Big Finish: Fourth Doctor updateBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Big Finish have announced that the Fourth Doctor Adventures will continue into 2018 with a new series featuring the Doctor (Tom Baker), Leela (Louise Jameson) and K9 (John Leeson).

This time around the series will be released as two boxed sets of four episodes each. January 2018 will see the release of Series 7A, consisting of Episode One by Andrew Smith, The Crowmarsh Experiement by David Llewellyn, and The Mind-Runners / The Demon Rises by John Dorney; May sees the release of Series 7B, with The Shadow of London by Justin Richards, Episode Six by Dan Starkey, and Kill The Doctor! / Episode Eight by Guy Adams.

For digital listeners, as well as the two boxed sets it will also be possible to buy the episodes individually. Pre-orders can be purchased at a discount to the final release price. For full details see the Big Finish website.


Meanwhile, Season 6 kicks off in January, which as well as K9 will feature the Doctor's Time Lord side-kick Romana (as portrayed by Lalla Ward):

The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Beast f Kravenos (Credit: Big Finish)6.01 The Beast of Kravenos
Written by Justin Richards, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released January 2017

A stunning new star act is wowing the audiences of the New Regency Theatre. The modern mechanical marvel of canny canine charisma - the automated dog that can answer any question - the incomparable - the unbeatable - K9!

The Doctor and Romana have returned to Victorian London and been reunited with their old friends Professor George Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago. However this is not merely a social visit. A terrifying crime spree is sweeping the capital, and the burglaries of 'The Knave' defy all logic.

Something impossibly dangerous is taking place amid the fog. Only the time travellers and their friends can stop it... but can they be sure they're all on the same side?
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Eternal Battle (Credit: Big Finish)6.02 The Eternal Battle
Written by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released February 2017

The TARDIS has landed in a war zone. The Doctor, Romana and K9 find themselves traipsing through an inhospitable battlefield. Strange lights flicker in the sky, and stranger creatures lurk in the darkness.

When rescued from an attack by a Sontaran tank, the time-travellers discover they’re facing a far more dangerous foe than the battle-hungry clones. This terrifying fight has been going on longer than anyone can remember… and shows no signs of stopping.

With the TARDIS missing and their luck running thin, the Doctor and his friends’ only hope of survival is to uncover the truth about what is happening on this planet. If they can discover the secret of the eternal battle they might just survive... but it might just mean the end of them all.
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Silent Scream (Credit: Big Finish)6.03 The Silent Scream
Written by James Goss, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released March 2017

On the set of a busy Hollywood movie in the late 1920s, a damsel is in distress! As cameras roll, she opens her mouth to scream and... nothing comes out. Nothing at all. It's happened again.

The Doctor, Romana and K9 have arrived in a terrified Tinseltown. A new film is being made and several stars of the silent screen are viewing it as a potential comeback... but it may prove a poisoned chalice. Actors are vanishing and strange creatures stalk the streets.

Something evil is lurking behind the scenery. Can the Doctor stop it when he doesn't have a voice?

It's time for his close-up.
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Dethras (Credit: Big Finish)6.04 Dethras
Written by Adrian Poynton, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released April 2017

In the control room of a World War 2 submarine something strange has started to happen. As the ship runs out of control, its crew begin to fall unconscious...

Finding the submarine in the last place they'd have expected, the Doctor and Romana are confronted by a mystery. Once fully populated, there are now only three men on board. And there's now also a chimpanzee.

