Piper and Tennant were only on the screen together for one year between 2005 and 2006, but theirs is one of the most fondly remembered partnerships.
More than ten years after they played a crucial part in bringing ‘Doctor Who’ back to the small screen and mainstream popularity, David Tennant and Billie Piper are set to reunite in a series of audio episodes.
Tennant and Piper portrayed the Timelord and his companion Rose Tyler in ‘Doctor Who’ between 2005 and 2006, and were one of the most fondly remembered combinations as the sci-fi series made its comeback in the noughties. Now, they’ll be getting back together for three audio-only episodes of ‘Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2’, which will be released in November this year.
David Tennant played the Doctor for four years
Continue reading: David Tennant And Billie Piper To Reunite On 'Doctor Who' Audio Episodes
A 'Doctor Who' fan wrote in recently to tell the BBC that a female Doctor would confuse his children.
Rumours that Kris Marshall is set to become the next Doctor Who have gained more credibility after a BBC complaints officer assured a disgruntled fan that there were “currently no plans” for the next Timelord to be a woman.
The current star of the BBC sci-fi series, Peter Capaldi, has recently begun his final series in the role, and speculation has been mounting for several months as to the identity of the new Doctor. Many had predicted that a female actor would take over, with the likes of Tilda Swinton, Olivia Coleman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge being regularly mentioned in connection with the soon-to-be vacant part.
Kris Marshall is strongly rumoured to be the next 'Doctor Who'
'Doctor Who' star Capaldi is quitting the show alongside chief writer Moffat later this year, and he defended their track record.
As they both prepare to exit ‘Doctor Who’ at the end of the upcoming series in 2017, the show’s star Peter Capaldi has defended its chief writer and showrunner Steven Moffat from accusations of misogyny from some quarters.
Moffat’s tenure as the BBC show’s head is coming to an end soon, when he’ll be replaced by Chris Chibnall (of ‘Doctor Who’s sister show ‘Torchwood’ and ITV’s ‘Broadchurch’). However, while many fans have praised Moffat, some have accused him of misogyny and not including enough female characters or storylines around relevant issues.
Peter Capaldi defended his 'Doctor Who' colleague Steven Moffat
Piper played the Doctor's assistant, Rose Tyler, from 2005 to 2006.
With the news that Peter Capaldi will be ending his role as the Time Lord at the end of the upcoming series of ‘Doctor Who’, one of the show’s former stars Billie Piper has called on the BBC to cast a woman in the lead role for the first time.
58 year old Capaldi has held down the role of the Twelfth Doctor since 2013, but he announced on Monday night (January 30th) that he would be making way for another star by the end of the year. He will appear in the forthcoming series in the spring, playing the Doctor for the final time in the 2017 Christmas special.
Billie Piper believes the vacant 'Doctor Who' role should go to a woman
Continue reading: The Next 'Doctor Who' Should Be A Woman, Says Billie Piper
'Doctor Who' is losing its longtime showrunner Steven Moffatt after series 10.
Peter Capaldi has admitted he's still not sure about his future as the Doctor.
Capaldi returns to BBC screens on Christmas Day and will star in the show’s 10th series next year. But series 10 will be the last to feature showrunner Steven Moffatt and Capaldi is yet to decide wether he’ll also be bowing out.
Peter Capaldi is unsure of his future in Doctor Who
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Hasn't Decided If He'll Continue With Doctor Who
We never expected that from the BBC sci-fi series.
The first teaser for the upcoming 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special dropped on Friday during BBC's Children In Need broadcast. It's been almost a year since we last saw the show; season 10 is yet to arrive on our screens so our next instalment - 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio' - is a kind of continuation from the 2015 Christmas episode.
The Return of Doctor Mysterio features a new hero
The episode appears to continue off from last year's Christmas special 'The Husbands of River Song' and early indications show that we could see the return of the humanoid race the Shoal of the Winter Harmony, as well as River Song's faithful employee Nardole, played by Matt Lucas.
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who' 2016 Christmas Special Introduces A Caped Superhero
The Doctor will guest star in the first episode of the new series.
‘Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi will be appearing in the first episode of spin-off series ‘Class’ it has been confirmed. The series begins on Saturday 22 October, which, coincidently, is exactly ten years since fellow spin-off ‘Torchwood’ began.
