Peter Capaldi interview


Current Doctor Who Peter Capaldi was interviewed recently for the YouTube show, Mr Media  - listen to it in the player above. Capaldi was promoting the US theatrical release of the documentary film, Inside The Mind Of Leonardo and also talks about his first year in Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Guide

The Doctor Who Guide, part of Doctor Who News, has recently been updated to include details of every Doctor Who episode ever shown.

The guide now contains full cast and crew lists, with each episode checked against transmitted credit lists and official BBC paperwork to include every actor, including extras, known to have appeared in the programme. Details of original transmission times and ratings are available, complete with a list of every known UK repeat of the show.

The guide also includes details of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and K-9 as well as a comprehensive guide to the many factual TV and Radio programmes dedicated to Doctor Who.

Over the coming year we hope to expand the guide to include descriptions for each character to have appeared in the series. We welcome submissions of a short biography about each role to the site. Simply pick a character from the main index for which the description in missing, and write a short guide to that character. Data should be verified and the text should be original. A name credit will be given to each submitted entry used on the site. Send submissions to guide@doctorwhonews.net
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Predict the Ratings: Big Finish update

We are pleased to announce that Big Finish have provided us with a new prize for our annual Predict The Ratings competition for Last Christmas - the winner, who comes closest to guessing the final consolidated viewing figure for the episode, will now receive a year's free subscription to their main range of Doctor Who audio adventures, which next year chalks up its 200th adventure!

The signed scripts will still feature as an additional prize for the runner up with the next closest guess.

You can find the full competition entry details in this article.


Big Finish main range adventures in 2015


The first three adventures for 2015 see the Doctor return to E-Space, travelling this time with Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa. In January's Mistfall (by Andrew Smith) the quartet end up on Alzarius and face vying factions of another starliner. Then in February's Equilibrium (Matt Fitton) they arrive on the icy world of Isenfel and learn the price of survival. Finally, March's The Entropy Plague (Jonathan Morris) sees a race on to find the exit from E-Space before all power is lost to ever increasing entropy.

Big Finish: Jan 2015 - 195: MistfallBig Finish: Feb 2015 - 196: EquilibriumBig Finish: Mar 2015 - 197: The Entropy PlagueBig Finish: Apr 2015 - 198: The DefectorsBig Finish: May 2015 - 199: Last of the CybermenBig Finish: Jun 2015 - 200: The Secret History

Then the second quarter of 2015 sees a special set of adventures to celebrate the regular range reaching number 200; script editor Alan Barnes explains:
For some time, I'd been thinking it was a shame we couldn't make more use of the first three Doctors' companions in the Main Range. Continuity permitting (or even not!), we can always have the Fifth, Sixth or Seventh Doctors meeting up with friends they said 'goodbye' to years before... but there have been a fair few School Reunion-type stories now, and they're great, but I couldn't help wondering: can't we do something different?

Then I thought: what if the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors turned up bang in the middle of earlier, unseen adventures – standing in for their 'proper' selves, who've gone AWOL for some reason or other...? Locum Doctors, if you will! And that's what we've done!

In The Defectors (by Nicholas Briggs), the seventh Doctor finds himself alongside his third incarnation's UNIT cohorts Jo Grant Captain Mike Yates. Then, the sixth Doctor explores a strange citidel alongside Jamie and Victoria in Last of the Cybermen (Alan Barnes). And finally, the range reaches its 200th adventure as the fifth Doctor arrives in sixth century Constantinople alongside Steven and Vicki, and discovers why he's being dragged back into the lives of his former incarnations in The Secret History (Eddie Robson).


Heading into the latter half of the year, July sees the seventh Doctor and Mel arriving in the 1980s in We Are The Daleks, and then in August the duo find something disturbing in a deep space packaging facility. The rest of 2015 has yet to be announced.


The Ninth Doctor comic

Titan Comics has announced details of the a new title featuring Christopher's Eccleston's Time Lord, Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1. Check out the details below and click on the cover art for a bigger version.


Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott

Release Date: March 11, 2015

BRAND-NEW 5-PART MINI-SERIES STARRING THE NINTH DOCTOR AS PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON!

WRITTEN BY THE CO-AUTHOR OF BESTSELLING ‘WHO-OLOGY’, CAVAN SCOTT!

The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!

Leaving World War II behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market!

Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?

Thanks to Titan Comics

Paddington Who? auction in progress

Paddington Who? by Peter Capaldi (Credit: London & Partners)The Paddington Who? statue designed by Peter Capaldi is currently available to bid on in an auction by Christies in aid of the NSPCC and ChildLine. The auction runs until just after 3:00pm on the 7th January, and at the time of writing is at £2,800.

The auction notes report:
Peter Capaldi, the current Doctor Who in the hit BBC TV series, also stars in the new Paddington movie as Mr Curry. He has combined the bear with The Doctor to create a thrilling marmalade-eating time traveller. Has there ever been a more intrepid, daring and sure-to-find-trouble combination? One word of warning though: beware of the Dalek on his back!

The TARDIS is known to transport The Doctor and his companions through time and space on the TV series, so where better for Paddington Who to end up than right where time begins and ends each day: on the Prime Meridian line? From here there are a number of ways to explore the world’s history, and possibly its future, with attractions to enjoy such as the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House. Just make sure you pack enough sandwiches under your hat before you leave home.

