Above: Emilia Jones in Doctor Who episode The Rings of Akhaten left and at a première, right.

16 years since the shows return, where are these child stars?

By Mélissa M Azombo

Today marks 16 years since Doctor Who made a triumphant return to our TV screens, so where are its youngest actors now who were so integral to its storylines?

From CAL (Charlotte Abigail Lux) in series 4 episodes Silence in the Library/ Forrest of the Dead to Amelia Pond in series 5 episode The Eleventh Hour, find out what the child stars of Doctor Who are now up to 16 years later.

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Caitlin Blackwood as Amelia Pond
Since appearing on our screens as little Amelia Pond in Doctor Who series 5 episode, The Eleventh Hour, Caitlin Blackwood went on to feature in many more episodes, including series 5 finale The Big Bang and Doctor Who Series 6 opener Let’s Kill Hitler. Did you know Caitlin had actually been suggested for the role by her cousin Karen Gillan who played the older Amy Pond?
Caitlin clearly found a talent she wanted to use, as she has continued acting since Doctor Who. Also found on convention circuits (in pre-pandemic times), she starred in 2015 TV series Cops & Monsters, as Alexis and reprised her role as little Amelia Pond in The Raggedy Doctor video, created as part of Emily Cook’s Doctor Who Lockdown series. Most recently, she played Clara in Lost At Christmas. It’s fair to say, Caitlin is very much still into acting and may be appearing on our screens again, soon.
It’s the second half of the Doctor Who Series 6B two-parter and we’re all on the edge of our seats as a little girl regenerates before our eyes with no explanation. She is later confirmed to be a young Melody Pond AKA River Song. But she had a link to the world of Doctor Who before playing Melody Pond, as Sydney had starred in Marchlands as Amy Marchland, the daughter of Helen Maynard played by Alex Kingston, who you may remember as River Song AKA the older Melody Pond. Since Sydney Wade’s last appearance as Melody Pond in Doctor Who, the actress has gone on to other roles.
She appeared in Sherlock episode The Reichenbach Fall in 2012 as Claudie Buhl who instantly screams when she sees Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch). She featured in children’s TV shows Rocket’s Island as Jade Hollis and Wolfblood as Emilia Covaci, more recently playing Jessie in the TV series Creeped Out in 2017. At present, the 18-year-old is out of the limelight, however it is clear she remains very much in the acting industry from her agent profile. Here’s hoping she lands some more work soon.
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Pretty soon within the Doctor Who series 3 Human Nature/The Family of Blood two-parter, Tim Latimer became the key to keeping The Doctor hidden and safe from them, as he got his hands on The Doctor’s pocket watch. This was not just any ordinary pocket watch, though. It contained The Doctor’s Time Lord self, after he had used his chameleon arch to rewrite his biology into that of a human. Any viewer would be on edge every time Tim Latimer opened the watch, as it brought the family of blood one step closer to tracking down The Doctor. Thomas Brodie-Sangster who portrayed Tim Latimer proved numerous times across the two-parter the extent of his acting abilities. The actor has since not shied away from using them, as his glowing CV shows.
From feature films Nowhere Boy (2009) where he played Paul and The Maze Runner (2014) where he starred as Newt to TV series Game Of Thrones (Jojen Reed), Thunderbirds Are Go (Pirate Tracy, John Dobbs) & The Queen’s Gambit (Benny Watts), the 30-year-old’s career doesn’t look due to halt anytime soon. He even recently took part in an interview with Heat magazine.
Also from the Human Nature/Family of Blood two-parter, is actress Lor Wilson who played Daughter of Mine in the form of Lucy Cartwright. We recently heard from Lor during the Doctor Who Lockdown tweet-along of The Family Of Blood where she joined in, talking about her experience on the show. Lucy Cartwright is supposedly 6-years-old, a shocking age at which to shoot the headmaster, after her body has been taken over by Daughter of Mine.
