Peter Wyngarde 1927-2018Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 18 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The actor Peter Wyngarde has died at the age of 90.

Peter Wyngarde was best known for playing Jason King, the bestselling novelist turned sleuth who appeared in the British television series Department S and Jason King, inspiring the Mike Myers character Austin Powers. He appeared in the 1984 Doctor Who story Planet of Fire playing Timanov the devout religious leader of the planet Sarn.

Peter Wyngarde's origins are shrouded in mystery with the actor himself giving different accounts of his parents and birthplace. He is believed to have been born in France in the late 1920's, with 1927 being the most authoritative date. He grew up in the far east and during World War II was interned in the Lunghua internment camp in Shanghai, set up by the Japanese for European and American citizens living in the city.

After the war, he sailed to the United Kingdom on the Cunard White Star Line vessel the Arawa, arriving in Southampton at the age of 18.

After briefly studying law he joined an advertising agency and in 1946 won his first professional role in the theatre. One of his earliest roles was a production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham.

His first television appearance was a bit part in the 1949 production of Dick Barton Strikes Back. He soon graduated to leading roles playing John the Baptist in the 1956 version of Jesus of Nazareth and Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities.

In 1959 he played Lt Jan Wicziewsky in South one of the earliest gay-themed British TV dramas. the play came just two years after the Wolfenden Report, when homosexuality was still very much a taboo subject, making Wyngarde’s impassioned performance all the more extraordinary.

In 1969 Wyngarde won the role that would make him a household name in the espionage series Department S. He played the suave womaniser Jason King, a character so popular that he was spun off into his own action espionage series Jason King, which ran for one season of 26 fifty-minute episodes. The series enjoyed global success with Wyngarde briefly becoming an international celebrity.

During the seventies, he has a succession of smaller roles on television. in 1973 he played the King of Siam in a revival of the musical The King and I at London's Adelphi Theatre. In 1980 he appeared as the masked character Klytus in the film Flash Gordon.

In 1982 he made his appearance in Doctor Who playing Timanov. He wanted to play the part in heavy disguise but was persuaded by producer John Nathan Turner to show his face.

Wyngarde virtually retired from acting after a throat infection forced his withdrawal from a stage production of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. His public appearances were mainly restricted to Memorabilia events.

Peter Wyngarde died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on 15 January 2018.




Time Shadows: Second NatureBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Time Shadows: Second Nature (Credit: Pseudoscope Publishing)A new unauthorized Doctor Who short-story anthology, Time Shadows: Second Nature, has been published by Pseudoscope Publishing.

All sale proceeds from the project will be donated to CODE, which advances literacy and learning in Canada and around the world

The publication is a follow-up to the first Time Shadows, which has raised over USD $1,100 for charity to date. Second Nature features all televised Doctors up to the Twelfth Doctor, across 23 stories, including an epic, multi-part framing story.

Everywhere he goes, the Doctor is confronted by mysteries and marvels, danger and delight.

Along the way, the Doctor encounters a medieval knight in a supermarket; some time-displaced Vikings; a weapon from the Time War; a stain on his office carpet, which poses a threat greater than Bill can imagine; and so much more.

He brings hope to the oppressed; he never gives up and never gives in. To the Doctor, that is Second Nature.
The anthology is edited by Stephen Hatcher, with a foreword by John Peel.

It features stories by Violet Addison & David N. Smith, Simon Blake, Simon A. Brett, Ian K. Cimm, Kate Coleman, Paul Driscoll, Ian Farrington, David Gibbons, Michael Gilroy-Sinclair, Grace Haddon, Stephen Hatcher, Roger McCoy, Mark McManus, Greg Maughan, Stuart S. Roth, Jenny Shirt, Dale Smith, Paul Sutton, Daniel Tessier, Nick Walters, Joshua Wanisko, Paul Williams and Anthony Wilson.

Cover art is by Iain Robertson. Illustration by Paul Cowan.

Ordering information for Time Shadows: Second Nature is available from the Pseudoscope Publishing website




David Fisher 1929-2018Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 11 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The writer David Fisher has died at the age of 88.

David Fisher wrote four Doctor Who stories, all starring the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker. 

