17 items from 2017
It’s a casting milestone that had been long on the cards – at one point, Han Solo actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge emerged as the out-and-out frontrunner – and this Christmas, we’ll see Peter Capaldi hand over the keys to the Tardis in the festive-themed “Twice Upon a Time.”
But for all of the excitement and often short-sighted furor that Whittaker’s casting has caused, one argument that keeps coming up is that choosing a female for the role was a political move. According to former showrunner Russell T. Davies though, that’s simply not true.
Of course, it’s Davies who fans have to thank for reimagining the series into the smash hit it is today, as he brought Doctor Who back in 2005 and saw it through »
- Matt Joseph
The Antichrist is here in Netflix's upcoming horror comedy Little Evil. Another original outing for the streaming service, it stars Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly in a hilarious new take on The Omen. Arriving just in time for the fall season, Little Evil will debut on September 1st.
From writer/director Eli Craig (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil); Adam Scott (Big Little Lies, Parks & Rec) and Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man, Lost) star in this offbeat comedy about love, family, and the Antichrist. Gary has just married the love of his life, Samantha, and is now the stepfather to her quirky 5 year old son, Lucas (Owen Atlas). But he soon finds himself in increasingly odd situations around the child, which drives him to believe his new stepson may actually be the spawn of Satan.
The actress traveled across the galaxy with Patrick Troughton’s “second Doctor” in the BBC sci-fi series, playing Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968.
Her death was first reported by the BBC and her brother, Giles Watling, a Conservative politician, said she would be “sorely missed.” Born in Loughton in Essex, England, in 1948, Watling made her TV debut as a child in. »
- Debbie Emery
Deborah Watling, the English actress who played Doctor Who's assistant Victoria Waterford in the 1960s, has died after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 69. She had been diagnosed with the illness six weeks ago. On Doctor Who, Watling starred alongside Patrick Troughton, who played the second Doctor, in 40 episodes from 1967-68. She also appeared in classic serials such as The Tomb of the Cyberman and The Ice Warriors. Much of her work on the sci-fi drama didn't… »
Watling’s big break came in 1967, when she was cast as Victoria Waterfield, companion to Patrick Troughton’s Doctor, on the landmark science-fiction program. She would vacate the role after 40 episodes, but would return for 1993’s Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time.
Louisa Mellor Jul 21, 2017
Deborah Watling, the actress behind Second Doctor companion Victoria Wakefield, has passed away...
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A great deal of her work on the sci-fi drama didn't survive due to the BBC's erasure policy in the 1960s. However, in October 2013, previously missing serials The Web Of Fear and The Enemy Of The World were released by the BBC after being discovered in Jos, Nigeria by Philip Morris.
Deborah and former co-star Frazer Hines attended the launch for the rediscovered episodes, and spoke fondly of her time on the show. One of the recovered serials, The Web Of Fear, »
Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 24, 2017
Spoilers ahoy, as we dig through the many callbacks and references in World Enough And Time...
This article contains lots and lots of Doctor Who spoilers.
Pain… Pain… Pain… That’s one of the main emotions I experienced while watching this week’s (rather excellent) Doctor Who, as I knew this weekly round-up of references, similarities and generally interesting ‘stuff’ was going to be a whopper. That doesn’t mean I haven’t missed anything, though, so if you spot something I’ve not mentioned, do the honourable thing and leave it in the comments section below...
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So, Genesis Of The Cybermen, then. In case you missed the episode’s biggest sledgehammer of a reference, »
Koch Media has announced two new additions to its highly regarded series exploring the world of TV’s Doctor Who in The Doctors: The Patrick Troughton Years and The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years, which feature the most comprehensive collection of interviews with the actors and creators who brought the world of Doctor Who to life.
– Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
– This 2 Disc special collectors edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of Doctor Who!
- Gary Collinson
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 22, 2017
This article contains lots of spoilers.
Smile, folks - it’s that time of the week again where we take tonight’s episode of Doctor Who and shake it repeatedly until all of its hidden secrets fall out of its pockets - as well as callbacks and generally interesting observations. And if you think we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments below!
