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DWM issue #518: Out Now
Issue 518 of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with Tenth Doctor David Tennant and his sidekick Billie Piper
Over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, the couple are back for a series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose
An audio recording’s very different to filming a bit of TV – but the vibe is the same, and the characters are the same. (David Tennant)
It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it. (Billie Piper)
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David Tennant and Billie Piper reveal why they're returning to their roles
After years apart, the Doctor and Rose are returning to the Tardis for new intergalactic adventures – but with a bit of a twist.
You see, this time the pair (played by David Tennant and Billie Piper) are back in the Doctor Who world thanks to the efforts of long-running audio drama producer Big Finish, who previously brought Tennant back with co-star Catherine Tate (companion Donna Noble) for a series of untold adventures last year and are now doing the same for the Tenth Doctor and his earlier companion.
And while this isn’t the first time the actors have reunited in the Whoniverse since Rose and the Doctor parted ways in 2006 (Rose came back for a few episodes in the 2008 series and in Tennant’s final regular episode in 2010, and Piper starred as The Moment in the 50th anniversary special alongside Tennant’s returning Doctor), it’s still the first time we’ve seen the pair in action for a while – and now they’ve explained what tempted them back into the weird and wonderful world of Who.
“It just feels like another opportunity to keep the flame alive,” Piper (making her Big Finish debut) said in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine.
“You know, I felt as through because everyone’s doing [Big Finish] was I missing out? Also, it’s all people ask me at conventions. It was getting awkward.”
“It never quite goes away, does it?” Tennant agreed. “There’s no escaping it, nor would I want to, really.
“Because Doctor Who sort of runs through my life like a stick of rock. It’s sort of always bubbling under, and you know it always will.”
He added: “I always feel fond towards it. I always feel like it’s a happy place to be.
“Obviously a day like this brings it all back a little more keenly, but it’s always a very fond thing to return to, the world of Doctor Who. It’s always very welcoming, and friendly, and familiar. I suppose I don’t feel detached enough from it to feel sentimental, really. Maybe if I’d been completely banished from it for ten years…?”
Well, fingers crossed we’ll never have to wait that long to find out. For now, at least, the Doctor and Rose are off on their travels once more.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 will be released next month
Matt Lucas hints Doctor Who Return
Nardole may have last been seen saying his goodbyes to The Doctor on a colony ship at the end of Doctor Who series ten but it sounds as though that goodbye of his wasn’t quite so final.
Matt Lucas has dropped a hint that we may well encounter him in the Whoniverse again, telling Den of Geek that his relationship with the series isn’t exactly over.
“I’m really glad I did it,” he began, “No regrets at all, only gratitude. I’m not sure my relationship with the show is over, either. But I can’t really go into great detail about that. It remains a big part of my life, let’s put it that way!”
Could he join forces with Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteeth Doctor on screen? Or perhaps return as Nardole in a new audio drama?
The actor remained tight-lipped on what his confession actually means, but he did go into great detail when it came to discussing his respect for the fans of the series.
“There’s something about the Doctor Who fandom… if you watch Doctor Who, you’re a member of the club, if you’re in the show, you’re a member of the club,” he said.
“We’re all members of the club! It’s an odd group. I don’t think there’s the hierarchy that would often exist: ‘I’m in the show, you watch it’. That doesn’t exist in the Whoniverse. If you watch it, you’re in!”
And we’ll be watching out for Nardole when The Doctor returns on Christmas Day.
Pearl Mackie wins LGTB Award
Doctor Who has long been a champion of LGBT inclusiveness and last night the actress who played the show’s first lesbian companion, Bill, was on hand to accept an Ally Award for the sci-fi series efforts at the 2017 PinkNews Awards.
“It’s lovely to be able to accept this award on behalf of Doctor Who,” Mackie told PinkNews after picking up the show’s trophy for its “groundbreaking” storylines.
“Last year I never fathomed coming to any awards ceremony, so I feel quite honoured to even have been invited, let alone for Doctor Who and the character of Bill. It’s testament to how well she was received and how well people responded to having an out lesbian on a mainstream TV show”, Mackie said.
The actress, who will leave the series after the upcoming Christmas special, said she’s been thrilled with the response to her character and her relationship with Stephanie Hyam’s Heather.
“It’s genuinely been amazingly positive, especially going around the world and meeting people. I met a couple of young girls who were BAME, and talked to me about how watching Bill on Doctor Who enabled them to come out and feel comfortable with their own sexuality. For me that’s a massive achievement.”
“The thing that I liked most about Bill was that she wasn’t grappling with her sexuality, she didn’t need to come out, it wasn’t an issue! It was always just about, I’m gay and happy and this is who I am, this is who I like and this is who I’m in love with”, she said.
“I’m really proud for everyone involved in the show – all of the actors and all of the writers. And I’m proud of the BBC, because to put LGBT+ representation at the heart of the BBC1 schedule is no small thing!” the show’s executive producer Brian Minchin added. “We’re saying it’s part of everyone’s lives and should be right at the heart of our dramas and Saturday night TV.”
He also said he thinks LGBT inclusiveness is now a natural element of the show: “Doctor Who is really unique – the lead character is kind of asexual, and he’s always drawn people from all walks of life. So much of TV has a guy as the lead and he’s got a gun and is trying to shag all the women. Doctor Who’s never been like that. I think that counts for something.”
Big Finish's main range 51-100 goes digital only
From today, there will only be a short window of opportunity to fill the early Main Range gaps on your CD shelves! To help your collections we have one of our most special, special offers yet.
The times, they are a-changing, as the Bob Dylan song goes.
Since 1999, Big Finish has been releasing a brand new Classic Doctor Who story every month, and the ‘Main Range’, as it has come to be known, has delighted us with tales featuring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. As per the wishes of our loyal listeners, we have been continuing to release both CD and download options of purchases for almost 20 years - even in a market that is moving away from physical media.
In August 2013, Big Finish made the decision to stop the CD repressing of the first 50 Doctor Who Main Range titles, and now it’s time for the next batch. But the moment has been prepared for…
From today, all the titles in the Doctor Who Main Range from The Wormery, first released back in November 2003, to 100, released in September 2007, will be available at £6 on CD and £2.99 on download. So remember, once the CD copies are gone, they’re really gone!
Executive Producer Nick Briggs says: ‘Most other CD publishers we’re aware of delete titles from their catalogues within months. We’ve previously had a policy of constantly repressing and having everything available on CD. But with the option of being able to keep everything as downloads, we felt it was time to give these titles a last hurrah as shiny discs.'
And to sweeten the deal, we have an additional special offer for the next 36 hours. Until 23:59 (UK time) on Saturday October 21st 2017, there’s 10% off everything. Yes, you read that right. EVERYTHING! Every Big Finish release, subscription and bundle, making this the perfect time to fill any gaps in your Big Finish collection.
Use offer code MROCT2017 (all upper case) at the checkout to ensure that your discount is applied.
Video of the week
TARDISElliot Trailers gets our pick for the video of the week this week with this epic, 9 minute trailer which celebrates 54 years of our favourite TV show.
Join us again next week for another edition of doctor who news round on 27th October 2017 for our final update of the month!
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