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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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? :)

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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.

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A sneak peek from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor: The Doctor and Clara are shown something that doesn’t seem possible.

As you may found out, BBC have confirmed the broadcast time of 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor as 7.50pm (GMT). Around the world, that equates to:

  • 2.50pm in New York
  • 11.50am in Los Angeles
  • 6.50am on Sunday 24 in Sydney

The episode is 75 minutes long.

You can check out our list of the over 75 broadcasters who will be screening the episode simultaneously, alongside selected cinemas worldwide.

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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.

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The new issue 466 Doctor Who Magazine DWM

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.

Go get it!

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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

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).

Download The Enemy of the World

Download The Web of Fear

The first episode of The Web of Fear (read the story guide of the series) and the third episode of The Enemy of the World (read the story guide of the series) have long existed in the BBC archive.

Additionally, The Enemy of the World will be released on DVD on Monday 25 November – the disc is available for pre-order now from BBC Shop. The Web of Fear will follow in early 2014.

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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?

To:

Let’s light up the ESB TARDIS blue on November 23rd to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who!

Sincerely,

[Your name]

You can sign it here.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special The day of the DoctorThe 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.

The image is the official poster of the episode.

Silva Screen Records has released its eighth Doctor Who album since 2006 – Doctor Who Series 7 – Original TV Soundtrack

This 2 CD set offers a feast of 74 new Murray Gold themes, covering music from all 13 stories of Series 7. You can download Doctor Who Series 7 – Original TV Soundtrack from Silva Screen, and you can also listen to clips from the soundtrack here.

Uniquely this series was made up of 13 self-contained stories and this 2 CD set offers a feast of new themes with music from each and every story and is the eighth soundtrack release since 2006. Gold’s phenomenal output as a composer began close to twenty years ago and he has stacked up five BAFTA nominations (two for Doctor Who) plus three Royal Television Society nominations and a win for Queer As Folk. In 2013 Murray Gold celebrated one his greatest musical accomplishments with a third Doctor Who Prom at the Royal Albert Hall celebrating his distinctive scores.

Disc: 1

  • 1. Asylum Of The Daleks – They Are Everywhere
  • 2. Asylum Of The Daleks – Save Us
  • 3. Asylum Of The Daleks – Dalek Parliament
  • 4. Asylum Of The Daleks – Oswin Oswald
  • 5. Asylum Of The Daleks – Towards The Asylum
  • 6. Asylum Of The Daleks – A Probe In The Snow
  • 7. Asylum Of The Daleks – Amy And Rory Together
  • 8. Asylum Of The Daleks – The Terrible Truth
  • 9. Dinosaurs On A Spaceship – Dinosaurs On A Spaceship/Pterodactyls
  • 10. Dinosaurs On A Spaceship – Brian
  • 11. Dinosaurs On A Spaceship – Take A Ride On Tricey
  • 12. A Town Called Mercy – Make Peace
  • 13. A Town Called Mercy – Welcome To Mercy
  • 14. A Town Called Mercy – Out West
  • 15. A Town Called Mercy – Gunslingers
  • 16. A Town Called Mercy – The Salvation Of Kahler Jex
  • 17. A Town Called Mercy – Our Little Towns Prosecutor
  • 18. The Power Of Three – Cubes
  • 19. The Power Of Three – While We Waited
  • 20. The Power Of Three – Brian’s Log
  • 21. The Angels Take Manhattan – New York New York
  • 22. The Angels Take Manhattan – I Am You
  • 23. The Angels Take Manhattan – Melody Malone
  • 24. The Angels Take Manhattan – Little Angels
  • 25. The Angels Take Manhattan – My Husband’s Home
  • 26. The Angels Take Manhattan – Hide The Damage
  • 27. The Angels Take Manhattan – Almost The End
  • 28. The Angels Take Manhattan – Together Or Not All All – The Song Of Amy And Rory
  • 29. The Angels Take Manhattan – Goodbye Pond
  • 30. The Bells Of Saint John – Cumbria 1207
  • 31. The Bells Of Saint John – Monking About
  • 32. The Bells Of Saint John – Spoonheads
  • 33. The Bells Of Saint John – Clara?
  • 34. The Bells Of Saint John – A Turbulent Flight
  • 35. The Bells Of Saint John – Bah Bah Biker
  • 36. The Bells Of Saint John – Up The Shard
  • 37. The Bells Of Saint John – I Might Change My Mind

