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.
Tom Baker returns in Shada live action scene
Tom Baker has reprised his role as the fourth Doctor – on camera – to re-shoot part of a story which was halted in the 1970s due to strike action.
Doctor Who: Shada was a run of episodes meant to mark the end of the 17th series, but the studio scenes were never completed.
The actor, 83, has returned to film part of the 1979 story, which was abandoned because of a strike by electricians.
The new scene sees Baker at the console of the TARDIS in his famously long coat and stripy scarf.
Filmed at BBC Television Centre earlier this year, it combines original live-action footage with new animation as well as Baker’s cameo.
Baker was the Fourth Doctor and his appearance is his first in the role in 36 years.
In the new scene, he voices words from Douglas Adams’s original script and wonders aloud: “I expect that sometime in the future – in about 200 years’ time – someone will meet me and say is that really the Doctor? He seemed such a nice old man.”
Of the cameo, the actor said: “Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in the studio.”
He said: “When I was doing Doctor Who it was the realisation of all my childhood fantasies … so I took to it like a duck to water and I still do.
“I loved doing Doctor Who because it was life to me…. My real life was really rather drab… I used to dread the end of rehearsal…”
Baker added: “I never left (Doctor Who) and that’s why I can’t stay away from it.”
The star played the Doctor between 1974 and 1981 and has not appeared in the role since, aside from a brief cameo as part of Children in Need.
Doctor Who: Shada is being released as a download on Friday and on DVD on Monday 4 December 2017.
Access all areas Twice Upon a Time special
As the Twelfth Doctor approaches his final story, BBC Radio Two is to broadcast a two hour special documentary looking behind the scenes of Doctor Who.
Broadcast on Thursday 21 December at 8pm, the programme sees Jo Whiley gain exclusive access to the Doctor Who team. She catches up with the stars of the series on the set - including Pearl Mackie, David Bradley, Exec Producer Steven Moffat, and the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. She also hears from outgoing companion Matt Lucas, and digs into the BBC Doctor Who archive.
There will be stories from behind the scenes, including how Lucas approaches being recognised by fans; the radical ways in which Mackie's life has changed; Pele’s reaction to signing a Brazil shirt for the Doctor and how Doctor Who has always been with Peter Capaldi - from dressing up as a Dalek as a child to karaoke singalongs to The Killers (all in the name of getting into character).
Plus, Radio 2 listeners will find out which member of the team has a penchant for Chas and Dave
BBC Radio 2 can be heard worldwide via the BBC Radio iPlayer.
Source/Doctor Who News
How to view Twice Upon a Time early!
The BBC will deliver an early Christmas present to the North of England this December, with free screenings of its most eagerly-awaited festive TV shows.
Fans of Doctor Who will be able to see the annual Christmas special before anyone else. This year’s episode will feature Peter Capaldi as the Doctor for the last time.
As well as Doctor Who, there will be opportunity for comedy fans in two locations to attend a local screening for local people and see the first of three new episodes of cult favourite The League Of Gentlemen.
And in two cities, children will be able to get an exclusive preview of an animated version of the classic book The Highway Rat.
Starting in Hartlepool and finishing just before the big day in Bradford, the Christmas tour will take in eight locations across northern England to spread a little festive fun throughout the region. As well as a sneak peek of these hotly-anticipated shows, fans will also be able to pose for photos on the BBC’s red carpet and with props from the programmes.
The tickets will be available through a ballot which will be open from Thursday 23 November for 10 days via the BBC Shows and Tours website
This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, will see Peter Capaldi joined by David Bradley, who reprises his role as the First Doctor, while Pearl Mackie returns as companion Bill Potts and Mark Gatiss guest stars as the Captain.
Doctor Who fans will be able to enjoy a preview of the seasonal special, apart from the last few moments which will be kept as a surprise until the BBC One broadcast on Christmas Day.
Much-loved comedy The League Of Gentlemen returns to BBC Two this Christmas with three brand-new episodes to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary at the BBC.
Once again, the three performing members of the League – Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss – will be playing a veritable host of bizarre and darkly comic characters inhabiting the fictional Northern town of Royston Vasey, in scripts written by themselves and co-creator Jeremy Dyson. The first episode will be shown in Hartlepool and York as part of the premiere tour.
The Highway Rat, produced by Magic Light Pictures, is an animated version of the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler favourite about a greedy rat who steals food. Children will be able to see it in Newcastle and Hull.
The full schedule for the Christmas premiere tour is as follows:
Thursday 14 December – Hartlepool Town Hall – 7pm
Friday 15 December – The Guild Hall, York – 7pm
Saturday 16 December – Jubilee Church, Hull – 7pm & 8.30pm
Sunday 17 December = St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle – 7pm & 8.30pm
Monday 18 December – The Middlesbrough Empire – 7pm & 8.30pm
Tuesday 19 December – Dock 10, MediaCityUK, Salford – 7pm & 8.30pm
Wednesday 20 December – Durham School – 7pm & 8.30pm
Friday 22 December – Old Odeon, Bradford – 7pm & 8.30pm
Adrian Mills, General Manager of BBC North, says: “We can’t wait to bring this wonderful seasonal programming direct to our audiences in the North and we’re sure they’ll enjoy this exclusive BBC content.”
For more information and to book tickets see the BBC Shows and Tours website
The ticket ballot will close on Sunday 3 December. Tickets will be allocated via a random draw with 45 percent going to local postcodes, 45 percent going to the surrounding county, and 10 percent to the rest of the UK.
