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 5 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 23 Nov 2012

Doctor Who Magazine Special 62: The 2023 YearbookBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Special 62:  The 2023 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)

This special issue of DWM celebrates the Thirteenth Doctor’s entire journey and looks back on an extraordinary 12 months.

The Thirteenth Doctor’s final adventures were among the most spectacular in the series’ history. This was a time of transformation in more ways than one – the return of some familiar faces and the announcement of Doctors Fourteen and Fifteen were just a few of the highlights.

And then, as outgoing showrunner Chris Chibnall handed over to Russell T Davies, production began on the episodes that will take the series into its 60th anniversary. 

Highlights include:

  • Exclusive interviews with Sophie Aldred (Ace), John Bishop (Dan), Sacha Dhawan (the Master), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Jodie Whittaker (the Doctor) on the making of the Centenary Special, The Power of the Doctor.
  • Ray Holman reveals the secrets of his costume designs for the returning Doctors and companions in The Power of the Doctor.
  • Analyses of every single Thirteenth Doctor story, from The Woman Who Fell to Earth to The Power of the Doctor.
  • A diary of the most significant events of 2022, both on screen and off.
  • Tributes to the Doctor Who luminaries who died during 2022.

DWM Special Edition 62: The 2023 Yearbook is on sale from Thursday 1 December at WH Smith, selected supermarkets and online from panini.co.uk priced £7.99.

A digital edition is also available, priced £6.99 from pocketmags.com

 




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Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 583Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 October 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 583 (Credit: Panini)

Issue 583 of Doctor Who Magazine contains an exclusive preview of the final story for the thirteenth Doctor, The Power of the Doctor

 

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • Jodie Whittaker (the Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yaz), John Bishop (Dan) and writer Chris Chibnall talk exclusively to DWM about The Power of the Doctor in the 19-page preview. 

  • Chris Chibnall signs off as showrunner in his final Production Notes.

  • More from Chris, as he braves questions randomly selected from the TARDIS tin.

  • A full preview and contents list of the forthcoming Blu-ray box set Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 2.

  • A previously unpublished interview with the late Colin Lavers reveals the stories behind the costumes he designed for 1983’s The King’s Demons and The Five Doctors.

  • The sets of 1965’s Galaxy 4 are recreated, providing new insights into this mostly missing story.

  • The Fact of Fiction travels deep inside the most incredible machine in the universe as it looks back at 2013’s Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.

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

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

PLUS!

  • Doctor Who: A BBC Production, a 28-page supplement tracing the behind-the-scenes history of the show and highlighting the BBC executives who have steered its course.

  • A diorama of the First Doctor’s TARDIS control room.

  • A huge double-sided poster with images from The Power of the Doctor.

  • A download code for a complete, 60-minute Doctor Who audio drama.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 583 is on sale Thursday 20 October from panini.co.uk and WH Smith priced £10.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £9.99.

 




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Thirteenth Doctor’s Final Battles Get Special Blu-ray ReleaseBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 October 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Thirteenth Doctor - Steelbook (Credit: BBC Studios)

The Thirteen Doctor’s final battles to be marked with a special home entertainment releases

Jodie Whittaker’s final three episodes as The Doctor will be available for fans to add to their collections this November.

Fans have two options to commemorate the Thirteenth Doctor’s final battles. A standalone release of the regeneration episode, The Power of the Doctor will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, or alternatively a limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook made up of the three Series 13 specials, Eve of the DaleksLegend of the Sea Devils and The Power of the Doctor.

 

The Power of the Doctor (DVD & Blu-ray), to be transmitted later this month, sees the Thirteenth Doctor take on her deadliest enemies in her final battle. The DVD and Blu-ray includes bonus materials:

  • The Power of the Doctor – Behind the Scenes
  • A farewell to Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill
  • Audio commentary

 

Doctor Who The Series 13 Specials (Blu-ray Steelbook) consists of the three specials that have aired on TV in 2022. The Steelbook includes bespoke never seen before artwork of the Thirteenth Doctor’s final adventures.

Bonus Material includes:

  • The Dalek Execution
  • The Sea Devils Return
  • Becoming Pirates
  • The Power of the Doctor – Behind the Scenes
  • A farewell to Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill
  • Audio commentaries of all three episodes

Both releases will be available for fans to buy from 14th November and is available for pre order on Amazon





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The Power of the Doctor - finale date confirmedBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 October 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Power of the Doctor

The BBC has confirmed that Doctor Who’s feature length centenary special - The Power of the Doctor – will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 23rd October. This episode is the last of three specials that aired this year, and will mark Jodie Whittaker’s final adventure as the Thirteenth Doctor. 

