Torchwood Comic Released WednesdayBookmark and Share

Saturday, 30 July 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Next Wednesday, 3rd August, sees the release of the first edition of the new Torchwood Comic from Titan.

The series is written by Captain Jack himself John Barrowman, along with his sister Carole Barrowman, and illustrated by Antonio Fuso (Drive, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) and Pasquale Qualano (Batman ’66, She Hulk, Harley Quinn).

The debut issue comes with variant covers to collect from Doctor Who artists including Tommy Lee Edwards (Tenth Doctor, Turf), Elena Casagrande (Tenth Doctor, The X-Files), Blair Shedd (Ninth Doctor), and Rod Reis (Doctor Who, C.O.W.L.).

The new comics series will run in continuity with the new Torchwood audio dramas from Big Finish.
Captain Jack Harkness is back in Cardiff, and there's only one person he can turn to, the last person who expected to see him, Gwen Cooper! On the road, on the run, and under fire, can the pair put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwood, before its flame is stamped out forever?
Torchwood #1 - Cover A: Tommy Lee EdwardsTorchwood #1 /  Cover B: Photo VariantTorchwood #1 -  Cover C: Elena CasagrandeTorchwood #1 - Cover D: Blair SheddTorchwood #1 - Cover E: Rod ReisTorchwood #1 - Books-a-Million / Fried Pie Variant: Claudia Caranfa


Doctor Who News will release a review of the comic next Wednesday morning.




Ralf Little Denies Doctor Who RumoursBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Actor Ralf Little has released a video categorically denying he will be taking part in the next series of Doctor Who.

The actor is best known for playing Antony Royle in BBC Comedy The Royle Family . He also played Jonny Keogh in the first six series of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Other roles include the young George Harrison at the Royal Court Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award and the title character in Billy Liar.

Little voiced the character of Guy Fawkes in the 2011 Doctor Who online game The Gunpowder Plot

Doctor Who is currently in production in Cardiff with Series 10, the 36th in the series history, expected to be screened in the spring of 2017.





Lethbridge-Stewart: 2-for-1 offerBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart: 2-for-1 offer (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Due to the success of their Super Weekend Sale, Candy Jar Books is continuing a special offer throughout the week until Monday 1st of August.

  • Buy Moon Blink and get The Showstoppers free
    (plus, short stories The Lock-In and The Band of Evil available on request)
  • Buy The Schizoid Earth and get Beast of Fang Rock free
    (plus, short stories Legacies and The Dogs of War available on request)

This offer can be found via this website and is limited to the UK due to postage costs; however non-UK residents can still request the free short stories by emailing lauren@candyjarbooks.co.uk




Doctor Who Magazine Issue 502Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine 502 (in bag) (Credit: DWM/Panini)
Doctor Who Magazine 502 (Credit: DWM/Panini)
The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine is on general release on Thursday, and this issue looks ahead to what we can expect in the next series of Doctor Who, currently under production.


Speaking on his feelings about working on his last series for the show, Steven Moffat says:
When I agreed to do one more run, I thought, ‘Sod it, I’m not doing the march to the scaffold. I want it to feel like a brand new show. I want it to feel like Episode 1 of a new series. I want to leave like it’s all just beginning.

Speaking about the casting of Pearl Mackie, casting director Andy Pryor says:
Pearl has this sort of boldness, and an ability to tap into the humour of the part without making it an overtly comic performance. From the word go, she made the part her own. She found things in the part that none of us had envisaged, and she made Bill a rounded person.


Also inside this issue:
  • CONCEPT ART: DWM comic artist Mike Collins reveals the secrets of his work storyboarding TV Doctor Who!

  • MARVEL FILES: A fascinating insight into the early correspondence between Doctor Who Magazine and BBC Enterprises.

  • THE PESTILENT HEART: Part 2 of a brand-new comic strip adventure, The Pestilent Heart, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Mike Collins.

  • RELATIVELY SPEAKING: Jacqueline Rayner bows out with her final Relative Dimensions column.

