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 class in the last seven days, and key videos from the account.
The return of doctor Mysterio-trailer and gallery released
The trailer has now been released for this year's festive special, entitled the return of doctor mysterio
There have also been some galleries released:
Capaldi hasn't made his mind up about leaving yet
It’s been eight months since Peter Capaldi stated that he hadn’t made my mind up over whether he would return as the Doctor for Chris Chibnall’s Series 11 in 2018.
In-between that time rumours have swirled that the BBC want a “clean slate” with a new, younger Doctor to take over.
However Capaldi has now claimed he still hasn’t actually made the crucial decision whether to stay on or not.
Speaking to Wales Online he said: “I’ve been asked to stay on and I haven’t made my mind up about that yet, mainly because I don’t want to have to make that decision. I’m trying to avoid it!”
He continues: “Doctor Who does take a lot of time, but it’s a wonderful use of it. It’s special. I’m lucky enough to be in touch with other Doctors, and we all agree how extraordinary it is to be in this position. To decide to leave is a tough decision for everybody. [It was] very tough for Steven, so I’m just putting it off for as long as possible.”
The article concludes:
If he does decide to stay for series 11, which would start in 2018, it might mean he’d celebrate a landmark birthday as the Doctor.
“That would be a good way to spend your 60th birthday, don’t you think?” he says.
Class season one finale released
Catch up on this week's episode of spin off class, the lost here, and see the whole of the series here. You can view the complete first season on either the iplayer for free or BBC store for an unlimited time.
Big Finish main range in 2017
Big Finish's main Doctor Who range starts this year with The Star Men, The Contingency Club and Zaltys, as previously announced. Today we're able to confirm the story titles for much of the rest of next year.
In April, we embark on the first of three special two-disc collections of two stories, with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor in Doctor Who - Alien Heart by Steve Cole, and Doctor Who - Dalek Soul by Guy Adams.
Says range script editor Alan Barnes: "The double-bills in April to June came about because, er... well, we all quite liked the idea of double-bills, really! Each consists of two two-part adventures, each by a different author, one on each of the two discs; each, hopefully, has a very different style and tone to its companion piece – there should be a nice contrast between the two. First, in April, we've got the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa in Alien Heart/Dalek Soul – the first by Stephen Cole, the second by Guy Adams. Alien Heart is about a species of weird spider-like monsters linked to the systematic destruction of planets, and Dalek Soul is a particularly bleak piece set on the Dalek-occupied world of Mojoxalli."
This is followed in May by Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor starring in Doctor Who - Vortex Ice by Jonathan Morris, and Doctor Who - Cortex Fire by Ian Potter, and then in June Sylvester McCoy brings this trilogy to a close with Doctor Who - Shadow Planet by AK Benedict and Doctor Who - World Apart by Scott Handcock:
As Alan explains: "May features Lisa Greenwood as Flip – hurrah! – reunited with the Sixth Doctor, in two adventures set before her (apparent) exit in Scavenger. Vortex Ice by Jonny Morris is a brain-scrambling conundrum of a story set in a diamond mine; then Ian Potter's Cortex Fire, like its title sort-of suggests, is about an epidemic of spontaneous human combustion on a distant planet. Finally, in June, there's the return of the Seventh Doctor and Ace in Shadow Planet/World Apart. The first, by AK Benedict, has them at a far-out therapy centre, getting some very alternative medicine; then the second, by Scott Handcock, finds the TARDIS travellers marooned somewhere very inhospitable indeed."
Looking a little further into 2017, Alan comments: "Later in the year, we've got a new trilogy for Seven, Mel and Ace, including the long-awaited return of the Silurians into the Main Range; then a very special one-off adventure for the Fifth and Tegan, teamed up with another Doctor's one-time companion; and finally a full trilogy of adventures featuring the Sixth, Constance and Flip, following on from this December's Quicksilver."
July sees the award-winning John Dorney back writing for the main range with The High Price of Parking starring the Seventh Doctor, and then following a currently-unannounced title for August, we're back with the often traditional two releases in September with Matthew J Elliott's The Silurian Candidate for Sylvester McCoy's Doctor and Time in Office by Eddie Robson featuring the Fifth Doctor.
The main range can be bought individually, or subscribed to in both six- and 12-episode runs, at money-saving prices as well as special exclusives such as PDF scripts, extended extras and up to four Doctor Who - Subscriber Short Trips a year.
Doctor who in radio times
This week sees the nationwide publication of the 'lengendary' double edition of Radio Times, which features a second interview with Peter Capaldi in as many weeks!
Speaking about where he would go if he could travel in time, the Doctor Who star reflected on his pop-idols:
I never saw enough of David Bowie. And the last time he played in London, I had to give up my ticket as I had a job in Eastern Europe. My wife called me from the concert, held her phone up and let me hear the entirety of Heroes. It cost around 40 quid to hear that one song.
(The Beatles) were the soundtrack to our lives, growing up in the 1960s. I remember hearing She Loves You everywhere. That song is like a time machine. ... It came out in 1963 when I was five. Also in 1963, Doctor Who started on the BBC, and the Beatles appeared on it in 1965...
The full item can be read in Radio Times, which also includes an interview with UK Prime Minister, Theresa May on all things Christmas: speaking about what her TV schedule for Christmas would include, she said:
I always like to see Doctor Who on Christmas night, if possible, and a nice Agatha Christie to curl up with. David Suchet was a great Poirot – he got him to a T.
As well as the interviews, the magazine includes an exclusive photo-shoot featuring "Doctor Who in New York" with Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas (Nardole) and Justin Chatwin (The Ghost), plus the last part of their competition to win a piece of exclusive artwork.
And, of course, full details on this year's Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio!
Doctor who time and space #188
In this week's podcast, we discuss the whole of the first season of class and how well it did on what it set out to do, plus look at the season 1 finale, entitled the lost. We also review the 12th doctor story, the caretaker, look at the latest doctor who and class news and reveal what we'll be watching next week. Clue: The first of two companions, and last of one.
Listen to our thoughts on this week's news on tomorrow's podcast, episode 189.
Join us next week for more news in the whoniverse.
Hello. I'm Lewis Moon. This is the blog with all the doctor who news as well as MLMA updates.
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