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The latest on Doctor Who series 10

BBC - Doctor Who - 11 hours 22 min ago

The new series of Doctor Who has been in production since June, with block one just coming to an end - insert your favourite time pun here! There's been plenty going on behind the scenes with the cast and crew hard at work; we can't show you everything, you'll have to wait until series 10 hits our screens for that, but we can provide the occasional sneak peek...

Here's a roundup of what's been happening on Doctor Who series 10 production over the past few weeks!

 

A new beginning

New companion Pearl was very excited on her first location shoot.

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Peter took a break from filming to sign autographs for fans.

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Matt Lucas gave us a sneak peek of his first day of filming.

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There were hugs on location in Cardiff.

Pearl running towards Peter

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Someone scribbled our favourite acronym on a blackboard.

The rumour mill…

Ralf Little addressed the Doctor Who rumours.

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YES! The TARDIS back in action.

Adventures in time and Spain

Peter and Pearl travelled to Valencia to film episode 2.

Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie take selfie in Valencia

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Clapperboard in Valencia

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We can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead in block 2!

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Can you guess the Doctor Who emoji episodes featuring Missy/the Master?

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 7:00am

Three Doctor Who episodes, each told in emojis - can you decipher them? Here’s a hint: they all feature that Time Lord gone bad, Missy/the Master!

Answers are at the bottom of the page!

If you'd like more Doctor Who emoji episodes, head this way!

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                                                  Answers: 1 - Utopia. 2 - Death in Heaven. 3 - The Daemons.

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From Arizona to Valencia: 11 foreign locations Doctor Who has filmed in!

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

The Doctor has been to countless destinations in his TARDIS, both on Earth and elsewhere in the cosmos. And Wales has done a first class job of morphing itself into a range of different locations, from London to New York, Krop Tor to the Oodsphere, and New Earth to the end of the universe.

But now and again, the Doctor Who team have had to look a bit farther than the UK for their alien landscapes, and this week, the production team have been filming episode 2 of series 10 in the sensational setting of Valencia! So, let’s take a look at some of the other foreign filming locations since Doctor Who returned in 2005!

Rome

Parts of The Fires of Pompeii were filmed in the Cinecittà Studios in Rome. A fire damaged parts of the studio on the day the production team visited for a pre-filming recce, but luckily the blaze didn't affect anything needed for the shoot! Phew!

Dubai

David Tennant and Michelle Ryan travelled to the United Arab Emirates when the rolling dunes of Dubai stood in for the desert planet of San Helios in Planet of the Dead!

Croatia

The small medieval village of Trogir in Croatia doubled expertly as both Venice in The Vampires of Venice, and Arles, in the French region of Provence, in Vincent and the Doctor!

Utah, USA

The first episode of series 6 sees the Doctor summon Amy, Rory, River and Canton to Lake Silencio in Utah, USA. So, off to Utah the production team went! The Lake Silencio scenes in The Impossible Astonaut were filmed at Lone Rock, and Amy’s capture scene in Day of the Moon was filmed in the Valley of the Gods.

Arizona, USA

Remember when Rory was captured by Canton and his men in Day of the Moon? That scene was shot at the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, USA!

Spain

To get the Wild West feel of A Town Called Mercy, the episode was shot in Mini Hollywood and Fort Bravo in Almería, Spain! And, whilst the production team were in España, the snowy exterior scenes of Asylum of the Daleks were filmed in the mountains, showing how versatile the country can be for different locations!

New York

The most recent episode to film in the Big Apple was The Angels Take Manhattan, the last adventure for the Ponds. But before that, we had the Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks, and although none of the main action was filmed in New York, the pick-up shots were!

Lanzarote

The volcanic slopes of Lanzarote were the perfect stand-in for the rocky, desolate lunar landscape in Kill the Moon!

Tenerife

Need a perfect location for a stand-off between the Doctor’s companion and the Doctor’s best frenemy? Where better than Tenerife! The island also doubled for the wastes of Skaro in both The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar!

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We’ve not had the pleasure of seeing Gallifrey very often in Doctor Who, but the end of Heaven Sent and much of Hell Bent was set on the Doctor’s home planet. A very special location was needed for this important setting, and Fuerteventura was the perfect place!

Valencia

We can’t wait to see how Valencia fits into the Doctor Who universe in series 10!

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Everything we know about *that* orange spacesuit!

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:20am

It’s Space Exploration Day – created to commemorate the first manned lunar landing which happened on 20th July 1969 and to celebrate humankind’s incredible achievements of space exploration.

We all know that every space explorer needs a spacesuit, even an ancient, two-hearted alien. So we’re taking a look at that iconic orange spacesuit that just keeps cropping up…

The Tenth Doctor debuted the spacesuit in The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit

The Doctor first donned the spacesuit in The Impossible Planet, to travel from the relative safety of Sanctuary Base 6 down to Krop Tor. The suit in its original form bore the Sanctuary Base 6 logo and had a distinctive yellow helmet. When the Doctor returned to the TARDIS after the dramatic events of The Satan Pit - he was still wearing the spacesuit and so it joined him on some of his further adventures…

The orange spacesuit returned for The Waters of Mars

We get our next glimpse of the orange spacesuit during The Waters of Mars, when the Doctor uses it to take a stroll across the surface of the red planet. Adelaide Brooke, captain of Bowie Base One is initially suspicious of the Doctor and confiscates his spacesuit. However the suit is returned to him as the crew lose control of the base and Adelaide tells the Doctor to return to his ship and save himself. Typically the Doctor doesn’t do as he’s told and does his best to save the crew, damaging the helmet of the spacesuit in the process.

The Eleventh Doctor suited up in Hide

In Hide we got to see the Eleventh Doctor give the spacesuit a whirl, when he travels to the beginning and end of the Earth to take photographs and solve the mystery of a haunted house. The suit’s been somewhat modified, the SB6 logo has gone along with some of the black straps but the helmet’s visor has been repaired!

When it comes to the spacesuit Clara thinks the colour's ‘a bit boisterous’ and says it makes her eyes hurt, which disappoints the Doctor who believes the colour brings out his eyes.

The Doctor, Clara and Courtney wore the iconic spacesuits in Kill the Moon

The Twelfth Doctor gets his go in the suit in Kill the Moon, when he takes Clara and Courtney Woods on an impromptu trip to the Moon… and he even has a couple of spare spacesuits for his fellow travellers!

Clara in The Girl Who Died

Clara gives her orange suit another outing in The Girl Who Died when she begins the adventure floating in space while helping the Doctor protect the Velosians from ‘four and a bit battle fleets’. There’s no time to change before Clara and the Doctor are captured by Vikings and taken back to their village! As it turns out she doesn’t look that out of place once a technologically advanced army are beamed down from the sky in search of a fight!

The Tenth Doctor in slightly different spacewear

We know what you’re thinking… You think we’ve forgotten about 42! We haven’t, it’s just - is it the same spacesuit? We’re not so sure – it’s a similar colour and style but it has no SB6 logo, some of the details are not quite the same and the helmet is quite different.

And seeing as Martha and the Doctor were cut off from the TARDIS for most of the episode, we think perhaps this isn’t the Doctor’s trusty spacesuit.

Orson Pink's spacesuit looked surprisingly familiar

But let’s not forget Orson Pink!

Eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that in Listen, not only did Colonel Pink’s suit look similar to the Doctor’s favourite orange number BUT it also had the SB6 insignia! Why? We don’t know… in fact it’s one of the many things we just don’t know about the mysterious Orson Pink.

In conclusion, it’s clear we love the orange spacesuit – it’s a classic look that transcends regenerations! But have we seen the last of it? We certainly hope not!

 

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Send us your questions for The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: The Master Edition!

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

This Monster Month, we’ve been looking at that lover of chaos, the Master! And since the questions that you fabulous fans submitted for The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz were so awesome, we thought, why not give it another go with the Doctor’s best frenemy!

So, from Delgado to Gomez, send us your questions about the Master!

We’re looking for one question per entrant and as the quiz is multiple choice, you will need to provide one right answer and two wrong answers. We will be picking a selection of your questions, so they can be as easy or as hard as you want - just try to think originally and creatively!

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 20 July, at 23:59 BST and the chosen questions will be released in The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: The Master Edition on Friday 22 July, so keep an eye out on the official website and Twitter account.

Email your submissions to thedoctor@bbc.co.uk with the following details:

• Your first name

• Your age (no age limit, but if you’re under 16 please check with a parent or guardian before emailing)

• Where you’re from (nearest town or city)

• Make sure the subject of your email reads ‘Fan Quiz’

• Your question, followed by 3 multiple choice answers (1 right, 2 wrong, and please specify which answer is the right one!)

• There is no limit on question length, but answers should be no longer than 45 characters (including spaces)

So, get your thinking caps on and send us your best Master questions! Good luck!

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The Many Faces of the Master

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:30am

Ah, the Master. The star of July's Monster Month. They go by many names, from subtle to obvious (Reverend Magister wasn’t really fooling anybody, was it), and surely even they have lost track of their number of regenerations. They’ve been the Doctor’s best frenemy since their Academy days, and no matter where or when the Doctor goes, the Master is sure to be close behind.

But for those of you who aren’t familiar with this Time Lord gone bad, here’s a quick guide to the many faces of the Master!

The Master of Class

This Master appeared to be a true gentleman; suave, classy, well-dressed, but incredibly cunning and was never afraid to get his hands dirty. His nefarious schemes involved their fair share of disguises and hypnotism, but at the heart of them all, he really just wanted to share a cigar and a good chat with his oldest friend.

Most important story: Terror of the Autons

What to look out for: Nehru jackets or on-point black suits, with an evil moustache-and-beard combo to boot!

The Master of Decay

Yikes, was this a low point for the Master! Having used up all of his natural regenerations, he refused to give up on life even though his body was crumbling and decaying. This Master was especially full of hatred and spite, and was absolutely desperate to either find a new body or to stop his own from falling to bits.

Most important story: The Deadly Assassin

What to look out for: the crumbling’s a bit of a giveaway…

The Master of Disguise

This incarnation of the Master stole the body of Nyssa’s father, Tremas, and went on to terrorise the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors (as well as the First, Second and Third in The Five Doctors)!

He took on many different disguises during his time, some worse than others (we’re looking at you, Sir Gilles Estram), and was just as nefarious as he had always been.

Most important story: Logopolis

What to look out for: this Master had a penchant for elaborate disguises, but the evil snicker of "heh heh heh" is your biggest clue.

The Master of Survival

An interesting version of the Master, he was executed by the Daleks on Skaro for being so incredibly evil, and before his death requested that his ashes be taken back to Gallifrey by the Doctor. But, of course, the Master always finds a way to stay alive. His consciousness survived in the form of a snake-like morphant creature, which then took over the body of American ambulance driver Bruce. This body didn’t last very long, but in its short time was just as flamboyant, ruthless and evil as ever.

Most important story: Doctor Who

What to look out for: dressing for the occasion. Also, snake-ness.

The Master of Camouflage

This Master spent almost all of his life not actually knowing he was the Master. Running away from the horrors of the Time War to the wastes of the Silver Devastation, the Master disguised himself as a human child and grew up to become the kindly Professor Yana. This friendly and caring old man was willing to sacrifice himself so that the last surviving humans could reach Utopia, but this amiable benevolence wouldn’t last long. Opening the mysterious fob watch he was found with as a child, he assumed his true form as the Master, killed his long-term assistant Chantho and locked himself in the Doctor’s TARDIS. As personality changes go, this one was pretty extreme…

Most important story: Utopia

What to look out for: a fob watch.

The Master of Madness

The Time War must really have affected the Master because this incarnation is the most unhinged he’s ever been (up until Missy). Similar to the Tenth Doctor, he’s charming, charismatic and bounds about the place like a puppy; yet at the same time, he’s cruel, sadistic and shows both psychopathic and sociopathic tendencies. And after his resurrection, this madness was amped up to even higher levels.

Most important story: Last of the Time Lords/The End of Time - Part 2

What to look out for: his looks vary from head of government formalwear to recently-resurrected casualwear.

The Mistress of Evil

And so, we come to the most recent incarnation of the Master: Missy! Now, if you thought the previous Master was mad, you’ve not met Missy yet. Hilarious, sadistic and completely unpredictable, Missy is like a cat that plays with its prey before it decides to eat it. If she catches you, make sure to say something nice in the hope that she might find some iota of goodness and let you go (although, in all honesty, that will probably never happen and you’re pretty much doomed, sorry)…

Most important story: Death in Heaven

What to look out for: Victorian dress and a lot of purple.

