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Two of the writers for Series 12–which is to air very early in 2020–may have been determined. Besides showrunner Chris Chibnall, Ed Hime (“It Takes You Away”) and Vinay Patel (“Demons of the Punjab”) are believed to be returning from Series 11. Hime’s online CV lsits “Doctor Who (Series 12).” Patel’s connection is based on a tweet taking place in the Roath Lock canteen, a good indication that he is again writing for Doctor Who. Victoria Asare-Archer (Hetty Feather, Wolfblood) and Prasanna Puwanarajah are mentioned as joining the writing team, although Puwanarajah is better known as an actor and director (Doctor Foster, Patrick Melrose). He appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures as a car salesman in Part 2 of “The Mark of the Berserker.”

Photos related to Doctor who filming near Cape Town, South Africa have emerged from several Instagram accounts, including Mandip Gill’s, Tosin Cole’s, and the official Doctor Who account. It appears that the bulk of the filming occurred in a remote area of South Africa with access to both the mountains and the seashore. While the cast stayed in Cape Town, they were transported to a filming base daily, possibly situated in Table Mountain National Park. Quite a few scenes have been filmed on an unknown beach.

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Former DW Production Designer Edward Thomas, who is also in South Africa, shared a selfie of himself with Chris Chibnall. (Production Designer Arwel Wyn Jones is not involved in Series 12, having chosen to work with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss on Dracula.)
One of the crew members in South Africa is assigned two episodes, 1 and 5, although numbering can change. Filming took place in South Africa for three weeks, ending the first full week of February. A night shoot on location for Doctor Who was scheduled for February 10 on the streets of Cardiff.


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NASA posts image of ghostly blue objects, deep in the cosmos
Mark Kaufman,Mashable Sun, Feb 17 11:19 AM EST

Image: ESA/Hubble/NASA/K. Stapelfeldt

When a star is born, a chaotic light show ensues.
NASA’s long-lived Hubble Space Telescope captured vivid bright clumps moving through the cosmos at some 1,000 light years from Earth. The space agency called these objects clear “smoking gun” evidence of a newly formed star — as new stars blast colossal amounts of energy-rich matter into space, known as plasma.
Seen as the vivid blue, ephemeral clumps in the top center of the new image below, these are telltale signs of an energy-rich gas, or plasma, colliding with a huge collection of dust and gas in deep space.
As NASA says, these blue masses are transient creations in the cosmos, as “they disappear into nothingness within a few tens of thousands of years.”

These blue clumps are traveling at 150,000 mph toward the upper left direction (from our view, anyhow). In total, there are five of these ghostly clumps, hurtling through space.
NASA doesn’t identify the new star itself, called SVS 13, perhaps because it’s obscured by thick clouds of cosmic matter.
This collection of dust and gas is part of a distant nebula, which are often the remnants of exploded stars swirling through the infinity of space.

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As February is Black History Month, I wanted to share this passage from the BBC’s Doctor Who webpage:

“Rosa” was one of the standout moments from series 11 with an amazing response to the story from fans around the world. [February 4th marked] 103 years since Rosa Parks (1913) was born and a chance for us to look back. The feedback to the episode was so strong, BBC News wrote a story on the reaction from fans while providing more information about the amazing woman.…The episode ended with the Doctor teaching Yaz, Ryan and Graham about what happened to Rosa Parks after the events of the episode. It was moments like this that caused school teachers to get in touch to tell us how they were using the episode in their classrooms.