Germany News RoundupBookmark and Share

Monday, 20 July 2015 - Reported by Pascal Salzmann
Peter Capaldi in Berlin (Credit: FOX International Channels Germany)
The last week has seen the cast of Doctor Who visiting Berlin, in a country where the show has grown in popularity for the last few years. Here is a news update on current and upcoming developments in Germany:

  • FOX announced that Series 9 will premiere in December, almost three months after the UK. This is a departure from the near simulcast broadcasts from recent years. Last year, problems with the BBC's delivery of the material needed to dub Series 8 in time, resulted in near simulcast airings of the episodes in English with German subtitles.
  • Books publisher Cross Cult announced the release of a monthly e-books series called Zeitreisen (Time Trips). Book 1 Die Todesgrube ("The Death Pit") by A.L. Kennedy will be released on 26th October 2015. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon Germany.
    More upcoming printed titles include the eighth Doctor novels Silhouette by Justin Richard on 24th August 2015 and Der Kriechende Terror ("The Crawling Terror") by Mike Tucker on 8th February 2016. November will see the release of the novelisation of City of Death, written by James Goss, with the German title Die Stadt des Todes.
    • German online audio books platform Audible has announced the release of Gareth Robert's Shada novelisation. It will be unabridged and read by Michael Schwarzmaier, who dubbed Tom Baker in the German versions of The Five Doctors and in Day of the Doctor. The audio book can be pre-ordered on Amazon Germany.
    • The first German convention for fans of Doctor Who, the TimeLash Event, has now sold out. Guests include Paul McGann, Nicholas Briggs, Catrin Stewart, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy, Toby Hadoke, Nev Fountain, Terrance Dicks, Andrew Cartmel and many more. It takes place in Kassel on the 24th to 25th October 2015.
    • DVD distributer Pandastorm Pictures has released a trailer for the upcoming German DVD boxed set of Die Fünf Doktoren (20th anniversary special The Five Doctors). The 3-disc-set will contain the 90 minute TV-version, the three-parter that was shown in Germany in 1995 and the 100 minute special edition. The set will be released on 28th August 2015. The trailer can be viewed below.






    German DVD release of The Five Doctors delayedBookmark and Share

    Friday, 15 May 2015 - Reported by Pascal Salzmann
    Pandastorm Pictures (Credit: Pandastorm Pictures) In a statement to fans on their Facebook page as well as in a newsletter, German DVD distributer Pandastorm Pictures announced that their release of The Five Doctors, originally planned for 26th June 2015, will now be released two months later, on 28th August 2015.

    The reasons for the delay are, according to the Facebook message, "problems with the material". The newsletter adds that Pandastorm believed the german dub to exist but realised too late that it had been deleted. Thankfully a fan helped out with his recording of the german dub.

    Here is the original newsletter announcement, translated from German:


    Dear Doctor Who-fans,
    we received a lot of positive feedback from you for the last few months. There were photos with you and the boxed sets, a self-made action figure of the Candyman and even Sophie Aldred (Ace) who can be seen on a picture, posing with our second 7th Doctor boxed set. WOW! We would like to send you all a big THANK YOU. Without you the making of these boxed sets would not have been possible.

    Some of you might already know that we will also release "The Five Doctors" in Germany. We planned to release it on 26th June 2015 but we sadly have to delay the release to 28th August 2015. After some misunderstandings we now know for sure that the German TV-version had been destroyed. The good news is that our appeal to fans last summer payed off after all and a Doctor Who-fan made his recording available to us. All this took us a lot of time, so that the DVD's won't be ready in time, if we want to deliver a high quality product.

    Pandastorm then continued listing all the versions of the 20th Anniversary Special that will be on the 2-Disc-Set:

    • TV version in English
    •  TV version in German (including German subtitles for the scenes edited out in Germany)
    •  Three-part TV version in German (heavily edited, some scenes arranged in a different order)
    •  Special Edition in English
    •  Special Edition in German (including German subtitles for the scenes that were not shown in Germany)
    So far Pandastorm Pictures released all three seasons of the seventh Doctor in season boxed sets in Germany. After The Five Doctors they are going to release two boxed sets for the complete sixth Doctor run and a 2-disc DVD release of The TV Movie.





