Vinyl Releases for Record Store DayBookmark and Share

Saturday, 21 April 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC is marking Record Store Day 2018 by releasing the soundtrack of two Doctor Who stories on vinyl for the very first time.

Record Store Day, which takes place today, April 21, sees the full-cast television soundtracks for the The Tomb Of The Cybermen and City Of Death made available on vinyl for the first time. Both adventures come separately as 2 LP sets on coloured vinyl with newly commissioned gatefold artwork.

Record Store Day 2018 is celebrated around the world.

Find about Record Store Day in the UKin the USor in Australia or look up Record Store Day in your own country.

Tomb of the Cybermen (Credit: BBC Worldwide )The Doctor faces the dreaded Cybermen in the digitally remastered soundtrack of the classic BBC TV story, with linking narration by Frazer Hines, best known for playing companion Jamie. It has legendary status amongst Whovians as the serial was believed lost for many years until discovered in Hong Kong in 1992.

The action of The Tomb of the Cybermen follows directly on from that of the preceding serial The Evil of the Daleks, with the Doctor and Jamie welcoming the newly orphaned Victoria aboard the TARDIS. Commissioned as Doctor Who and the Cybermen Planet, this was the third encounter between the Doctor and his half-human, half-machine foes.

It was co-written by Kit Pedler, who devised the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet, and Gerry Davis, the story editor who had helped develop them.
City of Death (Credit: BBC Worldwide )Previously unreleased on vinyl, the two hour story is presented on 2 LP heavyweight translucent green vinyl, and featuring newly commissioned gatefold artwork, sleeve notes and on set photos.

Whilst sightseeing in Paris, the Doctor and Romana notice a series of unexplained temporal disturbances. When a visit to the Louvre lands them in hot water, they realise that a certain Count Scarlioni knows more about advanced technology than a 20th century Parisian should. With British detective Duggan in tow, the time travellers become embroiled in an audacious plot to steal the Mona Lisa and sell it on the open market.




The Road To The Thirteenth DoctorBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 April 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor #1 (Credit: Titan / Klebs Jr)The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor #1 (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks)The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor #1 (Credit: Titan / Robert Hack)Titan Comics and BBC Studios have announced The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor – a three-part comic event beginning this July and leading into Titan’s all-new Thirteenth Doctor ongoing comic series launching in the autumn.

The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor features new adventures of the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors written by James Peaty (Supergirl) and illustrated by a host of amazing creators, with a Robert Hack (Sabrina, Archie) cover on each.

In Titan’s The Road to The Thirteenth Doctor comics, the Tenth Doctor encounters lost, ghostly spaceships, the Eleventh Doctor and Alice visit a robot-infested 19th Century San Francisco, and the Twelfth Doctor finds London’s Piccadilly Circus transformed into a wasteland of emptiness and Pterodactyls.

Each issue contains a serialized short story from the creative team behind the new Thirteenth Doctor on-going comic series - written by Jody Houser, with art by Rachael Stott and Enrica Angiolini.

The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor heralds a new era for Titan Comics’ Doctor Who line, culminating in 2018’s Doctor Who Comics Day – a global event inspired by Titan Comics’ Doctor Who comic books - on Saturday, November 24. This marks the fifth annual Doctor Who Comics Day, which is set to be bigger than ever with new comics and collections, merchandise, variant covers, signings, and events across the world at comic shops, bookstores, retail chains, libraries, and on digital platforms.

For further news and developments on The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor follow Titan Comics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr.




Original Unearthly Child Script Up for AuctionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - Reported by Marcus
An Unearthly Child - ScriptThe script for the very first episode of Doctor Who, as used by the first Doctor himself, William Hartnell, is being auctioned next month.

The script for An Unearthly Child is 43 pages long and contains blue pencil annotations made by William Hartnell as he was developing the character of The Doctor.

It was discovered by the vendor's grandfather whilst refurbishing the home lived in by Hartnell, and his wife Heather, during the time he was working on the series. The script featured in an episode of the Antiques Roadshow shown last Christmas.

The script is being sold by Aston's Auctioneers and Valuers at their Film & Music Memorabilia & Comics Auction on Thursday 3rd May. It is expected to raise between £5,000 and £7,000.