What has happened to the rest of the crew? What are the strange noises they can hear outside the hull?
6.05 The Haunting of Malkin Place
Written by Phil Mulryne, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released May 2017

The Doctor and Romana meet the spiritualist Talbot, who has been called to investigate ghostly apparitions in a 1920's mansion.
6.06 Subterranea
Written by Jonathan Morris, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released June 2017

The travellers are taken deep underground by a steam-driven alien drill ship, where the terrifying Silex await.
6.07 The Movellan Grave
Written by Andrew Smith, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released July 2017

An archaeological expedition in 1980 uncovers a Movellan power pack. Before long, a reactivated alien ship is rising – a ship that contains a deadly secret weapon from an interstellar war...
6.08 The Skin of the Sleek
Written by Marc Platt, directed by Ken Bentley
Released August 2017

The Doctor arrives on the amazing world of Funderell, which is covered by a giant gelatinous ocean that people can walk on... but stand still and you sink.
6.09 The Thief Who Stole Time
Written by Marc Platt, directed by Ken Bentley
Released September 2017

The Doctor arrives on the amazing world of Funderell, which is covered by a giant gelatinous ocean that people can walk on... but stand still and you sink.




Tom Baker meets the Vashta Nerada for Big FinishBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Tom Baker /Pam Ferris (Credit: Big Finish )The fourth doctor, in the form of Tom Baker, is to battle the Vashta Nerada in an new audio play from Big Finish.

The Fourth Doctor has joined the line-up for the new series Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters, where he will be battle a foe that will one day fight his Tenth incarnation.

The new story, recorded on 16 November, finds the Doctor in a futuristic funfair on an alien world where he comes across the flesh eating shadows, created by Steven Moffat for the David Tennant story Silence in the Library.

Producer David Richardson said
Our first volume of Classic Doctors, New Monsters really captured the imaginations of our listeners. They loved the fusion of two different eras of the TV series. And I’m sure they are going to equally love John Dorney’s brilliant Night of the Vashta Nerada, in which the shadowy predators create mayhem in a story straight out of the Philip Hinchcliffe era.
With the Fourth Doctor travelling alone, director Barnaby Edwards has assembled a fine guest cast. Pam Ferris (Call the Midwife, Rosemary and Thyme) plays professional hunter Amanda Steele, Lorelei King (Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy) is Georgia Donnelly, Emma Lowndes (Downton Abbey, Cranford) plays Phelan, Matt Devitt (Campus, Down to Earth) plays Bernnetto.

Doctor Who - Classic Doctors, New Monsters Volume 2 is out in 2017 and can be pre-ordered now at £20 on either Download or a CD set (which unlocks digital access).




The Return of Doctor Mysterio UK broadcast time confirmedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Peter Capaldi (Credit: BBC / Ray Burmiston)The BBC have confirmed that this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5:45pm.

BBC Synopsis:

This Christmas sees The Doctor join forces with a masked Superhero for an epic New York adventure.

With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Justin Chatwin (Grant), Charity Wakefield (Lucy), Tomiwa Edun (Mr Brock), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Dr Sim) and Logan Huffman.

The 60-minute Doctor Who Christmas Special is written by Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, Produced by Peter Bennett and Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). It was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock.Studios.

The Return of Doctor Mysterio: known first broadcast details
United KingdomBBC OneSun 25 Dec 20165:45pm GMT
Australia (online)ABC iViewMon 26 Dec 20165:45am AEDT(6:45pm GMT)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSun 25 Dec 20169:00pm EST tbc(2:00am GMT)
CanadaSPACESun 25 Dec 20169:00pm EST tbc(2:00am GMT)
AustraliaABCMon 26 Dec 20167:30pm AEDT(8:30am GMT) also on ABC ME
South AfricaBBC FirstWed 28 Dec 20168:00pm SAST tbc(6:00pm GMT)




New Comics this weekBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees Titan Comics release a trio of Doctor Who comics featuring the Fourth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors.

