Producer's updateBookmark and Share

Thursday, 23 April 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have published a video from Doctor Who's producer Derek Ritchie providing a brief update on production of the series.





New series monster photoBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Chewing it over? Director Ed Bazalgette with friend (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)Hot on the heels of yesterday's teaser, the BBC have released a further photo featuring the newest monster to grace Doctor Who, seen alongside director Ed Bazalgette as filming for Block Three continues at Cosmeston Medieval Village over the next few weeks.

Details and photos of the production team's re-dressing of the village for the series can be found via Penarth News.





Player:Piano does Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 - Reported by Marcus
A piano version of the Doctor Who theme has been released by the Russian pianist Sonya Belousova.

The award winning performer, born in Saint- Petersburg, is well known for her performances in the Cosplay Piano Series, released on YouTube.

In the tribute to Doctor Who she appears from the TARDIS to perform in a series of costumes based on the twelve Doctors.

The new video is directed by long term fan Tom Grey, who told Mashable
We made the decision to use costuming elements from all 12 Doctors, It was certainly a challenge to put together feminized versions of every Doctor costume, but luckily there is a great cosplay community that has been incredibly supportive of us.
The duo will also release a darker I Am The Doctor theme cover this year.





Election NewsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who has become an issue in the British General Election with the Independent reporting that the leader of the UK Independence party is calling on the BBC to stop making popular entertainment programming.

Nigel Farage told a public meeting in Rochester that the BBC should be "cut back to the bone". He said the licence fee should be cut to a third of its current value and the Corporation should be "purely a public service broadcaster with an international reach". Examples of public service broadcasting include local news coverage, arts programmes and religious broadcasts, but does not include programmes such as Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear.

Meanwhile the Mirror, a Labour supporting paper, is reporting that Doctor Who is better under Labour governments. The paper reckons that episodes shown when the Conservatives are in power, score lower appreciation figures on IMDB than episodes shown when Labour are in charge.

The series was created in 1963 under a Conservative Government, and returned in 2005 under a Labour administration.




New Series 9 Publicity PhotoBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a new promotional image for Series Nine, featuring a monster from the third block, currently filming in South Wales:

BBC Publicity Image: Block Three Monster (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)
"What’s that in the shadows? New monster about to meet Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who Series 9"




Doctor Who Adventures 1Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Doctor Who Adventures 1 (Credit: Panini) Panini, the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine, who acquired the licence for Doctor Who Adventures magazine, will release their first issue this Thursday, 23rd April 2015.

"Doctor Who Adventures has changed its look and is now ageing up in profile to appeal to readers of all ages from 5 - 1005!"

Inside the new issue:
  • Empire’s Fall
    A 9 page strip story with art by Russ Leach, script by Jason Quinn and colours by Panini veteran John Burns.
  • UNIT Alien Archives
    Readers will be able to access UNIT’s top secret alien archives to find out all about the deadly Skovox Blitzer as seen in last season’s The Caretaker.
  • World Of Science
    Readers will then be able to join the Doctor as he experiments with science. After reading this issue, you need never fear a blackout again, especially if you happen to have a bag of fruit, some alligator clips and an LED light bulb in your pockets.
  • Strax’s Guide To The Galaxy
    Everyone’s favourite Sontaran will be showing you some of the best and worst places in the universe as he takes you to the moon, Mars, Alfa Metraxis and Sontar!
  • Twisted Conundrums
    While the Doctor and Clara are busy saving planet Earth, you can help them by completing a series of fiendish puzzles and activities.
  • The Paternoster Gang Investigates
    Then it’s off back to the 19th Century to join Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax as they investigate the singular case of the Blue Men of the Minch in this three-page story.

"With games, posters, puzzles and makes, Doctor Who Adventures will take you to incredible new worlds and introduce you to some of the most wonderful beings in the universe!"

Issue 1 comes with Free 3D glasses, notepad and stickers!
On sale 23rd April 2015, price £3.99




Tennant to host Shakespeare CelebrationBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - Reported by Marcus
David Tennant has been signed up to host a celebration of William Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.

