Doctor Who Magazine 487Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine 487 (Credit: DWM)The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine is on general release today, and looks at the entire history of Earth, from its birth to its destruction:
Planet Earth! It's been attacked, invaded – even moved across the galaxy! Bu thanks to the Doctor, our world endures. Doctor Who Magazine tells the remarkable story of our planet and the many challenges it has faced...

Also inside this issue:
  • An Interview with John Nathan-Turner. A revealing and previously unpublished interview with 1980s producer John-Nathan Turner, conducted during 1989 – the last year of Doctor Who's original run.
  • Who on Video. DWM reveals the history of how Doctor Who was brought to DVD, and talks to the people responsible for the landmark 1993 documentary 30 Years in the TARDIS. Plus, an exclusive look at some of the VHS covers that never were...
  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Discover fascinating new facts about the classic 1964 First Doctor adventure The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
  • Verity Lambert's Scrapbooks. DWM chats to Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor's very first companion, Susan, as she continues her look through the scrapbooks of Doctor Who's original producer, Verity Lambert.
  • Blood and Ice! Clara and the Doctor uncover a sinister secret below Antarctica as Blood and Ice – the brand new comic strip written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty – continues...
  • Steven Moffat answers your Questions! Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions, and explains just why the Doctor can never seem to remember what happens when he meets himself...
PLUS! Reviews and previews; Relative Dimensions; Wotcha!; The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, official news and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 487 – with a special wraparound cover! – is on sale now.

Doctor Who Magazine 487 (wraparound cover) (Credit: DWM)




Art Preview - Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 May 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Titan Comics has released the first six pages from issue #1 of Doctor Who: Four Doctors, the Summer event coming this August.

The weekly event, running through August and September 2015, stars the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors and their comics companion, as well as the War Doctor, in a special adventure written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Neil Edwards.

The first issue is released Wednesday August 12, supported by the global Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday August 15.

The e​vent follows straight on from the issue #15 conclusions of Year One, with the second years of the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors beginning after the event's finale.

To keep up to date visit DoctorWhoComicsDay.com or follow Doctor Who Comics Day on Facebook or Twitter.

Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1 (Credit: Titan)




Peter Capaldi to appear at San Diego Comic-ConBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
San Diego Comic-Con International (Credit: SDCC)BBC Worldwide have announced that Peter Capaldi will be making his debut appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con. The actor will feature on a Doctor Who panel on the 9th July, alongside co-star Jenna Coleman, Missy/Master actress Michelle Gomez, lead writer Steven Moffat and fellow executive producer Brian Minchin.

Capaldi says of his appearance:
Tales of San Diego Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known fantasy/sci-fi production world. It's become a fabled kingdom. One I am thrilled to find myself heading for. And to appear in the legendary Hall H, is a further twist to the cosplay and comic madness I may never recover from.






Preview - Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #8Bookmark and Share

Monday, 25 May 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Wednesday sees the release of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #8 written by Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, Nikolai Dante) with art by Brian Williamson (Torchwood), bringing the climactic finale of 'The Fractures' story arc.

Bursting from a twisted parallel universe and clawing their way through the void, the Fractures are here, and nothing could prepare the Doctor for their insidious assault on reality. The Doctor, Clara and UNIT must battle the Fractures, as they slip through the cracks in our world to wear the skin – and bodies – of innocent people, puppeteering them from the inside! When the war spills out of quiet suburbia and threatens the world, it will take a father and daughter – separated by whole universes – to bring the conflict to an end.
The Twelfth Doctor #8 (Credit: Titan)The Twelfth Doctor #8 (Credit: Titan)The Twelfth Doctor #8 (Credit: Titan)




Anthony Ainley: The Man behind The MasterBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The biography of the Master to the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh Doctor, Anthony Ainley, is due to be on general release later in the year; however, it is now available to order directly from Fantom Publishing, signed by the author, Karen Louise Hollis.

