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Tackle time and space with Doctor Who and the BBC micro:bit

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:00am

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From Monday 24th April, Doctor Who will be taking over schools across the UK in a special Doctor Who and the micro:bit mission… The Daleks want to destroy the universe with a Reality Bomb and the Doctor needs your help if there's to be any chance of stopping them!

Children up and down the country recently helped the Doctor save Earth from a supernova shock wave in our Doctor Who and the micro:bit Live Lesson, but he now needs our help once again. The Doctor will set three weekly missions that will challenge 11 to 13 year olds to use their courage, inventiveness and Key Stage 3 computing skills to save the universe from this new threat.

The missions will go live on 24th April, 2nd May and 8th May, with teacher resources and lesson plans available in advance. The micro:bit is fun to use both in and out of the classroom - designing code and building gadgets are great ways to build a better understanding of ICT and electronics as well as giving computational thinking skills a boost.

Check out the Make It Digital website to get all the information and teaching resources for Doctor Who and the micro:bit and make sure you're prepared to help the Doctor save the universe!

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The TARDIS has landed on Twitter!

BBC - Doctor Who - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:30am

Series 10 of Doctor Who starts on BBC One at 7.20pm this evening and to celebrate we have a special surprise involving everyone's favourite blue box… The TARDIS can now materialise on Twitter with our brand new hashflag!

For those not in the know, a hashflag is a special emoji that appears in a tweet if you use a specific hashtag. So if you want to make your posts a little more timey-wimey, add the following hashtags and the TARDIS will make an appearance…

#DoctorWho
#TimeForHeroes
#DWS10
#DrWho
#Whovian

The TARDIS hashflag will be available to use throughout the whole of the new series!

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John Simm to return as the Master in Doctor Who

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:45am

John Simm will return as the Master to battle the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.

John Simm says: “I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back. It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what the Master gets up to in the next series. “

Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer, says: "Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who but you'll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what the Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor. It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash."

John Simm was last seen as the Master on New Year’s Day 2010. Viewers will have to wait to see exactly when and how the Master will return to the new series, which starts on Saturday 15 April at 7:20pm on BBC One.

As previously announced, Doctor Who series 10 will also star Michelle Gomez as Missy – a later regeneration of the Master. Other returning foes include the Daleks, the Ice Warriors and – returning for the first time in over 50 years – the Mondasian Cybermen. An exciting line up of new faces and adversaries will debut across the series, including adorable-but-deadly Emojibots and David Suchet as the Landlord.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One with episode one The Pilot at 7:20pm on Saturday 15 April.

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Doctor Mysterio Makes it through to Final of the Hugo Awards!

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:22am

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced and we’re delighted that the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, is represented in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category.

The Return of Doctor Mysterio was Peter Capaldi’s third full Christmas Special as the Doctor, and his second alongside Matt Lucas as Nardole. The episode was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Ed Bazalgette.

The prestigious Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the influential science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. The 2017 Hugo Awards will be presented on Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention.

Good luck to all this year’s finalists!

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Help the Doctor defeat the Daleks in a special BBC Live Lesson

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:00am

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The Doctor needs your help… The Daleks have engineered a supernova of epic proportions that has damaged the TARDIS, and now the devastating shock wave is heading to Earth. Only the combined power of a million micro:bits can save the TARDIS, the Doctor and the world!

On Tuesday 28th March at 11am, you can help the Doctor and join the UK's biggest classroom with our special live and interactive Doctor Who and the micro:bit Live Lesson.

BBC Live Lessons support teachers and bring curriculum content to life. These broadcasts are streamed live from location to classrooms across the UK through the Live Lessons website. Please note the live stream will only be available in the UK.

Using their BBC micro:bit, students will be challenged to help the Doctor defeat the Daleks and save Earth in this epic 50 minute adventure. This lesson is aimed at 11-13 year olds and is devised around computational thinking skills, with guest experts from the fields of web search and computer gaming.

Find out more about the Doctor Who and the micro:bit Live Lesson and get your micro:bits ready… The Doctor needs you!

Here's a short taster of what BBC Live Lessons are all about and another date for the diary is Monday 24th April, as the adventure will continue with lots more great new Doctor Who curriculum linked projects and another mission set by the Doctor… Watch this space (and time)!

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Let’s Talk Trailer!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:05pm

What did the latest trailer tell us about the new series..? What were our fave bits and what questions did it have us asking..?

1. The new series is going to rock. Yep, we’re getting that one out of the way from the get go. It’s packed with humour, action and all the usual Doctor-y goodness we expect from our favourite Time Lord!

