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David Tennant And Billie Piper To Reunite On 'Doctor Who' Audio Episodes


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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 TennantDavid Tennant played the Doctor for four years

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BBC Complaints Officer Tells Disgruntled Fan The New Doctor Who Will NOT Be A Woman


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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 MarshallKris Marshall is strongly rumoured to be the next 'Doctor Who'

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Peter Capaldi Defends 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat From Misogyny Claims


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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.

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The Next 'Doctor Who' Should Be A Woman, Says Billie Piper


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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 PiperBillie Piper believes the vacant 'Doctor Who' role should go to a woman

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Peter Capaldi Hasn't Decided If He'll Continue With Doctor Who


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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.

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'Doctor Who' 2016 Christmas Special Introduces A Caped Superhero


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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.

Doctor WhoThe 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. 

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Peter Capaldi Will Appear In 'Doctor Who' Spin Off 'Class'


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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.

Christopher Eccleston Admits "Regret" At Quitting 'Doctor Who' So Soon


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Christopher Eccleston has revealed that he regrets having left ‘Doctor Who’ after only one season playing the Time Lord.

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.

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BBC To Re-Create Lost 'Doctor Who' Episodes As Animations


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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.

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Peter Capaldi Lets Slip The Return Date For Next Series Of 'Doctor Who'


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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 CapaldiPeter Capaldi possibly accidentally let slip the return date for the next series of 'Doctor Who'

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Steven Moffat Hints That Matt Smith Could Return To 'Doctor Who'


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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.

Matt SmithCould 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”.

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Steven Moffat Reveals 'Doctor Who' Role Was Once Offered To A Black Actor


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Doctor Who’ executive producer Steven Moffat has revealed that the role of the Doctor has previously been offered to a black actor, but that “for various reasons, it didn’t work out”.

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.

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'Doctor Who': Pearl Mackie Revealed As The Doctor's New Companion


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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.

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'Doctor Who' Spin-Off 'Class' Adds Katherine Kelly To Cast


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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.

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Peter Capaldi: 'The BBC Takes 'Doctor Who' For Granted'


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Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi has hit out at the BBC, claiming they take the show for granted. Speaking to Newsweek, Capaldi addressed the show’s changing time slot last series’, which saw it behind pushed back for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, saying he felt it made it harder for them to attract and keep family viewers.

Peter Capaldi Doctor WhoPeter Capaldi feels the BBC has ‘neglected’ ‘Doctor Who’.

“It does frustrate me,” Capaldi said. “If you’re going to have a family show, I think you have to build up a little ritual around it—and that ritual usually starts with having it on at the same time [every week]. Even I didn’t know what time it was on because it got later and later and later.”

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Peter Capaldi Says They're Looking For A 'Different' 'Doctor Who' Companion


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Doctor Who’s’ Peter Capaldi has revealed the show is looking for someone ‘different’ to take over from Jenna Coleman as the Timelord’s companion. Coleman, who played Clara Oswald in the BBC series, departed in December and her replacement has still not been found.

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman Doctor Who‘Doctor Who’ are looking for someone 'different' to be the Timelord’s new assistant.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Capaldi said: "We’ve just had some brief talks about it, we haven’t actually chosen someone yet — that I know of. Perhaps someone has been chosen but I would expect that I would meet them before we finalised all that."

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Will Peter Capaldi’s Time As 'Doctor Who' Be Up After 2017 Series?


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After the departure of showrunner Steven Moffat was announced last week, ‘Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi is reportedly also planning his exit from the series, finishing his run in late 2017. Capaldi is said to be stepping down as the Time Lord so new showrunner Chris Chibnall can chose his own Doctor.

Doctor WhoIs Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor running out?

A source told The Mirror: “Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven Moffat leaves. They’ve been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor.”

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Steven Moffat's 'Timey-Wimey' Has Run Out On 'Doctor Who'


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Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has stepped down as the show’s lead writer and executive producer after six series in charge. According to the Radio Times, Moffat will hand over to ‘Broadchurch’s’ Chris Chibnall at the end of the next series, scheduled to be in 2017.

Steven MoffatSteven Moffat is to step down as ‘Doctor Who’s’ showrunner.

The BBC will air Moffat’s final 12 part series in spring 2017, but he will also helm a Christmas special later this year. Chibnall’s debut series will then launch in 2018. It’s unclear wether Moffat’s Christmas special will feature the Doctor’s new companion, but sources say Jenna Coleman’s replacement will definitely appear in the spring 2017 series.

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Downton Abbey Wins Christmas Day Ratings War


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The final ever episode of ‘Downton Abbey’ was the most watched programme in Britain on Christmas day, bringing in a big win for broadcaster ITV. The victory marks the first time in 15 years that ITV has beaten the BBC to claim the highest rated Christmas Day show.

Downton Abbey'Downton Abbey' was the most watched programme this Christmas.

The programme averaged a massive 6.9 million viewers, when it aired on ITV at 8.45pm. In the episode, viewers said their goodbyes to the Crawley family and their servants after six seasons. The usually unlucky in love Lady Edith finally got her happy ending, as she wed Bertie Pelham, while servants Anna and Mr Bates welcomed their first child.

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From Doctor Who To Downton Abbey: Here's Your UK Christmas TV Schedule


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We don't want to advocate spending Christmas in front of the telly as opposed to catching up with your family, but it'll be hard to resist with the array of entertainment on offer during the holidays. Record everything if you must, but definitely don't miss out.

Doctor WhoThe Doctor and River Song meet again

What show: 'Doctor Who'
Who stars: Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston
Which channel: BBC One
What time: 5.15pm Christmas Day
What it's about: All we know so far is that the Doctor is alone now that Clara's dead, though apparently not for long because he's about to bump into his elusive wife River Song, who has a mission of her own she really needs his help with.

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Could Peter Jackson Be About To Direct An Episode Of 'Doctor Who'?


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If Peter Jackson hasn’t signed up to direct an episode of ‘Doctor Who’ then he’s just trolled the entire fanbase of the BBC sci-fi series. In a video posted to the director’s Facebook page on Monday, Jackson appears to tease the idea he could helm a ‘Doctor Who’ episode, when he receives a visit from the Doctor himself.

Peter JacksonCould be Peter Jackson soon direct an episode of ‘Doctor Who’?

In the clip titled, ‘Home Invasion’, Jackson is seen sitting at a table with his daughter Katie surrounded by his Oscars. “Hey dad, Steven Moffat’s trying to email you,” Katie says. “He’s always emailing me,” Jackson responds.

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'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat Says He Has Not Made The Series More 'Misogynist'


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Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has spoken out over claims that the show has become ‘misogynist’ since he took over as lead writer. In a survey carried out last year by group of US university students, it was found that women on the show had less speaking time and fewer speaking roles under Moffatt.

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Speaking to the Radio Times, Moffatt said it was a “complicated issue”, adding: “The general point being made by these people is correct. We need better female role models on screen.” However the writer said he doesn't understand why his show is the one being single out as ‘misogynist’.

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6 Things We Know About The 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special


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Christmas Day will see thousands of families gathering on the couch in front of the television in the evening for the eagerly anticipated new episode of 'Doctor Who'. The Doctor is struggling to come to terms with the death of Clara, but his wife seriously needs his help.

Alex Kingston and Peter Capaldi in Doctor WhoHusband and wife are reunited in the first look at the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special

Yes, the December 25th episode brings with it a lot of twists and turns and some thrilling guest appearances. Here's what we know so far about the show:

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Peter Capaldi Himself Attending 'Doctor Who' Festival In London


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Doctor Who himself Peter Capaldi and series creator Steven Moffatt will attending the Doctor Who Festival at ExCel, London, in November. The pair say they will be giving away "backstage secrets."

Doctor WhoPeter Capaldi [L] and Jenna-Louis Colman [R] in Doctor Who

The sci-fi festival - held between November 13-15 - will offer fans the chance the see how the show is created as well as getting up close to series eight and nine props. They will also be able to interact with Doctor Who himself and the show's creator. 

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Matt Smith Could Be Starring In Fantastic Beasts


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Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith could be taking the lead role in the much-anticipated film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The Harry Potter spin-off is due to start filming in London this summer, and the 32-year-old actor is the favourite to play the lead role of 'magizoologist' Newt Scamander, according to The Sun.

Matt Smith has a number of projects set for release in 2015
Matt Smith has a number of projects set for release in 2015

Jk Rowling has penned the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her book, and the author's 'exciting' script has gone done well with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who told IGN it's 'filled with all the hallmarks of her incredible imagination.'

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New 'Doctor Who' Game Will Teach 6-12 Year Olds Computer Coding


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A new online 'Doctor Who' game will teach children the basics of computer coding and programming. Aimed at six to 12-year-olds, the game is voiced by the current doctor Peter Capaldi and features the fearsome Daleks - who turn goodies. 

