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Bookmark and Share BBC Store to Close in November

5/25/2017 09:40:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide has announced that the BBC Store website and apps will be closing on 1st November 2017.

The BBC Store was launched in the UK in November 2015, giving users the ability to download programmes from the extensive BBC archive. It was the platform chosen to launch the animated version of The Power of the Daleks last autumn. However, the service has struggled to compete with the established streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime and BBC Worldwide have taken the decision to close the service.

Users who have purchased items from the site will be able to download and watch them until the site closes in November. The items will then become unavailable and users will be able to request a refund. From 1st June you will no longer be able to watch programmes you purchased from BBC Store on BBC iPlayer.

Refunds can be processed earlier than November, but you will lose the ability to access your programmes once the refund has been issued. Refunds will either be credited to the user's bank account or can be taken as Amazon Video vouchers. Those who opt for vouchers will receive 10% more than they are owed, as a goodwill gesture. For full details logon to the BBC Store website.

A statement on the BBC Store website says the BBC will continue to find new ways of making BBC archive content available.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who's Chinese expansion + Series 15 in pipeline

5/25/2017 02:16:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Worldwide have issued a press release indicating that the entire catalogue of Doctor Who related shows will be made available in China via Shanghai Media Group Pictures, which includes a first look at Doctor Who up to its fifteeth series!

BBC Worldwide/SMG Pictures Doctor Who agreement (25 May 2017) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)BBC Worldwide today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with leading Chinese media company, Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMG Pictures) that will see expansion of the Doctor Who brand in China.

The MOU was inked yesterday evening at a signing ceremony at BBC Worldwide’s Television Centre in London, with Mr Chen Sijie, GM of SMG Pictures and Jaclyn-Lee Joe, Chief Marketing Officer, BBC Worldwide. Madam Wang Jianjun, Director General President of Shanghai Media Group, Tim Davie, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide and Kelvin Yau, GM, Greater China, BBC Worldwide witnessed the event.

The agreement will see BBC Worldwide working with SMG Pictures to increase the Doctor Who fan base in China, exploring future opportunities as well as exchanging expertise between the two teams.

The MOU comes on the back of a content deal that BBC Worldwide also signed with SMG Pictures yesterday evening. The deal will see the entire catalogue of Doctor Who including spin-offs, Torchwood and Class available on popular TV channels and on-demand platforms all over China.

The deal not only covers Showrunners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat’s Series 1- 10, but also incoming Showrunner Chris Chibnall’s yet-to-film Series 11, well as a first look for Series 12-15.

Jaclyn-Lee Joe, Chief Marketing Officer, BBC Worldwide, said:
This marks the start of a longer and even more fruitful partnership with SMGP,” said . “Doctor Who already has a substantial fan base in China. Now, Chinese fans will be able to access the entire catalogue of Doctor Who and its spin-offs thanks to this agreement. The MOU is an affirmation of both parties’ commitment to build the Doctor Who brand and grow its fan base in China.
Chen Sijie, General Manager, SMG Pictures, said:
China is going through a time of tremendous growth and rapid market development. Everyone here is curious about popular cultures around the world. At the same time, they want to share their Chinese culture and values. Doctor Who, with its long television history and iconic place in popular culture, is a great representative of British pop culture. We hope that this partnership with BBC Worldwide will enable both parties, as well as Chinese and British fans to share and exchange ideas and learnings to grow the universe of Doctor Who in China.

BBC Worldwide and Oriental Pearl Group previously worked together on the theatrical release of Sherlock – The Abominable Bride as well as the upcoming launch of One Amazing Day a co-production with SMG Pictures. The entire catalogue of Top Gear, Top Gear UK and all the UK specials, as well as five series of Top Gear USA, six series of Top Gear Korea and both series of Top Gear China has also recently launched on BesTV, SMG’s linear television service. There has also been a CBeebies programming block on BesTV since 2014.
  • Shanghai Media Group Pictures is the film business unit of Oriental Pearl Group, held by Shanghai Media Group.
  • Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production.

