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Doctor Who theme's co-creator honoured with posthumous PhD

Career of Delia Derbyshire, an under-appreciated electronic music pioneer, recognised by hometown university

The under-appreciated electronic music pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme is to be honoured posthumously with a doctorate from her hometown university as the programme gears up for the debut of its first female lead.

Largely ignored in life and barred from working in studios because she was a woman, Delia Derbyshire, will be awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University on Monday.

Related: Delia Derbyshire and the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop: From the archive, 3 September 1970

Related: Obituary: Delia Derbyshire

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Doctor Who: Christmas Special Clip Previews Peter Capaldi's Final Appearance

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It's farewell for Peter Capaldi. This week, the BBC released a sneak peek at Capaldi's final appearance in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special.As reported earlier, the episode will feature the Capaldi's last performance as The Doctor and the first appearance of the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The special will also include a guest appearance by David Bradley as William Hartnell, the first Doctor.Read More…
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Star Trek Continues Comes to a Classy Conclusion

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The best fan-made web-series has come to an end. To Boldly Go: Part 2 was released this week and it not only concludes the show in style, it also brings the 5-year mission of the Starship enterprise to a solid, entertaining end.

It was a bittersweet moment watching the final episode of Star Trek Continues. On one had, it was great to see this excellent series get wrapped up so well, but it was also sad to realize that there won’t be any further episodes. The purpose of the show was bridge the gap between the end of the classic 1966-69 TV series (“Turnabout Intruder” was the final original series episode) and big screen cinematic adventures, which it does very well. It was a great ride, while it lasted.

Vic Mignogna, the executive producer/writer, who portrays Captain Kirk on the show, explains what he wanted to accomplish with this last episode.
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The 1st Doctor is no fan of the Tardis in Doctor Who Christmas Special clip

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Peter Capaldi's time as the Doctor will soon be coming to an end, but the actor, who will be making his exit in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, will be bringing a very special guest along for the ride during his final appearance - the First Doctor. Originally played by the late William Hartnell and now embodied by the great David Bradley, a recently released clip from Twice... Read More...
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‘Doctor Who’ Sneak Peek: Peter Capaldi Makes Final Appearance In Special

“You know who I am,” says the good Doctor in this sneak peek at Twice Upon a Time, the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special. “You knew me the minute you saw me.” Watch the clip below. Arriving on Christmas Day on BBC America, the holiday episode features Peter Capaldi — the current and outgoing Time Lord — and Game of ThronesDavid Bradley, who plays the earlier incarnation of the doctor once played by the late William Hartnell. In this new clip of the special…
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Why Author Andy Weir Took Readers to the Moon With ‘Artemis’ (Exclusive)

Why Author Andy Weir Took Readers to the Moon With ‘Artemis’ (Exclusive)
It would have been perfectly understandable for Andy Weir to rest on his laurels or take a victory lap after the success of The Martian, the rare novel that strikes lightning in a bottle on both a critical and commercial level. To top it off, the movie adaptation of the book, starring Matt Damon as stranded astronaut Mark Watney, was a monster hit, winning two Golden Globes and giving Weir even more cachet.

But writers write, and before long, Weir found himself back at the computer screen, ready to dive into another science-fiction yarn. And he did so without any expectations hanging over his head.

“I didn’t set out to top The Martian,” Weir tells Et. “A success like that is something a writer will get once in his whole career, if he’s lucky. I know that there’s a good chance that I could write 20 more books and people will say The Martian is the one
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Horror History: More Doctor Who Sightings in Horror Movies

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Sighting “Doctor Who” actors appearing in horror movie roles has opened floodgates of discussion on social media! Yes, the films I mentioned in my last Dread Central article are not the only horror movie appearances of Doctor Who. In my last article we saw Patrick Troughton as the priest in 1976’s The Omen, as Inspector […]

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First Doctor Feels “Great Horror” When Meeting Future Self In Doctor Who Christmas Special

Doctor Who has changed a lot over the past fifty years, and so has its main character. Back when the sci-fi institution began in 1963, the Doctor was an elderly, irascible fella. Though intelligent and moralled, he left the heroics to his younger companions. Nowadays, though, the Time Lord is a veritable superhero who saves the world largely single-handedly on a weekly basis and can send alien armies packing with a mention of his name.

This clash of two very different versions of the same character will be at the heart of the upcoming Christmas special, titled “Twice Upon a Time.” In his final adventure, Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will encounter his first incarnation (played by Harry Potter‘s David Bradley).

