Tales of the TARDIS Launches on The WhoniverseBookmark and Share

Monday, 30 October 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor (PETER DAVIDSON);Tegan (JANET FIELDING) (Credit: BBC Studios)

This week marks the launch of The Whoniverse, the place where British Doctor Who fans can find resources on every era of the programme. 

From the 1st of November, The Whoniverse will become the official name, and dedicated home, for all shows within the orbit of Doctor Who which will live on BBC iPlayer. With over 800 episodes of Doctor Who content already in the back catalogue, The Whoniverse will launch with a brand new logo, and every piece of Doctor Who content will carry a brand new ident, instantly bringing all the Doctor Who worlds together in one place and it will continuously expand.

One story likely to be missing from The Whoniverse will be the first-ever story of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child. A dispute between the BBC and the estate of Anthony Coburn, the credited writer of the story, means that the four episodes of this story will not, for now, appear on the service. 

The first exclusive content to land in the Whoniverse will be Tales of the TARDIS a brand new six-part series that reunites beloved classic Doctor Who duos, as they board a very special TARDIS on a nostalgic voyage through space and time.

Reprising their roles as the Doctor and companions to go on a timey-wimey spin down memory lane in these unmissable adventures are; Maureen O’Brien and Peter Purves, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, Katy Manning and Daniel Anthony, Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant, and Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred.

These Doctor Who legends step back into character to reflect on their adventures and in the process they discover something new, leaving viewers with a new insight into the story of each timeless pair.

Over six parts, each episode of Tales of the TARDIS features a different duo, with brand new scenes woven together with classic episodes to create a feature-length omnibus episode.

Steven (PETER PURVES);Vicki (MAUREEN O'BRIEN) (Credit: BBC Studios)The Doctor (SYLVESTER MCCOY);Ace (SOPHIE ALDRED) (Credit: BBC Studios)Jamie (FRAZER HINES);Zoe (WENDY PADBURY) (Credit: BBC Studios)Jo (KATY MANNING);Clyde (DANIEL ANTHONY) (Credit: BBC Studios)Peri (NICOLA BRYANT);The Doctor (COLIN BAKER) (Credit: BBC Studios)

With new scenes written by Showrunner Russell T Davies and previous Doctor Who writers Phil Ford and Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS allows fans to rediscover the stories they love whilst inviting new viewers to explore the vast mythology of the Doctor.

Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Showrunner says:

“The word Whoniverse was invented by fans, so it’s time to give it official status. And Tales of the TARDIS is one of the greatest delights of my career - to see old Doctors and companions reunited, still fighting the good fight, is a perfect way to celebrate the Doctor’s 60th birthday!”

Dan McGolpin, Director of iPlayer and Channels added:

“I’m delighted to welcome Tales of the TARDIS exclusively to BBC iPlayer, the home of Doctor Who, which is consistently one of our most popular programmes every single week of the year. Tales of the TARDIS will sit within The Whoniverse and features brand new and incredibly moving scenes with well-loved characters; it will be a fantastic starting point for a new generation to discover some of the most classic episodes and a joyous way for longstanding fans to catch up with old friends.”

Viewers can discover Tales Of The TARDIS when The Whoniverse launches on 1st November, with the extensive back catalogue of Doctor Who.

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Disney Confirms 25th November Streaming DateBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 October 2023 - Reported by Marcus

Disney+ have released a trailer for the new episodes of Doctor Who confirming the series will be streaming on the channel from November 25th 2023



After 60 years, the TARDIS is landing on #DisneyPlus! Stream three #DoctorWho Original specials starting November 25.

Follow Disney+ for the latest: Disney+: https://disneyplus.com/

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60th Anniversary Specials Available to Pre-orderBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 October 2023 - Reported by Marcus
60th Anniversary Specials  (Credit: BBC)

Doctor Who fans will be able to add the 60th-anniversary specials to their home entertainment collection from December on Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray.

Following the Fourteenth Doctor’s TV specials to celebrate Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary, all three episodes will be available for Doctor Who fans to add to their home entertainment collection in December 2023.

