DWAS Honours William HartnellBookmark and Share

Sunday, 14 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Jessica Carney
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS, has honoured the actor who played the first Doctor, William Hartnell, by producing a Blue Plaque marking his work in Film and Television.

The plaque was unveiled in a ceremony at Ealing Studios by Jessica Carney, Granddaughter of William Hartnell, who attended with her mother, William Hartnell's daughter Anne Carney and her brother Paul Carney.

Jessica Carney is the author of a book on the life of her Grandfather. She said Hartnell would have been delighted with the recognition.
I think he would be so thrilled, so overwhelmed at the thought of someone putting up a blue plaque to his work. The thought that Doctor Who is still so successful today would have thrilled him. The fans were so excited and involved with it. Whole school classes wrote to him about Doctor Who. It just captured everyone's imagination and clearly still means a lot to an awful lot of people.

This would have meant everything to him.
The ceremony was attended the surviving members of the very first TARDIS crew, Carole Ann Ford who played Susan and William Russell, who played Ian. Other guests included actor Julian Glover, who worked with Hartnell in The Crusade, Michael Imison who directed him in The Ark, Timothy Coombe who worked with Hartnell as a Production Assistant and actor Frank Williams who worked with Hartnell in the ITV comedy The Army Game.

Former Companion Peter Purves was unable to attend but sent a message.
His iconic performance as the original Doctor Who is where his real legacy lies. The lasting appeal of Doctor Who is today is because of what he and his original companions created in 1963. The conventions and wide world audiences for the show would never have taken place were it not for the originality and quirkiness he brought to the original concept. This plaque is the perfect way to remember a wonderful actor
William Hartnell worked at Ealing studios on two feature films, The Goose Steps Out and The Bells Go Down. It was here that 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

Paul Carney, Anne Carney, Jessica CarneyWilliam Russell, Carole Ann Ford


The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, has previously marked the achievements of third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, with a blue heritage plaque at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London and first producer Verity Lambert with a plaque at at London's Riverside studios.




Radio Times CoverBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Radio Times (Credit: Immediate)
This week's Radio Times features the Thirteenth Doctor, in the person of Jodie Whittaker, who makes her full debut on screens around the world next Sunday.

It's the second Cover as The Doctor for the actress, who featured on the 21st July edition

Inside Whittaker talks about how nervous she was about playing one of the most intelligent characters on TV, and her hopes that the debate on casting women in traditionally male roles will soon be redundant.
I truly hope that in a couple of years casting a woman in a traditionally male role won’t be so exciting – because when it’s not celebrated, it will mean it’s no longer unusual to have this sort of parity. I’m always asked, ‘Do you think James Bond should now be a woman?’ But that’s not the conversation. It’s really – ‘Should every point of view be the same?’ And the answer is no. Stories shouldn’t always be told from the same perspective. It’s a mistake to think that the only heroes are white men.
Whittaker says the rock band Coldplay helped inspire her costume.
I really love the use of colour on Coldplay album covers…Which is where the rainbow came in – nothing evokes a sense of hope in me more than hundreds of rainbows!
Doctor Who returns on Sunday 7th October, showing on BBC One at 6.45pm

Radio Times is now on sale in the United Kingdom.




The Thirteenth Doctor - Volume 0Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who returns to television screens next month, and to mark this long-awaited event, Titan Comics are publishing The Thirteenth Doctor Vol. 0, the ultimate celebration of The Doctor’s many, many lives and a special primer ahead of Titan’s new ongoing Thirteenth Doctor comic book series this autumn.

It's said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die: as the Doctor regenerates from his Twelfth incarnation to her Thirteenth, she relives memories from her many lives, showcasing unseen adventures from EVERY version of the Doctor.

Written by award-winning Doctor Who alumni Richard Dinnick and illustrated by Giorgia Sposito (Independence Day, Charmed, Wonderland) amongst a host of fantastic artists including fan-favorite Mariano Laclaustra, this is a perfect beginner's guide and a brilliant tribute for long-term fans to enjoy.

Thirteenth Doctor - Volume 0

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Giorgia Sposito, Mariano Laclaustra and various
Cover: Claudia Iannicello

They say that before you die, your life flashes before your eyes... and the Doctor has lived a lot of lives!

