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.




New Doctor Who Infinity game LaunchedBookmark and Share

Saturday, 30 November 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Infinity (Credit: Tiny Repel Games)Doctor Who Infinity, the follow up to the Doctor Who: Legacy video game by Tiny Rebel Games, which soft-launched in late 2018, has gone live as a full, 5- story release for mobile devices, PC, and Mac.

The game brings the world of the Doctor to life with brand new, stand-alone, comic-book style interactive audio adventures. Players can now delve into all five episodes including The Silent Streets of Barry Island, The Horror of Flat Holm, The Dalek Invasion of Time, The Orphans of the Poloypotra, and The Lady of the Lake

. Each of the stories in Doctor Who Infinity was created as a collaboration between Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studio; they include a roster of primarily Wales-based artists and writers and each features narration and dialogue from well-known British actors.

Doctor Who Infinity episodes include:
  • The Horror of Flat Holm: One of the new stories, this was written by the multi-talented Mike Collins, drawn by Patrick Goddard, and colored by John-Paul Bove. It is an epic U.N.I.T. Cyberman story told in several time periods with the Fourth Doctor joined by Captain Mike Yates (voiced by Richard Franklin) and with modern day Osgood (voiced by Ingrid Oliver) and Kate Stewart. The cast will be joined by a Cyberman (voiced by Nick Briggs).
  • The Silent Streets of Barry Island: Another new adventure, this was written by Jacqueline Rayner, drawn by Emma Vieceli and colored by Kris Carter. It features the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams in mods-n-rockers era Barry Island. It's a summertime love story in an unseasonably snowy Barry Island which is plagued by mysterious, gruesome deaths and disappearances. They've arrived for a planned holiday but quickly have to ditch the beach gear and blend in with the locals. Their guide is Ted, a down-on-his-luck fish ‘n’ chip shop owner, voiced by Steffan Rhodri. Look for a startling reveal for Doctor Who fans!
  • The Dalek Invasion of Time: The first story to be released was written by George Mann, the critically-acclaimed author and screenwriter, including many Doctor Who stories; drawn by acclaimed artist and writer Mike Collins, known worldwide for his history of work with Doctor Who and other major comic properties; and colored by Kris Carter, who has a long history of working on brands such as Doctor Who, Torchwood and Shrek, among many others. The game is narrated by actors Michelle Gomez, who reprises her TV series role as Missy; Ingrid Oliver, who reprises her TV series role as Osgood; and Bella Ramsey, who voices new villain Freya in the game.
  • The Orphans of the Polyoptra: This adventure was written by Gary Russell, which he has stated is his final Doctor Who story. He is well-known as a writer of Doctor Who novels producer and writer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish productions, formerly a Script Editor for Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood and was formerly Editor of Doctor Who Magazine. The game’s art has been drawn by David Roach, noted inker of comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine; and also colored by Dylan Teague. The story is narrated by actor Katy Manning, who returns as Jo Grant, her role from the Doctor Who TV series, and also voices the enemy.
  • The Lady of the Lake: This story was written by Scott Handcock, author of many Doctor Who audio dramas and short stories; drawn by Neil Edwards, noted comic book artist whose work includes Marvel, DC, Doctor Who, Titan Comics and many others; and colored by John-Paul Bove, known for his colorist work on G.I. Joe, Doctor Who, Transformers; and Dylan Teague, known for his work as a comics artist and colorist for Doctor Who Magazine, DC Comics. The story is being narrated by Celyn Jones as Geraint, a critically acclaimed and award-winning actor and screenwriter, who is known for films such as Set Fire to the Stars and Submergence and the TV series Joe. Other voices featured include Katy Manning as Delyth and Marilyn Le Conte as the eponymous “Lady of the Lake”.
Doctor Who Infinity is being published and developed by Tiny Rebel Games in collaboration with Seed Studio, and is under official license from BBC Studios. The new game was funded as a joint effort between the Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget and British game publisher/developer Double Eleven Limited.




