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Bookmark and Share Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Release Details

6/29/2015 05:17:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Wand Company’s new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control to be seen for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

The Wand Company have revealed that a limited edition of their latest Sonic Screwdriver will be on sale exclusively on the BBC America Booth at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, prior to general release.



The Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control is a brand new, hero prop replica which is a recreation of the Sonic Screwdriver used by Peter Capaldi in Series 8 of Doctor Who. A limited run of 168 laser-etched numbered Sonics will be available exclusively to purchase on the BBC America booth (#4129) for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con (8th-12th July 2015) prior to general sale from 7th September from BBCShop.com

The new Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is a fully functioning gesture-based universal remote control which can control your TV and other home entertainment equipment. Learning the gestures and programming the Sonic Screwdriver is easy, and the intuitive gestures allow the user to become the Doctor. Flick it open and the clasps extend with a satisfying clunk; press the grip mounted button for instant light and sound action or use the Any-TV-Off function just for fun!

The Twelfth Sonic has been made in direct response to the huge number of requests that The Wand Company received from fans all over the world asking for an extending version of their famous Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

Chris Barnardo, co-founder of The Wand Company says
Since our Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic went on sale, we have had a constant stream of requests from fans of all ages asking us to make an extending version. It wasn’t easy to engineer a solidly reliable device that can withstand being repeatedly flicked to extend it, but we’ve been able to do it, and I’m certain that any fan of Doctor Who is going to love it.
Jason Easy, Senior Licensing Manager at BBC Worldwide, said,
The Wand Company continually exceed expectations with their range of Sonic Screwdrivers, and the Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic is no exception. The Sonics are not just technologically sophisticated, but also beautifully made and have exciting features that delight fans.
Product details
  • 1:1 scale replica of the Series 8 Sonic Screwdriver hero prop
  • Highly authentic flick-to-extend action
  • Grip-mounted action button
  • Press and hold button to make Sonic buzz and tip light in FX Mode
  • Any-TV-off function that turns off any television at the press of a button, without having to program the Sonic first
  • Stores up to 39 remote control commands
  • Customisable personal lock code
  • Ivory-coloured handle with subtle fleck
  • Redesigned copper-plated handle end
  • Gallifreyan stand for vertical presentation
  • 12 new secret Morse-coded Twelfth Doctor phrases
  • 12 different sonic screwdriver sound effects

Bookmark and Share Kent Police Box to be moved

6/29/2015 10:12:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Police Box, currently situated at the Kent Police Museum in Chatham, is to be moved following the closure of the museum at the Dockyard.

The box, which is one of the few remaining original boxes in the country, was on loan to the museum from the The Civil Defence and Emergency Service Preservation Trust. It was installed in Kent in 2008. However the Museum has not been open this year and although there are plans to open a new museum in Maidstone in 2016, the Police Box will not be part of it.

The Police Box will be removed from its current location in August this year and returned to its owners in Scotland.

Until then it can be seen by visitors to The Historic Dockyard in Chatham.
Thanks to policebox.uk

Bookmark and Share River Song Joins Big Finish

6/27/2015 10:40:00 am - Reported by Marcus

New Series Doctor Who (Credit: Big Finish)Big Finish has announced production of a new range of boxsets, featuring heroes and monsters from the recent era of Doctor Who, including River Song, the Judoon, the Sycorax and the Weeping Angels.

Big Finish Productions have been producing audio dramas based on the original Doctor Who series since 1999. However their access to characters from the post 2005 series has been restricted until now. In February it was announced that they had gained the rights to use characters from UNIT, and the latest deal expands their range further.

The new wave of adventures, due next year, will feature Alex Kingston as River Song, who first appeared in 2008's Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. River will be stepping into the era of the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) for Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2, alongside Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan).

Producer David Richardson says
The idea of River meeting previous Doctors was actually proposed by Steven Moffat, and it's just irresistible, isn't it? Alex embraced the idea of returning to the role, and so she will be starring in no less than two box sets next year. And yes, we are still pinching ourselves!
River will then return later in 2016 in Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song, an epic four-hour adventure that takes River across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe. Paul McGann will reprise the role of the Eighth Doctor in the final instalment.

The New Series adventures will continue in Doctor Who: The Churchill Years, in which Ian McNeice returns as the fromer British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In the four-hour saga, Churchill relates a number of encounters with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in his memoirs, battling alien incursions, metamorphosing creatures... and a Dalek! The stories are told by Ian McNeice, supported by a full cast of guest actors, including Danny Horn as Kazran Sardick, in a story taking place within the 2010 special A Christmas Carol.

Executive producer Nicholas Briggs says
Ian has played Churchill in just four episode on TV, and yet it feels like it was many more. It was such a brilliant, definitive performance, and how wonderful that we will be continuing Churchill's adventures with the Doctor on audio.
Finally, the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors will face a new generation of monsters in Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters, a brand new, four-story run featuring creatures from the New Series. Peter Davison takes on the Weeping Angels, Colin Baker encounters the Judoon, Sylvester McCoy will meet the Sycorax... and Paul McGann will face a new clone batch of Sontarans on the edge of the Time War.

Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says
It's the ultimate mash-up, and we have some great scripts lined up for these landmark stories. There is no doubt that 2016 is going to be a brilliant year for Big Finish!
All four boxsets will be released across 2016, and are available to pre-order.

Doom Coalition (Credit: Big FInish) New Monsters (Credit: Big FInish) The Churchill Years (Credit: Big FInish)

Bookmark and Share BBC Audio releases for June

6/26/2015 09:32:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

This month's audio books from BBC Audio feature the adaptation of Target novel The Massacre by John Lucarotti, and a boxed set release of the three original audio series to feature Tom Baker's return as the Doctor.


The Massacre (Credit: BBC Audio)The Massacre
Written by John Lucarotti, read by Peter Purves
Released 21st May 2015 [order in the United Kingdom or North America]

Peter Purves reads John Lucarotti's novelisation of his classic First Doctor TV adventure

The TARDIS lands in Paris on 19 August 1572. Driven by scientific curiosity, the Doctor goes to meet and exchange views with the apothecary, Charles Preslin. Before he disappears, he warns Steven to stay 'out of mischief, religion and politics'.

But in 16th Century Paris it is impossible to remain a mere observer, and Steven soon finds himself involved with a group of Huguenots. The Protestant minority of France is being threatened by the Catholic hierarchy, and danger stalks the Paris streets.

As Steven tries to find his way back to the TARDIS he discovers that one of the main persecutors of the Huguenots appears to be...the Doctor!

Peter Purves, who played Steven in the original BBC TV series, reads this novelisation of a fondly remembered classic story, the original episodes of which are lost from the BBC archives.

Novelisation adaptions for the rest of the year are currently scheduled as: Doctor Who and The Ark in Space (16th July), The Two Doctors (3rd September), The Curse of Fenric (5th November), and K9 and Company (3rd December).

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the audio book The Massacre courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
The Massacre is one of the few Doctor Who stories that feature the lead actor portraying another individual within the plot; name another televised story, actor and his character where this also occured.
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-massacre@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Amboisea". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 4th July 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


The Nest Cottage Chronicles (Credit: BBC Audio)The Nest Cottage Chronicles
Starring Tom Baker, Richard Franklin and Susan Jameson
Written by Paul Magrs
Released 11th June 2015 [order in the United Kingdom or North America]

Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor in fifteen full-cast audio dramas written by Paul Magrs, plus bonus features exclusive to this edition.

Hornet's Nest: When former UNIT captain Mike Yates is reunited with a ghost from the past, the and the Doctor are soon united in battle once more, against alien insects intent on global domination.

Demon Quest: A key component from the TARDIS disappears, exchanged for a bag containing four curious objects. The Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey embark on a chase through Time...

Serpent Quest: The Doctor acquires a wondrous and deadly Skishteri egg. When the village of Hexford comes under attack, Mrs Wibbsey and Mike discover that two Doctors aren't necessarily better than one ...

With Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, these thrilling adventures also feature Michael Maloney, Rula Lenska, Samuel West, Jan Francis, David Troughton, Michael Jayston, Simon Shepherd, Sophie Ward, Andrew Sachs, Nerys Hughes and many others.

Also included in this edition are a previously unheard interview with Tom Baker, outtakes from the original studio sessions, promotional trailers and a PDF booklet featuring sleeve notes by writer Paul Magrs.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the boxed set The Nest Cottage Chronicles courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
Tom Baker appeared in a film together with one of the guest stars in Serpent Quest opener Tsar Wars - name the guest star and the film they appeared in.
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-cottage@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "The Crest is the Quest". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 4th July 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Bookmark and Share I shall miss them. Silly old fusspots

6/26/2015 09:13:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Moments in TimeIt was on Saturday 26th June 1965, fifty years ago today, that we said goodbye to two of the original Doctor Who companions. It was on that day that both William Russell and Jacqueline Hill left the series, leaving William Hartnell as the only actor left from the original cast of the programme.

The loss of Ian and Barbara from the series concluded the first major story arc of Doctor Who and forever changed the premise of the show. When it began in 1963, Doctor Who was very much told from the point of view of the two teachers. They were the two investigating the strange child, perplexed by her bewildering knowledge. They were the two who wandered into the junkyard and into adventures beyond their wildest imaginings. They were the two kidnapped from 1960's England, by a strange weird old man, and spirited through space and time.

As the series progressed the relationship between the kidnapper and the kidnapped changed. Circumstances had thrown them together, into danger, into life threatening situations. Over the months, respect, trust and friendship had developed. The two teachers had educated the Doctor, taught him to care and to have responsibility, and in return they had learned to trust the old man. But underneath the narrative was always the premise that Ian and Barbara longed to return home. Back to the world they knew and to friends and family. Instead they had been flung around the universe, visited alien planets such as Skaro, Vortis and Marinus, and times far distant from their own, meeting Aztecs, Romans and Crusaders. There had been hopeful moments, when they thought they might be back, but moments dashed when realisation set in and the couple resigned themselves to more adventures..

The Chase: The Executioners (Credit: BBC) It is ironic that the travellers final return, the solution to their predicament, came not from the Doctor, but from his greatest enemy. It was the Daleks time ship that finally allowed the couple to return home. Returning to London in the 1960's. The Doctor was left with his companion Vicki. No more would the series be the constant endeavour to get the pair home. Doctor Who would now become the Doctor, travelling with his companions in Space and Time.

The loss of Ian and Barbara came about with the decision of William Russell and Jacqueline Hill to leave the series at the end of their second year contract. The series had by now run to 77 episodes, produced on a weekly basis in an almost continuous production run. It was a gruelling schedule that left the actors totally tied to the series. It was William Russell who decided to leave first, telling producer Verity Lambert in Feburary that he wouldn't be continuing for a third year. As a result Terry Nation was asked to write in an new character into the final episode of The Chase. An astronaut who would become the new male companion to the Doctor. Jacqueline Hill was more unsure about leaving, but by May has also taken the decision to go. On May 6th the couple travelled around London with a photographer taking pictures for the montage of their arrival back in London. The couple recorded their final episode on 4th June 1965 in Riverside Studio 1.

The departure of the two actors was deeply felt by William Hartnell. For an actor who like having people around whom he knew and who knew him, the loss of the two stalwarts of the series would be difficult to handle. It came after Carole Ann Ford had departed from the series and amid changes in the production team, with producer Verity Lambert planning to move on. William Russell takes up the story.
I thought Bill would be upset and cross. He was. He couldn't understand. The scene at the end of The Chase where he gets angry, very angry and disappointed. That was very much like what happened... It was difficult to explain to him that I had other things to do.
On her departure from the series Jacqueline Hill took a break from acting to raise a family. She had been married to director Alvin Rakoff since 1958, a year after appearing in his BBC adaptation of Rod Serling's American TV play Requiem For A Heavyweight. Together they had two children, Sasha and John. She returned to acting the 1970's, appearing as Lady Capulet in her husbands production of Romeo & Juliet for the BBC. Other roles included appearances in Angels, Tales of the Unexpected and Paradise Postponed. In 1980 she became to first Doctor Who companion to return to the series playing a different role, when she appeared as Lexa in the 1980 Fourth Doctor story Meglos. In 1993 she died of breast cancer at the tragically young age of 63.

William Russell was the best known of the original companions, famous for his roles in series such as The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, long before he joined the TARDIS crew. As a result he quickly won a part in a new spy series Breaking Point following his departure from Doctor Who. Other roles followed including a long run in Harriet's Back in Town for Thames Television, and appearances in Van der Valk, Whodunnit?, Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic, Shoestring, The Black Adder, Casualty and Heartbeat. In 1992 he played Ted Sullivan in ten episodes of Coronation Street. Russell has reprised the role of Ian Chesterton in various audio adventures. In 2013 he had a cameo in the drama detailing the origins of Doctor Who, playing Harry, the Security Guard, in An Adventure in Space and Time, the drama that saw Jamie Glover play a younger version of himself. In 1988 his second wife, Balbina Gutierrez, gave birth to a son. Alfred Enoch is now an actor, well known for playing Wes Gibbins in the ABC legal drama How to Get Away with Murder. Meanwhile William Russell himself celebrated his ninetieth birthday last year, and still regularly attends Doctor Who conventions.

And what of Ian and Barbara, what happened to them following their departure from the Doctor. The characters have flourished in various novels and fan fiction. In 2013 they met the eleventh Doctor in Hunters of the Burning Stone , a comic story in Doctor Who Magazine written to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the show. In the Television series itself the Chairman of the Governors of Coal Hill School, as shown in The Day of the Doctor, is one I Chesterton.

But the real clue to their future came in Russell T Davies's episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, The Death of the Doctor. According to Sarah Jane
There is this couple in Cambridge, both professors, Ian and Barbara Chesterton, and the rumour is, they've never aged, not since the sixties.
The actors, and the characters they portrayed, left an indelible mark on the series. The Doctor was left clearly hurt and upset by their departure. At the end of the episode he spoke for us all.
I shall miss them. Yes I shall miss them. Silly old fuss pots
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Ian and Barbara leave the Doctor:
Having come into possession of a Dalek time travel machine, Barbara and Ian sense an opportunity to go home, but the Doctor is hesitant to let them go. There are no guarantees that the machine will work, but maybe Vicki can change the Doctor's mind? 

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Festival for Australia

6/26/2015 06:21:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Hot on the heels of the Doctor Who Festival in London comes another for Sydney, Australia:

Doctor Who Festival - Australia, 21-22 November 2015 (Credit: BBC Worldwide)BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand is delighted to announce the first ever official Doctor Who Festival in Australia, which will take place in Sydney at the Royal Hall of Industries & the Hordern Pavilion on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 2015. The Doctor Who Festival will be attended by the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat with more talent announced in due course. Fans of all ages will be able to celebrate the heritage and magic of the show with exclusive access to props, costumes and talent from both in-front-of and behind the camera.

A week after the Doctor Who Festival in London, Australian fans will have the chance to hear from key cast members in a series of onstage talent Q&A’s, with limited photo and autograph opportunities available. A series of interactive workshops with Doctor Who’s resident creative team will give visitors the chance to learn about the television production process and what it takes to be a Doctor Who monster. Fans can also test their knowledge for the chance to win some great prizes in the ultimate Doctor Who Quiz, and get some exclusive Doctor Who merchandise.

This festival is a must-attend for Doctor Who fans, with more exciting announcements to come.

And in a first for New Zealand fans, Peter Capaldi will then head to Auckland, New Zealand on the 24th November for an intimate evening with fans. Venue and ticket details for this will be announced in due course.

Peter Capaldi says:
Being unveiled as Doctor Who in Sydney at last year's world tour, and meeting the fantastic Australian fans was such a cosmic, life changing experience that I'm thrilled to be coming back for a full weekend of Time Lord mania.

The Festival includes:
  • Q&AS -see the writers and cast from the series as they talk about how to make an idea become reality on a series as big and bold as Doctor Who.
  • PHOTO AND AUTOGRAPH OPPORTUNITIES – A limited number of opportunities for photos and autographs with selected talent.
  • WARDROBE DEPARTMENT – a fantastic exhibition of costumes and props.
  • DOCTOR WHO QUIZ –Hosted in a traditional themed setting, fans will have the chance to test their knowledge for the chance to win some great prizes.



