New Doctor Who Products from LovarziBookmark and Share

Sunday, 20 August 2023 - Reported by Marcus

Lovarzi has added four new Doctor Who-related bags to its range of merchandise associated with the show. 

The TARDIS Cross Body Bag is a companion to the popular TARDIS Laptop Bag, which launched the line of top-quality bags in 2019. It takes its inspiration from the Doctor’s  Type 40 Space-Time Ship, with a repeated TARDIS design inside and out – and complete with a glow-in-the-dark Police Public Call Box patch on the front.

Open it up and you’ll find a large main section with an additional zipper pocket, plus another large organiser section on the front to keep your pens, smartphone, and sonic screwdriver in.

Looking for somewhere secret to hide your slightly-psychic paper? There’s another pocket on the back of the bag, with a magnetic strip to keep things from easily falling out.

Made from a blend of Polyester and Nylon, this versatile and lightweight bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap, meaning it’s ideal for traveling or everyday use! (In fact, at 28 x 24 x 9.5cm, this is a great size for hand luggage, just in case you find yourself exploring the world without a TARDIS.

The TARDIS Cross Body Bag launches alongside a set of three exclusive premium canvas tote bags, each sporting a different eye-catching design.

The first bag features the Fourth Doctor and Leela, played on screen by Tom Baker and Louise Jameson, with the loveable sidekick, K9. The illustration is by Mike Collins (2000AD; Uncanny X-Men), who served as the storyboard artist on numerous Twelfth and Thirteenth Doctor stories including Under the Lake/ Before the Flood, The Doctor Falls, and Kerblam!, although he’s perhaps best known for his work on the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip.

The second bag, meanwhile, is emblazoned with an equally-iconic pairing: the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble. With David Tennant and Catherine Tate returning for three 60th anniversary specials in November 2023, it felt the perfect time to highlight one of the most memorable storylines from Series 4: The Stolen Earth/ Journey’s End – so this design also features Daleks plenty, with their maniacal creator, Davros (Julian Bleach) and the terrifying Supreme Dalek.

The art on this second bag is by the excellent Anthony Dry, whose striking work, inspired by the much-missed Chris Achilléos, adorns the modern-day Target novelisations, including City of Death, Rose, The Waters of Mars, The Day of the Doctor, and The Witchfinders.

Rounding out this triptych of totally terrific totes is the pop art-inspired TARDIS cubes bag, which shows off the world-famous Police Box in a colourful repeated pattern.No, you don’t have to choose between these designs: they come together as a set!

Each canvas bag is 38.5cm high and 34.5cm wide,

The TARDIS Cross Body Bag and set of three tote bags are available to buy from LOVARZI

Until 23rd August readers of Doctor Who News can enjoy a 10% discount on the order by following the link above.  




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Series 1-4 Remastered Blu-rayBookmark and Share

Friday, 18 August 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Series 3 (Credit: BBC)Series 1 (Credit: BBC)

A newly remastered Blu-ray boxset of Series 1-4 of Doctor Who is to be released by the BBC

Newly upscaled versions of sixty Doctor Who episodes from the Ninth and Tenth Doctor eras are to be released to help mark Doctor Who's Sixtieth Anniversary. 

This collection includes every episode and special from the first four series, upscaled to high definition using the latest technology, plus the Tenth Doctor specials and existing bonus features

A new specially shot extra, A LOOK BACK THROUGH TIME AND SPACE with Russell T Davies and David Tennant is included in the 18 disc set

These new episodes are now available to pre-order in one Blu-ray set.


Series 4 (Credit: BBC)Series 2 (Credit: BBC)


Evolution of the Toy DalekBookmark and Share

Friday, 18 August 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Evolution of the Toy Dalek (Credit: Alex Storer) A free eBook is available exploring the evolution of Dalek toys throughout the 60 years since the creatures were first created. 
Marx, Palitoy, Dapol, Product Enterprise and Character Options are just some of the names instantly synonymous with Dalek toys and models. From those vintage 1960s toys to the stunningly lifelike replicas we enjoy today, the Dalek toy has evolved over the decades.
Evolution of the Toy Dalek offers a retrospective critique of the various scale models and toys from each decade, examining the gradual improvements in their design and production alongside nostalgic reflections on Dalek merchandise collecting.
The book is by Alex Storer who previously produced books on the Blackpool Doctor Who exhibitions and the 1983 Longleat Celebration.

