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Toby Whitehouse back for season 10
Issue #507 of Doctor Who Magazine confirms that Toby Whithouse is contributing an episode for Series 10.
Whithouse has penned five stories since the show returned: School Reunion back in 2006, The Vampires of Venice in 2010, The God Complex in 2011, A Town Called Mercy in 2012 and last year’s spooky two-parter Under the Lake / Before the Flood.
Outside of Doctor Who, Whithouse is perhaps best known as the creator of BBC’s Being Human. He also wrote Torchwood story Greeks Bearing Gifts.
His latest episode will be the eighth of the new run.
Class gets late night slot on BBC one in new year
It has been confirmed that Doctor Who spin-off Class is finally coming to BBC1.
The show, which completed its first series run through the online-only BBC3 earlier this month, will be available to watch on broadcast TV beginning Monday 9th January 2017.
However the news comes with a caveat – the show will air at 10.45pm. No doubt due to its adult content, it was mandatory to broadcast after the 9pm UK watershed in uncut form.
However, in terms of exposure this timeslot is hardly likely to boost the show’s profile and its disappointing initial viewing figures too greatly (less than 6o,ooo per episode).
Nardole: Full time non human
Steven Moffat has revealed the extent of Nardole’s involvement in Series 10 of Doctor Who.
Moffat states that Matt Lucas’ role has been extended greatly from an initial few episodes: “He was contracted for certain episodes [of the 2017 series], and he’s crept into far more of them. I think he’s going to end up being in all of them, in fact, because we love him.”
“In the first episodes of next year’s series, he’s slightly broader,” Steven elaborates, “but we more clearly establish in this Christmas one that he’s sly, and clever, and daft – but he’s not just rent-a-duffer, as he was in The Husbands of River Song, where he was a relatively small character, killed off early on, who happened to be played by Matt Lucas. This is a chance to slightly reconfigure him. He’s a wee bit cheeky to the Doctor, but he’s genuinely helpful and good at things.”
Matt Lucas adds: “Nardole is the first non-human companion in quite a long time… he knows things even the Doctor wouldn’t know!”
DWM issue 507 and 2017 yearbook released
Doctor Who Magazine Issue #507 celebrates this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio.
Packed with exclusive photos and interviews, Issue #507 of DWM looks forward to the 2016 Christmas Special and is packed to the brim with bonus seasonal treats! Plus, The Fact of Fiction puts a Christmas story under the microscope; there’s brand-new comic strip adventure; all the latest merchandise is previewed and reviewed; in-depth interviews and features, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
Doctor Who Magazine #507 is on sale from Thursday 15 December 2016, price £5.99.
A yearbook for 2017 has also been released by DWM.
Doctor who time and space #189
This week's doctor who time and space looks at what we know about season 10 so far, including writers, directors, cast, episodes and titles. We go back to the first doctor this week for our review of the war machines. Plus we have the latest who news, the return of who to face and the reveal of the Christmas randomizer. Stay tuned next week for the most Christmassy show ever.
Listen to our thoughts on this week's news on tomorrow's podcast, episode 190
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