    Classic DVD release schedule for Germany announcedBookmark and Share

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - Reported by Pascal Salzmann
    Siebter Doktor: Volume 1 (Credit: Pandastorm)German DVD distributor Pandastorm Pictures announced today the upcoming plans for DVD releases of the classic series in a newsletter sent out to fans. As previously reported the first volume of seventh Doctor stories includes the complete Season 24 on four discs, all the bonus features of the UK DVD's and will be released on 28th November 2015.

    Additionally, Pandastorm Pictures is going to release the following sets:

    • Siebter Doktor Volume 2 (Season 25, 5 discs, release date: 27th February 2015)
    • Siebter Doktor Volume 3 (Season 26, 7 discs, release date: 24th April 2015)
    •  Die Fünf Doktoren (The Five Doctors, 2 discs, release date: tba)
    • Sechster Doktor Volume 1 (The Twin Dilemma & Season 22, 7 discs, release date: tba)
    • Sechster Doktor Volume 2 (Season 23, 4 discs, release date: tba)
    • Doctor Who - The Movie (2 discs, release date: tba)

    According to the newsletter there are currently rights issues that need to be resolved before the TV Movie can be released.

    There are no German dubs to any other episodes available, so further releases are unlikely. However, the distributor has told fans that it would consider dubbing more classic episodes if the DVD's are going to sell extremely well.

    Der Siebte Doktor Volume 1 can be pre-ordered from Amazon Germany.






    12 Days of Big Finish-masBookmark and Share

    Thursday, 26 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    Big Finish are running a number of special offers over the twelve days of Christmas as part of the festive celebrations, selected from a many of their range of series.

    Today's offering is the The Butcher of Brisbane, a Fifth Doctor tale that acts as a "prequel" to The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and is available to download from the Big Finish website at a special price for the next couple of days.

    The Butcher of Brisbane (Credit: Big Finish)The Butcher of Brisbane
    Starring Peter Davison as The Doctor, Janet Fielding as Tegan, Mark Strickson as Turlough, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, and Angus Wright as Magnus Greel

    Adopting the alias of Weng-Chiang, the 51st century war criminal Magnus Greel will one day arrive in Victorian London by Time Cabinet – only to meet his doom, his plans undone by the Time Lord known as the Doctor.

    The Doctor never believed he'd meet Greel again. But when a TARDIS trip to companion Tegan's home town goes wrong, the Doctor ends up in the younger Greel's heyday – in a world on the brink of all-out war.

    With the Doctor at the mercy of Greel's alien associate Findecker and his army of mutations, Tegan is about to learn just why they called Greel 'The Butcher of Brisbane'...





    Week of Specials on Radio Four ExtraBookmark and Share

    Saturday, 16 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
    Today BBC Radio Four Extra begins a week of celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who with a reading of the very first Doctor Who novelisation.

    Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks was first published in 1964, adapted by the series' script editor David Whitaker from the first Dalek story written by Terry Nation. The story was republished by Target Books in 1973, kicking off the range which would introduce a generation of fans born in the sixties and seventies to the eras of the first and second Doctors.

    The story, intended to work as a standalone, is told from the viewpoint of Ian Chesterton and has a very different meeting between the Doctor and his future companions than that of the television series.

    The Audiogo recording is read by William Russell, who played Ian in the TV series. The broadcast begins at 1800 GMT on Saturday with the first two episodes. The full adaptation is broadcast between 0000 GMT and 0430 GMT on Sunday.

    The broadcast kicks off a week of Doctor Who programming on the station. Radio Four Extra can be heard worldwide via the BBC Website.
    • Sunday - Protect and Survive - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
    • In this drama the Seventh Doctor (played by Sylvester McCoy) and his young companions Hex and Ace are plunged into the late '80s, where history has gone terrifyingly wrong, with the world trembling on the brink of a final terrible war.
    • Monday - Fanfare for the Common Men - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
    • A four-part drama featuring the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison). The Doctor's young companion Nyssa is unfamiliar with the Earth's musical heritage, but in a trip back to the '60s the Beatles are nowhere to be seen and their role has been taken by the Common Men.
    • Tuesday - A Thousand Tiny Wings - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
    • A full-cast audio drama in which the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) arrives in a remote homestead during the period of Kenyan independence in December 1963 and is reunited with an old acquaintance – an ex-Nazi called Klein.
    • Wednesday - Farewell Great Macedon - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
    • Based on an unproduced television script and brought to life through a combination of performance and narration. The original team of the First Doctor and companions Ian, Barbara and Susan step out from the TARDIS into the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and meet Alexander the Great.
    • Thursday - Human Resources - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
    • A full-cast drama featuring the Eighth Doctor (played by Paul McGann). The two-part story explains the on-going mystery of Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith), paired off with the Doctor in a witness protection programme.
    • Friday - The Dalek Invasion of Earth - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
    • A reading by William Russell (Ian Chesterton in the original TV serial on which the story is based). This is one of the classic Doctor Who stories featuring the First Doctor and set in an occupied Britain.
    • Saturday - Doctor Who special – Who Made Who - 0900 GMT & 1600 GMT
    • Tracy-Ann Oberman is the guide on a journey back to a time before Time Lords. Interviewees include Doctor Who writers Charlie Higson and Al Hennen and William Hartnell's grand-daughter Jessica Carney. Featured programmes include The Reunion, which gathers the original 1963 cast, and Whatever Happened to . . . Susan Foreman? which tries to solve the mystery of the Doctor's original travelling companion, his grand-daughter.
    • Sunday - Lucie Miller - 0000 GMT
    • An Eighth Doctor adventure starring Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith and Graeme Garden.
    • Monday - To the Death - 0000 GMT
    • The Time Lord calls on friends, family and the Monk to help overthrow the Dalek occupation of Earth. This Eighth Doctor adventure stars Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith and Graeme Garden.




    Big Finish: September releasesBookmark and Share

    Friday, 27 September 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    This month's Doctor releases from Big Finish feature the start of the 1963 trilogy, an adventure for the First Doctor, Steven and Vicki, a further "lost" adventure for the First Doctor, and a new set of adventures for the Victorian investigators Jago and Litefoot.

    Fanfare of the Common Men (Credit: Big Finish)Fanfare for the Common Men (available to order)
    Starring Peter Davison as The Doctor, with Sarah Sutton as Nyssa

    If you remember the Sixties, they say, then you can’t have been there.

    The Doctor remembers the Sixties. That’s why he’s taking Nyssa on a trip back to November 1963. Back to where it all began. Back to the birth of the biggest band in the history of British music. Back to see those cheeky lads from Liverpool...

    Mark, James and Korky. The Common Men. The boys who made the Sixties swing with songs like Oh, Won’t You Please Love Me?, Just Count To Three and Who Is That Man.

    The Doctor remembers the Sixties. And there’s something very wrong with the Sixties, if the Beatles no longer exist...
    The Companion Chronicles: Upstairs (Credit: Big Finish)Upstairs (available to order)
    Starring Peter Purves as Steven and Maureen O'Brien as Vicki

    When the TARDIS lands in a dilapidated attic, the Doctor, Vicki and Steven discover they are on Earth, in London… in Number 10 Downing Street.

    However alien forces are at play here, affecting the very fabric of the building… and adjusting the very essence of history itself.
    The Lost Stories: The Dark Planet (Credit: Big Finish)The Dark Planet (available to order)
    Starring William Russell as Ian Chesterton and Maureen O'Brien as Vicki

    Somewhere far back in the early days of the universe the TARDIS lands on a world lit by a dying sun. Missing from the Doctor's star maps and dotted with strange crystalline statues, it is a world ripe for exploration. But it is also a world of destruction.

    Venturing out onto its surface, the time travellers find themselves drawn into an age-old conflict between the two species residing on the planet - people of Light and Shadow. Proving a catalyst for the escalation of the conflict, the Doctor and his friends need either to create a peace or to pick a side.

    Because in times of war, nothing is ever black and white.
    Jago and Litefoot - Series Six (Credit: Big Finish)Jago and Litefoot - Series Six (available to order)
    Starring Trevor Baxter as Professor George Litefoot and Christopher Benjamin as Henry Gordon Jago

    After returning to Victorian London, Jago and Litefoot are approached by the enigmatic Colonel and offered a role they cannot refuse – investigators by Royal Appointment to Queen Victoria!

    Their missions include a mystery on the Suffolk coast where strange things lurk in the sea mist, an encounter with Freud and a threat to the realm itself… But who can save Professor Litefoot when he is accused of murder, and no one can be convinced of his innocence?

    6.1 The Skeleton Quay by Jonathan Morris
    6.2 Return of the Repressed by Matthew Sweet
    6.3 Military Intelligence by George Mann
    6.4 The Trial of George Litefoot by Justin Richards
    PLUS! An extra bonus CD of behind-the-scenes material.

    Win a copy of Upstairs

    This month's competition thanks to Big Finish is to win one of five copies of Upstairs. To be in with a chance to win, please answer the following question:
    The Doctor has encountered Prime Ministers past, present and future over the course of his adventures, but which one was forecast by him to be the architect of Britain's "Golden Age"?
    Send your answer to comp-upstairs@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Yes, I know!", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 6th October 2013.




    Big Finish: June ReleasesBookmark and Share

    Saturday, 15 June 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    Big Finish have released details on the latest adventures for the Doctor and his companions in June ...

    Prisoners of Fate (Credit: Big Finish)Prisoners of Fate (available to order)
    Starring Peter Davison as The Doctor, Janet Fielding as Tegan, Mark Strickson as Turlough, and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa.

    Twenty-five years ago, with Richter's Syndrome running rampant throughout the galaxy, the brilliant biochemist Nyssa, formerly of Traken, bade a painful farewell to her young family... and set off into the space, in search of a cure for this deadly disease.

    She never returned.

    Now, her grown-up son continues her work on the penal colony of Valderon, still desperate to make the breakthrough that eluded his presumed-dead mother.

    So when the TARDIS lands on Valderon, bringing the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa to its fortress prison, the scene is set for a painful reunion... but not only for Nyssa. The Doctor's past is about to catch up with him too...


    Prisoners of Fate ends the current trilogy of Fifth Doctor adventures with a twisty tale from the pen of Jonathan Morris as the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa are forced to confront head-on the consequences of Nyssa's travels in the TARDIS since Helheim, begun in Doctor Who: Cobwebs. The story guest stars Sarah Douglas (Superman, V) as Sibor and Alistair Mackenzie (Monarch of the Glen, Borgen) as Galen.

    Producer David Richardson commented:
    This story presents a huge dilemma for Nyssa, and there are no easy answers for the Doctor. Plus we get to meet something significant from the Doctorls past we never knew about before...
    The Companion Chronicles: Council of War (Credit: Big Finish)Council of War (available to order)
    Starring John Levene as Benton, with Sinead Keenan as Margery Phipps

    At the Doctor's request, Sergeant Benton is investigating ghosts and missing people in Kettering, while undercover as a local councillor

    And that's how he comes to meet Margery Phipps.

    An alien incursion in the town hall leads them on a journey to a terrible future – where Margery discovers how she changed a world, and the life of a whole civilisation hangs in the balance...


    Council of War, by Scarifyers creators Simon Barnard and Paul Morris, Sergeant Benton finds an undercover job taking on a life of its own when he gets involved in the life of Margery Phipps and the affairs of Kettering.

    David:
    Yes, John Levene has joined The Companion Chronicles. It's great to have him aboard – ably supported here by the brilliant Sinead Keenan (Nina from Being Human).
    Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Dalek Contract (Credit: Big Finish)The Dalek Contract (available to order)
    Starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, Mary Tamm as Romana, and John Leeson as K9

    'These creatures have ravaged half the cosmos. They're experts at this kind of thing. Nothing can stand in their way.'

    The Doctor and Romana find themselves in the Proxima System, where enigmatic Conglomerate CEO Cuthbert has been conducting his infamous 'experiment'. An experiment which might accidentally rip the universe apart.

    Meanwhile, living conditions on Proxima Major have become harsh and hostile. Climate change has turned the landscape into a freezing wasteland and an alien power has condemned much of the population to life inside internment camps. For those still clinging to their freedom, the struggle for survival is now beyond desperate and outsiders such as the Doctor and Romana are only seen as a threat.

    What is Cuthbert really up to in the Proxima System, and just how does he expect the dreaded Daleks to fit into his plan?


    David:
    A few firsts in this one. It's the first Romana's only meeting with the Daleks. It's K9's first fight against the Daleks (at least in a full cast medium). And it's also the return of David Warner as Cuthbert and Toby Hadoke as Mr Dorrick, as we head for a big season finale with high stakes...

    Competition

    This month's competition thanks to Big Finish is to win one of five copies of Council of War. To be in with a chance, please answer the following question:
    John Levene has been long associated with the role of Benton, but name his only credited monstrous role and relevant story from the television series.
    Send your answer to comp-council@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "beneath the mask", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 30th June 2013.




    BFI: The Fifth Doctor PanelBookmark and Share

    Wednesday, 15 May 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
    A video of the guest panel at this month's BFI celebration of the Fifth Doctor's era is now available to watch.

    As part of its Doctor Who At 50 season, the BFI screened The Caves of Androzani, which was followed by a question-and-answer session featuring actors Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, and Matthew Waterhouse, as well as the story director Graeme Harper.


    The event, held on Saturday 4th May, saw the discussion led by season co-curator Justin Johnson.

    As reported last month, the next celebratory screening - marking the Sixth Doctor's era - will be The Two Doctors, taking place on Saturday 15th June at 2pm. Because demand for all the events has been so high, tickets are now being allocated via ballot.





    Big Finish: May updateBookmark and Share

    Friday, 10 May 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    Big Finish have released details on the latest adventures for the Doctor and his companions in May ...

    The Lady of Mercia (Credit: Big Finish)The Lady of Mercia (available to order)
    Starring Peter Davison as The Doctor, Janet Fielding as Tegan, Mark Strickson as Turlough, and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa.

    The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa to the University of Frodsham, close to where the warrior queen Æthelfrid fought a desperate and bloody rearguard action against the savage Danes. Over a thousand years later, in 1983, battle is still being raged, with student activists taking on savage funding cuts… and disrupting a conference about Æthelfrid convened by history professor John Bleak.

    Meanwhile, over in the Physics Department, Dr Philippa Stone is working night and day on a top-secret project – but can her theoretical time machine really be the solution to the university's problems?

    Present and past are about to collide – and the results, as the TARDIS crew is about to discover, will be far from academic!


    Producer David Richardson says:
    For me, personally, there’s something very special about this TARDIS team. They are just such clearly defined characters with an interesting dynamic. And this story proves that even the Dark Ages aren’t read for Tegan Jovanka...
    The Companion Chronicles: The Apocalypse Mirror (Credit: Big Finish)The Apocalypse Mirror (available to order)
    Starring Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury

    The TARDIS lands in the city of Tromesis on Earth – but it’s a world far from the one that the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe recognize.

    The buildings are ruined, the streets deserted. And against the devastation they see a ghostly mirror image of another place – the city as it was before disaster hit.

    People vanish here, and huge metal birds attack from the sky.

    Can the Doctor find the future, in a place that doesn’t have one?


    David Richardson:
    The cast says it all - we have Frazer playing Jamie and giving his rendition of the Second Doctor, and Wendy back as Zoe. It’s wonderful to send the final TARDIS crew of the 1960s out on a rather dark new adventure.
    Fourth Doctor Adventures: Phantoms of the Deep (Credit: Big Finish)Phantoms of the Deep (available to order)
    Starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, Mary Tamm as Romana and John Leeson as K-9, with Alice Krige as Dr Patricia Sawyer

    On their mission to explore the Mariana Trench at the very bottom of the ocean, the deepest and most inhospitable place on Earth, the crew of the deep sea vehicle Erebus make an unusual and startling discovery.

    A battered blue police box.

    As the Doctor, Romana and K9 join them on their journey, the submariners soon discover that the TARDIS is not the only unusual find lurking on the sea floor.

    Super-intelligent squid, long-lost submarines and their miraculous occupants are only the start of their troubles. The Goblins are coming. And they won't let anyone out alive.


    David Richardson:
    Jonny Morris delivered a wonderful piece of whimsy with this season’s The Auntie Matter, so I asked him to go the other way with his second story. I asked for something dark and terrifying, and he delivered in spades, as the Doctor, Romana and K9 discover something very sinister on the ocean floor… And I was thrilled that Alice Krige (The Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact) agreed to join us for the recording – she’s phenomenal in this story, and the most delightful lady to work with.

    Competition

    This month's competition thanks to Big Finish is to win one of five copies of The Apocalypse Mirror. To be in with a chance to win, please answer the following question:
    As well as Doctor Who, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury also appeared together in Emmerdale Farm - what were their character names?
    Send your answer to comp-apocalypse@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Beckindale re-union", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 31st May 2013.




    The Fifth Doctor on BBC AmericaBookmark and Share

    Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - Reported by Josiah Rowe
    BBC America has chosen Earthshock to represent the Fifth Doctor in its Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited celebratory season.

    A documentary entitled The Doctors Revisited: The Fifth Doctor will air on Sunday, May 26 at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central, followed by the four-part story that reintroduced the Cybermen after an absence of nearly seven years.

    The documentary will see Peter Davison, Steven Moffat, Hugh Bonneville, Sarah Sutton, and Mark Strickson discussing the Fifth Doctor. It will also feature other as-yet-unspecified contributors.

    Earthshock first aired in 1982. As well as the return of the Cybermen, it featured the death of the Doctor's companion Adric, the only long-term television companion to die since the First Doctor's era.

    BBC America is paying tribute to the programme's 50th anniversary by showing a story per Doctor per month.





    Puffin Books: Tip of the Tongue by Patrick NessBookmark and Share

    Tuesday, 7 May 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    Tip of the Tongue, by Patrick Ness (Credit: Puffin Books)The writer of the fifth in the Puffin Books series of e-books has been revealed to be Patrick Ness, the multi-award winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy.

    Tip of the Tongue
    Written by Patrick Ness
    Published 23rd May 2013

    In 1945, a strange new craze for Truth Tellers is sweeping the kids of small-town America. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa soon arrive to investigate the phenomenon, only to discover that the actual truth behind the Truth Tellers is far more sinister than anyone could have imagined...

    Born in Virginia, USA Patrick Ness spent his upbringing in the states of Hawaii, Washington and California before moving permanently to the UK. He is the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy which established him as one of the most original and exciting writers of today. The trilogy has won many awards including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Patrick’s sixth book A Monster Calls received high critical acclaim and is the winner of the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the Galaxy National Book Awards, the Red House Children’s Book Award and the UKLA Children’s Book Prize. In June 2012, A Monster Calls became the first book ever to win both prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. His highly anticipated new novel for adults, The Crane Wife, was inspired by a Japanese folk tale and just published by Canongate in April 2013. A daring new YA novel More Than This is forthcoming later this year from Walker (Candlewick in the US).

