Bookmark and Share Horror Channel 'Who on Horror' Full Spring Schedule

4/15/2014 09:16:00 pm - Reported by Melad Moshiri

Horror Channel - Classic Doctors Logo (Credit: Horror Channel)
Horror Channel's Who on Horror schedule in the UK has been released with classic Doctor Who episodes airing from Good Friday. The run will commence with the very first episode of Who in its original four parts on the Friday at 7pm before the Who on Horror themed weekend featuring stories from each of the first seven Doctors begins.

11am - An Unearthly Child (Four Parts, Repeat)
From the misty November nights of London 1963 to the arid caves of Earth 100,000 BC, this is our very first encounter with the mysterious time traveller (William Hartnell), who kidnaps teachers Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill), and, along with his granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford), travels back in the distant past to confront caveman as they discover the power of fire.

1:20pm - The Mind Robber (Four Parts)
Trapped in a world outside of space and time, the second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) along with his companions, Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Zoe (Wendy Padbury), find themselves facing a world of fiction inhabited by unicorns, Medusa, and Gulliver. They seem to be writing their own story but will the mysterious storytelling Master of the realm allow them a happy ending?

3:45pm - Terror of the Autons (Four Parts)
If the 70s was an age of plastic then what would happen if it turned against us? The Doctor (Jon Pertwee), now exiled to Earth in his third incarnation, confronts killer dolls, deadly daffodils, telephone cables that strangle and inflatable chairs that suffocate. A second appearance for the returning enemy the Autons, this also introduces new assistant Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and rogue Time Lord, The Master (Roger Delgado). It also finds a new nemesis in Mary Whitehouse.

6pm - The Brain of Morbius (Parts One and Two)
Our jellybaby-loving Time Lord ventures into Frankenstein territory as The fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) arrive on the stormy planet of Karn where they find themselves caught between the immortal Sisterhood, who are guardians of the precious elixir of life and the fanatical surgeon, Solon, who’s trying to create new life from dead aliens to house the brain of criminal Time Lord, Morbius.
11am - The Brain of Morbius (Parts Three and Four)
Continuation from Saturday night, the last two episodes of this ‘Frankenstein’ story as The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) find themselves caught between the immortal Sisterhood and the fanatical surgeon, Solon, who’s trying to create new life from dead aliens to house the brain of criminal Time Lord, Morbius.

12:10pm - The Caves of Androzani (Four Parts)
Frequently voted by fans as the best story of the whole classic series, this also marks the end of Peter Davison’s time as he regenerates into Colin Baker. A real actioner which finds the Fifth Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) caught up in a war between a corrupt corporation, smugglers and masked outlaw Sharaz Jek , all fighting for control of spectrox, an invaluable but toxic substance mined on Androzani Minor that when refined, can slow ageing.

2:30pm - Attack of the Cybermen (Four Parts)
Travelling from their own future, the Cybermen stalk London in 1985 to perfect a plan for Halley’s Comet to crash into the Earth, saving their own planet Mondas from destruction. The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) and Peri colourfully attempt to thwart their plans, save the cold-thriving Cryons, natives of Cyber-controlled Telos and maybe finally fix the TARDIS’s chameleon circuits.

4:50pm - Remembrance of the Daleks (Four Parts)
It’s back to November 1963 as the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) returns with Ace (Sophie Aldred) to Coal Hill School, He’s determined to complete unfinished business but if he hadn’t forgotten the Hand of Omega, then it’s inevitable the Daleks would remember too and they’re determined to outwit their greatest enemy and proved that they can climb stairs.

After the special weekend, episodes settle into a weekday showing from Monday after, with a story each from the First, Second and Third Doctor for the rest of April.

Monday 21st April

10am - The Daleks (Parts One and Two)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Having survived their first adventure together, the TARDIS team land on Skaro, a planet devastated by nuclear war. Is anyone left alive? Contaminated by radioactive poisoning, they encounter the pacifist race of Thals and a number of hidden perils, but the greatest threat waits in the impressive citadel. They’re set to come face to eye-stalk for the first time with those exterminating pepperpots, the Daleks. A legend is born and our Saturday nights will never be the same again.
Tuesday 22nd April

10am - The Daleks (Parts Three and Four)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Continuation of adventure in which the TARDIS team come face-to-face with the Daleks for the first time.
Wednesday 23rd April

10am - The Daleks - (Parts Five and Six)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Continuation of adventure in which the TARDIS team come face-to-face with the Daleks for the first time.
Thursday 24th April

10am - The Daleks (Part Seven)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Finale to adventure in which the TARDIS team come face-to-face with the Daleks for the first time.

10:35am - The Seeds of Death (Part One)
Repeated at 3:45pm and 7:50pm
Earth in the 21st Century and instantaneous travel is now possible thanks to the T-Mat based on the Moon. However, when the Doctor arrives with Jamie and Zoe, the machine has broken down and strange alien seeds have been discovered which explode with a lethal fungus threatening to wipe out life. It’s all part of the plan to take over the planet by the Martian reptilian race, the Ice Warriors.
Friday 25th April

10am - The Seeds of Death - (Parts Two and Three)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Continuation of adventure where the Ice Warriors are threatening to wipe out life with a lethal fungus.
Monday 28th April

10am - The Seeds of Death - (Parts Four and Five)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Continuation of adventure where the Ice Warriors are threatening to wipe out life with a lethal fungus.
Tuesday 29th April

10am - The Seeds of Death (Part Six)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Finale to adventure where the Ice Warriors are threatening to wipe out life with a lethal fungus.
10:35am - The Daemons (Part One)
Repeated at 3:45pm and 8:45pm
Excavations at an ancient burial mound unleash an ancient evil. There’s darker magic at work in the quiet village of Devil’s End, and the new vicar seems to have a Master plan under his cassock as rogue Time Lord joins forces with Azal, last of the star-spanning Daemons. With the help of UNIT and Jo Grant, The Doctor fights to stop May Day from becoming the last day for mankind.
Wednesday 30th April

10am - The Daemons - (Parts Two and Three)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Continuation of adventure where The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) fights to stop May Day becoming the last day for mankind.
Thursday 1st May

10am - The Daemons - (Parts Four and Five)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Continuation of adventure where The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) fights to stop May Day becoming the last day for mankind.
Friday 2nd May

10am - The Sea Devils - (Parts One and Two)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
The Doctor pays the Master a visit in an island prison around which a number of ships have mysteriously sunk. While the Doctor and Jo are trapped on the fort by a Sea Devil, the Master steals some electronic components.
Monday 5th May

10am - The Sea Devils - (Parts Three and Four)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Trenchard holds the Doctor captive while the Master attempts to make contact with the Sea Devils. After the Sea Devils attack the island prison and rescue the Master, the Doctor must venture underwater in pursuit.
Tuesday 6th May

10am - The Sea Devils - (Parts Five and Six)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
While the Doctor tries to make peace with the Sea Devils in the their underwater colony, the navy launch an attack on the base! When the Sea Devils take over the naval base, the Doctor is forced to work with the Master to revive the creatures' colony.
Wednesday 7th May

10am - The Three Doctors - (Parts One and Two)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
Three incarnations of the Doctor join forces to face the evil Omega in a universe of antimatter. The Third Doctor and Jo find themselves on an artificial world inside a black hole.
Thursday 7th May

10am - The Three Doctors - (Parts Three and Four)
Repeated at 3:10pm and 7:50pm
The Time Lord Omega reveals himself to the third Doctor along with his plan for vengeance. The Doctors discover a secret about Omega that gives them an advantage in ending his deadly plot.

The full and future schedule can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

Idents and commercials have been created depicting the cell animation advertised while billboards and posters promoting the campaign have been seen in London.

The arrival of Doctor Who on the Horror Channel reflects the science-fiction, action and fantasy genres seen on the channel's available lineup including Xena: Warrior Princess, Wonder Woman and The Twilight Zone.

Director of Programming, Alina Florea commented on their latest signing in a press release:
Doctor Who is an iconic series and we are proud and excited to welcome this giant of British television to our channel. The line-up will include some of the most revered from seven classic Doctors – stories that terrified, thrilled and captured the imagination of children and adults through the decades. Doctor Who joins a long line of well-loved classic series we have endeavoured to showcase on Horror Channel over the last few years.
A special press launch took place yesterday at The Ivy in Leicester Square in the presence of the Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker. Doctor Who News were invited to the launch and a report of the day will be available soon.

