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Bookmark and Share Saturn Award Nominations 2015

3/04/2015 02:38:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The 41st Annual Saturn Award nominations have been announced, and sees Doctor Who up for two awards for this year.

The show itself is listed in the Best Youth-Oriented Television Series category. Other nominations include The 100, Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Teen Wolf and The Vampire Diaries.

Jenna Coleman has also been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series category. Her competition is in the form of Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal), Lexa Doig (Continuum), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Melissa McBride (also The Walking Dead).

The Saturn Awards are presented by the The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, and will take place this year on 25th June 2015.

Previously, Doctor Who won Best Television in 1997, and Best International Series in 2008; in 2010 the spin-off series Torchwood: Children of Earth won the Best Presentation on Television category.

Bookmark and Share Latest circulation figures for DWM/DWA

3/04/2015 02:08:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The latest circulation figures for publications have been released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the July to December 2014 period, revealing that Doctor Who Magazine has remained stable in its circulation (with only a slight dip of 0.4%), whilst Doctor Who Adventures has seen an improvement in its circulation of some 4.9%.

During the Jan-Jun period last year both publications had suffered in their circulations, with DWM decreasing by some 7% and DWA losing nearly a third of its readers - this period occured as the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary cooled off and no new Doctor Who on the horizon on television until the late Summer. However, breakdown by issues show that both publications saw a huge boost as the series returned (with August's figures for DWM and DWA showing 35,559 and 26,830 respectively). Figures dropped as the series progressed, but improved again by December for the Christmas Special. The full breakdowns can be found by clicking on the relevant linked publication certificate below.

 Jul-Dec 2009Jan-Jun 2010Jul-Dec 2010Jan-Jun 2011Jul-Dec 2011Jan-Jun 2012Jul-Dec 2012Jan-Jun 2013Jul-Dec 2013Jan-Jun 2014Jul-Dec 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%)33,419 (-0.4%)
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%)20,944 (+4.9%)
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.

Overall, the 2014 average for DWM shows that their readership has remained stable, with a less than 1% change; however, DWA has shorn some 22.6% of its readership compared to the previous year (the magazine has now switched from fortnightly to monthly so the next biannual report will reflect the less frequent publication).

DWM's editor, Tom Spilsbury, said:
Everyone at Panini is delighted that Doctor Who Magazine's sales have managed to hold so steady, despite overall sales for the magazine industry dropping once more. It's remarkable that our figures for 2014 were pretty much level with those for 2013, which of course coincided with the 50th anniversary. A huge thanks to all of DWM's loyal readers – we hope you'll stay with us over the coming months, as we've got lots of fascinating stuff to come, before the new series starts in the autumn.

Figures for January-June this year are expected to be released in August.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Time Trips

3/03/2015 12:00:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Books are to publish an anthology of short stories on Thursday 5th March:

Time Trips (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who: Time Trips
Released 5th March 2015 [available to pre-order]

Time Trips is a unique and beautifully illustrated collection of Doctor Who short stories written by bestselling and award-winning authors including Joanne Harris, Cecelia Ahern, Nick Harkaway and A.L. Kennedy. At turns frightening and funny, poignant and gripping, the Time Trips stories journey from Ancient Alexandria and 16th Century England to mysterious planets in the distant future, and feature Doctors from across the history of the programme.

Originally published in 2014 as individual eBooks, these stories have now been brought together for the first time, and include a brand new adventure featuring the twelfth Doctor concealed within the dust jacket by Jenny T. Colgan.

  • The Death Pit by A.L. Kennedy (fourth Doctor)
  • Into the Nowhere by Jenny T. Colgan (eleventh Doctor)
  • Keeping up with the Joneses by Nick Harkaway (tenth Doctor)
  • Salt of the Earth by Trudi Canavan (third Doctor)
  • A Handful of Stardust by Jake Arnott (sixth Doctor)
  • The Bog Warrior by Cecelia Ahern (tenth Doctor)
  • The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller by Joanne Harris (third Doctor)
  • The Anti-Hero by Stella Duffy (second Doctor)
  • A Long Way Down by Jenny T. Colgan (twelfth Doctor) new

The book will be available in hardback and via e-book.

Bookmark and Share Official Doctor Who Umbrellas Released

3/02/2015 08:08:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Lovarzi have released two officially-licensed Doctor Who Umbrellas, available to pre-order now.