While discussing the episode in a special featurette on the season 10 DVD release, writer Steven Moffat praised Bradley’s interpretation of the part originally played by William Hartnell from
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Dudley Simpson obituary

Writer of popular TV theme tunes and in-house composer for Doctor Who in the 1960s and 70s

Dudley Simpson, who has died aged 95, wrote memorable theme tunes for popular television series such as The Brothers and Blake’s 7, but was at his most prolific as the creator of incidental music for Doctor Who in the 1960s and 70s, contributing to 62 stories over almost 300 episodes – more than any other composer.

Ron Grainer’s theme tune for Doctor Who, realised by Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, became one of the most distinctive in television history, but each programme needed original music to accompany the Time Lord from Gallifrey on his adventures. Simpson, an Australian with years of experience conducting orchestras for ballet, joined the sci-fi drama in 1964 for the first story of its second series, Planet of Giants, a year after Doctor Who began.

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First Look At Jodie Whittaker In Doctor Who Revealed

Our first look at Jodie Whittaker’s costume as the Thirteenth Doctor has now been revealed. Each version of the Time Lord’s eccentric fashion sense is a great way to differentiate the regenerations from one another, so this moment is always a big one for Doctor Who fans.

As you can see in the gallery below (which also includes some awesome fan art), the Thirteenth Doctor will wear a colourful, slightly more feminine twist on the dress sense of the previous male incarnations. The Doctor has always loved a long coat and Whittaker sports a cream-coloured number with what looks to be a hood. Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor would also be pleased with No. 13’s boots and braces combo.

The colorful top, meanwhile, is an interesting choice, vaguely harking back to the garish multi-coloured coat of the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker being one of Whittaker’s most outspoken
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See Niall Horan's Debut Shoot as a Wilhelmina Model, Plus More Fashion News to Catch Up On

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See Niall Horan's Debut Shoot as a Wilhelmina Model, Plus More Fashion News to Catch Up On
Niall HoranPhoto credit: David Needleman

Niall Horan’s officially a model!

After One Direction disbanded over a year ago, the 24-year-old singer took a step in a different direction. Sure, Horan’s still releasing music and but he’s also setting his sites from the stage to the runway with a new modeling career.

Wilhelmina Models, the modeling agency that represents other musicians like Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas, announced they just signed the singer to be on their roster of celebrity model clients. And tonight, you can see Horan for the first time since his modeling announcement
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Steven Moffat interview: Doctor Who, television, directors and more

Simon Brew Nov 10, 2017

Steven Moffat chats to us about Doctor Who, the changing face of television, and the internet culture around it...

Ahead of the release of Doctor Who series 10 on DVD and Blu-ray – it lands on Monday, and is available digitally now – outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat did a select few interviews to chat about the show. And he saved one for us.

It was refreshing that, having got lost myself on the way to the interview venue in the depths of London, Moffat himself managed to as well. Apologetic for arriving ten minutes late for our chat, he insisted on adding those minutes to the end of our time, and that’s not something that happens very often with interviews.

With that in mind, we settled down for a long chat about the show, the environment it exists in, and series 10 itself…

I was just watching the DVD extras before,
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‘Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension #8 – Omega’ Review

Written by George Mann, Cavan Scott | Art by Mariano LacLaustra | Published by Titan Comics

Two things can make or break a mini-series. Having a great concept, to draw the reader in, and both knowing when to end the story and making the conclusion good enough to justify the time and money the reader has invested. Not rocket science, but true enough. For me, The Lost Dimension hasn’t ticked the first box, being a tad too rambling, with a poorly established threat. It has relied too heavily on the novelty of multiple Doctors, and as much as I still enjoy that it is becoming a little too familiar now to carry a weak storyline. Coming into this book though, I was optimistic this final issue could save at least some of this story. Cavan Scott and George Mann are fine writers after all.

If you still need a long recap now,
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First Look At Doctor Who Christmas Special Coming Next Week

The wait until Christmas is always a tough one for Doctor Who fans, as the yuletide season routinely brings a new adventure for the Time Lord. This year’s special is set to be extra exciting, though, as it features not only a team-up between the First and Twelfth Doctors, the return of Pearl Mackie’s Bill and a guest spot from Mark Gatiss, but also the final bow of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and the debut of Jodie Whittaker as No. 13.

Thankfully, the Doctor Who drought will have a slight reprieve next week when our first look at the episode, titled “Twice Upon a Time,” is unveiled. A short clip will be broadcast on Friday, November 17th, as part of the Children in Need charity telethon. It will arrive at some point between 7pm and 10pm UK time and should land online shortly afterwards.

