On this year's panel are Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill (Companions), Chris Chibnall (Showrunner) and Matt Strevens (Executive Producer).
The Doctor Who panel from San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is now available to watch in full.
On this year's panel are Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill (Companions), Chris Chibnall (Showrunner) and Matt Strevens (Executive Producer).
"This is gonna be fun!"
Here's your first look at the brand new series of Doctor Who!
New Doctor, New Friends, New Adventures.
Doctor Who Series 11 - Coming Soon!
Launching this autumn on BBC One, the highly anticipated new series of Doctor Who will be scored by burgeoning composer Segun Akinola.
The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire alumni will provide an exciting and emotional score beckoning in a new era for the show, including a fresh take on the legendary theme tune.
As part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit program in 2017, Segun has already been recognised as one of the rising stars among British composers. He will take over from Murray Gold, who composed the show's music from 2005 - 2017.
Segun’s modern, rich and varied work on programmes such as Black and British: A Forgotten History attracted the attention of Showrunner, Chris Chibnall, who said: “Welcome to the Doctor Who family, Segun Akinola! We’re over the moon Segun's agreed to join us, to provide the score for the next phase of the Doctor Who adventure. From our very first conversations, it was obvious Segun was a passionate, collaborative and delightful human being as well as a fantastic and bold composer. We’re looking forward to introducing the world to his exciting and emotional soundtracks for the Thirteenth Doctor.”
Segun Akinola, said: “Doctor Who is woven into the fabric of British culture and recognised globally. I am absolutely thrilled to be given the privilege of working on such a beloved series and to bring my musical voice to it.”
Segun Akinola Biog
Segun Akinola is a multi-talented composer who has strengthened many projects with his musical acumen. A BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Segun’s work will be heard in the upcoming series of Doctor Who, which features the first female Doctor, portrayed by Jodie Whittaker.
Segun’s other work includes scoring BBC Two’s landmark four-part series Black and British: A Forgotten History, written and presented by Historian David Olusoga. He also scored Shola Amoo’s debut feature film A Moving Image, which had its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival, won the Special Recognition in Narrative Directing award at BlackStar Film Festival 2016 and had its European premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival in 2016. His score for Dear Mr Shakespeare received an Honourable Mention for the 2017 BSO Jerry Goldsmith Award for ‘Best Original Score for a Short Film’. Recently, he completed the scores for the major three-part series The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed and two-part series Expedition Volcano, both for BBC Two and PBS.
Other credits include writing original music for the BBC Panorama special The VIP Paedophile Ring: What's the Truth?, BHS: How Did It Happen? and the 3D documentary 1 Way Up, produced by Academy Award-winning American producers Shine Global, which aired in the UK and USA. Segun has worked on a number of short films, including scoring Radix Film's The Trip starring Sope Dirisu and Gillian Saker. His work has screened at acclaimed festivals like Sundance, the London Film Festival, LA Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival and many others.
After initially learning the piano and drums at a young age, he later turned his attention to composition, graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with first-class honours and the National Film and Television School with an MA in Composing for Film and Television. He currently resides in London.
You can listen to Segan Akinola's music on SoundCloud by visiting his official website at seganakinola.com
The Doctor Who spin off created by Young Adult author Patrick Ness returns in six new audio tales from Big Finish Productions.
Coming out in August 2018 are six new adventures from the world of Coal Hill Academy.
Coal Hill School (later Academy) was introduced in the first television episode of Doctor Who An Unearthly Child, in 1963, and has had numerous appearances ever since including the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor.
Class, a Doctor Who spin-off series created by young adult author Patrick Ness, consisted of eight episodes in a self-contained series that were broadcast in 2016. But Coal Hill Academy still has more secrets hidden in its walls…
Class is now returning on audio with six new adventures made in arrangement with BBC Studios.
Set during the television series, Class is back in session with the original cast. Greg Austin plays Charlie Smith, Fady Elsayed plays Ram Singh, Sophie Hopkins plays April MacLean, Vivian Oparah plays Tanya Adeola, Jordan Renzo plays Matteusz Andrzejewski and Katherine Kelly plays Miss Andrea Quill.
1.1 Gifted by Roy Gill
When a talent scout arrives in Shoreditch, Ram sees an opportunity to further his goals, whilst April strikes up a friendship with new boy, Thomas Laneford. Their choices draw all three to Carterhaugh House – but who is the mysterious Mab that waits for them there…
1.2 Life Experience by Jenny T Colgan
After signing up for work experience at Sevelin Laboratories, Tanya and Ram find themselves thrust into the world of medical research. But dark secrets lie at the heart of Sevelin Industries – and not everyone can make it out alive…
1.3 Tell Me You Love Me by Scott Handcock
The school day has ended. Charlie and Matteusz find themselves alone – though not quite as alone as they first believed. Three little words could mean the difference between life and death… and Quill is the only person they can turn to.
2.1 Everyone Loves Reagan by Tim Foley
When Reagan Harper joins Coal Hill Academy, everybody instantly loves her – everybody except for April. Is there really more to Reagan than meets the eye? Or are there other forces at work in Coal Hill?
2.2 Now You Know… by Tim Leng
Following a series of freak attacks on staff and pupils, Tanya and Matteusz find themselves investigating a mystery that dates back to the 1960s. Together, they hope to solve it – even if that means turning on one another to do so…
2.3 In Remembrance by Guy Adams
When an alarm is triggered at Coal Hill Academy, Quill and Charlie encounter a mysterious intruder prowling around school premises. Worse, they also encounter a Dalek. Their only hope of survival lies with the stranger: a woman who calls herself ‘Ace’…
Spread over two volumes, the six new adventures find the students of Coal Hill Academy reunited and crossing paths with characters from the Doctor Who universe.
Seventh Doctor companion Ace, played by Sophie Aldred, returns to Coal Hill in an adventure following up her previous skirmish with the Daleks in the Doctor Who television episode, Remembrance of the Daleks.
Director and Producer Scott Handcock tells us more: “It’s a real thrill having brought Torchwood back on audio, to do the same all over again with another slice of the Doctor Who universe, and to play in a world created by Patrick Ness. The characters and their relationships are key to the success of a series like Class, and the intimacy of the audio medium allows us to bring that to the fore.
“We’ve had a great deal of fun reuniting the original cast for the audio series, telling brand-new stories set within the TV run, whilst tackling a host of alien menaces. Of course I couldn’t resist linking up to the Doctor Who universe, and bringing Ace and the Daleks into the world of Class has been an absolute treat. And for full authenticity, we’re lucky to have series composer Blair Mowat return to the world of Class as well.”
Nicholas Briggs, executive producer and voice of the Daleks: “Big Finish has a strong tradition of venturing into all areas of the Doctor Who universe, so it’s great that we’re invading Coal Hill Academy too. We’ve had so many requests from listeners about us producing audio drama based on Class, so this is something we’ve been keen to do for some time. For me, personally, it’s going to be great to bring some good, old fashioned exterminating to the format!”
Class in two individual volumes is available for pre-order now at £20 on CD or £15 on download from the Big Finish site and will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £25 on CD or £20 on download. Class will have a limited CD run of 500 copies for each volume.
Class: The Audio Adventures Volumes One and Two can also be purchased as a bundle together at the price of £38 on CD and £28 on download. All CD purchases from the Big Finish website unlock a download exclusive from the Big Finish website and app.
New work by Naomi Alderman and Juno Dawson are among some of the 2018 offerings for the Doctor Who list, publishing to celebrate the debut of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor this autumn.
Penguin Random House Children’s imprint BBC Children’s Books today announces its acquisition of a brand-new Doctor Who short story from Naomi Alderman, author of The Powerand winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017. Ruth Knowles and Tom Rawlinson of Penguin Random House Children’s acquired World Rights to the story from Veronique Baxter. Alderman’s tale features Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor battling to save the universe alongside her close and trusted friends.
The story will add to the existing 12 Doctors, 12 Stories anthology, which recounts tales for each of the previous twelve Doctors as they adventure through time and space. The new collection will publish on 1 November 2018 as Thirteen Doctors, 13 Stories, and will also include existing stories by Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy, Neil Gaiman and Holly Black.
Thirteen Doctors, 13 Stories marks Alderman’s return to the Doctor Who universe, after her 2011 novel, Borrowed Time, published by BBC Books. On 19 July, to celebrate the opening of this year’s San Diego ComicCon, BBC Books will reissue a new paperback edition of this novel, along with a new edition of collected Doctor Who stories by Jenny T. Colgan, The Triple Knife. Both will have new cover designs by artist David Wardle.
Multi-award winning author and activist Juno Dawson’s novel will mark her debut on the Doctor Who list. Entitled The Good Doctor, it will be one of the first novels on the BBC Books list to feature the Thirteenth Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker, and her friends Yasmin, Ryan and Graham. The book will publish in October along with two other Thirteenth Doctor adventures, The Molten Heart, by New York Times bestselling author Una McCormack and Combat Magicks, by bestselling Young Bond author Steve Cole.
Naomi Alderman says “I’m thrilled beyond words to be writing the first short story for the Thirteenth Doctor. Believe it or not, my first ever rejection letter, dated 1992, was from Doctor Who Magazine for a story I wrote as a teenager obsessed with the Doctor; I’ve loved Doctor Whosince I was a child, so it’s particularly meaningful and exciting for me to be adding my name to this anthology.”
Juno Dawson says “My earliest memory is Bonnie Langford being spun off into space in a killer bubble in 1987, so you can only imagine how excited I was when I was asked to write for the Doctor Who range. And, as a Bradford girl, it’s an even bigger thrill to be among the first writers in the world to write for Jodie Whittaker, the first Doctor from Yorkshire. This feels like a bold new era for Doctor Who and I’m beyond delighted to be a part of it. This is a dream come true.”
Ruth Knowles, Publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, says “Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor deserves ground-breaking writing from a ground-breaking author, and we are thrilled to have someone so perfect in Naomi to bring the first female Doctor to the page. She has stunned the world with her characters, writing and ideas, and as a huge Doctor Who fan (and previous Doctor Who book writer) she was our first choice to write the Thirteenth Doctor story for this collection. This story will be, we are sure, brilliant, and the prefect addition to this stellar collection by the very best of authors.”
Albert DePetrillo, BBC Books Publishing Director, says “The excitement that’s building around the new series of Doctor Who is remarkable, and Jodie Whittaker is helping usher in a whole new era of vibrant, inclusive storytelling. We’re thrilled to be a part of that with our publishing, and authors like Naomi and Juno, Jenny, Una and Steve are the perfect ambassadors for this next chapter in the Doctor Who story. We can’t wait for them to introduce a whole new generation of fans to the wonders of the Whoniverse.”
Actor and comedian Lee Mack has revealed that he has bagged himself a small role in Doctor Who Series 11.
Mack, best known for his roles on the panel show Would I Lie to You? and sitcom Not Going Out, has said that he "harassed" showrunner Chris Chibnall into giving him a small part in Jodie Whittaker's first series.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends, he said: “Not only am I excited about the idea of someone being in Doctor Who, I am also possibly going to be in it as well.”
“I am blink-and-you’ll-miss-it,” he continued. “It’s just a little thing. I’ve just been a fan all my life, so I just harassed them until they gave me a little part in it.”
Mack is clearly a big fan of Doctor Who, as he also admitted just how he convinced Chibnall to give him the part.
“I even sent Chris, who runs the show, Chris Chibnall, a video of me getting out of my own TARDIS, which I own,” he said. “With a Dalek, which I own as well! And I said ‘Come on!’
“It’s genuinely a true story – I’ve got a TARDIS at home, it’s not bigger on the inside. And I said ‘Come on, give me a part.’ And he said ‘Alright!’ So that’s what you need to do if you want a part in something. Just send a video to someone, you’ll get the part.”
Realising that he perhaps shouldn't have revealed the news just yet, Mack went on to admit how this could all be pulled from his grasp before it even happens.
“Now I’m not gonna get the part because they’re gonna say ‘We told you not to say anything!’” he laughed.
Lee Mack is currently appearing in the latest series of his sitcom Not Going Out on BBC One (Thursdays, 9pm) and Doctor Who Series 11 is due to air in Autumn 2018.
Coming out in September 2018, Michelle Ryan (EastEnders, Merlin, Bionic Woman) reprises the role of Lady Christina de Souza, the mysterious cat burglar with a lust for life, in four new adventures made in arrangement with BBC Worldwide.
Lady Christina de Souza returns to Doctor Who with Big Finish Productions. The thrill-seeking thief was first seen in the 2009 Doctor Who special, Planet of the Dead, co-written by Gareth Roberts and character creator, Russell T Davies. In the final scene, Lady Christina flew off on the number 200 double decker bus...
Now listeners can find out what happened next in a brand new set of four audio adventures, where she’ll come across friends and enemies new and old, including a return of the villainous Slitheen and the formidable Sylvia Noble (Jacqueline King).
Michelle was thrilled to return to the role: “Being asked to revisit the role of Lady Christina was a very easy decision. Adventure, a sunny climate and mind-boggling scenarios are included in the scripts, everything I remember of my Doctor Who experience. Alas no David Tennant, but there’s a host of new characters to help along the way.
I love that we get to see a little more of her heart in the stories, that she does care about the greater good whilst also satisfying her curiosity for life.”
So hold on tight! Four new adventures start in September 2018:
It Takes a Thief by John Dorney
Skin Deep by James Goss
Portrait of a Lady by Tim Dawson
Death on the Mile by Donald McLeary
Jodie Whittaker has admitted that her favourite Doctor is David Tennant's Tenth Doctor!
Speaking on growing up with the show to The Times, Whittaker said: “It’s wonderful and I absolutely love it. As a family we didn’t watch it except at other people’s houses. But I was much more aware of it when it came back with Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.”
When finally asked which incarnation is her favourite, she responded with: “David [Tennant], of course, because I know him. I think he was amazing. But there is no right or wrong, there are no rules.”
Doctor Who will return to BBC One in Autumn 2018 for the Thirteenth Doctor's first series!