Doctor WhoPeter Capaldi [L] and Jenna-Louise Coleman [R] filming Doctor Who

The puzzles are lined to Key Stage 2 and 3 learning outcomes, with players starting the game as the Tardis materialises during a pursuit through space, according to the BBC. On freeing his old enemy, a Dalek, from the Cybermen, the Doctor finds himself taking his new ally on a mission to save the world. 

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Nick Frost "Thrilled" To Be Starring In Doctor Who Christmas Special


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Nick Frost, the actor and screenwriter known for his work with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, will star in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, the BBC has announced today. Frost will be joined by Natalie Gumede, 'Glue' actress Faye Marsay and 'Misfits' star Nathan McCullen.

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Further details about the characters are being kept under wraps though it is known that filming on the Christmas episode is underway in Cardiff. 

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Matt Smith Signs On For 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'


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Former Doctor Who Matt Smith has signed on to star alongside Lily James, Sam Riley and Jack Huston in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel.

Matt SmithMatt Smith has signed on to star in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

The project has been in development for years and will finally go into production on September 24. A comedy-horror spin-off of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice, Zombies stars Liz Bennett (James) who is pressurised by her family to marry into a wealth home but rebels against the social requirements of Victorian England. Instead, she sets out to help defend the English countryside against a plague of horrifying zombies.

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Brian Blessed Reveals He Turned Down The Chance To Play Doctor Who


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Legendary English actor Brian Blessed has revealed that he was once offered the role of Doctor Who by the BBC, but turned it down because of his busy schedule.

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The huge-voiced actor Brian Blessed could have been the second Doctor in the the mid '60s

Blessed told the Radio Times that he was approached and asked to step in as William Hartnell’s replacement in the mid-1960s. If he had said yes, Blessed would have been the second incarnation of the Doctor, but instead that role was taken by Patrick Troughton in 1966.

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The Geek TV Shows We're Not Afraid To Love


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Geeks: once the deeply awkward and much-maligned members of society- ridiculed by Jocks and long stereotyped on TV and film as socially inept weaklings with a love of bow ties, thick-rimmed glasses and high-waisted slacks. But oh how things have changed. Ever since Adam Brody’s intensely loveable Seth Cohen appeared on screens in the mid noughties as the lonely, quick-witted, Death Cab For Cutie loving geek on The O.C, the tables have been well and truly turned. ‘Geek Chic’ prevails, the once laughable clothing choices of society’s most brainy and introverted have been re-appropriated by the masses. Everyone is falling over themselves to replicate a look that twenty years ago would have posited the wearer of such garments as a human punch-bag for meat-headed bullies.

Adam Brody Attends Premiere Adam Brody has been credited with helping makes geeks cool through his O.C character Seth Cohen

In the world of TV, sci-fi shows such as Star Trek and Stargate are geek staples but the recent role reversal of geeks as the cultural vanguard posits fantastical shows that would have more likely been derided several years ago as universally acclaimed hits. Game Of Thrones is arguably the biggest TV show in the world whilst The Big Bang Theory, which maintains the long-held geek stereotypes has made veritable superstars of its cast. Here then, is a list of those geeky TV shows that we just can’t get enough of.

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BBC Apologizes For Doctor Who Script Leak


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The leak is believed to have originated from a BBC Worldwide office in the US, and delivered a blow to the production team who have worked hard to keep the debut of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor under wraps. 

In a statement issued on Thursday, BBC Worldwide addressed the matter, stating "the mistake was damaging" but thanking Moffat and the Doctor Who production team for all their hard work in creating the upcoming series. 

Peter CapaldiPeter Capaldi, pictured here on the set of Doctor Who, is taking on the role of The Twelfth Doctor 

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Hermione Norris Excited By 'Doctor Who' Appearance


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Hermione Norris has spoken of her excitement at the opportunity to star in series 8 of Dr. Who. Best known for portraying MI5 agent Ros Myers in the spy drama Spooks, Norris described the show as “iconic”, according to The BBC.

"It's exciting to be part of such an iconic show, and one that my kids can watch!" Norris said of appearing in Doctor Who.

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All's Normal In Doctor Who Land - Peter Capaldi Is Riding A Mechanical Horse In Pyjamas


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With Doctor Who currently enjoying the break between Christmas Special and new series, there’s not much else to do turn our attention to the filming of said series; and with a new Doctor at the helm, the gaze is only intensified.

