It is the second to be led by Chris Chibnall as head writer and executive producer, alongside executive producer Matt Strevens, the twelfth to air after the programme's revival in 2005, and the thirty-eighth season overall. Doctor Who cliffhanger to be resolved in Dalek Christmas special, final episode reveals . You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. So it changed everything. John Barrowman: How dare you! We watched Gareth Southgate's men knowing that the rest of the country was, too, poised in living rooms and pub gardens, ready to bury their heads in a sofa or throw their pints in the air. The script swerved between comedy, action and drama often enough to keep everyone guessing. And we have to not – and I tell young people this, don’t go away and cry in a corner and be apologetic and be like: “Oh, they hurt me. When the scary monsters appear, you could be watching any other well-made but conventional science-fiction or … It’s out there. Co-producer Charlie Brooker's fingerprints are everywhere in the way Morgan's vain, poorly informed, easily distracted Cunk operates within a ruthlessly satirical production, which sends up the tropes and cliches of every dodgy documentary and history programme. All the time. We’re sure there’s going to be health and safety concerns about that…, It’s my Dalek, I can do what I want. Doctor … Doctor Who: The Weird Anomaly of the 1965 'Christmas Special' December 2, 2020 | By Andrew Blair. Such as? exists. Can I say that? Watch Doctor Who, past, present and future adventures. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. [Does a high kick]. So I bought it. I will never apologise for being myself. BBC ... the Doctor and her friends will be back for a one-off extended Special around Christmas and New Year. And that made a huge impact for young queer boys and girls at that time, and actually, also to trans young boys and girls, that it opened the door to realise that here’s a man who’s openly gay, unapologetic, he’s playing a hero on a major TV show that is broadcast around the world. Now, for the actual review: Other than my confusion about how "their descendants" are guardians when they went to isolated parts of the world on their own, I really enjoyed this episode. I own it. As a slightly cheesy reminder of what we love about ‘Doctor Who’, this is a New Year treat that more than delivers, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. I’m not saying anything. Is that something that you would like to do more of? I have to do some messages to fans today. And I understand that times were different and things were different. PinkNews: With you being Doctor Who royalty was it all a bit Norma Desmond for you when you went back on set? Ooooh, is that the cordite whiff of political commentary smuggled into child-friendly science fiction? A second series has been commissioned. A pair of romantically entangled archaeologists uncover the creature and, taking time out from making big gooey eyes (give it a rest, we’re all still hungover), accidentally allow the Dalek to reconstitute himself (technically it should be “itself” but this Dalek is definitely a bloke). Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Look at New Zealand, one of the biggest LGBTQIA fabulous cabinets, because we’re represented. And it’s played by an openly gay man. They’re going to get out in the streets and they’re going to speak up, they’re going to protest, they’re going to run for office. Yeah. December 26, 2016. As Captain Jack Harkness, the omnisexual immortal Time Agent, John Barrowman blazed onto screens in the 2005 revival of Doctor Who and has never looked back. But of course that doesn’t include the controversial New Year’s Day special (controversial because it isn’t on Christmas Day, as per Time Lord tradition). What have we been missing all this time? All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers ... A new Doctor Who special from Big Finish features eight different versions of the Master, one of the Doctor's most infamous foes, all together. Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks is on BBC One, 1 January at 6.45pm. Most Viewed Xmas Special (2005-2016) January 3, 2017. And the older generation was a little thrown by it. It is not a happy tale. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. 2020, BBC America, 10 episodes Doctor Who: Resolution (2019 New Year's Special) 95%. The ageing patriarch and his scheming children. With eyes wide and wearing an expression of delighted incredulousness, she’s in her element pinging across the dimensions battling the Dalek. That’s the most important thing for me in life. The Doctor will return in the upcoming festive season entitled Revolution of the Daleks. Doctor Who has another new mystery for fans to work out before the end of the series.. At a time when we all watch things at different times, here was something unmistakably live. He burst convincingly out of the charming fop mould he has slept in so comfortably for thirty years. We can thank Jesse Armstrong, co-creator of Peep Show, and his all-star line-up of British writers, including the Lucy Prebble, Tony Roche and Georgia Pritchett. Doctor Who series 12 returns on New Year's Day 2020 for a two-part special entitled Spyfall. So it showed us that the younger generation didn’t care. Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels have the kind of precisely drawn interiority that makes any kind of adaptation seem doomed to fail. A smart script kept us guessing right up to an ending that denied us the closure we had expected. So immediately, my husband and I, who have been married in two countries – because we have to be in order to be legal now and it’s not recognised all over the place – we would then become forced to be divorced. Yes, the national team have played on television in a World Cup before, but I'm including this because the outcome, an England penalty shoot-out victory, was so unusual as to count as a whole new format. ... Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! I remember growing up myself when I watched – and in fact, the remake of it, I haven’t watched the full thing yet because the original I didn’t like – The Boys in the Band. This is no ordinary advocate of planet-wide “exxxxxtermination”, moreover. So yeah, it was a Norma Desmond moment. That was in our house in Wales and it’s been shipped out here to California. I’d love to come back.” And I left it at that. Under most circumstances, the Doctor Who Christmas Special is exactly as its title suggests: a bit of timey … It's unusual for a TV writer to attract more attention than the stars or director. One of the themes in this season is a family, and that's clear in a Doctor and in story lines that reinforce the importance of family and family-like connections. Fifteen years later, things are starting to change. But you’re right, because it’s not always been that positive. 0. Doctor Who Series 10 (2017) UK Ratings Accumulator. And now there are more positive, queer roles on television. There still are people who think that today, I mean, our president of the United States or the Republican Party, they want to take away our queer rights, and they want to take marriage equality away from us. Because even when I did it the first time, never did I think that Jack would become as popular or as iconic, as he has to the fact that literally that character changed my life. With Aaron and Aaron’s magic microwave for back-up, the Doctor and her crew melt the Dalek’s casing and then blast the menace into an exploding star. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor and their companions from planet Earth. Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016 Christmas Special) 89%. I had a conversation with [Doctor Who showrunner] Chris Chibnall. But we just played it on. It’s mine, I can do whatever the hell I want with it. We’re starting to get represented here in the government over here, we’re starting to get represented more and more also all over in Britain, the British government, so yes, it made a change. There's little depth on offer, though some fun teases as to the Tenth Doctor's ultimate fate helped perk fan interest back in 2008. Some viewers switched off after the first episodes, which took time to set the scene. There’s the 20- to 30-year-olds now who were younger when they watched the show. And I understand that times were different and things were different. Release date: The government is still up to a lot of nonsense, but the days of this kind of cover-up, for these reasons, is surely over. So it exists. And so the big twist at the conclusion of Chris Chibnall’s first stretch at the helm of Doctor Who is revealed to be the return of a familiar foe. But I bought that, I said to the production – it was Russell [T Davies] and Julie Gardener – I said: “I want a Dalek.” And Julie said: “Well, which one?” I said: “I want one that’s been in. For 10 seasons, Doctor Who aired a Christmas Special on Christmas Day. Doctor Who Christmas Special, BBC One, review Chris Harvey reviews Steven Moffat's sci-fi reworking of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. ... Read our review of the Doctor … I’ve always tried to live my life openly, honestly, and not apologise for who I am. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Not it does the alien much good. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? And also as John the fan of, I bought it. So to have a character that was written by Russell [T Davies] and the team, and Steven Moffat who helped create Jack in “The Empty Child” episode… I don’t think we knew the impact it was going to have. There is a vague Brexit gag in there, too. Listen, I’ll tell you exactly what I did. Sadly, there will be no more adventures until 2020. That’s not who I am as a gay man, I’m proud of being gay, and I don’t want to change, I would never want to change. Doctor Who wants fans to make space for the first real look at the 12th series – and there's drama, danger and a few old foes in store for Jodie Whittaker and her TARDIS crew.. 10 month wait has officially begun. Peter Capaldi says goodbye and Jodie Whittaker says hello in an emotional Doctor Who Christmas Special that moves the series forward in a big way. His Patrick could be brilliant, witty, cruel and pitiful, sometimes in the same smack-addled sentence. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Then Emma (Davis herself) arrived, a tornado of sex and bad intentions. Celebrity Christmas Special — The Great British Sewing Bee, 2020 Specials Sara Pascoe, Dr Ranj Singh, Denise Van Outen and Shirley Ballas take on sewing challenges. Wed 8 Jan 2020 11.28 EST Last modified on Wed 15 Jan 2020 09.07 EST. Sally4Ever proved yet again that there is nobody working today – or at least nobody with the same platform – with a blacker sense of humour. Directed by Euros Lyn. I miss the Christmas theme that's become tradition, but things change. Correct. More tellingly, this Christmas I found my four nieces and nephews (aged 12 to 18, its key audience) entranced by a repeat of the 2010 special, A Christmas Carol. It was about a lot of angry, bitter people who didn’t like themselves. It made people think, ‘I’m not going to sit back and let people shove me aside.’ They looked at the heroes, Captain Jack, and the Doctor to help them be progressive with change, and I f**king love that. But I bought that, I said to the production – it was Russell [T Davies] and Julie Gardener – I said: “I want a Dalek.” And Julie said: “Well, which one?” I said: “I want one that’s been in Doctor Who and also is crossed into Torchwood, I want it special.” So they put a Torchwood “T” on the front of it, like it’s been branded by us because it was captured. The twelfth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who premiered on 1 January 2020 and aired through to 1 March 2020. Watch Doctor Who. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. It was actually, if I can say, one of the first positive iconic roles for the queer community. Both leads demanded attention: Comer the magnetic murderer, Oh the harassed but brilliant spy. But what it does though, is that younger generation, it makes them, again, it’s that unapologetic aspect, they’re not going to take it. Saturday 19th March 2005, saw a Who night of The Story of Dr Who, Some Things You Need To Know About Dr Who, and Dr Who … And it was a risk. Instead it was a gripping start to Sky Atlantic's impressive run, with James taking the lead as Nelly, the womanising bum who gains a new lease of investigative energy when his estranged daughter Jody vanishes. Perhaps the world is changing. Either way it’s on to the more pressing task of stopping the Dalek, which has taken the obvious step of driving – via the possessed Lin – to a farmhouse in deepest Yorkshire. It’s not a choice. There’s people who say they looked up to Jack because there was no positive reference to look at on television for them when they were in a household where they were told that they were not to be gay. Beneath the shagging, drugs, excrement, manipulation and malice were pockets of tenderness, but you had to look pretty hard to see them. Yes, you could describe it as a musical theatre moment like Norma Desmond returning to the screen. Enter your email to receive a daily roundup of the top LGBT+ news stories, Fifteen years later – via headlining the show in spin-off. Or is it? Mark Shenton, who’s a reporter, recently put something out on Instagram, which I read and responded to, where his dad just recently said that, “My religion tells me that you are evil, and you’re the utmost despised things”. I find it hilarious. For me, Jack, I’ve seen many incarnations of Daleks, right? The New Year's Day special elevates Jodie Whittaker's stature as the Doctor But we cared for them, too. [Grins] Oh no. And it’s entirely up to them. [Grins] Oh no. Because even when I did it the first time, never did I think that Jack would become as popular or as iconic, as he has to the fact that literally that character changed my life. Doctor Who review – only Jodie ... despite being super-aliens, were powerless when confronted by the BBC’s special effects budget, ... • This article was amended on 6 January 2020. It was a risk to normalise something that people still thought was bad, evil and wrong. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. It’s all incredibly whizz bang, and a bit exhausting if you’re not in the mood (on New Year’s Day you very possibly aren’t). So it showed us that the younger generation didn’t care. I've loved this series of Doctor Who from the beginning. A shame, too, that Chibnall didn’t squeeze in more of the Game of Thrones-style hack and slash from the scene-setting flashback to the Dalek’s original defeat. So we have to make sure that everything is covered in these aspects. And the older generation was a little thrown by it. We’re born this way. Like The Rolling Stones, he has been on his farewell tour since about 1970, but unlike Jagger & Co, the returns are not diminishing. They made the Roy family expats themselves, and you could hear the old aristocratic froideur in every withering put-down. Jacob Stolworthy @Jacob_Stol. 0 comments. It’s the pictures that got small! Sunday 01 March 2020 21:00. PinkNews Zoomed with the actor, singer and presenter from his Palm Springs home to talk queering up the British sci-fi institution. Doctor Who Series 12 (2020-21) UK Ratings Accumulator UPDATED. Doctor Who wants fans to make space for the first real look at the 12th series – and there's drama, danger and a few old foes in store for Jodie Whittaker and her TARDIS crew.. How does it feel to have been part of something that from a queer perspective was actually extremely progressive, even for 2005? News; TLV; Stories; Explore; TARDIS; Games; Watch; Shop; Sign Up; Watch. So we have to make sure that everything is covered in these aspects. The news that Doctor Who would be moving its annual holiday special from Christmas to New Year’s Day was met with mixed reactions. It was still a Le Carré adaptation on the BBC sprinkled with famous faces, but the differences were as pronounced as the similarities. But this is the thing, and this is what we never need to forget as a community. Doctor Who was the 5th most watched show on Christmas Day. Florence Pugh was dazzling as the ingenue actress Charlie, recruited for a dangerous mission across Europe, ably supported by Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Shannon as her spook handlers. The only