  • TIME TEAM: The Time Team attempt to distinguish dream and reality as they watch the 2010 episode, Amy's Choice.

  • FRONTIER IN SPACE: War breaks out in space, in this issue’s Fact of Fiction, which covers the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Frontier in Space.

  • COMING SOON: DWM previews all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.

PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions, The DWM Crossword... and a MASSIVE poster and FOUR more art cards!




Temporal Logbook II: Open Submission DayBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Pencil Tip Publishing will be holding an Open Submission Day on July 31st for their new short-story collection, The Temporal Logbook II.

The Temporal Logbook II, is a Doctor Who themed short-story collection and the follow-up companion to 2015s highly successful collection The Temporal Logbook.

As with the original short-story collection, this new volume will feature twelve original stories by new and up-in-coming writers. All twelve television incarnations of the Doctor will be featured with a story dedicated to that particular incarnation.

The editors are seeking story proposals for the latest collection. To contribute a story proposal all you have to do is:
  1. Submit a 1-2 page outline detailing the basic plot of your story and the characters featured
  2. Provide your full name and email,
  3. Include a brief bio telling us a bit about yourself
** The full Submission Guidelines can be found at: thetemporallogbook.wordpress.com

The editors will be accepting proposals on Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 12:00pm Pacific Time to 12:00am Pacific Time only. (1900-0700 GMT)

The Temporal Logbook II will be published by Canadian publisher Pencil Tip Publishing, with proceeds from the publication being donated to a charity of their choice. Last year's publication benefited the Positive Living Society of British Columbia.

Publication has been set for 2017.




Doctor Who Story Cubes available at SDCCBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 July 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who fans attending this year’s San Diego Comic Con will have an opportunity to purchase exclusive limited releases of the BBC licensed Doctor Who Story Cubes from the Underground Toys booth.

Rory’s Story Cubes is an award winning game that allows users to generate storytelling with friends and family. The team behind the product will be attending SDCC2016 to showcase their new range of licensed products. Over the course of the event, Rory O’Connor, creator of the range will be demonstrating each of the licensed products from the Rory Story Cubes StoryWorlds range
We make games and playthings that foster imagination, empathy and self esteem, because we want to see a world where these three things are fostered in every individual. We are a creative, dynamic team, passionate about storytelling and creative exploration; we are excited to be attending SDCC2016




New Eleventh Doctor ComicBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 July 2016 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees Titan release a new comic featuring The Eleventh Doctor in a new story arc.
THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #2.11

Writers: Si Spurrier & Rob Williams
Artist: Warren Pleece
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft
Covers A: Dan Boultwood, B: Photo Subscription – Will Brooks, C: Steve Dillon, D: Simon Myers
 
Alice Obiefune is trapped in the Time War – caged in a time-locked region of space when stars burned, planets died and abominations walked the worlds, wreaking havoc with every unearthly step! She has lost the Doctor she knew, but the WAR DOCTOR has all the answers she seeks – if she can live long enough to reach him!

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On Sale Wednesday 27th July 2016




Lethbridge-Stewart: The Playing DeadBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 July 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart: The Playing Dead (Credit: Candy Jar Books)This month sees the release of the Lethbridge-Stewart novel The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel, and Candy Jar Books have announced that this will be accompanied by the latest in their range of free digital-only stories, The Playing Dead, written by newcomer to the range, Adrian Sherlock:

Lieutenant Bishop has survived a dangerous mission in Australia and is looking forward to going home. But he wakes up to find the streets of Darwin are empty; he seems to be the last man on Earth. Until from the shadows come strange creatures. The dead are walking, and they want Bishop. But Bishop has more to worry about than just himself – where is Anne Travers?

