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Bookmark and Share First Look at the The Woman Who Fell To Earth

9/29/2018 09:43:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released the first full clip from the upcoming series of Doctor Who

FIRST LOOK: Episode 1 | The Woman Who Fell To Earth

The new series begins on Sunday 7th October.

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: The HAVOC Files: Loose Ends and new short story competition

9/29/2018 11:59:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart: The HAVOC Files: Loose Ends (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books has announced a brand-new short story collection, The HAVOC Files: Loose Ends, written by range editor, Andy Frankham-Allen.

Explaining the origin of the anthology, Andy said:
Once it became clear we were bringing our ongoing narrative to a close in the beginning of 2018, Shaun and I discussed what to do with the dangling plot threads, and character arcs that never got fully resolved. And answer some questions the readers don’t even know they have! We decided the best way to address some of the key moments was to release a collection of short stories. And The HAVOC Files: Loose Ends is the result!

The anthology will feature stories focusing on various regular characters seen through the original sixteen-book run of Lethbridge-Stewart, including such popular characters as Bill Bishop, Harold Chorley, Owain Lethbridge-Stewart, Dylan Lethbridge-Stewart, Rhys Rubery, Samson Ware and, of course, the lead characters Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers.

The HAVOC Files: Loose Ends will be, initially, only available in limited edition and is up for pre-order now.

Candy Jar is also reprinting a short-run of The HAVOC Files 2, which can be found via their website.

Short Story Competition


Following the success of the first Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Competition, Candy Jar is having a second round with another competition. As with the first one, it will be open to previously unpublished writers, although this time it will be open to those both in and outside the UK.

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, says:
We had a great response when we announced the Short Story Collection and because of its success I am very excited to be doing it all over again. This time we want to give other characters a chance in the spotlight. What about Anne, Bill, or even newly created characters from our Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries? With this collection we are giving fans the chance to really explore, and I can’t wait to see what response we get!
Andy adds:
This time Shaun and I will be running the competition, casting our expert eyes over the entries. And as the stories will exist outside of the canon of our ranges, we encourage all contenders to embrace their creativity and take our characters into entirely unexpected areas. As long as they are true to the characters depicted in our ranges, you can put them into almost any situation. The only true limit is the imagination!

The winning entry will receive a Kindle Fire and Lethbridge-Stewart or The Lucy Wilson Mysteries publishing deal. All shortlisted entries will be published in The Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection Vol 2.

The winner of the first short story competition was announced earlier this year as Sean Alexander from Holyhead, north Wales with his story, Boys Don’t Cry. Following the competition, Sean is now working with Andy Frankham-Allen on a new Lethbridge-Stewart novel for the 2019/2020 range.

With the opportunity to secure a publishing deal through entering the brand-new writing competition, and a much wider scope for creativity, this is an exciting opportunity for any writer or fan of the Lethbridge-Stewart world.

The entry fee is £5. To enter visit the Candy Jar website.

Please include:
Your name, age, email, address and telephone number.

Submissions can be entered until the end of November 2018.

Submission guidelines for the Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition:
  • Maximum of 3000 words.
  • This competition is open to anybody who has never been published before, whether you’re a fan of Doctor Who and Lethbridge-Stewart or not. We’re looking for stories that utilise any character from the Lethbridge-Stewart and The Lucy Wilson Mysteries range of books (list of Lethbridge-Stewart characters here). It is not necessary to fit within the timeline; these stories are out of the canon of the series, so feel free to let your imagination run wild!
  • A selection of free short stories will be sent to any applicant on request, should you need to see our characters in action.
  • Our license is with the Haisman Literary Estate only, therefore you CAN use any character from the Doctor Who serials The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear and The Dominators, or any original character found Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart and The Lucy Wilson Mysteries series (except characters from Doctor Who that appeared in the ranges under express permission).
  • You can NOT use any other Doctor Who characters or monsters.
  • You can NOT use UNIT or any associated characters.
  • Any entries that feature a Doctor Who character not owned by the Haisman Literary Estate will be instantly disqualified, with no refund.

Bookmark and Share Cold Vengeance on Vinyl

9/28/2018 11:38:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Cold Vengeance (Credit: Big Finish) Cold Vengeance (Credit: Big Finish)Following the sell-out success of Big Finish Productions limited edition Doctor Who stories on vinyl earlier this year, the audio company has announced another exclusive release.

HMV will release Doctor Who: Cold Vengeance starring David Tennant and Billie Piper on Friday 5th October 2018.

Billie Piper portrayed the Doctor’s much-loved companion Rose Tyler in 2005 and 2006, returning for a number of stories in 2008. She also appeared as The Moment – which had taken Rose’s form – in The Day of the Doctor. This is the second Big Finish vinyl release that Rose has appeared in following her debut in Infamy of the Zaross earlier this year.

Nicholas Briggs, Big Finish executive producer and director of Cold Vengeance, as well as the voice of the Daleks on TV, says:
Mark your diaries because this is sure to sell out. HMV is an incredible partner to work with and because of the previous demand they've upped the production numbers. I'm delighted for us to be a part of the vinyl resurgence and very pleased that, like our app, we're making it easy for people to listen to our stories.
The release will be a numbered limited edition on coloured vinyl, and only available in the UK. 250 copies have been made available on the HMV website for pre-order.

The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 2, was released in November 2017 and includes Cold Vengeance and two further Tenth Doctor adventures.

CDs and downloads are available to buy now from the Big Finish website

Bookmark and Share SPACE - Doctor Who Transmission Time

9/28/2018 12:15:00 am - Reported by Marcus

SPACE Canada have confirmed that they will join BBC America by broadcasting the new series of Doctor Who at the same time it is seen in the UK.

The first episode will transmit at 1.45pm Eastern Time, with a repeat in primetime at 8pm ET.

Following the premiere, all-new episodes of Doctor Who will debut in their regular Sundays at 8pm ET timeslot beginning October 14.

Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty, said
We’re thrilled to deliver a fresh season of DOCTOR WHO to new viewers and faithful fans alike who are eager to meet the latest incarnation of the iconic Time Lord. Pivotal and hugely popular on Space, we’re excited to embark on this groundbreaking era for the series and watch it ignite Sunday nights with a whole new Doctor and refreshed creative team.
The episode will be part of SPACE Freeview, running until 24 October.

Freeview is available through participating television service providers across the country, including Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, Eastlink, Bell MTS, Rogers, Sasktel, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Telus, and Videotron, and others. The first episode of the highly anticipated new season of Doctor Who will also be available on demand via set-top-box for all for Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw, and Eastlink subscribers from October 8 to November 7.

Bookmark and Share Press Launch - Sheffield Welcomes the Thirteenth Doctor

9/27/2018 12:01:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who - Series 11 (Credit: BBC / Ben Blackall)

For a few hours last Monday, the eyes of the Universe turned towards Sheffield, the location for the press launch of the brand new series of Doctor Who.

For a series that has been running for nearly fifty five years, reboots don't come along to often, but this one feels important. Not only do we have a new show-runner in the form of Chris Chibnall, new Writers, new Directors, a new composer, new companions, but we have the most important change of all, the first female Doctor in the form of Jodie Whittaker taking over the keys of the TARDIS.

Change can often be worrying, uncertainty creating apprehension, unfamiliarity causing concern. But change, as the Doctor knows well, can often be renewing and empowering and something to be embraced. And the series was embraced by the people of Sheffield.

Series 11 Press Launch (Credit: BBC) The premiere took place at the Moor Centre in the city, a location more used to shopping sales than red carpet events, but the fans turned out in large numbers to welcome the latest incarnation of the time lord. The reception the cast and crew received was heartfelt with Jodie Whittaker working the line and greeting the fans. Shoppers passing by paused to see what all the fuss was about and on hearing Doctor Who was in town stayed to catch a glimpse of the latest timelord.

Sheffield was chosen for the premiere because the first episode was set and filmed around the city. If anyone tells you the city is not photogenic just tell them to watch on 7th October. The city is at the heart of the episode and new showrunner Chris Chibnall explained why he brought the series to South Yorkshire.
With any new doctor you want to ground it in a home and Sheffield is the home for this series of Doctor Who. I've lived in the city for a year and I knew cinematic is is and I knew how awesome the people are as well. A different humour and people saying it like it is.
Yorkshire is where new Doctor Jodie Whittaker was born and brought up. Seeing her first episode on the big screen was an thrilling moment for the actress
Sitting and watching it on a big screen is extraordinary. It's a celebration of all the hard work that's gone into making the series. To see this with Chris and everyone is really emotional. There no getting away from it, we are the next season of Doctor Who.
So how did she work out how she would play her version of the Doctor.
All those wonderful layers and characterisations are there in the writing. They are given to you on a plate. For me, the appeal was there are no rules. You are not limited to a time period or etiquette. You can play it how you want. It was fun and playful.
Whittaker told the audience at the screening that she was proud at doing most of her own stunts in the series.
In Episode One it's all me and I'm really proud of that. We have an amazing stunt coordinator and there are moments when you need a professional. But in this episode it just needed someone who was daft enough to do it. I was three days in to the filming, four o'clock in the morning, week one and I was trying to be really cool in front of the crew. The wonderful thing about the Doctor is all about self-belief. There was nothing about it that wasn't safe but it was nerve-wracking. I love the pride in watching it and knowing I did it all.
Series 11 Press Launch (Credit: BBC)Whittaker is joined in the series by three regulars Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill who also attened the screening. The four obviously have a strong relationship with plenty of teasing going on between the team. For Whittaker one of the highlights comes from Walsh.
If there has to be a prize for running it has to go to Brad. He's got his hands out like he is waiting to save a goal. You are amazed that his body is carrying him forwards as looks like he should be crabbing to the side.
Walsh explained that the premiere screening was the first episode of Doctor Who he had seen since the series went into colour.
The last episode I saw was with Patrick Troughton in 1969. When it got to colour I was to busy playing football to watch.
And how did he think the new episode had turned out?
I’m just thrilled with it. It was worth all those hard nights on location, look at those amazing sets. I’m just blown away with it.
Series 11 Press Launch
The actor paid tribute to Jodie Whittaker as a great leader of the TARDIS team.
We all got on from the get go. We are lucky because we have a lead actress who is just wonderful to be around, who leads from the front and is funny and kind and generous with her performance, so we are very lucky.
As for new showrunner Chris Chibnall what was his reaction to viewing the episode on the big screen.
It exceeds what I hoped we could achieve and that’s because of a lot of people in this room. There is the cast, you always hope you are going to get brilliant people and I think we did. I'm so thrilled to introduce them to people at the start of this journey.

