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 fought for equal pay
New Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the Time Lord, has confirmed that she demanded pay equal to that of her male predecessors on the show – and she gave a forthright answer when asked why.
“I dont imagine you’re going to meet a woman this evening who is unenthusiastic about the prospect of equal pay,” said Whittaker, speaking to journalists backstage at the National Television Awards – before expressing her surprise that she should even be asked the question.
“It’s an incredibly important time and [equal pay is] a notion that should be supported – and it’s a bit of a shock that it’s a surprise to everyone that it should be supported.”
Whittaker, who is currently filming her first series of Doctor Who as the Thirteenth Doctor, was at the NTAs to present the prize for Drama Performance to Suranne Jones and to join fellow Broadchurch stars on stage to accept the award for best Crime Drama.
Her comments follow BBC Director-General Tony Hall’s assurances last year that there would be gender “parity” for the role of the Doctor.
“Yes, there is parity for the same amount of work,” Lord Hall told the Evening Standard. “And I do think it is time for 13th Time Lord to be a woman.”
That means Whittaker is likely to earn between £200,000 and £249,999, the salary band that her predecessor Peter Capaldi was revealed to have fallen into when the Corporation was obliged last year to reveal the pay of all its talent earning over £150,000.
The report highlighted several instances of disparity between male and female broadcasters at similar levels of responsibility and experience, something that Lord Hall has said he is aiming to eradicate from the BBC by 2020.
Why Twice Upon a Time brought back Rusty the dalek
When it came to the 2017 Christmas special, Doctor Who fans knew to expect a few comebacks. It had already been revealed that David Bradley would bring the First Doctor back at the end of the previous episode, while early announcements had told viewers that companion Pearl Mackie and longtime series writer/actor Mark Gatiss would be rejoining the fray.
And fans even had their suspicions that Jenna Coleman’s brief cameo (recorded separately from the rest of the cast) was incoming, thanks to some juicy rumours circulating for months before we actually saw the scene unfold.
However, there was one character comeback that truly took us all by surprise. One return from the early days of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who tenure that literally nobody could have predicted, or they would have been derided as a fantasist if they’d even suggested it.
I am of course referring to the return of Rusty the Dalek, an antagonist of Peter Capaldi’s second ever Doctor Who episode who opted not to murder like the rest of his species due to a mechanical fault. However, by the end of the adventure he had been repaired and turned back to violence – but this time, it was mainly focused against his own kind.
In Twice Upon a Time, Rusty ended up played a fairly crucial role in informing the Doctor about his new foes Testimony – and in a new behind-the-scenes video, the production team have now revealed exactly why they decided to bring the character back, as well as his enduring appeal.
“Rusty the Dalek – I liked Rusty,” now ex-showrunner Steven Moffat simply explained in a new behind-the-scenes video.
“I liked Into the Dalek, it was a very early story from the Twelfth Doctor and Rusty was his first sort of full scale adversary.”
“I think he’s pretty crazy,” added Nicholas Briggs, who voices Rusty and all the other Daleks in the series. “But very determined to carry out his mission. It is always a delight to do a Dalek that has more expressive capabilities. I love all the ‘Exterminate!’ and ‘I obey!’ but it’s nice to do the sort of sensitive stuff as well.”
But was this the last we’ll see of Rusty? He leaves the story unscathed, after all – and Briggs is keen to take him in new directions in the future.
“Well what happens to Rusty, is that he gets spun off into his own miniseries!” Briggs joked. “Which is what all actors say about their characters when you ask them. But wouldn’t that be great? Rusty against the Daleks.”
Get that pitch over to Chris Chibnall, and who knows? He might be on to a winner.
Torchwood: Believe unites the original team
The full Torchwood team – Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Owen Harper and Toshiko Sato – are reunited in this new full-cast drama.
The Torchwood team return for an exciting new mission with aliens, jeopardy and the best and worst of humanity in Torchwood: Believe, coming out this April.
Never before in the monthly Torchwood adventures, nor in the Torchwood Special Releases, has a Big Finish Torchwood adventure featured the full original Torchwood team!
The Church of the Outsiders believe that mankind is about to evolve, to reach out into the stars. Owen Harper believes that Torchwood has to do whatever it takes to stop them.
