Data Extract: the first 100 issuesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 August 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Data Extract: Issues 1 - 100 (Credit: The Doctor Who Club of Australia)The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) have announced the first 100 issues of the club fanzine, Data Extract, will be released as a collected volume:

In 1980 a publishing legend was born with the release of the first newsletter for the Doctor Who Club of Australia. Subsequently editor Dallas Jones named it Data Extract and under his stewardship the publication grew from a two page newsletter into a fully-fledged fanzine, with articles, interviews, art and more besides.

Now for the first time since their original releases, the first 100 issues of this Doctor Who fanzine have been reprinted and collected in one hardcover volume. Relive the heady days of the past from Tom Baker’s departure to the end of the classic era and into the Wilderness Years. It’s all here, presented exactly as it was.

This collection features interviews with Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Freeman and Jeremy Bentham. Experience Doctor Who history through the eyes of Australian fandom with the first 100 issues of Data Extract, Down Under’s premiere fanzine and the flagship publication of the DWCA.

The Doctor Who Fanzine Collection: Data Extract Issues 1 to 100 is available to purchase through Lulu.

(with thanks to Dallas Jones)




Whotopia - Issue 31Bookmark and Share

Friday, 28 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Whotopia - Issue 31The latest issue of the fan magazine Whotopia has been released and looks at the legacy of writer and Script Editor Robert Holmes

The Magazine is available in both a free-to-download PDF and can be purchased in hardcopy.

  • POINT / COUNTERPOINT: THE CASE FOR ROBERT HOLMES    Join Michael S. Collins & Jon Arnold as they ponder the works of the late great Robert Holmes
  • ROBERT HOLMES: THE EARLY YEARS  Bob Furnell picks up his biographer's lens and takes a look at Robert Holmes early career
  • COLUMN: WHOLIFE HOLMESLIFE Grant Bull takes a unique look at Holmes' life and works
  • HOLMES WHO REVIEWED Our panel review every story written by Robert Holmes
  • NOVELIZING THE SCRIPT: THE TWO DOCTORS Matthew Kresal focuses on Holmes novelization of his sixth Doctor script
  • COLUMN: TARGET TRAWL Nick Mellish continues his journey reading every single Target novel
  • SICK SOCIETY: HOW THE DYSTOPIAN NARRATIVE INFLUENCED DOCTOR WHO Steve Traves opens the lid on one of the series' most enduring themes
  • COLUMN: THE DOCTOR WHO SCHOLAR: FILE UNDER POLITICS This issue Jeremy discusses how the Doctor's travels have touched upon the cultural events of their time
  • BERNICE SUMMERFIELD UNBOUND Matthew Kresal examines the Big Finish audio boxset
  • WHO YOU BUILD Steve Traves explores more full-scale Doctor Who model making
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES REVIEWED This issue Andrew Screen takes a look at Dark Water/Death In Heaven and Ghost Light
  • THE TENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES Jessica Chaleff takles this new series of audio adventures from Big Finish
  • MASTER WHO PART 4: ERIC ROBERTS Dan Tessier details Eric Roberts version of ‘The Master’
  • COLUMN: THE FANZINE CORNER Bob Furnell returns with a special one-off edition of this popular column
  • THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: RETURN OF THE KROTONS Andrew Screen considers this audio sequel to Holmes' first ever 'Who' script
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE’S EGG Richard Michaels defends three of Holmes' bug-eyed monster creations




Peter Capaldi's Salary RevealedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Peter Capaldi was paid between £200,000 and £250,000 for his work on Doctor Who in the previous financial year, according to figures published by the BBC today.

The BBC has been instructed by government to publish the salaries of all on screen staff members who earn more than £150,000 each year, as part of the 2016 charter renewal.

The BBC has 96 staff members who fit into this category with Radio 2 and Top Gear presenter Chris Evans topping the chart with a salary of over 2 million pounds.

The highest paid actor is Derek Thompson from Casualty who earned between £350,000 and £400,000 in the year. The list only includes those working directly for the BBC and not those working on independent productions comissioned by the corporation, such as Sherlock.

