Six long-lost episodes of Doctor Who are to be revived as cartoons – 50 years after they were aired.
BBC Worldwide has commissioned a company to animate the 1966 classic six-part story The Power of the Daleks, featuring the first ever Doctor Who regeneration.
Patrick Troughton’s first outing as the Time Lord – taking over from William Hartnell – is the holy grail for fans, as it was only shown once in the UK and only sold overseas to Australia and New Zealand.
The film prints of the black-and-white fourth series were junked from the BBC archives during the early 70s.
Only a handful of short clips and cine film footage shot by a fan survive.
In the story Patrick turns up instead of the old Doctor, telling his companions Ben and Polly that the Tardis helped him to renew himselff.
They remain sceptical but stand by him as he faces his most deadly foe – the Daleks – on the planet Vulcan.
The story has now been brought back to life, using state-of-the-art animation based on off-screen photos taken at the time.
One thing’s for certain – it’s a hell of a lot easier for cartoon Daleks to get up the stairs.
Steven Moffat has explained his decision to bring back Matt Lucas’ character Nardole for Series 10 of Doctor Who.
The character, who first appeared in the 2015 Christmas special The Husbands of River Song, was considered a surprising choice by many fans when it was first announced a few months back.
Speaking in the latest issue of DWM, Moffat reasons: “I decided Nardole should return to Doctor Who when Matt Lucas got in touch saying, “I loved being in that show. Can I come back?” And I sat there thinking, ‘Okay, so this guy who’s out in LA being offered every kind of pilot and every kind of career advancement has basically decided that instead of all that wealth and spectacular success, he’d rather go to Cardiff and make Doctor Who.’
“I thought, ‘He is of my kind. He belongs to our world.’ And so now that was an opportunity – given that it was in front of me and possible – I decided to import the best comic timing I’ve ever seen into Doctor Who on a regular basis.
Doctor Who’s new spin-off Class is set to air this October on BBC Three and BBC One, according toEmpire Magazine.
While the BBC are still to officially confirm at the time of writing, the show was always stated for this Autumn.
Lead writer Patrick Ness is also interviewed in the magazine and talks about the genesis of the idea for the show: “Coal Hill has existed in Doctor Who since literally episode one.The Doctor’s granddaughter went there. So we thought, ‘All that time activity at the school, has that caused any problems?’ Well, what do you know, it has!”
Ness goes on to compare to the show to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Adults watch that, because it’s a great show, but the POV and the agency are all teenage, and that’s what we want to do with Class. It needs to be from the point of view of the sixth-formers – but that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a ‘young show’.”
“We’re not telling stories of the ‘chosen ones’,” Ness adds. “It’s happenstance that puts these people [at the centre of things]. What if your timing is just weird and things happen to you? How do you deal with it? I’m interested in real consequences. The Doctor is always exciting, but he never stays. He goes off on the next adventure. What happens to real people?”
Doctor Who and new spin-off Class will appear in panels at New York Comic Con this October. The Doctor Who panel includes stars Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie, as well as Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin. The Class panel includes stars Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah, as well as writer, creator and executive producer Patrick Ness and executive producer Brian Minchin.
Peter Capaldi will make his New York Comic Con debut along with the first ever appearance by new co-star Pearl Mackie, who joins the series as Bill, the Doctor’s new companion. When Pearl joined the cast, Emmy-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat teased “a new voyage is about to begin” and “this is where the story really starts.” Fans will get a sneak peek of what’s ahead including the upcoming Christmas Special this December and hints on what’s in store for Steven Moffat’s final season as showrunner.
There will also be a panel at New York Comic Con for the new series Class, a Doctor Who spin-off set in Shoreditch, London. Four Coal Hill School students who have hidden secrets and desires, navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence. Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming.
Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.
Today celebrates the fifth anniversary of the mrlewismoon youtube account, and one of the celebrations has been that Lewis Moon has announced that season 7 will feature all doctors.
"Season 7 will be completely different," he told a source. "Episode one will be the first doctor, episode two will be the second doctor and so on. It won't be like the past few seasons where it's Peter Capaldi and his companions every episode, every episode this time features a different doctor and a different companion."
"Me and D-Cool figured out this would be a great way to end off as this will be our final season of MLMA. We get to play around with loads of voices and figures we've never used before, and celebrate the past seven seasons by venturing through the past of doctor who."
"D-Cool will yet again write two episodes and Lily Li Bon and Tom Jelk shall return for a few episodes with a new writer also introduced."
"The final episode will be a two parter which rounds up the season, returning to the normal format of Peter Capaldi with his season 6 companion, Nicola Bryant as Peri. This is exciting and it's going to be a great way to go out on.
Season 6 begins on 24th December 2016 with the man that never happened, and the second part, the being from before, will air on New Year's eve.
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