The special event will broadcast live, on BBC Two next April, from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. It will feature a variety bill inspired by Shakespeare and performed by major international talent. It will celebrate Shakespeare's enduring influence on all the performing art forms from opera to jazz, from ballet to musicals.

Tennant joined the RSC in 1996 playing Touchstone in As You Like It. He went on to play the leading role in Romeo and Juliet, and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, for which he received a nomination in the 2000 Ian Charleson awards for Best Classical Actor under 30. He returned to the RSC to play Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost and a much acclaimed Hamlet in 2008. In Winter 2012 he played the title role in Richard II.

Tony Hall, Director-General BBC, said:
Our ambition is to get more people excited about Shakespeare than ever before – through drama, great performance, documentary; festivals and social media too. We’re partnering with talent right across the country and delighted to be working with the RSC. 2016 is going to be the biggest celebration of Shakespeare we’ve ever put on - for everyone.




Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid EarthBookmark and Share

Monday, 20 April 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have released the cover and details for their next book in the Lethbridge-Stewart saga:

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth
Written by David A McIntee
Released in June


Lethbridge-Stewart was supposed to be in the mountains of the east. Things didn't quite go according to plan.

On the eve of war, something appeared in the sky; a presence that blotted out the moon. Now it has returned, and no battle plan can survive first contact with this enemy.

Plagued by nightmares of being trapped in a past that never happened, Lethbridge-Stewart must unravel the mystery of a man ten years out of his time; a man who cannot possibly still exist.

Why do the ghosts of fallen soldiers still fight long-forgotten battles against living men? What is the secret of the rural English town of Deepdene? Lethbridge-Stewart has good reason to doubt his own sanity, but is he suffering illness or injury, or is something more sinister going on?

Author David A McIntee (who also wrote the Brigadier-centric BBC Book The Face Of The Enemy) said:
To be honest it (the series) is something I'm amazed hasn't been done before – it’s just such a natural and obvious thing. The form it's taking is also cool because it has the flexibility to move between styles and genres – thriller, SF, horror, etc – while maintaining a definite identity. As for the Brig himself, he's one of those characters where the casting was so perfect that it just made the character so memorable, and who (usually) feels so right.

Cover art is by Cosgrove Hall's background artist, Nathan Hudson, and the book also features an exclusive foreword written by Amanda Haisman, daughter of Lethbridge-Stewart creator Mervyn Haisman, in which she publically talks about her father and the legend he created for Doctor Who.

The book is available to pre-order from Candy Jar Books.



Coming up later in the year are Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen and Terrance Dicks, and Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters.

Frankham-Allen, who wrote the series opener The Forgotten Son, said:
There’s been such a warm reception to the first book I must thank everybody for all their kind words. My next book is a dream come true. It’s an idea I’ve had rattling around in my head since 1998, so it’s great privilege to be able to make it a reality, and even more so due to Terrance Dicks’ involvement with it.
Walters said:
After the Doctor himself the Brigadier is the best-loved character in Doctor Who. I met Nick Courtney a number of times and he really is a splendid fellow. He brought a real humanity and vulnerability to the role without compromising the essential toughness of the character. Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is the chap you'd want on your side in a fight – any fight – and it is a real privilege to be exploring what made him into the character we came to know and love.





Symphonic Spectacular Homage Album CoverBookmark and Share

Monday, 20 April 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is celebrating its first ever UK tour with a homage to the legendary Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

Symphonic Spectacular (Credit: BBC Worldwide)


In advance of the forthcoming Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular which visits six cities across the UK from May 23rd, artwork has been released today to capture the monsters and characters from Doctor Who, alongside the musicians taking part in the tour.

Paying homage to the classic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover designed by Sir Peter Blake for The Beatles in 1967, the design features a range of characters, past and present, including the Fifth Doctor Peter Davison who will be presenting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour.

