Welcome to the Kasterborous Klicker-our brand new, weekly article which shall be released every Friday. Every week, we shall sum up all of the news, opinions and videos from the past seven days in the doctor who universe.
Jodie Whittaker comic series confirmed
BBC Worldwide Americas and Titan Comics have announced that the Thirteenth Doctor will be debuting in comics this autumn.
The launch, timed to coincide with the thirteenth Doctor's first full television series, will be written by Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Star Wars: Rogue One, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Faith, Supergirl, Mother Panic)
Art will be by fan-favorite artist Rachael Stott (The Twelfth Doctor, Motherlands) joined by colorist Enrica Angolini (Warhammer 40,000).
It features the Thirteenth Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker, who made her first appearance on 2017’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time.
Source/Doctor Who News
Doctor Who Magazine circulation figures
Doctor Who Magazine had an average certified circulation figure of 21,275 issues, between July and December 2017, according to figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
The figure is an increase of 4% on the figure for the first six months of the year, although the figure usually rises when the series in being broadcast.
Of the total 19,467 are printed copies, while 1,808 ore digital editions. An average of 7,482 subscribe to the magazine, while 13,706 copies are sold to those without a subscription. 75% of the copies are sold within the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
In comparison SFX sells 18,716 copies while Radio Times sells 631,960 copies
The best selling edition of Doctor Who Magazine in 2017 was issue 515, the biggest seller since the Tom Baker Special in 2016
Source/Doctor Who News
The seventh doctor and Ace comic series confirmed by TITAN comics
BBC Worldwide Americas and Titan Comics have announced that the Seventh Doctor is back, in comic form.
This brand-new three-part comic series stars the Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy, alongside classic companion Ace, played by Sophie Aldred.
Released in June 2018 with a double-sized first issue, DOCTOR WHO: THE SEVENTH DOCTOR #1, is written by Seventh Doctor script editor Andrew Cartmel, and writer Ben Aaronovitch who wrote the seventh Doctor stories Remembrance of the Daleks and Battlefield.
Actor Sylvester McCoy starred as the Seventh Doctor from 1987 to 1989 anchoring hundreds of novels and comic strips before regenerating in the 1996 TV movie. As well as this new comic, the Seventh Doctor’s era lives on in a tremendously successful series of audios from Big Finish. McCoy’s portrayal as the Doctor was, at first, a light-hearted eccentric who darkened into a secretive, mysterious, and cunning planner across the course of his tenure.
In Titan Comics’ new mini-series, an unknown alien intelligence in orbit around the Earth. Astronauts under attack. A terrifying, mysterious landing in the Australian interior. The future of the world itself at stake. Counter Measures activated. The Seventh Doctor and Ace are slap bang in the middle of it all! This is OPERATION VOLCANO!
Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel return to the TARDIS, on the 30th anniversary of fan-favorite episode Remembrance of the Daleks with The Seventh Doctor comics, and are joined by illustrator Christopher Jones(The Third Doctor) and colorist Marco Lesko (Robotech, The Ninth Doctor) to bring astonishing twists and turns to the lives of the Seventh Doctor, and his companions, with Titan’s new comic series.
The debut issue comes with four variant covers to collect: three art covers by artists Alice X. Zhang, Simon Myers, and Christopher Jones, and a photo cover by Will Brooks. The Seventh Doctor will also materialize with a back-up strip written by Twelfth Doctor scribe Richard Dinnick, with art by Jessica Martin (Actor: Doctor Who: The Greatest Show In The Galaxy, Voice actor: Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned).
Source/Doctor Who News
The BBC told many that the next doctor was a man to keep Jodie Whittaker a secret
It’s fair to say that Jodie Whittaker’s unveiling as the new star of Doctor Who last summer was a bit of a shock, with most viewers still expecting Peter Capaldi to regenerate into another male incarnation in the finale scenes of the 2017 Christmas special.
And now it’s emerged that the BBC were so keen to keep the Doctor’s exciting gender change a secret that they even misled some of the people working on the series. That’s right – Doctor Who production team members (specifically the special effects vendors who don’t work exclusively for the BBC) were told the new Doctor would be a man, in an attempt to keep Whittaker’s casting a secret.
