Friday, 23 June 2017


Candy Jar Books have announced the next in their range of Lethbridge-Stewart novels:

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Dreamer's Lament (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Dreamer's Lament
Written by Benjamin Burford-Jones
Cover by Martin Baines

While visiting his mother, Lethbridge-Stewart is a little perturbed when Harold Chorley calls to ask for his help. A train has gone missing near Bristol, and Chorley is convinced it has something to do with the Keynsham Triangle, where over fifty people have vanished without trace since the early 1800s.

Elsewhere, Anne Travers is coming to terms with a loss in her family, and sets about preparing for a funeral. However, news reaches her that both Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley have gone missing, and her help is required to find them. And, hopefully, solve the mystery of the Keynsham Triangle.

What connects the missing train to the Triangle, what has it got to do with a Wren from World War II, and just why does it appear that Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley are in the village of Keynsham in 1815?

The answers lie in the Dreamer’s Lament, and a strange being called the Loa.

The Dreamer’s Lament is written by newcomer to the range, Benjamin Burford-Jones, who previously wrote the children’s novel Beware of the Mirror Man for Candy Jar Books. It originates from an unpublished Second Doctor novel Ben wrote several years earlier, and was an early contender in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, as range editor Andy Frankham-Allen elaborates:
Shaun (Russell, head of publishing) brought the story to me during the early days of the series, but it took me a while to get to it. I was impressed by the core story, and realised that an almost page-one rewrite would be needed, but there were enough key elements contained in the original story for me to see how it would fit Lethbridge-Stewart. The hardest part to work out was the time travel aspect.
Ben was more than happy to rework the story:
When I was asked to adapt my unpublished book, how could I resist the challenge? It was an honour to add to the continuing adventures of Lethbridge-Stewart. Of course, I couldn’t resist setting the adventure in my home town of Keynsham.

When I first saw the wonderful artwork, I was over the moon. The cover sums up the story perfectly. It was almost as if Martin had read my mind.
The cover art in question is by Martin Baines, creating his second piece of Lethbridge-Stewart work after last year’s Times Squared. Martin says:
I really wanted to do justice to such imaginative story. The mixture of voodoo and time travel, plus zombie animals makes this a story a gift for a cover artist. Coming from an advertising background I usually draw cute dogs and cats, so I found that the main focal point of the cover was a real test for me having to make them as horrific as possible.
The Dreamer’s Lament has a foreword by Shaun:
I’ve known Ben for thirty-two years, after a chance meeting at a Bristol sci-fi shop. Alongside Doctor Who, Ben has always had an interest in all things zombie. He has even made his own zombie puppet. It seems quite natural for him to combine his two loves in this book.

The novel is available for pre-order now, individually, as part of the discounted UK bundle, or as an international bundle. It is also available as part of a yearly subscription offer - full details can be found via Candy Jar's website.

In addition, Candy Jar is launching its very first Summer Bumper Sale. Deals include:
  • 2 for 1 on selected Lethbridge-Stewart novels
  • 2 for £10 on selected Candy Jar titles
  • Low-low discounts on selected other books
  • Plus a couple of freebies available too!
For more information please visit their website

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Detective Conan Creator Appears on Sherlock Holmes Anniversary Program

Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama will lend his mystery expertise on a television program commemorating Sherlock Holmes' 130th anniversary on NHK on June 24. Aoyama will be joined by playwright and Holmes fan Kōki Mitani. Megumi Hayashibara, who stars as reoccurring character Ai Haibara in the Detective Conan anime series, will narrate the program.
Sherlock Holmes first appeared in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet in 1887. The character and his deerstalker hat has enjoyed multiple appearances across anime and manga, including Sherlock Bones, Sherlock Hound, and Young Miss Holmes. The BBC television drama Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch has also received an official manga version.
NHK is planning more Sherlock-centric programming, including the live puzzle program CATS to So Yomigaetta Moriarty, Holmes to Watson no Tadanaranu Yoru, the fourth season of BBC's Sherlock, and a talk show to discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Anohana English Dub to Premiere at Anime Expo

Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that its English dub of anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day will premiere at Anime Expo. The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 2. ADR director Patrick Seitz and most of the main English dub cast — Griffin Burns (Jintan), Xanthe Huynh (Menma), Erica Lindbeck (Anaru), Erica Mendez (Tsuruko), and Kaiji Tang (Poppo) — will attend the event.
The 2011 television anime followed several childhood friends who try to reconnect in high school, after drifting apart due to tragedy five years earlier. It inspired a manga, a 2013 film sequel, and a 2015 live-action special.
NIS America licensed and released the television anime in 2012 and again in 2013. Aniplex of America partnered with Eleven Arts to screen the film in theaters in the United States, and then released the film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Crunchyroll streamed the anime in 2012 and also streamed the live-action special.
Lindbeck and Huynh will also attend a Persona 5 game panel alongside the localization team of Atlus and fellow voice actors Cherami Leigh, Cassandra Lee Morris, Erika Harlacher, Max Mittelman, and Robbie Daymond.
Viz Media also announced that the English cast of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure — including Seitz, Matthew Mercer, and Ben Diskin — will attend the convention for a panel. The English cast for Boruto -Naruto the Movie- — including Leigh, Daymond, and Amanda C. Miller — are similarly attending.
This year's Anime Expo convention will run from July 1 to July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, the convention will formally include a preview night a day before on June 30


The cover image for a seasonal edition of the Hargreaves Dr series, Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! has been released.

The new book features Adam Hargreaves' take on David Tennant's Tenth Doctor, seen here for the first time in his iconic Mr Men style!

Continuing the greatest mash-up in the Whoniverse with a Christmas adventure, the Tenth Doctor stars alongside much-loved companion Donna.

Dr. Tenth: Christmas Suprise will be published on 17th October 2017 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon


The TARDIS doesn’t just travel through time – stories set in space have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The inhospitable void between the stars has served as the backdrop to epic space operas and nerve-racking thrillers, while harboring some of the most fearsome adversaries the Doctor has ever encountered.

Panini’s latest entry in the Essential Doctor Who series navigates a revealing course through the space lanes of Doctor Who, with all-new articles, rare images and exclusive interviews with:
  • Bob Baker (co-writer of The Three Doctors, The Invisible Enemy and many more)
  • Nick Bullen (costume designer for The Space Pirates)
  • Jamie Mathieson (writer of Oxygen)
  • Pat Mills (comics legend and co-writer of The Song of the Space Whale)
  • Hayley Nebauer (costume designer for the 2017 series)
  • Louise Page (costume designer for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
  • Charles Palmer (director of Oxygen)
  • Sid Sutton (Doctor Who title sequence designer)
Other highlights include a look at the groundbreaking model shoot for The Trial of a Time Lord, a fresh insight into the career of the show’s original story editor David Whitaker and guides to acclaimed stories such as The Daleks’ Master Plan and The Ark in Space.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
Oxygen showed that space is one of the most hostile environments the Doctor has ever visited. This issue goes behind the scenes on that episode, and many of the preceding stories that belong in the same tradition. Bring a smartsuit – it’s dangerous out there!
The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in Space is on sale now price £9.99.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Anime Network Streaming Website Switches to Cable, Video on Demand Only

Anime Network, Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the "" domain name from Anime Network Online (ANO). The website currently hosts ANO's online streaming service, which consists of content licensed by The Anime Network. Going forward, the domain will focus solely on Anime Network's cable television and subscription video on demand (SVOD) services.
A new anime streaming service titled HIDIVE also launched on Tuesday. It has not claimed affiliation with Anime Network. HIDIVE will stream some of the same titles that are currently streaming on ANO, including the ongoing simulcast Frame Arms Girl. The anime was previously exclusive to ANO but is now listed as a HIDIVE exclusive.
The Anime Network was formerly a subsidiary of AD Vision, and continued to operate independently after AD Vision shut down in 2009. The company offered a 24/7 linear television service from 2004 to 2008.