Peter Capaldi and Jenna ColemanPeter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on the set of Doctor Who in Cardiff

And it’s with this intensified gaze that we happen upon Peter Capaldi riding a mechanical horse in his pyjamas – a sight that, if we’d witnessed during his Thick of It days, may have been disconcerting.

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Matt Smith Bows Out Of 'Doctor Who' In Dramatic Christmas Special


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There was a lot of promise surrounding the Christmas episode of Doctor Who and when it aired on BBC 1 on Christmas Day it very much lived up to the hype and expectation buzzing around the show and the exit of the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. The exit of Smith also meant one other thing, the regeneration of the Doctor into his twelfth form: enter Peter Capaldi.

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The Doctor had business to attend to before he could bow out

The Christmas special - called 'The Time of the Doctor,' in relation to the fiftieth anniversary episode 'The Day of the Doctor' - was full of action and packed in plenty of entertainment in the lead up to Smith's eventual bow out from the show that launched him to stardom. The episode featured Daleks, Time Lords, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, a town called Christmas and more and even Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), the Doctor's former assistant, made an appearance in the show to say farewell the Eleventh Doctor.

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Years Of Hard Work Have Led To This, Peter Capaldi On Life Before 'Doctor Who'


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Look at us, Peter Capaldi hasn’t filmed a single scene as Doctor Who and we’re already talking about his ‘life before Doctor Who’. In Capaldi’s case, though, the examination of circumstance prior to his recent ‘promotion’ in the acting world is a story worth telling.

See, actors’ lives are normally eulogised, even in movies, played by actors themselves, as things of beauty; the fast cars, champagne, glitzy premieres and mansions are all part of the job. And this is true, but only for George Clooney, really, and that’s mainly to do with his beard.

Even the reverse fortunes actors face is romanticized: living in squalor, scraping up enough money for a bottle of wine and a bus ticket to the next audition. It’s all made to look like the most glamorous thing ever, and not a nice man and woman thinking about selling their moderately nice house because of a money shortage.

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Get To Know Your New Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi


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Peter Capaldi was revealed as the new Doctor Who last night – the 12th Doctor to step inside the Tardis and have a stab at saving the globe. It’s an interesting choice considering his age recent work and recent work, but generally, it’s been a popular one.

Peter CapaldiPeter Capaldi will make a brilliant Doctor

"It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer, but it's been so fantastic," he said after the news was revealed on a live BBC One show.

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A 'Who’s Who' For Who Will Be The Next 'Doctor Who' – Peter Capaldi?


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So, months of fervent rumour mill-turning, rumours that he might finally be a woman and even a fleeting moment where we thought Matt Smith might actually carry on, and here we are: the identity of the next Dr. Who will be revealed on Sundat at 7pm. And Peter Capaldi is the favourite.

Peter CapaldiThe talented Mr. Capaldi

That’s right, Malcolm Tucker, to all your Thick of It fans, will effectively be starring in a kid’s show for adults. Some might not be able to watch for fear that their 9-year-old will suddenly hear the kind of language that made him famous on The Thick of It, while some think he’s suited perfectly.

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Smith On Dr. Who Exit: "What Am I Doing? Don’t Leave!"


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It would appear as though Matt Smith is getting cold feet about leaving his role as Dr. Who. The British star, 30, was speaking at the TCA "Doctor Who" panel when he admitted to feeling nervous about his impending exit.

“I have pondered [the decision to leave] on several occasions and thought I’ve made a huge mistake,” Smith said. “What am I doing? Don’t leave! I’m slightly in denial about Matt leaving,” Coleman said. “But we have quite a lot to do yet.” (L.A Times)

Smith is still set to play the Doctor in two episodes: a 50th anniversary special and the traditional Christmas episode. “It’s important we give Matt the sendoff he deserves,” producer Marcus Wilson said. “The 50th anniversary is our most ambitious episode yet, then we need to top that to give Matt a proper sendoff.”

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Matt Smith's Last Comic-Con As Doctor Who


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Doctor Who fans bade Matt Smith farewell at the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. This reincarnation of The Doctor announced in June he would be leaving the show. He will continue in the role until the Christmas special, whilst his assistant, Jenna Coleman, will continue in her role as Clara Oswald.

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Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Stephen Moffat at 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, New York. 

When Smith took to the stage a number of fans shouted in unison "thank you Matt!" In response to his fan's Smith, on his role as The Doctor, said "it changed my life and my family's life, and I'm proud and grateful to be part of it."

