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Wednesday, 18 February 2009

The Sarah Jane Adventures: Comic Relief Special Announced

The BBC have confirmed that a special mini-episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures is to broadcast during Comic Relief night next month, read on for more details:

Legendary comedian, Ronnie Corbett, has been confirmed as a guest star for a special Red Nose Day version of the highly acclaimed children's drama series The Sarah Jane Adventures.

BBC Wales are recording a one-off mini adventure to air on Comic Relief - Funny for Money airing on Friday 13th March BBC One from 7:00pm.

The top rating children's drama comes from the makers of Doctor Who and stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.

Executive producer Russell T Davies said, "It's an honour to get involved with Red Nose Day, and with Ronnie Corbett, K.9 and an old enemy's return, we can promise Sarah Jane Smith's most extraordinary adventure yet!"

The Bafta-nominated series sees Sarah Jane and the gang getting caught in a mysterious world of chases, danger, and monsters from outer space. The show has a huge following in its teatime slot on BBC One and the CBBC channel and the BBC Wales team are delighted to be contributing to Red Nose Day for a one-off mini adventure.

Written by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman it also stars Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony and Anjli Mohindra. A third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures is to go into production shortly.

Current Doctor Who lead David Tennant will be presenting on the night of broadcast.

The special mini episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, titled From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love, will broadcast within the first hour of Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) night, which will broadcast live from BBC Television Centre from 7:00pm on BBC One.

Planet of the Dead: Filming Starts in Dubai!

The BBC have released a press pack concerning filming for the 2009 Doctor Who Easter special, Planet of the Dead:

The BBC has confirmed that part of the forthcoming Doctor Who Easter special will be filmed in Dubai.

Planet of the Dead, which stars David Tennant as the Doctor alongside Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans, began filming in January in Cardiff and the team are now descending upon the Arabian Gulf to film further scenes for the episode.

"We rarely take Doctor Who abroad," said Doctor Who producer Tracie Simpson. "We did visit Rome for series four's The Fires of Pompeii - which gave us some spectacular footage. The locations in Dubai are a perfect match for writer Russell T Davies's vision of the episode and we expect to film some incredible scenes while we are here."

Bionic Woman and Merlin star Michelle Ryan plays the mysterious Lady Christina de Souza who joins the Doctor on a bus-trip which takes a very unexpected detour into danger. British comedy star Lee Evans also joins the cast playing a character called Malcolm whose life becomes connected to the Doctor's under extraordinary circumstances and Noma Dumezweni returns as Captain Erisa Magambo - last seen helping Rose and Donna save the world in Turn Left.

Planet of the Dead is the first of four Doctor Who specials which will air in 2009. Written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts, the episode is will be screened on BBC One in Spring 2009.

The story will also be the first to be shot and broadcast in the high-defintion format already used by Torchwood and several other major BBC Productions.

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead will broadcast this Easter on BBC One, a time is yet to be confirmed.

Torchwood Magazine - Issue 14

The cover and info on the latest edition of Torchwood magazine:

100 pages of Torchwood coverage
It’s been a while, but the official Torchwood magazine is back with a bang, bringing you 100 pages covering all things Torchwood in the lead up to the Children of Earth premiere! Among the highlights in the latest issue is a landmark Torchwood event - a comic strip story written by John Barrowman himself! See below for all the info about Captain Jack and the Selkie.

Children of Earth: Revealed!
Our coverage of the forthcoming Torchwood spectacular - to be screened over five nights later this year - continues in the latest issue. Our big interview is with Gareth David-Lloyd, while Emmy Award winning actress Lucy Cohu also talks about her character, Alice. Plus, check out series director Euros Lynn’s exclusive column.

Gareth David-Lloyd
Torchwood fans can look forward to finding out all about Ianto Jones in Children of Earth! In an interview in the latest issue of Torchwood magazine, actor Gareth David-Lloyd reveals that the new series will “delve much more into his family background and his past.” Find out how the sharp-suited sex symbol is also set to undergo trial by fire, putting him to the test like never before...

New comic strip by John Barrowman!
With the Rift War now over, the latest issue of Torchwood magazine brings you a one-off solo adventure for Captain Jack - written by his real life alter ego John Barrowman and his sister Carole Barrowman, with art by Tommy Lee Edwards. The magazine also features an interview with John, where he explains how Captain Jack and the Selkie came to be. Plus, the magazine features a new story Who By Fire, written by Andy Lane, and the first chapter of Gordian, by Steve Savile. Both stories also feature sumptuous art, courtesy of Adrian Salmon and Mike Dowling.

Plus:

  • New Children of Earth trailer revealed, Knight Rider does Torchwood, Ruth Jones does Comic Relief, and more!
  • Just Jack - Ever wanted to be Captain Jack? Then check out our helpful guide.
  • Jack in time - A handy visual guide to the mixed-up timeline of Captain Jack Harkness.
  • Episode Guide: Countrycide - Get back to nature with our gory guide to the first series frightener.
  • Owen Teale, Countrycide’s head chef (and chef of heads) reveals a milder side in this issue's interview.
  • Which character are you? - Take our test to find out your true Torchwood calling in life.

