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You haven’t seen the last of John Hurt’s War Doctor, he’ll return for his own Big Finish audio saga later this year...
Big Finish has really upped its ante recently, adding the likes of John Barrowman, Alex Kingston, Ingrid Oliver and Jemma Redgrave to its roster of talent. Unconfirmed reports have even linked David Tennant and Catherine Tate to a Doctor Who audio production.
Today, we’ve learnt that John Hurt has signed up for a Big Finish audio drama too. He will star in The War Doctor, reprising his role from The Name Of The Doctor and The Day Of The Doctor.
His reprisal will span four box sets, each consisting of three linked hour-long episodes. The first box set has been dubbed Only The Monstrous, and it has the much-lauded audio writer-director Nicholas Briggs at the helm.
“The story of the Doctor who refuses to »
Big Finish - producers of audio drama based on the BBC sci-fi since 1999 - have announced a new 12-part series, with Hurt returning to the role he first played in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special.
The War Doctor is a 'secret' incarnation of the Time Lord, who fought against the Daleks in a devastating Time War.
The audio adventures of The War Doctor will be told over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes.
Only The Monstrous will be released in December 2015, and will be followed in February 2016 by the second volume, Infernal Devices. »
The ratings are falling!! The ratings are falling!!
Doctor Who has been the linchpin of BBC One's Saturday night schedule for a decade now. But with audience figures apparently on the decline - just 4.6m tuned in live to watch the latest series premiere - is the show facing an uncertain future?
Here, we take a long look at the tough questions being asked of the sci-fi series, and pose one of our own: Is it really as bad as all that?
Why are the ratings falling?
Much like the gulf between the interior and exterior dimensions of the Tardis, when it comes to Doctor Who's ratings 'crisis', it's all a matter of perspective.
The way in which people consume television has changed enormously since the show's return in 2005, and continues to change. Of course, to suggest that nobody watches live TV anymore would be inaccurate - just »
It has today been confirmed that Jenna Coleman will leave her role as The Doctor’s assistant, Clara Oswald before the end of the new Doctor Who season. Coleman first entered the Tardis alongside Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor in a 2012 episode titled Asylum Of The Daleks. Rumours of her exit had surfaced before last year’s Christmas special, but this time the announcement has come from the actress herself.
Speaking to BBC Radio 1 in the UK on Friday, Coleman explained she had “left the Tardis,” adding that she had already filmed the last of her scenes for the show. No further information was given as to how this would come about, though Coleman did explain that the writers had “worked out a really good story arc” for the exit.
Clara became an immensely popular companion for the Doctor in series seven of the rebooted show, leading to her taking »
- Gareth Cartwright
Who's fit to follow in Clara's footsteps? 12 suggestions follow - from the silly to the serious.
Unit scientist Osgood - first name as yet undisclosed - is perhaps the natural choice to replace Clara.
Smart, plucky and with a taste for adventure, she's got all the qualities one looks for in a companion - and was already eyed as a potential by the Doctor before her untimely demise ("All of time and space - something for your bucket list.").
Now that she's apparently returned from the dead, perhaps Osgood could step aboard the Tardis in series nine - providing she's not a Zygon duplicate.
In the following first-look photo, Idris Elba’s titular detective appears to be playing fairly rough with a possible suspect — or perhaps it’s an uncooperative witness? — gently guiding forcibly dragging him out of a building with his fancy suit jacket pulled over his head.
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Mori told Digital Spy that she has been approached about playing Tosh again in Big Finish's series of audio dramas.
"I miss Torchwood so much," she admitted. "On Twitter, there's been a lot of fans saying, 'Bring it back!' - and it would be so nice to do something.
"I know there's a radio thing happening and they've talked to me about it as well, so hopefully that'll happen in due course."
It's been seven years since Tosh - and her unrequited love interest Owen (Burn Gorman) - were killed off in the gut-wrenching episode 'Exit Wounds'. But if you're still not over it, don't worry - neither is Naoko.
"Still to this day, just thinking about it makes me feel very sad," she said. "That was a really tough scene. »
RelatedDoctor Who: [Spoiler] Returning for Christmas Special
Last winter, you will recall, Coleman’s future as Twelve’s companion Clara was called into question, up until at the close of the annual Christmas special she announced that she would be sticking around for “a whole other series of stories with the Doctor.”
Chief writer Steven Moffat revealed this past March that Coleman had asked to be written out in the Christmas special, only to have change of heart.
The way CBS’ NCIS left things, Leroy Jethro Gibbs was down, but he is not out. (Spoiler alert?)
VideosNCIS: Harrowing Season 13 Trailer Spoils Gibbs’ Shocking ‘Death’
That said, the man who just barely survives the shooting at the hands of a young terrorist recruit may not be the same one that we, Tony, Ducky et al have gotten to know so well over the years. With the Season 13 premiere fast approaching (on Tuesday, Sept. 22), TVLine presents the bulk of our Fall Preview Q&A with Gary Glasberg, the showrunenr behind TV’s most watched drama.
