meet. Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes and fears.

A collection of epic adventures from the Time Lords’ mist-covered past, Myths and Legends is a unforgettable gallery of heroes and villains, gods and monsters."

Due to release 29th June 2017, Pre-order from Amazon now for £12.99

Thursday, 30 March 2017


The BBC has released the synopsis for the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who titled "The Pilot".

"Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. 

A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined - but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?"


The episode premieres on BBC One Saturday 15th April 2017.

See a trailer for series 10 below:

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


The World of Hargreaves is taking over the Doctor Who Experience in April to celebrate the launch of the wonderful new Doctor Who books from Adam Hargreaves, the son of Mr. Men and Little Miss creator, Roger Hargreaves.

Four books are released on April: Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth, which you can preorder on Amazon here, with the current release date of April 25th 2017.

The event will take place Saturday April 22nd, 2017, attendees of the Doctor Who Experience will get immersed in the colourful illustrations of the World of Hargreaves, get a look at how the new books were produced and see special exclusives!

World of Hargreaves Meets Doctor Who Day includes: 

  • Live drawing and signing by the illustrator and author of the books, Adam Hargreaves. 
  • Bring yourself into the World of Hargreaves and Doctor Who with special backgrounds in the photo booth! 
  • Displays and original drawings of the books. 
  • Exclusive world-first reveal of the next four Doctor Who meets The World of Hargreaves books!
  • Exclusive world-first premiere of a very special video made by a very special guest… 


The event will run from 11am-3pm on April 22nd, 2017. Entry to the special event is included with the purchase of tickets to The Doctor Who Experience when booked for the events date. You can purchase entry to the experience here.

Doctor Who's music has always played a key part in the pacing and tone-setting of the show, perhaps arguably more so since the show returned to our screens in 2005. Murray Gold has been the man behind the music since the show came back and has produced some memorable and iconic scores, at Satellite Five we aim to narrow it down to our top five - prepare yourself for some wild choices, but we're sure going to try justify them...

5. Westminster Bridge


If any theme from the 2005 series of Doctor Who stuck in our head, it was the fast-paced 'Westminster Bridge', sampling Pixies song 'Cecilia Ann' it was the backdrop of the comeback episode 'Rose'. Everytime we hear this song it makes us just want to be in the centre of London in the summer night running about.


4. Melody Pond

The best music from Doctor Who features some kind of vocals, even if briefly and this Song is no different - the beautiful mix of vocals and instruments tells the story of a troubled woman. This song will stand out as one of the most breathtaking pieces that Murray Gold has ever created, twinned with the amazing reveal attached to this scene, this music is the perfect example of how such an unsettling Melody can tell a story and make a great scene into something more.


3. Trenzalore/The Long Song


This one is an obscure choice, but one we're going to justify: the opening music (Trenzalore) accurately portrays the sadness of a home destroyed - not just for the residents of Christmas but also for The Doctor, who'd made a home on the planet and sworn to protect them in his final years. Then the transition into the instrumental version of The Long Song from 'The Rings of Akhaten' is the perfect lullaby to the most alien Doctor we've ever had. Even though it's a sad moment, we can't help but smile hearing the final few moments of the track, knowing the smile on The Doctors face seeing Amelia Pond one last time.


2. Doomsday

There's not really much to say about this one. It's a piano and guitar, telling the story of a love story ending. It just never fails to make us cry. Over 10 years later this song still is one of the most haunting pieces ever produced for the show.


1. This Time There's Three Of Us (The Majestic Tale)
  
Perhaps not initially the most iconic piece from the new series, it certainly the displays how elegantly Murray Gold can transition from the change of tone over the course of one scene from a touching moment seeing the destruction of Gallifrey and its impact on the children of the planet, to the show-changing moment where all 13 Doctors united to save the planet. If any piece of music can be played to sum up the variety of Doctor Who - this is it.

There are indeed some great pieces that could have made it onto this list, with some fantastic pieces from Series 3 and 4 coming very close and Abigail's song 'Silence is All You Know' from 'A Christmas Carol'.

A special event is being held this year to celebrate Docor Who and 40 years of K9, on the anniversary of his first appearance in 'The Invisible Enemy' on 1st October 1977.

WHO'S AT THE PLAYHOUSE
10.30am - 6.00pm, Sunday 1st October 2017, Epsom Playhouse
Prices from: £25.00
Tickets are avaliable at: http://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/whos-playhouse

Meet the stars of Doctor Who in non-stop day of on stage interviews, celebrity autograph panels, photograph sessions, merchandise, and much more! Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor himself, leads the line-up of Doctor Who stars appearing on stage. Also appearing are a wealth of guests celebrating K9’s fortieth anniversary, including Louise Jameson, who played the Fourth Doctor’s savage sidekick Leela, and K9 ‘himself’ in the guise of the man who has played the robot dog’s voice for four decades, John Leeson!