Doctor Who Magazine Issue 524Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 8 April 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 524 (Credit: Panini)Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Paul Cornell and Jenny T Colgan all discuss their new Target Books in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine

Steven Moffat tells DWM
I asked [Russell] why he was doing a novelisation, and he said, ‘Because when we’re very old, this will matter more to us than the show.’ Well, fair enough. But also, The Day of the Doctor was such a monster of a show to do, and almost certainly the biggest success I’ll ever have – so I wasn’t letting someone else do the final lap!
Also in this issue...
  • RUSSELL T DAVIES
  • The former showrunner returns to write this issue’s Production Notes column.
  • GALLIFREY ONE
  • Inside the Los Angeles convention that’s renowned as one of the greatest Doctor Who events in the world.
  • DOCTOR WHO INFINITY
  • An exclusive preview of the ambitious new game starring Michelle Gomez as Missy and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood.
  • OUT OF THE TARDIS
  • Impressionist and Doctor Who fan Jon Culshaw answers randomly selected questions from the TARDIS tin.
  • PETER MILES
  • The life and career of the actor who played Nyder in the classic 1975 story Genesis of the Daleks.
  • BBC RECORDS & TAPES
  • All the Doctor Who releases from the record company run by the BBC from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.
  • DOCTOR WHO LOGOS
  • The untold story behind the creation of Doctor Who’s 2010-17 logo.
  • KLAUS JOYNSON
  • The DJ and drummer is interviewed about his remarkable Doctor Who-themed album New Adventures in Time & Space.
  • COSPLAY
  • Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying the Doctor’s distinctive orange spacesuit.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • Exploring the hidden depths to the 2015 story Sleep No More.
  • THE CLOCKWISE WAR
  • Part one of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross.
PLUS... News, previews, book and audio reviews, competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more.

Doctor Who Magazine 524 is on sale now, price £5.99.

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Series 9 Soundtrack DetailsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 3 April 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who - Series 9 (Credit: BBC / Silva Screen)Silva Screen will release the soundtrack to Series 9 of Doctor Who on 27th April 2018

Premiering in September 2015, the ninth series of Doctor Who featured Peter Capaldi in the title role in his second season. This four-part collection features general cues on discs one and two, the complete score from the episode Heaven Sent on disc three and on disc four the Christmas Special, The Husbands Of River Song.

Five-time BAFTA nominee Murray Gold recently confirmed that he is stepping down from composer duties on the show after 12 years of providing some of the finest music to be heard on contemporary television.
It’s one of the last great morality tales out there but it also celebrates life. For that reason I think it’s a great show for kids. I couldn’t write this much music for it if I didn’t feel that way.
Underlining the breadth of Gold’s composing skill across over 149 minutes of music, this album is also the 12th Silva Screen release of his music since the 2005 Doctor Who revival.

  1. The One in a Thousand
  2. Davros Remembers
  3. A Message from Missy
  4. Meeting in the Square
  5. Finding The Doctor
  6. What Have You Done
  7. Davros Approaches
  8. Some Kind of Submarine
  9. The Ghosts
  10. The Bootstrap Paradox
  11. Finding The Fisher King
  12. Another Ghost Has Appeared
  13. We Need to Get Back to The TARDIS
  14. Directions from The Ghosts
  15. Something in the Spacesuit
  16. Two Days on a Longboat
  17. I Am Ashildr
  18. In a Way, She's a Hybrid
  19. I Call Myself Me
  20. They Need Us
  21. The Last Thing We Need
  1. Deep Cover
  2. Just Come Inside
  3. This is Not a War
  4. Defending The Earth
  5. The Morpheus Song
  6. Saving Rigsy
  7. Madam Mayor
  8. Running from the Raven
  9. Death is Locked In
  10. Face the Raven
  11. Back Home
  12. The General's Regeneration
  13. A Duty of Care
  14. Clara's Diner
  1. A Second Shadow
  2. The Veil
  3. A Fly on a Painting
  4. A Change of Clothes
  5. A Mechanical Maze
  6. Digging a Grave
  7. Tell No Lies
  8. Two Events in Life
  9. Waiting for the Veil
  10. The Final Room
  11. One Confession Away
  12. Break Free
  13. Same Old Day
  14. The Shepherd's Boy
  1. Carol Singers will be Criticised
  2. A Dying Husband
  3. The Finest Surgeon in The Galaxy
  4. The Halassi Androvar
  5. The Husbands of River Song
  6. The TARDIS Can't Take Off
  7. Time to Do it Properly
  8. Harmony and Redemption
  9. Hydroflax in The TARDIS
  10. Whole Again at Last
  11. All the Firewalls in The Galaxy
  12. A Restaurant with a View
  13. The Woman He Loves
  14. The Singing Towers




The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Out Today, the Twelfth Doctor's final Year Three adventure in Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13

D​octor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Pasquale Qualano
Cover A: ​Blair Shedd ​Cover B: ​Photo - Will Brooks ​Cover C: Simon Myers

The conclusion of Year Three!

