Big Finish: special offersBookmark and Share

Saturday, 16 June 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Big Finish continues its month of special offers this weekend with a celebration of the popular duo Jago and Litefoot; both their first audio appearance in The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers and the first complete series of adventures are available at a reduced price between now and 8:00am 18th June.

This is followed by a celebration of The Celestial Toymaker, with the character featuring in The Lost Stories: The Nightmare Fair, The Magic Mousetrap, and The Companion Chronicles: Solitaire; the three stories are available to purchase separately or in a special bundle deal between 6:00pm 17th June and 8:00am 20th June.

Sara Kingdom (as played by Jean Marsh) is the focus of the next offer, with Home Truths, The Drowned World and The Guardian of the Solar System available on offer between 6:00pm 19th June and 8:00am 22nd June.

Finally, Doctor Who: Short Trips volumes one, two, three and four will be on special offer between 6:00pm 25th June and 8:00am 28th June. The series features tales read by William Russell, David Troughton, Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred and India Fisher.


Note: All times are cited in BST





DVD UpdateBookmark and Share

Friday, 15 June 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster

Planet of Giants:

The British Board of Film Classification has passed the special features for the forthcoming DVD release of the final complete William Hartnell story to be released, Planet of Giants:

00:28:01:16 DOCTOR WHO - CRISIS
00:24:31:18 DOCTOR WHO - THE URGE TO LIVE
00:08:27:11 REDISCOVERING THE URGE TO LIVE
00:15:17:10 SUDDENLY SUSAN
00:13:58:23 THE LAMBERT TAPES - THE DOCTOR
00:03:20:22 PLANET OF GIANTS - PHOTO GALLERY

As previously reported, the release will feature a recreation of the original four-part story based on the original scripts and featuring newly recorded dialogue and animation. The commentary by Clive Doig, Brian Hodgson, Sonia Markham and David Tilley was also passed on 6th June.

A clean version of the cover art by Lee Binding for the DVD has been published via the Tea-Lady Design Facebook page.

Future Release Updates:

Lee Binding has reported that an announcement about The Ambassadors Of Death will be made in the next week or so. The graphic designer recently completed the DVD cover, saying: "Ambassadors sleeve submitted to @classicdw. No Liz Shaw on the front, sadly. No decent pics. Rest: kinda classy, which is nice. « I'm sure the usual #doctorwho ming-mongs will complain anyway. 'It's not GREEN. Ambassadors is a GREEN story!' *rolls eyes* «" Meanwhile, an image of the colourisation process for the story undertaken by Richard Russell was shared on Twitter by Stuart Humphryes (aka @Babelcolour), who himself is working on episode one of The Mind of Evil.

Brian Hodgson recently mentioned that he had recorded a commentary for the incomplete Patrick Troughton adventure The Moonbase. It is currently unknown if this is for a Revisitations makeover of the 2004 Lost In Time collection of existing, isolated episodes, or if it will form part of a special release of the story with an animated reconstruction of the missing episodes one and three. The Special Sound Designer also mentioned a commentary for Fury From The Deep, though this seems more likely to be for The Underwater Menace, of which episode two was recovered last year - again, the context of such a release is currently unknown.

Behind The Scenes:

Producer Chris Chapman tantalised the Twitter community this week with updates on extras being made for the series: "Heading back to London after a day of exciting Doctor Who stuff - storyboard complete! « About to start the edit proper on Secret Project 5 (our 31st Who doco) - this one's a bit mad, a bit Louis Theroux and a bit golf-y.. « SP5 is presented by Toby Hadoke and is intended for the same DVD release as SP6 (which hits the edit next week)! «"

Finally, a small event in the history of the range was marked on 29th May, reported by the BBC's Classic Series Twitter feed: "Many thanks to Ed Stradling for all his hard work, as he delivers his final documentary. Hope to persuade him back for the odd special!"




Moths Sequel To Take To The StageBookmark and Share

Friday, 15 June 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
HadokesonicActor, writer, and comedian Toby Hadoke has penned a sequel to his acclaimed show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf.