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Five New HD Channels For The BBC As They Ramp Up The Freeview – Bye Bye 3D


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The BBC are ringing the changes; shortly after dropping their 3D programming for the foreseeable future, they’ve decided to expand their HD capabilities. Specifically, there will be HD versions of BBC News, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC – all of which will be available over rooftop aerials via Freeview receivers as well as satellite and cable services.

"BBC One HD and BBC Two HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I'm delighted that we're able to follow this with the launch of five new subscription-free BBC HD channels by early 2014," said the BBC's director general Tony Hall. "These new channels will allow us to showcase more of our programming at its very best."

BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV HD and Channel 4 HD are the only channels available on the Freeview service at the moment, with many more accessible on TV rival Sky. The news comes after the tax-funded corporation decided suspend their 3D programming for a while.

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Ben Daniels Is New Favourite For 'Doctor Who' Job: Could He Be The One?


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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.

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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.

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Rory Kinnear As Doctor Who? Actor Admits, "I Don't Really Know What It Is"


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Rory Kinnear is unlikely to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who, claiming he isn't exactly sure what the long-running sci-fi show is. Early this month, several bookmakers stopped taking punts on the Skyfall actor to become the new Time Lord, though Kinnear's team maintained radio silence.

Rory KinnearRory Kinnear Says He Knows Nothing of Any Talks To Join Doctor Who

Now - apparently bemused by the speculation - the theatrical actor tells The Independent that he's never watched an episode of the BBC show and does not believe he'll be offered the job. "I don't where it came from and how these things evolve", he explained, "I haven't been and I am totally certain that I will not be asked to be the next Doctor Who. If I was an actor who was really longing to play Doctor Who, then this would be torturous, but it's a programme I've never watched, so I don't even really know what it is."

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Plenty In Store For The TV Geeks Among Us With Comic-Con 2013’s Schedule


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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.

Matt Smith Dr WhoMatt Smith filming for Dr Who's 50th anniversary show

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.

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'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: The Musical' Premieres Followed By A Star-Studded After-Party [Pictures]


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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). 

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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.  

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Emeli Sande? That’S Dr Emeli Sande To You!


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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.

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Rory Kinnear, A Time Lord? Apparently He's Been Offered Doctor Who Role...


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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.

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The Hunt Is On For A New Doctor Who, But Which Cultural Barrier Should The Next Time Lord Break?


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Matt Smith announced last week that he is to step down from the role that made him a household name, leaving the door open for the 12th Doctor in the show's 50 year run to step into Smith's shoes. As the 11th white actor to play the Time Lord moves on to bigger things, there is a strong demand from the public for the next Doctor to break the mould a little a bring in the first female or ethnic actor to take on the role.

The man behind the momentous return of the show, Steven Moffat, has already green-lit a change from the norm and the mounting pressure to introduce a bit of diversity on the show may prove too much for the people in charge of casting at the BBC. Still, a quick look at the odds for the next Doctor seems to indicate that things won't change too much at all, with the top odd all being designated to various white, male actors.

The top three tips for the next Time Lord are Cutting It star Ben Daniels, Irish actor Damien Molony (of Being Human fame) and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, with former Doctor Who sidekick Billie Piper and Kinky Boots star Chiwetel Ejiofor the favourite non-white males to take up the mantle. Neither of these two make much sense though, as having a former sidekick regenerate as a Doctor would be too weird even for the Doctor, whilst Ejiofor is frankly too good and too established an actor to make the move to television when he should really be one of the main names to take up Daniel Craig's place as James Bond or being offered Oscar-worthy roles instead.

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Doctor Who's Karen Gillan Cast As Lead Villain In Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy


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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.

Gillan, who now resides in Los Angeles, is the latest star to be added to the growing cast list for the movie, including Glenn Close, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Lee Pace, and Michael Rooker.

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.

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Following Matt Smith's Exit, Dr Who Producers Are Toying With The Idea Of Introducing The First Female Doctor


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Matt Smith announced this week that he will step down from his role as the current Time Lord on the ever-popular and long-running BBC series Dr Who following the airing of this year's Christmas special. Needless to say, the show's producers are currently compiling a list of potential replacements for Smith, however there is word that they may make a surprise casting choice by hiring the first female Doctor the show has seen.