The Man Behind The Master (Credit: Fantom Publishing)Anthony Ainley: The Man behind The Master
Researched by Karen Louise Hollis

Although known to an audience of millions the world over for his portrayal of The Doctor's arch nemesis The Master in Doctor Who during the 1980's, Anthony Ainley had a prolific career which encompassed starring roles in Spyders Web and It's Dark Outside, as well as appearances in renowned dramas such as The Pallisers, Elizabeth R, Nicholas Nickleby, Upstairs, Downstairs, and cult films including Blood On Satan's Claw and The Land That Time Forgot.

But the dramas in Anthony's real life were far more fascinating than any of the many parts he played on screen. Born the illegitimate son of actor Henry Ainley, and taken into care at the Actors' Orphanage at the age of four, Fantom presents the hidden story behind one of Doctor Who's most enigmatic characters.

Karen said:
This is the first time all aspects of his life have been drawn together. I have had the pleasure of interviewing a number of friends and colleagues from every aspect of Anthony's life, and examined the archives to bring together the most complete and fascinating story.

Competition


Readers in the United Kingdom have the chance to win a copy of the book courtesy of Fantom Publishing; to enter simply answer the following question:
In The Keeper of Traken Geoffrey Beevers and Anthony Ainley both play the Master; name another television series in which both actors are credited together.
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-fantom@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "These Thunderbolts Are Everywhere". The competition is open to UK residents only, closing date: 7th June 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.





TARDIS Building at the Symphonic SpectacularBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
For those attending the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular this week, pride of place on stage of course goes to the Doctor's 'home', the TARDIS. The prop was supplied by This Planet Earth and assembled by Simon Nash and Fred Harrison, and they have kindly sent us photos of the Doctor Who icon being constructed for the London leg of the performances.

TARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred Harrison

(with thanks to Fred Harrison)




The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who: Royal Observatory SigningBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
There will be a special event taking place in the Planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich on the 5th June to tie in with the publication of The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who from BBC Books:

Credit: BBC Books/Lee Binding
The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

Royal Observatory Greenwich Planetarium
Friday 5th June, 7:00-8:30pm


Join author Simon Guerrier and Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula in the planetarium at the Royal Observatory Greenwich as they discuss their new book, The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who.

Illustrated using clips from the television show, this event shows how Doctor Who uses science to inform its unique style of storytelling – and just how close it has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries.

A Dalek will be on site for photo opportunities before the event and during the book signing.

Age: suitable for 11+.
For full details and booking information visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website.

(with thanks to ed public relations)




Symphonic Spectacular opens in LondonBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The UK run of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular opened in London this afternoon, and images from the performance are now available. The Spectacular continues in London tomorrow, heading to Cardiff on Monday, Birmingham on Tuesday, Leeds on Wednesday, Newcastle on Thursday, and finishing in Glasgow on Friday.

Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRDaleks on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: PRDaleks invade the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. . Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRThe Foretold invades the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. Image: House PREleventh Doctor Matt Smith on the big screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales, with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales as Cybermen invade the audience. Image: House PRCybermen invade the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRThe Ood join the chorus of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and The Ood. Image: House PR
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour has launched, celebrating the music of the world’s longest running science fiction TV series. The tour takes place this week in six cities across the UK. For further information on tickets, please visit: www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com.




Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds: A 50-Year Treasury of Art and DesignBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A new non-fiction hardback book has been announced for this coming October:

Impossible Worlds: A 50-Year Treasury of Art and Design (Credit: Harper Design)Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds: A 50-Year Treasury of Art and Design
By Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker
Published 27 Oct 2015 [pre-order in United Kingdom and North America]

An intimate, behind-the-curtains tour of the sets, costumes, spacecraft, alien planets, creatures, weapons, and gadgets used to create the stunning world of Doctor Who.

From distant galaxies in the far-flung future, to ancient history on the planet Earth, Doctor Who is unique for the breadth of imaginative possibilities it offers the artists charged with bringing each episode to life. Mining the depths of the BBC archives, Stephen Nicholas and Mike Tucker have compiled this breathtaking collection of rare and never-before-published images that are interwoven with fascinating insights from the show’s writers.

