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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Filling The Doctor Who Void: News Roundup (March 19th-31st)

ALL of the Daleks are back for the new series, apparently!
Ever since Jenna-Louise Coleman's revelation as the new companion for Doctor Who last week, things have been a lot more concrete on the new front, with confirmation of the series scheduling and the release of the first full trailer for the new series (catch it below if you missed it), plus loads more announcements...
CLASSIC TIME- After last year's successful range of beautiful re-released classic novelisations, BBC Books has announced another range of them. This time, Day of the Daleks; The Three Doctors; The Tenth Planet; The Ark In Space; The Loch Ness Monster and The Ice Warriors all get brought back to shelves with new introductions from modern authors and scriptwrights. The new set of novels will be with us in May.
AN ETERNITY TO WAIT?- However, SuperMassive Games have confirmed that the new Who video game The Eternity Clock's release on PS3 and PSVita has been delayed by a month, so we won't get that now until April.
NO CUMBERBATCH, SERIES 7 TEASERS- Steven Moffat has revealed to the Radio Times that Benedict Cumberbatch will not be playing the Master in Series Seven as previously rumoured, saying there was never a plan to do so and even if there had been, the current Sherlock is rather busy filming movies and shows. He also revealed that Series Seven currently has no two-parters, but there will be a story arc through the fourteen standalone episodes leading to an epic finale. There was a hint too that we should look out for Episode 2's title- I'd say it'll involve the words 'Egypt' and/or 'Cleopatra', as the trail for S7 teased an underground Egyptian futuristic romp.
JENNA-LOUISE IS COMING- On top of revealing Jenna-Louise Coleman is the new companion for Who, Steven Moffat told the press that the meeting between the Doctor and his new friend will be different to usual: "Who she's playing, how the Doctor meets her and even where he finds her are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters..." We'll find out just what that exciting challenge is in the Christmas Special!
THE BIG APPLE/ANGEL- At the official Who convention, executive producer Caroline Skinner confirmed that Episode 5, which will see the return of the Weeping Angels and the tragic departure of Amy and Rory Pond, will be shot and set in New York. Perhaps this is the story where Canton Deleware III will return in some form, possibly in the late 70s or early 80s? Will the Statue of Liberty be revealed as an Angel, and could the Ponds be seperated by the time-shifting powers of the Angels, or does an even darker fate await them...?
CONVENTIONAL DETAILS?- Blogtor Who managed to pick up a few more enticing teasers on Series 7 from the official convention: the first episode will feature the Daleks (more on them later); both Episodes 1 and 5 are written by Steven Moffat and the season is currently set to run continuously from November onwards, so perhaps we'll get 13 episodes of Merlin from September-November 2012, then Who from November-February 2013, leaving us with a heck of a lot of great drama before we head towards the big 50th Anniversary specials of the Autumn.
LIGHTING THE TORCH- Starz have also confirmed that Torchwood may well return in the near future, even though it may be a little while yet as creator Russell T Davies is still busy with new fantasy CBBC show Wizards Vs Aliens. The Moff confirmed at the Convention that no other spin-offs are in the works right now as he's busy with Who and Sherlock, but Caroline said we shouldn't rule out the possibility of a new show in the universe coming soon.
DALEKS AHOY!- Finally, the official website confirmed that multiple varieties of the Daleks will be back for Episode 1, as shown in that first image...
MONDAY 2ND- The Nightmare Of Eden DVD; Paradise Towers and Energy Of The Daleks Audio Drama CDs
THURSDAY 5TH- The new issue of DWM arrives, revealing details on the first five episodes of the series and featuring the first full interview with new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

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