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Spoilers: Everything We Know About Doctor Who Series 10 So Far, Filming Update

With filming for Series 10 well underway, we take a look at what we already know about the forthcoming series, including casting and writing updates and new rumours and spoilers from the set.

Cast and Crew

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Peter Capaldi will remain as the Doctor for at least one more series according to Steven Moffat, indicating he will remain in the role throughout the remainder of Steven’s tenure as Show-runner. Pearl Mackie’s character of Bill meanwhile is described as an “irreverent” and “cheeky” contrast to Capaldi’s serious Doctor.

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in – I can’t wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series.” – Pearl Mackie

The first episode of the series is written by Steven Moffat, with the second episode coming from the pen of Frank Cottrell-Boyce, writer of In The Forest of the Night. Mark Gatiss, Sarah Dollard (episode 3) and Doctor Who newcomer Mike Barlett (episode 4) will also contribute, with Moffat also penning the final three episodes of the Series before signing off with the 2017 Christmas Special. In 2015 Gatiss stated he might potentially write a sequel to Sleep No More.

Beyond the main cast, Matt Lucas will return to the role of Nardole from last year’s Husbands of River Song as a regular and Peter Capaldi let slip earlier this year that he’d filmed a new scene with Jenna Coleman. Michelle Gomez has also confirmed a return as Missy and Poirot actor David Suchet will play “The Landlord” in episode 4 of the series.

“Enjoying playing the Landlord in ‘Doctor Who‘ SO MUCH… Yes it is now official!! I am acting the part of The Landlord in DOCTOR WHO. Always wanted to be in an episode.” – David Suchet

Others cast include Mina Anwar, Ralf Little and Kaizer Akhtar alongside Tate Pitchie-Cooper as the young Landlord.

Episodes

Series 10 will consist of 12 episodes, plus two Christmas specials bookending the series in 2016 and 2017. The opening episode of the series is entitled A Star in Her Eye. Unlike last series, most episodes will be single stand-alone adventures. Steven Moffat has stated that the scene released below may not be included in the series, so it can’t be taken as indication that the Daleks will return during Series 10.

Broadcast Date

Peter Capaldi let slip earlier this week that the show would air in April of 2017.

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Filming

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Kicking off filming on June 20 with block one, directed by Lawrence Gough, early location work featured fake snow opposite City Hall and at the University of Cardiff, doubling for Bristol. Seen carrying presents through the snow, Pearl Mackie set tongues wagging on being in this year’s Christmas Special, but officially her debut is in the first episode of Series 10, with those on set equally saying that is what was being filmed. This years special comprises block 3 of filming. Could the opening episode of the series continue on from the Christmas special?

Matt Lucas was also seen at Cathays Park campus, photographed on set with Pearl Mackie. There is somewhat divided information on just when the character returns, but it’s expected to be in this year’s Christmas special with Nardole leaving with the Doctor in the TARDIS. Matt is said to be a regular in the forthcoming series, but whether as a regular companion or a regularly returning character (along the lines of Ashildur) are unknown.

“I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures. I loved acting with Peter [Capaldi] and I’m excited to work with Pearl.” – Matt Lucas

“Delighted and slightly amazed to be welcoming Matt Lucas back on to the TARDIS – and this time it’s not just for Christmas, he’s sticking around. One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space.” – Steven Moffat

Foreign shores welcomed the Doctor and Bill in July as the show headed to Valencia in Spain for the Frank Cotrill-Boyce penned second episode, filming at the City of Arts and Science Museum.

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Early August, at the start of the second filming block as directed by Bill Anderson, we saw our first glimpses of what appears to be a Victorian set episode, photos showing classic Victorian snowy scenes from filming at Enterprise House in Cardiff.

Descending on Fields Park Avenue in Newport last month, Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie were filming at Fields House, previously having been used in the Series 3 episode Blink.

The crew also were seen filming with fake snow at Kings Weston House in Bristol and as part of Series 10, rather than the 2016 Christmas Special. With a horse-drawn carriage making up part of the scene, it seems likely to have been more from the Victorian set episode above.

Filming for Series 10 is expected to conclude in March 2017 with the series returning to BBC One and BBC America in April. Doctor Who will return to our screens this Christmas however with the annual Christmas Special on Christmas Day.

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Audio Preview: UNIT – Shutdown

Synopsis

UNIT Shutdown, starring Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver

Kate Stewart and her UNIT team investigate and confront alien attacks on the planet Earth in the new 5 disc boxset.

[su_quote cite=”David Richardson” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/bfd8-unit-shutdown-coming-may-2016″%5DMatt Fitton, Andrew Smith, Ken Bentley and I have had great fun creating a fearsome new breed of monster. Fast as lightning, these alien assassins will provide a brand new mystery for UNIT to solve – and, over the course of four episodes, take the world to the brink of destruction…’[/su_quote]

[su_label type=”info”]2.1 Power Cell by Matt Fitton[/su_label]

On the trail of missing alien technology, Kate Stewart encounters the ambitious Felicity Lyme. Who are Cerberus – and what are they doing in the London Docklands?

[su_label type=”info”]2.2 Death in Geneva by Andrew Smith[/su_label]

With Tengobushi assassins on their tail, Kate and Osgood retreat to UNIT Command in Geneva. High in the mountains, Captain Josh Carter comes face to face with the enemy…

[su_quote cite=”Ken Bentley” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/bfd8-unit-shutdown-coming-may-2016″%5DOne of the things that makes UNIT different to much of what Big Finish produce is the global nature of the storytelling.’ says Ken. ‘It’s been a great pleasure to work with a genuinely international company of actors and to help bring this exciting box set to life.[/su_quote]

[su_label type=”info”]2.3 The Battle of the Tower by Andrew Smith[/su_label]

As London sleeps, an alien horde rises from the shadows. The Tower has been infiltrated – and UNIT must hold the line. At any cost. Lock and load…

[su_label type=”info”]2.4 Ice Station Alpha by Matt Fitton[/su_label]

Caught between human greed and an unstoppable alien power, Kate Stewart leads her forces on one last mission to the Antarctic. It’s UNIT against the world….