Source/Doctor Who TV
Peter Capaldi's doctor to pay "Emotional farewells" to some important faces
While many Doctor Who fans are excited to see the debut of new Doctor Jodie Whittaker this Christmas, that enthusiasm is tempered with a certain sadness: the episode will also be the last adventure for Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor before.
However, the most devastating moment for Capaldi’s Time Lord this December might not actually be when he regenerates, because according to someone who was on set for the last days of filming, scenes before that transition are even more emotional as the Doctor says his goodbyes to certain key figures.
“The storyline is just fantastic – it’s so brilliant, it’s really really really clever,” radio DJ Jo Whiley, who is presenting a special radio documentary from the set of the Christmas special next month, told RadioTimes.com.
“I don’t know what I can and can’t say – as is always the case with Doctor Who!”
However, Whiley did drop one intriguing hint when asked if she’d actually watched Capaldi’s regeneration, explaining that she’d instead watched some of the scenes building to that pivotal scene.
“It was leading up. Leading up to that moment,” she said. “When he had to say some emotional farewells.”
Now, it could be that Whiley only means she saw the Doctor saying goodbye to erstwhile companion Bill (Pearl Mackie) and guest stars David Bradley and Mark Gatiss (playing the First Doctor and The Captain respectively) at the tail end of the episode – but we can’t help but wonder if this means we’ll ALSO get to see the Twelfth Doctor revisit some of his former companions before regenerating.
After all, this is something Doctor Who has done before. When David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor regenerated into Matt Smith’s incarnation in 2010’s The End of Time Part 2 he visited many of his old friends, in an episode that also served as a farewell to then-showrunner Russell T Davies.
This time, it’s Steven Moffat leaving to make way for new boss Chris Chibnall – so who’s to say Moffat wouldn’t also fancy a quick revisit of some of the characters he’s created over the last seven years? It would certainly explain the rumours about Jenna Coleman returning to the episode for a cameo…
Still, even if this doesn’t turn out to be a surprise Doctor Who reunion, Whiley was confident that fans would be crying themselves dry by the episode’s end, which she says was emotional just to be on the periphery of.
“[The set] was loaded with sadness and emotion,” she told us. “It’s fascinating to watch. As actors, they’re obviously all incredibly close, and the whole team are incredibly close. Doctor Who is such a close-knit family.
“Seeing them then become those characters, you just get drawn into what you’ve been watching on screen throughout the whole of this Doctor’s incarnation. It’s fascinating to see. And then they just snap out, and they’re the actors again.
Peter Capaldi and Jo Whiley on the set of Doctor Who (BBC)“But you really did feel the intensity of what they’re going through. The fact that they are, as people, saying goodbye to each other. I think the viewers are going to be in bits when they watch.”
“I think it will be a Blue Christmas,” Whiley concluded.
“Peter’s such an amazing actor. Such an incredible actor. And I think Doctor Who’s very lucky to have had him as one of the Doctors. And this is just such a great way for him to go out.
“It’s really fitting I think, the story is really fitting for him. Because it really calls on his great acting.”
The Jo Whiley – Access All Areas Doctor Who Special airs on BBC Radio 2 from 8 to 10pm on Thursday 21st December
RIP Rodney Bewes
The actor Rodney Bewes has died at the age of 79.
Rodney Bewes appeared in Doctor Who in 1984, playing Stien in the Fifth Doctor story Resurrection of the Daleks, but was best known to British audiences for playing Bob Ferris in 1960's sitcom The Likely Lads and its sequel Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads.
Rodney Bewes was born in 1937 in Morley, West Yorkshire. Childhood asthma kept him house-bound until the age of 12, but he achieved his ambition of becoming an actor, first appearing on stage at the age of 14. He studied for a time at RADA but dropped out.
In 1952 he made his television debut in Mystery at Mountcliffe Chase, a BBC Children's drama. He played Joe in The Pickwick Papers and appeared in supporting roles in series such as Dixon of Dock Green, Emergency-Ward 10 and Z Cars.
In 1964 he won the role with which he would make his name, the working class boy made good, Bob Ferris, in the sitcom The Likely Lads. The series, written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, pitted Bewes up against James Bolam as Terry Collier. Twenty episodes were made, detailing the struggle of two working-class boys from the North East, trying to make sense of a changing world, while facing the usual temptations of beer football, and girls.
In 1966 the series ended and the actors moved on, but a reunion was on the cards and in 1973 the series returned, this time in colour and with the new title Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?. The series was a tremendous hit as viewers followed the sparing between Bob, trying to improve his lot by moving into a detached house and getting a job as an executive, and Terry, desperately trying to cling onto his working-class roots.
Part of the success of the series was the double act of Bewes and Bolam, whose on-screen chemistry was a masterclass of timing and pathos. But the deep friendship was a TV illusion and in reality, the two actors had a stormy relationship. An interview given by Bewes in 1976 in which he talked about Bolam and his wife created a rift that would never be healed. Bewes called his co-star to apologise after the piece was published, but Bolam hung up and never spoke to him again.
Other roles included Knave of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Albert Courtnay in Albert! and Reg Last in Just Liz . In 1969 he spent a year as Basil Brush's sidekick Mr Rodney.
His agent announced his death earlier today
It is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear client, the much-loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning. Rodney was a true one-off. We will miss his charm and ready wit.
Rodney Bewes is survived by a daughter and three sons.
Source/Doctor Who News
Video of the week
Tom Baker chuckles his way through a happy birthday message to Doctor Who which celebrate it's 54th anniversary this week.
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