But there are also directors, producers, cinematographers costumes, music, everybody on the team. I think we all feel really excited to show this to people. I think it exceeded what I hoped we could do.
Doctor Who fans certainly have nothing to fear from this reboot. This is Doctor Who at its finest. Funny, scary, exciting, and unpredictable. This series has a different feel. It feels somehow more grounded, less fantastical than recent years. But it is a series with real heart.

In Jodie Whittaker we have a charismatic Doctor who has the potential to inspire loyalty in the same way as her predecessors and become a role model for a whole generation. No doubt in years to come there will be generations who look back at 2018 with nostalgia. That was when Jodie Whittaker took over as the Doctor. She was my Doctor.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Time slot Confirmed

9/26/2018 06:20:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Series 11 (Credit: BBC)The BBC has confirmed that Doctor Who will debut in the UK at 6.45pm on Sunday 7th October.

The first episode of the new series, The Woman Who Fell To Earth, will run from 6.45pm-7.45pm on BBC One, bringing the series to the heart of Sunday evening.

We don’t get aliens in Sheffield.

In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?

Action-adventure for all the family, starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. Guest starring Sharon D Clarke, Johnny Dixon and Samuel Oatley. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs.
Doctor Who will air directly after Countryfile, which is watched by between 4 and 6 million viewers each week. It will be followed by Strictly Come Dancing - The Results where the public voting for the BBC One dance show will be revealed to the public.

ITV will be offering a game show in opposition, 5 Gold Rings presented by Philip Schofield. BBC Two will be showing King Arthur's Britain: The Truth Unearthed a new documentary delving into the murky historical period of the Arthurian legends, while on Channel 4 viewers can enjoy Phil Spencer's Stately Homes, where the property expert returns to look round more of Britain's stately homes, beginning with Longleat House in Wiltshire. Channel 5 is showing the 2013 feature film Jack the Giant Slayer.

BBC America has confirmed the episode will be simulcast with UK showing, making a transmission time of 1.45pm ET

Bookmark and Share The Thirteenth Doctor - Volume 0

9/26/2018 08:30:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who returns to television screens next month, and to mark this long-awaited event, Titan Comics are publishing The Thirteenth Doctor Vol. 0, the ultimate celebration of The Doctor’s many, many lives and a special primer ahead of Titan’s new ongoing Thirteenth Doctor comic book series this autumn.

It's said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die: as the Doctor regenerates from his Twelfth incarnation to her Thirteenth, she relives memories from her many lives, showcasing unseen adventures from EVERY version of the Doctor.

Written by award-winning Doctor Who alumni Richard Dinnick and illustrated by Giorgia Sposito (Independence Day, Charmed, Wonderland) amongst a host of fantastic artists including fan-favorite Mariano Laclaustra, this is a perfect beginner's guide and a brilliant tribute for long-term fans to enjoy.

Thirteenth Doctor - Volume 0

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Giorgia Sposito, Mariano Laclaustra and various
Cover: Claudia Iannicello

They say that before you die, your life flashes before your eyes... and the Doctor has lived a lot of lives!

The ultimate Doctor Who celebration, a perfect beginner's guide and a brilliant tribute for long-term fans! As the Doctor regenerates into her Thirteenth form, she relives unseen adventures from every single one of her past lives – with a host of brilliant artists including Giorgia Sposito and Claudia Ianniciello!
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Bookmark and Share The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972

9/25/2018 11:30:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 (Credit: Terraqueous Distributers)
Fan project The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 is to be published in February 2019 with a host of star names involved.

Katy Manning, John Levene, Mike Tucker and Alister Pearson have all contributed to the publication, joining a large number of Doctor Who fan writers and artists.

And in a further scoop, Wayne Howarth – the son of Walter Howarth, who was the main illustrator on some of the original annuals – has also lent his artistic skills to the book.

Announced on Doctor Who News late last year with an appeal for contributors, this homage to the World Distributors-produced annuals of the 1970s will be a physical publication packed with stories, puzzles and features, and is intended to fill the gap when – to fans’ great surprise and disappointment – a Doctor Who annual wasn’t published in the autumn of 1971, following Jon Pertwee’s second season in the title role.

Had one come out then, it would have seen Katy Manning’s companion character Jo Grant – who burst into the Doctor’s life on TV in January that year – featured in annual form for the first time. Instead, her inaugural annual appearance happened the following autumn, in 1972, when World Distributors, which began publishing the official Doctor Who annuals in autumn 1965, resumed their production with an annual for 1973 – the first time the cover bore an identifying year. The Manchester-based publisher continued bringing out the annuals until autumn 1985.

Terraqueous Distributors, publishers of The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972, said:
We’re incredibly excited by it. As fans of the original annuals, this has been a dream of ours for many years. Everyone has worked hard to emulate and evoke the style, tone and quirkiness of the 1970s annuals. We are so fortunate to have had the kindness and support from all those who have contributed.

Over the years, the programme has been a great inspiration to all of the fans involved in the project, which shows in the talent and creativeness of the material submitted – and it’s only natural that the fans would want to give something back. We’ve been absolutely knocked out by the support from the fan community.

There is so much talent in this fan project that we are convinced The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 will be a springboard for many of those involved. “This is a labour of love by enthusiasts. No-one has been paid for their work. Their support and kindness have been overwhelming.

The project was launched last September and it was initially hoped that the annual would be published this year, but it has been a monumental task and of course people have only been able to work on it in their spare time, so the publication date has unavoidably spilled over into 2019.

However, we think it’s going to be well worth the wait – at last, that niggling gap on Doctor Who fans’ bookshelves is going to be plugged, putting right a very long-standing wrong!
The price of the annual will be determined nearer the time, when the precise date of publication and details of how it can be bought will also be announced.

A Facebook page for the project has been set up.

Bookmark and Share Press Launch Images

9/24/2018 08:02:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released a number of images from this today's press launch in Sheffield for the new series of Doctor Who - the event saw lead writer Chris Chibnall on the red carpet with Jodie Whittaker (the Doctor), Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Sam Oatley, Jamie Childs (Director) Matt Strevens (Executive Producer) and Segun Akinola (Composer).

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A full report on the event will appear on Doctor Who News on Thursday.

The event was also covered on the BBC's national News At Six and regional news Look North this evening, both of which can be watched in the UK via the BBC iPlayer until their next edition tomorrow evening.

Bookmark and Share The Thirteenth Doctor arrives in Sheffield

9/24/2018 11:42:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The thirteenth doctor arrives in Sheffield (Credit: BBC/ Ben Blackall)

The Thirteenth Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker, has arrived in Sheffield for the press screening of the new series later today.

The event is preceded by a red carpet parade of stars from the show, attened by some lucky fans who won tickets in a public ballot.

The first episode The Woman Who Fell to Earth, was filmed in the city. More pictures from the red carpet event will be released later today.

Bookmark and Share New Series Promotion on BBC TV&Radio

9/22/2018 03:17:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Steve Schofield)With the Doctor Who press launch taking place on Monday, next week sees promotion for Jodie Whittaker's debut series begin in earnest, with the show's new star making appearances on BBC television and radio. The current schedule includes:

  • Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6, Thursday 27th September from 7:00am
    Our good friend Jodie Whittaker joins Shaun in the final hour of the show ahead of the new series of Dr Who starting on the BBC. Plus, Matt Everitt is here with the music news and Beak are today's Album of the Day.

  • The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday 28th September from 10:35pm
    Graham is joined by multi Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper and pop superstar Lady Gaga, together in the hotly anticipated musical romance A Star is Born; Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, about to begin her new incarnation on BBC1's Doctor Who; double Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling, playing astronaut Neil Armstrong in biopic First Man; the Rod Stewart, who performs his current single Didn't I.

  • Saturday Breakfast with Dermot, BBC Radio 2, Saturday 29th September from 8:00am
    Jodie Whittaker, who became a household name thanks to her role in TV drama Broadchurch. pops in ahead of the first episode of Doctor Who. In July 2017 it was announced she would become the 13th Doctor, and the first female one. The new series starts this weekend on BBC 1. [sic]

  • Saturday Mash Up!, CBBC, Saturday 29th September from 9:00am
    The cast of So Awkward and vlogger Houssein join Yasmin, Jonny and Hacker! But who will get slimed? Max and Harvey are put into detention and Hacker meets the new Doctor Who - Jodie Whittaker. There's cartoon action in new episodes of Dragons: Race to the Edge and the return of Mash-Up favourites Push-Off and How Many Things in the Thing? Also, for the first time on TV, Musical Toilets! It's totally live - so anything can happen!

Also, playing catch-up after the premiere on the 7th October comes the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, Friday 12th October from 6:30am.


These and further up-and-coming appearances can be found via This Week In Doctor Who.

Bookmark and Share New Thirteenth Doctor Books

9/21/2018 10:25:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC Books have revealed the covers for three brand new Doctor Who adventures this autumn…

The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson  (Credit: BBC Books)
The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson

An original novel featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, with her new friends, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham

For a Good Doctor there's only one rule: first do no harm.

Juno Dawson is the international bestselling author of ten titles for young adults. She is a columnist at Glamour UK, Attitude Magazine and a key LGBTQ activist with Stonewall.
Molten Heart by Una McCormack (Credit: BBC Books)
Molten Heart by Una McCormack

An original novel featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, with her new friends, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham

You never know what you’ll find beneath the surface.

Una McCormack is a New York Times bestselling author. She has written two Doctor Who novels featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory: The King's Dragon and The Way Through the Woods.
Combat Magicks by Steve Cole (Credit: BBC Books)
Combat Magicks by Steve Cole

An original novel featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, with her new friends, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham

How do you win a battle when the dead fight on?

Steve Cole is a best-selling original comedy, fantasy and adventure writer, Steve’s work includes a broad range of books, most recently the Secret Agent Mummy series for younger readers, Stop Those Monsters! Much in demand for his energetic performances at events, Steve has featured at sci-fi and Doctor Who conventions from London to Los Angeles.

Bookmark and Share New Trailer Released

9/20/2018 01:09:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

official Trailer

Bookmark and Share Missy Comes to Big Finish

9/19/2018 10:30:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Missy (Credit: Big Finish) Missy, as played by Michelle Gomez, is to star in a new series of audio adventures from Big Finish.

The wicked incarnation of the Master returns, and this time the Doctor isn’t here to stop her.

Michelle Gomez, who played the Doctor’s best friend and wicked enemy, Missy, in the recent Doctor Who television series, will be returning to the role in some brand new audio adventures from Big Finish Productions made in arrangement with BBC Studios.

Throughout her time on Doctor Who, Missy – an evil incarnation in the guise of a Victorian nanny – was a delightful devil, at one point sentenced to death for terrible crimes against the universe. And now we get the chance to hear more of what she is really capable of.

These new adventures see an unleashed Missy bringing the universe to wrack and ruin. It is due for release in February 2019.

Michelle Gomez told us about letting Missy loose on the people of the universe:
I was very excited to return to Missy’s world via the medium of audio because along the way I’ve always had a lot of fun with Missy; her voices and her rhythms. I absolutely love capturing it and distilling it down to the word on the page.

I’m absolutely delighted! She’s such a ridiculously brilliant character, and hopefully that earns her that moment in the spotlight. To find myself centre stage with these Missy adventures is thrilling – I’m very grateful.
And (whilst evading the Doctor’s clutches) Missy will encounter another enemy of her ‘boyfriend’ as she crosses paths with the Meddling Monk played by Rufus Hound.

David Richardson, producer of these adventures told us more
Missy’s own series is just like the Time Lady herself – anarchic, funny, unpredictable and wildly imaginative. It’s absolutely glorious to have Michelle returning to the character at Big Finish, and our recording days have been filled with so much laughter.

And we haven’t even met face to face yet! Michelle’s busy filming the new Sabrina series in Vancouver for Netflix and so we’ve been pairing studios down the line; Michelle thousands of miles away while we’re in London synched up with her. It’s been a joy to make. And just wait until you hear the collaboration of Missy and the Meddling Monk!
Jason Haigh-Ellery, executive producer, told us about bringing Michelle back as Missy for her own adventures.
Having Michelle Gomez return to Big Finish is wonderful – a lovely lady who was magnificent as Missy in the past couple of seasons of Doctor Who.
Missy: The Audio Adventures is available for pre-order now ahead of its release in February 2019 at £23 on CD or £20 on download from bigfinish.com and will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £35 on CD or £30 on download.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 530

9/18/2018 09:28:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine 530  (Credit: Panini) Doctor Who Magazine 530 features an exclusive interview with Jodie Whittaker, plus previews of her first two episodes.

DWM meets Whittaker on the set of the new series
I don’t ever forget what I’m a part of because Doctor Who’s been around much longer than I have, But every part of this experience is to make it my own.
Also in this issue...
  • CHRIS CHIBNALL
  • The latest update from Doctor Who’s showrunner.
  • WHO’S CREW
  • Meet the team responsible for bringing the new series to our screens.
  • MATT BERRY
  • He’s best known for his sitcom appearances, but Matt Berry is reinterpreting the Doctor Who theme for his new record.
  • TARDIS EVOLUTION
  • Secrets of the TARDIS control room revealed!
  • COSPLAY
  • A meticulous recreation of the torn coat worn by the Twelfth and Thirteenth Doctors in Twice Upon a Time and The Woman Who Fell to Earth.
  • THE SEVATEEM
  • An interview with Christian Erickson, whose new concept album is inspired by The Caves of Androzani.
  • THE CLOCKWISE WAR The Twelfth Doctor’s final DWM strip adventure comes to a shattering conclusion.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team watches four very different episodes in an effort to discover what the First Doctor was really like.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • In-depth analysis of the 2006 Tenth Doctor story School Reunion.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news and a huge prize-winning competition.

Doctor Who Magazine 530  (Credit: Panini) Deluxe Edition

A deluxe edition of this issue is also available, exclusive to WHSmith. As well as the regular edition, it includes:
  • SERIES 11 GUIDE featuring new interviews with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill
  • DOCTOR WHO CD from Big Finish
  • FOUR DOUBLE-SIDED ART CARDS of the Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yasmin
  • A MASSIVE, DOUBLE-SIDED POSTER featuring scenes from the new series
  • FOUR DOCTOR WHO DOWNLOADS from Big Finish and BBC Audio
Doctor Who Magazine 530 is on sale 20 September. Regular edition £5.99, deluxe edition £9.99.

Bookmark and Share Series 11 - New Images and Infomation

9/18/2018 12:01:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Series 11 (Credit: BBC)The BBC have issued a new image promoting the return of Doctor Who on Sunday 7th October 2018.

Episode Two has been confirmed as being titled The Ghost Monument

Guest staring will be Shaun Dooley, who played Peter Harper in BBC drama series The Street, Susan Lynch, who won the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2003 film, 16 Years of Alcohol and veteran actor Art Malik, best known for his portrayal of Hari Kumar in classic series The Jewel in the Crown.

The join Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, alongside with Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.

The series showrunner, Chris Chibnall, said
Finally – Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor is about to crash land on to the nation’s screens. It’s thrilling to think, in the next few weeks and months, there will be children encountering Jodie’s Doctor in the next few weeks who’ve never seen the show before. She’ll be forever their Doctor: you never forget your first.

