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Bookmark and Share Whotopia - Issue 31

7/28/2017 01:03:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Whotopia - Issue 31The latest issue of the fan magazine Whotopia has been released and looks at the legacy of writer and Script Editor Robert Holmes

The Magazine is available in both a free-to-download PDF and can be purchased in hardcopy.

  • POINT / COUNTERPOINT: THE CASE FOR ROBERT HOLMES    Join Michael S. Collins & Jon Arnold as they ponder the works of the late great Robert Holmes
  • ROBERT HOLMES: THE EARLY YEARS  Bob Furnell picks up his biographer's lens and takes a look at Robert Holmes early career
  • COLUMN: WHOLIFE HOLMESLIFE Grant Bull takes a unique look at Holmes' life and works
  • HOLMES WHO REVIEWED Our panel review every story written by Robert Holmes
  • NOVELIZING THE SCRIPT: THE TWO DOCTORS Matthew Kresal focuses on Holmes novelization of his sixth Doctor script
  • COLUMN: TARGET TRAWL Nick Mellish continues his journey reading every single Target novel
  • SICK SOCIETY: HOW THE DYSTOPIAN NARRATIVE INFLUENCED DOCTOR WHO Steve Traves opens the lid on one of the series' most enduring themes
  • COLUMN: THE DOCTOR WHO SCHOLAR: FILE UNDER POLITICS This issue Jeremy discusses how the Doctor's travels have touched upon the cultural events of their time
  • BERNICE SUMMERFIELD UNBOUND Matthew Kresal examines the Big Finish audio boxset
  • WHO YOU BUILD Steve Traves explores more full-scale Doctor Who model making
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES REVIEWED This issue Andrew Screen takes a look at Dark Water/Death In Heaven and Ghost Light
  • THE TENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES Jessica Chaleff takles this new series of audio adventures from Big Finish
  • MASTER WHO PART 4: ERIC ROBERTS Dan Tessier details Eric Roberts version of ‘The Master’
  • COLUMN: THE FANZINE CORNER Bob Furnell returns with a special one-off edition of this popular column
  • THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: RETURN OF THE KROTONS Andrew Screen considers this audio sequel to Holmes' first ever 'Who' script
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE’S EGG Richard Michaels defends three of Holmes' bug-eyed monster creations

Bookmark and Share New Comics Out Today

7/26/2017 05:13:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday 26th July sees Titan release the latest Comic form adventures of the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.

Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colourist: Marko Lesko
Cover A: Simon Myers ​cover B: Photo – Will Brooks Cover C: Arianna Florean​​​

THE BIDDING WAR - PART 1!

​With some knowledge of his past life apparently restored, Jack is determined​ ​to put right his misdeeds as a Time Agent – in particular, stopping his past​ ​self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk from the timeline, using an Eradicator​ ​gun. But... Zloy Volk is very much alive. How?! Even worse, in the process of​ ​stopping his past self from erasing Volk all over again, JACK was seemingly​ ​erased! The Doctor, Rose, and Tara are on the scene...
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​Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #3.7

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito with Iolanda Zanfardino
Colourist: Arianna Florean with Nicola Righi
Cover A: Robert Hack Cover B: Photo By Will Brooks Cover C: Blair Shedd

Vortex Butterflies - Part 2!

After their collective ordeal in Ancient China, the Doctor received a mysterious signal... which turned out to be from his future self!

Though the Tenth Doctor won’t remember the exact details of their meeting, the warning from the future will linger... Having abandoned Gabby and Cindy in London at the house of an old friend, it turns out the Doctor may have left more problems than solutions in his wake – as Gabby’s powers began to manifest on an unprecedented scale!
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Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7

Writer: George Mann
Artist: I.N.J Culbard
Colourist: Triona Farrell
Cover A: Simon Myers Cover B: Photo By Will Brooks Cover C: Rodney Ramos Cover D: ​Iolanda Zanfardino

THE MEMORY FEAST - PART 2!

The TARDIS team came across a huge spaceship... in what was supposed to be completely abandoned space!

