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Multiple Hugo Award Nominations for the Doctor!

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 3:23pm

The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot have all been nominated for this year’s Hugo Awards.

All three have been nominated in the ‘Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form’ category and the winners will be announced on 17 August at the 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony. The Name of the Doctor was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein and The Day of the Doctor, also penned by Steven Moffat, was directed by Nick Hurran. The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot was written and directed by Peter Davison and featured a number of well-known faces from the world of Doctor Who including Steven Moffat, several former Doctors and Jenna Coleman.

Commenting on the nominations, Doctor Who’s head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said, ‘For Doctor Who to receive four Hugo nominations in its anniversary year is completely thrilling. We are all over the moon. I’m particularly pleased about The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot as that was my acting debut. I remain available for any parts requiring a black jumper and slightly unrealistic hair.’

We’re also delighted that An Adventure in Space and Time – the one-off drama written by Mark Gatiss that examined the origins of Doctor Who - also received a nomination in the ‘Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form’ category. And ‘The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who’, written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Jimmy Broxton, was nominated in the Best Graphic Story field.

The prestigious Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the influential science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. Best of luck to all this year’s nominees!

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Day of the Doctor Nominated as the Best of British

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:00am

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor has been nominated in the ‘Best of British’ category in the Freesat Free TV Awards. This latest accolade makes it a great month for the 50th anniversary special which received a BAFTA TV nomination earlier this week! The Freesat Awards’ ‘Best of British’ category exists to celebrate ‘the absolute best programme or series on the UK’s free-to-air TV channels’. The winner will be decided by a panel of industry experts and announced at a ceremony on the 17 June, 2014. Good luck to everybody involved!

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor has been nominated in the ‘Best of British’ category in the Freesat Free TV Awards. This latest accolade makes it a great month for the 50th anniversary special which received a BAFTA TV nomination earlier this week!

The Freesat Awards’ ‘Best of British’ category exists to celebrate ‘the absolute best programme or series on the UK’s free-to-air TV channels’. The winner will be decided by a panel of industry experts and announced at a ceremony on the 17 June, 2014.

Good luck to everybody involved!

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Ben Miller to Guest Star in Doctor Who

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:57am

Ben Miller is set to guest star opposite Peter Capaldi when the new series of Doctor Who returns this autumn.

Commenting on his role, Ben Miller said: ‘As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming.’

Miller achieved fame as half of comedy duo Armstrong and Miller before success in dramas, including Primeval and more recently, as DI Richard Poole, the central character in the first two series of the BBC’s Death in Paradise.

Miller’s partner in comedy, Alexander Armstrong, appeared in Doctor Who’s 2011 Christmas Special, playing Reg Arwell, but it’s Miller’s first time on the show and he’ll be starring in an episode written by Mark Gatiss.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: ‘Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it's about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!’

Other familiar faces confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will TX on BBC One later this year, include Tom Riley and Keeley Hawes.

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Doctor Who Nominated for Public Vote BAFTA

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:17am

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor has been nominated for a BAFTA Television Award. The nomination comes in the Radio Times Audience Award category meaning you get to decide who wins…

The Radio Times Audience Award is the only prize at the 2014 BAFTA TV Awards chosen by the public and voting has already begun so you can select the show you’d like to see scoop the award straightaway!

To find out more and to cast your vote, visit the Radio Times Audience Award site. Voting closes at midday on Thursday, 15 May, 2014 with the winners announced at the annual ceremony, three days later on Sunday, 18 May.

And congratulation to Mark Gatiss and the whole team behind An Adventure in Space and Time. The one-off drama about the origins of Doctor Who has been nominated in the Single Drama category, so good luck to everybody involved!

Finally, you can remind yourself of why Doctor Who received the nomination with clips, a fact file, galleries and more for the 50th special at The Day of the Doctor.

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Tom Riley to star in an episode written by Mark Gatiss

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:07am

We can confirm that Tom Riley will appear in the new series of Doctor Who, starring in an adventure written by Mark Gatiss.

Tom’s previous credits include Inspector Lewis, the hit comedy Twenty Twelve and Monroe. He played Dave Beethoven in the BBC’s Freezing (above), starred opposite David Tennant in St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold and recently won plaudits for his portrayal of Leonardo Da Vinci in Da Vinci’s Demons. Filming on his Doctor Who episode begins soon.

Mark Gatiss needs no introduction to Doctor Who fans having written many previous episodes including The Unquiet Dead, Cold War and The Crimson Horror. He also wrote and was an executive producer on the acclaimed one-off drama, An Adventure in Space and Time.

