The Masters United – John Simm Appears in Big Finish’s Doctor Who: Masterful

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January 2021 is the 50th anniversary of the Master’s first appearance in Doctor Who, and Big Finish Productions is releasing Doctor Who: Masterful a deluxe limited edition 8-disc audio adventure. Actor John Simm will reprise the role of the Master alongside Geoffrey Beevers, Mark Gatiss, Derek Jacobi, Alex MacQueen, Milo Parker and Eric Roberts. Plus, this Masterful reunion wouldn’t be complete without a Missy as Michelle Gomez also returns.

John Simm said, “It’s a real honour to play this character: the nemesis of the Doctor. He’s everything the Doctor is, but he’s evil. And it’s been a great recording with Big Finish. You don’t get bored, it’s fantastic. It’s fun. It went really quickly. And I got to work with Derek Jacobi.”

Producer, David Richardson, added, “It was all Jason Haigh-Ellery’s idea. ‘We should do a special for the 50th anniversary of the Master in 2021,’ he said, and I leapt at the chance to produce it. James Goss was the perfect choice as a writer – we knew he’d offer something as entertaining as it was dark, as imaginative as it was thrilling – and he hasn’t let us down!

“But my first port of call was securing the talents of our Masters (and Missy) – many of them had worked for us before, but for John Simm, this was his Big Finish debut. They say never meet your heroes, but they’re wrong. I had one of the best days of my life in the studio with Sir Derek Jacobi and John Simm, towering actors and simply two of the warmest, loveliest human beings you could ever hope to spend time with. This may be a line-up of pure, unadulterated evil – but behind every sinister smile, there’s a lovely actor we’re blessed to work with!”

Doctor Who: Masterful is written by James Goss and features Geoffrey Beevers, Mark Gatiss, Derek Jacobi, John Simm, Alex MacQueen, Milo Parker, Eric Roberts and of course, Michelle Gomez

Doctor Who: Masterful is now available to pre-order as a limited edition 8-CD box set (priced at £44.99), or on download (at £39.99) at the Big Finish website.

 

DOCTOR WHO: MASTERFUL

  • Released: January 2021, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
  • Director: Ken Bentley
  • Producer: David Richardson
  • Written by: James Goss
  • Script Editor: Matt Fitton
  • Music: Joe Kraemer
  • Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

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Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker Makes the Rounds of BBC Radio This Weekend

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The Doctor Who star will be appearing with Dermot O’Leary, and Dev and Alice, over the next couple of days

Only eighteen sleeps left until Spyfall! (Blogtor Who understands Spyfall is where we start, a thousand miles and poles apart, where worlds collide and days are dark.) And while we may have her number (thirteen, naturally) and know her name… Jodie Whittaker is continuing to make the publicity rounds in support of Doctor Who Series 12’s premiere. This weekend that takes her to BBC Radio, as she appears on both BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 this weekend.

First up is an appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Dev and Alice today at 1.40pm. Known for its fun, light style, this episode of Dev and Alice features Whittaker in its Kids Ask feature. She’ll be on hand to answer kids’ questions about acting, life, and travelling the universe in the TARDIS. The episode will be available to fans free, everywhere in the world, on iPlayer here (the link will go live shortly after broadcast).

Then tomorrow morning, Saturday, she’ll join Dermot O’Leary at 8am for his show on BBC Radio 2. They’ll be talking Doctor Who and Christmas, with Robbie Williams also on hand in the studio to give life performances of tracks from his new Christmas album – The Christmas Present. As with Dev and Alice’s program, the episode will available globally on the free BBC iPlayer. This link will go live shortly after the broadcast tomorrow.

 

 

(l-r) Graham (Bradley Walsh), the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole) return for Doctor Who Series 12 (c) BBC Studios
(l-r) Graham (Bradley Walsh), the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole) return for Doctor Who Series 12 (c) BBC Studios

Doctor Who returns with Spyfall on New Year’s Day at 6.55pm

Jodie Whittaker is back as the Doctor alongside Tosin Cole (Ryan) Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham). Chris Chibnall returns as showrunner with Matt Strevens as Executive Producer. Spyfall guest stars Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry CBE and is written by Chris Chibnall.

 

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OUT NOW: Doctor Who Magazine 546

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Doctor Who Magazine #546 previews Series 12

You better not shout, you better not pout. You better not cry, we’re telling you why – Doctor Who is coming to town. With only three weeks to go until Jodie Whittaker’s second series arrives on our screens, Doctor Who Magazine presents previews and news about Series 12.

