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9 March 2014

The man who put The Doctor aboard a cursed pirate ship and took us to parts of the TARDIS we’d never seen before has been confirmed as a writer on the forthcoming 8th series of Doctor Who.

Steve Thompson will write the as-yet-unnamed fifth episode of the series to be shown later this year (which DWO believe *could* be titled Time Heist).

It’s the third time the writer has penned a Doctor Who story, following last year’s Journey To The Centre of the TARDIS and 2011’s pirate adventure The Curse of the Black Spot.

Steve Thompson has also provided scripts for BBC1’s Sherlock such as The Blind Banker, series two finale The Reichenbach Fall and The Sign of Three which was broadcast in January.

Filming is underway on Peter Capaldi’s first series as The Doctor. He’ll be joined by Jenna Coleman as Clara and a new recurring character, Danny Pink played by Samuel Anderson

The new series, to be screened on BBC1, will also feature episodes by lead writer and series producer Steven Moffat.

+  Series 8 of Doctor Who will air in August / Early September 2014.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who Website]

24 February 2014

Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) is set to join the cast of Doctor Who as a recurring character in series 8, which will also introduce Peter Capaldi as The Doctor to millions of viewers for the first time.  Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches. 

On joining the show Samuel Anderson said:

"I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!"

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added:

"For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!"

Filming recently began on episode 4 of the new series which will co-star Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5, co-starring Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch, Groove High), and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).

+  Series 8 of Doctor Who will air in August / Early September 2014.

[Source: BBC]

4 February 2014

New Series Director, Ben Wheatley was recently interviewed for Science and Entertainment News site, io9, about the upcoming Eighth Series of Doctor Who, in which he describes it as "More like Classic Who".

Wheatley talks about the dark nature of the show and how Series 8 feels like it's going back to Doctor Who's darker roots:

"Oh yeah, Doctor Who is pretty dark, I think. Generally it's dark, it's always been dark. Even in the more modern ones. If you look at the Tom Baker stuff, it's especially dark. When he leaves Leela - who's a very beloved assistant - he just laughs after it. There's none of the [breaking down and crying]. He just laughs, and "on to the next one," you know. It's a bonkers show. It's a monster. To have a unity that runs eight years [of the new series]… it's pretty crazy.

They've done everything, they've tried all sorts of stuff. It seems to me the episodes that we're doing now seem more like classic Who. We're going back to that style. But you'll have to wait and see."

Wheatley also talks about Peter Capaldi's casting as The Doctor:

"With someone like Capaldi, he's a massive Who fan. He knows Who inside out. And everything he does is very, carefully planned and thought about. I remember when they first started talking to me about doing it, and I was very nervous for just those reasons. How do you shape this performance?

But then when I heard who was going to do it — when they told me it was Capaldi, [I thought] that's not really a problem. He's so good. I was relieved, pretty much. It would have been a very different situation if it had been another kind of Matt Smith character. A guy who you don't know. Molded from the start. But with Capaldi, you look at his career and you look at his performances they are all so brilliant, and all so different as well. It was a lucky break for me, I think that.

It was something I sought out. I got my agent to kind of badger them about doing, because I was a fan as a kid. But also because my kid was a fan of the show and I wanted to make something that he could see, for a change. That was it. And it's been very geeky indeed. Going into the TARDIS, I held the Sonic Screwdriver the other day, and that was a particular thrill. All sorts of stuff. Also stuff I can't talk about, that's been very, very exciting for me."

+  Series 8 of Doctor Who will air in August / Early September 2014.

[Source: io9]

31 January 2014

With the reveal of The 12th Doctor's outfit earlier this week, we have been inundated with requests from fans wanting to know where they can buy it. DWO have done some digging, and we are thrilled to unveil our first 'Get The Look' guide!

View our image to accompany the guide, in the right-hand column!

Get The Look: The 12th Doctor 

Coat
by 'Crombie'
'Retro' Coat - Dark Blue with Red lining
Available at: www.crombie.co.uk

Cardigan
by 'Crombie'
Navy Merino Wool
Available at: www.crombie.co.uk

Boots
by 'Loake'
'Brogue' - Black, smooth leather
Available at: www.loake.co.uk or www.britboot.co.uk

Shirt
by 'Crombie'
White, 'Tommy Nutter' long-staple, cotton poplin
Available at: www.crombie.co.uk

Trousers

by Unknown Designer
Dark Blue

There have been online disputes questioning the designer of the boots, with the BBC initially reporting they were Dr Martens. DWO can confirm that the boots are in fact Loake's, and Peter Capaldi got them himself. Nicholas Roumana, the store owner of the Camden Town branch, told The Telegraph:

“Peter Capaldi came in a week or two before Christmas and said he was looking for a pair of smart dress boots. I suggested this one, because not only is it very smart, it’s exclusive to us and made in England. It’s a great boot. He bought it in size 10.”


