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Doctor Who and tabloid rumours: when have they got it right?

Mark Harrison Aug 24, 2017

When have tabloid rumours been spot on about Doctor Who, and when have they been, er, less accurate?

“Look Who's the Doc's new assistant!” On Tuesday, the Mirror's front page trumpeted an exclusive reveal that Bradley Walsh would be Jodie Whittaker's companion in the new series of Doctor Who.

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The one-time Sarah Jane Adventures guest star would be the first companion actor to have hosted a quiz show with the same name as a 1960s serial, but beyond trivia, the report has been fairly well received as far as we can see – Walsh is a decent actor, who's worked with incoming executive producer Chris Chibnall before on Law & Order UK, and a fun screen presence. But given the source, might it all be a load of bobbins?
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Time And Relative Dimensions In Selby | Letters

A Time Lord from Yorkshire? This is the real horror of the Doctor Who casting news, writes Huw Evans

I, too, have been horrified by the news of the casting for Doctor Who (Editorial, 18 July). So horrified, indeed that I almost sprayed the very fine kedgeree I was eating when I heard the news across the family silver. Even now I can barely write the words: they have cast someone from Yorkshire. My God, just think of the implications. Will the Doctor do battle with the Daleks wearing a flat cap? Will K9 return as a whippet? Will ferrets be smuggled down the trouser legs of power-crazed aliens? I could, I must, go on. Tripe and onions will clog the controls of the Tardis. The Doctor will be reduced to monosyllabically grunting “Aye” and “Nay”, so that we’ll think of utterances such as “’Appen” and “Pull thissen together” as Shakespearean flights of dazzling wit.
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50 things for Doctor Who fans to do before they die

Andrew Blair Jun 29, 2017

Feat. graffiti, baking, nuns and talking like an 80s Cyberman, here are the experiences all Doctor Who fans should have at least once...

Obviously it will be tricky to do anything on this list after death (besides I’m saving that time for giving Engines Of War another read), but clickbait headlines own us all now. Think of these ideas listed below as a Doctor Who themed bucket list, and use some of your freedoms to add to it in the comments section.

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1. Go to Paris, stand at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, look up at the top and shout 'Bye Bye Duggan'.

2. Find and play the Doctor Who pinball game.

3. Anywhere you see a wall covered in graffiti, find
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The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years & The Tom Baker Years coming to DVD

Koch Media has announced two new additions to its highly regarded series exploring the world of TV’s Doctor Who in The Doctors: The Patrick Troughton Years and The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years, which feature the most comprehensive collection of interviews with the actors and creators who brought the world of Doctor Who to life.

The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years DVD

– Includes a special tribute to Patrick Troughton containing messages from a host of stars and production staff from Doctor Who

– Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.

– Quality in-depth interviews with, Anneke Wills (Polly), Michael Craze (Ben), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Deborah Watling (Victoria) and Wendy Padbury (Zoe).

– This 2 Disc special collectors edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of Doctor Who!

– Includes special feature: Introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather.

The Doctors
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‘Megan Leavey’ Trailer: Kate Mara Stars in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Military Drama — Watch

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‘Megan Leavey’ Trailer: Kate Mara Stars in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Military Drama — Watch
Bleecker Street Media has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming military drama “Megan Leavey,” which stars Kate Mara in the title role. The film is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”).

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Here is the official storyline for “Megan Leavey”: Based on the true life story of a young marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an Ied explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.

The cast also includes Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie
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Doctor Who: The Best Episode from each NuWho Doctor

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Reuben Roper

Doctor Who. Love it or hate it, it’s a massive part of British culture. There can’t really a person in England who doesn’t know the terms Tardis, Dalek, or Sonic Screwdriver.

As the Doctor and Ace walked into the sunset in 1989’s Survival, little did anyone know that the series was soon to be cancelled, possibly gone forever.

Luckily, in 2005, much loved writer Russell T Davies revived the show for the 21st century. This separated Who into two categories – Classic Who, and NuWho.

So, to count down to the Christmas special, here is my review of each NuWho Doctor’s best episodes.

