Australian cinema outing for Twice Upon a TimeBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This Christmas will see the Doctor Who Christmas Special shown in cinemas around Australia on Boxing Day:

Twice Upon A Time in Australian Cinemas (Credit: BBC Worldwide/Sharmill Films)BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand and Sharmill Films are giving Doctor Who fans a special gift this Christmas with an event screening of this year’s Christmas Special Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time. The epic finale to the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who will be coming to Australian cinemas on Boxing Day, featuring the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and David Bradley (Game of Thrones). The event will also introduce the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), who is the first woman to take on the role.

The cinema event will also feature two exclusive bonus pieces, taking audiences behind the scenes to the filming of this holiday special and celebrating the tenures of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Steven Moffat as showrunner and lead writer.

Fans throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the event in select cinemas through Sharmill Films. Information on participating cinemas and purchasing tickets for Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time can be found here.

Louise Hill, Live Entertainment Executive, BBC Worldwide ANZ, said:
Doctor Who fans love watching the show on the big screen and with Peter Capaldi regenerating into the first female Doctor, this promises to be an iconic episode.

Jacinta Palmer, Marketing Manager of Sharmill Films, said:
There’s nothing quite like the big screen experience, and we’re thrilled to give fans the opportunity to bid farewell to the fantastic Peter Capaldi in cinemas nationally, and to usher in Jodie Whittaker’s hugely anticipated debut as the 13th Doctor.

As well as this great chance for fans to come together and watch Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time on the big screen, the episode will also be available on ABC iview immediately after the UK broadcast and will air on ABC at 7.30pm December 26th. Straight afterwards fans can join Rove and his guests for a special regeneration episode of WHOVIANS, 8.30pm ABC COMEDY.





Children in Need 2017Bookmark and Share

Friday, 10 November 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This year's annual fundraising evening Children in Need will take place from 7:30pm on Friday 17th November, and as in previous years will include a preview of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special. The preview is currently scheduled to be shown during the first half hour.

Children in Need 2017 - Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and David Bradley (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)
Children in Need 2017 - Peter Capaldi (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway) Children in Need 2017 - Peter Capaldi (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)
Children in Need 2017 - Pearl Mackie (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston) Children in Need 2017 - Pearl Mackie (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston)


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The Doctors: The William Hartnell YearsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Koch Media are to release the fourth in their collection of interviews from Reeltime Pictures with stars from Doctor Who, this time focussing on the first Doctor, William Hartnell's era.

The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years
Produced by Keith Barnfather (order from Amazon)

A new double-DVD release in the highly regarded series exploring the world of TV’s Doctor Who in what will build into a complete work on The Doctors.

This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the WILLIAM HARTNELL era of doctor who to life.
  • Includes a special tribute to WILLIAM HARTNELL (the first Doctor), containing messages from a host of stars and production staff from Doctor Who.
  • Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
  • This double DVD also features the best in-depth interviews ever undertaken with, Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara), William Russell (Ian), Peter Purves (Steven) and Jackie Lane (Dodo).
  • This 2 DISC special collectors edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of Doctor Who.
  • For all Doctor Who fans, this two-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.
  • Includes special introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather.


William Hartnell Years Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years courtesy of Koch Media, simply answer the following question:
Which of the interviewees featured in this set appeared in the television again in later years playing a different role?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-williamhartnellyears@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Hmm!". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 19th November 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Dæmons of Devil's End Competition

As reported last week, this month also sees the release of The Dæmons of Devil's End. To be in with a chance to win a copy of the DVD set, courtesy of Koch Media, simply answer the following question:
What does Olive Hawthorne always carry with her?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-devilsend@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Beltane". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 19th November 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Both DVD Sets will be released on 13th November 2017.





Arrows of Time – A Tribute to Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Monday, 6 November 2017 - Reviewed by Patrick J Furlong
A new Doctor Who tribute show has been announced.

Arrows of Time – A Tribute to Doctor Who is a new full-dome planetarium show (where a planetarium’s dome is used to show visuals), being premiered in Brno in the Czech Republic on November 19th with a second performance on the 20th. 

The show will go on a global planetarium fringe tour in 2018 *dates yet to be announced) which will conclude in a three-week residency at the Edinburgh Fringe.   Duncan Hendy (writer, composer, and co-director) describes the production as ‘a new multi-Doctor adventure, four years in the making and approved by the BBC. He said
It features the latest in technology and is a 3D, 4K, surround sound phenomenon! And places the audience at the centre of the show.
Soundalikes have been used including John Guilor, who famously provided the voice of the First Doctor in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ and the BBC DVD recreation of the missing material from Planet of Giants in addition to Big Finish stars Christopher Thomson and Jake Dudman. The actors have also been motion captured for animated avatars to be used in the production. Ten Doctor’s likenesses will be used including Sir John Hurt’s War Doctor in addition to a new villain known as the Given, also voiced by John Guilor. The Given is described as ‘a foe older than time itself’.

Hendy says about the musical soundtrack
The musical sections of the show between each episode feature the words of the Doctor themselves, translated into Latin and composed as an oratorio, and is an integral part of the show.“ Video has been provided by NASA and the show is a co-production with the Brno Planetarium.
 More information can be found on the website where tickets can be purchased and also a soundtrack is available in MP3 format.

Arrows of Time 




Writer Sacked from DWMBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - Reported by Marcus

Actor and writer Nicholas Pegg has been dismissed from Doctor Who Magazine after he concealed a crude message in the last issue of the magazine.

Pegg was the writer behind The Watcher feature. The last issue contained a coded message, containing an obscenity aimed at his employers BBC Worldwide and Panini, who publish the magazine. The last sentence included the clue, "If you look hard enough there is always something hidden in plain sight."

BBC Worldwide told The Daily Mirror
The matter was raised with the publisher who have dismissed the writer.
As well as writing for the magazine, Pegg has been one of the main Dalek operators since Doctor Who returned in 2005, performing in 14 episodes of Doctor Who. He has also written extensively on Doctor Who as well as penning stories for Big Finish.




The Daemons of Devil's End - Exclusive PreviewBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Daemons of Devil's End (Credit: Koch Media) A three-DVD special release featuring material based on the much loved Third Doctor story The Dæmons, is to be released on 13th November.

The three Disc release from Reeltime Pictures contains two unique productions and features stars including Jon Pertwee and Damaris Hayman reprising her role as Olive Hawthorn from the 1971 story.

Disc One is a brand-new drama production White Witch of Devil's End starring Damaris Hayman.

With a blend of dramatic monologue enhanced with visualisations and sound design to develop and tell the stories, the drama is an anthology of tales following the magical life of Olive Hawthorne, from childhood to her final days as the protector of Devil s End. Drawing on a rich heritage and appreciation of witchcraft and fokelore, the stories bring Olive's history to life, pitting her against vampire, succubus, fae, demonic influence and more - as Guardian of Devil's End, she must do what she must to protect the village ... but what happens when she reaches the end of her life? Who will protect the townsfolk then?
Disc Two is the long-awaited DVD release of the classic documentary Return to Devil's End.

Filmed around the village of Aldbourne in 1992, this marvellous production stars Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene and The Dæmons director, Christopher Barry.

Nicholas Briggs takes the cast and director on a trip around the locations, deftly gleaning stories and anecdotes about filming the classic Doctor Who series in 1971. Including interviews with villagers and rare archive film and photos. This documentary has been praised as one of the best behind-the-scenes look at the making of Doctor Who ever produced.

Both discs are packed with bonus features, and the third bonus disc contains video of conventions held in Aldbourne to celebrate one of Doctor Who's most fondly remembered stories.
  • Disc 1: White Witch of Devil s End
  • - Drama, Weaving Magic - The Making of ... ,The Scriveners - The writers tell their story, Linzi s Tune - Theme Music singer Linzi Gold Tells her story (inc. music video)
  • Disc 2: Return to Devil s End
  • - Documentary, Recording the Return - Home video of the shoot, Reporting the White Witch - Damaris Hayman & David Simeon interview, Morris Men - A profile of the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers, who featured in The Daemons
  • Disc 3: The Daemons Revisited
  • - Conventions at The Daemons location of Aldbourne village


The Cast of The Daemons at Aldbourne (Credit: Koch Media) The Cast of The Daemons at Aldbourne (Credit: Koch Media) The Cast of The Daemons at Aldbourne (Credit: Koch Media) The Cast of The Daemons at Aldbourne Naomi Sachs as the Gypsy Witch in The White Witch (Credit: Koch Media) Jon Pertwee at Aldbourne (Credit: Koch Media)


Koch Media Presents The Daemons of Devil's End on 3-Disc DVD from 13th November 2017. It is available to pre-order on Amazon.





Shada Gets Australian Cinema ReleaseBookmark and Share

Friday, 27 October 2017 - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who fans in Australia will be able to get their first look at Doctor Who: Shada on the big screen.

BBC Worldwide ANZ and Sharmill Films have announced a limited-run theatrical screening of the completed story which combines original live-action footage with hand-drawn animation.

In 1979, Shada was set to be the celebratory end to the seventeenth series of Doctor Who. Critically acclaimed writer Douglas Adams had completed the script, Tom Baker’s Doctor was at the height of his popularity, and the series had bigger audiences than ever before. But strike action at the BBC in November 1979, meant the studio scenes were never completed and the adventure was abandoned. The story became legendary among fans.

