Children in Need 2018Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC's annual fundraising evening for Children in Need took place yesterday, and by the end of the evening raised £50,595,053 for the charity!

The evening featured a special treat for nine year old Doctor Who fan Anna, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, when she and her brother Alex got to travel to the TARDIS and meet the cast, and also an exclusive clip from this weekend's adventure, Kerblam.

Children in Need 2018: Anna and Alex with Team TARDIS (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Team TARDIS (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Anna meets the monsters! (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)
Children in need 2018: Anna and Alex with Jodie Whittaker (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Anna with the Doctor! (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Anna and Alex with Bradley Walsh (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)



You can still donate to Children in Need via their website.




The Woman Who Fell to Earth - Press ReviewsBookmark and Share

Monday, 8 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Woman Who Fell to Earth: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Sophie Mutevilian ))Press reaction to the new season of Doctor Who is overwhelmingly positive with Jodie Whittaker winning many plaudits for her first full episode as the Thirteenth Doctor

The Independent led the praise for the lead actress's performance. " After all the hype, hyperbole and inevitable internet hate, she acquits herself wonderfully in her full-length debut. Whittaker is a force of breezy nature – rambunctious, quirky but with a reassuringly familiar aura of Gallifreyan uncanniness."

The Guardian loved the interaction between the main characters. "The new Doctor and her team – 19-year-old Ryan, his old schoolmate turned police probationer Yasmin, and Ryan’s step-grandfather Graham (Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh respectively) – have heart and soul, and are set against a comforting background of West Yorkshire women – especially Ryan’s nan – talking common sense as alien life and electrical pulses erupt around them."

Whittaker was also praised by the Telegraph who said the actress shined in a flawed but fun Doctor Who debut. "There has been a depressingly predictable knee-jerk backlash to a time-travelling, body-regenerating extraterrestrial with two hearts having the temerity to be female but this debut adventure barrelled straight past such quibbles. After mere minutes of the Doctor’s arrival – crashing through the roof of a train in Sheffield, having fallen from the Tardis at the climax of the Christmas special – you stopped noticing"

Digital Spy was sure Jodie Whittaker's Doctor is going to be everybody's new hero, and noted how her sex is irrelevant. "For all the buzz, positive and negative, that surrounded Whittaker's casting as the first female Doctor, what her first few scenes make abundantly clear is how unimportant the character's gender really is. It's completely and utterly incidental, a point which 'The Woman Who Fell to Earth' makes not through words – the transition from old to new is discussed no more here than it has been in previous Doctor's debuts – but through actions."

Den of Geek says series 11 premiere finds Doctor Who in rude health. "Whittaker certainly makes an impact in her opening scene - quite literally, as she falls through the roof of the train and meets her new companions. The script cleverly wastes no time in having her do some proper ‘Doctor business’ - fending off an alien, casually dismissing a death in favour of the mystery at hand and persuading police officer Yas not to call for reinforcements. Whittaker shines pretty quickly in these scenes, and has every bit of the quiet intensity of her predecessors."

Variety felt the episode fulfilled a difficult brief. "Striking the right balance has been a tall order for any new Doctor and showrunner to take on, as several pairs have done over the last decade, but the level of difficulty this particular team had to master is arguably the highest yet. That’s why it’s so impressive that “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” is, for the most part, an extremely typical episode of “Doctor Who."

NPR loved the characterisation of The Doctor "With her rich Northern accent (the actress was born in Yorkshire), Whittaker's Doctor isn't posh or effete — no bow ties or fezzes for her. Instead, she radiates pragmatism (if pragmatism is a thing that can radiate) and a decidedly middle-class, we're-all-in-this-together enthusiasm."

Finally, the Los Angeles Times says Doctor Who returns in thrilling fashion. "The new Doctor has both authority and energy; she is playful yet mature, a little mad but not manic, funny and agile and perhaps will turn out a shade less judgmental than some of her predecessors. Chibnall has given Whittaker a lighter brief: “I’m the Doctor,” she declares, “sorting out fair play throughout the universe.” And later, in that soft Yorkshire accent, “Sometimes I see things that need fixin’ and do what I can.”

