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 class in the last seven days, and key videos from the account.
Runa Munro returns to doctor who
Rona Munro is returning to pen a Series 10 story.
Munro, who previously wrote the 1989 Seventh Doctor adventure Survival, is back for Episode 9 of the 2017 run. The current title for which is “The Eaters of Light“.
The guest cast includes Rebecca Benson, Daniel Kerr, Juwon Adedokun, Brian Vernel, Ben Hunter, Aaron Phagura, Sam Adewunmi and Billy Matthews.
Also revealed is the writer of Episode 5: Jamie Mathieson (Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline and The Girl Who Died).
Mathieson says his newest episode is “Very, very scary. Like, seriously so. ‘Let’s go behind the sofa and just stay there until it’s over’ scary. It’s got more shocks and tense scenes than anything I’ve ever written. It’s also a taut thrill ride, a gag test, a pitch black satire and, for the first time I’m writing for Bill and Nardole!”
The guest cast includes Kieran Bew, Justin Salinger, Peter Caulfield, Mimi Ndiweni and Karen Brayben.
Episodes 5 and 9 are filming as part of Block 4 now.
Clean slate season 11 rumours
Insiders say the Broadchurch writer will have a “clean slate” to start afresh for his first series – rather bad news for actress Pearl Mackie, who plays new assistant Bill in Steven Moffat’s last run, currently filming for next year.
Pearl, 29, yet to be seen by viewers, is said to have been signed on a one-year contract and is expected to depart with Peter Capaldi , 58, and Moffat after 2017’s Christmas special.
The replacement Time Lord is likely to be played by a younger actor in a bid to help boost the flagging sales of dolls, books, DVDs and toys.
Our source says: “BBC management wants a return to the format from the David Tennant era, when you had a dashing male lead and young female companion.
“Merchandising has dropped off sharply in recent years and there is a strong desire to boost the show’s popularity among kids.”
One way to do that, of course, is by returning to its traditional tea-time slot, rather than the post-Strictly position it languished in last year.
Next year’s show is expected to air in spring rather than autumn, to avoid the Saturday clash with Strictly.
Chibnall, putting the finishes to the third and final series of ITV’s Broadchurch, will very soon put together his own team of writers and producers for Doctor Who. They are expected to work in parallel with Moffat’s unit, who finish up in the late spring of next year.
BBC chiefs have also stressed that they want a full series every year (there hasn’t been one at all in 20
Rumours for season 10 monsters
Tucked away at the bottom of the recent Mirror article were rumoured details on some of the new monsters coming up in early on in Series 10.
Obviously these are far from official, but some of it does align with things we know from filming.
Spoilerphobes read on at your own risk…
Return of doctor mysterio in US cinemas
BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events have announced that they plan to show this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio in movie theatres across the United States at 7:00pm on Tuesday 27th December and Thursday 29th December.
Join the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, as he teams up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player), and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat. Written by Steven Moffat, the special stars Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, Shameless) as Grant, along with Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids), Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovicand Logan Hoffman.
As well as the episode itself, the event will include two exclusive bonus features:
The Return of Doctor Mysterio will be an excellent way for fans to celebrate the holidays in true Whovian style.
Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said:
Doctor Who fans are one of our most dedicated audiences, and we expect they will show up in full force for this holiday special. There’s no better way to enjoy this content than on the big screen and among fellow fans.
Tickets for the Special will be available to purchase online from tomorrow, 18th November via the Fathom Events website or participating theatre box offices.
The episode is due to air on BBC America on Christmas Day.
Class episode five: Brave-ish heart
Finally, catch up on the first five episodes of spin off class below. Episode five, brave-ish heart was released last Saturday, and tomorrow episode six, detained, will be released.
See all episodes here
See episode 5 here
The fan show
Christel Dee is joined by monster voice actor Nicholas Briggs to discuss the daleks in this week's episode of doctor who: The fan show.
Doctor who time and space #185
In this week's podcast, it's the fifth part of the six episode challenge as we discuss our top 6 monsters and villains in the show. We also review classic fourth doctor story city of death and the fifth episode of class, brave-ish heart. Plus, we have the latest news and we reveal what we have been watching next week. Clue: An anticipated animated event involving the daleks.
Next week, we will be back for another round up. But until then, it's goodbye from us
Hello. I'm Lewis Moon. This is the blog with all the doctor who news as well as MLMA updates.
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