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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddybrown View Post
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    John Bishop joining Doctor Who, guessing he'll be the new comedy companion...

    EDIT: Just Googled, turns out he's in an episode next season but my guess is he'll become a companion
    Just fixed that for you. People outside of UK haven't seen Revolution of the Daleks yet.
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    I think enough time has passed by now since Revolution of the Daleks went out...

    New companion for Series 13
    Friday, 1 January 2021 - Reported by Chuck Foster


    https://www.doctorwhonews.net/2021/0...series_13.html

    A post-credit teaser for a new companion to join the Doctor for Series 13 was broadcast straight after this year's New Year's Day special, Revolution of the Daleks ended.


    The BBC have issued a press release to introduce the actor playing the new character, Dan.

    The Thirteenth Doctor and Yaz are set to welcome a new face to the TARDIS later this year as actor and comedian John Bishop joins the cast as ‘Dan’.

    If I could tell my younger self that one day I would be asked to step on board the TARDIS, I would never have believed it.
    — John Bishop

    As he becomes embroiled in the Doctor’s adventures, Dan will quickly learn there’s more to the Universe(s) than he could ever believe. Travelling through Space and Time alongside the Doctor and Yaz, he’ll face evil alien races beyond his wildest nightmares.

    Speaking about joining the show, John says:
    If I could tell my younger self that one day I would be asked to step on board the TARDIS, I would never have believed it. It’s an absolute dream come true to be joining Doctor Who and I couldn’t wish for better company than Jodie and Mandip.

    Chris Chibnall, Showrunner, adds:
    It’s time for the next chapter of Doctor Who, and it starts with a man called Dan. Oh, we’ve had to keep this one secret for a long, long time. Our conversations started with John even before the pandemic hit. The character of Dan was built for him, and it’s a joy to have him aboard the TARDIS.

    Piers Wenger, Controller, BBC Drama, says:
    We are beyond thrilled to have John Bishop joining Doctor Who. Alongside Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill, John is a wonderful addition to the show and we have no doubt that series 13 is going to be another thrilling set of adventures for the Doctor.



    The 13th series of Doctor Who began filming in November 2020. John has already begun filming and will make his first appearance when the 13th series starts on BBC One later in 2021.
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    Fifty Years of The Master
    Saturday, 2 January 2021 - Reported by Marcus

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    Fifty years ago today a new character entered the world of Doctor Who when, in Terror of the Autons, we met the Doctor's nemesis, The Master.

    Created by producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks, the character was devised as a foil to the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee. Given an academic name. The Master, to counterpoint the name of The Doctor, the character was to be the Moriarty to Pertwee’s Holmes, a character very much the equal to the Doctor in terms of intelligence and background.

    The character outline was sketched out in an internal BBC document sent to the writers of Season 8 of the series, a document which also introduced the characters of Jo Grant and Captain Mike Yates, played by Richard Franklin and Katy Manning.

    Only one actor was considered for the role of the Master, Roger Delgado, an actor known for playing sinister villains and a personal friend of Jon Pertwee.

    The Master would appear in every story of season 8, becoming just as much a fixture of the series as The Doctor and Jo, somewhat to the chagrin of Jon Pertwee.

    He was used less in season nine but still appeared in two of the five stories. In season ten he was used just once and it was decided to write the character out at the end of season 11 in a big final story.

    That final story never happened as on the 18th June 1973 Roger Delgado was killed in a car accident in Turkey. The death stunned the production team and helped Pertwee to his decision to leave the series at the end of the eleventh series.

    The actor may have died but the character he created was so strong it would return to the series in many incarnations. A mutilated Master at the end of his regelation cycle was seen in the 1976 story The Deadly Assassin.

    In 1981 new producer John Nathan Turner decided to bring back the character as a regular with a look based on the original Delgado character. Played by Anthony Ainley, The Master would appear regularly until the cancellation of the series in 1989, appearing with the fifth, sixth and seventh Doctors. It was perhaps fitting that the last story of the classic series featured the Doctor and Ace in a battle with The Master. In the story Survival.

