DWAS Plans to Honour HartnellBookmark and Share

Thursday, 2 August 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS has won permission to honour the man who played the First Doctor, William Hartnell, with a blue heritage plaque.

The plaque is to be placed at Ealing Studios in West London, the place where the first dramatic filming for Doctor Who took place. The shot, filmed on Thursday 19th September 1963, was from the very end of episode one, when the TARDIS is seen having landed in prehistoric times, being overlooked by the shadow of a human.

Ealing Studios were often used throughout the 1960's for filming insets for Doctor Who, which required complicated setups or rapid cutting, and which were not possible to achieve in the electronic studios where stories were recorded 'as live'

Before the plaque can be made DWAS needs to raise the funds to do so. In the past, fans have supported the Society’s heritage plaques for Verity Lambert at Riverside Studios in 2014, due to reopen in 2019 and for Jon Pertwee at New Wimbledon Theatre in 2016.

In the coming weeks, the society will announce a number of ways that people can join in. The plan is that everyone who wants to take part in the fundraising will be able to do so without the need to part with large sums of cash.

Every fan who helps raise funds will be able to enter a competition to win tickets to the unveiling which will take place in the company of friends, colleagues, and family.

Updates on the project can be found on the DWAS website and on Facebook.




Doctor Who Magazine 528Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine is due in the shops on Thursday 26th July, and features an exclusive interview with new lead writer Chris Chibnall and the preparations that took place to reveal Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor to the world last year. Recalling his anxiety:

Doctor Who Magazine 528 (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)In my mind I’m thinking: are we really doing this? A secret shoot, with only nine people involved? Will this work? Can we reveal the new Doctor this way? Are the BBC really going to put it out during the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final? Is it crazy? Will people even watch or notice? (Turns out, the answer to all those questions is yes).

Somewhere on a train, Jodie Whittaker is making her way towards us, having told people she’s off to make a low budget Scandinavian film this weekend.

Recce done, we hole up in a hotel. Some of us are checked in under fake names, I can’t work out whether that’s for security, or because we’re all enjoying the cloak and dagger. When I go to check in, I forget my fake name. I’m not very good at this.

The hotel is quiet. Great. As we walk across reception we notice lots of champagne glasses. The staff explain: preparations for the massive wedding reception that’s going to be happening tonight. Right. Uh-oh.

To get to the car tomorrow, Jodie will have to walk through this big reception, where the hungover wedding guests will be checking out in the morning. How do we get the new Doctor from her room to the car park, in the costume she’s wearing for the shoot, without anyone spotting? We’re just going to have to style it out.

Sunday morning. Jo Pearce (Social and Digital genius) has gone out early, done a dry run driving from the hotel to the location checking the route. And she comes back alarmed: there’s a Velothon on the route! Some of the roads are closed! Her brilliantly planned shortest possible route from hotel to location won’t work. What’s more, the car will be passing hundreds of cyclists. What if we have to stop at traffic lights? What if somebody looks in and sees the new Doctor? Hopefully Velothon cyclists will have other things to think about. We manage to smuggle the new Doctor into the back of Jo’s car. Hood up in the back, like she’s cosplaying The Matrix, sandwiched between two others.

The week rolls towards the Wimbledon final. Calls are made. Who needs to know the identity of the new Doctor before the rest of the world? Most importantly, Peter Capaldi. We set a time, I call him…

The full story revealing more details about the secrecy that went on, how the shoot happened and who else received those all-important calls is in the new issue.

Other highlights include:
  • A visit to the archive of Doctor Who writer and script editor Douglas Adams
  • Peter Purves answers questions from the TARDIS tin
  • The untold story of Sky Ray ice lollies and Doctor Who, with images of rare 1960s memorabilia
  • Behind the scenes on IDW’s distinctive range of American Doctor Who comics
  • Graphic designer Lee Binding reveals what went into the packaging for the Season 12 Blu-ray box set
  • The Time Team tackles three of Doctor Who’s most controversial episodes
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2017 story Empress of Mars
  • Seventh Doctor cosplay with Jamie Lenman
  • Part Five of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill
  • Previews, audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much more!

As reported last week, subscribers to the magazine will receive an exclusive 'clear' cover version of the magazine.





Clear covers for DWM SubscribersBookmark and Share

Friday, 20 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine (Credit: DWM)Having experimented with covers without text back in 2016, Doctor Who Magazine have now announced that these variant covers will become a standard feature of subscribers' copies of the magazine as of the next edition, Issue 528.







