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All of this week’s Doctor Who news and releases in one place, including a sneak peak at this year’s Christmas Special, New Target Novels and Bradley Walsh!

BBC Children in Need Release Sneak Peak 

BBC Children in Need: David Bradley, Pearl Mackie and Peter Capaldi can't 'bear' the excitement!
BBC Children in Need: David Bradley, Pearl Mackie and Peter Capaldi can’t ‘bear’ the excitement!

The BBC have released a preview clip from this year’s Christmas Special (Twice Upon a Time), as part of their Children in Need charity, fundraising evening. The clip features the First Doctor entering the Twelfth Doctor’s TARDIS.

If you missed it or just want to watch it over and over again until Christmas, (I don’t judge!) you can view the full clip on YouTube.

Additionally, this month’s Doctor Who Magazine (released on November 18th)  features an interview with non other than David Bradley. In the interview, the actor praises the choice of Jodie Whittaker as the next incarnation of the Time Lord. “We worked together on Broadchurch. She’s lovely. Absolutely delightful. I think she’ll be fantastic. All the emotional range you could want, and she’s going to be very funny as well. So she’s perfect for the Doctor, really.”

Don’t forget you can still Donate to Children in Need. There are a number of ways you can do this:

Call – 03457 33 22 33
To DONATE £10 text DONATE to 70410
To DONATE £20 text DONATE to 70420

Composer Murray Gold to Leave after this year’s Christmas Special

Composer Murray Gold
Composer Murray Gold

Its been widely reported that Composer Murray Gold will leave Doctor Who after this year’s Christmas Special. Gold has provided musical scores for the show since it’s return in 2005.

Its likely that with the series entering a new era, Chris Chibnall wants to shake things up a bit.  There has been no official confirmation of the news from the BBC, but its been reported by numerous sources including ‘The Mirror’.

New Who Target Novels to be Released 

News that is sure to make most fans feel old! Notorious ‘Who’ writers are adapting their own episodes for a new collection of Doctor Who Target Novels.

Target Books retold classic Doctor Who episodes from the 1970s to the 1990s. Famed for their iconic cover designs, numerous novels were published over this 20-year period. This next collection, published by BBC Books and Penguin Randomhouse, will see Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat (amongst others) adapting one of their own episodes into novel format.

The list is as follows: Rose by Russell T Davis. The Christmas Invasion by Russell T Davis, novelized by Jenny T. Colgan. The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat. However, more interestingly for many is that the incoming Twice Upon a Time by Steven Moffat, will also be part of the Collection (novelised by Paul Cornell).

All four stories will be released on the 2nd April 2018, and are available to pre-order now.

Bradley Walsh: “I had to have my ID with me”

Series 11 cast member Bradley Walsh
Series 11 cast member Bradley Walsh

Bradley Walsh has been doing the rounds this week. Appearing on multiple shows to promote his new album, it wasn’t going long until Doctor Who was brought up.

Speaking on BBC’s ‘The One Show’, (10th November) the actor explained what his first script meeting was like.

Chris Chibnall, who runs it, asked if I fancy being in the show. Let me tell you how covert it is. It’s the most extraordinary show. When I went down to meet them and we had the first script meeting… what’s interesting about it, is that it’s filmed in Cardiff.”

“I walked in. I had to go through a scanner. I had to have my ID with me. Just like an airport, getting into the reading… I’d go through a scanner, then you were taken into this big, big room. Massive like a warehouse room, painted black.’

This seems to suggest that Chibnall will be running a ‘tighter ship’ when it comes to spoilers.Later, whilst causing chaos on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, (12th November) Walsh confirmed that he would begin filming this week, before discussing his interest in the series as a child. “It’s really exciting,” he said. “When I was a kid, I watched it as a young boy – William Hartnell was in it.”

Finally, Bradley gave his thoughts on Jodie Whittaker’s new outfit, joking: “Oh no, that’s what I was going to wear!” he said. “That’s embarrassing. Four hours in Topshop wasted.”

One things for sure, things certainly won’t be dull with Bradley in the Tardis!

Tuesday 14th November- Paul McGann

That’s it for this week! Remember to share this article and look out for more news every week on The Big Blue Box Podcast Website! 

Make sure you listen to the latest podcast with Garry and Adam for their fun and unique take on the topics covered! They also revisit and review ‘The TV Movie’ starring Paul McGann. Find it here.

Dan Peters

Dan is soon to be a Marketing/IT apprentice from Hampshire. He enjoys writing; having worked on his College’s Magazine and regularly contributed to a range of other review sites. He’s been a big fan of Doctor Who since its revival and has a love of all things Science-Fiction. He also enjoys music, reading, gaming and staying active. Always happy to talk ‘Who’, when he should be doing something else!

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