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Details

[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Cast” style=”fancy”]Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart)

Ingrid Oliver (Osgood)

Warren Brown (Sam Bishop)

James Joyce (Captain Josh Carter)

Alice Krige (Felicity Lime)

Asif Khan (Jay Roy)

Tyrone Huggins (Dr Kenton Eastwood)

Nigel Carrington (Sir Peter Latcham)

Beth Chalmers (Anna/Radio Announcer/Quizmaster)

Harry Ditson(General Grant Avery)

Dan Li (Dokan/Alien Leader)

Akira Koieyama(Chiso/Tengobushi Assassins)

Stephen Billington (Commander Bergam)

Jot Davies (Sebastien/Majoy Disanto)

Other parts portrayed by the cast.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Crew” style=”fancy”]Written By: Matt Fitton, Andrew Smith
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: Ken Bentley, Matt Fitton
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Sound Design: Howard Carter
Music: Howard Carter
Cover Art: Tom Webster[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Technical Details” style=”fancy”]Number of Discs: 5
Duration: 300′ approx
Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78178-614-7
Production Code: BFPUNS02[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]

[su_label]UNIT Shutdown is available to preorder now from BigFinish.com or via the Amazon link below. The set is released in June, exclusively from the Big Finish website, and available from other retailers from August 31st. [/su_label]

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Final Preview & Video Round-Up: The Husbands of River Song

With just over three hours to go until Doctor Who returns with the 2015 Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song, we round-up everything we’ve already learned in one quick guide.

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The Husbands of River Song

Synopsis

It’s Christmas Day 5343, on the remote human colony of Mendorax Dellora, and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas carollers and comedy reindeer antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad, and hurled into a fast, frantic chase across the galaxy ~ pursued by River’s new husband, his Infinite Majesty King Hydroflax of the Final Cluster. Will any of them make it out alive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic supervillains, and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time…

“It’s a very festive, light‑hearted Christmas afternoon show. Although a lot of adults really like it, at its heart Doctor Who is designed to entertain children as well. I like the idea of families watching together. That’s what I did when I was a child.” – Peter Capaldi

To Be Broadcast: December 25, 2015 5.15pm (UK), December 26, 7:30pm (AU), December 25 9pm EST (US), December 25 9pm EST (CA), December 26 7:35pm EST (NZ)

“She doesn’t know it’s me! So that’s quite strange. No matter how much I tell her, she doesn’t believe it. [Chuckles] She thinks I’m mad, so that’s quite fun. She doesn’t realise [who I am] and I keep trying to convince her. Along the way I get to see her flirt with all of these people and behave in an inappropriate way… and I’m rather shocked by it. Then, finally, I get to convince her that it’s me and she’s slightly disappointed. What’s happened to her husband? He’s aged terribly! And do we get to see the picnic [at Asgard]? (Pauses) I don’t know if we get to see it. But we set it up – we almost get there.” – Peter Capaldi

Length: 60 minutes

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Cast

Peter Capaldi (The Doctor)
Alex Kingston (River Song)
Matt Lucas (Nardole)
Greg Davies (King Hydroflax)
Rowan Polonski (Flemming)
Robert Curtis (Scratch)
Chris Lew Kum Hoi (Alphonse)
Phillip Rhys (Ramone)
Anthony Cozens (Concierge)
Nicolle Smartt (Receptionist)
Liam Cook (King Hydroflax’s body)
Nonso Anozie (Voice of Hydroflax)

“…Every year I have to contemplate that this could be the last one I ever write – because I hadn’t signed up for next year at that point. At that point I hadn’t – unless they fire me – which would be quite sensible! (Laughs) So, as I thought it might be my last one I thought I’d get River in, which would bring me full circle. Also, and much more importantly, I was very very tired and Brian [Minchin – producer] was going at me ‘What are we going to do for Christmas?’ and it just cheered me up that River could be in it. I hadn’t written River for years and I love writing for her. Also Russell [T Davies – Showrunner Seasons 1 to 4] has been at me for a while [booms] ‘You can’t write her out yet – Capaldi and Kingston. It’s a sex storm!’ It’s not called ‘Sex Storm by the way! I think he was in the middle of his Cucumber phase and I told him that’s not what happens in Doctor Who. ‘You’ve forgotten, you old fool!’ (Laughs) And they are very sexy together.” – Steven Moffat

Crew

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Producer: Nikki Wilson

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Notes

Taking place after the events of The Angels Take Manhattan, we can expect fireworks between the Doctor and the “not precisely faithful” River (complete with sonic trowel), despite not recognising him for the majority of the episode.

The villain it appears is none other than River’s other husband, King Hydroflax. Moffat describes Hydroflax, as played by the hilarious Greg Davis, as being “big, bad [and] rather stupid” who he hopes “kids will laugh at, and hopefully adults too”.

River Song actress Alex Kingston has said that The Husbands of River Song has been nicknamed “Doctor Blue” on-set thanks to it’s racy one-liners!

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Quotes

Steven Moffat

“The Doctor is an all new man and has been for a while. It may have slipped his mind that out there, in a very tangled and complicated way, is his wife that has never seen this face before and doesn’t even know about this incarnation. We’re about to stand with the Doctor and see what River is like when she doesn’t know he’s looking. We’re about to see what River thinks of Matt Smith turning into Peter Capaldi.”

“River Song meets the Capaldi Doctor, that’s got to be fun – I’d like to write that. That’s what made me want to write. I knew it had to be a big romp for Christmas day and there’s nothing like River Song to make that evident – River brings a whole storm of camp glamour to it.”