Once inside, they found enormous microclimates filled with everything from pterodactyls to burning suns! Of course, the wonder did not last as they were chased by memory parasites – the Thrakes – and the world inside the ship began to disintegrate, just as they came face to face with a mysterious coffin...
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Bookmark and Share Tennant tops "Doctor" eBay listings

7/24/2017 03:34:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

With the recent announcement of a new Doctor, online auction site eBay have taken a look at who is the most popular Doctor in their listings ...

ebay LogoDoctor Who? Tennant leads the way in eBay.co.uk ranking

With Jodie Whittaker announced as the latest Doctor, eBay.co.uk has taken a look at the most popular Doctors of all time and revealed that it’s the tenth Doctor – David Tennant – that takes the ‘sonic sceptre’. With nearly 6,000 current listings for ‘David Tennant’ on site (19th July) the online marketplace has revealed that the feisty Scot tops the ranking, selling more than one related item per hour in the last three months!

In at close second is the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker who graced our screens in the 70’s, selling nearly 2,000 related items in the last three months. With popular items of memorabilia including his trusted multi-coloured scarf and canine pal K9.

In third place is the most recent Doctor, Peter Capaldi, whose dry wit and charm has placed him firmly in the nation’s hearts, and seen him sell nearly a 1,000 related items in the last 90 days– that’s 11 items every day. Another recent addition to the ‘Doctor-hood’, Matt Smith, fell into fourth place with 10 related items sold per day and caped crusader Jon Pertwee followed shortly behind in fifth.

With nearly 190,000 listings for Doctor Who listed on 19th July, and a sonic screwdriver selling on site every hour in the last three months, it’s clear that the nation is geared up to greet the latest rendition, this time a Time Lord with a difference.

Top 10 Doctors:
David Tennant
Tom Baker
Peter Capaldi
Matt Smith
Jon Pertwee
Peter Davison
William Hartnell
Patrick Troughton
Paul McGann
Colin Baker

With thanks to: eBay / LAUNCH

Bookmark and Share Red White and Who - The Story of Doctor Who in America

7/24/2017 09:01:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

ATB Publishing have announced the forthcoming publication of Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America:

Red, White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America (Credit: ATB Publishing)RED WHITE AND WHO
THE STORY OF DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA

Written by Steven Warren Hill & Jennifer Adams Kelly, Nicholas Seidler, and Robert Warnock with Janine Fennick and John Lavalie
Full wraparound cover art by Dani Jones
Published by ATB Publishing on 21st August 2017

“This is genuinely fascinating stuff… a warm, dryly caustic in places, look at the way the show was viewed, received, influenced by and ultimately loved by the American audience... you’ve earned this book.”
– Gary Russell, from his foreword


Every American DOCTOR WHO fan has a story to tell, and fans of the iconic British television show love to tell stories. All of them from the casual to the obsessed, will happily regale others with the tale of how and when they discovered the greatest science fiction media franchise ever. Most early American fans first met the Doctor in the early 1980s, nearly twenty years after the show began in 1963...but the story of Doctor Who in America – a complex and fascinating journey into pop culture – stretches much further back.

In this book, you’ll find the rich history of everything Doctor Who in the USA – from American TV Guide listings of Canadian broadcasts in 1965, through the Dalek movies, the BBC sales attempts, the official debut on American television in 1972, the explosion in popularity among US viewers in 1979, the twentieth anniversary celebration in 1983, the conventions, the merchandise, the clubs, the video releases, the USA Tour, and every imaginable fan activity including cosplay, fan productions, PBS pledge drive volunteering, websites, podcasts, and much more, to the new heights of success, popularity, and participation in the 21st century. It’s an enlightening and entertaining journey for everyone who admires Doctor Who...and not just for American fans, but devotees around the globe.

Think you know everything there was to know about our favorite Time Lord and his history? Get ready to discover a “New New World” in RED WHITE AND WHO: THE STORY OF DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA!

The 6x9 paperback book contains over 600 images across its 700+ full colour pages - a full list of contents and index can be found via the ATB Publishing website.

Bookmark and Share Christmas Details Announced at SDCC

7/23/2017 10:30:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This news item contains official information released by the BBC at the Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic Con. some readers may consider the information spoilers.

Twice Upon a Time: Mark Gatiss, Peter Capaldi, David Bradley (Credit: BBC)


The BBC has announced that Peter Capaldi’s final episode of Doctor Who, to be broadcast this Christmas will be called

Twice Upon a Time


Twice Upon a Time: Pearl Mackie (Credit: BBC) The episode will also feature Pearl Mackie returning as Bill Potts. Viewers will have to wait until Christmas to discover exactly how Bill, who will appear throughout the episode, makes her return.

