Editor’s Thoughts on Series 9

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Whotopia’s Editor and long-time series fan, Bob Furnell has finally got around to watching Series 9 of “Doctor Who”.  We wanted to know what he thought of the season, and here’s what he had to say…

Okay, so I’m at the halfway mark on Doctor Who Series 9 and here’s my quick rundown and ratings of what I think…

  • Last Christmas – not bad 7/10
  • The Magician’s Apprentice – enjoyable but slow, big upchucks on the guitar playing Doctor 7/10
  • The Witch’s Familiar – not the best episode ever but very good, great to see Davros back 8/10
  • Under The Lake – mysterious and eerie 7/10
  • Before The Flood – still keeping up the mystery from part one 7/10
  • The Girl Who Died – weaker than dishwater 5/10
  • The Woman Who Lived – lame and lots of bad acting 3/10

Advice to Stephen Moffat – “Quit ret-conning Doctor Who history”.

Season average so far: 6.3/10

Issue 29 Now Out!

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WHOTOPIA ISSUE 29 – MAY 2016

THIS ISSUE:

AN UNNECESSARY WAR DOCTOR?
Matthew Kresal considers whether this incarnation was needed after all
INNES LLOYD: AN UNWILLING WARRIOR
David P. May examines the critical influence of producer Innes Lloyd
WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
Jez Strickley reviews the introductory guide to Doctor Who by Will Hadcroft & Ian Wheeler
THE DOCTOR WHO SCHOLAR
Jeremy Remy’s ongoing academic perspectives on Doctor Who – this issue music
WHO YOU BUILD
David Etches guides us through his full-scale Dalek model making
LOGOPOLIS 6
Michael S. Collins & Jon Arnold go head-to-head in this conversation review of the Fourth Doctor’s finale
MASTER WHO
Dan Tessier’s thoughts on the decaying renegade of The Deadly Assassin & The Keeper of Traken
TARGET TRAWL
Nick Mellish’s quest to read every Target novel continues
REPLAY: TERROR OF THE ZYGONS
Thomas Spychalski puts this classic adventure under the spotlight
SERIES NINE REVIEW: PART TWO
Matthew Kresal concludes his thoughts on the most recent series
THE STORIES THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: THE COLIN BAKER ERA
Bob Furnell continues his exploration into the scripts which never made it into production
THE CURATE’S EGG: MEGLOS
Defending yet another controversial subject, Richard Michael ways in with a prickly word or two
THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: STORM WARNING
Andrew Screen continues his look at the works of Big Finish
A TRIBUTE TO ANTHONY READ
Bob Furnell pays tribute to former script editor and series writer, Anthony Read
All this and more in the latest issue

Cover by Jack Drewell

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New Companion Announced

The new companion has been announced…

Pearl Mackie has been named as the new Doctor Who Companion, Bill.

The BBC released the details in a specially shot trailer shown on BBC One this evening, and released on the official Facebook and Twitter pages.

The actress is currently starring in London’s West End, at the Gielgud Theatre, in a production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Mackie comes from Brixton in South London. She trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2010.

Since drama school she has worked across Theatre, Film, Television and Radio appearing at the RSC, The Park Theatre, The Finborough, for the BBC and on London’s West End.