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 8 - An Unearthly Series: The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 26 Mar 2013

Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 580Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 July 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: issue 580 (Credit: Panini)

Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 580 looks at the full story behind the two Doctor Who Movies. 


Highlights of the new issue include:

  • Sergei and Dmitri Subotsky reveal how their father, producer Milton Subotsky, tried to make a third Doctor Who film – Dr. Who’s Greatest Adventure. Plus, never-before-published details of exactly what was in the movie’s script.

  • Actor Jason Flemyng, the son of Gordon Flemyng, remembers his father and the 1960s Dalek movies he directed.

  • Doctor Who producer Nikki Wilson looks back at over a decade working on the series.

  • Composer Segun Akinola discusses the music of Flux and the Centenary Special – and looks to the future.

  • CG recreations of the flying saucer interior from Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., revealing how the Shepperton Studios sets were assembled.

  • A celebration of Spare Parts, the seminal audio drama that depicted the origins of the Cybermen and inspired later TV episodes.

  • Collectivity meets fans with a love for merchandise based on the 60s Dalek movies.

  • The Everlasting Summer, a brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor, Yaz and Dan.

  • The Fact of Fiction uncovers the hidden secrets of 2015’s The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion.

  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, Sufficient Data and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 580 is on sale Thursday 21 July from and WH Smith priced £6.99 (UK).

Also available as a digital edition from priced £5.99.


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K9: TimeQuakeBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 October 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
K9Official have announced plans to take K9 to the big screen:

K9: Time-Quake (Credit: K9Official)"Move over R2D2 and C3PO"......

K9, the World's most famous robot dog traverses the dimensions of space and time to become the latest robot star of the big screen!

Having made his TV debut nearly forty years ago in the 1977 Doctor Who TV serial "The Invisible Enemy" K9 went on to become one of the most iconic characters from the BBC series.

A new look high tech K9 for today's cinema is being prepared for film stardom.

The film "K9-TIMEQUAKE" has been written by one of K9's original creators; Bob Baker, a renowned writer of classic Doctor Who serials. Bob went on to co-write with Nick Park the Oscar and Bafta winning Wallace & Gromit series of film shorts as well as the feature film Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

The new K9 will be appearing in a Multi-Million Dollar movie which promises to be a great action adventure set in deep Space. The film will be full of dashing heroes and heroines, Androids, monstrous Aliens and an ultimate foe who will also be familiar to Doctor Who fans everywhere; the megalomaniac OMEGA.

The film is to be a UK co-production with exteriors filmed overseas and studio work planned for the UK.

K9 is the perfect character to star in a movie with a whole new bunch of action heroes making this a home grown Star Wars come Guardians of the Galaxy style cinema must see film.

The film is currently slated for release in 2017 which will be K9's fortieth birthday!

K9: TimeQuake (Credit: K9Official)
The producers told Doctor Who News:
Bob and Paul are very excited about the project and having Omega in the Movie will bring a great new dimension to both characters as K9 faces his greatest challenge. The names of the Director and principle cast will be released in the new year. Regular updates will be posted over the next few months.


To be in with a chance to win a copy of the book The Essential Book of K9, courtesy of the authors, simply answer the following question:
In the television series, who was the original creator of K9?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to with the subject "Affirmative!". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 8th November 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Neighbours From Hell starring Colin BakerBookmark and Share

Friday, 28 August 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Neighbours From Hell - Poster (Credit: Amber Pictures) Colin Baker is to star in a new horror/comedy feature film by Amber Pictures. Baker's character is described as "an ancient Demon intent on bringing about the apocalypse". The film also stars Suzanne Shaw and Chris R. Wright, with more cast members being announced over the coming months. The film is expected to be released in Autumn/Winter 2016.
On the brink of divorce from his wife Joanna, selfish slob Simon Fisher reluctantly agrees to attend a Halloween supper with his snobby next door neighbours, Phil and Pam. When Simon and Joanna arrive they meet the fifth guest, a mysterious old man. The stranger, is in fact a demon, intent on imprisoning them in the house until midnight, when he will decide which one of them to possess for the next one hundred years. A horror comedy that plays on the prejudices we have for the people next door. Best get to know your neighbours as you may need them some day.

Colin Baker as Demon (Credit: Amber Pictures) Colin Baker (Credit: Amber Pictures) Suzanne Shaw (Credit: Amber Pictures)

Updates on production of the film can be found on the Neighbours From Hell Twitter and Facebook pages.
(with thanks to James Eaves / Amber Pictures

FILTER: - Colin Baker - Movies

Day of the Doctor takes $4.8 Million at US Box OfficeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who took a stunning $4.8 million at the US box office on Monday, equivalent to 3 million pounds, making The Day of the Doctor the number two movie of the day.