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9 outrageously awesome Doctor Who facts!

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:30am

In the extremely unlikely event that you needed to be reminded of how amazing Doctor Who is, both on and off screen, we’ve compiled a list of nine awesome Doctor Who facts to keep you tied over until the next series!

Ticket to ride the TARDIS

In the season 2 story The Chase, Vicki and the Doctor use the Time/Space Visualiser to tune into the Beatles playing ‘Ticket To Ride’ on Top of the Pops in 1965. The original video of that performance has since been lost, so the only remaining footage is the one that features on Doctor Who!

Life in the Whoniverse

Georgia Moffett and husband David Tennant’s children were destined for a life of time travel, with both their dad and their granddad (Peter Davison) having previously assumed the role of the Doctor!

Verity Lambert

She was, of course, the first producer to work on Doctor Who, but did you know that she was also the first ever female television producer to be employed by the BBC!

15 year old Peter Capaldi loved Doctor Who!

In 1974, a Glasgow-based Capaldi penned the Radio Times to congratulate them on an ‘excellent’ feature they published on Doctor Who. 40 years later, he himself made the Doctor excellent!

Safety in Transit

You might already know that ‘Torchwood’ is an anagram of ‘Doctor Who’ but did you know why? Back when the series was first produced the production team wanted to keep the tapes nice and safe during transit, so they switched around the letters a little bit and it later became an obvious title choice for a spin-off series!

Location Repetition

The Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay has featured in a number of Doctor Who episodes, from posing as a feline-friendly hospital in New Earth to being the perfect location for the Master to give his Prime Minister’s speech. Whatever it’s being used for, it’s definitely the perfect place to stop and recharge your sonic screwdriver!

Asteroid 3325

A small, dark asteroid, lovingly named Asteroid 3325, was discovered on the outer region of the asteroid belt in 1984 and was later given the name 3325 TARDIS for its... well, connections to time and relative dimensions in space!

But that's not the only Who-named hunk of space rock out there. Lalla Ward, who played the second Romana, has the special honour of having Asteroid 8347 named after her!

President Kennedy

The 35th President of the United States was shot the day before the first ever episode of Doctor Who was aired in November 1963. Because of this, it had to be repeated on the following Saturday before the screening of the second episode.

Famous faces

There have been many recognisable guest appearances over the years, from bands and musicians to scientists and comedians. Some of them include: Davina McCall, Sharon Osborne, McFly, Simon Pegg, Barbara Windsor, Anne Robinson, Maisie Williams and The Streets’ Mike Skinner.

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8 Great Rory Moments

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:00am

Rory Williams, he’s a swell guy, don’t you think? We love Mr Pond here at Doctor Who HQ, so as it’s Arthur Darvill’s birthday, we thought we’d commemorate it with a look back at eight great Rory moments!

So, here we go…!

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He’s a smart one, that Rory!

That time he punched Hitler in the face

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KO!

When he cut off his ponytail in Amy’s Choice

OK, we know it was technically a dream ponytail and therefore not real, but still – he sacrificed those luscious locks for the woman he loved! A grand gesture, indeed!

When he guarded Amy in the Pandorica for 2000 years

Rory Williams: making all other boyfriends/girlfriends/partners look bad since 102 AD.

When he failed to be cool when meeting his baby daughter for the first time

Crying Roman with a baby, definitely cool.

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A Crowning Moment of Awesome.

That time he died twice in the same building on the same night

And created a paradox that wiped out the Weeping Angels in Manhattan. Who else could do that?

And all those times that he died and then came back to life, which happened at least, like, 5 times

Except when it didn’t… :(

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What we know about Nardole

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:45am

We’re delighted to announce that BAFTA Award winner Matt Lucas is returning to Doctor Who for series 10. Matt will reprise his role as the hapless Nardole, who first appeared in the 2015 Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song.

We met Nardole in the year 5343 in the human colony, Mendorax Dellora. He was employed by River Song (“Doctor Song to you. Sometimes Professor, but mainly Doctor”) but didn’t appear to be all that capable. When he was sent to meet the surgeon contracted to remove King Hydroflax’s head, he instead returned with the Doctor… close enough!

