Festive Special MerchandiseBookmark and Share

Monday, 30 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Jodie in her prison uniform (Credit: Hero Collector)Revolution Dalek (Credit: Hero Collector)

Hero Collector Eaglemoss will be launching the very first merchandise tie-in to the Doctor Who Festive Special, Revolution of the Daleks.

A brand new Chibi Pin Badge Box Set is being released and is available to pre-order now.

The Chibi Pin Badge Box Set includes seven high-quality metal pin badges, depicting the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) in her prison uniform, the new Revolution Dalek, and five other mystery characters from the special, all in chibi-style!

These badges make the perfect addition to any outfit and a great gift for the coming festive season.

A new Festive Special figurine box set is also on the horizon, joining Hero Collector’s range of hand-painted Doctor Who figurines at 1:21 scale (approx. 3.5 inches tall), with more details announced following the episode’s transmission.

The Doctor Who Festive Special will see The Doctor locked away in a high-security alien prison, while her friends Yaz, Ryan, and Graham are left stranded on Earth. It's not easy for the trio to return to normal life, especially when they discover a disturbing plan afoot – but how can you fight a Dalek, without the Doctor?

The Revolution of the Daleks Chibi Pin Badge Set will launch on New Year’s Day and is available to pre-order now on the Hero Collector website.





Doctor Who Back on New Year's DayBookmark and Share

Sunday, 29 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Revolution of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios)

The Festive Special of Doctor Who, ‘Revolution of the Daleks’, will air in the UK on New Year’s Day.

In Australia it will air on ABC & ABC iview on January 2.

The Festive Special episode will see a host of exciting guest artists including previously announced John Barrowman MBE who will be reprising his role as Captain Jack Harkness alongside Chris Noth who will be back as the disgraced Jack Robertson. Chris Noth previously appeared in the series 11 episode ‘Arachnids in the UK’ and it’s safe to say the Doctor and all those involved were less than impressed by his questionable actions. However, viewers will have to wait and see just what brings him back this time…

Star of the stage and screen Dame Harriet Walter will also be making her Doctor Who debut for the Festive Special alongside television star Nathan Stewart-Jarrett who has recently appeared in The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Viewers last saw the Thirteenth Doctor at the end of series 12 where her fate was left hanging in the balance as she was locked away in a high-security alien prison with no hope of escape. In the upcoming Festive Special, Yaz, Ryan and Graham are far away on Earth and having to carry on with their lives without her. However, they soon discover a disturbing plan forming. A plan which involves a Dalek. How can you fight a Dalek without the Doctor? Even with Captain Jack’s help, the gang are set to face one of their biggest and most frightening challenges yet… 

Chris Chibnall, the Executive Producer, said:

We’ve crammed this year's Doctor Who Festive Special with an explosion of extraordinary acting talent.  Where else would you get British acting royalty, a globally renowned US screen star, an (inter)national treasure of stage and screen and one of Britain's hottest young actors — just in the guest cast! Put those together with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole (and Daleks! Did I mention Daleks!) — and you get a cast to be exterminated for. And things will explode. Promise.

‘Revolution of the Daleks’ will air on New Year’s Day on BBC One.

 

Doctor Who is a BBC Studios Production.

 

Revolution of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios) Revolution of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios) Revolution of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Studios)




The Collection: Season 8Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Collection - Season 8  (Credit: BBC Studios)

BBC Studios have announced the next instalment in the Doctor Who: The Collection range will be the Third Doctor's second season, Season 8.

Starring Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning, this hotly anticipated instalment can be pre-ordered now and will be available from 23rd February 2021.
 

TERROR OF THE AUTONS

THE MIND OF EVIL

THE CLAWS OF AXOS

COLONY IN SPACE

THE DAEMONS

Stranded on 20th Century Earth, the Third Doctor teams up with UNIT and new companion Jo Grant to thwart alien invasions! And that’s not all, he must also contend with the arrival of his deadliest foe – arch-nemesis the Master.

Battling Autons, Axons, an alien mind parasite and a mighty Daemon, the Doctor, Jo and UNIT must defend the Earth – and its future pioneers - in five action-packed adventures.

 

With all episodes newly remastered, this Blu-ray box set also contains extensive and exclusive special features including:

 

  • Behind the Sofa - New episodes with Katy Manning, Stewart Bevan, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Sacha Dhawan and Anjli Mohindra.
  • In Conversation - Matthew Sweet chats to companion Katy Manning.
  • A Devils Weekend - Actors Katy Manning and John Levene take a personal trip back to the picturesque village of Aldbourne, 50 years after they recorded the Doctor Who story The Daemons there. 
  • The Direct Route - Doctor Who directors Michael Briant, Graeme Harper and Tim Combe take an epic road trip to all the filming locations from Season 8 as they discuss directing the show in the early 1970s.
  • Terrance and Me - Lifelong Doctor Who fan, Frank Skinner sets out to meet the family, friends and colleagues of the late, much-loved writer, Terrance Dicks.
  • Blu-Ray trailer - A specially shot mini-episode
  • Extended Episode 1 of The Claws of Axos
  • 90-minute omnibus edition of The Daemons
  • Immersive 5.1 surround sound on Terror of the Autons and The Daemons
  • Optional updated special effects and CSO clean-up on Terror of the Autons
  • Unseen studio footage
  • Rare archive treats
  • Convention footage
  • HD photo galleries
  • Scripts, costume designs, rare BBC production files

The eight-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD.

Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 8 can be pre-ordered now from Amazon

 

The Collection: Season 8 (Credit: BBC Studios)





The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1989Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1989

The unofficial Dr Who annual 1989 has been released by Terraqueous Distributors

The annual is 209 pages, featuring stories and illustrations produced by fans, as well as contributions from well-known names such as Alister Pearson, Smuzz, Dominic Glynn, Jessica Martin, Mike Tucker, Andrew Skilleter, Andy Walker, Daryl Joyce, Stephen Wyatt writer of 'The Greatest Show in the Galaxy' and a foreword by Doctor Who's script editor of the time - Andrew Cartmel.

There is also a very special Beano style comic strip written by the Beano's editor John Anderson and illustrated by Beano artist Shannon Gallant. as well as an exclusive short story telling the tale of how Mags and the intergalactic explorer Captain Cook met.

A free to enter competition gives a chance to win an original piece of artwork from the 1989 annual, kindly donated by artist Richard Young. To enter the competition and for further details, please visit the Terraqueous Distributors FaceBook page

The release follows last years 'The unofficial Dr Who annual 1972, and 'The unofficial DrWho annual 1987' as well as 'The unofficial Master annual 2074. Which all featured stories and illustrations produced by fans, as well as celebrity contributions from the worlds of Doctor Who.

Discussing why the team moved onto the Seventh Doctor they said

like all fans who collected the original run of annuals, we were always disappointed that the seventh doctor never got his own annual. So we had to do something about that, and the response was huge.

 

The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1989 (Credit: Terraqueous Distributors)

The annual is a not-for-profit publication, and none of the money paid by purchasers goes to the publisher or to any of the contributors.

The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1989 is published by Terraqueous Distributors and available from Lulu at the print-on-demand price of £32.08 plus shipping costs).

 

 

 

 

 


Also Available- The unofficial Dr Who OMNIBUS from Terraqueous Distributors

The Unofficial Dr Who Omnibus which collects the previous 1972, 1987, and the Master annuals together in one gigantic 461 paged volume.

The Unofficial Dr Who OMNIBUS is available from Lulu at the print-on-demand price of £16.22 plus shipping costs). 

Further details can be found on the Terraqueous Distributors FaceBook page.





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.