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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Doctor Who - The Companions

Panini, publishers of Doctor Who magazine, have released details of a new one-off edition magazine based on the companions of the Doctor, read on for further details:

Following The Daleks, here comes the ultimate celebration of the Doctor’s companions and friends, from Ian, Barbara, and Susan in the very first episode through to Clara in the current series.

This lavishly illustrated collectors’ volume contains many rare and previously unseen photos, and includes a wealth of features and interviews, celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: The Companions is on sale from 11th August at all good newsagents priced £9.99 per copy.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Complete 7th Series DVD & Blu-ray - Covers & Details

BBC DVD have revealed the covers and details for the release of the complete seventh series of Doctor Who onto DVD and Blu-ray, read on for further details:

BBC Worldwide releases all thirteen blockbuster episodes from Doctor Who series seven and the 2011 and 2012 Christmas specials on Blu-ray and DVD on October 28th, 2013. In addition, the set contains exciting bonus features including behind-the-scenes featurettes, Doctor Who at Comic Con, specials The Companions and Doctor Who in the US and more. These latest adventures test the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and prove that even a madman with a box needs help sometimes.


Say farewell to the Ponds all over again. Meet the enigmatic Clara for the first time - and the second, and the third. Face enemies new and old, follow the Doctor (Matt Smith) to the one place he should never go, and learn the secret to a really great soufflé. With a cliffhanger ending that will leave fans breathless, this set arrives just in time to catch up before the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special on November 23rd, and the Doctor’s regeneration in this year’s Christmas Special.

In The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, the 2011 Christmas Special, the Doctor proves that sometimes wishes really do come true when his mysterious gift leads Madge Arwell and her two children to a magical wintry wonderland. Then, in the first part of series seven, the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) make their final voyages with the Doctor. They save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in the Wild West and are even kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest foe. But when they arrive in Manhattan the Weeping Angels are waiting for them - and the Doctor has to say goodbye to his companions forever.


The 2012 Christmas special, The Snowmen, brings the Doctor a new friend (Jenna Coleman) in Victorian London - but has he already met her before? And will she be able to pull him from his mourning in time to save London from the chilling menace that threatens it? The final eight episodes of series seven see the Doctor and his new companion battle monsters on distant alien planets, become trapped in a Russian submarine with a deadly passenger, chase terrifying ghosts, and come face-to-face with an army of upgraded Cybermen. When his friends are kidnapped, the Doctor and Clara are forced to visit the fields of Trenzalore, where the question that must never be answered is finally asked… and the Doctor uncovers the secret of the Impossible Girl. 


EPISODES

7.x1: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
7.01: Asylum of the Daleks
7.02: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
7.03: A Town Called Mercy
7.04: The Power of Three
7.05: The Angels Take Manhattan
7.x2: The Snowmen
7.06: The Bells of Saint John
7.07: The Rings of Akhaten
7.08: Cold War
7.09: Hide
7.10: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
7.11: The Crimson Horror
7.12: Nightmare in Silver
7.13: The Name of the Doctor

EXTRAS
  • Mini-Episodes (Good as Gold / Pond Life / Rain Gods / Clara and the Tardis / The Inforarium)
  • Prequels to The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe,  Asylum of the Daleks,  A Town Called Mercy (The Making of the Gunslinger), The Snowmen (The Great Detective / Vastra Investigates / The Battle of Demon's Run - Two Days Later), The Bells of Saint John & The Name of the Doctor (She Said, He Said / Clarence and the Whispermen)
  • Behind the Scenes - 14 Episodes
  • Documentaries: The Science of Doctor Who, The Companions, Doctor Who in the U.S, The Last Days of the Ponds and Creating Clara
  • Doctor Who at Comic-Con
  • Commentaries for The Snowmen, Cold War, Hide and The Crimson Horror

The complete seventh series of Doctor Who is on sale from 28th October at all good DVD stores priced £51.05 per copy on DVD format and £57.18 per copy on Blu-ray format.

Friday, 26 July 2013

50th Anniversary - New Broadcast Details

Later this year, the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is to broadcast on television's BBC One and BBC One HD - with the alternative option to watch in 3D - and in select cinemas across the country, also in 3D, on Saturday 23rd November. 

