Steven Moffat to receive honorary doctorateBookmark and Share

Sunday, 3 July 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Steven MoffatDoctor Who's lead writer Steven Moffat is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said:
Steven is quite simply one of the country’s greatest screenwriters and through his work on both the small and big screen he has brought joy to millions of viewers worldwide.

He is a further example of success from our wonderful town of Paisley in a long line of truly successful people brought up in the town.

Steven is great role model for anyone, not just our students, and demonstrates that your path in life will be determined by your own passion for the things you believe in and that anyone can have success if they work hard.

Steven is a hugely deserving recipient of this Honorary Doctorate and we are delighted to honour him in his home town.

The graduation ceremony takes place at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church in Moffat's home town of Paisley on Tuesday 5th July. The writer said:
It's always a joy to go home - but to go back to Paisley to receive a doctorate feels like I finally made it. I feel very honoured, and more importantly very happy.

News source: The Paisley Gazette




Peter Capaldi nominated in TV Choice AwardsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 2 July 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
TV Choice Awards 2016 (Credit: TV Choice)The nominations for this year's TV Choice Awards have been announced, and sees Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi nominated for Best Actor. He faces Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager), Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) and Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) for the award, which will be announced at the ceremony taking place at the Dorchester on Park Lane, London, on Monday 5th September.

Doctor Who itself is nominated for Best Family Drama, alongside Call The Midwife, Casualty and The Durrells, an award it won four years running between 2010 and 2013. The show also received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2013 for its 50th Anniversary.

Voting for the awards can be made via the TV Choice website until 8th July.





Doctor Who earns LIMA award for Hot TopicBookmark and Share

Sunday, 26 June 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Hot Topic: TARDIS Dress (Credit: Hot Topic)The latest International Licensing Awards have been held by the International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association, and American clothing/accessories store Hot Topic have won the Licensed Program: Retailer Award for their licensing programme for Doctor Who products, an award they previously won in 2014.

The company has produced a number of products within their license based on Doctor Who, including related coats and dresses, jogger bottoms, tee-shirts, and other apparel such as rings and necklaces. In late December they launched a new limited edition fashion collection of nine items which featured icons from the show, including the TARDIS, sonic screwdriver and Weeping Angels.






Peter Capaldi/Heaven Sent in ballot for an EmmyBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
68th Emmys Awards (Credit: Television Academy)The first round of ballots have been issued for this year's Television Academy's renowned Emmys Awards, and for the first time in its 53 year history Doctor Who has been represented as Peter Capaldi has been listed within the Best Drama Actor category for his performance as the Doctor!

There are some 109 names listed in the ballot for this award, including Hugh Bonneville who has been nominated twice before for Downton Abbey; other well-known personalities include Timothy Dalton, Tom Ellis, Michael Sheen, Damian Lewis, David Duchovny and Scott Bakula. The full list can be found on the Emmys website.

Gold Derby, Hollywood's award site, places the odds on Capaldi being nominated at 14/1.

Earlier this year Capaldi's performance was also acknowledged with a Hugo Award nomination for Heaven Sent, and the episode itself has also been entered into the ballot for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series, up against some 247 other drama productions - the full list is here. The episode's director, Rachel Tallalay said via her Tumblr account: "This is the first year DW is eligible of Emmy’s due to a change in the way it is financed."


Registered members of the Television Academy are able to cast their ballots over which entries will go through to the formal nominations on 14th July, with the Emmys ceremony itself taking place on 18th September at 5pm (Pacific Time) on ABC.





Dame Harriet Jones MPBookmark and Share

Saturday, 11 June 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Penelope WiltonActress Penelope Wilton has been created a Dame in the 2016 Queen's Birthday honours list.

Wilton played Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North, and sometime Prime Minister, in four episodes of Doctor Who. She is best known for playing Isobel Crawley in the ITV period drama, Downton Abbey and for playing Ann Bryce in the 1980's situation comedy Ever Decreasing Circles.

Wilton has had a long career on the stage and screen receiving six Olivier Award nominations for West End appearances. Her film roles include parts in The French Lieutenant's Woman, Cry Freedom, Iris, Calendar Girls, Shaun of the Dead, Pride and Prejudice, Woody Allen's Match Point and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Wilton is made a Dame Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire in the honours list, which is published today to mark the official 90th birthday of the monarch.

