The Essential Doctor Who: MonstersBookmark and Share

Thursday, 18 June 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The latest of the "Essential" special edition magazines from the makers of Doctor Who Magazine has been published, focussing on the monsters of the series.

The Essential Doctor Who: Monsters (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)Issue 5 of Panini’s The Essential Doctor Who comprises 116 pages of all-new material exploring the dark side of the series...

Horror has been Doctor Who’s most consistent genre since the Daleks first threatened viewers in 1963. The metal-cased mutants are still notorious, but the programme’s shadows are occupied by many equally grotesque and disturbing creatures.

This is a comprehensive guide to the monsters that have been haunting our nightmares for more than 50 years. Everything from the Abzorbaloff to Zygons is covered in a richly illustrated, encyclopaedic format.

Says editor Marcus Hearn:
When I was a kid I wished for a book that included all the Doctor Who monsters. Now I’m a grown-up my ambitions haven’t really changed. It’s been a labour of love for all of us to channel the spirit of Terrance Dicks’ Doctor Who Monster Book, and a treat to add so many aliens from the show’s now greatly expanded universe.

The Essential Doctor Who: Monsters is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents.




Colin Baker's new sci-fi role seeks fundingBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Last Man on Earth (Credit: Alt Angle Films) A new sci-fi thriller starring Colin Baker is seeking to fund money on Indiegogo to help fund the production. Last Man on Earth is a 20 minute short film which starts filming in Manchester in late July. Just over £200 has been raised within the first day of the campaign launch, with 29 days left to reach their goal of £10,000.

A short synopsis has been posted by the film's producers:
Last Man on Earth is a short pre-apocalypse sci-fi thriller about a virologist who is recruited to a bio research conglomerate to help work on a cure for cancer. It's a film about decisions and their consequences. A story about the future told in the present day.

Baker, who will be playing a "renowned virologist who fronts a bio research conglomerate" said:
Jack Levy and Darren Langlands have written a brilliant script… I’m looking forward to filming it. I hope you enjoy watching it.

Director of the short film Darren Langlands commented:
We're hugely excited to have someone of Colin's Sci Fi calibre on board - we can't wait to get started!

The team behind the film are based in Manchester. Langlands added:
Manchester is such an exciting and vibrant place to be for indie filmmaking at the moment. Collectively, our team has had their films shown at film festivals all over the world. We're keen to showcase the film as a proof of concept - and the crowd funding is essential to helping us tell the story in the most impactful way possible.

As an incentive for contributors who donate their money, a variety of perks are available including autographed scripts, copies of the final film, a private message from Colin Baker and the chance to share the screen with The Doctor himself.






Sir John Hurt diagnosed with cancerBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
John Hurt as The Doctor in The Day of The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers) Sir John Hurt has revealed he has been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. In a statement released to the Press Association, he said:
I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement.

I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team.

I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording “Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell” (one of life’s small ironies!) for Radio 4

Alex Ford, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK, one of several national charities fighting pancreatic cancer, said:
We were deeply saddened to learn of Sir John Hurt's recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer – but eternally grateful for his openness in talking about the disease and his treatment. This can only help raise much needed awareness of pancreatic cancer and the importance of early diagnosis. Importantly, John Hurt's attitude and optimism will provide hope for many others affected by this disease. We wish him the best with his treatment.

If you wish to make a donation to the charity, you can do so at pancreaticcancer.org.uk/donate.

John Hurt was awarded a Knighthood for his services to drama in the Queen's New Year Honours list.




Titan Comics Doctor Who SDCC exclusivesBookmark and Share

Monday, 15 June 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Titan Comics have revealed their exclusive range for this year's San Diego Comic-Con. A story exclusive to SDCC will feature the Doctor and Clara at the convention, while the tenth, eleventh and twelfth Doctor's will feature on an exclusive triptych cover.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor SDCC Exclusive

When the Twelfth Doctor and Clara turn up at San Diego Comic Con, a quick selfie outside the TARDIS reveals an alien threat among the con-goers and cosplayers! The green-skinned Lady of Neverness can only be viewed through mirrors, photos and quantum snapshots, and has turned up in the background of photos all over the convention! But if enough people view her at the same time, she'll gain the power to breach into our dimension... to feed on the life-force of the whole planet! Can the Doctor and Clara defeat her and save the day?
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor SDCC Exclusive (Cover A) (Credit: Titan Comics) Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor SDCC Exclusive (Cover A) (Credit: Titan Comics)



Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #14 with SDCC Exclusive Cover

Just one issue away from this year's season finale, and things have never looked more dangerous for the Doctor and Gabby! Separated by an ancient force from the centre of the galaxy, the Doctor takes a cosmic trip into the history of the universe, while Gabby must negotiate with an unearthly intelligence for the sake of the planet! How much has she learned from her brief travels with the Doctor... and will it be enough to save her?!
Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #14 with SDCC Exclusive Cover

Part 1 of the 2-part Season Finale!

Series co-writers Al Ewing and Rob Williams team up for an unmissable mini-epic, as a year's worth of stories come to a head!

- Can the Doctor save his new friends from their time-twisting fates?
- Will Alice find peace – or be marooned far from Earth?!
- Will ARC finally discover the truth about itself – or be reduced to atoms?!
- Will Jones fulfill his cosmic rock god destiny – or die among the stars?!
- And who will be left to join the Doctor as we head into Year Two?!
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #11 with SDCC Exclusive Cover

Fresh from their adventures in Las Vegas, the Doctor and Clara are eager for a change of scenery, but their next destination aboard the TARDIS will prove a SHOCKING change of pace!
Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #14 (SDCC Exclusive Cover) (Credit: Titan Comics)Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #11 (SDCC Exclusive Cover) (Credit: Titan Comics)Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #14 (SDCC Exclusive Cover) (Credit: Titan Comics)


Titan will also have exclusive merchandise available from the Titan booth #5537.

Doctor Who Titans: 3" Tenth Doctor Fez

From the 50th Anniversary Special 'The Day Of The Doctor' comes the Tenth Doctor, played by the returning David Tennant, wearing the Eleventh Doctor's trademark Fez!

Doctor Who Titans: 4.5" Tenth Doctor

This 4.5" Titan figure features the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, all dressed up in his tuxedo!​

Doctor Who Titans: 3" Tenth Doctor Fez (Credit: Titan Comics) Doctor Who Titans: 4.5" Tenth Doctor (Credit: Titan Comics)





Benny Sommerfield makes live-action debut in new Big Finish trailerBookmark and Share

Monday, 15 June 2015 - Reported by Alex F
Big Finish Productions has released a special video teaser for its upcoming box set, "The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Vol. 2: The Triumph of Sutekh" that breaks new ground for the long-running character of Dr. Bernice "Benny" Summerfield.

The teaser titled "Transmission from Mars" features Benny's voice actress Lisa Bowerman as Benny relaying an emergency message. Although Bowerman has played the character in dozens of audio dramas for Big Finish since the late 1990s, including posing for publicity photos in-character and voicing Benny for a CGI minisode, this is the first time she has been featured on screen performing the role. (She first appeared on screen in Doctor Who as Karra, one of the cheetah people, in the final story of the original series, "Survival", and also voiced an alien in the animated special "Dreamland".)

The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Vol. 2, featuring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and Gabriel Woolf reprising the role of Sutekh the Destroyer from "Pyramids of Mars", consisting of four new audio dramas, is scheduled for release by Big Finish later this month.





Steven Moffat awarded OBEBookmark and Share

Friday, 12 June 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Steven Moffat. Image: BBCSteven Moffat, lead writer for Doctor Who and co-creator of Sherlock, has been award an OBE for his services to drama in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Speaking to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba:
I never thought I would get something like this, I'm astonished and more thrilled than I ever thought someone like me would be. I'm not the least bit cynical, or the least bit trying to be cool about it. I'm just really, really happy.
The full interview is available here.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director of BBC Cymru Wales commented on Moffat's honour:
We're thrilled to see Steven's creative brilliance being recognised today.

Not only has he enthralled countless millions of viewers across the world, he has helped rocket-boost the Welsh creative sector, inspiring a new generation of talent here in Wales to make their mark on the global stage.

I'm so delighted to see his remarkable achievements being honoured.

Moffat's predecessor, Russell T Davies, was awarded an OBE in 2008.

