There’s nothing better than sitting down in front of the TV on Christmas Day evening while tucking into a sandwich packed full of Christmas dinner leftovers. One of the mostly hotly-anticipated Christmas specials returns for a double bill this year. The episodes feature matriarch Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll) refusing to buy a Christmas tree, and Cathy (Jennifer Gibney) has an internet date.
Matt Lucas was devastated when his ex-husband Kevin McGee took his own life at the age of 32 in 2009. The 43-year-old comedic actor has rarely spoken about the tragedy and how he recovered, but has written an autobiography entitled ‘Little Me, my life from A—Z’, in which he talks about bullying, ‘Little Britain’ and the suicide of his ex-lover. Matt says he tried to “distract himself” from the trauma by sleeping with various men he met online, as he thought it was better than turning to drink or drugs to help him cope.
With series 10 having just finished, I now will try to rank all ten seasons (worst to best) of the BBC’s flagship show as best I can. This particular disappointment was none-more-so evident than in series seven, which split it’s 13 episodes (plus a Christmas special) over two years. Then we met Clara Oswald for the first time and despite some good stuff here and there, it kind of sucked that her character existed solely for the purpose of The Doctor.
Apart from an obvious reveal, some wasted Bill and silliness here and there, ‘World Enough and Time’ and ‘The Doctor Falls’ were fantastic. The characterisation of Missy was fascinating, the cinematography was beautiful, the music stunning. The only weak note was, surprisingly, John Simm’s returning Master who didn’t really do much but give Missy closure to her arc.
From its iPlayer premier in October, to the BBC One repeats in January and the eventual American broadcast in April, there’s been little definitive comment about the future of the series – fans have had to make guesses based on offhand comments from cast members, unrelated Doctor Who news, and often rumours and speculation. It’s possible that the BBC may want to bring in a new head writer to replace Ness – perhaps another successful YA author, allowing the show to continue in the same vein.
In the Doctor Who series premiere episode, The Pilot, the Twelfth Doctor was working in a university. The other picture was of a character called Susan Foreman. Susan was the Doctor’s granddaughter, and very first companion.
For the past few weeks, Doctor Who has been teasing audiences with a locked room mystery. It’s one of the oldest puzzles in storytelling – what’s in the box?
Or, perhaps, you’ll have seen Class, the YA Doctor Who spinoff written and created by Patrick Ness. It’s fair to say that Release is a deeply personal book for you – what was the process of writing the book like?
Sarah Dollard smartly brings attention to issues of race, giving the show relevance and all as part of a fun London set, regency era adventure set on the frozen Thames. What with The Pilot and last weeks Smile, this series is making a far better name for itself than any for the last few years.
Most arguments against a female Doctor, of course, can be dismissed as a product of the reactionary, small-c-conservative mindset of fans who are long since stuck in their ways, and refuse to contemplate changes to the shape-shifting character they hold dear. There’s only really one argument that is, if not convincing, worthy of some genuine contemplation: that the Doctor should be preserved as a male role model, being one of the most prominent fictional heroes who isn’t reliant on violence and aggression, but instead is a template for teaching curiosity and compassion to children. The argument goes that the Doctor is largely unique in this regard, and in turn that’s why the character should continue to be depicted as a man – because he’s the only man in fiction who is like that.
Doctor Who Season 10 is here and I was worried about it. However once the first episode 'The Pilot' had finished I realised very quickly that I was wrong to be worried. Here's why.
Chris Chibnall is the new showrunner and whilst it would be nice to have a woman running the show, he’s very much proven his credentials with the fantastic third series of Broadchurch. Then we have the new Doctor, who half the fan base agree must be either a woman or person of colour and the other half want Kris Marshall. Departing showrunner Stephen Moffat has many great ideas but his writing has stagnated over the last couple of years and with the BBC messing about with splitting or shortening series, the nature of the show we grew to love feels like it’s only getting back to basics.
Tonight, the first episode of Doctor Who spin-off Class is set to air on BBC America. Now it’s time for this strange yet compelling programme to come to America. If you’re watching Doctor Who on BBC America, stick around after each episode to see Class.
Steven Moffat has had a long association with Doctor Who, stretching as far back as July 1996, when he wrote a short story for the Virgin novel line; today, of course, his primary association with Doctor Who is as showrunner, a role he’s occupied since 2010. The tenth series, the first episode of which will be broadcast this evening, is going to be Moffat’s last as head writer – so now seems like a good time to take a look back across the past seven years, and celebrate some of his greatest triumphs. “Basically, run.”
Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has revealed he has filmed his final 'explosive' scenes after revealing earlier this year this series would be his last.
During an interview with the BBC, new Doctor Who companion Pearl Mackie revealed that her character, Bill Potts is openly gay – the first gay companion in the show’s history. Notably, Captain Jack Harkness has represented LGBT fans since the modern Doctor Who returned to our screens. “It’s important to say people are gay, people are black – there are also aliens in the world as well so watch out for them,” added Mackie.