New Editor for Doctor Who MagazineBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Marcus HearnTom Spilsbury Tom Spilsbury, the long-standing editor of Doctor Who Magazine, is to leave the magazine after ten years at the helm to be replaced by current contributor to the magazine Marcus Hearn

Spilsbury has been editor of the magazine since August 2007, taking over with Issue 387. He will leave the magazine after the publication of the next issue, number 515. He is the longest serving editor of the Magazine, launched in October 1979 as Doctor Who Weekly.

Under Spilsbury's editorship, the Magazine reached a peak of over 35,000 copies, selling more copies than at any time since the mid-eighties. In May 2012, he accepted the Eagle Award for Favourite British Comicbook for the Magazine and in May 2016, he accepted the certificate from the Guinness Book of Records for the longest-running magazine based on a TV series.

Tom Spilsbury talked about his departure.
After 10 years as editor of Doctor Who Magazine, it’s time for a change – both for me, and for the magazine. As the newly regenerated Second Doctor said in The Power of the Daleks, way back in 1966, ‘Life depends on change and renewal’, and I’ve made it a policy to always pay attention to my Doctor. Of course, it’s been a very difficult decision for me, to give up a job that I love so much. DWM has always been a part of my life – virtually my earliest memory of life on this planet was of my Dad buying a copy of issue 1 for me, way back in 1979, when I was just three years old. It was 2003 when I got the job of a lifetime as DWM’s assistant editor, and four years later, I finally got the top job. It’s been simply amazing to have had the honour to be producing the magazine over such a successful and eventful decade in Doctor Who’s history. However, having taken charge of 129 editions, including the 400th and 500th issues, it’s time for someone else to have a go in the driver’s seat. Marcus Hearn is a brilliant editor, and DWM is the greatest magazine in the galaxy. I’m so looking forward to being able to read it each month without already knowing what’s going to be in it! And I truly hope that I’ll still be around in the year 2054 to enjoy issue 1000, even if it’s beamed directly into our heads by then...
The editorship will be taken by Marcus Hearn, a long term contributer, who previously co-edited the title in the 1990s. He has recently been the editor of the DWM Special Editions and the spin-off title The Essential Doctor Who.

Hearn has been writing about popular culture since the early 1990s. He wrote the book celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, The Vault. He is co-author of The Hammer Story, the company's official history and wrote the Sunday Times bestseller Star Wars: Attack of the Clones ­- The Illustrated Companion,

Marcus Hearn said:
This magazine is unique, and it’s a unique honour to be entrusted with it. We’re all grateful to Tom for his unparalleled dedication. I’d like to build on his achievements, and I can’t wait to start working with my colleagues at Panini. A new chapter is about to begin for the television series, and this will be a new chapter for DWM too
Mike Riddell, Managing Director of Panini UK added:
Tom’s contribution to the magazine over the past 14 years has been immense and we will miss his passion and knowledge of the brand which is second to none. Marcus brings a fresh approach to the magazine as well as a wealth of experience in magazine publishing




Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14Bookmark and Share

Monday, 10 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus
This Wednesday, July 12, sees a brand-new arc from Titan in the continuing comic adventures with the Ninth Doctor.

Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14

Writer: Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 (Credit: Titan)
Artist: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Cover A: Simon Myers ​cover B: Photo – Will Brooks Cover C: Arianna Florean​​​

With some knowledge of his past life apparently restored, Jack is determined​ ​to put right his misdeeds as a Time Agent – in particular, stopping his past​ ​self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk from the timeline, using an Eradicator​ ​gun. But... Zloy Volk is very much alive. How?! Even worse, in the process of​ ​stopping his past self from erasing Volk all over again, JACK was seemingly​ ​erased! The Doctor, Rose, and Tara are on the scene...
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Doctor Who at San Diego Comic-ConBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus

BBC America has announced their plans for Doctor Who this year's San Diego Comic-Con

The Doctor Who Panel will star Peter Capaldi who has just completed work on his Final Christmas Special and thus his work on Doctor Who.

Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the panel will give fans an exclusive sneak peek of The Doctors – the final special starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

Six years ago, BBC America’s Doctor Who was part of the first-ever slate of TV shows to gather with fans in Hall H, when San Diego Comic-Con presented a TV line-up in the 6,500 plus seat venue on Sunday, July 24, 2011.

Returning to Hall H on Sunday, BBC America is bringing its most anticipated Doctor Who panel yet with award-winning star Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), writer and actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock).

The panel takes place on Sunday, July 23, 2017 between 2:00-3:00pm




Doctor Who in Germany - A TimelineBookmark and Share

Thursday, 6 July 2017 - Reported by Pascal Salzmann
Doctor Who in Germany (Credit: Pascal Salzmann)
Last weekend over 50,000 people attended the Comic Con Germany in Stuttgart. One of the stars invited was Torchwood’s John Barrowman, so a surprising number of attendees cosplayed characters from Doctor Who or Torchwood. But Germany’s obsession with the Doctor is fairly new and for a long time the show has been struggling to get any recognition even among Science Fiction fans.

Here is a timeline of Doctor Who in Germany:

The 60’s – Missed opportunities

It was in 1965 that the BBC offered a German channel a selection of William Hartnell stories. An offer which was never taken up. In 1968 the German public channel ZDF received an audition print of The Ice Warriors. A jury should decide if the serial was worth airing on German television. The protocol reads (translated to English):

Dr. Who and the Ice Warriors, Utopian series
Result: rejected.
A new ice age has gripped Earth. A motley crew of scientists fights a losing battle to overcome the problems. The now moving glaciers release beings from other planets stranded with their spaceship on Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago.
Scenery and costumes of the films are as naive as the scripts are obscure.
The rejection was unanimous.

If ZDF had picked up this serial and even more stories from the 60’s, many lost episodes would likely still exist, since German TV back then was already archiving most of their shows for repeat purposes.

The 70’s – Doctor Who wasteland


During the 70’s Doctor Who was nowhere to be seen on German television. Although there was one curious sidestep in print. The German erotic magazine Plaisir published the famous “nude Katy Manning and the Dalek” photo on its cover, with a feature inside. This magazine is a rarity now and it is not known if the TV show was explained to the readers of the magazine, who most likely had never heard of Doctor Who.

The 80’s – Doctor Who makes its debut in print and on German TV

In 1980 the German young adult books publisher Schneider released two Target novelisations, “Der Planet der Daleks” (Planet of the Daleks) and “Kampf um die Erde” (translates to “Fight for Earth”, better known as The Dalek Invasion of Earth). Both novels were heavily edited.


It was not a German TV channel that debuted Doctor Who in (West-)Germany. Instead the English language European Super Channel showed a few Tom Baker stories in the mid-80’s. Not many Germans would have watched them, though.

The Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy
Finally in 1989 the commercial TV channel RTL Plus made a deal with BBC Enterprises to broadcast the Sylvester McCoy episodes of Doctor Who. The show was dubbed into German, with the actor Michael Schwarzmaier providing the voice for the Doctor and Carin Tietze the voice for Ace.

The series started on Wednesday, 22nd November 1989 at 1.05pm with the first episode of “Terror auf Lakertia” (Time and the Rani). Before that there was a short introduction to the program with producer John Nathan-Turner and Sylvester McCoy summarising the history of the show for German audiences. Episode 2 aired on Sunday afternoon, with each subsequent episode airing on the same day.

Interestingly RTL Plus broadcasted the serials in production order, not in the same order as it had been transmitted in the UK. The last serial therefore was “Das Hause der Tausend Schrecken” (translates to “The house of a thousand horrors”, better known as Ghost Light), instead of “Der Tod auf leisen Sohlen” (“Death on silent feet” or Survival).

Doctor Who Magazine reported in September 1990 that the Sylvester McCoy run attracted around 2 million viewers and that RTL Plus was looking into buying Jon Pertwee serials in colour, although this never seemed to have gone any further than negotiations.