Radio TimesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times (21-27 Jul 2018) (Credit: Radio Times)The new edition of the Radio Times for 21-27th July 2018 features the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker on the front cover, and has exclusive interviews with both the actress and new series showrunner, Chris Chibnall.

Talking about the casting of the first female Doctor, Chris said the show would have been behind the times if the new Doctor hadn’t been female and that it was important for the new series to be accessible to all viewers:
I think if we hadn’t done it, we would have been behind the world – and Doctor Who has to be out front leading the world, showcasing all the amazing things out there. So it was never a question in my mind. It was time.
Jodie added that as the first female Doctor there was less pressure on her and it’s an honour play a role that’s attainable to all:
And now it isn’t just attainable for half of the population. The other half can be the Doctor as well. Girls will no longer just think, ‘Oh, I could be a companion.’ Being the first female Doctor and showing children that their heroes in shows don’t always look the same is a huge honour for me.
Chris has hopes that the new era for the show will also introduce a new generation of fans:
If you’ve never seen Doctor Who, or want to introduce your children or family and friends to it, this series is the perfect point to start. It was really important to me that there’s no barrier to entry. You don’t need to know about anything that’s come before. We’ve got a new Doctor, all-new characters, all-new monsters, all-new stories. It’s going to be exciting, emotional and the most enormous fun.

You can read the full interviews in the latest Radio Times, available in shops from today.




The Road to the Thirteenth Doctor - New ComicBookmark and Share

Monday, 9 July 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Road to the Thirteenth Doctor: The Tenth Doctor - Cover A (Credit: Titan )This week sees the release of the first in a series of Titan Comics leading up to the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor.

The first, in a series of three, features the Tenth Doctor, as portrayed by David Tennant.

It is available from Wednesday 11 July.

The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor: The Tenth Doctor

Writer: James Peaty, Jody Houser

Artist: Iolanda Zanfardino, Rachael Stott

Colourist: Enrica Eren Angiolini

The road to the Thirteenth Doctor starts here! The first of three stand-alone stories featuring the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor!

The Tenth Doctor has his work cut out when he encounters a lost spaceship... Whose crew is being absorbed by mysterious ghostly creatures! Everything is not how it seems, however, especially when disturbing facts about the crew come to light!

Each issue contains a serialised short from the creative team behind the new Thirteenth Doctor ongoing series!


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Thirteenth Doctor Comic DebutBookmark and Share

Saturday, 30 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Many Lives of the Doctor - Cover A (Credit: Titan )Titan Comics and BBC Studios have announced details of the Thirteenth Doctor Comic debut this autumn.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Vol. 0 – The Many Lives Of Doctor Who – a special primer edition, will celebrate the Doctor’s many lives, and lead directly into Titan’s brand-new Thirteenth Doctor comic series.

It's said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die, and the Doctor’s had many of them! As the Doctor regenerates from his twelfth incarnation to her thirteenth (as played by Jodie Whittaker), she relives unseen adventures from all her past selves from Classic through to New Who.
Released in September 2018, The Thirteenth Doctor Vol. 0 features a stellar cast of Doctor Who comic creators including writer Richard Dinnick and artists Mariano Laclaustra, Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean, Iolanda Zanfardino, Brian Williamson, Claudia Ianniciello and Rachael Stott, the artist of Titan’s new Thirteenth Doctor series.

This special 64-page edition - the first Thirteenth Doctor comic - comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by Claudia Ianniciello and a photo variant by designer Will Brooks - only available in comic shops.

The Thirteenth Doctor Vol. 0 is part of Titan Comics' larger plans for the Thirteenth Doctor, which includes the launch of issue 1 in October and Doctor Who Comics Day on November 24.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Vol. 0 – The Many Lives Of Doctor Who is available at bookstores and comic shops from September, and is available to read on digital devices.

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The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the FutureBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future (Credit: Panini)Panini’s series of Doctor Who bookazines continues with Adventures in the Future.

Doctor Who’s predictions of the future have depicted the destruction of planet Earth and the ultimate collapse of the universe. Alien superpowers have subjugated star systems and galactic empires have fallen, leaving only a few witnesses to the end of time itself.

This new publication sets the TARDIS co-ordinates for a journey into this dangerous realm, exploring landmark episodes and meeting the talents who brought them to the screen. Packed full of exclusive content, including new interviews and a wealth of previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the series’ greatest futuristic adventures.

