Advise to The Next Guy

Radio Times:

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is stepping down from the sci-fi series after 2017’s Christmas special, but has already been putting plans in place for how to hand over the Tardis keys to his successor, Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall.

Moffat revealed some of the advice he passed on to Chibnall in a new interview with Worldscreen – as well as hinting at a few other nuggets of wisdom that he’d rather keep private.

“First of all, he’s a very, very experienced showrunner himself, so he doesn’t need advice,” Moffat said of Chibnall. “The advice I gave him, which I won’t share, was not about how to run Doctor Who but how to have a life while you’re running Doctor Who. The things you must make sure of.

“He’s a family man, like myself. You’ve got to make sure that you survive it! And the support you’re going to need and what it’s going to be like at 4 in the morning when you’re rewriting some other bastard’s script and not even putting your name on it. What that’s going to feel like. That is what I talked to him about.”

Not that there weren’t more practical considerations as well.

“He has his own ideas about how to do Doctor Who,” Moffat said. “The advice I’ve given him is all prosaic and all quite, ‘Make sure this happens, make sure you get that and don’t let them do this’. I won’t tell you what those things were!

“But it’s really about, you’ve got to see your kids now and then. You’ve got to go home now and then. You’ve got to keep living. It is a monstrous workload, Doctor Who, monstrous.”

Moffat also spoke about his decision to leave the series, which he says comes from a desire to make new stories – as well as have a slightly less stressful writing experience.

“I’m astonished at how long I’ve been doing it!” he said. “I sort of miss my own job of making up television shows and doing the new things, which is the real job of a writer.

“I’ve been curating and looking after and worrying about Doctor Who and Sherlock for several years – these two huge franchises that threw up brand-new problems every single day – in addition to writing. You’re never more a writer than when you write something new, you try something different. I miss all that.

“I miss being, as it were, a proper writer. I’d like to go and find a new thing to fail at!”

But of course, Moffat still has his Doctor Who hat on for now – meaning that despite best efforts, he still won’t shed any light on what’s to come for the Doctor and Bill this year.

“Well, nothing!” Moffat said when asked what he could reveal about the upcoming tenth series.

“We haven’t even begun to sit down and work out how we’re going to promote it and what things we’re going to give away and what things we’re going to keep secret. I haven’t even thought about it!

“I’m slightly nervous of saying anything at the moment. Missy will be back, and Pearl Mackie will be in playing Bill [the Doctor’s new companion]. Aside from that, you’re going to have to wait and see. It’s on its way. It will be good. Lots of monsters!”

Sounds like the perfect way to go out.


The Wilderness Years

Those years when WHO wasn’t on TV regularly. There was a guy named Bill Baggs who had a company called BBV and they made pseudo-WHO.

3 Parter


It’s been a while, but Doctor Who is resurrecting the three-parter for Peter Capaldi’s final series aboard the TARDIS.

New monsters The Monks were previously confirmed to be appearing in several episodes across series 10 – now Digital Spy can confirm that a trio of adventures (episodes 6-8) in the new series are linked.

Toby Whithouse, who’s written the concluding chapter, revealed: “Mine is the third part of a three-parter – Steven [Moffat]’s done the first one, Peter Harness did the second and I’ve done the third.

“It’s set modern-day… and I think anything more than that and Steven will come round and kick me in the shin!”

The Doctor, Nardole (Matt Lucas) and new companion Bill will all face the Monks – with Whithouse telling us that actress Pearl Mackie is not just “terrific” but also “very different to previous companions”.

“She has very good comic timing,” he said. “And there’s a lovely chemistry between her and Peter.”

The Monks are – it appears – a new threat in a series that features more than a few old threats returning to menace the Doctor.

The Daleks, the Ice Warriors, Missy (Michelle Gomez), and the Cybermen – the original 1960s vintage – will all be back… but will it be one of them that sets off the Doctor’s latest regeneration?

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday, April 15.

Going to be quite the busy time then.

Friday– The Return of MST3K (Netflix)

Saturday- Episode 1 “The Pilot”

Sunday – The return of Iron Chef (as Iron Chef: Gauntlet) on Food Network

And then the Theatre showings of “The Pilot”


Here’s a compromise for the SJW/PC crowd on The 13th Doctor.

A Non-White British MALE.

How about it? You are well known for it, though. It’s usually THE AGENDA or nothing.

Radio Times: Ever since Peter Capaldi announced that he was stepping down from BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who, speculation has been rife as to who could replace him at the Tardis controls.

Tilda Swinton, David Harewood, Kris Marshall and Richard Ayoade have all been rumoured for the coveted role, with many fans excited to imagine their favourite stars as the titular Time Lord.

However, perhaps none of these potential Doctors is as excited about the idea as Sherlock star Sacha Dhawan, who was suggested by fans as a potential successor to Capaldi shortly after the Scottish actor revealed his departure from the series. After speaking to him on the topic, it’s clear Dhawan is keen – very keen.

“Oh my God, I’d absolutely love to,” Dhawan told when asked if he was interested in the part. “I SO would love to.

“I’ve worked with [frequent Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss] quite a lot, and I think I’d bring something really exciting to it. It’d be incredibly nerve-wracking to do to be honest. It’s quite a lot of pressure.

“When the list came out, I was so honoured really that I was even considered,” he went on. “And that alone was kind of good enough. But who wouldn’t want to do it? It’s Doctor Who.”

Of course, eagle-eyed Who fans will know that Dhawan has a bit of history with the series, having appeared in Mark Gatiss’ biopic An Adventure in Space and Time back in 2013, playing original Doctor Who director Waris Hussein (pictured above, alongside Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert).

And apparently during that period Dhawan actually ran into Capaldi before he was announced as the Twelfth Doctor, giving him a certain insight into the secrecy of recasting the character.

“Actually, when we were filming an Adventure in Space and Time we were on set, and Peter Capaldi came on, and he was making some notes and stuff,” the Stockport-born actor recalled.

“And I was like ‘Oh, he’s the guy from…what’s he doing on set?’

“And Mark [Gatiss] said ‘Oh no, he’s a huge Doctor Who fan, he just kind of wanted to come and have a look.’ I didn’t know then, but he obviously ended up being the next Doctor Who!”

Dhawan, who has just been revealed to be playing a major character in Marvel/Netflix superhero series Iron Fist, also waded into the debate about whether the next Doctor should be played by an actor of ethnic origin or by a woman, after the first thirteen incarnations have all appeared as white men.

Figures ranging from former companion Billie Piper, series writer Mark Gatiss and actor David Harewood have suggested it’s time for such a change, and Dhawan agrees that it’s about time the Doctor caught up with the modern world.

“I think generally with Doctor Who, whether it’s of race or of gender, I think it’s time that we celebrate that it should maybe be something different,” he told us.

“I don’t know what the answer is – I guess it’s the right person for the job. But I think it’s time to flip the character on its head slightly – and I feel that’ll very much happen this year, whether or not it’ll be someone of race or gender.

He concluded: “I personally think maybe it should be a female now. I’m keen to see what the Beeb do.”

Sounds like he’s not too keen on his own chances, then – but if the BBC do come calling, at least they’ll know they have a very willing contender.

Iron Fist is streaming on Netflix now

Meal of a Lifetime

Doctor Who fans, this is your chance to have breakfast with SEVEN Doctors – past and present

Doctor Who fans, this is your chance to have breakfast with SEVEN Doctors – past and present

By Susanna Lazarus

Imagine seven Doctors all in the same room, tucking into a hearty breakfast. Got it pictured in your head? Right, now imagine there are some extra seats at the table for more guests…

It’s a Doctor Who fan’s dream come true, right? And guess what? It could be YOU sitting there. 

As part of Red Nose Day’s ‘Best Auction Ever’, seven Time Lords – past and present – are gathering in one place for the best meal of the day and there are four empty spots up for grabs. 

