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Matt Lucas was on his way to Yeovil when we caught up with him for a chat. He's been promoting his excellent memoir Little Me, and he spared us half an hour for a natter that covered Doctor Who, Little Britain, his book, grief, mental health, hair, a ...

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Titan Comics has released previews of October 18th arrivals, including Torchwood #1, Assassin's Creed: Uprising #8, Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Three #10, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #8, Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens #3, and ...

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This third issue of "Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension" (September 2017) features the lovable tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant in the TV show). The creative team behind this comic consists of writer Nick Abadzis, author of “Hugo Tate,” with ...

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Since the show's reboot in 2005, Gatiss has written nine episodes, acted in three, penned 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, and served as a Doctor Who Magazine columnist (under the pseudonym “Sam Kisgart”). And that's just the tip of the ...

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Welcome to this week's Doctor Who's Day roundup, a cosmic slop of fan creativity, news and other Whovian spices gathered fresh at dawn from a week marinading on the internet. And we begin this week with a particularly good fanmade trailer for a Doctor ...

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Titan Comics' Torchwood comic title blazes forward in a new four-issue miniseries launching on Wednesday, Oct. 18, based on the provocative BBC sci-fi drama that spun off from the Doctor Who universe and aired from 2006-2011. The latest chapter of the ...
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A Doctor Who fan himself, Shatner includes two related items: an autographed photo of Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and companion Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), and the “Twice Upon a Time” shooting script, complete with mostly illegible scribbles by the cast ...
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Captain Jack and his Torchwood operatives aboard the alien tech-filled ship the Ice Maiden managed to thwart a plot by the alien Navigators to harvest the Earth, abetted by the Vervoids. Now, the team must help the planet recover, and continue to look ...

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5½ Reasons Why EVERYBODY should watch The Sarah Jane Adventures

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.

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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.

Doctor, Doctor!
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!

You can watch all three adventures on BBC iPlayer now!

Special bonus! If you head over to CBBC’s twitter feed you can see Russell T Davies (SJA’s creator, exec producer and writer) looking back on the show!

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Christmas Special: Title and Cast News!

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.

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Deborah Watling (1948 – 2017)

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.

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Interview with Costume Designer Hayley Nebauer

Doctor Who has a look like no other show in the world. And the clothes worn by the Doctor, his companions and the characters they meet all add to the visual impact of the Time Lord’s adventures. Sometimes the costumes are overtly brilliant – eye-catching and instantly arresting. But often they subtly enhance the stories, revealing more about the characters than we may appreciate.

Series 10’s brilliant Costume Designer was Hayley Nebauer and we’re delighted that Hayley agreed to discuss her work on Doctor Who, individual costumes and the advice she’d give to anyone hoping to become a Costume Designer…

Q: Which was your favourite Series 10 costume for the Doctor?

Hayley Nebauer: It was his costume from the start of episode 6 (Extremis) and episode 8 (The Lie of the Land), with the broken grey linen frock coat, I thought it summed him up well, quite rock ’n’roll, with a feel of the classic, historical-based Doctor’s tailoring that many of the Doctors have had, but like it had been on adventures around the universe and was quite representative of his character.

Q: Which was your favourite costume for Bill this series?

HN: Her episode 6 look, the patchworked khaki/ camo dress. Interestingly, this dress was made from pieces taken from lots of different camo and military costume items I had left from other films, so it is essentially recycled clothing!

Q: How would you describe the Doctor’s look in Series 10 and how did you go about creating it?

HN: I started with Peter, I talked to him about his looks in series 8 and 9, what he and the former costume designers (Howard Burden and Ray Holman) had been developing in his look, so that where we began extended from this. From here, I tried to loosen his look up further, so it seemed less like he was a man who was dressed immaculately and more like an adventurer who had been around the universe a few times, things were more worn out and aged, but he layered them up, enjoying all the textures of his layers.

Suited and booted: The Doctor's Thin Ice attire.

Layers for the Time Lord...

Q: How much time do you research something like the diving suits in Thin Ice and how much of the design is artistic licence?

HN: I put a lot of time into researching something like the diving suits... there is a museum in London where you can see examples of real ones, I looked into the history of their creation, construction and materials... once I know about the real diving suits, I then choose which parts of the facts we follow and what we choose to do differently, to serve the story.

The Doctor took the plunge with this glorious diving suit in Thin Ice.

Costume design isn’t always about doing things in a historically correct way, it is about supporting the story and character – our episode was set in 1814 but the suits like the ones we used weren’t invented until 1837, so we took some licence, doing something that was based on this (and always remembering, the Doctor has a TARDIS, so not everything has to come from the time and place where the story was set!)

Like the original suits, ours were handmade in real metal, copper and brass, with waxed double layered suits and rubber seals around the neck etc. I love doing the research, but I also love just doing what feels right for the story, above all.

More costumes from Thin Ice: The 'Frost fair kids' rocking the London look, 1814 style!

Q: What advice would you give to anyone wanting to be a Costume Designer?

HN: Learn about how things are made, you will be a much better designer if you understand how your costumes are to be put together, it helps you narrow down all the small choices that make the big difference in the outcome of the costume.

The Robes of Death? Striking costumes for the meddling Monks...

Simple and sinister - the look of 'the Patients'.

Bill's lush costume from Thin Ice.

Big thanks to Hayley Nebauer!

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13 Questions for the Thirteenth Doctor

We interviewed Jodie Whittaker about taking on the role of the Doctor…
 
1) What does it feel like to be the Thirteenth Doctor?
It’s very nerve-racking, as it’s been so secret!

2) Why did you want the role?
To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings: what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.

3) Has it been hard to keep the secret?
Yes. Very hard! I’ve told a lot of lies! I’ve embroiled myself in a whole world of lies which is going to come back at me when this is announced!

4) Who was the first person you told when you got the role?
My husband. Because I was allowed to!

5) Did you have a codename and if so what was it?
In my home, and with my agent, it was The Clooney. Because to me and my husband, George is an iconic guy. And we thought: what’s a really famous iconic name? It was just fitting. 

6) What does it feel like to be the first woman Doctor?
It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible. 

7) What do you want to tell the fans?
I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.

8) What are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about becoming part of a family I didn’t even know existed. I was born in 1982, it’s been around longer than me, and it’s a family I couldn’t ever have dreamed I’d be part of.

9) How did Chris sell you the part?
We had a strange chat earlier this year where he tricked me into thinking we were talking about Broadchurch. And I started to quiz him about his new job in Wales, and asked him if I could be a baddie! And he quickly diverted the conversation to suggest I should consider auditioning to be the 13th Clooney.

It was the most incredible chat because I asked every question under the sun, and I said I’d take a few weeks to decide whether I was going to audition. He got a phone call within 24 hours. He would’ve got a phone call sooner, but my husband was away and there was a time difference! 

10) Did he persuade you?
No. There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.

11) What are you going to wear?
Don’t know yet.

12) Is that your costume in the filmed sequence which introduced you as the new Doctor?
No. 

13) Have any of the other Doctors given you advice?
Well they can’t because they haven’t known until now, but I’m certainly expecting a couple of calls – I’ve got a couple of mates in there. I’m mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I’m mates with a trio of Doctors. I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let’s throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I’m hoping I get some calls of advice.

Jodie Whittaker Biography

Jodie Whittaker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005 with a gold medal in Acting. Since then she has worked continually in Film, Television and Theatre. Her TV credits include the critically acclaimed ITV drama 'Broadchurch' (for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for the RTS Television Awards), Emmy award-winning 'Black Mirror’, Sky 1’s 'The Smoke', BBC’s 'Cranford’, in which she starred opposite Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton, 'The Night Watch'(BBC), 'The Accused'(BBC), and 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' (BBC).

Jodie has recently finished shooting 'Journeyman' written and directed by Paddy Considine as well as the lead in the new BBC drama series ‘Trust Me’. Her other film credits include 'Venus', (which earned her nominations for 'Best Newcomer' at the 'British Independent Film Awards', 'Best British Newcomer' at the 'Critic's Circle Awards' and 'Best Actress in a Motion Picture' at the 'Satellite Awards'), 'Attack the Block', 'One Day', 'Black Sea', 'Good Vibrations', 'St.Trinian's', 'Get Santa' and most recently 'Adult Life Skills' which she Executive Produced as well as starred in which received a number of BIFA nominations.
Jodie made her professional theatrical debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in ‘The Storm’. Other theatre credits include playing the title role in 'Antigone' at the Royal National Theatre, 'Bash' at the Trafalgar Studios 'Awake and Sing' and 'Enemies' at the Almeida, both directed by the then Artistic Director, Michael Attenborough.