It was also revealed that Mark Gatiss will co-star in the episode in a guest role, playing a World War One soldier - known so far only as ‘The Captain'

As previously revealed in the closing moments of the 2017 series finale, the special will feature Peter Capaldi’s current Doctor team up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 515

7/22/2017 04:44:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who Magazine 515 (Credit: Panini)The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine takes a look back over the last several years of Doctor Who, as its outgoing head writer Steven Moffat leaves the show with this year's Christmas Special.

With his first contribution to the show in 2004, The Empty Child, did he expect to still be writing for the series some thirteen years later?
No, God, no!. God, no! I also didn’t think I’d do the showrunning job for more than three years, and I’m here after six series. Yes, I’ve been writing Doctor Who stories since 2004. That’s a hell of a long time. When I wrote The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, I wondered if I’d ever write another Doctor Who story. I was very keen to, I really wanted to. I remember asking, ‘Would you have me back next year...?’
What's next for the writer?
I’m looking forward to the idea of not having to automatically say no to everything else! Whether that’s writing jobs, or weekends away. I can write different things. I’m looking forward to that, hugely. But I am so glad it happened. I’d have been miserable if I’d never got to write Doctor Who! It’s been amazing. Of course it’s been amazing.

Also inside this issue:
  • PRODUCTION NOTES Steven Moffat writes his final column for DWM, and his last-ever Doctor Who words!
  • THE TOP 20! A look back at 20 amazing things about the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who – plus tributes from Russell T Davies, Chris Chibnall, Mark Gatiss and many others...
  • THE EMPIRE OF MARK GATISS The concluding part of our all-encompassing interview with actor/writer Mark Gatiss!
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR There’s a brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Bill Potts in Part 1 of a new comic strip story, written by Scott Gray, with art by Staz Johnson.
  • RISE AND FALL Reviews of the 2017 series, and the season finale World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls.
  • TURNED UP TO ELEVEN The Fact of Fiction examines the Eleventh Doctor’s début adventure, 2010’s The Eleventh Hour!
  • REVIEWS The latest DVD and audio releases are put under the microscope.
  • COMING SOON Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
  • PLUS! All the latest official news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions, the DWM crossword, the 2017 Season Survey – and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine issue 515 is on sale from Thursday 27 July.

Bookmark and Share Tributes Paid to Deborah Watling

7/22/2017 10:44:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Tributes have been paid to actress Deborah Watling, who died yesterday after a short illness.

Watling played Victoria in the 1960's, alongside Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines, who was one of the first to comment. Deborah Watling (Credit: Big Finish) Watling was an active member of the convention circuit and much loved by many other stars of Doctor Who. Nicola Bryant tweeted "I am so sad to hear of the passing of the lovely Deborah Watling.We had so many laughs & heart to heart", while Katy Manning added "So deeply saddened to hear that the wonderful funny talented #DeborahWatling has gone on her awfully big adventure ,oneofthe absolute best"

Deborah Watling's sister is the actress Dilys Watling and her brother the former actor, and current Member of Parliament for Clacton, Gyles Watling, who told PA
She was bubbly, vivacious, with a great sense of humour. We grew up together – she was ahead of me in the acting game. She had a great career. We toured together all over the country and shared digs – we had a wonderful life. She passed away peacefully.
In recent years Watling had returned to the character of Victoria for Big Finish audio productions. Senior Producer David Richardson said
Victoria was one of the Doctor’s loveliest companions from one of the show’s greatest seasons, and Debbie was always a joy to work with at Big Finish and so committed to the work. The Doctor Who universe has lost another of its shining stars.
Deborah Watling is survived by her husband Steve.

Bookmark and Share Deborah Watling 1948-2017

7/21/2017 06:53:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

It is with deep sadness we report the death of Deborah Watling, forever known as the Second Doctor's companion Victoria.

Deborah Watling joined Doctor Who in 1967, just over 50 years ago. She remained with the series for just under a year, playing the Victorian orphan taken into the care of the Doctor.

Alongside Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines, Watling would occupy the Tardis throughout what is now viewed as the classic monster era of the show, featuring Cybermen, Daleks, Ice Warriors and, of course, The Yeti.

Deborah Watling was born on 2nd January 1948. She was born into a theatrical family, her father the actor Jack Watling and her mother the actress Patricia Hicks. It was inevitable that she and her siblings would end up on the stage and by the age of ten, she was appearing in the ITV series The Invisible Man, playing the niece of Peter Brady.