    Ness commented:
    The Fifth Doctor is always the Doctor I thought most likely to be a novelist. People sometimes call him slightly passive, but I think it's more that he's observing, watching, waiting on the fringe to make his move. Just like any good writer. Which is why I've made this story one of those – which I've always liked – where the Doctor stays a bit out of the action and we see what happens through a non-canon character and get a whole different point of view of all the strange things happening. It's a bit how it feels when you watch the show as a young viewer.

    A video of the author will be released on YouTube by BBC Worldwide later in the month, with the book itself coming out on the 23rd May.




    AudioGo: May releasesBookmark and Share

    Saturday, 27 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    May will see the release by AudioGo of the next encounter for the Doctor in their ongoing 50th Anniversary series Destiny of the Doctor, this month reaching his fifth incarnation. Meanwhile, the latest audio adaption of the Target novelisations takes listeners on a trip to Peladon with the Third Doctor. Plus, readers also enter our competitions to be in with a chance to win copies.

    Destiny of the Doctor: Smoke and Mirrors (Credit: AudioGo)Destiny of the Doctor: Smoke and Mirrors
    Starring Janet Fielding, with Tim Beckmann

    The Doctor answers a psionic distress call sent from England in the 1920s. There, in the environs of a fairground, he is reunited with an old friend: Harry Houdini. To Adric and Nyssa the name means very little, but to the Doctor's companion Tegan he is a legend. Escape artist extraordinaire, Houdini's reputation will last for decades. But how does Houdini know so much about Tegan herself? Is it really just guesswork, as he says? Is Houdini right to be concerned about the fairground's fortune teller, who claims to have supernatural skills? Both he and the Doctor suspect an alien influence may be at work.

    What neither the Doctor nor his friends realise is that, somewhere in the shadows, a sinister and all too familiar presence is lying in wait for them...

    Doctor Who: Smoke and Mirrors (Destiny of the Doctor 5) is an original adventure by Steve Lyons, a prolific writer of Doctor Who fiction, and is available as a CD or download from 2nd May. It’s performed by Janet Fielding, who played Tegan in the original TV series, and Tim Beckmann. The series is produced for AudioGO by Big Finish Productions.

    To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Smoke and Mirrors courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
    As mentioned above, Harry Houdini is an old friend of the Doctor's, and he recently featured in a festive online tale alongside the Eleventh Doctor - what was the name of that story?
    Please send your answer to smoke-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Now get out of that!", along with your name, address, and where you saw this competition. Only one entry is allowed per household. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is the 5th May 2013.

    Doctor Who and The Curse of Peladon, read by David Troughton (Credit: AudioGo)Doctor Who and The Curse of Peladon
    Written by Brian Hayles
    Read by David Troughton

    When the TARDIS materializes on the primitive planet Peladon, the Doctor and Jo become embroiled in political machinations. What is the secret behind the killings on the planet, and how are his old enemies the Ice Warriors involved?

    Again, the terrifying cry rang out. The Doctor quickened his pace along the gloomy tunnels of the castle. Suddenly, from the darkness lumbered the mighty Aggedor, Royal Beast and Protector of the Kingdom of Peladon! The Doctor fumbled in his pocket. Would the device work? As he trained the spinning mirror on the eyes of Aggedor, the terrible claws came closer and closer...

    What is the secret behind the killings on the planet of Peladon? Is Aggedor seeking revenge because the King of Peladon wants his kingdom to become a member of the Galactic Federation? Will the Doctor escape the claws of Aggedor and discover the truth?

    Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon is Brian Hayles’ complete and unabridged novelisation, first published in 1974 by Target Books. It is read by David Troughton, who played King Peladon in the original BBC TV episodes. It is based on the original 1972 TV serial of the same name, featuring the 3rd Doctor (as played by Jon Pertwee). Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon is available as an audiobook from AudioGO, on CDs or as an audio download, from 2nd May.


    To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of The Curse of Peladon courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
    David Troughton played Peladon in the tale, but this wasn't his first appearance in Doctor Who - name his first role.
    Please send your answer to peladon-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "By the spirit of Aggedor!", along with your name, address, and where you saw this competition. Only one entry is allowed per household. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is the 5th May 2013.

    In addition, AudioGo have also released an audio adaptation of the latest adventure for the Eleventh Doctor, Plague of the Cybermen:

    Plague of the Cybermen (Credit: AudioGo)Plague of the Cybermen
    Written by Justin Richards
    Read by David Warner, with Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen

    When the Doctor arrives in the 19th-century village of Klimtenburg, he discovers the residents suffering from some kind of plague - a 'wasting disease'. The victims face a horrible death - but what's worse, the dead seem to be leaving their graves. The Plague Warriors have returned ...

    The Doctor is confident he knows what's really happening; he understands where the dead go, and he's sure the Plague Warriors are just a myth. But as some of the Doctor's oldest and most terrible enemies start to awaken he realises that maybe - just maybe - he's misjudged the situation.
     

    To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Plague of the Cybermen courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
    Plagues, viruses and Cybermen go hand-in-hand, but in which story did they spread 'infection' through the use of sugar?
    Please send your answer to plague-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "You know our ways!", along with your name, address, and where you saw this competition. Only one entry is allowed per household. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is the 5th May 2013.




    DVD Update: Doctor Who: RegenerationBookmark and Share

    Thursday, 25 April 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    Doctor Who: Regeneration - R2 DVD Cover (Credit: BBC Worldwide)The BBC have finally confirmed that the Regeneration set that has been listed on Internet sites such as the BBC Shop and Amazon will indeed be released in June.

    As the title implied, this release deals with the Doctor's regenerations, and will be presented as a limited edition, "coffee-table" book which will include six DVDs covering the adventures associated with the change of actor - and includes the premiere of the newly animation-enhanced The Tenth Planet on DVD.

    The full list of stories are: The Tenth Planet, The War Games, Planet of the Spiders, Logopolis The Caves of Androzani, Time and the Rani, Doctor Who: The Movie, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, and The End of Time.

    Regeneration will now be released on 24th June and not 10th as originally scheduled.





    Details announced of Splendid Chaps: "Five/Fear"Bookmark and Share

    Wednesday, 24 April 2013 - Reported by Adam Kirk
    .As previously reportedSplendid Chaps is a year-long performance/podcast project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who hosted by comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon CrawlMelbourne Museum Comedy Tour) and writer John Richards (ABC1 sitcom OutlandBoxcutters podcast)

    Described by its creators as part intellectual panel discussion, part nerdy Tonight Show, Splendid Chaps is a combination of analysis, enthusiasm and irreverence. The first episode went to number 1 on the iTunes TV & Film Podcast chart in Australia, and to number 4 in the UK.  The podcasts to the first few episodes are now available at www.splendidchaps.com or at  iTunes.

    Tickets are now on sale for their 5th Doctor show!
    On Sunday May 19 they’ll be celebrating the era of the 5th Doctor, the cricket-and-celery-loving Peter Davison, and exploring the notion of Fear in Doctor Who. When is Doctor Who scary, and why? Guests will include comedian Tegan Higginbotham (from comedy duo Watson and The Comedy Channel’s Whatever Happened To That Guy?) and horror author Narrelle M Harris. That’s at The Public Bar, 238 Victoria Street, North Melbourne, at 5pm.

    Splendid Chaps: A Year Of Doctor Who: "Five: Fear"

    Space: The Public Bar, 238 Victoria Street, North Melbourne
    Time: Saturday 19 May 2013, 5 PM
    Accessibility: This venue is wheelchair accessible.
    Tickets: All tickets $15 (plus booking fee where applicable)
    Bookings: via trybooking.com, or buy tickets at the door (subject to availability)
    Podcast: not yet available, released 23 May 2013.

    With thanks to John Richards