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Welcome to the News & Reviews section here at Doctor Who Online! This is where you will find all the latest Doctor Who related news and reviews split up into easy to use sections - each section is colour coded for your convenience. The latest items can be found at the top, and older items follow down the page.

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29 August 2012

The BBC Doctor Who Website have uploaded Part 3 of the Pond Life mini-series which can be viewed below:

+  Part 4 will be available from Midday on Thursday 30th August.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who Website]

28 August 2012

The BBC Doctor Who Website have uploaded Part 2 of the Pond Life mini-series which can be viewed below:

+  Part 3 will be available from Midday on Wednesday 29th August.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who Website]

22 August 2012

The Radio Times have confirmed the airdate for Series 7 of Doctor Who, ending months of speculation and confusion.

The listings on the Radio Times website show that Doctor Who will indeed return with 7.1: Asylum of the Daleks on Saturday 1st September 2012, at 7:20pm.

DWO reported the possible airdate as far back as May 2012, but as always, nothing is confirmed until official word from the BBC, which we now have through the Radio Times.

Worldwide Airdates:

USA - BBC America - Saturday 1st September at 9:00pm
Canada - Space - Saturday 1st September at 9:00pm
Australia - ABC1 - Saturday 8th September at 7:30pm
New Zealand
 - Prime - TBC September at TBC 

A new trailer via BBC America is also available to view below:

[Source: Radio Times]

18 August 2012

The BBC Doctor Who Website have unveiled a new Teaser Trailer for 7.1: Asylum of the Daleks.

View the trailer below:

+  7.1: Asylum of the Daleks will air on BBC One on Saturday 1st September.

[Source: BBC]

15 August 2012

After last night's preview screening at the BFI, the BBC have released a number of pictures from 7.1: Asylum of the Daleks.

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Asylum of the Daleks will air on Saturday 1st September on BBC One with the time to be confirmed. BBC America schedules are showing a 2 hour time-slot on Saturday 1st September between 8:00pm-10:00pm, with 7.X: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe scheduled for 8:00pm. Therefore, it is strongly believed that Asylum of the Daleks will air at 9:00pm on the channel.

[Source: BBC America; BFI]

5 August 2012

The BBC Doctor Who Twitter account has confirmed that Richard E. Grant will star in the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special, which begins filming this week.

Richard has previously appeared in the Doctor Who Comic Relief sketch 'The Curse of Fatal Death' as well as the BBCi Doctor Who Webcast of 'Scream of the Shalka', in which he plays a separate and earlier character from the canonical Ninth Doctor (played by Christopher Eccleston on television).

The actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady.

On joining the show, Richard says: "I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I'm honoured to be in the Christmas Special."

It is rumoured that Richard will play the villain in the Christmas Special.

Watch Richard E. Grant in 'The Curse of Fatal Death', below (from 13:10 onwards):

+  Series 7 of Doctor Who will air Saturday 1st September.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who Twitter]

2 August 2012

The BBC have unveiled a new Trailer for Series 7 of Doctor Who.

View the trailer below:

The Trailer will be repeated on BBC One Tonight at 8pm.

+  Series 7 of Doctor Who will air on either Saturday 25th August or Saturday 1st September.

[Source: BBC]

2 August 2012

The BBC Doctor Who Website has released a new promotional image for Series 7 of Doctor Who.

The image shows Amy Pond being carried by an injured, grim-faced Doctor. They’re both surrounded by Daleks that have been encountered during different eras of the Time Lord’s travels.

A Dalek on the right of the picture does not have any of the vertical grille-like slats that have become a familiar feature, indicating it’s a version the Doctor faced when he first met his oldest enemies on Skaro. And on the left there’s a Special Weapons Dalek, last seen in the 1988 story, Remembrance of the Daleks.

It’s a fiery and exciting sign of what’s to come in the new series!

[Source: BBC Doctor Who Website]

27 July 2012

The BBC Media Centre have confirmed a brand new trailer for Doctor Who will air on Thursday 2nd August.

On BBC One British audiences are set to experience the global stories of ambition, determination and courage, as well as the excitement, drama and magical moments that make the Olympics such a unique sporting event.

BBC One will launch its new Original British Drama campaign to the nation throughout this period. Over the next 17 days audiences will get a sneak preview of the brand new original British drama coming up on the channel. From Hunted, Good Cop and The Secret of Crickley Hall to Accused, Shetland and Ripper Street. Plus, Doctor Who, Merlin, The Paradise and EastEnders – keep switched on at approximately 8pm each night to see more. 

[Source: BBC Media Centre]

25 July 2012

Speaking to Collider, Matt Smith seemingly ruled out his involvement with the rumoured Doctor Who movie.

When asked "Will you ever do a big screen Doctor Who movie?" Smith replied:

"I don’t know. There’s talk of it. I think David Yates was attached to do something. For my money, whoever is playing The Doctor should be in the movie. I don’t think there should be two Doctors. I think it would take four or five years to get something like that off the ground, and I don’t anticipate that I’ll be playing the Doctor then. My skin and the aging process couldn’t take it. But, I don’t see any reason why it couldn’t work. I think they should get Steven to write it because he’s the best."

