The Time War Continues For Big FinishBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Gallifrey: Time War Volume One (Credit: Big Finish)Big Finish Productions have announced three more box sets, depicting what happened to the Time Lords’ home planet Gallifrey in the ultimate battle across time and space.

Following on from the events of Gallifrey: Time War Volume One, find out who survived and whether Romana and Narvin live to see Gallifrey fall?

More tales of intrigue and political manoeuvring from the seat of Time Lord power are coming, with three more volumes from the homeworld of the Doctor now confirmed. After the events of Gallifrey: Time War Volume One, not all the characters escaped unscathed and, in a Time War, whole civilisations can become pawns in a larger battle.

Four new stories in the Gallifrey saga arrive in March 2019. Gallifrey: Time War Volume Two comprises of:
  1. Havoc by David Llewellyn
  2. Partisans by Una McCormack
  3. Collateral by Lisa McMullin
  4. Assassins by Matt Fitton
The Time Lords and the Daleks have opposed one another across millennia. But now, their conflict tips into an all-out Time War, and nowhere across the universe of spacetime is safe.

Battle plans will be drawn, allies recruited, and innocents caught in the crossfire.

Gallifrey is going to war, and the cosmos will never be the same again.
Following the events of the first series, a new Time Lord president joins the ranks.

Terrence Hardiman (who listeners will recognise as the titular role in the children’s BBC series The Demon Headmaster) plays Rassilon, joining Lalla Ward as Romana and Seán Carlsen as Narvin.

Director and writer, Scott Handcock, tells us more
I’ve felt very lucky to play in the Gallifrey sandbox for its most recent releases, but it’s an even bigger thrill to take us into the Time War and explore how that epic, devastating event impacts upon the lives of our characters.


Gallifrey: Time War Volume One is available for £35 on CD and £30 on download from bigfinish.com




Demons Of The Punjab - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Demons Of The Punjab: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Graham (Bradley Walsh), Hasna (Shaheen Khan), Umbreen (Amita Suman), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: Demons Of The Punjab had an official rating of 7.48 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.23 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 139,000 watched on their PC, 61,000 watched on a Tablet device and 51,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 8th most watched programme of the week ending 11th November.

Top for the week was Saturdays edition of Strictly Come Dancing getting 11.55 million watching. The new David Attenborough narated series Dynasties had 7.63 million viewers.

Demons Of The Punjab had an Appreciation Index score of 80, again scoring higher with female viewers.




Kerblam! - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Kerblam! (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: Kerblam! was watched by 5.93 million viewers, a share of 28.5% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the fourth highest rated programme for the Sunday and the 10th for the week ending 18th November.

Highest for the day was ITV’s celebrity show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here which had 11.03 million watching. Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show had 8.99 million viewers, while Dynasties, the David Attenborough series had 6.13 million. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 2.29 million.

On ITV The Chase: Celebrity Special had 4.04 million viewers.

Saturdays Strictly Come Dancing had 10.22 million viewers.

Final figures should be available next Monday.




Children in Need 2018Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC's annual fundraising evening for Children in Need took place yesterday, and by the end of the evening raised £50,595,053 for the charity!

The evening featured a special treat for nine year old Doctor Who fan Anna, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, when she and her brother Alex got to travel to the TARDIS and meet the cast, and also an exclusive clip from this weekend's adventure, Kerblam.

Children in Need 2018: Anna and Alex with Team TARDIS (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Team TARDIS (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Anna meets the monsters! (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)
Children in need 2018: Anna and Alex with Jodie Whittaker (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Anna with the Doctor! (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian) Children in Need 2018: Anna and Alex with Bradley Walsh (Credit: BBC/Sophie Mutevelian)



You can still donate to Children in Need via their website.




Kerblam! - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Kerblam!
Kerblam!

Writer: Pete McTighe
Director: Jennifer Perrott

Delivery for the Doctor!

A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer: Kerblam!
Kerblam!: Yaz (Mandip Gill) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Kerblam!: Yaz (Mandip Gill), Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Kerblam!: Yaz (Mandip Gill), Dan Cooper (Lee Mack) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Kerblam!: Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Kerblam!: Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Kerblam!: Kira Arlo (Claudia Jessie) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Kerblam!: Jarva Slade (Callum Dixon) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))Kerblam!: Charlie Duffy (Leo Flanagan) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))Kerblam!: Lee Mack (Credit: BBC Studios (Various))Kerblam!:  (Credit: BBC Studios (Various))