The statue is still available to view outside the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Greenwich Royal Observatory until 4:30pm on the 30th December.

New Ninth Doctor Comic ​Mini-Series​ Confirmed

Titan Comics has confirmed​ a brand-new ​5-part Doctor Who​ ​mini-series starring the ​N​inth ​D​octor as played by ​C​hristopher ​E​ccleston.

Hitting comic stores on March 11, 2015, the series ties-in with the ​10th Anniversary of the return of Doctor Who on television.

​Originally reported in November, the series is w​ritten by the co-author of bestselling ‘​W​ho-ology’​, ​C​avan ​S​cott​ and illustrated by artist Blair Shedd (Legends of Oz, Ghostbusters). The ​5-part mini-series ​also features ​characters Rose and Captain Jack!

Issue #1 comes with a brand-new painted cover by ​fan-favorite ​artist Alice X. Zhang​.
The Ninth Doctor #1 (Credit: Titan)BRAND-NEW 5-PART MINI-SERIES STARRING THE NINTH DOCTOR AS PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON.

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Blair Shedd
Number of Issues: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp
Publisher: Titan Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Diamond Order Code:​ JAN151599​


The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!

Leaving World War II behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market!

Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?

The 50 Year Diary – Day 719 – Ghost Light, Episode Two

Will Brooks’ 50 Year Diary - watching Doctor Who one episode a day from the very start...

Day 719: Ghost Light, Episode Two

Dear diary,

Going in to this story, I told myself that I’d steer away from the ‘default’ thing to say about it - that the set design is lovely. It’s something that I’ve trotted out time and time again when the programme is visiting a historical location, and it’s a phrase that I’ve found to be most commonly associated with this story in particular. Indeed, on some DVD feature, somewhere (I’m tempted to say that it’s the look at the proposed Season Twenty-Seven on the DVD for Survival), Andrew Cartmel cites this story as one of the reasons that they’d have continued with lots of Earth-based adventures in the future. It’s hard to not mention the look of this story, though, because it really is beautiful. So yes - one last time for the ‘classic’ series - I’m going to point out what a fantastic job the design departments do when asked to realise a period location.

That entrance hall, for example, with the massive stairwell dominating it, is absolutely stunning - it’s by far the best example of this type of set we’ve ever seen in the programme, and we’ve seen our fair share of ‘country’-style houses over the years (largely in the 1970s…). But beyond that, the spaceship in the basement is rather beautifully realised, too, managing to be simple and somehow just as elegant as all the wood paneling and period detail ‘upstairs’. I loved the spaceship set in Battlefield, too, so I’m wondering if perhaps the programme is just really managing to find its feet again in terms of the ‘look’ for the series.

The gorgeous style in Ghost Light isn’t just confined to the sets, either. Going for the Victorian era means that we’ve got the chance for some lovely Victorian costumes, too. The costumes in Doctor Who often tend to get overlooked when I’m discussing these stories - I often praise (or otherwise) the sets, or the guest cast, or the direction, but the costumes tend to go a little bit unloved by me. This story is probably the perfect time to bring them up, and I love the gorgeous dress that Ace is put in for the remainder of the adventure. I think what works about it is not only how much it suits Sophie Aldred, but how unlike Ace it is. As with the period costume in The Curse of Fenric, it’s a completely different style for the character. At the same time, we’re not abandoning Ace’s past for the sake of a pretty costume - she gets to mess around with clothes before the dress arrives, trying to upset the regular Victorian norms in just the way you’d expect from Ace by now.

I also realised that I’ve never really mentioned the Seventh Doctor’s costume, and he’s been in it for a month or so now! I’m something of a fan of his look - though I prefer the darker jacket that we see in this final year - right down to the jumper! Yes, it’s a bit ridiculous for the Doctor to wander around with question marks all over himself, but it’s almost become enough of an icon in itself as to be quite fashionable in some ways! I think I’d wear one were it given to me (though I’m not sure I’d actually go out and buy it for myself…), and Emma has actually asked for one more than once in the past (Christmas is only a few days away, so she might well have a surprise under the tree this year…).

I’ve little else to actually add to this entry in terms of the story itself, because I’m still piecing everything together as the episode plays out. It doesn’t seem to be as complex as I remember it being, which is probably a good thing, and I’m hoping that it all hangs together in the end because I’m still rather enjoying it! There’s a sense that Ghost Light may be a story where - when you understand everything that’s going on - you can just stick on the TV and watch for the sheer brilliance of how everything gels together. This is Doctor Who being made with a confidence that we’ve rarely seen since the hiatus knocked it for six a few seasons ago, and it’s really rather nice…

 

Basic Knald Transmission Maps For Marmoset

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Happy Free Friday!

In this demonstration Jeremy Baldwin shows how to generate Transmission maps within Knald to be used in Marmoset Toolbag 2 for skin shaders.

Watch it for free here! http://eat3d.com/free/basic-knald-transmission-maps-marmoset

A special thanks to Jeff Roussakis and Lee Perry-Smith for the kind use of their models!

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