Doctor Who: Fourth Doctor #5

Writers: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Artist: Brian Williamson
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft
Cover A: Brian Williamson & Hi-Fi, Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks, Cover C: Blair Shedd, Cover D: Todd Nauck & Hi-Fi

The shocking conclusion of 'GAZE OF THE MEDUSA'! Can the Doctor and Sarah Jane defeat the Medusa and use the Lamp of Chronos to restore those it has turned to stone - or are the victims of Lady Emily Carstairs pertrified forever? Who lives, who dies, who tells their story?!
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Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #2.13

Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: I. N. J. Culbard, Simon Fraser
Cover A: Simon Fraser, Cover B: Will Brooks Photo, Cover C: Mike Collins (Linked Cover)

The endgame begins, as the architect of the Doctor's pain stands revealed, and the truth behind the Squire is out in the open at last! With Alice still trapped in the Time War, and Abslom itching to take a chainsword to the enemy, can the Doctor broker peace and balm his guilty soul?!
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Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #2.9

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Letterer: Comicraft
Cover A: Mariano Laclaustra, Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks, Cover C: Warren Pleece, Cover D: Stephen Byrne

Rachael Stott is back on interior art as the Doctor receives a strange summons from an impossible source, and finds himself trapped inside a house of infinite dimensions! What is the Doctor's connection to the family that brought him there, and what is the stunning secret of the house itself?
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New Comic - The Fourth Doctor #3Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 29 May 2016 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees Titan release a new comic featuring The Fourth Doctor.

THE FOURTH DOCTOR #3

Writers: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Artist: Brian Williamson
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft
Covers Brian Williamson, Warren Pleece, Robert Hack

'GAZE OF THE MEDUSA' continues, as the Doctor and Sarah Jane team with Professor Odysseus James, and his daughter, Athena, to face down an ancient alien horror. Battling a malign influence all the way from Ancient Greece to London in 1887, the Doctor is faced with a petrifying challenge – and physical evidence that he cannot win!

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On Sale Wednesday 1st June 2016




New Fourth and Eleventh Doctor ComicsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees Titan release new comics featuring The Fourth and Eleventh Doctors

DOCTOR WHO: FOURTH DOCTOR MINI-SERIES #2

Writer: Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby
Artist: Brian Williamson
Colorist: Hi-Fi

After the petryifying reveal at the end of last issue, the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith pry further into the affairs of Lady Emily Carstairs and her legion of Scryclops! What mysteries lurk within her half-veiled mansion? And what light can be shed by Professor Odysseus and his daughter, Athena?

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DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR #2.8

Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Warren Pleece
Colorist: Arianna Florean & Nicola Righi with Azzurra Righi

Abslom confesses a Daak secret. Alice develops a bond. The Squire recovers a memory. And the Doctor discovers the horrific truth about how The Then and The Now has been tracking them - and he doesn't like it one bit. As the universe closes in around them, is escape even possible?

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Both comics are available from Wednesday 20th April




Fourth Doctor Comic ArrivesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Next Wednesday March 23, 2016, sees the long awaited release of DOCTOR WHO: THE FOURTH DOCTOR #1: a brand-new mini-series featuring the The Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker, and his companion Sarah Jane Smith, as played by Elisabeth Sladen.

This series is penned by the creative team of Robbie Burns, Witch Hunter -​ ​Gordon Rennie (2000AD, Judge Dredd, Department of Monsterology) and Emma Beeby - and illustrated by Brian Williamson (Twelfth Doctor).

Victorian England. A mysterious woman commands a hidden army in a house of the blind. Scryclops stalk the streets…. and something alien and terrible screams from prehistory – with a hunger that cannot be satisfied! The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith return for an allnew adventure: GAZE OF THE MEDUSA!
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Big Finish: Fourth Doctor Adventures finaleBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Big Finish have announced details on the finale to current series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures, which stars Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and John Leeson.

Returning to the series is the character of Cuthbert, as played by David Warner, and his faithful assistant Mr Dorrick (Toby Hadoke), who were last seen in the Series Two finale The Final Phase. Also from that series are the race of aliens known as the Laan (Jane Slavin), who also hailed from the Series 2 episodes The Sands of Life and War Against The Laan.

