Doctor Who Virtual Reality Experience Launches InternationallyBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Runaway (Credit: BBC's digital drama - BBC VR Hub - Passion Animation Studios) This Thursday will see the international launch of the BBC’s acclaimed virtual reality experience Doctor Who: The Runaway.

Doctor Who fans around the world will be able to download and enjoy the immersive VR special including a 360 version available on the Doctor Who YouTube channel.

The VR experience stars Jodie Whittaker voicing an animated version of the Thirteenth Doctor. The viewer crash lands in the TARDIS and is quickly recruited by the Doctor to help return a strange and potentially dangerous creature called Volta to its home planet.

Where previously the experience has only been available to view on VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR, the YouTube 360 version enables anyone with an entry-level VR headset like a Google Cardboard to step into the TARDIS and try out the adventure for themselves.

The international launch will also enable the show’s fans around the world to team up with the Doctor in virtual reality. Until now, The Runaway has only been available in the UK, but is now available globally for free on the Steam store for the first time, is launching on the Oculus and Viveport stores internationally, and globally on the BBC VR app for the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR.

Doctor Who: The Runaway features new original music from series composer Segun Akinola, and is directed by Mathias Chelebourg, whose previous work in virtual reality includes Alice, the Virtual Reality Play and The Real Thing VR. The script was an original story written by Victoria Asare-Archer, and is being published today on the BBC Writersroom blog.

Doctor Who: The Runaway has been produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and has since been shown at the Sandbox Immersive Festival in China and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, among many others. The BBC VR Hub has also taken it on an extensive tour of UK libraries, enabling people without VR headsets to try it in their local library.

The Runaway (Credit: BBC's digital drama - BBC VR Hub - Passion Animation Studios)The Runaway (Credit: BBC's digital drama - BBC VR Hub - Passion Animation Studios)The Runaway (Credit: BBC's digital drama - BBC VR Hub - Passion Animation Studios)




Season 14 Bluray releaseBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Studios have announced that Season 14 will be the next instalment in the DOCTOR WHO: THE COLLECTION Blu-ray range, now available to pre-order from Amazon:

Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 14 (pack shot) (Credit: BBC Studios)Doctor Who fans will be delighted to hear that BBC Studios is releasing Season 14 on Blu-Ray. Tom Baker’s third series as the Doctor will debut on Monday 20th April, and is available to pre-order now.

Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 14:
  • THE MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA
  • THE HAND OF FEAR
  • THE DEADLY ASSASSIN
  • THE FACE OF EVIL
  • THE ROBOTS OF DEATH
  • THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG
In 1976, Doctor Who took a dramatic new turn, electrifying audiences with changes in format, companion and appearance of the TARDIS. Season 14 saw the departure of the Doctor’s long-term companion Sarah Jane Smith, and the introduction of Leela. The season contains some of Tom Baker’s most iconic serials, with intrepid investigations in Victorian London, deadly robots in a murderous whodunit, a return to the Doctor’s homeworld, and one of the saddest goodbyes in Doctor
Who history.

Producer Phillip Hinchliffe led Doctor Who through a creative high, joined by Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Louise Jameson as the Doctor’s captivating new companion Leela and guests stars Tim Pigott-Smith, Stephen Thorne, Peter Pratt, Pamela Salem, David Collings, Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter.

With all episodes newly remastered from the best available sources, this Blu-ray box set also contains extensive and exclusive special features which include:
  • Immersive 5.1 surround sound - The Deadly Assassin
  • Brand new audio commentaries - Tom Baker and Matthew Sweet on selected episodes of The Face of Evil and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
  • Behind the Sofa - New episodes with Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Philip Hinchcliffe, plus companions Sophie Aldred and Peter Purves.
  • Our Sarah Jane – Elisabeth Sladen Tribute - A feature-length look at the life and career of Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elisabeth Sladen.
  • Whose Doctor Who Revisited - Toby Hadoke meets the producers and grown-up stars of the very first Who Documentary.
  • In Conversation - Matthew Sweet chats to producer Philip Hinchcliffe.
  • Blu-Ray trailer - Louise Jameson has trouble with her new home assistant.
  • Brand new interviews
  • Rare archive material
  • Convention footage
  • HD photo galleries
  • Scripts, costume designs, rare BBC production files and other gems from our PDF archive
The eight-disc box set also includes hours of extensive special features previously released on DVD.






Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 547Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 9 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 547 (Credit: Panini)The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Number 547, is published today and includes an exclusive interview with Bradley Walsh, who plays Graham in the new series of Doctor Who.

