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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who World Tour: Mexico City details

7/28/2014 06:23:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

World Tour 2014 - Mexico CityBBC Worldwide have confirmed that the Doctor Who World Tour will touch down in Mexico City on Sunday 17th August, with series stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman to appear at the Teatro Metropolitan theatre for the screening of series premiere Deep Breath and a Q&A session.

More details on the day's activities and ticket information will be announced shortly.

Bookmark and Share Symphonic Spectacular for the United Kingdom in 2015

7/28/2014 11:15:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular 2014BBC Worldwide have announced that the successful Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will be arriving in the United Kingdom during May 2015, to be performed by the BBC’s National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Content of the performances are detailed as follows:
The version of the show performed on the 2015 UK Tour will include some of the music performed at previous Doctor Who Proms and the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular shows performed in Australia and in New Zealand in 2012 and 2014. It will also include a very considerable amount of material not performed at any of the previous shows, both from the first adventures of the Twelfth Doctor (which broadcasts on 23 August 2014) and from previous incarnations.

Two performances are planned for 3:00pm and 7:30pm at the following venues:
  • Sat 23 May 2015 - SSE Arena, Wembley, London
  • Mon 25 May 2015 - Motorpoint Area, Cardiff
  • Tue 26 May 2015 - National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
  • Wed 27 May 2015 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • Thu 28 May 2015 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
  • Fri 29 May 2015 - SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Tickets for the performances go on sale to the general public from Friday 1st August, but fans will be able to book early from 10:00am on Wednesday 30 July via the SeeTickets website. There are also some pre-order packages available that can be purchased along with the ticket:
  • Standard Edition: includes souvenir brochure and a t-shirt design not available on the tour
  • Platinum Edition (3000 only): includes souvenir brochure with limited edition cover, t-shirt design not available on tour, limited edition numbered tour poster, souvenir ticket, limited edition tour laminate and lanyard

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who - Listen!

7/26/2014 06:00:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The latest trailer Listen!, introducing the new Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi was broadcast on BBC One just before the 5:25pm early evening news:

Bookmark and Share Tom Baker sculpture revealed

7/26/2014 01:52:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Hyde Fundraisers is to reveal a new likeness of the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker, at its charity display at Spaceport, Merseyside.

The new sculpture will be unveiled at 10am on Sunday 3 August and will join the collection of replica characters created to raise funds for BBC Children In Need and other charities.

The Fourth Doctor has been sculpted by Phil Robinson, the man responsible for re-creating the Davros mask for the 2005 stageshow The Trial of Davros. The sculpture will include a replica costume from Season 18 as the Doctor is stepping from the Police Box.

On the day there will also be the chance to meet Robinson and see some of his other sculpted work, meet Hyde Fundraisers and get some photographs.

The official BBC exhibition with genuine props and costumes from the TV series is the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.

Bookmark and Share BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Live at the Quay

7/25/2014 06:42:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Former members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop will be performing tonight as part of the BBC at the Quay event.

The live entertainment festival is being held alongside the Commonwealth Games, from a site directly outside BBC Scotland’s headquarters building at Pacific Quay. It features huge variety of live and recorded radio and TV programmes and special events.

The Radiophonic team will be performing music from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who.

Those taking part include Paddy Kingsland, Peter Howell, Dick Mills, Mark Ayres, Roger Limb and drummer Kieron Pepper.

The team are performing from 7.30pm UK time with the whole event will be streamed online.

Bookmark and Share Seoul Screening to be a Free Event

7/25/2014 05:42:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide have announced that the South Korea screening of Deep Breath, part of the Doctor Who World Tour, will now be free of charge.

BBC Worldwide
We have been overwhelmed by the Doctor Who love we have felt in Korea. The TARDIS popped up in Cheonggye Plaza and Gwanghwamun Yeolin Madang on Tuesday and Thursday and the response has been fantastic. And this evening, we have announced that it will be at Dongdaemun Design Plaza over the weekend.

As the first international stop of the Doctor Who Global Tour, Korean fans will be the first outside of the UK watch Deep Breath, the first episode of the latest season of Doctor Who.