Also appearing from the television series itself is somebody the Doctor and Romana have been trying to avoid for some time - the Black Guardian, with the embodiment of darkness taken on here by David Troughton.

The Pursuit Of History (Credit: Big Finish) Casualties Of Time (Credit: Big Finish)
The Pursuit Of History / Casualties Of Time

Written and directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released July/August 2016

Starring Tom Baker as The Doctor, with Lalla Ward as Romana and John Leeson as K9, and featuring David Warner as Cuthbert, Toby Hadoke as Mr Horrick, and David Troughton as the Black Guardian


On a brisk winter’s morning in 1850s Yorkshire, Cuthbert, head of the intergalactic business known as 'The Conglomerate' prepares to hijack a very special train.

In the far future, his assistant, Mr Dorrick is awoken by howling alarms. There is a problem with the Quantum Gateway.

In the TARDIS, the Doctor, Romana and K9 detect strange distortions in the Vortex, an energy stream coming from a strange creature called a Laan.

The threads of a plan centuries in the making are coming together. But who is behind this plan? And can anyone possibly escape when history is against them?




Target re-issues in 2016Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 13 February 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC NovelisationsBBC Books have announced that seven of the original Doctor Who Target novelisations are to be re-issued on 28th April, reflecting each of the seven Doctors from the range:
  • Doctor Who and the Zarbi by Bill Strutton
  • Doctor Who and the Web of Fear by Terrance Dicks
  • Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion by Malcolm Hulke
  • Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks by Terrance Dicks
  • Doctor Who: The Visitation by Eric Saward
  • Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos by Philip Martin
  • Doctor Who: Battlefield by Marc Platt
All of the books feature cover illustrations by Chris Achilleos, who was commissioned to create new covers for the latter books in the range. He said:
I am delighted to be back on board after so many years. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, illustrating the jackets in the original old style – it felt just the same, and I am looking forward to signing them for the fans. I'm so pleased that people still want to revisit these books.

Albert DePetrillo, senior editorial director at BBC Books, said
The Target novelisations hold a special place in the hearts of Doctor Who fans. When we published our first set of reissues in 2012, the response was overwhelming, and we’re delighted to continue bringing these classic books to a new generation of readers.


The three original novels that launched the range back in 1972, Doctor Who and The Daleks and Doctor Who and The Crusaders by David Whitaker, and Doctor Who and the Zarbi by Bill Strutton, are also set to be re-released as hardback facsimile editions on 3rd November.





Titan announce New Fourth Doctor SeriesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Titan Comics and BBC Worldwide have announced a brand-new mini series starring the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith, as played by Tom Baker and the late Elisabeth Sladen.

This series expands Titan Comics’ popular and critically acclaimed Doctor Who comics line, which already includes adventures from the Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors.

Entitled ‘Gaze Of The Medusa’, the five-part series will hit stores in March 2016 and will be penned by Gordon Rennie (Missionary Man, Judge Dredd) and Emma Beeby (Witch Hunter, Judge Dredd) with art by Brian Williamson (The Twelfth Doctor, Spider-Man, X-Men).

The all-new adventure is set in Victorian England, where a mysterious woman commands a hidden army in a house of the blind. Scryclops stalk the streets...and something alien and terrible screams from prehistory – with a hunger that cannot be satisfied!

Issue #1 will come with six covers to collect: a painted cover by fan-favorite artist Alice X. Zhang; a photo variant; art covers by artists Brian Williamson, Jay Gunn and Matt Baxter; and a blank sketch variant.

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #1 debuts in comic stores and on digital devices from March 2016.

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BBC Audio releases for JuneBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 June 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This month's audio books from BBC Audio feature the adaptation of Target novel The Massacre by John Lucarotti, and a boxed set release of the three original audio series to feature Tom Baker's return as the Doctor.