Christmas Special to come out of what fans consider “Old Who” (the original era of \"Doctor Who\" before its 2005 revival) was \"The Feast of Steven,\" an episode of \"Doctor Who\" that was part of \"The Daleks’ Master Plan\" arc (a story arc that brought about many ‘firsts’ for the Doctor Who series, including the death of a companion), but also it did the one thing that the show has not done again since. Sally (Catherine Shepherd) was already surrounded by monsters: her loser of a boyfriend (Alex MacQueen) and tricky colleagues played by Julian Barratt and Felicity Montagu. Yet as a slightly cheesy reminder of what we love about Doctor Who – i.e. Don’t get me started! Here she turned her hand to a spy thriller, an adaptation of Luke Jennings' novels about a beautiful assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), and the MI6 agent given the task of hunting her down, Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh). DOCTOR Who has been missing from TV screens for almost 12 months, however, this will all change on New Year's Day 2020. I have no idea what you’re talking about the new design of Daleks. We always joked that Captain Jack would go with anyone with a postcode. I get it every single day. Now it’s Jodie’s turn. Sunday 01 March 2020 21:00. Doctor Who. N.b. Doctor Who series 12 cast If that isn’t evil personified, what is? Doctor Who Spyfall Part One review: ... Wednesday, 1st January 2020 at 8:00 pm . Click the link below to find out where to catch up on the latest series and the … And now there are more positive, queer roles on television. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Being properly nasty he goes on to disrupt Britain’s wi-fi signal and banishes Netflix. In a way, it wasn’t gender specific. [Laughs] I do want to – actually I might do this around towards the holidays – go out in the Dalek around the streets of Palm Springs and just see if anybody recognises it and not tell them who’s inside it. For a father to speak to his son that way, no matter what you feel or believe, that is just pure evil. Presumably you’ve had experiences with fans that have said Captain Jack has influenced them? Beginning with the Thirteenth Doctor, the traditional Christmas special episode was moved to the following New Year's Day timeslot, with episodes being produced for the holiday, including "Resolution" (2019), "Spyfall, Part 1" (2020), and "Revolution of the Daleks" (2021). So it just doesn’t make sense. Lennie James's missing-child thriller Save Me looked as though it might be a paint-by-numbers affair. Luckily there were also gales of laughter. You haven’t done a Katy Manning [former Doctor Who companion who posed naked with a Dalek for Girl Illustrated magazine in the 70s] with it yet, have you? Christmas Day 2016 Ratings Top 10 . 'Doctor Who': Revolution of the Daleks Premieres New Year’s Day The Doctor is joined by guest stars John Barrowman MBE, Chris Noth, Dame Harriet Walter and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett for the brand-new holiday special, coming New Year’s Day on BBC America. That was the way we kind of made it light for everybody. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. And it’s entirely up to them. The Doctor is baffled when a young woman is transported to the TARDIS on her wedding day, and attempts to find out how she is connected to an alien plot to destroy Earth. You either love Julia Davis or think her sick filth ought to be banned. I have no idea what you’re talking about the new design of Daleks. It was groundbreaking. Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: The Snowmen (Christmas Special) May 22, 2019 Interesting the huge difference between the 'critics' reviews of this season and the 'audience' reviews. I know, I’m winding you up. Share Share Tweet Email. We as LGBTQ+ or LGBTQIA, the community, we have to make sure that we’re represented not only still in that stereotypical way, because that exists, but also that we’re represented as who we are. The next series of Doctor Who won't start until 2020, it's been confirmed. Fifteen years later – via headlining the show in spin-off Torchwood – Jack’s back to battle Daleks on New Year’s Day in the festive special “Revolution of the Daleks”. And it makes me proud to know that I have helped people be themselves. Quick as you like he’s plugged into the cortex of lady bone-digger Lin (Call the Midwife‘s Charlotte Ritchie) and is on a mission to enslave humanity. It was a hero who didn’t care who he fell in love with. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Like a chocolate egg, this Easter special is sweet but hollow. When we finished, I went up to the office, and I said: “If you want me to come back, I’m here. At the centre of the excitement is 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker. How much you enjoyed Philomena Cunk's history of Britain depended on how funny you find Diane Morgan's resting confused face. Streaming, download and DVD's. Celebs you didn’t know have an LGBT sibling. The other shock was remembering how recent it all was. By the time she finally sorts him out, he has already caused considerable confusion by being mistaken for an everyday unmanned flying object (how absurd of Chibnall to posit that an unidentified drone could cause an entire country to shut down). So to have a character that was written by Russell [T Davies] and the team, and Steven Moffat who helped create Jack in “The Empty Child” episode… I don’t think we knew the impact it was going to have.