As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, revisit the story of Doctor Who, the occasional series written for the 50th Anniversary, explaining the origins of the programme.

Episode 3 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 14 May 2012

TARDIS seen at MITBookmark and Share

Friday, 27 August 2010 - Reported by Marcus
TARDISThe TARDIS has materialised on top of Little Dome at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The appearance of the Time machine on the roof of the University located in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a "hack" or a practical joke. The University has a long history of "hacks" including placing a Dark Mark over the Student Center to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and placing a Fire Department truck on the roof of the Great Dome.

FILTER: - Press

Directors for the 2011 SeriesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 August 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who directors Richard Clark and Adam Smith will return to the series in 2011.

Both are listed in the online CV of new Production Designer Michael Pickwoad. They are listed alongside Toby Haynes who is already confirmed as director of the 2010 Christmas Special.

Richard Clark directed Gridlock and The Lazarus Experiment, both originally shown in 2007 as part of the third series since the revival. He has also worked on episodes of Life on Mars, The Whistleblowers and Gunrush.

Adam Smith directed the Eleventh Doctor's first story, The Eleventh Hour as well as the Weeping Angels two-part story The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone. Away from Doctor Who he has worked on Little Dorrit and Skins.

Production on the next series of Doctor Who is due to continue next week, with a read-through of the Neil Gaiman story.

FILTER: - Series 6/32 - Production

Doctor Who Adventures - 181Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 August 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures 181Issue 181 of Doctor Who Adventures comes with a back-to-school monster stationery set.

There is a Cyberman fact file, a vital guide to all the horrible Cybermen out there. Plus, a chance to win life-size cardboard cutouts of the Doctor, Amy, the TARDIS, a Dalek Drone or a Weeping Angel.

Also this week, ‘"A day in the life of a... MONSTER MOVER"’: all the backstage info from Alisa Berk, who tells what it’s like to choreograph creepy creatures.

Plus a new ‘Monster Laughs’ jokes feature and 3 posters.

FILTER: - Magazines - DWA

TARDIS previewBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 August 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Adventure GamesThe third instalment of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games is due to be released tomorrow (27th August), and writer James Moran has written a preview mini-adventure Wish You Were Here.

The BBC website reports:
TARDIS is a dramatic, non-stop story in which you get to take control of the Doctor's time machine and battle a new monster known as the Entity... But if you want to know what the Doctor and Amy are up to immediately before that adventure begins, you can find out now in Wish You Were Here. It's written by James Moran (The Fires of Pompeii, Torchwood) who also wrote the latest Adventure Game. It sets the scene for TARDIS, introduces a new threat faced by the Doctor and leads directly into the action of the game.

You can download the mini-adventure (PDF format) from the BBC website, and find out all the details about the new adventure, screensavers, a 360° panorama, etc. - and of course download from tomorrow - from their TARDIS section.

Karen Gillan introduces the new Adventure Game:

FILTER: - Online - Games

Nigel Planer joins Doctor Who LiveBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 August 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Live: Nigel PlanerFormer star of The Young Ones, Nigel Planer is to take a lead role in the upcoming Doctor Who Live Tour.

Planer is best known for his role as TV hippy Neil in the classic comedy series but he has also appeared in many West End musicals, including Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked and Hairspray.

The live show, first announced in May, is touring nine UK cities this Autumn and will feature Daleks, Cybermen, Clockwork Droids, Silurians and Weeping Angels.

Planer will act as the production's lynchpin, starring as travelling showman Vorgensen who journeys the galaxy spreading tales of the Doctor's exploits and using his 'minimiser' gadget he can conjure up any of the Time Lord's foes for his audience.

Looking forward to the production Planer said
I'm incredibly excited to be joining Doctor Who Live and this role is something of a boyhood dream come true. My character Vorgenson, who has been developed specially for the show by Steven Moffat, is the Greatest Showman in the Galaxy and using his incredible invention, The Minimiser, he can make any Doctor Who character appear on stage as part of his travelling show dedicated to his hero.