Episode 7 Trailer | Kerblam! | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 6.30pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 18th November6.30pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 19th November8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 18th November8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 19th November6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 532Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 15 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 532 (Credit: Panini)This month's Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 532 talks to new companion Mandip Gill about the risk she took to win the part of Yasmin Khan
I turned down other jobs because I really wanted this… A lot of opportunities came up while I was waiting but my heart was set on Doctor Who.
Also in this issue...
  • PREVIEWS
  • Looking ahead to the next episodes of Series 11 with writers Chris Chibnall, Ed Hime, Pete McTighe and Joy Wilkinson, and director Sallie Aprahamian.
  • COSPLAY
  • Doctor Who’s costume designer Ray Holman provides tips on how to cosplay members of Team TARDIS.
  • OUT OF THE TARDIS
  • The legendary Bernard Cribbins answers questions from the DWM TARDIS tin.
  • MADAME TUSSAUDS
  • DWM attends the unveiling of the waxwork Thirteenth Doctor in Blackpool.
  • TARDIS REVOLUTION
  • The second part in a series looking at the evolution of the TARDIS control room.
  • RATINGS ROUND-UP
  • An in-depth look at the ratings for the first episodes of Series 11.
  • WHO’S CREW
  • Key members of Doctor Who’s current production team describe their roles.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Team watches the Thirteenth Doctor’s first episodes.
  • DAVID SOLOMONS
  • An interview with the author of the new Doctor Who novel The Secret in Vault 13.
  • EPISODE REVIEWS
  • The verdict on Series 11 episodes Rosa, Arachnids in the UK and The Tsuranga Conundrum.
  • BLU-RAY PREVIEW
  • Inside the new box set Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19.
  • THE WARMONGER
  • The second part of a comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 532 is on sale 15 November, priced £5.99

Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 532 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 532 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 532 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 532 (Credit: Panini)




The Phantom Piper - Graphic NovelBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Phantom Piper (Credit: Panini)The latest Doctor Who graphic novel from Panini Publishing is here, collecting the acclaimed comics series from Doctor Who Magazine.

The Phantom Piper stars the Twelfth Doctor (played on TV by Peter Capaldi) and his companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie). The Doctor and Bill are plunged into four incredible adventures…
  • THE SOUL GARDEN
  • The Doctor and Bill land on Saturn’s moon and encounter the crazy quadrillionaire Rudy Zoom, classical poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and deadly plant creatures called the Haluu.
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR
  • A journey to America’s Wild West leads the Doctor and Bill into a lethal showdown with a myth come to life: the legendary were-owls known as the Stikini.
  • MATILDUS
  • Bill finds herself in the alleyways of the spaceport Corncucopia, and meets the streetwise Kaballus Kids.
  • THE PHANTOM PIPER
  • The time-travellers arrive in the lunar city Athenia, home to the world-famous code-breaker Alan Turing and a race of androids called the Galateans. But a malevolent creature from humanity’s darkest dreams is ready to strike… the Phantom Piper!
Stories and art by Scott Gray, Martin Geraghty, Staz Johnson and Mike Collins.

This lavish volume also includes a 15-page commentary section by the creators, revealing never-before-published artwork, photos and character designs.

On sale 14 November. 148 pages, full colour. RRP £14.99, $19.99.




Christmas Special Moves to New Year's DayBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who - Series 11 (Credit: BBC / Ben Blackall)Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed that this year's Christmas Special of Doctor Who will be shown on New Year's Day 2019.

The change is a radical change for the series which has been part of the Christmas Day schedule since the series returned in 2005. The series peaked in 2007 when Kylie Minogue joined the Tenth Doctor in Voyage of the Damned watched by 13.3 million viewers. Last year's Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, marking the departure of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, was watched by 7.92 million.

The episode to be shown on New Year's Day will mark the end of Jodie Whittaker's first season as The Doctor. The last episode to be shown on New Year's Day was the second part of The End of Time in 2010 where it had 12.27 million viewers.




Doctor Who: Episodes Nine and TenBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released details of Doctor Who Episodes Nine and Ten.

It Takes You Away (Credit: BBC Studios)Episode Nine: It Takes You Away

On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help.

What has happened here?

What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?

Guest starring Ellie Wallwork and Kevin Eldon.

Written by Ed Hime.

Directed by Jamie Childs.
The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (Credit: BBC Studios)Episode Ten: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the remains of a brutal battlefield. But as the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far more secrets.

Who is the mysterious commander with no memory? What lies beyond the mists? Who or what are the Ux?

The answers will lead the Doctor and her friends towards a deadly reckoning.

Guest starring Phyllis Logan, Mark Addy and Percelle Ascott.

Written by Chris Chibnall.

