Random House Audio to continue Doctor Who rangeBookmark and Share

Friday, 20 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The future of Doctor Who on audio was revealed today as BBC Worldwide announced a new partnership with Random House Audio to maintain the range alongside some 3,500 other titles including BBC Radio Comedy shows and drama such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The company will have sole responsibility for sales, stock management and distribution of BBC-branded physical CDs in the UK and the rest of the world (excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand). It will also take on global responsibility for download sales with leading digital retailers, including Audible.

From next year, the company is also expected to produce new releases developed and co-published alongside BBC Worldwide.

Nicholas Brett, Director of Publishing, BBC Worldwide UK, said:
Our principal aim has been to ensure an uninterrupted flow of the BBC’s brilliant spoken word content both on high streets around the world and through downloads. And we’re delighted that this new partnership with Random House Audio will do that.

Hannah Telfer, Director, Digital Marketing and New Product Development at Random House, said:
At Random House we have long admired the BBC’s audio programme, sharing their passion for publishing the highest quality content. We’re very pleased to be working together to grow the BBC list and are committed to reaching the largest possible audience for their titles.

The continuing availability of Doctor Who on audio had been in question since AudioGo entered administration in November.





Big Finish release The Time MachineBookmark and Share

Monday, 18 November 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The status of the last part of the Destiny of the Doctor series, The Time Machine, had been uncertain since the series publisher AudioGo entered administration last month; however, the series producers Big Finish have now announced that they will be releasing the final adventure on CD and download, completing the collection which kicked off in January with Hunters of Earth.

Destiny of the Doctor: The Time Machine (Credit: AudioGo)Destiny of the Doctor: The Time Machine
Starring Jenna Coleman, Michael Cochrane (Chivers), and Nicholas Briggs (The Creevix) (pre-order)

23 November 2013. In an Oxford laboratory, graduate Alice Watson helps Professor Chivers assemble the final pieces of an impossible machine. A time machine.

The scientist and his assistant believe they are making history, little suspecting that the project’s completion will threaten the existence of the entire universe. But someone has sensed the danger, and when the mysterious Doctor arrives, Alice is taken on a desperate race from libraries and dreaming spires all the way to the nightmare world of Earth’s future. The monstrous Creevix are coming. They seek control of time itself and are certain that the Doctor is already too late to stop them. But can the key to saving the future lie in the Time Lord’s past lives?

For more details, see the Big Finish website.





AudioGO in administrationBookmark and Share

Sunday, 3 November 2013 - Reported by Marcus
Audiobook publisher AudioGO, the company licensed by the BBC to produce Doctor Who audiobooks, has been placed into administration, suspending all operations.

AudioGO was formed in July 2010, when a team of private investors bought out the Bath-based BBC Audiobooks, with BBC Worldwide still owning a minority stake. The company produced a number of audio products based on BBC programmes, including a large number of Doctor Who-related discs, such as readings of classic novelisations and productions such as the Destiny of the Doctor series. (This series continues to be available from co-producers Big Finish.)

The company suspended operations on 22nd October, following the discovery of financial irregularities and the suspension of the managing director and departure of the financial director. It was hoped that a buyer for the business could be found which would enable the company to continue trading. However, on Friday AudioGO was formally put into administration, with 57 employees losing their jobs.

Mark Shaw, of the administrators BDO, said
Significant accounting issues and the consequent working capital requirements at AudioGO led to it being insolvent. Unfortunately, there was no other option at this stage but to place the remaining UK business into administration, as no suitable buyer could be found. The administrators are taking all necessary steps to mitigate losses to customers and to maximise recoveries for the benefit of creditors.
Before administration, the company sold its US arm Blackstone Audio back to Blackstone's founder, which operates the US Downpour.com download site. AudioGo had acquired Blackstone 10 months ago.
Compiled by:
Marcus and Anthony Weight




AudioGo: October releasesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
AudioGo's ongoing celebration of 50 Years of Doctor Who reaches its penultimate adventure in October with the Tenth Doctor and Donna embroiled with Death's Deal. Meanwhile the Sixth Doctor's trial continues in the second part of the Target novelisations of The Trial of a Time Lord, whilst Louise Jameson takes listeners on a trip into the BBC Radio Archive to find Lost Treasures.

