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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine: 518

10/18/2017 02:16:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 - Cover (Credit: Panini) Issue 518 of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with Tenth Doctor David Tennant and his sidekick Billie Piper

Over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, the couple are back for a series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose
An audio recording’s very different to filming a bit of TV – but the vibe is the same, and the characters are the same. (David Tennant)
It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it. (Billie Piper)
Also in this Issue
  • MATT LUCAS
  • Matt Lucas talks about his new autobiography, which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor Who.
  • CAMILLE CODURI
  • Camille Coduri, who played Jackie Tyler, tells what it’s like to be reunited with David Tennant and Billie Piper for more Doctor Who audio adventures.
  • SYLVESTER McCOY
  • In the second part of the interview, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future.
  • WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END
  • Meet the people behind a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 story The Dæmons.
  • BOX OF DELIGHTS
  • An interview with Paul Foden, the fan whose home-made TARDIS recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year.
  • MATILDUS
  • A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus, written and illustrated by Scott Gray.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Rebel Flesh.
PLUS...

Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

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Doctor Who Magazine 518 is on sale from Thursday 19 October, price £5.99.

Bookmark and Share Comics Out This Week

10/16/2017 10:43:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This Wednesday, October 18 sees the release of three new comics from Titan.

Torchwood: The Culling Issue #1 is a brand-new story continuing the Torchwood mythos, written by John Barrowman with Carole Barrowman. This new issue features the debut of the mysterious character, Sladen. Who is she and what connection does she have to Captain Jack?

Also out the sixth part of the Doctor Who 2017 event - THE LOST DIMENSION - which features the Void-corrupted forces of UNIT attacking​ The Doctor, Bill, Nardole and The Doctor's Daughter, Jenny, and Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #10 - the finale to the epic Vortex Butterflies arc.


Torchwood - The Culling

Writer: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
The Culling Part 1

Captain Jack and his Torchwood operatives aboard the alien tech-filled ship the Ice Maiden managed to thwart a plot by the alien Navigators to harvest the Earth, abetted by the Vervoids. Now, the team must help the planet recover, and continue to look for answers amidst the wreckage. But there’s something – someone! –emerging from Station Zero, where the final battle took place... something that will change Jack and Gwen’s lives forever!
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Doctor Who Tenth Doctor: Year Three #10

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito
VORTEX BUTTERFLIES PART 4 OF 4

The Vortex Butterfly’s identity has finally been unveiled... but the Doctor is distraught to discover that this entity is none other than his beloved companion, Gabby! Vortex Butterfly Gabby insists that he left her behind, in every possible timeline, and she was forced to build her own world from pieces of space and time. Meanwhile, present Gabby (staying in London with Cindy and Sarah Jane Smith) is experiencing strange things too – her powers have brought her drawings to life!ething – someone! –emerging from Station Zero, where the final battle took place... something that will change Jack and Gwen’s lives forever!
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Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor Year Three #8

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Giorgia Sposito with Marcelo Salaza


The Lost Dimension Part 6 (of 8)

An unknown force is striking from the depths of space, emerging as impossibly-large white holes over civilized planets, absorbing or annihilating everything that lives.

This force has spread throughout all of time, challenging the Doctor in all of his incarnations.

Jenny, the Doctor’s daughter, crash-landed back into the Twelfth Doctor’s life, only to find that the anti-energy she had been fleeing from had already arrived on Earth –corrupting the forces of UNIT and terrorising the Doctor and Bill!
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Bookmark and Share Signed Christmas Script Up For Auction

10/13/2017 05:48:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


The shooting script for Peter Capaldi's last episode as The Doctor is being sold at a charity auction.

The script for Twice Upon A Time is being auctioned to raise money for Star Trek legend William Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show, a charity set up by the star to raise money to support a number of charities dedicated to helping those in need.

The script is signed by the two Doctor's in the story, Peter Capaldi and David Bradley, as well as other members of the team, and has been donated by Mark Gatiss, who is playing The Captain in the story.

