Thursday, September 3, 2015

Christopher Eccleston in Ten Pieces Secondary

Christopher Eccleston

BBC Music has announced the presenters for its brand new Ten Pieces Secondary film, which will launch for schools in cinemas across the UK in October. Commissioned and produced by BBC Learning and delivered in conjunction with the BBC Performing Groups, the project is designed to introduce a generation of children to classical music and has been extended to secondary schools with a new selection of music for students and teachers to explore.

Christopher Eccleston (The Ninth Doctor) will be introducing Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walk├╝re by Wagner, the actor said: "I’m delighted to be involved and to be riding with Wagner and his Valkyries is very thrilling." Watch him in the trailer below.



Schools can book FREE cinema tickets now for screenings via www.bbc.co.uk/tenpieces

The film is designed to act as a gateway to orchestral music, taking young viewers on a journey and making them hungry to explore and experience classical music through new eyes and ears.

Nationwide screenings of the film during the week of 5th October.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

River Song back for 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special [UPDATE]

Alex Kingston as River Song in the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC)

The BBC have revealed details about this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, and a familiar face is returning. Check out the details below and click on the image for a bigger version.

It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.
Day one of filming the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week and is written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Listen, Flatline). Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance:
“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September?, why not!”
Alex Kingston behind the scenes on the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC Pictures)

Steven Moffat adds:
“Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song. The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time ...”

The witty line-up of guest cast joining Alex for a magical adventure on the TARDIS will be announced over the coming months. Doctor Who Series 9 starts on September 19.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9: New Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman promo pics

Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman (© BBC WORLDWIDE LIMITED)

BBC America have released new promotional pictures of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman for Doctor Who Series 9 - click on the images for bigger versions. The new series begins on September 19 with The Magician's Apprentice.

Peter Capaldi (© BBC WORLDWIDE LIMITED)


AUGUST NEWS ROUND-UP


With Doctor Who Series 9 on the horizon,  there's a lot going in the world of Who, included here is a round-up of the stuff you may have missed in August.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERERead the last news round~up HERE.   

SERIES 9
Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver talk Missy and Osgood
Jenna Coleman interview and Doctor Who exec producers talk Maisie Williams
Prequel - The Doctor's Meditation images
Blogtor's Set Report and Exec Producer interview
Blogtor's Peter Capaldi interview
The Magician's Apprentice promo pics
Trailer #2 images
Trailer #2

REVIEWS
COMICS: Fours Doctors Issues 2 & 3
AUDIO: The Sixth Doctor - The Last Adventure
AUDIO: Return To Telos
COMIC: Four Doctors Issue 1

MERCHANDISE
Doctor Who - The Complete History
Free Exclusive Lethbridge-Stewart story
Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters
Doctor Who Cluedo - The Hunt for Gallifrey
Series 1-4 on bluray
LEGO Dimensions Doctor Who pack pre-orders
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The Music of Doctor Who
Doctor Who Figurine Collection 52 & 53

MISC.
Jenna Coleman joins Raindance Film Festival Jury
Russell T Davies adapts Shakespeare for BBC One
Mission Dalek
CBBC airs Vastra & Jenny themed Doctor Who wedding


Monday, August 31, 2015

Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver talk Missy and Osgood

Ingrid Oliver

BBC America have released a video featuring interviews with Michelle Gomez (Missy) and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) - watch it in the player below. As revealed earlier this year, Missy is back for the opening episodes, The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar, whilst Osgood returns in the two-part story, Invasion of the Zygons / Inversion of the Zygons.



Sunday, August 30, 2015

COMPETITION: Win Doctor Who The Time Lord Letters


This is your chance to win the new Doctor Who book, The Time Lord Letters! All you have to do is follow BlogtorWho on Twitter and then Retweet. (If you already follow BlogtorWho then you just need to RT.)

This competition is open worldwide and closes Friday Sept 4, 17.00 hrs [BST]. Follow BlogtorWho on Twitter HERECheck out the details of the book below.

The Time Lord Letters is a unique collection of over one hundred letters, notes, and jottings both by and to the Doctor – correspondence by turns entertaining and inspiring, funny and flippant, brilliant and incredible.

From the Doctor’s plea to the Time Lords to help end the War Games to an extract from the written defence he submitted at his subsequent trial; from his application for the post of Caretaker at Coal Hill School to his apology to the Queen for missing dinner; from telepathic messages to the High Council on Gallifrey to his famous letter to Santa Claus – like the Doctor himself, the mood can change in an instant. 

Extract from The Time Lord Letters, courtesy of BBC Books

The Time Lord Letters captures the best and most dramatic moments of an impossible life. You’ll never see the Doctor in quite the same way again.

Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters is published Sept 24, 2015 on hardback priced £20.00. Available from the BBC Shop HERE and Amazon HERE.

This competition is open worldwide and closes Friday Sept 4, 17.00 hrs [BST]
Follow BlogtorWho on Twitter HERE

Friday, August 28, 2015

Jenna Coleman interview and Doctor Who exec producers talk Maisie Williams


The latest episode of Doctor Who - The Fan Show includes an exclusive interview with actress Jenna Coleman (Clara) - watch it in the player below. In the other player below you can find an interview with Doctor Who Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Read Blogtor's chat with Brian HERE where he gives his spoilery episode guide to Doctor Who Series 9.



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters

The Time Lord Letters, courtesy of BBC Books

BBC Books have announced details of a new Doctor Who book released next month, check out the details below and click on the image below for a bigger version.


The Time Lord Letters is a unique collection of over one hundred letters, notes, and jottings both by and to the Doctor – correspondence by turns entertaining and inspiring, funny and flippant, brilliant and incredible.

From the Doctor’s plea to the Time Lords to help end the War Games to an extract from the written defence he submitted at his subsequent trial; from his application for the post of Caretaker at Coal Hill School to his apology to the Queen for missing dinner; from telepathic messages to the High Council on Gallifrey to his famous letter to Santa Claus – like the Doctor himself, the mood can change in an instant.

Extract from Time Lord Letters, courtesy of BBC Books

The Time Lord Letters captures the best and most dramatic moments of an impossible life. You’ll never see the Doctor in quite the same way again.

Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters is published Sept 24, 2015 on hardback priced £20.00. Available from the BBC Shop HERE and Amazon HERE.


Thanks to BBC Books

Jenna Coleman joins Raindance Film Festival Jury

Jenna Coleman

Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman has joined the Judging Panel for the 23rd Raindance Film Festival. Raindance presents films and web series from around the world, celebrating and supporting independent, new and alternative filmmakers. Read more details about the festival HERE.

The 2015 Raindance Film Festival will take place from the 23rd September – 4th October 2015 in Central London (Piccadilly Circus), screening 100 feature films and over 150 short films.

Other jurors include: MyAnna Buring (The Impossible Planet), David Harewood (The End of Time), Sheridan Smith (Big Finish companion Lucie Miller) and Sherlock star, Martin Freeman.

Russell T Davies back on BBC One for Shakespeare TV adaptation

Russell T Davies

Blogtor can reveal that former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies is adapting William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for transmission on BBC One in 2016. Currently titled The Dream, this 90 minute special will begin filming in Roath Lock, Cardiff (the home of Doctor Who), in October. Check out the press release below:

For one night only, BBC One becomes The Globe, with a bold and accessible 1 X 90 adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One and Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning.

Adapted by Russell T Davies, it is a truthful version of the play - the original play, the original words, the original Shakespeare. Warm and funny, it will have as much attitude and invention as any theatrical interpretation. Russell T Davies says:
“I’ve wanted to make this for the BBC for my entire adult life - and only the BBC can put on a play like this, for all the family, smack-bang in the heart of primetime. With a riot of prosthetics, CGI, magic and action, it needs the brilliant Doctor Who team in Cardiff to bring it to life.”
Adapted by Russell T Davies, Directed by David Kerr, Produced by Nikki Wilson and Executive Produced by Russell T Davies, Faith Penhale and Brian Minchin. Filming will commence in Roath Lock, Cardiff, in October for transmission in 2016 as part of BBC’s Shakespeare Season.

The Dream is a BBC Cymru Wales Production in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC One.