Humble Doctor Who Comics & Audiobooks BundleBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Humble has launched its latest bundle of Doctor Who Magazines and Audiobooks.

The bundle includes digital Doctor Who content from both Titan Comics and Big Finish and runs until Wednesday 11 March 2020 at 7pm GMT/11am PST.

As well as getting a selection of Doctor Who comics and audiobooks, purchasers will also be supporting BBC Children in Need as a percentage from each bundle sold will go to the BBC's charity - set up to change the lives of children and young people across the UK.

Pay what you want for over $600 worth of Doctor Who comics and audiobooks including...

TIER 1: Pay $1 or more to get the following...
  • Comics
  • Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 3 - The Fountains of Forever, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 3 - Conversion, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 3 - Hyperion, Doctor Who: Ghost Stories, Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor collection - Operation Volcano, Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor collection - Gaze of the Medusa
  • Audiobooks
  • UNIT: The Coup, Dalek Empire: The Fearless Part 1, Dalek Empire: The Fearless Part 2, Dalek Empire: The Fearless Part 3, Dalek Empire: The Fearless Part 4, I, Davros: The Davros Mission, Doctor Who: Destination Nerva
TIER 2: Pay $8 or more to get the following (in addition to Tier 1)...
  • Comics
  • Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 4 - The Endless Song, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 4 - The Then and The Now, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 4 - The School of Death, Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Volume 1 - Weapons of Past Destruction, Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Volume 2 - Doctormania, Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Volume 3 - Official Secrets, Doctor Who Archives: Prisoners of Time
  • Audiobooks
  • UNIT: Time Heals, , UNIT: The Longest Night UNIT: The Wasting, Tales from New Earth: Doctor Who - Special Releases
TIER 3: Pay $15 more to get the following (in addition to Tier 1 and 2)...
  • Comics
  • Doctor Who: The Road to the Thirteenth Doctor, Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0 - The Many Lives of Doctor Who, Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1, Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 5 - Arena of Fear, Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 6 - Sins of the Father, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 5 - The One, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 6 - The Malignant Truth, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 5 - The Twist, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 6 - Sonic Boom
  • udiobooks
  • Doctor Who: Technophobia, Doctor Who: Time Reaver, Doctor Who: Death and the Queen, Doctor Who: Love and War, Doctor Who - The Lost Stories: The Fourth Doctor, UNIT: Extinction
More details here




The Haunting Of Villa Diodati - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Haunting Of Villa Diodati (Credit: BBC Studios)
Doctor Who, The Haunting Of Villa Diodati, had an official rating of 5.07 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

The ratings make the episode the 31st most watched programm across all television channels. It had a 22.9% share of the total TV audience.

In detail 4.95 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 61,000 watched on their PC, 36,000 watched on a Tablet device and 30,000 watched on a smartphone.

Top for the week was White House Farm on ITV with 8.57 million watching. The top BBC programme was the drama Death in Paradise with 8.04 million.

Doctor Who had an Appreciation Index score of 80




Ascension of the Cybermen - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Ascension of the Cybermen: Ashad (Patrick O'kane), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackallll ))
Doctor Who Ascension of the Cybermen, was watched by 3.71 million viewers in the UK yesterday according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating, representing 19.1% of the total viewing audience made Doctor Who the 8th most popular show on British Television yesterday. Doctor Who was beaten by its ITV opposition, Dancing on Ice, which had 4.39 million viewers.

Top for the day was Call the Midwife, with 6.29 million viewers. This week the lead into Doctor Who was Countryfile which had 4.84 million watching. The return of Last Tango in Halifax, had 4.89 million viewers. Endeavour on ITV1 had 3.93
.

The afternoon Six Nations Rugby match on ITV1 had 4.37 million watching.
On overnight figures, Doctor Who was the 50th most-watched programme of the week.

The overnight figure counts those who watched the show yesterday. Final figures, released next Monday, will include those who recorded the programme and watched it later and are likely to be substantially higher.