My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver is to tour on preview before being taken to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Teasing the new show, Hadoke, who also acts as a moderator on classic Doctor Who DVD releases and is a contributor to the Doctor Who Magazine column A Battle of Wits, said: "It mentions Vernon Dobtcheff, Meglos, genocide, and Fear Her - and it is nice about two of them."
Inspired by an obsession with Doctor Who and picking up where Moths Stole My Doctor Who Scarf left off, Chortle Award nominee Toby Hadoke's highly anticipated second show is compelling, incisive, and universal in appeal. Join him as he takes you on a heart-warming journey that begins with losing a partner, ends with gaining a stepson, and pays homage to the restorative powers of the Time Lord in between. Intimate knowledge of the TARDIS is not required to enjoy this bitter-sweet comedy of parenting through sci-fi evangelism.
Directed by Mark Attwood, it will be previewing as follows:
  • Sunday 1st July: The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells (NB: Free entry to ticket-holders of Friday 29th June performance of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf)
  • Friday 20th July: Bedford Fringe, The Howard Room, Bedford Corn Exchange
  • (to be confirmed) Sunday 22nd July: New Diorama Theatre, Triton Street, Regent's Place, London
  • (to be confirmed) Monday 23rd July: XS Malarkey, Fallowfield, Manchester
The 60-minute production will then transfer to the Edinburgh Fringe, where Hadoke will be performing it at The Gilded Balloon Teviot every afternoon from Wednesday 1st August to Sunday 26th August, except for Wednesday 15th.




Doctor Who Adventures 273Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 14 June 2012 - Reported by Harry Ward
This week's Doctor Who Adventures comes with a free Secret Message Kit where you'll be able to write your own invisible notes.

Also in this issue:
  • Sontaran story! – Prepare to Sontar-ha ha ha as we embark on the hilarious history of the spud-headed clone horrors in issue 273!
  • Deadly Davros quiz! – How well do you know Davros? Give our MEGA quiz a go and see if you're as sharp as one of his horrible pointy claw fingers!
  • Doctor, Doctor – The Doctor answers your bonkers questions with even more bonkers replies
  • Martha Jones – Top companion information on the brainy and brilliant companion
  • TARDIS Fast Facts!
Plus the usual comic strip adventures, exclusive posters and puzzles.

Issue 273 of Doctor Who Adventures is out in the UK now.




Cardiff Doctor Who Experience Tickets Go On SaleBookmark and Share

Thursday, 14 June 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
DWETickets for the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay went on sale today.

The attraction, which had been in London for a year, closing in February, opens in Cardiff on Friday 20th July, where it will be based for at least five years.

Philip Murphy
, the managing director of BBC Worldwide Live Events, said:
The Doctor Who Experience is a celebration of the iconic BBC series and moving to our new home at Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay, just minutes from where the BBC Wales television series is made, is incredibly exciting. Visitors to the Experience in Cardiff will be able to fully immerse themselves in the world of Doctor Who.
The BBC describes the Experience as the first interactive Doctor Who exhibition, which invites visitors to star in their very own adventure. Arriving at the venue they step through a crack in time to become the Doctor's companion, taking on the challenge of reuniting the Doctor with the TARDIS while fending off threats from some of his most fearsome foes - entering a Dalek spaceship and finding a way through a maze of Weeping Angels.

Featuring a replica of the Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS, which visitors get to fly themselves, the interactive walk-through section culminates in a 3D finale that sets the scene for the exhibition, which boasts the world's most extensive collection of original Doctor Who costumes and artefacts stretching back almost 50 years to the first series.

The content of the exhibition will be updated constantly with new items from the TV series to ensure that it is ever-changing, offering fans the chance to get up close to the sets, costumes, and props that feature in the show. New items to be shown to the public for the first time in Cardiff will include the Doctor's cradle seen in A Good Man Goes to War, the Silence spaceship, and the Doctor's sonic cane from Let's Kill Hitler, with many more items being kept under wraps until the doors open next month.

As well as the relaunched website, the Experience can also be followed on Twitter.




Bert And DickieBookmark and Share

Thursday, 14 June 2012 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released two clips featuring Matt Smith talking about his role in the new BBC One drama Bert and Dickie.

