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9 outrageously awesome Doctor Who facts!

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:30am

In the extremely unlikely event that you needed to be reminded of how amazing Doctor Who is, both on and off screen, we’ve compiled a list of nine awesome Doctor Who facts to keep you tied over until the next series!

Ticket to ride the TARDIS

In the season 2 story The Chase, Vicki and the Doctor use the Time/Space Visualiser to tune into the Beatles playing ‘Ticket To Ride’ on Top of the Pops in 1965. The original video of that performance has since been lost, so the only remaining footage is the one that features on Doctor Who!

Life in the Whoniverse

Georgia Moffett and husband David Tennant’s children were destined for a life of time travel, with both their dad and their granddad (Peter Davison) having previously assumed the role of the Doctor!

Verity Lambert

She was, of course, the first producer to work on Doctor Who, but did you know that she was also the first ever female television producer to be employed by the BBC!

15 year old Peter Capaldi loved Doctor Who!

In 1974, a Glasgow-based Capaldi penned the Radio Times to congratulate them on an ‘excellent’ feature they published on Doctor Who. 40 years later, he himself made the Doctor excellent!

Safety in Transit

You might already know that ‘Torchwood’ is an anagram of ‘Doctor Who’ but did you know why? Back when the series was first produced the production team wanted to keep the tapes nice and safe during transit, so they switched around the letters a little bit and it later became an obvious title choice for a spin-off series!

Location Repetition

The Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay has featured in a number of Doctor Who episodes, from posing as a feline-friendly hospital in New Earth to being the perfect location for the Master to give his Prime Minister’s speech. Whatever it’s being used for, it’s definitely the perfect place to stop and recharge your sonic screwdriver!

Asteroid 3325

A small, dark asteroid, lovingly named Asteroid 3325, was discovered on the outer region of the asteroid belt in 1984 and was later given the name 3325 TARDIS for its... well, connections to time and relative dimensions in space!

But that's not the only Who-named hunk of space rock out there. Lalla Ward, who played the second Romana, has the special honour of having Asteroid 8347 named after her!

President Kennedy

The 35th President of the United States was shot the day before the first ever episode of Doctor Who was aired in November 1963. Because of this, it had to be repeated on the following Saturday before the screening of the second episode.

Famous faces

There have been many recognisable guest appearances over the years, from bands and musicians to scientists and comedians. Some of them include: Davina McCall, Sharon Osborne, McFly, Simon Pegg, Barbara Windsor, Anne Robinson, Maisie Williams and The Streets’ Mike Skinner.

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8 Great Rory Moments

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 6:00am

Rory Williams, he’s a swell guy, don’t you think? We love Mr Pond here at Doctor Who HQ, so as it’s Arthur Darvill’s birthday, we thought we’d commemorate it with a look back at eight great Rory moments!

So, here we go…!

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He’s a smart one, that Rory!

That time he punched Hitler in the face

https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/636806634073915392

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KO!

When he cut off his ponytail in Amy’s Choice

OK, we know it was technically a dream ponytail and therefore not real, but still – he sacrificed those luscious locks for the woman he loved! A grand gesture, indeed!

When he guarded Amy in the Pandorica for 2000 years

Rory Williams: making all other boyfriends/girlfriends/partners look bad since 102 AD.

When he failed to be cool when meeting his baby daughter for the first time

Crying Roman with a baby, definitely cool.

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A Crowning Moment of Awesome.

That time he died twice in the same building on the same night

And created a paradox that wiped out the Weeping Angels in Manhattan. Who else could do that?

And all those times that he died and then came back to life, which happened at least, like, 5 times

Except when it didn’t… :(

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What we know about Nardole

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 3:45am

We’re delighted to announce that BAFTA Award winner Matt Lucas is returning to Doctor Who for series 10. Matt will reprise his role as the hapless Nardole, who first appeared in the 2015 Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song.

We met Nardole in the year 5343 in the human colony, Mendorax Dellora. He was employed by River Song (“Doctor Song to you. Sometimes Professor, but mainly Doctor”) but didn’t appear to be all that capable. When he was sent to meet the surgeon contracted to remove King Hydroflax’s head, he instead returned with the Doctor… close enough!

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Having survived the crash of the Harmony and Redemption on Darillium, Nardole and Ramone were working at the restaurant by the Singing Towers – well, Ramone was working, Nardole was enjoying some ‘me time’ – a prospect that he and River agreed was quite a challenge.

But hang on… last time we saw Nardole, he’d been ‘uploaded’ to King Hydroflax’s robotic body and was sharing it with Ramone! So how will the Doctor and Nardole meet again? We’ll just have to wait and see!

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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:-

Twitter @bbcdoctorwho

Instagram @bbcdoctorwho

Facebook facebook.com/DoctorWho

 

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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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Send us your questions for The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz!

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 6:30am

UPDATE! PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS HAS NOW CLOSED!

But you can play The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: Part 1 - Modern Who and The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz: Part 2 - Classic Who NOW!

 

Do you consider yourself a super fan of the genius from Gallifrey? Are you an expert of inter-galactic time travel? Whether you’re an old-school Hartnell supporter or a hardcore Whouffaldi shipper, we want to know what you think should be Who-wide trivia.