Christopher Eccleston (2005)Best Episode: Dalek – By Robert Sherman

This fantastic episode revived The Daleks, not seen on screen for seventeen years. Big Finish writer Robert Sherman wrote this fantastic tale explaining the Time War and how The Time Lords and The Daleks were both destroyed,
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Dark Season and Century Falls: looking back at Russell T Davies' children's dramas

Alex Westthorp Jan 23, 2017

We revisit Dark Season and Century Falls, two children's dramas that established Russell T. Davies' early screenwriting career...

Russell T. Davies, a man synonymous with the successful revival of Doctor Who, was initially a graphic artist for Why Don't You? but he did several jobs on the show, eventually writing, directing and producing the programme. He showed his versatility when he presented an edition of Play School in its final year. Saturday morning summer filler On The Waterfront made its reputation in part due to Davies' own unique take on the classic serial The Flashing Blade. Next came Breakfast Serials, which Davies both wrote and produced. When Tony Robinson decided to take a break from making Maid Marian And Her Merry Men, an afternoon drama slot opened up and Rtd's first major breakthrough in Children's television drama began with the 1991 science fiction thriller Dark Season.

See
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Rainbow: ranking the Bungles

Jenny Morrill Nov 29, 2016

It's time to answer the question that's tearing the nation apart: who was the best Bungle in Rainbow?

It may come as a surprise to anyone who doesn't spend all their time thinking about Rainbow, but there were different Bungles throughout the show's run. Each Bungle brought something different to the party and had their own unique characteristics, a bit like a Spice Girls made entirely of bears.

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Here, then, are the Bungles ranked from worst to best, taking into account such qualities as hairiness, stupidity, and fondness for dressing up as Jane. Stay tuned for an exciting tie for first place, and also the bit where I talk about nipples.

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Big Finish Day 8 announced for January 16th

If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, Blakes 7, Torchwood, The Prisoner and anything else quite frankly brilliant then they following information is possibly for you. On the 16th January 2016 Big Finish Day 8 will be taking place at Copthorne Hotel, Slough-Windsor.

The event will be packed with stars of the Big Finish series and those announced so far include Sylvester McCoy, Hugh Fraser, Ian McNeice, Lalla Ward, John Leeson, Niky Wardley, Paul Darrow, Jacqueline Pearce, David Warner, Kai Owen, Beth Chalmers, Lisa Bowerman, John Banks, Tim Treloar, Mark Elstob and James Joyce.

Not only this you’ll also get to meet the Big Finish staffs too, including Nicholas Briggs, David Richardson, Andrew Smith, Barnaby Edwards, Jamie Robertson, James Goss, Justin Richards, Cavan Scott, Phil Mulryne, John Dorney, Guy Adams, Emma Reeves, Blair Mowat, Sue Cowley, Benji Clifford, Tom Saunders, Kris Griffin and Joe Smith.

There are more guests announced
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Writers Announced for Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor Series 6

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Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Series 5 of the Fourth Doctor Adventures hasn’t even debuted yet, but Series 6 of the Big Finish audio stories has already been recorded! Starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, alongside Lalla Ward’s Romana and John Leeson as K9, the tales are still to be announced, but he company has revealed the writers who have...

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Big Finish Reveal Details of Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 5

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Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Remember the days when we were all pining for Tom Baker to join Big Finish? At the start of 2016 (which is very soon), the fifth series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures begins! Can you believe it? Tom is joined by Lalla Ward as Romana and John Leeson as K9 for this run of stories....

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Clara Isn’t in Doctor Who Spin-Off, Class – But Will The Doctor or K9 Be?!

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Katie Gribble is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

When the announcement of the new Doctor Who spin off show earlier this year, Class raised a great deal of excitement and a lot of questions about the direction it will take. We know that we will journey back to Coal Hill School to see some familiar faces and learn a little more about the goings on...

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Watch two clips from Doctor Who series 9 episode 7 – ‘The Zygon Invasion’

We’ve already had a pair of promos and a batch of images, and now the BBC has released two clips from tomorrow’s seventh episode of Doctor Who series nine, entitled ‘The Zygon Invasion’. Take a look here…

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A long time ago, the Doctor made a deal in the Tower Of London. 20 million Zygons walk among us, in human form, living undetected in peace and harmony. But cracks are showing in this delicate peace. Humans and Zygons are disappearing. In city apartment blocks, lifts are going missing, and far below the streets of Britain, alien pods are growing in secret caverns. Unit’s scientific advisor, Osgood, sends a desperate message to the Doctor – but since Osgood is long dead, how is that even possible?

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"Doctor Who" Robot Dog K9 Gets A Film

  • Dark Horizons
K-9, the beloved robotic dog companion of several incarnations of The Doctor in "Doctor Who," is getting his own feature film.

"K9 Timequake" will continue the dog's adventures from the recent television series, and bring him face to face with classic Doctor Who villain Omega. The dog first appeared in 1977 on the main show and has popped up on various 'Who' spin-offs including his own Australian kids show in 2009.

In the series, Omega was a Time Lord who helped construct the Eye of Harmony which gives Time Lord society control of time and space - but it came at a cost, he was thrown into an anti-matter universe and now lives due to sheer force of will as his flesh long ago turned to dust and his mind has been warped.

"K9 Timequake" will hit cinemas in the United Kingdom in 2017.

Source: Facebook
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David Cook obituary

Actor and writer who adapted his novels for the big and small screen

The actor and writer David Cook, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 74, was the “forgotten” first presenter of the pre-school children’s programme Rainbow. He went on to write the television film Walter (1982), which was screened on Channel 4’s debut night as the first Film on Four.

Cook hosted only the first series of Rainbow, which was devised in 1972 as a British version of Sesame Street. It aimed to educate and entertain the under-fives with words, songs and ideas. Inside the Rainbow house, Cook was joined by the domineering, hyperactive puppet Zippy and the clumsy bear Bungle (originally John Leeson in a costume), as well as the glove puppets Sunshine and Moony. Music came from the folk group Telltale (only later did Rod, Jane and Freddy become the long-running singing trio) and Rainbow was a
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David Cook obituary

Actor and writer who adapted his novels for the big and small screen

The actor and writer David Cook, who has died of pancreatic cancer aged 74, was the “forgotten” first presenter of the pre-school children’s programme Rainbow. He went on to write the television film Walter (1982), which was screened on Channel 4’s debut night as the first Film on Four.

Cook hosted only the first series of Rainbow, which was devised in 1972 as a British version of Sesame Street. It aimed to educate and entertain the under-fives with words, songs and ideas. Inside the Rainbow house, Cook was joined by the domineering, hyperactive puppet Zippy and the clumsy bear Bungle (originally John Leeson in a costume), as well as the glove puppets Sunshine and Moony. Music came from the folk group Telltale (only later did Rod, Jane and Freddy become the long-running singing trio) and Rainbow was a
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News Blast: Missions, Merlin, Martha, and Waris on the Tardis

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Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

We’re all a bit jaded. The start of a new week is greeted by few. So here’s a super-heated ball of News Blast-y goodness to set you on the right track for the next few days. This week, we offer you a parrot, a missionary Dalek (take that as you will), K9, Merlin and a...

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K9’s Voice John Leeson Recalls Doctor Who

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Richard Forbes is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Some thoughts and brave words from the voice of a very special former companion, if I do say so myself. “K9 was a bit of an irritant as much as anything else,” says John Leeson of his beloved character. “He was a know-it-all. He’s always got the answer. And even if hasn’t got the answer,...

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Reviewed: Death Match

Alex Fitch is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

April’s Fourth Doctor adventure from Big Finish is quite an interesting proposition: rather than being the second half of a four parter, it’s more of a thematic sequel to the previous release, as Death Match brings back together the Doctor, Leela, K9, The Master and another returning character from Requiem for the Rocket Men. Big...

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Doctor Who: the nerdy in-jokes from series 2

  • Den of Geek
From ampersands to The Apprentice, from dinner ladies to Dirty Den, here's a selection of nerdy in-jokes from Doctor Who series 2...

Last month we took a look at Doctor Who Series One as it celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Specifically, we delved deep into the murky world of in-jokes and sweet nerdy references.

Let’s take another trip back in time and have a look at the more notable and interesting references and in-jokes from Doctor Who Series Two, starring David Tennant and Billie Piper, where the credit of “Doctor Who” had been changed back to “The Doctor”. Pfft, party poopers.

New Earth

Old-skool fans would have been forgiven for being excited at the prospect, given that “New Earth” was a planet mentioned in the 1974 classic Invasion Of The Dinosaurs (though it didn’t actually exist in that story, it was a fake world). But all fans could get excited at
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