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The Annual Comic Crossover

It seems like an annual event now. The IDW Doctor Who Multi-Doctor Crossover event series is coming back again this August 30th.

 While Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is battling the universe’s darkest forces on the small-screen, Doctors Nine, Ten and Eleven are also enveloped in their own adventures in the pages of Titan Comics’ monthly Doctor Who series.

Well, those worlds are about to collide, as Titan has exclusively revealed to CBR the announcement of a new event, titled Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension, that will crossover multiple takes on the beloved time-traveling adventurer, originally brought to life by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Capaldi.

Set to tell its story in eight chapters over the course of three months, Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension kicks off with an Alpha issue written by Nick Abadzis (Tenth Doctor), George Mann (Eleventh Doctor) and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), with art by Rachael Stott (Twelfth Doctor) and Rob Fernandes, set for release in August, ahead of the Doctor Who Comics Day global event scheduled for Saturday, September 2. The event will continue with Chapter 2 in the pages of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor the following week.

Teasing the series, Titan wrote in a statement, “The event will begin a new era for Titan’s Doctor Who comics, and will find the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor playing their part to battle The Void! The Void has always existed: ‘No place. The silent realm. The lost dimension.’ But the Void is no longer empty. The Void is hungry, and devouring our universe — through time and space. Now, the four Doctors must join forces to save…everything!”

This Alpha issue kick-starts Titan’s DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY global event (Saturday September 2, 2017) and continues in the Ninth Doctor special that same week – so retailers are encouraged to sign up and stock up for the celebrations.

DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION, is an epic event – comprised of eight chapters over three months – crossing over all four ongoing series (Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor comics). The event will begin a new era for Titan’s Doctor Who comics, and will find the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor playing their part to battle The Void!

The Void has always existed: “No place. The silent realm. The lost dimension.” But the Void is no longer empty. The Void is hungry, and devouring our universe – through time and space. Now, the four Doctors must join forces to save…everything!

DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION will begin this August with a super-accessible Alpha issue from writers George Mann (Eleventh Doctor), and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), with art by Rachael Stott (Twelfth Doctor) and Rod Fernandes!

With three phenomenal covers including a very special embossed foil TARDIS cover, a photo cover by Will Brooks, and a multi-Doctor mash-up by Rachael Stott and Luis Guerrero, this is one event Whovians will not want to miss!

Look out for more exciting reveals as to special guest characters, all-new writers and artists making their mark on the storyline, and more hints to the future, in the days and weeks to come!

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Missy She So Fine

Image: BBC/BBC America.

This weekend’s episode of Doctor Who revealed a strange new twist in the Doctor and Missy’s tumultuous relationship. We recently had the chance to talk to Michelle Gomez about her time on the show, and now that “Extremis” is out in the wild, we had to get her spoilery thoughts on Missy’s latest appearance.

Missy played a small but important role in “Extremis”—which revealed her once and for all as the mysterious figure the Doctor and Nardole have been guarding inside the Vault. “I was excited,” Gomez told us when she found out about Missy’s arc in the new season. “I just thought that was, again, something you never saw coming. I think that’s Steven’s strength as a writer, and as a showrunner. It really sort of takes us on a journey, and at no point can you seem to know what’s going to happen.”

Surprise is something the actress has come to expect when she’s reading her latest Doctor Who scripts. “You know, whenever I read it for the first time, it’s always a noisy read. I’m always gasping or laughing at loud, or, you know, there’s surprise enough—you’re the one that’s in it! But yet, you really have no idea what’s coming. So it’s always very thrilling to read it for the first time around.”

“Extremis” revealed that Missy is in the Vault as part of punishment for her various crimes… and that part of that punishment was meant to be her own execution, at the Doctor’s hands. Although ultimately the Doctor reveals he has no plans on killing his longtime frenemy, Missy’s supposedly final words to him mark a surprisingly intimate moment of friendship between the two Time Lords. “I think any great manipulator has to believe they’re kosher. I think any great salesman believes what they’re saying, and I think, in the moment, you know, she’s genuine,” Gomez said of Missy’s final plea. “And I think because, you know, if she’s trying to save her life—or she’s trying to err on another life, she would say and do anything. She has to. And then fuck the consequences of that, later!”

Speaking of those consequences, Gomez believes Missy is going to do whatever it takes to get out of the Vault—even if it means sinking as low as exploiting the Doctor’s blindness, revealed to her at the climax of the episode with the Doctor in crisis at an impending alien invasion. “I think she uses any opportunity to make a play in her favor, no matter what it is. She is armed with the ability to turn on a sentence in terms of her emotionality. That’s what makes her really dangerous,” Gomez hinted. “Because she’s so unpredictable and she commits to her emotions and she’s feeling. That’s what makes her dangerous, because she’s kind of weirdly—for a two-dimensional character—she’s very believable. And persuasive and seductive, in a way. She’s so ruthless, she’ll use anything to her means, really.”


So when Missy gets out—which, considering Gomez has already teased us with scenes she’ll be sharing with returning Master John Simm later this season, is practically a foregone conclusion at this point—don’t expect any more pleas of friendship with her oldest foe, or even Mexican takeout and shared tales of monsters eating people, as we’ve seen the Doctor offer in past episodes this season. The next time we’ll see Missy, it’ll be her on the look out for revenge at her imprisonment… and maybe even her wardens.

Doctor Who airs on BBC America Saturdays at 9/8 Central.

Missy & Monks

Extremis Reviewed

Do I really need to say that this a Spoiler Warning!?

extremis

“The Android Invasion” (1975) and “The Matrix” cross and have a baby called Extremis.

The Doctor, blind, receives a download from his simulated self (quite how is one nagging problem for me in the episode) but you don’t know that until the end. Hence, the Matrix-style ending.

We open with “the thing” that “happened” and because of that “thing” he is guarding a vault.

Turns out many pundits were correct, It was MISSY! She was supposed to have been executed on this faraway planet by these I-dont-remember-being-named-aliens who needed another of her race to execute her (quite why made no real sense).

The Doctor and Missy, along with Michelle Gomez and Peter Capaldi, shine in this brilliant scene that also has the comically villainess making fun of her supposed death.

“I agree to guard the body for a thousand years. ” He just didn’t mention that he fiddled with their equipment so it didn’t kill her.

“I’ve just be executed. Show some respect”–Missy

Thus she is in the vault. Guarded by him.

Reminiscent of the “Last of The Time Lords” where John Simms Master refused to be shut into the TARDIS by the Doctor.

I wonder what he will think of The Vault? 🙂

Then Bill has a date. It’s a nice scene. Her lesbianism is played for normal, as it should be, and not shouted from the rooftops with fireworks and a 50 piece brace band and Katie Perry signing “look at me I’m a lesbian in Doctor Who!!”. Thank goodness. The restraint is appreciated.

So she’s trying to have a normal date when that noise, that groaning asthmatic lion/elephant noise, comes from her bedroom.

Then the Pope walks out of her bedroom! Spewing Italian!

Hilarious.

But another, nag: HELLO!!! TARDIS TRANSLATION CIRCUITS!  Or did they lose the Italian file after “Masque of Mandragora”??

Peter Capaldi, the Reckless Doctor, continues to excel.

The Monks are creepy, but we don’t have enough information on them yet. They remind me of The Silence.

Where this becomes “The Android Invasion” is that the Aliens are running a simulation to study the people they want to invade and conquer and The Doctor (in this case the Simulated one) is the one to oppose it but in the end just uploads it to his real world counterpart.

Veritas, “The Truth”. The world is only a simulation and all the people merely programmed computer bytes.

Very “Matrix”. The world you see is a lie.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-we-living-in-a-computer-simulation/

The real Truth is that this was a cracker of an episode. Easily the best of the season so far and as I predicted, The Vault is a Moffat Re-direction of sorts. Oh, it is important, but it’s THAT important,as in the main arc. That’s something else entirely. So this was the early series bait for the bigger fish, possibly The Monks, to come swimming in.

I cracked up every time Nardole had to cover for the Doctor’s blindness by describing what was in front of them. That was a new bit for Who, and a bit comical that lightened up the scene. Nardole had a lot more depth and character development in this episode. And The Doctor apparently didn’t “just but him back together again” since he has license to kick The Doctor’s ass from his late wife, River.

I will miss Peter. I will miss Michelle.

Oh Missy…

Radio Times:

After a bit of an absence Doctor Who star Michelle Gomez is returning to the sci-fi series in tonight’s episode Extremis, with the Scottish actress (who plays a female incarnation of longstanding Time Lord villain The Master) keen to resume the part that’s been a hit with viewers since she first debuted in 2014.

“It’s always amazing, because it’s just such a fun role, and it’s such a great cast of people,” Gomez told RadioTimes.com. “Yeah, it’s really…it’s good. You can quote me on that – ‘it’s really good.’

“It does blow me away that I’ve got more than one fan, and that’s my mum. And I’m still in a state of humbled gratitude towards that. That Missy as the Master being the first female Master was so wholeheartedly accepted. And that’s not lost on me, I’m very grateful for that.”

With that said, things have changed a bit since Missy’s last appearance – longstanding companion Jenna Coleman has gone and newbie Pearl Mackie is now at the Doctor’s side, with Matt Lucas’ valet Nardole also joining the Tardis team this series. So how will Missy react to Bill and the other new faces?

“I think the usual Missy reaction – just sort of some other little toy to play with and then cast aside,” Gomez said. “I don’t think she actually really sees Bill to be honest – she sort of moves past the companion pretty swiftly and gets to the Doctor as quickly as possible.

“I mean it is different,” she added more seriously. “It’s always good to have a new, fresh, energy. But you know, obviously the dynamic with Missy and Clara last year, it was almost like a double act.

“Which was kind of bizarre, you didn’t really see that coming. Cos Jenna Coleman is actually an extremely funny woman indeed. And so we really enjoyed that.

“Whereas this year, you know Pearl’s completely different energy, which was really exciting to work with also. It’s always good to embrace a new energy. So you’ll see – it’s different. But of course it’s different, she’s a completely different person playing it.

“And then obviously there’s Matt [Lucas] as well, that comes into it. I think Matt and Pearl are more of the double act this year.”

Of course, as much as fans will be excited to see Missy bouncing off the Doctor’s new pals, the real excitement is expected later in the series, when the Time Lady will team up with her previous incarnation (played by a returning John Simm, last seen in a 2009 episode of the series) for the two-part finale in a dark twist on the programme’s trademark multi-Doctor episodes.

Michelle Gomez as Missy and John Simm as The Master

“Well, you’re going to find out that everything that happens is all a bit odd,” Gomez said of the upcoming team-up. “And it’s all about the shock yes, and it’s all about the shock.”

But perhaps keen to preserve that shock, Gomez was cagey about other details of the pair’s appearances together, deflecting when asked what the reaction was when Simm’s Master saw her female incarnation.

“Oh I don’t know, you’d have to ask him,” she told us. “It’s his reaction, not mine. Ask John.”

When asked how Missy herself reacts, she added gnomically: “Erm…it was exciting?”

Still, the former Green Wing star could be enticed into talking about the acting challenge present in two Masters sharing the screen, promising that her famously off-the-wall interpretation will be even weirder this time around.

“I think the dynamic with the fact that there’s two Masters in one brings a sort of weirdness that even I didn’t think I could reach,” she laughed.

Michelle Gomez in the new series of Doctor Who

“And it really was like John and I were presented with an acting challenge which was really exciting. Because you think you know a character and you think you know a job because you’ve been doing it for three years, and then it’s completely up-ended and is changed beyond recognition.

“And that brings with it change. And I think it’s good – I think change is good. I don’t think we can ever when we’re in the realm of telling stories, stay in the same place. I think there’s always something new to say.”

Though of course through all the new faces, returning villains and exciting new storylines there’s one thing that definitely hasn’t changed – Missy’s complex relationship with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, which is caught somewhere between bitter foes and best friends.

“It’s a friendship that’s gone wrong over time,” Gomez mused of the pair’s relationship. “But I think they’re still happy to see one another, and then within five minutes of each other’s company they remember why they deleted them in the first place.”

It is, however, also a relationship that’s swiftly coming to an end.  You see, this series will mark Gomez’ last time playing Missy, with the actress revealing to RadioTimes.com earlier this week that she’d decided to leave due to the approaching departure of Capaldi and head writer Steven Moffat.

“My pals are going so I’m going,” Gomez told us. “Everybody’s leaving, so I’m going too. I mean, what would I do without Peter and Steven? Who would I be?

“Nah, it’s done now. It’s over. It’s the end of a chapter.”

Michelle Gomez in tonight’s episode of Doctor Who

And while she said she had no regrets about her decision, she admitted she’d always feel a certain nostalgia for the series that gave her the role of a lifetime.

“[I’ll miss] the fact that it was probably one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” she said. “The fact that I’m a woman of a certain age who’s this ass-kicking action figure.

“I won’t miss the corset because that was agony, and I’m a woman that likes a big lunch. And that’s not fun to wear after you’ve had two helpings and dessert.

“So I won’t miss that. But I’ll miss the amazing, wonderful, incredible Peter Capaldi, who I think is one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had. I’ll miss somebody like Steven Moffat writing me the best lines I’ve ever had in my career.

“I won’t miss the rain in Wales, but I will miss Wales. And the incredible crew that work so hard. It’s not work for them, it’s a passion, and that’s wonderful to be surrounded by. It’s very inspiring and energising.

“Yeah, I’m gonna miss a lot about that job,” she concluded. “It was a great job.”

Michelle Gomez will return to tonight’s Doctor Who episode Extremis.

Extremis Preview

Episode 6. The Pope. The Vault. The Monks. And “The Truth”…

TARDIS 360

The BBC’s brand new Doctor Who game lets fans take a spin around all of space and time in the TARDIS.

Anyone who’s ever dreamt of helping The Doctor to outrun the Daleks, the Ice Warriors, the Cyberman or Missy (or The Master, for that matter!) should check out the new mobile game Time Vortex 360.

In this 360-degree game, you can control the TARDIS console to hurtle through the recesses of the future and the past all while trying to dodge attacks from classic Doctor Who alien species.

ll you have to do to become a virtual Time Lord is visit the BBC Taster platform and pair Time Vortex 360 with your own device — but beware that The Doctor’s enemies are harder to outrun the longer you play.

“The beauty of this game is that you can use your mobile phone to fly the TARDIS wherever you are. Digital innovation is at the very heart of Doctor Who – this 360 degree game allows people to navigate the TARDIS through time and space like never before,” BBC Digital Drama’s creative director Jo Pearce announced.

“We’ve seen a lot of innovation recently in the 360 and virtual reality space, but the majority has focused on experiential video-based experiences. This game, however, brings together the worlds of casual, arcade-style gaming and 360/VR to create a fun Doctor Who experience that people can easily pick up and play, wherever they are.”

If nothing else, Time Vortex 360 is a fun time-and-space waster until Doctor Who returns with its next all-new episode this weekend.

Will You Miss Missy?

Michelle Gomez to leave Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat

Michelle Gomez has revealed that she’s leaving Doctor Who.

The Scottish star (who has played villain Missy since 2014) has chosen to say goodbye to the BBC sci-fi series due to the departure of lead actor Peter Capaldi and head writer Steven Moffat this Christmas.

“My pals are going so I’m going,” Gomez told RadioTimes.com. “Everybody’s leaving, so I’m going too. I mean, what would I do without Peter and Steven? Who would I be?

“Nah, it’s done now. It’s over. It’s the end of a chapter,” she confirmed.

Gomez first appeared in 2014 episode Deep Breath as the mysterious Missy, who over the course of that year’s series was revealed to be a female regeneration of classic villain the Master (previously played by Roger Delgado, Anthony Ainley and John Simm among others).

So far she’s appeared in nine separate episodes, and is set to return for three more (including the two-part series 10 finale) in Doctor’s Who’s current run, where she’s expected to team up with her predecessor as the Master, John Simm.

And Gomez says there’s plenty she’ll miss about her time in the series, which has seen her become a hit with fans.

“[I’ll miss] the fact that it was probably one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” she told us. “The fact that I’m a woman of a certain age who’s this ass-kicking action figure.

“I won’t miss the corset because that was agony, and I’m a woman that likes a big lunch. And that’s not fun to wear after you’ve had two helpings and dessert.

“So I won’t miss that. But I’ll miss the amazing, wonderful, incredible Peter Capaldi, who I think is one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had. I’ll miss somebody like Steven Moffat writing me the best lines I’ve ever had in my career.

“I won’t miss the rain in Wales, but I will miss Wales. And the incredible crew that work so hard. It’s not work for them, it’s a passion, and that’s wonderful to be surrounded by. It’s very inspiring and energising.

“Yeah, I’m gonna miss a lot about that job,” she concluded. “It was a great job.”

10 Will Rise Again

David Tennant and Billie Piper to reunite as the Tenth Doctor and Rose for new Doctor Who project

By Paul Jones

Big news for New Who fans – Tardis power couple The Tenth Doctor and Rose are returning for a brand new series of adventures together.

Billie Piper will join David Tennant for her first ever Doctor Who audio episodes from Big Finish productions, in Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2.

Piper’s Big Finish debut is the first time she and Tennant have worked together on Doctor Who since the 50th anniversary television special The Day of the Doctor in 2013, and the first time she has appeared as the Doctor’s regular companion since 2006 TV episode Doomsday.

Volume 2 of The Tenth Doctor Adventures follows Tennant’s first set of Big Finish outings with Catherine Tate’s Donna Noble in 2016.

The new episodes will also star Camille Coduri as Rose’s mum Jackie and Nicholas Briggs as Ice Warriors Lord Hasskor and Warrior Slaan.

“It was such a special time for me, working with Billie and David on the TV show,” said Nicholas Briggs, “and it is such an honour to revisit it with them on audio.”

“We were thrilled by the response to the first volume,” said producer David Richardson. “David Tennant and Catherine Tate were on fantastic form, and it’s so exciting to reunite David with Billie Piper, playing the Doctor and Rose together again after nine years! Their time in the series transformed Doctor Who into a prime-time and international hit, and we’ve worked very hard to live up to the incredible standards of Russell T Davies.”

In the first of the three new stories, Attack of the Zaross, an alien invasion of Earth isn’t quite what it seems.

In Sword of the Chevalier, the Doctor and Rose arrive in glamorous Slough in 1791 where they encounter an enigmatic ex-spy who has lived his life as a woman, and tackle alien slavers intent on trafficking human cargo.

And rounding off the series is Cold Vengeance, a clash with the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors.

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 will be available in both a Limited Edition Deluxe box set, and as three individual vanilla releases. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 1, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, is currently available on CD and download from bigfinish.com

Peter Jackson Revisited

Departing Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has for the first-time questioned whether Sir Peter Jackson would have been a good fit for the long-running sci-fi franchise.

In an interview with Britain’s Empire magazine, the 55-year-old showrunner, who is leaving the BBC series at the end of 2017, admitted that while he might have been disappointed that he could never realise Jackson’s dream to helm an episode of the series, he wondered whether the Kiwi director might have been frustrated by the way the show operates.

“How much of Peter Jackson’s trademark brilliance would still be visible in a show like Doctor Who where, frankly the showrunner will often recut it all?”

Jackson has long expressed a desire to direct an episode of Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in 1963.  In late 2015, he posted a video on his Facebook page featuring current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi entitled Home Invasion.

Earlier, he had told the Doctor Who producers to name a time and place for him to direct an episode after 11th Doctor actor Matt Smith suggested it in 2012. That Christmas Jackson, who worked alongside Moffat on The Adventures of Tintin in 2011, met with the showrunner to discuss the idea. Later in, 2013, Jackson told Entertainment Weekly he’d waive his usual fee and direct Doctor Who for a gold Dalek prop.

Moffat, a life-long fan of Doctor Who, who took over the show in 2009, has been criticised for many things during his time in charge, including making the show “too scary for children” and  overcomplicating and changing The Doctor’s backstory.

Broadchurch‘s Chris Chibnall takes over as boss after this year’s Christmas Special, which is also likely to reveal the 13th Doctor – the replacement for outgoing actor Peter Capaldi.

 – Stuff NZ