Tickets


DAY TICKET PRICES:
  • General $195.00
  • TARDIS $365.00
  • Concession General $99.00
  • Concession TARDIS $265.00
(all tickets are subject to a processing fee of 1.95% + transaction fee)

The general ticket includes one day entry to the festival, access to three separate theatre shows to see the cast and writers, festival lanyard, show planner and all of the above. TARDIS tickets will have all inclusions of a general ticket plus best seats in house for theatre sessions, exclusive access to TARDIS lounge with two free drinks and a Doctor Who goodie bag with merchandise to the value of $110.00.

To sign up for pre-sale tickets, or for further information head to: https://www.doctorwho.tv

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketek
Twitter: #DWFestAu

Pre-sale tickets available from 11am on 1st July
Tickets on general sale from 11am on 6th July

Bookmark and Share Underwater Menace DVD Cancelled

6/25/2015 09:43:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide has abandoned plans to release the second Doctor story, The Underwater Menace on DVD.

This month's Doctor Who Magazine reports that the plan to release the two surviving episodes from the story, alongside animated versions of the two episodes missing from the archive, have been cancelled by the BBC, following financial problems with the company contracted to provide the animation.

The Underwater Menace was first shown at the start of 1967, starring Patrick Troughton alongside Anneke Wills, Joseph Furst, Michael Craze and Frazer Hines. Following the episode junking which took place in the 1970's only Episode Three remained in the archives. This episode was included in the Lost in Time DVD Box set, released in 2004. However in 2011 Episode Two was recovered alongside the third episode of Galaxy 4.

It was planned to release the two existing episodes from the story, alongside animated reconstructions of the missing episodes, with BBC Worldwide telling Doctor Who News last December that they hoped to release the disc in 2015. However this has now been cancelled following financial problems at animation company Qurios which have seen the firm cease trading. It has not proved financially viable to find another partner to take on the animation and the BBC are reluctant to release an incomplete version.

Although a DVD release now seems very unlikely, it is possible the episodes may be released at some point in the future via some other means. A commentary track has been recorded along with bonus material intended for the DVD.

Until then, Episode Two of The Underwater Menace stands as the only classic Doctor Who episode, currently in the BBC archives, which has never had a release on DVD.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 488

6/25/2015 01:32:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who Magazine 488 (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has been published, and this month's cover story focusses on the unexpected return of Ingrid Oliver to Doctor Who.

The popular UNIT science whizz was apparently killed off at the hands of Missy in Death in Heaven – but the rumours of her death may have been exaggerated! Actress Ingrid Oliver tells DWM about her joy at Osgood’s unexpected return.

“When I died, I was like ‘Oh. That’s a shame. That is a shame.” I really didn’t think I would return,” Ingrid tells DWM, revealing that she was shocked at the response to the UNIT operative's demise. “I can’t watch myself on TV, so I deliberately made the decision to go out. And then I got a text from my agent saying, ‘Oh my God, you’re trending on Twitter!’ It was absolute insanity to me.”

Also inside this issue:
  • DANNY HARGREAVES' BIG BANG! Doctor Who’s resident special effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves reveals the science behind blowing stuff up – but don’t try this at home!
  • DAVID WARNER WAS THE DOCTOR? Cold War’s Professor Grisenko ­– movie and TV star David Warner – chats about his brief era as the Doctor, and shares some fascinating stories from a career spanning six decades.
  • A NEW FORMAT – AT LAST! DWM’s history of Doctor Who on home video reaches its final part, with the dawn of a new shiny new format. DVD took the series into remastered territory, and made it look better than it ever had before.
  • REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN! The Fact of Fiction heads to Voga – the planet of gold – to reveal fascinating facts about the 1975 Fourth Doctor adventure Revenge of the Cybermen.
  • BLOOD AND ICE! Will the Doctor and Clara defeat the macabre plans of Dr Audley, and has Winnie really betrayed them? The comic strip adventure Blood and Ice – written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty – reaches its thrilling conclusion.
  • STEVEN MOFFAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS! Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions and pays tribute to 1980s Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner.
  • COMING SOON... DWM talks to Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, novelist AL Kennedy and actor Jon Culshaw to preview upcoming books and audios from the worlds of Doctor Who.

PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, Relative Dimensions, The Time Team, competitions and The DWM Crossword.

Bookmark and Share "The Fitzroy Tavern" - change of venue for the regular London Doctor Who fan gathering

6/25/2015 08:38:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Due to a major refurbishment taking place at the Fitzroy Tavern in Charlotte Street, London, the regular "first Thursday of the month" gathering of Doctor Who fans will be temporarily changing to a new venue:

NEW VENUE FOR LONDON’S DOCTOR WHO SOCIAL SCENE

The Tavern is moving! After more than 30 years playing host to the regular ‘First Thursday’ gatherings of Doctor Who fans, luminaries and commentators, THE FITZROY TAVERN in Central London’s Charlotte Street is closing its doors. But not forever…

This landmark pub at the heart of vibrant Fitzrovia is embarking on a major refurbishment that will see it shut to the public from the end of June until early summer 2016.

The task of finding a suitable alternative venue nearby for these evening pub-meets has fallen to the London Launch Party Team, the group responsible for organising many of the Doctor Who start-of-series parties for fans since 2005.

The College Arms (Credit: Jeremy Bentham)The new venue will be THE COLLEGE ARMS, Store Street, London WC1E 7DH, close to Goodge Street Underground Station. The first gathering will take place there on Thursday 2 July, from 6.00pm until late. Future evening gatherings will take place on the first Thursday of each month thereafter.