Happiness Will Prevail
If you’re reading this, you’re likely to fit into one of two categories – those of you who love and understand emojis and those of you (myself included) who have resigned »
The final episode of season 10 of Doctor Who will end with something we’ve never seen before…a multi-Master story. Will this episode fill in the missing years of the Master’s life and tell how the renegade Time Lord became a Time Lady known as Missy?
This year will be the final season for not only series star Peter Capaldi (the 12th Doctor) but for longtime showrunner Steven Moffat as well. The final two-part episode of the season, which will be titled “World Enough and Time"/"The Doctor Falls”, will feature the return of John Simm (Life on Mars) as the Master. Michelle Gomez, who plays the latest (and first female) Master, known as Missy, is also signed for the episode. What will happen when two versions of the most evil Time Lord share the screen?
Simm last played the Doctor’s nemesis in the 2009 episode “The End of Time” part 2. In that story, »
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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 »
When it comes to Doctor Who, the character often wins over the audiences because they are kind-hearted and in many ways, are the saviour (or Doctor) we need. While a lot of focus does get given to the ‘new’ breed of Doctors, for fans of the old school we are spoilt for choice with who is the best. One that is high on my list has to be Jon Pertwee, which is why The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years was such a joy to watch.
A collection of interviews, The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years features Jon Pertwee himself, Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates), and John Levene (Sergeant Benton). Interviewed by the voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs. Each interview with the stars of Doctor Who is around one hour in length, so you can imagine how interesting the Jon Pertwee one is. »
- Paul Metcalf
The flagship BBC television series, Doctor Who has created some iconic villains during the course of its half century of storytelling – and a number of them have become instantly recognizable as arch-nemeses of the courageous Time Lord. The Daleks, for example, are now so famous that they even appeared in The Lego Batman Movie.
Few are as utterly terrifying as the Cybermen, however, and they have now been confirmed as the formidable foe squaring up to the Twelfth Doctor in the final episodes of the upcoming tenth season. This is a significant development, because it coincides with the departure of the showrunner, Steven Moffat, and the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi.
Guess who's back!
It's the original Mondasian Cybermen, returning for eps 11 & 12 of the new series!https://t.co/F6G9YQrVCb#DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/fOchIo4KaY
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) March 6, 2017
The Cybermen have been bugging the titular »
- Sarah Myles
Author: Jon Lyus
It was with a degree of sadness (and a small dose of surprise) that we met the news that Peter Capaldi announced he was leaving Doctor Who. The actor’s take on the role has been an uneven affair, though some of the greatest hours of television the show has produced has been with Capaldi in the lead.
We have twelve further episodes of the 13th Doctor to enjoy. Details of the final season for Capaldi (and showrunner Steven Moffat) have been scant thus far. We have Pearl Mackie’s introduction as Bill, our latest companion, and a lingering return for Matt Lucas’s Nardole. The trailer for season Ten of the show did offer up some clues as to what’s to come however today we have confirmation of a few old »
- Jon Lyus
Rob Leane Feb 14, 2017
If you've seen Rogue One, you'll know that CGI recreations of deceased actors have come very close to crossing the uncanny valley. It hasn't taken long for someone to ask Steven Moffat the odds of this technique being using to bring back former Doctors from beyond the grave.
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A fan asked the Doctor Who showrunner this, in latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine: could we see William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton on Jon Pertwee brought back through CGI? Sadly, in the time since the question was asked, we've also lost John Hurt.
"Well, like every other Doctor Who fan, that was my first thought [upon seeing Rogue One]", The Moff admitted. "But, you know, word on Media Street »
This series has been a rare case of when, occasionally, style over substance is not a problem. Although the storyline has been perfectly fine, what has made this book work so well is the affection for the characters and the era. Get that right, and you can tack on pretty much any adventure you want and it would work perfectly fine. Luckily, in Paul Cornell, you have a man that can happily combine the two. I almost feel like sitting and reading this book in my pajamas on the sofa, it has such an authentic 1970′s early Saturday evening BBC feel.
What has gone before proves the above. The main storyline, of an alien invasion by metal based life forms, is perfectly fine, but it is the fun of having companion Jo Grant, The Brigadier and The Master running round with Unit, »
- Dean Fuller
17 items from 2017
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