2. Bill likes to get involved, ask questions… But will it be a non-stop fun ride? In an earlier trailer we heard the Doctor’s new companion say, ‘I wouldn't miss it for the world, even if it kills me.’ And here we see her having the time of her life, but judging from the shot of her looking all teary, there’s also sadness in store…

3. We already knew the Daleks were back but in a teasery twist we see a female humanoid saying, ‘Exterminate!’ What’s that about?

4. Missy = so fine. We got our first glimpse of Michelle Gomez as Missy in the new series and yes, it was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment but yes, it’s got us amped for the return of the ‘Queen of Evil’!

5. Nardole… We love Matt Lucas’ character and we were over the moon(base) when it was announced he was a big part of the new series. Inevitably, his bits in the trailer brought smiles to our faces…

6. Talking of smiles… Well, sort of. Smilies. Emoticons… It’s a new robot! Bill claims it speaks emoji. Intriguing…

7. And how cool is this new look Ice Warrior? (Pun intended.)

8. We knew the Mondasian Cybermen were returning but every time we see them they get creepier. This latest look at the Doctor’s old foes was a great reminder of just how chilling they can be…

9. The Doctor seems to be having a high old time! This makes us happy. Just does. To quote his words from the trailer: ‘Bring it!’

10. Bill and Nardole’s excellent adventure with the Doctor begins on Saturday, April 15th with ‘The Pilot’, the opening episode of the new series. Cannot. Wait!

What were your fave bits of the trailer and what questions did it have you asking? Join the debate on Twitter using #TimeForHeroes to get involved!

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New Series News!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 7:30am

A new image for Doctor Who series 10 is released, ahead of a 60-second trailer for the series premiering on BBC One tonight (Monday, 13th March) during half-time of the FA Cup quarter final match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The image features Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, with Pearl Mackie as his new companion Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole. Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday 15 April with episode 1, The Pilot.

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Original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who!

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:28pm

The original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who as filming begins on the final block of the forthcoming series…

Filming has begun on the final two episodes of Doctor Who series 10, with this first look image revealing the return of a much-feared classic foe.

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is pictured with the Mondasian Cybermen – the original version of the Doctor’s deadly enemies who hail from the planet Mondas and have not been seen in Doctor Who for over fifty years.

The Mondasian Cybermen - Peter Capaldi’s long-time favourite foe - will return in episodes 11 and 12 of the series, alongside Capaldi as the Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole and Michelle Gomez as Missy. The episodes, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay, are now filming in Cardiff.

The new series of Doctor Who begins on BBC One on Saturday 15 April - watch the latest trailer!

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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Reviewing 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio' in Doctor Who: Podshock 338

Art Trap Productions - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 10:59am

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 338
Running Time: 1:44:33

The 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special, 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio' is reviewed, plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

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338 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 12:10am

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 338
Running time: 1:44:33

The 2016 Christmas Doctor Who special,'The Return of Doctor Mysterio' is reviewed, plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford, and Kyle Jones.

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions.

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Sssssix Cool Facts about the Ice Warriors!

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 6:37am

The Ice Warriors are back in the new season Doctor Who – hurrah! To celebrate their return we’ve pulled together 6 facts about the menacing Martians…

Face Time
The Ice Warriors’ 2017 return is written by Mark Gatiss, who also wrote their comeback adventure, Cold War, back in 2013. In that story Mark was keen to explore the mysteries of the Martians and more than 40 years after they first appeared, the episode featured the first full reveal of an Ice Warrior’s face!

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Above: Bernard Bresslaw becoming the first Ice Warrior!

Carry On Doctor Who!
The first Ice Warrior to feature in Doctor Who was played by Bernard Bresslaw, better known as one of the Carry On gang. Ironically, just before working on The Ice Warriors he’d starred in Carry On Doctor!

The cold never bothered them, anyway…
The Tenth Doctor never faced the Ice Warriors but he was obviously a big fan. In The Waters of Mars he described them as ‘a fine and noble race who built an empire out of snow’.

Above: Neighbour from hell? It's the sinister Sutekh, from Pyramids of Mars.

Mars Attacks!
The Ice Warriors aren’t the only sinister species from the Red Planet… Other aliens from Mars (either natives of the planet or just visiting) include the Flood from The Waters of Mars and the wonderfully named ‘Ambassadors of Death’ who gave the Doctor problems in the adventure of that name in 1971. Finally, although the diabolical Sutekh was actually an Osiran, he travelled to Mars during his attempt to destroy Earth… No wonder the planet is sometimes known as the ‘Bringer of War’.

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Handy Changes
The Ice Warrior that appeared in Cold War had a number of changes from the original design - most notably he had hands instead of clamps. Mark Gatiss recalled seeing the latest versions on set: ‘I was knocked out when I saw the result. Lots of the crew didn’t know they were a famous returning baddie… they just reacted to them as a really cool, scary monster. Perfect!’

Above: Skaldak gets a chilly reception from the crew of the Firebird in Cold War.

Debuts with the Doctor…
The Ice Warriors first appeared in the fifth season of Doctor Who which proved a bumper run for debuts! As well as the mighty Martians, the 67/68 season saw introductions for the sonic screwdriver, Cybermats, the Great Intelligence, Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart (who later became known as the Brigadier) and the terrifying Yeti.

The Ice Warriorssss return in 2017… Find out more about the new sssseries of Doctor Who, now!

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Peter Capaldi announces he will stand down as Doctor Who at the end of the year

BBC - Doctor Who - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 5:24pm

Peter Capaldi first stepped into the TARDIS in 2013, and will leave the iconic role in the 2017 Christmas Special after three incredible series of the BBC's global hit sci-fi drama.

He made the announcement on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 2 show tonight; speaking about the upcoming series this Spring he exclusively revealed the next series of the world's longest running sci-fi show will be his last.

Peter Capaldi said:

"One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic."

Capaldi was unveiled to the nation as the Twelfth Doctor during a special live television event on BBC One. Peter’s Time Lord has been much loved and critically acclaimed, with Series 9 featuring some of the best reviewed performances and episodes of recent series. In particular, his anti-war speech in The Zygon Inversion, and his solo appearance in the one-hander, Heaven Sent, have been widely acclaimed as among the finest performances by anyone in the role of the Doctor. Under his reign the show has expanded globally, he took the series on a World Tour and has drawn record ratings in BBC America, Canada, and Latin America. The highly anticipated 10th series returns to screens on Easter Saturday after a year's break.

Peter Capaldi's final series also marks writer and executive producer Steven Moffat's last so promises to be unmissable event television.

Steven Moffat, writer and executive producer said:

“For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peter’s amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard - Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”

Peter will be joined in Series 10 by new companion Pearl Mackie (Bill), and Matt Lucas (Nardole) with guest appearances to come from David Suchet and Michelle Gomez. He has starred alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald, Alex Kingston as River Song, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, as well as Keeley Hawes, Tom Riley, Frank Skinner, Maisie Williams, Joivan Wade and many more. Peter's Doctor has fought Daleks and Davros, Cybermen, Zygons, new monsters like the Veil and old foes the Time Lords.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said:

"Peter Capaldi will always be a very special Doctor to me; his adventures through time and space started just as I arrived on BBC One. He has been a tremendous Doctor who has brought his own unique wisdom and charisma to the role. But, it's not over yet - I know the next series is going to be spectacular. He's a fine actor who I hope we work with again when he leaves the TARDIS".

Brian Minchin, Executive Producer, said:

"Peter Capaldi is an extraordinary Doctor and has taken the show to amazing places. Although I'm sad he has decided to move on in 2018 I'm delighted that we have one final series with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I know what they're planning and it's going to be incredible."

Capaldi will return in the next series for 12 episodes in April, followed by the Christmas Special when the regeneration will take place.

He replaced Matt Smith as the Twelfth Doctor. He first appeared in Doctor Who in 2008, playing Caecilius in the episode, "The Fires of Pompeii".

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Sir John Hurt: 1940 – 2017

BBC - Doctor Who - Sat, 01/28/2017 - 5:53am

We’re sad to report the death of the legendary Sir John Hurt who so brilliantly played the War Doctor.

Sir John first appeared in Doctor Who at the close of The Name of the Doctor and featured very briefly in The Night of the Doctor. He then starred alongside Matt Smith and David Tennant in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. His portrayal of a battle-weary Time Lord – ‘the Doctor on the day it wasn’t possible to get it right’ – made him an instant favourite with fans of the show who quickly warmed to his charismatic and nuanced approach to the role.

John Hurt was born on 22 January, 1940 in Chesterfield in Derbyshire and in a career spanning over half a century he appeared in more than 120 films as well as many stage and television productions. He will be forever remembered for numerous iconic roles in movies and TV dramas such as Alien, The Elephant Man, The Naked Civil Servant and I, Claudius. And after playing the War Doctor onscreen in 2013 he reprised the part for a number of audio adventures which followed his character’s struggles during the Time War.

On Twitter, Mark Gatiss expressed the feelings of many when he wrote, ‘The crumpled grandeur of John Hurt was always a joy to behold. That voice, those eyes - an almost painful sensitivity. So many wonders. RIP.’

Sir John’s obituary.
A look at the making of The Day of the Doctor, including an interview with Sir John.
John Hurt as the War Doctor.

Sir John Hurt with Steven Moffat (left) and fellow Doctor Who cast members in 2013.

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