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.
Eating that light!
The tenth episode of series 10 aired on BBC One this past Saturday, the eaters of Light. 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
The Eaters of Light
You can see some videos for the Eaters of Light below. These are some behind the scenes videos for the episode:
Pearl Mackie reveals her favourite scene from the Eaters of Light
Peter and Pearl tackle fighting invisible monsters
Peter reveals the challenges of filming on a Welsh mountain
Below you can see some critics reviews of the episode
Radio Times enjoyed the story calling the script beautifully written. "What’s often rewarding about Doctor Who is that – beyond rewrites, budget constraints, casting and performance – it allows an authorial voice to sing through. It happened for Munro in 1989’s Survival and does so again in The Eaters of Light. It’s a beautifully written script that feels at one with half-remembered Celtic myths."
Digital Spy agreed the story had a both a strong sense of place and a formidable grasp on character. "Some fantastic location work – many evocative shots of a moody, misty Scotland – helps bring Munro's script to life as she milks the 2nd-century setting for its worth. She finds both humour and pathos in the past, such as the Doctor's using a totally anachronistic bag of popcorn to frighten the natives, followed by Bill's horror at the shockingly low age of soldiers on the battlefront."
The Telegraph also appreciated the Direction. "Director Charles Palmer made full use of the sweeping Highland landscape, while the script had fun with the Scots theme, with references to the permanently damp weather and a fatal absence of sunlight being “death by Scotland”. By the end of the episode, Capaldi even wanted to stay."
The Mirror felt the story was safe filler material with some niggles. "The Light Eaters are visually glorious and using them sparingly helps build the tension for their screen appearances. This series of Doctor Who continues its tightrope act of exactly how gory can corpses get before the watershed and this is pretty gruesome. The bodies of the fallen soldiers and villagers are truly unpleasant, but more than enough to punctuate the danger for anyone who crosses the Eaters' path."
AV Club praised the script written by veteran Doctor Who writer Rona Munro "She skillfully mixes the political and the personal here: The Roman army is a weapon premised solely on overwhelming force, one that relies on taking hundreds of scared teenagers and siccing them on a bunch of peaceful farmers who are in the way. The empire is terrible and vast, but only in aggregate, and that reality makes the cowardice of the surviving soldiers all but inevitable."
Ars Technica felt the story was a good introduction to the series "There's a portal that has trapped a hungry beast between dimensions; the Doctor jigs his way through problem-solving while reminding Nardole and the audience that he's an old hand at this kind of thing and a classic Who story device features, sidekick Bill is separated from her time-travelling pals for much of the episode—leaving her to untangle yet more of the Time Lord's powers, such as the telepathic link from the TARDIS that auto-translates any language to English."
However Games Radar felt the threat in the story was confusing "Unfortunately the monsters are pretty badly explained; we know they eat light, but somehow being exposed to light in great amounts is their greatest weakness. They serve no other purpose than to be the baddies of the episode, and are (as usual) billed as a threat to the entire universe. No nuance, just lots of teeth and Medusa-y tentacles"
Den of Geek also felt the episode was missing something. "What The Eaters Of Light lacked for me was a sense of threat, a strong monster or force to push against. The creature we got was an impressive looking beast for the most part, the one who keeps popping through a portal when able and allowed to wreak havoc. But whereas there are moments in this run of Who that have really dug under the skin and been quite creepy, this time it felt like we got a decent enough creature, yet the sense of peril didn’t come across for me."
IGN praised the supporting cast "The supporting players of Romans and Scots are all pretty good and an improvement over many of the guest stars from earlier this year. Bill’s interplay with Lucius (Brian Vernel, who Star Wars fans might recognize from The Force Awakens) regarding his romantic intentions is pretty funny, and the pain of the girl Kar (Rebecca Benson), who has lost everything, rings true."
The Reel Bits felt the episode was old school Doctor Who "The Eaters of Light’ is a solid if not outstanding historical adventure. Spinning its wheels slightly, it’s reminiscent of the show’s original ethos of being an educational outing for kids. Indeed, if the special effects and outfits hadn’t been updated, a episode that primarily hangs around in a handful of locations with Roman soldiers in stock BBC costumes would fit right in with the original series."
Finally TV Fanatic felt it was a solid episode. "There was plenty to enjoy here, from Nardole "blending in" with the natives to the Doctor's speech about crows being in a huff to Bill's realization about the TARDIS's translation feature. Though once the Doctor volunteered to guard the gate, every likely viewer knew that someone else would stand up and do the job in his stead. Seriously, there are two more episodes left in this season after this one!"
On the ratings side of things for the Eaters of Light, Doctor Who News describe their report as:
Doctor Who - The Eaters of Light, had an audience of 2.89 million viewers, a share of 22% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.
The overnight rating is the lowest the series has received in its history, just below that received by The Lie of the Land, which was up against the Britain's Got Talent final.
Doctor Who faired relatively well compared to other programmes on Saturday with all suffering from the good weather across the UK on Saturday with the highest rated programme, BBC News, getting just 4.09 million watching. Casualty had 3.75 million while Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.40 million. Pitch Battle, which followed Doctor Who had just 2.03 million watching.
ITV peaked with just 3.11 million viewers for The Voice Kids, while the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason had just 1.60 million viewers.
Final figures which will include those who recorded the programme and watched it later, will be published next week.
Meanwhile, the AI for the episode was 81, the lowest of the series, below the average of 83 for series 10.
