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Meet Dr. Thirteenth, the First Time Lord to Be a Little Miss Rather Than a Mr. Man

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Actress Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the thirteenth Doctor in the long running sci-fi series Doctor Who. Not only is this the first time the Time Lord has regenerated into a woman, but it’s also the first time the Doctor has been a Little Miss rather than a Mr. Man.
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Sky to Adapt H. G Wells’ The Time Machine for Series

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We’ve seen some fantastic adaptations lately, and we’ve seen some fantastic books adapted several times, leaving us wondering ‘but what about the other great classics’. Well, one of my favourite novels is about to get a rework for television and I couldn’t be more excited!

This week Deadline reports that H. G Wells’ The Time Machine is to be adapted by Sky television for the small screen, although they do say the project is very early in the development stage, so it may be a while away yet, it is coming!

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A Jack Reacher TV Series Is in the Works (With a Taller Star)

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Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series first began back in 1997 and has since proven to be an enormous hit with fans of the crime genre. The books follow Jack Reacher, a former major in the United States Army Military Police Corps, who now lives as a drifter who travels across America working as a private investigator. The books have sold over 60 million copies to date and the 23rd instalment, Past Tense, is set to be released this November.

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Malorie Blackman named as newest Doctor Who screenwriter

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Malorie Blackman (Noughts and Crosses) has been named as the sci-fi television series newest writer!

As a Doctor Who fan and a fantastic writer, Malorie had already been asked 5 years ago to write a short story based on the Seventh Doctor series with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred (hear an extract). 

Speaking in 2013, about her original short story, Blackman wrote:

I have always loved Doctor Who. From the time I was a child and the Daleks used to make me run and hide behind the sofa, to Saturday morning pictures when I first saw the Doctor Who films featuring Peter Cushing, right up to the current Doctor with Matt Smith.”

The bosses at Doctor Who couldn’t have made a more perfect choice!

The latest series of Doctor Who will hit our screens this Autumn with many of the writers hidden from the public until now. Malorie Blackman is joined by writers Pete McTighe (Wentworth), Ed Hime (Skins), playwright Vinay Patel, and Joy Wilkinson (The Life And Adventures Of Nick Nickleby).

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Neil Gaiman plans to write another episode of Doctor Who

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Neil Gaiman, one of our absolute favourite writers here at For Reading Addicts, has expressed his continuing desire to write more episodes of the science fiction series Doctor Who.

His last Doctor Who episode was aired in 2013; much to Gaiman’s chagrin his plans to write episode for the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, never came to fruition. Timing and other commitments (namely Good Omens) meant he had no time for Doctor Who.

The lifelong Whovian spoke to Digital Spy: “If you examine my DNA and you go in deep enough, with a good enough microscope, you’re gonna see a TARDIS, with a little light blinking on the top!”

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BBC Books Announces ‘Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived’, a Celebration of All the Great Women Featured in the Hit Show

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Whovians across the world are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season of Doctor Who and, given that for the first time in over 50 years, the Doctor has regenerated into a woman, it’s not hard to see why fans are excited. Actress Jodie Whittaker will now portray the time travelling Time Lady and we’re eager to see what sort of adventures await.

While the Doctor himself may have always been male, that’s not to say that the show hasn’t featured plenty of great female characters over the decades. The Doctor usually travels with a female partner who’ve often saved the day when he’s in over his head. To celebrate these strong female characters, BBC Books is publishing a new Doctor Who book called Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived: Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords. The book is described as a “beautifully illustrated collection of stories about the remarkable women” featured on the show.
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There’s a Good Omens Teaser and it’s Everything!

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It’s a while now since we brought you the news that Good Omens was to be adapted for television. The novel, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is popular with fans of both authors and is being adapted for Amazon starring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, and David Morrisey.

Neil Gaiman has been tweeting about the production as filming has continued and now we have a small teaser trailer for you from the filming of the show. Read More

Emily Dickinson Comedy Series Coming to Apple

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Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 3) is set to star as Emily Dickinson in a straight-to-series comedy Dickinson. 

The project from Apple draws us into the world of Emily Dickinson and explores the themes of society, gender and family. The series follows Emily as a young writer who feels she doesn’t fit in to her world, and is shown through her imaginative point of view.

Dickinson is the writer’s coming-of-age story and shows her fight to have her voice heard. The comedy is still set in the 1800s, but is being made more accessible through its modern tone and styling.

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Sense8, Bookshops and Some Reading Recommendations

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Is anyone else really sad that Sense8 is over? The Netflix show was a science-fiction drama created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (of Matrix fame) following the lives of eight strangers from around the world linked by a sense of mental and emotional telepathy.

While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).

I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More

Season 6 of OITNB is Coming – and the Trailer is Here!

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The new season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB) is coming and the release date is announced as 27th July. The Netflix series which follows the life of Piper Chapman and the other prisoners at Lichfield Prison is based on the memoir of the same name, but fans of the memoir and the show will be aware that the show has gone ‘off page’, meaning it’s no longer true to the memoir.

That isn’t stopping us from lapping it up of course and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting season 6 then here’s the trailer.  Read More