“It’s been ten years since there's been an adventure featuring Jack, Gwen, Ianto, Tosh and Owen,” says writer Guy Adams, “and coming up with something big enough – and complex enough – to need them was great fun. After all, taking down an entire religion isn’t easy. But if anyone can do it…”
John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) returns as Captain Jack Harkness, joined by Eve Myles (Broadchurch, Victoria) as Gwen Cooper, Gareth David-Lloyd (Sherlock Holmes) as Ianto Jones, Burn Gorman (Game of Thrones, The Dark Night Rises) as Owen Harper, and Naoko Mori (Absolutely Fabulous, Spice World) as Toshiko Sato. Also featuring in this adventure is Arthur Darvill (Legends of Tomorrow, Doctor Who, Broadchurch) as the vicious George Layton.
James Goss, producer: “It's finally happened – we've got all five of Torchwood back together! We couldn't have done it without their incredible enthusiasm and patience, with them coming to us straight off planes, trains and film sets. They're all tremendous, and tremendous fun to have in studio.”
Torchwood: Believe is available for pre-order now, and is priced at £23 on CD or £20 on download. More details will be revealed over the coming weeks.
And don’t forget that the thrilling conclusion of Torchwood Aliens Among Us 3 is out next month. Are you ready for the return of Yvonne Hartman to the Torchwood team?
Lethbridge Stewart: Lineage
Candy Jar Books has announced a new collection of short stories. Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage is a series of tales about the Lethbridge-Stewart family from the early 1600s right up to the present day (including three brand new adventures featuring the Brigadier himself).
Stories by Andrew Allen, Harry Draper, Richard Dinnick, Gareth Madgwick, Wink Taylor, Chris Lynch, David A McIntee and Andy Frankham-Allen
Edited by Andy Frankham-Allen
The Lethbridge-Stewart name carries with it stories of integrity, honour and courage. But was it always so?
From its earliest origins with the Clan Stewart in Scotland, and the Lethbridges in Devon, England, the name has a storied past. Historical figures, history makers, miitary heroes…
Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage presents six brand-new tales from some of the most popular authors previously published in The HAVOC Files collection, as well as one from the creative mind of writer and film maker Chris Lynch.
Based on characters created and inspired by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln.
The stories take place during the 1600s, 1800s, 1940s, 1970s, and 2010, and explore the ancestors and descendents of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell says:
We’ve been pondering doing a collection like this for some time, but it never seemed to be the right time. But with the impending fiftieth anniversary of the first appearance of the Brig in Doctor Who, combined with the recent appearance of the Brigadier’s grandfather in Twice Upon a Time, and the positive response that garnered, it seemed that the time was, finally, now.
Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
I love exploring the Brigadier’s lineage, be it his immediate family in the shape of his mother and father, or his descendents, in the shape of his son and grandchildren. But I’ve always wanted to go deeper, to look at some other Lethbridge-Stewarts, or indeed Stewarts and Lethbridges, to find out what kind of impact they had on the world. Sometimes that impact can be huge, and sometimes it can be the smallest thing that has the biggest repercussions. With this collection, we get to explore some of the lesser known ancestors, and introduce some never even mentioned before. And, of course, we get to visit the rising star that is Lucy Wilson, the Brigader’s adventuring grandaughter!
Authors include Richard Dinnick, with Shaun observing:
We are delighted popular Doctor Who author Richard Dinnick is contributing a story to the Lethbridge-Stewart Lineage collection, tentatively called The Soothsayer and set in 1603. Richard's first piece of professional fiction was produced by Big Finish in 2005, a short story called Neptune, the first of a two-part story, the second of which was written by our range editor, Andy Frankham-Allen. This was followed by a co-authored audio script, also with Andy, for the Space 1889 series, The Lunar Inheritance. He has since gone on to write countless Doctor Who stories for Big Finish, BBC Books and Titan comics. And plenty of non-Doctor Who stuff too!
Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage will be available as a hardback for a strictly limited time, and is available for pre-order now. This volume does not form part of any bundle offer.
There are also two free Lethbridge-Stewart stories currently available for download via the Candy Jar website.
What’s Past is Prologue by David A McIntee, and The Note by Andy Frankham-Allen were released over the festive period to subscribers of the Lethbridge-Stewart series, and are now available to the general public.
