Advent Calendar - Day TwelveBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - Reported by Willy Phantom


Willy Phantom, 12th December 2017





Advent Calendar - Day ElevenBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 December 2017 - Reported by Willy Phantom


Willy Phantom, 11th December 2017





Advent Calendar - Day TenBookmark and Share

Sunday, 10 December 2017 - Reported by Willy Phantom


Willy Phantom, 10th December 2017





New Trailer ReleasedBookmark and Share

Friday, 8 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released a new trailer for this year's Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time

The trailer will be shown on BBC One this evening.

Twice Upon A Time - Doctor Who: Christmas Special 2017 Trailer - BBC One




Twice Upon A Time - New Pictures ReleasedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have released new pictures taken from the upcoming Christmas episode of Doctor Who - Twice Upon A Time.

Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story.

An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning...
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The episode premieres in the UK on Christmas Day at 5.30pm, followed by transmission around the world. Full details here




Twelfth Doctor Year Three #10Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees Titan release a new single issue comic featuring the Twelfth Doctor.

Twelfth Doctor Year Three #10

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Francesco Manna
Cover A: Simon Myers, Rachael Smith Cover B: Photo Cover C: David Carr

All new adventure begins for the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole! Celebrate the most recent TARDIS team in all its glory!
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Twice Upon A Time - Timeslot AnnouncedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Twice Upon A Time - The Doctor Who Christmas Special (Credit: BBC)
The BBC has confirmed that this year's Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time will be broadcast at 5.30pm, Christmas Day on BBC One.

The timeslot follows the pattern of recent years whch sees Doctor Who as the anchor of the BBC's Christmas Evening Entertainment.

Overseas the Episode is expected to be braodcast on BBC America and on SPACE on Christams Day at 9pm and on ABC Australia on 26th December at 7.30pm.




Bid for Lunch with Russell T DaviesBookmark and Share

Monday, 4 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Gaydio, the UK’s LGBT radio station, is offering the chance to have lunch with former Doctor Who Show Runner Russell T Davies.

The oppotunity is being offered in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust #SeeRed appeal for World AIDS Day.

The winner has the chance to meet Davies at a central Manchester Restaurant for lunch. They will get an hour with the screenwriter and television producer whose works also include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, Casanova, and the trilogy Cucumber, Tofu and Banana.

The location for this will be Australasia in Manchester and includes your meal on a mutually agreed date before the end of March 2018 Full details including Terms and Conditions via the auction website.




New Filmic Look for Series ElevenBookmark and Share

Friday, 1 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Steve Schofield)
Broadcast Magazine reports that the upcoming series of Doctor Who is being shot with different cameras to give the series a new filmic look.

Tha magazine reports that the production house Films at 59 has supplied BBC Studios in Cardiff with Cooke anamorphic Prime lenses and Angenieux Optimo anamorphic zooms that will be used with Arri Alexa XT and Alex Mini cameras. The intention is to bring an increased cinematic look to the show which went into production at the end of October.

Films at 59 hire client manager Dave Wride told Broadcast
The BBC have made a monumental leap here to enhance the look of Doctor Who and I’m sure the fans will not be disappointed with the distinctly cinematic results that this lens and camera combo will afford them.
The lens change is one of a number of changes being made by the new production team led by Executive Producers Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens, in what is expected to be a major reboot for the series. Earlier this month The Mirror reported that Composer Murray Gold is also to leave after this year's Christmas Special, but this has not been confirmed by the BBC.

One person definitly departing is Edward Russell, who has been Brand Manager on Doctor Who since it returned in 2005. Russell announced his departure on twitter
I’ve been planning my departure since the summer & agreed to stay on to see out Peter Capaldi’s era. I’ll be here until the end of the year. The role ends with my departure but I’m sure the work will continue. What an amazing 12 years!
The last episode produced by the incumbent Production team is this year Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time which will see Peter Capaldi regenerate into thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker.




Peter Capaldi Book Cover for AuctionBookmark and Share

Friday, 1 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Metamorphosis - Cover by Peter Capaldi (Credit: House of Illustration)
Peter Capaldi has designed a new, original jacket for a first edition of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka to raise money for House of Illustration – the world’s only public gallery solely dedicated to illustration and graphic arts.

The auction, at Sotheby’s London, on 11 December 2017 - 12 December 2017, will offer a collection of 33 first editions of classic books, each with an original dust-jacket, created and donated by leading artists and designers to benefit House of Illustration.

Each artist selected a book they felt a strong connection to and then created a new dust-jacket or artwork in response to it. The re-worked classics include Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers and George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Peter Capaldi chose to illustrate The Metamorphosis, the novella written by Franz Kafka which was first published in 1915.
I chose to illustrate the cover of The Metamorphosis because I find the story so powerful, the imagery unforgettable, and the sadness at its heart completely human
The book is expected to raise up to £2000 for the charity which works with schools across London on projects with young people to inspire creativity and enable them to communicate visually, overcoming barriers such as language, literacy levels and special educational needs.

Ahead of the sale, all works will be on display at Sotheby’s London (34-35 New Bond Street) from 8-11 December 2017. In total, thirty-one artists have donated to the sale.

For more information visit Sothebys Website.