The citation reads
Penelope Wilton is one of Britain’s most popular and sought-after actresses, whose career has spanned acclaimed performances on stage, screen and television. A household name for her comedic performances starting with 1980s sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles, she has subsequently starred in a diverse range of roles in works including Five Days, Half Broken Things and The Passion for television and Calendar Girls and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on film. Her celebrated stage work is varied and she has won numerous awards including Critics Circle Awards for Much Ado About Nothing (1981) and The Deep Blue Sea (1993); an Evening Standard Theatre Award for The Chalk Garden (2008); and a Best Actress Olivier for Taken at Midnight (2015)
Also honoured is actor Brian Blessed who is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the Arts and charity, and Janet Ellis who is made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to charity and broadcasting.

The awards are made by Queen Elizabeth on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.




Bonnie Langford Wins Best Newcomer AwardBookmark and Share

Monday, 30 May 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Bonnie Langford (Credit: 2016 Soap Awards)
Bonnie Langford has been named as Best Newcomer in the 2016 British Soap Awards.

Langford has been playing Carmel Kazemi in the BBC continuing drama EastEnders since May 2015. Although she has been performing for over 45 years, this was her first role in a soap opera, making her elgible for the newcomer award.

Bonnie Langford is best known to Doctor Who fans for playing Melanie Bush alongside the Sixth and Seventh Doctors in 20 episodes of Doctor Who in the 1980's, as well as reprising the role for Big Finish.




Doctor Who Magazine - 500th EditionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 May 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Credit: BBC WorldwideDoctor Who Magazine has celebrated reaching its 500th edition, launching the special edition at an event in London.

The long-running Magazine was presented with the Guinness World Record as the world's Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series, a record it has held since 2010.

The milestone was marked by the editorial team, past and present, who were joined by stars from the series as well as current showrunner Steven Moffat.

The magazine began life as Doctor Who Weekly in October 1979, before becoming a monthly publication the following year. Contributors have included Doctor Who’s head writers Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies, and the title has interviewed every Doctor and companion to appear in the TV series over the years.

Current Doctor Peter Capaldi paid tribute to the long running title.
When I was growing up, the same publications would print the same pictures over and over again. But then suddenly Doctor Who Magazine will produce something from the 60s that you’ve never seen. To me, that’s magic

The magazine caters to a whole range of ages and interests, and so many of your readers are so creative. It’s one of the things I love about Doctor Who, that it stimulates creativity in people. They may go off and become writers, or actors, or artists – and the magazine is part of that. As an examination of the nature of television production, it gives people a clear idea about the processes involved, both now and historically. You have very clever, very detailed articles for those who are of a scholarly bent… But also Doctor Who Magazine has a great artistic flavour to it. It’s about endeavour
Highlights of issue 500 include:
  • A message to DWM readers from the Doctor’s new companion, actress Pearl Mackie.
  • A letter from the Doctor himself!
  • Fourth Doctor Tom Baker recalls the launch of DWM nearly 37 years ago in the first part of his self-proclaimed ‘last ever interview’.
  • Peter Capaldi takes part in an exclusive photoshoot, recreating the cover for the very first issue, and explains how Doctor Who Magazine helped inform his portrayal of the Doctor.
  • In an extensive interview, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat talks candidly about why he’s decided that the next series will be his last, and reveals some details about the Doctor’s new companion.
  • Writer Jonathan Morris takes a look back at how DWM has changed from its first issue, noting all the highs and lows along the way.
  • A very special 20-page celebratory comic strip featuring the return of Maxwell Edison: The Stockbridge Showdown by Scott Gray, drawn by a host of guest artists including Dave Gibbons, John Ridgway, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Adrian Salmon, John Ross, Martin Geraghty, David A Roach and Mike Collins.
  • Back in 2001, four years before Doctor Who returned to TV, Mark Gatiss, Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman pitched their own version of the series to the BBC. For the first time, find out details of exactly what was planned, and see what graphic designer Bernard Lodge – creator of the iconic Doctor Who title sequences of the 1960s and 70s – would do with the show’s titles today.
  • Peter Capaldi answers questions once put to the First Doctor, William Hartnell in a special ‘joint interview’!
  • Gain a fascinating new insight into The Day of the Doctor, voted DWM readers’ all-time favourite Doctor Who story, in The Fact of Fiction.
  • Full-page strips from the strange minds of Tim Quinn & Dicky Howett and Lew Stringer.
  • A countdown of the Top 20 moments from the history of DWM’s comic strip.
  • Behind the scenes of the Doctor Who mobile game Legacy – now featuring DWM characters Abslom Daak, Shayde and Frobisher!
  • Author Jacqueline Rayner gets nostalgic in her regular column Relative Dimensions.
  • Competitions to win HUGE prizes including hundreds of pounds’ worth of DVDs, Blu-rays, and audios, and a visit to see a Doctor Who audio drama being recorded!
PLUS
  • A BONUS 116-PAGE MAGAZINE looking back at the history of DWM, featuring every single cover, an introduction by Russell T Davies and commentary from the many editors who have steered the magazine over the years.
  • The first in a series of collectable art cards, inspired by The Iron Legion, DWM’s first-ever comic strip.
  • A massive double-sided poster featuring alternative versions of DWM 500’s cover.
Plus a sticker sheet, a prize-winning quiz, News, Reviews, Coming Soon and the Watcher.

