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The "Doctor Who" Christmas special features a two Doctor team-up, so get ready to watch 1 and 12 before you meet 13
A preview of the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, was shown on BBC One's Children In Need telethon on Friday. While Doctor Who fans are always excited for more of the show, this Christmas episode is definitely going to be one to ...
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Doctor Who Christmas episode headed to cinemas
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Christmas-themed Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time will be released in cinemas as well as broadcast on television, according to BBC Worldwide. The global distributor and partner Sharmill Films will put the annual Christmas episode of Doctor Who in ...
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Preview of Torchwood #2
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During the cleanup operation in the explosive aftermath of the Navigator/ Vervoid plot to take over the world, Jack and Gwen received some unexpected news from their least favorite hologram… Captain John Hart! He has discovered the aliens' true plan, ...
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MCM Birmingham Comic Con returns to the NEC for another fun-filled celebration of geeky goodness! Two days of movies, sci-fi, comics, cosplay, anime and gaming, Birmingham Comic Con is brought to you by the team behind MCM London Comic Con, the third largest comic convention in the world.
Happy Birthday, 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat!
A bonafide star, and a lifelong fan of Doctor Who, Moffat's first solo Who work was a short story called “Continuity Errors,” published in 1996. Three years later, he scripted the parody Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief's ...
'Doctor Who' Underrated Villain of the Week: Werewolf
You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all? Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, ...
Composer Dudley Simpson has died at the age of 95. One of Doctor Who’s most prolific contributors, he scored 1964’s Planet of the Giants and for the next 15 years provided incidental music for the first four Doctors.
His style became an integral part of early Doctor Who, helping to establish the atmosphere and tone of so many classic adventures. From the jaunty fun of his City of Death music to the wonderful solemnity of his work on The Deadly Assassin or the sense of dread he injected into Horror of Fang Rock, Simpson was a master of interpreting the strengths of a scene and an artist in his ability to emphasize and enlarge those strengths. He worked on over 60 stories and made a cameo appearance in one, playing a conductor in 1977’s The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
Doctor Who conductor and orchestrator Ben Foster tweeted, ‘the great composer Dudley Simpson has left us - he was the most delightful & generous man and his music was fabulous’ and many fans reflected how Dudley Simpson virtually scored their childhood.
Aside from his work on Doctor Who he wrote the full-blooded title music for Blake’s Seven and the haunting tune which ushered in The Tomorrow People. He also contributed to series including The Ascent of Man, Moonbase 3, Target, Paul Temple, The Brothers, Out of the Unknown and Peter and the Wolf.
Dudley Simpson (far right) during the production of 1965’s Peter and the Wolf.
Born in Australia in 1922, Dudley Simpson studied orchestration and composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and later worked as an assistant conductor and pianist at the Borovansky Ballet, eventually becoming its musical director. He moved to England and became guest conductor for a season at Covent Garden before becoming Principal Conductor of the Royal Opera House Orchestra for three years. He began working for the BBC in 1961 and after contributing to dramas such as Moonstrike and Epitaph for a Spy he scored the opening adventure of Doctor Who’s second season.
After retiring in the 1990s he returned to Australia but was back in Britain in 2013 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who – the show he did so much to nurture in its early days.
Dudley Simpson died on Saturday, 4th November, 2017 in Australia.
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Big Finish's Torchwood One premieres with special guest writer
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Because we got to hear Torchwood as an organisation in its prime, it allowed for a very different take on the series. We got to hear how well Torchwood ran in an office based environtment, instead of underground like in Cardiff. At the same time, the ...
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Torchwood Review: 'Aliens Among Us' Episode 8: 'The Empty Hand'
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The Empty Hand, the last episode of Aliens Among Us Part 2, unsurprisingly shakes things up for the Torchwood crew. It begins with Sgt. Andy caught in a bad situation, and things just get worse for him from there. Especially as tensions begin to rise ...
When Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor on the global hit show next year, she will be joined by an all new regular cast.
BBC announces today (October 10, 2017) that Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will line-up as the new regular cast on Doctor Who.
Bradley will star as Graham, Tosin will play Ryan and Mandip will play Yasmin.
Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke.
New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role, is also shaking up who will travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS, with a team of new characters.
In more exclusive news, it is confirmed that the new series will be a ten week run of fifty minute episodes in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch.
Chris Chibnall says : “The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show."
Jodie Whittaker says : "I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It's a dream team!"
Bradley Walsh says : “I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”
Mandip Gill says : “I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. Certain roles seem unattainable and this is one of those, so much so I didn't believe it to be true for the first few weeks. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I've done previously and that's the part that excites me the most.”
Tosin Cole says : "I'm grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I'm looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe."
Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, BBC Studios says : “I am thrilled to welcome Bradley, Mandip and Tosin to the new Who family. Working with three such talented actors is going to be a lot of fun. The Doctor is in fine company.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama says : "The casting of Mandip, Tosin and Bradley is a mark of the new creative ambition Chris is bringing to Doctor Who. He's already made history with the casting of Jodie. These three new characters complete a new and utterly unmissable team aboard the Tardis."
Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production. BBC Worldwide are the international distributors for Doctor Who.
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October 22 in Sci-Fi History: Torchwood!
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It was on this day in 2006 that Torchwood premiered. And let's take a moment to ask ourselves, has anything ever been the same? Torchwood Intro. Info. Shopping. Tap to unmute. If playback doesn't begin shortly, try restarting your device. More videos.
