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 6 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 12 Dec 2012

Doctor Who Target Collection 2023Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 19 January 2023 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Books

BBC Books are to publish new Doctor Who Target books in July 2023

BBC Books has announced that it will be expanding the Doctor Who Target range with five new titles in Summer 2023, all publishing on 13th July, each with newly commissioned cover artwork by Anthony Dry.

The new titles celebrate Target publishing Doctor Who books for half a century. The 2023 collection celebrates the dramatic return of David Tennant and showrunner Russell T Davies to the programme.

Both The Waters of Mars by Phil Ford and The Planet of Ood by KeithTemple are  Doctor Who episodes from the Tenth Doctor era.

Fans will also be able to add a Twelfth Doctor adventure, as played by Peter Capaldi, to their collection with The Zygon Invasion by Peter Harness and a Thirteenth Doctor novelisation with Kerblam! by Peter McTighe.

Stephen Gallagher’s Warriors’ Gate and Other Stories will feature the Fourth Doctor.

Launched in 1973, Target Books published novelisations of almost every Doctor Who serial aired between 1963 and 1989, with only a few notable exceptions.

BBC Books began reissuing these classic paperbacks in 2012, and in 2018 expanded the Target range to include all-new novelisations of modern-era Doctor Who episodes.

This year, the expansion continues with:

Kerblam!: Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Kerblam! by Peter McTighe

Kerblam! is the biggest online retailer in the galaxy – but how did it become so big? When the Doctor’s Kerblam! package includes a mysterious request for help, she heads straight to the company’s warehouse moon to investigate...
 

Pete McTighe is a British screenwriter, producer, and lifetime Doctor Who fan. As well as writing episodes of Doctor Who, he has written two series of hit BBC drama The Pact, alongside writer and showrunner duties on A Discovery Of Witches, The Rising, and Wentworth for which he received five Australian Writers Guild nominations. He also writes and directs acclaimed short films to promote Doctor Who - The Collection Blu-ray releases.

Planet of the Ood (Credit: BBC)The Planet of Ood by Keith Temple

The Doctor and Donna learn that the planet of the Ood holds cruel and awesome secrets. As they battle for justice and survival, the fate of the entire Ood race hangs in the balance. Will the outcome be salvation – or extinction?

Keith Temple is a British screenwriter whose credits include Doctor Who, Doc Martin and the original BBC comedy drama, Angel Cake starring Sarah Lancashire. He has also written extensively for Continuing Drama including EastEnders, Emmerdale, River City and Casualty. Most recently, he wrote the screenplay for the horror feature film, Wyvern Hill. He has also written for the stage and lectures widely on screenwriting and filmmaking.

The Waters of Mars (Credit: BBC)The Waters of Mars by Phil Ford

The first human colony on Mars is destined for destruction in a nuclear explosion. This tragedy is a fixed point in history. The laws of time dictate that it cannot –must never – be changed. But as the Doctor’s darkest hour comes calling, he resolves to break the rules as he never has before...

 

Phil Ford has written scripts for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures for BBCTelevision. He also wrote animated Doctor Who adventure Dreamland, and four Doctor Who Adventure Games. His extensive screenwriting credits include episodes of Taggart, Bad Girls, New Captain Scarlet and Coronation Street. He co-created Wizards vs Aliens with Russell T Davies.

The Zygon Invasion (Credit: BBC)The Zygon Invasion by Peter Harness

It took three Doctors to broker a fragile peace between Zygons and Humans. Now the Twelfth Doctor must face the fallout alone. With his alliescompromised and his companion believed dead, can he stop the world from plunging into war?
 

Peter Harness is an English playwright, screenwriter and actor. He has contributed to programs such as McMafia, City of Vice, and Case Histories and wrote a new miniseries adaptation of The War of the Worlds for BBC One

Credit: BBCWarriors’ Gate and Other Stories by Stephen Gallagher

A new-to-print, expanded novelisation of the classic 1981 adventure. With the TARDIS caught in the collapsing void between two different universes, the Fourth Doctor is drawn into a dangerous alliance with a race of enslaved, time-sensitive aliens.

The consequences are explored in two further short stories, one exclusive to this volume!

