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Bookmark and Share The Magician's Apprentice: broadcast update

9/04/2015 09:32:00 p.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (Credit: BBC/David Venni)The BBC have now updated their Programme Information Guide with details for the week commencing 19th September, one of the highlights of which is of course the forthcoming premiere of The Magician's Apprentice on BBC One:
Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from?

As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible.
Broadcast time has yet to be confirmed; the early evening is taken up by the Singapore Grand Prix qualifying highlights, which is currently scheduled to finish at 6:45pm.

As reported last weekend, Australia have confirmed a 7:40pm broadcast for the episode on the Sunday, but have yet to indicate if there will be an early morning simulcast. The ABC highlights for the week said:
The highly anticipated ninth series of Doctor Who explodes onto ABC TV and it promises to be one hell of a journey.

During this electrifying new 12-part series, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is joined by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for time travel on a cinematic scale. Having the time of their lives, the pair meets new and old monsters, and embark on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Viking villages, a global Zygon uprising, and which leads them through hidden alien dens to the very end of time itself.

Plus, the Doctor will come face-to-face with Missy (Michelle Gomez), a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire, terrifying ghosts, and far more.

As previously announced, taking up guest roles in the new series are rising young star Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), and comedian and award-winning writer Reece Shearsmith (An Adventure in Space and Time, The League of Gentlemen). Plus UNIT are back with Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) also returning for series nine. Also confirmed for guest appearances are Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye, Joivan Wade and Sophie Stone.

The ninth series has been written by lead writer Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse, Jamie Mathieson, Peter Harness, Mark Gatiss, and new writers, Sarah Dollard and Catherine Tregenna; and directed by Hettie Macdonald, Daniel O'Hara, Ed Bazalgette, Daniel Nettheim, Justin Molotnikov, Rachel Talalay; and produced by Tracie Simpson, Derek Ritchie, Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett.

Star India have announced that its entertainment channel, FX, will also be broadcast in high definition later this month; Indian Telvision reports:
FX is also ramping up its weekend programming with the soon to be launched show - FX Torrents. Through the show, viewers will be able to watch the latest episodes of series like Homeland season 5, Affair season 2, Empire season 2 and Doctor Who season 9, right after the international telecast.
The Magician's Apprentice: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 19 Sep 2015time tbc
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 19 Sep 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 19 Sep 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am BST)
Asia PacificBBC EntertainmentSun 20 Sep 201510:00am SGT(3:00am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 20 Sep 20157:40pm AEST(10:40am BST)
Europe (Benelux)BBC FirstTue 22 Sep 20159:00pm CEST
FinlandYLE2Mon 28 Sep 20156:00pm EEST
New ZealandPRIMESep 2015date tbc
South AfricaBBC FirstSat 24 Oct 20156:00pm SAST
IndiaFX"coming soon in 2015"date tbc
GermanyFOXDecember 2015date tbc(dubbed into German)
ItalyRAI4Early 2016date tbc(dubbed into Italian)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Festival - Update

9/04/2015 12:15:00 p.m. - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide have announced additional guests for the London Doctor Who Festival, taking place in November.

Writer and actor Mark Gatiss will be appearing on the Friday of the three day event, which takes place at London's Excel Centre, in November.

Also joining the line up is guest Nicholas Briggs, voice of the Daleks and Big Finish stalwart, as well as presentations from Real SFX LTD and Millennium FX, the companies that supply the Special Effects and Prosthetics for the series.

Events confirmed:
  • Meet the cast panel led session. Featuring the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi and stars of the latest series, Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver
  • Meet the Writers – led by Steven Moffat and featuring the Series 9 writers including Mark Gatiss on Friday only
  • Special effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves and his team at SFX reveal the tricks of their trade in a live show.
  • Millennium FX reveal their trade secrets as they show how a monster is created, from the beginning briefing stages to the creation itself
  • A display of costumes and props featured in the latest Doctor Who series
  • Experience a day in the life of a production member. Try your hand at a variety of jobs that go into producing a series for Doctor Who
  • Learn the techniques and secrets the actors use in the filming of Doctor Who
  • Show off your best Doctor Who cosplay outfits at the Doctor Who Festival Cosplay showcase.
  • Think you’re the ultimate Doctor Who fan? Test your Doctor Who knowledge in the Doctor Who Festival’s specially-themed fan challenges
The Festival runs from 13-15 November in London and from 21-22 November in Sydney.

Bookmark and Share The Underwater Menace to be released on DVD

9/03/2015 04:00:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

BBC Worldwide are to release The Underwater Menace on DVD, just two months after it was revealed that plans to release the story were cancelled. The DVD is listed on BBCShop.com with a UK release date set for 26th October 2015. Other regions are still to be confirmed.

Details of the release will be revealed by BBC Worldwide in the next few weeks. Anneke Wills, who played second Doctor companion Polly, has revealed on her website that she will be signing copies of the DVD, which can be ordered here. Her website also lists some of the contents on the DVD:
Fully remastered Episodes 2 and 3.
Commentary on Episodes 2 and 3: a traditional commentary with actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines, Brian Hodgson, Catherine Howe, and Quentin Mann moderated by Toby Hadoke.
“Fishy Tales” – making of documentary
Tales of TV Centre – part 2
Programme subtitles.
Subtitle Production Notes.

*Extras TBC

Bookmark and Share Video roundup

9/02/2015 07:54:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

Various videos have been popping up over the last few weeks in anticipation of the new series. Included at the bottom is our audio recording from the press Q&A at the German fan event in July.

Back in July Doctor Who News was invited to a press Q&A with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman at the German fan event. We can now present the full audio recording of the session. The text can be read here.

Bookmark and Share The Deaths and Resurrections of Doctor Who

9/02/2015 02:28:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

A new book which looks how Doctor Who deals with issues of death, concepts of time travel, regeneration and redemption has been released. Out of Time: The Deaths and Resurrections of Doctor Who is written by Alec Charles, Head of Media at the University of Chester.

The author told Cheshire Today:
It just seemed worth exploring some of the reasons why a low-budget children’s show should have endured for more than half a century. It is a book for enthusiasts of the series but also for people with an interest in cultural studies and theory. I’d hope that a few people who wouldn’t normally read cultural theory but love Doctor Who might gain some new insights from reading it. It uses quite complex ideas (by far greater thinkers than me) to address the subject, but I hope that the topic makes these ideas a bit more accessible.
Out of Time: The Deaths and Resurrections of Doctor Who (Credit: Peter Lang Publishing Group) Out of Time: The Deaths and Resurrections of Doctor Who
Written by Alec Charles
Published by Peter Lang September 2015 (available to order now)
ISBN: 978-3-0343-1941-6

Doctor Who is one of television’s most enduring and ubiquitously popular series. This study contends that the success of the show lies in its ability, over more than half a century, to develop its core concepts and perspectives: alienation, scientific rationalism and moral idealism. The most extraordinary aspect of this eccentric series rests in its capacity to regenerate its central character and, with him, the generic, dramatic and emotional parameters of the programme.

Out of Time explores the ways in which the series’ immortal alien addresses the nature of human mortality in his ambiguous relationships with time and death. It asks how the status of this protagonist – that lonely god, uncanny trickster, cyber-sceptic and techno-nerd – might call into question the beguiling fantasies of immortality, apotheosis and utopia which his nemeses tend to pursue. Finally, it investigates how this paragon of transgenerational television reflects the ways in which contemporary culture addresses the traumas of change, loss and death.