Today, the BBC have announced that they've worked out a deal with broadcasters worldwide to simulcast the special on the day of broadcast to help prevent leaks or spoilers surfacing online for fans who have yet to watch it in their country. This will enable viewers to watch the 50th anniversary episode at the exact same time worldwide with the currently arranged start of broadcast being 7:00pm GMT in the UK, meaning the special will broadcast (e.g.) at 11:00am PST in the US and 6:00am in Australia the next day, more details concerning the broadcast are yet to be announced.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Destiny of the Doctor: Enemy Aliens - Cover & Details

BBC AudioGo have revealed the cover and synopsis of the eighth edition of the Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor audio series, read on for further details:

ENEMY ALIENS - written by Alan Barnes, performed by India Fisher & Michael Maloney
1935: a message from a Time Lord in trouble sends the Eighth Doctor and Charlotte ‘Charley’ Pollard to the streets of London’s West End, in search of a mysterious alien adversary - unaware that something monstrous is already on their trail.

They soon discover that an insidious conspiracy is indeed at work, its tentacles extending the length of the British Isles. Proving its existence won’t be easy, however, after a confrontation in a music hall ends up with the Doctor under arrest and Charley on the run, suspected of murder. All their hopes rest in a musical clue and a man named Hilary - neither of which are much consolation, with the two time travellers the object of a nationwide manhunt.

And all the while, the enemy aliens are drawing closer and closer still…

Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctor - Enemy Aliens is on sale from 1st August at all good CD stores priced £10.20 per copy and all digital online MP3 websites priced £3.99 per download.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 463

The cover and details of the next edition of Doctor Who magazine:

The next instalment of Doctor Forever (found on The Green Death) explains how Russell T Davies was approached by the BBC and eventually got to work on Doctor Who in 2003 - but it wasn’t long before the bogeyman Michael Grade began to prepare his knives. Doctor Who magazine issue 463 looks deeper into the story…

In the first part of a look back at how and why Doctor Who was recommissioned back in 2003, DWM talks to the people who ensured its successful comeback, including the then BBC controller of drama commissioning Jane Tranter, BBC Wales' head of drama Julie Gardner, and writer Russell T Davies.

“When Michael Grade arrived back at the BBC as Chairman, Mark Thompson was back as director general,” Jane tells DWM. “Michael Grade [who had been BBC1 controller in the 1980s, and tried to cancel the show] didn't like Doctor Who at all. Mark Thompson actually asked me if we could stop. I said, no, we couldn't!"

NEXT PLEASE!
Doctor Who’s showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat presents the three pieces that he wrote for the -actors that have auditioned for the role of the Twelfth Doctor - and presents them exclusively for DWM readers!

TALKING TO A MAN ABOUT A DOG!
Prolific Doctor Who author Bob Baker looks back on his career in an exclusive interview with DWM and speaks proudly of his most famous contribution to the Doctor Who universe: K.9, the Doctor’s robotic dog.

WHO’S SHE?
As we await the announcement of the new star of Doctor Who, journalist Claire Budd and novelist Una McCormack go head-to-head to debate the burning question: Is it time for the Doctor to become a woman?

AFTER THE FLOOD!
Arriving in the far future, the Fourth Doctor, Harry and Sarah discover that the last survivors of mankind are about to face the deadly, parasitic Wirrn! The Fact of Fiction looks back to one of Doctor Who’s all-time great adventures - The Ark in Space - and reveals some surprising new facts.

EVERYTHING IS NEW AGAIN!
It’s 2010, and the dawn of a new era as Matt Smith makes his début as the Eleventh Doctor. The show may have a new leading man and a new style, but it’s still Doctor Who in the latest instalment of DWM’s ongoing cruise through Doctor Who history in Countdown to 50!

ANOTHER LIFE!
The Time Team take a trip to pre-war England as Chris, Emma, Michael and Will settle down to watch the two-part Tenth Doctor story Human Nature/ The Family of Blood and find that the formidable Family of Blood and their sinister Scarecrow servants are following the Doctor’s trail. What will the team make of it all?

SAND STORM!
Clara’s lunch date with the legendary pilot, Amy Johnson has been rudely interrupted by two identical copies of themselves… made from sand! Meanwhile, the Doctor is having trouble with his own doppelganger, and the real enemy is about to make its entrance. The latest astonishing comic strip adventure A Wing in a Prayer - written by Scott Gray with art by Mike Collins - continues…

NOTHING STAYS THE SAME…
Change is an essential part of Doctor Who and has allowed the series to constantly reinvent and reinvigorate itself for 50 years. And, as Jacquline Rayner tells us in this issue’s Relative Dimensions, this means that the series can be a useful tool when teaching children that nothing lasts forever…

AUTONS IN HIGH DEFINITION!
Jon Pertwee IS the Doctor, as former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel reviews the new Blu-ray release of the Third Doctor’s classic 1970 début adventure Spearhead from Space.