Producer and head-writer Steven Moffat will look to put his ever-lasting stamp on the show he helped return to the public zeitgeist, by introducing the historic character development. The Mirror reported the potential casting decision on Sunday (June 2), following the news the Smith was due to leave.

The paper alluded to a comment made by Moffat at the Edinburgh TV Festival in 2012 when he discussed the unpredictability of the Doctor and that having a female Time Lord is a very feasible idea. He said, “It is a part of Time Lord lore that it can happen. Who knows, the more often it is talked about the more likely it is to happen some day.”

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Warring Star Wars And Dr Who Fans Broken Up By Police At Norwich Sci-Fi Convention


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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."

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Original Doctor Who Director Slams Modern Show's Sexuality


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The original director of Doctor Who has criticised the modern day version of the programme for its new-found sexuality. William Hussein worked on the original version of the show, when William Hartnell played the Time Lord. In an interview with BBC Radio 4, he said “There is an element now, and I know we're living in a different era, of sexuality that has crept in.” As the show approaches its 50th anniversary show, Hussein questioned the need for a sexual slant on the show, saying “Why bring in this element when in fact you needn't have it there?”

The Time Lord is currently played by Matt Smith, who has been in the role since 2010. He is now joined by a new female companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman. Hussein is clearly not enamoured with the sexual tension between the two actors and explained that it had never been necessary in the earlier series of the show, when the likes of Peter Purves and Carole Ann Ford graced our screens. “The intriguing thing about the original person, was that you never quite knew about him and there was a mystery and an unavailability about him… Now we've just had a recent rebirth and another girl has joined us, a companion, she actually snogged him.”

The aforementioned Time Lord of yore, Peter Purves was in agreement with Hussain, as well, stating “The original series was so simple. They were very straightforward, nice linear stories that one could follow.” 

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A Stellar Cast: David Tennant Leads Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Cast


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David Tennant will lead a stellar cast for the forthcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. The former Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page will also join the cast, as will Billie Piper, who was once a Doctor Who star herself. Current stars Matt Smith, John Hurt and Jenna-Louise Colman will all appear in the special episode which is due to start filming this week, according to The Daily Mail.

Joanna Page recently gave birth to her first child and it’s not clear which role she will take, though she attended a recent read-through for the forthcoming special. Back in 2010 when it was rumoured that she may appear in Doctor Who, Joanna commented “I think I’ve got to be the only Welsh actress who has never been in Doctor Who so if someone would like me to be in Doctor Who I would love the part.”

Both the 10th (David Tennant) and 11th (Matt Smith) Time Lords will appear in the show, which will be screened in cinemas in November, according to the report. The show’s producer Steven Moffat is working hard to ensure that the content of the anniversary programme stays under wraps. “One length I've gone to which is a really good security measure - I make sure I don't get a script, because I will lose it. I forbid people to hand me one. It's on my computer under lock and key.” Matt Smith explained “It's about looking back and forward at the same time, a bit like the Doctor does. It's about celebrating everyone that's been involved with it, all the wonderful actors that have taken part before me, and it's also about looking forward.” 

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As Fans Await Doctor Who Movie, Dalek Designer Raymond Cusick Dies


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The designer of Doctor Who’s most famous cyborgs, the Daleks, has died, at the age of 84. Raymond Cusick, from Horsham, West Sussex, created the pepper-pot villains and also developed their sinister gliding motion. Despite the fact that the armoured cyborgs have become an integral part of the Doctor Who legacy – along with their notorious catchphrase “exterminate!” – Cusick has previously revealed that the process of designing them wasn’t exactly an easy one.

According to the Daily Mail, Cusick said that the original Daleks “rattled like an old biscuit tin” and pneumatic wheels had to be added to them to stabilise them. The ‘pepper pot’ design had been decided on after he was showing one of the programs special effects experts, Bill Roberts, how he envisioned the Daleks moving around: he picked up a pepper pot and moved it around the table, explaining “it’s going to move like that – no visible means.” Mr Cusick died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday evening, his daughter confirmed. He is survived by two daughters and seven grandchildren.

Cusick’s death comes in the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who. A planned Doctor Who movie, reportedly entitled An Adventure In Space and Time will detail the origins of Doctor Who, according to Entertainment Weekly. League of Gentleman actor Reece Shearsmith has been cast in the role of Patrick Troughton. Fellow LoG star Mark Gatiss is onboard as the screenwriter. 

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Going Back In Time! The 'Doctor Who' Characters We'd Love To Make 50th Anniversary Comebacks


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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.

