David Tennant / Paul McGann On Double Vinyl Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Thursday, 6 August 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Time Lord Victorious - Echoes of Extinction (Credit: Big Finish)

Big Finish has today revealed its final contribution to the Doctor Who multi-platform adventure Time Lord Victorious with a new limited edition vinyl – starring David Tennant and Paul McGann

Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious - Echoes of Extinction comprises of two separate adventures that listeners can play in any order and form a greater narrative.  

This very special double-A side vinyl Doctor Who release features a different incarnation of the Doctor on each side and will be released on split red/blue vinyl.  

Trapped, a haunted monster waits to consume new victims. It needs help. It needs a doctor. Unfortunately, it also needs to kill whoever it meets. Thrust into immediate danger, and on the back-foot, it will take all of the Doctor’s ingenuity to triumph.  

Two interlinked adventures. Two Doctors. One foe.  

The supporting cast also includes Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Burn Gorman (Torchwood, The Expanse), Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Kathryn Drysdale (Benidorm, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) and Paul Clayton (The Crown, Him and Her).  

 

David Tennant said:

The Doctor in Time Lord Victorious is a different character. He's slightly lonelier, slightly scratchier, when he doesn't have one of his pals to hold him back.  

But it's nice to tell stories from different times of his life. You just have to try and make sure you're in the right mindset. The script is fascinating. I've only got one side of it, but I'm very aware there's more to this story, that there's another Doctor on the other side of the disc. I look forward to getting my LP so I can listen to it all.

Paul McGann added:

 

I've read this script twice through and I'm still none the wiser. I'm more confused after the second time than I was after the first. It's only while working on it that I've become aware of how it's going to be structured.  

It really appeals to me, the idea that it's in two parts, on two sides of vinyl. I think it's fun for people listening. Part of the excitement is when the different incarnations meet... or nearly meet.

Writer and Producer Alfie Shaw said

Director Scott Handcock has pulled together an amazing who’s who of Doctor Who for the cast. We’ve got alumni from the series as well as Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

It’s been an honour to create Big Finish’s first commissioned-for-vinyl story, and utterly thrilling to write for both the Eighth and Tenth Doctors.

The vinyl will launch in selected UK ASDA stores on 27 November 2020.  

A digital download of the story will be released from the Big Finish website on 04 December 2020, and is now available for pre-order at £8.99.  

Time Lord Victorious - Echoes of Extinction (Credit: Big Finish)




Time Lord Victorious #1Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 - Reported by Marcus

Titan has released the covers for the first in their upcoming contribution to the Time Lord Victorious series. 

The comic, which pits the Tenth Doctor against the Daleks will be released on 2nd September 2020

 

Time Lord Victorious #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
 

A thrilling new adventure for the Tenth Doctor (as played by fan-favorite David Tennant) that sees the shocking return of his deadliest enemies: the Daleks! But things aren't what they seem - time is all wrong, and something is coming that terrifies even the Daleks... The first of two oversized issues kicking off the BBC's highly anticipated multi-platform Doctor Who epic, Time Lord Victorious!
Time Lord Victorious #1 - Cover A (Credit: Titan ) Time Lord Victorious #1 - Cover B (Credit: Titan ) Time Lord Victorious #1 - Cover C (Credit: Titan ) Time Lord Victorious #1 - Cover D (Credit: Titan ) Time Lord Victorious #1 - Page 1 (Credit: Titan ) Time Lord Victorious #1 - Page 2 (Credit: Titan ) Time Lord Victorious #1 - Page 3 (Credit: Titan ) Time Lord Victorious #1 - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )




Paul McGann's Podcast InterviewBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Paul McGann (Credit: Chuck Foster)
 
Paul McGann has just done his first-ever podcast interview,
 
The Eighth Doctor talked to  Follow Your Curiosity, a podcast where people talk about their creative journeys.
 
The majority of the conversation is Doctor Who related and is being released it in two parts, on the 5th and 19th of August.
 
The podcast can be found here
 




Cutaway Comics - UpdateBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 - Reported by Marcus

Credit: Cutaway ComicsCutaway Comics, the new independent imprint featuring worlds and characters from the world of BBC Television’s Doctor Who, had announced stretch goals for their hugely successful Kickstarter.

