Thursday, 14 December 2017

Introducing Jodie Whittaker - The Thirteenth Doctor

Jodie Whittaker says: “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”
Chris Chibnall, New Head Writer and Executive Producer says :
“After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”
Peter Capaldi says : “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says :
“Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker - and have lots of fun too!”
Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama says : "Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor."
Matt Strevens, Executive Producer says : "I'm so thrilled that Jodie Whittaker said yes to playing the Doctor. I've been a fan for years and always hoped to work with her. She is an actor of great emotional range and inhabits every role with complete passion and conviction. Just thinking about what she will bring to the Doctor makes me as excited as a kid at Christmas. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Jodie Whittaker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005 with a gold medal in Acting. Since then she has worked continually in Film, Television and Theatre. Her TV credits include the critically acclaimed ITV drama 'Broadchurch' (for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for the RTS Television Awards), Emmy award-winning 'Black Mirror’, Sky 1’s 'The Smoke', BBC’s 'Cranford’, in which she starred opposite Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton, 'The Night Watch'(BBC), 'The Accused'(BBC), and 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' (BBC).
Jodie has recently finished shooting 'Journeyman' written and directed by Paddy Considine as well as the lead in the new BBC drama series ‘Trust Me’. Her other film credits include 'Venus', (which earned her nominations for 'Best Newcomer' at the 'British Independent Film Awards', 'Best British Newcomer' at the 'Critic's Circle Awards' and 'Best Actress in a Motion Picture' at the 'Satellite Awards'), 'Attack the Block', 'One Day', 'Black Sea', 'Good Vibrations', 'St.Trinian's', 'Get Santa' and most recently 'Adult Life Skills' which she Executive Produced as well as starred in which received a number of BIFA nominations.
Jodie made her professional theatrical debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in ‘The Storm’. Other theatre credits include playing the title role in 'Antigone' at the Royal National Theatre, 'Bash' at the Trafalgar Studios 'Awake and Sing' and 'Enemies' at the Almeida, both directed by the then Artistic Director, Michael Attenborough.
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Doctor Who Christmas special: David Bradley admits he's nervous for 'emotional' episode


PETER CAPALDI is bowing out of Doctor Who in this year's Christmas special and one actor has admitted that they are nervous about taking on the famous Time Lord role.


The final moments of the show will see Jodie Whittaker replace Peter, 59, as the Gallifreyan.
However, there will be a total of three Doctors in the festive episode.
David Bradley is adopting the part of the First Doctor, originally played by William Hartnell, and is anxious about the responsibility the role brings.
“I never thought for a moment that I’d be asked to do an episode as the Doctor, let alone the big Christmas one,” the 75-year-old actor confessed in an interview with TV Times.

David first starred as actor William Hartnell in the BBC drama An Adventure in Space and Time back in 2013.
“Before I felt a responsibility to get it right for William and his family, but now I feel like I need to get it right for the fans,” he continued.
This year’s Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, will see the First Doctor come face to face with the 13th incarnation.
The two meet in the South Pole and are joined by former Tardis companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and the Captain (Mark Gatiss), a WWI soldier.


When a glass lady appears with a warning from the past, the group embark on an exciting adventure.
David revealed emotions were high as Peter filmed his final scenes.
“At one point Peter and I looked at each other and I wondered who was going to well up first!” he divulged.
“Peter has been a wonderful Doctor and it was an honour to be a part of his final appearance.”
The eleventh season is expected to return with Jodie, 35, as the thirteenth Doctor in Autumn 2018.

New Cast Of Doctor Who

When Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor on the global hit show next year, she will be joined by an all new regular cast.
BBC announces today (October 10, 2017) that Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will line-up as the new regular cast on Doctor Who.
Bradley will star as Graham, Tosin will play Ryan and Mandip will play Yasmin.
Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke.
New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role, is also shaking up who will travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS, with a team of new characters.
In more exclusive news, it is confirmed that the new series will be a ten week run of fifty minute episodes in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch.
Chris Chibnall says : “The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show."
Jodie Whittaker says : "I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It's a dream team!"
Bradley Walsh says : “I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”
Mandip Gill says : “I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. Certain roles seem unattainable and this is one of those, so much so I didn't believe it to be true for the first few weeks. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I've done previously and that's the part that excites me the most.”
Tosin Cole says : "I'm grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I'm looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe."
Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, BBC Studios says : “I am thrilled to welcome Bradley, Mandip and Tosin to the new Who family. Working with three such talented actors is going to be a lot of fun. The Doctor is in fine company.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama says : "The casting of Mandip, Tosin and Bradley is a mark of the new creative ambition Chris is bringing to Doctor Who. He's already made history with the casting of Jodie. These three new characters complete a new and utterly unmissable team aboard the Tardis."
Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production. BBC Worldwide are the international distributors for Doctor Who.
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Peter Capaldi did a very sweet thing for a young fan while filming the Doctor Who Christmas special

