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Mark Gatiss perfectly summed up the differences between classic and modern Doctor Who

Mark Gatiss perfectly summed up the differences between classic and modern Doctor Who

After more than half a century on air, it’s fair to say that Doctor Who has changed a fair bit, with fans often noting the differences between the modern rebooted series (revived in 2005) and the classic serials (which ran from 1963 to 1989). And series writer Mark Gatiss is no exception, with the frequent NuWho scribe (and huge fan of the classic series) laying out how the BBC sci-fi has changed over the decades in an exclusive video interview…

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Could Kris Marshall be joining Doctor Who after all?

Could Kris Marshall be joining Doctor Who after all?

Here’s a thought for Doctor Who fans: Thirteenth Doctor favourite Kris Marshall may have missed out on taking control of the Tardis, but could the former Death in Paradise star become Jodie Whittaker’s companion on Doctor Who? Just maybe. An unnamed ‘source’ recently suggested to The Sun (so it must be true!) that Marshall is being lined up as the next assistant, saying: “Kris is a big fan of the show and the BBC are a big fan of his.”…

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The Time Ladies of Doctor Who

The Time Ladies of Doctor Who

With Jodie Whittaker now announced as the Thirteenth Doctor, you might be using the expression “Time Lady” a lot more now. Over the years. there have been a number of Time Ladies gracing our television screens, both in the ‘classic’ and ‘new’ eras. Fact fans will be delighted to learn that it wasn’t until 1979’s City of Death that the expression “Time Lady” was first used. On that occasion it was by the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, in reference to…

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Ed Stradling Talks to CBC Regarding A Female Doctor!

Ed Stradling Talks to CBC Regarding A Female Doctor!

The BBC has cast a woman as the next star of Doctor Who — more than three decades after the sci-fi show’s Canadian co-creator suggested they do exactly that. “At a later stage, Doctor Who should be metamorphosed into a woman,” Canadian TV producer Sydney Newman wrote to BBC Chairman Michael Grade in 1986. “This requires some considerable thought — mainly because I want to avoid a flashy, Hollywood Wonder Woman because this kind of heroine with no flaws is a bore. Given more time than I have now, I…

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Steven Moffat era will be remembered as a golden age

Steven Moffat era will be remembered as a golden age

Steven Moffat has the hardest job in television says The New Statesman.  Doctor Who is a show like no other. With almost 55 years of established lore, tight BBC budgets, a global fan base ranging from toddlers to pensioners, the burdens that come with being a national institution, and stories based on Mars one week and the Orient Express (in space) the next, the complexities of making Doctor Who are second only to negotiating Brexit. What is more, Doctor Who fans, myself included, are the…

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The Changing Genders In (and of) Doctor Who

The Changing Genders In (and of) Doctor Who

With Jodie Whittaker taking on the mantle of the Thirteenth Doctor, some fans may be wondering how a Time Lord can regenerate into a Time Lady. We’ll address the onscreen mentions of Gallifreyans changing sex later but, first, it’s worth looking at the history of a female Doctor Who behind the scenes. Back in 1980, when Tom Baker had announced he was leaving the role of the Fourth Doctor, the actor told assembled journalists: “I wish my successor, whoever he…

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Introducing Jodie Whittaker

Introducing Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Auckland Whittaker (born 3 June 1982) is an English actress. She first came to prominence for her 2006 feature film debut Venus, for which she received British Independent Film Award and Satellite Award nominations. She was later praised for her roles in the cult science fiction film Attack the Block (2011), the Black Mirror episode “The Entire History of You” (2011), and as grieving mother Beth Latimer in Chris Chibnall’s TV series Broadchurch (2013–2017). On 16 July 2017, BBC…

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Billie Piper is getting emotional about a special Doctor Who anniversary

Billie Piper is getting emotional about a special Doctor Who anniversary

Today marks a very sad day for Doctor Who fans around the world – and no, it’s not just because it’s the first Saturday in 3 months that they haven’t had a new episode of the series to watch on BBC1 (though that also stings). Rather, it’s because today is also the 11th anniversary of one of modern Doctor Who’s saddest moments, when David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor was tragically forced to bid farewell to Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler after she was…

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The Times of Doctor Who – how long does it take to announce a new Doctor?

The Times of Doctor Who – how long does it take to announce a new Doctor?

It seems like a lifetime ago when Peter Capaldi sadly revealed that he was stepping down as the Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who. In fact, it’s been almost six months. And we still don’t know who (or what!) is going to play the Thirteenth Doctor. This got our friends at doctorwho.tv thinking – what is the longest amount of time between the official announcement of an actor leaving the role as the Doctor and the announcement of their successor. So we…

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