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The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay has regenerated, featuring a new interactive adventure starring Peter Capaldi. The BBC team have sent Luke Spillane along to help the Doctor save the universe. Again.
You can buy tickets for the Doctor Who Experience over here.
Holly Black, best-selling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), Doll Bones and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, explains her love of Doctor Who and the inspirations and ideas behind her new brand new story, Lights Out, for the Twelfth Doctor.
In this book the Doctor sets out in search of a cup of coffee and ends up investigating a series of murders… in the dark. This book is available now (order it here for the price £1.99) for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer.
The cover for issue #479 of Doctor Who Magazine has been revealed. The mag previews the final four episodes of Series 8: is there life after death? The Doctor makes a shocking discovery! You can preview this year’s amazing final story in the pages of this DWM issue. And you can also will see the stabilisers fall off for Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson). You have some interviews with Paul McGann, “Kill the moon” writer Peter Harness and 1960s producer Derrick Sherwin.
DWM #479 is on sale Thursday 23 October 2014, priced £4.99.
The first number of The Twelfth Doctor Titan Comic will be releases just a few days from now. Whovian, get them!
Offering shocks, surprises, and galaxy-shaking revelations, seasoned TARDIS pilot Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, The Authority, 2000AD, Nikolai Dante) and New York Times-bestselling artist Dave Taylor (Batman: Death by Design; 2000AD) mark the start of their first five-issue run by diving headfirst into the console room and pulling all the levers they can – spinning the new Doctor off to his most challenging destination yet!
Freshly regenerated and with a new head full of unanswered questions, the Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi) whisks Clara Oswald (as played by Jenna Coleman) away to a strange and distant world.
Clara thought she was in for an evening of marking essays on the Metaphysical Poets, followed by going out on a date – or at least trying to. You know, normal stuff.
Instead, she’s facing down exotic flora and fauna in her best dress, backing up the Doctor on a trek through traumatically alien undergrowth – and she doesn’t even know what the Doctor is searching for, or what will try to kill them should they find it!
New Face! New Doctor! New Beginning! Get in on the ground floor of this amazing ongoing series!
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Dave Taylor
Cover Artist: Alice X Zhang
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: 32pp, FC
Release Date: October 15, 2014
The Tardis will land in the popular videogame this September: the Xbox 360 Edition will soon get to step into Peter Capaldi’s shoes and go on adventures as the legendary Time Lord.
September will see the first downloadable Doctor Who add-on for the Minecraft videogame, letting fans make themselves look like the new Doctor or Clara. Also included are five other (but not specifed yet) Doctors and their companions, plus monsters and bad guys like the Daleks, Ice Warriors and Zygons.
The first downloadable pack will cost £1.99 and BBC Worldwide promise more will follow, with at least six doctors in each of them.
Like, say, this incredibly detailed recreation of Matt Smith’s Tardis… the V-0.5 Version Console from the Eleventh Hour.
The video is taken by someone in the audience a few months ago, this year, but… the Murray Gold’s captivating musical score for Doctor Who performed live, accompanied by specially edited big-screen sequences featuring all incarnations of the Doctor, as a host of real-life monsters stalk the auditorium will return with a tour in Australia and New Zeeland (tour dates announced) but also in UK (tour dates announced).
The show will be hosted once more by Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, who will take to the stage alongside Daleks, Cybermen and a host of other Doctor Who monsters in this musical celebration of the iconic TV series.
This should be one of the rides of a lifetime. At least, the ride of River Song’s lifetime: in this video you can
watch every single scene from Doctor Who that River Song appears in… in the order she lived them. You might need some tissues: from birth to death, River Song has had one of the most wild timey-wimey adventures anyone could ever have with the Doctor.
The video was compiled by Todd and Conner Partridge.
Let’s take a first look at the official #DoctorWho Annual 2015! It’s available to pre-order now on Amazon and it’s packed with secrets from series 8, terrifying monster fact files, spooky stories, comic action, activities and puzzles!
