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 5 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 23 Nov 2012

Doctor Who Magazine 567Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 31 March 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 567 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine 567 (Credit: Panini)

The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive preview of the upcoming Doctor Who story, Legend of the Sea Devils

 

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An exclusive 15-page preview of the Easter Special, Legend of the Sea Devils, featuring contributions from Chris Chibnall, Crystal Yu, Marlowe Chan-Reeves and Arthur Lee.

  • Exclusive interviews with Legend of the Sea Devils co-writer Ella Road and director Haolu Wang.

  • Ray Holman reveals his costume designs for the latest Special. 

  • Graeme Garden, Rufus Hound and Gemma Whelan share their experiences of playing the Meddling Monk.

  • Katy Manning pays tribute to her much-missed friend, Stewart Bevan.

  • Artist Jeff Cummins discusses his cover illustrations for Target Books and the New Adventures.

  • Previously unpublished photographs from the set of 1964’s The Keys of Marinus.

  • A look back on the life and work of the late Henry Lincoln, co-writer of The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear and The Dominators.

  • Collectivity meets Doctor Who’s comic-book collectors.

  • The Fact of Fiction looks at 2017’s Smile.

  • The third part of Hydra’s Gate, a new comic-strip story for the Doctor, Yaz and Dan.

  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, Sufficient Data and more!

PLUS!

  • Doctor Who Discovers Pirates, a previously unpublished entry in the 1970s’ Doctor Who Discovers book range, is presented in full for the first time ever as a 52-page supplement.

  • A download code for a complete full-cast audio adventure from Big Finish, starring Catherine Tate as Donna Noble.

  • A giant double-sided poster.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 576 is on sale from panini.co.uk and WH Smith from Thursday 31 March priced £9.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £8.99.





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Doctor Who joins FortniteBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 March 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Fortnite (Credit: BBC Studios)

BBC Studios has announced that the Doctor has landed in the popular online video game Fortnite.


Players will take on new adventures, missions and battles, while exploring iconic locations from the Whoniverse, all on a brand-new Doctor Who island within the game.

When the mysterious Reality Virus causes the TARDIS to appear on the island, players must help repair it by finding the parts to fix the Dynamorphic generators.

 

The game starts on the TARDIS Landing Site where players will find the TARDIS and start their quest to gather the Dynamorphic Generator Crystals from around the hub island in order to repair it. Special rewards and surprises will keep players on their toes along the way. 

From the TARDIS Landing Site, head to one of the remaining four locations. Travel to Kerblam! on the moon of Kandoka to experience box fighting like never before, with the Kerblam Man looking on.

On the Escape Map, players must escape the QuadZone Rescue Space Craft while stopping the destructive Pting, an alien that is causing chaos by eating the ship’s systems. As the self-destruct sequence has been initiated players must find all 10 mechanical parts to repair the Life Pod and escape.

The Reality Virus has caused many realities to coexist on Gallifrey. On the Rumble Map players will choose a team and their weapon loadout to fight for either the Time Lords or the Daleks in an all-out battle.

 

Mat Way, Global Director, Gaming & Interactive at BBC Studios, said: 

Developing an island in Fortnite is new territory for Doctor Who and we’re excited to welcome the game’s established players into the Whoniverse. This is a great opportunity to introduce a gaming audience to Doctor Who and also for the existing community to experience a brand-new adventure. Players can expect a fast-paced, unpredictable journey with familiar friends and foes making appearances along the way.

For those interested in learning more about the Doctor’s world, they can head to the Doctor Who Museum. Here there’s more info about the famous friends and foes of the Doctor, including the Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels, K9 and the TARDIS.

Players can visit the Doctor Who island for free by downloading Fortnite on their preferred device or console. From the main menu, change game mode, select “Island Code” and enter code 3610-1396-4646. The Doctor Who Island is available for Fortnite players to discover and explore. 

This is an independently created Fortnite Creative experience and is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Epic Games, Inc.

Doctor Who Fortnite (Credit: BBC Studios)Doctor Who Fortnite (Credit: BBC Studios)Doctor Who Fortnite (Credit: BBC Studios)




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Data Extract reaches 250Bookmark and Share

Friday, 25 March 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Data Extract 251 (Credit: Doctor Who Club of Australia)Data Extract 250 (Credit: Doctor Who Club of Australia)

Data Extract, the magazine publication of the Doctor Who Club of Australia has reached its 250th issue.

The double issue 250/251 includes an exclusive interview with Katy Manning on her long connection to Australia while Pete McTighe goes behind the scenes on the short films made for the Blu-ray collection releases.

The magazine has a tribute to Louise Pajo (Gia Kelly from The Seeds of Death), written by her in her final days

Inside a look at the real world Future Library with artist Katie Paterson, and Data Extract founder Dallas Jones looking at DE history and his own fandom origins,. Aldo Craig Land’s comic as past companions team up to take on the Master,

UK correspondent Bel Bailey-Melouney goes behind the scenes of Time Fracture and tours the filming locations of Flux, while Dom Kelly looks back over series 11 and 12 to bring an exploration of the Thirteenth Doctor.

Tim Darby counts down tales of Gallifrey and Roger Reynolds introduces us to the Doctor's neighbour at 78 Totters Lane.

Data Extract is a subscription publication through the Doctor Who Club of Australia 





FILTER: - Fanzine - DWCA

Bedford Who Charity Con 7Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 March 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Bedford Who Charity Con
 
Bedford Who Charity Con 7 will take place on Saturday 9th April, and Doctor Who News readers can take advantage of a special offer of 10% off tickets.
 
Over the years, the Bedford conventions have established a strong reputation for being fun, relaxed, informal and friendly events, with a real intimacy between the guests and the audience. 
 
The convention will raise money for Bedford Foodbank, a local charity that provides emergency food to 1400 people every month.
 
Guests this year include  Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred, Terry Molloy, Miranda Raison (in a rare convention appearance), Brian Croucher and David Banks. Roger Murray-Leach, who designed some of the best-loved Tom Baker stories, will be giving a presentation about his work, too.
 
Full details of ticket prices and so on can be found on the convention’s website with updates on their Facebook page 
 
To take advantage of the 10% reduction for your tickets, just email organiser Simon Danes on info@bedfordwhocharitycon.co.uk and say you read about the convention on Doctor Who News.




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The Terrance Dicks Award For WritersBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Terrance Dicks (Credit: Chuck Foster)

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has announced a new award for writers, in memory of the much loved, and highly influential, writer Terrance Dicks, who passed away in 2019.

Terrance captured the imagination of a generation of children and young adults, many of whom are at the forefront of modern television.  Mark Gatiss said:

Very hard to express what Terrance Dicks meant to a whole generation. A brilliant TV professional, a funny and generous soul. Most of all, though, an inspirational writer who took so many of us on unforgettable journeys into space and time.

The award will recognise those whose writing across screen, audio, book and magazine have contributed to, and enhanced, the worlds of Doctor Who.

 
The inaugural award, which is in the bequest of the Society Executive, will be presented by Elsa Dicks, Terrance's wife, at the sold out Capitol convention being staged at the Crowne Plaza, London-Gatwick across the weekend of 2nd/3rd April. Tony Jordan, organiser of the event, said:
Terrance was adored by fans across the world as well as being a great friend of the Society. In 2010 he received the Society's 'Outstanding Contribution to Doctor Who' Award, and it's lovely to now have an Award in his venerable name. Never was anyone more deserving.

Elsa added:

The hallmark of Terrance's writing was his simple dramatic story-telling. No sentences full of long words, adjectives and flourishes. He was his own critic, re-reading what he had written and paring it back if needed. He would say if you want to be a writer, be a reader first, The books you enjoy will colour your writing.
 

The Terrance Dicks Award For Writers takes the form of a statue of The Master, as portrayed by Roger Delgado, crafted by Gary Glover of Mooncrest Models. The character is Terrance's most famous creation, and continues to feature in Doctor Who half a century after his first appearance in the Jon Pertwee story Terror of the Autons.





FILTER: - Awards/Nominations - Conventions - DWAS

Lynda Baron 1939-2022Bookmark and Share

Monday, 7 March 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Lynda Baron (Credit: BBC Studios)

The actress Lynda Baron has died at the age of 82.

Lynda Baron was best known for playing Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the BBC Comedy series Open All Hours. She took part in 7 episodes of Doctor Who, one of the select few who appeared in both the original and the revived series. 