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Peter Capaldi

“The Christmas special is very Christmassy, which I’m sure everyone will be relieved to hear. It finds the Doctor in a Dickensian kind of world, in a Christmas card sort of world which he’s been brought to in order to do a favour for a king. So there’s quite a festive spirit to the episode. But the favour is more complex and isn’t exclusively for the benefit of the king, but more for the benefit of the king’s consort.”

“I have lots of favourite scenes from the Christmas episode, but I think being met by Matt Lucas on a wonderful wintery Dickensian street with the TARDIS covered in snow was delightful, because it was like a Doctor Who Christmas card. Matt is such a fabulously funny person to have around, so I loved that! …you can expect a lot of laughs and pathos. He is, as ever, a hugely loveable personality, a little naïve, a little out of his depth and quite cosmic.”

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Alex Kingston

“It’s a wonderful slapstick caper. There’s a lot of great laughs, there’s a lot of fabulous River one-liners. The fans are going to love the things she says and there’s a lot of play. They’re also fighting a very interesting alien played by Greg Davies. It’s a really great episode and Steven has done my character proud. I’ve been really lucky in this episode as River gets to do an awful lot. She gets to run around in snow, I’ve been flying and have done harness work against a green screen. She’s got quite a few husbands in this episode and there’s a lot of fabulous quick-fire dialogue between her and the Doctor. She gets to snog the most handsome man in the work, his character name is Ramone. It’s all going on!”

“I’m used to change. I had that experience of going from David to Matt. It’s taken me a few days to gauge Peter but that’s fitting of the story. I’m learning and becoming more familiar with who Peter has created as the Doctor… At the moment the Doctor’s confused, not sure why I don’t recognise him. And that’s fun. The interaction between them is sort of like the old slapstick movies, like Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn. It’s got that sort of screwball quality to it.”

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Videos

Introduction

Clips

Matt Lucas and Alex Kingston Swap Presents

Next Time Trailer

TV Trailer

The Husbands of River Song airs tonight at 5:15pm on BBC One, 9pm EST on BBC America and at 7:30pm on Saturday on ABC in Australia.

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January Preview: The Churchill Years, Volume 01

Britain’s greatest Prime Minister is ready for battle in January 2016.

Doctor Who: The Churchill Years Volume 1 is a box set of four stories starring Ian McNeice as the legendary war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Ian first took on the role in the Eleventh Doctor story Victory of the Daleks, and the new set details his further adventures with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.

Each story is narrated from Churchill’s viewpoint, and he is ably supported by a full guest cast of actors, including returning Christmas companions Danny Horn as Kazran Sardick and Holly Earl as Lily Arwell.

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The Churchill Years, Volume 01

Synopsis

1. The Oncoming Storm by Phil Mulryne

Late 1939. Britain faces the might of Germany. Winston Churchill serves as First Lord of the Admiralty. But Churchill soon finds himself facing a more immediate threat than the looming Nazi menace. A ‘Stone’ with the most mysterious properties is discovered in the Thames’ sands, and soon oddly spoken soldiers are creeping round London ruthlessly trying to acquire it. Who are they? Can Churchill and his new secretary Hetty Warner defeat them? And what about the man in the battered leather jacket that Hetty meets? Churchill feels sure they can rely on the Doctor to help them! Except that this Doctor seems to want to stay hidden in the shadows…

2. Hounded by Alan Barnes

In the dark days of 1941, Britain is in the midst of war. Churchill must stand strong against the might of the enemy – but he is plagued by a darkness in his own psyche. Something he calls ‘the Black Dog’.

Can a visiting Swami hold the answer to his troubles? And can Hetty Warner prevent the Prime Minister’s adversaries from taking advantage of the situation?

Across London, the Tenth Doctor’s arrival may be the nation’s only hope – but the Time Lord’s plan to help his friend is endangered when he finds himself declared a traitor by the agents of the country he has come to protect…

3. Living History by Justin Richards

Finally given the chance to travel in the TARDIS, Winston Churchill cannot resist the opportunity of meeting Julius Caesar. But the trip does not go quite as planned. With the TARDIS gone, and Churchill stranded in ancient Britain with a young man he barely knows and who comes from the future, it seems things can hardly get any worse.

Until he is captured by the invading Romans.

Still, at least that means Churchill will meet Julius Caesar after all. But then Churchill learns of the Bronze God, feared and worshipped by the Ancient Britons. A god that he recognises as anything but divine when he meets it.

4. The Chartwell Metamorphosis by Ken Bentley

Comfortably retired to his home at Chartwell, Churchill plans to live out his days in peace, in the company of his butterflies – if his attendants would just leave him alone.

But it isn’t simply Lepidoptera breeding in the gardens, as a far more sinister species is about to emerge from its cocoon – and is ready to feast on something more than just the shrubberies.

Surrounded on all sides, the former Prime Minister must put a life’s worth of experience into action in order to win the day. Can his new nurse Lily Arwell offer her assistance?

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Cast

Ian McNeice (Winston Churchill)
Danny Horn (Kazran Sardick)
Holly Earl (Lily Arwell)
Emily Atack (Hetty Warner)
Michael Gould (Frederick Lindemann)
Derek Riddell (Lt-Commander Sandy McNish)
Phil Mulryne (Able Seaman Phillips)
Jo Stone-Fewings (Major Wheatley)
Amerjit Deu (The Swami)
Stewart Scudamore (Danvers)
Alistair Petrie (Julius Caesar)
Laura Rogers (Queen Tristahna)
Carolyn Seymour (Mrs Whitaker)
John Banks (Mr Rogers)
Nicholas Briggs (The Dalek)

Crew

Written By: Phil Mulryne, Alan Barnes, Justin Richards, Ken Bentley
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Quotes

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

Trailer

Purchase

The Churchill Years, Volume 01 is available to preorder now from BigFinish.com and Amazon.