We call on you, our dedicated fans to relive over 50 years of Doctor Who heritage by emailing us your questions (details below). Remind us of long forgotten monsters like Axons, Wirrn and the Zarbi as well as the show’s actors, locations and anything else you can think of. With your collective knowledge we will test young and old with a quiz that every Whovian should take.

We are looking for one question per entrant and as the quiz is multiple choice, you will need to provide one right answer and two wrong answers. We will be picking a selection of your questions so they can be as easy or as hard as you want, just try to think originally and creatively. 

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1 June, at 23:59 and the chosen questions will be released in The Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Quiz on Thursday 2 June, so keep an eye out on the official website and Twitter account.

Email your submissions to thedoctor@bbc.co.uk with the following details:

• Your first name

• Your age (no age limit, but if you’re under 16 please check with a parent or guardian before emailing)

• Where you’re from (nearest town or city)

• Make sure the subject of your email reads ‘Fan Quiz’

• Your question, followed by 3 multiple choice answers (1 right, 2 wrong, and please specify which answer is the right one!)

• There is no limit on question length, but answers shouldn’t be longer than 45 characters (including spaces)

Good luck and get thinking!

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Doctor Who former Senior Camera Operator Alec Wheal passes away

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 6:21am

Alec with colleagues, 3rd from right.

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of former Senior Camera Operator, Alec Wheal. Alec worked on the majority of Doctor Who stories between Destiny of the Daleks and the Greatest Show in the Galaxy. He was regarded by many as an unsung hero of the show and he remained a fan of Doctor Who until the end.

Alec was a highly skilled camera operator who adapted to the ever changing needs of the TV studio environment and was much loved by the Doctors and companions who worked with him.

Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison said "As the senior Cameraman, Alec Wheal was the rock of the studio recordings of Doctor Who, both during my time, and throughout the seventies and eighties. We developed an understanding, so that in those moments of panic as the clock ticked round to ten pm the end result was always as good as it was”.

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9 life lessons from Doctor Who

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:30am

The Doctor, being an immortal Time Lord and all, has been around the block probably more times than he can count. For over 2000 years, he’s been navigating his way through all sorts of situations, from the mundane to the fantastical to the, well, slightly ridiculous. So it’s not surprising that he’s picked up a few valuable life lessons along his many and varied travels.

Here are 9 noble rules to live your life by, according to the Doctor (and one from Rose!):

Lesson 1: Run like hell, because you always need to. Lesson 2: Laugh at everything because it’s always funny. Lesson 3: Never be cruel and never be cowardly. And if you ever are, always make amends.

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/732996067273375744

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/717791218000912385?lang=en

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5 Doctor Who vs Star Wars fan mash-ups

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:30am

May 4th is Star Wars Day and to help celebrate, we've scoured the cosmos for a selection of amazing fan made Doctor Who and Star Wars mash-ups. 

From one sci-fi fandom to another, may the force be with Who...   

'Star Wars Doctor Who Crossover' by Star Wars Fan 864

Star Wars Doctor Who Crossover

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Doctor Who Wars: The TARDIS Awakens Trailer

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Lightsaber spoon

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DOCTOR WHO ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Style Teaser Trailer

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Doctor Who Star Wars Crossover: Dalek and Cyberman

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

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 8:00am

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...

THANK YOU! 

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.

https://twitter.com/Hello_ItsRose_/status/723231129092927489

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https://twitter.com/TomintheTARDIX/status/723181704970686464

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/723595220793741312

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https://twitter.com/Grumblenook/status/723910979705311233

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https://twitter.com/RadioTimes/status/723933848992636928

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/723798562589540352

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/723843875379527680

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https://twitter.com/karengillan/status/724072836525121536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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https://twitter.com/FreemaOfficial/status/724233417966125056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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https://twitter.com/gokce_canbaz/status/723925696221995008

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https://twitter.com/Pearlie_mack/status/723956929685536768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

require(['jquery-1.9', 'third-party'], function($, ThirdParty) { var embed = new ThirdParty({ container : $('#third-party-14673663047673'), url : 'https://twitter.com/Pearlie_mack/status/723956929685536768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw' }); }); 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-14673663047683","pid":"p03s10zt","playerSettings":{"delayEmbed":true,"externalEmbedUrl":"http:\/\/www.bbc.co.uk\/programmes\/p03s10zt\/player"}}); });

https://twitter.com/Fiona_Lila/status/724588496556568580

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https://twitter.com/emilyjeanroche/status/724289256622034945

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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 bbc.co.uk/doctorwho.

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-14673663047773","pid":"p03rzc48","playerSettings":{"delayEmbed":true,"externalEmbedUrl":"http:\/\/www.bbc.co.uk\/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.

https://twitter.com/curiousonstage/status/718141332145836032

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/693011232853463040?lang=en

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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…

Spock

"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’.

Chewbacca

"RWGWGWARAHHHHWWRGGWRWRW!"

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…

https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/712763055223017474

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/712792349340999680

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/712778336368463872

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/712769721838473216

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/637165248819163136

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/712947061612740610

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https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/712784900819124226

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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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