Coming soon - The Unofficial Master AnnualBookmark and Share

Monday, 28 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Unofficial Master Annual (Credit: Terraqueous Distributors)
A new fan production, celebrating the Doctor's greatest enemy, The Master, is planned by Terraqueous Distributors

The Master is the Anti-hero. Sometimes saving people, not because of compassion or moral values, but because it suits whatever agenda he has.

Of course, he can also be the villain - he's very good at that, and remember that meddlesome Doctor isn't around - and that's when villains come out on top.

The cover is a tribute to the original William Hartnell annual, recreated by artist Paul Cooke. Terraqueos said:
With the cover, we wanted to make it clear that the Doctor isn't around - this is not his annual. Fans of the classic annuals will notice that there are a few empty spaces, those spaces will be filled by characters from the stories within the annual, as the project progresses.
If you would like to contribute to the unofficial Master annual, please visit the Terraqueous Distributors facebook group for information on how you can contribute.




Fury From The Deep animated teaser releasedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 27 October 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Fury From The Deep - Steelbook (artwork tbc) (Credit: BBC Studios)BBC Studios have announced that the next missing Patrick Troughton story to receive the animated treatment will be Fury From The Deep, the penultimate adventure from the fifth season which features the departure of travelling companion Victoria.

The release was announced on the Animations Panel at this weekend's London Comic Con, and as well as all six missing episodes being animated in high definition in both colour and black and white it will also include the surviving clips from the serial, a new Making-Of, and other features still be be announced.

The story is due to be relesed on DVD and Blu-ray (including as a steelbook edition) during 2020, following on from The Faceless Ones, which was announced earlier this year, also for 2020.






Doctor Who: The Edge of TimeBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Edge of Time (Credit: PlayStack / Developer Maze /BBC Studios)A new feature-length VR videogame, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, will launch on November 12th 2019.

Publisher PlayStack and Developer Maze Theory have today released the new artwork for the game which will feature multiple references to the series and its 56-year history.

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time combines action, adventure and sci-fi, equipping players with the Sonic Screwdriver to solve mind-bending puzzles, escape treacherous environments and come face-to-face with classic Doctor Who monsters, all within virtual reality.

Escape from Weeping Angels, face off against brand-new creatures and pilot a Dalek shell to harness its fearsome weaponry in a thrilling and immersive single-player adventure.

To receive the latest updates, visit Stream and add the game to your wishlist.

Features include:
  • Become part of Doctor Who - a thrilling single-player adventure developed by Sony London alumni (VR Worlds, The London Heist, Blood and Truth), Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time will immerse players in Doctor Who like never before as they travel across space and time to save reality.
  • Wield the Sonic Screwdriver - with exhilarating moment-to-moment gameplay, wield the Sonic Screwdriver to solve fiendish puzzles and traverse a dangerous universe full of challenges, enemies and wonder.
  • Stunning cinematic visuals - from the Dalekanium of a Dalek’s shell to the stone-cold terror of a Weeping Angel, experience stunning visuals that bring the show to life!
  • Doctor Who talent - featuring Jodie Whittaker as the voice of the Doctor and Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks, in a story written by Gavin Collinson, Digital Producer for Doctor Who and author
  • Oculus Quest support - experience the next level of immersion with Oculus Quest, as you explore the Doctor Who universe without boundaries in untethered virtual reality
  • Developed by immersive entertainment studio Maze Theory, led by former Activision and PlayStation veterans, Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time will launch on November 12th 2019 for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive and HTC Vive Cosmos.
For more on Doctor Who: The Edge of Time follow.

Official Website / Twitter - Follow the hashtag #edgeoftime / YouTube / Maze Theory Official Website

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is a Maze Theory production for BBC Studios




Double dose of Sil for NovemberBookmark and Share

Sunday, 20 October 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Koch Media have announced two new releases for 4th November, both of which feature the unscrupulous reptilian businessman Sil, as played by Nabil Shaban.

Sil and The Devil Seeds of Arobor (Credit: Koch Media)Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor
Produced and directed by Keith Barnfather
Format; DVD/Blu-ray; Runtime: 100 mins plus 50 mins special features (order from Amazon UK)

An original drama from the world of BBC TV’s Doctor Who, featuring Sil, the ruthless alien entrepreneur from planet Thoros Beta, who first appeared in classic Colin Baker-era Doctor Who episodes Vengeance of Varos and The Trial of a Timelord, and is once again played by actor Nabil Shaban.


Sil is worried. Very worried… which doesn’t keep his reptilian skin in the best condition! Confined in a cold detention cell on the moon, awaiting a deportation hearing while on trial for drugs offences committed on Earth, he faces a death sentence if the application is successful and he is found guilty. His powerful employers at the Universal Monetary Fund aren’t too pleased about that. Not at all…

As time runs out and friends desert him, Sil must use all of his devious, vile, underhanded, ruthless, and amoral business acumen to survive. Can he possibly slime his way out of this one?



Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor is produced and directed by Keith Barnfather (Mindgame), written by Sil’s creator and original episode writer Philip Martin, and stars Nabil Shaban, reprising his role as Sil, and Christopher Ryan, reprising the role of Kiv (The Trial of a Timelord) along with Doctor Who stars Sophie Aldred (‘Ace’ 1987-1989), Janet Henfrey (The Curse of Fenric, Mummy on the Orient Express), and Sakuntala Ramanee (Survival).

The Doctors: More Monsters! (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: More Monsters!
Produced by Keith Barnfather
Format: DVD; Runtime: 330 mins (order from Amazon UK)

This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of unsung heroes who sent you "behind the sofa" by bringing the monsters in Doctor Who to life!

These six documentaries are the best in-depth interviews with:
  • Nabil Shaban (Sil - The Trial of a Timelord, Vengeance of Varos)
  • Christopher Ryan (Kiv - The Trial of a Timelord)
  • Stephen Thorne (Omega - The Three Doctors, Azal - The Daemons, Eldrad - The Hand of Fear)
  • Terry Molloy (Davros - Remembrance of the Daleks / Resurrection of the Daleks)
  • Stuart Fell and Jon Davey (who have both played monsters too numerous to list, including Sontarans, Daleks and Cybermen!)
For all Doctor Who fans, this 2-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.

Presented by Robert Dick and “voice of the Daleks” Nicholas Briggs. Includes special introduction by Nicholas Briggs & ‘The Doctors’ Producer Keith Barnfather.




Lethbridge-Stewart: The ShadowmanBookmark and Share

Sunday, 20 October 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books has announced the second novel in its seventh series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, to be released in late October:

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Shadowman (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Lethbridge-Stewart: Bloodlines: The Shadowman
Written by Sharon Bidwell
Artwork by Paul Cowan


A new reality has been created by the temporal disruption ripping through the causal nexus. Welcome to 1978… with a difference.

Anne Travers, co-founder of UNIT, and her husband, Bill, are celebrating their wedding anniversary in France, which is the perfect opportunity for Anne to catch-up with an old friend; Madeleine Bonnaire.

At the institute owned by Madeleine’s father, one professor is more interested in his own project than any work for which Bonnaire has hired him. His need for secrecy and his attitude irritates his assistant, Paul Larousse, who would prefer to dwell on his feelings for Madeleine. Meanwhile, Victor Bonnaire is not at all happy to hear of Anne’s visit, not least of all because he’s always viewed Anne as a bad influence on his daughter.

What seems like a simple case of familial friction takes a bleak turn when a local unknown threat makes the news. Suspicion abounds and throws Anne and Bill into an unexpected mystery. What is the strange threat, and does it present a direct danger to anybody at the institute? Or to those who ask too many questions? Unable to walk away from her friend, Anne has no option but to investigate, little knowing she’s about to face the darkest shadow of her life so far.

The Shadowman is set in an alternative 1978, and serves as a sequel to author Sharon Bidwell’s previous novel, A Very Private Haunting. It picks up a thread left over from that novel, set in a world where Lethbridge-Stewart never took part in the London Event, and was never involved in the creation of UNIT. Instead it’s a world where Anne Travers became a founding member of that august taskforce. It also features a new version of her husband, Bill Bishop, as they head to France to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Sharon said:
Some stories feel unfinished. When I wrote A Very Private Haunting, I left a few threads I was unsure I would ever pick up again. I already had the title of the book long figured out together with my basic idea when asked to write another novel in the range. My book, to once again feature Anne Travers, couldn't have come together more perfectly, though with consequences I never imagined at the beginning. The Shadowman features a returning character from A Very Private Haunting, which allowed me to play with someone who comes across as a thoroughly nasty character, though I see a greater depth to him. I'm a multi-genre writer, though I tend to gravitate back to what I call dark fiction, and there's definitely darkness in The Shadowman. I'm finishing some lighter projects at present intending to work on my first horror novel in the new year after completing some preliminary notes and research, so going through The Shadowman again recently has been very useful in that regard.
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen said:
I take Sharon wherever I go. She’s worked with me on many projects now, so it was inevitable when I heard that Big Finish were looking for more female authors, that I would put her name forward. I’ve read her story, had some input, and it’s going to be a lot of fun for fans of Jo Grant and the Eleventh Doctor. In terms of The Shadowman, Sharon sent it to me some time ago, at which point it wasn’t part of any particular novel sequence, but rather a continuation of the ongoing narrative began in 2015. But once the Bloodlines concept was developed, it seemed to me that Sharon’s story was a perfect fit, with a few continuity tweaks here and there to place it in an alternative reality in which the events of A Very Private Haunting still happened – more or less as featured in that novel.
The cover is by a new artist to the Lethbridge-Stewart range, Paul Cowan; Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, said:
I’ve known Paul for thirty years. He’s a great artist with a flair for almost any style. He is particularly well-known for his beautifully illustrated trading cards and TV tie-in comic strips. When the opportunity for him to do a cover came up, I could think of no one better to tackle the Shadowman.
Paul said:
Joining the team at Candy Jar is quite literally a dream come true. I get to illustrate stories featuring much-loved characters from my childhood. I have the honour of seeing my work adorn the covers of some quite wonderful stories by a very talented team of writers, many of whose works line the bookshelves in my studio. I get to join a list of hugely talented artists I admire and who have been major influences on my life and work. But best of all, I get to finally work with my friend, something that's been long overdue.

With the cover to The Shadowman, I wanted to evoke the feeling of 1970s Doctor Who. I knew I wanted to homage the Pertwee years, so the illustration of Anne Travers was very much based on the character of Section Leader Shaw from Inferno, whilst the background should be instantly recognisable to any true Doctor Who fan. The Shadowman himself is actually straight out of one of my own nightmares and when Shaun described the character to me, I knew immediately how he should appear. I used pen and ink with a base wash of alcohol marker, embellished with coloured polychromous pencils and white ink for highlights. I then added lighting effects in Paint Shop Pro, which is my go-to software of choice. It's a relatively new style for me and something I'm still trying to perfect.

The Shadowman is due out at the end of October 2019, and can be pre-ordered now either on its own or as part of the Bloodlines bundle; it is also covered by subscription.


Paul, who has MS, is raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/artrelief and donate £5 your name will go into a hat and the winner, chosen at random, will get a hand-drawn A4 portrait of your chosen subject. This can be a friend, relative, child, pet, favourite animal or celebrity. If you donate £15 (or equivalent) or more, then Paul will draw you an A4 portrait of your choice.




Doctor Who Magazine Issue 544Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine : Issue 544 (Credit: Panini)
Doctor Who Magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary in issue 544.

The celebratory issue comes with:

  • A 100 minute Doctor Who DVD including exclusive and previously unseen material.
  • A 32 Page Supliment featuring an index of DWM and its sister publications, from 1979 to the present day.
  • A download code for 11 complete hour-long audio adventures from Big Finish.
Other highlights of this issue include:
  • Exclusive interviews with showrunners Chris Chibnall, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Weekly’s founding editor Dez Skinn and its original features writer Jeremy Bentham reunite to discuss the magazine’s earliest days.
  • Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell pays tribute to his friend and mentor Terrance Dicks.
  • A previously unpublished interview with Terrance Dicks, in which he remembers his working life away from Doctor Who.
  • Highlights from the original, unpublished manuscript of The Eight Doctors, Terrance’s first commission for BBC Books’ range of original Doctor Who novels.
  • Professional Doctor Who fiction writers select highlights of Terrance’s Target novelisations and other books.
  • A look back at how readers’ views of Doctor Who episodes, as expressed in DWM’s Season Survey results, have evolved over the last four decades.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 1979 story The Creature from the Pit.
  • A fiendishly difficult quiz, all about the first 40 years of Doctor Who Magazine.
  • Part Two of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • Audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more! 


On sale from Thursday 17 October 2019 £9.99 (UK)




The Doctor Who Companion - The Twelfth Doctor: Volume TwoBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Companion The Twelfth Doctor: Volume Two (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine continues its in-depth chronicle of the show’s production with a 100-page volume dedicated to four memorable episodes of Series 8 starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald:


  • Time Heist 
  • The Caretaker
  • Kill the Moon
  • Mummy on the Orient Express 


 Andrew Pixley’s unparalleled behind-the-scenes coverage – originally presented in the partwork Doctor Who: The Complete History and now revised and reproduced in magazine format for the first time – examines every aspect of the stories’ development, from scripting through to transmission and beyond.

 Richly illustrated with rare images, this is the essential guide to the series that took Doctor Who in a remarkable new direction.

Available from WH Smith from Wednesday 16 October 2019 priced £7.99 and digitally from pocketmags.com priced £6.99.

Please note that this publication is not available as part of a subscription to Doctor Who Magazine.




Jodie Whittaker Sings YellowBookmark and Share

Sunday, 13 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker takes on a classic Coldplay track for a new album released to support BBC Children in Need.

The charity album of celebrity covers titled Got it Covered, features the actress singing Yellow, written in 2002 for the group's debut album, Parachutes.

The album also features Tenth Doctor David Tennant showing off his vocal talents, singing Sunshine on Leith by The Proclaimers.

Other stars to feature on the record include Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, who appeared in Matt Smith's debut episode of Doctor Who, Helen Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Suranne Jones, Luke Evans, Adrian Lester and Himesh Patel.

A special hour-long show documenting the stars recording the album at the Abbey Road studios will be broadcast ahead of the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal show.

The album will be released in conjunction with Silva Screen Records on Friday 1st November with all profits going to Children in Need.





The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 13 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987This November sees the release of the Fan project The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987.

The publication is the latest project from Terraqueous Distributors, who earlier this year released The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972
It proved to be far more popular than we anticipated. Even before its release, people started to ask "what's next?

Well, we love the sixth Doctor, so the decision to do another classic-style annual was very easy. This time continuing from where World Distributors finished their run of Doctor Who annuals.

As children growing up in the eighties, collecting those wonderful books. A lot of fans were disappointed when after 21 years, the annuals stopped being produced. Those original 28 books (including two omnibus', a spin-off, four Dalek Annuals, and a k9 annual). hold such fond memories for us, that we felt the need to celebrate them.

Like our previous release, we have been blessed by the kindness of such well-known names from the worlds of Doctor Who, Frazer Hines, Alister Pearson, and David J Howe have all contributed to the publication, joining a large number of Doctor Who fan writers and artists.

We are so grateful to everyone who has supported this project.
The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987 is a not-for-profit publication and is released through LULU.com's print-on-demand service at a price to be determined.

Please visit the Terraqueous Distributors facebook page for further details and updates.




Stephen Moore 1937-2019Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 12 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Stephen Moore The actor Stephen Moore has died at the age of 81

Stephen Moore played the Silurian Eldane in the Matt Smith Doctor Who episode Cold Blood. 

Moore's most notable role was as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android in both the radio and television adaptations of Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

 Other appearances included the 1976 musical drama Rock Follies, the children's series The Queen's Nose and the drama Mersey Beat. He played George Mole in the TV adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

 He made numerous appearances on stage at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and London's West End.




Forty Years Of Doctor Who MagazineBookmark and Share

Friday, 11 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
DWM 1 (Credit: DWM)Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Doctor Who Magazine.

Doctor Who Magazine began life as Doctor Who Weekly, published for the first time on 11th October 1979, featuring the then-current Doctor, Tom Baker, on the front cover.

For the cost of just 12p, Doctor Who Weekly, published by Marvel, was the first officially approved publication, which was totally dedicated to serving fans of Doctor Who. It ran as a weekly until September 1980 when, with issue 45, the magazine moved to a monthly schedule and was renamed Doctor Who Monthly.

The name was changed to Doctor Who Magazine with issue 107 in December 1985. Now approaching issue 544, the magazine holds the Guinness World Record as the longest-running TV tie-in magazine.

Over the years the magazine has had twelve editors, the longest-serving being Tom Spilsbury who edited the Magazine from 2007-2017.

DWM is now published by Panini Comics, which purchased the title in 1995. The next edition, out next week, with be a special anniversary edition.




Mission to the Unknown - Reconstruction - Available NowBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The reconstruction of the lost Dalek episode of Doctor Who, Mission to the Unknown is now available on Youtube.





Official 13th Doctor ScarfBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
13th Doctor Scarf (Credit: Lovarzi)13th Doctor Scarf (Credit: Lovarzi)The first ever officially-licensed Thirteenth Doctor Scarf is released this week by Lovarzi.

Inspired by the colourful t-shirt worn by Jodie Whittaker's incarnation of the Time Lord, this rich blue scarf is edged with a stylish rainbow pattern based on the t-shirt the Thirteenth Doctor proudly acquired at the end of her first full episode, The Woman Who Fell To Earth (2018).

This exclusive design is made from 100% high-quality Acrylic.

Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi, says
We think the Thirteenth Doctor’s outfit is the perfect look for this new era of the show. It's bright, bold, and colourful, so our specially-designed scarf is similarly eye-catching. But it's sure to sell fast, so best get a shift on!
Lovarzi's Doctor Who line launched in 2012 with the best-selling multi-coloured Fourth Doctor Scarf. Since then, the company has catered for cosplayers, collectors, and casual fans with items such as the TARDIS and Dalek Christmas Hat and Scarf, Seventh Doctor Sweater, and The Pandorica Opens Scarf. The Winter 2019/20 range also includes the TARDIS Laptop Bag.

The Thirteenth Doctor Scarf (25 x 175cms) will be available to order on 11th October, priced £24.99, from the official Lovarzi website

If you join LOVARZI Doctor Who Fan Club now and enjoy savings of 15% at time of launch plus get early exclusive access to buy the scarf.




Mission to the Unknown ReconstructionBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
A recreation of a long lost Doctor Who episode is to be released on the official Doctor Who YouTube channel, exactly 54 years after it was first screened in the UK.

Mission to the Unknown was first screened on BBC One on Saturday 9th October 1965. Sometimes known as The Dalek Cutaway it was a prequel to the upcoming 12 part story The Dalek Masterplan and is the only Doctor Who episode in history in which neither The Doctor or any of his companions are featured.

The original episode was destroyed by the BBC many years ago, but the story has been faithfully recreated by a team of students, graduates and staff of the University of Central Lancashire.

The new production will be premiered on the Doctor Who YouTube channel at exactly 5.50pm BST on the 9th October to mark the anniversary of the original broadcast of the episode.

The project was masterminded by Andrew Ireland, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Digital and Creative Industries at the university, and brought together a dedicated group of students from a wide range of disciplines including film and television, acting, fashion, music, design and dance to recreate the episode from the original script as authentically as possible, carefully researching and reproducing as faithfully as possible the original 1960s production techniques to re-create the classic look of the series.

The recreation caught the imagination of several Doctor Who luminaries including Nicholas Briggs, who has provided the Dalek voices for the recreated episode, and stars including Peter Purves, who played 1960s companion Steven Taylor, and Edward de Souza, who played Marc Cory in the original episode, visiting the new set to lend their support.

The episode will be followed by a making-of documentary short created by YouTuber Josh Snares.

Luke Spillane, Digital Publishing Manager for Doctor Who at BBC Studios, said:
I’m delighted that we will be bringing the story of Space Security agent Marc Cory to our 1.3 million subscribers on the Doctor Who YouTube channel as it is such a fantastic recreation, made lovingly with real craft and expertise by everyone at the University of Central Lancashire. I hope audiences around the world can imagine that it’s tea time on the 9th October 1965 as they rather excitingly watch a black and white episode of Doctor Who premiere on their television sets, mobile phones and tablets.
Andrew Ireland, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Digital and Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire, said:
It is such a loss to our cultural heritage that so many episodes of 1960s Doctor Who are missing from the BBC archives. This project presented us with an exciting opportunity to address that, to explore a new way of bringing these missing slices of TV history to life, and in the process, help students learn their craft by comparing contemporary production methods with historical approaches. The project gave so many people great experiences, and it is wonderful to see the Daleks menacing a black and white jungle once more.