Smith plays Bertram Bushnell in the drama about two rowers who were thrown together just five weeks before the final of the 1948 Olympics, the last games to be held in London. Their personal battle reflects a much greater struggle as London prepares to host the post war Games in a London that is half-destroyed.

The UK transmission date has not been confirmed, but the drama is expected to be shown shortly before the start of the 2012 games towards the end of July. BBC America has confirmed it will show the drama on Wednesday 25 July at 8/7C







K9 - series updateBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
K9 series producer Paul Tams has kindly provided us with an update on how things are progressing with the second series:

Bob (Baker) and I are presently working on the updates for series two and are also entering a new production partnership. Bob will be penning more of the series and plans are for a further 26 episodes.

With the help of a fantastically talented CGi artist I have tweeked K9 for the second series, taking in much of the criticism and likes from the fans. We have already done some test footage of his upgrade. All I can say at present is that I never liked the big ears myself, that was a Disney thing!. We can't say too much at this stage but K9's future is looking very healthy.

We hope to make some further announcements regarding start of production etc later this year.

Meanwhile, the first series is to be broadcast from September on the Canadian channel BBC Kids, which will see the show running alongside The Sarah Jane Adventures! An announcement is also to be made soon about the show's premiere within the United States during the Autumn.

You can follow updates etc. about the series via the K9 Official website and through Facebook.
(with thanks to Paul Tams)




Latest BBC Publicity PhotoBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released the last in their series of three publicity photos of Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman:


The full-sized image is available to download as wallpaper from the BBC in both 4:3 and 16:9 formats.


The shots featured the pair on location at Margam Country Park at the end of May during the first block of filming with the new co-star. The episode itself will be broadcast in 2013.







Tennant in True LoveBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 - Reported by Marcus
David Tennant graces the cover of this week's Radio Times where he discusses his time at the helm of the TARDIS.
Doctor Who opened more doors than it closed. I was never bored, but I wanted to make sure I left before it became a job. I’m very glad it happened. Mercifully, I haven’t been typecast.
Tennant is featured in the magazine to promote the new drama, True Love which comes to BBC One next week.

The five part semi-improvised series is being shown over four days, beginning with the episode starring Tennant next Sunday at 10.25pm.

Written and directed by Bafta-winner Dominic Savage the drama comprises separate but overlapping love stories set in the same seaside town. David Tennant stars in the first as Nick, a happily married man whose wife and children mean the world to him, until the appearance of his first love from years before forces him to question everything he holds dear. "It wasn’t what I expected," says the 41-year-old actor. "We were given a storyline, but no dialogue, which I’ve never done before…"

Episode Three, shown on Tuesday, stars former companion Billie Piper as Holly, a schoolteacher forever destined to be the other woman, stuck in an affair with a married man.




James Corden wins Tony AwardBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 June 2012 - Reported by Marcus
James CordenJames Corden has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a leading role in a play, for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors.

The actor beat heavyweight actors, James Earl Jones, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Frank Langella and John Lithgow to take the top Broadway award for the role he originated at the National Theatre in London.

Cordon has appeared in two episodes of Doctor Who, playing Craig Owens in the 2010 story The Lodger; a role he repeated the following year in the sequel Closing Time.

Corden gave an emotional speech thanking his fiancée Julia and paying tribute to his fellow nominees.
To be on a list with you was enough and holding this, it honestly just reminds me that there is no such thing as best. I'm overwhelmed.

My girlfriend Julia gave birth to our son like, five days before we started rehearsals. She's my baby mama, and I can't wait to marry her. Seriously, I would not be holding this if it wasn't for her. I love her. Thank you very much.




New publicity photo for Matt and JennaBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 June 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released the second of their series of three publicity photos of Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman together on location, here at Margam Country Park where filming took place at the end of May.

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman at Margam Country Park. Photo: BBC
The full-sized image is available to download as wallpaper from the BBC in both 4:3 and 16:9 formats.


The next photo is due via the BBC's Doctor Who site on Wednesday.





