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Doctor Who: Tom Baker returns on camera for 1979 Shada serial

Doctor Who: Tom Baker returns on camera for 1979 Shada serial

Tom Baker has made a surprise appearance on camera as Doctor Who, donning his trademark stripy scarf in a newly-released episode. The 83-year-old actor has returned to complete the unfinished story Shada, filmed in Cambridge, 38 years after it was abandoned. The parts not filmed in 1979 will be completed with animation and Baker’s voice, but he has also filmed a scene. It will be his first return to the role since a brief Children in Need cameo. Baker, the…

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Doctor Who: BBC confirms show going behind the scenes of Christmas special

Doctor Who: BBC confirms show going behind the scenes of Christmas special

As well as the Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, that’s going out on Christmas day, the BBC has another treat for Who fans lined up. A one-off Radio 2 show, hosted by Jo Whiley, went behind the scenes of filming of the episode. It’s an Access All Areas Doctor Who special, and the programme will feature interviews with Peter Capaldi, David Bradley, Pearl Mackie and Steven Moffat. The episode is going to be on Radio 2 on Thursday 21st December, and here’s the synopsis… As…

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Tom Baker chuckles his way through a Doctor Who 54th birthday message

Tom Baker chuckles his way through a Doctor Who 54th birthday message

“I just wanted to wish you a happy Doctor Who Day here, from Tom Baker,” the Fourth Doctor declares with a smile. Tom Baker, who is currently helping bring “lost” episode Shada back to life by voicing his own animated character, dropped by the official Doctor Who YouTube channel to celebrate the sci-fi show’s 54th birthday. “I think of myself as the happiest of all the Doctor Whos,” he adds, chuckling. “They might not agree with that, but then – pfft…

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David Tennant and Billie Piper reunite in new Doctor Who trailer

David Tennant and Billie Piper reunite in new Doctor Who trailer

“I’m Rose Tyler. He’s the Doctor. One question: what the hell’s going on?” demands Billie Piper. The answer is that she and David Tennant have reunited – and it feels like they’ve never been apart as they dive straight back in to the world of Doctor Who for audio series The Tenth Doctor Adventures. The Doctor and his companion Rose are back on board the Tardis for three more episodes which will see them take on the infamous Zaross, save…

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Doctor Who Christmas special to be screened first in north of England

Doctor Who Christmas special to be screened first in north of England

The BBC is to give viewers in the north of England early access to its Christmas Day schedule, including Peter Capaldi’s final outing as Doctor Who. The Doctor Who Christmas special, usually a closely guarded secret until transmission, will be shown on big screens at venues in Hartlepool, York, Hull, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Salford, Durham and Bradford between December 14 and December 22. Children in Newcastle and Hull will also be able to see The Highway Rat, BBC One’s adaptation of…

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Mark Gatiss slams TV and film sexism

Mark Gatiss slams TV and film sexism

Mark Gatiss has slammed sexism in television and film. The Doctor Who writer shared his views on the subject in a recent interview with the Financial Times, in which he suggested a female Doctor was not written before as it would have felt “like a novelty”. Jodie Whittaker is of course the first female to land the role of the Doctor, and we’ll first see her in action during this year’s Christmas special. While Gatiss is proud of the progress,…

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Doctor Who series 11 shooting in Sheffield this week

Doctor Who series 11 shooting in Sheffield this week

Production continues on Doctor Who series 11, with Jodie Whittaker and Bradley Walsh both now on set and leading the cast filming the new series of the show. Over the last week or so, Doctor Who has been on location in and around Newport. However, the travels this week see the show go further north. It’s being reported that a night shoot is heading to Sheffield on November 21st  (that’s tonight!), following filming during the day in the area yesterday. Production appeared to be set…

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Rodney Bewes – RIP

Rodney Bewes – RIP

Rodney Bewes has died aged 79, his agent has confirmed. The actor had a career spanning 60 decades and is best known for playing Bob Ferris in sitcom The Likely Lads.  Doctor Who fans will remember Rodney from the 1984 story “Resurrection of the Daleks”, in which he played Stien. His agent issued a statement saying: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear client, the much-loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning.” The statement paid…

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First look at newly-animated “lost” Doctor Who episode Shada

First look at newly-animated “lost” Doctor Who episode Shada

Throughout Doctor Who history many episodes of the sci-fi series have been lost, but few have inspired fans and creators quite as much as Douglas Adams’ Shada, a Tom Baker-starring serial intended to air on the BBC in 1979-80 before strike action halfway through filming meant it was never fully completed. Since then, attempts at finally completing Shada have been plentiful, from a direct-to-video release using linking narration by Baker, a Big Finish audio play (starring Paul McGann’s Doctor instead…

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Doctor Who fan behind those amazing Sherlock mash-up videos lands job with the show

Doctor Who fan behind those amazing Sherlock mash-up videos lands job with the show

Two years ago, Digital Spy featured YouTuber John Smith in our round-up of the best Doctor Who fan videos out there and ended the paragraph with a request that Steven Moffat give him a job, stat. Now, we’re not saying Moffat reads DS but we’re not not saying that either, because here we are and that very YouTuber is talking to Doctor Who Magazine all about how he was hired by the show to work on some episodes of the latest series, as well as the upcoming Christmas special. And…

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