New Doctor Who Companion SetsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Companion Set (Credit: Eaglemoss / BBC Studios)
Doctor Who Companion Set (Credit: Eaglemoss / BBC Studios)
Hero Collector have announced two new Doctor Who Companion Sets featuring a cast of beloved TARDIS travelers separated by 55 years.

The company, which publishes high-quality collectibles from across the worlds of pop culture, has released companion sets based on the first TARDIS crew and the current incumbents.

Hero Collector is Eaglemoss’ imprint for genre collectibles and is one of the world’s leading producers of figurines and fantasy die-cast vehicles. It makes products based on many of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Marvel and DC comics and movies, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Alien, Predator, Battlestar Galactica, Sonic the Hedgehog, Back to the Future, WWE, Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, and James Bond.

Each set contains four figurines – an incarnation of The Doctor alongside their three companions – rendered in hand-painted polyresin at 1:21 scale (approximately 3.5 inches tall). They also come with a companion magazine, packed with details behind each character’s time in the TARDIS – including interviews, photographs, and a look back at some of their best-loved stories.

  • The First Doctor (William Hartnell) arrived on screen in 1963, when teachers Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill) and Ian Chesterton (William Russell) followed their mysterious pupil Susan (Carole Ann Ford) home. They soon discovered that she and her grandfather were alien time travelers living inside a police box – which led to all four setting off on adventures through space and time together!
  • The Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) crash-landed in Sheffield in 2018. Teaming up with trainee engineer Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), former bus driver Graham O'Brien (Bradley Walsh), and probationary police officer Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), she defeated a tooth-stealing alien warlord and made her way back to the TARDIS – complete with new friends in tow.
The Thirteenth Doctor Companion Set will be available direct from HeroCollector.com or your favourite retailer in January 2020, with the First Doctor Companion Set following soon after in February 2020. They join Hero Collector’s ongoing line of 1:21 Doctor Who figurines, which explores aliens, monsters, robots, humans and Doctors from over five decades of classic science fiction TV. .




Homage to Delia DerbyshireBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 November 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
DR Publications have released a homage to Delia Derbyshire composed by Roger Reynolds in celebration of Delia Derbyshire Day, which took place on Doctor Who's anniversary.

Roger says of his work:
I have always thought that Delia Derbyshire never received the recognition due to her for that amazing Doctor Who Theme. And so I decided to concoct a musical piece, as an “Homage” to her, something embodying that enigmatic theme but using today’s digital technology.

I had been working on the “Homage to Delia Derbyshire” for quite a while, without knowing that 23rd November was “Delia Derbyshire Day.

That the final version of my Homage was ready, i.e. completed slightly ahead of time, and just happened to coincide with this specific date is, well, absolute serendipity.

As are my compositional preferences, the piece is, at times, multi-layered using concurrent fragments of the theme played against each other using different instrumentation.

It’s best heard (I think) turned up loud with the sound just washing over you.

The composition comes in two versions, one for headphones and one for speakers: both can be listened to via the DR Productions website.


With thanks to: Dallas Jones and Roger Reynolds




Doctor Who Customisable Shoulder and Laptop BagBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 November 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Official Doctor Who Customisable Shoulder Bag With Pins (Credit: Lovarzi) Official Doctor Who Customisable Shoulder Bag With Pins (Credit: Lovarzi)
Lovarzi have announced a new, shoulder/laptop bag for their collection of Doctor Who-themed apparel.

The new design features the ability to customise the front with pin badges, the bag coming with seven exclusive designs featuring the TARDIS, the Seal of Rassilon, K9, a Cyberman head, Weeping Angel, Bow Tie, and the Thirteenth Doctor Silhouette. The former six are all made from a high-quality, matte-finish metal, with the seventh printed in full-colour featuring the Thirteenth Doctor against a beautiful sunset background, with the TARDIS waiting to whisk her off across the universe. Additional pins for the bag will be released by the company later.

