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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE - ISSUE 436
The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who magazine:
Doctor Who Magazine celebrates the life of Nicholas Courtney in a special 100-page bumper issue, packed with rare and never-before-published photos, dedicated to the man who played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart for over 40 years. Among those paying tribute to the actor who played the Doctor’s most trusted friend are former Doctors Tom Baker, David Tennant, Sylvester McCoy and Colin Backer
“Once you got to know Nick, you loved everything about him,” Tom explains to DWM. “We were a double act. I loved everything he did. I would have loved him as Othello. All other critical faculties were abandoned. You just couldn’t explain yourself. It was almost like someone saying, ‘What an Earth do you see in her?’ or ‘What on Earth do you see in him?’ Once you actually love someone, you just love being with them - and I loved being with Nick.”
ALSO THIS ISSUE:
SALUTING THE BRIG
Nicholas Pegg sets the scene as friends and colleagues remember the life and times of Nicholas Courtney. The tributes include contributions from Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Peter Purves, John Levene, Richard Franklin, Katy Manning, Russell T Davies, Derrick SherwinE, Terrance Dicks, Philip Hinchliffe, Graeme Harper and many more.
NICHOLAS COURNEY - A LIFE IN ACTING
DWM looks back at Nick’s long career, from his early days in rep through to his most famous role as Lethbridge-Stewart in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
THE ONE WITH THE EYEPATCH
Nicholas Courtney’s favourite Doctor Who story, 1970’s Inferno, is put under the spotlight as The Fact of Fiction witnesses the end of the world…
It was the season in which the Brig came into his own - the Third Doctor’s first series from 1970. DWM looks back to discover what made the season so special as Countdown to 50 continues.
THE BRIG VS THE DOCTOR
The Brigadier’s decision to blow up the reptile people in 1970’s Doctor Who and the Silurians shocked the Third Doctor. But was Lethbridge-Stewart right to do what he did? Toby Hadoke and Johnny Candon discuss the pros and cons of the Brig’s most controversial action in A Battle of Wits…
NUNS WITH GUNS!
The Doctor and Amy are shocked to find that the Tardis has been harbouring a terrifying secret in the latest comic strip adventure! And there are more surprises in store in Part Two of Apotheosis, written by Jonathan Morris with art by Dan McDaid…
The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who in order, and visit the year 200,000 - but what will Chris, Emma, Michael and Will make of the Ninth Doctor adventure, The Long Game?
ARE YOU MY MUMMY?
The secret’s out! In an exclusive interview, actor Alex Kingstontalks about the revelation of just who River Song really is - and what the astonishing news means for her character in future episodes of Doctor Who…
IT’S A MIRACLE!
Torchwood, the popular spin-off from Doctor Who, returns to TV in July with a 10-part story, Miracle Day. DWM catches with writer Russell T Davies and stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Kai Owen to find out more abut the new series…
An ancient power makes an unexpected return from the depths of the void and discovers a world very different to the one it left some time ago… Whatever you do, don’t miss Production Notes!
The Watcher dons his eyepatch and reveals some of the surprising lesser-known facts about everyone’s favourite UNIT commander in Wotcha!
All the latest official news, reviews of TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!
Issue 436 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from tomorraw at all good newsagents until 27th July priced £4.99 per copy.
DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES - ISSUE 224
The cover and info on the next edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:
ATTENTION, DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES READERS!
You must obey, and read this week's issue… as it's being run by the Daleks! They've taken over and filled the magazine with everything Dalek. There's a guide to all the different Daleks, a fact file about how the Daleks are built, and an interview with the Supreme Dalek himself!
As well as all that, there's a top moment from Victory of the Daleks, posters and puzzles, quizzes and jokes, AAAGH! and a comic strip featuring the previous design-a-monster winner's monster! There's even a free build-your-own Dalek kit with every issue.
Issue 224 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 6th July priced £2.20 per copy.
RIVER SONG & PANDORICA CHAIR FIGURE SET - COMIC CON EXCLUSIVE
Underground Toys have announced their exclusive Doctor Who toy item for 2011 in collraberation with Character Options:
Legend has it that the Pandorica is a prison, a cage to contain the most feared warrior in the universe. But it is all a lie - the Pandorica is a box created to contain just one person - the Doctor. When his Tardis exploded, all parts of time and space were wiped out, never having existed.
The massed armies of all the Doctor’s foes - Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans and others banded together and created the legends of the Pandorica, and then locked him inside it. But the Pandorica energy was a restorative, it could bring things back to life, and the Doctor piloted the Pandorica into the heart of his exploding Tardis and set off Big Bang 2, rebooting the entire universe.
Of all the people who have travelled or will travel with the Doctor, River Song is the most enigmatic of them all.
She always seems to be one step ahead of the Doctor, even when he is in her past. Nobody has been able to figure out how River knows the Doctor so well, although there have been plenty of guesses!
The set is compatable with the Doctor Who Collect N Build Pandorica CD cube case figure wave (the Pandorica CD holders can be placed around the chair piece to get a fully functioning Pandorica) and will be available at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con from Underground Toys booth 3949 and BBC America booth 3629 at a price of $30.00. It is currently unknown if the set will be released in the UK.
The BBC Press Office have released the synopsis for the first episode from the highly antipcipated fourth series of Torcwood, titled Miracle Day:
The New World - by Russell T Davies
One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep ageing - they get hurt and sick, but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.
With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event - someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as CIA agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking: “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human … for ever.
In the launch episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, Agent Rex Matheson is impaled in a car crash and miraculously survives, while his analyst, Esther Drummond, sets out to discover what Torchwood is. Far away, in Wales, Gwen Cooper lives in hiding with her husband Rhys and daughter Anwen - she’s the last surviving Torchwood member and is determined to stay hidden. In Kentucky, convicted murderer Oswald Danes survives his own execution. And when Esther meets the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, assassins are activated to kill them all…
Torchwood: The New World will broadcast in the US on Friday 8th July at 9:00pm/8C on Starz and in the UK on Thursday 14th July at 9:00pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. In other news: More news from the new Doctor Who live show The Crash of the Elysium has emerged, you can read about it here.