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.

Issue 29 Update


We’ve been busy these past few weeks soliciting material from our contributors for the next issue of Whotopia.  It looks like we’ve got another great issue lined up with lots of interesting articles for your reading pleasure.  Currently we’re busy editing all of the submitted material, and once all the editing is completed, we’ll be able to start work on the issue layout.  We’re hoping to have the next issue out sometime in very early May 2016.  Stay tuned to the Whotopia website and this very blog for news and the latest updates.

We Need You!

WHOTOPIA_pos_effectsIt’s that time again, when fanzine editors send out requests to all their contributors begging for material for their next issue. Yup, that’s right. It’s a new year and the time is once again upon us for another all new issue of Whotopia.

We’re sending out this call for submissions on or related to this issues theme – Reboots and Restarts: Change and Not a Moment Too Soon. With the recent announcement regarding Stephen Moffat’s departure, it got us to reflecting that Doctor Who has always been about new beginnings, change, and different approaches. The series has a resillient format and with every change of producer or new lead actor, the show finds itself in the position of change. And that’s what this issue will be about. How has the show changed and adapted as the years have gone by. How has the Moffat era of Who differed from all that has gone before it and more. How has a show about time travel embraced the theme of change.

We’re looking for the usual articles, reviews, opinion pieces and regular features.

Submissions for Issue 29 are due:   Saturday March 12 2016

We hope you’ll want to be a part of this upcoming issue and look forward to featuring your work.

And It’s Goodbye From Him


The BBC has confirmed that Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat, is to leave the programme after Series 10.

The Corporation confirmed the news on the official Doctor Who Twitter feed, announcing that writer Chris Chibnall will take over in 2017.

Steven Moffat has been behind Doctor Who since 2010, casting both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi in the role of the Doctor. Series Ten will be his sixth series in charge, and the 36th in the show’s long history. The 12 part swan song for the producer will be screened in the spring of 2017 meaning that only the 2016 Christmas special, and the new spin off series Class, will be screened this year.

BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore explained the reasons for moving the series back to the spring.  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!

The new showrunner, taking over for Series 11, will be Chris Chibnall, best known for his work on Broadchurch. Chibnall has written six episodes of Doctor Who, as well as many episodes of Torchwood, where he was Co-Producer.