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Preview: The War Doctor – Only The Monstrous

The War Doctor, Volume 1 – Only The Monstrous

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Details

John Hurt, the world-renowned star of film and television, is returning to the role of The War Doctor, in twelve full-cast Doctor Who audio plays.

The War Doctor was introduced for Doctor Who’s Fiftieth Anniversary, and played a key part in the record-breaking television special The Day of the Doctor, alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors. He is the secret incarnation of the Time Lord — but he has shunned the title ‘Doctor’ in order to fight in the Time War against the Daleks.

Release Date: December 14, 2015

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Synopsis

Taking place before the apocalyptic events portrayed in the Doctor Who TV special The Day of the Doctor, this new four-disc box set by Big Finish executive producer Nicholas Briggs finds the War Doctor recruited for the war effort by the scheming Cardinal Ollistra (Jacqueline Pearce). A desperate mission will send the Time Lord deep behind enemy lines – where the Daleks await!

The Innocent

As the Daleks mass their time fleet for a final assault on Gallifrey, something ancient is waiting for them at Omega One. And a sacrifice must be made.

Arch manipulator and Time Lord strategist, Cardinal Ollistra receives shock news of the Doctor’s death.

Meanwhile, on the planet Keska, a parochial war has returned to plague a peaceful civilisation after decades of tranquility. But how can such a war have any connection with the great Time War which, at any one moment in the whole of eternity, could threaten to tear the universe apart?

If only the Doctor were still alive.

The Thousand Worlds

With the high ranking Time Lord Seratrix behind enemy lines, the War Doctor finds himself assigned to a rescue mission. But any room for manoeuvre is severely restricted by an area of space known as the Null Zone.

Times have changed on Keska, and a countdown to destruction is beginning.

But who are the Taalyens and what is their part in the great and terrifying Dalek plan?

The Heart of the Battle

Trapped in a citadel swarming with Daleks, the Time Lord rescue force must find a way to overcome insurmountable odds. With the Daleks apparently planning to rule the Null Zone, perhaps their thirst for universal conquest and victory has been quenched…

The War Doctor doesn’t believe so — but how can he prove it without destroying any chance of peace?

As the countdown to the destruction of Keska proceeds, a deadly choice must be made… A choice that will define this Doctor and perhaps forever cast him in the role of ‘monster’.

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Cast

John Hurt (The War Doctor)
Jacqueline Pearce (Cardinal Ollistra)
Lucy Briggs-Owen (The Nursemaid)
Carolyn Seymour (The Slave)
Beth Chalmers (Veklin)
Alex Wyndham (Seratrix)
Kieran Hodgson (Bennus)
Barnaby Edwards (Arverton)
Mark McDonnell (Traanus)
John Banks (Garv)
Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)

Crew

Written By: Nicholas Briggs
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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Quotes

“I have been a huge fan of John since first seeing him in the repeats of I, Claudius in the 1980s and in his Oscar-nominated role as the eponymous The Elephant Man. Watching his performance in The Day of the Doctor I did find myself fantasising that some far off day we might have the chance to work with him on the audio adventures of Doctor Who and now two short years later it’s happened! John wove a fantastic character together from a great script by Steven Moffat. Now we have the chance to get to know that character more and hear John stretch in the role. We’re all in for a hell of a ride as the War Doctor engages in battle. But who are the greater threat – the Daleks or the Time Lords?” – Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery

“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me. Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.” – Nicholas Briggs

“What an utter privilege it is to work with such an iconic actor, playing such a brilliantly devised role. This is Doctor Who at its darkest — the era in which our hero casts aside his core values in order to try and save the galaxy in its most terrible hour. We promise bold and brilliant story-telling with gripping character drama, and epic and cinematic audio productions.” – producer David Richardson

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You can order this release separately, or as part of the Time War Saga bundle. The bundle contains all four box sets from the War Doctor series, along with the five-disc prequel Doctor Who – The Eighth Doctor: The Time War starring Paul McGann. As with almost all Big Finish website CD purchases, there is a download copy instantly available upon the release of each box set.

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Everything We Know About The Husbands of River Song

With less than two weeks to go until Doctor Who returns with the 2015 Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song, we round-up everything we’ve already learned in one quick guide.

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The Husbands of River Song

Synopsis

It’s Christmas Day 5343, on the remote human colony of Mendorax Dellora, and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas carollers and comedy reindeer antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad, and hurled into a fast, frantic chase across the galaxy ~ pursued by River’s new husband, his Infinite Majesty King Hydroflax of the Final Cluster. Will any of them make it out alive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic supervillains, and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time…

To Be Broadcast: December 25, 2015 5.15pm (UK), December 26, 7:30pm (AU), December 25 9pm EST (US), December 25 9pm EST (CA), December 26 7:35pm EST (NZ)

Length: 60 minutes

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Cast

Peter Capaldi (The Doctor)
Alex Kingston (River Song)
Matt Lucas (Nardole)
Greg Davies (King Hydroflax)
Rowan Polonski (Flemming)
Robert Curtis (Scratch)
Chris Lew Kum Hoi (Alphonse)
Phillip Rhys (Ramone)
Anthony Cozens (Concierge)
Nicolle Smartt (Receptionist)
Liam Cook (King Hydroflax’s body)
Nonso Anozie (Voice of Hydroflax)

Crew

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Producer: Nikki Wilson

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Notes

Taking place after the events of The Angels Take Manhattan, we can expect fireworks between the Doctor and the “not precisely faithful” River (complete with sonic trowel), despite not recognising him for the majority of the episode.