Tvline | How do »
Doctor Who will tackle what's being billed as its "most experimental episode" ever as part of the new series.
But don't blame recent BBC budget cuts - it's actually a bold intentional move by the show's creators.
"We always like a new challenge on the show," Moffat said. "I can't tell you too much about this, but it's certainly unique and a big first for the show!"
Moffat, head writer and executive producer on the series, also hinted that the new 12-part series will include "urban thrillers, underwater ghost stories [and] journeys that take us from Vikings to the end of time".
Guest stars for the series »
Elyse Levesque, Lucas Bryant, Lyriq Bent, and Alex Kingston have been cast in the new Hungry Eyes Film and Television hour-long drama "Shoot the Messenger," which is being produced in association with CBC Television (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and ITV. The eight-episode series, which hails from the multi-award winning creative team of Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland (whose past feature films, most recently "Home Again," have been covered on this blog), is described as a gritty political thriller that centers on the complex relationships between crime reporters and the police. The release adds: Levesque stars as Daisy Channing, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Elyse Levesque, Lucas Bryant, Lyriq Bent, and Alex Kingston have been cast in the new Hungry Eyes Film and Television hour-long drama "Shoot the Messenger," which is being produced in association with CBC Television (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and ITV. The eight-episode series, which hails from the multi-award winning creative team of Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland (whose past feature films, most recently "Home Again," have been covered on this blog), is described as a gritty political thriller that centers on the complex relationships between crime reporters and the police. The release adds: Levesque stars as Daisy Channing, a sharp and ambitious j-school grad trying to balance a messy personal life while working at a big city newspaper. Things begin to go sideways for Daisy when she witnesses a murder she thinks is gang related, only to find herself slowly drawn into an interconnected web of criminal activity...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Alex Kingston returns as Professor River Song for the Dr Who holiday special, BBC announced. River Song Returns To ‘Dr Who’ Kingston first played River Song in the fourth season (2008) of Dr Who when David Tennant played the Doctor. It has been two years since her last appearance on the show, and now she […]
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- Elisabet Stenberg
“Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who — and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song,” states showrunner Steven Moffat. “The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time…”
“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special,” adds Kingston. “Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, »
- Gary Collinson
"Hello, sweetie." When we read the joyous news that River Song would be making her triumphant return to Doctor Who this December, the first thing we did was obviously get a jump on our Twelfth Doctor-River Song fan fiction that's titled "Sex Storm: The Sexpocalypse." And then we checked in on the Doctor Who fanbase to see how they were handling the fact that Alex Kingston and Peter Capaldi would finally be making acting magic together. To sum up, Whovians are basically like this right now: Not only is River a fan-favorite, but when executive producer Steven Moffat talked about possibly leaving her character off the show for good, we got this amazing description from writer Russell T. »
In her more recent appearances, Alex Kingston’s River Song has become something of a divisive character for Doctor Who fans. Some finds her insouciant charms liven things up whenever she crashes into the Doctor’s life, while others find her grating and overused. Depending on your thoughts towards her, she’ll be back to pester the Doctor – in this case Peter Capaldi’s incarnation – for this year’s Christmas special.Announced by the Beeb, the now traditional special episode is being kept wrapped up in shiny Santa-covered paper for now, with no details on what will happen in the episode or who is joining Kingston as the rest of the guest cast (so no spoilers, sweetie). But we suppose having her anywhere near the Who team’s base of operations is enough to start tongues wagging, so the decision was taken to announce her return. “To be honest, I »
The BBC have revealed that Alex Kingston is set to reprise her role as the enigmatic 'River Song' in the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special. Kingston first appeared as Song way back in Series 4, before taking up a more significant recurring role as the Eleventh Doctor's wife and ally in Series 5-7. This will mark the first meeting between her character and Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor. “To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special,” Kingston claimed. “Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not! »
In the states, just as much as other parts of the world, the Doctor Who Christmas special has become an honored tradition around the holidays. And the people behind the show always try to make it as special as possible. The first guest star for the 2015 Christmas special has finally been revealed, and it has fans aflutter this morning. Yes, Alex Kingston is set to return as River Song. BBC America confirmed the news earlier this morning, stating the following.
"It's Christmas Day in the future and the Tardis is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband's new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas."
Shooting begins this week on the Doctor Who Christmas special 2015. The 11th special is reaching back in time to revive Professor River Song. Alex Kingston, who made her first appearance on the show in 2008, will return in the role. The special is penned by lead writer Steven Moffat and is set on a future Christmas Day with the Tardis parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Enter time traveller River Song, who meets her husband's… »
It is 113 days until Christmas, but for “Doctor Who” fans it might as well be today. The BBC has announced Alex Kingston returns as Professor River Song in the 2015 Christmas special. River will meet the latest incarnation of her husband for the first time as the Tardis awaits a new holiday adventure, Parked on a snowy village street at an unspecified time in the future. For her part, Kingston was uncertain her character would ever appear on the show again, but jumped at the chance to return: “To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humor and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read-through, we had a laugh, and I am now »
- Donna Dickens
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