At last, it’s here, an all-new series of Doctor Who. To celebrate the occasion the DWCA will be sending out an exclusive digital comic to all its members. The comic features the Doctor and Bill in action (with a few unexpected friends) and answers the question of just what happened to them following the events of the Season 10 teaser that first introduced Pearl Mackie, one year ago. This digital publication also features a pin-up gallery and welcomes Pearl Mackie via interviews with Anneke Wills, Katy Manning and Janet Fielding, discussing just what it is really like to be the Doctor’s companion.
If you are not currently a member of the Doctor Who Club of Australia, you have until Friday 21 April to join to be able to receive this exclusive publication. Liberation of the Daleks will be provided digitally to all club members on Saturday 22 April.
For more information about joining, please visit here
Overnight, the BBC has confirmed that John Simm, will return to the role of playing the Master in series 10.
Last seen as the Master in the 2010 New Year’s story – The End of Time, Simm has been quoted as saying: “I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back. It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what the Master gets up to in the next series.”
The BBC has announced that the new companion to the Twelfth Doctor, Bill Potts, will be an openly gay woman.
The news will apparently be revealed in Bill’s second line of dialogue in the opening episode, The Pilot, to be shown on ABC on 16 April and in selected cinemas.
Speaking about the revelation, Mackie said her character’s sexuality “shouldn’t be a big deal”.
“[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character – it’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with,” she said.
Mackie did note, however, that representation of different races and sexualities is important, especially on a mainstream show such as Doctor Who.
“I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important.
“It’s important to say people are gay, people are black – there are also aliens in the world as well so watch out for them.”
Of course the Doctor has had LGBT friends before – both Captain Jack and River Song had relationships with both men and women, and though Madame Vastra and Jenny were not technically companions, their status as a married lesbian couple was seen as a big milestone for the show. Bill will however be the first companion to both identify as gay and travel in the TARDIS on screen, joining off-screen companions such as Izzy Sinclair from the comics and Oliver Harper from the Big Finish audio dramas.
The ABC has announced a brand new panel show to accompany Doctor Who on Sunday nights – and Australian fans are invited to join in the fun!
To be broadcast following each episode of Series 10, Whovians will see Doctor Who enthusiast Rove McManus and his team of superfans dissect the world of our favourite Time Lord. As well as unpacking the most recent episode, the team will also go back in time to analyse, critique and unravel the mysteries of the series.
Rove will be joined by other self-confessed Doctor Who superfans Tegan Higginbotham, Adam Richard and Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell, as well as a roster of celebrity guests.
“I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for as long as I can remember, so you can imagine how pleased I am to be hosting a show about it,” said McManus. “Whether it be the classic era that dates back over fifty years, or the modern series that has created its own decade-long legacy, it’ll be nice to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite TV show with like-minded individuals and be paid to completely geek out. You might say I’m so excited that I too feel like I have two hearts beating in my chest – and yes, it’s references like that which prove I’m the right guy for the job.”
Whovians will be filmed in front of a live studio audience in Sydney and broadcast as live on Sundays at 8.30pm on ABC2, starting on Sunday 16 April. To be part of the studio audience, email email@example.com
It has been confirmed that the series 10 opener “The Pilot” will be getting a cinema release.
Sharmill Films who has previously brought The Power of the Daleks and Deep Breath to the cinema, is releasing the episode at select cinemas on the 16th of April for two days. The special release will also have the bonus feature “Becoming the companion”.
Cinema-goers will also get an exclusive chance to travel with Pearl from the London stage through the doors of the TARDIS to a once-in-a-lifetime role, or as Pearl says “the most insane thing that’s ever happened to me.” Featuring exclusive interviews with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat and narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
Following the UK broadcast of the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, fans were treated to a Series 10 teaser trailer, now also available online.
The trailer serves as an introduction to the Doctor’s upcoming companion, Bill, who serves chips for a living and knows the Doctor as a university lecturer. We also get a glimpse at some of the adventures the Doctor and Bill will be undertaking together – including a run-in with the Daleks – and at their fellow adventurer in time and space, Matt Lucas’ Nardole.
The trailer is likely to be shown after tonight’s broadcast of the Christmas Special on ABC, but can also be viewed below.
BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) and Sharmill Films will present a Boxing Day screening of this year’s Doctor WhoChristmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which sees the Doctor teaming up with a comic-book superhero in New York.
The cinema event will include the full 60-minute special plus two exclusive bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero, giving a special inside look at Doctor Who’s concept of a modern superhero, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, showing the making of this year’s special, with appearances by stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, and showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffatt.
Fans throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the event in these select cinemas
Doctor Who Magazine has reported that writer of Survival from the original series run – Rona Munro is to return for series ten.
Previously hinted by Steven Moffat back in October that a classic series writer would be returning, Munro is the first writer for the new series who has previously worked on the original series run.
Munro’s story, which is episode nine and entitled: The Eaters of Light is currently being filmed in Cardiff.
An interview with Munro states:
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.
Overnight, the Doctor Who spin off series Class, has had a release date announced for the 22nd of October in the UK on BBC3.
Update: 26/09/16 – Class will air in Australia on ABC2. The air date of the two episodes will be Monday the 24th of October. However, on iView, the episodes will be available for viewing straight after their release in the UK!
Two episodes will air on the 22nd, and the first one will feature Peter Capaldi reprising his role as the Doctor. The episode titles for these two episodes are “For Tonight We Might Die” and “The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo.”
There are no trailers at the moment, but we will provide a link when one is available.
Update: 08/10/16 – A Trailer for the first season of class has been released. Please note, the trailer may not be suitable for young children. Parental discretion is advised.
Updated 04/11 – Announcement of Colour release.
Updated 31/10 – Added DVD release date.
The BBC have announced they will be releasing a fully re-animated version of Power of the Daleks.
Power of the Daleks, first broadcast back on the fifth of November, 1966 was the second Doctor’s (Patrick Troughton) first on screen adventure. Unfortunately, the story was not kept after original broadcast and the master negatives were purged back in 1974.
The new animated episodes will be released in black and white animation and are based on audio recordings of the programme using the original cast.
The team behind the animation has previously animated another lost episode from the BBC Comedy – Dad’s Army. This is their first attempt for Doctor Who.
The producer and director is Charles Norton, and character designs are from comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.
“The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”
Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks will initially be exclusively released on BBC Store, with episode one available from Saturday 5th November at 5:50pm, and the others released on consecutive days thereafter. Readers can register their interest in the download at the BBC Store.
The story will become available online more widely from the 14th November, and will also be released on DVD in the United Kingdom on the 21st November. The DVD will be released on the 14th of December and the DWCA Shop will have copies for sale.
In the new year, there is also going to be a release in the UK of both the black and white and colour animations of this story released on Blu-Ray. This is due out on the 6th of February in the UK.
A teaser trailer showcasing the animation is available below: