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Ask the Experts: Production Designer Michael Pickwoad

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 6:51am

Michael Pickwoad is the Production Designer for Doctor Who, responsible not just for the sets of the show, but the look of much of the Doctor’s world. This is your chance to ask him anything you’d like to know!

Simply email your questions to or tweet your questions to us at @bbcdoctorwho

A highly respected, BAFTA-nominated Production Designer, Michael joined the Doctor Who team back in 2010, receiving his first credit on the show for his work on A Christmas Carol. Since then he has designed everything from a pirate ship to a time ship; the Dalek asylum, Orient Express in space, Trenzalore, Missy’ s ‘heaven’ and a whole lot more. Perhaps most famously he designed the current version of the TARDIS interior and we’re about to see more of his stunning work throughout series 9…

Let us know what questions you’d like us to put to Michael and we’ll select the best and most imaginative and put them to him. We’ll bring you videos of his answers very soon!

As usual, here’s the bit we must emphasize: we’re looking for the most interesting and creative questions! It’s essential to avoid talking too much about upcoming storylines… Those secrets will be revealed when Series 9 hits our screens!

So, get tweeting or emailing and let us know what you want to know from the man who designs alien worlds…

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Star Interviews and More about the New Series!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 6:05pm

We’ve got four great new interviews with the Doctor Who team! Get the low down from Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Michelle Gomez (Missy) and Lead Writer & Executive Producer, Steven Moffat.

It’s all ahead of Doctor Who’s return on Saturday, 19 September. The show storms back onto our screens with The Magician’s Apprentice, the first episode of a two-part adventure. Want to know more? Who wouldn’t? Luckily, the following details about it have just been released…

“Where is the Doctor?” When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible…"

The second episode hits our screen the following Saturday (26 September). Called The Witch’s Familiar, the following details have just been released about it:

"Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?"

Dalek city! Evil empire! Greatest temptation! What?! We can’t wait!

Don’t forget, you can read interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat and why not check out the trailer for episode 1, now!

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Peter Capaldi Interview

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 6:04pm

On Saturday, 19 September, Peter Capaldi returns for his second full series as the Doctor. Here Peter reflects on his favourite moments, his feelings about the Time Lord’s latest adventures and what we have to look forward to in the weeks ahead…

Question: Coming back to film your second series, how has the atmosphere been on set?

Peter Capaldi: It’s been lovely to be back and everything’s been very positive. I think everyone’s been happy to be on set in Cardiff and the scripts are very good and strong. Everyone’s become enthused with the spirit of adventure that runs through the scripts, it’s been exciting!

Q: How are you feeling about this new series? What can viewers expect?

PC: I think they’ll find a lot of thrills, lot of mystery, a reckless Doctor in pursuit of adventure. It’s… hopefully full of spectacle and adventure - it’s not a sitting back, domesticated, reflective series, it’s the Doctor and Clara roaring through time and space in search of thrills. So I think it’s great, it should be a fun watch for audiences at home.

Q: Can you tell us about the opening episode?

PC: The opening episode of the new series is fabulous - the story is going to take us across the Universe into all types of dark, terrifying and funny places. It’s a particularly epic one to start, with lots of old favourites, Missy and the Daleks are returning and particularly for those who are nostalgic with the Daleks of the 60s, there are some special surprises in store.

Q: Has the TARDIS changed?

PC: There’s been a few changes in the TARDIS. As we came to know my Doctor a little bit more, we needed to reflect that more in the environment that he lived in. I don’t think my Doctor fits in with the whole idea of Edwardian time traveller, there’s a kind of resurge of that in the look of the TARDIS as it was, so I wanted to make it a little sharper. There are a few more elegant, 60s, classic design things knocking around as opposed to Edwardian or Victorian.

Q: How has the dynamic changed between the Doctor and Clara since series 8?

PC: I think the Doctor and Clara are really having a good time. They’ve had some conflicts and challenges, but generally if you can weather the storms, you often find that your relationship is much stronger. That’s certainly the case with the Doctor and Clara.

They’re very bonded, they’re like a little gang. The Doctor has realised that he’s 2,000 years old and life is short, he wants to enjoy himself and enjoy having Clara around. She’s very good at trying to help him. He’s still rather impatient with human beings, which some people take as being socially inept, but he just can’t be bothered with them, he has better things to do. But she helps him a lot more, she tries to improve his manners and social skills. But they are very deeply bonded, it’s a very curious relationship, it doesn’t really have an equivalent in television. It’s a non-romantic, but deeply bonded pairing which is strangely full of affection, it’s more deeply felt than simple romantic relationships.