The weeping angels descend on the Doctor, but his companions, old and new, have a few tricks up their sleeves to help him out!
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Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 523Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 8 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine; Issue 523 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 523 has an exclusive interview with new Doctor Who Executive Producer Matt Strevens

Strevens, who also produced the 2013 docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, is working alongside new Showrunner Chris Chibnall to bring the 2018 series of Doctor Who to our screens.
You get to ask for a new TARDIS and cast a new Doctor – the childhood me could never have imagined it.
Also in this issue...
  • CHRIS CHIBNALL
  • Doctor Who’s showrunner discusses the new logo and remembers his years as a teenage fan.
  • MICHELLE GOMEZ
  • Michelle reflects on her time playing Missy in this exclusive interview.
  • OUT OF THE TARDIS
  • Dan ‘Strax’ Starkey answers randomly selected questions from the TARDIS tin.
  • DAVID FISHER
  • A tribute to the late writer, whose stories include The Stones of Blood, The Leisure Hive and the original version of City of Death.
  • DOCTOR WHO LOGOS
  • New insights and previously unseen images from the designers who created one of Doctor Who’s best-known logos.
  • JACOB DUDMAN
  • An interview with the actor and YouTube star, acclaimed for his uncanny Doctor Who impressions.
  • DALEKS IN MILWAUKEE
  • The inside story of a unique record-breaking attempt.
  • RICHARD DeDOMENICI
  • How and why did this performance artist recreate the 1973 story Frontier in Space in its original location?
  • COSPLAY
  • Christel Dee’s guide to making your own Time Lord collar.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • Exploring the 2011 story The Doctor’s Wife.
  • THE PHANTOM PIPER
  • The final instalment of this comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
PLUS...

The Blogs of Doom, season survey results, previews, book and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine issue 523 is on sale now, price £5.99.
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Also out this week

The Essential Doctor Who: Science and Technology (Credit: Panini)THE ESSENTIAL DOCTOR WHO: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Panini’s lavish series of Doctor Who bookazines continues with Science and Technology.

Ever since the TARDIS was first revealed in 1963, Doctor Who has presented a bewildering array of alien technology and gadgetry. Human scientific knowledge can do nothing to explain the mysteries of the astonishing devices and phenomena that the Doctor takes for granted.

This the first publication devoted to the incredible ideas that the series has made its own. Highlights include a comprehensive guide to the sonic screwdriver, the secrets of the Time Lords and the weaponry of the Doctor’s most dangerous enemies.

Editor Marcus Hearn says
There have been a number of books and other studies looking at how conventional physics relates to Doctor Who. With this bookazine we’ve tried to do something different – this issue celebrates six decades of pseudo-science. It’s packed full of the numerous gadgets, weapons, vehicles and other devices that have been specially created for the series. We’ve never done anything quite like it!
The Essential Doctor Who: Science and Technology is on sale now, price £9.99.




Season 12 - Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray AnnouncedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Season 12 (Credit: BBC Worldwide)BBC Worldwide has announced that Tom Baker's first season as the Doctor will be released on Blu-Ray as Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 12, on 11th June 2018 in the UK and on June 26, 2018 in the US..

For fans of Doctor Who and collectors of Classic Who seasons, the Blu-Ray has limited edition packaging with artwork by Lee Binding and has been restored and up-scaled to HD by Peter Crocker and Mark Ayres. The new release also has a wealth of new bonus content.

Russell Minton, Executive Producer at BBC Worldwide says
We are doing our very best at BBC Worldwide to restore and bring as many Classic Who titles out on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, and this starts with being able to confirm one of my favourites, Tom Baker’s first season. We will also endeavour to include additional archive material and exciting newly-shot features where possible.
Season 12, Tom Baker’s first as the Doctor, features five stories over 20 episodes, including The Ark in Space and Genesis of the Daleks. The Doctor is accompanied in this season by Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) and was first broadcast between December 1974 and May 1975.

Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 12 The new Blu-Ray release includes existing bonus material from the original DVDs as well as the brand new features below:
  • TOM BAKER IN CONVERSATION
  • A candid new one-hour interview with the Fourth Doctor.
  • BEHIND THE SOFA
  • Classic clips from Season 12, viewed by Tom Baker, Philip Hinchcliffe, Louise Jameson, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Sadie Miller
  • NEW MAKING-OF DOCUMENTARIES
  • For The Sontaran Experiment and Revenge Of The Cybermen
  • IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIXES
  • For The Ark In Space and Genesis Of The Daleks
  • OPTIONAL BRAND NEW UPDATED SPECIAL EFFECTS
  • For Revenge Of The Cybermen
  • GENESIS OF THE DALEKS - OMNIBUS MOVIE VERSION
  • Unseen since broadcast in 1975
  • THE TOM BAKER YEARS
  • The 1991 VHS release, on disc for the first time
  • PRODUCTION ARCHIVE MATERIAL
  • PDF files from the BBC Archives
Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 12 will be released on Blu-Ray from Monday 11th June 2018.

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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #14Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 4 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
This Wednesday, March 7, 2018, sees the hotly anticipated release of​ the finale to Titan's Tenth Doctor's Third Year with Part 4 of The Good Companion

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #14

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito
Colourist: Arianna Florean
Cover A: Iolanda Zanfardino Cover B: Photo Cover C: Nick Abadzis

The Time Sentinels have declared war upon the Doctor! After kidnapping Gabby and sending the Circle of Transcendence to destroy Aramuko, the Sentinels are intent on meddling in events to eradicate the Doctor from Time itself... But not all of the Sentinel collective approve of this plan. Aspect Blue (who had masqueraded as Noobis’ girlfriend, Siffhoni) has formulated a plan of his own – and has seemingly helped Gabby escape in the Red TARDIS!
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Matt Smith Selects his Desert Island DiscsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 4 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Matt Smith - Desert Island Discs (Credit: BBC)Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith has appeared on the long-running BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs, choosing the music he would take to a Desert Island.

In the programme, which can be heard here, Smith talked about how he nearly turned down the role of the 11th Doctor. He said he had had "a wobble" after being told he'd be David Tennant's successor and after seeing Tennant's face on a set of plates. But described playing the role as one of the greatest experiences of his life.

He described Doctor Who fans are a good bunch, saying one of the strangest things he’s been shown is a tattoo of his own face, opposite that of David Tennant's on a woman’s inner thigh
I said what on earth does your boyfriend think? But he was there and he was smiling away.
He described the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor as a brilliant choice.
The show relies on big, broad, creative brushstrokes when it's controversial it's alive. It's brilliant, it's high time and she'll be sensational because she has real humanity and she is funny.
Smith said the only advice he had given to the new Doctor is advice once given to him which was "listen to no one"

Desert Island Discs has been running on BBC Radio since 1942. Many Doctor Who alumni have appeared on the programme including William Hartnell in 1965, Jon Pertwee in 1964 (episode now lost), and David Tennant in 2009.




Roger Delgado - Born 100 Years Ago TodayBookmark and Share

Thursday, 1 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Roger Delgado (Credit: BBC)Moments in Time
Today marks the 100th aniversary of the birth of one of the greatest of all Doctor Who villains, the original Master, Roger Delgado.

Roger Delgado was a mainstay of the series during the early 1970's, first appearing in the 1971 Robert Holmes story Terror of the Autons.

The character was created by producer Barry Letts and Script Editor Terrance Dicks to act as a foil to the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, a Moriarty to the Doctor's Sherlock Holmes

He appeared in every story of Season 8, even at times eclipsing the Doctor, much to Pertwee's annoyance. With Jo Grant played by Katy Manning aiding the Doctor, and the team of UNIT fully established, the series settled into the pattern of The Master plotting to bring about the downfall of the human race only to be thwarted by the Doctor at the last minute.