 

Lynda Baron was born Lilian Baron in March 1939 in Urmston, Lancashire. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dance and after graduating worked in reparatory theatre and in London's West End. 

It was hard work because you were constantly doing one drama, rehearsing the next one and learning the lines of the one after that. It was a great education and I am so glad to have gone through that."

Her first television appearance was in 1958, appearing in Theatre Night, the BBC series of 45-minute extracts from plays. Small roles followed including playing June in The Rag Trade and Madame Kronstadt in the thriller Breaking Point. 

Her first encounter with Doctor Who came in the 1966 story The Gunfighters. Baron played the role of narrator. Out of vision, she sang The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon to guide the audience through the plot. 

May small roles on television followed including parts in Z-Cars Her big break came in 1976 when she was cast as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel, opposite Ronnie Barker and David Jason, in the BBC TV sitcom Open All Hours. As the object of corner shop owner Albert Arkwright's affections, Baron was a vital part of the team, appearing in all four series of the show. 

She told The Sunday Post

Working with Ronnie Barker and David Jason was unbelievable - two great actors in a brilliantly scripted sitcom. There was never a day when we did not have a great laugh ourselves and that carried on when Still Open All Hours became a series

The success of the series led to many more comedic roles including parts in Last of the Summer Wine,  Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt, Grundy and A Roof Over My Head.

Her second role in Doctor Who came in 1983, playing Captain Wrack, one of the Eternals, in the last two episodes of the Fifth Doctor story Enlightenment

In the 1990's she played Auntie Mabel in the 1990s BBC children's show Come Outside and played Grandma in the pre-school series Fimbals. Other appearances included roles in Doctors, The Upper Hand, Come Outside, Coronation Street, Down to Earth, Fat Friends and Chasing Shadows.

In 2000 she played opposite Bernard Cribbins in the BBC One drama Down to Earth about a couple who move to a farm in Devon.

Her third appearance in Doctor Who came in 2011 alongside Matt Smith playing Val Cane in the story Closing Time.

At Christmas 2013 she reprised her most famous role, playing Nurse Gladys in a one-off sequel to Open All Hours called Still Open All Hours. The show was watched by over 12 million viewers, almost a 40% share in audience figures on Boxing Day, and its success led to a series being commissioned. Baron would return to the role for a further 12 episodes. 

Throughout her career, she made many stage performances. In 1987 she was in the West End version of the musical Follies, and later appeared in the stage version of 2007's In Celebration alongside Orlando Bloom. Other theatre shows included An Inspector Calls, Stepping Out and The Full Monty.

She was nominated for a Bafta Award in 2011 for her role in The Road To Coronation Street, a one-off drama about the early days of the soap, playing actress Violet Carson. 

She was still working at the age of 80 appearing in the film Dream Horse, about a racehorse breeder

Lynda Baron's death was announced by her agent who said

Her iconic roles were loved by all generations, she was a leading light of our world.

We extend our deepest condolences to her daughter Sarah, her son Morgan and all her family,

 

 





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World Book Day: Kindle books from Candy JarBookmark and Share

Friday, 4 March 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books (Credit: Candy Jar Books)

Candy Jar Books have announced a number of book titles available to download for free on Kindle as part of World Book Day 2022, which took place on 3 March 2022; the offer features a number of their chilldrens' books, including from The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, and from today also includes some titles from the Lethbridge-Stewart series. 

The full list of titles includes:

The giveaway continues over the next four days.





FILTER: - Books - E-Books - Candy Jar Books

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 575Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 3 March 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 575 (Credit: Panini)

Issue 575 of Doctor Who Magazine celebrates 40 years of the Fifth Doctor

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • The results of DWM’s World Cup of the Fifth Doctor, which saw his 20 television stories pitted against each other in a series of polls on Twitter.

  • An exclusive look at the files of 1980s script editor Eric Saward, including new interviews with Eric and some of his prospective writers.

  • A previously unpublished interview with the late Spencer Chapman, in which he discusses his design work on the 1960s productions The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Space Museum. 

  • The final instalment of a two-part interview with Doctor Who’s outgoing executive producer Matt Strevens.

  • A recreation of the sets from 1968’s The Wheel in Space, featuring new CGI models.