Disc: 2

  • 1. The Rings Of Akhaten – The Leaf
  • 2. The Rings Of Akhaten – Something Awesome
  • 3. The Rings Of Akhaten – Market Day
  • 4. The Rings Of Akhaten – Merry Gejelh
  • 5. The Rings Of Akhaten – God Of Akhaten
  • 6. The Rings Of Akhaten – The Speeder
  • 7. The Rings Of Akhaten – Never Wake
  • 8. The Rings Of Akhaten – The Long Song
  • 9. The Rings Of Akhaten – Infinite Potential
  • 10. The Rings Of Akhaten – Always You, Never A Replacement
  • 11. Cold War – Cold War
  • 12. Cold War – Skaldak
  • 13. Hide – I Am A Ghost
  • 14. Journey To The Centre Of The Tardis – A Machine That Makes Machines
  • 15. The Crimson Horror – Crimson Horror
  • 16. The Crimson Horror – Sweetville
  • 17. The Crimson Horror – Thomas Thomas
  • 18. Nightmare In Silver – Hedgewicks World
  • 19. Nightmare In Silver – Tiberian Spiral Galaxy
  • 20. Nightmare In Silver – Upgrade In Progress
  • 21. Nightmare In Silver – The Dream Of Cyberia
  • 22. Nightmare In Silver – What A Brain
  • 23. Nightmare In Silver – Cant Win
  • 24. Nightmare In Silver – Your Orders Come From Me
  • 25. Nightmare In Silver – Other Good News
  • 26. Nightmare In Silver – The Impossible Girl
  • 27. Nightmare In Silver – Cyber Army
  • 28. Nightmare In Silver – The Emperors Wife
  • 29. Nightmare In Silver – Some Wednesday
  • 30. The Name Of The Doctor – To Save The Doctor
  • 31. The Name Of The Doctor – A Letter To Clara
  • 32. The Name Of The Doctor – What Is His Name?
  • 33. The Name Of The Doctor – A Secret He Will Take To His Grave
  • 34. The Name Of The Doctor – Trenzalore
  • 35. The Name Of The Doctor – I Am Information
  • 36. The Name Of The Doctor – Pain Everlasting
  • 37. The Name Of The Doctor – Remember Me

You can buy the Music CDs from here for £11.49. Release date: 09/09/2013

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The ninth short ebook in the series celebrating Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary will be written by Charlie Higson – actor, comedian and author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond books and the cult thriller series, The Enemy.

The Beast of Babylon features the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston, and is available to pre-order now from these retailers: Amazon (UK | US) and iBookstore (UK | AU).

When a girl called Ali pockets a silver orb that falls from the sky, little does she realise it’s her ticket to seeing the universe! Desperate to retrieve the mysterious object, the Ninth Doctor agrees to let her join him on a dangerous trip to ancient Babylon. Together they must join forces to stop a giant Starman from destroying Earth before it’s too late!

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Alex Scarrow author Eighth Doctor short story ebook

Alex Scarrow has penned the eighth adventure in BBC’s exclusive series of short Doctor Who ebooks. It’s called Spore, featuring Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, and the story is set in a small town in the Nevada desert: an alien pathogen has reduced the entire population to a seething mass of black slime. When the Eighth Doctor arrives, he realises this latest threat to humanity is horrifyingly familiar – it is a virus which almost annihilated his entire race, the Time Lords…

Spore is available to pre-order at Amazon (UK | US) and iTunes (UK | AU).

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The big news from tonight is the Peter Capaldi’s introduction as the Twelfth Doctor. He should be replacing Matt Smith on Christmas special episode, when the Eleventh Doctor will regenerate from one reason or another.

The future Time Lord was among the guests on tonight’s show – Doctor Who Live: The Twelfth Doctor – who also included guests as the fifth Doctor Peter Davison, fellow Who alumnus Bernard Cribbins and celebrity fans Daniel Roache, Rufus Hound and Liza Tarbuck.

There were contributions, too, from Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, and former companions Anneke Wills, who played Polly, Katy Manning, aka Jo Grant, Janet Fielding, who was Tegan, and Bonnie Langford, known to fans as Mel.

Well… there are 2 problems about this new Doctor.

  1. the Doctor Who episode named The fire of Pompeii
  2. The Doctor Who’s spinoff, Torchwood

The actor Peter Capaldi appeared in both. So… In Torchwood the Doctor and Peter Capaldi’s character never met (as far as I remember), but David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) saved Peter Capaldi’s character and family from the vulcano’s killer breath.

There are 2 options about the tonight announcement:

  1. it’s a hoax. A part of Steven Moffat’s lies, a trial to save the show and the surprises he’s preparing for us for the end of the year.
  2. it’s for real, and Steven Moffat will have some explaining to do. :D A very very very good reason why the new Doctor is identical to the previous characters.

What do you think? :D :)

I must admit that the people involved in developing Doctor Who know how to keep people’s attention to a high level: the search for the new Doctor, the actor who’s going to replace Matt Smith, is over, and they are ready to reveal it to everybody interested.

They created the teaser trailer in order to present the following event:  in a special one-off live television event on BBC One this Sunday 4th August at 7pm, the next Doctor will be exclusively revealed to the world.

Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the show’s host Zoe Ball will unveil the 12th Doctor in the first ever interview in front of a live studio audience set against the backdrop of a swirling vortex, amongst Daleks and the TARDIS.

The half hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans.

You can find more information about Matt Smith and Steven Moffats’ interviews on the subject here.

The intense speculation about the identity of the new Doctor got higher and higher since Doctor Who announced his leave from the show, back in June. You don’t have to wait to much to find out, so keep your fingers crossed. :D

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Doctor Who ebook The ripple effect by Malorie Blackman

The new Children’s Laureate and acclaimed author of Noughts & Crosses and Pig Heart Boy, Malorie Blackman has written the seventh Doctor Who short ebook.

The new Doctor Who story is named The Ripple Effect and it features the Seventh Doctor and Ace as played by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, and sees the return of the Daleks – but with a twist…

The short ebook will be available from July 23. You can pre-order from Amazon (UK | US) and iTunes (UK | AU).

You can find more information here.

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2013 is the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO, and the kickstarter.com team is celebrating! They have built a TARDIS satellite, and they are putting it in orbit.

In order to do that they created a fund raiser project that was completed 2 days ago. The funding period:
May 30, 2013 – Jun 29, 2013 (30 days). There were 3,231 backers that raised $88,880 (pledged of $33,000 goal).

Update: The TARDIS is complete!

Yes, that’s right. We have built the TARDIS satellite. It’s finished! The 2013 launches are dedicated, and the manifests are filling up. Now we just need the money to put our satellite into the rocket. That’s where you come in.

More information here.

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The sixth of this year’s special monthly Doctor Who short story series, Something Borrowed, is available to buy now as an ebook.

Download it globally now from: Amazon (UK | US) and iTunes (UK | AU).

From Vampire Academy series writer Richelle Mead, Something Borrowed sees the Sixth Doctor and Peri in space Las Vegas.

You can watch Richelle Mead talking about Something Borrowed, the new Doctor Who ebook.

Tenth Doctor Who sonic screwdriver

The Doctor Who team revealed that The Wand Company are releasing an authentic Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control later this year. It will be previewed at San Diego Comic-Con International in July).

Here’s the Tenth Doctor’s screwdriver (owned by David Tennant himself!) having a 3D scan by Painstakingly for the making of the remote.

The original was kindly loaned to The Wand Company by David Tennant himself, so you should consider that this Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is a faithful clone, CNC machined from aluminium, crammed full of technology.

Also, it is a fully functioning gesture-based universal remote control that looks, feels and works just like the real prop – utilising sound effects from the BBC archives.

Previewing on the ThinkGeek Booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote will be available exclusively through selected retailers in the UK, US and Australia in October 2013 on doctorwho.tv. The Screwdriver will retail at £69.95 GBP / $109.95 USD / $129.95 AUD.

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Doctor Who The Green Death special edition Jon Pertwee years 1970 1974

Doctor Who The Green Death special edition Jon Pertwee years 1970 1974

The Green Death is be the final story of Doctor Who’s tenth season, seeing the departure of Jo Grant and the Doctor’s first trip to Metebelis III.

A special edition with a lot of interesting content has been announced. The synopsis of the story sounds like this:

When a man is found dead with his skin glowing green in an abandoned mine, it’s not long before the Doctor, Jo Grant and UNIT head to Wales to investigate. And while the Doctor becomes suspicious of the nearby Global Chemicals factory and its mysterious owner, Jo gets trapped underground where she finds old mine tunnels crawling with deadly and sinister giant maggots…

You can find more information about the content over here. In the article you are provided with a purchase link (you can pre-order the disk) to bbcshop.com for a small price of £13.99. Enjoy. :D

Release dates

Region 1 – 13 August (US, Canada)
Region 2 – 5 August 2013 (Europe, Japan, Middle East, South Africa)
Region 4 – TBC (Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America)
Please note: release dates are provisional and subject to change

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The news that was released yesterday, about Matt Smith leaving Doctor Who series, was almost… hearth-breaking. It was said not long ago that he was supposed to appear in the eight (new) series, next year, but the new official news is that he will only appear in Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode and he will regenerate in the Christmas special episode.

Matt Smith is the eleventh Doctor, the latest one, and he was (as far as I know and as far as I watched the last 7 seasons) one of the best. It was expected to leave the show one moment or another, but I hoped to be later than sooner.

There are already several ideas (more or less serious) about who’s going to be the new Doctor. John Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in the last episode of the seventh series, The name of the Doctor, but it is not said to the public when he will become the Time Lord and how long he will play that role. There are some chances to be the next Doctor, the 12th, following Matt Smith but I think we have to wait and watch the show…

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The article posted on Digital Journal is almost one year old (August 2012), but it’s the first time I’ve read it – by accident. And the story is interesting: NASA has confirmed the existence of a real-universe analogue of Gallifrey, the Time Lord home planet.

Coincidence? :D Maybe not!

According to an article in the Register, NASA came across what it calls a “transiting circumbinary multi-planet system” – in layman’s speak, “two worlds orbiting two suns” – using its Kepler planet-hunting telescope. The new system, which has been named Kepler 47, has two stars circling each other every 7.5 days. One of them is similar in size to our sun, whereas the other is approximately one third its size.

The inner planet – Kepler-47b – is three times the size of our world, making it the smallest known transiting circumbinary planet, and it orbits the stars every 49 days. The second – Kepler-47c – lies in the habitable zone around the two suns.

Digital Journal‘s Andrew Moran first reported on the discovery in January 2012, but the full study report has now been accepted by and published in Science.

The Register goes on to state that Kepler-47c is “slightly larger than Uranus and circles its stars every 303 days, making it the longest transiting planet currently known. The whole system lies about 5,000 light years away in the Cygnus constellation”.

The full report of NASA’s twin-system discovery is published in Science.

 

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Doctor Who Clara Oswald: who am I? Radio Times issueClara Oswald actress Jenna-Louise Coleman has hinted at how her character has met Doctor so many times, in an interview published in the new issue of Radio Times. Yes, of course, this week’s issue of Radio Times is in UK shops from today, Tuesday 14 May… so do not hesitate to go get it!

The source of the image is doctorwho.tv, where you can find more information (some of them you already know) about Clara. One thing is for sure: this Saturday we will all understand why the Doctor has met Clara so many times.

Author Patrick Ness talks about his new short story Tip of the Tongue for the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), the fun of working within Doctor Who’s continuity and how he thinks the Fifth Doctor must have some unpublished novels hiding somewhere. The story was set between the TV adventures Time-Flight and Arc of Infinity.

The short ebook will be available from May 23. You can pre-order from the following retailers Amazon (UK | US) and iTunes (UK | AU).

BBC Cymru Wales has announced that Brian Minchin is to be the new Executive Producer of Doctor Who, alongside showrunner Steven Moffat.

You may have noticed him before, because he is not new in the field: he has previously worked on Wizards Vs Aliens, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood to name but a few. For now (as it is said in the announcement) Brian Minchin is an Executive Producer in BBC Wales drama, currently working on The Game, a new Cold War spy thriller from Toby Whithouse for BBC One, and Wizards Vs Aliens, Russell T Davies’ hit show for CBBC. He has also worked as BBC Executive Producer on Dirk Gently and Being Human.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, adds: “When I first took over Doctor Who, Brian was there as script editor, and in the most difficult time of a new Doctor and a new era, was completely brilliant. We lost him to producing The Sarah Jane Adventures at the end of our first run. Rising talent keeps rising, is how I comforted myself back then – but now I am beyond happy that Brian has risen all the way back to Doctor Who, in his new role of Executive Producer. I look forward to getting hopelessly lost in space and time with him.”

You can find more information about Brian Minchin here.

It should be interesting to see his support on Doctor Who series, especially because it’s a special year, with the 50th anniversary and all other good stuff… :D

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