The Rani, the morally dubious female Time Lord played by Kate O’Mara in the 1980s, is to make her first appearance with Big Finish in Doctor Who: The Rani Elite, out in December.
In her latest body the Rani is played by Siobhan Redmond, whose many leading television credits include Between the Lines, The High Life, The Smoking Room, Taggart and Holby City.
But this wasn’t always to be the case. “The Rani’s return was very much prompted by Kate,” says producer David Richardson. “Her agent contacted me and said that she would love to reprise the role with us, and when I mentioned this to executive producer Nicholas Briggs and script editor Alan Barnes they leapt at the opportunity.
After the sad passing of Kate the fate of the story was uncertain, until Kate’s agent contact Big Finish with the news that Kate had wanted them to proceed with a new incarnation of the character.
Read more on this story on the Big Finish website!
DWM talks exclusively to the actors who have brought the Paternoster Gang to life: Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart and Dan Starkey.
DWM Issue 475
“It’s crazy, how everyone knows where we’re going to be filming,” Neve tells DWM. “When we were doing Peter Capaldi’s first one, we went out nice and early in the morning, and there was one person there. And then you turned around and suddenly there was a whole load of people.” (more…)
Doctor Who 24/7 are reporting that according to Paul McGann (and he would know, let’s face it), a sequel to the incredibly popular Five(ish) Doctors Reboot is in the works.
This is excellent news, as the original was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 50th anniversary.
Father’s Day is just around the corner and BBC Worldwide have a raft of brand-new DVD releases and fresh products that are sure to bring a smile to Dad’s face.
Petrol heads will have a blast watching Top Gear: The Burma Special on DVD (RRP: £15.31), or Blu-ray (RRP: £17.35). The Special is an entertainingly pain-wracked road trip through staggeringly beautiful landscapes, plagued with ongoing mechanical failures and an endless succession of playful banter. Dad can also enjoy the Special while wearing the Top Gear: The Burma Special ‘Keep On Truckin’ T-shirt (RRP: £12.99), available exclusively from BBC Shop. If he fancies sprucing up his pride and joy, then there’s a brand-new Top Gear Wash & Wax Kit (RRP: £8.99), including 1 Litre Wash & Wax, Jumbo Sponge and 200g Stockinette Polishing Cloth. (more…)
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The Official Guide to the 2013 Series
Discover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Eleventh Doctor’s adventures, in the latest DWMSpecial Edition. The Official Guide to the 2013 Series is researched and compiled by Andrew Pixley, and packed with previously unpublished photos, day-to-day details of Doctor Who’s production and hundreds of fascinating new facts. Containing amazing in-depth articles on the TV episodes The Snowmen, The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten, Cold War,Hide, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver and The Name of the Doctor, this is the essential guide to Matt Smith’s final season as the Doctor.
The Official Guide to the 2013 Series is on sale now, price £6.99
Easter Treats at the Doctor Who Experience
· Brand new props installed
· A Monster Family Day Out on Wednesday 16 April
· Walking Tours re-launch for 2014
The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay celebrates the Easter holiday with a host of activities and new prop installations this month.
The popular official walking tours of Cardiff Bay will return on Good Friday (18 April), running throughout the Bank Holiday weekend. The tours will also run on 26 and 27 April. Groups are guided by an official Doctor Who Experience host, taking in some of the most recognisable sights in Cardiff Bay where much of the series is filmed. Tours last up to 90 minutes, starting and finishing at the attraction. Tickets can be booked from 10 April from the Doctor Who Experience box office. (more…)
Catch up with Paul McGann, as he discussed life after Eight – in Doctor Who Magazine 472!
“You know what? I don’t expect to ever to be involved again,” the Eighth Doctor actor tells DWM. “But I expect I’ll be surprised one day by something. That’s what Doctor Who‘s about. I expect to be surprised…” (more…)
The recovery of nine missing Doctor Who episodes last year was undoubtedly a highlight in what was a pretty big year for Doctor Who fans. To celebrate the release of Doctor Who: The Web of Fear on DVD I’m delighted to announce a Missing Episodes Marathon at the Prince Charles Cinema in London next Saturday the 22nd, in association with BFI. We’ll be airing Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World and Doctor Who: The Web of Fear back to back (with sufficient loo breaks) followed by a panel with key cast.
Tickets for this one-of-a-kind marathon go on-sale tomorrow morning at 9am from the link below:
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out now, and looks back on MATT SMITH‘s four years as the Doctor.
“A big part of me wanted to stay because it’s a wonderful job and he’s a wonderful character. My life will never be the same. I’ll never play another part quite like this…”
We had been teased that Peter Capaldi’s outfit as the new Doctor would be revealed soon, confirming speculation that had been circling since filming began in the New Year for series 8. The BBC have now released the first promo picture of the Doctor in his new costume, and this fan at least is very happy.
Our own forums, Twitter and Facebook have been buzzing with the influence of Jon Pertwee’s Doctor, the red lining in the coat evoking Pertwee’s first outfit, but what do you think? Join the discussion in the Outpost Skaro Forums.