Joining them will be K9‘s creator and scriptwriter Bob Baker, the dog’s Visual Effects Designer Tony Harding, along with a host of stars who have appeared with K9: Michael Keating (‘The Sun Makers,’ Blake’s 7 & EastEnders), Prentis Hancock (‘The Ribos Operation,’ Space 1999, Survivors), Nigel Plaskitt (‘The Ribos Operation,’ Pipkins, The Muppets), Rosalid Lloyd (‘The Pirate Planet,’ Who Dares Wins, Only Fools & Horses), Paul Lavers (‘The Androids Of Tara,’ The Onedin Line, Doctors) and, in his event debut, Eric Danot (‘The Invasion Of Time,’ Tommy, Pippin).
Plus more star names to be added to the guest list soon!

TICKETS INCLUDE:


  • Entry to the 'Who's at the Playhouse' theatre show
  • Non-stop celebrity interviews and Q&As from 10.30am to 6pm
  • THREE FREE autographs (guests to be announced)
  • Access to the Celebrity Autograph Panels, where you can meet the stars!
  • Access to the Celebrity Photograph Studio – get your picture taken with the guests!
  • Limited Edition Souvenir Poster
  • Exclusive Merchandise Discounts
  • Event Entry Badge
  • £2.00 OFF admission to John Leeson: A Dog's Life at 7.30pm


PRICES:


  • Adults £45.00
  • Under 16s / Over 60s: £25.00
  • Celebrity guest autograph: £10.00 each
  • Colin Baker autograph: £15.00 each
  • Professional photograph with celebrity guest: £10.00 each (single guest)
  • Professional photograph with Colin Baker: £15.00 each
  • Professional photograph with 3 celebrity guests: £25.00 each (guest groups to be announced)

Monday, 27 March 2017


Tom Baker returns to the studio for the latest series of The Fourth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish Productions. During production Tom Baker sat down to talk about what working for Big Finish is like, which you can see in the video below:


This short clip shows Baker recording Big Finish’s ‘The Beast of Kravenos’, for more information and to order now click here.

"Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar."

After the success of last year’s Record Store Day Exclusive, Genesis Of The Daleks, Demon Records are to release a 2017 Vinyl reissue of Doctor Who & The Pescatons on 180g heavy weight Pescaton Green coloured vinyl.

As an added bonus the gatefold release comes backed with Doctor Who Sound Effects on Orange vinyl. With the original artwork for each release back to back this is a must for any Doctor Who fan.

Side A: Part 1

Side B: Part 2

Side C: 1. The Central Control Room In Exillon City 2. The Dalek Control Room 3. Metebelis III Atmosphere 4. Styre’s Scouting Machine 5. Dalek Hatching Tanks On Skaros 6. Zygon Spaceship Control Centre 7. Sutekh Time Tunnel 8. The Interior Of Xoanon

Side D: 1. The Shrine Of The Sisterhood Of Karn 2. Kraal Disorientation Chamber 3. The ManDoctoragora Helix 4. Atomic Reactor Runs Wild 5. Wind-Mine Machine 6. Distillation Chamber 7. Cloning And Minituarisation Process 8. Inside Doctor. Who’s Mind 9. Tardis Interior (In Flight) 10. Tardis Interior (Stationary) 11. Observation Screen Operates 12. Tardis Door Opens 13. Sonic ScrewDoctoriver 14. Fission Gun 15. Tesh Gun 16. Gallifreyan Staser Gun 17. Vardan Gun

You can find out what other vinyls are available and find your closest participating store here.

London Film and Comic Con Returns for 2017 at Olympia, London Film and Comic Con is a twice yearly event taking place at Olympia, London UK. Featuring guests from a whole host of TV shows and Films, with opportunities to collect autographs and have photoshoot sessions with guests - it's the perfect event to let out your inner geek and show off your cosplay skills.

London Film and Comic Con will take place Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July 2017. Doctor Who Related Guests attending include:

  • Sylvester McCoy - All 3 days
  • Zoe Wanamaker - Saturday
  • Nicola Bryant - Sunday
  • John Cleese - Saturday
  • Matthew Waterhouse - Sunday
  • Richard Franklin - Sunday
  • Mark Williams - Sunday
  • Sacha Dhawan (An Adventure In Time and Space) - Sat & Sun
  • Jeremy Bulloch - All 3 days
  • Deep Roy - All 3 days
  • Colin Baker - Sunday
  • Rusty Goffe - Sat
  • Louise Jameson - Sun

Many other non Doctor Who related guests will be attending including Terence Stamp, Wil Wheaton, Christopher Lloyd, Tom Wilson and Rob Perlman.

Full details including prices for autographs and photoshoots are available on their website: http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com

All guests subject to work commitments


Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #2.15
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Rachael Stott
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: March 22

Final issue in the series.

"The Doctor's plan to take comic creators Sonny and Val off on a tour of the Universe was all going so well... until they landed on a planet of Mindmorphs intent on stealing their minds! Will the creative duo be able to channel their talents in order to save the Doctor? Or is this partnership, and the minds of all on the planet, beyond saving?"

