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Bookmark and Share Full Circle: Frazer Hines cast in "Outlander", which he inspired

8/20/2014 05:38:00 am - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Frazer Hines, who played the Second Doctor's stalwart companion Jamie McCrimmon from 1966 to 1969, has been cast in the television adaptation of the time-travel romance Outlander, reveals TV Guide.com. Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander novels, has previously stated that she was inspired to write the series after watching an episode of Doctor Who featuring Hines as Jamie:

I rarely watch TV, but at the time I was in the habit of viewing weekly PBS reruns of Doctor Who..., because it gave me just enough time to do my nails. So, while pondering the setting for my hypothetical historical novel, I happened to see one very old episode of Doctor Who featuring a "companion" of the Doctor's—a young Scottish lad named Jamie MacCrimmon, whom the Doctor had picked up in 1745. This character wore a kilt, which I thought rather fetching, and demonstrated—in this particular episode—a form of pigheaded male gallantry that I've always found endearing: the strong urge on the part of a man to protect a woman, even though he may realize that she's plainly capable of looking after herself.

I was sitting in church the next day, thinking idly about this particular show (no, oddly enough, I don't remember what the sermon was about that day), when I said suddenly to myself, Well, heck. You want to write a book, you need a historical period, and it doesn't matter where or when. The important thing is just to start, somewhere. Okay. Fine. Scotland, eighteenth century.

Gabaldon gave the male protagonist of her series the first name "Jamie", after the character which inspired her creation. The character's surname is "Fraser"; however, Gabaldon says that this is a coincidence:

No, actually, Frazer has nothing to do with Jamie’s last name—owing to the local PBS station cutting off the “Dr. Who” credits in order to run pledge appeals, I didn’t know the actor’s name until some years later, after the first book had been written. I did send a copy to Frazer then, though, thanking him for the kilt.

Now, Frazer Hines will appear in the television series based on the books he inspired. Hines will play Sir Gordon Fletcher, an English prison warden, in an episode which will air in the second half of the first series (currently scheduled for early 2015).

Frazer HinesDiana Gabaldon and Frazer Hines, 2009 (Credit: Jean Brittain, via Diana Gabaldon) Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in "Outlander" (Credit: Starz)

Bookmark and Share Blue Peter to broadcast 12th Doctor Special

8/20/2014 05:18:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

Tomorrow's edition of CBBC magazine programme Blue Peter will be a special programme dedicated to Peter Capaldi as the incoming Doctor and featuring the winners of last year's competition to design sonic devices for the Paternoster Gang of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Commander Strax.

The 12th Doctor: A Blue Peter Special - presented by Barney Harwood, Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya - takes the three young contest winners Connor, Arthur and Amber behind the scenes of Doctor Who to see their sonic gauntlet, lorgnette and hat pin in action, where they also meet Capaldi.

In addition, Dan Starkey, who plays Strax, talks about how he is turned into a Sontaran via prosthetics, while the make-it will be a TARDIS T-shirt.

The programme, which airs at 5.30pm, will be repeated on Saturday at 8.20am and then at 6.25pm as part of a range of Doctor Who-related programmes being shown on CBBC from 1.40pm - also comprising episodes from The Sarah Jane Adventures as well as the animated adventures The Infinite Quest and Dreamland plus documentary 12 Again - in the run-up to the broadcast of Deep Breath that evening.

The show will also be available to TV licence-payers in the UK for a limited time via the BBC iPlayer.

As part of its celebration of the new series of Doctor Who, the Blue Peter website also has details about how to make Doctor Who character masks as well as Doctor Who T-shirts, and is inviting people to invent a new Doctor Who character.

Bookmark and Share Bumper 100-page issue for new Doctor Who Magazine

8/19/2014 10:07:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

The new edition of Doctor Who Magazine catches up on set with Peter Capaldi for what is billed as his most extensive and revealing interview to date.

In issue 477 - on sale this coming Thursday - the publication asked him how he had gone about making the part his own:

"Well," says Peter, "you begin with yourself. You begin with those elements of yourself that you feel would be at home in the role. There's an old actors' adage that you don't become the role, the role becomes you. It's trying to find those parts of you that will fit with the Doctor, and understand those bits that don't come so naturally to you, that you have to fabricate. I kept looking for people in my life who I thought had elements of the Doctor about them, and were inspirational in some ways. I composed a list of those . . . "

"Also, it's recognising what's been written," Peter continues. "My Doctor is written slightly differently from some of the other Doctors, and the Doctor changes quite dramatically from episode to episode. Some demand more of your comedy chops, graver or more serious episodes demand a more sombre creature. All these variations have to live in the same body, in the same face. Putting all that together is tricky . . ."
The new DWM, which is a bumper 100 pages this edition, includes a giant double-sided poster featuring Capaldi on one side and a Dalek on the other (pictured below) plus:
  • Read extensive previews of the first four episodes of the new series – Deep Breath, Into The Dalek, Robot of Sherwood and Listen – as DWM talks exclusively to writers Steven Moffat, Phil Ford and Mark Gatiss
  • Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions and reveals more behind-the-scenes secrets in his exclusive column
  • DWM reunites former Doctor-and-companion team Tom Baker and Louise Jameson with their producer, Philip Hinchcliffe, to chat about the new Doctor Who adventures that they're working on and to reminisce about the 1970s adventures
  • Louise Jameson writes a very special letter to herself, exclusively for DWM
  • A new comic strip – The Eye of Torment – begins, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty
  • DWM examines the unique scrapbooks of Peter Hawkins, the man who was one of the first voices of the Daleks in the 1960s
  • The Fact of Fiction takes a detailed look at the 1964 First Doctor adventure The Reign of Terror
  • Legendary writer Terrance Dicks talks about his later work on Doctor Who – and what he thinks of the series today
  • The Time Team face an unknown horror as they watch the 2008 Tenth Doctor adventure Midnight
  • Jacqueline Rayner writes about the perils of watching Doctor Who on a dodgy TV in Relative Dimensions
  • The Watcher extols the virtues of not giving in to temptation in Wotcha!
  • Reviews and previews of the latest CDs and books
  • Official news, the DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and more

Bookmark and Share Poland: Doctor Who on Sundays at 6:00pm

8/19/2014 11:25:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: BBC)Poland is the latest country to have the new series scheduled, with the premiere of Deep Breath on the BBC Entertainment channel being broadcast on Sunday 24th August at 6:00pm, with each subsequent episode at the same time over the following weeks.

This brings the currently known channels broadcasting Peter Capaldi's first series to eight, with the premiere dates listed below:

United KingdomBBC One23 August7:50pm (+0100)
AustraliaABC124 August4:50am (+0900)
GermanyFOX23 August9:00pm (+0200)
CanadaSPACE23 August8:00pm (-0400)
United StatesBBC America23 August8:15pm (-0400)
Latin/South AmericaBBC Entertainment23 August10:00pm (-0500)
PolandBBC Entertainment24 August6:00pm (+0200)
FinlandYLE224 August7:10pm (+0200)

(if you are aware of Deep Breath being shown locally which isn't listed above please let us know!)

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath - New Images

8/19/2014 02:00:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a set of new images from the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, Deep Breath, which launches on Saturday.

Doctor Who Series 8. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Jenna Coleman as Clara. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who Series 8. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh). Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Strax (Dan Starkey). Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Jenna Coleman as Clara. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014

Bookmark and Share Radio Times

8/19/2014 12:00:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Next week's edition of the Radio Times continues the tradition of a Doctor Who cover for the new series, with Peter Capaldi gracing the front as the magazine introduces readers to a new series and a new Doctor.

Inside there is a new exclusive interview and cover short with Capaldi, plus a guide to all twelve of the episodes from the lead writer Steven Moffat. The issue also advertises itself as a "Blippar special", and includes additional Doctor Who content where the Blippar logo appears.

On being unveiled as the new Doctor in August last year, Capaldi says:
There was a lot of cloak-and-dagger stuff on the way to the studio; the BBC genuinely felt it had to maintain secrecy so I was taken to a car park, dropped off by one car and put in another car with a blanket over my head. For all I knew, because I couldn't see or hear anything, there might have been no one there and it could all have been a load of baloney.
Radio Times (23-29 Aug 2014) (Credit: Radio Times) Radio Times (23-29 Aug 2014) - digital edition (Credit: Radio Times)

The Radio Times is available digitally, and in newsagents and other shops from today.
(with thanks to Radio Times and Tony Clark)

Bookmark and Share Episode Titles Released

8/18/2014 01:18:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine has released the full list of episode titles for the 34th Season of Doctor Who.
The next edition of the Magazine is published on Thursday and will contain previews of the first four episodes in the series.

Bookmark and Share BBC America: Make Your Own Sunday

8/18/2014 10:58:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC America are offering viewers the chance to vote for their favourite regular and special episodes from the modern series of Doctor Who, to be shown across an eleven hour marathon on Sunday 24th August from 10:00am. The poll is open until 12:00pm EST today.

BBC Amercia: Make You Own Sunday (24 Aug 2014) (Credit: BBC America)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Tour reaches Mexico

8/17/2014 11:22:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have received a deafening reception from over 3000 Mexican Doctor Who fans in the latest leg of the Doctor Who World Tour.