COLOURFUL ENCOUNTERS!
The Watcher takes a look at Doctor Who episode titles in A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects, and discovers that the names of colours have become a recent trend; he runs down the charts with Doctor Who themed titles in Top Ten Reality TV; the long suffering Professor Rubeish presents another joke of dubious quality; The Six Faces of Delusion has Jim Henson’s movie Labyrinth as a theme and asks you to spot the odd one out; and there is distinct Gallic flavour to this issue’s ousted Supporting Artist of the Month… All in this issue’s Wotcha!

PLUS! 
All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

Issue 463 of Doctor Who magazine is on sale from tomorrow at all good newsagents until 21st August priced £4.75 per copy.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Character Building - 11 Doctors Mico-Figure Set

Character Options have revealed a new limited edition Doctor Who Character Building micro-figure set, read on for further details:

The Eleven Doctors Micro-Figure Set
Celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary with the ultimate Doctor Who micro-figure set! This limited edition box set features all eleven incarnations of the Doctor as highly detailed and fully articulated micro-figures presented in an exclusive stone effect Tardis display box.

Each micro-figure includes an accessory and a Doctor Who display base. This highly collectable set celebrates the Doctor Who as a British icon and is ideal gift for all Doctor Who fans.

The Eleven Doctors micro-figure set is on sale at all good toy stores from 23rd August priced £19.99 per purchase.

Monday, 22 July 2013

50th Anniversary - The Daleks Confirmed to Return!

The BBC have confirmed that another old enemy is set to the return in the forthcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, read on for further details:

Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt to face off against the Daleks in the 50th anniversary special!
The Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt will battle the deadly Daleks, the BBC announces today, in the show’s 50th anniversary special.

Returning to BBC One on 23rd November the highly anticipated adventure will star: Matt Smith; Jenna Coleman; David Tennant; Billie Piper; John Hurt and Joanna Page.  In a surprise twist in the recent series finale it was revealed John Hurt would be playing a Doctor, alongside Smith and Tennant.   

The Daleks are the second monster to be announced for the 50th and will join the shape shifting Zygons, which have only appeared in the show once before in 1975. The Daleks were one of the first monsters to terrify audiences in 1963, 50 years ago, cementing their place in British popular culture.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, said: "The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it's fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all."

The 50th anniversary episode was shot earlier this year at BBC Cymru Wales' Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and across South Wales.  Filming also took place in iconic London locations the Tower of London and Trafalgar Square for a huge stunt, which saw Matt Smith dangling from a Tardis alongside Nelson’s Column.

The 50th anniversary special is set to broadcast later this year on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 325

The cover and details of this fortnight's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

IN ISSUE 325...
Guide to Gallifrey!
Daleks vs Cybermen!
Mega Monster LOLs!
Creature Collection!
Doctor, Doctor
Alien Babies

Cool Comic Fun!
Where's the Doctor?

FREE GIFT: Prepare for battle as the Daleks and the Cyberman go head-to-head! Take control of the action with your own mini monster army!

Issue 325 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale now at all good newsagents until 30th July priced £2.99 per copy.

Friday, 19 July 2013

10th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control

Following the release of the universal remote control in the form of the Eleventh Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver, The Wand Company have released new details concerning a release of a remote in the style of the Tenth Doctor's, read on for further details:

Everybody needs a Sonic Screwdriver; the Doctor’s wonderful science fiction gadget that can unlock doors, control objects at a distance and is the pocket sized answer to all sorts of tricky situations.

Now, fans of David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor are in for a treat. This summer, in response to massive consumer demand, The Wand Company will reveal their new, authentic Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control.

Used by Time Lords for over four decades, the Sonic Screwdriver is one of the most iconic and versatile tools this side of planet Jalian 17. Undoubtedly the most masterful handler of this all-powerful tool was the Tenth Doctor; unlocking doors, sinking ships and even triangulating the source of ghoulish ghosts using his trusty device. 

Firebox, home of the coolest things you can buy, today launches the latest essential accessory for Doctor Who fans; the Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control. Launched in conjunction with The Wand Company and BBC Worldwide, it may not sink ships or triangulate the source of ghoulish ghosts, but it is a fully functioning replica and a must-have for aspiring Time Lords everywhere.

