Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver talk Missy and Osgood

Ingrid Oliver

BBC America have released a video featuring interviews with Michelle Gomez (Missy) and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) - watch it in the player below. As revealed earlier this year, Missy is back for the opening episodes, The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar, whilst Osgood returns in the two-part story, Invasion of the Zygons / Inversion of the Zygons.



COMPETITION: Win Doctor Who The Time Lord Letters


This is your chance to win the new Doctor Who book, The Time Lord Letters! All you have to do is follow BlogtorWho on Twitter and then Retweet. (If you already follow BlogtorWho then you just need to RT.)

This competition is open worldwide and closes Friday Sept 4, 17.00 hrs [BST]. Follow BlogtorWho on Twitter HERECheck out the details of the book below.

The Time Lord Letters is a unique collection of over one hundred letters, notes, and jottings both by and to the Doctor – correspondence by turns entertaining and inspiring, funny and flippant, brilliant and incredible.

From the Doctor’s plea to the Time Lords to help end the War Games to an extract from the written defence he submitted at his subsequent trial; from his application for the post of Caretaker at Coal Hill School to his apology to the Queen for missing dinner; from telepathic messages to the High Council on Gallifrey to his famous letter to Santa Claus – like the Doctor himself, the mood can change in an instant. 

Extract from The Time Lord Letters, courtesy of BBC Books

The Time Lord Letters captures the best and most dramatic moments of an impossible life. You’ll never see the Doctor in quite the same way again.

Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters is published Sept 24, 2015 on hardback priced £20.00. Available from the BBC Shop HERE and Amazon HERE.

This competition is open worldwide and closes Friday Sept 4, 17.00 hrs [BST]
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Jenna Coleman interview and Doctor Who exec producers talk Maisie Williams


The latest episode of Doctor Who - The Fan Show includes an exclusive interview with actress Jenna Coleman (Clara) - watch it in the player below. In the other player below you can find an interview with Doctor Who Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. Read Blogtor's chat with Brian HERE where he gives his spoilery episode guide to Doctor Who Series 9.



Doctor Who: Time Lord Letters


BBC Books have announced details of a new Doctor Who book released next month, check out the details below and click on the images for bigger versions.


The Time Lord Letters is a unique collection of over one hundred letters, notes, and jottings both by and to the Doctor – correspondence by turns entertaining and inspiring, funny and flippant, brilliant and incredible.

From the Doctor’s plea to the Time Lords to help end the War Games to an extract from the written defence he submitted at his subsequent trial; from his application for the post of Caretaker at Coal Hill School to his apology to the Queen for missing dinner; from telepathic messages to the High Council on Gallifrey to his famous letter to Santa Claus – like the Doctor himself, the mood can change in an instant.

Extract from Time Lord Letters, courtesy of BBC Books

The Time Lord Letters captures the best and most dramatic moments of an impossible life. You’ll never see the Doctor in quite the same way again.

Doctor Who: Time Lord Letters is published Sept 24, 2015 on hardback priced £20.00. Available from the BBC Shop HERE and Amazon HERE.


Thanks to BBC Books

Jenna Coleman joins Raindance Film Festival Jury

Jenna Coleman

Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman has joined the Judging Panel for the 23rd Raindance Film Festival. Raindance presents films and web series from around the world, celebrating and supporting independent, new and alternative filmmakers. Read more details about the festival HERE.

The 2015 Raindance Film Festival will take place from the 23rd September – 4th October 2015 in Central London (Piccadilly Circus), screening 100 feature films and over 150 short films.

Other jurors include: MyAnna Buring (The Impossible Planet), David Harewood (The End of Time), Sheridan Smith (Big Finish companion Lucie Miller) and Sherlock star, Martin Freeman.

Russell T Davies back on BBC One for Shakespeare TV adaptation [UPDATE]

Russell T Davies

Blogtor can reveal that former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies is adapting William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for transmission on BBC One in 2016. Currently titled The Dream, this 90 minute special will begin filming in Roath Lock, Cardiff (the home of Doctor Who), in October. Check out the press release below:

For one night only, BBC One becomes The Globe, with a bold and accessible 1 X 90 adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One and Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning.

Adapted by Russell T Davies, it is a truthful version of the play - the original play, the original words, the original Shakespeare. Warm and funny, it will have as much attitude and invention as any theatrical interpretation. Russell T Davies says:
“I’ve wanted to make this for the BBC for my entire adult life - and only the BBC can put on a play like this, for all the family, smack-bang in the heart of primetime. With a riot of prosthetics, CGI, magic and action, it needs the brilliant Doctor Who team in Cardiff to bring it to life.”
Adapted by Russell T Davies, Directed by David Kerr, Produced by Nikki Wilson and Executive Produced by Russell T Davies, Faith Penhale and Brian Minchin. Filming will commence in Roath Lock, Cardiff, in October for transmission in 2016 as part of BBC’s Shakespeare Season.

The Dream is a BBC Cymru Wales Production in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC One.

PLEASE NOTE: An earlier version of the story stated that David Tennant and Catherine Tate are involved, which turned out not to be true. Apologies.

