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Bookmark and Share Welsh Screenings Announced

10/25/2014 06:30:00 am - Reported by Marcus

BAFTA Cymru, BBC Cymru Wales and Film Hub Wales have announced a series of special Doctor Who events in the nation including a special premiere of the current series finale Death in Heaven.

A series of six screenings will feature episodes from Doctor Who that have been filmed in Wales throughout Doctor Who's 50 year history.

The programme of events, devised and coordinated by Film Hub Wales and BAFTA Cymru, and hosted in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales, will offer fans of the series a chance to see monsters from key episodes of the cult classic on the big screen and hear from the creative team working on the series.

The events will be held between November 2014 and January 2015 and will be part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, the BFI’s landmark season dedicated to cinema’s most spectacular genre, presented together with 02. Tickets will be available to BAFTA members and the general public.

Hannah Raybould, BAFTA Cymru Director, said:
BAFTA Cymru exists to celebrate excellence in production in the moving art form and this new partnership with BBC Wales and venues around Wales – made possible by the funding received from Film Hub Wales, will allow us to offer new access to the amazing talent working on the Doctor Who series in Wales.

We are particularly pleased to be working with new venue partners – from Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in Prestatyn, Theatr Harlech in Gwynedd, Savoy Theatre in Monmouth and Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli, which expand the breadth of our offer, and add to our existing fruitful partnerships with the Film Hub lead organisation Chapter in Cardiff and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
The first event in the series, to be held in partnership with Chapter pop up cinema on 4 November at the landmark National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, will be a preview of Death in Heaven, the current season finale, which will be screened ahead of its broadcast on BBC One and will be attended by cast and crew.

The wider programme of events includes The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe at Ffwrnes in Llanelli on 1 December ; The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky at Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn on 12 December; The Unquiet Dead at the Savoy, in Monmouth on 12 January; ending with The Five Doctors on 27 January at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. An additional double bill screening of Mask of Mandragora and The Prisoner will be confirmed to take place in January at Theatr Harlech.

The events will each have a specific theme, focusing on one creative department within the Doctor Who production team.

Hana Lewis, Strategic Hub Manager, Film Hub Wales said
“We are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to Film Hub Wales member venues, including our Film Hub Lead organisation Chapter, as part of our exciting BFI Sci-Fi programme. We couldn’t imagine a Wales-wide Sci-Fi season that didn’t explore our cultural connections to Doctor Who and are thrilled to work with BBC Cymru Wales and BAFTA Cymru to bring these events to life.

We have a rich and diverse range of exhibitors developing audiences for film across Wales but many are divided by rural landscapes, limited capacity and lack of funding. Film Hub Wales exists to support a more sustainable independent film sector, bringing more film, to more people, in more places. We anticipate that special screenings of this cult classic can bring audiences together to experience the wondrous world of Doctor Who on the big screen.
Tickets for these special events will cost £12 and £8 (concessions) and are available exclusively from the venue websites.
With thanks to Iain Gardner

Bookmark and Share BBC announce fan event for DVD Release

10/24/2014 11:21:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has announced a special fan event, held in London and hosted by Frank Skinner, will take place on Monday 17th November, to mark the release of the Series 8 DVD and Blu-ray set.

This will be the first chance the cast have had to reflect on the conclusion of Peter Capaldi’s debut series as the Doctor, in front of 140 lucky fans at a central London location.

BBC Worldwide is offering 70 pairs of tickets for this exclusive event. Fans will be treated to a special screening followed by a Q&A with members of the cast. All they need to do is visit doctorwho.tv and correctly answer the multiple choice question, when they will subsequently be entered into a prize draw. The competition is now open and will close at 23.59 on Wednesday 29th October. Winners will be selected at random and will be notified within seven days of the closing date. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted. Fans should only enter if they can travel to London for the afternoon of the 17th November. The event venue will be disclosed to winners on their invitation closer to the time.

Frank Skinner commented
When they asked me to host this event I was over the moon. Luckily the space-dragon incubation period is such that I was in no real danger. I have so many questions I want to ask and, when we're all talked out, I'm planning to finish off by crowd-surfing for 10 to 15 minutes, dressed as Chief Engineer Perkins.
This event continues BBC Worldwide’s celebration of a new Doctor in the world’s longest running sci-fi series. Earlier this year, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman traveled the globe visiting Doctor Who fans in Seoul, Sydney, New York City, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro and today the interactive and immersive attraction in Cardiff Bay – The Doctor Who Experience – will reopen with an updated adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor.
The DVD and Blu-ray release of The Complete Eighth Series sees the Doctor and Clara encounter previously unimaginable wonders and horrors... The time travellers meet a fleet of Daleks as they attempt to rescue a stranded ship of human survivors, face ranks of Cybermen stalking Earth, go back in time and join Robin Hood in a fight with killer robots in Sherwood Forest, become outlaws when they break into the deadliest bank in the cosmos, face a Mummy on the Orient Express, discover a deadly horror dwelling on the Moon and meet the last man standing at the end of the universe.

The box set contains every explosive episode from Peter Capaldi’s debut series in the role and is also packed full of extras including:
  • DVD Exclusive: Doctor Who - Deep Breath Cinema panel session (1x 30’ feature)
  • DVD Exclusive: Audio Commentaries x 4 (episodes and participants TBC)
  • Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord (1x45’ feature with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison)
  • Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion (1x45’ feature with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison)
  • Doctor Who: Earth Conquest (1x45’ World Tour Documentary)
  • Doctor Who Exclusive (4x2’ cast interviews)
  • Doctor Who Extra (12x10’ behind the scenes)
  • FOXES – Don’t Stop Me Now (Music video from Mummy on the Orient Express).

Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series is available to pre-order now on Amazon.uk and amazon.com. There is also a BBC Shop exclusive edition featuring special artwork and art cards.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #4 - Sneak Peek

10/23/2014 11:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Titan have released a preview of the interior art from Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #4 - due for release on October 29.

This issue kicks off a new story arc with a new team - Al Ewing and Boo Cook.

PICKED OFF ONE BY ONE BY AN ENTITY FROM THE STARS!

Alice Obiefune always wanted to see a space station – one of those proper ones, like on the telly, with impressive bulkheads, sweeping corridors and stunning views of eternity. Maybe with an exotic matter wormhole nearby, if it’s not too much trouble. Aliens optional, but a bonus as long as they’re friendly.

That’s just one of the reasons Alice and the Doctor have come to a remote space research facility.

The views are breathtaking… but so is the formless creature creeping through the station, stealing voices and inflicting comas on those research scientists unlucky enough to be caught.

Tracking the temporal trail of the slippery SERVEYOUinc corporation, has the Doctor found more than he bargained for? And will this entity from between the stars be the death of them all?

Bookmark and Share Doctor Puppet Enters Final Week Of Funding

10/23/2014 07:33:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The stop motion animated fan series, Doctor Puppet is seeking funding via Indiegogo to make their next Christmas Special episode. The previous specials, "How the Doctor Puppet Saved Christmas" and "Doctor Puppet - A Timelord Christmas" have more than 180k views each. The campaign was started on 29 September and will finish on 29 October 2014. The perks for donating money range from a simple thank you card at $5 to having a custom puppet created plus all the other perks which will cost $5,000. The goal for the project is set at $15,000 with over 52% already raised. The production was recently featured on BBC America's Earth Conquest documentary where Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman provided voices for their puppets. The documentary will be available in full on the Series 8 DVD.

Bookmark and Share BBC Offering Day of the Doctor Blu-ray Disc Replacements

10/23/2014 02:15:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

BBC Worldwide are offering replacement discs to fans who bought the Blu-ray version of the 50th Anniversary box set. The new disc will fix a frame rate fault on Disc 2 which contains The Day of the Doctor. Fans have been expressing disappointed with the fault on forums since the release on 8 September and eventually drew attention of the BBC. One fan received the following email:
Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition - Disc 2 (Credit: Amazon) Thank you for your continued patience.

