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Jodie Whittaker's first episode will be longer than we expected
Good news, everyone – we’re getting even more Doctor Who than we thought this year! It’s been revealed that Jodie Whittaker’s very first episode in the BBC sci-fi series will be a whopping 65 minutes long, properly introducing the Thirteenth Doctor and her Tardis team (played by Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole) before reverting to a shorter 50-minute format for the series’ nine subsequent instalments.
The episode running time was unveiled yesterday as part of a listing for the BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool later this month.
But if you’re wondering why some of this sounds familiar, it’s because we did know for a while that the series premiere would be longer than the rest of series 11. However, the initial announcement suggested that episode one would be “a feature-length hour”, so that’s a whole extra five minutes we’re getting!
Think that doesn’t sound very long? Well then, I guess you’re not a fan of theseclassic modern Doctor Who moments, all of which clock in at under five minutes apiece.
Yep – in Doctor Who terms (and, frankly, TV terms) five minutes is a lot longer than you’d think. And with all the new and exciting adventures coming this autumn, we’ll take every extra second we can get.
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Jodie Whittaker expected to be "Super smart force of nature"
With months to go until we meet her properly, it’s fair to say that any information about Jodie Whittaker’s new Time Lord is being eagerly guzzled up by Doctor Who fans – so we’re pretty excited by a new character description released by the BBC yesterday that gives us our first sense of the Thirteenth Doctor’s personality.
In the new information, released as a part of a summary for the 2018 BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool later this month, Whittaker’s Doctor is described as a “super-smart force of nature” whose stories will be “full of action and adventure, humour and thrills”. Of course, none of this is exactly a surprise – we wouldn’t expect the new Doctor to have a life of humdrum banalities and humourless toil – but it’s still great to learn more about her as we approach the new series’ airdate later this year, and it does seem to fit with what we know of Whittaker herself, who will no doubt be injecting some of her own personality into the role.
You can read the full description, which makes the full series sound rather exciting, below.
Doctor Who 9 x 50′ & 1 x 65’
Already highly anticipated, Series 11 heralds a brand-new era for Doctor Who with a world-class team at the helm. Incoming lead writer Chris Chibnall has a fresh and inclusive vision for the series. Bigger and bolder than ever, this series marks the arrival of Jodie Whittaker, the 13th Doctor – a super-smart force of nature, alongside a team of new and delightful characters. The show will be full of action and adventure, humour and thrills. An unmissable high-end drama everyone will enjoy.
That 65-minute episode, incidentally, is the premiere, where we’ll spend extra time getting to know the new Doctor and her Tardis team (played by Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill). Anyone else as excited as we are?
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When was Jodie Whittaker's regeneration scene written?
For many people, Jodie Whittaker’s debut in the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special was a highlight of the episode, introducing the Thirteenth Doctor in a literal blaze of glory as she crashed the Tardis through time and space.
And now, it’s been revealed that there might be a reason why Whittaker’s first scene stands out so well in Twice Upon a Time – because despite being filmed last, it was actually written by new showrunner Chris Chibnall before any of the rest of the episode.
“[Chris and I] talked quite early – I think that was actually the first bit of the script written!” Steven Moffat, who was in charge of Doctor Who from 2010 to 2017 and wrote the rest of the episode, told us earlier this week at the Radio Times Covers Party.
“So he said this is where he wanted Jodie to begin, or the new Doctor to begin, so he sent me those pages and I worked the script up towards it.”
And Moffat says he doesn’t mind taking a backseat as Chibnall and Whittaker’s new era begins – even if it does mean some of his creations (including the former Tardis set, which was recently dismantled) end up resigned to the past.
“You know, I’m happy to stand back and let everyone else make the decisions now,” he said. “I did the same thing ages ago.
“Doctor Who has to change radically all the time, not because it’s necessary, because it’s fun.”
Still, there’s one way in which Moffat has found it slightly harder to let go of Doctor Who, as he went on to reveal.
“I thought of a really good monster the other day, and realised we’re never gonna do it,” he said.
“So I suppose [I’m still coming up with ideas] a bit.
“But I used to make up monsters all the time when I was a kid watching Doctor Who, so that’s quite nice. Knowing I came up with a Doctor Who monster, and don’t have to have 12 million meetings about it. It just stays in my head.”
Sadly, that means fans won’t get to meet this terrifying hypothetical Time Lord foe either – but we’re sure Chris Chibnall will have plenty of ideas to keep us occupied instead.
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 this autumn
Steven Moffat originally planned another companion between Clara and Bill
In 2014, the Doctor Who timeline nearly went in a very different direction. Series companion Jenna Coleman had made up her mind to leave the BBC sci-fi drama in the Christmas special (as was heavily rumoured at the time), and only decided at the very last minute to keep travelling with Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor ahead of her character Clara’s actual departure in the 2015 series finale.
And now, ex-showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that Coleman’s expected exit led to him making new plans for a companion who never ended up being realised on screen, though parts of the idea did end up being worked into Coleman’s eventual successor Bill (played by Pearl Mackie in the 2017 series).
“I vaguely had a set of thoughts about what the new companion should be like,” Moffat told us at the annual Radio Times Covers Party, where he had earlier collected framed covers from 2017 featuring Sherlock and Doctor Who.
“There would have been elements in common [with Bill] – but your mind moves on in the interim. So maybe some of where we ended up with Bill has obscured what I was thinking about for Clara’s replacement, or the original version of Clara’s replacement, so I couldn’t really say now.
“Bill ended up being very much her own thing, I think. And very much Pearl Mackie.”
