New Doctor Who trailer

BBC America have just released a new trailer for series 11 of Doctor Who. It looks like the fun is back in the show.

Episode 1 is titled ‘The woman who fell to Earth’.

Synopsis:

We don’t get aliens in Sheffield. In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?

Doctor Who returns Sunday, October 7th. BBC1.

Missy to get her own audio series

Big Finish announced today that Missy will be getting her own audio range.

Michelle Gomez, who played the Doctor’s best friend and wicked enemy, Missy will be reprising her role in some brand new audio adventures from Big Finish Productions made in arrangement with BBC Studios.

Throughout her time on Doctor Who, Missy – an evil incarnation in the guise of a Victorian nanny – was a delightful devil, at one point sentenced to death for terrible crimes against the universe. And now we get the chance to hear more of what she is really capable of.

These new adventures see an unleashed Missy bringing the universe to wrack and ruin. We can’t wait for its release in February 2019!

Michelle Gomez told us about letting Missy loose on the people of the universe:

“I was very excited to return to Missy’s world via the medium of audio because along the way I’ve always had a lot of fun with Missy; her voices and her rhythms. I absolutely love capturing it and distilling it down to the word on the page.

I’m absolutely delighted! She’s such a ridiculously brilliant character, and hopefully that earns her that moment in the spotlight. To find myself centre stage with these Missy adventures is thrilling – I’m very grateful.”

And (whilst evading the Doctor’s clutches) Missy will encounter another enemy of her ‘boyfriend’ as she crosses paths with the Meddling Monk played by Rufus Hound.

David Richardson, producer of these adventures added:

“Missy’s own series is just like the Time Lady herself – anarchic, funny, unpredictable and wildly imaginative. It’s absolutely glorious to have Michelle returning to the character at Big Finish, and our recording days have been filled with so much laughter.

And we haven’t even met face to face yet! Michelle’s busy filming the new Sabrina series in Vancouver for Netflix and so we’ve been pairing studios down the line; Michelle thousands of miles away while we’re in London synched up with her. It’s been a joy to make. And just wait until you hear the collaboration of Missy and the Meddling Monk!”

Missy is available for pre-order now ahead of its release in February 2019 at £23 on CD or £20 on download from www.bigfinish.com and will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £35 on CD or £30 on download.

Paul Feig doesn’t think Spy 2 will happen

Spy is an incredibly funny movie, which paved a new direction for Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham. The film went light on the fat jokes, and instead focused on McCarthy’s comedic talent, whilst Jason Statham played the straight man. It was a lot of fun and fans have long wanted a sequel. But, apparently Fox aren’t keen. Director Paul Feig, told the Happy sad confused podcast:

They’re on the third Kingsman movie, I love the Kingsman movies, that’s the same studio. They made more money than we did, but we didn’t not make money. We made pretty good money. We made $235 million worldwide, that’s pretty good on a $65 million budget—you always wish it was higher. But yeah, they just didn’t wanna do it, and now the moment may be passed, I don’t know. But I’m really proud of it.

I’m assuming Feig’s mention of the Kingsman films, is him saying the studio already have a successful spy franchise. So won’t invest in another. It’s a shame, I would’ve loved another outing.

 

Doctor Who series 11 airdate confirmed

After months of speculation, The BBC has confirmed today the new series of Doctor Who is moving to Sunday evenings. Series 11 will debut in the UK on Sunday 7th October.

The move to Sunday evenings is seen as a controversial choice, by some fans.  Saturday nights has been home to Doctor Who, since its return in 2005. Previously, the only times the series has been shown on a Sunday was for two episodes shown on Christmas Day and the David Tennant special, The Waters of Mars.

The switch means that Doctor Who will avoid ITV’s X Factor.  A timeslot has yet to confirmed, but my money is on it being broadcast between Countryfile and the Strictly Come Dancing Results show.

Chris Chibnall said:

New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting. Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.

LEGO® DC Super-Villains Season Pass Revealed

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed today the LEGO® DC Super-Villains Season Pass which will provide players with exciting add-on game content inspired by a wide range of DC movies, live action and animated TV series, and comics. The Season Pass will feature six Level Packs and four Character Packs, including two Aquaman Movie Level Packs inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film, Aquaman, in theaters nationwide on 2nd December and two Shazam! Movie Level Packs inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film Shazam! in theaters nationwide April 2019.

The DC Super Heroes TV Series Character Pack and DC Super-Villains TV Series Character Pack will add favorites from Warner Bros. Television, including DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Black Lightning TV series. Additional packs include the DC Films Character Pack, plus Batman: The Animated Series Level Pack and Young Justice Level Pack inspired by the Warner Bros. Animation series.

The Season Pass is part of the LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition which features the main game and immediate access to the DC Super Villains: TV Series Character Pack. An exclusive LEGO minifigure, Lex Luthor Superman, also comes with the physical version of the Deluxe Edition, while digital consumers will receive the Justice League Dark Character Pack, inspired by the comic book series Justice League Dark.  The Deluxe Edition is now available for pre-order exclusively at GAME in the UK and at GameStop in Ireland for £59.99. The Season Pass will also be available separately at £11.99.

 

LEGO DC Super-Villains is the first LEGO game to put players at the center of a villain-centric adventure giving them the abiity to create and play as their own DC Super-Villain throughout the game. Their character becomes the center of the story, while teaming up with an iconic variety of villains to adventure through the hilarious and original story written in collaboration with DC. LEGO DC Super-Villains will be available 19th October for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One X®, Nintendo Switch™, and PC.

For more game information, visit chaos-is-coming.wbgames.com and follow the official LEGO DC Super-Villains social channels on Facebook and YouTube, and @LEGODCGAME on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Sheridan Smith returning to Big Finish!

After last weeks Twitter tease, Big Finish has confirmed that Sheridan Smith will be reprising her role, as Lucie Miller in four new adventures with the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) in an exciting new box-set, due for release next year.

Lucie started her journey with the Eighth Doctor back in 2007 and was an instant hit with fans.  She went on to feature in three more series alongside Paul McGann, until she left in 2011. Fans have been demanding she come back, ever since.

Big Finish executive producer, Nicholas Briggs said:

We’ve always had it in mind to bring back Lucie, we only let her go in the first place because we could see Sheridan’s stratospheric career path approaching.But thanks to Big Finish producer Ian Atkins, we discovered that Sheridan was really keen to return. And so, script editor Alan Barnes (who created Lucie in the first place), producer Scott Handcock and I started devising The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller.”

Lucie Miller’s further adventures are:

The Dalek Trap by Nicholas Briggs
The Revolution Game by Alice Cavender
The House on the Edge of Chaos by Eddie Robson
Island of the Fendahl by Alan Barnes

The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller, which includes four adventures and a disc of extended extras, will also be released in July 2019 and can be pre-ordered now for £25 on CD or £20 on download, only available from Big Finish.

Price: £9.99

Doctor Who Season 19 to get Limited Edition Blu-ray

BBC Studios have announced Doctor Who Season 19 will be the next release in the Doctor Who: The Collection range.

Season 19 is Peter Davison’s first outing as the Fifth Doctor. The set will be released on the 19th November 2018, as a collector’s edition limited run. This boxset follows the success of Tom Baker’s first season; which sold out in a matter of days.

The Limited Edition Blu-ray includes brand new ‘Special Features’ exclusive to this set including;

    Five new ‘Making-Of’ documentaries for Castrovalva, Four To Doomsday, Black Orchid, Earthshock and Time-Flight.
    Surround sound mixes for Kinda and Earthshock, an Extended Version of Black Orchid Part One
    Rare studio footage from Castrovalva, Four To Doomsday, Earthshock and Time-Flight.
    Updated special effects for Castrovalva, seven more editions of Behind The Sofa and a newly-shot one-hour interview Peter Davison In Conversation with Matthew Sweet, and much more.

The eight-disc box set also includes the Peter Davison/David Tennant mini-episode Time Crash, plus hours of extensive special features previously released on DVD.

Paul Chuckle gives emotional interview to This Morning

In an emotional interview on This Morning, Paul Elliott, AKA Paul Chuckle from the Chuckle Brothers, revealed he had only recently found out about Barry Elliott’s (Barry Chuckle) bone cancer.

He said that Barry, who died earlier this month, kept it a secret from him and their manager.

“Barry kept it from us. He knew we’d make him stop. He wanted to work until he died. He wanted to die on stage like Tommy Cooper”.

FIRST OFFICIAL DOCTOR WHO BOOK TO ACCOMPANY THE NEW SERIES THIS AUTUMN ANNOUNCED BY THE BBC

This September, BBC Books will publish Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived, a beautifully illustrated collection of inspiring tales of the women of Doctor Who. It will be the first official book published to accompany the new series, celebrating Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Doctor.

Written by Christel Dee, former presenter of Doctor Who: The Fan Show, and Simon Guerrier, the book will feature more than 75 inspiring tales of remarkable women of the Whoniverse, both real and imagined. From historical figures such as Agatha Christie and Queen Victoria to fan favourites like Bill Potts and River Song, each woman has made a unique contribution to the world of Doctor Who. Whether they’re facing down Daleks or thwarting a Nestene invasion, these women don’t hang around waiting to be rescued – they roll their sleeves up and get stuck in. Scientists and soldiers, queens and canteen workers, women from outlandish science-fiction and those steeped in real history, they don’t let anything hold them back.

Illustrated throughout with specially-commissioned artwork by a team of female artists – including Gwen Burns, Valentina Mozzo, Sonia Leong, and more – the book also features new companion Yasmin, and an extended entry on the Doctor herself.

Albert DePetrillo, BBC Books Publishing Director said: ‘We thought long and hard about which book would start our publishing programme for Jodie Whittaker’s first series of Doctor Who – and Christel and Simon’s book is the perfect choice. It’s bold and fresh in its approach, it makes a strong statement, it’s beautifully written, and stunning in its design. It represents everything we love about Doctor Who, and we couldn’t be happier to be publishing The Women Who Lived on the BBC Books list.’

Christel Dee said‘With Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor arriving this autumn, we thought this would be the perfect time to reflect upon the wealth of incredible female characters from Doctor Who’s 55 year history – because there are so many! We hope the stories in this book will inspire a whole new generation of fans and existing fans too.’

Simon Guerrier added ‘We hope this offers a fresh perspective on the history of Doctor Who, a chance to celebrate the richness of past episodes as well as looking forward to the series’ exciting future. I thought I knew Doctor Who backwards, but we discovered loads of new things in our research for the book.

 

 

Jodie Whittaker to appear at SDCC

It’s been confirmed the new cast of Doctor Who, will be appearing at this year’s San Diego Comic con in July.

The Doctor Who panel will feature Jodie Whittaker with two of her three companions Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill.

They will also be joined by the new Showrunner Chris Chibnall and Executive Producer Matt Strevens.

The panel will be hosted by Chris Hardwick, of Nerdist fame.

There’s been speculation recently, that the series 11 trailer will debut during England’s fist game in the 2018 World Cup, however I would put money on it debuting during the Doctor Who panel at SDCC.