The nationwide 3D screening took place in 660 theatres across the country, selling 320,000 tickets in total. Only The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ranked higher. This screening was in addition to the live simulcast with the BBC on Saturday which was shown on limited screens and took around $204,000.

To put the achievment into perspective, Entertainment Weekly reports the take is roughly as much as The Wizard of Oz in 3D made during its entire run earlier this year, and more than indie favourite Much Ado About Nothing.

Soumya Sriraman, Executive Vice President of Home Entertainment and Licensing, BBC Worldwide North America said
It’s incredible that Doctor Who has made history once again, setting record numbers across the board on BBC America, in social media, and now in theaters. It’s a testament to the fans and their dedication for Doctor Who
As reported earlier, the 50th Anniversary story also took £1.7 million in the UK, £0.87 million in Australia and 0.095 million in New Zealand over the weekend. The total currently stands at over £5.8 million ($9.4 million) with screenings across Europe, Canada and Latin America yet to be included.

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BFI To Show Recovered Dalek Film ReportBookmark and Share

Friday, 7 June 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BFI is to show the BBC's long-lost behind-the-scenes report on Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. that was recovered last year.

The feature, lasting about five minutes, was originally included in the edition of teen culture programme A Whole Scene Going broadcast on 16th March 1966 and will be shown on the big screen at BFI Southbank on Wednesday 3rd July during a compilation of reports from various productions.

The BFI event is entitled The Location Report and is itself part of the wider Broadcasting The Arts: Television Looks At Film strand being run by the organisation. Tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday 11th June.

Although the master tape was wiped by the BBC, a copy of this particular edition of A Whole Scene Going ended up as part of a Welsh villager's collection of films that was eventually sold on. A timecoded and watermarked extract from the programme is available to view via the Tim Disney Archive, with the Dalek film report excerpt starting at 1 min 16 sec.

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Doctor Who: The Dalek FilmsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 11 May 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
As part of the celebration of the two Peter Cushing movies, Dr Who and The Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150AD being released in high-definition on Blu-ray on the 27th May, Studio Canal have arranged a number of presentations of the films on the big screen in the United Kingdom, in association with the Independent Cinema Office.

11th May1:00pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADEdinburgh Filmhouse
11th May1:30pmDr Who and The DaleksChichester Cinema
11th May2:00pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADCurzon Community Cinema, Clevedon
12th May2:00pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADCurzon Community Cinema, Clevedon
12th May1:00pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADEdinburgh Filmhouse
12th May1:00pmDr Who and The DaleksExeter Picturehouse
14th MayDr Who and The DaleksCity Screen York
14th MayDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADCity Screen York
16th May1:00pmDr Who and The DaleksExeter Picturehouse (Silver Screen showing)
18th May2:00pmDr Who and the DaleksElectric Picture House, Wotton-under-Edge
19th May2:00pmDr Who and the DaleksElectric Picture House, Wotton-under-Edge
19th May1:00pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADHarbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton
23rd May1:00pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADHarbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton (Silver Screen showing)
26th May3:00pmDoctor Who and the DaleksAldeburgh Cinema
26th May1:00pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADArts Picturehouse, Cambridge
26th May2:00pmDr Who and The DaleksRiverside Studios, London (DWAS)
26th May3:50pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADRiverside Studios, London (DWAS)
27th May1:00pmDr Who and The DaleksArts Picturehouse, Cambridge
27th MayDr Who and The DaleksMareel, Lerwick
28th MayDr Who and The DaleksMareel, Lerwick
2nd June3:00pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADAldeburgh Cinema
2nd June1:00pmDr Who and The DaleksHarbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton
6th June1:00pmDr Who and The DaleksHarbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton (Silver Screen showing)
15th JuneDr Who and The DaleksEden Court Theatre, Inverness
15th JuneDaleks's Invasion Earth 2150ADEden Court Theatre, Inverness
16th JuneDr Who and The DaleksEden Court Theatre, Inverness
16th JuneDaleks's Invasion Earth 2150ADEden Court Theatre, Inverness
7th July2:45pmDr Who and The DaleksLittle Theatre Cinema, Bath
19th July9:45pmDr Who and The DaleksBarn Cinema, Totnes
20th JulyDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADBarn Cinema, Totnes (Outdoor Cinema)
20th July9:45pmDr Who and The DaleksBarn Cinema, Totnes
20th July9:45pmDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADBarn Cinema, Totnes (Outdoor Cinema)
11th AugustDr Who and The DaleksDerby QUAD (Fantastiq Festival)
11th AugustDaleks' Invasion Earth 2150ADDerby QUAD (Fantastiq Festival)
16th AugustDr Who and The DaleksNumber 8 Community and Arts Centre, Pershore

The two films have been digitally remastered and repackaged for both DVD and Blu-ray, with both released individual and as a limited collectors edition of the two together.

