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Rob Leane May 26, 2017
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.
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 »
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
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
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
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
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.
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, »
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. »
Rob Leane May 10, 2017
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.
"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?"
BBC drama boss Wenger orders over 25 hours of drama.
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 »
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.
“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
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, »
Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 29, 2017
This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.
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. »
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.
"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
Louisa Mellor Apr 21, 2017
“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.
When I ask him who would be his dream director, for instance, Newberry pauses, asks if we can come back to it later, pauses »
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
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
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.
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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen
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
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.
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 »
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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