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Video of the Day – Apple TV, 2024

Blogtor Who - Thu, 06/06/2024 - 03:00

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Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #3

Blogtor Who - Wed, 06/05/2024 - 16:00
Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #3 is available to pre-order now

The third issue of Titan Comics’ new Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor is now up for pre-order. Retailers have also revealed the synopsis and cover for the issue, which continues the series’ ongoing Cyberman storyline. Cover B features a photo of Ncuti Gatwa aboard the TARDIS. It’s one of three variant covers, with details of the artists and images for the other two to come laer.

The comic arrives in shops on the 25th of September, but can be ordered now from all good comic shops. UK readers can order it, and the earlier issues in the series, online from Forbidden Planet here.

The latest incarnation of the Time Lord’s comic book adventures kicked off on Free Comic Book Day last month. Fortunately, if you missed your chance to grab a copy at your local comic book shop, you can now download a digital version for free. Click here for all the details.

It’s followed by issue #1 of the ongoing title which will be out on the 26th of June, right after the television season reaches its epic climax with The Legend of Ruby Sunday/Empire of Death. In the meantime Titan Comics have loaded a special motion comic trailer to their YouTube channel. When the two time travellers visit an abandoned shopping centre planet, they don’t expect to come face to emotionless face with one of the Time Lord’s oldest enemies: the Cybermen!

 

 

Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #3. Cover B (c) Titan Comics Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #3

Join The Doctor in a new comic book adventure!

The Doctor and the Cybermen clash while Ruby faces an insectoid threat. But is everything as it seems? And what is the true nature of the terrifying evil that stands ready to unveil itself…

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Go Figure! A Visual Archive of Character Options Figures

Blogtor Who - Wed, 06/05/2024 - 08:00
The ultimate collector’s guide to Character Options’ 5.5” Doctor Who action figures from 2005-2024 is coming soon!

A new crowdfunded book, Go Figure!, has exceeded its target on Indiegogo, meaning backers will soon be able to enjoy its exhaustive visual history of Doctor Who action figures released by Character Options between 2005 and now. The book is currently planned to ship to backers in November 2024, the show’s 61st anniversary.

Of all the merchandise launched by Doctor Who’s return to television screens in 2005, Character Options’ 5.5” figure line has been the most popular and enduring – with new releases still exciting collectors after almost two decades. It all began with the original Ninth Doctor Dalek Battle Packs. And the range continues today with the most recent online exclusives. Over twenty years, the figure range has encompassed characters from across Doctor Who’s entire history.

Roundel Books are publishing this the ultimate collector’s guide to the range, covering more than 600 figures and over 300 distinct characters. It features gorgeous new photography and detailed information about each figure. All in all, it’s the definitive story of the most successful Doctor Who toy line of all time (and space).

 

Assembled by a team of collectors and experts, Go Figure! documents the whole range with fantastic new photographs

This lavish book explores the range through brand new high-quality photographs by Doctor Who collector and YouTuber ‘Stetson Doctor’, Richard Lloyd, who also provides detailed release information on every figure highlighting the evolution of the range across an 19-year period. Over 50 of these figures are presented alongside their original factory prototypes, giving a unique insight into the production process.

Split across four chapters, covering all the figures released between 2005 – the book’s publication in 2024, each chapter features a new introduction from Christopher Hill of The Space Museum, providing context and background to the range.

But there’s more! Both the Hardback and the Deluxe Edition of Go Figure! also include more than 100 extra pages. These pages are made up of stunning ‘mint on card’ images, showcasing the figures as they appeared in the original packaging. These photos have been newly taken for the book by Hill and Lloyd. They highligh the way the range’s packaging has changed over time, providing a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

The remaining extra pages are an extra special treat; the Hardback and Deluxe Editions feature images of prototypes which never made it to release, including 10 fully-painted figures presented as complete turnarounds.

Edited by Gary Russell and designed by Will Brooks, Go Figure! is a must-have in any collector’s library.

 

A preview of the layout of Go Figure featuring the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Doctor figures (c) Roundel Books The new book will be available in three different editions, from softback to the limited Deluxe Edition

Go Figure! is available in three formats, to suit any collector’s budget;

The Softback Edition, just over 300 pages, contains the Figure Catalogue. More than 600 figures, presented with brand new photography and detailed information.

The expanded Hardback Edition includes the Figure Catalogue alongside an additional 100 pages, showcasing hundreds of figures in their original packaging, and turnaround images of unreleased prototypes.

The limited Deluxe Edition contains the same contents as the Hardback Edition, with a unique one-of-a-kind cover, featuring one of ten story-specific ‘group shots’. These coveted books will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The first backer will have their choice from all 10 of the available designs, the second from the remaining 9 and so on.

 

The layout of Go Figure! (c) Roundel Books Backers have five tiers to choose from, with exclusive rewards to choose from

Roundel Books’ crowdfunding campaign has already exceeded its target, at 119% at the time of writing. But you can still get a piece of the action (figure archive) by becoming a backer. There are five tiers at which you can pledge to back Go Figure! You can become a backer through the project’s Indiegogo page.

  • Softback Edition – £30 – a 300+ page Softback copy of Go Figure!
  • Hardback Edition – £50 – a 400+ page Hardback copy of Go Figure!
  • Wave One Package – £100 – a Hardback copy of Go Figure!, plus a 24-page Supplement coving the 12″ and 18″ Remote Control Daleks, 10x Art Cards, featuring Group shots from ‘Fan Favourite’ episodes, an A2 poster of the book cover, 7x postcards inspired by iconic Target Book covers, and a printed ‘With Thanks to…’ credit in the book.
  • Mint on Card Package – £200 – Everything included in the Wave One Package, plus an additional two supplements covering the Sonic Screwdrivers and 3.75″ figures from Character Options, 8x Art Cards featuring unreleased figures, a 56-page checklist book and an A2 poster of the back cover
  • Limited Collector’s Edition Package – £300 – Only ten of these packages are available! Everything included in the Mint on Card Package, plus an A1 poster inspired by the ‘5″ Figures – The Story So Far…’ design, a unique one-of-a-kind cover featuring a ‘Fan Favourite’ Episode group shot, and your credit in the book printed as a special dedication.

 

A preview page from Go Figure! (c) Roundel Books The creative forces behind Go Figure!

