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BBC confirms Class has been axed
In the least surprising news of the year, the BBC confirmed today that Doctor Who spin-off Class has been cancelled.
If the muted reception to the show, low viewing figures and exit of its lead writer wasn’t enough to spell its demise, BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh has now put the last nail in the coffin.
Speaking at today’s Broadcasting Press Guild event, Kavanagh said (via DS): “In honesty, it just didn’t really land for us on BBC Three. Things sometimes don’t, and I’ve got to make decisions about what we’re going to do from a drama point of view.
“There’s always times when you do something and you have to decide that it’s not going to come back. Class is just one of those things.”
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The Complete tenth series on DVD
Early details have been revealed for the DVD and Blu-Ray boxset release of Doctor Who: The Complete Tenth Series. It’s due out 7 November 2017 in the US (UK date TBC).
With a monumental regeneration on the horizon, gear up for the final adventures of the Twelfth Doctor with Doctor Who: The Complete Tenth Series. The November 7, 2017 Blu-ray and DVD release from BBC Home Entertainment features over six hours of bonus content and includes the 2016 Christmas Special, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”
The tenth season of the beloved series sees Peter Capaldi embark on his thrilling final chapter as the Twelfth Doctor as well as the first introduction of companion Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole. Fantastic adventures await the team of heroes as they journey through space and time in this latest instalment of the globally-renowned drama. Expect laughter, danger, and exhilarating escapades in this final season under the helm of lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.
Length: Approx. 625 mins + bonus content / 5-disc set (DVD) / 4-disc set (BD)
Bonus content includes:
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Jacob Dudman narrates the tenth doctor chronicles
Due for release in April 2018, actor and impressionist Jake Dudman will be taking the reins and narrating tales from the Tenth Doctor’s time. Allons-y!
Announced on SciFi Wales this weekend, the new narrator of the Tenth Doctor Chroniclesmay already be familiar to YouTube Doctor Who fans.
Jacob Dudman, known online for his impressions from the world of Doctor Whoamongst others, will be breathing life into the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in Big Finish’s Tenth Doctor and Eleventh Doctor Chronicles.
The first of the Chronicles will be released in April 2018, with Jake narrating adventures from David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor era.
Co-starring with him is Jacqueline King, reprising her role as Sylvia Noble, and he will also be reunited with partner in crime, Jon Culshaw.
The first two adventures directed by Helen Goldwyn, are:
Back Track by Matthew J Elliott
Wild Pastures by James Goss
Further details on other adventures coming soon.
We chatted to producer Scott Handcock about these exciting upcoming tales: “As the Short Trips range has demonstrated, there’s plenty of room for narrated stories alongside the full-cast releases, so we’re thrilled to be tackling the Tenth Doctor era in the latest set of Chronicles releases – and with a new narrator in the form of Jacob Dudman!
“Fans may already know Jake from his impressions of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, which of course he’s great at, but we also really put him through his paces in the audition. Audiobooks generally require a very specific set of skills – far more than just capturing a single voice – and we’re thrilled to say Jake’s performance blew us away. He developed an instant rapport with director Helen Goldwyn, and executive producer and Ninth Doctor narrator Nicholas Briggs felt more than confident in handing over the reins for the next few sets! We’ve got a really exciting variety of tales in store for both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear Jake and Helen’s work.”
You can pre-order these adventures now at £23 on CD or £20 on download. Or you can save money with a bundle. Order the Tenth Doctor Chronicles, the Eleventh Doctor Chroniclesand the Ninth Doctor Chronicles (narrated by Nicholas Briggs) as a bundle for £55 on download or £66 on CD. Each CD purchase unlocks a download exclusive which works with the Big Finish app.
Steven Moffat on Jodie Whittaker's first scenes and Peter Capaldi's last
While we’re still just under four months away from seeing Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who, a select few have now seen her Time Lord in action after she filmed the regeneration scene a few weeks ago.
Based on the reaction of outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat (who will be replaced by Chris Chibnall this December) we have plenty to look forward to, with the screenwriter dropping hints about what to expect in a short commemoration video message given to digital artist and colourist Stuart Humphryes (who works restoring classic Doctor Who episodes among his other work).
“Doctor Who has an amazing future, and I’ve seen part of it,” Moffat said on Humphryes’ YouTube channel Babelcolour.
“I’ve seen Jodie’s first scene as the Doctor, and trust me we are in for a thrill ride. She is already brilliant.
“In such a tiny moment, she’s given us the Doctor we’ve always known, but in, to say the least, a new way. We are in for a very exciting run.”
