Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 1 – Sheffield Steel

After watching Doctor Who for over 45 years, Richard finally has a Doctor that sounds like him. Well, a little bit. Since none of them could get a ticket to the all-star Sheffield premiere, he’s invited the 13cast crew round to discuss the debut of the Yorkshire Doctor in a story set in Yorkshire with someone who was born and brought up in Yorkshire. Yorkshire.

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Doctor Who: The Doctor Who Grumpcast VIII – OMNICARROTS

Mere days after Grumpcast VII is published, an unscheduled mild-emergency Grumpcast sees Eric, Mike and Richard nibble on the missing episodes carrots dangled by Messrs. Morris (not Paul) and Vanezis on Friday 5th October.

What does Phil Morris’ appearance on The One Show signify, if anything?

Who knows – but here’s our attempt at a “hot take”, as the kids say.

Turn off the TV’s – pour a glass of wine and enjoy, then go back to Grumpcast I and start again. Why not? There’s nothing else on tonight!

Follow us @grumpcasters. Join the debate on Planet Mondas Forum and if you enjoy it it’s not like we want you to share it or anything. I mean we don’t get paid for doing this and we’re neglecting our families, jobs and pets to put this together, but you know, please yourselves. Actually… don’t share it. In fact don’t even listen. See if we care. (No we do. For God’s sake, please share it.)

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Doctor Who: The Doctor Who Grumpcast VII – The Celestial Grumpmakers

Eric and a new Grumpcaster chew over the mysterious wonderbox that is Season 3. Missing episodes, slaughter, high comedy, slaughter, a musical, more companions than you can shake a Chumbley at, slaughter and of course gratuitous lightweight vase throwing all feature. Not to mention the epic Daleks’ Master Plan. Is the low position in the last DWM poll for this Season justified? Like buggery it is!

Bored of waiting for Series 11? While away a couple of hours with the Grumpcast.

This episode may contain Fraggles.

Follow us @grumpcasters. Join the debate on Planet Mondas Forum and if you enjoy it it’s not like we want you to share it or anything. I mean we don’t get paid for doing this and we’re neglecting our families, jobs and pets to put this together, but you know, please yourselves. Actually… don’t share it. In fact don’t even listen. See if we care. (No we do. For God’s sake, please share it.)

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13Cast – Preview Episode – The Podcast That Fell To Earth

13Cast Preview Episode: The podcast that fell to Earth

After losing his grip at the helm of the Grumpcast, Richard falls to Earth and recruits some new friends. Together they chew over the latest trailer for Series 11 and take a fair few tangents. If Paul sounds like he’s locked in a cupboard in the Dalek city on Skaro, thanks to the magic of Skype, he may very well be.

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Doctor Who Magazine 529

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SERIES 11 COMPANIONS MANDIP GILL AND TOSIN COLE WRITE FOR DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE! READ THEIR DOCTOR WHO DIARY IN THE LATEST ISSUE.

Doctor Who Magazine 529 also includes:

  • Meet the writers and directors of Series 11
  • An interview with Roy Scammell, who was part of Doctor Who‘s stunt team in the 1970s
  • The life and work of Don Harper, the composer responsible for the soundtrack to 1968 epic The Invasion
  • Big Finish’s Lisa Bowerman answers questions from the TARDIS tin
  • Games company Gale Force 9 reveal the background to Time of the Daleks
  • A tribute to Alan Bennion, who played three Ice Warriors in the 1960s and 70s
  • Part Six of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill
  • The Time Team watches three pseudo-historical Doctor Who stories
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2013 Eleventh Doctor story Hide
  • Third Doctor cosplay with Rob Lloyd
  • Previews, audio, DVD and game reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
  • PLUS a huge double-sided poster featuring the Doctor, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham.

DWM 529 is on sale from 23 August, priced £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who Magazine Special 50 – The World of Doctor Who

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There have been Doctor Who fans for as long as there has been Doctor Who. And like the show itself, fandom has spent decades evolving into a global phenomenon, with enthusiasts in such far-flung territories as the United States, China and New Zealand.