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Having survived the crash of the Harmony and Redemption on Darillium, Nardole and Ramone were working at the restaurant by the Singing Towers – well, Ramone was working, Nardole was enjoying some ‘me time’ – a prospect that he and River agreed was quite a challenge.

But hang on… last time we saw Nardole, he’d been ‘uploaded’ to King Hydroflax’s robotic body and was sharing it with Ramone! So how will the Doctor and Nardole meet again? We’ll just have to wait and see!

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Matt Lucas to join Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie for Doctor Who series 10

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:30am

Squeak! Squeak! Squeak! The bumbling duffel-coated Nardole, is back!

Following his hilarious appearance in The Husbands of River Song, Matt Lucas returns to Doctor Who from the opening episode of series 10 which starts filming next week in Cardiff (Monday 20 June).

Commenting on his return to Doctor Who, Matt Lucas, said:

“I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures. I loved acting with Peter and I’m excited to work with Pearl.”

Bringing her energy and zest to the show, Pearl Mackie embarks on her first week of filming as she takes up the role of the Doctor’s companion. In her first major television role following her West End appearance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, she’ll be bursting on to screens in the opening episode.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added:

“Delighted and slightly amazed to be welcoming Matt Lucas back on to the TARDIS - and this time it’s not just for Christmas, he’s sticking around. One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space.” 

Stephanie Hyam will play a guest cast role in the new series and is recognised for her performance as Lily Clarke in Jekyll & Hyde. She’s also appeared in Peaky Blinders, Murdered by My Boyfriend, and Sherlock.

The opening episode of series 10 is written by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat,executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Lawrence Gough. The second episode in the new series has been crafted by award winning screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

Block 2 writers are Sarah Dollard (writer of acclaimed episode Face the Raven) and Mike Bartlett (multi award winning Doctor Foster).

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales produced drama for BBC One. It will return in December 2016 with a Christmas Special, followed by the new series in 2017.

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The Doctor vs Davros: 5 Great Moments

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:00am

This Monster Month of June is dedicated to that mastermind gone mad, the creator of the Daleks himself: Davros! Despite his madness, Davros has always brought out the philosophical side of the Doctor, and each meeting, while perhaps not action-packed in the traditional sense, is full to the brim with moral quandaries. And despite their obvious antagonism towards each other, Davros and the Doctor have one of the most interesting relationships in the history of Doctor Who.

So, let’s look back at some of the Doctor’s and Davros’s most important scenes…

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“That power would set me up above the gods, and through the Daleks, I shall have that power!”

The first appearance of Davros in Doctor Who, Genesis features the Fourth Doctor on a mission from the Time Lords to prevent the creation of the Daleks, thereby saving countless lives in the future. Before resorting to more genocidal means (the “Do I have the right?” scene), the Doctor first tries to reason with Davros, to persuade him to abandon his scientific experiments of Kaled mutation.

In one of the most famous scenes in Who history, the Doctor asks Davros a hypothetical question: "Davros, if you had created a virus in your laboratory, something contagious and infectious that killed on contact, a virus that would destroy all other forms of life... would you allow its use?" Davros muses on this question, before losing it completely in his excitement of having that much power at his disposal. It’s in this scene that the Doctor and the audience find out just how unhinged this mad scientist is, and that appealing to his sense of reason and empathy isn’t likely to work. Ever.

Resurrection of the Daleks

“You hesitate, Doctor. If I were you, I would be dead.”

“I lack your practice, Davros.”

“You are soft, like all Time Lords. You prefer to stand and watch. Action requires courage. Something you lack.”

This next meeting (their third) features another opportunity for the Doctor to eliminate Davros. They talk, of course, but when it becomes apparent that Davros is his same-old homicidal self, the Doctor realises there’s no hope and aims a gun at him. Davros then admits that he made his Daleks too ruthless, and says that he wants to make some modifications to his creations, to program them for such emotions as compassion. But, as the Doctor works out… only to make the Daleks more efficient killers.

In another desperate attempt at preserving his own life, Davros proposes that he and the Doctor join forces and work together, which the Time Lord flat out refuses. The Doctor hesitates to shoot Davros, and loses his chance when a firefight breaks out in the corridor outside the laboratory. We’re pretty sure the Doctor would never have pulled the trigger, but seeing the Fifth Doctor, a kinder and more sensitive incarnation of our hero, tempted by such a violent and destructive act is quite shocking, and reminds us just how dark the Doctor can get.