The Massacre (Credit: BBC Audio)The Massacre
Written by John Lucarotti, read by Peter Purves
Released 21st May 2015 [order in the United Kingdom or North America]

Peter Purves reads John Lucarotti's novelisation of his classic First Doctor TV adventure

The TARDIS lands in Paris on 19 August 1572. Driven by scientific curiosity, the Doctor goes to meet and exchange views with the apothecary, Charles Preslin. Before he disappears, he warns Steven to stay 'out of mischief, religion and politics'.

But in 16th Century Paris it is impossible to remain a mere observer, and Steven soon finds himself involved with a group of Huguenots. The Protestant minority of France is being threatened by the Catholic hierarchy, and danger stalks the Paris streets.

As Steven tries to find his way back to the TARDIS he discovers that one of the main persecutors of the Huguenots appears to be...the Doctor!

Peter Purves, who played Steven in the original BBC TV series, reads this novelisation of a fondly remembered classic story, the original episodes of which are lost from the BBC archives.

Novelisation adaptions for the rest of the year are currently scheduled as: Doctor Who and The Ark in Space (16th July), The Two Doctors (3rd September), The Curse of Fenric (5th November), and K9 and Company (3rd December).

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the audio book The Massacre courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
The Massacre is one of the few Doctor Who stories that feature the lead actor portraying another individual within the plot; name another televised story, actor and his character where this also occured.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-massacre@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Amboisea". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 4th July 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


The Nest Cottage Chronicles (Credit: BBC Audio)The Nest Cottage Chronicles
Starring Tom Baker, Richard Franklin and Susan Jameson
Written by Paul Magrs
Released 11th June 2015 [order in the United Kingdom or North America]

Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor in fifteen full-cast audio dramas written by Paul Magrs, plus bonus features exclusive to this edition.

Hornet's Nest: When former UNIT captain Mike Yates is reunited with a ghost from the past, the and the Doctor are soon united in battle once more, against alien insects intent on global domination.

Demon Quest: A key component from the TARDIS disappears, exchanged for a bag containing four curious objects. The Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey embark on a chase through Time...

Serpent Quest: The Doctor acquires a wondrous and deadly Skishteri egg. When the village of Hexford comes under attack, Mrs Wibbsey and Mike discover that two Doctors aren't necessarily better than one ...

With Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, these thrilling adventures also feature Michael Maloney, Rula Lenska, Samuel West, Jan Francis, David Troughton, Michael Jayston, Simon Shepherd, Sophie Ward, Andrew Sachs, Nerys Hughes and many others.

Also included in this edition are a previously unheard interview with Tom Baker, outtakes from the original studio sessions, promotional trailers and a PDF booklet featuring sleeve notes by writer Paul Magrs.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the boxed set The Nest Cottage Chronicles courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
Tom Baker appeared in a film together with one of the guest stars in Serpent Quest opener Tsar Wars - name the guest star and the film they appeared in.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-cottage@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "The Crest is the Quest". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 4th July 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.




BBC Audio releases for JuneBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 June 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This month's audio books from BBC Audio feature the adaptation of Target novel The Massacre by John Lucarotti, and a boxed set release of the three original audio series to feature Tom Baker's return as the Doctor.


The Massacre (Credit: BBC Audio)The Massacre
Written by John Lucarotti, read by Peter Purves
Released 21st May 2015 [order in the United Kingdom or North America]

Peter Purves reads John Lucarotti's novelisation of his classic First Doctor TV adventure

The TARDIS lands in Paris on 19 August 1572. Driven by scientific curiosity, the Doctor goes to meet and exchange views with the apothecary, Charles Preslin. Before he disappears, he warns Steven to stay 'out of mischief, religion and politics'.

But in 16th Century Paris it is impossible to remain a mere observer, and Steven soon finds himself involved with a group of Huguenots. The Protestant minority of France is being threatened by the Catholic hierarchy, and danger stalks the Paris streets.

As Steven tries to find his way back to the TARDIS he discovers that one of the main persecutors of the Huguenots appears to be...the Doctor!