Issue 14 of Torchwood magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 22nd April priced £3.99 per copy.

Doctor Who DVD Files - Issue 3

The cover and info on this fornight's edition of Doctor Who DVD Files magazine:

Episode Guide: World War Three/ Dalek
The Doctor: The Ninth Doctor
Enemies: The Daleks
Technology: Sonic Technology
Allies: K-9

Issue 3 of Doctor Who DVD Files magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 24th February priced £6.99 per copy.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Doctor Who: The Dalek Project - Cover & Info

BBC Books have revealed the cover and synopsis of a new Doctor Who graphic novel:

THE DALEK PROJECT -  by Justin Richards
1917: The Great War is at its fiercest and most terrible. But things are about to get even worse… When the Doctor arrives at Hellcombe Hall in England he discovers a house full of mystery. There are locked doors and forbidden rooms, dustsheets cover guilty secrets, the maid Mary Carter is scared of the ghosts... And that’s before Corporal Anderson finds that his muddy corpse-filled trench ends in the drawing room.

Armaments manufacturer Lord Hellcombe has a new secret weapon he believes will win the war. But when the Doctor witnesses the final demonstration he begins to realise how much danger everyone is in. Because Lord Hellcome claims to have invented the Dalek. Except, of course, that nothing is quite what it seems.

The Doctor and his new friends must draw on every type of early 20th century technology and every element of human ingenuity and bravery if they are to discover the truth and to survive. If they are to prevent the entire Western Front of World War One from becoming part of The Dalek Project.


Doctor Who: The Dalek Project is on sale from 24th September at all good book stores priced £14.99 per copy.

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 101

The cover and info on this week's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

This week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures is a Sontaran special - and it’s full of Sontaran secrets! 
There’s an interview with actor Anthony O’Donnell who played Kaagh in The Sarah Jane Adventures plus the second part of a guide to the baked potato-headed creatures. The Sontarans live to fight - so you’ll find our facts very important if they ever return to Earth. Get ready for Red Nose Day with Freema Agyeman, who tells us how you can get involved in events to raise money for charity.

The issue, out Thursday 5th February, also comes with a FREE robot dog K-9 and loads of great stickers too. Grab a copy before the Sontarans steal them all! Sontra-ha!

ALSO:
  • Posters: Brave Captain Jack, deadly Davros, a scary Pyrovile
  • News: Freema tells us how you can join in Red Nose Day fun.
  • Fact file: A look at the brave people who’ve helped the Doctor save worlds.
  • Blast from the Past: Back in time to a dangerous adventure for the Fifth Doctor - Black Orchid.
  • Quiz: How well do you know Donna?
  • Console quest: Stick some stickers on the Tardis console!
  • Doctor’s data: All about the Brigadier!
  • Comic strip: The Doctor and Heather help plug a temporal hiccup.
  • Subscription offer: Subscribe today and get a Dalek adventure CD!
  • Plus loads more...

Issue 101 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 11th February priced £2.10 per copy.

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 405

The cover and info on this month's edition of Doctor Who magazine:

The Eleventh Doctor Speaks... in DWM issue 405!
Following in the tradition of previous Doctors, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, the Eleventh Doctor - Matt Smith -  has given his first interview to the official Doctor Who Magazine.

In issue 405 (published Thursday 5th February 2009), Matt talks exclusively in his only interview since getting the role...

On how he plans to go about playing a 950-year-old Time Lord:
“The script is where it starts, it’s always about the words, and luckily we’re in the hands of Steven Moffat (Doctor Who’s incoming head writer), who has this show ingrained in his soul and searing through his blood. It’s really born into his whole fabric - and that’s the job for me over the next few months, to make this show part of my fibre. I think Steven is going to be the main creative source for me, and we’re going to discover it together - who the Doctor is in Steven’s mind and words, coupled with pockets of my personality, my history, my life, and the man and the Human being that I am. I’ve got a meeting with Piers (Wenger, executive producer) next week to discuss that, but I think we’ll start rehearsing and, you know, just sit around Piers’ or Steven’s kitchen table, read the scripts together, talk about the part. We’ll talk about my intentions, their intentions, how we feel it can fly, and sing, and be as brilliant and as Doctor-y and as excellent as it can be.”

On what he might wear as the Doctor:
“I’m a big fan of long coats and rather dashing scarves in everyday life, so who knows? For the audition, I rocked up in whatever, so I think they’re having to tone down what I wear in real life for the Doctor! I am a rather elaborate dresser. That’s what’s lovely, there are all these exciting things - what’s he going to wear, what’s he going to do in his first scene with his companion, which monsters will he meet, will he meet the Daleks? This show is so alive, it really is. I can’t ever quite forget that I’m the Doctor - which is weird, because it’s still so far away. But it’s always there in my subconscious, because it’s the Doctor! It’s like, there’s Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Doctor Who. It has resonance in our cultural fabric.”

Also in DWM 405:

NEW DOCTOR DAY!
Showrunner-in-waiting Steven Moffat shares exclusively with DWM readers just what it's like to cast a new Doctor Who in Production Notes.

REALITY TV?
Remember the Zygon gambit? The Yeti in the Underground? Or that, frankly, unmissable invasion by thousands of Daleks after Earth was transported billions of miles across space? DWM investigates why so many people in the Doctor Who universe, apparently, don't!

SUSIE CUES!
She's worked on some of the most highly-acclaimed Doctor Who stories of all time! Susie Liggat talks candidly to DWM about her experiences as the producer of the UK's best-loved drama series.

ANTIMATTER MATTERS!
It could mean the end of the universe! The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith journey to the furthest reaches of space and encounter anti-matter monsters as The Fact of Fiction revals some surprising secrets about 1975's Planet of Evil.

DAY OF THE LOKHUS!
Can the Doctor and Majenta prevent the Day of the Lokhus? And what will become of Maxwell Edison? Find out in the final thrilling part of DWM's latest comic strip, The Stockbridge Child by Dan McDaid, with art by Martin Geraghty.

DEAR MATT SMITH...
Neil Harris writes an open letter to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, full of helpful - and not so helpful! - advice, in You Are Not Alone.

DWM turns the tables on the BBC's 'Doctor Who correspondent' as we ask the questions of the one-and-only Lizo Mzimba in Who on Earth Is!

PLUS!
News, previews, reviews, competitions and more!

Issue 405 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 2nd March priced £3.99.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The Sarah Jane Adventures: K.9 to Return in Series 3!

K.9 is set to return to the screen in the upcoming third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures! Here's what producer Nikki Smith had to say:


"We've already got ten scripts at first draft stage, and I can now announce that K.9 is going to make a return to Sarah Jane's attic! He has been locked away in that safe, saving the world from a black hole, for far too long now. I can promise that the fun is only just beginning - just wait till he gets to meet Mr Smith properly."


The Sarah Jane Adventures returns this Autumn to CBBC. K.9 will also star in a new Doctor Who spin-off later this year called, ironically, K.9.

Doctor Who: Children of Time Activity Book - Cover & Info

Penguin Books have revealed the cover and synopsis of a new Doctor Who activity book:

Children of Time Sticker Poster Book
Join the Doctor and his companions, the Children of Time, on this epic battle against the Daleks. Use the stickers to create your own poster scene!

The Doctor Who: Children of Time activity poster book is on sale from 28th May at all good bookstores priced £3.99 per copy.

David Tennant does NOT use any Social Networks!

 Doctor Who Online reported a few years ago that various impostors in chat rooms on the Internet have claimed to be various Doctor Who actors and crew. This insentience has started to happen again, but this time, the impostors are claiming to be David Tennant! 

If you find someone on any social networking site (e.g: Facebook, MSM, MySpace chat rooms or discussion boards) saying that they're the actor DO NOT BELIEVE THEM OR INTERACT WITH THEM, as Tennant has personally assured that he doesn't use any social network accounts. This is a scheme for people to get hold of your personal details. PLEASE take this information seriously in case anything like this happens to you in the future. For more info, watch Litteridge's video on YouTube here. In other news: the next issue of Doctor Who magazine, out tomorrow, confirms that all four 2009 Doctor Who specials will be filmed in high definition.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Torchwood: Children of Earth - First Trailer

The first trailer for the next series of Torchwood, overall titled Children of Earth, has been recently been released onto the official Torchwood website. You can watch it below:

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Torchwood: Children of Earth is made up of five episodes that will air in one week this Summer on BBC One.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Planet of the Dead: One of Two New Monsters Revealed

According to the Daily Mirror, one of two new monsters which will feature in Planet of the Dead will be called "the Tritovore". Read on for further details:

From the Daily Mirror
New Tritovore baddies set to be scariest ever. He's dealt with some tough baddies but Doctor Who will face his scariest yet - a half man, half fly creature. Called the Tritovore, it will be unleashed in the Easter special to do battle with the Time Lord and sidekick Lady Christina de Souza - played by former EastEnders star Michelle Ryan.

Bosses want the monster to become as iconic as the Daleks or Cybermen. A set source said: "Scriptwriters are confident they'll make a huge impact... everyone remembers the Daleks and the Cybermen, but not a lot else if they're honest. The Tritovore will change that. They are disgusting and will last long in the memory." Series boss Russell T Davies is hoping to use the creatures in three other special shows. David Tennant quits as the Doctor this year. The source added: "Russell is telling everybody to expect some real surprises. He wants him to go out with a bang."

Planet of the Dead is due to broadcast at Easter on BBC One. In other news: Elisabeth Sladen - best know for playing Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, celebrates her 61st birthday today.