Destiny of the Doctor: Death's Deal (Credit: AudioGo)Destiny of the Doctor: Death's Deal
Starring Catherine Tate, with Duncan Wisbey (pre-order)

Responding to multiple maydays, the TARDIS lands on the planet of Death’s Deal, but the distress calls are old, the final echoes of terrified lost souls. This is an exotic world of lethal creatures, nicknamed ‘The Deadliest Planet in the Galaxy’, and only the brave, foolhardy or greedy would ever dare to visit.

Finding themselves stranded among a motley bunch of space-tourists, the Doctor and Donna must lead a struggle for survival against the frenzied wildlife, as they slowly realise that other members of the group have very different agendas.

And soon the Doctor learns of an even bigger threat hiding on Death’s Deal. Somewhere deep below the surface, is something that must never be unearthed.

Time is running out, and only an impossible survivor holds the key...


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Death's Deal courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Name a televised story where the Doctor ends up involved in an adventure after responding to a mayday call.
Send your answer to comp-deathsdeal@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Doctor-Donna", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 6th October 2013.
The Trial of a Time Lord (Volume Two) (Credit: AudioGo)The Trial Of A Time Lord (Vol 2)
Read by Bonnie Langford and Michael Jayston (pre-order)

Bonnie Langford and Michael Jayston read these thrilling novelisations of the final two adventures in 'The Trial of a Time Lord', featuring the Sixth Doctor.

Doctor Who: Terror of the Vervoids: On trial for his life, the Doctor defends himself by telling of an adventure set on board the Hyperion III space liner in his future. Answering a distress call, the Doctor and Mel arrive on the liner just as a series of grisly murders begins. Who is behind the murders? Do the enigmatic Mogarians have anything to do with them? Who sent the distress call to the TARDIS? And what hideous menace lies waiting in the Hydroponic Centre?

Doctor Who: The Ultimate Foe: While the Doctor asserts that the evidence of the Matrix, the repository of all Time Lord knowledge, has been tampered with, the mysterious and vengeful prosecuting council, the Valeyard, is confident that the Doctor will be sentenced to death. In a dramatic intervention the Valeyard's true identity is revealed but he escapes from the Courtroom into the Matrix, and it is into this nightmare world that the Doctor must follow - to face his ultimate foe...


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Volume Two courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
What does the Key of Rassilon grant access to, as revealed in The Ultimate Foe?
Send your answer to comp-trial@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "The catharsis of spurious morality", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 6th October 2013.
Doctor Who at the BBC: Lost Treasures (Credit: AudioGo)Doctor Who at the BBC: Lost Treasures
Presented by Louise Jameson (pre-order)

Louise Jameson presents a time travelling journey behind the scenes of Doctor Who. Do you remember when the Fourth Doctor called in on Pete Murray's Open House? Or when Louise Jameson was menaced by a Dalek? Do you remember June Whitfield auditioning a Dalek? If not, now's your chance to catch up! Featuring rare recordings, this collection is full of gems. There are contributions from six lead actors - Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith - plus co-stars Louise Jameson, Lalla Ward, Nicholas Courtney, Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman, and production personnel including Delia Derbyshire, Peter Howell, Pennant Roberts, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat. There are also features on the show's theme tune; the recovery of a lost TV episode; the cancellation of Shada and the legendary Blackpool exhibition, along with clips from a radio programme broadcast live from a Doctor Who convention!


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Lost Treasures courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Name the character June Whitfield played when she appeared in Doctor Who
Send your answer to comp-treasures@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "On the hunt", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 6th October 2013.

All eight of the Doctor Who at the BBC series of CDs are also to be released in a boxed set:

50 Years of Doctor Who at the BBC (Credit: AudioGo)50 Years of Doctor Who at the BBC
Eight CD Collection (pre-order)

Celebrate 50 Years of Doctor Who at the BBC with this unique collection of behind-the-scenes interviews, set reports, lively discussions, comedy and drama, including items from Blue Peter, Woman's Hour, Today, Pete Murray's Open House, Nationwide, Newsbeat, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Dead Ringers, The Now Show, Week Ending, PM and many more. Featuring Freema Agyeman, Tom Baker, John Barrowman, Phil Collinson, Russell T. Davies, Peter Davison, Christopher Eccleston, Janet Fielding, Carole Ann Ford, Julie Gardner, Karen Gillan, Michael Grade, Anthony Head, Louise Jameson, John Leeson, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Kylie Minogue, Steven Moffat, John Nathan-Turner, Terry Nation, Jon Pertwee, Billie Piper, Elisabeth Sladen, Matt Smith, Sarah Sutton, Mary Tamm, Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Patrick Troughton, Lalla Ward, Matthew Waterhouse, and many, many more. Also includes the full-cast radio plays Regenerations by Daragh Carville, Blue Sands and Golden Veils by Martyn Wade and Dalek I Love You by Colin Sharpe, plus an extended version of BBC Radio 2's 2005 documentary Project Who?