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Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Will Appear In 'Doctor Who' Spin Off 'Class'
Eccleston was chosen to be the Time Lord when the BBC brought back 'Doctor Who' in 2005, but he quit after only one series.
Speaking to Australian radio show Drive, on Melbourne’s 774AB last week, the critically acclaimed English actor admitted that he should have stuck at his role as the Ninth Doctor when the BBC revived the cult ‘70s sci-fi drama back in 2005.
Instead, he quit after 13 episodes, and a decade later he revealed that he didn’t really have creative control over the character, with David Tennant then assuming the role for five years until 2010.
Continue reading: Christopher Eccleston Admits "Regret" At Quitting 'Doctor Who' So Soon
Six episodes entitled 'The Power of the Daleks', which were lost eight years after they were broadcast in 1966, are to be restored as animations later this year.
The BBC has announced it will be making an animation of a lost ‘Doctor Who’ story dating from 1966, to be released later this year on the 50th anniversary of their original air date.
‘The Power of the Daleks’ was a story with six episodes that dated from the fourth season of the BBC’s long-running sci-fi series, which featured Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. They were broadcast once in November 1966, but were lost during a purge of the master negatives in the BBC’s archives in 1974.
A handful of clips and stills were salvaged by ‘Doctor Who’ fans, but the complete visual recordings were lost.
Continue reading: BBC To Re-Create Lost 'Doctor Who' Episodes As Animations
Capaldi told fans visiting the set that the tenth series of 'Doctor Who' will be back on the BBC in "April" next year.
Peter Capaldi has broken the silence on when the next series of ‘Doctor Who’ will eventually be broadcast, revealing to fans visiting the show’s set in Cardiff that the BBC sci-fi series will return in April 2017.
“We’ll be on at Christmas, and then it starts again in April, I think,” the Scottish-born actor, 58, told young fans who had assembled on set on Tuesday (September 6th).
Peter Capaldi possibly accidentally let slip the return date for the next series of 'Doctor Who'
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Lets Slip The Return Date For Next Series Of 'Doctor Who'
Smith played the 11th Doctor from 2009 to 2013.
’Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has hinted that Matt Smith could become the first Doctor to make a return to the series. Smith left the show in 2013 and was replaced by Peter Capaldi, but according to Moffat the actor wishes he'd never left.
Could Matt Smith be returning to ‘Doctor Who’?
The Mirror reports that Moffat said Smith is “quite open about how much he misses it, and how much he wishes he hadn’t left”. The showrunner admitted Smith’s decision to leave three years ago was a “tough time”.
Continue reading: Steven Moffat Hints That Matt Smith Could Return To 'Doctor Who'
'Doctor Who' showrunner Moffat said that it had happened before the appointment of Peter Capaldi in 2013.
In an interview for the BBC programme’s official magazine this week, Moffat said that the flagship show had “no excuse” not to offer more diversity in its casting, and that the recent announcement of stage actress Pearl Mackie – whose father is from the West Indies – as the Doctor’s companion was made after they had failed in their original intention.
Steven Moffat, the lead writer and showrunner of 'Doctor Who'
The theatre actress replaces Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald.
Newcomer Pearl Mackie has been unveiled as the new assistant in BBC series ‘Doctor Who’. Mackie will play Bill, the companion of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, with her first episodes set to air in spring 2017. The announcement was made yesterday, during the FA Cup semi-final match.
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who': Pearl Mackie Revealed As The Doctor's New Companion
Working from a script written by young adult author Patrick Ness, 'Class' is coming to BBC Three in late 2016.
British actress Katherine Kelly, formerly a star of ‘Coronation Street’ and more recently of BBC drama ‘The Night Manager’, has been cast in the forthcoming ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off series called ‘Class’.
Kelly is joined by four newcomers, according to the BBC’s casting announcement made on Monday (April 4th), in the form of Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins, Fady Elsayed and Vivian Oparah. They will play sixth formers at Coal Hill School, set in modern London.
‘Doctor Who’ aficionados will know that Coal Hill School has a special part in the series’ mythology, as it was the setting for the first ever episode back in 1963.
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who' Spin-Off 'Class' Adds Katherine Kelly To Cast
Peter Davison admits it's a likely possibility.
'Doctor Who' fans everywhere can sleep easy in the knowledge that the sci-fi series could go on 'indefinitely', according to former star Peter Davison - and we have to say, we're rather inclined to agree, especially since it has seen a complete overhaul once already.
Peter Capaldi is the current incarnation of the Doctor
The show's producer Steven Moffat revealed earlier this year that the series would definitely continue for five more years, but it seems other people are much more confident than that. After BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson suggested it could go on another 50 years, former Doctor Peter Davison took it one step further insisting to BANG Showbiz that he thinks 'it will go on fairly indefinitely' as long as the fans stay devoted and the producers stay committed. We think he's got a point and have come up with seven top reasons why the Timelord will continue to travel through time.
Continue reading: 7 Reasons Why 'Doctor Who' Will Probably Go On Forever
The showrunner has spoken out after leaked Sony emails revealed talk of a ‘Doctor Who’ movie.
‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has spoken about the possibility of a ‘Doctor Who’ movie after leaked Sony emails said there was ‘tremendous interest’ in the series making a leap to the big screen.
Peter Capaldi will return as The Doctor in the Fall.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Moffat said that his main concern when it comes to a film would be ensuring that nothing happens to damage the BBC TV series. "You can't make a movie that damages the TV series," Moffat said.
The sci-fi series could be set to hit theatres within the next 8 years.
Whovians, get ready! 'Doctor Who' may be hitting the big screen for the first time in a brand new full-length movie according to new information released after the latest hack of Sony Pictures. But who will play the Doctor in the Hollywood interpretation?
Peter Capaldi returns to our screens this Autumn
Information that a new film incarnation of the popular British sci-fi franchise may be in the works has been disclosed by Wikileaks as part of the latest hackings in Sony Pictures emails. The BBC reports that there is 'tremendous interest' in such a movie after meeting with the film company in 2014, though there is nothing concrete to report as of yet.
Continue reading: Potential Upcoming 'Doctor Who' Movie Revealed In Sony Email Leaks
Sleep easy Whovians, The Doctor isn't going away anytime soon.
'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffat has assured fans of the series’ future, saying he expects the show to last at least five more years. Moffat was speaking to Doctor Who magazine as the series celebrates 10 years since its 2005 revival on the BBC.
Speaking about the show’s success Moffat said, “I thought it would last ten years. I didn’t think it would last ten years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years!”
Steven Moffat has addressed rumours surrounding a 'Doctor Who' movie and the possibility of a crossover with 'Sherlock'.
Steven Moffat, the head writer on Doctor Who, has explained there are no plans for a Doctor Who movie. Moffat explained there is simply no way the project is feasible, not only from a financial point of view but in terms of creating a film which will be on a large enough scale to match the show's enormous cultural impact.
Doctor Who currently stars Jenna Coleman as the assistant to Peter Capaldi's Doctor.
Maisie Williams, the actress best known for her role in 'Game of Thrones', will guest star in 'Doctor Who'.
Maisie Williams will guest star in Doctor Who.
Clara is forced to think like the Doctor when the pair are separated in the 2D vs. 3D latest episode.
Jenna Coleman's character Clara took on the role of the Doctor in the latest episode of BBC show 'Doctor Who' entitled 'Flatline' - but how does that leave the real Doctor feeling about his companion?
The Doctor's trapped in the TARDIS in 'Flatline'
The tension between the Doctor and Clara has been at a peak since, well, since he regenerated from the happy-go-lucky Matt Smith facade to the grumpy and sour-tempered image of Peter Capaldi. But Saturday's episode (October 18th 2014), marked a turning point as Clara was forced to think like a Timelord when they landed in a particularly dangerous situation in Bristol. The TARDIS appeared to be inexplicably shrinking from the exterior, which ultimately left the Doctor stuck inside and Clara on the outside attempting to find and fix the problem.
Ben Miller has joined the cast of Doctor Who.
Ben Miller is to play a villain on Doctor Who, facing off against Peter Capaldi in the forthcoming season. Miller, best known for his comedy work opposite Alexander Armstrong, will appear in an episode penned by Mark Gatiss set to air later in 2014.
"As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures," the actor and comic said, "My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming."
Continue reading: Ben Miller To Face Off Against Peter Capaldi In 'Doctor Who'
The History Boys actor Samuel Anderson is joining Peter Capaldi on Doctor Who.
The History Boys actor Samuel Anderson is to play a companion of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in the new series of Doctor Who. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, where Oswald also teaches.
Samuel Anderson Is Joining 'Doctor Who'
The eight series of the much-loved BBC show will also introduce Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the latest Doctor.
Continue reading: Samuel Anderson Cast In 'Doctor Who', But Who Will He Play?
Partial spoilers unveiled for the upcoming 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special!
Following a baffling turn of events for the Doctor in the 50th anniversary episode of BBC's 'Doctor Who' entitled 'The Day Of The Doctor', producer Steven Moffat intends to drop another bombshell on Whovians this Christmas.
Matt Smith in 'The Day of the Doctor'
The long-running sci-fi show's Christmas Special has now been given a title: 'The Time of the Doctor'. Rather ambiguous as usual, but with recent developments being revealed by producers, its set our minds racing. 'The Day of the Doctor' saw the Matt Smith incarnation of the Doctor meet his predecessor David Tennant as well as John Hurt who became the 'forgotten' Doctor that neither incarnation ever spoke about. Together, however, they resolved the 21st Century Doctor's darkest regret and saved his planet Gallifrey from total destruction.
The special edition of the show was aired across the globe simultaneously for the the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama
Doctor Who has landed itself in the Guinness World Record books after the show's fans tuned in to the special 50th anniversary edition of the show in their millions, with fans from almost 100 countries watching the Saturday (23 Nov.) night bonanza. The special, titled 'The Day of the Doctor,' aired on the BBC in the UK and averaged over 10 million viewers in its homeland, but that figure didn't reflect the huge amount of foreign viewers who tuned into the show too.
Matt Smith starred in one of his last appearances as the Doctor
The highly-anticipated episode, which starred current Time Lord Matt Smith alongside two previous Doctors in David Tennant and John Hurt, was simultaneously aired in 94 countries around the world so that all fans could all follow the story 'live.' The viewing figures gathered by the BBC and the Guinness World Records do not take into account the millions who are estimated to have tuned in via online streaming, which are predicted to have made the final figures even more impressive.
Matt Smith will make way for Peter Capaldi on Christmas Day.
Matt Smith's Doctor Who regeneration scene with Peter Capaldi is "brutal" and "traumatic," according to actress Jenna Coleman. Smith makes way for the 12th Doctor Capaldi during the Doctor Who special on Christmas Day.
Matt Smith Regenerates Into Peter Capaldi On Christmas Day
Coleman spoke about the regeneration during an appearance on ITV's Daybreak this morning (November 19).
Continue reading: Matt Smith's Doctor Who Regeneration Is "Traumatic," Says Jenna Coleman
The special night will only be the beginning of the celebrations...
The Doctor will be needed more than ever next week when Daleks invade Buckingham Palace in a special reception to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of the legendary sci-fi drama. Doctors past and present, who will join the Countess of Wessex at the Queen’s pad for the special celebration, will attend the festivities.
Run! The Dalek's are coming!
It’ll be every Dr. Who fan’s dream, as the Time Lord’s TARDIS will make an appearance, as well as numerous props and costumes worn in the seminal BBC show. The special 50th anniversary show will see old and new Doctors star, while a host of new faces are set to feature.
Continue reading: The Daleks Are Invading Buckingham Palace! ...Next Week
Nine of the 106 missing 'Doctor Who' episodes have been discovered in a Nigerian archive. The episodes complete two storylines when Peter Troughton played the second incarnation of the Doctor.
Nine missing Doctor Who episodes have been discovered in Nigeria. During the 1960s and 1970s the BBC destroyed, rather short-sightedly, many of the original transmission tapes of the cult sci-fi series. Fortunately, copies were often shipped out to foreign broadcasters and eleven of these episodes (9 missing ones) have been uncovered in the Nigerian city of Jos.
The current Doctor Matt Smith with his assistant Jenna Coleman.
The episodes discovered originated from the reign of the second Doctor Peter Troughton, who appeared in the role from 1966-69. Troughton's assistant, played by Deborah Watling, has also expressed her joy in the discovery of the tapes as only one storyline from her time in the Tardis remains in the BBC archives.