Richard Lloyd has contributed the majority of photos for Go Figure! and corresponding text for every release. He’s a Doctor Who collector, writer, photographer and content creator. He is perhaps known for his Doctor Who themed YouTube channel dedicated to the show, which launched in 2014 and now has over 8,500 subscribers. He also writes for WhatCulture.

Christopher Hill, writer for Doctor Who Magazine, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s TARDIS magazine and a featured expert on the Doctor Who Collection Blu-range set also features in Go Figure! As well as his expertise, his personal collection comprises over 12,500 items from across the show’s merchandise history.

Will Brooks

Will Brooks is a digital artist, who’s work has appeared on lots of Doctor Who merchandise, including exclusive products for the Doctor Who Experience and on the covers of many Big Finish audio adventures and Titan Comics.

Gary Russell

Gary Russell is is the Editor for Go Figure! Russell is a former Editor of Doctor Who Magazine, as well as working as a script editor on the show itself during Russell T Davies’ original stint as showrunner. The winner of the Terrance Dicks Award for writing in 2022, he’s also written many Doctor Who comics and audios.

Gareth Kavanagh

Gareth Kavanagh is Publisher and Commissioning Editor for Roundel Books. He created the Cutaway Comics range in 2020 and has overseen the move into large format books. Go Figure! came out of a round of chats at a very busy Capitol convention in 2023, and it’s a delight to see it nearing completion.

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Doctor Who Viewing Figures: 73 Yards +7s and Dot and Bubble Overnights

Blogtor Who - Tue, 06/04/2024 - 23:00
Latest viewing figures data solidifies 73 Yards’ place as the highest rated episode of the season so far

The latest viewing figures are available from BARB, the official, and independent, compiler of ratings across television channels and streaming platforms in the UK. These include the initial overnight result for last weekend’s Dot and Bubble, as well as the +7 result for previous episode 73 Yards.

The numbers show that the nightmare logic folk horror of 73 Yards was a hit with viewers, and it remains the series’ highest rated episode so far. In all 4.06m viewers have seen 73 Yards in the UK so far. That’s an increase of 1.44m (55%) on its original overnight. It’s also up 0.48m (13.5%) on the +7 viewing figure for the preceding episode Boom. Though it’s still down 0.51m (11.1%) on Village of the Angels, its equivalent in Series 13’s running order. Then again, as we’ve observed before when comparing the episodes from November 2021 to those from May 2024, the respective chart placements of 19 (Village) and 12 (Yards) suggest you can expect to lose half a million on a bright summer evening compared to when Autumn nights have drawn in.

 

Lindy (CALLIE COOKE) in Dot and Bubble BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,Photo by James Pardon Dot and Bubble reported the highest number of pre-transmission iPlayer streams so far

If 73 Yards’ overnight and +7 remains the highest of the season, logically it follows that Doctor Who’s ratings have dropped with its most recent techno-dystopian tale. Dot and Bubble has an initial overnight of 2.12m. In addition, 0.164m watched the episode on iPlayer, either at the midnight drop or over the course of Saturday before the BBC One screening. That’s the largest pre-transmisson streaming number so far, by a significant margin. Given how much discussion of the episode since the drop has revolved around the twist reveal at its climax, it’s possible that those waking up to that discussion on Saturday morning felt more compelled than usual to watch the episode as soon as possible.

Together than means Dot and Bubble was seen by 2.28m viewers on Saturday. That’s down 0.46m (16.8%) from the same metric for 73 Yards the week before. Though with it one of the most talked about episodes of the season, its +7 result next week will be interesting reading.

Speaking of which, next week will also see our first +28 viewing figures for this year. In a media landscape where the overnight result is increasingly just a single dot in a much larger picture, these will tell us the official, formal, results for Space Babies and The Devil’s Chord.

 

Doctor Who,Jonathan Groff with Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON), The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) BBC Studios Photo by James Pardon Doctor Who continues at midnight Friday night BST with Rogue on iPlayer in the UK, and on Disney+ everywhere else except Ireland

 

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William Russell (1924-2024)

Blogtor Who - Tue, 06/04/2024 - 19:42
William Russell who played original companion Ian Chesterton has died, aged 99

It’s almost impossible to describe how important William Russell was to the success of Doctor Who. The actor was one of the show’s original cast members. He appeared in 77 episodes across the first two seasons as the dependable, tough, but good humoured science teacher Ian Chesterton. As such, he’s been in more Doctor Who than any of the modern actors to enter the TARDIS. But more than that, he was a crucial element in ensuring that there’s still a show today at all.

Fans joke that the BBC should have called that first season in 1963/4 “Ian” and they’re not exactly wrong. It was Russell’s gentle humour and humanity, and ability to sell the danger and drama in even the most low budget menaces that, as much as anything, brought viewers back for more, week after week.

 

Ian and the Doctor slowly learning to trust one another was one of the defining dynamics of early Doctor Who (c) BBC The Oxford educated actor had already starred in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot and Nicholas Nickleby before being cast as Ian Chesterton

Born William Russell Enoch in 1924, but universally known to his friends as “Russ,” the young actor studied at Oxford University and served in the RAF before finding fame. It’s probably hard to appreciate now, but Russell was already a famous face when Doctor Who began. He had played the title role in adventures series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot. There he had gained his reputation as an actor who could handle both action and humour. Attributes that would serve him well on Doctor Who. Similarly, he has also starred as Nicholas Nickleby in the BBC’s prestige adaptation of the Dickens classic.

In many ways, though, Russell’s first love was the stage, and it was a desire to get back to the theatre that led to him leaving Doctor Who near the end of its second season. He was, at various points, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He was also one of the first actors to tread the boards on the reconstructed Globe Theatre, following completion of the replica of William Shakespeare’s own venue.

 

William Russell (centre) as one of Krypton’s elders in Superman: The Movie (c) DC Decades of notable supporting roles followed Doctor Who, from Superman and The Great Escape to The Black Adder and Poirot

After Doctor Who, Russell rarely took leading roles again. But he still made supporting appearances in several well remembered films and series. He was one of the Kryptonian Elders who unintentionally doom their world by refusing to listen to the warnings of Jor-El in Superman: The Movie. He has a supporting role too as a sardonic member of the team in iconic WWII movie The Great Escape. Meanwhile, he appeared alongside Harvey Keitel in cult 1979 science fiction film Death Watch, as a doctor in a world where death has been all but eliminated. But when he discovers one of his patients is terminally ill he conspires with a producer to use hidden cameras to turn her final days into live reality TV.

On television, too, he continued to be a major guest star in series up until the mid 2000s. These included being the Count of Winchester is classic comedy The Black Adder, a luvvie actor with a secret in Casualty, and as a quintessential English butler in Poirot.

One final cameo came in 2013,. Russell played a BBC Television Centre security guard in docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time. It was an appropriate way to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who’s creation.

 

William Russell (top left) with Jodie Whittaker and other companions past and present in The Power of the Doctor (c) BBC Studios, Photo: James Pardon William Russell last appeared in Doctor Who in 2022, breaking a Guinness World Record in the process

However, William Russell enjoyed one last Doctor Who hurrah. In 2022 he made a cameo appearance, aged 96, in The Power of the Doctor. It’s a sign of the prestige and affection with which he was held that even though he didn’t share a scene with outgoing Doctor Jodie Whittaker, she made a point of visiting the set to meet him. The appearance also earned him a well deserved place in the Guinness Book of Records. They listed him in their pages in recognition of playing the same television character across a 59 year period.

William Russell may have died a few months short of his 100th birthday, but he has gained immortality of a form. Few television stars of his generation will be remembered as he will be, destined to be rediscovered by future generations of fans for as long as the show he helped launch exists. And beyond.

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REVIEW: Missy: Bad Influence

Blogtor Who - Mon, 06/03/2024 - 22:00
Michelle Gomez is back for another dark cosmic joyride as Missy: the woman who makes people worse

 

Missy’s a bad, bad girl. And a bad influence on those who fall under her charming, captivating influence. The three stories in Bad Influence underline that by matching up the rogue Time Lady with various characters she immediately begins to corrupt. Equally though, this set could have been called The Lifes and Loves of a Doctor Who She-Devil. A strong element of each episode is the chaotic nature of Missy’s timey-wimey, evilly-wevilly love life. The Doctor’s best frenemy has certainly never been so… well, horny on main before. But it just adds another level of chaos and destruction for her to wrap herself in before being away with one quantum leap of her stiletto boots. Leaving a trail of dead bodies and broken planets in her wave is one thing. But broken hearts? Now that’s despicable.

 

Missy and the Time Assassin is your everyday screwball comedy about genocide

We open Bad Influence, and first story Missy and the Time Assassin, on a humdrum, average day for Missy, as she dangles over a existence shredding hole in time, grappling with the alien pig emperor whose vault she’s trying to raid. But before long she’s stranded on officially the most boring planet in the universe. The place where the worst of the worst the timelines have to offer are dumped to ensure nothing happens to them again. Ever. There she meets fellow new inmate James Blakelock, Time Assassin.

Missy immediately engages full swoon mode in finally meeting the deadly and vicious genocidal monster that decorated the walls of her Academy dorm room. But her lust for her old pin-up is based on a misunderstanding. The wars, dictatorships, and extinction events that litter his path through time aren’t deliberate. Blackelock actually wants to end wars and save lives. He’s just incredibly, mind-bogglingly, bad at it, leaving every situation worse than how he found it.

A goody two-shoes, and an idiot? His life expectancy drastically shortens to however long it takes Missy to decide if she can inspire him to live up to his reputation.

 

Patterson Joseph as the Time Assassin James Blakelock in Missy: Bad Influence (c) Big Finish Patterson Joseph as the Time Assassin James Blakelock is a perfect comic foil

A time-hopping screwball comedy about genocide, Missy and the Time Assassin was always going to succeed of fail based on the rapport between Michelle Gomez and Patterson Joseph as Blakelock. Fortunately, they’re fantastic together. Joseph’s Time Assassin is the perfect, prim, easily flustered foil to the force of nature he finds himself figuratively shackled to as they share a time machine to run from the law. Blakelock wants to clear his name and save the day, but the seductive, exciting, quick-talking Missy would rather blow up a star system or two. Will he hold firm or surrender to temptation?

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the joy of a script which makes the cast casually use the word ‘encephafiddle’ as often as possible.

 

Bad Apple Brigade offers up a twisted slasher film, where teenage girls camping in the woods meet the ultimate Final Girl: Missy

Bad Apple Brigade lands Missy on a dark, windswept isle in the 1920s, straight out of a Tintin book. One quick bit of homicide later, and she’s in place as camp leader of a foursome of delinquent schoolgirls exiled there on a character building excursion. With their past indiscretions extending all the way to arson, they’re Missy’s type of girls. Though Grace, the most sensible one, does wonder why their life lessons have suddenly turned to encouraging their worst vices. One piece of advice the girls foolishly overlook, however, is to never trust anyone. Because as amusing as their new instructor finds them, their best interests are far from her hearts.

What follows is a fun twist on a good old fashioned slasher movie. The past of the island is littered with mysterious disappearances and there’s violent plant monster stalking the woods, turning people into trees. There can be only one final girl, and a certain Time Lady is determined to make sure her name starts with ‘M’ and ends with ‘issy.’ There are people splitting up and getting lost in the woods, derelict cabins that are not the safe havens they first appear, and personal secrets revealed.

But it’s when an old lover of Missy’s crawls out of the woodwork that things get really entertaining. The trouble is that she has no idea who he is. In a fun house mirror reflection of the Doctor and River, he’s someone Missy with chew up and spit out at some future date. And now her ex is feeling positively murderous. It’s wonderful to hear Missy, usually tap dancing so effortlessly across events, planned or unplanned, genuinely discombobulated by the situation.

 

Ian Conningham as Edward the Black Prince in Missy (c) Big Finish The Baron Robbers is a medieval heist movie with too few twists and turns

Final story The Baron Robbers mashes up genres as Missy leads a heist movie ensemble in the medieval days of yore. With her already faltering vortex manipulator now completely kaput, she needs a rare spinnet gemstone as a spare part. Fortunately Edward the Black Pince (Ian Conningham) has just the thing. Missy quickly installs herself in the household as Edward’s personal physician to Baron Rufus (a superbly pompous Rupert Vansittart). It leaves her perfectly positioned to swipe the jewel in question. Meanwhile, the stress and activity of preparing for an imminent royal visit provides perfect cover for her schemes. But she also realizes that there are others with their eyes on the same prize. Complicating things further, once again there’s an ex/future lover waiting in the wings.

This time out the humour comes from Missy seizing control of the whole operation and turning a very straightforward robbery into an over-complicated heist movie pastiche. Of course, all the wheeling cogs and gears of the plan also help distract her co-conspirators from her inevitable betrayal. The Baron Robbers is probably Bad Influence’s weak link, it’s single idea not quite enough to sustain it, and with really only one place to go for its ending.

But Gomez leads as engaging and entertaining a cast as always, her wit as razor sharp as ever.

 

Michelle Gomez thankfully still can’t enough of the character, and neither can audiences

The main draw here is, of course, Michelle Gomez. She remains consistently one of those actors who listeners would pay to read the phone book. A phone book that in her hands would no doubt wound up sounding wry, sharp-witted, and just a little bit dirty. Bad Influence feeds her great lines by the TARDIS-load and she’s clearly relishing every syllable. She’s plainly far from tired of Missy. Likewise, audiences may never tire of this particular, dark, twisted, cosmic joyride.

 

 

Missy: Bad Influence. Cover by Simon Holub (c) Big Finish Missy: Bad Influence

Missy… alone, unleashed, and unfettered. What does she get up to when the Doctor isn’t around?

Sometimes, Missy isn’t the only bad person in the room. Sometimes, she meets others with their own naughty plans. And whoever they might be – medieval thieves, wayward students, renowned assassins – Missy will bring out the worst in them…

The Worlds of Doctor Who – Missy: Bad Influence is now available to purchase as a collector’s edition box set (on CD for just £24.99) or a digital download (for just £19.99), exclusively here.

 

 

 

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Latest Doctor Who Merchandise from Forbidden Planet

Blogtor Who - Mon, 06/03/2024 - 17:00
Forbidden Planet have updated their Doctor Who range with even more items based on the current season

Forbidden Planet’s Doctor Who range of merchandise has expanded with new items. These include ones based on latest episodes 73 Yards, and Dot and Bubble. There is also the new exclusive gear featuring Ncuti Gatwa’s incarnation of the Doctor, originally exclusive to MCM Comic Con and now online.  Plus, just in time for this month’s two part finale, a whole range featuring the new UNIT logo introduced last year.

Not to pass over a late release for Boom, where the existing Villengard Ambulance design is now available on a coaster too.

 

As well as merchandise celebrating the latest episodes, the goodies previously exclusive to MCM Comic Con are now online

Meanwhile, 73 Yards is represented by art merging the sign of the Y Pren Marw pub with the TARDIS and a portrait of Ruby. Dot and Bubble is celebrated with two designs – one featuring a Mantrap slug monster, and another using a graphic of the Bubble itself. And, as previously mentioned, the new UNIT logo can be found in white on black, or black on green variants depending on whether you’re sneaking up on hostile aliens at night or in the woods.

The Fifteenth Doctor range features multiple slogans including “Honey, I’m Here for Fun” and “The Fifteenth Doctor,” and “Hi, I’m the Doctor.” You can also get merchandise emblazoned with the current TARDIS and Sonic Screwdriver designs. Plus there’s even a re-issue of the Bad Wolf pin badge and an art print of the cover art for forthcoming novel Ruby Red!

 

The full list of new additions is:
  • Fifteenth Doctor t-shirt (unisex, women’s, and child’s fits)
  • Fifteenth Doctor art print
  • Fifteenth Doctor coaster
  • Fifteenth Doctor fridge magnet
  • Fifteenth Doctor postcard set (8 designs)
  • “Honey I’m Here for Fun” t-shirt (unisex, women’s, and child’s fits)
  • “Honey I’m Here for Fun” art print
  • “Honey I’m Here for Fun” mug
  • “Honey I’m Here for Fun” coaster
  • “Honey I’m Here for Fun” fridge magnet
  • “Honey I’m Here for Fun” greeting card
  • “Hi There, I’m the Doctor” pin badge
  • TARDIS t-shirt (unisex, women’s, and child’s fits)
  • TARDIS pin badge
  • “Never Seen a TARDIS Before?” t-shirt (unisex, women’s, and child’s fits)
  • Sonic Screwdriver pin badge
  • Sonic Screwdriver key chain
  • UNIT t-shirt (black) (unisex, women’s, and child’s fits)
  • UNIT t-shirt (green) (unisex, women’s, and child’s fits)
  • UNIT mug
  • UNIT coaster
  • UNIT pin badge
  • UNIT key chain
  • UNIT tote bag
  • Bad Wolf pin badge
  • Villengard Ambulance coaster
  • 73 Yards t-shirt (unisex, women’s, and child’s fits)
  • 73 Yards art print
  • Dot and Bubble t-shirt (unisex, women’s, and child’s fits)
  • Mantrap coaster
  • Mantrap pin badge
  • Ruby Red art print

There are also dozens of items still available from earlier in the range, featuring the likes of Janice Goblin, the Bogeyman, Maestro and more. You can shop the complete collection on the Forbidden Planet site here.

 

Doctor Who,Jonathan Groff with Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON), The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) BBC Studios Photo by James Pardon Doctor Who continues at midnight Friday night BST with Rogue on iPlayer in the UK, and on Disney+ everywhere else except Ireland

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Intelligence Taskforce by Jon Blum from Candy Jar Books

Blogtor Who - Sat, 06/01/2024 - 21:00
The fourth and final title in Candy Jar Books’ final series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels is almost here

 

Intelligence Taskforce is written by Jonathan Blum, his second Lethbridge-Stewart novel, but by no means his first foray into Doctor Who fiction. During the 1990s he penned several Doctor Who novels with his partner, Kate Orman, for BBC Books. These included fan favourites Vampire Science and Seeing I. Meanwhile, he also wrote the seminal Big Finish audio, The Fearmonger.

 

The concluding part of the adventure begun in United Nations, Intelligence Taskforce is a suitably epic finale for the series

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “There is two ways to look at this book; it’s either a sequel, or it’s the second part of one novel. I’m inclined to think of it as the latter, since it was initially only planned as one novel.”

Jonathan Blum says: “When I first pitched my story to Andy, it was just one book – Andy said I could go a bit longer than usual because it was the grand finale. Then I submitted it, and he said, ‘okay, not quite that long…’

“I’d already cut out a bunch of bits from my outline, because I knew I was running long, but the submitted draft was about 90,000 words, where most of the Lethbridge-Stewart books were around 70,000. In passing I said ‘you know, there’s these subplots in the original outline that I left out. We could put them back in and make it two 60,000 word books…’

“In my defence, I did have COVID at the time! Don’t try this at home, folks – usually you’ll be laughed at. But luckily, this helped Andy with his schedule, so he said ‘make it two 70,000 word books and you’re on’. But that meant I still had to come up with even more new material! The story split neatly in half – book one became ‘what’s going on and who’s behind it’, while book two was ‘how do we stop them, and how far are they planning to go’. If you look at the books as basically an old-style Doctor Who four-parter, the expansion was in parts two and three!”

 

The novel both ends the Lethbridge-Stewart series, and sets up UNIT. But it also includes a couple of other very important scenarios

Jonathan continues: “For me, the defining note of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is that he’s such a conventional, upright figure – and yet he has to deal with so much interplanetary barking insanity. And as we know from the TV show, he allies himself with some weird people. His life is fundamentally strange, but he stays so normal – what does that mean about him? How can he actually do that? There’s a possible answer in here, and it’s not one the Brigadier would like…

“In the books he and Anne have this great personal history with the Great Intelligence and their family, this chaos lurking under the surface of their orderly lives, and they’re both going to have to face that. And for a representative of The System, he spends an awful lot of time skirting the rules; he only really seems conventional and rigid when he’s standing next to the Doctor! Here, in order to get UNIT as we know it off the ground, he’s going to have to both rebuild the system from within, and work outside it. And, without intending to, burn some crucial old bridges…”

The cover is once again provided by Adrian Salmon. He says; “It was quite a technical exercise this one! My intention was to make the ‘coins’ be knocked back colour-wise to suggest movement as against solidity, and I think it works!”

 

 

Lethbridge-Stewart; Intelligence Taskforce. Cover by Adrian Salmon (c) Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart: Intelligence Taskforce

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is in disgrace. And alone.

As the inquiry into his recent actions closes in, he takes personal leave, and heads

to the United States to hunt answers. The conspiracy he’s been uncovering stretches to the highest levels, involving people with the ability to manipulate probability and random chance, who could skew the fate of the entire world. But what for?

From the UN building to the Pentagon, the streets of Harlem to the shores of Barbados, Lethbridge-Stewart has to leave behind his secure position and build a new team of international allies. What they establish could bring the world together to face alien threats… or their different agendas could tear everything down.

They locate the man behind the conspiracy. But is there someone – or something – behind even him?

 

A coda to the series, The Lost Son by Tim Gambrell, will be released later in the year. If you have a subscription with Candy Jar Books, Intelligence Taskforce is covered by this. You can order Intelligence Taskforce directly from Candy Jar Books.

 

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SPOILER REVIEW: Doctor Who: “Dot and Bubble” – A Contrast of Light and Darkness

Blogtor Who - Sat, 06/01/2024 - 19:02

“Dot and Bubble,” the latest instalment in the Doctor Who series, is a significant departure from the season’s more hopeful narratives. It presents this season’s most depressing and negative look at the future. Penned by showrunner Russell T. Davies, “Dot and Bubble” dives into a grim commentary on social media, class, and racism, creating a thought-provoking yet unsettling viewing experience.

The episode centres on Lindy Pepper-Bean (Callie Cooke), a young influencer whose life revolves around the Dot and Bubble social interface. Lindy is a quintessential product of FineTime, a society where every aspect of life is mediated by a virtual reality “Bubble” projected around their heads by small AI assistants called “Dots.” Within her Bubble, Lindy engages with her friends, shares her daily activities, and navigates her world, completely detached from the physical reality around her. The Bubble not only dictates her social interactions but also guides her every physical movement, making her incapable of walking or moving without it.

Doctor Who – S1 – Dot and Bubble,Lindy (CALLIE COOKE), BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,Photo by James Pardon

As the story unfolds, Lindy hears that members of her social circle are disappearing. They are no longer responding to calls and are no longer online.  Initially, she dismisses these absences, distracted by the constant stream of notifications and interactions within her Bubble. However, the reality of the situation becomes unavoidable when the Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby (Millie Gibson) manage to infiltrate her Bubble feed, warning her of her danger. Despite their warnings, Lindy is sceptical and reluctant to disengage from her digital cocoon.

The turning point comes when Lindy, guided by Ruby’s persistent efforts, starts to look beyond her Bubble. She discovers that giant slug-like creatures are preying on the inhabitants of FineTime, who remain oblivious to the threat due to their fixation on their Bubbles. This horrific revelation forces Lindy to confront the precariousness of her existence and her inability to manage outside of her digital life.

Doctor Who – S1 – Dot and Bubble,Lindy (CALLIE COOKE), BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,Photo by James Pardon

Lindy’s journey is marked by her growing awareness of the true nature of her world and the realisation that her reliance on the Bubble has made her vulnerable. However, her initial transformation from a superficial influencer to a more self-aware individual takes a dark turn. Faced with imminent danger, Lindy’s survival instincts kick in, leading her to make morally questionable decisions. The most significant of these is her betrayal of Ricky September, a fellow inhabitant who emerges as one of the few redeemable characters in FineTime.

Tom Rhys Harries portrays Ricky September as a stark contrast to Lindy. While he, too, is a part of the privileged society of FineTime, Ricky retains a sense of reality and morality. He disconnects from his Bubble daily, engaging with the real world and showing genuine concern for others. His interactions with Lindy and the guidance provided by the Doctor and Ruby highlight his strength of character. Tragically, Ricky’s efforts to help Lindy and the other inhabitants ultimately lead to his death.

Doctor Who – S1 – Dot and Bubble,Ricky September (TOM RHYS HARRIES), BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,Photo by James Pardon

Lindy’s betrayal of Ricky is a pivotal moment in the episode, underscoring the depths of her self-serving nature. It cements her as both a product and a perpetrator of her society’s worst traits. Despite the initial sympathy she might evoke as a naive and privileged young woman, Lindy’s actions reveal a darker, more monstrous side shaped by the very technology and privilege she is immersed in.

Ncuti Gatwa’s Brilliant Performance

Ncuti Gatwa delivers a powerful and nuanced performance, capturing the Doctor’s utter disappointment and rage as he confronts the insidious nature of the FineTime society. This episode marks a significant moment for Gatwa, featuring his first filmed scene since David Tennant’s regeneration. His skilled and compelling performance exposes the Doctor’s heartbreak and fury when his attempts to save the population are met with racist rejection, which is nothing short of brilliant. Gatwa’s Doctor, known for his eloquence and empathy, finds his most potent weapon—his ability to speak and reason—utterly failing him, leaving the FineTime inhabitants to face almost certain death. His performance continues to add layers of emotional complexity to Gatwa’s portrayal of the Doctor.

Another Doctor-Lite Episode

“Dot and Bubble” is the second Doctor Lite episode of the season. These types of episodes started in the 1960s with the first Doctor, often to give the lead actors a break while still delivering compelling stories.  While this week’s episode and last week’s “73 yards” have been excellent, they have interrupted the audience’s ability to engage with the Fifteenth Doctor.  In an already short season (8 episodes), missing the Doctor for two consecutive episodes is challenging.   Driven by Gatwa’s concurrent filming schedule for “Sex Education”, the Doctor Who creative team needed to find a solution to Gatwa’s absence from the set.  Gatwa’s charisma and performance have lessened the overall impact, but I can’t help but consider this season would have benefited from a delay instead.

Doctor-Lite episodes rely on an engaging performance by its alternative lead.  Lindy Pepper-Bean, played by Callie Cooke, is no different.  Cooke’s portrayal of Lindy as she transitions from a vapid social media addict to a character whose psychotic personality is revealed. Initially seen as insufferably privileged, Lindy’s character arc culminates in her sacrificing Ricky to save herself, a moment that cements her as both a product and a perpetrator of her society’s worst traits. Cooke’s ability to keep the audience engaged despite Lindy’s growing monstrosity is a testament to her acting skills.

Susan Twist Returns Again

Susan Twist portrays Lindy’s mother in this episode, adding another layer of intrigue to this mysterious character.   The Doctor and Ruby’s recognition of Twist’s recurring presence hints at a larger mystery that continues to unfold. With three episodes to go this current season, we are no closer to understanding Susan Twist’s role.

Condemnation of Social Media

“Dot and Bubble” has aired during a period of increased debate surrounding AI singularity – a point in time when machines will become more intelligent than humans.   The Dots’ sentience plays a crucial role in the narrative. Initially benign AI assistances, the Dots have achieved self-awareness and grown to hate the FineTime population. Stemming from their observation of the inhabitants’ superficial and selfish behaviours’, they manufacture the slug creatures to eliminate the population. Resonating with ongoing debates about the potential risks of AI development that may lead to unintended consequences for the human race.

Doctor Who – S1 – Dot and Bubble,Lindy (CALLIE COOKE), BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,Photo by James Pardon

The episode also criticises the isolating and echo-chamber nature of social media, where algorithms limit individuals’ exposure to diverse thoughts reinforcing their own beliefs.  We are creating more isolation even as we have access to a larger group of contacts.  The “Bubble” represents this literal and metaphorical isolation, highlighting the dangers of an overly connected yet emotionally detached society.

FineTime is a haven for rich kids oblivious to poor and older members of society. These characters are shielded by their wealth and technology. The contrast between their curated, safe environment and the lurking threats outside their bubbles is stark and poignant.

But the most overt danger of this isolation is racism that pervades FineTime. The Doctor’s rejection of his help due to his race is a gut-wrenching twist that forces viewers to confront uncomfortable truths about our growing social isolationism. Russell T Davies doesn’t sugarcoat this message, exposing it with a raw, unflinching lens, showcasing how deeply ingrained racism can affect even the most seemingly advanced societies.

“Dot and Bubble” stands as the most jarring episode of the season, starkly contrasting with the hopeful spirit of most Doctor Who. It offers a scathing critique of modern society and its ills, leaving viewers with a sense of unease. The episode’s bold narrative choices and the stellar performances of Gatwa and Cooke ensure it will be remembered as a daring addition to the Doctor Who canon.

The episode’s final scenes, in which the Doctor’s attempts to save the FineTime inhabitants are rebuffed due to their racist beliefs, powerfully comment on prejudice. Gatwa’s emotional breakdown, coupled with Ruby’s quiet heartbreak, creates a lasting impact. It is a bold move that pushes boundaries, something that Doctor Who and science fiction excel.

Ultimately, “Dot and Bubble” reflects the current societal issues wrapped in a sci-fi narrative. It challenges viewers in a significant, if not disturbing, chapter in the Doctor Who saga. With its dark tones and heavy themes, this episode will undoubtedly be a discussion topic among fans for years to come.

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Doctor Who Second Sight Review: 73 Yards

Blogtor Who - Sat, 06/01/2024 - 14:00
73 Yards steps outside of Doctor Who’s comfort zone into an occult circle of unsettling strangeness. A mishmash of ideas largely done better elsewhere, it’s held together by Millie Gibson’s astonishingly good performance

 

It’s a familiar cliche to say that Doctor Who is the show that can go anywhere and do anything. The one TV series that can flip a switch from episode to episode to become a completely different genre entirely. Except… it’s not really true. There are some basic borders that Doctor Who tends to live within. Sometimes the guest cast are in glittery moon boots or Regency ballgowns. Sometimes it’s scarier or funnier or more adventurous in any given episode. But last week’s episode 73 Yards stepped on and broke the thin cotton line separating it from a world much stranger than anywhere it’s gone before.

 

Roger AP Gwilliam (ANEURIN BARNARD) threatens nuclear armageddon in 73 Yards, BBC Studios, Photo by James Pardon Doctor Who has rarely quoted other sources quite so directly before

The episode is a collection of influences from other sources. That’s nothing new for Doctor Who, of course, which has begged, borrowed, and stolen material from everyone from Mary Shelley to JG Ballard and Nigel Kneale. But here they seem somewhat haphazardly assembled together. More than that, these things are traditionally run through the show’s distinct filter. They’re ideas fuel for a story that could never be anything else but Doctor Who.

But tackling some of the references here is astonishingly brave. There’s The Dead Zone, in which a protagonist with knowledge of the future prevents the election of a nukes mad politician by making them appear a coward at a rally in a stadium. And also The Bent Neck Lady, in which the disturbing figure of a woman follows the protagonist her whole life. Only at the end does the followed woman discover it’s her own ghost projected backwards in time from the moment of death. Both are absolute classics. But 73 Yards neither matches their quality nor finds anything uniquely its own to add.

 

Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON), makes a critical error that will lead to 65 years of hardship in 73 Yards,BBC Studios,James Pardon 73 Yards doesn’t create a world whose rules and structures are just beyond our grasp, but instead follows a disturbing nightmare logic

Another of the episodes issue is the particular way it uses the nightmare logic of folk horror. It’s not that the show hasn’t dabbled with folk horror before, as Blogtor Who’s own feature will attest. But previous examples generally have some underlying science fiction rationale below the supernatural facade. Even when stories keep such things vague, and they deal with forces so beyond us and weird that they might as well be supernatural, there’s still a strong logic and order underpinning them. But some of the most effective horror is when we enter a world seemingly beyond our control and understanding. A world governed by rules and laws we can only glimpse and never fully comprehend.

However, the best such stories, from the tradition of MR James to modern films like Hereditary, create a sense of a structure just out of reach. An impression that the protagonist, and us, are trapped in a maze. One that we could work out, if only we could see it from above. Meanwhile 73 Yards doesn’t quite succeed on that front. Rather than the answers seeming out of reach and unknowable, you may ultimately conclude that they simply don’t exist.

 

Enid Meadows (SIAN PHILLIPS), Lowri Palin (MAXINE EVANS) & Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON) discuss the curse of the Spiteful One in 73 Yards,BBC Studios,James Pardon Every shot in every scene fills the frame with atmosphere in a story more rewarding if you let it envelop you in its dark hug

Yet, almost none of that actually matters. These Second Sight reviews revisit this season of Doctor Who a week, and several rewatches, after each episode first airs. It means there’s plenty of opportunity for all the references, themes, and deeper meanings to sink in. But that’s not really how 73 Yards is designed to be experienced. And experienced is the word. It successfully draws you in so that for its 47 minute run time you feel almost as trapped in its strange cotton web as Ruby herself does.

All of its flaws aside, 73 Yards leans heavily on two things to become truly compelling television. The first is the atmosphere or dread created by director Dylan Holmes Williams. Without a Dalek, Cyberman, or even Slitheen to fall back on, the story makes an out of focus old woman in the distance the stuff of nightmares. Even on repeated viewings, that hospital room climax sets every hair on the back of your neck on full alert. And after the credits roll on a late night rewatch with the lights off, every curtain and every dark corner seems filled with terrible possibilities.

 

Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON is bereft as the curse leaves her abandoned by her loved ones over and over),BBC STUDIOS,James Pardon Everything revolves around Millie Gibson’s exceptional performance as she proves that Doctor Who has yet again captured a rising star

The second is 73 Yards’ greatest asset by far: Millie Gibson. It’s a fantastic performance by any measure, holding the entire story together. But it’s all the more remarkable for having been the first episode of the season she filmed. It’s a testament to Russell T Davies’ confidence in his new teenage lead that he places an entire episode on her relatively untested shoulders. She rewards that trust with an astonishing piece of acting that anchors the whole episode. The true measure of 73 Yards’ success is how wrapped up you become in Ruby’s nightmare. It’s thanks to Gibson that you can’t take your eyes off her throughout. Her heartache and pain at the loses she experiences is brutal, and her slow fading into a dignified, but emotionally closed off, acceptance, portrayed with uncommon skill.

Some fans have questioned, over the past week, the depiction of Ruby’s aging. Yet there’s much more to it than longer hair and a pair of glasses. But perhaps more make-up would have simply distracted from what a great job Gibson does through acting alone. Her posture is just that little bit stiffer, her walk has just a little bit less bounce. Meanwhile, young Ruby’s facial expressions are typically a fireworks show of emotions. So seeing her elder, more reserved, incarnation communicating just as much with a raised eyebrow of a smile playing a the corner of her mouth is incredibly impressive from the then 19 year old actor.

If there’s one thing that makes complete and total sense in 73 Yards it’s Ruby Sunday. The emotional truth of her journey is never in question as we’re compelled to follow her every step of the way.

 

The TARDIS becomes stranded in a remote Welsh village for over six decades in 73 Yards (c) BBC/Bad Wolf 73 Yards is a story that fans will be returning to on late nights for decades to come

More than anything, it’s that which makes this which makes this an episode fans will revisit time and again in years to come. And that which will have each future generations of fan fall in love with its dark fairy tale.

 

Doctor Who,Jonathan Groff with Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON), The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) BBC Studios Photo by James Pardon Doctor Who continues at midnight Friday night BST with Rogue on iPlayer in the UK, and on Disney+ everywhere else except Ireland

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Happy Pride Month from Blogtor Who!

Blogtor Who - Sat, 06/01/2024 - 13:00
Happy Pride Month from Blogtor Who!

Doctor Who is such a wonderfully diverse show, with an abundance queer talent both on and off-screen. At times like these, we need the Doctor more than ever.

Pride Month, for those unfamiliar with the term, is a month long celebration and commemoration of LGBT Pride. Pride Month began after the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests which took place in New York in June 1969.

 

Waris Hussein revisits the TARDIS alongside Peter Capaldi (c) BBC Studios

There has always been LGBT talent both on and off screen, even from the very beginning of Doctor Who. The director of the first ever episode, An Unearthly Child, was directed by Warris Hussein, who is openly gay. Hussein was also instrumental in, alongside Verity Lambert, persuading William Hartnell to sign up as the First Doctor. At the other end of Doctor Who’s 20th century run, another gay man, John Nathan-Turner, would become the show’s longest ever lasting producer, from 1981 to 1989. A record he still holds to this day.