This isn’t the first time that modern Doctor Who has had to scrap companion ideas, with former showrunner Russell T Davies revealing in later years that his planned sidekick to David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor in the 2008 series – a journalist called Penny – was put on the shelf when Catherine Tate expressed an interest in returning as Donna Noble (Penny did end up appearing as an ancillary character in the 2008 series’ first episode).
However, Moffat’s never-companion was far less planned out, in part because he never truly believed Coleman would say goodbye – even until the last possible moment.
“I didn’t feel as though we were quite finished with Jenna and Clara,” he told us. “And I wasn’t convinced, looking in Jenna’s eye, that she was really ready to leave. And I don’t think anyone should leave Doctor Who until they’re really ready to leave.
“So it wasn’t a massive surprise to me that she stayed. It was a bit of a surprise – I mean, we went to the Christmas read-through, Last Christmas, with her leaving at the end, and it was in the conversation after the read-through that she stayed.
“But you know, if you’ve got a star like that, you keep a star like that,” he concluded. “Of course you do.”
You can watch our full Doctor Who interview with Steven Moffat in the video above.
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 this autumn
The Fifth doctor meets UNIT this April
Coming soon in the Doctor Who Main Range, the Fifth Doctor finds himself in his first adventure with a brand-new UNIT team in The Helliax Rift, an adventure unlike any Main Range arc heard before…
Written by Scott Handcock and directed by Jamie Anderson, Peter Davison stars with an exciting guest cast in the first Fifth Doctor/UNIT crossover out this April.
Daniel Hopkins thought he knew what he was letting himself in for when he joined the top-secret UNIT organisation as its latest Medical Officer.
Racing about the countryside, chasing strange lights in the sky? Check. Defending the realm against extraterrestrial incursion? Check. Frequent ear-bashings from UNIT’s UK CO, the famously no-nonsense Lt-Col Lewis Price? Check. Close encounters of the First, Second and even Third kind? Check, check, check.
But he had no idea what alien beings were really like. Until the day of the Fallen Kestrel. Until the day he met the Doctor.
Alongside Peter Davison in this adventure are Blake Harrison as Lieutenant Daniel Hopkins, who listeners may recognise from the cast of Channel 4’s The Inbetweeners, and Jacob Dudman, who is also narrating the upcoming Big Finish Tenth Doctor Chronicles.
Writer Scott Handcock told us more about this new UNIT trilogy of adventures: “It’s a thrill to write a UNIT adventure for the Fifth Doctor – and stranger still to think he’s never had one before! It’s a fun dynamic to play with, and a bonus to establish new characters who will recur across the Main Range. It’s Peter and a brand-new UNIT team, led by Russ Bain as Lieutenant-Colonel Price, with Genevieve Gaunt as Corporal Maxwell, and Blake Harrisonas UNIT’s new medical officer Lieutenant Daniel Hopkins.
“Script editor Alan Barnes worked hard to assemble a team that work across the trilogy of adventures, and director Jamie Anderson’s done all the characters justice with some brilliant casting. But it’s safe to say that UNIT and their former scientific adviser don’t exactly see eye to eye…”
You can pre-order The Helliax Rift (to be released in April) at £14.99 on CD or £12.99 on download. All CD purchases unlock a download option via the Big Finish app and the Big Finish website.
Or you can save money by getting a subscription to the Doctor Who Main Range. When you subscribe you'll get 30% off the price, free specially recorded Short Trips stories, PDFs of the scripts, and extended downloadable extras. You can subscribe for either 6 or 12 releases.
Coming next in the Doctor Who Main Range the Fifth Doctor dies… or so it would seem, in Ghost Walk by James Goss.
This is a city of ghosts and no-one knows them better than Leanne. Twice a night she leads tourists on a tour of the most haunted sites – the Hanging Yard, the Witch Pool, the Screaming House, and, of course, the Catacombs.
Leanne’s realised the ghosts of the city are real. Something’s lurking in the Catacombs – an ancient force that has been growing in the darkness for centuries. Sabaoth is returning and they must be stopped before they devour the world.
Leanne knows this, because a ghost told her. A ghost called The Doctor.
The Doctors: Monsters coming soon
The Doctors: Monsters! is to be released by Koch Media on 2-disc DVD 5th March.
This DVD is a unique compilation of one documentary special, I Was a Doctor Who Monster! and five titles from the Reeltime Pictures acclaimed Myth Makers series.
For the first time Doctor Who fans can learn about the men and women that brought to life the monsters that sent them “behind the sofa”! ‘I Was a Doctor Who Monster!’ is hosted by the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, and ‘Myth Makers’ is presented by Nicholas Briggs, who interviews the stars and production staff of Doctor Who to find out the story behind the world's favourite Sci-Fi television series.
In this special release, you can meet a plethora of people who played monsters as diverse as DALEKS, CYBERMEN, YETI, FISH PEOPLE, MARSHMEN …
With an introduction by Nicholas Briggs and Producer/Director Keith Barnfather.
Koch Media Presents The Doctors: Monsters! on 2-disc DVD from 5th March 2017
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 look at if you would be happy if doctor who moved to another channel from the BBC.
88% of people said it should stay on the BBC
12% of people said it should move to a streaming service or other channel
The BBC have not done justice to doctor who over the last few years in many districts, but however good doctor who could be on a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon Prime, the show belongs to the BBC.
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.
A trailer for one of Big Finish's latest releases, the War Master, starring Sir Derek Jacobi returning in the role for the first time since 2007's Utopia.
Another weekly dose of who clip from the official doctor who youtube account, this time showing an action packed scene from the second episode of series 10, smile.
Another Who related video from supercut shows Michelle Gomez's funniest doctor who moments as Missy.
That's it for this edition of the Kasterborous Klicker! Join us again for another update on Friday 9th 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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