“There was one young lad, who’s been fostered by friends of ours,” David Bradley, who plays the First Doctor in the festive episode, told RadioTimes.com of one special set visit.
“And he was so excited, so excited. Peter came over into the hospitality tent where all the cameras were, and said, ‘Where’s this friend….where’s Chris?’ And I said, ‘There he is.’
“And then Peter spent about 15 minutes drawing a Dalek with hobnailed boots and a bowler hat,” Bradley said. “Really funny detail – he went to art school, did Peter, before he became an actor.
“He could have easily done a quick sketch or a quick autograph,” Bradley went on.
“He was preparing for the next scene, we were both trying to learn our lines as each scene came up, because we had to work quite quickly. We didn’t get the scripts until just a few days before we started filming, so there wasn’t much downtime.
“But Peter, bless him, he took the time to draw this very complicated sketch for this young boy, and he absolutely loved it.
“Oh, the kids that we brought are still talking about it,” he concluded. “And they can’t wait ’til Christmas!”
Good to know that even in his last days, the Twelfth Doctor is still being a hero to kids everywhere.
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time airs on BBC1 on Christmas Day (Monday 25th December) at 5.30pm
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

13th Doctor Is A Woman!

Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord - the first woman to get the role.
She was revealed in a Doctor Who trailer that was broadcast on BBC One at the end of the Wimbledon men's singles final.
The Broadchurch star succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took the role in 2013 and leaves in this year's Christmas special.
Whittaker, 35, will make her debut on the sci-fi show this Christmas.
The Huddersfield-born star had become a late favourite to become the Doctor.
There will be a familiar face for her on set - Doctor Who's new showrunner is Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall.
She said: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet.
"It's more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can't wait."
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Friday, 30 June 2017

Eater Of Light

The Eaters of Light were extra-dimensional creatures described by the Twelfth Doctor as light-eating locusts, as they sought to enter dimensions with light on which they could feed. They lived in swarms of millions, and could potentially consume all the stars in the universe.
 
 An Eater of Light resembled a large reptilian quadruped with a frilled neck and luminescent blue stripes. They fed on light and thus became weaker at night. They could also attack individuals directly by using long tentacles to pull them to their mouths; such victims were afflicted with the equivalent effect of being totally deprived of sunlight for decades, causing their bodies to degenerate. A glancing blow from the tentacles would leave a black slime that would render the victim unconscious, unless it were burnt off by exposure to sunlight. Eaters of Light were attracted to sound. They were incredibly resistant to physical damage, but could be harmed by exposure to light that had passed through a material with optical cancellation properties.
 The Picts knew of an inter-dimensional temporal rift in Aberdeen that could allow the Eaters of Light to enter Earth, albeit only one at a time. They built a cairn around it and had a "Keeper of the Gate" periodically open the portal to prevent it from widening. Whilst the portal was open, a single warrior would enter and fight the creatures back. As time passed much more slowly in the creatures' dimension, a few minutes of battle there equated to six or seven decades of peace outside.

In the 2nd century, the Roman Ninth Legion invaded the area. The Gatekeeper at the time, Kar, allowed a single Eater of Light to pass through the portal; she thought it would destroy the legion, and become so weakened in the process that it would be easy to defeat. Instead, the creature became stronger after feeding on the Romans and began to darken the sky, threatening the world. The Twelfth Doctor, along with his companions Bill Potts and Nardole, worked with the Picts and the few surviving Romans to drive the Eater of Light back into the portal. Kar, along with several Picts and the Romans, then entered the portal to fight off the creatures.
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Monday, 29 May 2017

The Monks

The Monks used a virtual simulation of life on Earth in order to plan an invasion. Virtual constructs included simulations of the Twelfth Doctor, Nardole and Bill Potts.

The Monks' appearance was that of a corpse-like humanoid. They had greyish blue skin, pointed ears and long fingers. They typically wore robes and hoods with various shades of red, hence their name.
They spoke with a snarling, whispering voice. Their mouths did not move in sync with their voices.

The Monks had extremely advanced technology. One of their notable achievements was a computer simulation of the entire planet Earth in which they ran scenarios and practiced and perfected their invasion strategy, and also in order to assess the strengths and weaknesses of humanity. However, their simulation was too perfect. The simulations of real people that were part of the program were capable of gaining sentience. Once they realised the truth that they were nothing more than a program, they would choose to kill themselves rather than be constantly used and abused by the Monks. (Extremis)
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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Smartsuit


A smartsuit was a kind of space suit that provided oxygen in space by creating a force field around the wearer's head. It also provided a compact helmet to protect the wearer when in space.
At least by the series 12 version the suit had an AI that was programmed to deactivate the organic components — i.e. the wearer. Nardole recognised the interface as his ex, Velma which could be deactivated so long as the suit wasn't damaged.