Alongside Jodie, we have a delightful ensemble of new characters for the audience to fall in love with, led by the incomparable Bradley Walsh.

So break out the popcorn and hunker down for Sunday night adventures in space and time, with the Thirteenth Doctor and her new best friends. The journey’s about to begin.

Episode One - The Woman Who Fell To Earth

We don’t get aliens in Sheffield. In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?
Guest starring Sharon D Clarke, Johnny Dixon and Samuel Oatley. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs.

Episode Two - The Ghost Monument

Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough, in a hostile alien environment , to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo?
Guest starring Shaun Dooley, Susan Lynch and Art Malik. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Mark Tonderai.

Bookmark and Share Earthshock: BFI Screening

9/17/2018 08:54:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Earthshock (Credit: BBC )
The 1982 Fifth Doctor story Earthshock is to be screened at the British Film Instute, the BFI, on London's South Bank this November.

The screening, on Saturday 17 November 2018, at midday, will be the new upscaled HD version, due for release as part of the Season 19 Blu-ray released that weekend.

The screening will be followed by a Question and Answer session with actor Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric in the story, and writer Eric Saward, who wrote the story.

Tickets go on general sale on 25th September.

BFI Website

Bookmark and Share DWAS Series 11 Launch Party

9/17/2018 08:07:00 am - Reported by Marcus


The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, known as DWAS, is holding a party to mark the arrival of the brand new series of Doctor Who, complete with a radical new look and a brand new Doctor.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Sunday 7th October 2018, and all fans are invited to celebrate the new series and the new Doctor, at a special party as Saks Bar, Clifftown Road, in Southend-on-Sea.

The venue is opposite the main railway station in the Essex town. The main bar will be open and the Underground club has been reserved, where the episode will be projected onto the big screen. The venue is open from 5pm.

Tickets are free but need to be booked online at Event Brite. Fans are asked to support the event by buying a few drinks at the venue.

You do not need to be a member of the society to attend, but anyone who wishes to join can do so online.

Bookmark and Share Zienia Merton 1945 - 2018

9/16/2018 08:46:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The actress Zienia Merton has died at the age of 72.

Zienia Merton appeared in the 1964 Doctor Who story Marco Polo playing the Chinese girl Ping-Cho.

45 years later she appeared in the Sarah Jane Adventures playing the registrar who married Sarah Jane to Peter Dalton, played by Nigel Havers.

She is best remembered for playing Sandra Benes in the 1970's Gerry Anderson series Space: 1999.

Zienia Merton was born in Burma. Her mother was Burmese, and her father half-English, half-French.

Early television appearances included parts in The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Jason King. She played Christina in the 1971 Dennis Potter TV adaptation of Casanova with Frank Finlay.

Later appearances included Grange Hill, Return of the Saint, Bergerac, Angels, Tenko, Dempsey & Makepeace, Lovejoy, Doctors, Casualty, EastEnders, The Bill and Coronation Street.

Bookmark and Share Christopher Eccleston - I Love the Bones of You

9/14/2018 12:06:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Simon & Schuster UK are to publish Christopher Eccleston’s memoir, detailing the Ninth Doctor's acting career as well as the impact of dementia on his family.

The book, I Love the Bones of You, will detail the actor's life, growing up in working-class Salford, brought up to be 'factory fodder' in the north-west. He will talk about his desire to perform which led him to his film debut playing Derek Bentley in the 1991 film Let Him Have It

He will talk about his breakthrough role in the BBC drama series Our Friends in the North and his time as The Doctor when Doctor Who was relaunched in 2005.

Eccleston will also discuss the loss of his father, who suffered from dementia and describe the struggles his family had to cope with the condition over the past decade of his father's life.
My dad’s dementia started with problems with short-term memory, He became obsessed for instance with the length of the grass at my house. He used to come and tell me that we needed to cut the hedges. He would say that again and again in a loop, and I used to snap at him because at the time I did not understand dementia.

The most traumatic experience is when people with dementia realise they are ill. I saw my father pass through that and fight it with all his will. He was on his knees, repeating: ‘What’s happening to me, what’s happening to me? I am Ronnie Eccleston.’ It was devastating.
Iain MacGregor, publishing director of non-fiction at Simon & Schuster UK said
Like many, many people across Britain today, Chris bears the pain and loss of a dear parent who was taken by this incredibly vile condition. He wanted to not only record his father’s journey, but to celebrate his life, and that of his family also. We are privileged he has decided to take this journey with Simon & Schuster UK
I Love the Bones of You is due to be published in September 2019.

Bookmark and Share Lovett Bickford 1942 - 2018

9/14/2018 12:20:00 am - Reported by Marcus


Director Lovett Bickford has died at the age of 76.

Lovet Bickford directed the 1980 Doctor Who story The Leisure Hive, the first story of Tom Baker's final season of the series. The story marked a new beginning for the series with the appointment of a new producer John Nathan Turner.

The production was notoriously fraught with difficulties, with the leading man proving difficult to direct and the production going substantially over budget. As a result, Bickford never worked on the series again.

Bickford had previously worked on Doctor Who in the 1960's in the role of Assistant Floor manager.