Bookmark and Share Stepson gig plus DVD double bill with Moths announced

4/14/2014 10:27:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

The actor, writer and comedian Toby Hadoke is to give the last performance of My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver for the foreseeable future next month, he has announced.

The show, which is as highly acclaimed as its antecedent Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, will be staged on Monday 19th May at 7.30pm at Bollington Arts Centre, Wellington Road, Bollington, Cheshire, as part of the Bollington Festival.
My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver

Join Toby as he takes you on a heart-warming journey that begins with losing a partner, ends with gaining a stepson, and pays homage to the restorative powers of the Time Lord in between. Intimate knowledge of the TARDIS is not required to enjoy this bitter-sweet comedy of parenting through sci-fi evangelism.
Hadoke, who writes for Doctor Who Magazine and has been a moderator on classic Doctor Who DVDs, also said that work is under way on a DVD release of Moths and Stepson, both of which were filmed when he performed them as a double bill at the Garrick Theatre in the West End on 17th November last year. A release date is yet to be announced.
Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf

Get out from behind that sofa and get aboard Toby Hadoke's TARDIS on a trip through time – charting the rise, fall, and rise again of a television legend. This delightful show is a personal, satirical, and razor-sharp comic odyssey from child to man, through obsession, joy, and disappointment.

Bookmark and Share DWA offers Easter egg-citement

4/13/2014 11:01:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

The latest edition of Doctor Who Adventures shows readers how to make monster eggs for Easter. Examples include a Zygon, Weeping Angel, Dalek, Slitheen and Mr Sweet.

Also in DWA 343:
  • Fun with the Alien Babies
  • Pictures from filming the new series
  • Strax's guide to the Daleks
  • Find out the Scarecrows' secrets
  • Learn how to draw the Doctor
  • Pull-out puzzle section
  • Behind the scenes on The Name of the Doctor
  • A comic strip featuring an unseen adventure with the Eleventh Doctor and Clara
  • Three posters
  • Three free monster bouncers and 25 stickers
The current issue is available until Tuesday 22nd April.

Bookmark and Share Stories wanted for charity Doctor Who anthology

4/13/2014 09:58:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

Short stories are being sought for an unofficial Doctor Who anthology that will raise money for charity.

The Vancouver-based outfit Pencil Tip Publishing is bringing out The Temporal Logbook, featuring original Doctor Who fiction by new and upcoming writers. The stories will involve the first 11 Doctors - by this it means as portrayed by William Hartnell through to Matt Smith and not including The War Doctor - in a series of adventures across space and time. All proceeds will go to the Positive Living Society of British Columbia, which is dedicated to empowering people who have HIV/Aids.
It's been said that Doctor Who has one of the most flexible formats in television drama. With the basic premise of an alien who travels throughout space and time in a box that is bigger inside than out, and which is disguised as a 1960s police public call box, it can't get much simpler than that. One week the show can be a gothic horror, the next it can be a comedic satire, while the next it could be a base-under-siege thriller – the possibilities are endless.
The deadline for submissions is midnight Pacific Daylight Time on Saturday 28th June. They should be between 3,000 and 7,500 words, in English, and not have been published elsewhere already. Stories should be sent for consideration via e-mail to The same address can be used for queries as well.

Authors must submit just one story at a time, and must also include a covering letter that includes their full name, age, e-mail address, home address, story word count, and story title. In addition, people should include a brief biography about themselves as well as their publishing history plus any other relevant information.

Full submission guidelines are detailed here, and the FAQs page is here.

The Temporal Logbook will feature one story per Doctor, and the successful authors will each receive one complimentary copy of it. Pencil Tip says that it is "tentatively aiming" to publish the book in late-2014.

Yesterday, it was announced that the editors of the compendium will be Rob Mammone, Bob Furnell and Jez Strickley.

Bookmark and Share Farewell to Matt Smith on UK channel Watch this Easter

4/13/2014 03:40:00 pm - Reported by Melad Moshiri

Christmas Special 2013 - Promotional Image (Credit: BBC America) BBC America's Farewell to Matt Smith special is to air on UK television on digital channel Watch this Easter.

The programme, initially broadcast on the US network celebrating the 11th Doctor actor's time on Doctor Who, will be shown in the UK on Good Friday at 5:00pm.