Contents: Genre Trouble – The Reality Bomb – The Show that Never Dies – A Fate Worse than Death – One Being’s Utopia – Time Can Be Rewritten – Imitatio Christi – Lord of Time – Coping Strategies A Very Naughty Boy – The Uncanny – Everybody Lives

Alec Charles is Head of Media at the University of Chester and has previously taught at universities in Japan, Estonia, Cornwall and Luton. He has worked as a print journalist and has made documentaries for BBC Radio. He is the author of Interactivity: New Media, Politics and Society and Interactivity 2, co-editor of The End of Journalism, and editor of Media in the Enlarged Europe, Media/Democracy: A Comparative Study and The End of Journalism 2. He has written for journals such as Science Fiction Studies, Utopian Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, Journal of Popular Television, British Politics and Journalism Education and has contributed to various books on cinema, television and social media. He serves as co-convenor of the Political Studies Association’s Media and Politics Group.
(with thanks to Alec Charles)

Bookmark and Share River Song returns for Christmas

9/02/2015 11:10:00 a.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC have announced this morning that Alex Kingston is returning to play River Song this Christmas. The 11th Christmas special, which has started filming this week, is written by Steven Moffat, directed by Douglas Mackinnon and produced by Nikki Wilson.

It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.

Alex Kingston as River Song in the 2015 Christmas Special (Credit: BBC / Jon Hall)

River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead and has appeared in 15 episodes to date. She last appeared in The Name of the Doctor in 2013. Earlier this year it was announced the character would be joining Big Finish for an adventure called The Diary of River Song, which is to be released in January 2016.

Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance:
To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humor and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through. We had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September?, why not!
Steven Moffat adds:
Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her, she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time...

Bookmark and Share BBC Audio: September releases

9/02/2015 01:08:00 a.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

This month sees two classic Target novelisations released as audio books: the sixth/second Doctor adventure The Two Doctors by Robert Holmes, originally published in December 1985 and read here by the sixth Doctor himself, Colin Baker; and The Curse of Fenric by Ian Briggs, featuring the seventh Doctor and originally published in November 1990, here read by "Davros" actor Terry Molloy (this latter release having been brought forward in the schedule from November, swapping places with Royal Blood).

Further audio books based on novelisations will continue into the next year. December sees the first historic pairing of Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 in Terence Dudley's K-9 And Company, whilst in the new year the fourth Doctor encounters an ancient Time Lord menace in Doctor Who and the State of Decay (by Terrance Dicks). February then jumps a time track back to the first Doctor's visit to The Space Museum (by Glyn Jones), followed in March by an exploration of one the seven wonders of the universe by the third Doctor in Death to the Daleks (also by Terrance Dicks). In April its 'friends reunited' as the second Doctor and the Brigadier face the Cybermen in The Invasion (by Ian Marter), and then in May the fifth Doctor becomes one of "The King's Demons" and confronts an old adversary in 13th Century England (also by Terence Dudley). Note: schedules for these and other BBC Audio releases are subject to change.

The Two Doctors (Credit: BBC Audio)The Two Doctors
Written by Robert Holmes, read by Colin Baker
Released 3rd September 2015 [order]

Colin Baker reads this exciting classic novelisation of a Sixth Doctor TV adventure

Disturbed by the time travel experiments being conducted on Space Station J7, the Time Lords send the second Doctor and Jamie to investigate. Arriving on the station in deep space, they are attacked by a shock force of Sontarans, and the Doctor is left for dead.

Across the gulfs of Time and Space, the Sixth Doctor discovers that his former incarnation is very much alive. Together with Peri and Jamie he must rescue his other self before the plans of scientist Dastari, and the ruthless augmented Androgum Chessene, reach their deadly and shocking conclusion...

Colin Baker, who played Sixth Doctor in the BBC TV series, reads Robert Holmes' complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1985.


To be in with a chance to win a copy of the audio book The Two Doctors courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
What race does Jamie first mis-identify Chessene as, before the (sixth) Doctor corrects him?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-twodoctorscd@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Yes, Jamie, it is a big one...". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 27th September 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
The Curse Of Fenric (Credit: BBC Audio)The Curse of Fenric
Written by Ian Briggs, read by Terry Molley
Released 3rd September 2015 [order]

Terry Molloy reads this exciting classic novelisation of a Seventh Doctor TV adventure

At a North Yorkshire naval base in 1943, Dr Judson is using his ULTIMA code-breaking machine to decipher the runic inscriptions in the crypt of the nearby church.

Meanwhile, Commander Millington is obsessed with his research into the toxic bombs that he insists will hasten the end of World War Two. When a squad of the Russian Red Army lands on the nearby coast, with instructions to steal the ULTIMA machine, they are unaware that Millington had turned it into a devastating secret weapon.

Into this scenario materialises the Doctor and Ace. Ace isn't impressed with the security arrangements or the fashions - but the Doctor had graver matters on his mind. Beneath the waters at Maidens Point, an ancient evil stirs. The Doctor uncovers mysteries concealed within villainous plots - but what connects them all to a thousand-year curse?

Terry Molloy, who played Davros in Doctor Who, reads Ian Briggs' complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1990.


To be in with a chance to win a copy of the audio book The Curse Of Fenric courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
What is the trigger word to release the toxin hidden inside the ULTIMA machine?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-fenriccd@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Flip Flops are ace!". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 27th September 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Bookmark and Share Germany: Series 9 available with German subtitles on iTunes

9/01/2015 07:19:00 p.m. - Reported by Pascal Salzmann

Credit: BBCThe official Doctor Who Facebook site announced today that German fans will be able to see Series 9 sooner than expected. From 20th September on, every Sunday, iTunes will make the episode that was broadcast the day before in the UK, available.

Not long from now and the Doctor will return - in his 9th Series for the first time in English with German subtitles! Pre-order your season pass now and don't miss any episodes from the 20th September on.

You can pre-order the season pass for the German subtitled episodes here: http://apple.co/1PIoaHe

More international season passes:

UK: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play

US: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video

CA: iTunes

Series 9 will be broadcasted dubbed in German on FOX in December.

Bookmark and Share The Complete History book collection and competition

8/31/2015 04:41:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

The first issue of Doctor Who: The Complete History will be released on the 9th September. This will be the start of a long running fortnightly partwork series by Doctor Who Magazine in conjunction with Hachette Partworks. The collection will cover every Doctor Who story from An Unearthly Child to Last Christmas.

The Complete History has its origins in Andrew Pixley's Archive section of DWM. A lot of the early archives have been completely rewritten while later ones during Christopher Eccleston's era have been updated and expanded.
Doctor Who – The Complete History gathers all there is to know about Doctor Who in one essential encyclopaedic collection. Written by the experts behind Doctor Who Magazine, this unique book collection goes behind the TV cameras to document the making of the world’s longest running science fiction series from 1963 to the present day. Scripts, casting, film locations, studio recordings, broadcast, ratings and merchandise are all covered in detail for each and every adventure, along with full story details and profiles of the cast and crew, all illustrated by a wealth of colour and black and white photographs. From script to screen, discover how every adventure of all 12 Doctors was created.
Doctor Who: The Complete History - Issue 1 (Credit: Hachette/BBC/Panini)Doctor Who: The Complete History - Issue 1 - Volume 55
Edited by John Ainsworth
Original production notes: Andrew Pixley
Additional material: Jonathan Morris, Richard Atkinson, Alistair McGown

Published 9th September 2015, £1.99

New York, New York - so good that they visited it twice. Yes, that's right! New York is the setting for two of the four stories, starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, featured in this volume. In truth though, the New York of Gridlock - 'New' New York - is a completely different city, on a completely different world to the more familiar 'Big Apple' of Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks. The Two cities, and the two stories themselves, couldn't be further apart. In fact, all four stories in this volume superbly demonstrate the breadth and variety of settings, time periods, and types of story that Doctor Who encompasses; from a bleak far future in Gridlock, to Dalek plots during America's Great Depression of the 1930's in Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks, to genetic tampering in present day London in The Lazarus Experiment, and back to the future onboard a doomed spaceship, plummeting into a sun, in 42. Each story is a self-contained mini-movie. It's hard to imagine that anyone could ever get bored with Doctor Who.

Of course, although each of the four stories is self-contained and can be enjoyed in its own right, there are some ongoing story threads running through them. Not least of these is the evolution of Martha Jones from tag-along traveller to fully fledged Companion. It has to be said that the Doctor is a little bit reluctant to embrace Martha as his new shipmate - he's still smarting from his recent forced separation from Rose Tyler [see Army of Ghosts/Doomsday - Volume 53] and isn't in a hurry to get close to anyone new. But Martha's having none of it, and puts the Doctor on the spot at the end of Gridlock, forcing him to open up and reveal the details of his past. And then again, at the end of The Lazarus Experiment, Martha initially declines another trip in the TARDIS, feeling the Doctor is just giving her a series of one-off "treats". The Doctor relents and acknowledges Martha's true status as a travelling companion, rather than just a passenger. He even presents her with her very own TARDIS key at the end of 42. We also see some foreshadowing of dark events in the future. With his dying words, the ancient Face of Boe tells the Doctor in Gridlock that he is not alone... while on present day Earth, election fever is in the air with the unseen Mr Saxon tipped to be the next prime minister. But why is Mr Saxon so interested in Martha Jones, warning her mother that the Doctor is a dangerous man? All will be revealed in the climactic final three episodes of the 2007 series - Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords [2007 - see Volume 56].

John Ainsworth - Editor
Issue 2: Colony in Space, The Dæmons, Day of the Daleks
Published 23rd September 2015, £6.99

Issue 3: Deep Breath, Into the Dalek
Published 7th October 2015, £9.99

Issue 4: 100,000 BC, The Mutants (aka The Daleks)
Published 21st October 2015, £9.99

Doctor Who: The Complete History - Issue 2 (Credit: Hachette/BBC/Panini)Doctor Who: The Complete History - Issue 3 (Credit: Hachette/BBC/Panini) Doctor Who: The Complete History - Issue 4 (Credit: Hachette/BBC/Panini)


Doctor Who News is pleased to offer readers the chance to win a subscription to the entire collection of The Complete History, courtesy of Hachette Partworks.

To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question:
The Complete History uses the title "100,000 BC" for one of the First Doctor stories but what is the title more commonly known as?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-completehistory@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Complete History". The competition is open to UK and and Republic of Ireland residents only, closing date: 7th September 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Doctor Who: The Complete History (Credit: Hachette/BBC/Panini)

Bookmark and Share Moments In Time: Zygons in Scotland

8/30/2015 05:46:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

Today marks the fortieth anniversary of Terror of the Zygons by Robert Banks Stewart. The Zygons returned to Doctor Who in The Day of the Doctor and are set to make another appearance in this year's Invasion Of The Zygons / Inversion Of The Zygons by Peter Harness.

The Radio Times issue for 28 August 1975 covered the story with a feature on Loch Ness by Anthony Haden-Guest with artwork from Frank Bellamy. You can read more on the Radio Times story guide by Mark Braxton.
What is Nessie? Who can tell? In a new series starting this week, Dr Who takes on the unidentified incumbent of Loch Ness. Here Anthony Haden-Guest plumbs the murky depths of the Scottish mystery.
Still waters, page 1 (Credit: Radio Times / Frank Bellamy) Still waters, page 2 (Credit: Radio Times) Saturday TV (Radio Times) (Credit: Radio Times / Frank Bellamy)

In article about Doctor Who in The Listener for 2nd October 1975, Jack Waterman wrote:
On another level, admirers of polystyrene suitings—to say nothing of shareholders in plastics firms—must like the work to be seen on Dr Who. To name but one monster, and the most recent, the Zygon was a creation of genius—an amber-coloured, heavy-duty plastic individual—and yet another tribute to designers who have, through this programme alone, over the years put the BBC well ahead, in a field whose first drawing-board effort was no less than Frankenstein's creation. [p. 437]

Bookmark and Share The Magician's Apprentice: further BBC Worldwide confirmations

8/30/2015 05:18:00 p.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor (Credit: BBC / David Venni)BBC Worldwide have confirmed the broadcast of series premiere The Magician's Apprentice in some more of their worldwide schedules.

The Far East will get to see the latest adventures of the Doctor and Clara only a few hours after the United Kingdom, with BBC Asia confirming that it will show the episode on Saturday 20th September at 10:00am (3:00am UK time). The series will be shown on BBC Entertainment at both 10:00am and a prime-time 8:15pm, with various repeats throughout the week thereafter. The channel is currently available in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Burma, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Belgium and the Netherlands will see The Magician's Apprentice a couple of days later, as BBC First air the premiere prime-time on Monday 22nd September at 9:00pm; as with BBC Asia the episode will be repeated several times during the week before the next episode airs.

The Magician's Apprentice: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 19 Sep 2015time tbc
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 19 Sep 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 19 Sep 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am BST)
Asia PacificBBC EntertainmentSun 20 Sep 201510:00am SGT(3:00am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 20 Sep 20157:40pm AEST(10:40am BST)
Europe (Benelux)BBC FirstTue 22 Sep 20159:00pm CEST
FinlandYLE2Mon 28 Sep 20156:00pm EEST
New ZealandPRIMESep 2015date tbc
South AfricaBBC FirstSat 24 Oct 20156:00pm SAST
GermanyFOXDecember 2015date tbc(dubbed into German)
IndiaFX"coming soon in 2015"date tbc
ItalyRAI4Early 2016date tbc(dubbed into Italian)
Update: Australia is now confirmed for 7:40pm 20th September

Check our guide page for the latest transmission updates, and for general broadcasting details around the world see This Week in Doctor Who.

Bookmark and Share New books from Miwk

8/30/2015 12:14:00 a.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

Miwk Publishing have released details of two forthcoming memoirs of men who have worked on Doctor Who.

A Peculiar Effect on the BBC is the memoir of visual effects designer Bernard Wilkie. The book will feature a foreword by visual effects designer Mat Irvine and an afterword by visual effects designer Mike Tucker.
A Peculiar Effect on the BBC (Credit: Miwk Publishing) A Peculiar Effect on the BBC
Written by Bernard Wilkie
Foreword by Mat Irvine
Afterword by Mike Tucker
Cover design by Robert Hammond
Published in September 2015

Bernard Wilkie is a pioneer in the world of visual effects. Along with Jack Kine he co-founded the BBC’s Visual Effects Department in 1954. Between them they worked on too many BBC productions to list, but chief among them were Doctor Who, Out of the Unknown, Quatermass, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and Some Mothers Do ‘ave ‘em. He passed away in 2002, writing this book in the late 1990s.

A Peculiar Effect on the BBC is his previously unpublished memoir and looks back on his career as a whole, covering each programme in detail with a light, but still educational, and often cautionary tone.

Sample from A Peculiar Effect on the BBC (Credit: Miwk Publishing) Whether it’s trying to make a smoke gun, encase an Ice Warrior in a block of ice, creating a Loch Ness Monster or simply coming up with a way of presenting a photo collection on screen utilising only one studio camera, Bernard and Jack rose to the occasion – often choking, soaking and terrifying their colleagues in the process. And almost all of these effects had to be done live – the pressure was on!

Bernard also talks in detail about the BBC taking over Ealing Studios and the construction of the now-defunct Television Centre. For anyone interested in the history of television, this is a fascinating eye witness account.