“We were kept in the dark when it came to the reveal of who the new Doctor was,” Louise Hastings, a Visual Effects Producer at Milk VFX (a team who have looked after Doctor Who’s visual effects needs since 2005, when they were part of another company called The Mill) told the crowds at the VFX Festival in East London last week.
“We found out it would be Jodie the same time as everybody else, watching the Wimbledon final.”
And just in case they did get an idea of who was in the frame, the BBC took an extra precaution by blocking out the final regeneration scene as if the Thirteenth Doctor would be played by a man, throwing the Milk team “off the scent” of Whittaker’s casting.
“The BBC actually had us quote her first scene before we knew it was gonna be Jodie, via storyboards,” Hastings explained. “And the storyboards had been drawn with a man as the Doctor, so that was a bit of a surprise!
“I was looking through a list of the favourites to be the Doctor and comparing them to the pictures, but I was wrong, I couldn’t figure it out. They threw us off the scent.”
Speaking to RadioTimes.com after the talk, Hastings went on to explain the pressures of creating a regeneration scene, especially at such a pivotal moment in the series’ history.
“They were one of the last shots to be finished,” she told us.
“I think that’s mainly because they really wanted them to be right, so there was a lot of back-and-forth of notes. And they were shot not with the main unit – the main unit finished, and then I think it was a couple of weeks later they revealed it was Jodie and then literally the next week they went in and shot her scenes. I think it was a day or two.”
“They were definitely being more specific this time round,” CG supervisor Dominic Alderson added.
“Because we’d done this effect before, obviously, so we’ve got the set-up already. But we did start from scratch, and build them all up again, and there were quite a few notes backwards and forwards.
“The original artist who’d done the regeneration I think, [did it] two or three times before – it’s the same guy all the way through.
“His name’s Nick Webber. He’s an effects artist who’s been there since the Mill days all the way through to Milk.”
Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor in Doctor Who (BBC Pictures)Sadly, it might also be his last regeneration, as Milk VFX are stepping aside in the new Chris Chibnall/Jodie Whittaker era in favour of Double Negative, a firm who recently worked on the effects for Blade Runner 2049.
“The decision was made that when Steven Moffat and the rest of his team stood down from Doctor Who and the new team came in, that they would also mix up the vendors as well,” Hastings explained.
“So we’ve handed the baton over to our friends at DNEG for the next series.”
Still, both Hastings and Alderson say they’re excited to see what’s next for the sci-fi series in this new age. Hopefully, it won’t be another regeneration scene too soon.
The VFX Festival took place at Rich Mix Shoreditch and was created by Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London
Billie Piper in New York!
Billie Piper is offering fans a chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly to New York to see her Broadway hit play, Yerma for just £1.
Piper, whose portrayal of a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child saw her sweep up six Best Actress Awards, has launched a competition to help raise money for her chosen charity, The Primary Shakespeare Company.
The Primary Shakespeare Company aims to engage, inspire and empower primary school children in the UK from disadvantaged backgrounds using the magic of drama, but face a challenge raising the necessary funds each year to continue their work.
The flights have been donated by Virgin Atlantic and every penny raised from Piper’s Broadway competition will go towards the charity.
The winner will receive two VIP tickets to see ‘Yerma’ in New York, the chance to hang out with Piper and the cast backstage, flights, accommodation and a goodie bag.
Billie Piper's first played the role at the Young Vic in London. The Independent's critic described it as a force that left [him] visibly shaking and The Telegraph warned her devastatingly powerful performance will leave you feeling numb with pity.
Piper picked up six Best Actress awards including the coveted Laurence Olivier Award.
Billie Piper said:
As a child I really struggled in school, I just wasn’t connecting with my lessons and the curriculum and I found that really frustrating. Drama changed all of that, it gave me a purpose and a passion.
I know there will be so many children right now feeling exactly the same way and this is why what The Primary Shakespeare Company does is so important.