The project has already raised over £8,000, far in excess of the £678 goal. 

 

The top goal will be a pilot for a new series of comics featuring ORCINI: Master of the Grand Order of Oberon, as played by William Gaunt in the 1985 Doctor Who story Revelation of the Daleks .

 

This is a return for one of Eric Saward’s most celebrated creations. Oricini is a space knight, who battles evil across the five galaxies with his loyal squire, Bostock, at his side.

The tales of this legendary caste of space knights who dedicate their lives to fighting against evil are known across the Galaxy. The legends of these quasi-mystic beings speak for themselves. For reasons we have yet to learn, one of their number, Orcini, has been excommunicated from the Order. Cast out and dishonoured, Orcini has been reborn as a Soldier of Fortune. Accompanied by his faithful squire, Bostock, this mythical pair have embarked on a galaxy-spanning quest to vanquish evil and maybe, restore their honour.Orcini has had many adventures. Songs of his victories are sung across the Five Galaxies. The legends talk of a man who needs just to breathe on his enemies to make them wither and die. But the latest assignment has Orcini at a disadvantage. On paper, it seems a straight rescue, but is life ever that simple at the Outer Systems of the Galaxy?

 

Publisher Gareth Kavanagh comments:

Orcini and Bostock are a refined double act, played with flair, and completely in keeping with some of the finest duos to have grace Doctor Who’s screens. The thought to bring them back for this Kickstarter was irresistible, and a perfect way to reward those who have pledged their support to the project already if we can meet the stretch goals.

 

Orcini is available to those backing the Cutaway Comics Kickstarter and will be issued if the top funding goal is met. Other goals include merchandise packages which include new commentaries for classic Doctor Who serials, and prints and posters based around launch title Lytton.

 

The Kickstarter can be found online along with information on the project and an introductory video. More information can be found on the Cutaway Comics website or in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine which features an article with interviews including Eric Saward, Bob Baker, Stephen Wyatt and artists Barry Renshaw and John Ridgway.





New Independent Comics set in the Doctor Who UniverseBookmark and Share

Sunday, 26 July 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Cutaway ComicsCutaway Comics, an independent comic imprint based in Manchester is launching a new comic series featuring worlds and characters from Doctor Who.

Mixing writers new to comics with experienced artists, Cutaway Comics will bring a new perspective to characters using fresh British creatives.

Publisher Gareth Kavanagh, one half of the publishing duo behind Vworp Vworp, the acclaimed fanzine chronicling the history of Doctor Who comics, explains
I was always fascinated by strips in the back of ​Doctor Who Weekly that didn’t feature the Doctor. Instead, the monsters took centre stage - and the stories were terrifying. Those strips launched the careers of Alan (​Watchmen) Moore and David (​V For Vendetta) Lloyd amongst others, and this is our homage to those unpredictable and wild stories with the next generation of talent.
Cutaway Comics has been working with writers, artists and rights holders to deliver an ambitious chapter of storytelling with villains, aliens, and planets from the worlds of Doctor Who and beyond. The first chapter of Cutaway Comics includes a visit to the giant tower block of Paradise Towers, the rogue god Omega attempting to free himself of his black hole prison and a dimension-hopping trip to 1970’s Soho in Lytton.

Lytton features the intergalactic soldier seen in Doctor Who’s Resurrection of the Daleks. It is a brand new story written by his creator Eric Saward and featuring art from Barry Renshaw.
Intergalactic soldier Lytton has swapped the battlefields for a jazz club in 1970's Soho. If only it wasn’t for the strange noises in the sewers, rumours of vicious aliens in the dark alleyways, and a terrible sense of murder in the air, then everything might be perfect.
Eric Saward is a name familiar to Doctor Who fans for being the script editor for Peter Davison and Colin Baker’s Doctors, as well as writing many fan favourite stories. Saward says:
It has been an adventure pushing one of my own characters into this visual medium. I’ve very much enjoyed seeing my characters take on a life of their own after all this time!
Further stories to come from Cutaway Comics include Omega: Vengeance, which sees rogue god Omega pulling the strings to escape his black hole prison. Omega also features art by the legendary John Ridgway.