In 1965 she played Alice Liddell in the BBC Wednesday play written by Dennis Potter and based on the life of Lewis Carroll. It was this appearance which led her to be cast as Victoria Waterfield in the final story of Season four, The Evil of the Daleks.

It wasn't initially to be a companion role. The producers were hoping to persuade Pauline Collins, who had appeared in the previous story, to stay on. When Collins declined, the role of ongoing companion was offered to Watling and Victoria joined the TARDIS crew.

It is well known that the team of Troughton, Watling, and Hines got on extremely well with Watling often the butt of the boys jokes. Many of her stories have been wiped since transmission, and the return of two to the archive a few years ago, The Enemy of the World and most of The Web of Fear brought her considerable delight.

She left Doctor Who in April 1968, at the end of Fury from the Deep. Small roles in the films That'll Be the Day and Take Me High followed. On TV she appeared in Rising Damp and The Newcomers and in 1979 she played Norma Baker in the ITV series Danger UXB.

She briefly returned to the character of Victoria in 1993, for the Children In Need skit, Dimensions in Time before recreating Victoria in a number of audio plays for Big Finish.

Deborah Watling was diagnosed with lung cancer six weeks ago and died earlier today.

Bookmark and Share BBC Responds to Complaints About Casting

7/19/2017 05:58:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has issued a formal response to complaints about the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor.

Since the news was released on Sunday, the Corporation has received a number of complaints about the casting decision.

As part of its complaints procedure it has now responded.

Since the first Doctor regenerated back in 1966, the concept of the Doctor as a constantly evolving being has been central to the programme. The continual input of fresh ideas and new voices across the cast and the writing and production teams has been key to the longevity of the series.

The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.

As the Controller of BBC Drama has said, Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.

We hope viewers will enjoy what we have in store for the continuation of the story.

Bookmark and Share Chris Chibnall Becomes A Doctor

7/19/2017 04:29:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Incoming Doctor Who Showrunner Chris Chibnall has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Edge Hill University.

The award for, services to Literature, was made on Monday 17th July. In a video released by the University, Chibnall talked about how it felt to receive the award and his aspirations for Doctor Who.

Bookmark and Share Peter Capaldi's Salary Revealed

7/19/2017 11:41:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capaldi was paid between £200,000 and £250,000 for his work on Doctor Who in the previous financial year, according to figures published by the BBC today.

The BBC has been instructed by government to publish the salaries of all on screen staff members who earn more than £150,000 each year, as part of the 2016 charter renewal.

The BBC has 96 staff members who fit into this category with Radio 2 and Top Gear presenter Chris Evans topping the chart with a salary of over 2 million pounds.

The highest paid actor is Derek Thompson from Casualty who earned between £350,000 and £400,000 in the year. The list only includes those working directly for the BBC and not those working on independent productions comissioned by the corporation, such as Sherlock.

The figure just reflects the amount of licence fee money paid to the actor and does not include any money paid by the commercial company BBC Worldwide for any other work undertaken.

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: The Two Brigadiers

7/18/2017 08:24:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Two Brigadiers (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books has announced its third free Lethbridge-Stewart short story of 2017, to accompany the newly released The Daughters of Earth:

The Two Brigadiers:

It’s 2001 and Brigadier Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart is feeling restless, his mind still on his recent adventure with the Doctor and Morgaine. But then there is a knock at the door and a familiar face asks for his help in finding an old friend who has gone missing!

The book has been written by newcomer Jonathan Macho, who was a runner up in the South Wales Short Story Competition of 2015, run by Candy Jar Books. His first encounter with Candy Jar Books came in 2014 at their Summer Book Festival.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen explains:
I was doing a talk on how to write the perfect short story. Jonathan was in the audience, one of those who stood out, with a very obvious interest in Doctor Who. When I saw his submissions for the short story competition, I paid particular note. Indeed, I was the one who put both his stories forward for the final short list. In the event only one was picked as a runner up. There was an interesting humour to his stories, which were technically very good too. So, from that point I knew it was only a matter of time before I asked him to submit an idea to Lethbridge-Stewart.
Jonathan says:
After running-up in the South Wales Short Story Competition, I was just excited to have a publication under my belt. I had no idea it would lead to such an incredible opportunity, until Andy asked if I would like to work on a story for the range. Needless to say, he didn’t have to ask twice!
Andy continues:
I first needed to find out how wide his Who knowledge was, as often a lot of the younger fans are less familiar with the series pre-2005. Fortunatley he was one of those uber fans that knew everything, and so I asked him to pitch an idea set sometime after the 1989 television serial, Battlefield (which takes place in the late 1990s).
Jonathan adds:
The fact that my story is set during one of my favourite eras of Who is the icing on the proverbial cake! Just as I was trying to stay as true to his character as possible, the Brig here is trying to find his feet in a life he was meant to have left behind. Said life just so happens to involve clandestine reunions, strange happenings and infamous monsters of course. Who would want anything else?