Press Release

Our best-selling Fourth Doctor Scarf keeps the winds at bay. Our Fifth Doctor Jumper will make sure you're toasty. And now, our new Doctor Who umbrellas will keep you dry whether you're on Marinus, sheltering from the siege of Trenzalore, or under the Earth's overcast skies. All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was... Where do you want to start?

The Automatic Open and Close Folding Umbrella utilises Time Lord technology: it's bigger on the inside! All you have to do is push a button on the handle and the 21"/53.3cm canopy opens out. Made with a high quality fibre glass frame, aluminium shaft, and comfortable plastic and rubber-coated handle, the umbrella shows the TARDIS on an alien landscape, evocative of the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, and comes in a specially-made carry case.

This 1960s Police Box is an iconic, beautiful design: an instantly-recognisable image that conjures up dreams of all time and space. That's why our second exclusive umbrella displays the TARDIS with pride across its 23"/58.4cm canopy! Opening at the touch of a button, the Stick Umbrella is made from durable fibre glass, with a luxurious rubber-coated handle.

Both are ideal for keeping the rain off fans new and old – plus, of course, their companions!
The items are available from 10 March for £34.99 and can be pre-ordered now. Link to Time-Lord Umbrella. / Link to TARDIS Umbrella (UK Only)

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Bookmark and Share Preview - Eleventh Doctor - Issue #9

3/01/2015 12:18:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Next Wednesday (March 4) sees the release of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor issue #9 from Al Ewing and Boo Cook.

Fresh from a bruising battle with the Amstrons, the Doctor has decided that enough is enough – if SERVEYOUinc won't stop plaguing him and his friends wherever they land, he's going to hit them where it hurts – by buying a controlling interest in the company!

But what does the Doctor's corporate career mean for Alice, ARC and Jones? Is there a place for them in the Doctor's bold new venture? And what kind of sting does SERVEYOUinc have left to deploy?
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Bookmark and Share Preview The Tenth Doctor - Issue #8

2/28/2015 12:49:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Next Wednesday (March 4) sees the release of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor issue #8 by Robbie Morrison and artwork by Daniel Indro.

Trapped in a tunnel beneath No Man's Land, the Doctor and the surviving soldiers under his protection fight for their lives – with open eyes!

With the TARDIS lost, the Weeping Angels on one side and the might of the German front lines on the other, how much will the Doctor sacrifice to keep Gabby safe?

And in the endless dark, struggling not to blink, sparks are fanned between Gabby and Jamie Colquhoun... Is he just one more doomed soldier?
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Bookmark and Share Verity Lambert: An Appreciation

2/26/2015 09:13:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The British Film Institute has announced a tribute event to honour Verity Lambert, Doctor Who's first producer.

Lambert produced the series from 1963-1965 and went on to become one of the most successful producers in British Film and Television. The tribute event is being held as part of the Women in Film season, and will be followed by a brief retrospective of some of her rarer titles, including The Norman Conquests, Comics and Achilles Heel.

The 90 minute panel event will take place April 1st at 6.10pm at the BFI Southbank, and will be hosted by Richard Marson, who is writing a biography the producer, Drama and Delight: The Life of Verity Lambert.

Guests include Joanna Lumley and Lynda La Plante and the discussion will be interspersed with clips from many of her most memorable productions

Marson's book will be available at the event and Richard will be signing from around 7.45pm at the BFI shop. Tickets to the season are available from March 10th.

Bookmark and Share Barry Newbery 1927-2015

2/25/2015 05:48:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Barry Newbery. Credit: BBC WorldwideVeteran Doctor Who designer Barry Newbery has died at the age of 88.

Barry Newbery was one of the most prolific designers of Doctor Who, working on more episodes of the classic series than any other designer in its 26 year history. His contribution ranged from the very first story An Unearthly Child in 1963 through to The Awakening in 1984, a total of 62 episodes across 14 stories.

Barry Newbery joined the BBC in the late 1950's after working as a freelance designer in London, overseeing window displays and designing exhibitions. Early work for the Corporation included Comedy Playhouse and The Last Man Out, a 1962 period drama starring Barry Letts.

In 1963 he found himself attached to the new science fiction programme, planned by the BBC, Doctor Who. He was one of two designers drafted in to replace original designer Peter Brachacki, who had left the series following disagreements with the series producer Verity Lambert. Brachacki had designed the sets for the original pilot, but had left the show by the time the first episode was reshot, leaving Newbery to recreate the original Junkyard and School set, which had been destroyed following completion of the pilot.

For the majority of Doctor Who's first two years Newbery would share the design work with Raymond Cusick, with Cusick taking the Science fiction stories, while Newbery worked on the historical adventures. After creating a stone age settlement for An Unearthly Child, he was tasked with creating the court of Kubla Khan in Marco Polo, the city of Tenochtitlan in The Aztecs, the cities and deserts around Jaffa in The Crusade and Saxon England in The Time Meddler

In 1965 he worked on the first Doctor Who Christmas episode, The Feast of Steven, before completing the remaining 5 episodes of the The Daleks' Master Plan. He voyged into the future with The Ark before returning to the historicals, recreating the town of Tombstone, Arizona in the story The Gunfighters.

In 1968 he worked on his one Second Doctor story, The Dominators and in 1970 his one Third Doctor story The Silurians. He completed three Fourth Doctor stories, The Brain of Morbius and The Masque of Mandragora in 1976, followed by The Invisible Enemy in 1977.

His final credit for Doctor Who came in 1984 when he designed the Fifth Doctor story The Awakening.

Outside of Doctor Who Newbery worked on vast range of projects, being involved in some of the most iconic television series of the time. He wroked on historical dramas including The Onedin Line, Prince Regent, The Citadel and The Shadow of the Tower as well as more modern dramas such as Z Cars, Softly Softly and The Expert. He ventured into comedy with shows such as Dad’s Army and Sykes.

In 1979 Newbery won an RTS Television Award for his work on The Lost Boys and the following year he received a BAFTA nomination for Prince Regent.

Newbery took a great many behind-the-scenes photographs during his time on Doctor Who and a large selection were published in The Barry Newbery Signature Collection, published by Telos Publishing Ltd. in 2013.

Barry Newbery died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday morning.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures: 362

2/25/2015 03:56:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures 362
The latest edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is offering readers a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. Inside, there are 12 chances to win tickets to the concert, which is coming to venues around the UK this May.

The magazine also looks back at the last ten years of Doctor Who. Check out the best scares and scenes since the series returned in 2005.

The issue comes with a Doctor Who set, which includes stickers, a TARDIS box, badges and key ring.

All this and loads more, including:
  • Find out how to claim a free book to celebrate World Book Day.
  • The Alien Babies get a fright!
  • There’s trouble for the Doctor and Clara in comic strip written by Simon Guerrier.
  • We continue with our the guide to the 2014 episodes of Doctor Who.
  • There are some brilliant behind-the-scenes secrets.
  • Find out what Y stands for in the Monster A-Z
  • Plus, cut out and keep some fact figures!
The new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures magazine, Issue 362, is out from 25 February – 24 March, priced £3.99.

Bookmark and Share What's All The Fuss About ... ?

2/21/2015 10:08:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

FBS Publishing Ltd have announced a new book aimed to help those new to Doctor Who discover what the series is all about...
What's All The Fuss About...? (Credit: FBS Publishing)What's All The Fuss About...? An Introduction to Doctor Who
Written by Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler
Published by FBS Publishing Ltd

Who is the Doctor, what are the Daleks and why is the TARDIS a police box?

Here is a television programme that has been running for over fifty years and has seen twelve different actors play the title role, each a unique incarnation.

Why are people so devoted to this phenomenon?

What is all the fuss about?

Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler present the basics, with an overview of each Doctor’s era and recommended stories to try, delivering the essential information that you need to know, your introduction to a television legend.

It is the perfect beginners’ guide for anyone wondering where to start, and equally suited to the die-hard fan who wants be reminded of and relive the very best bits all over again.
The book is published on 5th March 2015, and is available for pre-order via the FBS Publishing website.

With thanks to Ian Wheeler

Bookmark and Share Samuel Anderson wins TV Award

2/20/2015 10:38:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Samuel Anderson  (Credit: Screen Nation Awards)Samuel Anderson has won the award for Best Male Performance in TV at the 2015 Screen Nation Film & Television Awards

The Screen Nation Awards celebrate, reward and promote products and professionals of African heritage working in the UK and global film, TV and digital media industries.

The award was presented to Anderson for his work on Doctor Who and Trollied at a ceremony held at London's Hilton Metropole last Sunday, and will be screened on the African Broadcast Network (Sky235) on Saturday 28 February.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 - Sneak Peek

2/20/2015 11:49:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Next Wednesday (Feb 25) see the release of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 from Robbie Morrison (Spiderman) and Dave Taylor (Batman: Death By Design.

The Doctor and Clara and their allies are split between two time zones, as the clock counts down to the resurrection of the vengeful Kali! Will an ageless cult succeed where so many villains have failed? What chance does the Doctor have against a plan that has been in motion for thousands of years?

Find out in the pulse-pounding finale of The Swords of Kali!
Issue #5 comes with a special cover by artist Alice X. Zhang which was created for the Doctor Who World Tour. Zhang got the opportunity to present her artwork to the Doctor himself, Peter Calpaldi and Jenna Coleman who plays Clara.

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Bookmark and Share City of Death novelisation for 21st May

2/19/2015 09:45:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Books have announced that the forthcoming novelisation of the Douglas Adams story City of Death will be released on 21st May 2015.

City of Death (Credit: BBC Books)City of Death
Written by James Goss, based on the story by Douglas Adams
Released 21st May 2015

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris – a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years. But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks – not in their wine glasses but in the very fabric of time itself.

Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth.

Aided by British private detective Duggan, whose speciality is thumping people, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni – all twelve of him – if the human race has any chance of survival.

But then, the Doctor’s holidays tend to turn out a bit like this.

Bookmark and Share Missy returns in The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar

2/19/2015 11:10:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have revealed that Michelle Gomez will be reprising her role as Missy in the two-part premiere of the next series of Doctor Who, entitled The Magician's Apprentice, and The Witch's Familiar.

Writer Steven Moffat commented:
Everybody hide - Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.

Michelle Gomez said:
Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I'm delighted to be putting my lippie back on. I'm positively dying to see The Doctor again!
The BBC website have also presented a video message from the actress:

The premiere will also see the return of Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, who appears alongside UNIT in the current block directed by Hettie MacDonald. The episodes will also feature Kelly Hunter (who previously played the Shadow Architect in The Stolen Earth), Clare Higgins (Ohila in The Night of the Doctor) and Jaye Griffiths (perhaps best remembered by sci-fi fans as Ros Henderson in Bugs).

Other guest stars appearing in the series include Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, and Demi Papaminas.

Bookmark and Share The Return of Reeltime Pictures

2/18/2015 09:40:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Reeltime’s Pictures cult range of Doctor Who interviews are being relaunched through a brand new website Time Travel TV.

Reeltime Pictures will be a name familiar to fans active in the 1980's. Formed in 1984 by former Celestial Toyroom editor and then BBC and Channel 4 employee Keith Barnfather, their remit was to produce high quality content for Doctor Who and Cult TV fans alike. Their direct to video output consisted of original drama, documentaries and Myth Makers - a series of in depth interviews with a whole host of classic Doctor Who stars hosted by Nick Briggs. In the days before YouTube and the internet, is was the only way for many fans to view interviews with the stars and producers of their favourite show.

The new site will initially feature fifty titles for fans to download, stream or purchase on DVD. Included in the initial releases is a brand new Myth Makers: A tribute to Anthony Ainley. With a further 11 titles - old and new - being added every month until the entire back catalogue is released.

Keith Barnfather explained
It would be an impossible undertaking to try and get them all online at the same moment. So what we wanted to do was give a nice big cross section available to start and then slowly release the rest. So people can dip in every month.
Reeltime have already recorded a series of brand new Myth Makers to be released over the coming months. As well as the Anthony Ainley tribute; interviews with special effects guru Mike Tucker, composer Dominic Glynn, seventies producer Graham Williams, writer David Fisher and many more are in the pipeline

Also available will be a number of rare curiosities that have remained unreleased until now including Sophie’s Choice, an early 90’s pilot for an unmade children's documentary series hosted by Sophie Aldred. Later this year will also see the release of a brand new drama from Reeltime, White Witch of Devils End. Another sequel spawned from The Dæmons, this six episode series stars Damaris Hayman reprising her role as Miss Hawthorne.

Later this year Reeltime plan to shoot several Myth Makers with actors from the new series of Doctor Who, hopefully done live at a convention.
What we’d like to do one day is offer live streaming. So if we were doing an event and interviewing people, you could subscribe for the day to actually watch all the programming live streamed. I’d love to put my feet up and watch something like that!
These future plans will only come to fruition if there is enough interest in this initial re-launch.

Full details on the Time Travel TV Website