Tenth Doctor and Rose for Big Finish

Big Finish Productions have confirmed that for Series 2 of its Tenth Doctor audio adventures, Billie Piper will return to play Rose!

The three episodes are:

Attack of the Zaross by John Dorney – With Camille Coduri guest starring as Jackie Tyler. The episode features an Alien invasion of Earth, isn’t quite what it appears to be…

Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams.  The Doctor and Rose arrive in Slough in 1791 and encounter Chevalier D’Eon, an enigmatic ex-spy who has lived his life as a woman. Together they must fend off alien slavers, who have come to Earth to abduct valuable humans.

Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton. TARDIS arrives on Coldstar, a vast frozen food asteroid in deep space. But there is something sinister defrosting in the network of storage units… the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors!

All three full-cast adventures will be available for purchase from the DWCA Shop from February 2018, but if you’ve not listened to David Tennant reprising his role, why not check out some of his previous audio adventures here.

Michelle Gomez to leave the role of Missy

Overnight, the Radio Times has confirmed that Michelle Gomez will leave the role of Missy at the end of this series.

With Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat leaving at the end of this season, Gomez decided if they are leaving, she would leave as well.

The Radio Times has quoted Gomez as saying:

“[I’ll miss] the fact that it was probably one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” she told us. “The fact that I’m a woman of a certain age who’s this ass-kicking action figure.

“I won’t miss the corset because that was agony, and I’m a woman that likes a big lunch. And that’s not fun to wear after you’ve had two helpings and dessert.

“So I won’t miss that. But I’ll miss the amazing, wonderful, incredible Peter Capaldi, who I think is one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had. I’ll miss somebody like Steven Moffat writing me the best lines I’ve ever had in my career.

“I won’t miss the rain in Wales, but I will miss Wales. And the incredible crew that work so hard. It’s not work for them, it’s a passion, and that’s wonderful to be surrounded by. It’s very inspiring and energising.”

 

Doctor Who – The Saviour of Time

BBC Worldwide and Skype have today announced the launch of the first ever Doctor Who Bot. The Doctor will open the TARDIS doors and invite players to help him save the Universe in an exciting interactive digital experience titled The Saviour of Time. The brand new bot uses the latest technology to deliver a unique experience between the Doctor and the player.

Users get the thrilling opportunity to be the Doctor’s companion as the bot immerses them in a specially-written six-part Doctor Who adventure. Players will experience the Doctor communicating with them directly and setting them challenges that can only be solved by the best companions.

The bot includes challenges, logic puzzles, and quizzes, revolving around the search for a mysterious artefact known as the Key To Time. Scattered throughout time and space, users must locate all six segments of the Key and restore it, in order to save the Universe.

New episodes will be released each week after each episode airs in the UK. The story is created by Joseph Lidster.

For more information and how to get setup, please visit here

Exclusive DWCA Digital Comic

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

For a teaser of the issue, check out the below!

Mind Bending 3D Illusion in Sydney

From 10am – 2pm on the 13th of April, Outside the Dendy Cinema at Circular Quay to celebrate the debut of Doctor Who series 10 on ABC and iview, BBC Worldwide is unveiling a mind-bending 3D illusion at one of Sydney’s most iconic locations.

Created by artists 3D Joe and Max, the illusion will appear for one day only on the forecourt at Circular Quay, just down from the Dendy Cinema near the Portobello Café. The artwork features some of the terrifying monsters from the series within a deep chasm that has appeared on the ground. It reflects the fantastic adventures that await the team of heroes in this next series, which starts on Sunday 16 April on ABC and iView.

Fans of all ages are encouraged to dress up and interact with the underground world into which they are seemingly being lured. Participants can capture their own illusive Doctor Who journey and share it on social media using #TimeForHeroesAU. The first ten people to arrive, find BBC Whovian ‘Peta’ and say ‘A Time for Heroes’ will win tickets to see episode one on the big screen. But be quick! The illusion will remain setup until 2pm.

John Simm to return to Doctor Who

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.”

New companion Bill Potts is openly gay, and it “shouldn’t be a big deal”

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.

Rove McManus presents Whovians

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 drwho.audience@abc.net.au

The Pilot to get a Cinema release

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.

For more information and a list of cinemas, please visit the Sharmill Films website:
http://www.sharmillfilms.com.au/allfilms/2017/3/14/doctor-who-the-pilot

 

New Series 10 Trailer

Overnight a new trailer for series 10 has dropped. Along with a new publicity photo and the episode title for episode one!


Episode one is now confirmed to be called “The Pilot” as opposed to the previously believed title “A Star in her eye”.

Doctor Who Series 10 is due out in the UK on the 15th of April.

UPDATE: ABC TV confirms the airdate to be 16th of April!

Until then, enjoy the new series 10 trailer below!

UPDATE: As of the 4/4 There’s a new trailer with some slightly new footage!