The villain it appears is none other than River’s other husband, King Hydroflax. Moffat describes Hydroflax, as played by the hilarious Greg Davis, as being “big, bad [and] rather stupid” who he hopes “kids will laugh at, and hopefully adults too”.

River Song actress Alex Kingston has said that The Husbands of River Song has been nicknamed “Doctor Blue” on-set thanks to it’s racy one-liners!

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Quotes

Steven Moffat

“The Doctor is an all new man and has been for a while. It may have slipped his mind that out there, in a very tangled and complicated way, is his wife that has never seen this face before and doesn’t even know about this incarnation. We’re about to stand with the Doctor and see what River is like when she doesn’t know he’s looking. We’re about to see what River thinks of Matt Smith turning into Peter Capaldi.”

“River Song meets the Capaldi Doctor, that’s got to be fun – I’d like to write that. That’s what made me want to write. I knew it had to be a big romp for Christmas day and there’s nothing like River Song to make that evident – River brings a whole storm of camp glamour to it.”

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Peter Capaldi

“The Christmas special is very Christmassy, which I’m sure everyone will be relieved to hear. It finds the Doctor in a Dickensian kind of world, in a Christmas card sort of world which he’s been brought to in order to do a favour for a king. So there’s quite a festive spirit to the episode. But the favour is more complex and isn’t exclusively for the benefit of the king, but more for the benefit of the king’s consort.”

“I have lots of favourite scenes from the Christmas episode, but I think being met by Matt Lucas on a wonderful wintery Dickensian street with the TARDIS covered in snow was delightful, because it was like a Doctor Who Christmas card. Matt is such a fabulously funny person to have around, so I loved that! …you can expect a lot of laughs and pathos. He is, as ever, a hugely loveable personality, a little naïve, a little out of his depth and quite cosmic.”

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Alex Kingston

“It’s a wonderful slapstick caper. There’s a lot of great laughs, there’s a lot of fabulous River one-liners. The fans are going to love the things she says and there’s a lot of play. They’re also fighting a very interesting alien played by Greg Davies. It’s a really great episode and Steven has done my character proud. I’ve been really lucky in this episode as River gets to do an awful lot. She gets to run around in snow, I’ve been flying and have done harness work against a green screen. She’s got quite a few husbands in this episode and there’s a lot of fabulous quick-fire dialogue between her and the Doctor. She gets to snog the most handsome man in the work, his character name is Ramone. It’s all going on!”

“I’m used to change. I had that experience of going from David to Matt. It’s taken me a few days to gauge Peter but that’s fitting of the story. I’m learning and becoming more familiar with who Peter has created as the Doctor… At the moment the Doctor’s confused, not sure why I don’t recognise him. And that’s fun. The interaction between them is sort of like the old slapstick movies, like Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn. It’s got that sort of screwball quality to it.”

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*Spoilers* Everything We Know about Doctor Who Series 9: Cast, Filming Photos, Videos & More [May 8, 2015 Update]

Doctor Who Series 9

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Regular Cast

The Doctor: Peter Capaldi

Clara Oswald: Jenna Coleman


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Crew

Writers: Steven Moffat, Jamie Mathieson, Toby Whithouse, Catherine Tregenna, Mark Gatiss

*Rumoured writers include Neill Cross and Peter Harness

Directors: Hettie MacDonald, Daniel O’Hara, Ed Bazelgette

Photo taken for International Women’s Day with the many women of Doctor Who’s cast and crew!

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Quotes:

“As you saw in the finale and the Christmas episode he’s kind of answered his question of ‘Am I a good man?’ and this year he’s having the time of his life, having dangerous and exciting adventures in time and space. These are the glory days of the Doctor and Clara. They’re having the biggest, most dangerous adventures they’ve ever had and they’re having great fun doing it. The mission statement we had was bigger adventures, and to go further in space and time. We’ve got a very confident Doctor, we’ve got a very confident companion and they’re both experts at doing this now so we can tell slightly bigger stories. We’re doing more two-parters – and not just conventional two parters. We’re doing linked stories where you might not be sure how they’re going to be connected until you see them. We’re pushing the storytelling that way, to give us more scale of adventure.” – Brian Minchin, Cultbox

“As ever, Doctor Who is a combination of complete daft silliness and loads of people getting slaughtered in the early evening. Tonally, [Season 9] very much the same [as Season 8]. Peter is getting stronger and more confident in the role… I told the [show’s] writers, don’t just write him mean, write him funny – because he’ll make any joke fly.” – Steven Moffat, Entertainment Weekly

“[Peter Capaldi] is on amazing form at the moment. I was looking at some of his first series stuff and thinking ‘it’s magnificent, but it’s nothing compared to what he’s doing now’.” – Steven Moffat on Peter Capaldi

“I can’t say too much about it. She continues to complicate and that relationship between the two of them is incredibly strong.” – Steven Moffat on Clara Oswald

“We’re changing the rhythm of [Doctor Who] quite a bit. For a long while, those 45-minute stories were the backbone of Doctor Who. The rule I’ve got is that you won’t be absolutely certain whether a show is going to be a two-parter or not. With each of the two-parters we’re doing, there’s a substantial difference between the two halves…. Sometimes they’re just linked episodes” – Steven Moffat on the Series 9 format

“We’re not bringing him back exactly the same as we left him, at all. I think that was already evident at Christmas,” he explained. “He’s left some of the burden of being the superhero of the universe behind… Also, Peter magnifies anything that is dark. So I’m pushing him – I’m writing quite funny this year – I’m pushing him the other way. He’s also got a Scottish gloom about him. If you gave him a Matt Smith script, it would come out very, very differently. I think it was great fun to do for a year. But no, that’s not how we’re going to play the rest of him… What I’ve been saying to him is ‘You’re the stern Doctor. You’re not the rude Doctor. You’re not a brusque Doctor. You’re kind of the don’t-give-a-damn Doctor! You actually don’t give a damn what you say to people.’” – Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Magazine

“Jenna is obviously in all of the next series.” – Steven Moffat on Jenna Coleman’s departure date.

