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 4 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 25 Jul 2012

Bad Wolf Bluetooth SpeakerBookmark and Share

Friday, 18 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Bad Wolf TARDIS Pop culture electronics company, FAMETEK LLC has announced the introduction of their new BAD WOLF TARDIS Bluetooth™ Speaker under license from BBC Worldwide North America.

The 5.5” tall speakers materialise in the form of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors’TARDIS, with BAD WOLF painted on the side. Along with the wireless feature, the BAD WOLF TARDIS also has six TARDIS sound effects that indicate functions as well as LEDs that illuminate the top lamp and windows of the Doctor’s time machine.

In 2015 Massive Audio released the 8” TARDIS and Dalek Bluetooth speakers along with wired/wireless headphone collections, which were both hits. The company is now gearing up for a new collection of 5” tall figural speakers, premiering with the BAD WOLF TARDIS. Massive, under itsnew FAMETEK brand, will follow up with a Tenth Doctorfigural speaker in May 2016.

Jeremy Larsson of Massive Audio Inc said
We have experienced overwhelming support for our wireless Doctor Who speakers and are very excited to roll out the new Doctor Who 5” speaker range. There is a lot more to come in this collection!
The speakers are currently available in the USA and Canada, and will soon be available in the UK and Australia. The sets include
  • Sound Clips: Materialize, Dematerialize, Cloister Bell, Flight, Turbulence
  • Top LED flashes when powered On/Off.
  • Windows illuminates when paired with device and flash when paring.
  • Auxiliary IN for direct connection via 3.5mm cable
  • Multi-Function interface for Volume / Play / Pause / >> / << / Phone / Power
  • 1.5” full range driver with precision tuned ported enclosure + 1.5” bass radiator
  • Mil spec PCB with SMD parts for amplification
  • USB Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with 5 hour life of constant playback
  • Battery indicator display / voice battery low indicator
  • 5.89"(H) × 2.98"(D) × 2.98(W) / 149.6mm(H) * 75.6mm(W) * 75.6mm(D)
For more information please contact FAMETEK or visit the Facebook page

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FILTER: - Merchandise

Bad Wolf SpeakerBookmark and Share

Friday, 18 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
LBad Wolf TARDIS Pop culture electronics company, FAMETEK LLC has announced the introduction of their new BAD WOLF TARDIS Bluetooth™ Speaker under license from BBC Worldwide North America.

The 5.5” tall speakers materialise in the form of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors’TARDIS, with BAD WOLF painted on the side. Along with the wireless feature, the BAD WOLF TARDIS also has six TARDIS sound effects that indicate functions as well as LEDs that illuminate the top lamp and windows of the Doctor’s time machine.

In 2015 Massive Audio released the 8” TARDIS and Dalek Bluetooth speakers along with wired/wireless headphone collections, which were both hits. The company is now gearing up for a new collection of 5” tall figural speakers, premiering with the BAD WOLF TARDIS. Massive, under itsnew FAMETEK brand, will follow up with a Tenth Doctorfigural speaker in May 2016.

Jeremy Larsson of Massive Audio Inc said
We have experienced overwhelming support for our wireless Doctor Who speakers and are very excited to roll out the new Doctor Who 5” speaker range. There is a lot more to come in this collection!
The speakers are currently available in the USA and Canada, and will soon be available in the UK and Australia. The sets include
  • Sound Clips: Materialize, Dematerialize, Cloister Bell, Flight, Turbulence
  • Top LED flashes when powered On/Off.
  • Windows illuminates when paired with device and flash when paring.
  • Auxiliary IN for direct connection via 3.5mm cable
  • Multi-Function interface for Volume / Play / Pause / >> / << / Phone / Power
  • 1.5” full range driver with precision tuned ported enclosure + 1.5” bass radiator
  • Mil spec PCB with SMD parts for amplification
  • USB Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with 5 hour life of constant playback
  • Battery indicator display / voice battery low indicator
  • 5.89"(H) × 2.98"(D) × 2.98(W) / 149.6mm(H) * 75.6mm(W) * 75.6mm(D)
For more information please contact FAMETEK or visit the Facebook page

 
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FILTER: - Merchandise

Fourth Doctor Comic ArrivesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Next Wednesday March 23, 2016, sees the long awaited release of DOCTOR WHO: THE FOURTH DOCTOR #1: a brand-new mini-series featuring the The Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker, and his companion Sarah Jane Smith, as played by Elisabeth Sladen.

This series is penned by the creative team of Robbie Burns, Witch Hunter -​ ​Gordon Rennie (2000AD, Judge Dredd, Department of Monsterology) and Emma Beeby - and illustrated by Brian Williamson (Twelfth Doctor).

Victorian England. A mysterious woman commands a hidden army in a house of the blind. Scryclops stalk the streets…. and something alien and terrible screams from prehistory – with a hunger that cannot be satisfied! The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith return for an allnew adventure: GAZE OF THE MEDUSA!
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FILTER: - Comics - Fourth Doctor

New Eighth Doctor ComicBookmark and Share

Monday, 14 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees Titan release a new comic featuring The Eighth Doctor.

DOCTOR WHO: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR #5

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Emma Vieceli
Cover A: Rachael Stott, Cover B: Photo, Cover C: Carolyn Edwards

It's the final stop on the Eighth Doctor's enigmatic to-do list: a Bakri Resurrection Barge, where the super-rich are 'remade' into luxurious artificial bodies after corporeal death. But the resurrectees are dying... their bodies rebelling against their implanted minds! And what is the shocking truth Josie has been hiding from the Doctor?

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FILTER: - Comics - Eighth Doctor

LEGO TARDIS at Sydney Royal Easter ShowBookmark and Share

Monday, 14 March 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
LEGO TARDIS at the Sydney Royal Easter Show (Credit: BBC Worldwide)A full-size LEGO® replica of the TARDIS will feature at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show, which takes place in the Australian city every year.

The item will be installed outside of Showbag Hall on Riverina Avenue to promote the first ever Doctor Who showbag at the event. The exclusive showbag, licensed by Bensons Trading, will contain a variety of merchandise, including a TARDIS design back pack, tin case, beanie hat, notebook and lanyard, and a Doctor Who tote bag. The showbag will be available to purchase for $26 (normal retail value $64.70).

Doctor Who Showbag (Credit: Bensons Trading)Brigid Roberts, Business Manager, Licensing and Sponsorship, BBC Worldwide ANZ, said:
We’re delighted to able to offer Whovians in Australia another chance to see the LEGO® TARDIS, and get their hands on a showbag full of treats for aspiring Time Lords.
Rebel Ruby, Product Development, Bensons Trading Co, said:
Bensons are very excited to release the brand new Doctor Who showbag at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. We have worked closely with BBC Worldwide ANZ to come up with a fantastic pack that will have Doctor Who fans flocking to the show.


The LEGO replica, previously seen at last year's Doctor Who Festival, will be in place throughout the whole of the Royal Easter Show, which takes place between the 17th and 30th March at Sydney Olympic Park. Fans are encouraged to share their photos with the TARDIS on social media using the #legotardis hashtag.
(with thanks to BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand)




FILTER: - Australia - BBC Worldwide - Special Events

Unofficial Doctor Who Book GuideBookmark and Share

Sunday, 13 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Book Guide
Volume 2 of The unofficial Doctor Who Book Guide is currently being prepared and is looking for contributors.

The publishers are asking for short items, around 200 words each, on any fictional Doctor Who book that isn't part of the Target range.

Any profits from the project will go towards cancer research.

For details contact the team via their Facebook page.