Online bidding in the silent auction begins next Sunday, October 15th

The winner of the auction will not be sent the script until after transmission of the episode this coming Christmas.

A full list of charities supported can be found here.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Series 10 Complete DVD, Bluray and Steelbook

10/12/2017 11:34:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Series 10 - Steelbook (Credit: BBC Worldwide) BBC Worldwide have released details on the release of Series 10, Peter Capaldi’s final series as the Doctor, as a complete set, available on Monday 13th November.

In Series 10, the Doctor is keen to show his new friend, Bill Potts, the wonders of the universe, and their travels bring them face-to-face with Ice Warriors and Cybermen. His adventures draw to a terrifying conclusion as a long lost face from the past returns.

The Complete DVD and Blu-ray will include the extras listed below:
  • Becoming the Companion
  • Travel with new companion Pearl Mackie from the London stage through the doors of the TARDIS to a once-in-a-lifetime role, or as Pearl says, “the most insane thing that's ever happened to me.” Featuring exclusive interviews with Pearl, Peter Capaldi, and Steven Moffat. Narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • Out of This World
  • As Pearl Mackie steps aboard the TARDIS for her first adventure as Bill Potts, Ingrid Oliver (Osgood in Series 8 and 9) looks back at the debuts of the Doctor’s recent companions. What can we learn from their first voyages on the TARDIS, coming face to face with their first monster, and their first encounters with the mysterious stranger called the Doctor?
  • Smile
  • Acclaimed writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce is back for Bill’s first big adventure into the future, and Frank provides a unique insight into the writing and filming of this chilling episode, along with the perks of the job! Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and Steven Moffat, and narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • …Who’s There?
  • We creep silently through this spooky adventure as writer Mike Bartlett and Director Bill Anderson reveal the secrets of how to make a truly scary episode of Doctor Who. And find out why they couldn’t have chosen a more terrifying location… Featuring interviews with David Suchet, Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie. Narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • Rona Munro – A Modern Classic
  • No writer has ever penned an episode of both classic Doctor Who and the new series – until now! Rona Munro, writer of the 1989’s Survival, explores the similarities between her classic and modern episodes. And Peter, Pearl and Steven turn their eagle eyes on an ancient mystery! Narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • Doctor Who: The Fan Show – After Shows
  • Join Christel Dee and a host of Doctor Who actors, writers and creatives to discuss the making of Series 10, and most importantly, assess the intensity of TARDIS crew’s hairstyles along the way, in this original companion show.
  • Doctor Who: The Finale Countdown
  • Interview with Pearl Mackie and unseen film footage from the Concert
  • Knock Knock binaural sound
  • The Binaural Sound edition of episode 4, ‘Knock, Knock’. Binaural Sound gives an immersive spatial sound experience for headphone listeners.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Return of Doctor Mysterio
  • Behind-the-scenes of the Series 9 Christmas Special.
  • The Doctor: A New Kind of Hero
  • A short documentary that accompanied The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which lookss at the character of the Doctor and how he’s a unique hero.
  • The Finale Falls
  • Behind-the-scenes of the Series 10 finale.
  • Inside Looks
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries


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The release is avaiable to preorder as a Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray.

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: The New Unusual / fifth series limited edition run

10/12/2017 06:17:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart exclusives (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books have announced the fifth series of the Lethbridge-Stewart range of novels will be released as limited editions available exclusively via their website, with the first book, The New Unusual, now available for pre-order.

The New Unusual sees Anne Travers and the team investigate strange goings-on at hippy dream-ins, which sends them to Australia. Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
Adrian Sherlock first came to my attention via John Peel, and when Shaun and I discussed the idea of sending the team to Australia, it seemed common sense to have an Australian write the novel.
Adrian continues:
That was an idea I warmed to immediately, having always wanted to see Australia more connected with world of science fiction. Australia’s an amazing country, with many exotic and fascinating wonders, so it was a lot of fun to include them in the narrative.

