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

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.

For more news and updates, follow the official BBC Doctor Who website and social media accounts:-

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The Doctor vs Davros: 5 Great Moments

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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