Narrated by Alex Kingston, it sees contributions from her, David Tennant, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat alongside fans of Matt Smith and his incarnation of the Time Lord.

As part of the run-up, Radio Times have released a two-minute preview clip concerning the actor's relationship with his fans.

An audience of 1.54 million viewers watched the special on its original transmission before The Time of the Doctor's airing, more recently included as an extra on Time's DVD/Blu-rays.

Bookmark and Share Subscriptions open for new Doctor Who Comics

4/13/2014 04:51:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Print subscriptions are now open for the two new Doctor Who comic series Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, which will be published on July 23, 2014.

Please note that although these titles are available in print and digital in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, due to rights issues, only digital copies will be available in the UK and Eire.

The Tenth Doctor comic series: Early Bird Offer!
  • US Residents: Get 15 issues for $53.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. Plus receive a FREE Tenth Doctor Titan figure!
  • Canadian Residents: Get 15 issues for $63.99 – saving 10% off the cover price.
  • New Zealand and Australia Residents: Get 15 issues for $153.99 – saving 10% off the cover price (includes $100 shipping and handling fee!).

The Eleventh Doctor comic series: Early Bird Offer!
  • US Residents: Get 15 issues for $53.99 – saving 10% off the cover price. Plus receive a FREE Eleventh Doctor Titan figure!
  • Canadian Residents: Get 15 issues for $63.99 – saving 10% off the cover price.
  • New Zealand and Australia Residents: Get 15 issues for $153.99 – saving 10% off the cover price (includes $100 shipping and handling fee!).

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who nominated for Freesat Award

4/11/2014 01:48:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode, Day of the Doctor, has been nominated in the Best of British category at the 2014 Freesat awards.

The awards celebrate all that's great about Free TV in the UK, and are judged by a panel of industry experts.

The awards are produced in association with TV Times and the winners will be announced on the 17th June 2014.

Best of British Nominees
  • Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor - BBC One
  • Sherlock – BBC One
  • Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One
  • Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV
  • Downton Abbey – ITV

Bookmark and Share Statement from Philip Morris

4/11/2014 01:27:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Television International Enterprises Archives Ltd have issued a statement on their Facebook page on the recovery of missing Doctor Who episodes.

The company, led by Philip Morris, was responsible for the recovery of nine missing Troughton episodes last year. Episodes found at a relay station in the Nigerian city of Jos.

Since then there have been many rumours of more episodes being discovered, prompting much discussion on twitter and in fan forums. However, as yet, no more episodes have been confirmed as being returned to the BBC. The statement from TIEA pledges that they will endeavour to return any missing programmes while stating this is not their main purpose. Morris finishes the statement by saying Stay Tuned..

A list of current missing Doctor Who episodes can be seen on the Doctor Who Guide

Statement from Television International Enterprises Archives Ltd

T.I.E.A understands the passion felt by Doctor Who fans and that looking for missing episodes of Doctor who plus many other shows is an important but tiny part of the work that T.I.E.A does.The main aim of this organisation is to assist those archives whose own cultural heritage is under threat.If any programmes do still exist T.I.E.A will endeavor to recover them safely as with web of fear and enemy of the world.T.I.E.A are not sponsored by any organisation we are a completely independent body we work alongside many organisations such as the B.F.I.

However as much as people want specific programmes found wishing them into existence or starting rumors will not magically return them .Individuals trying to extract information which does not exist or is commercially confidential will be deleted unread any legitimate inquires for T.I.E.A LTD services are welcome.

Stay Tuned. Executive Director Philip Morris.

Bookmark and Share Derrick Sherwin autobiography to be published in April

4/09/2014 10:23:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Fantom Publishing are to release the autobiography of Doctor Who producer Derrick Sherwin later this month.

Derrick Sherwin: Who's Next - A Memoir (book) (Credit: Fantom Publishing)Derrick Sherwin: Who's Next - A Memoir

In a long and varied career, Derrick Sherwin has been an actor, writer, script editor, TV producer... and also a house builder and renovator, bar owner, restaurateur and bungee-jump proprietor!

In 1968 he joined the production team of Doctor Who as assistant story editor during the Patrick Troughton era, and went on to become the programme’s script editor and eventually its producer. During this time Sherwin commissioned Robert Holmes’ first script for the series; oversaw the transition from black-and-white to colour and the introduction of the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee; was instrumental in conceiving the Earth-bound aspect of Pertwee’s era; and is credited with creating two of Doctor Who’s most enduring ingredients: the intelligence taskforce UNIT, and the Doctor’s own race – the Time Lords. He is now the earliest producer of Doctor Who still living.

In this candid and unflinching memoir, Sherwin discusses the pressures of writing and producing a cult science-fiction TV show for a family audience, his subsequent experience as an independent producer and creator of TV formats, and his ‘new life’ in one of the world’s most exotic countries: Thailand.

Copies of the book, which will include the author's signature, are available for pre-order via the Fantom website.

Bookmark and Share New police box unveiled in Boscombe

4/08/2014 11:19:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

The new police box in Boscombe was officially revealed to the public today in front of a large enthusiastic crowd.

Dorset Police Band entertained onlookers beforehand and then it was time for Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood to deliver a speech before unveiling the steel-framed construction, which is based on the iconic 1929 design created by Gilbert Mackenzie Trench for the Metropolitan Police and subsequently used in Doctor Who.

Clouds of dry ice poured out of the box as it was opened.

Former Bournemouth AFC forward Steve Fletcher was among those present, as were Inspector Chris Weeks and Sgt Chris Amey, who both have responsibilities for the area and have previously spoken about the policing and tourism benefits of having the box. Also there was Dorset Police Federation chairman Tony Tester who, as he set off for the event, tweeted: "Off to the launch of the new police box this morning by car not time travel."

The MP said:
Boscombe has had its challenges with anti-social behaviour but it is a vibrant community. The box itself is now a fantastic, iconic symbol of a desire by the police and the community to be very optimistic about where this part of Bournemouth is going.

A report by ITV station Meridian about the police box's opening is available to watch via this link. Doctor Who News reader Nick Joy was interviewed for it and he took the pictures below:

For more photos, see Dorset Police's Twitter feed.
With Thanks To Nick Joy

Bookmark and Share The Radio Times: BAFTA covers

4/08/2014 10:27:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who makes the front cover of the Radio Times once again as the magazine celebrates this year's BAFTA Nominations. As mentioned yesterday, the Radio Times Audience Award is open to the public vote over which of Doctor Who (The Day of the Doctor), Broadchurch, Educating Yorkshire, Gogglebox, Breaking Bad, and The Great British Bakeoff is the best British drama over the last year.

As well as the latest Matt Smith/Jenna Coleman cover joining a Doctor Who collection way exceeding 50 in recent years, actor David Tennant has adorned over 20 himself, this time alongside Olivia Colman to represent writer Chris Chibnall's crime drama Broadchurch!

Radio Times (12-18 Apr 2014) - Doctor Who cover (Credit: Radio Times) Radio Times (12-18 Apr 2014) - Broadchurch cover (Credit: Radio Times)

Readers can vote for Doctor Who their favourite drama via the Radio Times website.

Bookmark and Share German Blu-ray release for An Adventure in Space and Time

4/08/2014 09:53:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Polyband, the German media distributor for Doctor Who, have announced the release of Ein Abenteuer in Raum und Zeit, aka An Adventure in Space and Time, on Blu-ray for the end of July.

The release marks the first time the high definition format of the 50th Anniversary drama will be available in Europe, and will feature both the English and an exclusive German language soundtrack made especially for this release - the drama did not air in Germany itself.

The set is also expected to include all of the special features present on the North American version, which is due to be released in May.

A press release was issued for announcement, tying into this week's BAFTA nomination for the drama.

(with thanks to Pascal Salzmann)

Bookmark and Share Second Doctor Who Lego proposal reaches review stage

4/08/2014 09:11:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

A second proposal for a Lego Doctor Who set has won support from the 10,000 people needed to take it on to the review stage.

In February, Andrew Clark put forward the following idea for a set entitled Doctor Who And Companions.

The iconic Tardis sits where it all began, Totter's Lane. The scene is a typical London street, with brick wall/fencing and lamppost with Totter's Lane sign. The Doctor and his companion stand outside with K-9 ready for adventures. The Tardis opens up to become the inner Tardis walls and can be placed next to the console where the Doctor controls their journey through time.

The set includes:

Tardis, exterior / interior walls.
(LEGO if you don't want to use the frame and "glass" part of my Tardis design that's ok)
Interior console (LEGO can choose if they want the full, console and tilt damage)
Street/Interior base.
K9 (18 parts)
1 Dalek red, or gray (25 parts) (assuming Lego can get the license)

Minifigs (most have dual printed face, happy and shocked)
1 and possibly 2 Doctors. An older and more recent Doctor, so older and younger fans have a Doctor.
For the more recent Doctor, I propose Tennant, or maybe Capaldi, who is the latest incarnation. For the other I propose the 4th Doctor Tom Baker, and possibly Sarah Jane as his companion. I am open for LEGO to choose the Doctor/s

2 Companions (Rose Tyler if Tennant is chosen, or Clara Oswald if Capaldi is chosen.

(Possibility of 1) Weeping Angel (Face printed on both sides)
(Possibility of 1) Cyberman
If LEGO likes the idea, a sound brick for the iconic Tardis sound.

Due to the nature of the set fans may buy 2 sets. One to have the Tardis on the street scene, and another to have the Tardis unfolded to become the inner walls placed next to console.

Total part count including Minifigs around 530 (less if just the top of the console is chosen)
More details were also put on his website.

In addition, Clark has uploaded a video to YouTube that shows his idea:

Now that Clark's proposal has gained the backing of 10,000 people, Lego has said the project will officially move from the idea stage to the review phase. In the following congratulatory statement, it wrote:
Old and new Doctor Who fans can now rejoice that this project has reached 10,000 supporters!

You've done a great job converting the adventures through time and space, which all started in that junkyard on Totter's Lane, into Lego form for fans everywhere to enjoy. This project includes a number of popular adversaries for the Doctor and his companions to contend with, but with K-9 and the sonic screwdriver, they don't stand a chance!

We now officially advance this project to the review phase.
It was announced in February that Lego was looking for Doctor Who-related proposals, and last month the first one to reach the all-important support of 10,000 people was announced.

As with the first idea to reach the 10,000 threshold, Clark's will now be examined by a Lego review board comprising designers, product managers and other key team members. Concept models will be built to help decide if it meets the required standards to become a Lego product, which will include factors such as safety and playability. The review will begin next month and end in September, and when it ends a "go/no go" decision will be made to develop and sell a product based on the concept.

Again, as with the earlier proposal, if it gets the green light it will then go into the development phase - billed by Lego as the longest one of the entire project - during which Lego model designers will refine the product and develop it for release. In addition, product materials such as the packaging and marketing will be created in preparation for a production run. Lego says that this particular phase "also takes several months".

Bookmark and Share Ben Miller joins cast line-up

4/08/2014 06:18:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Ben MillerThe BBC have announced that Ben Miller will be appearing in an episode of the currently filming eighth series of Doctor Who.

The actor said:
As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming.
Executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat observed:
Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it's about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!
The Armstrong and Miller and Death in Paradise actor is the latest guest star to have been recently announced, joining a line-up this year that includes Tony Way, Keeley Hawes, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, and Tom Riley.

Bookmark and Share New police box image released on eve of official opening

4/07/2014 09:13:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

With just one day to go before the TARDIS-style police box is officially opened in Boscombe, Dorset Police has tweeted an image showing it on the back of a flatbed lorry, as shown below.

The picture is undated but, as previously reported, the steel-framed box was placed into position at the western end of the precinct in Christchurch Road last Thursday.

The box will be opened tomorrow at 11.30am by Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood, with a family fun day to follow. Dorset Police hopes that as well as serving policing purposes it will become an iconic landmark, attracting tourists.

The BBC and ITV have told Doctor Who News that they intend covering the opening in their local news bulletins, subject to last-minute changes to their news diaries. For those able to receive them, BBC One's South Today programme broadcasts tomorrow at 1.30pm, 6.30pm and 10.25pm, while Meridian News will be going out at 1.55pm, 6pm and 10.30pm.

The police box's design is based on the iconic 1929 version created for the Metropolitan Police by Gilbert Mackenzie Trench. Built by AMK Industries, of Christchurch in Dorset, it has been funded by local firms and organisations via donations or services, either free or at a significantly reduced cost. The sponsors will be recognised with an engraved paving stone at the foot of the box.