With no new episodes after Series 26 it appeared Doctor Who’s broadcast in Germany ended just a little while after it began.

The 90’s – Certainly no years of wilderness in Germany

Shortly after the RTL Plus broadcast, German books publisher Goldmann released six Target novels translated to German.

1 Die Invasion the Daleks (Doctor Who and the Daleks)
2 Das Komplott der Daleks (The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
3 Der Planet der Daleks (Planet of the Daleks)
4 Tod den Daleks (Death to the Daleks)
5 Der Schöpfer der Daleks (Destiny of the Daleks)
6 Das Kind von den Sternen (An Unearthly Child)

The first book included a chapter on the history of Doctor Who on TV and print. Bizarrely the book cover of The Daleks featured Tom Baker and the cover of Destiny of the Daleks featured William Hartnell. The novelizations of Daleks Invasion of Earth and Planet of the Daleks featured a different translation than the one in the Schneider books from the 80’s and were also unedited this time.


In 1991 comics publisher Condor released the popular DWM comic strips featuring the sixth Doctor and Frobisher in three parts.

RTL Plus repeated Seasons 24 to 26 in 1993, on Fridays and Saturdays shortly after midnight. This time the serials were edited together as long omnibus editions.


Viewers then had to wait until 1995 for new material. Commercial TV channel VOX bought all Colin Baker stories and dubbed them into German. The Doctor was again voiced by Michael Schwarzmaier. VOX also bought the anniversary special “Die Fünf Doktoren” (The Five Doctors) which was the first story to be transmitted. The 90 minute feature was edited into a three-parter with many scenes missing. Again Michael Schwarzmaier dubbed every incarnation of the Doctor, giving each one a unique voice.

After “Die Fünf Doktoren” aired, VOX transmitted every available Colin Baker episode Monday to Friday in the early morning. Strangely, they started with the last serial “Das Urteil” (Trial of a Time Lord) and worked their way backwards until “Zweimal Einstein” (The Twin Dilemma). VOX repeated the run immediately after (again backwards), but after that it would take more than a decade until Doctor Who returned to TV screens in Germany.

More and more genre magazines started to appear in the mid 90’s, so it was only a matter of time until they would run articles on that “curious british cult TV show”. Space View, a magazine comparable to the UK's SFX, ran a two part article about Doctor Who. Other magazines started to feature more and more news on the show, especially in the wake of the new TV movie featuring Paul McGann.

The TV Movie arrived in Germany in 1997 as a VHS, at first to rent, later on the shelves to buy. It was dubbed to German but hasn’t been transmitted on TV to this day.

The 90’s also saw the first kind of “fandom” appear in Germany. In 1995 the fan club Worshippers of Xoanon was formed which later published a quarterly fanzine called Time Scoop. The club started out with only a handful of people, meeting up regularly to watch the latest imported VHS or sharing their New Adventures novels collection and talking about convention appearances in the UK they were lucky to attend. For the first few years the club had around 10 to 20 members, but since then grew immensely.

2000 – today: Doctor Who takes a while but finally arrives

Some members of the fan club started the first podcast called Whocast in 2006, discussing Big Finish releases, reviewing stories and bringing news about the new TV show. The Whocast became pretty popular after a while and still runs to this day. It was the second podcast about Doctor Who worldwide.

When Doctor Who returned to British TV screens in 2005 the few German fans existing had to wait a while longer for its return. Commercial channel Pro7 finally bought Series 1 and 2 in 2008, dubbed them and aired the episodes every Saturday afternoon. The ratings were disappointing though, so they cancelled the show after the transmission of “Der Dritte Weltkrieg” (World War Three), only to continue with Dalek a few weeks later at a different timeslot. After the Series 2 finale, Pro7 announced they were not interested in purchasing further episodes of Doctor Who. Would German viewers now never get to know who the mysterious bride in the TARDIS would be?

One year later, in 2009, another channel picked up a show belonging to the Doctor Who universe. RTL 2 aired the first episode of Torchwood on 11th March 2009. Although most viewers will have never heard of Doctor Who, its spin-off quickly developed into a success for the channel, leading them later into buying Series 3 and 4. Doctor Who fans were hopeful that RTL 2 might give Doctor Who another chance but that scenario never happened.

Fans still had to wait until 2012 to see new episodes of Doctor Who. FOX Germany, a subscription channel, bought the license for Doctor Who and started to broadcast from Series 5 onwards. Although fans were a bit disappointed Series 3 and 4, as well as the Specials, were never shown, the Series 5 broadcast was a huge success for FOX. Quickly they started to transmit Series 6 and after that dubbed the “missing stories” of the David Tennant era. Fans finally got to know about the mysterious bride.

German Mediabook DVD cover to "Caves of Androzani" (Credit: Pandastorm Pictures)
In 2013, around the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the show seemed to be everywhere in the media. The German press didn’t ignore it anymore, the cinema showings of the anniversary special sold out in many cities and the internet, facebook, tumblR and co helped to build the fandom.

Around 2013 Panini Comics started to release the Titan comic books in Germany and books publisher Cross Cult began releasing Doctor Who novels. The relatively young DVD production company Pandastorm Pictures released boxed sets with Classic Who stories that were already dubbed to German. To this day they released all Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy stories, The Five Doctors and the TV Movie. As these DVD’s sold extremely well, they are now starting to dub stories that were never seen before on German television. The first release will be “Die Höhlen von Androzani” (The Caves of Androzani) and they just announced a second release, “Die Auferstehung der Daleks” (Resurrection of the Daleks). The fifth Doctor played by Peter Davison will once again be voiced by Michael Schwarzmaier.

In 2015 three fans founded the company TimeLash Event. They started a crowdfunding that ultimately made nearly twice as much money as they needed in order to do a Doctor Who convention, the first one ever in Germany. The con was held in October 2015 in Kassel and featured guests such as Paul McGann, Nicola Bryant, Nicholas Briggs, Terry Molloy, Terrance Dicks, Catrin Stewart, Andrew Cartmel and many more. Since then TimeLash has become a well-established annual Doctor Who convention, which usually sells out months before the date.

Not long after TimeLash the BBC sent Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman for a visit to Berlin, finally acknowledging the fandom in Germany.
 
Now

After the success on the subscription-only channel FOX, Doctor Who could also be streamed at iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, among others.

Recently the public channel ONE, belonging to the ARD-group, picked up the show and repeated all available episodes, most of them for the first time ever on a free-to-air channel. Reports recently came in that the viewing figures for the target audiences are better than anything else that channels broadcasts.

German fans still don’t know yet when they are going to see last year’s Christmas special and Series 10. It seems like both FOX and ONE try to get the license for airing the episodes first and these negotiations are still ongoing.

Nevertheless,
Doctor Who has truly arrived in Germany and made its impression. German pop culture is filled with references to the show and more and more actors appear on German conventions. Here's to a bright future.

Sources: http://gallifreybase.com/w/index.php/Germany
 http://www.serienjunkies.de/news/doctor-who-deutschland-kein-ort-31751-4.html




Twelfth Doctor Comic - Year 3 #5Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus
If you need another fix of the Twelfth Doctor and Bill then Titan can oblige with the start of a brand-new arc - "The Wolves of Winter" -in their Twelfth Doctor comic series. Also released this week the fourth in the Doctor Who Ghost Stories series.

Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Brian Williamson
Colourist: Colourist
Cover A: Claudia ​Iannicello Cover B​: Photo By Will​ Brooks Cover C​:​ ​Blair ​Shedd Cover D​:​​ Andy​ Walker

​​"​THE WOLVES OF WINTER​" -​​ ​PART ONE OF THREE​! Featuring Bill Potts
Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5  Cover A (Credit: Titan / ​Claudia ​Iannicello)Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5 Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will​ Brooks)Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5 Cover C (Credit: Titan / Blair ​Shedd)Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5 Cover D (Credit: Titan / Andy​ Walker)Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5 Page 1 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5 Page 2  (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5 Page 3 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5 Page 4 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who 12th Year Three #5 Page 5 (Credit: Titan)