The ultimate Doctor Who celebration, a perfect beginner's guide and a brilliant tribute for long-term fans! As the Doctor regenerates into her Thirteenth form, she relives unseen adventures from every single one of her past lives – with a host of brilliant artists including Giorgia Sposito and Claudia Ianniciello!
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Doctor Who Magazine 530Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 530  (Credit: Panini) Doctor Who Magazine 530 features an exclusive interview with Jodie Whittaker, plus previews of her first two episodes.

DWM meets Whittaker on the set of the new series
I don’t ever forget what I’m a part of because Doctor Who’s been around much longer than I have, But every part of this experience is to make it my own.
Also in this issue...
  • CHRIS CHIBNALL
  • The latest update from Doctor Who’s showrunner.
  • WHO’S CREW
  • Meet the team responsible for bringing the new series to our screens.
  • MATT BERRY
  • He’s best known for his sitcom appearances, but Matt Berry is reinterpreting the Doctor Who theme for his new record.
  • TARDIS EVOLUTION
  • Secrets of the TARDIS control room revealed!
  • COSPLAY
  • A meticulous recreation of the torn coat worn by the Twelfth and Thirteenth Doctors in Twice Upon a Time and The Woman Who Fell to Earth.
  • THE SEVATEEM
  • An interview with Christian Erickson, whose new concept album is inspired by The Caves of Androzani.
  • THE CLOCKWISE WAR The Twelfth Doctor’s final DWM strip adventure comes to a shattering conclusion.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team watches four very different episodes in an effort to discover what the First Doctor was really like.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • In-depth analysis of the 2006 Tenth Doctor story School Reunion.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news and a huge prize-winning competition.

Doctor Who Magazine 530  (Credit: Panini)Deluxe Edition

A deluxe edition of this issue is also available, exclusive to WHSmith. As well as the regular edition, it includes:
  • SERIES 11 GUIDE featuring new interviews with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill
  • DOCTOR WHO CD from Big Finish
  • FOUR DOUBLE-SIDED ART CARDS of the Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yasmin
  • A MASSIVE, DOUBLE-SIDED POSTER featuring scenes from the new series
  • FOUR DOCTOR WHO DOWNLOADS from Big Finish and BBC Audio
Doctor Who Magazine 530 is on sale 20 September. Regular edition £5.99, deluxe edition £9.99.




DWAS Fundraising UpdateBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus

As previously reported the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS, is raising money to pay for a Blue Plaque to honour first Doctor William Hartnell.

The society now has a number of signed photos and other items, many from the early years of Doctor Who, for auction at their eBay site.

The money raised will go towards a William Hartnell heritage plaque to be located at Ealing Studios.

Visit the Ebay site to view and bid.




Doctor Who: Red Carpet ExperienceBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Series 11 - Promotional Image (19 Jul 2018) (Credit: BBC/Elliot Wilcox)
The BBC is offering fans the chance to see the new cast of Doctor Who as a special event being held in Sheffield later this month.

The premiere of the new series is being held at The Moor, Sheffield on Monday 24th September. To have a chance of viewing the cast arriving, fans can enter a special draw via the BBC Website.

NB: Please note that tickets do NOT include entry to see the premiere, only to view the red carpet event.

Tickets for the event will be distributed by random draw with 50% of tickets going to Sheffield and the surrounding area postcodes and 50% going to the rest of the UK.

At the red carpet event the attending cast will include Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole as well as new showrunner Chris Chibnall.




Doctor Who Hits Australian CinemasBookmark and Share

Thursday, 6 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Series 11 Premiere Episode, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, is being shown in in Australian cinemas on 8 October, just a few hours after its broadcast on UK and US Television.

The screenings will take place right across the nation. Participating cinemas are listed here

The screenings are organised by Sharmill Films, a company which specialises in event cinema across Australia. Previous screenings include the 2017 Christmas special Twice Upon a Time.

As well as the feature-length first episode, cinema-goers have the chance to go behind-the-scenes of the eleventh series. There will be additional footage featuring exclusive interviews with Jodie, new series showrunner Chris Chibnall and the first episode’s director Jamie Childs, who also directed Whittaker’s reveal as the new Doctor last year.

Louise Hill, Live Entertainment Manager for BBC Studios ANZ said
The debut of the first female doctor and her team of friends is a momentous occasion in the Doctor Who universe. We are delighted to give audiences the chance to experience this exciting moment on the big screen
Sharmill Films Marketing Manager, Jacinta Palmer, said
We are thrilled to collaborate once again with BBC Studios to present this very special cinema event for Australian fans – particularly in ushering in the enormously talented Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.