If you’re new to Doctor Who, or curious about the way its viewers are inspired by the programme, then this unique guide will tell you everything you need to know about television’s most devoted fans.

DWM Special 50 – The World of Doctor Who is on sale from Thursday 9 August, price £5.99. Also available from pocketmags.com

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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The PMF Grumpcast VI – Blu is the Colour

Eric has a nasty fall after unaccountably finding himself at the top of a very large radio telescope. As it’s curtains for him, Mike and Richard make the best of things and have a chat about the recent Doctor Who trailers, the panel from San Diego Comicon, Phil Morris’s tweet “Time to return… Doctor Who” and what that might mean about Missing Episodes (nothing), the rumoured animations and the main feature, the Season 12 Blu-ray.

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Doctor Who Magazine 528

DWM #528 (2)A

In the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, showrunner Chris Chibnall describes the meticulous preparations to reveal Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor in the original trailer. Despite all the secret plotting, the plan nearly came off the tracks when their cover was in danger of being blown by a wedding and a Velothon…

In the exclusive article, Chris recalls his anxiety:

In my mind I’m thinking: are we really doing this? A secret shoot, with only nine people involved? Will this work? Can we reveal the new Doctor this way? Are the BBC really going to put it out during the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final? Is it crazy? Will people even watch or notice? (Turns out, the answer to all those questions is yes).

Somewhere on a train, Jodie Whittaker is making her way towards us, having told people she’s off to make a low budget Scandinavian film this weekend.

Recce done, we hole up in a hotel. Some of us are checked in under fake names, I can’t work out whether that’s for security, or because we’re all enjoying the cloak and dagger. When I go to check in, I forget my fake name. I’m not very good at this.

The hotel is quiet. Great. As we walk across reception we notice lots of champagne glasses. The staff explain: preparations for the massive wedding reception that’s going to be happening tonight. Right. Uh-oh.

To get to the car tomorrow, Jodie will have to walk through this big reception, where the hungover wedding guests will be checking out in the morning. How do we get the new Doctor from her room to the car park, in the costume she’s wearing for the shoot, without anyone spotting? We’re just going to have to style it out.

Sunday morning. Jo Pearce (Social and Digital genius) has gone out early, done a dry run driving from the hotel to the location checking the route. And she comes back alarmed: there’s a Velothon on the route! Some of the roads are closed! Her brilliantly planned shortest possible route from hotel to location won’t work. What’s more, the car will be passing hundreds of cyclists. What if we have to stop at traffic lights? What if somebody looks in and sees the new Doctor? Hopefully Velothon cyclists will have other things to think about. We manage to smuggle the new Doctor into the back of Jo’s car. Hood up in the back, like she’s cosplaying The Matrix, sandwiched between two others.

The week rolls towards the Wimbledon final. Calls are made. Who needs to know the identity of the new Doctor before the rest of the world? Most importantly, Peter Capaldi. We set a time, I call him…

The full story revealing more details about the secrecy that went on, how the shoot happened and who else received those all-important calls is in the new issue of DWM.

Other highlights of issue 528 include:

  • A visit to the archive of Doctor Who writer and script editor Douglas Adams
  • Peter Purves answers questions from the TARDIS tin
  • The untold story of Sky Ray ice lollies and Doctor Who, with images of rare 1960s memorabilia
  • Behind the scenes on IDW’s distinctive range of American Doctor Who comics
  • Graphic designer Lee Binding reveals what went into the packaging for the Season 12 Blu-ray box set
  • The Time Team tackles three of Doctor Who’s most controversial episodes
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2017 story Empress of Mars
  • Seventh Doctor cosplay with Jamie Lenman
  • Part Five of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill
  • Previews, audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 528 is on sale Thursday 26 July, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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From the Archive: Episode 9: Doctor Who Season 12 Blu-Ray Edition!

From the Archive

Direct download here.

