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.
Doctor Who series 11 will have a "number" of female writers
While we still don’t know exactly who’ll be writing for the new series of Doctor Who later this year (except for showrunner Chris Chibnall), we are starting to get a few clues, with longtime series writers like Mark Gatiss, Sarah Dollard and Jamie Mathieson ruling themselves out and rumours suggesting we’re getting some new blood for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.
BBC Drama boss Piers Wenger has dropped an even more tantalising hint about the make-up of the new writing staff, telling Broadcast in a statement that “a number” of the scripts from Chibnall’s first Who series are written by female writers.
“Having a diverse team on that show feels appropriate, important and essential,” he said.
Doctor Who has previously been criticised for its lack of female writers, with the series not featuring a single episode written by a woman from 2009-2015 (the last was Helen Raynor’s 2008 two-parter The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky)
“Stop assuming that I’m a demon who’s trying to prevent it, as opposed to the man who’s done more to make it happen than anybody else,” 2010-2015 showrunner Steven Moffat said in 2015.
“Given that the human race works out at about 50% male / female, it should be 50% male / female on the show. Why isn’t it? Part of the reason for that is historical – Doctor Who for a very long time was a boy’s show. It’s not anymore.
“Most of the writers who have turned Doctor Who down have been female – that’s the truth.”
Since 2015, Sarah Dollard, Catherine Tregenna and Rona Munro have written episodes for the sci-fi series.
Wenger’s comments came as a response to an open letter released by 76 female writers yesterday, in which they said British drama was “overwhelmingly written by men” with an “untapped resource” of female writers who’d worked on soap operas locked out of primetime dramas.
The letter was released after it was discovered that out of ten new ITV dramas coming in 2018, only one was written by a woman – Gwyneth Hughes, who is adapting Vanity Fair.
Signatories included The Coroner creator Sally Abbott, Him & Her star Sarah Solemani (who also screenwrites) and Debbie Moon, who devised CBBC’s Wolfblood.
Responding to the letter, Wenger said that women have written more than 40% of the drama he’s ordered since getting his current BBC role last year, and highlighted writers like Anna Symon, who has her first original series (The Wilson) greenlit.
“It used to be that continuing drama was the only place to get a BBC1 gig as a new writer, but it’s not as binary as that now,” he said.
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 this autumn
RIP Peter Miles
The actor Peter Miles has died at the age of 89
Peter Miles made three memorable appearances in Doctor Who.
In 1970 he played Dr. Lawrence in the second Third Doctor story The Silurians. Lawrence was the director of the Wenley Moor nuclear research facility, who refused to cooperate with UNIT's investigations. He met a memorable death when he succumbed to the Silurian virus.
He returned to the series in 1974, playing Professor Whitaker, the scientist responsible for flooding London with Dinosaurs, in Invasion of the Dinosaurs. He again met a sticky end when he was transported back to his desired 'Golden age'.
His final appearance came just a year later in the classic story Genesis of the Daleks. His chilling performance as Nyder, second in command to Michael Wisher's Davros, helped elevate the story to classic status. Who can forget the moment he switched sides after pretending to join the rebels - "Thank you, that’s what I wanted to know”
It was a role he relished and one he returned to in the Big Finish audio play Guilt and in two versions of the stage play The Trial of Davros.
Peter Miles had a long career in British television. His first recorded appearance was in 1968 in Armchair Theatre. Appearances followed in series such as Softly Softly, Dixon of Dock Green, Paul Temple, Colditz, Moonbase 3, Within These Walls, New Scotland Yard, Survivors, Poldark, The Eagle Has Landed, Z Cars, Warship, Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic, Blake's 7, Blake's 7 and Bergerac
He also appeared in the 1993 BBC Radio Third Doctor play, The Paradise of Death, playing Tragan alongside Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen, as well as several Big Finish Productions.
The news that Peter Miles had died was released on his official Twitter page.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you Peter passed away peaceful at home, last week at the age of 89. He didn’t suffer & was full of his usual love of life last time we spoke. Thank you all for your interest in Peter, it meant a lot to him, he was always touched.
