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Synopsis for the pilot revealed
The BBC has released the official story synopsis for The Pilot, the opening episode of Series 10:
Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?
It airs Saturday 15 April on BBC One, with the time to be confirmed next week.
Alongside a new doctor who teaser
You can see the brief teaser, narrated by Pearl Mackie here
Bill Potts is first gay companion
The new series of Doctor Who will see the Time Lord joined by his first openly gay companion.
Bill Potts’s sexuality will be revealed pretty much straightaway in her second line of dialogue when the show returns to BBC One on 15 April.
“It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st Century. It’s about time isn’t it?” Pearl Mackie, who plays Bill, told the BBC.
“That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show.”
She added: “It’s important to say people are gay, people are black – there are also aliens in the world as well so watch out for them.
“I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important.”
“[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character – it’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with.”
Gay and bisexual characters have featured in Doctor Who before, such as Captain Jack and River Song, but this is the first time the Doctor’s companion has been openly gay.
Phoebe Waller Bridge is new favourite for 13th doctor
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has emerged as the bookies’ latest actor to take the role of the 13th Doctor.
The Fleabag star has rapidly risen to favourite this week. She now rivals Kris Marshall who maintained weeks at the top.
Waller-Bridge previously worked with incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall on Series 2 of Broadchurch, playing Abby.
Betway said: “Phoebe Waller-Bridge is all the rage with the punters at the moment. Her odds of being the next Doctor Who have collapsed from 20/1 to 2/1 since Monday morning and we’re on red alert, keeping an eye out for any more telling bets.
“Kris Marshall remains solid at 2/1, but the sudden rush of support for Waller-Bridge suggests the race to become TV’s next Time Lord is swinging in her favour.”
Source/Doctor Who TV
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Phoebe Waller Bridge
New ice warrior episode details released
Empire magazine have released new details on episode 9 of series 10, which will be an ice warrior story, written by Mark Gatiss.
• Empire describes the episode as a “Jules Verne-ish spectacle”.
• With scenes on Mars, it features a Martian mine, red sand and a “giant futuristic, drill-like weapon of mysterious provenance”.
• There is a conflict between Zulu War-era British soldiers and an awakened horde of Ice Warriors.
• A “pivotal three-way face-off” with the Doctor, British troops and the Ice Warrior turns on a “key intervention” by new companion Bill.
• At one point, an Ice Warrior is referred to as an “upright crocodile”.
Temporal logbook II: More details
Pencil Tip Publishing have announced they will be accepting completed stories for inclusion in The Temporal Logbook II for one day and one day only.
Saturday May 6 2017 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time
As with the original short-story collection, the second volume will feature twelve original stories by new and up-in-coming writers. All twelve incarnations of the Doctor will be featured with a story dedicated to that particular incarnation. For the open submission day they are looking for stories featuring Doctors 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10.
Stories should be between 5000-8000 words.
To contribute a story to The Temporal Logbook II all you have to do is:
Myths and legends
BBC Books have released details about a new hardback book due to be published on 29th June 2017:
Myths & Legends
Written by Richard Dinnick
Published by BBC Books 29th June 2017 (pre-order)
The very first book of illustrated Time Lord mythology – epic tales from the Whoniverse.
For thousands of years, epic stories have been passed down from Time Lord to student, generation to generation. The truth of these tales was lost millennia ago, but the myths and legends themselves are timeless.
These are the most enduring of those tales. From the princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, to the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, these stories shed light on the universe around us and the beings from other worlds that we meet. Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes and fears.
A collection of epic adventures from the Time Lords’ mist-covered past, Myths and Legends is a unforgettable gallery of heroes and villains, gods and monsters.
Source/Doctor Who News
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