The New Unusual takes its title from a favourite line of dialogue spoken by the Doctor in the opening episode of the Doctor Who serial, The Mind of Evil. He states that the purpose of the Brigadier's team is to investigate new and unusual menaces. When Andy first gave me the chance to pitch an idea for the novel, I knew I had to tap into the spirit of the times and that meant a fad or a craze, something the kids were into. Furthermore, I knew there had to be a hint of the mind-bending surrealism of the time, which reflected some of the experimentation with drugs such as LSD. But it had to have an explanation that was right for the world of Lethbridge-Stewart, something unearthly and threatening.

Anne Travers takes centre stage for the first half of this novel, with Shaun Russell, head of publishing, explaining:
Anne continues to be a popular character, easily strong enough to lead a book on her own. When planning these books out we like to keep a balance between our two lead characters, and this year we’ve already had two Brig-centric novels and one Anne. This marks Anne’s second major plotline this year, as she continues to deal with the fallout of her father’s death and what effect it has on her place in the world.
Adrian adds:
I had the idea that Anne knows there is a menace and becomes increasingly determined to uncover it. But in any good story, the main characters encounter opposition when they pursue their goals. It seemed to me that Anne might do what she has to do to succeed, overcoming opposition, yet feeling increasingly that she is unhappy with herself. A crisis comes when any one of us betrays our own values in order to achieve an end. I was fascinated by the notion that she might not like who she is becoming, if she goes too far and leads her friends into too much peril.

And with Lethbridge-Stewart, the story offered a good opportunity to present him as a man in total contrast to the youth of the time and their willingness to seek that which is ‘new and unusual’. I knew that he had to go beyond simple soldiering and face real threats and the possibility of his own death. I knew he had to see himself, to learn a little something about himself, in this adventure into the unknown.

The book continues a trend running through Beast of Fang Rock, Moon Blink and Night of the Intelligence, taking a look at aspects of the hippy movement of the late-‘60s, early-‘70s. The striking cover art, featuring Anne Travers and Bill Bishop is full hippy get-up, is by Adrian Salmon:
I knew my wife would kill me if I didn't draw the cover. She's a tough Aussie gal and when I found out The New Unusual was set in Australia, I asked to be the artist to bring Old Tom, Anne and Bill in all their grooviness to life!


Novels in the fifth series are limited editions of 400 copies, and will only be available to buy from Candy Jar Books - they will NOT be made commercially available. The New Unusual can be pre-ordered individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle, international bundle, or part of the yearly subscription offer.

Lethbridge-Stewart: The New Unusual (Credit: Candy Jar Books)It's the early 1970s, a time of change, a time of turmoil, a time of surrealism, LSD and the Age of Aquarius, a time of fads, Moon landings and wars, and the young people of the world are seeking something new - and unusual!

For Anne Travers, an encounter with a so-called 'dream egg' is just the beginning of a long nightmare. Her scientific curiosity aroused, Anne begins to probe the secret underground scene known as 'dream-ins', where students and others meet to get involved with a new craze and, perhaps, something far more alien to human experience.

And for Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who finds himself drawn into Anne's investigations, this probe will lead him and the Fifth Operational Corps to the wilderness of the Australian Outback, to a little opal mining town called Coober Pedy and a search for answers.

The New Unusual includes a revised ‘exclusive’ version of The Playing Dead short story.



Please note this is the final week to be able to get a preview copy of The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars of the Intelligence. The book will not be made commercially available until March 2018.

Bookmark and Share Shada Gets Animated Completion

10/10/2017 12:01:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Shada (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Shada (Credit: BBC Worldwide) BBC Worldwide is to release the Douglas Adams Doctor Who story Shada, using animation to complete the story.

Shada was planned to be the celebratory end to the seventeenth series of Doctor Who. Acclaimed writer Douglas Adams had completed the script, Tom Baker’s Doctor was at the height of his popularity, and the series had bigger audiences than ever before.

The story was also due to be the final story produced by Graham Williams, before handing over to new producer John Nathan Turner, who would introduce a new look to the series. But it was not to be. Strike action at the BBC in November 1979 meant the final studio recording sessions were cancelled, and the story was never completed.