Bookmark and Share Titan Summer Event - The Lost Dimension

5/23/2017 09:40:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Lost Dimension - Cover A (Credit: Titan) The Lost Dimension - Cover B (Credit: Titan) The Lost Dimension - Cover C (Credit: Titan)

Titan Comics have announced that this year's summer event will feature multi-Doctor storyline Doctor Who - The Lost Dimension

The Lost Dimension, comprised of eight chapters over three months, will cross over all four ongoing series featuring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors. The event will begin a new era for Titan’s Doctor Who comics, with the Doctors playing their part to battle The Void!

This event will prelude Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday, September 2, 2017, and continue in the Ninth Doctor special that same week.
The Void has always existed: “No place. The silent realm. The lost dimension.” But the Void is no longer empty. The Void is hungry, and devouring our universe – through time and space. Now, the four Doctors must join forces to save…everything!
The series will begin this August with an issue from writers George Mann (Eleventh Doctor), and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), with art by Rachael Stott (Twelfth Doctor) and Rod Fernandes.

The first issue comes in one of three covers including a very special embossed foil TARDIS cover, a photo cover by Will Brooks, and a multi-Doctor mash-up by Rachael Stott and Luis Guerrero.

Look out for more exciting reveals as to special guest characters, all-new writers and artists making their mark on the storyline, and more hints as to the future, in the days and weeks to come.

Bookmark and Share The Pyramid At The End Of The World - New Images

5/23/2017 12:18:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released a number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, The Pyramid At The End Of The World
The Pyramid At The End Of The World

Writer: Peter Harness and Steven Moffat
Director: Daniel Nettheim

A 5,000 year-old Pyramid stands at the centre of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday.
The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face an alien invasion unlike any other, and before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race…
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Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Erica (Rachel Denning) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Ilya (Andrew Byron), The Commander (Nigel Hastings), Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Secretary General (Togo Igawa), Monk (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung), Secretary General (Togo Igawa) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Monks (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Secretary General (Togo Igawa), The Commander (Nigel Hastings) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Monk (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Monk (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Monk (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Secretary General (Togo Igawa), Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung), The Commander (Nigel Hastings), Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Ilya (Andrew Byron) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Secretary General (Togo Igawa), The Commander (Nigel Hastings) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Secretary General (Togo Igawa), The Commander (Nigel Hastings) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Douglas (Tony Gardner) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Erica (Rachel Denning) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Douglas (Tony Gardner), Erica (Rachel Denning) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Bill (Pearl Mackie), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Secretary General (Togo Igawa), The Commander (Nigel Hastings), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Bill (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung), Secretary General (Togo Igawa), Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung), Secretary General (Togo Igawa), Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Bill (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Erica (Rachel Denning) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Douglas (Tony Gardner) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Secretary General (Togo Igawa) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Secretary General (Togo Igawa) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Xiaolian (Daphne Cheung) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Ilya (Andrew Byron) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: Ilya (Andrew Byron) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))The Pyramid At The end Of The World: The Commander (Nigel Hastings) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))

This week BBC One will show Doctor Who slightly later than usual, at 7.45pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 27 May 20177:45pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 27 May 20179:45pm AST(Sat 7:45pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 27 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 27 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 28 May 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 8:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 28 May 201712:25am EEST(Sun 10:25am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 28 May 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 28 May 20178:00pm BRT(Mon 12:00qm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 28 May 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

Full listings here

Bookmark and Share Oxygen - Official ratings

5/22/2017 02:25:00 pm - Reported by Marcus



Official figures released by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board or BARB, give Doctor Who - Oxygen an official rating of 5.27 million viewers.

The rating includes all those who recorded the programme and watched it within 7 days.

Doctor Who is the 26th most watched programme for the week, and 11th most watched on BBC One

The final rating is the lowest the series has achieved since Survival aired in 1989. The chart position though, is higher than that of many episodes in Series Nine.

Top for the week was Britain's Got Talent on ITV with 10.70 million watching. The main soaps again did well, with Coronation Street dominating the top of the chart. Other drama's with high numbers included Little Boy Blue with 7.35 million and Grantchester with 5.93 million.The Eurovision Song Contest averaged 6.89 million viewers.

Full list of Doctor Who Ratings

Bookmark and Share Eric Pringle 1935-2017

5/22/2017 11:43:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The writer Eric Pringle has died at the age of 82.

Eric Pringle wrote one story for Doctor Who, the 1984 Fifth Doctor story The Awakening. The story was the only two parter to feature in Peter Davison's final season. It introduced the character of the Malus.

Eric Pringle was born in Morpeth, Northumberland. He wrote for the 1972 television series Pretenders and for the drama series based on a magazine's agony column writer Kate. In 1974 he wrote an episode of The Carnforth Practice.

In 1975 he was commissioned by then-Doctor Who script editor Robert Holmes to write a story The Angurth, for the programme's thirteenth season. This story was eventually abandoned but did eventually lead to the commissioning of The Awakening in 1981. The story was originally planned as a four-part story called War Game, but was cut down to two episodes when producer John Nathan-Turner decided the plot could not carry four episodes.

Pringle's later work concentrated on Radio with adaptations of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and J. B. Priestley's The Good Companions. In 2001 his BBC Radio 4 play Hymus Paradisi, about the life of composer Herbert Howells, won a Sony Award.

Pringle wrote the children's novel Big George and its two sequels Big George and the Seventh Knight and Big George and the Winter King.

Bookmark and Share Extremis - AI:82

5/22/2017 09:58:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Extremis: Monk (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))
Doctor Who - Extremis had an Audience Appreciation or AI figure of 82

The Appreciation Index in an indication of how much viewers enjoyed the episode. It is based to the reactions of a selected panel of viewers, who rate the episode shortly after transmission.

82 is considered a good score, roughly similar to the scores achieved by the last series of the show,

The highest score for the evening on the two main channels was for Casualty, which scored 85.

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for Extremis & final ratings for Knock Knock

5/22/2017 04:18:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Extremis has debuted in Australia, averaging 422,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the fourteenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Knock Knock averaged 503,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 86,000 extra viewers it was the third highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 128,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: The Runaway Bomb

5/21/2017 07:32:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Runaway Bomb (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books have announced the second free Lethbridge-Stewart short story of 2017, The Runaway Bomb, which accompanies this month's release of Night of the Intelligence.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen explains the story's origins:
At the end of Mutually Assured Domination, Lethbridge-Stewart considered two soldiers for the Fifth – both helped him fight the Dominators in that book – but we’ve not heard from them since. So, this short story shows us a little of how Lethbridge-Stewart recruits new troops for the Corps. Only one of the two will make the grade, and the winner has a guest spot in Night of the Intelligence, the novel for which this short story is the companion.
Author of both the original inspiration and this followup short story is Nick Walters, who says:
Sergeant Bell and (especially) Corporal Stevens originally had bigger roles in Mutually Assured Domination, so I leapt at the chance of fleshing out the characters a bit more. Stevens is a bit of a loose cannon and quite an intimidating character, whilst Bell is quieter and more reserved, so the two make a good pairing. I wanted to put them in a combat situation to see what happens. Bell, especially, went through the wringer in Mutually Assured Domination, so this story, if you like, is his ‘reward’ for all that he suffered – being tied to that chair for hours on end couldn’t have been nice! As for the titular Bomb of the story, it is based on a fondly-remembered episode of The Six Million Dollar Man entitled Death Probe, which really captured my six-year-old imagination. Older readers(?) may remember this!

The Runaway Bomb will be sent out free to everybody who purchases (includes any bundles or subscription featuring...) this month’s release, Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen.


Night of the Intelligence not only opens series four of the range, but also begins the year-long celebration of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers, characters who first appeared in Doctor Who on September 30 1967 in The Abominable Snowmen by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln.

Hannah Haisman, Executor of the Haisman Estate, says:
It’s been wonderful seeing the resurgence of respect for my grandfather’s creations in the last few years, and celebrating two of his greatest characters is a moment of pride for me. Grandad would adore what’s happening now, and especially the way Andy (Frankham-Allen) has tied his characters’ histories together. It’s a wonderful time to be a fan of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers!

Throughout 2017 a further three non-Lethbridge-Stewart titles featuring the Great Intelligence will be released. Shaun Russell, head of publishing, says:
We’re very proud to work alongside some great people during the celebration year, and look forward to sharing further titles and information with you as the year goes on. Great things are coming!


Night of the Intelligence is available for pre-order now, either individually or as part of a discounted UK bundle.

In addition, as part of the celebration Candy Jar are offering a special anniverary bundle – buy the three Great Intelligence novels The Forgotten Son (Andy Frankham-Allen), Times Squared (Rick Cross), and Night of the Intelligence and get The Schizoid Earth (David A McIntee) for free.