Fan Round-UpBookmark and Share

Sunday, 10 June 2012 - Reported by Marcus

Inferno Fiction - Issue Eleven

The latest issue of Inferno Fiction is now available on the Inferno Fiction Website.
  • DUST by the bunny in the tardis
    While buried beneath the rubble and dust of a collapsed building, the Doctor meets bel-Keegan who yearns to escape her home world and visit the planet Earth. Is the Doctor the answer to her desires?
  • A NIGHT AT THE OPERA by Jonathan Whitelaw Having taken Ace to see the premier of Wagner's Ring Cycle, the Doctor finds himself reflecting on mankind's place in the fabric of the universe itself.
  • THE FOUNTAIN OF MATURITY by Shams Uddin
    The Doctor is intrigued to discover a future Earth colony, where the adults go to school and the youngest are the wisest. But why are Amy and Rory suddenly behaving like children?
  • SETTING STONES by Alasdair I. Shaw
    On the ancient world of Gallifrey one of it's sons has a decision to make before the sun set.
  • PRICELESS JUNK by Stellar Explorer
    Bessie breaks down while en route to aide the Brigadier and his men but a chance find in a junk shop sends the Doctor on a trip across the universe.
  • THE CULT OF VARTAX by Will Barber
    The Doctor's arrival aboard a prison ship reactivates The Cult of Vartax from their cryogenic sleep, the leader of which holds a deadly secret.

The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra

The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra are proud to present their fourth collaboration: "Dalek Suite".

The suite contains all of the main Dalek themes by Murray Gold from Series One to Five and is available on YouTube

The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra invites musical fans of Doctor Who to take part in an online collaborative celebration of Murray Gold's music. Participants submitted recordings for this work from February to May 2012. The final mix includes a total of 196 submissions from 174 individual participants, ranging in age from 10 to 60, and who are located in at least 20 different countries across the world.

Eleventh Hour

A new fanzine based on Matt Smith's first season is now available.

Eleventh Hour, published by Reverse the Polarity Productions, features interviews with Toby Haynes, Ian McNeice, Andrew Gunn, Phil Ford, Simon Fisher Becker, Oli Smith, Ray Holman, Tony Lee, Justin Richards, and Barnaby Edwards who all discuss their time on Series Five.

Whovians Matt Powell and Tom Shearsmith examine the series with reviews and tales from around the viewing of the show alongside readers opinions.

Plus a series of reviews and features and in depth profiles of the lead characters of the season. .

And Series Five cosplayers discuss their work in detail including comments from renowned 11th Doctor lookalike Matt Elliot and much more.

Order details can also be found on the website.

The Doctor Who Fan Group Map

A map of regional fan groups celebrating Doctor Who has been posted by Alan McWhan of Glasgow Who.




Fanz DiscountBookmark and Share

Sunday, 10 June 2012 - Reported by Marcus

The Fanz team are offering readers of Doctor Who News a 10% discount on their first Fanz release.

The geek based sitcom, with adult themes was released last month, and is the story of a Doctor Who, sci-fi fan group. Cool, progressive, sophisticated, calm and collected - these are just some of the things they wish they were.

To claim the discount visit the site at comedypunkz.bandcamp.com, and choose between a download or CD version. Simply enter the discount code on the checkout page gboffer01. This offer is available for one week, expiring on the 17th June.




Doctor Who at the BBC AppealBookmark and Share

Sunday, 10 June 2012 - Reported by Marcus
AudiogoAudioGO has launched their second ever Doctor Who at the BBC Appeal and are keen to hear from anyone who has off-air recordings of Doctor Who-related items from BBC Television and radio programmes, particularly those recorded in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. These could include interviews with the cast and crew of Doctor Who, features on the making of the series, discussions about Doctor Who, or even comedy sketches.

Any useable contributions will be gathered together in a new volume of Doctor Who at the BBC to be published as a CD or download in 2013. The original appeal in 2005 led to several rare finds, some of which appeared on Doctor Who at the BBC Volume 2.

Commissioning Editor Michael Stevens said,
It was amazing to discover the gems people sent us last time we ran this appeal. We’re hoping for an equally exciting response this time, as people may still have excerpts which are no longer in the BBC archive and haven't previously come to light.
If you have something which you think might be of interest, please drop an email to info@audiogo.co.uk, with the subject header 'Doctor Who at the BBC Appeal'. All you would have to do is send AudioGO either a copy or your original on loan.