Stephen Gallagher is an English screenwriter and novelist from Manchester. He wrote two serials for Doctor Who, as well as writing for Rosemary & Thyme and Bugs. He also created and wrote Eleventh Hour, a science-based series for ITV.

Each of the authors for the 2023 Target books are the original screenwriters of the TV episodes.





FILTER: - Target - Fourth Doctor - Tenth Doctor - Twelfth Doctor - Thirteenth Doctor

Black Archive 59: Kill the MoonBookmark and Share

Sunday, 5 June 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Kill the Moon (Credit: Obverse Books)

The next release in the Black Archive series will be the Twelfth Doctor story Kill the Moon

A contentious episode provoking passionate responses, Peter Harness's 2014 story straddles the divides between science fiction and fantasy, optimism and pessimism, masculinity and femininity. All these tensions extend into its ambiguously metaphorical conclusion. 

In addressing complex issues of personal and political choice, Kill the Moon asks fundamental questions about structures of power and responsibility in Doctor Who, and about the evolving relationship between the companion and the Doctor.

With access to seven different drafts of the script, plus 3 early pre-script outlines, Darren Mooney dissects a story that has been described at various times as ‘something truly special’ and ‘nonsensical pseudo-science’ and wonders why its reputation has become worse over recent years.

Mooney is a pop culture critic and author living on the east coast of Ireland. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle. He features regularly on Irish radio, publishes a twice-weekly column at The Escapist, runs his own blog and shares a podcast. He has also written other books on The X-Files and the films of Christopher Nolan.

Kill the Moon is available now in paperback and electronic formats, direct from Obverse Books and from selected online retailers.





FILTER: - Books - Twelfth Doctor

From the Doctors... to all doctorsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 23 April 2020 - Reported by Marcus
From the Doctors... to all doctors. A thank you to the NHS and all frontline workers.

As seen on the BBC One programme The Big Night In

The Doctors Say Thank You | #TheBigNightIn




FILTER: - Eighth Doctor - Eleventh Doctor - Fifth Doctor - Fourth Doctor - Seventh Doctor - Sixth Doctor - Tenth Doctor - Thirteenth Doctor - Twelfth Doctor

Doctors Meet at London Comic ConBookmark and Share

Monday, 30 July 2018 - Reported by Marcus

Multi-Doctor stories featuring the Ninth Doctor may be the stuff of comics and fan fiction, but but attendees at this year's London Film and Comic Con got the next best thing when the timelines of the actors crossed as they were attending the convention.

The 3-day event saw apperances by all past living Doctors bar the seventh, with Christopher Eccleston undertaking his first signing commitments at a convention event.

It was while Eccleston was being moved around the arena he passed Doctor number Eleven Matt Smith resulting in a heartfelt meeting between the two actors, captured for posterity by surrounding fans.

The Ninth Doctor also met Doctor number Twelve Peter Capaldi coming out of a lift, resulting in a hug between the two men.

Christopher Eccleston was asked to feature in the 50th anniversary story The Day of the Doctor, but the actor decided not to appear, resulting in the show runner Steven Moffat creating the character of the War Doctor.

Fans still have hopes that one day the actor will return to the series — maybe for the sixtieth anniversary?

 




FILTER: - Eleventh Doctor - Ninth Doctor - Twelfth Doctor

The Road To The Thirteenth DoctorBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 April 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor #1 (Credit: Titan / Klebs Jr)The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor #1 (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks)The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor #1 (Credit: Titan / Robert Hack)Titan Comics and BBC Studios have announced The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor – a three-part comic event beginning this July and leading into Titan’s all-new Thirteenth Doctor ongoing comic series launching in the autumn.

The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor features new adventures of the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors written by James Peaty (Supergirl) and illustrated by a host of amazing creators, with a Robert Hack (Sabrina, Archie) cover on each.

In Titan’s The Road to The Thirteenth Doctor comics, the Tenth Doctor encounters lost, ghostly spaceships, the Eleventh Doctor and Alice visit a robot-infested 19th Century San Francisco, and the Twelfth Doctor finds London’s Piccadilly Circus transformed into a wasteland of emptiness and Pterodactyls.

Each issue contains a serialized short story from the creative team behind the new Thirteenth Doctor on-going comic series - written by Jody Houser, with art by Rachael Stott and Enrica Angiolini.