Don’t go thinking this is just another prop copy in terms of design, oh no, it’s galaxies ahead of the pack in that respect too. Painstakingly 3D scanned from the original screen-used prop, actually loaned by David Tennant himself, the Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control is a faithful clone. Featuring genuine extending action, made using the highest-grade materials and sizing up as a complete 1:1 replica, it looks, feels and works just like the real thing. This advanced, gesture-based universal remote control can be quickly and easily programmed utilising infrared technology to control almost all home entertainment equipment. From iPod docks, TVs and DVD & Blu-ray players this will gain complete control with a simple flick, twist or tap of the device.

The FX mode plays authentic special effect sounds from the BBC archives of Doctor Who and the bright illuminating tip will light the way no matter which corner of the universe you find yourself in. A die cast metal stand is also included, complete with Gallifreyan text inscription which doubles as a magnet making it the perfect, upright display platform. It also comes in an exquisite protective case to ensure its safe-passage through time and space.

Previewing on the ThinkGeek booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver remote will be available exclusively through selected retailers in the UK, US and Australia in October to coincide with BBC Worldwide’s Tenth Doctor celebrations (BBC America have been celebrating a different Doctor during every month of 2013) of the popular and long-running series’ 50th anniversary year.

To further commemorate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year, The Wand Company is also launching a limited-edition gold and silver plated version of their enormously successful Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver remote control. A small quantity will be available first at San Diego Comic-Con, and then from other selected retailers in the UK and US, but with only 250 of these special, individually laser-numbered Sonic Screwdrivers ever being produced, this is the ultimate collectible for Doctor Who fans.

Ben Redhead, buyer at Firebox.com said, "This is a quality, stunning piece of kit and the attention to detail means this is the real deal. The sonic screwdriver is the most iconic and versatile tool this side of Jalian 17, so Doctor Who fans of all ages are in for an absolute treat."

Chris Barnardo, Co-founder of The Wand Company says, "Following the incredible success of the Eleventh incarnation and as a result of quite sensational demand, we decided to create the Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver remote control. We’ve crammed this full of tech, to create a fully-functioning, authentic-looking gesture-based universal remote that we hope fans will adore."

FEATURES:
Control your TV, iPod & other gadgets with mulitple gestures
4 modes to help you become a fully-fledged Time Lord
1:1 scale replica
Officially licensed by BBC Worldwide
Made by 3D scanning David Tennant’s Tenth Sonic Screwdriver!
Constructed using high quality materials
Display stand & case included to show off your prized possession

The Tenth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver universal remote control is on sale from 3rd October at all good sci-fi and electrical stores priced £69.95 per purchase.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Ace Figure - San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive

Underground Toys have unveiled the Doctor Who San Diego Comic-Con exclusive figure for 2013, read on for further details:

Ace
The Seventh Doctor first met Ace in the Iceworld trading colony on the planet Svartos. Ace was from Perivale on Earth in the 1980s, but had been deposited on Iceworld in a freak time storm. She hated her real name 'Dorothy', and instead rebelliously went by 'Ace'. She had a dangerous aptitude for high explosives and never shied away from danger. 

A teen tearaway Ace matured considerably during her travels with the Doctor, encountering on the way many wondrous planets and places and a true menagerie of enemies from eight foot tall blue Demons, malevolent Victorian houses, the relentless Cybermen, inter-dimensional Arthurian knights, a psychopathic robot called the Kandyman and even the Master while helping the Cheetah People. But it was against the Daleks on Earth in 1963 that she showed the most pluck by dispatching several of them with her trademark Nitro-9 explosives, an RPG and even a baseball bat enhanced by Time Lord technology...Wicked!

Accessories included:
Bagback
Three Nitro 9 Cans
Rocket launcher with Missile
Baseball Bat
Removable Jacket with 2 Alternative Arms to Produce T-Shirt Variant

The figure is currently on sale at the Doctor Who booths at the San Diego Comic-Con in the US, but will also be available exclusively at Forbidden Planet stores in the UK from 31st August priced £15.99 per purchase.

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Tardis & Other Surprises at Heathrow Airport

BBC Worldwide have released a press pack concerning a new Doctor Who-related feature taking place at London's Heathrow Airport, read on for further details:

Surprises for travellers as Doctor Who comes to life at the UK’s busiest airport in the lead up to the show’s 50th Anniversary!

BBC Worldwide has teamed up with Heathrow to celebrate the longest running TV sci-fi series in the world, Doctor Who. From today, passengers travelling through Heathrow will be treated to a variety of exciting Doctor Who themed experiences including: appearances from the famous Cybermen, Tardis photobooths, genuine props and memorabilia, and augmented reality experiences.