Action-adventure in space and time for all the family, starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, John Bishop, Sophie Aldred, Janet Fielding and Sacha Dhawan. In this feature-length Special to mark her last adventure, Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor must fight for her very existence, against her deadliest enemies: the Daleks, the Cybermen and her arch-nemesis, the Master.

 

Who is attacking a speeding bullet train on the edges of a distant galaxy? Why are seismologists going missing from 21st century Earth? Who is defacing some of history’s most iconic paintings? Why is a Dalek trying to make contact with the Doctor? And just what hold does the mesmeric Rasputin have over Tsar Nicholas in 1916 Russia?

 

The Doctor faces multiple threats…and a battle to the death.

 

The Power of the Doctor trailer on YouTube

 

Images from the episode:

 

The Power of the Doctor: Tegan (JANET FIELDING), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) and Ace (SOPHIE ALDRED) The Power of the Doctor: Ace (SOPHIE ALDRED) (Credit: BBC) The Power of the Doctor: Tegan (JANET FIELDING) and ACE (SOPHIE ALDRED) The Power of the Doctor: Ace (SOPHIE ALDRED) and Tegan (JANET FIELDING) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) The Power of the Doctor: Kate Stewart (JEMMA REDGRAVE) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) The Power of the Doctor: Kate Stewart (JEMMA REDGRAVE), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) The Power of the Doctor: The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) The Power of the Doctor: Dan Lewis (JOHN BISHOP) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) The Power of the Doctor: Vinder (JACOB ANDERSON) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) The Power of the Doctor: Yasmin Khan (MANDIP GILL) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) The Power of the Doctor: Yasmin Khan (MANDIP GILL) and The Master (SACHA DHAWAN) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) The Power of the Doctor: The Master (SACHA DHAWAN) and Yasmin Khan (MANDIP GILL) The Power of the Doctor: The Master (SACHA DHAWAN) The Power of the Doctor: The Master (SACHA DHAWAN) The Power of the Doctor: The Master (SACHA DHAWAN) The Power of the Doctor: The Master (SACHA DHAWAN) The Power of the Doctor: Cybermen The Power of the Doctor: Cybermen The Power of the Doctor: Ashad (PATRICK O’ KANE) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) The Power of the Doctor: The Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon)





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Doctor Who: RedactedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 10 April 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Jodie Whittaker (Credit: BBC)

The BBC has announced a new spin-off podcast, Doctor Who: Redacted will be available on BBC Sounds.

The 10-part series will begin alongside the television Easter special on April 17th, giving fans a brand new podcast of action-packed adventures.


Listeners will be introduced to characters, Cleo Proctor (Charlie Craggs), Abby McPhail (Lois Chimimba) and Shawna Thompson (Holly Quin-Ankrah) – alongside some familiar faces including the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Rani Chandra, Kate Stewart, Petronella Osgood and Madame Vastra.

Doctor Who: Redacted follows Cleo, Abby and Shawna - three broke university drop-outs from different cities across the UK who remain connected via their paranormal conspiracy podcast, ‘The Blue Box Files’. The trio speculates over Abby’s favourite conspiracy theory – intent on finding out the truth behind the mysterious ‘Blue Box’ that keeps cropping up across history. What if this random police public call box was actually an alien ship?

They don’t know who the Doctor is, or if aliens are real, but soon find themselves caught in a supernatural conspiracy as they learn that everyone who’s ever met the Doctor is disappearing and being forgotten. Essentially, they’re being redacted from reality. The Blue Box Files is so unsuccessful that our heroes are the last ones to be affected by the redaction, making Cleo, Abby and Shawna the world’s only hope. Now it’s a race against time to uncover the truth.

Set in the Doctor Who universe, the series entangles past and current storylines, cameos from the Doctor’s friends and allies, as well as appearances from monsters and aliens, identifiable to fans and non-fans alike.

Doctor Who: Redacted is scripted by bestselling author Juno Dawson, alongside a host of new and experienced writing talent. The audio drama primarily explores the relationships between ordinary people unknowingly immersed in the Doctor Who universe.

Juno Dawson, lead writer says:

Doctor Who was my first love, and it's an absolute thrill to add to the ever-expanding mythology in podcast form for the first time ever. What a total privilege to write for something so beloved, and put my own little flag on the landscape.