We’re running this exciting competition to help raise the much needed funds so they can continue their invaluable work.
Neil Carter, from The Primary Shakespeare Company, added:
We are so excited to be working with Billie on this amazing campaign.
It's an incredible prize on offer for her fans, and the money raised will make a massive difference to our charity - enabling us to work with even more schools and children.
Tickets are available for a limited time only from Billie Piper’s website
Source/Doctor Who News
Lucy Wilson mysteries: The Curse of the Killer Clowns
Candy Jar Books have announced the latest novel in their Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off series, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries:
The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Curse of the Mirror Clowns
Written by Chris Lynch
Cover by Steve Beckett
The circus is coming to town – and it may never leave.
Lucy Wilson is just about getting used to life in Ogmore-by-Sea. School, homework, friends, and the occasional alien... It’s not easy being the new girl in town but, with the help of her steadfast companion Hobo, she’s making it work.
But when a mysterious circus opens for one night only, the town suddenly finds itself overrun with invisible clowns and the gang are faced with their biggest mystery yet – the disappearance of Lucy Wilson herself.
Thankfully, they’ve got help – a mysterious stranger from another world with a special box that moves in time and space.
Curse of the Mirror Clowns is written by Cardiff-based film and comic writer Chris Lynch who commented that t writing the book gave him the opportunity to tackle a personal fear:
Did you ever think you saw something, just out of the corner of your eye? It happens to me all the time and it freaks me out quite a bit. So, when I got the chance to add my own monster to the Lucy Wilson universe, I knew it had to be a monster that you couldn't always see. I also wanted it to be a clown because, if there's something that freaks me out more than things I can't see, then it's something I can see – clowns. Of course, that's not all I added – there are plenty of other surprises in there that I hope people will really enjoy. It's been great fun adding my own strange and spooky elements to Lucy's world and I hope to be back very, very soon.
The book is available to pre-order from the Candy Jar Books website.
The 29th March sees Candy Jar officially release The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars of the Intelligence by Sue Hampton. The book was previously available exclusively to fans since September, but will now be made available to the wider public.
Head of publishing at Candy Jar, Shaun Russell, says:
We’ve had such good feedback for this book. Reviews have been encouraging and fans seemed to have embraced Lucy and Hobo. Moreover, we’ve also had a positive response from the general public. We’ve been trialling Avatars of the Intelligence with 1300 school children and the initial feedback has been very promising. In particular, we’ve had high praise for Steve Beckett’s cover design and, consequently, Curse of the Mirror Clowns has another fantastic piece of artwork by the talented Beano artist.
Lucy and her family have featured in two recent Lethbridge-Stewart short stories: Lucy Wilson by Sue Hampton (The HAVOC Files 3) and The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho (The HAVOC Files 4). Added to this, they will also make an appearance in the upcoming short story collection Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage in two further stories.
Source/Doctor Who News
Welcome to the new section of the Kasterborous Klicker introduced this week-the second week of the said article. Every week, we shall be revealing the public's and the staff's opinions on a chosen doctor who subject.
In today's edition of the opinions section we take a look at your thoughts of the tenth doctor episode midnight
62% of people said it was fantastic
20% of people said it was good
13% of people said it was alright
5% of people said it was terrible
A wonderful episode of the show which warrants a fantastic in my opinion. It is the rare occasion when it's pretty much a perfect episode of doctor who. I absolutely adore it!
Every week, we shall select a number of important videos from the last week or so that you may have missed from the doctor who universe, including official, fan made and opinion videos.
We look back at the third episode of series 10 in this week's throwback as the doctor throws his best punch yet-towards Lord Sutcliffe after his racism towards Bill!
The Diary of River Song volume three is out now from Big Finish as River meets the fifth doctor! Here is a video trailer for the new box set.
Take a look at some of the brand new filming footage from the shoot in Sheffield this week. Minor spoilers for the series ahead.
That's it for this week's edition of the Kasterborous Klicker! Come back here once again for another edition on Friday 23rd February.
Hello. I'm Lewis Moon. This is the blog with all the doctor who news as well as MLMA updates.
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