Source/Doctor Who News
New Who Target Novelisations are coming
The BBC has announced the first Target novelisations of episodes from the revived post-2005 series of Doctor Who.
Both former showrunners, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat, will be writing novelisations of their own episodes to be published by BBC Books, under the Target imprint, to be published on the 5th April 2018.
The series will also see the first Target novelisation of a Douglas Adams story.
In the 1970's and 1980's Target books were published for most Doctor Who stories, and were the only way most fans of the series could relive the television adventures. Many came to the series through the novelisations, often written by the original script writer.
RUSSELL T DAVIES
In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move – and kill – are taking up key positions, ready to strike. Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She’s about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe – a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.
Russell T Davies is one of the UK's foremost writers of television drama, creating ground breaking shows such as Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, Casanova, Cucumber, The Second Coming, and in 2018, A Very English Scandal for BBC One.
He was Head Writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who when it returned to the BBC in 2005 and has written many of the new series' most memorable episodes. He was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to drama. He divides his time between Cardiff and Manchester.
THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR
The Tenth Doctor is hunting shape-shifting Zygons in Elizabethan England. The Eleventh is investigating a rift in space-time in the present day. And one other – the man they used to be but never speak of – is fighting the Daleks in the darkest days of the Time War. Driven by demons and despair, this battle-scarred Doctor is set to take a devastating decision that will threaten the survival of the entire universe … a decision that not even a Time Lord can take alone.
On this day, the Doctor’s different incarnations will come together to save the Earth … to save the universe … and to save his soul.
Steven Moffat is best known for Press Gang, Coupling, Steven Spielberg’s movie Tintin, and for the last few years being lead writer and executive producer on Doctor Who and for cocreating, co-writing (with Mark Gatiss) and executive producing Sherlock. He has 5 BAFTAs, 2 Emmys and in 2015 was awarded an OBE for services to drama.
THE CHRISTMAS INVASION
JENNY T COLGAN
When a British space probe is intercepted by a sinister alien vessel on the eve of Christmas, it marks the beginning of an audacious invasion of the Earth by the Sycorax – horrifying marauders from beyond the stars. Within hours, a third of humanity stands on the brink of death with not a single shot fired.
Our planet needs a champion – but the Doctor is not fit for service. He’s just regenerated, delirious in a new body and a dressing gown. Forced into his battered shoes is his friend, Rose Tyler, a girl from a London council estate. Will she save the world from this nightmare before Christmas – or see it destroyed?
Jenny T Colgan has written 16 bestselling novels as Jenny Colgan, which have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, been translated into 25 languages, and won both the Melissa Nathan Award and Romantic Novel of the Year 2013. Aged 11, she won a national fan competition to meet the Doctor and was mistaken for a boy by Peter Davison
TWICE UPON A TIME
Still reeling from his encounter with the Cybermen, the First Doctor stumbles through the bitter Antarctic wind, resisting the approaching regeneration with all his strength. But as he fights his way through the snowdrifts, he comes across the familiar shape of a blue police box, and a mysterious figure who introduces himself as the Doctor …
Thrown together at their most vulnerable moments, the two Doctors must discover why the snowflakes are suspended in the sky, why a First World War Captain has been lifted from his time stream moments before his death, and who is the mysterious Glass Woman who knows their true name. The Doctor is reunited with Bill, but is she all she seems? And can he hold out against the coming regeneration?
Paul Cornell has written some of Doctor Who's best-loved TV episodes, books and comics. He’s also worked on many other TV shows. His other comics projects include his creator-owned series Saucer State and This Damned Band, and runs on Action Comics, Batman and Robin and Wolverine. He's also the author of the Lychford series of fantasy novellas and the Shadow Police novels. He’s won the British Science Fiction Association Award for his short fiction and the Eagle Award for his comics
CITY OF DEATH
Visiting Paris in 1979, the Doctor and Romana’s hopes for a holiday are soon shattered by armed thugs, a suave and dangerous Count, a plot to steal the Mona Lisa and a world-threatening experiment with time.
