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Andrew Reynolds is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

October 24th, 2015
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“Move over R2D2 and C3PO”……

K9, the World’s most famous robot dog traverses the dimensions of space and time to become the latest robot star of the big screen!

Having made his TV debut nearly forty years ago in the 1977 Doctor Who TV serial “The Invisible Enemy” K9 went on to become one of the most iconic characters from the BBC series.

A new look high tech K9 for today’s cinema is being prepared for film stardom.

The film “K9-TIMEQUAKE” has been written by one of K9’s original creators; Bob Baker, a renowned writer of classic Doctor Who serials. Bob went on to co-write with Nick Park the Oscar and Bafta winning Wallace & Gromit series of film shorts as well as the feature film Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

The new K9 will be appearing in a Multi-Million Dollar movie which promises to be a great action adventure set in deep Space. The film will be full of dashing heroes and heroines, Androids, monstrous Aliens and an ultimate foe who will also be familiar to Doctor Who fans everywhere; the megalomaniac OMEGA.

The film is to be a UK co-production with exteriors filmed overseas and studio work planned for the UK.

K9 is the perfect character to star in a movie with a whole new bunch of action heroes making this a home grown Star Wars come Guardians of the Galaxy style cinema must see film.

The film is currently slated for release in 2017 which will be K9’s fortieth birthday!


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October 8th, 2015
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Saturday 24 October Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived

England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman ‘The Nightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that’s not of this world, they come face to face with The Doctor.

Who is the Nightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman’s noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal?

Writer / Catherine Tregenna
Director / Ed Bazalgette
Producer / Derek Ritchie
Cast / Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman


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November 3rd, 2015
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Tickets on general sale from www.doctorwhofestival.com

BBC Worldwide are thrilled to announce that Jenna Coleman is now confirmed as attending both Saturday and Sunday of this year’s official Doctor Who Festival. This will be the last chance fans will see Jenna in the official Doctor Who universe before her exit as the much loved Clara Oswald.

Doctor Who Festival is the only official event this year to include appearances from Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver as well as Executive Producer Steven Moffat. An event for fans of all ages, the Festival offers a fantastic opportunity to get the inside track from the cast and crew of Doctor Who in this extravaganza of immersive and interactive opportunities.

We are also pleased to announce that Mark Gatiss will be joining the Festival for all three days, as well as joining the team from Millennium FX each day in its theatre show, revealing to guests how they create and build many of the monsters on Doctor Who. Mark and the team will take an in depth look at the new monsters that appeared on the screens for Series 9.

As well as Mark Gatiss and MFX, theatre shows will also include Meet The Cast and Meet The Writers panels, featuring all seven Series 9 writers over the three days.

The daily Meet The Cast panel will see Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver discuss their experiences behind the scenes on the set of Doctor Who.

The minds behind Doctor Who will be quizzed in the Writer’s Panel; Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sarah Dollard, Toby Whithouse, Catherine Tregenna, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson will talk through the development and design of some of the show’s favourite characters and compelling storylines over the three days.

Special Effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves and his team at Real SFX reveal what happens on a typical day’s filming and wow fans with their impressive live show.

Fans of the show can also enter the Doctor Who Festival Cosplay Showcase and be put to the test in the Fan Challenge.

Photo opportunities with Jenna Coleman are now on sale. There are also photos with Ingrid Oliver, Michelle Gomez, Mark Gatiss, Danny Hargreaves and Nick Briggs still available for purchase via the website. Photos opportunities with Peter Capaldi are now sold out.

Visitors will experience what it’s really like to be on the Doctor Who set in front of and behind the camera in the Drama School and Production Village featuring Big Finish, Nick Briggs and Douglas MacKinnon, giving ticket holders the opportunity to learn voice acting from the voice of the Dalek himself and discover how to act with CGI.

Two of the iconic sets from Series 9 will be on open display to all ticket holders, and the set of Clara’s Living Room will be available to ticket holders for photo opportunities.

The ticket price includes day entry to the Festival, access to three theatre shows, lanyard, show planner and access to all the activity in the Festival Hall. TARDIS tickets also include the brochure, lounge access, front block theatre show seats and a Limited Edition Doctor Who Festival 2015 T-shirt. Tickets, further information and monthly newsletters are available from www.doctorwhofestival.com

Doctor Who Festival will also be coming to Australia a week after on 21st-22nd November 2015. Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat will also be attending the Australian event.


