Mark Gatiss’ Robin Hood episode, rumored title being Robots of Sherwood, continued filming today at Caerphilly Castle, which is standing in for the famous Nottingham Castle. Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and guest stars Tom Riley and Ben Miller were on set, filming a scene in which the Doctor helps Robin Hood win a golden arrow in an archery contest.

Filming for episode 3 of series 8 spotted

Episode 3, written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Paul Murphy, filmed today with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Tom Riley on set.  Riley will be playing none other than Robin Hood for the story, which is rumored to be titled Robots of Sherwood.

After the scene finished filming, the cast and crew sang Happy Birthday to Capaldi. He didn’t seem to mind working on his big day though, as he was quoted saying: “It’s not work, I’m the Doctor.”

Published in the May 1976 issue of Doctor Who International Fan Club Magazine, above is an original piece of fan art created by the one and only Peter Capaldi, who turns 56 years old today!

Published in the May 1976 issue of Doctor Who International Fan Club Magazine, above is an original piece of fan art created by the one and only Peter Capaldi, who turns 56 years old today!

Happy birthday Peter Capaldi!

Life-long Doctor Who fan and current Doctor Peter Capaldi celebrates his 56th birthday today, 13 April. Watch Doctor Puppet’s video above, which animates some of Capaldi’s fan art from when he was a teenager.

Happy birthday to Peter Davison!

The Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison turns 63 years old today. He played the Doctor from 1981 to 1984, and has remained a constant presence in the Doctor Who world since, from Big Finish audio plays to numerous conventions around the world.

In recent years, Davison returned to the role in the 2007 Children in Need special Time Crash alongside David Tennant (who would later become Davison’s son-in-law) as the Tenth Doctor.

For last year’s 50th anniversary celebration, Davison wrote and directed The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.The star-studded comedy saw Davison team up with other previous Doctors Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann (work permitting) to get into the 50th anniversary episode.

Here’s to a happy day for the great Peter Davison!

Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who debut episode, The Fires of Pompeii, aired 6 years ago today. The episode starred David Tennant and Catherine Tate, and also saw the guest appearance of future-companion Karen GIllan. Watch the BBC One trailer above.

Ben MIller cast as series 8 villian
It has been announced that Ben Miller (Primeval, Death in Paradise) will guest star as a villian in an upcoming series 8 episode, written by Mark Gatiss.
Miller commented: “As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they’ll make me leave the set when I’m not filming.”
Steven Moffat adds: “Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it’s about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!”

Ben MIller cast as series 8 villian

It has been announced that Ben Miller (Primeval, Death in Paradise) will guest star as a villian in an upcoming series 8 episode, written by Mark Gatiss.

Miller commented: “As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they’ll make me leave the set when I’m not filming.”

Steven Moffat adds: “Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it’s about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!”

Episodes 3 & 6 writers and guest stars revealed

Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed the writers and guest stars of Production Block 3, which consists of the upcoming series’ 3rd and 6th episodes, both directed by Paul Murphy.

Episode 3 is being written by Doctor Who veteran Mark Gatiss, who recently discussed his upcoming plans with the show. The episode guest stars Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons), along with Trevor Cooper, Ian Hallard, David Benson, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, and Sabrina Barlett.

Episode 6 is written by Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Planet of the Dead, The Lodger, and Closing Time) and guest stars Nigel Betts, Edward Harrison, Andy Gillies, Ellis George and Jimmy Vee.

Kate O’Mara has passed away, aged 74

Actress Kate O’Mara has died in a Sussex nursing home, after suffering from a short illness.

O’Mara is best known for playing the Rani, an evil Time Lady who appeared in The Mark of the Rani, Time and the Rani, along with the 1993 multi-Doctor Children in Need special Dimensions in Time.

Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) tweeted:

Oh my goodness. Kate O’Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A delightful, committed and talented lady and actress. We are the poorer

Her agent also commented: “A shining star has gone out and Kate will be dearly missed by all who knew and have worked with her.”

Rest in peace Kate O’Mara.

Doctor Who directer Derek Martinus has died, aged 82
Derek Martinus, who directed a number of serials in the first years of Doctor Who, died Thursday evening, after battling Alzheimer’s for many years.
His directing credits for Doctor Who include The Tenth Planet, which included the introduction of the Cybermen and the first regeneration, and Spearhead from Space, the first serial to be produced in colour. His other serials include Galaxy 4, Mission to the Unknown, The Evil of the Daleks, and The Ice Warriors.
Martinus is survived by his wife, two daughters, and three grandchildren. His daughter Charlotta commented: “He was really inspirational for me and my sister Pia who is a doctor. He was a leader of men and he inspired everyone.”

Doctor Who directer Derek Martinus has died, aged 82

Derek Martinus, who directed a number of serials in the first years of Doctor Who, died Thursday evening, after battling Alzheimer’s for many years.

His directing credits for Doctor Who include The Tenth Planet, which included the introduction of the Cybermen and the first regeneration, and Spearhead from Space, the first serial to be produced in colour. His other serials include Galaxy 4, Mission to the Unknown, The Evil of the Daleks, and The Ice Warriors.

Martinus is survived by his wife, two daughters, and three grandchildren. His daughter Charlotta commented: “He was really inspirational for me and my sister Pia who is a doctor. He was a leader of men and he inspired everyone.”

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