    The TV movie in 1996 saw the arrival of the eighth Doctor and The Master was there to welcome him, this time in the body of American actor Eric Roberts.

    When Doctor Who returned in 2005 there was much talk about reprising characters from the original series and The Master was high upon most fans wish lists. They had to wait until the series 3 before show-runner Russell T Davies obliged, and the story Utopia saw the character reappear in no less a body as that of veteran actor Derek Jacobi. At the end of the episode John Simm took over the role and a mad hyperactive Master took on the mad hyperactive Tenth Doctor. In 2010 the character helped bring about to the demise of the Tenth Doctor.

    The next showrunner Steven Moffat put his own spin on the character when he created Missy, played by Michelle Gomez, in 2014 to taunt the Twelfth Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi. Much speculation about the real identity of the character was ended at the end of Series 8 when she was revealed to be a female incarnation of The Master.

    Although Gomez was the incumbent Master, John Simm hadn’t quite finished with the role as he returned at the end of series ten to take part in a memorable Master v Master battle with Missy and The Doctor

    The strength of the character is such that just last year another incarnation arrived when Sacha Dhawan took on the role of The Master in the 2020 Chris Chibnall story Spyfall.

    The character of The Master is the most enduring in Doctor Who apart from that of the Doctor himself. Today, 50 years on, we pay tribute to all the hugely talented actors who have made the character such an essential part of Doctor Who lore. And we pay tribute to the numerous writer and Directors who have helped create such a fascinating and enduring character.



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    So looks like there's another raft of rumours about Jodie Whittaker leaving Doctor Who...

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    Yep.We get this constantly.

    No detailed confirmation (as ever) by the BBC yet about anything claimed or implied via the tabloids etc...so here we go again,Whovians!

    The first editions/online spiels went out late last night UK time,and all one site quoted was a line from whoever'd answered the mails.
    Digital Spy BBC responds to report....
    Quote Originally Posted by Digitalspy
    When contacted by Digital Spy, the BBC responded: "We won't be commenting on any speculation around Jodie's future on the show."
    Most of the Actors who already played The Doctor completed 3 seasons,so speculation is high,regardless of what's been said by the PTB or Whittaker in interviews.

    It'd be cool if there's a more straightforward statement soon,but I won't hold my breath.

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    Jodie has stated in the past, and quite recently as well, that she's not going anywhere.

    Long before you and I were born, others beat these benches with their empty cups,
    To the night and its stars, to the here and now with who we are.

    Another sunrise with my sad captains, with who I choose to lose my mind,
    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    Very true!

    Maybe the Beeb will put out a statement soon,but they often don't respond and just let the rumour mill hamsterwheel everything to oblivion till the next interviews with the Cast/PTB go out via Doctor Who Magazine or other sites and mags.

    (By which time I've often forgotten what the rumours were in the first place!)

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    It's said that your memory is the second thing to go when you get old.

    Can't remember what the first thing is...

    Long before you and I were born, others beat these benches with their empty cups,
    To the night and its stars, to the here and now with who we are.

    Another sunrise with my sad captains, with who I choose to lose my mind,
    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    LMAO!! I thought of a perfect reply to that...but it's gone.

    (I feel old,really.I can still remember getting very upset and confused when Patrick Troughton seemed to suddenly became Jon Pertwee.My Mum had watched from the first episode,so it wasn't a shock to her,but I was maybe 6 or 7 and highly impressionable,lol!
    Three fell out of the tardis and I was then hooked on his next adventures,so soon cheered up.So fickle!)

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    I'm not quite that old.

    I remember bits and pieces of the later Pertwee era, but my first clear memory of Doctor Who is the finale of "Planet of the Spiders".

    Long before you and I were born, others beat these benches with their empty cups,
    To the night and its stars, to the here and now with who we are.

    Another sunrise with my sad captains, with who I choose to lose my mind,
    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    Youngster!
    That was a classic for sure and I'm not surprised you remember that story clearly!