Following Omega: Vengeance will be a return to the world of Paradise Towers, a giant tower block with teenage gangs, murderous old ‘rezzies’, and underground whispers that might topple the tower block once and for all. Written by Sean Mason, who has previously adapted Halo Jones and V for Vendetta for the stage, the artist will be announced shortly.

Cutaway Comics has launched a Kickstarter to raise awareness of the project, offering exclusive perks such as digital copies and the chance for you to appear in a future ​Lytton comic.

Beyond the comics, each issue ordered directly from the Cutaway Comics website will include an exclusive bonus DVD with the following content planned
  • Video commentaries on the comic featuring artist Barry Renshaw and writer Eric Saward
  • An introduction to the series from Eric Saward
  • New interviews with Eric Saward and Barry Renshaw
  • Newly recorded audio commentaries for ‘Gangsters’, the series that shot Lytton actor Maurice Colbourne to fame featuring series creator Philip Martin and BFI Historian Dick Fiddy
  • A newly recorded audio commentary for ‘The Caves of Androzani’ featuring Salateen actor Robert Glenister
  • Deleted pages, and concept art
You can order Lytton #1 directly from Cutaway Comics​.




Doctor Who Time Lord Victorious Panel at Comic ConBookmark and Share

Friday, 24 July 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Comic-con 2020It has been announced that there will be a Doctor Who Time Lord Victorious panel at San Diego Comic Con, taking place online.

Hosted by Titan Comic’s Andrew Sumner, the panel will go behind the scenes with BBC producer James Goss, writer Jody Houser, artist Roberta Ingranata, colourist Enrica Eren Angiolini, editor Jake Devine and senior creative editor David Leach to discuss the new Time Lord Victorious comic series.

The panel will go live on Saturday, July 25 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm BST.

You can sign up here 

Or watch it on YouTube 




Hero Collector Joins Time Lord VictoriousBookmark and Share

Friday, 24 July 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Time Lord Victorious (Credit: Hero Collector)Hero Collector – designers, manufacturers, and publishers of high-quality collectibles from across the worlds of pop culture – has announced its part in Time Lord Victorious, a multi-platform Doctor Who adventure launching in September.

Each of the four Time Lord Victorious box sets will contain two hand-painted polyresin figurines at 1:21 scale (approximately 3.5 inches tall), along with an in-depth companion magazine, highlighting the huge range of creative talent involved across the entire Time Lord Victorious adventure and packed with behind the scenes details about this untold story.

The first three Hero Collector box sets will feature brand new Dalek designs created specifically for the series, such as the Dalek Time Commander and the new Dalek Emperor. The fourth and final box, however, will include the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), clad in ornate and war-torn Gallifreyan robes.

The first of these box sets, featuring the Dalek Emperor and Dalek Drone, will be available in late October at £19.99/$34.95 RRP. You can find them for sale at all good specialist retailers, Hot Topic and comic shops, or online from the Eaglemoss shop. Fans in the US can pre-order the first set now from Entertainment Earth or in the UK from Forbidden Planet.

Hero Collector joins partners including Penguin Random House, Doctor Who Magazine, Titan Comics, Escape Hunt, Big Finish Productions, Immersive Everywhere, Maze Theory, Demon Records, BBC Books and BBC Audio in an epic story told across several platforms.




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 554Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 554 (Credit: Panini)The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine mounts an in-depth investigation into the areas of the Doctor Who universe where our fragments of knowledge don’t quite add up, with sections devoted to the Doctor, the TARDIS, Gallifrey, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

Also in the magazine
  • Arthur Darvill, who played Rory, answers questions from the TARDIS Tin.
  • Hair and make-up designer Claire Pritchard discusses her work on Series 12.
  • The writers and artists behind Cutaway Comics explain how the imprint is expanding the worlds of Doctor Who.
  • An at-a-glance guide to the ‘Lockdown Season’ of Doctor Who, with contributions from Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the1968-69 serial The Krotons.
  • A look at the animated version of Shada released in 2003.
  • A review of Character Options’ latest range of action figures.
  • Big Finish previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, The Blogs of Doom and much more.


 Doctor Who Magazine Issue 554 is on sale from Thursday 23 July




Doctor Who: Season 14 Re-releasedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 11 June 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 14 (pack shot) (Credit: BBC Studios)
Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 14, first released as a limited edition on Blu-ray in May 2020, is being re-released in the UK by BBC Studios on 27th July 2020 due to unprecedented demand

All content, extras and artwork will remain the same as the 1st edition.

The original edition sold out with copies selling for over £150 on Amazon.

The re-release can be ordered on Amazon from Friday 12th June.

The Blu-ray is released in Australia on 15 July and in the United States on 4 August




The Doctor Who Audio GuideBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 May 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Audio Guide Volume 1 (Credit: DWAS)The Doctor Who Audio Guide Volume 2 (Credit: DWAS)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has published the second volume of The Doctor Who Audio Guide

The Doctor Who Audio Guide by Colin John Francis, was first published by DWAS in 2005 and covered every official Doctor Who audio title from 1963 to 2005, with an updated version extended up to 2008 being published in 2010.

The Society is now pleased to publish volume 2 which covers all releases from 2009 to 2013. The guide is fully indexed by title, cast and crew and the index to the second volume is consolidated to cover volume 1 as well.

The book is A4 with a full-colour cover by Nigel Thomas, featuring Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor from The Pescatons.

Released at the same time is an updated version of volume 1 with a new colour cover, also by Nigel Thomas. This revised volume features both Colin Baker’s foreword from the 2005 edition, and Lisa Bowerman’s foreword from the revised 2010 edition.

volume 1 runs to 482 pages and covers releases from 1963 to 2008. Volume 2 runs to 480 pages and covers releases from 2009 to 2013. Titles covered include BBC produced and licensed products and other licensed titles featuring characters from the main TV series.

Each book is sold in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Colin Francis choose this charity in memory of a friend he met whilst working as a bluecoat at Pontins in the early 1990s. His friend died overnight from the cancer that he was too proud to tell people he was suffering from.

As well as the standard paperback, DWAS has also produced volume 2 in a limited run hardback with ribbon and dustjacket. Both volumes 1 and 2 can be purchased from the DWAS website now. The price for the paperbacks is £19-99 each and the limited-run hardback is £29-99. Prices include UK delivery. Delivery to Europe and Worldwide will cost extra.

Volume 3 is currently in production. The books are published by Space Rocket Ltd on behalf of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 552Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 552 (Credit: Panini)Issue 552 of Doctor Who Magazine reveals the readers choices of the First Doctor's greatest adventures.

Thirty-two First Doctor stories battled for the top spot the Twitter contest. Which is the fans’ favourite?

Issue 552 also includes:
  • Series 11 writers Pete McTighe, Vinay Patel and Joy Wilkinson interview each other.
  • Mark Gatiss answers questions from the TARDIS tin.
  • Time and Space Visualiser presents a rare William Hartnell interview, conducted during rehearsals for The Sensoritesin 1964.
  • 50 brilliant things about Doctor Who – not including Doctor Who!
  • A tribute to Doctor Who writer Pip Baker.
  • A previously unpublished interview with Pip and Jane Baker.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores Parts Nine to Twelve of 1986’s The Trial of a Time Lord.
  • More of DWM’s recommended lockdown viewing, with a guide to stories available on DVD and streaming services.
  • A look at Race Against Time, a game book in the 1986 Make Your Own Adventure with Doctor Who series.
  • A review of The Maze of Doom, the latest Doctor Who book by David Solomons.
  • The final part of The Piggybackers, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • Big Finish previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more!
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 552 is on sale from Thursday 28th May.




Fantom Events over the Spring Bank Holiday weekBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 May 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Time Space Visualiser (Credit: Fantom Events)Fantom Events have planned a number of online activities for Doctor Who fans over this Spring Bank Holiday week:
  • Monday: Time Space Visualiser 7. This will be the usual mixture of brand-new interviews and features, with a variety of guests from all eras of the programme,including Philip Hinchchliffe, new series director Keith Boak and costume designers Louise Page and Hayley Nebauer. Commencing from 5:00pm.
  • Tuesday: The Unsung Heroes of Doctor Who. As well as new episodes of Alex Moore’s ongoing series acros the week at 6:00pm, Tuesday will also live streaming of a further three episodes at 8:00pm.
  • Wednesday: Time Space Visualiser 8: The Enemy Within. A mini presentation celebrating the 1996 television movie, which will be broadcast after TARDIS Monkey’s anniversary Tweetalong at 8:45pm. For more information about the tweet along follow the hashtag #ItsAboutTime.
  • Thursday: Another Fantom Zoom Pub Quiz for everyone to join in with; the questions will be fiendish, but the faces will be friendly! The quiz will start at 8:15pm, to pre-register contact the Fantomteam.
  • Friday: Time Space Visualiser 9: The Wilderness Years. A mini presentation taking a look at what happened during the period between Survival and Rose, from 8:00pm.
  • Saturday: Time Space Visualiser 10. Join Dexter and Paul, and Jason in Social Hub from 5:00pm.