A video was released in 1992, with Tom Baker providing linking material to camera for the missing scenes, re-released as a DVD in 2013. A web version of the story was also produced for the official Doctor Who website to mark the programme's 40th Anniversary in 2003. It used basic Flash animation alongside a new audio track produced by Big Finish and starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. In 2013 an unofficial fan version, directed by Ian Levine, was completed using animation to fill in the missing scenes. In this version, although a number of original cast members revoiced their parts, the Fourth Doctor was voiced by another actor.

Now, thirty-eight years on from the planned transmission, BBC Worldwide has announced that a new official version of Shada is to be completed, combining the original, remastered footage, with new colour animation. The animation will feature the newly-recorded voices of the original cast, including Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lalla Ward as Romana, performing the original script.

Tom Baker says
Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in studio. I’m so glad that BBC Worldwide have found a way to bring fans a complete visual version.
The new feature-length production incorporates all of the live-action scenes from 1979, together with new animated material. Shada finds the Doctor in Cambridge working alongside companion Romana and retired Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, to defeat the evil alien Skagra who is attempting to steal the secrets to the prison planet, Shada.

Doctor Who: Shada is being produced by the team behind the highly successful and critically acclaimed animation of lost Doctor Who serial The Power of the Daleks and lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Frazer . The team have had access to nearly seven hours of raw footage from the original 1979 Shada shoot from which they are editing the new production from scratch, with all the original location film negatives re-scanned in full HD and digitally remastered. It will not, however, be possible to create a full HD version of the new production, as the original studio video material is locked into its original SD format, and no higher resolution is possible.

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says
Fans loved The Power of the Daleks, so we’re delighted to be able to complete and bring them another lost Doctor Who classic.
Shada will be released as a digital download on Friday 24th November, and on DVD and Bluray on Monday 4th December.

The release is avaiable to preorder as a Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray.

Shada - Lalla Ward (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Shada - Tom Baker and Daniel Hill (Credit: BBC Worldwide)
On Saturday 2nd December there will be a special screening of Doctor Who: Shada at BFI Southbank, London. Further information will be available from the BFI from Monday 23rd October. Tickets for BFI members will be available from Tuesday 7th November, and for the public from Tuesday 14th November.

Blu Ray/DVD - Bonus Material
  • Taken Out of Time (25' 39")
  • Now and Then (12' 45")
  • Strike, Strike, Strike! (27' 50")
  • Studio Sessions - 1979 (44' 38")
  • Dialogue Sessions (14' 16")
  • Model Filming (04' 36")
  • Deleted Scenes (01' 22")
  • Title Sequence Films (TBC)
  • Live Action Reference Footage (02' 48")
  • 1979 Gallery (04' 50")
  • 2017 Gallery (02' 52)

Bookmark and Share Forty Years of K-9

10/08/2017 08:37:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Moments in TimeIt was Forty years ago today, on Saturday 8th October 1977, that we first met the Doctor's 'Tin' Dog, when K-9 made his debut appearance in Doctor Who.

K-9 was the invention of writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin, who created the character for their fourth Doctor story The Invisible Enemy. Although originally intended to appear in that one story, the character was retained after producer Graham Williams saw its potential appeal to younger fans of the series.

K-9 was voiced by John Leeson, who had been contracted to provide the voice of the Nucleus for the story and was also asked to voice the robot Dog. Apart from Season 17, when the character was voiced by David Brierley, Leason has voiced the character ever since.

Making the character a permanent member of the crew was not without its problems for the production team. The radio controlled model was prone to operational problems in the studio and Directors found it difficult to compose a shot comprising the lanky frame of Tom Baker and the squat shape of K-9. However, the character did prove popular with the audience and rapidly became an icon of the series,

K9 - Timequake A new improved model was introduced at the start of season 16, with improved electronics, but the character still had its limits, being written out of some stories altogether.

When John Nathan Turner took over as the producer in 1980, he decided to have the character written out, and at the end of the story Warrior's Gate, K-9 finally left the Doctor. Just a year later the character was back, alongside former companion Elisabeth Sladen, in a one-off adventure K-9 and Company. The first television spin-off from the main series of Doctor Who.

K-9 made a final classic series appearance in the twentieth-anniversary story The Five Doctors.

It was in 2006 that the character returned to the screen in the revamped version of Doctor Who in a story by Toby Whithouse. School Reunion also brought Sarah Jane Smith, in the person of Elisabeth Sladen back into Doctor Who, an appearance that would lead to the commissioning of The Sarah Jane Adventures, also featuring the Robot Dog.

In 2010 an Australian produced series, featuring a redesigned K-9, was broadcast, consisting of 26, 30-minute episodes. The series was produced independently of the BBC, so no BBC owned characters could appear. The series was shown on Channel 10 in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK.

Forty years after his first appearance, K-9's character is still in production, with original co-creator Bob Baker, along with Paul Tams working on a feature film, K9: TimeQuake which will feature the robot dog up against classic Doctor Who villain Omega.

Bookmark and Share Trevor Martin 1930-2017

10/07/2017 11:20:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


The actor Trevor Martin, the first actor to play The Doctor on stage, has died at the age of 87.

Trevor Martin first appeared in Doctor Who in 1969, playing a Time Lord in the final Second Doctor story The War Games.

However, he is best remembered for playing The Doctor in a stage play based on the series, Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday, which ran in London's Adelphi Theatre for four weeks at the end of 1974.

The play, by Terrance Dicks, was set just after the regeneration of the Third Doctor, with Martin playing an alternate version of the Fourth Doctor, who made his TV debut in the form of Tom Baker, during the run of the play.

The Doctor's companions were played by Wendy Padbury and James Matthews. In 2008 the play was adapted for Audio by Big Finish with Martin once more taking the lead role.

Away from Doctor Who Trevor Martin was a regular face on British Television, first appearing in the play Tomorrow Mr. Tompion! And About Time Too! in 1958. Appearances followed in Three Golden Nobles, Orlando, Jackanory, The Tragedy of King Richard II, Z Cars, Armchair Thriller, Inspector Morse, Coronation Street and The Bill.

An interview with Trevor Martin is due to be released on October 16th as part of the Myth Makers series.

Bookmark and Share The Doctor Who Project

10/05/2017 11:30:00 am - Reported by Marcus


The latest season of adventures from the long-running fan-written fiction series, The Doctor Who Project (TDWP), is currently in production.

The unofficial series features the Tenth Doctor and companion Hannah Redfoot as they travel through all of time and space in seven new adventures.

Season 41 begins with The Throne of Peladon by James P. Quick, the first part of a two-part adventure which sees the Doctor and Hannah return to Peladon in the year 4,100, where political machinations could once again rip the planet apart. Then, they encounter a boy soprano with a voice of gold who never grows old, land on a planet where the ghost of the Great One returns, confront an alien scientist bent on changing time, and the Doctor falls ill to a mysterious disease.

Writers for the rest of the season include Hamish Crawford, Ian Manning, J.E. Remy, Matthew James (Ghost Ship, The Snow Maiden), Richard Hoover (Where There’s Thunder), and Nick Krohn. Season 41 continues with The Secret of Peladon (Sep 30), Palimpsest (Oct 7), Web of Insanity (Oct 14), Dolce Music Della Morte (Oct 21), Rights and Responsibilities (Oct 28) and Moondust (Nov 4).

Stories are available free to readers in PDF format.

For more information visit The Doctor Who Project website.

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: '48 Crash

10/01/2017 02:35:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Candy Jar have announced '48 Crash, a Lethbridge-Stewart short story to tie in with the Radio One's 50th Annversary weekend:

Lethbridge-Stewart: '48 Crash (Credit: Candy Jar Books)In tribute to the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1, Candy Jar Books has announced a Kindle-only short story, ’48 Crash by Mark Carton.

