Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Director on Doctor Who Series 9 finale: "complicated and different"

Rachel Talalay has been chatting to the BBC about the upcoming Doctor Who Series 9 finale - you can watch the full interview HERE. The director, who helmed last year's Dark Water and Death In Heaven, said of the two instalments:
"These episodes are completely different to what I did last year. Episode 11 is one of the most complicated and different that I've ever done. It just has my head in spaghetti."
Filming has begun on Episode 11, which stars Peter Capaldi as The Doctor (a pic from the quiet-looking readthrough can be seen above), though this week sees the actor accompanied by Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Michelle Gomez (Missy), lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin - full details HERE.

Friday, July 3, 2015

New image from Doctor Who Series 9

Doctor Who, The Magician's Apprentice (BBC)

The latest episode of Doctor Who: The Fan Show features all the usual fun fan stuff but also includes a new image from Doctor Who Series 9 - check it out above. Yesterday, another similar image was released (see HERE) and was confirmed as being from the opening two-parter, The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar.

You can watch the latest episode of Doctor Who: The Fan Show in the player below.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Capaldi on Coleman: "one of the best companions ever"

Courtesy of EW

Twelfth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi has been chatting to American publication Entertainment Weekly about Doctor Who Series 9 and more - read the full interview HERE. The feature also includes a new image from the opening episode, The Magician's Apprentice - see above.

In the interview, Capaldi discusses companion Clara and Jenna Coleman, he says: "Jenna continues to deliver a beautifully nuanced, complex, and funny performance that marks her out as one of the best companions ever."

On his co-star for The Girl Who Lived and The Woman Who Died, Maisie Williams, Capaldi comments: "Maisie is fantastic. All I’ll say about her character is she shifts in cosmic ways."

On the image included above, Peter states that The Doctor is "about to make a mistake that has cataclysmic repercussions," whilst adding that opening two-parter  contains, "some subtle tributes to the ’60s." Read the full interview HERE.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Director announced for Doctor Who Series 9 finale

The BBC have announced that Rachel Talalay will be returning to Doctor Who for directing duties on episode 11 and also episode 12 of Series 9. Episode 11 is currently filming with Peter Capaldi.

Tally (pictured left with Michelle Gomez and Capaldi in 2014) was the director behind the Series 8 finale, Dark Water and Death In Heaven.

Both episodes are written by Steven Moffat and produced by Peter Bennett.


Despite no Doctor Who on telly at the moment (boo!), there's still a lot going in the world of Who, included here is a round-up of the stuff you may have missed in June.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the last news round~up HERE.

Details and pics from Ep 10
Rebecca Front joins guest cast

EXCLUSIVE: Behind-the-scenes with the Sonic Screwdriver
LEGO Doctor Who teaser trailer
Doctor Who Magazine 488
Big Finish announce new audio adventures
Twelfth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote - pics and details
Doctor Who Figurine Collection 48 & 49
The Essential Doctor Who - Monsters
Titan's exclusive SDCC collectables
Doctor Who Bobble Heads

The Companion Chronicles - The First Doctor Vol. 1
The Secret History
The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 1: Revolutions of Terror
The Triumph of Sutekh
Last of the Cybermen
The Cloisters of Terror
City of Death

Colin Baker in Star Trek
Doctor Who Festival in Australia
Peter Capaldi to attend New Zealand event
River Song back for Big Finish audio adventures
Radio Times Festival to feature Doctor Who panels
Coleman and Capaldi head to Germany for fan event
UNIT spin off series from Big Finish
Official Doctor Who Festival announced

Monday, June 29, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: behind-the-scenes with the Sonic Screwdriver

As announced earlier today, the new Twelfth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote will be making its debut at San Diego Comic Con next week (details HERE). To whet your appetite even further for this fab bit of Doctor Who merch, here's an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote by Chris Barnardo, inventer & co-founder of The Wand Company. Check it out below!

Journey to the Centre of the Whoniverse

It’s six in the morning on the day after the August bank holiday 2014 and the founders of The Wand Company, Richard Blakesley and I, are driving to Wales to get the reference we need for our next product. A constant stream of emails from ├╝ber keen Whovians asking for an extending version of our successful Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver, together with the Doctor’s recent regeneration have prompted our special trip to Cardiff – the epicentre of the Whoniverse.

It’s a warm day as we pull up in Porth Teigr outside the Roath Lock studios. After the normal formalities, we are led through a maze of corridors with impossibly high ceilings to the heart of the studio. We step carefully round all the boxes and crates that line the passage and with some reverence past the Daleks, powered down and kept under control in a padlocked steel cage. Even the Weeping Angels are thankfully held in check, but I’m careful not to blink as we skirt round them and onto the main set.

Shooting is over for another season and the studio is packing up. Recognisable signs of The Doctor’s adventures are dotted throughout the arena-sized hanger. Over in the corner, a knot of people are gathered round a couple of tables photographing and cataloguing a prize collection of iconic props that would set any fan’s pulse racing.