Showcasing the work of Doctor Who’s remarkable designers, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds pays tribute to the care and attention to detail essential to creating the look of the show, from the characters themselves—including recurring villains like the Daleks or the Cybermen—to the smallest hand prop featured in the briefest of scenes, to the TARDIS console room and other regularly used sets.

Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds explores how the art department works together with costumers and make-up and special effects artists to produce a coherent look for a diverse range of alien worlds; reveals how the artists’ relationship with the computer graphics department allows them to create locations far grander than possible in the real world; and shows how today’s creative artists have built upon the designs produced by their predecessors—the pioneers of the program’s “classic” era whose legacy has delighted audiences since 1963.

Divided thematically, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds examines the history of the program and its art and set design, and highlights how various re-occurring designs have evolved over time. Chock full of surprising, illuminating, and fascinating information, photographs, and trivia, Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds is essential for every Whovian, whether you’re an established fan or are new to the show.




Symphonic Spectacular - Opens this WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 May 2015 - Reported by Marcus
With Wembley being declared safe the BBC Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is all set to begin its first UK tour, this weekend.

The London venue had been closed for the past two days, following the discovery of a World War II unexploded bomb on a building site nearby. The bomb, which posed "a genuine risk to life", was removed by members of the British Army's Royal Logistic Corps disposal team, early this afternoon, and will be detonated in a controlled explosion.

The area has now been reopened.

The Symphonic Spectacular features the music written for Doctor Who by Murray Gold, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus of Wales. The orchestra will be conducted by Ben Foster and hosted by Peter Davison.

The show will enjoy a limited run of thirteen performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Ticket information is on the BBC Events Website.





Win a Sonic Screwdriver in Doctor Who Comic UK #4Bookmark and Share

Friday, 22 May 2015 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Comic UK #4 (Credit: Titan)Titan Magazines has announced a Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver competition exclusively inside Doctor Who Comic UK #4, on sale now.

Partnering with The Wand Company, FOUR lucky winners will be amongst the first in the world to receive the brand-new Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, which will be seen for the first time at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on the 8th July on the BBC Booth.

The universal remote gives Doctor Who fans what they have been asking for: a gesture-based metal replica Sonic Screwdriver with Any-TV-Off function and fabulous sonic light and sound FX!

Highlights include:
  • 12 authentic sonic sounds, as well as 12 secret Morse coded catch phrases to decipher.
  • TV-off function that turns off any television at the press of a button – without having to program the Sonic first.
  • New extending action with spring-loaded clasps.
  • Soft-touch leather patterned grip material with grip-located action button.
  • Die-cast metal construction with a redesigned, hand-polished copper-plated handle.
The brand-new hero prop replica is a superb recreation of the Sonic Screwdriver used by Peter Capaldi in Series 8. Compatible with almost all audio-visual home entertainment devices, perfect for both play and display, the Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is a must-have piece for any Doctor Who fan, cosplayer or collector!

Also in this issue of Doctor Who Comic, three Doctors in on-going adventures. This month: the Twelfth Doctor discovers more about the cult of Kali; the Eleventh Doctor takes part in a murder mystery; and the Tenth Doctor introduces Gabby to the wonders of time and space exploration.

Doctor Who Comic UK is available from supermarkets, WH Smiths and independent newsagents. Or order online




Symphonic Spectacular - Wembley UpdateBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 May 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have confirmed that the weekend launch of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, due to be held at the SSE Arena in Wembley, is expected to go ahead, despite the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb in the area.

The BBC told Doctor Who News
An unexploded device has been found in Wembley, on a building site close to The SSE Arena.

Police are currently on site and work is underway to make the area safe.

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular shows planned for Saturday and Sunday are currently unaffected. We will update if there is further news.
The area around the SSE arena is currently closed by the police, with Army bomb disposal experts currently trying to defuse the 50 Kg explosive, thought to have been dropped by German bombers in the early 1940's.