The bag's interior is further lined with a repeated TARDIS print, embossed with the Doctor Who logo both inside and out; it has internal organiser pockets on one side, and a buttoned area on the other to store devices measuring up to 15.6", e.g. a large laptop or tablet. A zipped panel allows access to the pins in order to change them as required.
Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi, explains:
I'm so happy to finally present our new bag – we've been working on it for over two years now! The original idea came from a desire to make a product no other fandom has seen before. Something unique. We had this particular design in mind since we first approached BBC Studios about making officially-licensed Doctor Who bags.
We wanted fans to be able to customise it: make it personal and stand out from the crowd. It comes with exclusive pins which you can screw into the holes on one side, meaning you can highlight your favourite parts of the show. Effectively, you're the designer!
Speaking of their range of products, Maninder adds:
I'm incredibly proud of our whole range. It's been wonderful seeing people getting so enthusiastic about what we do. We hope fans similarly love this unique bag – and all the exciting products we've got planned for the future!

Full details for the Doctor Who Customisable Shoulder Bag (with 7 Exclusive Pins) can be found at the Lovarzi website, where the bag can also be ordered. A video highlighting the bag can also be viewed on YouTube.





Competitions: Sil And the Devil Seeds of Arodor / The Doctors: More Monsters!Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 November 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Readers in the United Kingdom have a chance to win of a copy of the latest releases from Reeltime Pictures, courtesy of Koch Media UK:

Sil And the Devil Seeds of Arodor (Blu-ray) [order from Amazon UK

Sil and The Devil Seeds of Arobor (Credit: Koch Media)An original drama from the world of BBC TV’s Doctor Who, featuring Sil, the ruthless alien entrepreneur from planet Thoros Beta. Sil is worried. Very worried… which doesn’t keep his reptilian skin in the best condition! Confined in a cold detention cell on the moon, awaiting a deportation hearing while on trial for drugs offences committed on Earth, he faces a death sentence if the application is successful and he is found guilty. His powerful employers at the Universal Monetary Fund aren’t too pleased about that. Not at all… As time runs out and friends desert him, Sil must use all of his devious, vile, underhanded, ruthless, and amoral business acumen to survive. Can he possibly slime his way out of this one? Featuring Nabil Shaban (Sil) and Christopher Ryan (Kiv), with Sophie Aldred, Janet Henfrey and Sakuntala Ramanee.
To be in with a chance to win a copy of the Blu-ray, simply answer the following question:
Which diminutive race has Christopher Ryan also portrayed in Doctor Who?
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-sil@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Marshminnow surprise". Open to readers within the United Kingdom only. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Closing date: Sunday 8 December 2019.

Reeltime Pictures: The Doctors: More Monsters! (DVD) [order from Amazon UK

The Doctors: More Monsters! (Credit: Koch Media)This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of unsung heroes who sent you "behind the sofa" by bringing the monsters in Doctor Who to life! Featuring Nabil Shaban (Sil), Christopher Ryan (Kiv), Stephen Thorne (Omega), Terry Molloy (Davros), Stuart Fell and Jon Davey (monsters too numerous to mention!). Presented by Robert Dick and “voice of the Daleks” Nicholas Briggs.
To be in with a chance to win a copy of the DVD set, simply answer the following question:
Out of the mask, Terry Molloy also played a more human character in the series - name that person.
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-moremonsters@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Dalek?". Open to readers within the United Kingdom only. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Closing date: Sunday 8 December 2019.




Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 545Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 14 November 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 545 (Credit: Panini) In this month’s Doctor Whi Magazine, thirty-two Dalek stories battle for supremacy in the epic Twitter contest. Which is the fans’ favourite?  

Highlights of this issue include:  
  • A 16-page celebration of the Daleks, including the results of DWM’s online tournament.
  • An exclusive Series 12 update.
  • Writer and director Pete McTighe goes behind the scenes on The Promise, his new trailer for the Season 26 Blu-ray box set.
  • Sophie Aldred discusses her on-screen return as Ace.
  • Production designer Arwel Jones gives DWM a tour of the Thirteenth Doctor’s TARDIS.
  • The first part of an exclusive interview with former script editor Andrew Cartmel.
  • A preview of Tiny Rebel’s final Doctor Who: Infinity games.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 1973 story Carnival of Monsters.
  • The answers to last issue’s fiendishly difficult quiz about the first 40 years of DWM.
  • Part Three of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The Blogs of Doom, audio and book reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more.
  

On sale from Thursday 14 November 2019 £5.99 (UK)




The Edge or Time - ReleasedBookmark and Share

Monday, 11 November 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time, the feature-length Doctor Who VR videogame, launches worldwide on November 12th

Publisher PlayStack and Developer Maze Theory are have released the Launch Trailer for  the game, which Is available for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and HTC Vive Cosmos, with  Oculus Quest coming later this year.

Players will visit Victorian London, escape from a space-stranded cruiser and explore an Egyptian temple as they operate the TARDIS across the Doctor Who universe, under guidance from The Doctor herself, played by Jodie Whittaker. 

 Crafted with countless references to the show and its 55-year history, Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time combines action, horror and sci-fi, equipping players with the Sonic Screwdriver to solve mind-bending puzzles, escape treacherous environments and come face-to-face with classic Doctor Who monsters, all within virtual reality for the first time ever. Escape from Weeping Angels, face off against brand-new monsters and pilot a Dalek shell to harness its’ fearsome weaponry in a thrilling and immersive single-player adventure!

Features
  • Become Part Of Doctor Who - a thrilling single-player adventure developed by Sony London alumni (VR Worlds, The London Heist, Blood and Truth), Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time  will immerse players in Doctor Who like never before as they travel across space and time to save reality. 
  • Wield The Sonic Screwdriver - With exhilarating moment-to-moment gameplay, wield the Sonic Screwdriver to solve fiendish puzzles and traverse a dangerous universe full of challenges, enemies and wonder.
  • Stunning Cinematic Visuals - From the Dalekanium of a Dalek’s shell, to the stone-cold terror of a Weeping Angel, experience stunning visuals that bring the show to life!  
  • Doctor Who Talent - Featuring Jodie Whittaker as the voice of The Doctor and Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks, in a story written by Gavin Collinson - Digital Producer for Doctor Who and author
  • Oculus Quest Support - experience the next level of immersion with Oculus Quest, as you explore the Doctor Who universe without boundaries in untethered virtual reality






Fury From The Deep animated teaser releasedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 27 October 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Fury From The Deep - Steelbook (artwork tbc) (Credit: BBC Studios)BBC Studios have announced that the next missing Patrick Troughton story to receive the animated treatment will be Fury From The Deep, the penultimate adventure from the fifth season which features the departure of travelling companion Victoria.

The release was announced on the Animations Panel at this weekend's London Comic Con, and as well as all six missing episodes being animated in high definition in both colour and black and white it will also include the surviving clips from the serial, a new Making-Of, and other features still be be announced.

The story is due to be relesed on DVD and Blu-ray (including as a steelbook edition) during 2020, following on from The Faceless Ones, which was announced earlier this year, also for 2020.






Doctor Who: The Edge of TimeBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Edge of Time (Credit: PlayStack / Developer Maze /BBC Studios)A new feature-length VR videogame, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, will launch on November 12th 2019.

Publisher PlayStack and Developer Maze Theory have today released the new artwork for the game which will feature multiple references to the series and its 56-year history.

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time combines action, adventure and sci-fi, equipping players with the Sonic Screwdriver to solve mind-bending puzzles, escape treacherous environments and come face-to-face with classic Doctor Who monsters, all within virtual reality.

Escape from Weeping Angels, face off against brand-new creatures and pilot a Dalek shell to harness its fearsome weaponry in a thrilling and immersive single-player adventure.

To receive the latest updates, visit Stream and add the game to your wishlist.