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“The Daleks shall become Lords of Time! We shall become all-“

“Powerful! Crush the lesser races! Conquer the galaxy! Unimaginable power! Unlimited rice pudding! Etcetera, etcetera!”

In Remembrance, we see the Daleks split into two rival groups: the Imperial Daleks, following the Dalek Emperor, and the Renegade Daleks, with the Dalek Supreme as their leader. Both factions are searching for the Hand of Omega, a powerful Gallifreyan device that the First Doctor had hidden on 1960’s Earth for safekeeping.

The Seventh Doctor meets Davros halfway through Part 4, where he is revealed as the Dalek Emperor and revels in his triumph at acquiring the Hand of Omega. The mad scientist then announces his intent to destroy Gallifrey and the Time Lords, a precursor to the Time War. The Doctor mocks Davros and his loud rhetoric (“Unimaginable power! Unlimited rice pudding!”), which really boils Davros’s blood (assuming he has any!). In a fit of rage, he decides to use the Omega Device on Skaro’s sun to bring about destruction to the enemies of the Daleks, but unwittingly plays right into the Doctor’s hands. Skaro’s sun turns supernova, destroys the Dalek’s home planet, and the Hand then annihilates the Dalek forces orbiting Earth – all part of the Doctor’s plan. Davros escapes (again) and lives on to mull over just how cunning and ruthless the Doctor can be when you get on his bad side.

Their meeting also features a gem of a burn by Davros: “Ah, Doctor, you have changed again. Your appearance is as inconstant as your intelligence!”

Remembrance was to be the last appearance of the Daleks until the 2005 episode Dalek, and the last appearance of Davros until…

The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End

“How many have died in your name? The Doctor. The man who keeps running, never looking back. Because he dare not, out of shame. This is my final victory, Doctor. I have shown you… yourself.”

Davros returns, after 20 years off our screens! And the Doctor is just as surprised as we are to see him. Assumed to have been lost at the Gates of Elysium in the first year of the Time War, Davros is back with a vengeance. His plan to steal 27 planets to create a Reality Bomb and wipe out all matter in all dimensions is truly deranged, and even the Doctor seems shocked at the extent of Davros’s madness.

When Martha threatens to destroy the Earth and Captain Jack threatens to wipe out the Dalek Crucible, Davros taunts the Doctor about how he brings out the best and the worst in people – the Doctor fashions his friends into weapons and many of them have died in his name, and so shows him that, in a way, he isn’t so different from Davros himself.

But while the Meta-Crisis Doctor has no qualms about killing every single Dalek in the invading fleet, the Doctor again tries to save Davros from a fiery end onboard the exploding Dalek Crucible. Davros, in total anger, refuses this offer of help, and names the Doctor ‘The Destroyer of Worlds’. Ouch.

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“Which side are you on? Are you the enemy?”

“I’m not sure that any of that matters. Friends, enemies. So long as there’s mercy. Always mercy.”

And now we’ve come full circle. In a fabulous nod to the classic "Do I have the right?" scene in Genesis of the Daleks (above), the Doctor encounters a young Davros on a ruined battlefield on Skaro, pleading for help. Initially the Doctor is keen to lend a hand, but as soon as he learns the boy’s name, he scarpers as fast as he can, leaving Davros to the mercy of the hand mines. Thousands of years later, a dying Davros appeals to the Doctor’s compassion (a good tactic) and summons him back to Skaro to meet for the last time. The evil genius once again tempts the Doctor to commit genocide against his creations, the difference this time being that this decision would be made out of choice rather than necessity. Of course, the Doctor refuses, as he always has done.

Their conversations in The Witch’s Familiar are full of regret and sadness – the Doctor can see that Davros truly is close to death and takes pity on him, giving him a tiny burst of regeneration energy so that Davros can see the sunrise one last time. Obviously this has all been a particularly cruel trap to snare the Doctor and steal his regeneration energy, although the Time Lord of course anticipated this and turned Davros’s plan against him, in a rather ‘revolting’ way.