The Doctor Who News review can be found on our reviews site.




Radio Times CoverBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Radio Times (Credit: Immediate)
This week's Radio Times features the Thirteenth Doctor, in the person of Jodie Whittaker, who makes her full debut on screens around the world next Sunday.

It's the second Cover as The Doctor for the actress, who featured on the 21st July edition

Inside Whittaker talks about how nervous she was about playing one of the most intelligent characters on TV, and her hopes that the debate on casting women in traditionally male roles will soon be redundant.
I truly hope that in a couple of years casting a woman in a traditionally male role won’t be so exciting – because when it’s not celebrated, it will mean it’s no longer unusual to have this sort of parity. I’m always asked, ‘Do you think James Bond should now be a woman?’ But that’s not the conversation. It’s really – ‘Should every point of view be the same?’ And the answer is no. Stories shouldn’t always be told from the same perspective. It’s a mistake to think that the only heroes are white men.
Whittaker says the rock band Coldplay helped inspire her costume.
I really love the use of colour on Coldplay album covers…Which is where the rainbow came in – nothing evokes a sense of hope in me more than hundreds of rainbows!
Doctor Who returns on Sunday 7th October, showing on BBC One at 6.45pm

Radio Times is now on sale in the United Kingdom.




The Thirteenth Doctor arrives in SheffieldBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The thirteenth doctor arrives in Sheffield (Credit: BBC/ Ben Blackall)

The Thirteenth Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker, has arrived in Sheffield for the press screening of the new series later today.

The event is preceded by a red carpet parade of stars from the show, attened by some lucky fans who won tickets in a public ballot.

The first episode The Woman Who Fell to Earth, was filmed in the city. More pictures from the red carpet event will be released later today.




New Series Promotion on BBC TV&RadioBookmark and Share

Saturday, 22 September 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Steve Schofield)With the Doctor Who press launch taking place on Monday, next week sees promotion for Jodie Whittaker's debut series begin in earnest, with the show's new star making appearances on BBC television and radio. The current schedule includes:

  • Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6, Thursday 27th September from 7:00am
    Our good friend Jodie Whittaker joins Shaun in the final hour of the show ahead of the new series of Dr Who starting on the BBC. Plus, Matt Everitt is here with the music news and Beak are today's Album of the Day.

  • The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday 28th September from 10:35pm
    Graham is joined by multi Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper and pop superstar Lady Gaga, together in the hotly anticipated musical romance A Star is Born; Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, about to begin her new incarnation on BBC1's Doctor Who; double Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling, playing astronaut Neil Armstrong in biopic First Man; the Rod Stewart, who performs his current single Didn't I.

  • Saturday Breakfast with Dermot, BBC Radio 2, Saturday 29th September from 8:00am
    Jodie Whittaker, who became a household name thanks to her role in TV drama Broadchurch. pops in ahead of the first episode of Doctor Who. In July 2017 it was announced she would become the 13th Doctor, and the first female one. The new series starts this weekend on BBC 1. [sic]

  • Saturday Mash Up!, CBBC, Saturday 29th September from 9:00am
    The cast of So Awkward and vlogger Houssein join Yasmin, Jonny and Hacker! But who will get slimed? Max and Harvey are put into detention and Hacker meets the new Doctor Who - Jodie Whittaker. There's cartoon action in new episodes of Dragons: Race to the Edge and the return of Mash-Up favourites Push-Off and How Many Things in the Thing? Also, for the first time on TV, Musical Toilets! It's totally live - so anything can happen!

Also, playing catch-up after the premiere on the 7th October comes the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, Friday 12th October from 6:30am.


These and further up-and-coming appearances can be found via This Week In Doctor Who.




New image released of the DoctorBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a new image of the Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker.

'On top of the world...' Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor (Credit: Steve Schofield/BBC)
"On Top of The World" - BBC Doctor Who on Instagram




Comic-Con Panel With Jodie WhittakerBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released a recording of the full Doctor Who panel at this year's Comic-Con International at San Diego.