We are pleased to respond to our fans’ requests for this title to be made available in its original frame rate. We are offering replacements for Disc 2 only from the 50th Collector’s Edition Blu-ray (2D version), which includes the Day of the Doctor. Customers unhappy with their original 23.98 disc can send it (without packaging) to the Freepost address below, and we will send out a 50i replacement. Remember to include your full name and postal details clearly inside the package for the return. The estimated time frame for the new replacement discs to be available is 4-5 weeks. Please allow some time for the replacement disc to reach you.

*note: the Freepost address is for UK and mainland customers only. We advise you check with your postal service before despatch.

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Bookmark and Share Mummy - Chart Position

10/23/2014 12:59:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


Doctor Who: Mummy On The Orient Express finished the week as the 14th most watched programme on British Television, according to figures from Barb.

Top for the week was the final of The Great British Bake Off, which had 13.51 million watching, over 3 million more than the second placed Downton Abbey.

Doctor Who edged ahead of the Friday edition of EastEnders, and this week outrated Emmerdale. The series has had a top twenty place for every episode so far in the current series.

Bookmark and Share Neil Gaiman discusses securing women writers for Doctor Who

10/23/2014 10:46:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Reported by Nathan Brown
Doctor Who writer Neil Gaiman has indicated that recruiting women writers is “a priority” for people working on the show.

The Who script editors and producers he has worked with on a direct basis - most of them women - have been giving much attention to bringing onboard female writers, he said.

Posting on Tumblr in response to a question from site user lenyberry, Gaiman also added:
They’ve reached out to a lot of women writers — I know that Steven Moffat has personally been in touch with a lot of female writers and been defeated over and over by scheduling problems, and people saying no […]. It’s a priority for them too.
As well as suggesting that Moffat has found these set-backs frustrating, Gaiman said that Who certainly needs "some women writing for it."

Both lenyberry’s query and Gaiman’s answer make reference to another question the writer tackled on Tumblr this month.

When guyplayfair asked which Who writer Gaiman would hug, the author quipped that he wanted to hug every woman that has written for the series this side of 2008 - a number that, as he noted, is zero (at least as far as TV episodes are concerned).

“That can’t be right... (goes off, puzzled),” he added.

The response, Gaiman said in his more recent post, “was mostly wistful” and wasn’t meant to be the attack on the programme’s makers he has seen it read as.

To contextualise his comments it’s worth noting that since 2005 only four TV Who episodes out of more than 100 have been written by a woman.

Helen Raynor penned 2007 adventure Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks and followed this up in 2008 with The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky.

Between Rose (2005) and last week’s Flatline, 23 different writers have had television episodes credited to them, meaning only around four per cent of these have not been men.

Gaiman, a well known writer across several mediums from graphic novels to long-form fiction, has authored TV Who twice, with The Doctor’s Wife (2011) and Nightmare in Silver (2013). Last year, he also released Eleventh Doctor short story Eleven O’Clock.

His most recent novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, was named Book of the Year at the 2013 National Book Awards in Britain.

Bookmark and Share Dark Water - Transmission Details

10/23/2014 10:14:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have confirmed that the penultimate episode in the current run of Doctor Who, Dark Water, will broadcast in the UK on 1st November at the slightly earlier time of 8:15pm.

The programme will once more follow Strictly Come Dancing and will be followed by Casualty. On the other main UK channels the episode is scheduled against ITV's The X Factor (which airs from 8:00pm to 10:00pm), a repeat of Dad's Army, on BBC2, Walking through History on Channel 4, and World War II in Colour on Channel Five.



In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn up.

Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming.

“Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.

Bookmark and Share Live + 7 Figures

10/22/2014 01:09:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Live +7 figures are now available for the first four episodes of the current series of Doctor Who.

The Live+7 figure are a measure used by the BBC to estimate the total audience for a programme. Unlike the official BARB figure, it includes not only those who watch the BBC One broadcast and those who time-shift it, but also those who watch the repeats on other UK channels and those who watch the programme on i-Player. The total figure is an estimate of the total number of unique viewers who watched the episode, in the UK, within one week on broadcast.

EpisodeLive + Same DayRepeatTime ShiftiPlayerTotal Live+7
Deep Breath6.81 (63%)0.46 (4%)2.53 (23%)0.97 (9%)10.76 million
Into the Dalek5.16 (62%)0.40 (5%)2.21 (27%)0,50 (6%)8.26 million
Robot of Sherwood5.26 (64%)0.44 (5%)2.03 (25%)0.51 (6%)8.25 million
Listen4.82 (62%)0.37 (5%)2.14 (27%)0.48 (6%)7.80 million
BBC Average(85%)(6%)(7%)(3%)

Bookmark and Share Gareth Roberts no longer writing City of Death book

10/21/2014 08:43:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

CrossCult-Logo Author and scriptwriter Gareth Roberts, writer of several Doctor Who books and scripts over the past 20 years, has this evening announced on Twitter that he is no longer working on a novelisation of the 1979 Doctor Who serial City of Death, the most-watched story in the programme's history. Instead, the book will now be written by author and former BBC Doctor Who website editor James Goss. Goss's previous work includes the Torchwood novel Almost Perfect, the Tenth Doctor audio book Dead Air, and being one of the first authors to pen a novel for the Twelfth Doctor with the recent The Blood Cell. He also worked as producer of the animated Doctor Who serials Scream of the Shalka and The Infinite Quest.

City of Death was originally scripted by producer Graham Williams and script editor Douglas Adams, from a story idea by David Fisher. Transmitted under the pseudonym of "David Agnew", the story gained over 16 million viewers in the autumn of 1979, but like Adams's other scripts for Doctor Who, rights issues meant that - unlike the majority of classic series stories - a novelisation was never produced under the original Target Books run.

In October last year it was announced that Roberts would finally be penning a novelisation of City of Death, following the success of his novelisation of Adams' scripts for the unfinished serial Shada in 2012. Roberts had become particularly known for his affinity with the Season 17 era of Doctor Who during the mid-1990s, when he penned three well-received books set during that season for Virgin Publishing's Missing Adventures range of original Doctor Who novels. Two of Roberts's Missing Adventures for the Season 17 TARDIS team are currently being adapted into audio plays by Big Finish Productions.

Roberts's novelisation of City of Death had originally been expected to be released this year - there is currently no information on when Goss's eventual version of the book may be on the shelves.


Bookmark and Share New books for Germany

10/21/2014 05:52:00 pm - Reported by Pascal Salzmann

CrossCult-LogoGerman book publisher Cross Cult is planning to release three new Doctor Who books in the coming months:

  • November sees the release of Gareth Roberts's adaption of Shada, based on a script by Douglas Adams. The novel can be pre-ordered on Amazon DE.
  • In December Cross Cult is going to release the children's book Wann ist der Doktor? Ein Wimmelbuch ("When's the Doctor? A search-and-find book"), featuring illustrations by Jorge Santillan. It can also be pre-ordered from Amazon DE.
  • Finally, the publisher announced that they secured the rights for the War Doctor novel Kriegsmaschinen ("Engines of War") by George Mann. It will be released in February 2015 and can already be pre-ordered.

Cross Cult, primarily known for its german translated Star Trek novels, started publishing Doctor Who novels in 2013, when they released the 2nd Doctor novel Rad aus Eis ("The Wheel of Ice") by Stephen Baxter. They went on to publish the 10th Doctor novel Wunderschönes Chaos ("Beautiful Chaos") by Gary Russell, and the anthology 11 Doktoren, 11 Geschichten ("11 Doctors, 11 Stories").

 
SHADA-HighResolution (Credit: Cross Cult) Kriegsmaschinen (Credit: Amazon.de) Wann ist der Doktor (German book)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures Magazine: 357

10/21/2014 03:00:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This week's issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine features an imposter in the Alien Babies comic strip. Could it be One Direction's Harry Styles making a surprise appearance?

In the magazine you can also find out how to invade your school with monsters and raise money for BBC Children in Need. All you’ll need is your head teacher’s permission. Included in the magazine is a monster to cut out and stick on your face.

Also this issue:
  • A look at the next two episodes, In the Forest of the Night and Dark Water.
  • Who is Missy and why does she keep appearing in the series?
  • Our favourite scares from this series so far.
  • Interview with Ellis George, who plays Courtney in the current series.
  • A round up of cool things to buy.
  • Exciting comic strip by Richard Cookson featuring the Doctor and Clara.
  • Draw a Cyberman!
  • Fact figures to cut out and keep.
  • Mega prizes, puzzles and posters!
The new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures, Issue 357, is on sale from 22 October – 4 November 2014, priced £3.99.

Bookmark and Share Inferno Fiction - Issue 18

10/21/2014 12:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Inferno Fiction Issue Eighteen of the Fanzine Inferno Fiction is now available online featuring:
  • THREAT OF THE CYBERMEN
  • by Nathan Mullins PART TWO: The Cybermen have control of the TARDIS, but will the Doctor help his friends stop the threat from a Cyberman invasion?
  • THE LAST VICTIM
  • by Michael Baxter Dr Who arrives in 1559 Derbyshire to possibly witness the last burning, of the last victim, Alice Marsh at the hands of the Bishop Snaith. Can the Doctor persuade the Bishop to spare her life?
  • IN HER ABSENCE
  • by Julie Kay PART TWO: Vastra tells of her meeting with the stranger known as The Doctor and her journey through time and space to the Ryūkyū Kingdom at a disconcerting time in the Kingdom's history...
  • MISTER STARMAN
  • by J. Arthur Rodgers "A spaceman came travelling on his ship from afar, 'Twas light years of time since his mission did start, And over a village he halted his craft, And it hung in the sky like a star, just like a star"
  • OH MY GIDDY AUNT!
  • by Sean Bassett ACT II: The Musical Extravaganza continues in ACT II as The Doctor's lives are told through song and verse...
  • GRIMLIGHT
  • by Thomas Ahearn Upon visiting his friends at 13 Paternoster Row, the Doctor is invited along to investigate the strange occupants of 22 Charing Cross Road...
  • THE FEAR OF ALL SUMS
  • by Samuel Marks PART FOUR: The Doctor and Romana must stop the Zeronaughts and put Time back on track but at what cost?
with artwork by Colin John

Bookmark and Share In the Forest of the Night - New Pictures

10/21/2014 01:14:00 am - Reported by Marcus

New pictures have been released from the next Doctor Who episode In the Forest of the Night.

In the Forest of the Night - The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night - The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night - Ruby (Harley Bird) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)
In the Forest of the Night -  Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)
In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night - The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Maebh (Abigail Eames) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)
In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)
In the Forest of the Night - Maebh (Abigail Eames)  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night - Maebh (Abigail Eames)  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)

Bookmark and Share The Doctor and the Dalek

10/20/2014 02:12:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC is to release a new children's game featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. The focus of The Doctor and the Dalek, written by new series writer Phil Ford and aimed at 6-12 year olds, will be on getting more young people in to computer coding.

Players join the action as the TARDIS materialises amidst a deadly pursuit through space – a Dalek Saucer bearing down on a Cyber-ship. But from that Cyber-ship emanates a distress call – from a Dalek! On freeing the battered Dalek from his Cybermen captors, the Doctor finds himself taking his new unlikely ally on a mission to save all of creation from destruction at the hands of his greatest enemies.

But why would a Dalek turn to its mortal foe for help? To find out, join the 'Doctor and the Dalek' in a new adventure spanning the Sontar homeworld and its vile Clone Chambers, which have never been shown on-screen before, as well as reintroducing the icy Cyber-tombs of Telos – last seen in classic Doctor Who episodes.

The Doctor said: "Oi! Short and not-very-old one! I need your help - I’ve got a Dalek and we’ve got a mission to save the universe. So get on over to the CBBC website, and play 'The Doctor and the Dalek' while there’s still a universe left! Come on! Chop chop! Make it Digital on the BBC."


BBC's Technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones tried out the game with game producer Richard Jenkins of BBC Wales Online. The video is viewable here.

The game will be made available for free at bbc.co.uk/cbbc from Wednesday 22 October as part of the BBC's Make it Digital initiative.