Captain Jack Returns for ChristmasBookmark and Share

Monday, 23 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Revolution of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios)

The BBC has revealed that Captain Jack, played by John Barrowman, will return in the Festive special of Doctor Who Revolution of the Daleks

 

Described as one of the most loved characters in the Doctor Who Universe Captain Jack was last seen in the series 12 episode, ‘Fugitive of the Judoon’, when he made a brief surprise appearance with a stark warning for Yaz, Ryan and Graham to pass on to the Doctor before disappearing.

 

In the upcoming special Captain Jack will be on hand to help the Doctor and his companions as they discover a disturbing plan forming involving one of the Doctor’s most feared and dangerous enemies, the Daleks. With the Thirteenth Doctor locked away in a space prison, will Captain Jack be able to help save planet Earth?

 

On returning for the Festive Special, John Barrowman MBE revealed:

Putting on Jack’s coat and setting foot back on the set of Doctor Who was just like going back home.  It’s always thrilling  to play Captain Jack. He’s a character very close to my heart who changed my life, and to know the fans love him as much as I do makes his return even sweeter. I hope everyone enjoys Jack’s Heroic adventure with Thirteen.

Chris Chibnall, Executive Producer, said:

A Doctor Who Festive Special means treats galore, and there’s no bigger treat than the return of John Barrowman to Doctor Who, for an epic and emotional feature-length episode. If anyone can blast away the sheer rubbishness of 2020, it’s Captain Jack. Daleks beware!

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer BBC Studios, added:

After a tantalisingly brief appearance in Fugitive of the Judoon it’s a total joy and thrill to welcome back John as Captain Jack. One of the most iconic characters in Doctor Who lore, his presence ignites this Festive Special from the start.

‘Revolution of the Daleks’ will air over the festive period on BBC One and BBC America with more details to be revealed soon. 

 





Comsic Masque Issue XIIBookmark and Share

Thursday, 19 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Cosmic Masque XII (Credit: DWAS)
 
 
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has released issue 12 of Cosmic Masque, the Society’s e-magazine.
 
Cosmic Masque is about the worlds of fandom, and this issue contains items on recent merchandise releases, Interviews with people involved in the production of Time Lord Victorious comic books and Doctor Who themed Escape Rooms, and as always, new items of fan fiction. 
 
This issue runs to over 60 pages and is available for everyone to download free-of-charge at the DWAS website 




Series 13 Begins FilmingBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who - Series 11 (Credit: BBC / Ben Blackall)

The BBC has announced that filming has begun on Series 13 of Doctor Who, the 39th season since Doctor Who began in November 1963

The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way back with Jodie Whittaker once again reprising her role as the Doctor, but next seasons run will be curtailed to just eight episodes due to current restrictions over COVID-19

With safety protocols in place, the Doctor Who team are now filming under strict industry and government guidelines to ensure the safety of all cast and crew. Due to the added time and protocols required, the team will be completing a total of eight episodes rather than the usual eleven.

Talking about the new series, Showrunner Chris Chibnall said

In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production. We’re thrilled to be back making the show. Given the complexity of making Doctor Who, and with new and rigorous COVID working protocols, it’s going to take us a little longer to film each episode, meaning we expect to end up with eight episodes, rather than the usual eleven. But rest assured, the ambition, humour, fun and scares you expect from Doctor Who will all still be firmly in place. For everyone around the world, this is a challenging period — but the Doctor never shirks from a challenge!

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer BBC Studios, added:

We are so thrilled to have unlocked the TARDIS, dusted down the sonic and be able to start filming again for the next series of Doctor Who. The amazing production team, crew and cast have worked wonders to get us shooting again in these challenging times.  It’s going to be as fun filled and action packed as ever - with plenty of surprises.

Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama, said: 

We are thrilled that filming series 13 of Doctor Who is now underway. The team have gone to great lengths to safely bring the TARDIS back to BBC One. We are all looking forward to seeing what adventures are in store for the Doctor but whilst we await her return, we can all look forward to the festive special.

The Thirteenth Doctor was last seen in the dramatic series 12 finale where the fate of the Doctor was seemingly left hanging in the balance after she was locked away in an eternal prison. In the upcoming festive special, titled ‘Revolution of the Daleks’, the Doctor’s best friends Yaz (played by Mandip Gill), Ryan (played by Tosin Cole) and Graham (played by Bradley Walsh) have to pick up their lives without her. However they soon discover a disturbing plan forming involving one of the Doctor’s biggest and most feared enemies – the Daleks. How do you fight the Daleks without the Doctor?

With the Doctor’s fate unknown, just what will series 13 bring?

Revolution of the Daleks will air on BBC One over the festive period. Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production.

 





Fish Fingers and CustardBookmark and Share

Saturday, 6 June 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Fish Fingers and Custard (Credit: Fish Fingers and Custard)The new edition of the fan publication Fish Fingers and Custard is now available.

Issue 18 is the first issue in four years and can be downloaded as a free PDF

Included in this issue 
  • The Curse of Time – Are all Doctor Who stories with ‘Time’ in the title destined to not be very good? The Doctor Who Cookbook – A review of one of the more ‘left-field’ official publications. 
  • 10 Years of Fish Custard – How we took 4 years off but still claim to have been ‘fanzining’ for a decade. 
  • Returning Villains – Which classic Who baddies are due for a return? 
  • Obituaries for John Hurt and Deborah Watling 

And plenty more besides




Tales from the MatrixBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 May 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Tales from the Matrix (Credit: Tales from the Matrix)
The latest edition of the Fanzine Tales from the Matrix is now available.

Tales from the Matrix is a free weekly Doctor Who long-form fiction zine. So far 10 issues have been published with over 300 pages of fiction.

The magazine is being distributed by three Doctor Who clubs (The Guardians of Gallifrey, the Prynceton Prydonians, and the Doctor Who Club of Australia) to all of their members. This is a non-commercial effort that now built a readership of over 1,000.

The zine can be found on Facebook, can be subscribed to by email,




Homemade WhoBookmark and Share

Friday, 8 May 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Homemade WhoDoctor Who fans around the world united in April 2020 to recreate their favourite moments during the lockdown.

The Homemade Who project was launched last month to give the Doctor Who community something creative and fun to do while everyone’s been stuck at home.

With Doctor Who celebrating 15 years since its revival, fans were asked to recreate some of their favourite scenes from 2005 onwards using whatever they could find in their house.

A compilation video featuring every clip sent in so far can be found here

Entries were sent in from England, Australia, France, Luxembourg, Argentina, Wales, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, the USA, and New Zealand!

You can watch all the complete clips on Instagram:

Due to its success, the project has been extended for another month. If you would like to take part you can find all the details here.

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The Unofficial Master Annual 2074Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 16 April 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Unofficial Master Annual 2074 (Credit: Terraqueous Distributors)The Unofficial Master Annual 2074 (Credit: Terraqueous Distributors)The latest release from Terraqueous Distributors is The Unofficial Master Annual 2074.

The annual is 136 pages, featuring stories and illustrations produced by fans, as well as contributions from well-known names such as Alister Pearson, Smuzz, and Andy Walker.

The Master annual was originally announced last November, with a call for contributors. The following is an excerpt from the writer's guidelines: The Master is the Anti-hero. Sometimes saving people, not because of compassion or moral values, but because it suits whatever agenda he has. Of course, he can also be the villain, remember that meddlesome Doctor isn't around - and that's when villains come out on top.

The focus of the annual is the original Master portrayed by Roger Delgado. The cover artwork is a homage to the first-ever Dr Who annual that was released in 1965 by World Distributors.
We wanted from the start to send the message that the Doctor isn't here to save the day, he's gone, he's been replaced by a different kind of hero. And in the unofficial Master annual, we get to explore just how successful he can be. What could be more thrilling than exploring the Master's universe, without having the Doctor there to save the day.
The cover was illustrated by Paul Cooke and features original characters from the stories in the annual.

The publication follows The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 and The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987, which featured stories and illustrations produced by fans, as well as celebrity contributions from the worlds of Doctor Who.

