Preview The Tenth Doctor - Issue #8Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Next Wednesday (March 4) sees the release of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor issue #8 by Robbie Morrison and artwork by Daniel Indro.

Trapped in a tunnel beneath No Man's Land, the Doctor and the surviving soldiers under his protection fight for their lives – with open eyes!

With the TARDIS lost, the Weeping Angels on one side and the might of the German front lines on the other, how much will the Doctor sacrifice to keep Gabby safe?

And in the endless dark, struggling not to blink, sparks are fanned between Gabby and Jamie Colquhoun... Is he just one more doomed soldier?
The Tenth Doctor issue #8 (Credit: Titan)The Tenth Doctor issue #8 (Credit: Titan)The Tenth Doctor issue #8 (Credit: Titan)The Tenth Doctor issue #8 (Credit: Titan)The Tenth Doctor issue #8 (Credit: Titan)




Verity Lambert: An AppreciationBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus

The British Film Institute has announced a tribute event to honour Verity Lambert, Doctor Who's first producer.

Lambert produced the series from 1963-1965 and went on to become one of the most successful producers in British Film and Television. The tribute event is being held as part of the Women in Film season, and will be followed by a brief retrospective of some of her rarer titles, including The Norman Conquests, Comics and Achilles Heel.

The 90 minute panel event will take place April 1st at 6.10pm at the BFI Southbank, and will be hosted by Richard Marson, who is writing a biography the producer, Drama and Delight: The Life of Verity Lambert.

Guests include Joanna Lumley and Lynda La Plante and the discussion will be interspersed with clips from many of her most memorable productions

Marson's book will be available at the event and Richard will be signing from around 7.45pm at the BFI shop. Tickets to the season are available from March 10th.




Barry Newbery 1927-2015Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Barry Newbery. Credit: BBC WorldwideVeteran Doctor Who designer Barry Newbery has died at the age of 88.

Barry Newbery was one of the most prolific designers of Doctor Who, working on more episodes of the classic series than any other designer in its 26 year history. His contribution ranged from the very first story An Unearthly Child in 1963 through to The Awakening in 1984, a total of 62 episodes across 14 stories.

Barry Newbery joined the BBC in the late 1950's after working as a freelance designer in London, overseeing window displays and designing exhibitions. Early work for the Corporation included Comedy Playhouse and The Last Man Out, a 1962 period drama starring Barry Letts.

In 1963 he found himself attached to the new science fiction programme, planned by the BBC, Doctor Who. He was one of two designers drafted in to replace original designer Peter Brachacki, who had left the series following disagreements with the series producer Verity Lambert. Brachacki had designed the sets for the original pilot, but had left the show by the time the first episode was reshot, leaving Newbery to recreate the original Junkyard and School set, which had been destroyed following completion of the pilot.

For the majority of Doctor Who's first two years Newbery would share the design work with Raymond Cusick, with Cusick taking the Science fiction stories, while Newbery worked on the historical adventures. After creating a stone age settlement for An Unearthly Child, he was tasked with creating the court of Kubla Khan in Marco Polo, the city of Tenochtitlan in The Aztecs, the cities and deserts around Jaffa in The Crusade and Saxon England in The Time Meddler

In 1965 he worked on the first Doctor Who Christmas episode, The Feast of Steven, before completing the remaining 5 episodes of the The Daleks' Master Plan. He voyged into the future with The Ark before returning to the historicals, recreating the town of Tombstone, Arizona in the story The Gunfighters.

In 1968 he worked on his one Second Doctor story, The Dominators and in 1970 his one Third Doctor story The Silurians. He completed three Fourth Doctor stories, The Brain of Morbius and The Masque of Mandragora in 1976, followed by The Invisible Enemy in 1977.

His final credit for Doctor Who came in 1984 when he designed the Fifth Doctor story The Awakening.

Outside of Doctor Who Newbery worked on vast range of projects, being involved in some of the most iconic television series of the time. He wroked on historical dramas including The Onedin Line, Prince Regent, The Citadel and The Shadow of the Tower as well as more modern dramas such as Z Cars, Softly Softly and The Expert. He ventured into comedy with shows such as Dad’s Army and Sykes.

In 1979 Newbery won an RTS Television Award for his work on The Lost Boys and the following year he received a BAFTA nomination for Prince Regent.

Newbery took a great many behind-the-scenes photographs during his time on Doctor Who and a large selection were published in The Barry Newbery Signature Collection, published by Telos Publishing Ltd. in 2013.

Barry Newbery died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday morning.




Doctor Who Adventures: 362Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures 362
The latest edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is offering readers a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. Inside, there are 12 chances to win tickets to the concert, which is coming to venues around the UK this May.

The magazine also looks back at the last ten years of Doctor Who. Check out the best scares and scenes since the series returned in 2005.

The issue comes with a Doctor Who set, which includes stickers, a TARDIS box, badges and key ring.

All this and loads more, including:
  • Find out how to claim a free book to celebrate World Book Day.
  • The Alien Babies get a fright!
  • There’s trouble for the Doctor and Clara in comic strip written by Simon Guerrier.
  • We continue with our the guide to the 2014 episodes of Doctor Who.
  • There are some brilliant behind-the-scenes secrets.
  • Find out what Y stands for in the Monster A-Z
  • Plus, cut out and keep some fact figures!
The new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures magazine, Issue 362, is out from 25 February – 24 March, priced £3.99.




What's All The Fuss About ... ?Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 21 February 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
FBS Publishing Ltd have announced a new book aimed to help those new to Doctor Who discover what the series is all about...
What's All The Fuss About...? (Credit: FBS Publishing)What's All The Fuss About...? An Introduction to Doctor Who
Written by Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler
Published by FBS Publishing Ltd

Who is the Doctor, what are the Daleks and why is the TARDIS a police box?

Here is a television programme that has been running for over fifty years and has seen twelve different actors play the title role, each a unique incarnation.

Why are people so devoted to this phenomenon?

What is all the fuss about?

Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler present the basics, with an overview of each Doctor’s era and recommended stories to try, delivering the essential information that you need to know, your introduction to a television legend.

It is the perfect beginners’ guide for anyone wondering where to start, and equally suited to the die-hard fan who wants be reminded of and relive the very best bits all over again.
The book is published on 5th March 2015, and is available for pre-order via the FBS Publishing website.

With thanks to Ian Wheeler




Samuel Anderson wins TV AwardBookmark and Share

Friday, 20 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Samuel Anderson  (Credit: Screen Nation Awards)Samuel Anderson has won the award for Best Male Performance in TV at the 2015 Screen Nation Film & Television Awards

The Screen Nation Awards celebrate, reward and promote products and professionals of African heritage working in the UK and global film, TV and digital media industries.

The award was presented to Anderson for his work on Doctor Who and Trollied at a ceremony held at London's Hilton Metropole last Sunday, and will be screened on the African Broadcast Network (Sky235) on Saturday 28 February.




Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 - Sneak PeekBookmark and Share

Friday, 20 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Next Wednesday (Feb 25) see the release of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 from Robbie Morrison (Spiderman) and Dave Taylor (Batman: Death By Design.

The Doctor and Clara and their allies are split between two time zones, as the clock counts down to the resurrection of the vengeful Kali! Will an ageless cult succeed where so many villains have failed? What chance does the Doctor have against a plan that has been in motion for thousands of years?

Find out in the pulse-pounding finale of The Swords of Kali!
Issue #5 comes with a special cover by artist Alice X. Zhang which was created for the Doctor Who World Tour. Zhang got the opportunity to present her artwork to the Doctor himself, Peter Calpaldi and Jenna Coleman who plays Clara.

Alice X. Zhang presents her artwork to Peter Calpaldi and Jenna Coleman (Credit: Titan) The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 (Credit: Titan) The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 (Credit: Titan) The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 (Credit: Titan) The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 (Credit: Titan) The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 (Credit: Titan) The Twelfth Doctor issue #5 (Credit: Titan)




City of Death novelisation for 21st MayBookmark and Share

Thursday, 19 February 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have announced that the forthcoming novelisation of the Douglas Adams story City of Death will be released on 21st May 2015.

City of Death (Credit: BBC Books)City of Death
Written by James Goss, based on the story by Douglas Adams
Released 21st May 2015

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris – a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years. But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks – not in their wine glasses but in the very fabric of time itself.

Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth.

Aided by British private detective Duggan, whose speciality is thumping people, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni – all twelve of him – if the human race has any chance of survival.

But then, the Doctor’s holidays tend to turn out a bit like this.





Missy returns in The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch’s FamiliarBookmark and Share

Thursday, 19 February 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have revealed that Michelle Gomez will be reprising her role as Missy in the two-part premiere of the next series of Doctor Who, entitled The Magician's Apprentice, and The Witch's Familiar.

Writer Steven Moffat commented:
Everybody hide - Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.

Michelle Gomez said:
Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I'm delighted to be putting my lippie back on. I'm positively dying to see The Doctor again!
The BBC website have also presented a video message from the actress:



The premiere will also see the return of Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, who appears alongside UNIT in the current block directed by Hettie MacDonald. The episodes will also feature Kelly Hunter (who previously played the Shadow Architect in The Stolen Earth), Clare Higgins (Ohila in The Night of the Doctor) and Jaye Griffiths (perhaps best remembered by sci-fi fans as Ros Henderson in Bugs).

Other guest stars appearing in the series include Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, and Demi Papaminas.





The Return of Reeltime PicturesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Reeltime’s Pictures cult range of Doctor Who interviews are being relaunched through a brand new website Time Travel TV.

Reeltime Pictures will be a name familiar to fans active in the 1980's. Formed in 1984 by former Celestial Toyroom editor and then BBC and Channel 4 employee Keith Barnfather, their remit was to produce high quality content for Doctor Who and Cult TV fans alike. Their direct to video output consisted of original drama, documentaries and Myth Makers - a series of in depth interviews with a whole host of classic Doctor Who stars hosted by Nick Briggs. In the days before YouTube and the internet, is was the only way for many fans to view interviews with the stars and producers of their favourite show.

The new site will initially feature fifty titles for fans to download, stream or purchase on DVD. Included in the initial releases is a brand new Myth Makers: A tribute to Anthony Ainley. With a further 11 titles - old and new - being added every month until the entire back catalogue is released.

Keith Barnfather explained
It would be an impossible undertaking to try and get them all online at the same moment. So what we wanted to do was give a nice big cross section available to start and then slowly release the rest. So people can dip in every month.
Reeltime have already recorded a series of brand new Myth Makers to be released over the coming months. As well as the Anthony Ainley tribute; interviews with special effects guru Mike Tucker, composer Dominic Glynn, seventies producer Graham Williams, writer David Fisher and many more are in the pipeline

Also available will be a number of rare curiosities that have remained unreleased until now including Sophie’s Choice, an early 90’s pilot for an unmade children's documentary series hosted by Sophie Aldred. Later this year will also see the release of a brand new drama from Reeltime, White Witch of Devils End. Another sequel spawned from The Dæmons, this six episode series stars Damaris Hayman reprising her role as Miss Hawthorne.

Later this year Reeltime plan to shoot several Myth Makers with actors from the new series of Doctor Who, hopefully done live at a convention.
What we’d like to do one day is offer live streaming. So if we were doing an event and interviewing people, you could subscribe for the day to actually watch all the programming live streamed. I’d love to put my feet up and watch something like that!
These future plans will only come to fruition if there is enough interest in this initial re-launch.