Teaming up with a British detective, the Time Lords discover that a ruthless alien plot hatched in Earth’s pre-history has reached its final stage. If Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, cannot be stopped then the human race is history, along with all life on Earth …
James Goss has adapted three Doctor Who stories by Douglas Adams for BBC Books (City of Death, The Pirate Planet, and The Krikkitmen) and has also written several original Doctor Who and Torchwood books. His novel #Haterz is in development as a motion picture. He's also written for the stage and the radio.
Source/Doctor Who News
Enemy of the world release delayed
BBC Worldwide have delayed the release of the DVD The Enemy of the World - Special Edition by one week.
The title will now be released on the 26th March.
Full details of release here.
Source/Doctor Who News
Who Against Guns begins
A group of Doctor Who fans have got together to raise money for organizations committed to ending gun violence, using the hashtag #WhoAgainstGuns
The campaign follows the murder of 17 high school students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. the latest in a number of mass shooting incidents in the United States.
To raise money representatives of over 40 Doctor Who podcasters, writers and fans will be taking part in a special podcast commentary of the 1969 Patrick Troughton story The War Games.
Supporters of the project, which has already raised neary $4,000, include writers Paul Cornell (Human Nature, Father’s Day), Jamie Mathieson (Oxygen, Flatline) Andrew Smith (Full Circle) and Peter Harness (The Zygon Invasion, Kill The Moon). They will be joining comic artists Rachael Stott (Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor) and Simon Fraser (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor) along with representatives of the popular Doctor Who podcasts Radio Free Skaro, Verity!, Reality Bomb, Coal Hill AV Club, Mutter’s Spiral, Gallifrey Public Radio, TARBIS, Web of Queer, Who and Company, bloggers and fans.
Former showrunner Steven Moffat has also offered his support, and will record an additional commentary if the amount raised exceeds $7,000 by 12th March.
The podcast will be released to listeners who provide a donation of at least $10 to an organization committed to ending gun violence.
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Source/Doctor Who News
Rare shada scrips up for auction
Long lost Doctor Who scripts written by Douglas Adams and found after 40 years are set to be sold at auction.
The rare batch of scripts from the Hitchhiker’s Guide author tell the tale of Shada, a story of the six-episode serial that was only partly put to camera.
It was supposed to be the last Doctor Who series in the show’s 1979-1980 season, but a strike at the BBC stopped filming. However, the story was finished last year using remastered footage, animation, voice work from the original cast and a surprise cameo from an older Tom Baker.
The series followed the Doctor (Baker), Time Lady Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 as they fought Skagra, a villainous geneticist determined to steal the secrets of Shada, a high-security prison built by the Time Lords.
So, how much are the scripts going for? Auctioneer Rogers Jones Co provides a guide price of £200-£400.
The scripts come with pencilled-in notes from Shada director Pennant Roberts, who died in 2010. The scripts were donated by his widow Betsan Roberts in order to raise money for homeless charity Shelter Cymru.
The auction is taking place this Friday at the Cardiff Saleroom, South Wales. Find out more details about the event here.
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 shall be looking at your thoughts of the best multi doctor story pre-2013.
17% of people said the three doctors
21% of people said the five doctors
4% of people said the two doctors
58% of people said day of the doctor
Although I love all of the other multi doctor stories that are listed (The three doctors, the two doctors and the five doctors) I've got to say the day of the doctor. It was a brilliant and wonderful celebration of 50 years of the greatest show on television.
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.
An exclusive look at the brand new comic from Titan comics that brings their doctor who ranges to an explosive end: The epic the lost dimension.
Reminisce on the fourth episode of series 10 of doctor who as the wooden lady is revealed.
An explanation of some of doctor who's most notable parallel universes from it's history in both classic and new who.
That's it for this edition of the Kasterborous Klicker! Be back here for another edition next week on Friday 9th March.
Hello. I'm Lewis Moon. This is the blog with all the doctor who news as well as MLMA updates.
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