The TARDIS two appeared on the stage of the Teatro Metropólitan in the centre of Mexico City for a special event which included a screening of the 2014 series premiere Deep Breath

The team have also been undertaking other media events in the capital before the tour departs for the final stop, Rio, on Monday.

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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who loses out at 2014 Hugo Awards

8/17/2014 10:12:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Hugo AwardsGame of Thrones which has won the 2014 Hugo award for for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form beating Doctor Who for the second year running.

The Day of the Doctor and The Name of the Doctor were both nominated, as was An Adventure in Space and Time and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. However Game of Thrones came through to win the award with the episode The Rains of Castamere.

It was a disappointing night for Doctor Who fans with other Who related nominees losing out in their categories. The winners were announced on Sunday evening at the ExCel Converntion Centre in London.

Full results are here.

Bookmark and Share US Midnight Screening

8/16/2014 10:36:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide, in association with Fathom Events, have announced a special Midnight screening of the Doctor Who season premiere Deep Breath, on Saturday night, in selected cinemas across the United States.

The event will feature bonus content exclusive to cinemas including a prequel before the feature presentation and 'behind the scenes' after.

Full details of participating theatres here.

The main nationwide showing of the story in the US is on Monday, August 25th. Full list here.

NB: Please note that attending in costume is fine, however masks, face-concealing make-up, fake weapons, tools, accessories (like sonic screwdrivers) as well as any costumes that conceal what you are carrying, your natural body shape or face are strictly prohibited.

Deep Breath is also screening in Cinemas around the world. Main details here.

In addition Spanish cinema chain Cinesa have announced that they will be showing Deep Breath in their Barcelona, Madrid, Oviedo, La Coruña, Sevilla, Bilbao, Valencia, Murcia, Valladolid, Zaragoza and Valencia theatres on Saturday 23rd August at 20:45pm. (with thanks to Papel Psíquico)

Bookmark and Share Fan Events

8/16/2014 12:58:00 am - Reported by Marcus

There is a Doctor Who event at this years Burning Man festival in Nevada, which takes place between 25 August and 1st September.

The Burning Man festival is a bizarre event which happens in the middle of a desert salt bed in Nevada. It is different from other festivals in that there are no paid bands or DJs. The participants create their own entertainment. It is famously a place where makers and artists build amazing sculptures and art cars, with an emphasis on things that burn!

Quixotes Cabaret Club and Bar is a British camp at the festival. They create a venue and a bar and invite anyone at the festival with any entertaining act to come up and perform. Each year they have a different décor theme. This year it is Doctor Who.

The entrance to the camp will be through a TARDIS against a brick wall and the organisers will have an art car in the shape of K-9.

The camp is located at 7:30 and Ephesus, the cabaret nights are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday around 9pm, with a Doctor Who extravaganza evening on the Friday. The club will be glad to see any Re-incarnations of the Doctor, Time Lords, assistants and monsters but warn that Daleks may well be turned around and pushed out. If anyone wishes to get in touch with the camp, please e-mail Paul Pickup at bigfoot.com
An "unofficial" Doctor Who Disneyland theme day is taking place in September.

In Galliday 1.5 hundreds of fans in Cosplay and fanshirts are expected at the California theme park, taking over rides, playing games and contests.

A page has been set up on Facebook as well as twitter and Tumblr.

Organiser Amy McCain told Doctor Who News
We had a trial run in January and the response was nothing short of amazing! 400+ people showed up. Afterward, our fanbase exploded! They all demanded we do 2 events a year instead of one. Now here it is.
For full details see the event website

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Tour reaches New York

8/15/2014 11:15:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who World Tour has reached North America, with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, alongside lead writer Steven Moffat, meeting fans and attending a Question and Answer session at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan.

Fans camped out for up to 10 hours to see the stars emerge from a New York taxi as they attended the special screening of this year's season opener Deep Breath.

Peter Caplidi told the crowd he had been watching Doctor Who since he was five.
Actors who played Doctor Who – Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker – those were the people I was watching. More than Laurence Olivier. I turned up on set and saw the Tardis. I remember touching it … the police box … and I got a little bit teary. I was just so thrilled to be there,
The tour now moves into its final few days with events in Mexico City on Sunday and Rio de Janeiro on Monday. The team then return to the UK in time for a special event at the Odeon Leicester Square on Saturday to launch the series around the world.

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Bookmark and Share Mixed fortunes for DWM and DWA as new circulation figures published

8/15/2014 09:23:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

The latest circulation figures for Doctor Who Magazine and Doctor Who Adventures show both publications suffering a drop in sales for the first half of this year, although DWM can take comfort from recording a year-on-year rise.

The new Audit Bureau of Circulations figures cover the January to June 2014 period, and during that time DWM saw its total average net circulation fall to 33,538 per issue - down by 2,613 and 7.2 per cent on the previous six months. On the plus side for the Panini publication, it was still a year-on-year rise of 5.8 per cent. The figure is for both print and digital copies.

DWA, however, has suffered particularly badly. The fortnightly mag from Immediate Media Co fell just below the 20,000 mark, posting a total average net circulation of 19,966 per issue for the first six months of this year, equating to a drop of 8,477 and a slump of 29.8 per cent. Year-on-year, this represented a fall of 18.5 per cent. The figure is for print copies only. Although the publication is also available as a download, zero digital sales have been recorded.

In a statement, DWM editor Tom Spilsbury said:
We're delighted with our new ABC figure. After the last period was boosted with the incredible sales of our 50th-anniversary edition, which sold over 50,000 copies alone, we were bracing ourselves for a fall. We thought that we might be down to under 30,000 for the first six months of 2014, which comparatively were always going to be a quiet period. However, for us to be up year-on-year is a stunning achievement, especially when you consider that during the January-June 2013 sales period we also had eight new TV episodes to help bolster sales of the magazine.

The magazine industry is continuing to find times very tough, with the overall market experiencing declines. However, we're pleased to see our digital sales on the increase, as well as subscription levels - so the future is looking very bright for DWM! I'm sure we'll be able to build on these figures for the next sales period, when we'll have the benefit of a brand-new Doctor getting his era under way!

Congratulations to all of DWM's hard-working contributors, and many thanks to all our loyal readers.

There has been no statement as yet from DWA.

For detailed breakdowns of the new figures, click on the relevant links in the table below.

 Jul-Dec 2009Jan-Jun 2010Jul-Dec 2010Jan-Jun 2011Jul-Dec 2011Jan-Jun 2012Jul-Dec 2012Jan-Jun 2013Jul-Dec 2013Jan-Jun 2014
Doctor Who Magazine29,00035,374 (+22%)33,554 (-5.1%)30,682 (-8.6%)30,614 (-0.2%)27,089 (-11.5%)28,743 (+6.1%)31,692 (+10.3%)36,151 (+14.1%)33,538 (-7.2%)
Doctor Who Adventures44,66453,559 (+20%)56,648 (+5.8%)50,013 (-11.7%)48,470 (-3.1%)31,903 (-34.2%)31,935 (+0.1%)24,497 (-23.3%)28,443 (+16.1%)19,966 (-29.8%)

(All figures are from the Audit Bureau of Circulations apart from the Jul-Dec 2009 figure for DWM, which is an estimate provided by DWM and included for comparison purposes. ABC figures for DWM only started being calculated in 2010. Percentages shown are the change on the previous six months.)

The circulation figures for July to December 2014 are due to be published in February 2015.

UPDATE - 18th AUGUST 2014: DWA today gave Doctor Who News the following statement regarding the latest circulation figure.

Consultant publisher Jaynie Bye said:
A sales dip during an extended period when the show is off air is no surprise for Doctor Who Adventures. We are really excited about the new series this month and have planned an amazing range of fantastic new content. We have some fantastic new ideas for the new-look magazine to ensure that Doctor Who Adventures remains THE destination for young fans keen to extend their interest in the series.
Meanwhile, editor Moray Laing said:
We've redecorated! It's an exciting time having a brand-new series and a brand-new Doctor – so we wanted a new look for the magazine too. I'm really pleased with how this all looks, and sure our readers will like it too.

Bookmark and Share New Title Sequence is Fan Inspired

8/15/2014 12:38:00 am - Reported by Marcus

With a new Doctor comes a new title sequence, but the latest incarnation is special in that the inspiration came from a fan made clip, posted on YouTube.

Billy Hanshaw is a motion graphics professional based in Leeds, mostly working on tv commercials and corporate presentations. However as an exercise he created a mock version of a new title sequence for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi and posted it on his YouTube channel where it has recieved over 700,000 hits.

The sequence came to the attention of Doctor Who's show-runner Steven Moffat, who described it as absolutely stunning and commissioned Hanshaw to work with BBC Wales to create the new titles for the new series. Speaking in New York Moffat said
Hanshaw created this title sequence, put it up on YouTube. I happened to cross it, and it was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963. We got in touch with him, and said, okay, we’re going to do that one.
The new title sequence will be revealed to the world on August 23rd. However the initial concept clip, which grabbed the attention of the production team, is still available to view on YouTube.