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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who wins BAFTA

4/26/2015 09:50:00 p.m. - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who has won the British Academy Television Craft Award for Best Special, Visual & Graphic Effects in 2015

The award goes to Milk VFX, Real SFX and BBC Wales VFX for their work on the 2014 series.

It is the second year running Doctor Who has won this award, this year beating the nominees for Atlantis, David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies 3D, and Ripper Street.

Danny Hargreaves of RealSFX tweeted
We did it !!!!!@BAFTA What a great team we make #DoctorWho @realsfx @MilkVFX @Millennium_FX and the BBC VFX team
The winners were announced Sunday evening at the Brewery in East London.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Legacy Update

4/26/2015 12:22:00 p.m. - Reported by Marcus

Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studio have launched the next section of Chapter 4 of their story.

Chapter 4 adds a number of beloved characters to Doctor Who: Legacy including Donna Noble, Professor River Song, Jackson Lake, Polly Wright, Reinette (Madame de Pompadour) and more to be announced soon including several classic companion favourites.

This is the beginning of what will be a weekly roll-out of new story, much like the episodic nature of the television series.

The Legacy team have been joined by a new designer at Seed Studio, Kuenda Lee.
I am the new designer of Doctor Who: Legacy. The past 3 months have been crazy -- you would know what I mean if you're making a Doctor Who game. In the next few months, we'll be releasing new episodes on a more frequent basis. I wish I could tell you how exciting the new episodes are, but that would be SPOILERS!
Doctor Who: Legacy (Credit: Tiny Rebel Games) Doctor Who: Legacy (Credit: Tiny Rebel Games) Doctor Who: Legacy (Credit: Tiny Rebel Games) Doctor Who: Legacy (Credit: Tiny Rebel Games)

Bookmark and Share London Marathon Runners

4/25/2015 05:22:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

Tomorrow is the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon and some faces from the world of Doctor Who will be taking on the challenge. Jonathan Bailey, Mark Lewis Jones, Greg James and Lindsey Russell (current presenter of Blue Peter) will run the 26.2 miles for their chosen charities.

Details below on how to donate:

Jonathan Bailey - MND Scotland (fundrasing page)
Mark Lewis Jones - Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (donation page)
Greg James - Lord's Taverners (fundrasing page)
Lindsey Russell - Children in Need (donation page)

You can follow the marathon across the BBC from 8.30 tomorrow.

Bookmark and Share Moffat talks Turkey

4/25/2015 01:47:00 a.m. - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has given an exclusive video interview to YouTube channel Brilloxians, which just happens to be run by his son Louis.

In the chat Moffat explains why he left twitter, what he most likes in a sandwich and how Mark Gatiss manipulates him with Maltesers.

Bookmark and Share Series 8 Soundtrack: track listings / competition

4/24/2015 09:05:00 a.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

Silva Screen have now updated us with the complete track listings and lengths for the forthcoming soundtrack release of the music from Series Eight:

DISC ONE

  1. Doctor Who Theme (Series 8) (1:15)

    Deep Breath
  2. A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme) (7:34)
  3. Something It Ate (2:38)
  4. Concussed (3:27)
  5. It’s Still Him (2:00)
  6. Pudding Brains (5:30)
  7. Breath (4:45)
  8. Hello Hello (3:17)
  9. A Drink First (2:00)
  10. Missy’s Theme (1:38)

    Into The Dalek
  11. Aristotle, We Have Been Hit (0:55)
  12. We’re Still Going To Kill You (3:55)
  13. Tell Me, Am I A Good Man? (4:00)
  14. What Difference A Good Dalek? (3:30)
  15. The Truth About The Daleks (2:06)

    Robot Of Sherwood
  16. Old Fashioned Hero (2:15)
  17. This Is My Spoon (2:05)
  18. Robert, Earl of Loxley (2:00)
  19. The Legend of Robin Hood (2:18)
  20. Robin of Sherwood (3:10)
  21. The Golden Arrow (1:45)

    Listen
  22. Listen (2:25)
  23. Rupert Pink (3:56)
  24. Fear (2:52)

DISC TWO

    Time Heist
  1. The Architect (1:25)
  2. Rob The Bank (0:50)
  3. Account Closed (2:05)
  4. Open Up

    The Caretaker
  5. The Caretaker (5:18)

    Kill The Moon
  6. Are You Going To Shoot Me? (1:57(
  7. When I Say Run (1:44)
  8. That Is The Moon (2:00)