The figure just reflects the amount of licence fee money paid to the actor and does not include any money paid by the commercial company BBC Worldwide for any other work undertaken.




Patrick Ness Calls Time on ClassBookmark and Share

Sunday, 4 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Patrick Ness writer and creator of the Doctor Who Spin-off Class, has confirmed he will not be writing any more episodes of the series.

The BBC has not officially commented on the future of the series, which was released on the BBC Three online channel last Autumn and shown on BBC America in the last couple of months. However, with the series creator now withdrawing from the drama it looks increasingly unlikely that a second series will be made.

Ness confirmed his withdrawal from any new series on Twitter saying
I decided a while back that, with unbelievable regret, I won't be writing anymore Class, even if a season 2 moves ahead. It has been the MOST amazing experience. I loved it, and I am so proud of the show and what we made. My heart just bursts with happy.

But we should be filming right now. With the new cycles of Who, we'd pretty much need to be to be on the air before even 2019. But we're not. And that's just TV and how it goes! Not even the littlest bit bitter.

What an amazing experience. Huge thank yous to BBC Three and BBC America for their love and enthusiasm for Class. BBC America in particular absolutely loves the show.
Class was created to appeal to the young adult market and initially released in the UK on an online platform. The project was part of the BBC's initiative to serve young adult consumers by focusing on online content, a decision that led to the closure of the BBC Three Broadcast channel.

It was hoped that high-quality original content would drive young viewers to the online station, which has struggled to make an impact in the market. However, the decision meant that Class was initially only seen by a fraction of the audience it would have received on a broadcast channel.

The series was later screened on BBC One, but as a late night double bill, where it struggled to find an audience, getting viewing figures around a third of the timeslot average.

Ness, on his Twitter feed, said he was baffled by the scheduling decisions of BBC1, given the show had been critically-acclaimed, but reiterated he was grateful for the chance to make it. He talked about some of his plans for Series Two, which will not now be realised.
If I had got a 2nd season, Weeping Angel civil war & Planet, Quill has a dangerous son, Charlie & Matteusz shirtless wood chopping. So, yeah, I'm really sad, saddest in my whole career, but it's the right choice.
Ness also paid tribute to the fans of the series and the cast
What a lucky man I've been to have been able to make a show I'm so proud of and work with wonderful people. Never even dreamed it. So thank you to everyone who watched and loved it and argued about it and watched it again. You made my heart swell. And I think, truly, that my cast are going to be smashing it for years to come. Pxxxx




Rachel Talalay Directing Christmas EpisodeBookmark and Share

Sunday, 28 May 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that Rachel Talalay will be directing the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas episode, the last one before new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over the series

Talaley has directed the final two episodes of both series 8 and 9 of Doctor Who, including the highly acclaimed Heaven Sent, as well as directing the upcoming finale to the current series.

Moffat confirmed her involvement while speaking at the first ever US Sherlock convention.
Making big-budget spectaculars on no money at all is what we need, and Rachel’s got such a deep background, and such great ability at that! We’re just finishing up on the finale episodes, and planning the Christmas one, which she’s also directing — which is my very last one.
The Christmas episode will also be the last one featuring current Doctor Peter Capaldi.

On Twitter Talalay said how pleased she was to be working on the series again.
Yes, thrilled to be doing #DoctorWho Xmas episode (and what a script!). Very sad it's our last.




Knock Knock - IntroductionsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 6 May 2017 - Reported by Marcus

Knock Knock: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 6 May 20177:20pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 6 May 20179:20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 6 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 6 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 7 May 201711:00am EEST(Sun 9:00am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 7 May 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 7 May 20178:00pm BRT(Sun 11:00pm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 7 May 201711:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 7 May 20177:30pm NZST(Mon 8:30am BST)

A special 3D sound mix of this week’s episode makes it feel as if you’re part of the action, according to a group of Welsh students.

Speaking at an exclusive screening of the binaural audio edition of episode four, Knock Knock, the students called it a great experience, saying the enhanced version sounds as if at any minute the monsters could be coming after you.