Peter Purves, who played Steven in the original BBC TV series, reads this novelisation of a fondly remembered classic story, the original episodes of which are lost from the BBC archives.

Novelisation adaptions for the rest of the year are currently scheduled as: Doctor Who and The Ark in Space (16th July), The Two Doctors (3rd September), The Curse of Fenric (5th November), and K9 and Company (3rd December).

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the audio book The Massacre courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
The Massacre is one of the few Doctor Who stories that feature the lead actor portraying another individual within the plot; name another televised story, actor and his character where this also occured.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-massacre@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Amboisea". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 4th July 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


The Nest Cottage Chronicles (Credit: BBC Audio)The Nest Cottage Chronicles
Starring Tom Baker, Richard Franklin and Susan Jameson
Written by Paul Magrs
Released 11th June 2015 [order in the United Kingdom or North America]

Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor in fifteen full-cast audio dramas written by Paul Magrs, plus bonus features exclusive to this edition.

Hornet's Nest: When former UNIT captain Mike Yates is reunited with a ghost from the past, the and the Doctor are soon united in battle once more, against alien insects intent on global domination.

Demon Quest: A key component from the TARDIS disappears, exchanged for a bag containing four curious objects. The Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey embark on a chase through Time...

Serpent Quest: The Doctor acquires a wondrous and deadly Skishteri egg. When the village of Hexford comes under attack, Mrs Wibbsey and Mike discover that two Doctors aren't necessarily better than one ...

With Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, these thrilling adventures also feature Michael Maloney, Rula Lenska, Samuel West, Jan Francis, David Troughton, Michael Jayston, Simon Shepherd, Sophie Ward, Andrew Sachs, Nerys Hughes and many others.

Also included in this edition are a previously unheard interview with Tom Baker, outtakes from the original studio sessions, promotional trailers and a PDF booklet featuring sleeve notes by writer Paul Magrs.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the boxed set The Nest Cottage Chronicles courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
Tom Baker appeared in a film together with one of the guest stars in Serpent Quest opener Tsar Wars - name the guest star and the film they appeared in.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-cottage@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "The Crest is the Quest". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 4th July 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.




BBC Books competitions/updateBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
We're delighted to announce that we are able to give UK readers a chance to win the latest Doctor Who publications for May and June, courtesy of BBC Books - competition details are with each book summary below.

City of Death (Credit: BBC Books)City of Death
Written by James Goss, based on the story by Douglas Adams
Published in hardback 21st May 2015 [order]

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris - a city which, like a fine wine, had a bouquet all of its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years. But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks - not in their wine glasses but in the very fabric of time itself.

Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth.

Aided by British private detective Duggan, whose speciality is thumping people, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni - all twelve of him - if the human race has any chance of survival.

But then, the Doctor's holidays tend to turn out a bit like this.

City of Death is one of the best-loved serials in the show's 50-year history and was watched by over 16 million viewers when first broadcast.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the book, answer the following question:
What was David Fisher's original working title for his script that eventually became City of Death?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-citybook@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Bye Bye, Duggan". The competition is open to readers in the United Kingdom only, closing date: 31st May 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Credit: BBC Books/Lee BindingThe Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who
Written by Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula
Published in hardback 4th June 2015 [order]

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, and science fiction tales. But how much of the science is real? And how much is fiction?

Weaving together authoratitive scientific discussion with a series of new adventures by acclaimed Doctor Who writers including Jenny T Colgan, George Mann and Jacqueline Rayner, Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula explore the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more. From the dawn of astronomy and the discovery of gravity to the moon landings and string theory, the authors show how science has inspired Doctor Who, and how, on occasion, life has mirrored art, such as the 1989 discovery of 'ice-canoes' on Triton which were featured in the 1973 episode The Planet of the Daleks.