The TARDIS Siege Cube, resting casually on the 121 year old edition of The Times that carries that enigmatic personal advert asking the Impossible Girl to lunch, jostles for space with a host of other goodies, but nestled amongst them is our prize – the Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver. In fact there are three of them neatly arranged in protective padding in a small wooden box.

This new sonic is a very significant product for us, making this one of our most important trips of the year.

The idea to make an Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver came from our good friends at the Forbidden Planet who as well as suggesting that a Sonic Screwdriver was the ideal prop for our gesture based remote control technology, encouraged us to go to the BBC and get a license to make one. With it we were able to give fans something realistic, something that felt just like the real prop and that worked just like a real Sonic Screwdriver should – controlling stuff at a distance with just an alien flick or a Gallifreyan twist of the wrist. Our Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver exceeded expectations and was an instant classic, but in one respect it disappointed – it didn’t extend. At the time, manufacturing it in metal and then also making it extend reliably and repeatedly, would have made the product too expensive. But we have learnt a lot in the three years since its launch, and spurred on by daily emails from fans begging us to create an extending version, we are now ready to take on this exciting new challenge.

I pick up one of the Sonic Screwdrivers. I can see right away that there are subtle differences between this model and one that the TARDIS (aka Nick Robatto) fabricated for Matt Smith when the previous sonic was destroyed. In fact, Doctor Who’s lead prop maker, Nick Robatto is on hand to talk us through the design of the Sonic Screwdriver and how some of its smaller details have gradually evolved to make it easier to make and more reliable on set. Most noticeably, the handle is now an ivory colour with faint inclusions running through it, giving it a natural stone-like look. We get out the Pantone© colour swatches to make sure we get that colour right. The handle’s copper end has changed too. Gone is the lidded button; the new end is only a little different, but up close, it looks more elegant and is slightly tapered. We’ve brought weighing scales and find that the hero prop weighs in at a meaty 268 g. We will aim for that, but we know that ours won’t be quite as heavy, as it’s filled with electronic wizardry that is lighter than the metal inside the hero prop.

All too quickly the day is over. We say goodbye to Nick and the prop team who have shown us round, and head home full of excitement about our new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver and how we can make something really exciting for the fans.

Before Series 8 was halfway done it had become fairly obvious that the new Doctor would not be getting a new sonic screwdriver, and many fans were disappointed; but not us. The lack of a new Sonic Screwdriver provided us with a golden opportunity to create an all-new product for fans of the Twelfth Doctor, while effectively re-engineering our Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic to make it extend. Happy Days!

Chris Barnardo
Inventer & co-founder of The Wand Company

Thanks to BBC Worldwide and The Wand Company

Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control

The Wand Company have revealed that a limited edition of their latest Sonic Screwdriver remote control will be on sale exclusively on the BBC AMERICA booth at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, prior to general release.

The Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control is a brand new, hero prop replica which is a superb recreation of the Sonic Screwdriver used by Peter Capaldi in Series 8. 

A limited run of 168 laser-etched numbered Sonics will be available exclusively to purchase on the BBC AMERICA booth (#4129) for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con (8th-12th July 2015) prior to general sale from 7th September from www.BBCShop.com

The new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is a fully functioning gesture-based universal remote control which can control your TV and other home entertainment equipment. Learning the gestures and programming the Sonic Screwdriver is easy, and the intuitive gestures allow the user to become the Doctor. Flick it open and the clasps extend with a satisfying clunk; press the grip mounted button for instant light and sound action or use the Any-TV-Off function just for fun!

The Twelfth Sonic has been made in direct response to the huge number of requests that The Wand Company received from fans all over the world asking for an extending version of their famous Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

Product details
The Wand Company’s new extending Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver universal remote control prop replica contains the following features:

• 1:1 scale replica of the Series 8 Sonic Screwdriver
• Highly authentic flick-to-extend action
• Grip-mounted action button
• Stores up to 39 remote control commands
• Customisable personal lock code
• Ivory-coloured handle with subtle fleck
• Redesigned copper-plated handle end
• Gallifreyan stand for vertical presentation
• 12 new secret Morse-coded Twelfth Doctor phrases
• 12 different sonic screwdriver sound effects
• Press and hold button to make Sonic buzz and tip light in FX Mode 
• Any-TV-off function that turns off any television at the press of a button, without having to program the Sonic first

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Doctor Who at the Radio Times Festival

Details have been released about the inaugural Radio Times Festival, and there's some exciting Doctor Who panels taking place. The event runs from September 24-27 at The Green, Hampton Court Palace.

Friday (Sept 25) will be Doctor Who day and will see a panels with showrunner Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi, and Russell T Davies; check out the times below.

Friday 25th September
• Doctor Who (14:30-15:30)
• Russell T Davies (16:00-17:00)
• Simon Guerrier & Dr Marek Kukula: The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who (16:00-17:00)

The first festival of its kind, Radio Times Festival celebrates the best of TV, radio and books over one weekend, 24th – 27th September 2015, in the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace. There will be actors, directors, presenters, screenwriters and novelists on hand with stories to tell and insights to give, alongside exclusive screenings and sneak previews of upcoming programmes, plus a host of free events.

Festival-goers will also get the chance to enjoy delicious food and drink from pop-up gourmet street stalls and bars, or relax with a spot of shopping at the boutique shopping village. Waterstones will also be on hand with an on-site bookshop, stocked with books by all the writers attending the Festival, with book signings taking place after writers’ sessions.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

River Song returns for audio adventures [UPDATE]

Big Finish have announced a new range of Doctor Who audio adventures featuring characters and monsters from the show post 2005. River Song, as played by Alex Kingston will star alongside Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor whilst Churhchill gets his own series and New Who aliens and monsters will face off against classic Doctors. Check out the details below.

River will be stepping into the era of The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) for Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2, alongside Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan). But how can River help her husband if, in this incarnation, she must never actually meet him?

“The idea of River meeting previous Doctors was actually proposed by Steven Moffat,” says producer David Richardson, “and it's just irresistible, isn't it? Alex embraced the idea of returning to the role, and so she will be starring in no less than two box sets next year. And yes, we are still pinching ourselves!”

River will then return later in 2016 in Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song, an epic four-hour adventure that takes River across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe. Paul McGann will reprise the role of the Eighth Doctor in the final instalment.

The New Series adventures will continue in Doctor Who: The Churchill Years, in which Ian McNeice returns as the indomitable Winston Churchill. In the four-hour saga, Winston relates a number of encounters with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in his memoirs, battling alien incursions, metamorphosing creatures... and a Dalek! The stories are told by Ian McNeice, supported by a full cast of guest actors, including Danny Horn as Kazran Sardick, in a story taking place within the 2010 special A Christmas Carol.

“Ian has played Churchill in just four episode on TV, and yet it feels like it was many more,” says executive producer Nicholas Briggs. “It was such a brilliant, definitive performance, and how wonderful that we will be continuing Churchill's adventures with the Doctor on audio.”

Finally, the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors will face a new generation of monsters in Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters, a brand new, four-story run featuring creatures from the New Series. Peter Davison takes on the Weeping Angels, Colin Baker encounters the Judoon, Sylvester McCoy will meet the Sycorax... and Paul McGann will face a new clone batch of Sontarans on the edge of the Time War....

“It's the ultimate mash-up,” says executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, “and we have some great scripts lined up for these landmark stories. There is no doubt that 2016 is going to be a brilliant year for Big Finish!”

All four boxsets will be released across 2016, and are available to pre-order today from the Big Finish website. Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2 will be released in March, and is available as part of a special bundle of all four Doom Coalition boxsets. Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song, will be released January 2016.

Doctor Who: The Churchill Years and Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters can be pre-ordered for just £20 each on CD or Download, and are also available as part of our Doctor Who New Series bundle.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Doctor Who to head to Australia and New Zealand

BBC Worldwide have announce details of the first Official Doctor Who Festival in Australia and a special event in New Zealand, check out the details below.

The Doctor Who Festival will be attended by the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat with more talent announced in due course. Fans of all ages will be able to celebrate the heritage and magic of the show with exclusive access to props, costumes and talent from both in-front-of and behind the camera. Pre-order tickets HERE.

A week after the Doctor Who Festival in London, Australian fans will have the chance to hear from key cast members in a series of onstage talent Q&As, with limited photo and autograph opportunities available. A series of interactive workshops with Doctor Who’s resident creative team will give visitors the chance to learn about the television production process and what it takes to be a Doctor Who monster. Fans can also test their knowledge for the chance to win some great prizes in the ultimate Doctor Who Quiz, and get some exclusive merchandise.

Peter Capaldi says, “Being unveiled as Doctor Who in Sydney at last year's world tour, and meeting the fantastic Australian fans was such a cosmic, life changing experience that I'm thrilled to be coming back for a full weekend of Time Lord mania.”

The Festival includes:
• Q&As - see the writers and cast from the series as they talk about how to make an idea
become reality on a series as big and bold as Doctor Who.
• PHOTO AND AUTOGRAPH OPPORTUNITIES – A limited number of opportunities for
photos and autographs with selected talent.
• WARDROBE DEPARTMENT – a fantastic exhibition of costumes and props.
• DOCTOR WHO QUIZ – Hosted in a traditional themed setting, fans will have the chance to test their knowledge for the chance to win some great prizes.

• General $195.00
• TARDIS $365.00
• Concession General $99.00* 
• Concession TARDIS $265.00
*all tickets are subject to a processing fee of 1.95% + transaction fee*

The general ticket includes one day entry to the festival, access to three separate theatre shows to see the cast and writers, festival lanyard, show planner and all of the above. TARDIS tickets will have all inclusions of a general ticket plus best seats in house for theatre sessions, exclusive access to TARDIS lounge with two free drinks and a Doctor Who goodie bag with merchandise to the value of $110.00.

And in a first for New Zealand fans, Peter Capaldi will then head to Auckland, New Zealand on the 24th November for an intimate evening with fans. Venue and ticket details for this will be announced in due course.