Directed by Gordon Flemyng
With Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden, Roberta Tovey

Dr Who and The Daleks (Digitally Remastered) (Credit: Studio Canal)Directed by Gordon Flemyng and now fully restored, DR. WHO & THE DALEKS (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV's most iconic sci-fi hero, and the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour.

British film legend Peter Cushing plays everyone's favourite Timelord, and having invented the TARDIS, a strange machine capable of travelling into other dimensions, the Doctor and his three young companions set forth on a quest through time and space. Their journey takes them into the dark, undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro. A primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species, a peaceful tribe known as Thals and a life form heavily mutated by radiation, encased in protective machines. A merciless force of destruction known as The Daleks

Extras: Audio Commentary with Roberta Tovey and Jenny Linden / Dalekmania / Restoring Dr. Who And The Daleks (new) / Interview With Gareth Owen (new) / Stills Gallery / Trailer

DVD Tech Specs: Cert: U / Region 2 / Total Running Time: approx. 79 min / Colour / Feature Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1 / Feature Audio: Mono 2.0 / English Language / Catalogue No: OPTD2529
Blu+ray Tech Specs: Cert: U / Region B / Total Running Time: approx. 82 min / Colour / Feature Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1 / Feature Audio: Mono 2.0 LPCM / English Language / Catalogue No: OPTBD2529

Directed by Gordon Flemyng
With Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Roberta Tovey and Jill Curzon

Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD (Digitally Remastered) (Credit: Studio Canal)Directed by Gordon Flemyng and now fully restored, DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. (1966) stars Peter Cushing in his return to the big screen as British TV's most iconic sci-fi hero, Doctor Who.

The earth of 2150 AD is a desolate and hostile ruin of a planet, crumbling at the edge of civilisation, slowly disappearing into the darkness of space. For the future of planet earth now belongs The Daleks, a destructive arm of alien invaders who have turned the human race into cowering slaves. Meanwhile deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. But there's only one man who could possibly help them succeed in destroying their extra terrestrial enemies and take back control of planet earth. A man of mystery, a man of time and space, a man known only as. The Doctor.

Extras: Restoring Daleks. Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (new) / Interview with Bernard Cribbins (new)/ Interview with Gareth Owen (new)/ Stills Gallery / Trailer

DVD Tech Specs: Cert: U / Region 2 / Total Running Time: approx. 80 min / Colour / Feature Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1 / Feature Audio: Mono 2.0 / English Language / Catalogue No: OPTD2530
Blu+ray Tech Specs: Cert: U / Region B / Total Running Time: approx. 84 min / Colour / Feature Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1 / Feature Audio: Mono 2.0 LPCM / English Language / Catalogue No: OPTBD2530


Thanks to Studio Canal we have three copies of the boxed set for readers in the United Kingdom to win. To be in with a chance, simply answer this question:
In Dr Who and The Daleks, what is Ian Chesterton's lucky number?
Please send your answer along with your name, address and where you saw the competition to with the subject line "Thal play!". Only one answer per household can be accepted. Please note that this competition is only open to UK residents only, and closes on 26th May 2013.

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Movie UpdateBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 December 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Steven Moffat has spoken a little more about how he feels about a big-screen version of Doctor Who:
The thing that I would find intolerable is that you get a film instead of the TV series because the TV series is more important. And I don't think any showrunner or future showrunner of Doctor Who would tolerate the idea that David Yates was talking about, of rebooting it and having a second continuity. That's just nonsense. Absolutely insane and a straightforward insult to the audience. We'd never, ever do that. The question would be how could we do it without delaying or harming the TV show?

I think it could be incredibly exciting to see that TARDIS fly on the big screen. It would just be how do we arrange it? And how do we make sure we have … no offense, but you suddenly take American money and they expect to tell you what to do and all that. I wouldn't be happy with that. But it will happen someday, I'm reasonably confident.
The full interview can be read at Vulture.

FILTER: - Steven Moffat - Movies

Movie updateBookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 July 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Matt Smith has ruled himself out of appearing in a big-screen version of the show. Speaking to Collider at last week's Comic-Con the actor explained:
For my money, whoever is playing the Doctor should be in the movie. I don't think there should be two Doctors. I think it would take four or five years to get something like that off the ground, and I don't anticipate that I'll be playing the Doctor then. My skin and the aging process couldn’t take it. But, I don't see any reason why it couldn't work. I think they should get Steven to write it because he’s the best.

Meanwhile, Steven Moffat re-iterated that any film version of Doctor Who will not be a separate entity to the current television series. Speaking to Airlock Alpha at the same event, the show's lead writer commented:
There will not come a time when there's a separate kind of Doctor Who. What was talked about there was that there would be a separate Doctor and a different continuity. Of course it won't. That would be silly. Everyone knows that's silly. The BBC knows that's silly, and is not going to do that.

The likelihood of an alternative film version of the show was promoted by director David Yates back in November when he told Variety that BBC Worldwide Productions were undertaking the project and writers were being considered for a version that "would start from scratch".

FILTER: - Steven Moffat - Matt Smith - Movies

Dalek Documentary DiscoveredBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 June 2012 - Reported by Marcus
A Whole Scene GoingMaterial from a long-lost documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the 1966 film Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. has been discovered in a private collection in Wales.

The recovered edition of the 1960s teen culture show A Whole Scene Going contains a sneak-peek into the making of the big-screen Doctor Who adventure. The brief clip shows movie Doctor Peter Cushing preparing to battle the Daleks. The black-and-white footage, taken on the set of the movie, also captures director Gordon Flemyng behind camera as he talks with stunt-men and plans out the movie's climactic final scenes.

Interspersed with the footage is an interview with Flemyng — who died in 1995, aged 61 — revealing that he preferred making "entertainment pictures" as opposed to more high-brow films, but "didn't take them any less seriously".

Although the BBC wiped the master-tape of A Whole Scene Going, a copy of the magazine show was made and found its way on to the collectors' circuit. Classic TV organisation Kaleidoscope, which recovered the 16mm film print in conjunction with the Tim Disney Archive, said the find would "delight" Doctor Who and vintage music fans alike.

Chris Perry of Kaleidoscope said:
A Whole Scene Going is an exciting TV find. For Doctor Who fans there's a fascinating glimpse into the making of feature film Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., showing Peter Cushing as the Doctor on the set along with director Gordon Flemyng and lots of Daleks. For music-lovers there are priceless performances by classic British beat band the Spencer Davis Group as well as American singer/songwriter Judy Collins. Sixties pop shows were routinely shown live or wiped after transmission so it's great to find one that slipped past the eraser's magnet!
Tim Disney of the Tim Disney Archive said:
How this print came into existence or found its way to a Welsh village, we'll never know. However, one theory is that it could have been film-recorded by BBC Wales from the network feed down the line from London for transmission at a later date.
A Whole Scene Going also features a rare interview with the Spencer Davis Group, who perform their chart-topping single Somebody Help Me.

Kaleidoscope and the TDA — which bought the film print privately from the collector — are currently in the process of returning a digital copy to the BBC Archive. However, fans will get the chance to see the recovered footage for the first time in more than four decades at Kaleidoscope's next screening event, taking place in Stourbridge, West Midlands, on Saturday 9th June.

Tim Disney of the TDA added:
Doctor Who was not the primary draw for us in recovering this programme, but the content of the programme as a whole — the exciting period of popular culture it reflects and its place in the history of British television. Thankfully, after the collector discovered he had a unique TV recording he was keen to ensure it would be returned to the BBC archives, turning down silly money offers to deal instead with Kaleidoscope and the TDA.
A clip from the recovered show can be seen at the Tim Disney Archive.

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Movie UpdateBookmark and Share

Friday, 30 March 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
David YatesDavid Yates has been in the UK as part of the Warner Bros promotion for their new Harry Potter studio tour; during interviews afterwards, he was asked about the status of the proposed Doctor Who film by Bleeding Cool's Hannah Shaw-Williams, to which he clarified that the production was still very much in the early stages:
Yes, I'm definitely doing a Doctor Who movie, but I think where everyone got confused was that we're not making it for five years, or six years – it's a very slow development. I've got projects backed up between now and about 2015, and it's something I'm very passionate and excited about.
Speaking about the existing series under Steven Moffat, he said:
Steven’s a genius. I love his work, I think he’s incredibly clever. I love what he's done with Doctor Who, love his Sherlock Holmes. He's such a gifted man. But this is something that's a very slow burn and I'm hoping to sit down with him at some point and have a chat. It's just something that we’ve been talking about for a little while. (and on the continuity issues raised) That's all to be discussed. Because it's five or six years from now. It's weird because … what will the series be like in five or six years? But I'm very excited about it, very excited about that world.
The full interview can be read at Bleeding Cool, or video versions can be watched via YouTube from SnitchSeeker and LeakyNews.

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