Children in Need has
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Paddy Russell obituary

Prolific BBC drama director who oversaw highly regarded Doctor Who adventures of the 1960s and 70s

Paddy Russell, who has died aged 89, was a television pioneer. As the first female floor manager employed by BBC television, she worked on a number of landmark productions, before graduating to become an admired and prolific drama director. Her adoption of “Paddy”, a diminutive of her name Patricia, helped her to negotiate the patriarchal landscape of the BBC of the 1950s: seeing her name on a call sheet without having met her, most crews assumed that she was male. She faced resistance – one manager told her that no woman could ever run a studio floor “like a man”. Her response was that she had no intention of doing so – she would run it like herself.

Gender trailblazing aside, her most enduring legacy – even though she claimed no understanding of special effects – might well be her four Doctor Who stories,
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Blue Sky’s ‘Ferdinand’ Gets A New Trailer

Following on from Peter Rabbit and Sherlock Gnomes, both of which got a brand new trailer today, Blue Sky has released a new promo for their upcoming animated adventure Ferdinand, which lands in UK cinemas this December.

After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, Ferdinand is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

From Carlos Saldanha (The Ice Age and Rio franchises) and inspired by the beloved book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure from Blue Sky Studios that tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. John Cena (Trainwreck, Daddy’s Home) leads an all-star cast that includes Kate McKinnon (Finding Dory, Ghostbusters, The Angry Birds Movie), Gina Rodriguez (Deepwater Horizon,
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The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years DVD release announced

Koch Media continues its exploration of the classic British sci-fi show Doctor Who this coming week as it turns its attention to the First Doctor with the DVD release of The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years.

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This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who to life. Forget any previous releases, this is the most complete collection of cast & crew interviews ever assembled from the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who, offering viewers unparalleled access into the world of the sci-fi classic.

Includes a special tribute to William Hartnell (the first Doctor), containing messages from a host of stars and production staff from Doctor Who. This double DVD also features the best in-depth interviews ever undertaken with, Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara), William Russell (Ian), Peter Purves (Steven) and Jackie Lane
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Vault Of Horror (1973)

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I’ve always had a great appreciation and fondness for horror anthologies, and I devoured horror comics as a kid; whether it was House of Mystery or Creepy magazine, they never failed to fire my imagination in short, sharp bursts. When the Romero/King collaboration Creepshow (1982) came out, my dream of seeing these kinds of stories translated to film was nothing but revelatory. I soon discovered it was not the first of its ilk, and began a journey through dusty video store shelves looking for its long-lost relatives. One of my first (and favorite) finds was Vault of Horror (1973), a five-fingered punch to my nascent, pubescent, omnibus-loving heart.

Released by Cinerama Releasing stateside in March and produced by Amicus (the fine folks behind its predecessor, Tales from the Crypt), Vault of Horror (aka The Vault of Horror, for the easily confused, I guess) was not as well received by critics as Tales,
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Sci-Fi Weekender 9 Update… More Guests, More Entertainment!

With a hiss of brakes, and a rush of steam, the next phase of SFW9’s launch is engaged. We have lots and lots to tell you, so settle down, grab your beverage of choice, put your feet up, and let’s go!

That’s right folks… Its time to start planning for SFW9, coming to you next March in Wales and we have a little bit of bad news but a massive whole bunch of good news to soften that blow. First things first though: there are only 18, yes 18 rooms left on site for the weekend so if you don’t have your tickets then you better get on that now. So first off here is a little comment from Sfw themselves with a little bad news…

First off, the bad news … As regular SFWers know, sometimes guests have to drop out, and since the last announcement, both Colin Baker
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Doctor Who Christmas Special Will Tackle 1960’s Chauvinism

Societal attitudes have developed in massive ways since 50 years ago, which can make viewing entertainment from that period a little jarring to modern audiences. Take Doctor Who from the 1960s, for example. Thankfully, it mostly survives unscathed, but there are definitely moments that some might consider to be bordering on sexism or racism nowadays, even if they were just products of the time back then.

This Christmas, Doctor Who will be taking a trip back to the 1960s as the Twelfth Doctor encounters his original incarnation. As the show’s present collides with its past, the special – titled “Twice Upon A Time” – will take the opportunity to play with changing attitudes, with the First Doctor being particularly guilty of some “gentle chauvinism.”

David Bradley, who’s portraying the role originally played by William Hartnell in the 1960s, told journalists the following at this weekend’s McM Comic-Con:

It was fun
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