Lethbridge-Stewart: The Fright Before ChristmasBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart: The Fright Before Christmas (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books has released a brand new Lethbridge-Stewart short story online for Christmas: The Fright Before Christmas (written by Tom Dexter with cover artwork by Shaun Russell, Adrian Salmon and Nathan Hudson) features alien spheres, Santa Claus and Buckingham Palace, and is available to download for free via their website here.

Hayley Cox, Senior Publishing Coordinator at Candy Jar Books, said:
Lethbridge-Stewart has had a great 2015. We were pleasantly surprised by all the positive feedback we received, and felt that we should give something back to the fans for the holidays. This story is just for them.

Various bundles are available for the book series, both for the four published this year and those due to be published in 2016 (kicking off with Moon Blink by Sadie Miller): see the Candy Jar website for full details.

Predict the Ratings for The Husbands of River SongBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
It's time for our traditional "Predict the Ratings" competition, and this year you will be in with a chance to win The Husbands of River Song on Blu-ray or DVD ... alongside the latest adventures of the twelfth Doctor when The Complete Ninth Series is released next year!

The aim is to guess the final consolidated viewing figure of The Husbands of River Song, as reported by BARB, to the nearest 10,000 viewers (i.e. two decimal places). This figure includes all those watching the episode within a week of broadcast via television, but does not include independent streaming devices.

Last year ratings on television were down across the board, with none of the Christmas Day shows managing to break the 10 million mark - Last Christmas ended up in sixth place with 8.28m viewers. In previous years, you can view the final ratings for The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, Voyage of the Damned, The Next Doctor, The End of Time part one, A Christmas Carol, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, The Snowmen and The Time of the Doctor via This Week in Doctor Who.

The show's best position occured in 2009 when The End Of Time (part one) arguably achieved the top spot with 12.05m viewers (11.57m on BBC One and 0.47m on BBC HD). However, it was the 2007 special, Voyage of the Damned that achieved the best rating in the decade of specials, reaching 13.31m viewers (but pipped at the post by Eastenders at 14.38m!).

To enter the competition, please send the following details to comp-ratings@doctorwhonews.net:

  • Your name and preferred email address
  • Your country of entry (full details will be requested only if you are the winner)
  • Your guess at the final rating to the nearest 10,000 (eg.9.99m)
  • Tie breaker: also send your guess as to what the final rating for the BBC3 repeat on Boxing Day might be - this figure will only be used in the event of a tie!

Terms and Conditions:
  • The competition closes at 08:30 GMT, 26th December 2015.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide.
  • BARB final figures are expected in early 2016; we will contact the winner once they have been published.
  • The winner will be able to confirm the region and format of the boxed set they'd like nearer release date.

Odds on Who

At the time of writing, the (average) betting odds for the main channels are as follows:

Time       BBC One                                Odds    ITV                                Odds 
3:00pm The Queen 34/1
3:10pm Brave 69/1 Cameraman to the Queen -
4:10pm Countrywise Winter Wonderland 100/1
4:35pm BBC News and Weather -
4:45pm Stick Man 100/1
5:00pm For The Love Of Dogs 130/1
5:15pm Doctor Who 28/1
6:00pm ITV Evening News -
6:15pm Strictly Come Dancing 9/1 You've Been Framed With Bells On 100/1
6:45pm Emmerdale 109/1
7:30pm Call The Midwife 14/1
7:45pm Coronation Street 77/2
8:45pm Eastenders 9/2 Downton Abbey 9/2
9:45pm Mrs Browns Boys 7/10
10:45pm Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show 62/1 Our Cilla 91/1

Having been in the top spot three years running, Mrs Brown's Boys remains the favourite for this year. Eastenders, which topped the charts in 2010 and 2011, and the final episode of Downton Abbey are currently joint second, followed by Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who.

Advent Calendar - Day Twenty ThreeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 - Reported by Willy Phantom

Christmas day on Skaro usually is a sad affair,
So Davros has decided to brighten up his chair.

