Class - Press ReactionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 22 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
This item Contains Plot Spoilers

The first Doctor Who Spin-off aimed at a young adult audience launched yesterday, and press reaction has generally been positive.

Digital Spy praised the script by acclaimed writer Patrick Ness. "Ness's script zips all over the place, demanding a huge emotional range from Greg Austin (Charlie), Sophie Hopkins (April), Fady Elsayed (Ram) and Vivian Oparah (Tanya) and these kids knock it out of the park, nailing every single beat."

The Telegraph felt the first episode was rather clumsy and often fell flat, but was more impressed with the second. "Things pick up in the second episode, as the script becomes more sophisticated and the true, more adult nature of the series is revealed"

Flickering Myth disagreed about the first episode "For Tonight We Might Die is quite an effective pilot in terms of establishing the core cast, and endearing them to the audience. Certainly, there’s a strong basis here for subsequent episodes to follow, with engaging character arcs being teased for each individual."

CNET felt the cast was full of Tumblr-ready ship-worthy characters."The standout is smouldering Fady Elsayed as the cocky but conflicted Ram. Meanwhile, Katherine Kelly chews the scenery as vampy teacher Miss Quill".

Den of Geek felt the episode was witty and energetic and highlighted parallels with other young adult series. "Class arrived with the following quote from Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, “I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy - it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”

Wales Online explores the teenage angst felt by the main characters. "One thing that becomes apparent pretty early on, is the alienation each of the main characters feel. This is exactly how I would imagine growing up in this day and age to be like. Ness, incidentally, deals with the whole idea of time and space really well."

You can read the Doctor Who News review in our reviews section.




Doctor Who Magazine - 505Bookmark and Share

Friday, 21 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 505 (Credit: Panini)This month's Doctor Who Magazine celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Doctor Who's first ongoing spin-off series, when John Barrowman talks Torchwood...

Following Barrowman's comment at this year's San Diego Comic-Con that he was “working very hard” to return Torchwood to our TV screens", DWM asks he what that was all about...
Every production company I go into, I’m not kidding, they say, Is there any way we could get Torchwood back up and running?. I’ve heard this so many times that I thought, I’m going to find out if we can do it.

I started planting seeds, dropping a few hints, and it did exactly what I wanted it to: it blew up and everyone was like, Oh my God, Barrowman wants to bring back Torchwood! Which, I’ve got to be honest with you, I really do. Because I travel around the world, I go to all these conventions, I see all these people – and I speak to all these production companies – who are desperate for it to come back.
ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
  • ASK STEVEN
  • Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions, and reveals that the Doctor's favourite alcoholic drink is lemonade.
  • THE POWER OF THE DALEKS
  • A first look at the brand-new animation of the lost Second Doctor classic adventure The Power of the Daleks.
  • CLASS PREVIEW
  • DWM asks writer Patrick Ness to reveal what he's got in store for us in new Doctor Who spin-off, Class.
  • THE ART OF THE DIRECTOR
  • DWM celebrates a century of Doctor Who directors by tracking down four of the class of 2015 and interrogating them – in Part One of this in-depth feature.
  • BLOODSPORT
  • Part One of a brand new comic strip adventure, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
  • TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team stock up on pizza, booze and telly for this month's episode, The Lodger.
  • THE SAVAGES
  • The TARDIS lands on a planet which offers ‘a golden age of peace and prosperity’... But this apparent utopia comes at a terrible price, as this issue's Fact of Fiction features 1966's The Savages.
  • COMING SOON
  • Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions, and The DWM Crossword.

Doctor Who Magazine 505 is on sale now, price £5.99.




BBC America schedules Christmas Special sneak peekBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC America have made a late change in their schedules for this evening to include a five minute segment for this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special at 10:30pm EDT:

Doctor Who Sneak Peek (Credit: BBC America)

No other information is available at present, though it is possible that this will be a television screening of the recently released behind-the-scenes video.




Mindgame SagaBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Koch Media are to re-release the spin-off features produced by Reeltime Pictures, Mindgame and Mindgame Trilogy, on DVD on 14th November 2016.

Mindgame Saga (Credit: Koch Media)Mindgame Saga

Mindgame
Written by Terrance Dicks
Starring Sophie Aldred, Miles Richardson, Toby Aspin and Bryan Robson

The classic prison cell drama. Three warriors are forced to fight by an evil alien intent on testing the combat skills of creatures from our dimension. Can they trick him and escape back to their own timelines?


Mindgame Trilogy
Written by Terrance Dicks, Miles Richardson and Roger Stevens
Starring Sophie Aldred, Miles Richardson and John Wadmore

Continuing the individual stories of the three warriors.
BATTLEFIELD: Field-Major Sarg is in trouble. Trapped, wounded and alone on a battle-scarred planet, he is forced to accept he may die … but at least it will be a glorious death – or so he hopes.
PRISONER 451: To be or not to be, that is the question! On trial for subversion, Commander of Brigade Merc faces the ultimate penalty.
SCOUT SHIP: A dying ship drifting in space. The human mercenary pilot faced with certain death. Time may be relative… but it still runs out!


The DVD also includes a second disc with special features:
  • Mindgame Saga Retrospective (NEW)
  • Making of Mindgame
  • Making of Mindgame Trilogy
  • Mindgame & Mindgame Trilogy Slideshows
  • Mindgame script (including missing scenes)






Lethbridge-Stewart at Halloween: Eve of the FomoriansBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have announced their latest e-book in the Lethbridge-Stewart range for Halloween, free to anybody pre-ordering the next main book in the range, Times Squared:

Lethbridge-Stewart: Eve of the Fomorians (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Eve of the Fomorians
Written by Robert Mammone
Cover by Paul Cooke

All Hallows’ Eve, 1969. En route back to Edinburgh, Anne Travers, William Bishop and Samson Ware come across a deserted village in the Scottish countryside. A village that is rotten to the core.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen, says:
I was already familiar with Rob’s work, so when he emailed us out of the blue asking if we would consider him for our Short Story Incentive scheme, I was very willing to give him a shot. And he just happened to enquire as we were about to seek out a story for Halloween.
Robert Mammone says:
Once I knew it was going to be set around Halloween, I knew I wanted to do a Quatermass inspired story, with definite horrific elements, sourced back to a scientific explanation/basis.
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says:
There is something very John Wyndham about the story, which I know Andy especially appreciates, as do a lot of our readers.

This story is set shortly after Times Squared: Andy says:
Although you can easily read it without having read Times Squared, as it features Anne, Bishop and Samson who are not in that novel. Although it references Times Squared, it does so in a way that will not spoil that novel one bit. It also has a nice callback to the first novel of this year, Moon Blink. All that said, it is very deliberately written to be read on its own, with your feet up, candles lit and the rain lashing against the window.

Times Squared can be pre-ordered from the Candy Jar website.


The limited edition print-collection The HAVOC Files is now available to read on Kindle.




Class Comes to Comic ConBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have announced that the writer and cast of the new BBC series Class will attend the MCM London Comic Con later this month.

Patrick Ness and the show’s cast including Ram (Fady Elsayed), Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Tanya (Vivian Oparah) and producer Derek Ritchie, will talk about Coal Hill Academy's first term in the Whoniverse giving give con-goers an insight into the series as well as presenting an exclusive screening of episode three.

The event takes place at Excel London at 15:00 on the Saturday of Comic Con which runs from 28-30 October.




Class Episode One PicturesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released a new set of pictures from the first episode of the upcoming Doctor Who spin-off - Class

It's a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from the monstrous Shadow Kin, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.
Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY), The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI) (L-R) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Corikinus (PAUL MARK DAVIES), The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI) (L-R) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Corikinus (PAUL MARK DAVIES), The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI)  (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY), April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Ram (FADY ELSAYED), Rachel (ANNA SHAFFER) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Ram (FADY ELSAYED), Rachel (ANNA SHAFFER) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Jackie (SHANNON MURRAY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Matteusz (JORDAN RENZO) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Tanya (VIVIAN OPARAH) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Jackie (SHANNON MURRAY), April (SOPHIE HOPKINS) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) April (SOPHIE HOPKINS) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Tanya (VIVIAN OPARAH) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Tanya (VIVIAN OPARAH) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway) Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway

Class is due to be released on the BBC Three channel next weekend, as well as being screened in Australia, Canada and the Middle East.

A set of Character Portraits have also been released

Character Portraits
Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Tanya (VIVIAN OPARAH) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Tanya (VIVIAN OPARAH) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Tanya (VIVIAN OPARAH) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Matteusz (JORDAN RENZO) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Matteusz (JORDAN RENZO) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Matteusz (JORDAN RENZO) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Matteusz (JORDAN RENZO) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Credit: BBC/Todd Antony Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony) Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Todd Antony)




New Titan Comics Out This WeekBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees Titan Comics release a trio of Doctor Who comics featuring the Third, Tenth and Twelfth Doctors, as well as the latest in the Summer special Supremacy of the Cybermen and the second in the new Torchwood series.