So, what has Lor Wilson been up to since Doctor Who? Well, more Doctor Who, for one. She took part in Doctor Who productions Dark Legends and Resurrection. Outside of this, she played Beth Ward in 2016 TV series Today’s Detectives and Veronica in the 2019 short film Veronica.
There’s nothing more magical than a Doctor Who Christmas special. Back in 2011, Laurence Belcher starred in A Christmas Carol as the young boy version of Kazran. He becomes integral to the plot when The Doctor attempts to save the day by rewriting Kazran’s past. Aside from giving us a very cool interaction between young Kazran and adult Kazran, following a Doctor Who Lockdown tweet-along of a Christmas Carol, what has Laurence Belcher gone on to do?
Today, he is still an actor, represented by leading talent agency Curtis Brown. His credits since Doctor Who include X-Men First Class, where he played Charles Xavier and Diana where he played Prince William. More than actor, Belcher is also an Oxford University graduate, having studied Classical, Ancient Mediterranean, Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology there.
The daughter of Walking In The Air singer Aled Jones showed she too, had some amazing singing skills when she starred as Merry Gejehl in Doctor Who series 7B episode The Rings Of Akhaten. Aged only 8 when she filmed this episode, the young actress seemed to act and sing effortlessly across her scenes opposite Clara, The Doctor, The Vigil and other characters.
Today, the 19-year-old starlet continues to act, most recently in the film Coda. She has also starred in Locke & Key as Kinsey Locke and taken to the stage as Joan in Far Away.
Aged only 8 at the time, John Bell made his acting debut on the set of Doctor Who series 3 episode Utopia. He played a young boy called Creet who was calling out names to try to reunite people with their families in time for the ship they were on to launch, allowing them to fly away from the menacing Futurekind. Bell had won the role through a competition on children’s television programme Blue Peter.
A reference to his character was made in Doctor Who the series 3 finale The Last Of The Time Lords, where it was revealed that the spheres The Master had called the Toclafane were actually humans from the future who had gone back in time to annihilate their ancestors. The paradox was maintained by The Paradox Machine The Master had turned the TARDIS into. Since Doctor Who, Bell, now 23 has worked on further productions including Tracy Beaker Returns and Outlander.
We can’t finish this trip down memory lane without mentioning William Hughes who played the Young Master back in series 3 of Doctor Who. On the run from The Master (played by John Simm) in The Sound Of Drums, Martha, The Doctor and Capt. Jack Harkness manage to find a hiding spot. There, The Doctor describes life on Gallifrey to a montage against Murray Gold’s score of This Is Gallifrey (Our Childhood, Our Home). William Hughes’ Master appears as The Doctor explains “As a novice, he was taken for initiation. He stood in front of the untampered schism. It’s a gap in the fabric of reality, through which can be seen all of the vortex. You stand there, 8 years old, just a child. Some would be inspired, some would run away, some would go mad.”
Hughes later played a character called Alex Grainger in the Torchwood episode Sleeper. Aside from this, he continued boxing, which he had started at the age of 9. He won a British Championship at the GB Amateur Boxing Championships for Wales back in 2011. Using his talent, he fought in a charity boxing match to raise money for charity. Going on to study Finance at Queen Mary University London in 2017, he joined its Elite Athlete Program and won gold with the University at the British Universities and Colleges Sport championships. After living an active life, William Hughes sadly passed away at age 20 while on holiday in Greece. He had gone on the trip to celebrate the end of his first year exams but on the last night, was found unresponsive. Unfortunately, Mr. Hughes could not be resuscitated at hospital and his cause of death was later confirmed as suicide, upon investigation.




