Doctor Who Magazine DWM Issue 495

Doctor Who Magazine DWM Issue 495Doctor Who Magazine #495 is due to be released this Thursday (7th January 2016, for the price £4.99 or $9.99) and features Alex Kingston and Paul McGann as January 2016 cover stars. This is due to the recent Big Finish release The Diary of River Song, where River Song crosses paths with the Eighth Doctor.

The issue features interviews with Alex Kingston and Paul McGann, as well as looking back at the 1974 story Death to The Daleks.

The Husbands of River Song extra – Christmas 2015 special episode

Alex Kingston about returning as River Song and why she loves it.

This year the Christmas presents galore! Alex Kingston and Matt Lucas swap pressies and tell us about festive Doctor Who fun!

This could be one of the creepiest things ever: Greg Davies gazes into the face of a ghastly future…

But even so, Greg Davies is delighted to be playing Hydroflax!

Anyway… you should watch out! There are monsters in the shadows of Doctor Who sets, as Greg Davies found out!

War Doctor trailer – only the monstrous

“At the heart of the battle, where the blood of the innocents flow, and only the monstrous survive…” This is new trailer from Only The Monstrous, the Big Finish audio drama that hopes to flesh out those years where the Doctor went to war, regenerating into great actor John Hurt.

There are three new battles for The War Doctor!

1.1 The Innocent

As the Daleks mass their time fleet for a final assault on Gallifrey, something ancient is waiting for them at Omega One. And a sacrifice must be made.

Arch-manipulator and Time Lord strategist, Cardinal Ollistra receives shock news of the Doctor’s death.

Meanwhile, on the planet Keska, a parochial war has returned to plague a peaceful civilisation after decades of tranquillity. But how can such a war have any connection with the great Time War which, at any one moment in the whole of eternity, could threaten to tear the universe apart?

If only the Doctor were still alive.

1.2 The Thousand Worlds

With the high-ranking Time Lord Seratrix behind enemy lines, the War Doctor finds himself assigned to a rescue mission. But any room for manoeuvre is severely restricted by an area of space known as the Null Zone.

Times have changed on Keska, and a countdown to destruction is beginning.

But who are the Taalyens and what is their part in the great and terrifying Dalek plan?

1.3 The Heart of the Battle

Trapped in a citadel swarming with Daleks, the Time Lord rescue force must find a way to overcome insurmountable odds. With the Daleks apparently planning to rule the Null Zone, perhaps their thirst for universal conquest and victory has been quenched…

The War Doctor doesn’t believe so — but how can he prove it without destroying any chance of peace?

As the countdown to the destruction of Keska proceeds, a deadly choice must be made… A choice that will define this Doctor, and perhaps forever cast him in the role of ‘monster’.

Written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, video & animation by Tom Saunders, 3D model work by: Chris Thompson, musical score by Howard Carter.

Cast: John Hurt (The War Doctor), Jacqueline Pearce (Cardinal Ollistra), Lucy Briggs-Owen (The Nursemaid), Carolyn Seymour (The Slave), Beth Chalmers (Veklin), Alex Wyndham (Seratrix), Kieran Hodgson (Bennus), Barnaby Edwards (Arverton), Mark McDonnell (Traanus), John Banks (Garv) and Nicholas Briggs as The Daleks.

Producer David Richardson, script editor Matt Fitton, Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs.

Doctor Who, Christmas special episode 2015 – The husbands of River Song

Or Doctor and River Song’slast aventure (a sort of, because she gets into the Library – episode 8, season 4 – and dies in the second part of the story sacrificing herself to save the Time Lord she loved), or the last 24 years night for the favorite Time Lord and his wife. Name it as you want, all the variants are good.

But this does not mean that this Christmas special episode is River’s last adventure along Doctor’s side – she has kept meeting with the Time Lord in the wrong order for 200 years (you should already know enough details about that) not to offer her a chance to continue their adventures in the right order. Jenna Coleman left recently the show, and Clara Oswald has her chance (a small one, but it’s there) to come back in Doctor’s life, sometime in the future. River was already saved (in electronic format, as a part of the database of the Library), she can easily come back in some form or another – nothing lasts forever, everything changes, and any additional information about the Executive Producers’ plans for her are probably secret.

The action was pretty bad: they wanted to be action packed and funny, but they didn’t make it quite right. They put the accent on funny discussions, the actors seemed sometime not realistic, but they had some good moments: the one when Riven realizes that the man standing next to her is the one she was searching the entire episode, and their connection in that very moment was just great, even if it wasn’t quite good before. If you want to relax a bit and just to have some fun than it’s a good story, but you shouldn’t expect too much from that.

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon, written by Steven Moffat and Toby Whithouse (character “Kahler”).

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Alex Kingston (River Song), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Greg Davies (King Hydroflax), Phillip Rhys (Ramone), Rowan Polonski (Flemming), Robert Curtis (Scratch), Anthony Cozens (Concierge), Chris Lew Kim Hoi (Alphonse), Nicolle Smartt (Receptionist), Liam Cook (King Hydrofla’s Body), Nonso Anozie (Hydroflax – voice).

The husbands of River Song preview & introduction

“Are you the surgeon?” – Nardole (Matt Lucas) and the Doctor are on a mission in this Christmas special episode.

The Doctor reunites with River – the moment when Nardole introduces the Time Lord to River Song. This should be interesting! Very interesting! Tell me, do you thing that the Doctor will tell her who he is? When?

Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston introduce ‘The Husbands of River Song’.

Alex Kingston and Matt Lucas swap pressies and tell you about festive Doctor Who fun!

Ashildr from the Future, the ultimate imortal #Masiecam

Maisie Williams returns, much to the delight of Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi!

Introduced in series 9, Ashildr was just a viking girl in the village the Doctor and Clara saved. Then she became something elese, a hibrid, an immortal. Then, in the final episode of series 9, she gets into a TARDIS, along Clara Oswald. You can watch Maisie Williams, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman having fun on the classic TARDIS.

The very first TARDIS from Maisie Williams’ point-of-view!

The Truth Behind the TARDIS: larking about, literally behind-the-scenes, with Maisie Williams and Peter Capaldi.

Clara Oswald, the ride of a lifetime with the Doctor

Clara’s adventures with the Doctor has ended for now, she took of with her own TARDIS through the space and time, along Ashildr. We may see her back, sometime in the future, but for now it’s time for a farewell goodbye. Jenna Coleman looks back at “the best part of my life” at the of series 9.

Jenna Coleman’s hardest scene: shen explains which Doctor Who moment was her toughest, inside a Dalek.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 12 – Hell bent

Memories become stories when we forget them. Maybe some of the become songs. Remember this because it is important.

Well, Clara Oswald is still dead. Kind of dead. And here starts the beauty of time travel stories: Clara’s death is a fixed point in time and space (it can not be changed without fracturing the entire time and space continuum), but the Doctor saves her. Kind of saves her. And he can not enjoy it very much because he is not remembering her (with the exception of some details more or less important) good enough to recognize her when he meets her in the restaurant he met once, several series ago, with Amy, Rory and River Song to save his own life.

Maybe that’s why the final episode of series 9 started with the expectation that Amy and Rory were about to enter in the restaurant with the Doctor, for an unforgiven meeting of the companions because of Clara’s version as a waitress serving the amnesic Time Lord.

And the fragmented story he told her is a very elegant solution to offer Clara the exit she deserve: back on Gallifrey, Doctor’s actions made a president to run in exil (he gave the orders that brought Clara’s death and her friend’s captivity), with all the necessary scandal and after a firing squad meant for the Doctor with all the soldiers missing their target. Started to do everything he can in order to save Clara, the Doctor takes her from her own time, shortly before her death, frozen in one moment in time, and he fights against his hown people. Again. And he steals a TARDIS in order to run. Again.

Not very long time ago, in the episode The Witch’s familiar, you and your friends got inside the catacombs used by the Daleks as graveyard, now you get inside the computer used by the Time Lords to keep the personalities of their dead fellows inside a matrix, and you will leave that place as fast you left during the previous episode. The events in this episode happen very fast, I won’t give you the details, but the Doctor breaks all the codes he assumed for himself, and he gets to confront his own actions and their consequences. He gets in a situation he can not ignore the debates about the identity and origin of the Hybrid, especially when Ashildr / Me is the one serving them to the Doctor, at the Universe’s end of life (about the same period of time the Time Lord brought another immortal – captain Jack Harkness – and the meeting between Ashildr and Jack should be something important to watch).

Two TARDIS-es flying in space and time? The Who universe should be adjusted to that. Probably we won’t watch Clara and Ashildr, or their TARDIS, in action too soon, just like we haven’t met Doctor’s daughter after several years of adventures in Universe. Maybe they will appear in some distant future and a galay far far away, the one full with Jedi knights.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Donald Sumpter (The President), Ken Bones (The General), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), T’Nia Miller (Female General), Malachi Kirby (Gastron), Clare Higgins (Ohila), Linda Broughton (The Woman), Martin Sherman (Man), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Wraith), Ross Mullan (Wraith), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek – voice).

The next episode is the Christmas special one, it’s called The husbands of River Song.

It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

Doctor Who series 9 episode 11 – Heaven sent extra

Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat discuss the return of director Rachel Talalay for the final two episode of series nine.

Visualising Heaven Sent: storyboarding is an invaluable filmmaking tool. What did you make of the visuals for this episode? Director Rachel Talalay and storyboard artist Mike Collins discuss bringing to life Steven Moffat’s script.

Rachel Talalay’s castle sketch: she speaks about her artistic plotting of the castle layout.

The grave sketch: then she speaks about her artistic plotting of the grave attack.

Behind The Veil, cast and crew unveil the creature from the Doctor’s nightmares now pursues him.

Sprout Boy meets a galaxy of stars on Christmas 2015 on BBC One

Including Peter Capaldi as the Doctor! An unloved sprout finds friendship with BBC One stars, from Doctor Who to Sherlock. The Christmas 2015 Doctor Who special episode is The Husbands of River Song, it will begin at 5.15 pm and it will run for 60 minutes.

The highlights on this Christmas: River Song returns to Doctor Who, Poldark’s Aidan Turner discovers a murder, Sherlock and Watson go back to their Victorian roots.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 11 – Heaven sent

The action from previous episode let you a little uncertain about the people that have hired Ashildir / Me to get the Doctor into a trap, and you also don’t know the purpose of that action. Identity of that person or persons is still unknown (apparently they are Time Lords, but no one knows which ones), and the ending of this episode offer some answers while rising other questions.

Clara Oswald has died, the Doctor is alone, mourning and captive into a castle, followed by the ghost of his own past and a very dangerous creature, a killer called The Veil. Everything was created to make him feel afraid, using images from Doctor’s nightmares, and makes him always run from a certain death, offering him none chance to stay alive. Or almost none chance, because the only way out is a gate through a very though material, much more tough than diamond, something that he would break in “only” a few billion years.

The only help he has is Clara’s image, the same image the Doctor is carrying with him even she is dead. And it’s enough to make him continue over and over again until he breaks trough.

The episode is very similar with the nightmare, but the mystery is much more important that the scare, and the show in only one man’s: Clara and The Veil are only helps to push the Doctor into a direction or another. The only way to postpone a little the deadly end is to tell the truth, to confess – that’s the reason for the device that came into Missy’s, Doctor’s and Ashildr’s hand is called “the Doctor’s last confession”. Some name for the long path that brought the Doctor back on Gallifrey, and that’s only one small part of the unexpected end.

But you have to find yourself who is the Hybrid of two mighty warrior races, Daleks and Time Lords, the creature whom only purpose is to destroy Gallifrey şi turn everything to ashes.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, written by Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Jami Reid-Quarrell (Veil).

Next time on Doctor Who: Hell Bent, the twelfth and final episode of Series 9, written by Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 5 December, 8pm to 9.05pm on BBC One.

If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts…how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 10 – Face the raven

How do you get the Doctor into a trap? Don’t forget that he is a Lord of Time with a TARDIS, a time travel with a technology, intelligence and determination not quite usual, a being that made entire armies with the mention of his name, a being that saved Earth and the entire Univers countless times. You know the show and the character, I don’t have to give you examples and explanations about that.

The answer to that question is simple: you show him a challenge, a mystery, something to make him be so focus he can not stay away. And Rigsy’s tattoo and the death sentence that came with it are motifs good enough to start searching hidden streets of London. Something that will remind you about Harry Potter’s adventures (but with more technology, of course, because it’s a science-fiction show not a fantasy series of movies with a lot of magic), not only because of the access but also the population.

And Ashildr runs with iron hand one of the hidden streets, a sanctuary for anyone who needs to hide from the exterior world. A lot of different species live there, united by the desire to be safe and the execution style for the people that does not obey the rules. Rigsy, the intruder, was sentenced to death because of the acuzation of killing someone, they thought he broke one of the most important rules of the small society living in the street. Doctor and Clara tries to find out what really happened. They did find out, but they could not avoid the trap nor the effects of their actions: it’s not a secret that Clara started to act like the Doctor, and in time she was transformed in something like him. A person addicted to the Time Lord life style, but more less resistant than the original. And it was quite obvious that sooner or later she would start to be reckless, to start making mistakes, even that kind of mistakes whom effects can not be undone. No matter how good are someones intentions, some times you die because of them.

And Clara Oswald dies because of something stupid, a mistake that she did taking Rigsy’s tattoo. It’s not entirely accidental, it’s rather a conclusion to a behavior that was building up in the last episode, especially after Danny Pink’s death, and because of that you may not feel her disappearance in the same way as Amy and Rory’s departure. The ending is emotional, with an unleashed Doctor and a Clara wanting a good death, in the same style as the death of the man she loved.

There are good chances to watch Jenna Coleman in other episodes of the show: from one point of view she is the girl that scattered all over the Doctor’s life in order to help and save him – why shouldn’t other versions of her appear and do the same things in the future, or to offer a different conclusion to the character. Maybe something to explain the life of Orson Pink, Danny Pink’s and Clara’s grandson?

On the other hand, Clara’s first appearance was entirely unexpected, sooner that all the fans were expecting to appear (we have known for some time about the Pond-Williams departure). The Clara’s character was surrounded in mystery from the beginning. Her departure, facing the raven, was also expected, but it’s the final? Who and what would stop her appearance one more time, the Clara we all know and watched in action, in order to offer a different ending to the character? It’s a rhetorical question, you don’t need to answer, but if it made you think a bit it’s excellent.

I won’t tell you how the episode unfold, it’s to action packed and there are too many details to be mentioned – I will let you discover yourself the story. Especially that you will have to wait for the next episode in order to get your own conclusion about facing the raven (a moment you will want to watch once or twice again).

Directed by Justin Molotnikov, written by Sarah Dollard. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Joivan Wade (Rigsy), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), Simon Manyonda (Kabel), Simon Paisley Day (Rump), Letitia Wright (Anahson), Robin Soans (Chronolock Guy), Angela Clerkin (Alien woman), Caroline Boulton (Habrian woman), Jenny Lee (Elderly woman), Naomi Ackie (Jen).

Next time on Doctor Who is Heaven Sent, the eleventh episode of Series 9, written by Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 28 November, 8:05pm to 9pm on BBC One.

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

K-9 robot dog in real life

Doctor Who fans are among the most dedicated and creative people in the universe. One of them, Richard Hopkins, spent some time to create a working model of K-9, the Fourth Doctor’s robot dog. He started some time ago preparing for this, since he was eight years old, and the result is spectacular. You can read more about the subject on his blog.

Until the watch him showing how a Raspberry Pi and Servo Controller are connected to a formerly radio controlled K9 to enable remote control over Wifi.

He has done some significant progress over the last few months; operating K-9 remotely is now possible thanks to a new macro Pi camera and a (rather halting) conversation is also possible thanks to Google Translate and Pandorabots API. So you don’t need to be in the same room with the robot in order to operate it.

Doctor Who Festival, November 2015

Cosplay & reunions: in the very first day of Doctor Who Festival there were some interviews to Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez, Ingrid Olivier, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffatt.

In the same first day Peter Capaldi was interviewed by Good Morning Britain at London’s Excel.

People were visiting the Millenium FX stand at the Doctor Who Festival with YouTuber Bullysteria to turn him into a Zygon and find out a bit more about how he became a Doctor Who fan!

Peter Capaldi gives Jenna Coleman leaving gift and speech at doctor who festival.

Anyway, if you have the time you can watch Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, Ingrid Oliver and Steven Moffat talking at the Doctor Who Festival, just a few days ago, the full 42 minutes. The footage is shaky, but that’s it…

Doctor Who: series 9, episode 9 – Sleep no more extra

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman explain how filming in a freezer is a chilling challenge!

Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and the cast discuss creepy new monsters, The Sandmen.

Every obnoxious computer needs a voice, producer Nikki Wilson couldn’t resist and impersonated one in this horror classic episode!

Doctor Who’s SFX Supervisor, Danny Hargreaves, tells you how he achieved the impressive flame effects in ‘Sleep No More’.