    I'm hazy on detail for far too many older episodes,because there were quite a few eps I missed ,and there weren't repeats back in the 60's and 70's.
    Once school bit,and exams became important, I had to stop dreaming about Who and scifi for years,but it's been a constant and a comfort show with darker themes at times that I enjoy too,y'know?

    Casting rumours,gossip and unsourced news probably cropped up all along but if it did,I can't remember awfully much,aside from the papers trying to guess who was following on from Tom Baker,or talking about Michael Grade.

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    I've a very vivid memory of being at the shops with my mum on the Monday morning following ep. 6 of "Planet of the Spiders" and the Regeneration, and telling the nice lady in the shop all about it, then getting the "Oh, a talking dog" look from her.

    You know? The one fans get from non-fans?

    Long before you and I were born, others beat these benches with their empty cups,
    To the night and its stars, to the here and now with who we are.

    Another sunrise with my sad captains, with who I choose to lose my mind,
    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    Oh I know exactly the look and attitude.They aren't so much Non Fans as snotty and condescending especially to kids, but to adults too,lol!


    There's also the kind of person who needs to inform us (on and offline -they're just about everywhere) that it's a "cheesy children's show" or "I hate it all and don't see how you can like it".

    Well I got news for them...

    They don't pay my tv licence,cable,subs or electricity and don't live with me ,so have no way to stop me watching ,and I don't care what they think.I just carry on regardless and that really annoys them!

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    The thing that cheers me up, is thinking about all the people I was in school with in the 70s and 80s who sneered and mocked me for being a Doctor Who fan (and being into sci-fi in general) who now have children of their own, and those kids love Doctor Who.

    Ha-ha-ha, who's laughing now?

    Long before you and I were born, others beat these benches with their empty cups,
    To the night and its stars, to the here and now with who we are.

    Another sunrise with my sad captains, with who I choose to lose my mind,
    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    Divine payback!

    My sis is in that position.She hates just about anything scifi except for original Trek (because she fancied William Shatner),but her daughters grew up loving Sylvester McCoy and her grandchildren never miss Doctor Who and lots of other scifi ,so she has to endure it whenever she visits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruTak View Post
    The thing that cheers me up, is thinking about all the people I was in school with in the 70s and 80s who sneered and mocked me for being a Doctor Who fan (and being into sci-fi in general) who now have children of their own, and those kids love Doctor Who.

    Ha-ha-ha, who's laughing now?
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    Divine payback!

    My sis is in that position.She hates just about anything scifi except for original Trek (because she fancied William Shatner),but her daughters grew up loving Sylvester McCoy and her grandchildren never miss Doctor Who and lots of other scifi ,so she has to endure it whenever she visits.
    You guys have been having such a long conversation, doing this now I feel like the Master popping up during the Doctor's trial in The Trial of a Time Lord!

    Baggie (The Inquisitor): This is an independent conversation started by these forum members to talk about serious Whovian similarities...

    Alan (The Master): Madam, I know! I've followed the conversation with great interest and indeed amusement, but now I must intervene for the sake of...my own Whovian similarities.




    I'd found myself somewhat alone in my fandom of Doctor Who during my childhood apart from on the Saturday's when I'd go around to stay with my cousins who got me into the show...and into sci-fi in general actually. Grew up with vague memories of watching Peter and Colin. Really began watching Sylv. when he began on TV in '87 when I was 6. My friends, and no-one in school or in college talked about it.

    Loneliest time as a fan for me was back in '98 or '99 during a college trip to the Doctor Who Experience in Llangollen (it wasn't my first visit at that time btw) but it was ruined by the mocking and snide remarks and just general lack of interest from people. After we all came out at the exit, I pretended I'd lost something inside just so I could go around on my own and actually enjoy the place (poor K1 robot so tall for the booth he had to have his head down by his feet )! But come 2005 and suddenly people that had been in denial of watching in the '80's and having an interest...DID! Odd that...

    If only 2005 had happened to my friends and all those closet fans in the late 80's and '90's. It was almost like a moment of clarity for them.
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    Yeah, it can be very lonely being the only sci-fi fan in your family. My older brother works for a bank, plays golf, and is a Freemason - how much more normal can you get?

    I can remember my dad occasionally watching Doctor Who with me when I was a kid, but that was probably more to do with him ogling Leela's legs than anything else.

    I practically learned how to read thanks to the old Target Books novelisations of stories that were before my time.

    So yeah, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars and the like have always been a big part of my life.

    Long before you and I were born, others beat these benches with their empty cups,
    To the night and its stars, to the here and now with who we are.

    Another sunrise with my sad captains, with who I choose to lose my mind,
    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruTak View Post
    I practically learned how to read thanks to the old Target Books novelisations of stories that were before my time.
    I was banned from reading the Target novelisations in Primary School. The ban affected me, and my best friend at the time (whom I had convinced to become a DW fan). I took the issue up when we were having class debates, and convincingly won by popular vote, however the teacher held the ban in place.

    The novels did more than teach me how to read - taught me cataloguing, followed by programming when I took my card system digital... Still have them all, including (purportedly) JN-T's copy of Mindwarp.
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    Doctor Who Season 24 - Blu-ray
    Thursday, 21 January 2021 - Reported by Marcus


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    The next release in the Doctor Who: The Collection range will be Season 24, the first staring the Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy.

    First shown in 1987, the box set can be pre-ordered from today ahead of a release date later this year.

    Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 24


    • TIME AND THE RANI
    • PARADISE TOWERS
    • DELTA AND THE BANNERMEN
    • DRAGONFIRE

    Season 24 first aired in 1987 and saw the Seventh Doctor and companion Mel, played by Bonnie Langford, travel through space and time traversing alien planets, a hostile futuristic tower block, 1950s Wales and finally, the mysterious colony of Iceworld, where the Doctor meets Ace played by Sophie Aldred.

    The Doctor is faced with enemies including the Rani (Kate O’Mara) and the terrifying Tetraps in Time and the Rani, Kroagnon and his cleaning robots in Paradise Towers, the ruthless Bannermen in Delta and the Bannermen and Kane (Edward Peel), the murderous ruler of Ice world in Dragonfire.

    These four stories have been newly remastered alongside extensive and exclusive special features including


    • EXTENDED VERSIONS of all four stories, featuring previously unseen material
    • IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND – on all four stories and extended versions
    • ISOLATED SCORES – on all four stories
    • BRAND NEW DOCUMENTARIES - Including a feature-length overview of Season 24 -Here’s To The Future, plus The Making Of Delta And The Bannermen.
    • RARE STUDIO & LOCATION FOOTAGE - Over 25 hours of raw material never seen before, including behind-the-scenes footage from the regeneration scene
    • IN CONVERSATION - Matthew Sweet interviews Sylvester McCoy about his life, career, and time as the Seventh Doctor.
    • BEHIND THE SOFA - Four new episodes with Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, Sophie Aldred, Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Colin Baker & Michael Jayston
    • THE DOCTOR’S TABLE - Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, Sophie Aldred and Clive Merrison reminisce about the making of the season.
    • RARE GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES - Hours of footage covering the promotion of this season including lots of previously unreleased material.
    • AN AUDIENCE WITH LADY STEPHENS - A brand new interview with Season 24 actor and rocky Horror cult figure Patricia Quinn
    • BLU-RAY TRAILER - A brand new mini-episode
    • CONVENTION FOOTAGE
    • HD PHOTO GALLERIES - Including many previously unseen images.
    • INFO TEXT - Behind-the-scenes information and trivia on every episode.
    • SCRIPTS, costume designs, rare BBC production files and other rarities from the archive


    The eight-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

    Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 24 can be pre-ordered now from Amazon, HMV and Zavvi and will be released later this year.


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    I know it's not a stellar season, but I'm looking forward to this.
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