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The PMF Grumpcast V – The Omnirumour (part 2)

The Grumpcasters conclude their discussion about the Omnirumour and reasons to be optimistic about our prospects for the return of more missing Doctor Who. Servo also froths about Australia, Richard is oddly pink and Eric can’t stop saying verisimilitude when talking about the rumours.

Don’t mention mock accents. We did it once, but I think we got away with it. Yak yak yak!

Join the debate on PMF. Follow on Twitter @grumpcasters.

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Doctor Who Magazine 527

Doctor Who Magazine No. 527

DOCTOR WHO STARS WENDY PADBURY, CAROLE ANN FORD AND SOPHIE ALDRED TALK EXCLUSIVELY IN DWM!

Wendy Padbury, who played Second Doctor companion Zoe, recalls how the part she played in Doctor Who was ahead of its time: “She was a strong character for the period. I didn’t quite realise at the time … She thought she was cleverer than the Doctor, brighter. Zoe would never get offended by the Doctor; she knows she’s the brightest and doesn’t see what the problem is. I’ve met two or three people who became astrophysicists because of Zoe, and that’s quite a thing. It’s amazing how the show has that influence. Extraordinary.”

As her character returns for Big Finish’s Class, Sophie Aldred reflects on playing Ace alongside the Seventh Doctor: “I know some Doctor Who assistants weren’t happily served by their characters or by their writers, but I was so well served, at that early age, by everyone around me. I was given a lot of chance for my own input, I was allowed to make my own choices about how to play her, and that was amazing, when I think about being 24 and let loose on one of the most-loved programmes on TV. It gave me a lot of confidence, I think.”

Meanwhile, Carole Ann Ford, who played the First Doctor’s granddaughter Susan, says she would most like to meet… “Jodie Whittaker. I really would like to meet her. Wouldn’t it be fun?! What would I say to her? “Hello grandma!” Jodie’s got a very strong presence. I saw the moment she arrived [in Twice Upon a Time]… The TARDIS is spinning around in space now, but in my time, in the olden days, you could never have the doors of the TARDIS opening in space while it was in flight.

Also in this issue…

BACK TO SCHOOL
Class cast members Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Vivian Oparh and Jordan Renzo, and composer Blair Mowat, talk about the spin-off series’ new audio adventures at Big Finish.

LONDON, 1965!
An inside look at Twitch’s viewing marathon which is live-streaming over 500 episodes of Doctor Who‘s original 1963-89 run.

GLASGOW’S POLICE BOXES
One man’s mission to save the disappearing police boxes from the streets of Glasgow.

NEW DOCTORS
The third part of our series of articles looking back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public.

WHO, ME
Australian comedian Rob Lloyd tells DWM about his Doctor Who themed show Who, Me.

THE MAN WHO SAVED THE DOCTOR
A tribute to Graham Strong, the man who made soundtrack recordings of 1960s Doctor Who.

THE CLOCKWISE WAR
Part Four of The Clockwise War, our new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

TIME TEAM
The Time Team takes a virtual trip to Gallifrey, watching three adventures set on the Doctor’s home planet: 1969’s The War Games, 1976’s The Deadly Assassin and 2015’s Hell Bent.

THE FACT OF FICTION
This issue’s Fact of Fiction delves into the 2010 Eleventh Doctor story The Vampires of Venice.

VORTEX MANIPULATOR
We show you how to make Captain Jack Harkness’ favourite gadget in a simple step-by-step guide.

PLUS…
The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 527 is on sale from Thursday 28 June, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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The PMF Grumpcast IV – The Omnirumour (part 1)

Eric’s having bad dreams again, but Mike and Richard are on hand to distract him by chatting about the history of Missing Episodes. The Grumpcasters then tackle the Omnirumour and the prospects of getting more material back from Mr Morris, in the first of a two part special (Can we call all of them specials and get away with it?) Eh, nice one la’!

Part 2 coming soon!

Here’s the link to the Graham Strong fundraiser

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The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future

The Essential Doctor Who Adventures in the Future

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future

Doctor Who’s predictions of the future have depicted the destruction of planet Earth and the ultimate collapse of the universe. Alien superpowers have subjugated star systems and galactic empires have fallen, leaving only a few witnesses to the end of time itself. This lavish publication sets the TARDIS co-ordinates for a journey into this dangerous realm, exploring landmark episodes and meeting the talents who brought them to the screen. Packed full of exclusive features, including a wealth of previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the series’ greatest futuristic adventures.

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future is on sale from 14 June 2018, priced £9.99. It’s also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who Magazine 526

Doctor Who Magazine #526

TOM BAKER REVISITS HIS FIRST SERIES AS THE DOCTOR IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

As part of DWM’s detailed preview of the forthcoming Season 12 Blu-ray set, Tom Baker reflects on the role that changed his life. “You know, Doctor Who is nothing to do with science fiction,” he says. “It’s nothing to do with anything. It’s a bit like religion really, in that all you have to do is believe it. And I can believe any old nonsense.”

Also in this issue…

ROGER MURRAY-LEACH
An extensive interview with the production designer who achieved the impossible on Season 12 of Doctor Who.

THE HOLMES MASTER PLAN
How Season 12 script editor Robert Holmes created a storytelling formula that continues to influence the modern series.

KEVIN LINDSAY
The life and career of the Australian actor who played Styre in Season 12’s The Sontaran Experiment.

BREWING UP
The untold story of how Doctor Who led a marketing campaign for tea bags in 1976.

GEORGIA TENNANT
The actress talks about how her life has changed since she made her Doctor Who debut – and met her future husband – in 2008.

JESSICA MARTIN
Jessica talks about illustrating her character Mags (from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) for a new Seventh Doctor comic.

NEW FACES
The second part of a series looking at how new Doctors have been introduced to the public.

THE TIME TEAM
It’s hankies at the ready as the Time Team watch tearjerking episodes from 1982, 2006 and 2010.

THE CLOCKWISE WAR
Part Three of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross.

PLUS…
The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 526 is on sale from Thursday 31 May, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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The PMF Grumpcast III – MOFFHACK

Despite the original episode 3 being stolen to order, Eric, Servo and Richard re-record and review the entire Moffat era in a distinctly low brow and shallow way. They’re even nice about bits of it… bits.

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Doctor Who Magazine 525

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From scenes which didn’t make the final cut to characters who were completely edited out… Issue 525 of Doctor Who Magazine brings you the best bits of Doctor Who you never got to see!

Doctor Who Magazine 525 also includes:

• An interview with Will Oswald, an editor on Doctor Who from 2007 to 2017

DWM chats to Michelle Ryan about the return of her character Lady Christina de Souza

• The Time Team returns – and they’ve regenerated!

Out of the TARDIS with Janet Fielding, who played 80s companion Tegan

• A look back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public

• Jamie Lenman’s cosplay quest to recreate the Fourth Doctor’s scarf

• Part Two of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill

The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2009 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Dead

• Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine is on sale from Thursday 3 May at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £5.99. It’s also available digitally from pocketmags.com

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL 49 – IN THE STUDIO

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In 1963 Sydney Newman and Donald Wilson devised an ambitious concept that would stretch the BBC’s technical resources to the limit. In its earliest days Doctor Who was jeopardised by a fierce dispute over facilities. The programme survived, but never stopped demanding the very best from its studios and dedicated crews.

The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition tells the story of the series’ sometimes difficult evolution from relatively primitive beginnings to the cutting edge of modern television production.

Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the ultimate guide to the studio recording and filming of Doctor Who.

