New Thirteenth Doctor BooksBookmark and Share

Friday, 21 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Books have revealed the covers for three brand new Doctor Who adventures this autumn…

The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson  (Credit: BBC Books)
The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson

An original novel featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, with her new friends, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham

For a Good Doctor there's only one rule: first do no harm.

Juno Dawson is the international bestselling author of ten titles for young adults. She is a columnist at Glamour UK, Attitude Magazine and a key LGBTQ activist with Stonewall.
Molten Heart by Una McCormack (Credit: BBC Books)
Molten Heart by Una McCormack

An original novel featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, with her new friends, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham

You never know what you’ll find beneath the surface.

Una McCormack is a New York Times bestselling author. She has written two Doctor Who novels featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory: The King's Dragon and The Way Through the Woods.
Combat Magicks by Steve Cole (Credit: BBC Books)
Combat Magicks by Steve Cole

An original novel featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, with her new friends, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham

How do you win a battle when the dead fight on?

Steve Cole is a best-selling original comedy, fantasy and adventure writer, Steve’s work includes a broad range of books, most recently the Secret Agent Mummy series for younger readers, Stop Those Monsters! Much in demand for his energetic performances at events, Steve has featured at sci-fi and Doctor Who conventions from London to Los Angeles.




New Trailer ReleasedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus




Missy Comes to Big FinishBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Missy (Credit: Big Finish)Missy, as played by Michelle Gomez, is to star in a new series of audio adventures from Big Finish.

The wicked incarnation of the Master returns, and this time the Doctor isn’t here to stop her.

Michelle Gomez, who played the Doctor’s best friend and wicked enemy, Missy, in the recent Doctor Who television series, will be returning to the role in some brand new audio adventures from Big Finish Productions made in arrangement with BBC Studios.

Throughout her time on Doctor Who, Missy – an evil incarnation in the guise of a Victorian nanny – was a delightful devil, at one point sentenced to death for terrible crimes against the universe. And now we get the chance to hear more of what she is really capable of.

These new adventures see an unleashed Missy bringing the universe to wrack and ruin. It is due for release in February 2019.

Michelle Gomez told us about letting Missy loose on the people of the universe:
I was very excited to return to Missy’s world via the medium of audio because along the way I’ve always had a lot of fun with Missy; her voices and her rhythms. I absolutely love capturing it and distilling it down to the word on the page.

I’m absolutely delighted! She’s such a ridiculously brilliant character, and hopefully that earns her that moment in the spotlight. To find myself centre stage with these Missy adventures is thrilling – I’m very grateful.
And (whilst evading the Doctor’s clutches) Missy will encounter another enemy of her ‘boyfriend’ as she crosses paths with the Meddling Monk played by Rufus Hound.

David Richardson, producer of these adventures told us more
Missy’s own series is just like the Time Lady herself – anarchic, funny, unpredictable and wildly imaginative. It’s absolutely glorious to have Michelle returning to the character at Big Finish, and our recording days have been filled with so much laughter.

And we haven’t even met face to face yet! Michelle’s busy filming the new Sabrina series in Vancouver for Netflix and so we’ve been pairing studios down the line; Michelle thousands of miles away while we’re in London synched up with her. It’s been a joy to make. And just wait until you hear the collaboration of Missy and the Meddling Monk!
Jason Haigh-Ellery, executive producer, told us about bringing Michelle back as Missy for her own adventures.
Having Michelle Gomez return to Big Finish is wonderful – a lovely lady who was magnificent as Missy in the past couple of seasons of Doctor Who.
Missy: The Audio Adventures is available for pre-order now ahead of its release in February 2019 at £23 on CD or £20 on download from bigfinish.com and will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £35 on CD or £30 on download.




Doctor Who Magazine 530Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 530  (Credit: Panini) Doctor Who Magazine 530 features an exclusive interview with Jodie Whittaker, plus previews of her first two episodes.

DWM meets Whittaker on the set of the new series
I don’t ever forget what I’m a part of because Doctor Who’s been around much longer than I have, But every part of this experience is to make it my own.
Also in this issue...
  • CHRIS CHIBNALL
  • The latest update from Doctor Who’s showrunner.
  • WHO’S CREW
  • Meet the team responsible for bringing the new series to our screens.
  • MATT BERRY
  • He’s best known for his sitcom appearances, but Matt Berry is reinterpreting the Doctor Who theme for his new record.
  • TARDIS EVOLUTION
  • Secrets of the TARDIS control room revealed!
  • COSPLAY
  • A meticulous recreation of the torn coat worn by the Twelfth and Thirteenth Doctors in Twice Upon a Time and The Woman Who Fell to Earth.
  • THE SEVATEEM
  • An interview with Christian Erickson, whose new concept album is inspired by The Caves of Androzani.
  • THE CLOCKWISE WAR The Twelfth Doctor’s final DWM strip adventure comes to a shattering conclusion.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team watches four very different episodes in an effort to discover what the First Doctor was really like.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • In-depth analysis of the 2006 Tenth Doctor story School Reunion.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news and a huge prize-winning competition.

Doctor Who Magazine 530  (Credit: Panini)Deluxe Edition

A deluxe edition of this issue is also available, exclusive to WHSmith. As well as the regular edition, it includes:
  • SERIES 11 GUIDE featuring new interviews with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill
  • DOCTOR WHO CD from Big Finish
  • FOUR DOUBLE-SIDED ART CARDS of the Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yasmin
  • A MASSIVE, DOUBLE-SIDED POSTER featuring scenes from the new series
  • FOUR DOCTOR WHO DOWNLOADS from Big Finish and BBC Audio
Doctor Who Magazine 530 is on sale 20 September. Regular edition £5.99, deluxe edition £9.99.




Series 11 - New Images and InfomationBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Series 11 (Credit: BBC)The BBC have issued a new image promoting the return of Doctor Who on Sunday 7th October 2018.

Episode Two has been confirmed as being titled The Ghost Monument

Guest staring will be Shaun Dooley, who played Peter Harper in BBC drama series The Street, Susan Lynch, who won the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2003 film, 16 Years of Alcohol and veteran actor Art Malik, best known for his portrayal of Hari Kumar in classic series The Jewel in the Crown.

The join Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, alongside with Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.

The series showrunner, Chris Chibnall, said
Finally – Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor is about to crash land on to the nation’s screens. It’s thrilling to think, in the next few weeks and months, there will be children encountering Jodie’s Doctor in the next few weeks who’ve never seen the show before. She’ll be forever their Doctor: you never forget your first.

Alongside Jodie, we have a delightful ensemble of new characters for the audience to fall in love with, led by the incomparable Bradley Walsh.

So break out the popcorn and hunker down for Sunday night adventures in space and time, with the Thirteenth Doctor and her new best friends. The journey’s about to begin.

Episode One - The Woman Who Fell To Earth

We don’t get aliens in Sheffield. In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?
Guest starring Sharon D Clarke, Johnny Dixon and Samuel Oatley. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs.

Episode Two - The Ghost Monument

Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough, in a hostile alien environment , to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo?
Guest starring Shaun Dooley, Susan Lynch and Art Malik. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Mark Tonderai.




Earthshock: BFI ScreeningBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Earthshock (Credit: BBC )
The 1982 Fifth Doctor story Earthshock is to be screened at the British Film Instute, the BFI, on London's South Bank this November.

The screening, on Saturday 17 November 2018, at midday, will be the new upscaled HD version, due for release as part of the Season 19 Blu-ray released that weekend.

The screening will be followed by a Question and Answer session with actor Matthew Waterhouse, who played Adric in the story, and writer Eric Saward, who wrote the story.

Tickets go on general sale on 25th September.

BFI Website




DWAS Series 11 Launch PartyBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, known as DWAS, is holding a party to mark the arrival of the brand new series of Doctor Who, complete with a radical new look and a brand new Doctor.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Sunday 7th October 2018, and all fans are invited to celebrate the new series and the new Doctor, at a special party as Saks Bar, Clifftown Road, in Southend-on-Sea.

The venue is opposite the main railway station in the Essex town. The main bar will be open and the Underground club has been reserved, where the episode will be projected onto the big screen. The venue is open from 5pm.

Tickets are free but need to be booked online at Event Brite. Fans are asked to support the event by buying a few drinks at the venue.

You do not need to be a member of the society to attend, but anyone who wishes to join can do so online.




Zienia Merton 1945 - 2018Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 16 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The actress Zienia Merton has died at the age of 72.

Zienia Merton appeared in the 1964 Doctor Who story Marco Polo playing the Chinese girl Ping-Cho.

