Doctor Who Magazine Issue 590Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 April 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 590 (Credit: Panini)

Issue 590 of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with Doctor Who composer Murray Gold. 

People started saying, ‘We really need to speak to Murray,’ There was a director, Mark Tonderai [overseeing the 2023 Christmas Special]. I was like, ‘What can he possibly want?’ And then Ben [Chessell], who’s directing episode two… this was January 26th and he says, ‘I’m directing this episode and it seems to have a lot of music in it. Have you looked at it?’ Then another director. And another. Then it started to dawn on me: ‘There’s an awful lot of music in this series, isn’t there, Murray?’ I was speaking to myself now, not realising, of course, that my consciousness is just a fantasy. ‘And apparently Russell [T Davies] has entrusted all of it to me.’ And actually, that’s quite an honour. I love that man.”

Other highlights of the new issue include:

  • A giant-double sided poster.

  • A Big Finish download code for a complete audio adventure.

  • The DWM 60th Anniversary Poll – the analysis of the results continues, with this issue looking at the rankings of the Third and Fourth Doctor’s adventures.

  • Liberation of the Daleks Part Seven – the adventures of the Fourteenth Doctor continue in the epic comic-strip adventure written by Alan Barnes and illustrated by Lee Sullivan.

  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies on the casting of new Doctor Who cast member Jinkx Monsoon.

  • Production Diary – script editor Scott Handcock files his latest report, direct from Doctor Who’s HQ.

  • Gallifrey Guardian – all the latest official news, including cast announcements.

  • Scarf Ace – acclaimed artist Dave Gibbons looks back at his work on the Doctor Who comic strip.

  • Secret Service – Jacqui Stonebridge, who was in charge of Doctor Who’s press and publicity at the time of its launch in 1963, recalls her work on the early days of the series.

  • The Running Man – Devante Fleming reveals what it’s like to work as a runner on Ncuti Gatwa’s forthcoming episodes.

  • Writer of the Lost Ark – the life and times of writer John Lucarotti, whose original version of 1975’s The Ark in Space in set for release on audio.

  • 60 Objects, 60 Years – the latest installment of the series that tells the story of one object from every year of Doctor Who’s history.

  • The Fact of Fiction travels back to the coronation of 1953 and uncovers the secrets of the Tenth Doctor adventure The Idiot’s Lantern.

  • 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 590 is on sale Thursday 27 April from and WH Smith priced £7.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from priced £6.99.



Missy Returns to Titan Comics in Doom's DayBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doom's Day Cover A (Credit: Titan)Doom's Day Cover B (Credit: Titan)

Titan Comics has announced a two-issue comic series launching on July 5, 2023, as part of the Doctor Who multi-platform story Doom’s Day.

The comic series will feature fan-favorite character Missy on the trial of new character Doom, who makes her comic book debut.

It was announced last month that Titan Comics are participating in BBC Studios’ multi-platform Doctor Who story, Doom’s Day to celebrate Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary.

Doom’s Day is a standalone transmedia series across multiple platforms and will allow Doctor Who fans to follow Doom, the Universe’s greatest assassin, as she travels through all of time and space in pursuit of the Doctor to save her from her ever-approaching Death. She only has 24 hours and a vortex manipulator to save herself before her fate is sealed forever.

Available in comic stores and on digital devices at release, Titan’s Doctor Who: Doom’s Day #1 comic is an adventure starring Doom in her comic book debut – using her vortex manipulator, she'll do anything to find the tempestuous time traveller, the Doctor, including cavorting with the maleficent MISSY. Every hour a new adventure, every hour closer to death...

Doctor Who: Doom’s Day #1 is written by Eisner-nominated Jody Houser (Stranger ThingsStar Wars, Spider-Man) with art by Roberta Ingranata (Witchblade). The comic debuts with two covers for fans to collect: from celebrated artist Pasquale Qualano, and a photo cover variant.

