Rosa Wins Visionary Arts AwardBookmark and Share

Saturday, 9 February 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Malorie Blackman / Chris ChibnallThe Doctor Who episode Rosa has been awarded the Visionary Arts Organisation Award for Television Show of the Year.

The new awarda are given to celebrate culture, media and entertainment that have made a positive social impact via film, television, music, theatre, literature, radio/online and grassroots community.

Rosa, the third Doctor Who episode starring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirtenth Doctor, featured Vinette Robinson as the American civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who changed history when she refused to relinquish her seat in the colored section of a Bus to a white passenger.

The episode, written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall won plaudits on its transmission last October. The writers were there to accept the award this evening at a ceremony at BAFTA in London.

Malorie Blackman wrote on twitter.
What a lovely birthday present! Chris Chibnall and I won a Visionary Honours award at BAFTA this evening for Doctor Who - Rosa. I love my job! Thanks to all those who voted for us.
The episode beat Save Me, Kiri, First Dates, Eastenders and There She Goes to win the award.

The Visionary Arts Organisation and Visionary Honours were founded by Adrian Grant, creator of the hit Michael Jackson musical, Thriller Live. It is his goal to see a more unified peaceful society that works together to create diverse opportunities, break down barriers, and allow young people to dream, achieve and succeed.

Grant said
The Visionary Honours are not about awarding egos or fame. They are about recognising culture, media and entertainment that has inspired, created awareness and advocated social change. Through the Visionary Arts Organisation, it is my long-term goal to inspire creatives to produce work that can make a positive difference.




Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #4Bookmark and Share

Monday, 4 February 2019 - Reported by Marcus
This weeks release from Titan Comics is the fourth in the series of Thirteenth Doctor comics.

Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #4

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colourist: Enrica Eren Angiolini


Time-twisting finale to the debut arc of the Doctor's new comic from Jody Houser with Rachael Stott, and Enrica Eren Angiolini!
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Published Wednesday 6th February.




Doctor Who Magazine - The 2019 YearbookBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The latest magazine special from Doctor Who Magazine is their annual Yearbook, covering the developments in Doctor Who over the last year.

Doctor Who Magazine - The 2019 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)THE DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE YEARBOOK 2019

Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Doctor was one of the television events of 2018 and a landmark in Doctor Who’s long history.

The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition explores the making of Series 11 in unprecedented detail. Highlights among the exclusive interviews include:


Editor Marcus Hearn says:
We’ve packed an incredible amount into the latest Yearbook. It was always our intention to create the ultimate guide to Series 11, and this issue includes much of the material that we’ve been gathering with the cast and writers since the beginning of 2018.

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The Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2019 is on general sale from 3 January.




Doctor Who Magazine: 533Bookmark and Share

Friday, 14 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: 533 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine: 533 (Credit: Panini)Issue 533 of Doctor Who Magazine includes a preview of the New Year's Day episode, Resolution

Guest stars Charlotte Ritchie and Nikesh Patel, director Wayne Yip and writer Chris Chibnall feature in DWM’s exclusive preview of the New Year’s Day Special. Chibnall says
You want it to feel like a treat: a big, thrilling, explosive, moving, cheeky, surprising treat. Basically, you want the Special to be epic. And I promise, it’s going to be epic.
Also in this issue...
  • SHARON D CLARKE
  • An exclusive interview with the actress who played Grace O’Brien in the 2018 series.
  • FRAZER HINES
  • Frazer pulls some crackers from DWM’s TARDIS tin.
  • DERRICK SHERWIN
  • A tribute to the writer, story editor and producer who oversaw the series’ transition from black and white into colour.
  • CYBER CONTROLLER
  • Highlights from a previously unpublished interview with Derrick Sherwin.
  • PUBLIC IMAGE
  • The latest in-depth report on Series 11’s ratings.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • 1981’s spin-off K9 and Company, starring Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.
  • CHRISTMAS QUIZ
  • Put your Doctor Who knowledge to the test with the DWM Christmas Quiz.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Team comments on Doctor Who’s very first Christmas Day episode, 1965’s The Feast of Steven.
  • THE WARMONGER
  • Part three of a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • SEASON SURVEY
  • Share your views on the latest series of Doctor Who.
  • EPISODE REVIEWS
  • The verdict on Series 11 episodes Demons of the Punjab, Kerblam! and The Witchfinders.
PLUS... A FREE double-sided poster, The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and more.