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Win Missy!Bookmark and Share

Monday, 9 May 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Missy Purple Missy Black
The annual BAFTA Television Awards took place last night, which saw actress Michelle Gomez nominated for Supporting Actress for her role as Missy in Doctor Who; unfortunately she lost out to Chanel Crosswell, who had been nominated for This is England '90.

However, even though Missy didn't win, you could still win Missy!

We have two of the limited edition Missy 5.5" characters produced by Character available, and to be in with a chance to win one of the figures simply answer the following question:

Missy was introduced to the world as a new incarnation of the Master in Dark Water, but which character name was used during filming to try to ensure the revelation remained a secret until broadcast?

Please send your answers along with your name, country and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-missy@doctorwhonews.net with the subject reflecting the version you'd like to win, "Missy in Purple!" or "Missy in Black!" - first out of the hat will receive the one they requested, with the runner up receiving the other figure.

The competition is open worldwide, closing date 31st May 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.





Heaven Sent Nominated for HugoBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: Heaven Sent, has been nominated for a 2016 Hugo Award.

The episode, shown last year, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay , starred Peter Capaldi in an highly aclaimed, almost single handed, performance.

Doctor Who is competing against Universal's Grimm, Marvel Television's Jessica Jones, DHX Media's My Little Pony and Kripke Enterprises's Supernatural to win the prestigious award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form).

Six Doctor Who episodes have previously won a Hugo Award, including The Doctor's Wife, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang and The Waters of Mars. Last year the episode Listen was nominated, but lost out in the final voting.

The winners of the 2016 Hugo will be announced on Saturday, August 20, at the MidAmeriCon II Hugo Awards Ceremony held in Kansas City, Missouri.
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): Nominations
  • Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Television)
  • Grimm: “Headache” written by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, directed by Jim Kouf(Universal Television; GK Productions; Hazy Mills Productions; Open 4 Business Productions; NBCUniversal Television Distribution)
  • Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile” written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions;Netflix)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map” Parts 1 and 2 written by Scott Sonneborn, M.A. Larson, and Meghan McCarthy, directed by Jayson Thiessen and Jim Miller (DHX Media/Vancouver; Hasbro Studios)
  • Supernatural: “Just My Imagination” written by Jenny Klein, directed by Richard Speight Jr. (Kripke Enterprises; Wonderland Sound and Vision; Warner Bros. Television)




Michelle Gomez nominated for BAFTA AwardBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Michelle Gomez as Missy (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)The nominations for the 2016 BAFTA Television Awards have now been announced, and actress Michelle Gomez has been nominated in the Supporting Actress category for her role in Doctor Who.

The actresses up for this category are:
  • Eleanor Worthington-Cox, for The Enfield Haunting
  • Chanel Cresswell, for This Is England '90
  • Michelle Gomez, for Doctor Who
  • Lesley Manville, for River

The BAFTA Awards take place on Sunday 8th May at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and will be broadcast live on BBC One.



Doctor Who's return to television garnered it both the Drama Series Award and Pioneer Audience Award in 2006, with its lead writer Russell T Davies also receiving the Dennis Potter Award; one of the key forces behind the show's successful return, Jane Tranter, received the Alan Clarke Award in 2009 (presented by then Doctor David Tennant). In more recent times, current lead writer Steven Moffat received the Special Award in 2012, and the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor won the Radio Times Audience Award in 2014. Current Doctor Peter Capaldi has also been a recipient, winning the award for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for his role as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It.



