Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rose - Tenth Anniversary of "New Who"

Ten years ago today, the world became a better place with the return of Doctor Who to our television screens with the broadcast of Rose. Having been a lifelong fan, I couldn't quite believe it was back. And I couldn't quite believe just how much I was in love with the show again. In fact, much more than I had ever been (and I had once sent a drawing into Saturday Superstore, fact fans).

Russell T Davies had breathed new life into Doctor Who. Gave it a soul and vivaciousness and a lovable beating heart. He made it for everyone to watch and enjoy, to laugh and cry with and to endlessly chat about. That was an unexpected side-effect of New Who - normal people were watching it too. Not a day went by back in 2005 when someone in my day-to-day life didn't come up to me and chat about The Doctor and Rose. Doctor Who had been normalised ('cos before then it really wasn't cool to be a Who fan, really not cool).

Series One is perfect, it really is. Having just had a rewatch (over two days no less), I can safely say it's still fantastic. Still as engaging and captivating, and funny and charming. And, of course, heartbreaking.

So, thanks Russell for bringing Doctor Who back into my life in a way that it had never been before. Thank you to your team of Chris, Billie, Julie, Jane, Mal and all the rest who all brought it back onto BBC 1 on Saturday nights. Thank you for making the World's Greatest Television Show™ and doing so that it would last as long as it has. No mean feat in the current climate.

Included below, for your nostalgic needs, are some links to Series One articles that Blogtor has written for Metro, Digital Spy and Den of Geek. Hope you enjoy! x

• Top Ten Must Watch Doctor Who eps since 2005

• A look back at Rose

• 6 Ways New Who Series One Totally Nailed It

• Nerdy in-jokes from Doctor Who Series One

• 6 Things New Who Kept from the Classic Series

• The Class of 2005 - Where are the cast & crew of Doctor Who Series One now?

If you're in the mood for a podcast, then check the latest edition of the DWO WhoCast, featuring Blogtor Who's Cameron K McEwan and Doctor Who Online's Sebastian J Brook chatting about the return of Doctor Who in 2005 and the first episode Rose. You can listen HERE or check it out on iTunes HERE.

There's also the Blogtor Who Audio Commentary for Rose available, which you listen to in the player above, download HERE or check out on iTunes HERE. You can also check out all the other commentaries for Series One HERE.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mark Gatiss talks Doctor Who Series 9 episode

Earlier this evening, actor and writer Mark Gatiss was a guest on BBC's The One Show where he chatted about his upcoming episode for Doctor Who Series 9 - watch a clip in the player above. Gatiss describes it as his most "frightening" story so far and the idea is one he's had for some time now. He also mentions the notion of a live episode of Doctor Who.

Also featured in the video is actress Juliet Stevenson, who would love to play a villain on Doctor Who. For more info, new and pics from Doctor Who Series 9, visit the episode guide HERE.

Doctor Who Adventures 363

Included here are the details and artwork for the latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures, out now. Click on the image for a bigger version.

The new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures, the magazine for all young Doctor Who fans, is out now!

There are 20 chances to win a copy of The Doctor and Clara’s most recent adventure on DVD – Last Christmas. This amazing adventure took the time-travellers into the world of dreams and the pair got to meet Father Christmas too…

The issue comes with two mystery Doctor Who gifts – what will you get?

• A look at why we love Doctor Who
• Find out who’s back in the new series of Doctor Who later in the year.
• Fascinating facts about the Dream Crabs
• Who is K-9?
• An exciting adventure awaits the Alien Babies.
• Read an amazing comic strip for The Doctor and Clara in a story written by Simon Guerrier.
• The final guide to the 2014 episodes of Doctor Who.
• We’re off to Lanzarote for some brilliant behind-the-scenes secrets.
• Z is for Zygon in the final Monster A-Z
• Plus, make your own TARDIS!

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 363 is out from 25 March – 21 April, priced £3.99

Monday, March 23, 2015

Doctor Who Figurine Collection

The latest issues of the magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 42 comes with a figurine of a TERILEPTIL (from The Visitationwhilst Issue 43 features RUSTY THE DALEK (from Into the Dalek). For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Thick of It creator wants to write for Doctor Who

Writer and comedian Armando Iannucci has told The Guardian that he hopes to write an episode of Doctor Who in the future. Iannucci previously worked with Peter Capaldi (The Twelfth Doctor) on BBC comedy, The Thick of It.

According to The Guardian, current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat had spoken with the writer and "had a good idea where he would take the Doctor." Iannucci said:
“I’m a big fan of Doctor Who and obviously with Peter, who’s loving it, it would be nice to. I’ve spoken off and on to them but it’s a case of being able to fit something in. It’s a nice thought.