  • How to navigate the BBC’s growing online archive of Doctor Who content.

  • Collectivity explores the appeal of action figures.

  • Apocrypha revisits Catalogue of Events, a short story in Marvel Comics’ 1983 Doctor Who Summer Special.

  • The Fact of Fiction looks at 2009’s The Waters of Mars.

  • The second part of Hydra’s Gate, a new comic-strip story for the Doctor, Yaz and Dan.

  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, Sufficient Data and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 575 is on sale from panini.co.uk and WH Smith from Thursday 3 March priced £6.99 (UK).

Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £4.99.





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DWCA news: Zerinza Volume Five / Data ExtractBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 1 March 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Zerinza Volume Five (Credit: Doctor Who Club of Australia)

The Doctor Who Club of Australia have released the fifth volume of their Zerinza yearbook series:

 

This volume has articles, interviews, art and stories covering every Doctor in order from one to thirteen, with the War Doctor and Jo Martin’s pre-Doctor as well! The collection includes work by writers Dom Kelly, Tim Darby, Ashley J Tuchin, John J Lodge, Jamie Boyd, Seth Hynes, Richard Lipp, Tony Cooke, Darran Jordan and more. It also features interviews with Ian Cullen (Ixta from The Aztecs), Viktors Ritelis (production assistant on The Crusade and The Daleks’ Master Plan), Alexandra Tynan (designer of the Cybermen), Louise Pajo (Gia Kelly from The Seeds of Death), Frazer Hines, Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, writer Gary Russell, showrunner Steven Moffat, Neill Gorton (monsters and special effects creator), Mark Sheppard (Canton Delaware the third from The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon) and Mandip (Yaz) Gill.

With a beautiful cover by David Blewer and covering the full range of Doctor Who history, this volume is sure to have something for every fan!
 
 
The volume is available to purchase through the DWCA Lulu store in both hardback and paperback format.

 

A double issue of DWCA newsleterr Data Extract (250-251) ships to all members this month:

The issue features an exclusive interview with Katy Manning on her long connection to Australia, Pete McTighe takes us behind the scenes on the short films made for the Blu-ray collection releases, it has a tribute to Louise Pajo (Gia Kelly from The Seeds of Death), written by her in her final days, a look at the real world Future Library, DE founder Dallas Jones looking at DE history and his own fandom origins, Craig Land’s epic comic as past companions team up to take on the Master, the Jason Towers comic telling the true story of Colin Baker climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, UK correspondent Bel Bailey-Melouney takes us behind the scenes on Time Fracture and tours the filming locations of Flux, Dom Kelly looks back over series 11 and 12 to bring us a timely exploration of the Thirteenth Doctor, Tim Darby counts down tales of Gallifrey, Roger Reynolds introduces us to the Doctor's neighbor at 78 Totters Lane and Lethbridge-Stewart joins the Time War.

Further releases throughout 2022 will include DE 252 (June), DE 253 (September), DE 254 (December), Zerinza Volume 6 (December) as well as the novel Trash Island by Dom Kelly (the first release in our new ongoing Eleanor series).

 





FILTER: - Fanzines - Australia

Totally Tasteless - new reprint availableBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 1 March 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Totally Tasteless (2022) (Credit: Ten Acre Films)

Ten Acre Films is releasing a limited edition reprint of Richard Marson's revealing biography of Doctor Who's 1980s producer:
 

Totally Tasteless: The Life of John Nathan Turner

For more than a decade, John Nathan-Turner, or 'JN-T' as he was often known, was in charge of every major artistic and practical decision affecting Doctor Who, the world’s longest-running science fiction programme. Richard Marson brings his dramatic, farcical, sometimes scandalous, often moving story to life with the benefit of his own inside knowledge and the fruits of over 100 revealing interviews with key friends and colleagues, from those John loved to those from whom he became estranged. The author has also had access to all of Nathan-Turner’s surviving archive of paperwork and photos, many of which appear here for the very first time.

This edition includes a new afterword, gathering thoughts and tributes from John's friends and colleagues, along with previously unseen photographs.

 

 

The 330 page softcover book is limited to 250 copies and is released on 14 March 2022. It is available to order from Ten Acre Films.

 





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