To mark the launch of the partnership, on July 16th travellers through Terminal 5 will be able to enjoy special performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra of music from the iconic BBC Wales produced series. In addition, Doctor Who novelist Jenny Colgan, author of the recently released Doctor Who: Dark Horizons will also be signing books for fans on the day.

The Heathrow activity comes as BBC Worldwide celebrates Doctor Who internationally ahead of the show’s 50th Anniversary in November. Other recent highlights have included an acclaimed light projection show at the Vivid Festival in Sydney, a sell-out pop up shop and commemorative Tardis coins in New Zealand. In November, BBC Worldwide will host the only official Doctor Who 50th Celebration at ExCel in London featuring a line-up of special guests. This weekend the cast of the show, including Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, as well as showrunner Steven Moffat will be attending Comic Con, a huge entertainment convention in San Diego attended by over 130,000 people across four days.

Amanda Hill, chief brands officer for BBC Worldwide comments: "In its 50th Anniversary year we want to include fans around the World in our Doctor Who celebrations and this partnership with Heathrow is a fantastic way of capturing the attention of people from across the globe."

Susan Goldsmith, operations director at Heathrow Terminal 5 said: "I am delighted that Heathrow has been chosen to host this much loved British iconic series. With visitors from over 180 destinations worldwide, as the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow offers a fantastic opportunity to bring the Doctor Who experience to an international audience this summer."

Steven Moffat, showrunner, said: "We are delighted to announce another extension to Heathrow’s world-beating facilities - all of space and time in a stylish blue box, complete with phone. Heathrow with time travel - nobody need ever be late again."

More celebrations for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary are taking place throughout 2013, all in the build-up to show's anniversary special, soon to broadcast later this year on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Doctor Who 2013 Prom - Tonight & Tomorrow

In celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, the music of the show returns to the Royal Albert Hall in London for the BBC Proms this weekend, read on for further details:

PROMS 2 & 3 - DOCTOR WHO
Doctor Who returns to the Proms to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular BBC series. As well as showcasing Murray Gold’s music from the past eight years, the concert also journeys back to the early days of Doctor Who and the groundbreaking work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Featuring special guests from the series, big screens and a host of monsters ready to invade the Royal Albert Hall, this is not the year to be exterminated!

PROM WILL INCLUDE:
Murray Gold - Music from the Doctor Who series and other music from the series, including the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 2, Debussy’s La fille aux cheveux de lin and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

Performed by - the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ben Foster, the prom includes a host of alien friends and foes plus a very special appearance by Matt Smith.

Tickets for both proms are sold out while over 1,000 "promming" tickets will be available at a first-come-first-serve basis directly before the show priced £5.00 each. 

Prom 2 will commence tonight from 7:30pm and end 9:45pm, while Prom 3 will begin tomorrow morning from 10:30am to 12:45pm. Both will feature a 20 minute interval and will also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Prom 2 will also be filmed for a future television broadcast.

Friday, 12 July 2013

The Monster Collection DVDs - Covers & Details

2entertain have revealed the cover and synopsis of a new set of collectible Doctor Who DVDs, read on for further details:

THE MONSTER COLLECTION
These six real ‘hide behind the sofa’ collections bring together episodes of the scariest and most iconic monsters from Doctor Who’s classic and recent series.

Each title concentrates on a deadly enemy - the Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, the Master, Davros and the Silurians - and features two separate stories from popular incarnations of the Doctor, including Matt Smith, David Tennant, Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee. These collections are perfect for younger viewers just discovering the scary delights of fifty years of Doctor Who.

THE DALEKS
The Daleks (1963)
On the planet Skaro, the mutated Daleks plan a final assault on the Thals. Starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor

Asylum of the Daleks (2012)
Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter… the Asylum. Starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.

THE CYBERMEN
The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
The Tardis arrives on the planet Telos where an Earth archaeological expedition, led by Professor Parry, is attempting to uncover the lost tombs of the Cybermen. Starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor.

Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006)
Lurking in the shadows are creatures made to destroy - one of the Doctor’s greatest fears have come true…the Cybermen are reborn.  Starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.

THE MASTER
Terror of the Autons (1971)
The Master arrives on Earth at a circus run by a man named Rossini and steals a dormant Nestene energy unit from a museum. He reactivates it using a radio telescope and uses his hypnotic abilities to take control of a small plastics firm. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.

The End of Time - Parts One & Two (2009-10)
With almost everyone on Earth now recast in his image, the Master controls the world. He’s shocked however when he realizes that one person hasn’t changed… Starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.

