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Bookmark and Share BBC Audio: release schedule

2/13/2016 01:43:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Audio continue their range of audiobooks based upon the original Target novelisations of Doctor Who stories, with the original, unabridged readings made by well-known actors associated with the series. The release schedule over the next few months cover the first five Doctors:
  • Doctor Who and the State of Decay (Credit: BBC Audio)Geoffrey Beevers reads this exciting novelisation of a 1980 TV adventure featuring the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker.

    The Doctor, Romana and K9 - and a young stowaway called Adric - are trapped in the alternative universe of E-Space. Seeking help, the land on an unknown planet. There they find a nightmare world where oppressed peasants toil for the Lords who live in the Tower, and where all learning is forbidden: a society in a state of decay. What is the terrifying secret of the Three Who Rule? What monstrous creature stirs beneath the Tower, waking from its thousand year sleep? The Doctor discovers that the oldest and deadliest enemy of the Time Lords is about to spring into horrifying action.

    John Leeson provides the Voice of K9.

  • Doctor Who: The Space Museum (Credit: BBC Audio)An unabridged reading of this novelisation of a classic 1965 TV serial featuring the First Doctor, as played on TV by William Hartnell.

    The TARDIS materialises on what, at first sight, appears to be a dry and lifeless planet serving only as a graveyard for spaceships. The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki discover a magnificent museum housing relics from every corner of the galaxy. These have been assembled by the Moroks, a race of cruel conquerors who have invaded the planet Xeros and enslaved its inhabitants. Upon further exploration the TARDIS crew seem to stumble upon the impossible: for suddenly, facing them in an exhibit case, they find...themselves!

  • Death to the Daleks (Credit: BBC Audio)An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation, based on a BBC TV adventure featuring the Third Doctor.

    A mysterious power loss strands the TARDIS on Exxilon, a sinister fog-shrouded alien planet. The Doctor meets the survivors of a beleaguered expedition from Earth, while Sarah finds a mysterious super-city and becomes a captive of the savage Exxilons. Worst of all, the Doctor's greatest enemies, the Daleks, arrive on a secret mission of their own. The Doctor and Sarah must risk their lives time and again in a desperate attempt to foil the Daleks and save millions of humans from a horrific plague.

    Nicholas Briggs provides the Voice of the Daleks.

  • The Invasion (Credit: BBC Audio)An unabridged reading of an exciting classic novelisation, based on a TV adventure featuring the Second Doctor, as played by Patrick Troughton.

    Materialising in Outer Space, the TARDIS is attached by a missile fired from the dark side of the moon. Back on Earth, the newly-formed United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT), led by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, is disturbed by a series of UFO sightings over Southern England. Meanwhile, a large consigment of mysterious crates is delivered to the headquarters of International Electromatix, the largest computer and electronics firm in the world. These three seemingly unconnected events are in fact the preparations for a massive Cyberman invasion of Earth, with one aim: the total annihilation of the human race.

    Nicholas Briggs provides the Voice of the Cybermen.

  • The King's Demons (Credit: BBC Audio)An unabridged reading of an exciting novelisation, based on a TV adventure featuring the Fifth Doctor, as played by Peter Davison.

    It is 4 March 1215, and the TARDIS materialises in England during a jousting match held in the presence of King John. It soon becomes apparent to the Doctor that something is very wrong. Why does John express no fear or surprise at the time travellers' sudden appearance, and indeed welcome them as the King's Demons? And what is the true identity of Sir Gilles, the King's Champion? Very soon the Doctor finds himself involved in a fiendish plan to alter the course of world history, by one of his oldest and deadliest enemies.

  • Doctor Who and The Claws of Axos (Credit: BBC Audio)An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation of an adventure featuring the Third Doctor, as played on TV by Jon Pertwee.

    'Axos calling Earth, Axos calling Earth...’

    The creatures stood before them, offering friendship and their priceless Axonite, in return for - what? Only the Doctor remains suspicious. What is the real reason for the Axon’s sudden arrival on Earth? And why is the evil Master a passenger on their spaceship? He very soon finds out...

    The reader of this audiobook has yet to be revealed.
  • Doctor Who and The Sontaran Experiment (Credit: BBC Audio)July: Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment, written by Ian Marter

    An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation of a Fourth Doctor TV adventure from 1975.