Above: Prints signed by Mandip Gill will be available to pre-order on the Time Meddlers website with the option of personalisation and framing

L’actrice Signera des Autographes sur des Figurines via le Site des Vendeurs, les Time Meddlers

Par Mélissa M. Azombo

Mandip Gill, qui joue le personnage Yaz dans la série populaire de science-fiction Doctor Who, participera à une session d’autographe via précommande chez les Time Meddlers.

Les Time Meddlers est une e-boutique qui vend de la marchandise officielle, venant du monde de Doctor Who, à prix abordable.

Face à la situation concernant la pandémie du COVID-19 et ses règlementations de distanciation physique, cette session d’autographe se produira en ligne via précommande jusqu’à jeudi prochain. Toutes commande seront dispatchés aussi tôt, via livraison mondiale.

Les fans de Mandip peuvent choisir parmi 4 options de ses photos dans Doctor Who, à être autographiées pour environ 33,63 €*. Les dédicaces s’ajoutent facilement, au prix d’environ 5,61 €* supplémentaire. Ceux ou celles qui comptent afficher leurs autographes pour les montrer avec fierté à tout le monde, peuvent aussi profiter du service de montage et encadrement offert par les Time Meddlers au juste prix de 22,43 €*. Les figurines de la collection Friends & Foe of The Thirteenth Doctor (Les Amies et L’Adversaire du Treizième Docteur) se vendront signé par Mandip à plus ou moins 56,06 €*. Les dédicaces sont aussi disponibles de la même manière pour celles-ci mais le stock est limité.

Mandip Gill à choisie de transformer son pourcentage des ventes, en don envers la Fondation Alicia Boparai – un organisme de bienfaisance qui collecte des fonds à diriger vers les enfant atteint par des maladies limitantes.

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Above: The Alicia Boparai Foundation, Mandip’s selected charity, benefits children with limiting illnesses.

La fondation explique sur son site << Sa famille et ses amies continuent à collecter des fonds en son honneur [d’Alicia], pour changer la vie d’un enfant et lui faire sourire. >>

La Fondation Alicia Boparai a été fondée en 2013 en mémoire d’Alicia, une jeune femme diagnostiquée avec le cancer ovarien à l’âge de 20 ans. Elle eue une série d’opérations : une hystérectomie, l’enlèvement de tumeurs et de la chimiothérapie. En 2011, elle reçut la bonne nouvelle que les choses allaient mieux. Mais suite à des complications avec son opération pour l’enlèvement de tumeurs dans son foie, en 2013, Alicia perd sa vie.

Quelques mois après, la Fondation Alicia Boparai a été créée pour aider les enfants touchés par des maladies limitantes de la même manière, une réflexion du fait qu’Alicia aimait beaucoup les enfants. Toutes les ventes d’autographes contribueront à cet organisme choisi par Mandip.

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Above: Mandip Gill in pre-sale order signing with the Time Meddlers for one week only!

La période de précommande publique est ouverte depuis vendredi 28 Août 2020 à 19h00 CET (18 :00 BST) et se termine vendredi 5 Septembre 2020 à 00h59 CET (soit jeudi 4 Septembre 2020 à 23 :59 BST). Toutes commandes seront satisfaites au plus tard vendredi 18 Septembre 2020.

*Les prix sont correct à l’heure de publication, selon le taux de change 1 GBP = 1, 12 EUR publié par Morningstar 29 Août 2020

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With Fantastic Beasts 3 filming news revealed, which questions are left unanswered?

By Mélissa M Azombo

Talking at Toronto Film Festival, Eddie Redmayne recently revealed that Fantastic Beasts 3 is set to start filming in early 2020, as the script is currently being worked on.

The third installment in the Fantastic Beasts series will follow Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them and more recently, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. The latter, when released 2 years ago, seemed to split opinion. Revisiting this instalment in the series, what stood out and which questions did it raise that fans would like to see answered in Fantastic Beast 3? Beware: some spoilers ahead.


Pictured: Eddie Redmayne on the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival Red Carpet.

At the crux of the story is the battle against Grindelwald, someone known to the audience as a dark wizard once very well acquainted with the great wizard Albus Dumblebore. This battle does not break out in the blink of an eye. It gets stronger as his rise gains momentum. Spanning the continents, we see this quest is crucial in the future of the wizarding world. It is organic in its progression and features some uncomfortable moments, such as Grindelwald ordering one of his people to take care of the life of a baby, so to speak.

Despite this, referring back to the title of this film, we can’t miss that there were not as many crimes at Grindelwald’s hand as the title would allure to. This might hint at something bigger in Fantastic Beasts 3. It is also possible that his crimes are more symbolic than that. They might have more to do with the fractures caused by his actions in his quest to disrupt the magical world.

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Pictured: Queenie Goldstein followed her heart in The Crimes Of Grindelwald but will she continue to in Fantastic Beasts 3?

One of these is the confusing split of Queenie & Jacob. Queenie is a legitiment, so she should be able to read Grindelwald’s mind and be aware of his true intentions. Instead, she joins him. Is Queenie enchanted? How else is it possible for her not to know that she is being misled?

The union of Queenie and Jacob was a symbol of what could be, in the magical world. Splitting them up foreshadows a stagnant future or regression. Via his actions, Grindelwald destroyed hope. The repercussions of this must be faced in the next movie.