Jake Devine, Editor, Titan’s Doctor Who Comics, says:

I'm so excited to be working with Jody and Roberta once more, and I can't think of a better team to introduce this dazzling new character to the world of Doctor Who comic books. Throw Missy into the fold and you've got one sensational adventure!

Doctor Who: Doom’s Day #1 ($3.99) is now available to pre-order globally from May’s Diamond Previews catalogue, and on digital device via Comixology.

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Blue Peter Set Visit CompetitionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Blue Peter presenters Abby Cook and Joel Mawhinney (Credit: BBC Studios)Blue Peter has launched a new competition where one young superfan will win an exclusive VIP tour of the Doctor Who set. 

The competition, to mark Doctor Who's 60th Anniversary, will give one viewer the chance to win a unique money-can’t-buy experience.

Launching on Blue Peter this Friday (28 April) viewers aged between 5 and 15 will be asked to draw Doctor Who fan art and say why they would love the opportunity to win an exclusive set tour.

One talented winner will go behind the scenes to discover how the series is made and find out all about the work of the Production Design team.

The winner will also receive a rare collectable Doctor Who 60th Blue Peter competition winner’s badge. The limited-edition badge will be revealed on Blue Peter on Friday 28 April and will be awarded to the top 500 competition entries.

Gold Blue Peter badge holder, David Tennant, is returning as the Fourteenth Doctor later this year for three special episodes to coincide with the 60th anniversary. In a message to fans, he mentions the “brand new Blue Peter competition for Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary, the show that is – we all know The Doctor is well over 900 years old!”

Editor of Blue Peter, Ellen Evans, says

We’re celebrating two 60th anniversaries this year, for Doctor Who and for the Blue Peter badge. The two programmes have collaborated many times over the years so I’m thrilled to be able to offer such a unique and exciting experience.

The competition is open for entries from 5 pm on Friday 28 April when full details of how to enter, including rules and privacy notice, will be on the Blue Peter website

The competition closes at 5 pm on Monday 15 May 2023.

The competition winner and top runners-up will be announced in a Doctor Who takeover on CBBC and BBC iPlayer later in the year to mark the return of the series.

Viewers can also learn how to create a TARDIS for their bookshelves in a classic Blue Peter ‘make’ shown on the programme last Friday (21 April) and available on BBC iPlayer, and fans can also head to the Blue Peter website to create their own sonic screwdriver.

Blue Peter is the longest-running children's TV show in the world. The show has a long connection with Doctor Who, which has been featured regularly since the 1960s.

New episodes of Blue Peter are on CBBC and iPlayer every Friday at 5 pm.

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Murray Gold returns to Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 April 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Murray Gold (Credit: Richard Ecclestone (Navymaroon) )

The award-winning composer Murray Gold is returning to Doctor Who this Autumn. 

Murray Gold originally joined Doctor Who when Russell T Davies first revived the show in 2005. He composed the music for Doctor Who for over 12 years, throughout the eras of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors, scoring some of the most iconic moments in Doctor Who’s history.

From revamping the theme tune to creating the music for the Dalek and Cybermen to name just a few, Gold has been widely celebrated for his role in forging a new musical identity for the show.

Murray Gold will once again work with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with his musical scores appearing when Doctor Who returns in November for three special episodes celebrating the show's 60th anniversary and starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor

He will score the fortieth season of Doctor Who when Ncuti Gatwa takes control of the TARDIS as the Fifteenth Doctor with his first episode airing over the festive period.

On returning to Doctor Who, Murray Gold says:

I’m so happy to be invited back for another joyful ride in the TARDIS. I didn’t think twice. Working with Russell and his team is just a pleasure.


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New Images of the Fifteenth Doctor ReleasedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 April 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA), Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON) (Credit: BBC/Bad Wolf/Disney)The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA), Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON) (Credit: BBC/Bad Wolf/Disney)

The BBC has released new images featuring Ncuti Gatwa as the fifteenth Doctor.

The images are from the story currently being filmed for the series that will air in 2024.

Alongside Gatwa as The Doctor is Millie Gibson who plays Ruby Sunday, the companion in the story. 

It’s official, the TARDIS has landed in the 60’s!

A first look at the Doctor and Ruby as they arrive in the swinging 60’s, as filming continues for the new series.

Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor to coincide with the 60th anniversary. Ncuti Gatwa’s first episode as the Fifteenth Doctor will then air over the festive period.

Doctor Who will premiere exclusively on the BBC for the UK and Ireland. Disney+ will be the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside of the UK and Ireland.

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Steven Moffat wins Terrance Dicks Award For WritersBookmark and Share

Saturday, 15 April 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Steven Moffat (Credit: DWAS)
Steven Moffat has become the second recipient of The Terrance Dicks Award For Writers presented by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.
The ceremony took place at the DWAS convention 'The Capitol Six Decades' being held this weekend in the Sussex town of Crawley.
Moffat was presented with the award, a statue of The Master crafted by Gary Glover of Mooncrest Models, by last year's winner Gary Russell.
The award is named after former Script Editor Terrance Dicks, who was responsible for some of Doctor Who's most admired stories during the 1960s and 1970s. 
Steven Moffat was the showrunner for Doctor Who from 2010 until 2017, in charge of the eras of the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor. 
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society was founded in 1976, and is the oldest Doctor Who fan club in the world.

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Jinkx Monsoon joins Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Monday, 3 April 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Jinkx Monsoon  (Credit: Alec White Photography)

The award-winning actress and singer Jinkx Monsoon is to join the cast of Doctor Who. 

Monsoon is a winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race and has recently completed a sell-out run in Chicago on Broadway. 

She has cultivated an international fanbase after winning two seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race including an All-Stars season where she was crowned “Queen of Queens”, competing against other winners of the show.

Monsoon joins Doctor Who after completing her sell-out run on Broadway, where she made her highly-anticipated debut as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in Broadway’s longest-running show, Chicago. Her run on Broadway was a historic moment for the LGBTQIA+ community, as she became the first drag queen to play the role of Mama Morton, breaking box office records in her extended 8-week run.

Russell T Davies, Showrunner said:

In a galaxy of comets and supernovas, here comes the biggest star of all. Jinkx Monsoon is on a collision course with the TARDIS, and Doctor Who will never be the same again!

Jinkx Monsoon, said:

I’m honoured, thrilled, and utterly excited to join Doctor Who! Russell T Davies is a visionary and a brilliant writer - I can’t wait to get into the weeds with him and the crew! I hope there’s room in the TARDIS for my luggage.

Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor to coincide with the 60th anniversary.

Ncuti Gatwa’s first episode as the Fifteenth Doctor will then air over the festive period.

Doctor Who will premiere exclusively on the BBC for the UK and Ireland.

Disney+ will be the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside of the UK and Ireland.

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Longing For LongleatBookmark and Share

Sunday, 2 April 2023 - Reported by Marcus

Forty years ago this week, any serious Doctor Who fan was heading for the west of England and the stately home of Longleat for the BBC official event celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who.

Those who made the journey, and paid their £7 for the two-day ticket, were treated to the greatest collection of stars and memorabilia from the series ever collected together in one place. 

Not only were all four surviving Doctors in attendance but many companions and members of the production team were there to answer fans' questions and sign autographs. 

The day was incredibly popular, taking the BBC by surprise, with queues clogging up the Wiltshire lanes for miles around. 

To mark the anniversary a new download has been made available Longing for Longleat. 

The download has been created by John Collier and Alex Storer who previously created two ebooks celebrating the Doctor Who Exhibitions in Blackpool - "Blackpool Remembered" and "Blackpool Revisited"

The publication is packed full of previously unseen photos and memories from attendees and some of the people behind the event.
It can be downloaded for FREE from this link
Jon Pertwee - Longleat 1983 (Credit: Nick Salmond)Janet Fielding - Longleat 1983 (Credit: Nick Salmond)Tom Baker - Longleat 1983 (Credit: Nick Salmond)

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