The BBC has announced that Peter Capaldi’s final episode of Doctor Who, to be broadcast this Christmas will be called
The episode will also feature Pearl Mackie returning as Bill Potts. Viewers will have to wait until Christmas to discover exactly how Bill, who will appear throughout the episode, makes her return.
It was also revealed that Mark Gatiss will co-star in the episode in a guest role, playing a World War One soldier - known so far only as ‘The Captain'
As previously revealed in the closing moments of the 2017 series finale, the special will feature Peter Capaldi’s current Doctor team up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley.
Peter Capaldi’s final episode of Doctor Who this Christmas will feature Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and be called Twice Upon a Time, it was revealed this evening (23 July) during a cast panel at San Diego Comic Con. Viewers will have to wait until Christmas to discover exactly how Bill, who will appear throughout the episode, makes her return.
Pearl Mackie returns in the Christmas Special
It was also revealed that the special will co-star Mark Gatiss in a guest role – as a World War One soldier, known so far only as ‘The Captain’.
As previously revealed in the closing moments of the 2017 series finale, the special will feature Peter Capaldi’s current Doctor teaming up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley.
Well it has been an exciting month for Doctor Who. The final episode of series 10 aired, Thirteen Doctor has been announced and now we have some details and a new trailer for the 2017 Christmas Special. The episode, entitled Twice Upon a Time is the final episode for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor before he regenerates into Thirteen as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker. It is also the last episode for lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who’s new showrunner, will take over from Moffat at the end of the Christmas special. As is the tradition for nu-Who, Chibnall will be writing Whittaker’s first words as the Doctor while Moffat will be writing Capaldi’s last.
Twice Upon a Time also features the First Doctor, as originated by William Hartnell, but played by David Bradley and Mark Gatiss who portrays a World War One soldier only know as ‘The Captain’. Not much is known about Gatiss’ character at this time.
The audience at this year’s San Diego Comic Con Doctor Who Panel were lucky enough to see an exclusive sneak peak of the episode. We will post the trailer in our subsequent post. It was also announced that Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) wlll appear throughout the Christmas special. Bill was last seen leaving with Heather, the Pilot, after Heather transformed her from a Cyberman into a water-creature. Bill and Heather subsequently saved the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and left him unconscious in the TARDIS. It isn’t clear how or why Bill has returned for this episode.
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time airs on Christmas special airs on Christmas Day 2017 on BBC One and BBC America.
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Hall H was all a’buzz in San Diego Comic Con this weekend for Doctor Who news. And boy did the BBC deliver! Spoilers, ahoy!
Seriously, here be spoilers. Don’t read if you don’t want to know any details.
Twice Upon a Trailer
We can reveal the 2017 Christmas Special will be entitled ‘Twice Upon a Time’ and serves as Peter Capaldi’s swansong as the Doctor. The Who team at SDCC premiered a trailer which we’ve embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
Cast and Characters
Alongside Capaldi will be David Bradley taking on the role of the First Doctor. A new character called The Captain – a World War One soldier – will appear, played by Mark Gatiss with a spruce moustache. Story details are yet to be divulged, but we know that Jodie Whittaker will take over the title role from Capaldi in this episode.
Bill is Back
More big news is that confirmation that Pearl Mackie will reprise the role of Bill Potts for the story. Bill was last seen Cyberized before being turned into a sentient puddle creature and setting off to explore the Universe. This show is weird sometimes.
155 Days Until Christmas
OK, so our appetite has been thoroughly whetted. Unfortunately, there are still five months until the big day. Luckily, the team at Blogtor Who love to talk shop. So we’ve come up with a few ideas of what we’d like to see happen come Crimbo. That should tidings you over until December 25th…I’m sorry.
Are you looking forward to David Bradley as the Doctor? What do you think of Bill’s return? How do you think Jodie Whittaker’s first few moments will play out? Is that moustache real? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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If you haven’t heard a Companion Chronicle from Big Finish you’re missing out on some well told and unique stories. Not all stories translate to screen, or even to full blown audio drama, as well as an excellently written and wonderfully narrated story can. Accompany that with some nicely constructed music and a few well placed and expertly crafted sound effects and you’re transported to wherever the Big Finish team want you to be.
