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.
Bradley Walsh is new companion?
The first female Doctor Who will have a male sidekick old enough to be her father, it has been revealed.
Jodie Whittaker, 35, will be accompanied on her travels through space and time by former Coronation Street star and quiz-show host Bradley Walsh, 57.
Recent companions have all been played by young women, including Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman and Jenna Coleman.
But, having bravely cast the first ever Time Lady, new show boss Chris Chibnall decided to go one further with Walsh.
The actor and writer go back a long way.
In 2008, Chibnall was the lead writer on ITV’s Law & Order UK, which starred Walsh as DS Ronnie Brooks and ran for eight successful series.
The BBC casting is still top secret. But Walsh has told friends he is thrilled – even if it means he will have to lighten his ITV presenting workload.
A source said: “Bradley is super excited to be joining the cast of Doctor Who in such a key role. It means that his schedule over the coming months will be jam-packed – so he won’t be able to continue with the full range of programmes he currently makes for ITV.
“But, crucially, it won’t affect his role as presenter of The Chase. He loves that show with a passion and so does the audience, so he’s delighted to have found a way to make it all work.”
Ben and Polly to return at Christmas
The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#516) confirms that two classic era companions will be back this Christmas in “Twice Upon a Time”.
As previously announced, Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will team up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley, for one final adventure.
Joining the First Doctor will be companions Ben and Polly. Actors Jared Garfield and Lily Travers will play the roles, replacing original actors Michael Craze and Anneke Wills respectively
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DWM issue 516: Out now
The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out this Thursday, and features an exclusive interview with the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.
Sharing her feelings about becoming the thirteenth Doctor, Jodie says:
Chris [Chibnall] wouldn’t have cast me as the Doctor because he wanted me to repeat anything that had gone before. And I think as a fan you don’t want to watch something that’s an imitation of something that’s gone before. Or what would be the point of recasting?
Also in this issue:
Doctor Who Magazine 516 is on sale from Thursday 24 August.
DWM references the Doctor
The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine, Referencing The Doctor, explores some of the landmark reference works devoted to the series.
More has been written about Doctor Who than any other television series in history. What prompts this exhaustive analysis? And how was research into the show’s complex production conducted in the years before home video, conventions and the internet?
From the very first episode guides compiled by Doctor Who story editors for their colleagues in the 1960s, to the fanzines of the 1970s, the first authorised books based on the show and the wide variety of publications available today – this is the story of how successive generations of fans and historians have referenced the Doctor.
Editor Marcus Hearn says:
I’ve got a house full of reference books about Doctor Who, but I’m not sure there’s ever been a publication looking at how they evolved. It’s been fascinating to read about Jean-Marc Lofficier, Peter Haining, Jeremy Bentham and all the other pioneers in the field, as well as more recent projects that examine the series in unprecedented depth. It’s an aspect of Doctor Who that’s never been looked at in this way before, and it’s full of surprises.
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Referencing the Doctor is on sale now price £5.99.
Source/Doctor Who News
Former showrunner RTD wins award
Former Doctor Who Showrunner Russell T Davies has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.
The writer, whose hits include Queer As Folk, Casanova and Cucumber as well as being the man who brought Doctor Who back to BBC One, used his speech to defend the BBC which he said was being treated with contempt by the current UK Government.
We actually have a government which is warding off the BBC with one hand while xxxxing off Rupert Murdoch with the other.
Davies went on to say how important it was to tell the young people watching that working in Television was great fun and that it was a brilliant industry.
I have worked with Daleks, Casanova, I’ve worked with gays, I’ve worked with Penelope Wilton, I worked on children’s programmes, I’ve worked in documentary, I worked on a quiz show with Terry Wogan, I worked with Jesus, I worked in Cardiff, Manchester, at Granada, I’ve worked with all sorts of shows, I’ve worked with David Tennant, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, I’m so lucky.
I’ve been a presenter on Playschool, I’ve actually been to Norway with Keith Chegwin, I love my job and I hope you all grow up and get in the industry and love the job too.
At the TV festival, BBC One was named channel of the year.
Source/Doctor Who News
Black Archive 2018 update
Obverse Books have announced a change in the schedule for the Black Archive series of books.
The Black Archive explores the making of specific Doctor Who stories, analysing in detail the stories selected.
The previously-announced 2018 release of The Twin Dilemma has been put on hold indefinitely. Instead Jon Arnold, author of the acclaimed the Black Archive #1: Rose will be stepping into the breach with a study of Steven Moffat’s debut story as showrunner, and Matt Smith’s as the 11th Doctor, The Eleventh Hour.
The Black Archive schedule now runs as follows:
Source/Doctor Who News
Video of the week
Cheating a bit! Our Youtube channel celebrates it's 6th anniversary this week so we did a little live stream to celebrate.
Doctor Who Time and space episode 225 can be seen below.
We review vengeance on Varos, discuss regeneration and the latest news.
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