His appearances in Season Nine were less frequent, but he still managed to appear in twelve out of the 26 episodes. His final appearance was the following year, in the 1973 story Frontier In Space. His premature death in a car accident in Turkey robbed the series of one of its classic villains and the cast of one of their closest friends. We never got to see the final showdown between the Third Doctor and The Master and the character disappeared from the series for many years. His death contributed to Pertwee's decision to depart the series after Season 11

Roger Delgado was born Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto on 1st March 1918. Although his mother was Belgian and his father was Spanish, he was born in Whitechapel, in the East End of London, and within the sound of the Bow Bells, making him a true cockney. He served in the Second World War with both the Leicestershire Regiment and the Royal Signals, attaining the rank of major

He made his theatre debut in 1939 and his first television appearance in 1948. For the next 25 years, he specialised in evil European types with roles such as the duplicitous Spanish envoy Mendoza in Sir Francis Drake and Don Jose in Queen's Champion. He appeared in The Three Musketeers, Nom-de-Plume, The Buccaneers, Huntingtower, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Hancock's Half Hour, Biggles, The Odd Man, Triton, Richard the Lionheart, Ghost Squad, Seeing and Believing, The Man in the Iron Mask and Z-Cars. He made 16 appearances in ITC produced action series, including Danger Man, The Saint, The Champions, and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

He was killed while on location in Turkey, whilst shooting La Cloche tibétaine a Franco/German TV mini-series when the car in which he was traveling went off the road into a ravine.

He was 55 years old.

Psychedelic Electrical Storm | The Claws of Axos




New Target NovalisationsBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 February 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has announced the first Target novelisations of episodes from the revived post-2005 series of Doctor Who.

Both former showrunners, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat, will be writing novelisations of their own episodes to be published by BBC Books, under the Target imprint, to be published on the 5th April 2018.

The series will also see the first Target novelisation of a Douglas Adams story.

In the 1970's and 1980's Target books were published for most Doctor Who stories, and were the only way most fans of the series could relive the television adventures. Many came to the series through the novelisations, often written by the original script writer.

Rose (Credit: BBC Books)ROSE
RUSSELL T DAVIES


In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move – and kill – are taking up key positions, ready to strike. Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She’s about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe – a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.



Russell T Davies is one of the UK's foremost writers of television drama, creating ground breaking shows such as Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, Casanova, Cucumber, The Second Coming, and in 2018, A Very English Scandal for BBC One.

He was Head Writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who when it returned to the BBC in 2005 and has written many of the new series' most memorable episodes. He was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to drama. He divides his time between Cardiff and Manchester.
The Day of the Doctor (Credit: BBC Books)THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR
STEVEN MOFFAT


The Tenth Doctor is hunting shape-shifting Zygons in Elizabethan England. The Eleventh is investigating a rift in space-time in the present day. And one other – the man they used to be but never speak of – is fighting the Daleks in the darkest days of the Time War. Driven by demons and despair, this battle-scarred Doctor is set to take a devastating decision that will threaten the survival of the entire universe … a decision that not even a Time Lord can take alone.

On this day, the Doctor’s different incarnations will come together to save the Earth … to save the universe … and to save his soul.



Steven Moffat is best known for Press Gang, Coupling, Steven Spielberg’s movie Tintin, and for the last few years being lead writer and executive producer on Doctor Who and for cocreating, co-writing (with Mark Gatiss) and executive producing Sherlock. He has 5 BAFTAs, 2 Emmys and in 2015 was awarded an OBE for services to drama.
The Christmas Invasion (Credit: BBC Books)THE CHRISTMAS INVASION
JENNY T COLGAN


When a British space probe is intercepted by a sinister alien vessel on the eve of Christmas, it marks the beginning of an audacious invasion of the Earth by the Sycorax – horrifying marauders from beyond the stars. Within hours, a third of humanity stands on the brink of death with not a single shot fired.

Our planet needs a champion – but the Doctor is not fit for service. He’s just regenerated, delirious in a new body and a dressing gown. Forced into his battered shoes is his friend, Rose Tyler, a girl from a London council estate. Will she save the world from this nightmare before Christmas – or see it destroyed?



Jenny T Colgan has written 16 bestselling novels as Jenny Colgan, which have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, been translated into 25 languages, and won both the Melissa Nathan Award and Romantic Novel of the Year 2013. Aged 11, she won a national fan competition to meet the Doctor and was mistaken for a boy by Peter Davison
TWICE UPON A TIME
PAUL CORNELL


Still reeling from his encounter with the Cybermen, the First Doctor stumbles through the bitter Antarctic wind, resisting the approaching regeneration with all his strength. But as he fights his way through the snowdrifts, he comes across the familiar shape of a blue police box, and a mysterious figure who introduces himself as the Doctor …

Thrown together at their most vulnerable moments, the two Doctors must discover why the snowflakes are suspended in the sky, why a First World War Captain has been lifted from his time stream moments before his death, and who is the mysterious Glass Woman who knows their true name. The Doctor is reunited with Bill, but is she all she seems? And can he hold out against the coming regeneration?



