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

2 hours 56 min ago

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

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


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

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


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New companion reveal as it happened

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:35am

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


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


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

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require(['jquery-1.9', 'third-party'], function($, ThirdParty) { var embed = new ThirdParty({ container : $('#third-party-14619411028406'), url : '' }); }); In an exclusive scene from a future episode, Pearl Mackie was revealed to the Whoniverse as the new Doctor Who companion! You must enable javascript to play content require(['smp'], function(SMP) { new SMP({"container":"#smp-14619411028409","pid":"p03rzc48","playerSettings":{"delayEmbed":true,"externalEmbedUrl":"http:\/\/\/programmes\/p03rzc48\/player"}}); }); Pearl was welcomed to the Whoniverse by past stars of the show and fans around the world.

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require(['jquery-1.9', 'third-party'], function($, ThirdParty) { var embed = new ThirdParty({ container : $('#third-party-14619411028423'), url : '' }); }); We published a blog post with 9 things you need to know about Pearl Mackie.  And Pearl gave her first ever interview as the Doctor's new companion. You must enable javascript to play content require(['smp'], function(SMP) { new SMP({"container":"#smp-14619411028430","pid":"p03s10zt","playerSettings":{"delayEmbed":true,"externalEmbedUrl":"http:\/\/\/programmes\/p03s10zt\/player"}}); });

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

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

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Meet Pearl Mackie - The Doctor’s new companion

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:40pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After airing exclusively on BBC One, the Doctor Who trailer, Friend from the Future, can be seen on BBC iPlayer and on

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


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9 things about new Doctor Who companion Pearl Mackie

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:00pm

We can now officially confirm that Pearl Mackie will play the new Doctor Who companion! We know you’ve all been eager to find out who will accompany the Twelfth Doctor in his next adventures in time and space. Here are nine things you need to know about the new companion…  

1.  She’s never encountered Daleks before… As you can see in this brand new Doctor Who video! You must enable javascript to play content require(['smp'], function(SMP) { new SMP({"container":"#smp-14619411028492","pid":"p03rzc48","playerSettings":{"delayEmbed":true,"externalEmbedUrl":"http:\/\/\/programmes\/p03rzc48\/player"}}); }); 2.  The new companion will be named Bill. 3.  Pearl Mackie is an amazing young talent from Brixton, South London and has most recently performed in the National Theatre's West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

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New Doctor Who companion to be revealed on Saturday 23 April

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:00am

We can officially confirm that the new Doctor Who companion will be revealed exclusively on BBC One Match of the Day Live (MOTD Live) on Saturday 23 April, during half-time of the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United.

The MOTD Live coverage will start on BBC One at 4.50pm with kick-off planned for 5.15pm. We’ll also post news on the new companion as it is revealed, so checkout the website and official Doctor Who Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for more updates. 

Now, the question on everyone’s lips is, Companion Who?

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Crossing fandoms: 6 dream companions

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:00am

Some time has passed since Clara flew off in search of her own adventures, leaving the Doctor to return to the TARDIS alone. But if there is one thing we know - it’s that the Doctor shouldn’t travel alone!

But who has the skills to step into the shoes of Clara Oswald? We’ve crossed the fandom universe to find some characters who might be fit for the job…


"I'm sorry, Doctor, I have no time to explain this logically."

We think Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan First Officer of the Starship Enterprise, would be an interesting foil for the Doctor. Both are alien, both have trouble understanding human emotions, and both are extremely intelligent. Spock is used to boldly going where no man has gone before, so a life of adventure aboard the TARDIS should suit him… but could the passionately driven Doctor cope with Spock’s logical approach?

Hermione Granger

Ron, you clever boy…

One of the brightest witches of her age, we think Hermione Granger may just be the perfect companion for the Doctor. She’s more than capable of handling the effects of time travel, having spent a few terms at school using a Time-Turner in order to study as many subjects as she could. She’s a voracious reader, and has a natural curiosity to learn about anything and everything – we reckon her intelligence would give the Doctor a run for his money. While the Doctor may not be the biggest fan of magic, he won’t have any arguments against Hermione’s bravery, determination and resourcefulness, and we don’t think it would take her long to start campaigning for Ood’s rights as well as House Elves’.



As well as his great strength and stature, Chewie is known for his immense loyalty, having been a faithful companion of Han Solo since the smuggler freed him from slavery. He’s certainly not one to shy away from adventure and could prove helpful around the TARDIS with his skills for piloting and mechanical repairs. And with the TARDIS’ telepathic translation field we might finally know what Chewie is saying!

