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In December 2015, the Time War will rage and only one man can save us. John Hurt is The War Doctor!

John Hurt, the world-renowned star of film and television, is returning to the role of The War Doctor, in twelve full-cast Doctor Who audio plays.

The War Doctor was introduced for Doctor Who’s Fiftieth Anniversary, and played a key part in the record-breaking television special The Day of the Doctor, alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors. He is the secret incarnation of the Time Lord — but he has shunned the title ‘Doctor’ in order to fight in the Time War against the Daleks.

The War Doctor at Big Finish

“I have been a huge fan of John since first seeing him in the repeats of I, Claudius in the 1980s and in his Oscar-nominated role as the eponymous The Elephant Man,’ says Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. ‘Watching his performance in The Day of the Doctor I did find myself fantasising that some far off day we might have the chance to work with him on the audio adventures of Doctor Who and now two short years later it’s happened! John wove a fantastic character together from a great script by Steven Moffat. Now we have the chance to get to know that character more and hear John stretch in the role. We’re all in for a hell of a ride as the War Doctor engages in battle. But who are the greater threat – the Daleks or the Time Lords?”

The audio adventures of The War Doctor will be told over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes. The first box set is entitled Only The Monstrous, and is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, whose many successes for Big Finish include the BBC Audio Award-winning masterpiece Doctor Who: Dark Eyes.

“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me,” says Nicholas. “Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”

The cast of The War Doctor also includes Jacqueline Pearce, who plays Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra — an arch manipulator who is waging the Time War against the Daleks. Jacqueline’s work includes The Avengers, Callan, Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time, Moondial and Russell T Davies’ Dark Season, and she is known to many science fiction fans for her role as Servalan in the cult classic Blake’s 7.

Only The Monstrous will be released in December 2015, and will be followed in February 2016 by the second volume, Infernal Devices, which is written by John Dorney, Phil Mulryne and Matt Fitton. Volumes Three and Four are currently in pre-production.

“What an utter privilege it is to work with such an iconic actor, playing such a brilliantly devised role,” says producer David Richardson. “This is Doctor Who at its darkest — the era in which our hero casts aside his core values in order to try and save the galaxy in its most terrible hour. We promise bold and brilliant story-telling with gripping character drama, and epic and cinematic audio productions.”

In addition to The War Doctor, November 2017 also sees a prequel box set to the saga, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor — The Time War, which will follow the early stages of the Time War from the Eighth Doctor’s perspective. Paul McGann stars, alongside characters first introduced in the War Doctor box sets.

You can pre-order all four box sets of Doctor Who: The War Doctor, plus Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor – The Time War today from the Big Finish website, priced just £20 each on both CD and Download, or all five available in a single bundle for easy ordering. Pre-orders on CD have free UK postage, and anyone buying on CD through the Big Finish website gets access to the Download version on release.

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As the ninth series of the revived Doctor Who dawns executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat has unveiled the titles and teasing snippets of information about each of the 12 episodes.

Doctor Who series 9 promo

The Magician’s Apprentice

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Hettie MacDonald

What’s a confession dial?”

In your terms, a will. This is the last will and testament of the Time Lord known as the Doctor.

A final message from a dying scientist. A plea from the deadliest corner of time and space. Only one man can answer, but he has gone missing from all of time and space. Where is the Doctor? As the skies of planet Earth stand frozen, Clara Oswald enters into a dangerous alliance.

The Doctor is gone from the universe – friends and enemies alike can find him nowhere. When even the Daleks can’t track down their ancient foe, and the Doctor’s old friend and nemesis, Missy, is forced to ask for help, does it mean that the mad man in the box has truly disappeared? What fear, or what terrible shame, could possibly drive the Doctor into the shadows? The answers are more dreadful than Clara’s worst imaginings, and she finds herself embarking on a journey into the Doctor’s worst nightmare …

The Witch’s Familiar

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Hettie MacDonald

The Doctor is trapped. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the greatest warrior race in history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick.”

There are places the Doctor should never go. Planets where his life would not be worth an hour’s purchase. When he finds himself in the very worst of these, without his Tardis, or his sonic, and with his best friends murdered in front of his eyes, he has only his wits to keep him alive. And perhaps something else. What is the Doctor’s confession? Why did he really leave Gallifrey all those centuries ago? And is it a secret he is willing to give up?