Ascension of the Cybermen - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Saturday, 22 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released new pictures from the upcoming episode of Doctor Who - Ascension of the Cybermen.
Written by Chris Chibnall
Directed by Jamie Magnus Stone
Starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

Guest starring Julie Graham, Patrick O'Kane and Steve Toussaint.

In the far future, the Doctor and her friends face a brutal battle across the farthest reaches of space to protect the last of the human race against the deadly Cybermen.
The episode can be seen on BBC One at 7.10pm Sunday. North American viewers can see it at 8pm ET, while in Australia the episode debut's is on Thursday at 8.00pm. In New Zealand, it can be seen at 9am, Monday morning, just a couple of hours after the UK showing.

Full broadcast details can be found here, and ongoing adventures of the Doctor can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

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COMING SOON | Doctor Who: Series 12




The Doctor Who Companion The Twelfth Doctor: Volume ThreeBookmark and Share

Saturday, 22 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Twelfth Doctor: Volume Three (Credit: Panini).
Doctor Who Magazine is continuing its in-depth chronicle of the show’s production with a 116-page volume dedicated to four memorable episodes of Series 8 and the subsequent festive special, all starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald:
  • Flatline
  • In the Forest of the Night
  • Dark Water/Death in Heaven
  • Last Christmas
Andrew Pixley’s unparalleled behind-the-scenes coverage – originally presented in the partwork Doctor Who: The Complete History and now revised and reproduced in magazine format for the first time – examines every aspect of the stories’ development, from scripting through to transmission and beyond.

Richly illustrated with rare images, this is the essential guide to the series that took Doctor Who in a remarkable new direction…

Available from WH Smith priced £9.99 and digitally from pocketmags.com priced £8.99.

Please note that this publication is not available as part of a subscription to Doctor Who Magazine




Doctor Who BearBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)
Build-A-Bear Workshop and BBC Studios have launched a Doctor Who range, launching a Doctor Who Bear and accessories inspired by the TV series.

The Doctor Who Bear features branded blue paw pads and a blue heart on its chest.

The Time Lord’s look is completed with the iconic Thirteenth Doctor or Tenth Doctor outfits. Sport the striped top and braces worn by the Thirteenth Doctor, or the suit, trousers, glasses and trainers worn by the Tenth Doctor. Each bear will arrive with a sonic screwdriver in its own TARDIS gift box.

The new range is available in the UK and can be bought exclusively online at: buildabear.co.uk. The range will be launching online in the US later this month.

The Doctor Who Bear is available online now for £21.50, with outfits and accessories starting at £8.

Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)




Can You Hear Me? - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Can You Hear Me?: Maryam (Sirine Saba), Tahira (Aruhan Galieva) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))
Doctor Who, Can You Hear Me?, had an official rating of 4.90 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

The episode is the first one to dip below 5 million since the Peter Capaldi story The Eaters of Light in 2017.

The ratings make the episode the 35th most watched programm across all television channels. It had a 21.6% share of the total TV audience.

Doctor Who sliped behind the opposition on ITV, Dancing On Ice, which had 5.26 million viewers.

Top for the week was Call the Midwife on ITV with 8.21 million watching.

Doctor Who had an Appreciation Index score of 78




The Haunting Of Villa Diodati - Overnight FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Haunting Of Villa Diodati (Credit: BBC Studios)Doctor Who The Haunting Of Villa Diodati, was watched by 3.86 million viewers in the UK yesterday according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating, representing 19.7% of the total viewing audience made Doctor Who the seventh most popular show on British Television yesterday. Doctor Who was beaten by its ITV opposition, Dancing on Ice, which had 4.63 million viewers.

Top for the day was Call the Midwife, with 6.25 million viewers. This week the lead into Doctor Who was Countryfile which had 4.91 million watching. The Agatha Christie mystery, The Pale Horse, had 4.07 million viewers. Endeavour on ITV1 had 4.08

This week's storm was Dennis, which drew 4.95 million to the late evening News.

On overnight figures, Doctor Who was the 44th most-watched programme of the week.

The overnight figure counts those who watched the show yesterday. Final figures, released next Monday, will include those who recorded the programme and watched it later and are likely to be substantially higher.