Also in the magazine
  • The second part of an exclusive, in-depth interview with showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • Interviews with the new writers of Series 12
  • Exclusive previews of the next four episodes.
  • The untold story of Denis Alan Print, the Doctor Who merchandise company co-owned by Tom Baker.
  • Doctor Who’s top ten Master reveals.
  • Behind the scenes at the OFFSTAGE Theatre Group, whose Doctor Who plays and comedy sketches were popular at conventions from 2003 to 2013.
  • The Fact of Fiction begins an epic exploration of The Daleks’ Master Plan.
  • Part Five of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The answers to DWM’s Christmas Quiz.
  • Reviews of the Season 26 Blu-ray box set and the new vinyl edition of The Web Planet.
  • Big Finish previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more.


On sale from Thursday 9 January 2020£5.99 (UK)

Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 547 (Credit: Panini)
DWM 547 is also available as a strictly limited Deluxe Edition, exclusive to WH Smith and store.panini.co.uk priced £9.99.

 In addition to the latest issue of DWM, the Deluxe Edition includes:
  • An exclusive 76-minute music CD, featuring 22 classic and rare tracks from 1963 to 1989.
  • A 32-page supplement, comprising classic comic-strip stories featuring the Master.
  • A giant double-sided poster.
  • A Series 12 art card.
  • Three Big Finish audio dramas to download.
  • Big Finish stickers.




Thirteenth Doctor #1 Special Variant CoverBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Thirteenth Doctor #1 (Credit: Titan)A special variant Cover has been created for the latest Doctor Who Comic, Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor S2 #1, which will raise money to help those fighting the Australian Wildfires.

The cover variant is by Stewart McKenny with colour by John Law, and is available exclusively through Comics Etc, one of Australia's leading comic book retailers. It is limited to 500 copies worldwide.

Stewart McKenny has been described as one of Australia's most prolifically published comic book artists. He has worked on Star Wars comics, including Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, as well as working on Captain America. His British small press work includes contributions to FutureQuake.

McKenny revealed the news on his Facebook page.
I've been a huge fan of Doctor Who ever since I was a kid (Tom Baker was my first Doctor) - and the opportunity to create official Doctor Who artwork is something that's always been on my Bucket List! What's more, this issue really does have it all - David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker, Autons AND Weeping Angels, in a reimagining of one of my favourite episodes ever - 'Blink'!
Comics Etc is donating $5 to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service for each copy purchased of this variant comic.
Wendy and I are constantly overwhelmed by the support that you guys give us, and we're really hoping that you can get behind this comic. We're hoping that every cent donated through the sales of this comic will, in some way, make a difference, and bring some hope, to the country during this desperate time - and what is Doctor Who if not a symbol of hope?




Doctor Who Magazine Special 54Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Special 54 (Credit: Panini)The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition is out now.

  Highlights include:


  • An in-depth interview with Doctor Who’s executive producer Matt Strevens.
  • Jodie Whittaker on her second year as the Doctor.
  • Mandip Gill, aka Yaz, answers questions from the TARDIS tin.
  • Shaun Dooley and Jodie Whittaker recall the making of the charity album Got it Covered.
  • Terrance Dicks’ widow, Elsa, and his former Target Books editor, Brenda Gardner, pay tribute to the much-loved writer.
  • Twenty years since its original broadcast, Steven Moffat remembers The Curse of Fatal Death.
  • Highlights of the Series 12 press day.
  • Inside the popular YouTube series Terry Nation Army.
  • Digital artist Sophie Cowdrey discusses her work.
  • The past, present and future of the Doctor Who Blu-ray collection.
  • Behind the scenes of the Doctor Who Figurine Collection.
  • The 20 landmark Doctor Who audio releases from Big Finish.
  • A look back at the 2019 production of Mission to the Unknown.
  • Reviews of the final two Doctor Who: Infinity games and the new independent drama Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor.
  • Tributes to Doctor Who luminaries who passed away in 2019. 


On sale from Thursday 2 January 2020 £6.99 (UK), $13.99 (US)




Doctor Who Series 12 T-ShirtsBookmark and Share

Monday, 30 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Studios today announced that Forbidden Planet will be releasing brand new, exclusive Doctor Who T-shirts during Series 12, which goes on air from 1st January 2020.

A range of 10 Doctor Who T-shirts will launch during the new series, themed around each week’s episode and available to pre-order at ForbiddenPlanet.com the morning after transmission.

Kicking off the new series, Doctor Who will return to BBC One on 1st January at 6:55pm for a New Year’s Day special named Spyfall, with subsequent episodes broadcasting every Sunday.

Returning for her second season, the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) will resume her travels through time and space with friends Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill), and Graham (Bradley Walsh).

Anita Majhu, Senior Licensing Manager at BBC Studios, said
This is such an exciting line and we’re thrilled to be offering Doctor Who fans the opportunity to be a part of the new series in this way.
Anthony Garnon, Licensing & Special Projects Manager, Forbidden Planet, said
Months of behind the scenes planning and co-ordination, this is Doctor Who merchandising on a whole new level. Don't just watch the episode, live it with Forbidden Planet!
T-shirts will be available to pre-order online and will be priced at £15.99 RRP.