Matt Smith will appear via filmed sequences which have been made just for the stage show and renowned illusionists The Twins have devised stunts which will enable a Dalek to be seen flying during the performances.

Actor Nick Briggs, who has voiced numerous monsters for the series including Daleks and Cybermen, will also be in the live cast, playing Winston Churchill in addition to some of the villains.

The tour begins at London's Wembley Arena on October 8 with further details at

FILTER: - Special Events

Revisitations ArtworkBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 August 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Enjoy! R2 REVISITATIONS 1 box artwork.  #doctorwho on Twitpic2|entertain have released the artwork for the forthcoming Revisitations box set.

The set is due for release in the UK in 4th October and will contain updated versions of The Talons of Weng Chiang, The Caves of Androzani and The TV Movie.

Full details of the boxset here.

FILTER: - Classic Series - Blu-ray/DVD

K9 First Series on DVDBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 August 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: The TV MovieThe DVD box set containing the complete first series of K9 will be released in Australia on September 29th.

The series, created by Bob Baker and Paul Tams, is currently showing on the TEN network in Australia and in the UK on the Disney XD channel. The series is due to be broadcast in the UK on Five this autumn.

There are no details yet of a release date outside Australia.
624 mins

K9 follows the adventures of three teenagers - Starkey, a young rebel genius whos lost his parents in mysterious circumstances, not to mention his own way in society, Jorjie, a very capable fighting dynamo in the deceptively cute frame of a privileged-schoolgirl from the upper echelons of society, and Darius, a sneaky and cunning delivery boy who knows the city like the back of his light-fingered little hand and, of course, K9, a cybernetic wonder a robotic dog built of mysterious alien technology and pulled through time and space to arrive on planet Earth. Together, K9 and his trio of teen companions investigate and engage all manner of mystery and menaces from beyond the stars, between dimensions or the dark and ancient places of the earth, and they try to fix the rips in time-space that are manifesting about the city and around the globe.

FILTER: - Blu-ray/DVD - K9 - Australia

TV Movie coming to North AmericaBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 August 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: The TV Movie2|entertain has confirmed the 1996 TV Movie will be released on DVD in North America.

The news was given by the Commissioning editor of the Doctor Who range, Dan Hall, in an exclusive interview with Hoo on Who.

The TV Movie stars Paul McGann in his one television appearance as as the Eighth Doctor. It was made as a co-production between Universal Television, BBC Television, BBC Worldwide, and the Fox Network and as a result the DVD rights outside the UK were not, until now, available to 2|entertain. Following discussions between 2|entertain and Universal the situation has now changed giving North American fans a chance to own a Region 1 version of the story for the first time.

The DVD is expected to be released in North America within the next twelve months. It will also be released in Australia and New Zealand.

FILTER: - Canada - USA - Classic Series - Blu-ray/DVD - Paul McGann

Doctor Who Prom on BBC ThreeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 August 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: MeglosThe Radio Times is listing the 2010 Doctor Who Prom for transmission on BBC Three on Monday 6th September at 8.30pm.

The broadcast will follow a repeat of the most recent series finale The Big Bang.

The Prom is being broadcast in a one hour slot implying the programme will be edited, probably removing the non Doctor Who music. The Prom took place on Saturday 24th July when it was broacast on BBC Radio Three. It was hosted by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.

FILTER: - Music - Special Events

One Show Christmas PromoBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
One ShowThe One Show played host to guests Matt Smith and Karen Gillan last Friday, during which the pair refused to give away any details of this year's Christmas Special.

However, a promotional photo for the episode was revealed (see below).

UK viewers can catch the show on the BBC iplayer until Friday (28th), and international viewers can see Matt and Karen involved with batter experiments via the BBC's YouTube channel.

Christmas Promotional Photo