Over 17 hours of features from BBC Radio and Television, from the 1960s to the present day, presented by Elisabeth Sladen, Anthony Head and Louise Jameson.

Volume 1: 30 Years and More
Volume 2: In the Hot Seat
Volume 3: Now and Then
Volume 4: The Plays
Volume 5: Project Who?
Volume 6: The Tenth Doctor
Volume 7: A Legend Reborn
Volume 8: Lost Treasures


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of 50 Years of Doctor Who at the BBC courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
The Doctor's grand-daughter was the focus of another radio play, but who played her?
Send your answer to comp-50Years@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "This is the BBC", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 6th October 2013.




AudioGo: September releasesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
AudioGo's ongoing celebration of 50 Years of Doctor Who reaches the Ninth Doctor in September, with he, Rose and Jack entering the Night of the Whisper in the Destiny of the Doctor series. Meanwhile, the Sixth Doctor finds himself on trial for his lives in The Trial of a Time Lord in the latest Target novelisation adaptations, whilst the soundtrack of six adventures with the First Doctor are released in a collected edition.

Destiny of the Doctor: Night of the Whisper (Credit: AudioGo)Destiny of the Doctor: Night of the Whisper
Starring Nicholas Briggs, with John Schwab (pre-order)

New Vegas, 23rd Century – a sprawling city huddling beneath an artificial atmospheric bubble on a distant moon. Pleasure seekers flock there from every corner of the galaxy, to take in the shows and play the tables in the huge casinos. But beneath the glitz and the glitter, organised crime rules the streets.

Whilst Rose Tyler works as a waitress in the Full Moon nightclub, Jack Harkness poses as a reporter for the Daily Galaxy. Meanwhile, the Doctor is helping the police department with their investigation into The Whisper, a strange vigilante that has been terrorising the city’s underworld. But the Doctor is also on a mission of his own – to save Police Chief McNeil’s life at all costs.

Nicholas Briggs - the voice behind the Daleks - and John Schwab perform this original story by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright.


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Night of the Whisper courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Name John Schwab's credited appearance in the television series of Doctor Who.
Send your answer to comp-whisper@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Fantastic!", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 4th September 2013.
Doctor Who - The Trial of a Time Lord Volume 1 (Credit: AudioGo)Doctor Who - The Trial of a Time Lord Volume 1
Written by Terrance Dicks and Philip Martin
Read by Lynda Bellingham and Colin Baker (pre-order)

Lynda Bellingham and Colin Baker read these thrilling novelisations of the first two adventures in 'The Trial of a Time Lord', featuring the Sixth Doctor. Doctor Who and the Mysterious Planet: The TARDIS has been taken out of time and the Doctor has been brought before a court of his fellow Time Lords. There the sinister Valeyard accuses the Doctor of breaking Gallifrey's most important law and interfering in the affairs of other planets. If the Valeyard can prove him guilty, the Doctor must sacrifice his remaining regenerations... Doctor Who: Mindwarp: The sinister prosecutor, the Valeyard, presents the High Council of Time Lords with the second piece of evidence against the Doctor...


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of the first volume of The Trial of a Time Lord courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Name one of the Books of Knowledge that can be found at Marb Station.
Send your answer to comp-trial@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Of course, Segacity", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition. Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 4th September 2013.
The TV Episodes Collection 6 (Credit: AudioGo)The TV Episodes Collection 6
Starring William Hartnell as Doctor Who
Linking narration by William Russell, Peter Purves and Anneke Wills (pre-order)

Six Doctor Who adventures starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor - plus extra bonus material. These classic soundtrack adventures, with additional linking narration, have all been remastered and include bonus interviews with William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves and Anneke Wills.
  • The Sensorites: the Doctor and friends meet the alien Sensorites...
  • The Romans: in first-century Rome, Ian and Barbara are sold into slavery and the Doctor encounters Nero...
  • The Space Museum: the Doctor and his companions see a terrible potential future...
  • The Ark: the Doctor, Steven and Dodo come face-to-face with the last humans and their servants, the Monoids...
  • The Gunfighters: 1881, Tombstone. The TARDIS crew are in trouble, as they try to avoid getting caught in the crossfire at the OK Corral...
  • The War Machines: The TARDIS lands in London in 1966 - only to find that the brand new Post Office Tower is home to a monstrous supercomputer.