    Mummy On The Orient Express
  9. Start The Clock (1:32)
  10. There’s That Smile (2:25)
  11. The Sarcophagus Opens (3:57)
  12. The Artefact (2:05)
  13. Study Our Own Demise (2:15)

    Flatline
  14. Not Knowing (3:02(
  15. Siege Mode (1:23)

    In The Forest Of The Night
  16. In The Woods (2:21)
  17. We Weren’t Asleep That Long (1:00)
  18. Forgetting (1:45)
  19. The Song of Danny and Clara (2:43)

 

    Dark Water
  1. Throw Away The Key (4:13)
  2. Browsing (2:24)
  3. They Walk Among Us (2:20)

    Death In Heaven
  4. There is No Clara Oswald (0:57)
  5. Missy And Her Boys (1:17)
  6. A Good Man, An Incredible Liar (1:39)
  7. Freefall (1:44)
  8. I Need To Know (5:01)
  9. Missy's Theme - Extended (2:08)
  10. Missy's Gift (2:04)
  11. (The Majestic Tale of) An Idiot With a Box (2:19)

DISC THREE

    Last Christmas
  1. 3 Perfectly Ordinary Roof People (4:19)
  2. Do You Really Believe In Santa? (1:00)
  3. Unsealing the Infirmary (2:50)
  4. Ghosts (1:50)
  5. What Seems to be the Problem? (1:06)
  6. We Don’t Know What’s Real (2:36)
  7. Thinking About It (1:16)
  8. Clara’s Dream Christmas (3:57)
  9. The Doctor’s Dream Christmas (5:42)
  10. Dreams Within Dreams (4:55)
  11. Believe in Santa (1:30)
  12. Sleigh Ride (2:48)
  13. A Reunion (3:15)
  14. Every Christmas is Last Christmas (3:50)

The CD set is now available to pre-order from our Amazon Shops in the United Kingdom (released 18th May), and in North America (released 26th May).

Series 8: Packshot (Credit: Silva Screen) Doctor Who: Series 8 (Credit: Silva Screen)


Competition

Thanks to Silva Screen we have five copies of the CD collection up for grabs. In order to be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:
Unfortunately the "live" song featured in Mummy on the Orient Express was unable to be included in this release - but who was the singer and which song was performed in the episode?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-silvascreen@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Fierce!". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 18th May 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Bookmark and Share Rex Robinson 1926-2015

4/24/2015 02:09:00 a.m. - Reported by Marcus


The actor Rex Robinson has died at the age of 89.

He appeared in three Doctor Who stories, all directed by Australian Lennie Mayne.

In 1972 he played Dr. Tyler in the 10th anniversary story The Three Doctors, playing the scientist who joined forces with The Doctor and UNIT to help defeat Omega. He returned the following year in The Monster of Peladon, to play Gebek, a Peladonian trisilicate miner. His final appearance in Doctor Who came in 1976 when he played another Doctor, Dr Carter in the Tom Baker story The Hand of Fear.

Away from Doctor Who Robinson appeared in a number of classic British Television programmes including Gems, Bread, One by One, Only Fools and Horses...., Just Good Friends, Are You Being Served?, Terry and June, The Onedin Line, Softly Softly: Task Force, Warship, Upstairs, Downstairs, Callan, The Plane Makers, Ghost Squad and Champion Road.

Rex Robinson is survived by his wife Patricia Pryor, who also appeared in The Three Doctors.

Bookmark and Share Producer's update

4/23/2015 08:56:00 p.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have published a video from Doctor Who's producer Derek Ritchie providing a brief update on production of the series.

Bookmark and Share New series monster photo

4/22/2015 01:25:00 p.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

Chewing it over? Director Ed Bazalgette with friend (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)Hot on the heels of yesterday's teaser, the BBC have released a further photo featuring the newest monster to grace Doctor Who, seen alongside director Ed Bazalgette as filming for Block Three continues at Cosmeston Medieval Village over the next few weeks.

Details and photos of the production team's re-dressing of the village for the series can be found via Penarth News.

Bookmark and Share Player:Piano does Doctor Who

4/22/2015 10:09:00 a.m. - Reported by Marcus

A piano version of the Doctor Who theme has been released by the Russian pianist Sonya Belousova.

The award winning performer, born in Saint- Petersburg, is well known for her performances in the Cosplay Piano Series, released on YouTube.

In the tribute to Doctor Who she appears from the TARDIS to perform in a series of costumes based on the twelve Doctors.