Foreword by visual effects designer Mat Irvine and afterword by visual effects designer Mike Tucker.

To Put You in the Picture is by Robert Banks Stewart, who wrote Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom, and will feature illustrations by Jamie Lenman, who illustrated Doctor Whoah! for Doctor Who Magazine under the pseudonym 'Baxter'.
To Put You in the Picture (Credit: Miwk Publishing / Andrew Orton) To Put You in the Picture
Written by Robert Banks Stewart
Internal illustrations by Jamie Lenman
Cover design by Andrew Orton
Published in October 2015

The memoir of Robert Banks Stewart, one of Britain’s most legendary television writer/producers, whose career has spanned five decades. Viewers who have watched television and its development over this period – including viewers of today – will be hugely entertained by this splendid autobiography.

The author has penned a host of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, most of them hitherto untold, plus descriptions of his considerable work experiences with refreshing candour (successes and failures) and delightful humour.

Credited with breaking the mould of early UK thriller dramas with ground-breaking series like Shoestring and Bergerac, he purposely set them away from the usual easy, endlessly grim metropolitan street backgrounds derived from BBC Radio, instead exploiting different locations – like the West Country and the Channel Island of Jersey. He also cleverly cast new actors such as John Nettles, Trevor Eve, Greta Scaachi and Catherine Zeta-Jones, rather than established stars, whilst also featuring film veterans like Terence Alexander and Michael Medwin in regular roles. Writing, adapting and producing – with what was called ‘the touch’ – Robert Banks Stewart was also responsible for many more hit television series, among them the initial productions of The Darling Buds of May and Lovejoy.

To regular Miwk customers, Robert Banks Stewart will be most recognisable as the author of two of the most popular Doctor Who serials, 'Terror of the Zygons' and 'The Seeds of Doom', the titular creatures from the former having recently returned to Doctor Who in the recent 50th anniversary special.

'To Put You in the Picture' is illustrated by Jamie Lenman, with cover design by Andrew Orton.

The book is available to pre-order in hardback here, priced £13.99 when ordered direct from Miwk.
(with thanks to Matthew West / Miwk Publishing)

Bookmark and Share Russell T Davies returns to BBC with Shakespeare

8/28/2015 02:45:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

Russell T Davies, Executive Producer Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC One, announced at the Edinburgh Television Festival on Wednesday that former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies is to adapt William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC One, with the help of the Doctor Who production team. Davies was spotted in Cardiff with David Tennant earlier this month which led to speculation amongst fans as to what the pair were doing in the city. The cast for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is still to be announced.

The feature will be directed by David Kerr, produced by Nikki Wilson and executive produced by Russell T Davies, Faith Penhale and Brian Minchin.

Russell T Davies says:
I’ve wanted to make this for the BBC for my entire adult life - and only the BBC can put on a play like this, for all the family, smack-bang in the heart of primetime. With a riot of prosthetics, CGI, magic and action, it needs the brilliant Doctor Who team in Cardiff to bring it to life.
For one night only, BBC One becomes the Globe, with a bold and accessible 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Adapted by Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Cucumber), it is a truthful version of the play - the original play, the original words, the original Shakespeare. Warm and funny, it will have as much attitude and invention as any theatrical interpretation.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a much-loved comedy by William Shakespeare, set in the tyrannical court of Athens and the magical forest around the city. The single drama will be for everyone: children, who can laugh at Bottom and his Mechanicals and marvel at the fairies’ awesome powers; for adults, who know those broken hearts and star-crossed lovers all too well; for whole families, united in front of the television to enjoy the play’s dazzling world of danger, jokes, scares, poetry, thrills and fun.
The BBC Cymru Wales production will be filming in Roath Lock, Cardiff for transmission in 2016 as part of BBC’s Shakespeare Season.