Q: What is his relationship like with Missy in the opening episodes?

PC: I wouldn’t say their relationship has changed since he saw her last. Missy’s role is slightly different, but you’ll have to wait and see!

Q: With a wealth of different sets and filming days on locations, would you say they enhance the look and feel of the episodes?

PC: I think the design of the show is always really, really important and it gives a great cinematic feel to the show. It expands it, makes it not simply domestic, but quite cosmic and big. It’s good to have spectacular sets and locations, because it adds more physical texture to the show and opens it up more, it’s all pretty cinematic.

Q: Have you got any favourite moments from playing the Doctor?

PC: For me, obviously to get to play the Doctor, the whole things is a delight. Some of my favourite moments are when we reveal something of the Doctor’s more alien nature. For instance, in ‘Kill the Moon’ when he’s able to look into time and read it, and communicate that, I think that was fun to do.

Q: What was it like to battle Daleks from the different decades in episode 2? Any favourites?

PC: I don’t have a particular favourite, but I do like to see the little old ones, they’re very sweet as they’re quite small. But actually they’re still strangely brutal, nasty little pieces of work, but are rather handsome and classy. They were great fun and do what is expected of them, you get a whole group of them together in the opening episode. I think we had about 20 of them in the studio so that was very exciting. Once you had them all moving, it was very funny watching Hettie (Macdonald) directing them, because she was directing them like actors - ‘you’re getting upset at this moment, have a look at your friends’ - and they’d look at their friends and then she’d say - ‘you need to look nervous now’ - and they’d actually be able to convey nervousness - it was actually very, very clever. It was like being in a Dalek theme park, with a free ticket, so that was fun.

Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor on Saturday, 19 September. You can watch the trailer for episode 1 now!

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Jenna Coleman Interview

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 6:03pm

On Saturday, 19 September, Jenna Coleman returns as Clara Oswald in the new series of Doctor Who. Here Jenna shares her feelings about everything from her character’s development to hanging about (quite literally!) on location…

Question: How are you feeling about this new series?

Jenna Coleman: Really excited, a lot of the stories are very self-contained two-parters, it’s a lot more space bound and it’s all about adventures and time travelling. The amazing benefit of doing them, is not only do you get more time to explore the story but also at the end of the first part you get to create a huge cliff hanger. Clara and the Doctor are really united, they’re strong together and are just enjoying travelling and doing and seeing as much as possible. It’s very adrenaline fuelled and full of reckless adventure, with them throwing themselves head first in to it.

Q: Clara seems to be more determined and focused on time travelling, do you see that she’s moved on since the last series?

JC: In a way she’s cutting ties with earth more and more. Since losing Danny I think her perspective has changed on life and in a way she’s lost fear of her own mortality a bit. When that happens there’s a sense of freeness. She doesn’t fear her own mortality anymore going in to adventures, so there’s nothing holding her back. So when that happens it can be quite dangerous, as much fun as it is, but I think there’s definitely something in that for Clara, she’s losing herself in the position.

Q: It seems like the Doctor and Clara are more alike than ever before… would you say that’s true?

JC: There’s an ease between them, a shorthand, and she is becoming more and more like him. I think they’ve always been a lot more similar than perhaps other Doctors and companions have been. I think she quite wants to be like him, but the more time they spend together the more doctorly I suppose she’s getting and more independent of him. There are quite a few stories in this series where you see us parting ways, where we’re covering different bases and then you see us coming back together, they’re a proper team. I think they’ve been through so much together, they know each other so well that they’re entwined.

Q: Working with guest cast in each block, how does the dynamic change on set for yourself and Peter?

JC: The two of us are always behaving as stupidly as we do, and it’s been lovely having Michelle back, she’s always a laugh. Maisie is wonderful, I was a really big fan of hers before she came to Doctor Who, she fits right in so it’s been really great having her join us. One of the most wonderful things about the show is every episode feels so different, it feels like a whole new show in a way.

Q: What has been your favourite episode from this series and why?

JC: Episode 11 will be really unique and the Viking episode was so much fun to film. The scripts for episodes 7 and 8 are really strong, Peter Harness has done such a good job with those. They feel like quite different Doctor Who episodes - tense, they feel very relevant, provoking, and clever.