The three-disc release, which includes exclusive additional content, will be available for fans to own on Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD from 11th December with pre-orders available today. 

As well as David Tennant starring as the Fourteenth Doctor and companion Catherine Tate returning as fan-favourite Donna Noble, other guest stars include Neil Patrick Harris, Yasmin Finney, Miriam Margolyes, Jemma Redgrave and many more.

The release will feature all three-anniversary special episodes: The Star Beast, Wild Blue Yonder and The Giggle.

Additional content (Exclusive to the 60th Anniversary specials release)

  • Rachel Talalay's Scene Breakdown
  • Chanya Button's Scene Breakdown 
  • Tom Kingsley's Scene Breakdown

Special Features:

  • The Star Beast Behind The Scenes 
  • The Fourteenth Doctor Reveal 
  • Wild Blue Yonder Behind The Scenes The Giggle Behind The Scenes The Giggle In-vision Commentary 
  • The Star Beast In-vision Commentary 
  • David and Catherine's Flashbacks 
  • Yasmin Finney Introduces Rose Noble 
  • Designing the Fourteenth Doctor 
  • Set Tour with Yasmin Finney 
  • The Star Beast - Behind The Scenes Trailer 
  • Wild Blue Yonder - Behind The Scenes Trailer 
  • The Giggle - Behind The Scenes Trailer
  • The Cast Introduce the Villains in ‘Wild Blue Yonder'
  • Behind The Scenes Fun with David and Catherine
  • Video Diary with David Tennant's Stand-in 
  • TARDIS Set Tour with David Tennant and Phil Sims
  • Ruth Madeley Introduces Shirley Bingham 
  • Neil Patrick Harris Introduces the Toymaker 
  • Becoming the Toymaker 
  • 60th Specials Recap with David Tennant

Pre Order here

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Doctor Who Returns 25th NovemberBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials (Credit: BBC Studios)

Doctor Who will return to TV screens Worldwide on the 25th of November 2023.

The series will air in the UK on BBC One where it will be at the prime spot launching Saturday's evening entertainment just as it did in November 1963, 60 years ago.

With David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and Catherine Tate reprising her role as Donna Noble the popular duo will make their spectacular return to mark the shows 60th anniversary with three special episodes running each Saturday.

Get set for three epic adventures starting with The Star Beast (25th November) where the Doctor and Donna will come face to face after all these years but just how, and why, is about to be revealed. Followed by Wild Blue Yonder (2nd December) and The Giggle (9th December) viewers are about to go on an otherworldly adventure through space and time.

Joining David Tennant and Catherine Tate is a stellar cast including, Yasmin Finney as Rose Noble, Miriam Margolyes as the voice of the Meep, Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble, Karl Collins as Shaun Temple, Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne-Bingham, Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and Neil Patrick Harris as the Toymaker, set to cause all kinds of mayhem.

All before Ncuti Gatwa gets the keys to the TARDIS over the festive season.

Viewers outside of the UK will be able to accesss the episodes on Disney+

The first episode of Doctor Who: Unleashed will follow The Star Beast on Saturday 25th November. After every new episode of Doctor Who, viewers can switch over to BBC Three or BBC iPlayer to watch the access all areas show that gives viewers an unmissable insight into the creation of Doctor Who.


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New Writers AnnouncedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Kate Herron (Credit: BBC)Briony Redman (Credit: BBC)

The new series of Doctor Who will feature an episode co-written by writing duo Kate Herron and Briony Redman, which will air once Ncuti Gatwa takes control of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor.

Both writers have made their mark, Herron as the Executive Producer and director of the entirety of the popular Marvel Studio’s series Loki, as well as directing on the critically acclaimed series Sex Education.

Redman is an actor, comedian and BAFTA Rocliffe winning writer, whose work includes the Welsh crime-comedy Pont Brec with Damian Evans, and the award-winning short film Forget-Me-Not, which screened across film festivals internationally.

The pair have collaborated on a range of work together including their comic, The Storkening, as well as TV and film projects including the sci-fi Miss Universe and the acclaimed short film Smear.

Now they have now teamed up once more to take viewers on an unforgettable adventure in the new series of Doctor Who.