Praxeus - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who, Praxeus, had an official rating of 5.22 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

The ratings make the episode the 12th most watched on BBC Television for the week and the 28th across all television. It had a 23.5% share of the total TV audience.

Doctor Who did just beat the opposition on ITV, Dancing On Ice, which had 5.06 million viewers.

In detail 5.09 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 63,000 watched on their PC, 38,000 watched on a Tablet device and 30,000 watched on a smartphone.

Top for the week was White House Farm on ITV with 8.27 million watching.

Doctor Who had an Appreciation Index score of 78




Can You Hear Me? - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Can You Hear Me?: Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Tibo (Buom Tihngang), Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))Doctor Who Can You Hear Me?, was watched by 3.81 million viewers in the UK yesterday according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating, representing 18.8% of the total viewing audience made Doctor Who the seventh most popular show on British Television yesterday. Doctor Who was beaten by its ITV opposition, Dancing on Ice, which had 4.84 million viewers.

Top for the day was Call the Midwife, with 6.39 million viewers. This week the lead into Doctor Who was Countryfile which had 5.24 million watching. The Agatha Christie mystery, The Pale Horse, had 4.81 million viewers.

On the day that storm Ciara hit the UK BBC News had a boost with 5.48 million watching the 10pm bulletin.

On overnight figures, Doctor Who was the 49th most watched programme of the week.

The overnight figure counts those who watched the show yesterday. Final figures, released next Monday, will include those who recorded the programme and watched it later and are likely to be substantially higher.




Celebrating Chris Achilléos - Your MemoriesBookmark and Share

Sunday, 9 February 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
An update from Candy Jar Books on their forthcoming book about Doctor Who artist Chris Achilléos:

Kklak: The Doctor Who Art of Chris Achilléos (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books would like Doctor Who readers to share their thoughts and memories of Chris Achilléos’ Doctor Who artwork (as well as the Target books that featured his art).

Whether they set you on a path that ultimately led to a career, or simply gave you a few lazy Sundays’ entertainment, we’d love to hear your stories. Do you have images of you with Chris, or photos of yourself reading these iconic Target books as a child? We’d love to see them. We want to pay tribute to why these books really matter – how they have touched lives all over the world.

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, says:
Last year, we put out a free release celebrating the career of Terrance Dicks, after his passing. A lot of our contributors said that Terrance, and the Target range which he and Chris defined, got them into reading, got them into science fiction, got them into writing as a discipline and ultimately a career. These books changed lives! They changed my life! We want Klaak! to celebrate this.
These contributions will be compiled into a chapter in the upcoming book, Kklak!: The Doctor Who Artwork of Chris Achilléos.

Send your memories, photos or artwork to Shaun Russell with the subject heading KKLAK!.

Each contributor will receive a personally signed paperback copy of the book.
The final date for submissions is the end of February.



Book details:
For the first time ever, an upcoming book, Kklak: the Doctor Who Art of Chris Achilléos, will compile into one volume the entirety of Chris’ artwork for Target. The artwork will be presented chronologically, with accompanying commentary from the artist himself. The book will begin with an exclusive foreword from Achilléos’ long-time friend and collaborator – and the most prolific and popular of all Target’s writers – the late Terrance Dicks.

In many ways, Kklak… is a love letter to the Target range, which was itself a love letter to the Doctor Who fandom. It was Target’s genuine, tangible affection for the universe of Doctor Who that first inspired Candy Jar’s head of publishing, Shaun Russell, to get into the book world. As Shaun explains:
The Target novels were a huge part of our childhoods. And when it came to our own range of Doctor Who books, the Lethbridge-Stewart series, they were an inspiration. You could always tell that they were produced by fellow fans. There was an attention to detail, and a level of quality, which spoke of the affection their creators held for the show. From the first moment you picked up a Target title, with one of Chris Achilléos’ brilliant designs on the cover, you knew that you were in for something special.
Featuring every one of Achilléos’ Doctor Who designs, as well as never before seen material giving insight into his creative process, Kklak: the Doctor Who Art of Chris Achilléos is released in late spring 2020 by Candy Jar Books.