Free Exclusive Lethbridge-Stewart story

The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee

Candy Jar Books have announces an exclusive release for customers who pre-order their next Lethbridge-Stewart book, The Schizoid Earth, direct from their online store. Full details HERE. Check out the synopsis below.
Legacies by Norma Ashley
Random chance. That’s all it takes to change everything. What would happen had Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart and the Doctor failed to stop the Great Intelligence?
A free 34-page story exclusive for those who pre-order The Schizoid Earth directly from Candy Jar Books. The offer ends September 24th 2015, and only applies to pre-orders for the paperback. The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee is released on September 25th 2015.


COMIC REVIEWS: Four Doctors #2 & #3


Four Doctors Issues 2 & 3
by Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards




One of the loveliest things about this big summer event from Titan Comics is the frequency of release – an issue every week keeping us regularly entertained throughout the British monsoon season. It does, however, mean that this team-up extravaganza is going to be over before we know it, which is a shame, because it’s so far proving to be some of the most enjoyable and memorable fun that The Doctor’s ever had in graphic form.

Paul Cornell’s script continues to demonstrate why he’s considered a master of the genre – we’d love to see him back writing for the TV show ASAP. While Issue 2 is ostensibly one that treads water – resolving the cliffhanger from Issue 1 and ultimately revealing the threat presented there as something of a side-track – the character interactions are glorious. We could happily read a Cornell-penned saga of these individuals doing nothing more than sitting around and drinking tea – everyone is drawn in delightful detail, and the dialogue sings. There is a lot of love within these pages.

BLOGTOR RATING: 7/10 

By the time Issue 3 gets going, we’re becoming accustomed to this grouping of three Doctors and three companions – a ‘super-team’ that feel uniquely suited to the pages of a comic book – it’s almost a shame that this can’t be a regular on-going series. (At this point we tried to think of a pun combining the word ‘Who’ with the title of a popular multi-hero comic, but as the best we could come up with was ‘The Fantastic Whore’, we’ll just ignore that and move on…) It’s also sad to think that, for the sake of the timelines, it’s extremely unlikely that a majority of those involved will be permitted to remember a single thing about this time spent as Family Who.

Speaking of timelines – Issue 3 doesn’t half have some fun with them…! Cornell let’s all his fan credentials hang out and cements this as the ultimate celebration of ten years of New Who with gloriously geeky references and cameos going all the way back to, well… all the way back to the David Tennant era – still no sign of anything Eccleston flavoured. We’re continuing to hope that Nine will surprise us all by putting in an appearance before the run is done though. Not there’s a lack of Doctors –another, unexpected, version of him is introduced here, in addition to the titular quartet of Ten, Eleven, Twelve, and War, and gifts us another lovely cliffhanger…


Neil Edward’s art goes from strength to strength – the likenesses are superb and he really gets to show off his craft with the increasingly outlandish demands of Cornell’s script. The full-page splashes are particularly impressive – one that references the current title sequence is especially gorgeous.

An absolute must for any fan of the revived series. We can’t wait for the inevitable deluxe hardback collector’s edition full of sketches and detailed annotations. Cornell and Edwards should be applauded: for having dared to play the Game of Rassilon, and nailing it.

BLOGTOR RATING: 9/10
Thanks to Titan Comics



Doctor Who Series 9 prequel – The Doctor’s Meditation images


BBC America have released two new images from the prequel to Doctor Who Series 9, The Doctor's Meditation - click on them for bigger versions. Featured alongside Peter Capaldi is actor Daniel Hoffmann-Gill who also stars in The Magician's Apprentice as the same character, Bors. Here's what BBC America says about Doctor Who Series 9:
In Peter Capaldi’s second season at the helm of the TARDIS, the series sees the Doctor and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) going on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Viking villages, a global Zygon uprising, and through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself.

Meeting monsters old and new, the Doctor will come face to face with Missy (Michelle Gomez), a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire, terrifying ghosts and more.
The Doctor's Meditation is being shown in North America with 3D cinema screenings of Dark Water and Death in Heaven in the run-up to Doctor Who Series 9.

You can find the first promotional images from the season opener, The Magician's Apprentice, HERE and check out Blogtor's interview with Peter Capaldi on the set of Doctor Who Series 9 HERE.


Doctor Who – The Complete History


From the people behind the wonderful Doctor Who Magazine comes an exciting new artwork series examining the history of the show. Doctor Who – The Complete History gathers all there is to know about Doctor Who in one essential encyclopaedic collection. Visit www.dwcompletehistory.com for more details.

The first issue will be published on September 9, 2015, priced only £1.99 (issue 2 is £6.99 and issue 3 onwards is priced at £9.99) and will be available every two weeks.


Written by the experts behind Doctor Who Magazine, this unique book collection goes behind the TV cameras to document the making of the world’s longest running science fiction series from 1963 to the present day.

Scripts, casting, film locations, studio recordings, broadcast, ratings and merchandise are all covered in detail for each and every adventure, along with full story details and profiles of the cast and crew, all illustrated by a wealth of colour and black and white photographs.

From script to screen, discover how every adventure of all 12 Doctors was created.