Doctor Who Comics - WHO Shop Christmas Cover VariantsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 30 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
This December Titan Comics is teaming up with The WHO Shop to celebrate the store​'​s 30th Birthday with a special Doctor Who Comics Christmas triptych cover variant. Only available to purchase at The W​HO​ Shop.

Doctor Who Comics Christmas triptych cover variant (Titan) Doctor Who Comics Christmas triptych cover variant (Titan) Doctor Who Comics Christmas triptych cover variant (Titan)
This special image featuring​ the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors was created by artist Lee Sullivan (Transformers, Thundercats, 2000AD) and ​runs across three ​Doctor Who comic issues this December​: ​Tenth Doctor #5, Eleventh Doctor #5 and Twelfth Doctor #3​ .




Hartnell wishes viewers a "Happy Christmas" againBookmark and Share

Saturday, 29 November 2014 - Reported by Anthony Weight
BBC One this evening began its countdown to the Christmas season with a special trail broadcast after tonight's edition of Strictly Come Dancing, reminding viewers of some of the Christmas programmes they have enjoyed on the channel in previous decades.

The trail, which is available on the official BBC YouTube channel, features examples of some of the channel's previous festive station idents, clips from various Christmas specials down the years... and William Hartnell, the First Doctor!

The Feast of Steven, the seventh episode of The Daleks' Master Plan in 1965, was the first Doctor Who episode to be broadcast on Christmas Day. Famously, at the conclusion of the episode, the Doctor turns to directly address the audience, breaking the fourth wall to wish: "...a Happy Christmas to all of you at home!" (Contrary to an oft-stated fan myth, this was a scripted line and not an ad-lib from Hartnell). A recreation of the scene was made as a DVD extra for An Adventure in Space and Time, and can also be viewed on the BBC's official YouTube channel, here.

The new BBC Christmas trail features the audio of Hartnell's line taken from the episode, which no longer exists in visual form, played over footage of Hartnell as the Doctor looking directly into the camera as he faces down one of the eponymous adversaries in The War Machines.

The trail also uses the TARDIS sound effect over some of the old Christmas idents to give the impression of going back in time, and features clips from more recent Doctor Who Christmas specials such as The Christmas Invasion and Voyage of the Damned.

Christmas Day television is a peak viewing time in the UK, with special editions of popular programmes gathering large audiences, and much competition to see which shows will end up at the top of the ratings. Doctor Who's next Christmas special, Last Christmas starring Peter Capaldi, is expected to be broadcast on Christmas Day in the evening, at a time yet to be confirmed. This is the tenth year in a row that Doctor Who has been accorded the prestige of a Christmas Day broadcast.




Series 8 Live+7 FiguresBookmark and Share

Friday, 28 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus

Figures showing the Live+7 performance of Doctor Who Series 8 are now available.

The LIve+7 figure is calculated by the BBC to try to get an accurate estimate of the total unique audience for an episode of a programme. Unlike official BARB figures the Live+7 uses data to include those who watched one of the broadcast repeats of the episode and those who watched the episode on iPlayer all within 7 days of the original transmission.

On average only 62% of the total audience of Doctor Who watch the programmme live or, as a recording, on the same day as broadcast, compared with an average of 86% across all BBC programmes. Around 24% timeshift the recording compared with an average of 6%, while 4% watch one of the repeats compared with an average of 6%. Around 9% watch on iPlayer, the BBC average being 2%.

Live +7 figures give a fairly consistent ratings across the series, with almost 10.8 million tuning in for the twelfth Doctor's debut. The average rating drops to around 8 million for the rest of the series with Death in Heaven finishing with around 8.8 million watching.




I'm coming for you on Christmas DayBookmark and Share

Friday, 28 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
BBC America has confirmed the 2014 Christmas special, Last Christmas, will be broadcast on Christmas Day.





Doctor Who to Headline Bell Media’s 'Project Latte'Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Canadian company Bell Media revealed today that its upcoming subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte,” will give users in Canada access to 108 episodes of Doctor Who.

Project Latte, which launches next month, is aiming to be Canada’s premium subscription on-demand video streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. Project Latte will feature more than 10,000 hours of premium non-kids TV programming, with more than 350 unique TV titles. Designed to complement traditional television and available to all TV providers, to date Project Latte will be offered via set-top box to TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV subscribers at launch. The service will also be available via mobile apps, the web, game consoles, and smart TVs.

Doctor Who, which is the Number 1 series of all time on Canadian channel Space, reached new hights in the recently concluded eighth season, averaging 756,000 viewers weekly, making it the most-watched TV series on Canadian speciality television during its run.

Other shows included in Project Latte include Orphan Black, Utopia and all 726 episodes from the Star Trek franchise Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media said
Some of the hottest TV shows on earth right now are sci-fi and fantasy-themed, so we’ve strategically curated Project Latte to deliver the best of this type of programming. In addition to our own Orphan Black and cult-hit Doctor Who, we are also proud to provide the complete Star Trek collection.




Cult Conversations on DVDBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Cult Conversations is an exciting new range of DVDs from Fantom Films, featuring icons of British screen and television, presented by television aficionado Toby Hadoke.

The series contains in-depth interviews from many associated with Doctor Who, including Katy Manning and Terry Molloy as well as actors who have appeared in the series such as Tom Adams from Warriors of the Deep and John Carson from Snakedance. The first three Cult Conversations DVDs are now released (Katy Manning, Terry Molloy and Valerie Leon), with the rest to be published next month, individually priced £10.99 each or £54.95 for the whole series.
Credit: Fantom Films Ltd
Katy Manning

Katy Manning is known to audiences the world over for her role as Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor in Doctor Who. Outside of this iconic series Katy's life has literally taken her round the world. From uprooting and moving to Australia with her children in the late seventies, writing her remarkable one woman show in LA, through West End shows and the Edinburgh Fringe, even hosting her own chat show, this is the story of a lady who lives life to the full.
Credit: Fantom Films Ltd
Terry Molloy

Terry Molloy is an iconic name in two of Britain's most loved cultural institutions. On television he is best known as the monstrous Davros, creator of the Daleks in Doctor Who. On radio he has played Mike Tucker on The Archers for over forty years. Now the man with the distinctive voice shows his face to tell all about his extraordinary and long lasting career.
Credit: Fantom Films Ltd
Tom Adams

Tom Adams has been acting for five decades, and taken in a vast array of iconic and popular British series. On television he has appeared in Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Persuaders and The Onedin Line amongst others, as well being a regular in medical soap opera Emergency Ward 10. On film he appeared opposite Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. A born raconteur, Tom has a cavalcade of entertaining anecdotes from his wide ranging career.
Credit: Fantom Films Ltd
John Carson

John Carson is familiar to millions for his smooth villainous portrayals on television and on film. His cult television credits encompass all major classics such as The Avengers, The Saint, The Baron, Adam Adamant Lives! and Doctor Who to name but a few. On the silver screen he was a main player in some of Hammer's most horrific outings, including The Plague of Zombies, Taste The Blood of Dracula and Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter. But the real life story behind this legendary star is far greater than any of the roles he has played on screen.




Sneak Peek: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #5Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Next Wednesday​ December 3​ ​2014, sees the release of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #​5 by Al Ewing and Boo Cook​.​

Titan has released ​a sneak peek​ of​ ​​the interior art ​by Boo Cook.
DYING SPACE STATION!​ ​​​SHAPESHIFTING HORROR! ALICE’S LAST BREATH?

Still trapped aboard the SERVEYOUinc research satellite, Alice and the Doctor must unravel the mystery of the creature codenamed ‘ARC’ - while staying one step ahead of its whisper-quiet rampage through the station!

But there’s something essential the Doctor’s missing – something he’s overlooked.

Can Alice help him see it, in time to save her life… or is the story of the Doctor’s favorite sarcastic library assistant doomed to end in the icy depths of space?

Writer Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and artist Boo Cook (2000AD, Elephantmen) invite you to a high-tech race against time, with everything to play for!

Comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by Verity Glass and a photo subscription cover.
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Death in Heaven - Chart PlacingBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus

The finale of Series 8, Doctor Who: Death in Heaven finished as the 14th most watched programme on British Television for the week, according to figures from Barb.

The episode had an official 28.8% share of the total TV audience.

Top for the week was Strictly Come Dancing which had 10.52 million watching, just beating ITV's Downton Abbey, which had 10.44 million viewers.

Doctor Who was the 6th highest rated programme on BBC Television.




Christmas Special title announcedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have announced that the title for this year's Christmas Special will be Last Christmas, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

In addition a new image for the episode has been released, featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara and Nick Frost as Santa Claus, plus Dan Starkey as Ian and Nathan McMullen as Wolf, two of Santa's helpers as seen in the recent preview shown on this year's Children in Need.

Last Christmas (Credit: BBC/David Venni)

The BBC Media Centre have released details on the BBC Christmas line up, which includes a brief synopsis for the episode:
The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an arctic base and under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!





Series 8 Q&A HighlightsBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released highlights from the special Q&A event hosted by Frank Skinner with guests Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat, to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release of DoctorWho Series 8.



The Complete Eighth Series is out now in the UK and Australia - and will be released soon to the US and Canada.




Colin Baker talks Capaldi and Five(ish) DoctorsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 23 November 2014 - Reported by Ben Morton
Collectormania 22 (Credit: Ben Morton)Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, spoke to Doctor Who News about the current series of Doctor Who and a sequel to The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot at Collectormania 22 last weekend.

Baker attended the event at Stadium:MK on Saturday alongside other Doctor Who cast and cult TV/ film stars.

Asked about Series 8 and contrasts between the Sixth Doctor and the Twelfth Doctor, Baker said:
I’ve seen the first two or three stories, up to the one about who’s under your bed (Listen). The scary story and children one. I’ve recorded all the others but haven’t seen them yet.

I think my Doctor is very similar to Peter Capaldi’s in many ways. Slightly grumpy, not tolerating fools gladly, something else going on in his mind which makes him angry and all those kind of things. I like his spikiness and other people have pointed out that he’s similar to the Sixth Doctor, so maybe every Six Doctors are grumpy!
Baker said about the experience of doing the Five(ish) Doctors.
That was Peter Davison’s idea. He wrote a very good script and he managed to get all those people to take part in it, and the end result is something I’m very proud of, and Peter should be as well for very good reasons. It’s proved enormously popular. We did it for love. Nobody paid us to do it and I gather it’s an extra on Matt Smith’s latest DVD. But everyone has been very complimentary about it. I had great fun doing it.
Baker showed great interest in doing a sequel.
“We’ve agreed we would love to do some more because we three work together very well, but in order to do more, we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better. So time will only tell.
When asked about doing a sequel somewhere else, Baker said:
“Where you base it isn’t as important as the story. It’s the story that matters. Why would Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, because that’s who we are in those stories, why would they want to do something else together? And simply going to Spain doesn’t do it really.




Doctor Who: Legacy hits First AnniversaryBookmark and Share

Friday, 21 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Legacy, the online game based on Doctor Who, celebrates its first birthday next week, and to mark the event, Tiny Rebel Games have announced some of their plans for the future of the series.

The game launched on the 27th November 2013, with just two Doctors, and episodes from two seasons of the show. The series is now Doctor complete in that every Doctor can be obtained and added to a team.

To celebrate, the first 4 levels of the next chapter prologue will be released over the next few days, this will see the 12th Doctor join the storyline. On or about the first Birthday of the game, the final 3 levels will be released, bringing the 4th Doctor into the storyline.

Also, on the game’s first birthday, a new expert level A Madman with a Box / Happy birthday Legacy!, will be released, which will see the first Doctor face up against Zygon copies of all 13 Doctors. The level will drop the TARDIS+ “the bluest blue ever” now in grayscale along with 3 time crystals.

Over the course of Series 8, the team attempted to release content alongside each episode, around 24 hours after it aired in the USA. New levels based on encounters from the show were made available, and new enemies were added as they first appeared with new costumes available just hours after they appeared on the screen.

Tiny Rebel Games have thanked all those who worked to make this happen.
We are now very aware why nobody has tried this before. We wish to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, everyone who was part of the season 8 launch in Legacy. The production and licensing team at BBC Worldwide (esp our Producer, Peter Hickman), the amazing Doctor Who brand team, the production team in Cardiff, and the agents and representatives of the amazing stars who are now part of the Legacy world. We would like to thank those from the show who we’ve interacted with on social media, and a huge shout out to Pippa Bennett-Warner for joining us on our weekly Twitch show a few weeks back.
Future plans include the introduction of the Anthony Ainley and Eric Roberts versions of The Master, who join the Michelle Gomez, John Simm and Roger Delgado versions, as the producers move towards having every incarnation of The Master up against every incarnation of The Doctor.

The Advent Calender will return in December with new allies, Doctor and costumes from the Titan Publishing comic book series added to the game. Cinder, from the War Doctor novel, Engines of War, will be added to the game. In a set of levels with a story written by “Engines of War” author George Mann. Kylie Minogue as Astrid will be joining the game as will Frank Skinner as Perkins, and the team will also be launching content alongside the Christmas episode.

Also previewing in the Advent Calender will be Bigger on the inside , a new side story in the Doctor Who: Legacy universe which will be released in chapters over the next few months. The expansive story will see individual arcs for the 10th, 1st, 4th, 9th and War doctors, and will see episodes from as far back as The Gunfighters and The Tenth Planet.




Doctor Who pop-up shop returns to MelbourneBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who pop-up shop will materialise in Melbourne from November 20th at 9am, BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand has announced.

The pop-up shop, which follows the overwhelming popularity of previous stores in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, will be open until after Christmas. To celebrate, special Doctor Who prize packs will be awarded to the first 20 fans to arrive at the shop on opening day wearing Doctor Who costume.

The shop will stock a host of Doctor Who products, including a brand new TARDIS print fashion range, exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, which includes a skirt, shirt and skater dress. There will be a range of Christmas gifts for Doctor Who fans, including K-9 & Cyberman or Dalek & Sontaran cookie cutters, as well as all things TARDIS, with products such as TARDIS toothbrush holders, teapots, creamers and sugar bowls.

In addition to Doctor Who merchandise, the pop-up shop will have a ‘Sherlock Corner’, with a range of Sherlock goods including ‘Consulting Detective’ and ‘High Functioning Sociopath’ mugs, and ‘I’m not a Psychopath...’ t-shirts.

Fans also have the chance to step inside the famous blue box with the TARDIS photo booth, where they can have their photo taken on a choice of three backgrounds to share with friends via social media.

The Doctor Who pop-up shop is open from 20th November to 4th January at: Shop E09/10, Galleria, 343 Little Collins Street (Corner of Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street), Melbourne.




Peter Capaldi turned down Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Peter Capalidi has revealed that he once turned down the chance to audition for the role of the Doctor.

The actor was speaking at a special event in London to launch the Series 8 DVD/Blu-Ray. He revealed that he was asked to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie, a role that eventually went to Paul McGann. Capaldi said he turned down the chance to play his dream role as he knew he wouldn't get the part. "I turned down the opportunity," he said. "I loved it so much that I didn’t want to have the disappointment of going for something that I would never get."

Capaldi is not the only Doctor to have turned down the chance to audition for the role in the 1990s. After he was cast as the Doctor in 2004, Christopher Eccleston also revealed that he had declined an invitation to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor in the TV Movie.



The special event, hosted by Frank Skinner, was attended by fans who won a special competition held by BBC Worldwide. As well as Capaldi it featured Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat who were joined onstage by Michelle Gomez, who played Missy in the latest series, and Samuel Anderson, who played Danny Pink.