    Landing on Earth - now a barren, desolate planet - Sarah, Harry and the Doctor are unaware of a large, watching robot. The robot is the work of Styre, a Sontaran warrior, who uses all humans landing here for his experimental programmes. What has happened to the other space explorers who have come here? Why is Styre so interested in Earth, and in brutally torturing humans, including Sarah Jane? Will the Doctor be able to prevent an invasion, and save both Earth and his companions?

    The reader of this audiobook has yet to be revealed.

Meanwhile, other audiobook adaptations of novels and original recordings include:
  • The Witch Hunters (Credit: BBC Audio)David Collings reads this original novel adventure for the First Doctor and his companions, set in the 17th Century during the Salem Witch Trials.

    With the Doctor wanting to repair the TARDIS in peace, his companions Barbara, Ian and Susan decide to get some experience of living in the nearby village of Salem. But the Doctor knows about the horrors destined to engulf the village and determines that they should leave. Susan has her own ideas, and is desperate to return to Salem, whatever the cost. Yet her actions will lead them all into terrible danger, and cause the tragedy that is already unfolding to escalate out of control.

    Featuring the First Doctor, as played on TV by William Hartnell.

  • Shadow in the Glass (Credit: BBC Audio)An unabridged reading of this original BBC Books novel featuring the Sixth Doctor, as played on TV by Colin Baker.

    When an RAF squadron shoots down an unidentified aircraft over Turelhampton, the village is immediately evacuated. But why is the village still guarded by troops in 2001? When a television documentary crew break through the cordon looking for a story, they find they've recorded more than they'd bargained for. Caught up in both a deadly conspiracy and a historical mystery, retired Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart calls upon his old friend the Doctor. Half-glimpsed demons watch from the shadows as the Doctor and the Brigadier travel back in time to discover the last, and deadliest, secret of the Second World War.

  • The Memory of Winter (Credit: BBC Audio)Jemma Redgrave reads this brand new, original adventure for the 12th Doctor and Clara.

    In 15th Century France the time travellers encounter a band of soldiers protecting a mysterious young woman. Joan of Arc is troubled by voices, telling her things she should not know about: things concerning the Doctor's own people, the Time Lords. Compelled to discover where she is getting the information from, the Doctor and Clara are drawn into danger.

    Written by George Mann (author of The Engines of War and The House of Winter), the story is read by Jemma Redgrave, who plays Kate Lethbridge-Stewart in the TV series.

  • Amorality TaleAn unabridged reading of this original novel featuring the Third Doctor, as played on TV by Jon Pertwee, and his companion Sarah Jane Smith.

    When gangster Tommy Ramsey is released from prison, he is determined to retake control of his 1950s East End territory. But new arrivals threaten his grip on illegal activity in the area. An evangelical minister is persuading people to seek redemption from their sins. A new gang is claiming the streets. And a watchmaker called Smith is leading a revolt against the Ramsey Mob's protection racket. When Tommy strikes back at his enemies, a far more terrifying threat is revealed. Within hours the city's air turns into nerve gas and thousands succumb to the choking fumes. London is dying...

  • Shakedown (Credit: BBC Audio)An unabridged reading of this original novel featuring the Seventh Doctor, as played on TV by Sylvester McCoy.

    For thousands of years the Sontarans and the Rutans have fought a brutal war across the galaxy. Now the Sontarans have a secret plan to destroy the Rutan race – a secret plan the Doctor is racing against time to uncover. Only one Rutan spy knows the Sontarans’ plan. As he is chased through the galaxy in a desperate bid for his life, he reaches the planet Sentarion – where Professor Bernice Summerfield’s research into the history of the Sontaran-Rutan war is turning
    into an explosive reality...

  • Credit: BBC AudioAn unabridged reading of Paul Cornell's novelisation based on his animated drama of the same name.

    When the Doctor lands his TARDIS in the Lancashire town of Lannet, in the present day, he finds that something is terribly wrong. The people are scared. They don't like going out onto the streets at night, they don't like making too much noise, and they certainly don't like strangers asking too many questions. What alien force has invaded the town? Why is it watching barmaid Alison Cheney? And what plans does it have for the future of the planet Earth? The Doctor is helped (and hindered) by his new military liaison Major Kennet and his Royal Green Jacket troop. His old enemy the Master also plays a small part. During the course of this adventure he encounters a brand new race of ferocious alien monsters, and strikes up a friendship with his latest companion, Alison.

    While starting with a small community under threat, this old-fashioned, very traditional but very up to date Doctor Who adventure takes in the entire world, from New Zealand to India, Siberia to the USA, and cosmic expanses beyond.

    The reader of this audiobook has yet to be revealed.

  • Illegal Alien (Credit: BBC Audio)An unabridged reading of this original novel featuring the Seventh Doctor, as played on TV by Sylvester McCoy, and Ace in an encounter with the Cybermen.

    The Blitz is at its height. As the Luftwaffe bomb London, Cody McBridge, ex-pat American private eye, sees a sinister silver sphere crash-land. He glimpses something emerging from within. The military dismiss his account of events - the sphere must be a new German secret weapon that has malfunctioned. What else could it be? Arriving amid the chaos, the Doctor and Ace embark on a trail that brings them face to face with hidden Nazi agents and some very old enemies...

    The reader of this audiobook has yet to be revealed.

Bookmark and Share Target re-issues in 2016

2/13/2016 09:55:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC Books have announced that seven of the original Doctor Who Target novelisations are to be re-issued on 28th April, reflecting each of the seven Doctors from the range:
  • Doctor Who and the Zarbi by Bill Strutton
  • Doctor Who and the Web of Fear by Terrance Dicks
  • Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion by Malcolm Hulke
  • Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks by Terrance Dicks
  • Doctor Who: The Visitation by Eric Saward
  • Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos by Philip Martin
  • Doctor Who: Battlefield by Marc Platt
All of the books feature cover illustrations by Chris Achilleos, who was commissioned to create new covers for the latter books in the range. He said:
I am delighted to be back on board after so many years. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, illustrating the jackets in the original old style – it felt just the same, and I am looking forward to signing them for the fans. I'm so pleased that people still want to revisit these books.

Albert DePetrillo, senior editorial director at BBC Books, said
The Target novelisations hold a special place in the hearts of Doctor Who fans. When we published our first set of reissues in 2012, the response was overwhelming, and we’re delighted to continue bringing these classic books to a new generation of readers.


The three original novels that launched the range back in 1972, Doctor Who and The Daleks and Doctor Who and The Crusaders by David Whitaker, and Doctor Who and the Zarbi by Bill Strutton, are also set to be re-released as hardback facsimile editions on 3rd November.

Bookmark and Share Bedford Who Charity Con

2/13/2016 01:17:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The second Bedford Who Charity Con takes place in April, and the organisers are offering a discount to anyone who reads about the convention on Doctor Who News.

The event raises money for Bedford Foodbank, a local charity providing emergency food for people in crisis. Each month, some 500 children and adults are fed who would otherwise go hungry.

This year's event takes place on Saturday 23rd April 2016, with confirmed guests including Katy Manning, Deborah Watling, Sophie Aldred and John Leeson.

Tickets are £40 for adults; £20 for 14 - 18 year olds and full-time students; and £15 for under-14s. Concessions and family tickets are also available. However if you mention that you read about the event on Doctor Who News, you’ll receive a 10% discount on the price. Further details on the convention’s website and Facebook Page.

Bookmark and Share DWM Increases Circulation

2/12/2016 07:40:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine has increased its circulation according to figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

In the period July to December 2015 the magazine had an official certified circulation of 26,514 copies, up from 25,663 in the previous six month period. The figure is good news for the magazine which has arrested a steady decline in circulation since the peak of 36,000 in the second half of 2013.

Not such good news for Doctor Who Adventures which now has a certified circulation of 17,710, down from 20,506 in the previous six months. The magazine was transferred to Panini during the first part of 2015.

Bookmark and Share Doctors Supporting Doctors

2/10/2016 10:43:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capaldi in Dame Vivienne Westwood designed Support Junior Doctors tshirt (Credit: Sarah Sheldrake) Peter Capaldi and Sir John Hurt have both lent their support to the #WearYourNHS campaign, set up to raise awareness of the issues and challenges facing the NHS at present.

The actors are pictured wearing a 'Support Junior Doctors' tshirt, designed by fashion icon Dame Vivienne Westwood. The #WearYourNHS Campaign, spearheaded by Dr Lauren Gavaghan, a Senior Registrar in Psychiatry in London, was started as a means to open up the issue of the Junior Doctors Contract negotiations to the public.

