Ninth Doctor returns in Comic form

This Wednesday, April 13, sees the return of the Ninth Doctor, as played by Christopher Eccleston, in the latest release from Titan. The series will now join the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors as a monthly ongoing title.

The comic also features characters Rose as played by Billie Piper and Captain Jack as played by John Barrowman.

Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #1

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Adriana Melo
Colorist: Mateus Lopes

The Ninth Doctor is BACK – and this time he's ONGOING! In Part 1 of 'DOCTORMANIA', the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack uncover a mysterious video. Tracking down its source could help Jack uncover why his mind was wiped – but the first step takes the Doctor to a planet where he is, inexplicably, a celebrity!

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BBC Books: In The Blood

BBC Books have released details on next month's novel featuring the tenth Doctor and Donna, In The Blood, the latest to be written by Jenny T Colgan.

In The Blood (Credit: BBC Books)In The Blood
Written by Jenny T Colgan
Published 12th May 2016

They feed on your anger. They need your despair

All over the world, people are venting their fury at one another on social media. Dropping their friends, giving vent to their hatred, and everyone behaving with incredible cruelty. Even Donna has found that her friend Hettie, with her seemingly perfect life and fancy house, has unfriended her. And now, all over the world, internet trolls are dying...

As more and more people give in to this wave of bitterness and aggression, it's clear this is no simple case of modern living. This is unkindness as a plague.

From the streets of London to the web cafes of South Korea and the deepest darkest forests of Rio, can the Doctor and Donna find the cause of this unhappiness before it's too late?

An original novel featuring the Tenth Doctor and Donna, as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

Class - Cast Announced

The BBC has announced the cast for the new Doctor Who Spin off, Class, as the series begins filming today.

The eight part series will star young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah.

They will be joined by Katherine Kelly, as she takes the role of a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.

Time has looked at your faces now. And time never forgets…
What if your planet was massacred and you were the sole survivor?
What if a legendary figure out of space and time found you a place to hide?
But what if the things that want to kill you have tracked you down?
And worst of all, what if you haven't studied for your A-Levels…?

Like all sixth formers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow - and possibly the end of existence.

Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who Universe since the very first episode, but that has come at a price. All the time-travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.

Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.
Class creator Patrick Ness, says:
We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show. And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager and Mr Selfridge, just wait until you see her here.
Steven Moffat, Class and Doctor Who Executive Producer, says:
There’s nothing more exciting than meeting stars that nobody’s heard of yet. We had the read through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them. Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy - it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.
Class is described as a young adult series set in contemporary London. It is scary, funny, and as painful and sharp as youth. It will also shine a light on a whole new corner of the Whoniverse.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, adds:
I can’t wait for Class to arrive on BBC Three. BBC Three will always back best young British talent.
The series starts filming today and will premiere online on BBC Three this year.

New Tenth and Twelfth Doctor Comics

This week sees Titan release new comics featuring The Tenth and Twelfth Doctors

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #2.8

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Colorist: Claudia SG Iannicello

THE WISHING WELL WITCH Part 1! It's Gabby's first trip to the UK, as the Doctor shows her (and her new fellow TARDIS traveler!) around his adopted gaff. But a visit to the countryside swiftly turns into a gothic horror story, as the gang discover the curse afflicting a small town!

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2.4

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Letterer: Comicraft

The shadowy puppetmasters behind the darkness at Ravenscaur are revealed, as the bodycount climbs and the shocking revelations add up! Can the Doctor and Clara, armed with a hundred years of secret history, triumph over the conspiracy and drive out an ancient evil?

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Both comics are available from Wednesday 6th April

Reg Whitehead 1932-2016

Reg Whitehead in Yeti costume, from The Abominable Snowmen (Credit: BBC)The actor Reg Whitehead has died, aged 83.

He was best known in Doctor Who for having played the first Cyberman to be seen on screen, during their invasion of the Antarctic base in The Tenth Planet; he went on to inhabit the insides of Cybermen for their successive stories The Moonbase and The Tomb of The Cybermen, and then as a Yeti in their debut story The Abominable Snowmen.

Outside of Doctor Who, he appeared in a number of television shows during the 1960s and early 1970s, including Z Cars, The Power Game, The Avengers, The Saint, and Counterstrike. In later life he was an enthusiastic racehorse owner, and often involved in projects at his local stables in Newbury.

Reg Whitehead, 11th Dec 1932 - 11 Mar 2016

Ronnie Corbett 1930-2016

Ronnie Corbett as Archie in The Two Ronnies Christmas Special 1983 - The Adventures of Archie (Credit: BBC)
Ronnie Corbett with Elisabeth Sladen for the Comic Relief Special. Credit: BBC
The actor/comedian Ronnie Corbett has died, aged 85.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he started his acting career after National Service, initially playing a number of schoolchild roles owing to his height, before migrating into comedy on television with the likes of Dickie Henderson and Jimmy Tarbuck However, it was in during The Frost Report in 1966 where he was to first meet and work alongside Ronnie Barker, leading to their successful partnership in The Two Ronnies, running between 1971 and 1987 plus specials, and the show that made him a household name.

His other major television role was as Timothy Lumsden in Sorry!, which ran from 1981-1988. In later years he appeared in films including Fierce Creatures and Burke and Hare, and on television in shows like The Ronnie Corbett Show, game show Small Talk and Ronnie's Animal Crackers, and also made appearance as 'himself' in both Extras and Little Britain.

Though not directly related to Doctor Who, he "inherits" the TARDIS from a 'Doctor' of sorts played by Ronnie Barker in their 1983 Christmas Special sketch, The Adventures of Archie. He was later to appear in The Sarah Jane Adventures universe, playing an ambassador that later turned out to be a Slitheen in the 2009 Comic Relief segment From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love.

Outside of his career, Corbett was a keen golfer, and was also president of the Lord's Taverners cricketing charity in 1982 and 1987. He received an OBE in 1978 and then a CBE in 2012 for services to entertainment and charity.

He was married to actress and dancer Anne Hart, with two daughters who also act, Emma and Sophie.

Ronald Balfour Corbett, 4th Dec 1930 - 31 Mar 2016

Michelle Gomez nominated for BAFTA Award

Michelle Gomez as Missy (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)The nominations for the 2016 BAFTA Television Awards have now been announced, and actress Michelle Gomez has been nominated in the Supporting Actress category for her role in Doctor Who.

The actresses up for this category are:
  • Eleanor Worthington-Cox, for The Enfield Haunting
  • Chanel Cresswell, for This Is England '90
  • Michelle Gomez, for Doctor Who
  • Lesley Manville, for River

The BAFTA Awards take place on Sunday 8th May at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and will be broadcast live on BBC One.

Doctor Who's return to television garnered it both the Drama Series Award and Pioneer Audience Award in 2006, with its lead writer Russell T Davies also receiving the Dennis Potter Award; one of the key forces behind the show's successful return, Jane Tranter, received the Alan Clarke Award in 2009 (presented by then Doctor David Tennant). In more recent times, current lead writer Steven Moffat received the Special Award in 2012, and the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor won the Radio Times Audience Award in 2014. Current Doctor Peter Capaldi has also been a recipient, winning the award for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for his role as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It.

Doctor Who has also been nominated in the BAFTA Craft Awards, with effects companies Milk VFX, Millennium FX, Real SFX, Molinare up for Special, Visual and Graphics Effects, a category the show has been nominated for every year since 2007 and receiving in 2009, 2014, and last year.

Related Articles: 2014 Awards (18 May 2014); Special BAFTA for Moffat (19 May 2012); Doctor Who triumphs (7 May 2006)