“I’m in the midst of that right now – I broke off to come here today, in fact, but I’m hoping to finish the script tonight. It has been a tough nut to crack, but I’m delighted with how scary it is. I can’t say any more than that.” – Mark Gatiss on his episode.

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Episodes

Episode 1: The Magician’s Apprentice

Written by: Steven Moffat

Directed by: Hettie MacDonald

Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Jaye Griffiths, Clare Higgins, India Ria Amarteifio, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Aaron Neil, Demi Papaminas, Joey Price and Jami Reid-Quarrell, Kelly Hunter, Jaye Griffiths, Demi Papaminas (School girl)

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Quotes:

“I was thinking of the story of the first two-parter and I was thinking that she fits, she should be there. That character, if you get it right, does put a different light on the Doctor. I was looking back at the old Jon Pertwee/Roger Delgado ones and what’s fascinating about that is that they only ever play it as friends. They never, ever play it as enemies at all. They’re just two gentlemen having fun with each other. The Doctor’s best friend is a murdering psychopath, that’s actually quite fun.” – Steven Moffat on Missy’s return.

“”Missy is brilliant and having seen her in the finale we just couldn’t wait to work with Michelle again. Steven had the perfect story. It’s not going to be Missy as you expect her to be. Steven likes to surprise everyone and he’s going to do that with this opening. Missy has an awful lot of sides to her and we’re going to see some new ones in this series. We also learn a bit more about her relationship with the Doctor…” – Brian Minchin, SFX Magazine

Notes:

Filming took place in Tenerife, Spain. Set partially on an alien planet and in contemporary London, expect Coal Hill to feature and Jemma Redgrave.


Episode 2: The Witch’s Familiar

Missy returns in the Series 9 opening two-parter

Written by: Steven Moffat

Directed by: Hettie MacDonald

Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Jaye Griffiths and Clare Higgins, India Ria Amarteifio, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Aaron Neil, Demi Papaminas, Joey Price and Jami Reid-Quarrell, Kelly Hunter, Jaye Griffiths, Demi Papaminas (School girl)

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Via: Whovian Comley

Notes:

Filming took place in Tenerife, Spain. Set partially on an alien planet and in contemporary London, expect Coal Hill to feature and Jemma Redgrave.


Episode 3:

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Written by: Toby Whithouse

Directed by: Daniel O’Hara

Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Paul Kaye (Prentis), Sophie Stone (Cass), Morven Christie (O’Donnell), Arsher Ali (Mason Bennett), Colin McFarlane, Sophie Stone, Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Neil Fingleton.

Quotes:

“An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action – for one of our scariest adventures yet!” – Steven Moffat

“The adventures begin again for myself and Jenna and I’m delighted to be back filming my second series of Doctor Who.” – Peter Capaldi

“As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who, they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking For Davros’ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present TOTP back in the mid 90s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double. Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat, best 50th birthday present ever!” – Paul Kaye

Notes:

Potentially a “ghost story” rumoured to be set in an army base.


Episode 4:

Written by: Toby Whithouse

Directed by: Daniel O’Hara

Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Paul Kaye (Prentis), Sophie Stone (Cass), Morven Christie (O’Donnell), Arsher Ali (Mason Bennett), Colin McFarlane, Sophie Stone, Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Neil Fingleton.

Quotes:

“An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action – for one of our scariest adventures yet!” – Steven Moffat

“The adventures begin again for myself and Jenna and I’m delighted to be back filming my second series of Doctor Who.” – Peter Capaldi

“As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who, they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking For Davros’ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present TOTP back in the mid 90s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double. Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat, best 50th birthday present ever!” – Paul Kaye

Notes:

Potentially a “ghost story” rumoured to be set in an army base.


Episode 5: The Girl Who Died

What’s that in the shadows? New monster about to meet Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who Series 9

Written by: Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat

Directed by: Ed Bazelgette

Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), David Schofield (Odin), Rufus Hound (Sam Swift), Murray McArthur (Hasten), Maisie Williams, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger

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Maisie Williams guest stars in The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived

Quotes:

“There’s been a lot of speculation about whether she’s like a younger Clara or whether she is a new character completely. I’m not going to tell you which one. Whether she is good or bad is up for discussion, I think. She does put the Doctor to the test and it’s sort of a dynamic that we haven’t seen before.” – Maisie Williams

“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town” – Maisie Williams

“We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.” – Steven Moffat

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Notes:

Set in the time of the Vikings and dealing with Norse mythology.


Episode 6: The Woman Who Lived

Chewing it over? Doctor Who director Ed Bazalgette discusses a shot with one of the show’s new monsters…

Written by: Catherine Tregenna

Directed by: Ed Bazelgette

Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), David Schofield (Odin), Rufus Hound (Sam Swift), Murray McArthur (Hasten), Maisie Williams, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger

Quotes:

“There’s been a lot of speculation about whether she’s like a younger Clara or whether she is a new character completely. I’m not going to tell you which one. Whether she is good or bad is up for discussion, I think. She does put the Doctor to the test and it’s sort of a dynamic that we haven’t seen before.” – Maisie Williams

“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town” – Maisie Williams

“We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.” – Steven Moffat

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Notes:

Set in the time of the Vikings and dealing with Norse mythology.


Episode 7:

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“Osgood” Returns in this two-parter

Written by: Peter Harness

Directed by: Daniel Nettheim

Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood),  Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and Aidan Cook


Episode 8:

Written by: Peter Harness

Directed by: Daniel Nettheim

Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood),  Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and Aidan Cook


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Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald)


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Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald)


Episode 11:

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Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald)

Quotes:

“I’ve figured out the cliffhanger to the penultimate episode of series 9. And it’s a whopper. Ohh, I don’t think you’ll see this coming!” – Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Magazine 475


Episode 12:

Written by:

Directed by:

Starring: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald)

Notes:

Jenna Coleman is expected to leave the series at the conclusion of this episode.

