The BBC has announced that it will be launching a new Doctor Who game online this week. Titled The Doctor and The Dalek the game will help teach children basic computer coding skills in accordance with the UK’s Key Stage 2 and 3 computing curriculum.
It features voicework from The Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, as well as an original story written by Phil Ford. Jo Pearce of BBC Wales Interactive explained the concept of the game, saying:
Children will be learning these increasingly important new skills while being actively entertained. The idea behind it is simply to use one of our biggest, most popular brands to inspire children to find out more about programming.
The game will be available on the CBBC website from Wednesday, you can watch the trailer below.
The BBC has announced that Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes, Line of Duty) is to star in an episode of Doctor Who. Hawes will play Ms. Delphox, who is described as ‘a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret.’ The episode will see the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) ‘come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet.’
Steve Thompson, who wrote previous Doctor Who episodes Journey to the Centre of the Tardis and The Curse of the Black Spot, is on writing duty while Douglas Mackinnon, who worked with Hawes on Line of Duty, will direct.
Keeley Hawes said on landing the role:
I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I’ve had a lot of fun playing.
While Showrunner, Steven Moffat, added:
Anyone watching Jed Mercurio’s amazing Line of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of year. And now it’s about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker.
The announcement was made at midnight on Doctor Who’s official Facebook page, which could hint at an added importance for the character, with such announcements usually reserved for major news such as Matt Smith’s departure. With Hawes’ character having a ‘dark secret’ could she be someone from the Doctor’s past? We may have to wait until the Autumn, when the new series premieres, to find out.
Doctor Who is getting a new recurring character played by Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) for Peter Capaldi’s first series as the Doctor. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also works.
Anderson said of being cast:
I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!
Showrunner Steven Moffat added:
‘For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!
Series 8 will begin airing later this year, with filming currently underway on episode 4, guest starring Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5 which will co-star Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch) and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).
A full synopsis of the episode has also been released as follows:
The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th Anniversary Special: in 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion.
All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.
The moment is coming…
The episode will broadcast simultaneously around the globe on 23 November, starting at 7.50pm GMT.
The BBC has released a special trailer celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who. It features all eleven incarnations of the Doctor as well as many famous companions and enemies from the show’s long history. The trailer does not actually contain any footage from The Day of The Doctor but is nevertheless sure to get fans excited for the anniversary episode.
There is just over a month left to wait now until The Day of The Doctor is broadcast simultaneously around the globe on November 23.
The BBC has released six new images from The Day Of The Doctor, the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who. The episode is set to be simulcast globally on November 23, a first for the series, and stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper. Check out the rest of the images in the gallery below.
Nine previously missing episodes of Doctor Who from the 1960’s have been discovered at a TV station in Nigeria. The episodes all come from Patrick Troughton’s second Doctor era, specifically the stories The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World. The episodes were lost when the BBC destroyed many of the tapes in the 1960’s and 70’s following their original transmission, fortunately many episodes were copied to film and sold to foreign broadcasters as was the case here.
Restored versions of the episodes are now available to buy on iTunes. You can find trailers for both serials below.
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The BBC have released the above image from behind the scenes of ‘The Day of The Doctor’, the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, revealing the involvement of the Daleks in the episode. Alongside the image it was announced that two ‘stings’ for the episode will air on BBC One tonight, before and after the new fantasy series Atlantis, which starts at 8.25pm. These stings will reveal the new ident for the episode as well as a twitter hashtag.
A trailer for the episode is also in the works which the BBC promises will be released ‘soon’ as the hype machine swings into full gear approaching the episode’s air date on 23 November.