The first official guide to the science of Doctor Who by acclaimed Doctor Who novelist Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, the Public Astonomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the book, answer the following question:
Which professor presented a programme delving in the science of Doctor Who on television during the 50th Anniversary celebrations?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-sciencebook@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Strange Matters". The competition is open to readers in the United Kingdom only, closing date: 5th June 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Engines of War. (Credit: BBC Books)Engines of War
Written by George Mann
Published in paperback 18th June 2015 [order]

"I've had many faces. Many lives. I don't admit to all of them. There's one life I've tried very hard to forget - the Doctor who fought in the Time War."

The Great Time War has raged for centuries, ravaging the universe. Scores of human colony planets are now overrun by Dalek occupation forces. A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold but in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor's TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox.

As the Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape, Dalek patrols roam amongst the wrackage, rounding up the remaining civilians. But why haven't the Daleks simply killed the humans?

Searching for answers the Doctor meets 'Cinder', a young Dalek hunter. Their struggles to discover the Dalek plan take them from the ruins of Moldox to the halls of Gallifrey, and set in motion a chain of events that will change everything. And everyone.

An epic novel of the Great Time War featuring the War Doctor as played by John Hurt.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the book, answer the following question:
On which planet did the Doctor regenerate into the incarnation that fought in and orginally ended the Time War?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-enginesbook@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Before the Moment". The competition is open to readers in the United Kingdom only, closing date: 19th June 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Looking ahead to later in the year, 16th July sees the publication of The Drosten's Curse by A.L. Kennedy, whilst three new adventures for the twelfth Doctor are published on the 10th September, The Royal Blood by Una McCormack, Big Bang Generation by Gary Russell, and Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale.




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Saturday, 16 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This month sees two audio books released by BBC Audio on the 21st May, the adaptation of one of the final 20th Century Doctor Who stories to come out in print, 1979's Season 17 adventure City of Death (published on the same day in the UK), and an adaptation of the BBC Book Last of the Gaderene by Mark Gatiss, originally published in 2000 and again in 2013 as part of the 50th Anniversary collection.


City of Death (audio book) (Credit: BBC Audio)City of Death
Written by Douglas Adams, adapted by James Goss, read by Lalla Ward
Released 21st May 2015 [pre-order in the United Kingdom or North America]

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris - a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. But the TARDIS arrives in 1979, a table-wine year, whose vintage is soured by cracks in the very fabric of time itself. Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth.

Aided by British private detective Duggan, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni - all twelve of him - if the human race has any chance of survival.

Lalla Ward, who played Romana in the TV series, reads this novel by James Goss, based on the original 1979 serial, written by Douglas Adams under the pen name David Agnew.

Novelisation adaptions for the rest of the year are currently scheduled as: The Massacre (11th June), Doctor Who and The Ark in Space (16th July), The Two Doctors (3rd September), The Curse of Fenric (5th November), and K9 and Company (3rd December).

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the audio book City of Death courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
How do the critics at the art gallery describe the dematerialisation of the TARDIS 'exhibit'?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-cityofdeath@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "The Scarlioni Angle". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 31st May 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Last of the Gaderene (audio book) (Credit: BBC Audio)Last of the Gaderene
Written by Mark Gatiss, read by Richard Franklin
Released 21st May 2015 [preorder in the United Kingdom]

Richard Franklin reads an original novel by Mark Gatiss, featuring the Third Doctor as played on TV by Jon Pertwee.

The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious, and when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at UNIT.

The Doctor investigates – and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way…

Richard Franklin, who played UNIT’S Captain Mike Yates in the Doctor Who TV series, reads this exciting original adventure by Mark Gatiss.

The next 'old' novel adaptation to be published will be Paul Cornell's Human Nature on 20th August.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the audio book Last of the Gaderene courtesy of BBC Audio, answer the following question:
Name the company that takes over Culverton's aerodrome.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-cityofdeath@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Culverton Mystery". The competition is open world-wide, closing date: 31st May 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.