 

 

Doctor Who: Stranded 2 – Hattie Morahan (Helen), Rebecca Root (Tania), Tom Price (Andy), Paul McGann (The Doctor) and Nicola Walker (Liv) (c) Big Finish Big Finish is home to numerous LGBT friends and allies for the Doctor

In 2020 it was announced that Rebecca Root would portray the character of Tania Bell in the ongoing Eighth Doctor Adventures at Big Finish. This was a significant casting, as she became the very first transgender companion in Doctor Who. Big Finish have a long history of celebrating diversity, with the Stranded range being a prime example. Tania’s deepening relationship with Liv, along with fellow companion Helen’s realizations about her own sexuality, have made the range a highlight of LGBT representation in the Whoniverse.

 

Doctor Who – The Church on Ruby Road – Press Screening – Ncuti Gatwa – BBC STUDIOS 2023, Photo by Jeff Spicer Present day Doctor Who continues to progress the show’s representation of the LGBT community

Fast forward to the present day, and our incumbent Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa, is the first openly queer actor to take on the role. This a monumental leap forward in terms of representation, proving that quite literally anyone can play the Doctor.

This season also features the return of Rose, Donna Noble’s trans daughter played by Yasmin Finney. The forces of darkness, meanwhile, have included trans-femme actor Jinkx Monsoon as non-binary force of nature Maestro.

Recent years have also depicted the development of a gentle love story between the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companion Yaz (Mandip Gill). While only last month Pearl Mackie, who played the Doctor’s first openly lesbian companion, Bill, married her long-term girlfriend.

Behind the cameras, Russell T Davies, creator of groundbreaking LGBT dramas like Queer as Folk and It’s a Sin is responsible for the current era. But even more importantly than that, it’s thanks to him that Doctor Who is on our screens at all. It was his revival of the show in 2005 that paved the way for everything that’s followed.

Doctor Who has come a long way in showing its pride since the days of Masque of Mandragora when a gay relationship between Giuliano and Marco could only be subtly hinted at!

Once again, a very happy Pride Month from Blogtor Who!

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Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor Comic Preview

Blogtor Who - Wed, 05/29/2024 - 23:00
Titan Comics have unveiled four preview pages from the upcoming Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #1

The new Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor comic from Titan Comics will arrive in stores on the 26th of June. As we get closer to the launch of Ncuti Gatwa’s incarnation of the Time Lord in comic form Titan have released four pages of art from the first issue to whet people’s appetites.

The first story arc of the new series features Ruby Sunday’s first encounter with one of her newest friend’s oldest enemies: the Cybermen! Issue #1 is by writer Dan Watters (Batman: Urban Legends), artist Kelsey Ramsay (Good Deeds), and colourist Valentia Bianconi (Dogs of London). It also comes in a choice of nine different covers, all of which are available to pre-order now.

The full list of covers are:
  • Cover A is by Stanley ‘Artgem’ Lau (Action Comics, Supergirl, Heat Seeker)
  • Cover B is a photo cover featuring the Cybermen
  • Cover C is by Joshua Swaby (Ms Marvel, Miles Morales: Spider-Man)
  • Cover D is by Christopher Jones (Young Justice, Detective Comics)
  • Cover E is by Alex Moore (Red Sonja, Cat Fight, Killer Queens)
  • Cover F uses the same Artgem art as Cover A but with foil print
  • Cover G features a large diamond logo on a black background
  • Cover H is a blank cover suitable for getting artists to sketch on at conventions
  • Cover I uses the initial pencil and ink sketch for Artgem’s Cover A

The series continues with issue #2 in July, which is also available to pre-oder now.

 

 

Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #1. Cover C by Josh Swaby (c) Titan Comics Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #1

The FIFTEENTH DOCTOR and RUBY SUNDAY have followed a mysterious signal to a shopping mall in the last days of Earth. It’s sure to be a trap, but to find the source, The Doctor must face his greatest fears…

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Doctor Who Viewing Figures: Boom +7 and 73 Yards Overnights

Blogtor Who - Wed, 05/29/2024 - 20:00
Boom almost doubles its original viewing figures in the +7 results, while 73 Yards provides the season’s highest overnights so far

 

This week’s viewing figures for Doctor Who are here from BARB, the independent body compiling ratings for the UK. They suggest the show is finding its feet somewhat after a difficult start to the season. Both Boom and 73 Yards show an upward trend in last week’s +7 results and this week’s overnight viewing figures.

Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who return, Boom has now been seen by 3.58m viewers in the UK. That’s up an extraordinary 75% on its originally reported overnight, with an additional 1.54m joining its total. This includes the 78,000 who watched pre-transmission. For context this means that only 2% of Boom’s total British audience logged in at midnight (or at least some point earlier on Saturday) to watch the episode.

It is down 0.33m (8.4%) from previous The Devil’s Chord. However, the size of its +7 time-shift ties in to theories the Doctor’s biggest enemy this year is sunny weather. With the UK returning to form and finally having some overcast and rainy days, viewers seem to be assembling around their televisions once more too.

 

Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday in the unsettling 73 Yards 2024*,BBC Studios,James Pardon 73 Yards’ folk horror atmosphere drew in Doctor Who’s largest audience so far this year

The same trend can be seen in the initial overnight viewing figure for the spooky folk horror tale which followed. The overnight result for 73 Yards is 2.62m. That’s up 0.58m (28.4%) on Boom’s overnight. It’s also, by a small margin, the highest overnight of the entire season so far, 0.07m above premiere episode Space Babies.

Interestingly, it’s also got the highest number of pre-transmission number of the season so far. Slightly counter-intuitively, the overnight result above doesn’t include those who watched in iPlayer before the episode aired. So this ‘beforenight’ number is an additional 0.14m viewers. It’s unclear exactly why so many more people stayed up for the midnight drop this time. Possibly the advance publicity signposting 37 Yards as this season’s traditional ‘scary one’ make a witching hour viewing more appealing. Whatever the reason, it means that 2.76m people in the UK watched 73 Yards between 0000 on the 25th and 0200 on the 26th. (2am being the cutoff point in the definition of ‘overnight’ viewers.)

Taken altogether it means it will be an intriguing wait for the final official viewing figures for each episode, the +28s, which will begin arriving for this season in two weeks’ time.

 

 

Lindy (CALLIE COOKE) and the Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) in Dot and Bubble ,BBC Studios/Bad Wolf,James Pardon Doctor Who continues at midnight Friday night BST with Dot and Bubble on iPlayer in the UK, and on Disney+ everywhere else except Ireland

 

 

 

 

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