This weekend sees the BBC celebrate with a three-day “vintage” digital radio station, Radio 1 Vintage, with 50 one-hour themed shows compiled from Radio 1 archive material, featuring DJs from across its entire history. To coincide, the story ’48 Crash will be available to buy from Amazon Kindle over the same period.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, said:
Having grown up listening to BBC Radio, I’ve been waiting to hear what they had planned for the 50th anniversary of Radio 1. It seemed like a fantastic opportunity to celebrate a British institution that has had such an impact over the years. When Mark suggested that he’d like to write a short story to mark the event, I thought that combining his core idea with the Lethbridge-Stewart range was a no-brainer.

This celebratory release aligns with our Kindle release of the individual short stories featured in our limited edition HAVOC Files one through three. Each short story will now be available to download from Amazon Kindle individually for £1.29. Customers who previously missed the PDF e-books will be able to read each story in isolation without having to commit to the whole load. This is something we’ve been asked for many times. You ask, we do!

Mark Carton has been an avid follower of the Lethbridge-Stewart range, and is the author of Candy Jar children’s novel The League of the Red-Nosed Gentlemen. He says:
The Brig is an iconic part of Doctor Who history, which itself, of course, an iconic part of the BBC’s story too. In tribute to Radio 1’s Birthday, we thought it would be fitting if he returned to the fold, so to speak, to help out Auntie once again! It’s an action-packed tale, and a little irreverent, which we thought was befitting of Radio 1’s ethos. Lethbridge-Stewart must solve a mystery encoded in some of the popular hits of Radio 1’s early days. When the music’s over, does he succeed? I’ll leave that to the readers to find out!

A free PDF version of ’48 Crash will also be available to customers who purchase The Flaming Soldier from the Candy Jar website.



  • It is also possible to pre-order a preview copy of the new Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, announced last month. The book is due to be released widely in early 2018, but limited copies are available now via the Candy Jar website.
  • Candy Jar Books is also offering an exciting new opportunity for aspiring writers. Launched at the Candy Jar Book Festival in Cardiff this year, the Candy Jar Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Competition invites writers to submit a short story based on the Doctor Who character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. More details about how to submit can be found at the Candy Jar Books Festival website.

Bookmark and Share Time Shadows: Anniversary Edition

9/29/2017 04:16:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Time Shadows: Anniversary Edition is an expanded edition of the unofficial, unauthorized Doctor Who short-story anthology for charity from Pseudoscope Publishing.

All sales proceeds will be donated to LimbForge, a nonprofit that provides tools and training for clinicians to quickly provide patients with high-quality and cost-effective 3D printed prosthetics.

The anthology, which has raised over USD $950 for LimbForge to date, features all televised Doctors, across 25 stories, including a five-part framing story with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara. New features include 12 illustrations from some of Doctor Who fandom's best artists, as well as revealing author interviews.

The anthology is edited by Matt Grady with Samuel Gibb with a foreword by Gary Russell.

Tipped off by a mysterious raven man, the Twelfth Doctor and Clara travel to Refuge, home of the last vestiges of life near the end of the universe. There, they discover an ancient, powerful Time Lord relic. No sooner does it activate, than new thoughts, new memories form in the Doctor’s mind: new adventures of all his past selves.

Someone or something is tampering with time, changing the destination of the TARDIS, and altering the Doctor’s past. He and Clara must travel into danger, into darkness to set things right.
The anthology features stories by Violet Addison, John Anderson, David Black, Andrew Blair, Simon Blake, Christopher Colley, John Davies, Abel Diaz, R.P. Fox, Stephen Hatcher, Chris Heffernan, Ian Howden, Pete Kempshall, J.R. Loflin, Kevin Mason, Roger McCoy, David McLain, Christopher Olsen, John Peel, Stuart Roth, Dale Smith, David N. Smith, and Nick Walters.

It contains illustrations by Simon A. Brett, Paul Cowan, Carolyn Edwards, Jon Wesley Huff and Michael Leis.

