Monday 20 March 2023

Doctor Who: Doom's Day

Doctor Who continues to embrace transmedia storytelling with Doom's Day for its 60th anniversary celebration.

Series showrunner Russell T Davies says: “DOOM’S DAY is a huge new adventure for the whole Doctor Who universe - starring the brilliant and hilarious Sooz Kempner as an intergalactic assassin. Her adventures will span comics, audio, a novel, video games stories and more, expanding the world of Doctor Who into brand new territories. Beware the Doom’s Day, it’s coming for us all.”

Stand-up comedian, comedy sketch artist and actor Sooz Kempner will be the face and voice of Doom, and a number of fan-favourite characters will feature along her journey.

Sooz Kempner says: “To be part of the Doctor Who universe, a British institution up there with cups of tea and James Bond, is surreal and amazing! I love everything about Doom and can’t believe I get to travel across time and space with her.”

Online reactions from fans have been mixed following the announcement. This was compounded by a teaser suggesting the return of Matt Smith as the Doctor for Big Finish.

Personally, I never got on board with Time Lord Victorious during the pandemic. However, I will follow developments with interest.

The only transmedia event that fully captured my imagination was Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire in 1996. Fond memories of listening to the soundtrack CD as I wrote my final year dissertation and eagerly awaited the release of the Nintendo 64 (N64).

Doctor Who returns for three 60th anniversary specials, starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), this November on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and Disney+.

Are you looking forward to Doom's Day? Let me know in the comments below.

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