[Source: Collider]

17 July 2012

Details of Series 7 of Doctor Who have been trickling out of last weekend's San Diego Comic Con, and with them, some more episode titles for the upcoming season.

Below is our updated guide to the episodes in Series 7 with the most recently updated marked in red:

W = Written By / D = Directed By

7.1: Asylum of the Daleks - [W: Steven Moffat / D: Nick Hurran]
7.2: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - [W: Chris Chibnall / D: Saul Metzstein]
7.3: A Town Called Mercy - [W: Toby Whithouse / D: Saul Metzstein]
7.4: Cubed - [W: Chris Chibnall / D: Douglas Mackinnon]
7.5: Untitled - [W: Steven Moffat / D: Nick Hurran]
7.6: Untitled - [W: Steven Moffat / D: Saul Metzstein] - (2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special)
7.7: Untitled - [W: TBC / D: TBC]
7.8: Untitled - [W: Mark Gatiss / D: Douglas Mackinnon]
7.9: Untitled - [W: TBC / D: TBC]
7.10: The Crimson Horror - [W: Mark Gatiss / D: Saul Metzstein]
7.11: Phantoms of the Hex - [W: Neil Cross / D: Jamie Payne]
7.12: Untitled - [W: TBC / D: TBC]
7.13: Untitled - [W: TBC / D: TBC]
7.14: Untitled - [W: TBC / D: TBC]

Series 7 is rumoured to begin on either Saturday 25th August or Saturday 1st September 2012.

[Sources: San Diego Comic Con; Doctor Who Magazine; Aaron Richardson]

2 July 2012

Mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling are to star side by side in a Doctor Who adventure to be broadcast next year. It is the first time the pair have worked together on screen.

The actresses will play a mother and daughter with a dark secret alongside Matt Smith, as the Doctor, and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman. Filming began this week at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff.

Dame Diana Rigg, who played Emma Peel in The Avengers in the 1960s, will play "a Yorkshire local". She said:

"The first time Rachie and I will be working together is on an episode of Doctor Who specially written for us by Mark Gatiss. How lucky is that?"

Rachael Stirling said:

"I'm looking forward to the madness of Doctor Who enormously. Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script and an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious. We have never before worked together because the offers have not been tempting, but when such a funny and original script comes through you know the time has come."

Stirling's TV work includes Women In Love and Tipping the Velvet.

Doctor Who's executive producer Steven Moffat said:

"Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling and a Mark Gatiss script - a combination of talents you could only get in Doctor Who! Frankly, I'm terrified already!"

[Source: BBC News]

29 June 2012

Series 7 of Doctor Who is shaping up nicely, and with it a new wave of casting confirmations and episode title reveals.

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed that David Warner, Liam Cunningham, Dougray Scott and Jessica Raine will all have guest roles in the forthcoming series, which is to begin airing this September.

It was recently confirmed that Asylum of the Daleks is indeed the title of Episode One (which DWO reported on our earlier news item on 9th May). Jessica Raine's agent's website also seems to confirm the title of the episode that she will be starring in as Phantoms of the Hex. The site also confirms she will be playing a character called Emma Grayling, and that the episode will be directed by Jamie Payne.

[Sources: Gordon and French; Doctor Who Magazine; Aaron Richardson]

8 June 2012

The BBC Doctor Who Website has released the first in a series of new promo pictures featuring The Doctor and his new companion (rumoured to be called Clara).

On filming the new series, Matt Smith (The Doctor) had the following to say:

"It is going well. Jenna brings a really different energy to the show – one which I think is very interesting."

Shooting is well-underway for The Doctor’s latest adventures and the second read-through featuring Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion took place earlier this week at the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios.

Further images and details on the new series will be released through the website in the coming days and weeks.

[Source: BBC Doctor Who Website]

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20 May 2012

Writer, Neil Gaiman and Director, Richard Clark have scooped up an a win at this years Nebula Awards for their work on the Series 6 story; The Doctor's Wife.

The award was won in the 'Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation' category, which also signifies the first time Doctor Who has ever won at the awards. It was the only television episode to make it to the category and was up against stiff competition from The Adjustment Bureau, Attack the Block, Captain America, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, and Source Code.

On winning the award, Neil Gaiman (@NeilHimself) took to Twitter with the following words:

"Just won a Bradbury award at the #nebs2012 for The Doctor's Wife. Thanked everyone, including Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman. #glowing"

Gaiman also tweeted a picture of the award [pictured right].

Steven Moffat (@Steven_Moffat) congratulated the pair via Twitter with the following tweet:

"Hey, you two! FANTASTIC news. Doctor Who has never bagged one of those, tho' we've tried. Clearly we needed YOU."

Richard Clark (@rclarkie) replied with the following tweet:

"Too kind. It's not everyday you can claim to have stolen a march on Scorsese AND Woody Allen. Giggle."

DWO would like to extend its congratulations to Neil, Richard and the whole of the Doctor Who team on winning this fantastic award.

[Source: SFWA]

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