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Space and Time: Celebrating 60 years of Doctor Who

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  • Publication: SFX
  • Date: June 2023
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  • Page: 18
  • Language: English

The BBC has announced new cast for Ncuti Gatwa's upcoming debut season, including Bhav Joshi (Tetris), Millie Kent (The Split), Eilidh Loan (England's Forgotten Queen), Pete MacHale (Gangs Of London), Sophie Ablett (A Brixton Tale), Miles Yekinni (Doctors) and Hemi Yeroham (The Amelia Project).

An undisclosed guest star from 2005 is also scheduled to return.

The second part of the Big Finish 60th anniversary audio adventure has been announced as Once And Future: The Artist At The End Of Time. Released in June, it will star Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Georgia Tennant as Jenny and Colin Baker as the Curator.

The world's longest-running children's programme, Blue Peter, partnered with Doctor Who for a 60th anniversary competition. Viewers between the ages of five and 15 - sadly just ruling us out - were encouraged to submit fan art for a chance to win an exclusive behind the scenes set tour. The top 500 entries also received a rare, exclusive Doctor Who 60th Blue Peter competition winner's badge.

As part of the Blue Peter competition, it was announced that there would be a special takeover on CBBC and BBC iPlayer later on this year.

First-look photos of the Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby (Millie Gibson) were released from a forthcoming episode set in the 1960s. The stars later shared further variations of the images on their personal Instagram accounts.

Titan Comics announced a two-issue series as part of the previously announced multi-platform story Doom's Day. Released on 5 July, the comic will feature Missy on the trail of Doom. The story is written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Roberta Ingranata, with two different cover versions.

Murray Gold - responsible for the music of Doctor Who for 12 years from the revival in 2005 is returning to the series. The award-winning composer will score the 2023 specials, as well as music for Ncuti Gatwa's debut season. Also returning to the series alongside Gold is the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales.

Award-winning actor, singer, two-time RuPaul's Drag Race winner and all-round icon Jinkx Monsoon is to appear in a "major role" in the 2024 series.

Officially released first-look images of Monsoon in character bore the bold claim that they are "the Doctor's most powerful enemy yet!" Russell T Davies said: "In a galaxy of comets and supernovas, here comes the biggest star of all. Jinkx Monsoon is on a collision course with the TARDIS, and Doctor Who will never be the same again!"

A new advertising campaign for the 60th anniversary began on 29 April with a 10-second teaser aired on BBC One. When played in reverse the Fourteenth Doctor can be heard saying: "Cryptic. I hate that." Donna can also be heard saying: "Why did this face come back?"

Fans worked out that the binary code in the trailer spelled out "The Star Beast" - the title of the comic the first episode is based on - and that a further trailer would likely air before the Eurovision Song Contest.

Doctor Who is on BBC One and Disney+ from November.

SCI-FACT! Jinkx Monsoon has said their favourite TV series is Futurama. "That show's probably had the most Impact on my human life."

Caption: Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson looking fab.

Caption: Jinkx Monsoon will appear in the 2024 series.

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