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.
Desperate for Oxygen!
The fifth episode of series 10 aired on BBC One this past Saturday. Yes, this was called Oxygen. You can see all of the episodes of the current series below, which will be updated as the series goes on.
Some videos for Oxygen can be seen below. These are some behind the scenes videos for the latest episode.
Peter Caulified talks about playing Dahh-Ren
Kieran Bew, who plays Ivan, talks about being a spaceman
Peter, Steven and Jamie discuss the shocking cliffhanger to Oxygen
Below you can see some critic reviews of the episode:
The Mirror called the story a claustrophobic treat "Writer Jamie Mathieson has proven his worth in the Whoniverse, with previous outings including Flatline and Mummy On The Orient Express. The sense of impending doom is notched up skillfully, from cutting off the TARDIS, leaving the leads no choice but to get into the 'death suits' and jaw-dropping moments where The Doctor leaves Bill to her apparent fate not once but twice."
Digital Spy felt the episode was bloody brilliant. "it's a story told with a great deal of wit and place, is stylishly produced, and does most everything you want Doctor Who to do on a Saturday evening. From the off, returning writer Jamie Mathieson displays a real talent for economical storytelling – with a strong, evocative opening that quickly establishes its two characters, their connection and why we should care about them, then follows up with a chilling execution."
Den of Geek also liked the story "I’d argue it was as good a standalone episode of Who as we’ve had this run. Given that there’s not been a duffer, that’s no small feat or backhanded compliment, either."
Radio Times felt the story was creepy but the premise absurd. "I struggle with the central conceit that in the future, in space, oxygen will be a commodity that you pay for dearly, even with your life. It lends a wry, more literal meaning to such everyday phrases as “Save your breath” and “You’re wasting your breath”. But I don’t really believe it. "
Ars Technica gave the episode a B- "Overall, Oxygen (written by Jamie Mathieson—whose previous credits include Flatline and The Girl Who Died) is another very good episode for series 10 of Doctor Who, with a dark foreboding that ought to remind the Doctor that fear makes companions of us all."
AV Club says the episode bites off way more than it can chew feeling the story should have been spread over two episodes. "Oxygen is at its best when it is straightforward, verging on over the top—the Doctor’s line about fighting an algorithm is great, as is the immediate follow-up about how they’re fighting the suits—but there are other, subtle critiques threaded throughout the episode that pass by so quickly they don’t quite register as part of a larger message."
Doctor Who Watch again praised Peter Capaldi's acting "I thought this episode let Capaldi shine in a way we haven’t seen before. In one of his most human moments, doing something for one of the most human consequences, he still does it, despite the risk. He plays throughout this episode in a light-hearted manner most of the time, but serious when he needs to be. This episode brought out the perfect balance between personalities."
IGN had a mixed response to the story "The episode itself is not one of Season 10’s strongest outings. There’s a lot of busy work involving the spacesuits which keep the Doctor and his pals alive, but what should be the most effective dramatic moments of the segment -- Bill’s “death” and the Doctor’s being struck blind -- don’t quite land."
Screen Rant likes this year's story arc. "Framing the Doctor’s yearning for adventure and freedom with his obligation to watch over the vault is a clever way of serving the needs of the season’s mysterious overarching storyline with the recurring theme of institutions operating in bad faith."
Source/Doctor Who News
Plus, we have a ratings round up for Oxygen. Doctor Who News describe their report as:
Doctor Who - Oxygen achieved an overnight viewing audience of 3.57 million viewers, a share of 20% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial figures.
BBC One occupied three of the top four spots for the day, with Oxygen achieving fourth place; third place went to the preceeding Pointless Celebrities (which itself contained a Doctor Who related round) with just 100,000 additional viewers (3.58m/23.1%). The annual Eurovision Song Contest took second place with 6.73m viewers (35.2%). However, top spot once again went to ITV's Britain's Got Talent with 7.96m viewers (36.8% share). These are average figures across the whole of the programme, with the Eurovision Song Contest's audience reaching 8.37m (58.7% share) as the final results of the contest were being announced.
Consolidated viewing figures are expected to be released by BARB on 22nd May, which should see Doctor Who's figure increase.
Meanwhile, the AI of the episode was 83, the same as last week's effort, Knock Knock, and also the same as the pilot and Smile.
Trailers, clips and introductions for tomorrow's episode, Extremis
Knock Knock final viewing figures
Official figures released by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board or BARB, give Doctor Who - Knock Knock an official rating of 5.73 million viewers.