Highlights include:

Sections on all of Doctor Who’s major studios: Lime Grove, Ealing, Riverside, Television Centre, Unit Q2, Upper Boat and Roath Lock

  • How the original TARDIS control room was recreated for Twice Upon a Time
  • A tribute to senior camera supervisor Alec Wheal
  • Exclusive interviews with second-unit director James DeHaviland and vintage camera expert Dicky Howett
  • A guide to Doctor Who’s rehearsal rooms
  • The story behind the black-and- white remake of 2006 episode Tooth and Claw
  • Rare images from the Visual Effects Department’s model stages

Doctor Who: In the Studio is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £5.99. It’s also available digitally from pocketmags.com

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who Magazine 524

Doctor Who Mag 524

RUSSELL T DAVIES, STEVEN MOFFAT, PAUL CORNELL AND JENNY T COLGAN DISCUSS THEIR NEW TARGET BOOKS IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE

Steven Moffat tells DWM: “I asked [Russell] why he was doing a novelisation, and he said, ‘Because when we’re very old, this will matter more to us than the show.’ Well, fair enough. But also, The Day of the Doctor was such a monster of a show to do, and almost certainly the biggest success I’ll ever have – so I wasn’t letting someone else do the final lap!”

Also in this issue…

RUSSELL T DAVIES
The former showrunner returns to write this issue’s Production Notes column.

GALLIFREY ONE
Inside the Los Angeles convention that’s renowned as one of the greatest Doctor Who events in the world.

DOCTOR WHO INFINITY
An exclusive preview of the ambitious new game starring Michelle Gomez as Missy and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood.

OUT OF THE TARDIS
Impressionist and Doctor Who fan Jon Culshaw answers randomly selected questions from the TARDIS tin.

PETER MILES
The life and career of the actor who played Nyder in the classic 1975 story Genesis of the Daleks.

BBC RECORDS & TAPES
All the Doctor Who releases from the record company run by the BBC from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.

DOCTOR WHO LOGOS
The untold story behind the creation of Doctor Who’s 2010-17 logo.

KLAUS JOYNSON
The DJ and drummer is interviewed about his remarkable Doctor Who-themed album New Adventures in Time & Space.

COSPLAY
Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying the Doctor’s distinctive orange spacesuit.

THE FACT OF FICTION
Exploring the hidden depths to the 2015 story Sleep No More.

THE CLOCKWISE WAR
Part one of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross.

PLUS…
News, previews, book and audio reviews, competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 524 is on sale now, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who Magazine 523

Doctor Who Mag 523

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NEW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MATT STREVENS IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE

Matt Strevens – who also produced An Adventure in Space and Time – is working alongside Chris Chibnall to bring the 2018 series of Doctor Who to our screens. “You get to ask for a new TARDIS and cast a new Doctor – the childhood me could never have imagined it.”

Also in this issue…

CHRIS CHIBNALL
Doctor Who’s showrunner discusses the new logo and remembers his years as a teenage
fan.

MICHELLE GOMEZ
Michelle reflects on her time playing Missy in this exclusive interview.

OUT OF THE TARDIS
Dan ‘Strax’ Starkey answers randomly selected questions from the TARDIS tin.

DAVID FISHER
A tribute to the late writer, whose stories include The Stones of BloodThe Leisure Hive and the original version of City of Death.

DOCTOR WHO LOGOS
New insights and previously unseen images from the designers who created one of Doctor Who’s best-known logos.

JACOB DUDMAN
An interview with the actor and YouTube star, acclaimed for his uncanny Doctor Who
impressions.

DALEKS IN MILWAUKEE
The inside story of a unique record-breaking attempt.

RICHARD DeDOMENICI
How and why did this performance artist recreate the 1973 story Frontier in Space in its
original location?

COSPLAY
Christel Dee’s guide to making your own Time Lord collar.

THE FACT OF FICTION
Exploring the 2011 story The Doctor’s Wife.

THE PHANTOM PIPER
The final instalment of this comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

PLUS…
The Blogs of Doom, season survey results, previews, book and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine issue 523 is on sale now, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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The PMF Grumpcast II – Grumpcast of the World: Special Edition

After a failed interview with the super special guest, Eric, Richard and Servo play Parse the Parcel, take a look at The Enemy of the World Special Edition and have a few titters along the way.

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