THE SONTARANS
The Time Warrior (1973)
Missing scientists have been kidnapped by a Sontaran, Linx, and taken back to medieval England, where they are working under hypnosis to repair his crashed spaceship. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.

The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008)
With planet Earth choking under the poison sky, the Doctor must stop the Sontarans’ threat to the planet. Starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.

DAVROS
Genesis of the Daleks (1975)
The Time Lords intercept the transmat beam taking the Doctor, Sarah and Harry back to Nerva and deposit them instead on the planet Skaro at an early point in its history. Starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.

The Stolen Earth/ Journey’s End (2008)
The return of an old enemy leaves Earth along with 26 other planets stolen from their places. As the Doctor and Donna look for the whereabouts of Earth, former companions of the Doctor assemble a resistance against the new Dalek Empire. Starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.

THE SILURIANS
The Silurians (1970)
Investigating a nearby cave system, the Doctor discovers it is the base of a group of intelligent reptiles, termed Silurians, who went into hibernation millions of years ago but have now been revived by power from the research centre. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor.

The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010)
The Doctor tries to get everyone to Rio, but nothing quite goes as planned. They arrive in a small Welsh village where the Doctor immediately senses that the ground isn’t quite right. Starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.

Doctor Who: The Monster Collection DVDs are on sale from 30th September at all good DVD stores priced £10.20 each.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

First Promo from An Adventure in Space & Time Revealed

The BBC have released the first promo image for Mark's Gatiss's  An Adventure in Space and Time - the one-off drama that explains the origins of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

The BBC has released the first official shot of David Bradley playing William Hartnell in the First Doctor’s costume. The photograph also features the exterior of the Tardis as it will appear in An Adventure in Space and Time, the BBC drama exploring the origins of Doctor Who.

Mark Gatiss, writer and one of the drama’s executive producers, said, "David Bradley brings every ounce of his talent, humour and presence to the role of William Hartnell. It’s a wonderfully touching and subtle performance and I’m immensely proud of both him and the film."

Doctor Who fans will remember David Bradley as the villainous Solomon in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and Jessica Raine, who plays Verity Lambert (the show’s first producer), recently appeared in Hide. The cast also includes Brian Cox as BBC exec Sydney Newman, Sacha Dhawan as director Waris Hussein, Jamie Glover as William Russell (who played Ian), Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill (who played Barbara) and Claudia Grant as Carole Ann Ford (who played the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan). Reece Shearsmith is also on board as Patrick Troughton (the Second Doctor) and Mark Eden, who appeared as Marco Polo back in 1964, returns to the world of Doctor Who playing Donald Baverstock.

An Adventure in Space and Time will broadcast later this year on BBC Two and BBC Two HD near to the broadcast of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, the latter of which will premiere on BBC One and BBC One HD.

New Toys from Character Options

Character Options have revealed new details for three new upcoming Doctor Who toy releases, read on for further details:

12" British Icon Dalek
For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, what could be better for collectors than his ultimate foe in truly British styling; Character unveils its Doctor Who 12" British Icon Dalek

This ultimate Doctor Who collectable 12" Dalek has been produced exclusively in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year. Beautifully displayed in the Union Flag, it celebrates the Daleks as a British icon and is ideal gift for all Doctor Who fans. This limited edition freewheeling Dalek features poseable arm, head and eye while us having the ability to voice 10 Dalek phrases with lights and sound FX.

The Daleks were created by the Kaled scientist, Davros as travel machines. Davros had deduced that the years of radiation and chemical poisoning from an ongoing war would lead his race to mutate into immobile organisms. The Dalek travel machines would house these creatures and allow the Kaleds to survive.

In the course of his experiments however, Davros deliberately removed what he considered to be debilitating emotions from the mutants and a force of evil was spawned!

The 12" British Icon Dalek will be on sale from late August at all good toy stores priced £39.99 per purchase.

Character Building Doctor Series
Build the ultimate Doctor Who micro-figure collection with this limited edition Series that celebrates Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary. 

The collection includes all 11 incarnations of the Doctor. Each highly detailed and fully articulated micro-figure is sealed within a secret bag, so you never know which Doctor Micro-figure you are going to get! And every Doctor has its own Doctor Who display base and collectors leaflet highlighting all the characters available in this special series which is an ideal gift for any Doctor Who fan! There are 11 micro-figures to collect. One supplied.

The Doctor Who Character Building Doctor series are on sale from later this month at all good toy stores priced £1.99 each.

