And the Thirteenth Doctor is…!

After much fevered speculation, the BBC has finally revealed the identity of the person who will take over the TARDIS in 2018 alongside Chris Chibnall.

The Thirteenth Doctor will be played by Jodie Whittaker, best known for her portrayal of Beth Latimer in Chibnall’s series Broadchurch. This will make Whittaker the first ‘canon’ female Doctor in the history of the programme. Her new incarnation was revealed in a continuation of the trailer released on Saturday, in which the TARDIS key materialises in the new Doctor’s hand and she walks into the iconic blue box.

Of the announcement, Whittaker said:
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

Incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall added:
“I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

While outgoing Doctor Peter Capaldi observed:
“Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of BBC Content:
Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker – and have lots of fun too!

Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama, said:
“Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.”

Jodie Whittaker will debut as the Thirteenth Doctor in 2018. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

Multi Doctor episode for Christmas

As per the end of The Doctor Falls we saw that the first Doctor (played by David Bradley) has returned to team up with the twelth Doctor in his final story before his regeneration.

The BBC has released the following promotional image:

This isn’t Bradley’s first time in Doctor Who, or indeed playing the first Doctor. He was previously in season seven’s Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and he also played the Doctor/William Hartnell in the Docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time

The Christmas special is as yet untitled.

Sir Derek Jacobi to return to playing the War Master

Overnight, Big Finish have announced the return of Sir Derek Jacobi to play the role of the War Master.

“I didn’t expect to come back to it all these years later,” says Sir Derek, “but I was thrilled to be remembered. The plots in all these episodes have been very good indeed, very interesting, very dramatic, and beautifully written. The whole process has been a delight!”

The four episodes are as follows:

1. Beneath the Viscoid by Nicholas Briggs

On the ocean planet Gardezza, deep beneath the Viscoid, a mysterious capsule is recovered from the Time War, and an equally mysterious stranger found within. The Doctor’s reputation precedes him, even here… but can he be trusted?

2. The Good Master by Janine H Jones

The Time War rages around Arcking – a planet serving as a sanctuary for the sick and injured. But Arcking is protected by a mysterious, powerful force: a force the Master will stop at nothing to harness… even if time itself is against him.

3. The Sky Man by James Goss

When his new companion decides to save a planet, the Master indulges this most futile of requests. Materialising on a primitive, agrarian world, both the strangers quickly find their place in it… until fallout from the War invades their happy paradise.

4. The Heavenly Paradigm by Guy Adams

With his plans approaching fruition, the Master travels to Stamford Bridge in the 1970s: a location he believes might hold the key to his success. But what terrible secret lurks under the stairs of No. 24 Marigold Lane? And what sacrifices will the Master make in the name of ultimate victory?

The DWCA will have these available for sale in early 2018.

Data Extract 235 released

Issue 235 of DWCA’s Data Extract Magazine is hot off the presses and on its way to our members!

This issue features an interview with Big Finish actor Richard Unwin, YouTube sensation Oscar Crisp and all the other features of DE that you know and love!

If you’re not already a member, stop missing out on this publication and other fine things the DWCA does, and sign up today!

http://dwca.org.au/membership

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.”