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 




Data Extract Turns FortyBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Data Extract (Credit: DWCA)

The newsletter of the Doctor Who Club of Australia, Data Extract, turns forty this month. 

 

The magazine was first published on November 24th 1980 under the title of the Australasian Doctor Who Newsletter. It wasn't until issue 23 in July-August 1983 that the titled changed to Data Extract following a competition for readers to come up with a catchy name. The winner was Kevin Smedley of Sunbury who came up with the name Australasian Who's Who. Although declared the winner and receiving a lifetime subscription to the newsletter, the name wasn't used as the editor, Dallas Jones decided to use his own idea and call the magazine Data Extract.

 

The headline is the first edition was Tom Baker Quits announcing the departure of the longest-serving actor to play the role of The Doctor.  

The next three issues of Data Extract (247, 248 and 249) will include a plethora of features celebrating this 40-year milestone, including recollections from past editors and articles about the history of the publication.

Issue 247, due for release next week, looks at Christopher Eccleston's return to the role of the Doctor, interviews Thomas Crawford on his Satellite 5 fan productions and goes behind the scenes with Brand Manager Edward Russell on recreating the Beatles Abbey Road cover with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and two Daleks.

There is also a report on a  Who themed wedding, a count down the best honeymoon locations in the Whoniverse, a hunt for Campsie's missing TARDIS library and a discussion of the conspiracy of The Curator with the Boffin.

Readers can also check out the Lockdown Season with UK correspondent Bel Bailey-Melouney, discover the origins of the Doctor's dark side in War of the Valeyard and launch the first part of the Jason Towers comic 'Old Sixie versus the Bridge of Doom', telling the true tale of how the DWCA forced Colin Baker to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

If you aren't a current member of the DWCA you can subscribe online



Data Extract (Credit: DWCA)Data Extract (Credit: DWCA)





Daleks! Episode One LaunchesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 12 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus

Time Lord Victorious (Credit: BBC Studios)The first episode of the brand new animated series The Daleks, part of the Time Lord Victorious multimedia series, has launched today

 

The Daleks invade the Archive of Islos, seeking knowledge of the Dark Times. But will the Archivians surrender, or is there more in the Archive than the Dalek Emperor is expecting?

 

Daleks! is a 5x10 min animation and will feature a star-studded voiceover cast with Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks in Doctor Who) Joe Sugg (YouTube, Strictly Come Dancing), Anjli Mohindra (BodyguardThe Sarah Jane Adventure) and Ayesha Antoine (Holby City).

 

The episode is available exclusively on the Doctor Who YouTube Channel.

 





Doctor Who Magazine Issue 558Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 12 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 558 (Credit: Panini)

Doctor Who Magazine is out this week and concentrates on Doctor Who collectables. 

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An 18-page celebration of the show’s best-loved collectables, including Dalek Rolykins, Weetabix cards, Dapol action figures, Doctor Who Adventures toys, the Cyberman Voice Changer and much more.
  • An exclusive Series 13 update from showrunner Chris Chibnall in his Production Notes.
  • A look at how Doctor Who props and costumes have sold at auction – including some of the record prices and the bargains!
  • To mark 40 years of BBC Children in Need, the story of Doctor Who’s close relationship with the charity telethons.
  • The first instalment of a two-part article exploring David Whitaker’s influence on the Daleks in the 1960s.
  • An interview with actor Colin Spaull, who appeared in 1985’s Revelation of the Daleks and 2006’s Rise of the Cyberman/The Age of Steel.

·         The Fact of Fiction explores the 2008 story The Fires of Pompeii.

  • The final part of Time Lord Victorious: Monstrous Beauty, a new comic-strip adventure for the Ninth Doctor and Rose.

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Previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, The Blogs of Doom and more!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 558 is on sale from Thursday 12 November

£5.99 (UK)





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.

 





Doctor Who Magazine presents The DaleksBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Daleks (Credit: Panini)

First published in TV Century 21 from 1965 to 1967, The Daleks was devised by Terry Nation and largely written by Doctor Who’s first story editor David Whitaker.

 

For this collectors’ edition, all 104 instalments have been digitally restored – the vast majority from the original artwork.

 

The bookazine also includes new features about the writers, illustrators and publishers who created The Daleks, including a detailed interview with artist Ron Turner.

 

Editor Marcus Hearn says:

This is the fulfilment of a long-held ambition. I loved this strip as a child and now – having seen the stunning restoration by DWM art editor Peri Godbold and her team – I admire it even more. You can’t really say The Daleks has been restored to its former glory, because I think it now looks better than it’s ever looked before.

 

The Daleks is on sale at WH Smith, selected supermarkets from Wednesday 11 November priced £9.99 (UK).

 

It’s also available as a digital edition, priced £8.99, from pocketmags.com.





Win a Doctor Who VIP TourBookmark and Share

Sunday, 8 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Children In Need Logo 2014

The BBC is offering one person their very own VIP tour of the Doctor Who set in Cardiff

The lucky winner will be drawn from a list of entries to a prize draw in aid of BBC Children in Need and is available to those in the UK only.

The visit will take place as soon as it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, the winner will also get a Personal Video Call from the current Doctor, Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill and receive a host of exclusive Doctor Who merchandise – some of which is signed by the cast.

All those who enter the draw have the opportunity to donate £10 to Children in Need 

 

To enter you have to text the word DOCTOR to 81155.

A one-off voluntary donation of £10 will be made to BBC CHILDREN IN NEED. However, if you wish you can opt-out of the donation by replying ‘CANCEL’ to your entry confirmation text within 60 minutes.

Entry texts will be charged at your standard network message rate.

You must be 18 or over and have the bill payers permission to enter

The prize draw will close for entries at 2 PM on Monday 23rd November 2020. Please do not enter after this time as your entry will not count but you will still be charged.

The winner will be randomly selected and notified by phone on Tuesday 24th November 2020.

View full terms and conditions on the BBC Website





Geoffrey Palmer 1927-2020Bookmark and Share

Friday, 6 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus

The actor Geoffrey Palmer has died at the age of 93

 

Geoffrey Palmer was best known for his appearances in sitcoms including Butterflies, As Time Goes By and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin,

Palmer appeared in 5 episodes of Doctor Who. His first appearance was opposite the third Doctor in the 1970 story Doctor Who And The Silurians. He played Edward Masters, the  Permanent Under-Secretary to the Minister of Science who became infected with the Silurian virus and brought it to London. 

Two years later he appeared in the story The Mutants playing The Administrator who was assassinated on the instructions of The Marshal

His last appearance came over 30 years later in Voyage of the Damned, becoming one of a few select actors to have appeared in both the original and the revived series. He played Captain Hardaker, the captain of the space cruise liner Titanic. 

 

Geoffrey Palmer was born in London. After his National Service, he briefly studied Shipping Management at Streatham Technical College. He worked as an accountant before his girlfriend persuaded him to join the local amateur dramatics society. Eventually, he became assistant stage manager at Croydon's Grand Theatrespending several years touring.

In the 1950's he started appearing on television where he would be a fixture for the next forty years. Early appearances included a recurring role in The Army Game alongside first Doctor William Hartnell.  He played a property agent in the acclaimed Kitchen sick drama Cathy Come Home.

A major break came when he appeared in John Osborne's West of Suez at the Royal Court with Ralph Richardson. He acted in several major productions at the Royal Court and for the National Theatre Company and was directed by Laurence Olivier in J. B. Priestley's Eden End. He found the play and the experience tedious preferring the more immediate medium of television. 

 Roles in the sixties included Family Solicitor, Garry Halliday, Bootsie and Snudge, The Avengers, Emergency-Ward 10, Z Cars, George and the Dragon, Softly Softly: Task Force, The Expert and Out of the Unknown

In the 1970's he became famous for his many roles in sitcoms. His two most famous being the hapless brother-in-law of Reggie Perrin in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, and the long-suffering Ben Parkinson in Carla Lane's Butterflies. He had a memorable appearance in the Fawlty Towers episode The Kipper and the Corpse, playing the Doctor determined to have his breakfast despite a body being found in the hotel. 

Roles in the 1980s included parts in Hot Metal, Executive Stress, The Kenny Everett Television Show and Look at the State We're In!

For over a decade he played Lionel Hardcastle opposite Judi Dench in the sitcom As Time Goes By

He continued acting well into his eighties, playing the Head Geographer in the 2014 film Paddington. He is due to appear in the forthcoming Roald Dahl film An Unquiet Life, as Dahl’s Repton headmaster Geoffrey Fisher.

He was made an OBE in 2004 for services to drama.

He is survived by his wife Sally Green, with whom he had a daughter Harriet, and a son, Charles, who has directed six episodes of Doctor Who.