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Sutekh Returns! Big Finish Release Details of New Benny Set

Big Finish Productions have released details of the forthcoming second set in the New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield range, and it features the return of one of the classic series’ iconic villains – Sutekh the Destroyer!

Originally starring in 1975’s Pyramids of Mars by Robert Holmes, the role of Sutekh will once again be voiced by Gabriel Woolf, joining Lisa Bowerman as the titular Benny alongside Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred as the 7th Doctor and Ace.

Full details via BigFinish.com:

1) The Pyramid Of Sutekh by Guy Adams

Professor Bernice Summerfield, archaeologist and adventurer, has discovered a Pyramid on Mars. Inside she finds her old friend the Doctor is fighting a battle with the Osiran God Sutekh. One he is losing.

2) The Vaults Of Osiris by Justin Richards

Egypt in 2015 is an unsettled place. The trade in stolen antiquities is a murky one, and it’s about to get a whole lot worse, as an ancient and terrible force enters the market.

3) The Eye Of Horus by James Goss

Ancient Egypt is enjoying a golden age – peace, prosperity and a powerful Pharaoh. But something is moving through the sands. A forgotten god requests an invite to the feast.

4) The Tears Of Isis by Una McCormack

Russell Courtland prophesied the world would end on Tuesday. No-one was more suprised than he was when it did.

Written By: Guy Adams, Justin Richards, James Goss, Una McCormack
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast: Lisa Bowerman (Professor Bernice Summerfield), Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Gabriel Woolf (Sutekh the Destroyer)

The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield – Volume 2: The Triumph of Sutekh is available to preorder now at BigFinish.com and will be released in June.

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Major Seasons of War Update: War Doctor Charity Anthology and Film Due This Month

10906189_584150328383189_2083352352104645920_nAfter much speculation and anticipation, the War Doctor charity anthology Seasons of War is almost ready for release.

For those who’ve missed it, Seasons Of War – Tales From A Time War is a Doctor Who fiction anthology and film, an unofficial project, raising money for the Charity Caudwell Children.

The collection will feature work by a who’s who of Doctor Who writers – including names such as Lance Parkin, Gary Russell, David A. McIntee, Jim Mortimore, John Peel, Kate Orman, Jenny Colgan, Paul Magrs, George Mann, Matthew Sweet and Andrew Smith.

With the excellent trailer for the accompanying film already available, created by Andy Robinson and with original music by Timo Peach, excitement is building for both instalments, ten teasers having been released alongside a text extract , set photos, an audio reading by Osgood herself Ingrid Oliver and more.

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Teasers

1. “What happened on Karn was unforgivable but necessary. I’m sorry. There could be no witnesses.”
2. Booyakasha! (Curious and curiouser)
3. The Army of TARDIS
4. “If you’re going to rummage around in my head without asking, be careful what you find there. I don’t use that name. Not any more.”
5. The Two (Non) Doctors.
6. 800 years old at the end, over a thousand at the beginning. That’s war for you.
7. Rassilon’s return will make you sick.
8. “Call me Foreman”.
9. Nothing at the end of the lane. A good omen.
10. Shooting, stabbing, poisoning, death by a sentient second-heart… Welcome to hell.

Audio Extract

Text Extract

…and he looked at his reflection and said: “Doctor no more”.
Ohila of the Sisterhood Of Karn regarded him as he studied his new face. She noted that he did so, not with curiosity, but with a sort of cursory, functional glance. An appraisal. Like a Major inspecting a cadets uniform. He turned to her.
“My TARDIS?”
“Beyond the wreckage. When the gunship crashed, it materialised on the far side of the tundra.”
He looked at Cass, her dead body lying on the mortuary-slab-like-rock, her youth and fire extinguished.
“You’ll bury her”
Ohila noted that is wasn’t a request. An order.
“Yes, Lord.” she nodded in deference.
“In which case, I’ll be off.” he said. He adjusted the bandolier slung across his chest, and began to walk westwards. However, after a few steps, he stopped and turned. His black eyes met Ohila’s.
“You’ll tell no one of this.” he said. Again, not a request.
“Who would we tell?” Ohila replied, keeping her voice steady. “The Universe is in its dying days and time itself threatens to collapse, fold and crumple taking all history with it.”
“If the Daleks come..?”
“Then they will come. They will learn nothing from us. Nor will the Time Lords.”
He laughed then. Hollow and bitter.
“The Time Lords are the least of your worries, Mother Superior.”
“You mock still, Doctor.” Ohila replied.
“THAT IS NOT MY NAME!” he screamed with a ferocity so intense that Ohila, and the remnants of the Sisterhood present, fancied they felt the very ground beneath them tremble. Then, in a quieter, almost whispered, timbre: “Not my name.”
Ohila, determined not to appear cowed before her sisters, drew on her centuries of meditative study, took a deep breath and approached the new born Gallifreyan.
“I should hope, Time Lord,” she began, her voice low and steady so as not to seem to reprimand. “That this anger is a sign of post-regenerative stress rather than a true indication of the man you have become.”
The Time Lord considered this. Briefly.
“Whatever you put in that potion,” he replied. “By whichever strange augmentation or perversion of Time Lord science you developed that made my regeneration thus, I can safely say that the hangover is practically non-existent. I can, for once, see absolutely clear. I know what I must do. And I know what must happen. If my anger shocks you, then you have only your own manipulations to blame. You could have left me for dead, like the girl…the girl…”
The Time Lord shook his head in frustration. Already, he had forgotten.
“Cass” said Ohila, gently.
“A name,” he spat. “Another damned name. And what are names, pray, when the universe stands at the precipice?”
“Yet you can save it. You can save us.” Ohila said, her deep blue eyes beseeching him.
The Time Lord looked up at the stars, sniffed the air, closed his eyes and smiled. It was not an appealing smile.
“The Universe, yes.” he said, opening his eyes and meeting Ohila’s gaze. “You? Unfortunately not.”
Ohila took a step back. Was the Time Lord mocking her once again?
“There’s a Dalek ship, a Skaro Dreadnought, just pulling into orbit around Karn.” he said, his face now serious and his jaw held tight. “They must’ve detected the TARDIS, you see?”
Ohila looked up at the night sky and, sure enough, saw the pinprick yellow lights, arranged in a circle like carriages on a Ferris wheel, hovering on high, obscuring part of Karn’s second moon, making a crescent.
“I did tell you, Sister, that the Time Lords are the least of your worries.” he said. Not cruelly, but sadly.
“Can you help us?”

