We're back again every Friday to take a look at some of the key pieces of news that were released in the worlds of doctor who and it's spin off shows in the last seven days, and key videos from the account.
Confronting the empress
The ninth episode of series 10 aired on BBC One this past Saturday, the empress of Mars. You can see all of the episodes of the current series below, which will be updated as the series goes on.
The pyramid at the end of the world
The Lie of the Land
The Empress of Mars
You can see some videos for the empress of Mars below. These are some behind the scenes videos for the episode
Ferdinand Kingsley talks about playing Catchlove
Mark, Peter and Steven discuss the return of Alpha Centuri!
Michelle Gomez talks about the changes she'd make to the TARDIS
Below you can see some critics reviews of the episode:
Radio Times appreciated a well-crafted story "Gatiss provides a cast of guest characters with more than a smidgeon of depth – hard to pull off in the 45min format and lacking this year. The Ice Warriors aren’t just stock monsters. They are, as they’ve always been, since Bernard Bresslaw played Varga in 1967, relatively complex beings; warriors that act with honour, strength and loyalty but open to reason and negotiation."
The Mirror felt it was a good story with a decent threat. "At the heart of the story is The Doctor trying to pull off a balancing act between reckless humans and an alien race. Yes, it’s been done before with stories like Silurian two parter Hungry Earth/Cold Blood but here The Doctor is placed more on the side of the resident Martians. It is, after all, their planet the humans are bumbling around on. It's almost as if Doctor Who met the film Zulu on Mars."
The Telegraph enjoyed the realisation of the Ice Warriors. "The biggest new addition, though, was the queen of the species and titular Empress Iraxxa (played with over-the-top relish by Adele Lynch). It’s been a week of female leaders hogging the headlines but at least Iraxxa didn't try to consolidate her icy power by calling a cold snap election. "
IGN also liked the look of the Ice Warriors. "The fact that the episode fully embraces the plastic lizard look of the aliens’ exoskeletons brings a certain nostalgic air to this segment which tracks nicely with the overall feel of the one-shot story. At the same time, there are some modern sensibilities pushing through here if you care to take notice, as when the Empress asks to speak to fellow gal Bill because they’re “surrounded by noisy males.” She has a point."
Digital Spy felt the Ice Warriors worked but had doubts about the human element of the story. "It's a wonderful set-up – Redcoats on the Red Planet, going up against green Martians. A strong visual, and so delightfully Doctor Who. Unfortunately, Gatiss has got a little carried away. His passion for the period, or rather films like Zulu that evoked it, is a double-edged sword. He's clearly working hard to replicate that Bank Holiday Monday movie feel, and while that enthusiasm is infectious, an unfortunate side effect is that the stiff-upper-lipped British soldiers are all a bit… well, stiff."
AV Club felt the episode had interesting ideas which didn't quite come together. "Some of the problem could be that one theoretical strength of the episode cancels the other out. The stated dilemma of the Doctor being forced to side with the aliens against the invading humans isn’t really compelling if the latter present no threat, and a bunch of 19th century soldiers aren’t about to pose much danger to a bunch of cybernetic reptiles. "
Den of Geek paid tribute to the supporting cast. "It’s hard in a 45 minute episode to make a supporting guest character really strike home, but credit to Gatiss and Anthony Calf for making Godsacre stand out. A man who was supposed to have been killed for an earlier act of cowardice, coming to terms with his desertion, and ultimately making amends. A little arc that just gave the episode an extra something."
Ars Technica felt the story was a great improvement on the Mok's trilogy. "I do think this is one of Gatiss' more successful scripts, mostly because his love for the Ice Warriors shines through. The nerdy attention to detail on these Martians' motivations makes the Monks look even more misplaced in the Doctor Who canon. It's also a lovely touch to have a cameo appearance from Galactic Federation Ambassador, Alpha Centauri, voiced by original actor Ysanne Churchman. "
Finally, Games Radar called the episode stoic and dependable. "As the episode descends into the predictable fight between humans and extraterrestrials, the fellow in charge, Godsacre (Anthony Calf), ends it with a shining performance. Throughout the episode he and his deputy Catchglove (Ferdinand Kingsley) have been convincing, patriotic soldiers without descending into pantomime accents, with Kingsley doing an excellent job at turning from a charming officer into a slimily-ambitious cad"
Source/Doctor Who News
On the ratings side of things for the empress of Mars, doctor who news describe their report as:
Doctor Who - Empress Of Mars had an estimated audience of 3.58 million viewers, a share of 20.6% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures.