Now, thirty-eight years on, Shada has finally been completed, combining the original, remastered footage, with brand new colour animation to complete the story. The animation will feature the newly-recorded voices of the original cast, including Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lalla Ward as Romana, performing the original script.

Doctor Who: Shada will premiere in cinemas on November 24th . Information on participating cinemas and purchasing tickets for Doctor Who: Shada can be found at the Sharmill Films Website.




Doctor Who wins Ally Award for LGBT inclusivenessBookmark and Share

Friday, 20 October 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Pearl Mackie - Pink News AwardDoctor Who has been awared an Ally Award by PinkNews for its long-standing policy of LGBT inclusiveness.

The award was collected by Pearl Mackie, who played Bill Potts in the most recent series, accompanied by the outgoing executive producer Brian Minchin.

Since the return of the series in 2005, Doctor Who has featured a string of one-off and recurring LGBT characters.

In the first series Russell T Davies introduced the omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, who traveled with the Doctor on and off until the regeneration of the Tenth Doctor. This year Steven Moffat gave us Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, who became the series first openly gay companion.

Speaking to PinkNews, Mackie said:
It’s lovely to be able to accept this Award on behalf of Doctor Who. I feel quite honoured to even have been invited, let alone for Doctor Who and the character of Bill.

It’s testament to how well she was received. I met a couple of young girls who were BAME, and talked to me about how watching Bill on Doctor Who enabled them to come out and feel comfortable with their own sexuality. For me, that’s a massive achievement.

The thing that I liked most about Bill was that she wasn’t grappling with her sexuality, she didn’t need to come out, it wasn’t an issue! It was always just about, I’m gay and happy and this is who I am, this is who I like and this is who I’m in love with.
The PinkNews Awards celebrate the contributions of politicians, businesses and community groups towards LGBT equality in the UK and around the world.

The event was attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May, Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.




Doctor Who Magazine: 518Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 - Cover (Credit: Panini)Issue 518 of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with Tenth Doctor David Tennant and his sidekick Billie Piper

Over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, the couple are back for a series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose
An audio recording’s very different to filming a bit of TV – but the vibe is the same, and the characters are the same. (David Tennant)
It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it. (Billie Piper)
Also in this Issue
  • MATT LUCAS
  • Matt Lucas talks about his new autobiography, which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor Who.
  • CAMILLE CODURI
  • Camille Coduri, who played Jackie Tyler, tells what it’s like to be reunited with David Tennant and Billie Piper for more Doctor Who audio adventures.
  • SYLVESTER McCOY
  • In the second part of the interview, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future.
  • WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END
  • Meet the people behind a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 story The Dæmons.
  • BOX OF DELIGHTS
  • An interview with Paul Foden, the fan whose home-made TARDIS recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year.
  • MATILDUS
  • A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus, written and illustrated by Scott Gray.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Rebel Flesh.
PLUS...

Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 (Credit: Panini)


Doctor Who Magazine 518 is on sale from Thursday 19 October, price £5.99.




Signed Christmas Script Up For AuctionBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 October 2017 - Reported by Marcus

The shooting script for Peter Capaldi's last episode as The Doctor is being sold at a charity auction.

The script for Twice Upon A Time is being auctioned to raise money for Star Trek legend William Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show, a charity set up by the star to raise money to support a number of charities dedicated to helping those in need.

The script is signed by the two Doctor's in the story, Peter Capaldi and David Bradley, as well as other members of the team, and has been donated by Mark Gatiss, who is playing The Captain in the story.

Online bidding in the silent auction begins next Sunday, October 15th

The winner of the auction will not be sent the script until after transmission of the episode this coming Christmas.

A full list of charities supported can be found here.




The Doctors: The Tom Baker YearsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 September 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Koch Media have released the third in their collection of interviews from Reeltime Pictures with stars from Doctor Who, this time focussing on the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker's era.

The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years
Produced by Keith Barnfather (order from Amazon)

A new double-DVD release in the highly regarded series exploring the world of TV’s Doctor Who in what will build into a complete work on The Doctors.

Forget any previous releases, this is the most complete collection of cast & crew interviews ever assembled from the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who, offering viewers unparalleled access into the world of the sci-fi classic.

  • Includes six documentaries making it the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the TOM BAKER era of DOCTOR WHO to life.
  • Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
  • Quality in-depth interviews with Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane), Ian Marter (Harry), Louise Jameson (Leela), Mary Tamm (Romana) and John Leeson (Voice of K9)
  • This 2 DISC special collectors edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of Doctor Who.
  • Includes special feature: Introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years courtesy of Koch Media, simply answer the following question:
Jelly babies are usually attributed to the fourth Doctor, but which incarnation was the first to be seen with them on-screen?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-kochmedia@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Would you like a jelly baby?". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 8th October 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.