45 years later she appeared in the Sarah Jane Adventures playing the registrar who married Sarah Jane to Peter Dalton, played by Nigel Havers.

She is best remembered for playing Sandra Benes in the 1970's Gerry Anderson series Space: 1999.

Zienia Merton was born in Burma. Her mother was Burmese, and her father half-English, half-French.

Early television appearances included parts in The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Jason King. She played Christina in the 1971 Dennis Potter TV adaptation of Casanova with Frank Finlay.

Later appearances included Grange Hill, Return of the Saint, Bergerac, Angels, Tenko, Dempsey & Makepeace, Lovejoy, Doctors, Casualty, EastEnders, The Bill and Coronation Street.




Christopher Eccleston - I Love the Bones of YouBookmark and Share

Friday, 14 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Simon & Schuster UK are to publish Christopher Eccleston’s memoir, detailing the Ninth Doctor's acting career as well as the impact of dementia on his family.

The book, I Love the Bones of You, will detail the actor's life, growing up in working-class Salford, brought up to be 'factory fodder' in the north-west. He will talk about his desire to perform which led him to his film debut playing Derek Bentley in the 1991 film Let Him Have It

He will talk about his breakthrough role in the BBC drama series Our Friends in the North and his time as The Doctor when Doctor Who was relaunched in 2005.

Eccleston will also discuss the loss of his father, who suffered from dementia and describe the struggles his family had to cope with the condition over the past decade of his father's life.
My dad’s dementia started with problems with short-term memory, He became obsessed for instance with the length of the grass at my house. He used to come and tell me that we needed to cut the hedges. He would say that again and again in a loop, and I used to snap at him because at the time I did not understand dementia.

The most traumatic experience is when people with dementia realise they are ill. I saw my father pass through that and fight it with all his will. He was on his knees, repeating: ‘What’s happening to me, what’s happening to me? I am Ronnie Eccleston.’ It was devastating.
Iain MacGregor, publishing director of non-fiction at Simon & Schuster UK said
Like many, many people across Britain today, Chris bears the pain and loss of a dear parent who was taken by this incredibly vile condition. He wanted to not only record his father’s journey, but to celebrate his life, and that of his family also. We are privileged he has decided to take this journey with Simon & Schuster UK
I Love the Bones of You is due to be published in September 2019.




Lovett Bickford 1942 - 2018Bookmark and Share

Friday, 14 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus

Director Lovett Bickford has died at the age of 76.

Lovet Bickford directed the 1980 Doctor Who story The Leisure Hive, the first story of Tom Baker's final season of the series. The story marked a new beginning for the series with the appointment of a new producer John Nathan Turner.

The production was notoriously fraught with difficulties, with the leading man proving difficult to direct and the production going substantially over budget. As a result, Bickford never worked on the series again.

Bickford had previously worked on Doctor Who in the 1960's in the role of Assistant Floor manager.

Other directorial credits include The History of Mr. Polly, Angels, Z-Cars, The Enigma Files and Emmerdale

Lovett Bickford died on 29th July 2018, aged 76. A service of thanksgiving will be held on Monday 1st October, at St Mary's Church, Battersea.




DWAS Fundraising UpdateBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus

As previously reported the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS, is raising money to pay for a Blue Plaque to honour first Doctor William Hartnell.

The society now has a number of signed photos and other items, many from the early years of Doctor Who, for auction at their eBay site.

The money raised will go towards a William Hartnell heritage plaque to be located at Ealing Studios.

Visit the Ebay site to view and bid.




Doctor Who: Red Carpet ExperienceBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Series 11 - Promotional Image (19 Jul 2018) (Credit: BBC/Elliot Wilcox)
The BBC is offering fans the chance to see the new cast of Doctor Who as a special event being held in Sheffield later this month.

The premiere of the new series is being held at The Moor, Sheffield on Monday 24th September. To have a chance of viewing the cast arriving, fans can enter a special draw via the BBC Website.

NB: Please note that tickets do NOT include entry to see the premiere, only to view the red carpet event.

Tickets for the event will be distributed by random draw with 50% of tickets going to Sheffield and the surrounding area postcodes and 50% going to the rest of the UK.

At the red carpet event the attending cast will include Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole as well as new showrunner Chris Chibnall.




Peter Benson 1943 - 2018Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 9 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus

The actor Peter Benson has died at the age of 75.

Peter Benson played Bor, one of the Vani, in the 1983 fifth Doctor story Terminus.

Benson was best known for playing Bernie Scripps in the ITV series Heartbeat, appearing in all 18 series from 1992 to 2010.

He played Henry VI for the BBC 1983 production of the Shakespeare trilogy detailing the life of the King and played his successor King Henry VII in the first series of the comedy Blackadder. He appeared in the ITV soap opera Albion Market and the Drama on the life of Pope Alexander VI, The Borgias

Other parts include roles in The Bill, Coronation Street,

Peter Benson was born on June 13, 1943. He died on September 6, 2018




Lethbridge-Stewart: Fear of the WebBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 September 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have announced the second book in their The Laughing Gnome series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, this time focussing on Dame Anne Bishop (née Travers):

Lethbridge-Stewart: Fear of the Web (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web
Written by Alyson Leeds
Cover by Martin Baines


Dame Anne Bishop learned a long time ago that for every fixed point in time, this a fracture point, an event that is susceptible to catastrophic changes in the timeline. And when she is catapulted back in time, she discovers first hand that February 1969 is one such point.

Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart is on manoeuvres with the Scots Guards in Libya. Only, he’s about to receive a call from his old commanding officer, Colonel Spencer Pemberton. A call that will drag him to London, and set him on a direct course for destiny!

The London Event, the trap set for the Doctor by the Great Intelligence, changed the course of human history, and for Anne Travers it set into place a series of events that would see the death of her father barely a year later.

Now, waking up in the body of a woman she barely knows, Dame Anne is faced with the idea that perhaps she can change things – not enough to damage the timeline, but enough to save her father.

Future and past are set to collide, which could have irrevocable consequences for the timeline...

The book is written by first-time novelist, Alyson Leeds, who contributed a short story to 2017’s The HAVOC Files 4; she explains being called on to contribute:
I was quite stunned to be asked if I would write a book as part of the upcoming 50th Anniversary series. It was both an exciting and fairly intimidating prospect, having never written a novel before, but I knew it was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up. The scenario that Andy gave me was too interesting to refuse.

Range Editor, Andy Frankham-Allen, explains:
Alyson’s short story needed very little work, and since then I’ve called upon her military knowledge for other books, so it was an easy call to invite her to join the line-up for The Laughing Gnome. For someone who’s done little professional prose writing, she turns in a very solid piece of work, which is every editor’s dream. As we are celebrating fifty years of the Brigadier, it was forgone conclusion that we would go back to the beginning, his first appearance in Doctor Who – The Web of Fear, as written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln. Like all the authors for this range, I gave Alyson the basic premise; put Dame Anne into the missing two weeks mentioned in The Web of Fear – during a small briefing scene between Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, Captain Knight and the Doctor – and finally show just what did happen when the mist started spreading across London, and add to that the idea that Dame Anne will be faced with the notion that she could, theoretically, changed things to ensure her father is never possessed by the Great Intelligence! Alyson jumped at the chance, and soon had an outline ready to go.

Alyson talks about her approach to developing the idea:
The London Event, indeed The Web of Fear, was the making of Lethbridge-Stewart, but was never just his story. There’s an awful lot that goes on off camera there; the slow advance of the mist and Web, the escalation of the crisis, and the total evacuation of London – no mean feat! Introducing an older, experienced Anne who has known both joy and loss over the years into that scenario presented some interesting questions. After everything she’s been through with HAVOC, you would think Anne would know better than to try and change the past; but when faced with the chance to save a loved one from a truly horrible fate, who’s to say to what lengths she might go? It also presented a chance to explore a little further the relationship between the Travers family and the Silversteins. I always felt bad for Mr Silverstein, getting bumped off simply for being unlucky enough to own the Yeti, and revisiting this point in time allowed me to touch on the repercussions that his death would have on those closest to him.

The cover is by Martin Baines, whose work was previously featured on the covers of 2016’s Times Squared, and 2017’s The Dreamer’s Lament:
The Web of Fear is rightly regarded one of the gems of Doctor Who in the ’60s. It’s brilliantly written and well directed and has aged very well. When Candy Jar asked me to illustrate a cover depicting another story set during the same period I was really thrilled, especially when they asked me to show London deserted and covered in web (which was not seen in the original story but mentioned). It took a number of roughs to do justice to the idea, but when I saw some images of London in smog I knew the direction to take.

The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web is available for pre-order now from Candy Jar Books and is due to be released at the end of September.