Paul Cornell has written some of Doctor Who's best-loved TV episodes, books and comics. He’s also worked on many other TV shows. His other comics projects include his creator-owned series Saucer State and This Damned Band, and runs on Action Comics, Batman and Robin and Wolverine. He's also the author of the Lychford series of fantasy novellas and the Shadow Police novels. He’s won the British Science Fiction Association Award for his short fiction and the Eagle Award for his comics
CITY OF DEATH
JAMES GOSS


Visiting Paris in 1979, the Doctor and Romana’s hopes for a holiday are soon shattered by armed thugs, a suave and dangerous Count, a plot to steal the Mona Lisa and a world-threatening experiment with time.

Teaming up with a British detective, the Time Lords discover that a ruthless alien plot hatched in Earth’s pre-history has reached its final stage. If Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, cannot be stopped then the human race is history, along with all life on Earth …



James Goss has adapted three Doctor Who stories by Douglas Adams for BBC Books (City of Death, The Pirate Planet, and The Krikkitmen) and has also written several original Doctor Who and Torchwood books. His novel #Haterz is in development as a motion picture. He's also written for the stage and the radio.




Fifty Years of the BrigadierBookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 February 2018 - Written by Peter Nolan
Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Credit: BBC)Moments in Time
17th of February 1968. Fifty years ago today The Web of Fear Part Three is transmitted for the one and only time; never to be seen again save for a brief sighting of a film tin in a far-flung relay station. A tin which, itself, would vanish into thin air. It would be handy to describe this as a particularly tragic loss – the moment the Doctor meets (then) Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart. But strangely even if we had the episode to include in our collections alongside the five recovered episodes, we still wouldn’t have that magical moment to see – it occurs inconveniently offscreen, with the Doctor simply showing up with the Colonel in tow, describing how they’d bumped into each other in the tunnel.

The throwaway nature with which the character debuts is an earmark of how unplanned and organic his growth into a Doctor Who legend is. It’s par for the course with this show, of course, with possibly the Master the only time a production team has set out to create the Next Big Thing and succeeded – the likes of the Krotons and the Mechanoids and the Zarbi litter the battlefield of intended recurring elements that didn’t take off, while ever since the Daleks the most in-demand characters always seem to take the creators by surprise. Yet even considering that, the Brigadier’s has been an astonishing evolution from shifty looking suspect in the mole hunt for a traitor to a character that’s such a universal totem of Doctor Who that when Steven Moffat wanted to bring the First Doctor face to face with the future life he was destined to live, it was Lethbridge-Stewart’s WWI era grandfather that he brought in to symbolize it.

In part, this evolution from guest star to icon is down to good fortune. Had it not been for the bright idea to cut costs by leaving the Doctor Earthbound then there would have been no need for UNIT to become such fixtures of the early to mid-1970s. But the lion’s share of glory must go to that magnificent gentleman Nicholas Courtney.  Circumstance promoted the Brigadier from one-off guest to regular fixture, but it was Courtney that elevated him to a legend almost as beloved by fans as the Doctor himself. His combination of warm charm, unflappable dignity, and self-knowing irony made him the perfect straight man to Jon Pertwee’s caustic egoist and Tom Baker’s mercurial oddball.

Perhaps the Brig’s best quality as a character was his attitude to “the odd, the unexplained, anything on Earth, or even beyond.” However bizarre or strange the threat, he faced it all with the same matter of fact acceptance that the world was plainly a jolly rum old place and that pondering the deep metaphysical questions that raised was less important than figuring out which bits of it he needed to shoot in the face. Sometimes, yes, as time went by that will slip over the line into giving him a kind of literal-minded stupidity instead for the sake of a quick gag but the equilibrium would always be restored. When people think of their favourite Brigadier moments, it’s his response to being confronted with a living statue animated by dark magic from beyond the dawn of the human race (“Chap with wings there. Five rounds rapid,”) his giving the best ever response to discovering the TARDIS is bigger on the inside (complaining as he finally realizes how much of his UNIT budget has obviously gone into the Doctor’s work on it), or his deep sighs at discovering he’s been transported halfway across the galaxy to a ‘Death Zone’ populated by Yeti, Cybermen, and other beasties as if he’d expected nothing less.