Junior Doctors, working for the NHS in England, have today been taking part in their second one day strike, in protest at changes proposed to their contracts by the Government. The management insist the changes are needed to provide a seven day health service in the future. The Junior Doctors are worried that the changes will spread overworked staff even more thinly and jeopardize patient health.

The #WearYourNHS campaign is a play on the words We Are Your NHS. Gavaghan wanted to encourage people to start thinking about the NHS as they might a shirt worn on their backs, something they may take for granted and only miss if it were gone one day.

This latest stage of the campaign sees Capaldi taking part in a session with photographer Sarah Sheldrake. The pictures show THE Dr and 20 ‘Junior’ Doctors, all from a range of medical specialities including A&E/Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatric Anaesthetics, GP, Rheumatology, Acute General Medicine, Intensive Care, and Psychiatry, some senior in their specialities.

On why he was supporting Junior Doctors, Capaldi just said
It’s a Matter of Trust
The Twelfth Doctor was joined by the War Doctor in the photoshoot, with veteran actor Sir John Hurt taking part. Hurt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, and is now doing well following treatment. On why he chose to support Junior Doctors he said
The most important thing is that they (doctors) are not to be mistrusted. They do not do this for fun. (go on strike). It is about medicine. Medicine shouldn’t be anything to do with politics at all. Politics should be bending over backwards to support medicine.
Speaking as to why she organised the campaign, Dr Lauren Gavaghan said
The photoshoot with Peter Capaldi and 20 Junior Doctors was to highlight some of our struggles. We feel as though we are up against a well-oiled propaganda machine, and that much of the time we are silenced, gagged and prevented from speaking in more than mere sound bites.

The photographs also illustrate something of what it is like to be silenced, to be gagged, with some of the doctors seen wearing surgical masks to demonstrate this point. Some have their hands tied with stethoscopes, in an effort to show the pain involved in feeling as though ones hands are literally tied, whilst the government continues to peddle lies.
Full details on the campaign website

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Peter Capaldi in Dame Vivienne Westwood designed Support Junior Doctors tshirt (Credit: Sarah Sheldrake) Peter Capaldi in Dame Vivienne Westwood designed Support Junior Doctors tshirt (Credit: Sarah Sheldrake) Sir John Hurt in Dame Vivienne Westwood designed Support Junior Doctors tshirt (Credit: Sarah Sheldrake) Sir John Hurt in Dame Vivienne Westwood designed Support Junior Doctors tshirt (Credit: Sarah Sheldrake)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Digital Pinball Table - Fully Funded

2/09/2016 10:59:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


The kickstarter project to help recreate the 1990's Doctor Who Pinball Table in digital form, has reached its target.

With three days to go the project has raised over $56,000, enough to purchase the the licences to allow Farsight studios to recreate the famous 1992 Doctor Who Pinball Table for Consoles and Mobile devices.

In addition the makers have announced that, as well as recreating the classic Doctor Who table, they intend to develop an modern version of the table, featuring the latest doctors and new material from the show.

New tiers have been added to the Kickstarter campaign that include early access to this new version of the table.

The campaign closes on Saturday.

For full details see the project's Kickstarter page.

Bookmark and Share New Tenth and Twelfth Doctor Comics

2/08/2016 04:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This week sees Titan release brand new comics from The Tenth Doctor and the Twelfth Doctor.

DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #2.6

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Colourist: Arianna Florean
Letterer: Comicraft
Cover A: Alice X Zhang / Cover B: Photo cover by Will Brooks

The Doctor and Gabby are still caught between two factions as modern humanity is born. Neanderthals and Cro Magnons clash, and their actions will shape the direction taken by humankind in the millennia to come! Plus: Cindy discovers an alarming secret back in NYC... and in deep space, Anubis grows impatient!
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.2

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colourist: Ivan Nunes
Letterer: Comicraft
Cover A: Alex Ronald / Cover B: Photo cover by Will Brooks / Cover C: Rachel Stott

CLARA OSWALD AND THE SCHOOL OF DEATH.

The gothic, sprawling Ravenscaur is the top private school in the UK, educator of the children of royalty, politicians and celebrities, and epicentre of generations of power and influence. When an old friend of Clara’s dies at the school under mysterious circumstances, she and the Doctor go undercover to investigate...
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Both comics are on sale Wednesday 10th February 2016.

Bookmark and Share Share The Orange

2/07/2016 11:45:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston fronts the latest campaign from Alzheimer’s Research UK #sharetheorange.

The project features stop motion animation from award winning studio Aardman, to demonstrate how the diseases that cause dementia, most commonly Alzheimer’s, physically attack the brain. Through damage caused by the disease, the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s can weigh around 140 grams less than a healthy brain – about the weight of an orange.

Eccleston, whose father Ronnie died with vascular dementia following a 14-year battle with the disease, said
We have to think differently about dementia. We have to stop believing dementia is an inevitability; something that simply happens to us all as we grow older. If we don’t, we’re never going to truly fight it.

Dementia is caused by diseases and diseases can be beaten. We’ve tamed diseases like cancer and heart disease and a diagnosis of either is no longer a certain death sentence. People with dementia deserve this same hope. This film aims to show that dementia is caused by physical processes that scientists can put a stop to.

While scientists fight dementia in the lab, by sharing the film anyone can fight the misunderstanding and fatalism that surrounds dementia in our society.

Bookmark and Share Steven Moffat receives his OBE

2/04/2016 10:54:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Steven MoffatDoctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat has been presented with his OBE for services to drama.

The award, announced in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours list, was presented to the writer by The Prince of Wales at a ceremony held at the Queen's London Residence, Buckingham Palace. It makes Moffat an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Steven Moffat told the Scottish Daily Record he was delighted to recieve the award
It was very thrilling and formal and slightly, slightly, just very slightly, like being back at school. But nicer because everyone got a prize.

Talking to other people before I came in, I kind of feel everyone's here for a better reason than me. I've got not one, but two dream jobs so to get this lovely thing for already indulging myself in public, seems like an excess of good fortune.
He said it will be sad to leave Doctor Who, but exciting to do something new.
Ahead of me this year I have 14 Doctor Who and 3 Sherlock films, so the last thing I am doing is contemplating work beyond that.... The reason you end up leaving Doctor Who, much as we all love it, is because it's all year round. It's a really tough gig
The interview indicates Steven Moffat's last Doctor Who episode will be the 2017 Christmas special.

Full interview here.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine - 496

2/04/2016 01:05:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine 496 (Credit: Panini)Issue 496 of Doctor Who Magazine exclusively interviews Sir John Hurt, who played the mysterious incarnation of the Doctor in 2013's 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor – and asks him about his return in his brand new Doctor Who audio series.

What was John’s first reaction when he was offered the part of the Doctor’s secret incarnation?
Well, I said, ‘Doctor Who? I don’t think that’s really my sort of stuff.’ But my wife was listening, and when she heard that it was the 50th anniversary, she said, ‘You’ve got to be f***ing joking! You’re doing it! So I’ve really for her to thank. I’m really pleased I did it, because it opened up a whole new era for me. A whole new era.
On returning to the role for Big Finish's audio adventures, Hurt explains:
I was often asked, ‘Are you going to do anymore? And I said, ‘Well, I don’t think so. I’m not ruling it out, but unless somebody comes up with a real stonker of an idea that would involve him again… But the thing is that you can’t plan careers. You think, ‘That’s the way to play it’, but it’s not necessarily the case at all. If you follow your nose, that’s often the way to play it. And that’s exactly how I feel about this. I mean, I really have enjoyed every second of it. I mean it.
ALSO INSIDE ISSUE 496...
  • ASK STEVEN MOFFAT Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers questions about some of the show's most recent episodes...
  • THE WAR DOCTOR ON AUDIO
  • The writers of the exciting new audio series chat about writing for the Doctor's most dangerous incarnation.
  • A TRIBUTE TO ANTHONY READ
  • Doctor Who Magazine pays tribute to the late Doctor Who writer and script editor, who died in 2015, with contributions from his colleagues and previously unpublished quotes from interviews conducted in 1990 and 2008.
  • PIXEL POWER
  • Following the recent success of Lego Dimensions and Doctor Who Legacy, we uncover three decades’ worth of Doctor Who videogame projects.
  • NEVER FORGET?
  • The Time Team continue their quest to watch every episode of Doctor Who in order with Matt Smith’s second story, The Beast Below.
  • WELCOME MY DEMONS
  • This issue’s Fact of Fiction delves into the world of King John and Magna Carta in the 1983 Fifth Doctor story The King’s Demons.
  • A TRIP TO THE THEATRE
  • The Doctor meets his old friend Harry Houdini and encounters some trouble at the theatre in a brand-new comic strip adventure, Theatre of Mind, written and illustrated by Roger Langridge.
  • STAR WARS vs DOCTOR WHO
  • Jacqueline Rayner wonders if it’s possible to enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens without feeling like you’re cheating on Doctor Who, in her regular column, Relative Dimensions.
  • COMING SOON
DWM previews all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.

PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.

Doctor Who Magazine 496 is on sale from Thursday 4 February 2016, price £4.99.

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart arrives on audio

2/01/2016 08:12:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son (audiobook) (Credit: Fantom Films/Candy Jar Books)
Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth (audiobook) (Credit: Fantom Films/Candy Jar Books)
Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock (audiobook) (Credit: Fantom Films/Candy Jar Books)
Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination (audiobook) (Credit: Fantom Films/Candy Jar Books)
Candy Jar Books and Fantom Films have announced a partnership to release the first four adventures of Lethbridge-Stewart as audiobooks.

The unabridged stories are to be read by Terry Molloy, an actor/voice-artist well known to Doctor Who as the embodiment of Dalek creator Davros for some 32 years! Paul WT Ballard, director of the audio range at Fantom Films, said:
Terry has done a brilliant job in bringing these stories to life, adding a whole new dimension to them with his skilful renditions.

Shaun Russell, Head of Publishing at Candy Jar Books, said:
People have really been excited about the range, and have continually asked for audio versions of the titles. This was something we’ve always wanted to do, so when Fantom Films got in touch we jumped at the opportunity. It’s a great pleasure to finally be able to announce this new avenue for the series. I am thrilled that Terry Molloy’s narration/performance really reflects the vision the writers had for the characters. We couldn’t be happier with the result.

Andy Frankham-Allen, editor of the Lethbridge-Stewart range and author of the first book, The Forgotten Son, added:
The fans asked, and we listened! It’s a real delight to hear Terry Molloy bring the book, and indeed the characters, to life. Even though I wrote the first book, I found myself listening and wondering what was going to happen next. Such is the power of Terry’s rich performance.

The Forgotten Son is released in February; this will be followed by The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee in March, with Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen and Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters released in June and July respectively.

All audiobooks are now available for pre-order directly from Fantom Films, which can be purchased individually or as a bundle of all four titles. A sample of the first audiobook will shortly be made available from the Fantom Publishing Soundcloud page.

The original books are also still available to purchase via Candy Jar Books, with the fifth, Moon Blink by Sadie Miller, due to be published in April.

Bookmark and Share BBC Books update

2/01/2016 07:28:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Books have announced its plans for Doctor Who publications over the coming months:

BBC Books (Credit: BBC/Random House)To celebrate the return of Alex Kingston’s popular character in the recent Christmas special, BBC Books will publish The Legends of Song: a collection of stories from River Song’s diary, and the first full-length book featuring River to be published by BBC Books. It will be released in e-format in February, followed by a hardback edition in June.

The Whoniverse: The Untold History of the Worlds of Doctor Who will be published in October. It is "a never-before-seen history of the Human Race", including "untold histories of other planets and lifeforms". The book will be packed with full-colour illustrations, maps, charts and photography.

The 10th doctor, David Tennant, reappears in Jenny Colgan’s latest novel In the Blood, due May. Tying in with audio innovations from Big Finish, BBC Books hopes the book will allow fans to "enjoy Tennant’s comeback" in as many formats as possible.

A host of Doctor Who figures, facts, dates and stats will meanwhile be uncovered in Doctor Who: 365 Days of Memorable Moments and Impossible Things, to be released in March. It is described as "a beautifully finished, day-by-day assortment of drama, humour, fright and fun from over 50 years of the shows history". Whographica, released in September, also features visualisations and infographics that explore the universe of the show "for new and long-term fans".

Lastly, BBC Books is publishing Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook in August. The "fun, family-oriented cookbook" is packed full of simple, achievable recipes that are both savoury and sweet - ranging from "Gingerbread Doctors" to a "Pandorica to a Dalek Cake".