All this week’s Doctor Who news in one place, including the 13th Doctor’s Costume, Children in Need and Christopher Eccleston!
New Doctor, New Costume
The Doctor is known for his/her eccentric fashion sense, from bow ties to cricket whites, trench coats to scarfs. And now, the BBC have realised the first promotional image of Jodie Whittaker in her full attire as the 13th Doctor. (I can hear cosplayers sowing already!)
Ditching the ensemble we saw her wearing in the reveal scene, the image shows Jodie sporting a long coat, teal culottes, braces, a striped jumper, and boots. Those with an eagle eye will have spotted that the Tardis has had makeover for the new era of the show. It has also been widely reported that series 11 started filming earlier this week and with all the news that we’re getting, it can’t come any faster! This reveal comes after the recent announcement that Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill are too join the cast for the next series.
What do you think of the Doctor’s latest get-up? Let us know!
Composer Dudley Simpson and Director Paddy Russell pass away
Classic Doctor Who composer Dudley Simpson has died, aged 95.
Dudley’s work on the show began in William Hartnell’s era and ended in 1980. In that time, he had contributed musical scores to around 280 episodes! Many feel his music defined the classic era of the show and his contribution is highly regarded by fans. He even appeared in ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ (1977) as an onscreen composer. Outside of Doctor Who, he is notable for his work on ‘Blake 7’ and ‘Tomorrow’s World’.
Director Paddy Russell, sadly also passed away earlier this week, aged 89.
Paddy was considered a television pioneer. She was the first female floor manager to be employed by the BBC and she worked on a number of landmark productions, before becoming a prolific drama director. Her time on Doctor Who began in 1966 with the currently lost serial ‘The Massacre’. Following that she directed ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs’ (1974), ‘Pyramids of Mars’ (1975) (her personal favourite), and ‘Horror of Fang Rock’(1977). Outside of the show she worked on Out of the Unknown, Pere Goriot, The Moonstone and The Omega Factor.
Eccleston: “It’s time, isn’t it?”
Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston was quick to praise the appointment of Jodie Whitaker this week. Taking part in an interview on ITV’s Lorraine, the actor said of the choice: “Hurrah! The BBC have gone as far as they can with skinny white men, I think” he said.
“It’s time, isn’t it? It had to change, and God knows how much money it makes for the BBC. They needed to reinvent it, and they could not have chosen someone better.”
He also explained why he doesn’t take part in conventions; ‘ I know there’s a lot of money there, isn’t there? But I’ve always just wanted to earn my living by acting.
“And that’s not a judgment on people who do them. It’s just the way I am. So I’ve avoided all that so far. But listen – who know’s what’s around the corner financially?”
Eccleston was promoting ‘The A Word’ (Tuesdays 9:00pm BBC One)
Big Finish: The Third Doctor and the Meddling Monk
This week Big Finish gave us details of the next Third Doctor Adventures release. Joining Tim Treloar (as The Third Doctor) and Katy Manning (Jo Grant), will be Rufus Hound reprising his role as the Meddling Monk.
Producer David Richardson said of the fourth release: “Volume Four is something of a real fan pleaser, I think. We have Rise of the New Humans which pits the Third Doctor and Jo against the Meddling Monk – who is so sublimely played by Rufus Hound. And then we have… ah, wait and see…
“The second story will be announced in a few weeks’ time, but let’s just say it features an enemy that listeners have been asking for since The Third Doctor Adventures started!”
The boxset is out in March 2018 and is available to pre-order from the Big Finish Website.
Sneak Peak of Christmas Special is released next week
Finally, keep your eye’s peeled on Children in Need next week! The BBC have revealed that a scene from this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special; Twice Upon a Time, will be shown during the live charity fund raising evening on Friday 17th November.
Over the last decade, it’s been a tradition for special Doctor Who clips to be shown during the annual charity event and this will be something not to miss! We don’t know the exact time that the clip will be aired, but it’s likely to be at some point in the pre-news slot, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm.
Peter Capaldi’s swansong adventure ‘Twice Upon a Time’ will be shown on Christmas Day on BBC One. The Twelfth Doctor will be joined David Bradley as the First Doctor and Jodie Whittaker will make her debut as the Thirteenth incarnation of the Time Lord. Exciting!!
That’s it for this week! Look out for more news every week on The Big Blue Box Podcast Website!
Make sure you listen to this week’s podcast with Garry and Adam for their fun and unique take on the topics covered! They also revisit and review classic Fourth Doctor serial ‘The Pyramids of Mars’.
The podcast will be available to listen to and download from Friday (10th November)