The enhanced binaural audio episode will be available on BBC iPlayer immediately after the adventure premieres on BBC One and BBC One HD from 8.10pm on Saturday, 6 May. Viewers can find it by searching Doctor Who Enhanced on BBC iPlayer or visiting: www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwhoenhanced

The binaural edition creates a 3D surround soundscape for anyone wearing headphones, placing the audience at the heart of the action while the bumps, scrapes, shrieks and screams echo around them as if they were actually there. To create the enhanced version, the team used new software developed by BBC Research & Development to artificially mimic the subtle effect the shape of the viewer’s head and ears have on what they hear. This lets sound engineers give the impression of specific sounds like the creaks and groans of the old house in Knock Knock being in front, behind, or all around viewers.

Brian Minchin, executive producer, Doctor Who, said:
Mike Bartlett’s episode 'Knock Knock' is perfect for 3D sound as it’s set in a creepy house where creaks might kill you! What you can hear, and where it comes from is extremely important. The binaural audio edition enhances the fun and the scares throughout Knock Knock.
Catherine Robinson, audio supervisor at BBC Wales, said:
The software BBC R&D have created enables us to completely immerse viewers in this extremely atmospheric episode. People will be able to hear the surround sound mix the way our engineers hear it in the studio, without the need for acres of cables, speakers and stands in their lounge. And as they can watch with a normal pair of headphones, they can experience the 3D audio wherever they want to watch this episode




Knock Knock - Binaural EditionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has confirmed that this week's episode of Doctor Who, Knock Knock, will be available on the BBC iPlayer in special binaural edition, available immediately after the episode has broadcast on BBC One.

Binaural is a method of sound reproduction that is intended to replicate the way the human brain understands sound to give the listener as natural an experience as possible. Rather than using a series of speakers to reproduce a soundscape, the Binaural process records sound using two microphones separated by the width of a human head. When listening to the replay through headphones, the effect is to replicate the sound going into each ear giving the listener the effect of actually being in the room where the sound was recorded.

The binaural edition of Knock Knock will be available on BBC iPlayer from 8.10pm on Saturday, 6 May.

The binaural process can be heard on the preview clip on the official BBC Doctor Who page. To experience it you need to listen to the clip on headphones.




Whotopia - 30Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 11 December 2016 - Reported by Marcus
WHOTOPIA ISSUE 30The latest issue of the fan magazine Whotopia has been released and is now available to download from the Whotopia website

In this issue
  • IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER DAVISON
  • Roger Crow chats with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison on the set of his new movie
  • THE DOCTOR IS NOT MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD
  • Jessica Chaleff explains quite to the contrary that the Doctor isn’t as old as you think
  • THE STORIES THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: THE MCCOY ERA
  • Bob Furnell examines the unmade stories from Sylvester McCoy’s era
  • OMEGA: THE LOST TIME LORD
  • Steve Traves considers one of the series’ more enigmatic villains
  • UNDERAPPRECIATED MONSTERS & VILLIANS IN DOCTOR WHO
  • Jessica Chaleff points the spotlight at a sample of less-looked-for antagonists
  • AN EVENING WITH MATTHEW WATERHOUSE
  • Paula Hammond reports on this special event with Matthew Waterhouse
  • COLUMN: TARGET TRAWL
  • Nick Mellish continues his journey reading every single Target novel
  • COLUMN: THE DOCTOR WHO SCHOLAR
  • This issue Jeremy examines Doctor Who as transmedia
  • WHO YOU BUILD
  • Steve Traves explores more full-scale Doctor Who model making
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES: THE MASSACRE REVIEWED
  • Andrew Screen reviews one of the Black Archive books
  • WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT…?
  • Whotopia interviews authors Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler
  • COLUMN: THE AUDIO ARCHIVES
  • Andrew Screen continues his look at the works of Big Finish
  • MASTER WHO PART 3: ANTHONY AINLEY
  • Dan Tessier details Anthony Ainley’s version of ‘The Master’
  • POLARITY DAY: REMEMBERING JON PERTWEE
  • Paula Hammond attends this special DWAS event celebrating third Doctor Jon Pertwee
  • CLASS REVIEWED
  • Jon Arnold turns his critical eye on the first few episodes of the latest Who spinoff
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES VOLUME 1-3
  • Andrew Screen takes a look at the series of books from Obverse Books
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE’S EGG
  • With the end of an era looming, Richard Michaels fires off a defence of Steven Moffat
The magazine can be downloaded for free from whotopia.ca.