In our conversations there was an idea we had, but it may be a wee while yet before we get round to working out when it would be. Knowing I am committed for the next year or so, it’s all on hold. Let’s get back in touch when we can.”
Back in 2013, just after Peter Capaldi was announced, Iannucci  said he'd "love to" write an episode of Doctor Who - read what he had to say HERE. Series 9 of Doctor Who is currently being filmed, so it's not going to be this year when we see an episode from the writer. Check out the Series 9 guide HERE.


Guide to Doctor Who Series 9

Included here, for your delectation, is a round~up of all the news and info on Doctor Who Series 9. Please note, NO plot spoilers will be included here. This page will be updated as and when stuff happens!

• Doctor Who Series 9 starts in late August
• Stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
• Michelle Gomez returns as Missy
• Murray Gold returns as composer
• Confirmed writers include Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse and Mark Gatiss. On her online CV, Catherine Tregenna has been listed as a writer.
• Gatiss talks about his episode HERE
Watch an interview with Mark Gatiss discussing his ep HERE
• Steven Moffat says Doctor Who Series 9 will have "new" writers - watch interview HERE


Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Hettie MacDonald
Starring: Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Kelly Hunter (The Stolen Earth), Clare Higgins (The Night of the Doctor) and Jaye Griffiths (Sherlock, Wizards vs Aliens, Bugs). Other guest stars include Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra and Demi Papaminas.

Filming for the two-parter took place in Tenerife and Caerphilly Castle in Wales. Filming has finished on this two-parter.

Collection of filming pics HERE
New alien revealed? Pic HERE
Official announcement of director HERE
Announcement and video of Michelle Gomez's return HERE

From Doctor Who on Instagram
Written by Toby Whithouse
Directed by Daniel O’Hara
Starring: Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Morven Christie (Twenty Twelve), Arsher Ali (The Missing), Colin McFarlane (Torchwood: Children of Earth), Sophie Stone (Midsummer Murders), Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson (Being Human) and the tallest man in Britain, Neil Fingleton (Game of Thrones, X-Men: First Class).

This was the first story to be filmed from Doctor Who Series 9.

It is thought to include deaf characters

From Doctor Who on Instagram
The read through took place on March 19 (pictured at the top of this page).

Filming began on March 20, with some shooting taking place at Margam Castle. Peter Capaldi was pictured on set by a fan.

A gallery of pictures HERE from filming in a wood (Mar 25)


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Doctor Who Experience video

Last year the Doctor Who Experience regenerated. The award-winning attraction, located in Cardiff Bay,  was updated with a newly scripted storyline starring The Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Watch a taster in the plater above. Tickets for the refreshed attraction are on sale now from

A newly scripted storyline - written by Joseph Lidster (Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures) and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Kill The Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express, Last Christmas) – allows fans to star in their very own mini episode of Doctor Who, beginning in the Gallifrey Museum and journeying to the heart of the TARDIS, while grappling with a threat which could destroy the universe.

The exhibition space will also be given a refresh, with new props from Peter Capaldi’s debut series as well as sets and monsters from throughout the history of the world’s longest-running sci-fi series. Tickets are on sale now from

Friday, March 20, 2015

Doctor Who leggings!

Tee Fury have delved into the world of leggings! And their first creation is this wonderful pair featuring a very cute collection of Doctor Who aliens and ephemera. Click on the images for more information and visit the website to purchase HERE.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Essential Doctor Who: The Master

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The latest issue of Panini’s The Essential Doctor Who is devoted to the Doctor’s most dangerous opponent: The Master!

Over 116 pages of all-new material, the latest issue of The Essential Doctor Who examines every Master story – from Terror of the Autons to Death in Heaven – and profiles the actors who have brought the villainous Time Lord to life.

Writer and co-creator Terrance Dicks, Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates) and Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) discuss their special links to the character, and there is an exclusive new interview with Michelle Gomez, who reveals what it was like to take on one of the most famous roles in Doctor Who.

Elsewhere in this issue, Andrew Pixley applies his scrutiny to The Pandora Machine and Time Inc, early drafts of better known stories that cast The Master in a new light.

“The Master has been an essential part of Doctor Who for 45 years and is central to the current episodes,” says editor Marcus Hearn. “This issue compiles his/her complete story for the first time.”

The Essential Doctor Who: The Master is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £9.99.

Thanks to Doctor Who Magazine

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top 10 MUST Watch New Who episodes

Blogtor is currently counting-down the Top 10 MUST watch episodes of Doctor Who since 2005 for our chums at Metro.

The chart begins today, with No. 1 revealed on the Tenth Anniversary of the broadcast of Rose - on March 26. You can find the Top 10 below as each entry is published every day until then.