In addition artist Paul Cowan will be auctioning off his original hand-drawn Time Shadows illustrations for charity.



Ordering information for Time Shadows: Anniversary Edition and details about the artwork auction are available from Pseudoscope Publishing

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Infinity - Coming Spring 2018

9/27/2017 07:24:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Infinity (Credit: Tiny Rebel Games)A new Doctor Who game, Doctor Who Infinity, is to be released for PC and mobile platforms worldwide, in Spring 2018.

The game is produced by Tiny Rebel Games Ltd, the team behind the popular game Doctor Who Legacy, under official license from BBC Worldwide. The new game is being funded as a joint effort between the Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget and British game publisher/developer Double Eleven Limited.

It is being developed in close collaboration with Seed Studio along with a broad team of UK-based talent including well-known Doctor Who actors, writers, and artists. Cardiff-based award-winning audio designer and composer Stafford Bawler will be providing audio direction for the game. Doctor Who Infinity will be released both on PC and on major mobile platforms.

Susan Cummings, of Tiny Rebel Games, is the executive producer on Doctor Who Infinity.
It has been an incredible delight to be able to pull together such extraordinarily talented people to realize our ambitions for this new game. I am continually humbled by the quality of work they are doing and I think Doctor Who fans everywhere are going to be amazed by how we have taken everything we have learned from making the award-winning gameplay of Doctor Who: Legacy and brought it to the next level in every way imaginable
Doctor Who Infinity builds on the addictive puzzle gameplay of Doctor Who: Legacy to immerse players in comic book style puzzle adventures. Each story-based adventure has its own unique art style and author. To bring these original stories to life, Tiny Rebel Games has recruited an incredible team of major British Doctor Who writers and internationally renowned UK-based comic book artists to illustrate the stories.

Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure in Wales says
We are delighted that Tiny Rebel Games recognizes the world-class creative talent present in Wales, especially in writing, art, and audio. By moving their business here from Los Angeles last year, Tiny Rebel has given Wales a valuable opportunity. Enabling us to invest in and grow the country’s experience in the burgeoning video game industry, while also utilizing local talent. The fact that the company have now developed a Doctor Who game, which of course films in Cardiff, only adds to this ‘made-in-Wales’ success story.
Lee Hutchinson, managing director of Double Eleven Limited added
As an indie publisher, we’re always looking for up and coming UK talent that we can support and this was a perfect opportunity for us to partner with Tiny Rebel Games in making an exciting new Doctor Who game. It also allows us to expand our expertise in mobile gaming whilst contributing our knowledge of the PC marketplace.
Doctor Who: Legacy, released in 2013, quickly became one of most popular Doctor Who games of all time with over 2.5 million players and broadly spans the history of Doctor Who with every Doctor, hundreds of allies, companions, and monsters and includes extended universe content from Big Finish, Titan Comics, and BBC Books. Still popular four years later, the game continues to add new content weekly and is well over 120 hours of gameplay.

With a soft launch in early Spring, Doctor Who Infinity will be live globally on PC, iTunes, and Google Play in late Spring 2018.

You can follow news about the game via the website and on Facebook, or Twitter.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 517

9/25/2017 04:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


 Doctor Who Magazine 517 (Credit: Panini) Issue 517 of Doctor Who Magazine celebrates 30 years of the Seventh Doctor with Sylvester Mccoy.

Thirty years after he first appeared as the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy reflects on the role that changed his life...
We didn’t know that we were breaking rules. And I think we were also blessed by the fact that we didn’t have all that baggage of the past to get in the way...
ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
  • DEBORAH WATLING TRIBUTE
  • DWM remembers the late Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor's companion Victoria from 1967 to 1968, with contributions from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Frazer Hines.
  • VICTORIA'S SECRETS
  • A previously unpublished interview with Deborah Watling from 1990.
  • VICTOR PEMBERTON TRIBUTE
  • Remembering the late Doctor Who writer and story editor Victor Pemberton.
  • GAIL BENNETT
  • An interview with original American Doctor Who superfan Gail Bennett.
  • FURY FROM THE DEEP
  • This month's Fact of Fiction explores 1968's Fury from the Deep, the last story to feature Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield.
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR
  • Part Three of the brand-new comic strip adventure, The Parliament of Fear, featuring the Doctor and Bill; written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Mike Collins.
  • DOMINIC GLYNN
  • The composer recalls writing and recording the score for 1989's Survival.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012's The Doctor's Wife.
PLUS! Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.