Directed by Jamie Childs.




The Tsuranga Conundrum - Official RatingBookmark and Share

Monday, 12 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Tsuranga Conundrum: Yaz (Mandip Gill), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum had an official rating of 7.76 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.50 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 148,000 watched on their PC, 66,000 watched on a Tablet device and 53,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 6th most watched programme of the week ending 28th October.

Top for the week was Saturdays edition of Strictly Come Dancing getting 11.13 million watching. Channel 4 took number 2 with The Great British Bake Off getting 10.34 million viewers.

The Tsuranga Conundrum had an Appreciation Index score of 79, again scoring higher with female viewers.




Jenny meets Fifth Doctor for Big FinishBookmark and Share

Monday, 12 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Georgia Tennant / Peter Davison (Credit: Big Finish)There’s a family reunion in The Legacy of Time – Big Finish’s epic new release celebrating 20 years of Doctor Who in Audio. In the fourth story of the deluxe box set, the Fifth Doctor – played by Peter Davison, will be meeting his future daughter Jenny – played by his real-life daughter Georgia Tennant.

In 2019 Big Finish will be celebrating 20 years of creating Doctor Who stories on audio, they are marking the occasion with the biggest audio crossover event in a new box set, The Legacy of Time. Six hour-long stories see characters from the entire history of Doctor Who crossing paths – some for the very first time: Classic and New Series Doctor Who will collide!

In Relative Time by Matt Fitton, Jenny (who also stars in her own new series of adventures: Jenny – The Doctor’s Daughter) meets an earlier regeneration of her father and together they’ll need all their wits about them to defeat Time Lord, the Nine, played by John Heffernan (The Crown, Ripper Street).

Disaster strikes inside the Time Vortex, throwing together the Fifth Doctor and his future daughter Jenny – and the Nine sees an opportunity to steal something huge.

As well as starring in her own series, Jenny – The Doctor’s Daughter, Georgia Tennant also featured alongside her father at the age of 16 in Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Who release, Red Dawn released in 2000.

David Richardson, producer of The Legacy of Time, told us about bringing the family together
It was just an irresistible idea, the thought of pairing father and daughter, playing father and daughter, in our massive 20th-anniversary special. And it’s great to have Jenny back again after the enormous success of her debut on audio – the series received universally positive reviews and an outpouring of love from listeners, so we’re looking forward to even more adventures with The Doctor’s Daughter.

The Legacy of Time is quite possibly the biggest Doctor Who story we have ever told at Big Finish. It’s been so hugely satisfying to make – I hope everyone finds it just as satisfying to listen to!
Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time will be released in July 2019, marking the 20th anniversary of Big Finish’s first Doctor Who release, The Sirens of Time.

The Legacy of Time  (Credit: Big Finish)Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time

Time is collapsing. Incidents of temporal chaos and devastation are appearing throughout the many lives of the Doctor and his friends – fallout from one terrible disaster. The Doctor must save history itself – and he will need all the help he can get.
  1. Lies in Ruins by James Goss
  2. The Split Infinitive by John Dorney
  3. The Sacrifice of Jo Grant by Guy Adams
  4. Relative Time by Matt Fitton
  5. The Avenues of Possibility by Jonny Morris
  6. Collision Course by Guy Adams
The truth is revealed, and it will take more than one Doctor to save the day!
Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time will be available from bigfinish.com at a pre-order price of £40 on download rising to £55 on general release, plus it will also be released in an eight-disc CD set in a limited edition pressing of just 4,000 copies at a pre-order price of £45 on CD rising to £60 on general release.




Demons Of The Punjab - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 12 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Demons Of The Punjab: Manish (Hamza Jeetooa) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: Demons Of The Punjab was watched by 5.77 million viewers, a share of 27.5% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the third highest rated programme for the Sunday and the 11th for the week ending 11th November.

Highest for the day was the Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show which had 8.92 million viewers, while Dynasties, the new David Attenborough had 5.90 million. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 2.77 million.

ITV peaked with 3.93 million watching The X Factor while, against Doctor Who, The Chase: Celebrity Special had 3.77 million viewers.

Saturdays Strictly Come Dancing topped the week with 9.91 million, while the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance came third for the week with 6.78 million watching. Four editions of Coronation Street and two Emmerdales pushed Doctor Who into 11th place, although a top ten place is likely when final figures are released.

Final figures should be available next Monday.




New Doctor Who Exhibition Planned for CardiffBookmark and Share

Sunday, 11 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus

A new Doctor Who Exhibition is being planned for the Welsh Capital by BBC Studios in association with Cardiff Council.

The new Experience is currently in development at Cardiff Castle, in the centre of the city, and due to be operational by the summer of 2019.

Cardiff previously hosted a Doctor Who Exhibition at a location near the TV studios where Doctor Who is made. It closed in 2017 leaving Cardiff council taxpayers with a £1.1 million pound bill.

The new location contains a medieval Norman castle as well as a Victorian Gothic revival mansion and is located in the heart of the city.

Although BBC Worldwide have said there are no plans for a Doctor Who exhibition in Cardiff, the item is listed on the agenda of the Cardiff Council Cabinet this Thursday.





Lovarzi launch new Doctor Who apparel for ChristmasBookmark and Share

Saturday, 10 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lovarzi, the UK’s leading online scarf retailer, is expanding its Doctor Who range with new Winter 2018/19 products.

Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi, said:
Doctor Who has been an important part of Christmas for over a decade now. Our original Doctor Who Christmas Scarf and Hat hit shelves in 2016 and we were nonetheless blown away by demand. Our new sweater is a perfect accompaniment to these items, and we're sure fans will love them.

For the first time ever, we're also releasing officially-licensed women’s gloves this year. The Pandorica Opens Scarf proved popular, and it's such a beautiful painting, we thought it was the ideal image to launch this extension to the range.


Lovarzi: Christmas Sweater 2018 (Credit: Lovarzi)After his battles with the Sycorax, the Master, and Harmony Shoal, the Doctor probably prepares for trouble around Christmastime. But you can gear up for the festivities with the TARDIS and Dalek Christmas Sweater, an exclusive pattern which incorporates the Doctor's faithful time-space ship and his most prolific foes. The design is complete with killer Christmas trees (like the ones seen in The Christmas Invasion and The Runaway Bride) and snowflakes… or is that the Great Intelligence?

Made from high-quality Acrylic, this yuletide jumper will keep loved ones warm while defending Trenzalore, listening to the Singing Towers of Darillium, or wandering around the South Pole after an invasion of Cybermen.

Available to purchase from our Amazon UK shop.

Lovarzi: Pandorica Opens Gloves (Credit: Lovarzi)The Pandorica Opens Gloves feature the piece by Vincent van Gogh, created as a warning to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, depicting the disaster that cracked the universe: the TARDIS exploding, leading to total event collapse.
The stunning picture is digitally-printed on high-quality velvet-feel fabric, so shows the screen-accurate image in all its glorious detail.

Lovarzi: Cybermen Scarf (Credit: Lovarzi)Lovarzi's officially-licensed Doctor Who range launched in 2012, with the best-selling multi-coloured Fourth Doctor Scarf; since then, it's expanded to include the Seventh Doctor Paisley Silk Scarf, TARDIS Folding Umbrella, and Dalek Scarf.

But one of the show's most popular foes has been notable by its absence from the product line – until now. If you're suffering from a frailty of the flesh, the Cybermen will upgrade your body so you won't feel the cold. Or indeed anything else.

Alternatively, you can get an exclusively-designed Cybermen Scarf, which takes its repeated pattern from the ice-tombs of Telos, first seen in the Second Doctor serial, The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967). This classic story starred Patrick Troughton as the Time Lord, Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield, and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon.

From The Tenth Planet (1966) to Silver Nemesis (1988), Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel (2006) to World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls (2017); the cybernetic race has thrived for over 50 years. Made from high-quality wool and Acrylic, The Tomb of the Cybermen Scarf is fittingly completed by the Cyber-Controller's promise: "We will survive"!

Available to purchase from our Amazon UK shop.


Maninder adds:
Yes, the range has been upgraded! There are so many much-loved Cyberman stories, it was difficult to pick just one to focus on. But The Tomb of the Cybermen perfectly sums up their menace and genius, and provides us with the instantly-recognisable Cyber-head insignia. Plus, when Matt Smith was cast as the Doctor, he watched some classic Doctor Who and fell in love with Tomb. And who's to blame him?!

Alongside these three items, a shorter, more manageable version of the Fourth Doctor Season 18 Burgundy Scarf is also now available. This second version is a more concise 200cm, so it's easier to wear day-to-day without dragging the tassels underneath you.

The TARDIS and Dalek Christmas Sweater and The Tomb of the Cybermen Scarf will be available to buy from 12th November from Lovarzi.co.uk and Amazon. The Pandorica Opens Gloves will be available to buy in last week of November.

Members of Lovarzi’s exclusive Doctor Who Fan Club can take advantage of a 15% discount on all newly launched Doctor Who products by LOVARZI. You can become a member here.