Predict the RatingsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 December 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor (Series 12 Profile) (Credit: BBC)After a year off, Doctor Who is back and so are we with our festive Predict the Ratings competition! This year readers have the chance to win a copy of this latest series of adventures featuring the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan on Blu-ray/DVD upon its release date (currently scheduled for March 2020).

As always, the aim is to predict the final consolidated viewing figure in the United Kingdom for Spyfall Part One as reported by BARB, to the nearest 10,000 viewers (i.e. two decimal places). In addition, we'd like you to predict Doctor Who's position in the weekly chart (which will be used in the case of a tie-break).

The episode is broadcast in the UK on New Year's Day at 6:55pm on BBC One; ITV will broadcast Doctor Who's 'traditional' competition in the form of Emmerdale from 7:00pm, with BBC Two showing Masterchef: The Professionals Rematch 2019 (also at 7:00pm), Channel 4 halfway through The Lion King (6:00pm), and Channel 5 continuing The Two Ronnies: the Unseen Sketches (from 6:20pm). Last year's BBC prime time premiere was the return of Luther: this year it is the new adaptation of Dracula from the pen of Sherlock and of course Doctor Who writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

For comparison, last year's New Year's Day special, Resolution, was watched by 7.13 million viewers, and achieved 14th place in the weekly chart. Its 7:00pm timeslot put it up against Emmerdale on ITV, The Snow Wolf: A Winter's Tale on BBC Two, Sister Act on Channel 4 and The Morecambe and Wise Show: Look Back in Laughter on Channel 5. Doctor Who easily won its timeslot, but was narrowly beaten later in the evening by old rival Coronation Street (7.17m), and Luther (9.10m); the annual New Year's Day fireworks exploded their way to the top of the chart with 12.39m.


To enter our competition, please send the following details to comp-ratings@doctorwhonews.net with the subject, "No Doctor, I expect you to ...":
  • Your name and preferred email address
  • Your country of entry (full details will be requested only if you are the winner)
  • Your guess at the final viewing figure to the nearest 10,000 (eg.9.99m)
  • Your guess at the final position in the chart (eg. 1st) - this will only be used in the event of a tie-break
Terms and Conditions:
  • The competition closes at 08:00 GMT, 2nd January 2020
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide
  • BARB final figures are expected in early 2020, we will contact the winner once they have been published
  • The prize is a copy of The Complete Series Twelve on either DVD or Bluray; we will confirm the format with the winner at time of notification.


Good luck and don't forget to watch the series opener yourself! See our guide for current schedules for the episode locally, and visit This Week in Doctor Who for the continuing adventures of all of the Doctors around the world!





The Thirteenth Doctor Meets the Tenth in Comic FormBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor join forces in battle against the Weeping Angels and the Autons in the latest comic from Titan, due to be released in the new year.

THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR YEAR 2 ISSUE #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
Colourist: Colourist
Doctor Who NewsEisner-nominated writer Jody Houser and Witchblade artist Roberta Ingranata return for a brand new story in the Thirteenth Doctor comic series. An epic adventure spinning off the new season starting in the new year, starring Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. With her pals, Ryan, Yaz and Graham, the Doctor encounters a familiar foe, and it'll take a familiar face to stop them!
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Doctor Who: Series 5 Steelbook announcedBookmark and Share

Monday, 16 December 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Studios have announced the forthcoming release of Doctor Who's fifth series of adventures for the 21st Century in a limited edition Steelbook:

Doctor Who: Series 5 Collection Steel Book (cover) (Credit: BBC Studios)Transport yourself back in time and space with Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series on Steelbook Blu-Ray.

Series Five welcomed the arrival of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as his new friend, Amy Pond.

After his explosive regeneration, the Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash. Pulling himself out of the wreckage, he comes face-to-face with Amy Pond and promises to take her on a journey to the stars. Boarding the TARDIS, Amy and the Doctor embark on a series of adventures that will change her life forever.

Executive Produced by Steven Moffat, the series features Arthur Darvill as Amy’s fiancé Rory Williams and guest stars including Olivia Coleman, James Cordan, Bill Nighy, Ian McNeice, Annette Crosbie, Helen McCrory, Lucian Msamati, Alex Price, Sophie Okonedo, Nia Roberts, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia.

Bonus features include two ‘Meanwhile in the Tardis’ additional scenes, four ‘The Monster Files’, a three-part video diary, thirteen ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ cut-downs, six in-vision commentaries, out-takes and over twenty teasers and trailers.

The Steelbook will feature new and exclusive artwork.
Doctor Who Collection: Series 5 Steelbook (front cover) (Credit: BBC Studios) Doctor Who Collection: Series 5 Steelbook (back cover) (Credit: BBC Studios)

The steelbook is due to be released on 10 February 2019, and is available to pre-order in the UK from Amazon.