Q: You have great looks this series - do you have any input in to what you wear?

JC: Practically with Doctor Who there are so many different looks, my idea for Clara is very much a school teacher who rides a motor cycle, in a retro 60s style but also sci-fi. The aim was to merge all those elements together for Clara’s look.

Q: In episode 1 the Doctor is lost and you’re contacted by your greatest enemy, Missy. How do Clara and Missy work together to save the Doctor without killing each other?

JC: I think it’s because the peril that the Doctor’s in is so great that the only thing to do is to put differences aside and work together. I think in a way, Clara’s quite fascinated by Missy, but disgusted at the same time. That’s partly to do with how Michelle Gomez plays her, she’s so magnetic that you can’t help but like her, even though you’re supposed to hate her. It’s one of the really clever things she does. Clara and Missy actually end up getting on, but remembering they don’t like each other again.

Having two females that are very close to the Doctor is interesting for Clara to witness, because the Doctor and Missy are enemies, but they are also very ancient friends. They have a past and history that they cannot even touch upon, or even understand how you can like or be in love with somebody that has repeatedly tried to kill you throughout time and space.

I also think it’s interesting for Clara to operate under a female Time Lady, she’s so used to running with the Doctor that to be with a Time Lady is quite a new experience for her. Somebody who is so maniacal is quite fun. You think you’re safe and within 30 seconds you’re literally being pushed down a cliff.

Q: You’ve done a few stunts in the series - can you tell us about them?

JC: I’ve done a lot of hanging upside down this series - upside down on a cliff in Tenerife was new, but surprising, it looks so easy but it’s not at all. It was tricky because we could only do it in minute spurts, filming the scenes. I also had a scene where I was hanging outside of the TARDIS too, so it seems to be one of my specialities this series!

Jenna Coleman returns as Clara in The Magician’s Apprentice on Saturday, 19 September. You can see her talking more about Clara’s ‘look’ and the trailer for the series’ opening episode is available now!

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Michelle Gomez Interview

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 6:02pm

Last seen during Death in Heaven, Michelle Gomez is back as Missy in The Magician’s Apprentice. Here Michelle talks about her return, her character’s relationship with the Doctor and who’s going to take over the world…

Question: You’ve re-joined the Doctor Who cast and reclaimed the role of ‘Missy’ for series 9… What was it like being back on set?

Michelle Gomez: It felt so good to be back, especially as I thought it was all over for Missy at the end of series 8. But then, of course, she is the Master, after all, so anything can happen, even dodging death. I'm still in a state of shock at actually being in a show I watched avidly as a child.

Q: How did you feel when you were asked to return?

MG: I was thrilled to be asked back, it's not every day one gets to travel through all of space and time. When they asked me to return, it's not that I had to think too hard about it, of course I said yes. And I'd say yes again if it came to it, but nothing's a guarantee so I'm aware this year might be her last. But I sincerely hope not.

Q: You appear in the opening episodes with Clara, tell us about it…

MG: The dynamic between Missy and Clara takes on a whole new shape and not one I had imagined. There is something not quite right about it that makes for slightly unnerving viewing. Missy gets bored very easily. You can imagine her and the Doctor in the classroom. Missy using her intellect even then to cause mischief and disrupt.

Q: Tell us about your relationship with Clara in these episodes.

MG: Our relationship shifts greatly from where we left off in the last series. Dare I say there might be a hint of respect there? Perhaps not quite respect. More a healthy dose of circumspect, from both I guess.

Q: Shooting in a large cinematic location abroad in Tenerife, what did the location add to the scenes?

MG: There’s a sense of opera about that strange volcanic landscape - grand and loud in its infinite vastness, which provided us with a perfect backdrop for our needs. It had a harsh but strange beauty, almost lunar. Which was kind of the point.

Q: Tell us about your relationship with the Doctor in these episodes…

MG: They are still opposite magnets repelling mostly, but at times they also attract. There is an undeniable shorthand that comes with a lifelong friendship. A friendship that at some point went very wrong. They are both from the same place eons ago, so the weight of that history they share is the bedrock of their relationship.

Q: Can you describe your character ‘Missy’? Tell us how she’s developed since series 8…

MG: Missy is a force of nature. She is a fearless, slightly psychotic killer whom you can't help but like just a little bit. She's very honest in her role as the Master. This is how she sees it - they both kill. The Doctor feels bad about it, she doesn’t. To her the Doctor hides behind his remorse whilst she thrives in the power to destroy. She has many tools to do this, but so far we have seen but a few. Reading minds, hypnosis and moving obstacles just by thinking about it are to name but a few. She doesn't bake much. Well, not in the conventional sense.