Davros is clearly back to his old scheming ways, but even manipulating the Doctor’s compassion against him isn’t enough to outsmart our favourite Time Lord. In fact, it made his compassion stronger, as the Doctor corrects his mistake from the beginning of The Magician’s Apprentice and saves the young Davros from the battlefield, teaching him the importance of mercy as they walk hand-in-hand back to the boy’s home.

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Chemistry of Companions in Doctor Who in Doctor Who: Podshock 336

Art Trap Productions - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 10:08pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 336
Running Time: 2:02:25

The chemistry of companions in Doctor Who and their transitions, plus news, feedback, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

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336 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:16am

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 336
Running time: 2:02:25

The chemistry of companions in Doctor Who and their transitions, plus news, feedback, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions.

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Send us your questions for The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz!

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 6:30am

UPDATE! PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS HAS NOW CLOSED!

But you can play The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: Part 1 - Modern Who and The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: Part 2 - Classic Who NOW!

 

Do you consider yourself a super fan of the genius from Gallifrey? Are you an expert of inter-galactic time travel? Whether you’re an old-school Hartnell supporter or a hardcore Whouffaldi shipper, we want to know what you think should be Who-wide trivia.

We call on you, our dedicated fans to relive over 50 years of Doctor Who heritage by emailing us your questions (details below). Remind us of long forgotten monsters like Axons, Wirrn and the Zarbi as well as the show’s actors, locations and anything else you can think of. With your collective knowledge we will test young and old with a quiz that every Whovian should take.

We are looking for one question per entrant and as the quiz is multiple choice, you will need to provide one right answer and two wrong answers. We will be picking a selection of your questions so they can be as easy or as hard as you want, just try to think originally and creatively. 

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1 June, at 23:59 and the chosen questions will be released in The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz on Thursday 2 June, so keep an eye out on the official website and Twitter account.

Email your submissions to thedoctor@bbc.co.uk with the following details:

• Your first name

• Your age (no age limit, but if you’re under 16 please check with a parent or guardian before emailing)

• Where you’re from (nearest town or city)

• Make sure the subject of your email reads ‘Fan Quiz’

• Your question, followed by 3 multiple choice answers (1 right, 2 wrong, and please specify which answer is the right one!)

• There is no limit on question length, but answers shouldn’t be longer than 45 characters (including spaces)

Good luck and get thinking!

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Doctor Who former Senior Camera Operator Alec Wheal passes away

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:21am

Alec with colleagues, 3rd from right.

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of former Senior Camera Operator, Alec Wheal. Alec worked on the majority of Doctor Who stories between Destiny of the Daleks and the Greatest Show in the Galaxy. He was regarded by many as an unsung hero of the show and he remained a fan of Doctor Who until the end.

Alec was a highly skilled camera operator who adapted to the ever changing needs of the TV studio environment and was much loved by the Doctors and companions who worked with him.

Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison said "As the senior Cameraman, Alec Wheal was the rock of the studio recordings of Doctor Who, both during my time, and throughout the seventies and eighties. We developed an understanding, so that in those moments of panic as the clock ticked round to ten pm the end result was always as good as it was”.

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9 life lessons from Doctor Who

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:30am

The Doctor, being an immortal Time Lord and all, has been around the block probably more times than he can count. For over 2000 years, he’s been navigating his way through all sorts of situations, from the mundane to the fantastical to the, well, slightly ridiculous. So it’s not surprising that he’s picked up a few valuable life lessons along his many and varied travels.

Here are 9 noble rules to live your life by, according to the Doctor (and one from Rose!):

Lesson 1: Run like hell, because you always need to. Lesson 2: Laugh at everything because it’s always funny. Lesson 3: Never be cruel and never be cowardly. And if you ever are, always make amends.

https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/715284552072224768?lang=en

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/732996067273375744

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/717791218000912385?lang=en

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/705042367112466432?lang=en

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5 Doctor Who vs Star Wars fan mash-ups

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:30am

May 4th is Star Wars Day and to help celebrate, we've scoured the cosmos for a selection of amazing fan made Doctor Who and Star Wars mash-ups. 

From one sci-fi fandom to another, may the force be with Who...   

