Work Experience on Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Saturday, 2 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who 2018: Landscape (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide)
BBC Studios are offering a seven week training & development opportunity working on Doctor Who in Cardiff.

The offer is aimed at those aiming to work in Television drama, but who lack the knowledge to know how to achieve this.

Full details are available by contacting Hannah.Williams05@bbc.co.uk.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 6 June.
The BBC is also looking for an Assistant Producer, a Content Producer and a Senior Content Producer, to work on the digital output supporting Doctor Who.

Duties include designing and creating assets to support the Doctor Who franchise. The jobs are being offered as 3 month contracts. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 6 June.




Whotopia Issue 32Bookmark and Share

Friday, 25 May 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Whotopia Issue 32Issue 32 of the fan production Whotopia is now available from Jigsaw Publications

This issue looks at the world of Doctor Who in print
  • DOUGLAS ADAMS AND DOCTOR WHO
  • Adams’ stories come to life as novelisations, Jessica Chaleff shares her thoughts.
  • INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR NICK MELLISH
  • Bob Furnell speaks with Whotopia’s longest-running columnist, and his plans for the ‘Target Trawl’ book.
  • WHO YOU BUILD Dave Etches explores more full-scale Doctor Who model making
  • COLUMN: MASTER WHO PART 5: PRINTS OF DARKNESS
  • Dan Tessier explores the Master as depicted in print.
  • REVIEW: THE DOCTOR FALLS
  • Jon Arnold reviews the Series Ten finale.
  • REVIEW x 2: TWICE UPON A TIME
  • Matthew Kresal and James P Quick take turns to steer us through Peter Capaldi’s festive farewell.
  • COLUMN: WHOLIFE: COOKING IN THE TARDIS
  • Grant Bull raises a glass to one of the more unusul Doctor Who books.s
  • REVIEWED: TWELFTH DOCTOR NOVELS
  • Dan Tessier tests the waters with three new Twelfth Doctor adventures.
  • REVIEW: THIS TOWN WILL NEVER LET GO
  • Matthew Kresal gives us the lowdown on Lawrence Miles’ Faction Paradox novel.
  • INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ROBERT MAMMONE
  • Bob Furnell sits done with writer, editor and all-round creative engine Rob Mammone to discover the secrets of writing.
  • REVIEW: SCRIPT DOCTOR
  • Jez Strickley takes a second look at the Sylvester McCoy era through the eyes of its script editor, Andrew Cartmel.
  • TARGET NOVELIZATIONS AND ME
  • Jessica Chaleff ponders the world of collecting Doctor Who books.
  • COLUMN: THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: ISH
  • Andrew Screen reviews the Sixth Doctor story Ish.’
  • MEMORIES OF AMNESIA: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES
  • A reflection on the Eighth Doctor book range by Dan Tessier.
  • INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RICK CROSS
  • How does a writer get plugged into the professional circuit? Whotopia regular Matthew Kresal speaks to Candy Jar Books author Rick Cross.
  • LOOKING AT COVERS
  • Hamish Crawford takes a tour of the series’ bookcover artworks.
  • COLUMN: THE BLACK ARCHIVES INVESTIGATED
  • Andrew Screen continues his look at the Black Archives collection.
  • REVIEW: CLASS NOVELS
  • Nick Mellish critically examines the latest run of series-extending novels, this time derived from the Doctor Who spin-off Class.
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE'S EGG: PETER HAINING
  • Richard Michaels shines a glowing light of approval on one of the series’s most prolific historians.
  • BOOKMARKS IN TIME
  • Two nostalgic book slices by David P. May.
  • RETROPLAY: THE GUNFIGHTERS
  • A recently uncovered review of The Gunfighters (1966) written by the late Gary Phillips.
Issue 32 is available to download for free in PDF format from the Whotopia site and/or to purchase in print via this link.




Original Unearthly Child Script Up for Auction: UpdateBookmark and Share

Friday, 4 May 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
An Unearthly Child - ScriptWilliam Hartnell's annotated copy of the script of the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, was sold yesterday for £6,200.

The script was an item in the Aston's Auctioneers and Valuers Film & Music Memorabilia & Comics Auction.