Online preview pages:

 

You can purchase this issue from most comic book stores and online from Forbidden Planet. Each issue is available in four variant cover designs.

Sunday, 26 March 2017


Can you believe it's been 12 years since Doctor Who returned to our screens? Doctor Who hadn't aired a full series since 1989 and was set to be re-launched with a completely new team headed by showrunner Russell T Davies, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper as The Doctor and Rose Tyler.

"When Rose Tyler meets a mysterious stranger called the Doctor, her life will never be the same again. Soon she realises that the whole of planet Earth is in danger."

You can see a clip from the episode below, followed by a video of 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi discussing his thoughts on the re-launch episode.





You can see a list of original reviews from the airing of Rose by following the links below:

The Telegraph
The Guardian
Radio Times
The Observer

Saturday, 25 March 2017


Doctor Who Series 10 is confirmed to feature a three-part story, the first of its kind since the show's relaunch in 2005. Toby Whithouse revealed to Digital Spy that Episodes 6-8 will form a story that will take place over three consecutive episodes with a different writer tackling each episode.

Toby Whithouse who's written the concluding episode said: "Mine is the third part of a three-parter – Steven's done the first one, Peter Harness did the second and I've done the third."

"It's set in modern-day... and I think anything more than that and Steven will come round and kick me in the shin!"

This will be the first official three-part episode series for the show in decades - the last time that we saw the Doctor in a three-parter was in the 1989 classic Seventh Doctor epiode, 'Survival'. These episodes will see the introduction of 'The Monks', a new threat that is linked to previously spotted 'Truth' posters on set during filming in Cardiff. Quite how these are linked we are yet to know, but it won't be long until we find out!

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) will face 'The Monks' in the upcoming series, which will begin Saturday 15th April 2017. You can see the trailer for the series below:


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Doctor Who Series 10 hasn't even begun airing yet and we already have a release date sent to stockists for the DVD/Blu-Ray. Following a similar pattern to the release of Series 9, the series will be split into two parts with the first 6 episodes on Part 1, with the remaining 6 on Part 2. 

Part 1 is currently scheduled to hit UK retailers 29th May 2017. Pre-order from Amazon here for £24.99

Part 2 is then scheduled to hit UK retailers 17th July 2017. Pre-order from Amazon here for £29.99

There is however no confirmed release date for US retailers, although it is expected to be released around the same date. Pre-orders are also available on Amazon US.

The BFI and Radio Times partner to present the UK’s largest television festival.

Taking place on April 7th-9th 2017, the three-day festival gathers the stars and behind-the-scenes talent of many of the world’s greatest television shows for various events, screenings and panels. Sunday 9th April will play host to a Doctor Who panel discussion with executive producer Brian Minchin and cast from the Series 10.

Until now, other guests had simply been listed as TBA (to be announced) but now the BFI has released the final details confirming that the full panel line up will be Brian Minchin, (Exec Producer), Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Pearl Mackie (Bill).

"As writer Steven Moffat’s time at the helm of BBC’s Doctor Who – one of the greatest sci-fi creations on TV – draws to a close, we take this opportunity to celebrate its huge global success. Join executive producer Brian Minchin, Peter Capaldi and the Doctor’s new companion Pearl Mackie to talk about the joys and challenges of making the world’s longest-running sci-fi series. We also offer a sneak preview of clips from the upcoming series."

Tickets for the event are however currently sold out. The panel will begin at 1pm, April 9th at BFI IMAX London.

Friday, 10 March 2017


It's been a busy week for the Doctor Who production team, as they enter the final block of filming for Series 10. Episodes 11 and 12 have entered production and in anticipation of exterior filming the BBC have announced the return of the original Mondasian Cybermen, last seen on screen in 1966.

Satellite Five have created a filming summary of the nights events including various videos and pictures from filming.

Notes:


  • 1966 Mondasian Cybermen, 2011 non-Cybus Cybermen and 2013 Cybermen seen on set.
  • Pearl Mackie, Cybermen and various actors seen on set during night shoot.
  • Day shoot at Cardiff University featured Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas and Peter Capaldi.
  • Michelle Gomez (Missy) has not seen seen during any filming, but is confirmed to appear.








Wednesday, 8 March 2017


Former Doctor Who actress Billie Piper, who last appeared in the 50th Anniversary Special "The Day of the Doctor" has been nominated for an Olivier Award. Piper plays titular character "Yerma", a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child.

After a hugely successful run in the Summer of 2016, Piper will return to the West End to reprise the role in the Young Vic theatre for a very limited run, which has completely sold out. The show runs from 26th July-31st August, with fans welcome to join the returns queue from 6.30pm for evening shows and 1.30pm for matinees.

Piper is nominated for the Best Actress award and is up against Glenda Jackson, Cherry Jones and Ruth Wilson.

You can see a trailer for Yerma below:

 
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