Doctor Who Ghost Stories #4

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Ivan Rodriguez, Dijjo Lima
Colourist: Colourist
Cover A ​Simon ​Myers Cover B Photo​ By Aj ​ Cover C Fer Centurion & Carlos Cabrera

​​The Doctor is back in the lives of Grant, Lucy, and their daughter, Jennifer! He’s on a mission to find the other three alien​ ​gemstones, siblings of the one that gave Grant his superheroic powers – and only​ ​Grant can lead the way! Following the​ ​gems’ trail through time, the four ended up battling the fearsome entity known as THE SMOKE, and​ ​freeing a world from​ ​the Harmony Shoal – reclaiming two gems in the process. With just one gem left to find, the team fell right into the laps of the Sycorax! Now they’re trapped aboard the Sycorax flagship, as a​ ​doomsday weapon begins to fire...!
Doctor Who Ghost Stories #4 Cover A (Credit: Titan / Simon ​Myers)Doctor Who Ghost Stories #4 Cover B (Credit: Titan / AJ)Doctor Who Ghost Stories #4 Cover C (Credit: Titan / Fer Centurion & Carlos Cabrera)Doctor Who Ghost Stories #4 Page 1 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who Ghost Stories #4 Page 2 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who Ghost Stories #4 Page 3 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who Ghost Stories #4 Page 4 (Credit: Titan)





Doctor Who Annual 2018Bookmark and Share

Friday, 30 June 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Annual 2018 (Credit: Penguin Random House UK)Penguin Random House UK have released the cover for this year's Doctor Who Annual, due out on 21st September.

The series will be finishing tomorrow, but with the annual featuring brand-new adventures on board the TARDIS with the Doctor, Bill and Nardole, there’s no need to wait until Christmas to get your next dose of our favourite show! The annual is packed with secrets from the latest series, fact files on the latest terrifying monsters, exciting comic strips, stories and activities.

The Annual is available for pre-order via our Amazon Shop.




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 514Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 29 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 514 (Credit: Panini)Looking ahead to the series 10 finale, the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine contains interviews with both Masters.

John Simm tells the magazine about playing the Master with a beard:
Yeah, I just grew it, and turned up at the readthrough, and said, ‘You know, I fancy a bit of this.’ Everybody seemed fine with it. I just thought, ‘Give a little nod.’ It was a nod to the Delgado and Ainley Masters. There’s a line in the final episode where he mentions ‘old-school’, and I made sure to give the beard a little stroke – a small nod to the old Masters.
Michelle Gomez ponders on whether the Master could ever truly become good:
Even the worst psychopath can’t be entirely bad. It’s basic math. A positive cannot exist without a negative, and so there always has to be a thread of goodness in somebody. What makes you thoroughly evil, I believe, is when you recognise that thread of goodness – you’re aware of it, you’re conscious of it – and you still decide to be evil. Then, yes, you’ve earned the crown of… of evilness? Evil-ality. You wear your crown of evil-ality.
Also in this issue:
  • THE DOCTOR FALLS
  • Writer Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay give DWM readers an exclusive preview of the series finale, The Doctor Falls.
  • MARK GATISS
  • The writer and actor chats to DWM about his love of Doctor Who, his long association with series, and his most recent episode Empress of Mars.
  • CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY
  • Showrunner Steven Moffat writes about how he has delivered his final Doctor Who script – the 2017 Christmas Special.
  • THE SOUL GARDEN
  • The adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill in Part 3 of the latest comic strip story, written by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • MORE MASTER VILLAINY!
  • This issue’s Fact of Fiction looks back at the 1981 Fourth Doctor story The Keeper of Traken – which featured an unexpected appearance of an old foe...
  • REVIEWS
  • DWM reviews the latest TV episodes (The Lie of the Land, Empress of Mars and The Eaters of Light) as well as audio and DVD releases in the world of Doctor Who.
  • COMING SOON
  • Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
PLUS! All the latest official news, the Watcher’s column, competitions, the DWM crossword – and more.

