Series 10, episode 1: The pilot

A new series has started last night, a new companion has been introduced, the TARDIS is once again ”bigger on the inside” (everyone’s favorite shout when they first enter the blue box). And you don’t have to see the Doctor to enjoy the show: the way Bill Pots (Pearl Mackie) enter is simple and clear.

It’s not a complex episode (as others), the action is quite simple (the Doctor and Bill meet an alien creature and run away from it), but it works just fine if you consider it an introduction to something that’s going to end in an epic way: this is Steven Moffat’s last season as a producer and Peter Capaldi’s last season as the Doctor. Michelle Gomez and John Simms return as Missy / Master, but that’s another chapter of the story.

The story of the first episode was written by Steven Moffat. With Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill Pots), Matt Lucas (Nardole), David Olawale Ayinde (Edwardian Working Class), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira), Stephanie Hyam (Heather).

In the next episode The Doctor and Bill travel to one of Earth’s first colonies in Smile.

The Doctor – Hamilton style song parody

If “Hamilton: An American Musical” was about Doctor Who instead, it would probably be A Gallifreyan musical and it would open with this musical number titled “The Doctor”. And it sounds great! This music video mashes a fan written song to the tune of “Alexander Hamilton” with clips from the entire history of Doctor Who on screen so far. Sit back, pretend you’re on Broadway, and learn about our favorite Time Lord.

The parody premiered live in 2017 during the Idiot’s Lantern sketch comedy show at the Los Angeles Doctor Who convention, Gallifrey One.

Parody & video conceived and written by: Alexander Daniels

Recorded, mixed, and edited (audio & video) by: Scott Sebring

Vocalists: Melissa Bierend, Alexander Daniels, Adam Joseph Ferry, Cooper Karn, Kevin Kittridge, Amanda Jane Salmon

Original “Alexander Hamilton” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda

How does a madman, ignored, son of a human and a
Time Lord, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
Spot within the far-flung constellation of Casterborous, dejected,
Grow up to be a hero and respected?

The Oncoming Storm, the Bringer of Darkness
He started his journey
By stealin’ a type 40,
By fighting the Daleks’ war, he
was writing their whole story
Before tea, when Cybermen tarnished his shot at glory.

And then one day when Zoe and Jamie were swept way
Away, joined in the fray, they struggled to keep their guard up
The foes that they fought were no match for our cosmic hobo,
The brother was ready to beg, steal, barter, or borrow.

Then the Time Lords came, and devastation reigned
Our man saw his future drip, drippin’ down the drain
“Too much interference”
they said,
“you cannot refrain,
So on Earth you must remain,”
No TARDIS to ease his pain

Well then UNIT came around, they said, “This kid is insane, mack!”
Made him an advisor ‘till the Time Lords gave his keys back
“We gave you education, don’t forget from whence you came
And nobody knows your name! What’s your name, man?”

FOURTH DOCTOR:
My name is The Doctor.
I say that my name is The Doctor.
I’ve seen a million worlds, but there are more,
So just you wait, just you wait

Then they came back, the Cybermen, once again, crash a ship
Some years later, the Doctor absorbed poison from the Spectrox,
Half-dead, sittin’ in his own sick
The scent thick.

The Doctor got better, but Adric went quick.

Moved on by the Val’yard, a darkness that he had kept inside,
But when the evidence was falsified, with acquitted pride
The voice said, “(Doctor) The Rani’s hot on your trail”
He started retreatin’ and freein’ his regenerated self.

There would’ve been nothin’ left to do
For someone less astute
He would’ve been dead or destitute
When he was shot in San Francisco
Tasked with movin’, removin’ the remains of the Master
Pushed him in the Eye of Harmony and ran off faster.

(Chasin’) the Bad Wolf throughout all of time and space before
(Embracin’) vortex energy, see
him as he stands at the (oooh)
Console of his ship headed for a new land
On New Earth you can be a new man

On New Earth you can be a new man (Allons-y)
On New Earth you can be a new man (Allons-y)
On New Earth you can be a new man
On New Earth
New Earth

TENTH DOCTOR:
Allons-y!

Your name is The Doctor (His name is the Doctor)
And the Oncoming Storm are you (Oncoming Storm are you)
You could never back down
You never learned to take your time

Oh, your name is the Doctor (His name is the Doctor)
And the Silence will fall for you

Will ever outrun your shame?
Will the Time War destroy your name?
Our world will never be the same, oh

Pandorica is open now, see if you can spot him
(Just you wait)
He’s just a madman with a box and no one’s caught him.
(Just you wait)
After Lake Silencio the Universe forgot him

CAPT. JACK/RORY
We fought with him

ADRIC:
Me? I died for him

THE BRIGADIER:
Me? I trusted him

ROSE TYLER/MARTHA JONES
Me? I loved him

RIVER SONG:
And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him

There’s a million worlds that you have seen
But just you wait
What’s your name, man?
His name is the Doctor!

About Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi leaving the show

Mark Gatiss talks about future of Doctor Who after Steven Moffat leaves: “It’s the end of an era”.

They have enjoyed an incredible working relationship on both Sherlock and Doctor Who, but will Gatiss still be a part of Who when new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over? Let’s watch the interview and find out!

Peter Capaldi talks about his reasons for leaving Doctor Who at The Graham Norton Show 2017.

Steven Moffat about John Simm’s Master and Peter Capaldi’s regeneration

“They are absolutely wonderful together. They are hilarious, it’s absolutely gorgeous. You’re in for a real treat. A real treat”

The current showrunner reveals that the John Simm always secretly wanted to return to Doctor Who, and that his performance is well worth the wait. And he is back in series 10.

Also he drops hints about Peter Capaldi’s regeneration: “His Doctor feels sort of impulsive and in the moment and would do something reckless that you wouldn’t expect”.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com at the BFI & Radio Times festival, Steven Moffat had some thoughts about the Tweflth Doctor’s final stand.

How to pilot a TARDIS

Your personal trainer show you everything you need to know! Learn how to pilot your very own TARDIS, just in time for the new season premiere.

Get ready tonight, make time to watch the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole Saturday, April 15th at 9/8c on BBC America followed by the premiere of the new spin-off, Class.

New Doctor Who – 1980s style

Have you ever wondered what Doctor Who would have looked and sounded like if it started in the 1980s? Maybe something like this…

Somewhere there’s a parallel universe where we never evolved beyond VHS or the Roland D-50, and the revived Doctor Who wound up looking very different.

Doctor Who Magazine DWM issue 511

Doctor Who Magazine Issue #511 was for say this Thursday, 6 April 2017, price £5.99, and previews the series 10 starting just a few days from now.

Doctor Who Magazine DWM issue 511Contents of the issue include:

  • An exclusive interview with Pearl Mackie who plays new companion Bill Potts
  • Previews of the first three episodes of the 2017 season – The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice, with exclusive interviews with writers Steven Moffat, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Sarah Dollard
  • Doctor Who’s producers Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the making of the show
  • 1983’s Terminus is put under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction
  • The Time Team watch 2011’s The Curse of the Black Spot
  • Showrunner Steven Moffat introduces the writers of the 2017 series in his latest column
  • Brand new comic strip action as the Doctor and Jess have a showdown with the Master in Doorway to Hell

Who is Bill Potts?

Something’s coming… and it will be the Doctor’s most epic adventure yet. Season 10 will start this Easter, just a few days from now.

Get ready to have the time of your life with the Doctor, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), and Nardole this Saturday, April 15th at 9/8c on BBC America followed by the premiere of the new spin-off, Class.

Doctor Who Magazine DWM Issue 508

Doctor Who Magazine issue 508 cover

The cover of the magazine and the cover inside the polybag.

Doctor Who Magazine issue 508

The issue goes to 1970s and includes a special joint interview with Mark Gatiss and Katy Manning. And there’s a look at novelist and scriptwriter Terrance Dicks and the fourth Doctors mind-bending episode ‘The Brain of Morbius’. It will be out tomorroy, Thursday 12 January.

Garden shed as life-sized TARDIS

Paul Foden, 44, is a handyman and Doctor Who fan from Stoke-on-Trent. Obsessed with the Time Lord and has previous made models of a Dalek and the robotic dog K9, he has devoted his spare time to building various Doctor Who-related items, such as a battle-scarred Dalek, a Cyberman, K9, and this garden shed, which looks like the TARDIS from the outside, and the inside too.

Handyman Paul spent almost 12 months working on the 12ft (3.6m) tall Tardis which now has pride of place in his back garden. Yesterday (Mon) he said: “I’ve been working on it for nearly a year and I’m just adding the last few details. “I watch Doctor Who and I thought the Tardis would be interesting to build so I decided to have a go.”

Cybermen! The Steel That Kills

BabelColour createad a Cybermen summary. Body horror and surgical brutality equals cybernetic transformation in the dark universe of Doctor Who. Emotions will destroy you. They were removed because it hurts. The Cyber Race will take your body. You will become like them.