VICELAND Channel Announces Late-Night Anime Block

Anime Limited has announced that the VICELAND channel has acquired 'a late-night anime content block.' It will be screening from July 17 at midnight in a regular daily slot.
It will be showing the following titles: Cowboy Bebop, Tokyo Ghoul, Tokyo Ghoul Root A, and Eureka Seven. Samurai Champloo, licensed by MVM, will also be airing on Viceland TV.
VICELAND is on Sky channel 153; it's also part of Sky's NowTV digital service


This Wednesday, June 21, sees the release of two new Comics from Titan, the latest installment from the Twelfth Doctor and the start of a brand-new arc from the Tenth Doctor featuring a special ​team-up

D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​

Writer: D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 5 (Credit: Titan)
Artist: Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean
Cover A: Antonio Fuso ​Cover B: ​PHOTO By Will Brooks ​Cover C: ​Blair Shedd ​Cover D: ​Andy Walker

After defeating the Red Jade General in Ancient China, with the help of hundreds of Cindy’s clones,​ ​Gabby took a personal moment to reflect upon an old trip to London the Doctor took her on. She learned then that the Doctor has dark hidden depths, and as the team say goodbye to Cindy’s ‘children,’​ ​the TARDIS team may have to come to terms with those hidden depths once more...
D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover A (Credit: Titan / Antonio Fuso) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover C (Credit: Titan / Blair Shedd) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover D (Credit: Titan / Andy Walker) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 1 (Credit: Titan) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 2 (Credit: Titan) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 3 (Credit: Titan) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 4 (Credit: Titan) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 5 (Credit: Titan)

Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​

Writer: Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )
Artist: Mariano Laclaustra
Cover A: Simon Myers Cover B: Photo - Will Brooks Cover C: Adrianna Florian Cover D: Raine Szramski

The conclusion to the Twelfth Doctor's "BENEATH THE WAVES" arc!
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Doctor Who - Empress Of Mars had an official rating of 5.02 million viewers, a share of 25.9% of the total TV audience.

The episode was the 23rd most watched programme of the week, and the 11th highest rated programme on the BBC. Doctor Who was the highest rated programme on Saturday.

Top for the week was Monday's edition of Coronation Street which had 8.39 million watching. Emmerdale and EastEnders also scored highly as did the ITV drama The Loch.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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The BBC have released a number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, World Enough And Time
World Enough And Time

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Rachel Talalay

Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy…
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This week BBC One will show Doctor Who at 6.45pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 24 Jun 20176:45pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 24 Jun 20179.20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 25 Jun 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 8:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 25 Jun 201711.25pm EEST(Sun 9:55am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 25 Jun 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 25 Jun 20178:00pm BRT(Mon 12:00qm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 25 Jun 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

Full listings here


Actor and Children's presenter Brian Cant has died at the age of 83.

Brian Cant appeared in two Doctor Who stories. In 1965 he played Kert Gantry, a Space Security Agent, in the first episode of The Dalek's Master Plan. He returned to the series in 1968 playing Chairman Tensa in two episodes of The Dominators

However for most people in the United Kingdom Brian Cant will be lovingly remembered for his work on children's television.

He was working for a BBC Schools drama on The Romans in 1964 when he heard that the BBC was holding auditions for presenters on a new programme aimed at pre-school kids, Play School, due to launch on the new station BBC Two. His audition involved getting into a cardboard box and pretending to row out to sea. He joined the in its third week and stayed for twenty-one years.

His work on Play School led him to be selected as the voice on three Gordon Murray puppet series: Camberwick Green in 1966, Trumpton in 1967, and Chigley in 1969.

In 1971 the BBC launched a spin-off from Play School, Play Away, aimed at older children, featuring songs and jokes and airing on Saturday afternoons, with Cant as the main presenter alongside actors such as Toni Arthur, Derek Griffiths, Floella Benjamin, Johnny Ball, Carol Chell, Jeremy Irons, and Tony Robinson.

In 2007 Cant topped a poll of presenters with the best-loved voices in children’s TV.

The actor had been living with Parkinson’s disease in recent years and died at Denville Hall, a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry.

A family statement said:
It is with great sadness that we, his family, have to announce that Brian Cant has died aged 83 at Denville Hall. He lived courageously with Parkinson’s disease for a long time. Brian was best known and well loved for his children’s programmes Play School and Play Away and was honoured by Bafta in 2010. Donations would be most appreciated to Denville Hall and the Actors’ Benevolent Fund.
Cant's Play School co-presenter Derek Griffiths paid tribute on Twitter, posting a reunion picture of the team. And former Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson also tweeted: "Brian Cant was my mentor and friend on Play Away. We wrote and performed together for two years. Always patient, courteous and funny P-L-A-Y R-I-P."

Brian Cant was married twice, and had five children, including the actor Richard Cant who appeared in Blink.


Panni has confirmed that Doctor Who Adventures is to stop publication after the next edition released on 22 June 2017.

Subscribers to the magazine have received an email saying the Magazine is 'pausing' publication, with no indication as to when, or if, publication will resume.

Digital subscriptions will be converted to subscriptions for Doctor Who Magazine or can be canceled.

DWA began life as a fortnightly magazine in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. In 2015 the Magazine moved to Panni, the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine.

In recent years Doctor Who Adventures has suffered a fall in circulation. From a high of 56,000 in 2010, the Magazine circulation had fallen to 10,364 in the last audited period, covering the second half of 2016.

By contrast, Doctor Who Magazine had an audited circulation of 22,523 in the same period.

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Doctor Who - The Eaters of Light had an Audience Appreciation or AI figure of 81

The Appreciation Index in an indication of how much viewers enjoyed the episode. It is based to the reactions of a selected panel of viewers, who rate the episode shortly after transmission.

The highest score for the evening on the two main channels was for Casualty, which scored 85

Monday, 19 June 2017

Amagi Brilliant Park, Assassination Classroom S2 Released Monday

On Monday June 19, Manga Entertainment will release Amagi Brilliant Park as a Blu-ray/DVD pack. The "slapstick drama" begins with Seiya Kanie, a high school boy who is invited on a date in an amusement park by a mysterious beautiful transfer student named Isuzu Sento. He is introduced to Latifah, a "real" princess and the park's manager, and is asked to be the acting manager of this "disappointing amusement park in the Tokyo suburbs." Yasuhiro Takemoto (Full Metal Panic!, Lucky Star, Hyōka) directed the anime at Kyoto Animation.
Anime Limited will release Assassination Classroom Season 2 Part 1 as a Collectors Blu-ray and a standard DVD.
Anime Limited will also release a Blu-ray of the feature film Mai Mai Miracle directed by Sunao Katabuchi (who also directed the new wartime film In This Corner of the World). It is set ten years after the end of the Second World War, in a backwater rural town which used to be a major regional capital in Feudal Japan, Shinko, a girl with an active imagination who daydreams about the town as it appeared a millennium prior, befriends Kiiko, a shy girl from Tokyo whose father relocated to the town to become a doctor for a factory. The film follows their day to day lives as they take care of a goldfish in a makeshift pond, fantasize about a cloistered and lonely young princess who moved to the town in the Feudal Era, and help a boy cope with a family tragedy.
Funimation will release Noragami Aragoto, the sequel to Noragami. Kotaro Tamura (Wolf Children assistant director) is once again directing the anime in the studio BONES. Funimation described the story:
"Yato is back! This minor god makes a major return in season 2 of Noragami Aragoto. And this time, an enemy is hot on his heels. Bishamon, the god of combat has an army of shinki and a death wish for Yato due to their dark past. When Yukine befriends one of Bishamon's shinki, it sets in motion a series of events that re-ignites Bishamon's beef with Yato and forces him to question his relationship with Hiyori. Will the two gods come to an understanding, or will this feud end in a fight?"
MVM will release Little Busters! EX OAV on Blu-ray and DVD, the spinoff from Little Busters! Refrain.

Harmony Director Talk in Edinburgh June 27

Takashi Nakamura, the director of Harmony, and animation director and character designer of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, will appear at an event during the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Tuesday June 27 at 7.30 p.m. This is part of the festival's non-public (Industry) strand, open to Festival passholders and BAFTA members. There are details of the hour-long event on the festival website and the BAFTA website.
Nakamura has made his first 3D animated fantasy short film, "Ylion and Callysia," which has a Festival screening on the same day, June 27, at 4 p.m.
From the Festival website:

BAFTA Scotland and Scotland Loves Anime are very excited to welcome Akira's animation director, Takashi Nakamura for this in conversation event. Takashi's latest short film, Ylion and Callysia is being screened as part of this year's EIFF International Animation Shorts programme (Tues 27 June, 16:00, Filmhouse 1). Takashi will be joined by the short's vice director, Mr Mitsurori Murata. Takashi is the founding member of the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) and has worked as a director and animator on television series including The Adventures of Peter Pan and Fantastic Children. His film work includes Catnapped! The Movie (1995) and A Tree of Palme (2002). Harmony is his latest feature.
His new film centers around two close siblings, Ylion and Callysia. One day, because the siblings' father tried to capture a unicorn, Callysia is spirited away. A decade later, Ylion has grown up to become a powerful warrior. With a sword of unicorn horn from the king, Ylion sets off for the mid-air garden where unicorns live

Police Ask Newcastle Cosplayers To Use Common Sense

Northumbria Police has posted the following message on its Facebook page. While it does not specify the name of an event, the Sunnycon convention is taking place in St James Park in Newcastle from today (Friday June 16) to Sunday June 18.

'We want to advise the public that there is a cosplay event in Newcastle city centre today so a number of people are in costume. This morning we have received a couple reports from concerned members of the public who have seen people with swords or suspicious outfits. We have carried out the appropriate checks and found these individuals are attending a cosplay style event at St James Park today. The reports were made in good faith and we would advise anyone attending these types of events to be cautious of public perception. If you are planning on dressing up and carrying an item that may be mistaken as an offensive weapon then we would advise you keep it in a bag until you arrive at the event. We want everyone attending these events to have a good time but in light of recent events across the country it is important that people use their common sense.
There are always officers on duty in Newcaslte so if anyone has any concerns they can speak to them. We would always encourage the public to be vigilant and report anything they think is suspicious by calling police on 101.



The Eaters of Light has debuted in Australia, averaging 396,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, The Lie of the Land averaged 497,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 69,000 extra viewers it was the fourth highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 164,000 extra viewers) and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.


Press reaction to this week's Doctor Who, The Eaters of Light, is mixed, with most reviews calling it a solid, if flawed, episode.

Radio Times enjoyed the story calling the script beautifully written. "What’s often rewarding about Doctor Who is that – beyond rewrites, budget constraints, casting and performance – it allows an authorial voice to sing through. It happened for Munro in 1989’s Survival and does so again in The Eaters of Light. It’s a beautifully written script that feels at one with half-remembered Celtic myths."

Digital Spy agreed the story had a both a strong sense of place and a formidable grasp on character. "Some fantastic location work – many evocative shots of a moody, misty Scotland – helps bring Munro's script to life as she milks the 2nd-century setting for its worth. She finds both humour and pathos in the past, such as the Doctor's using a totally anachronistic bag of popcorn to frighten the natives, followed by Bill's horror at the shockingly low age of soldiers on the battlefront."

The Telegraph also appreciated the Direction. "Director Charles Palmer made full use of the sweeping Highland landscape, while the script had fun with the Scots theme, with references to the permanently damp weather and a fatal absence of sunlight being “death by Scotland”. By the end of the episode, Capaldi even wanted to stay."

The Mirror felt the story was safe filler material with some niggles. "The Light Eaters are visually glorious and using them sparingly helps build the tension for their screen appearances. This series of Doctor Who continues its tightrope act of exactly how gory can corpses get before the watershed and this is pretty gruesome. The bodies of the fallen soldiers and villagers are truly unpleasant, but more than enough to punctuate the danger for anyone who crosses the Eaters' path."

AV Club praised the script written by veteran Doctor Who writer Rona Munro "She skillfully mixes the political and the personal here: The Roman army is a weapon premised solely on overwhelming force, one that relies on taking hundreds of scared teenagers and siccing them on a bunch of peaceful farmers who are in the way. The empire is terrible and vast, but only in aggregate, and that reality makes the cowardice of the surviving soldiers all but inevitable."

Ars Technica felt the story was a good introduction to the series "There's a portal that has trapped a hungry beast between dimensions; the Doctor jigs his way through problem-solving while reminding Nardole and the audience that he's an old hand at this kind of thing and a classic Who story device features, sidekick Bill is separated from her time-travelling pals for much of the episode—leaving her to untangle yet more of the Time Lord's powers, such as the telepathic link from the TARDIS that auto-translates any language to English."

However Games Radar felt the threat in the story was confusing "Unfortunately the monsters are pretty badly explained; we know they eat light, but somehow being exposed to light in great amounts is their greatest weakness. They serve no other purpose than to be the baddies of the episode, and are (as usual) billed as a threat to the entire universe. No nuance, just lots of teeth and Medusa-y tentacles"

Den of Geek also felt the episode was missing something. "What The Eaters Of Light lacked for me was a sense of threat, a strong monster or force to push against. The creature we got was an impressive looking beast for the most part, the one who keeps popping through a portal when able and allowed to wreak havoc. But whereas there are moments in this run of Who that have really dug under the skin and been quite creepy, this time it felt like we got a decent enough creature, yet the sense of peril didn’t come across for me."

IGN praised the supporting cast "The supporting players of Romans and Scots are all pretty good and an improvement over many of the guest stars from earlier this year. Bill’s interplay with Lucius (Brian Vernel, who Star Wars fans might recognize from The Force Awakens) regarding his romantic intentions is pretty funny, and the pain of the girl Kar (Rebecca Benson), who has lost everything, rings true."

The Reel Bits felt the episode was old school Doctor Who "The Eaters of Light’ is a solid if not outstanding historical adventure. Spinning its wheels slightly, it’s reminiscent of the show’s original ethos of being an educational outing for kids. Indeed, if the special effects and outfits hadn’t been updated, a episode that primarily hangs around in a handful of locations with Roman soldiers in stock BBC costumes would fit right in with the original series."

Finally TV Fanatic felt it was a solid episode. "There was plenty to enjoy here, from Nardole "blending in" with the natives to the Doctor's speech about crows being in a huff to Bill's realization about the TARDIS's translation feature. Though once the Doctor volunteered to guard the gate, every likely viewer knew that someone else would stand up and do the job in his stead. Seriously, there are two more episodes left in this season after this one!"


The Eaters of Light: Kar (Rebecca Benson) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)) Doctor Who - The Eaters of Light, had an audience of 2.89 million viewers, a share of 22% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The overnight rating is the lowest the series has received in its history, just below that received by The Lie of the Land, which was up against the Britain's Got Talent final.

Doctor Who faired relatively well compared to other programmes on Saturday with all suffering from the good weather across the UK on Saturday with the highest rated programme, BBC News, getting just 4.09 million watching. Casualty had 3.75 million while Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.40 million. Pitch Battle, which followed Doctor Who had just 2.03 million watching.

ITV peaked with just 3.11 million viewers for The Voice Kids, while the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason had just 1.60 million viewers.

Final figures which will include those who recorded the programme and watched it later, will be published next week.