As we move into March, it's time to take a look back at the second month of 2017 and what happened inside. We had some new trailers and clips, some brilliant news and a few new site additions. Enjoy!
Doctor Who news
New season 10 teaser was released
The new series of doctor who will begin on 15th April 2017, starring Peter Capaldi as the doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill and Matt Lucas as Nardole. A new teaser trailer for the series entitled 'time for heroes' was released in February. You can see the clip below:
Class was cancelled (Apparently)
The Mirror are reporting that Doctor Who’s latest spin-off Class has been axed by the BBC after just one series.
Their article states:
The eight-parter, starring ex-Coronation Street favourite Katherine Kelly as alien teacher Miss Quill, was the BBC’s most high-profile attempt at a teen show in years.
But ratings were so low, both online and for the BBC1 repeat, it now looks like school’s out forever.
Class launched on BBC iPlayer in October, but despite Peter Capaldi appearing as the Time Lord in the first episode, got just 660,000 views.
Not one of the eight episodes made it into the top 50 weekly shows viewed on-demand. The series also fared badly in the late-night BBC1 repeats, where it was aired in four double bills.
The first episode got one million viewers, but by the end, that had dropped to 300,000 – way down on the slot average of 800,000.
Class is the fourth TV spin-off from Doctor Who, following K9 and Company in 1981, and more recently Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Class was created by youth novelist Patrick Ness and featured a group of teens at Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) was a teacher.
But it failed to grip its target audience, who gave it a low appreciation rate of 70, compared to 82 for the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
While the Mirror are accurate in stating the show had far lower ratings and less audience appreciation than Doctor Who, it’s important to note that they also add at the end “The BBC said no decision on a recommission had been made.”
So until we hear officially from the BBC, this is still a rumour. One that seems increasingly likely, but a rumour nonetheless.
Source/Doctor Who TV
Chibnall talked new doctor casting
First of all, Chibnall revealed the 13th doctor would be cast in the traditional way.
Speaking in the Telegraph, Chibnall said: “We’ll cast the role in the traditional way: write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn’t go out and cast an abstract idea.”
He added: “The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we’re going to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part.”
On whether Broadchurch cast members such as bookies’ early favourite Olivia Colman have expressed interest, he teases: “I can’t confirm or deny any calls, texts, emails or conversations I might have had. I’ve just had the most hilarious text from an actor I worked with a long, long time ago. And no, I can’t tell you who it is…”
Meanwhile, Chibnall offered an insight into the casting of a female doctor, and it seems to be relatively unlikely from the article below:
Incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has talked about the possibility of a female taking on the role of the 13th Doctor.
When quizzed on the fan-splitting subject by the East Anglian Daily Times, Chibnall said: “I can honestly say that nothing has yet been decided. I haven’t got my feet under the table yet. I have been working on the play and I am still finishing the latest series of Broadchurch.
He continues: “Nothing is ruled out but I don’t want the casting to be a gimmick and that’s all I can say.”
Odds on the next doctor
It was inevitable that within moments of Peter Capaldi's announcement of his departure from Doctor Who fans and media would speculate on who would take over as lead actor on the show across social media - and commercial betting would begin!
This morning, William Hill currently place Ben Whishaw as favourite, at 6/1: the actor is probably best known worldwide as the character of Q in the Daniel Craig era of James Bond films, or for the younger audience as the voice of Paddington Bear in the 2014 film (and this year's sequel), and on recent television in London Spy . Next up is Richard Ayaode at 8/1, the quirky comic actor/director is best known in the UK for The IT Crowd, his travels around the world in Travel Man, and will be the host of the revived series of The Crystal Maze this year. Also at 8/1 is another name long-associated with Who-odds, Rory Kinnear (another modern James Bond stalwart as Bill Tanner), and Rupert Grint (or as most people know him, Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films!). The first actress on their list is Broadchurch's Olivia Colman at 20/1 - though ITV's Good Morning Britain reported that Miranda Hart was in fourth place at 8/1. The current list can be found via William Hill's special bet "To Replace Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor Who?".
The other favourite is actress Tilda Swinton.
Both Betfair and Paddy Power offer up Sherlock's Moriarty, Andrew Scott, as their joint favourite, alongside Ben Daniels (Law and Order UK, House of Cards, Star Wars: Rogue One), and Lara Pulver (Spooks, Sherlock).
During an item on the departure of Capaldi on BBC's Breakfast this morning, viewers' suggestions were read out, including names such as Hayley Attwell or Eddie Redmayne, Colin Salmon, David Harewood, Helena Bonham Carter, Gillian Anderson, and Danny Dyer.
Anticipation will of course continue until the eventual new Doctor is announced by the BBC - how and when this might be is unknown at present (Capaldi's announcement in 2013 took place on a special live television programme!), but may be held off until the last series starring Capaldi has been broadcast - it will be on air between 15th April and 1st July (barring pre-emptions such as for the Eurovision Song Contest), with filming for the next series under the helm of new lead writer Chris Chibnall expected to commence not long afterwards.
Obituaries and birthdays
RIP Neil Fingelton
The actor Neil Fingleton has died at the age of 36
Neil Fingleton played the Fisher King in the 2015 Doctor Who stories Under the Lake and Before The Flood
In 2007 Fingleton was awarded the Guinness World Record as the tallest British-born man and the tallest man in the European Union, standing at 7 ft 6in or 2.33m.
Neil Fingleton was born in Durham in 1980. An outstanding basketball player, he spent 8 years in education in the United States, winning a sporting scholarship and studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
In 2004 he made his professional debut as a basketball player for the now defunct Boston Frenzy. He later played professionally in China, Italy, Greece, England and for the spanish teams Club Baloncesto Ilarcuris and Ciudad Real.
In 2007 injury forced him to abandon his sporting career and he took up acting. He appeared in the film 47 Ronin alongside Keanu Reeves, and played the giant Mag the Mighty in the TV series Game of Thrones. He appeared in the 2015 film Jupiter Ascending, the Fox Studios film X-Men: First Class and in the Marvel Entertainment film Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Neil Fingleton died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
Source/Doctor Who News
Christopher Eccleston celebrated his birthday
Christopher Eccleston was born 16 February 1964 and this month celebrated his 53rd birthday.
Eccleston’s time as the Ninth Doctor was of course a notoriously short one, remaining in the role for just a single series in 2005. Nevertheless it was a hugely important series being the one that revived our favourite show.
So we hope you had a fantastic birthday, Chris
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February on the site
Patrick Troughton month-Celebrating the best of the 2nd doctor
The doctor who time and space newsletter
The archive update
We had a great February on the site!
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