Doctor Who Magazine 533 is on sale now, price £5.99.




Doctor Who - Series 11 SoundtrackBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
>Doctor Who Series 11 Soundtrack (Credit: Silva Screen)Silva Screen Records have announced they will be releasing the Doctor Who Series 11 Soundtrack in January 2019

The music from the series, composed by Segun Akinola, will be available on CD and on streaming services from 11 January.

The recently completed Series 11 marked the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor, award-winning actress Jodie Whittaker.

Segun Akinola is a multi-talented composer whose 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.
Where do I even begin?! Working on series 11 has been nothing short of the experience of a lifetime. I have loved every single minute of it. From working closely with the production team, to writing the character themes to recording the New Year Special, it’s truly been so much fun.


The soundtrack is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Volume One
  1. Series 11 Opening Titles
  2. Getting That Bike
  3. Long Story
  4. This New Nose Is So Unreliable
  5. The Warrior
  6. Sonic Screwdriver
  7. The Doctor
  8. You Really Need To Get Out Of Those Clothes
  9. Three Suns
  10. Make It Through Those Ruins
  11. My Beautiful Ghost Monument
  12. Missing You
  13. Insurance Policy
  14. My Fam
  15. Tsuranga
  16. Resus One
  17. Kerblam
  18. Help In Dispatch
  19. Ranskoor Av Kolos
  20. The Shrine
  21. Keep Your Faith
Volume Two
  1. Thirteen
  2. Get Out That Door
  3. Parks, Rosa Parks
  4. Artron Energy
  5. This Is Very Bad News
  6. Fishing Take Down
  7. Stand Up Now
  8. A Living Icon For Freedom
  9. Umbreen
  10. Thijarian Hive
  11. I Love You Nani
  12. Yaz And Nani End Credits
  13. King James
  14. Tendril
  15. Morax
  16. Reverse The Polarity
  17. Made A New Friend
  18. Rebuilt
  19. Me And My Mates
  20. Series 11 End Credits




I Talk Telly AwardsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan (Credit: BBC Studios)Doctor Who picked up two awards in the 2018 I Talk Telly Awards, an annual Twitter poll which this year saw some 266,400 votes registered. The series won the Best Returning Drama category, whilst Mandip Gill was voted Best Newcomer.

The actress said of her award:
I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has voted for me as best newcomer at I Talk Telly awards. I've never won anything before - apart from some peapods in French, which is really random - so I just to say a massive thank you to everyone who actually took the time out to vote for me, I really really appreciate it.

The full list of winners can be found on their website.




Thirteenth Doctor #2Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 9 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Out now, the second in the series of Titan Comic Adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor

Thirteenth Doctor #3

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colourist: Enrica Angiolini

Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic, Stranger Things) leaps in with mind-blowing adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor and her brand new friends! A mysterious new time traveller appears - but can he be trusted when he says he's human?
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Radio TimesBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Radio Times, 8-14 Dec 2018 (Credit: Radio Times)This week's edition of the Radio Times (8-14 Dec) is the latest in this year's issues to showcase Doctor Who, making it the fourth time in six months that Jodie Whittaker has graced the front cover! Unlike in previous years, however, it isn't the Doctor's Christmas adventure being previewed this time around but her New Year's outing instead.

Inside the magazine is a four page interview with Bradley Walsh, who discusses his career to date and also explains why he wouldn't want to play the Doctor himself:
My style can be as manic as the next person's, but the Doctor has a certain style and, despite regeneration, I think they ostensibly remain the same type of person. And if you don't know the back catalogue and all the jargon, you're up against it. Whereas I ducked out in 1969 (during Patrick Troughton's time as the Doctor) and for me this is brand spanking new. Besides, Jodie is absolutely fantastic.
Another page focusses on Bradley's co-stars, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, both of whom still enjoy their anonymity, and on the forthcoming New Year's Day special. The issue also, of course, covers the final episode in the current run of the series, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos, on this Sunday at 6:25pm.

The Radio Times is available to purchase now from retail outlets in the UK, and the magazine's "legendary Christmas edition", covering New Years Day, is also out now.


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Cybermen Launch Escape GameBookmark and Share

Thursday, 6 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
To the surprise of many shoppers, Cybermen were spotted in two major cities in the UK today, to mark tickets going on sale for Worlds Collide, the first official Doctor Who live escape game.