Doctor Who The Faceless Ones AnimationBookmark and Share

Friday, 7 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who The Faceless Ones Animation (Credit: BBC Studios)The BBC has released more details about the March release of the Doctor Who missing serial The Faceless Ones.

The story will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and SteelBook on 16th March 2020 and is now available to pre-order now from Amazon.

The Faceless Ones is the mostly missing eighth serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from April to May 1967. Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, the story concerns a sinister race of identity-stealing aliens known as the Chameleons.

Only two of the six episodes are held in the BBC film archives with snippets of footage and still images existing from the other four. Fortunately, off-air recordings of the soundtrack also still exist, making the animation of a complete serial possible once again.

The six new animated episodes are being made in full colour and high definition and will include the following exclusive special features:
  • Photographic reconstruction of the story, including surviving footage of episodes 1 & 3
  • Audio commentary on episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • ‘Making of the animated series’
  • Camera script PDF’s
  • Surviving film fragments from the story
  • x5 ‘Easter Egg’ surprises
  • Coming Soon Fury from the Deep trailer




Season 12 Re-ReleaseBookmark and Share

Thursday, 6 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Season 12 (Credit: BBC Studios)The Blu-ray collecion of stories from Season 12 of Doctor Who is being re-released by the BBC.

The collection was first released in 2018 and quickly sold out, despite technical problems with one of the discs, leading to copies being exchanged for highly inflated ammounts on resale sites. The re-release by BBC Studios will bring the total number of copies into line with other seasons in the classic collection.

The second edition of Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 12 will be released on 2nd March 2020, and is now available to pre-order on Amazon

All content, extras and artwork will remain the same as the 1st edition.

Season 12 features five stories over 20 episodes, including The Ark in Space and Genesis of the Daleks. The Doctor is accompanied by Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) and was first broadcast on the BBC between December 1974 and May 1975.

Bonus material includes:
  • TOM BAKER IN CONVERSATION A candid new one-hour interview with the Fourth Doctor.
  • BEHIND THE SOFA Classic clips from Season 12, viewed by Tom Baker, Philip Hinchcliffe, Louise Jameson, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Sadie Miller
  • NEW MAKING-OF DOCUMENTARIES For The Sontaran Experiment and Revenge of the Cybermen
  • IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIXES For The Ark in Space and Genesis of the Daleks
  • OPTIONAL BRAND NEW UPDATED SPECIAL EFFECTS For Revenge of the Cybermen
  • GENESIS OF THE DALEKS - OMNIBUS MOVIE VERSION Unseen since broadcast in 1975
  • THE TOM BAKER YEARS The 1991 VHS release, on disc for the first time
  • PRODUCTION ARCHIVE MATERIAL
  • PDF files from the BBC Archives




Doctor Who Magazine Issue 548Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 6 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 548 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 548 (Credit: Panini)

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive, in-depth interview with Sacha Dhawan. Other highlights include:
  • A choice of collectable covers, one featuring Sacha Dhawan and one featuring Jodie Whittaker.
  • Exclusive previews of the final four episodes of Series 12.
  • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • A report from the filming of Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror at the Nu Boyana Film Studios in Bulgaria.
  • An exclusive interview with Robert Glenister, who played Thomas Edison in Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror.
  • A tribute to the 1960s writer and story editor Donald Tosh.
  • Peter Purves shares his memories of Donald Tosh.
  • The director of Doctor Who and the Silurians, Timothy Combe, looks back on its production.
  • Remembering the late Doctor Who comic-strip artist Bill Mevin.
  • Updates on Doctor Who luminaries, past and present, with new feature Time and Space Visualiser.
  • Public Image looks at how Doctor Who is doing in the TV ratings.
  • The Fact of Fiction continues its epic exploration of The Daleks’ Master Plan.
  • The final part of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • Reviews of the Series 5 Blu-ray Steelbook and Sophie Aldred’s novel At Childhood’s End.
  • Big Finish previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more
On sale from Thursday 6 February 2020 £5.99 (UK)