Doctor Who has also been nominated in the BAFTA Craft Awards, with effects companies Milk VFX, Millennium FX, Real SFX, Molinare up for Special, Visual and Graphics Effects, a category the show has been nominated for every year since 2007 and receiving in 2009, 2014, and last year.





Peter Capaldi accepts Guinness World Records titleBookmark and Share

Monday, 21 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Peter Capaldi Accepts Guinness World Records titlePeter Capaldi has accepted the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Doctor Who Characters, at the La Mole Comic Con in Mexico City last Saturday.

The actor has been on a promotional tour to Mexico City, where the series is known as Doctor Misterio. After being mobbed at the airport the actor attended La Mole Comic Con where the record was attempted.

All in all 492 Doctor Who doppelgängers, Daleks and Oods joined the actual Doctor as part of the Guinness World Records attempt. Peter Capaldi and Executive Producer Brian Minchin were in The city to celebrate the premier of Doctor Who, Season 9 on NBC’s channel Syfy.

Doctor Who already holds the Guinness World Record as the Longest running sci-fi series while Doctor Who Magazine is the Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series. The 50th Anniversaty story The Day of the Doctor was named the world's largest-ever simulcast of a TV drama.

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Steven Moffat receives his OBEBookmark and Share

Thursday, 4 February 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Steven MoffatDoctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat has been presented with his OBE for services to drama.

The award, announced in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours list, was presented to the writer by The Prince of Wales at a ceremony held at the Queen's London Residence, Buckingham Palace. It makes Moffat an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Steven Moffat told the Scottish Daily Record he was delighted to recieve the award
It was very thrilling and formal and slightly, slightly, just very slightly, like being back at school. But nicer because everyone got a prize.

Talking to other people before I came in, I kind of feel everyone's here for a better reason than me. I've got not one, but two dream jobs so to get this lovely thing for already indulging myself in public, seems like an excess of good fortune.
He said it will be sad to leave Doctor Who, but exciting to do something new.
Ahead of me this year I have 14 Doctor Who and 3 Sherlock films, so the last thing I am doing is contemplating work beyond that.... The reason you end up leaving Doctor Who, much as we all love it, is because it's all year round. It's a really tough gig
The interview indicates Steven Moffat's last Doctor Who episode will be the 2017 Christmas special.

Full interview here.




Series Nine Wins Golden Tomato AwardBookmark and Share

Saturday, 16 January 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Series Nine has been voted the Best Reviewed TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Series of 2015 on the review site Rotten Tomatoes.

The Annual Golden Tomato Awards are awarded to the series with the highest ratings, based on reviews submitted to the site. The 2015 Series scored an average rating of 4.5/5 and received a remarkable 100% positive rating from approved critics.

The series beat Game of Thrones; Season 5 which came second. Marvel's Daredevil came third with Ash Vs Evil Dead and Hannibal taking fourth and fifth places respectivally.

Doctor Who Series 9 was also voted as fourth in the Best Returning TV Shows Category, with Fargo Season 2 taking top spot.




National Television Awards shortlist announcedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 5 January 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who has made the shortlist for Drama in the 2016 National Television Awards, which takes place live from the O2 in London on 20th January. The show is up against: Downton Abbey, which saw its final episode top the ratings on Christmas Day; Broadchurch, whose third series with former Doctor David Tennant will be shown this year; and Casualty, now entering its 30th year on television!

Doctor Who and Downton Abbey have dominated the category in the last decade, with Doctor Who holding the title between 2005 and 2010 (there was no award ceremony in 2009), and then Downton Abbey between 2012 and 2015 - with the exception of 2014 when Doctor Who regained the crown! The only other show to win the award during this period was school drama Waterloo Road in 2011.

David Tennant has been nominated in the Drama Performance category for his role as Alec Hardy in Broadchurch (fellow Time Lord actors Peter Capaldi, Christopher Eccleston and most recent sidekick actress Jenna Coleman did not make the shortlist). He faces Suranne Jones (Gemma Foster in Doctor Foster), Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark in Poldark) and Sheridan Smith (Jo Gillespie in Black Work). Tennant has previously won the award between 2007 and 2010 during his tenure as the Doctor, and received a Special Recognition award in 2015.


Votes may be cast via the NTA website until midday on Wednesday 20th January 2016, with the ceremony itself broadcast live on ITV from 7:30pm.