The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor heralds a new era for Titan Comics’ Doctor Who line, culminating in 2018’s Doctor Who Comics Day – a global event inspired by Titan Comics’ Doctor Who comic books - on Saturday, November 24. This marks the fifth annual Doctor Who Comics Day, which is set to be bigger than ever with new comics and collections, merchandise, variant covers, signings, and events across the world at comic shops, bookstores, retail chains, libraries, and on digital platforms.

For further news and developments on The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor follow Titan Comics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr.




FILTER: - Comics - Eleventh Doctor - Tenth Doctor - Thirteenth Doctor - Twelfth Doctor

The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Out Today, the Twelfth Doctor's final Year Three adventure in Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13

D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Pasquale Qualano
Cover A: ​Blair Shedd ​Cover B: ​Photo - Will Brooks ​Cover C: Simon Myers

The conclusion of Year Three!

The weeping angels descend on the Doctor, but his companions, old and new, have a few tricks up their sleeves to help him out!
D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13 - Cover A (Credit: Titan )D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13 - Cover B (Credit: Titan )D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13 - Cover C (Credit: Titan )D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13 - Page 1 (Credit: Titan )D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13 - Page 2 (Credit: Titan )D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13 - Page 3 (Credit: Titan )D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13 - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13 - Page 5 (Credit: Titan )





FILTER: - Comics - Twelfth Doctor

New Twelfth Doctor ComicBookmark and Share

Thursday, 15 February 2018 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees the release of the twelfth part of year three of Titan's Twelfth Doctor series, as well as the fourth episode of the latest Torchwood saga.

Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor - Year Three #12

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Pasquale Qualano
Cover A: Mariano Laclaustra

The Hosts with the most and the Angels you never want to meet in a darkened spaceship corridor collide in an unforgettable epic - featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill in an all-new adventure!
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor - Year Three #12 - Cover A (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor - Year Three #12 - Cover B (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor - Year Three #12 - Page 1 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor - Year Three #12 - Page 2 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor - Year Three #12 - Page 3 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor - Year Three #12 - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )

Torchwood The Culling #4

Writer: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
Cover A: Neil Edwards

Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood is back! The official continuation of the saga!
Torchwood The Culling #4 - Cover A (Credit: Titan )Torchwood The Culling #4 - Cover B (Credit: Titan )Torchwood The Culling #4 - Page 1 (Credit: Titan )Torchwood The Culling #4 - Page 2 (Credit: Titan )Torchwood The Culling #4 - Page 3 (Credit: Titan )Torchwood The Culling #4 - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )





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Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 YearbookBookmark and Share

Friday, 5 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is a unique celebration of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures, from The Return of Doctor Mysterio through to Twice Upon a Time. Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the year in Doctor Who.

At the end of 2017 a remarkable chapter in the history of Doctor Who draw to a close. Two incarnations of the Time Lord overcame an existential threat... before the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor heralded a bold new era for the programme.

Highlights include exclusive new interviews with:
  • Joe Browning, Jimmy Mann, Gary Pollard and Kate Walshe (Millennium FX)
  • Ysanne Churchman (the voice of Alpha Centauri in Empress of Mars)
  • Matthew Clark (graphic designer, 2017 series)
  • Rachel Denning (Erica in The Pyramid at the End of the World)
  • Mark Gatiss (Captain Lethbridge-Stewart in Twice Upon a Time)
  • Stephanie Hyam (Heather in The Pilot and The Doctor Falls)
  • Adele Lynch (Iraxxa in Empress of Mars)
  • Rove McManus (host of Australian show Whovians)
  • Rachel Talalay (director of three episodes in the 2017 series)
  • Alexandra Tynan (designer of the original Cybermen)
Editor Marcus Hearn says:
The latest Yearbook is out a little later than usual because we wanted to complete our coverage of the Twelfth Doctor’s stories by including Twice Upon a Time. This issue covers more episodes than any previous Yearbooks, but there are many other fantastic articles in there too. We hope this is a great souvenir of an incredible era.
The Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2018 is on sale now price £5.99.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)




FILTER: - DWM - Twelfth Doctor

Twice Upon A time - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who - Twice Upon A Time had an audience of 5.66 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures, a share of 29.1% of the total television audience.