The Two Brigadiers also includes an mini-short written by Andy Frankham-Allen called When Times Change..., in which Sir Alistair himself remarks upon the announcement of Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor Who!


The book will be sent out free to everybody who purchases (includes any bundles or subscription featuring...) this month’s release, The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen. This is the second novel in series four, focusing on a subject matter than is still topical. Sarah says:
There are echoes of what’s happening now and how women organise. The intersections of class, race, outsiders versus those within the establishment – how prone they are to infiltration. I wrote the book during the US presidential elections, which kept being a touchstone to how far women have come to be treated as human beings with agency and a reminder as to how quickly reactionary politics can assert itself.

The Daughters of Earth is available to buy individually or as part of a bundle from Candy Jar Books.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Reveal Has Record Viewings

7/18/2017 04:45:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Jodie Whittaker (Credit: BBC)The BBC have revealed that the video announcing Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor received over sixteen million views online

The minute-long specially shot scene debuted on BBC One after the Men’s Wimbledon final on Sunday, where just over 5 million viewers saw it. It was also released on BBC social media channels around the world.

The reveal has been watched 9.8 million times on the BBC One Facebook channel so far, with over 2.5 million views on the Doctor Who Twitter account - making it the most successful tweet of all time for Doctor Who.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says:
To see the overwhelmingly positive response to the news that Jodie Whittaker will star as the Thirteenth Doctor, and know that the reveal has had over sixteen million views online so far, is just phenomenal. It’s exhilarating to see Doctor Who engaging with people on so many different levels and I cannot wait for the audience to see her in action on BBC ONE this Christmas.
The teaser trailer, which debuted on Friday evening before the BBC One 6 O’Clock News, has been watched a further 4.8 million times online.

Jodie Whittaker will make her debut as the Doctor in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, when the current Doctor – played by Peter Capaldi - will regenerate.

Bookmark and Share Trevor Baxter 1932-2017

7/17/2017 09:13:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The actor and playwright Trevor Baxter has died, aged 84.

Graduating from RADA in 1961, Baxter appeared in a variety of shows since his debut in the 1950s, chalking up credits in a number of well-known series such as Adam Adamant Lives!, Z Cars, Thriller, The New Avengers, George and Mildred, Rumpole of the Bailey, and in later years roles such as Lanyon in Jack The Ripper, Gordon Naylor in The Politician's Wife, and Dr Albrigtsen in Maelstrom. On the big screen, he appeared in films including Nutcracker, Parting Shots, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.

However, for Doctor Who fans it is the pairing up with Christopher Benjamin to play Professor George Litefoot alongside Henry Gordon Jago that he will be remembered for. Created for the 1977 fourth Doctor tale The Talons of Weng-Chiang, the partnership proved popular and memorable, and though rumours of a spin-off television series never came to fruition at the time, the duo found new life through Big Finish with their own series of audio adventures. (You can read the Big Finish tribute here).

Louise Jameson played Leela alongside Baxter in The Talons of Weng-Chiang and today paid tribute to the actor.
Unbelievably sad to learn that marvellous TrevorBaxter has left the building.He has been in my life since 1976.Witty and vibrant to the end.
Off-screen, Baxter appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was also an accomplished playwright, with plays such as Edith Grove, The Undertaking, Ripping Them Off and Through A Glass Darkly. In 2003 he adapted Oscar Wilde's A Portrait of Dorian Gray for the stage, and in 2005 Wilde's short story Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.

Trevor Baxter, 18 Nov 1932 - 16 Jul 2017

Bookmark and Share Reaction to a New Doctor

7/17/2017 03:07:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Jodie Whittaker Now the dust has settled on the announcement of the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor, we can access reaction from around the world which has been pouring in.

Sixth Doctor Colin Baker was one of the first to express his delight, tweeting "Well I never the BBC really did do the right thing and let the Doctor be in touch with her feminine side. As a father of daughters - result!".

Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy also congratulated the actress "Congratulations Jodie Whittaker!!!!! One small step for Women, one Giant leap for Womenkind!!"

