Overnight, the BBC have confirmed that Series 11 will be scored by Segun Akinola. He will also be responsible for making a new version of the iconic Doctor Who theme tune.
Segun Akinola, trained at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, will take over from Murray Gold. As part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit program in 2017, Segun has already been recognised as one of the rising stars among British composers.
Segun’s other work includes scoring BBC Two’s landmark four-part series Black and British: A Forgotten History, written and presented by Historian David Olusoga. He also scored Shola Amoo’s debut feature film A Moving Image, which had its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival. His score for Dear Mr Shakespeare received an Honourable Mention for the 2017 BSO Jerry Goldsmith Award for ‘Best Original Score for a Short Film’. Recently, he completed the scores for the major three-part series The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed and two-part series Expedition Volcano, both for BBC Two and PBS.
SEVEN weeks, seven doctors and a whole lot of Daleks -social video service Twitch is set to launch a Special Viewing Event for Doctor Who fans.
Twitch announced they are joining forces with BBC Studios for the first-ever digital broadcast event featuring the Classic Doctor Who series.
So that’s more than 500 episodes from the 26 series airing worldwide during the seven-week period. Starting 29 May (or in Australia’s case 4am 30 May) tune in each week Monday to Friday at 11 am PDT to catch episodes onTwitch.tv/TwitchPresents.
BBC Studios Director of Digital Sales and Business Development, Nick Coulter was excited about the partnership.
“We are constantly looking at ways to reach new audiences and make it easier for fans to engage with our most popular shows,” he said.
“Doctor Who, in particular, has a great tradition of pioneering new technologies, from early VHS all the way through to the new digital services of today. Twitch is another great example of this, as a brilliant service with over 15 million active daily users, we are thrilled to be able to offer them the chance to indulge in the Classic Doctor Who series and celebrate its amazing 54 year legacy of excitement and innovation.”
As part of the event, leading UK digital content creators The Yogscast are producing a series of shows that will introduce each Doctor. With a cast of Doctor Who screenwriters, experts, fans, and even a former companion, the Yogscast’s Turps and resident Doctor Who expert and High Roller’s player Matt Toffollo will discuss why modern audiences should watch Doctor Who. Each 20-minute episode will provide a brief summary of the stories, including the actors, monsters, famous phrases or production gaffes to look out for. With first-hand knowledge from former companion Katy Manning and writers Bob Baker and Paul Cornell, the shows will give insight into the series alongside the humour and irreverence viewers expect from the Yogscast.
“Doctor Who and its clever take on sci-fi exemplifies the type of adjacent content to gaming that has resonated with the Twitch community,” Jane Weedon, Twitch Director of Business Development said.
“By presenting this iconic BBC show in a new interactive format, it is a fun new way to bridge several generations of Doctor Who fans, while building a new generation of them.”
For more information on the Doctor Who episodes that will air on Twitch, visit the Twitch blog.
And if you want to own the Classic Who episodes and watch them any time you like (with extras and without ads) don’t forget to head to the DVD section of the DWCA Shop where you can purchase the eps – http://dwca.org.au/products-page/dvds/
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if River Song met the Master? Well wonder no longer, because thanks to the magic of audio drama, River will soon be locking horns with not one, not two, but four incarnations of the Doctor’s oldest foe!
The Diary of River Song, Big Finish Productions’ spin-off series starring Alex Kingston, has seen River Song encounter the Eighth, Seventh, Sixth and Fifth Doctors – with the Fourth to follow later this year. Now our heroine is set to face her toughest challenge yet, meeting four Masters over the course of four hour-long adventures.
Yes, TV Movie Master Eric Roberts will be returning to the role for the first time in 22 years, while Michelle Gomez’s Missy will become the first Twelfth Doctor era character to join the Big Finish family. They will be accompanied by Geoffrey Beevers’ decayed Master and Derek Jacobi’s War Master, the latter having recently starred in both his own series for Big Finish as well as the much-anticipated Gallifrey: Time War.
“This is something we’ve been so incredibly excited about for so long,” said Nicholas Briggs, executive producer at Big Finish. “It’s been thrilling enough for us to work with Alex for all the River releases, but to put her against the Doctor’s former best friend turned arch enemy is not a little mind-blowing. Fantastic that we’re getting an opportunity to work with Michelle again, after her first appearance (at Big Finish) with Sylvester McCoy back in 2007! But somehow strangely incredible that Eric Roberts is back from the 1996 TV movie. It’s frankly ‘clash of the icons’ in a really mind-blowing box set.”
The fifth series of The Diary of River Song will be available from the DWCA Shop in early 2019. The fourth series, featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, will be out in late 2018. The third series, with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Frances Barber as Madame Kovarian, is available now.
After many months of rumours, Murray Gold confirmed at the Gallifrey One convention over the weekend that he won’t be returning for Series 11 of Doctor Who.
Gold has composed music for every episode of the show since it returned in 2005. The strength and quality of his music was showcased in the popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, which visited Australia in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
There is no announcement of who Gold’s replacement will be as yet. However, Broadchurch composer Ólafur Arnalds has ruled himself out.
In addition to this, it has also been confirmed that Moffat era writers Jamie Mathieson and Sarah Dollard won’t be returning to write for Series 11.
We’ll update this page once we know who the official replacement for Gold is.
The BBC have released a short, 16-second YouTube clip announcing the new Doctor Who logo, featuring the TARDIS blazing a trail through the logo.
Check out the video and a new promotional image from the BBC below!
Acclaimed British musician, producer and sound artist Matthew Herbert was commissioned by BBC Worldwide to compose the sound for the new Doctor Who animated logo.
Matthew is known for blurring the conventions associated with traditional genres while striving to be innovative and experimental, often turning ordinary or so-called ‘found sound’ into electronic music. He has worked with iconic artists including Quincy Jones, Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone and musical acts as diverse as Bjork and Dizzee Rascal. In 2013, he set up NX records with Goldsmiths University to support the release of music from alumni and students. Matthew is Creative Director of the New Radiophonic Workshop.
All official Doctor Who merchandise featuring the new logo will be available at selected retailers from 20 February 2018.
Titan Comics have confirmed two new releases that will be sure to excite both new and classic series fans!
First off, the Thirteenth Doctor will get her comic debut later this year. The series, due to coincide with the Doctor’s first full television series will be written by Jody Houser. Jody’s works include working on Orphan Black, Star Wars: Rogue One, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Faith, Supergirl and Mother Panic.
The artwork will be provided by Rachael Stott (The Twelth Doctor, Motherlands) who will be joined by colourist Enrica Angolini (Warhammer 40,000)
Secondly, the Seventh Doctor and Ace will return to graphic novel form with the comic book series due out towards the middle of the year.
The brand new three-part comic series will be will be written by Classic Who scribe Ben Aaronovitch (Remembrance of the Daleks, Battlefield) and McCoy era script editor Andrew Cartmel.
In this new release, an unknown alien intelligence is in orbit around the Earth. Astronauts are under attack. There is a terrifying, mysterious landing in the Australian interior. The future of the world itself is at stake. Counter Measures have been activated. This is OPERATION VOLCANO!
The artwork for this series will be provided by Christopher Jones (The Third Doctor) and colourist Marco Lesko (The Ninth Doctor)
The Seventh Doctor will also materialise with a back-up strip written by Twelfth Doctor scribe Richard Dinnick, with art by Jessica Martin (none other than Mags from the Seventh Doctor story – The Greatest Show in the Galaxy!)
Whilst we don’t have Australian release dates as yet, these will be available from the DWCA shop as soon as possible.
In the mean time, why not whet your appetite for these releases with the current issues we have available from the DWCA shop, here!
Starting from the 19th of February is O-Week at the University of New South Wales. For all those people attending UNSW, there will be DWCA merchandise available for sale. This will be from the DocSoc stall in the quad on the Kensington campus.
DocSoc – UNSW’s Doctor Who Society, is a meeting place for all fans of Doctor Who at UNSW!
Merchandise will include sonic screwdrivers, diaries, graphic novels and Pop! Vinyls! In addition a life sized Dalek will be on display near the stall for people to take photos with! There will be lots of other activities going on around the campus at the same time, including free food, jumping castles and much, much more.
Be quick, as O-Week finishes on the 23rd of February!
Overnight, the BBC have dropped a new trailer for this year’s Christmas Special. Check it out below!
The Christmas special will be on ABC iview just after it finishes airing in the UK. This means it should be on iview around 5:30am Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Boxing Day.
It will also be at some selected cinemas! Event Cinemas George St currently has a special offer for its 12:30pm session, offering $15 tickets (down from $20) for groups of 20 people or more. If you’re interested in being part of a group for this session, please email email@example.com
Of course, it will be on the ABC! It will be on at 7:30pm on Boxing Day night. Straight after, change over to ABC Comedy (previously ABC 2) to watch the special regeneration episode of Whovians!