The figure is almost identical to that received by last year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, which had 5.68 million watching.

Top for the day was Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special with 6.80 million viewers. The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special had 6.46 million watching compared to 7.2 million last year.

BBC One outrated ITV 1 from midday to midnight with Coronation Street the only programme on the channel to break 5 million viewers with 5.07 million watching. Victoria the drama starring Jenna Coleman had 2.74 million watching.

HM The Queen's Christmas Message had 5.26 million watching on BBC One and 1.87 million on ITV 1.

Official ratings, including those who recorded te show and watched it later, will be published in two weeks time.




FILTER: - Ratings - Series Specials - Twelfth Doctor

Access All Areas Doctor Who Special - Tonight - Radio 2Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
A reminder that Jo Whiley’s Access All Areas Doctor Who Special, airs at 8pm tonight on BBC Radio 2.

The programme features an interview with Peter Capaldi as he films his last appearance as the Twelfth Doctor.
On working with David Bradley

David’s absolutely fantastic; I’ve always admired David as an actor. He’s extraordinarily powerful and skilled. He’s been around for so long and really knows what he’s doing but that’s great. The way that he’s sort of created this version of the first Doctor is incredible because he really looks like him but he also acts like him, he acts like William Hartnell.
On working with Steven Moffat

He’s one of the wittiest, funniest people that I’ve ever met. I think Steven could have easily been a stand-up comedian in another life. One of the most entertaining things I will always remember about Doctor Who is at the start of each season, he asks me around to his house and he will tell me what’s going to happen to the Doctor and he will go through all twelve episodes, just himself in his kitchen describing it all and it’s absolutely hilarious. It’s doubly hilarious as you go on because obviously some of the episodes don’t turn out quite as well as he’s described them, or don’t have quite as much money and are a little less focused. But he’s just a brilliant, brilliant writer. Just today we’re doing a scene which is close to the end… we’re all very concerned about how the twelfth Doctor leaves us so we’re hypersensitive about trying to make it the best we possibly can. I had expressed a little discomfort about one of the scenes leading towards the end and he re-wrote it, he re-wrote completely and quite brilliantly overnight which is fantastic; the down side is I have to learn it.
On why he decided to leave leaving Doctor Who

I realised that there’s only so much you can do and keep it fresh. I’ve never really been in a long running television series…. I’ve never been in something where you work every day for nine months of the year filming and I’ve loved it but I sort of thought if I do another year I might just start getting used to everything and that’s not the way I’ve been. I’ve always been somebody who wanted to have artistic challenges, enjoy myself and do new things.
When asked by Jo if he feels blessed for being a part of Doctor Who

I can’t even begin to tell you. Blessed isn’t a big enough word. It’s extraordinary, I keep saying privileged isn’t even a big enough word. It’s just a magical thing, to have had this time it’s just been amazing and extraordinary because there are only twelve of us so far who have been in this position. But it is a place where you see such kindness and you see such love and you see how good people are and also you can enter people’s lives in a very very positive way and you see great things. That will never happen again, there isn’t another part where that can happen and so that has been an extraordinarily privileged place to be.
His advice to the next Doctor

Strap yourself in because it’s a rollercoaster but enjoy every second because it’s brilliant.
Jo Whiley also catches up with the stars of the series on the set including Pearl Mackie, David Bradley, Exec Producer Steven Moffat. Plus, she hears from outgoing companion, Matt Lucas, and digs into the BBC Doctor Who archive.

There will be stories from behind the scenes including how Matt approaches being recognised by fans, the radical ways in which Pearl’s life has changed, Pele’s reaction to signing a Brazil shirt for the Doctor and how Doctor Who has always been with Peter Capaldi – from dressing up as a Dalek as a child, to karaoke singalongs to The Killers all in the name of getting into character.

Plus, Radio 2 listeners will find out which member of the team has a penchant for Chas and Dave!

The programme can be heard at 2000 GMT on BBC Radio 2, which is available worldwide on the BBC iPlayer. After transmission, it will be available to listen again for one month




FILTER: - Doctor Who - Documentary - Twelfth Doctor