The Doctor's Affect and The Doctor's Effects now available for online purchaseBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 September 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor's Effect (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)The Doctor's Effects (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)
Two unofficial books about the visual effects work of twentieth century Doctor Who, previously only available to a mainly UK fanbase and via various offline avenues, have now been made available to purchase worldwide online.

The books were written by Steve Cambden, who worked on the show as one of K9's operators. The first, The Doctor's Affect (1999), chronicles how he achieved his dream as a teenager to work on the series, with in-depth accounts of the recording of Destiny of the Daleks, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada, Meglos, Full Circle and State of Decay, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and a comprehensive account of K9’s creation.

The second, The Doctor’s Effects, features interviews with many of the visual effects and design legends who worked on Doctor Who throughout the 'classic era', covering over a hundred productions including stories such as The Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Sea Devils, Genesis of the Daleks, Terror of the Zygons, The Awakening and The Trial of a Timelord. The book includes many previously unseen photographs and includes interviews with Bernard Wilkie, Jack Kine, John Friedlander, Ian Scoones, Mat Irvine and Ray Cusick.


Behind te scenes on Destiny of the Daleks (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)The online initiative has been organised by Steve's long-term friend Simon Meade, of The Ark in Space Facebook group and Twitter feed:
Having been a friend of Steve’s for nearly 50 years, and gone through many of those wonderful 70’s Doctor Who fan moments with him, such as meeting actors and production crew, visiting the Longleat and Blackpool exhibitions, and attending the very first DWAS convention in 1977, I’m delighted to see that his two books can now be read by a worldwide audience!

On his Sevenzero.net website, Alex Storer has, for several years now, kindly been sharing information about Steve and his books, and over the coming weeks we’ll be updating the site with more information and readers comments.

Both books are informative and enjoyable reading for Doctor Who fans, especially if you adored the classic years, when so many talented and creative men and people, working with miniscule budgets and often ridiculous time constraints, made television magic that enthralled and captivated so many young hearts and minds.

Full details about the books - which will be personally signed - and how to purchase them can be found via the sevenzero.net website.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win the two books, signed by the author, simply answer the following question:
Name the visual effects assistant who introduced Steve to the world of Doctor Who production.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-effects@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Affirmative!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th October 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Details, images and competition with thanks to Simon Meade




Bessie Comes to BeaulieuBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 September 2017 - Reported by Marcus
BessieBessie, the vintage car first used by the Third Doctor, has gone on show at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire.

The car joins other exhibits in the On Screen Cars exhibition, alongside Mr Bean's Mini, Del Boy's Reliant Van, James Bond's Jaguar XKR, Harry Potter's Ford Anglia and Elvis Presley's Cadillac.

Bessie made her debut in the 1970 story Doctor Who And The Silurians. She became the main form of transport for the Third Doctor during his exile on Earth. At the start of Season 11 the Doctor replaced Bessie with a new creation, The Whomobile owned and designed by Jon Pertwee himself. However, she returned for the debut of Tom Baker in Robot at the end of 1974.

Bessie was back with the Third Doctor for the 20th Anniversary story, The Five Doctors in 1983, before making her last main appearance alongside the Seventh Doctor in Battlefield . A final appearance came in 1993 with the Children in Need episode Dimensions in Time.

Although she looks older, Bessie is actually a 1954 Ford Popular 103E. The car has been fitted with a fibreglass tourer body made by Siva Engineering of Dorset. The four-seater Siva Edwardian body was available in kit form from 1969 until the mid-1970s, allowing any keen DIY mechanic to transform their second-hand Ford 7Y 8hp, Anglia or Popular into a replica of a much older machine and re-live the good old days of motoring.

The National Motor Museum is based on the Beaulieu Estate, home of Montagu family, located in The New Forest National Park, situated on England's south coast. Entrance to On Screen Cars is included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu, which also includes entry to the National Motor Museum with its collection of more than 250 vehicles, the new-look World of Top Gear, the ancestral Montagu home of Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens.




Twice Upon A Time - SynopsisBookmark and Share

Saturday, 16 September 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Twice Upon a Time: Mark Gatiss, Peter Capaldi, David Bradley (Credit: BBC)BBC Worldwide has issued the press synopsis for the Doctor Who Christmas Episode Twice Upon A Time.

The episode will be the last story to star Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and will feature David Bradley in the role of the First Doctor.

Pearl Mackie returns as Bill Potts, alongside Lily Travers and Jared Garfield who recreate the first Doctor's companions Polly and Ben. Mark Gatiss also joins the cast as The Captain

Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. And a British army captain seemingly destined to die in the First World War, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story. This is the magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure. He must face his past to decide his future. And the Doctor will realise the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment. It’s the end of an era. But the Doctor’s journey is only just beginning.
The information was released by the BBC Shop in the United States who have posted details of the DVD release of the story.