The new video is directed by long term fan Tom Grey, who told Mashable
We made the decision to use costuming elements from all 12 Doctors, It was certainly a challenge to put together feminized versions of every Doctor costume, but luckily there is a great cosplay community that has been incredibly supportive of us.
The duo will also release a darker I Am The Doctor theme cover this year.

Bookmark and Share Election News

4/22/2015 12:35:00 a.m. - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who has become an issue in the British General Election with the Independent reporting that the leader of the UK Independence party is calling on the BBC to stop making popular entertainment programming.

Nigel Farage told a public meeting in Rochester that the BBC should be "cut back to the bone". He said the licence fee should be cut to a third of its current value and the Corporation should be "purely a public service broadcaster with an international reach". Examples of public service broadcasting include local news coverage, arts programmes and religious broadcasts, but does not include programmes such as Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear.

Meanwhile the Mirror, a Labour supporting paper, is reporting that Doctor Who is better under Labour governments. The paper reckons that episodes shown when the Conservatives are in power, score lower appreciation figures on IMDB than episodes shown when Labour are in charge.

The series was created in 1963 under a Conservative Government, and returned in 2005 under a Labour administration.

Bookmark and Share New Series 9 Publicity Photo

4/21/2015 07:10:00 p.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released a new promotional image for Series Nine, featuring a monster from the third block, currently filming in South Wales:

BBC Publicity Image: Block Three Monster (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)
"What’s that in the shadows? New monster about to meet Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who Series 9"

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 1

4/21/2015 04:12:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

Doctor Who Adventures 1 (Credit: Panini) Panini, the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine, who acquired the licence for Doctor Who Adventures magazine, will release their first issue this Thursday, 23rd April 2015.

"Doctor Who Adventures has changed its look and is now ageing up in profile to appeal to readers of all ages from 5 - 1005!"

Inside the new issue:
  • Empire’s Fall
    A 9 page strip story with art by Russ Leach, script by Jason Quinn and colours by Panini veteran John Burns.
  • UNIT Alien Archives
    Readers will be able to access UNIT’s top secret alien archives to find out all about the deadly Skovox Blitzer as seen in last season’s The Caretaker.
  • World Of Science
    Readers will then be able to join the Doctor as he experiments with science. After reading this issue, you need never fear a blackout again, especially if you happen to have a bag of fruit, some alligator clips and an LED light bulb in your pockets.
  • Strax’s Guide To The Galaxy
    Everyone’s favourite Sontaran will be showing you some of the best and worst places in the universe as he takes you to the moon, Mars, Alfa Metraxis and Sontar!
  • Twisted Conundrums
    While the Doctor and Clara are busy saving planet Earth, you can help them by completing a series of fiendish puzzles and activities.
  • The Paternoster Gang Investigates
    Then it’s off back to the 19th Century to join Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax as they investigate the singular case of the Blue Men of the Minch in this three-page story.

"With games, posters, puzzles and makes, Doctor Who Adventures will take you to incredible new worlds and introduce you to some of the most wonderful beings in the universe!"

Issue 1 comes with Free 3D glasses, notepad and stickers!
On sale 23rd April 2015, price £3.99

Bookmark and Share Tennant to host Shakespeare Celebration

4/21/2015 01:09:00 p.m. - Reported by Marcus

David Tennant has been signed up to host a celebration of William Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.

The special event will broadcast live, on BBC Two next April, from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. It will feature a variety bill inspired by Shakespeare and performed by major international talent. It will celebrate Shakespeare's enduring influence on all the performing art forms from opera to jazz, from ballet to musicals.

Tennant joined the RSC in 1996 playing Touchstone in As You Like It. He went on to play the leading role in Romeo and Juliet, and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, for which he received a nomination in the 2000 Ian Charleson awards for Best Classical Actor under 30. He returned to the RSC to play Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost and a much acclaimed Hamlet in 2008. In Winter 2012 he played the title role in Richard II.

Tony Hall, Director-General BBC, said:
Our ambition is to get more people excited about Shakespeare than ever before – through drama, great performance, documentary; festivals and social media too. We’re partnering with talent right across the country and delighted to be working with the RSC. 2016 is going to be the biggest celebration of Shakespeare we’ve ever put on - for everyone.

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth

4/20/2015 09:25:00 p.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

Candy Jar Books have released the cover and details for their next book in the Lethbridge-Stewart saga:

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth
Written by David A McIntee
Released in June


Lethbridge-Stewart was supposed to be in the mountains of the east. Things didn't quite go according to plan.

On the eve of war, something appeared in the sky; a presence that blotted out the moon. Now it has returned, and no battle plan can survive first contact with this enemy.

Plagued by nightmares of being trapped in a past that never happened, Lethbridge-Stewart must unravel the mystery of a man ten years out of his time; a man who cannot possibly still exist.

Why do the ghosts of fallen soldiers still fight long-forgotten battles against living men? What is the secret of the rural English town of Deepdene? Lethbridge-Stewart has good reason to doubt his own sanity, but is he suffering illness or injury, or is something more sinister going on?

Author David A McIntee (who also wrote the Brigadier-centric BBC Book The Face Of The Enemy) said:
To be honest it (the series) is something I'm amazed hasn't been done before – it’s just such a natural and obvious thing. The form it's taking is also cool because it has the flexibility to move between styles and genres – thriller, SF, horror, etc – while maintaining a definite identity. As for the Brig himself, he's one of those characters where the casting was so perfect that it just made the character so memorable, and who (usually) feels so right.

Cover art is by Cosgrove Hall's background artist, Nathan Hudson, and the book also features an exclusive foreword written by Amanda Haisman, daughter of Lethbridge-Stewart creator Mervyn Haisman, in which she publically talks about her father and the legend he created for Doctor Who.

The book is available to pre-order from Candy Jar Books.



Coming up later in the year are Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen and Terrance Dicks, and Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters.

Frankham-Allen, who wrote the series opener The Forgotten Son, said:
There’s been such a warm reception to the first book I must thank everybody for all their kind words. My next book is a dream come true. It’s an idea I’ve had rattling around in my head since 1998, so it’s great privilege to be able to make it a reality, and even more so due to Terrance Dicks’ involvement with it.
Walters said:
After the Doctor himself the Brigadier is the best-loved character in Doctor Who. I met Nick Courtney a number of times and he really is a splendid fellow. He brought a real humanity and vulnerability to the role without compromising the essential toughness of the character. Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is the chap you'd want on your side in a fight – any fight – and it is a real privilege to be exploring what made him into the character we came to know and love.

Bookmark and Share Symphonic Spectacular Homage Album Cover

4/20/2015 12:19:00 p.m. - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is celebrating its first ever UK tour with a homage to the legendary Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

Symphonic Spectacular (Credit: BBC Worldwide)


In advance of the forthcoming Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular which visits six cities across the UK from May 23rd, artwork has been released today to capture the monsters and characters from Doctor Who, alongside the musicians taking part in the tour.

Paying homage to the classic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover designed by Sir Peter Blake for The Beatles in 1967, the design features a range of characters, past and present, including the Fifth Doctor Peter Davison who will be presenting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour.

The line-up also features a range of fan favourites including the current and last three incarnations of the Doctor - Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston - as well as their respective companions. Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular’s take on the iconic album cover also features a range of monsters from the show including the Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon and Dream Crabs.

Murray Gold, who scored the Doctor Who music since 2005 also features on the image, along with conductor Ben Foster, Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and a number of the members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC National Chorus of Wales taking part in the tour.

The tour visits London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and finishes in Glasgow. Tickets are on sale online


1. Foretold 2. Martin Bowen 3. Dalek 4. Delphox 5. Ros Butler 6. Margot Leadbeater 7. Katie Littlemore 8. Amy 9. Nicholas White 10. Whisperman 11. Kerry Gordon-Smith 12. Dalek 13. Cybermen 14. Paul Mann 15. Carolyn Hewitt 16. Dalek 17. Judoon 18. Donna 19. Sarah Chapman 20. Sontaran Strax 21. Jaroslaw Augustyniak 22. Teller Guard 23. Martha 24. Cyberman 25. Clara 26. Silurians 27. Rose Tyler 28. Arthur 29. Robot Knight 30. Katherine Miller 31. Vigil 32. Ood 33. David Cowley 34. Danny 35. Cyberman 36. Teller 37. Teller Guard 38. Lucas Suarez 39. Andy McGlasson 40. Rob Plane 41. Ian King 42. Adam Goldsmith 43. Dan Todden 44. Eva Stewart 45. Silence 46. Missy 47. Silurians 48. Silurians 49. Christopher Eccleston 50. David Tennant 51. Matt Smith 52. Peter Capaldi 53. Elin Manahan Thomas 54. Peter Davison 55. Ben-Foster 56. Murray Gold 57. Tom Rees-Roberts 58. Chris Stock 59. Dalek 60. Dalek 61. Sontaran 62. River Song 63. Mr Sin 64. Dream Crab 65. Weeping Angel 66. Auton Doll 67. Peg Doll 68. Dream Crab