The Unofficial Master Annual 2074 is available from Lulu at the print-on-demand price of £23.32 plus shipping costs). The annual is a not-for-profit publication, and none of the money paid by purchasers goes to the publisher or to any of the contributors.

The Unofficial Doctor Who Annual 1987 is also available, but will be retired later this year.

Later this year, Terraqueous Distributors will be releasing their fourth annual. This time the focus will be on the seventh Doctor. If you would like to contribute to the seventh Doctor annual, please send an email to: doctorwhoannual@aol.co.ukDetails on the Terraqueous Distributors FaceBook page




Zerinza Volume Three Out NowBookmark and Share

Sunday, 26 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Zerinza Volume Three (Credit: Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA))
The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) has just released the third volume of its Zerinza yearbook series.

This third volume of Doctor Who fan publication Zerinza contains all-new interviews with K9 creator Bob Baker, non-fiction writer Robert Smith?, fiction writer Jon Blum, as well as fan audio creators Dallas Jones and Roger Reynolds.It also contains interviews from the archives (thanks to Antony Howe) with first producer Verity Lambert and Third Doctor companion Katy Manning.

Plus the publication delves behind the scenes on the making of a fan film, with both the script and an interview with the University of NSW Doctor Who Society on their work. Not to mention articles on a history of early Doctor Who fandom in Brisbane and a look at the links between Doctor Who and Bob Baker's 1980's opus Into the Labyrinth (which also featured scripts by Who luminaries Robert Holmes, John Lucarotti and Anthony Read).

Zerinza Volume Three is available now in paperback and hardcover editions from the DWCA Lulu shop.




Fugitive of the Judoon - New PicturesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 23 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released new pictures from the upcoming episode of Doctor Who - Fugitive of the Judoon.
Written by Vinay Patel
Directed by Nida Manzoor
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Guest starring Jo Martin, Neil Stuke and Ritu Aryać.

Ko Sho Blo! Trigger-happy space police the Judoon are targeting 21st-century Gloucester. The Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham race back to Earth in order to prevent them doing too much damage to the cathedral city. But who are they looking for, and what did they do to incur the wrath of the Judoon?
The episode can be seen on BBC One at 7.10pm next Sunday. North American viewers can see it at 8pm ET, while in Australia the episode debut's is on Thursday at 8pm. In New Zealand, it can be seen at 9am, Monday morning, just a couple of hours after the UK showing.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

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COMING SOON | Doctor Who: Series 12




Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror - PicturesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released new pictures from the upcoming episode of Doctor Who - Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror.

The story is written by Nina Metivier and directed by Nida Manzoor, both making their debut on Doctor Who.
Written by Nina Metivier
Directed by Nida Manzoor
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Guest starring Goran Višnjić and Robert Glenister.

1903. Who or what is sabotaging Nikola Tesla's generator plant at Niagara Falls? And has this maverick inventor really received a message from Mars?
The episode can be seen on BBC One at 7.10pm next Sunday. North American viewers can see it at 8pm ET, while in Australia the episode debut's is on Thursday at 8pm. In New Zealand, it can be seen at 9am, Monday morning, just a couple of hours after the UK showing.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

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COMING SOON | Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror




School Produces Doctor Who ProjectBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus

Pupils at a special needs school in Wales have produced their own episode of Doctor Who, narrated by Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy.

Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn is a school based in Swansea, for pupils aged 3-19 years, with a wide range of special needs.

Throughout the past year, their film enterprise group have been filming around Wales and making their own props for a special Doctor Who project.

Today sees the launch of the completed episode (just under 40 minutes in length) on the school's YouTube channel for free.




The Unofficial DR WHO Annual 1987Bookmark and Share

Monday, 18 November 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Unofficial DR WHO Annual 1987 (Credit: Terraqueous Distributors  )The Unofficial DR WHO Annual 1987 has now materialised and is ready to order.

Earlier this year, Terraqueous Distributors transport fans back to the 70s with the release of The Unofficial DR WHO Annual 1972, as 'World Distributors' elected not to bring one out for that year, creating a gap in many peoples collections. 34 years ago 'World Distributors' ended their run of Doctor Who annuals. So this time Terraqueous Distributors are taking us back to the 80's. The Unofficial DR WHO Annual 1987, is another bumper edition at 122 pages. and contains 11 stories, 2 comic strips, 10 features, 4 games, and more.

The annual also includes celebrity contributions from Frazer Hines, Alister Pearson, and David J Howe.
We are so proud and honoured to have our heroes, take part in the annual - although this time we also have a villian gracing the pages. Sil, is quite possibly the greatest villian the sixth Doctor has ever faced. And thanks to the kindness of Keith Barnfather, and Sil's creator Philip Martin, Sil has a couple of pages dedicated to him.
The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987 is published by Terraqueous Distributors and available from Lulu at the print-on-demand price of £21.64 plus shipping costs. None of the money paid by purchasers goes to the publisher or to any of the contributors.

The Unofficial DR WHO Annual 1972 is also available, but will be retired in January 2020.

Next year, Terraqueous Distributors will be releasing The Unofficial Master Annual. Details on the Terraqueous Distributors FaceBook page:




Series Twelve - Creative StaffBookmark and Share

Saturday, 16 November 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who - Series 11 (Credit: BBC / Ben Blackall)The BBC has revealed the list of Writers and Directors responsible for the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

With the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, returning in the New year, the BBC is starting to ramp up publicity for what will be the 38th series of the programme, the twelfth since it returned in 2005.

This year sees three new writers joining the show.
  • Nina Metivier
  • Co-creator of the Netflix series The A-List and a writer on the series Dixi. Previously served as a script editor on Doctor Who.
  • Maxine Alderton
  • Writer for Emmerdale and CBBC's The Worst Witch
  • Charlene James
  • Worked on Sky Atlantic's The Discovery Of Witches. Awarded the Alfred Fagon Award, for best new play at the National Theatre for Cuttin' It,
Also making their debut in 2020 and joining the series are four new directors.
  • Nida Manzoor
  • Worked on Enterprise
  • Emma Sullivan
  • A graduate of the National Film and Television School. Her short film AFTER TOMORROW, was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival
  • Jamie Magnus Stone
  • Studied at the National Film and Television School. Nominated for a BAFTA for his short film Orbit Ever After.
  • Lee Haven Jones
  • Studied at RADA. Lead director on the ITV series The Bay.
In addition, three writers return from Series 11:
  • Vinay Patel
  • (Demons of The Punjab)
  • Ed Hime
  • (It Takes You Away)
  • Pete McTighe
  • (Kerblam!)
Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall said
We’re thrilled that Doctor Who continues to attract some of the most exciting and dynamic talent working in television. Along with our returning faces, we’re excited to welcome new members to the Doctor Who family. The Doctor Who team is crammed with British television’s brightest writers and directors: we’ve adored working with them, and can’t wait to show you the explosive stuff they’ve created!
Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole will all be reprising their roles as the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends, alongside an exciting host of soon to be announced guest artists.

The series will be back on TV screens in early 2020.




Coming soon - The Unofficial Master AnnualBookmark and Share

Monday, 28 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Unofficial Master Annual (Credit: Terraqueous Distributors)
A new fan production, celebrating the Doctor's greatest enemy, The Master, is planned by Terraqueous Distributors

The Master is the Anti-hero. Sometimes saving people, not because of compassion or moral values, but because it suits whatever agenda he has.

Of course, he can also be the villain - he's very good at that, and remember that meddlesome Doctor isn't around - and that's when villains come out on top.

The cover is a tribute to the original William Hartnell annual, recreated by artist Paul Cooke. Terraqueos said:
With the cover, we wanted to make it clear that the Doctor isn't around - this is not his annual. Fans of the classic annuals will notice that there are a few empty spaces, those spaces will be filled by characters from the stories within the annual, as the project progresses.
If you would like to contribute to the unofficial Master annual, please visit the Terraqueous Distributors facebook group for information on how you can contribute.