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This title will be released on September 25, 2014.
Cecily’s Fund got Capaldi to write a Doctor report card for an online charity auction. You can bid on it here from 24th June. For the moment there are 22 bids and the price of the item £155.00 + £10.00 postage. This confirms that the age of the Doctor is 2055 years old.
Offering shocks, surprises, and galaxy-shaking revelations, seasoned TARDIS pilot Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, The Authority, 2000AD, Nikolai Dante) and New York Times-bestselling artist Dave Taylor (Batman: Death by Design; 2000AD) this first Twelfth Doctor issue mark the start of Titan Comics’ first five-issue run by diving headfirst into the console room and pulling all the levers they can – spinning the new Doctor off to his most challenging destination yet!
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and the show’s lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will be swapping the TARDIS for more traditional air travel as they trot the globe to meet fans and press. They will go on a world tour this August to promote Series 8 of Doctor Who: it will begin in the UK on August 7 and finish in Brazil on August 19.
Locations: Cardiff, UK, London, UK, Seoul, South Korea, Sydney, Australia, New York, USA, Mexico City, Mexico and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Excellent news: earlier tonight the Doctor Who special episode, The day of the Doctor, won the only award at the TV Baftas decided by the public, the Audience Award, that was voted by readers of RadioTimes.com during April and early May.
The special episode was written by showrunner Steven Moffat and saw off stiff competition for the prize in the shape of Broadchurch, Breaking Bad, Gogglebox, Educating Yorkshire and The Great British Bake Off.
Doctor Who comic book publisher Titan Comics have released trailers for their two new comic ranges, featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors. Titan Comics Doctor Who ranges are available globally as digital downloads, and in the US, Canada and Australia as physical copies. Both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor ranges will be available from 23 July 2014, with a Twelfth Doctor range following later in the year.
The Tenth Doctor range can be pre-ordered in the following ways:
And from your local comic book store (excluding UK/IE*)
*Due to licensing restrictions, fans in the UK and Ireland can only purchase these comics digitally.
Promising “New Monsters” and an appearance by new companion Gabby Gonzalez, the Tenth Doctor trail shows off more artwork from series artist Elena Casagrande, plus a painted cover from Verity Glass. Gabriella Gonzalez is stuck in a dead-end job in her family’s New York Laundromat, dreaming of college and bigger, better and brighter things. So when a strange man with an even stranger big blue box barges into her life on the eve of the Day of the Dead celebrations — talking about an infestation of psychic aliens — she seizes her chance for adventure with both hands!
Featuring previously-unseen artwork from Simon Fraser, the Eleventh Doctor trailer sees images of Matt Smith’s Doctor and new companion Alice Obiefune – a young woman grieving for the loss of her mother – running down a space-age looking corridor. Alice Obiefune has just lost her mother when the Doctor explodes into her life. But what does this grieving young woman have to do with the career of a 70s musician, an amnesiac alien, and a terrifying cosmic threat? In the wake of the second Big Bang, find out what the Doctor gets up to when Amy and Rory aren’t around!
The first installments are not released until 23 July, you can get a look at the excellent cover art by illustrator Alice X Zhang.
Tenth Doctor Who cover story Titan Comics
Eleventh Doctor Who cover story in Titan Comics
David Tennant’s story picks up after the departure of Donna Noble and pairs him with a new companion, New Yorker Gabriella Gonzalez in order to battle an infestation of psychic aliens, while Matt Smith’s features more aliens, a 70’s musician and a woman grieving over the recent death of her mother. Here is a plot rundown of each story, and here is a brief introduction to the new companions each Doctor meets.
Titan have also announced plans for a series of comic books based on Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor following his debut in series eight of the TV show. Titan’s new Doctor Who titles will be available in digital versions in the UK. You can pre-order now, ahead of their release on 23 July.
BBC proudly announced that Doctor Who and Peaky Blinders have each won two honours at the Bafta Craft awards: An Adventure in Space and Time won for make-up and hair while 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor won for special, visual and graphic effects. The gangster drama Peaky Blinders won best director for Otto Bathurst and best photography and lighting.
Actresses Victoria Wood, Emilia Fox and Patsy Palmer were among the stars who attended the ceremony in London.
More information (if you are interested) can be found here.
Steven Thompson, the guy who wrote The Curse of the Black Spot back in 2011 and Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS last year, was confirmed to return to Doctor Who and he will wrote some more great episode of the series 8. It’s the first time he’s written for new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
Douglas MacKinnon is also returning to Doctor Who, in order to direct a batch of the new episodes. Showrunner Steven Moffat confirmed that will write the series opener as well as episode four. Phil Ford (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards vs Aliens) has been tapped to write the second episode, while the writer of the third will be confirmed in the future
Meantime, the writer Mark Gatiss has promised that Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will change everything and that he brings a whole new set of rules. As it should be. Speaking to Digital Spy, he said: “The Doctor’s always the Doctor – but you can have a lot of fun playing with people’s expectations. Everyone knows how the previous Doctor would react in any given situation – and now you just don’t know!” Steven Moffat has written Capaldi’s first full Doctor Who episode, which Mark Gatiss described as “thrilling”.
The news of the day is the announcement of a new companion for the Doctor: Samuel Jackson joins the cast of Doctor who as Danny Pink, a teacher working alongside Clara Oswald at Coal Hill School, where original Who companions Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton taught back in 1963 before heading off in the Tardis for adventures in space and time.
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat said he was looking forward to introducing the character to viewers, but remained coy about exactly what part Danny would play in the Doctor and Clara’s adventures.
Karen Gillan has been spending a lot of time in United States since leaving her role as Doctor Who’s Amy Pond: she faced a haunted mirror in US horror film Oculus, she also shaved her long ginger locks for the role of blue sexy Nebula in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie Guardians of the Galaxy and now she’s set to take the starring role in a new ABC comedy pilot entitled Selfie.
The series was described as a modern take on My Fair Lady, and it follows the misfortunes of Eliza Dooley, a young woman in her 20s who seems to be more obsessed with her online persona than her professional image. In the pilot, a video Eliza makes about her humiliating break-up goes viral, and she recruits the help of a marketing expert to help repair her besmirched reputation.
Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Grabol, Stanley Tucci, Jessica Raine and Michael Gambon cast in Sky’s Arctic Circle drama Fortitude, a crime drama which will be filmed in Iceland.
The cast will join in Fortitude, a new Sky Atlantic 12-part series charting a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle. The series will be filmed in the UK and Iceland. Fortitude is considered to be one of the safest towns on earth, where until now there has never been a violent crime. Stanley Tucci Richard Dormer will play the town’s sheriff and a detective who are trying to make sense of a mysterious murder.
Sophie Grabol will play the town’s Governor whose regeneration plans are scuppered by the murder. Christopher Eccleston will play an English scientist. Jessica Raine will play the wife of Fortitude’s chief search and rescue pilot. Michael Gambon will play a terminally ill wildlife photographer.
Fortitude will be directed by Julia Barry, and it will air on Sky Atlantic later this year.
Meanwhile, Karen Gillan’s latest movie (a horror one), Oculus, will be in theaters in 11 April 2014.
The best news of the week are that Doctor Who wins NTA best drama award and Matt Smith wins NTAs best Drama Performance for the role of Eleventh Doctor. The BBC1 science fiction series fought against a the competition from ITV’s Broadchurch, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife. Matt Smith beat off Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes, Call the Midwife’s Miranda Hart and Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith at the viewer-voted awards.
The event happened tonight as the sci-fi show got the best drama gong at this year’s National Television Awards. The award was the culmination of a great year for the show, which included 50th years anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, Matt Smith’s Christmas Day farewell and regeneration into Peter Capaldi.
Mat Smith is currently starring in darkly comic West End musical American Psycho and he was absent. His Drama Series award handed over by England football manager Roy Hodgson and it was collected by Matt’s co-star Jenna Coleman, Doctor’s companion, and showrunner Steven Moffat. They added that the actor would be posting a video message to thank viewers for voting.
The star-studded ceremony was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and broadcast live on ITV from London’s O2 Arena.
The disco remix of the show’s theme tune was first released in 1978 in order to celebrate the series’ 15th anniversary, peaking at No.25 in the UK Singles Chart and has had an up-to-date makeover. Now it will be titled ‘Dr Who? (Time Waits For No Man)’ by Mankind vs Dos Amigoz feat Diane Charlemagne.
It will be released on November 18 as an extras-loaded collector’s edition on 12″ vinyl and CD. The song will also be available for download as will the album Space, Time and Beyond.
The new album release will feature a translucent-blue, 11-track vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve, a poster, and a booklet featuring unpublished photos of Tom Baker from the first-ever American Doctor Who convention.
You remember Mankind – Dr. Who 1978 Pinnacle in Stereo format, right?
Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman will feature in two special editions of Blue Peter dedicated to the BBC sci-fi show. Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) will answer viewers’ questions in a pre-recorded segment for the Doctor Who: Blue Peter Special on the CBBC channel at 5:30pm on Thursday 21st of November.
Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) will be following her in the Doctor Who: Blue Peter Party at 9:30am on Saturday 23 November – 50 years to the day after the first ever episode of Doctor Who was broadcast.
The first Blue Peter special (Thursday 21st of November) will also see the launch of a competition giving young fans the chance to design a sonic device for one of three Doctor Who characters – Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Sontaran Commander Strax – while the Saturday edition will see a live audience joined in the studio by aliens from the series and challenged to design their very own monster. Viewers will be asked to send in their ideas for a new piece of sonic hardware for one of The Doctor’s companions. The winning design will be featured in the forthcoming eighth series of Doctor Who.
The competition will invite entries in three age categories: six to eight years, nine to 11 years and 12 to 15 years. The high-tech tools will be considered by a panel of judges including Steven Moffat and the production designer Michael Pickwoad, the man responsible for the recent Tardis control room revamp.
Winners will be announced as part of Blue Peter’s Christmas show on 19th of December, with one chosen designer heading to Cardiff to see their gadget being used on the Doctor Who set. Three runners up will each receive a framed picture featuring their entry and a signed photo of the actor they designed it for.
Competition details will be live on the Blue Peter website following the launch on 21 November.
This is the eleventh and final Doctor Who story in the series celebrating Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, and it’s written by the novelist and series writer Neil Gaiman. The bestselling author is know for more than twenty books (including Stardust, Coraline and Neverwhere).
This new story is titled Nothing O’Clock and features Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor:
Thousands of years ago, Time Lords built a Prison for the Kin. They made it utterly impregnable and unreachable. As long as Time Lords existed, the Kin would be trapped forever and the universe would be safe. They had planned for everything… everything, that is, other than the Time War and the fall of Gallifrey. Now the Kin are free again and there’s only one Time Lord left in the universe who can stop them!
The Doctor Who story, Nothing O’Clock, will be available as an ebook download from the following retailers from November 21 Amazon (UK | US) and iBookstore.
In this video author Neil Gaiman talks about his latest novel Nothing O’Clock – a Doctor Who eBook.
The new issue of DWM is out today with two covers, featuring all the news about the recent discoveries of The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear, and an interview with the man who found them, Philip Morris.
The magazine also includes An Adventure in Space and Time preview; Waris Hussein interview; feature on Sydney Newman; Genesis of the Daleks feature; Welcome to Tickle Town Part 2; and Steven Moffat writing about Matt Smith’s last day in the TARDIS.
Derek Landy, the author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series talks about writing for his favourite Doctor (the Tenth) in his new Doctor Who short story The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage. In the tale the Doctor helps Martha battle fictional characters from her childhood.
Derak Landy discusses how Doctor Who traumatised him as a child, and how he worked to make this story different from the Second Doctor adventure The Mind Robber.
The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage is available to pre-order now from these retailers: Amazon (UK | US) and iBookstore
The finding of some the missing episodes of Doctor Who was the main subject for the last week: in 1980, over half of Doctor Who’s first 253 episodes were missing from the BBC’s archives and now there are only 97 of the not recovered. Yet.
The main reason for that horror is that the original 1960s material was erased and the tapes were re-recorded. There were several reason for the wiping of Doctor Who (and many other 1960s TV series), and they are explained in this article from DoctorWho.tv (with more details).
On Doctor Who, an episode would be recorded directly to videotape from studio, with as much of the work we would now term “post production” occurring at the same time. This meant music, location filming, the titles and credits, and model or effects shots were pre-recorded and played-in to the studio recording. Bar some small edits, this was essentially a finished programme.The videotape version was transmitted on the BBC, often after a very short period of time – as little as two or three weeks post-recording.
Most tapes were then sent to BBC Enterprises (the corporation’s commercial arm, now BBC Worldwide) for “telerecording” onto film – a much more durable and commonly-used medium – to be sold to international broadcasters.
Once both a UK transmission had occurred and an overseas sales film copy had been created, if neither Enterprises nor the BBC had any further interest in the episodes, the original videotapes were cleared for wiping.
Further more, an infographic was posted with some dates about Doctor Who episodes being returned from various areas of Earth.
infographic timeline how Doctor Who episodes were returned
The video is a segment from The One Show (October 11th, 2013) looking at the recovery of missing Doctor Who episodes. Presented by Peter Purves.
The story of the week is the recovery of nine episodes starring Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor, as BBC Worldwide finally confirmed, bringing the total missing from the archive down from 106 to 97! The film prints were discovered in Nigeria by Phillip Morris, director of the Television International Enterprises Archive.
These are two (almost) complete Patrick Troughton six-parters: The Enemy of the World (in which the Doctor has an evil double, Salamander – all six episodes were recovered) and The Web of Fear (the Yeti invade London via the Underground – 5 episodes recovered, episode 3 still missing, but a version has been constructed using photos and the surviving soundtrack and is included in the iTunes package). The serials were transmitted consecutively over 12 weeks in the winter of 1967/68.
From today fans can download the two adventures via iTunes, priced £9.99 each. This includes people in the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany and France and in the UK (excluding the Republic of Ireland).
I’ve just found out about a petition created by fan club NY Sci Fi & Fantasy on Change.org to help mark the 50th anniversary stateside. It’s called Petition to light up the Empire State Building TARDIS blue on November 23rd to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who! and it wants to bring NYC to The Doctor to celebrate.
It’s the first time a science fiction show lasted 50 years, that’ a landmark occasion. The Doctor has visited New York City many times over the years and the fun club wants to celebrate this. They are attempting to partner with the Empire State Building (www.esbnyc.com) to light it Tardis blue for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary.
Their petition has so far collected more than 15,300 signatures from across the world. Their target is 25,000 names.
Are you interested to participate?
Let’s light up the ESB TARDIS blue on November 23rd to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who!
The title for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special was revealed earlier today, it’s The day of the Doctor.
The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, will join David Tennant and John Hurt as the Doctors. It’s true, we still don’t know which incarnation of the Time Lord is John Hurt, but I think we will found out soon. Both companions Billie Piper and Jenna Coleman will be involved in the story.
The celebratory episode will be feature-length, it was announced to be 75 minutes long, not 90, as many have expected, and it will air 50 years to the day since Doctor Who first hit TV screens, on Saturday 23 November.
The story is also set to feature the return of classic Who monsters the Zygons, as well as Daleks, Cybermen and the Doctor’s allies UNIT.