'Star Wars Doctor Who Crossover' by Star Wars Fan 864

Star Wars Doctor Who Crossover

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Doctor Who Wars: The TARDIS Awakens Trailer

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Lightsaber spoon

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DOCTOR WHO ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Style Teaser Trailer

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Doctor Who Star Wars Crossover: Dalek and Cyberman

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Thanks to the fandom... A Whovian welcome for Pearl

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 8:00am

The reveal of Pearl Mackie as the new companion has been our most popular and most shared video content on Twitter and Facebook in the whole of Doctor Who history! OK, Twitter and Facebook weren't around for Classic Who but who knows with timey wimey, parallel universes and all that...

And for making it such a special moment, celebrated across the world and Whoniverse, the Doctor Who team would like to say two special words to all the wonderful fans...

THANK YOU! 

It was amazing to see fans come together and welcome Pearl to the wonderful world of Who. When the time came for the reveal, the moment was watched on screens and devices around the world and the exclusive new scene Friend from the Future was viewed a staggering 2.7 million times on Facebook alone, making it the most popular video ever on the Doctor Who Facebook page!

So why not sit back and enjoy it one more time... THANK YOU to Whovians everywhere for being the best fandom in the universe and welcome aboard to the amazing Pearl Mackie!

 

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New companion reveal as it happened

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:35am

On Saturday 23 April 2016, Pearl Mackie was revealed to the Whoniverse as the new Doctor Who companion. Here's a roundup of all the action as it happened before, during and after the announcement. Let the companion content consumption commence!

 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the TARDIS flying over Wembley Stadium!

 

It all started with a news alert, announcing to the world that the #NewCompanion would be revealed exclusively live on BBC One on Saturday 23 April in half time of the FA Cup semi-final MOTD Live: Everton v Manchester United.

https://twitter.com/Hello_ItsRose_/status/723231129092927489

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https://twitter.com/TomintheTARDIX/status/723181704970686464

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/723595220793741312

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BEg8hy1jqUb/?taken-by=bbcdoctorwho

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https://twitter.com/Grumblenook/status/723910979705311233

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https://twitter.com/RadioTimes/status/723933848992636928

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/723798562589540352

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/723843875379527680

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https://twitter.com/ManningOfficial/status/724153043353239552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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https://twitter.com/karengillan/status/724072836525121536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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https://twitter.com/FreemaOfficial/status/724233417966125056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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https://twitter.com/gokce_canbaz/status/723925696221995008

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https://twitter.com/Pearlie_mack/status/723956929685536768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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https://twitter.com/Fiona_Lila/status/724588496556568580

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https://twitter.com/emilyjeanroche/status/724289256622034945

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From the Doctor Who team and fans around the world, we'd like to welcome Pearl to the Whoniverse and wish her all the best for her future adventures in time and space. And as Steven Moffat eloquently stated... 

“A new face in the TARDIS, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.” 

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Meet Pearl Mackie - The Doctor’s new companion

BBC - Doctor Who - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:40pm

BBC One today announced Pearl Mackie will join the Doctor Who cast as the Doctor’s new companion. Pearl was exclusively revealed to audiences on BBC One during half time of the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday 23rd August.

On joining the cast in her first major television role, Pearl said: “I'm incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It's such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn't be prouder to call the TARDIS my home!

Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character, I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space. Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in - I can't wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series.

I always loved stage combat at drama school so I can't wait to get on set and kick some evil monsters into the next dimension!

Shooting the trailer was absolutely mental, there were pyrotechnics and smoke and I met my first Dalek! I'm not sure it will ever become ‘the norm’ seeing crazy monsters on set, but I cannot wait to meet some more! The weirder the better, bring it on!”

Peter Capaldi said: “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to the Doctor’s adventures.”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer adds: “A new face in the TARDIS, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.”

Charlotte Moore, Acting Director of Television said: “It's so exciting to be revealing the much anticipated new companion to the nation in such spectacular style. Pearl brings a wonderful energy and lights up the screen. She will captivate Doctor Who fans old and new across the globe.”

Brian Minchin, Executive Producer adds: “We’re utterly thrilled to have the hugely talented Pearl join Doctor Who and I can't wait to begin her new adventures in time and space!”

After airing exclusively on BBC One, the Doctor Who trailer, Friend from the Future, can be seen on BBC iPlayer and on bbc.co.uk/doctorwho.

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales produced drama and will return later this year with a Christmas Special. The new series will start on BBC One in 2017.

 

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