The Doctors are: Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison and Colin Baker. 

And that extra place at the table is available to all Doctor Who fans, whatever their budget. This is how it’s going to work…

There are four spaces up for grabs – two of them will go to the highest bidders with the online auction opening at 6:30pm on Friday 17th March. 

But for those without a big bank balance, two of the spots will go to raffle ticket winners. To enter the raffle costs just £5 so if you’ve been counting the pennies recently, simply purchase a ticket for your chance to win the ultimate Doctor Who fan experience. 

And for those less fussed by the prospect of a morning talking about space and time, there are plenty more items and experiences to bid for in the auction with all proceeds going to Comic Relief. 

Red Dwarf obsessives can pitch for a 85cm 3D-printed replica of Star Bug, while Teletubbies fans can get there hands on a piece of Teletubby toast from the very first series. 

Viewers of The Crown might want to bid for an afternoon tea with her Majesty herself, Claire Foy, and Vanessa Kirby – who plays Princess Margaret – and anyone fancying a trip abroad might be interested in a flight to LA and the chance to go and watch James Corden’s Late Late Show. 


Miranda Hart fans can go galloping with the TV star, while Gareth Malone is offering a singing lesson and Mary Berry will cook a cake – all for the highest bidders. 

And in a real coup, the Red Nose Day organisers have THE jumper from The Killing – Detective Sarah Lund’s iconic knitwear in series one – donated by Sofie Grabol herself to raise money for charity. 

To visit Red Nose Day’s Best Auction Ever visit here – and see a rundown of all the prizes up for grabs.


Thirty five years ago today we said goodbye to the Blue Box Boy as Doctor Who featured the death of a companion for the first time since 1966, ending Matthew Waterhouse’s tenure as Adric.

I thought it was good death for the character. Very fitting.

I’m just well know for not being a fan of either Matthew Waterhouse or Adric so I wasn’t sorry to see the character go.

The character was annoying, bratty, and poorly written. One of the worst written characters in WHO history.

So I will celebrate the anniversary of his death on screen. 🙂



Renamed “The Pilot”

The Season Premiere of Series 10 has been renamed “The Pilot”. Curious title, don’t you think?

But also there is more info on the Cinema Showings of the episode in the US.

Tickets are now available for the Fathom Events presentation of BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who: Season 10 Premiere, playing in movie theaters nationwide for two nights only on Monday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. local time, following BBC AMERICA’s television premiere on Saturday, April 15 at 9/8c.

In addition to the feature content, audiences will enjoy the premiere episode of the Doctor Who spinoff series Class, featuring a guest appearance by the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, and the never-before-seen bonus feature Becoming the Companion, in which fans will travel with new companion Pearl Mackie from the London stage through the doors of the TARDIS to a once-in-a-lifetime role, or as Pearl says, “the most insane thing that’s ever happened to me.” The bonus feature includes exclusive interviews with Pearl Mackie, Peter Capaldi, and Steven Moffat, and is narrated by Ingrid Oliver.

With as the official retail partner of the Doctor Who: Season 10 Premiere cinema event, attendees can bring in their ticket stub or proof of purchase to Hot Topic retail locations for 25% off Doctor Who merchandise, valid March 10 – May 6, 2017.

In addition, fans who purchase tickets through Atom Tickets will receive three free Doctor Who digital comic books from Titan Comics and ComiXology, delivered to purchasing email address on event date.

These partnerships along with Fathom Events presentation is all brought together through licensing deals with BBC Worldwide North America.

Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 550 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Proper Trailer


Gallifrey One 2018

The 2018 website is up.

The tickets go on sale on April 8th 12 Noon. Be there or be left out.



Leaked Trailer

I was excited to see the leaked trailer. Unfortunately, a free WordPress account can’t upload videos from my hard drive. 😦

And the original source I found has deleted the video.

Lots of “analysis” videos but not a clean one I could post here. 😦

Looked good.

Blink (pun intended) and you missed it. The BBC took it down.

If you blinked: go here…