What do you think of the costume? Leave your comments below, or in the DWO Forums!

[Source: DWO]

29 January 2014

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, The Day Of The Doctor was the third most-watched programme on BBC iPlayer for 2013, the BBC has confirmed.

The special episode, which saw The 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) team up with The 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and John Hurt's War Doctor, received a total of over 3,144,000 individual requests.

Also making it into the top 20 were The Bells Of Saint John at position 9 with 2,610,000 requests and The Rings Of Akhaten at position 17 with 2,289,000 requests.

Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer, says:

“2013 has been a fantastic year for iPlayer. We’ve begun the journey to transform iPlayer from a TV catch-up service into an online TV destination in its own right with the introduction of iPlayer exclusive content and programme premiering. We’re delighted by the audience response to both. As we move into 2014, we will originate more exclusive programmes for iPlayer, as well as offer an ambitious range of content to complement our biggest brands and events.”

Dan Taylor, Head of BBC iPlayer for BBC Future Media, says:

“With 3 billion programme requests across over 1,000 devices, 2013 was another record-breaking year for BBC iPlayer. We're delighted that iPlayer is enabling more and more people to enjoy the fantastic shows we create when and where they want.” 

[Source: BBC Media Centre]

27 January 2014

The BBC have unveiled the costume that Peter Capaldi will wear as The 12th Doctor!

The Doctor has a new look as Peter Capaldi’s era officially begins. In an image (pictured-right) released today by the BBC, Capaldi can be seen in the costume that will define his time as the Twelfth Time Lord in one of TV’s biggest roles.

Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden

Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi said:

“He's woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.”

While lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat added:

“New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over - Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!” 

Filming for episode one of series 8 began earlier this month, after 10.2 million tuned-in on Christmas Day to get their first much-anticipated glimpse of Capaldi’s Doctor.

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, commented:

"Peter Capaldi's Doctor is officially recorded in history today with the unveiling of his new costume.  It's sharp, smart and stylish - The Twelfth Time Lord means business."

What do you think of the costume? Leave your comments below, or in the DWO Forums!

+  Find Out how to Get The Look, in our News item, here.

+  Series 8 of Doctor Who will air Autumn 2014 on BBC One

[Source: BBC]

23 January 2014

Doctor Who and Matt Smith both won awards for the categories they were nominated in at this years National Television Awards.

Doctor Who won the award for Drama, beating off competition from Downton Abbey, Broadchurch and Call The Midwife.

Matt Smith won the award for Drama Performance, beating off competition from Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife).

Smith couldn't attend in person to accept the award, with Steven Moffat and Jenna Coleman accepting it on his behalf. Matt recorded a thank you video, which you can view below:

[Source: National Television Awards]

22 January 2014

News is coming in thick and fast to DWO HQ from the 2014 Toy Fair in London, this week, and one of the nuggets we're hearing is that there will be another subtle revision to the Doctor Who logo.

If the design we have seen is finalised, there will be a change to the 'H' as well as the removal of the nibs from the D, R, W & H letters.

We have put together a mock-up of the revised logo, which you can view in the right-hand column.

More news as we get it...

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

16 January 2014

It is with deepest regret that DWO announces the passing of New Series Doctor Who Actor, Roger Lloyd Pack.

Roger was perhaps best known to Doctor Who fans for appearing in the New Series, 10th Doctor adventures; Rise Of The Cybemen & The Age Of Steel as John Lumic.

Roger's other career highlights include; The Vicar Of Dibley, Only Fools And Horses and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.

DWO would like to extend our sympathies to Roger's family and friends.

[Source: BBC News]

7 January 2014

The new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepped on set today for his first full day of filming as production begins on series eight of the hit BBC show.

Arriving on set in Cardiff to begin filming, Peter Capaldi, said:

“New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I'm emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, added:

“First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”

Accompanying The Doctor on his adventures will be companion Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman.

The first episode of series eight has been written by Steven Moffat, with the second episode penned by Phil Ford. These are the first episodes that Peter will shoot and they are directed by Ben Wheatley.

Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, said:

"Excitement and anticipation fills the air as Peter Capaldi’s Doctor takes control of the TARDIS for the very first time today. It’s going to be one hell of a ride and I can't wait for the journey to start."

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, commented:

"A new year, a new face, a new Doctor! 2014 has arrived and it's Peter Capaldi's time so let the adventures begin!"

Filming is taking place in Cardiff until August 2014. Doctor Who is executive produced by Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, and produced by Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett. It is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.