Features include:
  • Become part of Doctor Who - a thrilling single-player adventure developed by Sony London alumni (VR Worlds, The London Heist, Blood and Truth), Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time will immerse players in Doctor Who like never before as they travel across space and time to save reality.
  • Wield the Sonic Screwdriver - with exhilarating moment-to-moment gameplay, wield the Sonic Screwdriver to solve fiendish puzzles and traverse a dangerous universe full of challenges, enemies and wonder.
  • Stunning cinematic visuals - from the Dalekanium of a Dalek’s shell to the stone-cold terror of a Weeping Angel, experience stunning visuals that bring the show to life!
  • Doctor Who talent - featuring Jodie Whittaker as the voice of the Doctor and Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks, in a story written by Gavin Collinson, Digital Producer for Doctor Who and author
  • Oculus Quest support - experience the next level of immersion with Oculus Quest, as you explore the Doctor Who universe without boundaries in untethered virtual reality
  • Developed by immersive entertainment studio Maze Theory, led by former Activision and PlayStation veterans, Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time will launch on November 12th 2019 for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive and HTC Vive Cosmos.
For more on Doctor Who: The Edge of Time follow.

Official Website / Twitter - Follow the hashtag #edgeoftime / YouTube / Maze Theory Official Website

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is a Maze Theory production for BBC Studios




Doctor Who Magazine Issue 544Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine : Issue 544 (Credit: Panini)
Doctor Who Magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary in issue 544.

The celebratory issue comes with:

  • A 100 minute Doctor Who DVD including exclusive and previously unseen material.
  • A 32 Page Supliment featuring an index of DWM and its sister publications, from 1979 to the present day.
  • A download code for 11 complete hour-long audio adventures from Big Finish.
Other highlights of this issue include:
  • Exclusive interviews with showrunners Chris Chibnall, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Weekly’s founding editor Dez Skinn and its original features writer Jeremy Bentham reunite to discuss the magazine’s earliest days.
  • Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell pays tribute to his friend and mentor Terrance Dicks.
  • A previously unpublished interview with Terrance Dicks, in which he remembers his working life away from Doctor Who.
  • Highlights from the original, unpublished manuscript of The Eight Doctors, Terrance’s first commission for BBC Books’ range of original Doctor Who novels.
  • Professional Doctor Who fiction writers select highlights of Terrance’s Target novelisations and other books.
  • A look back at how readers’ views of Doctor Who episodes, as expressed in DWM’s Season Survey results, have evolved over the last four decades.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 1979 story The Creature from the Pit.
  • A fiendishly difficult quiz, all about the first 40 years of Doctor Who Magazine.
  • Part Two of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • Audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more! 


On sale from Thursday 17 October 2019 £9.99 (UK)




The Doctor Who Companion - The Twelfth Doctor: Volume TwoBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Companion The Twelfth Doctor: Volume Two (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine continues its in-depth chronicle of the show’s production with a 100-page volume dedicated to four memorable episodes of Series 8 starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald:


  • Time Heist 
  • The Caretaker
  • Kill the Moon
  • Mummy on the Orient Express 


 Andrew Pixley’s unparalleled behind-the-scenes coverage – originally presented in the partwork Doctor Who: The Complete History and now revised and reproduced in magazine format for the first time – examines every aspect of the stories’ development, from scripting through to transmission and beyond.

 Richly illustrated with rare images, this is the essential guide to the series that took Doctor Who in a remarkable new direction.

Available from WH Smith from Wednesday 16 October 2019 priced £7.99 and digitally from pocketmags.com priced £6.99.

Please note that this publication is not available as part of a subscription to Doctor Who Magazine.




Forty Years Of Doctor Who MagazineBookmark and Share

Friday, 11 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
DWM 1 (Credit: DWM)Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Doctor Who Magazine.

Doctor Who Magazine began life as Doctor Who Weekly, published for the first time on 11th October 1979, featuring the then-current Doctor, Tom Baker, on the front cover.

For the cost of just 12p, Doctor Who Weekly, published by Marvel, was the first officially approved publication, which was totally dedicated to serving fans of Doctor Who. It ran as a weekly until September 1980 when, with issue 45, the magazine moved to a monthly schedule and was renamed Doctor Who Monthly.

The name was changed to Doctor Who Magazine with issue 107 in December 1985. Now approaching issue 544, the magazine holds the Guinness World Record as the longest-running TV tie-in magazine.

Over the years the magazine has had twelve editors, the longest-serving being Tom Spilsbury who edited the Magazine from 2007-2017.

DWM is now published by Panini Comics, which purchased the title in 1995. The next edition, out next week, with be a special anniversary edition.