The panel featured new Doctor Jodie Whittaker alongside two of her Doctor Who co-stars Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill as well as showrunner Chris Chibnall and Executive Producer Matt Strevens.

FULL Comic-Con Panel | Doctor Who




New Logo RevealedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have revealed the new logo to accompany Jodie Whittaker's incarnation of the Doctor.

Doctor Who 2018: Landscape (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide)

Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker today teased the new series of Doctor Who by unveiling a new logo and insignia for the brand to over 700 of the world’s top TV buyers and international press at BBC Worldwide’s annual showcase event in Liverpool. In an evening devoted to the new incarnation of Doctor Who, Whittaker built excitement in anticipation of the new era of The Doctor, leaving global broadcasters in no doubt as to the sense of wonder, joy and mystery the forthcoming series promises audiences.

The Doctor Who logo is an iconic and powerful trademark for the franchise that is recognised all around the world. The updated logo and insignia mark a new era of WHO. BBC Worldwide commissioned creative agency Little Hawk to create the brand new designs, working closely with Showrunner Chris Chibnall and Executive Producer Matt Strevens.

BBC Worldwide Executive Creative Director, Rafaela Perera says:
The Doctor Who logo and insignia are the quintessential signifier for the brand. Our aim was to create modern and elegant designs that were anchored in the things that we love most about Doctor Who.

Doctor Who 2018: Insignia (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide)
The sound for the animated logo is created by Matthew Herbert. It will launch with a 10 second animation which features the TARDIS blazing a trail through the logo. All official Doctor Who merchandise featuring the new logo will be available at selected retailers from 20th February 2018.





Win Tickets to Doctor Who PremiereBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Radio One is offering the chance to win two VIP tickets to the exclusive premiere of the new series of Doctor Who including a chance to meet the brand new Thirteenth Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker.

To enter you will need to text the correct answer to a multiple choice question.

Once you’ve entered, you have to listen to the Radio 1 Breakfast Show at 8am. There you will be given you a word that you’ll need to answer your phone with if you are called live on the radio. If you don't answer with the correct word, you won't win.

Texts are charged at your standard message rate.

To enter you just need to answer this question:

What is the name of the device that the Doctor often carries?
  • If you think it’s ‘SONIC SCREWDRIVER’ text DOCTOR A, followed by your name & age to 81199.
  • If you think it’s ‘SONIC SPATULA’ text DOCTOR B, followed by your name & age to 81199.
  • If you think it’s ‘SONIC SPADE’ text DOCTOR C, followed by your name & age to 81199.
Only one text will be counted per phone each day. If you enter more than once the others won’t be counted but you will be charged.

You must be 16 or over to enter. Winners aged under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18 or over.

Don’t forget, once you’ve entered, you must to listen to the Radio 1 Breakfast Show at 8am tomorrow. Grimmy will give you a word that you’ll need to answer your phone with if you are called live on the radio.




Doctor Who Magazine 521Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 521 (Credit: Panini)The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out this Thursday, and features Jodie Whittaker in her first cover since becoming the new Doctor on screen! Talking about the choice of clothing for the character, the actress said:
There is no other job in the world like this. The very first meeting (with costume designer Ray Holman) was all very secret and incognito. As we were talking I was completely distracted by the colour of the wallpaper behind us. I told Roy I absolutely loved that colour, and that’s the colour of the trousers.
The issue also sees new lead writer Chris Chibnall looking forward to a new era:
What’s evident is Doctor Who’s extraordinary ability to embrace change while remaining exactly the same show that people love.

Other highlights include:
  • RACHEL TALALAY: The director of Twice Upon a Time on the filming of Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker’s regeneration scene.
  • TWICE UPON A TIME: Exclusive set report and unseen images from the 2017 Christmas Special.
  • WHO IS JOHN SMITH? The fan turned visual effects pro who worked on the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures.
  • DUDLEY SIMPSON: Tributes to the composer who wrote some of Doctor Who’s best-loved scores.
  • TARDIS BUILDING: A first-hand account of how the 1960s TARDIS prop was recreated for Twice Upon a Time.
  • MEET THE DR MEN: Writer and illustrator Adam Hargreaves explains how his Mr Men entered the world of Doctor Who.
  • THE FACE OF EVIL: The Fact of Fiction explores the 1977 story that introduced the Fourth Doctor’s companion Leela.
  • THE PHANTOM PIPER: Part Three of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, previews, reviews, news, the DWM Christmas Quiz answers and prize-winning competitions!