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To receive the digital ebook version, you can visit www.justgiving.com/declan-may1 to donate (leaving your email address) or you can wait to donate a set amount for the print edition. The digital edition will be released in January 2015, along with the film. The details for the pre-order of the limited print edition will be released, initially, to those who have already donated, in January 2015 and then to the general public afterwards. Seasons Of War is a Chinbeard Books publication, edited by Declan May.

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2015 Year Preview: Series 9 News and Speculation, New Merchandise: 12th Audio Exclusives, PDA Readings, Big Finish Third Doctor Adventures and Much More

After a “game changing” 2014 that saw the introduction of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, the World Tour, a successful Series 8 and so much more, what can we expect to make the headlines in 2015? lets take a brief look at some of the events, releases and things we expect in the year ahead, with a healthy dose of speculation thrown into the mix.

With principal photography beginning today on Series 9 (for Episode 4), it appears that the upcoming series will be following a vaguely similar path to 2014, with the cast and crew of the series shooting over the next few months for a late-summer or early autumn broadcast. Deep Breath aired on the second to final Saturday of August 2014 and it would be no surprise if Series 9 repeated the schedule.

pcThe opening episode of the series will be called The Magician’s Apprentice as we know, written by Steven Moffat. While nothing more is known about the episode, Deep Breath of course ran for 75 minutes to open the last Series and whether The Magician’s Apprentice will similarly have an extended runtime is mere speculation. That said, director Daniel O’Hara’s online CV states he is working on two 60 minute episodes of the show this year. There is however nothing to suggest this is not a mistake, nor that his episodes include the opener.

Series 8 gained some level of criticism in the national press, who, despite positive reviews, took issue with the show’s new “dark” outlook and raised the old “no longer suitable for the little ones” argument alongside highlighting complaints from a mere handful of viewers. While much of the criticism may stem from general hostility toward the BBC, it remains to be seen if there is any change in ethos for the new series following the coverage, or whether the hostility dissipates in 2015.

While Jenna Coleman may have finally decided to stay with the Doctor Who for Series 9, we wouldn’t think she will stay beyond the series and would expect Clara to be written out following either the series finale or 2015 Christmas special. With the Doctor referring to his look as “magician” several times during last years run, we wonder whether the “magician’s apprentice” of the series opener may refer to the introduction of a second companion.

master-21In terms of guests, we wouldn’t be willing to bet against a return for the Paternoster Gang, nor Michelle Gomez as Missy/The Master after the latter hinted she was to return to the show in the future. The Daleks seem contractually obliged to appear and Alex Kingston has hinted she may yet return in a recent interview, but we believe that story to be wrapped up. That is unless of course we see familiar faces as a tribute of sorts to the ongoing series’ tenth anniversary, outside of a full-blown anniversary special which doesn’t seem to be in the works. Whether the series arc focuses on the “hunt for Gallifrey” may depend on producer Steven Moffat’s future as you have to believe he will want to wrap the loose ends up before any departure.

Given the last series’ record popularity in the United States and elsewhere abroad, we hope to see more promotion beyond our shores and possibly a repeat to last years World Tour, there is nothing to suggest yet that will be the case but continuing foreign promotion will surely still be high on the agenda in the coming year.

In news outside of Series 9, it was an immense year for Big Finish Productions in 2014 with 2015 set to be even bigger!

Kicking off the year in style, Andrew Smith returns to his roots in January’s Mistfall featuring the return of the Marshmen alongside Nicholas Brigg’s Exillons and the first two of four Virgin adaptations – The English Way of Death and The Romance of Crime. The Gareth Roberts pair will be joined in May by The Well-Mannered War (also by Roberts) and Russell T. Davies’ Damaged Goods.

Other highlights to watch out for include the return of Omega in Gallifrey: Intervention Earth, more Jago & Litefoot, Dark Eyes 4, the fourth Tom Baker series (including a return to Telos), the Locum Doctors Trilogy, the return of the Daleks alongside Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford, more Rani in November, more Early Adventures, The Third Doctor Adventures with Tim Treloar, plus much much more.

fourthdoctorandcybermencopy_cover_largeIn other merchandising we can expect further releases in the Twelfth Doctor range from BBC Books, the collected Time Trips in March and the James Goss adaptation of City of Death in May.

Other audio releases throughout the year include unabridged releases of Corpse Marker, Last of the Gaderene, The Roundheads, Human Nature, Frontios, The Deadly Assassin, Full Circle, The Two Doctors, the Massacre and last years Twelfth Doctor releases. There will also be the first Twelfth Doctor audio exclusives – Gods of Winter by James Goss and The House of Winter by George Mann.

Should the wind be blowing in the right direction, we may even get the partially animated Underwater Menace!

Heres to what looks certain to be a fantastic year in the world of Doctor Who!

Thank you for joining us on the journey.