His first contribution to the series came in 1978 when he wrote two stories in the Key to Time season. The first, The Stones of Blood, was a Hammeresque story featuring blood eating rocks. It won praise for its depiction of strong female characters including Professor Rumford played by Beatrix Lehmann.

He wrote the following story The Androids of Tara, a story inspired by the Anthony Hope novel The Prisoner of Zenda.

In 1979 he returned to the series with the story The Creature from the Pit. He was also working on a story for this series called A Gamble with Time, but for personal reasons had to relinquish the story and hand it on to Script editor Douglas Adams to finish what became the widely acclaimed story City of Death.

His final contribution was for the season eighteen opener The Leisure Hive.

David Fisher's other work for television has included writing for Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense, Hammer House of Horror, The Mackinnons, General Hospital, Crown Court, Sutherland's Law, The Lotus Eaters, Crime of Passion, The Troubleshooters, Dixon of Dock Green, This Man Craig and Orlando.

David Fisher was born 13th April 1929. He died on the 10th January 2018.




Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #13Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus
On sale today, the finale to ​Titan's ​Eleventh Doctor's Th​ird Year​ adventures.

Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #13

Writer: Alex Paknad​el & Rob Williams
Artist: JB Bastos & Luiz Campello
Cover A: Blair Shedd Cover B: Photo

The third year of the Eleventh Doctor comes to a fiery conclusion!

Can the Sapling escape its destiny?
Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #13 - Cover A (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #13 - Cover B (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #13 - Page 1 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #13 - Page 2 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #13 - Page 3 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor Year Three #13 - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )





Doctor Who Magazine 521Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 521 (Credit: Panini)The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out this Thursday, and features Jodie Whittaker in her first cover since becoming the new Doctor on screen! Talking about the choice of clothing for the character, the actress said:
There is no other job in the world like this. The very first meeting (with costume designer Ray Holman) was all very secret and incognito. As we were talking I was completely distracted by the colour of the wallpaper behind us. I told Roy I absolutely loved that colour, and that’s the colour of the trousers.
The issue also sees new lead writer Chris Chibnall looking forward to a new era:
What’s evident is Doctor Who’s extraordinary ability to embrace change while remaining exactly the same show that people love.

Other highlights include:
  • RACHEL TALALAY: The director of Twice Upon a Time on the filming of Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker’s regeneration scene.
  • TWICE UPON A TIME: Exclusive set report and unseen images from the 2017 Christmas Special.
  • WHO IS JOHN SMITH? The fan turned visual effects pro who worked on the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures.
  • DUDLEY SIMPSON: Tributes to the composer who wrote some of Doctor Who’s best-loved scores.
  • TARDIS BUILDING: A first-hand account of how the 1960s TARDIS prop was recreated for Twice Upon a Time.
  • MEET THE DR MEN: Writer and illustrator Adam Hargreaves explains how his Mr Men entered the world of Doctor Who.
  • THE FACE OF EVIL: The Fact of Fiction explores the 1977 story that introduced the Fourth Doctor’s companion Leela.
  • THE PHANTOM PIPER: Part Three of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, previews, reviews, news, the DWM Christmas Quiz answers and prize-winning competitions!





Lethbridge-Stewart: A Very Private HauntingBookmark and Share

Monday, 8 January 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books opens its fifth series of ongoing Lethbridge-Stewart novels with the publication of A Very Private Haunting at the end of this month:

Lethbridge-Stewart: A Very Private Haunting (Credit: Candy Jar Books)A Very Private Haunting
Sharon Bidwell
Cover artwork by Richard Young


Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is not a man who likes to leave things unfinished. He is, therefore, at a loss when forced into taking leave after his recent tussle with a ‘shadow creature’, a case that has yet to be fully resolved. Anne Travers is tired of the loss burning in her heart. So when Lethbridge-Stewart is called to Glencross to help the son of an old friend, she insists on going with him.

In Glencross, young Tomas Campbell has gone missing, and his friends band together to uncover the dark secret at the heart of the village. Meanwhile, Arthur Penrose had returned to his ancestral home to find a haunted residence, and a doll with a message.

What connects the doll to the strange sounds that scurry around Penrose Manor, why do the adults of Glencross seem so intent on keeping their children from leaving the village, and what has all this got to do with the ‘shadow creature’? It is up the Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne to find out.


This special edition includes an extended version of Sharon Bidwell’s short story, The Wishing Bazaar.

Author Sharon Bidwell previously wrote the Lethbridge-Stewart short story, The Wishing Bazaar, and has worked with range editor, Andy Frankham-Allen, on several projects since 2011, even co-writing a book. For this nverl, Sharon said:
Andy didn’t leave me with a choice. He’s always dragging me into things. I want to say he ‘invited’ me, but he was very adamantant that I’d write for the series. Which is a compliment, and Andy has a way about him, so one day I just emailed a first draft of the manuscript to him without any warning.
Andy Frankham-Allen said:
It did come out of the blue, but it was a nice surprise. So, I had the book in my files for almost a year before I found a suitable place for it, and then it all came down to finding a way to make it fit the ongoing narrative, tweaking it here and there, and suggestion a few changes to Sharon. In fairness, beyond series continuity, there wasn’t much to do. Sharon has always had a good grasp of story, and knows how to mix good character work with layers of meaning and emotional resonance.
Sharon adds:
I'm not a writer who consciously considers theme in a first draft. It's something that presents itself to me sometimes as much as three-quarters into a preliminary version. It's hard to choose a defining one in this book. The book questions the keeping of secrets, outmoded beliefs, what can happen if people never question their convictions. I also wanted to explore human behaviour in a macabre setting. The dictionary defines macabre as: disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury. It seems to fit. One thing I was certain I wanted to incorporate was Edison's talking dolls. The problem I stumbled into was the 'why'. I know I wanted to use the doll but a writer cannot simply use a great idea if it doesn't fit the story. I not only constructed an answer, I formulated one that provided me with a well-rounded end to the book.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing, said:
This book has a touch of The Daemons about it, in regards the atmosphere it creates. Perfect reading for a night in front of the fire, with a storm raging outside. It gave me the creeps in places, and I don’t even have a fire to read in front of!

The cover is by regular artist, Richard Young:
I've always wanted to do a cover for a horror type novel. I love the old Hammer horror films so I wanted to do something in that vein… with my own twist.

All pre-orders of A Very Private Haunting will receive a free digital short story called The Comrades by Brian Gallagher, a tale set during the Cold War which sees Brigadier Douglas and Captain Bishop working alongside the SAS. It can be pre-ordered individually, as part of a discounted UK bundle or an international bundle, or as part of a yearly subscription offer. Full details are available from the Candy Jar website.

A Very Private Haunting will be followed by The Man from Yesterday and The New Unusual.




Twice Upon A Time - Chart PositionBookmark and Share

Monday, 8 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who - Twice Upon A Time, which had an official rating of 7.92 million viewers, was the 9th highest rated programme for Christmas week, according to figures released by BARB.

The top rated programme for the week was the BBC coverage of the New Year Fireworks display on London's South Bank. The Queen's Christmas message was shown on both BBC One and ITV 1 with the combined rating making it the 7th most watched programmme. The BBC had seven of the top slots while ITV had just two, botth for episodes of Coronation street.

The BBC has also issued details of christmas viewing on the BBC iPlayer.

The most popular show on BBC iPlayer over the whole festive period was the Christmas Day episode of EastEnders, which saw 1.6 million requests. Doctor Who had just over 1 million requests making it 9th overall in the iPlayer chart.





Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 YearbookBookmark and Share

Friday, 5 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is a unique celebration of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures, from The Return of Doctor Mysterio through to Twice Upon a Time. Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the year in Doctor Who.

At the end of 2017 a remarkable chapter in the history of Doctor Who draw to a close. Two incarnations of the Time Lord overcame an existential threat... before the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor heralded a bold new era for the programme.

Highlights include exclusive new interviews with:
  • Joe Browning, Jimmy Mann, Gary Pollard and Kate Walshe (Millennium FX)
  • Ysanne Churchman (the voice of Alpha Centauri in Empress of Mars)
  • Matthew Clark (graphic designer, 2017 series)
  • Rachel Denning (Erica in The Pyramid at the End of the World)
  • Mark Gatiss (Captain Lethbridge-Stewart in Twice Upon a Time)
  • Stephanie Hyam (Heather in The Pilot and The Doctor Falls)
  • Adele Lynch (Iraxxa in Empress of Mars)
  • Rove McManus (host of Australian show Whovians)
  • Rachel Talalay (director of three episodes in the 2017 series)
  • Alexandra Tynan (designer of the original Cybermen)
Editor Marcus Hearn says:
The latest Yearbook is out a little later than usual because we wanted to complete our coverage of the Twelfth Doctor’s stories by including Twice Upon a Time. This issue covers more episodes than any previous Yearbooks, but there are many other fantastic articles in there too. We hope this is a great souvenir of an incredible era.
The Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2018 is on sale now price £5.99.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The 2018 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)




Twice Upon A Time: Official RatingBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 3 January 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Twice Upon a Time: The First Doctor (David Bradley), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))
Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time had a 7-Day official rating of 7.92 million viewers.

The rating includes those who recorded the programme and watched it within 7 days. The final rating is an increase of over 2.2 million on the initially reported figure. It makes Twice Upon a Time the highest rated episode of Doctor Who since the 2014 Christmas episode Last Christmas.

An additional 600,000 viewers have accessed the episode on the BBC iPlayer so far.

Doctor Who was the 6th highest rated show on Christmas Day. Top for the day was the Drama Call The Midwife with 9.57 million watching, just ahead of Mrs Browns Boys with 9.04 million. The Queen's Christmas Message had 8.18 million viewers across BBC One and ITV1. The highest rated show on ITV1 was Coronation Street with 6.99 million.

A chart placing for the whole week will be available next Monday.

In 2017 Doctor Who had an average rating of 5.64 million viewers, compared with 6.16 million for the 2015 series.





Happy New YearBookmark and Share

Monday, 1 January 2018 - Reported by Willy Phantom


Happy New Year from Willy Phantom and the Doctor Who News team

Willy Phantom, 1st January 2018





Doctor Who - In Memoriam - 2017Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 31 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Toby Hadoke has produced his annual tribute to all those from the world of Doctor Who whose death we heard about 2017

Toby Hadoke Tribute video to those people from the world of Doctor Who whose death we heard about in 2017




The Unofficial Doctor Who 1972 AnnualBookmark and Share

Saturday, 30 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The 1972 Doctor Who Fannual (Credit: Mark Worgan)A new fan produced publication, wrtten in tribute to the Doctor Who Annuals of the 1970's, is looking for contributers.

'Somewhere in the multiverse, its always 1972'

The unofficial Doctor Who 1972 annual is a fan-produced homage to those old Dr Who annuals originally produced by 'World Distributors'.

Before there was VHS, before there were DVDs. Fans would eagerly await the yearly arrival of the Doctor's new adventures, in many ways very different to those that played out on screen. However, for the Xmas of 1971, no such adventures arrived.

The unofficial 1972 annual is entirely fan-produced, and will almost definitely be loss-profit making. But don't worry, the only investment we want is your time and talent. Although the annual is well underway, including a contribution from Ian Levene, we still need more contributions.

We need stories that feature the 3rd Doctor, his new assistant Miss Josephine Grant, and U.N.I.T. We are looking for stories that don't necessarily have to be too serious. In fact the more fun the better. We want the 1972 annual to be humorous (but family friendly) and maybe just a little bit daft, but always fun.

If you want to be a part of something special, please email: doctorwhoannual@aol.co.uk

Also check out the facebook page
The unofficial 1972 annual will be released in 2018




Australian overnight ratings for Twice Upon A TimeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
Twice Upon A Time averaged 378,000 viewers in the five major Australian capital cities. It was ABC TV's highest rating drama of the day and the nineteenth highest rating program of the day overall (The Ashes and Big Bash cricket, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, news and current affairs programs taking 14 of the top 20 rating programs on Boxing Day). These ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.

Media Links: TV Tonight




Twice Upon A Time - AI:81Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Twice Upon a Time: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time had an Audience Appreciation or AI score of 81.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

The score is similiar to that received by last year's Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio which scored 82.

The highest score of the evening was shared by Call the Midwife on BBC One, Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas on ITV1 and Victoria on ITV1 all of which scored 88. The highest rated show of the day, Mrs Brown's Boys, had an AI of 83.