CBBC recently celebrated a decade of The Sarah Jane Adventures by repeating three stories that you can now catch on BBC iPlayer. And we marked the tenth anniversary by looking back on this bold and brilliant Doctor Who spin-off…
Jon Pertwee, who played the third Doctor Who, famously said that there was nothing scarier than coming home and finding a ‘Yeti on your loo’. In other words, the scariest situations are ones that mirror our everyday lives with just a tiny twist of terror. It’s a story-telling basic that The Sarah Jane Adventures took and ran with for five seasons that began - gulp - ten years ago.
The show’s essential premise was simple. Take one former companion of the Doctor. Add some young sidekicks; season with familiar foes like Sontarans and the Slitheen and for good measure, throw in the Doctor himself for a couple of stories. Then stir them all together in two-part adventures where the planet’s in peril but our heroes still have time for a few one-liners and a group hug at the end.
Except, of course, it’s not as easy as that. SJA worked because it hit just the right blend of alien scares and human drama. The childless Sarah Jane gets a family. Her alien son learns what it means to be human. The cocksure Clyde Langer finds there’s more to this world than he ever imagined… Just like Doctor Who, it was a show that revelled in adventure but always found time to explore and celebrate its characters without patronising its audience.
If you never watched SJA or you want to introduce it to younger viewers who weren’t around when it first aired ten years ago – another gulp - CBBC are running the first two-parter, which introduces/re-establishes characters like Sarah and Clyde, plus two faves from its later years: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith features the Tenth Doctor, Nigel Havers and a heart-wrenching plotline while The Curse of Clyde Langer is thought-provoking, funny, scary and above all, bold. These three stories are the perfect intro to SJA!
Need five more reasons to visit the gang on Bannerman Road? Or want to convince your kids to give SJA a go? Allons-y…
Sarah Jane Smith
One of the Doctor’s most popular companions shines as she takes centre-stage. The late Elisabeth Sladen somehow made her most famous character both wise and faintly naïve. Peace-loving, but always ready to fight for justice on her own terms. Sarah Jane may have been an intrepid reporter, but this Lois Lane proved she didn’t need Superman to save the day.
Here be Monsters!
SJA had a rogues gallery to rival the Doctor’s… Sontarans, Slitheen and the Graske all made it from the Time Lord’s travels to Sarah’s streets but new foes like the chilling Nightmare Man, sinister Shansheeth and the gun-toting Mona Lisa (no, really) were all fabulous baddies. Special mention to the terrifying Elijah Spellman played by Bradley Walsh. Whatever happened to him, eh?
Forget DC Darkness
Recent heroes have needed a good psychologist more than a trusty sidekick (yes, Batfleck we’re looking at you…) and although SJA did touch on real world issues (see below) it was full of banter, jokes and plenty of wry observation. Basically it was #LOL before #LOL was a thing.
Sure, SJ and her gang had to deal with the Things from Outer Space but there were other real-world problems that kept the programme grounded. Maria Jackson watches her parents grow apart, Rani dealt with jealousy and a nagging fear of letting her parents down and The Curse of Clyde Langer offers a surprisingly moving and unsweetened take on homelessness.
Yes, this show was owned by Sarah Jane and her gang, but nobody complained when the Doctor himself showed up! David Tennant guested in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith and Matt Smith materialised in Death of the Doctor. Fun fact! SJA got a big ratings boost when the Doctor rocked up but newbies loved the show so much they stayed with it even after the TARDIS was long gone!
Love a good wedding?
Okay, this is only half a reason because to give you the whole thing would be spoilerific BUT the closing moments of The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith deliver more feels than most long-running dramas manage in 57 episodes. The Tenth Doctor’s farewell to his old companion is a real tear-jerker that has extra ‘awww…’ if you’re a long-time fan, and Sarah Jane’s journey is shown to be… Well, you’ll just have to watch to find out!
Peter Capaldi’s final episode of Doctor Who this Christmas will feature Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and be called Twice Upon a Time, it was revealed this evening (23 July) during a cast panel at San Diego Comic Con. Viewers will have to wait until Christmas to discover exactly how Bill, who will appear throughout the episode, makes her return.
Pearl Mackie returns in the Christmas Special
It was also revealed that the special will co-star Mark Gatiss in a guest role – as a World War One soldier, known so far only as ‘The Captain’.
As previously revealed in the closing moments of the 2017 series finale, the special will feature Peter Capaldi’s current Doctor teaming up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley.
We’re sad to report the death of Deborah Watling who played Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor in the late 1960s.
Deborah joined Doctor Who in 1967’s, The Evil of the Daleks and featured in classics including The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Ice Warriors. She left the TARDIS in 1968, bowing out in Fury from the Deep, although she remained closely identified with the show and made cameo appearances as Victoria in specials including Dimensions in Time.
Away from the world of Doctor Who Deborah starred in the David Essex movie, That’ll be the Day (1973) and her TV work included Rising Damp, Danger UXB and Doctor in Charge.
But to fans of the Doctor, she will be remembered forever as the brave and compassionate orphan, Victoria Waterfield, and Deborah made no secret of the affection she held for the role and the show. ‘I have said this before and it is true, Pat [Patrick Troughton – the Second Doctor] became like a second father to me both on the show and after I left...’ she once recalled. ‘The other person on the show at the time was Frazer Hines playing the part of Jamie. He and I became like brother and sister. We had such a great rapport, and even today when we meet up at Doctor Who events things haven’t changed.’
You can see Deborah Watling as Victoria in a scene from The Tomb of the Cybermen.