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VIDEOS: Ryan, Yas, Sonic…and Tim Shaw!

Blogtor Who - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 20:27
The BBC has released a host of short videos following the first episode of Doctor Who series 11 featuring the Doctor’s new friends, her new sonic, and horrible alien Tim Shaw.

We’ve put them all together in one place because we like you so much. So grab yourself a cup of tea and settle down to watch. Click ‘play’ and make sure the sound is on!

Introducing Tim Shaw (this one is very short!)

Tosin Cole does his own stunts.

He’s sweet, enthusiastic and he loves his nan. Doesn’t give up. He’s Ryan Sinclair.

A look at the dynamics of the new Tardis team

Learning all about Yas

And last, but by no means least, the making of the new sonic – with added Sheffield Steel!

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Newsweek Doctor Who Special Edition Out Now

Blogtor Who - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 19:05
To celebrate the new series of Doctor Who, Newsweek have released a Special Edition issue. On sale today the Newsweek Doctor Who Special Edition covers the history of the show right up to the Jodie Whittaker era. We are also excited to announce that the Newsweek Doctor Who Special Edition features an article from Blogtor Who!! Newsweek Doctor Who Special Edition cover (c) Newsweek

Newsweek is an American weekly magazine, available in print and digital formats. Following New York Comic Con this past weekend and the broadcast of ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ on BBC America, Newsweek are also exploring the Whoniverse. From the origins and formula of the show, through to the monsters that have terrorised viewers, all bases are covered. Focus is given to each incarnation of The Doctor and some of his most famous adversaries. Not to be forgotten are of course the TARDIS and Sonic Screwdriver. BlogtorWho has also contributed a short snippet on our favourite journalist and companion.

The cover promises ‘The Ultimate Whoniverse Companion’ and it is hard to disagree. Each Doctor is analysed, with their companions and must-see stories listed alongside. Plus, if you have ever wondered in which stories different incarnations of the Time Lord have crossed paths, an extensive list is provided. This includes not only televised stories but in audio, novels and comic adventures. Arthur Darvill, who played Rory Williams opposite Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, also provides an insight into how the role changed his life. The Newsweek Doctor Who Special Edition concludes by revisiting the modern tradition of Christmas specials.

Newsweek Doctor Who Special Edition is on sale from Tuesday 9th October at newstands and in digital format. For more information click here.

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Doctor Who – BTS – How to Regenerate the Doctor

Blogtor Who - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:27

BBC has released another short clip on Twitter.  Sorry no YouTube.  In this video, executive producer Matt Strevens and series producer Nikki Wilson chat about how it takes a team, a family to make this new series of Doctor Who.

“It’s like a really tight knit family.” Watch brand new Doctor Who on https://t.co/27gTBfHhtW in the UK #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/nwgTtqEHpR

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) October 9, 2018

Doctor Who continues on BBC One at 6.55pm this Sunday with The Ghost Monument by Chris Chibnall. Series 11 stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair). The program is simulcast on BBC America.  For other countries and territories around the world check your local listings.

The Ghost Monument

Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough in a hostile alien environment to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo?

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OPINION: Jodie Whittaker Proves the Doctor’s Gender Doesn’t Matter

Blogtor Who - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:15
Doctor Who is back on our screens, with Jodie Whittaker playing the show’s first ever female lead. But should the Doctor’s gender really make a difference?

Cast your minds back 15 months ago. The date was 16th July 2017, and Jodie Whittaker had just been unveiled as the Thirteenth Doctor in a specially-filmed trailer. It was an announcement that shook the nation – nay, the globe! – with its ramifications for the future of Doctor Who. Naturally, there was fevered excitement and speculation. There always is after a new Doctor gets announced. But for the first time in over 50 years, the Doctor was regenerating into a woman. For better or worse, the show (and the character) would never be the same again.

This caused a mixed reaction, to put it mildly. Most fans welcomed Jodie into the Time Lord pantheon with open arms. But wherever you looked – be it Twitter, tabloids, or message forums – you’d be just as likely to find someone claiming Doctor Who had been ruined forever. The TARDIS was finally opening its doors to a wider audience than ever, yet it also seemed to be shutting out purists who had been following the series since the start. It was a vocal minority, for sure (as the impressive viewing figures for Jodie’s debut, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, now prove). But it was one that was also very hard to ignore.

Doctor Who – Series 11 – Episode 1 -The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC/BBC Studios – Photographer: Sophie Mutevilian Change, My Dear

Personally, Jodie’s announcement thrilled me to bits. She’s a fantastic actor and I loved her in Broadchurch, Attack the Block, and Black Mirror. But was she right for the Doctor? Sure, the character’s been a man for the last 55 years and 12 (or is it 13?) regenerations. But there’s absolutely no reason, on or off-screen, why the Doctor shouldn’t be a woman. Steven Moffat started sowing the seeds a long time ago. There was the Corsair in The Doctor’s Wife and the General in Hell Bent. Then of course, there was Missy, the ultimate test-run for a female Doctor. Casting Michelle Gomez as the Doctor’s best frenemy was (if you’ll pardon the pun) a Master stroke. After her storming success, it was only a matter of time until the Doctor followed suit.

