News Blast: Leaks, Christmas… and Tom Baker: The Movie!

Get set for an invaluable, indefatigable, incomparable Kasterborous News Blast! Today we bring news of villainous vestments, winter with Wilmhurst, lamentable leaking, blending with Baker Street and a Baker biopic!

Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Masterful Get-Up

You know how a photo can sometimes say so much more than the moving image? That’s very much the case with this snap of John Simm playing the Master in The Sound of Drums way back in Series 3.

The Master

Jolly nice coat he’s got there, eh? Now, where have we seen one of those…? What? What? WHAT? This surely means one of three things. 1. The Twelfth Doctor is a frugal fellow who’s not averse to wearing hand-me downs. 2. BBC budget cuts are having more of a impact than we thought. 3. The new Doctor’s costume is a none-too-subtle hint that he’s not really the Doctor at all! Gadzooks!! Can it be?!

(With thanks to Pengo Jackso)

Christmas with Paul

As we all eagerly look forward to Series 8 debuting next week, the ever fluid world of Doctor Who moves on apace. Plans are kicking in for the 2014 Christmas special with the appointment of Paul Wilmhurst to direct what will be the tenth (count ’em) festive episode.

Wilmhurst has helmed episodes 7 and 8 of the next series and has an extensive CV, including Strike Back, Da Vinci’s Demons and Law and Order:UK. Soon be Christmas!

(Via DWTV.)

Episode 2 Leaks…


Perhaps the most tiresomely predictable news of the day is that the second episode of the upcoming run has emerged online (big sigh). Hailing from the same source as the unauthorised copy of Deep Breath, the episode is apparently in the same unfinished state, with music and effects missing.

Oh, and it’s in black and white. Seriously, don’t bother with this one…

Killjoys Blocking Crossover

The prospect of a Doctor Who-Sherlock crossover has reared its head again, with Steven Moffat suggesting that he’d be all in favour.. .if it weren’t for those pesky colleagues of his setting their jaws dead against it.

“Look I’m going to come clean on this: I would,” revealed Moffat. “Go speak to Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue, okay? They’re all in the way. I’m not the killjoy, it’s that lot. It’s probably not going to happen.” The showrunner went on to credit Mark Gatiss for making the eminently sensible point that this kind of thing is always better in your imagination than in reality. For what it’s worth, my money’s still on a Comic Relief or Children in Need skit in a year or two…

Casting Call for Tom Baker – The Movie!

Planet of Evil

Award for most fun item of the day has to go to the news that The Letter, a low budget take on Tom Baker’s time as the Doctor, has put out a call for actors to do a day’s filming in an intriguing range of roles. If you fancy yourself as Barry Letts, Lis Sladen or Nick Courtney this could be your chance to shine. Badging itself as the story of “how a chance letter to the BBC when working as a builders labourer lead to him becoming the most iconic Doctor Who,” the producers promise food, lifts and a deferred profit share to their cast. Let us know if you get the call!

What are your thoughts on today’s news, dear readers? Think Doctor #12 is actually the Master? Think anyone watching the leaked episode 2 should be sacrificed to the Daleks? Think you might try out for a role in Tom Baker: The Movie because there are sure to be jelly babies on set? Let us know in the usual manner (commenting below, not shouting from a street corner)…


Jonathan has followed the Doctor's adventures since the late Pertwee era, and he isn't about to stop now. A charity worker from Hull, he enjoys following Hull City's fortunes, listening to Bruce Springsteen and collecting all manner of Doctor Who ephemera. He blogs about Doctor Who merchandise at

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