The rating includes all those who recorded the programme and watched it within 7 days.
Doctor Who is the 21st most watched programme for the week, and 7th most watched on BBC One
Top for the week was Britain's Got Talent on ITV with 11.51 million watching. The main soaps again did well, with Coronation Street dominating the top of the chart. Other drama's with high numbers included Little Boy Blue with 7.11 million and The Durrells with 5.81 million. Doctor Who just edged ahead of the ITV detective series Grantchester, which had 5.71 million viewers.
Source/Doctor Who News
The lie of the land synopsis
The official story synopsis for The Lie of the Land, the eighth episode of Series 10, has been released by the BBC:
Written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Wayne Yip.
The world is gripped by a mass delusion and only Bill Potts can see the truth. When even the Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it’s up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can’t do that, she may just have to kill her best friend…
The Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi, Bill by Pearl Mackie and Nardole by Matt Lucas. Michelle Gomez guest stars as Missy.
It airs Saturday 3 June on BBC One, with the time to be confirmed.
Source/Doctor Who TV
Tennant and Piper are back in Big Finish
David Tennant and Billie Piper are reprising their roles of the Tenth Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler in three new Doctor Who audio dramas from Big Finish Productions in arrangement with BBC Worldwide:
David Tennant’s Doctor, portrayed on screen from December 2005 until December 2009, returned in the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, with Matt Smith and Sir John Hurt in 2013, and on audio for Big Finish with Catherine Tate in 2016.
Billie Piper portrayed the Doctor’s much-loved companion Rose in 2005 and 2006, returning for a number of stories in 2008. She also appeared as The Moment – which had taken Rose’s form – in The Day of the Doctor. These new stories will be Billie’s eagerly-awaited debut for Big Finish.
Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says: “Getting David and Billie back together was definitely on my bucket list – two wonderful actors who created an era of Doctor Who which is so fondly remembered and brought a different aspect of the relationship between the Doctor and his companion to the fore – love, both platonic and unrequited. It’s great to have the Tenth Doctor and Rose back again!”
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2, to be released in November 2017, is comprised of three thrilling hour-long full-cast audio adventures.
The set opens with Attack of the Zaross by John Dorney, in which an alien invasion of Earth isn’t quite what it appears to be – Camille Coduri guest stars as Jackie Tyler.
In the second adventure, Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams, the Doctor and Rose arrive in Slough in 1791 and encounter Chevalier D’Eon, an enigmatic ex-spy who has lived his life as a woman. Together they must fend off alien slavers, who have come to Earth to abduct valuable humans.
Finally, in Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton, the TARDIS arrives on Coldstar, a vast frozen food asteroid in deep space. But there is something sinister defrosting in the network of storage units… the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors! Nicholas Briggs plays Ice Lord Hasskor and Warrior Slaan.
“It was such a special time for me, working with Billie and David on the TV show,” says Nicholas Briggs, who is the Voice of the Daleks on TV and for Big Finish, “and it is such an honour to revisit it with them on audio.”
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 is produced by David Richardson, script edited by Matt Fitton and John Dorney, and directed by Nicholas Briggs. Executive producers are Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs.
“We were thrilled by the response to the first volume,’ says David Richardson. “David Tennant and Catherine Tate were on fantastic form, and it’s so exciting to reunite David with Billie Piper, playing the Doctor and Rose together again after nine years! Their time in the series transformed Doctor Who into a prime-time and international hit, and we’ve worked very hard to live up to the incredible standards of Russell T Davies.”
Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 2 (Limited Edition) is available now for pre-order on Download and CD. This five-disc collector’s edition – limited to 5,000 copies – is available on CD in deluxe bookset packaging for a pre-release price of £35, with a download version for £25.
The three stories – Doctor Who – Infamy of the Zaross, Doctor Who – Sword of the Chevalier and Doctor Who – Cold Vengeance – can be bought individually for £8.99 on Download or £10.99 on Download. These are also bundled together for £22 and £25 respectively.
Michelle Gomez is leaving doctor who
Michelle Gomez will be leaving Doctor Who following her guest stint in Series 10.
Speaking to Radio Times, Gomez said: “My pals are going so I’m going. Everybody’s leaving, so I’m going too. I mean, what would I do without Peter and Steven? Who would I be? Nah, it’s done now. It’s over. It’s the end of a chapter.”
She added: “[I’ll miss] the fact that it was probably one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. The fact that I’m a woman of a certain age who’s this ass-kicking action figure … I’ll miss the amazing, wonderful, incredible Peter Capaldi, who I think is one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had. I’ll miss somebody like Steven Moffat writing me the best lines I’ve ever had in my career.
