Doctor Who Magazine Issue 542

Featuring exclusive contributions from: Paul Cornell, Sarah Dollard, Matthew Graham, Peter Harness, Pete McTighe, Steven Moffat, James Moran, Rona Munro, Robert Shearman and Toby Whithouse.

 

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Now in Technicolor!

While we’re still going to be doing the skarocast we’re embracing the new in the form of our new video show: Talktor Doctor.  Now you get all the great chat but with added body horror!

 

In the first episode Friendsofderek and Eddie take stock of all the recent Doctor Who rumors concerning Chris Chibnall.  Join them as they try to figure out what the real story is!

 

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Judoon, platoon, will be here soon!

Helping to avoid another year of dismal monsters and paper thin villains S12 has confirmed a returning adversary with the intergalactic space rhino’s: The Judoon.  While the choice of bureaucratic, intergalactic policemen makes us worry there’s another Brexit joke being lined up we can but hope this is the start of a lot of returning faces.  Maybe even a new Master or well-rested foe like the Meddling Monk for Jodie to take down with her fam.

The Judoon are back!

Neil Stuke will guest star in the same episode.  We’re hoping it’s more Silk than Drop the Dead Donkey.

 

Oh and it’s set in Gloucester.  Which should keep the rhyme liking Judoon happy.  Well as happy as a rampaging space cop rhino can be.

S12 News. Sooner than you think but not as much as you’d like. Six of the best or short changed?

We have some breaking news regarding the future of Doctor Who.
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It was commonly believed that Chris Chibnall had taken the role of Showrunner with a 3 series/5 year plan with around 18 months between series, but considering it’s relative success on Sunday nights, the BBC and BBC Studios want to him to supply more. Nothing less than a series a year will do. This is something that Chibnall is unable to do.
Outpost Skaro has recently heard that, despite the very late start to production, Doctor Who will not only air series 12 in 2019 but also restore the Christmas Day Special, which this year has been demoted to New Years Day.
However, this “good” news is likely to come with a pay off, as showrunner and Broadchurch creator will leave the series once his writing duties are complete for s12. It is believed he feels the work load for a full series-a-year is unsubstainable.
As well as that, we understand that s12 will have a drastically reduced episode count, with 5 or 6 episodes being likely (and in line with most BBC Dramas) along with a Christmas Special.
With Bradley Walsh unlikely to continue on as a regular companion in s12, this also seems likely for Tosin Cole, however there is no news on Mandip Gill. As for the 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker, it seems likely that she’ll leave the role along with Chibnall as a series-a-year will be too much for the young mum so is likely to hand over the keys to the TARDIS, as is tradition, next Christmas.
As ever, we caveat this with being at present just a rumour and nothing is certain until the BBC say it’s so. We did approach the BBC for a comment but we got none. We would also warn that things have changed dramatically over the last few days so could do so again, so please keep an eye out for any changes.
As for who the new Doctor or showrunner will be, we have nothing on this yet, but if we hear, we’ll be sure to share. However if new showrunners can’t be found by early 2019 Chibnall may have to produce a full 10 episodes for s12 which will be split between 2019 and 2020 until the new team get traction on their own take.
As ever… stay tuned!

Ep9 and 10 titles released.

The final two episodes titles and synopsis have been revealed.  Just how deadly will they be?

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Episode Nine: It Takes You Away

Travels throughout space and time for all the family, starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.

On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. What has happened here? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?

Guest starring Ellie Wallwork and Kevin Eldon. Written by Ed Hime. Directed by Jamie Childs.

Episode Ten: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

Action adventure for all the family, starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.

On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the remains of a brutal battlefield.  But as the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far more secrets. Who is the mysterious commander with no memory? What lies beyond the mists? Who or what are the Ux?

The answers will lead the Doctor and her friends towards a deadly reckoning.

Guest starring Phyllis Logan, Mark Addy and Percelle Ascott. Written by Chris Chibnall. Directed by Jamie Childs.

 

Big Finish – Torchwood Main Range

After the TV-series feel and length of Aliens Among Us, the bumper special of Believe and foray into Yvonne Hartman’s Torchwood One with Machines, the most recent set of monthly releases may have been overlooked. So as the summer comes to an end, why not catch up with some of the recent Torchwood releases?

 

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There’s a whole bunch to choose from, and with the school holidays finishing plenty of opportunity for playlists for when the younger listeners aren’t around…

 

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(American) Avengers Assemble! It’s time for the Infinity War! With groundbreaking IMAX work!

OK, so it’s not the proper avengers but there are a lot more of the American Avengers and their hearts are in the right place.  They start kicking botty next week but here is a nice little feature about the ground breaking IMAX camera use.

 

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The most ambitious team up since the 5 Doctors, Marvel’s Infinity War: Now with added IMAX bits

You knew it was going to be big but if you choose the power of IMAX to deliver the Avengers Infinity War experience then it’s going to be even bigger.  Don’t believe us then watch this spangly new feature about how the new movie is so big they turned to IMAX to fit it all in.

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Set speed standard by two; Blakes 7 is speeding onto DVD!

Today, BBC Worldwide has announced that the complete collection of this classic BBC sci-fi adventure will be released on DVD on the 12th March and is available to pre-order now from amazon.co.uk.

 Blakes 7 is coming to DVD!

Produced by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks from Doctor Who, the cult sci-fi series was first broadcast on the BBC in January 1978 and ran for four, 13-episode series until 1981. The programme follows the adventures of a small group of rebels, led by Blake (Gareth Thomas), as they fight against the totalarian Terran Federation who control Earth.

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Big Finish – Torchwood: Aliens Among Us Parts 1-2

Yes, the official series 5 – and with RTD on board as well! This time round he is in a more advisory role behind the scenes, adding to the wealth of Big Finish talent proven in the past couple of years.

 

Cardiff is not so much invaded as occupied – these aliens look human enough to avoid mass panic, and have built enough financial and political clout to make them a formidable foe for anyone who should want to shift them. But these newcomers may not be all that’s alien in Cardiff, and things are never straighforward where the freshly-rebuilding Torchwood are involved…

 

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