Q: Currently the Doctor Who team has a strong Scottish feel with Peter, Steven and yourself as part of the crew… What feedback have you received from your home town?

MG: Go Scotland!!!! When asked recently what does Gallifrey look like, I replied ‘Glasgow’, I'm sure that went down a storm. I think they are very proud. It's a Scottish take over with Peter, Steven and I all from Glasgow. The Weegies will take over the world.

Q: You live in New York and there’s a big Doctor Who following in America - are you recognised when you’re in the US as much as the UK?

MG: I’d say around the same amount. Which is not much at all. Missy and I have a very different dress sense so the fact I'm not wandering around in full Victorian garb means I get to walk around pretty freely.

Q: What do you think Doctor Who means for British drama and its identity overseas?

MG: It’s a product that reaches across the seas and touches people across the world. It ignites their imaginations with brilliant storytelling that all the family can enjoy. There aren’t too many of those shows around anymore which makes it all the more special.

Michelle Gomez returns as Missy in The Magician’s Apprentice on Saturday, 19 September. You can find out more about the self-confessed ‘Queen of Evil’ and the trailer for the series’ opening episode is available now!

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Steven Moffat Interview

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 6:01pm

The new series of Doctor Who begins on Saturday, 19 September and here the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, opens up on challenges, changes and the joy of two-parters…

Question: Doctor Who is back! How has the dynamic of the series changed since series 8?

Steven Moffat: Peter Capaldi returns with his second series as the Doctor - it’s the glory years of the Doctor and Clara. They’ve been through the angst, the Doctor has been through his fear of not being a good man, and Clara has been through her fear that this might not be the Doctor. They’re on equal footing with a new dynamic between them and are relishing the Universe. They’re linking hands and running towards a brand new world of epic adventure on a cinematic scale. They are clearly heroes and loving every minute!

Q: How is the series different from last year?

SM: I think it’s a big, mad and exciting series. You’ll be grinning a lot more, there’s more comedy mixed in with some of the darkest stuff we’ve done – the Doctor’s first big entrance kind of sets the tone.

Q: Why did you decide on re-introducing two-parters?

SM: We’re doing bigger stories and two-parters allow you all those massive cliff hangers. 45 minutes has served us incredibly well, but it’s time to change it up a bit, change the rhythm. It’s not just about being longer, sometimes it’s about going deeper. And you won’t always be quite sure whether you’re watching a two-parter or not - how much longer the jeopardy will last. We’re aiming to be unpredictable.

Q: Tell us about the guest cast.

SM: We have a vast array of guest cast this year that means we can build on the depth of stories - develop intrigue and backstories even further. We have the magnificent, insane and comedic Missy returning; young outstanding Maisie Williams taking up a new role as her character challenges the Doctor in unexpected ways; and of course Osgood is brought back from the dead, the Doctor might be in for a surprise with her… This time he might not be able to trust his number one fan.

Q: Did you have any challenges writing for the series?

SM: We always like a new challenge on the show - bringing adventures set on dangerous alien planets, urban thrillers, underwater ghost stories, journeys that take us from Vikings to the end of time itself, we’re pushing the boundaries once again with the most experimental episode Doctor Who has ever made. I’ve written a one hander for the Doctor, I can’t tell you too much about this, but it’s certainly unique and a big first for the show!

Doctor Who returns on Saturday, 19 September but right now you can see Steven Moffat discussing the monsters that appear in the new series and guest star Maisie Williams.

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River on Song: Ten of Her Finest Moments!

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 09/04/2015 - 10:54am

This Christmas Alex Kingston returns as the kick-ass archaeologist with big hair, big attitude and a big new adventure! To celebrate the news we’re looking at ten of her finest moments to date!

Silencing the Doctor in the Library

Let’s start at the beginning. Sort of. River bamboozles the Doctor and to use the Time Lord’s own words, ‘There’s not a lot of people who can do that…’ Immediately sassy, enigmatic and fun, this was one Song that didn’t need time to grow on us!

Well, let's see…

‘You’ve got a time machine, I’ve got a gun… What the hell! Let’s kill Hitler!’ We loved the ‘Mel’ version of River… As Amy’s best friend she was a dangerous, reckless, gun-toting and feisty female… Actually, no change there, then!

