Friday, 4 September 2015

"The Magician's Apprentice" - Synopsis Revealed

The BBC have revealed the synopsis for "The Magician's Apprentice" - the first episode of Series 9 which will air in the UK on Saturday 19 September 2015:
Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? 
As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible. 
Writer: Steven Moffat 
Director: Hettie Macdonald 
Producer: Peter Bennett 
Cast: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman 
Guest cast: Michelle Gomez, Jemma Redgrave, Kelly Hunter, Clare Higgins, Jaye Griffiths, Harki Bhambra, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Joey Price, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Dasharn Anderson, Demi Papaminas, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Benjamin Cawley, Stefan Adegbola, Shin-Fei Chen, Lucy Newman-Williams, Barnaby Edwards, Nicholas Pegg, Jonathon Ojinnaka.

Jemma Redgrave to join "Holby City"

The BBC have announced that Jemma Redgrave will join the cast of "Holby City" for six months - appearing on screen from early next year. She is to begin filming this month:

Jemma will play the role of Bernie (Berenice) Wolfe, a feisty general surgeon with battlefield experience. She will first appear as a patient on Darwin, before settling professionally on Keller, where sparks are bound to fly.
Jemma says: "It will be great to be practising medicine again, on one of the BBC's flagship dramas. I am so happy to be joining the cast." 

Oliver Kent, Executive Producer of Holby City, says: "When we dreamed up the character of Bernie Wolfe, we immediately thought of Jemma Redgrave and we were utterly thrilled when she agreed to join the Holby Company. Bernie Wolfe will be a force to be reckoned with and I can't wait to see her locking horns with our established regulars on the wards." 

Well, there's another show to start watching!

Don't forget that November sees the release of the first of the UNIT boxsets from Big Finish - "UNIT: Extinction" featuring Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver. You can pre-order the boxset directly from Big Finish for £20.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Alex Kingston Returns for the Christmas Special

The BBC have revealed that Alex Kingston will return as River Song in this year's Christmas Special.  Alex Kingston and Peter Capaldi?  It's definitely going to be epic!  (Larger version of the above image is in the Who-Natic Gallery.)
Alex Kingston returns to Cardiff to reclaim her role as Professor River Song for the highly anticipated 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, part of BBC One’s essential seasonal viewing. 
It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas. 
Day one of filming the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week and is written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock). 
(Image also in Who-Natic Gallery
River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ and has appeared in 15 episodes to date. 
Award winning Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance, “To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!” 
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, adds, “Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time...” 
The witty line-up of guest cast joining Alex for a magical adventure on the TARDIS will be announced over the coming months. 
The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One on Saturday, 19 September with a 12 episode series, followed by the Christmas special on Friday 25 December.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

New General Series 9 Promo Images Released

Three new promo images have been released, however, personally I'm unsure if they're all from Series 9.  The two of Peter Capaldi on his own strike me as being from last year - specifically "Last Christmas".  The hair seems to be a bit of a giveway.  However, they're labelled as Series 9 so slightly larger versions of all the photos below are also in the Who-Natic Gallery.

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Screencaps - Doctor Who Extra - Dark Water

A large batch of screencaps from Doctor Who Extra - Dark Water have been uploaded to the Who-Natic Gallery. Samples below - right click and open in new tab/window for larger versions - please feel free to take and use. 

More screencaps in the Who-Natic Gallery.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Five BAFTA Cymru Award Nominations for Doctor Who

The nominations have been announced today for the BAFTA Cymru Awards 2015.  The ceremony will take place on Sunday 27 September 2015 at St David's Hall, Cardiff and "Doctor Who" is nominated in 5 categories:

Best Actress - Jenna Coleman - "Kill the Moon"

Best Actor - Peter Capaldi - "Dark Water"

Editing - Will Oswald - "Dark Water"

Special and Visual Effects - "Last Christmas"

Titles and Graphic Identity - "Deep Breath"

Congratulations and good luck to Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and the Doctor Who Production Team.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Another Series 9 Promo Image Featuring Peter Capaldi

Another general series 9 promo image has been released today - featuring Peter Capaldi in his new red velvet jacket.  A larger version of the pic is in the Who-Natic Gallery:

Friday, 21 August 2015

More General Series 9 Promos - Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez

The BBC have released three more promo images from Series 9 - featuring Peter Capaldi, in his new red jacket and Michelle Gomez.  Larger versions are in the Who-Natic Gallery - General S9 Promo Images Album.  The images released earlier today from "The Magician's Apprentice" are in the Series 9, Episode 1 Album.

New Series 9 Promo Images - The Magician's Apprentice

The BBC have released the first batch of promo images for Series 9 - from the opening episode "The Magician's Apprentice" featuring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and Jemma Redgrave.  Images are below and also in the Who-Natic Gallery.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Screencaps - Doctor Who Extra - In the Forest of the Night

A large batch of screencaps from Doctor Who Extra - In the Forest of the Night have been uploaded to the Who-Natic Gallery. Samples below - right click and open in new tab/window for larger versions - please feel free to take and use. 

More screencaps in the Who-Natic Gallery.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Steven Moffat's Series 9 Episode Teasers - SFX

The new issue of SFX Magazine hits the shops on Wednesday 19 August 2015 and features, amongst other things, a series 9 preview where Steven Moffat "teases" the forthcoming episodes.  Thanks to Jane for lending me her subscriber copy before I pick mine up later in the week!

Episodes 1 & 2 - "The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar":

"This is the opening two-parter. It features lots of Daleks and this time we mean it! Clara receives a mysterious summons and has to team up with Missy to search for the Doctor in a very, very old place."

Episodes 3 & 4:

"This two parter is written by Toby Whithouse and features an underwater base plagued by creeping ghosts and an island that is about to be submerged in water. But who or what is doing this and how can the Doctor stop it? It's very scary, atmospheric and claustrophobic, much like some Classic episodes."

Episodes 5 & 6 - "The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived":

"Those two are exceptional! Doctor Who meets Game of Thrones! Well, only because Maisie Williams is in them. The first part features Vikings fighting mercenary robots (and a dragon!) and the second one sees a group of Highwaymen dealing with a norse God".

Episodes 7 & 8:

"This one is written by Peter Harness and Day of the Doctor acted as a prologue to it. In it, the Zygons made peace with the Humans, but not every Zygon decided it was okay so they've been raising an army, silently and now they're rising against UNIT! We've been planning this forever and Osgood is in it! But how is that possible you'd ask? Missy killed her! Who knows? Well, we know."

Episode 9:

"This is a very unique Doctor Who story from Mark Gatiss. It wasn't possible to do such an episode ten years ago, when the show came back and Mark has been rewriting it over and over again to make it perfect. It's a beautiful story, very eerie and special, I think it's going to be an instant Classic."

Episode 10:

"An episode which leapt out as "why haven't we done this already? This is so Doctor Who we should be doing this immediately". And when Sarah Dollard walked in with the finalised script, it was even better! Really, this is going to be a fan-favorite, everyone will want to rewatch it."

Episodes 11 and 12:

"A challenge. I won't say anything else because it would be too spoilery, but when you'll watch it, you're going to ask how exactly the Doctor and Clara are going to pull it off."

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Screencaps - Series 9 Trailer 2

A large batch of screencaps from the Series 9 trailer #2 have been uploaded to the Who-Natic Gallery. Samples below - right click and open in new tab/window for larger versions - please feel free to take and use.  Also a gallery of BBC issued images from the trailer have also been uploaded here.

Screencap samples - full gallery here:

BBC Images Samples - full gallery here: