BFI: The First Doctor panelBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 January 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The British Film Institute have now made parts of the Q&A panel with guests at the screening of An Unearthly Child on 12th January available to watch via their YouTube channel.

The first, nine minute segment from before the story was shown features a chat with the story's vision mixer Clive Doig and special sounds creator Brian Hodgson, alongside writer/actor Mark Gatiss (writer of the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure in Space and Time). The second, fifteen minute segment features a cast and crew discussion after the showing, with Waris Hussein (director), William Russell (Ian), Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Jeremy Young (Kal), Donald Tosh (writer/script editor), and William Hartnell's granddaughter Jessica Carney.

The next (sold out!) event takes place on 9th February with the Second Doctor celebrated by a showing of The Tomb of the Cybermen (guests to be announced).

BBC AudioGo: Shadow of DeathBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 January 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC AudioGo have released details for next month's release in their 50th Anniversary special series Destiny of the Doctor. Shadow of Death is written by Simon Guerrier and set during the Second Doctor's era; it is performed by Frazer Hines (Second Doctor companion Jamie McCrimmon), with Evie Dawnay.

Destiny of the Doctor: Shadow of DeathDestiny of the Doctor: Shadow of Death
Written by Simon Guerrier
Starring Frazer Hines, with Evie Dawnay
Released 7th February 2013 (pre-order)

Following an emergency landing, the TARDIS arrives on a remote world orbiting a peculiar star – a pulsar which exerts an enormous gravitational force, strong enough to warp time.

On further exploration the Doctor and his friends, Jamie and Zoe, discover a human outpost on the planet’s surface, inhabited by scientists who are there to study an ancient city. The city is apparently abandoned, but the scientists are at a loss to explain what happened to its sophisticated alien architects. The Doctor discovers that something dark, silent and deadly is also present on the world – and it is slowly closing in on the human intruders...

New Series 7 Publicity Picture ReleasedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
A new publicity picture has been released following yesterday's announcement that Doctor Who will be returning on Saturday 30th March for the first episode of eight in the next part of Series 7.

The image, as seen below, shows Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman. Although newly released, it appears to hail from a photo shoot last March when Coleman was announced as the new companion.

Silva Screen 50th Anniversary releasesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 January 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Silva Screen: The Caves of AndrozaniSilva Screen have announced plans for several classic television soundtracks to be released on CD over the course of the 50th Anniversary year.

The anniversary range will kick off on 25th March 2013 with the release of the original television soundtrack for the 1984 Fifth/Sixth Doctor regeneration story The Caves of Androzani, as composed by Roger Limb with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Doctor Who Adventures 304Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures - out today - comes with free Silurian and Weeping Angel armies plus a board game on which to use them.

Also in issue 304 are:
  • A guide to the universe's scariest monster armies
  • Silurian jokes
  • More comic adventures for the Doctor and Decky Flamboon
  • Puzzles
  • Posters
As well as being available in print form, the publication can also be downloaded as an app for the iPhone and iPad from the App Stores in the UK and USA.

Silver Coins for the Golden AnniversaryBookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 January 2013 - Reported by Paul Scoones
A legal tender coin, and a series of collectible coins are due to be issued to mark the 50th Anniversary.

New Zealand Mint will launch a one-ounce silver .999 coin which features an engraved picture of the TARDIS and a 50th Anniversary logo. The coin comes packaged in a 3D model replica of the TARDIS, which opens with the TARDIS sound effect.

The coins themselves are legal tender for $2 in the South Pacific Island nation Niue.

Later in the year New Zealand Mint will also release collectible coins featuring all 11 Doctors. Further Doctor Who coin releases are also planned for 2014 and 2015.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with New Zealand Mint on this global deal. It is an historic year for the Doctor Who brand, and we are pleased to be able to bring this unique product to Doctor Who fans and coin collectors alike,”
- Rachael Hammond, BBC Worldwide’s Senior Licensing Executive, Consumer Products
 “I grew up watching Doctor Who as a child in New Zealand which, coincidentally, was the first country outside the UK to screen the show. It’s a great honour to now be asked to produce these coins to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Fans are going to really like what we’ve come up with.”
- Simon Harding, NZ Mint Chief Executive
The coins will officially launch at the World Money Fair in Berlin on 1 February and will be available from 1st May. They can be pre-ordered  at for NZD $155 each + shipping, or via selected international coin distributors.

