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River Song Returns

River Song

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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Doctor Who Magazine 490

STEVEN MOFFAT PREVIEWS THE NEW SERIES OF DOCTOR WHO, EXCLUSIVELY IN DWM 490!

Doctor Who Magazine 490 Cover

Doctor Who Magazine spoke to the show’s executive producer and head writer, Steven Moffat, to give us a taste of what’s in store over the next 12 episodes…

“Why not start with a blockbuster?” says Steven of the two-part opening story, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar. “Why leave it till the last two weeks? So yes, it’s like starting with a finale, and having a big, grand, movie-sized story, as opposed to a 45-minute story.” (more…)

The Music of Doctor Who

THE NEW DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL IS MUSIC TO OUR EARS!

DWM Special 41 The Music of Doctor Who

For the first time in the 36-year history of Doctor Who Magazine – an entire issue devoted to the music and sound design of Doctor Who!
 

From Delia Derbyshire’s groundbreaking experiments in the Radiophonic Workshop, to the acclaimed performances of Murray Gold’s orchestral scores at the Royal Albert Hall, The Music of Doctor Who explores one of the most celebrated and mysterious sonic landscapes in television history.

“We think this Special Edition is unprecedented in its scope and detail,” says editor Marcus Hearn. “Writers such as Mark Ayres and Andrew Pixley have contributed a fresh insight to an aspect of the show’s production that’s been overlooked for too long. (more…)

The Fourth Doctor Adventures – Return to Telos

It’s destination Telos for the TARDIS crew, but the Doctor and Leela are by themselves as K9 has upgraded to new masters!

What surprises are in store in the icy Tombs of the Cybermen? Can the Doctor escape from a Cyber-Controller and Planner who can strike across space and time? This isn’t a  pathetic bunch of tin soldiers skulking about the galaxy in an ancient spaceship, this is the Cybermen at their most devious. Can the fate of Krelos be reversed or are it’s people doomed to be the first recruits of a powerful Cyber army?

Return to Telos

When danger calls the Doctor needs a powerful warrior companion to help save the day but perhaps this time it’s not Leela who will fill the brief…

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Doctor Who Main Range – We are the Daleks ( or We are the DAAARRRRLEKS as Matt Smith would say it)

In the 80s greed is good, and bankers and brokers are the masters of the universe.  But supreme among them is the mysterious media mogul Alex Zenos, head of the powerful Zenos Corporation.  He is a man who with a lot to offer and he’s offering it to Britain, just when it needs an economic miracle to offset the strikes and riots.  He has powerful backers who wish to invest and with the terms they are offering, who can refuse? So while the Doctor is distracted investigating a suspiciously advanced computer game called Warfleet, Mel is left to go undercover to find out just who Zenos’s partners are.

 

We are the Daleks

For the Daleks, power is good.  The power of the free market will let them take over the earth, and the only shot fired will be inside a game.

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Doctor Who Magazine #488

FAN FAVOURITE OSGOOD – aka INGRID OLIVER –

IS BACK ON ACTIVE DUTY IN DWM 488!

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The popular UNIT science whizz was apparently killed off at the hands of Missy in Death in Heaven – but the rumours of her death may have been exaggerated! Actress Ingrid Oliver tells DWM about her joy at Osgood’s unexpected return.

“When I died, I was like ‘Oh. That’s a shame. That is a shame.” I really didn’t think I would return,” Ingrid tells DWM, revealing that she was shocked at the response to the UNIT operative’s demise. “I can’t watch myself on TV, so I deliberately made the decision to go out. And then I got a text from my agent saying, ‘Oh my God, you’re trending on Twitter!’ It was absolute insanity to me.” (more…)

Jonathan Maitland Interview

An Audience With Jimmy Savile

Interview With Jonathan Maitland

by Eddie McGuigan

Jonathan Maitland is known to television viewers in Britain primarily as a journalist of note. He’s worked and presented programmes such as Watchdog and Tonight along with the BAFTA nominated series House of Horrors for ITV. But he’s also a fiction writer of some acclaim too, writing comedy sketches with and for Chris Morris and Rory Bremner along the critically successful play Dead Sheep, about the Geoffrey Howe speech which ultimately led to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s downfall. It’s with former collaborator and impressionist Alistair McGowan who he teams up with now for his latest work, a highly controversial play entitled An Audience With Jimmy Savile, charting how, whilst the glitterati of Britain lauded and knighted Savile, he was getting away with the most heinous of crimes right under the establishment’s nose. With Savile’s tenuous connection to Doctor Who with his frequent forays into its publicity in his show Jim’ll Fix It, I thought Who fans might be interested in the motivation behind this play, so spoke to Jonathan about what I believe is an important and worthy piece of writing:

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The Tyne Lord? Daleks Loose on the Toon in advance of Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Two Daleks have been seen roaming around Newcastle city centre in advance of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular hitting the Metro Radio Arena in the city on Thursday 28th May during half-term. It is thought they had escaped from the show and were hunting the Doctor Or trying to get their protuberances out for a stint on Geordie Shores…

 

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

 

The Daleks were seen on the Millennium Bridge over the River Tyne threatening to exterminate passers-by and later up at the Metro Radio Arena where the show is set to appear in the half-term in a fortnight.

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Big Finish Fourth Doctor Adventures – Death Match

The Death Match is now under new management, with a mysterious new and unbeaten champion, and privacy assured to its rich patrons as they watch their champions fight to the death from the comfort of the orbiting Quarry Station.  Prizes are offered for every kill in a purpose built environment bristling with deadly traps and hidden dangers.  There is only one rule in the Death Match: kill or be killed!

 

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