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Christmas special previewed at SDCC 2017
Peter Capaldi’s final episode of Doctor Who this Christmas be called “Twice Upon a Time”, it was announced this evening during a cast panel at San Diego Comic Con.
Pearl Mackie will be back. Viewers will have to wait until Christmas to discover exactly how Bill, who will appear throughout the episode, makes her return.
It was also revealed that Mark Gatiss, who will co-star in the episode in a guest role, will play a World War One soldier – known so far only as ‘The Captain’.
As previously revealed in the closing moments of the 2017 series finale, the special will feature Peter Capaldi’s current Doctor team up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley.
You can see a first look trailer for twice upon a time below:
Full San Diego comic con 2017 panel
You can see the panel featuring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Steven Moffat, Michelle Gomez and Mark Gatiss below:
Mark Gatiss talks unmade tenth doctor story
Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has revealed details of one of his scripts for David Tennant's Tenth Doctor which never made it to screen.
The Suicide Exhibition was originally intended to air as part of the show's fourth series in 2008, but was eventually turned down in favour of The Fires of Pompeii. It was later proposed as one of the specials which saw Tennant round off his time as the Doctor in 2009, but ultimately went unmade.
Speaking in the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine - out today - Gatiss discussed the idea behind his script, an 'Indiana Jones' story involving Nazis and the British Museum:
“The title came from this thing I was reading about how, in the First World War, they were evacuating stuff from museums to various Welsh museums. All this precious stuff, they hid in places like salt mines. But what they had in both World Wars was this amazing thing called the Suicide Exhibition. People still needed stuff to see, for spiritual succour. So if they had 300,000 Anglo Saxon pots, they just put some of them out that they could afford to lose! If a bomb fell, it wouldn’t matter, because they had loads of them."
With initial drafts of the episode set during World War One, Gatiss described the evolution the script went through following feedback from then-showrunner Russell T Davies:
"After the first draft, Russell said, ‘Let’s make it the Nazis and do the full Indiana Jones on it.’ The whole museum was a puzzle box of sliding doors and traps and stuff."
Despite the episode being 'on the verge of production' and Gatiss having 'put a lot of work into it', the writer doesn't harbour any hope that his unmade episode will ever get made:
"I would’ve liked to have done it, but it was not to be!"
The Suicide Exhibition may never have made it to air, but Gatiss has nevertheless contributed several episodes to Doctor Who since its 2005 revival, with the most recent being the Series 10 Ice Warrior adventure The Empress of Mars. Gatiss has also appeared in the show itself on multiple occasions, and will be returning once again at Christmas to guest star in this year's festive special Twice Upon A Time alongside Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor and David Bradley as the First Doctor.
Issue 515 of Doctor Who Magazine is on sale from today, Thursday 27th July, priced at £5.99.
DWM issue #515: Out now
It’s the end of an era as Doctor Who Magazine looks back on the Steven Moffat years in Issue 515.
With his last episode due to air at Christmas, DWM asked Doctor Who‘s head writer and showrunner Steven Moffat if he ever thought, back in 2004, when he wrote The Empty Child, that he’d still be writing for the series in 2017?
“No, God, no!” he exclaims. “God, no! I also didn’t think I’d do the showrunning job for more than three years, and I’m here after six series. Yes, I’ve been writing Doctor Who stories since 2004. That’s a hell of a long time. When I wrote The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, I wondered if I’d ever write another Doctor Who story. I was very keen to, I really wanted to. I remember asking, ‘Would you have me back next year…?’”
So what’s next for Steven after he finishes with the Doctor? He’s staying tight-lipped.
“I’m looking forward to the idea of not having to automatically say no to everything else! Whether that’s writing jobs, or weekends away. I can write different things. I’m looking forward to that, hugely. But I am so glad it happened. I’d have been miserable if I’d never got to write Doctor Who! It’s been amazing. Of course it’s been amazing.”
ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
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Peter Davison and Colin Baker clash over Jodie Whittaker casting
Classic era Doctors Peter Davison and Colin Baker have been weighing in on the casting of the first female Doctor, and have had conflicting views.
Speaking at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Davison said: “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for [Jodie Whittaker] and I think it will be hard for some fans to adjust to it – as I said before it’s difficult to adjust to any new Doctor[…] but I think the important thing is that those who are uncertain should be encouraged to watch it with an open mind.”
“I think the time for discussion about [the topic of a female Doctor] is past. They’ve made the announcement that Jodie Whittaker is the next Doctor and that’s great. If I feel any doubts about it, it’s the loss of a role model for boys, who I think Doctor Who is vitally important for, so I feel a bit sad about that but I understand the argument that you’ve got to open it up, so she has my best wishes and full confidence, I’m sure she’ll do a wonderful job.
“As a viewer, I quite like the idea of the Doctor as a boy but maybe I’m an old-fashioned dinosaur, who knows, but that’s irrelevant now – we have a new Doctor and let’s give her our full support.”
Colin Baker strongly disagreed with Davison’s main comment though: “They’ve had 50 years of having a role model. So sorry Peter, you’re talking rubbish there – absolute rubbish. You don’t have to be of a gender of someone to be a role model. Can’t you be a role model as people?”
UPDATE: Peter Davison has clarified his views, but due to the “toxicity” he has received from certain quarters, has now decided to quit Twitter.
Davison said: “For the record I didn’t say I had doubts about Jodie. I said “she’s a terrific actress and will do a wonderful job and we need to open it up”. I also urged uncertain fans to be supportive about change. It's as a caveat about role models in an otherwise positive answer.”
“All this toxicity about a sci-fi show has been sobering, so I’m calling it a day. @PeterDavison5 used to be fun. Now it’s not. Must Dash. xx”
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Tennant tops doctor ebay listings
With the recent announcement of a new Doctor, online auction site eBay have taken a look at who is the most popular Doctor in their listings ...
Doctor Who? Tennant leads the way in eBay.co.uk ranking
With Jodie Whittaker announced as the latest Doctor, eBay.co.uk has taken a look at the most popular Doctors of all time and revealed that it’s the tenth Doctor – David Tennant – that takes the ‘sonic sceptre’. With nearly 6,000 current listings for ‘David Tennant’ on site (19th July) the online marketplace has revealed that the feisty Scot tops the ranking, selling more than one related item per hour in the last three months!
In at close second is the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker who graced our screens in the 70’s, selling nearly 2,000 related items in the last three months. With popular items of memorabilia including his trusted multi-coloured scarf and canine pal K9.
In third place is the most recent Doctor, Peter Capaldi, whose dry wit and charm has placed him firmly in the nation’s hearts, and seen him sell nearly a 1,000 related items in the last 90 days– that’s 11 items every day. Another recent addition to the ‘Doctor-hood’, Matt Smith, fell into fourth place with 10 related items sold per day and caped crusader Jon Pertwee followed shortly behind in fifth.
With nearly 190,000 listings for Doctor Who listed on 19th July, and a sonic screwdriver selling on site every hour in the last three months, it’s clear that the nation is geared up to greet the latest rendition, this time a Time Lord with a difference.
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Red, white and who!
ATB Publishing have announced the forthcoming publication of Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America:
RED WHITE AND WHO
THE STORY OF DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA
Written by Steven Warren Hill & Jennifer Adams Kelly, Nicholas Seidler, and Robert Warnock with Janine Fennick and John Lavalie
Full wraparound cover art by Dani Jones
Published by ATB Publishing on 21st August 2017
“This is genuinely fascinating stuff… a warm, dryly caustic in places, look at the way the show was viewed, received, influenced by and ultimately loved by the American audience... you’ve earned this book.”
– Gary Russell, from his foreword
Every American DOCTOR WHO fan has a story to tell, and fans of the iconic British television show love to tell stories. All of them from the casual to the obsessed, will happily regale others with the tale of how and when they discovered the greatest science fiction media franchise ever. Most early American fans first met the Doctor in the early 1980s, nearly twenty years after the show began in 1963...but the story of Doctor Who in America – a complex and fascinating journey into pop culture – stretches much further back.
In this book, you’ll find the rich history of everything Doctor Who in the USA – from American TV Guide listings of Canadian broadcasts in 1965, through the Dalek movies, the BBC sales attempts, the official debut on American television in 1972, the explosion in popularity among US viewers in 1979, the twentieth anniversary celebration in 1983, the conventions, the merchandise, the clubs, the video releases, the USA Tour, and every imaginable fan activity including cosplay, fan productions, PBS pledge drive volunteering, websites, podcasts, and much more, to the new heights of success, popularity, and participation in the 21st century. It’s an enlightening and entertaining journey for everyone who admires Doctor Who...and not just for American fans, but devotees around the globe.
Think you know everything there was to know about our favorite Time Lord and his history? Get ready to discover a “New New World” in RED WHITE AND WHO: THE STORY OF DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA!
The 6x9 paperback book contains over 600 images across its 700+ full colour pages - a full list of contents and index can be found via the ATB Publishing website.
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Video of the week
A touching tribute to Peter Capaldi's era of doctor who which was released at the San Diego comic con 2017 panel.
The Fan Show
Christel Dee is joined by a number of guests to discuss LGBTQ in the worlds of doctor who.
Next week we return to our Friday slot on 4th August where we have some LFCC exclusives and some exciting new merch! See you then!
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