How Exciting!

River can tease the Doctor like the devil, like in this scene where the Doctor introduced her to Amy…

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She finally got serious and tied the knot with the Time Lord (didn’t she?) in The Wedding of River Song. It was the day the Doctor should have died but he ended up ‘marrying’ River, instead. And if that wasn’t enough of a result, this happened…

The Melody Lingers On…

It’s easy to forget that the mystery surrounding River Song was part of what made her such a compelling character and a zillion theories about her background were flying around before A Good Man Goes to War. She was the Master! She was Romana! She was… Well, we know now and the eagerly anticipated reveal of who River really was didn’t disappoint!

The Doctor’s Wife

So, River flies the TARDIS and the Doctor flies off the handle…

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She’s fun and witty but we like the fact that danger is never far away from River Song… When we first saw her meet the Eleventh Doctor she was the perfect ally against the Weeping Angels… Don’t. Even. Blink!

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On the downside, her attempt to kill the Doctor wasn’t the best way to cement relations with the man she loved, but on the upside it triggered a season which kept us guessing how the Doctor would escape what looked like certain death.


We’ve always admired River for her whip-smart one-liners, like the time when Jenny asked how she managed to magic up a bottle of Champagne and an elegant flute. Without missing a beat, River replied with a smile, ‘Disgracefully…’

Until the Next Time…

Okay, this may be a cheat but we have a feeling the 2015 Christmas Special will be another highlight in her life and crazy career. River Song and the Twelfth Doctor. Really. What’s not to love? We can’t wait for a River to run through Christmas…

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The Doctor and River Song Reunite For A Spectacular Christmas

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:16am

Alex Kingston returns to Cardiff to reclaim her role as Professor River Song for the highly anticipated 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, part of BBC One’s essential seasonal viewing.

It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.

Day one of filming the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week and is written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).

River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.

Award winning Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance, “To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, adds, “Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time...”

The witty line-up of guest cast joining Alex for a magical adventure on the TARDIS will be announced over the coming months.

The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One on Saturday, 19 September with a 12 episode series, followed by the Christmas special on Friday 25 December.

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The Doctor and Clara: 7 Sensational Hero Moments

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:10am

We’re loving the fact that in the latest trailer, the Doctor and Clara seem to be closer than ever. But let’s not forget they formed a great team in the last series... And so, to keep us going until they return on 19 September, here are some of our favourite hero moments with the Doctor and Clara…

The Restaurant at the End of the Episode…

The Doctor was all over the place after recently regenerating and Clara was up to her eyebrows in trouble, alone and terrified. But there was one person she knew she could rely on… This action-packed scene emphasized that the Time Lord may have looked like a completely different man… but his heroism remained unchanged.

Caring and Sharing

We love this scene! Yes, it’s funny and the Doctor’s on top form. But it also shows how much he needs Clara as he prepares to go into the Dalek…

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The Doctor and Clara can go anywhere in time and space and it’s been great joining them as they’ve embarked on adventures with familiar figures from history. When the Doctor took them to Sherwood Forest to meet Robin Hood, Clara’s joy was a treat and the Doctor’s gradual change towards the outrageous outlaw, helped in part by Clara, was great to see. Just watch out for those arrows, Doctor!

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Sometimes the Doctor and Clara save planets, defeat dictators or battle for justice across the galaxy. But on another evening, they did something just as important for Rupert Pink… They helped out a little boy who was scared of the monsters… When the boy who became Danny needed a friend, these two best friends were there for him.

Mummy on the Orient Express

Let’s be honest, Clara thought the Orient Express would be the end of the line for her and the Doctor, but she saw how determined he’d been to save the passengers and how he’d put his life on the line (thank you) for their safety… It convinced her to stay with the Time Lord, although her boyfriend wasn’t exactly tinkled pink by the idea…


With the Doctor trapped in the TARDIS Clara had to think outside the box to defeat the sinister, 2-dimensional invaders. They still managed to make a great team and it was only thanks to Clara that the Doctor was able to banish the Boneless.

Dark Water

Yes, we love the scene immediately following Clara’s ‘dream sequence’ where the Doctor reveals how much he cares for his companion. But right after that there’s another great moment where the two friends prepare to find Danny. Both of them aware of the dangers but willing to go to hell together, rather than let the other one down. ‘Chin up, shoulders back!’ the Doctor says to Clara, before adding, ‘Let's see what we’re made of, you and I.’ We think we already know the answer to that one: something pretty special.