Kate Herron said:

Clearly, I can’t get enough of time travel. It is an absolute honour to write for Russell and Ncuti. We had so much fun and can’t wait for you all to see it.

Briony Redman said:

As a big fan of Doctor Who and Russell T Davies, it’s been a dream to write on this show.

Doctor Who Showrunner, Russell T Davies said

This is when I absolutely love my job. Working with the stellar talents of Kate and Briony makes my whole world bigger and brighter, and a lot more fun. I was a huge fan of Loki and reached out to Kate to say so - she then introduced me to Briony, and it was all systems go!  They've written a wonderful script which created unique challenges for cast and crew alike.  The end result is gorgeous and thrilling and scary, and not like any other episode of Doctor Who.

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Talking Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 October 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Talking Doctor Who (Credit: BBC Studios)

David Tennant is to host a documentary on BBC Four to mark the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who.

In the programme, shown next Wednesday, Tennant time travels back through the BBC archives to tell the story of the Doctor’s classic era, with a selection of rarely seen interviews and clips covering William Hartnell’s first incarnation right through to the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy.

On the way, Tennant compares some of his own experiences with the actors who came before him and shares special archive moments that reveal, amongst other things, how to film a regeneration, which actor was a master of modern gadgetry - including a collapsible caravan - and what the factors were that helped to decide how a Doctor selects his own individual and distinctive costume.

Viewers in the UK can see the programme on BBC Four on Wednesday 1st November at 7.30pm. 

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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 596Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 12 October 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine:  Issue 596 (Credit: Panini)
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 596 is out today
Highlights include:
• Meet the Meep – Miriam Margolyes, who voices the Meep in the first 2023 Special The Star Beast, talks exclusively to DWM about her lunch with David Tennant, her affection for Tom Baker, and why she’s the Fourth Doctor’s companion who never was.
• Noble intentions – Jacqueline King and Karl Collins – who play Donna’s mum, Sylvia Noble and her husband,  Shaun Temple – on their imminent return to Doctor Who after 13 years.
• Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies on important dates for your diary!
• The Beast Unleashed – go behind the scenes on the brand-new making-of show Doctor Who Unleashed.
• Star Makers ¬¬¬– comic book legends Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons – and two of their biggest fans, Russell T Davies and David Tennant – tell us why it’s The Star Beast’s time to shine.
• Drawn Upon a Spin Off… – episodes of Doctor Who have inspired everything from comics and novels to audio dramas and video games. But what about those times when the inspiration has gone the other way? 
• Memory Worm – The Worm deletes your past – and it’s loose! DWM continues to test Doctor Who contributors for signs of contact with the creature. This issue: Jamie actor Frazer Hines.
• Production Diary – script editor Scott Handcock files his latest report, direct from Doctor Who’s HQ.
• Effective Management – Matt Nathan, VFX editor on the forthcoming special episodes and the next series of Doctor Who, reveals how he manages the magic we see on screen.
• “Nothing in the World Can Stop Me Now!” – with an animated reconstruction of 1967's The Underwater Menace on the way, DWM reassesses at Joseph Furst’s baroque performance as Professor Zaroff.
• Liberation of the Daleks Part Thirteen – the adventures of the Fourteenth Doctor continue in the epic comic-strip adventure written by Alan Barnes and illustrated by Lee Sullivan.
• The Fact of Fiction unlocks the secrets of the Tenth Doctor and Donna’s first reunion episode, 2008’s Partners in Crime.
• 60 Objects, 60 Years – the latest instalment of the series that tells the story of one object from every year of Doctor Who’s history.
• Gallifrey Guardian – all the latest official news.
• Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.
• Previews, reviews, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 596 is on sale Thursday 12 October 
from panini.co.uk and WH Smith priced £7.99 (UK). 
Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £6.99.

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Adventures in Type and Space – Charity BookazineBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 - Reported by Marcus
 Adventures in Type and Space (Credit: Ten Acre Films)

Ten Acre Films is releasing Adventures in Type and Space in December, a charity bookazine exploring the title sequences of classic Doctor Who.

Highlights include new in-depth interviews with Bernard Lodge (title designer 1963-1979), Peter Govey (special cameraman 1970-1979), Gareth Edwards (titles animator 1987-1989), along with contributions from Sid Sutton (title designer 1980-1986) and the family of Oliver Elmes (title designer 1987-1989).

Illustrated throughout with rare and unseen imagery, Adventures in Type and Space is a celebration of the artistry and ingenuity that went into creating Doctor Who's extraordinary title sequences, told by the people who made them, and includes a foreword by Mark Gatiss.

Proceeds will benefit Unicef, Bernard Lodge's chosen charity.

Created by Graham Kibble-White, Jack Kibble-White and Stuart Manning.

Format: 124 pages; full colour,

21cm x 21cm, perfect-bound

All pre-orders will be entered into a prize draw to win a one-of-kind print of the diamond logo, taken from the original metal-block master used to create the actual TV graphic, personally printed and signed by Bernard Lodge.

Pre-order here

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60 Years of Doctor Who on iPlayerBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 10 October 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who 60 Years (Credit: BBC Studios)

To mark the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC is to make over 800 episodes of the series and its spin-offs available on iPlayer.

The episodes will be released on iPlayer from the start of next month, with each one having subtitles, audio description, and sign language available. It will be the biggest collection of Doctor Who ever available on the iPlayer with hundreds of episodes available with multiple accessibility features for the first time.

With the Anniversary Specials due to hit our screens, next month, viewers will have the opportunity to travel back in time with any of the Doctors through the show’s 60-year history with the classic series, as well as explore the vast world of Doctor Who with spin-offs like the Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood and Class, or step behind-the-scenes with every episode of Doctor Who Confidential – all available in one place - BBC iPlayer. 

With over 800 episodes of Doctor Who programming on iPlayer, Russell T Davies, Showrunner said:

I’d like to thank the BBC for all the hard work, to get this massive back catalogue under one roof, at long last.  I'm so excited for new viewers - imagine being 8 years old, spending winter afternoons exploring the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond.  And we’re determined this won't be a dusty museum - we have exciting plans to bring the back catalogue to life, with much more to be revealed!

Dan McGolpin, Director of iPlayer and channels, said:

Doctor Who has captivated countless millions of viewers on the BBC for 60 years and in celebration of this special moment we are bringing classic series to BBC iPlayer for the first time. Fans will be able to enjoy many of the Doctor’s earliest adventures with William Hartnell right through to the very latest series and the soon to be released and tremendously exciting new anniversary specials with David Tennant. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this breath-taking back catalogue, so we are making each episode on iPlayer as accessible as possible, with subtitles, audio description, and sign language all available for the first time.

As the companion to the back catalogue, the BBC will simultaneously launch an extensive online archive from the show’s history at bbc.co.uk/doctorwho, with everything from interviews with cast to written documents, long unheard audio, and behind-the-scenes photos. Together, they tell the story of the ground-breaking series through 60 archive gems for the 60th anniversary.

The archive invites fans to delve even deeper into the show with curated journeys such as the genesis of Doctor Who, where audio from former Head of Drama, Sydney Newman alongside documents with his original handwritten notes guide you through the origins of Doctor Who. 

In its beginning stages, this new site will feature curated journeys through the archive to bring the show’s extensive history to life for fans – with items like interviews with cast members, news pieces, audio, imagery, and written documents.

Over time, more content will be added to the archive including a special collection of photos that have been scanned at 8k resolution from an estimated total of 25,000 prints, negatives, slides and digital images, which will give an unprecedented insight into the show with access to all areas throughout the years. 

The expanded archive will also feature additional gems from over 100,000 documents, including memos, correspondence, designs, and audience research, alongside orchestral scores of sheet music.

Also being added is a selection of audio clips about Doctor Who, including radio programmes, documentaries, interviews, and music.

BBC iPlayer’s back catalogue and the online archive will launch on 1st November before David Tennant returns as the Fourteenth Doctor for three special 60th-anniversary episodes.


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The Lucy Wilson Mysteries + CompetitionBookmark and Share

Sunday, 1 October 2023 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Mystery of Lucy Wilson - Apocalypse Tomorrow (Credit: Candy Jar Books)

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries - The Web of Terror (Credit: Candy Jar Books)

Candy Jar Books has announced a simultaneous release of the next two instalments of the Lucy Wilson series, available for pre-order, exclusively from the Candy Jar website.

The first release in this double-header is entitled Apocalypse Tomorrow, and it serves as the epic conclusion of The Mystery of Lucy Wilson arc, which has seen Lucy separated from her best friend Hobo by the small matter of several decades and one apocalypse.

The Mystery of Lucy Wilson: Apocalypse Tomorrow

Written by Steve Walton and Shaun Russell


Lucy Wilson’s adventures in time have taken her to some strange places. Dangerous places, faraway places… But none so strange and alien as where she finds herself now… The 1990s.

Pokémon battle in the schoolyards. Tamagotchi roam the streets. And a giant spider from a ruined future looks to spark an apocalypse that, technically, has already happened.

Timelines converge and realities shattered as Lucy’s exile in time reaches its epic climax. And in the end, it all comes down to one question: who’s better, 2Unlimited or Adamski?


Available to purchase from the Candy Jar website.

Serving as a coda to this storyline,The Web of Terror starts off on more familiar ground: Lucy’s home in sleepy Ogmore-by-Sea. But humanity’s last line of defence doesn’t get many off days: soon she’s confronted by a foe from her past. Or more precisely, several of her pasts…

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: The Web of Terror

Written by Paul W Robinson and Shaun Russell


Lucy Wilson thought that her run-in with killer spiders was over after her time in Australia! But soon strange happenings on Ogmore-by-Sea beach set her skin crawling once again…

Still, whether trapped in a spaceship, abducted by a familiar face, or hunted by space pandas, Lucy’s just glad to have her best friend Hobo back by her side.

But the past has a way of catching up with you. Can Lucy escape the enemy that she thought she’d left behind long ago?


Available to purchase from the Candy Jar website.

With the arc juggling multiple timelines and locations, tying a bow on this storyline soon spilled over the bounds of a single book, which prompted the decision to release these novels simultaneously.As Shaun Russell explained:

On one level, Apocalypse Tomorrow and The Web of Terror are two very different stories. What unites them, however, is that they see the characters of Lucy and Hobo rediscovering themselves – both as individuals and as a team. At this point, they’ve been separated for several books, and their reunion is not straightforward. We didn’t want to provide the readers with the setup while withholding the payoff; by the conclusion of these stories, we’re ready to kick of a distinct new phase in Lucy and Hobo’s adventures. But as we needed both novels to get there, we decided, why not release them together?

It's an ambitious conclusion, which sees (at least) three different timelines collide. But as co-author Steve Walton continued, that’s just one of the exciting aspects of writing for these characters:

Time travel, intergalactic spaceships, multidimensional beings… It’s all just a day in the life for Lucy Wilson! It’s the nature of storytelling to take a character from one familiar situation, and into a strange new one – and there’s no characters where you have more scope to do so! We went as big as possible with these stories, particularly with the conclusion of Apocalypse. But I think most of all I enjoyed playing with the idea of Lucy being dropped into the 1990s, a place somehow all the stranger for its seeming familiarity.

Co-author Paul W Robinson followed Apocalypse Tomorrow with The Web of Terror - tying up a few loose end, this book also sends Lucy on her very first adventure to an alien planet. Paul said:

I felt it was about time that Lucy and Hobo travelled beyond the earth’s atmosphere. It was fascinating creating a brand new world, while thrusting Lucy into her very own Hunger Games–style mystery.





Candy Jar Books are offering readers in the UK a chance to win both of the Lucy Wilson books, plus the hardback Lethbridge-Stewart relase of The Grandfather Infestation: The Illustrated Edition, and a signed copy of Jill Curzon 2023 A.D.


In keeping with the spider theme of the books, simply answer the following question:

Name the planet the Doctor and Sarah travel to in Planet of the Spiders.

Send your answer to comp-candyjar@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Om mani padme hum". Competition closes on Sunday 15th October.