The cast for Doctor Who: Redacted includes Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who), Charlie Craggs, Jacob Hawley, Lois Chimimba (Doctor Who, Vigil), Holly Quin-Ankrah (Coronation Street, Grange Hill), Ken Cheng, Jemma Redgrave (Doctor Who), Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who), Doon Mackichan (Good Omens, Smack The Pony) and more.

Doctor Who: Redacted is available first on BBC Sounds weekly from April 17th.

Episode 1 will be available following Doctor Who’s Legend of the Sea Devils on Easter Sunday.

 





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Legend of the Sea Devils - TrailerBookmark and Share

Saturday, 2 April 2022 - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released a trailer for the upcoming story Legend of the Sea Devils.

Legend of the Sea Devils: TRAILER | Doctor Who





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Legend of the Sea Devils - Easter SundayBookmark and Share

Friday, 1 April 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Legend Of The Sea Devils (Credit: BBC/Getty Images)

Doctor Who will return to screens worldwide on Sunday 17th April with The Legend of the Sea Devils. 

The story is the second in a trio of Doctor Who specials airing in 2022

UK viewers can catch the episode on BBC One or the BBC iPlayer, while in the USA the episode will screen on BBC America. 

Other worldwide broadcasts follow shortly afterward.

For details check This Week in Doctor Who

 

In a swashbuckling special adventure, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill), and Dan (John Bishop) come face to fin with one the Sea Devils, first seen in the 1972 Third Doctor story. 

Why has legendary pirate queen Madam Ching come searching for a lost treasure? What terrifying forces lurk beneath the oceans of the nineteenth century? And did Yaz really have to dress Dan up as a pirate?

 

The final Doctor Who episode starring Jodie Whittaker will be screened in the Autumn as part of the celebrations making 100  years of the BBC. 

 

Legend Of The Sea Devils (Credit: BBC/Getty Images) Legend Of The Sea Devils: Yasmin Khan (MANDIP GILL), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) (Credit: BBC/Getty Images) Legend Of The Sea Devils (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) Legend Of The Sea Devils: Ying Ki (MARLOWE CHAN-REEVES) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) Legend Of The Sea Devils: Madam Ching (CRYSTAL YU) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon) Legend Of The Sea Devils: Ji-Hun (ARTHUR LEE) (Credit: BBC Studios/James Pardon)





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Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall to leave Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Thursday, 29 July 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Jodie Whittaker (Credit: BBC)

Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall will be leaving Doctor Who following a trio of specials ending in an epic blockbuster to air in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC’s Centenary celebrations.

The current showrunner and Thirteenth Doctor have been in charge of the TARDIS since filming for the Thirteenth Doctor began in 2017 but both have confirmed they will be leaving the series at the end of 2022

A six-part Event Serial has been announced for this autumn, and two Specials were already planned for 2022. To help mark the 100th Anniversary of the BBC, BBC One has now asked for an additional final feature-length adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor before the Doctor regenerates once more.

After taking the helm of the show, Chris Chibnall made the groundbreaking decision to cast Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor. He also brought in Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham), and cast the acclaimed Sacha Dhawan as the latest incarnation of The Master, plus Jo Martin as the mysterious Fugitive Doctor, adding new characters, layers and twists to the mythology of the show.

Chris Chibnall said

Jodie and I made a “three series and out” pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we’re handing back the TARDIS keys.

Jodie’s magnificent, iconic Doctor has exceeded all our high expectations. She’s been the gold standard leading actor, shouldering the responsibility of being the first female Doctor with style, strength, warmth, generosity and humour. She captured the public imagination and continues to inspire adoration around the world, as well as from everyone on the production. I can’t imagine working with a more inspiring Doctor – so I’m not going to!

For me, leading this exceptional team has been unrivalled creative fun, and one of the great joys of my career. I’m so proud of the people we’ve worked with and the stories we’ve told. To finish our time on the show with an additional Special, after the pandemic changed and challenged our production plans, is a lovely bonus. It’s great that the climax of the Thirteenth Doctor’s story will be at the heart(s) of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.

I wish our successors - whoever the BBC and BBC Studios choose - as much fun as we’ve had. They’re in for a treat!

Jodie Whittaker added

In 2017 I opened my glorious gift box of size 13 shoes. I could not have guessed the brilliant adventures, worlds and wonders I was to see in them. My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team who make it, for the fans who watch it and for what it has brought to my life. And I cannot thank Chris enough for entrusting me with his incredible stories. We knew that we wanted to ride this wave side by side, and pass on the baton together. So here we are, weeks away from wrapping on the best job I have ever had. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express what this role has given me. I will carry the Doctor and the lessons I’ve learnt forever.

“I know change can be scary and none of us know what’s out there. That’s why we keep looking. Travel Hopefully. The Universe will surprise you. Constantly.”

Current Director of BBC Drama Piers Wenger added

Over the last four years Chris and Jodie have made Doctor Who history and their time on the show is indelibly marked on our memories. From Rosa Parks to Ascension of the Cybermen, Chris and Jodie have given Doctor Who some of its most life-affirming and tear-jerking moments to date and we are beyond excited to see what they have in store for us in the new series this Autumn. Jodie's final adventure to mark the BBC's Centenary in 2022 is set to be a Doctor Who Special to remember. I’d like to thank them both for their incredible work on the show

With over a year of adventures to come, the Thirteenth Doctor still has plenty in store for fans.

 

 





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Doctor Who: The Edge of RealityBookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 July 2021 - Reported by Marcus
The Edge of Reality (Credit: BBC)

Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker and Tenth Doctor David Tennant will face a new nemesis in a quest to save reality in a new videogame to be released this Autumn.

Digital entertainment studio, Maze Theory, in partnership with BBC Studios, have today announced that the brand-new videogame Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality will launch on Wednesday 30th September 2021.

Compatible with current and next-gen consoles as well as PC, Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality reimagines and expands on Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, with a completely new and compelling adventure.

With new worlds to explore and all-new modes of gameplay, players will be guided by the ThirteenthDoctor (voiced by Jodie Whittaker), and for the first time will also encounter the Tenth Doctor (voiced by David Tennant) in a new story written by Gavin Collinson (Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins).

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality will include easter eggs, new foes, and iconic monsters such as the Cybermen, the Daleks and the Weeping Angels. Players will also find themselves immersed in the ‘Chaosverse’: a corrupted alternate universe where worlds and timelines collide to create new adventures, encounters, and threats…

Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality Highlights

  • In this thrilling first-person adventure, a ‘reality virus’ is wreaking havoc across the universe, causing time glitches that distort the past, present and future.
  • Players will face an entirely new antagonist – The CyberReaper, an ominous foe with a terrifying purpose. More to be revealed….
  • The new story opens up multiple new environments for the player to explore, from a Cybership to the Chaosverse.
  • New and expanded levels include new gameplay modes, such as puzzles, shooting, collecting and stealth.

Ian Hambleton, CEO of Maze Theory said:

With our partners at BBC Studios, we are giving DoctorWho fans and gamers an incredible new experience through space and time. The appearance of both the Thirteenth and Tenth Doctors is set to be an epic event. The‘Chaosverse’ is a mind-blowing new concept, which brings a whole new dimension to the Doctor Who Experience.

This much-anticipated console/PC launch follows the incredible success of the mobile game Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins and re-affirms our commitment to take players on the most unexpected and immersive narrative journeys.
Kevin Jorge, Senior Producer – Games & Interactive for BBC Studios said
We’re really excited to bring Doctor Who back to console and to give players the chance to be the centre of a new Doctor Who adventure. We’re always striving to bring the Doctor Who universe to life in unique and interesting ways, tell new stories and give fans the chance to be part of their own adventure and I believe we’ve done that with The Edge of Reality. We really hope that fans and those new to Doctor Who alike will enjoy helping the Doctor in this epic adventure.
Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S,Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch and PC on 30th September 2021.
 
For more information, visit: doctorwhotheedgeofreality.com
 




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Hero Collector Revolution Figurines and Pin BadgesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 January 2021 - Reported by Marcus
 Revolution of the Daleks figurines and pin badges. (Credit: Eaglemoss)

Eaglemoss have revealed the identities of their ‘mystery’ Doctor Who Revolution of the Daleks figurines and pin badges.

The identities of these Doctor Who Festive Special themed pin badges and figurines were kept largely under wraps until now, with only the Thirteenth Doctor and Revolution Dalek pin badges revealed.

The figurines depict the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) in their prison uniforms, as well as the Revolution Dalek, all at 1:21 scale (approx. 3.5 inches tall).

These hand-painted figurines join Hero Collector’s existing range of Doctor Who models and will be accompanied by an in-depth companion magazine, packed with details from this exciting festive special.

The Revolution of the Daleks Figurine Box Set will launch in April 2021, but is available for pre-order now on the Hero Collector website.

The seven chibi-style metal pin badges depict the Thirteenth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, and the Revolution Dalek as well as four imprisoned aliens seen in the Doctor Who Festive Special – the Weeping Angel, the Ood, the Sycorax and the Silence.

The Revolution of the Daleks Chibi Pin Badge Set is available now on the Hero Collector website.

 




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