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Pictured: Leta Lestrange told Newt he never met a monster he couldn’t love.

What we won’t see in the next movie though is anything to do with Leta Lestrange. The potential for her character development was stolen in a dramatic twist. We had gotten to know her enough throughout the movie that her departure was poignant. Regardless, there was still so much to be disclosed about her family ties and where her heart truly lies between Thesius and Newt Scamander. Why did she have to go so soon in the storyline? Did she need to be out of the way for Tina’s and Newt’s relationship to truly flourish? This could have been a chance for Leta and Newt’s loyalties to truly be put to the test.

She would have been a good addition to the team moving forward and, given Grindelwald’s rise in followers, Newt needs as many people behind him to bring this opponent down. It’s possible time will be dedicated to the aftermath of losing Leta in the next movie and perhaps it will become clear why she had to leave so soon and so unexpectedly.

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Above: Will Credence Barebone’s search for answers continue to endanger them all?

This movie could have ended very differently. Ultimately, Credence’s thirst for knowledge of his past dooms them all. Desperate to know more about his family, he sides with the only man who promises him this. How truthful this promise is, remains to be seen. Given what we discover of Grindelwald’s character throughout the film, we can’t put it past him to take advantage of a young man for his own plans.

In true Harry Potter style, the effects are enchanting fully throwing us into this magical world and the musical score is perfect. This is not the wonderous magic of the first Fantastic Beasts film, though. The Crimes Of Grindelwald has dark undertones, reminiscent of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows two-parter. So, we could say it was fitting that this film felt more like Deathly Hallows part one, rather than one of the stand-alone Harry Potter films, which still worked smoothly within the series. This film felt more like a build-up towards bigger things to come, rather than a cosy watch when poorly.

What this film did achieve was allowing you to gain more affection towards these characters. Whether present in the first film or introduced to you in this film, they were developed in a way that led us deeper into their minds.

Tina and Queenie Goldstein separated and became more established as individuals as the story progressed, highlighting their priorities. While Queenie sought to secure her future with Jacob, Tina sought to get to the bottom of a mystery, encountering Newt Scamander in the process. They connect in a way we have not seen before, all amidst the action. Credence’s search for his family shows us what he is capable of doing what he feels he needs to do, to get what he wants. We also see all the feelings involved in the Scamander-Lestrange love triangle brought to the forefront.

However, we still need to understand the full reasons behind Gelert Grindelwald’s motivation, but this might not be revealed until film 5, just as Snape’s true intentions were only revealed in his last film. Regardless, the build-up does not fully work because we know Grindelwald is only captured. He is killed later in the Harry Potter saga. The same is true for Dumbledore. We know that he is safe for these 5 films because he survives to the Harry Potter series. So were 5 movies necessary instead of the originally planned 3?

Professor McGonagall and Nicolas Flamel also make appearances in this movie, but it is the former who has everyone confused. Some quick calculations allowed many fans to conclude that the year this movie is set was too early for McGonnagal to have possibly been a teacher at Hogwarts. The leading fan theory? Time travel. Interesting and possible, since we know that witches and wizards have access to a time turner.

We learn more about the Dumbledore family tree in an unexpected cliffhanger but does it make sense in Harry Potter-lore and more to the point, is it true?

Earlier on in the movie, we know that Dumbledore can not move against Grindelwald due to a blood pact, symbolised by a pendant. By the end of the movie, this has changed. If Dumbledore can now move against Grindelwald, is he the reason he is later captured. How much did not being able to move against Grindelwald have to do with a spell, versus Gelert being an old flame?

These are all of the things that Fantastic Beasts 3 will need to explain. These are the answers Fantastic Beasts fans await in 2021.


Doctor Who Series 9 Soundtrack Release Announced


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Long-awaited Doctor Who Series 9 Soundtrack to be released

By Mélissa M Azombo

Fans of Doctor Who have finally had their Christmas wishes answered as Silva Screen announced the Series 9 soundtrack will be released.

Series 9 of Doctor Who aired on 19 September 2015 and concluded in December that year followed by a Christmas special during a one-year hiatus the show took the next year. However, since then, fans have been on Doctor Who Series 9 soundtrack watch, wondering when the soundtrack, if ever, would be released.

Since 2005, a musical soundtrack of accompanying compositions penned by Murray Gold, orchestrated by Ben Foster and performed by the Welsh National Orchestra, has been released for every series. The Series 9 soundtrack though, was nowhere to seen. With BMG having bought the rights to Doctor Who music this year, the situation remained unclear. Silva Screen now confirms that it will be released, though a date has yet to be announced. The news comes while rumours that the Christmas special is to be MuGo’s last as composer, remain unconfirmed.

The soundtrack will land gracefully as a four-disc extravaganza, with music from ex-companion Clara’s farewell in Face The Raven, as well as Heaven Sent, Hell Bent and The Husbands Of River Song.


Doctor Who Series 9 Soundtrack: The four-disc long-awaited album.

Like the Series 8 release, Silva Screen say “the first run of CDs will contain an additional booklet collecting Stuart Manning’s retro poster designs for each episode.”

Why did this take so long, though and although this can’t be put under our Christmas trees just yet, when will it be available to purchase and download? And will we have our first Doctor Who soundtrack on vinyl? Only time will tell.

In the mean time, fans can only wait to hear which musical delights Murray has conjured up this time, in Doctor Who Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time on BBC One Monday 25 December 2017 at 17:30. The episode stars David Bradley as The First Doctor, Mark Gatiss, Toby Whithouse and returning companion Bill, Pearl Mackie. It is set to be Peter Capaldi’s last episode as the 12th Doctor, with Jodie Whittaker taking over as 13th Doctor.


Jodie Whittaker Cast as “The Ultimate Character” – The 13th Doctor

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Almost 54 years later, Doctor Who casts a woman for the prestigious leading role

By Mélissa M Azombo

So, the wait to find out who will play The 13th Doctor is finally over and the time has come for the Time Lord’s next face to be revealed. During today’s Wimbledon final on BBC 1, it turned out to be no other than Broadchurch’s Jodie Whittaker.

During a one-minute clip, the suspense was killing Whovians accross the UK, (soon to be the world, as the clip later made the rounds online) as they eagerly waited to discover who The 13th Doctor was to be played by. After hours of sitting through tennis, when yet again Doctor Who fans were expected to sit through sport for a major Doctor Who reveal (Bill Potts reveal-style), it was unveiled the next Doctor was to be played by a woman, with the face of Jodie Wittaker for the first time.

The 35-year-old actress has a vast acting career in her pocket. Since graduating from Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the gold medal in acting, she has starred in the St Trinnian’s films, Attack The Block and most recently ITV drama Broadchurch, penned by soon-to-be Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Doctor Who actors welcomed the news, with Colin Baker tweeting “Change, my dears and it appears, not a moment to soon. She IS The Doctor, whether you like it or not,” paraphrasing a quote from his run as The Doctor.

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However, not all fans agree with the change. Some fans believe this casting decision alone, will damage the show, while others call it satisfying political correctness. Despite some, already refusing to continue watching the show, a large proportion of the fans are praising this decision. While some are glad it is finally a woman after all previous actors being men, others are just welcoming the casting of a talented actress.

On the topic of being the first woman to play the role, Whittaker told the Doctor Who team “I want to tell fans not to be scared by my gender… Doctor Who fans have lived through so many changes and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

The Yorkshire-born actress who has already had a brush with the Whoniverse, standing in for past Doctor Who actress Carey Mulligan in stage production The Seagull and acting opposite 9th Doctor Christopher Ecclestone in Antigone at The National Theatre, is “most excited” about fully becoming a part of the Doctor Who family. Talking to the Doctor Who website, she said “To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place.”

She continued, making it clear that taking on this “unbelievable opportunity”, required no hesitation on her behalf. “If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part and this part isn’t right for you.”

It is very clear she knows how iconic the role is, even choosing “The Clooney” as a code name for it, at home and with her agent, “because to me and my husband, George [Clooney] is an iconic guy.”

She has called being the 13th Doctor so far “nerve-wracking, because everything’s been so secret.” This is no longer her secret, so hopefully Jodie is now feeling a bit less nervous, ready for fans to see her in the role for the first time during the final minutes of the Doctor Who Christmas Special on BBC 1 on Christmas Day.

In the mean time, the only Doctor fans can see Jodie as, will be as her character who plays a nurse pretending to be a doctor in BBC Drama Trust me on Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 21h00.