10 items from 2016
2016 might seem like a black hole, lacking anything for us Doctor Who fans, but we have at least got Class to look forward to, the only official spin-off since The Sarah Jane Adventures concluded in October 2011. And writer Patrick Ness is stirring up some excitement on Twitter. Ness, best-known as the author of Ya novels like The Rest of...
- Philip Bates
Before even typing this news I already know that it will cut audiences in half with its reception. After six years as the lead writer of the worlds longest running science fiction series, Steven Moffat has officially quit Doctor Who.
The talented writer will step down as showrunner after his final series next year (the 10th of the rebooted show). However, much to disappointment of fans (myself included) this does mean that 2016 will only contain one new episode of Doctor Who. The gap between now and this years Christmas special will now be filled by the upcoming young adult spin-off Class written by Patrick Ness.
Series 10 is slated to return the show to its former spring teatime slot where Moffat’s final 12 episodes will air. This will then leave Doctor Who in the very capable hands of Broadchurch’ Chris Chibnall for another complete series in spring 2018. Chibnall has already written »
- Ben Read
As you more than likely know by now, news broke late on Friday that Steven Moffat's departure from Doctor Who had been confirmed. Moffat will see series 10 through, before handing the keys to the Tardis over to Chris Chibnall. Chibnall, a long time Who fan and author of episodes such as The Power Of Three and 42, is currently working on the third series of Broadchurch.
Naturally enough, there's still plenty we don't know, as just the basics of the changeover have been revealed thus far. Here, then, is what we know, and the questions yet to be resolved...
When will Doctor Who return to our screens?
Let's start with an easy one. The next new episode of Doctor Who will screen on December 25th 2016. That'll be it for this year, »
And there was much rejoicing.
In an emotional rollercoaster of announcements, the BBC revealed that showrunner Steven Moffat would be leaving Doctor Who after series 10, which they then announced would not begin until Spring 2017. The only new episode for 2016 will be the Christmas special.
Steven’s shoes will be filled by Chris Chibnall, far from a stranger to the series. In addition to numerous episodes of the series including the “mini-sode series” Pond Life, he’s written many episodes of Torchwood, and most recently was the creator and showrunner of the mystery series Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and many other Who-lumni.
Chibnall said, “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC program: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world. So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Director: J.A. Bayona
Writer: Patrick Ness
Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona adapts Patrick Ness’ celebrated children’s book A Monster Calls for his third feature. Ness re-worked the story for the screen in this Us-Spanish co-production from Bayona, whose previous films were the Guillermo Del Toro executive produced The Orphanage (2007) and Oscar nominated The Impossible (2012). The tale concerns a 13 year old boy who suffers a recurring nightmare every night since his mother fell ill. In response to the child’s plight, a tree from the garden outside transforms itself into a monster and visits the boy. A teaser trailer dropped in November, and several stills were released in Spain, with principal photography having finished much earlier in 2015. Liam Neeson stars as the tree monster, and it seems the considerable special effects required explain the prolonged post-production period. Bayona tapped Sigourney Weaver to play newcomer Lewis MacDougall’s »
- Nicholas Bell
Young-adult author Patrick Ness is behind the series which will be executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. BBC America and BBC Cymru Wales will co-produce the Cardiff-shot series. [Source: Variety]
Legendary R&B group Boyz II Men will make a cameo appearance as a group version of the Teen Angel character to perform the iconic song "Beauty School Dropout" as part of the "Grease: Live" event airing January 31st on Fox. Frankie Avalon played the singular version of the role in the classic 1970s musical. There's also a new featurette for the production which you can see below:
TNT is making an unprecedent move - planning to cut the number of advertisements during three new 2016 drama series by 50% - roughly 8-9 minutes. »
- Garth Franklin
There are now happy Whovians on both sides of the pond. Today, BBC America announced it will air the Doctor Who spin-off series, Class. Deadline reported the story from today's session at the TCA winter press tour. Back in October, we reported that Class would air in UK, on BBC Three.
Author Patrick Ness is penning the series, and will executive produce with Steven Moffatt and Brian Minchin. Author of nine books, Ness has also written the screenplay adaptation of his novel, A Monster Calls, starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, and Felicity Jones, coming this year.
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BBC America will premiere “Doctor Who” spinoff “Class” in the U.S. in 2016, the network announced Friday. “Class” is being written by young-adult author Patrick Ness, writer of the book “A Monster Calls.” The show is set in a school in contemporary London. Steven Moffat (pictured) and Brian Minchin of “Doctor Who” will executive produce. “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the “Doctor Who” universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” Ness said in a statement. “I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of ‘Class,’ to meet the all-new villains and aliens, »
- Daniel Holloway
Class, a companion for hit series Doctor Who, will air in the U.S. on BBC America in 2016, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. Announced in October in the UK, the eight-part series is set in a school in contemporary London and marks the TV screenwriting debut of Ya author Patrick Ness, best known for his book A Monster Calls. “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and… »
The eight-part series is from young-adult author Patrick Ness, who is known for writing the “A Monster Calls” books. The series is exec produced by “Doctor Who’s” Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin and is a co-production between BBC America and BBC Cymru Wales. It is filmed in Cardiff in the U.K.
“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” said Ness. “I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of ‘Class,’ to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your exams,” he joked.
- Whitney Friedlander
10 items from 2016
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