However, Moffat was also keen to stress that we had plenty to enjoy BEFORE then too, with Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s final episode Twice Upon a Time currently in postproduction.
“Doctor Who has a very exciting present, because we’re still working on the CHRISTMAS present that is… that’s a very bad joke isn’t it? That is the Christmas special, where David Bradley returns as the First Doctor,” he said.
“He exquisitely recreates William Hartnell’s wonderful performance from all those years ago. A recreation of such beauty and precision that it would be worthy of Babelcolour itself.
“And of course you’ve got Peter Capaldi in his very last go as the Doctor. He’s going to break your heart! Your heart is going to be in pieces by the end of this.
“Only Jodie Whittaker will be able to cheer you up again,” he concluded.
Sounds like a very sad and very happy 25th December awaits us.
Peter Capaldi may never return to Doctor Who
Outgoing Time Lord Peter Capaldi has suggested he might not return to Doctor Who after handing over his sonic screwdriver/glasses to Jodie Whittaker this Christmas.
Speaking at the San Francisco Comic Con 2017, the Twelfth Doctor said he wasn’t too fond of stories that invite back former Doctors, and said he would prefer to put some distance between him and the show once his tenure comes to an end.
When asked by an audience member if he’d return to the BBC drama for a multi-Doctor story, Capaldi said, “I think when you should go, you should go. Even when I was a kid I believed [the Doctor] was this weird and wonderful thing, so if he kept showing up all the time in Big Finish or in multi Doctor stories he was more available.”
He concluded: “I don’t know. Maybe. But not for a while.” Watch the video below to see his full panel appearance.
So, although Capaldi hopes to keep his Doctor a rare treat for fans, he hasn’t completely ruled out a return to the show in the future.
But remember, the Twelfth Doctor still has one more big adventure left on screen, Christmas special Twice Upon a Time – itself a multi Doctor story, with David Bradley portraying the first incarnation of the Time Lord.
Rose would still be in love with a female doctor
It’s fair to say that the casting of Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who will mark a major sea change for the BBC sci-fi series, with the Broadchurch star’s portrayal of the first female incarnation of the regenerating Time Lord ripe for all sorts of different dynamics when she takes over the series this Christmas.
However, former star Billie Piper has now revealed one thing that definitely WON’T change when the Doctor switches gender – the feelings of her character Rose Tyler, who will carry on loving the Doctor (who she travelled with in his Ninth and Tenth incarnations) despite the alteration.
Piper reportedly made the comments about Rose and Doctor’s relationship while appearing at Atlanta’s Dragon Con over the weekend, and later confirmed her belief on Twitter, replying to headline about the story with the words “Yehhhh she would….Jodie’s a babe.”
And at a different convention over the weekend, Canada’s FANeXpo, Piper went into a little more depth about how she thought the Doctor/companion relationship would change under Whittaker’s tenure, telling fans that she was excited about the new dynamic.
“I think it’ll bring something totally different,” she said. “And I think that in whatever capacity, if they’re going to save the world and travel through time, they’re gonna have to have a strong allegiance. I think this is just the beginning of something really exciting.
“And it’s not going to be traditional, it’s going to be more modern, and progressive, but it’ll always have the same – it’ll always be about needing each other, regardless of whether the Doctor is a girl, or a guy, or a cat. That’s next. The next Doctor is a cat.
“So, you know, I think it’s always going to be a beautiful, unique [thing] in whatever shape or size. I’m desperate to read those scripts – oh my god.”
Frankly, if the scripts really do reveal the first female Doctor will be followed by the first feline Doctor, we’re right there with her.
30 years of the seventh doctor offers from Big Finish
Yesterday celebrated 30 years of the seventh doctor's first appearance in Time and the Rani-and audio company Big Finish have celebrated by a selection of offers. The full list can be seen below:
Amongst the titles available are the adaptation of Russell T Davies’ Virgin New Adventures novel ‘Damaged Goods‘, the return of Fenric and the Haemovores in ‘Gods and Monsters‘ and the debut of companion Raine Creevy in ‘Crime of the Century‘. Three more titles have also been added, ‘The Defectors‘, which sees the Seventh Doctor reunited with Jo Grant and Captain Yates, ‘We Are The Daleks‘ and ‘The Warehouse‘.
Fans keen to take up any of these offers have until 23.59 (UK time) on Sunday 10th September 2017 to make purchases. Go to www.bigfinish.com/offers/v/sevenoffers using the offer code seven30 to access these discounted prices.
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The Fan Show
Jake Dudman will take on the tenth doctor chronicles next year so here's a sneak peak into the recording with Christel Dee.
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