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future is on sale now, price £9.99.




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 527Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 527  (Credit: Panini)The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine included new interviews with Wendy Padbury, Carole Ann Ford and Sophie Aldred.

Wendy Padbury, who played Second Doctor companion Zoe:
I’ve met two or three people who became astrophysicists because of Zoe, and that’s quite a thing.
Sophie Aldred, who played Seventh Doctor companion Ace:
When I think about being 24 and let loose on one of the most-loved programmes on TV... It gave me a lot of confidence.
Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan:
I really would like to meet Jodie Whittaker. What would I say to her? ‘Hello grandma!’
Also in this issue...
  • BACK TO SCHOOL
  • Class cast members reflect on the fate of the television series and reveal the next step for the show.
  • LONDON, 1965!
  • The story behind the Twitch viewing marathon, and the surprising effect one particular scene had on viewers.
  • BOX OF DELIGHTS
  • One man’s mission to save and restore the last remaining police boxes in Glasgow.
  • NEW DOCTORS
  • The third article in a series looking at ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public.
  • WHO, ME
  • Australian comedian Rob Lloyd, acclaimed for his one-man show Who, Me, talks to DWM on the eve of his UK tour.
  • THE MAN WHO SAVED THE DOCTOR
  • A tribute to the late Graham Strong, the fan whose 1960s soundtrack recordings have played a crucial role in reconstructing lost episodes.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team takes a trip to Gallifrey, watching three adventures set on the Doctor’s home planet.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • This issue’s instalment explores the Eleventh Doctor story The Vampires of Venice.
  • COSPLAY
  • A step-by-step guide to making your own version of Captain Jack Harkness’ vortex manipulator.
  • THE CLOCKWISE WAR
  • The fourth part of a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill.
PLUS... Series 11 news, The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews and prize-winning competitions.

Doctor Who Magazine 527 is on sale now, price £5.99.




Segun Akinola to Score Series 11Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Segun Akinola (Credit: BBC)The BBC has confirmed that Series Eleven of Doctor Who will be scored by composer Segun Akinola.

Segun Akinola, who trained at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, will take over from Murray Gold, supplying the incidental music for the series as well as providing a fresh take on the legendary theme tune.

As part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit program in 2017, Segun has already been recognised as one of the rising stars among British composers.

Segun’s other work includes scoring BBC Two’s landmark four-part series Black and British: A Forgotten History, written and presented by Historian David Olusoga. He also scored Shola Amoo’s debut feature film A Moving Image, which had its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival, won the Special Recognition in Narrative Directing award at BlackStar Film Festival 2016 and had its European premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival in 2016. His score for Dear Mr Shakespeare received an Honourable Mention for the 2017 BSO Jerry Goldsmith Award for ‘Best Original Score for a Short Film’. Recently, he completed the scores for the major three-part series The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed and two-part series Expedition Volcano, both for BBC Two and PBS.

Chris Chibnal Doctor Who showrunner said:
Welcome to the Doctor Who family, Segun Akinola! We’re over the moon Segun's agreed to join us, to provide the score for the next phase of the Doctor Who adventure. From our very first conversations, it was obvious Segun was a passionate, collaborative and delightful human being as well as a fantastic and bold composer. We’re looking forward to introducing the world to his exciting and emotional soundtracks for the Thirteenth Doctor.
Segun Akinola, said:
Doctor Who is woven into the fabric of British culture and recognised globally. I am absolutely thrilled to be given the privilege of working on such a beloved series and to bring my musical voice to it.
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Who, Me to tour UKBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Who, MeComedian Rob Lloyd is bringing his Doctor Who themed one man show to the UK this Summer.

The show sees Lloyd using a fake courtroom setting to analyse whether Doctor Who has made him an obsessive or a better person, with stories and photos from his childhood.
Doctor Who is about to face his greatest challenge: his number one fan. Rob Lloyd (BBC America’s Doctor Who: Earth Conquest) is putting The Doctor on trial. Is Doctor Who (the television show) guilty of inciting in Rob a debilitating obsession, or has it shaped him into a well-rounded, mentally-sound member of society?

WHO, ME. is a hilarious romp across the Doctor’s 54 years, 13 faces and countless adventures.
Tour Schedule




Return of the Seventh Doctor ComicBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees the return of the Seventh Doctor in comic form, for a set of all-new adventures.