Mashems
Twist’em, Squish’em and Launch’em! Collect some iconic Doctor Who characters with the cool Mash’ems pods. They’re squishy and squashy and lots of fun! Which character will you find inside?! There are 4 characters to collect including Weeping Angel, Dalek, Ice Warrior and Silurian.

The Doctor Who Mashems toys are on sale at all good toystores priced £3.99 each.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

2014 Calendars - Covers & Details

Danilo have revealed the cover and details for two unique Doctor Who calendars for 2014, read on for further details:

Series 7 Calendar
The Doctor Who 2014 calendar is a must have for all Doctor Who fans new or old.

Its a big year for Doctor Who as it will be celebrate its 50th anniversary on BBC One in 2013. The Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith along with a cast of past Doctors, assistants and the odd monster or aliens are joining together to celebrate in a special 50th anniversary episode.


Celebrate this cult classic show as you plan your year in this 2014 calendar. It makes the perfect gift, stocking filler or secret Santa present for any fan, which can be enjoy all year.

The Doctor Who series seven calendar is on sale from 1st September at all good ideal stores priced £8.99 per copy.

50th Anniversary Calendar
A 50th birthday is a big deal in anybody’s life but when you’re a regenerating, galaxy hoping Time Lord, things start to get Global, neigh ‘Universal’.

It really is an achievement to notch up half a century when you’ve had to combat some of the Universe’s nastiest, cleverest, deadliest badies as well as the fickle taste of children. So hat’s (and scarves, for those who can remember) off, to the Good Dr.

For your own slice of history, secure your copy of this 50th anniversary calendar, before it’s exterminated.

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary 2014 calendar is on sale from 1st August at all good ideal stores priced £8.99 per copy.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

4th Doctor Time Capsule DVD Set

After numerous teasers, the BBC have revealed a new Doctor Who collectors' set based around the Fourth Doctor, read on for further details:

Fourth Doctor Time Capsule DVD Set
"You may be a doctor. But I'm THE Doctor. The definite article, you might say." - The Fourth Doctor.

Limited edition deluxe Tom Baker themed box set. Exclusive content and memorabilia beautifully packaged in individually numbered bespoke Time Capsule. Includes exclusive contributions from Tom Baker himself and an exclusive action figure.

• Exclusive interview with Tom Baker
• Letter from Tom Baker introducing the set
• Exclusive post-regneration Tom Baker action figure
• Advance DVD release of restored story Terror of the Zygons with exclusive artwork
• Audiobook and Novel with exclusive artwork

From witnessing the genesis of the Daleks to preventing the death of the universe at Logopolis, the Fourth Doctor was an adventurer on an epic scale. Armed with a gleeful smile, swashbuckling charm and righteous morality, he defeated Sontarans, ancient vampires and the Black Guardian. 

It was this incarnation of the Doctor that found and reassembled the Key to Time, that tried to reason with Davros at the birth of the Daleks, and was invested as Lord President of the High Council of Time Lords. Always selfless, his fourth body died saving the universe from the Master. But that moment had been prepared for...

The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule DVD set is on sale from 29th July at all good DVD stores priced £69.99 per copy.

Friday, 5 July 2013

50th Anniversary - More Celebration Event Details Announced

Further details have emerged about the forthcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration event to take place later this year, read on for further details:

Your Ticket to a Lifetime of Adventure!
Relive 50 years of adventures in space and time with the ultimate celebration of Doctor Who. The greatest show in the galaxy comes to London’s ExCeL for three days from 22nd November!

Stunts, explosions, monsters - all are involved in this, the most exciting celebration a Time Lord and his companion could have. Even if you’ve got 13 lives, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Doctor Who fans young and old.

Tickets to the official Doctor Who 50th Celebration will go on general sale next Monday (8th July) at 11:00am. We’re thrilled to announce that current Doctor - Matt Smith - will attend the official Doctor Who 50th Celebration event this November.

HIGHLIGHTS:

The Eleventh Hour Panel
Put your questions to the current cast and crew of Doctor Who (including Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith) in these special panels. Geronimo!

Regenerations Panel
Join us for a Q&A session with special guests Tom Baker, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. More cast to be announced soon! (Please note that Tom Baker will only be appearing on Saturday 23rd November).

Meet the Cast
Get autographs from your favourite Doctor Who stars or have your photo taken with Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith.

Special Effects Show
Prepare to be blown away with incredible effects devised by Doctor Who special FX supervisor, Danny Hargreaves.

