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Doctor Who: new info suggests plans stretch to series 15

26 May 2017 12:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane May 26, 2017

A BBC Worldwide press release hints that Doctor Who will stick around until at least its fifteenth series...

All credit goes to Doctor Who TV for spotting this story and reporting it first. And, although iron-clad info is in short supply, it is quite an interesting one. 

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Essentially, BBC Worldwide has put out a press release to announce a new deal with a Chinese media company, and one paragraph of the press bumf seems to suggest that the Beeb is planning for Doctor Who - in its current, post-relaunch state - to run until at least its fifteenth series. 

Here's the press release, with the bit we're talking about in bold...

BBC Worldwide today announced a »

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Shanghai Media Group Pictures Strikes 'Doctor Who' Deal for China

25 May 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

BBC Worldwide on Thursday said it has signed a deal with China's Shanghai Media Group Pictures, the film business unit of Oriental Pearl Group, owned by Shanghai Media Group, for the entire catalog of hit franchise Doctor Who and a memorandum of understanding (Mou) to expand the fan base of the show brand in the Middle Kingdom.

The agreement covers showrunners Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat’s seasons 1-10, incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall’s yet-to-film season 11, a first look for seasons 12-15 and Doctor Who spinoffs Torchwood and Class.

Doctor Who has previously been available across a number of digital platforms in China, including Youku, LeTV and BesTV, which is »

- Georg Szalai

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Hugh Grant set for A Very English Scandal

23 May 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BBC has announced that Hugh Grant is set to star in the BBC One drama A Very English Scandal, which is being directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen) from a script By Russell T Davies (Doctor Who).

A Very English Scandal will tell the true story of MP Jeremy Thorpe, the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. Beginning in the 1960s, when homosexuality had only just been decriminalized in the UK, the logline for the drama reads: “[Thorpe] has a secret he’s desperate to hide. As long as his ex-lover Scott is around, Thorpe’s brilliant career is at risk. Thorpe schemes and deceives — until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Thorpe changed society forever, illuminating the darkest secrets of the establishment. The Thorpe affair revealed such breathtaking deceit and corruption that, at the time, »

- Gary Collinson

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Hugh Grant Returns to British TV for First Time in Nearly 25 Years

22 May 2017 2:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hugh Grant is set to play a disgraced British politician in true-story drama “A Very English Scandal,” the BBC said Monday. The project will reunite Grant with director Stephen Frears following the actor’s acclaimed performance in last year’s “Florence Foster Jenkins,” which earned him Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for best supporting actor.

In “A Very English Scandal,” Grant will play Jeremy Thorpe, the first British politician in modern times to stand trial for murder. In 1979, Thorpe, then leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, was accused of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott. The film is based on a book by British journalist John Preston.

The three-part drama for flagship channel BBC One marks Grant’s return to British television for the first time in nearly 25 years, when he starred in “The Changeling,” an episode of the BBC’s anthology drama series »

- Robert Mitchell

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Hugh Grant to Star in BBC Drama About Britain's "Trial of the Century"

22 May 2017 1:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Hugh Grant will star in BBC drama A Very English Scandal, directed by Stephen Frears.

Russell Davies is the writer behind the three-part adaptation of the book A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment, by journalist John Preston

The drama, commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, tells the story of what has been called Britain's "trial of the century."

Grant will play Jeremy Thorpe, the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. The drama is set in »

- Georg Szalai

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Doctor Who: Extremis geeky spots and Easter eggs

20 May 2017 9:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 20, 2017

The references and nerdy spots we caught in Doctor Who series 10: Extremis...

This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.

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Whether you like it or not, we’re now halfway through this series of Doctor Who, and it’s time for the stakes to get higher; we now know who’s in the vault (or at least, who the Doctor thinks is in the vault), there’s a massive alien invasion waiting to strike, and oh yeah, the Doctor’s still blind. While you bite your nails waiting for next week’s instalment, here are our viewing notes with all the vaguely interesting things we noticed about this week’s episode. As ever, if you’ve noticed things we haven’t, »

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Doctor Who: Oxygen geeky spots and Easter eggs

13 May 2017 8:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 13, 2017

So many spoilers, as we go looking for references in Doctor Who series 10, Oxygen...

This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 10, up to and including Oxygen.

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Space zombies, near-death experiences and what we can only hope is a temporary change for the Doctor… In Oxygen, writer Jamie Mathieson has quite literally played a blinder. And for the more observant among us, there were a handful of pop culture references and callbacks to earlier stories. Here’s our weekly round-up of the ones we noticed, along with the odd bit of wild speculation and things we just found interesting.

Oh, and look out for an extra article on Monday which takes a closer look at a few bits of graphic design this series - including the answer to a question which has been plaguing some of us for a couple of weeks now. »

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Torchwood is getting a fifth series, in audio form

10 May 2017 12:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane May 10, 2017

Big Finish's Torchwood: Aliens Among Us will follow on from Miracle Day. Russell T Davies is involved...