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Season 20 Blu-ray - Release Date ConfirmedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 August 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Season 20 - Bluray (Credit: BBC Studios)

The limited edition box set of Season 20 is to be released on the 18th of September 2023.


The latest release in the Doctor Who Collection series was announced in July but the release date has only just been confirmed. It features the six stories from the Fifth Doctor's second season as well as the twentieth Anniversary story The Five Doctors. 


The box set is available for pre-order on Amazon 

FILTER: - Blu-ray/DVD - Season 20 - Fifth Doctor

Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 594Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 August 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 594 (Credit: Panini)

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, issue 594, is now available.


Highlights include:

  • Designated ’Driver – Michael van Kesteren, Doctor Who’s art director for props, and Barry Jones, prop maker, give DWM the lowdown on the Fourteenth Doctor’s brand-new sonic screwdriver.

  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies recalls his first ever encounter with the Doctor Who production team, way back in 1987.

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

  • Conjuring Patrick – family, friends, colleagues and admirers of Patrick Troughton turned out in force at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to the Second Doctor actor.

  • Memory Worm – Andrew Smith, the writer of 1980’s Full Circle and many acclaimed Big Finish audios, puts his knowledge of his Doctor Who career to the test.

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

  • All Decs on Hand – assistant set decorator Verity Scott and set decorator’s assistant Lois Drage describe working on the new series of Doctor Who.

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

  • 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.

  • Sweet Dreams are Made of This – a comprehensive preview and disc-by-disc breakdown of the forthcoming Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 20 Blu-ray box set.

  • The Fact of Fiction unlocks the secrets of the Fifth Doctor story Arc of Infinity.

  • 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 594 is on sale Thursday 17 August from and WH Smith priced £7.99 (UK).

Also available as a digital edition from priced £6.99.


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The Underwater Menace - Animated Blu-ray ReleaseBookmark and Share

Friday, 11 August 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Underwater Menace - Marching (Credit: BBC Studios)

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace animated on DVD and Blu-Ray

BBC Studios has announced that the second Doctor story, The Underwater Menace will be released this autumn on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The two-disc box set contains the fourth season story, first broadcast in 1967, as well as special features.

This classic series stars the second Doctor Patrick Troughton and co-stars Anneke Wills as Polly, Michael Craze as Ben and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon.

The original 1967 master recordings of The Underwater Menace were wiped soon after the programme's original transmission. Film recordings of Episodes Two and Three survive as well as audio-only recordings of episodes One and Four. These recordings have been used to create a brand-new fully animated presentation of this lost story.

This story sees these characters navigate through their adventures in the underwater city of Atlantis where they meet with Professor Zaroff, who plots to destroy the Earth by draining the oceans. All episodes have been animated in colour and black and white whilst including original film elements.  

DISC ONE (Main Feature)

  • Episodes 1-4 - Animation - Colour
  • Episodes 1-4 - Animation - Black and White


DISC TWO (Special Features)

  • Episode 1 - Reconstruction
  • Episodes 2 & 3 - Original 1967 Episode
  • Episode 4 - Reconstruction
  • A Fishy Tale - Making of Documentary
  • Australian Censor Clips
  • The Man from Miditz
  • Frazer Hines Introduction for episode 2 as per the original VHS release
  • BBC News Report (South Today)
  • BBC Radio Solent Piece (audio only)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Animation GalleryPDF material including camera script

The Underwater Menace - Climbing (Credit: BBC Studios)The Underwater Menace - TARDIS Landing (Credit: BBC Studios)


Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace will be available for fans to buy from November 2023. It is available for pre-order on Amazon



The Underwater Menace Teaser | Doctor Who

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Telos Celebrates 60 Years of Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 9 August 2023 - Reported by Marcus

Telos Publishing is celebrating sixty years of Doctor Who with a range of new titles

Stephen James Walker and David J Howe thought hard about how we wanted to celebrate the anniversary and we decided to produce several titles, each of which looked at Doctor Who in a different way. If you take the show as a whole, then there are three main areas that together cover everything: The fiction of the show itself, the making of it/behind the scenes, and the fandom. So we decide to commission three titles that together, celebrate everything that we love about Doctor Who!

The first title is THE ILLUSTRATED JOURNEY, a stunning large format art book that celebrates the fiction of the show. David J Howe explained

We approached Daryl Joyce, an artist of some standing, about collecting some images he had been showing online into a book celebrating the rich history of Doctor Who, through the medium of documenting all the places that the TARDIS has landed ... plus a few more images of notable moments, monsters and action from the show's rich history. Daryl worked tirelessly on the book, creating over 320 illustrations covering the length and breadth of the show. This is a masterpiece!'

Daryl Joyce added

From the misty streets of Shoreditch in 1963, to dark and spooky planets via ancient Rome, Troy and literally hundreds of locations in between, The aim was to respectfully up the scale, bring the imagination to life and give it all the gothic polish that Robert Holmes inspired in my appreciation of Doctor Who.
The Illustrated Journey (Credit: Telos)THE ILLUSTRATED JOURNEY

By Daryl Joyce

‘It all started out as a mild curiosity in a junk-yard, and now it’s turned out to be quite a great spirit of adventure don’t you think?’ … so spoke the Doctor during Doctor Who‘s first season, and from that ‘mild curiosity’ the show has gone on to explore strange new worlds in this universe and others, taking in all times and places along the way.

For Doctor Who‘s sixtieth anniversary, we considered that perhaps the best way to celebrate would be to remind ourselves of all the adventure, thrills, alien species, monsters, villains, companions and excitement that the Doctor has experienced on his many travels, all with his most faithful of companions, the TARDIS, by his side.  Sometimes ‘the old girl’ gets left behind, or sidestepped in time, but most often she is there at the start, and again at the end, waiting patiently for the Doctor and his friends to return in order to whisk them all off somewhere else, where more adventure awaits.

And what better guide than the incredible artwork of Daryl Joyce.  Joyce has been at the forefront of Doctor Who artwork for many years, creating imagery to accompany many tie-in works, but this is the first time that a work of this magnitude has been attempted … trying to encapsulate most of the Doctors adventures and voyages in one book.  We did consider trying to cover them all, but the book would have ended up twice the size – unmanageable – so with Daryl’s help we have filtered and filletted the journeys and present the majority … with a few additional sidesteps and images along the way, all to celebrate sixty amazing years of travel in time and space …

Join us for an adventure through memory, to scenes and places explored and encountered by the Doctor and his friends …

Available 2nd September 2023

Covering the Fandom element is Alistair McGown's THE FANZINE BOOK.

This was a title we commissioned from Alistair, after we saw some brilliant writing of his in the Doctor Who Magazine 1983 special, and which covered the fanzines produced in that year. I had been wanting to do a book looking at fanzines for some time, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Fanzine Book (Credit: Telos)THE FANZINE BOOK

By Alistair McGown

Long before social media – a time before YouTube channels, podcasts and Twitter – the only way a generation of Doctor Who fans could find their voice was to produce a fanzine. Following in the slipstream of mid-1970s punk rock music fanzines, for a decade or two it seemed anyone with a shaky old typewriter and buckets of enthusiasm was putting together their own amateur magazines filled with news, reviews, interviews, convention reports, fan fiction, artwork and comic strips. Schoolkids and students alike manfully struggled with sheets of rub-down Letraset, correction fluid, cow gum, hand-cranked duplicators and overheating photocopiers to try their luck at becoming fan publishing press barons. Some sold dozens of copies, others sold thousands.

This was the only platform fans of the time had to praise, criticise and share opinions on their favourite show, largely uncensored and unbound, sometimes controversially so and running into trouble with the BBC and the Doctor Who producers of the era; Philip Hinchcliffe, Graham Williams and John Nathan-Turner.

Covering UK fandom’s earliest beginnings in the 1960s, through to the ‘golden age’ of the 1970s and 1980s, several hundred different fanzine titles are documented, discussed and displayed in this fully-illustrated coffee-table hardback, from hand-stapled newsletters to full colour, professionally-printed magazines. It includes everything from AggedorThe Animus and Ark in Space to ZygonZodin and Zeiton-7 and covers fondly-remembered classics including Celestial ToyroomTARDISThe Doctor Who ReviewGallifreyMatrixSkaroShadaFrontier WorldsThe FramePrivate Who and the best-selling but outspoken Doctor Who Bulletin.

From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow and these fanzines included the first published work by many Doctor Who writers and artists of the future – many of them going onto comic strips, books, audios, Doctor Who Magazine and even the revived TV show itself, with at least one future showrunner helping run a local group newsletter of the 1980s!

With an Afterword by Doctor Who showrunner and writer Chris Chibnall, and a Foreword by the Master of fanzine writing Martin Wiggins, plus contributions and comment from many of the editors, publishers and writers who were there, this is the definitive look at the UK Doctor Who fanzine phenomenon and how it chronicled everything from the highs of the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker years, to 1983’s Longleat 20th anniversary event, to 1985’s cancellation crisis, to the show’s quiet demise in 1989.

Writer and researcher Alistair McGown – whose own first published work appeared in The Highlander fanzine in 1985, aged 13 – celebrates the fascinating story of the underground Doctor Who press in this latest slice of publishing history from Telos.

Writer and historian Andrew Pixley had this to say about THE FANZINE BOOK: 'This is superb. Massively entertaining and massively informative ... a very lavish, specialist volume - and a real delight.'

Available now. Mailing at the end of August
Looking at the behind-the-scenes element is a book that was submitted to Telos by the historian and researcher David Brunt.

By David Brunt

In the first of a new series of books, noted Doctor Who historian David Brunt presents the most detailed and comprehensive day-by-day record ever published of the show’s production during the years 1963-1966 when William Hartnell played the Doctor.

Drawing on many years of research and an exhaustive study of BBC archive documentation – including files not previously accessed by any other Doctor Who author – the book includes a wealth of newly-discovered information and explodes some long-standing myths.

David came to us with the suggestion of doing a day-by-day diary of the production of Doctor Who - a format that had never been attempted before in this detail and scope. And we snapped it up!' says Howe. 'I think it was in part inspired by Richard Molesworth's JOHN NATHAN TURNER PRODUCTION DIARY from a year or so back, but here David has delved deep into the BBC Archives to deliver an unprecedented view on the making of Doctor Who.

​Available November 2023

Finally, a fourth book has been added in the form of Andrew-Mark Thompson's THIS IS A FAKE! '

This is a Fake (Credit: Telos)THIS IS A FAKE!

by Andrew-Mark Thompson

In this humorous, full-colour hardback, Andrew-Mark Thompson presents items ripped from an alternative dimension in his basement from a world where Doctor Who, and its tie-in merchandise, were a little different from how fans might have remembered.

Packed full of items which should-have-been and never-were, this is the ultimate book of Doctor Who appreciation viewed through a lens of affectionate parody.

Paul Simpson from SciFi Bulletin has talked about THIS IS A FAKE!: 'There are a lot of books coming out for the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who, but I will be a little bit surprised if there’s one quite so unusual, or able to make you laugh as hard as this ... this may be *the* book of the 60th anniversary…

David J Howe added I had long been an admirer of Andrew's incredible 'fakes' on Twitter and Facebook - using clever Photoshop manipulations to convince the world of the existence of all manner of invented Doctor Who merchandise, toys, books, comics, games, confectionary and other ephemera ... it's genius level stuff!' says Howe. 'So I reached out to Andrew and asked if he might be interested in assembling some of the madness into a book, and he agreed! So we also have the inventiveness, humour, and imagination of fandom all brought together in an incredible celebration of merchandise, first-anniversary garden parties, 'Daleks' Master Plan' Cluedo games, Alpha Centauri easter eggs, Sapphire and Steel ice lollies and so much more besides!  It's a book that defies explanation ... you have to experience it!

​Available now. Mailing at the end of August

All four titles are available from Telos Publishing direct at

They will also be available from WHONA in the USA (

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Deluxe illustrated edition of Rose to be ReleasedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 8 August 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Rose Illustrated Edition (Credit: BBC)

BBC Books have announced the novelisation of the first story of Doctor Who's 2005 revival, Rose, is to be released in a special illustrated version.

The release will celebrate the return of showrunner Russell T Davies to Doctor Who, and mark the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who.

Novelised by Davies from his original script, Rose is the story that relaunched Doctor Who for the 21st century.

Originally published in 2018, this deluxe edition of ROSE features illustrations from acclaimed artist Robert Hack.


In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move - and kill - are taking up key positions, ready to strike.

Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She's about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe - a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.

The book will be published on 23rd November 2023 and is available to preorder on Amazon

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Jill Curzon 2023 A.D. My eventful lifeBookmark and Share

Sunday, 6 August 2023 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Jill Curzon 2023 A.D. (Credit: Candy Jar Books)

Celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Doctot Who, Candy Jar Books will be releasing the first of a number of books marking the event. Taking us back to one of the most colourful highlights the series experienced in the 1960s when the Daleks took to the big screen, they will share the memories of someone who was not only there, but was also directly involved with the autobiography of Jill Curzon, who played the character of Doctor Who's niece Louise in the film Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD:


Jill Curzon: 2023 A.D.
"My eventful life."


Jill Curzon writes her memoirs with absolute candour, detailing the highs and lows of her professional and private life.

Within these pages are reflections on her life along with reminiscences on those who have mattered the most. These include fellow actors, directors, friends and family.

The book highlights Jill’s absolute zest for life and a great love of humour both professionally and personally.

Jill’s life hasn’t all been glitz, glamour and Daleks! Her stories of living through tough times and health worries will resonate with many, but what shines through is faith and positivity.


Jill Curzon 2023 A.D.: My Eventful life offers an insight into a complex yet inspiring life, showing determination, optimism and above all else, how not to get exterminated!



Jill Curzon's career lef her to work with many beloved names in the entertainment industry such as Roger Moore, Morecambe and Wise, Patrick McGoohan, etc, and starred in legendary cult TV series, such as The Champions, The Saint, Adam Adamant Lives and Not Only... But, Also with comedy icons Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Jill commented::

Our generation of actors were the first to bring live theatre to the living rooms of tens of millions of people. What we did set the benchmark for all future television and movie productions.

The book is her story: from BBC Television Centre at its height, to Shepperton and Pinewood film studios, and taking in London and the Soho nightclubs and comedy bars of the early 1960s, this memoir captures the rich atmosphere and the vivid colour of the night-life that shaped the entertainment world both in front and behind the lens. Follow her life as it took unexpected twists and turns, through the fame of the 1960s and into the 1970s, where despite giving up acting, she continues to live life to the fullest.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, said:

The Dalek movies were part of all of our childhoods, whether you were there seeing them at the cinema in the 1960s, on Saturday mornings on BBC1 during summer holidays of the 1970s, or on VHS and Blu-Ray up to today. Jill was there front and centre. I am so pleased that Jill has decided to share her memories of the Daleks, and indeed her other appearances with comedy icons such as Terry Scott and Dick Emery, but I believe readers will be as fascinated as I was as they discover Jill's story; her journey through emotional highs and lows, and how she resolved to set it all down in text once and for all. This is her definitive account of an amazing life.


Drawing extensively from diaries kept throughout her life, Jill paints a sharply accurate portrait of a life where the world seems to present everything at her feet, from success to love, and then takes it all away as betrayal brings her to a point where nearly everything is lost.

Jill added:

Fate being fickle leaves you to decide much of how your life progresses. At least it does so in a teasing way, for it gives you the impression that it is you who makes the decisions that guide your path through life.





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Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 64Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 2 August 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 64 (Credit: Panini)

Action Figures 2005-2023


The latest Special Edition from Doctor Who Magazine celebrates the action figures and other articulated toys inspired by the 21st-century incarnation of the series. 

Packed with exclusive photography and behind-the-scenes details, this volume surveys collectables based on episodes featuring the Ninth through to the Fourteenth Doctors.

Some of the most popular Doctor Who toys ever produced are pictured alongside lesser-known items and rarities in this lavishly illustrated guide.

DWM Special Edition 64: Action Figures 2005-2023 is on sale from Thursday 3 August at WH Smith, selected supermarkets, and online from priced £8.99. A digital edition is also available, priced £7.99 from