Launch Party founder Jeremy Bentham said:
Tavern nights were the original Doctor Who social media, and their history dates back to the mid-1970s. A once-a-month opportunity for fans and luminaries to hear and debate news and gossip, to exchange ideas, to be in the company of fellow fans, and to share our enthusiasm for all things Who. It’s a tradition that deserves to be continued unbroken.

Normal pub rules about being 18 or over to drink alcohol apply, but otherwise Tavern meets are evenings open to all. “If you’re a newcomer just wear a relevant T-shirt, fez, stick of celery or UNIT badge. You might not know too many faces to begin with – though you might recognise a few – but good conversation is never far away!”

(with thanks to Jeremy Bentham)

Bookmark and Share All Aboard the John Nathan Turner

6/23/2015 08:49:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

John Nathan Turner (Credit: Stephen Cranford)
The bus named after John Nathan Turner, Doctor Who's longest serving producer, has entered service in the South Coast city of Brighton.

As reported earlier this year, the decision to honour the producer, who lived in Brighton, was taken by public vote, with Nathan Turner's name adorning one of the 24 new Coaster buses brought by the city.

The bus travels Route 12, from Brighton to Eastbourne, passing the Seven Sisters Country park, where parts of 1969 Doctor Who story The War Games were filmed.

John Nathan Turner comes with a low emission ‘Euro 6’ engine, free Wi-Fi, an upper deck table with USB charge points, softer seating, next stop information and real time tracking of the bus location.

Bookmark and Share Plaything of Sutekh Issue 4

6/20/2015 10:22:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Plaything of Sutekh Issue 4 Issue 4 of the fanzine, Plaything of Sutekh is available to order now.

In this issue:

  • Pacifism in Doctor Who - a look at how The Daleks and The Dominators gave turning the other cheek the thumbs down.
  • The Ark vs The Ark in Space - David Rolinson looks at the similarities between these two stories.
  • RTD & Religion - Sean Alexander examines a key aspect of the series under Russell T's tenure.
  • E-Space - Jez Strickley spies a dystopian slant in this Season 18 trilogy.
  • Secret Who - we look at two underrated stories The Claws of Axos and The Time Monster
  • Changing Times - a look back at Peter Capaldi's first season.
  • Doc Top Ten - one writer looks at his favourite Who comic strips.
  • Gateway Drug - Stephen Wood confesses how it all started with him and Who…

Issue 4 has 36 pages and is fully illustrated with colour covers.

Details on how to order Issue 4 are available at playthingofsutekh.blogspot.co.uk

Bookmark and Share Titan Confirms Year Two of Doctor Who comics

6/20/2015 08:05:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Titan Comics have announced Year Two of Doctor Who comics has been commissioned, with the series starting in September 2015.

The series will follow this summer’s Doctor Who comic crossover event featuring four Doctors, and will see the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors begin their second year of adventures.

Eleventh Doctor - Issue 2.1 (Credit: Titan)
Si Spurrier, best known for X-Men Legacy, Numbercruncher, Six-Gun Gorilla and The Spire writer, will join Rob Williams (Ordinary, 2000AD) as a co-writer on Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Two, with art by Simon Fraiser (Grindhouse, Nikolai Dante) and Warren Pleece (Hellblazer, The Invisibles, Incognegro). The series will pick up from Year One and the 2015 Event.
Charged with a crime he never committed (...or did he?), the Eleventh Doctor is on the run, with a galaxy-worth of nefarious bounty hunters pursuing him through time and space -- in an attempt to scalp the last remaining Time Lord!

Exhausted, haunted, and determined to clear his name, the Doctor is forced to turn to someone who knows all about busting out of prisons and staying one step ahead of those who’d prefer they were safely locked up.
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Two #1 hits stores on Sept 9 and comes with five covers to collect: an art cover by Alex Ronald; a photo cover; a Mark Ellerby variant; a Jake variant; and a blank sketch variant.


Tenth Doctor - Issue 2.1 (Credit: Titan)
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two will see alternating art team Elena Casagrande (Angel, Suicide Risk) and Eleonora Carlini, while writer Nick Abadzis (LAIKA) plots the story arc.

The Tenth Doctor: Year Two picks up from Year One and the 2015 Event with 'The Singer Not the Song', Part 1.
Fresh from the Event, the Tenth Doctor and Gabriella Gonzalez are plunged into a harmonious alien world of musical life-forms...But the Doctor and Gabby are walking straight into a war!
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two #1 hits stores on Sept 16 and comes with five covers to collect: an art cover by Alex Ronald; a photo cover; a Rachel Smith variant; a Jake variant; and a blank sketch variant.

Bookmark and Share The Essential Doctor Who: Monsters

6/18/2015 09:13:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The latest of the "Essential" special edition magazines from the makers of Doctor Who Magazine has been published, focussing on the monsters of the series.

The Essential Doctor Who: Monsters (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)Issue 5 of Panini’s The Essential Doctor Who comprises 116 pages of all-new material exploring the dark side of the series...

Horror has been Doctor Who’s most consistent genre since the Daleks first threatened viewers in 1963. The metal-cased mutants are still notorious, but the programme’s shadows are occupied by many equally grotesque and disturbing creatures.

This is a comprehensive guide to the monsters that have been haunting our nightmares for more than 50 years. Everything from the Abzorbaloff to Zygons is covered in a richly illustrated, encyclopaedic format.

Says editor Marcus Hearn:
When I was a kid I wished for a book that included all the Doctor Who monsters. Now I’m a grown-up my ambitions haven’t really changed. It’s been a labour of love for all of us to channel the spirit of Terrance Dicks’ Doctor Who Monster Book, and a treat to add so many aliens from the show’s now greatly expanded universe.

The Essential Doctor Who: Monsters is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents.

Bookmark and Share Colin Baker's new sci-fi role seeks funding

6/17/2015 09:16:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Last Man on Earth (Credit: Alt Angle Films) A new sci-fi thriller starring Colin Baker is seeking to fund money on Indiegogo to help fund the production. Last Man on Earth is a 20 minute short film which starts filming in Manchester in late July. Just over £200 has been raised within the first day of the campaign launch, with 29 days left to reach their goal of £10,000.

A short synopsis has been posted by the film's producers:
Last Man on Earth is a short pre-apocalypse sci-fi thriller about a virologist who is recruited to a bio research conglomerate to help work on a cure for cancer. It's a film about decisions and their consequences. A story about the future told in the present day.

Baker, who will be playing a "renowned virologist who fronts a bio research conglomerate" said:
Jack Levy and Darren Langlands have written a brilliant script… I’m looking forward to filming it. I hope you enjoy watching it.

Director of the short film Darren Langlands commented:
We're hugely excited to have someone of Colin's Sci Fi calibre on board - we can't wait to get started!

The team behind the film are based in Manchester. Langlands added:
Manchester is such an exciting and vibrant place to be for indie filmmaking at the moment. Collectively, our team has had their films shown at film festivals all over the world. We're keen to showcase the film as a proof of concept - and the crowd funding is essential to helping us tell the story in the most impactful way possible.

As an incentive for contributors who donate their money, a variety of perks are available including autographed scripts, copies of the final film, a private message from Colin Baker and the chance to share the screen with The Doctor himself.


Bookmark and Share Sir John Hurt diagnosed with cancer

6/16/2015 06:20:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

John Hurt as The Doctor in The Day of The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers) Sir John Hurt has revealed he has been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. In a statement released to the Press Association, he said:
I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement.

I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team.

I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording “Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell” (one of life’s small ironies!) for Radio 4

Alex Ford, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK, one of several national charities fighting pancreatic cancer, said:
We were deeply saddened to learn of Sir John Hurt's recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer – but eternally grateful for his openness in talking about the disease and his treatment. This can only help raise much needed awareness of pancreatic cancer and the importance of early diagnosis. Importantly, John Hurt's attitude and optimism will provide hope for many others affected by this disease. We wish him the best with his treatment.

If you wish to make a donation to the charity, you can do so at pancreaticcancer.org.uk/donate.

John Hurt was awarded a Knighthood for his services to drama in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Bookmark and Share Titan Comics Doctor Who SDCC exclusives

6/15/2015 09:12:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Titan Comics have revealed their exclusive range for this year's San Diego Comic-Con. A story exclusive to SDCC will feature the Doctor and Clara at the convention, while the tenth, eleventh and twelfth Doctor's will feature on an exclusive triptych cover.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor SDCC Exclusive

When the Twelfth Doctor and Clara turn up at San Diego Comic Con, a quick selfie outside the TARDIS reveals an alien threat among the con-goers and cosplayers! The green-skinned Lady of Neverness can only be viewed through mirrors, photos and quantum snapshots, and has turned up in the background of photos all over the convention! But if enough people view her at the same time, she'll gain the power to breach into our dimension... to feed on the life-force of the whole planet! Can the Doctor and Clara defeat her and save the day?
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor SDCC Exclusive (Cover A) (Credit: Titan Comics) Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor SDCC Exclusive (Cover A) (Credit: Titan Comics)



Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #14 with SDCC Exclusive Cover

Just one issue away from this year's season finale, and things have never looked more dangerous for the Doctor and Gabby! Separated by an ancient force from the centre of the galaxy, the Doctor takes a cosmic trip into the history of the universe, while Gabby must negotiate with an unearthly intelligence for the sake of the planet! How much has she learned from her brief travels with the Doctor... and will it be enough to save her?!
Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #14 with SDCC Exclusive Cover

Part 1 of the 2-part Season Finale!

Series co-writers Al Ewing and Rob Williams team up for an unmissable mini-epic, as a year's worth of stories come to a head!

- Can the Doctor save his new friends from their time-twisting fates?
- Will Alice find peace – or be marooned far from Earth?!
- Will ARC finally discover the truth about itself – or be reduced to atoms?!
- Will Jones fulfill his cosmic rock god destiny – or die among the stars?!
- And who will be left to join the Doctor as we head into Year Two?!
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #11 with SDCC Exclusive Cover

Fresh from their adventures in Las Vegas, the Doctor and Clara are eager for a change of scenery, but their next destination aboard the TARDIS will prove a SHOCKING change of pace!
Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #14 (SDCC Exclusive Cover) (Credit: Titan Comics)Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #11 (SDCC Exclusive Cover) (Credit: Titan Comics)Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #14 (SDCC Exclusive Cover) (Credit: Titan Comics)


Titan will also have exclusive merchandise available from the Titan booth #5537.

Doctor Who Titans: 3" Tenth Doctor Fez

From the 50th Anniversary Special 'The Day Of The Doctor' comes the Tenth Doctor, played by the returning David Tennant, wearing the Eleventh Doctor's trademark Fez!