See the Candy Jar website for full details.

Bookmark and Share Extremis - Press Reaction

5/21/2017 06:04:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Extremis: Bill (Pearl Mackie), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Ingenious, breath-taking television is how Radio Times described this weeks episode of Doctor Who, Extremis. "Once in a while a Doctor Who story comes along like no other you’ve seen before. One that keeps surprising, and amusing, and tantalising from start to finish. Extremis is one of those stories"

The Telegraph felt this week's monsters were suitably scary "In a classic case of keeping the monster unseen for as long as possible, we didn’t get to meet this story’s antagonists until past the episode’s halfway point. When we eventually did, they were suitably terrifying: clad in blood-red robes, with creepy claw-hands and zombie-esque faces which recalled The Mummy film franchise."

While The Mirror enjoyed the episode, it found the script to complicated. "The problem with Extremis isn’t in the watching of the episode. The problem with Extremis is afterwards, when you stop and think about the episode. Yes, I’ve got a case of Moffatitis"

Digital Spy agreed the plot was to difficult to follow. "This week's outing feels like a step backwards. Starting and ending in two totally different places, and leaving the audience baffled in between, It's anything but straightforward, going against the back-to-basics ethos that previous episodes have adhered to."

The script was not a problem for IGN, which enjoyed the complex nature of the story. "Moffat jumps around quite a bit with “Extremis,” aligning a variety of elements to get this first part of the story off the ground, but of course the return of Michelle Gomez as Missy -- and the revelation that, yes, it’s her in the vault -- is of particular note."

Den of Geek also enjoyed the story as a prelude to a multi-episode tale. "Extremis isn’t action-packed, isn’t jammed with effects, and doesn’t need extensive explanations. Its idea is in fact beautifully simple: it’s a dry run for something very big, and very nasty."

AV Club called the episode a great, experimental Doctor Who and in particular praised the lead actor. "Peter Capaldi is perilously close to becoming my unqualified pick for favorite Doctor, and the overriding reason is on display as he gently breaks it to Bill that neither of them nor anything else in this world is real. He underplays the moment, making small choices to signal both his compassion and his heartbreak."

Screen Rant admired the premise of the story, "The hour has fun with its exploration of the Truth and in slowly pulling the rug out from under both audience and character. The reveal that the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole are in a massive computer simulation meant to test possible outcomes for an imminent alien invasion gives Moffat the chance to deliver a handful of delightfully unnerving scenes, culminating with a mass suicide at CERN"

Finally Games Radar thought the Doctor Who deosn't get much better than this. "When you realise that nothing you’ve seen is ‘real’, you see how fooled you were from the very beginning like the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole. You see that the suicides, initially looking like a bit of cheap intrigue, were a clue all along. The book Veritas isn’t just a plot device used to introduce the monsters, it’s the key to the entire episode."

Bookmark and Share Extremis: Overnight Viewing Figures

5/21/2017 09:47:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Extremis: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Doctor Who - Extremis achieved an overnight viewing audience of 4.16 million viewers, a share of 22.7% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial figures. This figure is up on last week's, where Oxygen achieved 3.57m (20%).

The episode was third most-watched show of the day, with ITV's Britain's Got Talent as usual taking the top spot with 9.13m viewers and a whopping 44.7% share of the total television audience! Second place went to Pointless Celebrities, which was watched by 4.52m viewers (28.9% share).

Consolidated viewing figures are expected to be released by BARB on 29th May, which should see Doctor Who's figure increase.

Bookmark and Share Now We Are Six Hundred

5/18/2017 06:57:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Books have announced a new hardback book for the summer to tie in with National Poetry Day:

Now We Are Six Hundred (Credit: BBC Books)BBC Books Publishing Director Albert DePetrillo has acquired Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred, the very first collection of Time Lord verse. BBC Books have world rights, with North American rights sold to HarperCollins.

A gentle and humorous riff on the classic Now We Are Six, this is a collection of charming, funny and whimsical poems that celebrate the joys, sorrows and wonders of Time Lord life. Written by author James Goss, the book features illustrations by former Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies – his first role as an illustrator, using the comic artist skills he developed in his youth.