The Ark In Space Special Edition DVDBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The cover and contents of the forthcoming two-disc special edition DVD release of The Ark In Space in the UK have been finalised.

All four episodes have been newly remastered, using advances in technology and technique, and are supported by an expanded collection of bonus features.

The Ark In Space - Special Edition
Release date: 25th February 2013 (Available for pre-order)

Starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, with Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith and Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan
Written by Robert Holmes
Directed by Rodney Bennett

Broadcast: 25th January - 15th February 1975

The TARDIS arrives on the apparently deserted and deactivated space station Nerva, otherwise known as the Ark, orbiting Earth in the far future. There, the Doctor, Sarah and Harry discover the last survivors of the human race held in suspended animation, Earth having been evacuated thousands of years earlier when solar flares threatened to destroy all life. However, the Ark's occupants face a new threat in the form of the Wirrn - an invading insect life form.

Special Features
  • Commentary: With actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen plus producer Philip Hinchcliffe
  • A New Frontier: Making The Ark In Space
  • TV movie version: The 70-minute repeat compilation of the story that was broadcast on 20th August 1975
  • Dr Forever! – Love And War: A new documentary examining the Virgin/BBC Books range of novels produced during the show's hiatus. Interviewees include Russell T Davies and Mark Gatiss
  • Scene Around Six: 1978 news footage of Tom Baker's public appearances in Northern Ireland
  • 8mm location footage: Amateur film shot during Tom Baker's first story
  • Interview: With designer Roger Murray-Leach
  • Alternative title sequence and model footage
  • Optional CGI effects
  • Original BBC trailer
  • 3D technical schematics
  • Photo gallery
  • TARDIS Cam
  • Coming Soon trailer
  • Production information subtitles
  • Radio Times listings, Doctor Who Technical Manual, plus Crosse & Blackwell and Nestlé promotional material (Adobe PDF format)
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

UPDATE: 11th FEBRUARY: The release date - originally set for 18th February - has been pushed back a week to 25th February.

Doctor Who returns 30th MarchBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have announced that the first of the eight episodes that comprise the second part of Series Seven will premiere on BBC One from Saturday 30th March - back in its 'traditional' Easter weekend slot! Though Doctor Who Magazine had already reported that the series would be on during April, this is the first time the BBC themselves have confirmed the date of a regular series of episodes so far ahead of its intended schedule - normally it is only announced a few weeks beforehand.

The time of broadcast has yet to be confirmed.

Both BBC America and SPACE (Canada) have confirmed that they, too, will launch the second part from the 30th March; no announcements have been made for the series to premiere in the other main countries as yet, though based on recent years they are likely to be close to transmission of the series in the United Kingdom.

Mind Of Evil Screening Date At BFI Is ChangedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BFI has changed the date of its celebratory screening of The Mind of Evil.

Originally scheduled for Saturday 2nd March at 2.30pm, it will now take place on Sunday 10th March at 2pm. The new date and time supersede the details given in the BFI brochure, which had gone to print by the time things had to be changed. It is unknown as yet why the date change had to be made. Tickets for the event have not gone on sale yet so will show the new date and time, as will the BFI's website.

The story, which has been newly colour-restored, will represent the Third Doctor's era as part of the organisation's Doctor Who At 50 season, and its big-screen showing at the BFI Southbank will be its public première in its colour-restored state ahead of being released on DVD.

Episode one of the six-part story has been "colourised", as the surviving print didn't have the necessary information to make colour recovery possible. However, episodes two to six have been fully colour restored. The screening will take place just weeks after the work has been completed by the Restoration Team.

To mark the programme's 50th anniversary this year, the BFI is showing a story per Doctor as well as digitally-restored prints of the two Dalek films starring Peter Cushing, with question-and-answer panels featuring special guests at each session. In November, it will première the docudrama, commissioned for BBC Two, about the show's genesis. Entitled An Adventure In Space And Time and written by Mark Gatiss, it starts filming at Wimbledon Studios next month.

The first two events at the BFI sold out before the first one had even taken place. The second - a screening of The Tomb of the Cybermen - will be held on Saturday 9th February. The guests for it are yet to be announced.

The titles of most of the remaining stories to be shown during the season are yet to be revealed, although the Eighth Doctor's will, of course, be Paul McGann's sole TV outing as the Doctor (so far).

BFI members receive priority booking as well as discounts on ticket prices plus exemption from booking fees. There is currently a special offer with annual membership at £30 (down from £40). The offer expires at the end of February - click here for more details.

The First Doctor on BBC AmericaBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - Reported by Marcus
BBC America is to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who by showing one story from each of the first eleven Doctors, as part of a strand titled Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited.

The channel will screen one story each month, starting with the 1964 story The Aztecs, starring the First Doctor, William Hartnell.

The story features the original TARDIS crew of the Doctor, his granddaughter Susan (played by Carole Ann Ford), and two of her teachers, Barbara Wright (played by Jacqueline Hill) and Ian Chesterton (played by William Russell).

The story sees the TARDIS land in 15th-century Mexico, where the crew get caught up in the local politics of blood sacrifice.

Originally shown over four weeks, the complete story will air on BBC America on Sunday, January 27 at 9pm ET.

The Dalek Invasion of Earth on UKTVBookmark and Share

Saturday, 19 January 2013 - Reported by Paul Scoones
UKTVUKTV continues its season of classic Doctor Who stories today (20 January) with the broadcast of The Dalek Invasion of Earth at 3:30pm (Australia) and 3:15pm (New Zealand). The six-part adventure is the third of four stories to be screened as part of the channel's celebration of the First Doctor this month.

It follows earlier screenings of An Unearthly Child and The Aztecs and continues with The War Machines next week, on 27 January (AU:4:30pm, NZ:4:15pm).

For New Zealand this is the fourth screening of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and the second time that it has been broadcast to mark a milestone anniversary. It was first broadcast in November 1988 as part of the Doctor Who 'Silver Jubilee' celebration. New Zealand viewers missed out on seeing the story in the 1960s as it was judged by the NZBC censor to be unsuitable for children. It did however screen on Australian television in 1965-66.

UKTV is showing stories every Sunday throughout the year in the lead-up to Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary in November, focusing on a Doctor a month. February is dedicated to the Second Doctor, featuring The Tomb of the Cybermen (3rd), The Dominators (10th), The Mind Robber (17th), and The Seeds of Death (24th).

All up-and-coming broadcasts from both 20th and 21st Century series of Doctor Who can be found via UKTV's Doctor Who sections for Australia and New Zealand.

An Adventure in Space and Time: producer revealedBookmark and Share

Saturday, 19 January 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Matt Strevens, producer for An Adventure in Space and Time. Photo: Misfits behind-the-scenesThe producer for Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary celebratory drama An Adventure in Space and Time has been revealed to be Matt Strevens. Initially a script editor for EastEnders and The Bill, he then became producer for the latter show until 2009, before turning his hand to the shows Raw, Skins and most recently producer of the science fiction comedy drama Misfits.

Speaking on Twitter, he also confirmed that the production, written by Mark Gatiss and based at the Wimbledon Studios in London, is expected to commence from the beginning of February.

Big Finish: top titles of 2012 (50% sale)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 19 January 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Big Finish have revealed the top ten titles in their listener poll for 2012:

1. Love and War
2. Gods and Monsters
3. The Curse of Davros
4. The Emerald Tiger
5. Protect and Survive
5= Destination Nerva
7. Voyage to Venus
8.  The First Sontarans
8=  The Wrath of the Iceni
10. The Butcher of Brisbane

As part of a celebration of the list, Big Finish are also offering five of the top titles at 50% off this weekend. Stories on offer are Love and War, Gods and Monsters, The Last Post (Companion Chronicles), Destination Nerva (Fourth Doctor Adventures), and The First Sontarans.

Doctor Who Adventures 303Bookmark and Share

Friday, 18 January 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The latest edition of Doctor Who Adventures is out now:
Doctor Who Adventures #303Don't miss this week's issue of Doctor Who Adventures – we've got some top information on the TARDIS as we take an EXCLUSIVE look at its new-look control console! We love the new-look TARDIS, but we want to hear what you think of it. Email us and give us your thoughts!

Also this issue:
  • Monster TV: We reveal the best Monster Television shows. Do you know what your fave aliens love to watch on the box?
  • Dr. Simeon Facts! Get the data on this bad doctor! We've got the lowdown on this cold-hearted villain and his cruel plans!
  • Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman interview
  • How a Silurian is made
  • Mystery Gift! This week's issue comes with a mystery gift. Everybody loves a surprise. Well, not Sontarans, but nearly everyone else!
As always, the issue is also packed with mega posters, loads of beastly brainteasers, top alien info and even more comic adventures!