Continue reading: Missing 'Doctor Who' Episodes Found In Nigerian Archive
Bill Nighy revealed in an interview that he had turned down the role of Doctor Who. He said the role "comes with too much baggage."
Bill Nighy turned down the role of Doctor Who. The actor, in an interview with the Daily Express, revealed he had been offered the part but would not say when. He said he wouldn't reveal this as "the rule is that you are not allowed to say you turned that job down because it's disrespectful" to the actor who obtained the role.
Bill Nighy at the premiere of About Time at Somerset House, London.
Continue reading: Bill Nighy Turned Down Doctor Who Role - But When?
Peter Capaldi has been revealed as the next Doctor Who. The announcement was made on Sunday 4th August on a special BBC broadcast, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor.
Peter Capaldi at the 2013 BAFTA's held at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Capaldi is a "life-long Doctor Who fan" and his appointment as The Doctor has fulfilled his life's ambition. The 55-year-old actor has appeared in Doctor Who before in the episode 'The Fires of Pompeii' in season 4 of the revitalised science fiction series.
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Cast As The Next Doctor Who
Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who. The announcement was made on 'Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor', a special programme broadcast on BBC1 on Sunday 4th August. Celebrity guests included previous Doctor Who actors, their assistants and famous fans of the show.
Peter Capaldi at the 2013 BAFTA's held at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
The show, broadcast on BBC1 at 7pm and BBC America at 2.30pm, was hosted by Zoe Ball and featured appearances by the current Doctor Matt Smith, his assistant Jenna Coleman, Bonnie Langford, Anneke Wills, Katy Manning, Shappi Khorsandi, Professor Brian Cox, Professor Robert Winston, Jo Whiley, Daniel Roche, Lisa Tarbuck, Stephen Hawking, Bernard Cribbins and Rufus Hound. The cast members and celebrity fans discussed their favourite Doctor, the costumes and the process of regeneration.
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Revealed As The Next Time Lord
The twelfth incarnation of Doctor Who will be revealed on a special half hour episode to be aired on Sunday 4th August on BBC1 and BBC America.
The next Doctor Who will be announced on a special half hour episode on Sunday 4th August. Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, presented by Zoe Ball and broadcast on BBC1, will reveal who will play the twelfth incarnation of Doctor Who. For the US audience, the same show will be broadcast on Sunday on BBC America at 2.30pm.
Smith bade goodbye to his role as Doctor Who in a statement made to the BBC. He described his time in the role as "the most brilliant experience" and thanked "the cast, crew and fans of the show." He continued by saying he was "incredibly grateful" and "proud" of his colleagues. He paid special tribute to Stephen Moffat whose scripts are "varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant."
Continue reading: 12th 'Doctor Who' Actor To Be Revealed On Live Sunday Special
We can't wait to find out who the Doctor deals with these guys... again
Doctor Who’s perennial nemesis, The Daleks, are set to haunt him once more in the 50th anniversary show, which will air on November 23rd. It will be Matt Smith’s penultimate appearance as the Dr, as he’s set to sign off after the 2013 Christmas special.
Oh no, the Daleks are coming!
The programme's lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said to the BBC: "The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it's fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all."
The 'Doctor Who' Proms, held this weekend, were met with favourable reviews. Fans turned out to see the current Doctor and his assistant, Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman, as well as past cast members. The 50th Anniversary of the show is this year and the proms were filmed to be aired in November as part of these celebrations.
The Doctor Who Proms were held in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday (13th July). The performances have received positive reviews. This is the 5th of the Doctor Who BBC Proms, they will not be the only ones this year as a special weekend has been scheduled to celebrate 50 years of the British television show.
Fans showed up mainly to see current Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman. According to reviews in The Telegraph, fans turned up dressed in a bizarre combination of clothes in homage to the Smith's version of the Doctor.
Continue reading: Matt Smith Praises Fans At The 'Doctor Who' Proms
Actor Ben Daniels is the new favourite to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who this Christmas.
Ben Daniels is the latest name to become the favourite to inherit the role of Doctor Who in the long-running BBC series. Very soon there'll be very few British male actors who haven't been rumoured to be taking over the controls to the TARDIS as the Merlin actor now has the most favourable odds at 6/1. With previous odds of 16/1, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Salt, American Gangster) now closely follows Daniels at 7/1.
Could Ben Daniels Take Over From Matt Smith As The New Doctor?
However, chances are the new Who may not be a male actor at all; there have been calls for the new Doctor to be female, which would mark a first for the series which has run since 1963.
Continue reading: Ben Daniels Is New Favourite For 'Doctor Who' Job: Could He Be The One?
This year's Comic-Con features a TV heavy line-up
It’s nearly that time of year again – Comic-Con is just round the corner, and with a jam-packed schedule on offer for film buffs, comic book collectors and box set boffins, 2013 is promising to be the year of the geek.
And the year of the geek is the year of TV – this year’s event features a lot of brilliant TV appearances, kicking off with the legendary sci fi epic, Dr. Who. Actors Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman will be joined by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss to talk about the show, and celebrate its 50 year anniversary.
Continue reading: Plenty In Store For The TV Geeks Among Us With Comic-Con 2013’s Schedule
The first showing of Sam Mendes' 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical' has been met with mixed reviews but that didn't stop celebrities from turning out en masse for the premiere after-party (Tuesday 25th June).
The opening night of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: The Musical turned out to be a star studded occasion. The after party pictures show the turnout of celebrities in support of director Sam Mendes, who directed this latest production. Stars included Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Doctor Who side-kick Jenna Louise Coleman and presenter Graham Norton. Other actors present were Maxine Peake (The Village), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Summer Strallen (Land Girls) and Danny Mac (Hollyoaks).
Uma Thurman arriving at the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical after party
Also attending was Glee actor Matthew Morrison who truly got into the spirit of the occasion by joyous celebrating his own golden ticket. Morrison was not the only American actor present as Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) made an appearance along with her husband, actor Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), and their son James Wilkie Broderick. Both Uma Thurman and singer Sinitta brought along their offspring.
Emeli Sande is academically decorated.
Emeli Sande has been awarded an honorary Doctor of the University degree by the University of Glasgow. The singer received the prestigious honour for her outstanding contribution to the music industry, reports BBC News.
Sande’s degree will no doubt sit proudly next to her other academic achievement – an intercalculated degree in neuroscience from the same university between 2006 and 2009. Professor John Briggs, Clerk of Senate and Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow, said: “The University of Glasgow is very pleased to recognise Emeli Sande's huge contribution to music, both in the Uk and around the world, by awarding her an honorary degree.”
It’s been a ridiculously successful year for Sande, who performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies at the London Olympics. She has scored three number one singles from her debut album Our Version of Events, which has sold 1.5 million copies in the Uk alone. It spent 66 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, finally dropping out on May 26, 2013.
Continue reading: Emeli Sande? That’S Dr Emeli Sande To You!
Bets are off as Skyfall's Rory Kinnear has reportedly been offered the role of the Doctor in BBC's Doctor Who, after current Doctor Matt Smith's role will come to end at Christmas this year.
Rory Kinnear, 35, has apparently been offered the titular role in BBC's long-running sci-fi drama Doctor Who,causing betting agents Ladbrokes to close down bets after an influx of bets caused his odds to rise to 2/1.
The Telegraph have stoked the flames of this most recent rumour, reporting that their insider DW source confirmed Kinnear has been offered the role and is quoted saying "he is the perfect choice" to follow current Doctor, Matt Smith - who is soon to retire.
Will Rory Kinnear Be The Next Doctor Who?
Karen Gillan will join Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Lee Pace in Marvel's new movie.
Karen Gillan, who is best known for her character Amy Pond, the companion to Matt's Smith's incarnation of BBC's Doctor Who, has been cast as the "lead female villain" in Marvel Studios' upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 25 year-old Scottish actress from Inverness, is keeping herself busy with an additional part in upcoming indie supernatural horror Oculus (dir. Mike Flanagan), alongside Katee Sackhoff.
In one of the more entertaining stories of the day, it turns out that warring sci-fi fans do exist.
In a scene not dissimilar to the movie Fanboys, a group of Star Wars and Dr Who fans were involved in a brawl outside a sci-fi convention in Norwich (which as we all know is a hotbed for loutish behaviour) at the weekend. The conflict got so heated that police were forced to intervene and break up the dispute.
The scene became weird after members of the Norwich Sci Fi Club were refused entry to an event being held by the Norwich Star Wars Club. More than a dozen fans from both the Star Wars and Dr Who clan were caught up in the punch-up, including several that were in fancy dress, outside the venue at the University of East Anglia shortly after 2.30pm on Sunday (May 12). It is unknown why this story didn't become widespread until now.
The hilariously bizarre series of events were triggered when Jim Poole, treasurer of Norwich Sci Fi Club, was asked to leave the convention when he approached Doctor Who actor Graham Cole for an autograph. Poole was then involved in a stand-off with the event organiser Richard Walker, 63, with the two eventually taking their dispute outside, where they were joined by others. The row intensified and got violent and was only brought to an end when police and university security officers were called to defuse the situation.
When questioned by police, both sides admitted that there had been a long-running rivalry between the groups and the events they organise. The two groups were spoken to individually by police and told to keep out of each others way in future. In spite of the events, Mr Walker hailed it as "a very successful day," promising, "we will be back next year with an even bigger and better fair."
The upcoming 50th anniversary of legendary British sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' has sent a flurry of fervent excitement through fans everywhere who are now spending every waking hour wondering what producers could possibly have dreamt up for this milestone celebration. Rumours have been flying around everywhere suggesting jaw dropping twists and major reunions (some of which are frankly impossible) and it is true to say that everyone is hoping for it to be their favourite 'Doctor Who' story ever.
There are, at least, some definite confirmations about what we can expect for the upcoming anniversary show. On November 23rd 2013 (that's precisely 50 years on from the airing of the first ever episode 'An Unearthly Child') a special 3D show will be aired on BBC HD and in cinemas. It's a rather apt way of celebrating 50 years; by using our own technological advances on a show full of gadgetry. Lead writer Steven Moffat told the Guardian: 'Technology has finally caught up with 'Doctor Who' and your television is now bigger on the inside' - making a reference, of course, to the Doctor's TARDIS; a police box spaceship that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Doctor Who really will be venturing into new dimensions to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The BBC reports that Steve Moffat, the lead writer and executive producer on the show, revealed that the anniversary edition of the show will be shown in 3D, using some of the show’s 3D capacity, as a special treat for fans of Doctor Who. “It's about time,” said Moffat. “Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who, and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore.”
This isn’t the first time that Doctor Who has been shown in 3D, though. Back in 1993, the 30th anniversary was also marked with a 3D treatment, for a Children In Need special filmed in the EastEnders set. The Doctor Who announcement came as part of wider plans announced by the BBC, regarding its latest series of drama commissions. Also reported was the news that Call the Midwife will return in 2014 and a new 13-part drama series entitled Atlantis will take the slot previously occupied by Merlin.
The BBC’s controller of drama, Ben Stephenson, said that he aims to make the BBC “more British than ever” and would be “applying the Danny Boyle vision” to the broadcasting network’s output. He’s referring, of course, to the work that Boyle did on the Olympic opening ceremony and Stephenson has translated that as “a bold, adventurous, authorial approach that exports because of its Britishness not despite it.”
Continue reading: A New Dimension: 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Will Be 3D
While television is increasingly moving its accessibility to the internet and on demand services, the BBC is following suit and has plans to begin premièring select shows via their on demand service iPlayer.
Netflix has become the first platform to commission a fully funded series to go straight to their on demand service. 13 episodes of House of Cards became available instantly on Netflix last week. Now, as the BBC reports, they have plans to follow suit by trialling 40 hours of programming over the next 12 months to go directly online. The BBC has released a few things only online before, but they have been pilots and much smaller spin off shows, such as Dr Who spin off 'Pond Life'.
These plans come after it was reported that 2012 had record highs of iPlayer requests, making it the most used on demand service in the UK. With 2.32 billion requests for shows over the year you can see why. Highest requests came from the Olympics and Jeremy Clarkson's car magazine show, Top Gear, with specific day highs coming in the days following the Christmas and New Year scheduling. Although iPlayer views account for only an estimated 2% of overall BBC views, with iPlayer's numbers consistently on the rise, it certainly makes sense investing in the trial as broadcasting evolves.
Continue reading: BBC Following Netflix? Set To Premier Shows On IPlayer Before TV
What with Jake Schreier's upcoming movie 'Robot & Frank' scheduled for release in the UK on March 8th 2013 and talks of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' being in the making, we've put together a list of what we think are the best robots that we've ever seen on screen. This is with the exception of cyborgs, human-looking robots, cybernetic organisms and bots from TV programs because, let's face it, we'd be here forever.
Robot ('Robot & Frank')
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Dr. Who has been to many weird and wonderful lands; battling snow men in Victorian London recently, but he won't have found himself in many strangers than e-book readers and smart phones.
And that's because Eoin Colfer, is due to launch a series of short stories to be written by a well-known children's authors, staring on 23 January, with A Big Hand for the Doctor. Talking to The Guardian, Colfer explained he was drawn to writing on the Doctor because, "he is a bit of a grump".
"Subsequent Doctors became more chipper and almost childlike and I found the first Doctor interesting because he was not so developed and I could have a little leeway with the character," he said. "As a boy I had been reading the Doctor Who books for years before I ever saw a single episode," he said, "and I found that the on-screen version of the first Doctor was almost identical to the version in my imagination."
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2012 was another brilliant year when it came to Christmas on the box. As well as some seminal family movies, both old and new, December's festive comedy, sci-fi and drama TV brought us much cheer throughout the holiday season making the couch our favourite place in the world in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Here are our highlights still available to watch on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Channel 5 online.
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
To mark the 50th anniversary of Dr Who Royal Mail has revealed a stamp set with the faces of 11 Dr Whos plus four of the most evil and notorious villains.
Andrew Hammond speaking on behalf of the Royal Mail said to the BBC that the commemorative selection will "pay tribute to the brilliant actors that have played the Doctor over the years, as well as the adversaries that helped make the show so popular." They'll be released in 2013, marking the 50th year since it was first seen, in 1963. It ran with series upon series until 1989 when it was stopped. However, in 2005 it made a triumphant return and has enjoyed fantastic viewing figures ever since.
Matt Smith is the current doctor and he'll be one of the faces of the stamps, along with David Tenant, Tom Baker, Patrick Troughton, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and William Hartnell who was the first doctor.
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In what’s fast becoming a Christmas tradition for families up and down the UK, the Doctor Who Christmas Special will once again be landing on BBC TV screens, and it seems like the broadcasting company are fully aware of its popular status, with first a new trailer and now poster making the production values of the forthcoming episodes look like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster.
The Daily Mail reports that the promotional poster shows the Time Lord, played again by Matt Smith, clinging on to a ladder, held on to in turn by his new assistant Clara, played by Jenna-louise Coleman. The pair look like they’re trying to climb the ladder in order to reach a sky-bound Tardis, whilst snowflakes fall around them to London below – Big Ben sticking out of the murk. This year the enemy that the Doctor must overcome is played by Richard E. Grant; as Dr. Simeon, he commands an army of vicious snowmen to do his bidding.
Normally cocksure and plucky as the Doctor, Smith’s character will have a somewhat different demeanor this time round, given that previous assistant Amy Pond was lost to him at the end of the last series. As executive producer Steven Moffat explained in a previous statement, "The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favorite things -- but this year it's different. He's lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he's not in a good place: in fact, he's Scrooge. He's withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it's time to return to the good fight. Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman..."
The BBC have released a sneak peak of the upcoming Dr Who Christmas Special titled 'The Snowmen,' with the good Doctor, played by Matt Smith and his latest sidekick, played by Jenna Louise Coleman, introducing the trailer now available on the BBC's website.
The trailer doesn't reveal too much, however we do know that the episode will air on Christmas Day and will give us our first peak at Coleman's character Clara. For those Dr Who die hards out there then you wont need telling that Coleman has already appeared in the show, playing a seemingly different character in this season's premiere, 'Asylum of the Daleks' earlier this year. Given the nature of the pair's intro to the snippet, it looks as though we wont have to worry too much about them having a lack of chemistry, as they appear very much at home in each other company as they tease the viewer over the nature of the sneak peak.
The Christmas special has been written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, and will see the Doctor once again crossing paths with the part human, part reptile Silurian Madame Vastra (played Neve McIntosh) and her unimaginatively named companion Jenny (Catrin Stewart).