One of the Time Lord’s oldest enemies, which feature in the new game, commandeered a barge on the canal at Gas Street Basin in Birmingham. Next, they were seen threatening to ‘upgrade’ unsuspecting Christmas shoppers outside the iconic Birmingham Bullring shopping centre, before travelling up through the UK, heading straight for Leeds City Centre, frightening local commuters in the process.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting details of the BBC Studios and Escape Hunt Doctor Who-themed live escape game, which will be playable at Escape Hunt venues across the country from early 2019.

Teams of up to six become the Doctor’s new friends and are transported into the future, to the offices of ChronosCorp HQ, where eccentric billionaire Alastair Montague’s efforts to develop commercial time travel have caused a tear in the fabric of space and time, a tear which the Cyberman will use to attack Earth!

The players are then given 60 minutes to work out how to close the tear before the Cybermen break through, using only what remains of Montague, his prototype time engine and the extensive collection of time-related artefacts acquired over the course of his experiments. The fate of the universe rests in their hands – if they take too long the human race will be ‘upgraded’.

From today, fans can book tickets for the immersive adventure, which will be arriving at Escape Hunt locations on the following dates:
  • Bristol – 16/01/2019
  • Leeds – 25/01/2019
  • Oxford – 08/02/2019
  • Manchester – 22/02/2019
  • Reading – 08/03/2019
  • Birmingham – 22/03/2019
Richard Harpham, CEO Escape Hunt plc, says
We are thrilled that tickets are now on sale and fans can start booking to be the first to play the game in January. We are extremely proud of Worlds Collide and look forward to giving fans a unique Doctor Who escape game experience.
Mat Way, Global Director, Live Entertainment at BBC Studios, says
We’re very excited to be revealing details of the very first official Doctor Who escape game in collaboration with Escape Hunt. We used to hide behind the sofa when the Cybermen appeared on TV, it’s amazing that fans will soon be able to encounter them face to face.
Tickets for Doctor Who: The Live Escape Game, Worlds Collide are now on sale and are bookable via Escapehunt.com

Cybermen in Birmingham




Worlds Collide - Ticket date AnnouncedBookmark and Share

Monday, 3 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Escape HuntBBC Studios and Escape Hunt have announced the on-sale date of tickets for the upcoming Doctor Who live escape game, Worlds Collide.

From 6th December, fans can buy tickets to be one of the first to try out the hotly-anticipated game which will be arriving in cities across the UK at Escape Hunt locations from early 2019.

Escape Hunt is a global provider of live ‘escape the room’ experiences. Since opening in 2013, Escape Hunt has expanded rapidly, opening nearly 50 locations across 27 countries around the world. Escape Hunting involves 60 minutes of excitement, during which groups of teammates lose themselves in immersive experiences, created by the Escape Hunt Studios team. Groups must work together to follow a series of clever clues and escape a locked room before their time is up.

The Doctor Who game, Worlds Collide will be opening in Escape Hunt locations in early 2019:
  • Bristol – ‪16/01/2019‬
  • Leeds – ‪25/01/2019‬
  • Oxford – ‪08/02/2019‬
  • Manchester – ‪22/02/2019‬
  • Reading – ‪08/03/2019‬
  • Birmingham – ‪22/03/2019‬
Richard Harpham, CEO Escape Hunt PLC, says
It’s the day that the Doctor Who community have been counting down to and we’re incredibly excited to be one step closer to the opening of Worlds Collide. We’re incredibly proud of the game and can’t wait to welcome fans in to try and crack it!
Doctor Who – Worlds Collide will be on-sale from Thursday, 6th December at midday Please visit the website for more information.




Competition: win The Doctors: VillainsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 2 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Readers in the United Kingdom have a chance to win of a copy of the latest DVD release from the Reeltime Pictures archive, The Doctors: Villains, courtesy of Koch Media UK:

Reeltime Pictures: The Doctors Villains [order from Amazon UK

The Doctors: Villains! (Credit: Koch Media UK)This is the definitive set of interviews with a group of actors who brought the villains in DOCTOR WHO to life and sent you "behind the sofa"! This special release contains five in-depth interviews with IAN COLLIER (Omega - Arc of Infinity), BERNARD ARCHARD (Marcus Scarman - Pyramids of Mars), DAVID GOODERSON (Davros - Destiny of the Daleks), PETER MILES (Nyder - Genesis of the Daleks), JULIAN GLOVER (Scaroth - City of Death), plus a fascinating tribute to ROGER DELGADO (The Master) by the cast and production staff he worked with. For all Doctor Who fans, this 2 disc special collector's edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of your favourite science fiction series! SPECIAL FEATURE: Introduction by NICHOLAS BRIGGS & Producer KEITH BARNFATHER
To be in with a chance to win a copy of the set, simply answer the following question:
Which of the interviewed actors is the only one to have appeared in Doctor Who alongside Roger Delgado?
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-villains@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "You see, Doctor, you're my intellectual equal. Almost.". Open to readers within the United Kingdom. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Closing date: Saturday 15th December 2018.





Doctor Who: The Collection - Season EighteenBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who: The Complete Eighteen Season (cover) (Credit: BBC)
Doctor Who: The Complete Eighteen Season (box contents) (Credit: BBC)
BBC Studios have announced the next Blu-ray release in their 'classic' season boxed sets will be Tom Baker's final year as the Doctor, the 1980/81 Season Eighteen.

As well as the seven stories from the season, the set will also include the Christmas spin-off special, K9 & Company.

As with the previous release of Season Twelve and the imminent release of Season Nineteen, this new collection will feature a host of new features to supplement the remastered high-definition upscaled episodes themselves:


The material has been remastered by Peter Crocker and Mark Ayres, with packaging/artwork by Lee Binding; the set will also feature a booklet by new series writer and content consultant Pete McTighe.

Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 18 is currently scheduled for the UK on 25th February 2019, though as with the previous volumes the date may change before its intended release.

You can pre-order the set from our Amazon Shop.





Tom Baker's Scratchman to be released in JanuaryBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have announced the publication of a very special novelisation for January next year:
Scratchman, by Tom Baker (BBC Books) (Credit: BBC Books)Scratchman
Written by Tom Baker
Published by BBC Books on 24th January 2019


What are you afraid of?

The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures – hideous scarecrows, preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn’t go to plan – the time travellers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them.

With the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, the Doctor must battle an ancient force from another dimension, one who claims to be the Devil.

Scratchman wants to know what the Doctor is most afraid of. And the Doctor’s worst nightmares are coming out to play...


A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost forty years in the making.

Tom Baker (BBC Books) (Credit: BBC Books)The novelisation is based on the script for an idea by Tom Baker and Ian Marter to take Doctor Who to the big screen, with them reprising their roles of the Doctor and Harry alongside Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah. Despite their enthusiasm for the project, a lack of funds to produce the project eventually led to it being abandoned.

The script itself was thought lost until a copy was discovered in 2006 at the British Film Institute where it had been donated to by former Doctor Who producer John Nathan Turner before his death in 2002. It has been adapted by James Goss, who has previously novelised fourth Doctor adventures penned by Douglas Adams for BBC Books.

Speaking about the project, Tom said:
I love the improbability of Doctor Who. Reason plays no part at all. As in religion, the overriding thing is faith. It may be improbable, but just believe in it and it’ll all come right.

When I was approached about the book, I thought, ‘Why not?’ I’m always on the lookout for a novelty. I’m very enthusiastic as I get close to darkness.


The novelisation will also be released as an audiobook by BBC Audio on the same day, read by Tom himself.




William Hartnell Tribute DocumentaryBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Jessica Carney
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS has released a half hour documentary showing the installation of a William Hartnell heritage plaque at Ealing Studios last month.

The video features interviews with family and friends of William Hartnell, and also includes the Carney family unveiling the plaque itself. Other videos and interviews from past DWAS events are also available.

The funds for the plaque were raised by DWAS members and other fans. It is still possible to support the fundraising.

Twenty mini-plaques were produced and three of these remain available. The last three have been signed by family, friends and colleagues of Hartnell who attended the unveiling. Each has a DWAS Certificate of Authenticity attached and the Society is now auctioning number 1 of 3 at their eBay site.

Also available to buy rather than bid on, are DWAS postcard sets and a limited reprint of Cosmic Masque issue 1, the original fan fiction magazine from 1977.

The DWAS Plaque fund raises the money needed for the plaque, installation and ceremony. Any surplus funds raised will be donated to a charity chosen by the Carney family.

William Hartnell Plaque Unveiling At Ealing Studios, October 2018