Every copy of the festive DWM comes in a polybag which also includes

  • A GIANT DOUBLE-SIDED POSTER
  • A THIRTEENTH DOCTOR ART CARD

Other highlights include:

  • An exclusive, in-depth interview with showrunner Chris Chibnall
  • Production Notes with Chris Chibnall sharing the latest of Series 12
  • The Directors of Series 12 speak exclusively to DWM
  • Exclusive Previews of the first new-series episodes: Spyfall Parts One and Two
  • Tosin Cole answers more random questions about life, the universe and everything from the TARDIS Tin
  • An Advent in Space and Time: six decades of festive TV and radio highlights
  • DWM revisits the Doctor Who Pantomimes of the 1980s, when producer John Nathan-Turner would fill his panto casts with stars like Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant
  • The final part of a candid interview with Andrew Cartmel, the Seventh Doctor era script editor
  • Broadcaster Ian Collins recalls playing a Haemovore in 1989’s The Curse of Fenric
  • An exclusive preview of the Doctor Who: The Collection – The Complete Season 26 Blu-ray box set, revealing the full list of extra features for the first time
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen
  • DWM’s fiendishly tricky Christmas Quiz
  • Part Four of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The DWM Review, Previews, Gallifrey Guardian, Galaxy Forum, competitions
  • And much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine

Doctor Who Magazine is published by Panini and available from all good newsagents and comic shops. You can also take out a subscription (with exclusive textless covers) here. DWM #546 goes on sale on Thursday, the 12th of December, priced £6.99.

 

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TARGET BOOKS: Authors and Doctor Who Titles for July 2020 Confirmed

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Seven more Target books are to be released next summer, including three brand new Doctor Who novelizations

The books in the next wave of Target releases have been revealed, along with the identities of those writing them. The new range includes classic and recent titles being released in the Target style for the first time. But the highlight for many fans will be three brand new novelizations of the Doctor’s more recent adventures. Each book in the wave will have a new cover by Anthony Dry, the artist responsible for all the recent Target releases.

The three brand new books are:

  • Dalek by Robert Shearman
  • The Crimson Horror by Mark Gatiss
  • The Witchfinders by Joy Wilkinson

Appearing for the first time in the Target style are:

  • The Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams and James Goss
  • Resurrection of the Daleks by Eric Saward
  • Revelation of the Daleks by Eric Saward
  • The TV Movie by Gary Russell

In the finest Target tradition, most of the titles are adapted by the original screen writer from their own work.

Mark Gatiss has written several TV episodes of Doctor Who. Among them is The Crimson Horror, starring the Eleventh Doctor, Clara and the Paternoster Gang. Gatiss is also a well established novelist, with books starring both the Doctor and his own creations. But he says that “becoming a Target author after all these years is a complete delight!”

Famously a lifelong fan, he views novelizations of the modern series as “the final piece of this whole wonderful puzzle.”

And readers should expect, as with the best novelizations, a slightly deeper telling of the story. “It’s been lovely to revisit one of my favourite scripts,” says Gatiss, “and flesh out the lurid residents of Sweetville in all their crimson finery.”

Robert Shearman, author of Dalek, suggests he’s taken a similar approach. He’s hinted that his novelization will “maybe reveal a few surprises that never made it to the screen…” Along with Gatiss, Shearman was one of the first writers to be recruited by Russell T Davies to help resurrect Doctor Who in 2005.

“I’m still pinching myself that I was asked to write the first Dalek story of the new series,” he explains, “and that was fifteen years ago! I didn’t dare dream that the show would become such a big hit, and that it would still be on air now, as big and as exciting as ever – there have been so many adventures since, and so many new Doctors, and, of course, so many more Daleks.” Like Gatiss, he also describes it as “a real honour to go back in time and relive [his] script” which saw the Ninth Doctor and Rose trapped in a bunker deep below the Utah desert. And trapped with them is a lone Dalek, driven to the edge of madness by years of torture.

Joy Wilkinson returns to the world of Target after the Target Storybook

Joy Wilkinson, meanwhile, is a relatively recent edition to the Doctor Who writing family. Her episode The Witchfinders placed the Thirteenth Doctor and her fam in the midst of the Pendel Hill witch trials. And King James and Mistress Savage may be determined to save the souls of the villagers, “even if it means killing them all,” but there are scarier things than them abroad in the gloomy woods. Wilkinson says she was “thrilled to become part of the illustrious tradition of Target novels.”

Having written the brilliant Gatecrashers for the Target Storybook, she found “it was so much fun dipping my toe back into prose with the Target Storybook. I’m now relishing the chance to return to the world of The Witchfinders and get fully immersed.”

As with her fellow authors, there’s a promise of throwing more light on hidden corners of the original episode. “It’s a great chance to spend more time with the Doctor and fam, hang with King James, and find out more about the mysteries of Bilehurst Cragg and the mighty, muddy Morax.”

The seven books will all be released on the 23rd of July, 2020

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Doctor Who – The Robots – Released Today

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Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) has had a difficult adventure in Time and Space as the Eigth Doctor’s (Paul McGann) companion.

This is the first release in a planned 12-part series based on characters and the world of Kaldor created by Chris Boucher in the classic 1977 Doctor Who TV episode, The Robots of Death.

