Happy Birthday Christopher Eccleston!

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Today marks the 53rd birthday of Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor! We might only have had one series with this incarnation of the Time Lord, but it’s undeniable that Eccleston had the task of bringing the show back from the dead, and did it fantastically.  Without this man’s performance as the Doctor, we might not have the show today; so he truly is a Hero of Who.

Happy Birthday Christopher Eccleston!

Ninth, Tenth & Eleventh Doctor’s On Big Finish!

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Exciting news from Big Finish today, as they’ve announced three new series, focussing on the New-Who Doctors. The Ninth Doctor ChroniclesThe Tenth Doctor Chronicles and The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles are a series of box sets, with narration from Nick Briggs, and guest appearances. From what I can gather, this is like New Who Companion Chronicles, and frankly, I’m super excited!

Read on after the break for the entire Big Finish announcement, or click here to read it on their site. Within the next few days, I’ll be speculating what this announcement might mean for the future of New-Who on Big Finish…

Who ever thought that this would be a sight on the Big Finish Ranges page?

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A Chat With Matt Fitton

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Matt Fitton is one of the staples of Big Finish. If you’ve listened to any Big Finish story from the past few years, chances are Matt has had his hand in it in some way. If you search for ‘Matt Fitton’ in the Big Finish search bar, you get given a whopping 73 hits; so this guy knows his stuff about Big Finish and Doctor Who. I was lucky enough to be able to have a chat with Matt about Big Finish and Doctor Who, and here’s what he had to say…
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How Should The Twelfth Doctor Regenerate?

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With Peter Capaldi announcing that he’s going to regenerate on Christmas Day, a lot of people are speculating who is going to replace him as the Doctor. Today though, I don’t want to speculate on which actor should play the Thirteenth Doctor, but to speculate how or what will cause the Twelfth Doctor to regenerate. Here are a few ideas as to what should be the cause of the Twelfth Doctor’s demise…

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Peter Capaldi Leaving In 2017

Ep 12 IconicOn An Evening With Peter Capaldi on BBC Radio 2 this evening, Peter Capaldi announced that Series 10, which is set to start on April 15th, will be his last as the Doctor. Like Matt Smith before him, Peter Capaldi is set to regenerate into the Thirteenth Doctor on Christmas Day.

This also reflects the events of the last showrunner change, when David Tennant left alongside Russell T Davis so Steven Moffat could have an entirely fresh slate.

Of course, we still have thirteen episodes left of Peter Capaldi, and we now have an air date for Series 10 (April 15th- July 1st), and the Christmas Special to look forward to.

R.I.P John Hurt

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Well, this certainly isn’t an article I was expecting to write bleary-eyed on a Saturday morning, nor was it one that I thought I would have to report so soon. John Hurt, known for playing the War Doctor in Doctor Who, Ollivander in Harry Potter, the Elephant Man, Winston Smith in 1984, and many, many more roles, has sadly passed away at the age of 77.

John Hurt’s Doctor was one of the most grounded, well performed and tormented incarnations we’ve ever seen, even though he only appeared in one full episode, The Day Of The Doctor. I remember watching The Name Of The Doctor, and in those closing moments when John Hurt turned around, I was speechless; this man, despite only saying a few words, was already the Doctor. Of course, John Hurt then joined Big Finish, and we have three superb box sets of War Doctor stories, with a fourth to be released next month. We also have John Hurt’s portrayal of HG Wells’ The Invisible Man that is due for release sometime next week.

I never had the good fortune to meet John Hurt, which is a shame because what I understand from all the interviews either with him or about him, is that John Hurt was one of the worlds good people.

This is a weird article to write, mainly because this is the first death of a Doctor that I’ve experienced. (Jon Petrtwee passed away when I was under a month old.) The world has certainly lost a phenomenal actor, and the best gravelly voice I’ve ever heard. My thoughts and condolences are with John’s family and friends at this awful time.

Rest In Peace John Hurt
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