They were programmed so provide air in terms of credits, the more credits one had the more breath they had. The default set of breaths appeared to range between 2500 to 3000. As Nardole confirmed, the more one breathed, if panicking for instance, the quicker they'd die. (Oxygen)

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Dryads

Lice, or "Dryads" - as coined by the Twelfth Doctor, were insect-like creatures which lived in wood and fed on humans. They lived in a house owned by the Landlord after he found three individuals outside, which had some healing properties that saved Eliza, however turning her partially into wood. In order to properly heal someone however, they had to be regularly fed people, so the Landlord decided to make the house cheap to lure people into buying it. He'd also use a tuning fork to call them to the area where the inhabitants were. In the end, Eliza controlled all the Dryads into eating her and her son in order to stop the killing that was keeping her alive, and as a result all the Dryads left.

Dryads bore a great resemblance to cockroaches. They had a chitinous hide, were a little bigger and had a brownish red color. They also had biolumenescent antennae on their heads.
They were extremely sensitive to high-pitched sounds and vibrations. This is how each Dryad communicated with each other. They could be controlled and tamed using music or a tuning fork, as demonstrated by the Landlord.

The Dryads were carnivorous and fed on prey, mostly humans, who they ensnared with the wood they inhabited. They would then swarm over the target and devour them in seconds.

The Dryads were intelligent insectoids and could sense when people were sick, such as Eliza. They would also cleverly ambush their prey unexpectedly and devour them. They could however be tamed and kept docile with high-pitched sounds like a tuning fork. Eliza also managed to control them mentally due to her mutation.

The Dryads had incredible healing abilities and could preserve a person indefinitely by transmuting their body into a substance with the same color and texture as wood. They would however have to be fed in order to maintain this preserved state or the person would revert to their original state and die.
The Dryads' natural habitat was the element of wood which an entire swarm could inhabit. They could also exert fine control over the wood they inhabited and animate it at a molecular level. They could effortlessly emerge or dive into the wood and animate any wooden object such as doors, shutters and trees. They would typically use it to ensnare their prey and then cause the wood to immobilise them or seemingly absorb them. They attacked their prey by swarming all over their body before breaking them down at a cellular level, effectively disintegrating the quarry. They could however just as easily reconstitute the body of a person they had disintegrated, fully restoring them to life. ( Knock Knock)
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Friday, 26 May 2017

Eliza

Eliza was the mother of John, the landlord.

In 1947, she was terminally ill and the doctors had given up on her. However, her son brought her what he thought were insects from the garden to try to cheer her up. They were in fact space termites. Once she was left alone that night, the sound from her music box awakened them and they began transmuting her body into wood in order to preserve her before she died.

When her son discovered the space termites' abilities, he tamed them and for the next seventy years would lure young people looking for accommodation to their house. The termites would then proceed to absorb the victims and transfer their life energies into Eliza to prolong her life. As he got older, John also told her that he was her father in order to prevent her from objecting to such an obscene decision, as the elongated life in isolation stunted her memory.
In 2017, Bill Potts and a few other classmates looking for student accommodation were invited by John into their house. Once the Twelfth Doctor, who was helping Bill move in, deduced something was amiss, the house proceeded to absorb Pavel, Paul and all the other students except for Bill and the Doctor, the latter of whom John had spared in the hope he could find a better solution to save Eliza.
Bill found Eliza first and witnessed a horrific display of the preservation process when the termites absorbed her friend. Eliza expressed regret over it but claimed she had no choice. John then arrived with the Doctor who offered his help.
 
 After he pieced together what was happening, Eliza remembered the Landlord was in fact her now aged son John and was utterly horrified by all the people he had killed just so she could live. John, angered the pair had revealed his identity, proceeded to summon the termites to kill the Doctor and Bill. Eliza managed to use her connection to them to make them disperse. She then hugged her son and caused the termites to devour them in order to put an end to the madness. As her last act, she also had the space termites restore Bill's friends as she had never fed on their life energies, thus saving them. The termites then caused the entire house to disintegrate.

Eliza was a kind and compassionate young woman. Though the preservation made her slightly naive and believe that the Landlord was her father rather than her son, she eventually remembered and was horrified and disgusted by the lengths he had gone to just to keep her alive.
She had also grown immensely lonely during the seventy years of her preserved state. This was a deciding factor in her decision to kill herself and her son as she reasoned that life was not worth living if she was isolated and locked away from the rest of the world. (Knock Knock)
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Thames Ice Snake

Underneath the Thames, chained to the banks of the river, is an ancient creature of unknown origin. Alien or not, this giant sea snake has been responsible for the freezing of the Thames at regular intervals – none less so than during the last great Frost Fair of 1814!
Imprisoned by the ancestors of Lord Sutcliffe (since their discovery that the animal’s dung could be used as a superheating biofuel) the creature has a symbiotic relationship with a number of glow-fish in the river, which attract food and melt the ice to bring unsuspecting humans down into the water to allow the snake to feed. When the Doctor and Bill discover the creature, they become anxious to alleviate its suffering and find a way to free it… even if it means making a powerful enemy in the guise of Lord Sutcliffe.

The Doctor tricks the iniquitous industrialist by using his explosives to break the ‘Ice Snake’s’ chains, in the process preventing the death of the Frost Fair attendees (evacuated by Bill and the urchins), but as the ice breaks up, Sutcliffe is killed. With the creature freed, 1814 is the final Frost Fair on the Thames.
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