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen said:
Adrian came to my attention via John - he’s one of the many new voices were encouraging through a short story initiative, although we kind of did it backwards with Adrian. A novel pitch (set in his native Australia) led to this short story.
Keeping with the experimental nature of the free short stories, The Playing Dead is the first story to focus on Bill Bishop, ever-popular adjutant to Lethbridge-Stewart. Adrian Sherlock said:
It's been a long held dream of mine to write a story about the classic era of Doctor Who, and the Lethbridge-Stewart series is a hugely exciting way to do that. It was also personally very exciting to write a story which harkens back to classics like The Twilight Zone and The Omega Man, but with a very Who-ish twist. I'm eternally grateful to Andy for the chance to push the brave but unsuspecting Bishop into a world of shadows and dangers.

I had a lot of fun getting into the mind of Bishop, a character created especially for this series. It’s telling that he is just as rounded and as interesting as Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers. He is a worthy addition to the role-call of heroes we know and love from the classic era of Doctor Who. A joy to write for.
Although set within the current narrative of the book series, The Playing Dead moves the story forward a year. Shaun Russell, Head of Publishing, said:
It’s nice to dip in and out of Lethbridge-Stewart’s life with the short stories, and as we know where the characters will be in a year, namely Australia, we thought it would be fun to give a few hints to our readers.
Cover art is by Richard Young:
How could I say no to creating something a little different from my usual style? It’s always nice to show people your range. Different strokes for different folks. And, of course, a chance to turn the Brig into a zombie... What’s not to love?

The Grandfather Infestation is due out at the end of July, and all subscribers will receive the short story automatically, as will those who purchase any of the bundles for the 2016 series. More details can be found at the Candy Jar website, where readers can also receive a free download of the short story The Band of Evil.




Want to buy a Dalek?Bookmark and Share

Monday, 18 July 2016 - Reported by Marcus
A New TV series is looking for people who might be interested in buying a Dalek.

Crook Productions are preparing a TV auction show called ‘Sell or Swap', where viewers can bid on a mix of items ranging from expensive antiques through to a second hand speed boat or some unique memorabilia.

One of the items being auctioned is a life size replica of a black Dalek. The production company are looking for potential buyers before the auction goes ahead on Tuesday 26th July in Bristol.

Potential buyers would have the opportunity to bid on the item in the auction or if they had an item they wanted to get rid of then there could be the possibility of a swap.

If you are not able to make it to the studio then it might be possible to submit a phone bid.

Anyone interested should contact cleodixey@crookproductions.com

FOR SALE Life Size Replica of a Black Dalek Sec

Dalek Sec appeared in Series 2: The Army of Ghosts and Doomsday and Series 3: Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks.

A really good quality fan replica that breaks down into 3 parts Guide Price £2000





William Lucas 1925-2016Bookmark and Share

Monday, 18 July 2016 - Reported by Marcus
The actor William Lucas has died at the age of 91.

William Lucas played Range in the 1984 Doctor Who story Frontios. It was a role he took over shortly before the story was recorded following the murder of the original actor Peter Arne.

Lucas's best known role was playing Dr James Gordon in the TV series The Adventures of Black Beauty, which ran on ITV from 1972-1974. The series, continuing the adventures of the horse from the famous novel by Anna Sewell, regularly topped the TV charts with its iconic theme tune seared into the memories of children from the era.

Lucas began his career in 1948 as an assistant stage manager at Chesterfield civic theatre. Several years in repertory followed before his television breakthrough in 1955 playing the blackmailing car dealer Reg Dorking in the crime thriller Portrait of Alison. He reprised the role in the film version later the same year.

For the next forty years he was a regular on British television, appearing in over 100 different drama productions. He played John Friend in The infamous John Friend, Detective Inspector Mitchell in Flower of Evil and Days of Vengeance and Eddie Prior in The Prior Commitment. He had regular roles in Coronation Street as well as the ill fated El Dorado.

In 1990 he returned to his most famous role playing Dr Gordon in The New Adventures of Black Beauty.

He was still working into the new century with parts in episodes of Last of the Summer Wine, Doctors and The Bill.

William Lucas died on Friday 8th July. He is survived by his second wife Camilla and by Daniel and Thomas, the sons of his first marriage.