Matt Smith 'Doctor Who' filming on location in the south west of the country.David Tennant filming on the set of the BBC's 'Doctor Who' Cardiff, Wales

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A New Dimension: 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Will Be 3D


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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.” 

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BBC Following Netflix? Set To Premier Shows On IPlayer Before TV


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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. 

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10 Of Our Favourite Movie Robots


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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')

Robot & Frank

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Dr Who's Tardis To Land On E-Book Format


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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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IPlayer Views Explode In The Festive Period, Christmas Specials Do Best


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The advent of on demand services are slowly revolutionising audience experiences of media consumption, whether it be radio, television or films, iPlayer, Netflix, 4oD and TeVo are all part of the revolution.

iPlayer is currently the biggest on demand service in the UK and in its 5th year is available on over 650 devices and other platforms, making it the most accessible, plus with over 200million requests in just a month during October, it's a clear success. Now that it's available directly on televisions as well as on laptops, phones, tablets and through games consoles, figures are only expected to rise. The Christmas period saw it become even more popular.

As the BBC reports, January 1st this year saw over 6.7million requests for shows, the high of the season. All together though, from December 22nd- January 1st the online service provided audiences with 77million views. 

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Christmas Television Recap - Watch The Best British Programmes And Films Again!


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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 Xmas Special

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

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TV Royalty Dr Who Graces New Royal Mail Stamp Set


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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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Could Doctor Who Christmas Special Be The Best Episode Yet?


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The Doctor Who Christmas special - set to air on Christmas Day - features new music, new titles, a new costume and a sleek new Tardis, according to The Guardian. Writer Steven Moffat has promised plenty of surprises in the forthcoming episode, which stars Matt Smith's new sidekick Jenna-Louise Coleman.

"They [the new episodes] are immense, they are considerable and they will be full of tremendous surprises," said Moffat at a special preview of the Christmas episode, "We're not going to tell you [any details] but I promise we're going to take over television, trust me." It appears to be an ambitious instalment of the long-running drama - a 60 minute special featuring a seasonal splash of romance and Richard E. Grant, among others. Set in Victorian London, the episode follows the Doctor as he grieves the loss of Amy and Rory, though meets Clara (Colman) - his new companion. "I felt like I was on a blind date for a while . it's like putting two people together, 'Oh I know someone you'll really get on with - now go on and save the world," the former Emmerdale actress said of joining the cast. In other Doctor Who news, Moffat ruled out that Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock would ever share screen time with the Time Lord, "The doctor would just be furious because there would be someone else clever and tall in the room, and that's his job.Can you imagine it? They'd just stand there and sulk at each other," he said.

Doctor Who: The Snowmen airs on Christmas Day, 5.15pm, BBC1.

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New Poster For Doctor Who Christmas Special


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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..."

BBC Release Trailer For Dr Who Christmas Special


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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).

Matt Smith and Doctor Who Monday 2nd July 2012 Matt Smith's dapper brogue boots on the set of the BBC's Doctor Who TV series

Matt Smith and Doctor Who
Matt Smith and Doctor Who

Matt Smith, Claire Skinner and Doctor Who Monday 26th September 2011 Matt Smith as Doctor Who with Claire Skinner in the Christmas Special in which the Doctor finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children. Cardiff, Wales

Matt Smith, Claire Skinner and Doctor Who
Matt Smith and Doctor Who
Matt Smith and Doctor Who
Matt Smith and Doctor Who
Matt Smith and Doctor Who
Matt Smith and Doctor Who

Doctor Who and Karen Gillan Tuesday 13th September 2011 Doctor Who star Karen Gillan leaving the TV choice awards. London, England

Doctor Who and Karen Gillan
Doctor Who and Karen Gillan
Doctor Who and Karen Gillan
Doctor Who and Karen Gillan
Doctor Who and Karen Gillan

James Corden and Doctor Who Monday 7th March 2011 Cardiff, Wales

James Corden and Doctor Who
James Corden and Doctor Who
James Corden and Doctor Who
James Corden and Doctor Who
James Corden and Doctor Who
James Corden and Doctor Who

Matt Smith, Doctor Who and Olympia Sunday 20th February 2011 'The Doctor Who Experience' launch held at Olympia London, England

Matt Smith, Doctor Who and Olympia
Matt Smith, Doctor Who and Olympia
Matt Smith, Doctor Who and Olympia
Matt Smith, Doctor Who and Olympia
Matt Smith, Doctor Who and Olympia
Matt Smith, Doctor Who and Olympia