The Lost DoctorBookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 November 2016 - Reported by Marcus

A fan produced audio adventure exploring one of the biggest ‘What Ifs…?’ in Doctor Who history has been released to coincide with the show’s 53rd anniversary.

Ken Campbell was the Time Lord who almost was when he lost out to Sylvester McCoy for the role of the Seventh Doctor in 1987.

In this new adventure, the actor finally claims the helm of time and space in an original, fan-made episode, written by long-time fan Tom Calderbank, that introduces a brand new companion, a new villain and the TARDIS’ elusive Eternity Room…

The Lost Doctor is available online for free.




New Series 10 Writers AnnouncedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Pearl MacKie and Peter Capaldi (Credit: BBC / Ray Burmiston)The BBC has confirmed that classic series writer Rona Munro and new series writer Jamie Mathieson have both written episodes for series Ten of Doctor Who.

Rona Munro wrote the final story in the original series of Doctor Who, Survival, first shown in 1989. She has since become a highly respected scriptwriter working across the industry. She wrote the script for Ken Loach's Ladybird, ladybird as well as Oranges and Sunshine and Aimee and Jaguar. She has been prolific on the stage and written eleven Drama's for BBC Radio 4's Stanley Baxter Playhouse.

Munro becomes the first classic series writer to write for the revived series. She has written Episode 9, The Eaters of Light, for the upcoming series which is currently being shot in Cardiff, as part of the fourth recording block

Munro tells the new edition of Doctor Who Magazine
Writing Survival was my dream job, but it was a mournful time in the show’s history. This has been a very different experience. There’s more of everything; people, resources, confidence, success... but the same constantly renewing and indefinable wonder that is Doctor Who. When I was very small and watching the First Doctor, I had a special cushion known as ‘Rona’s Doctor Whocushion’. I would hide my face in it when the Daleks or other monsters appeared on screen! The Eaters of Light is my version of other stories that have haunted me for almost as long.
Also being filmed at present is Episode 5 by Jamie Mathieson, who previously contributed the 2014 stories Mummy on the Orient Express and Flatline as well as co-writing last year's The Girl Who Died. Mathieson tells DWM
I’m back baby, and beyond stoked to be once again putting words in the mouths of the TARDIS crew. So what can I tell you? Well, my episode this year is very, very scary. Like, seriously so. ‘Let’s go behind the sofa and just stay there until it’s over’ scary. It’s got more shocks and tense scenes than anything I’ve ever written. And that’s coming from a man who once wrote an episode of My Parents Are Aliens. It’s also a taut thrill ride, a gag fest, a pitch black satire and, for the first time – [notices Steven Moffat approaching with cosh marked ‘no spoilers’] – I’m writing for Bill and Nardole!
The end of the fourth recording block marks the half way point in the production of series ten,




Class - Behind the ScenesBookmark and Share

Sunday, 23 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released Behind the Scenes pictures from the first two episodes of Class.

The pictures contain spoilers from the episodes which are available on BBC Three in the UK

For Tonight We Might Die
Charlie (GREG AUSTIN)  (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)April (SOPHIE HOPKINS)  (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Tanya (VIVIAN OPARAH)  (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN)  (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Charlie (GREG AUSTIN)  (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)
The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo
Class - Ep2 - The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo - Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Class - Ep2 - The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo - Ram (FADY ELSAYED) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Class - Ep2 - The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo - The Inspector (JAMI REID-QUARRELL) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Class - Ep2 - The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Class - Ep2 - The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo - The Inspector (JAMI REID-QUARRELL), Miss Quill (KATHERINE KELLY) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Class - Ep2 - The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Class - Ep2 - The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo - Coach Dawson (BEN PEEL) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Class - Ep2 - The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo - Ram (FADY ELSAYED), Coach Dawson (BEN PEEL) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)Class - Ep2 - The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo - Tanya (VIVIAN OPARAH), April (SOPHIE HOPKINS), Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgeway)




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)




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




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