The Thirteenth Doctor on Turkish televisionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 May 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker (Credit: BBC)BBC Studios have announced the launch of their high definition channel BBC Prime in Turkey via Türk Telekom’s Tivibu platform from 27th May, with Doctor Who featuring prominently on the new service:

BBC First will be the exclusive home of all-new series of Doctor Who in Turkey, launching with the 11th and 12th seasons starring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor and premiering future series closer to UK TX than ever before. This will be especially appreciated by Turkish Whovians who are among world’s most loyal fans ranking #6 in the world on the Doctor Who Facebook page and #9 for YouTube views on Doctor Who official channel, with 1.7m video views in the last 12 months.

Natasha Hussain, Senior Vice President for MENA at BBC Studios, said:
As the World’s spotlight shines bright on British drama, I’m thrilled to be expanding our offering in Turkey with the truly unmissable BBC First channel. The BBC has a strong reputation for its original storytelling and high production values in this genre, and I can’t wait for audiences in Turkey to be introduced to the raft of unique stories and unforgettable characters on BBC First.
Türk Telekom TV/OTT Content and Product Director, Ziyad Varol, stated:
We are very much happy with our years of cooperation with BBC, a household name for broadcast and media worldwide. Five years ago, Tivibu was the first platform to launch BBC’s documentary channel BBC Earth in Turkey, introducing one of the most important documentary producers of the world to Turkish audiences. And now, with BBC First, we are again excited to provide Tivibu audience with the newest and most popular series content of BBC. We hope to add new firsts into our list with BBC and to provide further value to Tivibu viewers by presenting them premium contents before everyone else in Turkey.

Doctor Who kicks off on the channel with a complete run of Peter Capaldi's last series during the afternoon/evening, leading up to the premiere of The Woman Who Fell To Earth. The channel then continues to show Series 11 alongside the rest of the Doctor's high definition adventures over the following weeks (which includes the upscaled special The Next Doctor). You can catch up on the BBC First schedule via This Week in Doctor Who.

Doctor Who has been available in Turkey in standard definition for a number of years via BBC Entertainment Europe (currently broadcasting Series 10).





Jodie Whittaker Joins Charity AppealBookmark and Share

Friday, 1 May 2020 - Reported by Marcus

Jodie Whittaker has joined Brian Cox and Ewan McGregor to support the Geeky T-Shirt awareness drive and fundraiser for a charity helping terminally children in Scotland.

The current Doctor is helping launch a nationwide appeal for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS, a charity which provides vital hospice care services throughout Scotland to support the whole family.

As part of the Share Your Joy campaign, on Monday, May the Fourth, CHAS are encouraging the public to show allegiance to their favourite science-fiction, fantasy, cartoon or musical hero and by virtue the charity itself, by digging out their favourite geeky t-shirt to wear on the day. Thousands of supporters around the country have a CHAS shirt in the cupboard from a past or postponed event; CHAS asks them to wear it with pride for the day and share it with the hashtag #MayThe4thBeWithCHAS.

In order to help support the ongoing physical and new virtual hospice services provided to CHAS families, who are dealing with the most difficult of circumstances at the most impossible of times, participants are encouraged to share their efforts online and donate just £3 by texting ‘Geeky 3’ to 70450.

Laura Campbell, Community Fundraising Development Manager at CHAS, said
We are bowled over by the attention this appeal has had so far. We’ve had support from schools, universities, workplaces, sport teams, political figures, people from the film, TV and music world, and most importantly the CHAS families this is all for.

It means a lot to have backing from Jodie, Brian and Ewan to seriously highlight our position. We hope people from all over Scotland, and perhaps even further afield, are able to join in on the day and maybe take part in our ‘Big Geeky Quiz’ at 8pm on Facebook Live, which will feature guest questions from a few famous faces. We’ve got Jedi legends, legendary X-Wing pilots, White Walkers, Disney princesses, Power Rangers… it’s about to get nerdy!
On the evening of the 4th, The Big Geeky Quiz will be hosted by CBeebies actor James Mackenzie, who has gone on a Saharan trek and been heavily involved in fundraising for the charity throughout the last year. Questions will come from Ewan McGregor and many other figures from the worlds of Star Wars, Disney and beyond.

Now in its third year, support for last year’s Geeky T-Shirt day came from a trio of Scottish greats: Peter Capaldi, Brian Cox and Billy Boyd. The funds and awareness raised by the online event will help CHAS on its mission to reach every single baby, child and young person who needs them, despite the current situation.

Like many other charities left reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, CHAS has had to dramatically transform the way in which it provides its increasingly important services. They have set up Scotland’s first-ever virtual hospice to support children and families who are having to completely self-isolate.

The virtual hospice is now four weeks in, offering families extensive support, whether it relates to clinical guidance, financial advice or bereavement support, by video and phone. CHAS family support teams are also offering an expanding range of interactive activities, art clubs, storytelling and conference calls to children and parents, with more in the pipeline.

Although stringent measures are currently in place to safeguard families, those needing urgent physical and end of life care are still welcome at the hospice, where staff work tirelessly to provide children with the palliative assistance they need.

Jodie Whittaker supports Geeky T-Shirt Day 2020




Official Series 12 Trailer releasedBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 November 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released the first official trailer for the next series of Doctor Who, due to air from New Year's Day.


The trailer was launched across the BBC's social media channels at 3pm, before its television premiere on BBC One as the lead-in to Strictly Come Dancing at 7pm.




Children in Need 2019Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 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 £47,886,382 for the charity.

The evening featured a special surprise for Anastasia who, having presented a video about the work done by drame group Hackney Shed to boost confidence for herself and others, was then thrilled as her very own heroine the Doctor arrived on stage to meet her!

BBC Children in Need 2019 - Anastasia meets Jodie (Credit: BBC)

Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill were all on hand to make it a very special evening for Anastasia, with Jodie also presenting her with her very own sonic screwdriver.


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





The Edge or Time - ReleasedBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 November 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time, the feature-length Doctor Who VR videogame, launches worldwide on November 12th

Publisher PlayStack and Developer Maze Theory are have released the Launch Trailer for  the game, which Is available for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and HTC Vive Cosmos, with  Oculus Quest coming later this year.

Players will visit Victorian London, escape from a space-stranded cruiser and explore an Egyptian temple as they operate the TARDIS across the Doctor Who universe, under guidance from The Doctor herself, played by Jodie Whittaker. 

 Crafted with countless references to the show and its 55-year history, Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time combines action, horror and sci-fi, equipping players with the Sonic Screwdriver to solve mind-bending puzzles, escape treacherous environments and come face-to-face with classic Doctor Who monsters, all within virtual reality for the first time ever. Escape from Weeping Angels, face off against brand-new monsters and pilot a Dalek shell to harness its’ fearsome weaponry in a thrilling and immersive single-player adventure!

Features
  • Become Part Of Doctor Who - a thrilling single-player adventure developed by Sony London alumni (VR Worlds, The London Heist, Blood and Truth), Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time  will immerse players in Doctor Who like never before as they travel across space and time to save reality. 
  • Wield The Sonic Screwdriver - With exhilarating moment-to-moment gameplay, wield the Sonic Screwdriver to solve fiendish puzzles and traverse a dangerous universe full of challenges, enemies and wonder.
  • Stunning Cinematic Visuals - From the Dalekanium of a Dalek’s shell, to the stone-cold terror of a Weeping Angel, experience stunning visuals that bring the show to life!  
  • Doctor Who Talent - Featuring Jodie Whittaker as the voice of The Doctor and Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks, in a story written by Gavin Collinson - Digital Producer for Doctor Who and author
  • Oculus Quest Support - experience the next level of immersion with Oculus Quest, as you explore the Doctor Who universe without boundaries in untethered virtual reality






Jodie Whittaker Sings YellowBookmark and Share

Sunday, 13 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker takes on a classic Coldplay track for a new album released to support BBC Children in Need.

The charity album of celebrity covers titled Got it Covered, features the actress singing Yellow, written in 2002 for the group's debut album, Parachutes.

The album also features Tenth Doctor David Tennant showing off his vocal talents, singing Sunshine on Leith by The Proclaimers.

Other stars to feature on the record include Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, who appeared in Matt Smith's debut episode of Doctor Who, Helen Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Suranne Jones, Luke Evans, Adrian Lester and Himesh Patel.

A special hour-long show documenting the stars recording the album at the Abbey Road studios will be broadcast ahead of the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal show.

The album will be released in conjunction with Silva Screen Records on Friday 1st November with all profits going to Children in Need.





Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 539Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 539 (Credit: Panini)
Issue 539 of Doctor Who Magazine includes an exclusive interview with Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker.

This issue also includes:
  • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • Former Doctor David Tennant discusses Jodie Whittaker.
  • Howard Burden recalls designing costumes for three different Doctors.
  • The second part of a candid interview with 1980s script editor Eric Saward.
  • What topped the DWM season poll? We reveal the results!
  • We talk to the team behind the Blu-ray special edition of 1973’s Planet of the Daleks.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2005 story The Long Game.
  • Eric Saward previews his novelisations of Resurrection and Revelation of the Daleks.
  • Is Doctor Who a kids’ show? The Time Team decides.
  • How to recreate the Second Doctor’s ‘cosmic hobo’ style.
  • The final part of Herald of Madness, a comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
DWM 539 is on sale from 30 May, priced £5.99.