Bookmark and Share Neighbours From Hell starring Colin Baker

8/28/2015 02:07:00 p.m. - Reported by Harry Ward

Neighbours From Hell - Poster (Credit: Amber Pictures) Colin Baker is to star in a new horror/comedy feature film by Amber Pictures. Baker's character is described as "an ancient Demon intent on bringing about the apocalypse". The film also stars Suzanne Shaw and Chris R. Wright, with more cast members being announced over the coming months. The film is expected to be released in Autumn/Winter 2016.
On the brink of divorce from his wife Joanna, selfish slob Simon Fisher reluctantly agrees to attend a Halloween supper with his snobby next door neighbours, Phil and Pam. When Simon and Joanna arrive they meet the fifth guest, a mysterious old man. The stranger, is in fact a demon, intent on imprisoning them in the house until midnight, when he will decide which one of them to possess for the next one hundred years. A horror comedy that plays on the prejudices we have for the people next door. Best get to know your neighbours as you may need them some day.

Colin Baker as Demon (Credit: Amber Pictures) Colin Baker (Credit: Amber Pictures) Suzanne Shaw (Credit: Amber Pictures)

Updates on production of the film can be found on the Neighbours From Hell Twitter and Facebook pages.
(with thanks to James Eaves / Amber Pictures

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8/28/2015 11:32:00 a.m. - Reported by Chuck Foster

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor (Credit: BBC / David Venni)As the premiere of new series opener The Magician's Apprentice rapidly approaches, here is a roundup of the television channels that have currently announced their plans to show the episode:

United Kingdom: BBC One, Saturday 19th September
The home channel of Doctor Who, of course! Unlike previous years the date was announced quite a way in advance, though the actual time of broadcast has yet to be confirmed - it is expected that the show will occupy the time-slot either immediately before or after BBC One's 'traditional' Autumn Saturday evening entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC Media Centre publish their details of programmes transmitted from the 19th September next Thursday (though the time might still need 'to be confirmed').

USA: BBC America, Saturday 19th September, 9:00pm EST
The first channel to announce a broadcast time, BBC America will show the series in its own 'traditional' prime-time slot on Saturday evenings.

Canada: SPACE, Saturday 19th September, 9:00pm EST
The Canadian channel has confirmed to us that they too will broadcast the premiere at the same time as the United States.

Australia: ABC, Sunday 20th September
Trailers have been broadcasting on ABC to confirm that, as in previous years, the episode will be broadcast within 24 hours of the United Kingdom (and also available on their iView platform) - there has been no confirmation as yet whether the channel will also simulcast the episode in the early hours of the morning. ABC's Media Room should have details for that week available next Tuesday.

New Zealand: PRIME
As of writing, PRIME have yet to reveal when they are showing the episode, though they have confirmed it will be in September.

Finland: YLE2, Monday 28th September, ~6:00pm
The Finnish channel have confirmed that they will be showing the series on Monday evenings (these are broadcast in English). The actual time might change from 6:00pm, depending upon other programming.

South Africa: BBC First, Saturday 24th October, 6:00pm
Doctor Who will be one of the flagship programmes on the new BBC Worldwide channel BBC First in South Africa, which launches on the 18th October. The series has been confirmed for Saturday evenings.

Germany: FOX, December
FOX announced that, unlike previous years, they would not be showing Doctor Who until December. Last year there were unforeseen problems over arrangements with BBC Worldwide causing the German dub to be unavailable for broadcast, leading to the channel broadcasting a subtitled English version instead with the German version following after the series had ended - this time around the premiere on the channel will be the German version.

India: FX
The Indian broadcaster has announced that they plan to show the new series, but have yet to confirm the date when the series will start. FX recently took up the mantle for broadcasting Doctor Who in India, where the show hadn't been seen since BBC Worldwide ceased broadcasting there in 2012.

Check our guide page for the latest transmission updates, and for general broadcasting details around the world see This Week in Doctor Who.

(with thanks to Grant Sirett, Jouni Lahtinen, Jesse Wanagas [SPACE]