Doctor Who Magazine issue 546Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 12 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 546 (Credit: Panini)The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine features exclusive previews of the new season, due to launch on New Year's Day.

Every issue of the festive Doctor Who Magazine includes:
  • A Giant Double-sided Poster
  • A Thirteenth Doctor Art Card
Other highlights include:
  • An exclusive, in-depth interview with showrunner Chris Chibnall, plus his latest Production Notes.
  • The directors of Series 12 speak exclusively to DWM.
  • Exclusive previews of the first new-series episodes: Spyfall Parts One and Two.
  • Tosin Cole (who plays Ryan Sinclair) answers questions from the TARDIS Tin.
  • An Advent in Space and Time: six decades of festive TV and radio highlights.
  • DWM revisits the Doctor Who pantomimes of the 1980s.
  • The final part of a candid interview with former script editor Andrew Cartmel.
  • Broadcaster Ian Collins recalls playing a Haemovore in 1989’s The Curse of Fenric.
  • An exclusive preview of the Season 26 Blu-ray box set.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen.
  • DWM’s fiendishly tricky Christmas Quiz.
  • Part Four of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • Audio and book reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
On sale from Thursday 12 December 2019 £6.99 (UK)




Doctor Who Time Fracture: An Immersive AdventureBookmark and Share

Monday, 9 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Time Fracture (Credit: BBC Studios)A new immersive adventure, Doctor Who Time Fracture, in in development by the BBC and will be launched in late 2020 in London.

The show, developed by BBC Studios and Immersive Everywhere, will give fans a chance to experience the Doctor’s adventures.

From the team behind The Great Gatsby, the UK’s longest-running immersive show, Doctor Who Time Fracture will premiere in late 2020 at a London location to be announced.

This immersive adventure promises to put you at the heart of the story, plunged into a journey across space and time. Featuring amazingly realised worlds - the universe as we know it is at stake. Audiences will discover a great challenge lies ahead and that it’s time to be a hero, step up, and save the planet!

Audiences can purchase Gallifreyan Coin tokens prior to general on-sale. Each token purchased equates to one ticket and will provide priority access to book for the date and time of your preferred performance when announced in February 2020.

You will receive a code for each token purchased which can then be redeemed for your ticket(s), as well as an exclusive pin badge given to you at the venue on the date of your chosen performance.

Tokens are available online




Katy Manning Named Gay IconBookmark and Share

Sunday, 8 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Katy Manning (Credit: The Sisterhood of Karn)The Sisterhood of Karn, the Long-running social group for LGBT Doctor Who fans, has named Katy Manning a true gay Icon of Doctor Who.

On Saturday the group, founded in 1994, held a special celebratory gathering to mark 25 years celebrating Doctor Who.

They were joined by actress Katy Manning, who played companion Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee’s Doctor in the 1970s, and were thrilled to present her with an award recognising her status as ‘A TRUE GAY ICON OF DOCTOR WHO’.

Organiser Richard Unwin said:
Katy has been a staunch supporter of LGBT people for decades, and we are honoured to be joined by her for an evening - and to recognise her as a fabulous ally of the community. This is the first award of its kind that we have given out, but hopefully, it won’t be the last.
The Sisterhood of Karn hold regular meet-ups on the third Thursday of every month, in the upstairs bar of The Kings Arms pub in Soho, London. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information and event listings, follow them on Facebook and Twitter




Radio TimesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 3 December 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times (7-13 Dec 2019) (Credit: Immediate Media )The next edition of the Radio Times (7th-13th December) is the latest to feature Doctor Who on the front cover, anticipating the return of the series to television on New Years Day.

The magazine features a preview of the series, with an interview with head writer Chris Chibnall, who discusses how the show has been is life-changing, occupying all his waking hours. Admitting the pressure on his first series was huge, he said the new series will be a step up, with more scale, fun and some new and old monsters:
I really wanted to see Jodie against the Cybermen. There are certain monsters you want to see a Doctor go up against. She met a Dalek in Resolution last New Year. Cybermen feel like an important part of the rogues’ gallery and we’ve done something slightly different with them this year – there was a particular story I wanted to tell. They’re just relentless, the Cybermen. They just don’t stop.

The Radio Times is out now.





A Candy ChristmasBookmark and Share

Sunday, 1 December 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books (Credit: Candy Jar Books)This Christmas, Candy Jar Books are offering readers in the UK a chance to win a surprise bundle of books from their collection, to arrive specially wrapped for the festive day itself!

To be in with a chance to win the bundle, simply answer this question:

How many episodes of Doctor Who have been broadcast on Christmas Day?

Please send your answer along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-candyjar@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Christmas". Open to readers within the United Kingdom only. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Closing date: Monday 16 December 2019.