Full details on the Time Travel TV Website




Study Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Monday, 16 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
This Easter a college in Manchester is offering a crash course in the history of Doctor Who.

Historian Michael Herbert will be teaching an 11 week evening class on the history of the television programme, starting on 14 April 2015, at Aquinas College , Stockport.

This course will look at the creation of Doctor Who by BBC’s head of drama, Sydney Newman, and producer Verity Lambert, in the early months of 1963. The course will then follow its history over the following five decades, including the Twelve Doctors from William Hartnell to Peter Capaldi; the many companions from Susan to Clara; and the role of producers and script editors in the programme such as Verity Lambert, Terrance Dicks, Barry Letts, John Nathan Turner, Andrew Cartmel and Russell T Davies.

The course will examine why Doctor Who was taken off air in 1989 and how, it returned in 2005 to critical acclaim and is now watched by millions, both in Britain and abroad. Each week the course will view a number of classic episodes from each Doctor’s era.

The course will be led by historian Michael Herbert who watched the first episode, aged 8. His pamphlet “Doctor Who and the Communist” : the television career of Malcolm Hulke was published by Five Leaves Press in January 2015.

Herbert said
I am delighted to be presenting this course at Aquinas college. I am hoping that viewers become fans of the programme since 2005 will come along and find more about the history of the programme. I also hope that viewers of my generation would like to revisit their memories of Doctor Who.
For more information or to book places on the course, please contact Sheila Lahan at Aquinas College.




The Ninth Doctor #2 - Sneak PeekBookmark and Share

Saturday, 14 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Titan have released a sneak peek at the covers and information for Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #2 - in stores April 8, 2015

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #2

Written by Cavan Scott.

Don’t miss the second thrilling installment of Weapons Of Past Destruction – an all-new miniseries adventure featuring the Ninth Doctor – as played by Christopher Eccleston – along with companions Rose and Jack!

Get dragged into the Time Vortex as the Doctor and his friends uncover time-lost Gallifreyan super-weapons being sold on the black market!

Who are the cosmically-empowered Lect and Unon – and can the Doctor help stop an all-new Time War before it starts?!

Comes with three covers to collect!
DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #2 (Credit: Titan)DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #2 (Credit: Titan)DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #2 (Credit: Titan)




Block Two Gets UnderwayBookmark and Share

Thursday, 12 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has confirmed that filming has started on block 2 of the next series of Doctor Who, and that Hettie MacDonald will be returning to the directors chair for the session.

MacDonald previously directed the Weeping Angels’ debut in the 2007 story Blink.

Filming for the new series started in Cardiff in January and the Doctor and Clara will be back in the Autumn.

Clapperboard (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)




Doctor Who Comics at London Comic ConBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Ninth Doctor LSCC Exclusive Cover (Credit: Titan)Titan Comics is set for a full Doctor Who takeover of London Super Comic Con on March 14 & 15 with the launch of the new Ninth Doctor mini series as well as a Doctor Who panel and signings.

An exclusive London Super Comic Con cover, featuring the Ninth Doctor, will be available from the Forbidden Planet Titan Comics booth.

A Doctor Who Comics Panel is planned on Saturday 14th March from 1.30-2.30pm, featuring writer Cavan Scott (Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor comics series), writer Al Ewing (Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor comics series), Rachael Smith (Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor humour strip), Colin Bell (Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor humour strip), Mark Ellerby (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor humour strip), Doctor Who comics editor Andrew James and Titan Comics senior editor Steve White who will reveal exclusive secrets from this year’s Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor comic story lines and show never-before-seen art and concept designs.

Every person who attends the panel will receive a special Doctor Who Comics poster and the chance to win Doctor Who merchandise.

In addition from 2.45pm Cavan Scott (Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor comics series) and artist Christian Ward will be signing copies of an exclusive Forbidden Planet/LSCC variant of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor issue #1. You can pre-order a signed copy from Forbidden Planet.