It therefore makes us very happy to announce that tickets to the Doctor who fan event in Korea will now be free to fans in Korea.
The interest in the Event in the South Korean capital has taken BBC Worldwide by surprise. The event has already had to change location because of the huge interest from fans. The event will now take place in the Grand Ballroom at the 63 Building. Tickets can be reserved from yes24.com when bookings open on Sunday 27 July at 9am. A 1000KRW ($1) booking fee is payable.

Seats will be numbered and fans will be able to pick the seats they want – on a first come first served basis.

Bookmark and Share Red Carpet Treatment in Cardiff

7/25/2014 03:07:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who fans arriving in Cardiff for the world premiere screening of the first episode from the new series, Deep Breath, will get an opportunity to see the new Doctor on the red carpet, ahead of the event, 7 August.

Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman, his on-screen companion Clara, will be meeting the public as they walk up the red carpet outside Cardiff Central Library, from 11am, en route to the sell-out screening at St David’s Hall. Joining them in the Hayes will be Cybermen and Daleks.

Brian Minchin, Executive Producer of Doctor Who, says:
After seven months of filming the moment has finally arrived when we get to introduce Peter Capaldi to the world. And where better to start but Cardiff, the home of Doctor Who!
BBC Wales Director, Rhodri Talfan Davies, says:
Doctor Who is getting even bigger and even better - and it's a real thrill that the show's fans here in Wales will be the very first to see the new Doctor at this very special premiere screening. Doctor Who has been made in Wales for almost 10 years - and we're so proud of its worldwide success.

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath to get cinema outing

7/25/2014 12:58:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide has announced that the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8 - Deep Breath - will be screened in cinemas around the world from 23 August 2014.

This year’s screenings follow the success of the global cinema release of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor which was screened in over 1500 cinemas around the world.

The feature-length premiere episode of Series 8, starring new Doctor Peter Capaldi, is directed by acclaimed Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. The story, detailing the beginning of the twelfth Doctor’s era features Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang - Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) – in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.

Steven Moffat comments:
Last November the Doctor didn't just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too. And like the show-off he is, he can't resist another go - one taste of the silver screen is never enough. On August 23rd the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware - Capaldi is coming to get you!
Doctor Who: Deep Breath will be screened in participating cinemas around the world from 23 August, 2014. More information will be released by BBC Worldwide and participating cinema chains over the coming weeks.

Bookmark and Share Official Doctor Who Twitter feed reaches one million mark

7/25/2014 06:40:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

The official Doctor Who Twitter feed has reached the figure of one million followers - and to mark the milestone a special thank-you message has been released.

In the brief video, the character Osgood - as played by Ingrid Oliver in The Day of the Doctor, but sporting a bow tie this time instead of a long, multi-coloured scarf - delivers the message, which incorporates three clips from the series featuring the Doctor expressing his gratitude.

Earlier this month, Doctor Who News welcomed the 100,000th follower to its Twitter feed.

Bookmark and Share Verity Lambert Plaque Unveiled

7/24/2014 05:44:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

A plaque honouring the first producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert, has been unveiled at London's Riverside studios, by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society

The plaque, which marks the achievements of Lambert as a Film and Television producer, will be on display at Riverside Studios until the venue closes for development in the autumn, when it will be placed into storage and then permanently mounted at the new Riverside media centre when completed.

Verity Lambert was Doctor Who's first producer and the first female drama producer at BBC Television. She oversaw Doctor Who from her appointment in June 1963 until the autumn of 1965, guiding the series to a successful launch and laying down the framework of the series which still running today. After she left Doctor Who her credits and reputation continued to rise and she became one of the best known players in the industry. She oversaw such iconic productions as Adam Adamant Lives, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Rock Follies, Rumpole of the Bailey, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Reilly: Ace of Spies, Minder, GBH and Jonathan Creek.

The plaque honouring Lambert was unveiled by Doctor Who's first director Waris Hussein, in a ceremony attended by the two surviving members of the original TARDIS team, William Russell and Carole Ann Ford. The event included a screening of the drama based on the creation of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time and a compilation of interview material, previously unseen.

Riverside studios in Hammersmith London, were used by the BBC from 1954-1974. Although the first Doctor Who stories were recorded at the nearby Lime Grove complex, the series used Riverside Studio 1 for a number of stories between 1964 and 1969. Verity Lambert produced stories recorded at the site include The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Rescue, The Romans, The Web Planet, The Crusade and The Chase.