The new series of Doctor Who introduces Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman who returns as Clara. It begins later this year on BBC One!

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Doctor Who and An Adventure in Space and Time receive BAFTA Nominations

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:40am

We're delighted to announce that Doctor Who and An Adventure in Space and Time have been nominated in five categories for the 2014 BAFTA Television Craft Awards.

The British Academy Television Craft Awards celebrate the best of TV’s production talent and the winners will be announced on Sunday, April 27. Milk VFX, Real SFX and The Model Unit have been nominated in the Special, Visual and Graphic Effects category for their incredible work on The Day of the Doctor. Bernie Davis, Eryl Ellis, Huw Thomas and Keith Ware have been nominated in the Entertainment Craft Team category for their work on Doctor Who at the Proms.

An Adventure in Space and Time has been nominated in three categories; Philip Kloss for Editing Fiction, Vickie Lang for Make Up and Hair Design and Suzanne Cave for Costume Design.

Good luck to everyone involved!

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The Sound of Doctor Who

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 6:41am

Update! The programme detailed below is currently available on BBC iPlayer!

Delia Derbyshire, who arranged Doctor Who’s original theme tune, is featured in episode 2 of ‘In Their Own Words: 20th Century Composers’ which you can catch on BBC Four, tonight (21 March) at 8pm. Following its broadcast it will be available on BBC iPlayer for a limited period.

As well as realising Doctor Who’s theme tune over 50 years ago, Delia worked with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop who created much of the show’s distinctive music and sound fx throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s.

There’s another aural treat for Doctor Who fans as BBC Radio 4 Extra continues to repeat audio adventures featuring former Doctors. You can listen to these as they’re broadcast or catch up using BBC iPlayer. Just visit BBC Radio 4 Extra’s site for more details! 

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Keeley Hawes to Star in Doctor Who

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 4:27am

The BBC has issued the following press release:

Line of Duty's Keeley Hawes will join the cast of Doctor Who, following rave reviews for her outstanding performance as DI Lindsay Denton in the hit BBC drama.  Starring opposite the Doctor, Hawes will guest star for one episode in Peter Capaldi's first ever series as the Time Lord.      

Set to TX in the autumn this year, Hawes will play Ms Delphox, a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret.  Travelling across space and time the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), will come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet.

Written by Steve Thompson (Sherlock) the episode will be directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Line of Duty, Doctor Who)

Commenting on her role, Keeley Hawes, said:

'I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team.  Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I've had a lot of fun playing.'

While lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, added:

‘Anyone watching Jed Mercurio's amazing Line of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of year. And now it's about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker.’

Doctor Who is a BBC Wales production for BBC One.  Filming is currently underway for the new series, which will introduce Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor for the first time to millions of viewers.

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A Masterclass with the Man Behind the Monsters

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:30am

Neill Gorton has created many of the memorable monsters who have featured in Doctor Who since its return in 2005 and on Saturday, 29 March he’ll be giving a free masterclass about his work!

Neill is a prosthetics designer and the director of Millennium FX, the BAFTA award winning make-up and special effects company responsible for the look of countless aliens who have crossed the Doctor’s path, as well as characters featured in BBC shows such as The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards vs. Aliens and Being Human.

The masterclass is part of BBC Radio 4’s Character Invasion, a fascinating project which combines an on-air celebration of how the characters we love have been created and bought to life, along with a day of free events across the country.

Neill’s masterclass will take place at Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and begins at 1.30pm on Saturday, 29 March. It will offer an amazing insight into how some of some of television’s most striking monsters and aliens are created using cutting edge prosthetics, animatronics and special make-up FX.

You can apply for a maximum of four tickets per household and can register for tickets at any time until Thursday, 13 March at 4pm. For more details, including how to apply for tickets, visit the event information page or find out more about BBC Radio 4’s Character Invasion.

Please note, those attending Neill’s event must be 8 years-old or over and under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Steve Thompson Confirmed as Writer for Series 8 Episode

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:29am

The man who put the Doctor aboard a cursed pirate ship and took us to parts of the TARDIS we’d never seen before has been confirmed as a writer on the forthcoming 8th series of Doctor Who.

Steve Thompson will write the as-yet-unnamed fifth episode of the series to be shown later this year.

It’s the third time the writer has penned a Doctor Who story, following last year’s Journey To The Centre of the TARDIS and 2011’s pirate adventure The Curse of the Black Spot.

Steve Thompson has also provided scripts for BBC1’s Sherlock such as The Blind Banker, series two finale The Reichenbach Fall and The Sign of Three which was broadcast in January.

Filming is underway on Peter Capaldi’s first series as The Doctor. He’ll be joined by Jenna Coleman as Clara and a new recurring character, Danny Pink played by Samuel Anderson. 

The new series, to be screened on BBC1, will also feature episodes by lead writer and series producer Steven Moffat.

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Rising Star Joins Doctor Who for Peter Capaldi’s First Series

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:22am

Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in series 8, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor to millions of viewers for the first time.  Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches. 

On joining the show Samuel Anderson said: ‘I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!’

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: ‘For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!’ 

Filming recently began on episode 4 of the new series which will co-star Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5, co-starring Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch, Groove High), and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).

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Christopher Barry (1925 – 2014)

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 11:07am

Christopher Barry (above, left), one of the stalwarts of early Doctor Who. We’re sad to report the death of Christopher Barry, one of Doctor Who’s most significant directors.

He will be remembered forever for directing the episodes that introduced the Daleks but he was also at the helm for many other pivotal stories including the crucial debut adventures of the Second and Fourth Doctors, as well as The Daemons the 1971 five-parter that is often cited as one of the show’s finest entries.

Christopher Barry also worked on a number of other high-profile series including The Tripods, Moonbase 3 and Out of the Unknown but in the 1960s he was an integral part of Doctor Who’s genesis. Writing about him on the site for An Adventure in Space and Time, we recently noted, ‘Barry must take much of the credit for some early, magnificent moments in the history of Doctor Who: the scene where the Daleks are finally revealed is perfectly executed with the audience at home sharing the mixture of emotions caught on the faces of the Doctor and his companions as they viewed the monsters for the first time. Even more powerful is the first confrontation between human and Dalek, shot from the latter’s point of view, meaning poor Barbara Wright’s reaction to the sight is at once terrifying and frustrating. We share her shock but desperately want to see whatever has triggered the young woman’s horror… Yet we must wait a week for the full reveal!’

We ended that feature with these words: ‘In recent years Christopher Barry has talked at length about his involvement in Doctor Who. A thoughtful and engaging speaker he remains something of a fan favourite, both for the wonderful stories he directed and his take on the show he did so much to develop.’

Read more about the career of Christopher Barry (1925 – 2014).

 See some brilliant scenes directed by Christopher Barry including the Doctor’s first meeting with the Daleks, five priceless moments from The Daemons and some wonderful exchanges from the adventure that introduced the Sisterhood of Karn: The Brain of Morbius.

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And the Winner of the 'Best Dressed Early Doctor' Goes To...

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 6:32am

Straight after the unveiling of the new Doctor’s costume  we asked you to vote on a simple question: which of the early Doctors was the snappiest dresser? You voted in your thousands and the full rundown of results may surprise you…

The Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker, was the runaway winner, raking in 47% of the votes. His triumph in the sartorial stakes is understandable as his famous, multi-coloured scarf became iconic and emblematic of not just of his Doctor, but Doctor Who itself. He may have had several wardrobe changes but after his first season his overall look comprising long coat and looping scarf became consistent, often embellished with a battered brown hat, knee length boots and the occasional waistcoat. His appearance managed to remain distinctive without becoming bizarre. Bohemian, fun but never outrageous, his taste in clothes ensured he won this poll by literally thousands of votes. When the Fourth Doctor’s companion, Romana once donned a replica of his own familiar costume, he was the first to congratulate her. ‘That's exactly right!’ he told her.  ‘I never realised you had such a sense of style!’

The Third Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee, scooped second place after claiming 14% of the votes. Like the Fourth Doctor, his costume varied considerably during his time in the TARDIS. His largely colourless ensemble favoured in his early adventures gradually gave way to a more daring wardrobe full of bright velvet jackets and big black bowties. Little wonder that when the First Doctor himself gazed down on him during The Three Doctors, he quickly branded him a dandy!

The Fifth Doctor took third place with 12%. His outfit remained largely unchanged throughout his era – an old-fashioned, predominantly cream-coloured cricketer’s costume perked up with a stick of celery on his lapel. ‘Brave choice…’ The Tenth Doctor once remarked, ‘Not a lot of men can carry off a decorative vegetable!’

The Seventh Doctor, with his paisley scarf and tie, two-toned brogues and tank top covered in question marks notched up a creditable 10% of the votes, coming slightly ahead of the Sixth Doctor. Many people have commented on the garishness of his attire, but the combination of bright coat, yellow and black trousers and red spats was a favourite with some fans and brought the Sixth Doctor to fifth place in this poll.