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Doctor Who: The Robots – Nicola Walker, Claire Rushbroo –

The character of Liv Chenka, played by Nicola Walker, has been a companion of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, in many Big Finish audio dramas.  She has returned home to the plane Kaldor, reunited with her sister Tula (Claire Rushbrook) and defeated a series of Robots with the help of Doctor in the series Doctor Who – Ravenous 2. 

Now that the danger is over, Liv is torn.  She doesn’t want to leave her adventures with the Doctor but she does want to know her sister again.  But the TARDIS is a time machine and hence the Doctor leaves Liv behind for just one year where she can life on her home world and get to know her sister Tula all over again.

BAFTA nominated Claire Rushbrook, returns to play Tula.  But she is familiar face to Doctor Who fans from her appearances in the TV episodes The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit.

Doctor Who: The Robots - Ken Bentley, Robert Whitelock, Jaye Griffiths, Claire Rushbrook, Nicola Walker, Daniel Easton, Venice Van Someren, Jon Culshaw
Doctor Who: The Robots – Ken Bentley, Robert Whitelock, Jaye Griffiths, Claire Rushbrook, Nicola Walker, Daniel Easton, Venice Van Someren, Jon Culshaw

Released today, The Robots Volume One is the first of a series based on the characters and the world of Kaldor created by Doctor Who writer and script editor, Chris Boucher.

Actor Nicola Walker summarised what this series brings to the worlds of Doctor Who: “We’re with Liv Chenka and her sister Tula on her home planet. Kaldor has seen a rise in the use of artificial intelligence, and Tula is at the forefront of that. So what happens when human relations and AI collide?

“What is interesting is that, in the past when we talked about AI in sci-fi, it was a long way away. Now when we’re talking about it in this imaginary world, it’s not so far away in the real world, and it’s not so incredible. So the future has got a whole lot closer.”

Claire Rushbrook added: “I love it. It’s full of pace. I think it’s really exciting and it deals with a messy grey area with what people do when they’re grieving – how desperate it is, and what desperate measures people can go to. And I just like the dynamic between Tula and Liv again.  There is a tenderness and an exploration of emotions that we haven’t heard in the more action-packed and scientific stories.”

The first of volume is available for download today from Big Finish’s website

THE ROBOTS: VOLUME ONE

Kaldor is going through a period of tumultuous change. Technology is changing at an advanced rate – the robots are evolving, artificial intelligence is adapting, and with these changes so politics is altering too. Dangerously.

Can Liv and Tula make a difference during the most turbulent time in the world’s history?

1.1 The Robots of Life by Roland Moore

Settling into life back on Kaldor, Liv investigates a medical centre where the patients are dying.

1.2 The Sentient by Robert Whitelock

Vissey is a young child – the sort of perfect young girl any parents would want to adopt. She is also artificial, and she sees the world in a very different way to humans.

1.3 Love Me Not by John Dorney

A widower goes to extreme lengths to keep the memories of his dead wife alive.

THE ROBOTS: VOLUME ONE

  • Duration: 180 minutes approx.
  • Released: 11 December 2019, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
  • Producer: David Richardson
  • Written by: Roland Moore, Robert Whitelock, John Dorney
  • Director: Ken Bentley
  • Script Editors: John Dorney, Roland Moore
  • Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

 

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New Clip of Doctor Who: Spyfall on The One Show

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The new preview shows us more of Sir Lenny Henry’s Spyfall character

Sir Lenny Henry has spoken to The One Show about his upcoming appearance in the Doctor Who premiere Spyfall, and introduced a new clip from the episode. The clip shows Henry’s character as a Bond villain style business magnate.  Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) go undercover as journalists to try and discover if he’s as human as he seems. Fortunately, in the spirit of the James Bond inspired story, the Doctor has equipped them with some hidden gadgets for the job…

Lenny couldn’t say too much about the plot “otherwise I’d have to kill you all.”  However, appearing in Doctor Who as a childhood dream of his. A lifelong fan he says he “literally used to hide behind the sofa,” with the Daleks his favourite monsters. Henry was also talking about his new autobiography, Who Am I Again? which tells the story of his long and varied career.

Also on the One Show sofa was renowned actor Kristin Scott Thomas. She said she “love to be in Doctor Who.” Described as a massive Doctor Who fan, she wants one day to play an alien and would love to have the experience of performing through prosthetics. With some of Doctor Who’s biggest casting coups having been inspired by public declarations by stars, don’t be surprised if Scott Thomas’ wish comes true.

 

(l-r) Graham (Bradley Walsh), the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole) return for Doctor Who Series 12 (c) BBC Studios
(l-r) Graham (Bradley Walsh), the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole) return for Doctor Who Series 12 (c) BBC Studios

Doctor Who returns with Spyfall on New Year’s Day at 6.55pm

Jodie Whittaker is back as the Doctor alongside Tosin Cole (Ryan) Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham). Chris Chibnall returns as showrunner with Matt Strevens as Executive Producer. Spyfall guest stars Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry CBE.

 

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