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 539 (Credit: Panini)
DWM 539 is also available as a strictly limited Deluxe Edition, exclusive to WH Smith and store.panini.co.uk priced £9.99.

In addition to the latest issue of DWM, the Deluxe Edition includes:
  • An exclusive vinyl EP featuring rare and bonus tracks from The Evil of the Daleks.
  • A 28-page supplement about the making of the Thirteenth Doctor’s episodes, packed full of new information and previously unseen pictures.
  • Downloads from BBC Audio and Big Finish.
  • A Doctor Who bookmark.
And more.




Jodie Whittaker Offered the Freedom of the City of LondonBookmark and Share

Friday, 8 March 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Jodie WhittakerJodie Whittaker is one of more than 100 women who will receive the Freedom of the City of London to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

The Court of Common Council, the City of London Corporation’s top decision-making body, has today set the final seal of approval upon the Freedoms, paving the way for ceremonies to take place at Guildhall over the coming months.

Last year, the City Corporation agreed to mark 100 years of female suffrage with the award of the Freedom by inviting members of the Court of Common Council and colleagues in their City of London Wards to nominate candidates.

The nominees are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, but all of them have a connection to the City. Jodie Whittaker trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, based in the City Of London.

Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair at the City of London Corporation, said:
Many congratulations to everyone who accepted the City’s invitation to receive the Freedom of the City of London, among them, a restaurateur, actor, florist, ecologist, beauty salon owner, town planner, and the Bishop of London.

My colleagues shared my enthusiasm to invite women from as many walks of life as possible, and I am very encouraged that we have exceeded our target of 100 women, and that we are announcing the news ahead of International Women’s Day.

I hope that our new Freemen enjoy attending their ceremonies at Guildhall and will take pride in their Freedom, which is one of our most historic and celebrated traditions.
The Freedom of the City of London is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade; and today, people are nominated for, or apply for, the Freedom, because it offers them a link with the historic City of London and one of its ancient traditions.

The Freedom is also offered to individuals by the City of London Corporation to help celebrate a significant achievement or to pay tribute to their outstanding contribution to London life or public life.




Win breakfast with Jodie Whittaker and Mandip GillBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 February 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Comic Relief is offering one lucky winner the chance to have a special private breakfast with Jodie Whittaker on the set of Doctor Who.

Jodie Whittaker and companion Mandip Gill would like to share a coffee and breakfast with you and a friend - to discuss the show, explore some theories, revisit some highlights. After breakfast, you will go on a tour of the Doctor Who set, watch the filming and meet the stars, and get to speak to the crew who make the show.

The offer is a prize in a special draw to raise money for comic relief. Entries can be made online and cost £10 each. To enter you need to be over 18. The guest may be under the age of 18 provided they are over 14 years old and the winner is their parent or guardian.

Other offers available include a private breakfast with Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum, Afternoon Tea with the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family from The Crown and a fry-up with Louis Tomlinson in his favourite London cafe.

Emma Freud, Executive Producer of Red Nose Day, has curated these once in a lifetime experiences. She said:
I’m SO proud of this year's Prizeathon. It’s the best list of unique, cheeky and daring prizes we were able to compile. Every one of them has been given by the celebrity themselves - and we're absolutely delighted to have Sir David Attenborough on board for breakfast at the Natural History Museum and a wander with him through his favourite exhibition before the museum opens
Money raised through bids and prize draw entries will go to Red Nose Day, which is back on Friday 15th March. Comic Relief is a UK charity with an aim to create a just world, free from poverty by funding and investing in organisations across the UK and around the world to tackle some of the key issues of our time.

Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1.25 billion.

To enter click here




Jodie Whittaker to present Bedtime StoriesBookmark and Share

Sunday, 2 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Jodie Whittaker reads Ada Twist, Scientist in Bedtime Stories (7 Dec 2018) (Credit: BBC)Jodie Whittaker is the latest Doctor Who star to present an episode of the popular childrens' Bedtime Stories, shown on CBeebies every evening at 6:50pm.

Jodie will be reading Ada Twist, Scientist on Friday 7th December, the third in a series of books by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. She said:
It is such an honour to know that families and friends will be sharing this experience with me. I hope that everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

(This episode replaces the orginally scheduled Whatever Next! read by Adil Ray)


For those wanting to continue their Jodie fix before the Doctor Who finale on Sunday, Friday evening also sees the actress appearing in the new series of Channel 4's Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast, broadcast at 8:00pm, where she'll be preparing dishes including roast pork, complete with a double helping of crispy crackling, and an authentic Thai beef massaman curry (something she has been dreaming about since she was 18!).


You can follow notifications of these and other related broadcasts via This Week in Doctor Who, with discussions on Facebook.




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.