“Yeah, I’m gonna miss a lot about that job,” she concluded. “It was a great job.”
Gomez isn’t ruling out a return at some point in the future though, she told Digital Spy: “Never say never! I’m sure in a couple of years’ time, the urge to blow things up will just be too strong and Missy will come in guns blazing! But at the moment, it just feels like this is the end of an era – there may be something in the future but at the moment, I feel like this is the end of a chapter.”
Gomez also teased Missy’s relationship with the John Simm Master: “I would say… think of it in terms of… a two-headed Master! That’s what I’ll give you. It’s sort of… two Masters in one, in a way! I hope that’s not giving too much away!”
And as a final hint, she said: “Something awful happens [in the finale] as well, which is down to Missy just being dreadful. She just can’t help herself – there’s a moment where she just remembers that she is totally evil. So that is in there… you won’t be disappointed!”
Source/Doctor Who TV
Doctor Who: Time Vortex 360
Doctor Who fans can pilot the TARDIS on its most exhilarating journey yet as it careers through the depths of the space time vortex in the BBC’s first ever 360 arcade game, Doctor Who Time Vortex 360.
Fans simply need to visit bbc.in/dw360 using their smartphone or tablet and by physically moving their mobile device through 360 degrees, they will be able to fly the TARDIS within an increasingly turbulent time vortex.
As they speed through time, players will tackle hazards and obstacles emerging from the future ahead of them, but in a unique and literal twist will sometimes need to physically turn themselves to look backwards in time in order to evade threats emerging from the past.
Jo Pearce, creative director, BBC Digital Drama, said:
The beauty of this game is that you can use your mobile phone to fly the TARDIS wherever you are. Digital innovation is at the very heart of Doctor Who – this 360 degree game allows people to navigate the TARDIS through time and space like never before.
We’ve seen a lot of innovation recently in the 360 and virtual reality space, but the majority has focused on ‘experiential’ video-based experiences. This game, however, brings together the worlds of casual, arcade-style gaming and 360/VR to create a fun Doctor Who experience that people can easily pick up and play, wherever they are.
The game is an endless runner, which gets more and more difficult the longer people play, taking them on a visually intense journey through the iconic vortex from the show's opening credits. Using the device's accelerometer, the game is controlled by physically moving around, even giving the player the ability to turn around and travel backwards in time.
Designed as a mobile-first experience for the BBC by Goodboy Digital, the game combines cutting edge HTML5 and WebGL using PixiJS v5.0 to create a breath-taking journey that works on a wide range of hardware.
The game is available to play on BBC Taster, where fans can rate the game and provide feedback.
Source/Doctor Who News
Now we are six hundred
BBC Books have announced a new hardback book for the summer to tie in with National Poetry Day:
BBC Books Publishing Director Albert DePetrillo has acquired Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred, the very first collection of Time Lord verse. BBC Books have world rights, with North American rights sold to HarperCollins.
A gentle and humorous riff on the classic Now We Are Six, this is a collection of charming, funny and whimsical poems that celebrate the joys, sorrows and wonders of Time Lord life. Written by author James Goss, the book features illustrations by former Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies – his first role as an illustrator, using the comic artist skills he developed in his youth.
Albert DePetrillo says:
This is a book I’ve long wanted to publish, and James and Russell have realised the idea brilliantly, well beyond anything I’d hoped. It’s something very special, a unique gift for every Doctor Who fan. For full effect, please be sure to read these poems aloud to your friends, preferably more than once.
James Goss says:
BBC Books have carefully baited an irresistible trap to lure people into reading poetry. Russell's beautiful illustrations make this the most charming Doctor Who book there's ever been (and I'm including that magical first Doctor Who book you discovered as a child). The poems have been a delight to work on. Who could resist retelling the fiendish Daleks’ Masterplan in verse, or finding bizarre and ludicrous rhymes for monster names?
Russell T Davies says:
I’ve been drawing for Doctor Who long before I was writing it, so it was like time-travel for me, voyaging back to that young scribbler who used to cover his school desk with Daleks!
Source/Doctor Who News
Video of the week
It's been a totally Missy devoted week, hasn't it? Let's join her actress, Michelle Gomez, as she tries to complete some youtube comments.
The fan show
Christel Dee talks to Oxygen writer Jamie Mathieson and actors Mimi Ndiweni and Kieran Bew in the latest episode of the aftershow
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