Titan Reveals Thirteenth Doctor Comic Launch DetailsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover A - Babs Tarr (Credit: Titan )Titan Comics and BBC Studios have revealed launch details for Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1

The new comic featuring the Thirteenth Doctor will feature variants from leading artists including Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush), Sarah Graley (Rick and Morty), Katie Cook (Adventure Time), Ariela Kristantina (Mata Hari), and Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce).

This Autumn, join the Thirteenth Doctor in a fresh new series of comic adventures, featuring an array of new faces - including the Doctor herself. Taking control of the TARDIS for this regeneration is an amazing new team: Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Mother Panic, Faith, Spider-Man), illustrator Rachael Stott (Doctor Who, Motherlands), and colorist Enrica Angiolini (Warhammer 40,000).

The new comic series sees the Doctor return in her most thrilling incarnation yet – played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) - and travels the cosmos with three brand new friends: Graham (played by Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole). Readers can look forward to experiencing mind-blowing challenges and dynamic stories through space and time in the pages of the upcoming new comic series.
Writer Jody Houser said
I love the hope of Doctor Who. Anyone can have an adventure. No matter how old you are, there are still amazing things to discover in the universe. Exploring what makes our new Doctor tick, and what makes this regeneration unique as compared to the previous incarnations, is what I’m really looking forward to doing in the new series.
Titan’s is celebrating this debut issue by launching thirteen variant covers, including art covers by Doctor Who fan-favorite artist Alice X. Zhang, series artist Rachael Stott, Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush), Sanya Anwar (Assassin’s Creed), Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce), Sarah Graley (Rick and Morty), Ariela Kristantina (Mata Hari) and Katie Cook (Adventure Time).

Plus, a photo cover, a cosplay variant and a Doctor Puppet variant by Alisa Stern – creator of the Doctor Puppet Youtube series.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #2 will feature covers by Paulina Ganucheau and Rachael Stott, as well as a photo cover.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1 is part of Titan Comics' larger plans for the Thirteenth Doctor in 2018, including; Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Vol. 0 – which sees the Doctor relive memories from her many incarnations, showcasing unseen adventures from EVERY version of the Doctor; and Doctor Who Comics Day on November 24 – where fans and stores unite to celebrate everything Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1 is released this Autumn.

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Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 529Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 26 August 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 529 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 529 (Credit: Panini)This month's Doctor Who Magazine talks to Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, who play companions Yasmin and Ryan in Series 11.

Also in this issue...
  • FREE POSTER
  • A double-sided poster featuring the Thirteenth Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yasmin.
  • SERIES 11 NEWS
  • Interviews with the writers and directors of Series 11, with an introduction from showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • ROY SCAMMELL
  • The film and TV stuntman discusses his unforgettable contributions to the series in the 1970s.
  • DON HARPER
  • The life and career of the composer whose score for The Invasion is about to be released.
  • LISA BOWERMAN
  • The actress who has played Bernice Summerfield for 20 years answers questions from the TARDIS tin.
  • ALAN BENNION
  • A tribute to the actor who played three Ice Warriors in 1960s and 70s Doctor Who.
  • TIME OF THE DALEKS
  • Inside Gale Force 9, the company behind the latest Doctor Who board game.
  • THE CLOCKWISE WAR
  • Part Six of this comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The reviewers watch three pseudo-historical stories: The Time Warrior, The Talons of Weng-Chiang and Thin Ice.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • In-depth analysis of the 2013 Eleventh Doctor story Hide.
  • COSPLAY
  • Australian comedian Rob Lloyd explains how he creates his Third Doctor look on a budget.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 529 is on sale now, price £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The World of Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Saturday, 25 August 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Special Edition 50 (Credit: Panini)
The latest DWM Special Edition explores the international appeal of Doctor Who and the way the show’s audience has evolved since the 1960s.

There have been Doctor Who fans for as long as there has been Doctor Who. And like the series itself, fandom has spent decades evolving into a global phenomenon, with enthusiasts in such far-flung territories as the United States, China and New Zealand.

If you’re new to Doctor Who, or curious about the way its viewers are inspired by the programme, then this unique guide will tell you everything you need to know about television’s most devoted fans.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The World of Doctor Who is on sale now price £5.99.




DWAS Fund Raising UpdateBookmark and Share

Friday, 17 August 2018 - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS has announced the first in a series of fund raising events, raising money to pay for a Blue Plaque to honour first Doctor William Hartnell.

A set of eight colour postcards have been released, selling for £5-99 at the society's eBay store, along with some recently released A2 posters.

Link to Auction





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.