Script for Face The Raven available online

Face The Raven: The Doctor and Clara, as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Colman (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)The BBC have made the script of last week's episode, Face the Raven by Sarah Dollard, available to read online via their BBC Writers Room. The "purple script" from 26th June 2015, under the episode's original title Trap Street, includes a number of additional passages of dialogue/scenes that were lost prior to its ultimate filming and transmission, examples of which include Rigsy's full name and the appearance of his fiancée Jen, the mystery of Derren Brown, plus dialogue from the original ending scene that appeared post-credits.

Other scripts available from the site include the opening stories of this series and for series three.

Release date and trailer for Series 9 DVDs/Blu-Rays in Germany

Series 9 GERMAN Preview-Cover (Credit: Polyband)German DVD distributer Polyband released a trailer for the upcoming Series 9 DVD and Blu-Ray boxed set, announcing the release date even before the UK.

The 6-disc set, containing all 12 episodes of Series 9 as well as the upcoming Christmas Special, will be released on 18th March 2016. According to the Polyband Website, there will be many bonus features on the set, including a 45 minute interview with the cast, conducted by former Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Will Wheaton.

Series 9 will premier in Germany on 3rd December 2015 on the TV channel FOX. You can already pre-order the DVD's and the Blu-Rays at Amazon Germany.

Doctor Who Series 9, Part 2 on DVD and bluray

Available to pre-order now from the BBC Shop is the new box set Doctor Who Series 9, Part 2. Featured on the set are the episodes: The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion, Sleep No More, Face The Raven, Heaven Sent and Hell Bent. Special features include: 4 x Exclusive Extras. It is released on Jan 4, 2016. Pre-order the DVD HERE and Bluray HERE or in the Amazon links below.

Doctor Who Series 9 is also available to download and own from the BBC Store
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PREVIEW: Doctor Who Series 9, Episode 11, Heaven Sent

Peter Capaldi in Heaven Sent (C) BBC

Heaven Sent
by Steven Moffat and starring Peter Capaldi

Review by Cameron K McEwan - follow on Twitter HERE

Fan of corridors? You'll love this one.

In fact, if you're a fan of anything, you will utterly adore this bold, fascinating and, at times, deeply disturbing fifty-plus minutes of Doctor Who.

Showrunner Steven Moffat has prepared us for this moment; we've seen some very angry moments from Peter Capaldi (who I feel has really defined his Doctor in recent episodes) and witnessed the tumultuous goodbye from Clara. This alone time, as it were, was always coming for him. Not only is it a punishment for him, the Doctor, but also us, the audience, as we see our favourite Gallifreyan ripped apart physically and mentally.

I make no bones about it, this is a tough watch. I think younger viewers, and those of a sensitive disposition, may be scarred for a while (never did me any harm, I should add, the Mandrels scared the hell out of me back in '79 and I turned out ok). We've never seen a Doctor so raw and so scared before, it's absolutely engrossing.

Before we get to the 'meat' of the story, if you pardon the pun [that wasn't a pun - Ed.], let's address the special feature of this week's episode - that it's a "one hander" (meaning Peter would be in this by himself). Firstly, as you've no doubt seen from the images, the Time Lord is not alone in this episode and we'll come to The Veil later. Secondly, any notions that this might be a gimmick are quickly distinguished. Heaven Sent could only exist in this form, in this style. Within minutes you're lost in the story, just as the Doctor is lost in this nightmarish castle. There may only be one speaker, but you'll hear a thousand voices.

The Veil in Heaven Sent (C) BBC

As mentioned, Capaldi has a co-star - the hideous Veil (see above). This slow-moving, doom-laden monster creeps after the Doctor all day and all night, giving the Time Lord little respite. Like a creature from Hieronymus Bosch, it is unrelenting, signalling its appearances with dozens of flies and their incessant and irksome buzzing. Not only that, the bugger delivers scares the likes Doctor Who has not seen in quite some time. Again, I don't want to second-guess an audience, but some viewers may not find this monstrosity palpable, so haptic and visceral is its menace.

The threat to the Doctor, throughout, is all too real.

In true style, thankfully, he does have a chipper outlook on the situation initially and uses all sorts of devices to keep himself amused and focused. Steven Moffat has been good enough to remind us of the Gallifreyan's sense of humour, including a neat dig at gardeners, a cracking corridor gag, and another fourth wall-breaking nod to the audience (and do look out for one of the maddest faces I've ever seen Peter Capaldi pull in, well, anything ever).

But really, this episode will take you down, down to the Doctor's personal hell. His anger at the loss of Clara in Face The Raven remains as strong and pushes him on to find out who caused her death and who brought him to his own bespoke torture chamber. This then subsides into curiosity about where he is and, ultimately, how he will escape. It's this mystery and the Time Lord's resourcefulness that are at the heart of Heaven Sent. Whatever emotions we felt at the start of the episode, are overcome by wonder at what unfolds in front of us.

And you will feel a number of emotions as each strip of the mystery is peeled away. No matter how shocking or unsettling the episode gets, one can't help be completely and utterly engaged with the diegesis. It's quite unlike any other episode of Doctor Who. (Though, on a superficial level, it does bring to mind the "out there"ness of Warrior's Gate, some imagery from Logopolis and the mind games of Castrovala). Director Rachel Talalay must be commended to the highest for her ground-breaking work here, making this slow and torturous journey seem like an unimaginable rollercoaster horror show that gets in your mind and stays there for days after. Creating horror, heartbreak and thoughts is no easy feat, but Talalay has most assuredly done the job perfectly.

Peter Capaldi in Heaven Sent (C) BBC

Of course, there's more perfection going on elsewhere. Composer Murray Gold has, again this year, delivered a soundtrack of such sublime beauty that one wonders just how far this man can touch your heart and make it sing or cry. At times heroic and triumphant, at others mournful and wake-like, this is Gold's finest moment; a majestic lament. It's a soundtrack that sounds like nothing he's done before including synths that will make you queasy, strings that will haunt your soul and brass that will embolden your spirit.

It's almost as if a challenge was set by writer Steven Moffat. His script and story are so unique that all those around felt compelled to deliver their finest work. Moffat has his trademark gags in there (as previously mentioned) but the whole premise is to be admired and applauded - the Doctor alone fighting for his life and freedom with nothing and no one to help. Steven has chosen a slow and languorous pace to tell this story, and I certainly don't mean either of those words pejoratively. This is our showrunner taking the long way round, if you like. This isn't just a story, Heaven Sent is akin to an epic poem from Milton, an allegorical journey into hell of our own self. I don't want to spoil any part of this luscious and affecting script, but one of the stand out lines for me was from the Doctor as he reflected on Clara's death saying the first day isn't the worse, "it's all the days they stay dead." You may want to pause at that particular moment just to have a cry.

Finally, there's Peter Capaldi. Man, he pulls no punches here. In The Zygon Inversion and Face The Raven we witnessed new sides to his character but here he wipes the slate clean and dives into a raw abyss. The fragility of his Doctor is shown as is his inventiveness, boldness and, in one key scene, his vulnerability. And then there's the many moments of contemplation and reflection, where you may wonder if all will end well. His bloodied face and hands have been displayed in various clips and promotional pictures, these moments will make you squirm and look away. Capaldi is such a violent force here. A desperate violent force, who we root for uncategorically as he fights passionately and frantically against his imprisonment. It is not a portayal for a "family" teatime show (not that it is any more, of course), this is a tragic performance of Shakespearian fortitude. Nothing more, nothing less.

Heaven Sent is a true work of art, fitting for any visual arts museum anywhere.

Doctor Who, Heaven Sent airs 8.05pm, Nov 28 on BBC One

Thanks to the BBC

Anthony Read (1935-2015)

Anthony ReadThe writer Anthony Read has died, aged 82.

Born in 1935, Read attended the Central School of Speech and Drama and, following National Service, worked in Fleet Street in advertising, journalism and publishing before deciding to become a full time writer. He joined the BBC on 2nd November 1963 - just some three weeks before the show we remember him for launched on television! Early work included being a writer for The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling and script editor for the Peter Cushing incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, but it was in the latter half of the decade when he became known for The Troubleshooters, a series he script edited, wrote and later produced for.

During the 1970s he returned to being freelance, working on shows such as Marked Personnel, The Black Arrow, Crown Court and Z-Cars (a return to one of the first shows he had written for in 1962). However it was in 1977 when he came to be associated with Doctor Who, invited by producer Graham Williams to take over from Robert Holmes, working alongside the outgoing script editor on Image of the Fendahl and The Sun Makers before formally taking charge of scripts with Underworld. Having co-written The Invasion of Time with Williams, the pair went on to devise the umbrella-themed Key to Time Season Sixteen, with Read also taking on producer duties when his colleague became ill. Having 'discovered' a talented writer during that run, he then recommended the reins of script editing be passed to 'newcomer' Douglas Adams, and returned to write a story for the following season, The Horns of Nimon. After leaving Doctor Who he contributed scripts to The Omega Factor (which starred his first 'companion' Louise Jameson).

Other programmes during this prolific time included The Professionals and the science fantasy cults Into the Labyrinth and Sapphire and Steel; he also dramatised/wrote all three series of Chocky, devised from the book by John Wyndham. A return to the world of Sherlock Holmes with The Baker Street Boys earned him an award from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. During the 1980s he moved away from writing for television, though he did contribute to the medium occasionally, notable writing several episodes for The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson in 1998.

A long-time friend with David Fisher (hailing back to the 1960s), the pair collaborated on a number of non-fiction works, including The Fall of Berlin, The Proudest Day: India's Long Road to Independence and Colonel Z: The Secret Life of a Master of Spies. He also wrote a number of solo works focussed around the Second World War, including winning the Wingate Literary Prize for Kristallnacht; however he also kept up his fictional ties, especially with regard to his soft spot, The Baker Street Boys.

(Anthony Read, 21st April 1935 - 21st November 2015)