Issue number: 517 - Price: £5.99 (US $11.99)- On Sale: Thursday 21 September 2017

Bookmark and Share The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years

9/24/2017 02:24:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Koch Media have released the third in their collection of interviews from Reeltime Pictures with stars from Doctor Who, this time focussing on the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker's era.

The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years
Produced by Keith Barnfather (order from Amazon)

A new double-DVD release in the highly regarded series exploring the world of TV’s Doctor Who in what will build into a complete work on The Doctors.

Forget any previous releases, this is the most complete collection of cast & crew interviews ever assembled from the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who, offering viewers unparalleled access into the world of the sci-fi classic.

  • Includes six documentaries making it the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the TOM BAKER era of DOCTOR WHO to life.
  • Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
  • Quality in-depth interviews with Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane), Ian Marter (Harry), Louise Jameson (Leela), Mary Tamm (Romana) and John Leeson (Voice of K9)
  • This 2 DISC special collectors edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of Doctor Who.
  • Includes special feature: Introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years courtesy of Koch Media, simply answer the following question:
Jelly babies are usually attributed to the fourth Doctor, but which incarnation was the first to be seen with them on-screen?
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-kochmedia@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Would you like a jelly baby?". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 8th October 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Bookmark and Share The Doctor's Affect and The Doctor's Effects now available for online purchase

9/24/2017 01:25:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor's Effect (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)The Doctor's Effects (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)
Two unofficial books about the visual effects work of twentieth century Doctor Who, previously only available to a mainly UK fanbase and via various offline avenues, have now been made available to purchase worldwide online.

The books were written by Steve Cambden, who worked on the show as one of K9's operators. The first, The Doctor's Affect (1999), chronicles how he achieved his dream as a teenager to work on the series, with in-depth accounts of the recording of Destiny of the Daleks, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada, Meglos, Full Circle and State of Decay, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and a comprehensive account of K9’s creation.

The second, The Doctor’s Effects, features interviews with many of the visual effects and design legends who worked on Doctor Who throughout the 'classic era', covering over a hundred productions including stories such as The Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Sea Devils, Genesis of the Daleks, Terror of the Zygons, The Awakening and The Trial of a Timelord. The book includes many previously unseen photographs and includes interviews with Bernard Wilkie, Jack Kine, John Friedlander, Ian Scoones, Mat Irvine and Ray Cusick.


Behind te scenes on Destiny of the Daleks (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)The online initiative has been organised by Steve's long-term friend Simon Meade, of The Ark in Space Facebook group and Twitter feed:
Having been a friend of Steve’s for nearly 50 years, and gone through many of those wonderful 70’s Doctor Who fan moments with him, such as meeting actors and production crew, visiting the Longleat and Blackpool exhibitions, and attending the very first DWAS convention in 1977, I’m delighted to see that his two books can now be read by a worldwide audience!

On his Sevenzero.net website, Alex Storer has, for several years now, kindly been sharing information about Steve and his books, and over the coming weeks we’ll be updating the site with more information and readers comments.

Both books are informative and enjoyable reading for Doctor Who fans, especially if you adored the classic years, when so many talented and creative men and people, working with miniscule budgets and often ridiculous time constraints, made television magic that enthralled and captivated so many young hearts and minds.

Full details about the books - which will be personally signed - and how to purchase them can be found via the sevenzero.net website.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win the two books, signed by the author, simply answer the following question:
Name the visual effects assistant who introduced Steve to the world of Doctor Who production.
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-effects@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Affirmative!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th October 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Details, images and competition with thanks to Simon Meade