Also awarded OBEs for service to drama are Lesley Manville, who played Heather Hartnell in the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure in Space and Time, and Martin Clunes, whose first television role was as Lon in the fifth Doctor adventure Snakedance.

Lenny Henry, who once played the Doctor in a 1985 spoof of Doctor Who for his comedy show, is being knighted for his services to drama and charity.





Capaldi and Coleman to visit German fan eventBookmark and Share

Friday, 12 June 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Credit: BBC Worldwide BBC Worldwide have announced that Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will visit Germany this summer for a special fan event in Berlin on Friday 17th July. The event will offer German fans the opportunity to see the actors for the first time in Germany. Last year's World Tour did not include Berlin or any other European cities outside of the UK on the list of destinations.

Peter Capaldi said:
So many German fans have already reached out to me about the show and I'm delighted to be travelling to their country to find out first hand why they love Doctor Who.

Isabelle Helle, Director, German Speaking Europe, BBC Worldwide says:
Doctor Who is continuing to rise in popularity in Germany so we were especially keen to bring the stars of the series, Peter and Jenna over. We’re thrilled to offer this unique opportunity for fans to see, for the first time, the leading cast members of the series and have a truly memorable experience.

Details of the event will be posted on facebook.com/doctorwho.

Series 9 will premiere on Fox Channel Germany later this year.




Sarah Dollard writer of Episode 10Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
The BBC have announced that Sarah Dollard has written Episode 10 of the forthcoming series of Doctor Who. The episode has just starting filming and will be directed by Justin Molotnikov and will see the return of Joivan Wade as Rigsy. Dollard has written episodes of The Game, Being Human, and Neighbours. She was also script editor on episodes of Primeval and Merlin.

Dollard commented:
Getting to play in the Doctor Who toy box is a dream come true. It’s a total honour to contribute to a show that has brought me such joy as a fan. However, writing for Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman has presented a serious problem: some days I've been too excited to actually sit down and type!





Colin Baker in A Christmas CarolBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Colin Baker - A Christmas Carol (Credit: Anthony D.P. Mann)Colin Baker has just completed filming on a new production of A Christmas Carol and Doctor Who News is pleased to reveal an exclusive picture of Baker in the production.

The film, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, is being made Canadian Actor & Filmmaker Anthony D.P. Mann, whose previous productions include Terror of Dracula and Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow Watchers. Baker is narrating the production and will also appear as Dickens throughout the film.

The main photography on the film took place in February to April with Baker recording his contribution, in Niagara, earlier this month.

The film is expected to be released around Christmas 2015, and will initially be available on the production website.




Doctor Who Adventures 3Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Doctor Who Adventures 3 (Credit: Panini) The third issue of the new Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out on the 18th of June and comes with a free giant poster and mini Dalek figures.

Inside this issue:
  • Doctor In A Bottle Clara opens a strange looking bottle and unleashes the power of the Djinx on the city of London. With the Doctor taking the Djinx’s place, imprisoned in a bottle, it’s down to Clara to save London from destruction. With glorious illustrations by Russ Leach and a full-on colour storm by John Burns, Doctor In A Bottle is a must for all Who fans!
  • Friends Or Foes We also access the TARDIS data core to find out all about the mysterious and enigmatic Ood.
  • Clara’s Craft Studio Next up, we join Clara in the Craft Studio and prepare for a party you will never forget as we show you how to make your very own Ood piñata, guaranteed to make your party go with a bang!
  • UNIT Alien Archives The UNIT Alien Archives will give you all the lowdown you need should you come face to face with the Clockwork Droids on your travels! Whatever you do, don’t wind them up or you’ll be in trouble.
  • Strax’s Guide To The Galaxy Strax continues his guide to the galaxy as he introduces you to the delights of Gallifrey, the Ood-Sphere and Demons Run!
  • The Paternoster Gang Investigates The Doctor makes a guest appearance in The Giant’s Heart, a Paternoster Gang story, which sees our heroes guarding a mysterious diamond in the Tower of London.
Also in this issue, you’ve got the chance to win a brand new Doctor Who Cluedo game, you’ll face brain-tingling puzzles and get to play Lost in The TARDIS! All this and much, much more!

On sale 18th June 2015, price £3.99




Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who Launched at GreenwichBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Last week, acclaimed Doctor Who novelist Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory launched their new book The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who.

On Thursday, after meeting the Dalek at New Broadcasting House, they held a formal signing at Forbidden Planet bookshop with fellow Doctor authors Jenny T Colgan, Jonathan Morris and Andrew Smith, who contributed short stories to the book.

On Friday evening, the authors gave a talk at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, where Marek Kukula is Public Astronomer. Afterwards, they signed copies of the book, whilst a remote-controlled Dalek and K-9 entertained fans.

Simon Guerrier / Dr Marek KukulaSimon Guerrier / Dr Marek KukulaSimon Guerrier / Dr Marek KukulaForbidden Planet SigningRoyal Observatory GreenwichRoyal Observatory GreenwichRoyal Observatory GreenwichScientific Secrets of Doctor Who


Book available on Amazon.




Radio Times FestivalBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Late September will see Hampton Court Palace host the first Radio Times Festival, celebrating some of the biggest shows on television and radio.

The four-day event takes place between the 24th and 27th September, and features a number of talks and presentations including, of course, Doctor Who, represented on the Friday afternoon by Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin, and also Russell T Davies:

Radio Times Festival (24-27 September 2015) (Credit: Radio Times)
  • DOCTOR WHO - Friday 25th September, 2:30-3:30pm
    Doctor Who holds a unique place in British popular culture. Here, the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, is joined by creative chief Steven Moffat and executive producer Brain Minchin to talk Time Lords, Daleks and Cybermen. Together, they will reveal the inner workings of the Whoniverse.

  • RUSSELL T DAVIES - Friday 25th September, 4:00-5:00pm
    From busting social taboos with dramas such as Queer as Folk to inspiring the reboot of Doctor Who, Russell T Davies is one of Britain's most innovative screenwriters. Here he explains how he made the journey from Swansea schoolboy to one of the leading creative voices in television.

Details for these any of the other sessions will be available via the Festival website, with ticket sales commencing from noon today for Radio Times subscribers via phone or the website; general booking starts from 23rd June.




Preview - Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11Bookmark and Share

Monday, 8 June 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Wednesday, June 10th sees the release of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11 by Eisner award-winning Nick Abadzis (2000AD, Laika) with art by Elena Casagrande (Angel, Suicide Risk).

THE FOUNTAINS OF FOREVER

Cindy and Gabby have a falling out after Gabby's homecoming – as an ancient artefact from the centre of the universe, a rogue Black Ops organisation, and a secret auction conspire to cause galaxy-shattering chaos!
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11 (Credit: Titan)




Osgood joins Big Finish UNIT castBookmark and Share

Monday, 8 June 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
UNIT: Extinction (Credit: Big Finish) Ingrid Oliver is to bring fan favourite Osgood to the world of Big Finish where she'll join Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and a whole new team of UNIT members for the spin-off series UNIT: Extinction. Last month is was announced that Osgood was returning to the TV series along with Kate Stewart and the Zygons.

Producer David Richardson said:
We’re so happy to have Kate and Osgood joining us at Big Finish. This team has been so captivating to watch on TV, and we’re looking forward to throwing some deadly challenges in their paths in these kinetic new episodes.
Also confirmed for the series is Warren Brown (Luther, By Any Means, Good Cop) who plays new character Sam Bishop, "an international trouble-shooter for UNIT who is sent to the world’s most dangerous hotspots".
We’ve worked with Warren several times before, and even though he’s one of the busiest leading men around, he’s said he’ll be there for Big Finish. So we’ve created a principle role in UNIT especially for him, and he’ll be an essential member of the global team.
The ensemble is also joined Ramon Tikaram (Stella, Fortitude, Happy Valley) as Colonel Shindi.
Ramon also is busy on so many great things, but we’ve tempted him to the ranks of UNIT! He’s a lovely man to have around, and an extraordinary actor.
Completing the team is James Joyce (Downton Abbey, The Musketeers, Holby City) who plays the role of "loose canon UNIT officer" Josh Carter. Joyce has appeared in many Big Finish productions including Charlotte Pollard.
James has done so much brilliant audio work for us, he’s earned his place in UNIT!
In UNIT: Extinction, Kate and her team confront an alien invasion by the Nestene Consciousness and its army of plastic Autons. The box set is released in November 2015 and is available for pre-order; three further UNIT releases will then follow at six monthly intervals.