Doc Brown

"Maybe we'll bump into each other some time again in the future… Or in the past."

Doctor Emmett Brown is no stranger to time travel, which let’s face it, stands you in good stead for life in the TARDIS - although when it comes to time machines, Doc usually goes for something a little sportier. Doc’s grasp of the theories, paradoxes and possibilities of time travel would definitely be a bonus for a companion of the Doctor and we know he’s happy to take a risk every now and then (remember when he cheated Libyan terrorists out of stolen plutonium?). But is the TARDIS big enough for two eccentric doctors?

Willow Rosenberg

Now that you mention it, that is witchcraft. Yes, yes, yes. Witchy witchcraft.

Willow is classic companion material - an ordinary girl thrown into extraordinary circumstances. She’s intelligent, reliable and has excellent computer skills, all good news for the Doctor. During her time in Sunnydale she’s proved herself to be brave and able to cope with all sorts of unexpected events. Okay, so one time she got addicted to magic and went evil… but that could happen to anyone, right?

Dr John Watson

"Oh, hi, we just thought we'd come in and wander around your top secret weapons base."

Some might say John Watson is more than used to dealing with high-functioning sociopaths, so we reckon being the Doctor’s companion (read: carer) wouldn’t be too challenging for him. He’s clever, courageous and very loyal to his friends, with an acerbic wit that would rival the Doctor’s – the TARDIS would be filled with the sounds of snarky conversation! He’s certainly not one to shy away from adventure, having served as a medical officer in the British Army, but the Doctor has never really been comfortable around those with military backgrounds.

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BBC Three announce cast for Doctor Who spin off - Class

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 6:00am

“Time has looked at your faces now. And time never forgets…”

What if your planet was massacred and you were the sole survivor?

What if a legendary figure out of space and time found you a place to hide?

But what if the things that want to kill you have tracked you down?

And worst of all, what if you haven't studied for your A-Levels…?

On the first day of term, BBC Three today announce the stars of the Doctor Who spin-off series Class - exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

To celebrate today's announcements we've created a special video from set - you can Meet the cast of Class in 360°!

Like all sixth formers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow - and possibly the end of existence.

Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who Universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. All the time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.

Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.

Award winning YA writer and Class creator Patrick Ness, says:
“We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show. And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager and Mr Selfridge, just wait until you see her here.”

Steven Moffat, Class and Doctor Who Executive Producer, says:
“There’s nothing more exciting than meeting stars that nobody’s heard of yet. We had the read through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them. Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy - it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”

Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. It is scary, funny, and as painful and sharp as youth. It will also shine a light on a whole new corner of the Whoniverse.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, adds:
“I can’t wait for Class to arrive on BBC Three. BBC Three will always back best young British talent.”

From Writer Patrick Ness, Director Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who), Producer Derek Ritchie, and Executive Producers Patrick Ness, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the BBC Cymru Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide, starts filming today and will premiere on BBC Three this year.

Further casting will be announced in due course.

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Michelle Gomez nominated for BAFTA!

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 5:05am

Michelle Gomez has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the 2016 British Academy Television Awards. This is the first ever BAFTA TV Supporting Actress nomination for Doctor Who.

Michelle has been nominated for her amazing portrayal of Missy and as all you Doctor Who fans know, she thoroughly deserves it. Her reinvention of the Master has captured the hearts of fans and her brilliance as an actress has shone through in her on-screen performances. Any scene with Missy is a scene to remember!

There are too many great Missy moments to show them all, but here is a video montage with some of our favourites…

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The British Academy Television Awards rewards the very best in Television broadcast on British screens during the preceding year. The Awards in 2016 will take place on Sunday 8 May at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Good luck Michelle!

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10 of the Doctor’s best expressions!

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:34am

The Doctor's face may change every now and then, thanks to the enviable power of regeneration - but no matter which face he has – he does some amazing expressions.

Here’s a few of our favourites (in no particular order)…

When the Tenth Doctor did this face when Sally Sparrow told him he’d one day get stuck in 1969… When Nine gave Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen this sarcastic smile…

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Can you guess the Doctor Who episodes told in emojis?

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:55am

Test your Doctor Who knowledge by deciphering these emoji plots and guessing the episode!

If you're stuck, answers are at the bottom of the page…

1. 2. 3. 4.         











  Answers: 1. Face the Raven 2. The Angels take Manhattan 3. Tooth and Claw 4. School Reunion

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How to survive a Weeping Angels attack!

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 7:30am

The Weeping Angels are scary. Really scary. They possess a natural and unique defence mechanism: they’re quantum locked. This means that they can only move when no other living creature is looking at them. These lonely assassins also have the ability to send other beings into the past, feeding on the potential time energy of what would have been the rest of their victims' lives.

But how do you survive a Weeping Angel attack? Well, here’s our guaranteed, foolproof 4-step guide…

1. Don't blink. 2. Don't even blink. 3. Blink and you're dead. 4. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink.

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Good luck.

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Doctor Who Monster Month Celebrations!

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 5:25am

Over the next year we're going to celebrate a different monster every month on Doctor Who. We’ll be looking back at memorable moments, celebrating fan creativity and releasing a range of new monster and villain stuff! 

To kick off the monstrous celebrations, February is our Silurian Monster Month! Check out our new video and find out what the TARDIS has on file about the cold-blooded reptilians...


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Over on the Doctor Who Facebook page, the BBC Worldwide team have looked at the meticulous work that goes on behind the scenes to get the Silurians ready for action and also highlighted some of your brilliant Silurian cosplay submissions!

March is coming up soon so keep your eyes out for our new Monster Month!

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13 Signs You're Obsessed with Doctor Who!

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 9:00am

Doctor Who fans are amazing! Possibly the best fandom IN THE WORLD? There are a number of telltale signs that make an obsessed Whovian stand out, from not blinking when you see a scary statue to naming your pet fish Jim...

Here are 13 signs you're obsessed with Doctor Who! How many are you guilty of?

1.  You feel a little bit disappointed whenever you have to use a 'normal' screwdriver.

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Not your Dalek impression again!

3.  You’re inclined to write YOUR DOCTOR when asked for your Doctor's name on a form.

Well you asked for the name of my doctor...

4.  You can't help but throw out a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey joke every time the clocks go back or forward.

Not much longer to wait to unleash your joke in the UK... Clocks go forward on 27 March!

5.  You can say 'Raxacoricofallapatorius' perfectly without hesitating.

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Don't Tell the Bride... Her dress used to belong to an Auton.

7.  Your formal wear always involves a bow tie! 8.  You think about the Silence every time you see a tally chart.

GIF of the Silence on a TV screen

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Is it 10:40 or do you actually have two shadows?

10.  If you ever walk past a creepy statue you DON'T BLINK!

Until you trip over the pavement because YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE ANGEL!

11.  You just have to impersonate a Cyberman when you hit 'DELETE' on your keyboard!

Unless you use a Mac... Damn you backspace for spoiling my Cyberman fun.

12.  Your pet fish is named Jim... 13.  Your heart skips a beat when you rub the sleep from your eyes every morning!

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Casting Off… Extended interview with Doctor Who’s casting Director, Andy Pryor

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 10:23am

We recently included a brief interview with Doctor Who’s casting director, Andy Pryor, in our iWonder Guide to starring in Doctor Who, which you can see here. It generated a great response and we were asked if there was more to the Q&A, and could we publish it? Well, yes and yes! Here’s the complete interview with Andy talking about the casting process, Maisie Williams, choosing Doctors and much more…

Question: You’ve just received the script for the latest episode of Doctor Who, what’s your initial process in casting any new characters?

Andy Pryor: As soon as I’ve read a new script, I’ll talk the new roles through with the team, Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin and the Producer of that block (and also the Director, if they are on board at that point). Sometimes I’ll immediately have a few ideas (and often so will the team) that we’ll start discussing if it’s a question of casting someone with a little more “profile”. If it’s a bigger role like that I’ll then get a proper list together and check availabilities. We will then sit down with the list and talk it through and see if there’s anybody that we agree on offering.

This process is often very organic and sometimes at the end of that conversation we’ll have arrived at a very different conclusion than the one we started with. If the part doesn’t require a “big name!” then I will get ideas together and start auditions, bringing in a few really strong actors for each part. If the Director and Producer are available, we’ll audition them together and then show the results to Steven and Brian. More often than not, we’ll reach a consensus pretty quickly and then offer the role and start the process of contracting the actor.

Q: Maisie Williams was cast in the role of Ashildr/ Me in Series 9 of Doctor Who – how did that come about?

AP: Steven had talked about the character in general terms for a while before he wrote her, so we’d been mulling over possibilities for some time with a fairly open mind as to type/age etc. Once we had the first script then we started to focus our thinking and one day I wondered about Maisie Williams (having loved her performance and development throughout Game of Thrones). A short while later I was speaking to Brian and completely coincidentally, he had exactly the same thought that day, so we discussed it with Steven and decided to go for it. We were thrilled that worked out and it’s a great example of an idea coming together nicely!

Q: How do you approach casting the main roles in the series – the Doctor and the companion?

AP: As far as The Doctor goes, it’s been different each time. Way back in 2004, when the series came back, it was about finding someone thrilling and unexpected, who had the skill and presence to make the part their own. We’ve retained these principles with each new Doctor, so Chris Eccleston set a really great benchmark for us in Series 1. He was someone who was familiar to a BBC1 audience but in an unpredictable way. Then as David and Russell had worked together on Casanova and as has been well documented before, Russell always said that Casanova was a great audition for the role. Then when Steven took over on the show, it was established and had a momentum of its own, which allowed us to find someone who was brilliant, experienced but not yet overly familiar to the audience. For this particular casting, we weren’t consciously looking for someone younger. A lot was made of Matt’s youth at the time but the simple truth was that he gave the best audition and completely nailed it. Then when it came to number 12, we all agreed that it felt like just the right time for Peter. He came in and read, with me playing Clara and Steven’s cat walking into shot (we did it in Steven’s living room) and that was that. He was our new Doctor.

In casting the companion, it really very much depends on what sort of character Russell and Steven have wanted to write. Generally speaking it’s been a much more involved version of what we do in casting another major guest role – thinking laterally and creatively and usually trying people out with specially written scenes initially and then recalls with the incumbent Doctor. It’s different every time and in some ways the most rewarding of casting jobs, as it’s so crucial, so key to the show, yet there are so many possibilities we can explore.

Q: There are loads of actors out there – how do you keep up-to-date with who’s good, and who might be good for Doctor Who?

AP: Casting Directors spend a great deal of their time dealing with agents and staying up to date with who is new and how careers are developing. We also see a lot of theatre, television and film and stay abreast of as many people, new and established as we reasonably can. We work on many other projects, which has the benefit of meaning we meet a large volume of actors across the year and one job can often feed into another. For instance, I had cast Jenna Coleman in “Dancing on the Edge” for Stephen Poliakoff, in a relatively small part and loved her, so she was in my thoughts when it came to casting Clara.

Q: What’s your advice for anyone looking to get into acting, and what is the success rate like for ‘making it’?

AP: I can’t pretend it’s an easy career. The proportion of actors out of work at any given time vastly outweighs those that are working. Competition is fierce and much depends on luck. Actors face a lot of rejection, more so than most professionals. However, when it works out for you it can be a hugely rewarding career. The best advice I can give is for people to get as much experience as possible (whether that’s at school or college.) Drama school is a great route, as it offers the best opportunity to be showcased to agents and Casting Directors. Actors on the whole do really need an agent in order to hugely increase their chances of getting seen for auditions.

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The Truth is on the Wallpaper…

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 6:10am

We celebrated the return of Mulder and Scully with this picture, made from a photograph taken in Bellefleur, Oregon back in September, 1993. Big thanks to everyone who got in touch to say they loved the image and of course, we’re delighted to offer it as 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.

I want to believe… 16x9 / 4x3

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Steven Moffat stands down and Chris Chibnall to take over

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 7:01pm

BBC announces Steven Moffat’s next series of Doctor Who will be his last and confirms Chris Chibnall as new Head Writer and Executive Producer.

After six incredible series at the helm, the multi-award winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who.

Steven took over the reins on Series 5 in 2010 and during his tenure the show has become a truly global success. He has been responsible for introducing the Eleventh and the Twelfth Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi; as well as two companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and iconic characters and monsters including River Song (Alex Kingston), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and the terrifying Weeping Angels. Plus, the smash hit 50th Anniversary special in 2013 which saw fans around the world celebrate the world’s longest running sci-fi series with the Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt battling the deadly Daleks in a feature length episode. Steven’s final series will air on BBC One in Spring 2017 and there will be a Christmas Special in 2016.

Steven Moffat says : “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”

Like Steven, Chris Chibnall is also a lifelong Doctor Who fan and a multi-award winning writer and executive producer. He has most recently achieved huge success with the triple BAFTA winning hit ITV series Broadchurch. His other credits include BAFTA nominated The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK, Life on Mars and Torchwood. Chris Chibnall’s debut series will launch in 2018.

Chris Chibnall, new Head Writer and Executive Producer : "Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC programme: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world. So it's a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore. Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who's creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult."

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One says : “I want to thank Steven Moffat for everything he has given Doctor Who – I’ve loved working with him, he is an absolute genius and has brought fans all over the world such joy. I will be very sad to see him leave the show but I can’t wait to see what he will deliver in his last ever series next year with a brand new companion. I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in Spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 - I promise it will be worth the wait! I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Chris Chibnall, a wonderfully talented writer who I know will bring something very special to the hit series.”

Polly Hill, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “Like Charlotte I would like to thank Steven for his brilliance, which has made Doctor Who a global hit under his tenure. Chris Chibnall is the perfect successor to take over the reins of this incredible show, so I am delighted that his love for Doctor Who has made it impossible for him to resist! Chris is an incredible writer and his vision and passion for Doctor Who gives it an exciting future and promises to be a real treat for Doctor Who fans across the world.”

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Russell T Davies scoops Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award.

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 11:26am

Doctor Who’s former lead writer and exec producer, Russell T Davies, was presented with the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award’ at the annual Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards last night (18 January, 2016) in London.

Russell was showrunner on Doctor Who for five years, exec produced Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures and more recently has turned his attention to Shakespeare… His new, 90-minute adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be screened later this year. Commenting on his award, he said, ‘For me, this is the greatest of honours, coming from fellow writers, and I’m enormously grateful to the Writers’ Guild – for this, and for the work it does for writers everywhere.’

The award was presented by Paul Abbott (Shameless, State of Play) and recognises Russell’s extraordinary body of work for TV, including Wizards vs Aliens, Queer as Folk, Cucumber, Banana, The Second Coming, Casanova and of course, his Doctor Who related series which began back in 2005 with Rose

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Robert Banks Stewart (1931 - 2016)

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 11:18am

We’re sad to report the death of Robert Banks Stewart, whom many Doctor Who fans will remember fondly as the creator of the Zygons.

Aside from writing two Fourth Doctor adventures – Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom – he co-created the well-remembered Shoestring (1979–80) starring Trevor Eve as a detective on the edge, and created the enormously popular Jersey-based cop show, Bergerac (1981–89). He also scripted episodes of the most iconic series of the 60s and 70s including Danger Man, The Avengers, Callan and The Sweeney and served as a producer on huge hits such as Hannay, The Darling Buds of May and Lovejoy.

But Doctor Who fans will remember Robert for his two fantastic stories from the 70s. The first, Terror of the Zygons, introduced the shapeshifting Zygons, a popular foe who returned in the 50th anniversary special and more recently, in a series 9 two-parter.

His second adventure, The Seeds of Doom, is a cracking six-parter full of wit, energy, terrific dialogue and superb characters. The alien menace of the story – the Krynoids – only made a single television appearance but they remain one of the best-loved monsters from the show’s early years.

Robert Banks Stewart (1931 - 2016)

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Making Who

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 11:34am

In an ambitious, on-going project we’ve created 'Making Who' as a space where you can access videos, interviews, pics and more that show you the reality of television production. Some of the content is brand new and other items are cherry-picked from the best material we’ve released over the past year. We hope it’ll be interesting, helpful and stimulating and we’d love to hear from you about what you think of it and what else you’d like to see added to ‘Making Who’.

Let us know by emailing us at

In the meantime you’ll find videos that provide masterclasses in writing, visual fx, storyboarding, producing, acting and much more. In the weeks ahead we’ll be adding to ‘Making Who’ and hopefully running some live Twitter Q&As where you can engage with programme makers and get even more insider knowledge about how Doctor Who is created and the wider television industry.

Doctor Who has always inspired its audience to become engaged with the creative aspects of story-telling. Many well-known figures, such as Peter Capaldi and David Tennant, were drawn to the industry, in part, because of Doctor Who. We’re hoping to continue that fantastic tradition… Could you be a future Doctor? Or someone who writes his adventures, designs his worlds or produces the magic that is Doctor Who? If you’re nodding your head right now, well, we hope ‘Making Who’ helps you move closer to your goal.

Don’t forget to email us and tell us what you think and what you’d like to see! Contact us at and use the subject header, ‘Making Who’. Thanks!

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