Doctor Who May Be Returning To Saturday’s

Doctor Who may be returning to a Saturday evening slot in 2020 for Series 12.

British tabloid paper The Mirror claims that the BBC might be planning on moving the show back due to “a steady ratings slide”.

Their report stated:

The Sunday run kicked off with 8.2 million viewers in October but had slipped to 5.2 million for the last episode in December.

An insider revealed: “There is a feeling families are freer to watch on Saturdays than Sundays, when kids have homework to finish.

“While the show rated well overall, there were concerns over the decline in audience. Returning to Saturdays is being discussed as a likely option.”

The series averaged a respectable 5.7 million across the 10 episodes.

It should be noted that the Mirror correctly first reported Doctor Who’s move to Sunday last year, as well as the Christmas Special shift to New Year.

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Thirteenth Doctor To Be Animated

The BBC recently revealed that they are planning a special online interactive animated special featuring Jodie Whitaker as the Thirteenth Doctor…

Doctor Who fans will soon be able to step inside a virtual reality version of the TARDIS, in an upcoming immersive VR film based on the beloved series called Doctor Who: The Runaway. Jodie Whittaker reprises her role as the Doctor in animated form in the interactive story, which will run for around 12 minutes and will be available on selected VR headsets in the coming months.

Viewers will join the Thirteenth Doctor on board the TARDIS in this animated interactive story from the BBC and Passion Animation Studios. Fans will get the chance to be the Doctor’s champion and help her on this exciting adventure, as they find themselves at the centre of the action facing a deadly threat.

Jo Pearce, creative director for the BBC’s digital drama team, said: “Fans will experience the TARDIS like never before in this thrilling new interactive story. As ever, the Doctor is full of warmth, wit and charm – helped by a wonderful performance from Jodie – which puts fans at the heart of the story as they immerse themselves in this beautifully animated world.”

Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, said: “Our team at the BBC VR Hub has been creating new experiences with the goal of helping to usher virtual reality into the mainstream, and Doctor Who is exactly the sort of series that can help more people to try this new technology. The show has been pushing boundaries for over 55 years, and VR enables Doctor Who to explore a whole new dimension of storytelling.”

Featuring new original music from series composer Segun Akinola, Doctor Who: The Runaway has been written by Victoria Asare-Archer and directed by Mathias Chelebourg, whose previous VR films include Alice, the Virtual Reality Play and The Real Thing VR. It has been produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.

Just Released: The HAVOC Files 2 Special Edition

Candy Jar Books has just released a special edition of The HAVOC Files 2 featuring:

The HAVOC Files 2 – Special Edition
Cover by Adrian Salmon

Ghosts in Cornwall, zombies in Australia, aliens at Wembley, trouble in Egypt, a siege on the Kent coast, and an investigation into the strange goings on in a small house in Mevagissey, which sees Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers cut down to size. And, much later, the ashes from a destroyed Earth fall on Lethbridge-Stewart and his family.

Just a few things our heroes have to face in this volume of collected short stories.

This new revised version of The HAVOC Files 2 contains the original six short stories, plus a new version of Ashes of the Inferno, and two new stories exclusively published in print for the first time.

  • Piece of Mind by James Middleditch. Lethbridge-Stewart and Sally are sent on a retreat with a difference.
  • Vampires of the Night by Chris Thomas. World War II and Professor Travers is called in to help with a deadly experiment on British soldiers.

Includes:

  • Vampires of the Night by Chris Thomas
  • In His Kiss by Sue Hampton
  • House of Giants by Rick Cross
  • The Black Eggs of Khufu by Tom Dexter
  • The Band of Evil by Roger J Simmonds & Shaun Russell (updated version of the story)
  • Piece of Mind by James Middleditch
  • The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock (updated version of the story)
  • Ashes of the Inferno by Andy Frankham-Allen (new version of the story)
  • The Lock-In by Sarah Groenewegen BEM
  • Schädengeist’s Lot by Jonathan Cooper (interludes from The Showstoppers)
  • Exodus from Venus by John Peel (original prologue from The Grandfather Infestation)

Originally published in 2016 as a limited print-run, The HAVOC Files 2: Special Edition is a reprint with a difference, containing as it does new editions of previous stories, and two short stories available for the first time in print.

Big Finish Celebrates International Women’s Day

Big Finish – producers of Doctor Who audio plays since 1999 – have put out a very special release to mark International Women’s Day 2019.

Doctor Who: The 8th of March features an entirely female lead cast and has been put together solely by female writers, a female producer and director.

Starring Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Professor Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman), Professor River Song (Alex Kingston) and Leela (Louise Jameson), UNIT-team Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) and, in a Big Finish first together, Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny (Catrin Stewart). This box set celebrates these powerful, multifaceted characters in stories very unique to the Doctor Who universe.

“It seems very timely to celebrate some of the women of Doctor Who,” said director Helen Goldwyn. “Especially as the female characters in the series have evolved over the years to reflect how women’s roles have changed in society too; from assistants and inferiors to equals and adversaries!”

The 8th of March box-set – produced by Emma Haigh – is comprised of four adventures: ‘The Big Blue Book’ by Lizzie Hopley (starring Ace and Bernice Summerfield), ‘Inside Every Warrior’ by Gemma Langford (starring the Paternoster Gang), ‘Emancipation’ by Lisa McMullin (starring River Song and Leela) and ‘Narcissus’ by Sarah Grochala (starring Kate Stewart, Osgood).

The 8th of March is available now to purchase from Big Finish at http://www.bigfinish.com.

 

SERIES 11 REVIEWED

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Whotopia will be putting Series 11 under the microscope in the forthcoming Issue 34.

Join us a we take an in-depth look at the episodes from the most recent season.

Issue 34 will also include all the regular features, columns and articles.

Coming soon!

GRAEME CURRY RIP

The writer Graeme Curry has died at the age of 54.  He died after suffering from serious illness.

Curry wrote the 1988 Doctor Who story The Happiness Patrol, starring Sylvester McCoy as The Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace.

The Happiness Patrol was the first television commission for Graeme Curry after he pitched an idea to script editor Andrew Cartmel about a planet where it was a crime to be unhappy. He went on to write for EastEnders as well as The Bill and the Radio 4 drama Citizens.

The story featured Sheila Hancock as Helen A, a character now acknowledged to be based on the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.