Willy Phantom, 23rd December 2015

Advent Calendar - Day Twenty TwoBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 - Reported by Willy Phantom

Everybody's ears are stinging,
At the sound of Strax's singing.

Willy Phantom, 22nd December 2015

The Complete Ninth Series: Blu-ray/DVD details announcedBookmark and Share

Monday, 21 December 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide have released details for the forthcoming on The Complete Ninth Series, due out in the United Kingdom on Blu-ray/DVD from 7th March 2016 and in North America from 5th April 2016.

The Complete Ninth Series (DVD) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

The Complete Ninth Series (Blu-ray) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series
Released 7th March 2016 (UK), 5th April (USA/Canada)

Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman with guests including Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams. Now that the Doctor and Clara have established a dynamic as a partnership of equals, they’re relishing the fun and thrills that all of space and time has to offer. Tangling with ghosts, Vikings and the ultimate evil of the Daleks, they embark on their biggest adventures yet. Missy is back to plague the Doctor once more, the Zygons inspire fear as they shape-shift into human clones, and a new arrival moves in cosmic way.

The DVD and Blu-ray contains all twelve episodes from Peter Capaldi’s second series in the role, with guest star’s Maisie Williams and Rufus Hound as well as the brilliant Missy (played by Michelle Gomez). The Complete Boxset also contains the 2014 Christmas Special, Last Christmas and this year’s highly anticipated The Husbands of River Song and more than four hours’ worth of VAM, including:

DVD Commentaries:
  • Under the Lake and Before the Flood: actor Sophie Stone, writer Toby Whithouse, producer Derek Ritchie
  • The Woman Who Lived: actor Maisie Williams, producer Derek Ritchie
  • Sleep No More: actor Reece Shearsmith, writer Mark Gatiss
All The Doctor Who Extras from Series 9:
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Magician’s Apprentice & The Witch’s Familiar
    Peter Capaldi reveals all, and shows off his guitar riffs, as we get the inside story on this stunning two-parter. Featuring additional interviews with Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Under the Lake & Before the Flood
    Go backstage and meet some very ghastly monsters! Discover the secret of a special celebrity appearance as Paul Kaye welcomes us on location, and we reveal how to make a big splash on set. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, writer Toby Whithouse and production designer Michael Pickwoad.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Girl Who Died & The Woman Who Lived
    Maisie Williams talks about crossing fandoms, celebrates her birthday with an impromptu quiz, and generally everyone has a lot of fun, as Rufus Hound gives us a unique view of what it’s like to make Doctor Who. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi and Maisie Williams.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Zygon Invasion & The Zygon Inversion
    The Zygons are back! We discover how a Zygon keeps fit, and Ingrid Oliver tells of her delight at once more playing the Doctor’s biggest fan, Osgood! Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Ingrid Oliver.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Sleep No More
    Mark Gatiss reveals the story behind the horror, Reece Shearsmith reviews the importance of space glasses, and we look at the challenges of making this unique episode. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Face the Raven
    Joivan Wade (Rigsy) is shocked to be back, but he’s not the only character to return for this unforgettable adventure, as we discover the perils of thinking you are invincible. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Heaven Sent & Hell Bent
    Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay reveal the challenges of creating the puzzle-box that is Heaven Sent, we get wind-blown in Fuerteventura, and we witness the departure of a companion as we go on set for Jenna Coleman’s last day of filming. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat and Rachel Talalay.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Husbands of River Song
    Matt Lucas is our guide as we join River Song, the Doctor and a star-liner full of supervillains for this festive Christmas special. We get the heads-up on the Hydroflax from Greg Davies, reveal Alex Kingston’s favourite Sonic, and we find out what Peter Capaldi is getting for Christmas. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston, and Steven Moffat.
Doctor Who Documentaries:
  • Writing Who
    The definitive guide for a would-be Doctor Who scriptwriter. We follow Sarah Dollard on her intricate journey to create her episode, Trap Street. From the highs of pitching her original idea to Steven Moffat, to the challenges of writing her first draft – faced with a blank page and typing Int. TARDIS Day - to seeing her episode becoming reality.
  • Dalek Devotion
    Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat reveal the inspiration for the return of the Daleks to the incredible season opener of series 9, how their earliest memories have shaped their devotion to the ultimate killing machine, and the journey to the Dalek homeland of Skaro.
  • The Adventures of River Song
    Join Alex Kingston and Steven Moffat as we look forward to River’s return in The Husbands of River Song. Find out how River’s character came to be created, why Alex just had to play the role, what happened when the cast discovered who River really is. Narrated by Nina Toussaint-White.
  • Doctor Who: Sublime Online
    A video selection box of the funniest, most insightful and engaging online treats from behind the scenes of Series 9. With interviews and magical moments from Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat, and featuring a host of guest stars, including Maisie Williams, Michelle Gomez, Rufus Hound, Ingrid Oliver and Slipknot.
  • Clara’s Journey
    In 2012, Jenna Coleman joined Doctor Who and took her place in television history as the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald. Having become the longest serving companion since the revival of the show, Clara’s time on the TARDIS has now come to an end, so we can now look back at just what made the Impossible Girl, well, possible. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. Narrated by Colin McFarlane.
  • The Fan Show’s Finest
    Christel Dee gives a whistle-stop guide to Doctor Who: The Fan Show the online series that celebrates Doctor Who and the amazing creativity of the show's fans. We get a peek inside Steven Moffat’s writing lair, take a look into the Old Monster’s Retirement Home and step into the amazing world of Minecraft to find out how fans are celebrating their love for the show online. We even get face to face with the Doctor and Missy to ask them all the questions the fans want to know.
  • Other VAM includes the Series 9 US prequel - The Doctor’s Meditation, deleted Scenes, Series 8 recap and all Series 9 trailers and prologue, the 2015 San Diego Comic Con Panel and an interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman hosted by Wil Wheaton.