The two stories are connected by a Lethbridge-Stewart family secret which has its origins in 1902 and is not revealed until 1945. Both stories focus on the relationship between the original Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, the British Intelligence operative from the early twentieth century, after whom the Brigadier was named, and his brother, Archie. Not only do the stories feature the Brigadier’s namesake, but also takes a deeper look into the life of his father, Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
Range Editor and author, Andy Frankham-Allen explains:
This story plays with family secrets, adding further depth to the Lethbridge-Stewart legacy. So, now we have a story set in 1917 that sets up the secret from 1902, and a story set in 1945 which reveals what really did, or did not, happen.
Both stories can be found via the Candy Jar website.
Source/Doctor Who News
The original idea for Clara's TUAT return
Last month’s Doctor Who Christmas special was chock-full of exciting comebacks, from the return of companions Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) to David Bradley’s new version of the First Doctor (originally played by William Hartnell in the 1960s).
And perhaps the biggest surprise return came from Jenna Coleman’s former companion Clara Oswald, who said a final goodbye to Peter Capaldi’s departing Doctor (thanks to her memories being stored by glass alien robot-thing Testimony) in a short, emotional scene towards the end of the episode.
However, it’s now been revealed that the original plans for this scene were rather different, with Coleman’s busy schedule shooting ITV’s Victoria meaning extensive rewrites were needed to fit Clara into the story.
“It would have been such a loss if Jenna hadn’t been able to appear,” Twice Upon a Time director Rachel Talalay told Doctor Who Magazine in their latest issue.
“God knows she’s busy. This wasn’t like, ‘I don’t want to do it.’ This was like ‘I’m the star of a huge show, and you’re asking me to find time to come do this.’”
Originally, it had been planned for Coleman’s Clara to appear alongside fellow Peter Capaldi companions Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas in the episode’s final scenes, with the trio interacting before the scene ended with this exchange:
Doctor: “I’ll tell you something, though. You were always my favourite.
Clara: “Who was?”
Bill: “Which one?”
Nardole: “I know.”
The sequence concluded with the Doctor chuckling evilly and stepping back into the Tardis – but sadly, the whole thing had to change once it became clear Coleman’s schedule was just too busy.
“I rewrote, and rewrote, and rewrote for everything we could do with Jenna’s schedule,” episode writer Steven Moffat said.
“We couldn’t get Jenna to our set. We couldn’t have the three companions there together. But she does make a magical appearance on the battlefield, which we had to shoot separately a few days after the rest of the episode had wrapped.”
The finished version of the scene instead sees the Testimony of Bill transform into Clara, deliver a message than turn back to Bill just before Nardole makes his own return, with the effect created by shooting Coleman and Capaldi separately with the use of some cunning visual effects.
“Peter had to play to a tennis ball, and so did Jenna, on green screen later, in the [former] Top Gear office in the middle of London, with fire engines going by,” Talalay recalled.
Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time“Both of them had to find that whole history together, their two years together, with neither of them being together.
“It’s incredibly hard making those things match up so that it really felt like they were in the same space. But I think we pulled it off.”
And in the end, this hodge-podge solution ended up having some special significance as Steven Moffat took his final bow on Doctor Who.
“My last real moment of production wasn’t any of the ones anyone thinks it was; it was in the Top Gear office at the old TV Centre – which is now the BBC Worldwide offices – with a skeleton crew, and Rachel, and Jenna,” he said. “That was my very final moment on Doctor Who. At the old TV Centre. As it should be.”
“The entire story is about memories, and Steven [Moffat], in his inimitable genius, managed to weave Clara into that,” Talalay added.
“The fact that the Doctor, having lost his memories of her, got them back in the Christmas episode, I just felt was so brilliant.”
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 what people think of Castrovalva
31% of people said it was fantastic
44% of people said it was good
20% of people said it was alright
5% of people said it was awful
This episode is dull, however it has a strong final part, after an extremely boring opening to the story. An alright for me.
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.
Reminisce on series 10 with a clip from the second episode of the season, Smile, where the Doctor and Bill encounter an emojibot.
A compilation of all of the reactions to companions and other characters first entries into the TARDIS. But what is your favourite?
Go back to the 70s with a look back at the second doctor who advert break of doom, featuring a variety of actors from the show in different commercials.
That's it for this edition of the Kasterborous Klicker! You can join us again for another update on Friday 2nd February.
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