Other directorial credits include The History of Mr. Polly, Angels, Z-Cars, The Enigma Files and Emmerdale

Lovett Bickford died on 29th July 2018, aged 76. A service of thanksgiving will be held on Monday 1st October, at St Mary's Church, Battersea.

Bookmark and Share DWAS Fundraising Update

9/13/2018 08:39:00 am - Reported by Marcus


As previously reported the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS, is raising money to pay for a Blue Plaque to honour first Doctor William Hartnell.

The society now has a number of signed photos and other items, many from the early years of Doctor Who, for auction at their eBay site.

The money raised will go towards a William Hartnell heritage plaque to be located at Ealing Studios.

Visit the Ebay site to view and bid.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Red Carpet Experience

9/12/2018 06:40:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Series 11 - Promotional Image (19 Jul 2018) (Credit: BBC/Elliot Wilcox)
The BBC is offering fans the chance to see the new cast of Doctor Who as a special event being held in Sheffield later this month.

The premiere of the new series is being held at The Moor, Sheffield on Monday 24th September. To have a chance of viewing the cast arriving, fans can enter a special draw via the BBC Website.

NB: Please note that tickets do NOT include entry to see the premiere, only to view the red carpet event.

Tickets for the event will be distributed by random draw with 50% of tickets going to Sheffield and the surrounding area postcodes and 50% going to the rest of the UK.

At the red carpet event the attending cast will include Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole as well as new showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Bookmark and Share Peter Benson 1943 - 2018

9/09/2018 08:17:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


The actor Peter Benson has died at the age of 75.

Peter Benson played Bor, one of the Vani, in the 1983 fifth Doctor story Terminus.

Benson was best known for playing Bernie Scripps in the ITV series Heartbeat, appearing in all 18 series from 1992 to 2010.

He played Henry VI for the BBC 1983 production of the Shakespeare trilogy detailing the life of the King and played his successor King Henry VII in the first series of the comedy Blackadder. He appeared in the ITV soap opera Albion Market and the Drama on the life of Pope Alexander VI, The Borgias

Other parts include roles in The Bill, Coronation Street,

Peter Benson was born on June 13, 1943. He died on September 6, 2018

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: Fear of the Web

9/08/2018 12:41:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Candy Jar Books have announced the second book in their The Laughing Gnome series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, this time focussing on Dame Anne Bishop (née Travers):

Lethbridge-Stewart: Fear of the Web (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web
Written by Alyson Leeds
Cover by Martin Baines


Dame Anne Bishop learned a long time ago that for every fixed point in time, this a fracture point, an event that is susceptible to catastrophic changes in the timeline. And when she is catapulted back in time, she discovers first hand that February 1969 is one such point.

Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart is on manoeuvres with the Scots Guards in Libya. Only, he’s about to receive a call from his old commanding officer, Colonel Spencer Pemberton. A call that will drag him to London, and set him on a direct course for destiny!

The London Event, the trap set for the Doctor by the Great Intelligence, changed the course of human history, and for Anne Travers it set into place a series of events that would see the death of her father barely a year later.

Now, waking up in the body of a woman she barely knows, Dame Anne is faced with the idea that perhaps she can change things – not enough to damage the timeline, but enough to save her father.

Future and past are set to collide, which could have irrevocable consequences for the timeline...

The book is written by first-time novelist, Alyson Leeds, who contributed a short story to 2017’s The HAVOC Files 4; she explains being called on to contribute:
I was quite stunned to be asked if I would write a book as part of the upcoming 50th Anniversary series. It was both an exciting and fairly intimidating prospect, having never written a novel before, but I knew it was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up. The scenario that Andy gave me was too interesting to refuse.

Range Editor, Andy Frankham-Allen, explains:
Alyson’s short story needed very little work, and since then I’ve called upon her military knowledge for other books, so it was an easy call to invite her to join the line-up for The Laughing Gnome. For someone who’s done little professional prose writing, she turns in a very solid piece of work, which is every editor’s dream. As we are celebrating fifty years of the Brigadier, it was forgone conclusion that we would go back to the beginning, his first appearance in Doctor Who – The Web of Fear, as written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln. Like all the authors for this range, I gave Alyson the basic premise; put Dame Anne into the missing two weeks mentioned in The Web of Fear – during a small briefing scene between Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, Captain Knight and the Doctor – and finally show just what did happen when the mist started spreading across London, and add to that the idea that Dame Anne will be faced with the notion that she could, theoretically, changed things to ensure her father is never possessed by the Great Intelligence! Alyson jumped at the chance, and soon had an outline ready to go.

Alyson talks about her approach to developing the idea:
The London Event, indeed The Web of Fear, was the making of Lethbridge-Stewart, but was never just his story. There’s an awful lot that goes on off camera there; the slow advance of the mist and Web, the escalation of the crisis, and the total evacuation of London – no mean feat! Introducing an older, experienced Anne who has known both joy and loss over the years into that scenario presented some interesting questions. After everything she’s been through with HAVOC, you would think Anne would know better than to try and change the past; but when faced with the chance to save a loved one from a truly horrible fate, who’s to say to what lengths she might go? It also presented a chance to explore a little further the relationship between the Travers family and the Silversteins. I always felt bad for Mr Silverstein, getting bumped off simply for being unlucky enough to own the Yeti, and revisiting this point in time allowed me to touch on the repercussions that his death would have on those closest to him.