The First and Second Doctors came in with 6% and 4% respectively, possibly because their costumes were so seldom seen in colour. You can check out all of the early Doctors’ outfits in our costume gallery and we’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone who took the time to vote: thank you!

And so finally, the complete rundown of results in our poll to find which of the early Doctors was the snappiest dresser is as follows:

 

1st: The Fourth Doctor (47%)

2nd: The Third Doctor (14%)

3rd: The Fifth Doctor (12%)

4th: The Seventh Doctor (10%)

5th: The Sixth Doctor (7%)

6th: The First Doctor (6%)

7th: The Second Doctor (4%)

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Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who Costume Revealed in First Look Picture

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 4:46am

The BBC has released the first picture of Peter Capaldi wearing the new Doctor’s costume (above) along with a press release that reads:

The Doctor has a new look as Peter Capaldi’s era officially begins.  In a picture released today by the BBC, Capaldi can be seen in the costume that will define his time as the Twelfth Time Lord in one of TV’s biggest roles.  Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as sturdy, black shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden. 

Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi said: “He's woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.”  While lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat added: “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over - Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!” 

Filming for episode one of series 8 began earlier this month, after 10.2 million tuned-in on Christmas Day to get their first much-anticipated glimpse of Capaldi’s Doctor.  Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, commented: "Peter Capaldi's Doctor is officially recorded in history today with the unveiling of his new costume.  It's sharp, smart and stylish - The Twelfth Time Lord means business."  

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.

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Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who Costume Revealed in First Look Picture

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 1:33pm

The BBC has released the first picture of Peter Capaldi wearing the new Doctor’s costume (above) along with a press release that reads:

The Doctor has a new look as Peter Capaldi’s era officially begins.  In a picture released today by the BBC, Capaldi can be seen in the costume that will define his time as the Twelfth Time Lord in one of TV’s biggest roles.  Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden. 

Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi said: “He's woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.”  While lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat added: “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over - Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!” 

Filming for episode one of series 8 began earlier this month, after 10.2 million tuned-in on Christmas Day to get their first much-anticipated glimpse of Capaldi’s Doctor.  Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, commented: "Peter Capaldi's Doctor is officially recorded in history today with the unveiling of his new costume.  It's sharp, smart and stylish - The Twelfth Time Lord means business."  

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.

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Doctor Who Double at Awards!

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:45pm

Doctor Who has won two National Television Awards, receiving wins for Best Drama and Best Drama Performance for Matt Smith. Celebrating its 19th year, the NTAs were held at The O2 Arena in London and with voting power in the hands of the public, this awards ceremony truly reflects the audience’s opinion. So with a double win for Doctor Who we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted! And to celebrate winning the award Matt Smith has recorded his very own personal video message to fans!Doctor Who has won two National Television Awards, receiving wins for Best Drama and Best Drama Performance for Matt Smith. 
Celebrating its 19th year, the NTAs were held at The O2 Arena in London and with voting power in the hands of the public, this awards ceremony truly reflects the audience’s opinion. So with a double win for Doctor Who we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted! And to celebrate winning the award Matt Smith has recorded his very own personal video message to fans!

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Tom Baker at 80: The Tom Baker Story

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:53am

Thomas ‘Tom’ Stewart Baker was born in Liverpool on 20 January, 1934. He left school aged 15 to become a monk, throwing off his cowl in his early twenties and later completing his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving from 1955 until 1957. Tom’s interest in acting burgeoned when he took part in the medical corps’ amateur dramatics and following his demob he enrolled at drama school. After treading the boards in hits including Dial M for Murder and Hay Fever, Tom joined the National Theatre in 1968 and starred alongside such greats as Laurence Olivier in The Merchant of Venice and Derek Jacobi (later the Master in Utopia) in The Idiot.

He soon branched out into film and TV work and received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the 1971 movie, Nicholas and Alexandra. Other early roles included an eccentric doctor(!) in the BBC’s version of The Millionairess (see image below) and Koura in the big screen epic, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.

After Jon Pertwee announced he was leaving Doctor Who, the search for the Fourth Doctor began. The BBC’s then Head of Serials, Bill Slater, who had directed Tom in The Millionairess, contacted Doctor Who’s producer, Barry Letts, recommending him for the role of the Time Lord. When Letts saw The Golden Voyage of Sinbad he was convinced that he had found the perfect replacement for Jon Pertwee and so, on the evening of 8 June 1974, the Third Doctor, riddled with radiation, stumbled out of the TARDIS and began to regenerate… Moments later (image below) the world was introduced to Tom Baker as the Doctor!