Doctor Who Titans: 4.5" Tenth Doctor

This 4.5" Titan figure features the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, all dressed up in his tuxedo!​

Doctor Who Titans: 3" Tenth Doctor Fez (Credit: Titan Comics) Doctor Who Titans: 4.5" Tenth Doctor (Credit: Titan Comics)

Bookmark and Share Benny Sommerfield makes live-action debut in new Big Finish trailer

6/15/2015 06:09:00 pm - Reported by Alex F

Big Finish Productions has released a special video teaser for its upcoming box set, "The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Vol. 2: The Triumph of Sutekh" that breaks new ground for the long-running character of Dr. Bernice "Benny" Summerfield.

The teaser titled "Transmission from Mars" features Benny's voice actress Lisa Bowerman as Benny relaying an emergency message. Although Bowerman has played the character in dozens of audio dramas for Big Finish since the late 1990s, including posing for publicity photos in-character and voicing Benny for a CGI minisode, this is the first time she has been featured on screen performing the role. (She first appeared on screen in Doctor Who as Karra, one of the cheetah people, in the final story of the original series, "Survival", and also voiced an alien in the animated special "Dreamland".)

The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Vol. 2, featuring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and Gabriel Woolf reprising the role of Sutekh the Destroyer from "Pyramids of Mars", consisting of four new audio dramas, is scheduled for release by Big Finish later this month.

Bookmark and Share Steven Moffat awarded OBE

6/12/2015 11:44:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Steven Moffat. Image: BBCSteven Moffat, lead writer for Doctor Who and co-creator of Sherlock, has been award an OBE for his services to drama in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Speaking to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba:
I never thought I would get something like this, I'm astonished and more thrilled than I ever thought someone like me would be. I'm not the least bit cynical, or the least bit trying to be cool about it. I'm just really, really happy.
The full interview is available here.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Cymru Wales commented on Moffat's honour:
We're thrilled to see Steven's creative brilliance being recognised today.

Not only has he enthralled countless millions of viewers across the world, he has helped rocket-boost the Welsh creative sector, inspiring a new generation of talent here in Wales to make their mark on the global stage.

I'm so delighted to see his remarkable achievements being honoured.

Moffat's predecessor, Russell T Davies, was awarded an OBE in 2008.

Also awarded OBEs for service to drama are Lesley Manville, who played Heather Hartnell in the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure in Space and Time, and Martin Clunes, whose first television role was as Lon in the fifth Doctor adventure Snakedance.

Lenny Henry, who once played the Doctor in a 1985 spoof of Doctor Who for his comedy show, is being knighted for his services to drama and charity.

Bookmark and Share Capaldi and Coleman to visit German fan event

6/12/2015 12:46:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Credit: BBC Worldwide BBC Worldwide have announced that Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will visit Germany this summer for a special fan event in Berlin on Friday 17th July. The event will offer German fans the opportunity to see the actors for the first time in Germany. Last year's World Tour did not include Berlin or any other European cities outside of the UK on the list of destinations.

Peter Capaldi said:
So many German fans have already reached out to me about the show and I'm delighted to be travelling to their country to find out first hand why they love Doctor Who.

Isabelle Helle, Director, German Speaking Europe, BBC Worldwide says:
Doctor Who is continuing to rise in popularity in Germany so we were especially keen to bring the stars of the series, Peter and Jenna over. We’re thrilled to offer this unique opportunity for fans to see, for the first time, the leading cast members of the series and have a truly memorable experience.

Details of the event will be posted on facebook.com/doctorwho.

Series 9 will premiere on Fox Channel Germany later this year.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Dollard writer of Episode 10

6/10/2015 01:15:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC have announced that Sarah Dollard has written Episode 10 of the forthcoming series of Doctor Who. The episode has just starting filming and will be directed by Justin Molotnikov and will see the return of Joivan Wade as Rigsy. Dollard has written episodes of The Game, Being Human, and Neighbours. She was also script editor on episodes of Primeval and Merlin.

Dollard commented:
Getting to play in the Doctor Who toy box is a dream come true. It’s a total honour to contribute to a show that has brought me such joy as a fan. However, writing for Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman has presented a serious problem: some days I've been too excited to actually sit down and type!

Bookmark and Share Colin Baker in A Christmas Carol

6/09/2015 10:24:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Colin Baker - A Christmas Carol (Credit: Anthony D.P. Mann)Colin Baker has just completed filming on a new production of A Christmas Carol and Doctor Who News is pleased to reveal an exclusive picture of Baker in the production.

The film, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, is being made Canadian Actor & Filmmaker Anthony D.P. Mann, whose previous productions include Terror of Dracula and Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow Watchers. Baker is narrating the production and will also appear as Dickens throughout the film.

The main photography on the film took place in February to April with Baker recording his contribution, in Niagara, earlier this month.

The film is expected to be released around Christmas 2015, and will initially be available on the production website.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 3

6/09/2015 03:19:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Doctor Who Adventures 3 (Credit: Panini) The third issue of the new Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out on the 18th of June and comes with a free giant poster and mini Dalek figures.

Inside this issue:
  • Doctor In A Bottle Clara opens a strange looking bottle and unleashes the power of the Djinx on the city of London. With the Doctor taking the Djinx’s place, imprisoned in a bottle, it’s down to Clara to save London from destruction. With glorious illustrations by Russ Leach and a full-on colour storm by John Burns, Doctor In A Bottle is a must for all Who fans!
  • Friends Or Foes We also access the TARDIS data core to find out all about the mysterious and enigmatic Ood.
  • Clara’s Craft Studio Next up, we join Clara in the Craft Studio and prepare for a party you will never forget as we show you how to make your very own Ood piñata, guaranteed to make your party go with a bang!
  • UNIT Alien Archives The UNIT Alien Archives will give you all the lowdown you need should you come face to face with the Clockwork Droids on your travels! Whatever you do, don’t wind them up or you’ll be in trouble.
  • Strax’s Guide To The Galaxy Strax continues his guide to the galaxy as he introduces you to the delights of Gallifrey, the Ood-Sphere and Demons Run!
  • The Paternoster Gang Investigates The Doctor makes a guest appearance in The Giant’s Heart, a Paternoster Gang story, which sees our heroes guarding a mysterious diamond in the Tower of London.
Also in this issue, you’ve got the chance to win a brand new Doctor Who Cluedo game, you’ll face brain-tingling puzzles and get to play Lost in The TARDIS! All this and much, much more!

On sale 18th June 2015, price £3.99

Bookmark and Share Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who Launched at Greenwich

6/09/2015 12:46:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Last week, acclaimed Doctor Who novelist Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory launched their new book The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who.

On Thursday, after meeting the Dalek at New Broadcasting House, they held a formal signing at Forbidden Planet bookshop with fellow Doctor authors Jenny T Colgan, Jonathan Morris and Andrew Smith, who contributed short stories to the book.

On Friday evening, the authors gave a talk at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, where Marek Kukula is Public Astronomer. Afterwards, they signed copies of the book, whilst a remote-controlled Dalek and K-9 entertained fans.

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Book available on Amazon.

Bookmark and Share Radio Times Festival

6/09/2015 09:53:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Late September will see Hampton Court Palace host the first Radio Times Festival, celebrating some of the biggest shows on television and radio.

The four-day event takes place between the 24th and 27th September, and features a number of talks and presentations including, of course, Doctor Who, represented on the Friday afternoon by Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin, and also Russell T Davies:

Radio Times Festival (24-27 September 2015) (Credit: Radio Times)
  • DOCTOR WHO - Friday 25th September, 2:30-3:30pm
    Doctor Who holds a unique place in British popular culture. Here, the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, is joined by creative chief Steven Moffat and executive producer Brain Minchin to talk Time Lords, Daleks and Cybermen. Together, they will reveal the inner workings of the Whoniverse.

  • RUSSELL T DAVIES - Friday 25th September, 4:00-5:00pm
    From busting social taboos with dramas such as Queer as Folk to inspiring the reboot of Doctor Who, Russell T Davies is one of Britain's most innovative screenwriters. Here he explains how he made the journey from Swansea schoolboy to one of the leading creative voices in television.

Details for these any of the other sessions will be available via the Festival website, with ticket sales commencing from noon today for Radio Times subscribers via phone or the website; general booking starts from 23rd June.

Bookmark and Share Preview - Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11

6/08/2015 09:38:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday, June 10th sees the release of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11 by Eisner award-winning Nick Abadzis (2000AD, Laika) with art by Elena Casagrande (Angel, Suicide Risk).

THE FOUNTAINS OF FOREVER

Cindy and Gabby have a falling out after Gabby's homecoming – as an ancient artefact from the centre of the universe, a rogue Black Ops organisation, and a secret auction conspire to cause galaxy-shattering chaos!
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Bookmark and Share Osgood joins Big Finish UNIT cast

6/08/2015 03:08:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

UNIT: Extinction (Credit: Big Finish) Ingrid Oliver is to bring fan favourite Osgood to the world of Big Finish where she'll join Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and a whole new team of UNIT members for the spin-off series UNIT: Extinction. Last month is was announced that Osgood was returning to the TV series along with Kate Stewart and the Zygons.

Producer David Richardson said:
We’re so happy to have Kate and Osgood joining us at Big Finish. This team has been so captivating to watch on TV, and we’re looking forward to throwing some deadly challenges in their paths in these kinetic new episodes.
Also confirmed for the series is Warren Brown (Luther, By Any Means, Good Cop) who plays new character Sam Bishop, "an international trouble-shooter for UNIT who is sent to the world’s most dangerous hotspots".
We’ve worked with Warren several times before, and even though he’s one of the busiest leading men around, he’s said he’ll be there for Big Finish. So we’ve created a principle role in UNIT especially for him, and he’ll be an essential member of the global team.
The ensemble is also joined Ramon Tikaram (Stella, Fortitude, Happy Valley) as Colonel Shindi.
Ramon also is busy on so many great things, but we’ve tempted him to the ranks of UNIT! He’s a lovely man to have around, and an extraordinary actor.
Completing the team is James Joyce (Downton Abbey, The Musketeers, Holby City) who plays the role of "loose canon UNIT officer" Josh Carter. Joyce has appeared in many Big Finish productions including Charlotte Pollard.
James has done so much brilliant audio work for us, he’s earned his place in UNIT!
In UNIT: Extinction, Kate and her team confront an alien invasion by the Nestene Consciousness and its army of plastic Autons. The box set is released in November 2015 and is available for pre-order; three further UNIT releases will then follow at six monthly intervals.

Bookmark and Share Preview: Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #2

6/07/2015 01:49:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday 17 June sees the return of the Ninth Doctor series, with the climactic second issue of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor by co-author of bestselling "Who-ology" Cavan Scott and art by Blair Shedd, with cover art by Alice X Zhang.

Don’t miss the second thrilling installment of Weapons Of Past Destruction – an all-new miniseries adventure featuring the Ninth Doctor – as played by Christopher Eccleston – along with fan-favorite companions Rose and Jack.

Get dragged into the Time Vortex as the Doctor and his friends uncover time-lost Gallifreyan super-weapons being sold on the black market!

Who are the cosmically-empowered Lect and Unon – and can the Doctor help stop an all-new Time War before it starts?!

​Comes with three covers to collect!
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