However the fifth Doctor Peter Davison called for an understanding of those resistant to change. "It might be more helpful to be encouraging, and not simply scornful, of fans who are uncertain about change.!!"

Past companions welcomed the change. Janet Fielding, who played Tegan in the 1980's, tweeting "I was zooming round in the #Tardis the yr #jodiewhittaker was born. Never thought then I'd ever see a female #Dr. V excited. Yipppeeeee" while Louise Jameson who played Leela in .the 1970's added "Congratulations to the brilliantly talented #jodiewhittaker Fabulous that we have a female doctor. Squeeeeeeee" . Katy Manning added "12 actors have given their superb magic touch to creating their Doctors & I feel 13 will be a corker good on you Chris Chibnall"

Alex Kingston, who plays River Song in the series, was being interviewed at a convention when the news was announced, and gave her reaction to the crowd. "Jodie Whittaker? Oh my goodness!. God, I’m always the damn cradlesnatcher!"

Press reaction is also overwhelmingly positive with the Telegraph saying the casting could be a boost for the show which has seen its audience decline in recent years. "Forget naysayers insisting that the 54-year-old show’s hero must be a man. Wave away cynics whining that this is “political correctness gone mad”. The casting of a woman will breathe new life into the sci-fi franchise, which has recently struggled in the ratings. Making Who history is a headline-grabbing way to begin arresting that decline. "

Variety also thinks it's about time a woman took on .the role. "Coming from one of the biggest media franchises on the planet, the news that the new “Doctor Who” is female is huge — and almost completely delightful. the fact that Jodie Whittaker has been named the Thirteenth Doctor is cause for celebration. Not only is Whittaker a fine actor — she was fantastic in “Broadchurch” and “Attack the Block” — her casting sends a message."

Time magazine thought it was about timey wimey we had a female Doctor "For many fans, it’s an exciting change that will make the show even more relatable. However, there will undoubtedly be some complaints from fans who can only envision the Doctor as a white male with a British accent. Just call it a miracle that the Doctor can still regenerate at all. In other words, as the Doctor said way back in the beginning, This is who I am, right here, right now, all right? All that counts is here and now, and this is me!”

Opinion is more split amongst fans with many taking to social media to express their disappointment with what they feel is an overly PC decision. However, the reaction of one young fan to the news, reported here on the Huffington Post, summed up the importance of the casting too many.

Finally, The British Prime Minister Theresa May, the second woman to hold that position, is said to be "pleased" that the next Doctor will be a woman, according to her official spokesman.

Bookmark and Share Jodie Whittaker talks Doctor Who

7/16/2017 07:15:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Introducing Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor (Credit: BBC/Colin Hutton)Following the news that she had been cast as the thirteenth, and first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker has been taking about the role and her feelings on becoming the number one Time Lord


1. What does it feel like to be the Thirteenth Doctor?


It’s very nerve-racking, as it’s been so secret!
2. Why did you want the role?


To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings - what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.
3. Has it been hard to keep the secret?


Yes. Very hard! I’ve told a lot of lies! I’ve embroiled myself in a whole world of lies which is going to come back at me when this is announced!
4. Who was the first person you told when you got the role?


My husband. Because I was allowed to!
5. Did you have a codename and if so what was it?


In my home, and with my agent, it was The Clooney. Because to me and my husband, George is an iconic guy. And we thought, what’s a really famous iconic name? It was just fitting.
6. What does it feel like to be the first woman Doctor?


It feels completely overwhelming; as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.
7. What do you want to tell the fans?


I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.
8. What are you most excited about?


I’m most excited about becoming part of a family I didn’t even know existed. I was born in 1982 - it’s been around longer than me, and it’s a family I couldn’t ever have dreamed I’d be part of.
9. How did Chris sell you the part?


We had a strange chat earlier this year where he tricked me into thinking we were talking about Broadchurch. And I started to quiz him about his new job in Wales, and asked him if I could be a baddie! And he quickly diverted the conversation to suggest I should consider auditioning to be the 13th Clooney. It was the most incredible chat because I asked every question under the sun, and I said I’d take a few weeks to decide whether I was going to audition. He got a phone call within 24 hours. He would’ve got a phone call sooner, but my husband was away and there was a time difference!
10. Did he persuade you?


No. There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.
11. What are you going to wear?


I don’t know yet.
12. Is that your costume in the filmed sequence which introduced you as the new Doctor?