Tom Baker’s Doctor was brimming with bohemian swagger and during his first full episode as the Time Lord he donned a battered hat and a long coloured scarf – elements that would become part of Doctor Who’s iconography. His Doctor could be at times funny, charming and insensitive. His farewell to long-time companion Leela was a master class in apparent apathy but his gentle words, ‘I’ll miss you too, savage…’, spoken only after she could no longer hear him, indicated he had his hearts in the right place. 

But for all his humour and heroism, there was another side to the Fourth Doctor, as Steven Moffat - Doctor Who’s Executive Producer and lead writer - recently commented: ‘I was terribly taken with him but slightly frightened of him…  We misremember Tom Baker’s Doctor. He was very funny, very charming but you never knew what the hell was going on behind those terrifying eyes!’

Tom Baker hung up his scarf after seven hugely successful seasons and on 21 March, 1981 the Fourth Doctor regenerated… Away from the world of Doctor Who Tom enjoyed a number of stage successes with roles varying from Long John Silver in Treasure Island, Frank in Educating Rita and Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler. His television work included regular stints on Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Medics and The Silver Chair adaptation from The Chronicles of Narnia (see image below). He also appeared in Douglas Adams’ Hyperland, an episode of Blackadder II and from 2003-2006 he was the narrator voice of the sketch show Little Britain. 

Tom had a cameo playing the Doctor in Dimensions in Time (1993) and went on to delight fans with appearances at conventions, always happy to recount amusing anecdotes based on his time in the TARDIS. In 2013 he returned to Doctor Who in The Day of the Doctor – you can watch the scene now! Tom’s appearance came towards the end of the adventure and for many it proved to be one of the highlights of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

So… What lies ahead for one of the most popular Doctors ever? To quote Tom Baker’s final words in The Day of the Doctor, ‘Who knows, eh? Who knows?’

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Tom Baker at 80

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:04am

Tom Baker, one of the enduring greats of Doctor Who, celebrates his 80th birthday today (20 January) and we salute the man known to millions as ‘the Fourth Doctor’.

All this week we’ll be paying tribute to the man who once revealed, ‘I was never really happy until I became Doctor Who,’ with videos, galleries and more.

Visit Tom Baker at 80 to watch a video in which he discusses the role that made him famous: the Doctor!

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Roger Lloyd-Pack (1944 – 2014)

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:31am

We're sad to report that Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played John Lumic in two episodes of Doctor Who, has died aged 69.

Roger was best known in the UK as Trigger, the dim-witted friend of the Trotters in the BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses. He was also a regular in The Vicar of Dibley and starred in a number of movies, notably playing Barty Crouch Snr in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

But Doctor Who fans will always remember him for his role of John Lumic, the ruthless creator of the ‘new’ Cybermen when they returned to our screens in 2006. He played Lumic in Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, providing a memorably chilling opponent for the Tenth Doctor.

You can read Roger Lloyd-Pack’s obituary at BBC News online.

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Phil Ford On Board

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:04pm

We revealed yesterday that Phil Ford is writing the second episode of the new series of Doctor Who. Although we can’t reveal anything about that adventure just yet, we are able to look back on the other stories he’s written for the Time Lord and his friends…

Back in 2009 he wrote The Waters of Mars with Russell T Davies. This 60-minute special featuring the Tenth Doctor won the 2010 Hugo Award in the category of Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. Around the same time he also wrote the animated adventure, Dreamland, again featuring the Tenth Doctor played by David Tennant. Other familiar figures in the recording booth, lending their vocal talent to the six-parter included Georgia Moffett (Jenny in The Doctor’s Daughter), David Warner (Professor Grisenko in Cold War) and Stuart Milligan (Nixon in The Impossible Astronaut). If you missed Dreamland, you can still watch it now!

Phil Ford was also the lead writer for the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games and wrote City of the Daleks, Blood of the Cybermen, Shadows of the Vashta Nerada and the epic The Gunpowder Plot. You can play any of these games right now, or simply explore the worlds they inhabit in a series of interviews, galleries and fact files.

Phil has also written many stories for The Sarah Jane Adventures, including the brilliant The Curse of Clyde Langer which scooped the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain’s ‘Best Children’s TV Script Award’, 2012. More recently he co-created - and has written many episodes of - the CBBC hit, Wizards Vs Aliens.

His other writing credits include Coronation Street, Torchwood and Captain Scarlet. His latest adventure for Doctor Who will be directed by Ben Wheatley and stars, of course, Peter Capaldi as the Doctor!

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