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Class – A new Doctor Who spin off coming soon to BBC3

BBC Three today announces Class – a new 8 x 45 minute Doctor Who Spin off from the acclaimed YA author Patrick Ness. Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before.

Coalhill School, here be aliens!

Steven Moffat says: “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!

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River Song Returns

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Its been a couple of days now since the news of River Song’s return to (television) Doctor Who hit. Following hot on the heels of the recent Big Finish announcement, its safe to say its a good time for fans of the character. The announcement of her return taking at least this fan by surprise, given that same Big Finish announcement.

We’ll have to wait to Christmas to find out what her return will entail. Will her appearance in Name of the Doctor be explained? Fortunately, there’s something decent starting on BBC1 shortly that’ll help kill the time. 😉

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Series Nine Preview, by Eddie McGuigan

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Regenerations have hung heavily over Doctor Who for a while now it seems. Ever since the Doctor was warned about Trenzalore we’ve head multiple Doctors, his death – more than once – secret incarnations, the end of a regeneration cycle and, spectacularly, the beginning of another. But that wasn’t the end of the story. This new regeneration harks back to the “classic” archetype; alien, difficult, rude, grumpy and, well, old. And just when the Doctor himself is getting used to being less matinee idol and more renaissance man, his best enemy goes and shows up in a skirt and his best friend is reincarnated as a zombie cyborg.

 

Identity and the perception of it has been a theme for a long, long time in the series, so much so that now it’s almost a trope, a signature of Moffat’s Second Age, and Series 9 – BBC1, 19th September – continues these themes and plays with those perceptions.

 

There are lots of returns in the new series. Returning old enemies – some you know about, some you don’t. Returns to places as well. Returning friends – both old and new. Return of the roundels as the console room gets a tweak! Return of the crazy hair as Peter Capaldi is finally allowed to express his Doctor without being shoehorned into “as far from Matt as possible”. Return of the two parter and therefore the return of the cliffhanger. And, of course, the return of the Master.

 

Episodes one and two hark back to many classic Who episodes – many, many Who episodes – in which the Doctor and Clara face threats from many sides – but perhaps not one side you’d automatically think they would – and explanations are forthcoming about the Master’s survival – both from s8 and perhaps before. He’s not become a She randomly.

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Identity and perception are again important in Ep 3 – prepare for a surprise, one of many this season –  and writer Toby Whithouse gets his teeth into a meaty 2 parter. But even your perception of two parters will be stretched this year. This series should really be seen as a 12 parter – the episodes mostly all link, and themes and events resonate across the series in a much more insidious way than the usual “Bad Wolf”esque arc.

 

No clearer is this shown in the “two parter” The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived – whilst these are indeed two parts of the same story, they are written by different writers and have very, very different feels. And both include a character the Doctor will have a very significant history with!

 

Much more traditionally a two parter is the Zygon story Invasion of the Zygons/Inversion of the Zygons by Peter Harness. This is an action adventure far more in tune with old school Who, or indeed, RTD’s era, in which the Doctor and UNIT battle a worldwide Zygon invasion. Again, though, identity and perception are important, as the Zygons epitomise this series main conceit. Don’t let the familiarity box you in though!

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The last third of the series is much more experimental. Mark Gatiss gets to go spooky and scary and all out horror, at last, with a very clever, if by now not new, twist on the series which might even not have credits! A brilliant Halloween Special, this could be Mark’s best to date.

 

Episode Ten is a divisive one which will probably blow fandom apart, and has cleverly snuck itself under the radar until now. Well done Episode Ten!

 

The two part finale falls into this “no it really is a two parter!” style with two very distinctively different episodes, one of which had Peter Capaldi exhausted! Alone he may be, but, as always with the Doctor, he’s never really alone, is he?

 

I’ll leave ep 12 hanging in the air, I think, as the “returns” trope is turned to 11 and we’ll be left with our heads whirling with events and locations.

 

I am very much looking forward to s9, and I’m loving the way it’s subverting what we know and trying different things. I can’t wait to get into reviewing it! Stay tuned!

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The Walking Dead, season six, airs on October the 12th

The Walking Dead season 6 will premiere on October 12th in the UK, just 24 hours after the U.S.  The first episode will be an extended 90 minutes. Watch the latest trailer below!

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New images from S6 of the Walking Dead

Zombies are very much front and center in the most recent publicity posters for the Walking Dead.

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Coming soon on Fox: Outcast

OUTCAST, based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.

 Outcast, coming soon on Fox

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The Walking Dead Returns Monday 9th February on FOX

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A favourite with many of us here at Outpost Skaro, The Walking Dead will continue its 5th season starting back on Monday the 9th of February on Fox here in the UK.  That’s less than 24 hours after its shown in the States, which should help those of us trying to avoid spoilers, especially after the shocking events of the mid-season finale. (more…)

Filming begins on Doctor Who Series 9

Filming has begun in Cardiff for series 9 of Doctor Who and includes a star-studded guest cast. The new series will be back on BBC One in Autumn 2015.

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Victims of a tissue compression ray at max or simply hard at work?

The episodes currently being filmed are written by Toby Whithouse (The Game, Being Human), produced by Derek Ritchie and directed by Daniel O’Hara (Silent Witness 2015, The Game, Being Human).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said:

“An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action – for one of our scariest adventures yet!”

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New Series: Murder in the First starts on Friday night at 10pm on FOX

The brand new slick and smart FOX series Murder in the First launches this Friday (16th) at 10pm on FOX. Starring British actor Tom Felton, (better known as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) Taye Diggs, (The Good Wife) and Kathleen Robertson, (Bates Motel). Murder in The First focuses on one single homicide that proves far more complex and mysterious than detectives first thought…
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Joanne Froggatt is ‘Missing’ in Glasgow

Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt stars in this thrilling drama, shot in and around Glasgow and based on the internationally bestselling novel ‘Missing’ by Karin Alvtegen.

 

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