No.
13. Have any of the other Doctors given you advice?


Well they can’t because they haven’t known until now, but I’m certainly expecting a couple of calls - I’ve got a couple of mates in there. I’m mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I’m mates with a trio of Doctors. I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let’s throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I’m hoping I get some calls of advice.

Bookmark and Share Thirteenth Doctor announced!

7/16/2017 04:27:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Introducing Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor (Credit: BBC/Colin Hutton)The BBC have announced the thirteenth official Doctor is to be played by:


Born in 1982, Jodie Auckland Whittaker is an English actress from Yorkshire who has worked in theatre and televison since the mid-2000s. Notable on-screen roles have included Izzy Huett in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Louise Evans in Wired, Peggy Bell in Cranford, Ruth Bowen in Marchlands, Trish Tooley in The Smoke, and Sandy Grimes in The Assets

She is perhaps best known, however, for her portrayal of Beth Latimer alongside former Doctor David Tennant's Alec Hardy in the ITV drama Broadchurch, a series also penned by incoming lead writer and executive producer for Doctor Who, Chris Chibnall.

The actress said:
I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.
Chibnall added:
I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.

Outgoing Doctor Peter Capaldi observed:
Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of BBC Content:
Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker - and have lots of fun too!
Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama, said:
Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.
Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, said:
I'm so thrilled that Jodie Whittaker said yes to playing the Doctor. I've been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her. She is an actor of great emotional range and inhabits every role with complete passion and conviction. Just thinking about what she will bring to the Doctor makes me as excited as a kid at Christmas. It's going to be a lot of fun.

Bookmark and Share Final Australian ratings for The Doctor Falls

7/16/2017 09:05:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Including Australian time-shifted viewers, The Doctor Falls averaged 543,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 83,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 153,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.

Bookmark and Share New Doctor to be Announced Sunday

7/14/2017 06:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has announced that the thirteenth Doctor will be announced on Sunday, directly after the end of the Wimbledon Men's Final.

The Wimbledon final begins at 2pm UK time (9am ET) and could last between 2 and over 5 hours.

Bookmark and Share Retro TV Adds More Classic Serials

7/13/2017 10:30:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


Retro TV, America’s home to the most complete library of classic Doctor Who available on broadcast television, has acquired rights more serials from the classic era to add to its repertoire.

Matthew Golden, Vice President of Programming said
We’ve been proud to offer the nation the biggest source of classic Doctor Who stories available on broadcast TV, and beginning this autumn, we’re introducing even more. These stories, featuring the First, Second, Third and Fourth Doctors are classic tales that showcase the history and quality of this seminal series at its best. Between our current library and the addition of these new episodes, Retro TV will continue bringing the good Doctor, his companions and his adventures in the TARDIS to our viewers for the years to come.

The additional serials include: “The Aztecs,” a First Doctor cautionary historical story of the dangers of changing the past; “Meglos,” featuring a cactus-like doppelganger of the Fourth Doctor; “Spearhead From Space,” the Third Doctor’s debut adventure and the first story of the series to be filmed and presented in color; and a trio of Second Doctor tales: “The Tomb of the Cybermen,” featuring the early incarnations of one of the Doctor’s most fearsome foes; “The Seeds of Death,” an eerie tale of the Second Doctor’s battle with the original inhabitants of Mars, the Ice Warriors; and “The War Games,” the epic 10-part saga that results in the Second Doctor’s regeneration.


Full listings for Doctor Who Broadcasts around the world can be found on This Week in Doctor Who and on twitter.

Bookmark and Share New Editor for Doctor Who Magazine

7/12/2017 01:50:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Marcus Hearn Tom Spilsbury Tom Spilsbury, the long-standing editor of Doctor Who Magazine, is to leave the magazine after ten years at the helm to be replaced by current contributor to the magazine Marcus Hearn

Spilsbury has been editor of the magazine since August 2007, taking over with Issue 387. He will leave the magazine after the publication of the next issue, number 515. He is the longest serving editor of the Magazine, launched in October 1979 as Doctor Who Weekly.

Under Spilsbury's editorship, the Magazine reached a peak of over 35,000 copies, selling more copies than at any time since the mid-eighties. In May 2012, he accepted the Eagle Award for Favourite British Comicbook for the Magazine and in May 2016, he accepted the certificate from the Guinness Book of Records for the longest-running magazine based on a TV series.

