Saturday, 23 April 2016

Introducing Pearl Mackie as Bill

Finally. The BBC revealed the new companion to Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor as Pearl Mackie. Her character is named Bill. WHO is Bill? We have a while to wait and see. Next year in fact. Unless this clip is from the Christmas episode this year? 



What do we know about the new companion?  

1. She's never encountere the Daleks before ....as you can see from the clip above.

2. The character is called Bill.

3. Pearl Mackie is an amazing young talent from Brixton, South London and has most recently performed in the National Theatre's West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

4. Coincidentally, Pearl has appeared in another BBC programme featuring doctors – the medical drama series Doctors!

5. Pearl also performs as a singer, a passion for music shared with Peter Capaldi. Maybe we’ll see a Doctor and companion duet!

6. Not that she’ll need to use these with the TARDIS’ Translation Circuit, but Pearl speaks French and Spanish – great skills for any traveller.

7. We all know the Doctor likes a dance, so Pearl’s moves may come in handy… She’s skilled in Ballet, Jazz, Period Dance and Tap!

8.  Pearl honed her craft at Bristol's Old Vic Theatre School, the same school Samantha Bond trained at, aka Mrs Wormwood in Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.

 9. Pearl is a big fan of afros!


Friday, 22 April 2016

New Doctor Who companion to be revealed this Saturday

It's official – the BBC will reveal the identity of Jenna Coleman's successor this Saturday.The new Doctor Who companion will be unveiled at half time during the Everton v Manchester United FA Cup semi-final on BBC1.



 The live edition of Match of the Day starts at 4:50pm with the game kicking off at 5:15pm, meaning fans should know who will be joining Peter Capaldi's Doctor in the TARDIS some time between 6pm and 6:15pm.

Monday, 21 March 2016

New Doctor Who companion has been cast - and will be "along any minute" reveals Peter Capaldi

The new Doctor Who companion has been cast – and according to Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman's replacement could be announced very soon... 

"There will be a new companion, along any minute," said Capaldi, "which I'm very excited about, 'cause obviously I know who that is and we've been doing a bit of work together already and it's very exciting. Because it's a very different sort of take on it."

Capaldi added that, unlike Coleman's Clara Oswald, the new arrival will know "very little about the Doctor".

"Clara had prior knowledge of the Doctor," Capaldi told Brazilian website Omelete. "It was conceived as a human connected to your timeline, and so had access to the cosmic nature of the Doctor. She understood a little about how he was. And as she was already with [Eleventh Doctor] Matt [Smith], she knew the Daleks and the TARDIS. Now we have someone who knows very little about the Doctor." 

Monday, 7 March 2016

Peter Capaldi: ‘I’ve been asked to stay on in Doctor Who after Steven Moffat leaves’



 
Now, RadioTimes.com can reveal that the BBC has asked Capaldi to stay on as the Doctor after Moffat’s departure – but the actor himself isn’t sure whether he’ll take up their offer.
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“I’ve been asked to stay on,” Capaldi told RadioTimes.com, “but it’s such a long time before I have to make that decision.
“Steven’s been absolutely wonderful, so I love working with him. Chris is fantastic, and I think he’s a hugely talented guy. 
“I don’t know where the show’s gonna go then. I don’t know. I have to make up my mind, and I haven’t yet.”
He concluded: “As Steven will tell you, it’s very difficult to say goodbye.”
In summary, you shouldn’t be surprised to see a very familiar Time Lord at the Tardis controls for a few years yet to come. 

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Harry Melling wants to be the Next Doctor

Former Harry Potter star Harry Melling wants to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and be the Doctor. His grandfather is the late Patrick Troughton who played the Second incarntaion of the Doctor. 

Harry Melling, now 26, found fame in the Harry Potter films as Dudley Dursley, Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe) cousin who made his life a misery. But now he says he would love to become the 13th Doctor, 50 years after Troughton played the second Time Lord. Patrick Troughton died before he was born, but it seems Harry has inherited the family’s acting talent.

Melling is starring in acclaimed West End show Hand To God at The Vaudeville Theatre until mid-June. He played Dudley from the age of 10, making his final appearance in the first part of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in 2010.

“Harry Potter was a great experience and the cast have kept in touch,”
he said.

As he grew older, he lost so much puppy fat that he ended up having to wear a fat suit to play the character of Dudley.

 
 Producers even considered recasting the role because of his new trim shape. But it turned out to be blessing in disguise.

“I was able to shed the whole child actor thing and start a new career, because no one sees me as Dudley. I was a chubby kid who went to drama school at 18 and lost weight. It was down to growing up, a new routine, a new environment, lots of movement and taking care of my body. “Harry Potter was a lifetime ago. I was 10 in the first film. So much has happened since then.” 

 His latest play features Texas teenagers using glove puppets to spread the gospel. “I was scared by Hand Of God but in the end I felt comfortable enough to do it.

My parents came to watch and loved it. They all come from an acting family. I would love to be the next new Doctor. I am not the person in charge of that but I would love to keep it in the family. It probably won’t happen as I might need to be a bit older. I’ve really enjoyed doing theatre but getting Doctor Who in the family again would be great.” 


 

Monday, 1 February 2016

The War Doctor Volume 02: Infernal Devices


Synopsis

Three new battles for the War Doctor.
2.1 Legion of the Lost by John Dorney

In a time of war, every means of victory must be explored. In the Time War, the unthinkable must be thought, and neither side can afford to be squeamish about their methods.

When the destruction of an obscene weapon leads to the Time Lord once known as the Doctor uncovering a secret Gallifreyan initiative, he cannot believe what is being considered. Should victory be sought at any cost? Or are there worse possibilities than losing to the Daleks..?

2.2 A Thing of Guile by Phil Mulryne
The Daleks are developing a secret weapon on Asteroid Theta 12. It is imperative that their plans are uncovered.

Cardinal Ollistra has her hands full studying the range of ancient and mysterious armaments the universe has to offer, but she makes it a personal mission to investigate the Dalek project. On this dangerous assignment, there is one particular Time Lord she wants at her side - and he will be accompanying her whether he wants to or not.

2.3 The Neverwhen by Matt Fitton
On an isolated world ravaged by battle, time itself has become a weapon, laying waste to all who live and die there. Arms and technology are in a state of flux – and it seems that everlasting war is their only option.

The arrival of one battered Type Forty TARDIS inside this nightmare offers hope to the combatants trapped within. But when he discovers the truth, the horrors of the Neverwhen will shock even the War Doctor…
Written By: John Dorney, Phil Mulryne, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

John Hurt (The War Doctor), Jacqueline Pearce (Cardinal Ollistra), David Warner (Shadovar), Jamie Newall (Co-ordinator Jarad), Zoƫ Tapper (Collis), Robert Hands (Captain Solex), Oliver Dimsdale (Commander Trelon), Laura Harding (Navigator Valis), Barnaby Kay (Commander Thrakken), Jaye Griffiths (Daylin), Tim Bentinck (General Kallix), Tracy Wiles (Commander Barnac), and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks. Other parts played by the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Price £20
Available February 2016 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Peter Capaldi's verdict on new showrunner

Since RadioTimes.com revealed that Steven Moffat will be stepping down as Doctor Who showrunner, fans have been clamouring to know what the Doctor himself makes of this regime change.

Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com at the Radio Times Covers Party, Peter Capaldi said it would be "very exciting" to see what Moffat's replacement, Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall, does with the show.  

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"I think Chris is a wonderful writer, so that’s the exciting thing about Doctor Who — I don’t really know what he’s going to do with it. It’s going to be different and he’ll take it in a direction that is his… and that’ll be very exciting. That’s the lovely thing about Doctor Who, it keeps changing. Steven's been fabulous but it will be very exciting to see what Chris does." 

And whichever new direction the series does go in, Capaldi says that playing the Time Lord will always keep him on his toes. 

"It's always a challenge. I don't take it lightly, it's always hard trying to figure out how to do it. But that's a delightful challenge."