All comics are published on Wednesday 19th October.


THIRD DOCTOR #2

Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Christopher Jones
Cover A: Claudia Ianniciello, Cover B: PHOTO, Cover C: JAKe, Cover D: Arianna Florean

The Doctor and Jo Grant are left reeling by the revelations at the end of the first issue, and they still have a mysterious extraterrestrial object to analyse and defeat! Does the real danger come from the Doctor's latest team-up? Of course -- but in ways he'll never see coming...!
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TENTH DOCTOR #2.15

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito
Cover A: Wheatley, Cover B: Photo, Cover C: JAKE

The tension mounts in the penultimate episode of the Tenth Doctor's second year! Has Anubis fallen to the darkness in his family tree? Can Gabby and Cindy staunch the corruption in an entity powerful enough to snuff them out with a thought? If you think you know where this year's finale is going... Think again!
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TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.10

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Rachael Stott
Cover A: Laclaustra, Cover B: Photo, Cover C: Collins, Cover D: Pleece

Trapped in a dying, mysterious maze of a house, the Twelfth Doctor and his latest traveling companion face a world where the laws of physics have broken down. As the Doctor fights to save a family cashing in on an ancient promise, the secrets of the house battle to overwhelm him!
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SUPREMACY OF THE CYBERMEN #4

Writer: George Mann, Cavan Scott
Artist: Ivan Rodriguez, Walter Geovani
Cover A: Vitti, Cover B: Photo, Cover C: Listran

The penultimate chapter of the Doctor Who event of 2016! Things get worse for the Doctor - across four separate time zones! The ninth Doctor gets too close to the enemy. The tenth Doctor's companions offer a terrifying sacrifice. The eleventh Doctor digs deep and gives back with interest, and the twelfth Doctor is faced with the most momentous choice of his life!
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Torchwood #2

Writers: John Barrowman, Carol Barrowman
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover A: Blair Shedd Cover B: Will Brooks Photo Cover C: Simon Myers

Far away from Cardiff and the Hub, Captain Jack and Gwen dive deep to unravel the secrets of an ancient, extinct civilisation, whose colossal megaweapons are being primed to affect the Earth. Caught between human agencies, infiltrating aliens, a unknowing public and an uncertain future, can a Torchwood stripped of its resources and staff still save the day?!
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The Power of the Daleks to be shown in US cinemasBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Power of the Daleks (animated) - The Daleks (Credit: BBC Worldwide)BBC America and Fathom Events have announced that the new animated version of The Power of the Daleks will be shown in cinemas across the United States on 14th November 2016, a few days before it premieres on television at 8:25pm on the 19th November. The showings will also feature bonus content, including interviews with members of the original cast.

Kymberli Frueh, Fathom Events Vice President of Programming, said:
We’re pleased to continue our long-standing and successful partnership with BBC AMERICA to bring more fantastic Doctor Who content to the big screen The Whovians are always one of our biggest and most passionate groups of fans at the cinemas.
Soumya Sriraman, EVP, Franchise and Digital Enterprises, BBC Worldwide North America, said:
Ahead of the premiere on BBC AMERICA, it is a rare treat to be able to bring the lost episode, Power of the Daleks, to life using modern animation techniques. Doctor Who cinema events have been incredibly successful, and this is extraordinary opportunity to allow a new generation of fans the opportunity to experience this classic adventure for the first time.

Tickets go on sale for the showings via Fathom Events and at participating cinemas from 14th October.





Doctor Who meets The World of HargreavesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Random House have announced a new range of books based upon the popular Mr Men created by Roger Hargreaves.

Dr. First (Credit: Random House)
Dr. Fourth (Credit: Random House)
Dr. Eleventh (Credit: Random House)
Dr. Twelfth (Credit: Random House)
Puffin Books (a division of Penguin Random House Children’s Books UK), BBC Worldwide and Sanrio Global Ltd are delighted to announce a new partnership.

Doctor Who meets The World of Hargreaves brings to life Doctor Who characters in the distinctive story-telling and illustrative style of Roger Hargreaves.

Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, will publish these stories in the UK.

Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House is master publisher and will release twelve titles, one for each Doctor.

These storybook mash-ups, written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, combine the iconic storytelling of Doctor Who with the whimsical humor and design made famous by his father, Roger Hargreaves. The first four books will be available in Spring 2017.

Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Random House Children’s Books, said:
As the global publisher of Doctor Who and champions of books which push creative boundaries, we are delighted to be publishing such unique and fun stories. We're confident and excited they will appeal to the thousands of Doctor Who and Mr Men fans around the world

Jan Paterson, Head of Book and Audio Publishing, BBC Worldwide commented:
We are thrilled to be teaming up with Sanrio on this fantastic project and think that fans will love these creative incarnations of the Doctor reimagined in the ‘Hargreaves’ style. We’re always looking for innovative ways to engage our fans so this is the perfect partnership for us.

Alastair McHarrie, Licensing Director of Sanrio Global Ltd added:
There is a wealth of unofficial fan-created content online. We wanted to give something back to these supporters so we’ve created the first official Hargreaves mash-up. Who better to partner with than another classic British property, Doctor Who. We couldn’t be more excited.

Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of Price Stern Sloan, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, added:
It is such a special moment for us to unite these two great properties. Our books bring Hargreaves’ wonderful, fun style to the mysterious, magical world of Doctor Who. I know we're going to delight fans of all ages!




Classic Series Writer to Contribute Script for Series 10Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 9 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that a scriptwriter from the classic series of the programme will pen a script for the upcoming series.

This will be the first time a writer from the original series, which ran from 1963 to 1989, will contribute to the revived series, launched in 2005. One director, Graeme Harper, has contributed to both runs, helming episodes in 1984 and 1985, and from 2006 to 2009.

Moffat announced the news at a panel at New York Comic-Con, and confirmed it in an interview with Comic Book Resources.

There is no confirmation yet as to whom the writer will be.

Other writers already confirmed for the upcoming series include Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who wrote the 2014 story In The Forest Of The Night, Sarah Dollard, who wrote last years Face the Raven, vintage contributor Mark Gatiss and newcomer to Who Mike Bartlett, best known for Doctor Foster.

Series 10 is due for transmission in the spring of 2017. Full details, as they are released, can be found in the Doctor Who Guide




Arrival of the Cybermen - Departure of a DoctorBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Credit: BBCMoments in TimeIt was fifty years ago today, on Saturday 8th October 1966, that we were introduced to one of the all-time classic monsters of Doctor Who. The Cybermen had arrived.

The Cybermen were the invention of Kit Pedler and the current story editor Gerry Davis. Pedler had been brought into the series to add a bit of scientific rigor to the scripts. A scientist from the University of London, he had already come up with the idea of the War Machines, the story which ended Doctor Who's third series.

Pedler's concept of the Cybermen came after a conversation with his Doctor wife, discussing what would happen if a person had so many prostheses that they could no longer distinguish themselves between man and machine. The story was developed with Davis, with the original Cybermen hailing from Earth's long lost sister planet, Mondas. The first Cyberman costumes were designed by Sandra Reid, who used cloth, rubber diving suits, tubing, golf balls, cricketers' gloves, and silver-painted Doc Martens boots to create the look.

Credit: BBC The Cybermen were an instant success and a sequel was commissioned for broadcast later in the season. They would return for three more stories during the second Doctor's era before taking a rest from the series. A one-off appearance with the Fourth Doctor was followed in 1982 by their return in the acclaimed story Earthshock. From that point on they would be a regular feature of the series with their most recent appearance being in the 2014 story Dark Water/Death in Heaven.

The costumes may have changed over the years, the voice refined and the back story enhanced, but the concept of the Cybermen remain unchanged. The ultimate evolution of the human form, where metal and steel replace flesh and blood and inconvenient emotions are consigned to history.

On that early October evening in 1966, as viewers around the UK were enjoying the arrival of the silver menace, in a small Television studio in west London another drama was playing out. The end of an era was occurring. A much-loved actor was recording his last scenes in a popular long-running television series. William Hartnell was leaving Doctor Who.

It had been debatable whether the actor would actually make it to his last contracted episode. In the summer, Hartnell had agreed he would leave the series in the autumn, his deteriorating health making the weekly pace of the series impossible to manage. He has spent much of August holidaying in Cornwall, fishing and relaxing. In September he would return to record just one more story.

Hartnell had maintained regular correspondence with the production team throughout his break. His last story would be directed by Derek Martinus, known to Hartnell from his previous work on the series, and he was keen to involve the actor as much as possible. He wrote to him in Cornwall with the latest news about The Tenth Planet, including changes in the production week, which would now run Tuesday to Saturday each week.
We've got a very good supporting cast for you, including Bob Beatty as General Cutler. It would be very useful indeed if we could have a read through of all four episodes on the first Tuesday morning.... If we do this, it shouldn't be necessary for you to come in until after lunch on succeeding Tuesdays.
Hartnell was delighted with the casting of Robert Beaty, an actor he knew from working on the TV series Dial 999. He was pleased with the late Tuesday start, as he needed to travel up from his home at Mayfield in Sussex. However, he was keen to show he was still very much in charge and, in a letter to the Director, he pointed out worries about the rehearsal rooms being used.
One important factor to me, at this boy's club, there are two Ping-Pong tables in the outer room where I like to sit and compose my thoughts, therefore, I would ask you to forbid the rest of the cast playing at these tables within our working hours
By the end of September, recording on the first two episodes of the story had been completed and the cast was assembling for the week-long rehearsal of episode three when it was clear someone was missing. William Hartnell was ill, too sick to attend. He had to be quickly written out of the episode, with story editor Gerry Davis rewriting the script to render the Doctor unconscious for the entire episode.

Derek Martinus wrote to reassure the actor
Please don't worry about the show. Gerry has been very clever and managed to write around you. Everybody sends their warmest regards and we all hope you will be fit to do battle one last time


Hartnell did return the following week and after the four-day rehearsal, the team assembled at Studio 1, Riverside studios on Saturday 8th October where he would record his final episode. By far the most complex challenge of the day was to record the transformation of the First Doctor into the Second, so this was taped first, and Doctor Who history was written between 6.30pm to 7.00pm when the first regeneration in the series history was recorded. Anneke Wills remembers the event
The meeting between Bill and Pat was quite extraordinary. It was like two gentlemen very politely meeting each other. Pat was suitably humble and it was very pointed moment. I think Bill's ego was quite tickled by the fact that he was being replaced by someone of the caliber of Pat Troughton
The woman charged with achieving the transformation was Vision Mixer Shirley Coward
The first I knew of the regeneration was when I arrived in the studio that day and they said we are going to change William Hartnell into Patrick Troughton. Nobody was exactly sure how they were going to do it, so it was a matter of the studio engineers and the cameramen just trying out things
After a supper break, the rest of the episode was recorded from 8.00pm to 10.15pm, incurring a slight overrun.

And with that, the Hartnell era was over. The last scenes had been recorded, a new Doctor was now installed. A small farewell party was held at producer Innes Lloyd's flat and then Lloyd drove him home to Sussex.

William Hartnell would live until 1975, but his progressive disease meant he would not work regularly again. He had a small run in a pantomime the following Christmas playing Buskin the Fairy Cobbler in Puss In Boots. He would briefly return to Doctor Who in the 1972 story The Three Doctors, but by then his health was so poor all his scenes were pre-filmed in one day.

Today the character he created is known and loved around the world. His legacy lives on.




The Return of Doctor Mysterio - TeaserBookmark and Share

Friday, 7 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has confirmed the 2016 Christmas edition of Doctor Who will be called The Return of Doctor Mysterio

The Return of Doctor Mysterio (Credit: BBC) The Return of Doctor Mysterio (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston)


This year the episode will see The Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, joining forces with with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield, and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat.

Steven Moffat, Writer and Executive Producer, says:
I’ve always loved superheroes and this Christmas Doctor Who dives into that world. My favourite superhero is Clark Kent. Not Superman, Clark Kent.
Canadian actor Justin Chatwin, plays Grant in the special, he says:
Working with the amazing people at Doctor Who has been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with.
Matt Lucas returns as Nardole, a character first seen in last year's Christmas special. He told Comic-con
I thought it would be really exciting to be a real part of it, and I am a big fan of Peter's work and have been for a long time
Also joining the cast is Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman. Executive Producer Brian Minchin added
We all have the best job in the world getting to make Doctor Who and getting to make a 60 min programme to be shown on xmas day is so exciting






Class - Teaser ReleasedBookmark and Share

Friday, 7 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released the first official teaser for the new Doctor Who spin-off series Class.

The first episode is due to be released online on Saturday, 22nd October.

Episode One: For Tonight We Might Die

It's a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from the monstrous Shadow Kin, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.

Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as 'The Doctor': to guard against the creatures of nightmare, who want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

And this incursion is only the beginning…