Tom Spilsbury talked about his departure.
After 10 years as editor of Doctor Who Magazine, it’s time for a change – both for me, and for the magazine. As the newly regenerated Second Doctor said in The Power of the Daleks, way back in 1966, ‘Life depends on change and renewal’, and I’ve made it a policy to always pay attention to my Doctor. Of course, it’s been a very difficult decision for me, to give up a job that I love so much. DWM has always been a part of my life – virtually my earliest memory of life on this planet was of my Dad buying a copy of issue 1 for me, way back in 1979, when I was just three years old. It was 2003 when I got the job of a lifetime as DWM’s assistant editor, and four years later, I finally got the top job. It’s been simply amazing to have had the honour to be producing the magazine over such a successful and eventful decade in Doctor Who’s history. However, having taken charge of 129 editions, including the 400th and 500th issues, it’s time for someone else to have a go in the driver’s seat. Marcus Hearn is a brilliant editor, and DWM is the greatest magazine in the galaxy. I’m so looking forward to being able to read it each month without already knowing what’s going to be in it! And I truly hope that I’ll still be around in the year 2054 to enjoy issue 1000, even if it’s beamed directly into our heads by then...
The editorship will be taken by Marcus Hearn, a long term contributer, who previously co-edited the title in the 1990s. He has recently been the editor of the DWM Special Editions and the spin-off title The Essential Doctor Who.

Hearn has been writing about popular culture since the early 1990s. He wrote the book celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, The Vault. He is co-author of The Hammer Story, the company's official history and wrote the Sunday Times bestseller Star Wars: Attack of the Clones ­- The Illustrated Companion,

Marcus Hearn said:
This magazine is unique, and it’s a unique honour to be entrusted with it. We’re all grateful to Tom for his unparalleled dedication. I’d like to build on his achievements, and I can’t wait to start working with my colleagues at Panini. A new chapter is about to begin for the television series, and this will be a new chapter for DWM too
Mike Riddell, Managing Director of Panini UK added:
Tom’s contribution to the magazine over the past 14 years has been immense and we will miss his passion and knowledge of the brand which is second to none. Marcus brings a fresh approach to the magazine as well as a wealth of experience in magazine publishing

Bookmark and Share Series 10 - Audience Reaction

7/11/2017 07:00:00 am - Reported by Marcus



Further details are now available on the Audience reaction to Series 10 of Doctor Who.

Once again there was a marked difference between different age groups in the reaction to each episode, with the 16-34 ages group generally enjoying each episode more than older viewers.

The most marked difference was in the reaction to Episode 11, World Enough and Time, where 16-34 years olds gave it an AI score of 89, those between 35-54 scored 85 while those above 55 scored it as 82.

World Enough and Time was the most popular episode with the 16-34 group, while they enjoyed The Lie Of The Land least giving it a score of 81.

The 35-54 age group had a smaller range in values scoring 85 for their top episodes (Thin Ice, Knock Knock, Oxygen, World Enough And Time) and 82 for their least favourite ones (The Pilot, The Pyramid At The End Of The World, The Eaters Of Light).

Meanwhile among the over 55's the range was even smaller with 6 episodes scoring the top score of 82, 3 scoring 81 and 3 scoring 80.

There was also a difference between the sexes with women generally scoring slightly higher than men. The exception was World Enough And Time which scored 85 amongst men and 84 amongst women. This was the men's favourite episode while women scored it equal to Smile, Thin Ice and The Doctor Falls

The men's least favourite episode was The Eaters Of Light while the women liked least Extremis, The Lie Of The Land and The Eaters Of Light.

Over 50% found the episodes all high quailty, and the programme also scored high as being fresh and new. The rating for It was memorable had a sharp peak for the final two episodes.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14

7/10/2017 11:19:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This Wednesday, July 12, sees a brand-new arc from Titan in the continuing comic adventures with the Ninth Doctor.

Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14

Writer: Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 (Credit: Titan)
Artist: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Cover A: Simon Myers ​cover B: Photo – Will Brooks Cover C: Arianna Florean​​​

With some knowledge of his past life apparently restored, Jack is determined​ ​to put right his misdeeds as a Time Agent – in particular, stopping his past​ ​self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk from the timeline, using an Eradicator​ ​gun. But... Zloy Volk is very much alive. How?! Even worse, in the process of​ ​stopping his past self from erasing Volk all over again, JACK was seemingly​ ​erased! The Doctor, Rose, and Tara are on the scene...
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