All their online events can be watched via their YouTube channel.




Doctor Who: The Monster VaultBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have announced a new hardback book that delves into the background of one of the key elements of Doctor Who:

Doctor Who: The Monster Vault (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who: The Monster Vault
The Doctor's Enemies Unlocked

Written by Jonathan Morris and Penny CS Andrews
Edited by Paul Lang
Illustrated by Lee Johnson and Ben Morris


Doctor Who's biggest and most comprehensive monster guide yet, The Monster Vault takes you on the ultimate tour of the Whoniverse, discovering and cataloguing every wonderful and terrifying creature the Doctor has ever encountered.

From the notorious Daleks, to the evil Stenza warrior T’zim-Sha and the ancient Thijarians, The Monster Vault features in-depth profiles on each monster, showing the Doctor's most dangerous enemies in their natural habitat and unveiling their secret histories. You will also discover how monsters were created and designed, through exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, anecdotes, case studies and unseen artwork.

This lavish and visually stunning book provides an unrivalled wealth of information, allowing you to explore the rich history of Doctor Who and expand your knowledge and understanding of monsters old and new.

Doctor Who: The Monster Vault is now available to preorder, and is due to be published on 22nd October 2020.




The Unsung Heroes of Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Unsung Heroes of Doctor Who (Credit: Fantom Events)Fantom Events have announced a brand-new lockdown project celebrating the “unsung heroes” of Doctor Who.

Hosted by Alex Moore, this series of YouTube videos aims to tell the behind the scenes story of those members of the cast and crew whose perspective might normally go untold.

The series will be launched with a special live stream from 8pm BST on 20th May with four episodes featuring Lee Sheward (stunt co-ordinator for Doctor Who and Torchwood); Shaunna Harrison (provided the make-up for Terror of the Vervoids, The Ultimate Foe and Paradise Towers); Philip Brown (who played the Seventh Doctor double in The Day of the Doctor) and Gareth Milne (who played George Cranleigh in Black Orchid and stunt doubled for both Michael Cochrane and Peter Davison. Other credits include Warriors of the Deep, The Caves of Androzani and Vengeance on Varos).

Each subsequent episode will go live weeknights at 18:00 from 25th May and will occasionally feature as part of our regular virtual conventions Time Space Visualiser.

Series highlights include:
  • Nick Joseph (Supporting Artist on The Creature from the Pit, The Leisure Hive, Black Orchid, Terminus and The Mark of the Rani)
  • Ralph Wilton (Production Assistant for Shada and Production Manager on Arc of Infinity)
  • Jim Dowdall (Stunt Performer on Day of the Daleks, The Sea Devils, The Time Monster, Genesis of the Daleks, Frontios)
  • Rocky Taylor (Stunt Performer on The Idiot’s Lantern. He also has uncredited roles in The Daleks’ Master Plan and The Curse of Peladon)
  • Alan Spalding (Designer for Revelation of the Daleks)
  • Damon Jeffery (The Curse of Fenric and Survival)
  • Matthew Savage (Design assistant for series 1 and 2 of Doctor Who. He was also an associate designer and assistant art director for series 1 of Torchwood)
  • Mickey Lewis (Dalek Operator in Asylum of the Daleks and Into the Dalek, an alien in The Rings of Akhaten, the Third Doctor’s body double in The Day of the Doctor and a cyberman in The Doctor Falls, Ascension of the Cybermen and The Timeless Children)

Host Alex Moore said:
It is wonderful to speak to so many people about the making of Doctor Who and their wider careers. We can bring new perspectives from different voices.

The interviews will be available for free at the Fantom Events website, where you can also find all of their weekend online Time Space Visualiser events and a host of other new and archive material created during the pandemic.