Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 361Bookmark and Share

Friday, 30 January 2015 - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures 361

The new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures, the magazine for all young Doctor Who fansis out now – and it’s full of Cyber secrets. 

To find out why Cybermen are one of the ultimate monsters, the magazine decided to ask them why. Find out what they said in the latest issue. 

With upgraded posters and puzzles, it’s essential reading for readers who are considering upgrading to Cyber kind…

The magazine comes with two Dalek gifts – a pencil and writing set. 


·       The Alien Babies are attacked by the Dream Crabs…

·       There’s an comic strip written by Richard Cookson.

·       A guide to the 2014 episodes of Doctor Who.

·       Turn your self into a Cyberman with the Cyber mask.

·       Cut out and keep our fact monster fact figures.

·       Plus win an Xbox 350 and Doctor Who Minecraft goodies.


The new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures, Issue 361, is out from 28 January – 24 February, priced £3.99. 


William Hartnell interview foundBookmark and Share

Thursday, 29 January 2015 - Reported by Marcus
A long lost interview, featuring William Hartnell, has been recovered in part by the BBC.

Hartnell was interviewed by Roy Plomley, for the Home Service radio programme Desert Island Discs in 1965. The edition was transmitted on 23 August while Hartnell was at the height of his powers as the Doctor.

The recording was thought lost, erased by the BBC. However it is understood that a 16 minute section has been recovered and will shortly be available on the BBC iPlayer. The recording was available for a short period earlier today, but was removed pending an official announcement.

Desert Island Discs celebrates its 73rd Anniversary today, having been running continuously on BBC radio since 1942. In the programme guests chose the music they would take to a desert island if they were stranded there alone. Jon Pertwee and David Tennant have both also appeared in the series.

FILTER: - William Hartnell

The Essential Book of K-9Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Essential Book of K-9 (Credit: Paul Tams)A campaign is currently in progress to raise funds to publish a new book about the Doctor's second best friend*, K-9. The initiative is being driven by K-9 series co-creator Paul Tams, and will explore the character's many lives through Doctor Who, K-9 and Company, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and in his own series.

Paul Tams says:
It's amazing there has never been a book dedicated to the full story of K9; his adventures in Time and Space and beyond and the making of the TV shows in which he appeared. We aim to correct this oversight and present an amazing volume of features, photos and behind the scenes information. We also aim to have several new stories and comic strips from classic writers including his original co-creator Bob Baker himself.

The book will become a lasting tribute to the people who created, acted alongside, designed and built K9 throughout the years and an insight into the world of TV production. Plus a look behind the scenes at plans for K9's further adventures on screen!

Funding for the book is being organised through IndieGoGo, and there are a number of perks that can be chosen by those who participate in the campaign.

Details on the modern series of K-9 can be found at the K9 Official website.

(with thanks to Paul Tams)

FILTER: - Books - K9

Barrie Ingham 1932-2015Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 January 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The actor Barrie Ingham has died at the age of 82.

Barrie Ingham played Paris in the 1965 Doctor Who story The Myth Makers.

He is perhaps better known for his appearance in the first Dalek feature film, also released in 1965, where he played Alydon, the Thal who discovered the Doctor's TARDIS in the Petrified Forest and who left a case of the Thals' anti-radiation drug for the TARDIS crew.

In his long career Ingham has been featured in over 200 British and American films and TV productions. After playing Sejanus in Granada TV's The Caesars (1968), he had a short spell as an ambitious government minister in The Power Game in 1969. In 1971 took the leading role in the series Hine, as an unscrupulous arms dealer.

He is one of a select group of actors to appear in both the "Star Trek" and "Doctor Who" franchises, playing Danilo O'Dell in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Up the Long Ladder.

On stage he played with many leading production companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mermaid Theatre Company and Royal National Theatre.

Sir John Gielgud gave him his Broadway debut and he subsequently played in many Broadway musicals, including Copperfield on Broadway, and opposite Angela Lansbury in the London production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable in 1973.

FILTER: - Obituary

The Tenth Doctor #7 - Sneak PeekBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 January 2015 - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday February 4 sees the release of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #7 - the second instalment of the brand new Tenth Doctor story by Robbie Morrison & Daniel Indro, which sees The Doctor and the Weeping Angels, in the trenches of the First World War.


Trapped in a field hospital in No Man's Land, the Doctor and Gabby are surrounded on all sides by a force of starving Weeping Angels. Their only allies - a handful of experienced soldiers, the friendly-but-exhausted Corporal Jamie Hamilton, and beds full of the walking wounded. 

As the siege stretches on and watchful eyes grow weary – who will be the first to blink?!

Comes with two covers to collect!​

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FILTER: - Comics - Tenth Doctor

Moments in Time: Doctor Who debuts in North AmericaBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 January 2015 - Reported by Alex Frazer-Harrison
CBC TimesBefore Doctor Who debuted on the CBC, the CBC Times published this tongue-in-cheek "warning" for parents. (Courtesy
“Will this man influence young minds?”

That was the question asked of Canadian parents 50 years ago on January 23, 1965, when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) became the first North American broadcaster to air Doctor Who. At this time, only two other markets outside the UK, New Zealand and Australia, had aired the show. Efforts to sell the low-budgeted series had failed in the US where glossier British imports like The Saint held sway. But the CBC was very much like the BBC and low-budgeted, studio-bound productions were common, so Doctor Who found a Canadian home.

The fact the series was in part devised by Canadian Sydney Newman, who had worked for the CBC until the late 1950s, likely was a selling point in its favour.

To mark the debut, the January 23, 1965 edition of CBC Times (long-defunct Canadian equivalent of Radio Times) got into the spirit by publishing a faux memo to the nation’s parents, “warning” them of the impending arrival of “Dr. Who” in their living rooms, illustrated with an image of William Hartnell and a pair of Sensorites.

Broadcasts began with An Unearthly Child, with the series scheduled at 5 p.m. on Saturdays, mimicking the BBC’s scheduling (some CBC affiliates aired it at different times). After episode 6 of The Daleks, however, the CBC took Doctor Who off the air for more than two weeks and when it returned it was in a new timeslot on Wednesday afternoons.

With many CBC stations broadcasting close to the border, some American markets, such as Seattle and Detroit, would have been able to see the show, nearly a decade before the Jon Pertwee-era episodes were finally syndicated there.

Ultimately, Doctor Who was destined for a short run on the CBC. After July 2, 1965, the show was abruptly cancelled after the conclusion of The Keys of Marinus (according to the research site, it’s possible at least one affiliate was forced to pull the show midway through the serial). Ironically, the show was pulled before getting to The Sensorites, the storyline promoted in the original CBC Times memo.

Doctor Who would not be shown in Canada again until 1976 when local broadcasters in Vancouver and Ontario began showing the Pertwee era. The episodes aired by the CBC in 1965 (minus the now-lost Marco Polo, but finally including the long-delayed The Sensorites) would not be seen again until the youth-oriented cable network YTV began showing them in the late 1980s, followed by Space in 1997.

The CBC would play a role in the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, receiving a co-production credit for the first few seasons and airing the show in prime-time only a few weeks after the UK. For Series 1, the network recruited Christopher Eccleston to record special bumpers and intros and promotions for a visit-the-set contest sponsored by TV Guide; Billie Piper (donning an iconic Roots top) performed similar duties when The Christmas Invasion aired only one day after the UK. The CBC also produced its own behind-the-scenes featurettes that aired alongside the main show.

Moments in Time By 2008, however, interest in the series at the CBC (which had similarly supported, broadcast, and then cancelled Torchwood) had waned. With Series 2, the gap between UK and Canadian airings extended to months and the CBC split the season (years before the BBC ever did) between The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit. It skipped the 2007 Christmas special Voyage of the Damned altogether, and aired an international edit of Journey's End that was heavily criticized by Canadian fans. In early 2009, Space picked up the rights to air The Next Doctor and everything that followed. The CBC continued to air Modern Era reruns for the next couple of years on the main network and its digital network Bold, before quietly ending its run.

The CBC’s original broadcast of Doctor Who has retained some interest decades later due to the fact one story shown in its entirety was the now-lost Marco Polo. However, despite the fact the series aired on affiliates from St. John’s, Nfld., to Vancouver, B.C., to date no copy of this serial has emerged from the Great White North.

Learn more about the history of CBC and Canadian broadcasts of Classic Era Doctor Who at The site, run by Jon Preddle, John Lavalie and Steven Warren Hill, is always on the hunt for information about non-UK broadcasts of Doctor Who, including those in Canada. The ongoing adventures of Doctor Who on television in North America can be followed via This Week in Doctor Who.

FILTER: - Broadcasting - International Broadcasting - Moments in Time

Legacy: Fan Appreciation WeekBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 January 2015 - Reported by Marcus
This week is Fan Area Appreciation Week at Doctor Who: Legacy.

This week those who unlock the Fan Area in the online game, will find a week long 150% experience bonus and 150% time fragment drop rate along with 3 new levels based on the Titan Comics books which will reward them when completed with a costume for each of the 3 most recent Doctors and a new ally, ARC, from the Eleventh's comic book series.

Tiny Rebel Games explained why they are organising the event to pay tribute to the fans
We're a game of a 'different breed' as many of you know. We don't coerce our players to spend money with energy meters, pay walls, and tricks. We simply make a game that celebrates our love of Doctor Who and enables over 1.5 million Doctor Who fans to do the same. We also have tried to trail-blaze by adding new content continually -- aiming for weekly -- and we're now up over 60 hours of gameplay, we have every Doctor from the series and over 100 allies from both classic and modern Doctor Who!

We do this because a core group of our players get the value here -- that we'll never force them to spend money but if they do help us out by buying a handful of time crystals, we can keep this game going and growing for years. And we thank them for doing it by having a special area packed with exclusive ally and costume rewards and bonuses.


David Tennant honoured at National Television AwardsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 January 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
David Tennant wins a Special Recognition award at the 2015 NTAs (Credit: National Television Awards/ITV)Former Doctor David Tennant was the recipient of an award for Special Recognition at the United Kingdom's National Television Awards ceremomy that took place last night in London. The very emotional actor thanked the many people he had worked with, including his agents, and summed up with:
Anyone who’s ever given me a shot, thank you very much, and anyone who’s ever let me into their living room on the telly, it's a real honour and a privilege to get to do that, so thank you!
He also thanked his family and in particular his father, to whom he then dedicated his award.

This is Tennant's fifth NTA award, having received ones for best Actor in 2006 and 2007, and then for Drama Performance in 2008 and 2010.

Doctor Who, which has won a number of awards over the course of its ten years back on air and regained the best Drama title last year, lost out this time to Downton Abbey. The full list of winners over the years can be found via the NTA website.

FILTER: - Awards/Nominations - David Tennant

Netflix will keep Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 January 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who will not be disappearing from Netflix in the United States, despite recent rumours that the contract with BBC Worldwide to show the programme on the streaming service was ending.

Netflix has told Variety that the rumours were false and that it would retain access to many of its most popular UK shows.

The rumours of Doctor Who's departure caused much angst amongst supporters of the show in the states, with online petitions being started to try to save the show.

Both the classic and revived versions of the show will be available, alongside Torchwood, as well as other British stalwarts such as Top Gear, Wallander, Keeping Up Appearances, Monarch of the Glen, with Tom Baker, and the original Office and House of Cards trilogy.

FILTER: - Doctor Who - Online - USA

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #4Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 15 January 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Wednesday 21 January sees the release of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #4 by writer Robbie Morrison and artist Dave Taylor, and Titan has released a preview of the issue.


Past, present and future collide, as the Doctor, Clara and their Indian allies struggle to unravel a mystery that has been millennia in the planning!

What secrets are hidden by the Scindia family, a dynasty whose powerful roots trace back over a thousand years? What strange genetic modifications fuel the death cult of the Thuggee? And how will Rani, renegade Amazon, play into these world-changing events?

As each Thuggee sacrifice comes closer to waking the ancient Kali from her slumber, can the Doctor uncover the truth before her resurrection spells doom for India, Earth, and the galaxy?!

An unmissable epic for the newest incarnation of the Doctor!
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FILTER: - Comics - Twelfth Doctor