Albert DePetrillo says:
This is a book I’ve long wanted to publish, and James and Russell have realised the idea brilliantly, well beyond anything I’d hoped. It’s something very special, a unique gift for every Doctor Who fan. For full effect, please be sure to read these poems aloud to your friends, preferably more than once.
James Goss says:
BBC Books have carefully baited an irresistible trap to lure people into reading poetry. Russell's beautiful illustrations make this the most charming Doctor Who book there's ever been (and I'm including that magical first Doctor Who book you discovered as a child). The poems have been a delight to work on. Who could resist retelling the fiendish Daleks’ Masterplan in verse, or finding bizarre and ludicrous rhymes for monster names?
Russell T Davies says:
I’ve been drawing for Doctor Who long before I was writing it, so it was like time-travel for me, voyaging back to that young scribbler who used to cover his school desk with Daleks!

Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred will be published in hardback on 14th September, two weeks before National Poetry Day on 28th September.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Time Vortex 360

5/17/2017 11:01:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have announced a new game that can be played on mobile devices:

Doctor Who: Time Vortex 360 (Credit: BBC)New BBC 360° mobile game lets Doctor Who fans pilot the TARDIS through the vortex

Doctor Who fans can pilot the TARDIS on its most exhilarating journey yet as it careers through the depths of the space time vortex in the BBC’s first ever 360 arcade game, Doctor Who Time Vortex 360.

Fans simply need to visit bbc.in/dw360 using their smartphone or tablet and by physically moving their mobile device through 360 degrees, they will be able to fly the TARDIS within an increasingly turbulent time vortex.

As they speed through time, players will tackle hazards and obstacles emerging from the future ahead of them, but in a unique and literal twist will sometimes need to physically turn themselves to look backwards in time in order to evade threats emerging from the past.

Jo Pearce, creative director, BBC Digital Drama, said:
The beauty of this game is that you can use your mobile phone to fly the TARDIS wherever you are. Digital innovation is at the very heart of Doctor Who – this 360 degree game allows people to navigate the TARDIS through time and space like never before.

We’ve seen a lot of innovation recently in the 360 and virtual reality space, but the majority has focused on ‘experiential’ video-based experiences. This game, however, brings together the worlds of casual, arcade-style gaming and 360/VR to create a fun Doctor Who experience that people can easily pick up and play, wherever they are.

The game 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, the game is controlled by physically moving around, even giving the player the ability to turn around and travel backwards in time.

Designed as a mobile-first experience for the BBC by Goodboy Digital, the game combines cutting edge HTML5 and WebGL using PixiJS v5.0 to create a breath-taking journey that works on a wide range of hardware.

The game is available to play on BBC Taster, where fans can rate the game and provide feedback.

Bookmark and Share New Comics Out This Week

5/16/2017 04:07:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This Wednesday Titan offers the chance to catch up with the latest adventures of both the Tenth and the Twelfth Doctor's, as well as the Torchwood Team.
Tenth Doctor Year Three #5

Writer: James Peaty
Artist: Warren Pleece
Colourist: Hi-FI
Cover A: Simon Myers Cover B: Will Brooks Cover C: Wellington Alves Cover D: Iolanda Zanfardino

The Doctor and Gabby stop off in London’s ‘silicon roundabout’, hotbed of tech development… only to find an interdimensional creature is poking holes in the fabric of reality. In order to close the breaches, the Doctor must face down some surprising echoes from his past!
TENTH_DOCTOR 3.5 Cover A (Credit: Titan / Simon Myers) TENTH_DOCTOR 3.5 Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks) TENTH_DOCTOR 3.5 Cover C (Credit: Titan / Wellington Alves) TENTH_DOCTOR 3.5 Cover D (Credit: Titan / Iolanda Zanfardino) TENTH_DOCTOR 3.5 Preview 1 (Credit: Titan) TENTH_DOCTOR 3.5 Preview 2 (Credit: Titan) TENTH_DOCTOR 3.5 Preview 3 (Credit: Titan) TENTH_DOCTOR 3.5 Preview 4 (Credit: Titan)


Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Mariano Laclaustra
Cover A: Wellington Alves Cover B: Photo Cover C: Simon Myers Cover D: Mark Wheatley