Plus…
Learn all about intergalactic stunts in our Stunt School, walk like a monster in our tutorial workshop - prepare to be upgraded! And have fun with Doctor Who Adventures magazine.


For tickets, there is an option to purchase a limited edition Tardis ticket. This ticket guarantees front row seats to the theatre shows, a private lounge for use all day, drinks and light refreshments and a special goodie bag with exclusive merchandise which can be collected on the day guests attend. 

Tardis tickets are priced at £95.50 for adults, £44.25 for children and £218 for a family. To ensure every visitor gets access to the best experience, when buying tickets online you will have the option to choose one of two streams - Ice Warrior or Weeping Angel - which will reserve each guest a seat for that day’s shows in the theatre.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Royal Visit to the Home of Doctor Who

Yesterday, their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess if Cornwall paid a visit to BBC Cyrmu Wales's Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff - the dubbed home of Doctor Who - to help celebrate the show's 50th anniversary. Read on for further details:

Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall today visited the home of Doctor Who - BBC Cymru Wales’s Roath Lock studios in Cardiff - to help celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary.

On arrival they were met by Rhodri Talfan Davies (director, BBC Cymru Wales), Danny Cohen (director, BBC Television), Faith Penhale (head of drama, BBC Wales & executive producer, Doctor Who) and Clare Hudson (head of BBC Cymru Wales Productions).

The visit began with a trip to Doctor Who’s production office where the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were introduced to members of the team including Brian Minchin (Executive Producer) and Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer).

A trip to the Tardis was next on the agenda where the royal couple were introduced to Steven Moffat (executive producer and lead writer), Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Matt Smith (the Doctor) who gave Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall a quick lesson in how to fly the Tardis! Moments later, their Royal Highnesses operated the console controls and the time machine sprang to life as if in flight!

Back on Earth it was time to meet the monsters! Their Royal Highnesses were introduced to Strax the Sontaran - in other words, Dan Starkey in full costume and make-up. There were Weeping Angels, Ood and various alien masks on show but a highlight of this section came when Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met and chatted to a Dalek. The brilliant Nicholas Briggs was initially hidden behind the scenes to ad lib the interview and was then introduced, explaining how he created the distinctive voice patterns of the Time Lord’s oldest foes.

Another demonstration followed with special effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves showing the royal couple the ‘speederbike’ from The Rings of Akhaten and explaining - with the use of greenscreen - how it achieved its fantastic onscreen appearance. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall then met and talked with several Creative Skillset Cymru apprentices who are training at Roath Lock in a number of TV functions. They also discussed how BBC Cymru Wales's Roath Lock studios employ the latest methods to ensure sustainability and an eco-friendly approach to television production.

The visit lasted approximately an hour and a crowd of well-wishers gathered to wave and cheer their Royal Highnesses as they left the studios.

Faith Penhale commented, "It was lovely to welcome their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to the home of Doctor Who to help celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. Certainly, seeing Prince Charles flying the Tardis and their Royal Highnesses chatting to a Dalek are memories to cherish from what looks set to be a very memorable year!"

In relation to the royal visits, Jenna Coleman - who plays current companion Clara Oswald in Doctor Who - was presented to Her Majesty the Queen at the new extension of the BBC's Broadcasting House last month.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 324

The cover and details of this fortnight's edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine:

IN ISSUE 324...
Doctor Spotting in the Last Episode!
Awesome Monster Height Chart!
Alien Rabbit Comic!
Where's the Doctor?
Alien Babies
Loads of Jokes!
20 On-Set Show Secrets!

FREE GIFT: Are you taller than a Sontaran and smaller than an Ice Warrior? Use our amazing Doctor Who tool kit to see how you measure up! It comes with a super Sonic Screwdriver and mega measuring tape!

Issue 234 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale from today at all good newsagents until 16th July priced £2.99 per copy.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The Ripple Effect - Cover & Details

Puffin have revealed the cover and synopsis of the seventh edition of their ebooks celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, read on for further details:

THE RIPPLE EFFECT - by Malorie Blackman
When the Tardis lands on Skaro, the Seventh Doctor and Ace are shocked to discover the planet has become the universal centre of learning, populated by a race of peace-loving Daleks. Ever suspicious of his arch enemies’ motives, the Doctor learns of a threat that could literally tear the universe apart…

Doctor Who: The Ripple Effect will be released on 23rd July onto all good digital media outlets priced £1.99 per download and will be available as a physical paperpack in November to co-elide with Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, more information coming soon.