Waris Hussein unveils the Verity Lambert Plaque (Credit: DWAS) William Russell, Waris Hussein and Carole Ann Ford with the Verity Lambert Plaque (Credit: DWAS)

Update: DWAS have released a video of the plaque unveiling by Waris Hussein.

Bookmark and Share Damaged Goods to be adapted for Big Finish

7/24/2014 03:25:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Big Finish Productions has announced it is to dramatise the Russell T Davies Doctor Who novel, Damaged Goods.

The Virgin book was originally published in 1996 as part of the New Adventures range of Doctor Who books. It was the first published Doctor Who story from Davies, who would go on to lead the team who revived Doctor Who in 2005.

The book is being adapted as a two-hour full cast audio written by Jonathan Morris, and to be released in August 2015.

Davies, who is a fan of Big Finish, expressed his pleasure that the story is being revisited
I’ve always been a huge fan of Big Finish, since long before I took the big chair on Doctor Who. So when they asked if they could adapt Damaged Goods… well, to be honest, I asked them what took so long!

Jonny has done the most brilliant job, adapting the novel - there’s lots of fascinating new stuff, while staying very true and faithful to the original story.
The story stars Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, accompanied in his travels by companions Chris Cwej and Roz Forrester.

Jonathan Morris spoke of his excitment at being asked to adapt the novel
It was genuinely thrilling to be asked to adapt Damaged Goods. An honour, and a great responsibility to do justice to Russell’s extraordinary novel and to not disappoint fans of the New Adventures. I pulled out all the stops to capture the spirit of the novel, the character and Russell’s voice, and the end result is undoubtedly the best Big Finish script I’ve worked on.
Big Finish Productions have just celebrated the 15th Anniversary of their first release, Doctor Who: The Sirens of Time. The anniversary is being marked with a series of offers and tributes on the Big Finish website.

Bookmark and Share Demographic survey of Doctor Who fans

7/24/2014 02:26:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, is undertaking some research into Doctor Who fans as part of a project studying the incorporation of fandom into everyday life (and vice versa).

The researchers are looking for fans to answer a brief online survey, as well as volunteers for some interviews. Participants must be 18 or over. The short survey can be found online here.

If you have any queries about the survey, please email Mike Laycock at klayc01@mail.bbk.ac.uk

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 476

7/24/2014 02:20:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine 476Showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat gives Doctor Who Magazine readers an exclusive guide to the new series of Doctor Who in the latest edition
Oh, it's a proper blockbuster this episode, so many explosions that Peter Capaldi came in on his day off to watch the Daleks blowing up! I like a Doctor who revels in the destruction of evil in his downtime…
Also in this issue:
  • Doctor Who's production designer Michael Pickwoad on how to create entire worlds.
  • Former script editor Andrew Cartmel talks to the writers he employed on what could have been Doctor Who's very last season:Ben Aaronovitch, Ian Briggs, Marc Platt and Rona Munro.
  • Terrance Dicks – script editor, writer and novelist supreme – talks about his work on Target's Doctor Who books.
  • DWM pays tribute to the life and times of director Derek Martinus, the man who introduced the Cybermen, Ice Warriors and Autons to Doctor Who.
  • The Fact of Fiction takes a detailed look at the 1982 Fifth Doctor adventure, Kinda.
  • The Crystal Throne ­– the brand new comic strip adventure starring Vastra, Jenny and Strax continues.
  • The Time Team watch the Doctor meet River Song for the first time in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.
  • Jacqueline Rayner and her family get World Cup fever as they wait for the start of the new series in Relative Dimensions.
  • The Watcher poses more questions and reveals dubious secrets from the archives in Wotcha!
  • Reviews and previews of the latest CDs and books.
  • Official news, the DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!
Doctor Who Magazine 476 is on sale now, priced £4.99.

Bookmark and Share Latest Doctor Who Trailer

7/23/2014 08:10:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The latest trailer introducing the new Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi was broadcast on BBC One just before the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at 8:00pm.

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath - Standalone DVD / Blu-Ray Release

7/23/2014 03:32:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Amazon in North America are listing the 2014 Doctor Who series opener, Deep Breath, for DVD/Blu-ray release on September 9, 2014.

The feature-length story is confirmed by Doctor Who Magazine as running at just over 75 minutes.