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of The TV Episodes Collection 6 courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Name the story episode this competition subject is quoted from.
Send your answer to comp-tv6@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "The gentle art of Fisticuffs", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition. Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 4th September 2013.




AudioGo: August releasesBookmark and Share

Friday, 19 July 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
AudioGo's ongoing celebration of 50 Years of Doctor Who reaches the Eighth Doctor in August, with he and Charlie facing Enemy Aliens in the Destiny of the Doctor series. Meanwhile, the Seventh Doctor performs at The Greatest Show in the Galaxy in the latest Target novelisation adaptation, and the Eleventh Doctor's former compantion Amelia Pond writes about when Summer Falls in an audio adaptation of the e-book released earlier this year.

Destiny of the Doctor: Enemy Aliens (Credit: AudioGo)Destiny of the Doctor: Enemy Aliens
Starring India Fisher, with Michael Maloney (pre-order)

1935: a message from a Time Lord in trouble sends the Eighth Doctor and Charlotte ‘Charley’ Pollard to the streets of London’s West End, in search of a mysterious alien adversary – unaware that something monstrous is already on their trail.

They soon discover that an insidious conspiracy is indeed at work, its tentacles extending the length of the British Isles. Proving its existence won’t be easy, however, after a confrontation in a music hall ends up with the Doctor under arrest and Charley on the run, suspected of murder. All their hopes rest in a musical clue and a man named Hilary – neither of which are much consolation, with the two time travellers the object of a nationwide manhunt.

And all the while, the enemy aliens are drawing closer and closer still...

India Fisher - Charley in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio series - and Michael Maloney perform this original story by Alan Barnes, with music and sound design.


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Enemy Aliens courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Charlie travelled with the Eighth Doctor for a number of years, they are eventually separated during an encounter with the Cybermen - but what happened to her next?
Send your answer to comp-aliens@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Shh. Spoilers!", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition (the news website, twitter, facebook, etc.). Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 31st July 2013.
Doctor Who - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (Credit: AudioGo)The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
Written by Stephen Wyatt
Read by Sophie Aldred (pre-order)

CREEPY. That's what Ace thinks of clowns. But the Doctor insists on entering the talent contest at the Psychic Circus, the self-proclaimed Greatest Show in the Galaxy, on the planet Segonax. What has reduced Segonax to an arid wasteland? Why have the happy-go-lucky circus folk stayed here so long? And why are they no longer happy? Above all, what is the dreadful truth about the 'talent contests' run by the sinister Ringmaster and his robot clowns?

The Doctor and Ace need all their death-defying skills in the big top to uncover a brooding, ancient evil that has broken the spirit of the Circus and demanded the sacrifice of so many lives.

Sophie Aldred, who played Ace in Doctor Who, reads Stephen Wyatt's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1989.


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Due to a re-arrangement of the running order of Season 25, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy ended up being broadcast last in the season - name an on-screen continuity error this introduced for the preceding Silver Nemesis (which would originally have been broadcast afterwards)?
Send your answer to comp-greatestshow@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Roll up, roll up!", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition. Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 31st July 2013.
Summer Falls (Credit: AudioGo)Summer Falls
Read by Clare Corbett (pre-order)

Clare Corbett reads this enchanting tale of a peculiar painting, a talking cat and a very odd Curator, inspired by the Doctor Who episode 'The Bells of Saint John'...

In the seaside village of Watchcombe, young Kate is determined to make the most of her last week of summer holiday. But when she discovers a mysterious painting entitled 'The Lord of Winter' in a charity shop, it leads her on an adventure she never could have planned. Kate soon realises the old seascape, painted long ago by an eccentric local artist, is actually a puzzle. And with the help of some bizarre new acquaintances - including a museum curator's magical cat, a miserable neighbour, and a lonely boy - she plans on solving it. And then, one morning, Kate wakes up to a world changed forever. For the Lord of Winter is coming - and Kate has a very important decision to make.


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Summer Falls courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Which chapter of the book, according to Clara, is the best?
Send your answer to comp-summer@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "You'll cry your eyes out", along with your name, address, and where you saw the competition. Only one entry per postal address will be accepted. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is 31st July 2013.