You don’t have to be celebrating the Halloween in order to enjoy this selection of truly hair-raising moments from the last 52 years of Doctor Who. If you want to get even more spooked, check out the Doctor Who Monster Collections in iTunes: www.iTunes.com/DoctorWho.
Featuring scary moments from: Listen (2014), Midnight (2008), Blink (2007), The Satan Pit (2006), The Doctor Dances (2005), Spearhead from Space (1970) and The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967).
There was a moment in time when there were 3 Doctors (the tenth, the eleventh and the War Doctor) and two Osgood (the real one and the Zygon copy) and there were a peace treaty about to be signed between the humans, represented by Kate Stewart and the UNIT, and the Zygons. Of course, that moment is The day of the Doctor. And they did it: the treaty was signed, 20 millions Zygons were allowed to live on Earth, disguised like humans, while Osgood remained in duplicate to ensure the treaty. A nice trick to get her back, of course, and a very good way to start an action packed dense episode!
We all have known for some time about Osgood’s return, but we did not know many things about it. It was chosen the hybrid variant, one quite often recently: Ashildr introduced us another type a hybrid two weeks ago. A reason good enough to change a little the Zygon rules: until now they need the original alive to be drained by information and to keep intact the exterior look they copied. But these rules seem obsolete.
Returning to this episode: the treaty has been untouched for two years (from the special episode in 2013), until the moment a radical Zygon group started to act against their own species and the humans on Earth. They wanted the entire planet in order to live without hiding and they did not hesitate to do anything and to kill anyone to get that. The political message is very subtle as clear as a sledgehammer in the head.
You will have to discover yourself how they did it (if you haven’t done it already) and the conclusion of this invasion in the second part of the adventures with aliens metamorphis, next week. Kate Stewart and UNIT, Osgood and Clara, the Doctor – they will all be there (probably), involved, if they survive until then.
Directed by Daniel Nettheim, written by Peter Harness. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Jaye Griffiths (Jac), Cleopatra Dickens (Claudette), Sasha Dickens (Jemima), Rebecca Front (Walsh), Abhishek Singh (Little boy), Samila Kularatne (Little boy’s mum), Todd Kramer (Hitchley), Jill Winternitz (Lisa), Gretchen Egolf (Norlander), Karen Mann (Hitchley’s Mum), Aidan Cook (Zygon).
Next time on Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion, the eighth episode of Series 9, written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 7 November on BBC One, 8 pm to 8:50 pm.
Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust. With UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?
The guys from BBC asked YouTuber Marc Zapanta to re-create Leandro from episode The woman who lived using his very own prosthetics and make up – in the following video you can check out the fantastic job he did! He will be great inspiration for the Doctor Who Festival Cosplay Showcase competition, happening each day at the Doctor Who Festival next month.
David Tennant & Catherine Tate return to Doctor Who on 3 audio dramas with Big Finish Productions. The stories are compiled as Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures and are Technophobia (set in a near-future London in which mankind loses the ability to use technological devices), Time Reaver (set on a mechanical planet with a thriving black market economy and a dark secret) and Death and the Queen (Donna falls for the man of her dreams on a planet called Goritania, but the Doctor isn’t entirely convinced by this fairytale romance).
During the final days of recording they had a quick chat with the team, interviewed by executive producer Nick Briggs (know for the Dalek voice), filmed and edited by Tom Saunders. Why does Catherine Tate make such a good Doctor Who companion? And why is David Tennant such a good Doctor?
Yes, the Doctor saves the Earth one more time (from an alien invasion), and that’s something already ordinary. He’s done it too many times not to expect of this from him, and an episode that would have only this would be almost boring. Almost. This episode is boring only for a few moments, when the action is slow and a little childish, or when it’s hinting to Robin Hood duel in the woods (from any movie about Robin Hood you can think about in this very moment, not only the episode from last season), but you can pass with no problems of these moments.
Especially because the episode The woman who lived deals with two important subjects for the entire Doctor Who show and, why not?, the future of the Doctor.
everyone knows the Doctor is always running, right? He saves someone, he destroys some things, he saves a planet (usually the Earth), he looses some men doing that, and he moves on. He never sets to some place long enough to set some roots there. The only times (at least in the last seasons) when he was close enough to that was the refuge for an undetermined time (we only know that he was alone “for a long time”) between the clouds where he hid after Amy and Rory’s dissapearance, and the time he spend on Trenzalore, bat then he did not have too many choices. Only a few times, too few!, he had to deal with what he leaves behind and the effects of his actions as intense as this episode.
at the end of the previous episode the Doctor says something you should remember: immortality does not mean “living forever”, it means “everyone dies around you”. It’s a different perspective that is the center of the action in this episode, you deal with it very intense: what happens with a person that lose often the beloved ones (friend, lovers, children)? Does that person remains normal (in the common sense of the word: a people you deal with, you are friend with and you can do something together) or he / she retreats in a personal world, distinct of the world we all share, and from he / she wants to escape?
Tha’s why this episode is a true continuation of previous episode. You will have to find out for yourselves the details (if you haven’t already found them): the Doctor made some mistakes, Ashildr made also some mistakes, and the second medical device (made by the Mire, reprogrammed by the Time Lord to repair humans, its secondary effect is immortality) is merged with the most trivial and unimportant human being in the world. A man who did nothing special, but who loves to live and, more, to remind Ashildr how precious is the human life. The conclusion will be understood only in the end of the episode, with Clara’s appearance (she was absent most of the episode) and the barely noticed appearance in the background of a selfie.
Directed by Edward Bazalgette (as Ed Bazalgette), written by Catherine Tregenna. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), Rufus Hound (Sam Swift), Gareth Berliner (Coachman), Elisabeth Hopper (Lucie Fanshawe), John Voce (Mr. Fanshawe), Struan Rodger (Clayton), Gruffudd Glyn (Pikeman Lloyd Llewelyn), Reuben Johnson (Pikeman William Stout), Ariyon Bakare (Leandro), Daniel Fearn (Crowd 1), Karen Seacombe (Crowd 2), John Hales (Hangman).
Next time on Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion, the seventh episode of series 9, written by Peter Harness.
The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen — until now! When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?
It premieres Saturday 31 October on BBC One, 8.15pm to 9.05pm.
Beards, dragons and spacesuits: the viking world collides with the future in this episode.
Meet the Mire – #MaisieCam: Maisie Williams meets two of the men behind the Mire.
Making The Mire: check out the meticulous work that Millennium FX put into creating the Mire. You can go meet them and see the finished monster in all its glory at the Doctor Who Festival, 13th – 15th November 2015! Get your tickets: http://www.doctorwhofestival.com
Peter Capaldi shares his appreciation for the men and women behind the monsters – the Mire.
The Doctor’s Yo-Yo – #MaisieCam: can Peter Capaldi really use a YoYo? Let’s watch Maisie Williams finding out!
Peter Capaldi tells us of his delight in working with Maisie.
Maisie finds out about parenting skills on the set. #MaisieCam
Let’s meet Chuckles #MaisieCam: Maisie Williams introduces you to actor Ian Conningham.
Maisie Williams shows us rehearsals from the actor’s perspective whe the Mire came and took all the warriors. #MaisieCam
Will Ashildr be back? We’ll find out, eventually, hoping to be very soon..
Maisie Williams tells us about the reactions to her joining Doctor Who and crossing fandoms with Game of thrones.
Any whovian knows that Peter Capaldi appeared in the Who Universe at least twice before becoming the Doctor: the episode Fire of Pompeii (series 4, episode 2) and an entire season of Torchwood. And we all know that Steven Moffat, one of the executive producers, promised that the issue will be solved “sometime in the future”.
That means this episode. Or, at least, an explanation is provided to match the events in this episode, to make the Doctor to keep the way he has chosen for himself: saving people. In Fire of Pompeii Dona implore him to save at least somebody if he could not save the entire town, and now he loses somebody saving a viking village from a very advanced technological civilization raiding for their chemical resources (adrenaline and testosterone from the local elite warriors).
But let’s return to the current events: Clara is lost in space, in clear and immediate danger, but the Doctor saves her life in the last moment. The break they are during, some kind of retreat, brings them near some vikings that take them prisoners and bring them to their village.
A young viking girl Ashildr, makes a great impression to the Doctor (and you will discover the reason why, alone). Clara and the same girl are kidnapped by Mire, the most deadliest mercenary in the galaxy during a raid again the vikings. The only thing that keeps both of them alive, for the moment, is the technology that they are wearing, something that could not have existed in a viking village. But Ashildr provoke them to war, so the Doctor and Clara have to find a solution to assure their survival without creating to many ripples in time.
And they, finally, succeed in doing that, in one short period of time: just a day. That’s a good thing considering that in the beginning the Doctor react very not like himself, arming and training some farmers that did not want to run away, even they did not stand a chance against the elite warriors of Mire.
The success is not complete, because Ashildr is lost, and the Doctor have to find some very good reasons to bring her back. And he does, so well that Maisie Williams (Ashildr) will be in the next week episode.
The episode is interesting, with the Doctor trying to keep the imposed attitude. There were very few times he was closer to a normal ordinary human being that tries to keep a high standard, with the normal, but only temporary, hesitations and misguidance.
Directed by Edward Bazalgette (as Ed Bazalgette), written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), David Schofield (Odin), Simon Lipkin (Nollarr), Ian Conningham (Chuckles), Tom Stourton (Lofty), Alastair Parker (Limpy), Murray McArthur (Hasten), Barnaby Kay (Heidi).
Next time on Doctor Who, The Woman Who Lived, the sixth episode of Series 9, written by Catherine Tregenna, premieres Saturday 24 October on BBC One, 8.20pm to 9.10pm.
England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman ‘The Nightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that’s not of this world, they come face to face with the Doctor. Who is the Nightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman’s noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal?
Vashta Nerada [Doctor Who Theme] is Traffic Experiment’s reworking of Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire’s classic Doctor Who theme, featuring the vocals of the very lovely Harri Norris and recorded with producer George Shilling (of Bernard Butler, Blur, Porcupine Tree fame) at his Bank Cottage studio. TE’s very good friend and videographer Rich Wakefield of FX Media filmed the recording and produced this video.
One of the many breath-taking special effects created Danny Hargreaves and his team at Real SFX. They will be on stage on Doctor Who Festival, showcasing the techniques used to create the physical special effects on the show.
The cover for issue #492 of Doctor Who Magazine has been unveiled. The magazine is previewing the next four episodes of Series 9 – The Girl Who Died / The Woman Who Lived, The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion. The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is on sale from Thursday 15 October, priced £4.99.
If you already watched the previous episode (Under the lake) you already know the first part of the story: the Doctor and Clara are brought by the TARDIS to a underwater base set for exploring oil, people are dying one by one and they transform into criminal ghosts. At the end of third episode the Doctor and 2 companions travel back in time, before the dam being destroyed and before the lake covering the nearby town, just in the moment of the arrival of the alien ship that started all the problems you already know.
The episode is quite predictable, especially because some elements could be guessed deducted quite easy because of the Doctor’s ghost appearance, and the new elements that you descover now does not influence the result too much. More: you are given the key element of the action in the beginning of the episode, so you can relax, watch the action unfolding and the confrontation between the Doctor and The Fisher King.
The good thing is that action is not slow, it keeps you alert even if you already know some of the key elements and you find out about everything you need from the beginning. More: you could become curious to find out how the characters discover the unknown elements of the puzzle and how they solve their problems. Or how they can create exactly the future they wanted in order keep their personal past unchanged. The two episodes succeed in creating a circular story that can only be developed with time travels.
In this episode the action is jumping from the year 2119 to 1980, during the cold war, into a training town for learning people to live in Russia. The alien ship had just arrived, and Prentis, the Tivolian that became the first ghost, was still alive. The two energy sources were on the ship, also the Tivolian’s master, The Fisher King. But he wasn’t exactly dead, and from this moment you have to watch the episode to find out for yourselves the rest of the story.
On the other end of time stream, on the base into the future, Clara is behaving very much alike the Doctor. And, at least in some degree, she knows about this transformation and that huge gap between the others (the old Clara) and the current Clara.
Directed by Daniel O’Hara, written by Toby Whithouse. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Arsher Ali (Bennett), Morven Christie (O’Donnell), Neil Fingleton (The Fisher King), Zaqi Ismail (Lunn), Paul Kaye (Prentis), Sophie Leigh Stone (Cass), Colin McFarlane (Moran), Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Peter Serafinowicz (The Fisher King – voce), Corey Taylor (The Fisher King).
The next episode of series 9 is The girl who died. With some weird vikings and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from Game of Thrones).
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Meet the Fisher King: Peter Capaldi talks him and Game of Thrones.
Jenna Coleman talks about the Sonic Shades – the Doctor’s wearable technology!
What’s it like playing a Tivolian on Doctor Who? Paul Kaye tells us all how is playing Prentis.
Slipknot on Doctor Who set: Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame visits the TARDIS and lends his roar to the Fisher King!
Strictly come ghosting: behind-the-scenes at Before the Flood ‘Ghost Camp’!
Why is Clara like the Doctor? Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat discuss the development of Clara.
Peter Capaldi tells you what it’s like to become a monster, a ghost!
Do you want to know about what’s inside the LEGO® Doctor Who set? You can buy it for only £49.99 RRP.
Using this kit you can construct a stunningly detailed LEGO® version of the iconic TARDIS and role-play the Doctor’s time-travel adventures!
The LEGO Doctor Who set was created by fan-designer Andrew Clark and selected by LEGO Ideas members. Featuring an opening TARDIS, detachable interior console room, exclusive graphic details and steps, the fans can regenerate the Doctor and defeat the evil Daleks or Weeping Angels with the help of his extraordinary companion Clara Oswald. Once the doors of the TARDIS are closed, prepare to launch into dimensions light years away from Gallifrey!
Measuring over 5” (14cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 9” (23cm) deep, the model contains 623 pieces to build an authentic replica. At £49.99 RRP, the set (#21304) includes four minifigures: the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel, plus 2 Daleks and assorted accessory elements such as the Doctor’s signature Sonic Screwdriver.
The motto of the writers, according to Jenna Coleman, is do whatever you love to do, but “do not apply logic”. This is how Santa Clause can appear on a science-fiction show with time travel, aliens, monsters and stuff.