Under the Lake

Written by Toby Whithouse. Directed by Daniel O’Hara

It’s impossible! It’s evil! I hate it! It’s astonishing! I want to KISS IT TO DEATH.

Under a lake, in the dripping gloom of an underwater base, stands a gleaming black space ship, recovered from the lake bed. Nothing is inside – but when the base crew start dying, they make a terrible discovery: ghosts are real! And their friends are refusing to stay dead! The Doctor and Clara arrive to find a base under siege from beyond the grave. But how can the dead be walking? What has brought them back? When the Doctor discovers the truth, it is more terrifying than any simple ghost story.

Before The Flood

Written by Toby Whithouse. Directed by Daniel O’Hara

Doctor. Hello. Can I just say: huge fan.”

In the eerie remains of a town that never was, something is stalking the Doctor and his friends. A desperate battle for survival is underway, but this time our heroes already know which of them is going to lose. With the past and the future hanging in the balance, the Doctor is breaking the rules to win the day. Can anything stop the Fisher King? And more importantly, who composed Beethoven’s 5th?

The Girl Who Died

Written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Directed by Ed Bazalgette

There’s going to be a war tomorrow. And here’s some news, this just in – we are going to win the hell out it!”

In a backwater of history, in a little Viking village where all the warriors have just been slaughtered, a young girl called Ashildr is about to make a desperate mistake. The Mire are the deadliest mercenaries in the galaxy, famed for being unstoppable and without mercy – and Ashildr has just declared war on them. The Doctor and Clara have twelve hours, to turn a handful of farmers and blacksmiths into a fighting force ready to face down Odin himself. And there’s more – because this is the day when the Doctor remembers where he’s seen his own face before.

The Woman Who Lived

Written by Catherine Tregenna. Directed by Ed Bazalgette

Ninja, nun, surgeon, scientist, composer, inventor… it’s a fantastic CV.”

England, 1651. The highwayman known as The Nightmare is plaguing the land. But the Nightmare is not all he seems, and his fire-breathing accomplice who lurks in the shadows is clearly more than human… The Doctor, on the trail of an alien artefact, is brought face to the face with the consequences of his own actions. For once he encounters someone who won’t let him turn his back on the things he has done. But will the Nightmare be his friend or foe? It may well take till the end of the universe to be sure…

The Zygon Invasion

Written by Peter Harness. Directed by Daniel Nettheim

Operation Double is a covert operation, outside of normal UNIT strictures, to resettle and rehouse an alien race, in secrecy, on planet Earth.

A long time ago, the Doctor made a deal in the Tower Of London. 20 million Zygons walk among us, in human form, living undetected in peace and harmony. But cracks are showing in this delicate peace. Humans and Zygons are disappearing. In city apartment blocks, lifts are going missing, and far below the streets of Britain, alien pods are growing in secret caverns. Unit’s scientific advisor, Osgood, sends a desperate message to the Doctor – but since Osgood is long dead, how is that even possible?

The Zygon Inversion

Written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat. Directed by Daniel Nettheim

Humans cannot accept us the way we really are. If we cannot hide, we must fight. You’re going to be the first. You’re going to be the first to make the humans see.

The future of planet Earth is sealed in a box in Unit’s back archive, and only the Doctor knows what’s inside. With Unit under Zygon control, and Clara lost, the Doctor and Osgood find themselves fugitives in a London where no one can be trusted – but the wily old Time Lord knows there is one last hope for peace. Because that box in the black archive isn’t any old box. It’s an Osgood Box!

Sleep No More

Written By Mark Gatiss. Directed by Justin Molotnikov

This is footage collected from a space rescue mission. If you value your life, your sanity, and the future of your species, DO NOT WATCH IT.

Face The Raven

Written by Sarah Dollard. Directed by Justin Molotnikov

There have always been rumours. Stories passed from traveller to traveller, mutterings about hidden streets, secret pockets of alien life right here on Earth.”

Have you ever found yourself in a street you’ve never seen before? The next day, could you not find that street again? You weren’t dreaming. Your memory isn’t playing tricks. Like many lost souls throughout the ages, you have stumbled on an extraordinary secret – be grateful you survived it. The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a secret alien world, folded away among the streets of London. Not all of them will get out alive. One of the three intruders must face the raven…

Heaven Sent

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Rachel Talalay

When, at last, you rise to go, there will be another shadow next to yours. And your life will then be over.”

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

Hell Bent

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Rachel Talalay

Is it a sad song?”

“Nothing’s sad till it’s over. Then everything is.”

“What’s it called?”

“I think it’s called Clara.”

“Tell me about her.”

If you took everything from him, and betrayed him, and trapped him, and broke both his hearts… how far might the Doctor go? It is time, at last, for the Doctor’s confession.

It’s time for Doctor Who to go “Into Dalekness” in an exploration of the alien hearts of darkness beating within the Doctor and the Daleks.

Clara, be my pal. Tell me… am I a good man?

When Doctor Who previously lifted inspiration from Fantastic Voyage the life form that the Fourth Doctor found himself inside of in The Invisible Enemy was himself. Now, in the second adventure for the Twelfth Doctor, the Time Lord and Clara found themselves miniaturised and sent Into the Dalek. A Dalek so badly damaged by internal radiation leakage that it’s core programming had been overridden to place it on the side of the angels. As their original “birth” as instruments of ethic cleansing was due to radiation there’s a certain irony in radiation taking “Rusty”, as the Doctor dubbed the damaged Dalek, to a new level of evolution.

Doctor Who S8 E2 Into the Dalek

It’s an intriguing concept and one explored to the full by co-writers Phil Ford and Steven Moffat. It’s the first time that Moffat has taken a co-writing credit on Doctor Who. Given the amount of uncredited rewriting he must do to other scripts as showrunner his work with Ford must have been significant. Ford’s previous contribution to Nu-Who was another collaboration, The Waters of Mars with then-showrunner Russell T Davies.

The examination of the Doctor’s morality vs. the hatred of a species bent on racial purity has been a key theme of Dalek stories in Nu-Who. But is the Doctor’s loathing of the Daleks tainting his soul? Is his view of the Daleks no better than their genocidal view of all other races in existence? Is it possible that his crusade to rid all of history of the influence of the Daleks has made the Doctor no better than his archenemies?

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The official full length trailer for Series 8 of the revived Doctor Who has been released by the BBC. And for me there’s no excitement at all being generated for Peter Capaldi’s first adventures as the Twelfth Doctor. This is not good. Not good at all…

I’m the Doctor. I’ve lived for over 2000 years. I’ve made many mistakes. And it’s about time that I did something about that.

The TARDIS console continues to explode as it did in the teaser trailers. There’s dinosaurs outside the Houses of Parliament (to add to the dinosaurs inside?); Dalek saucers blasting away; robot knights; and the Doctor riding a horse in a Victorian nightshirt.

(The Doctor is wearing the nightshirt, not the horse.)

The Doctor’s declaration that he and Clara are about to go “into darkness” doesn’t bode well given how dire the Star Trek descent Into Darkness went… There’s a definite fixation on the darkness of the Doctor’s character – as there has been for every episode of 21st century Doctor Who.

“I see into your soul Doctor”…

A second trailer for the return of Doctor Who on 23 August 2014 has been released. A whole 19 seconds this time compared to the previous trailer’s 15 seconds… And yet again I’m left with zero anticipation for the series’ return.

Aside from more damage being wrought upon the TARDIS console, and a look inside the Doctor’s anatomy, the trailer’s sole purpose seems to be the revealing of the Daleks returning to face Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. Many have said that the voice sounds like Julian Bleach’s Davros from The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, but to my ear it definitely sounds like Nicholas Briggs, who’s done all the Dalek voices since Doctor Who was revived in 2005.

Here’s hoping that the Daleks are once more a force to be reckoned with and a classic along the lines of The Daleks’ Master Plan, The Evil of the Daleks or Genesis of the Daleks can be produced. Though it doesn’t seem likely given the recent scripting track record of Moffat’s era.

Launching on Good Friday 2014 (18 April) with the very first story An Unearthly Child the Horror Channel will start transmitting a special season of classic Doctor Who stories from the era of the first seven Doctors.

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Other adventures to be shown include The Mind Robber, Terror of the Autons, The Brain of Morbius, The Caves of Androzani, Attack of the Cybermen and Remembrance of the Daleks.

To accompany the season the Horror Channel has released a brilliant animated trailer complete with narration from Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor himself.

This is brilliant. 2013’s 50th Anniversary Doctor Who adventure The Day of the Doctor reimagined to a Fifth Anniversary adventure from 1968 entitled The Day of Doctor Who.

The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) joins forces with the First Doctor (William Hartnell) and the mysterious War Doctor (Peter Cushing, Dr Who in the films Dr Who and the Daleks and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.) as they battle the Daleks and the Chameleons (from The Faceless Ones). Written by Terrance Dicks and directed by Douglas Camfield, the adventure also features Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Frazer Hines as Jamie and Carole Ann Ford as Susan.

Imagine if the First Doctor had wooed Elizabeth I, the Second Doctor and the Brigadier had teamed up against the Chameleons, and the War Doctor had looked like the not-quite-Doctor from the big screen Dalek adventures.

The Day of Doctor Who is an imaginative slice of Doctor Who “what-if” from Colin Brockhurst. Visit his website to get posters, Radio Times article, telesnaps, and other paraphernalia from this parallel universe episode of Doctor Who.

The Day of Doctor Who

In November 2012 Big Finish Productions released the audio adventure box set Dark Eyes, which took Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor from World War One to 1970s London and onto the outer reaches of the universe in an epic confrontation with the Daleks.

Dark Eyes - BBC Audio Drama award for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Drama

In January 2014 the first episode Dark Eyes: The Great War won the BBC Audio Drama award for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Drama. The judges deemed the story to be:

People’s history, fantasy and high drama. The winning entry was outstanding in every respect: a complex, gripping narrative made visible through three-dimensional characters in believable relationships, some fine acting, and a superbly orchestrated soundscape which never overdoes the atmospherics or signposting of changes in time and place. Above all, it manages its historical and fantastical elements seamlessly and, for a brief period, time is suspended for the listener.

In February 2014 comes the next stage in the Eighth Doctor’s journey through space and time: Dark Eyes 2. Consisting of The Traitor, The White Room, Time’s Horizon and Eyes of the Master:

When the Doctor defeated the Dalek Time Controller and its Time Lord ally, the timelines shifted and events changed… but the danger is far from over. And new threats to the continued safety of the universe are emerging.

Molly O’Sullivan carried on with her life as a nursing assistant in World War One. She probably thought she would never see the Doctor in his ‘Tardy-box’ again…

From the Dalek occupied planet Nixyce VII through Earth’s history and to the very edge of the universe, the Doctor’s footprints across eternity are being tracked by foes old and new. But when did it all begin and when will it end? Living his life through the complexities of time travel, the Doctor can never be quite sure if he’s experiencing his life in the most helpful order. The only certainty appears to be the advance of the powers of evil and the oncoming threat of a fight to the death against forces that would destroy everything the Doctor holds dear.

Dark Eyes 2 is available for pre-order now. And the Eighth Doctor has many adventures to come before facing his destiny in The Night of the Doctor.

Dark Eyes 2 packshot

Continuing a theme of titles ending “of the Doctor” (Name, Night, Day) it’s been announced that the final adventure of Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor will be The Time of the Doctor.

The official synopsis runs:
“Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.” (more…)

Every so often Doctor Who pulls off an instance of shock that leaves the viewer gasping like a floundering fish and barely managing to utter “What? What?! WHAT?!”. The Doctor’s first regeneration in The Tenth Planet; the Cybermen slamming into shot for the cliffhanger ending to part one of Earthshock; and the Doctor’s seemingly unannounced regeneration at the close of Journey’s End. All moments of unheralded surprise that befuddled, delighted and provoked national and global discussion in their wake. Now added to this list of joyful occurrences comes Paul McGann’s onscreen return as the Eighth Doctor in The Night of the Doctor.

I’m a Doctor. Probably not the one you were expecting.

The Night of the Doctor - I'm a Doctor

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