Brand-new adventures of the twelfth doctor starring Peter Capaldi The astounding year two team of George Mann, Rachael Stott and Mariano Laclaustra returns!
Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3 _Cover A (Credit: Titan) Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3 _Cover B (Credit: Titan) Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3 _Cover C (Credit: Titan) Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3 _Cover D (Credit: Titan) Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3 _Preview 1 (Credit: Titan) Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3 _Preview 2 (Credit: Titan) Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3 _Preview 3 (Credit: Titan) Twelfth Doctor Year Three #3 _Preview 4 (Credit: Titan)


Torchwood Station Zero #4

Writer: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
Cover A: Claudia Caranfa Cover B: Photo Cover By Will Brooks Cover C: Brian Williamson

Written by Captain Jack himself - John Barrowman - and Carole Barrowman! Illustrated by Neil Edwards (Doctor Who: Four Doctors).
Torchwood Station Zero #4 Cover A (Credit: Titan / Claudia Caranfa) Torchwood Station Zero #4 Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks) Torchwood Station Zero #4 Preview 1 (Credit: Titan / Brian Williamson) Torchwood Station Zero #4 Preview 2 (Credit: Titan) Torchwood Station Zero #4 Preview 3 (Credit: Titan) Torchwood Station Zero #4 Preview 4 (Credit: Titan) Torchwood Station Zero #4 Preview 5 (Credit: Titan)

Bookmark and Share Extremis - New Images

5/16/2017 12:28:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released a number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Extremis
Extremis

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Daniel Nettheim

In the Haereticum - the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy - there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth?
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This week BBC One will show Doctor Who slightly later than usual, at 7.25pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 20 May 20177:25pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 20 May 20179:25pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 20 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 20 May 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 21 May 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 7:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 21 May 201711:30am EEST(Sun 9:30am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 21 May 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 21 May 20178:00pm BRT(Sun 11:00pm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 21 May 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

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5/15/2017 05:31:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

David Tennant And Billie Piper are reprising their roles of the Tenth Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler in three Doctor Who audio dramas from Big Finish Productions in arrangement with BBC Worldwide.

David Tennant’s Doctor, portrayed on screen from December 2005 until December 2009, returned in the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, with Matt Smith and Sir John Hurt in 2013, and on audio for Big Finish with Catherine Tate in 2016.

Billie Piper portrayed the Doctor’s much-loved companion Rose 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. These new stories will be Billie’s eagerly awaited debut for Big Finish.

Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says:
Getting David and Billie back together was definitely on my bucket list – two wonderful actors who created an era of Doctor Who which is so fondly remembered and brought a different aspect of the relationship between the Doctor and his companion to the fore – love, both platonic and unrequited. It’s great to have the Tenth Doctor and Rose back again!
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2, will be released in November 2017. It is comprised of three hour-long full cast audio adventures.

The set opens with Attack of the Zaross by John Dorney, in which an alien invasion of Earth isn’t quite what it appears to be – Camille Coduri guest stars as Jackie Tyler.

In the second adventure, Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams, the Doctor and Rose arrive in Slough in 1791 and encounter Chevalier D’Eon, an enigmatic ex-spy who has lived his life as a woman. Together they must fend off alien slavers, who have come to Earth to abduct valuable humans.

Finally, in Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton, the TARDIS arrives on Coldstar, a vast frozen food asteroid in deep space. But there is something sinister defrosting in the network of storage units… the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors! Nicholas Briggs plays Ice Lord Hasskor and Warrior Slaan.

Nicholas Briggs, who is the Voice of the Daleks on TV and for Big Finish, said
It was such a special time for me, working with Billie and David on the TV show, and it is such an honour to revisit it with them on audio.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 is produced by David Richardson who said
We were thrilled by the response to the first volume. David Tennant and Catherine Tate were on fantastic form, and it’s so exciting to reunite David with Billie Piper, playing the Doctor and Rose together again after nine years! Their time in the series transformed Doctor Who into a prime-time and international hit, and we’ve worked very hard to live up to the incredible standards of Russell T Davies.
Special Preview of the Tenth Doctor and Rose

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2 will be available in both a Limited Edition Deluxe box set, and as three individual vanilla releases.

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 1, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, is currently available on CD and download. For the next 24 hours it will be available at half price from the Big Finish website.