Issue 30 Update

Quick update on Issue 30… all articles have been submitted, edited and readied for publication.  Have spent the past couple of weeks working on the layout, which btw, is almost completed bar a few pieces.  Cover is currently in the process of being designed. There’ll be a quick review of a proof copy and once this is okayed, we’ll be posting the issue on line for download.  Keep tuned.

Class to Air on Space

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Canada’s SPACE channel today confirmed that it will be airing the new Doctor Who spinoff “Class” on their channel beginning October 22nd.

Class is created and written by Patrick Ness, who also produces alongside Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, and Brian Minchin.  The first season will consist of eight episodes, and will air on SPACE the same day as it is set to premiere on BBC Three in the UK.

The series will be set in Coal Hill Academy, a fictional school that has been regularly featured in Doctor Who since its original 1963 serial, and will focus on six of its students and staff members, including Mr. Armitage (Nigel Betts), a minor recurring character from the eighth series of Doctor Who.

Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah are set to star as four Sixth Formers; while Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street, Mr. Selfridge) will play Miss Quill, a Coal Hill Academy teacher. Nigel Betts is set to reprise his role as Mr. Armitage from “Into the Dalek”.  Paul Marc Davis and Anna Shaffer are also schedule to be part of the main cast.  It was also recently revealed that Peter Capaldi will appear as the Twelfth Doctor in the series very first episode.

 

DOCTOR WHO SERIES 10: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

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Who is the showrunner?

Season 10 will be Steven Moffat’s final year as showrunner. His final episode as showrunner will be the 2017 Christmas Special.

Will this be Peter Capaldi’s final season as the Doctor?

Peter Capaldi will continue playing the Twelfth Doctor until at least 2017’s Christmas special. He has apparently not yet decided if he’ll stay on for a fourth season when Chris Chibnall takes over as showrunner. UK paper The Mirror recently printed that Capaldi has agreed to stay on for “at least one more [season].

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When does filming begin?

Filming began on Monday 20 June 2016 and is expected to finish at the end of March 2017. Filming will be done primarily in the UK. The BBC has confirmed that the show will not be filming in Vancouver in October as previously rumoured.

When will it air?

Season 10 will begin airing in spring 2017. Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One recently confirmed, “I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 – I promise it will be worth the wait!”

Who will be the new companion?

Pearl Mackie was officially revealed as the new Doctor Who companion on Saturday 23 April 2016. She will join the show as a character named Bill.  Her first appearance will be in the series first episode.

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What will the new companion be like?

According to Steven Moffat, Bill will be “someone who asks the questions that nobody has asked for 53 years. [She has the] irreverence and cheek to ask all the questions you’re not supposed to ask on Doctor Who.”

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Who else will be joining the TARDIS?

Comedian Matt Lucas will also be a regular character in Season 10, returning as Nardole from The Husbands of River Song and will return from the opening episode of the new season.

Who is writing for Series 10?

Confirmed so far are Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Sarah Dollard and Mike Bartlett. Moffat will be writing the season opener in addition to / other episodes (this is in addition to writing the two Christmas specials). Cottrell-Boyce will be writing the second episode, while it has been rumoured that Gatiss is writing a sequel to 2015’s Sleep No More.

Episode one written by Moffat is currently titled The Star In Her Eyes. Steven Moffat: “We’ll introduce [Bill] in the first episode of 2017, and she’ll run through that series.”

Episode four will feature the veteran stage, screen and television star David Suchet who is best known for his role as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Moffat will be penning episodes ten through twelve as well as the 2017 Christmas Special. Moffat has said, “The departure of a showrunner doesn’t mean anything to the audience. Most of the audience doesn’t know that I exist, so they’d go blank if I attempted to wave goodbye to them. Oh, the embarrassment that would be. So I’m damned if I’m imposing my departure on the show. I just want to do a good one, before I hand over to Chris Chibnall.”

Who are the directors?

Block 1 will be directed by Lawrence Gough (Atlantis, Misfits).

Block 2 will be directed by Bill Anderson (Spooks, Lewis).

Steven Moffat: “I’ve spoken to [Peter Jackson] face to face, and he would like to do one. He accepts that there’s no money and that there’s no time, and it would have to be when he’s available… I think it will probably happen at some point.”

Will there be two-part stories again?

Steven Moffat has confirmed that there will more single episodes this year. “We’re going back to more singles [in Season 10]. Two-parters worked brilliantly last year, but somehow, with the new companion, you want the simpler version of the show. Next year we will have some two-parters, but it will be back to one-parters mostly.”

Which monsters and villains will be back?

The only villain reported to be returning is the character of Missy as played by Michelle Gomez. No other villains, or monsters, have been confirmed to date, however Peter Capaldi has stated he’d like to return to Mondas, revisit the planet Vortis as well as seeing the Daemons and the Axons return.

Who is taking over after Steven Moffat’s departure?

In January 2016, the BBC confirmed that Chris Chibnall will be taking over as showrunner after Moffat’s departure. His first season will launch in 2018. Chibnall has written several previous Doctor Who episodes, such as: 42, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three. His other writing credits include Torchwood, The Great Train Robbery,United, Law & Order: UK and Life On Mars.

BBC Confirms No Who Filming In Vancouver

Sad news Who fans.

On Wednesday, rumours swirled around the Twitterverse that Doctor Who could be coming to film in Vancouver in October. Unfortunately, as it turns out, it’s all a bit of horsepuckies.

This morning, the BBC confirmed that the hit TV series will NOT be materializing here. In an email statement, Ceri Mears, BBC Drama Publicist, said, “With regards to Doctor Who filming in Western Canada, I can confirm that this is not true.” 

Damn.

The rumours began after apparent insiders on set tweeted that the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi himself, had told them they would be filming in Vancouver in October.

Filming for Season 10 is already underway in Wales, where Capaldi and his co-star companion Pearl Mackie have been entertaining locals – in and out of the TARDIS.

U of Iowa’s Doctor Who Fanzine Collection

The University of Iowa continues to add hundreds of science fiction fanzines to its collection.  This large collection of some 10,000-plus science fiction fanzines is an important accumulation of fan-created work and a significant addition to the fanzine holdings of the University Libraries. The Fanzine Archive Collection contains thousands of fanzines focused on popular media properties such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Star Wars and others.  Since the 1960s, when such television series programs as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Star Trek cultivated large followings, fans have produced their own publications which develop stories involving their favorite characters. These fanzines provide a unique perspective on participatory culture. Rather than passively consuming media, fans actively interacted with it and developed complex spin-off works that were distributed at conventions and through the mail, says Greg Prickman, assistant head of Special Collections at UI Libraries. “In many ways, fan culture pre-dates and anticipates our modern remix mash-up Internet culture,” said Prickman. “And there is a great deal of scholarly interest in this type of activity today.”  The above video from 2013 takes a look at some of the collections Doctor Who fanzines in their possession.

Issue 30 Deadline Reminder

Don’t forget the deadline to contribute to the next issue of Whotopia – Issue 30 – is August 30th.

The theme for this issue is: Export Gallifrey – a focus on the known products of Time Lord society (both individuals, technologies and ideas).

As usual we’re looking for all sorts of material from articles, reviews, opinion pieces, fact based material, artwork, and more.

Submissions to the usual address.