The SSE arena has advised people to follow Brent Borough Metropolitan Police Service for updates.

The concert is due to play three shows at Wembley this weekend, before heading around the UK with dates at Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.




City of Death: London Signing 21st May 2015Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
There will be a special event taking place in London tomorrow to tie in with the publication of the new novel City of Death from BBC Books:

City of Death (Credit: BBC Books)
Celebrate the publication of
CITY OF DEATH
the classic DOCTOR WHO adventure by
Douglas Adams

novelised by
JAMES GOSS
Signing event on Thursday 21st May
6:30 - 7:30pm


St Pancras Concourse, with Hatchards


Wine, Doctor Who props and LIVE PIANIST
playing musical scores from the show
Join in the conversation at @Hatchards, @DWBBCBooks, @StPancrasInt, @gossjam




BBC Books competitions/updateBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
We're delighted to announce that we are able to give UK readers a chance to win the latest Doctor Who publications for May and June, courtesy of BBC Books - competition details are with each book summary below.

City of Death (Credit: BBC Books)City of Death
Written by James Goss, based on the story by Douglas Adams
Published in hardback 21st May 2015 [order]

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris - a city which, like a fine wine, had a bouquet all of 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.

City of Death is one of the best-loved serials in the show's 50-year history and was watched by over 16 million viewers when first broadcast.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the book, answer the following question:
What was David Fisher's original working title for his script that eventually became City of Death?
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-citybook@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Bye Bye, Duggan". The competition is open to readers in the United Kingdom only, closing date: 31st May 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Credit: BBC Books/Lee BindingThe Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who
Written by Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula
Published in hardback 4th June 2015 [order]

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, and science fiction tales. But how much of the science is real? And how much is fiction?

Weaving together authoratitive scientific discussion with a series of new adventures by acclaimed Doctor Who writers including Jenny T Colgan, George Mann and Jacqueline Rayner, Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula explore the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more. From the dawn of astronomy and the discovery of gravity to the moon landings and string theory, the authors show how science has inspired Doctor Who, and how, on occasion, life has mirrored art, such as the 1989 discovery of 'ice-canoes' on Triton which were featured in the 1973 episode The Planet of the Daleks.

The first official guide to the science of Doctor Who by acclaimed Doctor Who novelist Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula, the Public Astonomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the book, answer the following question:
Which professor presented a programme delving in the science of Doctor Who on television during the 50th Anniversary celebrations?
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-sciencebook@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Strange Matters". The competition is open to readers in the United Kingdom only, closing date: 5th June 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Engines of War. (Credit: BBC Books)Engines of War
Written by George Mann
Published in paperback 18th June 2015 [order]

"I've had many faces. Many lives. I don't admit to all of them. There's one life I've tried very hard to forget - the Doctor who fought in the Time War."

The Great Time War has raged for centuries, ravaging the universe. Scores of human colony planets are now overrun by Dalek occupation forces. A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold but in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor's TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox.

As the Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape, Dalek patrols roam amongst the wrackage, rounding up the remaining civilians. But why haven't the Daleks simply killed the humans?

Searching for answers the Doctor meets 'Cinder', a young Dalek hunter. Their struggles to discover the Dalek plan take them from the ruins of Moldox to the halls of Gallifrey, and set in motion a chain of events that will change everything. And everyone.

An epic novel of the Great Time War featuring the War Doctor as played by John Hurt.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the book, answer the following question:
On which planet did the Doctor regenerate into the incarnation that fought in and orginally ended the Time War?
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-enginesbook@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Before the Moment". The competition is open to readers in the United Kingdom only, closing date: 19th June 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Looking ahead to later in the year, 16th July sees the publication of The Drosten's Curse by A.L. Kennedy, whilst three new adventures for the twelfth Doctor are published on the 10th September, The Royal Blood by Una McCormack, Big Bang Generation by Gary Russell, and Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale.