Friday 7 March 2014, 16:29
The man who put the Doctor aboard a cursed pirate ship and took us to parts of the TARDIS we’d never seen before has been confirmed as a writer on the forthcoming 8th series of Doctor Who.
Steve Thompson will write the as-yet-unnamed fifth episode of the series to be shown later this year.
Steve Thompson has also provided scripts for BBC1’s Sherlock such as The Blind Banker, series two finale The Reichenbach Fall and The Sign of Three which was broadcast in January.
Filming is underway on Peter Capaldi’s first series as The Doctor. He’ll be joined by Jenna Coleman as Clara and a new recurring character, Danny Pink played by Samuel Anderson.
The new series, to be screened on BBC1, will also feature episodes by lead writer and series producer Steven Moffat.
Monday 24 February 2014, 08:22
Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in series 8, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor to millions of viewers for the first time. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches.
On joining the show Samuel Anderson said: ‘I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!’
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: ‘For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But...
Monday 10 February 2014, 16:07
Christopher Barry (above, left), one of the stalwarts of early Doctor Who. We’re sad to report the death of Christopher Barry, one of Doctor Who’s most significant directors.
He will be remembered forever for directing the episodes that introduced the Daleks but he was also at the helm for many other pivotal stories including the crucial debut adventures of the Second and Fourth Doctors, as well as The Daemons the 1971 five-parter that is often cited as one of the show’s finest entries.
Christopher Barry also worked on a number of other high-profile series including The Tripods, Moonbase 3 and Out of the Unknown but in the 1960s he was an integral part of Doctor Who’s genesis. Writing about him on the site for An Adventure in Space and Time, we recently noted, ‘Barry must take much of the credit for some early, magnificent moments in the history of Doctor Who: the scene where the Daleks are finally revealed is perfectly executed with the audience at home sharing the mixture of emotions caught on the faces of the Doctor and his companions as they viewed the monsters for the first time. Even more powerful is the first confrontation between human and Dalek, shot from the...
Tuesday 4 February 2014, 11:32
Straight after the unveiling of the new Doctor’s costume we asked you to vote on a simple question: which of the early Doctors was the snappiest dresser? You voted in your thousands and the full rundown of results may surprise you…
The Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker, was the runaway winner, raking in 47% of the votes. His triumph in the sartorial stakes is understandable as his famous, multi-coloured scarf became iconic and emblematic of not just of his Doctor, but Doctor Who itself. He may have had several wardrobe changes but after his first season his overall look comprising...
Wednesday 29 January 2014, 09:46
The BBC has released the first picture of Peter Capaldi wearing the new Doctor’s costume (above) along with a press release that reads:
The Doctor has a new look as Peter Capaldi’s era officially begins. In a picture released today by the BBC, Capaldi can be seen in the costume that will define his time as the Twelfth Time Lord in one of TV’s biggest roles. Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as sturdy, black shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden.
Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi...
Wednesday 22 January 2014, 21:45
Wednesday 22 January 2014, 10:53
Thomas ‘Tom’ Stewart Baker was born in Liverpool on 20 January, 1934. He left school aged 15 to become a monk, throwing off his cowl in his early twenties and later completing his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving from 1955 until 1957. Tom’s interest in acting burgeoned when he took part in the medical corps’ amateur dramatics and following his demob he enrolled at drama school. After treading the boards in hits including Dial M for Murder and Hay Fever, Tom joined the National Theatre in 1968 and starred alongside such greats as Laurence Olivier in The Merchant...
Monday 20 January 2014, 15:04
Tom Baker, one of the enduring greats of Doctor Who, celebrates his 80th birthday today (20 January) and we salute the man known to millions as ‘the Fourth Doctor’.
All this week we’ll be paying tribute to the man who once revealed, ‘I was never really happy until I became Doctor Who,’ with videos, galleries and more.
Visit Tom Baker at 80 to watch a video in which he discusses the role that made him famous: the Doctor!
Thursday 16 January 2014, 15:31
We're sad to report that Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played John Lumic in two episodes of Doctor Who, has died aged 69.
Roger was best known in the UK as Trigger, the dim-witted friend of the Trotters in the BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses. He was also a regular in The Vicar of Dibley and starred in a number of movies, notably playing Barty Crouch Snr in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
But Doctor Who fans will always remember him for his role of John Lumic, the ruthless creator of the ‘new’ Cybermen when they returned to our screens in 2006. He played Lumic in Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, providing a memorably chilling opponent for the Tenth Doctor.
You can read Roger Lloyd-Pack’s obituary at BBC News online.
Wednesday 8 January 2014, 17:04
We revealed yesterday that Phil Ford is writing the second episode of the new series of Doctor Who. Although we can’t reveal anything about that adventure just yet, we are able to look back on the other stories he’s written for the Time Lord and his friends…
Back in 2009 he wrote The Waters of Mars with Russell T Davies. This 60-minute special featuring the Tenth Doctor won the 2010 Hugo Award in the category of Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. Around the same time he also wrote the animated adventure, Dreamland, again featuring the Tenth Doctor played by David Tennant. Other...