Torchwood: Miracle Day is getting a follow-up, but not in the way you would've originally expected. Instead of heading back to the small screen, Captain Jack Harkness' next adventure will take place in the audio drama medium, thanks to the fine folks at Big Finish. 

Russell T Davies is overseeing this new audio endeavour, which has been given the title Torchwood - Series 5: Aliens Among Us.

"In this series, Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper have restarted Torchwood in Cardiff, home of the original Torchwood Three", the official synopsis tells us (via CultBox).

"But it’s in a very different Cardiff. Something terrible’s happened to the city. With every day getting darker, will Torchwood need to adopt a whole new approach?"

John Barrowman, Kai Owen, Tom Price and »

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Russell T Davies and Stephen Poliakoff lead BBC drama line-up

5 May 2017 12:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BBC drama boss Wenger orders over 25 hours of drama.

Russell T Davies, Stephen Poliakoff and Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas have penned dramas for Piers Wenger’s inaugural slate, reports Broadcast.

The BBC drama boss unveiled over 25 hours of new drama commissions across BBC1 and BBC2 at an event co-hosted by director general Tony Hall.

The nine series, seven for BBC1, one for BBC2 and one for BBC3, join recently announced Wenger commissions including Kudos’ Gunpowder and The Forge’s Carey Mulligan-fronted crime drama Collateral.


Doctor Who writer Davies has written A Very English Scandal, a 3 x 60-minute series directed by Stephen Frears.

Based on the book A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment by John Preston, it follows the true story of Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe’s conspiracy to kill his ex-lover Norman Scott.

Commissioned by Wenger and BBC director of content Moore, it »

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BBC Orders Adaptations of ‘War of the Worlds,’ ‘Little Women’ for New Drama Slate

4 May 2017 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC has ordered up 11 new high-end dramas, including new television versions of “The War of the Worlds,” “Little Women,” and “Black Narcissus.” The three titles are the latest classic novel adaptations to be commissioned by BBC Drama, which is currently in production on a new four-part adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howard’s End” (pictured) by Oscar-winner Kenneth Lonergan for BBC One and Starz.

Also in the lineup are the first-ever screen adaptation of Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel “A Suitable Boy” and three-part true-story drama “A Very English Scandal,” written by Russell T. Davies and directed by Stephen Frears.

The new slate was unveiled Thursday at an event in London co-hosted by BBC Director General Tony Hall and new controller of BBC Drama Piers Wenger.

“It feels to me a special moment for drama. What really excites me is I think we’ve shaken off all preconceptions about what stories people will come to,” said »

- Robert Mitchell

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Doctor Who: the behind-the-scenes causes of regeneration

3 May 2017 8:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison May 10, 2017

Over Doctor Who's long history, what prompted the decision to leave for those in the lead role?

All sorts of things have killed off the Doctor. In the last half century, Doctor Who's unique approach to recasting the lead character has seen him fettled by old age, as punishment, by radiation poisoning, falls big and small, dodgy operations and time itself. There are plenty of in-universe reasons for why the Doctor regenerates, and the outgoing Time Lord Peter Capaldi promises that his upcoming demise will be suitably timey-wimey, but what of the behind-the-scenes reasons that the Doctor has to go?

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“While you're enjoying it, »

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Doctor Who: Thin Ice geeky spots and Easter eggs

28 April 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 29, 2017

Spoilers! We dig into Doctor Who series 10's Thin Ice, to see what else we can find...

This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.

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The Doctor and Bill have saved the day again and something’s knocking in the vault - but it’s only knocking three times, so it doesn’t constitute a reference. Instead, here’s our weekly list of references, callbacks, tenuous spots and generally interesting waffle from this week’s episode. You’ll have to forgive me if I’ve missed anything - I’m at my sister’s wedding as this episode goes out, and they’ve refused to turn the music off for an hour so we can watch it. »

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Chris Pratt Describes Meeting Kurt Russell For The First Time

21 April 2017 6:22 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Chris Pratt's amazing rise, from relative unknown to mega-star, over the last few years has been remarkable. Prior to his work on TV's Parks and Recreation and 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt grinded his way up from bit film parts, animated voice-overs, and recurring TV roles over fifteen long years. Today he's one of Hollywood's biggest actors, and yet he remains incredibly self-effacing and down-to-earth in every interview and public appearance, which probably explains a lot of his "everyman" appeal.

Lrm's Nancy Tapia was on-site during a recent Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 junket, where she caught up with Pratt and asked him about meeting the legendary Kurt Russell for the first time:

"You know, you promise yourself you're not going to do this thing that happens every time you meet someone who's an icon. Someone that you've known way longer than they've ever known you, and you've seen all their stuff. »

- David Kozlowski

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Luke Newberry interview: In The Flesh, Home Front

20 April 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 21, 2017

We chatted to actor Luke Newberry about his BBC Radio 4 Home Front role, In The Flesh, getting his start in acting and more…

“I’m still umm-ing, how annoying for you!” he says, but interviewing Luke Newberry isn’t annoying in the least. He’s at pains to give proper answers to questions, literally so judging by some of the noises he makes in our half-hour chat. His frustrated ‘aaghs’ and ‘ooohs’ and ‘umms’ are the sound of someone who doesn’t have a ready-made patter and who doesn’t want to just say any old thing.

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When I ask him who would be his dream director, for instance, Newberry pauses, asks if we can come back to it later, pauses »

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Special Interview: ‘What being a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit meant to me….’ with Ollie Clarke, Charlie Covell & Destiny Ekaragha

20 April 2017 2:49 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

In late October of last year BAFTA announced their 2016 Breakthrough Brits cohort. It is the fourth such contingent spotlighted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, providing invaluable support and a host of possibilities for those on the programme.

We spoke exclusively to the ‘Class of ’16’ shortly after the announcement was made, and the sense of potential the programme offered was tangibly felt. Part of the great work done by BAFTA is in the guidance offered to the new generation of creative artists. It is an essential part of their work, as much as it is an essential part of our cultural identity.

Today we are continuing our ongoing coverage of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits programme  by finding out exactly what made the initiative so important to emerging talent.

The 2016 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits

Some of the brightest stars of this country’s film, television and »

- Jon Lyus

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Doctor Who Series Ten – The Pilot Review

18 April 2017 8:47 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Reuben Roper

As the first episode of the tenth series of Doctor Who hits our screens, we sent our Doctor Who expert Reuben Roper to the first official press screening in Soho, London. Obviously, we will be issuing a Massive Spoiler Warning for this review as it contains a fair few spoilers for the upcoming episode and series.

The episode started in The Doctor’s study in Cardiff University. Many ‘kisses to the past’ were featured in this scene: a mug full of The Doctor’s previous models of sonic screwdrivers, and framed pictures of River Song and Susan Foreman (The Doctor’s Granddaughter). There was also a sign hung on The Tardis saying ‘out of order’, which could be a reference to the scene in the William Hartnell story The War Machines. We were off to a great start.

We were also introduced to Bill, the Doctor’s »

- Reuben Roper

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The regeneration game: Doctor Who sets scene for dual departure

14 April 2017 10:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Show returns on Saturday with series that will see star Peter Capaldi and head writer Steven Moffat bow out

Doctor Who’s return to TV screens on Saturday night will mark the end of an era for two of the show’s key figures.

This series will be the last to feature Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord and also sees the departure of the head writer, Steven Moffat, who took over from Russell T Davies in 2009.

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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How can smug, stale Doctor Who get back to its glory days?

12 April 2017 6:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From ageing heroes to awful companions, various missteps have led the Doctor to battle his scariest baddie yet – plummeting ratings. What will it take to win fans back?

Everyone has a different idea of what Doctor Who’s “former glory” is. Everyone has their Doctor, everyone has their era. But one thing most fans can agree on is that the last couple of seasons have not been especially glorious. There have been good episodes, but for every Heaven Sent or Flatline there were three or four Robot of Sherwoods or Kill the Moons. Michelle Gomez made quite an impression as Missy, but Ashildr and Danny Pink will hardly go down as classic characters.

It’s hard to put a finger on exactly how and when the show started to go downhill, but at some point Doctor Who went from the top of my viewing pile to the bottom. And it »

- Abigail Chandler

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Doctor Who: leaks, secrecy and publicity

11 April 2017 1:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Apr 12, 2017

The balance of secrecy and publicity is a tricky one for Doctor Who to keep, but spoilers are simply a question of manners...

This article contains no spoilers for the forthcoming tenth series of Doctor Who. However, the comments section may discuss recently revealed plot details.

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Patrick Troughton, the character actor, has been chosen by the BBC to replace William Hartnell as Doctor Who in the children's television serial.”

This is how the Manchester Guardian reported the first ever regeneration of Doctor Who's lead character, in a news in brief column published back in 1966. There's no way of overstating how media coverage of the show has changed in the last 50 years, but the last two casting announcements »

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‘Doctor Who’ Gets Re-Mastered as John Simm Returns for Latest Series

6 April 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC has confirmed that John Simm is set to return to “Doctor Who” as the Doctor’s nemesis The Master. Simm, who was last seen as the The Master on New Year’s Day in 2010, will feature in the new season of “Doctor Who,” which launches in the U.K. on BBC One April 15.

“I can confirm that it’s true: Thanks to the power of time travel, I’m back,” said Simm in an official statement. ”It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people, and I can’t wait for you all to see what The Master gets up to in the next series. “

Simm originally took on the role in 2007 and featured in five episodes of the sci-fi series between 2007 and 2010, doing battle with David Tennant’s Doctor, the character’s 10th incarnation. His return will mark the first time he has appeared opposite current the Doctor, played »

- Robert Mitchell

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