Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The BBC have released a full gallery of images from Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 3: "Thin Ice".

"Thin Ice" by Sarah Dollard
Staring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Peter Singh (The Pie-Man), Nicholas Burns (Lord Sutcliffe), Tomi May (Dowell), Alfie Stoker (Perry), Guillaume Rivaud (Georgian Gentleman)

"4 February 1814. London. The Doctor and Bill chill out at the last great frost fair on the frozen Thames, enjoying the carnival atmosphere and eating pies. But sinister lights are swarming beneath the ice, luring people to their doom in the black depths of the river - and as the Doctor gets on the case, a desperate band of local urchins could provide the clues he needs. Someone powerful and ruthless is plotting to attract as many people to the fair as possible... but why? And what lurks at the bottom of the Thames, waiting implacably for the first ominous cracks in the ice?"

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The BBC have announced that Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 4 "Knock Knock" will also have a special binaural audio edition of this episode. This version will be available on BBC iPlayer immediately after it is broadcast on TV.

Binaural Audio creates a 3D surround sound effect for anyone wearing headphones, placing them at the heart of the action in this "nail-biting episode". This is the first time that Doctor Who has used this method to create a stronger atmosphere and if it is successful could open the doors to future episodes being produced with an alternate binaural audio version.

The BBC has previously experimented with binaural audio on the radio with audio dramas and with BBC at The Proms but this is the first example we can see of it in video related content from the broadcaster.

The BBC press office has released the official synopsis and casting for Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 4 titled "Knock Knock".

"Knock Knock" 
Written by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Bill Anderson
Staring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), David Suchet (The Landord)

"Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house - so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak, and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building - and why can’t they find any way to enter it?"

'Knock Knock' will air BBC One Saturday 6th May, the time of airing is yet to be confirmed.

The Shining Man by Cavan Scott
The Shining Men are everywhere. You spot them out of the corner of your eye. Abnormally tall, with long lank hair, blank faces and blazing eyes. If they catch you, they’ll drag you away to who knows where. No one is safe. They’re on every street corner. Waiting. Watching. Shining bright.

Plague City by Jonathan Morris
The year is 1645, and Edinburgh is in the grip of the worst plague in its history. Nobody knows who will be the next to succumb – nobody except the Night Doctor, a masked figure that stalks the streets, seeking out those who will not live to see another day. But death is not the end. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole discover that the living are being haunted by the recently departed – by ghosts that do not know they are dead. And there are other creatures lurking in the shadows, slithering, creeping creatures filled with an insatiable hunger.

Diamond Dogs by Mike Tucker
For over fifteen years the crew of Kollo-Zarnista Mining Facility 27 has been extracting diamonds from deep within the atmosphere of Saturn, diamonds that help to fund the ever-expanding Human Empire. But when a mining operation goes wrong, a rescue mission must be launched to save a worker lost overboard, a worker who claims that he has seen something amongst the swirling clouds. Something that can’t possibly exist.

All three novels feature the Twelfth Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi, and Bill, as played by Pearl Mackie. They are out now, published by Penguin and can be ordered from Forbidden Planet and all good book stores.

Forbidden Planet are also hosting a signing at their Bristol Store, Saturday 22nd April 2017, you can find more information here.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

This weeks Penguin Podcast is a Doctor Who special, comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw joins Meera Syal in the Penguin studio. Culshaw brings along objects including his junior telescope and a cassette recorder as he talks about his life long love of astronomy, and bringing Doctor Who stories to life in audiobooks.

Culshaw also covers topics as diverse as astronomy, comedy and ZX Spectrums, as well as his favourite Doctors and just why he - and millions like him - first fell in love with the series. Tune in to also find out which two classic Doctor Who novelisations he’ll be reading next!

For more information you can read on here.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

At the moment in the press there's a lot of speculation about the regeneration of the 12th Doctor (played by Peter Capaldi), including a rumour on who will replace him and when - but the main question is, what's the source for all of this speculation?

Has someone tipped them off, or are they just guessing? We're going to take you through some information about the upcoming series that should help clarify some of the points that are being raised and why they might be nothing more than educated guesses.

'We've seen him regenerate in the trailers - this must be for the finale!'

This isn't exactly true...I mean, it's true we've seen his regeneration in the trailers, twice in fact when you look at it - both from the same episode but in different positions. Once laying on the floor in pain and reaching out and another standing up in a room at gunpoint. These clips come from episodes 6-8, a three part episode focused on The Monks in which part of the story is believed to take place in a parallel world. That would still leave 4 episodes of Series 10 and the Christmas special and I do not honestly believe that the BBC or Steven Moffat would let a regeneration process loom over 5 episodes.

'Peter Capaldi states he's "filmed the death of his doctor"'

Peter Capaldi has been very specific in his choice of words regarding this, and we've all just generally taken the assumption that this means he's filmed a regeneration - but does it? Technically Peter Capaldi filmed several deaths for the Series 9 episode "Heaven Sent", could something like this be happening again? Given that Peter Capaldi is a huge Doctor Who fan it seems odd that he hasn't actually used the word 'regeneration' and given that the press release announcing his departure stated it will happen in the Christmas 2017 episode, on the balance of probability - he's not actually filmed his regeneration yet.

Let's speculate - but not believe everything that The Sun or other newspapers publish as fact.

While we’re pretty sure this regeneration we've seen is just a decoy/fake-out, we can’t wait to see how Steven Moffat will write his way out of this one. And no, Kris Marshall isn't someone we'd champion to be the next Doctor.

You can see the latest trailer for Series 10 below:

After the huge success and popularity of the short clip filmed last year to announce the casting of Pearl Mackie as Bill, Steven Moffat decided that the clip would air as part of the new series, featuring in episode one, titled "The Pilot".

The clip was indeed used in the show, but cut down to more accurately reflect the storyline and the character of Bill, who had evolved from the original clip. Now, thanks to Vimeo user Simeon Carter you can see the clip restored to it's full length in the context of the storyline. 'Friend from the Future' meet 'The Pilot'.

Ever looked at your desk and thought there was something missing? We might just have the answer... The TARDIS console lava lamp, currently expected to hit shelves June 2017. The lava lamp is based on the design of the current TARDIS console which has been used since 2012 and used by Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.

"Advanced technology at its finest. Globules of paraffin & opaque substances undulate as a 25w bulb delivers a mesmerizing glow. Time Lord endorsed."

Limited information is currently known however it is understood that the product will be available from both ThinkGeek and Amazon in the US, with no word yet on a UK stockist. We'll update you when more information is released, closer to the time of release. For now all we can do is wait in anticipation - if only we had a TARDIS...

The TARDIS Console Lava Lamp is produced by Rabbit Tanaka.

The BBC have released the official set of images covering Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 2: "Smile", starring Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) and Matt Lucas (Nardole). "Smile" will air 7:20pm BBC One and BBC One HD Saturday 22nd April.

"Smile" by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Staring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Mina Anwar (Goodthing), Ralf Little (Steadfast), Kaizer Akhtar (Praiseworthy)

"The Doctor takes Bill to the colony world Gliese 581 D. It's a bright, sunny world, tended to by the tiny bird-like Vardies and their user interface - the Emojibots. There's just one thing missing: the colonists. As the Doctor and Bill investigate, they discover that to keep smiling is their only hope of staying alive..."

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