Radio TimesBookmark and Share

Friday, 1 December 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times (9-15 December 2017) (Credit: Radio Times)This year's annual Doctor Who cover for the Radio Times appears on the issue covering 9th-15th December, and features an image of Peter Capaldi in an 'exclusive souvenir issue'.

Inside the magazine there is a six page feature on the show, including interviews with the show's outgoing lead writer Steven Moffat, alternative first Doctor David Bradley, plus an item on Radio Times coverage of the twelfth Doctor's era over the last few years.

Speaking about the arrival of the new Doctor in the form of Jodie Whitaker, Moffat explained why casting a woman hadn't occured when he first took over, even though he had previously introduced a female Doctor in the form of Joanna Lumley in The Curse of Fatal Death:
If we’d replaced David Tennant with a woman it wouldn’t have worked. It was too early. We could have replaced Matt Smith with a woman, given that his Doctor was more sexless and less of a lad, but then I got obsessed with seeing Peter in the Tardis.
Bradley thinks she is a good casting choice:
When I heard it was Jodie I thought, "Well, that's perfect" - because she's got the range and she's funny. They just need to keep that sense of fun and not forget the comic energy.

You can read the full interviews in the Radio Times, on general release in the United Kingdom tomorrow, 2nd December.

The 'legendary' Christmas edition of the Radio Times (23rd December - 5th January) will of course feature Twice Upon A Time, and will be on sale from Saturday 9th December in London and the South East, and nationwide by Tuesday 12th December.





Massive Demand for Doctor Who Preview TicketsBookmark and Share

Friday, 1 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Twice Upon a Time: Mark Gatiss, Peter Capaldi, David Bradley (Credit: BBC)BBC North's free screenings this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time, have received a huge request for tickets, with almost 35,000 entries in the ballot.

Exclusive previews will be shown in eight towns and cities in northern England.

Kicking off in Hartlepool on December 14, the Christmas tour will visit York, Hull, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Salford and Durham, before finishing in Bradford on December 22.

Ticket holders will be able to pose on the BBC red carpet alongside props from the shows, including Daleks and the TARDIS.

David Bradley said:
It’s really exciting that Doctor Who fans in the north of England have the opportunity to see the Christmas special first. I really enjoyed playing the First Doctor and as I’m from Yorkshire, it’s extra special to me that the screenings are taking place in the north.
The ballot to apply for tickets to these exclusive previews closes this Sunday, 3 December. TTo apply visit the BBC Shows and Tours website. Tickets will be allocated via a random draw with 45% going to local postcodes, 45% going to the surrounding county and 10% to the rest of the UK.

The Doctor Who Screenings will be as follows
  • Thursday 14 December - Hartlepool Town Hall - 7pm
  • Friday 15 December - The Guild Hall, York – 7pm
  • Saturday 16 December - Jubilee Church, Hull - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Sunday 17 December = St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Monday 18 December - The Middlesbrough Empire - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 December - Dock 10, MediaCityUK, Salford – 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 December - Durham School - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Friday 22 December - Old Odeon, Bradford - 7pm & 8.30pm
Please note the last few moments of the episode will be kept as a surprise until the BBC One broadcast on Christmas Day.




Twice Upon A Time cinema outing for DenmarkBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 November 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Twice Upon A Time in Danish cinemas (Credit: BBC Worldwide/Kino)Denmark is the latest country to be added to the list of those showing this year's Christmas Special on the big screen, with the ticket sales site Kino now listing details about the presentation:

Dette års Doctor Who Christmas Special-afsnit bliver et fler-Doktor-eventyr med the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) og den allerførste Doctor (David Bradley).

I afsnittet, som hedder “Twice Upon A Time”, medvirker også Pearl Mackie som følgesvenden Bill Potts og Mark Gatiss som en soldat fra Første Verdenskrig - indtil videre kun kendt som ‘The Captain’. Som tidligere omtalt bliver dette Peter Capaldis farvel til serien.

Udover selve det særlige Christmas Special-afsnit vil der være en overraskelse på lærredet, som er guf for alle Whovians.

The presentations take place in the usual CinemaxX København, CinemaxX Aarhus and CinemaxX Odense on 26th December (4pm), 27th December (6:30pm) and 31st December (midday). Full details on how to book can be found via their website.


Denmark cinema have played host to the last few Christmas adventures with the Doctor, as well as the current Doctor's debut and a 3D outing for his first series finale!




Dr Men Vinyl FiguresBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
RP2 Global have announced a set of vinyl figures to tie into the four books published by Puffin Books based on Roger Hargreaves colourful characters:

Dr Men (Credit: RP2 Global)

Dr Men are about to enter the 3rd dimension with these unique figurines from RP2 Global. Dr First, Dr Fourth, Dr Eleventh and Dr Twelfth will be on sale in Amazon, Smyth’s Toys Superstores and Forbidden Planet from 6th December.

The 11cm tall colourful vinyl figures are inspired by the collaboration between BBC Worldwide and Sanrio for its Mr Men/ Dr Who mash-up.

The figurine collection mirrors the 4 Puffin books Dr First, Dr Fourth, Dr Eleventh and Dr Twelfth released in Spring 2017 and published by Penguin Random House. The books are inspired by Doctor Who and reimagined in the style of Roger Hargreaves, best known for the Mr. Men books.