The First Doctor Early Adventures Volume 2 boast some of the best stories, performances and sound you’re bound to hear. Even if the First Doctor isn’t your first choice for The Doctor these stories are absolutely worth listening too and the passion from all involved is apparent.
It takes all of the elements being their best in order to achieve this level of craftsmanship and directors Lisa Bowerman and Helen Goldwyn have perfectly guided their team through 4 excellent stories but the music and sound design by Robert Harvey are what shine centre stage as they blanket and these stories with textures so fine you may find yourself wondering why you ever paid for a 3-D film when you could be this immersed just with sound. Also, if you had pre-ordered you were treated with Harvey’s Audio Suite which includes nearly 40 minutes of his gorgeous music arrangements for this volume of early adventures. If you didn’t pre-order, hopefully they will do this again and you will be ready!
The Fields of Terror
The opening story of this second volume of Early Adventures, ‘The Fields of Terror’, is a classic Doctor Who historical. This is a very well told story about a lesser known part of the French Revolution which takes on some elements of horror to help boost the fever of the time.
It’s written by John Pritchard and is narrated by Maureen O’Brien as Vicki but she takes on many roles including, but not limited to, the First Doctor. O’Brien does a terrific job of leading us through this creepy tale. It’s an old fashioned suspense and mystery with elements of reality and history.
This is the kind of tale that may not have succeeded on television at the time but it’s certainly the kind of story that would have been popular, especially with its elements of compassion despite hardships.
Blogtor Who Rating 9/10
Across The Darkened City
‘Across the Darkened City’ is written by David Bartlett and may very well be one of the most exciting adventures told in Doctor Who. It stars Peter Purves, as Steven Taylor, and can he ever narrate a story! Of course, the writing is engaging and with only Purves and Nicholas Briggs as the Dalek, 210 as cast members and playing as an unlikely duo, we’re taken through journey and partnership which fully captivates your attention.
Purves is so fully committed in his performance that he feels as youthful as ever. He gets so excited and wrapped up in all the highs, and even the lows, that you’re transported back in time and feel like you’re in the moment. To top it off Purves’ take on William Hartnell is amongst the best and though The Doctors role is limited, hearing Purves as both The Doctor and Steven is a real pleasure. Briggs deserves accolades as well, giving a Dalek performance so unique and textured that Dalek 210 becomes a Dalek worth remembering. A difficult job made to look easy.
Blogtor Who Rating 10/10
The Bonfires of The Vanities
Fan favourite Una McCormak writes “The Bonfires of The Vanities” which stars Anneke Wills as Polly and Elliot Chapman as Ben. It’s the quietest of the 4 stories though that doesn’t mean it’s not exciting or enjoyable. In fact it’s ever so slightly as if a mild Phillip K. Dick wrote Doctor Who.
It’s lovingly written for Ben and Polly. The First Doctor is towards the end of his run and is weaker and features both Wills and Chapman taking turns narrating the story and being the Doctor. Each does wonderful work. With the music and sounds being haunting and melancholic all the elements create a moody piece that is a great little story full of wonderful moments.
Blogtor Who Rating 8/10
The Plague of Dreams
Our closing entry is exceptional. Guy Adams managed to write a script so dangerously close to a parody but pulled off a play within a play perfectly. This is exactly how the Companion Chronicles shine. With a cast of two and a team as talented as we have here, we look at the moments seen off screen that help us reconcile the wider world of Doctor Who in little moments. A stylized story like this could come across a dozen different ways, most of them not good but there’s love for classic Who here and Adams lets us see that and appreciate it.
Anneke Wills returns as Polly, and the First Doctor and she is exquisite here. It’s evident that she is compelled and having fun. Elliot Chapman plays Ben and ‘The Player’. He’s great! It’s rare that you want an actor to sound like an actor but playing the part he does it works and he leads this story with charm and a little bit of danger.
Blogtor Who Rating 10/10
The Champion of the Companion Chronicles
Ian Atkins has produced 4 of the finest Doctor Who audio stories you’ve ever heard, where every element works perfectly! Great scripts, solid performances, incredible direction and absolutely perfect sound design and music meshed with the passion from all involved we’re rounding up the final average score to give this bundle of Doctor Who Early Adventure Companion Chronicles…
Overall Blogtor Who Rating 10/10
1. Fields of Terror by John Pritchard
The TARDIS has brought the Doctor back to Revolutionary France, a place that’s always fascinated him. But this time he, along with Steven and Vicki, are drawn into a devastated land, caught between the soldiers who are burning all before them and a monstrous shape that follows in their wake.
2. Across the Darkened City by David Bartlett
On the planet Shade, The Chaons, an invading race of strange, amorphous creatures that ravenously absorb energy, have reduced the city there to a desolate ruin. Separated from the Doctor and Vicki, Steven has to join forces with an unexpected ally to find his way back to the TARDIS. Ahead, lies a nightmare journey through the dark – a test of endurance and trust.
3. The Bonfires of the Vanities by Una McCormack
When the Doctor, Polly, and Ben arrive in Lewes in the late 1950s, they’re just in time to celebrate Guy Fawkes’ Night. But there’s no fun on the streets tonight – the town is in the grip of fear. There are imps on the loose in Lewes, the Bonfire Boys are on the march, and nobody is safe from the fire.
4. The Plague of Dreams by Guy Adams
“Pray welcome, one and all, to this, a fantasy in two acts, presented, most humbly, for your pleasure. We bring you drama and magic, angels and demons, a tale of mysterious plague… of nightmares made flesh… of a war fought both in this world and those immeasurably distant. A war, in fact, fought through the mists of time itself. It will make you gasp! It will make you weep! It may even make some of you wake-up…”
Written By: John Pritchard, David Bartlett, Una McCormack, Guy Adams
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman, Helen Goldwyn
Maureen O’Brien (Vicki), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor), Anneke Wills (Polly), Elliot Chapman (Ben Jackson / The Player), Robert Hands (Lagrange), Helen Goldwyn(The Chaons) and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks
Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Jacqueline Rayner
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
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Like all Doctor Who fans the BlogtorWho team have been debating and speculating about potential stories that may work well as the Christmas Special 2017. So proud are we of the idea that we thought we’d share it with you dear reader. Firstly, a disclaimer…
This story idea does not come from a source. It has merely come from debates between BlogtorWho writers.
This is NOT a plot synopsis! We haven’t spoiled you!
In keeping with another Doctor Who Christmas Special written by Steven Moffat, ‘A Christmas Carol’, we propose a homage to the classic Christmas movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.
A Perfect tribute to Peter Capaldi
Firstly, this choice of inspiration would be a fitting tribute to Peter Capaldi. Way back in 1995 Peter Capaldi won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. This was for the 23 minute film ‘Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life’ which Capaldi wrote and directed. Richard E Grant (Dr Simeon in ‘The Snowmen’) starred as Franz Kafka who is attempting to write his story ‘The Metamorphosis’. ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ proves influential particularly in the closing moments. As with the original the short movie also shifts from despair to a message of hope. Kafka’s neighbours even sing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, which is also used in the conclusion of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. Carrying these themes over into Doctor Who would therefore be a wonderful blend of just two of Peter Capaldi’s great career achievements.
It’s a Wonderful Life
For those unfamiliar with the story, firstly where have you been? It’s a film which has been around for 70 years! Anyway, James Stewart stars as George Bailey. It is Christmas Eve 1945. George is feeling suicidal and wishes that he’d never been born. A cheery setup, I know. An angel, amusingly called Clarence, is sent from Heaven to show George what life would be like if he had never existed. In an uplifting finale George Bailey realises how many lives he has changed for the better and begs for his life back. The realisation of how his life has made the lives of those around him better causes George to gain a refreshed zest for life. It does however take seeing an alternative reality to trigger this epiphany.
The Turn Left comparison
Doctor Who fans may recall a televised story which explored what Earth would be like without The Doctor. ‘Turn Left’ was the ‘Doctor-lite’ episode in 2008’s Series 4 with Catherine Tate’s Donna Noble taking centre stage. In this alternate reality The Tenth Doctor is killed during the events of ‘The Runaway Bride’. Martha Jones, Sarah Jane Smith, Luke, Clyde and Maria are all lost during the Judoon’s transportation of the Royal Hope Hospital to the Moon. The spaceship Titanic crashes into Buckingham Palace. Sixty million Americans are turned into Adipose. Finally the Torchwood team is also lost trying to thwart the Sontarans use of ATMOS. It’s pretty grim stuff. As The Master once said, “A cosmos without The Doctor scarcely bares thinking about”.
It’s a Wonderful Regeneration
So, back to the Twelfth Doctor’s impending regeneration. What we can deduce thus far is that the Twelfth Doctor is refusing to regenerate. He also finds himself in Antarctica, where his First incarnation is on the verge of his own regeneration. Neither Time Lord appears to be enthusiastic about the process. With the First Doctor about to experience his first regeneration, the much more experienced Twelfth Doctor can take the role of Clarence the ghost. He can present the benefits of regeneration and the alternative reality that would exist if The Doctor was not to regenerate. This would give us more of the powerful scenes seen in ‘Turn Left’. Simultaneously the Twelfth Doctor will come to terms with his own regeneration ready for his Thirteenth incarnation. Alternatively, a returning Clara Oswald could take the role of Clarence the ghost guiding both incarnations through their regenerations.
Other Doctors, Flashbacks and Clara Oswald
This story idea also has the scope for a number of possibilities in terms of flashbacks and alternate realities. The inclusion of David Bradley to play the First Doctor suggests a direction into fan-friendly material so featuring even more flashbacks may also appeal to this target audience. This could also explain a returning Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald who can feature in flashback or alternative reality sequences. Of course the splinters of Clara ‘The Impossible Girl’ exist throughout The Doctor’s timeline. Perhaps we could again be treated to Clara encountering different incarnations of the Time Lord as in ‘The Name of the Doctor’. Those sequences were pretty exciting after all. With Mark Gatiss announced as featuring perhaps he may don the frilly shirt of the Third Doctor, for instance?
Also not to be forgotten in all this is that the Christmas Special is Steven Moffat’s final script for the show. As well as casting the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors Moffat had previously written for Doctors Nine and Ten. Over his tenure he has also brought back the Eighth Doctor for a regeneration. Moffat also introduced viewers to a previously unknown incarnation, the War Doctor. Plus there was the Curator but we won’t attempt to tackle that continuity mine field. Anyway, Steven Moffat deserves some reflective and emotional flashback sequences. ‘It’s a Wonderful Regeneration’ can therefore be a powerful tribute to all that has gone before. Multiple Doctors. Multiple regenerations. A tribute to lead actor, lead writer but also the very process which has allowed the show to continue for 54 years. Expect tears.
In conclusion the BlogtorWho team suggest that a Christmas Special based upon the themes of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ would be a fitting swansong to Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. With two strong actors in Capaldi and David Bradley this could make for a very watchable tale. Flashbacks, an alternate reality and an uplifting conclusion. It sounds like good Christmas Day entertainment to us!
Again this is only OUR story idea and should not be confused as a synopsis for the already filmed Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special. We are waiting for today’s announcements and trailers along with everone else.
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BBC AMERICA’S SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON PANELS SET FOR FANS ON SUNDAY, JULY 23 IN HALL H from 2:00 to 3:00 pm PDT (10 pm to 11 pm BDT)
BBC America and Doctor Who will be returning San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday 23 July in Hall H. The panel will feature the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi and Emmy®-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. The SSCC fans will have an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special feature the Twelfth Doctor’s regeneration. If you are not at SDCC, the clip will be available online later in the evening.
Also joining the panel will be Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), writer and actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock). The Nerdist, Chris Hardwick will be moderating the panel as Doctor Who celebrates Christmas in July.
Doctor Who was the one first-ever TV show to gather fans in the famed Hall H when San Diego Comic-Con presented a TV line-up in the 6,500 plus seat venue on Sunday, July 24, 2011. Before this event, Hall H was reserved for Blockbuster Film events.
So let’s join and celebrate Doctor Who
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- Sunday, July 23, 2017
- Room: Hall H
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Yesterday at San Diego Comic Con Doctor Who’s Pearl Mackie (Bill) and Michelle Gomez (Missy) sat down with SYFY WIRE and Arron Segars.
The pair took a look back at Season 10, discussed what happened with Bill in the finale and share their thoughts on the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whitaker.
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On this day in 1984, 21-year-old Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America title, the first resignation in the pageant’s history, after Penthouse magazine announces plans to publish nude photos of the beauty queen in its September issue. Williams originally made history on September 17, 1983, when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. Miss New Jersey, Suzette Charles, the first runner-up and also an African American, assumed Williams’ tiara for the two months that remained of her reign.
Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in Millwood, New York, to music teacher parents. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. In 1982, while working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt. Kisco, New York, photographer Thomas Chiapel took the nude pictures of Williams, telling her they’d be shot in silhouette and that she wouldn’t be recognizable. After Williams became Miss America, the photographer sold the pictures to Penthouse without her knowledge. Williams later dropped lawsuits against the magazine and photographer after it was learned that she had signed a model release form at the time the photos were taken.
The Miss America pageant, which prides itself on projecting a wholesome, positive image of women, began in 1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a stunt developed by local businessmen to extend the summer tourist season. In 1945, the Miss America Organization handed out its first scholarship. Today, it provides over $45 million each year in cash and tuition assistance to contestants on the national, state and local levels. In 1954, the competition was broadcast live for the first time. Beginning in the 1980s, contestants were required to have a social platform, such as drunk-driving preventionor AIDS awareness, and Miss America winners now travel an estimated 20,000 miles a month for speaking engagements and public appearances. In 2006, following a decline in TV ratings, the pageant moved from Atlantic City for the first time in its history and took place in Las Vegas, where a new Miss America was crowned in January instead of September.
Vanessa Williams rebounded from the Miss America scandal and went on to a successful entertainment career as an actress and recording artist, performing on Broadway as well as in movies and television and releasing a number of popular albums.
As Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat, Mark Gattis, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas and Michelle Gomez all gather at San Diego Comic Con 2017 for the Doctor Who panel the first piece of information about this year’s Christmas Special has been revealed. In an interview actor and writer Mark Gatiss confirmed that he will be appearing during the as yet untitled special.
In a Facebook Live interview with Empire’s Chris Hewitt, Moffat, Capaldi and Gatiss discussed a number of topics including the 2017 Christmas special. Steven Moffat stated that the episode is currently being edited. It was also mentioned that Mark Gatiss will be appearing in the story but his character’s identity was not divulged. Gatiss described his involvement as a “privilege, an honour and a thrill.” Peter Capaldi added that Gatiss delivers a wonderful performance. The outgoing Twelfth Doctor also teased that Gatiss’ character is “a resonant echo in the whole Doctor Who story.”
Mark Gatiss has written several Doctor Who episodes, including ‘Empress of Mars’ for Series 10. Onscreen he has previously played Dr Lazarus in ‘The Lazarus Experiment’ and Gantok in ‘The Wedding of River Song’. This part will therefore be his third onscreen appearance in Doctor Who. Technically it may even be his fourth role. Gatiss was also ‘Danny Boy’ in ‘Victory of the Daleks’ and ‘A Good Man Goes to War’ but went uncredited.
The Christmas Special will of course be the final episodes for Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi. With the Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic Con to follow later more information about this momentous finale is expected to be revealed…
The full interview from Empire Magazine can be found following the link below:
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