Doctor Who Magazine 514 is on sale from Thursday 29 June, price £5.99.




The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in SpaceBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in Space (Credit: Panini)
The TARDIS doesn’t just travel through time – stories set in space have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The inhospitable void between the stars has served as the backdrop to epic space operas and nerve-racking thrillers, while harboring some of the most fearsome adversaries the Doctor has ever encountered.

Panini’s latest entry in the Essential Doctor Who series navigates a revealing course through the space lanes of Doctor Who, with all-new articles, rare images and exclusive interviews with:
  • Bob Baker (co-writer of The Three Doctors, The Invisible Enemy and many more)
  • Nick Bullen (costume designer for The Space Pirates)
  • Jamie Mathieson (writer of Oxygen)
  • Pat Mills (comics legend and co-writer of The Song of the Space Whale)
  • Hayley Nebauer (costume designer for the 2017 series)
  • Louise Page (costume designer for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
  • Charles Palmer (director of Oxygen)
  • Sid Sutton (Doctor Who title sequence designer)
Other highlights include a look at the groundbreaking model shoot for The Trial of a Time Lord, a fresh insight into the career of the show’s original story editor David Whitaker and guides to acclaimed stories such as The Daleks’ Master Plan and The Ark in Space.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
Oxygen showed that space is one of the most hostile environments the Doctor has ever visited. This issue goes behind the scenes on that episode, and many of the preceding stories that belong in the same tradition. Bring a smartsuit – it’s dangerous out there!
The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in Space is on sale now price £9.99.




Doctor Who Adventures to Pause PublicationBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Panni has confirmed that Doctor Who Adventures is to stop publication after the next edition released on 22 June 2017.

Subscribers to the magazine have received an email saying the Magazine is 'pausing' publication, with no indication as to when, or if, publication will resume.

Digital subscriptions will be converted to subscriptions for Doctor Who Magazine or can be canceled.

DWA began life as a fortnightly magazine in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. In 2015 the Magazine moved to Panni, the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine.

In recent years Doctor Who Adventures has suffered a fall in circulation. From a high of 56,000 in 2010, the Magazine circulation had fallen to 10,364 in the last audited period, covering the second half of 2016.

By contrast, Doctor Who Magazine had an audited circulation of 22,523 in the same period.




Doctor Who Actors Honoured by QueenBookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Several Doctor Who alumni have been mentioned in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.


Veteran actress and comedienne June Whitfield has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

June Whitfield played Minnie Hooper, active member of the Sliver Cloak, in the 2010 Doctor Who story The End of Time.

She is one of the UK's best loved actresses having first come to the attention of the public in the 1950's in a succession of Radio comedys. In 1968, June Whitfield and Terry Scott began their long television partnership which peaked with roles as husband and wife in Happy Ever After followed by Terry and June . Since 1992, Whitfield has appeared in Jennifer Saunders's sitcom Absolutely Fabulous playing Edina Monsoon's mother. In recent years she has played a regular character in Last of the Summer Wine as well as a recurring character in The Green Green Grass.

The actress Sarah Lancashire has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire or OBE.

Sarah Lancashire appeared in the 2008 story Partners in Crime where she played Miss Foster,, employed by the Adiposian First Family to breed a new generation after their breeding planet was lost.

Lancashire first came to public attention appearing in the long running soap Coronation Street. Other roles include parts in costume dramas such as Oliver Twist, Lark Rise to Candleford and the BBC1 crime thriller Happy Valley, for which she recieved the 2017 British Academy Television Award for Best Actress.

Actor David Walliams has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

David Walliams played Gibbis in the 2011 story The God Complex.

Walliams is best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch show Little Britain. Since 2012 he has been a judge on the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent. Walliams is also a writer of children's books. To date he has sold more than 12.5 million copies and his books have been translated into 46 languages.

Walliams, who has raised a considerable ammount of money fnor Sport's Relief, recieved the award for services to charity and the Arts.

Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire or MBE.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw plated Tish Jones, sister of Martha, in Series Three of Doctor Who.

Mbatha-Raw played a supporting role in the Tom Hanks comedy Larry Crowne, and had starring roles on the short-lived television series Undercovers and Touch. She appeared in the British period drama Belle and the romantic drama Beyond the Lights.

In 2015 she played the title role in Jessica Swale's play Nell Gwynn, winning a nomination for an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress.
The awards are presented by HM Queen Elizabeth on the recomendation of the British Prime Minister Theresa May.




Delia Derbyshire honoured with Blue PlaqueBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
A blue plaque has been unveiled at the childhood home of the woman who realized the original Doctor Who theme music, Delia Derbyshire.

The mark of respect is one of 47 Blue Plaques unveiled as part of BBC Music Day, to commemorate people or places that have influenced the UK’s musical landscape. Those honored include singers, musicians, songwriters, producers, and broadcasters, as well as significant locations that played a major role in the UK's musical heritage.

People commemorated include John Peel and David Bowie, while places getting a plaque include the Brighton venue where Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest.

The final list was selected from BBC Local Radio listeners’ suggestions, as well as those of a committee including music industry experts and BBC representatives.

David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC English Regions, said:
It is hugely prestigious to receive a British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque, as usually only around two are awarded each year. To mark BBC Music Day across BBC Local Radio with 47 blue plaques is a fitting way to commemorate our listeners’ passion and pride for where they live and to celebrate our musical heritage.
The plaque honouring Delia Derbyshire was unveiled by Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant who played Peri, who joined BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Vic Minett to officially perform the ceremony.





The Doctors: The Pat Troughton YearsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Koch Media have released the second in their collection of interviews from Reeltime Pictures with stars from Doctor Who, this time focussing on the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton's era.

The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years
Produced by Keith Barnfather (order from Amazon)

A new double-DVD release in the highly regarded series exploring the world of TV’s Doctor Who in what will build into a complete work on The Doctors.

This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who to life, offering a whole new insight into the making of the classic science fiction series.

  • Includes a special tribute to PATRICK TROUGHTON containing messages from a host of stars and production staff from DOCTOR WHO.
  • Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
  • Quality in-depth interviews with, Anneke Wills (Polly), Michael Craze (Ben), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Deborah Watling (Victoria) and Wendy Padbury (Zoe).
  • This 2 DISC special collectors edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of Doctor Who.
  • Includes special feature: Introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years courtesy of Koch Media, simply answer the following question:
Which of the second Doctor's companions travelled with him for the longest time?
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-kochmedia@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Oh my word!". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 30th June 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.





New Eleventh Doctor ComicBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The latest Eleventh Doctor comic is published by Titan this Wednesday.

DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR YEAR 3 #6

Writer: George Mann
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Cover A: Wellington Diaz Cover B: Photo - Will Brooks Cover C: Simon Myers

New story arc! "The Memory Feast" begins with the Eleventh Doctor - as played by Matt Smith!
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New Ninth and Tenth Doctor ComicsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The final chapter of year two of the critically acclaimed Tenth Doctor Comic series is now available from Titan, along with the latest adventures of the Ninth Doctor.

DOCTOR WHO NINTH DOCTOR #13

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Cris Bolson
COVER A: Wellington Diaz COVER B: Photo COVER C: Simon Myers

New Story Arc! From best-selling writer Cavan Scott (Vikings, Doctor Who)! Art by Cris Bolson (Danger Girl, The Shadow)!
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DOCTOR WHO TENTH DOCTOR VOL 07 WAR OF GODS

Writer: Nick Abadzis, James Peaty
Artist: Giorgia Sposito, Warren Pleece


When Cindy, the Doctor, and Gabby battle an ancient Nocturne in New Orleans at the height of the Jazz Age, Cindy faces a deadly challenge that will leave her forever changed! Before they have a chance to digest the fallout from that encounter, the Tenth Doctor TARDIS team are pulled back to face the wrath of Anubis, who's becoming more like his father, Sutekh, every day...!
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