World Enough and Time trailers
Trailers, clips and introductions for tomorrow's episode, World Enough and time
The Empress of Mars final viewing figures
Doctor Who - Empress Of Mars had an official rating of 5.02 million viewers, a share of 25.9% of the total TV audience.
The episode was the 23rd most watched programme of the week, and the 11th highest rated programme on the BBC. Doctor Who was the highest rated programme on Saturday.
Top for the week was Monday's edition of Coronation Street which had 8.39 million watching. Emmerdale and EastEnders also scored highly as did the ITV drama The Loch.
Source/Doctor Who News
First look at John Simm and Michelle Gomez
A new image has been released for the Doctor Who Series 10 finale, which sees Missy (Michelle Gomez) and the Master (John Simm) together for the first time.
The pair are seen either side of the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) as they put their own chilling spin on the iconic poster image that previously accompanied Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor (pictured, right).
Simm will return to Doctor Who as the Master for the first time since New Year’s Day, 2010. This time the Master will come face-to-face with Missy, his later regeneration, and battle the Doctor during the series’ two-part finale, which begins next weekend.
The episodes will also feature the return of the Cybermen – including the original Mondasian models, for the first time in over 50 years – plus Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in an epic adventure that will change Doctor Who forever.
Doctor Who’s series finale begins with episode 11, World Enough and Time, at 6:45pm on Saturday 24 June on BBC One. It concludes on Saturday 1 July with episode 12, The Doctor Falls – an extended, 60 minute episode.
Source/Doctor Who TV
Doctor Who Adventures pause publication
Panni has confirmed that Doctor Who Adventures is to stop publication after the next edition released on 22 June 2017.
Subscribers to the magazine have received an email saying the Magazine is 'pausing' publication, with no indication as to when, or if, publication will resume.
Digital subscriptions will be converted to subscriptions for Doctor Who Magazine or can be canceled.
DWA began life as a fortnightly magazine in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. In 2015 the Magazine moved to Panni, the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine.
In recent years Doctor Who Adventures has suffered a fall in circulation. From a high of 56,000 in 2010, the Magazine circulation had fallen to 10,364 in the last audited period, covering the second half of 2016.
By contrast, Doctor Who Magazine had an audited circulation of 22,523 in the same period.
Source/Doctor Who News
RIP Brian Cant
Actor and Children's presenter Brian Cant has died at the age of 83.
Brian Cant appeared in two Doctor Who stories. In 1965 he played Kert Gantry, a Space Security Agent, in the first episode of The Dalek's Master Plan. He returned to the series in 1968 playing Chairman Tensa in two episodes of The Dominators
However for most people in the United Kingdom Brian Cant will be lovingly remembered for his work on children's television.
He was working for a BBC Schools drama on The Romans in 1964 when he heard that the BBC was holding auditions for presenters on a new programme aimed at pre-school kids, Play School, due to launch on the new station BBC Two. His audition involved getting into a cardboard box and pretending to row out to sea. He joined the in its third week and stayed for twenty-one years.
His work on Play School led him to be selected as the voice on three Gordon Murray puppet series: Camberwick Green in 1966, Trumpton in 1967, and Chigley in 1969.
In 1971 the BBC launched a spin-off from Play School, Play Away, aimed at older children, featuring songs and jokes and airing on Saturday afternoons, with Cant as the main presenter alongside actors such as Toni Arthur, Derek Griffiths, Floella Benjamin, Johnny Ball, Carol Chell, Jeremy Irons, and Tony Robinson.
In 2007 Cant topped a poll of presenters with the best-loved voices in children’s TV.
The actor had been living with Parkinson’s disease in recent years and died at Denville Hall, a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry.
A family statement said:
It is with great sadness that we, his family, have to announce that Brian Cant has died aged 83 at Denville Hall. He lived courageously with Parkinson’s disease for a long time. Brian was best known and well loved for his children’s programmes Play School and Play Away and was honoured by Bafta in 2010. Donations would be most appreciated to Denville Hall and the Actors’ Benevolent Fund.
Cant's Play School co-presenter Derek Griffiths paid tribute on Twitter, posting a reunion picture of the team. And former Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson also tweeted: "Brian Cant was my mentor and friend on Play Away. We wrote and performed together for two years. Always patient, courteous and funny P-L-A-Y R-I-P."
Brian Cant was married twice, and had five children, including the actor Richard Cant who appeared in Blink.
Source/Doctor Who News
The Essential doctor who: Adventures in space
The TARDIS doesn’t just travel through time – stories set in space have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The inhospitable void between the stars has served as the backdrop to epic space operas and nerve-racking thrillers, while harboring some of the most fearsome adversaries the Doctor has ever encountered.
Panini’s latest entry in the Essential Doctor Who series navigates a revealing course through the space lanes of Doctor Who, with all-new articles, rare images and exclusive interviews with:
Editor Marcus Hearn says:
Oxygen showed that space is one of the most hostile environments the Doctor has ever visited. This issue goes behind the scenes on that episode, and many of the preceding stories that belong in the same tradition. Bring a smartsuit – it’s dangerous out there!
The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in Space is on sale now price £9.99.
Video of the week
The epic series 10 finale begins tomorrow. Get excited with this teaser trailer where it is clear that time is running out.
The fan show
Joining host Christel Dee on the Aftershow this week is the Eaters of Light guest star Rebecca Benson AKA Kar.
Join us on Friday 30th June to look back at World Enough and time and look forward to the Doctor Falls!
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