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November 1st, 2015
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BBC Television is delighted to unveil its Christmas programming for 2015 which includes a wonderful array of unique and quality shows for all the family to enjoy.

From bringing to life the characters of Charles Dickens’ iconic stories in Dickensian, Stickman and David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, to performances of Carmen and Andrea Chenier from the Royal Opera House, comedy from John Bishop, Russell Howard and Detectorists or to family favourites such as Strictly Come Dancing, Still Open All Hours and Sports Personality of the Year, BBC Television has something for everyone this Christmas.

Mark Linsey, Acting Director of BBC Television, says: “Christmas is a time for coming together and I’m thrilled that, as ever, the BBC has a fantastic line up of family favourites and new shows for all to enjoy. Across the channels, we have an outstanding range of distinctive programmes that display our commitment to bringing viewers the very best in ambitious, quality television. 2015 is set to be our best yet.”

Dickensian sees Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham amongst many more of Dickens’ seminal creations intertwine in 19th century London. A wealth of stories sourced from the novels provide the backdrop with a few twists and turns along the way. Other dramas sitting at the heart of BBC One’s schedule this Christmas include the return of two critically acclaimed detectives, Luther and Sherlock, and the adaptation of the best-selling crime novel of all time, And Then There Were None.

Call the Midwife delivers another much loved Christmas special. As Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960, Nonnatus House is rocked when Sister Monica Joan goes missing.

On a remote human colony on Christmas Day, the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy.

Meanwhile, Christmas on Albert Square is set to be one of the most explosive yet. Families at war will lead to tragedy and the worlds of some Walford residents will come crashing down around them.

Christmas worship on BBC One will be broadcast from two magnificent settings this year: Midnight Mass live on Christmas Eve will come from the spectacular setting of St George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Southwark, London and Christmas Day morning live will be a Church of England service from the beautiful Bath Abbey.

On New Year’s Day, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, reflects on some of the major global events in the past year and visits a school in Kent to hear the inspiring stories of pupils who are aiming for a bright future in 2016.

The Christmas Big Sing on BBC One will be a feast of carols and festive music from the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Sally Magnusson and David Grant, and the much-loved Christmas Eve celebration of carols and readings, Carols from King’s, returns to BBC Two.

For music lovers, Top of the Pops returns on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, as does Jools Holland with his annual Hootenanny. BBC One will present the annual fireworks display to see out 2015, whilst BBC Two and BBC Four celebrate the New Year with the 75th anniversary of the New Year’s Day concert from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted this year by Mariss Jansons. BBC Four will also present performances of Carmen and Andrea Chenier from the Royal Opera House.

Amongst the many family offerings, children and adults alike will be charmed by the magical adaptation of Stickman written by Julia Donaldson, voiced by Martin Freeman and Hugh Bonneville and narrated by Jennifer Saunders. For the first time on BBC One, Shaun the Sheep has his own 30-minute special with The Farmer’s Llamas continuing Aardman Animations’ festive tradition.

The family programmes continue with an adaptation of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, starring Walliams himself, telling the story of 12-year-old Joe who has everything he could ever want from his billionaire father, except for a friend. Following its nomination at the BAFTA Children’s awards, Professor Branestawm returns for a second adventure with Harry Hill. For younger children, the annual CBeebies Christmas Show returns to BBC One with an adaptation of the classic Alice in Wonderland and there are Christmas specials for Danger Mouse and the Clangers.

Alongside a raft of specials from BBC Comedy, including Still Open All Hours, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Citizen Khan, Boomers and Not Going Out, Catherine Tate returns for two new episodes of everyone’s favourite Nan. Meanwhile BBC Two reveals the story behind one of the nation’s most-loved comedies in the dramatisation, We’re Doomed: The Making of Dad’s Army and celebrates a Gert Lush Christmas with Russell Howard’s eagerly awaited debut comedy-drama, whilst the Detectorists make their Christmas debut on BBC Four.

David Walliams hosts a brand new sketch show spectacular recorded in front of a studio audience with very special guest, Joanna Lumley. John Bishop and Michael McIntyre will keep the laughter coming with their own Christmas specials, as will QI, Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo. On BBC Two, Jack Whitehall and his Dad return with a special end of year edition of Backchat and Charlie Brooker takes a look back at the year with his 2015 Wipe.

As the excitement builds towards the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2015, this year’s Christmas special will see six of the most-loved contestants from previous series take to the floor. Whilst Bruce Forsyth makes a welcome return to BBC One as host of the Strictly special, alongside Tess Daly, Alexander Armstrong steps in to present Bruce’s Hall of Fame. Some of the UK’s best-loved entertainers celebrate the artists who inspired their careers, putting a modern twist on the most famous acts of all time. Meanwhile on BBC Two, Darcey Bussell steps out from Strictly to meet the heroes and dancers who transformed male ballet.

David Attenborough presents a landmark series for BBC One uncovering the history and secrets of the Great Barrier Reef. The series will use pioneering camera technology and draw on the latest research to investigate the reef in revelatory ways. BBC One will also follow the precarious first months of an Emperor penguin chick as it grows up in the world’s most extreme nursery in the Antartic winter. And on BBC Two, wildlife cameraman, Gordon Buchanan realises a lifelong dream when he travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo to spend time with a family of gorillas.

The first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station joins BBC Four’s RI Lectures this year as Dr Kevin Fong reveals How to Survive in Space. BBC Four will also take viewers on a magical, real-time sleigh ride through Lapland’s frozen wilderness. The enchanting two-hour journey, following in the footsteps of the channel’s Slow Week last spring, will give viewers a glimpse of a winter wonderland not normally seen by anyone other than the Sami people.


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October 28th, 2015
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The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen – until now!

When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?

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November 14th, 2015
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Doctor Who: Face The Raven

The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London.

Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr (Maisie Williams)! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive.

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November 13th, 2015
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If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts…how far might the Doctor go?

Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?

Writer / Steven Moffat
Director / Rachel Talalay
Producer / Peter Bennett


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November 9th, 2015
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Saturday 28 November Doctor Who: Heaven Sent

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone.

Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

Writer / Steven Moffat
Director / Rachel Talalay
Producer / Peter Bennett


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The Day(s) the Doctors Met

We all know that the Doctor is a Time Lord, but sometimes his command of time and space isn’t quite up to scratch and that often results in him meeting himself in a different guise. Of course, if science fiction has taught us anything over the years it’s that meeting yourself or someone in your family in the past is never a good thing. For example, when Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) told Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) not to interact with his family members after travelling through time in Back to the Future (1984), hundreds of millions of people (the movie grossed $385 million worldwide) learned that crossing paths with a relative in the past can alter the whole course of history.
Naturally, for this hypothesis to be accepted by the science fiction community, it needs to be tested and that’s something the Doctor has done on numerous occasions. Although the consequences of two or more Doctors meeting aren’t always as dire as they are in other shows and movies, they often result in some sort of epic battle with creatures from another dimension. Which, come to think of it, is a pretty average day in the Doctor’s life.

The Doctors’ Perfect Poker Faces

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One memorable episode where multiple Doctors got their heads together and subsequently clashed them was in Five Card Draw. Throughout the Doctor Who series, we often get hints that the man himself is something of a gambler, someone willing to take a risk and put it all on the line when it matters. Anytime he’s battling his top enemies, such as the Daleks, Cybermen or Weeping Angels, the Doctor is always willing to take a risk to win and that’s probably why he’s a canny poker player.
Looking back through the history of Doctor Who, there are numerous times where the game is referenced. From Lonely Days, where he won a planet playing poker on 25th Century Earth to the 1870s American Frontier where the Eighth Doctor played against himself in The 100 Days of the Doctor, poker seems to be the Time Lord’s game of choice when it comes to settling disputes and having some fun.
Thanks to studies carried out into the common traits of casino players, we know that the Doctor is actually well suited to the game of poker. By looking through the skills that define certain gambling types, we can see that blackjack players are persistent while roulette can often be impulsive decisions makers.
Assessments of gambling personality types also tell us that poker is the “ultimate skill game” and a combination of timing, mathematics and courage. The Doctor certainly is a combo of those traits. He meets enough of them to be considered someone who could potentially thrive at the poker table. But again, most poker players are disciplined and patient, according to the experts, and that’s certainly not the Doctor. Still depending on which Doctor you’re talking about.
However, the greats also don’t mind spending a lot of time on their own and have a calculating yet unpredictable streak. This is the Doctor’s personality down to a tee and that’s why the showdown in Five Card Draw is so engaging. With the Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fifth Doctor and Sixth Doctor playing a single hand of five card draw to see who would face the knights in a battle, it was unclear which player would come out victorious.
Eventually, the Third Doctor won with a full house while the Fifth Doctor had to face the knights. In the end, it was the cards that had to decide the hand, rather than one player’s psychological advantage (as they essentially all had the same mind). In fact, such is the connection between Doctor Who and cards that British games company Cubicle 7 has actually created a five card draw style game called: Doctor Who: The Card Game.

The Missing Doctor

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Of course, the Doctor facing off against himself in a game of wit and logic isn’t the only time we’ve seen multiple incarnations of the Time Lord appear in the same episode. The famous 20th anniversary episode titled The Five Doctors saw an unprecedented four Doctors actually appear on screen together.
The 1983 Children in Need special, which was one of host Terry Wogan’s top moments, lasted for 90 minutes and saw the four Doctors (Tom Baker declined to take part) work with each other in a bid to stop the Eye of Harmony being drained. Naturally, each one completes his task successfully (in the end) and harmony is eventually restored, but not before a series of near misses and untimely deaths (including the Fifth Doctor).
One of the other interesting times when multiple Doctors joined forces was the 239th story and the first feature-length multiple-Doctor episode shot by BBC Wales: The Day of the Doctor.
Despite almost falling flat on its face, the episode aired on November 23 and 24, 2013, around the world at exactly the same time (the discrepancy in dates was a result of the programme being shown in multiple time zones). The episode attracted 12.8 million viewers in the UK alone and saw ten Doctors make an appearance.

A Day for Doctor Who Fans to Remember

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Leading the way with live appearances in the 50th anniversary special was David Tennant and Matt Smith, but we also got cameos from the likes of John Hurt, who is now using his Doctor Who name to support junior doctors in the UK, Tom Baker and Billie Piper, as Tennant and Smith race back through time in attempt to stop their own demise in a past life.
Appropriately, the 50th anniversary episode is packed with action, excitement and, of course, drama. In fact, if there was ever a perfect example of how things go wrong every time the Doctors cross paths, it’s this episode. While some may still criticise the modern incarnations of Doctor Who for their movement away from the kitsch, this episode has been highlighted as an excellent representation of the franchise as a whole.
Indeed, by bringing in as many Doctors as possible (through live appearances and archive footage), director Nick Hurran was able to show the rich history of the show and epitomise exactly why we love seeing old and new incarnations join forces on screen. So, while it’s true that Doctors mixing on screen doesn’t always work out well (although it usually turns out alright in the end), it’s certainly a tradition we wouldn’t swap for anything.

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Recently, I came across a slot machine titled Doctor Who The Timelord “Fruit Machine.” It was obviously a game created in the UK for it is only in that region where slot machines are still called fruit machines, despite the game having no fruit symbols on the reels at all.

To those who haven’t been to Las Vegas or haven’t really played any casino games lately, slot machines that carry with them commercially-licensed themes from popular TV series or big movie franchises have become a trend with casino game developers over the past few years. There are now slot machines that are themed after Batman, King Kong, and many others that are designed after pop culture icons with a huge cult following.

When you think about how huge Dr. Who is, it makes sense for game developers to actually make a casino title about the most popular Time Lord on Earth.

Doctor Who was first shown on TV in 1963, which means fans of the show back then are already old enough to go visit Vegas casinos to play the game. And with the program’s re-launch in 2005, fans of the show, who were teenagers then, are also old enough today to enter Las Vegas casinos and play. It’s a win-win situation for any casino to have this The Timelord title in their gaming area.

Slot machines have evolved quite beautifully over the years. If you checked out the YouTube link above that shows the Dr. Who Timelord Fruit Machine, you’ll see that it’s far from the basic slot machines that existed in the 70s that featured simple cherries, bars, and 7s on their reels. Today, slots have advanced in such a way that players are given free spins and bonus rounds whenever they unlock certain symbols on the reel. As for the Doctor Who The Timelord slot game, there’s some sort of a Monopoly board on top of the machine that allows players to randomly pick an icon that grants cash rewards. It looks like a pretty enjoyable game to play, what with celebratory music that comes along with every jackpot the player hits.

Slot machines have indeed come a long way, and that’s apparent not only with The Timelord slot game but with other slot machines as well. The wants of people change along with the times, and that includes the taste in technology that they interact with everyday. By taking advantage of today’s advancements in animation and design, slot machines are keeping themselves updated with what’s currently popular among gamers, especially the tech-savvy ones.

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