Written by Andrew Cartmel and Executive produced by Ben Aaronovitch, the powers behind the Doctor Who episode Remembrance of the Daleks – which celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2018!

Seventh Doctor #1

Writer: Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Christopher Jones
COVER A: Alice X. Zhang COVER B: Photo - Will Brooks COVER C: Christopher Jones COVER D: Simon Myers

From the minds behind the fan favourite episode Remembrance of the Daleks, Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch, which celebrates it's 30th anniversary in 2018!

Brand new comic adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor as played by Sylvester McCoy and Ace as played by Sophie Aldred!

Includes short back-up strip, written by Richard Dinnick (Twelfth Doctor) with art by Jessica Martin (Doctor Who Actress)! !
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Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 526Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine issue 526 (Credit: Panini)Tom Baker has been talking exclusively to Doctor Who Magazine in advance of the Blu-Ray release of his first season as The Doctor

In the interview, the actor reflects on the role that changed his life.
You know, Doctor Who is nothing to do with science fiction. It’s nothing to do with anything. It’s a bit like religion really, in that all you have to do is believe it. And I can believe any old nonsense.
Also in this issue 826
  • ROGER MURRAY-LEACH
  • An extensive interview with the production designer who achieved the impossible on Season 12 of Doctor Who.
  • THE HOLMES MASTER PLAN
  • How Season 12 script editor Robert Holmes created a storytelling formula that continues to influence the modern series.
  • KEVIN LINDSAY
  • The life and career of the Australian actor who played Styre in Season 12’s The Sontaran Experiment.
  • BREWING UP
  • The untold story of how Doctor Who led a marketing campaign for tea bags in 1976.
  • GEORGIA TENNANT
  • The actress talks about how her life has changed since she made her Doctor Who debut – and met her future husband – in 2008.
  • JESSICA MARTIN
  • Jessica talks about illustrating her character Mags (from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) for a new Seventh Doctor comic.
  • NEW FACES
  • The second part of a series looking at how new Doctors have been introduced to the public.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • It’s hankies at the ready as the Time Team watch tearjerking episodes from 1982, 2006 and 2010.
  • THE CLOCKWISE WAR
  • Part Three of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more.

Doctor Who Magazine 526 is on sale from Thursday 31 May, price £5.99.

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NERVA event: Frank Bellamy inspired posters for saleBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 May 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Nerva: 30 Jun 2018 (Credit: The Hub)NERVA is a special event organised by the Ark in Space Facebook group celebrating the visual effects and other designers who brought Doctor Who to our screens.

Current guests include visual effects designer Colin Mapson (e.g. The Green Death), sculptor and prop maker Stephen Mansfield (e.g. Battlefield), K9 assistant operator Steve Cambden (e.g. Full Circle), documentary director Kevin Jon Davies (e.g. Thirty Years in the TARDIS), and researchers Richard Bignell (Nothing At The End Of The Lane), Jon Green and Gavin Rymell (Dalek 6388).

Alongside the event, a special poster has been commissioned from artist Ian Wells, inspired by the work of Frank Bellamy. There are three versions of the poster available that can be purchased separately to the event itself: the image with event information as displayed, one with the addition of Ian's autograph, and a third version with the text replaced with a personalised message from the artist. Full details can be found via the organisers' website.

All proceeds from the event and posters will be donated to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

The event itself is limited to members of the Facebook group, who can register their interest via the relevant thread, and to followers of the @ClassicDrWho Twitter account, who can tweet or send a direct message instead. You can find out mote about the event via the group or the organisers' event page.

With thanks to Simon Meade




Canada cinema outing for Genesis of the DaleksBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Cineplex: Genesis of the Daleks (14 Jun 2018) (Credit: Cineplex, BBC Worldwide)Canadian fans will be able to join the US in seeing the "director's cut" of Genesis of the Daleks in Cineplex cinemas on the 14th June.

The Fourth Doctor and his companions Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) are transported thousands of years into the past to the ancient planet Skaro where they are given a mission from the Time Lords to prevent the evil scientist Davros from introducing to the universe the most destructive race of killing machines ever created, the Daleks. This never-before-seen 90-minute director’s cut will be followed by a first look at “In Conversation with Tom Baker” - a newly recorded interview with the Fourth Doctor himself!

For full details on where the story can be seen see the Cineplex website.