The line-up also features a range of fan favourites including the current and last three incarnations of the Doctor - Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston - as well as their respective companions. Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular’s take on the iconic album cover also features a range of monsters from the show including the Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon and Dream Crabs.

Murray Gold, who scored the Doctor Who music since 2005 also features on the image, along with conductor Ben Foster, Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and a number of the members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC National Chorus of Wales taking part in the tour.

The tour visits London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and finishes in Glasgow. Tickets are on sale online


1. Foretold 2. Martin Bowen 3. Dalek 4. Delphox 5. Ros Butler 6. Margot Leadbeater 7. Katie Littlemore 8. Amy 9. Nicholas White 10. Whisperman 11. Kerry Gordon-Smith 12. Dalek 13. Cybermen 14. Paul Mann 15. Carolyn Hewitt 16. Dalek 17. Judoon 18. Donna 19. Sarah Chapman 20. Sontaran Strax 21. Jaroslaw Augustyniak 22. Teller Guard 23. Martha 24. Cyberman 25. Clara 26. Silurians 27. Rose Tyler 28. Arthur 29. Robot Knight 30. Katherine Miller 31. Vigil 32. Ood 33. David Cowley 34. Danny 35. Cyberman 36. Teller 37. Teller Guard 38. Lucas Suarez 39. Andy McGlasson 40. Rob Plane 41. Ian King 42. Adam Goldsmith 43. Dan Todden 44. Eva Stewart 45. Silence 46. Missy 47. Silurians 48. Silurians 49. Christopher Eccleston 50. David Tennant 51. Matt Smith 52. Peter Capaldi 53. Elin Manahan Thomas 54. Peter Davison 55. Ben-Foster 56. Murray Gold 57. Tom Rees-Roberts 58. Chris Stock 59. Dalek 60. Dalek 61. Sontaran 62. River Song 63. Mr Sin 64. Dream Crab 65. Weeping Angel 66. Auton Doll 67. Peg Doll 68. Dream Crab




Eccleston talks WhoBookmark and Share

Saturday, 18 April 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Christopher Eccleston has been talking about his time on Doctor Who in a rare interview on BBC Radio 4.

Eccleston was appearing on the Saturday evening discussion programme Loose Ends, primarily to promote his role in Safe House, a four-part drama on ITV from 20 April.

Eccleston was interviewed by Emma Freud in a wide ranging talk about his career. When asked about Doctor Who, he told Freud how he had put himself forward for the role.
I approached Russell T Davies and said I know you are going to do this and I think you should think about me.... I wanted to do something for children, I wanted to learn a lighter way of being.
Freud asked him if he felt he had succeeded.
I think I over pitched the comedy. If I had my time again I would do the comedy very differently. But I think, where I possibly succeeded was in the tortured stuff.
So why did he leave?
What's interesting in this country is that wherever a story like this emerges they concentrate on the negative. I dont think it's important why I left, I think it's important that I did it in the first place.
Freud pushed the point saying it was a big shock to fans when he left, and he had been so successful in the role he could still be playing it now.
Well I'm still there in spirit....... Myself and three individuals at the very top of the pyramid clashed, so off I went. But they are are not here to say their side of it, so I'm not going to go into details.
The full programme can be heard worldwide on the BBC iPlayer for the next four weeks.




Big Finish - The First Doctor Companion Chronicles Box SetBookmark and Share

Saturday, 18 April 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Credit: Big FinishBig Finish has revealed the story details and writers for June's Doctor Who - The First Doctor Companion Chronicles Box Set...

The set stars original series companions Carole Ann Ford, Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves, performing stories set within and beyond the adventures of the First Doctor (as portrayed by William Hartnell).

The Sleeping Blood by Martin DayWhen the Doctor falls ill, Susan is forced to leave the safety of the TARDIS behind. Exploring a disused research centre in search of medical supplies, she becomes embroiled in the deadly plans of a terrorist holding an entire world to ransom – and the soldier sent to stop him.

