Tuesday, 26 November 2013


Having featured after the credits of The Day of the Doctor, everybody's now talking about the trailer for the upcoming christmas special episode entitled The Time of the Doctor on December 25th. Does it tickle your fancy? Are you sad to see Matt Smith leave, or excited to see what Peter Capaldi will bring to the table? Sound off in the comments below!

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Monday, 25 November 2013


The overnight ratings for Saturday night’s anniversary Doctor Who were 10.18 million, the show’s largest viewing figure since the Christmas episode A Christmas Carol, starring Matt Smith. It beat The X-Factor, whose ratings fell to 7.67 million, but was beaten to the number one spot by Strictly Come Dancing with 10.56 million.

Current reports say that the box office takings of the UK cinematic screening are around £1.7 million. The episode is number one on BBC iplayer, which is expected to boost ratings considerably when catch-up viewing figures are calculated in a week’s time.

Saturday, 23 November 2013


As a man who has never really dabbled much in Doctor Who, I was somewhat unsure about how to feel about the madness surrounding the 50th anniversary episode. Was it to be something exclusively for the fans, or a possible invitation for newcomers such as myself to join the party? Or maybe even both? Either way, my knowledge of the programme was insufficient. I needed a way to feel educated about the universe of Doctor Who without necessarily watching through the hundreds of available episodes. Thankfully, An Adventure in Space and Time serves this purpose nicely.

The story chronicles the birth of the show and its various production troubles, from William Hartnell’s (David Bradley) ailing health and struggles as a typecast actor, to Verity Lambert’s (Jessica Raine) own trouble as one of the early female figures in British television. It becomes clear from the very first scene that this is not necessarily the smooth and obstacle-free ride that one might initially think.

With a keen sense of nostalgia, particular effort has been put into replicating both the context of 1960s Britain in all its gloomy-weather glory, and the harsh realities that come with working from within the BBC – a place not often associated with second chances. As a result, I was immediately drawn towards Hartnell, played with excellent cynicism and humanity by David Bradley. As an actor with very little direction in his career, Hartnell’s only desire was to steer clear of the authority figures he became so often associated with. Yet with the show’s aim to inform and educate as well as to thrill and terrify, the role was understandably irresistible.

What follows is an intense, but often fun series of events that follow Hartnell and Lambert as they both fight desperately to keep Doctor Who alive, regardless of whether it came from artistic integrity or something to pay the bills. Yet in a bizarre twist, I found the story’s finest moments were the ones that distanced themselves from Doctor Who. Such moments include Hartnell’s often adorable interaction with his granddaughter and wife, reminding us that he was still a human being, with familial concerns and constant reminders of his growing age in an industry that was constantly seeking to modernise itself.

Naturally, the references to the series itself are littered throughout the script. Some are impossible to miss, while others will no doubt be detected by only the most hardened of fans. But as the story reached its conclusion, I couldn’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount that was being thrown at me. Of course, there exists five whole decades of history behind Doctor Who, and it would be a missed opportunity not to acknowledge it through various nods and winks, but at times, it felt just a little too much.
Regardless, this was easily outweighed by the positives. Every actor gave an outstanding performance, in particular Brian Cox’s dominating presence as the iconic Sydney Newman – a role he clearly had incredible fun playing. But at its very core, An Adventure in Space and Time was a very human story about a very otherworldly concept. It provided an informative but touching look at both a man desperately looking to push past his own ‘grumpy old man’ persona, as well as the now cemented position Doctor Who holds as a key part to our history and culture.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Friday, 22 November 2013


Just when we thought there couldn't possibly be any more surprises ready for tomorrow's broadcast, Google goes and puts their own spin on the madness.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the internet giant gave users the chance to go on their own mini adventure in the form of a cute little isometric platformer game.

Choose one of the 11 pixelated Doctors as you take on the Daleks and traverse dangerous terrain. But worry not, if you die, you simply regenerate into the next incarnation, a nice little touch for us fans.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013


With the 50th anniversary rapidly approaching, it’s easy to forget some of the other fantastic material the BBC has on offer.

As a one-off special, An Adventure in Space and Time will demonstrate to fans exactly how the iconic television show got started. From its humble and unpredictable beginnings, through to its 50th anniversary celebration, it’s a must-see for both hardened veterans as well as newcomers to the series.

The BBC have since released a collection of trailers and clips, which can be seen below. Judging by the content we’ve seen, it looks like every effort has been put into replicating the look and feel of the show, in particular the uncanny performances by David Bradley and Brian Cox as William Hartnell and Sydney Newman respectively.

Check out the second clip to see Cox in action.

Monday, 18 November 2013


The BBC have released a new mini-episode in anticipation of the 50th anniversary. It’s got Paul McGann, John Hurt and, judging by online feedback, definitely seems to have united Who fans in an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the upcoming episode.

Taking place in the middle of the infamous Time War, this 6 minute special explains the origins of John Hurt’s newly-titled ‘War Doctor’; a specialised regeneration offered by the Sisterhood of Karn.

With McGann making an unexpected but welcome appearance as the Time Lord, the episode neatly explains how his incarnation came to an end. Naturally, this raises questions about the claims of the other Doctors. Does this mean that we could see Christopher Eccleston once more? Only time will tell.

Watch the video below to see what all the fuss is about.

Monday, 4 November 2013


Cybermen took the stage last night in celebration of Doctor Who being awarded 'Best British TV Show' at the Radio 1 Teen Awards.

As the evening was packed with some of the biggest names in the television and music industry, celebrities gathered along with fans who were treated to a night of epic proportions, as well as a pair of delighted Cybermen who were all too happy to accept the award on-stage.

The evening's aim was to honour the most popular television programmes of 2013, hosted by Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw. Votes for each winner were made by the general public, who were happy to name Doctor Who as their favourite show. An apprehensive-looking Taylor Swift presented the award.

The nominees for 'Best British TV Show' are as follows:
  • Coronation Street
  • Doctor Who
  • Geordie Shore
  • Phone Shop
  • Youngers
As well as celebrating the best in entertainment, a select few teenage heroes from around the UK were also given awards for bravery.