Matt Smith and Doctor Who Tuesday 1st February 2011 Matt Smith on the film set of 'Dr Who' rehearsing onboard a Pirate ship surrounded in fog. Cornwall, England

Matt Smith and Doctor Who
Matt Smith and Doctor Who
Matt Smith and Doctor Who
Karen Gillan, Doctor Who and Matt Smith

Karen Gillan and Doctor Who Tuesday 1st February 2011 Karen Gillan on the film set of 'Dr Who' in Cornwall. Karen, who plays the Doctor's companion Amy Pond, rehearsing onboard a Pirate's ship. Cornwall, England

Karen Gillan and Doctor Who
Karen Gillan and Doctor Who
Karen Gillan and Doctor Who
Karen Gillan and Doctor Who
Karen Gillan and Doctor Who
Karen Gillan and Doctor Who

Doctor Who Tuesday 1st February 2011 General views of 'The Doctor Who' set on a pirate ship in Charlestown Charlestown, Cornwall

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Doctor Who
Doctor Who
Doctor Who

Doctor Who - 'The X Factor' finalist Cher Lloyd Monday 8th November 2010 at The X Factor London, England

Doctor Who

Karen Gillan and Doctor Who - Monday 8th November 2010 at Hmv Oxford Street London, England

Karen Gillan and Doctor Who
Karen Gillan and Doctor Who
Matt Smith, Doctor Who and Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan and Doctor Who
Matt Smith, Doctor Who and Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan and Doctor Who

Matt Smith, Daisy Lowe and Doctor Who - Matt Smith and Daisy Lowe Friday 8th October 2010 at Wembley Arena London, England

Matt Smith, Daisy Lowe and Doctor Who
Matt Smith, Daisy Lowe and Doctor Who
Matt Smith, Daisy Lowe and Doctor Who
Matt Smith, Daisy Lowe and Doctor Who
Matt Smith, Daisy Lowe and Doctor Who

'Dr Who's' Karen Gillan, Doctor Who and Karen Gillan Saturday 28th August 2010 arriving for a signing session at Hamley's in the St. Enoch Centre Glasgow, Scotland

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Matt Smith, Billboard and Doctor Who Wednesday 5th May 2010 Matt Smith appears on a Doctor Who billboard on Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, California

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Karen Gillan and Doctor Who - Karen Gillan and Matt Smith Manchester, England - Photocall for the BBC series 'Doctor Who' at the Lowery Theatre Wednesday 31st March 2010

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James Corden and Doctor Who Friday 5th March 2010 James Corden and Matt Smith film scenes for Doctor Who, playing a game of football Cardiff, Wales

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Matt Smith and Doctor Who Thursday 4th March 2010 as the new Doctor, filming scenes on location for the new series of 'Doctor Who' Cardiff, Wales

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Matt Smith and Doctor Who Wednesday 7th October 2009 filming an episode of the BBC sci-fi drama 'Doctor Who' Cardiff, Wales

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Ozzy: I Can't Remember Bike Accident


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Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he can't remember anything from his quad bike accident in 2003 which left him in intensive care in a UK hospital.

The former Black Sabbath frontman is a guest on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross tonight on BBC1 and discusses the accident with Ross, which occurred just days after his last appearance on the show.

"I can't remember what happened, my heart stopped twice, the first thing I remember was seven days later  but I was only going at three miles an hour. I always used to say I'm going to die by the time I'm 40, I always thought something like that would happen to me," Ozzy said.

Ozzy, 58, also spoke of his two children, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, who were thrust into the spotlight during their teenage years on the TV reality show which was filmed at the Osbourne's home.

"Overnight they were celebrities and didn't know how to handle it. [Now] Jack's great, he goes round and lectures in schools, tells them his story, young people can relate to him," the rocker said.

"At the beginning [the TV show] was great fun but then it got really tiring. You'd get a creepy feeling there was a camera around you all the time even when there wasn't."

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's home in Buckinghamshire was burgled in 2004 and Ozzy tackled an intruder who managed to get away with a valuable quantity of jewellery.

"I sleepwalk a lot, I was naked," the rocker said. "There was this guy bent down. I thought 'am I dreaming?' Like a fool I ran at him and then thought 'now what', so I just let him go."

Also appearing on the chat show tonight are Doctor Who star Freema Agyeman and presenter Justin Lee Collins.

The programme will be shown on BBC1 at 22:35 BST.

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