FILTER: - Books - Fan Productions

Peter Capaldi - Draw My LifeBookmark and Share

Saturday, 12 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Peter Capaldi has been talking to The Fan Show who asked him to draw his Doctor Who life. Like all good artists he decided to interpret the brief and drew some old Doctors.





FILTER: - Peter Capaldi

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Havoc Files / In His KissBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart: The Havoc Files (Credit: Candy-Jar Books)As part of their ongoing series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, Candy Jar Books also published a number of short stories to accompany them as downloads; these have now been collected together and will be published as an anthology, The HAVOC Files.

The book includes the stories: Ambush (Andy Frankham-Allen), Legacies (Norma Ashley), One Cold Step (Andy Frankham-Allen), The Cult of the Grinning Man (Tom Dexter), The Dogs of War (Andy Frankham-Allen), and The Fright Before Christmas (Tom Dexter). As an added bonus the collection also includes a previously unreleased story, The Enfolded Time, by Andy Frankham-Allen; the author said:
I did play with calling this one The Many Brigadiers, as we are in the unique position of being able to deal with the dating issues that plagued Lethbridge-Stewart during his time in Doctor Who. And, to break with tradition, this story is set outside the normal Lethbridge-Stewart narrative, taking place in 1990. It will, hopefully, prove to be a very different kind of story.

Lethbridge-Stewart: In His Kiss (Credit: Candy Jar Books)In keeping with the tradition of accompanying e-books, this title will be no exception, with purchasers of the book also to receive a digital copy of In His Kiss, written by best-selling author Sue Hampton. Set during Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart’s early days as a teenager in 1945, it is described as "a haunting tale of lost love". The author added:
It was exciting to get to know a young Alastair, haunted by his brother's death and painfully in love for the first time. I really savoured the challenge of exploring beyond my comfort zone – and for the Brig-to-be, things are certainly anything but comfortable!

The HAVOC Files will only be available as a strictly limited edition print run of 300 copies, available directly from the Candy Jar Bookstore.


The new series of Lethbridge-Stewart begins in April with the release of Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.




FILTER: - Books - Candy Jar Books - Lethbridge-Stewart - Merchandise

Series Nine exhibits arrive at the Doctor Who ExperienceBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff has now been updated to feature props and costumes from the latest series of Doctor Who, shown last year, including the Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song. Costumes include those worn by the Doctor, Clara, River Song and Ashildr, alongside monsters such as the Mire, Sandmen, the Veil, and Colony Sarff. Displays also include sets such as the Davros Hospital Room and Trap Street.

Davros&#039;s Hospital Room, at the Doctor Who Experience (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Davros&#039;s Hospital Room, at the Doctor Who Experience (Credit: BBC Worldwide)
Trap Street, at the Doctor Who Experience 2016 (Credit: BBC Worldwide) The Osgood Box, at the Doctor Who Experience 2016 (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

(with thanks to BBC Worldwide)




FILTER: - Doctor Who Experience - Exhibitions - Series 9/35

Genesis of the Daleks back on vinylBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Demon Records to re-release a special version of the 1970s vinyl soundtrack of Genesis of the Daleks - featuring linking narration by Tom Baker - as part of the this year's Record Store Day, taking place on 16th April 2016.

Genesis of the Daleks (vinyl record) (Credit: Demon Records/BBC)Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks

A special reissue of an audio Doctor Who adventure, which was originally released in 1978 on BBC Records. This collector’s edition is released on 180g heavy weight ‘TARDIS blue’ coloured vinyl and is a must-have for all Whovians. The recording was one of the first Doctor Who audio adventures, a condensed soundtrack version of a TV episode with Tom Baker providing bridging narration. The story unfolds as Doctor Who travels to the desolate planet Skaro to avert the creation of the Daleks.

This highly collectable reissue of one the most dramatic episodes in the show’s history has been recreated with the original BBC Records artwork and accompanying sleeve notes.




FILTER: - Audio - Merchandise - Tom Baker - Vinyl