Return to the Doctor and Clara’s previous adventures or look forward to the new series now!

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This Week on Who… Mission DALEK is HERE , why Remembrance of the Daleks is ace and can you guess the guest?

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:25am

Check out Doctor Who's social media highlights - the best of this week's news and photos from our Twitter and Instagram accounts!

  We were *squeeing* with excitement to finally unleash Mission DALEK!

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You can keep up with the latest news by following the official Doctor Who Twitter account, and go behind the scenes with the official access-all-areas Doctor Who Instagram account.

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11 Reasons Why Remembrance of the Daleks Rocks!

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:40am

Today (20 August) is the birthday of Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, aka the Seventh Doctor and his companion, Ace, so what better time to remember Remembrance of the Daleks? If you’re fascinated by the Doctor’s oldest foes or you just love a cracking adventure, it’s definitely one you should check out. So, what it makes it, so, err… ace?

You’ll believe a Dalek can fly!

Before Remembrance we had to put up with endless jokes about how the Daleks couldn’t get up stairs… Then came this…

…and suddenly fans could shake their heads and point out that Daleks could el-e-vate!

Kick Ass Companion

New companion Ace was instantly in her element, taking on a Dalek with a baseball bat, lugging around nitro-9 ‘grenades’ that the Doctor used to explosive effect and in this scene, taking out one of the metal monsters using a bazooka…

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Wait a minute! That reminds us of someone…

You were born to serve the Daleks!

This scene still typifies everything that the Daleks were about and it’s even got an evil little girl and TV legend George Sewell. Her last line is fantastic!

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They squabble and bicker but the bond between them is unbreakable. Just like Clara these days, Ace doesn’t always understand the Doctor, but she knows he’s always got her back.

Pacey Plot

The plot moves faster than an upgraded Cyberman (or a Raston Warrior Robot for all you 80s fans out there!) and is more explosive than nitro-9, as Steven Moffat reflects in this video…

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The Doctor became darker and more cunning in this adventure. He still liked a laugh but you remember the Doctor playing his cards close to his chest in Mummy on the Orient Express? He was more like that. Except he wasn’t making ‘Are you my mummy?’ jokes which in retrospect, was a missed opportunity.

Dalek Action!

If you’re going to wheel in the Daleks, it’s great to give them plenty to do! Remembrance had them running amok, well, gliding amok as they engaged in civil war, battled humanity, tried to get their grubby protuberances on some Time Lord tech, and repeatedly tried to take out the Doctor. No. Not like that.

A galaxy of stars!

An awesome guest cast included Pamela Salem (middle, photo below) as Professor Rachel Jensen…

And Karen Gledhill (right in this pic) as her assistant, Allison Williams.

Together with Group Captain ‘Chunky’ Gilmore, played by Simon Williams…

They formed an intrepid trio helping the Doctor as he fought not just the Daleks, but the evil Ratcliffe (below, right), played by the marvellous George Sewell.

Sign of the times

Remembrance’s writer, Ben Aaronovitch, returns the Doctor’s oldest foes to their right-wing roots and even has them forge an alliance with Ratcliffe’s fascist organisation. Remembrance of the Daleks is at its heart a roller coaster of adventure loaded with wit and some genuinely wow action sequences, but now and again it pauses to reflect some of the viler elements of 1960s Britain. In one scene, Ace finds a sign in a B&B window which advises potential clients, ‘No coloureds’. Her repulsion is deftly conveyed by actor Sophie Aldred who captures her character’s horror and sadness at the message.


The old boy shows up in episode 4, giving the Doctor a great excuse to mock his creations and their quest for, ‘Unimaginable power! Unlimited rice pudding, et cetera, et cetera!’

The Special Weapons Dalek

There’s something appealing about using the word ‘special’ to describe one of these killing machines. Just don’t tell the other Daleks we think it’s special. They’ll get en-vi-ous!

Remembrance of the Daleks opened Doctor Who’s 25th season. You can enjoy more videos from the adventure, take a look through galleries and find out the facts behind the story… It’s all on our Remembrance of the Daleks pages!

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We invite you on a mission… Mission DALEK!

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 8:17am

Mission DALEK is your chance to create brand new adventures for the Doctor! It’s an opportunity to bring battles with the Daleks to life and share all those brilliant, bonkers ideas you’ve had about Doctor Who! And on top of that, it might just propel you into the Time Lord’s real world where you’ll encounter Daleks and meet the Doctor himself – Peter Capaldi!

So, what do you need to know?

Mission DALEK is part of the BBC’s Make it Digital season and we’re inviting you to use your imagination and digital skills to create an adventure for the Doctor. We know many Doctor Who fans make amazing videos or are fantastic at cosplay and love to get involved in a million marvellous ways. For those guys, this is a chance to hone and harness your passion and showcase your digital skills to the universe!

But what if you’ve never dabbled in digital, never shot a video or made up a story?

DON’T WORRY! We’re here to help with loads of down-to-earth videos offering top tips from the Doctor Who team as well as a range of digital tools to get you started. We would LOVE you to take your first steps with us and the Doctor… To unleash your creativity and to have as much fun as humanly possible as you make it digital!

What next?

Easy as pie! Just visit our gleaming Mission DALEK site where you’ll find all the info you’ll need about what sort of adventure we’re after, how you can make it, and what prizes you can win! It’s all there. Right now. Wow. It’s a roller coaster, isn’t it?


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12 Things We Learnt from the New Trailer

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:25am

Here are 12 things we gleaned from the new trailer along with a few questions we want answering…

The Doctor and Clara are closer than ever.

After her early reticence last series, Clara is now definitely embracing the Doctor… That hug in the TARDIS says it all.


Doctor Who means monsters, right? But in this interview exec producer Brian Minchin promised more new monsters than returning foes, and judging by the trailer, he was spot on! Look at these beauties…


Okay, is that REALLY a Special Weapons Dalek we can see - left of screen - at 45 seconds in? But hold the phone – check out the shot below… That’s one of the so-called 60s Daleks isn’t it? Nearest the door at the back. And there’s another old school Dalek on the upper level… What’s going on? Vision impaired! We cannot see what is happening!

The TARDIS looks better than ever…

We glimpsed it in the first trailer but now get more of the TARDIS interior. We love those new round things. But… What are the round things? No idea.

Osgood Grief!

Is that Osgood? Looks to us like she’s in a war torn area, a little like the one we saw Danny Pink fighting in during last year’s finale. Be careful, Osgood! We don’t want to lose you… again!


Great to see she’s as bananas as ever. Laughing at the Dalek. There’s confidence. Or insanity. Or insane confidence. Woo!

Missy vs the Daleks

Actually, this proves that Missy comes face-to-eyestalk with the Daleks. They forged an alliance once before, but surely after the Time War, she couldn’t be working with them again?

Amazin’ Morphin’ Maisie…

Different looks for the Game of Thrones star… Or should that be Game of Thrones Stark?

Ready, Aim…

Love this shot (geddit?) but what’s going on? A bazooka? Could this be from the Viking episode? Surely it couldn’t mean… No. Surely not.


There’s a dragon! Now, that’s how you do a dragon.

The Doctor’s new(ish) look…

There’s the hoodie thing going on and we’ve already clocked the red velvet jacket, but aside from all that, he just looks more relaxed, doesn’t he? I mean, as relaxed as you can be when you’ve got a cosmos to save.

The whole thing!

The whole trailer oozes excitement, fun, friendship and action. And that’s no surprise but great to see that this series looks like it’ll ramp up all the things we love about Doctor Who… Born to save the universe… And make Saturday nights the best night of the week!

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329 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:16pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 329
Running time: 2:09:28

We speculate on the new 2015 series of DOCTOR WHO, reflect back on 10 years of Doctor Who: PODSHOCK, plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Ian Bisset, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

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

This podcast is made possible in part by and is brought to you by Podshock Supporting Subscribers and from donations from listeners like you.

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10 Missy Moments

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:03am

The woman in the shop suggested we celebrate the imminent return of Missy with a look at some of her best moments, and who are we to argue? So, in no particular order, here are ten moments from Missy and Michelle Gomez that we are absolutely loving…

Her first appearance…

If we arrived in the afterlife and found Missy waiting, we wouldn’t be able to decide whether we’d landed in heaven or hell…

Announcing her return…

“I’m back!” And not a moment too soon!

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She didn’t even say a word but should have been put on trial for theft. Our verdict? Guilty! She totally stole this scene.

Making her (Book) Mark…

Michelle Gomez channelled Missy in this short video for World Book Day. And the guy on the back of her hardback looks very familiar…

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That moment in the trailer was a gif waiting to happen. It was a gif horse. It was the gif that kept on giving. It was… Okay. We’ll stop now.

Missy as companion…

This video doesn’t feature Missy but we loved Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin discussing introducing her as a companion, and particularly enjoyed Brian’s take on the question… What do you think? Missy as a companion?

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The Doctor was horrified but it was typical Missy – just paying lip service to what he wanted...

The epic confrontation during Death in Heaven

Mr Pink went into battle one last time and helped defeat Missy in an episode we wanted to call, A Good Dan Goes to War. But no-one asked us. Typical.

Killing Osgood

Missy can lull you into a false sense of security with her charm and poise, before she reminds you that she’s really not as (Os)good as you’d like her to be…

Her next scene

Okay, this is a bit of a cheat but we’re looking forward to her being back so much we’re willing to bet her return will be a corker. Oh, Missy, you’re a mad, murderous monster with hearts of evil but hey, we miss you.

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Reece Shearsmith Joins Doctor Who as a Star Guest

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 7:30am

Actor, comedian and award winning writer Reece Shearsmith joins Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) as he takes-up a guest role in a special episode of Doctor Who, returning to BBC One this September.


Reece has previously played Patrick Troughton in a docu-drama about the conception and making of Doctor Who, in An Adventure in Space and Time, and returns to Cardiff for a part in an adventure written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Justin Molotnikov and produced by Nikki Wilson.

Most famously known for his work as part of The League of Gentlemen along with fellow performers Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and co-writer Jeremy Dyson, Reece comments on his casting for the hit show:

‘I am absolutely thrilled to be filming Doctor Who as Mark Gatiss has written a fantastic role for me in a very scary episode. It has been so exciting to be part of a very singular episode - which, I can say with authority will be unlike any previous episode of Doctor Who. It’s a joy to play a part in the show - certainly a badge of honour.’

Mark Gatiss, writer of the episode, added:

‘I’m delighted to be writing again for Peter and Jenna’s brilliant TARDIS team and very excited about this particular story. It’s been brewing in the dark recesses of my mind for a while now! I’m also chuffed to bits to finally welcome my old friend Reece Shearsmith onto the show. He’s been badgering me for ten years!’

Reece will be joined by Elaine Tan (Eastenders, Entourage), Neet Mohan (All in Good Time, Desert Dancer), Bethany Black (Cucumber, Banana) and Paul Courtenay Hyu (Dalziel and Pascoe, Coronation Street).

Other guest cast for the new series, launching on Saturday 19 September, include Michelle Gomez, Maisie Williams, Rufus Hound, Ingrid Oliver and Rebecca Front.

Doctor Who has had a decade of success and is one BBC One’s most highly regarded shows. The much-loved brand is already a phenomenon delivering on a global scale, with the last series’ (series 8) consolidated average at 7.4 million.

Doctor Who series 9 is shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock studios and is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.

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Series 9 Wallpaper

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:59am

It was great to hear so many people loved the new series 9 image and we were inundated with requests for high resolution versions of the shot. So here you go!

The Doctor and Clara will be back on our television screens from 19 September but you can have them on your computer screens right now by downloading the image and setting it as your wallpaper!

Just click on the required format of the version you prefer and when it opens, right click to save the image or set it as your wallpaper.

Series 9 Wallpaper… 16x9 / 4x3

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Born to Save the Universe!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 6:01pm

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday, 19 September and this stunning new image gives us a sense of the action and adventure that series 9 will deliver.

It shows the world’s greatest heroes in explosive form, dashing from danger but - knowing those two – running headlong into more trouble!

You can watch the trailer for the new series or read everything you need to know about the Time Lord’s forthcoming adventures now!

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Ask the Experts: Send us your questions for Rachel Talalay!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:03am

Rachel Talalay directed last year’s Dark Water and Death in Heaven and returned to helm this year’s series finale. What questions would you like us to ask her for you?

Simply send your questions to or tweet your questions to us at @bbcdoctorwho

But here’s the bit we can’t stress strongly enough: we’re looking for the most interesting and imaginative questions! It’s essential to avoid questions about upcoming storylines… Those secrets will be revealed when the episodes hit our screens. Instead, we’d love questions that only Rachel can answer… It could be about her best moments on set, favourite (or least favourite!) memories, monsters, earliest recollections of the show, stepping inside the TARDIS for the first time… You decide!

But you must act now! We’ll be interviewing Rachel very soon so get us your questions to us as soon as possible!

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