Including fees, the grand total for owning this unique item of Doctor Who history came to to £7,500.





Doctor Who - In the StudioBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who - In the Studio - Cover (Credit: Panini) The new Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition, on sale now, tells the story of the series’ sometimes difficult evolution from relatively primitive beginnings to the cutting edge of modern television production.

In the Studio is packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the ultimate guide to the studio recording and filming of Doctor Who.

In 1963 Sydney Newman and Donald Wilson devised an ambitious concept that would stretch the BBC’s technical resources to the limit. In its earliest days Doctor Who was jeopardised by a fierce dispute over facilities. The programme survived, but never stopped demanding the very best from its studios and dedicated crews.

Highlights include:
  • Sections on all of Doctor Who’s major studios: Lime Grove, Ealing, Riverside, Television Centre, Unit Q2, Upper Boat and Roath Lock
  • How the original TARDIS control room was recreated for Twice Upon a Time
  • A tribute to senior camera supervisor Alec Wheal
  • Exclusive interviews with second-unit director James DeHaviland and vintage camera expert Dicky Howett
  • A guide to Doctor Who’s rehearsal rooms
  • The story behind the black-and-white remake of 2006 episode Tooth and Claw
  • Rare images from the Visual Effects Department’s model stages
Editor Marcus Hearn says:
This DWM Special Edition tells the entire studio history of Doctor Who, from Lime Grove in 1963 through to Roath Lock in 2018. Andrew Pixley’s detailed research is the backbone of this issue, but there are fantastic articles and interviews by lots of other writers too, along with contributions from former producer Philip Hinchcliffe and showrunner Chris Chibnall. Longtime DWM collaborator Derek Handley helped to source some incredible images, while Peri Godbold and Mike Jones designed it all beautifully. Hopefully we’ve been able to contribute something really meaningful to our understanding of how Doctor Who is made.
Doctor Who: In the Studio is on sale now price £5.99.
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Original Unearthly Child Script Up for AuctionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - Reported by Marcus
An Unearthly Child - ScriptThe script for the very first episode of Doctor Who, as used by the first Doctor himself, William Hartnell, is being auctioned next month.

The script for An Unearthly Child is 43 pages long and contains blue pencil annotations made by William Hartnell as he was developing the character of The Doctor.

It was discovered by the vendor's grandfather whilst refurbishing the home lived in by Hartnell, and his wife Heather, during the time he was working on the series. The script featured in an episode of the Antiques Roadshow shown last Christmas.

The script is being sold by Aston's Auctioneers and Valuers at their Film & Music Memorabilia & Comics Auction on Thursday 3rd May. It is expected to raise between £5,000 and £7,000.




Doctor Who Audio Recordings ArchivedBookmark and Share

Friday, 9 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Mark Ayres and Graham Strong (Credit: Stephen Cranford)Graham Strong, the man responsible for the survival of many high-quality audio recordings, from missing Doctor Who episodes, has donated his collection to Mark Ayres of the Doctor Who Restoration Team, in order to be properly archived.

Strong started recording the audio from the series when he was just 14, using a domestic reel to reel, quarter-inch, tape recorder, the only way of preserving audio recordings at the time. The first recordings were made via a basic crystal microphone, hanging over the television speaker with a plant pot placed on the top of the T.V. to keep the microphone in place.

Following The Daleks' Master Plan, episode 7, Strong, a keen electronics student, managed to wire the audio input into the Tape recorder, directly to the audio output of the Television set. A highly dangerous procedure that breaks every rule of electrical safety but one that resulted in recordings that were crystal clear.

In fact, the surviving recordings are so clear that they often exceed the quality available on the surviving film prints of the episodes, and as a result, a number of DVD's of early episodes contain audio taken from Strong's recordings rather than the film print.

Strong was one of a small number of early fans who recorded audio from the now missing stories. However, he is believed to be the only one to record directly from the Television, resulting in the superior quality of his recordings.

Doctor Who Recordings (Credit: Stephen Cranford)Doctor Who Recordings (Credit: Stephen Cranford)Doctor Who Recordings (Credit: Stephen Cranford)Doctor Who Recordings (Credit: Stephen Cranford)
With Thanks to Stephen Cranford




#Who Against GunsBookmark and Share

Friday, 2 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Who Against GunsA group of Doctor Who fans have got together to raise money for organizations committed to ending gun violence, using the hashtag #WhoAgainstGuns

The campaign follows the murder of 17 high school students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. the latest in a number of mass shooting incidents in the United States.

To raise money representatives of over 40 Doctor Who podcasters, writers and fans will be taking part in a special podcast commentary of the 1969 Patrick Troughton story The War Games.

Supporters of the project, which has already raised neary $4,000, include writers Paul Cornell (Human Nature, Father’s Day), Jamie Mathieson (Oxygen, Flatline) Andrew Smith (Full Circle) and Peter Harness (The Zygon Invasion, Kill The Moon). They will be joining comic artists Rachael Stott (Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor) and Simon Fraser (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor) along with representatives of the popular Doctor Who podcasts Radio Free Skaro, Verity!, Reality Bomb, Coal Hill AV Club, Mutter’s Spiral, Gallifrey Public Radio, TARBIS, Web of Queer, Who and Company, bloggers and fans.

Former showrunner Steven Moffat has also offered his support, and will record an additional commentary if the amount raised exceeds $7,000 by 12th March.

The podcast will be released to listeners who provide a donation of at least $10 to an organization committed to ending gun violence.

Recomended organisations include Once you’ve made your donation, send a copy of your receipt to gallifreystands@realitybombpodcast.com and you’ll get information on how to download your special commentary podcast later in March.




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.




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




New Filmic Look for Series ElevenBookmark and Share

Friday, 1 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Steve Schofield)
Broadcast Magazine reports that the upcoming series of Doctor Who is being shot with different cameras to give the series a new filmic look.

Tha magazine reports that the production house Films at 59 has supplied BBC Studios in Cardiff with Cooke anamorphic Prime lenses and Angenieux Optimo anamorphic zooms that will be used with Arri Alexa XT and Alex Mini cameras. The intention is to bring an increased cinematic look to the show which went into production at the end of October.

Films at 59 hire client manager Dave Wride told Broadcast
The BBC have made a monumental leap here to enhance the look of Doctor Who and I’m sure the fans will not be disappointed with the distinctly cinematic results that this lens and camera combo will afford them.
The lens change is one of a number of changes being made by the new production team led by Executive Producers Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens, in what is expected to be a major reboot for the series. Earlier this month The Mirror reported that Composer Murray Gold is also to leave after this year's Christmas Special, but this has not been confirmed by the BBC.

One person definitly departing is Edward Russell, who has been Brand Manager on Doctor Who since it returned in 2005. Russell announced his departure on twitter
I’ve been planning my departure since the summer & agreed to stay on to see out Peter Capaldi’s era. I’ll be here until the end of the year. The role ends with my departure but I’m sure the work will continue. What an amazing 12 years!
The last episode produced by the incumbent Production team is this year Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time which will see Peter Capaldi regenerate into thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker.




First Director for Series 11Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 October 2017 - Reported by Marcus

Jamie Childs is the first Director confirmed to be working on Series 11 of Doctor Who.

Childs was responsible for directing the 13th Doctor reveal, which introduced Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.

The news was released on the webside of Jamie Childs' agent, Independent Talent, which confirms the director will be working on the first production block of the next series. It has not yet been confired which episodes will be shot during this production block.

Childs won aclaim for his work shooting comercials wining a number of awards, including a Promax for his piece for Tuborg Brewery.

He has recently directed two episodes of Vera, the HTV crime drama series based on novels of by crime writer Ann Cleeves, and two episodes of Stan Lee's Lucky Man for Sky 1. He worked as Second Unit Director for Series 1 of Poldark

Pre-production work on series 11 began last week for transmission in Autumn 2018.




The Doctor Who ProjectBookmark and Share

Thursday, 5 October 2017 - Reported by Marcus

The latest season of adventures from the long-running fan-written fiction series, The Doctor Who Project (TDWP), is currently in production.

The unofficial series features the Tenth Doctor and companion Hannah Redfoot as they travel through all of time and space in seven new adventures.

Season 41 begins with The Throne of Peladon by James P. Quick, the first part of a two-part adventure which sees the Doctor and Hannah return to Peladon in the year 4,100, where political machinations could once again rip the planet apart. Then, they encounter a boy soprano with a voice of gold who never grows old, land on a planet where the ghost of the Great One returns, confront an alien scientist bent on changing time, and the Doctor falls ill to a mysterious disease.

Writers for the rest of the season include Hamish Crawford, Ian Manning, J.E. Remy, Matthew James (Ghost Ship, The Snow Maiden), Richard Hoover (Where There’s Thunder), and Nick Krohn. Season 41 continues with The Secret of Peladon (Sep 30), Palimpsest (Oct 7), Web of Insanity (Oct 14), Dolce Music Della Morte (Oct 21), Rights and Responsibilities (Oct 28) and Moondust (Nov 4).

Stories are available free to readers in PDF format.

For more information visit The Doctor Who Project website.




The Doctor's Affect and The Doctor's Effects now available for online purchaseBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 September 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor's Effect (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)The Doctor's Effects (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)
Two unofficial books about the visual effects work of twentieth century Doctor Who, previously only available to a mainly UK fanbase and via various offline avenues, have now been made available to purchase worldwide online.

The books were written by Steve Cambden, who worked on the show as one of K9's operators. The first, The Doctor's Affect (1999), chronicles how he achieved his dream as a teenager to work on the series, with in-depth accounts of the recording of Destiny of the Daleks, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada, Meglos, Full Circle and State of Decay, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and a comprehensive account of K9’s creation.

The second, The Doctor’s Effects, features interviews with many of the visual effects and design legends who worked on Doctor Who throughout the 'classic era', covering over a hundred productions including stories such as The Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Sea Devils, Genesis of the Daleks, Terror of the Zygons, The Awakening and The Trial of a Timelord. The book includes many previously unseen photographs and includes interviews with Bernard Wilkie, Jack Kine, John Friedlander, Ian Scoones, Mat Irvine and Ray Cusick.


Behind te scenes on Destiny of the Daleks (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)The online initiative has been organised by Steve's long-term friend Simon Meade, of The Ark in Space Facebook group and Twitter feed:
Having been a friend of Steve’s for nearly 50 years, and gone through many of those wonderful 70’s Doctor Who fan moments with him, such as meeting actors and production crew, visiting the Longleat and Blackpool exhibitions, and attending the very first DWAS convention in 1977, I’m delighted to see that his two books can now be read by a worldwide audience!

On his Sevenzero.net website, Alex Storer has, for several years now, kindly been sharing information about Steve and his books, and over the coming weeks we’ll be updating the site with more information and readers comments.

Both books are informative and enjoyable reading for Doctor Who fans, especially if you adored the classic years, when so many talented and creative men and people, working with miniscule budgets and often ridiculous time constraints, made television magic that enthralled and captivated so many young hearts and minds.

Full details about the books - which will be personally signed - and how to purchase them can be found via the sevenzero.net website.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win the two books, signed by the author, simply answer the following question:
Name the visual effects assistant who introduced Steve to the world of Doctor Who production.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-effects@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Affirmative!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th October 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Details, images and competition with thanks to Simon Meade




Data Extract: the first 100 issuesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 August 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Data Extract: Issues 1 - 100 (Credit: The Doctor Who Club of Australia)The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) have announced the first 100 issues of the club fanzine, Data Extract, will be released as a collected volume:

In 1980 a publishing legend was born with the release of the first newsletter for the Doctor Who Club of Australia. Subsequently editor Dallas Jones named it Data Extract and under his stewardship the publication grew from a two page newsletter into a fully-fledged fanzine, with articles, interviews, art and more besides.

Now for the first time since their original releases, the first 100 issues of this Doctor Who fanzine have been reprinted and collected in one hardcover volume. Relive the heady days of the past from Tom Baker’s departure to the end of the classic era and into the Wilderness Years. It’s all here, presented exactly as it was.

This collection features interviews with Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Freeman and Jeremy Bentham. Experience Doctor Who history through the eyes of Australian fandom with the first 100 issues of Data Extract, Down Under’s premiere fanzine and the flagship publication of the DWCA.

The Doctor Who Fanzine Collection: Data Extract Issues 1 to 100 is available to purchase through Lulu.

(with thanks to Dallas Jones)