The cover is by Martin Baines, whose work was previously featured on the covers of 2016’s Times Squared, and 2017’s The Dreamer’s Lament:
The Web of Fear is rightly regarded one of the gems of Doctor Who in the ’60s. It’s brilliantly written and well directed and has aged very well. When Candy Jar asked me to illustrate a cover depicting another story set during the same period I was really thrilled, especially when they asked me to show London deserted and covered in web (which was not seen in the original story but mentioned). It took a number of roughs to do justice to the idea, but when I saw some images of London in smog I knew the direction to take.

The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web is available for pre-order now from Candy Jar Books and is due to be released at the end of September.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Hits Australian Cinemas

9/06/2018 10:09:00 am - Reported by Marcus


The Doctor Who Series 11 Premiere Episode, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, is being shown in in Australian cinemas on 8 October, just a few hours after its broadcast on UK and US Television.

The screenings will take place right across the nation. Participating cinemas are listed here

The screenings are organised by Sharmill Films, a company which specialises in event cinema across Australia. Previous screenings include the 2017 Christmas special Twice Upon a Time.

As well as the feature-length first episode, cinema-goers have the chance to go behind-the-scenes of the eleventh series. There will be additional footage featuring exclusive interviews with Jodie, new series showrunner Chris Chibnall and the first episode’s director Jamie Childs, who also directed Whittaker’s reveal as the new Doctor last year.

Louise Hill, Live Entertainment Manager for BBC Studios ANZ said
The debut of the first female doctor and her team of friends is a momentous occasion in the Doctor Who universe. We are delighted to give audiences the chance to experience this exciting moment on the big screen
Sharmill Films Marketing Manager, Jacinta Palmer, said
We are thrilled to collaborate once again with BBC Studios to present this very special cinema event for Australian fans – particularly in ushering in the enormously talented Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Back on Sunday 7 October

9/05/2018 01:49:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Series 11 - Promotional Image (19 Jul 2018) (Credit: BBC/Elliot Wilcox)
The BBC has confirmed that the new series of Doctor Who will debut in the UK and the US on Sunday 7th October.

The move to Sunday evenings is a radical change for the series, which has been seen in the UK on Saturday nights since its return in 2005. The only previous times the series has been shown on a Sunday was for three episodes shown on Christmas Day and the autumn special, The Waters of Mars.

The switch means that Doctor Who will avoid direct competition with the ITV talent show The X Factor. No timeslot has been confirmed but the series is likely to be shown early evening along with the Strictly Come Dancing Results show.

BBC America has confirmed the first episode will be screened in the United States at the same time it is shown in the UK, meaning the series will debut in the early afternoon. The rest of the series will be seen in the usual prime-time evening slot.

Chris Chibnall, Showrunner said
New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting. Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said:
With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie Whittaker’s arrival as the new Doctor we are heralding a brand new era for the show and so it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC One’s Autumn schedule.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall has written the first episode of the brand new series which is titled “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”.

Bookmark and Share Jacqueline Pearce 1943-2018

9/03/2018 06:32:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


The actress Jacqueline Pearce, best known for her role as the main villain, Servalan, in the science fiction series Blakes 7, has died at the age of 74.

Born in Woking in the south of England, Jacqueline Pearce trained at the British stage school RADA and at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio in Los Angeles.

Her TV career began in the 1960's with regular roles in the ITV Play of the Week as well as appearances in shows such as The Avengers and Armchair Theatre

She starred in two Hammer horror films, The Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile, filmed simultaneously in 1966. Other film roles include Sky West and Crooked, Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River and How to Get Ahead in Advertising.

Roles in the 1970's included Rosa Dartle in David Copperfield, Claudia Haswell in Couples, and Anna Rupius in Vienna 1900. But it was in 1978 that she was cast in the role for which she would be ever known.

Servalan was the Supreme Commander of the Terran Federation in Blakes 7, the TV drama devised by Dalek creator Terry Nation. The character was only expected to appear in one episode of the saga, but Pearce's electrifying performance ensured the character would survive far longer than the title character, appearing in all four series.

A cold, calculating, ruthless sociopath Servalan's main aim was to destroy the crew of the Liberator and the relish with which Pearce played the character ensured she would remain a fan favourite for the series duration.

Her Doctor Who appearance came in 1985, playing Chessene of the Franzine Grig in the Colin Baker story The Two Doctors. She later appeared in Audio productions for Big Finish.

In 1991 she played Miss Pendragon in the Russell T. Davies series Dark Season.

She also appeared in series such as Casualty, Doctors, Daniel Deronda and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Jacqueline Pearce relocated to South Africa for several years, initially to care for orphaned monkeys. Her autobiography, From Byfleet to the Bush, was published in 2012.

Alliance Agents who worked with the actress paid tribute.
Everyone at Alliance Agents are devastated to learn of the passing of our wonderful friend and client Jacqueline Pearce. Jacs was a glorious eccentric who enriched our lives during the time we knew her. She did everything "her way" and you never dared to stand in her way. She loved meeting her Blake's 7 fans and we are glad that we managed to give her a few convention appearances when she returned to the UK from Africa. We'll miss you Jacs. xxx
Jacqueline Pearce died at her home in Lancashire, shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer.