ITV have released images of John Simm in the new two-part drama, Code of a Killer - click on the pictures included here for bigger versions. The actor, who played The Master in the David Tennant era, stars as Dr Alec Jeffreys in the show based on the extraordinary true story of Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker in catching a double murderer. Code of a Killer airs April 6 at 9pm on ITV.
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The drama focuses on how Jeffreys’ science and Baker’s investigative vision created the single biggest leap in the history of criminal investigation. David Threlfall (pictured above and below with Simm) takes the role of David Baker who between 1983 and 1987 headed up the investigation into the brutal murders of two Leicestershire schoolgirls, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth.
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Only a few miles away, Dr Alec Jeffreys, played by John Simm, was a scientist at Leicester University who, on 10 September 1984, invented a remarkable technique to read each individual's unique DNA fingerprint. Code of a Killer also stars Robert Glenister (The Caves of Androzani), pictured above.
The BBC have revealed that actress Maisie Williams (pictured above) will be joining the guest cast of Doctor Who Series 9. Check out all the details below.
Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival. On her first day on set, Maisie Williams said:
“I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added: “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge The Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”
Bursting with drama, wit and heart, the show continues filming with two period adventures - The Girl Who Died written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna both directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC One’s 18th Century drama Poldark).
Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the Russell T Davies series Cucumber, also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.
The Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi surprised fans at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff last week with an unexpected appearance. Luckily, cameras were on standby to capture the moment - watch the video in the player above. Taking place on the Tenth Anniversary of New Who, the actor also answered questions from fans. From the same day, watch Capaldi sing "Happy Birthday" to Doctor Who HERE.
Ten years on since Doctor Who first returned to our televisions, the Ninth Doctor and his friends are continuing their adventures in comic form. Weapons Of Past Destruction, written by Cavan Scott with art by Blair Shedd, reunites us with precious Nine, Rose, and Jack Harkness in a new story set between the televisual stories The Doctor Dances and Boom Town.
One does wonder at what point in his life The Doctor will actually stop expecting a pleasant trip to someplace nice not to end in unpleasant surprise and disaster: the Time Lord’s idyllic descriptions of the planet Excroth prove wildly inaccurate as the team find themselves the guests/prisoners of some big angry robots known as the Lect, who appear to be engaged in battle with the Unon, giant metal space-centaurs engaged in attacking the Lect ship.
In spite of their best efforts (which, admittedly, aren’t very good), The Doctor and friends find themselves embroiled in this conflict – and while they attempt to make good their exit, Rose finds herself stuck outside the TARDIS in the midst of escalating explosions.
But there are some mysterious time-related issues aplenty in this adventure, and I’m sure we’ll find out just what the heck happened to the nice planet they were meant to have been visiting as the tale unfolds.
This first instalment does a good job of capturing the essence of this TARDIS team – though I do hope that Rose has more to do beyond asking exposition-y questions next time round, now that she’s been separated from The Doctor and Jack, and in possession of a curious piece of jewellery which seems to protect its wearer.
The art is joyously faithful to the 2005 Doctor Who aesthetic, and the comic as a whole is a welcome reminder of the brimming enthusiasm and fun of that first revived series. And if I’m honest, they had me at giant metal space-centaurs.
This weekend sees the return of International Rescue to television with the new series, Thunderbirds Are Go! Starting on April 4 on ITV, the show features a number of Doctor Who guest stars. Pictured above are (L-R): Colonel Casey, Brains, John Tracy, Kayo and Parker. They are voiced by:
Adjoa Andoh who played Sister Jatt in New Earth and Francine Jones in Series Three & Four
Kayvan Novak voiced Handles in The Time of the Doctor
Thomas Brodie-Sangster played Latimer in Human Nature and The Family of Blood
Angel Coulby played Katherine in The Girl in the Fireplace
David Graham played Professor Kerensky in City of Death, Charlie in The Gunfighters, voiced the Mechonoids in The Chase, and voiced Daleks in The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Chase, Mission to the Unknown, The Daleks' Master Plan and the two Peter Cushing movies, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
Thunderbirds Are Go! begins on ITV on Saturday April 4 at 5pm
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The BBC Shop have got some great new Doctor Who figurines in - click on the images above for more info. These Doctor Who figurines are limited edition and hand-sculpted - check them out at the BBC Shop HERE and the details below.
The book also features an EXCLUSIVE list from Doctor Who composer, Murray Gold - including some fascinating insights to his work and most popular themes and scores! Check out all the details on the title below.
Known for his popular lists, Cameron K. McEwan, author of The Who's Who of Doctor Who, is back with a book that compiles loads of fun facts and never-before-heard tidbits about the Whoniverse. (It's bigger on the inside!)
Pour over a wealth of fascinating lists about the TARDIS, Gallifrey, and Daleks, as the fandom unites in epic appreciation for The Doctor.
Organized by theme, Doctor Who: The Big Book of Listswill cover everything over the past fifty years of the epic series including: doppelgangers, popular locales, regenerations, Gallifrey adventures, highest-rated episodes, plots, characters and loads more.
Accompanied by the incredible Doctor Who artwork of Andrew Skilleter and loaded with weird and interesting facts and quizzes, this is the perfect gift item for the Time Lord lover in your life.
The official Doctor Who YouTube channel has updated with two fantastic videos to celebrate ten years since the return of Who in 2005. In the player above you can watch Peter Capaldi's visit to the Doctor Who Experience where he lead the children in a chorus of "Happy Birthday!" See more pics HERE. Below you can find the Top 10 most shared "New Who" videos from the YouTube page.
Titan Comicshave announced details of even more variant covers to accompany the first issue of their Doctor Who title, The Ninth Doctor #1. You can find 12 more covers HERE. Above you see (L-R): Alien Entertainment variant cover; Pop Culture Paradise variant cover by Mariano Laclaustra; Think Geek variant cover by Zak Simmonds-Hurn. Check out the details of the title below, which is out next week.
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott | Artist: Blair Shedd
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?