Plus, if ever there was a time to make this change, it was now. Just like 2005 and 2010, there’s a clean slate. A ground-breaking regeneration is one sure-fire way to make that count. Still, I was sceptical about a female Doctor at first. Not because I didn’t think it could work, but because I knew it would split the fanbase right down the middle. Whenever this decision happened (and whoever it involved), it was always going to be the same. But it’s been said repeatedly that the Doctor should be cast because they are the right person, not because they are the right gender. Having a female Doctor for the sake of a female Doctor would just be a tacky gimmick. Thankfully, I wholeheartedly feel that casting Jodie as the Thirteenth Doctor was not only a good choice, but also the right one.

Doctor Who Series 11 – Episode 1- The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC / BBC Studios – Photographer: Simon Ridgeway And It Seems Not a Moment Too Soon

Chris Chibnall, love or loathe his previous work, undoubtedly writes incredible characters. More specifically, he writes incredible female characters. Everyone in Broadchurch was well written, but the women really stood out. Jodie Whittaker was a particular hit as grieving mother Beth Latimer – arguably the highlight of the show. Therefore, she was an assured and safe choice for the Thirteenth Doctor. Just like Russell T Davies and David Tennant before them (what a dream team that became!), Chris knows how to write for Jodie. He knows her strengths and he knows how to get the best of her talents. Female Doctor or no female Doctor, Series 11 was always going to be a massive risk for Doctor Who. It’s a huge and daunting task for any new showrunner – Chris Chibnall wouldn’t have taken this casting decision lightly. He’ll have wanted someone he can trust to make his new era a hit.

Hopefully you’ve all seen The Woman Who Fell to Earth now, and hopefully you all agree that Jodie is an instant star. It’s also clear that we haven’t got a female Doctor “just because”. A couple of knowing winks aside, the Doctor’s gender proves all but irrelevant. There’s no feminist agenda, and no TARDIS full of bras. Just an incredible actor in an incredible role. And yet, still there will be those who hold Doctor 13 to an unfair standard, waiting for any misstep they can latch the blame onto. Admittedly, yes, there are still nine episodes left – but if Series 11 fails to impress, it’ll be because of bad scripts or bad direction. Not Jodie herself. She’s an actor with her head screwed on and her heart(s) in the right place. She knows the significance of this job, and she won’t be the one to let the side down.

Only time will tell how history looks back on the Thirteenth Doctor. But for now, she’s broken through the show’s glass ceiling. Let’s hope she keeps on soaring ever further to new heights!

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What We Learnt About The Companions in ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’

Blogtor Who - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 16:40
The Doctor has some new companions… or should that be friends? We were introduced to them in the opening scenes. But what did we actually find out about them during the episode?

Ryan

  • His Family – Ryan’s mum died 6 years ago and his farther seems like he has been largely absent from his life since with references to his unreliability. So after his mother’s death he was raised by his paternal grandmother, Grace.
  • Dyspraxia – Ryan has the condition Dyspraxia that affects coordination. As a result he is unable to ride a bike, but has been trying to learn with the help of his Nan and her husband Graham.
  • He doesn’t seem particularly comfortable with his Nan’s marriage to Graham. He doesn’t want to call Graham ‘Grandad’, doesn’t he want Graham to call him “mate”
  • Ryan went to primary school (Midland Primary) with Yasmin. Also its indicated that they haven’t seen each other since they left that school (so when they were about 11 years old)
  • He works as a warehouse worker but doesn’t like it and is studying for an NVQ to be a mechanic.
  • Ryan has a Youtube channel that, based on the one video we see, is a to camera vlog style channel.

Graham

  • Graham is a retired Bus driver.
  • He had cancer and during chemotherapy treatment met Grace, who was his Chemo nurse. They fell in love over the course of his treatment and they married three years ago.
  • He is still in remission for his cancer
  • He seems to want to form a bond with Ryan, lamenting the fact that after three years of marriage to Grace Ryan still won’t call him ‘Grandad’.

Yasmin

  • She went to Midland Primary school with Ryan
  • She is a trainee Police constable (2nd year probation) with Hallamshire police mostly dealing with mundane things like parking disputes. She want to start getting assignments that are a bit more interesting.

Throughout the episode we found the most out about Ryan and we probably know the least about Yasmin’s life so far, especially any family she may have. Of course there is a whole series of development to come. What more will we lean about them in the weeks to come?

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Meet The Doctor’s Friends – Ryan Sinclair

Blogtor Who - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 16:04

Yesterday we met Ryan Sinclair.  A young man with many great hopes and a few challenges to overcome.  Who is Ryan and what do his friends and family think about him?  What does the Doctor think about Ryan?

“He doesn’t give up.” #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/PGJxubiWpz

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) October 8, 2018

And what about Tosin Cole who plays Ryan?  Well Ryan did his own stunts for the episode 1 – The Woman Who Fell To Earth.   Take a look at this behind the scenes view into the cycling scenes.

.@TosinCole does his own stunts #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/GBGQJpecVK

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) October 8, 2018

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