Just before Christmas DWO and Blogtor Who met Peter Capaldi who had the following to say on his new role and the upcoming series:

"I met with Matt last night, who gave me some advice about dealing with the attention. He's a lovely guy!

I've just been working this week on the new series and we did the read through yesterday. I've never seen so many people at a read through!

I hope you like the Christmas episode and to see what were going to do with the show."

Watch Peter Capaldi's DWO video greeting:


More news as we get it...

+  Series 8 of Doctor Who will air in August / Early September 2014.

[Sources: BBC; Tim Vine]

11 December 2013

The BBC have released the full trailer for The Time Of The Doctor.

Watch the Trailer in the player, below:


+  The Time Of The Doctor will air on Christmas Day, at 7:30pm on BBC One

[Source: BBC]

9 December 2013

Speaking at last nights BFI, 11th Doctor Celebration Event, Steven Moffat confirmed that Series 8 of Doctor Who will not be split.

Back in October, Moffat also confirmed that there would be "at least 13 episodes" in Series 8, with no confirmation (as-yet) if it counts the 2014 Christmas Special.

There had previously been rumours that the series itself would consist of 12 episodes with the Christmas episode making up the thirteenth.

+  Series 8 of Doctor Who will air in August / Early September 2014.

[Sources: BBC; Tim Vine]

5 December 2013

The BBC have released some more promo images for the upcoming 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special; 'The Time Of The Doctor'.

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Synopsis:

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars - and amongst them, the Doctor.

Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

Two promo images have also been released, which can can view in the right-hand column.

Watch the Teaser Trailer for The Time Of The Doctor, below:


+  The Time Of The Doctor will air on Christmas Day, at 7:30pm on BBC One - [UK].
+  The Time Of The Doctor will air on Christmas Day, at 9/8c on BBC America - [USA]
+  The Time Of The Doctor will air on 26th December, at 7:30pm on ABC1 - [AUSTRALIA].  

[Source: BBC]

4 December 2013

The BBC have released a short video interview with Paul McGann, who discusses his return to Doctor Who for last month's red button minisode; 'The Night Of The Doctor'.

Watch the video, below:


Shortly after the minisode aired, DWO caught up with Paul for a slightly longer interview, which you can watch below:


+  Follow @PaulJMcGann on Twitter.
+  Follow @DrWhoOnline on Twitter.

[Sources: BBC; DWO]

4 December 2013

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special; 'The Day Of The Doctor' has set a new record on the BBC iPlayer for the most number of requests in a 24-hour period.

A total of 1.27 million people watched the episode on the iPlayer within the first 24 hours and has beaten the previous record which was held by the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

In total, 12.8 million people watched The Day Of The Doctor, making it the most-watched programme of 2013, and was simulcast worldwide in 94 countries.

Commenting on the ratings success, Ben Stephenson (controller of BBC drama commissioning) had the following to say:

"The Doctor Who 50th was a hugely ambitious event on the BBC and it's only fitting that it has taken the top spot as the highest-rating drama across all channels this year.

It's a fantastic tribute to both Steven Moffat and the creativity of all those involved in the show throughout its history.

Next stop the regeneration at Christmas!"

+  The Time Of The Doctor airs on Christmas Day at 7:30pm on BBC One.

[Source: BBC News]

1 December 2013

The finalised viewing figures are in for The Day Of The Doctor.

The episode achieved a final figure of 12.8m viewers - a 2.6m shift from the overnights. 2.7m views were on the BBC iPlayer.

It was the most-watched programme for the week and is currently the second most-watched programme for the year (after I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here).

The Day Of The Doctor is now rated the 16th highest in Doctor Who's 50-year history.

Final BARB ratings will be available within the next 10 days.

Series 7 - Final BARB Ratings roundup:

7.1: Asylum Of The Daleks = 8.3m
7.2: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship = 7.57m
7.3: A Town Called Mercy = 8.42m
7.4: The Power Of Three = 7.67m
7.5: The Angels Take Manhattan = 7.82m
7.6X: The Snowmen = 9.87m
7.6: The Bells Of Saint John = 8.44m
7.7: The Rings Of Akhaten = 7.45m
7.8: Cold War = 7.37m 
7.9: Hide = 6.61m
7.10: Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS = 6.50m
7.11: The Crimson Horror = 6.47m
7.12: Nightmare In Silver = 6.64m
7.13: The Name Of The Doctor = 7.45m
7.14: The Day Of The Doctor = 12.8m

+  What did you think of the episode? Rate / Discuss in the DWO Forums!

[Source: DWO]

26 November 2013

The BBC have released some details and a some promo images for the upcoming 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special, which now has a title; 'The Time Of The Doctor'.

Synopsis:

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars - and amongst them, the Doctor.

Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

Two promo images have also been released, which can can view in the right-hand column.

Watch the Teaser Trailer for The Time Of The Doctor, below:


+  The Time Of The Doctor will air on Christmas Day, at 7:30pm on BBC One

[Source: BBC]

24 November 2013

The overnight viewing figures are in for The Day Of The Doctor.

The episode achieved a figure of 10.2m viewers, with an audience share of 37.4%, and Doctor Who was the second most-watched programme for Saturday, being beaten marginally by Strictly Come Dancing.

Top Overnights - Saturday 23rd November:

1 - 10.6m - Strictly Come Dancing - BBC One
2 - 10.2m - Doctor Who - BBC One 
3 - 7.7m - The X Factor - ITV1

** Figures do not include BBC iPlayer or Cinema viewings.

Final BARB ratings will be available within the next 10 days.

Series 7 - Final BARB Ratings roundup:

7.1: Asylum Of The Daleks = 8.3m
7.2: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship = 7.57m
7.3: A Town Called Mercy = 8.42m
7.4: The Power Of Three = 7.67m
7.5: The Angels Take Manhattan = 7.82m
7.6X: The Snowmen = 9.87m
7.6: The Bells Of Saint John = 8.44m
7.7: The Rings Of Akhaten = 7.45m
7.8: Cold War = 7.37m 
7.9: Hide = 6.61m
7.10: Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS = 6.50m
7.11: The Crimson Horror = 6.47m
7.12: Nightmare In Silver = 6.64m
7.13: The Name Of The Doctor = 7.45m

+  What did you think of the episode? Rate / Discuss in the DWO Forums!

[Source: DWO]

23 November 2013

The BBC have unveiled a short teaser trailer for the as-yet untitled, 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Watch the trailer, below:


Rumoured titles for the Christmas Special include: Twelfth NightThe Twelfth HourThe Time Of The Doctor & The Fall Of The Eleventh.

+  Follow @DrWhoOnline on Twitter!

[Source: BBC]

21 November 2013

BBC Worldwide are looking to create a gallery of the best pictures of fans celebrating The Doctor’s 50th anniversary at cinemas around the world.

The BBC Worldwide team got in touch with DWO, with the following message for fans:

"We’d be really grateful if you could let visitors to your site know that we’ve set up the inbox Doctorwho50@bbc.com to collate all of the best DW images from around the world this weekend. We’ll be sharing the best images on our official Facebook page and will make them available for press use as well."

+  The Day Of The Doctor will simulcast worldwide on 23rd November, at 7:50pm GMT.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

20 November 2013

Our friends over at Digital Spy have released a video interview with Matt Smith and David Tennant, in which they talk about the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and what makes the show so successful.

You can watch the interview below:


+  The Day Of The Doctor will simulcast worldwide on 23rd November, at 7:50pm GMT.

[Source: Digital Spy]

16 November 2013

The BBC have released the clip from 'The Day Of The Doctor', which featured as part of last night's Children In Need schedule.

You can watch the clip below:

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+  The Day Of The Doctor will simulcast worldwide on 23rd November, at 7:50pm GMT.

+  Follow @DrWhoOnline on Twitter!

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

14 November 2013

The BBC have released the special red button minisode 'The Night Of The Doctor', in which Paul McGann (The 8th Doctor) is finally back on our screens, in 7-minutes of what we can only describe as must-see-TV!

You can watch the minisode below:

+  Rate / Discuss 'The Night Of The Doctor' in the DWO Forums!

+  The Day Of The Doctor will simulcast worldwide on 23rd November, at 7:50pm GMT.

+  Follow @DrWhoOnline on Twitter!

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

13 November 2013

With just ten days to go until 'The Day Of The Doctor', some more video interviews and promotional images have been released.

A selection of new images can be seen in the column to the right and the video interviews can be watched, below:

David Tennant on the Evolution of The Doctor

3 Questions With Jenna Coleman

The first promo picture from the 7-minute minisode 'The Night Of The Doctor' has been released, which you can see below (Sisterhood of Karn, anyone?): 

+  The Day Of The Doctor airs on 23rd November at 7:50pm on BBC One.

[Sources: DWOBBC America]

9 November 2013

The BBC have released a second trailer for 'The Day Of The Doctor', which aired on BBC One just after 8pm this evening.

You can watch the trailer below:

Another trailer is due to air tomorrow on BBC One.

+  The Day Of The Doctor will simulcast worldwide on 23rd November, at 7:50pm GMT.

+  Follow @DrWhoOnline on Twitter!

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

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