The Complete Series Nine will be available to pre-order from our Amazon Shops in the UK (Blu-ray/DVD), USA (Blu-ray/DVD) and Canada (Blu-ray/DVD), and can also be purchased from the BBC Shop and other retailers. (please note that at the time of writing only Amazon in the USA have the item up for pre-order, the others are expected to have it available shortly)

Titan Comics Announce Variant CoversBookmark and Share

Monday, 21 December 2015 - Reported by Dan Collins

Titan Comics have announced a series of variant covers for three of their ongoing Doctor Who comics. The variants are drawn by Japanese artist Question No. 6. She has previously worked on Doctor Who comics at a fan level, being involved with a webcomic adaptation of AM Audio Media’s award winning Doctor Who Dark Journey audio play.

The comics featuring Question no. 6’s art will be available early next year. The Tenth Doctor Adventures Year Two #2.6 and The Twelfth Doctor Adventures Year Two #2.2 will be available January 13th, 2016 with The Eleventh Doctor Adventures Year Two #2.6 hitting shelves on February 3rd, 2016.

Titan Comics: The Tenth Doctor #2.6 (Doctor No. 6 variant cover) (Credit: Titan/Doctor No. 6) Titan Comics: The Eleventh Doctor #2.6 (Doctor No. 6 variant cover) (Credit: Titan/Doctor No. 6) Titan Comics: The Twelfth Doctor #2.2 (Doctor No. 6 variant cover) (Credit: Titan/Doctor No. 6)

(with thanks to Droids Canada)

Advent Calendar - Day Twenty OneBookmark and Share

Monday, 21 December 2015 - Reported by Willy Phantom

Of all the shooting stars that you may see in the sky,
River Song is the one that's bound to catch your eye.

Willy Phantom, 21st December 2015

Advent Calendar - Day TwentyBookmark and Share

Sunday, 20 December 2015 - Reported by Willy Phantom

This Cyberman is not impressed with his Christmas present,
Perhaps a little upgrade will make it much more pleasant.

Willy Phantom, 20th December 2015

Legacy Christmas UpdateBookmark and Share

Sunday, 20 December 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Credit: Tiny Rebel PressTiny Rebel Press have revealed their upcoming plans for the online game, Doctor Who Legacy.

This week sees the addition of rewards for those who unlock the Fan Area in the game. The Fan Area is a special reward area that unlocks as soon as players make their first purchase of a Handful of Time Crystals.

The Fan Area will be the home to the Signature Series which launched yesterday. Each day players will unlock an exclusive version of an ally which includes the actor's real signature. This ally series will be ongoing, but begins this week with Saibra (Pippa Bennett-Warner), Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker), Jo Grant (Katy Manning), Van Gogh (Tony Curran), Ace (Sophie Aldred), and Rigsy (Joivan Wade).

Christmas Eve for the Fan Area will add the Twelfth Doctor's fan favorite velvet jacket to his ever-growing wardrobe.

Christmas weekend will see the launch a new level based on "The Husbands of River Song" for all players with the reward of a new ally. In January, players can expect a first ever "Director's Cut" edition of the same episode with costumes galore.

Doctor Who: Legacy continues to thrive and grow, 2 years post launch, recently earning "Top Developer" status for the team on Google Play and passing the 1 million install mark on Google Play as well.

Next year's plans include the dynamic "Event" which has been hinted at in media, as well as the next instalment of Bigger on the Inside, which is being co-penned with George Mann (author of Engines of War) and more tie-ins with Titan Comics.

Credit: Tiny Rebel PressCredit: Tiny Rebel PressCredit: Tiny Rebel PressCredit: Tiny Rebel Press

Advent Calendar - Day NinteenBookmark and Share

Saturday, 19 December 2015 - Reported by Willy Phantom

This Christmas tree has really given Amy Pond a scare,
Could that angel decoration really be watching her...?

Willy Phantom, 19th December 2015

Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2016Bookmark and Share

Friday, 18 December 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2016  (Credit: Panini ) The 100-page Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2016 has been released with all-new material, including exclusive interviews with stars Michelle Gomez (Missy), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), showrunner Steven Moffat, writers Mark Gatiss and Sarah Dollard, producer Derek Ritchie and directors Daniel O’Hara and Edward Bazalgette.

Elsewhere in the issue, Peter Capaldi shares his memories of the extraordinary photoshoot on Abbey Road, there is a look behind the scenes at November’s Doctor Who Festival and the magazine pays tribute to the Doctor Who luminaries who passed away in 2015.

Editor Marcus Hearn said
Peter Capaldi’s second series contains some of the greatest moments in the show’s history, but we’ve also explored many other corners of the Doctor Who universe. We’ve included as much as we can from a diverse year – everything from The Underwater Menace to Doctor Who: The Fan Show.
Doctor Who Magazine: The 2016 Yearbook is out on Thursday 17 December, priced £5.99 (UK) and $11.99 (US).

Advent Calendar - Day EighteenBookmark and Share

Friday, 18 December 2015 - Reported by Willy Phantom

The Doctor thinks bow ties are cool,
And wishes us a happy yule.

Willy Phantom, 18th December 2015

Advent Calendar - Day SeventeenBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 December 2015 - Reported by Willy Phantom

If you get hit by a snowball but nobody's in sight,
It may be the Silence trying to give you a festive fright.

Willy Phantom, 17th December 2015

New Comic - The Tenth Doctor - The Fountains of ForeverBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Wednesday sees the publication of The Tenth Doctor Vol. 3: The Fountains of Forever, written by Nick Abadzis with art from Elena Casagrande, Eleonora Carlini, Rachael Stott and Leonardo Romero.

Returning to New York from her travels with the Doctor, Gabby has never felt more alive. But for the Doctor, Gabby and Cindy, this is only the start of their greatest adventure yet, as a secret auction, a cult organization, an ancient artifact, an aging movie idol, a cosmic conspiracy and a cosmic threat from the heart of the universe collide in NYC to threaten all of reality!
THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan)THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan)THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan)THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan)THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan)