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Bookmark and Share Twice Upon A Time - New Clip

12/17/2017 01:04:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a new clip from this year's Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time

Escaping in the First Doctor's TARDIS

Bookmark and Share The Case Of The Missing Fairy

12/17/2017 08:58:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Case of the Missing Fairy (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books have released a free Lethbridge-Stewart story for Christmas that can be downloaded from their website.

Talking about The Case of the Missing Fairy, range editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
When Shaun told me he wanted a Christmas story, I groaned and said, ‘well, I don’t have time to write one,’ but then I re-thought and realised that I may have a man who did. So I turned to a young writer I know who wanted to write for the series. Enter Steven Walton. He jumped on board with barely a second’s hesitation, and I then tasked him with sending me a few ideas set within the period that Lethbridge-Stewart served as maths teacher in Brendon School, a period of his life we’ve not really touched upon yet. Steve sent me a few ideas, but that one that appealed to me the most was the whimsical notion of Lethbridge-Stewart investigating the disappearance of a Christmas tree fairy.
Steven Walton says:
I’ve always considered the Brigadier to be the Doctor’s Watson, but as this range has him in the lead role I thought why not make him Sherlock Holmes? Set in a time when he can’t remember the Doctor, the story focuses on those mini adventures in his everyday life. And what a better time to do a silly but fun detective story than at Christmas.
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says:
Our seasonal short stories have become something of a tradition, and it was important to me that this year be no different. Steven had produced a lovely, and amusing, little ditty for Christmas, and in quick time, too. Perfect reading after a hearty Christmas dinner!

Further news from Candy Jar Books:
  • A limited edition range of series five novels will be available early 2018, beginning with A Very Private Haunting by Sharon Bidwell. And later in the year the novella range continues with The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen. Both are available for pre-order.

  • Candy Jar Books recentlry announced that, for the forseable future, there will be no new editions of The HAVOC Files. Editor Andy Frankham-Allen has issued this statement those who submitted story ideas through this year’s open submisson window:
    There are several logistic and legal reasons behind our decision, however, please note we are not cancelling the range, just resting it for the forseeable future. So to anybody who submitted a story idea to us, please be aware that there are two options open to you; you can either retain your idea and repurpose it for other use, or you can allow us to hold on to it and look at it again if/when we do another HAVOC Files release. Please drop us an email (havoc@candyjarbooks.co.uk) to let us know which option you wish to take.

  • Candy Jar currently has a Christmas sale, covering many of their varied titles, including several Lethbridge-Stewart titles.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine Issue 520

12/14/2017 11:18:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 520 (Credit: Panini)
Issue 520 of Doctor Who Magazine includes a free Thirteenth Doctor poster/Twelfth Foctor wallchart and a revealing preview of the Christmas special.

Also in this issue...
  • PEARL MACKIE
  • Pearl talks to DWM about saying goodbye to companion Bill Potts.
  • MARK GATISS
  • An interview with Mark Gatiss, who plays the Captain in the 2017 Christmas Special.
  • STEVEN MOFFAT
  • Doctor Who’s outgoing showrunner previews his final story, Twice Upon a Time.
  • EARL CAMERON
  • Actor Earl Cameron – 100 years old this year! – recalls playing astronaut Glyn Williams in the 1966 story The Tenth Planet.
  • PHILIP HINCHCLIFFE
  • The legendary Doctor Who producer explains how the series’ feature-length omnibus repeats were created in the 1970s.
  • PADDY RUSSELL
  • A tribute to the late Paddy Russell, Doctor Who’s first female director and one of British television’s pioneers.
  • INSIDE SHADA
  • The team behind the new version of Shada reveal how Douglas Adams’ ‘lost’ 1979 story was finally completed.
  • DANIEL HILL AND OLIVIA BAZALGETTE
  • Actor Daniel Hill and production assistant Olivia Bazalgette tell DWM how the filming of Shada marked the beginning of their long relationship.
  • SHADA ON LOCATION
  • Memories of the making of Shada from special effects assistant Steve Cambden, along with rare and previously unseen images from the 1979 location shoot.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • This issue’s festive Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Christmas Special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.
  • THE PHANTOM PIPER
  • Part Two of the Doctor and Bill’s latest comic strip adventure, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, previews, book and audio reviews, news, the DWM Christmas Quiz and competitions.

Doctor Who Magazine 520 is on sale now, price £5.99.

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Bookmark and Share Time Vortex VR

12/14/2017 12:01:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Time Vortex (Credit: BBC Worldwide)A new game has been released by the BBC. Doctor Who Time Vortex VR gives players the chance to pilot the TARDIS through the depths of the space-time vortex inside a virtual reality version of the show’s title sequence.

The game is a VR reboot of the successful Time Vortex 360 mobile game released earlier this year. As they speed through time, players will tackle hazards and obstacles emerging from the future ahead of them and will need to quickly react by physically turning around to evade threats from the past. As players progress through the game, they are transported into different time zones from past eras, from the current vortex to re-imagined designs from the 1960s and 1980s.

The game is available to play using cardboard headsets, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive via your web browser. However, those without headsets can play the game with mobiles and tablets running newer versions of Android or iOS and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari. A full list of all supported devices is available here.

To play, fans simply need to visit bbc.in/TimeVortexVR. Like the 360 game, the VR version is an endless runner, which gets more and more difficult the longer people play, taking them on a visually intense journey through the iconic vortex from the show's opening credits. Using the device's accelerometer, players control the game by physically moving around, even giving the player the ability to turn around and travel backwards in time.

Jo Pearce, Creative Director, BBC Digital Drama, said:
This game allows you to step inside one of the most iconic title sequences in TV history, as you pilot the TARDIS through modern, 80s and 60s versions of the vortex. Digital innovation is at the very heart of Doctor Who – and this new game combines casual, arcade-style gaming with virtual reality to create an unforgettable experience.

After releasing the 360 version of the game, we had lots of comments from players suggesting it would make a great VR experience. For this re-boot we wanted to offer a VR gaming experience that is as accessible as possible and test the limits of what is possible to develop using WebVR.
Developed for the BBC by Goodboy Digital, the game has been created using the WebVR API and combines cutting-edge HTML5 and WebGL using PixiJS v5.0 to create a breath-taking journey that works on a wide range of hardware.


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Bookmark and Share New Trailer Released

12/08/2017 01:04:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a new trailer for this year's Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time

The trailer will be shown on BBC One this evening.

Twice Upon A Time - Doctor Who: Christmas Special 2017 Trailer - BBC One

Bookmark and Share Twice Upon A Time - New Pictures Released

12/06/2017 12:58:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released new pictures taken from the upcoming Christmas episode of Doctor Who - Twice Upon A Time.

Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story.

An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning...
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The episode premieres in the UK on Christmas Day at 5.30pm, followed by transmission around the world. Full details here

Bookmark and Share Twelfth Doctor Year Three #10

12/06/2017 12:18:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This week sees Titan release a new single issue comic featuring the Twelfth Doctor.

Twelfth Doctor Year Three #10

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Francesco Manna
Cover A: Simon Myers, Rachael Smith Cover B: Photo Cover C: David Carr

All new adventure begins for the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole! Celebrate the most recent TARDIS team in all its glory!
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Bookmark and Share Twice Upon A Time - Timeslot Announced

12/05/2017 09:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Twice Upon A Time - The Doctor Who Christmas Special (Credit: BBC)
The BBC has confirmed that this year's Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time will be broadcast at 5.30pm, Christmas Day on BBC One.

The timeslot follows the pattern of recent years whch sees Doctor Who as the anchor of the BBC's Christmas Evening Entertainment.

Overseas the Episode is expected to be braodcast on BBC America and on SPACE on Christams Day at 9pm and on ABC Australia on 26th December at 7.30pm.

Bookmark and Share Bid for Lunch with Russell T Davies

12/04/2017 12:19:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Gaydio, the UK’s LGBT radio station, is offering the chance to have lunch with former Doctor Who Show Runner Russell T Davies.

The oppotunity is being offered in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust #SeeRed appeal for World AIDS Day.

The winner has the chance to meet Davies at a central Manchester Restaurant for lunch. They will get an hour with the screenwriter and television producer whose works also include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, Casanova, and the trilogy Cucumber, Tofu and Banana.

The location for this will be Australasia in Manchester and includes your meal on a mutually agreed date before the end of March 2018 Full details including Terms and Conditions via the auction website.

Bookmark and Share New Filmic Look for Series Eleven

12/01/2017 10:48:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Steve Schofield)
Broadcast Magazine reports that the upcoming series of Doctor Who is being shot with different cameras to give the series a new filmic look.

Tha magazine reports that the production house Films at 59 has supplied BBC Studios in Cardiff with Cooke anamorphic Prime lenses and Angenieux Optimo anamorphic zooms that will be used with Arri Alexa XT and Alex Mini cameras. The intention is to bring an increased cinematic look to the show which went into production at the end of October.

Films at 59 hire client manager Dave Wride told Broadcast
The BBC have made a monumental leap here to enhance the look of Doctor Who and I’m sure the fans will not be disappointed with the distinctly cinematic results that this lens and camera combo will afford them.
The lens change is one of a number of changes being made by the new production team led by Executive Producers Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens, in what is expected to be a major reboot for the series. Earlier this month The Mirror reported that Composer Murray Gold is also to leave after this year's Christmas Special, but this has not been confirmed by the BBC.

One person definitly departing is Edward Russell, who has been Brand Manager on Doctor Who since it returned in 2005. Russell announced his departure on twitter
I’ve been planning my departure since the summer & agreed to stay on to see out Peter Capaldi’s era. I’ll be here until the end of the year. The role ends with my departure but I’m sure the work will continue. What an amazing 12 years!
The last episode produced by the incumbent Production team is this year Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time which will see Peter Capaldi regenerate into thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker.

Bookmark and Share Peter Capaldi Book Cover for Auction

12/01/2017 09:33:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Metamorphosis - Cover by Peter Capaldi (Credit: House of Illustration)
Peter Capaldi has designed a new, original jacket for a first edition of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka to raise money for House of Illustration – the world’s only public gallery solely dedicated to illustration and graphic arts.

The auction, at Sotheby’s London, on 11 December 2017 - 12 December 2017, will offer a collection of 33 first editions of classic books, each with an original dust-jacket, created and donated by leading artists and designers to benefit House of Illustration.

Each artist selected a book they felt a strong connection to and then created a new dust-jacket or artwork in response to it. The re-worked classics include Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers and George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Peter Capaldi chose to illustrate The Metamorphosis, the novella written by Franz Kafka which was first published in 1915.
I chose to illustrate the cover of The Metamorphosis because I find the story so powerful, the imagery unforgettable, and the sadness at its heart completely human
The book is expected to raise up to £2000 for the charity which works with schools across London on projects with young people to inspire creativity and enable them to communicate visually, overcoming barriers such as language, literacy levels and special educational needs.

Ahead of the sale, all works will be on display at Sotheby’s London (34-35 New Bond Street) from 8-11 December 2017. In total, thirty-one artists have donated to the sale.

For more information visit Sothebys Website.

Bookmark and Share Radio Times

12/01/2017 06:27:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Radio Times (9-15 December 2017) (Credit: Radio Times)This year's annual Doctor Who cover for the Radio Times appears on the issue covering 9th-15th December, and features an image of Peter Capaldi in an 'exclusive souvenir issue'.

Inside the magazine there is a six page feature on the show, including interviews with the show's outgoing lead writer Steven Moffat, alternative first Doctor David Bradley, plus an item on Radio Times coverage of the twelfth Doctor's era over the last few years.

Speaking about the arrival of the new Doctor in the form of Jodie Whitaker, Moffat explained why casting a woman hadn't occured when he first took over, even though he had previously introduced a female Doctor in the form of Joanna Lumley in The Curse of Fatal Death:
If we’d replaced David Tennant with a woman it wouldn’t have worked. It was too early. We could have replaced Matt Smith with a woman, given that his Doctor was more sexless and less of a lad, but then I got obsessed with seeing Peter in the Tardis.
Bradley thinks she is a good casting choice:
When I heard it was Jodie I thought, "Well, that's perfect" - because she's got the range and she's funny. They just need to keep that sense of fun and not forget the comic energy.

You can read the full interviews in the Radio Times, on general release in the United Kingdom tomorrow, 2nd December.

The 'legendary' Christmas edition of the Radio Times (23rd December - 5th January) will of course feature Twice Upon A Time, and will be on sale from Saturday 9th December in London and the South East, and nationwide by Tuesday 12th December.

Bookmark and Share Massive Demand for Doctor Who Preview Tickets

12/01/2017 12:13:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Twice Upon a Time: Mark Gatiss, Peter Capaldi, David Bradley (Credit: BBC)BBC North's free screenings this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time, have received a huge request for tickets, with almost 35,000 entries in the ballot.

Exclusive previews will be shown in eight towns and cities in northern England.

Kicking off in Hartlepool on December 14, the Christmas tour will visit York, Hull, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Salford and Durham, before finishing in Bradford on December 22.

Ticket holders will be able to pose on the BBC red carpet alongside props from the shows, including Daleks and the TARDIS.

David Bradley said:
It’s really exciting that Doctor Who fans in the north of England have the opportunity to see the Christmas special first. I really enjoyed playing the First Doctor and as I’m from Yorkshire, it’s extra special to me that the screenings are taking place in the north.
The ballot to apply for tickets to these exclusive previews closes this Sunday, 3 December. TTo apply visit the BBC Shows and Tours website. Tickets will be allocated via a random draw with 45% going to local postcodes, 45% going to the surrounding county and 10% to the rest of the UK.

The Doctor Who Screenings will be as follows
  • Thursday 14 December - Hartlepool Town Hall - 7pm
  • Friday 15 December - The Guild Hall, York – 7pm
  • Saturday 16 December - Jubilee Church, Hull - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Sunday 17 December = St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Monday 18 December - The Middlesbrough Empire - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 December - Dock 10, MediaCityUK, Salford – 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 December - Durham School - 7pm & 8.30pm
  • Friday 22 December - Old Odeon, Bradford - 7pm & 8.30pm
Please note the last few moments of the episode will be kept as a surprise until the BBC One broadcast on Christmas Day.