If anything underlines this perfect combination of actor and character it’s how forgettable every substitute for the Brigadier has proven to be. In The Android Invasion, we even get Patrick Newell’s Colonel Faraday as such a direct, and late, substitution for the unavailable Nicholas Courtney that his dialogue was practically unchanged yet Faraday is never more than a bit of plot machinery to represent the authorities in the final couple of episodes. While it’s not until the introduction of Alistair’s own daughter, Kate Stewart, forty-four years after his own, that we again get a UNIT leader worth re-visiting and not just the one-off guest that Lethbridge-Stewart himself could have been.

Such was his cache as a Doctor Who institution that for decades after he was no longer a regularly recurring character, meeting the Brig was still a box every Doctor need to tick. Not only did he reunite with the Fifth and Seventh Doctors on television, but clearly one of Big Finish’s earliest priorities on getting their license was to finally give the Sixth and Eighth proper outings alongside him. Even David Tennant’s incarnation was all set to have one last hurrah with the Brig until Courtney’s worsening health tragically robbed us of the brilliance such a team up offered.

It’s this, more than anything that has solidified the Brigadier as the Doctor’s unlikely best friend of all. While fans can’t even agree whether he qualifies as a companion or not, the fact remains that so many of those the Doctor has traveled with have been left in his past with nary a backward glance, yet it’s the Brig that he’s returned to time and again.

Since Nicholas Courtney’s death in 2011, Doctor Who has tried more than once to provide him a final salute. But none of them, whether a final phone call, Kate’s name-checking of him, one last act of heroism by the controversial ‘Cyberbrig’, or Mark Gatiss’ aforementioned Captain, has really stuck. None of them have felt like a final word that sums up the Brig’s contribution to the series.

In truth, probably nothing ever can. But what we can do tonight is raise a glass of good scotch, or ginger ale, or whatever you're having yourself, and give a nod to Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, fifty years on from that business with the Yeti. Cheers, Brig!

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Friday, 16 February 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1DOCTOR_WHO_7D_BLACK_AND_WHITE_PROMO_ART.JPG (Credit: Titan )BBC Worldwide Americas and Titan Comics have announced that the Seventh Doctor is back, in comic form.

This brand-new three-part comic series stars the Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy, alongside classic companion Ace, played by Sophie Aldred.

Released in June 2018 with a double-sized first issue, DOCTOR WHO: THE SEVENTH DOCTOR #1, is written by Seventh Doctor script editor Andrew Cartmel, and writer Ben Aaronovitch who wrote the seventh Doctor stories Remembrance of the Daleks and Battlefield.

Actor Sylvester McCoy starred as the Seventh Doctor from 1987 to 1989 anchoring hundreds of novels and comic strips before regenerating in the 1996 TV movie. As well as this new comic, the Seventh Doctor’s era lives on in a tremendously successful series of audios from Big Finish. McCoy’s portrayal as the Doctor was, at first, a light-hearted eccentric who darkened into a secretive, mysterious, and cunning planner across the course of his tenure.

In Titan Comics’ new mini-series, an unknown alien intelligence in orbit around the Earth. Astronauts under attack. A terrifying, mysterious landing in the Australian interior. The future of the world itself at stake. Counter Measures activated. The Seventh Doctor and Ace are slap bang in the middle of it all! This is OPERATION VOLCANO!

Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel return to the TARDIS, on the 30th anniversary of fan-favorite episode Remembrance of the Daleks with The Seventh Doctor comics, and are joined by illustrator Christopher Jones (The Third Doctor) and colorist Marco Lesko (Robotech, The Ninth Doctor) to bring astonishing twists and turns to the lives of the Seventh Doctor, and his companions, with Titan’s new comic series.

The debut issue comes with four variant covers to collect: three art covers by artists Alice X. Zhang, Simon Myers, and Christopher Jones, and a photo cover by Will Brooks. The Seventh Doctor will also materialize with a back-up strip written by Twelfth Doctor scribe Richard Dinnick, with art by Jessica Martin (Actor: Doctor Who: The Greatest Show In The Galaxy, Voice actor: Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned).

Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1 - Cover D (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1 - Cover C (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1 - Cover B (Credit: Titan )