Doctor Who tops Twitter trendsBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 December 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Twice Upon a Time: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Doctor Who has topped the worldwide trends on Twitter this evening, reaching the number one spot within minutes after Peter Capaldi's finale aired on BBC Television.

At 7:00pm, the hashtag #DoctorWho proved most popular topic, with "Jodie" and "Capaldi" in third and fourth places respectively - only the topic "Happy Christmas" split the subjects in second place. Outgoing show writer "Steven Moffat" also featured in fourteenth place.


Overnight viewing figures for the episode should be available tomorrow morning.




Three Wise Women With Jodie WhittakerBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Wise Women (Credit: BBC)
Jodie Whittaker is one of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Three Wise Women who are taking to the airwaves to bear her gifts of wit, wonder and wisdom.

Whittaker will host the programme on Christmas Eve with Beth Ditto taking over on Christmas Day and Sharon Horgan on Boxing Day.

Whittaker will look after BBC 6 Music from 6pm to 2am, including presenting her very own show which will feature the music that has inspired her, as well as looking back across the past year and ahead to 2018.

The Wise Women will also be selecting their favourite 6 Music programming from the archive, with a mixture of shows from Iggy Pop to The First Time with…, and live music to documentaries.

BBC Radio 6 Music is available worldwide on the BBC iPlayer.





New Doctor's Costume RevealedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 9 November 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released the first image showing Jodie Whittaker in her role as the Thirteenth Doctor

Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Steve Schofield)


Jodie Whittaker's first appearance in Doctor Who will be at the end of the upcoming Christmas special. Her first full series is currently in production for broadcast in the Autumn of 2018




New TARDIS team announcedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 October 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Meet the new TARDIS crew - Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole (Credit: BBC) The BBC have revealed details of the regular cast who will feature in the next series of Doctor Who, due to be broadcast in the Autumn next year.

When Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor she will be joined by three regular cast members, consisting of Bradley Walsh as Graham, Tosin Cole as Ryan, and Mandip Gill as Yasmin. Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke.

The new series will consist of a ten-week run of fifty-minute episodes, due for transmission in Autumn 2018, and kicking off with a feature-length hour for the opening launch.

New showrunner Chris Chibnall says:
The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.
Jodie Whittaker added
I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It's a dream team!
Bradley Walsh is best known in the UK for his appearances in the soap opera Coronation Street and for playing lead role of DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK ; he also appeared in the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures playing Odd Bob/Spellman in Day of the Clown. He currently hosts the ITV game shows The Chase and Cash Trapped. Walsh said:
I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full-length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!
Mandip Gill is known for playing Phoebe Jackson in the soap opera Hollyoaks, as well as appearances in Cuckoo, Doctors, The Good Karma Hospital and Casualty. She said
I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. Certain roles seem unattainable and this is one of those, so much so I didn't believe it to be true for the first few weeks. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I've done previously and that's the part that excites me the most.
Also joining the team is Tosin Cole, known for his roles in The Cut, EastEnders: E20 and Hollyoaks. He said
I'm grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I'm looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe.
Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, BBC Studios says:
I am thrilled to welcome Bradley, Mandip and Tosin to the new Who family. Working with three such talented actors is going to be a lot of fun. The Doctor is in fine company.
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama says
The casting of Mandip, Tosin and Bradley is a mark of the new creative ambition Chris is bringing to Doctor Who. He's already made history with the casting of Jodie. These three new characters complete a new and utterly unmissable team aboard the Tardis.
Sarah Barnet, President of BBC America, added:
Doctor Who fans in America are in for an exhilarating ride as the Thirteenth Doctor and her new friends begin a quite amazing new chapter.