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New series 11 companions confirmed
When Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor on the global hit show next year, she will be joined by an all new regular cast.
BBC announces that Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will line-up as the new regular cast on Doctor Who.
Bradley will star as Graham, Tosin will play Ryan and Mandip will play Yasmin.
Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke.
New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role, is also shaking up who will travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS, with a team of new characters.
In more exclusive news, it is confirmed that the new series will be a ten week run of fifty minute episodes in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch.
Chris Chibnall says : “The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.”
Jodie Whittaker says : “I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”
Bradley Walsh says: “I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”
Mandip Gill says: “I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. Certain roles seem unattainable and this is one of those, so much so I didn’t believe it to be true for the first few weeks. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I’ve done previously and that’s the part that excites me the most.”
Tosin Cole says: “I’m grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I’m looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe.”
Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, BBC Studios says: “I am thrilled to welcome Bradley, Mandip and Tosin to the new Who family. Working with three such talented actors is going to be a lot of fun. The Doctor is in fine company.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama says : “The casting of Mandip, Tosin and Bradley is a mark of the new creative ambition Chris is bringing to Doctor Who. He’s already made history with the casting of Jodie. These three new characters complete a new and utterly unmissable team aboard the Tardis.”
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First director for Jodie Whittaker announced
With pre-production underway, Series 11’s first director appears to have been outed.
Jamie Childs will helm 2 episodes of Jodie Whittaker’s debut Doctor Who series, according to his online CV.
Childs more recent TV work includes shows Poldark, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Vera. He is also thought to be responsible for the 13th Doctor’s reveal scene.
The first episode in the first filming block, episode 1, which was previously reported as a “feature length” is listed at 65-mins long, while the second, episode 7, is 50 minutes.
The first piece of guest casting meanwhile sees Asha Kingsley playing a character called Sonia.
Source/Doctor Who TV
Will series 11 be shorter than previous seasons?
Sunday night saw the announcement of some news that Doctor Who fans around the world have long been waiting for: the unveiling of the new Tardis team – Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Sharon D Clarke – who will join incoming Doctor Jodie Whittaker for the new series.
But there were also some other interesting details that have been rumoured for some time – namely, that the length and number of episodes in the next series of Doctor Who is changing.
Basically, in next year’s series Doctor Who will consist of one 60-minute opener and then nine 50-minute episodes, making a ten-part series in total (excluding a presumed Christmas special, although that’s unconfirmed at this time). That means fewer episodes in Jodie Whittaker’s series than we’ve seen in the BBC sci-fi drama for some years.
Accordingly, some fans were slightly perturbed by this apparent cutback in their yearly Doctor Who quota.
But are they right to be annoyed? Is this really a big reduction in how much Doctor Who we’re getting every year? Well, not necessarily.
While in many fans’ heads modern Doctor Who is traditionally a 13-part run of 45 minute episodes, the series hasn’t actually been made in this format for quite some time – around seven years to be exact, with Matt Smith’s first run as the Eleventh Doctor being the last time we got a traditional 13-week run excluding Christmas specials (the 2011 series, while having 13 episodes, was split in two over the course of around six months).
In the last few years, the series has instead favoured 12-part seasons of roughly 45-minute episodes, with every one of Peter Capaldi’s outings since 2014 fitting this new format. And when we consider that, the new season doesn’t look nearly so miserly.
After all, each episode is now slightly longer at 50 minutes, and if we add those spare five minutes together we get at least the length of another episode, taking the comparative total up to 11 – and if we add to that the 15 minutes extra in the series opener, well, we’re only actually losing about half an hour from the whole series. Not so bad, right?
OK, OK – it’s true that each Peter Capaldi series usually had at least one episode of an hour or longer (usually the finale) – but even if without that extra fifteen minutes we’re still only short one episode per year, and one can only imagine that the redirected budget from that will be used to increase the production values of the series as a whole.
And in any case, it’s not like Doctor Who has always managed to reach even the 12-episode bar in recent years. Lest we forget, 2016 saw no series at all (and just a Christmas special in December), while in 2012 viewers had to make do with a measly six episodes including a Christmas special, followed by ten (including the Christmas special and the 50th anniversary special) in 2013, thanks to another split series.
And remember in 2009, when Doctor Who fans got just four extended specials for the final run of David Tennant’s tenure as the Tenth Doctor, and no series at all?
Jodie Whittaker’s ten-part series isn’t looking so bad now, is it?
Of course, no fan wants to see the episode count of their favourite TV show decrease, so it’s no surprise that some Whovians have taken the news badly that there’ll be fewer weeks of Doctor Who next year. But really, we shouldn’t see this as a cutback – just a reimagining.
After all, it’s not like 45-minute long, 12/13 part series themselves have always been the norm. The classic series generally went for 25-minute episodes in multi-part serials, with the modern format only decided by ex-showrunner Russell T Davies and his team in 2005 – and given that this minor format change is likely just one part of new showrunner Chris Chibnall’s shake-up of the series, it may well end up making more sense in that context.
Sure, it would have been nice to have 13 episodes for the Thirteenth Doctor, but it’s just as important that Doctor Who is allowed to do what it does best – grow, change and keep on innovating.
Will Jenna Coleman be back in the Christmas special?
Apart from how Pearl Mackie will fit into the story and who exactly Mark Gatiss plays, there’s one major question fans need answering about the Doctor Who Christmas special: will Jenna Coleman materialise? After all, when Matt Smith regenerated in 2013, his first companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), reappeared with a goodbye message – could Coleman return as Clara Oswald to bid the same kind of farewell to Peter Capaldi’s outgoing Doctor?
Although we know she was asked to make an appearance, nobody has yet questioned Coleman directly on whether she is going to star. However, during a panel at Belgium Comic-Con, Facts, one fan put the question to Coleman. And her response is pretty cryptic.
“All I’ll say is that from February to late August, I was filming on Victoria,” Coleman said. “I did film goodbye and leaving videos for Steven [Moffat] and Peter.”
She added: “It was good. I was literally outside a trailer saying ‘hi!’ on [a] phone. Maybe some rumours have come from there. I don’t know.”
At first this doesn’t look too good for Whovians. Coleman is implying she barely had time to film a video for Capaldi and outgoing showrunner Moffat, let alone make an appearance in the Christmas special.
But if she really wasn’t appearing in the special then why not just say so? Why is Coleman only suggesting these rumours were unfounded? Our thoughts: if she was appearing in the Christmas special then isn’t that just the response she would have given? Wouldn’t she want to imply that her Who days were over in a way that wasn’t directly lying to fans?
Where’s a truth field when you really need one?
Shada comes to Australian cinemas
Doctor Who fans in Australia will be able to get their first look at Doctor Who: Shada on the big screen.
BBC Worldwide ANZ and Sharmill Films have announced a limited-run theatrical screening of the completed story which combines original live-action footage with hand-drawn animation.
In 1979, Shada was set to be the celebratory end to the seventeenth series of Doctor Who. Critically acclaimed writer Douglas Adams had completed the script, Tom Baker’s Doctor was at the height of his popularity, and the series had bigger audiences than ever before. But strike action at the BBC in November 1979, meant the studio scenes were never completed and the adventure was abandoned. The story became legendary among fans.
Now, thirty-eight years on, Shada has finally been completed, combining the original, remastered footage, with brand new colour animation to complete the story. The animation will feature the newly-recorded voices of the original cast, including Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lalla Ward as Romana, performing the original script.
Doctor Who: Shada will premiere in cinemas on November 24th . Information on participating cinemas and purchasing tickets for Doctor Who: Shada can be found at the Sharmill Films Website.
Source/Doctor Who News
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