Viewing figures were down across the day with no programme getting more than 5 million throughout the day.
Top for the day was Football: World Cup on ITV with 4.73 million watching. The Voice, Kids, had an audience of 4.23 million.
On BBC One, with the ramifications of the UK Election still shaking the country, BBC News at 10pm actually topped the chart with 4.32 million watching. Casualty had an audience of 3.9 million, whicle the comedy Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.58 million watching, Making Doctor Who 6th for the day.
The film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom had 2.06 million viewers
Final figures should be available next week.
Meanwhile, the AI recieved for the episode was 83, up from the score of 82 for all of the monk trilogy
The Eaters of Light trailers
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The Lie of the Land final viewing figures
Doctor Who - The Lie Of The Land had an official rating of 4.82 million viewers.
The episode, which was shown against the final of Britain's Got Talent, managed to slip into the top 30 programmes of the week. thanks to viewers who recorded the programme and watched it within a week of transmission.
The official rating is the first time Doctor Who has dropped below 5 million viewers since the series returned in 2005.
Doctor Who was the 9th most watched programme on BBC Television for the week, and the 2nd most watched programme on television on Saturday night.
The week was dominated by the ITV talent show, with the various heats, shown throughout the week, dominating the chart. Britain's Got Talent, however, didn't take the top spot. That was achieved by the concert One Love Manchester, held to honour and raise money for the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack, which had 11.63 million watching.
Source/Doctor Who News
The doctor falls synopsis
The official story synopsis for The Doctor Falls, the twelfth episode of Series 10 (and the second part of the finale), has been released by the BBC:
Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay.
The Mondasian Cybermen are on the rise. It’s time for the Doctor’s final battle…
The Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi, Bill by Pearl Mackie and Nardole by Matt Lucas. Michelle Gomez guest stars as Missy and John Simm stars as the Master.
It airs Saturday 1 July on BBC One, with the time to be confirmed.
Source/Doctor Who TV
Sir Derek Jacobi returns to Big Finish!
Sir Derek Jacobi will be reprising his role as the Master in new set of Audio Doctor Who adventures from Big Finish Productions.
The esteemed actor first appeared in Doctor Who ten years ago today when he brought back to life the character of The Master in the Doctor Who episode, Utopia. Sir Derek is now returning to the character in four brand new adventures, made by arrangement with BBC Worldwide, to be released in December.
Producer and Director Scott Handcock talked about the return
His incarnation is very much the ‘Hannibal Lecter’ of Time Lords – intelligent, charming, but thoroughly ruthless – we had a lot of fun in studio bringing the War Master back to life. It’s been a gift of a project, and we can’t wait for listeners to hear it!
Sir Derek said he was delighted to be playing the role once more
I didn’t expect to come back to it all these years later, but I was thrilled to be remembered. The plots in all these episodes have been very good indeed, very interesting, very dramatic, and beautifully written. The whole process has been a delight!
Doctor Who: The War Master Volume One follows the exploits of the Doctor’s arch-enemy during the course of the devastating Time War, featuring stories from acclaimed Doctor Who writers James Goss, Guy Adams and Nicholas Briggs – as well as new writing talent from Janine H Jones.
Guy Adams, who has written the final part of the story said
Once I got over the idea that giving my words to Sir Derek was rather like filling the Holy Grail with Special Brew, I allowed myself a brief cry of joy! Writing for villains is always a pleasure because a writer is roughly ninety percent more ‘stares at cat and awaits inspiration’ than ‘boils planet alive for fun’.
While Big Finish Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs added
I was lucky enough to have directed Sir Derek fourteen years ago in Deadline, so I was delighted to be able to work with him once again. The thrill for me has been just how fascinating and exhilarating it is to write a series when the leading character is a bad guy. Writing my own script and working on the others with Scott has been such a rewarding challenge. I’m really keen to do it again, and further explore exactly what the Master did get up to in the Time War.
James Goss has written part three of the series
What was exciting about this was that normally the Master loses. He puts in the hours, he works through all these elaborate plans and yet it all goes wrong. It’s not fair! It’s brilliant that Big Finish have finally awarded him for all that hard work. And, even better, it’s the most intriguing, exciting barely-glimpsed actor to have ever played the Master. What did Sir Derek do in the Time War? It’s thrilling to have helped find out.
The four stories announced are
1. Beneath the Viscoid by Nicholas Briggs
On the ocean planet Gardezza, deep beneath the Viscoid, a mysterious capsule is recovered from the Time War, and an equally mysterious stranger found within. The Doctor’s reputation precedes him, even here… but can he be trusted?
2. The Good Master by Janine H Jones
The Time War rages around Arcking - a planet serving as a sanctuary for the sick and injured. But Arcking is protected by a mysterious, powerful force: a force the Master will stop at nothing to harness… even if time itself is against him.
3. The Sky Man by James Goss
When his new companion decides to save a planet, the Master indulges this most futile of requests. Materialising on a primitive, agrarian world, both the strangers quickly find their place in it… until fallout from the War invades their happy paradise.
4. The Heavenly Paradigm by Guy Adams
With his plans approaching fruition, the Master travels to Stamford Bridge in the 1970s: a location he believes might hold the key to his success. But what terrible secret lurks under the stairs of No. 24 Marigold Lane? And what sacrifices will the Master make in the name of ultimate victory?
Source/Doctor Who News
RTD knows who the next doctor is
Russell T Davies has seemingly revealed that the 13th Doctor has now been cast.
Speaking to AndyVision, the former Doctor Who showrunner was asked about Capaldi’s potential replacement and replied: “Having worked on it, I’m leaving it to them.
“And every time you pass any sort of comment on Doctor Who they go mad. … It’s like me asking you about the job you did five years ago.”
Crucially, he later added: “And I do know who it is.”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Capaldi will be filming his final episode imminently and the next Doctor will have to be available to film. And that means we may see a formal announcement soon…
Source/Doctor Who TV
Special concert/screening announced
The BBC have announced a special screening of Episode 11 of Doctor Who, complete with a live music accompaniment from the The National Orchestra of Wales will take place in Cardiff on June 24th
The episode will be screened at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre. It will be followed by an on-stage Q&A with some of the team behind the show, including Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) and lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat.
The evening will be hosted by Jason Mohammad and promises monsters and surprises. Fans will be invited to submit questions for both Pearl and Steven through the BBC’s official Doctor Who website and social feeds. For those unable to attend in person, the live Q&A with Pearl will be live streamed on the BBC One Facebook page and the Doctor Who YouTube Channel.
Tickets are free and will be allocated via a random ballot. Applicants need to be able to attend the event in Cardiff and make their own arrangments for travel and accommodation.
To enter the ballot you need to Tweet #DWFinaleCountdown to @bbcdoctorwho.
Fifteen winners will be selected at random from all entries. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets for the event.The winners will be contacted by Direct Message just after 3pm Wednesday 14 June, so you must be following @bbcdoctorwho. If you do not reply within the time specified in the Direct Message the tickets will be offered to another entrant selected at random.
Full details on the BBC Webpage
Source/Doctor Who News
Delia awarded blue plaque
A blue plaque has been unveiled at the childhood home of the woman who realized the original Doctor Who theme music, Delia Derbyshire.
The mark of respect is one of 47 Blue Plaques unveiled as part of BBC Music Day, to commemorate people or places that have influenced the UK’s musical landscape. Those honored include singers, musicians, songwriters, producers, and broadcasters, as well as significant locations that played a major role in the UK's musical heritage.
People commemorated include John Peel and David Bowie, while places getting a plaque include the Brighton venue where Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest.
The final list was selected from BBC Local Radio listeners’ suggestions, as well as those of a committee including music industry experts and BBC representatives.
David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC English Regions, said:
It is hugely prestigious to receive a British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque, as usually only around two are awarded each year. To mark BBC Music Day across BBC Local Radio with 47 blue plaques is a fitting way to commemorate our listeners’ passion and pride for where they live and to celebrate our musical heritage.
The plaque honouring Delia Derbyshire was unveiled by Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant who played Peri, who joined BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Vic Minett to officially perform the ceremony.
Source/Doctor Who News
Video of the week
The Doctor Who Experience will depart it's doors on 9th September. Here are some details of their final Summer events.
The fan show
The Empress of Mars writer Mark Gatiss and Nardole himself Matt Lucas join Christel Dee to talk series 10 this week.
Join us on Friday 23rd June to look back at the Eaters of Light and look forward to World Enough and time!
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