Doctor Who: The Edge of RealityBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 November 2021 - Reported by Marcus
The Edge of Reality (Credit: Maze Theory / BBC Studios)

BBC Studios, in association with Digital entertainment studio Maze Theory, have released the Narrative Adventure Game, Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality,  on Nintendo Switch

In the game you can face Weeping Angels, Daleks, Cybermen and more as you save the universe together with the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Tenth Doctor (David Tennant).

Featuring new worlds, new gameplay, and an expanded story written by Gavin Collinson (Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins), players will come face to face with classic Doctor Who monsters including the terrifying Weeping Angels, power-hungry Daleks and metal-clad Cybermen... and a brand-new foe, the CyberReaper. 

The second Doctor Who game to land on the Nintendo Switch, after The Lonely Assassins earlier this year, Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality expands upon the VR experience of Doctor Who: The Edge of Time

  • Travel through space and time in the TARDIS to exterminate the havoc-wreaking ‘Reality Virus’, which is threatening the universe.
  • Explore immersive new environments like the ‘Chaosverse’: a corrupted alternate universe where worlds and timelines collide to create new adventures, encounters, and threats
  • Packed with easter eggs guaranteed to surprise and delight fans of the epic sci-fi series, which is currently airing brand-new episodes weekly on BBC One. 
  • Digital deluxe edition offers fans exclusive content, including additional Sonic Screwdrivers, as used by previous incarnations of the Doctor.

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality is out now on the Nintendo eShop, priced at £19.99 for the standard edition and £24.99 for the digital deluxe edition. To celebrate the launch, the digital deluxe edition will be priced at £19.99 for a limited time. The game is also available on PC, PlayStation and Xbox.Maze Theory Studio Director Russell Harding said: 

“Players will love how they get to be part of a brand new Doctor Who story in Edge of Reality; and actively be immersed in the compelling adventure, alongside the two Doctors. We know fans love facing iconic monsters such as Daleks and Cyberman, but there will also be brand new foes equally as terrifying. The story around the ‘Reality Virus’ is incredibly tense and exciting, unfolding in brand new environments. We can’t wait to see their reaction! 

At Maze Theory, we’re committed to pushing the boundaries of entertainment and creating highly innovative fan and gaming experiences. We’re very excited to be bringing fans into the heart of the Doctor Who universe.”

Mat Way, Global Director of Live Entertainment, for BBC Studios said 

“Maze Theory have created another incredibly exciting opportunity for fans to fully immerse themselves in the world of Doctor Who in this brilliant new story. Voiced by two hugely popular Doctors who guide players as they battle to save the universe, Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality is bound to be a future fan favourite and we can’t wait for the show’s dedicated gaming fanbase to discover this new story.” 

  

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality is a Maze Theory production for BBC Studios with development by Just Add Water

 





Village of the Angels - Appreciation IndexBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Village of the Angels: Weeping Angel (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))

Flux: Chapter Four: Village of the Angels achieved an Audience Appreciation Index score of 79.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

The figure is a marked improvement on the previous week, and is the highest acheived so far this series.

 





The Abominable Snowmen to be AnimatedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 - Reported by Marcus
The Abominable Snowmen (Credit: BBC Studios)

The BBC has announced that an animated version of the 1967 story The Abominable Snowmen will be released next year. 

The story stars Patrick TroughtonJack WatlingFrazer Hines and Deborah Watling. Originally shown between  30th September 1967 - Saturday 4th November 1967. it was the second story of Season 5 and features the Doctor's first encounter with the Yeti and the Great Intelligence. 

Most of the six-part story is missing from the BBC Archives, with only episode two still existing. 

The release gives fans the opportunity to enjoy the six new fully animated presentations of this lost story, which will be released alongside the one surviving segment episode two.

Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen follows the Doctor as he returns to the Himalayas 300 years after his first visit to the Holy Ganta, an ancient relic he was given many centuries ago by the grateful monks at Det-Sen Monastery. On arriving, the Doctor is blamed for a series of brutal murders in the area, however companions Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield discover the true culprits – the previously peaceful Yeti that live in seclusion on the mountainside have apparently turned violent.

The Doctor must convince the monks that not only is he not their enemy, but the real foe is living amongst them. Their ancient Master, Padmasambhava, is being controlled by an alien entity known only as the Great Intelligence.

Russell Minton, Executive Producer of The Abominable Snowmen, said:

We’re delighted to announce Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen, something Doctor Who fans have been waiting patiently for over the years. We’re grateful for the surviving audio-only recordings, which we are very lucky to have courtesy of several Doctor Who fans, which have allowed us to create another exciting and action-packed chapter in the Doctor’s story.

Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen is available to order from Amazon,

 




Bernard Holley 1940-2021Bookmark and Share

Monday, 22 November 2021 - Reported by Toby Hadoke
Bernard Holley. Photo: Chuck Foster

The actor Bernard Holley has died at the age of 81.

Bernard Holley became a household name during his 277 episode stint as PC Newcombe in the groundbreaking and popular police series Z-Cars. He later played in another mold-shattering police drama, The Gentle Touch (1982-84), as Detective Inspector Mike Turnbull - the partner of central character Maggie Forbes (played by the late Jill Gascoine). He also joined Gascoine on the spin-off series CATS Eyes (1984).

His other credits included two roles in Doctor Who: Peter Haydon in one of the show’s all-time classics, The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), and as Axos in The Claw of Axos (1971) opposite Jon Pertwee: a role he reprised opposite Colin Baker on audio for Big Finish. 

He was a familiar face on British screen for over 50 years, debuting on TV soap The Newcomers in 1966 and still working in the past decade on shows like Doctors and Casualty. He was also a reader on children’s favourite Jackanory between 1974 and 1991 and was an in-demand voice-over man, his warm tones heard on countless adverts and documentaries. 

His longtime friend, BAFTA-winning producer Clive Doig, says 

From Z-Cars to Just for Men Bernard was a face and voice instantly recognisable. I first worked with Bernard when he played the burglar on The Phoenix and the Carpet, recorded in 1976. We struck up a lasting friendship and Bernard became part of my reparatory company in shows like The Deceivers and Eureka. He was always my closest friend in Kew - although he had many brothers of his own, Bernard and I were like brothers.

His friend, Coronation Street actor Toby Hadoke said

He was an actor whose easy naturalism that he made small screen acting look easier than it is, It’s no surprise he made TV his home so early on and that directors went to him again and again. He was always totally believable, communicating a lot by doing very little and he had a natural warmth and charm that made him easy to watch and a likeable performer. He was such a reliable and welcome presence I think everyone thought they kind of knew him.

He had been in ill health for some time and passed away on the morning of November 22nd. He is survived by his wife Jean, to whom he was married for over 50 years, and their son Michael, grandchildren Marley and Isla, and five brothers and two sisters.





Ratings UpdateBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 November 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Village of the Angels: Jericho (Kevin Mcnally), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Claire (Annabel Scholey) (Credit: BBC Studios (BBC Studios))

Doctor Who Village of the Angels was watched by 3.45 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The figure is a slight drop from last week's episode. Top for the evening was I'm A Celebrity on ITV1 with 8.03 million watching.

The seven-day consolidated figure, which includes all those who watch the episode within one week. for Episode Three: Once, Upon Time was 4.67 million. This is the lowest seven-day consolidated rating since the series returned in 2005.

However, In terms of chart position, Doctor Who is still performing strongly. It was the 6th most-watched programme on BBC Television for the week and the 19th most-watched on all British television.





Flux Chapter 4: Village of the AngelsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 20 November 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Village of the Angels: Weeping Angel (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))

Doctor Who returns this weekend for the fourth chapter in the Flux series, Village of the Angels

Devon, November 1967. A little girl has gone missing, Professor Eustacius Jericho is conducting psychic experiments, and in the village graveyard, there is one gravestone too many. Why is Medderton known as the Cursed Village, and what do the Weeping Angels want?

The episode is written by showrunner Chris Chibnall along with Maxine Alderton, who wrote last year's The Haunting Of Villa Diodati

It is directed by Jamie Magnus Stone who directed the first two episodes of this season.. 

It stars Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor alongside Mandip Gill as Yasmin and John Bishop as Dan. 

 

The episode can be seen in the UK on BBC One at 6.20 pm on Sunday. Full global broadcasts are listed at This Week in Doctor Who

 

It can be streamed on the BBC iPlayer, on Netflix, on Amazon Prime and Britbox depending on location. 

 

 

 

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Once, Upon Time - Appreciation IndexBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 16 November 2021 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Once, Upon Time: Craig Parkinson (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))

Flux: Chapter Three: Once, Upon Time achieved an Audience Appreciation Index score of 75.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

Range-wise, a figure of 60 is considered poor with 85 as excellent, so in context 75 sits firmly between those two views; however it is the lowest received by the series since its return in 2005.

The average for Flux at its halfway point is 76.





Ratings UpdateBookmark and Share

Monday, 15 November 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Once, Upon Time: Cybermen (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))

Doctor Who Once, Upon Time was watched by 3.76 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The figure is a slight drop from last week's episode.

The seven-day consolidated figure, which includes all those who watch the episode within one week. for the War of The Sontarans was 5.10 million.

This made Doctor Who the 13th most-watched programme on British television for the week ending 7th November





Flux: Chapter Three - Once, Upon TimeBookmark and Share

Saturday, 13 November 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Once, Upon Time: Dan (John Bishop), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))

Doctor Who returns this weekend for the third chapter in the Flux series, Once, Upon Time

Time is beginning to run wild. On a planet that shouldn’t exist, in the aftermath of apocalypse, the Doctor, Dan, Yaz and Vinder face a battle to survive.

 

The episode is directed by Azhur Saleem making his Doctor Who debut. 

It stars Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor alongside Mandip Gill as Yasmin and John Bishop as Dan. 

 

The episode can be seen in the UK on BBC One at 6.30 pm on Sunday. Full global broadcasts are listed at This Week in Doctor Who

 

It can be streamed on the BBC iPlayer, on Netflix, on Amazon Prime and Britbox depending on location. 

 

 

 

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Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 571Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 571 (Credit: Panini) Doctor Who Magazine Issue 571 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 571 (Credit: Panini)

 

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 571 is out this week and comes with one of three covers. 

It includes the latest on Series 13 from the showrunner Chris Chibnall. 

Highlights include 

  • Three variant covers to collect – Swarm, Azure and Skaak
  • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • An exclusive preview of the final episodes of Series 13, with contributions from Chris Chibnall, Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.
  • Interviews with Sam Spruell and Rochenda Sandall, who play Flux supervillains Swarm and Azure.
  • Production designer Dafydd Shurmer discusses the sets he created for Series 13, with previously unseen concept art and other exclusive images
  • Writer and director Pete McTighe describes the making of the trailer for the new Season 17 Blu-ray box set.
  • A look back at The Five Faces of Doctor Who repeat season, on the 40th anniversary of its BBC2 screening.
  • The second installment of a two-part feature looking at Doctor Who’s most successful, and not so successful, relaunches 
  • The Fact of Fiction analyses the 1984 story Planet of Fire.
  • The second part of The Forest Bride, a brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Yaz.
  • Sufficient Data explores Doctor Who’s big ideas.
  • An exclusive preview of the Season 17 Blu-ray box set, complete with a disc-by-disc guide of special features
  •  Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

 

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 571 is on sale from panini.co.uk and WH Smith from Thursday 11 November priced £5.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £4.99.