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River on Song: Ten of Her Finest Moments!

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

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

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?

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!

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!

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

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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