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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Guide

12/22/2014 02:29:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Guide, part of Doctor Who News, has recently been updated to include details of every Doctor Who episode ever shown.

The guide now contains full cast and crew lists, with each episode checked against transmitted credit lists and official BBC paperwork to include every actor, including extras, known to have appeared in the programme. Details of original transmission times and ratings are available, complete with a list of every known UK repeat of the show.

The guide also includes details of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and K-9 as well as a comprehensive guide to the many factual TV and Radio programmes dedicated to Doctor Who.

Over the coming year we hope to expand the guide to include descriptions for each character to have appeared in the series. We welcome submissions of a short biography about each role to the site. Simply pick a character from the main index for which the description in missing, and write a short guide to that character. Data should be verified and the text should be original. A name credit will be given to each submitted entry used on the site. Send submissions to guide@doctorwhonews.net
A reminder that Doctor Who News and the Doctor Who Guide is available as a iPhone/iPad App.

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Bookmark and Share Predict the Ratings: Big Finish update

12/21/2014 04:13:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

We are pleased to announce that Big Finish have provided us with a new prize for our annual Predict The Ratings competition for Last Christmas - the winner, who comes closest to guessing the final consolidated viewing figure for the episode, will now receive a year's free subscription to their main range of Doctor Who audio adventures, which next year chalks up its 200th adventure!

The signed scripts will still feature as an additional prize for the runner up with the next closest guess.

You can find the full competition entry details in this article.

Big Finish main range adventures in 2015

The first three adventures for 2015 see the Doctor return to E-Space, travelling this time with Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa. In January's Mistfall (by Andrew Smith) the quartet end up on Alzarius and face vying factions of another starliner. Then in February's Equilibrium (Matt Fitton) they arrive on the icy world of Isenfel and learn the price of survival. Finally, March's The Entropy Plague (Jonathan Morris) sees a race on to find the exit from E-Space before all power is lost to ever increasing entropy.

Big Finish: Jan 2015 - 195: MistfallBig Finish: Feb 2015 - 196: EquilibriumBig Finish: Mar 2015 - 197: The Entropy PlagueBig Finish: Apr 2015 - 198: The DefectorsBig Finish: May 2015 - 199: Last of the CybermenBig Finish: Jun 2015 - 200: The Secret History

Then the second quarter of 2015 sees a special set of adventures to celebrate the regular range reaching number 200; script editor Alan Barnes explains:
For some time, I'd been thinking it was a shame we couldn't make more use of the first three Doctors' companions in the Main Range. Continuity permitting (or even not!), we can always have the Fifth, Sixth or Seventh Doctors meeting up with friends they said 'goodbye' to years before... but there have been a fair few School Reunion-type stories now, and they're great, but I couldn't help wondering: can't we do something different?

Then I thought: what if the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors turned up bang in the middle of earlier, unseen adventures – standing in for their 'proper' selves, who've gone AWOL for some reason or other...? Locum Doctors, if you will! And that's what we've done!

In The Defectors (by Nicholas Briggs), the seventh Doctor finds himself alongside his third incarnation's UNIT cohorts Jo Grant Captain Mike Yates. Then, the sixth Doctor explores a strange citidel alongside Jamie and Victoria in Last of the Cybermen (Alan Barnes). And finally, the range reaches its 200th adventure as the fifth Doctor arrives in sixth century Constantinople alongside Steven and Vicki, and discovers why he's being dragged back into the lives of his former incarnations in The Secret History (Eddie Robson).

Heading into the latter half of the year, July sees the seventh Doctor and Mel arriving in the 1980s in We Are The Daleks, and then in August the duo find something disturbing in a deep space packaging facility. The rest of 2015 has yet to be announced.

Bookmark and Share Paddington Who? auction in progress

12/20/2014 04:29:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Paddington Who? by Peter Capaldi (Credit: London & Partners)The Paddington Who? statue designed by Peter Capaldi is currently available to bid on in an auction by Christies in aid of the NSPCC and ChildLine. The auction runs until just after 3:00pm on the 7th January, and at the time of writing is at £2,800.

The auction notes report:
Peter Capaldi, the current Doctor Who in the hit BBC TV series, also stars in the new Paddington movie as Mr Curry. He has combined the bear with The Doctor to create a thrilling marmalade-eating time traveller. Has there ever been a more intrepid, daring and sure-to-find-trouble combination? One word of warning though: beware of the Dalek on his back!

The TARDIS is known to transport The Doctor and his companions through time and space on the TV series, so where better for Paddington Who to end up than right where time begins and ends each day: on the Prime Meridian line? From here there are a number of ways to explore the world’s history, and possibly its future, with attractions to enjoy such as the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House. Just make sure you pack enough sandwiches under your hat before you leave home.

The statue is still available to view outside the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Greenwich Royal Observatory until 4:30pm on the 30th December.

Bookmark and Share New Ninth Doctor Comic ​Mini-Series​ Confirmed

12/20/2014 01:30:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Titan Comics has confirmed​ a brand-new ​5-part Doctor Who​ ​mini-series starring the ​N​inth ​D​octor as played by ​C​hristopher ​E​ccleston.

Hitting comic stores on March 11, 2015, the series ties-in with the ​10th Anniversary of the return of Doctor Who on television.

​Originally reported in November, the series is w​ritten by the co-author of bestselling ‘​W​ho-ology’​, ​C​avan ​S​cott​ and illustrated by artist Blair Shedd (Legends of Oz, Ghostbusters). The ​5-part mini-series ​also features ​characters Rose and Captain Jack!

Issue #1 comes with a brand-new painted cover by ​fan-favorite ​artist Alice X. Zhang​.

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Blair Shedd
Number of Issues: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp
Publisher: Titan Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Diamond Order Code:​ JAN151599​

The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!

Leaving World War II behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market!

Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?

Bookmark and Share Children vote for the Doctor to appear on banknotes

12/20/2014 12:01:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Yorkshire Building Society undertook a survey in November to discover who children would like to see on new banknotes, with the favourite among the 2000 7-16 year olds wanting it to be the Doctor!

A quick trip in the TARDIS to the future would reveal that a new face has regenerated on to British banknotes, if the nation’s children had their way.

The Doctor has been chosen as the face of future currency in a survey of seven to 16-year-olds conducted by Yorkshire Building Society to mark its 150th anniversary.

The Time Lord from Gallifrey was the overwhelming favourite to be featured on the next banknote with one in six children (17%) selecting him. Mum and Dad were the next most popular choice with just over 10%, followed by Cheryl, One Direction and Wayne Rooney.

Other answers given for the survey of 2,000 children included Radio 1 breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw, Winston Churchill, Stephen Hawking and Sherlock Holmes.

If the Doctor – who is currently played by Glasgow born actor Peter Capaldi - was to appear in his current incarnation on the note, he would be the third Scotsman to appear on a Bank of England note.

Eighteenth century economist Adam Smith became the first Scotsman to feature on an English banknote in March 2007 when he appeared on the new series of £20 notes issued by the Bank of England.

Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer, James Watt, was the second to appear in 2011 on a new £50 note.

Tanya Jackson, Head of Corporate Affairs at Yorkshire Building Society, said:
The results from our survey show just how popular the iconic character of the Doctor is to children.

It is a happy coincidence that last year Doctor Who celebrated its own milestone anniversary with the programme reaching its 50th year and Yorkshire Building Society has also stood the test of time as we have been celebrating our 150th birthday this year.

In an alternative universe the Doctor has already had that privilege ... fake notes created for a scene in the 2006 Christmas Special The Runaway Bride where a cashpoint spewed out lots of money included the image of the tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant on the "£10" notes (with then-producer Phil Collinson adorning the "£20" notes).

Bank note featuring the 10th Doctor (Credit: BBC)

(with thanks to Yorkshire Building Society)

Bookmark and Share Predict the Ratings for Last Christmas

12/19/2014 11:34:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

As we enter the last few days before Christmas Day, the battle over which show will top the overnight ratings continue apace. Out of ten bookmakers currently offering odds on the winning programme, Doctor Who is currently fifth-placed at 11/1; Mrs Browns Boys is the favourite at the time of writing at 6/5, followed by Eastenders at 5/2, Miranda at 4/1 and The Queen's Speech at 6/1.

The full evening line-up for BBC1 and ITV show the following odds:

BBC1  5:00pm Strictly Come Dancing   35/1    ITV  5:20pm You've Been Framed                 100/1
BBC1  6:15pm Doctor Who              11/1    ITV  5:50pm Paul O'Grady For The Love Of Dogs  100/1
BBC1  7:15pm Miranda                  4/1    ITV  7:00pm Emmerdale                           96/1
BBC1  7:50pm Call The Midwife        19/1    ITV  8:00pm Coronation Street                   26/1
BBC1  9:00pm Eastenders               5/2    ITV  9:00pm Downton Abbey                       47/1
BBC1 10:05pm Mrs Browns Boys          6/5

The winning programme will be the one that achieves the highest BARB overnight rating.

Doctor Who News: Predict The Ratings Competition

The prizes for this competition have been updated.

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (Credit: BBC/David Venni)Another tradition at Christmas is our "Predict the Ratings" competition, and we are once again proud to be running the competition in association with Big Finish Productions, who this year offer a year's free subscription to their main range of Doctor Who audio adventures, now approaching its 200th story! Also this year we have a prize for the runner up of a copy of Jago and Litefoot 5 signed by its stars, Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter, plus three additional signed scripts from recent productions. In addition we will also include a copy of Last Christmas when released on DVD or Blu-ray for the winners.

The aim is to guess the final consolidated viewing figure, as reported by BARB to the nearest 10,000 viewers (i.e. two decimal places). This figure includes all those watching the episode within a week of broadcast, but does not include those watching on iPlayer.

For comparison with previous years, you can view the final ratings for The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, Voyage of the Damned, The Next Doctor, The End of Time part one, A Christmas Carol, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, The Snowmen and The Time of the Doctor via This Week in Doctor Who.

To enter the competition, please send the following details to comp-ratings@doctorwhonews.net:
  • Your name and preferred email address
  • Your country of entry (full details will be requested only if you are the winner)
  • Your guess at the final rating to the nearest 10,000 (eg. 15.31m)
Terms and Conditions:
  • The competition closes at 6:15pm GMT, 25th December 2014.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide.
  • BARB figures are expected around 10 days after transmission; we will contact the winner once they have been published.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Extra: Last Christmas on the Red Button

12/19/2014 03:24:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (Credit: BBC/David Venni)This year's Christmas Special, Last Christmas will be accompanied by a fourteen minute edition of Doctor Who Extra, available online after the story has broadcast like with Series Eight earlier this year. The behind-the-scenes documentary will also be made available on the BBC Red Button service, with the dates to the end of next week currently known:

Join Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Nick Frost as the cast and crew of Last Christmas reveal the inside story of the Twelfth Doctor's first seasonal special!

Christmas Day7:10pm-10:25pm
Boxing Day8:55pm-10:00pm

More broadcasts are expected over the course of the weekend and following week.

Bookmark and Share Big Finish Character Joins Doctor Who - Legacy

12/18/2014 02:31:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Tiny Rebel Games have announced that the Big Finish character Charley Pollard is today joining the online game Doctor Who Legacy.

Charlotte Elspeth Pollard, played by India Fisher, was a companion of the Eighth Doctor in the award winning audio series.

A new level featuring Charlotte Pollard as the Eighth Doctor’s ally in a new battle with a Sontaran spaceship, is released today.

To celebrate the arrival a livestream chat with Big Finish's Nicholas Briggs took place on Wednesday, and is available to watch here. Livestream players can use a special code, 9374-6962-9398-2687, to unlock coloured time fragments to help with leveling up Charley. The promo code can be redeemed by going in-game and selecting the options menu, then choosing the promo code tab and entering the key into the field.

Doctor Who: Legacy is currently available on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Appstore and on Facebook.

Bookmark and Share The Magician’s Apprentice

12/18/2014 01:18:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has revealed the title of the first episode of the next series of Doctor Who will be The Magician’s Apprentice.

The name was revealed by showrunner Steven Moffat at the press screening of Last Christmas held at the BFI in London last night.

The series, the thirty-fifth in the show's history, and the ninth since the series returned in 2005, begins filming in early January.

Bookmark and Share Minecraft: Doctor Who Wave 2

12/17/2014 08:51:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

A new set of Doctor Who-inspired skins will be available to purchase for the game Minecraft from tomorrow, featuring a range of characters from both the classic and modern series. As reported on the XBox website:

Doctor Who fans can add a new collection of Time Lords, companions and foes to their Doctor Who-inspired Minecraft universes with the Dec. 18 release of “Doctor Who Skins Volume II” for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. “Doctor Who Skins Volume II” provides more than 50 new character skins, including the classic Seventh Doctor, Donna Noble, Captain Jack Harkness, monsters and Cybermen. With this skin pack, you can now finally pair K9 with The Tenth Doctor while building a home that is bigger on the inside.

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The full set contains the following: the tenth Doctor; the tenth Doctor (Suit); the eighth Doctor; the seventh Doctor; the fifth Doctor; the third Doctor; the second Doctor; Donna Noble; Martha Jones; Captain Jack Harkness; Liz Shaw; Jamie McCrimmon; Ace; Jo Grant; Tegan Jovanka; Wilfred Mott; Mickey Smith; the Master (2007); Sontaran (2010); K9; Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart; Bannakaffalatta; Judoon; Sycorax; Cyberking/Miss Hartigan; Racnoss; Slitheen; The Beast; Rassilon; Heavenly Host; Scarecrow; Cybershade; Azal; Axon Monster; Omega; Alpha Centauri; Gell Guards; the Nimon; Sutekh; Sea Devil; Ood; Saturnynian (fish form); Cyberman (2012, non-Cybus); Cyberman (2013); Cyber-Lord; Cyberman (2006, Cybus); Black Cyberman (1980s); Cyberman (1980s); Cyberman (1970s); Cyberman (1960s v1); Cyberman (1960s v2)

The Skin Pack will be available to purchase worldwide by Minecraft players on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 via the XBox Store.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine - The 2015 Yearbook

12/17/2014 01:52:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The 2015 Yearbook (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine reviews an incredible year for the programme, its spin-offs and licensed merchandise. Highlights include the magazine's first major interview with the show’s executive producer, Brian Minchin, in which he reflects on Peter Capaldi’s first year as the Doctor and looks forward to further adventures with the twelfth Doctor.

Editor Marcus Hearn said:
This is the Doctor Who Magazine almanac. We’ve taken a fresh look at every episode from Peter Capaldi’s first series, but we’ve also explored many other corners of the Doctor Who universe. For many fans, the television series is just part of a world that includes DVDs, Blu-rays, books, soundtrack albums, audio dramas and action figures. We’ve tried to reflect the last 12 months in all those different areas.

Also inside the 100 page issue:
  • Features on every episode in Peter Capaldi’s first series.
  • We speak to the team that accompanied Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on the Doctor Who World Tour.
  • Fourth Doctor Tom Baker discusses his return to television and audio Doctor Who.
  • Eighth Doctor Paul McGann reveals what he thinks about Capaldi’s Doctor.
  • Orchestrator and conductor Ben Foster previews the 2015 Symphonic Spectacular.
  • Inside the new ‘making of’ show, Doctor Who Extra.
  • Behind the scenes at the new Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.
  • Interviews with some of the key players behind recent books, soundtracks, audio dramas, DVDs, Blu-rays and action figures.
  • Highlights from the year’s newspaper and magazine reviews of Doctor Who.
  • A round up of Doctor Who’s awards and honours from the last 12 months.
  • Detailed tributes to the Doctor Who luminaries who passed away in 2014.
  • ...and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine: The 2015 Yearbook is due out on Thursday 18 December.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Experience advert to be shown in cinema and on television

12/16/2014 11:54:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

In the run-up to Christmas the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff will be promoted in cinema and television in a new advert featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor:

Some TV and cinema viewers will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in the new Doctor Who Experience TV advert. The advert gives fans and families a sneak preview of some of the adventure visitors will go on. Spoiler Alert - we haven't given too much away but you will see some of the interactive adventure.

Props from this year's Christmas Special, Last Christmas, are also being displayed in the Experience's foyer.

The attraction is closed today (16th December), and between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. It will also be closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays during January.

Bookmark and Share Tom Adams 1938-2014

12/13/2014 05:56:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The actor Tom Adams has died at the age of 76.

Tom Adams was best known to Doctor Who fans for playing Commander Vorshak, the leader of Sea Base 4, in the 1984 Fifth Doctor story Warriors of the Deep.

He played Dai Nimmo, known as Diversions, in the classic 1963 film The Great Escape.

On television he appeared in many classic series including Casualty, Strike It Rich!, The Enigma Files, Dixon of Dock Green, Spy Trap, Z Cars, General Hospital, The Avengers, Emergency-Ward 10 and The Onedin Line where he played Daniel Fogarty in twenty episodes.

Adams had a distinguished voice and worked as a voice-over artist on many adverts. He was a long-running voice of E4.

His agent Emma Harvey paid tribute
A true gentleman, his personality was as big and warm as his voice. We’ll miss him very much.
The actor died after a battle with cancer.

Bookmark and Share Sneak Peek: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #3

12/13/2014 02:06:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

December 24 sees the release of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #3 by Robbie Morrison and Dave Taylor and Titan have released some preview images from the issue.
In the distant past, the land that would be India played host to a war between ancient aliens, whose cross-temporal battles contributed to the country's rich myths and legends. Kali, oldest and deadliest of these creatures, was thought defeated long, long ago; her body scattered throughout time to prevent her return. But her psychic essence could not be killed... nor her millennia-long quest for vengeance.

Now, in the 23rd Century, she is on the brink of resurrection. And with India at the forefront of human spaceflight, it's not only Earth that falls to her predations if she succeeds – but the whole cosmos!

In a race against time, and across it, the Doctor and Clara must gather secrets, intelligence and allies from across India's past, present and future – if they are to survive... THE SWORDS OF KALI!
Comes with three covers to collect!

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Bookmark and Share Fish Fingers and Custard - Issue 15

12/13/2014 01:44:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Issue 15 of the fanzine Fish Fingers and Custard is out now.

Included in the magazine
  • Reviews of the 50th Anniversary
  • A 50th Anniversary Diary
  • Goodbye Matt Smith
  • 'Thrifty Fives'
  • Where's The Money Gone
The Issue can be purchased from fishcustardfanzine.co.uk for £2 (UK) and £4.50 (Rest of The World).