The Unwinding World by Ian PotterOffice life is tough, the commute is a grind, nothing works quite as well as you'd like. Vicki seems to remember things being better once, before the little flat. It’s time she put some excitement back in her life. It’s just a shame the Doctor can’t help.

The Founding Fathers by Simon GuerrierThe TARDIS lands in Leicester Square in the summer of 1762. When the Doctor, Steven and Vicki find themselves locked out of the TARDIS, only one man can possibly help them. But the American, Benjamin Franklin, has problems of his own...

The Locked Room by Simon GuerrierSteven Taylor left the Doctor and the TARDIS to become king of an alien world. But it's now many years since he gave up the throne and went to live in a cell in the mountains, out of sight of his people. He's not escaping his past – quite the opposite, in fact. As his granddaughter, Sida, is about to discover...
Doctor Who - The First Doctor Companion Chronicles Box Set is released in June on CD and Download, and until July 1st is at a pre-order price of £20 on CD and £15 on Download.




Series 8 Soundtrack releaseBookmark and Share

Friday, 17 April 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Silva Screen have revealed details of the soundtrack release for Series 8 and Last Christmas, which will be released on 18th of May 2015.
Doctor Who: Series 8 (Credit: Silva Screen)
Doctor Who: Series 8 will be the first soundtrack release of music from the twelfth Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, featuring the new Doctor’s theme A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme). This 3 disc set also includes the music from the episode Last Christmas and an extensive 24 page booklet with notes from Murray Gold. The score is performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Murray Gold (computer instruments, guitars and synths) and conducted by Ben Foster and James Shearman. The first 5000 copies of the CD will include an extra 16 page booklet depicting the 13 Radio Times posters, one for each episode. All pre-ordered product on this store will include the extra booklet.

Updated 22 April: Full track list is now available

Track Listing

Series 8 and Last Christmas
Release Date: 18th May 2015

DISC ONE
  1. Doctor Who Theme (Series 8)
  2. A Good Man? (Twelve’s Theme)
  3. Deep Breath
  4. Something It Ate
  5. Concussed
  6. It’s Still Him
  7. Pudding Brains
  8. Breath
  9. Hello Hello
  10. A Drink First
  11. Missy’s Theme
  12. Into The Dalek
  13. Aristotle, We Have Been Hit
  14. We’re Still Going To Kill You
  15. Tell Me, Am I A Good Man?
  16. What Difference A Good Dalek?
  17. The Truth About The Daleks
  18. Robot Of Sherwood
  19. Old Fashioned Hero
  20. This Is My Spoon
  21. Robert, Earl of Loxley
  22. The Legend of Robin Hood
  23. Robin of Sherwood
  24. The Golden Arrow
  25. Listen
  26. Listen
  27. Rupert Pink
  28. Fear

DISC TWO
    Time Heist
  1. The Architect
  2. Rob The Bank
  3. Account Closed
  4. Open Up
  5. The Caretaker
  6. The Caretaker
  7. Kill The Moon
  8. Are You Going To Shoot Me?
  9. When I Say Run
  10. That Is The Moon
  11. Mummy On The Orient Express
  12. Start The Clock
  13. There’s That Smile
  14. The Sarcophagus Opens
  15. The Artefact
  16. Study Our Own Demise
  17. Flatline
  18. Not Knowing
  19. Siege Mode
  20. In The Forest Of The Night
  21. We Weren’t Asleep That Long
  22. Forgetting
  23. The Song of Danny and Clara
  24. Dark Water
  25. Throw Away The Key
  26. Browsing
  27. They Walk Among Us
  28. Death In Heaven
  29. There is No Clara Oswald
  30. Missy And Her Boys
  31. A Good Man, An Incredible Liar
  32. Freefall
  33. I Need To Know
  34. Missy's Theme - Extended
  35. Missy's Gift
  36. (The Majestic Tale of) An Idiot With a Box

DISC THREE
    Last Christmas
  1. 3 Perfectly Ordinary Roof People
  2. Do You Really Believe In Santa?
  3. Unsealing the Infirmary
  4. Ghosts
  5. What Seems to be the Problem?
  6. We Don’t Know What’s Real
  7. Thinking About It
  8. Clara’s Dream Christmas
  9. The Doctor’s Dream Christmas
  10. Dreams Within Dreams
  11. Believe in Santa
  12. Sleigh Ride
  13. A Reunion
  14. Every Christmas is Last Christmas
Doctor Who Series 8 Soundtrack (Pack Shot) (Credit: Silva Screen)

The soundtrack is available to pre-order now.




Wikileaks Reveal Doctor Who Film as Part of 8 Year PlanBookmark and Share

Friday, 17 April 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The latest documents released by WikiLeaks reveal the desire of Sony and BBC Worldwide to make a Doctor Who movie.

Wikileaks has just published thousands of emails and documents that it obtained following a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment last year. Included in the release are discussions between Sony executives about working with BBC Worldwide to produce a Doctor Who movie.

In an email to Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Michael Lynton, sent in January 2014, Sony's president of international production Andrea Wong said although the BBC were interested in the project it was the wrong time to push it. She said she had had discussions with Danny Cohen, the Director of BBC Television.
Just spoke to Danny Cohen re Dr Who. He said that while there has been tremendous interest (and pressure from BBCWW) to do a Dr Who film, the show runners feel very clear that they don’t want to do one at this moment. That said, over the course of the coming months, the show running team is coming up with an 8 year timeline for the brand – laying out all that will happen with it. He says that a film will certainly be a part of that timeline. So the answer is that a film won’t happen in the next year to 18 months, but it is expected that it will happen after that within the 8 year horizon. He expects the plan to be laid out by the end of the year...
Lynton asked if it would help if he met the showrunners when he visited the UK in March, but Wong advised him against the meeting.
Spoke to Danny and he doesn’t think it makes sense right now and actually might hurt our cause. He said that the creative team on the show have been having the movie conversation with BBC Worldwide in recent weeks and are very hot under the collar that their position on it is not being listened to or accepted....
Neither Sony or the BBC have responded to the specific leak. Sony has strongly condemned the release of material by Wikileaks saying "We vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks' assertion that this material belongs in the public domain."




DWM Special: The Art of Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Thursday, 16 April 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Art Of Doctor Who (Credit: DWM)Doctor Who Magazine Special: The Art of Doctor Who

The characters and scenarios from Doctor Who have been inspiring artists since 1963. The latest special edition of Doctor Who Magazine celebrates the best of their contributions to both the programme and the vast range of licensed products that rely on their skill.

“This is how the story of Doctor Who unfolded in the eyes of the artists who interpreted, shaped and represented the show,” says editor Marcus Hearn. “In fact, the story begins before the first episode was even transmitted – we have articles examining the creation of the Doctor Who logo and the filming of the original title sequence.”

This 100-page Special is packed full of stunning reproductions of original artwork from the Dalek annuals, the Doctor Who annuals, Doctor Who Weekly, the DVD range, the Radio Times, Target Books, TV Century 21, the VHS releases and more.

Other highlights include:
  • Articles covering the history of graphic design and illustration in Doctor Who, from the early 1960s to the present day.
  • Award-winning graphic designer Bernard Lodge explains how he created the series’ first four title sequences.
  • Concept artists Peter McKinstry and Matt Savage share their portfolios from 21st-century Doctor Who.
  • Interviews with Target Books artists Chris Achilleos, Jeff Cummins, Bill Donohoe, Roy Knipe, Tony Manero, Andrew Skilleter and Nick Spender.
  • Interviews with comics artists including Mike Collins, Martin Geraghty, Dave Gibbons, Richard Piers Rayner, John Ridgway, Nick Roche, John Ross, Adrian Salmon, Lee Sullivan and Alice Zhang.
  • Interviews with VHS and DVD cover artists Lee Binding, Colin Howard and Alister Pearson.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The Art of Doctor Who is available now.